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17 Cats That Just Can’t Deal With This Week

You may think the life of a cat is easy, but you’d be dead wrong.

Though they’re much cuter about it, these cats still feel the harrowing reality of the return from a long weekend just as much as any human. Some take out their frustration on a roll of paper towels and some prefer to hide in a brick wall’s crevice.

Let these cats take you to the end of the workday. If they can do it, so can you.

Top 10 GIFs of the Week

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Arr! The Complete Guide to Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day

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In honor of the scurviest day of the year — Talk Like a Pirate Day — we’ve spiked the Watercooler with grog. Just kidding, but we do have the complete guide to celebrating that will shiver yer timbers.

This year marks the spot of the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day, according to the official website.

“What once was a goofy idea celebrated by a handful of friends has turned into an international phenomenon that shows no sign of letting up,” the site writes.

To celebrate, we’ve gathered 10 swashbucklingly fun ways to celebrate like a true pirate. We’re not only showing you how to talk like a pirate — by the end of this guide, you’ll also look and act the part. Whether it’s updating your profile picture, emailing co-workers or DIY tattoos, this guide is the treasure chest you were looking for.

Special thanks to Captain Annie Colbert of the U.S.S. Watercooler for assisting with this post.

1. Talk the Pirate Talk

Obviously, Talk Like a Pirate Day is all about the lingo, mateys. The website gives a good rundown of pirate terms, from the basics to advanced — there are even pickup lines.

Here are a few terms to know:

  • Ahoy!: “Hello!”

  • Avast! : A sense of surprise — stop what you’re doing and give it attention. “Wow!” or “Check it out!”

  • Arrr!: Never argh, which is a sound of disgruntlement. There are a few things which translate as “arr,” such as “yes,” or “I agree.” It can also be used as a term of contentment, or recognizing another pirate’s cleverness.

  • Lad/Lass: A younger boy or girl.

  • Matey: A companion or friend.

  • Savvy: A sense of understanding. “Once ye read ’tis guide, ye’ll be scurvy pirate savvy.

  • Smartly: Do something quickly. “Instagram me treasure smartly — and put a toaster filter, me matey!

  • Speaking of smartly, if you don’t have time to brush up on your pirate jargon, Post Like a Pirate will do it for you. It will even tweet your translations straight to Twittarrr.

    2. Look the Pirate Part

    Sad because your company won’t allow you to wear a three-cornered hat and eye patch to work? Don’t be! That’s what Photoshop is for. And if you’re going to talk like a pirate, you should look like one too.

    We’ve included a few pirate pieces to jazz up your avatar or profile picture. Add a hook, a sword, a hat or go all out.

    Be sure to share your creation with us by using the hashtag #MashMateys on Twitter, Instagram or Google+.

    3. Update Your Facebook

    The most hardcore of pirates are probably already using this feature, but you can change your language on Facebook to pirate. Go to your general settings and select “English (Pirate)” to join in on the fun.

    Bonus points for anyone who updates their cover photo too.

    4. Email Your Coworkers

    Now that you have the pirate lingo down — or have at least made good use of the translator — it’s time to let your colleagues know that you’re serious.

    Pirates have to yell over choppy waters, sails blowing in the wind and other rowdy pirates on the deck. You can’t yell in an email, but you can take advantage of the caps lock key.

    5. Pillage Your Office Kitchen for Snacks

    By now, you’ve surely worked up an appetite.

    Go ahead and raid the office kitchen for nourishment. Or just take a quick GIF break.

    6. Pirate Art

    Want to impress your pirate friends without using the lingo? Add some ascii art at the end of an email where your signature would normally be.

    Images courtesy of ASCII Art and Chris

    7. Pirate Tattoos

    No need to spend money and hours fighting back tears at the tattoo parlor — you can make them all yourselves!

    Jon Barnes shows you tips and techniques for drawing your own tattoos, using markers and imagination.

    8. Parrots

    Pirates considered parrots to be souvenirs of the sea. They were exotic, brightly colored and could be trained to speak.

    It’s less common for most of us to have a spare parrot lying around. Unless you already have one as a pet, consider improvising, like these guys.

    Images courtesy of Reddit, c9silver, Sharpwriter, oniaberry

    9. Pirate Grog

    Every pirate should celebrate the end of the day with a bottle of rum — but, we’re not really pirates, so let’s drink responsibly.

    Pirates actually drank grog, which was a special concoction of alcoholic brews. It was like a weak beer with rum in it. To improve the taste, modern versions of the drink are often made with hot water, and sometimes lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar.

    If you’d rather not try grog, there are tons of other great beverage recipes — both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Cheers, mateys!

    10. Playlist

    Finally, every pirate needs a source of entertainment while spending hours on the sea.

    Plug in your headphones, and enjoy Mashable’s sea-worthy picks for Talk Like a Pirate Day.

    Image courtesy of Nick Humphries

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/19/talk-like-a-pirate-day-guide/

19 Brain-Popping Costume Ideas Involving Balloons

Don’t be fooled by the astronomically high prices of Halloween costumes — there is a better way.

Armed with only a package of balloons, a balloon pump and a little (OK, a lot) of patience, you’ll have all you need to make a one-of-a-kind costume.

For a costume that will truly pop your pals’ brains, take in a little inspiration from these buoyant costume creations.

Mashable Weekend Recap: 60 Stories You Might Have Missed

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You might think mid-summer is kind of quiet here at Mashable HQ, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This weekend was rip-roaring, rollicking and all those other “R” words — full of news, views, ballyhoo and woo woo, and we gathered all of it together right here, just for you.

So start your week right, check out all of our posts we did over the weekend here on the Weekend Recap, and then go out there and make it your best week yet.

Editor’s Picks

Sneak Peek: iPad 7? Features Unicorn Horns, Levitation [SUNDAY COMICS]

Advertisers Need to Pay Attention to Connected TV [INFOGRAPHIC]

Next iPhone Will Debut in Fall, Japanese Blog Reports [VIDEO]

Richard Branson Announces Satellite-Carrying ‘LauncherOne’

Top 10 Pinterest Pins This Week

6 Apps You Don’t Want To Miss

Top 10 Tech This Week [PICS]

News & Opinion

Nokia Knocks Lumia 900 Price Down to $50

How to Watch ‘Breaking Bad’ Premiere Live Online

770,000 Users Demand YouTube-to-MP3 Conversion

Top 6 Comments on Mashable This Week

Watch the Soyuz Lift Off for the International Space Station [VIDEO]

Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day: Man Proposes To Anchor Girlfriend On-Air [VIDEO]

HTC Working on ‘Unique’ New Tablet [REPORT]

NASA Releases Awesome Images of Massive Solar Flare Heading Toward Earth [VIDEO]

Mysterious Photos of a Super Slim Playstation 3 Leaked [VIDEO]

The Real iPod: Elon Musk’s Wild Idea for a ‘Jetson Tunnel’ from SF to LA

Non-Profits to Reap $10 Million From Facebook Settlement [REPORT]

RIM Loses $147,200,000 in Patent Verdict

LEGO Version of ‘Portal’ May Be Coming to a Store Near You

Solar Flare Heading Toward Earth, Could Result in Beautiful Sky Show [VIDEO]

The Chosen One: Meet the Man Who Sparked the Reddit Mystery [VIDEO]

Golden Google Doodle Honors Austrian Painter Gustav Klimt

Fast Food Loves Facebook: Restaurant Chains on Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Amazon Game Network Launch Hints at Kindle Smartphone

Woman Goes to Extremes to Sell $35 Million Mansion

Are FBI’s Android Data-Sharing Apps Hacker-Proof?

Mobile Users Are Checking In as They Check Out of Town [INFOGRAPHIC]

Amy Poehler Gives Fantastic Makeup Advice [VIDEO]

Windows 8 Gets Unboxed

Bieber Hits 25 Million Followers, Twitter Employees Dance [VIDEO]

Are You Afraid of Mobile Phone Separation? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Weekend Leisure

How to Watch ‘Breaking Bad’ Premiere Live Online

Watch the Gruesome Trailer for The Walking Dead’s New Season

5 Fascinating Things We Learned From Reddit This Week

Kickstarter Project: Bring Ancient Artillery into Your Office [VIDEO]

The 10 Most Awesome Breaking Bad Finds on Pinterest

Watch London Cops Pull the Plug on Springsteen and McCartney [VIDEO]

‘Call Me Maybe’ Meets Star Wars: Forced Parody? [VIDEO]

Pack The Perfect Pinterest Picnic

Workout Gadgets Will Soon Be Battery-Free and Powered by You

Top 10 GIFs of the Week

Screen Time: How Much is Too Much for Your Kids?

10 Epic Trick Shot Stunts on YouTube

Who is the Superhero of the Social Web? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Half-Time at Comic-Con: Thursday and Friday’s Featured Films

7 Cosplayers to Follow on Social Media

7 Classic Harrison Ford Movie Quotes as Memes

Who Should Replace Departing ‘American Idol’ Judges?

This Robot Can Express Frighteningly Human Emotions [VIDEO]

Modern Day Heat Wave Problems [COMIC]

Helpful Resources

Reserve These 5 Web Properties for Your Kids Now

Why Analytics Matter to Small Businesses

3 Online Tools for Finding the Perfect Job Candidate

50 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed

Can We Stop Bullying in the Gaming Community?

This Website Uses Social Media to Find Your Dream Job

A Flash Sales Site for Modest Fashion

How to Tell if Your Ad Is Terrible

12 Jaw-Dropping Booths From Comic-Con

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/16/weekend-recap-62/

Historic Mars Discovery: 14 Things It Could Totally Be

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The Curiosity rover has reportedly made a groundbreaking discovery on Mars. The problem is that we will have to wait a few weeks to find out what it is.

Curiosity made the finding onboard its mobile chemistry lab, Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument (SAM for short). While NASA has so far been mum on the discovery, Curiosity Chief Scientist John Grotzinger told NPR that it will be “one for the history books.” In fact, the data is so revolutionary that the team has to double-check to make sure that it is actually correct.

Based on Curiosity’s detailed reports, we do know what the rover has been up to since her August landing. Besides snapping selfies and checking into Foursquare, Curiosity has also found an ancient streambed where water once flowed, zapped a Martian rock with a laser and began an especially long dirt-digging mission in the Gale Crater.

Oh, the mystery! If you can’t wait for the official NASA report, we have some highly scientific, plausible predictions of what the discovery could be. And of course, space nerds, we want to know what you think it is — it’s your moment to shine. So let your weird out in the comments below.

A Living Microbe

Bacteria? It could be a great thing on Mars!

Lewis Lab at Northeastern University. Created by Anthony D’Onofrio, William H. Fowle, Eric J. Stewart and Kim Lewis

Another Part From Clumsy Curiosity

Remember when she found something shiny in the dirt? That ended up just being one of her parts.

Water

It’s not boring when you put a weird guy in it.

Rubén Chase

Underground Tunnels

We can also assume that these will lead to mole people.

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A Reliable 6G Network

The U.S. has finally figured out a way to monetize Mars.

Ancient Text of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Curiosity, don’t panic.

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Crop Circle-Making Machine

That would explain everything.

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Inverted Pyramids

Earth’s pyramids are just a sad alien’s re-creation of the real thing.

Aliens That Wear Tin Foil Hats

They need to protect their brains from humans, after all.

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The Source of Martian Methane

NASA is currently translating the sign into English.

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The Guy Who Invented the Sloppy Swish

Oh, so that’s the really strange guy who invented that really weird dance.

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A Conceited Walrus

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Alien That Has Human Hands at First Glance, But Then on Second Look, They Aren’t Human at All

AHHH!!!!

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Misunderstood Crab Mutant

He looks really mean, but he’s actually very hospitable.

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Featured image courtesy of Flickr, x-ray delta one

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/20/mars-discovery-predictions/

10 Completely Useless Websites We Found in 2012

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Take 100 NASA Photos, Stir, Make Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

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We’ve seen Van Gogh’s iconic “Starry Night” painting as both an iPad app and a domino run, but now an astronomy major has recreated it in perhaps the most apt way: with NASA photos of the cosmos.

Alex Parker, a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, made the mosaic-style image out of publicly available downloads of NASA’s top 100 images from the Hubble Space Telescope. Cloudy weather prevented him from working on a recent night at the observatory, so he came up with the idea of creating the image for Hubble’s 22nd birthday.

If you want to check out the image at full resolution, it’s here. A close-up of the top right section is below.

[via The Daily Mail]

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/09/28/starry-night-mosaic/

Let Nickelback Share Photos Online For You

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“Look at this photograph.” It’s a very simple command, one used commonly in the age of online sharing. Yet, most of us can’t help but hear Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger’s throaty ballad in the back of our minds.

A hilarious website wants to help make the first line of Nickelback’s “Photograph” even more apparent than it already is. Look at This Photograph takes any photo on the web, and places it into the beginning of the Canadian band’s music video.

Users simply copy and paste the image URL into the website, then click “done” and let Kroeger do the work for you. For example, I chose a cat picture found on Reddit to use for the video above.

The website, created by Brazilian advertisers Murilo Zeneddine and Renato Michalischen, began as a lunchtime joke between friends.

Since it launched on October 24, the site has had 315,000 unique visitors and nearly one million pageviews, Michalischen told Mashable.

“We didn’t think that it could take over the world like this,” says Michalischen.

You can share the final image on Twitter or Facebook, or copy and paste the link at the top to share anywhere else. Check it out and prepare to blow minds with this prank.

BONUS: 8 Easy PC Pranks to Trick Your Friends

The 12 Most Popular Pets on the Web

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Earlier this year, Facebook reported that 83 million accounts on its massive social site are fake. And 23 million of those accounts are non-human entities, such as animals.

While one out of 10 pets has a social media profile, there are a couple of pets that have claimed worldwide fame. The most famous cat on Twitter, @sockington, has more than 1.4 million followers. And you can’t put together a list of famous social pets without mentioning Facebook’s beloved Boo, who has more than 5 million Likes and counting.

But these animals’ fame isn’t limited to the interwebs. YouTube’s favorite boxed cat Maru used his viral fame to land a starring role in a Uniqlo ad campaign.

Animal rescue charity SPANA rounded up the top social petworking stars in this meowsome infographic. Did they miss any of your favorite web pets? Tell us in the comments.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/11/07/most-popular-pets/