Our guardian angels come in all shapes and sizes, and whether you're a less refined individual with some bad habits, or a saintly Samaritan who never does anything wrong, you've got your own brand of angel looking out for you from up above. But, just like in real life, nobody wants to hang out with those halo polishing do-goodniks, and the angels who are a bit rough around the edges are lots of fun at a party!
Show the world who's got your back with this My Guardian Angel t-shirt by Roy Condy, and stay true to your unique sense of style!
Do you like dogs? Would you like to earn money working with them? If you're a great dog walker, you can earn $96,000 a year. It's one of many jobs that pay really well, even though you might not have heard of them. BBC Capital reports:
A good dog walker, for instance, can make a mint, according to Aaron Boodman. “Our dog walker charges $25/session,” Boodman wrote. “He takes up to eight dogs walking at a time (soon to be the legal limit in my city), twice a day. That's $96k per year, much of it in cash. Once he's picked up and dropped off all the dogs, each run to the dog park takes about three hours round trip. So his workday is about six hours.”
One anonymous pool boy said he made more than $60,000, plus tips, for just six months of work. “I would charge a customer $40 a week to keep their pools clean and all the chemicals balanced. This usually took me about 45 minutes a trip,” he wrote.
“I would typically only have to visit the pool once a week so I could do many pools in a week. For about five years I maintained roughly 10 pools a day, six days a week for six months out of the year…I was making good money for an 18 year old with no college education.”
Other jobs require mastering unusual skills. A theatrical carpenter, for example, can earn $400,000 a year. A a construction crane operator may be one of the highest paid employees on a site, earning $500,000 a year.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has swept the internet over the last few weeks. From friends and family to celebrities, everyone seems to be joining the cause and covering themselves in cold water to make a point. Just when you think you have seen it all, the above happens over at Kotaku.
Seems Minecraft creator Notch challenged one of his gamers to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in-game, and that is just what he did. The funny thing is, it involved a lot more than just making this scene happen. There was coding involved, and it ended up being a rather difficult process which you can check out in detail here.
Just shows you, when the whole world gets behind a cause, even video game characters are not immune to having pixellated buckets of ice poured over their heads.
Screen Junkies gets around to giving us an honest trailer for Ghostbusters 30 years later. This episode is a bit of a departure for the series, as they can’t really find all that much to make fun of in the 1984 comedy. Ghostbusters is almost beyond criticism. The worst they can say about it is that it is a little adult for a kid’s movie. Hmm. I saw Ghostbusters as an adult in 1984, and I don’t recall it being marketed as a kid’s movie. It wasn’t, but the internet generation just happens to of an age to recall it from their childhoods. Today, a PG rating might designate a movie aimed at kids, but thirty years ago, it meant parental guidance suggested, which was the proper rating. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Well, his heart was in the right place. Jesean Morris wanted to help ALS fund research to cure amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. So he took the ice bucket challenge and posted the video on Facebook to spread awareness about the cause.
He also spread awareness about his whereabouts, which was of interest to police in Omaha, Nebraska. That's because Morris is a convicted felon. He violated his parole. So when someone else saw his post on Facebook, s/he recognized the house in the background of the video and alerted police.
NBC News reports that Morris was displeased by this turn of events:
The suspect allegedly gave the cops a false name and birth date, knocked out a safety partition in the police cruiser, and spit in the one of the officer's face, according to an incident report. Morris was booked into jail on the warrant and on suspicion of criminal impersonation, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.
The glowing bride is befitted in a heavy gown and towering high heels. The groom is in a tux and never-before-worn dress shoes with slick soles. Activities like dancing, jumping to catch bouquets and other grandstanding moves are taking place. Meanwhile, all of the friends and family are there, and cameras are shooting stills and videos from every direction. What could possibly go wrong? Here are examples, some more painful looking than others. Via Tastefully Offensive
Arby’s made a poster to show all the different kinds of meats they use on their various sandwiches. The idea was to counter the perception that they only serve roast beef. The poster, shown here, inspired customers to ask if they could have “that” sandwich.
The answer is now yes; yes, you can have a $10 pile of meat between two buns, but you’ll have to know to ask for it as it won’t be on the menu.
That mound includes: 2 chicken tenders; 1.5 oz. of roast turkey; 1.5 oz. of ham; 1 slice of Swiss cheese; 1.5 oz. of corned beef; 1.5 oz. brisket; 1.5 oz. of Angus steak; 1 slice of cheddar cheese; 1.5 oz. roast beef and 3 half-strips of bacon.
Genius investor Warren Buffett (right) is worth $62.7 billion. But his children will see only a small fraction of it when he dies. He's leaving them some money, but only what he describes as "enough money so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing."
He's one of many self-made millionaries and billionaries who is intentionally leaving only small portions of their fortunes to their children. They're not doing it out of spite, but out of love. The famous and wealthy chef Nigella Lawson put it like this:
I am determined that my children should have no financial security. It ruins people not having to earn money.
Roxanne Roberts investigated this trend for the Washington Post. She describes how one multi-millionaire arranged his estate:
‘We probably struggled over this more than any other issue,” says a local self-made multimillionaire. The businessman and his wife, worth hundreds of millions, grew up modestly in middle-class families and wanted to create a financial plan that would take care of their children — but not spoil them — if the couple died suddenly.
“We were horrified by what might happen if they had control of a large amount of money at a young age,” he says. “The more we stared at that, the more we became uncomfortable.”
Inspired by Buffett’s example, they created trusts for each of their now college-age children. Each kid has $2.5 million controlled by trustees, who can release money only for education, health care, a home purchase or a business start-up. Any unspent money in the trust will continue to be invested and grow.
Those restrictions remain in place until each child reaches age 40; after that, the money is all theirs to do as they please. In their 20s and 30s, the funds are there to get them launched; by 40, their parents assume they will be mature enough to use the money wisely or save it as a safety net.
The Panama Canal opened for business 100 years ago this month. By 2005, 5% of the world's seagoing traffic crossed it, including 70% of the cargo heading in and out of the United States. It remains, even today, a technological and logistical marvel.
Any of you fans of the brilliant Donald Glover (of Community and Childish Gambino fame) out there know he has pleaded and tried on a few occasions to land the Spiderman part, but it never worked out for him. There have even been a few running jokes on Community about it. Well, looks like Donald Glover is finally getting his chance to play the web slinging, joke slinging superhero he always wanted to. Just not quite in the way he imagined.
Donald Glover will be providing the voice of Miles Morales, who becomes Ultimate Spiderman in that universe when the real Spiderman meets and untimely end. Glover, who has quite a cult following, seems pretty syked about the whole thing. It may not be quite the way he envisioned himself donning the suit, but at least he gets a chance to play finally play the web head, even if only in voice.
Maybe if it is well recieved, he will get the Spiderman role he really wants. Well, a THIRD reboot? Maybe not yet, but at least the man dreams large. Catch Donald Glover as Spiderman on the season premiere of Web Warriors airing this Sunday on Disney XD.
Ever since that classic scary movie came out starring that one particular creature from the Black Lagoon their kind have been seen as horrible brutes, but really they're all big softies...and not particularly fond of swimming. They do like attending all kinds of monster parties, especially when they're pool side, so they always bring their water wings and inflatable Nessie floats with them so they're always prepared to take a dip!
Add a humorous twist to your geeky wardrobe with this Creature From The Shallow Lagoon t-shirt by Raz City, it's the perfect shirt to wear while hanging out in the shallow end or watching a monster movie marathon.
I loved back-to-school time when I was a kid. I got new penny loafers, a plaid skirt, and knee socks. We never started school before September. But I didn’t look forward to the beans and cornbread the cafeteria served at least twice a week. Things have changed quite a bit since then. A post at Wide Lawns and Narrow Minds contrasts the process of sending kids to school when the author was a kid with the process today. For example, packing lunches.
5. Spread yellow mustard on bread. Slap baloney on bread. Unwrap American cheese slices and put on top of baloney. Put top on the sandwich and wrap sandwich in tin foil or wax paper. Put it in the lunchbox. Every kid gets the same exact lunch. Period.
6. Alternate sandwich choices could include: peanut butter and grape jelly, peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, the end of last night's leftover roast beef or the ever popular with children tuna fish with large chunks of onions and celery and Miracle Whip.
7. Put some Planter's Cheese Balls into a baggie and close with a twist tie.
8. Take Twinkies out of the box. Put one in each child's lunch box.
9. Fill Thermoses with either Kool-Aid or whole milk.
10. Include a red delicious apple even though you know that damned apple is just going to come home uneaten again, which is fine because you can keep adding the same one until it practically rots.
We are now in the midst of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. I find this war fascinating and my interest has led me to write numerous posts on the subject for Neatorama. For example, last Sunday, I published a lengthy piece to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the burning of Washington--an event the British Embassy in Washington humorously observed with a White House-shaped cake surrounded by sparklers:
One of my more popular War of 1812 posts is this one about HMS St. Lawrence, a massive, 112-gun warship that the Royal Navy built on Lake Ontario. At the time, ships could not readily enter or exit that lake, so this huge expenditure of British treasure was trapped there.
HMS St. Lawrence
When the St. Lawrence sailed out of Kingston harbor on Sept. 10, 1814, the Americans were properly fearful of the consequences. The US Navy on the lake had no force capable of defeating it in battle.
But that did not stop the Americans from trying. President Madison hoped to build two battleships equal to the St. Lawrence. How the nearly bankrupt United States hoped to pay for this goal is a mystery to me. But, to their credit, the American shipbuliders at Sackett’s Harbor, New York made serious progress toward that goal with minimal financial backing.
Thankfully, peace intervened. The treaty signed at Ghent ended the war on the basis of status quo ante bellum. This was the end to the second and final war between the United States and Britain. But the popular view on both sides at the time was that Ghent established a temporary armistice. War would likely return soon.
So the USS New Orleans remained incomplete, in its stocks, while Americans and Britons looked at each other suspiciously across Lake Ontario. Even after the demilitarization of the Great Lakes with the 1817 Rush-Bagot Agreement, the New Orleans sat not in a state of readiness, but at least hypothetically useful.
It remained in place until 1883. It was then that the US Navy sold the rotting remains of the obsolete hulk to a merchant in Syracuse, New York. By that time, US-British relations had greatly improved and the possibility of war between the two nations seemed unlikely. The mightiest warship that never was would never be.
Sometimes, the best thing about the interwebz is when you just kind of come across some website that just feels incredibly out-of-place to you. A website that seems to not really understand what it is selling or promoting. A website that feels like it came right out of 1996 and somehow landed back in your computer, almost 20 years later. Today, for me, that site is:
First and foremost, it is clear they take what they do at the Cookeville Police very seriously. You know how you can tell? The way the website has flashes of lightning around the name. Heck, even that photo on the main page says: We are not playing any games (even though the site totally looks like it would totally be a load screen for some lame action game).
Keep in mind, we say this with no disrespect for the police force in mention. We tip our hats to what they do. It takes courage and bravery to choose that line of work and we commend you all for it.
But your webmaster on the other hand? Um, not so much.
In the September issue of Smithsonian magazine, we see how archaeologists can explore underground without digging it up. Vince Gaffney heads a project that has given us a sort of three-dimensional map of what’s underneath the land surrounding the most mysterious place in Britain: Stonehenge.
Gaffney’s latest research effort, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, is a four-year collaboration between a British team and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria that has produced the first detailed underground survey of the area surrounding Stonehenge, totaling more than four square miles. The results are astonishing. The researchers have found buried evidence of more than 15 previously unknown or poorly understood late Neolithic monuments: henges, barrows, segmented ditches, pits. To Gaffney, these findings suggest a scale of activity around Stonehenge far beyond what was previously suspected.
A fight over legroom territory led to a unscheduled landing for a United Airlines flight. The Knee Defender is a set of clamps you can take on an airplane to disable the reclining ability of the seat in front of you. Many airlines prohibit them, including United. On Sunday, the use of the device led to an unscheduled landing. The flight from Newark to Denver diverted to Chicago, where the two passengers were put off the flight.
The fight started when the male passenger, seated in a middle seat of row 12, used the Knee Defender to stop the woman in front of him from reclining while he was on his laptop, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak.
A flight attendant asked him to remove the device and he refused. The woman then stood up, turned around and threw a cup of water at him, the official says. That's when United decided to land in Chicago. The two passengers were not allowed to continue to Denver.
Both passengers were sitting in United's Economy Plus section, the part of the plane that has four more inches of legroom than the rest of coach.
The CSI Fingerprint Examination Kit instructed kids to dust for fingerprints. The kit included fingerprint dust, which the kids could spread all over household items and look for prints. Sounds like a fun and educational activity, does it not? Except the fingerprint dust was more than a little toxic. In fact, it was seven percent asbestos. The asbestos was the deadliest type, proven to cause lung cancer in as few as one exposure. Its a shame the kit wasn't packaged with a Law and Order kit to show the children the basics of filing a lawsuit.
“Hey, boys! Wanna Milk-Bone? I gotcha Milk-Bones right here! Have one! Have another! Just remember what your old friend Spike did for you some day when I need a hand. Ya never know when I might need a big dog to defend me!”
These Great Danes have a friend in a high place- Spike, the Umbrella Cockatoo, who is glad to hand out the treats they thought they’d have to earn. -via Arbroath
It's hard for a mutant to land a nine-to-five job in a world full of normal looking people, so they often turn to a life of crime to pay the bills. One particularly scummy pair of mutants really enjoyed the hood life, and they never wanted to live like normal folks anyways. They lived life to a bebop beat and a rocksteady rhythm, but there was one thing their mutant minds couldn't master- the hardcore hitman monologue.
Add a touch of pulp character to your geeky wardrobe with this Mutant Fiction t-shirt by karlangas, it's a mutant noir masterpiece!
But unless you're born to travel through time, or happen to be a mechanical genius with a firm grasp of quantum physics, the first step to actually jumping into the timestream is to get your hands on a time machine.
Some people are lucky enough to have a time machine show up on their doorstep:
Why was Star-Lord's ship in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie called the Milano? While it was an American cultural reference, it wasn't named after a Pepperidge Farm cookie. No, the Milano in question was Alyssa Milano, Peter Quill's childhood crush. Director James Gunn confirmed this fact on Twitter. Makes you wonder who's the real boss of that ship. Watch the video for six more little known Guardians of the Galaxy facts. Via Tastefully Offensive.
Pit bulls get a bad rep in our society. Because the wrong type of people tend to get their hands on them, people see them as weapons or as a threat. But as this video shows, a Pit bull will act how it has been raised. They can be the most gentle, loyal, loving creatures on Earth, as you will see here. Please note just how gentle this Pit bull is being with this baby bunny. The dog is very much aware of its size and strength, and you can see it is holding back and giving little, baby kisses. It speaks in the favor of these dogs, who are often under-appreciated and over-feared. Just a little sweet and cute to kickstart your week.
By the way, the dog's name is Sharky and you can learn more about this gentle and wonderful Pit bull here.
During the summer it's not too terrible to step out of the shower dripping wet and grab a towel, but in the winter it can be a serious shock to the senses. The problem is even worse for those who are disabled and the elderly who are afraid of slipping and falling. The Tornado Body Dryer is a great solution as it can be installed in the corner of any shower and the 200 air jets help you dry off entirely and quickly without even cracking your shower curtain or door. For those who have mobility issues, it's particularly great because the air actually circulates around the body so you don't even have to circle around to dry off all the way.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
Figure 1. The exploding toad news traveled worldwide. Here is a portion of a report on the Taipei Times web site. [Also note the explosive claim, at upper right, that there have been “nearly 200 million visits to the web site.”]
A “dream team” of scientists takes on a nightmarish problem.
by Mark Benecke, Forensic Biologist, International Forensic Research and Consulting, Cologne, Germany C.W. Moeliker, Curator of Birds, Natuurmuseum Rotterdam, The Netherlands Richard Wassersug, Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada Redacted by Marc Abrahams
[In 2005], news reports described a sudden plague of exploding toads in Hamburg, Germany. The reports carried conflicting descriptions and speculation from scientists, governmental officials, passersby, and other authorities -- some said these were spontaneous explosions, some attributed them to attacks by killer crows, some to bacterial or viral action. Others advanced still more exotic theories. The public was left with a confused notion as to what exactly had happened, and how and why. To make sense of the reports, we assembled an international “dream team” -- three extraordinarily curious, determined scientists, each of whom has a deep background in one or more elements of the apparent story. Their assignment: to try to discover the truth about the exploding toads of Hamburg.
Mark Benecke is one of the world’s leading forensic biologists. Benecke is based in Cologne, Germany.
C.W. (“Kees”) Moeliker is one of the world’s leading experts on crows and many other birds. Moeliker was awarded the 2002 Ig Nobel Prize in Biology, for publishing the world’s first scientifically documented case of homosexual necrophilia in the mallard duck. Moeliker is based at the Natuurmuseum Rotterdam, in The Netherlands.
Richard Wassersug is one of the world’s leading authorities on frogs, toads, and many other amphibians. He was awarded the 2000 Ig Nobel Biology Prize for conducting a test of the comparative palatability of some dry-season tadpoles from Costa Rica. Wassersug is based at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
All are members of the editorial board of the Annals of Improbable Research.Their research was conducted, as much of today’s highly publicized research is, hastily and via email. Here is a concise, edited compilation of their collected reports.
Grove Care is a home for the elderly in Winterbourne, Bristol, UK. It includes a facility for people with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. This facility features Memory Lane, a strip of three shops decorated to look like a stereotypical English village from the 1950s.
The shops are a post office, a grocery store, and a pub. There's also a working phone box. They're decorated with vintage advertisements and objects. Residents can visit Memory Lane and place a call, mail a letter, drink a pint of beer, and buy a cake.
Memory Lane is an exercise in retro-decorating, a caregiving practice for people with dementia. Besides providing comfortable surroundings, retro-decorating taps into old memories to help dementia sufferers cope with daily life. In a 2011 article in The Guardian, June Andrews, a scholar in the field, describes how it works:
"If you have ever woken up in a strange hotel and had to spend five minutes trying to work out how to use the light switch or the shower you can understand how it might feel for someone with dementia when faced with a new style tap or a mobile phone," she explains.
"If you provide older examples of these objects, for example an old bakelite phone, someone with dementia might remember how to use it and be able to make a phone call, whereas they may not with a mobile phone, even if they had been using the mobile perfectly well just six months ago."