Great Works of Art Turned into Edible Simpsons Characters

Sadly, Sam Simon, one of the creators of The Simpsons, has terminal colorectal cancer. To raise awareness for this affliction and celebrate 25 years of Simon's most famous television show, bakers made sugar-based images and sculptures of characters from The Simpsons. They call the project Simpsononymous. These edible works of art resemble classic works of non-edible art, such as Salvador Dali's The Persistence of Memory.

The pop culture baking blog Between the Pages has roundups of photos from the event. You can view them here and here and here.

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Zavikon Island

This is Zavikon Island, one (or actually two) of the Thousand Islands between New York and Ontario in the St. Lawrence River. You may have seen this picture, with the bridge with flags attached, and the story that the larger island is in Canada and the smaller island is in the United States, causing the homeowner to become an international traveler when visiting his/her other island. That’s not true. According to Wikipedia,

The smaller and more southeasterly of the pair of islands is sometimes called Little Zavikon Island. It has a US-Canada Boundary Commission reference monument, from which, along with other reference monuments on the shore and islands, surveying measurement are used to calculate the international boundary line turning points in the waterway (in this case, about 140 meters southsoutheast of the southern tip of Little Zavikon Island as shown on the largest scale USGS map of the area.

Google Maps shows that the border does not run between the islands. Reportedly, tour guides still beef up their patter with the tale of the island divided by an internaitonal border, which is believable because of flags decorating the bridge. But what a lovely place! You can see a larger version of this picture at Wikipedia.  -via reddit

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The Science of Wildfires

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In this video, SciShow takes on the topic of fires in the wild. What causes them? How are they extinguished? Are there any positives that nature reaps from such a natural disaster? The video touches on explanations for all of those questions. -Via Science Dump


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Sacrifice - The Alchemist's Ultimate Regret


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Edward and Alphonse know a thing or two about sacrificing for the sake of progress- they've both given up parts of themselves to become better alchemists, and they've both seen what happens when you sacrifice it all to attain ultimate power. Edward was lucky- he only lost an arm. Alphonse lost his entire body, and from his steel prison he tries to warn others about toying with forces beyond human comprehension, like a living reminder of mystical research gone wrong...

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Advances in Miscreant Trapping

The follwing is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

A haphazard look at inventions to trap bad guys
by Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Stephen Drew, Improbable Research staff

In the lusty tussle between Good and Evil, technology has come to play a prominent role on each side. The side of Good more consistently documents its innovations. Here is a very partial selection of inventions invented on the side of Good, to try to trap persons engaged in Evil.

Three Ig Nobel Prize--winning Miscreant-trapping Inventions

Gustano Pizzo was posthumously awarded the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize in safety engineering, for inventing an electro- mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers. The system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the encapsulated hijacker through the airplane's specially-installed bomb bay doors, whence he parachutes to earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival.


1. Detail from Pizzo's patent for trapping and disposing of an airplane hijacker.

For details, see U.S. Patent #3811643, "Anti Hijacking System for Aircraft," granted 1972.

Kuo Cheng Hsieh was awarded the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize in economics, for patenting a device, in the year 2001, that catches bank robbers by dropping a net over them. 


2. Detail from Hsieh's patent for using a net to scoop up a bank robber.

For details, see U.S. patent #6219959, "Net Trapping System for Capturing a Robber Immediately," granted 2001.

Charl Fourie and Michelle Wong were awarded the 1999 Ig Nobel Peace Prize, for inventing an automobile burglar alarm consisting of a detection circuit and a flamethrower.

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Hilarious Photos Of Animals Heading To The Vet

Can you really blame pets for hating the vet with a passion? Some of us humans aren’t very fond of going to the hospital either, and we know why we’re going to see the doctor.

Animals just don’t get the point of being forced into a room with a stranger, poked and prodded and sometimes even restrained, all to appease their owners.

Many pets learn to hate the vet when they're young, and as they’re forced to go again over the years they become hip to that vet jive- some even come up with clever ways to avoid taking that terrifying trip to the vet.

When a pet discovers they're going to the vet it makes for an extremely photographic moment, and the expression on their face as they’re being taken to see their least favorite human is priceless!

Check out the rest of these Funny Pet At The Vet pics here

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Street Fighter: Angry Goat Edition

It's not Goat Simulator, but an even more realistic game set in the Street Fighter universe. Insert two quarters to play. I recommend Angry Goat vs. Chun-Li for the most vigorous gameplay experience. 


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It's inspired by footage of an aggressive goat in Londrina, Brazil. Who should play the goat in the movie version of this game?

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Guide to Star Trek Uniforms


Whether you have a little one who wants to delve into the world of Trek costumes for Halloween, you're into cosplay yourself, or you simply want to test your memory of all things Star Trek, here is the answer. Costume Supercenter created this infographic guide to Star Trek uniforms. Study the guide, get the materials and "make it so!" -Via Geeks are Sexy


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The Most Decorated Cat in Military History


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On rare occasions, Britain's People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) awards a military decoration to an animal serving with that nation's armed forces. The Dickin Medal, as it is known, was established in 1943. At the beginning, it was mostly commonly given to pigeons that carried messages under fire. Many bomb-detecting dogs, such as this Labrador retriever, have also received this honor.

But only one cat.

That cat was Able Seacat Simon of the Royal Navy. He was the ship's cat on board HMS Amethyst, a frigate that was trapped on the Yangtse River in China for three months of 1949 during the Chinese Civil War. Simon was responsible for killing rats on the ship and maintaining morale.


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At one point, the ship had been badly damaged and taken heavy casualties from Red Chinese artillery. Despite being sorely wounded, Simon kept working:

Simon was immediately taken to the medic, stitched up, and began a long healing process -- but the cat could hardly wait to get back to his military duties. The ship’s boilers and fans had shut down as a result of the onslaught, and the rats ran freely through the ventilation system; during Simon’s absence, they had infested food supplies, invaded living quarters, and made life a greater hell for surviving crew members.

Despite his injuries, Simon quickly got to business. His first night back, he had two confirmed kills, and within a few days’ time, he’d succeeded in clearing the deck of critters. But one foe remained: A gargantuan rat the crew had nicknamed “Mao Tse-tung.” For weeks, the scoundrel had avoided traps and gnawed his way through sealed food. Simon would have none of it. When the cat finally met his nemesis in the storeroom, he pounced, killed it, and proudly dropped it by the mens' boots. From then on, the crew hailed him as “Able Seacat Simon” -- the first (and so far, only) military title ever given to a feline.

When the Amethyst finally escaped to the sea, the Royal Navy awarded Simon a campaign ribbon. The PDSA bestowed a Dickin Medal on Simon. Sadly, he died before he could receive it. He was buried with full military honors at a cemetery in East London.

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Gruesome Goodies from Conjurer's Kitchen



Conjurer's Kitchen has been featured previously on Neatorama for its culinary artistry in ghoulish cakes and chocolates. This is the perfect time of year to highlight some of their marvelously macabre confections, most of which haven't been seen previously on Neatorama. 

This edible art is the work of Annabel de Vetten, who was initially trained as a sculptor and also did fine art painting before she found her true calling in scary sweets. Annabel's experience in the arts is evident in these beautifully embellished and realistic works. 

Visit the Conjurer's Kitchen website to learn more about Annabel and see her other creations.  

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Man Pilots Hot Air Balloon Deep into a Cave


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Mamet Cave in Croatia is 675 feet deep and has an opening 200 feet across. Ivan Trifonov, a master balloonist who holds five Guinness World Record for ballooning, piloted a ballon into the interior of the cave. He used a balloon designed for this stunt, which took him about 25 minutes to complete.


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These Single-Purpose Tools Are Delightfully Pointless

A tool only for chopped salads? Why not?

How about one just for rolling edamame beans from their shell?

Or maybe a fork designed just for eating spaghetti? They're all humorously single-purpose, but that's kind of the point. Designer Lee Ben David wanted to make a statement about the disconnect people have with their food and how rarely we actually touch our meals with our bare hands.

The results are as charming as they are unneccessary. See the rest at Homes and Hues: Lee Ben David's Delightful Single-Use Kitchen Tools


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Cinemagraphs by Julien Douvier

A cinemagraph is a photograph in which a selected area is animated to produce a specific movement repeated in a loop. French photographer Julien Douvier takes already vivid photographs and breathes life into them with subtle additions such as the flow of water, smoke or the sway of ivy branches in the wind.

There appears to be a common motif of loneliness and isolation in the images shown here, and the inclusion of movement seems to only highlight the solitude, in that it hints at the simultaneous passage of time. 

To see more of Douvier's work, visit his websiteBehance site or Tumblr.

-Via My Modern Met.

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The Lady’s Not a Tramp: History's Greatest Courtesans

The following is a list from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader History's Lists.

For most of recorded history, women had just a handful of options open to them: they could marry (hopefully to men of means), they could teach, they could join convents, or they could do something a little more exciting …like becoming mistresses to the rich and famous. These eight are among history’s best-known high-class ladies of the night.

1. PHRYNE (Fourth Century BC)

As a child, she was called Mnesarete (Greek for "virtue"), but because she was born with sallow skin, she was called Phryne (Greek for "toad"). Still, Phryne became the most successful and sought-after courtesan in ancient Greece, commanding 100 times the going rate. Supposedly, she was even the model for the sculpture called Aphrodite of Cnidus, one of the most famous works of Greek art.

Lust Rewards: Phryne became incredibly rich thanks to her liaisons with powerful men in Athens. According to legend, she even offered to pay to rebuild the city walls of Thebes, which had been destroyed by Alexander the Great in 336 BC, but there was a condition: the new wall had to contain the inscription “Destroyed by Alexander, restored by Phryne the courtesan.” Her offer was declined.

Around 340 BC, Phryne was accused of affronting the gods by appearing nude during a religious ceremony. At her trial, the orator Hyyperides -her defender and also one of her lovers- ripped open Phryne’s robe and exposed her to the court. Why? He considered it a legitimate defense. She was, after all, the most beautiful woman in Athens, and someone that gorgeous must be on good terms with Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty, no matter what codes of conduct she appeared to have broken. It worked. The judges ruled in Phryne’s favor.

2. THEODORA (497-548)

Theodora’s father died when she was young, so her mother sent the girl to work, first as an actress and then as a prostitute.

Theodora became the mistress to a politician named Hecebolus and then caught the eye of Justinian I, the emperor’s nephew. Justinian was so enamored with Theodora that he wanted to marry her, but Byzantine law forbade royals from marrying mere actresses (and prostitutes, presumably), so his uncle changed the law and Justinian and Theodora became husband and wife.

Lust Rewards: Justinian ascended to the throne in 527, and together he and his wife ruled Byzantium (also known as the Eastern Roman Empire). Theodora proved to be a gifted politician -she helped to create a new constitution to curb corruption, expand the rights of women in divorce, closed brothels, and founded convents for former prostitutes. When she died at around the age of 50, she had been empress of Byzantium for more than 20 years. Historians consider her to be the most influential and powerful woman in the empire’s 1,100-year history.

3. VERONICA FRANCO (1546-91)

Like mother, like daughter: Veronica Franco was the privileged offspring of Venetian courtesan Paola Fracassa. She studied Greek and Roman literature and learned to play the lute. After marrying and divorcing a doctor, Franco consorted with politicians, artists, philosophers, and poets. She became an accomplished poet herself and celebrated her sexual prowess in writing -her book Familiar Letters (published in 1580) was a collection of 50 letters written to her lovers, including King Henry III of France and the Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto.

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Harlequin - Sometimes Love Can Make You A Little Crazy


Harlequin by Dr. Monekers

She's got a smile that can melt a man's heart, and a giant hammer to smash his head flat! Harley is only half out of her mind, which makes her the emotionally stable half of that clown faced criminal couple we all know and love, but don't let her maniacal giggling fool you. She's got quite a few tricks up her sleeve, and she's always thinking about a new way to clip that Bat's wings...

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Remember that Time Zach Galifianakis Starred in A Kanye West Video?

Over the years, Kanye West has sort of become a parody of how he is represented in the media. He is brash and cocky, and for that reason, a lot of people have no appetite for his music (as good as it can be at times). But what if, let's say, it was not Kanye singing the song, but rather, overweight, bearded comedian, Zach Galifiniakis? Do you think you would be more likely to give an entire Kanye West music video a shot?

Well, I am going to go so far as to say yes, yes you will.

Because this was the last time in history Kanye West was still cool enough to allow something like this to happen. Now, he would threaten to sue. But once upon a time, the guy had an awesome sense of humor and knew when to laugh at himself.

For a great example of that, look no further than the fantastic video for Can't Tell Me Nothin' and be prepared to hate Kanye West a little less for about four minutes.

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You REALLY want your mind blown? That is the second version of the video he released. The first version is all Kanye Bravado. The second one, on the other hand, is pure gold.


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The Sound of Frying

What does the sound of breakfast frying on the stove make? If you speak English, you would call it “sizzle,” but what’s the word in other languages? James Chapman rounded up several words from various languages, and they’re all pretty onomatopoeic. Which I never would have been able to spell without autocorrect. -via Blame It On The Voices

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Urban Furniture Encourages You to Exercise Downtown

You're in the heart of a densely-packed city. But that doesn't mean that you can't exercise. No, I don't mean the elliptical trainer in the corner. You can actually get outside and play sports while surrounded by skyscrapers.

JC Deceaux, Florian Brillet, and Nicholas Lelievre created an interactive art installation called Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (Translation), which is Latin for “A sound mind in a sound body.” It consists of sporting equipment built into street signposts. The three artists are doing this to encourage people to get fit at times when it seems like there are limited opportunities to do so.

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Curious Owls

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When you set up a camera to capture wildlife in their natural habitat, you hope they don’t know they’re being recorded. It turns out that you can’t fool critters all the time. Someone attached a GoPro to a tree just beneath an owl’s nest. The owls, being eagle-eyed, immediately noticed something new in their environment. The camera gets a thorough inspection, which leaves us with the image of an entire family of owls staring directly into our souls. The owls don’t care, once they’ve determined it’s something they can’t eat and won’t eat them. I got a little nervous when one owl chick hiked his leg, but I guess he was just stretching. Next, someone will give them funny dialogue. -via Everlasting Blort  

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There's Nothing Sweeter Than Babies In Halloween Costumes

Kids look awfully cute when they’re all dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treating, but there’s simply nothing cuter than a chubby cheeked baby wearing a Halloween costume.

Maybe it’s the fact that they’re too young to actually go out trick-or-treating, or perhaps it’s the fact that the parents get to choose the costume, and they always err on the side of cuteness.

Whatever the reason behind our love of babies in costume, nothing warms the heart quite like seeing a little rugrat all dressed up with no idea what lies in store for them on Halloween!

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Benedict Cumberbatch Can't Say "Penguins"

One would think that a man as esteemed and worldly as Benedict Cumberbatch would be a master of linguistics. The subtle differences in language that seperate regions and dialects. He also clearly has been speaking English his entire life, so one might be shocked when they hear the way Sherlock pronounces penguins.

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This is not in any way to make fun of the actor. The guy is awesome. It is just one of those things you notice and kind of go hmmmm to yourself. How can such a well-spoken man have trouble with the word penguins? Truth is, we all have our odd ways of pronouncing words. Sometimes, it is because someone who raised us may have said it that way, or in some cases, there may be no reason at all.

I just thought you might find it interesting that Benedict Cumberbatch can't say penguins. Like, really.

Okay, I won't lie. This video is kind of hilarious. I mean, really, who has ever called them penglings?

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The Months of the Year, Ranked

Now this is a highly subjective and altogether meaningless list, but we all have our opinions on our favorite time of year. I used to tell my kids that I loved every season except for that part of winter that falls after Christmas. That part of the year only serves to make me appreciate the other months. Danger Guerrero posted his rankings at Uproxx, along with his reasoning for each, and I’m pretty much in agreement with him except for October.

What is it, exactly, that you like about October? Is it the brisk temperatures and the leaves changing from green to a scenic collage of reds, yellows, and oranges? Well, (a) late-March and early-April have the same temperature range with added benefit of the days getting longer instead of shorter, and (b) those leaves you are ooo-ing and ahh-ing over are dying. You are taking pleasure in the yearly, cruel death of a living organism while simultaneously praising the environmental conditions that cause it to happen. You monster. You monster.

Or is it the aforementioned bonus features that come with mid-fall: the pumpkin-y bric-a-brac, the sports (football, start of basketball, the baseball playoffs), the fall TV season, and so on and so forth? Well, if we wanna get real about this for a second — if we wanna get really, really real — we could easily move most of those things out of October.

I love October. Living here in the mountains, I get an urge to make a patchwork quilt in the shades of autumn leaves every time I admire the colorful hills. Then there’s Halloween, which is catnip for a blogger. I also would have ranked August a little lower. Check out the ranking and let us know how you would improve that list.

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With 75 Blades, This Knife Was the Ultimate Multi Tool of 1851

Through the Eighteenth and Ninteenth Centuries, the John Rodgers firm of Sheffield, UK rose in prominence, developing a reputation for building the finest knives in Europe. In 1821, the company was appointed the official cutler for the British Royal Family. In 1851, Rodgers exhibited this marvel at The Great Exhibition, an international trade show in London.

The Norfolk Knife was named for Norfolk Street, the location of the Rodgers factory in Sheffield. It's both a tool and a work of art. The knife has 75 blades and measures 22 inches thick and 34 inches long. There are etchings of Queen Victoria and the White House on it. It's now on display at Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield.

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To Do: Dishes, Laundry, Vacuum Cat...

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This cat named Bobo (previously at Neatorama) loves to be vacuumed, according to his owners. He lies there, seemingly relaxed, as the vacuum runs over him. If Bobo likes it, it's a win/win for his people, since vacuuming him is likely to eliminate a lot of cat hair that would otherwise be scattered around the house. I wonder if they are trying to get his younger sister Nikita on board? Keep up with Bobo and Nikita on Facebook. -Via Tastefully Offensive 

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Bull Born with the Number 7 on His Head


(Photo: Vale Wood Farms)

This is Baby Ben, a calf born at Vale Woods Farm in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He’s named after Ben Roethlisberger, a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger wears the #7 jersey on that football team. It’s this bull’s lucky number!

Carissa Itle-Westrick, one of the farm’s managers, says that’s it’s not the first time they've had an animal born with a stylish mark. They once had a cow that sported a Nike swoosh on her shoulder.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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MICKTHULHU MOUSE - Join The Madness Jamboree


MICKTHULHU MOUSE by BeastPop

Donald and Goofy were hanging around the magic kingdom one day, talking about what they were going to wear on Halloween. Suddenly Mickey appeared out of nowhere, looking like a squid had attached itself to his face, and even though he seemed to be acting normal the guys weren't convinced he was in his right mind. There was something very different about Mickey, something sinister, and they were pretty sure that squidly getup wasn't a costume....

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10 Mind-Boggling Paradoxes

Mental_floss has a list of ten paradoxes, dealing with math, logic, physics, language, or some other method of cramping your brain. There’s the crocodile who grabs a kid, a race with a tortoise, the dehydrated potatoes, and this one:

3. THE BOY OR GIRL PARADOX

Imagine that a family has two children, one of whom we know to be a boy. What then is the probability that the other child is a boy? The obvious answer is to say that the probability is 1/2—after all, the other child can only be either a boy or a girl, and the chances of a baby being born a boy or a girl are (essentially) equal. In a two-child family, however, there are actually four possible combinations of children: two boys (MM), two girls (FF), an older boy and a younger girl (MF), and an older girl and a younger boy (FM). We already know that one of the children is a boy, meaning we can eliminate the combination FF, but that leaves us with three equally possible combinations of children in which at least one is a boy—namely MM, MF, and FM. This means that the probability that the other child is a boy—MM—must be 1/3, not 1/2.

Wait a minute, I’ve flipped enough coins in statistics class to know that the real answer is still 50%, but how in the world did they come up with 1/3? Wait, wait: just who said these were “equally possible combinations”?

Still, debunking that one was easy compared to some of the other paradoxes in the list at mental_floss.
 
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31 Great Group Costumes for You to Try This Halloween

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(Stock photos of women laughing while eating salad alone by Lindsay Weber et al.)

If you've got a group of people heading to a Halloween party this year, you can have one giant theme costume among yourselves. And it doesn't have to be the Seven Dwarfs or the Four Horsemen. There are lots of creative opportunities this year. Alanna Okun of BuzzFeed rounded up photos of 31 group Halloween costumes that will make you the life of the party, provided that you don't end up just eating salad by yourself in the corner.

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Don Hertzfeldt’s Simpsons Couch Gag

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If I’d had any idea that Don Hertzfeldt had made the opening sequence for The Simpsons’ season premiere, I might have made an effort to catch it. However, thanks to YouTube, we can all enjoy it anytime. You know Hertzfeldt from his animations posted here before, or from the classic Rejected. That’s the one with “My spoon is too big.” Ah -now you know who I’m talking about!

The gag itself looks at the possibility of The Simpsons still being on the air thousands of years in the future, with a few differences due to evolution. And why not? The family has been around since 1987!    


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Wyoming's Mysterious Smith Mansion



Approximately 15 miles east of Yellowstone National Park sits a structure known as the Smith Mansion. This rambling, five-story house built out of salvaged, wildfire-damaged pine was the passion of an eccentric engineer named Francis Lee Smith, who built the structure single-handedly. 

Smith began the project in approximately 1980, intending on building a log cabin home for his family that blended in with the glorious Wyoming wilderness. His family lived in the house for a while, despite there being no electricity except that provided by an extension cord connected to a generator. A wood stove was the only source of heat. The family dining table was a large tree stump, with smaller stumps as chairs. Smith built no separated bedrooms in the house; instead, he, his wife and two children slept in sleeping bags on the floor.

This arrangement satisfied Mrs. Smith for a few years, until her husband's constant work on the house instead of family time pushed her too far. She divorced him in the early 1980s, took the children and moved to another city. A dejected Smith poured everything he had into the house, building addition after addition, without blueprints from which to work. In 1992, Smith lost his life to his obsession when he fell from a balcony while working on the house and died from his injuries. 

Smith's chaotic building of a house with no planned ending is reminiscent of possibly mentally unstable personalities such as Sarah Winchester, heiress to to the Winchester gun fortune, who kept building her San Jose mansion until she died in an effort to assuage the spirits of those shot by Winchester guns. Yet Smith's ex wife and daughter both claim his furious construction was not the result of mental illness. Smith's daughter Sunny Larsen is currently the owner of the structure and is attempting to raise money for its rehabilitation. Visit her website and view the video below to learn more. 

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