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Watch These Cuties Grow Up

Neatorama readers The Campanelli Family started taking pictures of their puppies in front of the fireplace in 2006. When the twins were born in 2008, they were added right into the mix and the resulting yearly costumed pictures are utterly adorable. Every year,the kids and dogs are kept in the same order, from left to [...]

After the Resignation of the Police Chief, A Dog Is the Only Officer Left on the Force

Ben at Ace of Spades HQ writes, “This has the perfect sitcom plot written all over it.” He’s right. Vaughn, New Mexico is a little town of about 450 people. The Chief of Police had to resign after facing felony charges. That leaves Nikka the dog alone to protect the people of Vaughn against the [...]

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Ben Folds!

Today Ben Folds celebrates his 46th birthday, and we rock along with him. I’ve always liked Ben — his mix of emotional and geeky songs appeals to me, as do his guts in naming his three-piece band “Ben Folds Five.” Let’s check a few classic performances by the man and (at times) his [...]

The “City of London” Lives Inside a Larger City Named London

As an American, my knowledge of London is pretty limited — you know, big city, Big Ben, big Olympics, yeah, I get it. But it came as quite a surprise to learn that there is another London inside of London. In this video, serial mindblower C.G.P. Grey explains how the City of London is a [...]

Does Wedding Rice Really Make Birds Explode?

Getty Images Throwing rice at a newly married couple has been a tradition for thousands of years, possibly going back as far as the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians. The idea is to give the newlyweds good luck, fertility, and abundance using this symbol of a good crop. More recently, wedding meddlers have cautioned against throwing rice [...]

The Time Benjamin Franklin Tried (And Failed) to Electrocute a Turkey

Image credit: Comstock Benjamin Franklin loved electricity. He also loved the turkey. One day, he put the two together. It all started as a party trick. Franklin had been dabbling with electricity for years, and he wanted to show off his newest electrical toys. On April 29, 1749, Franklin told scientist Peter Collinson about his dream to [...]

Cow Dance

(YouTube link) The street dance troupe Boadicea will be performing at the Olympic Opening Ceremonies in London later this month. Here they are cows, dancing for Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, in support of the Supporting Better Dairy campaign. Link  -Thanks, Jon!

The Late Movies: Fireworks Around the World

The celebrate Independence Day in the US, I’ve collected fireworks displays from around the world. Can’t find a good fireworks show in your neighborhood? Just make these fullscreen and crank up the speakers. New Year’s Day 2012 – London BBC One’s coverage of the fireworks display in London for New Year’s 2012, complete with an [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in July

Let’s hear it for the old red, white, and blue! In addition to another solid year of independence, July offers a bounty of unusual reasons to celebrate. July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day In 1984, Ronald Reagan deemed July “National Ice Cream Month,” and the third Sunday of this month “National Ice Cream Day.” As [...]

Who Stole Jaws?

The iconic image we associate with the movie Jaws was painted by Roger Kastel. who has a few other blockbusters movie poster credits. Kastel was assigned the job of making the shark on the novel’s cover more realistic for the paperback version. To research his new assignment, Kastel went to the Museum of Natural History, whose [...]