A British man is filming a storm with his phone when lighting strikes in close proximity to him. His (NSFW, language) reaction is amusing, and his video capture of the lightning is spectacular. As one of the commenters on YouTube remarked, "The ONLY time vertical filming should ever be used. Good job, thumbs up." Via 22 Words.
Cryptocurrency “brands” are trying their darndest to become as likeable as greenbacks, using characters like Doge that appeal to the target audience, and since the whole thing is bordering on becoming fantasy funny money anyway it’s rather appropriate to use fictional characters as the spokesthings.
The latest cryptocurrency incarnation bears the horrifying, squid-faced visage of the Great Old One Cthulhu, and this crypto currency is guaranteed to drive those foolish enough to accept it mad with greed!
Here’s some of the strange rhetoric Cthulhu Offerings is using to get people to join their monetary "ritual"-
As the equinox approaches we begin the ritual; four weeks and five days long it builds until Cthulhu awakens and one worshipper is rewarded greatly!
The time draws near, the return of The Great Old One is upon us. Join us in our ritual.
Will you join in this monetary ritual, or let your dead presidents, and your sanity, stay safe and sound right where they are?
A river runs through the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand. When it's time for this baby elephant to take a bath, all the nannies escort him into the river. They form a wall with their bodies so that he can wash and play without any worry of being swept away by the fast current.
As we've seen before, elephants take care of kids in their herd, even if the kids aren't their own children.
-via 22 Words
YouTube member CycleJack was pedaling through Romford, Essex, UK on a wet day. He was traveling about 22 MPH. A car cut across his path and he hit the fender. CycleJack flew over the car, head over heels, but landed neatly on his feet. It was an impressive bit of unintentional acrobatics caught on camera.
And it's a good thing that CycleJack was wearing a camera. The driver tried to dispute that she was at fault. The video footage took care of that problem:
Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company.
Content warning: CycleJack uses a bit of foul language when the car hits. But who can blame him?
An old New York state orchard was about to be left for dead in 2008, an orchard that grows varieties of stone fruit over 200 years old, when artist Sam Van Aiken stepped in and took over the lease, saving many fruit varieties no longer commercially available.
Sam now grows totally magical trees that he calls the Trees of 40 Fruit, applying artistic ideas and some serious grafting skills to create a tree that "grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds."
His fascinating take on tree hybridization as living sculpture has produced multiple hybrid trees, and Sam even gave a TED talk about his project, so why are we seeing a photoshopped image of the Tree of 40 Fruits?
Because it could take them decades to grow to that size, so at the moment his magic trees look more like this:
This parody movie trailer from The Wil Wheaton Project is a spoof of the many nostalgic toy-themed films we are suffering under. They certainly know the prime internet/movie buying demographic: Americans who grew up in the late ‘80s and the ‘90s. The only one of these things that means "childhood" to me is the Magic 8-ball, which has been around since the 1940s. -via Wil Wheaton
In this Dukes of Hazzard mashup by David Branstetter, the Dark Knight has found the ultimate Batmobile. It's sturdier than the Lincoln Futura and prettier than the Tumbler. The Gotham PD will never catch up with him and the Joker will never escape him now. But he should probably change the horn from playing"Dixie" to something more daunting.
This image was Brandstetter's contribution to Comic Book Resources' celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary. You can see contributions from other artists here.
-via Geek Tyrant
Once upon a time there wasn't much trouble to be found in Sunnydale, and there certainly weren't any murders. That all changed when Buffy took up the mantle and became a vampire slayer, but she soon found herself in need of help. She established the Slayers Club, a group of like-minded individuals with serious fighting skills and a keen eye for spotting supernatural baddies.
Show the world you're part of the toughest club in school with this Sunnydale Slayers Club t-shirt by Stuff of Kings, it repels vampires better than a garlic necklace!
|Bringers of Anarchy||Captain Bearmerica||Keep Calm and Adventure On||Hogwarts Duelling Club|
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Mubi is a 2-month-old drill monkey who was first attacked, then abandoned by her mother. But her story sweetened significantly when Simon Jeffrey, a keeper at Port Lympne Reserve, near Canterbury, Kent, UK, took Mubi home to play with his Jack Russell Terrier puppies. Now Mubi is happy, thriving and the pups are schooling her in the ways of animal play. Via Laughing Squid.
Last month, we told you about the real SpongeBob SquarePants restaurant in Ramallah, Palestine. Photos posted on its official Facebook page show that construction is coming along nicely. Here you can see the counter, which looks just like the one that Squidward runs.
It looks like Mr. Krabs already has a functional office. He even has a safe installed where he allegedly keeps the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty.
There's plenty of room for any fish who wants one of those delicious burgers. Just pull up a barrel!
-via That's Nerdalicious!
Homelessness isn't something that only happens to the mentally disabled and financially destitute, there are plenty of people from all walks of life who have found themselves homeless for any number of reasons, and you might be surprised to discover their life stories resemble your own.
The Rethink Homelessness program aims to change our preconceived notions about how someone becomes homeless, and they asked several homeless people from the Orlando area to share a fact about themselves that people might find surprising for this video entitled Cardboard Stories.
You'll probably be surprised by some of the facts they have to share, and not so surprised by others, but this video will definitely make you think of homelessness in a new light.
-Via 22 Words
At the turn of the century -the 20th century, that is- baseball players wore mustaches, often big manly handlebar mustaches. We have the baseball cards to prove it. But as facial hair fell out of style, in no small part thanks to razor companies, the clean-shaven look took over. In the 1970s, the mustache came back big time when the Oakland A’s manager offered a $300 bonus to players who grew their lip locks out. The team’s appearance made folks nostalgic for the early days of baseball, and some players from other teams followed suit. Smithsonian magazine has a slideshow of both classic and modern baseball players and their mustaches, as well as their beards, sideburns, soul patches, goatees, and muttonchops.
(Right image credit: Keith Allison)
Contrary to what those anti-gamer curmudgeons will have you believe, video games are more than just a source of mindless entertainment, or something to keep your thumbs and eyeballs busy.
In fact, you can even discover good advice in video games, life lessons that ring true whether you're playing a godlike warrior, or an average human trying to survive in a horrifying post-apocalyptic world:
Julia Lepetit from Dorkly has created a collection of illustrated life lessons gathered from hit games like The Last of Us, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Minecraft, lessons that may inspire you to seek wisdom from whatever game(s) you're currently playing.
-Via Laughing Squid
To the folks who live there, these rites seem normal. But to the rest of us, but staging a buffet for monkeys is just strange. In this week’s mental_floss video, John Green tells us about the weird local traditions that may even be worth traveling for. Most of these traditions have been on Neatorama at one time or another, but some have been a long time ago. You can use the search function at the top to look them up.
Kid and canine duos are often inseparable. Dogs instinctively know which members of their "pack" need the most gentle protection; that instinct is evident in these sweet photos. See the rest of Bored Panda's article "22 Little Kids And Their Big Dogs" here.
Image: Blake Grimmer
Image: Elena Shumilova
How close can you get to a whale? Just ask Jonah, Marlin, or Pinocchio! These two kayakers off the coast of Argentina, a father and daughter, didn’t get swallowed, but they managed to get lifted out of the water when a massive whale surfaced. Sure, you want to get a good look, but whales are like icebergs: there’s a lot more under the water than meets the eye. -via Viral Viral Videos
Artist Kurt McRobert drew these lovely archetypes of New York City bicyclists for a Time out New York feature, but one can assume to find most of these kinds of bikers in almost all metropolitan areas. I think he nailed it with the descriptions!
Have you seen one in your city? Or - gasp - are you one of them?
Wanna learn some martial arts moves that are out of this world? Need to take down scaly alien bad guys with your bare hands? Then take a lesson from Captain James T. Kirk and try his tried and true methods of kicking butt, like the furious Chopnado, the surprising Jumping Jim and when all else fails pick up a rock and perform the Last Resort. It worked for Captain Kirk, and he's been all over the universe battling bad guys!
Show the world you've got some serious moves with this Kirk-Fu t-shirt by Anna-Maria Jung, it's stylish and educational!
|Extraordinary Scientists||Adopt a Tribble||It's Biggers on the Outside||Bunnies Are Evil|
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Seventeen-year-old Ashiq Gavai of Buldhana, India, suffered a growth and pain in his jaw, but local doctors could not diagnose the problem. Fearing cancer, his father took him to J J Hospital in Mumbai, where doctors diagnosed Gavai with composite odontoma, a tumor in the part of the jaw that produces teeth.
Ashiq was diagnosed with a condition called composite odontoma or a benign tumour of the tooth, which can cause difficulties in eating, swallowing, and lead to a grotesque swelling of the face, though it is not life-threatening.
"The condition has been known to affect the upper jaw and a maximum of 25 teeth have been extracted from the tumour. But in Ashiq's case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and we removed more than 232 teeth," Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of the J J Dental Department, said.
Ateam of two main surgeons and two assisting surgeons performed an intra-oral procedure as they tried to remove every bit of the tumour. "While a few teeth were loose, others were in clumps which made it difficult to count. The tumour was an abnormal growth of the second molar which did not come out. It was also pressing on the wisdom tooth which we had to remove," Dhiware said.
Gavai was left with only 28 normal teeth, but will require followup surgery to repair the hole in his jaw. The hospital is going to forward the case to the Guinness Book of World Records for the most teeth extracted from one person. See more pictures here. -via reddit
(Image credit: JJ Hospital)
This kitty is polishing off a cup of yogurt, but she's not interested in sharing the treat with her fellow feline. I say "she," not because I know the cat's gender, but because bogarting yogurt is just something that seems like a chick would do. Another chick-type behavior is casually moving something out of another's reach as opposed to causing a big, ugly scene over it. Sure, I'm making massive generalizations, but while I had you distracted just now, I ate the last square of dark chocolate. Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.
Sweet, delightful Twitter--where the raw emotions and unformed thoughts of humanity are made available to the entire world. It has been in existence since only 2006, so few of the greatest minds have had access to it. But what if, instead, scientists across history had used it. What Twitter conversations would they have had?
Dean Burnett of The Guardian recreated 12 great moments from scientific history as Twitter conversations, including Erwin Schrödinger's short-lived cat kenneling service and Jonas Salk's development of a polio vaccine.
-via The Presurfer
Go, dog, go! Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, held a Wiener Dog Race sponsored by the local radio station. Among the dachshunds was the delightfully-named Anderson Pooper, who is disabled and uses wheels. Anderson Pooper didn’t win, but he made it to the finish line (which is more than you can say for some of the racers) and won the hearts and minds of the spectators. And now the internet. That’s a good dog. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Bonus: Here’s another video of Anderson Pooper competing in an earlier race while wearing a GoPro on his harness.
Today, several scientists and science journalists published in-world scientific descriptions of Tatooine, the homeworld of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Joe Hanson holds a doctorate in biology and hosts the PBS show It's Okay to Be Smart. For his contribution, Hanson examined the cutest creature on the planet: the Sarlacc. He describes his expedition, during which he was accompanied by a terrified C-3P0. Hanson writes about the likely morphology of the creature:
At its posterior end, deep beneath the sand, extend many feeding tentacles, drawing and storing nutrients from the surrounding soil like a taproot. To my knowledge, this hybridized organ arrangement, both plant and animal in nature, has never before been reported. Reports of sarlacc longevity extend to 50,000 years, although isotopic analysis has yet to verify these claims due to the extreme danger involved in collecting even the smallest tissue sample.
Despite that, the sarlacc’s supposed longevity and plant-like external morphology are reminiscent of Earth’s 2,000+ year-old Welwitschia, a desert-dwelling plant whose tentacle-like leaf extensions attach to a deep central taproot core, owing to its longevity in Earth’s own harsh desert environments.
The complete absence of subterranean waste in local soil and groundwater samples suggests that the sarlacc may lack an anus, and combined with the observed anterior mouth morphology and radial body symmetry, the closest terrestrial species useful for anatomical comparison might be the sea anemone, suggesting that the sarlacc either shares a common ancestor, or displays a convergent body plan with the terrestrial phylum Cnidaria.
Here are other articles in the series about the science of Tatooine:
Science of Tatooine: Water – Adrienne Roehrich
The Limits of Animal Life on Tatooine — Maggie Koerth-Baker
Tatooine’s tangled bank – plants evolve in a galaxy far, far away — Malcolm Campbell
Tropes like "aliens are always way smarter than we are", "humans are good guys, aliens are bad guys", and "humans only use ten percent of their brain power" come up way too often in our favorite sci-fi media, so isn’t it about time we give these tired tropes a rest?!
Gamma Squad put together a list of 10 Overused Sci-Fi Tropes That Should Be Jettisoned Into Space, in honor of the upcoming movie Lucy, which is about a girl who gets dosed with a drug that allows her use more than ten percent of her brain, aka yet another trope based sci-fi film.
Sci-fi fans are sure to find tropes they're tired of seeing worked into storylines on the list, and maybe if we all call attention to these tired tropes they'll finally be laid them to rest!
The Motif Basin might just be the most beautiful sink I've ever seen. With its clear glass bottom, you can see the stunning pattern not just in the basin itself, but along the counter too.
The hand-etched basin comes in three patterns, pebble, forest and kaleidoscope -all of which are stunning. The creator, OMVIVO also sells a white pedestal to go along with the design, although you could install the basin on any counter style of your choosing.
See more great photos over at Homes and Hues: The Motif Basin Makes Your Bathroom Sink A Work of Art
“I always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire.” So stated John Lennon in his first official Beatles biography. And thus, after achieving this wish, John set about accumulating all the trappings that he assumed come along with the package.
On June 3, 1965, a brand new Rolls-Royce was delivered to John Lennon. The Phantom V model had been fitted with a limousine body and was finished in Valentines black. The car's license plate was FJB111C. A guarantee was issued to John on June 10, 1965. The car was 19 feet long and weighed three tons.
A notoriously bad driver himself, John seldom drove the plush car himself, instead preferring to employ a chauffeur. John had two different chauffeurs during his Beatle years- Bill Corbett and (more frequently) Les Anthony.
John and his fellow Beatles were driven in the vehicle to the premiere of their second movie Help! in July of 1965. On October 26, '65, a very ambivalent John and his three comrades were chauffeured in the car to Buckingham Palace to receive their MBE medals from the Queen. While being driven, John loved to lie on his back and play with the car's various control buttons with his feet.
In 1966, John had the back seat converted to a double bed. Later, a Sony television, a portable refrigerator, and telephone were installed. A "floating" record player (with perfect balance so it could be used without being effected by stops and bumps while driving) was also fitted inside. An interior and exterior sound system was included. John added blacked-out windows and was the first person in England to have this feature in his car.
Isn't that clever? It's a simple mechanism--just fold and unfold. This table is apparently made by Decorações Timbó, a Brazilian furniture and interiors company. But the concept is not unique. You can find plans online. And now that I've just shown this video to my wife, she wants me to build her one.
Artists have been tinting black and white photographs for decades, as far back as 100 years ago. But modern techniques and the artists who know how to use them make old photographs more believable in color than ever before! This photo of samurai warriors in training was taken around 1860, but the color is so good it might be mistaken for a Hollywood recreation. It was colorized by Jordan J. Loyd of Dynamichrome. You’ll see artful coloring of 53 other historic images by various artists and technicians at Inspire52. -Thanks, SparkS!