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Toddler Gives Bull Terrier a Medical Checkup

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A little girl named Noa gives a thorough veterinary checkup to Neckar, likely the most chill and patient bull terrier ever. Every bull terrier I've encountered is so excited about life and gregarious that they are practically bouncing off walls. It makes me wonder if the "doctor" didn't administer a sedative to her patient prior to the checkup. Whatever the case, it's adorable. Via Tastefully Offensive

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Romance Novel Covers Remade with Real People

The passion . . . the lust . . . the cellulite. These romance novel covers are a bit more realistic. Charles Manning, Lauren Ahn, and Kathleen Kamphausen recreated for Cosmpolitan the cover images for 10 bodice-rippers using ordinary people. The couples look very much in love, but we might not want to witness the continuation of their intimate congress.

Content warning: implied nudity that you probably don't want to think about.

-via Geek x Girls

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The 18 Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s

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The 1980s was a glorious time for cinema. Audiences could swoon over soaring science fiction epics like Dune and Return of the Jedi. It was also a high time for fantasy film making. Leah Schnelbach of Tor has ranked 18 of them. They include some of my favorites of the genre, including Krull, Conan the Barbarian, and The Beastmaster.

Krull is a sadly neglected work that has not received the attention that it deserves. It is not a truly great movie, but it is consistently entertaining. I became enamored of it in my youth. By the time I was 16, I had watched it so many times that I could recite the dialogue from memory.

What movies on the list do you like? Are there any films you would add to it?

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Adorable Superman and Wonder Woman Wedding

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'Baby, you're my Wonder Woman.'

'Honey, you're a Superman to me.'

Reinesha and Devan must feel this way about each other because they had a superhero-themed wedding with Reinesha as the Princess of Themyscira and Devan as the Man of Steel. The entire wedding party was dressed appropriately for the event, including Wonder Woman eye makeup, Superman socks, and wedding rings for both of those characters. Reinesha and Devan are clearly DC superfans and deeply in love.

You can see more photos of their wedding here. I suggest that you do because the level of detail that they went to is really impressive.

They don't show the departure from the wedding, but we can safely assume that it was in an invisible jet heading for the Fortress of Solitude.

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Old Man Shocks Everyone at Wedding with His Dancing Skills

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He may need canes to walk, but not to dance! Watch this old man put the younger folks to shame with his mastery of the dance floor. You can join him, but I doubt you can keep up with his moves and speed.

-via Huffington Post

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Post-Game Hug

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The proper etiquette after a tennis match is for the two players to greet each other, shake hands, or hug. During the Claro Open Colombia tennis tournament in Bogotá, Colombia, Croatian player Ivo Karlovic, who is 6’ 11”, defeated Israeli Dudi Sela, who is 5’ 9”. Sela found the perfect workaround for this situation. The fact that they are dressed just alike was a coincidence.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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Black-Footed Cat Kittens Play with Crickets

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Zoos find themselves in the strange position of buying animals for other animals. In this case, the Philadelphia Zoo got a shipment of live crickets for the Black-footed Cat kittens to play with. You remember when they were little. They’ve grown a lot, and now are almost as big as their mother! Drogon, Viserion, and Rhaegal are three months old now.

It seems weird to call them Black-foot Cat kittens, instead of just Black-footed kittens. But “Black-footed Cat” is the species. It’s like saying “Sand Cat cubs” instead of just Sand cubs. But wait- at what point do you classifying wild cats as cubs instead of kittens? Black-footed cats are smaller than domestic cats, but they are still wildcats! -via Uproxx

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Disney Princess War

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You have to admit that some Disney Princesses are more badass than others. Which ones are well illustrated in this sequence from Robot Chicken (sure, you could easily guess which princesses would hold a gun backward). Honestly, who in their right mind would think you could possibly put this many young ladies of royalty in one room and not expect it to get extremely catty in no time? It’s a good thing this was written before Frozen, because a war like this would be over in a second if one of the participants actually had superpowers! -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Enjoy Four Seasonings With These Fun Four Seasoning Shakers

Salt and pepper is great and all, but why settle for two flavors -especially when doubling your spices also means getting to spruce up your table with these delightful Four Seasons Seasoning Shakers. 

Each plastic dome holds a plastic tree (or succulent) that represents a different season and you can even choose spices that accentuate the theme -by using salt in the winter dome, for example. 

You can buy the set at Fancy and read more about them at Homes and Hues: Use the Four Seasons to Season Your Food

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Harry Potter Juggalo Tattoo

Magic wands--how do they work?

Harry's a juggalo, not a muggalo, despite what this fantastic tattoo by daveycxc suggests. Even Insane Clown Posse endorses the makeup.

-via BuzzFeed

P.S. Did you hear that J.K. Rowling just published a new Harry Potter short story? You can read it here.

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Mother and Son Wedding Dance

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We’ve seen plenty of choreographed wedding dances, and after a while, they all start to look the same. This one, featuring the groom and his mother, is less of a showing-off dance than most and more of a humorous “evolution of dance” type demonstration that had the crowd pleased and didn’t go on too long. It was a complete surprise to the bride! -via Viral Viral Videos

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Slow Jam Version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Scott Bradlee and his band Postmodern Jukebox reproduce popular songs in radically different musical styles, such as a Dixieland jazz version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" by Guns 'n' Roses. Lately, they've been offering slow jam versions of cartoon themes, such as Chip & Dale: Rescue Rangers and Pokémon.

This Saturday, they remixed the theme song of our favorite chelonian martial artists, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The original is embedded below.

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-via Kotaku

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World’s Toughest Job

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A company interviews people via computer for a fake job. This is a tough job, the kind where you’re always on call, carrying a lot of responsibility, no breaks, no vacations, no holidays, and no pay. Would you sign up for a job like that? Of course not! Or maybe you would… because you can probably see the end of this one coming. It’s an ad, too, but don’t let that spoil your enjoyment of this prank. -via Viral Viral Videos

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How It Should Have Ended: Frozen

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The comedy writers at HISHE have produced their best parody video yet.

Obviously Frozen could have had few complications if only Anna and Elsa's parents had demonstrated basic parenting sense. But HISHE goes even further, suggesting a crossover movie that we all want to see.

I won't say any more, lest I spoil it for you.

-via Tor

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Gender Swapped Disney Characters

Male Ariel (The Little Mermaid)

Why should Disney princesses have all the fun? Artist Sakimi Chan decided to gender swap her favorite Disney princesses/villains into dudes (and vice versa) - and the results are quite stunning! The details and colors of Chan's artwork are amazing in and of themselves, then the unexpected twist of gender bending the characters really propel them into a whole 'nother level.

Take a look at Sakimi Chan's wonderful gender swapped Disney characters below and at her deviantArt page:

Male Cruella de Vil (101 Dalmatians)

Male Elsa (Frozen)

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Runaway Truck

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A FedEx delivery driver was recorded on a home’s security camera as he experienced a little mishap. The dogs were delighted! They have a thing against delivery men, you know. It’s a good thing that this neighborhood had no traffic that day.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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Swan Song by PES

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Stop-motion artist PES made an ad for the new citizenM Hotel in New York. These towel swans are just lovely, swimming around on the bed, don't you think? -via Boing Boing  

See more clever animations by PES.

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My Little Pony Hood Ornament

Hayden Sailer is a serious fan of Princess Luna from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He rides around in style in a classic Oldsmobile decorated with a custom hood ornament that looks like the princess of the night. He made it with a 3D printer using a design that he found on Shapeways, then covered it with chrome paint.

This is one of many Luna crafts that Sailer has made, the most of impressive of which is this elegant light-up cane sword.

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This My Little Pony Tattoo Neatly Summarizes the Brony Mentality

Fluttershy is my favorite pony. I'm not alone in that sentiment. Lots of bronies identify with Fluttershy, the gentle pegasus whose Element of Harmony is kindness. My Little Pony tattoos are common. But this one, I think, expresses the basic impulse beneath brony culture. Shakara Tattoo inked it on the arm of DeviantART member Captain Ambivalent. She attributes the line to singer and songwriter Morrissey.


Now permit me to play devil's advocate here: how does being gentle and kind require strength? I'm having trouble making the logical connection.

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Airborne Circle of Life

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Families have singalongs on car trips to pass the time, and don’t you wish you could get something like that going on a bus or plane? Even if you could get people to sing along, they probably wouldn’t sound all that good. But sometimes you just get lucky.

The Australian cast of The Lion King flew from Brisbane to Sydney, and a substantial number of them were in the same section of the same Virgin Australia plane. The other passengers were treated to a live and up-close version of “The Circle of Life.” That would be a flight to remember! It makes you want to grab the nearest baby and show him to the heavens. -via Buzzfeed

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Coke + Mentos (and Nutella!)

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An Italian YouTuber combines Coke and Mentos and funnels the reaction into a condom. You’ve seen it before, but he’s adding Nutella, which, I don’t know, is supposed to make it different or something. The reaction is what you’d expect, but his presentation is what makes the video special. Valluan provided a translation:

New, incredible experiment with Coke and Mentos! But we’re gonna try something new today: the energy and vitality of Nutella! And as always, we’re gonna use a condom, but this time it’s gonna be mango-flavored. Let’s start. First thing: let’s take some Nutella and put it on the top of the bottle, creating some kind of Nutella cap that will be fundamental for the Nutella-Coke-Mentos reaction. Good, now we open our condom and we put Mentos in it. Not just one, two or three, but five Mentos, since we found out during previous experiments that 5 is the best quantity of Mentos in terms of maximum reaction. Now we’re going to seal everything with some tape. Perfect: Nutella, Mentos… now we’re gonna let the Mentos drop on top of the Nutella, and that’s enough for… and here’s the reaction! Incredible, guys! Coke and Mentos are reacting… it’s a world record! Look at it! It’s a world record! Look at it! IT'S A MIRACLE!!! WOOOOORLD REEEECOOOOOORD!!! COKE, MENTOS AND NUTELLA WORLD RECOOOORD!!! GOOOOO ITALYYYYYY!!!!!! NUTELLA, GUYS, IT’S THE PERFECT INGREDIENT!! YEEEEEESSSS!!!!

So I still don’t know what Nutella adds to the experiment, but he likes it, almost as much as he likes Italy. The real comedy comes in when you try to add English captions to the video. The audio translation is delightfully clueless. -via reddit

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Elephant Plays Water Polo

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Beco is an elephant at the Columbus Zoo. He is celebrating his fifth birthday this weekend. Watch him play around with a very tough rubber ball -no wonder it’s his favorite toy! Seriously, the manufacturer should use this in an ad touting how tough their sports equipment is. -via Arbroath

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Restoring the Chateau de Gudanes

You can save money and have a great house if you buy a fixer-upper, but only if you are prepared for the work it needs. Australians Karina and Craig Waters went to France and bought the Chateau de Gudanes, a 300-year-old 94-room neoclassical mansion in which no one had lived for many years. Restoring the chateau to its historic grandeur is a long-term project, which they are documenting on their blog, Chateau de Gudanes. Get an overview of their story and see wonderful photographs of the architectural details at Messy Nessy Chic.

Update 4/1/14 by Alex: More info on this at The Good Life France - Thanks Janine!

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Wolverine The Musical

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Hugh Jackman visited the Matt Edmondson Show on BBC Radio and sang about playing the part of Wolverine. The song is based on “Who Am I” from Les Miserables, with new superhero lyrics. Jackman was a good sport about it, and with a little more practice, could have pulled this off on stage in front of a crowd. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Han Solo and Batman Riding a Flying Unicorn

No world can be truly hopeless if it contains this photo. It's one of several of unknown provenance circulating the internet. Han Solo rides to the Batcave to pick up Batman for a pleasant afternoon outing. They rest on the back of Swift Wind, the magical horse belonging to She-Ra from She-Ra: Princess of Power. You can see more photos in the series at Nerd Approved.

P.S. Now before I anger any He-Man and the Masters of the Universe fans, let me say this: yes, my headline is probably incorrect. Swift Wind is not, strictly speaking, a flying unicorn. Nor is he a pegasus, let alone an alicorn. He is a horse with magical transformative powers. Unfortunately, I am unaware of any word that adequately describes a horse that transforms into such a creature, rather than one that is naturally-occurring in this form.

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This Brilliant Invention Helps Disabled Kids Walk and Play

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Debby Elnatan's young son, Rotem, has cerebral palsy. He has very limited mobility. She wanted to find a way to help him experience upright movement, so she invented the Upsee. It's a harness that straps a child to the legs and waist of an adult. Both the child and the adult wear sandals that are joined together and slip over their shoes. With the adult's assistance, the child can step, walk, dance and even kick. Both can keep their hands free while doing so.

Elnatan took the Upsee to Leckey, a child accessory manufacturer in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. On Monday, the company released Upsee for global distribution. You can find a promotional video below.

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-via 22 Words

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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25 Amazing Behind-the-Scenes Photos of Star Wars

These are the Star Wars behind-the-scenes photos you're looking for.

Ever since the iconic sci-fi series joined Instagram back in December 2013, the Star Wars Instagram has amassed an empire of followers (it stands at about 327K follower right now - it got 50K followers right off the bat with just three pics. What can we say? The Force is strong with this one.)

Since then, they added over 200 posts, so it's time that we take another look at some of the best behind-the-scenes photos posted to the Star Wars Instagram account so far:

A never-before-seen behind-the-scenes image of Natalie Portman as Queen Amidala

Gamorrean Guard feet, found at the Lucasfilm Archives

This prop is used to create the hyperspace-jump effect, with a little help from fancy lighting and camera tricks

Sound designer Ben Burtt petting George Lucas' pet dog Indiana, the inspiration for Chewbacca and the eponym of Indiana Jones

"We named the dog Indiana" is actually true!

Wampa hair sample

This wampa hair sample was sent to costume makers to ensure color continuity

Extras line up for the final scenes of A New Hope

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The Wheels On The Bus Go "I Hate You"

The dog owner on the bus will go "wah, wah, wah" after Dachy the Dachshund gets his revenge. Remember, with this breed of dog, it's death from the ankles down!

Via Neatorama's Facebook page, where you'll find more neat pics like this one - go give us a like, wontcha?

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This Elegant Library Is Literally Guarded by a Colony of Bats

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And I mean literally as in literally and not figuratively (it is now necessary to be clear about that).

This is the library of the National Palace in Mafra, Portugal. It's a beautiful building constructed by and for the now abolished Kings of Portugal. The palace has a library that would make any booklover quiver in joy. The volumes are well-preserved, in part due to the resident bats.

Yes, bats.

The staff permits bats to live in the library. They come out at night and feed on book-eating bugs. Kevin Hartnett writes in The Boston Globe:

In a new book, "The Library: A World History," author James Campbell and photographer Will Pryce survey the world's libraries, from the expansive new National Library of China to the Tripitaka Koreana, which was built in 1251 in South Korea and is one of the oldest intact libraries in the world. The book is full of interesting asides, including the fact about the bats, which live at the Biblioteca Joanina and the Mafra Palace Library in Portugal. In an email, Campbell explained that the bats, which are less than inch long, roost during the day behind "elaborate rococo bookcases" and come out at night to hunt insects which otherwise would feast on the libraries' books. The price of this natural insect control is paid in scat: The bats, Campbell writes, "leave a thin layer of droppings over everything. So each morning the floors have to be thoroughly cleaned...and the furniture has to be covered at night."

It totally makes sense. Remember that Batgirl was a librarian.

(Image: American Library Association)

-via Carmen Jade

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Daily Affirmations with Skeletor

Emotionally speaking, Skeletor has been a wreck. And it's not just the foreclosure and the divorce. Those are symptoms of larger problems. But to his credit, he's getting help with counseling and a top-notch life coach.

The blog Health Thyself, Skeletor is filled with his own affirmations. These are his ways of getting over the deep insecurities that have plagued his relationships since he was a child.

How well is this process working for Skeletor? Pretty well. You can read about his transformation in this interview of Skeletor and his life coach, S. Elizabeth, at Geekquality.

-via Nag on the Lake

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