2017/02/04

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The Wise Man

Posted: 04 Feb 2017 03:59 AM PST

Tyler Falbo produced a parody of the tearjerker ads we see during the Super Bowl. In this one, a man confronts the fact that his 9-year-old son has only two weeks to live.

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First you get sucked into the story, then you have to ask yourself, "What is being advertised here?" Don't fret about it; it will all become clear eventually. -via Tastefully Offensive 

Chewbacca To The Future Parody - Best Friends Go Back For Each Other

Posted: 04 Feb 2017 01:59 AM PST

Chewbacca to the Future Parody by Chip Skelton

Chewie wasn't taking Han's death very well, and he was spending way too much time in his workshop grinding, welding, sawing and soldering through the night, so BB was sent to check on him. BB buzzed his intercom but there was no reply, so he jacked the door open and rolled in to Chewie's shop just in time to see the Wookiee step into some sort of souped up cloud car and disappear. The droid had caught the whole thing on holo, of course, so he was able to show his friends, but as he was heading back to show the clip to Rey and the gang Chewie came walking in...with Han Solo by his side!

Isn't it about time you added a geeky mashup shirt to your wardrobe? This Chewbacca to the Future Parody t-shirt by Chip Skelton might do the trick, and it's sure to stay in style well into the future so no worries there!

Visit Chip Skelton's Facebook fan page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs:

Family of Dragons II - Tyrant Wyrms Waterbrushed Shisa Atomic Fire!

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Mr. Peapod

Posted: 04 Feb 2017 01:59 AM PST

Having a substitute teacher can be a wonderful experience for bored students, but things take a turn for the bizarre when Mr. Peapod shows up. You expect this comic from Buttersafe to follow the convention and repeat the style of the first joke, but that expectation gets yanked out from under you in this story. Mr. Peapod ends up being wrong in three completely different, yet disturbing ways. Now all the students are hoping against hope that he doesn't get that permanent opening.

How Rivals Mario And Sonic Became Friends At The Olympic Games

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 11:59 PM PST

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Sonic the hedgehog and Mario the moustachioed plumber don't seem to have much in common aside from the white gloves and cartoonishly oversized shoes.

But both characters have one major thing in common that made them rivals for decades- they were the main representatives for competing gaming console manufacturers.

SEGA created Sonic to compete with Nintendo's superstar Mario, and the two companies had a rocky relationship until a global event brought the two rivals together- the Olympic Games.

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Did You Know Gaming? took a look at the decades of gaming industry rivalry that was magically transformed into a friendship between Mario and Sonic at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

-Via GameTyrant

Las Vegas Overrun with Bunnies

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 09:59 PM PST

In Las Vegas, it's illegal to abandon a pet. But people do it anyway, just not at a shelter. People who have abandoned pet rabbits by just setting them free have sparked a takeover that might remind one of the movie Night of the Lepus.  

The yards, parks and lots of Vegas are home to thousands of feral rabbits. Known as “bunny dump sites” to the legions of volunteers that care for their residents, they’re strange places, more tragic than adorable, where the human heart clashes with the limited resources of the state. Released by overwhelmed pet-owners and left to breed, the rabbits now overwhelm any attempt at government control, digging up public property, chewing on pipes, and ending up dead in the sewers. To survive, they depend entirely on the kindness of self-identified “bunny-lovers”—volunteers faced with an impossible task.

People feed the abandoned bunnies, but that leads to more bunnies. Local shelters are trying to "trap, neuter, and release" the rabbits, but have limited funds, and that's technically illegal anyway because of the abandonment regulation. Read about the bunny infestation in Las Vegas at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Dave Schweiger)

Dad Takes Photo Of His Baby Boy And His Beagle Every Month For Two Years

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 07:59 PM PST

Taking pictures of your newborn baby alongside the family dog is a cherished tradition, and it's fun to watch the infant grow into a toddler and then a child alongside their furry family member.

British Army photographer Timothy Jones began this tradition when his darling son Stan was born, shooting the first pic of Stan alongside their beagle Jasper when Stan was just a few weeks old.

Twenty four monthly photos later Timothy had an adorable set of "baby and dog = best friends" pics and an unique documentation of Stan's growth during the first two years of his life.

And old Jasper looks like he hasn't aged a week!

-Via Shareably

Why Is Poop Brown And Pee Yellow?

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 05:59 PM PST

The title sounds like a question a five-year-old would ask, and most of us would reply with something like "I don't know," or "It has to be some color." But it's a valid question, and MinuteEarth has the answers, which give us an amazing glimpse into the complex chemistry of our bodies.

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The main reason we don't have the answers for our kids is that the subject of bathroom functions was once not spoken of in polite society. Or even in school. But it's part of the way our bodies work, so the more we know, the better we can take control of our own health. -via Laughing Squid 

Vintage Photos From Amtrak's Early Days

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 03:59 PM PST

The Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 resulted in the creation of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, better known as Amtrak, and the new train on the scene came in full steam ahead.

Amtrak wanted their company to look as stylish and contemporary as possible, so they brought the latest fashion and a splash of color to the drab American railroad.

The train attendants wore hot pants and go-go boots, the trains featured modern decor, extremely luxurious first class seating, and lots of vibrant red inside and out.

This is the Turboclub car, a first class car with two-by-one seating, large viewing windows, reading lamps, flip down tables and the most luxurious velour seating.

Too red for you? Then you would have preferred the subdued browns of the Metroliner Club car, which featured swivel seats, a phone booth and food and beverage service at your seat.

See What Riding Amtrak Was Like In The 1970s here

The Freaky Swivel Neck of the Barbeled Dragonfish

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 01:59 PM PST

Most vertebrates go to any length necessary to protect their vital spinal cord. The barbled dragonfish is not that concerned, and has dispensed with continuous neck bones as a tradeoff for eating bigger prey. A study by Nalani Schnell and David Johnson described the small but scary-looking fish's anatomy as having a gap between the neck and head where no bone restricts its head movement.

Now, to add to the freak show, it appears some barbeled dragonfish have a rather freestyle connection between their head and their body—one that allows them to achieve a 120 degree wide, banshee-like mouth gape.

“We certainly know of no other fishes with this feature,” Johnson told Gizmodo. Most vertebrates have bone-to-bone joints between the head and the neck, including us, he added.

The discovery came about through Schnell’s dissertation work, which focused on the peculiar anatomy of the barbeled dragonfish’s upper vertebra. Her early research showed that these creatures have a “flexible gap” between the occipital bones at the base of the skull, and the first ossified vertebra of the neck. Within this flex region, notochord tissue—a cartilage-like material that runs through the spines of all vertebrates—lacks the typical bony outer casing.

The fish is apparently unaware of how easy a spinal cord can snap. But since it lives in the deep and can withstand pressures we cannot, it's a safe bet to say that the marbled dragonfish is pretty tough. Read more about the research at Gizmodo.

Airbnb Is Battling The Winter Blues With The "Outside In" House

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 11:59 AM PST

Psychologists suggest we go out and get some sun to combat Seasonal affective disorder, but seeing some green with the sunlight is a lot more effective at curing the winter blues than mere sun alone.

So Airbnb and Pantone teamed up to create the "Outside In" house in London, where people can walk in from the grey winter outside and find themselves "glamping" in an indoor forest.

There's an adorable tent set up for the kids, stump seats so renters can chat with the trees, a two person tub, an herb garden kitchen and a greenhouse/dining space perfect for potting over pancakes.

-Via Bored Panda

10 Famous Cast Reunions That Make Us Feel Old

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 09:59 AM PST

Movies and TV shows that really grab us never get old. We revisit them time after time and relive the way we felt when we first saw them. However, the people that make those movies age the same way the rest of us do. Scratch that… celebrities age more slowly than the rest of us. Still, when decades pass and we then see a cast reunion picture, it brings home how old that movie or TV show really is. Dominic Monaghan, who played Merry in The Lord of the Rings movies, recently posted this photo of cast members getting together. I almost didn't recognize Aragorn, or Legolas, or any of them outside Elijah Wood (Frodo). How much have the casts of other pop culture franchises changed over the years? See images of them, taken then and again more recently, at TVOM. 

Ear Gauges and Snakes Are a Bad Mix

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 08:59 AM PST

People end up going to emergency rooms for a lot of strange reasons, but having a snake stuck in your ear gauge is probably a new one even for the veteran ER doctors. Ashley Glawe of Portland Oregon found out the hard way not to let your snake get too close to your ear gauges. 

According to her Facebook posts where she shared the pictures, the snake got too close to the hole and before she knew what was happening, it was already stuck in her ear. On the upside, she and the snake are ok and she got to use some truly one-of-a-kind hashtags on the post like #SnakeStuckInEar and #SnakeStuckInEarlobe.

Via Distractify

Blade Fun-Run For Displaced Replicants - No Electric Sheep Allowed

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 07:59 AM PST


Blade Fun-Run for Displaced Replicants byCaptain RibMan

The Tyrell Corp was having a hell of a time deciding what to do with all the displaced replicants roaming around L.A., since the cost of hunting them all down would bankrupt the budget, so their plan changed to one that involved the replicants raising money. The Corp somehow managed to convince the powers that be in Los Angeles that displaced replicants were worthy of charity, and that they should start throwing Fun-Runs to raise money for the replicants. And who would run in these races? Why, the displaced replicants, of course! It was the perfect plan, until a replicant named Roy Batty became a bit too competitive with the other racers...

Help raise money for a geeky cause with this Blade Fun-Run for Displaced Replicants t-shirt by Captain RibMan, it's not a real race yet but it might be some day!

Visit Captain RibMan's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head over to his NeatoShop for more geek-tastic designs:

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Target Practice

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 07:59 AM PST

In this wordless German ad, a man goes for some target practice and fails to impress the shooting range manager. What is it supposed to be advertising? The message is subtle, but effective.

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That's what he gets for forming an opinion before all the facts are in. The eyes have it. Take care of your vision with the proper eye drops. -via reddit

You Need to Get Your Paws on These Cute Puppy Planters and Vases

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 06:59 AM PST

Not everyone can have a shiba inu or a kitty, but that doesn't mean they don't like pets. Even if you can have a pet, you probably can't bring it to work. That's why we love these awesome pet planters and vases by Etsy seller Sirosfunnyanimals.

While she sells other designs, she really specializes in shibu inus like the planter at the top of the page and the vase above. Each sculpture is a perfect way to bring a little extra fun to your pet-free homes and offices.

Via Incredible Things

11 People Who Turned Up Alive at Their Own Funeral

Posted: 03 Feb 2017 05:59 AM PST

Sometimes a funeral is just a mistake all around. You can't give someone an elaborate sendoff id they're not dead! In these stories of people who were alive at their funerals, they mainly turn out to be either 1. mistaken identity, 2. mistaken declaration of death, or 3. a prank. Each reason makes a great story.  

6. THE REAWAKENING THAT INSPIRED A HOLIDAY

The village of Braughing in Hertfordshire, England, celebrates "Old Man’s Day" on October 2 each year. The tradition dates back to 1571, and the funeral of a local farmer by the name of Matthew Wall. On the way to his funeral, though, one of his pallbearers dropped his coffin.

It’s a good thing he did, because the jolt promptly woke up Wall up. The farmer would live for over two decades more, finally passing away in 1595. His coming back to life continues to be cause for celebration in Braughing.

8. THE MAN WHO TURNED UP DRUNK AT HIS OWN FUNERAL

When Ecuadorian man Edison Vicuna went missing for three days, his friends and family assumed the worst. Especially when the body turned up of a man whose face had been severely disfigured following a car accident. A post-mortem was performed, and the corpse was confirmed to be Vicuna’s.

Only it wasn’t. In fact, come his funeral, Vicuna turned up, drunk, causing mourners to scream in horror. The funeral, as you might expect, was halted, and the body was returned to the morgue, where it was properly identified as belonging to someone entirely different.

Read all the other true tales of people who turned up alive at their own funerals at mental_floss.

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