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Published: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 03:22:29 -0800

Copyright: 2017

The Dust Bowl Revolution

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:00:00 -0800


The following article is from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into California

Imagine what life would be like if you and your entire family lost everything and were forced to move across the country to an unfamiliar new place. Would you survive and even thrive? If you lived during the Great Depression and moved to California, the surprising answer is…probably yes.


One of the most enduring images of 1930s America is of the migrant farm family—their old car stuffed with possessions, hungry children with dusty bare feet, mothers trying desperately to put together a meal, fathers with signs begging for work. Between 1930 and 1940, more than 2 million people left the American interior, and about 25 percent of them headed to California alone. They were lured by rumors of plentiful jobs, great weather, and fertile fields. What they discovered when they arrived, however, wasn’t exactly the paradise they’d hoped for.


The crisis began with good intentions and bad weather. As immigrants poured into the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many of them settled in the middle of the country and started farming. Southern plains states like Oklahoma and Texas had seen several decades of plentiful rain—something the newcomers figured was normal—so the new arrivals planted fields of wheat and other crops to feed their new countrymen and to contribute to America’s effort in World War I. When farmers from other parts of the United States heard about the agriculture boom in the Great Plains, many of them packed their families into wagons and cars and headed for the plains, prepared to borrow some money, stake a claim, and make a fortune.

But the wet weather was an anomaly.

This Robotic Arm's "Life" Is A Bloody Mess

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:03:24 -0800


In the very near future mankind will use robots to effectively clean up all kinds of horrible messes so humans will no longer have to worry about being exposed to hazardous waste.

Before the robotic cleaning crews are mobilized we can see what it'll look like when a robot arm squeegees up a massive puddle of blood by viewing this installation by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu.


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"Can't Help Myself" is on display at the Guggenheim Museum through March, go and show your support for our robotic overlords before they take our jobs!


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-Via Boing Boing

The Best Bounty Hunting Hat in the Galaxy

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:03:24 -0800


The Force is with this epic bowler hat designed to add a perfect level of geekiness to your fancy dress or steampunk ensemble. Etsy seller The Blonde Swan makes this brilliant design from handstitched leather. Of course, even with this incredible level of detail, for $600, I'd want a jetpack (or at least a blaster) to come with it.


Of course, that's far from their only geeky hat. The Geeky Swan offers over 100 designs, including this cool Harley Quinn motorcycle cap and the Deadpool top hat below.


Via Technabob

Are Boys Smarter Than Girls?

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:03:24 -0800


Who's smarter, boys or girls? That's a difficult question, considering the cultural biases that have shaped the way we think of both sexes over thousands of years. But with modern science, we can study  tiny differences in the brain, which somehow just muddies the question even more.  AsapSCIENCE gives us an overview of the latest research.

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One of the most memorable things I learned in school is that there are more difference among people within groups then between groups, and that goes especially for male and female humans. -via Geeks Are Sexy 

Adorable Pics Of Kittens Enjoying Their Kittenhood

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:03:24 -0800


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Even though full grown cats will act like kittens, and some may look like kittens their whole lives, it's easy to tell a kitten apart from a catdult- because kittens can't contain their frisky side.


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Some catdults start acting like kittens after hitting the catnip, but they come down from their high pretty quickly, while kittens keep going and going and going until their batteries run out.


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As we all know growing up can be a scary experience, and catdults look scary to a little kitten, so kittens should be encouraged to stay small and kitten-y for as long as possible.


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See 19 Insanely Cute Kittens Who Just Don't Know Any Better here

Angry Octopus

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:03:23 -0800


Check out all the things this octopus does. It controls the water underneath its membranes to appear inflated like a parachute at times. That's the biggest thing you'll notice in this video, but there's more.

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It changes color, from purple to pink to blue and back to purple again, with orange highlights and white spots at times. The octopus also appears to have spikes on its head, but that's more of a disguise. As it swims away, its head is smooth! If you watched this video a few more times, you'll probably find some other amazing power. What's happening is that the octopus was not happy with the presence of the videographer, and was warning her off. You can read the story at Pink Tank Scuba. -via Everlasting Blort

Kali Ma Shakthi deh! - Be Still My Heart!

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:03:25 -0800


Kali Ma Shakthi deh ! by CarloJ1956

Indy has faced some extremely fearsome foes during his decades of adventuring in the name of archaeology, but none of them left an impression quite as deep and painful as the Thuggee leader Mola Ram. He proved that invoking the power of Kali actually works, and she has one hell of a temper! And yet Indiana and Short Round ended up teaching Mola Ram and Kali a thing or two about life and love, because in the end the forces of evil were defeated by quick minds and a friendship forged in fire.

Whip your geeky wardrobe back into shape with this Kali Ma Shakthi deh! t-shirt by CarloJ1956, it's a magical way to show love for Dr. Jones' greatest adventure- the Temple of Doom!

Visit CarloJ1956's NeatoShop for more totally classic designs:

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Prankster Gets Revenge Against Woman Who Refuses to Clean Up Dog Poop

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:03:24 -0800

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Cleaning up after your dog is just part of having a dog, but one traveler flying through LAX recently decided that it's not her job to pick up her dog's poop -even when it pooped right in the middle of a busy airport terminal. When one man called her on it, she loudly told the person she was talking on the phone with that "some people are just so damned rude." When a woman told her to clean it up, she simply retorted "they have people for that."

Fortunately comedian Steve Hofstetter was there to get a little revenge on the inconsiderate woman when he found out she was on the same flight to Tokyo as he was. While everyone else (who saw her awful behavior) tried to avoid sitting next to her, he plopped right down beside her and said, “Are you going to London on business?”

When she replied that she was going to Tokyo, he jokingly told her that the gate was moved across the whole terminal -hoping to give her a momentary scare. But rather than look at the sign right there on the gate, she jumped up and ran across the terminal.

Steve says he didn't see her or the dog on the plane and that it was the only flight Delta had going to Tokyo that day. I don't think he felt too bad about making her miss her flight, noting, "Maybe she can re-book on another airline. I hear they have people for that."

You can read the full story over at Steve's Facebook page.

Via Cheezburger

How To Turn A Metal Can Lid Into An Emergency Whistle

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:03:24 -0800


Tin cans seem too heavy and cumbersome to bring along while camping or backpacking, but there are so many clever uses for an empty can they make a great addition to your pack. Of course, you'll have to pack a can opener too...

Anyhoo, this fun video by Specific Love Creations shows you how to turn a lid from a metal can into a survival whistle, so you won't lose your friends while you're out getting lost in the woods.

Or just make one at home and drive your pets crazy!


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-Via Lifehacker

Six Stories of Passports From Countries That No Longer Exist

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:03:24 -0800


Collecting old passports like holding history in your hands. Tom Topol has learned a lot about geography and history as a passport collector, and he shares his discoveries on his website. While older passports are often unique and can even be works of art, the most fascinating passports are those from bygone nations that once flourished well enough to document its international travelers. One rarity is this passport from British Palestine, issued to Captain Tuve T. Smolensk in 1944. He was regarded as somewhat of a hero for his search-and-rescuw work.

But—with no disrespect meant to Captain Smolensk—that’s not even the best thing about this passport. That honor goes to a purple stamp on page 17, which reads “Haifa”— Israel’s main port. “British Palestine turned into Israel in 1948,” explains Topol. “To find nowadays a British Palestine passport with a stamp of Israel is pretty rare.” For practical reasons, Captain Smolensk was likely allowed to keep his British Palestinian passport for a year or so after the switch, allowing for this strange convergence.  

Read more stories of passports from defunct countries, including one with a picture of a dog, at Atlas Obscura. 

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The Most Awkward Moments At The Oscars

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:03:24 -0800


The 89th annual Academy Awards are on, and seeing as how things are a bit tense in America at the moment there are sure to be lots of tense and awkward moments as Hollywood celebs accept their Oscar and speak their mind.

But will this year's awkward moments measure up to the absurdly awkward moments of the past?


Like the time Bjork laid an egg on the red carpet, and everyone around her was like "don't look down, it might be poop." Or the time Travolta made a pass at Scarlett Johansson in the oddest way possible, proving he'd lost that Saturday Night Fever sizzle.

And who can forget the time Seth McFarlane made us all feel dirty with his song "We Saw Your Boobs"? The Oscars don't get much more awkward than that! (best reactions at :13 and :46)


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See 12 of the Most Awkward Oscars Moments Ever here

Carrot Ready to Bust a Move

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:03:24 -0800


Turnip the jams, he's about to drop the beet, and he doesn't carrot all!

It's a picture of a carrot that looks like a human body, but the pun possibilities made this rad veg something special. -via reddit

The Difference Between Whisky And Whiskey

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:03:24 -0800


When I started drinking liquor I was told by the supposed old hands of the whiskey world that the only difference between whisky and whiskey was the letter "E", but the truth runs much deeper.

The spelling actually reveals where the liquor was made- if it's spelled with an "E" then it was made in Ireland or the U.S., if it's spelled without an "E" then it was made in Canada, Japan or Scotland.


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So if country of origin is important to you then check the spelling, but if you're just trying to bend your elbow with a bit of brown then forget about the spelling and drink up, because it's all good!

-Via Tasting Table

Dog Goes Shopping

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 02:03:25 -0800


A border collie goes to Canadian Tire and picks up several bags of dog treats. Meaning, he picked them out himself, presented them to the cashier, and carried the bag himself. Like some humans, he was too proud to count the change.  

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Border collies are the smartest dogs on the planet. Somehow I got one that would walk straight into a wall. But she was lovable anyway. -via Tastefully Offensive

Ginormous Facts About Coconut Crabs

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:03:24 -0800


Coconut crabs are crazy cool looking, but they're also 3 feet long, weigh nine pounds and tear coconuts open with their claws, so if you see one in the wild it's probably best to keep your distance.

And even though you'll want to get a closer look despite knowing they can literally shred your skin you may want to reconsider- because they're also known as robber crabs, so they might snatch your shiny keys.


Coconut crabs are also extremely antisocial critters, living up to the "hermit" title better than most of their hermit crab cousins, so if you see a coconut crab waving at you it's trying to tell you to stay away!

Read 10 Ginormous Facts About Coconut Crabs at mental_floss

2017 Razzie Winners Announced

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:03:24 -0800


The Golden Raspberry Awards (Razzies) honor the worst movies and performances of the previous year, always on the night before the Academy Awards. Batman v Superman received four awards: Worst Screenplay; Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel; Worst Supporting Actor (Jesse Eisenberg); and Worst Screen Combo (Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill). The top prize of Worst Picture went to Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, which also won Worst Actor (Dinesh D'Souza), Worst Actress (Becky Turner), and Worst Director (Dinesh D'Souza and Bruce Schooley). While eight awards went to only two movies, there were other films honored. You can see the entire list of Razzie winners at Polygon. -via io9 

Haircuts So Hilarious And Horrible They Became "Say No More" Memes

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:03:24 -0800


Getting a bad haircut once meant wearing a hat until the hair grew back, or shaving it all off and starting over again, but nowadays victims like to share their haircut-astrophe online so their friends can laugh with them.


But sometimes a haircut is so bad people see it online and have to share it with their own social network, and next thing you know somebody's turning that cringeworthy haircut pic into a meme.


Memes that involve a bad haircut become part of the "say no more fam" meme family, where people imagine what the victim must have said to the barber to end up with such a terrible haircut.


See 10+ Terrible Haircuts That Were So Bad They Became "Say No More" Memes here

Shadow Of The Dalek - They Weren't This Big Last Time, Were They?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:03:25 -0800

Shadow Of The Dalek by FuackaEvery time the Doctor thinks he has put the Daleks down for the last time they just rise up again, rolling in like a scene from a recurring nightmare. It always starts with that robotic voice of theirs shouting "Exterminate!", and then the Doctor and his crew discover the Daleks cannot be destroyed by normal means, but maybe the answer lies in deterrence rather than destruction. Maybe if the Doctor and his companions went around installing speed bumps and laser reflecting mirrors everywhere they could take down that alien menace once and for all!Get geared up for the return of your favorite sci-fi hero with this Shadow Of The Dalek t-shirt by Fuacka, it's one mighty cool way to declare allegiance to the Doctor and his never-ending war against intergalactic evil!Visit Fuacka's Facebook fan page, Twitter and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty cool designs: Lord of Magnetism and Wizardry Colossus Droid in Disguise Cutethulhu View more designs by Fuacka | More Sci-Fi T-shirts | New T-ShirtsAre 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![...]

Baba Singh and His Turban

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:03:24 -0800


Baba Avtar Singh may be the wearer of the largest turban in the world. It is his pride and joy, but is too large for Singh to get around in busses and cars, so he rides a motorcycle -barefoot. The turban weighs 187 pounds, and takes several hours to construct.

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That's 700 yards of fabric, not to mention the weight of the decorations. Enjoy this video of Baba Singh from Great Big Story. -via Laughing Squid

This Beluga Whale Crashed a Wedding and Now He's the Hero of a Photoshop Battle

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:03:24 -0800


Having a beluga whale photobomb your wedding must be good luck -but not as lucky as it is for Redditors eager to do a romantic Photoshop battle. 


From recasting the beluga as the best man and the bride...


To flipping the script to an entirely different movie. 


Every image is funny in its own special way, so head to Reddit to see them all.

Via Daily Dot

Tourists Unhappy With Scotland

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:03:23 -0800


Find a large enough group of people, and there will be some who are unhappy no matter what. Hilary Mitchell combed through TripAdvisor reviews of tourist attractions in Scotland and found some that are just sad. If you go to a place named War Museum and complain that it's too militaristic, you probably won't find anything else on your trip enjoyable.


You get the feeling they are expecting nonstop entertainment. These folks should have gone to Disneyland instead. But if they did, they'd probably complain about the prices. See 19 of these reviews of Scottish attractions at Buzzfeed. -via Metafilter

Can A Hydraulic Press Crush Wolverine's Claws?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:03:25 -0800


Wolverine's most identifiable features are his claws which, along with his entire skeleton, have been coated in the virtually indestructible metal adamantium.

This advanced alloy is strong enough to stand up to a good smashing from an angry Hulk, so it's no surprise that an hydraulic press doesn't do much of anything against Wolvie's claws.

Still, there's something delightfully geeky about watching the press smash down on Wolvie's claws as they sink into the steel base like hot butter. (NSFW due to language)


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This Hydraulic Press Channel video is a clever way to advertise the new Marvel movie Logan, which is in theaters March 3rd, and it's a good example of how to do an online promo the right way.

-Via Nerdist

Twix Waffle

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 10:03:25 -0800


Believe it or not, there's a waffle under all that candy and icing. It looks like some restaurant is offering this, and unchained-lion, who posted the pic, mentioned that besides the Twix waffle, they also have KitKat and Kinder waffles. John Farrier called it a "balanced breakfast." Don't eat that, John! -via reddit

This Wonder Woman Has Her Own Invisible Jet

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:03:24 -0800


Chicago balloon artist Smarty Pants made tihs amazing invisible jet for a little tiny Wonder Woman to wear to a local convention. Now that's some creative cosplay!

Via Laughing Squid

Our Lady of Strays

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 06:03:25 -0800


The Territorio de Zaguates is a home for abandoned and stray dogs on a farm in Costa Rica. Lya Battle keeps around 300 dogs, saved from the streets or euthanasia, on ten acres of her family farm because she loves them.  

One could be forgiven for thinking that as a dog lover (or “dog slut,” as she laughingly describes herself), Lya Battle is out of control. But out of control is a matter of perspective. Especially considering how it was that Lya became renowned as the Mother Teresa of Mutts, the mistress of a place called Territorio de Zaguates (roughly translated as “kingdom of strays”), a situation that might never have happened the way it did if one day her father, who she adored, had not shot her mother, who she did not.

So in this article at Outside you get both the story of Battle's family and the story of Costa Rica's largest dog shelter. -via Digg

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You Can Travel Across The U.S. By Train For Just Over $200

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:03:24 -0800


Gas is still pretty expensive in most places, and air travel is full of ridiculous TSA delays, so train travel is starting to look pretty good to travelers who want to go places without hassles or headaches.

Riding the rails can be a relaxing and romantic way to see the country, as you travel down routes well over 100 years ago, and you can take an Amtrak train across the country for a mere $213.


Travel blogger Derek Low loves to travel by train, so he figured out a way to make the 3,400 mile long trip without breaking the bank via Amtrak's California Zephyr and Lake Shore Limited routes.

The trip takes 4 days without stopovers and takes you through Denver, Salt Lake City and Chicago, but if you want to see it all you can buy a 15 day pass for around $429 and stop all you like.

And if you can, Derek recommends riding in the Sightseer Lounge car, which features floor to ceiling windows and super comfy seating.

-Via Popular Mechanics