Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is Back!

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Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is an adorable little mollusk with one eye, two shoes, and a can-do attitude. He’s the creation of Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate, who debuted on the internet in 2010. Marcel returned with a second video a year later, and finally in 2014, we have a new Marcel video. If you don’t recall the first two, or you remember how much you liked them, you can continue reading to see the other Marcel videos.

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Hazard Minion - The Bedo Spells Disaster

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Hazard Minion by Io Vorro

The Minions had installed a new security alert system in the compound, and it was driving Gru mad! Their annoying creation sounded just like those little buggers, and the amount of accidents caused by Minions meant that alarm system kept ringing all day and brought the fact that those little yellow pill shaped people he had working for him were extremely accident prone! Gru wondered what they would do if they didn't have him around to clean up their messes as he heard the alarm sound again, and soon the alarm sound was joined by the sound of screaming Minions...

You'd have to be bananas not to bring home this Hazard Minion t-shirt by Io Vorro, it's the perfect way to show the world you're a big time Minion fan...and a bit accident prone!

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"Ghost" Portraits From the Early Twentieth Century

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Englishman William Hope worked as a carpenter until he realized that there were scams to be performed and money to be made in fooling grief-stricken individuals and families who were desperate for a supernatural sign that their deceased loved ones were at peace. By 1905, Hope's career in "spirit photography" was in full swing, as he shot portraits and double exposed the sitters with the "ghosts" of their family members. 

Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a fan, and he wrote The Case for Spirit Photography in support of Hope’s duplicitous business. In the end, Hope's trickery was exposed in 1922. I know they're hoky, but there's still something unsettling and creepy about them to me. Read more about Hope and see the rest of this photo collection here.  


Fifty+ Examples of Beautiful Currency

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Fiji - Fiive Dollars

There's nothing like having a wallet full of cash. Yet United States' bills are bland when compared with some of these brightly colored currencies from other countries. Filled with multicolored, detailed images, seeing them almost makes one want to take Washington and Hamilton and trade them in for something a little flashier. 

See more examples of beautiful currency from around the world here. 

Qatar - Qatar Riyal

 China - 100 Renminbi

 Hong Kong - Ten Dollars

 Bermuda - Two Dollars

 Egypt - Egyptiian Pound

Alien Director Ridley Scott To Make An Ebola Miniseries

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Brilliant director Ridley Scott is taking a stab at adapting the terrifying 1994 book about an Ebola outbreak called The Hot Zone into a TV minseries. Not sure if this has been green lit because of the fact that Ebola is all up in our news and our social media and our subconsciousness, but you can read more about the miniseries at WeGotThisCovered. Also: The Hot Zone author Richard Preston talks about a possible update to his 1994 bestseller in the New York Times.

The reality is, I loved the book (even though it is super scary) and I think Ridley Scott is brilliant (I am even one of the seven people who don't hate Prometheus), so as long as I have not died of Ebola by the time the show comes out, I will definitely watch it.

I just totally doomed myself to die of Ebola, huh?


A Freak Show of Baked Goods

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The TV series American Horror Story: Freak Show is premiering tonight in Britain on Fox UK. To promote the show, Miss Cakehead was commissioned to bake up some ghoulish goodies! She worked with food artist Jacqui Kelly to create "freaky fairground treats," like deep-fried rat on a stick, toffee apples with teeth, hot dogs with severed fingers in them, doughnuts filled with spiders, and toffee popcorn infested with creepy-crawlies. Ew!

Get a better look at each of these dreadful delights at Miss Cakehead’s website.

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Where Did Last Names Come From?

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Craig from Mental Floss addresses the question "where did last names comes from" by briefly delving into the ancient history of the surname. Essentially, each region of the world adopted last names at different times, and their ways of choosing them differed. 

KISS Garden Gnomes

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Amy Lynn of Geek Crafts turned two ceramic garden gnomes into performers for the glam metal band KISS. She used sculpey, model car paint, sequins, and beads to make guitarist Gene Simmons and drummer Peter Criss. All Amy needs now is a few firecrackers to complete the scene.

Are Photorealistic Video Games Possible One Day?

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I remember a few years back, sitting and playing the opening level of God of War 3 on my Playstation 3, and I thought to myself games are not going to get much better looking than this. That was four years ago, and even with a whole new generation of consoles now, I still stand behind the thoughts. Yes, there are games that are visually stunning, but we have almost reached a peak in gaming, visually speaking. Some of us wonder where it will go next. Just how much better looking can games get, really?

Well, the uber-nerds over at Gamespot try to pose and answer the question many of us have wondered for the last few years now:

Are photorealistic games possible?

Breathe Clean With the Dyson Humidifier

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Air humidifiers can be a must-have in dry winter weather, but shooting wet, still water into the air is a great way to fill your home with bacteria. The new Dyson humidifier uses a UV sanitizing light to clean 99.9% of bacteria from the water it injects into the air, keeping your air clean while helping you not dry out. 

Read more about the new Dyson product over at Homes and Hues: The New Dyson Humidifier Seeks to Clean Your Air While Adding Moisture

An Apology to Women

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

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How to make science popular with the fair sex
by Sylvester Bames, PhD.
Royal Academy of the Sciences London, England

It has always dismayed me that women dislike science. It needn't be so, though. There is a simple way to make science comfortable and appealing to females.

The Differences Between Men and Women
An American author called Deborah Tannen has written several books in which she examines the differences between men and women. Tannen has discovered a basic technique that I would recommend to every scientist, and indeed to anyone who writes about science. The secret is simply to use the phrase "I'm sorry."

Tannen eavesdropped on many conversations between men and women. She also listened to tape recorded conversations that friends and colleagues had made for her. One of the great differences between the sexes, Tannen discovered, is thai women utter the phrase ''I'm sorry" in almost every conversation. Men say "I'm sorry" only when they are apologizing about something.

The Success of Women
When women say "I'm sorry," they are not apologizing. They are using the phrase as "a ritual to grease the conversational wheels." All women understand this, Tannen explains. They do not expect the words to be taken literally. However -and this is the key point- women expect everyone to use this same ritual when speaking to them.<p style="clear: both">

The Failure of Men
Men do not say "I'm sorry" all the time. This is a grave mistake. As Tannen neatly puts it, “This can lead to resentment on the part of the ritual apologizer." In other words, when a man fails to say a ritual ''I'm sorry," he comes across as a self-centered, domineering lout.

This is useful knowledge, and we should all be grateful to Tannen for pointing it out.

How to Make Science Appealing to Women
Whether you are lecturing about science or writing about science, here is how to make it palatable to women.

Prepare your lecture or your paper in the normal manner. When you have polished it, and are prepared to deliver the talk or publish the report, you must take one extra step. It is a simple thing. At the beginning of your report, just add an apology. There is no need to specify what you are apologizing for. Just begin with the words ''I'm sorry." At the end of your report, apologize again.

If your report is lengthy, you need to sustain the interest of the females. It's not a bad idea to add an apology at the beginning of every new chapter or section. An average of one apology every ten minutes will suffice.

Do this, and you will soon find that your scientific reports are as fascinating to women as they are to men. Professionally, it will expand your circle of influence. Socially, too, it will work wonders. You will be amazed that, after years of thinking that females are put off by scientists, you have become the life of the party.

Sorry Advice
To summarize-when you talk about science, say "I'm sorry," and say it often. Then you will never have to apologize for being a scientist.

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That's Not What I Meant!: How Conversational Style Makes or Breaks Your Relations With Others, Deborah Tannen, William Morrow, Ballantine, New York, 1986.

You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen, William Morrow, New York, 1990.

Talking from 9 to 5. Women and Men in the Workplace: Language, Sex and Power, Deborah Tannen, Avon Books, New York, 1994.


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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Shreveport Fangbangers - A Sports Team You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

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Shreveport Fangbangers by Fishbiscuit

When the strange folks who live in Shreveport decided to form their own baseball team they had a hard time deciding on a name, so they looked to fictional works that take place in their city for inspiration. They settled on a name that, despite all logic, really appealed to the townsfolk- the Shreveport Fangbangers. It seems the town had a true liking for that racy vampire show on cable, and they didn't even mind that their team logo had blood dripping down the side, because it made their team look even more terrifying to the opposition!

Support your favorite fictional sports team with this Shreveport Fangbangers t-shirt by Fishbiscuit, and be glad your beloved vamps are sexy rather than sparkly.

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Foxcatcher Trailer Looks To Change The Way We See Steve Carell

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You know those moments when you see a trailer and you just know the movie will have some kind of impact on you? That is how I feel about the Foxcatcher trailer. A movie where the normally hilarious and perpetually innocent Steve Carell will take on the much darker demeanor of real life criminal and wrestling enthusiast, John Du Pont.

You can tell this is going to be a game-changer for Carell. An incredibly talented guy who, quite frankly, deserves it. I will toss a little warning your way. The trailer may give a little more away than some may like, so be prepared for that. Sadly, that is how most trailers work lately anyway. You can't be THAT mad, though. This all already happened in real life. Also, allow how much he looks like his Groot character from Despicable Me to distract you from the spoilers in the trailer.

Keep your eyes peeled for Foxcatcher this November. Also, I didn't bring up Channing Tatum on purpose. This isn't Tiger Beat. Just kidding, Channing. We love you. 28 Jump Street: Wrestling School yo!

The Dos and Don'ts of Pokémon Ownership

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Are you going to be a nice Pokémon trainer or an effective one? Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly explain the stark choices that you have.  You certainly don't want your Pokémon battle ending before it begins with a hug between the opposing monsters.

But perhaps guide is simpler than it seems. Dorkly commenter Enrico Fethry Migliorini writes:

Left column: game
Right column: cartoon

9 People Killed By Unexpected Things That Fell From the Sky

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So imagine one day you are at a fast food taco place we will call Taco Hut for legal reasons, and right before you get to take your first bite of their weird meat substitute covered in fake cheese and wrapped in God knows what, the giant sign in the parking lot doubles over and lands on you, killing you instantly. I know that sounds like a Monty Python sketch that would satire American excess, but that actually happened to someone.

The craziest part?

That is only one story. There are more people who were unexpectedly crushed by even stranger things. 9 people killed by unexpected things that fell from the sky reads like a Twilight Zone episode. It is like chicken little's greatest warning cry to us all was true, and to think, we just scoffed at him.

Paralyzed Artist Learns to Paint with Her Mouth

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At the age of 20, Mariam Fatima Paré was an art student in college. She had a promising career ahead of her. Then she was shot in the back and left paralyzed from the neck down.

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But that didn’t stop her. Paré began the long, difficult struggle to learn how to live with her new limitations. She wanted to paint again, so she learned how to hold a brush with her mouth. Over the years, Paré has developed as an artist, holding exhibitions and selling her works to collections.

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If I Had Known My Mother Back Then

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Graphic artist Danielle Delph shows us a very personal project in which she combed through old family photographs and matched some from her childhood with those of her mother’s childhood. And then combined them.

I've always wondered if my mom and I would have been friends had we grown up together. Would we be in the same classes? Would we have the same sense of humor? Would people tell us we're inseparable? After seeing myself in her childhood photos, I'm pretty sure we would have been great friends..

Melding the images gives us a pair of intergenerational best friends. See the sweet results in six images at Delph’s website. You can tell who is who by the hairstyles and clothing. -via mental_floss

Horror Short: Mockingbird

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The helplessness of an infant is something most horror writers and directors wont even tread on. They know it is too much for some people to even try to fathom, so they don't touch it. For that reason, when someone does finally tread, it can be even more terrifying a thought because we so rarely "go there".

This leads us to Mockingbird. An amazing little horror short from the crew over at FEWDIO. It takes the idea of the helplessness of a child to new heights, all while never showing us a thing. Just using the simplicity of a haunting nursery rhyme and great sound design to drive the horror home. Don't worry, it's not gory. It's very disturbing, but not gory. When horror is this scary, it doesn't have to be gory.

I have said this about Fewdio's work before (seriously, go spend a few hours on their YouTube page after you spent a few hours here) and I will say it again: they do more with horror in two minutes than most full length, big budget, million dollar films. Hell, here they only needed a minute and a half.

TARDIS Console Jack-o'-Lantern

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This exquisitely carved jack-o'-lantern by Melissa, the Empress of Squee, shows the main control room of the TARDIS. The console is an orange with seeds for the controls. Very clever!

Hopefully someone expands on this idea and creates a jack-o'-lantern that shows all of the other rooms of the TARDIS, including the swimming pool, the bedrooms, the wardrobe, and the armory.

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A Complete List of What Every U.S. President Drank

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If you're the President, you may feel the weight of the nation and the world on your shoulders. But that doesn't mean that you can't pour yourself a tasty alcoholic beverage and rest a bit.

Most Presidents of the United States drank alcohol. What drinks did they like? In his book Mint Juleps and with Teddy Roosevelt: A Complete History of Presidential Drinking, Mark Will-Weber describes what Presidents have knocked back. He wrote a summary for the New York Post. Here are a few selections:

George Washington
Washington sold whiskey (made near Mount Vernon), but he probably rarely, if ever, drank it. The formula was about 60% rye, 3% corn and a very meager amount of malted barley. As for his favorite drink — he loved dark porter (laced with molasses) that was made in Philadelphia. […]

Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson’s huge wine purchases helped bring him to the brink of financial ruin. […]

Andrew Jackson
When he wasn’t fighting Indians or the British, the Hero of New Orleans made and sold whiskey. He offered and drank whiskey as a matter of social routine when guests visited him. […]

Chester A. Arthur
When a representative of the Temperance movement tried to pressure Arthur into a no-liquor policy in the White House, he thundered: “Madam, I may be the president of the United States, but what I do with my private life is my own damned business!” […]

Grover Cleveland
Grover mostly drank beer, and lots of it. He and a fellow politician once took a vow to hold themselves to four beers a day. When they found this too arduous a task, they simply switched to larger beer steins. […]

Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy liked Mint Juleps and used them to entice his cabinet to come play tennis with him at the White House. He used fresh mint from the White House garden:

10 to 12 fresh mint leaves “muddled” with a splash of water and a sugar cube
2 or 3 oz. of rye whiskey
¼ oz. of brandy
Sprig or two of fresh mint as a garnish […]

Warren G. Harding
Even though Harding was president during Prohibition — and it was unlawful to transport liquor — he habitually stashed a bottle of whiskey in his golf bag and thought nothing of taking a pop before he teed up. (He rarely broke 100, so that might explain it.)

Calvin Coolidge
“Silent Cal” drank very little, but he was very fond of Tokay wine. The Coolidge Cooler was concocted by Vermont Spirits on Cal’s birthday:

1.5 oz. of Vermont White vodka
½ oz. of American whiskey
2 oz. of orange juice
Club soda

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How to Give a Panda His Medicine

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You think trying to work on a computer with a curious cat around is hard? This poor zookeeper needs to dose two young pandas with medicine, but they have other things in mind- like climbing, cuddling, and playing! It appears akin to trying to teach something important to a roomful of preschoolers at their peak energy time. And you can’t give medicine during a nap! -via Daily Picks and Flicks

MacReady Exterminating - They Ain't Afraid Of A Thing

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MacReady Exterminating by Joefixit2

Do you have a pest problem that requires some specialized attention? Is your compound crawling with things? Then you need to call MacReady Exterminating, the only game in town that knows how to handle radical pest problems that would send the other guys running for their lives!

MacReady Exterminators are equipped with the latest thermo tracking devices, fast acting poisons and high impact traps, and if that's not enough they're also armed with flamethrowers and explosive charges, to make absolutely sure those pests stay gone for good.

Add some horrifically fun advertising to your geeky wardrobe with this MacReady Exterminating t-shirt by Joefixit2, and let your t-shirt do the talking!

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President of Belarus Declares His Nation's Sausage Free of Toilet Paper

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Comrades, our moment of liberation is at hand! Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the President of Belarus, has declared that toilet paper is completely absent from the sausage that his nation produces. This, he says, is in sharp contrast to the sausage of neighboring Russia. The dictator, referring to himself in the third person, told reporters that Belarus has kept the food standards that it maintained while it was in the Soviet Union. Radio Free Europe reports:

He told Russian reporters on October 17 that Russia had lowered its food-quality standards after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union "while we, thanks to Lukashenka, retained state standards."

"Belarusian [food] is of substantially higher in quality. There is no toilet paper in the salami and never was," he said.

He added that "such facts have been discovered at Russian enterprises -- toilet paper, soy, all kinds of additives."

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Ten Cool Products Invented by Kids

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Hart Cain of New Philadelphia, Ohio, pictured above, was thirteen years old in 2010. At the time, his sister was selling candles for a school fundraiser. Hart didn't like the girly scents of his sister's wares. It made him reflect on candle scents that would appeal to men. He went on to produce the candles, called "man-cans," which feature scents such as leather baseball mitt, gunpowder, freshly cut grass, bacon and pizza. 

Hart's candles are also unique in that they are contained by soup cans, the soup from which he donates to soup kitchens. Thus far, this enterprising young man has donated 80,000 cans of soup to feed the disadvantaged.  

Read about nine more kid innovators here.


Artist Gives Grandma's Ceramic Figurines A Black Metal Makeover

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Thrift store shoppers come across ceramic figurines all the time, figurines which probably remind them of their grandma’s house, but one savvy shopper saw those tchotchkes as an opportunity to make some seriously cool art.

Portland based artist Tom LaBonty started purchasing those ceramic thrift store treasures and giving them ghastly makeovers, and the results are spook-tacular! 

They no longer look like something that would fit in at grandma’s house, unless your grandma has a dungeon in her basement, but their new life as harbingers of doom somehow makes them look even more precious.

Just look at how cute this little girl is carrying around a scythe that's twice her size!

-Via Dangerous Minds

Forecast: Dog Takes Over Weather Report, Variable Conditions Expected

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This hilarious footage shows a Canadian weather report that goes to the dogs when Edmonton weatherman Mike Sobel attempts to give the forecast while holding Humane Society visitor Ripple on a leash. Ripple, a mastiff mix only wanting to play, plays too powerfully for the television personality to handle while explaining weather conditions and gesturing at the screen. The forecast might indicate "calm conditions," yet in the studio it's a different story! Make sure to watch at around 1:20, when things really start to get wild. -Via Viral Viral Videos

New Unicycle Design Promises to Make One-Wheeled Travel Easier

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This is a unicycle? But where's the flame throwing bagpipes? As counter-intuitive as it may seen, Shane Chen's Lunicycle is a highly-functional unicycle.

Besides the conspicious absence of a set of flame throwing bagpipes, Chen's stripped-down design also lacks a seat. What it does have leg supports which permit the rider to squeeze his/her legs against the fame. This provides additional stability.

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