Mark Hamill has been signing Star Wars photos and memorabilia for 38 years. I’m sure what he puts on them depends on the situation and how much time he has. Some of the bubblegum cards have surfaced with great jokes to go along with the autograph. Hamill no doubt has heard every Star Wars joke ever made, so there are more of these to be found. I particularly like this one. -via reddit
I'm willing to bet that no one ever started to cook dinner only to think, 'I don't have any way to turn my food into mock-caviar though, so I guess I shouldn't even bother.' But whether or not you have need of the Imperial Spherificator, it hardly changes the fact that the product is pretty darn cool and desirable. Similarly, it's pretty easy to carve a watermelon and use it as a punch bowl, but somehow, tapping it like a keg just seems infinately cooler -hence the creation of this tapping kit.
The bottom line is that just because you don't need some kind of kitchen doodad doesn't mean you won't desperately want it. And over on Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the most clever, cool and unnecessary kitchen tools out there: 12 Cool Kitchen Tools We Desperately Want But Absolutely Don't Need
Inspired by a flubbed prison escape, the Barkley Marathon is a ludicrously challenging 100-mile race only a handful of runners have completed. Finishing it twice? That's next to impossible.
(Image credit: Flickr user Michael Hodge)
It's reverently quiet when Jared Campbell comes running down the trail and into camp. He’s looked better. For one thing, his facial muscles appear to be asleep, even as he somehow keeps moving. He’s wilted from hours of exposure to the cold and rain, his skin covered in bloody scratches and caked with mud. The crowd—similarly battered runners and assorted spectators—is quiet for the first time in hours. The only sound is that of Campbell’s footfalls atop the soggy earth.
This silence is significant. The bugle has already sounded for most other runners at this year’s Barkley Marathons. Whenever a damaged competitor returns to camp, defeated by the course, a bugler blows “Taps” (this is called being “tapped out”). It happens to almost all the athletes who muster the courage—or insanity—to attempt the world’s most confounding foot race. Last night, in freezing rain, snow, and 45 mph icy gusts, it sounded 19 times.
Finally, one onlooker’s voice softly breaks the silence: “He’s running. He looks good.” The crowd around the fire rolls into applause. When Campbell catches his breath, he reports on the conditions: “It snowed a lot up there. It was really pretty, but it was cold.” The 34-year-old mechanical engineer from Salt Lake City reveals he slept 20 or 30 minutes on the trail at sunrise—“until I started shivering.”
And then, just like that, he’s gone again. Campbell is attempting another loop.
Here in the backwoods of Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, a “loop” is 20 miles. Specifically, it’s 20 unmarked miles that traverse thick brambles, prickly briars, and relentless hills that bring more than 60,000 feet of elevation. The course’s difficulty is only amplified by the maddeningly slippery footing. To finish the Barkley Marathons, a runner has to complete five loops. It takes days, if it happens at all. Since the race began in 1986, only 14 people have finished it.
Artist Jirka Väätäinen took the liberty of imagining a few of the most famous Disney men as if they were real-life men. As a female Disney fan, I for one want to thank his efforts because these princes and paupers are all serious babes.
Prince Eric of The Little Mermaid even looks like young John Stamos and that somehow seems totally accurate. I can sure see how someone would want to be part of his world.
Via Nerd Approved
Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Are you tempted to go for “five minutes more”? Inventor Colin Furze (previously at Neatorama) has the ultimate wake-up experience for you! He built a bed that has a horrid alarm with lights and sound, but if you don’t jump up immediately, the bed will do that for you, too!
Of course, it works the first time, but Furze cannot help himself -the power is adjustable, so he has to crank it up. See a video of the process of building it at Sploid.
Researchers at Harvard University found that they could use fat cells to produce laser light. They inevitably chose pig fat because of the flavor. An MIT Technology Review article that was surprisingly not published on April Fools’ Day explains:
The team at Harvard University turning cells into lasers has tried it before. But last time they had to put the cells inside a special optical cavity to make them shine (see “Lasers Made from Human Cells”). Pumping light into a sphere can create the resonance that produces sharply defined laser light.
This time the team showed that some cells could lase on their own. They chose pig fat because each cell contains a large, nearly perfectly spherical ball of fat inside it. They added a glowing fluorescent dye and then started up the microlasers by shining in light through an optical fiber.
Quick -can you name all seven actors who’ve played Batman? There’s Adam West and Christian Bale and… were there really seven? Yes, but some of them were before your time. It started with Lewis G. Wilson in 1943 (pictured above).
Wilson was the first and youngest actor ever to play the adult Batman, and also the least successful. At 23, the unknown thespian donned the cape and the cowl in the 15-part 1943 Columbia serial Batman. While he looked the part of the dashing playboy, his physique was more Danny DeVito as the Penguin. One critic described Wilson as “thick about the middle.” Maybe that was why he wore his utility belt just below his chest. Critics also complained that his voice was too high and that he had a Boston accent. That, of course, wouldn’t be the last time someone complained about Batman’s voice.
Find out what happened to Wilson after his Batman role, as well as the other six actors who took on the part. Ben Affleck is not counted as one of the seven, because we haven’t seen him in action yet. You’ll find the roundup at Den of Geek.
Should the roll flow over or under? That’s an old debate. Henry Franks, a product designer in London, wants to introduce a new toilet topic to argue about: where the toilet paper roll should be located.
His Bog Standard toilet seat offers a radically different perspective. You don’t have to twist or turn to reach the roll. It’s right in front of you. Provided that the seat will lock in the upright position for men, this is an ergonomically optimal placement.
You may think that you’ll never be a great writer. Maybe someone told you so. But some folks don’t listen to naysayers -they just keep at it until they get a chance to show their stuff. And even then, they don’t let failure stop them from working and improving. It’s the ones who dare who end up on that pile. This is the first panel of a story from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics. Go to his site to find out how it ends.
When Ash arrived in Shinganshina he thought he was coming to compete in another regular old pocket monster tournament, but then they told him that he wouldn't be able to leave since the city was beseiged by giant monsters called Titans. This made Ash a little scared, but Pika ensured him they could battle their way out of the city if need be so everything would be okay. And then a giant grinning monster broke through the wall, and Pika watched in horror as Ash was picked up and swallowed whole...
Bring some animated danger to your geeky wardrobe with this Shingeki No Kyojin- Pika Version by Berserk7, and battle the forces of boring fashion!
|The Notorious||Yellow Killer||Shark Attack||AWESOME BEARD|
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(Photo: Hair: Fashion and Fantasy by Laurent Philippon)
In its heyday, people in Rwanda wore the amasunzu in more than 30 different ways. It was a demonstration of elegance and refinement. The East African, a news source based in Kenya, describes how and why people grew it:
The style is designed by cutting some of the hair sideways, towards the middle, then leave it to grow.
“It is a style of elegance, hygiene; it reflected reality and maturity among girls,” said Epa Binamungu, a 60-year-old visual artist. “Most adolescent girls would use it to show pride; it showed that that a girl was a virgin.
“It was a style for the spinsters.”
It was also a way of beautifying the body. Rwandan etiquette is based on the body’s nature. This style was used to reflect important aspects such as might, hygiene and, for unmarried girls, virginity. It was also a way to show class; powerful leaders, nobles and the rich wore the hairstyle.
Although the amasunzu has fallen out of style in recent decades, it is currently experiencing a revival in popular interest.
This video shows a man getting his hair styled in an amasunzu.
Kids latch onto the strangest things, but sometimes you just gotta go with it. Grayson always turned his attention when an ad for New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart came on. It was his favorite thing on TV! His mother L’erin Dobra noticed his fascination.
“Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” she says. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. You could call his name, give him a toy. He didn’t care. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking he would say, ‘One call’ or ‘Bart, Bart, Bart, Morris Bart, Morris Bart.’
So when Grayson’s second birthday was coming up, his Dobra contemplated a party theme, and decided to focus on the lawyer. She contacted Bart’s office through his website, and they sent a cardboard cutout, a signed photograph, and some office swag. Dobra had Bart’s face put on the birthday cake. And it was all a super big hit with Grayson. See more pictures at Buzzfeed.
(Image credit: L’erin Dobra)
Everyone at this cove in Malta was having a grand time, jumping into the clear blue water for a swim. The dog watched closely and carefully pondered joining in. Why not? Jump, little terrier!
While in the water, it occurred to the pup to play a bit of fetch.
Pee-Wee Herman released a set of neat-o photos from the movie, which was directed by Tim Burton (his film directorial debut, no less). This photo above shows Tim Burton holding a bunch of snakes while Pee-Wee looked on. It's from the Fire in the Pet Store scene, which you can see after the jump:
(Photos: Greta Gedminaitė)
Clinic 212, an ad agency in Vilnius, Lithuania, wants people to take care that our animals friends don’t get squashed when they cross human roads and pathways. To “show that we are not the only ones living in the city,” the agency made little road signs and crosswalks in the spaces that humans and animals share.
Martynas Karpovicius came up with the idea when he saw a taxi driver almost run over a hedgehog. He and his colleagues responded on behalf of pigeons, cats, and ducks, as well as hedgehogs. You can see more photos and read about the project at the Huffington Post.
A thousand Italian singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers under the name Rockin1000 got together to play “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters. Watching that many people play and sing together -well- is spine-tingling.
The stunt, a year in the making, is intended as an invitation to Dave Grohl and the band to come and play in Cesena, Italy. Do you think they will?
Update: The Foo Fighters have responded.
In English, that means "See you soon!"
Blade Runner is a groundbreaking science fiction film based on the groundbreaking Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, and when the film adaptation was released in 1982 it changed the face of sci-fi forever.
Even though Blade Runner didn’t live up to expectations at the box office, this techno-noir thriller set new standards for sci-fi special effects thanks to the master model makers who brought Syd Mead’s concept art to life.
A gallery was recently uploaded to Imgur by minicity featuring rare photos from inside the Blade Runner Model Shop, showing the model makers hard at work on their amazing props, including the iconic Spinner police car.
Before he became a movie star and then a politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger made his name internationally as a bodybuilder. He climbed the ranks from 1965 to 1970, and won international championships over and over from 1970 to 1975. Then he retired from bodybuilding to focus on his fledgling career in film. In 1980, he had to go back into training to bulk up for Conan the Barbarian.
The 1980 Mr. Olympia contest in Australia was just around the corner, and Arnold was asked to host the event, but he had other plans. One day before the contest — and to the dismay of the other competitors — Arnold announced himself as a part of the competitive field. Other bodybuilders like Mike Mentzer and Boyer Coe took offense to the 11th hour placement of Schwarzenegger, citing that he should have had to register months in advance like the rest of them. Ben Weider took the competitors into a private room at the Sydney Opera House to hear their complaints, but it was made official at the end of the meeting: Arnold would compete.
The other competitors were shocked and upset, as they had to register for the competition months earlier. But that wasn’t the only strange thing about the competition. Read the rest of the story at Uproxx.
(Photo: Corpse Reviver)
Humans alone have chins. Why? Scientists have speculated over that question for decades. What evolutionary advantage does the chin offer? Dr. Robert G. Franciscus and his colleagues at the University of Iowa suggest an explanation: the chin is simply the result of the reshaping of the rest of the human skull:
Using advanced facial and cranial biomechanical analyses with nearly 40 people whose measurements were plotted from toddlers to adults, the UI team concludes mechanical forces, including chewing, appear incapable of producing the resistance needed for new bone to be created in the lower mandible, or jaw area. Rather, they write in a paper published online in the Journal of Anatomy, it appears the chin's emergence in modern humans arose from simple geometry: As our faces became smaller in our evolution from archaic humans to today -- in fact, our faces are roughly 15 percent shorter than Neanderthals' -- the chin became a bony prominence, the adapted, pointy emblem at the bottom of our face.
Dr. Franciscus does not, however, provide an explanation for the development of multiple chins.
-via VA Viper
This case of a missing purse may be harder to solve than it should be. I doubt the cops were working too hard on the investigation past putting it on the local police blotter. -via Bad Newspaper
He was a gorilla with a grudge, a guy they used to call Donkey who was tired of tossing barrels all day for a fistful of bananas. It was time for Kong to do something about the filth in this world, time to time travel to another time and kill the all time worst villain since time immemorial- the crocofuhrer Adolf K. Rool. Can Kong jump kick and roundhouse punch his way through K. Rool's freaky forces? And will he ever be able to forget the look on Diddy Dragon's face as he was hacked in half by a kremling ninja? Maybe after a few dozen banana daiquiris...
Kick the forces of boring fashion right in the face with this Kong Fury t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's the funniest mashup this side of Miami!
|That Cute Face||Training To Go Blue- Goku||Tacoraptor||Dude, That's My Helmet!|
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"Pika? Pika Pika. Pika!"
Okay, I admit that it sounded a lot better in the original Shyriiwook.
Cosplayer Nana Bear, whose vast repertoire includes Storm, The Riddler, Princess Bubblegum, and She-Hulk, offers this fresh and original take by combining two of the most dangerous creatures in the multiverse.
-via Nerd Bastards
Woody Harrelson has great range as an actor, able to convincingly play a farmboy from Indiana one minute and a full blown psychopathic killer the next.
They say inspiration often stems from our life experiences, and if Woody had known his father was a hitman it might have helped his acting career.
But Woody's dad left to live the hood life when he was seven years old, and Woody didn’t learn the truth about his dad until many years later, when he heard news on the radio about the murder trial of one Charles V. Harrelson.
What these Indian girls are apparently doing is manipulating in their minds and with gestures an imaginary abacus. This technique helps them keep the numbers in the man's rapid-fire math questions straight. He can barely keep ahead of them with his electronic calculator.
-via Daily of the Day
This is Sir Francis Bacon. As you can see, he is an adorable little Boston terrier. He is also quite the wonderful Nibbler impersonator.
While few dogs will be able to pull off this look as well as little Bacon here, you can at least try to mimick the look since his owner was kind enough to add an Instructable on how to make your own.
Via Fashionably Geek
It’s a fantastic game, but I do have a few complaints: there aren’t enough save points, the respawning function doesn’t work, and you can’t skip the cut scenes. The graphics can be impressive, but the character designs don’t match the packaging at all. Honestly, I’ll give it only 2 out of 5 stars.
This video by The New Yorker features two New York residents, William Helmreich and Matt Green, who independently decided to embark on projects in which they walk every block of New York City. One is fairly young and one is older, and they both have different backgrounds and reasons for doing what they're doing. But on their separate journeys, both men develop profound and inspiring thoughts around them, the citizens, sights and sounds of the iconic city. Via Laughing Squid
Did you ever imagine that you’d see a “top ten” list like this? It’s not so much that a medieval monk drew a cat in the margins of an illuminated manuscript, but that there are this many of them in a list at Discarding Images, all licking their butts. Why? EmpressCallipygos at Metafilter offers an explanation, which is worth reading in its entirety. Here’s an excerpt:
So imagine this monk sitting there in a dimly-lit scriptorum, back bent over his work - he's tired, he's achey, grinding the pigment for the paint made him sneeze, and that one other monk with the mole gave him a dirty look and oh for goodness sake how could i help it the stuff got up my NOSE, brother - and he's got a long way to go before he's done illuminating this one page from Revelations, and come to think of it it was the monk with the mole that insisted there be so much blue in the damn thing....
...And in walks his cat, just sort of ambling in. Our monk momentarily glances up, too busy to do much more than notice Puss-Puss walking in. Ah, though, maybe he can watch the cat for just a second, take a little break...
...And he looks up again, just in time to see Puss-Puss plonk down and start to lick his butt, something which always tickles him because dear lord how on earth do they get their legs cocked so far back....
And after a second, our tired, cranky, bored monk switches the blue ink for the gray, and begins drawing.
Cat images may be shared by more people in the modern age, because internet, but laughing at cats and attempting to share that humor has a long history. -via Metafilter
(Photo: US Army)
The story goes that on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was about to launch into space, becoming the first human being to do so. At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Gagarin took a bus to the launch pad. When he arrived, he sensibly decided to relieve his bladder one last time. So he peed on one of the bus's tires.
Specifically, Gagarin peed on the back right tire.
Ever since, Soviet and Russian cosmonauts faithfully peed on the back right tire of the shuttle bus before blasting off into space.
This is one of many unusual traditions that astronauts of the spacefaring nations have picked up. You can read about the rest at Atlas Obscura.
If you’re walking home from the convenience store, with a bag of chips for later, and you hear a car with a bass heavy audio system drawing near you’d better clear the sidewalk or risk a bag blowout.
Because this video by Steve Meades Design proves, a booming system can obliterate a bag of chips (and your eardrums) in just a few seconds. (Contains NSFW language)
Steve created this video to demonstrate the raw bass power of their “Tremendous Bass 118” custom sound system, but it's also a reminder that walking around a city full of booming systems with an unopened bag of chips is dangerous!
-Via Laughing Squid