- The Five Most Hated Styles Of Moustache
- Skull Tobacco Jar
- Drowning in Debt Salt & Pepper Shakers
- A Doctor Who Kid's Party
- Domus de Janas
- Pig Genome Project Could Lead to Tastier Bacon
- The Last Laughing Death
- World Record Setting Guinea Pig Long Jump
- Going On Right Now: NeatoShop Black Friday Weekend Mystery Bonus Special
- <i>Star Wars</i> and <i>Star Trek</i> Money Origami
- Rockin' Out with Spoons
- Fine Art A La Tard
- Duckvengers, Assemble!
- Cupcake Stand
- To Stay Awake
- Worf Cooking While Data and Captain Archer Clean Dishes in Captain Picard's Kitchen
- Delightfully Dark Fairy Tale Illustrations
- The Death Experience Room: To Be Reborn, First You Have to Die
- More Disgusting Fried Foods From the Texas State Fair
- The Store Mannequins Are Watching You
- The Predatrooper
- Your Very Own Ecce Homo
- A Gathering Of Wookiees
- Socks that Eat Your Feet
- Adorable Photos and Videos of Critters and Kiddos Enjoying Fall Foliage
- This Week at Neatorama
- R.I.P. Larry Hagman
- These Cookies Might Make A Difference
Posted: 25 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST
Movember, aka when guys use charity as an excuse to grow a sad little patch of hair on their upper lips, is quickly drawing to a close, but before it goes let's explore the five most hated types of moustache.
There's the Hitler stache, Porn stache, Pube stache (as worn by Michael Cera above), Lady stache and the most hated of all- the Finger stache.
That's right folks, the Finger stache is now more hated than the Hitler stache thanks to extreme overuse on the interwebs.
Posted: 25 Nov 2012 03:00 AM PST
This tobacco jar orginated in Japan sometime during the Eighteenth Century. If features an ivory snake crawling through the eye sockets of a boxwood skull.
Link | Photo: Science Museum of London
Posted: 25 Nov 2012 02:00 AM PST
Tired of checking politics at the door? Make a real statement at the dinner table with the Drowning in Debt Salt & Pepper Shakers from the NeatoShop. This fantastic set is designed by Sebastian Errazuirz. Notice the poor little office workers trapped inside. Soon they will be drowning in your favorite seasonings.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Salt & Pepper Shakers.
Posted: 25 Nov 2012 02:00 AM PST
Is your little one a serious Whovian? Well then, maybe he or she would appreciate having a Docor Who themed party for their next birthday and if that's the case, you really should check out The Pixel Mom's post on just such an occassion for a few helpful ideas on throwing your own party.
I wish I was friends with her nine year old because that looks like one heck of an awesome party.
Posted: 25 Nov 2012 01:00 AM PST
On the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, cave tombs were cut into the rocky hills around 5,000 years ago by the Ozieri people. The nickname "house of fairies" is modern nickname; they are officially named Domus de Janas, derived from the Roman goddess Diana. The 2,000 tombs come on all sizes.
Posted: 25 Nov 2012 12:00 AM PST
The Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium has completed the task of sequencing the DNA of a pig and placing all of that data available online for free. Is it now possible to improve bacon through genetic engineering? The study's authors think so:
So we might end up with not only better bacon, but cheaper bacon! There's a risk, but it's worth it.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 11:00 PM PST
Fifty years ago, Dr. Michael Alpers went to Papua New Guinea to investigate kuru, a horrible sickness that killed many of the native Fore people, and no one knew why. He ended up devoting his life to solving the mystery of the disease. Today, the decades of research by many scientists have added mightily to the body of biological knowledge. Kuru was not spread by bacteria, nor by a virus, nor any distinct species, but by something completely new to the scientific community: prions, indestructable self-propagating proteins that change shape and attack the body. And that was just part of the mystery. How did the Fore people become infected, and why did some contract it while others did not? Could it possibly be spread by the ritual of eating their loved ones who died?
And the research into kuru continued, because Alpers wanted to know how the disease began, and why some who were exposed seemed to be immune. And he's just now winding down, by getting all 2,700 of his case files in order. The story of Dr. Alpers' battle against kuru is condensed into a fascinating article at The Global Mall. Link -via Metafilter
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 10:00 PM PST
Sure, everyone thinks their pet is special, but only Truffles holds the world record when it comes to the guinea pig long jump. Meanwhile, the only records my pooch might be able to master is the world's longest nap or most loaves of bread eaten when the humans aren't looking.
Via The Mary Sue
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 09:00 PM PST
Just a reminder, Neatoramanauts: We're having a great Black Friday Weekend Mystery Bonus going on over at the NeatoShop!
Every order placed till Monday, Nov 26, 2012 will automatically receive a Free Mystery Bonus.
What will you get? It's a secret! That's the whole point of the "mystery" in Mystery Bonus. In the past, we've given away awesome stuff like the hottest gadgets, geeky watches, and more to a few lucky Neatoramanauts.
If you haven't placed your order, please visit the NeatoShop and take care of your Christmas shopping. Check out the Stocking Stuffers, New Items and Bestsellers for the neatest Christmas gifts to give and get this year. Don't forget awesome stuff for your favorite geeks, zombie lovers, photographers, and more. Need something cute? No problem! We've got it over at NeatoShop's Cute Store!
Your purchase helps support Neatorama and indie artists - so thank you in advance for shopping with us. Place your order at the NeatoShop today!
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 08:00 PM PST
Origami artist Won Park is a specialist in the use of folded money. His whole gallery is filled with science fiction goodness, including space battle scenes from Star Wars and Star Trek. I'd love to see them animated.
Gallery Link | Photo: Andrew Park
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 07:00 PM PST
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 06:37 PM PST
If you think memes are too lowbrow, then perhaps you'll enjoy this Tard the Grumpy Cat fan art by Gaston Zubeldia.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 06:00 PM PST
Loki-chan specializes in modifying and making custom rubber ducks, including ducks from Doctor Who, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Pokémon and My Little Pony. Here are the Duckvengers, ready to save Earth from the menace of Doki.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 05:00 PM PST
Cupcake Stand - $39.95
Are you looking for the perfect sweet treat to your favorite cupcake lover? This holiday season give them the adorable Cupcake Stand from the NeatoShop. This delightful ceramic cake platter features dangling cupcake charms. It is a delightful way to showcase cakes, cupcakes and other wonderful deserts.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more deliciously fun Cupcake items.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 05:00 PM PST
Anna Sumner craved sleep, and therefore figured she must need sleep. She slept more and more from the time she was a teenager until it interfered with her job as a lawyer, sometimes for days at a time. After Sumner was diagnosed with "hypersomnolence," neurologist David Rye of Emory University and his team looked for the cause, but only got a clue from the reactions of different drugs that were prescribed to help her stay awake.
Scandal? Yes, researchers thought they'd identified an "endozepine," or naturally-occurring benzodiazepine (drugs used in sleeping pills) produced by the brain before, in a case from Italy in the 1980s. That research was exposed as useless, a turn down the wrong alley, and it only made Rye's newer discovery harder for the scientific community to swallow. Meanwhile, Sumner and other sufferers of hypersomnolence had to pay the price for less-than-rigorous research from decades earlier, as the effective medicine (flumazenil) is not easy to obtain or to administer. After years of rigorous research, Rye and his team still cannot fully identify the chemical compound that caused Sumner's sleepiness, but what they do know has finally been published. Finding the exact brain chemical that causes hypersomnolence may lead to more effective sleeping aids, better help for insomnia sufferers, and yes, big profits for pharmaceutical companies. Read the fascinating story of Sumner and her malady at The Last Word On Nothing. Link -via Not Exactly Rocket Science
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 04:00 PM PST
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 03:00 PM PST
Fairy tales often contain extremely dark subject matter, including murder, incest, cannibalism, black magic and suicide. However, just because the plots are grim doesn't mean the artwork can't be beautiful. Feast your eyes on these wonderful fairy tale illustrations by Nadezhda Illarionova, and behold the power of imagination.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 02:00 PM PST
Various methods of treatment involve being "reborn," but don't you have to die first to be born again? Perhaps this will help: a psychotherapy in Shenyang, China, simulates death for patients by putting them in a coffin inside a "death experience room":
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 01:00 PM PST
Why bother with eating the actual chicken meat when you can just enjoy the fried skins instead?
If that's not enough fried nastiness for you then I'm sure you'll find something to trigger your gag reflex over at Serious Eat's slide show covering the best of the worst of the foods at the Texas State Fair.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 12:00 PM PST
The creepy store mannequins sure are getting creepier! The new "EyeSee" mannequins by Italian company Almax have cameras inside their eyes that can track customers as they shop:
So the next time you see a store mannequin, don't act like a dummy. It may just be watching you: Link
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 11:00 AM PST
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 10:00 AM PST
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 09:00 AM PST
Think all Wookiees look alike? Check out this shag-tastic photo from the set of Star Wars Episode III. Revenge of The Siths taken by Keith Hamshere in 2005 and see if you can spot all the differences between different Wookiee looks.
There's the braided beard look, the dreadlock style and the well-groomed shaggy gent, all the latest hair styles from the planet Kashyyyk.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 08:00 AM PST
The Tsarina of Tsocks made a pair of "tshark tsocks" that appear as sharks eating her feet! One is gorging on her leg from bottom, the other has apparently eaten everything but her toes! What's more, she also made little detachable remoras, the fish that latch on to sharks for a ride. It's a one-time project, and not for sale. However, with the great response she is getting, you never know if a pattern may someday be available. Link -via Boing Boing
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST
Vinderalls - $11.95
Are you looking for a quick way to dress down your favorite expensive bottle of wine? You need the Vinderalls from the NeatoShop. This great cover looks like a pair of comfy overalls. It is perfect for making your favorite drink look a little less pretentious.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Barware & Cocktail items.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 07:00 AM PST
You’ve heard of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, but for those who like cute things, this is by far more fun! It’s time for Neatorama’s Leaves of Squee.
This might just be the best picture ever taken of a dog enjoying fall. Just look at the joy on Tyler’s face.
Image via Jesse Glick [Flickr]
This is what they call leaf swimming. Note the dive and submerge technique Honey uses to try to find the ball. I’m impressed she can manage to find it every time.
The best thing about this video is the way the four month-old pup manages to stay buried under the leaves so long before popping her adorable little head out.
Edward here is a very brave dog and he refuses to take any chances when it comes to protecting his family. That’s why he has to keep jumping into the trashcan full of leaves –he must kill the evil enemy hiding at the bottom of the bucket.
Images via dog.happy.art [Flickr]
When a dog can pose this well when he’s only a week old, you know he’s destined for greatness. Winston, I look forward to seeing you in the movies.
Image via Jessie San [Flickr]
Hey little guy, I think you have something on your face. No, never mind, you got it.
Image via by Joe Dyer [Flickr]
Sometimes frolicking in leaf piles is too much work, even walking can be taxing. Fortunately, foliage makes great ground cover for those who enjoy a good slide through the park like this lovely, lazy lab.
With pups like Miley and Howie constantly getting in the way, I’m amazed this guy was able to pile up this many leaves in the first place.
Not all dogs like to play in leaf piles –some like to make their own, like Jess here, who loves raking up the fallen foliage. She might not be the best gardener in the world, but she might just be the cutest.
Dogs aren’t the only ones who think leaves make great places to relax and play. In fact, Asia looks just as cute and happy diving in and out of a leaf pile as just about any stinky old pup could.
Jake and Elwood just aren’t sure about all these weird things that crunch under their feet, but they’re certainly willing to explore these strange new surroundings.
Image via throwingbull [Flickr]
While Andrew seems to think that playing in the leaves is the greatest thing on Earth, Alex looks like he needs a little more convincing.
Image via Michael Bentley [Flickr]
While youngsters tend to be content with laying in the leaves and maybe throwing them in the air, older kids tend to enjoy the feeling of flying through the air before smashing into a pile of soft foliage.
Image via lecates [Flickr]
Even as an adult though, I have to say that getting thrown into the pile seems even more fun than jumping in and if the laughter from these two is any indicator, it really is the best way to have fun with a pile of leaves.
While his landing is a little rough and he almost goes too far, the idea of putting a leaf pile at the end of a slide is certainly a smart way to play with your foliage. Of course, the little guy seems quite happy to sit on the sidelines and throw leaves in the air while his brother performs all the daredevil moves.
Most of us have buried someone in the sand before, but burying them in the leaves is an entirely different experience.
Image via erkillian5 [Flickr]
I never would have thought of letting ferrets play in leaf piles (in part because I’d worry that they’d run away and never return), but apparently, they seem to enjoy the experience quite a bit –or at least, Raja and Buttons do.
There were at least three ferrets in this leaf pile, but as the photographer points out, capturing them on camera is somewhat difficult.
Image via Andrew Kurjata [Flickr]
Squirrels get enough leaves in the wild, so they won’t usually play around in a big pile of them just for fun –but if you hide a few nuts in your leaf pile, that’s a different story altogether.
Max and Noah were having a blast trying to bury Einstein in the leaves, even if their efforts were fruitless because he just kept shaking off the foliage.
Image via Mark Scholl [Flickr]
Just look at the love between Buscuit and Atticus. I’m sure these two could have a great time playing just about anywhere –although the leaves undoubtedly made for a great time that particular day.
Image via popofatticus [Flickr]
Gatsby is simply fascinated by the leaf that Taylor is holding and they’re both so into the Fall fun that no one even seemed to notice when Loki photobombed the shot.
Image via Coulter Sunderman [Flickr]
Golden retrievers love to play fetch, even when the things being fetched are kids hiding in a leaf pile and Gunnar seems to be doing one heck of a job diving in this pile to help retrieve his best friends.
Little Eli can barely walk and tiny Ralphie can barely make it off the porch, but with the help of Rudy and a few adults, the whole group seems to have a wonderful time playing outside on a brisk Thanksgiving afternoon. Of all the cute videos in this article, this one is by far my favorite.
Do any of you happen to have critters or kiddos that enjoy fall-time leaf fun? If you do, and you happen to have photos or videos of them, share them in the comments. Personally, I don’t think my dog has ever even seen a giant leaf pile, being as how we live in San Diego and barely even have seasons.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 06:00 AM PST
We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday (or as they say in Canada and the rest of the world, "Thursday")! And we hope you either avoided or survived the Black Friday crowds at the shopping centers. Today you should have some time to relax and unwind and catch up on what's been happening at your favorite website this week.
In the What Is It? game this week, we had a lot of people who knew the answer. Craig Clayton identified it as a spark plug, which is correct but not fully explanatory. Then JJUUSSTTIINN said these as "ninja rocks," which are broken ceramic spark plug parts used specifically to break windows. As it's a holiday weekend and Alex is feeling generous, both will win t-shirts! Learn more about ninja rocks at the What Is It? blog. The funniest answer came from Lori Cunningham, who told a Thanksgiving story:
So she wins a t-shirt, too! Thanks to everyone who played along, and thanks to the What Is It? blog.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 05:40 AM PST
Larry Hagman, the actor who brought us two enduring TV characters among other roles, died yesterday of cancer at at Medical City in Dallas. He portrayed astronaut Major Anthony Nelson on the 1965-1970 TV series I Dream of Jeannie and then the notorious J.R. Ewing in the 1979-1991 series Dallas. Dallas was resurrected as a new series last summer.
Posted: 24 Nov 2012 05:00 AM PST
Want to help someone stop smoking? Well, maybe you should try giving them lung cancer cookies to remind them just how terrible the habit can be for their bodies.
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