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Raising the Bar: 9 Even More Elaborate Proposals

The modern custom of the elaborate public surprise proposal gives us lots of smiles and a few vicarious tears of happiness, even if we wouldn’t want such publicity for ourselves. We’ve posted several lists of them in the past. It’s just lovely to know people in love will go to so much trouble to express [...]

Hanksy’s Young Puns 2: Now With More Pun

Hanksy is a rising street artist that is very popular with us here at Neatorama. I think it has to do with his very splendid visual puns. Well guess what? Hanksy is going to be in a street art event and has a new gallery show! Both are in NYC. In an email from Krause Gallery, [...]

Garden Gate Made with Garden Tools

David, a gardener in Missoula, Montana, wanted to make his garden a bit more inviting. So he replaced the solid wood gate with one made with old gardening tools. It matches a trellis that he built with old rakes and hoes. Link -via Recylart

12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn’t wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood. Here are 12 states that could have been. 1. Franklin Wikimedia Commons After the Revolutionary War, it became common for states to gift their westernmost lands to the newly-founded (but broke) American government to repackage and sell [...]

15 Suspicious Packages That Were Definitely Not Explosives

Getty Images Reports of suspicious packages are common across the United States. Police take all reports seriously — as they should — and they look into every unmanned briefcase or wayward box. More often than not, abandoned gym bags just wind up being lost gym bags. Here are 15 fairly recent suspicious package reports from alert [...]

Custom Made Beer Growlers For The Microbrew Elite

These amazing ceramic growlers are made by Montana based company Carlburg Pottery, and they’re sure to appeal to beer lovers worldwide. Each growler is a one-of-a-kind custom ceramic creation, so you’ll never get caught with the same growler as someone else when you arrive at your local brewery. And when you’re done getting your drink on you [...]

Why Should You Get On the Internet?

(YouTube link) This seems like a pretty low-key promotion for students, until you realize it was produced 17 years ago! From the YouTube page: This Public Service Announcement (PSA) was produced in 1995 by the 5th grade students at Ray Bjork school in Helena Montana. The production equipment was made available by the Myrna Loy Center. Cindy [...]

Remembering Reebok’s “Dan and Dave” Campaign 20 Years Later

Getty Images Twenty years ago, Reebok introduced us to “Dan and Dave.” Once American sports fans moved beyond their game of word association — “Who?” — the two men involved became part of one of the most memorable marketing campaigns in history despite a letdown of Olympic proportions. In 1992, Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson were given such [...]

31 Bizarre Foreign Titles for American Movies

Film is perhaps America’s greatest cultural export. That said, not every American film title translates well into other languages. To bridge the gap, foreign marketers take some very intriguing creative liberties. Many of the best mangled film titles come from China, where they are downright magical at jazzing up boring old English titles. 1. Pretty Woman [...]

Four Years Before Women Had the Right to Vote, Jeannette Rankin Was Elected to Congress

In 1916, four years before the Constitution recognized her right to vote, Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress. While women had not achieved suffrage across the U.S. yet, there were no laws barring them from holding office in the Capitol. So Rankin, with her belief that “men and women are like right and left hands; it [...]