Caroline's Cart: A Shopping Solution for Special Needs Children and Adults

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This is Caroline. Her mom, Drew Ann Long, found it to be a great struggle to shop with her because Caroline needs to use a wheelchair. She's too big to fit inside the child seat of a standard shopping cart. So Long designed a shopping cart that fit her comfortably and safely. It's called Caroline's Cart.

The seat is big enough to accommodate a range of sizes, including adults, and provides full back support. It has a complete safety harness. Entering it is easy thanks to the open back end. There's a footrest and enough room in the front for groceries. Many shops, including Target, are adding them to their cart inventory to make shopping a more inclusive experience.

You can watch a video by Long describing her invention here.

-via 22 Words

Video Game Inspired Phrases For Everyday Life

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Video games are seen as an important and integral part of pop culture nowadays, and even folks who don't care about gaming may find themselves using phrases rooted in gaming culture once in a while.

Slowly but surely terms like pwned, MMO, sandbox world, cut-scene, PVP and saved game have crept into the mainstream vernacular, and now thanks to Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly you can add some new phrases to your geeky collection.

Because isn't it better to use pop culture inspired phrases that are timeless and relatable, rather than trying to stay on fleek with your bae?

See New Video Game Phrases And Idioms For Everyday Life here (contains NSFW language)

Slovenian Town Plans to Build Europe’s First Beer Fountain

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Zalec, a town in Slovenia, is known for its large hops plantations, which ensure the flow of beer through Europe. In fact, the town crest includes an image of a budding hops plant.

To promote itself and its contributions to civilized life, the town plans to build a public beer fountain. Visitors will be able to view the flow of life’s most precious liquid and drink from it for a small fee. The fountain will cost about $400,000 USD to build. Sadly, the Daily Telegraph reports, not all residents are keen to the project:

Half of the funds are to be contributed by the local council, with the rest provided by commercial partners and public donations.

The plans are not univerally popular; at an extraordinary council session last week a third of delegates voted against the fountain, with opponents voicing objections to its proposed site, and the fact that the required funds could be better used elsewhere - such as in improving the state of water supply to local villages.

However, two thirds of councillors voted in favour, and the project is set to go ahead, although it does not yet have a completion date.

Hand Drawn Video Game Cover Art Found At GameStop

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Some game companies are downright lazy about creating cover art for their games, and they'll often simply pose a few character models, run off a render and call that a cover.

But those of us who fondly remember the days when companies hired artists to create slick cover art for our favorite games are longing to see a hand drawn game cover again, official or otherwise.

Unfortunately, the only hand drawn video game cover art pieces to be found are those created by employees at retail stores like GameStop, and no matter how funny or fantastic the piece who wants to pay those high GameStop prices!

See 21 Hilarious Hand Drawn Game Covers Found At GameStop here

All You Need Is Paper: Why Antique Valentines Still Melt Modern Hearts

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Valentines were romantic greetings long before Hallmark got involved. St. Valentines Day sentiments of love have been exchanged for centuries, in letters, poems, and artwork.  Nancy Rosin, president of the National Valentine Collectors Association, gives us a rundown on the history of Valentines. The cards sweethearts sent to each other in the early to mid-1800s were the peak in hearts and flowers, so to speak. The intricate and labor-intensive Valentines of the time represented a labor of love, whether they were made by the person who gave them or not.

“Esther Howland was the ‘Mother of the American Valentine,’” Rosin says. “American Valentines had existed before, but she made them more readily available. Her initial Valentines were small and usually marked with an ‘H’ and a number indicating the price or ‘N.E.V.Co.’ for her company, New England Valentine Company. But there are a lot of larger ones that were not signed that we now attribute to her. In 1850, she was the only person in Massachusetts who had access to these elegant European embellishments, and her Valentines had multiple layers of beautiful lace papers. You would lift one layer and then another and another. The message would usually be deep inside because she didn’t like to have you ‘wear your heart on your sleeve.’”

Rosin and fellow Valentine collectors believe Howland didn’t sign her largest pieces because they were embarrassingly lavish and expensive. “There is a story going around that she made such an elaborate Valentine in the shape of a May basket, and it might have sold for $50, which was the price of a horse and buggy at that time,” Rosin says. “We are told that the man was rejected because the woman said she would never marry anyone who would waste his money like that. So we’ve come to the conclusion that she probably avoided putting her name on the back of her fanciest Valentines."

Read about the evolution of the Valentine at Collectors Weekly. And don’t miss the gallery of beautiful antique Valentines.  

FTW - Don't Wrestle With Self Esteem Issues, Declare Yourself The Winner!

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FTW by Super Video Game Land

You can wrestle your way to the top, slamming six foot tall fellows to the floor without a second thought, but that won't make you a winner. That's because winners are born, not made, and whether you know it or not that winner is YOU! There's a heavyweight champion inside all of us, waiting to come out when our title is threatened in the ring, and as long as we keep our dreams from diving off the turnbuckle and suplex all the sadness trying to make its way through the ropes we'll come out on top!

Keep your style is slammin' by wearing this FTW t-shirt by Super Video Game Land, it's way more comfortable than a championship belt and is sure to earn you a legion of loyal fans.

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Hilariously Awful Harry Potter Valentine's Day

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There are a lot of women out there who would love to ride Harry Potter's broom and play with Sirius' wand, if your love interest feels this way, you'll absolutely want to check out these funny but all-too-naughty Harry Potter Valentine's Day cards.

There are way more great ones on the Facebook where they were first spotted, including a terrible Rickroll-inspired one.

Via Geek Girls

The 15 Most Iconic Movie Masks

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Quick, think of a mask that figured prominently in a movie. V for Vendetta, right? Of course, because I had to put a picture here. Think of another one. It’s probably in the list of 15 iconic movie masks at TVOM. Then there are a whole lot of others that you might have forgotten, but you’ll appreciate the walk down memory lane without all that effort of thinking them up yourself. Some were to hide identity, some to hide deformity, and some are just for shock value.

The Sound Effects Genius Behind The Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies

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Back in the good old days of showbiz, sound effects were created by foley artists who made a racket and recorded their sounds right on the spot, without any digital help or enhancement.

And when it came to cartoon sound effects there was one man who made that madcap racket we all know and love from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons- Tregoweth Edmond "Treg" Brown.

Treg Brown started his career as a sound editor for the Warner Brothers in 1936, and under his guidance the iconic Looney Tunes cartoon sound took shape.

From the subtle inclusion of sound effects in orchestral scores to the hiring of iconic voice actors like Mel Blanc, Treg is the guy responsible for it all.

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This wonderful documentary celebrates the life of, and contributions made by, show sound legend Treg Brown, one of the unsung heroes in the Looney Tunes cartoon legacy.

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-Via Dangerous Minds

NASA’s Visions of the Future Poster Series

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed a series of travel posters and made them into 2016 calendars as a gift to NASA and JPL employees, partners, and friends. There are familiar planets, exoplanets, and moons, plus a couple of tour posters.

Now we all can have these gorgeous creations. All 14 of them are at the JPL site, where you can download them poster-size in case you want to are able to print them out. -via Metafilter

Bei Bei the Giant Panda Cub Climbs His First Tree as Protective Mama Watches

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In this sweet footage from the Smithsonian National Zoo, Bei Bei the giant panda cub is completing the milestone of climbing his first tree, as his loving mother Mei Xiang looks on. Yet similar to a human mother and child dynamic, the exercise doesn't leave Mei Xiang in an exhilarated state of abandon as it does her cub.

Six-month-old Bei Bei obviously loves this new activity and is itching to push on up the tree, but his mother is worried that he may get too high up and hurt himself. The adorably gentle push and pull between mother and cub continues until mother finally reels Bei Bei in for good. Via Slate

Thirteen Fun Facts About Newhart

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When Bob Newhart finished up a six season run of The Bob Newhart Show he realized he was done playing doctor and wanted to make a fresh start on a strange and wonderful new show.

And thus Newhart was born, where Bob got to play Dick Loudon for eight seasons opposite the beautiful and talented Larry, Darryl and Darryl...and Mary Frann was pretty great as Joanna Loudon too. 

Newhart was a show about the kooky characters found in small town America, and Bob found inspiration for the show while dining and people watching in the hotel restaurant at the Seattle Hilton.

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Speaking of small town kooks- Larry, Darryl and Darryl were so popular after their appearance on the second episode they were made part of the regular cast from season 2 on.

And although both Darryl and Darryl were classically trained actors with loads of experience they were cast in non-speaking parts, and their contracts forbid them from speaking to the press or appearing in public as the Darryls.

Read 13 Fun Facts About 'Newhart' at mental_floss.

OK Go Goes Zero Gravity

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For their latest music video, OK Go teamed up with Russia’s S7 airlines and took a trip in their vomit comet, a plane that flies in parabolic arcs to train cosmonauts for low-gravity space flight. The song is “Upside Down & Inside Out.”  

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From the band’s website:

The longest period of weightlessness that it is possible to achieve in these circumstances is about 27 seconds, and after each period of weightlessness, it takes about five minutes for the plane to recover and prepare for then next round. Because we wanted the video to be a single, uninterrupted routine, we shot continuously over the course of 8 consecutive weightless periods, which took about 45 minutes, total. We paused our actions, and the music, during the non-weightless periods, and then cut out these sections and smoothed over each transition with a morph.

The rest of the story about making the video is pretty interesting. For example, they made 21 flights, and there were 58 incidences of actual vomiting. -via Buzzfeed

Speed Dating for Rabbits

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(Photo: Yana Paskova/New York Times)

Wild rabbits live in communities. They’re naturally social animals. Domesticated rabbits are no different—they want to live with other creatures, preferably other rabbits.

But not all rabbit pairs are good matches. That’s why Amy Odum of the Animal Care Centers of New York City arranges for housed rabbits to find good companions among the shelter rabbits that she cares for. The shelter on East 110th Street has a room set aside for dating encounters. Rabbit owners can bring their bunnies in to meet that special somebunny to complete their family. Odum watches the rabbits together to gauge their behavior. The New York Times describes the first date that rabbits Tonya and Moo had:

Tonya sat in a litter box chewing a stalk of hay. Moo stretched, twitching a little, and sniffed her face. Tonya was motionless. Moo jumped back.

“They’re both a little tense,” Ms. Odum said.

The goal, Ms. Odum had said, is not any sort of magical chemistry.

“What I’m looking for is peaceful coexistence,” she said. “We want acceptance of the other bunny in their space without any drama.”

After a while, Tonya hopped over to Moo and gave him a little kiss. He jumped over her like the cow over the moon. They broke into a playful chase, stopped, sniffed each other’s faces. Then Moo approached Tonya and lowered his head.

“That can be a submissive move,” Ms. Odum said. “On the other hand, it can be a demand by a superior to be groomed by a subordinate.”

Moo kept his head low, then pushed it into Tonya’s side. “She’s making him beg — it’s pretty pitiful,” Ms. Odum said.

-via Marginal Revolution

2016 All Candidates Debate

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Finally- a video that pokes fun at all the presidential candidates. Or at least the ones you’ve heard of.

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Watch this, laugh a little, and then try to get that Marco Rubio jingle lout of your head. -via Metafilter

The Merc with a Mouse

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Bring on the tuna-filled chimichangas! To celebrate the impending release of the new Deadpool movie, Cat Cosplay dressed up this cat as our famous nutcase from the Marvel universe.

Sith Days - They Sound Better Than That Cantina Band!

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Sith Days by Prime Premne

Life isn't like an album cover, it doesn't give you time to pose and prepare for what's coming next, but the most trying times in our lives tend to bring us closer together. They may call you a rebel, say you're dancing with the dark side when you're really just trying to keep it light and steer clear of gorillaz in black helmets. But when those Sith days are over, and that war inside you stops raging long enough to let you be the star you were born to be, you'll look back on all of your out of this world adventures fondly. And you'll have some new pals, and plenty of new photo ops, as your band of rebels plays a sweet song of freedom.

Sport a profile of your favorite band of rebels with this Sith Days t-shirt by Prime Premne, it's sure to make your fellow fans feel all warm and fuzzy as a Wookiee inside.

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Favorite Movies of the U.S. Presidents

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Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook. This post is in honor of the upcoming Presidents Day holiday.

Ever since Woodrow Wilson screening Birth of a Nation in the White House, our U.S. presidents have had a love affair with the movies. Heck, every one of us has his or her favorite films. We tend to forget that presidents are just people too, and they too have favorite movies.
Let's take a look at a few U.S. presidents, their favorite films, and other film facts about them. (What is it about High Noon that so many presidents love????)

Franklin D. Roosevelt

* According to one source, FDR’s all-time favorite film was Mae West's bawdy 1933 comedy I’m No Angel.
* Reputedly loved the comedies of Abbott and Costello (after all, he invited Bud and Lou to entertain at the White House four times during his administration).

Harry S. Truman

* Liked the occasional Western.
* His favorite was My Darling Clementine.
* Enjoyed Frank Capra comedies.

Dwight Eisenhower

* Favorite film: High Noon.
* Liked Westerns.
* Refused to watch any movie with Robert Mitchum in it, because of Mitchum's 1948 arrest for smoking of marijuana. Every time the White House projectionist tried to sneak in a Robert Mitchum film, Eisenhower would get up and walk out of the room.

John F. Kennedy

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The Real History of Hail Caesar! and Eddie Mannix

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The new Coen Brothers movie Hail Caesar! is a work of fiction set in 1951. But one of its major characters, Eddie Mannix, was a real mover and shaker who took care of problems for MGM during Hollywood’s Golden Age.   

Remaining on MGM’s payroll until his death in 1963, Mannix is an important figure in Hollywood history. His MGM ledger, which meticulously recorded the secret costs, revenues, and losses of the studio’s films from 1924 to 1948, is a treasure trove for film historians. He is also central in the mythology for the studio that once prided itself on having “More Stars Than There Are in the Heavens,” playing second fiddle only to MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer and Head of Production Irving Thalberg. He also was considered extended family by a number of stars, including Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.

But primarily, Mannix was the guy that made sure Mayer’s family friendly entertainment stayed “family friendly,” at least as far as the press and moviegoing public were concerned. Alongside Howard Strickling, the unflappable head of MGM publicity, Mannix had a habit for making problems go away, whether they be drunk driving incidents, unplanned pregnancies, libidinous lifestyles, or even the occasional mysterious death, be it of sex symbol Jean Harlow’s second husband or the guy on TV that bullets were supposed to bounce off from.

Den of Geek looks at a few of the more prominent Hollywood scandals that Mannix was involved in, some in his role of covering them up, and some involving his own life.

A Kayaking Trip through Tham Khoon Xe, One of the Largest River Caves on Earth

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Tham Khoun Xe, a cave on the border of Laos and Vietnam, contains a 4-mile long river. Imagine the experience of paddling down its full length!

Ryan Deboodt, a nature photographer, doesn’t have to imagine. He lived that experience when he and his companions spent 2 days kayaking through the cave. He took many photos of the natural wonders of this enormous cave complex. In an interview with Smithsonian, Deboodt described the expedition:

Describe your journey to the cave.

It’s a pretty big journey. We started in Vietnam and crossed the boarder to Laos. Once we got to Laos, the road condition was quite poor. Dirt roads, and the bridges were damaged from floods from the previous years. It took a day of driving to get to the cave. When we got to the cave, we set up camp by the downstream entrance. From there, we spent two days kayaking inside the cave. We started at the downstream entrance and then went to the upstream entrance. Through the caves there are about seven to eight small waterfalls where we had to get out and carry our kayaks.

You can see more of Deboodt’s photos of the cave at Colossal.

Dad Joke Makes Bea Laugh

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This is how Dad jokes start, and become a lifelong habit for so many men. A two-year-old will laugh at anything. Bea is tickled pink to hear her Dad say Abu Dhabi. That’s silly, Daddy! There’s a joke there, but she doesn’t have to wait for the punch line to find Abu Dhabi funny. The punch line doesn’t really add much to it for her (although we can see it coming a mile away), because Bea doesn’t have any idea who the Flintstones are. But she’s so joyously entertained anyway that you have to laugh along with her! -via Tastefully Offensive 

The World's Oldest Competitive Powerlifter Is 93 Years Old

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Svend Stensgaard has always been active. He worked as a customs officer for the Danish government and enjoyed the thrill of chasing smugglers. He's also exercised throughout his life, including taking up powerlifting at the age of 70.

He's excelled at this sport, even winning medals. Stensgaard has faced challenges along the way. 3 years ago, he had a heart attack while swimming and sank to the bottom of the pool. But he's recovered and is lifting again, sometimes 150 kg at a time. Hitting the gym 4 to 6 times a week keeps him in phenomenal shape. Watch a video of him training with impressive vigor at BBC Magazine (auto-start video).

-via Glenn Reynolds

A Dangerous Walk by the Sea

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A couple, aged 75 and 76, went down to the beach in Porsguen in Portsall on the French coast this past Monday. A wave surprised them and knocked the man down. As he was being swept out to sea, his wife chased after, and was soon swept under herself! A tourist from Paris went in to help them, and was knocked down himself by another wave. You can skip the first two minutes.  

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He did manage to help the couple back to shore. Two other men also helped, and a local couple in Portsall took them in and gave them dry clothing. -via Viral Viral Videos

Degas’s Dancers Turned into Reality

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(Photo: Ken Browar and Deobrah Ory)

The French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas was enchanted by the grace and splendor of ballet dancers. He frequently painted them onstage and backstage at work, both dancing and training. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is conducting an exhibition of his work. To mark the occasion, ballet dancer Misty Copeland recreated some of his famous dancers. It was a great challenge. She tells Harper’s Bazaar:

"It was interesting to be on a shoot and to not have the freedom to just create like I normally do with my body," she says. "Trying to re-create what Degas did was really difficult. It was amazing just to notice all of the small details but also how he still allows you to feel like there's movement. That's what I think is so beautiful and difficult about dance too. You're trying to strive for this perfection, but you still want people to get that illusion that your line never ends and that you never stop moving."

You can see more photos in the series here.

-via Slate Vault

Comedian Delivers TED Talk About His Adventures In Spammer Trolling

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Replying to spam email is something that internet users have been warned against since the 90s, which is probably why comedian James Veitch thought it might be fun.

But there's no way he could have known that by replying to a spam email from a guy named Solomon Odonkoh he'd be embarking on a grand adventure of the bizarro kind.

Here is James delivering a very entertaining TED Talk about his adventures in spammer trolling.

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I first wrote about James and his delightful correspondence with Solomon in this Neatorama article, but seeing him deliver a TED Talk about his days of spammer trolling makes the whole surreal experience seem like a lot of fun.

If only all spammers were as persistent and gullible as Solomon Odonkoh...

-Via Meme Base

What Ever Happened To Waterbeds?

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In the 1980s, it seemed like everyone had waterbeds. They were relatively inexpensive, you could move them without a truck, and (at least in the beginning) they were pretty cool. Then as the ‘90s dawned, it seemed like they just disappeared. The story of the waterbed begins a lot earlier, though.

By some accounts, waterbeds date all the way back to 3600 BCE, when Persians filled goat-skin mattresses with water warmed by the sun. In the early 1800s, Dr. Neil Arnott, a Scottish physician, created a “hydrostatic bed” for hospital patients with bedsores. This was essentially a warm bath covered with a thin layer of rubber and then sealed up with varnish. In 1853, Dr. William Hooper of Portsmouth, England patented a therapeutic rubber mattress that could be filled with water. It, too, was for hospital patients suffering from poor circulation and bedsores. In the mid 20th century, science fiction writer Robert Heinlein—inspired by the months he spent bedridden with tuberculosis in the 1930s—described waterbeds in great detail in three of his novels. The beds he envisioned had a sturdy frame, were temperature-controlled, and contained pumps that allowed patients to control the water level inside the mattress. There were also compartments for drinks and snacks, which sounds really convenient. It was, according to Heinlein, “an attempt to design the perfect hospital bed by one who had spent too damn much time in hospital beds.”

An article at mental_floss follows the history of the waterbed, up through the period when we all decided they were more hassle than they were worth.

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Tacos (With Hair) - They Came For The Probing, But Stayed For The Food!

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Tacos (With Hair) by Eman! & ZombieMedia

We all know aliens are out there, and so are those crazy TV hosts with equally crazy hair who love to talk about aliens, but did you know that only humans have tacos? Pool all of mankind's accomplishments over the centuries together and they still don't compare to the creation of the taco, the perfect way to stuff meats and cheeses down your food tube. But if ancient history has taught us anything it's that inventing something as incredible as a taco is a surefire way to wind up dead, or probed by curious extraterrestrials looking for a new recipe.

Share some deliciously geeky humor with the world by wearing this Tacos (With Hair) t-shirt by Eman! and ZombieMedia, it's the colorful way to show the world they're out there, and they're hungry...

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The Banana Stereo Record Player Is Everything Great about the 70s

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It was after successfully landing men on the moon that humanity undertook its greatest challenge: to build a portable record player shaped like a banana that could be played in any position.

The greatest minds of the human race soon accomplished this pinnacle of achievement. Etsy seller Carolyn Thielke says that the Electric Banana Stereo Phono was inspired by the work of an Andy Warhol painting of a banana that served as an album cover for the rock band Velvet Underground. This one still runs, but needs a new needle.

Those were better times when we understood what truly mattered.

-via Dangerous Minds

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