It’s not necessarily the most popular food, but it’s the food that more people in that state are tweeting about than any other. In Texas, we talk about brisket because, well, brisket is awesome. Miss Cellania’s Kentucky is tacoland. In Wyoming, people want to share their thoughts about watercress.
The Twitter4Food research team at the University of Arizona published an online paper and a set of interactive data visualizations to share the results of their study of 3.5 million tweets published between October 2013 and May 2014.
You can search the United States to see who has an interest in particular foods, such as sheep brains (a traditional Southern delicacy).
You can also create heat maps for the entire world to see what regions are tweeting about foods, such as this map showing tweets about Scotch eggs.
Leo Bonten had to have his leg amputated. And he wanted to take his leg home to use it as a lamp. Really. His request stirred up some controversy in the Netherlands. At first the hospital said no.
However, Bonten was told that he could only get his amputated leg back after it had been buried to follow the letter of the law, which was costly never mind a bit ridiculous. Bonten refused and was initially refused the amputation by the hospital. It was eventually sorted out, but Bonten had to fight for a right he already had to keep his own leg and make the lamp he wanted. “The hospital didn’t have a leg to stand on,” says Bonten jokingly.
The leg was preserved by pathologist Frank van de Goot, and make into a lamp by designer Willem Schaperkotter. You can see it at Improbable Research. They also have a screenshot of Bonten’s eBay ad for the leg lamp (he said he was in dire financial need), but it was pulled because the eBay forbids the sale of human body parts. There's also a TV show with a discussion of the medical ethics in the story, if you understand Dutch. -via Metafilter
Photos taken on amusement park rides are only worth taking if guests actually want to buy the pics, and people usually only want to buy them when they’re screaming their heads off or posing for a carefully orchestrated photo-op.
Staged ride pics are so much fun that people often ride the ride as many times as it takes to get the picture just right, and they’ll even bring in their own props along to help make the candid pic even less candid.
These fun loving folks did a great job of trolling their (mostly Splash Mountain) amusement park pics, and hopefully their efforts will inspire others to come up with their own perfectly planned ride pics.
Kirk Damato of BuzzFeed had a brilliant idea. He recently attended the Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon. While there, he asked artists to participate in a game that would result in a comic book story.
The process were simple: an artist drew on the whiteboard. Damato then gave the whiteboard to the next artist, who erased it and added his or her own content. As a result, each artist saw only the previous panel, resulting in a bizarre but amusing story:
In a video that proves, among other things, that terror can be universally understood by all, no matter what language in which it's expressed, this group of Brazilians in a small boat spot a massive anaconda. As the woman on the boat proceeds to loudly voice her discomfort with the situation, a man on board pursues the yellow anaconda and grabs it by the tail, presumably so it can be better seen on the video they are shooting. (If I'm not mistaken, at 1:54 I think the woman tells him he's sick in the head.) What an amazing sight! Via Geekologie.
Filmmaker Steven Soderburgh altered the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, for educational purposes only, to study the staging of the film. He had it rendered in black and white, and removed the soundtrack. Then mood music was added that has nothing to do with the original soundtrack. The result is an amazingly beautiful version of the movie, reminiscent of a silent film or one of the old-time serials it was designed to imitate.
So I want you to watch this movie and think only about staging, how the shots are built and laid out, what the rules of movement are, what the cutting patterns are. See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot—whether short or long—held for that exact length of time and placed in that order? Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect. Wait, WHAT? HOW COULD YOU DO THIS? Well, I’m not saying I’m like, ALLOWED to do this, I’m just saying this is what I do when I try to learn about staging, and this filmmaker forgot more about staging by the time he made his first feature than I know to this day (for example, no matter how fast the cuts come, you always know exactly where you are—that’s high level visual math shit).
It’s hard to actually think about all those things when you’re just enjoying the movie. You already know the story well enough that you don’t need the dialogue, but someone who’d never seen it before would still enjoy Raiders without color or dialogue. -via Time
This November, two beloved characters audiences didn’t know they liked until the Guardians of the Galaxy movie came out will be starring in a series of alternate covers that pay homage to classic covers of Marvel past.
It’s the role of a lifetime for Rocket and Groot, who are cast as everyone from Tony Stark to The Hulk on these fabulous homage covers, illustrating that a raccoon and a living tree can actually play some pretty diverse roles.
These covers should be just the thing to further propel these formerly second string superheroes toward the comic book superstardom they so richly deserve.
Everyone walks to the beat of their own drum, and when the world has gone to hell and the dead are up and walking all around it's time to go your own way. The only way to survive is by staying true to yourself and your training, because when the world's falling apart all around you the only person you can really trust is yourself...
Gear up for the return of your favorite zombie TV show with this Survive t-shirt by Brinkerhoff, and show those zombies you mean business!
Ferrofluid, by definition, is a fluid that contains a magnetic suspension. We have posted them sculptures and videos with them before, but to most people, the idea of ever being able to play with the stuff seemed unlikely. Well, guess what? You can make your own ferrofluid, and do all the playing and experimenting with it that you want.
Heck, maybe you will even end up making a scultpture with the stuff that we will feature one day on this site. Life is insane like that. You never know.
This clip is taken from the Household Hacker YouTube page, and if you have a second today, go check it out. They even teach how you to make a keg out of a watermelon. Yes, you read that correctly. Life hacks are a beautiful thing.
Grant Snider of Incidental Comics continues to enjoy and share the intricacies of life with a toddler. It’s astonishing to watch them develop and become distinct personalities, and so many of them follow the same path that other parents can remember and relate. The process of seeing them learn about the world around them and discover their ability to manipulate it is almost magical, but at the same time chaotic and exhausting for parents.
Nash Ruin, The Vulgar Chef (content warning: foul language), made corn dogs over the weekend. He's turned this traditional county fair snack into a delicious breakfast. Ruin doesn't provide any details, but it appears that he garbed the dogs in layers of blueberry pancake mix and red velvet cake. Yummy!
A dense forest huddles tight, with groves expanding outwards, upwards, growing ever further away. The trees move with the motion of a wind, or not; some are rigid & straight, some rustling & reaching. At the middle of the print, the treeline dips down and spreads up and out into a great stretch of rolling fields and forests.
The original artwork is finished, and they are working on carving the “key” woodblock. Next, an additional three or four woodblocks will be carved for the different print colors. Limited edition color prints are available for pre-order from Tugboat Printshop. -via Laughing Squid
These old-school-sexy pinups of female superheroes by illustrator Stephen Langmead feature them in the very costumes they sported in their first comic book appearances. Drawn with classically shaped physiques and with hair and makeup to match, the pinups are the total package in terms of vintage appeal. Visit Langmead's Art Station site to see more of his work. -Via Design Taxi.
Have you not heard of the Klingon proverb that revenge is a dish best served cold? It is very cold in the winter. So bundle up before slaughtering your enemies. For today is a good day to die, but also chilly. Kimberly Gintar has a knitting pattern that will wrap you in a Klingon bat'leth. So get out your knitting needles and charge. Qapla'!
The J-turn- an action movie/stunt driving staple, and a manuever cool guys driving muscle cars used to practice in empty parking lots.
If the name isn’t immediately familiar the move will be- driver drives in reverse away from the trouble, say a bunch of cop cars, then the driver swings the car around in an 180 degree turn and keeps going in the same direction.
Pulp Fiction was released in the United States in October of 1994. Can that movie really be twenty years old? Why yes, as a matter of fact, it debuted at Cannes in May, and was released in several countries before Americans saw it. Want to know some other cool facts about Pulp Fiction? Here’s a sampling:
6. THE MOVIE COST ONLY $8.5 MILLION TO MAKE.
Five million went to the actors’ salaries. It made that all back in its first week at the U.S. box office (the film pulled in $9.3 million the first weekend of release).
20.TRAVOLTA DIDN’T REALLY INJECT THURMAN IN THAT SCENE.
The infamous scene in which Mia is stabbed with a very necessary adrenaline shot was stressful enough, so Tarantino took off some of the pressure: the needle was inserted, and then Travolta pulled it out. The scene was reversed in post-production so it looks as if Vincent Vega really is plunging that syringe into her. Movie magic!
Aish at Disney's New Groove posted this chart of Disney movies in chronological order according to their historical settings. She posted it with the following note:
"(Excludes most of the package films. Some films, eg The Lion King, are impossible to pin down exactly and some, like Aladdin and Treasure Planet, are anachronistic, so these are estimations. A few have been split into 2 if there is more than one time period in the movie, and sequels have been put together.)"
Redditor MDPPatrick snapped this photograph at just the right moment. His brother tossed the basketball into the air. When the camera shutter opened, the ball was blocking out the sun, creating the impression of a solar eclipse.
There was once a very silly knight who simply didn't know when to quit. He was lively and animated, until his limbs began being forcibly removed, but even though he couldn't walk without legs he kept running off at the mouth! If you happen upon this strange fellow when you're wandering around the forest please tell him to watch what he says to any travelers he comes across, because he's all out of limbs and he's only got one head!
Celebrate your favorite classic comedy flick with this Vintage Flesh Wound t-shirt by Nemons, it's a great way to cover up your flesh wounds and it'll keep you in the spirit until your next movie night.
The Prism coffee table, designed by Maurie Novak of MN Design in Melbourne, Australia, is an absolute stunner. The stainless steel frame surrounds strands of brightly colored, loosely woven elastic, perfectly visible through the clear glass top. Like a true prism, one's vantage point determines each unique, beautiful view. Visit the MN Design websiteto learn more. -Via Lost at E Minor.
I am not quite sure who this Jay Hawk Daily guy is, but he posts some amazing videos to his YouTube on the regular of him doing stuff that most of us would either love to do, or die in fear and refuse to do. Take, for example, this video of him showing up and hanging out with a lioness who just cannot seem to stop giving him love and hugs. 99% of us will live our entire lives never knowing what a lioness hug feels like (and being somewhat grateful for that), but to see the bond these two obviously have is amazing. She just acts like a giant kitten around him.
My rational sense of self-preservation knows better than to be jealous or envy him, but it is still wonderful to see just how gentle and loving wild animals can be towards certain humans. I have said it before and will say it again. I often think humans could take a lesson in humanity away from some animals.
But keep in mind, were this anyone but him, they probably would have been mauled. Never let these vids lull you into a false sense about what these animals can do. Just saying.
There are plenty of beach shacks out there, but the Window House is pretty unlike anything you've ever seen. This one-person getaway is super cozy -measuring only 10 by 26 feet, so it's not ideal for regular living, but makes a great weekend surf spot. Best of all, the tiny home looks great but doesn't block the view from their neighbors and passersby thanks to the huge windows on each side of the tiny space.
The Wonderful World of Disney is beloved by children around the globe and many of those kids continue to adore the company and its films as they grow into adults, and some of them even show that adoration in the form of tattoos.
One man is behind the entire Disney franchise, and this tattoo by Aldona Reyman is a lovely tribute to the man who made it all possible, Walt Disney.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle
The castle at the heart of Disneyland is more than just an attraction, it's ultimately an icon for the entire world of Disney and all the magic moments they helped create over the years. This castle was inked by Tom Tait Tattoos and belongs to Kristen Brumpton.
Mickey & Minnie
Mickey might be the most famous animated character on earth now, but that was hard to imagine when he first appeared in Steamboat Willie back in 1928. Here's a tribute to the mouse that made it all possible courtesy of Lucky Dice Tattoo.
Here's a fun Disney fact: the first people who did the voices for Mickey and Minnie ended up getting married in real life. This adorable tattoo of the animated couple was done by Dean Denney.
Princesses are some of the most popular stars in the entire Disney lineup. This unfinished piece by Miss Mae La Roux is a fantastic dedication to those royal ladies.
This is a really simple game. You know that is a loaded statement. Just because a game is simple doesn’t mean it can’t be maddeningly difficult to win, or finish. I’m not sure this game even has a finishing, or winning, point. All you do is click the tile that is a different color. But the further you go, the less contrast there is in the tiles. Eventually you will be seeing waves of color and changing tiles, although that’s in your head. How far will you go? I made it to level 23 once, although I stumbled at 18 the first time around. -via Metafilter
In 1947, Life magazine challenged some of the top comic strip artists of the day to draw their iconic characters while blindfolded. It seemed reasonable that the artists, having drawn their characters so many times, might have established total muscle memory for the task.
While the results were said to be far under the expectations of those who suggested the blindfolded art challenge, to me they seem pretty much what I would expect. What do you think? -Via Dangerous Minds
Back in the day, medicine didn't fool around, not even for a cough. This picture shows the alarming active ingredients in One Night Cough Syrup. I’m sure anyone that took this got their money’s worth. It would certainly stop your cough, or at least make you forget you had one. It’s nice that they assured us the alcohol was less than 1%, as if that was the scariest ingredient.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is largely considered to be a movie classic; a cautionary tale about ill-mannered children, among other things. While the story occasionally dips into darker territory, such as the harsh punishments for the childrens' infractions, mostly the sweetness of Charlie's relationship with his grandfather and the happy ending keep the overall picture light.
Yet amazingly, the principals in one of the darkest chapters in history— Hitler and the Nazi party — affected not only the casting of the film, but supplied one minor cast member.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was shot in Munich, Germany in 1970, almost 25 years after the fall of the Nazis. The producers and director wanted to cast dwarves as the Oompa Loompas, but they soon learned that their plan would be problematic. There were few dwarves left in Germany due to Hitler's wartime policy of murdering people born with birth defects which, according to his demented mind, meant all manner of people, including dwarves. There were so few dwarves to be found locally that when it came time to cast the film, the casting director was forced to search all across Europe. Many of the little people eventually hired were not professional actors and therefore could not dance or sing. In fact, even in the final cut of the film, some of the Oompa Loompas appear not to be singing or not to know the words of the songs. This was because a number of them couldn't speak English.
More bizarre is the announcement in the film, via a television news report, that the last golden ticket has been located by a South American businessman (later to be revealed as a forgery). The photo that the news anchor holds up, supposedly of the businessman with the golden ticket, is of Hitler's real life personal secretary, Martin Boorman. Boorman was a top Nazi official, said to accompany Hitler everywhere he went.
Read more unsettling facts behind popular films here.
Do you ever find yourself looking at something, and somehow just losing yourself in its intricacies? It can be artwork, or a moment glimpsing at the sky, but it just grabs you, and in that moment, nothing else exists? That is how I feel about the Blue Ball Machine. I think that title sounds a little off-color, so we I will avoid using that expression again.
Just trust me. Click the above link, and be prepared to be sucked in. A couple of pieces of advice before you do go there. It may seem old-school and overwhelming at first, but the way to find a flow to it all is watch just one ball is it runs its journey through the machine. Before you know it, you are sitting there, glued to your screen at this mesmerizing display.
It may look old-school, and may seem archaic, but who cares? Once you get enraptured by the machine, little else will matter. At least for a minute or two, anyway.
Simon served his own brand of leading man justice across three radically different films, smashing pints along the way, and in the end we were left with a multifaceted portrait of the man. He's a lover, a drinker, and he's no stranger to both giving and receiving a smackdown. He's a loyal friend, no matter how drunk he is, and aside from a few freakouts he stands brave in the face of unspeakable evil. He's quite the hero, ain't he?!
Celebrate your favorite actor's finest films with this Blood and Ice Cream t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's the perfect attire to wear during movie night or a night spent fighting zombies and alien invaders...