Kjell Robertsen lives near the coast of Norway. He set out his GoPro camera to record seagulls eating bread off his railing, but one kleptomaniac bird helped himself to the camera as well as the bread. The camera kept recording.
It was five months later that Robertsen finally found his camera with the data intact. Robertson called the incident his "seagull drone." The footage won him a GoPro Award, even though it was technically the seagull who filmed it. -via Tastefully Offensive
Some people have all the luck, while others must make their own or steal it from some extra lucky creature like a leprechaun, but those who know how to properly apply their mojo can turn certain symbols into a font of lucky energy. The clover, hare and horseshoe are all powerful symbols on their own, but when you bring the three together and bind them with three sevens and an all-seeing eye so much lucky energy is created the symbolist has some mojo juice to spare!
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This picture is from a Tweet by @juliettebaba. It's not clear whether this is a deliberate alteration to accommodate a cat-centric household, an art piece, or possibly the natural result of having cats around a normal Christmas tree. But a clue came into the comments underneath that Tweet.
Nineteen years after Viagra was made available to the public (by prescription), a generic version was released today. Viagra made a grand run during that time, becoming a household term even among those who never used it. The story behind the drug is told by those who were there, the scientists at Pfizer Inc., the doctors who prescribed it, the FDA that approved it, and the marketers that made it famous. It all started out in low-priority trials for sildenafil, which might have been a treatment for high blood pressure and chest pain.
David Brown (Pfizer chemist) : It was so close to failure that people weren’t coming to the meetings. I mean, you know how people sort of smell failure and disappear? It was that close.
I think it was June 1993. I stood up in front of the clinical development committee—senior management—and, as in previous quarters, got crucified for wasting money. And I was given an ultimatum, basically: “Come back in September. If you’ve not got good data then, we’re closing it.
Literally days after that, we were doing a study in South Wales on miners. At the end, there’s always kind of an open question: Is there anything else you noticed you want to report? One of the men put up his hand and said, “Well, I seemed to have more erections during the night than normal,” and all the others kind of smiled and said, “So did we.” That was the breakthrough.
Ian Osterloh (Pfizer research and development): At the time, no one really thought, “This is fantastic, this is great news, we’re really onto something here. We must switch the direction of this program.”
The name "crooked cottage" conjures up images of fairy tale domiciles inhabited by witches and wolves, but in this story the Crooked Cottage earned its name when the foundation eroded, causing the cottage to lean.
This strange rural home in Hetfordshire, England once had a woman and her father living in it, but the old man died in 1971 and the old woman was taken to live in hospice in 2003, leaving the Crooked Cottage abandoned until 2012.
“The building itself was so tiny, like something out of a film,” Tony said. “It had only one upstairs room, and the whole building had began to be reclaimed by the elements. Locations like these don’t come up regularly, and this one was kept secret for a long time.”
Scarface the jaguar is after a tasty meal of meat, and since he's the apex predator of the Brazilian rainforest, it doesn't matter who you are when he's after you. Caimans are swift and natural immerse, but the jaguar is even better at it.
Employment seekers may have a hard time finding a job if they only look on Craigslist or job sites like Monster or Indeed, but if you're serious about getting a job you should do your homework and see who hires the most people in your state.
And in 22 states that means going to work for Walmart, who is America's largest employer according to this map created by Visual Capitalist of the largest employers by state.
In states like California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wisconsin and New York you should head to the universities to look for work, otherwise your best bet is to get into health services or medicine if you're looking for a gig in a non-Walmart state.
But let's be realistic- when all else fails there's a Walmart in all 50 states, and they're always hiring!
Pineapples are sweet, tropical, and downright tasty. While they have always been a part of Christmas decorating, there's a trend this year for using them as Christmas trees. It probably started in places that have more tropical fruits than evergreen trees, but these pictures come from all over the world. Decorating a pineapple has certain advantages over a tree: they are small, portable, hold ornaments well, and you can eventually eat them.
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First, the pineapple Christmas trees took over Pinterest. Then they came to Instagram. And they look pretty cute with a pair of sunglasses, slightly reminiscent of Carmen Miranda and her famous tall hats of fruit. Continue reading to see more Christmas pineapples.
Cats don't have to adhere to a 9 to 5 schedule like their poor overworked humans, and because they're free to do their feline thang whenever they want many cats think the middle of the night is the best time to get frisky.
This naturally bugs the hell out of their humans, who are trying to sleep so they can make the most of the daylight, but cats are too busy scurrying around the house, knocking stuff over and tearing up the couch to care how their humans feel.
The 1991 holiday road trip movie Dutch starred Ed O'Neil as a working class man (Dutch) trying to bond with his girlfriend's son (Doyle), a spoiled prep school student still hurting from his parents' divorce. As they travel from Georgia to Chicago, a series of unfortunate events helps them get to know one another. The movie wasn't a hit, but if you have fond memories of Dutch, you'll want to read some trivia about it.
3. Dutch gets Doyle’s name wrong on purpose throughout the movie.
In fact the only time he gets it right is when Doyle stages a car wreck and he’s so mad that he gets into a confrontation with Doyle.
2. Dutch admits to being a truck driver at one point in his life.
This is kind of ironic since at one point they have to hitch a ride on a truck carrying concrete pipes so they can get home.
Foodies who like to sample dishes from all over the world have at least some experience with Indian food, and once they've seen how many interesting and exotic flavor combos Indian restaurants have to offer they're hooked for life.
But bland and unadventurous eaters in the world are afraid to give Indian food a chance, usually because they're afraid of spice, don't dig curry or have been told some BS about it being unsafe without giving Indian food a chance.
Vindaloo is a south Indian dish with many variations. The version you’ll likely see in an Indian restaurant will include some kind of meat base cooked with red chilies, vinegar, garlic, and sometimes potatoes. In India, the dish is known for its unmitigated spiciness. But at your neighborhood Indian joint, chances are the heat has been tamed. Unless you ask for it.
With most Indian dishes, you can select your choice of meat. When it comes to rogan josh, lamb is the only option. The key to its smoky and sweet taste is the base, which consists of onions that have been browned in oil or ghee (clarified butter) until essentially caramelized, as well as the heavy dose of bracing, warming spices like whole cardamom and clove. You might see on a menu that the dish has chilies, but don’t worry—the chilies used in rogan josh are usually mild ones. If you’re at a good Indian restaurant, your rogan josh might be finished with a touch of saffron—an expensive spice with a delicate, floral flavor.
My guess is that this was done specifically for an internet picture. But it's far from the only dastardly deed done to a pizza that didn't deserve it. Besides adding candy, there are burned, mis-sliced, and mis-handled pizzas, and pizza hybrids from hell. For ardent pizza lovers, it's a horror story. See 17 Of The Most Disrespectful Things Done To Pizza In 2017 at Pleated-Jeans.
Perfectionists have a problem with control- they can't control every aspect of their own lives so they try to push their too-high standards on to other people, tearing down their artwork if it doesn't live up to their expectations. But you know what? Life is boring without imperfections, and if you spend all your time chasing perfection you'll wind up missing out on those messy moments of fun experienced by people who feel free to make mistakes. So embrace your wabi-sabi side and leave the perfect ninety degree angles to the squares!
Drive anal retentive people crazy wherever you go with this Perfectionists Gonna Hate t-shirt by Vo Maria, it's one mouse-tastrophy that''l make people smile wherever you go, except for the haters, of course...
The cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi traveled around the world to work in otherworldly places that could pass for a galaxy far, far away. That includes the Bolivian salt flats, Skellig Michael in Ireland, and Dubrovnik, Croatia. Yeah, it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.
In the coming years, these places will be on even more bucket lists than they are now. After all, people still travel to Tunisia just to see where the Tatooine scenes in the first Star Wars movie were filmed. We also get to see some scenes of The Last Jedi film shoot and a glimpse or two of the special effects we'll see in the movie, which opens this coming weekend. -via io9
You may have heard about the movie All the Money in the World because actor Kevin Spacey was replaced at the last moment with Christopher Plummer. What's even more amazing is that the movie will be in theaters December 22, which means that Plummer's work was done and edited in at astonishing speed for Hollywood. But the true story behind the movie is even more intriguing. Plummer plays John Paul Getty, the richest man in the world in 1973. That was when Getty's 16-year-old grandson John Paul Getty III (Paul) was abducted in Rome. The kidnappers demanded $17 million in ransom.
Initially, they suspected it was a hoax that Paul had contrived in order to ascertain more money from his family.
At the time, Old John told the media that he didn’t believe in paying kidnappers.
“I have 14 other grandchildren and if I pay one penny now, then I’ll have 14 kidnapped grandchildren,” he said.
After three months of silence from the Gettys, the kidnappers took action by cutting off the wealthy teenager’s right ear with a razor and sending it in a bag to a newspaper in Rome.
Gus Johnson is a YouTube comedian with a short rap about pretty much anything you can think of. In this one, he looks at the campus phenomenon of that guy who never wears a jacket. You've seen him around, although it's more common in high school, as far as I can tell.
My kids, and all the kids I knew, went to high school all winter without coats (although most would wear a sweater or hoodie). They said it was because there are no coat hooks in their huge school, and people would steal a coat even if there were. Lockers are too small for winter coats, and security rules prohibit students from wearing coats in class. A story from opie2 gives us another reason.
I teach middle school. One day a 12-year old boy shows up in my classroom at 8:00 in the morning dressed in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip- flops. It's about 45F outside. He stands there with his teeth chattering, shivering like a leaf in the wind.
Me: Dude, you're cold because you're not dressed properly. You need pants, long sleeves, socks and shoes, and a jacket.
Kid: That's exactly what my mom said to me this morning.
Me: Well why don't you listen to her?
Kid: Because I can't let her win.
The jacketless guy on campus may be simply retaining his earlier habits, and might learn his lesson eventually as he trudges several blocks between each class on winter days. Unless he's just too high. -via reddit
Here’s a holiday tradition that you may not have heard of if you’re not a bird-watcher. It’s more than a century old and still going strong.
Frank Chapman was an ornithologist, publisher of Bird-Lore magazine, and curator of birds at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History at the turn of the 20th century. He enjoyed Christmas as much as anyone, but there was one yuletide tradition he abhorred: “side hunts,” in which groups of people divided into teams and spent the day roaming the countryside shooting every animal they came across. The hunted included rabbits, foxes, squirrels, and plenty of birds. Not for food -hardly any animals were eaten- but for sport. At the end of the day each team counted their kills, and the team that had the most animals was the winner.
Chapman wanted to come up with a replacement for the side hunts that wouldn’t involve the pointless slaughter of so many animals, especially birds. Why not count the birds without killing them, in a “Christmas Bird Count”? He published his idea in Bird-Lore magazine and on Christmas Day 1900, 27 people (many of them Chapman’s friends and colleagues) in 25 locations around the United States and Canada went out and counted all the birds they could find.
The folks at Bad Lip Reading made the Netflix series Stranger Things into a retro family sitcom along the lines of The Wonder Years. The time period and the suburban setting is already there, and the addition of goofy fake dialogue sends it to the level of ridiculous.
Christmas cards usually have either a traditional or whimsical appearance in order to appeal to the masses, who want to give out cards that adhere to the classic ideas of Christmas so as not to rock the sleigh.
But what if you really hate the person you're sending a Christmas card to?
That's highly unlikely, since most people wouldn't waste the money or energy sending a mean card to their enemies, but what about those of us who are tired of all the cheesy Christmas crap and want something that better suits our lowbrow sensibilities?
Well, believe it or not, rude and offensive Christmas cards have been around for a really long time, but nowadays instead of hiding the dirt under a snowy layer of double entendre greeting card makers just let it all hang out.
What do you know about bismuth? You know it's beautiful in its crystalline form, and it's one the active ingredients in Pepto-Bismol. Beyond that, there's a lot of interesting things to learn about this element.
Belly aches aside, bismuth salts have been used since the 1700s to treat such ailments as diarrhea and to alleviate the symptoms of cholera. As Pepto-Bismol it has saved more than human lives. During the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster sea birds were force fed the substance to expel the oil they had ingested while trying to remove it from their feathers.
Although it has been known since ancient times the word bismuth seems to have first appeared in the late 17th century. Alchemists made some use of it medieval times. The miners who dug out the ore called it tectum argenti. This literally translates as silver being made. They believed that bismuth was a half-way house form of silver – in the process of being formed but not yet finished. The beauty of the crystals is testament, most certainly, to why they may have thought that.
Michele Boudreaux set out a box of treats for delivery drivers who are working hard this Christmas season. The local wildlife noticed, and a squirrel decided the box was fair game. Boudreaux tells the story of the thieving squirrel at her blog.
On Monday, I put out this year’s treat table and—NO JOKE—within a few hours, ALL the Ghirardelli chocolate squares were gone. I couldn’t believe it. Why would someone do such a thing? And why would they take the most expensive chocolate on the tray? Why not rob us blind of all the Reese’s and Mini Snickers since I can’t seem to stop eating them because holy crap, trash candy is so damn good and I totally don’t choose Us Weekly over Time while in the waiting room.
But, no. This thief took the good stuff. And I wanted to cry. It was day one and already two packs, like 25 pieces, of Ghirardelli squares had been taken from us.
Okay, when you saw this, which band started playing in your head, Led Zeppelin or AC/DC? I have to admit that it was AC/DC first for me, despite being a Led Zeppelin fangirl through my formative years. What musical genre would the song "Mobility Scooter to Purgatory" fall under? Easy listening? You have to admit the concept has less punch than heaven or hell, since purgatory is temporary, if I recall correctly. This is the latest comic from Aaron Scott at TwoLeafClover. -via reddit
People who are looking for a little protection like to tattoo symbols of power on themselves because they believe their tats will help them out in a pinch, but they rarely ever work. However, anyone who gets a tattoo of One-Eyed Wilson and his saber-wielding rabbit valet Samson applied to their skin will have all the protection they need- because Wilson and Samson will come to life at the first sign of trouble.
And now the power of Samson and One-Eyed Wilson can be yours without getting ink stabbed into your skin thanks to this Defend Yourselves... t-shirt by MisterSid, it's one deadly cool design!
The first Christmas celebration in what would become the nation of New Zealand was in 1642 after Abel Tasman's ship arrived. The weather was bad and the crew ate a pig from the ship's supplies. The next such feast in New Zealand was over 100 years later.
The next celebration of Christmas in New Zealand occurred during James Cook’s first expedition in 1769. The crew of the Endeavour marked the occasion by feasting on ‘Goose pye’ for their Christmas dinner while battling heavy seas off the tip of the North Island. There were no geese, so the crew had to improvise – with the magnificent gannet that had been shot in preparation for the feast by the ship’s noted botanist, Joseph Banks.
Apparently the Endeavour’s crew spent Boxing Day ‘nursing hangovers’. The Boxing Day tradition of suffering from Christmas excess clearly has a long history in New Zealand.
Humans genuinely dislike change, especially when it comes to changing the way we do things in our everyday lives, and even though we keep discovering new and better ways to do stuff the old ways refuse to die.
We constantly complain about how vending machines rip us off, how much those magnetic strips on our credit cards suck and how stupid and useless red light cameras are, and yet these outdated technologies refuse to die.
And speaking of outdated- why are we still using the same optical media we've been using for over thirty years?
But the one outdated tech that makes me wonder "why is this still a thing?" is the alkaline battery- they're terrible for the environment, a pain in the ass to recycle, and yet they outnumber rechargeable batteries ten to one at retail stores.
The Last Jedipremiered last night in Los Angeles. It was a star-studded event with the cast, director Rian Johnson, and Disney/Lucasfilm executives front and center. Costumed characters such as droids and Stormtroopers were everywhere. The event, as well as the movie itself, was dedicated to the late Carrie Fisher.
"I do want to acknowledge and dedicate tonight to Carrie," Johnson said from the stage, looking to the sky. "I know she's up there right now flipping me the bird, saying, 'Damn it Rian, how dare you bring the mood down and make this night a solemn tribute.' So let's have a blast together for Carrie."
The Last Jedi is dedicated to Fisher with the inscription, "In loving memory of our princess, Carrie Fisher."
But what about John Boyega? He woke up in Atlanta Saturday morning to rare Georgia snow and went to the airport to find that his flight had been canceled. Twitter lit up with anxiety among Star Wars fans that he wouldn't make it to the premiere.
Trying to get back for the LA premiere! I actually NEED a pilot !!!
The Simpsons' home is one of the most iconic houses in television history, and the fact that the house is featured so prominently in every episode makes it instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever watched the show.
Which is why the Fox network decided it would make a great grand prize for some lucky Simpsons fanatic out there, so they hired homebuilders Kaufman and Broad (now KB Homes) to make an exact replica of 742 Evergreen Terrace.
The replica Simpsons house was built in Henderson, Nevada in 1997, but when the winner Barbara Howard was offered either the house or $75k cash she took the cash because the house was too far away from her family farm.
The original Simpsons replica home featured rooms decorated to look just like the original, a replica of Bart's Treehouse in the backyard and an El Barto tag on the side of the house painted by Matt Groening himself.
Sadly, the fact that Barbara didn't take the house meant it became just another piece of commercial property, and the new owners took it from totally toon-tastic to bland and boring when it was sold in 2001.
Here's a fun video via AV Club showing pop culture archaeologist Adam The Woo visiting the formerly fun home back in 2015:
The 1988 movie Die Hard broke new ground in many ways. We had heartwarming Christmas family movies, and we had Christmas horror films, but this was a Christmas action blockbuster. It put comedic actor Bruce Willis into a heroic role we weren't used to at the time. And it introduced us to Alan Rickman as the attractive yet terrifying villain Hans Gruber. Die Hard holds up well 29 years later. And it has a long and really interesting backstory.
1. IT’S GOT A LITERARY BACKGROUND.
Think some action-loving Hollywood scribe came up with the concept for Die Hard? Think again. The movie is based on Roderick Thorp’s 1979 crime novel Nothing Lasts Forever, which is a sequel to his 1966 novel, The Detective. In 2013, Thorp’s long out-of-print book was resurrected to coincide with the film’s 25th anniversary.
2. IT WAS INSPIRED BY THE TOWERING INFERNO.
The idea for Nothing Lasts Forever was inspired John Guillermin’s 1974 disaster flick The Towering Inferno. After seeing the film, Thorp had a dream about a man being chased through a skyscraper by a group of men with guns. He eventually turned that snippet of an idea into a sequel to The Detective.
Debt in collections includes past-due credit lines that have been closed and charged-off on their books as well as unpaid bills reported to the credit bureaus that the creditor is attempting to collect. For example, credit card accounts enter collections status once they are 180 days past due.
At the site, you can click on counties to get a breakdown of the percentage of people in collections, how much they owe, and what percentage owes medical debt. My county shows 52% of households have debt in collections, and 33% have medical debt in collections. If only we could all be like Minnesota. -via Digg