Kubrick's once controversial 1972 film A Clockwork Orange is filled with more than a bit of the old ultraviolence. Some love the colorful film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 dystopian novel, some don't, to put it mildly. Malcolm McDowell, who played protagonist Alex DeLarge, did an excellent job with the role, and many scenes are unforgettable.
Any fan of Kubrick knows that on his film sets, there was a ton of discussion and downtime for many of the actors as he obsessed over one detail or another in between hundreds of takes. This photo collection at Dangerous Minds features some great behind-the-scenes captures from the film shoot. Put on some Ludwig Van and come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles. (Warning: NSFW, nudity and sexual imagery.)
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There will be a time when you stop pushing someone and that someone starts pushing you. No matter what, keep going. Death can catch up with you later.
Think of an extremely rich, well-connected, and handsome man who has a hidden other life, with a secret lair full of gadgets. A man who likes to dress up in black rubber and frighten people. A double life that no one in his day-to-day business suspects. Christian Grey or Bruce Wayne? They are one and the same in this mashup by Josh Meeter. If the movie Fifty Shades of Grey were more like this, they would have doubled or tripled the ticket sales. The Dark Knight made $351 million in its first two weeks; Fifty Shades of Grey, $137 million. -via Uproxx
(Unrelated photo by Scott Davidson)
In a surprising turn of events, the jar in question was inaccurately labeled!
Police in Lincoln, Nebraska arrested a man for suspicion of drunk driving. While searching his car, they found under the passenger seat a 16-ounce container. It was marked “Not Weed.” To their shock, there were 11.4 grams of marijuana inside.
Harriet Murmer was scheduled to testify against her ex-husband, a capo in the Domino crime family. The FBI had to keep their witness safe and they chose the Convent of Perpetual Solitude, a walled, all-women enclave in the heart of Manhattan. It was perfect. No self-respecting mobster would dare shoot up a community of nuns.
On the second week of Harriet's stay, the FBI's confidence was shattered—as was their case, as was Harriet's skull—by a shell from a .44 magnum. Just as the sisters were gathering for evening vespers, a gunshot echoed through the convent's stone archways. Sister Margaret Mary announced the news. Her tight, starched collar bobbed up and down as she gulped. "Ms. Murmer is dead."
The FBI found their witness in her room on the third floor. "I don't know how an assassin could have gotten in and out without anyone seeing him." Mother Superior shivered.
"Maybe he didn't get in and out," special agent McCormack replied. "Have any new sisters arrived recently?"
In fact, there were three new arrivals.
Pi Day is nearly upon us again, but this year it takes on its most epic form ever as we celebrate Pi to the tenth number on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53, the most epic second ever!
If you're looking for a new way to celebrate Pi Day then head over to the NeatoShop and pick up one of these epic, and totally mathematical, Pi Day t-shirts. It's the kind of day that only comes around once a century, so you'd better make that epic second count!
Pi Day was created by mathematician Larry Shaw in 1988 to celebrate that most irrational number ever- Pi!
And for those who love mathematics the constant known as Pi is a pretty big deal
Larry decided to celebrate his favorite number on March 14th every year with (what else?) pies of all sizes and flavors
Not that I really want to run a free advertisement, but every once in a while the entertainment value is well worth it. This is just a GEICO ad -at least the first 12 seconds. But it appears that they felt the need to fill up a minute of time anyway, so after the ad is when the fun begins! Because that’s when the dog takes the stage -or the dining room, in this case. Therefore, you can consider this a cute dog video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The workforce in Japan is known for dealing with long and brutal hours. Salaried employees have little time for a life outside of work. In this footage, a man who calls himself "Stu in Tokyo" visits the city and arranges to experience being a salaried worker there. I am exhausted just watching him. What a soul crushing life that would be! It makes me grateful for any free time that I have. -Via Viral Viral Videos
The god of thunder returned to Earth in a new form sleeker and more streamlined than that bulky old frame, and despite the leering and jeering from those who knew Thor when she was a he this new body suited the Asgardian well. It took Thor a while to adjust to the additions and subtractions of the new body, the strengths and weaknesses versus the old, but once Thor stopped feeling like a turtle in a shell he found that his foes fell before him just as fast as before...
Show off the thunder god's new look with this Lady Thor (Full Color) t-shirt by SilverBaX, it's sure to electrify your fellow comic book fans!
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The 1980s was a glorious time for cinema. Audiences could swoon over soaring science fiction epics like Dune and Return of the Jedi. It was also a high time for fantasy film making. Leah Schnelbach of Tor has ranked 18 of them. They include some of my favorites of the genre, including Krull, Conan the Barbarian, and The Beastmaster.
Krull is a sadly neglected work that has not received the attention that it deserves. It is not a truly great movie, but it is consistently entertaining. I became enamored of it in my youth. By the time I was 16, I had watched it so many times that I could recite the dialogue from memory.
What movies on the list do you like? Are there any films you would add to it?
Every year around this time the entire entertainment industry, and the entire city of Los Angeles, prepares for the onset of awards season, with the Oscars being the granddaddy of them all.
It's not uncommon to see tuxedo clad winners heading out for a night on the town, celebrating their victory with Oscar in hand. But do you actually need to win an Oscar to celebrate like an Oscar winner?
Prankster/actor Comedian Mark David Christenson proves that you don't need to win an Oscar to get free stuff from star struck Hollywood in this NewMediaRockstars video.
All you need is a winning attitude and a replica Oscar statue (sold on Hollywood Blvd. in souvenir shops for around $19.95) and people will hook you up with all the free crap (and public adoration) you can handle, including a car!
-Via Dangerous Minds
The Following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
(Image credit: Flickr user Magnus Halsnes)
by M.V. Simkin and V.P. Roychowdhury
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Recently we discovered [see cond-mat/0212043] that the majority of citations in scientific papers are simply copied from the lists of references that appear in other papers. Here we show that a model, in which a scientist picks three random papers, cites them, and also copies a quarter of their references accounts quantitatively for empirically observed citation distribution. Simple mathematical probability, not genius, can explain why some papers are cited a lot more than the other.
Greatness? Or Just Simple Probability?
During the “Manhattan Project” (in which scientists created the first nuclear bomb), Enrico Fermi, the physicist, asked General Groves, the head of the project: “What is the definition of a ‘great’ general?”.1 Groves replied that any general who had won five battles in a row might safely be called great. Fermi then asked how many generals are great. Groves said about three out of every hundred. Fermi conjectured that, considering that opposing forces for most battles are roughly equal in strength, the chance of winning one battle is 1/2, and the chance of winning five battles in a row is 1/25=1/32.
“So you are right General,” said Enrico Fermi. “About three out of every hundred. Mathematical probability, not genius.”
General Groves pinning a medal on Enrico Fermi. (image source: Atomic Heritage Foundation)
The existence of military genius was also questioned on basic philosophical grounds by Tolstoy.2
Greatness in Science: Your Papers Are Cited a Lot
A commonly accepted measure of “greatness” for scientists is the number of times other people cite their papers.3 For example, SPIRES, the High-Energy Physics literature database, divides papers into six categories according to the number of citations they receive. The top category, “Renowned Papers” lists those with 500 or more citations.
Let us have a look at the citations to roughly 24 thousands papers, published in Physical Review D in 1975-1994.4 As of 1997 there where about 350 thousands of such citations: fifteen per published paper on the average. However, forty-four papers were cited five hundred times or more. Could this happen if all papers are created equal? If they indeed are, then the chance of being cited is one in 24,000.
The huge St. Bernard dog wants to rest. But little kitty wants to play!
Photographers usually have a theme in mind for every shoot, from sexy to scary to classical, and in the case of this Blake Little shoot the theme is clearly something very, very sticky.
Blake had the odd idea to cover his subjects in a layer of honey for a series called "Preservation", giving them the appearance of a pod person about to hatch and walk among us.
The honey perfectly coats each model and the clothes they’re wearing, which they’ll never be able to wash clean, and that sweet second skin leaves nothing to the imagination...
You can see more of these sweet images here, which includes NSFW artistic nudes, a baby and a dog covered in honey, which seems a bit unethical, and tons of wasted honey, which is a total shame...
While developing his vaccine for polio, Dr. Jonas Salk bravely injected himself with an early prototype. He survived and eventually gave to humanity the life-saving fruits of his genius.
In that same pattern of self-experimentation, this Japanese language video shows a man taping Mentos candies onto his own body, then jumping into a bathtub filled with Coca-Cola.
Atlanta-based photographer Jason Travis (previously at Neatorama) began his ongoing project Persona in late 2007. At the time, Travis saw it as a way of getting to know people better, including his own friends. The series consists of composite images. Half of the image features a portrait of the subject and the other half reveals the possessions they carry upon leaving home.
What items do you keep with you every day, and what do you think it says about your persona, if anything? View the rest of the series here, and see how the items the photo subjects carry differ from your daily stash.
Via Peta Pixel | Image: Jason Travis
Adventure Time is the kind of cartoon show that makes you want to share its greatness with the world, and animators are taking note of the show’s themes, art style and character's personalities and incorporating similar elements into their own shows.
But there's one show in the works that's less "influenced by" and more straight up ripoff. It’s called The Legend Of Lucky Pie, and it’s created in the place where all great knockoffs originate- China.
According to the show’s creators it was created to “fight the tacky and trite animated shows usually shown in Chinese media”, and their response to whether it’s an Adventure Time ripoff- “kind of, but not really”. I guess judging whether something's a ripoff or not is a matter of opinion...
-Via Cartoon Brew
(Photo: Yelp user Michael L.)
This is a photo of the main entrance to the Terence Cardinal Cook-Cathedral Library, a branch of the New York City Public Library. You've never heard of it? That's because it's so underground. If you want to go inside, you'll have to go to the 6 line station located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 50th Street.
According to a New York Times article written in 2010, there's been a library in that spot since 1887. The first one was operated by the Archdiocese of New York. The NYPL has been there since 1992. Corey Kilgannon talked to librarian Anisha Huffman, then the branch manager:
At 2,100 square feet, it is the second smallest of the 90 branches in the New York system, which covers Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island (the Macombs Bridge Library in the Harlem River Houses is 700 square feet). It has little space for desktop computers, so there are 13 laptops. But the Cooke branch has the circulation activity of a much bigger library, officials said.
Ms. Huffman, who commutes on the No. 6 from Upper Manhattan, said the patron pool seemed to reflect the ridership of a typical downtown train in Manhattan: an extreme diversity of ethnicity, wealth, education and occupation. You have the rich and the poor, the soiled and the well scrubbed, all pushed together. The branch also sees tourists from Midtown hotels who check e-mail, print airplane tickets and ask touristy questions.
“It’s funny,” said Alvin Tulshi, a clerk at the library. “One question we get regularly is ‘Where’s the Barnes & Noble?’ ”
Don't try to visit right now. The library is temporarily closed for renovations.
-via Pop-Up City
ABSOLUTLEY INCREDIBLE photo by Martin Le-May. Green Woodpecker and Weasel. Apparently the Woodpecker escaped. pic.twitter.com/PUt1b2Mbhs— Jason Ward (@Jayward7) March 2, 2015
Photographer Martin Le-May says he captured this amazing snap of a weasel on the back of a flying woodpecker, the weasel in mid-attack. Le-May said he took the photo while on a walk with his wife. They heard a "distressed squawking," which alerted them to the bird's presence. The photographer said in an interview with ITV News,
"I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.
The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight."
While unusual shots like these are always questioned as to their authenticity, referring site i09 makes the case for this photo being real. See their argument, supplemented with studies and a video, here.
The minions had entered a dark new phase in their superheroic cosplay- the age of Minitron. When Stuart the minion contracted a computer virus while trying to repair the hideout's mainframe he went stark chattering mad, transforming into the villainous robotic organism Mintron. The group wasn't prepared for how seriously Stuart would take his new role, but when Mintron struck down poor Jerry it was up to the rest of the mightiest minions on Earth to avenge their fallen comrade and take down the despicable Minitron once and for all...
Usher in a new age of fun with this Minions Assemble Age Of Mintron t-shirt by TopNotchy, it's more fun than a theater full of minions and people are sure to marvel at this amazing design!
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Folks who want to follow in Batman’s footsteps will need to be properly equipped, and since they’re made of flesh and blood instead of graphite and ink they’ll probably want to invest in some body armor.
Batman is a martial arts master, but your average wannabe Batsy most certainly is not, so they’ll probably want a suit of armor created to protect you from a flying fist...or a stabbing knife.
Industrial Design student Jackson Gordon came up with the concept for a badass Batsuit, and after a successful Kickstarter campaign he was able to build the armor and survive a simulated stabbing.
-Via Boing Boing
This will no doubt shock anyone reading this, but there's a new and goofy trend that's cropped up on the internet. More surprisingly, said trend involves selfies. But the other factor thrown into the equation is a marsupial native to Australia called the quokka. These little guys have enough expression, personality and chub to win over even the coldest of hearts.
The quokka is a social animal and isn't afraid to be in close proximity with humans. On the contrary, judging from these shots, quokkas appear to like the company. Unfortunately, quokkas are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List, and it is against the law to touch them. But it's legally on the level to make them smile by posing with them for glamour shots. Perhaps some good will come out of the quokka selfie, in that awareness is raised with respect to their status as an endangered species.
See more adorable quokka selfies here. Who knew a wild animal could be capable of so many different, humanlike facial expressions?
Your must-see video of the day is this gripping shot of a man barely escaping death because he was unable to open his parachute.
Christopher Jones of Perth, Australia has epilepsy. The debilitating effects of a grand mal seizure hit him at the worst possible moment: while he was skydiving. He jumped at 12,000 feet. At about 9,000 feet, the seizure started.
At the 1:10 mark in the video, it becomes apparent to the jumpmaster that something was terribly wrong. He made his way over to Jones and pulled his ripcord at 4,000 feet. Jones regained consciousness before landing safely on the ground.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
Shown above is a Korean snack food called Yakgwa. The food is a traditional Korean cake made with honey, sesame oil and wheat flour. The cakes have the flavor and consistency of glazed doughnuts. If you're interested in trying Yakgwa, it is available for purchase through Amazon or Hmart.com.
Read about eleven other Korean snack foods and learn where to purchase them at BuzzFeed.
(Photo: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner)
Madera, an 11-year old Labrador Retriever, is completely blind. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with Ed Davis, her owner. On February 6, Davis let her outside briefly to relieve herself. Madera usually does her business then comes right back in. But this time, Madera started wandering. She vanished into the snowy darkness.
On February 19, Constantine Khrulev, another local resident, was out biking with his own dog. They heard another dog whining and investigated. It was Madera! The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner describes the rescue:
Khrulev went into the woods and found her under a tree, more than 100 yards from the trail and about half a mile from Davis’ house.
“She was not going to be found accidentally,” Davis said.
Khrulev took Madera to one of Davis’ neighbors. The dog had lost about 14 pounds but was otherwise in good health, Davis said. Her rescuer asked for the $100 reward money to go the the Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund, a gesture that so impressed Davis that he decided to increase the donation to $250.
Disney is recycling their biggest princess movies by remaking them in live action format. First there’s Cinderella, coming soon to a theater near you, and now they’ve announced a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. Although it seems like yesterday, the animated Beauty and the Beast came out 24 years ago! And there’s a whole slew of trivia behind that film that you probably never thought of.
1. Walt considered remaking the fairy tale as far back as the 1930s. But he liked to take his time mulling things over, and while he was pondering Beauty and the Beast, a live-action version of the movie was released by French playwright Jean Cocteau. Perhaps not wanting to release an animated version of a movie that had just been released, Disney tabled the idea.
2. In the late '80s, Disney hired British animator Roger Purdum to direct a non-musical version of Beauty and the Beast, with Linda Woolverton writing the script. But the company wasn't happy with the result of 10 weeks of storyboarding (which you can see here)—the story was too dark and depressing. "In the middle of our process, Little Mermaid premiered, and that changed everything," Woolverton told the Los Angeles Times. "[T]he concept of the musical, the Broadway musical brought to animation by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. So I was flown to Disney in Florida to meet with Howard. Howard and I just clicked. ... In a hotel room in Fishkill, N.Y., Howard and I pretty much conjured up this version of Beauty and the Beast. Howard and I never clashed. I was his student. He taught me everything I know about musicals."
There’s plenty more of “could have beens,” deleted scenes, deleted songs, and more in the trivia list at mental_floss.
Child actors who played the Von Trapp family (with Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp) during filming of The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music, the classic movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released on March 29, 1965. The film, which bore such iconic sequences, centers around an errant nun who leaves the convent to become the governess of a man with seven children in 1930s Austria.
In celebration of the film's approaching fiftieth anniversary, Vanity Fair is featuring a gallery of photos including those shown here, which illustrate how the actors who played the Von Trapp children appeared during filming in 1964 and how they look now. See the full gallery at Vanity Fair.
There’s an indie game series out there scaring gamers out of their pants with creepy animatronic enemies and jumpscare deaths. It’s called Five Nights At Freddy’s, and the jumpscares are genuinely startling provided you’re wearing headphones while you play. But is the game really all that terrifying?
Not really, but how else are you going to advertise a horror game than by playing up the scares? Seeing our elders play Five Nights At Freddy's in this fun video by The Fine Bros. may make you worry it'll scare them to death, but don’t worry- old folks don’t seem to give a crap about Freddy and his freaky crew.
Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945
Next to Hitler, Joseph Goebbels was arguably the most insidious high-ranking member of the Nazi party, particularly since he was a master at public speaking and served as the minister of propaganda. His antisemitic beliefs ran deep, even prior to meeting Hitler, and he was a strong proponent of the Final Solution.
Yet Goebbels' diary entry recording the time he first met Hitler sounds like the gushing of an unstable teenage fanboy rather than an adult politician. In an entry written on November 6, 1925, Goebbels writes about having dinner with Hitler,
"He jumps up at once. Stands there before us. Squeezes my hand. Like an old friend. And those big blue eyes. Like stars. He is glad to see me. I am in heaven. This man has everything it takes to be a king. The born tribune of the people. A coming dictator."
Two week later, when Goebbels met Hitler after a rally, he raves,
"Great joy! He greets me like an old friend. He looks after me. How I love him!"
In a later entry remembering that day, Goebbels writes,
"Until then, you were my Führer. There you became my friend. A friend and master with whom I feel bonded to the very end in a shared idea."
It's amazing that a man obviously capable of such emotion toward another human being was able to orchestrate sending others to their deaths en masse, without even an ounce of compassion.
Read diary and journal entries of other historical figures, including George S. Patton, President Harry Truman and more, here.