- Behind the Cover
- Four Stormtroopers And That One Guy
- Bicycle Chain Dog Sculptures
- The Gallifreycrumb Tinies
- Happy New Year Version 2.0.13
- Furniture Animals
- Amazing Looking Street Cart Serves Up 3D Printed Chocolate
- Amazing Norwegian Kicker Can Put a Football Anywhere He Wants
- Flying Carpet Chair
- JibJab Year in Review 2012
- Wedding Bouquet Christmas Tree Ornament
- Rewind YouTube Style 2012
- Santa Bread
- Marvel's Awesome 2012 Holiday Cards
- 20 Adorable Videos and Photos of Critters Celebrating Christmas
- Grumpy Cat Santa Cake
- Leonard Nimoy's Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins
- Man Discovers That Santa He Visited 13 Years Ago Is His Father-in-Law
- 9 Adorable Videos of Critters Celebrating Christmas
- "Happy Xmas (War is Over)"
- Christmas Present Cookies
- 1898: The First Christmas Movie
- Santa Hat Ice Cream Cones
- Carol of the Mehs
- How The Grinch Stole Cakemas
- Sir Christopher Lee's Heavy Metal Christmas Album
- The Story of the Christmas Truce
- These Chinchillas Don't Wish You A Merry Christmas
- Where is Santa From?
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST
The following is an article from Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.
With CDs and digitally distributed music, album covers aren't as important or as memorable as they once were. But from the 1950s to the 1990s, some became iconic pieces of popular art unto themselves, and many have great stories about how they came to be.
Album:The Who Sell Out
Story: In 1967 The Who were preparing their first album for Track Records, a new label formed by the band's managers. They had complete creative freedom, and guitarist Pete Townshend, the band's primary songwriter, decided they'd do a concept album about the increasing commercialization of rock music. Between the songs were real jingles recorded by a real jingle-recording company for real products, implying that the band had "sold out." The Who wanted the sleeve to look like the band had sold out as well, so graphic designers David King and Roger Law came up with an idea for four panels, each depicting one of the four members in an advertisement for one of the products mentioned in the album's jingles. Rock photographer David Montgomery shot the four scenes: One the front, Townshend applies a giant stick of Odorono deodorant to his underarm, and singer Roger Daltrey sits in a bathtub full of Heinz baked beans. On the back, drummer Keith Moon uses a giant tube of Medac pimple cream, and bassist John Entwhistle wears a leopard-skin Tarzan suit and stands next to a bikini-clad woman in a parody of the Charles Atlas bodybuilding product ads. While the cover helped propel the album to the Top 20 in both the U.S. and Britain, the band was sued by makers of the real products for copyright infringement. The disputes were settled, but Medac had to be changed to Clearasil for the album's release in Australia. (Another problems: the beans that Daltrey sat in arrived in two giant, frozen cans, and he claimed to have caught a mild case of pneumonia.)
The article above was reprinted with permission from Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.
Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 04:00 AM PST
You know how there's always that one guy in the group who's constantly messing up and making all of his friends look bad?
Well, when you're dressed like Stormtroopers that one guy sticks out like a sore thumb with a painted bucket on his head.
Don't invite that one guy to your costume party, or you may have to photoshop him out of all your pictures!
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 03:00 AM PST
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 02:00 AM PST
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST
Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies is an alphabet book that describes the ghastly fates of unlucky children. Eat Toast created this alternative version for the Doctor Who universe. You can view the rest at the link.
I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would want to be the Doctor's traveling companion. There's no money in it, but there are terrible risks. If you fly around in a time machine, why not use it to become fantastically wealthy? Rory and Amy in particular needed to be slapped around with a hardbound copy of The Rules of Acquisition.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
It's almost 2013, and once again, Rhe DeVille has updated my favorite New Year song, this time as a club mix and a story in the video. When the credits roll, the song is not over. Let's hope your new year is this happy! -Thanks, Rhe!
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST
Robots in Gastronomy want to bring their delicious 3D printed chocolate art to the people, so they built this unique looking cart to drive their MakerBot 3D printer around town.
They premiered their chocolate printing cart at the Istanbul Design Biennial in October, and hope to have these wooden art carts ready to hit the streets by 2013.
If the shape of the cart doesn't get people's attention the chocolate treats it prints out certainly will, read on at the link below if you want to see the kind of sugary goodness this crafty cart will be printing for the people.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST
Thanks to this viral video, Norwegian football player Havard Rugland has been offered the chance to tryout with the New York Jets:
I can believe it--especially after watching his last kick in the video. Is that real? I mean, can a human being actually do that intentionally?
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
Are you tired of feeling grounded while you're sitting on your duff?
Plant your kiester on the 1001 chair and you'll feel like you're surfing on a cloud, as 90 elastic rods suspend you above the ground in floating comfort.
The chair was created by Thomas Hiemann and Markus Dilger, and so far they have no plans to manufacture the chair, but maybe public interest via the interwebs will convince them to get these neat seats into retail stores so we can all float on.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST
Jib Jab's annual year-end wrap-up is one for the records, just like 2012 was.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 06:00 PM PST
Was your wedding close to Christmas? If so, you may wish to remember both happy occasions as Susie did. She dried her bridal bouquet, then cut off the leaves, berries and flowers. Susie writes:
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 05:00 PM PST
YouTube asked its most viral participants to star in a mash-up of culturally defining moments of 2012. That includes, PSY, Freddie Wong, Rhett & Link, Felicia Day, and more. Can you spot all the viral references of the year?
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 03:00 PM PST
The Marvel Comics company celebrated the 2012 holiday season by creating some really neat cards which feature art from some of their top artists, such as Neil Edwards, Mike del Mundo and Pepe Larraz just to name a few.
The cards feature Marvel characters getting into the spirit of the season in the most superheroic way possible, and they're so cool you'll want to print them out for yourself!
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 02:00 PM PST
We've already posted videos and photos of animals having a happy holiday season, but just in case you still need more adorable holiday images, this Oddee article is stuffed with 20 fantastic pictures and videos of critters having a happy Christmas.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 01:30 PM PST
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Posted: 25 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST
Chris Burd, 27, was engaged to his fiancée when he and his relatives were looking through his old childhood photos. They noticed that one of them, taken when he was 13 years old, showed him sitting on the lap of a mall Santa Claus. That Santa Claus was his own future father-in-law:
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 12:00 PM PST
You've seen pictures of critters getting ready for Christmas, but now it's time for some video footage of animals actually celebrating the holidays. Consider it our gift to you.
Here are red kangaroos, chimps, bears, meerkats and more enjoying a little bit of holiday enrichment treats at the Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney.
Cats love Christmas trees, even if it's only because they provide them with an excellent place to hide during the hectic holiday season.
What do big cats want for Christmas? Presents, of course, and thanks to lionstigersandbears.org we now know how cute they are when opening their gifts.
Most pooches are content to sit around and wait for the holiday season, but this family of canines was willing to pitch in to help get their house ready for Christmas.
I don't know about you guys, but I have a hard time not imagining Chris Farely reading the title of this last one in the same tune as his "fat guy in a little coat" bit from Tommy Guy.
Unlike their big cat counterparts, a cat's favorite part of Christmas aren't the gifts, but the boxes that hold them. Here's Tink and Ranj enjoying all the fun the holidays can offer.
If you can't wait for the Super Bowl only because you're dying to tune into the Puppy Bowl, well, this should hold you over in the meantime.
Not everyone is excited to see Santa. In fact, little Dexter here is downright terrified of him and ready to protect his turf from the fat man.
And here are some more big kitties celebrating the best way they know how -by destroying everything they set their eyes on.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST
John Lennon and the Beatles have a fairly substantial number of Christmas-themed records. The Beatles recorded a special Christmas record for their fans every year from 1963 to 1969. These seven records are not only very funny, but are now quite nostalgic to listen to, so many years after the band's breakup.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 11:00 AM PST
Everyone needs a nice gift for Christmas, but if you can't afford to buy them something, these great present cookies will provide a great treat packed with surprises.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 10:30 AM PST
Long before Miracle on 34th Street and It's a Wonderful Life, there was Santa Claus. Not only was this the first Christmas movie--it was among the first movies on any topic ever made. George Albert Smith, a British pioneer of filmmaking, produced it in 1898. This short film was a technical marvel of its age:
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST
All you need to make your own great Santa hat is a little water to bend the cone and some warm red melting chocolate to add some color. Holiday Happenings has all the details to make your own.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 09:30 AM PST
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
Every detail of this great amazing Grinch cake is simply amazing from the Whoville home at the bottom to the massive mountain with Max hanging off the edge to the Grinch's grouchy mug. With a cake this fantastic, you'd better re-read the story to everyone around before cutting into it, just so everyone can recall just how many details are incorporated into the design.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST
Sir Christopher Lee wants you to have a rockin' good Christmas, so he's released a heavy metal holiday album that will burn those boring old Christmas songs down.
Mr. Lee has been working with heavy metal artists such as Rhapsody of Fire since 2005, and his first solo metal album Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross won him a Spirit of Metal Award in 2010.
Have yourself a very heavy metal Christmas with the brutally noble sounds of Christopher Lee!
--via Radio Times
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 08:00 AM PST
Of all the stories that came out of World War I, the one about the Christmas truce is the one we most enjoy retelling. It wasn't an official truce -in fact, officers on both sides were appalled and took steps to make sure it never happened again. After all, we can't have soldiers from enemy sides drinking and singing together! But it happened on that magical Christmas Eve in 1914, in several areas of the front lines between British and German soldiers.
Some of the German soldiers spoke enough English to communicate, and whiskey and Christmas carols were understood by both sides. Another thing the soldiers had in common was soccer, and there are several reports of Christmas games. Alas, by Christmas evening all had returned to their respective trenches, and the war resumed on the 26th. Read the entire story of the Christmas truce at Past Imperfect. Link
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 07:30 AM PST
Zeon and I tried to put together a special Christmas video of our chinchillas for all of you readers, but Chachi and Cinderella just weren't having it. He barked the whole time and she suspiciously eyed the tree, ignoring the delicious papaya treats underneath.
Posted: 25 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST
Although Santa Claus supposedly lives at the North Pole, many nations would love to claim him. Scandinavia and the World (SATW) is a webcomic that helps explain the dynamics of the different nations of Scandinavia, and often other European nations, to English speakers. A couple of years ago, it laid the question of Santa's ethnic origin to rest. Sort of.
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