Tom Scott has been cranking out his geography videos from California. On the heels of the musical road in Lancaster, http://www.neatorama.com/2017/10/16/Why-Californias-Musical-Road-Sounds-Terrible/ he tackles questions about sea level. How is sea level defined and determined? Why is sea level different in different places? How do land areas exist below sea level?
Grace Spelman moved to a new apartment with her cat Pierogi. Pierogi has found plenty of wonderful new places to hide while Grace gets things organized. Can you find her in these pictures? The one above is pretty easy. This one is not.
Sorry buddy, Barack has got you beat by a mile in the looks department, but Britney Spears' Macedonian doppleganger looks like she just stepped out of a cloning chamber- and may soon start touring in place of the pop singer. They can call it the Twice As Crazy tour!
Charlie Brown was a bit too morbid for some folks, since he was always thinking dark thoughts no little kid should have to worry about, but compared to Wednesday Addams Chuck was an optimist! Wednesday is always discussing death and dismemberment with her brother Pugsley, but the two aren't in a morbid state of mind when they talk about such things- their lives are just plain morbid all the time! To them the bright side of life can be found in the graveyard, and a day isn't beautiful until the sun sets, but when you grow up as an Addams this is totally normal behavior so please don't judge them by your shiny happy normal human standards. They're just kids after all, murderous and creepy kids...
Add some graveyard grays to your geeky wardrobe with this Strange Peanut t-shirt by Crumblin' Cookie, it's the comical way to wear your love of Wednesday and the Addams Family on your chest!
A year ago, Saturday Night Live needed a Halloween sketch built around guest host Tom Hanks. They started working on ideas on Monday, and by dress rehearsal time on Saturday, the sketch was still being altered, edited, and fine-tuned. At first, it was going to be about dancing. Lady Gaga could have been in it. Tom Hanks had lots of dialogue. None of that happened. The end result was "Haunted Elevator" with Hanks as David S. Pumpkins. SNL writers Bobby Moynihan, Mikey Day, and Streeter Seidell tell how the character came about.
MD: One line we almost kept, which I think is a good encapsulation of David Pumpkins, is, “He’s not part of the known Halloween universe, but he’s acting like he is.”
SS: It might have been just an exercise for us to figure out what it is, and then once we were comfortable with it, we could get rid of it.
MD: At that point, those lines were set to a beat. It was kind of like an early hip-hop rap.
BM: Eventually we realized it was just, “Nope, this guy’s weird and we’re all here onboard.”
SS: And he’s coming from a place of like, “Everyone gets it. Everyone knows who I am and what my deal is.”
BM: He made no sense, but it was supposed to be maddening, and then actually scare you.
National Geographic has ranked the top 25 cities in the United States for happiness. California towns hold eight of the top 25 slots, but the number one happiest town is Boulder, Colorado. Colorado Springs and Ft. Collins also made the list. Author Dan Buettner worked with Gallup to fashion an index to measure happiness rates.
Research indicates that the variabilities of place play an important role in whether locals feel happy. In happier places, according to Buettner, locals smile and laugh more often, socialize several hours a day, have access to green spaces, and feel that they are making purposeful progress toward achieving life goals. For our index, it tracked factors that are statistically associated with doing well and feeling well; these include feeling secure, taking vacations, and having enough money to cover basic needs.
The internet comes up with really strange names for stuff, but calling silly general audience jokes "dad jokes" is a pretty fitting description, since they're the kind of jokes a dad would share with his kid.
A post shared by DaveTheDadJokes (@davethedadjokes) on Oct 14, 2017 at 7:02am PDT
You could also call them kiddie jokes, mom jokes, uncle jokes, aunt jokes, or brother or sister jokes for that matter, but I guess with all the dad bod, dad hat and dad hack trends online calling them dad jokes just made sense.
William H. H. Murray was a wealthy Congregationalist minister and an outdoors enthusiast. Every summer he went to the Adirondack Mountains, often with his wife, sometimes with several friends, to enjoy hunting, fishing, canoeing, and commmuning with nature. He also kept a journal, writing humorous and informative essays on his experiences.
Murray never intended his “narrative exercises” for publication—but when a good friend encouraged him in 1869 to publish a book on any subject with the prestigious Boston publisher of Osgood, Fields, and Company, Murray, who liked the idea but did not have a manuscript, bundled the exercises with an introductory chapter and submitted them. Initially publisher James T. Fields declined Murray’s manuscript, but not wanting to embarrass the minister, he reluctantly agreed to read the submission. Two days later, he called Murray to his office with exciting news: He wanted to publish Murray’s book that spring. “Your method of interpreting nature and your humor are unlike anything that we have ever seen, ” Fields said. “This little book, I am confident, is destined to a great career.”
Adventures in the Wilderness was met with mixed reviews. The Overland Monthly dismissed Murray’s writing as “gorgeous French, badly translated” while The Nation found his practical advice to be “sensible and worth taking.” Nonetheless, the book was immediately popular with the public and a tremendous commercial success, making Murray both famous and wealthy by June. We do not know exactly how many copies were sold, but the numbers probably rose into the tens, and perhaps hundreds, of thousands. The book was in its tenth printing by July 7. Years later, Murray recalled that for a long time Adventures had sold at a rate of approximately 500 per week.
The Adirondacks saw a boom in camping immediately after the publication of Murray's book. It wasn't just Murray's inspiration. His book was the catalyst of many factors that led Americans to go outdoors and camp in the 1860s. Read about how and why camping gained its popularity at Smithsonian. -via Strange Company
The average light jacket or windbreaker doesn't seem like much protection against a knife attack, especially considering how thin the fabric is, but most jackets really do offer decent protection against knife slashes.
Now I'm not going to claim this is firsthand knowledge but I've seen enough self defense videos to know a jacket can come in handy in many ways during a knife fight, and this video by Skallagrim just further proves the point.
He slashes away at his jacket-clad dummy and totally shreds it, but underneath the jacket the skin remains virtually unscathed.
There are some things even your best fart noises can't possibly compete with. I wouldn't read too much into this bit of one-upmanship. Moishe's parents spend most of their time lifting each other up in love and togetherness, so the occasional zinger doesn't hurt too badly. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
Nerdiness used to have limits and boundaries set by publishers who claimed they knew what the people wanted to see, but as it turns out the people didn't know what they really wanted until the internet arrived.
And now that we have so much niche comedy available online we can find lots of hilarious stuff to LOL at that perfectly suits our taste in funny.
So if you're both a Dungeons & Dragons player and an A/V nerd then you can thank Rob Beschizza for this incredibly niche-y Connector Alignment Chart you'll soon be sharing with all your friends via social media.
The 1989 baseball movie Major League featured a half-dozen stars from the 1980s and '90s, and was quite a hit, although its two sequels were nothing to write home about. The Cleveland Indians owner sabotages the team in order to move it to Florida. The mediocre replacement players have to rise to the occasion, so you can see the ending coming a mile away. Those who remember Major League fondly will want to learn some trivia about it.
5. Charlie Sheen actually took steroids for this role.
He admitted this to Sports Illustrated and said that taking steroids was what allowed him to actually pitch an 85 mile an hour fastball.
4. The MLB salary minimum back then was a little over $60,000 a year.
This was double the average household income so it was a good paycheck for just being the minimum as Jake says it is.
A daily nap becomes ever more necessary as we get older, and yet they're also a bit of a gamble- nap for the right amount of time and your batteries are recharged, but sleep too long and you become a groggy mess.
So now you're probably wondering "how long is too long?", since nobody likes to wake up from a nap feeling groggy.
Well, according to this infographic the Wall Street Journal created a few years back the best naps are about twenty minutes or an hour and a half long, because half hour and hour long naps cause the most grogginess.
October 23rd is always Mole Day, but only the hours between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM. According to the National Mole Day Foundation, it's a calendar holiday that celebrates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), a basic measuring unit in chemistry.
For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an molar mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. Similarly, a mole of neon has a molar mass of 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.
Ways to celebrate include learning about Avogadro and his experiments, measuring substances in chemistry class, telling mole jokes, and eating Mexican food: an entree with mole sauce and guacamole or something else made of avogadros. Me, I'm getting one of my mole-ars crowned.
If you want to discuss your Mole Day festivities, there's a Twitter account for the holiday.
The Count doesn't just count for fun or to pass the time- he has to count to live, because the numbers swirling around inside his head are driving him crazy- and if he doesn't keep counting them they turn into polynomials. Ironically the Count isn't all that good at math, he's just good at counting, so when people ask him to add something up for them or to calculate their tip at a restaurant the scary side of the Count comes out...
It all adds up- you plus this Numbers t-shirt by Trheewood equals fun!
Even though Deadpool and the Punisher typically fight for the same side in the Marvel Universe the two gun happy dispensers of vigilante justice have clashed over the years, most recently in the mini-series Deadpool Vs. The Punisher.
And while this epic mini-series event would make a great movie the folks who own the rights to Deadpool and the Punisher will most likely never let a DP vs. TP movie be made because money.
So instead of having one of your nerdy dreams come true please enjoy this fan made trailer for Marvel's The Punisher Vs. Deadpool by Stryder HD. (NSFW language)
These bathroom poltergeists remind us of Moaning Myrtle, the ghost who haunts the girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter book series. Are bathroom ghosts for real? Who knows— but they make for some great bathroom reading.
1. Haunted Bathroom: A first-floor restroom in the Galvez, a century-old historic beachfront hotel on Galveston Island in Texas.
Haunted By: A ghost wearing heavy boots.
Boo! The many ghosts that are said to haunt the Galvez are one of the hotel’s selling points. Guests book rooms in the hopes of seeing the “Ghost Bride” who hanged herself in one of the turrets on the roof; the little girl bouncing a ball in the lobby; and Sister Katherine, a nun who is said to have drowned in the 1900 hurricane and who may have been buried on the land where the hotel was later built. The ghost that haunts the restroom on the first floor near the music hall is one of the hotel’s creepier spirits, and he apparently likes to have the bathroom to himself. Once, when a guest popped into the restroom late at night after using the hot tubs, the lights suddenly went out and the woman could hear boot steps approaching her. Then the sound of loud breathing, and a man’s voice that ordered, “Get out!”
2. Haunted Bathroom: The women’s restroom in the White Lion pub, in the town of Yateley, in southern England.
Haunted By: A ghostly female figure wearing a white hood.
Dressing up your kitty this Halloween? Even if you're not, he or she might just need a little fun fashion accessory and Think Geek has you covered. It seems these elastic-secured hats are all the rage in Japan and now your little furball can be totally chic as well.
The hats are only $5.99 and come in a blind box so you don't know which design you'll get -but you could end up with a clownfish, Blue-Tang, squid, penguin, otter or a shark.
Before planning her own wedding, Meg Keene thought about the nice, classy wedding her parents had in 1974. They had the ceremony at a cathedral in San Francisco with 300 guests, followed by a reception at a posh club with a five-tier cake. How much would it cost to recreate that wedding? Keene's parents paid around $2,000, which would be almost $10,000 today due to inflation. Could Keene do a nice wedding like that for $10,000? The answer is no.
Total 1974 cost: $2,095 What it should cost in 2017 dollars: $10,068 What it actually costs in 2017: $47,286 Increase: 370%
You read that right. That is a 370% increase in what it would cost to throw my parents’ wedding. Why? It's kind of a chicken-and-egg thing. Sometime between 1974 and today, people realized that weddings weren't necessarily a side business. And now there's a whole industry around weddings. An industry that, as Rebecca Mead writes in One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding, has been “assiduous in working to establish the trappings of the lavish formal wedding as if they were compulsory rather than optional.” And wedding vendors aren’t out to get you; most are small business owners who are charging for the increase in time, attention, and ~perfection~ that couples and their parents have come to expect.
Granted, prices vary by area. Those in small towns can do it less expensively, of not as poshly. Keene also breaks down the cost of each component of the wedding: flowers, food, photography, wedding gown, cake, etc. Read about her project at Buzzfeed.
Yearly Halloween costume trends are nothing new, and as soon as Halloween went commercial every costume company began creating masks and costumes based on popular pop culture characters and celebrities.
By the 1960s Halloween had become a big business, with new costumes created yearly to match the current pop culture trends, and from then on it was almost guaranteed the most popular costume of each year would be inspired by pop culture.
In 1968 the kiddos were going crazy for Casper the Friendly Ghost, so Collegeville Costumes made their spooky dreams come true with this cheap costume every kid could afford.
During the 70s the girls were going gaga for Jan Brady, Princess Leia and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby, while the boys were punch drunk for Rocky Balboa, caught Saturday Night Fever and adored everything about Star Wars.
The Radical 80s were ruled by Madonna, Jem, Marty McFly and the Ghostbusters, who were the top costume of 1984 and are still one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time because it's easy to DIY.
The 90s were ruled by the TMNT and Batman for boys, while girls were diggin' the Spice Girls, Catwoman and Morticia Addams, which was also a popular costume for girls in the 1960s thanks to this Ben Cooper costume.
Raccoon are clever, but are they as smart as a crow? The Aesop's Fable test is an intelligence test named after the story in which a crow adds pebbles to water he can't reach in order to bring the water level up to him. Researchers wondered if raccoons could learn the concept. They were given a cylinder too tall for them to reach the bottom. There were marshmallows floating on the water. The experimenter showed the raccoons how to add stones to bring the water level up so they could reach the treats. Two of the eight animals learned to do it that way, but the researchers learned that you shouldn't try to out-think a raccoon. One raccoon jumped on top of the cylinder and rocked it back and forth until it tipped over! In another experiment, the same raccoons were given the same task, but the pebbles were now balls, some that would float and some that didn't. Would the raccoons be able to tell which ones were more useful for water displacement?
The floating ball shouldn’t work, “unless you’re a raccoon, and can turn a non-functional object into a functional object,” says study co-author Sarah Benson-Amran, director of the Animal Behavior and Cognition Lab at the University of Wyoming.
The two raccoons that aced the other tasks excelled yet again, discovering that pushing up and down on the floating balls “would splash bits of marshmallow up the sides of the tubes,” says Stanton, whose study appeared in the November issue of the journal Animal Cognition.
One literally put his own spin on things, seeming to "spin the ball in place" and eating the marshmallow that collected on the ball, Stanton says.
The Tompkins Square Halloween Parade is where New Yorkers take their dressed-up dogs to show off their Halloween costumes! The annual event was more crowded than ever yesterday, with people being turned away at the park gates. Still, there were thousands of dogs, and Scott Lynch was there to capture portraits. See 69 of his best pictures of some really good dogs dressed as spooks, politicians, clergy, food, wild animals, and pop culture characters. Or even plants, like the Corgi here dressed as a chia pet! You'll find the gallery at Gothamist.
A female swan came down with a case of botulism. She was hospitalized by Dierenbescherming, an animal rescue group in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Three weeks later, the swan had recovered well enough to return to her mate in the canal. He was right there, waiting for her. It was a lovely reunion.
Swans usually mate for life. It would have taken longer than three weeks for either of them to give up hope. This is one of those love stories in which only the end is worth watching. -via Tastefully Offensive
Have you ever struggled to tell whether warm fluid in a bowl is soup or some other liquid dish? Perhaps you were wondering whether bisque is a soup or not, or whether a really runny stew qualifies as a soup?
Bisque is soup but classifying runny stew is totally up to you, and deciding whether something is soup or not will only ever come in handy when you play Something Something Soup Something, a free browser game by Italian philosopher and game designer Stefano Gualeni.
It takes place in a future where humans have mastered the science of teleportation. Instead of using it to eliminate scarcity or instantly transport Martin Shkreli to a distant black hole, they’ve taken to teleporting goods produced by underpaid aliens from distant planets. Goods like soup. Problem is, aliens don’t have the best grip on how human digestive systems work, and the concept of “soup” isn’t really a thing in their society. You play as a certified human Soup Technician, and it’s up to you to figure out which dishes they send over do and do not constitute soup.
Sesame Street brings us another parody, this time putting the Muppets into a scenario that will remind you of The Walking Dead. The style is there, but the zombies are bad cookies called crumbies, their prey is the good cookies (which is redundant), and the sheriff is Cookie Monster. That leads to some issues, as you might guess.
Nobody bullies a bully quite like a xenomorph, because they take bullies down from the inside out and hit 'em where it really hurts- in the guts! Nelson survived many drive-by ha-ha's and attempts on his life from people trying to get revenge on him for laughing at them, so he had begun to get cocky. And when he saw that alien with the phallic head shape he just had to point and laugh, an act which would prove to be his last hurrah...
Warn people about the dangers of laughing at aliens with this Bullyburster t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's a darkly funny way to show some love for two of your favorite pop culture franchises at the same time!
The Vogue video series 73 Questions asks celebrities three more than seventy questions about "what they like, what they hate and, most importantly, what they know", all filmed in a single shot.
The series has proven to be far more insightful and fun to watch than expected, but they must have shot at least a few episodes that never made it online because they featured famous people acting all bats#%t crazy.
I imagine those cutting room floor episodes look something like Liza Koshy's parody video "73 Questions with Helga", only a bit less staged.
Have you ever done something so stupid that you didn't want anyone to know, but you had to ask for help anyway? This guy has to put up with laughter and humiliation to get his problem solved. The real punch line is that this comic was inspired by a real life story. But instead of one trusted geek, he was the target of hundreds of laughing geeks. At least he used a throwaway account for this one post. Maybe he imagined that those who laughed the hardest would one day face their own kind of embarrassing mistake. This is the latest comic from CommitStrip.
The infamous site 11foot8 monitors the underpass on Gregson Street in Durham, North Carolina (previously at Neatorama). Last weekend, another truck driver did not heed the sign warning of the 11 foot 8 inch clearance, nor the flashing lights. The railroad bridge acted like a can opener, slicing the top right off. In a lot of the crashes at this location, the driver doesn't even realize how high their truck is, but this guy ran the red light, too, so he may just be blind, or at least oblivious.
Talking Heads at the Keystone, Berkeley, CA, December 9, 1977. Photo Hugh Brown /Smithsonian Books
Listening to an album from bands like Blondie, Iggy and the Stooges or The Clash simply cannot compare to seeing them live, because these bands put on a stage show that's even more exciting than their music.
And while seeing a photograph of a band performing live still doesn't compare to the real deal you can throw on one of their records and stare at the photos and pretend you're actually there seeing them live.
Blondie at CBGB, New York City, 1976. Photo Roberta Bayley /Smithsonian Books
This is what I used to call the "living room venue" experience whenever I couldn't afford to go to a show, and before we all had smartphones in our pockets we could use to record the show this somehow lessened the heartbreak.
Iggy Pop at the Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA, July 1974. Photo James Fortune /Smithsonian Books
In December 2015, the Smithsonian Institution began an ambitious crowdsourced history of rock ’n’ roll photography, calling on music fans to contribute their amateur and pro photos, launching the web site rockandroll.si.edu as a one-stop for accepting and displaying shooters’ submissions.
The book is a pretty great cull of the best the collection had to offer, full of photos rarely or never seen by the public, chronologically arranged, and dating back to the dawn of the rock era. Some of them are real jaw-droppers, like the concert shot of Richie Valens taken hours before his death, Otis Redding drenched in sweat at the Whiskey a Go Go, Sly Stone looking like a goddamn superhero at the Aragon Ballroom in 1974.
Bill Lordan and Sly Stone at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, September 7, 1974. Photo Gary Kieth Morgan /Smithsonian Books