When civil war tears a pop culture planet apart it starts sending ripples throughout the fictional franchise galaxy, and soon all sorts of animated worlds are swept up in buddy battle fever. In this episode- New New York does an old, old story arc. You'd think humanoids would have figured out how to get along by the 31st century, especially with all those seasons under their utility belt. But there's always some hot head delivery boy or drunken robot willing to start a war over something stupid- like the last can of Slurm!
Cartoon civil war has never looked quite as hilarious as it does on this Future War t-shirt by NemiMakeit, slip it on and let the nerd raging begin!
"Hunger is coming!" proclaims chef Josh Elkin. He made this replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. Like the one on the show, it's forged from the chicken wings that Aegon the Conqueror took from the lords of Westeros that he subdued.
Elkin clearly isn't just a chef. He's a veritable architect with food, as we've seen in the past with his breakfast Jenga tower and his Taj Mahal pizza. Let us hope that he someday builds the entire Red Keep out of pickled pigs' feet.
Alabama A&M student Rodney Smith Jr. didn’t own a lawnmower himself when he started volunteering to mow lawns for elderly people last year. He ended up mowing 100 lawns in 2015 and, with Terrence Stroy, launched an organization called Raising Men Lawn Care Service. The group of volunteers mpow lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents, or anyone in need. They have become quite popular in Huntsville, Alabama.
His service receives recommendations through Facebook of people in the Huntsville area who need their lawn mowed. He and Stroy often post photos on the organization's Facebook page of boys in their program, smiling with the person whose lawn they just mowed.
"A lot of people, they can't afford it," he said. "They're on social security, barely making it, and they're happy we can do this every two weeks for them."
That's another thing. The lawn-mowing isn't just a one-time thing. The lawncare service visits its clients every two weeks to make sure their lawns stay tidy.
Smith said he's seen clients cry tears of joy when they see their lawns. "One lady had bone cancer and couldn't afford to pay someone to cut her grass. So many people have fallen on hard times and it feels good to be able to help them."
About 20 boys, ages 7 to 17 participate in the program. Their parents or friends contact the service through Facebook, and Smith sends them the sign-up forms.
A McDonald's restaurant and a liquor store are not natural enemies. In the wild, they usually ignore each other. But a McDonald's and a Sav-Mor in Somerville, Massachusetts are now locked in a joking war against each other, mocking each other with their signs.
It all started when the McDonald's offered a special deal on Egg McMuffins. The Sav-Mor decided to move into McDonald's territory:
We’ve posted many times about the weird marginal illustrations in medieval manuscripts. You might have noticed over time that rabbits are a commonly-recurring theme. Sure, the monks that drew them probably saw rabbits often, but the ones in the fields never murdered anyone.
There are a great many strange things that can be seen in medieval illuminated manuscripts: weird human-animal hybrids, distorted monsters and odd scenes. These largely come under the category of ‘Drolleries’ or ‘Grotesques’. I’ll be entirely honest and admit that codicology isn’t my thing, so I’m not 100% certain why someone would spend hours lovingly illuminating an otherwise serious manuscript with such bizarre and nightmarish scenes, but for some reason, they would.
Drolleries sometimes also depicted comedic scenes, like a barber with a wooden leg (which, for reasons that escape me, was the height of medieval comedy) or a man sawing a branch out from under himself… which brings us to a particular type of Drollery – the ‘World Turned Upside Down’.
T-Bone lives in Toronto with his human, James Cochrane. The latter is fairly clever by human standards. Cochrane built a robot that, with the press of a button, pats T-Bone on the head, then gives him a treat. It's called the IOT Robot People/Pet Affectionator.
The design incentivizes cooperation. On T-Bone's side of the machine is another button. When he presses it, it gives Cochrane a pat on the head, followed by a treat.
It works wonderfully! But it didn't start out that way. In the second half of the video, we see that Cochrane's initial design was dangerous to T-Bone.
Some people watch Game of Thrones regularly, some wait to binge-watch, others just don’t care. Then there’s me, who follows the story only by reading all the spoilers on Monday. I know someday I might have time to watch the entire series, but then again, maybe not. In other words, I read all the spoilers so you don't have to. A list of funny images spawned by Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode at Uproxx is definitely full of spoilers, but if you watched it, they are darn clever. The image above is the least spoilery of them. You can check out the lulz from previous episodes, too.
One is your wife. The other is her evil twin sister, now escaped from an asylum for the criminally insane. They look alike, but only one has learned how to tolerate you for long periods of time. Which one is the right one!?
Famous people have families, too. It can’t be easy top be the lesser-known sibling of a famous person, but it has some benefits, too. And some of those siblings were successful in their own right, but still were eclipsed in the fame department. John Green tells us some fascinating tales about the brothers and sisters of famous folks in the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.
Spoonflower is a company that produces custom fabrics. If you've got a design, they can produce bolts of it. Carmen Baugh, 66, of Durham, North Carolina made use of that service to decorate for her obsession: her grandchildren. Her philosophy is that a grandma can't have too many photos of her grandkids.
So with fabric covered with pictures of her two grandkids, she made curtains, pillows, clothes, and even wallpaper. Baugh says, "When I stand against the wall, my husband says that I just blend in and disappear. All you can see is my head."
When constructing a building that is expected to last a long time, getting it to stand straight up and down is pretty important. But apparently it’s not always crucial to making the building last. The most famous example is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it’s not the only one. And even if the building was originally straight, things happen.
Built in 1765, the Crooked House was first a farmhouse. The area was used for mining in the 1800s, and eventually, it caused one end of the structure to gradually sink. There is a four foot difference from side to side on the building now.
Eventually, it became a public house called Siden House. The word “siden” means crooked in the Black Country local dialect. At one time it was also named the Glynne Arms in honor of the area landowner. In the 1940s it was condemned as being unsafe. It was scheduled to be demolished, but the Dudley and Wolverhampton Breweries rebuilt it with girders and buttresses to retain its crooked angles, while making it safe for use. It is currently a pub and restaurant which contributes to optical illusions due to the tilted walls. It is possible to see marbles looking as if they are rolling uphill, and glasses appearing to slide across tables.
There are also buildings that were intentionally designed to be crooked. Read the stories of ten crooked buildings at Housely.
Companies talk about tasting rainbows and seeing colors the way they're supposed to be seen, but if you want to take the ultimate trip you've gotta eat some magic. Take a bite out of a magical beast and you'll be seeing all kinds of crazy stuff, grinning like a fool while the magic messes with your mind. It's some powerful stuff and should be used in moderation, but if your body can bear it the magic will make all other meals pale in comparison. And remember- you can't spell meat, madman or magic without MMMM!
Share your uniquely geeky style with the hungry world by wearing this Eat Magic t-shirt by Hillary White, it's a real doozy!
The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election continues to be described as shocking and controversial, but it takes more than a racist with a spray tan and a bad hairpiece to create controversy.
You need a pro-Stalin, pro-Communist candidate like Earl Browder, who received funding directly from Moscow to run for office in 1936 and 1940 and posed for his publicity shots while holding a giant hammer and sickle.
Earl was lucky he ran for office before the Cold War or he would have been strung up for his views, but his Commie lovin' ways were soon overshadowed by the racist rantings of George Wallace.
Wallace ran on an openly racist platform back in 1968 and 1972, vocally opposed integration and had supporters who surrounded black protesters at his rallies while chanting “kill 'em, kill 'em, kill 'em”.
Controversy doesn't always center around bad or antisocial views, sometimes a candidate is simply ahead of their time and thereby making political waves with their very presence.
Victoria Woodhull ran for president in 1872 as head of the Equal Rights Party- she was for free love, giving women the vote, eugenics and the legalization of prostitution.
Oh, and she ran with Frederick Douglass less than a decade after the abolition of slavery, so it's no wonder her controversial presence in the election resulted in death threats and less than 0.1% of the popular vote.
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Alix Schœlcher Idrache was one of the more than 950 cadets who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point on Saturday. Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant captured this photo at the moment his emotions spilled over. Idrache responded to the picture with a comment on Instagram:
I want to thank everyone for your kind and thoughtful comments on this picture. SSG Bryant captured a moment that I will never forget. At this moment, I was overwhelmed with emotions. Three things came to mind and led to those tears.
The first is where I started. I am from Haiti and never did I imagine that such honor would be one day bestowed on me.
The second is where I am. Men and women who have preserved the very essence of the human condition stood in that position and took the same oath. Men who preserved the Union is a dark period of this country's history. Men who scaled the face of adversity and liberated Europe from fascism and nazism. Women like CPT Griest, LT Haver, MAJ Jaster who rewrote the narrative and challenged the status quo to prove themselves worthy of being called Rangers.
The third is my future. Shortly after leave, I will report to FT. Rucker to start flight school. Knowing that one day I will be a pilot is humbling beyond words. I could not help but be flooded with emotions knowing that I will be leading these men and women who are willing to give their all to preserve what we value as the American way of life. To me, that is the greatest honor. Once again, thank you.
The ordinary LEGO block is the most dangerous weapon on Earth--especially against parents. Even Superman can succumb to its brutality. Here, Batman uses his superior intellect to devise the ultimate means of taking down his rival: the kryptonite LEGO block.
When you’re James Hashimoto, the Action Movie Kid (previously at Neatorama), you can go with the flow, because you know that sooner or later, the stories in your adventures will come to life on video. But even if you aren’t, your parents can learn to do this from the tutorials his dad shares. You can see how this particular video was made here. -via Metafilter
When people need new clothes they usually head to the store (or online) and purchase items that look right with the right price.
It has become the norm to care less about the quality of clothing because people think it's hard to tell whether a garment is high quality, and impossible to tell when you can't see the clothes in person.
In person you can apply the pull test (stretch the garment and see if it easily snaps back into shape), the scrunch test (ball up clothing and see if it wrinkles easily) and hold the fabric up to the light to see how thin it is.
Looking at clothes online? You can grade clothing visually based on a few things- exposed zippers are a sign of cheapness while patterns that match at the seams are a sign of quality.
And when in doubt about durability check for fabric content, because natural fibers such as wool, cotton and silk are more durable than synthetics.
It’s the senior talent show at the high school. The entire student body has already sat through singers, musicians, and drama students with amazing talent that they’ve seen dozens of times before. Then this guy steps up. He has one talent, and he wrings all the drama he can out of it.
Well, to be honest, he probably has other talents. Like showmanship, and making a lot of friends. How else would you draw a standing ovation for tossing a water bottle? The other question is, how long did he train to master this maneuver? -via Viral Viral Videos
Before we embraced MP3s as the official noise of the internet (taking the place of screechy modems), it took a while before the synthesized notes of our musical past could be modulated through the inner-workings of a computer. Some of our earliest computers, for example, could only make very basic bleeps and bloops. But in 1989, everything changed when a Singaporean company called Creative Technology hit upon the perfect approach for synthesizing sound. Here is an ode to the Sound Blaster, the PC peripheral that helped turn the modern computer into a multimedia powerhouse—as well as the company that busted through by breaking some major cultural rules in its home country.
The business oversight that created the market for sound cards
The IBM PC was created squarely for the business market, and while such machines were far more powerful than most video game consoles of the day, two places where they fell flat were video and audio.
The reason? At the time of the machine’s initial release—particularly before clones came about—there was no real business case for a computer to support a wide array of graphics and sound. The graphics-heavy GUI as we know it was still years from becoming commonplace, and it wasn’t like you needed robust sound capabilities when writing documents or crunching numbers.
While early IBM PCs had speakers, they effectively existed only to allow for error messages—and as a result were heavily crippled. As developers got their hands on these devices and moved beyond purely business programs, they eventually figured out ways to stretch this incredibly limited palette of sound using a hack called “pulse width modulation.”
This eventually allowed for the PCs to make 6-bit digitized sounds—not enough, say, to play a pop song through your speakers, but plenty to make music for your average King’s Quest game.
IBM, nor many early clone-makers, were really interested in improving the sound element much for the business computers, but they did try to make overtures to the home market. IBM’s PCjr, released in 1984, had better sound capabilities, thanks to its use of the Texas Instruments SN76489 chip. You may not have owned a PCjr, but you’ve probably come across a SN76489, as the chip was used in many video game systems—both of the arcade variety and in home consoles like Sega Master System and Genesis. But the PCjr’s lack of compatibility with PC software, along with its inability to play games very well, killed the machine on the market.
Do you enjoy the taste of freedom? Want to live a life free from the hate and discontent those imported lagers bring into your life? Then you need to grab a case of Cap's American Lager, with the star spangled smoothness and golden glory you've come to expect from beer made right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. When you sip on the Captain's American Lager you're sipping on history, and portions of each sale go to building up a defense fund to send HYDRA back to whatever cave or planet they came from. So take it from Cap- if you're looking to get drunk like a red-blooded patriot then you need to be sipping on American Lager. Please drink responsibly.
Advertise Cap's newest patriotic enterprise with this AMERICAN LAGER t-shirt by Fernando Sala, it's the fun way to celebrate your freedom and support Cap's cause in the impending Civil War.
For this video, Blank on Blank presents a 1963 interview with Rod Serling in Australia. In in, the creator of The Twilight Zone describes serving as a paratrooper during World War II, riding in the backseat of a Japanese taxi, and growing up with a reputation of dishonesty. Serling says, "Some liars go to prison and others write television shows."
In the early 20th century, you could see exhibits at Coney Island featuring people with physical anomalies, cultural exhibits that were ”human zoos,” and premature babies in incubators. That may seem weird now, but people flocked to see the babies, because they were miracles. Prematurity often meant a short life back then, and hospitals rarely had the time or facilities to save them. Martin Couney's Infant Incubator exhibit went the extra mile to save their lives. If a parent had nowhere else to turn, it made sense to commit their struggling baby to a sideshow.
Each incubator was more than 5ft (1.5m) tall, made of steel and glass, and stood on legs. A water boiler on the outside supplied hot water to a pipe running underneath a bed of fine mesh on which the baby slept, while a thermostat regulated the temperature. Another pipe carried fresh air from outside the building into the incubator, first passing through absorbent wool suspended in antiseptic or medicated water, then through dry wool, to filter out impurities. On top, a chimney-like device with a revolving fan blew the exhausted air upwards and out of the incubators.
Caring for premature babies was expensive. In 1903, it cost about $15 a day ($405 or £277 today) to care for each baby in Couney's facility.
But Couney did not charge the parents a penny for their medical care - the public paid. They came in such numbers that Couney easily covered his operating costs, paid his staff a good wage and had enough left over to begin planning more exhibits. In time, these made Couney a wealthy man.
Martin Couney had more than just the incubators going for him. He believed in the power of breast milk and cuddling when medical experts did not, although he was also a showman, and dressed the babies in oversize clothing to make them look even smaller. Read about Couney and his sideshow nursery at BBC Magazine. -via Metafilter
9-year old Bryce of Cleveland, Ohio has been collecting Pokémon for 3 years. His impressive collection is his pride and joy, carefully purchased and preserved.
Then someone stole it.
Bryce was carrying his collection in a binder to a friend's house. Then another kid robbed him and ran off with the collection.
Bryce's mother called the police. The responding officers were James Grotenrath and Ken Kirk. Grotenrath, at 26 years old, is young enough to have enjoyed Pokémon when it first came out. He had been building his own collection for many years.
But in an incredible act of generosity, Officer Grotenrath gave the whole thing to Bryce. Fox 8 Cleveland (autoplay video) reports:
He returned to his house, and gave up his own Pokemon collection as well as other cards he had stored.
"It's a banned card of Pokeman and there's only about ten of these in the world and I have one of them," explained Bryce.
"It's a priceless item, but it's better to see someone else smile, and in my book, like my partner says, it's just happy to see a citizen smile instead of always frowning upon us and looking the other way," said Grotenrath.
The police were also able to find the thief and return most, but not all, of Bryce's original collection.
Caramelizing sugar can be a real pain, and yet it's an integral skill for bakers and makers of all things sweet to learn if they want to add some nutty brown goodness to their culinary creation.
If you want to add caramelized sugar to your recipes but can't stand the process then you're about to become a fan of Stella Parks from Serious Eats, who figured out how to caramelize sugar by roasting it:
Consider the above photo exhibit A—neither brown sugar nor turbinado, but granulated white sugar that I caramelized without melting. It's dry to the touch, and performs exactly like granulated white sugar.
Except, you know, the part where it tastes like caramel.
That opens up a world of possibility, as it works flawlessly in recipes for buttercream, mousse, or cheesecake, which can accommodate only a small amount of caramel sauce before turning soupy or soft. It's also ideal for desserts that would be ruined by caramel syrup, which is by nature too hot for fragile angel food cake, and too viscous for soft candies like marshmallows or nougat. And, compared to caramel powder (made from liquid caramel, cooled and ground), it won't compact into a solid lump over time.
Mr. Cat has carefully worked his way up from $100 to a $1,000,000 pot. He can walk away with enough money to buy a fresh couch to scratch every day for the rest of his life. But he has to first correctly answer the impossible question for cats and cat owners.
A group of hunters saw a female beaver in a trap in Saskatchewan, and knew her babies must be near. They found a litter of four beaver kits, only a couple of days old, and took them to Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre. Medical intervention saved the babies, and they will be raised at the center until they are two years old. See more pictures of the adorable baby beavers at Buzzfeed.
Kenny Loggins's performance of "Danger Zone" became famous when it was included in the soundtrack of the 1986 movie Top Gun. It's instantly recognizable as a song about skilled men fearlessly risking their lives and having fun while doing it.
So it fits well with the thrilling dogfighting scenes in the 7 Star Wars movies. Weston Wong compiled the best of those combat sequences and set them to "Danger Zone." Now I can easily imagine Tom Cruise piloting an X-wing fighter.