Twitter Hashtag Prompts Users to Post Their Forbidden Fauxtos

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If your phone was hacked, would there be any embarrassing pictures there to steal?

Last week, a thread was started on 4chan by a poster claiming to be a hacker in possession of celebrity nude photos. The poster claimed the images were acquired through hacking various celebrities' phones and electronics, and said they would be leaked on Sunday, 8/31.

As promised, on Sunday, images of partial and fully nude celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were posted at 4chan. An angry Lawrence confirmed the pictures were authentic by releasing a statement saying she would prosecute the offender(s) if they were caught. Publicity of the scandal continues, although no one has been charged with the crime. 

Twitter users found some humor in the incident, which launched the hashtag #IfMyPhoneGotHacked. The Twitter comedy brigade joined in the fun wholeheartedly. Shown here are a few of their posts. See the rest at Uproxx.  



The Reality Behind The Beats By Dre Headphones

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I don't know if you know, but those super expensive Beats by Dre headphones that you see everyone wearing? Well, um, they are not so great. You know what they are great at? Trying to point out to people you have no problem shelling out two hundred dollars or more for headphones that offer the same quality as ten dollar headphones, just so you can get the social status that goes along with donning a pair of them. Well, never before have I heard the whole "Beats by Dre" thing explained as perfectly as it is explained here. Please send this video to your friends who wear these things everywhere they go like some sort of crown. It will bring them back to reality a bit.

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The creator of this piece, Marques Brownlee has a bunch of stuff on his YouTube page worth checking out. But mainly, revel in the fact that this dude had the stones to come out and say what so many people have been thinking about these Beat by Dre headphones for years now. I see people wearing them to the grocery store and want to slap them off their heads. This proves the majority would clap if I did (but I wont).


Phone Lines of Stockholm in the Late Nineteenth Century

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A limitation of the first phone lines in the late 1800s was that there had to be a line for each phone, which was connected to an exchange. Each call was then manually connected by an operator. Thus, the necessary lines were held by towers that looked like fibers connected to a loom.

These vintage photos show the Telefontornet, the telephone exchange tower in Stockholm, Sweden. A typical configuration, it was fraught with risks of danger from storms, fires and other calamities. By 1913, phone technology had progressed to the point that the Telefontornet was no longer used, though the tower stood until 1953 when it caught fire.

See more photos by browsing the collection at Stockholm's Museum of Technology, Tekniska Museet. Via Colossal. 

Images: Tekniska Museet

Headless Horseman - Not Just A Figment Of Ichabod's Imagination

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Headless Horseman by Chicoloco Designs

There's a creepy chill in the fall air, and walking home alone at night is starting to feel like a bad idea, because horrible things are waiting for unwary travelers in the dark. Every year around this time the Headless Horseman rides again, and travelers know they'd better keep their eyes open for his steed's glowing red eyes or the warm glow of his jack-o-lantern or they're liable to lose their head...

Show your love for frightful legends with this Headless Horseman t-shirt by Chicoloco Designs, it will make your friends cackle with delight!

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Trovants: The Growing Stones of Romania

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In Romania’s Valcea County, there are boulders called trovants that grow. Really. They also multiply, by sprouting bulbs that form into rocks. It sounds like a tall tale or urban legend, but science confirms it. There’s a perfectly logical but rather complicated explanation, involving the nearby sand quarry, the mineral-rich rain of the area, and other factors that make the location unique. You can read how it happens, and see plenty of pictures at When On Earth. -via the Presurfer

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John Oliver, Cookie Monster, Al Roker, and Nick Offerman Broadcast the News

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W-ORD Channel 7 News keeps you up to date on the latest news in letters. John Oliver and Cookie Monster are the co-anchors. Telly Monster is the field reporter. Al Roker presents the weather (which is very bromantic) and Nick Offerman offers mustache commentary. It's all the news fit to eat on W-ORD Channel 7. In a mere 5 minutes and 18 seconds, these journalism professionals pack in joke after joke. Mashable, Sesame Street, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver have outdone themselves.

If John Oliver moves on from his HBO show, we now know precisely who should replace him.

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This Baby Was Born Ready to Rock

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Some of us are ready to rock only after extensive training and preparation. But this little girl was born ready. It's especially fitting that she's showing the double sign of the horns because she's the daughter of Hazuki, a singer with the band Grollschwert. This band from Osaka bills itself as a "melodic deathrash metal band." He's at the front and center of the photo below.

(Photo: Grollschwert)

Where did the baby get her metalness? It's in her blood.

An Unused Chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Surfaces

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The Guardian 
has published a chapter from a draft of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that wasn't published in the book. This is the second time an unused piece from Dahl's celebrated children's book has been published. The first, entitled "Spotty Powder," involved a girl named Miranda Piker. That chapter was published by the The London Times in 2005 and was featured on Neatorama. Dahl took the time to write it backwards, in "mirror writing." It remains a mystery as to why.  

The latest chapter is called "The Vanilla Fudge Room." An excerpt follows:

"They went into another cavernous room, and here again a really splendid sight met their eyes. In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way up the sides of the mountain, hundreds of men were working away with picks and drills, hacking great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside; and some of them, those that were high up in dangerous places, were roped together for safety.

As the huge hunks of fudge were pried loose, they went tumbling and bouncing down the mountain, and when they reached the bottom they were picked up by cranes with grab-buckets, and the cranes dumped the fudge into open waggons – into an endless moving line of waggons (rather like smallish railway waggons) which carried the stuff away to the far end of the room and then through a hole in the wall."

Read the passage in entirety at The Guardian.  

Image: Offical Roald Dahl Website 

Bardarbunga Eruption

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This is raw footage from EuroNews of the Bardabunga volcano erupting today in Iceland. Lava fountains are spewing up to 100 meters high, yet journalists and sightseers are there to not only record it, but pose with it. The eruption, which began on Sunday, could continue for weeks. Read more about Bardabunga at Mashable.

How Batista From Guardians of the Galaxy Inspired an Autistic Child

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Sometimes, the web is full of irreverence and silliness, which can be a good thing. But sometimes, in some far flung corner of the interwebz, you will find a story that feeds your soul a bit. For me today, this was that story. Essentially, a girl who has a brother who is borderline Autistic went to see Gaurdians of the Galaxy. For those who don't know, the Drax character cannot understand metaphors or sarcasm and seems to take everything literally. The girl noticed her little brother instantly relating to Drax as he never had with an on-screen character before:

I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture.

So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

You can click the link below the read the full story, and I suggest you do. Pretty sure this might be the best thing that has ever come out of a summer movie with a talking racoon (no insult to this fun and enjoyable film, but who knew it could have such an important impact?).

Well played. A superhero who can make a kid who feels ostracized feel normal? Now that, to me, defines superhero.


Tucker Finds a Home

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You may have seen pictures of this sad-looking cat over the past few weeks. This is Tucker, and she has genetic abnormalities that give her droopy eyes, extremely sensitive skin (hence the t-shirts), and deformed legs. Yet Tucker is a sweet, gentle cat who came into the care of Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter in Arlington, Washington. And after a recent spate of publicity, Tucker has a new home!   

Many people applied to adopt Tucker. She ultimately went home with Katie, who is a vet tech and, along with her husband, lives with their cat Poe, who has similar special needs. Tucker couldn’t have ordered up a more perfect match. Now she will have a loving family, custom-made t-shirts, and a companion cat that can relate. -via Daily of the Day

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

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It doesn't have to be a snowman. It can be a mutated snowbeast that will destroy our enemies.

Well, it will once I get a grant that can fund one of sufficient size.

Yes, I know: and pass the institutional review board's requirements for radiation usage. There's always one more obstacle in the path of mad science.

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Fawlty Towers in LEGO

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The BBC TV show Fawlty Towers aired only twelve episodes, but the talents of John Cleese and the rest of the cast left an indelible mark on the show’s fans 40 years ago. One of those fans has recreated the hotel setting completely in LEGO!

Nathan Feist, the Fawlty Towers fan who built the reproduction, honored the show in such meticulous detail that even small things like fire extinguishers were reproduced in LEGO form. And have you ever seen a LEGO moose? Well, look no further. The famous moose head from the show is up in glorious detail, broken antler and all, on the wall above the reception desk.

Feist debuted the project at Brickfair Virgini over the summer. See more pictures at Nerdist. -via Wellbelove

Peekaboo Pup

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Benny the English bulldog isn't just your average Joe Pup. He has fans. And Instagram followers. His future's so bright he's gotta wear shades. Or, better yet, he can play peekaboo to escape the glare of the spotlight. Even doggie stars need a little solitude to save their sanity. Via Laughing Squid.

The Ungrammatical Grand-Master - Mighty Buff He Is

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The Ungrammatical Grand-Master by Randy Coffey

The little green master was getting tired of using his mind all the time, and those splitting headaches weren't helping his demeanor, so he decided to bulk up and start battling with his fists. He bought some Gamma Ray brand protein powder and started hitting the weights, and before he knew it he had grown three feet in height and put on over two hundred pounds of solid muscle. He had become a hulking behemoth, and even though his grammar skills hadn't improved he was able to crush Empire troopers with his bare hands!

Bulk up your geeky wardrobe with this The Ungrammatical Grand-Master t-shirts by Randy Coffey, it's a powerful force for good fashion.

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One Project in the Life of an Astronomer, Described in Haiku

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The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

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by Eric Schulman
National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Charlottesville, Virginia

Acronyms swim and           
Bullets denote a life's work
On your resume.             

    A flash of insight.      
    The Universe demands that
    You test the theory.     

        Peruse the journals.        
        An unsuccessful search means
        You need new data!          

            Write a proposal        
            To justify the science  
            That you need to do.    

                Have patience while the  
                Time Assignment Committee
                Evaluates you.           

                    You have been awarded time.
                    Prepare for the run.       

                        On board the plane you
                        Explain astronomy to   
                        Fellow passengers.     

                            Once on the mountain         
                            You have little time to rest.
                            Check the telescope.         

                                A message appears:           
                                "Cannot access pixel file."
                                You must fix this bug.       

                                    You are ready now.       
                                    The telescope is working.
                                    Eat a quick dinner.      

                                        The sun is setting.        
                                        It's time to open the dome.
                                        The stars await you.

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This article is republished with permission from the May-June 1998 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. You can purchase back issues of the magazine or subscribe to receive future issues, in printed or in ebook form. Or get a subscription for someone as a gift!

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Thailand's Exquisite White Temple

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Thailand's Wat Rong Khun or "White Temple," featured previously on Neatorama in a 2007 article on unique temples, is a glorious sight to behold. This breathtaking Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai province was erected in 1997 and designed by acclaimed Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. The structure is embellished with mirrored tiles and mosaics.

Wat Rong Khun sustained extensive damages in the May 5, 2014 earthquake in northern Thailand, which registered 6.0 on the Richter scale, killed one person and injured dozens of others. At that time, the temple was closed indefinitely for repairs. Kositpipat was quoted in the past as saying "Only death can stop my dream, but cannot stop my project." 

See more photographs of Wat Rong Khun here.

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Whodunit: The Piney Bluffers

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The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

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"I was just pulling into the Piney Bluffs gas station," the shaken witness told the operator. "I heard a gunshot. And then I saw the men—two of them—running out of the station and hopping into a recreation vehicle. They'd killed the attendant." She gave a description of the R.V and a general description of the men.

The R.V was found, abandoned south of one of the roadblocks the highway patrol had set up. The vehicle was just feet away from Piney Bluffs State Park, which was enjoying its first rain in weeks. It was assumed that the men had hiked away into the hundreds of acres of parkland. Officers were sent in to interview the campers.

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Giant Walking Dragon Seen Around France

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If you are not familiar with the work of art collective La Machine, we suggest you do so immediately. Known for huge, moving, working art instillations that they then use to walk around and interact with people and surroundings. Though all their work has been nothing short of awe-inspiring, their latest piece seems to be setting the art world on fire.

I said that because it is an actual working dragon who breathes fire.

The project is being titled Long Ma Jing Shen, which roughly translates to "The spirit of the horse dragon". Check out more about it here at Screenburn

Besides the amazing joints and flaming mouth and scultpure work, the fact that there are kids on the sidewalks openly weeping tells me these guys made a pretty awesome creation and definitely breathed some life into it. Honestly, a fire-breathing dragon making kids cry in the streets of France? I think few can deny just how awesome that is.

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You Can Win A Geeky Custom Spotlight of Your Choosing

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Custom Spotlights make cool spotlights and you can buy many of their premade designs right now. Or you can have one custom made in any design you choose. While the service will ordinarily cost £95, you can win one for free through our newest Homes and Hues contest! Plus, you will also receive two NeatoShop tees of your choice. We're even giving away two free tees to a runner up!

Find out how to enter and see more of their cool light creations over at Homes and Hues: Win A Custom Spotlight of Your Choice

Battleship Yamato Model Made with Wine Bottles and Corks

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Twitter user @belcorno is perhaps best known for his work as a latte artist. We've previously featured his colorful work in that medium. But over the summer, he embarked on a new artistic journey by creating this model of the World War II-era warship Yamato--the largest battleship ever built--using bottles, corks, kite strings, and toothpicks.

The Yamato is the central figure in a long-running anime franchise called Space Battleship Yamato. In it, the sunken warship is converted into a spaceship and sent into battle against alien invaders.

But because of the cables that @belcorno places between the bow, the stern, and the mast, I suspect that his work specifically refers to the real-life seagoing vessel.

Viva La Vader

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ZDoggMD (Dr. Zubin Damania) blames George Lucas for ruining his childhood with retroactive edits to the Star Wars series. I don’t know if that really inspired this parody song of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” but that’s what he complains about at his site. Unlike most of his videos, this one has no real medical connection, just some Star Wars fun.

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8 Children's Libraries That Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again

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I don't know about you guys, but I loved my local library when I was a kid. But with all the distractions of mobile devices, games, and more, many kids never even visit the library and when they do, they find it to be boring. That's why some libraries have really made an effort to encourage kids not only to keep reading but also to see just how much fun can be had at the library. Here are a few branches that go above and beyond when it comes to keeping kids entertained.

1. Brentwood Library

Perhaps one of the most visually impressive children's museums in America, the Brentwood Library's children's area features a charming entrance adorned in oversized books and a massive storybook tree. An animatronic owl greets visitors when it is triggered by a motion sensor. Inside the kid's section, the walls are covered in paintings of fairytale forests and between the rows of books are charming artificial trees.

The second Friday of each month means LEGO Mania time and summer reading programs feature musicians, puppets, magicians, live animals and more. During the school year, they have an after-school program that includes snacks, crafts, games and books.

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2. Laramie County Library

Seeing pre-teen zombies roaming around the library after dark is no big deal at the Laramie County Library, where there are lots of tween activities including an after-hours program that hosts a yearly Zombie Prom.

The library is so popular with the young set that over 3,500 children visit each week and the entire second floor is dedicated to kiddos. The children's space features an oversized chess board, board games, computer stations, story areas and a kid's-size bookmobile to distribute imaginary books. Librarians say parents have a hard time getting children to leave.

Part of the reason the library is so popular with kids is that they can actually volunteer there as long as they are 12 and older. The library even offers a Teen Advisory Board to help decide on what programs would be the most popular with their peers.

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3. ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center

A combination effort between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklengburg Library, ImaginOn offers 102,000 square feet of entertainment and library space for youngsters. The center offers two theater spaces, one that seats 570 and one with occupancy for 250 viewers. Aside from theater performances oriented towards children, ImaginOn's theaters are also used for theater classes and camps oriented for groups of toddlers all the way through teens, as well as puppetry acts and story time sessions.

Upon entering ImaginOn, children first encounter the StoryLab area, an interactive exhibit space designed to get kids interested in literature. Once they get to the actual library section, kids from birth to fifth grade can find books, DVDs, CDs and children's software oriented to their specific age group. The second floor is reserved specifically for tweens and teens and even offers them the chance to use the library's film and recording studio.

Image Via Mark Larson [Flickr]

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Dengar Bail Bonds - A Name You Can Trust, A Face You Can Fear

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Dengar Bail Bonds by ArtistXero

People are always talking about the Fetts, like they're the only bounty hunters in the galaxy, but they're the stars of their own reality show now and aren't really putting much effort into bringing in bounties anymore. But there's one guy still bringing in the big bounties and keeping the universe safe for free enterprise- Dengar of Dengar Bail Bonds. He ain't pretty, but he gets the job done fast!

Show some love for the universe's fifth most famous bounty hunter with this Dengar Bail Bonds t-shirt by ArtistXero, and make sure you stay on the right side of his blaster rifle.

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Cigarette Pack Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Still Work Today

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Life hacks have always been around, but before the internet they were called tips, tricks, or helpful hints.

There’s a common misconception that people are just now coming up with a lot of these helpful hacks, like this simple method for removing splinters:

"Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter."

Simple, ain't it? This tip came from a card included with a pack of Gallaher's Cigarettes around the turn of the 20th century, so if you've ever wondered where people posting hacks online came up with the idea it might have been from a hundred year old pack of smokes:

The life hacks presented on these cigarette cards were generally split into two categories- outdoor survival and household hints. The household hints are still pretty helpful, like this recipe for a homemade fire extinguisher:

"Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted."

However, the survival set will probably only come in handy if you're an avid outdoorsperson, or you're trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world:

Redditor Ryno3639 posted a gallery full of these great Cigarette Card Life Hacks From 1900 to 1910 on Imgur, full of many tips which are just as useful today as they were over 100 years ago.

Ark-Like Whales Carry Whole Worlds on Their Backs

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From Visual News comes this lovely sculptural series called "DREAMS-ark." There's little information available about the artist, Ruilin Wang, or what he's trying to express. But I think that he's tapping into the myth from many cultures that the entire world lies upon the back of a giant animal moving through the ether. All of the sea and land is just a blanket over a whale, a turtle, or an elephant. In this case, it's whales all the way down.

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