It's happened to all of us. A family member, friend, or co-worker says something wrong, so you point out their error. But they are convinced you are the one who is wrong. We should just let it go at that point, but every once in a while, the argument escalates into something the two of you think is important, when it's not important at all. It's just dumb.
Are these examples of overthinking it, or just over-caring? Even if you manage to dial it back, those arguments and their aftermath will stay with you, so you can share it years later.
Mountain Butorac (yes, his name is Mountain) of The Catholic Traveler took his 3-year-old goddaughter to see Pope Francis. After waiting a couple of hours, they got to meet the Pope up close ... and the little girl stole his hat* after distracting him with a kiss!
Usually, when someone's hair got set on fire, it's not on purpose. But setting his client's hair on fire is exactly what Palestinian hairdresser Ramadan Adwan meant to do.
AP Photographer Khalil Hamra visited Adwan's barbershop to find out more about this unusual practice:
In his small shop in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Adwan uses careful application of open flames. His creative idea was born from Gaza's frequent power cuts preventing him from using a dryer. After cutting and combing, the barber applies what he calls "special" lotion and powder to client's heads to protect their skin before using flames from an aerosol can to dry the wet hair. "The experience strengthens the hair, but it's not permanent as with chemical products. It's just temporary to show a good and nice style," he says.
Bicyclists who ride around in big city traffic all day tend to get a bit salty, and in New York bikers have no problem cursing you out and telling you why they hate you while they continue to roll along.
So it's refreshing to see an NYC bicyclist doing something other than cursing and yelling at people to get out of his way as he crosses the Brooklyn bridge.
Even more refreshing? This guy's incredible singing voice as he belts out a Star Wars inspired song to get pedestrians out of the bike lane.
"You know, when junior scrunches his eyes up like that, he looks just like (insert famous movie actor)!" Yes, he does. The internet has an unlimited supply of baby pictures from proud parents, plus a revolving door of celebrities, so it stands to reasons that people will see an occasional uncanny resemblance.
Justin Cousson of Hollywood, California, converted over 30 instances of his roommate's messiness in the living room, kitchen, and laundry room into art pieces. Like this one above, titled "Cheese Knife".
"Knife left out on counter in striking distance of knife block, having been only used to remove seal of ice cream carton, which was also left on counter, leaving quite the sight as the last thing I saw before I gratefully leave town for two weeks." (mixed media 2017, $500).
"Sour cream covered spoon, left in sink before leaving town for four days"
(mixed media 2017, $3,400)
"Boxes left on couch because what even *is* breaking them down and recycling or leaving them not on the couch" (mixed media 2017, $6000)
That's how much the Grand Velas Los Cabos hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, charges for the world's most expensive taco.
Created by Executive Chef Juan Licerio Alcala, the taco comes with langoustine, kobe beef, black truffle brie cheese, and Almas Beluga caviar. The tortilla is infused with 24-karat gold flakes and the whole thing is served with an exotic morita chile salsa and civet coffee.
The taco will set you back $25,000 - more if you pair it with the Ley .925 Pasion Azteca Ultra-Premium Anejo tequila (at $150,000 a bottle). But, you know by now, guac is extra.
Rorschach once decided to get with the times and change up his wardrobe to reflect our modern society, so he had a custom QR mask made with a code that led to the Watchmen's website. He'd forgotten to consider how annoying it would be to have people walk up and scan his face with their phones everywhere he went, and then came the endless stream of comedians who thought they were being clever by taking a selfie with him. It was enough to drive Rorschach to murder, but he found an easier solution to his problems- he simply unplugged his modem and started reading books again!
Isn't it time to update your geeky wardrobe? If you bring home this QRorschach t-shirt by Kgullholmen you'll not only be adding some cutting edge humor to your closet- you'll be giving your fellow fans something to smile about!
Forget about sports or comics. If Kay Powell wrote for your paper, you dove straight into the obituaries.
THE 10 A.M. MEETING WAS ALWAYS THE SAME. That’s when Kay Powell would gather her staff to comb through the death notices. These were the short, rote missives from funeral homes and chapels—no nonsense, just the unhappy facts, another birth date that now had its declaratory bookend.
But to Powell, a reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, these were raw ingredients. She knew how to identify the subtle clues indicating a thread worth tugging on. In the skeleton outline of a person’s life, she could see a full portrait just waiting to be colored in.
When she found it, the meeting was over—and she hit the phones. Like any other reporter, she had questions to ask. Even though her subjects were dead, their stories were just beginning to come to life.
The Georgia native has a syrupy drawl that turns “ten” into “tin”; an easy, smoky laugh; and a policy of never leaving the house without lipstick and earrings on—“If I’m going through the drive-through window, the part of me that you can see looks like I’ve been a productive citizen,” Powell jokes. From 1996 to 2009, if you knew anyone in Atlanta who passed away, she probably knew them too. Death was her beat, her legacy built by ritually assembling profiles of what she calls “extraordinary ordinary people.”
In her tenure at the Journal-Constitution, Powell wrote poetic, funny, revelatory obituaries for the following: a moonshiner, the “King of Gypsies,” a lobotomy patient, a Tuskegee Airman, a lawyer famous for her cedar-smoked salmon, and a planet (“Pluto, the least of the major celestial bodies, never asked to be a planet,” the obit opened). She kept a sign on her desk quoting Washington Post obituaries editor Richard Pearson’s favorite saying about the profession: “God is my assignment editor.”
Surely you knew that braille is the alphabet and writing system used by blind and visually impaired people, but did you know that it was invented by a fifteen-year old boy who was accidentally blinded at a young age?
Maria Popova of Brain Pickings wrote a fantastic review of Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant. With lovely illustrations by Boris Kulikov, it is a children's book about how Louis Braille went blind at the age of three due to eye infection after an accident at his father's workshop, and how he went on to invent the writing system that is still in use today.
... the turning point in [Braille's] life came when he was three. His father was a leatherer specializing in horse tack in a small town near Paris. One day, while playing at the leather workshop, little Louis disregarded his father’s admonition not to toy with the sharp tools. ... Trying to imitate his father, he set out to puncture a piece of leather. But the awl slipped from his tiny hand and stabbed him in the eye.
The tree genus called Paulownia has several species, mostly native to Asia, that grow fast on difficult soil. They tend to thrive after forest fires, which kill its enemy fungus. It's also called the Princess Tree.
The genus, originally Pavlovnia but now usually spelled Paulownia, was named in honour of Anna Paulowna, queen consort of The Netherlands (1795–1865), daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia. It is also called "princess tree" for the same reason.
Paulownia is known in Japanese as ‘kiri’ and as ‘Princess Tree’ because it was once customary to plant a tree of this kind when a baby girl was born, and then to make it into a dresser as a wedding present when she married.
Before you run out and find a princess Tree to welcome your little princess, consider whether you will realistically have the time and skills to actually build a dresser, or the money to pay a carpenter to do it. -via Nag on the Lake
In Tuesday's Wheel of Fortune episode, a contestant named Kevin was one letter away from solving the puzzle and winning the game ... but his dirty mind proved to be his undoing (and his ticket to Internet infamy).
After Kevin called for a "K" (with confidence, no less) and lost the game to a fellow contestant, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak joked, "... although you got the right answer, I'd rather see Kevin's play."
We become nothing more than plant food when we're dead and buried, as roots grow through our flesh and wrap around our bones, but while we're alive we try to avoid letting plant life grow on our bodies.
And yet the fungi keeps growing in our cracks, the mold spores settle in our lungs and the moss begins to grow on our backs if we sit still for too long.
Humans don't like the idea of plants moving in on our fleshen territory, which is why these photos from French artist Cal Redback's "Treeheads" series make our skin crawl.
And yet there's something undeniably alluring about two lifeforms coming together in such an organic way, as Mother Nature's children meld into a new form of natural beauty.
There's a miniature stone village in Prospect Hill, North Carolina, consisting of 27 buildings and other small-town structures. It was all hand-made by one man: Henry Warren. When Warren retired from farming, he gathered white flint rock and lovingly crafted each building over the last nine years of his life. He decorated the buildings with flea market finds, such as jewelry, gemstones, colored tile, and anything he thought would make Shangri-La look good. Heather gives us her impression of the village after visiting.
Now this is just my opinion, but I believe Shangri-La is sacred. Henry, a retired tobacco farmer with no history in art or architecture, devoted his retired years to creating art; and this art was meant to simply make people happy. There’s power in that. For nearly a decade he poured love and creativity into these buildings, with the nothing more than the intention of making the world more beautiful. You can feel that energy there. You can feel that these buildings were made for you, simply to make you feel good.
Warren died in 1977, but his family maintains the village, and welcomes visitors who want to enjoy his work. -via Metafilter, where you'll find more links to explore Shangri-La.
Every year since 2011, the Takhini Hot Pools, a hot springs resort in Yukon, Canada, has held The International Hair Freezing Contest (Previously on Neatorama). Contestants would soak in the hot springs, dip their heads in the hot springs and wet their hair, then mold their hair into the most creative 'dos and let the cold winter air freeze it.
Take a look at the photos of some of this year's participants:
Just how cold was it there? Take a look at the temperature shown on the thermometer below:
The active ingredient in catnip that gives such pleasure to our kitties is nepetalactone. It doesn't have much effect on other species, but cats go wild -or at least some cats do. If you've had multiple cats, you've probably noticed at least one that didn't react to catnip at all. You have to feel sorry for those cats, while their housemates are enjoying a catnip-fueled high. However, there are some other substances, such as silver vine, Tatarian honeysuckle, and valerian root, that can stimulate cats. Molecular biologist Sebastian Bol performed an experiment to see how cats would react to these plants.
With 100 different cats, he rubbed the plant matter on a sock or a square of carpet, and set the material in the cats’ line of sight. Then he waited. If the cat approached and backed away, he considered that a denial. “Animals tend to move towards things they like, and back away from things they consider threats,” says Buffington. After each success or denial, he’d wait about five minutes for the cat to relax, then try again with another plant type. The response rate was striking: Almost 80 percent of the cats responded to the silver vine (a higher response rate than even nip, which got less than 70 percent of the cats high), and roughly 40 percent each for valerian root and honeysuckle.
Not everyone has $160 million budget for their version of Beauty and the Beast like Disney did, but it doesn't mean that local theaters couldn't impress you with their rapier wit and low-budget costumes.
Behold, the Low-Budget Beast, a blog dedicated to showcasing the best Beasts that have ever graced the stage:
Godzilla has done the whole "walk into town and destroy the place" routine, and he's been in plenty of brawls with plenty of crazy kaiju creatures, all of which truly gave him a thrill. But you know what he now finds even more thrilling? Shredding the guitar in front of a legion of adoring fans! The King of the Kaiju is now the undisputed King of Rock N Roll, mainly because nobody has the nerve to argue with him...
Add some r'n'r energy to your geeky wardrobe with this Rockazilla t-shirt by Dandingeroz, it's the electrifying way to wow your fellow kaiju fans.
Visit dandingeroz's NeatoShop for more awe inspiring designs:
Working from home can be lonely -sometimes all we have to keep us motivated, entertained and cheerful is our pets who have no idea we're even working. That's why telecommuting Accuride employee Michael Reeg decided that her dog Meeka should be named "Employee of the Quarter" every quarters. She even gave her furry friend an appropriate plaque to celebrate the occassion.
Michael claims Meeka really earned her title:
“I try out my sales pitches and presentations on her. She’s not easily impressed or swayed. All she hears is ‘blah, blah, blah, Meeka’—but she likes to hear my voice and I love that she pays attention.
You can read an interview with Michael over at The Dodo.
Greetings Starbuck Barista! Yesterday at your drive through we had a less then cheerful encounter. At no fault of yours, you were out of carriers & said you could not take my empty cup (trash). I was less then understanding and my manner was curt.
I need to apologize. The thought of leaving a trail of unkindness like that is so not the path i want to reflect. Not for you, Not for me. You are a young man, clearly working hard to build a future & you should be commended. Keep up your attitude of cheer & hope. Stay hopeful no matter what kind of people cross your path (or drive thru :) )
Surly, God has good blessing in store. You taught this ole lady something yesterday about, Kindness, Compassion & staying humble. I thank you! Debbie
God Bless you today & all your todays.
Debbie was most likely affected by other things going on in her life, but she realized that didn't make it okay to lash out at a stranger. Good on her. The discussion below the post was full of commenters who were sorry about ruining someone's day and stories of strangers who went out of their way to apologize for rudeness. The world could use more of that.
What a perfect birthday cake for a geologist! We don't know anything about the person who baked this "sedimentary layer cake", but we'd wager he or she's down to earth about the amount of time and labor it took. So let's not take it for granite. Plus, it sure builds my apatite! Yum!
After crushing brick-and-mortar and online competitors with his Amazon store and working to conquer space travel with his rocket company, what is there left to do for a billionaire? How about channeling your inner Tony Stark and turning yourself into mecha-billionaire?
That's what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did at the private Machine Learning, Home Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration (MARS) conference. As reported by The Verge, he stepped into a 13-foot-tall bot developed by Hankook Mirae Technology of South Korea and lived out our childhood fantasy of controlling a giant robot.
Conference attendee Caleb Harper shot this video clip of Bezos waving the mecha's arms:
According to Wikipedia, there have been ten X-Men movies so far. That's a bunch! If you've seen them all, you no doubt have your opinions on the quality of each one. Real X-Men fans will want to argue about anyone else's ranking of them, so head over to TVOM and see how your opinion meshes with their ranking of the five best X-Men films.
Harry Potter fans everywhere know that butterbeer is the go-to drink for witches and wizards and while you can buy a real-life version of it at the Wizarding Worlds in Universal Studios parks, most people can't get their fix at a theme park on a regular basis. If you're longing for that sweet buttery greatness and don't want to head to Orlando or Hollywood though, you're in luck -Yuengling's Ice Cream is now introducing a new butterbeer ice cream available at retailers through the country. The flavor consists of buttercream ice cream with a butterscotch swirl.
Late for school? Don't ask mom for a ride in her minivan ... ask dad to drop you off with his helicopter! (See, choppers aren't only good for running away from alien monster ... )
Passersby spotted a chopper land in front of a school in the elite Lipky district of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Moments later, a schoolboy jumped out and ran inside. The boy is reportedly the son of former Deputy Minister of Sports Andrey Palchevskii.
The incident sparked a debate on social media: is it an extravagant gesture of the elite, or is it just a boy desperate not to be late for school?
This puts a whole new spin on "Helicopter Parenting." View the story and video clip on Metro.
Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of the Found Footage Festival are not strongmen, but they play two of them on TV. They took on the duo name Chop & Steele and convinced various local TV morning shows to feature them. Their strongman act is obviously lame, but it's probably the best they could do. See a compilation of those attempts at Found Footage Festival.