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Why Do We Celebrate the Fourth of July?

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Mark Dice went to the beach in San Diego to find out what people know about the historical events we celebrate on the Fourth of July. No doubt there were people who had perfectly accurate answers, but they did not make the cut. It’s still sad that he found so many Americans who couldn’t answer the questions. I have a suspicion that alcohol may have been involved. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Clones - Support Class Secondary Characters


Clones by Ke Sneller

Everybody always focuses their attention on the smuggler, the Jedi, the hairy guy and the princess, but where's the love for those fabulous supporting cast clone troopers? They're the ones who make the movies possible, and even though they're not the stars of that intergalactic war they are the ones who stand around going pew-pew-pew all day and taking blaster bolts in the name of the Empire. And let's not forget that these totally overlooked characters also sacrifice themselves for the sake of a few laughs, now where else in the galaxy are you gonna find a supporting cast who commits themselves so fully to a role?

Show some love for the other stars of the show with this Clones t-shirt by Ke Sneller, and get all geared up for sci-fi movie night!

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Should've Used Ragu

Mom's dealing with morning sickness, Dad's facepalming nearby, and their daughter proudly holding a jar of Prego pasta sauce. It can only mean one thing: it's a clever "we're pregnant" announcement made just for the Interwebs (or is it an anti-advertisement warning you to stay away from a certain pasta sauce?)

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School Paints Lockers as Book Spines to Create an "Avenue of Literature"

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Biloxi Junior High School in Biloxi, Mississippi has a row of 189 lockers along its eighth grade English hallway. For security reasons, they've remained unused for over 15 years. Now they're back in service. This time, they will promote reading.

During the summer, teachers and volunteers have been repainting the lockers to look like book spines. The book selections reflect a wide variety of reading levels and interests. Their hope is that this project will inspire students to read more. WLOX quotes teacher Elizabeth Williams:

We want students to come back to school in August and walk on the hallway and be absolutely amazed with what we've done and be curious. We want that to be the driving spark for reading in our classrooms," said Williams. "Seeing it in person is a completely different experience, and that's what we're hoping for the students. We're hoping the students come and they become completely immersed in a collection that we feel is the best of the best of every genre."

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Snowball Dances to Queen


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This may be an old clip of Snowball the Cockatoo (previously), but there's no mystery as to why it's making the rounds again. The way this bird dances, head bangs and puts on a show in perfect time to Queen's Another One Bites the Dust is beyond cute. Via Laughing Squid

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The Mysterious Coffin Man of Lake Burley, Australia


Photo: Jeanne Mclauchlan

He's not the ferryman Charon and that isn't the River Styx, but you get the picture.

Paddlers on Lake Burley in Canberra, Australia, spotted a man dressed as an undertaker in a stand-up paddle board that looks like a coffin decorated with bright plastic flowers. "In the distance, as we came towards the Carillon we noticed a figure emerge from the thick fog," paddler Jeanne Mclauchlan told The Canberra Times, "It was a figure of a man dressed in a tuxedo and top hat on a stand-up-paddle coffin, complete with flowers, paddling toward us."

And where exactly is the mysterious man going?

"We asked 'coffin man', 'Where are you going?' His response was 'To Queanbeyan cemetery as I have a 3pm grave site to prepare'."

Via Arbroath

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Fireworks Safety Guide

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission makes videos to teach you how to be safe, and they made one about fireworks safety, of course. But it wasn’t exciting enough. So Boing Boing remixed it.

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I’m sure you’ll like the new musical version better.  


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The Earth's Selfie Stick

The cameras are extremely expensive. But if anyone is beautiful enough to do this without appearing vain, it's Mother Earth. Smile for the camera as cartoonist Dan Meth snaps a photo.

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Online Magazine Drumming Up the Controversy with their "Don't Mancriminate" Campaign



Indian online magazine Maggcom — likely to generate business for themselves — has just launched a campaign based on gender equality for men that predictably has some people in an uproar. Examples of the graphics created to express the issues of the campaign are included here. The text on their site reads as follows,

"Why should men have to give up their seat if they see a lady standing? Why should he have to hold out a door for a lady passing by? Men don’t get free entry in clubs. Men unlike women don’t get periods (yes don’t be so ashamed of it girls, you do that!) and so men can’t work their way out of the problem saying they are PMSing. Men certainly do not get the sympathy votes. Why should men not cry? Why should men do the heavy lifting? Why not girls?” 

Unsurprisingly, Twitter users have taken exception to the campaign. Search hashtag   for examples of their ire. See further graphics from the "don't mancriminate" campaign and more examples of its Twitter protest here. 

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Wasabi, The Dress-Wearing Therapy Tortoise

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You've heard of therapy dogs and maybe the occasional therapy cat or rabbit. But how many of you have heard of a therapy tortoise? Wasabi, a 42-pound African spur tortoise is a certified therapy pet with Therapy Pets Unlimited. Her owner, Lia Chicarella, wraps Wasabi in dresses to cover up her diaper. This provokes delight and wonder when she visits nursing homes and schools as part of her work. The Huffington Post reports:

These days, Wasabi visits with folks in nursing homes and schools, and is a "regular" at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore. At all these places, Wasabi spreads comfort and delight, and provokes a lot of reactions like "OMG!! Look at the size of that TURTLE!! Why is it wearing a dress?" [...]

They're often thought of as moving rocks -- but in fact tortoises like Wasabi grow to be very large, live for decades and are very smart.

"She's not a goldfish in a shell. She is an intelligent animal. She can learn. She has and shows emotions," says Chicarella. "People underestimate the intelligence of tortoises. I am not saying she's going to be doing long division anytime soon but she knows her name and usually comes when she's called."


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French Bulldog Breaks House Rules When Human is Gone, Dog Pal Snitches


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A Frenchie has what looks to be a wonderful time shredding toilet paper while her human is out. But little did she know that her bull mastiff housemate would spill so easily when pressed for details about the crime. More like a rat mastiff! Via Tastefully Offensive

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Which Leaf is the Drawing and Which Are Real?

One of these leaves ain't like the others! Norway-based artist Dino Tomic of Atomic Circus drew a leaf so real that it's hard to distinguish the painting from the real stuff.

Can you guess which leaf is a pencil drawing?

See if you got the right answer:

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Celebrate! - Dine And Dance 'Til You're Dead!


Celebrate! by Red-Flare

Every day is a birthday celebration at Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria, and when you party with that animatronic band you're in for one hell of a show! But if you're one of the unlucky ones who are forced to work at Freddy's after hours then there will be no celebrating for you, just five nights of mind numbing fear and a drunken night of revelry if and when you survive the security gig..

Bring some fearsome fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Celebrate! t-shirt by Red-Flare, and show the world you're always game for a good old fashioned jumpscare!

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McDonald's Happy Meal Toys for Adults

My kids love to eat McDonald's Happy Meals. For them, the best part of each one is the toy inside. What will it be? It's always the first thing that they check.

The prize is almost always a small plastic toy. That's fun sometimes. But if you're past childhood (in the legal or psychological definition), then it may not be enough. BuzzFeed suggests 12 Happy Meal toys that McDonald's could market to adults--and specifically 20-somethings. These include an app that reminds you to call your parents, a jar of Nutella, and a neck pillow.


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If Mexicans Celebrated the 4th Like Americans Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

Some Americans look at any holiday as an excuse to party, including other countries’ holidays, like Cinco de Mayo, St. Patricks Day, and Chinese New Year. Even Canada Day is starting to get the treatment. Let’s turn the tables and see how our Independence Day could be used for an excuse to get drunk and party and pretend to be American.

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Yeah, sure, plenty of Americans will drink to excess on the Fourth of July, but it won’t be because of cultural appropriation with no understanding. That will be mainly because it falls on a Saturday. -via Buzzfeed


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Russell Powell's Handprint Art

Russell Powell, an artist in California, paints detailed portraits on the palm of his left hand, then presses that hand against paper to produce beautiful and unique prints. Every print that he creates bears his indelible and individual mark. It's an original approach to printmaking and portraiture. You can see more examples of his work at his Instagram page.

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The Only Video in Existence of Mark Twain


Edison's Original Clip
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This, the only film footage of Mark Twain ever recorded, was originally posted by Miss Cellania some years ago. I think it bears repeating, not only due to its level of interest, but also since there's now a digitally restored version (below). The footage was shot in 1909 by Thomas Edison. It was captured at Twain's Connecticut estate, Stormfield, and features his daughters Jean and Clara. Via Vintage Everyday


Digitally Restored Version
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Why Did Yankee Doodle Call a Feather ‘Macaroni’?

Outside of “Star and Stripes Forever,” the song “Yankee Doodle” is most associated with the 4th of July holiday. We all learned it as kids, but never really understood it. My kids would sing the line “Stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni” and they would follow it with a shout of “and cheese!” because it makes no sense. But there really is an explanation.  

The first bit of context you need in order to understand the sense of this line is that the song “Yankee Doodle” was not always the proud, patriotic ditty we know today. It was originally sung by British soldiers in mockery of the rough, unsophisticated, American colonials they had to fight alongside during the French and Indian War. The thrust of it was “look at these ridiculous yokels!”

The second bit of context has to do with what was going on back in England at the time.

It was a case of embracing an insult and making it our own. Read the rest of the story at mental_floss.


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Cat Plays Dead When Shot with Finger Gun

Carmine Migliaccio, a comedian in Italy, has trained his cat to drop dead when shot with a finger. With a single bang, he  whimpers and crumples to the ground. Don't worry! He'll be up and playing with the keys in a moment.


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Kick It Old School Style These 30 Totally Retro Themed T-Shirts (And You Can Win One Too!)

Lovers of all things retro know that everything geeky was better back in the day, and when you're from the old school you never graduate, you just keep getting cooler with age!

The NeatoShop is the home of all the geeky t-shirts that matter, including an astounding array of designs that will make retro enthusiasts totally flip out with delight!

(But if you're short on cash you should make your way to the end of this post and enter to win a free NeatoShop t-shirt.)

A lifelong obsession with retro pop culture begins at an early age, and for some it started with a buff guy riding a green tiger

Eye Of The Tiger by Rocky Davies

People might give you trouble about your retro obsession as you grow older

Eric The Clown by DeepFriedArt

But, despite what they may say, you know retro characters are the absolute coolest

80's Pacman by SoleVision

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Batman vs. Joker in Stop-motion

It’s an action movie starring action figures! The fists and gadgets fly as Batman battles the Joker, and it gets more intense as they both bring out reinforcements. It eventually goes to old-school punching when they all run out of ammunition, but that's no less intense.

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Producer Counter656 took 3500 pictures to make this sequence. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Star Wars Woodblock Prints Made in the Traditional Japanese Style

These aren't just prints made to look like art from Edo Japan. They're actually made in both the antique style and technique, using old printing methods.

Lucasfilm commissioned artist Masami Ishikawa and a traditional printer to develop several amazing images, lifting scenes from all six movies and reproducing them in a novel way. You can see more prints and a production video at Kotaku.


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News Crew Robbed at Gunpoint While Filming Report

Cara Liu, a reporter for San Francisco's Fox affiliate KTVU, was recording a live news report from Pier 14 when three armed men stole camera equipment belonging to another station, KNTV, which was also on the scene. KNTV, an NBC affiliate also filming a report, had its cameraman Alan Waples pistol-whipped. The robber came back to steal KTVU's equipment before fleeing. 

KNTV caught a look at the man on film who allegedly committed the robbery and of his weapon. According to Deadline,

"There were three attackers involved in the incident, the latest in which news crews were accosted by robbers in the Bay Area. The heists have prompted stations to hire security guards, many of whom are former police officers, to accompany crews, particularly for stories in Oakland."

Read more on this story at SF Gate. Via Uproxx.  


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Butts - Tina And The Terrible Tush


Butts by Inner Coma Clothing Co.

Tina has a one track mind, and even though she thinks about boys, erotic fan fiction, burgers and horses running across rainbows her thoughts always come back to one thing- butts. It's not Ms. Belcher's fault that she was born with an abnormally active sex drive and a mind that most boys her age find befuddling, but Tina's love of bouncy buns is bound to get her (and therefore Bob) in to a lot of trouble with those prudish anti-buttites...

Celebrate your favorite cartoon character's favorite obsession with this Butts t-shirt by Inner Coma Clothing Co., it's one tasty way to show the world you're on Team Tina!

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8 Awesome Storage & Organization Hacks

At Homes and Hues, we offer a lot of storage tips because we understand that almost everyone could use a little extra space in their home. We started with these 18 space saving ideas, then offered up another 10 ideas for decluttering and now here are 8 more.

From having a dedicated space for your children's sports balls to working a toothbrush holder into your existing medicine cabinet, we're sure you'll find something here to help you organize and save space in your home. 

So check out all of our new tips over at Homes and Hues: 8 More Storage & Organization Hacks


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The Light Show in the Great Smokey Mountains

Today, the rare Smoky Mountain fireflies are a tourist attraction. Twenty years ago, science didn’t believe they existed.  

(Image credit: Flickr user Ryan Atkins)

 

At exactly 9:27 P.M., when dusk slips into darkness in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the “light show” begins. It’s June, and for two weeks in Elkmont, Tennessee, the fireflies pool their efforts. Instead of scattershot blips of light in the summer sky, the fireflies—thousands of them—pulse this way for hours, together in eerie, quiet harmony. It’s as if the trees were strung up with Christmas lights: bright for three seconds, dark for six, and then bright again, over and over. It continues this way for hours.

As a child, Lynn Faust would huddle with her family on the cabin porch to watch the spectacle. They’d sit, mesmerized by the “drumbeat with no sound.” And though they’d appreciated the show for generations, Faust never thought the event was newsworthy. “I’d assumed there was only one kind of firefly and thought they did a nice show in the Smokies,” she says.

The natural world has long enchanted Faust. In college, she majored in forensic anthropology and minored in forestry. In her twenties, she circumnavigated the globe for three years, visiting islands you could only get to by boat, learning about cultures before they disappeared, pursuing underwater photography. Today, at 60, she’s a naturalist who writes scientific papers and field guides about fireflies. But she wasn’t always obsessed with the insect. In fact, her academic interest began only in the ’90s, when she read an article by Steven Strogatz, a Cornell mathematician, in which he marveled at a species of Southeast Asian firefly that synchronized its flashes. Highlighting how rare this phenomenon was, Strogatz noted that there were no synchronous fireflies in the Western Hemisphere.

This struck Faust as odd. It contradicted the light shows she had seen growing up. As she dug deeper, Faust found that while there had been more than 100 years of colloquial accounts of North American fireflies flashing in sync, scientists discounted those reports, attributing them to lore or optical illusion. Faust knew the truth: that her Tennessse fireflies were every bit as special as the species in Asia. But how could she prove it?

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The Ladder Dancer


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His name is Uzeyer Novruzov. He's the Ladder Dancer. Give him a ladder and a tune, and he'll dance up a storm.

Novruzov recently appeared on America's Got Talent and danced to Al Hirt's Green Hornet theme. His act begins at the 1:44 mark, but I suggest watching the entire video because his awkward pre-performance shtick is hilarious.

-via Miss Cellania


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Awesome Images Of Pop Culture Icons Created Using Stock Photos

Photoshopped art pieces generally fall into two different categories- addition and subtraction. Either something is added to the original image or subtracted from it, which generally makes spotting a Photoshopped image quite easy.

But the digital artworks created by Jeff Chapman aren’t so easy to categorize, and the way Jeff creates these amazing looking images of iconic characters from pop culture is quite complicated.

Jeff uses various pieces from stock photographs, with some additional digital painting and visual effects, to create highly detailed images of strong and sexy pop culture superstars. Here's a glimpse into the making of this striking portrait of Elsa from Frozen:

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Three Bear Cubs Up in a Tree


Photo: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Wildlife photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen snapped this photo of three bear cubs climbing up a tree in Suomussalmi, Finland, while mama bear waited below.

No, the cute cubs aren't playing hide-and-seek with their mom. Rather, they were actually hiding from a male bear that's nearby. Mulkahainen told Ilta-Sanomat that the three cubs climbed up the tree for safety, while the female bear stayed on guard below. The cubs stayed in the tree for quite some time, but the male never showed up.

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Astronaut Selfies

Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin attended the SciTechLeaders Conference (because he is the Science Director of The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists), and took this photo with the other attendees. I wonder if this could be some kind of record for the most people in one selfie. One thing I found out is that Aldrin already holds a selfie record.

(Image credit: NASA)

Buzz Aldrin took the first spacewalk selfie when he reached out to the camera and snapped it during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966, although Michael Collins had taken a selfie inside a space capsule a few months earlier on the Gemini 10 mission. Neither astronaut could imagine at the time how ubiquitous that photography technique would become in the 21st century.


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