A Legend Comes to Life

We all know that the earth is a disc carried on the back of a turtle. There are supposed to be four elephants in there, too, but maybe they are just covered with mud. This real-life turtle is carrying his share of earth, that's for sure! There's even a poem about it.

"See the TURTLE of Enormous Girth"
"On his shell he holds the Earth."
"His thought is slow, but always kind."
"He holds us all within his mind."

You might try to guess how this turtle ended up with the earth on its back, so redditor assa7iq did some digging.

Right? Everyone's just making jokes and I want to learn how this happens. I'm asking my herpetologist friend.

Edit - answers! I asked how this happens-

"Some turtles can hibernate for a year. Not all, but some. Probably long term hibernation. He probably had a little cavern of some sort. And due to the soil moisture it collapsed on him as he was getting out."

Then I asked if there's any good reason to leave all that on him-

"No good reason, no. He probably just woke up and has a tortoise bedhead. (If anything it's bad, because it lowers the amount of surface area is hit by sunlight for basking)"

Tortoise bedhead is more reasonable than the flat earth theory. -via reddit

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Here Comes the Sun

As we approach the autumnal equinox on Friday, the Southern Hemisphere is approaching the spring equinox. Redditor sky-entist, an astronomer and photographer, watched the sunrise at the South Pole station in Antartica this morning and caught this image. He gave us the conditions:

Current temps are -62.2 °C, -80.0 °F. Flying time was eight hours from Christchurch to McMurdo and another three to pole, both in a ski-equipped Hercules aircraft.

If you recall, the sun moves in a spiral and skips around in a circle along the horizon as it rises and sets in Antarctica. Once it is up, it stays up for half a year, and when it sets, it's gone for months.  

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A Textbook Explanation of Social Media Sites

A textbook uses the analogy of a donut to explain how social media sites differ. It's in the way that people use them. And Google+ is the punchline. Who says textbook writers don't have a sense of humor? The price they expect us to pay for them would be funny, too, if it weren't so tragic. Be sure to like and follow! -via reddit

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The Chainsaw-Wielding Nun of Miami

Hurricane Irma left a wide swath of damage across the Caribbean and Florida. People from all over are chipping in to help, but one person has caught the interest of the internet more than any other. She's Sister Margaret Ann, a high school principle and Carmelite nun who was seen clearing downed trees with a chainsaw, in her usual habit. The Miami-Dade Police Department posted pictures and video of Sister Margaret Ann on their Facebook page.

Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, southwest of downtown Miami, which wrote on its Facebook page early Wednesday, "We are so blessed to have her and the Carmelite Sisters at our school. We are proud of the example they show for our students and other members of the community every day."

The phrase "chainsaw-wielding nun" is one we didn't know we would need to use in the wake of Irma, but it shows the breadth of the work it will take to recover from this storm — in Florida, in neighboring states and in the Caribbean.

Read more about the chainsaw-wielding nun at NPR. -via reddit

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Mothership Approaching

Invading aliens are really into cool neon colors! Redditor fweng posted one of the better pictures of a flying saucer I've seen in quite some time. It's reminiscent of the mothership in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but if you look at the lower part of the picture, you realize it's a reflection in a window. The ceiling light in the restaurant is reflected in the sky, in the building across the street, and somehow partially in the tree to the right. You can enlarge the image here.

You might also be shocked at the price of gas, which is not $1.18 a gallon, but £1.18 per liter, as the picture was taken in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK. That comes out to about $6 a gallon. The restaurant is Indo Sports Bar & Restaurant, featuring Chinese-influenced Indonesian and Sri Lankan cuisine. That by itself is more intriguing than the faux alien invasion. Or at least more relevant to my interests.

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The Internet of Things Strikes Back

The office Keurig is hungry, and it knows what it wants. Redditor nilicie thinks it might be possessed. The machine stands ready to receive its demands.

It was obviously hacked. Probably be someone named ALF, according to comics_outta_context in a reply to lgtbyddrk's comment, "I'll feed that thing 8 cats if that's what it takes to get my morning coffee."

There have always been rumors that Keurig machines are evil. Now we know just how much.  

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A Sticky Situation

What happened here? It's a case of pavement not sticking to the road in Lufkin, Texas. It appears to be a case of road construction done to somewhat less than the highest industry standards coupled with torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey. The Lufkin police department was inundated with calls about the melting pavement, and are directing drivers with major damage to a Lonestar Hazmat team. -via reddit

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Truck Driver Tattoo

Tattoo artist Richard Batey of Immortal Art Studio in Carlisle, Cumbria, UK, inked a custom optical illusion tattoo on this truck driver. He's driving all the time now! -via Boing Boing

(Image credit: Richard Batey

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Shot of a Lifetime

Shot of a lifetime. #solareclipse #2017 #Nikon #makeshift #solar #filter

A post shared by Kirsten Jorgensen (@cursetenj) on Aug 21, 2017 at 11:12am PDT

Kirsten Jorgensen almost didn't get this shot. She was getting ready to leave after taking pictures of the solar eclipse in Lewiston, Idaho, and then a plane approached. It was probably American Airlines flight 9661, as later research indicated. She tells about the moment it happened:

I was about to pack my stuff up and go back inside, but I had my camera set up and in the direction of the sun when I was taking pictures. All of the pictures were ending up looking like the moon pretty much so I gave up. Then I saw the plane fly over and ran over to take a photo. It caught me off guard!

The result is beautiful, and you might see it in many places over the next few days. Or years. -via reddit 

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All Set for the Eclipse

Robert is ready. He's got his eclipse glasses, a GoPro headband, and an array of various types of cameras since he doesn't know what will work. Yeah, that's a flash attachment. You give a little pre-flash to reduce red-eye in the sun, or the moon as the case may be. His wife Heather is supposedly pretty chill about his obsession with getting the perfect eclipse photograph, as if there won't be millions of them taken by people who actually know what they're doing. Redditor robertandheather posted this picture last night. He's still got three days to hold that position.  

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The Ridiculously Photogenic Goat

Look at this goat. Just look at it! Redditor arnathor met this goat and had to take a picture to share. According to commenters, the goat has the hair of Gandalf or Tom Petty (personally, I thought of Leon Russell), the smirk of McKayla Maroney or Natalie Dormer, and the general look of Owen Wilson, Jeff Bridges, or Ron Perlman. I can't see Ron Perlman, unless you are thinking of his character in Beauty and the Beast, but he is a ridiculously photogenic goat. -via reddit

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The Amitygrille Horror and Other Movies

B3ta's current image challenge is called Product Horror, in which the goal is to combine a horror film with an advertisement for some other product. It was inspired by the upcoming horror film Polaroid. Apparently, and rightly so, the images get more votes when they involve a corny pun.


See all the entries ranked here. Some of the images may be NSFW.  

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A Comical Glitch in the Matrix

(Image credit: Judd Jasper)

Judd Jasper and his girlfriend are vacationing in Budapest. He has a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone with a wide selfie feature that he says is "similar to a panorama." So this is what happened when his girlfriend sneezed while posing for a selfie in front of the Danube River. Of course, commenters asked him what it was like dating conjoined twins. A few mentioned Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But this picture reminded me of something else.

(Image credit: The NeatoShop)

That's it! That's exactly it. And comedy and tragedy is an apt metaphor for the picture that tragically became comedy gold. -via reddit

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Evidence that the Earth is Flat

See, the earth is a round disc, supported on the back of a four elephants, who are standing on a giant turtle. These guys got too close to the edge, and this may be the last photo we ever see of them.

Twin_Keel took this picture and blamed the result on a camera malfunction. The digital camera apparently changed orientation from landscape to portrait in the middle of scanning the image. Standing on a pier can totally disorient a person, so it may be the same for a camera. The result gives us an M.C. Escher or Inception vibe. This is a slightly altered version of the picture, repaired by VallleyNL. You can see the original at reddit.

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When the Bus Stop Button is Broken

Some municipal buses just drive by a bus stop if there's no one waiting to get on. If you need to get off the bus there, you ring a bell or push a button to let the bus driver know. This bus in Halifax, Nova Scotia, had a non-functioning button, so they installed temporary workaround.

Meanwhile, in Mexico, this technology has been in use longer, so they know they should install the chicken out of reach of children. Genius!

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A Tribute to Adam West's Batman

Of the eight actors who've portrayed Batman onscreen, there are only five left. Redditor mengocharged arranged his action figures as a tribute to Adam West, who died Friday at the age of 88. He titled the image Farewell Old Chum...  The figures are:

NECA Adam West Batman, NECA Michael Keaton Batman, DC Collectibles Animated Series Batman, Medicom MAFEX Christian Bale Batman (ver 2), Mezco One:12 Ben Affleck Batman.

And explained the ones who aren't there.

Trust me, if they made quality Kilmer and Clooney Batman 6-7" action figures, I'd be all over them.

The numbers add up when you factor in the animated version that got an action figure, too.

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Can Choir

The reviews of the choral can-tata were mixed. Some said they sounded tinny and flat, and sang recycled songs with canned background music. One actually called it "soda depressing." Others thought they crushed it, especially with the metal covers.

This display was spotted in the Netherlands. -via reddit

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World Electrical Outlets

It looks like every country in the world uses a different kind of electrical outlet. Don't take the outlet for China  literally, though- when I went, I took eight kinds of adaptors and used several in different cities. Then we stayed in one city that couldn't use any of them, so my video camera battery ran down. The explanation at Fail Blog: 

This is meant to be a visual guide, as many similar outlets have different voltages. Just because a plug fits doesn't mean it will work. Always double check before you blow up your cell phone/hair dryer/discount lightsaber.

-via Geeks Are Sexy

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What Are the Odds?

He knew he wasn't a winner when the first number was pulled, but redditor dierubikdie found something really odd when he compared his lottery ticket to the winning numbers. Every number is only one digit off! That's got to be super rare, but still a lot more common than hitting the winning number. Commenter dragonfyre173 did the math.

Let's say you can get 1-32 on this. Because you can't get less than 1 or higher than 32, your odds are (2*(30/32)+1*(2/32))5, simplified to (62/32)5. Which is about 27x more common.

Or since we're working with the lottery, we can stop kidding ourselves and just call it zero.   

Oh, well, although he didn't win the $408,000 jackpot, it was probably worth a dollar for the viral picture. Your mileage may vary.  

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Four Monks Walk Into a Drag Show…

It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there's no punch line, just a group of new friends. TigerLily is a drag performer in Beijing. Four monks who had traveled all the way from Tibet heard music and laughter and wandered into his venue and had a wonderful time. That may sound weird, but one commenter said that Buddhist monks "always seem to approach life as it were the funniest joke ever told." TigerLily posted an album of more pictures from the same night. A good time was had by all. -via reddit

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Sumo Wheelchair

Twitter user Matt Alt posted this image taken backstage at Ryōgoku Kokugikan, a sporting arena used for sumo wrestling in Tokyo. What's the difference? The wheelchair on the left is standard issue; the wheelchair on the right is sized for a sumo wrestler. It's no doubt built pretty sturdily, too. -Thanks, John Farrier!

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Sumo Wrestler Enjoys Cherry Blossom Season

Image @sumokyokai

Even the best sumo wrestlers can't spend all his time in the dohyō. Sometimes they've just got to go out and (bend the tree branches down with their super strength so they can) smell the flowers.

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Generation Gap: App vs. Nap

On any movie set, there's a lot of waiting around while scenes are set up or details are worked out. In this behind-the-scenes photograph from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and several other folks are busy on their phones, while Kurt Russell knows the real priority is to get enough sleep between takes. He is a wise man. -via reddit

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If There's Something Strange in Your Neighborhood

I ain't afraid of no goats! TheRiverMonkey spotted this product at a Waitrose supermarket in Sussex, UK. He couldn't resist printing out a label for it, then he left the label in his car for several months before he remembered to take it into the store. Yes, he left it there after he took the picture. Now to figure out who drew eyes on that innocent pineapple.  

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Retro DIY Lawnmower Looks Like a Vintage Car

Image: jeep2003

Spring is here and the grass will need to be mowed soon. But if you have this sweet DIY retro mini lawnmower that looks like a vintage automobile, the job will surely be a satisfying one.

Jeep2003 chronicled his "Mini Push Mower" build project over at Old Mini Bikes (which itself is a fascinating community of people who ride and build mini motorcycles). The mower uses a two-stroke engine from an old snowblower and the deck comes from an old smoker grill. The tail lights are fantastic!

Check out the entire build over at Old Mini Bikes - via Daily Dot & Pee-Wee Herman's My Log

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Please Be Patient

"We need a new display here, something with a theme, can you get that done right away?" Obviously not, but the library employee or volunteer charged with the task did a fantastic job in creating a thought-provoking workaround. Well, maybe not so much "thought-provoking," but more "guaranteed to become a viral image." -via Boing Boing

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What Color Are This Girl's Eyes?

Image: @Akiyoshi Kitaoka

We've featured Akiyoshi Kitaoka's optical illusions before on Neatorama (like this predecessor to today's image), but the Japanese psychology professor has a neat new one.

In this image above, Kitaoka noted "The right eye appears to be light blue and the left eye to be yellow, though they are the same gray."

Don't believe it?

Here are the eyes up close:

Let's compare them side-by-side (Enhance!!)

Pretty freaky, huh?

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Pregnancy Q&A

Ah, pregnancy - that wondrous time of a mother-to-be's life, so full of excitement, anxiety, and questions. So many, many questions.

But thanks to this handy dandy Pregnancy Q&A, spotted by YellowWoodenTable, a pregnant woman needs to wonder no more about her pregnancy:

Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is enough.

Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.

Q: What is the most reliable method to determine baby's sex?
A: Childbirth.

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World's Smallest Snowman is Just 3 Microns Tall

Meet the world's smallest snowman, created by Western Nanofabrication Facility. At only 3 microns tall, the snowman was fabricated from three 0.9-micron silica spheres stacked by using electron beam lithography. The snowman's eyes and mouth were etched with a focused ion beam, whereas the nose and arms were sculpted with platinum.

View the larger pics over at Western Nanofabrication Facility's Tumblr page.

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Miniature Photography of Vatsal Kataria

The pounding rain, the stormy seas, and the lone sports car traveling on a narrow road - how exactly did the photographer take this amazing shot and survive the harrowing experience?

Let Indian photographer Vatsal Kataria explain in this interview with DIY Photography:

DIYP: How did you come up with the idea? What inspired you?

Vatsal: I am commercial still life photographer but one day I was in my studio without any projects. I saw a photo of a toy car near a waterfall so decided how I can do something like this but without going anywhere. So I started working on my first project.

DIYP:  How much time it usually takes to build a location for your miniature shots?

Vatsal: it depends on the project. Sometimes it takes me 1 day, or sometimes whole week for just one picture. So it totally depends on the complexity of the project.

DIYP: What materials do you mainly use?

Vatsal: I use lots of products. My main aim is to create everything with the cheapest way possible so that if anyone wants to do something they can. I use plaster of Paris, baking powder, pit sand and clay, and that’s it.

View the rest of the interview (and many more fantastic photos) over at DIY Photography.

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