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Why Do We Say "The Butler Did It"?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The all-too-common phrase “the butler did it” is commonly attributed to Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958). Mary was a very popular writer who authored over 50 books, many of which became best-sellers. Known as “the American Agatha Christie,” Mary [...]

The First Annual Cat Video Film Festival

The first ever Cat Video Festival was held Thursday in Minneapolis. A good time was had by all. From thousands of submissions, the festival selected the 76 best cat videos, and Buzzfeed has them all for those who could not attend. Most have been posted here at Neatorama over the years, but you might want [...]

10 Great Artists’ Famous Calling Cards

Artists, filmakers, and authors often get into the habit of leaving a “calling card” -some quirky element that they’ve grown fond of- in many of their works. If you learn which ones are which, and you’ll be able to identify their works even when their name is not attached. Or you might just enjoy being [...]

11 Game Show Hosts and Their Musical Aspirations

After legendary game show host Richard Dawson passed away last week, Gawker dug up a single Dawson released in 1967. Titled “Apples and Oranges,” the song was actually the B-side to another single called “His Children’s Parade.” Though dual careers as a game show host and singer/songwriter may seem a bit odd, it’s actually more [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The East

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1) Syracuse Syracuse’s colors were originally pink and blue, but the class of 1890 changed it to orange. A member of that class explained the switch at his 50th reunion in 1940: “What kind of ‘whoopee’ can be made with [...]

A Celebration of Elephants

Every September 22nd, we celebrate Elephant Appreciation Day! To show our appreciation, here’s a look at some of the amazing things elephants do. 1. Play Soccer and Darts (Image credit: Reuters/Sukree Sukplang) An annual festival in Surin Province, Thailand celebrates elephants and all that they do. Highlights of the event include a soccer match, battles recreations, and an [...]

Ten Year Old Bonds With Elephants

Winston in southern Oregon is where many tourists stop on their journeys north and south along Interstate 5; it’s where Wildlife Safari is. Recently the park acquired some help in the form of Wylie Malek, an autistic young boy people are calling a “natural elephant man.” It seems he’s bonded with the gentle giants, and [...]

Winston Churchill Motivational Posters

The Art of Manliness blog has an excellent post turning the wits of Winston Churchill into stylish motivational posters. I’d like to see Brett and Kate McKay of AoM Blog turn these favorite Churchill quotes of mine into a poster: Bessie Braddock: Sir, you are drunk. Churchill: And you, madam, are ugly. But in the morning, I [...]

Pigeon vs ISP

carrier pigeon painting by Christina Lovering Who’s faster at transferring data: a carrier pigeon or an internet service provider in South Africa? In an experiment arranged by a frustrated IT company, an 11-month-old carrier pigeon named Winston delivered data 25 percent faster than South Africa’s leading internet service provider, named Telkom. Winston, with a data card strapped to [...]