Aircraft builder Airbus filed a patent for a new seating system for commercial jetliners. The company certainly wasn't done when it previously developed a seating system optimal for galley slaves.
Now Airbus is thinking about ways of using all that valuable vertical space. You know--where your head goes? That's can now be taken up by someone's bottom. That person may have to lie down like a corpse in a coffin, but at least the room around the ceiling of the cabin is being used productively. Reuters reports:
"They are covering themselves for what the future may or may not hold, but ... there is no intention to bring this to a real design for any near-term scenario," said cabin interiors expert Mary Kirby, founder and editor of Runway Girl Network. […]
"The flying bunk bed has a raft of health and safety concerns. The obvious number one is the regulatory requirement for safe evacuation of passengers in 90 seconds," Kirby said.
"It doesn't take into account the elderly or passengers with reduced mobility or children or pregnant women."
Imagine a week in which kids design and build their own fantasy world out of cardboard! That’s what happens in this adventure day camp. The kids build costumes, armor, weapons, and even their own castle out of cardboard, and then use those things to battle their enemies, the evil camp counselors (also wearing handmade cardboard armor). Adventures in Cardboard holds ten week-long camp sessions during the summer.
Redditor serablanche works at this camp each summer, as a referee and an evil character. He described it in a series of images, eleven photographs in all with explanations in the captions, which you can see at imgur.
That's serablanche behind the pop-tart shield at the top, and in this Black Knight getup, too.
What movie could you watch over and over again without getting bored? For Walt Hickey of the statistics blog FiveThirtyEight, it's the 2009 film Star Trek. But that's just his personal taste. He conducted an online poll asking people to name the most rewatchable films of all time. Here are the top 10:
I certainly agree with the #1 pick. Star Wars never really gets old--especially Episode IV. I am a bit surprised with Gone with the Wind, though. Is it really that compelling?
Officers of the California Highway Patrol pulled over car on Wednesday in San Francisco. The police determined that the vehicle had been stolen, and the driver fled from the scene. The unnamed suspect jumped a fence and into a two-story building. He perched on the ledge of a second-floor window and threatened to jump. San Francisco police climbed a fire escape to negotiate with him, and set up mats on the ground beneath him. The standoff lasted several hours. But the turning point was when they brought in the man’s kitty.
The suspect’s cat was brought to the scene by family, Gatpandan said.
The cat “assisted” with “negotiating” the suspect off the ledge, according to Gatpandan, and the cat’s presence was “paramount” in getting him down safely.
Dutch designer David Graas made a series of lamps that look like both light bulbs and famous Art Deco buildings. Each one is lit by a 5 watt LED which illuminates the structure. He calls the series Stalaclights because, like stalactites, they hang down from the ceiling.
You may get tired, but it doesn't. As long as Robocoach has electricity, it can keep going, driving you onward--its cold metal heart forcing you to become physically fit.
Students at Ngee Polytechnic in Singapore developed Robocoach to encourage senior citizens to remain physically active. Robocoach takes the place of human athletic trainers in senior activity centers. It monitors the progress of human inputs and ensures that they're performing exercises correctly. CNET reports:
"The first Robocoach has been deployed to the Lions Befrienders Senior Activity Centre," Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Singapore's Minister for Communications and Information, said at the IDA-sponsored Silver IT Fest. An IDA representative confirmed to CNET that five senior activity centres will receive units in the next 12 months, with subsequent distribution pending on feedback from the centres.
The Robocoach is equipped with two screens: a tablet on its head, to convey emotion through facial expressions, and a larger display on its chest, which gives detailed instruction on exercises, should its demonstrations be insufficiently instructional.
In their near hysteria to sell fashion and create an appealing image that the masses will want to aspire to, retailers sometimes rush to press with grave errors in photo editing. The website Photoshop Disasters documents these often hilarious slip-ups. As one can imagine, most of the mistakes surround the task of thinning the model to often ridiculous degrees. (As if the model wasn't thin enough to begin with. She's a model. By definition she is not overweight.)
Rebels spend their days waging war against the evil Empire and trying to preserve the balance in the galaxy, but when they're not on duty they sure know how to have fun! In fact, they have so much fun that the stormtroopers who have watched them during playtime are tempted to leave their post so they can join in on the fun. But one big guy in black is hell bent on keeping those playful Rebels from having any fun, and he's using his power to force the universe to trade in their playtime for a lifetime of hard labor...
Add some unadulterated fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Playful Rebels t-shirt by Djkopet, it's the most fun way celebrate your favorite stars from the galaxy of sci-fi.
When they were 5 years old, Brooke Gibson and Adrian Franklin of Charlotte, North Carolina locked arms and walked down the aisle of a church at a wedding. It wouldn't be the last time.
17 years ago, they were the ring bearer and flower girl at the wedding of friends of their parents. This time, they walked down the aisle of the same church for their own wedding. It was a romance that began all those many years ago when a little flower girl had a crush on her companion. WBTV describes the growth of their love:
“He really started to come around in middle school,” Brooke said.
The two started “dating” in their early teens after Adrian asked Brooke if she would be his girlfriend. He wrote the message with his finger on her back. She didn’t say anything for a while, leaving Adrian hanging.
“He forgot to put the question mark!” Brooke said.
That memory emerged again years later when Adrian asked Brooke to be his wife.
“I had some friends ride by in a boat with a sign that said ‘Will you marry me Brooke,” Adrian said. He then got down on one knee and handed Brooke a question mark. She said yes.
On September 19th, the two were married in the same church they appeared in 17 years ago. Only the feelings were different this time. Adrian wasn’t hiding, he was smiling from ear to ear.
American Ninja Warrior is a television show about an athletic event of the same name. Participants must demonstrate extraordinary strength, agility, and endurance as they race though an obstacle course. If you get through the American Ninja Warrior, yYou won't be a ninja, but you will prove yourself to be a top-tier athlete.
This Tyrannosaurus Rex (or a man in a T-rex suit) named Reko Rivera is committed to completing the course. He demonstrates surprisingly powerful upper body strength. I thought those little arms wouldn't be able to do anything!
California-based artist Andrew Tarusov has turned female Disney villains sexy in his latest series. If you prefer a "bad girl" instead of a princess vibe in your pinup, feast your eyes on characters like Ursula from The Little Mermaid and Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations stripped of their usual costumes and dressed in sexy garb like thigh highs, lingerie and stiletto heels. See more of Andrew Tarusov's Disney villain pinup series at his Instagram account.
Fourth Place Winner, Paulo Pacheco, Brazil | Image: IAPLC
During the 1990s, a new discipline was born: aquascaping. The activity, made popular by Japanese wildlife photographer Takashi Amano, has become an artform. These aquarium designs are far from your average neon colored rocks, plastic sunken ship and the odd aquatic fern.
An official competition has grown up around the hobby, namely the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC). Years of work go into the placement and development of these all-natural aquascapes, and the results are beautiful.
The 2015 IAPLC contest winners were announced in September. Winners were selected from a pool of 2,545 entries from 69 countries. The art has yet to catch on in the United States; only 13 entries were from Americans, with Japan, China, Brazil and France being the countries most represented.
Some photos of the finalist tanks are shown above and below. See more photographs and read more about the art and competition at Vice. Via Colossal.
Grand Prize Winner Takayuki Fukada, Japan | Image: IAPLC
Cosplayer Ivy Star showed the costume she unveiled at Dragoncon New York last weekend. I hope it dawns on you before you can read this whole post. She mashed two TV genres together for this one. The two genres are reality TV and science fiction. The science fiction is Star Trek. The reality TV is Keeping up with the Kardashians. You’ve almost got it: the Cardassians are a humanoid species from the Alpha Quadrant noted for their gray skin and facial ridges. Therefore, behold Kim Cardassian.
A hamster is feeling relaxed and in a safe environment among his humans when it happens: sleep overcomes him. Once he passes out, the cute little hairball rolls off his perch like a tiny bowling ball, to the laughter and delight of his audience. Via Uproxx
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Mallory Ortberg brought us Unsatisfied Women In Western Art History quite some time ago. She revisits the idea of assigning feelings and motivations to historical artworks occasionally, including dancing women for the latest installment. Why are they so unhappy? Is it because they had to dance for the artist? I’d hate to even think about that, considering it often took months to paint a picture. See more of these at The Toast. Contains art nudes.
3D scanning and printing technology is almost always associated with either the entertainment industry or as a tool for fabrication, but there are lots of other amazing things you can do with this new tech.
Italian researchers appointed by the Archaeological Superintendance of Pompeii are trotting out a brave new way to study the past with a little help from futuristic tech- they're scanning the plaster cast remains of 86 individuals and creating 3D renderings to study the bones and impressions the Pompeii victims left behind.
The scans are so detailed that both teeth and facial features can be studied closely, revealing what the citizens of Pompeii ate and that they had flourine in their water supply just from studying the teeth alone.
Peter Hankman and the boys were just sitting around jawing when the firehouse alarm went off. It seems some giant green glob of a ghost was going around clogging all the toilets in New Yarlen, so the boys were called in to use their proton packs and proton pack accessories to unclog the johns. Dale Spengler was sure the whole thing was nothing but a conspiracy to make them miss their favorite TV show, but with a little urging from the rest of the busters Spengler was on board and ready to go to work! So, who you gonna call when your toilets have been clogged by a slimer named Bobby?
Bring home this King Of The Firehouse t-shirt by Ninjaink for a mega lo price!
An unnamed 22-year-old man in Austintown, Ohio, called 911 and reported that he was “too high on weed.”
When officers arrived, they were directed to an upstairs bedroom by the caller’s grandfather. As they got upstairs they could hear “groaning from a room at the end of the hall.” When they opened the door, they found the 22-year-old laying on the floor in a fetal position, surrounded by “a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies.”
The recent release of the survival horror game Until Dawn has inspired some couch conversation about what makes a horror themed video game good, and which horror game elements get old really fast.
In this case the characters discussing the dilemma are Freddy the animatronic bear from Five Nights At Freddy's, Slenderman from Creepy Pasta fame (who also has his own game), and a longhaired dude named Davis, so you know the argument is about to get serious...ly nerdy.
The fifth season of the TV show American Horror Story is called American Horror Story: Hotel. The plots are inspired in part by the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles, which has been renamed Stay on Main. Plenty of horrible things happened at The Cecil in its almost 90-year history.
Perhaps one of the most famous Cecil Hotel guests was Richard Ramirez, the serial killer best known as the Night Stalker. While he didn’t conduct his murder spree at the hotel, he apparently lived on the top floor during the course of the killings from the spring of 1984 to the summer of 1985. Ramirez brutalized his victims physically, sexually, and psychologically, and he often invoked Satan and forces of evil in his attacks. Some of his victims survived, and forensic evidence eventually led to his capture. He died in prison in 2013 of cancer, which seems unfair when you consider what he did to people.
When the ninja movie trend hit theaters back in the 1980s a slew of action flicks were released that featured a non-Japanese fighter trained in the ways of Ninjutsu, the most shadowy of all martial arts.
Viewers had always assumed only Japanese people could be trained in the ways of the ninja, but these movies made us believe that with intense training and a heart full of revenge any of us could become a ninja too.
The intense ninja training didn't amount to a hill of shuriken for me, but a few lucky characters got to slip on the hood and katana and live out their dreams of being a white ninja, letting us watch while they lived out their shinobi dreams.
Pixar has released their movie schedule through 2019. Those of you starting families can go ahead and plan your child’s bedroom decor around them. Four of the six are sequels. First up is The Good Dinosaur, an original story which will be out next month. The other original story is Coco, inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos. The schedule stretches out to 2019, when we’ll finally see the return of The Incredibles. The new Disney movie release schedule goes through 2020, although many of the movies have yet to claim a title.
One of the most frustrating things about having your home or business broken into is the fact that the thieves are almost never caught in the act by law enforcement officials, and video isn't always enough to put them away for their crimes.
Convenience store owners are more familiar with this frustration than most, and for some reason even the lowliest and most cowardly crook will take a stab at robbing a convenience store for some quick cash.
But most convenience store crooks just grab the cash and dash, so how do you deal with a sneaky burglar who keeps breaking in and robbing the store in the middle of the night?
On an unseasonably warm day in April 1954, hundreds of women in cowboy hats gathered outside Tupperware’s Florida headquarters to dig for buried treasure. There, in a nearby swampy area dubbed the “Forest of Spades,” 600 shovels stood at the ready. The excitement was palpable. At the appointed signal, the women raced for the roped-off soil, grabbed shovels, and began to hunt frantically for loot.
It was the pinnacle of the inaugural Tupperware Jubilee, a five-day, gold-rush-themed affair celebrating all things Tupperware. No expense was spared: To give the event a Western feel, frontier-style buildings with false fronts had been erected and bulls and horses were trucked in. The women, and a smattering of men, had traveled from all across the country to participate. A collection of Tupperware dealers, distributors, and sales managers, they made the pilgrimage for the motivational speeches, sales instruction, and especially for the bizarre bonding rituals.
For five hours that day, they prospected for mink stoles and freezer units, gold watches and diamond rings. One of them, Fay Maccalupo of Buffalo, New York, dug up a toy car. When she saw the real Ford it represented, she planted her face against the hood and began to weep, repeating, “I love everybody.” Four women fainted and had to be revived with smelling salts. It was understandable, considering that the total cash value of all the prizes buried in the Florida dirt was $75,000.
Presiding over the treasure hunt was the general sales manager of the Tupperware Home Parties division, a 40-year-old woman named Brownie Wise. For hours, she cheered on the ladies from a loudspeaker with an air of royalty. As she watched them hop on shovels and unearth the rewards of their labors, she couldn’t help but feel proud. Wise took satisfaction in seeing her hard work pay off—once again. The jubilee, which she had organized, had all the pizzazz and spirit expected of an official Tupperware event. The media agreed: Network news was there to cover it, and Life magazine ran a photo essay highlighting the excitement and glamour.
Clearly, there’s more to Tupperware than leftovers. The story of the ubiquitous plastic container is a story of innovation and reinvention: how a new kind of plastic, made from an industrial waste material, ended up a symbol of female empowerment. The product ushered women into the workforce, encouraging them to make their own money, better their families, and win accolades and prizes without fear of being branded that 1950s anathema, “the career woman.”
Digging in the dirt for a gold watch may not mesh with today’s concept of a successful working woman, but at the time, the near-religious fervor seen at the jubilees and other Tupperware gatherings demonstrated just how ground-breaking the company’s sales plan was—the product became a multimillion dollar success not by exploiting women, but by embracing and boosting them. All of this was because of Brownie Wise. The story of Tupperware is her story.
Learn from your elders, kids, even if it’s you. Even if you know how dumb you are. There’s no education like the education you get from experience. Experience is an even harsher school if you refuse to take advice from those who’ve been there. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.
Quick, who played Frankenstein’s monster? Boris Karloff, of course! Karloff played the monster three times, but the role was also filled by Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, Jr., and Glenn Strange. Who? Glenn Strange doesn’t have the name recognition that Karloff had, but he played the monster in three movie -just like Karloff. The 6’5” Strange made his living playing cowboys in Western movies and TV shows, and he isn’t much remembered for that, either.
As the story goes, while making up Strange for yet another cowboy picture in 1944, Universal makeup legend Jack Pierce offered him a few bucks to stay late that night so Pierce could try an experiment. Strange agreed, and when Pierce finished working on him that night and he saw the results, his first response was “I look like Boris Karloff.”