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All of Stan Lee's Cameos

As you know, Stan Lee passed away. To celebrate his life, let's watch this neat YouTube clip: Every Stan Lee Cameo Ever.

RIP Stan Lee 1922-2018


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Archaeologists Discover Dozens Of Cat Mummies, 100 Cat Statues In Ancient Tomb

The tomb of a 4,500-year-old cat fancier has been unearthed in Egypt. The tomb near Cairo contained dozens of mummified cats, 100 gilded wooden cat statues, and a bronze statue of the cat goddess Bastet. The tomb also held two large mummified scarabs in good condition, which is much more rare than cat mummies.  

The discoveries were made at a newly discovered tomb in Saqqara, the site of a necropolis used by the ancient city of Memphis. The tomb dates from the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom, and archaeologists have found another one nearby with its door still sealed — raising the possibility that its contents are untouched.

The Ministry of Antiquities was clear about its goals in announcing the discoveries: attracting visitors back to Egypt's heritage sites, as the country has experienced a significant drop in tourists since the 2011 mass protests that overthrew dictatorial President Hosni Mubarak.

You have to wonder about the original owner of such a tomb. Was he/she particularly devoted to cats, or just interested in art and mummification? Read more about the new discovery at NPR. There are more pictures of the artifacts at the Ministry of Antiquities-Arab Republic of Egypt Twitter feed.


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The Art of Puzzle Montage

There are jigsaw puzzles of all kinds, with a variety of subjects. But there are only so many machines that cut them into pieces. It's possible to combine two or more puzzles that are cut on the same grid to make a completely new picture that interlinks perfectly. Art professor Mel Andringa was the first to do this, and he taught the technique to Tim Klein.

...By selecting pieces from two or more compatible puzzles, I assemble a single "puzzle mashup" with surreal imagery that the publisher never imagined.

Sometimes the results are merely chuckle-making, such as my combination of King Tut's burial mask with the front of a truck, which I call "King of the Road". But my favorite montages are ones in which the whimsical is tinged with something a bit deeper, such as "The Mercy-Go-Round (Sunshine and Shadow)", in which a fairground carousel whirls riders around a church from the light to the dark and back again -- or "Surrogate", in which a strange hybrid of beer can and teddy bear opens its fuzzy arms and tells you to "consider yourself hugged".

Read more about the technique at Boing Boing, and see a gallery of Klein's work at his website.


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Tap Dancing Puppy

Roxi Santamaria's Eurasier puppy Ender does a tippy-tap dance when he's excited or happy. It's so cute she felt obligated to make a video. Then she selected the perfect soundtrack, so this is pure gold. That's a good dog. -via reddit


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What Does the Universe Sound Like?



When you hear the term "guitar-playing astrophysicist," you naturally think of Brian May of Queen. Google does, too. But there's also Matt Russo, who worked on a project to translate the data from the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system into music, called Trappist Sounds. In this Ted Talk, he explains how the fundamentals of music are in tune with the nature of the stars. And other planetary bodies. -via Laughing Squid


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Dutch Prisons are Being Converted into Hotels and Apartments Due to Lack of Prisoners

How would you like to stay for a night or two in a Dutch prison? No, not as a criminal, but as a guest. Recently, the Netherlands has been converting some of their prisons into hotels and apartments because they are struggling to fill them.

It doesn't mean that their law enforcement authorities are not doing their job effectively. It's just that their approach to resolving crime focus more on rehabilitation than incarceration.

“The Dutch have a deeply ingrained pragmatism when it comes to regulating law and order,” René van Swaaningen, a professor of criminology at Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam told The New York Times. “Prisons are very expensive. Unlike the United States, where people tend to focus on the moral arguments for imprisonment, the Netherlands is more focused on what works and what is effective.”

Read the rest over at Amusing Planet

Image: Het Arresthuis


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Sadness Circuit Found in Human Brain

Ever wonder if there was some kind of switch in your brain that would cause you to feel sad or emotional? Well, researchers think that there may be a part of your brain greatly connected to having the blues.

Scientists may have caught a glimpse of what sadness looks like in the brain.
A study of 21 people found that for most, feeling down was associated with greater communication between brain areas involved in emotion and memory, a team from the University of California, San Francisco reported Thursday in the journal Cell.
"There was one network that over and over would tell us whether they were feeling happy or sad," says Vikaas Sohal, an associate professor of psychiatry at UCSF.
With this discovery, it may be possible for scientists to better understand mood disorders and hopefully, find a more direct treatment that could ease their condition.

Read more over at NPR | The original research paper over at Cell

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Pringles Releases Limited Edition Thanksgiving Dinner Flavors

Pringles just released a special Thanksgiving Dinner package in the flavors of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

The press release states the limited Pringles are aimed at emulating traditional oven roasted turkey flavors, herb flavored stuffing, and “your grandma’s [sweet and spiced Pumpkin Pie] recipe.”

via FoodBeast

Image Credit: Kellogg Newsroom


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5 Politicians Who Got Elected Despite Being Dead

If you followed election news around the US for the past few weeks, you probably knew that Dennis Hof ran for a seat in the Nevada Assembly. You might also know Hof from his notorious legal brothels around the Reno area, including his flagship Moonlight Bunny Ranch. Or his reality TV show Cat House. Hof died on October 16, too late to be removed from the official ballot. Three weeks later, Hof won his election race. But he was not the first politician to win an election after death. Read the stories of five other dead candidates who won their elections at Mental Floss.

(Image credit: Flickr user Joseph Conrad)


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Ants in the TV



Alex Mazza hooked up with game system to a TV that hadn't been used in a couple of months. The light showed that a colony of ants had set up household inside! What to do? Advice from the reddit thread was all over the map.  Leave the TV on. Turn the TV off. Stop eating Doritos while playing video games. Make them a better nest. Get an anteater. Train them to be pixels for your entertainment. Mazza ended up taking the TV apart.



He then used a vacuum cleaner, compressed air, and Windex to clean the ants out. He hasn't said anything about whether the TV still works, so we assume it is okay.


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The Man Who Was Stuck in a Paris Airport for 18 Years



I once saw Wikipedia's list of people who lived in airports, and while there are quite a few cases listed, none match that of Mehran Karimi Nasseri. He was Iranian, but his citizenship was revoked, and the refugee papers he was issued were lost, stolen, or maybe the dog ate them. As a result, he was stuck at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he ended up living for 18 years. If that sounds familiar, you should know that one of the ways "Sir Alfred" (as Nasseri came to be known) supported himself was by writing a book that (loosely) inspired the movie The Terminal.   


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How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I

On Sunday, the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the "war to end all wars." World War I ended on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and ever since, November 11 has been commemorated as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Memorial Day, or Veteran's Day, depending on which country you live in. England has especially embraced the poppy flower as a symbol of the end of the war, due to its peculiar biology.

The common poppy, Papaver rhoeas, is an annual plant in the Papaveraceae family. It produces seeds that can remain dormant in the soil for as long as 100 years. Since the seeds need light to grow, they only germinate in disturbed soils. Trench digging, bombs, and mass cemeteries decimated Europe’s landscape during World War I, causing millions of poppies to bloom on the disrupted soil. Imagine the contrast between the horrors of war and the beauty of red poppies blanketing the European countryside.

But it took more than the sight of flowers to turn the poppy into an international symbol. Read how it happened at Smithsonian.


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London's Stretcher Railing

This fence in London looks nice, but not altogether unusual. However, it has quite a history behind it. The railings were once stretchers, used to transport the wounded during World War II.

These stretchers were originally made so that Air Raid Protection officers could carry injured people during bombing attacks in the Blitz. Over 600,000 stretchers were built from steel to enable them to be easily disinfected in highly-feared gas attacks. When the war ended there was a large surplus of stretchers and many of London's housing estates had had their original railings removed to serve the war effort. The LCC set about replacing them through clever re-use of the ARP stretchers.

The Stetcher Railing Society is dedicated to preserving London's stretcher railings. They have pictures and a handy map for finding them. -via Nag on the Lake

(Image credit: Flickr user Sarflondondunc)


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There Are Hidden Bottles of Absinthe in the Swiss Woods

The green, lush Val-De-Travers Valley in Western Switzerland features forests straight out of fairy tales. And this place of huge moss covered rock formations, and gnarled trees, is the birthplace of absinthe. In the forests bottles of spirits are hidden away in cold running brooks often featuring fountains where thirsty hikers are invited to imbibe of both the spirits, and the water.

In 1910, because of the rumors that absinthe made users hallucinate, production was banned by the Swiss government. And after the ban was finally lifted in 2005, a joint French & Swiss commission created the Absinthe Trail, a route that takes visitors past distilleries, and also to a handful of the historic hidden fountains as well.

Read more on Atlas Obscura.

Chasing the Green Fairy on the French-Swiss Absinthe Route (YouTube) via Munchies.com

Image Credit: A bottle of absinthe tucked away in the woods. NICOLAS GIGER


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The Dying Minutes of World War I

The Armistice of Compiègne went into effect on November 11, 1918 at 11AM Paris time, to end hostilities in World War I. It effectively ended the war, giving a win to the Allies without Germany having to surrender. Hurried negotiations led to the Armistice order being signed only 6 hours earlier. We mark that point on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month as the end of the Great War, 100 years ago today. But 11,000 men died on November 11th as the moments ticked down. Some died afterward, too, either by soldiers who hadn't received the news of the Armistice, from rare units that refused to quit fighting, or from wounds they received earlier.

Canadian soldier George Lawrence Price, from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, was serving with the 28th Infantry Battalion on November 11. The 26-year-old was part of a five-man patrol that was checking buildings beside the canal at Ville-sur-Haine, in Mons, for signs of the enemy.

Unfortunately, they found them – a group of German soldiers in the process of setting up machine guns on a wall overlooking the canal. There was an exchange of fire; both sides took cover and the Germans retreated.

The Canadians began to follow, but just as George stepped out onto the street he was shot in the chest by a German sniper. Dragged into a nearby house, he was treated by a local nurse, but there was little she could do.

George Price died soon after, at 10.58am… just two minutes before the armistice.

Read the stories of the last men to die in World War I at historywithatwist. -via Strange Company


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All National Parks Are Free Sunday in Honor of Veterans Day

Visit all 490 National Parks this Sunday for free in honor of Veterans Day, & the 100th year since the end of World War I.

Several U.S. National Parks have strong historical ties to the military; including the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, & the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana. And the nations oldest national park, Yellowstone, called upon the U.S. cavalry to serve as the first park rangers of the United States.

Special events this weekend include a discussion by a park ranger at the Second Bank of the U.S. on how the war affected Philadelphia, and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in Georgia and Tennessee leading a caravan tour exploring the fort's history in the war.

Image Credit: Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring. ERLINDA OLVERA/(CC BY-SA 4.0)

Read more on Atlas Obscura.

A 1918 photograph of soldiers at Camp Colt, Eisenhower’s group of tank soldiers trained on the Gettysburg battlefield. PUBLIC DOMAIN


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Before Envelopes, People Protected Messages With Letterlocking

Imagine you lived in the era between the rise of paper correspondence (13th century) and the invention of the paper envelope (16th century). If you needed to send an important letter, how would you ensure that no one else besides the intended recipient read it along the way? With a system of various folds, slits, and wax seals. MIT conservator Jana Dambrogio studies the methods she dubbed "letterlocking."

To seal a modern-day envelope (on the off chance you’re sealing an envelope at all), it takes a lick or two, at most. Not so for Mary or for Machiavelli. In those days, letters were folded in such a way that they served as their own envelope. Depending on your desired level of security, you might opt for the simple, triangular fold and tuck; if you were particularly ambitious, you might attempt the dagger-trap, a heavily booby-trapped technique disguised as another, less secure, type of lock.

While the letters could be opened, such interference would always leave behind evidence of tampering. Dambrogio teamed up with Daniel Starza Smith of King's College to form the Unlocking History research team, in which they reverse-engineer historic letters to study how the letterlocks were made and the cultural history behind those methods. Read about letterlocking at Atlas Obscura.

(Image courtesy of Unlocking History Materials Collection, U.S.A. & U.K.)


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A Punk Band of Robots



Kolja Kugler is an artist in Berlin who went from making sculptures out of scrap materials to making robots. Three of his robots make up the One Love Machine Band. There's a bass guitarist (Afreakin Bassplayer), a drummer (Rubble), and a flute player (Sir Elton Junk), all with personality. -via Laughing Squid


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Pizza Delivery Man Asked to Scream as Special Request - Does Not Disappoint

Before you start this video turn your volume down.

I hope this man got a good tip for his performance.

via Lydi Laundry.


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Giant Spiders Made of Light

As part of this year's Amsterdam Light Festival (previously on Neatorama), French artist collective Groupe LAPS created a light illusion of a giant spider on a bridge.

The giant spider is actually made from 80 individual spiders, and light effects give the illusion that the spiders are crawling over each other.

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Every Item 99 Cents and Up Or Less

Technically, anything you can buy in any store in the world fits that description, right?

Spotted by u/shroderrr


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Why You Should Be More Scared of Netflix

Streaming has become the trend nowadays and Netflix takes a big chunk out of that market. Not only does it give you the best blockbusters on-demand, but it even creates its own content that would suit a variety of tastes and preferences in the market. And it only costs less than $20 a month!

But there's something that we need to worry about when it comes to this entertainment giant ...

Todd Van Luling wrote this intriguing article over at HuffPo Life:

Just because individual users don’t share so-called fake news or problematic content on Netflix as they do on other platforms, that doesn’t mean Netflix isn’t offering what can also be considered “fake news” and problematic content.
Look at the myriad documentaries and docuseries Netflix adds every month, many of which make dubious claims that wouldn’t withstand scrutiny from a fact-checker. (Often, Netflix will deem new documentaries and docuseries as Originals even if it didn’t have a major role in their creation, essentially putting its stamp of approval and ownership on these dubious pieces of journalism.)
Last year, The Ringer examined the various conspiracy documentaries Netflix and its competitors hosted, including multiple films that argued 9/11 was an inside job by the U.S. government. (Netflix has since removed the most troubling examples.) Earlier this year, Slate had a follow-up that examined the less overtly insidious conspiracies Netflix has peddled, such as those involving aliens and the pyramids or powerful cults that rule the world. Many of these documentaries can still be found on the service.

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Near Miss of the Day

Can’t turn away for a second. from r/funny

Redditor 431MM posted what looks to be security camera footage of his family. One parent supervising two young children is difficult, as disaster always seems to be just around the corner. What do you think will happen when Mom takes her eyes off one child for just a moment? Not what you expect. -via reddit


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Foldable Phones are Coming

People love tablets, because they have bigger screens than phones, and they are more portable than desktop computers. But you still can't put a tablet in your pocket ...or can you? Samsung has unveiled a foldable phone called the Infinity Flex Display, which should be available some time in 2019.

Samsung is actually using two separate displays to create its foldable phone — one on the inside, and a smaller display on the outside — unlike Royole’s FlexPai, which uses a single folding display on the outside of the device. Samsung’s internal display is 7.3 inches with a 1536 x 2152 resolution (4.2:3). It folds in half to reveal a second display on the front of the device. This second “cover display,” as Samsung calls it, functions as a 4.58-inch phone interface with a resolution of 840 x 1960 (21:9). It’s also flanked by much larger bezels at the top and bottom compared to the internal display. Although it looks very stocky, Samsung says the device hiding inside the disguise is actually “stunning.”

Samsung is not the only company working on foldable screens. From the looks of it, you might want to invest in some large pockets, but since smartphones have been growing bigger for years, young people have developed the habit of always carrying a phone in their hands already. And to stress that everything old is new again, I've had a foldable phone for about 15 years now. Back in the day, we called them flip phones. Read more about the new foldable phones at the Verge.


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Tightrope Walking the Twin Towers

The Twin Towers in New York City. sadly, had a short life (1971-2001) and catastrophic end, but only three years into their existence something remarkable happened at their summit 1,350 feet above the ground; a 25-year old Frenchman named Philippe Petit walked a tightrope between them, not once, not twice, but eight times, all within the span of an hour.

Without a safety net and aided only by a 20 foot-long balancing pole, Petit not only walked across the 130 foot span, he often stopped and bowed to the onlookers below, even going so far as to sit down and then actually lie down on the cable.

Needless to say, thousands of petrified onlookers, including pedestrians, motorists, early morning office workers and frustrated police, watched helplessly as Petit defied what seemed certain death. When police finally convinced him to abandon the effort, he was, much to practically everyone's amazement, found to be sane and proud of his accomplishment.

Read the story of Philippe Petit's amazing feat and what happened afterwards here.

(Photo: Jean-Louis Blondeau)


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Stephen King's "The Shining" Takes Inspiration from This Eerie 100-Year-Old Hotel

The Shining is probably one of the scariest horror films in history but its origins actually take inspiration from the 105-year-old Stanley Hotel in Colorado. The author, Stephen King and his wife, apparently stayed there for a night to see whether it was truly haunted.

According to the staff, the Kings arrived a day before the hotel was set to close for winter, and that night, they were its only guests. King wandered the maze-like hallways, drank at the bar and stayed in room 217 (Kubrick changed the room number to 237 for the film).
Now, 37 years after the publishing of that book, the Stanley fully embraces its "Shining" reputation.
The 160 guest rooms come equipped with an uncut version of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 big-screen adaptation of "The Shining" on continuous loop on channel 42.

Read the rest of the article by Darian Lusk over at CBS News

Photo: Miguel Vieira from Walnut Creek, CA, USA - Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Uploaded by xnatedawgx, CC BY 2.0/Wikipedia

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How Do You Take a Sonogram on a Swimming Whale Shark?

Answer: with a jetpack, of course!

Little is known about the reproductive health of whale sharks, said Dr. Simon Pierce of the Marine Megafauna Foundation, "Whale shark breeding is a mystery. Only one pregnant shark has been physically examined so far, back in 1995 in Taiwan."

So when divers spotted a huge female whale shark in the waters north of Galapagos, a team of researchers hurried on over there to see if they could take an ultrasound image of its organs.

But how do you perform an ultrasound scan underwater?

The team conducted scans using a 17 kg ultrasound system in a waterproofed case. Whale sharks have tough protective skin, more than 20 cm thick on some individuals, so the 30 cm penetration of the ultrasound waves proved a challenge – not to mention the difficulty of carefully checking the whole belly area of a gigantic shark while it is swimming. Dr Matsumoto had to use a propellor system mounted on his air-tank to keep up with the sharks.
“We use some interesting technology anyway, but working with the Okinawa team was something else”, commented Dr Pierce. “I felt cool by association. We saw dive groups a couple of times at the site, and I can only imagine what they thought – why is that guy diving with a briefcase? And a jetpack?”

Read the rest over at Marine Megafauna Foundation

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This Scene from Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke was Drawn by Hand and Took Almost Two Years to Finish

Fans of Japanese anime classic Princess Mononoke would recognize the scene at the beginning of the movie, where a monster called Tatarigami appeared.

The animation is remarkably fluid - so much so that most people would assume it's CG (or computer generated). But @hitasuraeiga explained:

“The leading scene in Princess Mononoke where Tatarigami appears isn’t CG; it’s drawn by hand. The part where the snakes move sluggishly was so difficult that–even though the scene is only a couple of minutes long–it took one year and seven months to finish! It apparently took a total of 5,300 drawings. One of the artists explained, ‘It gradually got so confusing to draw that it ended up bogging us down.'”

via SoraNews24


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Granpa Takes Pokemon Go to the Next Level with His Homemade Rig that Holds 11 Phones

You might consider yourself an expert Pokemon Go player, but you're nothing compared to Chen San-yuan.

Chen, a 70-year-old grandfather from Taiwan, became famous when people began noticing him around town with a special rig on his bicycle that let him play Pokemon Go with multiple phones.

Now, a new photo has emerged showing Chen with 11 phones attached to a body rig, instead of a bicycle. He even carries a portable charging station in a small bag so he won't run out of juice while chasing rare Pokemons!

via Motherboard and The Verge

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Eric Chien Wins 2018 World Championships of Magic with This Mind-Blowing "Ribbon" Magic Trick

But how ?!

Watch how young magician Eric Chien performs his magic trick "Ribbon," which won him the 2018 World Championships of Magic, as organized by FISM or the International Federation of Magic Societies.

via Twisted Sifter


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