Amazing Video: Skydiver Has Seizure in Midair, Gets Rescued

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Your must-see video of the day is this gripping shot of a man barely escaping death because he was unable to open his parachute.

Christopher Jones of Perth, Australia has epilepsy. The debilitating effects of a grand mal seizure hit him at the worst possible moment: while he was skydiving. He jumped at 12,000 feet. At about 9,000 feet, the seizure started.

At the 1:10 mark in the video, it becomes apparent to the jumpmaster that something was terribly wrong. He made his way over to Jones and pulled his ripcord at 4,000 feet. Jones regained consciousness before landing safely on the ground.

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Twelve Korean Snacks to Sample

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Shown above is a Korean snack food called Yakgwa. The food is a traditional Korean cake made with honey, sesame oil and wheat flour. The cakes have the flavor and consistency of glazed doughnuts. If you're interested in trying Yakgwa, it is available for purchase through Amazon or

Read about eleven other Korean snack foods and learn where to purchase them at BuzzFeed. 

Blind Dog Who Disappeared in -40°F Weather Reunited with Owner

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Madera, an 11-year old Labrador Retriever, is completely blind. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with Ed Davis, her owner. On February 6, Davis let her outside briefly to relieve herself. Madera usually does her business then comes right back in. But this time, Madera started wandering. She vanished into the snowy darkness.

On February 19, Constantine Khrulev, another local resident, was out biking with his own dog. They heard another dog whining and investigated. It was Madera! The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner describes the rescue:

Khrulev went into the woods and found her under a tree, more than 100 yards from the trail and about half a mile from Davis’ house.

“She was not going to be found accidentally,” Davis said.

Khrulev took Madera to one of Davis’ neighbors. The dog had lost about 14 pounds but was otherwise in good health, Davis said. Her rescuer asked for the $100 reward money to go the the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund, a gesture that so impressed Davis that he decided to increase the donation to $250.

-via AP

15 Things You Might Not Know About Beauty and the Beast

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Disney is recycling their biggest princess movies by remaking them in live action format. First there’s Cinderella, coming soon to a theater near you, and now they’ve announced a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Although it seems like yesterday, the animated Beauty and the Beast came out 24 years ago! And there’s a whole slew of trivia behind that film that you probably never thought of.

1. Walt considered remaking the fairy tale as far back as the 1930s. But he liked to take his time mulling things over, and while he was pondering Beauty and the Beast, a live-action version of the movie was released by French playwright Jean Cocteau. Perhaps not wanting to release an animated version of a movie that had just been released, Disney tabled the idea.

2. In the late '80s, Disney hired British animator Roger Purdum to direct a non-musical version of Beauty and the Beast, with Linda Woolverton writing the script. But the company wasn't happy with the result of 10 weeks of storyboarding (which you can see here)—the story was too dark and depressing. "In the middle of our process, Little Mermaid premiered, and that changed everything," Woolverton told the Los Angeles Times. "[T]he concept of the musical, the Broadway musical brought to animation by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. So I was flown to Disney in Florida to meet with Howard. Howard and I just clicked. ... In a hotel room in Fishkill, N.Y., Howard and I pretty much conjured up this version of Beauty and the Beast. Howard and I never clashed. I was his student. He taught me everything I know about musicals."

There’s plenty more of “could have beens,” deleted scenes, deleted songs, and more in the trivia list at mental_floss.

Celebrating Fifty Years of The Sound of Music Through Pictures

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Child actors who played the Von Trapp family (with Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp) during filming of The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music, the classic movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released on March 29, 1965. The film, which bore such iconic sequences, centers around an errant nun who leaves the convent to become the governess of a man with seven children in 1930s Austria.

In celebration of the film's approaching fiftieth anniversary, Vanity Fair is featuring a gallery of photos including those shown here, which illustrate how the actors who played the Von Trapp children appeared during filming in 1964 and how they look now. See the full gallery at Vanity Fair. 

Five Nights At Freddy's Fails To Terrify Old Folks

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There’s an indie game series out there scaring gamers out of their pants with creepy animatronic enemies and jumpscare deaths. It’s called Five Nights At Freddy’s, and the jumpscares are genuinely startling provided you’re wearing headphones while you play. But is the game really all that terrifying?

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Not really, but how else are you going to advertise a horror game than by playing up the scares? Seeing our elders play Five Nights At Freddy's in this fun video by The Fine Bros. may make you worry it'll scare them to death, but don’t worry- old folks don’t seem to give a crap about Freddy and his freaky crew.

-Via Polygon

10 Revealing Diary and Journal Entries of Famous Figures

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Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945

Next to Hitler, Joseph Goebbels was arguably the most insidious high-ranking member of the Nazi party, particularly since he was a master at public speaking and served as the minister of propaganda. His antisemitic beliefs ran deep, even prior to meeting Hitler, and he was a strong proponent of the Final Solution. 

Yet Goebbels' diary entry recording the time he first met Hitler sounds like the gushing of an unstable teenage fanboy rather than an adult politician. In an entry written on November 6, 1925, Goebbels writes about having dinner with Hitler,

"He jumps up at once. Stands there before us. Squeezes my hand. Like an old friend. And those big blue eyes. Like stars. He is glad to see me. I am in heaven. This man has everything it takes to be a king. The born tribune of the people. A coming dictator."

Two week later, when Goebbels met Hitler after a rally, he raves,

"Great joy! He greets me like an old friend. He looks after me. How I love him!"

In a later entry remembering that day, Goebbels writes,

"Until then, you were my Führer. There you became my friend. A friend and master with whom I feel bonded to the very end in a shared idea." 

It's amazing that a man obviously capable of such emotion toward another human being was able to orchestrate sending others to their deaths en masse, without even an ounce of compassion. 

Read diary and journal entries of other historical figures, including George S. Patton, President Harry Truman and more, here. 

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Groot Loves You! - The Caring Tree

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Groot Loves You! by Boggs Nicolas

Groot has a very important message for you, but since he can only say his name and the words "I am" he's just going to have to share his message via dance. Watch as his branchy arms swing around above his head, forming a shape that's sure to delight- the shape of a big ol' heart! That's right, Groot is one of your biggest fans, and he can't wait to help you share the geeky love with the galaxy!

Guardians of geeky fashion will adore this Groot Loves You! t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's the sweetest way to show your love of that big alien tree creature with the limited vocabulary!

Visit Boggs Nicolas's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs:

That's All A-Holes Elvenking Zelda Can Do It!

I Like Big Bots And I Cannot Lie

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And Mr. Lizard on Guitar

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia-based photographer Aditya Permana happened to click his shutter on this forest dragon lizard just in time to catch him deep in a musical trance while performing a leaf guitar solo. Permana told the Dailymail that he 

"did not directly photograph the lizard at first, until the lizards feel calm and comfortable around me. I noticed it looked like it was playing a guitar – and it didn’t move at all.

Don't miss the other pictures of this guitar solo on the photographer's Facebook page. See more of his work there and at his 500px site. Fans of his work can follow him on social media via Twitter as well.  

Via Bored Panda | Image: Aditya Permana

Share Your Unique Sense Of Style With These 30 Cute And Creepy T-Shirts

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Cute graphics have lots of fun loving fans, and creepy visuals attract an appropriately ghoulish fan base, but when you combine the two forces you get a unique style that both repels and delights at the same time!

Wearing a cute and creepy graphic on your torso is a great way to spread crooked smiles around town, and when it comes to cute and creepy the NeatoShop's got you covered!

The idea of cute and creepy playing well together began long ago

Fairly Odd by Hillary White

And yet this flavor combo is seen as cutting edge to this day

Flaws- The Left Shark Jaws Parody by Mudge

Cute and creepy works equally well when combined with a genre mashup design

Freddy Scare Bear by TeeKetch

Instantly infusing that mashup with a strange yet visually compelling energy

Are We Not Spirits? by Dann Matthews

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The Board Game Trial of the Century

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We recently linked had the story of how the game Monopoly was born, tracing it to Elizabeth Magie’s The Landlord’s Game, which she patented in 1903. Parker Brothers bought the rights to a derivative game in the ‘30s from Charles Darrow, then bought the rights to Magie’s game for $500 -and destroyed it. Skip ahead 40 years, and we have the story of Ralph Anspach, who challenged Parker Brother’s rights over the game and uncovered Magie’s story.  

Anspach, an economics professor, developed the game Anti-Monopoly. It was designed, like The Landlord’s Game, in order to teach an alternative to cutthroat economic competition that leads to monopolies. But Parker brothers did not like it one bit.

Anspach hired a lawyer and began looking into whether Parker Brothers was, in a moment of supreme irony, committing an antitrust violation against Anti-Monopoly. They reasoned that a common trait of monopolies was to use legal threats to scare off competition. Depositions ensued, and though Anspach held his own against the Parker Brothers legal team, he was a teacher of modest means and they were a multimillion-dollar corporation with a lot to lose. The idea of going through with the lawsuit seemed crazy.

It was, therefore, a revelation when Anspach’s son happened upon a passage in a book noting that Charles Darrow hadn’t actually invented Monopoly. If a Monopoly board game preceded Charles Darrow’s 1935 patent, that patent might be overturned. Monopoly might, in fact, be built on a house of Chance cards. It might be in the public domain.

What followed was a long legal battle over whether Parker Brothers could keep a monopoly on Monopoly. Read what happened in the battle between one man and a corporation with a team of lawyers at mental_floss.

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How Cutlery Affects Our Sense of Taste

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Zoe Laughlin, the director of the Institute of Making, says that, "my ambition is to make the best spoon in the world." Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian met her to learn about how important it is to choose the right eating utensils in order to taste particular foods. He writes:

I reach for a spoon and plunge it into some yoghurt. The resulting mouthful tastes a bit fizzy, as if the yoghurt’s gone off – the trademark tangy tingle of zinc. A second spoon gives a salty metallic kick – the steel – while chrome makes no difference at all. Sadly, there is no magnesium spoon; if you ever put an old school pencil sharpener on your tongue, during an idle moment in maths class, you’ll know that it gives even more of a thrill than popping candy. (Or was that just me?)

In a blind tasting, Laughlin’s guinea pigs found that copper and zinc were the sourest, while the spoon to end all spoons was, of course, made of gold. “Mango sorbet with a gold spoon is just heaven,” she sighs. “Mango never tasted so mangoey.” But too bad if you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth: in the blind tasting, it came out near the bottom.

It all has to do with the “reduction potential” of the different metals – the ease with which they oxidise – which affects how many atoms come off in your mouth. The relatively inert gold is best suited to subtle, creamy foods, Laughlin found when she put on a seven-course banquet with a Michelin-starred chef, because it has the least metallic taste. Cod on a zinc spoon, on the other hand, was revolting. Time for Heston to appoint a spoon sommelier, perhaps?

Like, gag me with a spoon! But make sure that it's the correct spoon. To know for sure, consult designer Andreas Fabian, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on spoons. He's working to optimize the tactile experience of eating:

He unravels a black pouch, containing a collection of oddly fetishistic implements, like the toolkit of an aesthete-torturer. There is a pair of golden tongs – half knife, half chopstick – and a silver-plated tuning fork, for pronging chunks of food with a twang, along with several glass wands with rounded, pendulous ends.

“This one is to replicate the pleasure of licking your finger,” he says, inviting me to dip a gold-leafed wand in a jar of warmed Nutella. Then there is a glass bowl covered in rabbit fur, designed to encourage a more tactile experience with your soup.

-via Marginal Revolution

15 Great Spock Quotes as Inspirational Posters

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Since the passing of Leonard Nimoy on Friday at the age of 83, many fans have been reflecting on his contributions and what he's meant to them over the years. In that vein, BuzzFeed compiled a list of wonderful quotes from Mr. Spock and arranged them into graphcis that resemble motivational posters. There's some great stuff included; check out all 15 quotes here. Even if one is not a Spock or Star Trek fan, these quotes may inspire some to take a closer look. 

Images: Tanner Ringerud 

A Fan Art Tribute To Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy's passing has been especially hard to handle, because it not only means a talented musician, artist, writer, photographer and actor is gone, but also that he'll never be in one of my favorite shows or movies ever again.

From Star Trek to the strange mysteries found on In Search Of..., voice over work in Transformers: the Movie and more recently starring as William Bell in the mind blowing sci-fi series Fringe, Nimoy was everywhere I wanted to be.

Here's a collection of fan art created as a tribute to the legendary icon Leonard Nimoy, some created before his passing but most after. May his legacy serve as influence and inspiration ad infinitum.

Cool blue digital illustration of Spock phasing into a new stage of existence, created by MyPseudonym7

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A mixed media tribute to Leonard Nimoy created by contemporary artist Jeffrey Vallance

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Leonard Nimoy- Photographer, captured in Oil on Canvas by Mark Tavares

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Caricature of Kirk and Spock created by famed caricaturist Al Hirschfeld back in 1999

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The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

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The following article is from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tunes Into TV.

In 1967 CBS hired the Smothers Brothers to host a variety show that would attract a young, hip audience. The show did that …but CBS didn’t like it. Here’s a look at the controversy behind The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.


In the 1960s, musical comedy duo Tom and Dick Smothers, professionally known as the Smothers Brothers, were already veterans of the folk scene. They’d recorded several hit albums of their unique act: singing and playing folk songs before shifting into scripted sibling arguments and topical standup comedy bits.

After the brothers appeared on a string of talk and variety shows, CBS signed them to a contract in 1965 and created The Smothers Brothers Show. It was a forgettable sitcom -Dick’s character was a playboy, Tom was the ghost of his dead brother- and the brothers felt it didn’t play to their strengths. There was none of their usual bantering, and they got to perform music in only one episode. The show was canceled due to low ratings in 1966.


Meanwhile the network was trying -and failing- to compete with NBC’s hit Bonanza, the #1 show on television. Nothing could touch it in its Sunday night time slot, and it had even killed off former hits Perry Mason and The Garry Moore Show. When Moore was canceled at the end of 1966, CBS decided that the best way to compete with Bonanza was counter-programming. Bonanza attracted mostly viewers over 40. What if CBS put something on that appealed to people in their 20s and 30s? At some point the network realized it already had the ideal stars of this new show under contract: the Smothers Brothers.

Before agreeing to a new show, executive producer and star Tom Smothers insisted on full control. His reason: The Smothers Brothers Show had been so stressful for him that he’d developed an ulcer and gotten divorced. CBS agreed and the brothers got to work hiring writers and performers from the burgeoning Los Angeles comedy scene. Some of those unknowns: Steve Martin, Rob Reiner, Pay Paulsen, and Albert Brooks.


The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour debuted on Sunday, February 5, 1967, at 9PM.

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Pi Day Giveaway: Win a Hoodie and Shirt from the NeatoShop

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This year's Pi Day is nothing short of epic: 3/14/15 (and at 9:26 am and 53 second, it's even more epic! We'll get pi to the 9th decimal places).

Celebrate Pi Day with the NeatoShop's wide selection of Pi Day-related T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and more. Best of all, you can win a Pi Day hoodie and other NeatoShop T-shirt of your choice.

The Fighting Pirish Pi Day Symbol Apple Pi Pi Joe A Real Science Hero Mmm ... Pi

Here's how to enter:

Visit the NeatoShop and checkout our selection of Pi Day designs and other shirts (may we recommend Funny T-Shirts, Science T-Shirts, Sci-Fi T-Shirts, and Cartoons & Comics?)

In the comment section below, write 1) your selection of Pi Day design and the artist who made it and 2) any other T-shirt you'd like and the artist who made it

We'll pick two random winners. The first will win his or her selection of Pi Day design as a hoodie, and another will win the T-shirt of their choice. One comment per person, please. Multiple comments will disqualify you.

A Journal of Dracula Studies Exists

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The Journal of Dracula Studies is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published annually by the English Department of Kutztown University, a college in Pennsylvania. It contains studies of vampiric images in folklore, literature, and popular culture.

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It is unclear if this publication is still active. The last call for papers that I can find was approximately one year ago. Perhaps it is simply slumbering, waiting for the right moment to rise out of its crypt.

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Kidnap Victim Reunited With Family 17 Years Later After Chance Meeting With Sister

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A 17-year-old South African girl named Zephany who was kidnapped from the hospital at birth was located after she unknowingly befriended her sister at school. Zephany's biological parents told the press that they celebrated their missing daughter's birthday every year and prayed for her return. According to ioL News,  

"Zephany grew up with a different name, and a different family, never knowing she was not their real daughter. But last month her biological sister, Cassidy Nurse, started Grade 8 at the same school that Zephany attended, and fellow pupils noticed a startling resemblance [between the girls].

When Cassidy told her parents about the...girl, hope began to strengthen in their hearts after 17 long years.

The Nurses invited the girl for a cup of coffee, under the pretence that they wanted to meet Cassidy’s friend. When they too saw the striking similarities between the girls, Morné Nurse contacted the police."

Read more on this story at the New York Times.

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Animal Yogis - They'll Transform You Into A Beast!

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Humans think they're the only species on the planet concerned with physical fitness and exercise, but any fitness enthusiast worth their low BMI knows that you can learn a lot about fitness from animals. The little critters who live all around us are masters of martial arts, titans of track and field, and the greatest yogis in the world. So the next time you're looking to get the most out of your workout don't go looking for a pumped up trainer, look to the animals and see how they stay so fit!

Share yoga's roots with the world, wear this Animal Yogis t-shirt by Kellabell9 around town and spread some animalistic enlightenment!

Visit Kellabell9's Facebook fan page, official website, Twitter and Tumblr, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more delightful designs:

A Peanut Galaxy Skull Slayer Too Much Bubblegum Adventure Alphabet

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Sweet Cocoon

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A well-fed caterpillar tries to squeeze into a small cocoon to start her metamorphosis. You and I know that’s not how it’s done in nature, but this is a cartoon. Two insects decide to give her a helping hand, which leads to all kinds of shenanigans. This animation was created by Matéo Bernard, Matthias Bruget, Jonathan Duret, Manon Marco, and Quentin Puiraveau of the French art school ESMA. -via the Presurfer

NeatoShop Sale: Save up to 20% on All T-Shirts!

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w00t! We're having a huge sale over at the NeatoShop. Save up to 20% off all T-shirts, plus get free worldwide shipping (yes, worldwide) on orders $75 and above. That's just 5 shirts!

Check out NeatoShop's Quality | Artist Reviews | New Shirts | Bestsellers | Featured

Getting ready for Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day? We've got the perfect shirts for you! USA orders placed during the sale period are guaranteed to arrive in time for those two events.

A Baby, A Prosthetic Leg, And Other Strange Things Left in Taxis

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The taxi cab company Boro Taxis handles 70,000-80,000 rides every week. Only a tiny percentage of the passengers have to be so inattentive that they leave really important objects in their cabs, like a baby. Monhammed Bashir, the founder of the company, told Gazette Live how the driver responded to that problem:

One forgetful customer managed to leave a baby behind after a trip. The youngster, believed to be less than a year old was taken to a police station after the fare failed to return.

Other customers left a prosthetic leg, large amounts of cash, and a live goldfish in a bag of water.

-via Jonah Goldberg

The Latest Model Phone Stand

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Having a stand for a phone or iPad is handy in certain situations. Selecting a good one, however, can be a challenge due to the sheer number of them on the market. This model is an interesting addition to the available stand options. While sometimes expensive, it can also be free to a good home. It's attractive, comes in different colors and is not likely to be a water-immersion risk. You may want to add a scratch protector to the screen, though. Bubble wrap might be a good add-on, too, should the stand climb up to a phone-stand stand and push the phone off the highest step. -Via Tastefully Offensive

Undersea Brawl: Moray Eel vs. White Tip Reef Shark

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They don't call it the "Wild Kingdom" for nothing. Case in point is the voracity with which this hungry moray eel goes after this white tip reef shark that crosses his path and, to him, looks like dinner. Naturally, the shark has other ideas. Via Uproxx

The Crooked Houses of Lavenham

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Lavenham is a town in Suffolk, UK, which has a whole slew of houses that lean this way or that, with the exposed beams showing off their tipsy attitudes. It’s not because of an architectural fad or tradition; these houses were straight at one time. It’s because of economic boom and bust. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Lavenham was a booming and prosperous community due to the local wool fabric production.

The town grew so fast that many of the houses were built in haste with green timber. As the wood dried, the timbers warped causing the houses to bend at unexpected angles. Unfortunately, Lavenham’s good times didn’t last long. When Dutch refugees settled in Colchester began producing cloth that was cheaper, lighter and more fashionable than Lavenham's, the town’s cloth industry went bust. By the time the dried timber started twisting, Lavenham’s families had lost its wealth and with no money to rebuild their homes, Lavenham’s crooked houses were left as they were.

The remaining crooked homes are charming in their own way, and you can see plenty of them at Amusing Planet. -via Everlasting Blort

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Terrifying Ad for an English Language School

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How do you know that your child is doing well learning English? When an English-speaking face appears in the mouth of your child, as though a demon has possessed him.

But--I should note--that demon is a native English speaker! That's what's important.

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The object of the game Orb-x is to roll your orb into the black hole. You’ve got objects to change the trajectory of your ball, but you have to plan your moves ahead of time. As you get through each level, there are more objects that act differently. I was fine until I got to level 14, then decided it would take too much time to figure it out. Eventually, I will finish the whole thing. Try it yourself -I found it enjoyable. -via Look At This

Mister Rogers's Last Message to the Children He Helped Raise

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Fred Rogers helped generations of children grow up into healthy adults. He told us all that he loved us just the way we were and he made the world a better place by being just the person that he was.

Shortly before he died 12 years ago, he recorded a brief video message to the adults whom he nurtured through his television work. It was only a few days ago that the Fred Rogers Company released the video to the public.

The video settings do not permit me to embed it at Neatorama. But you can watch it here. And you should.

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