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Dog Wants to Play Fetch

This dog really wants to play fetch, but that’s not a child! That’s a doll! Elsa’s not going to throw that toy for you.

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Must be a pretty good likeness to the dog. I wonder how many people in this house he already solicited for the game. I hope after this clip was recorded, someone took pity on the pup and threw the toy for him.  -via Tastefully Offensive

Kids Discover That Bologna Is Adhesive, Make Art with Their Lunch

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For all of these years, we've been eating bologna wrong. Toddler siblings Tyson and Lilly have discovered the right way. They found that the meat product is naturally adhesive to flat surfaces. So they trimmed it into shapes with their teeth, then fixed it to the walls of their home.

There's a lot of potential in this art form. An inventive artist like Hong Yi could work wonders with bologna.

-via Laughing Squid

Rosetta, the Comet-chasing Spacecraft

Ten years ago, the European Space agency launched the Rosetta space probe with its mission to harpoon and ride a comet.

The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe aims for a spectacular first in space exploration. The billion-euro machine will catch up with a comet, circle it slowly, and throw down a lander to the surface. With gravity too weak to keep it there, the box of electronics and sensors on legs will cling to its ride with an explosive metal harpoon.

Together, the Rosetta probe and its lander, Philae, will scan and poke the comet as it tears towards the sun. As the comet draws near, it will warm and spew huge plumes of gas and dust in a tail more than one million kilometres long. The spectacle has never been captured up close before.

The comet, named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, formed from cosmic debris 4.6bn years ago, before material had coalesced to form the Earth and our nearest planets, and the sun was a newborn star. Even rocket scientists find the comet's name hard work. Some opt instead for "Chury".

But first, it has to wake up. The probe is currently further from the sun than Jupiter, without adequate sunlight to power itself. It was put into hibernation three years ago to conserve energy. On Monday, scientists will be crossing their fingers when it's time to reactivate the probe, to gear it up for its rendezvous with the comet in the spring. What could possibly go wrong? A million things, actually, so the ESA crew will be a bit nervous come Monday. We just hope that Rosetta doesn't turn over an hit the snooze button.  -via reddit

We had a progress report from Rosetta back in 2007. That seems so long ago.

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Call to Arms

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This short film will keep you on the edge of your seat until about two-thirds of the way through, when it makes you breathe a sigh of relief and go all aww. Then in the last second, it is revealed to be… an ad! Oh well, without a product advertising budget, it wouldn't have been this good, I suppose. You'll see this during the Super Bowl, along with the other best (and most expensive) TV ads of the year. -via Laughing Squid

Lion Cubs and the New Thing

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Nala and Simba don't know what this thing is, so the best course of action is to smack it and hiss at it. Of course. "This thing" is a remote control car with a GoPro camera attached, which photographer Chris Bray knows is the safest way to get up close and personal with the King of Beasts. Mama lion and the third cub never showed much interest. This was recorded in Kenya. -via Tastefully Offensive

The Tessellated Pavement of Tasmania

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This isn’t a road or a sculpture, but a naturally occurring rock formation on the Australian island of Tasmania. It’s called the Tessellated Pavement of Eaglehawk Neck. It consists of slabs of siltstone that began eroding at the edges between 60 and 160 million years ago.

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Grumpy Cat and the Tramp

Artist Eric Proctor has been gradually working the internet's famous Grumpy Cat into Disney's animated movies. We've previously featured several of works showing Tard as Disney princesses. Recently, Proctor placed Tard in other roles, including the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio and Lilo in Lilo and Stitch.

Here's Tard as Lady in the iconic spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp.

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Sorry, Tramp. Sharing is for suckers.

10 Awesome Pieces of Decor You Can Make With Your Kids

Christmas is a great time to spend time with your family -especially your kids. If you're looking for some classy decor that you can actually make with your children, you won't want to miss our newest Homes and Hues article

Aside from some great decorations to class up your home, there are also a few cool ways to teach your kids about science. For example, these fire and ice lanterns by Mad in Crafts can teach your youngster about science and how water will freeze from the outside in. 

If you're having people over for the holidays, don't miss our post on 10 Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas. While they're pretty focused on Fall, you could easily switch out the leaves and squashes for candy canes, pine branches and holly.

23 Front Pages Covering The Day President Kennedy Was Assassinated

To mark the 50th anniversary of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Buzzfeed offers a collection of newspaper screenshots featuring the news as it was disseminated after the event.

Do you recall what you were doing on November 22, 1963? Due to the fact that my small town had no kindergarten, and it was cold outside, I was watching TV with my mother when the news broke. She identified with Jackie Kennedy, as the Kennedy's children were close in age to hers. I was too young to understand how momentous the news was, but when Mom cried, I cried, too, and then my little brother cried. The news over the next few days were my introduction into government and politics.

If you were around then, please share your story of that day in the comments.  

Cats Hear You; Don't Care

A new study from the University of Tokyo sheds some light on cat's understanding of the human voice. A team led by Atsuko Saito studied 20 house cats over eight months in their natural habitat: at home with their owners. They found that 50 to 70 percent of cats would turn their heads when they heard a human voice, regardless of who it was. Their reaction was more intense if the voice was their owner's. This shows that cats do recognize their owner's voice. However, only 10 percent of the cats gave the feline version of a reply: by meowing or moving their tails. Apparently, cats mostly choose to ignore what they hear.

The Topography of Tears: Do Tears of Joy and Sorrow Look Different Under the Microscope?

Tears of ending and beginning

Do tears of grief look different under the microscope than tears of happiness?

That's the basis of photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher's new project, The Topography of Tears. Over the past several years, she collected human tears - her own and others - that accompany a wide range of feelings, including elation, sorrow, frustration, and rejection. (She's even got tears from chopping onions and those of a newborn.)

"I started the project about five years ago, during a period of copious tear, amid lots of change and loss - so I had a surplus of raw material," Fisher said to Joseph Stromberg of The Smithsonian's Collage of Arts and Sciences blog. After realizing that "everything we see in our lives is just the tip of the iceberg," visually speaking, she wondered what a tear looked like up close.

So Fisher caught one of her tears, dried it on a slide and peered through the microscope's eyepiece. "It was really interesting. It looked like an aerial view, almost as if I was looking down at a landscape from a plane. Eventually, I started wondering - would a tear of grief look any different than a tear of joy? And how would they compare to, say, an onion tear?"

Onion tears

Stromberg explained that scientifically speaking, there are three types of tears: basal tears that are released continuously in small quantities to keep the eye lubricated, reflex tears that are secreted when the eye is irritated by foreign particles like sand or onion vapors, and psychic tears from crying or weeping due to strong emotions, both positive and negative.

All tears are mainly composed of water and salts, with accompanying biological substances like antibodies and antibacterial enzymes. And according to studies, the composition of emotional or psychic tears are different than those caused by eye irritants. For example, emotional tears have more protein-based hormones.

Some of that may explain the differences in Fisher's photos of the various tears, but as any chemist would tell you, the crystallization of salt is highly dependent on a variety of factors. So keep in mind that the same emotional tears may crystallize into vastly different shapes and formations under slightly different circumstances. Regardless, that does not diminish our joy in viewing Fisher's remarkable micrographs.

View the photo essay over at The Smithsonian.

Tears of change

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Well, Does We?

I thinks we does. Someone needs to control the liquor used by the headline editor of this unnamed newspaper. Sure, I have typos, but they rarely are this funny -or this permanent. My guess is that the original headline said "Does (city name) need..." and the typesetter (or whatever they call the digital equivalent) substituted the shorter "we." Found at Bad Newspaper. -via the Presurfer

20 Cool Facts About Pulp Fiction

These days, a $5 milkshake isn't all that unheard of, but Pulp Fiction is still a brilliant movie that (mostly) doesn't feel dated. If you're a big fan of the flick, you certainly won't want to miss this cool Uproxx article featuring 20 neat facts about Pulp Fiction. For example, Vincent Vega's Malibu seen in the film actually belonged to Tarantino and was stolen while the movie was in production -the car was only recovered by police earlier this year!

By the way, the note about Fruit Brute not being around any more isn't entirely true. They just re-released the product for Halloween this year. In fact, I have a box in my cupboard right now.

The Beatles Concert on the Day JFK Was Shot

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Friday, November 22, 1963. One of the most unforgettable days in world history. It was, of course, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

At the time, a newly popular British group called The Beatles were in the middle of their fourth European tour. The November 22nd concert by the soon-to-be-dubbed "Fab Four" had been anticipated with great excitement by Beatles fans.

By an odd and incredible coincidence, the Beatles' second album With The Beatles was set to be released that same day. The album already had advance orders of half a million (by 1965, it was to sell over a million copies in the UK, making it only the second album to ever do so).

With The Beatles featured seven new songs by the world's hottest new composers, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and also featured George Harrison's first-ever Beatles composition, "Don't Bother Me." With The Beatles was to soar to the number one spot on the charts and stay there for 21 weeks.

As the Beatles' first album Please Please Me had already had a 30-week run at the top spot before being replaced by With The Beatles, this meant the band held the #1 spot on the British charts for an incredible 51 consecutive weeks.

Excited Beatle fans were gathering outside Stockton's Globe Cinema for the first of two concerts to be given that night, the first at 6PM. Also featured on the bill that night were the Kestrels, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, The Vernon Girls, The Brook Brothers, and the Rhythm & Blues Quartet. Obviously, these fellow entertainers were not to have quite the same level of musical immortality the Beatles were to obtain.  

The entertainers all heard the tragic news from four-and-a-half thousand miles away of the US president's assassination before they took the stage that evening. According to Geoff Williams of The Kestrels, "We heard the news that JFK had been shot before we went onstage. That would have been around 7PM. It wasn't until afterwards that we heard he was dead. I don't think there was a TV at the cinema. It would have been just word-of-mouth."

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Cat Gives the Big-eye

Redditor CharlotteScarlet posted this picture of her cat under the title "Annie thinks this is her ferocious face." Oh, we believe that is definitely a ferocious cat face, alright, because we have seen it before:

Stunning resemblance, wouldn't you say? -via Daily of the Day

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