There are gender norms in our society that are archaic and silly. Expectations thrust on either sex because of outdated reasons, and it takes big thinking to change that. To try and change something that has been a cornerstone in society for so long is hard, but this makes it a lot easier. There is a list over at ODDEE right now that I think many of you (us) need to see. It is a comprehensive list of some of the more well known female daredevils throughout history. Daredevils like Jolene Van Vugt, who is seen here shattering some records and melting faces with her awesomeness in a normally male-dominated sport. The best part is, that is just one example.
How about a wing walking team of three females who risk it all and show the world the only thing between the genders are the invisible walls and fence we all put there? There is even a woman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrell. Yes, we are talking that hardcore. So check out the list right here and allow yourself a moment to realize, we are all one, and we are all insane!
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Most people are aware of key facts about Ludwig van Beethoven, such as his gradually going deaf while still composing masterpieces. This Mental Floss article digs deeper, featuring nineteen lesser known facts about the brilliant composer.
For example, Beethoven's father was more than a little bit of a "stage parent." On the contrary, he seems downright cruel. Recognizing that young Ludwig was musically talented, his father became intent on proving he was a prodigy on the level of Mozart, who was fourteen years older and already well known.
Unlike Mozart, who took to instruments and practice more naturally, Beethoven's father forced him to play at all hours. Neighbors of the Beethoven family remembered Ludwig as a child, standing on a bench to reach the keyboard and crying as his father prodded him to continue playing. That puts many of his intense and foreboding pieces in a new light!
Sorry, shoppers. Although the easy-to-assemble cabinet smells fresh from cedar wood and will keep your clothing sorted properly, it does not lead to a magical world. There is no hidden door in the back, unlike some others.
Over the last half decade and with the help of dash cams and the internet, Russians have become sort of the archetype for the idea of a badass. Someone who can see a meteor enter the skyline while they are driving in to work in the morning and not even react, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Russians are formed from solid stone and survive by wrestling bears, and their complete disregard for speedbumps proves this fact. I drive over these things at about 5 m.p.h. Some Russians, on the other hand...
The best part is, there are people clearly aware at how partially insane some Russian drivers are, so they are sitting there filming. Glad to know there is someone out there who understands that hitting a speed bump at sixty will not benefit you in any way and may do some serious damage to the undercarriage of your car and your tires. Or they were just filming because it is hilarious. Definitely one of those two.
Previously, we've featured photos taken at precisely the right moment. This collection focuses exclusively on dogs. Canine companions are present for the good and bad times in the lives of their humans. Their constant companionship means they are in our photographs as well, whether we plan it that way or not. Sometimes their appearances in the frame result in comedy, as seen here. Take a look at other examples of wonderful canine photobombs at this link.
When toy companies keep pumping out product you end up with a bunch of figures that never should have seen the light of day, figures that are lacking one key word- action.
The Doctor Who craze ushered in by the series reboot resulted in a bunch of bad action figure releases, but no figure in the collection was more pointless than Destroyed Cassandra, the frame from which an animated flap of skin once hung:
The Waltons wasn’t a very exciting show, but even they got their own toy line, and for the sake of completion they released every member of the family- including Grandma and Grandpa Walton, the least action packed figures ever.
On the other hand, Starsky and Hutch was an action packed show worthy of having an action figure line, but releasing a figure for a drunken bearded man who never appeared on the show is the epitome of pointless:
And, last but certainly not least in terms of pointlessness, what action figure collection is complete without a side of beef? That's right- it's the iconic 1/2 cow Sylvester Stallone socked up real good in the movie Rocky.
Blincoe is an Austin native who, if I understand correctly, currently lives in Nashville. She has a real gift for arranging objects in photos. You can see this strongly in her color-coded candy series.
Who knows what goes on in the mind of a great dog? If we look carefully, we may be able to plumb the depth of the canine psyche. I think that Matthew Boyd and Ian McConville of Three Panel Soul has captured it quite well in their latest comic. -via Buzzfeed
We all know how Han acted solo- brash, cocky, a bit rude, and totally aloof even in the middle of a blaster battle, but we never got to see how he acted on his downtime. When he was hanging around the Falcon with his pal Chewie, tossing a few back in the cantina with Chewie, or happily jumping up and down with Chewie, Han was truly happy and looked more like a little boy than a bad boy!
See Solo in a whole new light on this Han With Friend t-shirt by Zarkan, it has the power to make people smile and put stars in the eyes of sci-fi fans.
The Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno (Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno) in Genoa, Italy, which opened in 1851, is known worldwide for its fantastic sculpture. One of the largest cemeteries in Europe, its origin is associated with Napoleon's 1804 Edict of St. Cloud, which became law in Italy in 1806. The edict ruled that every burial was to be conducted outside of city walls, and burial monuments had to be the same size and were granted by committee. A portion of the hillside of Staglieno was originally chosen for the location of the cemetery due to its sparse population and acceptability within the rules of the edict.
As the cemetery grew, English, Jewish and Protestant sections were added. Among the notable names buried there is the wife of Oscar Wilde, Constance Lloyd. Frequent visitors included Mark Twain and Friedrich Nietzsche.
See more photos of the extraordinary sculptures in the The Cimitero Monumentale di Staglieno here.
Omote combines face tracking technology, motion capture concentrated on facial points rather than the whole body, with a digital image projection that changes and moves along with the face in real time.
It's fascinating to watch the facial projection change along with the soundtrack, and the video really shows the potential applications for this kind of digital facial enhancement in film, but how will this new technology affect those famous Hollywood faces? Only time will tell...
OSO Architecture designed a new office suite in Istanbul for LEGO's Turkey division. 23 people will work in this space decorated in bright colors and images of minifigs. Circles on the walls and ceilings are reminiscent of LEGO blocks, giving workers and visitors the impression that they've jumped into a LEGO universe. There are no blocks on the floor for people to accidentally step on barefoot, but presumably those can be added later.
In this week’s mental_floss video, John Green returns to give is a barrage of interesting facts about amusement parks, and thrill rides in particular -some of them are much older than you thought. But there are amusement parks with no thrill rides at all, like the “sex park” in London. Others need a little explanation, so watch this and find out what “hundepruten” means. Unless you already know. Yes, New Jersey's Action Park is touched upon briefly.
It is called erythrism an unusual and little-understood genetic mutation caused by a recessive gene similar to that which affects albino animals. This mutation results in one of two things happening or even a combination of the two; a reduce or even absence of the normal pigment and/or the excessive production of other pigments, in this case red which results in pink morphs. Although it was first discovered in 1887 in a katydid species, it is extremely rare to see these pink morphs so you can imagine our delight at finding so many in one area and they probably all have the same parents both carrying the recessive gene. All the individuals we found were nymphs and a couple of things can now happen if they make it to adulthood, they can lose the pink colouring altogether, they may stay pink or even be a variation between the two! We will be checking back on these individuals throughout the coming weeks and months to see what happens.
In the 1996 movie Independence Day, aliens invade the Earth, intent on exterminating the human race and devouring the planet's resources. The aliens slaughter human military forces wherever they encounter resistance. But on July the Fourth, America leads a great worldwide counterattack that ends in victory.
That counterattack begins with President Thomas Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, giving an impassioned speech to military forces gathered at Area 51. That speech is embedded below. Gilbert Gottfried, a comedian noted for his commanding and stentorian voice, recently read that speech.
In retrospect, it is clear that Gottfried should have played that role, not Pullman.
Bathrooms.com is an online retailer of bathroom fixtures, such as fiberglass sinks and toilets. For that company, this chocolate bathroom was a simple response to evidence that there is a market for chocolate bathroom fixtures:
We understand design, functionality, what a shower tray actually does, all of that sort of stuff. Our area of expertise has not historically been confectionary! Nevertheless, of the millions of Google searches for sweet related terms each month, a number of these come to our web site. Why? Because people are regularly searching for "bathroom sweets".
Were people looking to find loo-specific treats, or was this just a simple case of bad spelling?
The answer is pretty obvious. Clearly people wanted bathroom suites, and they just got it a bit wrong. But that got us thinking: just how do bad spelling, a love of confectionery and bathrooms come together like that?
The company's response was to build a bathroom made of chocolate. Choccywoccydoodah, a British chocolatier, provided rich Belgian chocolate for the task.
All the chocolate objects that you see here are on sale. That bidet costs $11,656 (USD) and contains 210,000 calories. The entire set costs $133,196 and will add 9.4 million calories to your diet, should you choose to eat it.
The company claims that the chocolate fixtures will remain solid for 6 months if kept at room temperature. But let's be honest: you're going to eat it all long before them.
Kids love to share their newfound love of art with their family, but sometimes this freedom of artistic expression means the folks are left cleaning up major messes around the house.
Little artists spill on the carpet, mark on tabletops and smear fingerpaints all over the furniture, and in their young eyes those blank walls are just dying for an artistic makeover.
Usually when kids write on the walls it means the parents have to scrub the whole mess off, sometimes even repaint to cover up the mess, but one crafty mom went along with her child’s artistic streak instead of covering it up.
With a little design ingenuity, and some beautifully painted organic shapes, she was able to turn the scribbles into a bit of decorative flair, and her ingenious solution was shared with the world by Redditor jerschneid.
This guy put a GoPro camera on his pizza tongs while he worked at a pizza parlor. What you’ll see is pizza after pizza coming out of the over all hot and tasty. It’s downright mesmerizing, and you’ll find yourself checking out the various ingredients and starting to crave a slice or two yourself. Oh look! That one has shrimp on it! There are some toippings I can't quite figure out, but they're most likely delicious anyway. Someone in the comments suggested that he next put the camera on the pizza slicer, but I would imagine that would be quite dizzying. -via Viral Viral Videos
There’s a really punny guy from the Uk running around adding a touch of street art wonder to city walls.
He’s a bit of a character, and every stencil or painting he puts up has something to say, generally something meant to make city life a bit more fun.
He calls himself JPS, and his enjoyable images and phrases are popping up on walls all over the place, for instance the interior walls of a sanitarium in Norway that was about to be demolished.
His addition of horror icons to the sanitarium walls seems very appropriate for such a spooky place, and you can almost see the little Black Metal kids in there drinking beer, breaking stuff and enjoying the impromptu street art gallery.
JPS is more than just a punster with a stencil and a spray can- he's a lover of pop culture, a skilled painter, and someone who is creatively critical of the very street art scene he actively participates in, poking fun at his fellow graffiteurs.
He had been shredding for years, he had hundreds of foot ninjas under his command, and yet that steely master of crime was missing one major thing in his life- true love. He didn't want to destroy those mutant turtles, he was simply acting out of jealousy towards their relationship with April, but he couldn't bring himself to face the fact that life without love just ain't worth livin'!
Take your geeky style back to the animated 80s with this I Want To Know What Love Is t-shirt by Rocky Davies, it's the coolest way to show your love for mutant ninjas and misunderstood samurai.
A dashcam in Mogilev, Belarus, caught footage of a motorcyclist crashing into the back end of a moving car. The biker manages to land on his feet, though. I would say “don’t blink or you’ll miss it,” but it’s a video. Not only can you back it up, but they will show it again in slow motion. If this stunt were put into a movie, people would just laugh at how unbelievable it is. There is a translation of the in-car conversation at reddit, but it’s mostly profanity. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
A good conference table should impress people while intimidating them so you can always get the upper hand. This Boeing 747 engine coffee table is certain to do both.
The one-of-a-kind item was created by MotoArt, but if it's just too big for your needs, they do have a coffee table available that is made with the much smaller DC-9 engine. Of course, if cost is a factor, the items probably aren't right for you, given that the prices are only available by inquiry.
The huge success, financially, critically, and personally, of the Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night in 1964 made a follow-up film an inevitability. And everything pointed to this next film being superior to A Hard Day's Night. After all, the locations for this second film would be the Bahamas and the Austrian Alps.
The Beatles liked these locations because they wanted to have a fun holiday while filming (their manager, Brian Epstein, liked the tax breaks they would get in the Bahamas.) Richard Lester and Walter Shenson, the respective director and producer of A Hard Day's Night, would be returning too. The budget would be double that of A Hard Day's Night and this time the movie would be filmed in glorious Technicolor. But as they say, the best laid plans of mice and Beatles...
Filming began in the Bahamas on February 22, 1965. The film's ultra-flimsy plot was something about an Eastern cult losing a mystic sacrificial ring and Ringo somehow finding it. The Eastern villains chase Ringo around, trying to get their sacred ring back, and this leads to a combination James Bond-like spy film and a semi-merry chase romp as John, Paul and George try to save their drummer pal from the fiendish baddies.
From day one, it very quickly became apparent that the Beatles were, shall we say, indulging. John was to recall: “We were smoking marijuana for breakfast during this period. Nobody could communicate with us, it was all glazed eyes and giggling all the time.”
Ringo added: “If you look at pictures of us, you can see a lot of red-eyed shots. They were red from the dope we were smoking.”
The boys' beautiful female co-star, Eleanor Bron, remembered John (who she had an on-set affair with) offering her a joint one day and her timidly taking a quick puff.
George recalled the boys filming a rather innocuous scene where a pipe is dropped out the window of Buckingham Palace and several of the Army Guard dropping onto the ground, put to sleep by blue smoke emanating from the hose. George and his mates kept breaking up into fits of the giggles, ruining take after take, and the routine scene took up almost a full day to film. Poor director Lester, a very patient man, realized that if he didn't get a scene filmed by around noon, he may as well pack up for the day.
I read it in a webcomic, so it must be true. Just be sure to exchange all of your compliments before crossing back over the border because American businesses usually won't take them as currency. But I understand that Alex may give a discount at the NeatoShop if you notice after he has had his hair done without him dropping a hint.
This bird in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park isn't welcoming the throngs of visitors that the park receives daily. To show her displeasure, she proceeds to dive bomb those people who dare to walk past her nest. Where's Alfred Hitchcock when you need him? Via 22 Words.
The Zoological Center Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan welcomed two fennec fox kits after a fifteen-year wait for a birth of the species. Fennec fox couple Penny and Louis de Fennec, both four years old, spent the 50-day gestation period of their offspring burrowing tunnels in their enclosure. The tunnels were an addition to their home to accomodate the new kits.
Mother Penny was aggressive during the gestation and after the birth of her kits, an instinctive measure of protection. Penny hid her babies in the newly dug burrows soon after they were born. Their keepers kept their enclosure private at that time, in order for the mama and papa to have bonding time with their kits. Currently, keepers are slowly introducing them to their loving public.
Fennec foxes are native to the Sahara in Northern Africa as well as Northern Saudi Arabia. Their large ears not only cool the fox by losing excess heat, but they also enable them to hear predators from a great distance. The fennec fox is a nocturnal animal, escaping the heat during the day as it rests in its burrow. The life span of the species is approximately ten years. Via Zooborns.
Megan Bratten of Independence, Missouri walked out of the K-Mart and found that her minivan was gone. She's a single mother of five kids, so money is tight. The loss of the van appeared to be a devastating blow.
In fact, it was in even better condition. She had mentioned that the van had a bad transmission. When Bratten found the van, there was an empty bottle of transmission fluid in it. The thief had refilled the reservoir.
It seems the sizes of soda cups in certain fast food chains has grown from cup sized single servings to barrells that a small army could live off of for three weeks. Japanese versions of the McDonalds chain is now offering a jumbo sized coke. But there is a slight catch, as you can see from the photo above. The drink is massive, but comes with a reminder that you are either destined to die alone, or that you at least have someone with you who loves you enough to take the journey to the other side with you.
There is, after all, nothing more romantic than the person who is willing to get diabetes with/for you, is there? Also, seems a great way for the fast food chain to remind people they should not be guzzling back that much carbonated sugar water by themselves. Either that, or remind them of the constant looming shadow that is is their epic loneliness.