Michael Callaghan decided it was time that he got to know his neighbors, and he came up with a genius way to do it: ask them for a favor, and make it fun! He went door to door and asked each neighbor to come over and dance with him for a music video. He didn't mention if anyone refused, but plenty of them said yes.
While you're doing something like this, you get to know their names, interests, and how friendly they are. Or at least how well they dance. When he throws a party, he'll know exactly who to invite. He's trying to start a trend with #NeighborDanceChallenge. We'll see how that goes. -via Tastefully Offensive
What kept TV alive through its birth and early decades of life? Beer and cigarette commercials.
Belly up to the Bar
In 1946 a 10-inch, black-and-white RCA television set cost $400. Today, that’s about $4500, enough to buy a few very large flat screen TVs and Blu-Ray players. Most post-World War II Americans wanted to own a TV, but few could afford it. Besides, there weren’t many TV shows to watch in 1946.
In those early days, networks found that sports were a cheap way to fill up air time. All they had to do was train a camera on a baseball game, boxing match, or roller derby bout, and people would watch. And bar owners realized that a TV over the bar would pay for itself (and then some) when patrons showed up to watch sports and buy beer. Neighborhood taverns all over the country posted signs promising, “We have TV!” In 1946 and 1947, half of all televisions sold in the United States were to bars.
The first major sporting event to air on TV took place on June 19, 1946: a heavyweight title bout between Joe Louis and Billy Conn (Louis knocked out Conn in the eighth round.) The boxing match set a TV viewing record: 140,000 people watched, most of them in bars. A year later, that record was shattered when a million people watched the Joe Louis/”Jersey Joe” Walcott title fight. When the 1947 World Series aired on TV, bars around the nation reported lines winding around the block. Television had found its first mass audience.
I am often struck by nostalgia fever for all the rad stuff that came out in the 80s and 90s, be it movies and TV shows, music, toys, art, fashion or otherwise.
Even though I can't explain why I love it all so much I've always assumed it had something to do with my childhood, and the fact that the 21st century has been a real disappointment in comparison.
So when I saw this animated TED talk by Clay Routledge I figured I'd see where the nostalgia factor in my life comes from, and that's when I discovered it was first seen as an illness and later linked to depression.
But now we know nostalgia ain't a bad thing, and when people feel nostalgia it can "help increase their feelings of self-esteem and social belonging, encourage psychological growth and even make them act more charitably".
In the early 18th century, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu went to Turkey when her husband was made England's ambassador to that country. She wrote extensive letters about the exotic city of Constantinople and the lives of the Turks. She was particularly fascinated by the way they controlled smallpox: by a process called variolation. Fifty years before Washington inoculated his troops with the method, Lady Montagu convinced doctors back in England to experiment with the process, on prisoners and orphans. To her credit, she also had her own children inoculated against smallpox.
But the idea of purposely giving someone a disease was not an easy sell, especially since about 2 or 3 percent of people who were variolated still died of smallpox (either because the procedure didn’t work, or because they caught a different strain than the one they had been variolated with). In addition, variolated people could also spread the disease while they were infectious. Lady Montagu also faced criticism because the procedure was seen as “Oriental,” and because of her gender.
When our robotic overlords decide to purge the planet of the filthy hairless apes known as humans they will be justified in doing so, because from their (and sometimes our own) perspective humans are the worst thing to happen to planet Earth.
Which is why people are afraid of robots having artificial intelligence and too much control over their own functions, knowing they'll exterminate us like vermin the moment they figure out that we're a bunch of jerks.
This comic by Einstein's Mama is absolutely right- it's probably best we destroy all robots now so we can continue being jerks later!
Four-year-old Nathan Mezquida tells a story he made up about dinosaurs. His dad, Allen Mezquida, animated his drawings to tell it.
Nathan spends hours drawing every day, mostly dinosaurs. He also loves watching BBC documentaries about dinosaurs. Next thing I knew, we were working on this short film together. Nathan was very clear about the story he wanted to tell and how he wanted it to look. He said he wanted it to be very real, "never cartoony." I did my best to stay true to his vision.
Everyone enjoys sports in their own way, and most people discover their love of sports while playing a sport like football, tennis or baseball as a kid. But ever since gaming consoles introduced us to the wonderful world of virtual sports people have become passionate about sports without ever leaving their couch. This new breed of console jocks are even cockier than the pro athletes, and yet instead of looking like a pro their bodies look like raw cookie dough. Muscular and athletic they're not, but the athletes of the future do have one thing going for them- their thumbs are faster than lightning!
Show the world that even a comic book guy can go pro with this The King Of The Sports t-shirt by MarianoSan, and you'll have fans cheering wherever you go!
As Randy Newman sings in the theme song to the TV show Monk "It's a jungle out there...poison in the very air we breathe", but it's also a jungle inside our homes- where all sorts of ordinary, everyday things lie around waiting to kill us.
We're all well aware of the dangers posed by those delicious looking Tide Pods and its fellow laundry room killer bleach, but there are plenty of killers lurking in our pantries and refrigerators as well, - like Jell-O.
And it's a shame that a biker had to learn the hard way that umbrellas can kill a person like an arrow, but at least we all know to watch out for flying umbrellas now...I wonder if Mary Poppins has ever caused an umbrella-related funeral?
As the Empire strikes back, so does your significant other. So... what if Han and Leia weren't selfless and mature individuals putting the greater good above their own feelings? What if they were just normal petty humans like most of us? You know, like that kid they produced? Then a little misunderstanding could turn into a snit for the ages, enshrined in both cinema and in carbonite. This comic is the latest from Pedro Arizpe at Port Sherry Comics.
Photolocation is when a creatures harnesses sunlight through specialized organs to see how to get around. Three fish have this power: deep-sea dragonfishes, lanternfishes, and flashlight fishes. However, they can only do it when conditions are right, and it just happens. Now scientists have identified a species that can not only emit light to see, but can control when to use it.
But as new research published today Royal Society Open Science shows, there’s at least one other fish endowed with the powers of photolocation, namely Tripterygion delaisi, otherwise known as triplefin. Unlike the three aforementioned fish, however, triplefins can actually control when their eyes light up, and they redirect incoming sunlight using a different method. The Tuebingen University scientists who conducted the study aren’t sure if the on-demand headlights help the triplefin to catch prey (though they think it’s highly likely), saying further research is needed. But they’re fairly convinced that triplefin are capable of switching their eyes on when the need arises, a never-before-seen feature dubbed “controlled iris radiance.”
Controlled Iris Radiance would make a good band name, for sure, but it could also be the basis of a horror film. In this case, the triplefin fish are tiny, only a couple of inches long, and their prey is even tinier. Read more about the brilliant adaptation of the triplefin and its headlights at Gizmodo.
(Image credit: Nico K. Michiels/Tuebingen University)
If normal camping has lost all of its thrill perhaps it's time to add some mortal fear into the mix courtesy of Jason Voorhees?
I know, camping is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying nature, not running away from a psycho, but Friday the 13th fans who enjoy camping long to stay at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Hardwick, New Jersey where the films were shot.
And yet this Boy Scouts camp is off limits to the public, except for the rare Friday the 13th when they give tours, so fans have always been left wondering what it would be like to camp there like the unlucky victims in the films.
People get together and drink socially and then start throwing things. Let's hope that in most circumstances, it's in a socially acceptable drinking game like beer pong, or in a pub sport like darts. In ancient Greece, among the wealthy classes, those games would involve throwing wine itself! That's fine, as long as you aren't in danger of running out of wine. It wouldn't go over too well in modern establishments where carpet cleaning can be a hassle. The game was called kottabos, and it involved flinging the dregs of wine from your own cup at objects to hit a target.
Critias, the 5th century academic and writer, wrote about this “glorious invention” stemming from Sicily, “where we put up a target to shoot at with drops from our wine-cup whenever we drink it.” While a handful of modern academics question the game’s Sicilian origins, kottabos definitely spread throughout parts of Italy (as the Etruscans played it) and Greece, too. The kottabos craze even resulted in industrious people building special round rooms where it could be played, so all competitors could be equidistant from the target.
If you were good at kottabos, you could be a winner. If you were bad at it, you'd still provide entertainment to other partiers. There was both a musical and a quiet version of the game, and precise techniques for the act of flinging. Read all about kottabos at Atlas Obscura. Some images may possibly be NSFW.
Faced with the repercussion of the video released on February 15, in social networks, in which appears a submerged track, we would like to pass some clarifications. The fact really happened at the Rio de Prata Ecological Recanto (Jardim-MS) on February 02 and was recorded during the monitoring carried out by the tour's Waldemilson Vera. When it rains a lot, the river of the Silver runs of slower form, causing its damming, thus increasing the water level of the river Olho D'Água. Despite the flood, on the day the video was recorded the waters of the river Olho D'Agua remained crystal clear due to their conserved ciliary forest and being inside a Private Reserve of Natural Heritage - RPPN, a type of Conservation Unit. This was a rare episode, and by the end of the day the river had returned to its normal level. We would like to inform you that on this date the tour operated normally until the 1st stretch, which, although it is also above normal, all the tourists left satisfied because they experienced a different and special day in the attraction!
Rial began using everyday objects—which includes everything from food to office supplies to wine stains to floss—after a neck injury forced her to step away from her computer and away from the types of illustrations she had been doing previously. Using found objects cut down on some of the physical pain of illustrating for Rial and has resulted in some really cool, unique pieces of art with a great sense of humor.
Reese Witherspoon stars as a young woman who follows her ex-boyfriend to law school in the 2001 comedy/courtroom drama Legally Blonde. The twist is that, although Elle Woods comes off as a ditzy blonde, she is super intelligent and discovers she has a real talent for law. The plot is a standard comedy formula, but the movie was a big hit because it was well done and honestly funny. You might want to learn some of the things that went on behind the scenes of Legally Blonde.
9. Reese Witherspoon spent some time with actual sorority girls to get the part down right.
She didn’t want to play the role like a stereotypical, bubbly airhead sorority girl as has been seen on film so often. She spent time with a real sorority and therefore gained a better perspective on the role.
8. Reese goes through 40 different hairstyles in the movie.
That sounds like a lot of time just doing her hair. I’m sure they had hairstylists on call at all times to come up with a new style and apply it.
Han Solo: lovable rogue, smuggler, Rebellion hero, scruffy-looking nerf-herder. He definitely shot first, no matter what Lucas' re-editing tried to convince us. Solo had plenty of talents, and first among those was the ability to deliver a line perfectly. He did it again and again in four different films so far, with another one coming in May (albeit without Harrison Ford). Put those lines together with cadence, make them rhyme somewhat, and you've got an enjoyable tribute remix from Eclectic Method.
Neo-Tokyo was a fairly relaxed city before The Project started messing with people's minds, and Kaneda was a fairly mellow guy before Tetsuo started hearing Akira's voice in his head and lost his mind to madness. But Kaneda has proven he's more than just some teenage punk on a bike, and when the city began to explode he didn't ride off into the sunset, saving his own hide- he ran straight into the heart of the explosion...
Your fellow fans will get totally psyched when they see you wearing this Kaneda t-shirt by AliGonza, and you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you have great taste in anime and geeky clothing!
In 1968, Groucho Marx signed on for the final movie role in his legendary career. Groucho agreed to play a mobster called "God" in a terrible movie called Skidoo, directed by famed director Otto Preminger. The film starred Jackie Gleason and Carol Channing.
It also featured an all-star (and eclectic) cast including Mickey Rooney, Burgess Meredith, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Peter Lawford, George Raft, and Frankie Avalon. The fact of Gorshin, Romero, and Meredith all appearing would indicate some kind of Batman love by either the film's writer or someone behind the scenes. The three actors had famously played the three most popular guest villains on the show i.e. the Riddler, the Joker and the Penguin. That, plus the fact that Otto Preminger himself had played Mr. Freeze on the series, too.
With such an intriguing cast, all systems were go for the filming on location in San Francisco (Interestingly, John Wayne had donated the use of his personal yacht to be used as Groucho's yacht in the film.)
You might fall in love with pictures of a certain breed of dog and get it in your head that you want one of those. But do you know what that really entails? Personality matters more than over the long run, and adopting a dog is a lifetime commitment. That said, most mutts are pretty sweet and normal, even though they each have their own personality. But if you are pining for a particular breed, you need to be informed about what you are in for. Comic artist Grace Gogarty, who goes by little tunny on her Tumblr blog, captures what these breeds are generally like in hilarious cartoon form.
Screen Junkies looks at Justice League and tackles the question: What went wrong? They had the opportunity to improve on Batman v Superman, and try to catch the magic of Wonder Woman, but that didn't happen.
They came down to three answers: the color scheme, bad CGI, the depressing heroes, and the lame villain. Oh, that's four. But there's even more in this Honest Trailer for Justice League. -Thanks, Lacey!
For almost 40 years now, movies about the Vietnam War set the tone with songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival. It started with the movie Who’ll Stop the Rain in 1978, then became forever connected with Vietnam in Apocalypse Now (1979). You'll also hear various CCR songs in 1969 (1988), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Air America (1990), Forrest Gump (1994), Tropic Thunder (2008), The Sapphires (2012), and The Post (2017), among others. The sound has become a shortcut for placing the viewer into Vietnam during the war.
Most Creedence songs contain no direct reference to the war (though “Run Through the Jungle” is frequently misinterpreted as such), but they do evoke a period when the war dominated American life. “That was when the band was popular,” says bassist Stu Cook. “Creedence was part of the soundtrack of the time.”
Creedence’s career was a model of speedy efficiency: seven albums in four years. The band recorded at an absurd pace, releasing three LPs in 1969 alone, and disbanded less than five years after adopting the Creedence name. But the brevity of the band’s career seems to have contributed to its longevity as a cultural avatar of one hyperspecific era—a particularly tumultuous period that’s constantly depicted onscreen. If you’re soundtracking a movie set between 1968 and 1971, why not go with the iconic band whose hits were entirely clustered between 1968 and 1971?
But there's another, even more practical reason you hear Creedence music in movies about the era, which you'll find out about in the story at Pitchfork. -via Digg
Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, were on the lookout for a suspect in the robbery of a farmer's market. A witness provided a sketch of the perpetrator, which was shown on the local TV station. Let's watch that report.
The response by newscaster Ethan Forhetz is priceless. Considering he was winging the news as it came in, he kept his cool pretty well. Now, lest you think this is a police sketch, it's not. It was drawn by a witness. Yet it was enough to lead police to identify 44-year-old Hung Phuoc Nguyen, who was still on the loose at the time of the report. It turns out that police were familiar with Nguyen already, and honestly recognized him from the sketch. -via reddit
Dogs who aren't afraid of cats are usually pretty dumb, but they quickly learn to fear them after getting a bit too familiar with a testy feline, the cat rewarding them for their familiarity by scratching their nose..or worse.
On the other hand dogs who are afraid of cats ain't no dummies, because they have learned the secret to surviving in a house with cats is to keep your head down, stay out of their way and never look them directly in the eye.
Because, as this strip from Port Sherry Comics shows, the arcane powers possessed by pussycats can zap you straight into oblivion with but a glare.
We've been taught that our brains are made up of neurons, which transmit electrical signals among themselves. That's true, but the model of a neuron either firing or not firing has led us to think of them as binary switches, and the work of the brain takes many cells to decode the firings.
When talking about how neurons work, we usually end up with the sum-up-inputs-and-spit-out-spike idea. In this idea, the dendrites are just a device to collect inputs. Activating each input alone makes a small change to the neuron’s voltage. Sum up enough of these small changes, from all across the dendrites, and the neuron will spit out a spike from its body, down its axon, to go be an input to other neurons.
It’s a handy mental model for thinking about neurons. It forms the basis for all artificial neural networks. It’s wrong.
Those dendrites are not just bits of wire: they also have their own apparatus for making spikes. If enough inputs are activated in the same small bit of dendrite then the sum of those simultaneous inputs will be bigger than the sum of each input acting alone
The image above shows a neuron on the left, and a flow chart of how it can work on the right. The explanation is much longer than I can summarize here, but it explains why human brains are so much more powerful than any artificial intelligence we've come up with yet. Read the whole thing at Medium. -via Metafilter
It seems like the lonelier some people get the more they pine for the "perfect person", and they start to develop unrealistic standards that make it easy to turn down all the potential daters they meet as they wait for Mr. or Ms. Perfect to arrive.
But what if biotech could allow those lonely people to print out their perfect partner so they could skip all the awkward dates with awful peole who don't live up to their lofty standards?
Print Your Guy was created by a team of talented animators led by Alwin Leene, and even though this type of technology will never exist lonely guys and gals may someday soon have a "perfect" robot to chat with. Not really the same thing though is it...
I'm not really sure if this is a hedgehog or a porcupine, but you get the idea. If you're in Britain, it's a hedgehog, and if you're in America, it's a porcupine. The cactus is the same everywhere. And now you see why Jim is glad that Bill's eyesight was going -all the better for avoidance! This comic is from Shreya Doodles. You can see more of her work in a gallery at Bored Panda, and follow her work at Instagram.
Black History Month is a time to celebrate African-American achievements, milestones and social victories, but it's also a good time to explore the lesser-known historical figures who never got the accolades they deserved- like the Harlem Hellfighters.
During World War I the all African-American 369th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters, spent 191 days in combat, which is more than any other American unit in WWI.
And yet, like all Black people who signed up for the draft, they were treated like uninvited guests from the start:
All in all, 2.3 million black men registered for the draft. The Marines turned them down, the Navy took a few, and the army accepted the most — resulting in the enlistment of 380,000 African-Americans.
About 200,000 of those soldiers would be shipped overseas, where they remained segregated into their own units — most of which were relegated to difficult manual labor in noncombat military camps.
Only 11 percent of black soldiers actually saw action. The Harlem Hellfighters were among them.
The Harlem Hellfighters were assigned to French command when they arrived overseas, which was ideal since the French respected and appreciated Black soldiers more than American leaders.
Under French leadership the Hellfighters thrived, and two soldiers in particular proved Black troops were total badasses:
Under these circumstances, the Hellfighters ended up contributing significantly to the war efforts — successfully repelling the German offensive and launching their own counteroffensive.
Two soldiers in particular — Corporal Henry Johnson and Private Needham Roberts — received widespread fame.
The men had been defending a lookout post when a German unit attacked. Together, they defended the post against the entire group. Wounded and with limited weaponry, they managed to fight them off — even after the fight had come to direct hand-to-hand combat.
Both were severely injured and they had run out of ammunition. But as the Germans began to drag Roberts away, Johnson still managed to rescue his comrade using a bolo knife.
“The Germans, doubtless thinking it was a host instead of two brave Colored boys fighting like tigers at bay, picked up their dead and wounded and slunk away, leaving many weapons and part of their shot riddled clothing, and leaving a trail of blood, which we followed at dawn near to their lines,” the Hellfighters’ white colonel, William Hayward, was quoted as writing in The Chicago Defender. “So it was in this way the Germans found the Black Americans.”
The two men were the first Americans to be decorated by the French for their service, receiving the prestigious Croix de Guerre medal. (Though they wouldn’t receive their deserved Purple Hearts until 77 years later, after they both had passed away.)
"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid."
This purse looks just like Han Solo's/Lando Calrissian's/Chewbacca's spaceship the Millennium Falcon! It's the kind of thing you could spend big bucks on and still only use it for special occasions. But this is not on sale. Mikaela Holmes made this, and you can make one for yourself using her instructions. Looking through the supply list, I realize that I have most of the materials and tools already, except my leather is not vegan, and I can use the library's printer. Well, there's the electronics. Did I mention that this purse lights up with LEDS?
And then I read the steps, and I now understand why a purse like this would be worth big bucks. Maybe I will be okay with just reading the instructions, because it sure is pretty. See it all at Instructables. -via Geeks Are Sexy