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Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:50:53 -0700

Copyright: 2017

After His Owner Died, Dog Walked the Same Route That He Used to Walk Every Morning

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0700

Image: William Ramos/RBS TV

This is a story of loyalty and friendship that takes place in the streets of Caçapava do Sul, Brazil. Every morning, a Japanese Akita named Thor walks the street alone along the same route that he has taken with his owner on his walk for over a decade.

When his owner Claudio Cantarelli died in 2015, Thor was so heartbroken that he stopped eating and would lie in the courtyard without moving for days. But, thanks to a loving neighbor who took him in, Thor is now doing better and has started walking the same route again.

"He [Claudio] walked every day and had his lunch. He was an artist and was everyone's friend - and now, Thor makes the same walk. I notice that the dog always stops at the same places. It's impressive," hairdresser Airton Oliveira said to RBS TV [in Portuguese].

Thor even made the same stop at the lottery office, where Claudio went almost every day. There, he waited for a while as if hoping for his owner to come out from the establishment to continue on their journey together.


Previously on Neatorama: Dog Awaits Return of His Master for 11 Years

Where the Easter Bunny Came From

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:00:01 -0700


An interspecies relationship leads to a child who feels like she doesn't fit in. She can't take the bullying anymore and decides to leave it all behind. It's a common story, but well done here. Grab a hankie just in case.

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This ad is from the German supermarket chain Netto Marken-Discount, which earlier brought us the Grocery-Shopping Cats. -via Metafilter

When Google Failed You, But You Have to Finish Writing the Menu

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0700


I have a feeling that after the writer of this Chinese menu from an unindentified Taiwanese restaurant failed to find the appropriate Google translation (but it's delicious!), he or she kind of gave up.

Ms. French fries sounds reasonable enough, but "McDonald's best friend"?

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:01 -0700


Scientists are able to grow human tissue in a laboratory, but that's far from being able to grow viable organs. One of the biggest problems is that working organs must be fed by a vascular system that carries nutrients through blood vessels, down to tiny capillaries that are hard to design, much less make. But nature may have a workaround in the form of plant cellulose.

One of the defining traits of a leaf is the branching network of thin veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. Now, scientists have used plant veins to replicate the way blood moves through human tissue. The work involves modifying a spinach leaf in the lab to remove its plant cells, which leaves behind a frame made of cellulose.

“Cellulose is biocompatible [and] has been used in a wide variety of regenerative medicine applications, such as cartilage tissue engineering, bone tissue engineering, and wound healing,” the authors write in their paper.

Once they had nothing left but the spinach leaf's cellulose framework, they grew living tissue over it and sent artificial blood through the veins. Read about the groundbreaking experiment at National Geographic. The results are promising.

(Image credit: Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Turkey Breaks Up Fight Between Roosters

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:00:01 -0700


Roosters walk around so smug and cocksure they make the other farm animals believe they're invincible, but the turkeys know the truth about rooster pride- it's all a bunch of hot air and puffed up cape feathers.

The truth is most roosters are scared of their own shadows, and one turkey is worth ten roosters in the battle of the birds.


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Dennis Coon filmed this feathery kerfuffle to show viewers how Mr. Turkey keeps the peace and maintains his rep as the meatiest bird in the yard!

-Via Tastefully Offensive

Phonetically Defined

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:00:01 -0700


If you didn't speak English as a native, you'd be tempted to figure out new words by pulling them apart into smaller words you know. Then you'd be really wrong. This method wouldn't work for "placate" if you are learning British English, as they pronounce it differently. This is the latest from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands. See more of his "phonetically defined" words here. -via Nag on the Lake

Captain Jack - Drink Up, Me Hearties, Because Jack Is Back

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:02 -0700


Captain Jack Custom Lettering by DeepFriedArt

The world has been wonderin' what ever became of that rummy rattlebones Jack Sparrow, since he was left high and dry on the dock, but that mystery is about to be solved- because Jack has resurfaced looking none the worse for wear. It seems that old scallywag got tied up in Polynesia after he tried to take off with a golden statue of the god Maui, and would have been burned at the stake had a mako man not chosen that moment to attack the tribe...

Get dressed up for adventure on the high seas with this Captain Jack Custom Lettering t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, it's the perfect way to make every day feel like a pirate's life for you!

Visit DeepFriedArt's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more swashbuckling designs:

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Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

Vince Gilligan Explains That Unsliced Roof Pizza In Breaking Bad

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:00:01 -0700


Fans have been arguing about the meaning behind the scene in Breaking Bad where Walt throws a whole, unsliced pizza onto his roof since the show started, thinking there's some hidden symbolism behind the act.


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But show creator Vince Gilligan recently explained the significance of this scene during a Reddit AMA, and it turns out the arguments were all for naught- because the pizza was kept whole simply for the sake of throwability.

one fan asked, "Was Badger and Skinny Pete's conversation at Jesse's party about the pizzas not being sliced written in after the fact to explain how Walters pizza landed on the roof intact? Everyone knows a sliced pizza would have come apart."

As creator Vince Gilligan says of the unsliced pizza, it had to do with continuity and physics:

Yes! We had a long discussion before we shot the pizza on the roof scene about whether or not the pizza should be sliced—because, as all you physicists know, a thrown, sliced pizza would come apart due to centrifugal force or angular momentum (or something like that). And yet, you're right: no self-respecting pizza parlor sells an unsliced pizza. So we figured we needed to explain it (in the "They pass the savings on to you" scene), or else face our audience's righteous wrath!

-Via Esquire

What is This Strange Creature With Two Heads and Three Eyes?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 22:00:01 -0700


Facebook user Lujan Eroles ran across this strange creature with two heads, three eyes and a weird skin and asked the Interweb to help identify it.

It's probably a caterpillar, but that's a boring answer. I vote for the double-headed serpent, a gift by Aztec emperor Moctezuma II to Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, came to life.

Let's poke it with a stick:

Stubborn Russian Cat

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:00:01 -0700


Boris is hungry, or at least he knows a good stash of food when he sees it. He's not giving up his loaf of bread easily. No siree.

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And you see who wins the battle, even though Boris never stooped to attacking the woman. Boris lives in an animal shelter in St. Petersburg. He has to share food with 25 other cats who need homes, and no doubt has memories of greater hunger in his past. While this particular scene doesn't bode well for Boris' adoption, the Instagram video assures us that he is usually a nice cat, believe it or not. See more from the shelter 50 Tails.   -via reddit

Beware The Ides Of March...But Why?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:00:01 -0700


Shakesepeare put the idea of the Ides of March into our heads with his play Julius Caesar, leading some people to believe the days of mid-March are somehow cursed, since Julius Caesar was murdered by his senators on March 15, 44 AD.

But Ides were originally seen as positive dates, representing the first full moon of a given month, and the Ides of March once signified the New Year, a time to celebrate the coming of spring.

So how did the Ides of March come to be seen as a bad thing?


Ironically, the trend may have begun with Julius Caesar, who changed the New Year celebration from March 15th to January, and ever since bad things have happened to powerful people around the Ides of March...

Read Beware The Ides Of March. But Why? here

Glenn's Baby

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:00:01 -0700


In the TV series The Walking Dead, Glenn and Maggie Rhee surprised everyone in season six by announcing they were going to have a baby. The above image shows them watching the sonogram. Yes, strange as it seems, there are sonograms in the zombie apocalypse. I'm not going to mention what happens in season seven. However…

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In the real world, Steven Yeun (who plays Glenn) and his wife Joana Pak were going through the same process, no doubt with better prenatal care. Their son was born on March 17, and made his social media debut on Instagram yesterday. Just a little reminder that no matter what happens, the real world is better than the zombie apocalypse. -via Buzzfeed 

Do Japanese People Understand The English Words Written On Their T-Shirts?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:00:01 -0700


The idea of (mostly Japanese) people wearing t-shirts that say something ridiculous in English, which the wearer doesn't seem to understand, leaves the internet community tickled pink.

We assume the people in the pics have no idea what their shirt says, which leaves us ROFLing hard when their shirt says something like "I'm about to let one rip" or "NAKED", but are we wrong? Do they actually know what their shirt says? Let's find out!


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This video from Fuji Television shared by NeKo JGT shows that many Japanese people wear tees with English words on them because they look cool and not because they know, or care, what the tee actually says.

So English tees are basically the equivalent of those Chinese character tattoos people love to get without actually knowing what they mean, only the tees can be easily removed...

Is There an Error in this Painting?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:00:01 -0700


This painting is titled Wivenhoe Park, Essex by John Constable. It was painted in 1816 for Major General Francis Slater Rebow. Can you see anything unusual about the picture? Minnesotastan noticed it.

I first saw this painting about 30 years ago in a print that was on the wall of the office of a colleague of mine at the University of Kentucky.  After looking at the painting for a while, I initially concluded that the artist (world famous for his landscape portrayals) must have made an error in depicting the scene.  Nobody else seemed interested in the apparent anomaly, and I lost track of the painting (not knowing its title) until I encountered it again this past week.

I invite you to explore the image (it should enlarge to wallpaper size with a click) to see if you find anything that appears internally inconsistent in the content.

Whether you find it or not, you'll be interested in the explanation at TYWKIWDBI. Minnesotastan tells us where the anomaly is, and then looks into the background of how the painting was constructed to reconcile what we see with what Constable had to work with 200 years ago.   

It's Different From What You Expected

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:00:01 -0700


Like it says on the tin, the Japanese "It's different from what you expected" series is filled with whimsy and surreality. Filmmaker Dahei Shibata uploaded three clips of the series (2013 to 2015) to Vimeo what you'll surely enjoy:

March Mammal Madness 2017

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:00:01 -0700


The online tournament March Mammal Madness is now in its fifth year, and more popular than ever. The bracket started with 64 mammals of all types, and they are matched up against each other in a simulated battle that depends on the habits and skills of real-life animals, as described by scientists who study them, with the luck of the draw thrown in by the roll of a dice. The higher-ranked animal gets the home court advantage in earlier rounds, which can get weird when, say, an armadillo battles a leopard seal. And sometimes the result comes from completely out of left field.

This year, guest narrator and biologist Dr. Danielle Lee tweeted a battle involving her own research subject: the African giant pouched-rat, native to Tanzania. Lee narrated the second round match-up between her pouched-rat and the maned wolf in the cerrado (tropical savannah) of central Brazil. With no tree or burrow to hide in, the pouched-rat was easily tracked by the wolf, which it couldn’t outrun. At least that’s what Lee tweeted, but that’s not what actually happened. Before concluding the battle, Lee revealed that the pouched-rat hadn’t actually shown up for the fight because Tanzania recently banned the export of live animals.

An article at Gizmodo explains how the tournament works. The tournament has been going on for a while; the final four will do battle Monday and the championship bout is Wednesday, with all the action on Twitter. You can check out previous matchups at March Mammal Madness' Twitter feed, like the matchup between a short-faced bear and a group of Neanderthals.

Sad to say, the bear advanced to the final four. You can follow discussion about the matchups with the hashtag 2017MMM, and learn more about the tournament at March Mammal Madness.