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Published: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:07:38 -0700

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This Woman's Passport Photo Makes Her Look Like She Has A Fivehead

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:04:43 -0700

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Have you ever handed your ID or passport to a security guard only to have them sit there and make that screwy face that makes it look like they're really scrutinizing your photo and info "just to make sure it's really you"?

They love to pull that BS even when the ID contains a perfectly fine photo of you, so imagine the face they'd make if your ID photo made you look like a Conehead!

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The unfortunate woman in this freaky passport photo is Chelsey Ramos, who went to Costco and had a nice, normal passport photo taken but ended up looking like a sideshow attraction in her official passport.

Well, the elongated photo certainly shows off her forehead! So shiny...

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-Via BuzzFeed




Daddy's Home!

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 06:04:43 -0700

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You know how kids get so excited when a parent comes home after being gone all day at work? It's enough to make the stay-at-home parent feel jealous. That only lasts until they enter school, because kids don't seem all that happy to see their parents after a day with their friends. Omni the umbrella cockatoo knows what time to expect his human to come home, and seems quite happy to welcome him into the house.

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There's plenty of evidence that Omni is quite attached to his "mom," Rebecca Stout, too, and the entire family, as you can see in their videos. You can also follow Omni at his Instagram feed. -via Laughing Squid




The Five Stages of Margarine Grief

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:04:43 -0700

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Mike the Bum posted this chart that explains the fives stages of grief, illustrated by margarine products named for butter. The ch00f responded with an alignment chart explaining the different brands of not-butter.

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It turns out there is an entire subreddit for butter substitutes with names defining what it is not instead of what it is. -via Boing Boing




Hand Of Doom - Reaching Out Across The Globe To Taint Everything It Touches

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:04:44 -0700

Hand of Doom by El Black BatEvil forces are on the rise in the world today, and the people in power are happy to open the door and usher in a new dark age full of crime, corruption and blind conformity. So how does one battle the forces of darkness without becoming a monster themselves? They must learn to think like a monster, find out what drives those vile forces of darkness and eliminate the fuel they're using for their campaign, thereby leaving them without a source of inspiration. Because most monsters have a bottom line, an object or emotion that drives them to do bad and destroy the Earth heedless of the consequences. And if you take that away from them then they're left alone in a cave searching for their "precious", giving us the opportunity to seal that cave up and leave them to rot once and for all.Reach out and scare a smile out of someone with this Hand Of Doom t-shirt by El Black Bat, it's one dark and stylish design that'll make people stop and stare...and shiver.Visit El Black Bat's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more terribly good designs: Here to Change the World Big Wampa Goofed HUNGRY, HUNGRY View more designs by El Black Bat | More Comic 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![...]



Got a Cold? Break Off a Piece of This Kit Kat Bar

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:04:43 -0700

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Cough drops sometimes try to taste like candy, but have you ever heard of a candy trying to taste like a cough drop? Well, Kit Kat apparently thought it was a great idea because that's the newest flavor they're releasing to Japan. The good news is that because it has 2.1% throat lozenge powder mixed in with the white chocolate, it could hopefully actually help if you have a sore throat -and that powder is just enough to make the treat "fresh and invigorating."

Via Eater




The Beatles' Movie Yellow Submarine

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:00:00 -0700

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

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In 1963, the Beatles, newly becoming famous and with their star obviously on the rise, signed a three-picture movie deal with United Artists. They made the first two films, as agreed upon, in quick, neat order.

The first film A Hard Day's Night, made in 1964, was loved by all, fans and critics alike. It made a huge profit and became an instant classic. Help!, the second Beatles movie, was made in 1965 and made a bundle too. But this time the reviews were much more mixed, with most critics finding many flaws and noting the lesser quality, humor, and originality of the second film.

Help!, although the higher-budgeted of the two films, was seen as a disappointment to many, the Beatles included. And most especially to the Beatles' unspoken leader, John Lennon. Lennon was to always cite Help! as being "crap" and other not-so-gracious epithets.

Several other movie projects were put forth, but a third, contract-fulfilling film, was never quite agreed-upon. And so it stood until 1967, when a solution was put forth.




The Wynekoop Mystery

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:04:41 -0700

(image) Rheta Wynekoop lived an unhappy life with her unemployed, unfaithful husband in her physician mother-in-law's home. On November 21, 1933, she was found dead on a table in her mother-in-law's operating room in the basement, shot in the back. Who did it?

Was it her husband, who drank and ran around on his wife? He was out of town at the time.

Was it Dr. Alice Wynekoop, her mother-in-law? She was a well-respected doctor in the community. She confessed under duress, than retracted her confession.

Was it Enid Hennessey, who also lived in the home? She had no motive, but provided valuable testimony.

Or was it someone else entirely?

The entire case was odd, and the evidence was inconclusive all around. Although there was a conviction, to this day we don't know exactly what happened to Rheta Wynekoop, or who did it. Read the story of this weird murder case at Strange Company.




Girls Scouts vs. Boy Scouts

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 22:04:41 -0700

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The Girls Scouts of the USA is mad at the Boy Scouts of America. The Girl Scouts are accusing the Boy Scouts of conspiring to poach their potential members: girls. A letter from the president of the Girl Scouts was sent to the president of the Boy Scouts accusing the organization of considering programs that will be open to girls, in order to please millennial parents and boost the BSA membership count, which has been declining. You will be forgiven if you thought that these were two sides to the same organization; they are not.

A Girl Scouts spokesperson confirmed that Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, GSUSA's national president sent the letter to BSA's national president, Randall Stephenson, and the entire BSA board.

"Through various means we have learned that BSA is very seriously considering opening their programs to girls and we have made repeated efforts to engage with them and talk about the implications," the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday.

"It's a potentially dangerous and bad idea," the spokesperson said, citing research supporting "single gender programming" which says that girls learn best in an all-girls environment when it comes to scouting.

The spokesperson or the letter did not specify what BSA's proposed programs for girls were.

Read the story and the entire letter at Buzzfeed.

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POLL: What should the scout organizations do?

  • Boys and girls should remain in separate scouting programs.
  • Both the Boys Scouts and the Girl Scouts should be open to either sex.
  • The organizations are separate; they should do as they please and let competition reign in recruiting scouts.




Damon Belanger's Shadow Art

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 20:04:41 -0700

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In 2015, artist Damon Belanger was commissioned to add art to downtown Redwood City, California. He painted shadows on the sidewalks for fences, bike racks, benches, and other structures that added a little extra something to give those things personality. There are 23 Belanger shadows in all.

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The project won an International Design Award in 2017. See more of the shadow paintings at imgur and at Belanger's website. And the next time you are in Redwood City, keep an eye on the sidewalk. -via reddit




When The Catnip Kicks In

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 18:04:41 -0700

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America's Funniest Home Videos receive hundreds of videos a year featuring cats doing crazy things, so they decided to put all the videos with cats who appear to be under the influence of catnip together in one high-larious compilation.

You can't always tell when a cat is sleepy, happy or grumpy, but you can definitely tell when a cat has been hitting the catnip- because when the catnip kicks in their frisky side comes shining through.

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The 100 Greatest Comedies Of All Time

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:04:41 -0700

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The BBC asked 253 film critics from around the world to list their top ten comedy films, and used their responses to compile a list of the top 100 funny films. They learned that the "around the world" part mattered a lot.

In fact, if the results had just been confined to critics from the US and Canada an entirely different film would have topped the list. It was largely because of the critics from Europe, East Asia and Latin America that Some Like It Hot was ultimately crowned number one.

Oops, we just gave away the number one movie! But where do your favorites rank? Find out at BBC Culture, where you can also access the individual lists from each critic. -via Digg




Vintage Photos Of Rock Stars With Their Cats And Dogs

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:04:41 -0700

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Rock stars spend a lot of time on the road away from their friends and family, but as soon as they stop touring for a while they look forward to going home to see their loved ones- especially their cats and dogs.

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The average rocker may not be good at keeping their marriage alive, staying sober or handling domestic matters, but they are really good at showering their pets with adoration and giving them a good life.

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And since their pets have no idea how famous they are and don't judge them for their rock 'n' roll lifestyle the special bond they have with their pet makes even the most famous rock star feel like a kid again.

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See more Rock Stars With Their Cats And Dogs at Dangerous Minds




10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie Donnie Brasco

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 12:04:40 -0700

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The 1997 Al Pacino/Johnny Depp movie Donnie Brasco was based on a true story of organized crime and the FBI infiltration that busted the Bonnano family gang. But as most such project go, it didn't exactly follow reality. The differences are fascinating.

10. The real operation was supposed last six months. It went on for six years.

Pistone went so deep into the cover of Donnie Brasco that he eventually had to be pulled out. Upon that time it was released to the families that he was actually an FBI agent.

9. The Bonnano family was kicked out of the Mafia Commission due to the security breach.

It’s rare that family gets kicked out of the Commission for anything but the most egregious of crimes. This however was simply too much and strangely enough it actually benefited the Bonnano family when the Commission was all but torn apart later on.

Read more about Donnie Brascoand how well it reflected -and then affected- the real-life characters at TVOM.




Scientists Discover Why Whisky Tastes Better With Water

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:04:40 -0700

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I'm either trying to savor that fine barrel-aged flavor straight up or I'm trying to catch a buzz when I drink whisky, and either way water seems like a waste of time to me.

But scientists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman have proven people were right about adding water to whisky- because the water helps enhance the flavor compounds on the surface of the whisky and release complex aromas:

"The taste of whisky is primarily linked to so-called amphipathic molecules, which are made up of hydrophobic and hydrophilic parts,” explained Karlsson. “One such molecule is guaiacol, a substance that develops when the grain is dried over peat smoke when making malt whisky, providing the smoky flavour to the whisky.”

The scientists found that guaiacol was more likely to be present at the “liquid-air interface” of a whisky with concentrations of ethanol up to 45%. “This suggests that, in a glass of whisky, guaiacol will therefore be found near the surface of the liquid, where it contributes to both the smell and taste of the spirit,” said Freidman.

“Interestingly, a continued dilution down to 27% resulted in an increase of guaiacol at the liquid-air interface. An increased percentage, over 59%, had the opposite effect, that is to say, the ethanol interacted more strongly with the guaiacol, driving the molecule into the solution away from the surface.”

The study therefore concluded that the taste and aroma of guaiacol – as well as other similar compounds in whisky – are “enhanced when the spirit is diluted prior to bottling, and this taste may be more pronounced on further dilution in the glass”.

-Via The Spirits Business




Failed This City - Don't Do Like Damien Darhk

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:04:41 -0700

Failed This City by Moysche DesignsIf you're tired of playing the hero while everyone else goes around partying and having a good time heedless of all the crime and violence plaguing their city then you need to get some backup from the Green Arrow. He's the kind of guy who can inspire others to change their ways, and when he points at you and says "You have failed this city" your heart breaks a little before your determination to become a hero is bolstered. They should put up posters of Arrow all over Star City that say "You have failed this city" so people on the street will be encouraged to do better and try harder, can you imagine how effective that motivational campaign would be?Inspire people to become heroes wherever you go with this Failed This City t-shirt by Moysche Designs, it's the bold way to show the world who's side you're on in the war against crime and corruption.Visit Moysche Designs's Facebook fan page, official website and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty geeky designs: Super Star Lord The Infinite Loop The Beat-Alls Zissou of Fish View more designs by Moysche Designs | More TV 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![...]



Worries

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:04:40 -0700

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I didn't have any trouble at all reading what he said. Did you? The upshot is that you needn't worry about things you can't change. Concentrate on the things you can change, but do it realistically. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.




The Alaska Gold Rush’s All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 09:04:40 -0700

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In 1886, 16-year-old Fannie Quigley left her home in Nebraska to seek adventure out west. She followed the gold rush to Alaska in 1897, and made her life there for the next 47 years. Her fame came not by prospecting for gold, which she did, but by the more successful business of supplying what prospectors needed.  

Over her decades in the backcountry, Quigley acquired a reputation as not only a renowned hostess and cook, but one of the finest hunters the region had ever seen. Her guests—who were many, despite the fact that her cabin was only accessible by foot or dogsled—were universally impressed by the woman who “tracks her own game, prefers to hunt alone, skins and dresses, packs and caches even such massive beasts as moose and bear, skins out the cape and horns of mountain sheep and can both butcher and cook any game meat to the queen’s taste.”

Quigley's cabin is now a historical part of Denali National Park. Read the story of Fannie Quigley at Atlas Obscura.

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This Cute Little French Bulldog Is Terrified Of His Ball

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:04:39 -0700

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Ask any kid or little dog and they'll tell you- toys can be super scary, especially when they make noise when you're not expecting it, pop up or come rolling after you like a giant boulder.

The little French Bulldog in this video had such a hysterical reaction to a rubber ball bouncing after him he earned himself a nickname- Indiana Jones Dog. It must suck to be that tiny...

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-Via Honest to Paws




Don’t Think Too Positive

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 07:04:40 -0700

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Positive thinking has been regarded as a motivator for decades. While general optimism may be a good life strategy, research has shown that when positive fantasies are connected with specific goals, the outcomes are often not good.  

My colleagues and I performed such studies with participants in a number of demographic groups, in different countries, and with a range of personal wishes, including health goals, academic and professional goals, and relationship goals. Consistently, we found a correlation between positive fantasies and poor performance. The more that people ‘think positive’ and imagine themselves achieving their goals, the less they actually achieve.

Positive thinking impedes performance because it relaxes us and drains the energy we need to take action. After having participants in one study positively fantasise about the future for as little as a few minutes, we observed declines in systolic blood pressure, a standard measure of a person’s energy level. These declines were significant: whereas smoking a cigarette will typically raise a person’s blood pressure by five or 10 points, engaging in positive fantasies lowers it by about half as much.

Such relaxation occurs because positive fantasies fool our minds into thinking that we’ve already achieved our goals – what psychologists call ‘mental attainment’. We achieve our goals virtually and thus feel less need to take action in the real world. As a result, we don’t do what it takes to actually succeed in achieving our goals. In multiple experiments, we found that people who positively fantasise about the future don’t, in fact, work as hard as those with more negative, questioning or factual thoughts, and this leaves them to struggle with poorer performance.

Further research found that cases of depression correlated with positive fantasies and poor outcomes. So, while fantasizing about successfully attaining our goals may provide great feedback in the short term, it's the actual real-world results that matter. Read about the research by psychology professor Gabriele Oettingen at Aeon. -via Digg

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The Sucker Way

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:04:40 -0700

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When you work your tail off all day just to put food on your table you come to realize something- only a sucker works harder instead of smarter, because your job isn't paying you enough to become a worker drone.

So instead of slaving away like a sucker follow the advice presented in this Port Sherry comic and make it rain with less pain!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy




A White Koala

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:04:39 -0700

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Among several koala babies who are starting to emerge from their mothers' pouches at the Australia Zoo in Queensland is one that stands out among the crowd. She's got white fur! She's not an albino, but just has rare white fur due to a recessive gene. While it's possible that her hair may turn darker as she matures, that white fur would be dangerous for animals in the wild, because it will stand out to predators searching for a meal.

The Australia Zoo and Tourism Australia are soliciting suggestions for the white joey's name on Facebook. Many of the comments are names that reference how unique or white she is. See more pictures of the yet-unnamed joey at Mashable.

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Tentacles Have Never Looked So Tasty

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:04:40 -0700

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Have you ever wanted to taste a monster from the deep but worried it would be a little hard to catch and too salty and tough to enjoy? Then you'll want to head to Auckland, New Zealand, where you can get your hands on this colossal squid cone loaded with 3D printed cripsy cones and rich chocolate goodness from Giapo ice cream shop. The crazy creations are so popular that people often wait hours to get their hands on these tentacle treats. 

Via Thrillist




Jumpy Eggs and Drunk Bats

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:00:00 -0700

(image) The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

compiled by Dirk Manley, Improbable Research staff

Chinese Jumpy About Eggs
“Egg Phobia in Retirement Homes: Health Risk Perceptions Among Elderly Chinese,” C.Y. Lew-Ting, Culture Medicine and Psychiatry, March 1997, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 27–51. The author, who is at National Taiwan University, reports that:

Cholesterol has become a commonly-discussed issue in the daily lives of the 203 residents interviewed, and many of them were found to be preoccupied with the risk involved in excess consumption (especially of egg yolks).

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Ribbons

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:04:39 -0700

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Do you need a minute to de-stress? In the interactive web toy Ribbons, you are thrown into a sea of wavy ribbons lined up in rainbow colors. You can swim among them, or if you stay still for a minute, you can enjoy their waves moving over you. Cosmic. -via Boing Boing




If Student Loan Providers Were Honest

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:04:39 -0700

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A student just out of high school has plenty of decisions to make, like what to do with their lives, whether to go to college, which college to attend, and what to major in. Many of those decisions will be changed over time. But when you've borrowed money, you have a debt no matter what you eventually decide to do with your life.

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The latest in Cracked's Honest Ad series looks at those friendly student loan providers who help you breeze through the decision of how to pay for college. You'll learn a few things that go on behind the scenes. What to do about the situation? The video doesn't say anything about that.




Video Game Characters - They're Made Of More Than Mere Pixels

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:04:39 -0700

Video Game Characters by Tobe FonsecaVideo games are full of all sorts of strange characters we can become for a while as we play, and the stranger the character the more interesting their storyline. For instance, if you were to play a game as Red Puncha you would become the boxing champ of the feline world, fighting to feed your family and get your drug addicted brother Shanky off the streets. A Boring Human working for the crime lord Pandamic would come to you and insist you throw the fight, and if you didn't they'd send Good Hitboy the dog after you to finish you off. Good thing you're friends with a Navy Seal!Life is a strange and interesting game when you're wearing this Video Game Characters t-shirt by Tobe Fonseca, but as amazing as this shirt is it doesn't give you any extra lives so stay safe out there!Visit Tobe Fonseca's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs: Through My Veins Wanderlust ITS DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE Take This Cat What's Bitcoin View more designs by Tobe Fonseca | 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![...]



Shot of a Lifetime

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:04:38 -0700

Shot of a lifetime. #solareclipse #2017 #Nikon #makeshift #solar #filter

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