His comrades back at the studio could not contain their laughter, although they might have felt a little guilty about it. You could say they were blown away, but not as much as Ó hArtagáin. Ó hArtagáin was a good sport about it. Let me type that name again: Ó hArtagáin. -via Tastefully Offensive
If you have a backyard pool, you've probably dealt with the horror of finding dead animals in it at one time or another. If they fall in, the sides are too steep and slippery for squirrels to climb out, and there's no solid surface for frogs to jump from. That's where the Frog Log comes in. The "critter saving escape ramp" is a floating platform attached to a ramp that anchors at the side of your pool. Small creatures, such as snakes, chipmuncks, or ducklings, can climb onto the platform from the water because it is edged with netting. The ramp also has netting for a firm grip. It's a lifesaver for the animal and you don't have to remove dead bodies before your refreshing dip. See a video at Geekologie that shows frogs, a salamander, a mouse, and a skink all escaping a pool using the Frog Log.
Wil Wheaton has had to come to terms with the fact that no matter what else he does as an actor he will always be known for playing Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
But at least he's known for playing a good role on a legendary show, so he can be proud of the role he's best known for, and Wil has definitely embraced his TNG past and ain't afraid to revel in his gloriously nerdy roots.
A few years back he was reunited with the original sweater he wore on the show back in 1987, and now he has been reunited with Wesley's actual uniform from the show.
It doesn't fit, but it sure was cool to see and hold Wesley's acting ensign uniform for the first time in 30 years. pic.twitter.com/C4sJDThyWd
For some reason people expect Death to look like some cheesy skeleton in a hooded robe, and the newly dead are always expecting him to come after them with his wicked looking scythe. But Death doesn't need to use gardening tools or a gimmicky clothing style to get the job done, she just meets with the newly departed and fills them in on what to expect in the afterlife. Most souls prefer it that way, and they're all quite relieved to see Death as she is instead of the Grim Reaper they expected to see. Of course, a few tragic souls actually fall in love with Death when she comes for them...
Keep Death where you can see her at all times- on this The Sound Of Her Wings t-shirt by Eriphyle!
When the automobile started taking over the streets, people were justifiably afraid of getting hit by one. In response, a device was tested in England in the 1930s that acted as a "cow catcher" for humans. Just a flick of the switch, and the Safety Scoop deployed and scooped up the pedestrian before he knows what hit him. Literally.
I'm sure you have the same thought I did upon seeing this. If the driver sees a person in the road in front of him, why wouldn't he just hit the brake instead of the device switch? That eventually occurred to motorists, too, because the device never did catch on. At Atlas Obscura, you can read more about the Safety Scoop and see a gif of another such device from 1927.
Or it's possible that the thought you had upon seeing this was that YouTube really shouldn't have placed a 30-second unskippable ad in front of a 33-second video.
IKEA furniture has become an essential part of many homes, and since pretty much everything they sell is extremely affordable people are filling their homes with IKEA's household goods too.
Customers like the price but they also like the simplicity of IKEA, which is something the Swedish company has strived to bring into our lives by making it simple to furnish our homes with easy to build furniture.
So since they're known for their simplified assembly instructions IKEA Canada and marketing company Leo Burnett created Cook This Page- a set of illustrated recipe posters people can actually use to cook a meal.
All you have to do is fill in each blank on the page with the proper ingredients, roll the recipe page up with the ingredients inside and pop it into the oven. Now you're making dinner the IKEA way!
It's hard to tell little dogs are descended from wolves just by looking at them, but when they get mad and turn into a savage little barking beast their wolven ancestry comes shining through.
It must be hard for little dogs to keep the wolf inside them in check, because everywhere they go people want to pet them and gush over how cute they are.
However, their cuteness allows them to get away with a lot, including face-licking, jumping, barking, laying on the bed and pulling on the leash during a walk, because there's no curbing a little dog's enthusiasm!
Things were going really well, and I was saying to myself "If this keeps up, I think next summer I'll pop the question."
Then, my mother had a stroke. We were all sitting in the waiting area outside the ICU, because only 2 people were allowed in at a time. It was my now-wife's birthday, and a Wednesday, and she didn't hesitate to take the day off to sit with me and my family.
I went to visit my father at home, and she came with me. Her Italian instincts kicked it, and she brought a load of groceries and a lasagna with her.
My father was a mess at the hospital, and it fell on me and my siblings to speak with the doctors and make plans.
I would get home, and pour myself some bourbon. She made me dinner, and just sat with me while I silently sobbed.
It wasn't about how great we were when things were good, it was about how perfect she was when things were bad.
It's the story that has been told a billion times- cute (and typically blonde) princess is kidnapped by evil magic user who plans to use magic to destroy the princess for being "too good". In the end the princess is saved by the handsome prince and the evil magic user is banished or destroyed.
It's the most common premise in the world of animated fairy tale adaptations, and yet there are plenty of ways to play with this clichéd storyline.
For instance- focus on the wicked vixen instead of the boring power couple, and turn the whole thing into a death-themed cautionary tale.
Stomach doesn't really know what it wants, but Tongue knows he is very suggestible. What Tongue wants is what Stomach will get, as long as we don't let Brain's logic interfere. Poor Brain, he's always getting overruled by dumber but more forceful organs. This is the latest comic from The Awkward Yeti.
Emily Larlham runs the dog training business Dogmantics Dog Training in San Diego, California. She is known around the world for her popular Youtube Channel ‘Kikopup’ where she has posted over 200 free in-depth dog training tutorials. She believes that by putting out free training tutorials that don’t involve any forms of physical or psychological intimidation, it will not only effect how people treat animals but also how people treat other human beings.
It's not always a bad thing for a movie or TV series to leave us with a head full of questions, and it can be fun to speculate and answer these burning questions by imagining our own storylines that solve the mystery.
But many of these mysteries already have answers that were included in the show so subtly viewers may have missed it- like the mystery of why a film crew is following around Dunder-Mifflin employees:
Shortly before the events of The Office, a Dunder Mifflin employee committed suicide. This was revealed during the show's second season. In the episode "Performance Review," Michael Scott cleans out a suggestion box that's been gathering dust for years. In the box is a suggestion from a man named Tom that the office should provide better counseling for depressed workers. Michael doesn't know who that is, and so another character mimes blowing her brains out.
That's why the camera crew is there: A man killed himself, and the filmmakers wanted to document how his friends were dealing with it. The really sad part is that no one really seems to care. According to the writers, Ryan the temp was hired almost immediately after Tom's suicide, because death or no death, Dunder Mifflin is a business that cannot shut down, or even slow down, just because someone lost a battle with depression. Huh, you know, maybe The Office was more realistic than we gave it credit for.
Another enduring pop culture question that has an answer- why didn't the Good Witch tell Dorothy she could use the ruby slippers to return home if she supposedly knew the whole time?
That's because the book features two Good Witches- Glinda, the Good Witch of the South and Locasta Tattypoo, the Good Witch of the North met by Dorothy in Munchkin Country.
In the book Locasta tells Dorothy how to use the ruby slippers, since Glinda doesn't have a clue about the shoes, but in the movie the Good Witches were merged and an inconsistency was born.
When your head is lacking skin and people scream and run away in fear at the mere sight of you your watering hole options begin to dry up. Which is why the Skull Pub was created as a safe space for the flesh impaired, serving skull heads only since 1989. At the Skull Pub our glasses are easy to drink out of even if you don't have lips, our dress code is casual and no dogs are allowed, so you leave with as many bones as you came in with!
Make people grin like the Reaper wherever you go with this Skull Pub t-shirt by Spike00, it's just as cool from far away as it is when you look at it up close and see the crazy cast of characters.
Personality among Phidippus jumpers can vary a lot from one individual to the next, but the Adumbratus (adumbrati?) I found in Oxnard seem to all have a very calm disposition. I've noticed that one of the differences between wild and domesticated animals is whether the animal has an instinctual bite response to handling. There are certainly Phidippus that I've owned that could have been incited to bite under various conditions, but for this spider, I am not sure it would be possible to elicit a bite response outside of when she'll be guarding eggs. As this video illustrates, she does not seem to be bothered by much - even touching the dorsal side of the abdomen, which seems to be universally disliked by jumpers, just makes her lazily take a few steps in the other direction.
Comics and illustrations that hold a mirror up to society really appeal to me, partially because they can be an effective catalyst for change but mostly because they're so frank they make the people they're referencing uncomfortable.
It's also quite brilliant when a comic artist can actually pinpoint something stupid in our society that we can all agree is stupid- like the fact that money matters can kill a friendship.
Colombian illustrator Sako Asko draws up strange panels populated by ordinary people and object which reveal the absurd nature of life on Earth in an equally absurd manner.
Celebrities can't just check into a hotel under their real name unless they want to be mobbed. That's why so many famous people use aliases when they check in. The name they choose is rarely random though and it can often say a lot about who they are -or at least how they want people to see them.
Some celebrities like to go a little silly with their names -for example, Brad Pitt likes to use the moniker "Bryce Pilaf"and Johnny Depp is a fan of "Mr. Drip Noodle, Mr. Oddpong and Mr. Stench." Justin Timberlake's go-to name is a bit more clever as he likes to use "Mr. Woodpond." Meanwhile, Kid Rock's name is a tribute to Batman as he goes by "Dick Grayson" -Robin's birthname.
Whether five-alarm or just smoke-alarm, there's nothing like a bowl of Texas chili to fill a belly up.
NO BEANS ABOUT IT
If you know beans about chili, allow us to tell you something really important: Texas chili has no beans. Not a one. Maybe in other states you’ll find a bean or two. But in Texas, chili is just a fiery molten stew made of beef, onions, tomatoes, spices, and lots and lots of chili peppers. Everybody has a special recipe, but no true Texan would add a legume to the mix.
CONSIDER THE SAUCE
Chili’s past is a little bit shady since nobody quite knows who invented it or when. Some say it was invented by cattle drivers and trail hands during long cattle drives. Others speculate that chili’s origins go much farther back in time to the Mayans, Aztecs, and Incas. Still others give credit to Canary Islanders who started immigrating to the San Antonio region as early as 1723. They were known for concocting tasty dishes using local peppers, meat, onions, and most important of all, cumin.
Brandon Alinger takes Star Wars fandom more seriously than the average fanatic. He started building his own Star Wars props when he was 12, and at 17 talked his family into vacationing in Tunisia, where he got to see the Tatooine movie set. Alinger studied film in college, worked at the Prop Shop, and worked his way into Lucasfilm. All that time, he collected Star Wars props and memorabilia. Alinger found some internet fame in January when he appeared on Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest and reunited the actor with the original light saber prop he used in Return of the Jedi. Alinger gave an interview to explain his amazing journey to the apex of Star Wars prop collectors. Here's a sample:
Collectors Weekly: Why did Mark use Obi-Wan’s old lightsaber in the third movie instead of the original made from the Graflex flash gun?
Alinger: Luke had to use a different lightsaber because he lost the weapon when he lost his hand in “The Empire Strikes Back” fight with Vader. Howard Kazanjian had a lot of the production photos for “Jedi.” When we were researching the book, we found a contact sheet with photos from the very first day of filming “Jedi.” One image showed Mark Hamill on the sandstorm set—for a scene was cut from the movie—and he’s holding the lightsaber prop from “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back.” I don’t know exactly what happened. But it sure seems to me like someone brought out the old “Empire” lightsaber and then a decision was made right then and there that they needed a new prop because the “Empire” one fell into the Cloud City air shaft with Luke’s severed hand.
We celebrated the beginning of summer when school was out, then again over Memorial Day weekend, and now that the solstice has passed, it is really REALLY summer! You've been out of school three or four weeks now, and what have you crossed off your bucket list? About three weeks of video games, that's what. You might get around to going to the beach next month, and maybe camping in August, and you might remember that novel come September. Also, the color of your room will be okay until next summer. This is the latest comic from Alex Culang and and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.
Ever heard of “biological radio communications”? That's the term Soviet scientist Bernard Bernardovich Kazhinskiy used for what we call telepathy. He studied the famed animal trainer and circus performer Vladimir L. Durov, who had an uncanny ability to communicate with dogs. Durov claimed to send thoughts to the dogs from his own mind.
Over the course of about two years, Durov and Kazhinskiy would conduct close to 1,300 experiments testing telepathic commands on dogs. This line of research would come to have more importance than most investigations of psychic phenomena: In the decades that followed, it would lead into a Cold War battle to obtain unconventional weapons, during which both sides tried to enhance military parapsychological capabilities and, most famously, America experimented with “men who stared at goats” in order to try to stop their hearts. As Kazhinskiy noted in his 1962 report on his work, the U.S. would eventually become quite interested in telepathy, but “it appears that the main reason… is that the results might be of great military significance.”
Once he shuts the drawer, you'd never think to look for him there! Unless he purrs with satisfaction, of course. Loki's owner, josht1212, says they closed this room off to him after the video was made, because they're not sure if he can get out of the drawer on his own. I bet he could. -via Laughing Squid
Bobby Hill may not be the most physically attractive, physically fit or physically capable kid in Arlen, and he ain't exactly a smartypants neither. But there is no wiser or more tuned in kid than Bobby Hill, Texas's answer to the Dalai Lama.
Okay, that may be overstating it a bit, Bobby's more like Buddha, Pooh Bear and Curly from the Three Stooges all rolled into one lovable cartoon character.
And yet Bobby Hill seems so real, like someone we've all known and cheered for as they take on the world, unafraid to be an adorable oddball in a world full of bullies.
The Doctor had found himself stuck in some rather ridiculous situations on many occasions, but when he awakened in a dimension that looked a lot like an old video game he knew life was about to imitate digital art. It seems the silly person he was pursuing adored old video games, and yet he felt sure the Doctor wouldn't know a thing about these archaic games. But he misjudged the Doctor, as fiendish yet foolish foes often do, and he overlooked the fact that the Time Lord had all the time in the universe on his hands- and had no idea his Tardis is full of arcade cabinets and video game consoles....
Add some cool retro style to your geeky wardrobe with this Gallifreytor Action t-shirt by Markwelser, and you'll be making Whovians and old school gamers smile wherever you go!
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Britain is undergoing a heat wave, with temperatures in the 90s. Joey Barge of Buckinghamshire, UK, couldn't take the heat at work anymore and wore a pair of shorts to his call center job. Management, citing the dress code, sent him home to change. Barge returned in a mini-dress, which is compliant with the code. Seeing what Barge did, management decided to allow men to wear shorts during the hot weather. Yet he stayed in the dress for the day.
Wouldn't it be great if you could walk around and feel just as warm and cozy as if you were wrapped in a blanket? And then you could stop and take a nap anytime? That's the idea behind the Selk'bag. It's a wearable sleeping bag you can walk in! Move over, Snuggie, this is a game-changer. Picture this: you're camping, it's a bit cold outside the tent, but you left your alarm clock in the car. Not a problem when you're wearing a Selk'bag. Even if you never go camping, you'll love the feel of staying warm around the house. What could be better? Well, maybe if the sleeping bag made you into a Star Wars character…
Which they do! Selk'bags offers officially-licensed wearable sleeping bags that will transform you into Chewbacca, Darth Vader, a Stormtrooper, or a Rebel Pilot!
They're available in kid's sizes, too -perfect for a slumber party. Or for wearing on long trips in the car, when you would really like your kids to sleep, but need them to be ready for anything.
Nature documentaries are tame and soothing to watch when narrated by Sir David Attenborough, but when Snoop Dogg narrates a nature doc the whole thing goes wizzild!
In this installment of Plizzanet Earth with Snoop Dogg from Jimmy Kimmel Live Snoop provides narration for that classic clip featuring an iguana running from a bunch of snakes. It's high-larious! (NSFW-ish language)