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A Cocktail for Every Zodiac Sign

Posted: 09 Feb 2017 03:59 AM PST

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas believes that some people are inclined towards certain cocktails based on their zodiac signs. That's why they've developed a whole cocktail menu based on the signs of their customers -like the lover's potion for Aquariuses and the werly cup for Geminis below.

They were nice enough to share the recipes on Travel and Leisure, so if you want a cocktail based on your birthdate, don't miss the full list.

24 Things You Don't Know About Tom Brady

Posted: 09 Feb 2017 02:00 AM PST

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

What's left to be said about Tom Brady? He just won his record fifth Super Bowl while playing in his record seventh. Last Sunday, Tom Brady carried his New England Patriots to the greatest comeback victory in Super Bowl history. Down by 25 points in the third quarter (by a score of 28-3) of Super Bowl 51, Tom somehow still managed to lead his team to victory. The Pats won the first-ever overtime Super Bowl by a final score of 34-28.

To millions of fans, he is a hero, but to his detractors, he is a "cheater." He is the most loved and hated quarterback in the world. Rich, handsome, married to a supermodel, and the owner of 5 Super Bowl rings. Tom Brady is so famous he seems to actually transcend football.

The "Deflate-Gate" scandal of 2014 really put a taint on him in many quarters. But Sunday's Super Bowl win made millions all over the world believe Tom terrific is the G.O.A.T., not only of quarterbacks, but of all football players. Whatever your opinion of Tom Brady is (and everyone seems to have one), let's take a look at 24 things you may not know about number 12 of the New England Patriots- Tom Brady.

1. He buys his offensive line dinner on the eve of every game. Tom is a smart guy and he knows much of his success as a quarterback is because of the protection his offensive line gives him. So for every game of the football season, on the night before a game, Tom foots the bill and treats his linemen to chow (all they can eat).

2. He's never tasted coffee. No kidding. Tom said he has never had a cup of coffee in his life. He says he never liked the smell of the stuff and has just never been curious enough to even try a sip.

3. Forget coffee, he's never even eaten a strawberry. Tom also claims he's never eaten a strawberry in his entire life. His food diet is 80% organic vegetables and 20% lean meats.

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4. He has guest-starred in both on The Simpsons and Family Guy. Okay, how cool is that? Tom did a guest spot on The Simpsons in 2005 episode "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass," and as if that wasn't cool enough, he also did a Family Guy guest bit the next year in the 2006 episode "Patriot Games."

5. He once hosted Saturday Night Live. Tom was the guest host on SNL on April 16, 2005. His musical guest was Beck. His appearance featured a very non-politically correct (but hilarious) sketch regarding sexual harassment.

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6. That stuff you see him drinking on the sidelines isn't water. During games you will often see the camera pan to Tom and you will see him taking swigs from his water bottle. Only that isn't water, Tom drinks coconut juice during games to keep himself hydrated.

7. After graduating high school in 1995, he was drafted as a baseball player, as a catcher. But Tom chose the University of Michigan instead, as he wanted to play football.

8. He admitted he's cried at last twice in his life. He was drafted 199th in the 2000 NFL draft, a sixth round draft choice. Tom has admitted he wept when he was drafted so low. Tom also said he cried after his team lost the Super Bowl of 2009 to the New York Giants on a miracle catch by Giants receiver Dave Tyree.

9. What else does he love to talk about and do besides football? He loves to chow down. According to Tom, "I could talk food all day. I love good food." He should try strawberries.

10. He appeared in two movies in the same year. In 2016, Tom guest-starred in Seth MacFarlane's comedy about a talking teddy bear, Ted 2. (He and Seth must have got along well when Tom did his Family Guy stint 9 years ago.) Tom also made a cameo appearance in last summer's Entourage movie.

11. He once judged the Miss Universe contest. In 2002, Tom was a judge on the panel of the Miss Universe contest, which took place in Gary Indiana, in 2002. He was flown out right after winning his first Super Bowl. (What a life, huh?)

(Image credit: Jonathan Satriale/WEBN-TV)

12. He gave away the car he was awarded as MVP of the 2015 Super Bowl. Tom was named most valuable player in the 2015 Super Bowl when he and the Pats defeated the Seattle Seahawks. But Tom gave away the car he won to teammate Malcolm Butler, who made the game-winning interception.

13. He once threw five touchdown passes- in a quarter. Throwing five TD passes in a game would be a spectacular game for any quarterback, but in a 2009 game against the Tennessee Titans, Tom threw five TD passes in one quarter.

14. He has a football stadium named after him. Tom attended Junipero Terra High School in San Mateo, California. In 2012, the San Mateo football stadium was re-christened "Brady Family Stadium," in honor of its most famous alumnus..

15. A staunch republican, Tom endorsed Donald Trump for the 2016 presidency. Well, sort of. He did say, "It would be great" if the Donald won. A Trump "Make Anerica Great Again" hat was spotted in his locker in the New England locker room. He and Trump are friends and have golfed together on several occasions.

16. He did not appear at the White House Super Bowl gathering following the 2015 Super Bowl win. When President Obama invited the Super Bowl champs to visit the White House earlier this year, Tom was nowhere to be seen.

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17. He was president George W. Bush's guest at his 2004 State of the Union address, and got to sit next to former First Lady Barbara Bush.

18. Tom doesn't throw many interceptions. During a period in the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Tom threw an NFL record 358 passes in a row without one being picked off.

19. He threw his 400th touchdown pass in the 2015 season. He needed fewer attempts to do it than any quarterback in history (7,282). He beat Peyton Manning's record by 14 passes. Tom ended the 2016 season with 456 lifetime TD passes, the fourth most ever, behind Dan Marino (461), Brett Favre (508) and Peyton Manning (539).

20. Although he grew up in the San Francisco area and is a New England Patriot, Tom loves the New York Yankees as his favorite baseball team. He once wore his Yankee cap in the Pats locker rom, but stopped when he was told it wasn't right.      

21. The most touchdown passes he's ever thrown in a season is 50 in the 2007 season. This stood as the NFL record until it was broken by Peyton Manning six years later. The least was 0. Tom was injured in the first quarter of the first game of the 2008 season and didn't appear in any further games all year.

22. He's only ever played for one coach in his 17-year NFL career: Bill Belichick. Tom and Bill have combined 208 wins in the regular season and the play-offs, both NFL records.   



23. What kind of women does Tom like? Of course, as we all know, Tom is very happily married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen. But millions of women of all ages still dream of Tom Brady. What kind of women attract Tom? "I'm attracted to women who are smart and funny and ambitious, and have lives of their own and great families. Isn't that what attracts anyone?"

24. Where does he draw the line with women? According to Tom: "I think any man who lets a woman pick what he should wear… I mean, you gotta draw the line somewhere as a man. I see these guys (who say) "My wife told me to wear this" and I just shake my head."

Metal Bouquets by Ann Carrington

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 11:59 PM PST

Here's a bouquet that will never go limp! British artist Ann Carrington produced several works that are floral decorations made of cutlery and other metal kitchen utensils for a collection called Bouquets and Butterflies. They were the centerpiece of Carrington's 2016 exhibit at the Royal College of Art in London called Pop goes the Weasel! You can see them all, plus closeup of the details, in her gallery. -via Nag on the Lake

Gamer Grandma Gets Gritty In <i>Conan Exiles</i>

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 09:59 PM PST

Conan ain't your grandma's fantasy hero, and his adventures are full of the kinds of things most polite people try not to discuss with their grandmas.

But Shirley Curry ain't your average grandma, as established by her love of Skyrim, so she's not afraid to embrace the bloody and lustful world of Conan Exiles.

Just don't expect to see a pro gamer playthrough, because as Shirley says "I don't know meanings of things, I just play games!"

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I wonder how Shirley would feel about this game if she knew it had an "endowment" slider during male character creation and genital physics? Heck, I don't know how I feel about that!!

-Via GameTyrant

New Photograph of Harriet Tubman Found

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 07:59 PM PST

The only photographic images of abolitionist and underground railroad operator Harriet Tubman that we are familiar with were taken in her old age, showing her as severe and tired. But now a new portrait has emerged- one that shows her in her prime. It was found in an album kept by Tubman's friend and fellow abolitionist Emily Howland. Biographer Dr. Kate Clifford Larson estimates that Tubman was between 43 and 46 years old in the photo,  which was shortly after the Civili War. Tubman lived in Auburn, New York at the time.

"What's remarkable about this photograph is that she's so proud and dignified and beautiful. She looks so young," Larson said. "This is the vibrant young Tubman just coming off her work during the Civil War. She's building her life with her family in Auburn."

Larson continued, "It just surprised me, and I think it's going to surprise a lot of people."

The photograph, along with the album, containing historic photographs of other abolitionists, will go up for auction in March. -via Atlas Obscura

The Flying Teenager

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 05:59 PM PST

The 2017 WindGames were held in Spain last weekend for competition in indoor skydiving. The winner of the freestyle category was 14-year-old Kyra Poh of Singapore, who was competing against adults for the first time. Here's her winning performance. 

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While the acrobatics were amazing, that ending was super-impressive. Poh also won the solo speed category, in which competitors must complete a series of specific moves in the fastest time possible. You can see her solo speed performance here. -via Metafilter

The All-Female Skate Crews You Can Follow On Instagram

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 03:59 PM PST

Back in the day both guys and girls enjoyed riding skateboards, but by the time vert and street skating became a pro sport the boys ruled the skate park.

There were always a few female skaters around, but in the 80s and 90s girls just didn't seem that in to the idea of skating on the streets, and therefore had less of a presence during those "Skate or Die" years.

But now female skaters are riding out in full force and forming crush-worthy crews to let the boys know they came to SK8 hard.

Crews like The Skate Witches, Nefarious Skate Crew and the Santa Cruz Lady Lurkers are getting all kinds of love on Instagram, where they're inspiring a new generation of female skaters to roll out.

See The All-Female Skate Crews You Need To Follow On Instagram here

Jammin! - When Alien Rappers Attack

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 01:59 PM PST


Jammin! by Retro Freak

Whenever I hear the words ToeJam or Earl I can't help but think of that classic console video game series that made me want to hang out with aliens back in the day. That series had it all- random level designs, a funky soundtrack, strange looking yet adorable alien protagonists and tons of pop culture references that usually went over everybody's heads. But what made the game great was its two player co-op mode, since it brought friends together like never before...unless they fought over who got to be ToeJam!

Celebrate the good old days of console gaming with this Jammin! t-shirt by Retro Freak, it's a blast from the past that will have your fellow retro game fanatics calling for an encore!

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24 Scientific Studies about Food

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 01:59 PM PST

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Scientists study food because food is very important to all life. However, some of the experiments that have been done about food are strange, different, and something we certainly want to know about. For example, scientists who did the research would like us to know that toast doesn't always land butter-side down. Maybe it's just me- mine always lands butter-side down. John Green tells us about 24 food studies in the latest episode of he mental_floss List Show.  

The Best Comic-Based TV Shows (So Far)

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 11:59 AM PST

There have been comic book tv shows since the 1960s, but there's never been more than there are now. So which ones are worth watching? Depending on who you ask, all of them or none of them. And no one really agrees on which ones are the best. But if you're the debating type, you'll want to check out this list on Complex ranking 20 of the best comic book TV shows. Personally, I think Agent Carter and Luke Cage should be way higher on the list -but then, by next year there will probably 20 more shows that can be ranked on a list like this.

So check out the full list over at Complex and feel free to argue your favorite show's case here.

The Produce Butcher Will Chop Your Veggies For You

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 09:59 AM PST

You can already buy packages of pre-cut salad or vegetables at your supermarket, but it might not be chopped the way you need it, and who knows how fresh it is? At Whole Foods in Manhattan, you can get yours custom-chopped by the new Produce Butcher, professional food cutter for fruits and vegetables. Then it will be done right, just the way you want it. But it's a bigger benefit than that to some folks.

This looks to be perfect for people who want fresh, large items like watermelon, or pineapple, and don't want to risk getting hurt prepping it. The elderly, or folks with disabilities could probably benefit greatly from this.

And then there's the rest of us, who are just lazy and want our dinner prepared quickly. Read about the Produce Butcher at FoodBeast -Thanks, John Farrier!

The Faces Behind Your Favorite Comics Revealed!

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 08:59 AM PST

Many comic artists reveal a bit (or a whole lot) about themselves through their comics, and yet they often remain unseen.

Sometimes this is by design, because they're shy or they want their comic to speak for itself, but more often than not it's because we're too busy posting their comics to speak on the creator.

So let's change that, shall we?

This grinning man is Brian Gordon, the guy who draws that duck you love in Fowl Language Comics.

And this gorgeous gal in the striped sweater is Sarah Andersen, the creator of Sarah's Scribbles, aka that comic you relate to and adore.

Neither of them look anything like the characters they draw, but Cassandra Calin draws a spot-on cartoon version of herself for her comic C. Cassandra.

The guy at the top of the post is Chris Grady, creator of Lunarbaboon, and he also looks a lot like his character, but the creator of Catana Comics, Catana Chetwynd, has a much smaller and more detailed head than her character.

See 10+ Faces Behind Famous Comics You've Probably Never Seen Before here

Fake Feline Friend

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 07:59 AM PST

A clowder of five cats in Thailand have to check out the new member of the family, a realistic plush cat taking a nap. They seem flummoxed by the newcomer, and I can't say I blame them.  

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And the more cats concentrate on studying something, the easier they are to startle. They didn't even stick around long enough to hear the new cat speak.  -via Laughing Squid

These Colorful Illustrations Will Test Your Knowledge Of Hollywood Movies

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 06:59 AM PST

Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and David Fincher have had pretty eclectic careers in Hollywood because they don't limit themselves to any one genre or style of filmmaking.

And even though Abrams and Spielberg are best known for their sci-fi projects they've both done a great job of writing and/or directing serious dramas too, like Regarding Henry and The Color Purple.

Illustrator Maria Suarez-Inclan creates colorful montages she calls "Hollywood Kits", representing the careers of these writers/directors, which kinda ends up looking like a bunch of stuff laid out on a flea market vendor's blanket.

The movies and TV shows represented in each piece are listed at the bottom but it's still hard to figure out where all the symbols belong, and Martin Scorsese's is definitely the hardest.

See more of Maria Suarez-Inclan's Colorful Illustrations at JazJaz

LEGO Hamburger Restaurant

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 05:59 AM PST

A new restaurant in the Philippines is completely LEGO-themed, down to the hamburgers they sell. Brick Burger in the Pasig City area of Manila sells hamburgers with buns shaped like LEGO bricks, that come in several bright colors! The entire interior of Brick Burger is decorated with LEGO toys, constructions, fixtures, and even walls covered with the familiar LEGO studs. Diners can even play with LEGO sets while they wait for their orders. Get a pictorial tour of Brick Burger at TVOM.

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