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Published: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:03:14 -0800

Copyright: 2017

Climbable Christmas Tree

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:00:11 -0800


Jayne, the proprietor of the Etsy shop likekittysville sells cat accessories like beds you can hang on a wall. She also was kind enough to post the instructions for making the marvelous climbable Christmas tree she designed a few years ago that will bring your cats joy for many holidays to come. Jayne talked about how the idea came about:

“For years I’ve missed using my vintage aluminum Christmas tree, but don’t miss the kitty havoc that was decimating the tree and its vintage ornaments. I wanted a tree that’s not just cat-proof but cat-inviting. This tree has a Jetsons space-age look but is quite practical. It can be climbed but not knocked over. It can hold gifts, which saves floor space. The ornaments are cheap and easily replaced.”

It's six feet tall, and folds flat for storage until next Christmas. -via a comment at Fark

The First Detective

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:00:00 -0800


The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader.

Sherlock Holmes, Jean Valjean, and the FBI can all trace their roots back to one Frenchman who turned a life of crime into a life of fighting crime.


(image) In 1809 a 34-year-old petty criminal named Eugène François Vidocq (pronounced vee-DOCK) was doing yet another stint in a French prison, this time for forgery. In and out of jail since he was a teenager, there were basically two Eugène Vidocqs: One was a hard-drinking brawler and womanizer who was quick to challenge any man to a duel. The other was a charismatic family man who had a knack for gaining people’s trust…so he could scam them. It was that persona that Vidocq used in prison to win the confidence of some of Paris’s most notorious criminals. And then he ratted out their plans to the city’s police chief, Jean Henry.

Why did the crook suddenly turn informant? For one, Vidocq was facing a long prison term and possibly the guillotine. But he was also growing tired of living life as a fugitive. He’d tried to go legit before, and this time he wanted it to stick. So after he proved his worth to Henry, in 1811 the chief arranged for Vidocq to “escape” prison, something he’d done for real many times before. After that, Vidocq became an undercover spy, working the streets of Paris. He burrowed into the city’s criminal underworld, often in disguise, and brought back what he learned to Chief Henry. The information he obtained put dozens of his former accomplices in prison …and sent more than a few to the guillotine. And he was just getting started.

Evil Queen & Maleficent - A Pair Of Dark Dames

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:12 -0800

Evil Queen & Maleficent by Nicole Graham ArtMaleficent and the Evil Queen are two of the most wicked women who ever existed, but that doesn't mean they're unfamiliar with the concept of friendship. But it takes a special kind of evil person to crack through their hard shell and get at the real woman beneath the surface, and yet when those two witchy women met for the first time they instantly became BFFs- best fiends forever!Cast a spell on the world with this Evil Queen & Maleficent t-shirt by Nicole Graham Art, it's tastier than a poison apple and is sure to make people sneer wherever you go!Visit Nicole Graham Art's Facebook fan page, Instagram and Twitter, then head on over to her NeatoShop for more wickedly good designs: Jasmine & Nala Limited Edition Halloween Crossover Briar Rose & Snow White Tinker Bell View more designs by Nicole Graham Art | More Cartoon 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![...]

Sweden's Recycling Program Is Doing So Well They've Run Out Of Trash

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:11 -0800


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One of the initial goals of all recycling programs is the minimization of waste entering the landfills, because if you remove all recyclable materials from the trash you've got a whole lot less mess to deal with.

Most recycling programs have changed the waste management game quite a bit, reducing the amount of trash that ends up in landfills by 50 percent or more and giving us an abundant supply of recycled materials such as paper pulp, aluminum and glass.

But Sweden, never to be outdone, has made their recycling programs so efficient the country is actually running out of rubbish, so they've begun importing trash from other EU countries to keep their recycling plants going:

Over time, Sweden has implemented a cohesive national recycling policy so that even though private companies undertake most of the business of importing and burning waste, the energy goes into a national heating network to heat homes through the freezing Swedish winter. “That’s a key reason that we have this district network, so we can make use of the heating from the waste plants. In the southern part of Europe they don’t make use of the heating from the waste, it just goes out the chimney. Here we use it as a substitute for fossil fuel,” Ms Gripwell says.

Ms Gripwall says the aim in Sweden is still to stop people sending waste to recycling in the first place. A national campaign called the “Miljönär-vänlig” movement has for several years promoted the notion that there is much to be gained through repairing, sharing and reusing. 

She describes Sweden’s policy of importing waste to recycle from other countries as a temporary situation. “There’s a ban on landfill in EU countries, so instead of paying the fine they send it to us as a service. They should and will build their own plants, to reduce their own waste, as we are working hard to do in Sweden,” Ms Gripwall says.

“Hopefully there will be less waste and the waste that has to go to incineration should be incinerated in each country. But to use recycling for heating you have to have district heating or cooling systems, so you have to build the infrastructure for that, and that takes time,” she adds.

-Via Independent

Slippery Stairs

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:00:11 -0800


In case you just can't wait for the Winter Games because you love watching people slip and fall, here's a Japanese game show that will fill that desire. Slippery Stairs takes the agony of maneuvering a world covered with ice and puts it relatively safely on TV. Contestants must climb a series of stairs that are not only lubricated, but slightly angled. At least they are wearing helmets.

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The competition starts out looking like a normal, albeit slow, race, but quickly escalates into a human demolition derby. At about three minutes in, it begins to resemble bowling, with these guys as the pins. See, it doesn't matter that you're ahead of the pack when one false move can send you back to the beginning. The best you can do when that happens is to take everyone else with you. And even if you make it to the top, you will still look ridiculous doing it. -via reddit

New York's Holiday Nostalgia Trains

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:00:11 -0800


Every year, New York City takes some restored antique trains out of the transit museum and puts them into service for a look back at the history of the Metro. This year, eight vintage trains will be running on Sundays from November 26 to December 24, for the same price as regular subway rides. These subway cars were built in the 1930s through the '70s, and have been restored complete with ceiling fans, vintage maps, and advertisements from back in the day. Subway riders get into the spirit and show up in period clothing, and often are willing to pose for pictures with the trains and riders.


Ben Gilbert took a ride on several Holiday Nostalgia Trains and brings us plenty of images, just in case you can't get to New York City for the holidays. -via Metafilter

(Images credit: Ben Gilbert/Business Insider)

The Bell Ringers Of Valencia

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 18:00:11 -0800


The Micalet refers to a 51-meter tall octagonal tower in Valencia, Spain, with 207 steps to the top. Is it worth the walk? The view from up there is spectacular, and there are bells.

Time your trip to coincide with the top of the hour. The name “Micalet” actually refers not to the tower itself, but to the giant bell suspended atop it. When Little Michael strikes the hour, the ringing can be heard all around the old town… and should you be standing directly underneath, it’s deafening. While atop the tower, our favorite pastime is to pick out the people who clearly aren’t expecting it, and then watch them jump in terror at the sudden thunder-strike.

Better yet, try to time your visit for a holiday, when the bells peal out more elaborate tunes. Mike Powell and Jürgen Horn were there for All Saints Day and were invited to stay at the top of the tower and watch the bell ringers perform.

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Read about the Micalet and the Santa Catalina (the other bell tower in downtown Valencia), with lots of pictures at For 91 Days.

This 89-Year-Old Japanese Grandmother Is Changing The Selfie Game

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:00:11 -0800


Most selfies are so same-same-same they're lame, and on the other end of the spectrum you've got one too many "artists" going crazy with self portraiture in the studio, creating selfies so avant garde they're boringly artsy.


What the world needs now are more self portrait artists like 89-year-old photographer Kimiko Nishimoto, artists who come up with creative and memorable self portraits that stick in the viewer's mind and make a lasting impression.


Kimiko has been shooting her own unique and endearing brand of self portraits for the last 17 years, taking up photography at 72 after attending a beginner's course taught by her son.

Ten years later she had her first solo exhibition at a local museum in her hometown of Kumamoto, and now her latest exhibition "Asobokane" (Let's Play) will be showing at Tokyo's Epson epsite imaging gallery from December 15th, 2017 to January 18, 2018. Cheers Kimiko!


See 89-Year-Old Japanese Grandma Discovers Photography, Can't Stop Taking Hilarious Self-Portraits here

The Weird Foxes

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:00:11 -0800


Colin J. Carlson‏ is a biologist, but he's not an expert on foxes. Still, he decided to make a list of foxes and rate them with letter grades for their "weirdness" in a Twitter thread. As you go through it, you'll see that the grades are quite arbitrary, but the description of each fox is delightful, and so are the pictures. Shown above is a Blandford's fox, which has a tail that doesn't quit. Carlson posted about all the foxes he could think of, and then people started suggesting others. He was kind enough to continue the project to include them.

See all the weird fox species at Thread Reader or in the original Twitter thread with all the replies. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Eyal Bartov)