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Published: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:59:10 -0800

Copyright: 2018

Come for the Ride!

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:00:00 -0800

(image) (Image credit: Flickr user Travis)

6 destinations where getting there is all the fun.


In the winter, hikers at Alaska’s Chugach National Forest have to walk across Glacier Creek. But when the water is high in the summer, a hand tram dangling above is a safer alternative. Hikers climb into the cable-suspended box and pull ropes to get across.


What It Took For The Working Woman To Get Dressed In The 18th Century

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:01 -0800


Women are still struggling with issues of inequality and sexism even though we should have addressed and eliminated these wrongs long ago, but at least they don't have to wear the torturous clothing they had to wear in the 18th century!

Nowadays women can get dressed for work with ease, throwing on some light and comfortable clothes that don't chafe, constrict or weigh them down.

But back in the 18th century getting ready for work was a huge production that involved lots of lacing, layering and cinching, which puts the uncomfortableness of modern clothes into perspective.


(YouTube Link)

This episode in the series created by CrowsEyeProductions for the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool focuses on the morning routine of the working woman in the 1700s, and it's make you feel better about your morning routine!

Universal Dreams

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:00:00 -0800


Whoa, fella, there are universal dreams, and then there are your dreams! Have you ever just assumed that others share the same experiences you've had, and then one day you suddenly find out your experience is outside the realm of normalcy? I saw another example of this type of thing recently, which I declined to write about. It's a weird feeling when you come to the realization that something you've always known as normal is seen by others as unique, bizarre, or even terrifying. This is the latest comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd. By now, Munroe should be used to being unique.  

Mike Tyson - I'm On The Zoloft - Meet Mellow Man Mike

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:00:02 -0800

Mike Tyson - I'm on the Zoloft by RexelRetroMike Tyson used to have a bad reputation based on his wicked temper and tendency to nibble on his opponents' ears, but nowadays Mike is chillin' like Bob Dylan- because he's on the Zoloft. He's still livin' large on the stacks of cash he made as a boxer and the star of a hit video game, but his new passion in life is to star in cartoon shows about imaginary detective agencies and thanks to Zoloft he's darn good at it!Add some old school game to your geeky wardrobe with this Mike Tyson - I'm On The Zoloft t-shirt by RexelRetro, it's sure to make you look like a total knock out without making you go bankrupt!Visit RexelRetro's Facebook fan page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more heavy hitting designs: The Legend of Zelda - Press Start Beavis and Butthead - Press Start Ren & Stimpy 16Bits of Intro Super Samus Sis View more designs by RexelRetro | More Funny 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![...]

Going Fishing

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:00:01 -0800


A little fishing trip is more complicated than just that, when you have to build your world first. Even when that world is on your desk in your bedroom! The result is just as cute as it can be.

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I have some concerns, however, about the hooks that weren't removed from the fish before it was consumed. Swedish stop-motion animator Guldies Konst used 2,500 still pictures (out of 4530 he took) to create this video. That's a lot of time spent in his bedroom. You might want to go back and check out the images in the still frames -especially the fire. It looks completely different than what the moving video shows.  -via Tastefully Offensive

How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:01 -0800


From the literature we see on the internet from the Cold War era, you'd think that everyone had a backyard fallout shelter ready to go in case the Soviets attacked. The truth is that, in 1962, only 1.4% of Americans actually did. As a child of that era, I recall assuming that nuclear armageddon could come at any time, and there was nothing we could do about it. What did the general population of adults of the time think about the nuclear threat? Michigan State University surveyed 3,514 adults in the early '60s about their feelings regarding preparedness for a nuclear war. Check out some of the results.

Is it cowardly to build a nuclear fallout shelter?

There’s nothing quite like the collision of midcentury toxic masculinity and the threat of total destruction from nuclear war. But the results of the survey may surprise you. Just 7 percent of Americans thought that building a shelter was cowardly.

Building a shelter is like hiding in a hole—only a coward would do it. (7 percent agreed, 90 percent disagreed)

Parents have a duty to protect their children by building a fallout shelter (52 percent agreed, 37 percent disagreed)

It would take a little while after an attack, but law and order would be restored. (79 percent agreed, 14 percent disagreed)   

Read more findings from the study at Paleofuture. There are also plenty of people in the comments sharing their memories of growing up during the Cold War.

A Young Girl Fights Hard To Hang On To Her Childhood In "Lili"

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:00:01 -0800


Most kids wonder what it would be like to grow up overnight, because they think the life of a grown up means no school, no set bedtime and no rules, but these thoughts are usually fleeting because it's fun to be a kid.

But when they inevitably transform into young adults their childhood seems to float away on the wind, leaving nothing but memories and the trappings of youth- like their favorite teddy bear.

However, some kids don't want to let go of their childhood years, so they hang on as hard as they can until life forces them to let go...


Lili from TOM & HANI on Vimeo.

Lili is an absolutely stunning stop motion short film by Hani Dombe and Tom Kouris, with music by Gil Landau, that will make you want to get back in touch with your inner child.

The 19th-Century Sham Medicine That Saw Oracles in Orifices

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:01 -0800


Along with many other dubious medical practices of the 19th century, there was a fad for "orificial surgery." This was promoted by married doctors Edward and Elizabeth Muncie, who opened the Muncie Surf Sanatorium on an island off the New York coast. The Muncies could not only diagnose illness by looking at a patient's orifices, they could determine their personality and potential, too. Various surgeries on those orifices would cure what ails you. The philosophy behind orificial surgery was a branch of homeopathy conceived by Dr. Edwin Hartley Pratt    

While its conclusions are utterly bonkers, the premises that underlay orificial surgery begin at least somewhere in the region of medical science. To be in good health, Pratt reasoned, one needed normal circulation. Because the sympathetic nervous system helps determine blood flow, it must be important to good health. So far, so good. But then the evidence-based logic begins to break down. Pratt believed that disease occurs when the circulatory system is fatigued, leading to blood “stagnation.” Observing, correctly, that there are a lot of sympathetic nerves around some of the body’s orifices, in particular the sexual organs and rectum, he reasoned that by nipping and tucking these areas to keep them “properly smoothed and dilated,” poor circulation and thus disease could be kept at bay. And so, writes Ira M. Rutkow in Seeking the Cure: A History of Medicine in America, “when this giant man with the thinning hair and Vandyke beard went to work, no mouth, penis, rectum, or vagina was safe from a manipulation or scraping.” This is true—but the mouth was of far less interest to Pratt and his colleagues than their other targets.

The descriptions of such surgeries are cringe-inducing, and the fad of orificial surgery only lasted about 40 years. You can read all about Pratt's strange ideas and the Muncies' sanatorium at Atlas Obscura.

'CamperForce'- A Documentary About Amazon's Recruiting Of Retired Seniors As Seasonal Workers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0800


Even though Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world, pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in profit, they hire seasonal workers to fill their boxes for cheap rather than paying a permanent workforce in their warehouses.

And many of these seasonal employees are seniors who should be retired but had to keep working after being bankrupted by the Great Recession of 2008, seniors who live in RVs and work 'til it hurts during the holiday season.

From the Amazon recruiting site:

The Amazon CamperForce program brings together a community of enthusiastic RV’ers who help make the holidays bright for customers of Amazon. As a CamperForce Associate, you’ll begin this seasonal assignment in early Fall and work until December 23rd. The program lasts 3-4 months in the winter, and your responsibilities will be in the areas of picking, packing, stowing, and receiving. …Amazon offers great pay, a paid completion bonus, paid referral bonuses, and paid campsites for its CamperForce associates.


CamperForce is a somewhat demoralizing documentary by Brett Story and Jessica Bruder of Field Of Vision about the workampers who help box up all those holiday orders for "$11 per hour, overtime, bonuses, paid campsites and free health coverage (after a waiting period)".

-Via Laughing Squid

Questionable Mythology

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:01 -0800


I'm sure that the idea of a centaur made some kind of sense to some person at some time, or else we wouldn't have any notion of the mythical beast. The creature doesn't really hold up under scrutiny. It's even more horrifying to imagine a neonatal reverse centaur, one that has the non-functioning legs of a newborn human and the head and forelimbs of a foal. Now, try to get that image out of your head! This comic is from Josh Davenport at RGBros.

Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:00:01 -0800


Your parents probably warned you against sitting too close to the TV set. I know mine did, and we only watched a couple of hours a day. The adult in you probably knows this is a myth, and research backs that up. But that's modern research, with modern TVs. There was a reason for this warning, a good reason, at one time.  

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The incident in question never affected me, because I didn't have a color TV until after college. My Dad telling me not to sit too close to the television was most likely his way of telling me to get out of his way. Still, it's always good to step away from any screen every once in a while. Eyestrain might not blind you, or even affect your sight until you're old, but the old you will thank the young you for taking care of all your body parts while you can. -via Geeks Are Sexy

Original Products That Are Actually Total Ripoffs

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:00:01 -0800


When we see something we've never seen before we tend to think of the creator as an innovative and creative individual, and yet many of these creators should probably be referred to as appropriators rather than creators.

Most fans know George Lucas drew inspiration for Star Wars from the samurai films created by Akira Kurosawa, but did you know he also adopted many elements of the franchise from Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter series?


And Princess Leia's "totally unique" hairstyle was inspired by the twin buns worn by female Mexican Revolutionary fighter Clara De La Rocha.


People used to praise Michael Jackson for his "totally original" signature moves, but it appears the smooth criminal stole many of his signature moves from Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse.

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See 17 'Original' Products That Are Actually Total Ripoffs here

The Charming Snowplows of Scotland

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:00:01 -0800


Scotland is now dealing with their deepest snow since 2011, up to ten inches in places. To clear the roads, the nation has an armada of snowplows they call gritters. Traffic Scotland has a Gritter Tracker where you can follow the activities of the snowplows across the country. Many of them have fabulous names, often bestowed by local schoolchildren. See if you can find

Gritty Gritty Bang Bang
Gritty Gonzales
Gritty McVittie
Sir Salter Scott
Sir Andy Flurry
Ready Spready Go
Ice Queen   
Luke Snowalker
Sir Grits a Lot
Mr. Ploughie
Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-Slip Machiney
David Plowie
Brad Grit
Gritney Spears
The Subzero Hero
Usain Salt

-via Metafilter

BBC Reporter Tries To Evade China's CCTV Facial Recognition Network

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800


Countries like Russia, the UK and China have chosen to use CCTV networks to monitor activity on their city streets and minimize crime by using the power of the "eye in the sky" to bring criminals to justice.

At the same time many of the citizens from these countries believe the CCTV network is an invasion of privacy and used by government organizations to keep tabs on everyone.


And honestly they're both right, since CCTV cameras cut down on crime but are also used to gather information on innocent civilians, so figuring out how to fool CCTV facial recognition software may be a way to fight tyranny rather than pure anarchy.

See the funniest of American movie retitled for Japan at Uproxx.