Spock Van Gogh and Captain James T. Ross

Chilean artist Fab Ciraolo mixes images from pop culture to “highlight the conflict between extravagance and rebellion.” His recent works include Vincent Van Gogh as Spock toting an antique phaser rifle and Bob Ross as Captain Kirk. As you might expect, he’s not wearing pants.

The series also includes a Starfleet red shirt who I am unable to identify. He may not survive the episode, but he won’t die easily.

-via Popped Culture


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Cardboard Plane

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These guys made a plane out of cardboard. It’s not just a folded paper airplane, but a remote-controlled model with flaps and propellor and everything -made out of a cardboard box. They think it’s a ridiculous concept and are quite surprised that it will fly at all. Now watch the video and try not to laugh. -via b3ta


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10 Camouflaged Cats


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A cat is hiding somewhere in this photo. Can you find it?

Cats, the ninjas of the animal world, are good at hiding in plain sight. You can see photos of 9 other camouflaged cats at Tastefully Offensive.

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Incredibly Informative Daytime TV Chyrons

Daytime television is a wonderland of quack medical advice, paternity tests and “reality” show drama, and those who tune in to these midday broadcasts aren’t expecting to have their faith in humanity restored.

I've been known to watch a daytime show or two just for kicks, but I soon realized that you don't have to sit through an hour of awfulness when those informative chyrons tell you all you need to know in an instant.

Chyrons are text banners that appears on the lower third of the screen, and if you look up "TV chyrons" online you'll discover they present you with all the reality TV fun in an instant, without commercials or filler content.

But before you go searching for some laughs check out The Soup's collection of The Incredible World Of Daytime TV Chyrons, featuring comedic descriptions from classic shows like Tyra, Ricki Lake and, of course, Maury.


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Staying at the New LEGO Hotel Is Like Walking into a Toy Box


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From the outside, the hotel really looks like it’s made of LEGO bricks!

And from the inside, too. The new LEGOland Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida offers 152 rooms with LEGO designs inspired by real toy sets and LEGO movies and video games. Guests can’t alter the structure of the building, but otherwise it’s a fully immersive LEGO experience.

The Los Angeles Times describes what it’s like to stay at the newest LEGO resort:

The hotel also will offer kids and their families a chance to take a Master Model Builder Workshop in the hotel every day. Guests can work alongside professional model makers on Lego projects. […]

Every room comes with Lego models and a scavenger hunt kids can complete to unlock an in-room treasure chest. Stays at the Legoland Hotel come with free daily breakfast, access to Lego play areas, entertainment and other extras.

Question: is it safe to walk around the hotel with bare feet?

-via Fubiz


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Beautiful Black-and-Whites From Cannes Film Festival

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The annual Cannes Film Festival has run since the thirteenth of this month and continues until the twenty-fourth. The festival has generated its usual series of headlines, as well as a controversy about women attendees having to wear high-heeled shoes to be admitted to festival affairs and showings. The event is a highlight of celebrity fashion each year; those in the entertainment industry from all over the globe take great care to be seen in their most glamorous light.  

Photographer Vincent Desailly recently took advantage of the glamour and high attendance levels of the festival to shoot these beautiful black and whites of celebrities looking their most alluring on the red carpet. There's nothing quite like black-and-white shots to evoke a classic style and beauty. See more of these monochrome gems, including shots of Rooney Mara, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and others at Desailly's Tumblr and Instagram.


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12 Fun Facts about Pac-Man on the 35th Birthday of the Game


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The classic video game Pac-Man premiered in Japan 35 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Uproxx rounded up 12 fascinating bits of information in the surprisingly complex history of that game. For example, game designer Toru Iwatani created it in order to appeal to women:

Iwatani wasn’t a fan of ’70s arcades. He thought they were dirty and smelly and figured they’d be much nicer places to visit if somebody other than teenage guys hung out there, so he specifically set out to create a game that would appeal to women and couples.

Iwatani based his design on a deep and comprehensive knowledge of female psychology:

In his mind, girls really liked to eat, particularly sweets and desserts, so he decided to make a game based around eating. I’m not sure that chomping desserts is specifically a girl thing, but it worked out well for Iwatani, so maybe I’m the one who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

You may laugh at that, but Iwatani was successful in reaching out to women (well, at least professionally):

Iwatani’s gambit worked. While hardened Space Invaders fans turned their noses up at Pac-Man (yes, the hardcore vs. casual gamer divide already existed in 1980) kids, women and older gamers gravitated toward the unique, less stressful charms of Pac-Man. Quickly Pac-Man became the title less obsessive gamers sought out when they were dragged to the arcade, and soon even the hardcore types started to come around.


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The Simple Logic Puzzle That Shows How Illogical People Are

The question is, which cards do you turn over to test the truth of the statement? Try to select the fewest cards that will do it. The Wason Selection Task was developed by English psychologist Peter Wason to study how people think. They often don’t think rationally.

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I found the most difficult part was finding my answer among the multiple choices, because there are a lot of them. More than 90% of Wason’s original subjects selected the wrong answer. Maybe we are doing better in the 21st century, because when I snagged this video, 20,626 people had viewed the puzzle video, and 5393 had viewed the correct answer. However, that number may have been skewed by people checking out all the answer videos. I didn’t bother checking the incorrect answers. You can read about Wason’s research into the human tendency to select irrational paths at Nautilus. -via Digg

Update: Oh, okay, I clicked a wrong answer, and the video it went to gives you the option of seeing the correct answer video. That explains why it had much more than 10% of the views of the original.


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How To Become Incredible - Irradiate At Your Own Risk


How To Become Incredible by IdeasConPatatas

There are better ways to become the Hulk, but if you're looking for a way that doesn't involve working out at the gym and taking steroids you should consult this handy chart and see how easy it can be! It's incredible how much work people put in to becoming a physical marvel when all it really takes is some paint, some gamma radiation and an angry streak a mile wide. However, this method isn't guaranteed to work, and will most likely end up making you look like the saddest Avengers cosplayer in the cancer ward!

Share some quack comic book science with the world, wear this How To Become Incredible t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas and watch the smiles on people's faces grow to epic proportions!

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This Hoodie Has a Built-in Cat Pocket

All jackets should have cat pockets. Yet, sadly, most do not. The Mewgaroo Hoodie from the Japanese pet supply company Unihabitat has cat ears a big pocket in the front. You can put a cat inside (any cat will do) and engage in hands-free cat transportation. The sleeves end with fingerless gloves with paw pads. So when you're loaded up, you look like a cat carrying a cat. Now you're ready for that job interview. Good luck!

-via Trenf


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Debunking the Myths of OCD

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People and pop culture latch onto psychological terms and extrapolate them to people they know. Even themselves! Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is one of the more recent psychological fads. The real disorder is way more serious than we commonly think, and doesn’t fit the descriptions we see in the movies. This TED-Ed lesson by Dr. Natascha M. Santos explains the real OCD. -via Laughing Squid


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Hostage Negotiator Talks Men Down from Roof

Two men in North Wales were spotted on a roof, and police were called. North Wales Police sent a hostage negotiator to talk to the men and get them off the roof. There didn’t seem to be any danger in the two jumping, as the roof was on a one-story house and only eight feet off the ground. The negotiator talked to the men for 90 minutes and then they were brought to safety -and then arrested on several charges, including “using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence,” which is against the law in Wales. Meanwhile, many in the Isle of Anglesey County are questioning whether a negotiator was necessary in this case. -via Arbroath


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Alligator vs. Truck

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Keith Carmouche encounters an alligator while driving his Nissan truck to his camping spot in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. The gator angrily strikes, and Carmouche tells the animal "Hey, watch my truck." Later, the man likely wishes that he had backed off and left the gator alone.  -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Photographer Follows His Girlfriend Through the Wonders of India

Photographer Murad Osmann and his girlfriend Natalie Zakharova love to travel around the world. Once, while in Barcelona, she wearied of him taking pictures of everything. So she grabbed his hand and dragged him along. This launched a project that made him famous: photos of his girlfriend leading him everywhere.

The results are beautiful and have only gotten better since they journeyed to India. Zakharova wore traditional Indian clothing and pulled Osmann through scenic parts of that country, including famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Jama Masjid mosque.

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Master Tutter

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Andrei Dragunov is a deaf Russian dancer. He dances with his hands, which is called finger tutting. There are elements of sign language here, some even Americans can understand, but the difficulty and the creative fluidity of the movements is what’s really impressive.  -via Boing Boing

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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How to Make Functional LEGO Brick Candies

They look just like plastic LEGO bricks.

And they’re usable in that capacity, too!

Grant Thompson, the “King of Random” at Instructables, explains how to make them. You can buy a pre-made silicone LEGO brick mold or make your own. Thompson prefers the latter option and describes how to do that. It takes precise work to produce bricks as clear and well-formed as these, but the results are worth it.

Hopefully he can scale this process up to large Duplo blocks. We could build enormous gummy structures with sufficiently large bricks.

-via Geekologie


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How to Swear Like a Brit

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In this twenty-ninth episode of Anglophenia, current host Kate Arnell gets down and dirty, teaching us Yanks to swear like Brits. From show promo:

"Swearing ranks up there with taking tea and discussing the weather as a British pastime. If you’re uninitiated in the colorful world of British swearing, Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell offers you a master class in the latest episode of our YouTube series. Don’t worry: we won’t turn the air blue with the naughtier terms, but here’s a good start if you want to slide in a “bloody hell” or two into your daily conversation."

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The Getty Recaps Game of Thrones

The J. Paul Getty Museum has a Tumblr blog, and each week they post a recap of the latest Game of Thrones episode. Now, many pop culture blogs do that, but the museum adds a twist: they tell the story using their own works of art to illustrate the action, which works hilariously well. They post medieval art as illustrations that evoke an image of what happened and give links to more information on them. The two images here are from the latest installment, season 5 episode 6.



Check out the archive of all The Getty’s GOT recaps here. Some images are gory and explicit- just like the show, except you can see these works in a museum. -via HuffPo


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The Making of Madame Tussauds Star Wars Exhibit

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Those of you who've been to Madame Tussauds London know the eerie exactitude with which the exhibits project into their spaces. In this footage, the Tussauds Star Wars exhibit is being painstakingly prepared, and it's as if we're seeing the movies all over again.

An impressive thirteen to seventeen individual pieces are molded together to shape a character’s head, which is made up of ten to fifteen liters of colored wax. Generally ten thousand strands of hair are inserted to each head, though Chewbacca broke that hairy record. Via Gizmodo


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16 Household Uses for Mason Jars

Mason jars are handy for canning and storing food, but they can also be used for all kinds of handy household purposes. Over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up 16 cool hacks for using mason jars around your home.

From storage systems to lighting options, it's amazing what you can do with a simple jar.

See more of these handy tricks for using your old mason jars over on Homes and Hues: 16 Mason Jar Hacks for Your Home


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Mighty Morphin' Turtles - Mutant Ranger Power!


Mighty Morphin' Turtles by SimplePeteDoodles

The ninja turtles were hanging out in Central Park one day when an alien spacecraft landed on the lawn, and some mighty rubbery looking aliens slithered out. They spoke in a strange tongue that sounded like sheets of plastic going through a power shredder punctuated with a loud "krang!", which totally took the wabu out of their cowabunga. The teenage mutants were about to bail on the whole alien scene when some old, ratty looking dude took them aside and offered them a job as power rangers...

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Natural Gas Report

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader.

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“Breaking wind,” as the English so politely call it, is a natural and inevitable part of life. So it’s not surprising that farts occasionally make it into the news.

GAS ATTACK

In June 2012, a 72-year-old New Jersey man named Daniel Collins was arrested and charged with assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, and making terrorist threats, when he pointed a .32-calibre revolver at his neighbor and threatened to shoot him in the head. What got Collins so worked up? According to police, he and the neighbor were involved in an ongoing dispute over noise. The feud escalated to its breaking point when the neighbor walked past Collins’s front door and farted so loudly that Collins could hear it from inside his apartment. Collins was later released on his own recognizance without having to post bail. (No word on whether, if convicted, he’ll have to spend time in the can.)

FIELD RESEARCH

Scientists have long known that the farts and burps released by livestock are a significant source of greenhouse gases. But precisely how significant has been difficult to say because it’s almost impossible to accurately measure the emissions of animals out in the fields.

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Study: Popular Song Lyrics Are Written at a Third Grade Reading Level—And Are Dropping

Are you more literate than a third grader? If your vocabulary is limited to the most popular songs on the Billboard charts for the past 10 years, then that’s in doubt.

Andrew Powell-Morse of the data blog SeatSmart compiled the lyrics from 225 of the most popular songs in the pop, country, rock, and hip-hop genres. He analyzed them with the Flesch-Kincaid grade index to generate reading level scores. On average, songs that were popular over the past 10 years were written at the third grade level, but that’s been steadily dropping over time. You can see more charts here, including ones that show gender and genre differences, as well as the grade levels of specific singers, such as Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.

-via BuzzFeed


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Seven of the Most Expensive Television Shows Ever Made

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Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004, wasn't a show containing lavish sets. Most scenes were filmed either in a coffee shop setting or in one of two apartments. What made this show so expensive was its cast. One situation that made it incredibly costly for management was that the actors in the cast banded tightly together for salary negotiations, insisting on fair payment for the entire ensemble. That made it impossible for the network powers-that-were to divide and conquer the actors when it came to salary talks.

According to Finances Online, as the popularity of Friends grewthe actors negotiated for more money in relation to the growth. By the time the show was producing its final season, each cast member was making $1 million per episode, causing the show’s budget to cost an exorbitant $10 million per.

Read about the six other most costly television shows ever made here. 


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This Building Looks Like the Enterprise from Star Trek

These are the voyages of the office building NetDragon. Or, rather the flagship offices for the Chinese gaming company NetDragon Websoft. Liu DeJian, the chairman of the company, is allegedly a die-hard Trekkie who got an official license from CBS to design this building to look like the Enterprise. It includes automatic sliding glass doors that hopefully do this:


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“Elphie”: A Selfie Taken by an Elephant

Christian LeBlanc of Vancouver is an exchange student in Bangkok. He visited an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and was feeding bananas to the elephants when one of the pachyderms grabbed his camera! The result was a selfie taken by an elephant, or an “elphie.”

"I see a sign that for 50 cents you can feed the elephant. So my girlfriend and I go and buy a basket of bananas and we start feeding the elephant," LeBlanc told CBC News.

"The elephant loves the bananas, so it kind of gets a bit nosy — it grabs at your hands, it tries to take all the bananas. And once we ran out, next thing I knew it was it was grabbing the GoPro."

LeBlanc had turned on the time-lapse feature on his GoPro camera, so it automatically took a picture. As you can see, elephants don’t need a selfie stick because they carry their own extension around all the time! You can see more pictures of LeBlanc’s Thailand adventures at Buzzfeed. 


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Like Bike Lanes? We Also Need Duck Lanes

(Photo: Canal & River Trust)

Life along the Regents Canal in London is a delightful experience. You can ride bikes or jog along rows of galleries and cafes. Tourists are fond of seeing it while riding on boats.

Humans enjoy it, but so do ducks. Yet the little birds are a bit more vulnerable to collisions with people and bicycles. So the Canal & River Trust has set aside the inner stretch of pavement along the canal as a designated zone for ducks. They’re marked it with painted silhouettes of ducks. Cassie Werber writes for Quartz:

It’s unlikely, of course, that ducks will stick to the lanes, which serve a largely symbolic function. They’re a visual reminder that we’re all on this path together, and to get pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists to chill out and slow down.

The Canal & River Trust says it is “calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace.”

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Vintage Photographs of Native American Life

The Night Medicine Men

Vintage Everyday attributes this compelling collection of 17 Native American photographs to famed western historical photographer Edward S. Curtis. These images are said to be part of Curtis' The North American Indian, captured between 1907 and 1930. The photos were an ethnographical study of numerous tribes that Curtis believed to be vanishing peoples in their last days whom he felt were incredibly important to document. See more images from this grouping at Vintage Everyday.

The Altar


The Drying Mummy


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Heartwarming PSA about a Dog’s Love


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It’s a story about a man and his dog. They share a special life together. It carries on.

It’s not clear until the end what this Argentinian public service announcement wishes to express. But by the end, it does so powerfully. Keep tissues handy as you watch it.

-via TYWKIWDBI


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The Effects of Love

These two teddy bears are the same age. Redditor UsernameIWontRegret explained what happened. His mother bought two identical bears when she had her first child in 1985. One was given to her new son, and the other was put into storage. Thirty years later, the second bear was brought out to give to that son’s first child, a little girl named Claire, who was born today. You can see the effects that a lifetime of love has on a teddy bear. If you doubt that it’s the same model of bear, there are plenty of folks who swore they had the same bear and several people posted pictures of theirs, in various stages of wear. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.   

Yes, this sounds like a clever insurance plan, to have another bear in case the first one was lost. But if that were the case, the second bear would have been substituted when the son lost his beloved bear at Disney World, or used for another child in the same family. UsernameIWontRegret's mother insists that the plan was always to keep the second bear for the first child's first child.   

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