Deep Fried Nachos on a Stick

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In the United States, professional sports are highly competitive. But designing the foods served at games may be even more competitive. Stadiums and ballparks across the country strive to offer extreme, one-of-a-kind foods to fans. These foods served at the concession stands include calorically gifted delights, such as horse collar sausages, bratwurst lollipops, and bacon donut hot dogs.

The current champion in this ever-shifting field is the deep fried nacho stick. Miller Park in Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, offers Inside the Park Nachos. This delicious concoction consists of a stick of beef covered with refried beans, rolled in crunched Doritos, then deep fried and covered with sour cream and cheese.

It’s a practical food to eat while watching a game because you can eat it one-handed. It’s considerably less messy than handling a tray of nachos. You can read more about the Inside the Park Nachos at ESPN (warning: auto-start video).

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Friend's Advice Inspires Man to Lose 390+ Pounds

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Brian Flemming was once a 625-pound alcoholic who consumed over 6,000 calories and a fifth of vodka daily. Flemming made a new friend in 2012 who gave him a "tough love" lecture that prompted him to think about his life in a new way. After his friend-induced epiphany, he immediately launched into a campaign of diet and exercise that led to his shedding over 390 pounds.

Yet Flemming has a number of pounds he still hopes to lose in the way of loose skin. His friends are helping him raise funds on GoFundMe to help pay for the costly surgery. Flemming's message to others in similar positions as his before he started his transformation is inspirational.


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Tortoise Gets 3D Printed Shell

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Cleopatra, a leopard tortoise in Golden, Colorado, suffers from pyramiding. This means that the scrutes of her shell did not grow evenly, but pushed up, forming pyramid-like structures. The pyramids make her vulnerable to other tortoises, as well as make it difficult for her to right herself if she gets flipped over. Holes that formed along the borders also make her susceptible to infections.

Roger Henry, a design student at Colorado Technical University, responded by building her a protective outer shell. He spent about 600 hours developing a design that would fit precisely over her shell. Then he built it with a 3d printer. Cleopatra has adapted to it well and is enjoying a healthier lifestyle as a result.

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Teletubbies are Horrifying in Black and White

This terrifying photograph has gone viral on the internet over the past 24 hours. Once upon a time, when almost every TV was in black and white, shows were lit in a way that made them look normal. But the Teletubbies are pretty much defined by their colors, and the bright cheerful colors of their surroundings. Without that palette, they are plastic soulless aliens.

Vanyaland mentioned that the picture reminded them of the creepy Joy Division video for their song “Atmosphere.” Within hours, Christopher G. Brown had the mashup ready for YouTube.

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If anything can creepier than the still picture, it’s the moving pictures of the colorless Teletubbies.


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New Exercise Craze: Getting Chased by Wild Wolves

It’s a prank by the great Obvious Plant, who obviously planted this flyer at his local 24 Hour Fitness gym. It’s 1 of 3 that he’s played on the impressively patient gym staff. Trainer Chuck M. has a brilliant idea for staying in shape. Humans didn’t evolve to sit at desks or ride bikes. Our primitive ancestors didn’t have crossover machines. They got their exercise in everyday life by chasing and being chased by wild animals. So get in shape the natural way.

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Introducing Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

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Photographer Clay Enos was authorized by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder to shoot and reveal the first photo of Jesse Eisenberg as he will appear playing the character of Lex Luthor in the film. The movie release is scheduled for March 25, 2016. Thoughts, readers? Do you think Eisenberg looks the part?

Read more and see a video about the upcoming film at Entertainment Weekly.


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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Have we learned nothing from Spider-Man? When humanity’s knowledge outstrips its wisdom, we end up with superheroes or supervillains, both of which are trouble. Move the spider farm someplace else. Here, there’s a vacant lot next to the old chemical weapons dump. That'll be fine.

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Fish Comes with Bonus Crocodile

Ben Stack was fishing just off Cape York, Australia, and caught a Threadfin. That’s a fish. But the line went taught, and Stack thought the fish had hidden under something and got the line caught. He slowly started to pull up a heavy weight, expecting a log to come up with the fish. He even leaned over the side of the boat to get a good look.

What took place in the next few seconds felt like a lifetime. Or was it that I felt like my life only had a few seconds. First, I saw a bit of silver, then I saw my lure with the fishes mouth wide open. I lifted the leader some more and leaned over further to see what the fish was hooked up on. It was at this moment, I realised I was staring eye to eye with a solid salt water crocodile. We were face to face and no more than 20 inches apart. Fright kicked in, I released the leader and flew backwards into the boat.

It was a frightening experience for Stack, and not a good day at all for the fish. Read Stack’s full account at Facebook. -via Arbroath

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ISIS Activity Making Travel to Tunisian Star Wars Sets Questionable



Earlier this month I wrote about 21 Abandoned Movie Sets That Everyone Can Visit. One such site was the complex of buildings in Tunisia that served as the set for Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. Yet recent developments have led government officials in countries including Britain and the United States to caution tourists against visiting a number of areas in Tunisia, including some relatively near destinations with remnants of Star Wars sets. 

It seems that the Tunisian city of Tataouine has become a "way station" transit point for terrorists looking to enter Libya to join ISIS. The city Tataouine, the name of which inspired the name Tatooine in the film, is some 60 miles from the Libyan border. The United States Embassy warns travelers to stay away from border areas. The British government cautions against "all but essential travel" to a large expanse that includes Tataouine as well as the sites of a number of Star Wars film locations, including Nefta, the location of the exterior scenes representing Luke Skywalker's childhood home.

Recently ISIS has been overtaking and controlling territories with intent to establish a caliphate (Islamic government). It is estimated that the terrorist organization controls one third of Syria and is quickly making gains in Iraq. Read more on the story here.


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That is a Long Cat

Longcat is back! Redditor FallenCoffee took a picture of his cat with a panoramic camera. And this was a day that kitty did not want to sit still for his picture, so now he is a centipede. This may remind you of Cyriak Harris’ Kitty City. Cats can be surreal even when they aren't trying to be.

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Guardians Far Away - Sci-Fi Stars And Galaxy Wars


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The war didn't take place a long, long time ago, and it all went down way closer to Earth than you'd expect, but the self proclaimed Lord of the Stars is an 80s child so he couldn't resist the urge to reenact his favorite movie poster with his new friends. A Nova corps sattelite was on the scene to capture the tableau, and the resulting image was immediately printed on posters and t-shirts for distribution throughout the galaxy. Soon the Guardians were more famous than Alien Elvis, and fans across the cosmos were clamoring to get their own Guardians Far Away t-shirt, even though they didn't get the reference...

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Who Will Die in The Walking Dead Season Five Finale?

There is only one more episode left in season five of The Walking Dead. This Sunday night’s aftershow, The Talking Dead, will feature guests Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol), and a surprise guest, which often means someone who’s character died. But not always. If you’ve kept up with the plot these past seven episodes since the midwinter break, please vote for who you think will bite the big one in the season finale. Or who you’d like to see die. You can vote for more than one.

Of course, there's the possibility no one we care about at all will die. And they might give us a cliffhanger to think about until October. Oh, and if you aren't current on season five, and want to avoid spoilers, you might want to skip over the poll list.

Who will die Sunday on The Walking Dead?


























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Rap Battle: Hodor vs. Groot

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It’s the perfect matchup- Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Hodor, from Game of Thrones. Who’s the winner? It’s obviously Hodor. I laughed my way through this video before I realized it had English subtitles. Then I had to watch it again, and it was completely different. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Endangered Clouded Leopard Kitten Thriving, Verrry Sleepy



This two-week-old clouded leopard kitten is the current pride and joy of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, not just because he's so adorable, but because his species is severely endangered. Zookeepers say the male kitten, now thriving in veterinary care, is very vocal, particularly when it's time for him to eat (which is approximately every four hours)!

Clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats, weighing just 30-50 pounds as adults and measuring about five feet in length (including their long tails). Native to Southeast Asia, the species is typically shy and reclusive. Tragically, its native range of rainforest is undergoing the world's fastest regional deforestation rates. Heavy hunting and poaching in the area make the species even more vulnerable to extinction.

Learn more about this cutie at the Lowry Park Zoo website and do not miss this video of the kitten at their Facebook page -- it's the most adorable big kitten video I've seen in ages.
 

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Munchkin Kitten Compilation

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Munchkin cats have normal size bodies, but very short legs, due to a genetic mutation. It is a relatively new breed of cat that people find incredibly cute. You’ll see why in this compilation of Munchkin cat clips from MrFunnyMals. -via Tastefully Offensive

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The Latest Cringeworthy Challenge For Charity- The Twizzler Challenge

It seems like people have finally stopped posting Ice Bucket Challenge videos online, and the trend appears to be truly dead, but as soon as one internet trend disappears another one pops up to take its place.

The newest trend, which hasn't caught on quite like the Ice Bucket, is the Twizzler Challenge,  which calls for a couple to share a Twizzler, Lady and the Tramp style.

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The Twizzler Challenge is supposed to raise awareness about autism and raise money for charities such as New York Collaborates For Autism, but it's also creating some rather creepy moments on live television.

Check out this way too closeup capture of Regis Philbin and Hoda Kotb doing some Twizzlin' on the TODAY show, is this really something you want to see before you've had your morning coffee?

If you know somebody who is thinking about taking the Twizzler Challenge and posting a video online do them, and the world, a favor and convince them to simply give to charity instead!

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Time Travel to Ancient Rome

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A stop-motion tourist in Rome gets to travel 2,000 years back in time to see how the ancient Romans built Trajan’s Column. The Column is a tower constructed of 29 huge slabs of marble, with spiral stairs carved out of the inside of each slab. The engineering genius required to assemble such a tower was unprecedented.

This video was created by Hans Weise and Fernando Gomez-Baptista to accompany the National Geographic feature story on the mysterious Trajan’s Column in the April issue. If you’re more interested in the animation, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made. -Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!


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Hedgehogs in a Cupcake Pan

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Tumblr user fatpeoplemakemehappy points out that “the one on the bottom right  is trying real hard to be a good cupcake.” Good for him! He gets extra treats. The one in the center back, though, will need extra frosting when he’s done.

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The Daredevil Life and Pyrotechnic Death of Sophie Blanchard

Before Amelia Earhart, before Blanche Stuart Scott, before Pancho Barnes, there was Sophie Blanchard, who took to the air long before there were airplanes. Blanchard was the first woman to fly, and was appointed France’s Chief Air Minister of Ballooning by Napoleon Bonapart.

Over the course of her high-flying career, Blanchard gained a massive fanbase nad pioneered new flight techniques. Her test flights resulted in multiple near-death experiences before she finally perished in a fatal blaze of glory in 1819. It was a dizzyingly eventful life of 41 years, and worth celebrating on Blanchard’s 237th birthday.

Despite how flagrantly Blanchard flirted with death her whole life, she was a shy, nervous person, terrified of loud noises and riding in carriages. But when she married the ambitious early ballooner Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1804, she finally discovered her ideal habitat—the quiet bliss of high altitudes.

Yes, she also became the first woman to die from flying, ten years after her daredevil husband did. It was a spectacular, gruesome, and very public death, which you can read about at Motherboard. -via Digg


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These Gorgeous Cactus Flowers Opening are Hypnotic

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Cacti are flowering plants, thus they all are capable of blooming when they reach maturity. The age and the conditions/care of the plant are the determining factors as to whether it will bloom. This video shows the stunning sights that Echinopsis cacti bestow upon our landscapes when their flowers appear and bloom. The rare beauty is captured well in this artful footage.


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14 Bad, Unnecessary, or Curious Movie Sequels

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

We live in the age of movie sequels. Movie historians well know the the sequel is a relatively new phenomenon. Sequels used to be extremely rare, but nowadays it seems like every other film gets a sequel (or sequels) made.

Almost inevitably, a sequel is weaker and makes less money than the original, but with a blockbuster film the producers are happy to make a fraction of what the original made. Few movie fans will list any sequel on his or her list of all-time best or favorite films.

Okay, let's take a look at a list of bad, unnecessary, or curious movie sequels.

1. Son of Kong (1933)



Listed by some film historians as "the first movie sequel.” King Kong was such a huge smash, this rushed sequel is historic also, in that it is the only movie sequel to ever be released in the same year (1933) as its original.

Sadly, Son of Kong has no Fay Wray.

2. Return to Oz (1985)

Disney's sequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz came 46 years after the original, earning a sequel place in the record books. Unfortunately, that's all it is known for, as it was a commercial and critical failure.

Director Walter Murch reportedly wanted only scant references to the original film, with the intention of remaining faithful to the L. Frank Baum novels; for instance, the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion are only briefly in the film.

3. McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)



A strange sequel, based on the hit TV series McHale's Navy and a sequel to the 1964 hit film of the same title. But strangely, there is no McHale in this one! Series star Ernest Borgnine (who played Quinton McHale) does not appear in the film named after his character. Ernest was off filming Flight of the Phoenix when this was being made. Much worse than it's predecessor. Ironically, Flight of the Phoenix is better than either of the McHale's Navy films.

4. Grease 2 (1982)

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Back To The Castle - Marty And The Runaway Train


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When you catch a ride on the Express make sure you hold on tight, because the new automotus mechanicus professor, a wily haired fellow named Dr. Brown, has made a few modifications. The train is now able to reach a rip roaring 88 miles per hour, and when the fluxus capacitorus are engaged the train is actually able to travel through time. Time travel may seem like an interesting diversion for students, and may entice you to skip out on your studies, but please stay aboard at all times or you may be left alone in the past, because time travel via the Express is a one way trip...

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Six Cats Who Made a Mark on the Silver Screen



When it comes to cats in the movies, who could forget Dr. Evil's feline sidekick, Mr. Bigglesworth? Certainly not you. Because that would make Dr. Evil angry, which would upset Mr. Bigglesworth. And you know what happens when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. 

Mr. Big's real name? Ted Nudegent. As Austin Powers International Man of Mystery was Ted's first film gig, he had to be trained to sit still while Mike Myers as Dr. Evil screamed, evaluated fembots and performed other parts of his schtick, for up to 45 minutes at a time. Nudegent's trainer Tammy Maples told the Philadelphia Daily News.

"It helped that he had been a show cat and was used to having lots of people around. And also that he just loved Mike Myers. Mike always took time to talk to Ted. It wasn't just 'sit down, roll cameras.'"

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Uptown Passover

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The a cappella group Six13 is out with their pop culture parody song for Passover, as they take the holiday uptown! Passover begins Friday, April 3rd, but the song is here today to coincide with the release of their new album Six13, Vol. 6: Thirteen. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. Don’t be slavin’, just nosh! -via Time

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Tom Cruise Clinging: A Very Special Meme

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Promotional materials from Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation include the gem shown above. Surely you didn't just expect the internet to leave that golden meme nugget alone. And no, it didn't escape the current meme requisite riding the woodpecker shot. That's required material these days. Check out the 'shop work here and see which is your favorite so far. I'm partial to Tom jogging with Katie and clinging to Tom, who is clinging to Tom, and so on. It's like a Scientologist's version of M.C. Escher.


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The Remarkable Story of the First Corned Beef Sandwich in Space


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This is not the actual sandwich. This corned beef sandwich sealed in acrylic is a memorial to a particular incident on the Gemini 3 spaceflight. 50 years ago this past Monday, pilot John Young snuck a corned beef sandwich onto the spacecraft, which was then launched into Earth orbit. This was contraband, but Young as a practical joker.

This joke, though, was a bad idea. When he bit into the sandwich, Young learned something important: corned beef sandwiches fall apart easily--especially in zero gravity. Crumbs floated around the cabin. It got him into trouble. Discovery reports:

"A couple of congressmen became upset, thinking that, by smuggling in the sandwich and eating part of it, Gus and I had ignored the actual space food that we were up there to evaluate, costing the country millions of dollars," Young wrote in his 2012 memoirs, "Forever Young."

Nonetheless, Young got to claim the title of having eaten the first corned beef sandwich in space. He also got to eat corned beef in space again when he commanded the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981. This time, he ate it in the form of cubes.

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Color and Pattern Charts of Domestic Cats



These fantastically detailed guides to coloring and markings of domestic cats are by Sarah Hartwell of Messybeast, a website devoted to all things cat. Feline lovers, check the color guides out here and see where your cats fall on the wide spectrum of color and pattern. -Via The Presurfer




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Soldier Saved by Instructor after Accidentally Dropping Grenade


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This footage from Guangdong province, China, shows an army recruit learning how to throw a grenade. Summation: he sucks at it.

Instead of throwing the grenade over a protective wall, he drops it just a few feet away from where he and his instructor are standing.

The instructor, noting the problem, dives for a trench, pulling the recruit in with him. They both survive, apparently unharmed.

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Berkeley Spampocalypse

Have you ever been caught in an email storm? Someone sends an email to a list instead of one recipient, then some on the list hit “reply all” to complain about it, and the emails escalate from there. It’s a mistake that has happened before, but this time it had a happy ending for some folks.

It all started late last Tuesday when Nigel Guest, president of a Berkeley community group called the Council of Neighborhood Associations, attempted to send an email to himself that mistakenly hit the inboxes of thousands of registered voters.

The brief email, with the subject line “test,” included a single character: “x.” Instead of ignoring the message, some of the recipients responded to ask why they gotten it. And, rather than replying only to Guest, they made the fateful, likely unintentional, decision to reply all.

What resulted was a string of thousands of emails going to thousands of people in Berkeley -and elsewhere. Some people ignored it, some were upset, and some had fun with it. You can see an imgur gallery with selected emails from the storm, including memes and t-shirts to commemorate the event.

One person in the chain asked when the potluck would be ...and the suggestion that they get together drew the immediate interest of list members who kept their sense of humor, so they started a Facebook group called CNA Survivors and an event page to plan the picnic. The picnic was held Sunday, and about 70 Berkeley voters came together in the spirit of community and shared tribulation.

A good time was had by all …who attended. -via Metafilter

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After 11 Years, Martian Rover Completes a Full Marathon

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Clocking in at 11 years and 2 months, it's a truly awful marathon time. But it's the first marathon ever completed on the surface of another world. On Tuesday, NASA's Opportunity rover crossed the 26.219 mile mark during its sojourn across the red planet.

The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's lunar rover Lunokhod 2, which traveled 23 miles in 1973. 

Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004. It's spent the past 4 years crossing the 14-mile wide Endeavour crater. NASA planned to use it for at least 3 months. Despite breakdowns, Opportunity continues to explore Mars and relay data back to Earth.

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