If you think being a parent to a human child is hard imagine raising a litter of hyperactive puppies who don't ever seem to want to cooperate, let alone give their poor doggy parent time to relax.
This is probably one of the reasons why so many animal parents stop caring for their kids as soon as they can take care of themselves, but dogs typically take care of their pups for at least the first two to three months of their lives.
So what is a German Shepherd mommy to do when her little ones seem to have an unlimited supply of puppy energy? She has to come up with a creative way to tire them out, preferably one which involves the shepherd half of her DNA.
Pumpkin is an iconic American food, as much as turkey, corn, and cranberries. Since the early European settlers first saw the squash, we've been trying to grow larger and larger pumpkins. The first world record pumpkin weighed 400 pounds in 1900. In recent years, they've surpassed a ton. But the current world record pumpkin was grown in Brussels, Belgium, last year. It weighed 2,624.6 pounds! How did Americans lose the title?
Yet for two out of the last three years, the world’s largest pumpkins have sprung up in Europe. “They’re doing very well, and I tip my hat to them,” says Ron Wallace, a country club manager in Greene, Rhode Island, who was paraded on the shoulders of jubilant pumpkin growers one glorious day in 2006 after his squash became the world’s first to break 1,500 pounds. Today, pumpkin growers are gaining on 3,000 pounds, but the Belgians, Swiss and British are in the lead.
We love libraries! Borrowing a book is one of life's great pleasures, and a great way to get kids to develop a love for reading. John Green writes books, and he once worked for a library association. So who better to bring us a lot of trivia and stories about libraries? That's what you'll get in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.
Once you've made it through high school and gotten yourself accepted to the college of your choice, maybe even with financial aid, then what? You've received plenty of advice about getting to that point, but there are several years to go as a student. One of the main pieces of advice I gave my kids about college is to make sure the professor knows you, and knows that you're interested in their subject and really want to learn it. They will help you, remember you, and rejoice in your success. College professors are happy to tell you what your high school guidance counselor did not about actually attending (and passing) college courses. Here's a sample:
13. They only remember the names of the good students and the bad students. Everyone in between is a blur.
I know the names of two kinds of students: those who are doing very badly in my class, and those who are interested, engaged, and making an effort to do well. Please don't sit there for 16 weeks, with your hand down and mouth closed, and expect me to know who you are on the last day of class.—Rebecca Gibson, Facebook
22. A 13-year-old could be grading the paper you pulled an all-nighter to complete.
My mom's a professor and the one thing her students NEVER know is that I've graded parts of their exams. It's been a tradition in our family to help grade exams and finals since we were around the age of 13, and none of her students know.—bonniereinsch
My father taught geology, and started me grading papers at a much younger age, at least for the multiple choice quizzes. Read more advice in the list 23 Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You (except they obviously will tell you) at Buzzfeed.
How long has it been since you've been impressed by someone playing the spoons? This is Abby the Spoon Lady, accompanying Chris Rodrigues on the song "Angels in Heaven." They recorded this on Play Music on Your Porch Day in August, which sounds like a lovely thing to celebrate.
Anyone can play spoons, but it takes a lot of practice and dedication to play them this well. But Abby the Spoon Lady is more than just a spoon player. According to Wikipedia,
Abby first started street performing and busking as a means to make money traveling across the United States, primarily hopping freight trains. She taught herself to play the spoons and traveled all over the United States by hitchhiking and railroad. She states that landing in Asheville, North Carolina, was completely an accident and that she took the wrong train. Today she hosts storytelling events where she discusses the lifestyle of the American hobo. She spent a good amount of her time traveling recording the stories, interviews and songs of other American travelers.
She is also a free speech advocate and has a radio show at WSFM-LP in Asheville. -via reddit
Most people are either early birds or night owls, but what about those of us who stay up too late to be up at 6 a.m. yet don't sleep all day? Well, according to this adorable t-shirt by WinterWolfMedia I'm A Mid Afternoon Narwhal, which totally explains it all. Afternoon Narwhals live life in the perfectly warm waters in-between morning and night, and we walk to the beat of our own drum way more than any early bird ever could so the Narwhal seems fitting. And while we don't gain very many members in our swim group we don't lose any, because mid-afternooning just makes you feel good!
Tracing languages back to their roots can be an interesting way to see how the world's languages have developed and evolved over time, but the tracing of language lineage does not make for an exciting read.
The 1987 movie Over the Top had Sylvester Stallone playing the sports underdog, as he did in Rocky, but this time the sport was arm wrestling. The movie was nominated for three Razzies and won two. Thirty years later, you might find that the things going on behind the scenes are more interesting than what made it onto the screen.
9. The movie had its own toy line.
For a brief period of time a line of Over the Top products were available in the toy aisles of many stores. They didn’t last all that long though, just like the movie.
8. Stallone literally pinned critic Roger Ebert against a slot machine to talk to him.
Anyone that remembers Siskel and Ebert recalls that these guys were brutal when it came to criticizing movies. They also weren’t that nice when it came to describing the actors either. So Stallone actually confronted Ebert and told him it was okay to criticize the movie, but not him.
Rick and Morty is at once brilliant and moronic, totally brand new yet somehow really familiar, and even though the show has moved far away from creator Justin Roiland's original concept that has proven to be a good thing. So what, you may ask, was Justin's original concept?
The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, which was meant to troll Universal Pictures and "poke fun at the idea of getting cease and desist letters", original title Back to the Future: The New Official Universal Studios Cartoon Featuring the New Doc Brown and Marty McFly. (NSFW)
As you'd imagine the short is raunchy and very NSFW, but it also serves as a great example of how a concept, however crude, can become something great if you selectively breed that concept into a champion.
Even the most innocuous internet communities can get pretty dramatic. Sure, there are arguments, but every once in a while, an intriguing story just pops up where you least expect it. The New York Times posted Katharine Hepburn's brownie recipe, and in the comment section, Sydne Newberry typed this:
“This has been my go-to brownie recipe for 30 years. In the ’80s, an acquaintance in Germany to whom I brought some of the brownies, and who considered herself a great cook, asked for the recipe but was never able to get it to work. She kept asking me what she was doing wrong and I was never able to solve her problem. Eventually, she moved to the U.S. and stole my husband!”
Shredding stuff and watching stuff get shredded can be very satisfying in many ways, and if I owned an industrial shredder I'd be way too tempted to throw my stuff in there just to watch it all get ground to bits.
So it's a good thing the PressTube channel exists to satisfy our shredding needs, plus they often shred materials we never would have thought of and strange stuff we don't have lying around our homes- like gold slime!
Ah, there's nothing like a step outside in the fresh air and sunshine to improve one's attitude. Too bad this scenario is more likely to take place after dark. This is the latest from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
There are some movie props you will never forget. In fact, some of them are the cornerstone of the film they appeared in -like Wilson from Survivor, Rosebud from Citizen Kane or the Maltese falcon from, you know, The Maltese Falcon. Thrillist recently ranked the 100 best movie props of all time and rather than just write them all down, they also included the stories behind each of the props. It's a fascinating article though you probably won't want to read every single story behind all 100 props unless you have a whole lot of time.
Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from history buff and Neatoramanaut WTM, who wishes to remain otherwise anonymous.
In the early afternoon of March 18, 1925, there occurred over the Ozark Mountains of Missouri a mysterious weather phenomenon that had never before been observed and has not been observed since, this being the genesis of a one-of-a-kind (thus far) monster of a storm that was to become known as the Tri-State Tornado.
It was the very end of winter, but temperatures in Missouri were unusually warm for mid-March, a balmy 65 degrees. Although each spring brought the threat of tornadoes to Tornado Alley, severe weather usually wasn’t a concern at this latitude until May, and after all, it was technically still winter. No one in the immediate area knew it, but a confluence of three independent weather systems had recently taken place overhead, an event that was soon to have the severest of ramifications. A low-pressure cyclone from Canada had brought cool dry air, a warm front drawn from the Gulf of Mexico by this low-pressure cyclone had brought warm moist air, and another warm front drawn from the desert southwest had brought warm dry air.
The confluence of the three weather systems intensified the cyclone which had by then centered over the midwest, in which then developed unseasonable squall lines of severe thunderstorms, among them a massive type of mesocyclonic (rotating core) thunderstorm known as a supercell. Supercell thunderstorms are one of nature’s danger signals, like rattles on a rattlesnake, for they invariably produce severe weather such as torrential rain, golfball-to-grapefruit-sized hail, hurricane-force downbursts – and tornadoes. One ignores a supercell thunderstorm at one’s own peril, as thousands of people across three states were about to discover.
We learn in school that we have five senses: eyesight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. What we call the "sixth sense" is quite misnumbered, as there are plenty of other senses that are just too hard to explain to kids in school.
Vox looks at some the other senses we have, such as the sense of knowing where our body parts, temperature perception, and a sense of balance. We only become aware of these other senses when something goes wrong with them. They don't speak of common sense or Spidey sense or a sense of humor. -via Laughing Squid
If you've ever worn transparent plastic shoes, you know how weird and sweaty they can be. Imagine if they were all that and liable to break into dangerous shards, and you can see that a glass slipper is not the best choice in footwear. The moral of the story is: don't look too closely into the details of your favorite fairy tale. That's the way I felt when I read the ancient Chinese version of Cinderella and realized it was, at its core, a tale of a foot fetish from the land of bound feet. This is the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
The Land Of The Rising Sun wishes their artists had come up with Jake the dog because they're dead tired of being stomped into oblivion by Zillas and Ras so a stretchy dog would be a refreshing change of pace. They, like the rest of the world, agree that whenever it's time for Adventure the human Finn and the dog Jake are the duo to watch because they make TV viewing fun for our eyeballs. And if Jake did decide to stretch himself into a gargantuan kaiju form and take his frustration out on a city he would probably choose one on old Japan, because they have the most smashable building models on their sets!
Add some massively cool cartoon style to your geeky wardrobe with this Dogzilla t-shirt by Vahlia, it's the super fun way to show love for your favorite size of monster and your favorite cartoon show!
Captain Kirk fought the alien Gorn in the Star Trek episode "Arena" in 1967. It was a lame fight, often called the lamest fight ever. And the lamest move was Kirk's two-handed punch in the Gorn's back that barely registered. But then the move was used again and again in other episodes. It was still lame, but it became part of the Star Trek landscape.
Maybe the move looked cool in 1967, when the episode first aired. After all, the airwaves at the time were filled with homelier fare like The Andy Griffith Show and Bonanza. The punch continued to make appearances in later Star Trek entries: It's featured in the 1980s TV series The Next Generation, and throughout the 90s in Deep Space Nine. Its resilience has led to a ton of speculation among fans: Is the punch somehow an official element of Star Trek's mythos? It doesn't look threatening at all, so there must be some other reason that explains why it's so prominent.
I can assure you it did not look cool even in 1967. It made my dad laugh. We were just glad to have a space show on TV. The double-handed punch didn't originate with Star Trek, but it survives because of Star Trek. Jordan Pearson talked to a Star Trek stunt coordinator about the history the move and why the show continued to use it so much that we think of it as an iconic part of Star Trek. -via Metafilter
Screen Junkies wades into the water to dare give us an Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman. Let's be honest, they liked the movie as much as the rest of us did. But they could still find some things about it to pick on, like how much the plot has the implausibility of a super hero comic book. Strange, that.
Pretty much the worst thing they can say about Wonder Woman is that it had everything a comic book super hero movie should have, and that it surprised us by having that and being good as well. This video does have some good puns, though. -via Tastefully Offensive
Very few actors stay in the business of show for their entire lives, and even many Hollywood lifers have been known to take a year or ten off to pursue interests other than acting.
But the most interesting cases are those actors who become pop culture icons then disappear from the spotlight never to be seen on stage again.
Actors have been known to transition into a new career as a lawyer, teacher or salesperson, which make sense considering their acting skill set, but going from playing the Red Power Ranger to fighting fires makes Austin St. John a real life superhero!
And lastly there's Little Mikey, the hungry kid in the Life cereal commercials who became a legend, an urban legend that is:
Smallpox is considered to be a leading factor in the European conquest of the Americas, as the accidental introduction of the disease wiped out entire populations of existing New World civilizations. While variolation was sometimes used to build up resistance to the disease, it had dangerous side effects. Then Edward Jenner introduced vaccination in 1797. King Charles IV had lost family members to smallpox, and was excited to use Jenner's technique to protect his subjects. To fight smallpox in the Spanish colonies, he sent a ship on a vaccination expedition under the supervision of Francisco Javier Balmis in 1803. But how to make the "raw material" last long enough for a ship to sail around the world? The expedition included medical professionals and 22 orphans between the ages of eight and ten.
During the journey, the vaccine was kept viable by passing it from arm to arm in orphaned children, who were brought along expressly for that purpose and remained under the care of the orphanage's director. This expedition was the first large scale mass vaccination of its kind. The historic legacy of this pioneering event in international health should be revisited in the current era of persistent inequalities in global health.
The Balmis Expedition stopped at the Caribbean Islands, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Macau, and Canton over the next three years. Thousands of people were vaccinated, although some places already had the vaccine and others rejected it. It would be almost 200 more years before smallpox was eradicated, but the philanthropical expedition did much to spread the concept of the vaccine. Read about the Balmis Expedition in an article from the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
The water wars are heating up on grocery store shelves around the world, as waters from different regions battle it out for your bucks claiming you can taste the difference in quality and price.
But Scottish comedian Brian Limond doesn't think we should pay for pricy water, and in this clip from Limmy's Show he blows the lid off the water industry by showing us where we can get all the wet stuff we want for free- the tap. Contains NSFW language.
There's still no official announcement of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, although people connected with the project have talked about it. The idea is that it will take place on Tatooine in the time between the prequels and A New Hope. Despite no existing film project (yet), merchandising has begun. Sideshow debuted a new 1/6 scale Obi-Wan figurine at San Diego Comic Con this summer. The Star Wars website has a set of pictures, and an interview with Sideshow's Kevin Ellis. The new figure is based on a previous statue that imagined what Obi-Wan would look like during his exile while he waited for Luke to grow up. That statue was a limited edition, and sold out quickly. Ellis says,
I work with a great team of artists, who have an incredible eye for realism. I’m very proud of the team. With our Mythos line, we have the honor and privilege of telling our own small Star Wars stories in figure form, so we asked the same questions any storyteller would. How long has Obi-Wan been on Tatooine at this point? When was the last time he wore his Clone Wars armor? Where did he get that backpack? What would he carry with him to each new adventure? Answering these questions then informs our design. It’s storytelling on a micro scale, and we’re so proud that Lucasfilm once again gave us the opportunity to delve into their rich universe for inspiration.
For the face, sculptors used images of Alec Guinness in his younger days, and then added details from Ewan McGregor's face. The Mythos Obi-Wan Kenobi figure will go on sale September 21. -via io9
When a baby name is trendy it spreads through neighboring families like a virus, making the kids with truly original names stand out in a classroom full of Taylors, Logans and Zoes.
Those names are so 2015, and yet people were still drawing names from pop culture like crazy in 2016, although there was also a huge resurgence in biblical names, with Noah and Elijah winning by a mile.
Then again Elijah could have been inspired by Elijah Wood, and Liam is probably inspired by Liam Neeson, with Emma (Stone/Watson/Roberts), Olivia (Munn/Wilde) and Mia (Goth/Farrow) topping the list for girls.
Julie Gerstein of BuzzFeed took information from the Top 5 Baby Names By State For Births In 2016 released by the Social Security Administration and used it to create colorful maps that prove parents are uncreative from coast to coast.
The 2009 movie District 9 was Neill Blomkamp's first feature film, an expansion of his short Alive in Joberg. The movie was about an alien invasion, but was also a political allegory illustrating the effects of xenophobia and racism. And it gave Americans a serious look at how alien invasions might play out in other countries. If you liked the movie, you'll want to read some of the behind-the-scenes facts about it.
7. The aliens are all played by the same actor.
The heavy use of CGI left some people wondering just how many different actors there were, but in truth there was only the one that did all the aliens.
6. The lead actor kind of stumbled into the role.
The man that played Wikus wasn’t exactly trying to be the lead but just happened to be in the right place at the right time. In fact he wasn’t even intent on acting at first.
Animals don't have to pretend to be cool or put on airs when they're hangin' with their buds because they were born too cool to care, and they look cooler just sitting there not posing for a pic than any human ever could.
This inherent coolness makes groups of animals automatically look like members of a hot new band, and when you photograph the pack you've got the makings of a super slick album cover for the hottest album of the year.
The best thing about an animal band is they will play for food, but when it comes to trashing hotel rooms they're much worse than their human counterparts- because their room destruction involves way more fecal matter.
Jonathan Stryker is a cosplayer who transforms himself into all kinds of characters, but last month, he staged his "Disney week" on Instagram. With the proper costumes, makeup, and wigs (and sometimes contact lenses), he turned himself into a realistic version of nine different animated Disney characters. Tap the video below to see them.
When heroes reach totally super cool status they live on forever thanks to all the merch created with their image emblazoned upon it, and after a while people forget whether those heroes ever actually existed at all. Remembrance for the fallen is funny that way, and since the Vindicators are such an oddbal bunch it's almost easier to think of them as fictional characters, so you won't feel bad wearing their image on a totally cool looking t-shirt!
Become the guardian of the cartoon vault by wearing this Vindicators Tee by Zerobriant, and set the schwifty night on fire.
It's a great time to be a science fiction fan, because with all the new sci-fi franchises being created and all our old favorites coming back better than ever we'll never run out of great stuff to watch and read and play!
If you're a big fan of sci-fi you'll want to share your love of those far out science fiction stories with the world, and the best way to do that is with an amazing NeatoShop t-shirt or hoodie!
Our sci-fi lovin' futures are looking mighty bright