- The Father of the Countdown
- Amazingly Detailed Eggshell Sculptures
- Is Your Pizza Too Pizza-y?
- Ten Weirdest Fashion Trends From Around The World
- Retro Record Glass Platter
- There's Pooh Everywhere!
- Eleven Food Trends That Need To Die In 2013
- Baby Jesus Soothed with Bagpipes
- Wombat Poops Cubic Poo
- Artists Say Bye to Hostess with Old School Hostess Ads
- Color Pic-a-Pix
- Wait, You Forgot One Last Present!
- The Mankato Executions
- Caution: Road is Slippery When Covered with Mucus
- New Trampled Snow Art from Simon Beck
- Cracked Up Coffee Mug
- Colonel Meow Is A Terrible Gift-Giver
- Woman Crashes Car into House in Order to Distract the Police
- The Best Gift
- Santa Solo Frozen in Carbonite
- Back to the Future LEGO Set
- Train Set in a Suitcase
- What Is Boxing Day?
- Royal Mail Plans to Release <i>Doctor Who</i> Stamps
- The Bloody Truth About Serbia's Vampire
- Artist Carves Beautiful Designs Into Mushrooms
- Augmented Reality TARDIS
- Calvin and Hobbes Guitar
- Seven Islands Overrun By Animals
- The 13-year-old Veteran
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST
We've all seen the classic countdown, you know, in every film about astronauts, every TV documentary about astronauts, every cartoon about astronauts, and even on I Dream of Jeannie. And live from Kennedy Space Center, too!
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 04:00 AM PST
Chinese artist Wen Fuliang doesn't see eggshells as trash, he sees them as a sculptural medium. His incredible sculpting skills began when he was laid off from his job as a woodcarver, and now he sees eggs as more than just an ingredient in Fu Yung.
Here's more on these delicate works of art:
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 03:00 AM PST
Pssshhh...stuffed crust is so old hat. If you really want a surprising fun pizza treat, try this Pizza Hut monstrosity with two types of stuffed crusts -one with cheesy sausage and another with 3-flavor cheese. As if that didn't give you enough variety, it also has two sauces, pepper alfredo and salsa. As weird as all of this seems, the cherry still seems like an insane addition.
Unfortunately, you'll have to fly out to Singapore if you want to try a slice, but isn't that a small price to pay when it comes to this kind of culinary adventure?
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 02:00 AM PST
Fashion trends come and go, and it's generally assumed that the strangest styles emerge from high fashion haute couture houses.
But the fact is- most strange fashion trends come from countries not normally thought of as fashion forward, like Mexico's pointy elf boot trend or South Africa's Metalheads.
Take a visual tour of the ten weirdest global fashion trends, maybe you'll find your new style for 2013!
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST
Looking for a fun way to make your horderves sing? You need the Retro Glass Platter from the NeatoShop. This great platter can also be used as a chopping board. It is sure to be a hit at your next karaoke night.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fantastic Kitchen Stuff.
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST
This picture of a Winnie the Pooh flash mob may be Photoshopped, but that doesn't make it any less surreal, amusing, and/or terrifying. I feel sorry for the woman in the black skirt in the middle of this picture. Doesn't it look like six or seven Pooh's are coming toward her?
Posted: 27 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
I'm sure all foodies are familiar with the food trends that made it on the hit list for 2013.
Some seem to have come out of nowhere (maximum kale), some have been resurrected as a food trend over and over again (pickling everything, Jell-O shots), all need to die in the new year.
There's bound to be more culinary trends comin' round the mountain, folks, let's put these old chestnuts in the fire where they belong!
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
This painting, The Adoration of the Shepherds, is (of course) owned by the National Galleries of Scotland. It shows one shepherd worshipping the newborn Jesus with his bagpipes. The Seventeenth Century Italian painter Domenichino understood that nothing settles a baby like gentle tones from the old pipes.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST
We don't usually post infographics on Neatorama. For one, their quality varies widely and we've been harrassed enough by unscrupulous SEO people who want us to post their infographics that we've placed a sitewide ban on them, but let me make a brief exception for this one I found at David Eaves' Infographic Directory blog (it's a pretty neat blog, if you like infographics).
I mean, how could I not? This infographic by the Australian beermaker Bondi tells us that wombat poops out a cube-shaped poo. Just think about it. A cubic poop.
So, how does a wombat poo a square poop? With difficulty, you might want to say, but no. They poop with delight:After a bit of googling, we found this video clip by Robyn Lawrence that shines some light upon this mind-boggling question (go science!):
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST
Back when Hostess wasn't having all the issues they're having now, comic artists used to draw scenes featuring a Hostess product in some shape or form for advertising. As a farewell to Hostess, The Comics Should Be Good! blog over at the Comic Book Resources website featured an art challenge with the following theme:
In honor of the sad news of Hostess Brands going out of business, the theme (which was suggested by a lot of people) is to pick a comic book character that you’d like to see our artists do an old school Hostess ad for. You can also name which Hostess product you’d like to see the character sell, but that’s optional.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
Love Sudoku but can't deal with all those numbers? Try this one instead: Our friends over at Conceptis has a nifty new game called Color Pic-a-Pix, which is like Sudoku crossed with paint-by-numbers. It's a fiendishly fun game that's easy to play.
The object of the game is to solve a hidden picture by coloring the square blocks. Clues are provided in the rows and columns (the numbers correspond to the total number of colored squares in that column or row). Pick the color with your mouse and then click the square to fill it in with that color. It's easy enough to figure it out yourself as you play (though the game does get progressively more and more challenging).
Give it a try:
Play it over at Conceptis: Link - Thanks Gil!
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 07:39 PM PST
If you wrap up a new family pet and put them under the Christmas tree don't be surprised if they get tired of waiting and unwrap themselves.
Make sure you include a gift receipt with each pet you give as a present, because some critter gifts lose their new pet smell in transport and may be too stinky to keep!
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST
150 years ago today, 38 Dakota men were hanged in Minnesota for actions during the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. It was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Of the 392 prisoners of war who went to trial, 303 were sentenced to hanging. President Lincoln commuted all but 39 of the sentences, and one man got a last-minute reprieve.
The war between the Dakota Indians and white settlers is one rarely covered in U.S. history classes. Read the story of the executions at the Minnesota Historical Society. Link -via Metafilter, where you'll find more resources.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 06:00 PM PST
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 05:00 PM PST
Simon Beck makes art by stepping in snow. Even with sturdy snowshoes, it's hard work, and takes a special talent to get it right. Beck (previously on Neatorama) has been busy the past few weeks tramping out new designs in the snow at Les Arcs ski resort in France. You can see some of the best at Colossal. Link
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
The holidays are over. Are you having trouble getting back to the daily grind? Express your inner angst with the Cracked Up Coffee Mug from the NeatoShop. This mug looks like it has been shattered and glued back together. It makes the perfect post holiday gift to yourself.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Glassware & Drinkware.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 03:00 PM PST
A drunk driver in Red Hook, New York noticed that police had pulled over a friend of hers for drunk driving. She immediately swung into action, deciding that the best way to distract the police officer was to get him to chase her instead:
She was unsuccessful. The police arrested both drunk drivers.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 02:00 PM PST
Behold, the joy of science! Redditor templ001 posted this photo of his niece Laeana with the most awesome present Santa Claus left. Oh yeah, she also got Barbies and stuff. Link
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 01:30 PM PST
"I will not give up my favorite Christmas cupcake. I like Solo where he is." Nonetheless, I think that the mightly Jabba will soon gobble up Heather Creegan's funny cupcakes.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
Suggested by fans, the LEGO company will be rolling out a Back to the Future LEGO Set in mid-2013. And better yet, the designers are donating their royalties to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research. Link
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 12:00 PM PST
The day after Christmas is Boxing Day, a holiday observed by a large part of Europe and most of the former British Empire -except for America, who broke away fairly early. Mental-floss has a roundup of Boxing day facts for those who aren't familiar with the customs of this odd holiday.
And there's more. Who knows? You may want to try out the traditions. Link
(Image credit: Flickr user rubyblossom)
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST
You'll be able to communicate across space but not time using stamps from the UK's Royal Mail. That agency plans to release stamps in March showing all eleven known incarnations of the Doctor and four of his enemies:
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 11:00 AM PST
Last month, we posted a story about the Serbian village of Zarožje, when town officials issued a warning about a vampire that may have been disturbed. To get the lowdown on such superstitions, National Geographic News talked to Mark Collins Jenkins, author of the book Vampire Forensics, and forensic archeologist and anthropologist Matteo Borrini.
Read the rest at NatGeo. Link
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 10:30 AM PST
You might say artist Corey Corcoran is a fun guy, because he creates works of art on mushrooms.
Corey has chosen the Artist Conk mushroom as his canvas, and he carves images into the surface which are very intricate but still retain a sense of the natural texture.
His works are rotting away as we speak, so check them out before they're reclaimed by the earth.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST
The running joke on the TV series Doctor Who is that the time machine disguised as a police call box is bigger on the inside than on the outside. Greg Kumparak built a model TARDIS that really is bigger on the inside, by using augmented reality technology. Read about how he did it at his site. Link -via Metafilter
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 09:30 AM PST
Redditors BigWiggly1 and ellepea27 are refinishing a guitar. BigWiggly1 sanded and primed it. Ellepea27 then painted this charming scene on the top with acrylic. They've ordered a transparent pickguard so that the image will be on full display when they've finished the project.
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
Sometimes when humans migrate, to an island for instance, they bring animals with them that aren't native to the destination, and the balance of nature becomes severely out of whack.
Visit the seven islands featured and you'll find a whole lot of one kind of animal, from the cats of Tashirojima, Japan to Kaua'i, the chicken island of Hawaii. It's an extremely photogenic crime against nature!
Posted: 26 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST
Calvin Graham was only 12 when he became a seaman in the United States Navy. He had already left home to escape an abusive stepfather, and the military was desperate for manpower right after the Pearl Harbor attack that drew the US into World War II. Graham was assigned to the USS South Dakota, which was full of new recruits when it set off for the Pacific theater. In November, Graham turned 13 and the ship was involved in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
Later that evening the South Dakota encountered eight Japanese destroyers; with deadly accurate 16-inch guns, the South Dakota set fire to three of them. “They never knew what sank ‘em,” Gatch would recall. One Japanese ship set its searchlights on the South Dakota, and the ship took 42 enemy hits, temporarily losing power. Graham was manning his gun when shrapnel tore through his jaw and mouth; another hit knocked him down, and he fell through three stories of superstructure. Still, the 13 year-old made it to his feet, dazed and bleeding, and helped pull other crew members to safety while others were thrown by the force of the explosions, their bodies aflame, into the Pacific.
Graham first received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Then he was jailed for lying about his age. When he was released, his was stripped of his medals, his military benefits, and even any record of serving. When he turned 17, he joined the Marines to avoid being drafted by the Army, since he had no military record. It took many years, but Graham finally received an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1978, and the last of his medals were restored in 1994. Read Graham's story at Smithsonian's Past Imperfect blog. Link
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