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Cinemaps: Plotting the Fantasy Worlds of the Silver Screen

Take a stroll through fantasyland, courtesy of Hollywood and Cinemaps! The new book Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies features 35 beautiful full-color maps of your favorite fictional movie worlds that will help you relive stories from 1933's King Kong through modern classics like Mad Max: Fury Road and Guardians of the Galaxy. Artist Andrew DeGraff illustrates the geography, the path of the plot, and the mood of each adventure, accompanied by A. D. Jameson's essay's on each film. Neatorama is pleased to give you a close look at some of these maps, with exclusive commentary by the artist.

NASA Mars Recruiting Posters

Mars needs YOU! In the future, Mars will need all kinds of explorers, farmers, surveyors, teachers . . . but most of all YOU! Join us on the Journey to Mars as we explore with robots and send humans there one day. Download a Mars poster that speaks to you. Be an explorer!

Do you have what it takes to explore an alien planet? In 2009, NASA commissioned a set of recruitment posters for an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex. The posters were designed with a retro feel in 21st-century eye-popping colors.

Now they are online and free to download. You can even print out your own 30x48 posters -if you have a printer that will do the job. Or just continue reading to see them.

Delightful Star Wars Artwork on Etsy

The Force Awakens was the Star Wars sequels we were all dying to see and now that we know just how perfect it was, it only makes sense to add artwork from the film to our existing geeky art collections. Thanks to Etsy, we can finally do that and Jenny Dolfen's amazingly geeky art. Of course, they have plenty of other geeky artwork that isn't related to Star Wars, but with pictures like the one above, how can you resist adding Rey and Kylo-Ren to you collection?

If you prefer having artwork you can wear, then don't miss the chance to get your hands on these great custom-painted kicks courtesy of Boutique of Geek Chic.

Porcupine Fish Refuses to Abandon Trapped Best Friend

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Core Sea is a marine conservation and research organization in Southeast Asia. Recently, one member of the team came across a porcupinefish while snorkeling in Chaloklum Bay, Thailand. The fish was caught in a net. The snorkler used a broken bottle to cut the fish free of the net. That was a challenge, as the net kept on getting caught on the procupinefish's spines.

Throughout the entire rescue, another porcupinefish insisted on staying close by. When the trapped fish was free, the couple swam off together.

-via Atlas Obscura

Supercut: People Falling onto Cars to the Tune of the 1812 Overture

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Super Cut Online lines up a surprisingly common trope: falling out of a building and landing painfully (and often fatally) on a car. It's everywhere, from children's movies such as Garfield to action flicks like Fast and Furious 7.

Super Cut Online correctly concludes that it fits neatly with the finale to Tchaikovsky's The Year of 1812, a commemoration of Russia's successful defense against Napoleon Bonaparte.

Here's the complete list in order where all 56 movies these scenes came from:

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The Force Awakens Fan Art

Making @starwars fan art is the only way to let out my excitement for #TheForceAwakens! #ForceFriday

A photo posted by Brandan Ray Leathead (@ohbrandamnit) on Sep 4, 2015 at 9:30am PDT

The internet is yielding a massive outpouring of fan art surrounding the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I finally got to see the movie today and as far as I can tell, this collection of fan art contains no spoilers. It’s mainly portraits from talented folks like Brandan Ray Leathead above and Ibrahem Swaid below.

(Image credit: Ibrahem Swaid)

See 24 of the best The Force Awakens artworks from around the internet at Buzzfeed.

Look How Badly They Want Tacos

Frijoles & Frescas Grilled Tacos in Las Vegas was robbed last week. Much of the caper was caught by security cameras. While the perpetrators most likely didn’t get away with any money, they sure caused a lot of damage. But the restaurant made lemonade by using the security footage to make an ad!

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Making security footage into an entertaining story might get enough people to watch so that someone identifies the thieves. The ad includes the number for Crime Stoppers in Las Vegas, 702-385-5555, but the biggest impact of the video appears to be making people crave tacos. That’s all good, too. -via reddit

Leonardo DiCaprio Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator | Image: Miramax

For a performer who has easily made the jump from child actor to leading man, and one who has been cast  in some cases multiple times  by the most revered directors in the business, Leonardo DiCaprio has his share of detractors. But whether you like him, dislike him or are ambivalent, the truth is, DiCaprio is most likely in the film business to stay. 

While some complain that they never become so immersed in his performances that they forget he's playing a role, DiCaprio does have a wide range. He's played everything from the mentally challenged Arnie in What's Eating Gilbert Grape to legendary French poet Arthur Rimbaud in Total Eclipse; from trapped suburbanite Frank Wheeler in Revolutionary Road to first driven, later tortured aviator Howard Hughes in The Aviator.

This article by Will Leitch and Tim Grierson at Vulture presents their ratings of every DiCaprio film from worst to best. While you're bound to disagree with them on at least a few of their rankings, the two present thoughtful explanations of their choices. 

The Petrifying Well of Knaresborough

There is a natural well with a waterfall in North Yorkshire, near Knaresborough in the UK, that was once considered cursed by the devil. Objects that came in contact with the water turned to stone! Of course, no one wanted to touch the water, lest they be turned to stone, too. Although there were plenty of supernatural legends associated with the well and nearby Mother Shipton’s Cave, the part about turning to stone was true. Not people, obviously, but anything left in the water stream for some time became petrified. More adventurous people began hanging objects at the fountain deliberately.    

Eventually, scientific analysis of the water revealed the magic behind the petrification process. The water has high mineral content that precipitates over objects creating a hard shell of mineral over it in much the same way as stalactites and stalagmites form in a cave. What’s amazing, however, is the speed at which petrification occurred. Rather than centuries, small toys like teddy bears can petrify in just three to five months. Teddy bears are popular because they are porous which allows water to soak in and petrify the toy inside out. Other have left personal items such as rings and clothing, kitchen utensils, and even a bicycle.

King Charles I sold the well to a private owner in 1630, who opened it as a tourist attraction and charged for guided tours. Almost 400 years later, it’s still operated as a tourist attraction, part of Mother Shipton’s Park. Read the legend behind the park and see more pictures of the Petrifying Well at Amusing Planet. Yes, even the bicycle. -via Ralph Roberts

(Image credit: Flickr user Anne)

This Bridge is Rebuilt by Hand Every Year

The Q'eswachaka Bridge spans the Apurimac River Canyon in Peru, and links two communities. Every year, the communities come together to replace last year’s rope bridge with a new one made of strong, new grass. They’ve done this for hundreds of years, from the time of the Inka, with the process handed down through generations. Watch how they do it.

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Noonday Films made this video for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., specifically for the exhibit “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.” The exhibit opened in June and will be on display until June of 2018. -via Twisted Sifter

Also, a note on the spelling on Inka.

Did You Win This Tokyoflash Watch?

The Real Platform
by Tinkerpen
Fight Like a Girl
by Doodle-Heads
Attack on Titan Bauklotze
by Coconut_Design

Recently, we held two giveaways for Neatorama readers and NeatoMail subscribers. Here are the winners, as picked by the random number generator over at

First, there was the NeatoShop August Back to School T-Shirt Giveaway. Congratulations to JanetP who won The Real Platform T-shirt by Tinkerpen, luckylooloo who won Attack on Titan Bauklotze by Coconut_Design, and Catherine T. who won Fight Like a Girl by Doodle-Heads.

Mini Theory
by Donnie
PhD in Shopping
by Boggs Nicolas
Bender UFO
by Firebeard

Then, we've got our super neat Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt (answer page here). Congratulations to PinoyEggHead who won the Mini Theory T-Shirt by Donnie, gracieog who won PhD in Shopping T-Shirt by Boggs Nicolas, and Casey LaCaze who won Bender UFO by Firebeard.

Tokyoflash's Kisai Blade Wood Link LED Watch

And (drum roll, please!) the grand prize winner is Jason Castick who won the Kisai Blade Wood Link LED Watch courtesy of our pal Tokyoflash. Congrats, Jason!

We continue to have awesome giveaways exclusive to NeatoMail subscribers. Join in on the fun by entering your email address below (We won't disclose your email info to anyone - we hate spam ourselves!)

What Time Do You See in the Rorschach Clock?

This is Ferrolic--a clock displays the time by manipulating magnetic fluids. The figures are somewhat vague and soft, like the inkblots of Hermann Rorschach's famous psychological test. Appropriately, Zelf Koelman of the Eindhoven University of Technology designed the clock to be adjustable by the user:

The software behind these electromagnets, and thus the shapes and information displayed, can be edited. Ferrolic is controlled by an intelligent internal system that is accessible trough a web-browser. In this way users can assign “the creatures” to display time, text, shapes and transitions. Experienced users can create animations from their own custom shapes.

-via Fast Co Design

The Owl Is Calm. Trust Us.

Nelly is an owl.

Nelly has seen things.

Nelly has seen terrible things.

Nelly is calm. You must believe this to be true.

Nelly appeared on an Australian TV news segment. A newscaster mentioned that she seemed very calm--right before she turned to the camera and revealed to millions of viewers a tiny glimpse into her inner horror.

-via Gifsboom

10 Awesomely Cool Clock Designs

Clocks may have less relevance now that everyone is constantly glancing at their phones and cable boxes that have built-in time keepers, but that doesn't mean they aren't still useful -especially when it comes to adding a little style to your home.

That's why we decided to round up some of the most beautiful, creative and just downright cool clocks ever in our newest Homes and Hues article.

From clocks that look at you to those you can look through, these cool clocks are sure to make a statement even in an age where few people actually care to check the time anywhere but their phone screen.

So don't miss our round up of great timepieces over at Homes and Hues: 10 Crazy Cool Clock Designs

Star Trek and Star Wars Disco

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The 70s were . . . different. They're over, which is probably a good thing. But that era remains fascinating to observe from a distance.

Science fiction was becoming a mainstream phenomenon. Musicians of the era remixed the sci-fi compositions of the time, such as this dance reworking of the Star Trek theme by The Universal Robot Band.

It's 1 of 7 disco-era musical variants of science fiction rounded up by Uproxx. They include the cantina band theme from Star Wars and an Italian synthpop song about Jabba the Hutt.

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