Everyone gets so into the Christmas shopping rush this time of year -even critters. This cute little furball was discovered browsing the Christmas aisles of a Dollar General in Maryland on Monday. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to find anything he was looking for, so instead he just messed up some of the shelf displays and left. I guess they just don't sell quality wood at Dollar General.
He was eventually caught by Animal Control and released back to a wildlife rehabilitation center -though I have to wonder if they would have let him keep shopping at local strip malls if he actually bought some items like a civilized creature.
See more pictures of the busy beaver over at the Daily Mail
This video is remarkable in several ways. First, there is no blood involved. Two, Simon is actually happy with his cat for a moment or two. And surprisingly, we get to hear Simon speak, even if it's only one word.
When creepy things come crawling out of the ground most children go running to their parents with tears in their eyes, but The Eeries see the animated corpse as childhood playthings, a grisly new toy to add to their collection. That's why no normal kids will play with The Eeries, but every time a new kid moves to town little Elwen Eerie is there to greet them, promising to show them sights they've never seen before...
People will really dig your taste in clothing when they see you wearing this Childhood Playthings t-shirt by Farsi, it's the creepy way to show the world you're a strange one indeed!
Something everyone thinks about as they get close to retiring is “What am I going to do with all that free time?” Some people move to the country, others travel the world. Still others make a difference right where they are.
One of the perks that come with working in a swanky, well-run high-rise office building in cities like Seattle, Washington, is that you almost never run out of toilet paper. The janitors see to it. Each night they replace the old toilet paper rolls with new ones, whether the old rolls are used up or not. And what happens to the rolls that get replaced? In the old days, the janitors just threw them out, something that drove Allison Delong, the manager of several buildings in Seattle in the 1990s, crazy. She hated to see all that toilet paper going to waste, but what was she going to do with all those partially used rolls?
The problem continued until Allison’s father, Leon Delong, retired in 1999 and found himself with more free time than he knew what to do with. When Allison told him about all the toilet paper rolls that were being thrown away, he offered to collect them and donate them to area food banks. She instructed the janitors in her buildings to set the rolls aside, and every other week Leon would load them into his pickup truck and deliver them to the food banks. They packaged the rolls in groups of three or four and put them out for people who didn’t have enough money to buy toilet paper. “Putting out Leon’s toilet paper is like putting out T-bone steaks,” food bank manager Anthony Brown told the Seattle Times. “If we don’t hold some of it back, it’s gone in an hour.”
ON A ROLL
Seattle’s “Toilet Paper Guy,” as Leon came to be known, added one building after another to his paper route (so to speak) until he was collecting rolls from about a quarter of all the high-rent office buildings in Seattle. He collected some 2,000–3,000 rolls every other week— enough to fill the bed of his pickup truck three times. He kept at it for 15 years, until a bout with pneumonia over the holidays in 2014 forced him to hand over the route to other volunteers. By then he’d saved what he estimates as around one million rolls of toilet paper from the trash and made them available to people in need. “I’m amazed how much this mattered to people,” he told the Seattle Times in 2014. “To me, it was just a nice thing to do. Now it’s my claim to fame. You know, I’m sort of proud of it.”
The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader. The 28th volume of the series is chock-full of fascinating stories and facts, and comes in both the Kindle version and paper with a classy cloth cover.
One of the great things about the Harry Potter series is that it is detailed enough to be a great story, but still open enough that it allows for an entire world of fan theories, sequels and other additions. Ranker has collected some of the best fan theories in one place and some of them really are mind blowing. For example, are the Dursleys cruel to Harry because he has a horcrux inside of him and Horcruxes do make people inexplicably angry and hateful? Or were Neville's spells backfiring so long because he chose to use his father's wand rather than using a wand that actually chose him?
I'm sure you've seen side-by-side comparisons that show how shockingly similar Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber look, but you'd be surprised just how many male celebs look like female celebs and vice versa.
Actually, it's not that surprising considering Hollywood loves actresses with a distinct jaw line and actors with slightly androgynous faces, but some celebs look so similar they could almost be the same person.
And then we have to start asking ourselves- when was the last time you saw Maria Shriver and Willem Dafoe in the same room?
That has to be a coincidence, right? But how can we explain away the shockingly similar face shared by Scarlett Johansson and young Christopher Walken?
People love to cry "fake" when they see amazing photos online, and while plenty of fakes have been posted there are also lots of real shots created by creative photographers that blow people's minds.
Flickr user "Patrick" shot pictures of glass covered in water droplets above a bowl of M&M's with a macro lens to create the trippy psychedelic pic above.
Photographer Michael Paul Smith doesn't own the actual vintage cars featured in his "photos of the past"- he uses the power of perspective to make scale models look like full sized cars cruising down the streets of Boston.
These staged landscape shots created by Matthew Albanese look so realistic people actually believe they're amazing pics shot outdoors at just the perfect time, but they're actually all shot inside Matthew's studio.
Matthew creates miniature landscapes that fit on a table top, then he uses forced perspective to make them look like massive outdoor scenes- he created this cool tornado shot with cotton, wool, ground parsley and moss.
But the most deliciously fake looking photo is this flying burger shot created by Sam Kaplan for Boston Magazine- created using rods and glass plates to make each piece of the burger look like it's floating in mid-air.
The periodic table is a work of art in itself, but putting a generic poster of the elements on your wall is a little uninspired. If you're looking for a particularly attractive way to display the elements, this Instructables creation is far more appealing.
You can even make your own lamp over by following the instructions, but it's not particularly easy -and you're going to have to spend some serious time and effort to get samples to fill in the jars. In fact, the one in the tutorial only has 20 samples so far.
Abby Jo Hamele is a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She got her wisdom teeth removed last week. Hamele emailed her philosophy teacher about an assignment that she was afraid she'd miss. Because she remembered the deadline wrong. Heres the text of that email.
I believe that i relmebmer you said we, as us students, would be able to send you our papers for classss for you to look at over before we turn them in to cColin if we got them to you by the 22nd of Novermber.
I unfortmately got my wisdom teeth sliced outr and have not not been reacting very well to the surgeryy nor the medicatioon i were given/ so I do not thimk that I will be able to habe my paper finisherd by Tuesday at all.
Is tehere any way I would be able to send you my paper at any later date??? I wnt to do very good on this paper you know becayse i like to do well in my classes.
please sir I workled very hard and thouught that I would be abel to finish it on timme but my doctor said I will most likelly not be normal again until at least Thanksginvg turkey. If you say no then that is okay but i would be sad and i would reallyyyy lik e it if you said yes. Thank you Kevin, my dude.
Abby Jo Hamele (pronounced hah-mil-lee) (if you were wondering)
P.S. I will answer youpr questions in class forever so theere are not any more awkard silence. and i will buy you expo markers that work (even thougjh our tuition should pay for markers that work)
love you bye
Hamele later Tweeted the email and blamed it on her pain medication. I don't think so. She was obviously still under a cloud of anesthesia, which can take quite a few hours to wear off. Kevin Patton, the philosophy TA, reacted exactly as the rest of us did, by laughing hysterically. And he answered the email. See more of Hamele in her drug-induced state at Buzzfeed.
People can learn a lot from protons, because they keep their charge positive to the +1e power and don't get all massed up like those heavy neutrons. The proton has learned to keep their positive charge alive no matter who or what they encounter in the nucleus of life, and where others see atomic as a dirty bomb word they see it as an energy that has a lasting effect on the planet. So when you feel yourself slipping into a negative black hole, and you need something to lift your spirits, speak to the protons inside you and give yourself a positive charge!
Add some scientific awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this Don't Be Negative...BE A PROTON! t-shirt by Andropov, it's just the thing to cure those life on Earth blues.
Parents can't seem to agree on whether there's a secret to raising good kids or not, and for every person who swears they know the secret there's an absentee parent who managed to raise a good kid even though they're never home.
But the secret to raising a good kid is the kind of thing behaviorists and psychologists love to argue about, and these experts love to boil it all down to one easy to remember list whenever possible.
According to human development experts at Harvard University there are 6 or 7 main "guideposts to raising caring, respectful, and ethical children"-
1. Teach children to control their emotions
2. Talk to them about taking responsibility for their actions
3. Teach your children to be compassionate and help the weak
4. Teach your children to be grateful
5. Instill your family values in them and show them what constitutes good behavior
It's spooky how much Facebook knows about you. And Google. And Twitter. And all those places that throw up ads for something you looked at for a brief moment. I sent my aunt an email and mentioned using a 20-foot pole with a feather duster attachment. When I hit "send," gmail said "Are you sure you're ready to send? You typed 'I attached' but there are no files attached." Wooo. You can see here how Facebook's facial recognition system could suddenly change everything in the DC universe. This comic is from Max is Drawing. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Has no one done this already? Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble should take this idea and run with it. I mean really, look how happy Whiskers is, and how the other guy is just floored with the genius idea of a subscription supply of cat boxes. The only thing cats love more than a box is a newer box. A "selection" of boxes every month should give a cat enough to sit in, explore, and chew on. And the facts that they are themed only gives us an incentive to take plenty of LOLcat pictures. Shut up and take my money!
But being indestructible is not without its drawbacks, and when you live in a world where evil seems to triumph at every turn this power doesn't make you feel any more secure about your place in the world.
And if you end up shooting your mouth off like Deadpool then villains will spend all their time and effort trying to figure out how to make you stay down for good.
It's enough to make you as blue as Doctor Manhattan, who found that immortality breeds apathy and nihilistic tendencies, and Galactus' has learned that immortality leads to soul crushing loneliness.
Of course, it doesn't help that Galactus is older than the Big Bang and has to eat planets to survive, both of which are total deal breakers for most potential dates.
Since so many people have a complicated relationship with their boss, it only makes sense to use a boss in a TV sitcom. They can be a caricature of how one sees their boss in real life, as a dictator, a buffoon, an inspiration, and/or a target of cathartic revenge. The best TV bosses are either extreme caricatures or complicated personalities.
For a lot of us who have exhausting and strenuous relationships with a real life boss, watching a memorable TV boss is therapeutic. It might even help us get along better with our own boss because we can always tell ourselves that no matter how bad our particular lot is, at least we don’t have to work with the incompetent fool on our favorite television show. If this sounds like you, then you’ll love this list.
There are so many things to love about the 1980s it's hard to fit them all into one project, but if you're going to properly pay homage to that radical decade your project has to include a shopping mall.
Malls were like microcosms of American life in the 80s- they were the place where you could see all the latest styles, trends and tech, or all the noisy new games in the video arcade.
On January 15, 1919, 21 people were killed in the Great Boston Molasses Flood. Over two million gallons of molasses burst out of a defective tank and traveled in a wave estimated to be between 15 and 30 feet tall. That all sounds a little suspicious, especially to people who have actually used molasses in the kitchen.
Though an anarchist terrorist attack was first blamed for the calamity, investigators soon pointed at the holding tank’s shoddy construction. But the question has remained, why did the molasses explode as a wave and not just slowly drip out of the tank? A group of students at Harvard investigated the event and presented their conclusions at recent meeting of the American Physical Society.
“I’m originally from Arkansas, where we have an old expression: ‘Slow as molasses in January,” Nicole Sharp, aerospace engineer and science communicator who led the group, tells William Kole at the Associated Press. “Oddly enough, that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here, except that this molasses wasn’t slow.”
The students studied the history of the molasses flood in detail, and came up with the reasons why molasses flowed like water on that January day. Read what they found at Smithsonian.
What's better than a twenty peice chicken nuggets? How about one jumbo nugget that takes two hands to hold? This video shows two different methods to make your McNugget dream a reality -though one is clearly better than the other.
Of course, the problem with having a nugget this big is that your dipping sauce options are limited and I doubt most McDonalds will give you twenty sweet and sour sauces to pour into a large bowl for dippping.
Fiction's famous characters* could have benefitted from our golden era of easy fixes. Learn from what they didn't know.
1. An orphan forced to toil endlessly in a savage workhouse, you're constantly hungry and exhausted. After a game of chance with fellow orphans, you ask for more gruel from the wicked beadle Mr. Bumble, who denies your request.
#Lifehack: Build a “yes” ladder. People are more inclined to agree to favors if they’ve already answered in the affirmative to a series of lower-stakes inquiries. Start by asking Mr. Bumble simple questions like, “Are orphans good at picking oakum?” before moving to the riskier request for more food.
2. You and your Greaser friend Johnny hide out in an abandoned church in the country after Johnny stabs and kills a Soc during a fight. The church catches on fire with a group of children inside, and you and Johnny try to rescue them.
When the folks at the Anime Appreciation Society prepare for tea time they don't just pull out some old chipped and cracked ceramic tea set and pour cups of bland tea- they get help from their favorite characters and make every tea time one to remember! Sipping on a cup of tea in Totoro makes the brew taste like a fantasy forest adventure, complete with earthy undertones of tree bark and fresh rain with just a hint of catbus. Those who are looking to relax can really taste the zzzzzs in their cup of Snorlax sleepy time tea, with that mossy monster taste kids love. But what's with the Saotome Genma tea pot? He's just there to make sure nobody walks off with his scones!
Add some refreshingly sweet silliness to your geeky wardrobe with this Tea Club t-shirt by Earwen Felagund, it's good to the last drop!
Comic strips wouldn't be the same without that (typically last panel) twist ending, and even though this last panel reveal is a well known part of the medium there are still plenty of strips out there that can still surprise you.
Toon Hole is one of those comic strips, and their black comedy coupled with the eye pleasing artwork makes Toon Hole the strip you need to brighten up our dark days.
Because you can't go wrong with a comic strip like Toon Hole that delivers the funny without fail strip after toon-tastic strip!
The National Park Service has built a five-mile-long fence around Mauna Loa on the Big Island in Hawaii. The purpose of the fence is to keep cats out, making it the longest cat-proof fence in the country. Isn't that nice, they're trying to save the poor kitties from death by volcano. Except, while it might keep cats away from flowing lava, that's not the purpose of the fence. It's to protect nesting birds from the cats.
Mauna Loa’s lava-covered slopes make for some seriously forbidding landscape, but that hasn’t deterred cats, which have adapted to the Hawaiian islands just fine since arriving on explorers’ ships. So fine, in fact, that the little invasive predators are now a mortal threat to the endangered Hawaiian petrel, a seabird that breeds on Mauna Loa. Several thousand of the birds live in Hawaii, but only about 75 breeding pairs are on the Big Island.
The fence, which took three years to erect, is six feet tall and has a special curved design at the top that is supposed to be cat-proof. I find it hard to believe that cats couldn't scale it if they had to, but I can well believe that it might be more difficult than a cat would consider worth the effort. -Thanks, John Farrier!
(Image credit: Scott Hall/National Fish and Wildlife Foundation)
Police in Gardner, Kansas, got a report of a possible mountain lion sighting in Celebration Park. To determine whether it was true, they set up two wildlife camera traps in the park. Three days later, they were surprised at how many times the cameras were tripped. There were pictures of a skunk, a coyote, a raccoon, two gorillas, a ninja in a ghilly suit, a homicidal senior citizen, Man Bear Pig, and Santa Claus. Chief of Police James Pruetting saw the humor in the situation.
“They did a pretty good job of centering themselves and putting themselves in the camera’s view, because you can’t—it’s like a box and I wouldn’t have known where to stand,” Pruetting said. “We still don’t know who it is. The attention has been 100 percent positive but no one has come forward. I mean, how many people have two gorilla costumes?”
When winter looms, we start to pay more attention to the thermometer. The Fahrenheit thermometers in the U.S. are altogether confusing for folks in most of the rest of the world. Why does water freeze at 32°F instead of the more sensible 0°C? We usually just shrug and say it's always been that way, but that's not true. There's a real history behind the scale, even if we don't know all of it.