The mind of a comedian works in very strange ways, and it takes a perfect level of functional insanity to stand up in front of a bunch of strangers and tell jokes. It’s a tough gig, and those who are able to make money at it know that they’re getting paid for the crazy things floating around in their heads.
So it should come as no surprise that many comedians have tried psychedelic drugs, getting their head on, so to speak, and really digging deep into the vaults to pull out good material.
Psychedelics are still a hotly debated subject in the world of drugs, but take it from comedians like George Carlin and Bill Hicks- psychedelics make you think of comedy in a whole new light!
Are you starting to feel like there are just too darn many androids lurking around the big city? Maybe it's time to board a runner for a vacation in the stars, or start a new life in the Off World Colonies, or maybe you just need this Off World t-shirt by Synaptyx so you can show the world you've been there and done that without leaving your planet!
270 square feet isn't much space to live in, but when we're talking vacation homes on the coast of Spain, it's just enough. And this gorgeous minimalist home isn't going to leave you wanting since it comes equipped with a toilet, a shower, a fireplace and a bed with an amazing view of your vacation space.
While it might not have a kitchen, you can always cook your freshly caught fish over your fireplace -or, since you're on vacation, go out to eat and treat yourself to something special.
Sadly, the passing of movie legend Mickey Rooney (on April 6th) truly brought the end to an era. Born Joseph Yule Jr. the Mick, all 5' 2" of him, was really the last of the genuine "movie stars" from Hollywood's golden age. He had, without a doubt, one of the most amazing career runs in the history of show business. Mickey kept coming back and entertaining us again and again.
His films numbered 340. Yes, you read that right, 340 movie credits, according to IMDb.
Of course, the Andy Hardy films (16 of them) and his legendary MGM musicals (with his beloved co-star Judy Garland) were his personal trademarks, but the Mick also had unforgettable roles in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Captains Courageous (1937), Boys Town (1938), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), The Black Stallion (1981) and on and on.
Okay, let's take a look at a few facts you may not know about Mickey Rooney.
* He helped bring Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe together. In 1952, Joe and Marilyn were set up (at DiMaggio's request, after seeing the young starlet's photo) on a date. The date was dullsville and was dragging along, when Mickey, who happened to be dining in the same restaurant, spotted DiMaggio and (like any guy) started fawning over him, regaling Marilyn with stories of his baseball exploits and records. Marilyn was not a sports fan at all, but she had done a movie with Mickey just two years previously, The Fireball (1950). When she saw Mickey's awed reaction to DiMaggio, her interest immediately perked up and the date heated up too. Joe and Marilyn soon became an item and were married less than two years later.
* He was the first choice to play the role of Archie Bunker on All in the Family. When he met with producer Norman Lear about the role, he was told that Archie was "a bigot and a racist.” He replied, “‘They'll kill me in the streets,’ and turned me down flat,” according to Lear.
The hen they call Little Miss Sunshine was a egg-layer in an industrial egg farm before she was rescued and retired to Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary. Now she’s a star, having been selected as a “spokeschicken” for Animals Australia to show how intelligent hens can be. I have my suspicions that other chickens aren’t quite as smart as she is. -via Everlasting Blort
Curious George the monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat have been together a long time. They've been close companions since 1941. But that doesn't mean that they have a healthy relationship.
Far from it. They have serious codependency problems which the Man in the Yellow Hat is only beginning to see. George, of course, is resisting. He doesn't want to join the Man at therapy, just as he's generally opposed to the Man with the Yellow Hat having any sort of meaningful relationship with anyone else. Devorah Blachor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency provides transcripts of the Man's discussions with his therapist:
OK, this time we went out of the house, so really, I’m making an effort here. I took Mrs. Needleman on a European-inspired champagne brunch cruise along the Hudson. What more could I have done, I ask you?
We were just passing Battery Park and had selected a bottle of Gewürztraminer to go with the lobster bisque when suddenly there was a commotion on the outdoor deck.
“Monkey overboard!” someone was shouting.
Well, of course it was George! But you know, I did specifically tell him to stay out of trouble. He promised that he’d be good, but it is easy for little monkeys to forget.
After they pulled George aboard I dried him and let him wear my yellow hat to cheer him up and before I knew it, he was playing the grand piano and juggling chocolate truffles. All the passengers were watching him and applauding. He was the belle of the ball—it was adorable. I think about an hour passed before I noticed that Mrs. Needleman wasn’t there. We found her at the Liberty Bar, already on her fourth gin rickey. It was pretty embarrassing, to tell you the truth. We had to send her home in a taxi after we docked.
No, I can’t leave him at home. That’s exactly what Papa used to do to me. Why, I could never do that to George.
An unnamed sophomore at South Fayette High School in McDonald, Pennsylvania, was tired of being bullied every day. His mother thought he was exaggerating his reports about the treatment he received at school. So the teenager took matters into his own hands and gathered evidence by recording an incident on his school iPad. Guess who got into trouble for that.
Instead of questioning the students whose voices were recorded, school administrators threatened to charge him with felony wiretapping before eventually agreeing to reduce the charge to disorderly conduct. On Wednesday, March 19, the student, whose name we have agreed to not include in this story, was found guilty of disorderly conduct by District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet.
The student deleted the recording under orders from school administration, although his mother had already made a transcript. The alleged bullies heard on the recording were not disciplined. South Fayette Township police Lieutenant Robert Kurta defended the charge of disorderly conduct, saying the student “engaged in actions which served no legitimate purpose.” The student’s family attorney thinks that destruction of the evidence may also be a crime. The unnamed student is appealing his conviction. -via The Daily Dot
Nagarjun Bollam writes some disabled people ride on trains in India at steep discounts. Because of the incentive structure, non-disabled people hire them to travel:
Disabled people get 50-75% concession on train ticket from Indian Railways. Additionally, they can take one person as escort who will be entitled to the same amount of concession.
Some disabled people earn their living with this scheme. Their only job is travelling between different cities and taking Strangers (who actually want to go to some city) as escorts. These strangers pay 75% of the fare to the disabled people. Thus Stranger saves money, Disabled person earns profit.
Dogs score higher on most of the parameters in this graph from Doghouse Diaries, which is what you’d expect from a webcomic that names itself so. You may agree or disagree with any of them. Personally, I know some cats that are off the scale in neediness. Still, both animals have their charms and you should have at least a couple of each.
Escaping certain death in the maw of a giant pit monster is worthy of a commemorative t-shirt. Luckily there's this awesome Surviving the Sarlacc t-shirt by Stationjack, so you can share your off world adventures with your sand farmer friends who never leave the homestead.
Having a cat aboard a ship is good luck, they say. It’s certainly good for keeping vermin under control lest they endanger precious food supplies. Some ship’s cats were so well-known or beloved that they are part of history. Blackie, renamed Churchill, became famous not because he did his job well (which he did), but because he charmed the Prime Minister.
Blackie was the ship's cat of the Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales. In August of 1941, the ship conveyed British PM Winston Churchill to Newfoundland for the Atlantic Charter conference with FDR. As Blackie ambled over to the battleship's gangplank, Churchill restrained him by gently petting his head – a moment caught on film for posterity.
Blackie's encounter with the great man resulted in his receiving new name, “Churchill”. Although the re-monikered mascot survived the sinking of the Prince of Wales later that year and managed to make it to Singapore, he could not be found when the order came to evacuate the colony's naval base in early 1942.
You may be familiar with the blog Morbid Anatomy, but now it’s much more than a blog. It has expanded into a library and a museum with a lecture hall. The Morbid Anatomy Museum is set to open in Brooklyn in May. Collectors Weekly talked to founder Joanna Ebenstein about the new museum.
Morbid Anatomy started out about death, but now it’s expanded now to be about a lot of things that fall through the cracks, things that we don’t talk about in a dignified discourse. So the fact that the history of paranormal research has been swept under the carpet interests me, in the same way we choose not to think about how Sir Isaac Newton was as interested in alchemy as he was in mathematics. I’m interested, too, in the fact that humans are essentially non-rational beings, but we want to be rational. We try, right? Death, the paranormal, alchemy, belief, faith, saints, and relics—these things all speak to something else that we need to have answered.
Sure, we'd all like to have a sturdy, permanent guillotine in the home. We'd all like to have a high-qualty piece of craftsmanship that we can pass on to our children. But if you're just getting started--such as moving in to your first apartment--then you also need to save money. That's where the Søkkømb comes in. It's a flat pack, ready-to-assemble execution engine that makes a tasteful contribution to any home decor. Here's how the manufacturer describes it:
Are you full of energy? Have you lots of things to do and too little time to do them? Are you increasingly annoyed by all those criminals, immigrants and petty people who should just be got rid of? Your dynamic, active rhythm demands quick, summary justice and you are the person to do it. Too bad you just don’t have the time.
You are the person we thought aboutwhen we designed Søkkømb, an easily-assembled guillotine for the whole family. A practical solution, quick and clean, ideal for all your security needs. By assembling Søkkømb in the comfort of your own living room, you can relax safe in the knowledge that the punishment will fit the crime. So you can finally be your own boss in your own house.
Søkkømb is made from the best solid pine and comes equipped with a sturdy blade in stainless steel. It is light and versatile and is guaranteed effective for up to 100 executions a day.
Several will be available in European IKEA stores in the future. But if you really want one now, you can bid on one that's up for auction with Paddle8 (warning: flashing images).
There are more ancient Egyptian secrets than we can imagine waiting to be discovered underneath the sands of time. If only we could find the remote control! This video from Kheops Pyramides lets us in on one story that no one ever believed because there was no hard evidence to be found. -via Kuriositas
Snails are generally seen as garden pests, crunchy sidewalk debris and potential escargot, but if we could see the world from a snail's point of view we would discover a miniature world full of natural wonder, beautiful color and life that moves at a snail's pace.
Photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko went way down low to capture the amazing miniature world of the snail, and his photo series reveals the magical world snails live in, a tiny world which can only be properly viewed with the help of a macro lens.
During the Vietnam War, the prospect of being drafted was an overwhelming part of being a young man. From 1969 to 1972, drafts were determined by lottery. Birth dates were drawn to see who would be called up first. The lower your draft number, the more likely you were on your way to Vietnam. Vietnam War Draft Lottery collects stories of what it was like to have your fate resting on a piece of paper drawn from a glass bowl. It was one lottery you did not want to win. Here’s one of the stories.
On the day of the lottery, I was in Biochemistry laboratory at university. When I finished my lab I ran back to the dorm to watch the lottery with all my buddies. We were all freaked out. During the three years since I graduated from high school in 1966, I had gone to the funerals of 16 close and not-so close friends who had died in Viet Nam. They had joined right after high school in the “Buddy System”. I remember the ads: “Who better to watch your back than your buddy.”
We were the war babies. Since we were kids we played war in our back yards. We were given BB guns for Christmas and wore Army helmets we bought at Army Surplus stores. We were raised on the stories, films and television shows of the heroics in the Second World War. It’s almost like we were preparing for our own war. Well, we got our war. But, it wasn't a world war; it was a small war, against a small country that was having a civil war. I think if it had been a world war…we would have all enlisted. But it wasn't, and now it was our war nevertheless.
I arrived at the dorm and went to my friend’s room where 12 of us were watching the lottery. I remember we had cases of beers to help us through. We knew this day could forever change our lives. When I came into the room I could feel the tension and see that the lottery had already started. It wasn't a big show on TV; it was just a series of numbers scrolling across the bottom of the screen while “I Love Lucy” played above. I arrived at the drawing of the 21st number. I had missed the first 20 numbers. Was my number one of the first 20? Of course I asked everyone if they saw my birth date come up, but everyone was concentrated on their own numbers and no one remembered the other dates. I had no way to find out what numbers had already been drawn, so I had to watch the whole process and hope that I wasn't already chosen. By the time number 300 was drawn I was convinced I was going to war. By number 350 I had accepted my fate; I had to be one of the first 20 numbers I had missed.
It wasn't that I didn't love my country, I did, but after so many of my friends dying, I wasn't sure that fighting a war over political ideals--communism vs. democracy--was as important as the government was saying. Let them be communists if they want to be. Who are we to force a political system on another country?
I was freaked out to say the least. By number 360 I had decided that I would join the Marines. If I was going to go, I wanted to go as the best. My birthday, February 26, was finally drawn at number 365. I had won the lottery. After three years of constant stress always hanging over my head, I relaxed. I believe I stayed drunk for the next 2 weeks. Three of my friends in the room that day died in the next two years in Viet Nam. It was a day I will never forget. "
Markovic, the Cypriot designer, said to Philenews "When I first saw the photo online, I felt that I had seen it somewhere. Looking at it again, I realized that it's my shirt. I didn't believe it at first!" Markovic noted that the design is available on several T-shirt sites (one of which is his NeatoShop).
Once upon the 1950s there was a robot band who rocked the rivets off the competition for only a nickel a song, a band called the Trio Fantastique who were created and managed by a mad scientist engineer named Zenon Specht (no relation).
The Trio Fantastique consisted of Wink on guitar, Blink on drums, and Nod who rocked the saxophone, and they were the house band for Antwerp’s Robot Club, also making appearances in various fairs and departments stores around France between 1954 and 1959.
Animal welfare officials were called when a bear was spotted 30 feet up in a tree in Panama City, Florida. The 250-pound bear was shot with a tranquilizer gun. To catch the falling bear, the crew erected a tarp as a sort of net a few feet off the ground. But a tarp is not as strong as a 250-pound bear falling from a 30-foot height, as anyone should have figured out. The bear tore right through and hit the ground with a splat. The bear was uninjured, and fortunately, slept right through the ordeal. -via Arbroath
Why, hello neighbor! I'm just swingin' by to tell you about this amazing My Friendly Neighbor t-shirt by Ruwah! You'd have to be a webhead not to appreciate this colorful crossover, and it's the perfect way to spark a nerdy conversation at your next geek-stravaganza. Won't you be my friendly neighborhood neighbor?
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Two German designers, Sascha Urban and Dorothea Wirwall, developed this chair. They call it the “Loungebarrow.” It’s a wheelbarrow with a plywood cover. A comfortable padded chair and laptop computer desk fold out. I can imagine it serving as portable seating in a creative agency’s meeting space.
Since the mental_floss YouTube series a year old now, John Green is celebrating by examining birthday traditions around the world in this week’s mental_floss video. We make a wish and blow out candles on a cake, but while cakes are common, that’s not a universal custom. Some countries have other tasty treats, and a lot of places have customs involving smearing food on the honoree.
People who choose to drink cheap wines like Boone's Farm and Franzia typically do so for one reason- the price. They’re not picky about the flavor notes, or the aftertaste, or the aroma- cheap wine drinkers want to get their buzz on without spending too much money, and they don't really care about reviews good or bad.
However, maybe the companies that make these cheap wines will appreciate some input from an Irish brewmaster named Damian McConn, a guy who enjoys flavor notes and aromas and such.
Damian share his reviews of some of the most popular cheap wines in this BuzzFeed presents video, and needless to say he is not impressed!
Mo Nabbach manages the M&M Hair Academy in London, England. After the story circulated about Kim Jong-un mandating that male North Korean students wear his haircut, Nabbach posted a sign outside his salon featuring a picture of the North Korean leader. The caption said, “Bad hair day? 15 per cent off all gent cuts through the month of April. Tuesday – Thursday." It was all fun and games until two men claiming to be from the North Korean Embassy visited the salon and ordered the sign removed.
Mr Nabbach's son Karim, 26, said: "We put up a poster offering a discount on men's haircuts.
"Then North Korean officials came in and asked for it to be taken down.
"My father told them: 'This is England and not North Korea' and he told them to get their lawyers."
His father removed the poster, but quickly put it back up after some of his clients urged him to demonstrate that Britain is a democracy.
Mr Nabbach said: "The two men were wearing suits and they were very serious. My father said it was very threatening."
Nabbach reported the incident to the police, who cannot do anything until a law is broken. The North Korean Embassy, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the salon, refused to comment on the incident. -via Uproxx