70 Years Ago Today: Japan Surrenders, Ending World War II

70 years ago today, the bloodiest, most destructive war in all of human history ended.

After the destruction of 2 cities from atomic bombs and reason to believe that even more were coming, the government of the Japanese Empire communicated on August 15, 1945, that it would surrender. The free world responded with a jubilation known as V-J Day--Victory over Japan.

Formally, though, the surrender would take place more than 2 weeks later. On September 2, 1945, the battleship USS Missouri steamed into Tokyo Bay with Allied emissaries. Japanese representatives boarded and signed the formal capitulation. You can read the document here.


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Six Of The Strangest Things Found In Locked Safes

People get awfully excited when they find a sealed safe, and even though the odds of finding anything great in the safe are slim the nagging question of what’s inside demands an answer.

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Most of the time money is spent on a locksmith only to discover the safe is empty, but sometimes people get lucky and find something valuable...and sometimes they find something horrifying.

Here are six of the strangest things ever found in a locked safe:

1. A Whole Lotta Heroin-

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Once upon a time a dumb drug dealer took the idea of "safe keeping" too literally, thinking his stash would be best kept in a locked safe in the trunk of his car.

When he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop, drug dealer Dustin denied knowing anything about the eight bricks of heroin being held by his passenger Crystal.

But the safe key in Dustin's possession gave him away, and the cops opened the safe in his trunk and found 100 bricks of heroin inside, valued at over $50,000. Now Dustin is safely locked behind bars...

2. Child porn and live grenade-

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Redditor cakegirl8 thought she was getting a killer deal on a fun, and potentially valuable, mystery when she bought a locked safe on Craigslist for a mere $100, but the contents proved to be most unsettling.

Upon opening the safe she discovered a live grenade hanging from the door, and a bunch of SD cards inside. Ever curious about what she'd bought, cakegirl8 took a peek at those cards and found they were full of child porn.

She quickly turned the entire safe and its contents over to the police, discovering that $100 buys you a strange story to tell and a bunch of disgusting images you can't unsee.

3. A Crying Baby-

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When playing hide and go seek it's probably best you don't use a hotel safe as a hiding spot, because if that door accidentally closes somebody might suffocate in there.

A Brooklyn couple staying at a hotel in Niagara Falls discovered their infant had been locked in the room's safe by the baby's older sibling.

A maintenance worker was able to free the child after about twenty minutes, but something tells me those kids won't be playing hide-and-seek again anytime soon!

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Physicist Calculates Yoda's Weight

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Judge Yoda by his size, do you? Well, Dr. Rhett Allain does. He's a professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. In the past, he's calculated Darth Vader's weight and how long it would take for an AT-AT to hit the ground. He wanted to know how much Yoda weighs. And since the Jedi Master is shy about the issue, Allain had to calculate the results from The Empire Strikes Back.

Allain assumes that Dagobah has the same gravity as Earth, that Luke Skywalker is 5'9" and weighs 150 pounds, and that The Force is not in play against gravity while Luke is carrying Yoda. You can read all of his equations and rationale here. Yoda, Allain argues, weights 43.7 kilograms.

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The Rise and Fall of NASA’s Beloved Worm Logo

It was the battle of the “meatball” and the “worm.” Or, not so much a battle, but a resistance against modernization. NASA had been using the logo that came to be known as the “meatball” for years when the Federal Graphics Improvement Program tried to modernize many of the old, ugly logos that various government agencies used, starting in 1972. Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn unveiled their design for NASA in 1974. It was a sleek, minimalist, modern design eventually called the “worm.” It came with a 90-page manual for its use. The public loved it, but the engineers at NASA didn’t think much of it. They were busy exploring space, and really didn’t understand graphic design. There was an exchange recalled later that occurred between NASA administrator  James Fletcher and his deputy George Low:

Fletcher: I’m simply not comfortable with those letters, something is missing.
Low: Well yes, the cross stroke is gone from the letter A.
Fletcher: Yes, and that bothers me.
Low: Why?
Fletcher, after a long pause: I just don’t feel we are getting our money’s worth!

But NASA used the new logo until 1992, when they suddenly scrapped the worm and reinstated the meatball.

Read the story of the worm and why NASA now uses the retro 1950s-era meatball at Wired. -via Metafilter


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Mastiff Swimming Lessons

Mastiffs make effective guard dogs due to their massive size and deep barks, and their giant frames also make them ideal steeds for kids, but they're not generally know for their swimming skills.

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Some mastiffs can't even doggy paddle without swimming lessons, but as you can see in this video if you try and try again, and treat your mastiff like a big ol' baby, they'll get the hang of swimming with just a few lessons.

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You gotta give it to Sailor the mastiff for keeping a cool head, and his human Brad H is not only a calm and caring owner, he's also quite the doggy swimming instructor!

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Slave Leia Disney Princess Squad

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Now that Disney owns Star Wars, we see the iconic Leia slave outfit crossing over into the Disney Princess universe. In the past, we've seen slave Leia versions of Tinkerbell, Ariel, and Elsa. Now the lineup is filling out even more, thanks to these ladies. That's Ashlynne Dae as Elsa, Elizabeth Rage as Belle, Rianne Synnth as Mulan, and Hendo as Pocahontas.

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The Ultimate in Camouflage?

Watch this bale of hay high-tail it across a field. I didn’t know they could go that fast!

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Okay, it’s a vehicle. Not something from a movie, even though you've seen this kind of thing in comedies. This is a Japanese military …something or other. A Ghillipillar? You’d think a huge hay bale would be conspicuous just by moving, but from a distance, it probably blends into the background.  -via Digg


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Ioana Vanc's Spoonfuls of Food Art

Ioana Vanc is an architect in Arad, Romania. When she's not building with steel and concrete on a colossal scale, she's making art with food on a tiny scale. Each of these food sculptures can fit within a spoon. You can find more of her work at Fubiz (translation).

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Ten Non-Food Related Uses For A Slow Cooker

Slow cookers make preparing a meal on a hot summer day bearable, as long as you're in the mood for something stew-like or pot boiled, but there are also lots of other non-food related uses for slow cookers as well.

Looking for a new hobby? Pick up an old slow cooker at a yard sale or thrift store and use it to make candles, soap or as a heated dye bath container for dyeing fabric.

Love to DIY when it comes to home renovation? That slow cooker can help you strip the paint off metal, air out a room and can even be used as a humidifier.

Just make sure you don't try to cook food in the same slow cooker you've used for these fun projects, unless you like a little toxic chemical flavor in your tuna casserole!

See the Top 10 Things You Can Do With A Slow Cooker That Don't Involve Food at Lifehacker


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Star Wars Scenes and Headlines from The Onion Combine Perfectly

There's no comedy like The Onion and no drama like Star Wars. When the two combine, a space saga becomes filled with the funny anxieties and problems of everyday life. Lindsey, a Star Wars fan, illustrates that by combining headlines from The Onion with scenes from the 6 Star Wars movies. You can view them here and here. Content warning: foul language.

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Average Women Transformed With Pin-up Looks



BuzzFeed Australia enlisted the services of Sherbet Birdie Vintage & Pin-up Photography in order to give several average Australian women traditional pin-up model looks. While each woman stated a reason in which they felt they were not pin-up material, they were pleasantly surprised with their transformations from modern casual to old-world glamour. 

Check out this link to the BuzzFeed Oz Facebook page to see a video of the pin-ups before and after their stylings. 


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I Choose Electric - Gotta Shock 'Em All


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If you wanna be the best and rise to the rank of pocket monster master then you must begin to narrow your search and choose a type of your own. It's easy to choose one of the more explosive and powerful types as your own, because you're dying to bring home a fiery Charizard of your own or send a mighty metal Metang into the arena. But those who choose wisely go with evolution and growth over flash and physical might, and once your life has been electrified by a Pikachu it's hard to ever look back!

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World Champion Javelin Thrower Taught Himself the Sport by Watching YouTube Videos

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Julius Yego of Kenya didn't have a world-famous coach. In fact, he didn't have a coach at all. He got his start by watching YouTube videos and practicing what he saw. Yego made it to the 2012 Olympics, placing 12th, by teaching himself. At the time, he said, "My coach is me, and my YouTube videos."

Now, with a professional coach, he's refined his technique. At the recent world championships in Beijing, he threw a javelin 92.72 meters, which is farther than anyone else has in 14 years.  

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The Difference Between Aluminum And Aluminium

There's one thing that Americans And Brits have yet to come to an agreement on- the pronunciation of the word aluminum. British spelling is with an extra “i”, which tends to vex Americans.

But is there more to this disagreement besides an extra “i”?

Looking at the root of this debate we see that Brits (and pretty much everyone besides Americans) spell and pronounce the word with an extra “i” because of a precedent set in 1812 by scientific colleagues of Sir Humphrey Davy, the identifier and namer of the metal.

Davy initially called the metal aluminum, but Davy's colleagues felt that aluminium sounded more classical cool so they pushed for the extra “i”, and this totally metal pronunciation debate was born.

Read What's The Difference Between Aluminum And Aluminium at mental_floss


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Heartfelt Thai Commercial Maxes out Your Feels for the Day


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If the internet is representative, then Thailand produces impressively dramatic and heart-wrenching commercials. In the past, we've seen several that advocate for a virtuous life of kindness, generosity, and devotion to family. 

This one, like the others, sells a product--a rather unexpected one. It is revealed only in the last few seconds. But more than that, this story about a shopkeeper and a homeless man convincingly sells the idea that people can be more than they appear on the surface.

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Screen Legends Who Got Their Big Break on The Twilight Zone

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The Twilight Zone broke ground in multiple fashions. One way in which the series pioneered is by launching the careers of numerous actors who are beloved household names today. The original series ran from 1959-1964, and part of this "wondrous land of imagination" was the ability of their casting powers-that-be to discover some amazing talents while they were relative unknowns. 

Check out this article that takes a look at a number of actors who got their big break on the seminal sci-fi series. It could serve as a guide for interested viewers to seek out a few of these old episodes in case they've never seen them.  

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Guy Asks Internet To Remove Kid From Photo, Gets The Photoshops He Deserves

Everybody knows better than to ask the internet for help Photoshopping a picture by now, and we've seen the droll dorkiness that makes the rounds after these poor victims have asked "for help".

So it's agreed that those who ask “for help” from the internet are doing so knowing full well what lies in store for their image, right?

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Okay good, because I almost feel bad for the guy who asked the interwebs to remove the kid from the background of this romantic picture because people now think of him as a kid hating jerk!

Some of the 'shoppers were happy to help delete the kid from the pic by adding different kinds of dogs to the image

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And then war suddenly broke out all around them...we salute you, Private Smoochface!

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The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Became a Millionaire

If you’ve never heard of Madam C.J. Walker, you’ve missed a story of one of the titans of industry. The former Sarah Breedlove was born in 1867 and rose from the plantations of Louisiana and built her own hair care business, with products designed for black women, through sheer hard work and tenacity.  

At a time when black citizens were kept in poverty through violent intimidation and segregation, Walker’s success was built on the strength of social networks, word-of-mouth testimonials, and products designed for an acutely underserved population. In many ways, Madam Walker’s story is a classic rags-to-riches tale, wherein a poor orphaned girl pulls herself up through sheer determination and willpower, forming a business that becomes an industry giant and the envy of others. But Walker’s story is also one of repeated frustration—that her various husbands took more from her than they gave in return; that her accomplishments were challenged or overlooked by others in the black community; that she barely lived long enough to enjoy her hard-earned prosperity.

Walker’s great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles, wrote her biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker. She talked to Collectors Weekly about Madam Walker and her unusual rise to wealth and fame.

(Image credit: ©Madam Walker Family Archives/A’Lelia Bundles)


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A Camera is Set Up to See How This 11-Week-Old Corgi Regularly Escapes Puppy Jail


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Beau is just a baby corgi; at eleven weeks, he's only been weaned from mama corgi for a short time. But youth isn't stopping Beau from figuring out how to live his best puppy life around the ol' homestead. Why should he be confined to a treat-free, boring kitchen when his human is away? Exploring the house would be much more fun. Thus, day after day, Beau is bustin' himself out of his lame, poorly positioned puppy gate. You're going to have to get up earlier than that in order to outsmart this pup, human. Via Viral Nova

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This Minion Body Wash Has One Horrifying Flaw

The Minions are drawn, modeled and rendered to be utterly adorable, but the one flaw in their character design is they still look horrifying when they bleed.

'If that blood is flowing out of an orifice the horror level increases, and seeing a Minion bleeding out of its eyes is something that's sure to stay with a child until well after they've started seeing a shrink.

Twitter user @AlsBoy, aka filmmaker and strong swimmer Ash Warner spotted this gruesome flaw in the Minions 3-in-1 Body Wash bottle design while soaping up in the shower, but at least the "blood" is strawberry banana scented!

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Loki in the Snow

Loki is a malamute/husky/arctic wolf mix (a “low content wolfdog”), so he is naturally at home in the snow. Enjoy watching him frolic joyfully across the mountains of Colorado. It might just cool you off on a hot day!

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You can see many beautiful pictures of Loki at his Instagram page. The song is "First" by Cold War Kids. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Artist-Created Emojis of Popular Bands and Musicians

Brazilian art director Bruno Leo Ribeiro created a series of emojis in the form of beloved musicians and bands. Why not, right? There seems to be emoji representations of everything else out there — musical acts are arguably more worthy than many others that exist.

Included in Ribeiro's series are Rage Against the Machine, U2, The Beatles, David Bowie, Kiss, Michael Jackson and even the Village People (which makes for quite the entertaining emoji)! From metal to alternative to pop to punk, Ribeiro leaves out few genres. 

See the entire series of these musical emojis here.  Via Design Taxi



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Alice & The Queen - The Luck Of The Draw


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Someone once presented the theory that Alice and the Queen of Hearts are simply two sides of the same card, one oriented towards positivity the other pointed towards Wonderland's underworld. This theory has been debated by mad hatters and brilliant philosophers alike, but they all run headlong into one fatal flaw in this logical leap- Alice is hunted by the Queen, and would lose her head if Alice had her way, but can such a narcissistic soul truly desire to destroy herself?

Deal yourself a winning hand with this Alice & The Queen t-shirt by Kellabell9, it's a bright and colorful design that's sure to drive your fellow fans wild!

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Superman Toy Soars Over Victoria Park, With A Little Help From A Flying Drone

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Since nobody can seem to do Superman justice on the big screen these days director/retoucher/drone pilot Barry Craig has taken it upon himself to shoot the Superman film we need.

Barry attached a Superman action figure to the front of his Phantom 3 flying camera drone and let the Man of Steel fly free over Victoria Park in London.

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Now all Barry needs to do is add some supervillain figures, sound effects and CGI eye beams to the footage and he's got the makings of a scene for a new Superman film, or at least a part of a sketch for Robot Chicken.

-Via Gizmodo


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Mr. Gillingham's Artificial Limbs

James Gillingham was a shoemaker by trade, but found his real calling in 1866. That's when he met a man who had lost an arm in a cannon firing accident. Gillingham made him a new arm- for free.

The new leather limb he built was strong and rigid but also perfectly fitted. The medical world noticed his talent, and Gillingham soon began producing a variety of artificial limbs.

Using a secret process wherein he molded the leather to the client’s limb before hardening it, Gillingham started a business making prostheses.

By 1910, he had restored mobility and function to over 15,000 patients.

Not only did Gillingham make superior prosthetic limbs, he photographed many of his clients. His pictures appeared in medical journals, in which he advised surgeons on ways to amputate that would leave patients with more mobility in the future. Mashable has a collection of those photographs. Notice that the women in the pictures try to hide their faces, turning shy at the prospect of showing their limbs, while the men are proud to show off theirs. -via Everlasting Blort


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Previously Obese Animals That May Inspire You to Diet

Losing weight is never easy, which is why it can be so important to find some inspiration when you're trying to push through those hunger pains. Sometimes people get inspiration from other people who have gone through the journey, but it's easy to feel like those people would judge you for not being able to follow in their footsteps. If you're looking for a little motivation from someone who is sure to love you no matter how many times you take an undeserved cheat day, these ten critters who have gone through some serious weight loss might be just the ticket. 

Of course, even if these adorable weight loss success stories don't motivate you to drop your own spare tire, they're still adorable to look at.

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How to Skin a Watermelon

Mark Rober taught us how to make a watermelon smoothie a couple of years ago. Now he’s got a neat watermelon party trick to impress everyone at this year’s Labor Day picnic.

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I would add that it would behoove you to carry that watermelon in a cooler, tub, or at least put plastic under it until you get to the picnic, because it’s liable to leak a bit. And Mark, that potato salad would have been eaten up, and fast, if you had remembered to put mustard in it. -via Digg

See also: more from Mark Rober.

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Past Me Is a Jerk

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Past Me thinks that it’s super professional and organized to set reminders to accomplish important tasks—but only for Present Me. It’s just an orderly form of procrastination. This will be noted on Past Me’s performance evaluation.


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This Much Will Kill You


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This latest offering from AsapSCIENCE addresses the quantities of substances (many of which are widely thought to be harmless) that can harm or kill humans. Some dangerous human conditions that are beyond control (for example, being exremely tall) are also discussed. How can consumption of cherries cause an untimely death? How much chocolate, marijuana or alcohol would likely do you in? Learn the answers to these questions and more.


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