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Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:50:59 -0700

Copyright: 2017

Sometimes Good Looks Are A Curse

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:01:05 -0700


It's the story that has been told a billion times- cute (and typically blonde) princess is kidnapped by evil magic user who plans to use magic to destroy the princess for being "too good". In the end the princess is saved by the handsome prince and the evil magic user is banished or destroyed.

It's the most common premise in the world of animated fairy tale adaptations, and yet there are plenty of ways to play with this clichéd storyline.

For instance- focus on the wicked vixen instead of the boring power couple, and turn the whole thing into a death-themed cautionary tale.


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Cursed was created by Merel van den Broek & Nicole Derksen of Studio AFK, and even though it's short on dialog it's big on style and fairy tale flavor, with a killer punchline!

Something Delicious and Fried

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:01:06 -0700


Stomach doesn't really know what it wants, but Tongue knows he is very suggestible. What Tongue wants is what Stomach will get, as long as we don't let Brain's logic interfere. Poor Brain, he's always getting overruled by dumber but more forceful organs. This is the latest comic from The Awkward Yeti.

Well-Trained Dogs Perform Amazing Tricks Together

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:01:05 -0700


Trained dogs start out following orders for the treats, but once they've had some experience busting out tricks and scoring treats they look like they genuinely enjoy performing for their masters.

And when the tricks involve a pack of doggy pals who have been positively trained to perform in synchronization the show becomes a real treat for both performers and viewers alike.


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These canine performers were trained by Emily Larlham of Dogmatics, who trains using positive reinforcement and shares free in-depth training videos via her YouTube channel Kikopup:

Emily Larlham runs the dog training business Dogmantics Dog Training in San Diego, California. She is known around the world for her popular Youtube Channel ‘Kikopup’ where she has posted over 200 free in-depth dog training tutorials. She believes that by putting out free training tutorials that don’t involve any forms of physical or psychological intimidation, it will not only effect how people treat animals but also how people treat other human beings.  

-Via Laughing Squid

5 Famous Films That Fail the Bechdel Test

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:01:05 -0700


We have covered the Bechdel Test before; it's a simple way to tell if a movie had any women at all involved in the creative process.

1)  Does it have two or more women in it (who have names) ?

2)  Do they talk to one another?

3)  Do they talk to one another about something other than a man?

If not, we know that the woman or two are just there as accessories to the male roles. A list at TVOM looks at some blockbuster movies you may not have realized that fail the test. It just goes to show how well we've internalized the Hollywood gender imbalance.

The Answers To Famously Unsolved Movie & TV Mysteries

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:01:05 -0700


It's not always a bad thing for a movie or TV series to leave us with a head full of questions, and it can be fun to speculate and answer these burning questions by imagining our own storylines that solve the mystery.

But many of these mysteries already have answers that were included in the show so subtly viewers may have missed it- like the mystery of why a film crew is following around Dunder-Mifflin employees:

Shortly before the events of The Office, a Dunder Mifflin employee committed suicide. This was revealed during the show's second season. In the episode "Performance Review," Michael Scott cleans out a suggestion box that's been gathering dust for years. In the box is a suggestion from a man named Tom that the office should provide better counseling for depressed workers. Michael doesn't know who that is, and so another character mimes blowing her brains out.

That's why the camera crew is there: A man killed himself, and the filmmakers wanted to document how his friends were dealing with it. The really sad part is that no one really seems to care. According to the writers, Ryan the temp was hired almost immediately after Tom's suicide, because death or no death, Dunder Mifflin is a business that cannot shut down, or even slow down, just because someone lost a battle with depression. Huh, you know, maybe The Office was more realistic than we gave it credit for.


Another enduring pop culture question that has an answer- why didn't the Good Witch tell Dorothy she could use the ruby slippers to return home if she supposedly knew the whole time?

That's because the book features two Good Witches- Glinda, the Good Witch of the South and Locasta Tattypoo, the Good Witch of the North met by Dorothy in Munchkin Country.

In the book Locasta tells Dorothy how to use the ruby slippers, since Glinda doesn't have a clue about the shoes, but in the movie the Good Witches were merged and an inconsistency was born.

See The Actual Answers To 6 Famously Unsolved Movie/TV Mysteries at Cracked (NSFW language)

Skull Pub - A Bar Full Of Boneheads

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:01:07 -0700


Skull Pub by spike00

When your head is lacking skin and people scream and run away in fear at the mere sight of you your watering hole options begin to dry up. Which is why the Skull Pub was created as a safe space for the flesh impaired, serving skull heads only since 1989. At the Skull Pub our glasses are easy to drink out of even if you don't have lips, our dress code is casual and no dogs are allowed, so you leave with as many bones as you came in with!

Make people grin like the Reaper wherever you go with this Skull Pub t-shirt by Spike00, it's just as cool from far away as it is when you look at it up close and see the crazy cast of characters.

Visit spike00's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully dark designs:

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Petting a Pet Spider

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:01:06 -0700


Most people run away from spiders, but Little Centaurs has a pet Phidippus adumbratus jumping spider. Is she cute and cuddly? Yes, if you can get beyond the fact that she's a spider.

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Personality among Phidippus jumpers can vary a lot from one individual to the next, but the Adumbratus (adumbrati?) I found in Oxnard seem to all have a very calm disposition. I've noticed that one of the differences between wild and domesticated animals is whether the animal has an instinctual bite response to handling. There are certainly Phidippus that I've owned that could have been incited to bite under various conditions, but for this spider, I am not sure it would be possible to elicit a bite response outside of when she'll be guarding eggs. As this video illustrates, she does not seem to be bothered by much - even touching the dorsal side of the abdomen, which seems to be universally disliked by jumpers, just makes her lazily take a few steps in the other direction.

-via Tastefully Offensive

Strange And Honest Illustrations Reveal The Contradictory Nature Of People

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:01:05 -0700


Comics and illustrations that hold a mirror up to society really appeal to me, partially because they can be an effective catalyst for change but mostly because they're so frank they make the people they're referencing uncomfortable.


It's also quite brilliant when a comic artist can actually pinpoint something stupid in our society that we can all agree is stupid- like the fact that money matters can kill a friendship.


Colombian illustrator Sako Asko draws up strange panels populated by ordinary people and object which reveal the absurd nature of life on Earth in an equally absurd manner.


See Honest Illustrations Of The Contradictory Nature Of People And Society By Sako Asko here

The New Sport of Snowboarding

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:01:05 -0700


In 1985, snowboarding was still fairly new at ski slopes in the U.S. Ski slope operators hated it, and the people who did it. Watch a 1985 CBS news report on the phenomenon.

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We can assume that eventually, the slope operators saw which way the wind was blowing -or more accurately, where the money was coming from. And the snowboarders grew up a little. -via Digg

Fake Names Celebrities Like to Use At Hotels

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:01:06 -0700

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(Say My Name by Raffiti)

Celebrities can't just check into a hotel under their real name unless they want to be mobbed. That's why so many famous people use aliases when they check in. The name they choose is rarely random though and it can often say a lot about who they are -or at least how they want people to see them. 

Some celebrities like to go a little silly with their names -for example, Brad Pitt likes to use the moniker "Bryce Pilaf"and Johnny Depp is a fan of "Mr. Drip Noodle, Mr. Oddpong and Mr. Stench." Justin Timberlake's go-to name is a bit more clever as he likes to use "Mr. Woodpond." Meanwhile, Kid Rock's name is a tribute to Batman as he goes by "Dick Grayson" -Robin's birthname.

You can read the fake names of more celebrities over at Travel and Leisure.

Hotter Than a Burnin' Stump (It's a Texas Thing)

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:00:00 -0700

The following is an article from the bookUncle John's Weird, Weird World: EPIC.


Whether five-alarm or just smoke-alarm, there's nothing like a bowl of Texas chili to fill a belly up.


If you know beans about chili, allow us to tell you something really important: Texas chili has no beans. Not a one. Maybe in other states you’ll find a bean or two. But in Texas, chili is just a fiery molten stew made of beef, onions, tomatoes, spices, and lots and lots of chili peppers. Everybody has a special recipe, but no true Texan would add a legume to the mix.



Chili’s past is a little bit shady since nobody quite knows who invented it or when. Some say it was invented by cattle drivers and trail hands during long cattle drives. Others speculate that chili’s origins go much farther back in time to the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas. Still others give credit to Canary Islanders who started immigrating to the San Antonio region as early as 1723. They were known for concocting tasty dishes using local peppers, meat, onions, and most important of all, cumin.

How a Star Wars Superfan Scoured the Earth for Space Debris

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:01:05 -0700


Brandon Alinger takes Star Wars fandom more seriously than the average fanatic. He started building his own Star Wars props when he was 12, and at 17 talked his family into vacationing in Tunisia, where he got to see the Tatooine movie set. Alinger studied film in college, worked at the Prop Shop, and worked his way into Lucasfilm. All that time, he collected Star Wars props and memorabilia. Alinger found some internet fame in January when he appeared on Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest and reunited the actor with the original light saber prop he used in Return of the Jedi. Alinger gave an interview to explain his amazing journey to the apex of Star Wars prop collectors. Here's a sample:

Collectors Weekly: Why did Mark use Obi-Wan’s old lightsaber in the third movie instead of the original made from the Graflex flash gun?

Alinger: Luke had to use a different lightsaber because he lost the weapon when he lost his hand in “The Empire Strikes Back” fight with Vader. Howard Kazanjian had a lot of the production photos for “Jedi.” When we were researching the book, we found a contact sheet with photos from the very first day of filming “Jedi.” One image showed Mark Hamill on the sandstorm set—for a scene was cut from the movie—and he’s holding the lightsaber prop from “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” I don’t know exactly what happened. But it sure seems to me like someone brought out the old “Empire” lightsaber and then a decision was made right then and there that they needed a new prop because the “Empire” one fell into the Cloud City air shaft with Luke’s severed hand.

Read the rest of the interview at Collectors Weekly.

Summer Vacation

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:01:05 -0700


We celebrated the beginning of summer when school was out, then again over Memorial Day weekend, and now that the solstice has passed, it is really REALLY summer! You've been out of school three or four weeks now, and what have you crossed off your bucket list? About three weeks of video games, that's what. You might get around to going to the beach next month, and maybe camping in August, and you might remember that novel come September. Also, the color of your room will be okay until next summer. This is the latest comic from Alex Culang and and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.  

How a Soviet Circus Clown Tried to Prove That Dogs Can Be Psychic

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:01:05 -0700


Ever heard of “biological radio communications”? That's the term Soviet scientist Bernard Bernardovich Kazhinskiy used for what we call telepathy. He studied the famed animal trainer and circus performer Vladimir L. Durov, who had an uncanny ability to communicate with dogs. Durov claimed to send thoughts to the dogs from his own mind.

Over the course of about two years, Durov and Kazhinskiy would conduct close to 1,300 experiments testing telepathic commands on dogs. This line of research would come to have more importance than most investigations of psychic phenomena: In the decades that followed, it would lead into a Cold War battle to obtain unconventional weapons, during which both sides tried to enhance military parapsychological capabilities and, most famously, America experimented with “men who stared at goats” in order to try to stop their hearts. As Kazhinskiy noted in his 1962 report on his work, the U.S. would eventually become quite interested in telepathy, but “it appears that the main reason… is that the results might be of great military significance.”

An article at Atlas Obscura tells about Kazhinskiy's research on Durov's animal telepathy. Although any dog owner will tell you that dogs are much better at reading minds than humans are at sending telepathic signals.    

Loki's Hiding Place

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:01:05 -0700


This Bengal cat is aptly named Loki, because he's both clever and mischievous. He likes to play hide and seek. This video captures Loki's favorite hiding place -in the dresser!

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Once he shuts the drawer, you'd never think to look for him there! Unless he purrs with satisfaction, of course. Loki's owner, josht1212, says they closed this room off to him after the video was made, because they're not sure if he can get out of the drawer on his own. I bet he could. -via Laughing Squid

The Joy Of Being Bobby Hill

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:01:06 -0700


Bobby Hill may not be the most physically attractive, physically fit or physically capable kid in Arlen, and he ain't exactly a smartypants neither. But there is no wiser or more tuned in kid than Bobby Hill, Texas's answer to the Dalai Lama.


Okay, that may be overstating it a bit, Bobby's more like Buddha, Pooh Bear and Curly from the Three Stooges all rolled into one lovable cartoon character.


And yet Bobby Hill seems so real, like someone we've all known and cheered for as they take on the world, unafraid to be an adorable oddball in a world full of bullies.

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See 20 Bobby Hill Moments That Hit A Little Too Close To Home here

Gallifreytor Action - A Coin-Op Crossover

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:01:07 -0700

Gallifreytor Action by markwelserThe Doctor had found himself stuck in some rather ridiculous situations on many occasions, but when he awakened in a dimension that looked a lot like an old video game he knew life was about to imitate digital art. It seems the silly person he was pursuing adored old video games, and yet he felt sure the Doctor wouldn't know a thing about these archaic games. But he misjudged the Doctor, as fiendish yet foolish foes often do, and he overlooked the fact that the Time Lord had all the time in the universe on his hands- and had no idea his Tardis is full of arcade cabinets and video game consoles....Add some cool retro style to your geeky wardrobe with this Gallifreytor Action t-shirt by Markwelser, and you'll be making Whovians and old school gamers smile wherever you go!Visit markwelser's NeatoShop for more fantastically geeky designs: The Nightman Cometh Batros A Bootful of Snakes Blind Guardian View more designs by markwelser | 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![...]

Denied Shorts, He Wore a Minidress to Work

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:01:06 -0700


Britain is undergoing a heat wave, with temperatures in the 90s. Joey Barge of Buckinghamshire, UK, couldn't take the heat at work anymore and wore a pair of shorts to his call center job. Management, citing the dress code, sent him home to change. Barge returned in a mini-dress, which is compliant with the code. Seeing what Barge did, management decided to allow men to wear shorts during the hot weather. Yet he stayed in the dress for the day.   

If you live in Northern California and drought has turned your Kentucky bluegrass brown, don’t worry about watering your lawn. Just paint it! Starting at around $250, landscaping services like Xtreme Green Grass will tint your turf with earth-friendly, waterproof dyes. And if you want to get festive during the holidays, they’ll even paint your lawn white.

(image) The article above by Gabe Luzier appeared in the May-June 2016 issue of mental_floss magazine. It is reprinted here with permission.

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