- Beautiful Manhole Covers
- Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Bobble Head
- Who Really Invented the Smiley Face?
- Hand Carved Glitch
- How <i>You Bet Your Life</i> was Saved
- <i>A Nightmare on Elm Street</i> House Sold
- Test Drive
- Mustache Lips Makeup
- House with a Slide
- Grumpy Cat's Tour Rider
- The Striking Photography of Joseph Francis
- Dream Garage for a Dream Car
- Rockin' Veggie Peeler
- Dream House
- Sponsored Superheroes
- Japanese Politician Banned from Wearing Wrestling Mask to Council Meetings
- Pope Francis I
- Twinkies Are Coming Back!
- The Ghosts of Antarctica: Abandoned Stations and Huts
- Snail Avengers Amigurumi
- Toa Mata Band
- Study: Babies Delight in the Suffering of Others
- Universal Truth
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 04:00 AM PDT
Who says that manhole covers have to be ugly? As this huge Manhole Cover Flickr group pool shows, they can be both fun and functional (and not always round, either!). Here are some of our favorites:
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 03:00 AM PDT
Attention Doctor Who fans! Are you tired of your computer monitor blending in with the surroundings. Transport it to a fun and exciting place with the Doctor Who TARDIS Mini Bobble Head from the NeatoShop. This fantastic monitor mate is shaped like your favorite advanced piece of technology.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Doctor Who items.
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 03:00 AM PDT
Fifty years ago, a graphic artist named Harvey Ross Ball designed a smiley face on a yellow background to raise morale at his company. It was a hit, but neither Ball nor his company sought a copyright or a trademark.
That was a long time ago, but when Loufrani's company finally sought a U.S. trademark in 1997, they ran up against Walmart, who was using the symbol already. And what about Ball, the original designer? Find out all about the history of the smiley face at Smithsonian's Design Decoded blog. Link
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 02:00 AM PDT
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 01:00 AM PDT
You Bet Your Life was a game show hosted by Groucho Marx that aired from 1950 to 1961. In 1973, Andy Marx was 21 years old and having lunch with his grandfather Groucho Marx. Also at the lunch were Marcel Marceau, Eliot Gould, and Jack Nicholson. When the phone rang, Andy answered it.
And if the ball had been dropped by any of those people, we wouldn't have the TV show archived and available at Netflix and YouTube today. Read the rest of the story at Boing Boing. Link -via Metafilter
Posted: 14 Mar 2013 12:00 AM PDT
The price tag didn't scare away buyers. The home featured in the 1984 horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street (which is actually on Genessee Avenue in West Hollywood, Los Angeles) has just been sold for $2.1 million:
We'll wait to see if the new owners survive their first night at the house (sweet dreams!) ... Link - Thanks Tiffany!
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 11:00 PM PDT
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Stairs are so plebeian! The Manhattan elites rock climb up and then slide down tubular steel slide in this gorgeous penthouse apartment dubbed the Skyhouse, as designed by architect David Hotson.
First, climb up the steel beam in the middle of the living room:
Then enter the gleaming stainless steel slide, which entrance is cut in a hole on a seamless glass wall:
Then you go down, down, down ...
... till you pop out the slide in the bedroom landing:
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 08:00 PM PDT
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 07:00 PM PDT
Neatoramanaut Joseph Francis is a professional photographer and visual effects artist. He was kind enough to share with us some of his eye-catching work and approach to the craft:
Artist's Website (warning: some artistic nudity)
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 06:00 PM PDT
You can have the rest of the house, but the garage is mine. Especially if it's as cool as this one designed by Holger Schubert for a ranch style home in Los Angeles:
So how do you back the car out without starting it indoors (and fuming up the garage?). By clever use of a ramp:
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 05:00 PM PDT
Could you use a little help around the kitchen? Make your next meal sing with the Rockin' Veggie Peeler from the NeatoShop. This fantastic kitchen gadget is made of plastic with a stainless steel blade. It is sure to help your next culinary adventure really rock.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Kitchen Stuff.
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 05:00 PM PDT
A thread at reddit posed the question, "If money wasn't an issue, what would you make sure to have in your dream house?" Thousands of comments held hundreds of great ideas. Movoto Blog took some of those ideas and designed a house. It appears that many people would live like a supervillain if they had the chance. Link -Thanks, Sally!
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 04:00 PM PDT
Well, the Fortress of Solitude ain't gonna pay for itself! Superheroes, like the rest of us, also have to pay the bills (their liability insurance must be sky high!) so art director Roberto Vergati Santos invited artists from all over the web to come up with brand endorsements for "Sponsored Heroes."
Some of our favorites:
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 03:00 PM PDT
Mr. Skull Reaper A-ji campaigned on a platform of educational and social welfare reform and was duly elected to the city council of Oita, Japan. But before he could even attend the first meeting, other council members insisted that he remove this mask:
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 02:20 PM PDT
The papal conclave has elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina, as the new pope. A few things about him: He
(Image: BBC video)
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 02:00 PM PDT
In America, you can't keep a good ol' indestructible Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling down for long. That's right: Twinkies are coming back, baby!
The bankrupt Hostess bakery has sold Twinkies and other snacks to Apollo Global Management for $410 million. The new owners are working to restock the shelves by this summer: Link
(Image: Twinkie the Kid Twinkie Container from the NeatoShop)
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 01:00 PM PDT
Antarctica has an abundance of abandoned structures for several reasons. No one stays there long, there are few (if any) looters, and while the environment might wreck buildings, they won't see mold, bacterial rot, or damage from plants. Shipping old equipment, ships, and buildings off the continent is usually more trouble than it's worth. And those abandoned camps and towns each have a fairly well documented history. Some even contain their original supplies! Take a little tour and see some of the more interesting abandoned places in Antarctica at Dark Roasted Blend. Link
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 12:00 PM PDT
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Before my children were born, I held with Thomas Sowell's view that "Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late." Practical experience as a parent has only confirmed this view. Now a psychological study provides evidence that babies may look innocent, but aren't:
Posted: 13 Mar 2013 09:00 AM PDT
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