- Don't Tell the Kids!
- Skrillex Quest Is One Glitch-Tastic Indie Game
- Batman Cat
- Library Card Catalog Cabinet Now a Liquor Cabinet
- 12 Alternative Holiday Sweaters For the Season of Joy
- Read This Shirt: Entire Books on T-Shirts by Litographs
- True Blood Fangtasia Travel Mug
- Wood and Leather Flashlight
- Everybody Comes to Rick's
- Man Pulls Truck with His Ear
- Is Zero an Even Number?
- Bacon Jello
- Dubstep Christmas Lights
- Uhura Pony
- The Hawkeye Initiative
- Beer Can Lamp
- Lego Ramen
- Penguin Fan
- Every Little One Starts Bathing in the Sink
- The Toughest Course in College
- The 10 Largest Canyons on Earth
- The Most Terrifying Garfield Comic Ever Published
- Scratchin' DJ Cat
- Absinthe Lollipop
- A Sincere Homage to Larry Fine
- Cheetos-Flavored Macaron
- Deer Race
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST
The following is an article from Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.
Think writers of magical tales that enchant children are all sweetness and light? Margaret Wise Brown hunted rabbits and collected their severed feet while writing The Runaway Bunny, Ian Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang between James Bond thrillers, and Maurice Sendak modeled the monsters in Where the Wild Things Are on his Brooklyn relatives whose bad teeth and hairy noses he detested. Here's the dark side of other famous kid-lit authors.
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: 03 Dec 2012 04:00 AM PST
If you like playing old school video games, like The Legend of Zelda, and you enjoy stompin' around to some Dubstep then you'll definitely enjoy Skrillex Quest, an indie game created by Jason Oda.
If you don't like Dubstep just mute your speakers and give the game another try. It's free to play at the link below, and don't worry-your screen is supposed to get all glitchy like that!
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 03:00 AM PST
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Posted: 03 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST
There are festive Christmas sweaters, ugly Christmas sweaters, and tacky Christmas sweaters. Then there are those sweaters that just make people go "Huh?" Wear them ironically or cluelessly, or even proudly in the case of the Slayer holiday sweater pictured, for Christmas or all year 'round. Link
Posted: 03 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
Howdy Neatoramanauts! We just wanted to let you know that our pal Litographs, who make posters out of the text of classic books (for example, the image above of Alice falling down the rabbit hole is made entirely out of the text of the book), has pretty nifty new project: They're going to be printing their posters as T-shirts!
That's right - you can read the entire book and wear it too! Check it out: Link - Thanks Danny!
Then check out the rest of Litograph posters, available from the NeatoShop.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
True Blood Fangtasia Travel Mug - $14.95
Attention True Blood fans! Are you looking for the perfect vessel to hold your favorite warm beverage? You need the True Blood Fangtasia Travel Mug from the NeatoShop. This great travel mug, with sealable lid, features the logo of your favorite vampire bar.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Glassware & Drinkware.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
Gad Scott Tal's lovely flashlight is made from reclaimed wood polished with organic beeswax and held together with leather and brass pieces. It's beautiful, but, Tal argues, also practical:
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST
Rick's Cafe Americain in Casablanca was an exciting place to hang out, There was one problem: it was fictional. But the 1942 film Casablanca made it in real in the minds of fans, including Kathy Kriger. Kriger went further than just enjoying the movie -she went to Morocco and opened a nightclub.
Rick's opened in 2004, with details as close to the movie version as possible, down to a grand piano playing "As Time Goes By." Kriger wrote a book about the adventure of opening a business in Morocco. Read more about the new Rick's Cafe at National Geographic Intelligent Travel blog. Link-Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST
And who can blame him? The last time I needed a tow, I had to pay $70! It's outrageous. But Lasha Pataraya, a strongman from the nation of Georgia, was towing the truck attached to his ear for competitive rather than practical purposes.
Depending on the news source you read, the truck was either 8 tons (16,000 pounds) or 8 tonnes (17,637 pounds). Either way, that's a lot of weight to haul on your ear 70 feet.
-via Dave Barry
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
Is there any question that zero is an even number? It came up after hurricane Sandy, when New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced gas restrictions. He used the words "Those with license plates ending in an even number, or the number zero," which made people think about the nature of zero. Dr James Grime of the Millennium Maths Project at Cambridge University says that people sometimes think of zero as even, odd, or neither.
Just for the record, zero is an even number, although it took mathematicians a thousand years to decide it is. Bloomberg worded his announcement to eliminate any possible confusion. Link
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST
The ingenious canida, inventor of the mutant baby costume, slasher ice cream cake mask, and taxidermied computer mouse, has a great treat for the holidays. Canida shaped bacon-flavored jello into a realistic slab of bacon! You can find the recipe at the link.
P.S. Do you love bacon as much as we do? Check out our bacon store!
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 06:00 PM PST
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EllisPONY's Lt. Nyota Uhura is perfect: high boots, 60s-era minidress, big earrings and enchanting gaze. She has that look in her eye that says she wants to know how your planet looks on a lazy evening when the moon is full.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 04:00 PM PST
The Hawkeye Initiative is a place to draw attention to ridiculously sexist comic book character drawings by replacing a female in a typical superhero pose with the character Hawkeye. We are used to seeing women drawn as contortionists as they attempt to show butt and boobs at the same time, but when a male character does it, you see how comically painful it is. The project was inspired by a blog post from yesterday. Yes, this tumblr blog only went up today, and it already has tons of submissions. As these are female drawings from comic books, they may be NSFW. Link -via Metafilter
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 03:00 PM PST
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Behold, a tribute to ramen tendered in LEGO bricks! This was created by Lego enthusiasts at the University of Tokyo.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
Penguin Fan - $7.95
Do you know someone one who seems needlessly hot under the collar because of the stress of the holidays? Get them the Penguin fan from the NeatoShop. This adorable and portable handheld fan is a great for when you need a little cooling off.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
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The picture was taken outside a classroom at George Brown College in Toronto. After many jokes and much conjecture, johannap, the creator of the power point presentation, came forward at Buzzfeed and explained that it was for an ESL class, and that Olive the cat didn't actually have to get wet during its creation. Link -via Buzzfeed
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 11:00 AM PST
Never underestimate the power of moving water -especially over millions of years. The canyons created by rivers are sculptural wonders found all over the globe. You are probably familiar with the Grand Canyon in the U.S. but do you know about Blyde River Canyon in South Africa? Unlike the Arizona canyon, this one (shown here) features tropical flora and fauna along its average depth of 2,500 feet. And the view is spectacular! See the other canyons at Environmental Graffiti. Link
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST
Garfield is known for eating whole trays of lasagna and punking family dog Odie, not being a cold blooded killer.
But once upon a time, in a collection called Garfield: His 9 Lives, we were presented with an alternate reality version of Garfield that was possessed of a primal spirit and had blood red dreams. The comic still manages to be PG, but just barely...
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
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Posted: 02 Dec 2012 07:00 AM PST
Louis Fineberg was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 5, 1902. Louis grew up as a normal boy with an easygoing personality and a devil-may-car attitude (traits he would keep for his entire life).
Well, who doesn't know the Three Stooges? Who hasn't laughed, even if while protesting how stupid and silly they were? Larry Fine was "that middle guy" in the Three Stooges. The one everyone was sort of aware of, but no one really cared about. I've even had people ask me if he was Curly. Of course, they had seen his trademark curly, frizzy hair and assumed he was the one they called Curly.
In his dressing room, Larry had been washing his hair in a sink and it was dripping wet. Like a fast-growing chia pet, Larry's hair started to blossom out into an Afro-like monstrosity. Moe, Shemp, and Ted all immediately knew Larry had to be a part of their act and Larry, in turn, agreed to sign on. At that time, Larry had a violin-playing act with his wife, Mabel. Ted Healy offered him $90 a week, and even $100 -if he'd drop the fiddle.
Posted: 02 Dec 2012 06:00 AM PST
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