Night of the Living Dead and Other Zombie Bits

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Want to know something about zombies? First, let's tackle the movie that made them a horror icon, with facts from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids

Night of the Living Dead (1968), directed by 28-year-old George A. Romero, changed the image of zombies in popular culture from enslaved workers of Caribbean voodoo wizards to hungry all-American flesh-eaters.

The film’s budget was tiny: just $114,000. It eventually grossed $30 million worldwide.

The actors who played the zombies were friends and clients of Romero’s struggling film production company. They had to provide their own costumes. Their pay? $1 and a T-shirt.

The blood was chocolate syrup, and the gory body parts came from one of the producers who was also a butcher.

The word “zombie” never appears in the movie.

Night of the Living Dead featured an African American as the lead of an otherwise all-white cast. That was almost unheard of in 1968.

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Having Sex Can Help Pass Kidney Stones

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Need to pass a kidney stone? Slip away with your spouse for a couple hours and you can greatly improve your chances. The authors of a study recently published in the medical journal Urology conducted an experiment with 3 study groups of kidney stone patients. The first group was asked to have sexual intercourse 3-4 times a week. The second group was given the drug tamsulosin. The third group was a control group.

The sex group had an 83.9% success rate for expelling kidney stones. The second and third groups had success rates of 47.6% and 34.8% respectively.

-via Seriously, Science?

Robot Rock - Get Down With Yo Droid Self!

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Disco was long dead, and the power had run out on Techno too, so what did the future hold for electronic music? As it turns out the Droids knew all along, and they were just waiting for the right time to drop a beat and take over the music industry. They called it Robot Rock, and while humans found that beep-boop-bop-beep-beep sound a bit annoying nearly every other species in the galaxy liked to bob their head(s) to the beat. Before long a couple of young Droidsicians named RTooBB were taking the galaxy by storm with their unique D2 level beats played at 88 bpm and a hologram light show that had all the spaced out kids saying "whoa"...

Add some sci-fi fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Robot Rock t-shirt by inkOne Art, it's a musical masterpiece!

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Playboy Magazine to Drop Nudity

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It was a joke for decades when someone said they “only read Playboy for the articles.” Nobody believed it, even though the articles were often amazing: in-depth, relevant stories from top journalists and authors. But face it, Playboy was built on nude pictures of women. From Hugh Hefner’s first issue in 1953, featuring Marilyn Monroe, the magazine set the standard for sexy entertainment and often served as sex education for adolescent boys. Things are different now. If Hef wasn’t still kicking around at age 89, he’d be spinning in his grave. As it is, Hefner himself saw the writing on the wall, and Playboy will stop publishing pictures of nude women. The stated reason is because pornography is readily available for free on the web. That’s true, but are there any positive reasons for Playboy to change so radically?     

The magazine had already made some content safe for work, Mr. Flanders said, in order to be allowed on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, vital sources of web traffic.

In August of last year, its website dispensed with nudity. As a result, Playboy executives said, the average age of its reader dropped from 47 to just over 30, and its web traffic jumped to about 16 million from about four million unique users per month.

The magazine will adopt a cleaner, more modern style, said Mr. Jones, who as chief content officer also oversees its website. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.

That’s it. Safer web browsing leads to more views. Changing the magazine to something that would be okay to leave out in a dentist’s office might lead to more magazine sales. Read more about Playboy’s big change at the New York Times. -via Digg

Related: The funniest twitter reactions to the news.

An Animated Interview With Tom Waits

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Tom Waits is quite a character, with a voice that makes you want to listen intently to every tale he has to tell and a face that tells a whole 'nother story of its own.

When Tom Waits talks he generally has some pretty interesting stuff to say, and one particularly interesting interview by Chris Roberts in 1988 was chosen to receive the Blank On Blank animated treatment.

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The PBS series Blank On Blank features animated versions of lost interviews with famous faces such as Hunter S. Thompson, Roger Ebert and Joni Mitchell, just to name a few, so Tom is truly in good company!

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Lobster is the Best Medicine by Liz Climo

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One of our favorite webcomic artists is Liz Climo. We posted her comics quite a few times, because they are both cute and funny.

Climo is a character artist on The Simpsons, and her animal comics started out as a hobby. She was surprised to find how many people really liked them, and developed quite a following online. Her first book, The Little World of Liz Climo, came out last year. Her children’s book Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad was launched this past May.

Today, Climo’s latest book, Lobster is the Best Medicine, is available for purchase. It’s full of comics about friendship. It contains 25 comics from her blog Hi, I'm Liz, and 75 new comics. They feature the animals you’ve come to love: the rabbit, otter, bear, alligator, lizard, shark, elephant, penguin, anteater, and more, all doing everyday things with their interspecies friends. The simple yet absurd humor comes from their individuality, which is sometimes misunderstood by another of a different species. But it doesn’t matter in the end, because they are friends and are supportive, no matter what. The comics are quirky and gentle, but never syrupy.

In the introduction, Climo tells about moving to a new city and missing old friend, but also making new friends. She says,  

I love my friends, and I started drawing these comics as a way to make them laugh. After wasting so much time worrying if my drawings were any good, I realized I actually don’t care as long as they make my friends happy, because that’s exactly how my friends make me feel every day. And now, hopefully, they’ll make your friends happy, too! So if you’ve picked up this book and haven’t put it down yet (thanks, by the way!) consider giving it to an old friend, or a new friend, or just keep it for yourself. And if you’re in a new place, starting a new journey, or even feeling a bit lonely, hopefully these comics will keep you company for a bit and make you smile.

Continue reading to see some comics from the book Lobster is the Best Medicine.

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Guest Stars of a Parallel Universe The Love Boat

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During its 10-year run starting in 1978, The Love Boat was noted for its vast array of guest stars posing as guests on the cruise ship Pacific Princess. Each episode began with a rundown of those guest stars, many of whom are still famous and worth seeing cruising.

If there was any disappointment with The Love Boat, it’s that it didn’t push the envelope with its choice of guest stars. The blog Love Boat Insanity imagines who else might have ended up on the Pacific Princess if the directors had been a bit more daring and the show had lasted longer.

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How Green Bay, Wisconsin Became the Toilet Paper Capital of the World

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Several companies based in Green Bay produce toilet paper, including Northern Paper Mills, the company that started producing Northern Tissue in 1901. But the reason it was such a revolutionary product that carried the city through the Great Depression encompasses the entire history of toilet paper. It’s not a particularly pleasant history before the 20th century.   

The first mention of toilet paper in Western literature is not favorable. It comes in Francois Rabelais’ supremely scatological Gargantua(1534) in which the titular giant discusses how through “long and curious experience” he has “found out a means to wipe my bum.” Having tried sheets, curtains, table-cloths, hay, straw, wool and cats to do the deed, Gargantua announces that by far his worst choice was paper:

“Who his foul tail with paper wipes

Shall at his ballocks leave some chips.”

The rest of the story is just about as horrifying. Read it at Atlas Obscura and thank your lucky stars you live in modern times.

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More Movie Mistakes That Made it Into the Final Cut

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Screen Rant is back with another collection of movie mistakes that made it into the final cut. Whether these takes were left in on purpose or by an additional mistake, these errors were preserved for posterity. Video features Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Days of Thunder, North by Northwest, Terminator 2 and more. Via Tastefully Offensive

The Inventor of the Cronut Redesigns the S’more

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2 years ago, master pastry chef Dominique Ansel wowed the world with the cronut—a hybrid donut and croissant. Now he’s using his unique genius to reinvent the s’more. That classic camp food is now a lot more than just a graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate.

Ansel uses as the base a speculoos cookie, which is a carefully made gingerbread cookie. He uses a particular type of sea salt to accentuate the flavor of the dark chocolate ganache. To tie them together, Ansel’s secret weapon is a honey-infused marshmallow. Sprinkled on top to add texture and a bit of flavor contrast is caramelia—a type of chocolate-covered puffed rice. You can see more photos at Time Out New York.

Fluffy Cat and Cone of Shame

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This poor cat has to deal with a cone and all that hair at once. At least we got a ridiculous photograph out of his misery. This was posted by redditor ANTIVAX_JUGGALETTE. What’s the funniest thing you can say about this picture? Here are some examples.

dustin_pledge: It looks like a furry water cooler.

SatNav: Don't let it out in the rain like that...

toketasticninja: "The lamp is running away!" - Grandpa Simpson

DickDover: I think there is something clogging your coffee filter.

Since 1802, Sailors Have Used One Man’s Navigation Manual

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As a child, Nathaniel Bowditch (1773-1838) of Salem, Massachusetts was a prodigy in multiple subjects. He taught himself Greek, Latin, Spanish, German, and French. At the age of 16, he found an error in Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia. He surveyed his hometown and designed his own barometer.

At the age of 21, Bowditch went to sea and put his fantastic mind to work at the task of celestial navigation. He was so superbly skilled at determining the precise location of his ships that he literally rewrote the book on the subject. The classic text The Practical Navigator became The New American Practical Navigator.

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Back to the Future Remix by Eclectic Method

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The time travel hijinks of Back to the Future were set in 1985, the year the first movie came out. Marty McFly traveled back to 1955 before leaping forward to October 21, 2015. And then back to the Old West, just for fun. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original film, Eclectic Method remixed bits of hte trilogy into one insane music video.

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To celebrate the actual date, Eclectic Method (Jonny Wilson) and Pogo (Nick Bertke) are hosting a party at the Rex Club in Paris on October 21st. What will you be doing that day? -via Tastefully Offensive


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Stormtroopers come in all shapes and sizes, and these days they even come in a tractor form thanks to the anthropomorphic car craze sweeping through the galaxy. The Empire feels sending Stormtrooper vehicles into combat with the regular clone troopers will put the natives at ease on the planets they invade and scare the Kenobi out of any Rebel kids thinking of fighting back. However, this plan backfired when the Rebel forces were able to use the Force to rewire the tractor Stormtrooper's computer and take control of the units, thereby turning the tides of war in their favor.

Add a new kind of sci-fi star to your geeky wardrobe with this TRACTOR STORMTROOPER t-shirt by ALIENBIKER23, it's got the two things you love- a war in the stars and cars!

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A Day at the Dark Side Day Care

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Artist Jay Fosgitt composed this image on commission. The sandbox looks a little dangerous. An unwary tyke could get stuck there, slowly digested for a long time out. At least Han has a way out.

Muppet Babies was a great show. As one commenter points out, a Star Wars Babies show would be fun!

-via Geek Art Gallery

Ten Ridiculous Instances of Zero Tolerance in Schools

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While some might argue that zero tolerance policies in schools are necessary, over the years these narrow rules have put many kids in hot water for fairly innocent, kidlike behaviors. 

Take the 2014 case of 13-year-old Ethan Chaplin. The New Jersey middle schooler was being bullied, like just about every middle schooler at some point. During a class Chaplin shared with his bully, he was twirling a pencil capped with a pen cap as he listened to the lecture. The bully was watching and called out to the teacher, 

“He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie.”

Instead of recognizing that the troublemaker was the bully for speaking out of turn in the classroom, the teacher took his words seriously. As a result, Chaplin was suspended from school for two days and had to undergo a mandatory five-hour psychological assessment at Riverview Medical Center. Chaplin was barred from returning to school until the results of the testing were returned to school officials.

In defense of the school's disciplinary actions, the superintendent said,

“If a student demonstrates odd behaviors, non-conforming behaviors, it causes us to take a closer look, if a student gestures or demonstrates behavior that could be construed as a threat to others in a classroom . . . then that’s also a trigger for us.”

Read about more cases of questionable applications of zero tolerance policies in schools here.

10 Of The Most Unique Horror Movie Kills

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Horror movies center around death, and whether they feature the straightforward slaughtering of people by a slasher, or people being slowly driven to death's door by a haunting, horror flicks are all about the kills.

Since characters drop like flies in horror movies the kills can become extremely repetitive and lose their cringeworthiness, so including creative kills can really make your film stand out. (Video contains NSFW material)

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Bloody Disgusting has gathered a gruesome assortment of disturbingly memorable kills from horror flicks, omitting the Final Destination series altogether because they're full of unique kills. It's just the thing to get you in the mood for a Halloween horror movie marathon!

See 10 Of The Most Unique Horror Movie Kills at Bloody Disgusting

She’s the One

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When you meet the right one, you will know. But getting to the point where you know or not might be bit embarrassing when you’re weeding out the ones who aren’t the one. This life lesson is brought to you by Lunarbaboon.

"Angel Nurse" Breastfeeds Infant During Surgery

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General anesthesia can be dangerous to young children--especially babies. So sometimes surgery on infants is done with local anesthesia or just sedation. That became a problem for one baby in Shenzhen, China. He began crying and squirming during an operation. To calm him, a nurse picked him up and began breastfeeding him. This soothed him enough that the surgeon could complete the operation. Shanghaiist reports:

According to Sina, the nurse named Li Baoxia didn't hesitate for a moment to help the crying baby. After drinking, the infant quietly lay down in the nurse's arm and the surgeons were able to complete the operation. Everyone present remarked that it was an incredibly moving experience.

After the surgery was completed successfully, the baby's father came to thank Li. "Thank you! You didn't only treat my child, you also nursed him!" he said. "As a father, you have my endless gratitude. You are an angel nurse!"

-via Rocket News 24

People Who Wore the Perfect Shirts for Their Celebrity Encounters

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T-shirts that reference film, television and other bits of popular culture are everywhere. On occasion, many of us walk around wearing an image of a celebrity or media presentation that we're enthusiastic about. 

The people in these photos happened to have just the right shirt on at the right time. Whether they were at a convention in which the celebrity at hand was expected or they happened upon the star in a completely random encounter, these celebrity sightings give new meaning to the phrase "dress for success." 

See a collection of these encounters with famous people on Imgur. 

Via Daily Dot 

A Hard Knock Life

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The Great Khali is a professional wrestler in India, and a great big guy. Heavy, too. He stars in a new TV ad that had to be painful to make. Try to guess what the product is, before they tell you at the end.

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And now everything is hunky-dory in Khali’s world. -via Buzzfeed

Woman Uses Medieval Combat Skills and Ninja Sword to Beat up Home Invader

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Karen Dolley, 43, of Indianapolis woke up in the middle of the night to find a strange man in her bedroom. She's a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism--an organization that, among other things, practices medieval martial arts. She knows how to hurt people the good, old-fashioned way.

She immediately began punching him, landing about 10 blows and sending him reeling back into a corner of the room. Then she reached into a nightstand drawer for her gun. But, in the confusion of the encounter, she couldn't find it.

So Dolley reached for her backup weapon: a ninja sword. With her ninjato, she held the intruder at sword-point until police arrived to arrest him.

Dolley described her training to the Indianapolis Star:

Dolley would don armor and engage in unchoreographed fights using rattan swords, which are safer than steel. She fought against men who stood taller than 6 feet and had 20 years experience.

In the beginning, her opponents could guess her moves because she was afraid she was going to hurt someone, she said, so an early lesson was to move confidently and aggressively after someone.

Now Dolley is using those lessons to help in roller derby, where she's a new recruit known as Foul Morguean with Naptown Roller Girls.

The lessons helped during Thursday’s break-in too, she said.

“I definitely don’t need to work on my aggression, I guess,” Dolley said.

-via Glenn Reynolds

16 Terrible Movie Accents We All Let Slide

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Meryl Streep is one American actress in whom the whole country can take pride when it comes to movie accents. No matter the accent, Meryl nails it every time. Unfortunately, not every actor required to use an accent for their role in a media presentation has the talent of Meryl Streep. Cracked compiled a list of movie characters with terrible accents in this amusing footage.

1830s Families by Joseph H. Davis

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Joseph H. Davis (1811-1865) made a living painting portraits of people around New England in pencil, pen, and watercolor in the early 19th century. Might there be a portrait of your ancestors that looks like these?

Davis had a distinctive style that worked for him. He had a couple face each other across a table, a table that looked the same except for color in every picture, or (rarely) standing to face each other. Although the basic form was the same from family to family, they differed in the children, pets, and belongings that were included. Notice they were all placed on boldly patterned carpets.

The names of the subjects and the year were written at the bottom of each portrait. Davis’ work was apparently affordable for a middle class family, as he leaves behind around 160 works. You can see 18 of them at It’s About Time. -via Kate Beaton

The Gatekeeper Dark Surrealism - Where It All Began, And Where It All Ends

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The Gatekeeper Dark Surrealism by Barrett Biggers

Somewhere on the edge of physical reality lies a zone where things become quite confused, with life and death coexisting with the cosmos in a space not bound by the laws of physics. These areas have become known as dead zones, because things go in alive but don't come out again, and for every dead zone there's a gatekeeper. It is their responsibility to keep the living and the dead from upsetting the balance of nature, and although they let living things in it is of vital importance that nothing comes out lest the balance be upset and all of time and space go spiraling out of control...

You'll blow people's minds wherever you go when you wear this The Gatekeeper Dark Surrealism t-shirt by Barrett Biggers, it's one dark and compelling design!

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Donald Trump Photoshopped Into Horror Movie Stills Equals Things of Beauty

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There are some people, famous or otherwise, that when injected into practically any possible situation, they make it funny. Agree with him or not, Donald Trump seems to be one of those people. With his corny coif, amusing expressions and colorful vernacular, Trump is a King of Political Comedy.

Over at Design Crowd, designers have submitted 124 images thus far of Trump Photoshopped into horror movie images. The result is a collection in which one image is more hilarious than the last. Just when you think you've seen your favorite, you find a new favorite. 

Check out the entire collection here. Via Dangerous Minds

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Whodunit: Death in the Woods

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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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It was a beautiful afternoon. Dr. Ben Kramer's guests were roaming his country estate, enjoying themselves—until a series of growls and screams pierced the air. Robert Kelly grabbed a rifle from the den and followed the sounds, only to find the good doctor being mauled by a bear. A shot in the air scared the animal off.

"Go get Ben's medical bag," Jorey Abrams said as he bent over their unconscious host. From Ben's half-filled basket, they could see he'd been gathering wild strawberries.

Ursula Abrams and Rebecca Kelly returned together, having found the bag in their host's bedroom. Ursula, a nurse, took over, administering a vial of smelling salts. It was no use. Seconds later, Ben Kramer convulsed and died.

The local sheriff arrived and was about to call it an accident when he found a note caught on a thorny bush not far from the attack. It looked like a list of reminders.

"Be first to attend BK after attack. Death must look natural. Do everything to avoid autopsy. Seek quick cremation." The sheriff decided to investigate. Handwriting samples were taken from all four of the guests.

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Let This Magical Unicorn Show You The Proper Way To Poop

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According to scientific research we've been pooping all wrong, sitting on the toilet like we're sitting on an easy chair rather than squatting like we're supposed to, which is where the Squatty Potty comes in.

The Squatty Potty is supposed to help us eliminate more solid waste by raising our feet up while we go, and whether their claims are true or not their commercial definitely caught my attention!

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I'm really glad my local ice cream parlor doesn't serve rainbow swirl soft serve, or I'd have to switch to frozen yogurt...

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Should You Bank Your Own Poop?

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Now no one is proposing that you do this on your own at home. Forget those DIY videos on YouTube. Fecal transplants are a task that you should leave to professionals. Fortunately, there's a such a thriving market for top-shelf poop (and the precious bacteria in them) that you can make money at poop banks. You can receive fecal transplants orally now and even receive donations from your spouse.

But there's no poop like your own. That's why some doctors are suggesting that patients bank their own poop so that when they need a fecal bacteria transplant, they've got their very own immediately available. Jesse Jacobs writes for the New York Times:

The scientific term for this is “autologous fecal transplant.” In theory, it could work like a system reboot disk works for your computer. You’d freeze your feces, which are roughly half microbes, and when your microbiome became corrupted or was depleted with antimicrobials, you could “reinstall” it from a backup copy. […]

As currently practiced, however, the transplant material usually comes from someone else. Even with careful screening, that presents some risk. It’s theoretically safer to receive one’s own microbes. North York General Hospital in Toronto recently completed a pilot study banking incoming patients’ own stool. Should any of these patients develop infections after antibiotics, their own microbes were on hand for reconstitution.

None fell sick in this case, so the transplants weren’t needed. But the project proved feasibility, and achieved a processing time — gathering, blending and freezing — of less than one hour.

-via Glenn Reynolds

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