28 Birthday Traditions From Around the World

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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.  


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Garfield Invades Calvin & Hobbes and Dilbert

In a 3-part series, cartoonist Andy Pandy imagines Garfield crossing the funny pages in the newspaper to visit other comic strips. I guess that he's getting a little bored with life in Jon's home.

Maybe he and Dilbert could swap places for a few weeks.


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Orbital Mechanics

 

Who says video games aren’t educational? This low-key endorsement from Randall Munroe at xkcd (who is a former NASA roboticist) will probably do more for the game Kerbal Space Program than all the splashy ads they could buy.  

If you have no clue what orbital mechanics are, another word for the term is astrodynamics, meaning the science of how spacecraft move.


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Cheap Wine Reviewed By An Irish Brewmaster

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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!

-Via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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It’s Not Nice to Mock Dear Leader

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


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The Most Frustrating Moments In Video Games

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Video games can be downright frustrating at times, especially old school games that rely on precision button mashing and level pattern memorization.

A gamer’s rage cannot easily be suppressed when the game they’re playing makes them want to throw the controller against the nearest wall, which is why most gamers will relate to this video entitled The 50 Most Frustrating Moments In Video Game History.

Now these aren't official rankings or anything, and there were definitely some NES and SNES moments they missed in their collection, but overall you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement at video game moments that once made you want to smash things in a frustrated fit! GAAAAHHH!

-Via Nerd Approved


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Steve Talkowski’s Cute Robots

Steve Talkowski made these robot images for an art challenge called March of Robots. They sure look like toys or models, don’t they? You feel as if you could reach out and touch them! But the robots are images, well rendered in 3D, with photographed backgrounds. See more of them at Talkowski’s Behance page. -via Laughing Squid


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Photos Of Famous Landmarks Tell A Different Story When Zoomed Out

Have you ever noticed that famous landmarks always seem to look good in photographs?

You’d think the Taj Mahal was in the middle of a fantasy kingdom when you see it in photos, but zoom out a bit and show the surrounding area and you’ll discover that the Taj Mahal is sitting right next to a barren landscape littered with trash.

Zoom out on the pyramids at Giza and you’ve got a bustling metropolis all around, zoom out on Niagara Falls and it looks like part of a Las Vegas water park, but crop out the parts you don't want to see and those famous landmark photos will always look good! See more at PolicyMic.


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Playing Jenga with Heavy Equipment

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One surefire way to get the internet’s attention is to take something that was already fun and make it so big that someone could get hurt. In this case, it’s a super sized game of Jenga, although for copyright reasons, they call the game “Stack.” The playing pieces are 600-pound blocks of wood. The players are operating five different pieces of heavy equipment (excavators and telehandlers, etc.) in this promotional video from Cat® Products (Caterpillar). When the stack finally tips over, you’d better get out of the way fast! There's a behind-the-scenes video, too. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Titan Pilots Training...Complete!


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The kaiju are coming, the kaiju are coming! Are you prepared for a mega monster invasion? Get your gear on with this commemorative Titan Pilot Training Academy t-shirt by adho1982 and show those big, ugly baddies who's boss! Power armor not included.

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The Saunalautta Can Make Your Summer Vacation Epic

When you think summer, you probably think about sun, surf, relaxation and good grilling weather, but you might not think about throwing saunas into the mix -unless you're Finnish that is. That's because the Fins have a brilliant creation known as a SaunaLauta that is basically a sauna boat.

While there are plenty of them online, this fantastic creation not only has a sauna, but also three decks so you have extra space to relax, enjoy a nap in a hammock, grill up some snacks or take an epic dive into the chilly waters after a nice sauna session. 

Best of all, you can even rent this crazy (but genius) contraption for yourself -assuming you're in the area.

Check out more pictures of the wonderful floating sauna at Homes and Hues: Sun, Wind, Surf and Sauna All At Once


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15 Facts You Might Not Know about Murder, She Wrote

Jessica Fletcher, a widow in a small town in Maine, writes murder mystery novels. Everywhere she goes, people are murdered. When she visits friends and relatives, people are murdered. But the quick-minded Mrs. Fletcher always solves the case and finds the culprit. This is the premise of Murder, She Wrote, a television show that ran from 1984 through 1997. Here are some bits of trivia the series.

1. At the beginning of the series, Jessica Fletcher lives at 698 Candlewood Lane, Cabot Cove, Maine 03041. Where is this fictional town? That’s unclear, but here’s a webpage that meticulously pieces together the geographic clues mentioned in the series.

2. Over its 12-year run, the series listed by title 25 mystery novels that Jessica has written, starting with The Corpse Danced at Midnight--her first book.

3. By the early 1980s, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple character had thrived on British television for a decade. CBS wanted to create a similar series to exploit its popularity. The network created and aired a Miss Marple television movie called A Caribbean Mystery.This movie was a hit, so CBS continued to work in this direction.


4. CBS decided to create a dramatic series about a mystery novel writer who solved mysteries. They offered the lead role for Murder, She Wrote to Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker on All in the Family. She declined.

5. Jessica Fletcher doesn’t drive a car. Angela Lansbury liked this “because it precludes, in a sense, the need for car chases.”

6. Lansbury had demands for the show’s tone before she would accept the lead role. “I stipulated that there should be no scenes of gratuitous violence, with blood and gore and car smashes.”

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Make Your Own Marshmallow Peeps

Sure, it’s easier to buy marshmallow Peeps at the store, but you might not see them for a long time after Easter. The advantages of making your own are that you control the color and the flavor, and what time of year you can have them. Plus, you’ll know exactly how fresh they are. And just imagine how impressed your co-workers and mother-in-law will be (especially if you are artistically-inclined)! Molly Yeh has the complete recipe at Food 52.  -via The Week

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Cue Cards To Help Start Or Stop Conversations With Hipsters

Poor hipsters, you get picked on by the interwebs for your “unique” fashion sense, famous folks like Spike Lee don’t want you moving into their neighborhoods, and now people aren’t even sure how to talk to you without cue cards.

Guess it's a good thing we now have these Conversation Stopper and Starter Cards from The Portlandia Activity Book so we can all just get along.

The cards are full of great starter lines like “I used to think gender was binary”, and this cue which is sure to stop a conversation with any hipster instantly- “Do you have time to hear about all my accomplishments?”

-Via 22 Words


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Scottish Batman Wears the Batsuit "Regimental Style"

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They say that no true Scotsman wears underwear beneath his kilt. To do so would be indecent. But the truth is that it is not the underwear (or lack thereof) that defines the Scotsman. It is what he does while wearing his kilt that makes him a Scotsman.


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Super Mario Bros Theme Song on Wine Glasses

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Dan Newbie uses 48 water glasses, two pencils, and a frying pan to play the Super Mario Bros Theme. You know the music, and this version is super-pleasant to listen to. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Dr. Seuss Peeps

Peeps are in season and there’s no bag limit, so eat as many as you can. 2 years ago, to mark the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Michelle Clausen of Sugar Swings made these Peeps decorated with characters from his books.

-via Between the Pages

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Cast Care Rap

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A Staff Sergeant/Orthopedic Specialist at a military hospital teaches a little little girl how to deal with wearing a cast by delivering the instructions in rap form. The adults around her seem to be more impressed than the patient, but she’s young. For all she knows, singing medics could be common. Or maybe she's in pain, poor kid. But the rhymes, even when they don’t quite rhyme, are a great way to remember what he’s told you! -via reddit


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Incredible Photo: Snake Eats Centipede, Then Centipede Eats Snake

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The snake saw the centipede as a large meal. The centipede returned the favor.

A herpetologist in Macedonia found this unusual scene on Golem Grad, an island in that nation also known as "Snake Island." A study published by Dragan Arsovski and his colleagues describes it. They suspect that a female nose-horned viper tried to eat a centipede. It got the centipede down its throat, but the centipede fought back, eventually killing the snake.

Then the centipede, sort of like Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, began to eat its way out of the snake. The centipede almost succeeded, breaking free from the snake's body, when the snake's venom finally killed it.

Rest in peace, centipede. We admire your grit.

-via Popular Science


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Sillof Does The Awesomes

Master figure builder Sillof was commissioned by Mike Shoemaker and Seth Meyers to make figures of the characters in the Hulu series The Awesomes. They, along with Lorne Michaels, produce the show, which stars Seth Meyers, Bill Hader, Rashida Jones, Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Rachel Dratch, Kenan Thompson, and Ike Barinholtz. The action figures were to be given to the cast as gifts. Sillof blended the animated likenesses with the real actors behind the characters in his design. See all of the individual character figures at his site, and you may be able to pick out who plays who, even if you haven’t seen The Awesomes. -Thanks, Sillof!  

See also: More pop culture action figures by Sillof.


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Follow The White Rabbit


Follow the White Rabbit by Gil

Follow NeatoShop artist Gil down the rabbit hole and find a wealth of curiouser and curioser designs! But first, check out his Facebook and Tumblr!

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Cadbury Creme Egg Toad-in-a-Hole

Fry an egg inside a hole cut into a slice of bread. The result looks something like this. Some people call this dish an “egg in a basket,” a “one-eyed jack,” or a “bird in a nest.” But I was raised in the South, where we learn to speak English properly, so I call it a “toad-in-a-hole.”

Here’s a great variation for Easter. Jessie Oleson Moore made this sweet version by chilling a Cadbury Creme Egg, then frying it in a slice of pound cake. What a brilliant idea!

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Lo Lo Lo Lo Lohan: Zach Anner Songified

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Zach Anner’s latest project is a workout series called Workout Wednesday, and episode #12 was particularly popular. The Gregory Brothers got hold of Anner’s video and songified it with AutoTune, with the result being this silly song about Lindsey Lohan and how a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network sets you up for life. Anyone who’s followed Zach Anner knows what a joke that is. Anner’s response to the video:

I endorse  this track 1,000%! I've been a fan of the Gregory for years so this is one of the coolest things that has ever happened in the history of mankind! Period.

People sometimes have the misconception that if something simply involves a person with a disability, that it MUST be making fun of people with disabilities. That's just backwards and dismissive. What we actually have here is a ridiculous but positive message transformed into one of the sickest dance anthems to ever blow out your Macbook Air speakers.

Turn down the drama. Pump up the jam.

...(mic drop)

If you want a track to work out to, this is available at iTunes.  -via Viral Viral Videos

Previously: More from Zach Anner


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Ramen Chicken Wings


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Hot Sauce and Panko, an eatery in the Richmond district of San Francisco, has a menu that doesn’t make any sense but also makes total sense.

(Note that the menu link above is NSFW for nudity, which is something that I never thought that I’d have to say about a restaurant menu page. IHOP certainly does not have this problem.)

At Hot Sauce and Panko, you can eat chicken wings in a variety of flavors, such as Kentucky bourbon/sorghum teriyaki and sriracha caramel. There are several different waffle sandwiches, including macaroni and cheese with Black Forest ham and chili cheese fries.

But the grand prize for culinary originality must go to the ramen-coated chicken wings. I have no information to offer about them, except that I really want to eat some.

-via Foodiggity

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TL;DR Wikipedia

If you think the articles in Wikipedia are too long to read, there’s a new Tumblr ready to enlighten you on all manner of subjects. TL;DR Wikipedia bills itself as “Wikipedia condensed for your pleasure.” It’s a hoot! Some of the entries are even funnier than these; I picked out a few that lacked objectionable language to show here. Otherwise the air conditioner entry would be at the top. My accountant would disagree about the last one, though, at least in my case. -via Metafilter


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Corrupted Coloring Book Pages

Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and children’s entertainment. The anonymous artist adds his/her drawings, but alsoinvites you to submit your own.

Content warning: some of the drawings are disturbing. And I mean more so than the examples that you see here.


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Cthulhu Awakes!

Whew! We dodged a bullet there! The apocalypse has been postponed to an undetermined date. This world-saving vision is brought to you by John McNamee of Pie Comics.


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The Best Beaver Experience of My Life

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John Cena got the opportunity to watch -and record- a family of beavers repairing their lodge right in front of him. They were in a hurry to get as much done as possible before the nighttime cold set in, and demonstrated exactly where the phrase “busy as a beaver” came from. The excited commentary is priceless! -via Metafilter

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The Soft Sculpture Works Of Mister Finch

Mister Finch creates soft sculptures which look like they're part of an otherworldly natural history museum collection, from a dimension where the flora and fauna are all made out of fabric.

Massive insects with textile wings, fabric birds with wire talons trapped in glass display domes, and linen plants with muted color palettes are all on display in Mister Finch's imaginative tableaus, taking the viewer on a trip into a purely fabric-ated realm created by that great big sewing machine in the sky.

-Via Juxtapoz


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Netflix Goes to Prom

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Chicago teenager Muthana Sweis Tweeted Netflix and playfully asked the company to go to the prom with him. Surprisingly, Netflix took him up on his offer. No, they didn’t go as a date -Sweis had a date. But Netflix fixed him up good, with movie-themed gear to take him and his date in style. Sweis selected a James Bond tuxedo and a car and driver straight out of Grease. See? It doesn't hurt to ask! He was the big man at the prom, with cameras following him around. A good time was had by all. -via Time Newsfeed


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