Got a beef with the government? Maybe some other people do, too. What can you do? Start a political party! It’s been done so many times, and some of the parties that popped up throughout history are pretty strange. But then again, the parties we are used to probably seemed odd when they first began. Learn about 28 of the strangest in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.
The kitsch and camp of the old science fiction pictures continue to entertain in ways some of which may not have been initially intended. Hapless and helpless, cartoon curvy and colorful damsels droop in the arms of danger. How can one not be curiously charmed? See for yourself and take a look at this collection of vintage sci-fi movie posters from the 1950s and 1960s. Days-of-old-inspired smiles abound. While some now decry them as politically incorrect, they are simply a sign of the times in which they were created.
Attack of The 50 Ft. Woman, 1958, Allied Artists Pictures
I well remember watching the 1973 movie Walking Tall at the theater. I don’t recall the sequels, but years later I had some professional dealings with Buford Pusser’s daughter in west Tennessee. The late sheriff had a thoroughly interesting story, which was made into a movie that was more or less accurate story of his life, but when it was a hit, the producers were compelled to make a sequel. And that meant the “true story” has to extend past reality, because the reality was, um, complicated. Joe Don Baker didn’t want to star in a sequel, so they hired Buford Pusser to portray himself.
Well, a few hours after signing the contract, Pusser went to the local county fair and apparently had a few to celebrate his forthcoming movie stardom. On his way home in his supercharged sports car, he slammed into a median, flying through the windshield before the car burst into flames. He was declared dead at the scene. Despite the reported blood alcohol level (twice the legal limit), to this day more than a few still insist the accident was the result of sabotage.
Sauron is the ultimate antagonist in the Lord Of The Rings series, aka the guy controlling that fiery floating eyeball atop the Dark Tower of Barad-Dur who keeps sending dark forces after our favorite little furry footed halflings, the Hobbits.
But behind that pyrotechnic peeper is a necromantic mastermind with a mighty malevolent plan to rule all of Middle Earth with a little help from the One Ring.
70 years ago today, the bloodiest, most destructive war in all of human history ended.
After the destruction of 2 cities from atomic bombs and reason to believe that even more were coming, the government of the Japanese Empire communicated on August 15, 1945, that it would surrender. The free world responded with a jubilation known as V-J Day--Victory over Japan.
Formally, though, the surrender would take place more than 2 weeks later. On September 2, 1945, the battleship USS Missouri steamed into Tokyo Bay with Allied emissaries. Japanese representatives boarded and signed the formal capitulation. You can read the document here.
When the Grand Duke of Ground Beef passed away and the chain finally went out of business Bob was left with a choice- either step up and take his place as the official King of the Grill or pack up his spatula and close up shop. Burgers had been Bob's passion since before he could even work a grill, but heavy is the head that wears the fast food kingdom's crown, for he has a responsibility to serve his heart up sizzling hot between two buns, hold the mayo.
Add some animated flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this King Of The Grill t-shirt by HandsOffMyDinosaur, it's Belcher family approved and the only thing Linda wears to bed...
Redditor cakegirl8 thought she was getting a killer deal on a fun, and potentially valuable, mystery when she bought a locked safe on Craigslist for a mere $100, but the contents proved to be most unsettling.
Allain assumes that Dagobah has the same gravity as Earth, that Luke Skywalker is 5'9" and weighs 150 pounds, and that The Force is not in play against gravity while Luke is carrying Yoda. You can read all of his equations and rationale here. Yoda, Allain argues, weights 43.7 kilograms.
It was the battle of the “meatball” and the “worm.” Or, not so much a battle, but a resistance against modernization. NASA had been using the logo that came to be known as the “meatball” for years when the Federal Graphics Improvement Program tried to modernize many of the old, ugly logos that various government agencies used, starting in 1972. Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn unveiled their design for NASA in 1974. It was a sleek, minimalist, modern design eventually called the “worm.” It came with a 90-page manual for its use. The public loved it, but the engineers at NASA didn’t think much of it. They were busy exploring space, and really didn’t understand graphic design. There was an exchange recalled later that occurred between NASA administrator James Fletcher and his deputy George Low:
Fletcher: I’m simply not comfortable with those letters, something is missing. Low: Well yes, the cross stroke is gone from the letter A. Fletcher: Yes, and that bothers me. Low: Why? Fletcher, after a long pause: I just don’t feel we are getting our money’s worth!
But NASA used the new logo until 1992, when they suddenly scrapped the worm and reinstated the meatball.
Some mastiffs can't even doggy paddle without swimming lessons, but as you can see in this video if you try and try again, and treat your mastiff like a big ol' baby, they'll get the hang of swimming with just a few lessons.
Now that Disney owns Star Wars, we see the iconic Leia slave outfit crossing over into the Disney Princess universe. In the past, we've seen slave Leia versions of Tinkerbell, Ariel, and Elsa. Now the lineup is filling out even more, thanks to these ladies. That's Ashlynne Dae as Elsa, Elizabeth Rage as Belle, Rianne Synnth as Mulan, and Hendo as Pocahontas.
Okay, it’s a vehicle. Not something from a movie, even though you've seen this kind of thing in comedies. This is a Japanese military …something or other. A Ghillipillar? You’d think a huge hay bale would be conspicuous just by moving, but from a distance, it probably blends into the background. -via Digg
Ioana Vanc is an architect in Arad, Romania. When she's not building with steel and concrete on a colossal scale, she's making art with food on a tiny scale. Each of these food sculptures can fit within a spoon. You can find more of her work at Fubiz (translation).
Slow cookers make preparing a meal on a hot summer day bearable, as long as you're in the mood for something stew-like or pot boiled, but there are also lots of other non-food related uses for slow cookers as well.
There's no comedy like The Onion and no drama like Star Wars. When the two combine, a space saga becomes filled with the funny anxieties and problems of everyday life. Lindsey, a Star Wars fan, illustrates that by combining headlines from The Onion with scenes from the 6 Star Wars movies. You can view them here and here. Content warning: foul language.
BuzzFeed Australia enlisted the services of Sherbet Birdie Vintage & Pin-up Photography in order to give several average Australian women traditional pin-up model looks. While each woman stated a reason in which they felt they were not pin-up material, they were pleasantly surprised with their transformations from modern casual to old-world glamour.
If you wanna be the best and rise to the rank of pocket monster master then you must begin to narrow your search and choose a type of your own. It's easy to choose one of the more explosive and powerful types as your own, because you're dying to bring home a fiery Charizard of your own or send a mighty metal Metang into the arena. But those who choose wisely go with evolution and growth over flash and physical might, and once your life has been electrified by a Pikachu it's hard to ever look back!
Wear your pocket monster affiliation with pride, bring home this I Choose Electric t-shirt by jml2art and you'll catch all the love from your fellow fans.
Julius Yego of Kenya didn't have a world-famous coach. In fact, he didn't have a coach at all. He got his start by watching YouTube videos and practicing what he saw. Yego made it to the 2012 Olympics, placing 12th, by teaching himself. At the time, he said, "My coach is me, and my YouTube videos."
Now, with a professional coach, he's refined his technique. At the recent world championships in Beijing, he threw a javelin 92.72 meters, which is farther than anyone else has in 14 years.
There's one thing that Americans And Brits have yet to come to an agreement on- the pronunciation of the word aluminum. British spelling is with an extra “i”, which tends to vex Americans.
But is there more to this disagreement besides an extra “i”?
Looking at the root of this debate we see that Brits (and pretty much everyone besides Americans) spell and pronounce the word with an extra “i” because of a precedent set in 1812 by scientific colleagues of Sir Humphrey Davy, the identifier and namer of the metal.
Davy initially called the metal aluminum, but Davy's colleagues felt that aluminium sounded more classical cool so they pushed for the extra “i”, and this totally metal pronunciation debate was born.
If the internet is representative, then Thailand produces impressively dramatic and heart-wrenching commercials. In the past, we'veseenseveralthat advocate for a virtuous life of kindness, generosity, and devotion to family.
This one, like the others, sells a product--a rather unexpected one. It is revealed only in the last few seconds. But more than that, this story about a shopkeeper and a homeless man convincingly sells the idea that people can be more than they appear on the surface.
Burt Reynolds as Rocky Rhodes in “The Bard” | Image: CBS
The Twilight Zone broke ground in multiple fashions. One way in which the series pioneered is by launching the careers of numerous actors who are beloved household names today. The original series ran from 1959-1964, and part of this "wondrous land of imagination" was the ability of their casting powers-that-be to discover some amazing talents while they were relative unknowns.
If you’ve never heard of Madam C.J. Walker, you’ve missed a story of one of the titans of industry. The former Sarah Breedlove was born in 1867 and rose from the plantations of Louisiana and built her own hair care business, with products designed for black women, through sheer hard work and tenacity.
At a time when black citizens were kept in poverty through violent intimidation and segregation, Walker’s success was built on the strength of social networks, word-of-mouth testimonials, and products designed for an acutely underserved population. In many ways, Madam Walker’s story is a classic rags-to-riches tale, wherein a poor orphaned girl pulls herself up through sheer determination and willpower, forming a business that becomes an industry giant and the envy of others. But Walker’s story is also one of repeated frustration—that her various husbands took more from her than they gave in return; that her accomplishments were challenged or overlooked by others in the black community; that she barely lived long enough to enjoy her hard-earned prosperity.
Beau is just a baby corgi; at eleven weeks, he's only been weaned from mama corgi for a short time. But youth isn't stopping Beau from figuring out how to live his best puppy life around the ol' homestead. Why should he be confined to a treat-free, boring kitchen when his human is away? Exploring the house would be much more fun. Thus, day after day, Beau is bustin' himself out of his lame, poorly positioned puppy gate. You're going to have to get up earlier than that in order to outsmart this pup, human. Via Viral Nova
The Minions are drawn, modeled and rendered to be utterly adorable, but the one flaw in their character design is they still look horrifying when they bleed.
'If that blood is flowing out of an orifice the horror level increases, and seeing a Minion bleeding out of its eyes is something that's sure to stay with a child until well after they've started seeing a shrink.
Loki is a malamute/husky/arctic wolf mix (a “low content wolfdog”), so he is naturally at home in the snow. Enjoy watching him frolic joyfully across the mountains of Colorado. It might just cool you off on a hot day!
Brazilian art director Bruno Leo Ribeiro created a series of emojis in the form of beloved musicians and bands. Why not, right? There seems to be emoji representations of everything else out there — musical acts are arguably more worthy than many others that exist.
Included in Ribeiro's series are Rage Against the Machine, U2, The Beatles, David Bowie, Kiss, Michael Jackson and even the Village People (which makes for quite the entertaining emoji)! From metal to alternative to pop to punk, Ribeiro leaves out few genres.
Someone once presented the theory that Alice and the Queen of Hearts are simply two sides of the same card, one oriented towards positivity the other pointed towards Wonderland's underworld. This theory has been debated by mad hatters and brilliant philosophers alike, but they all run headlong into one fatal flaw in this logical leap- Alice is hunted by the Queen, and would lose her head if Alice had her way, but can such a narcissistic soul truly desire to destroy herself?
Deal yourself a winning hand with this Alice & The Queen t-shirt by Kellabell9, it's a bright and colorful design that's sure to drive your fellow fans wild!