- <i>Love Me Tender</i>: Elvis Presley's First Film
- Frogs Can Help Make Milk Stay Fresh Longer
- Thermochromic Table
- The Kilogram Put On Some Weight
- Tauntaun Snow Rider
- Hollow Mountain, China
- Email Signs of Fraud: "Nobody Will Find Out" and Other Tell-Tale Phrases
- Duck Animal Nail Clipper
- The World's Most Amazing Ice Formations
- Dog Sharing
- Official Reprimand for Flatulence
- Image HotSpotter - WordPress Plugin for Interactive Image Maps
- Bunny Dresses
- Indiana Jones Trilogy as Maps
- The Nightmare Before Christmas Cake Pops
- Star Wars Taxidermy
- Snow Skull
- Crow's Blatant Theft Attempt
- Ted Baker Radio Cables & Clobber Bag
- The Beatles of Comedy
- Turkey Cake
- How To Draw A Cartoon Polar Bear
- Photograph of a Revolutionary War Soldier
- Cinderella's Carriage
- How Tide Became Illegal Currency
- Freezer Art by Charlie Layton
- Deadmau5 Rides Through an Airport X-ray
- Inspiration Dice for Inventors
- Meet the Quokka
Posted: 08 Jan 2013 05:00 AM PST
Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. This article was selected for publication on January 8th, the anniversary of Elvis' birth in 1935. This post contains spoilers.
Elvis Presley was the hottest act in all of show business by the summer of 1956. The 21-year-old singing dynamo had electrified the entire world in his live show, concerts, and television appearances. His records and albums were selling like the proverbial hotcakes. In the early months of 1956, Elvis' long sideburns, swinging hips, and wild gyrations had made him one of the most famous men in America. But in spite of all his incredible success, Elvis had one major dream- he wanted to be a movie star.
Elvis got cold feet during the picture when he saw his character died in the end. His girlfriend June Juanico recalled persuading him by saying that she tended to remember the characters who had a tragic fate far longer than those who lived happily ever after.
Posted: 08 Jan 2013 04:00 AM PST
There used to be an old Russian wive's tale that if a frog jumped in your bucket of milk, it wouldn't go sour. As it turns out, that might be true because the peptides in frog's skin secretions are antibiotic. It also means that as more diseases become antibiotic resistant, we might start turning to frog ooze to prevent infections.
Posted: 08 Jan 2013 03:00 AM PST
This table made by Jay Watson Design is one on which you're guaranteed to leave fingerprints. Made of solid oak painted with thermochromic paint, its surface temporarily changes color when heat is applied.
See the designer's website for further information and pricing. Link
Posted: 08 Jan 2013 02:00 AM PST
Posted: 08 Jan 2013 01:00 AM PST
Did you gain a bit of weight after the holidays? Take heart, you're not the only one - even the kilogram itself has put on weight:
ScienceDaily has more: Link
Posted: 08 Jan 2013 12:00 AM PST
The tauntaun is a mysterious creature from the far reaches of the galaxy. Its Homeworld- Hoth, hair color- white, designation- non sentient, average adult height- 1.3 to 2 meters, and the amount of awesomeness derived from homemade snow-creature? Infinite.
It's hard to say who goes home with the Star Wars parenting award this year, but it really comes down to this post and one other- both including tauntauns.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 11:00 PM PST
Qingdao, China, may be more familiar to you as Tsingtao, as in Tsingtao beer. The city was a German colony for a couple of decades around the turn of the 20th century, and one of the first things they did was brew beer. The Germans used nearby Mount Fushan Mountain as a defense against the British colonial forces who wanted their piece of China. Darmon Richter got a chance to explore Mount Fushan and found plenty of tunnels, chambers, and bunkers from that era.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST
Are there tell-tale signs that your employees are conspiring to commit fraud? A study by consulting company Ernst & Young in collaboration with the FBI showed that there are 3,000 words and phrases that fraudsters commonly use in emails.
Here are the top 15:
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 09:00 PM PST
Are you tired of your roommate stealing your precious personal hygiene items? Hide your nail clipper in plain sight with Duck Animal Nail Clipper from the NeatoShop. This tiny duck shaped nail clipper comes with a removable beak that covers the clipper. The Duck Animal Nail Clipper is also great for cutting children's nails.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fun Personal Care items.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 09:00 PM PST
This is Birthday Canyon in Greenland. The striations in the 150-foot-deep ice walls of the canyon are the result of meltwater flow over a long period of time.
The World Geography compiled a list of 11 wonders of the ice world. From pure white icebergs striped with brilliant aqua and cerulean blue, to 17-foot-tall, jagged spikes, these ice sculptures by Mother Nature are awe-inspiring.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 08:00 PM PST
There's ride sharing and bike sharing, so why not dog sharing? A new service called City Dog Share lets you swap dogs with complete strangers, or "test out" a dog to see if it's the right pet for you:
Maria L. La Ganga of The Los Angeles Times has the story: Link (Photo: Gary Friedman/LA Times)
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 07:00 PM PST
What is worse, farting loudly at work or having an official reprimand sent to you detailing every time you have ever farted at work with dates and times? Wait you don't have to answer that, the latter is worse- much worse.
Either this guy (or girl, who knows) is one of the greatest trolls of our time, or he has a serious medical issue and should consult a doctor immediately. When it is so bad that your flatulence comes up in a performance review, well then you know it's bad. Just look at his September 19th, now that is quite a day- most people don't have the determination or stamina to fart that much.
Photo: Ghetto Genius
Not only is this ridiculous notation of another persons flatulence, but the supervisor also went as far to infer that this guy is doing it on purpose.
So the question remains, is this one very sick man who needs to check into a hospital or the most dedicated fart troll ever?
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 06:00 PM PST
Attention WordPress bloggers- I just wanted to take a moment to introduce you to a new WordPress plugin called Image Hotspotter, which makes available interactive image maps in your WordPress blog.
Using a simple click-and-drag interface, you can create any number of active, responsive hotspots in a single image. Each hotspot can be setup with a few useful options. Upon hovering your mouse, a custom HTML box can follow your mouse pointer, and clicking can either load a URL or pop up a custom HTML box.
Bloggers with a keen sense of aesthetics will enjoy creating elegant image-based content in your pages and posts. Please check it out at ImageHotSpotter.com. I just released it and would very much appreciate your support! Link
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 05:00 PM PST
Dress your bunny rabbit in the latest bunny fashions from Annie Elle Bunnies! Annie was a little shy about sharing her bunny-dressing hobby, but got such a kind reception that she's opened an Etsy shop and already has plenty of orders to keep her busy. One basic style fits most size bunnies, and will fit dogs and cats, too! There are a variety of colors and trim available. Link -via reddit
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST
Cake pops are so hot right now- especially themed cake pops. So what is better than The Nightmare Before Christmas cake pops? Nothing really. Jack Skellington looks like he was made to be a cake pop. They are each handmade cake truffles available for delivery in the UK, EU, and various corners of the world. Why truffles? Because there is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. Like being tasty for example.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 02:00 PM PST
Star Wars taxidermy. If you are looking to start a Kickstarter campaign but have a limited imagination, then Tauntr has a good idea for you. Unfortunately these photos are photoshopped, but maybe someone can make this a reality in the future.
We can't help you out on where to find the Rancors or the Wampas, but hey I will write a blog post for you once you do! Try looking on Hoth or Dathomir, once you manage to build that space ship. Who wants a Bantha head for their living room?
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 01:30 PM PST
Snow as an art medium can be made to express almost anything, until your fingers freeze off trying to finish the project. I love the gold tooth that probably started out as a Christmas tree ornament. Link
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 01:00 PM PST
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 12:30 PM PST
Are you resolved to get your travel toiletries in order? You need the handsome Ted Baker Radio Cables & Clobber Bag from the NeatoShop. This functional zippered pouch features a retro radio design on the front and a tidy cable design on the back.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Bags & Totes.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 12:30 PM PST
In an article coinciding with the release of a book containing all the scripts of the TV show Monty Python's Flying Circus, the Atlantic dissects the humor of the comedy troupe Monty Python. The most classic example of the TV series' comedy is the Dead Parrot Sketch, which was a reworking of an earlier skit set at a car dealership.
And that is the reason why the show didn't last long -the troupe refused to drag an idea out to fill time. With their best efforts compressed into three and a half TV seasons, they live on in recordings forever. Link -via Metafilter
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 12:00 PM PST
As the holiday season passes by, one thing many of us will miss dearly is the turkey. People love turkey, but for some reason it has been decided that the bird is mainly a seasonal meat and there is no way around it. Turkey season is almost over. That means no more roasted bird, no more mashed potatoes with thick gravy, no more stuffing, and no more cranberry sauce- oh the humanity!
Sarah Hardy, thankfully, has figured out a clever loop hole to help us forget about all that. She has concocted a turkey cake, because there is no end to cake season.
Okay so it's not a turkey cake per se, the cake is actually an orange and rum spice cake, but that sounds delicious nonetheless.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 10:00 AM PST
Mark Anderson at Andertoons has a new tutorial on how to draw a polar bear. You can see the steps here, or all of them in order at his site. Put one on your next love note! Link
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 09:30 AM PST
The first photographic portraits were taken in 1839, but it took decades for the custom to become common. This is a portrait of Conrad Heyer, taken around 1852. Heyer may be earliest-born person ever photographed, as he was born in 1749!
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 09:00 AM PST
There are plenty of companies out there that specialize in creating Cinderella-themed carriages for married couples and families. Of all the carriages I've seen, this is hands down my favorite.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 08:30 AM PST
Talk about money laundering! Thefts of Tide liquid laundry detergent are becoming more and more common. Whether it's shoplifting, hijacking, or fencing, the profits are there, from the drug addict who needs a quick dollar to the grocer boosting his profit margin. Sergeant Aubrey Thompson of the Prince George’s County Police Department's Organized Retail Crime Unit first encountered Tide thefts in March of 2011 when a Safeway store reported losing thousands of dollars to detergent theft every month.
New York magazine traces the reasons for the rise in stolen Tide, which is a combination of the detergent's expense, the brand loyalty of its users, the ease of theft, a chain of buyers and sellers looking for a profit, and a manufacturer who appears to almost take pride in the black market status of its product. Link
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 08:00 AM PST
Freelance illustrator and designer Charlie Layton began using the refrigerator/freezer in his Philadelphia apartment as a dry-erase board several months ago. He drew on the surface of the appliance while having his morning coffee. Layton started photographing the drawings and posting them to his Facebook page each Friday, calling the feature "Freezer Fridays." Then Charlie's friend, Redditor unsavory77, uploaded his work to Reddit. The photos instantly became so popular that Layton's website crashed from being overwhelmed with traffic. Layton said of his newfound popularity:
"It's pretty crazy. It's hard to grasp that thousands of people have seen something so quickly."
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 07:30 AM PST
DJ Deadmau5 took the opportunity to ride through an airport baggage x-ray machine in Mexico. I have no idea if this is as dangerous as medical x-ray exposure or many times worse. I wouldn't recommend it; even if the radiation was relatively safe, most airport security teams would arrest you for such shenanigans. Link -via JustDoHits
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 07:00 AM PST
Mike of Atomic Shrimp is always trying to invent, alter, modify or improve things. He sometimes runs out of ideas, so he made these dice to help inspire him. The six six-sided address different aspects of an invention: materials, motive power, scale, device, consumer and action. Mike writes:
They're like a Dungeons & Dragons random encounter generator, only with fewer orcs and more solder.
Posted: 07 Jan 2013 06:30 AM PST
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