Disney Princesses in Their Old Age

When it comes to movies, one of my favorite directors has always been Martin Scorsese. One reason behind that is I prefer my films with a good dose of gritty realism. Disney characters? Not known for gritty realism. But about as real as it gets is showing Disney princesses in old lady mode. They're gray, they're matronly, they've lost their sex appeal. It's slightly depressing: just the way old age should be! All jokes aside though, BuzzFeed staffer Loryn Brantz has prepped a number of princesses for past-prime time. See them all here. 


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This Animated Short Will Melt Your Mind Into Vagabond Mutant Liquid

Adult Swim represents the cutting edge of animation, and their programming has not only changed the way we think of adult animation, they’ve actually pushed the genre well past the point of being dismissible as simply a passing fad.

The creators who call Adult Swim home love to mess with our minds, and their works often leave a mark on those of us who are brave enough to keep our eyes open until the bitter end...

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Animator Toby Stretch created this subtly disturbing short entitled "Vagabond Mutant Liquid", which will forever change the way you look at soft and fuzzy textures.

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Cecil the Lion Will Live On as a Beanie Baby



By now, most people are aware of the recent incident involving an American dentist killing a protected Zimbabwean lion named Cecil. The death of the lion evoked outrage and sadness amongst animal lovers worldwide and brought the issue of hunting protected animals into prominence. 

One way Cecil's legacy will live on is as a Ty Beanie Baby, it was announced in a press release on August 3. Ty Warner has created a Cecil the lion Beanie Baby in memory of the fallen lion. Ty says that 100% of the profits from sales of the Cecil toy will go to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of the University of Oxford, the group who was engaged in study of the lion when he was killed and continues to work toward African wildlife conservation.

Read more on this story at the Chicago Tribune.

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Traditional Monsters - The Legend Who Caught Them All


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The early history of pocket monster training is a bit of a mystery to those who don't live on the islands where the mysterious creatures originated. But in the beginning there was a naturalist and explorer named Satoshi who noticed that strange looking creatures were battling in the woods, evolving with every victory. Satoshi constructed a ball made out of bamboo and reeds, and one fateful day he caught a monster in his ball and put the whole thing in his pocket...

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Whale Encounter

A mother gray whale and her calf interact with tourists out on a sightseeing ride off Baja California. The event was captured by a drone recording the whales operated by wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine. How exciting for these tourists to go home and tell people they not only saw whales, but touched them!

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Personally, I was waiting for the boat to tip over from everyone rushing to the same side to get close to the whales. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Deep Fried Pizza and Other Wonderful Food Abominations at the Orange County Fair

Pack some antacid, bring a bib, and make out your will because it’s time to go to the Orange County Fair. This glorious event occurs every year at Costa Mesa, California. Peter Pham of Foodbeast has rounded up 125 wonderfully bad foods from it and mapped their locations on the fairgrounds. They include deep fried Klondike Bars, solid bricks of French fries, and caviar-covered Twinkies.

-via Nag on the Lake

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Slip and Slide Waterfall

Take a couple of minutes to enjoy another feelgood outdoor sequence by Devin Supertramp and his gang of daredevils. Team Supertramp traveled to British Columbia to a natural sluice leading to a waterfall. It’s nature’s own Slip'N Slide!

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It looks like so much fun …but I can also see someone cracking their skull open doing this. The music is "Underwater" by Milkman. -via Viral Viral Videos  


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The Horrifying Effects Of Radiation On The Human Body

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Pop culture likes to poke fun at the effects of radiation on the body, and without much real world scientific knowledge it’s hard to understand just how bad radiation is for the human body.

But we need look no further than the accident which took place at an uranium processing plant in Tokaimura, Japan in 1999 to see just how bad it is to receive a lethal dose of radiation.

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IFL Science posted an informative, albeit a bit gruesome and disturbing, article entitled This Is What Radiation Can Do To The Human Body.

It tells the tale (and contains a NSFW and grisly image) of a poor fellow named Hiroshi Ouchi who was "exposed to incredible amounts of the most powerful type of radiation in the form of neutron beams". He felt fine at first, and was even able to talk to doctors when he arrived at the hospital, and then his skin began to fall off...

Read This Is What Radiation Can Do To The Human Body at IFL Science


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Good Libations: A Brief Visual History of Booze


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From barley beer in 8,500 B.C. to the high-alcohol beers of 2010. The Atlantic's animated video "Good Libations: A Brief Visual History of Booze" provides viewers a quirky and graphically appealing glance at poison picks throughout history, showing us the drinks and their approximate years of origin. Via Laughing Squid


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George Takei Answers Dumb Questions About Gay People

Gay people are (arguably) more accepted now than ever before, and when the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage is totally legal this cemented their position in American culture.

We’ve come so far in terms of acceptance of other lifestyles, and yet people still have the dumbest questions about what it means to be gay.

Luckily there’s a famous gay guy named George Takei who is willing and able to answer all the dumb questions that have been burning a hole in the minds of straight people for decades.

He not only answered them all seriously, he responded with a touch of Takei class...except for his delightfully raunchy response to why gay men like to be flight attendants. Oh myyyyy George Takei!

Read George Takei Gloriously Responds To Stupid Question About Gay People here


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A Vending Machine in the First Century

Heron of Alexandria was an inventor who died around 70 AD. He actually conceived the first vending machine to dispense holy water in temples.  

That machine came about thanks to the handiwork of Heron of Alexandria. Now, Heron invented plenty of things that helped set the stage for our modern society. Steam engine? He was all over it. A wind-powered machine? That was him. The syringe? He got there first.

But many of these things pale in comparison to the machine he created that efficiently ensured that people weren't taking too much holy water at the temples where they went to worship. It was an annoying, frustrating problem, but Heron came up with a solution that was immensely clever.

It was a simple but ingenious mechanical device that used the weight of a coin to temporarily open the floodgates. It wasn’t a big hit, though, and the idea was shelved for 1800 years. But then the history of vending machines really takes off. Ernie Smith runs down the highlights of vending machine history for us in an article at Atlas Obscura.


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Jim Henson Versus Stan Lee In An Epic Rap Battle Of The Creators

Stan Lee and Jim Henson are two creators who pushed the limits of imagination and expanded the boundaries of their chosen mediums.

Stan Lee proved that comics aren’t just for kids, and that they can have a deep storyline that appeals to adults while keeping all the bang up battles enjoyed by youngsters.

Jim Henson proved that a puppet movie need have no boundaries, and that puppets can be just as appealing as a main star as any human.

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Together they could have created something amazing, instead they're lyrically battling it out like two master creator MCs in this episode of Epic Rap Battles!

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This Study Is Intentionally Left Blank

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

A systematic literature review of blank pages in academic publishing*
by Glen Wright, F.X. Coudert, Martin Bentley, Graham Steel, and Sylvain Deville
CNRS and Chimie ParisTech, Paris, France

The phrase “This Page Is Intentionally Left Blank,” common in all areas of publishing, has been found in peer reviewed academic articles costing $30 to access. To the best of our knowledge, this paper represents the first known review of Intentionally Blank Pages (IBPs).

We looked at the variations in samples from the existing literature, and quantified the amount of blankness on such pages using a new metric, the “Blankness Defect Rate” (BDR). After showing that most blank pages are defective, we suggest a number of alternatives, factually correct or less ambiguous. Then we offer some possible explanations for this phenomenon.

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The phrase “This Page is Intentionally Left Blank” is ubiquitous in the world of printed text, appearing most notably in instruction manuals and exam papers. It is generally accepted that its purpose is to indicate that the page on which it appears is purposely bereft of content. Yet the very inclusion of this phrase nullifies its intent: the page is no longer blank. Indeed, it is now intentionally not blank. By virtue of self-reference, the phrase denies its own existence, despite the fact that we know it is there. This is, essentially, a rather banal, academic version of René Magritte’s surrealist work The Treachery of Images (Figure 1).

The U.S. Code of Regulations (1984) actually mandates that blank pages in certain books and pamphlets must be marked as such.1 As such, they are especially common in technical works. This has lead to a large number of people attempting to solve the philosophical conundrum such nonblank blank pages create. The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. General Accounting Office, acutely aware of the distress caused, purported in 2001 to have resolved the conundrum in its Principles of Federal Appropriations Law (second edition, volume IV).2 Text on page ii, which is otherwise blank, reads, “This page is intended to be blank. Please do not read it.” However, this appears to have only further entrenched the philosophical contradictions, and the subsequent third edition contained no such text on its blank page.

Figure 2. Screenshot of the ScienceDirect checkout page, accessed via an institutional login from Sciences Po, showing the cost of an IBP taken from Verified Synthesis of Zeolitic Materials (2001).

In October 2014, François-Xavier Coudert reported that a number of peer-reviewed academic “articles,” priced at $30 each on the website ScienceDirect, consist solely of one blank page apiece (Figure 2).3 In order to determine what value was being added to these pages by the peer review process that they have undergone, we set out to investigate their blankness.

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Artist Uses Transparencies to Show OH MY GOD THERE’S SOMETHING ON THE WING!

Calm down, Mr. Shatner. That’s just a drawing on a transparency taped over an airplane window. Claire Harvey, an artist from the UK, calls her series Postcards. They show solitary travelers standing on the wings of airliners, sometimes longingly gazing at the abyss below.

I can find little information about the series from the artist herself. What is notable is how other people explain the meanings that they find in these images. Junkculture sees the subjects as living in existential crises. Taylor Holmes thinks that the transparencies show “removable people.” I am withholding an assessment at the moment, but I do find Harvey’s work here fascinating. You can see more examples from the series at Arch Atlas.


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Charge - Gotta Plug 'Em All In!


Charge by Donnie

Since Pika spends much of his time trapped inside that pokeball people rarely get to see how he recharges his energy blast. Some believe he eats a special pocket monster pellet that energizes him, others think he naturally recharges during sleep, but the truth is Pika plugs into a standard socket just like any electrical device! This method of plugging in is mighty convenient when you have to keep him charged up during battles, and his tail fits into every kind of wall socket on Earth so there's no need for a conversion kit!

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Red Hot Nickel Ball on Floral Foam

YouTube member carsandwater has another mission for his beloved nickel ball. He had a request to see what a red-hot ball of nickel will do to that foam that florists use to hold flower arrangements. Now, we are used to seeing the nickel ball tear through materials as the heat melts them, but this is different. Weirdly different.  

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It doesn’t so much melt the foam as it …”affects” it. Now I wonder what kind of weird chemistry went into creating that magical material. -via Boing Boing


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Pac-Man Arcade Cabinet Clock

Bradford Exchange produces this incredibly detailed clock that looks like a vintage Pac-Man arcade cabinet.  It even has a joystick, coin slots, a Pac-Man pendulum, and the original sound effects. Every hour, it will chime with the sounds you loved as a child. And you don’t even have to put quarters in to make it keep ticking!

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The Dark Mythological Origins Of Several Varieties Of Pokemon

Pokemon creator Satoshi Tajiri has cited bug collecting and entomology as his inspiration for the world of pocket monsters he created, but not all Pokemon are based on bugs, or animals for that matter.

There’s the Porygon which is based on the polygon, Jigglypuff which seems to be based on bubblegum, karaoke and happiness, and the powerful yet ridiculous looking Magnemite, which is based on a magnet, just to name a few.

And then there are those Pokemon which are based on dark creatures from Japanese mythology, which have to be given a PG makeover because their original tales are terrifying!

Take the somewhat cutesy looking Mawile for instance- this Fairy type Pokemon is based on the tale of Futakuchi-onna, the woman with two mouths.

According to the legend, a miserly farmer was thrilled when his wife didn't need to eat any food, but baffled at the way his rice stocks were depleting more rapidly than usual.

One night, when his wife was sleeping, he brushed back her hair to discover the hidden ravenous mouth that had been voraciously devouring his supplies. Tendrils of hair were reaching into the cupboards like tentacles and putting rice directly into the ever-hungry teeth.

I don’t think anyone wants to catch that!

See These Creepy Japanese Myths Will Change The Way You See Pokemon Forever!


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The Strangest Bridge You’ve Ever Seen

I’ve never heard of a transporter bridge before. The Newport Transporter Bridge has served those who cross the River Usk in Wales for a hundred years now. It’s like a ferry, but it’s a bridge instead of a boat. In other words, you ride across in a cable car, sort of. Why?

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Tom Scott (previously at Neatorama) explains the reasons the bridge was built this way, and the reasons they don’t make bridges like this anymore. He also walked across it, which you can see here. -via Digg


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Would You Like to See a Chocolate Eclair That Looks Like Burt Reynolds Naked?

It is now time to begin obsessively following the work of Lou Lou P, a baker in Leeds, UK. Very recently, she introduced us to the Cat Loaf and the Pug Loaf. Lou Lou is not done. She keeps knocking out hits, day after day. You want a burger with unicorn meat? She can't supply it. But this unicorn burger bun is just as good--and she's just getting started!

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10 Abandoned Car & Vehicle Graveyards of the World

The normal life cycle of a vehicle is to run as long as it can, then be stripped for usable parts, then the leftover scrap metal is recycled. But sometimes it doesn’t happen that way. Someone puts those vehicles aside with plans to do something or other and it never happens. Dust settles in, then rust, and sometimes even moss and trees grow up around them. One of those places is the  Kaufdorf car graveyard in Switzerland.

A former junkyard owned by one Mr Walter Messerli, the cemetery began as far back as 1933. At the time, Mr Messerli was interested mainly in the money he could get from scrap parts. However, he also seemed to have a strange affinity for the vehicles themselves. Rather than doing as others in his business did and scrapping the abandoned cars entirely, Mr Messerli carefully preserved their shells, secreting them away on his vast and overgrown lot.

It was to become an obsession. By the time he was ready to retire, Mr Messerli had a collection of hundreds of cars spanning five decades. But the vehicle cemetery wasn’t finished yet. After he took over the business, his son continued to add to the collection until it contained some 1,500 vehicles, dating from 1930 right the way to the early 2000s.

In 2008, the cars were removed and scrapped, but we still have plenty of pictures. In a list at Urban Ghosts, you’ll also see ten abandoned vehicle graveyards populated by particular types, such as Reliant Robins, trolley cars, ambulances, and even rickshaws.

(Image credit: Norbert Aepli)


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Every Stephen King Movie and TV Show in Development

Image: The God of Pegana / Deviant Art

During his prolific writing career, Stephen King has created a wealth of unforgettable scenarios and characters, both horrific and dramatic. Many have been brought to the screen by now, with varying degrees of success. As such, and in this cinematic climate of sequels and reboots, a number of television and movie productions based on King's writings are in the works. One of them is his unusual story of kinky sex gone wrong, Gerald's Game.

As the story goes, a married couple into bondage leave home to vacation in an isolated cabin in the woods, with intent to play their favorite sex games in secluded privacy. But when something goes wrong during their sex play, things turn horrific in an instant. Given a great cast and talented director, a lot could be done with the premise. 

Read all of the Stephen King movies and television shows in development here. Are you looking forward or hopefully optimistic about any of them? Weigh in with your comments. 


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Airport Offers a Climate Simulator of Cities around the World

The Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden offers a new travel experience that builds anticipation and helps passengers acclimate to their destination cities. The Climate Portal consists of 3 rooms that simulate the temperature, wind speed, and barometric pressure of Hong Kong, Dubai, and Kiruna, which is Sweden's northernmost town. Participants are also surrounded with photos of these cities, giving them a very realistic impression of where they're going.


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The Secret History of Underoos

An ad firm had asked Larry Weiss to come up with a way to make children’s underwear more appealing. He had a great idea -make them look like superhero costumes! Weiss knew it was a blockbuster concept, and he knew blockbusters, because he was the one who came up with the idea for Fruity Pebbles.

Weiss was confident it had appeal. But Hanes had passed on the idea. So did the Scott Paper Company, which spent a year in development before senior executives got cold feet. Though he began working on the project at the urging of an ad firm, Weiss had taken on the financial burden of licensing Marvel, DC, and other characters himself. When Scott backed out, Weiss had gotten them to agree to pay for the next year’s merchandising rights to Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and all the rest.

The money could buy another year of shopping the idea—but Weiss was broke. “I had my own $64,000 question,” he says. “I was poor at the time. I get a check from Scott. I could take it and say, ‘Well, bad idea, but at least I got a little money,’ or I could move forward.”

Weiss used the money to keep pushing his underwear idea, and Underoos debuted in 1977. You know they were a success, but just how successful they were is part of the story of Underoos that you can read at mental_floss.


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This Cat Goes Bananas over Bananas

Bananas aren't just for humans and chimps. Cats love them, too! Or, at least, Mao does. He enthusiastically licks one, then chomps down.


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Is It Serious Doctor? - As The Worm Turns


Is It Serious Doctor? by Wirdou

Doctor Applestein had seen a lot of scary and strange things during his career as a produce general practitioner, but when Harvey Appleson came in with a severe stomach ache the Doc's life changed forever. It seems that Harvey had caught a parasite while out touring Granny Smith's garden, and the hungry fiend was slowly eating its way out of his core...

Bring a fresh sense of humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Is It Serious Doctor? t-shirt by Wirdou, it's sure to appeal to those who enjoy a crisp apple joke every now and then.

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Perpetually Sleepy? These Drawings are For You



Monday is typically the day that most people find themselves dreaming of their bed at some point during the day. Yet for some sleep worshippers, the day of the week makes no difference: bed is the place to be, and if they can't be there, they daydream about its comfort.

The Lingvistov brand of illustrated items is the brainchild of two Russian teachers Asia and Landysh, who were educated in linguistics and initially taught language. Their simple graphics that make the most of a mix of illustration and words are a delight. See all of their odes to sleep here, and check out the websiteFacebook and Instagram of the illustrators to keep up with their works. 



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Only One Animal Can Subsist Solely on Coffee Beans

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But I can offer this little bug close competition. Only my appreciation for half-and-half prevents me from claiming the title as well.

The coffee berry borer beetle eats coffee beans. It doesn't have a lot of competition because most animals, including other insects, find the caffeine in coffee beans too toxic to consume directly. And now scientists know why. Ed Yong writes for National Geographic that researchers found that the coffee berry borer beetle's unique digestive tract can detoxify caffeine:

Javier Ceja-Navarro from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has discovered its secret: it has bacteria in its guts that can detoxify caffeine.

When he fed the beetles with coffee beans and analysed their faeces for traces of caffeine, he couldn’t find any. None. Something in their gut had completely destroyed the would-be poison. Bacteria seemed like the obvious candidates, so Ceja-Navarro fed the beetles with antibiotics. This time, when they ate coffee beans, their poo was laden with caffeine. And when they got a chance to breed, they utterly failed. Most of their eggs and larvae died outright, and none of the survivors made it to adulthood. Without their microbes, they couldn’t handle their caffeine.

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The Toothpaste Song

Does it bother you when your significant other squeezes the toothpaste tube wrong, or puts the toilet paper on the roll wrong? You tell yourself those are little things that shouldn’t matter, but it still gets under your skin.

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Elliot Mason wrote a little song about it, with a wacky video. -via Arbroath


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Tea Shirt


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Artist Meryl Smith made a real t-shirt. Er, I mean, tea shirt. It's complete with actual tea inside and a tag labeled with her name and a design reminiscent of the Lipton logo. It reflects Smith's visual puns, such as a dog bag that looks like a dog.

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