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Published: Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:57:49 -0700

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Vindicators Tee - Crocu-Whaaaaaat?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:06:03 -0700

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Vindicators Tee by zerobriant

When heroes reach totally super cool status they live on forever thanks to all the merch created with their image emblazoned upon it, and after a while people forget whether those heroes ever actually existed at all. Remembrance for the fallen is funny that way, and since the Vindicators are such an oddbal bunch it's almost easier to think of them as fictional characters, so you won't feel bad wearing their image on a totally cool looking t-shirt!

Become the guardian of the cartoon vault by wearing this Vindicators Tee by Zerobriant, and set the schwifty night on fire.

Visit zerobriant's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more geek-tastic designs:

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Solenya And Prosper Amazonian Princess SEAL Team Ricks !

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Declare Your Love Of Science Fiction With A NeatoShop T-Shirt

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 06:06:02 -0700

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Space Unicorn by Steven Rhodes

It's a great time to be a science fiction fan, because with all the new sci-fi franchises being created and all our old favorites coming back better than ever we'll never run out of great stuff to watch and read and play!

If you're a big fan of sci-fi you'll want to share your love of those far out science fiction stories with the world, and the best way to do that is with an amazing NeatoShop t-shirt or hoodie!

Our sci-fi lovin' futures are looking mighty bright

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2049 by daletheskater

As our old favorites come back to remind us how much we love them

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The Mighty Tick by JVZ Designs

And the new hotness gets better by the season!

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Schwifty by Vincent Trinidad




Ducks Amok

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:06:03 -0700

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There seems to be a problem with wildlife in Britain, with ducks invading, and even scarecrows getting in on the action. But there are brave people fighting back.

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But it's not just ducks. Mayhem has been caused by squirrels, snakes, spiders, goats, swans, cats, dogs, and other critters. It's as if Mother Nature is seeking revenge on humans -if you go by the headlines. The violent headlines are the kind that attract people in the UK to buy a newspaper. These are from the Buzzfeed list called 24 Pictures That Prove British Animals Are The Most Dangerous On Earth. Taken one by one, they are kind of silly, but when you put them all together, it shows a ridiculous revolution underway that may remind you of George Orwell's Animal Farm.




The Epic Heels of Zombie Peepshow

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:06:02 -0700

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Some women like functional flats and some prefer fancy heels, but it takes a special kind of girl to appreciate the wildly over-the-top heels made by Etsy seller Zombie Peepshow.

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As you may have guessed from the name, most of the shoes in the shop have a dark twist in them like the Disney shoes up top, but there are plenty that aren't creepy, like these mermaid heels.

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But if the shoes aren't horror-inspired, they instead are delightfully geeky -like this set with dinosaurs on the heels.

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And like practically every seller who creates geeky stuff on Etsy, there are, of course, the obligatory and awesome Star Wars creations.

So check out the full Zombie Peepshow inventory over at Etsy.




Skunk Research Review

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 02:00:00 -0700

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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!

Salient points from research on or about skunks
by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff

History of Skunk Defensive Secretion Research
The History of Skunk Defensive Secretion Research,” William F. Wood, The Chemical Educator, vol. 4, 1999, pp. 44–50. The author, at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, explains:

The striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is widely known for the highly odoriferous defensive secretion it uses to repel predators. Chemists have sporadically investigated the chemical composition of this secretion for many years. In this research, a number of chemicals have been incorrectly attributed to this secretion and the errors incorporated into the chemical literature. The major component in skunk spray was erroneously believed to be 1-butanethiol, until it was later shown that the actual compound was (E)-2-butene-1-thiol. More recently, two studies identified the third major compound in the secretion as either (E)-2-butenyl methyl disulfide or (E)- 2-butenyl propyl sulfide. These structural assignments were incorrect and the compound was later shown to be (E)-2-butenyl thioacetate.

Folklore asserts that tomato juice will neutralize the odor of skunk spray, but human olfactory fatigue can explain the apparent disappearance of the odor on sprayed pets. The odoriferous thiols in skunk spray can easily be neutralized by oxidation to sulfonic acids.

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Skunk Spray Maliciously Deployed
“GC/MS Based Identification of Skunk Spray Maliciously Deployed as ‘Biological Weapon’ to Harm Civilians,” Robert Wennig, Serge Schneider, and François Meys, Journal of Chromatography B, vol. 878, nos. 17–18, May 15, 2010, pp. 1433–16. The authors, at the Université du Luxembourg, report:




Here Comes the Sun

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:06:02 -0700

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As we approach the autumnal equinox on Friday, the Southern Hemisphere is approaching the spring equinox. Redditor sky-entist, an astronomer and photographer, watched the sunrise at the South Pole station in Antartica this morning and caught this image. He gave us the conditions:

Current temps are -62.2 °C, -80.0 °F. Flying time was eight hours from Christchurch to McMurdo and another three to pole, both in a ski-equipped Hercules aircraft.

If you recall, the sun moves in a spiral and skips around in a circle along the horizon as it rises and sets in Antarctica. Once it is up, it stays up for half a year, and when it sets, it's gone for months.  




Toons Discover Household Things

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:06:01 -0700

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Manik n Ratan is an artist in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Some his works are whimsical drawings of little people and little monsters that incorporate real-life household objects. The drawings are able to interact with the objects, which are oversized to them, in humorous ways, some that are different from the intended use of those objects.

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See a collection of Manik n Ratan's hybrid drawings at Doodlers Anonymous. -via Nag on the Lake




7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Princess Bride

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:06:02 -0700

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The Princess Bride was released on September 27, 1987, which means it will soon be 30 years since it hit theaters. In honor of the occasion, Cinefix tells us seven things about the movie. Not just tidbits of trivia; these are more like seven stories behind the making of The Princess Bride. As you wish.

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The filming was one problem after another. After watching this, you'll be amazed that the movie was ever completed, but they overcame those obstacles with hard work, perserverence, and creativity. It was a difficult production that ended up looking effortless. Inconceivable! The result was a comedy/romance/fantasy/fairy tale/action film that became a classic. -via Tastefully Offensive




7 Fictional Workplace Floor Plans

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:06:01 -0700

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We've seen several artists sketch out floor plans for the homes and apartments in our favorite TV shows. Now we get to see how some TV workplaces are laid out. After all, some shows revolve completely around the workplace and the bizarre cast of characters who have little in common besides working together.

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Bizdaq presents the floor plans of Dunder Mifflin from The Office, Moe's Tavern from The Simpsons, Central Perk from Friends, Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the office of Sterling Cooper from Mad Men, and the comic book store from The Big Bang Theory. There's also a bonus in the floor plan of the Mos Eisley cantina from Star Wars, which is not a TV show and only appeared in one scene in a 40-year-old movie, but still feels familiar to everyone. See all the enlargeable fictional workplace floor plans here. -via Digg




Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone?

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:06:01 -0700

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Astronaut Mark Watney survived on potatoes when he was stuck on Mars in the movie The Martian, but that was fiction. The Great Famine in Ireland came about because of potato blight, and although lack of potatoes caused starvation, they weren't the sole food eaten by the Irish. Andrew Taylor ate a potato-only diet in 2016, but he flavored them with other ingredients and took supplements. Could someone live off only potatoes of they had to?

Technically, the traditional white potato contains all the essential amino acids you need to build proteins, repair cells, and fight diseases. And eating just five of them a day would get you there. However, if you sustained on white potatoes alone, you would eventually run into vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That's where sweet potatoes come in. Including these orangey ones in the mix—technically, they belong to a different taxonomic family than white potatoes—increases the likelihood that the potato consumer will get their recommended daily dose of Vitamin A, the organic compound in carrots that your mom told you could make you see in the dark, and Vitamin E. No one on a diet of sweet potatoes and white potatoes would get scurvy, a famously horrible disease that happens due to a lack of Vitamin C and causes the victim’s teeth to fall out.

But there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food. Personally, anytime someone asks the question, "If you could eat only one food, what would it be?" the answer is supreme pizza. However, that is technically more than one food, which is what you need. Read about the nutritional bang for your buck in potatoes at Popular Science.




Man Plays Peek-A-Boo With An Adorable Little Owl

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:06:00 -0700

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Wild animals have been known to act strangely when they meet a human, putting on a little show meant to either welcome or intimidate their new acquaintance.

It's hard to tell what this little owl was thinking when it played peek-a-boo with Michael Stephenson at the Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park near East Yorkshire, England, but Michael was thinking that tiny owl was the cutest thing he'd ever seen.

Michael was honored to have been chosen for such a sweet game of peek-a-boo, but for all he knows the little owl was trying to scare him off by popping up and unleashing its super intimidating stare upon him. Nice try little guy!

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Look At Me - The Tee That Smiles Back

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:06:01 -0700

Look At Me by Apgar Arts The Mee who seeks to become something they're not will surely go through many transformations, and Mee will see and feel many horrible things while they're picking out the perfect form. But those Mees foolish enough to seeks to become a t-shirt have a lifetime of horror ahead of them, as they're worn on a person's body while they sweat and exude fluids! Yes, fluids I say! How horrifying is that? These humans will also drop food on the Mee tee and may even wipe their face on the Mee tee so it can hold their sweat, snot and saliva for them, along with other unspeakable acts of wiping that happen when a person finds themselves up s#$t creek without any toilet paper...Bring the Mee with you wherever you go by wearing this Look At Me t-shirt by Apgar Arts, it's the fun way to torture Mees and look stylish at the same time!Visit Apgar Arts's Facebook fan page, official website and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs: One Punch Man The Animated Series Teenage Mutant Ninja Squirtles Lil Monster Girl Dr. Jones' Archaeology View more designs by Apgar Arts | 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![...]



For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:06:00 -0700

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For much of history, children were dressed in relatively simple garments that allowed for the fact that they couldn't yet dress themselves. As clothing became more structured, both boys and girls were dressed in skirts and dresses, which allowed for easier diaper changing and toilet training. The day a boy began wearing pants was a momentous occasion, and signaled that he was now a man-in-training.  

With the power of pants came an understanding of manly responsibility, writes Jennifer Jordan in an essay on 17th-century masculinity. “The breeching ceremony stands out as one of the most significant milestones in a boy’s journey to acquiring manhood.” This seems to have been understood by even very little boys. Samuel Coleridge, the English poet and philosopher, described his five-year-old son Hartley being breeched in an 1801 letter. “He did not roll and tumble over and over in his old joyous way,” he wrote. “No! It was an eager & solemn gladness, as if he felt it to be an awful area in his Life.” These parties were usually held over a weekend at home, with relatives invited to stay. The pockets of Hartley’s breeches jingled with “a load of money,” Coleridge wrote, likely gifted to this fledgling man by visiting family members.

After his "breeching," a boy would spend his time in the company of men and other boys, while girls stayed near their mothers and learned the gentle arts of the home. Read about the historical tradition of a boy's transition to pants at Atlas Obscura.




Here's How Much Your Organs Are Worth On The Black Market

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:06:00 -0700

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Have you ever found yourself so strapped for cash you've considered doing something drastic, like committing a crime, visiting a loan shark or selling one of your organs on the Black Market for some quick cash?

Most of us find ourselves so strapped for cash it stresses us out from time to time, but things usually work themselves out before we do something we'll regret.

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However, I've always wondered how much I could get for a kidney or an eyeball if I was forced to sell, or how much my family can get for my heart when I die, and it turns out these organs are worth a lot more than I thought.

A kidney can fetch $200,000 on the Black Market, and 75% of Black Market activity involves kidney sales so you could say it's their all-time best seller.

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Your corneas are worth a pittance in comparison, a mere $24,400, and surprisingly the heart is worth a little over half a kidney (around $119k).

At that price you'd be better off selling bone marrow- that stuff's worth about $23,000 per gram, and your body must have quite a few grams of marrow to spare, right? *wink*

See Here's What All Your Organs And Parts Are Worth On The Black Market here




Merriam-Webster Adds 250 New Words

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:05:59 -0700

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Merriam-Webster has added 250 new words to their online dictionary. Their selections say a lot about the times we live in. Cultural trends are represented with terms such as "sriracha" and "froyo" for food and "troll" and "ransomware" for tech. Politics made it into the dictionary -not the word itself, which has been there for a while, but new terms like "alt-right" and old terms terms like "dog whistle," which has been used for decades, but is now understood more widely.

And sometimes a biological term develops a second life as something analogous and less specific, as we see in the case of hive mind; what began as a way to talk about the coordinated ways that colonies of social insects like bees and ants behave has come to be applied also to the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people seeming to function as a single mind.

Read more about the new words at Merriam-Webster. -via The A.V. Club  

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Man Teases Dog About Giving Away His Treat, Dog Has A Lot To Say About The Betrayal

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:06:00 -0700

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Teasing the family pets can be fun, especially when they act like little punks all the time, but if you're going to tease your pets at least have the decency to capture the whole thing on video, so we can all have a laugh at their expense!

Six years ago Andrew Grantham took the joy of teasing the family pet to a new level of ridiculousness on his YouTube channel Talking Animals with this video entitled "Ultimate Dog Tease".

In it Andrew imagines what his dog would say when Andrew teases him about giving his treat away to the cat, and needless to say this is one of the funniest and most important videos ever posted on the internet.

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Our Top Five Liam Neeson Action Film Moments

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:05:59 -0700

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Liam Neeson has 118 acting credits on IMDb. He recently announced he was retiring from action films, citing his age He's 65). No need to mourn just yet, because he has already filmed several movies that haven't been released, and he didn't say he was retiring from acting completely. However, he leaves a huge catalog of action roles behind him, many you probably haven't seen. Check out some clips of Neeson's best action scenes in movies you may or may not know at TVOM.




Jughead Takes Pretty Pictures Behind The Scenes Of Riverdale

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:06:00 -0700

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The new teen drama series Riverdale has given the crew from Archie comics a well-deserved update, and the creators even managed to make the characters edgier without turning the show into an emo mopefest.

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