In the spring of 1965, dentist John Riley slipped LSD into after dinner tea for John Lennon, George Harrison, and their wives Cynthia and Patti. John Lennon later recalled the experience in a radio interview, which became the narration for this animation.
Rolling Stone has some thoughts from the others who were present, and the story of what happened afterward. John and George introduced LSD to Ringo that summer, but Paul resisted until the next year. That fact created some problems in the group as they worked on their next album, Revolver. -via Uproxx
A great movie monster will quickly become a favorite among horror movie fans, but a cheesy, low budget wreck of a monster will become a legend, for entirely diffent reasons, of course.
Jason embodies the spirit of a serial killer, Freddy Krueger creatively kills people in their dreams, and Leatherface wears a skin mask, wields a chainsaw and comes from a crazy cannibal family.
It's easy to see their appeal as movie monsters, but how the hell is a haunted spa or demonic refrigerator going to track their victims down, much less terrify an audience?
Stray cats are only scary to the young and the elderly, a disembodied hand is only scary if you can't find a bag to toss it in, and flesh eating slugs are only scary if you don't have any salt in your house.
It might seem a little premature to be ranking the films of the century, but there’s nothing wrong with ranking the films of the past 16 years. A list at BBC Culture used the input of 177 movie critics from 36 countries. Yes, they included movies from 2000, although some will argue whether that year is in the 21st century. At the top of the list:
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007) 9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011) 8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000) 7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011) 6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004) 5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014) 4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001) 3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007) 2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000) 1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
Check out the entire list of 100 movies and how the list was compiled at BBC Culture. If you’re like me, you might want to save the list for future use when you have time on a weekend, or for when you retire.
Let's play America's favorite TV game show- Guess Who Died?! You know the rules- our pal Negan has been busy whacking away at survivors with Lucille, and it's your job to guess from the screams who is being killed and who has survived for another day. Their outfits might give it away, so no peeking, okay? Okay! Here's our first contestant.... WAAAAAAGHHHH!! *thunk* *plop* So who has he taken out this time? Is it our fearless leader Rick? Could it be that red-headed badass Abraham? Maybe it was Michonne the modern samurai, or Carol the cold. Can you even tell if it's a man or a woman from that screaming? Of course you can't...
Knock your fellow fans dead with this Guess Who Died?! t-shirt by Punksthetic & Stationjack, it's the kind of shirt that will make people stop and stare when you're out walking around town, kinda like zombies....
Depending on your age, you might recall Betty White from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, or Hot in Cleveland. However, the 94-year-old actress had a long list of television credits before any of those shows. She was cast in an experimental TV show in 1939! Yes, there was television back then, although very few people had receivers before the postwar boom. Over the years, Betty White has been involved in talk shows, game shows, and dramas that made her a fan favorite and brought her seven Emmy Awards. Let’s learn more about Betty White.
1. She has a Guinness World Record
In 2014, when the record keeping show was being auditioned, Betty White received a title for the Longest TV Career for a Female Entertainer. The record showed seventy four years+ in show biz. The year before, the title for the Longest TV Career for a Male Entertainer had been given to Bruce Forsyth, who’d been a long time British Television host. Since the two both started their careers in ’39, they would be competing for the same title, were it not for the gender disparity.
12. She is not a big fan of reality TV
Betty White has made it clear that she does not like reality TV. Although she has not clarified why, most people assume it’s her history in creating and writing conflicts with how random people with virtually no talent gain fame by simply recording their lives and frequently acting like morons. Surprisingly, Betty White hosts a kind of reality television show known as Betty White’s Off Their Rockers in which old people play pranks on young guys.
Gummy candy lovers can't get enough of those rubbery little treats, their vibrant colors and whimsical shapes enough to brighten up even the greyest day.
Unfortunately, we can't gobble up gummies all day long or we may become diabetic, so the best way to surround ourselves with gummy candy is to make stuff out of gummy candy.
So manly man and maker Peter Brown was asked by his Twitter followers to combine the most fun form of candy with totally macho functionality and make an axe handle out of gummy bears.
Peter made a mold from his "original" axe handle, stuffed five pounds of gummy bears in the cavity of the mold then used a clear resin to cast a durable yet delicious looking axe handle for hungry hewers.
Going to the bathroom might be the one and only activity in America that's cheaper than it used to be. Pay toilets used to be the rule in airports and bus and train stations, and one would often encounter them in gas stations and restaurants.
The earliest pay toilets in history were erected in ancient Rome in 74 AD, during the rule of Vespasian, after a civil war greatly effected the Roman financial scene. His initiative was derided by his opponents, but his reply to them became famous: "Pecunia non olet," i.e. "money does not smell.”
Okay, here's your "question of the day" folks: “Who had the first pay toilets in North America installed?" The first pay toilets in North America were installed by Walt Disney. Walt disney? The cartoon guy? The Mickey Mouse guy? In 1935, Walt opened “Walt’s,” a popular cafe on Hollywood Boulevard, and the first restaurant ever run by an animation studio. In 1936, Walt's became the first establishment in North America to install pay toilets.
Pay toilets spread across America and were soon common sights in almost all the major cities.
In the past few years, filmmakers have set up shop in Detroit to film horror flicks. Where else can you find huge empty buildings, run-down homes you can buy for a pittance, and overgrown fields? Justine Smith looks at how several movies used and treated the city in scary movies: Lost River, Don’t Breathe, It Follows, and Only Lovers Left Alive. The influx of business has to be good for the city, but its image may suffer from being portrayed as a continually terrifying place. -via The A.V. Club
Welcome to the world of competitive social media. Victoire is obsessed with her selfies and how popular they are. But look! Roxy is doing better, because she took a selfie with a cat! What Victoire needs is a better selfie with her cat!
What do you do when three of your friends have birthdays within one week of another? You throw a giant, joint-birthday party. And that's exactly what Washington D.C.'s National Zoo did to celebrate the birthdays of three of their four pandas. Little Bei Bei turned one on Monday (that's not him in the photo since he slept through the cake time).
Bao Bao turns three today.
And pappa Tian Tian turns 19 on Saturday.
It seems safe to say that everyone had a good time, even if little Bei Bei here didn't actually get to eat his own birthday cake.
I was reminded that summer is almost over Friday night when I could hear the local high school football game from my backyard. The NFL season begins in two weeks. You might be a big football fan, but you probably don’t know all the trivia John Green has for us in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.
This is a staircase with four different surfaces. These are radio drama stairs, which are used for sound effects. An actor or Foley artist would walk or run up and down the stairs to simulate, er, walking or running up and down stairs. The different surface would make different sounds, because you don't want every instance to sound like the same house, particularly in the same drama. Here’s a set made of wood, carpet, and concrete.
Radio drama staircase, BBC Maida Vale. Wood, carpet, concrete: three acoustics. Been running up these half my life pic.twitter.com/LCQy6shgRK
Ever since Scooby Doo introduced me to KISS I've had a soft spot for strange bands who play bizarre music and put on wicked weird stage shows.
Then The Muppet Show introduced me to Alice Cooper and I was hopelessly hooked, and ever since then bands with freaky sounds and/or costumed stage shows just make me happy.
WatchMojo.com put together a perfectly succinct list of the Top 10 Weirdest Bands, including the adorably dark Babymetal, the colorfully apocalyptic sounds of Die Antwoord and the over-the-top awesomeness of Gwar. (Contains NSFW material)
Silver medalist Nick Dempsey posted pictures of the British Olympic team’s flight home from Rio. They traveled together on a chartered British Airways 747. And they were all given luggage for the trip. The same red luggage. It took about two hours for everyone to find their bags. -via reddit
It seems many of the totally radical heroes of the 1980s had one thing in common- their mighty sword, which allowed them to channel their awesomeness and cut the bad guys down to size. Whether you were a Thundercat, a He-Man, or a Ninja of any species, you had a sweet sword with a keen edge which you slid out of its sheath at the first sign of trouble. Being a big buff dude or mutant turtle simply wasn't enough without that sweet sword in your hands...
Keep your geeky wardrobe extra sharp with this Fantastic Swords t-shirt by Rocky Davies, it's the totally radical way to declare your love of those sword-wielding superstars of the 80s!
Humans are so emotionally complex we feel emotions we can't even describe very well, so all of our complex emotions tend to get lumped into generic categories such as anger or sadness.
But indescribable simply won't work for the human race, so we create words which attempt to describe or quantify these feelings, words as complex as the feels.
Unsurprisingly many of the most complicated words on the list are in German, since the German language has many longer words made up of a bunch of shorter words, such as mauerbauertraurigkeit (wall builder sadness).
Now the next time you suddenly feel one of those oddball emotions you can give it a name!
Photographer Dirk Nienaber watched a a group of processionary caterpillars make their way across Perth, Australia. They don’t go this fast; it’s a time-lapse video. These are probably Ochrogaster lunifer, or the bag-shelter moth. They exude a silk trail as they walk, and other caterpillars of the same species will follow that trail -and leave one of their own as they do.
There are quite a few species of processionary caterpillars. I found an experiment in which pine processionary caterpillars were induced to walk in a circle.
Fabre conducted a famous study on the processionary pine larvae where a group of them were attached nose-to-tail in a circle with food just outside the circle; they continued marching in the circle for a week; he described the experiment in his 1916 book The Life of the Caterpillar.
Aside from being one of the most time consuming of the needle arts, embroidery is also (arguably) the most personal way for a textiles-based artist to express themselves.
The artist holds the cloth "sketching" surface in their hands, pushes the needle through to create each illustrative stitch, and often literally bleeds for their art.
That's what makes embroidery art so special, but self-taught embroidery artist Michelle Kingdom truly elevates the artform by stitching wonder and mystery into each piece she creates.
A quote from Michelle on why she loves the medium so much:
My background is actually in traditional fine art but I stumbled upon the medium back in college. Combining the immediacy of sketching with a deep love for textiles and sewing, drawing with thread satisfies both of my interests. There is just something beautifully fragile, odd and otherworldly about the medium. Densely embroidered, compressed images composed entirely out of thread is a direct link to my inner world, and seems tailor made for secret thoughts.
Dean was clearly in awe of the squeaky little guy when he wrote this about the encounter:
I recorded a short clip of the defensive cry of the Desert rain frog – Breviceps macrops while walking along the sand dunes in Port Nolloth, a coastal town in the Northern Cape province, it alerted me to its presence with its fearsome war cry. I knelt down and proceeded to photograph and film this unusual creature’s behaviour.
The Desert rain frog clearly doesn't have a clue about active defenses, because if it did it would realize its ridiculously cute squeak just makes people like Dean Boshoff want to pester it more!
While it could be argued that any brick home is “made from mud,” that’s not what this is about. These homes are made from cob, which is an ancient combination of clay-rich soil, water, and straw. When formed and dried, cob is strong, eco-friendly, economical, and versatile. With care and imagination, cob homes can be gorgeous, like the one shown here.
The 832 square foot house was built by Austin senior systems analyst for the University of Texas, Gary Zuker. He built his own home out of pure economics. He couldn’t afford to have his home built, so he used common sense to build it himself, resourcing books about architecture from the university. He spent a fair amount on timber, and created the roof with scissor trusses on the recommendation of an architect friend. He wanted to have a maintenance free home, and finally the old world style of stone appealed to him. He spoke with an indigenous building expert, where he learned how to build with mud and straw. Batches of straw are covered with clay mud which is mixed until it becomes a form of clay. Then, the clay is thrown onto forms for the walls. The walls are gradually built from the bottom up, and the forms removed. The straw clay dries hard as concrete. It took him “millions of hours” and he started completely without building plans. He used curved logs to build the curved front door. He used logs from the oldest log cabin in Austin to build the fireplace and exterior porch. The home is filled with reclaimed building supplies. Exquisite details include the hammered copper coverings he added to traditional white, basic appliances. The house cost $25,000 to build, and an additional $15,000 was required for its septic system and a well. He built the entire home by hand, contriving what he needed as the interior emerged.
Cob houses range from traditional styles you’d never recognize as mud homes to Hobbit homes and whimsical art structures. See them all at Housely.
Movie easter eggs are fun to hunt with your eyeballs and often so deliciously geeky that you want to share them with friends.
Which is why sites keep posting articles revealing the locations of movie secrets and we keep eating it all up!
In this collection of 30 Clever Easter Eggs put together by gamesradar we learn the morse code message received in Peter Jackson's 2005 version of King Kong was not an arrest warrant for Carl Denham- it actually said “show me the monkey!”.
The list also shows us little details we may have missed, like the painting of Roland the Gunslinger Thomas Jane's character is painting in The Mist, or the fact that Freddy's glove is hanging in the tool shed in Evil Dead 2.
And lastly, did you think the name of the Mexican restaurant in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy seemed a bit long?
That's because it was a big joke- Escupimos en su Alimento means "we spit in your food".
Educators had a love-hate relationship with graphing calculators when they launched, but students loved them because they were great for games.
Remember this time last year, when the saga of teenage clock-hacker Ahmed Mohamed turned into a political fireball? That case, if you'll recall, involved a student who chose to bend the rules of his own education by learning things outside of school, only to get punished for it. He quickly found himself over his head, with many of his critics obsessed with discrediting a teenager. (His family has since moved to Qatar, and he's since filed a civil-rights lawsuit against the school district over the incident.) In a way, Mohamed’s efforts were nothing new. Tech-savvy kids have been screwing with teachers’ expectations for generations, and nowhere is this more obvious than the phenomenon of graphing calculators. These devices are immensely hackable, but most classrooms only use a fraction of their capabilities. Here’s why.
As powerful as Game Boys, and mostly used for the same reason
For roughly two decades, high schools have been giving graphing calculators to students, requiring them for key math classes, and for pretty much that entire time, students have been figuring out ways to use the devices to bend the rules.
Part of this was actually allowed by Texas Instruments, which around 1990 started making graphing calculators that could be programmed in various ways—generally through a variation of BASIC, but also through low-level assembly code, which had a clear advantage for the slow calculator. To this day, the company’s TI-84 remains its most popular and widely used, with the TI-83 not far behind.
Eventually, the kids got savvy and started learning to program the devices. Naturally, the first programs they built were games, because of course they did. Variations on Super Mario Bros, Pac Man, and Pokémon quickly arrived. The quality of the games got better as the programming techniques got more savvy. Website repositories of said games launched and found lasting popularity. (One such site, TI Calc, has been around for roughly two decades.)
Screen Junkies takes a look at the CGI/live action version of The Jungle Book, which will be available on DVD and Blu-ray next week. While they tend to tear movies apart with their Honest Trailers, the critique of this one is downright positive.
That doesn’t mean they won’t point out all the silliness that went into it, including some jabs at the 1967 animated version. We also get to see some of the work that went on behind the scenes. -via Uproxx
A pearl retrieved off the coast of Palawan Island in the Philippines appears to be the biggest natural pearl ever found, much bigger than the current record holder known as the Pearl of Allah. This one was brought up by a fisherman whose anchor got stuck. He dove down to free it, and found it was wedged in a giant clam shell. He brought the clam up and saw it had a gigantic pearl inside. The yet-unnamed fisherman put the pearl away under his bed as a good luck charm. That was ten years ago.
According to various online reports a fire in his residence forced the fisherman to move house prompting him to turn the priceless piece over to a local tourism officer.
The prize pearl measures in at a jaw dropping 1ft in width and 2.2 feet in length making the world’s former biggest pearl –The Pearl of Allah- look like a lightweight.
A supernatural force is threatening the nation, so a secret government agency must locate and assemble a group of mutants with super powers to save the day. Sound familiar? What’s different is that this Russian movie is set in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
It seems no one really knew how bad it would hurt to lose Bill Hicks, and to those who say "his candle burned brightly for a shorter time" I say he should have been born with a longer wick. Bill said what we're all thinking to this day, and opened doors for comics who cared enough to share their insight and true feelings with the world. And whether he was talking about politics, interpersonal relationships or playing you a song, Bill Hicks took a stand for sanity at a time when that dark little poet's unpopular opinions made him a target.
Take the comedic voice of reason with you forever you go with this Bill Hicks- I Don't Mean To Sound Bitter... t-shirt by Dan Avenell, it's sure to earn you the admiration of your fellow Hicks fans while everyone else goes "Huh?"
When people start traveling around the world at a young age they discover one big thing about their lives- all that travelling makes their mothers worry.
She starts demanding phone calls, postcards and social media posts as assurance you're okay, and if you're a good son or daughter you comply...when you remember.
But Jonathan Quiñonez is both well traveled and a really good son, so he kept assuring his mom of his safety while traveling the world by posting pics of himself holding up a sign that said “Mom, I'm Fine”.
The sign appears to have worked as the ultimate icebreaker for Jonathan, although the former Belgian model probably doesn't need a sign or a gimmick to get attention.