And I'm not entirely sure why. But I couldn't help but grin through this entire performance. It's by the band Goose House, which added a banjo to its normal repertoire. This version of the song is just a bit different from this performance of it by John Denver while touring in Japan. No matter who sings it or where, everyone wants to go back home to West Virginia.
We love trivia about our favorite books and movies and this great TopTenz article has fun facts about both books and movies. For example, did you know Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) went through chemotherapy to fight breast cancer while she was acting in the two final films? Or that Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double was paralyzed while filming a flying scene?
People have launched culinary careers based on their knowledge of which wine pairs well with a particular cheese, because people love cheese and wine and anybody who doesn’t care for either simply cannot be trusted.
But there’s one combo that has yet to make it to the mainstream, a combo that the cutting edge culinarians have only recently started to explore- cheese and tea.
Pairing a particular type of tea with the proper cheese is supposed to unlock a third flavor, and you won't have to worry about having a hangover the next day!
Here’s the theory behind this new idea in culinary pairing:
The flavor profiles of both beverages run a similar thread—think tannins, age, astringency, and sweetness. For example, a cheese that pairs with a wine high in tannins, would also match a tea high in tannins. Same applies for astringent wine and teas. Salty cheeses go with sweet wines the same way they work with a sweeter tea like Dong Ding or Dong Pian (a late winter harvest of oolong that is especially sweet). People often link tea and coffee, but tea is, in fact, more closely related to wine with regard to tasting profiles.
With a few bell peppers, olives, and the right shape, Wendi created a pizza that looks just like the helmet of Star Wars fans' favorite bounty hunter. Now it just needs to be slowly baked inside the oven for over a thousand years.
No Sith Lord will ever be accused of being humble, and those Darths who decide to paint their face are even more vain than their helmeted brethren. So what are you missing if you've got the fierce warpaint and the Sith swagger? A sassy t-shirt, that's what! Imagine the looks on the faces of your fellow clubgoers when they see you saunter in with your Maul face on and this sick t-shirt covering your torso. Looks like you don't need force choke to shut those haters up!
Add a touch of dark humor to your geeky wardrobe with this I'll Be Your Sith Lord Part 2 t-shirt by Joefixit2, it's a great way to get all dressed up and ready to go see Episode VII!
Actor Jay Thomas who played Eddie LeBec on Cheers apparently wasn't fond of his onscreen wife Carla, played by Rhea Perlman. Thomas made the mistake of making a disparaging remark about Perlman on his radio show, and that was "all she wrote" for Thomas on the series. The writers killed Thomas off in a violent yet humorous way: while performing as a penguin in an ice show, Eddie LeBec died in a freak Zamboni accident. That will teach anyone to mess with Carla.
Read other instances of unhappy actors having their characters killed in creative ways by the writers here.
My daughter knows that the only trip souvenir I allow is a squished penny. They're fun to look at, inexpensive, and don't take up much space. She's cool with that rule, as we both take great pride in displaying our ever-growing collection in "penny passports."
We were happy to hear that, for Disneyland's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration, the park's elongated coin machines will feature some all new pressings. In fact, there will be over 40 new designs.
For 25 years, Disneyland Electromechanical Shop worker Rob Johnson has been making and maintaining coin presses for the resort. In this video, he shares a look behind these collectibles:
There are a lot of people out there who don't like possums. It's not too surprising, given that when encountered in the wild, they aren't exactly friendly. But when they are raised as pets, they are actually surprisingly friendly and cuddly. These cute little snackers aren't in teddy bear mode, but they are still pretty darn precious as the munch down their sweet treats.
What does your state have more of than other states per capita? This map has some superlative for each of the 50 states, some of which are kind of surprising (Georgia, Texas), others not so much (Utah, Kentucky). Of course, every state is tops at something, but many states are tops at several things. In those cases, Estately selected the most provocative thing to label a state. They posted a list of source links for each superlative, in case you can’t believe them. See, Georgia is not overrun with pandas, but Zoo Atlanta has seven living there now, and no other state in the U.S. can match that. -via Daily of the Day
Communicating with your fellow humans can be hard work, and people who refuse to express the problems they’re having with you in any form other than a passive aggressive note are downright difficult to handle.
But would the world be a better place without the passive aggressive and their notes?
We’d be robbed of the comedic potential found in these notes, we’d punch each other’s lights out every other day, and those who have trouble vocalizing their problems would probably go postal without an outlet for their angst.
Luckily, the passive aggressive have found a way to share their unique voice with the world, as their hilarious notes are able to reach a much wider audience via the interwebs. Now both sides of the issue can freely share and discuss their feelings without fear of repercussion!
The sky over Fort Bragg, North Carolina rained freedom in early April. Then, in the largest exercise of its kind there in 20 years, the US Air Force, Marine Corps, Air National Guard, and Royal Air Force dropped a combined 2,100 troops to the ground. The purpose of this exercise was to demonstrate the interopability of these forces and make it easier for the US and UK to engage in joint operations in the future. The Army Times reports:
The long-term goal is to have the ability to integrate the 16 Air Assault Brigade into the 82nd Airborne Division, allowing the two units to operate quickly and seamlessly if they're ever called upon to respond together in an emergency. […]
The American and British soldiers have taken advantage of their time together to learn about each other's equipment, tactics and standard operating procedures, said Lt. Col. Mike Shervington, commander of 3 Para.
One example is having U.S. soldiers jumping out of British aircraft and vice versa, he said.
"That sounds easy, but it's not," Shervington said.
For starters, the two armies use different parachutes – the T-11 for the Americans and the Low Level Parachute, or LLP.
The T-11 carries more weight, while the LLP opens at a lower level, Shervington said. The LLP also has a shorter count before the static line releases the parachute; three seconds instead of six for the T-11, he said.
Three people take the challenge to give up sugar for a month -which also includes giving up artificial sweeteners and honey. These are folks who drank soda all day, so it was not easy, but it was a life-changing experience. Do you think you could survive a month without sugar?
My daughter went on the Daniel fast a couple of years ago, which was three weeks of no sugar, meat, dairy, fried food, or processed grains. It was difficult shopping for such a diet, because when you read ingredients, everything in the store has added sugar! Even in the health food section, you see “dehydrated organic cane syrup,” which is a euphemism for sugar. I still don’t understand why a can of kidney beans has sugar in it. But she managed it, and learned to love a variety of fruits and vegetables along the way (she learned to cook, too). Two years later, she still eats healthily, and I keep a never-ending seasonal fruit bowl for the whole family to enjoy.
Brisbane, Australia-based photographer Serenah Hodson captured her delightful series, aptly named "Dry Dog Wet Dog," in the most likely circumstance that a dog will throw anyone the Stink Eye. Not only are these normally fluffily coiffed pups all wet, but some of them appear to be a little miffed. And why not? To think that any human would interfere with their ripe doggy scent by giving them a bath, only then to make them sit still for a camera shoot? The incredible nerve! Hodson says of her series,
"Dry Dog Wet Dog came about with washing my own dogs. Their personalities change when they know it's bath time. So I decided to create a series of the different looks and not only personalities but the difference in look from groomed to wet. We get such great texture on the dog when the hair is wet. Some dogs look completely different when wet and this was the joy I wanted to capture."
See more of Serenah Hodson's adorable series here, and visit her website and Facebook page to follow her award-winning work.
In 1969, puppeteer Caroll Spinney donned the enormous Big Bird costume for the first season of Sesame Street. He still does 45 years later. Spinney writes in The Guardian that it led to fascinating experiences:
I once got a letter from Nasa, asking if I would be willing to join a mission to orbit the Earth as Big Bird, to encourage kids to get interested in space. There wasn’t enough room for the puppet in the end, and I was replaced by a teacher. In 1986, we took a break from filming to watch takeoff, and we all saw the ship blow apart. The six astronauts and teacher all died, and we just stood there crying.
Big Bird is a complex mechanism that requires considerable skill. Spinney describes how it works:
Big Bird is actually a puppet; my right arm is his neck, and my right hand moves his head, with my little finger controlling his eyebrows, moving them up and down to show when he’s thinking. I can change his expression by tilting his head toward the camera at a different angle. My left hand is in the left wing, which is linked to the right wing with fishing wire. I can’t see anything outside the suit when I’m in it, so I wear a little monitor strapped to my chest, which shows me what the viewers see at home.
In the early days, each scene was very simple and I could memorise my lines on the spot, but the show evolved and the storylines became much more elaborate as the years passed, so now I keep my cues and my lines taped to the inside of the costume.
Avengers fan and owner of Laser Gadgets Patrick Priebe has fashioned an Iron Man glove equipped with lasers, sound effects and other fun gizmos. The glove has two lasers and a launcher that ejects small “shells.” The blue laser packs a punch, with the ability to burn wood and pop balloons in an instant. The red laser also pops balloons and generally looks cool, red and lasery. Neatorama! See the video above for Priebe's demonstration. -Via Daily Dot
The Empire's assault on the galaxy never seems to stop, and as long as there's some Sith Lord trying to be the star of the show the war will go on. Luckily, all out intergalactic war is what draws warm bodies to the movie theaters, and we're getting geared up for the epic return of our favorite far out space opera. Some fans may even get new tattoos to commemorate the new episode, like the tattoos clone troopers get to commemorate their fallen comrades. Imperial forces are expressly forbidden from adorning their bodies with tattoo ink, but when you're one of the bad guys rules are made to be broken!
No need to tattoo your body to show love for that war in the stars, bring home this The Empire Rises t-shirt by Jml2art and save some space on your skin!
We've all had bad neighbors before, whether they play music late at night, throw trash over your fence, have vicious dogs that won't stop barking or let their kids play outside during the daytime. Oh, what's that? You don't think there's anything wrong with a child playing in their own backyard?
Well tell that to the grumpy Arizona neighbor who left this note for his neighbors complaining that:
“Every day this week, when weather has been nice and windows are open, you proceed to let your small child run free in your backyard and laugh and giggle and carry on without end. This is very disruptive for my two dogs and my bird who sits next to the window. … Perhaps you could ask him to tone it down a bit, or at least limit his outside time to 15-20 minutes a day. If this behavior continues I WILL CALL THE POLICE"
The letter was shared online by a freind of the family and has quickly gone viral with many commenters chiming in on what they think the proper way to handle the situation would be. So Neatonauts, what do you think? How would you deal with a neighbor who left a note like this in your mailbox?
A disaster has occurred and you are forced to travel somewhere by airplane. Perhaps if you were very wealthy, you could charter a private flight. But otherwise, you have to ride a commercial airline flight, forcing you to go through the torments of airport staff and fellow travellers, all of whom are committed to making it the experience as unpleasant as possible.
Glove and Boots gives you practical tips and points of etiquette that you need to know. Your fellow passengers--especially those seated right next to you--must learn about the etiquette in particular. So in the highly unusual event that the in-flight WiFi is actually working, show them this video.
Kristina Bewley is a photographer, costumer, and photoshopper. She brought all of those skills together to make her daughter Giselle’s trip to Disney World especially memorable. Giselle wore princess costumes that were digitally enhanced with visual effects as she romped around the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
The lengths some nutty people will travel out of spite and vengeance is amazing. This AskReddit thread posed the question “What was the most f*cked up thing your ex did after you broke up?” and got some interesting answers.
Here are some psychotic highlights (rather, lowlights):
LovesEwoks: "My ex took a title loan on my vehicle. We were married, so he went to the DMV, requested a new title with his name added. Apparently, that is fully legal until divorce is finalized. That fu**er went to the title loan company and took a loan against the clear title. He never made a payment. I didn’t find out until it was getting towed away."
Jehuy: "We agreed that she’d collect her stuff from “our” place when we broke, without me being there. I arrived later that evening to find two gas valves opened, so I guess I’m lucky I didn’t light a cigarette. Edit: No, I did not call the cops. How would I prove it anyway? At that point, I was just glad she was out of there and out of my life. And still am. So I decided to ignore it and not sound like a lunatic wailing at a police officer about a murderous girlfriend. Believe me, at this point we'd been through enough. Think I saw her once at a glance, at McDonalds; alas, not fat."
prattastic: "Put me on the mailing and call list for every church group she could find. For two months my phone was blowing up with calls from churches and evangelicals, they wanted money, they wanted to send me bibles and pamphlets. The ones that had my address did send me bibles and pamphlets. Took a lot of patient explaining, and occasionally some frustrated yelling to get myself removed from everything."
TrueEnt: "Not me but a neighbor. The couple got divorced and she got the house in the settlement. Only the house and the immediate house lot, not the surrounding land, that went to the husband.
The first thing he did was sell all the lumber off the rest of the land. She went from living in a nice forest to living in a clear cut. He wasn’t done yet! Once the trees were gone he sold off the topsoil, then the gravel under that. By the time he was done her house was on a hill overlooking a barren landscape reminiscent of the lunar surface. This was years ago and the place is still hideous. Here's a Google Street View of the house. https://i.imgur.com/Y6EM5ox.jpg"
Ah, those Redditors. Even if you suspect a story is a figment of someone's overactive imagination, generally it's still a good story. Read more breakup antics here.Feeling bold? Share any of your bad breakup stories in the comments.
When you leave home in the morning, are you going to work or to play? You can delay that decision with the True Wetsuit by Quicksilver. It’s a line of suits—complete with a shirt and tie—that you can surf in.
Well, technically speaking, there’s nothing to stop you from surfing in your professionally tailored business suit. But Quicksilver claims that its suits will dry out after a thorough dousing in saltwater. You won’t need to change before heading into the office and explaining why you’re three hours late.
Each suit costs about $2,500. You can see more photos at Spoon & Tamago.
The picture above looks like it is part of a particularly artful fashion shoot at the beach. You might be surprised to know that this color photograph was taken in 1913 -over a hundred years ago!
Mervyn O'Gorman was 42 when he took these pictures of his daughter, Christina O'Gorman at Lulworth Cove, in the English county of Dorset. He photographed Christina wearing a red swimming costume and red cloak, a colour particularly suited to the early color Autochrome process.
Autochrome was one of the first colour photo technologies, which used glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye.
O’Gorman wasn’t even a professional photographer. This is one of a collection of family photographs he took. You can see more the photos at Mashable, including one of Christina wearing a hoodie that looks as if it could have been taken yesterday. -via Metafilter
The Chinese Ministry of Culture announced Thursday that the government and police will join forces to stop the popular practice of hiring strippers for funerals to entice more mourners to attend. After pictures circulated online of a funeral in the city of Handan in which a dancer took off her bra with children in the audience, the Ministry of Culture denounced the behavior as obscene and warned that a crackdown would follow. To flex their muscle on the issue, they revealed that after the Handan funeral, the people responsible for hiring the dancers were fined 70,000 yuan (approximately $11,300 USD).
The Chinese believe that one measure of the deceased is the number of people who show up at their funeral. As a result, large, flashy funeral processions that look more like parades with music, bands and dancers (as in the screen shot above) are common. Hiring exotic dancers and strippers for funerals is also popular in Taiwan, which is where the video footage below was shot by National Geographic.
Cartoonist John Atkinson has a theme: he creates charts showing how things change over time, such as the typical song, the typical movie, and the typical TV show. His most recent cartoon shows the average day of a person from babyhood to the final years. His model of adulthood seems just about right.
An eagle owl in Noordeinde, the Netherlands, swoops down and lands on a guy’s head. He must not know the guy, or else why would he be constantly asking, “Who?” But he puts on a show for a bunch of photographers there, with a little dance as he’s perched on the man’s head! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Everyone is waiting for the triumphant return of their favorite sci-fi franchise on the big screen, but fans might be disappointed if they see samurai swords instead of light sabers. We all know George based a lot of his far out star lore on elements found in Feudal era Japan, so maybe he should explore a different kind of war when he's done making all those sequels. Maybe we need a story about a war that took place a long, long time ago...
Bring some Feudal era fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Samurai Wars t-shirt by Kinda Creative, it's the fun way to show love for samurai flicks and the return of your favorite sci-fi franchise!
Too Many Cooks is a brilliantly innovative short film by Casper Kelly of Adult Swim. It starts out as a perfect parody of 80s sitcom introductions. Then it gets weird. Then it gets dark. It’s perfect and you should watch it.
And you should watch Alex Jones’s Game of Thrones version that matches the original Too Many Cooks soundtrack with scenes from that show. As you might expect, the lyrics match the gory drama:
A family is like a soup Everyone adds an extra scoop Mix an ounce of smile so sweet A dash of cool to add the heat, and you’ve got Too many Cooks
Isabella Mori, 50, is a resident of Vancouver, Canada, and she found the price of housing in her home town overwhelming. Unsurprising, since Vancouver has the second most unaffordable housing in the world. Her solution? Build her own home at a cost of only CAD $39,000 (USD $30,995).
The attractive, light-filled dwelling, which Mori calls "Thousand Crow," is equipped with well-planned features such as a fan to vent the cat litter box and a number of built-in, space-saving storage solutions.