Viva Frei took his GoPro to a park in Montreal to record the friendly squirrels. One got bold enough to take the camera! The squirrel jump up a nearby bush, but when he sees the man coming for his camera, the squirrel takes off and finds a bigger tree.
It's time for you to stop waxing your chest. The newest, hottest fashion in manscaping is for men to grow out their natural carpets. The New York Times reports that this is how urban men are reconnecting with their primal masculinity:
“We’re seeing a return to ’70s fashion,” said Tim Bess, an analyst at the trend forecasting agency the Doneger Group. “The late ’60s and early ’70s were about freedom, the hippie movement, having lots of hair.” [...]
Christopher Oldstone-Moore, the author of the 2015 book “Of Beards and Men” and a senior lecturer at Wright State University, in Ohio, believes that an increasingly urban and digitized life has left some men “disconnected from their masculinity.”
“There are different ways to connect to your organic masculinity,” Dr. Oldstone-Moore said. “Hair is one way to do it.”
I make gallons of salsa every year, but my recipe is both minimalist and designed for home canning, which involves cooking. The other main difference I find with this method is that I never have included anything sweet. I might try some of these fresh chopped salsa ideas this summer when the tomatoes come in, just not the potato or soap. -via Digg
Makeup artist Promise Tamang looks like she's stepping out of a virtual world! She painted perfectly arranged and shaded squares on her face, neck, and chest to make her look like a pixelated being. You can see her makeup tutorial here and learn how to do this for yourself.
The “First Lady” is a title which refers to the official hostess of the White House. Although it is not a firm prerequisite for the title, the First Lady is commonly thought to be the wife of the president. But who was actually the first-ever First Lady?
If you guessed the logical answer, you, of course, said it was Martha Washington. After all, Martha was the wife of the first U.S. president, George Washington. But actually, the title First Lady was never used regarding Martha during her lifetime.
In the early years of U.S. presidents, their wives were referred to by several different monikers. Their titles were often based on the wife's personal preference. The titles “Mrs. President" and “Mrs. Presidentress" were sometimes used.
Martha Washington was often addressed as “Lady Washington.” The wife of John Tyler, our 10th U.S. president, liked to be called “Queen of the House.”
Jack had always known he lived in a magical kingdom, and Halloween Town was far more magical than most because everyone in town was a supernatural creature straight out of a nightmare. But nobody in his Town had any grasp of the magical arts, so when the Hogwarts Academy of the Arcane Arts asked if they could build a satellite school in his Town he nearly lost his head with happiness. Jack had always dreamed of being a full blown wizard, and he knew that moldy old sock Oogie Boogie would never have the discipline or mind power to become a wizard. But when Mr. Skellington was presented with the Sorting Hat to help him discover to which house of magic he belonged he knew he'd underestimated Oogie Boogie's grasp of the magical arts...
Bring home the most magical mashup ever made with this The Sorting t-shirt by Raffiti, it's a perfect way to show love for two of your favorite flicks at the same time!
That person who lives in your house--the one that you've known all of his life--what's his name? Precision is difficult, so just run through the roster and see what sticks.
We've all done this before: call one family member by another relative's name. You may even address your husband or child with your dog's name.
But not your cat's name.
Why? Futurity summarizes research from a Duke University doctoral student named Sparky Samantha Deffler. She explains that it's because dog names have greater significance in families:
In addition to mixing up sibling for sibling and daughter for son, study participants frequently called other family members by the name of the family pet—but only when the pet was a dog. Owners of cats or other pets didn’t commit such slips of the tongue.
Deffler says she was surprised how consistent that finding was, and how often it happened.
“I’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them,” Deffler says. “But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs.
“Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog’s name seems to become more integrated with people’s conceptions of their families.”
Michael Furrh built a golf club that is 22 feet 6.75 inches long. That’s a new world record, as the previous longest golf club was a measly 14 feet long. How do you swing a 22-foot golf club? From far away.
16 and Pregnant? Not anymore. Or, at least, less of it. The number of teenage mothers in the USA peaked in 1991, when it was considered a major public health crisis. But since 2006, the teen birthrate has plummeted, especially among Black and Hispanic populations.
Why? Scholars says that improved sex education and access to contraception has helped. But teens are also having sex less. The Washington Post explains:
“There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,” said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Veronica Gomez-Lobo, director of pediatric gynecology at Children’s National Medical Center, said the trend of abstinence has been mostly among younger teens rather than older ones. While there’s not good data on why this is happening, she thinks of it as a “contagion” factor: So many teens are waiting to have sex, she suggests, that the peer pressure goes opposite to the way that it might have in the past.
“We think this is a very healthy trend,” Gomez-Lobo said.
We would, of course, need hard data to confirm this impression.
It never occurred to me as a teenager, but watching the original Star Wars movie again with my own kids, I thought of this exact scene. It must be the mother in me that thought, “Careful, you’ll put your eye out …or something!” Considering what an immature, impulsive kid Luke was, it could have very well all ended before it started, just this way. It’s the latest comic from Jim Benton. -via Geeks Are Sexy
The worldwide film phenomenon known as Bollywood began with this 1913 silent film Raja Harishchandra. Govind Phalke, who is sometimes known as the "father of Indian cinema," produced this, the first Indian feature film.
The story centres around the hero Harishchandra, a noble king, who, to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra, sacrifices his kingdom, his wife, and eventually also his children. By the end, however, having pleased the Gods with his actions, Harishchandra’s former glory is restored.
Phalke was apparently inspired to make films after watching the French film The Life of Christ (1902), twice in one day. He quit his job at a printing press and went to London to learn the technical ins and outs of making a film. Returning to India, he pledged in his life-assurance policies and his wife sold her jewellery to raise the capital needed.
Embedded above is an 11-minute synopsis. You can watch the full 40 minutes that survive at the Public Domain Review.
It’s part of Star Wars lore that “Han shot first,” referring to the scene where we first met Han Solo. He gets into an altercation with a Rodian bounty hunter named Greedo and shoots him. We all know now that George Lucas was making up the story arc of the original trilogy as he went along, so later when Solo emerged as a fan favorite and Princess Leia’s love interest, he remastered the scene to show that Greedo shot first -and missed, so that Solo only killed Greedo in self-defense. Star Wars fans who were born after the remastered home video version came out never saw the scene as it was shown in theaters in 1977. The revision was to make Solo a more ethical hero, but the change angered fans who adored Solo even with a murderous streak. Today, the New York Daily News has an interview with Paul Blake, the actor who played Greedo. He confirms what we’ve been telling younger fans.
"Of course, in it said it all in the original script, we played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, 'Han shoots the alien.' " Blake told the Daily News. "It's all it says and that's what happened. It was very painful."
Besides, having Greedo fire first and miss from across a table, as has been the case after the original release, is sort of embarrassing.
"He was a bit inept wasn't he?" quips Blake. "He's a worse shot than a Stormtrooper. I don't think Jabba had him under a pension plan let's put it that way.
Blake would like to see the scene eventually restored to its original version. He also tells us how he got the role. Dying early meant it was short-lived, but the retcon gave him a place in history. -via Uproxx
Can you find a security flaw in one of Facebook's social media platforms? If so, the company will give you at $10,000 reward.
The youngest person to ever claim that prize is a 10-year old boy in Finland named Jani. He found a hole in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company handed over the cash reward to Jani's parents. The Washington Post reports:
This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Since the company launched its bounty program in 2011, Facebook says it has paid out about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.
Melanie Ensign, a security representative at Facebook, told The Washington Post by phone early Wednesday that most of those payouts are much smaller amounts. The reported $1,780 average reward skews high, she said, with a cluster of very large payouts obscuring the typical sum.
“We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication,” Ensign said. The flaw that Jani found “would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”
Jani hopes to spend some of that reward money on a bike, soccer equipment, and new computers.
Then it turns out that this seagull isn’t so tasty after all. Tuna normally eat smaller fish, and the feathers must have been a surprise for him, so the big fish spits the bird out. He’s okay; he managed to fly away. And he most likely told all the other seagulls some harebrained tale about how he was eaten and spit out by a giant fish. The others will never believe him. -via Viral Viral Videos
When we write our loved ones a letter meant to be read after we die we're usually just trying to put our feelings into words whether the letter is ever read or not.
Many of these love letters end up squirreled away in a box somewhere or similarly hidden from sight, so when a letter is found after the loved one has passed away it feels like a minor miracle.
The touching story shared by an Imgur user about a love letter found after his dad's death sounds more like a major miracle- because the letter was written on the underside of a workbench he'd built for his wife.
The letter reads:
"I love you Becca. Whatever day this is, I hope it's a good one. God truly answered my prayers the day he gave me you. I know that these days are the best I'll ever have, and I'm glad you're in them. I'm not sure if you'll ever see this, but if you do, just know that I love you very much. If there is one thing want in life, it is to be as good to you as you are to me. If I can do that, I'll be the happiest man alive. - I love you beautiful wife. - Mason
Military field rations (now called MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat) are designed to be nutritious, portable, compact, and long-lasting. During wartime, these meals are produced in abundance, and there are usually more produced than needed. Years later, sometimes decades later, you can still buy them -and eat them. In fact, there is a community of people who collect MREs and try them out, even long past their expiration dates.
This less-than-appetizing meal might be assumed to have little appeal outside the military. But civilians are interested in MREs for a few reasons. Some are ex-military, and develop a nostalgic curiosity. Others are concerned with emergency preparedness. Still others fall into a YouTube hole, end up watching a guy sample a vacuum-packed tuna-noodle entree from 1989, and get hooked on the MRE buy-swap-sell phenomenon.
When kitties want to find a costume to wear to a fancy dress party they don't go to the stores, because they're not allowed to travel that far, and they don't order stuff online because cats can't have credit cards. So what they do instead is go searching around their human's house for something they can use as a costume, namely towels, boxes, piles of trash and rolls of paper products. While paper towels work best for wrapping yourself up at night to keep warm they don't work very well as a mummy costume, and nothing beats the feel of quilted two-ply tp wrapped around your furry little limbs...it's a purr-fect fit!
Celebrate your love of cats and their wild imaginations with this Mummy Cat t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas, it's an adorable way to scare up smiles wherever you go!
You think that you've got it rought? Just listen to the nightmarish life of Frédéric Desnard, formerly a manager at a perfume company in France:
“I was ashamed of being paid for doing nothing,” he said.
There was simply nothing for him to do for his 4 years at the Interparfums company:
The 44-year-old said his “descent into hell” was similar to a burnout, but less interesting. […]
Desnard complained that between 2010 and 2014 he was mise en placard, or put in the cupboard by his then employer Interparfums, a French phrase that involves giving employees little or no work, or menial tasks.
He told Agence France-Presse he was relegated to doing tasks that had nothing to do with his job and deprived of his original responsibilities. This, he alleges, left him “destroyed” and with “serious depression”.
So, The Guardian reports, Desnard is seeking compensation and damages from Interparfums for approximately $414,000:
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in France, Desnard is seeking €360,000 (£282,000) in compensation and damages – including holiday pay, he says, is due.
How much do you know about the USA’s biggest city? Probably quite a bit, since it’s been a major entry point for immigrants for hundreds of years, and it’s a hub for business, finance, and entertainment. But there’s always more to learn, which you’ll do when you watch this week's episode of The List Show from mental_floss.
Sushi is mainstream cuisine these days, and yet dining at a sushi restaurant feels a lot more rigid and ceremonial than grabbing a burger at the neighborhood diner.
Even those of us who consider ourselves old sushi pros know we're breaking all kinds of rules when we eat those raw fish rolls our way, namely dipped in a mixture of wasabi and soy sauce with a bunch of ginger slices on top.
The traditional sushi set in Japan see ginger as a palate cleanser, to be eaten between types of sushi not on top of rolls, and drowning rolls in soy sauce is seen as a sin by sushi chefs.
The folks at The Bold Italic headed to Ichi Sushi, one of San Francisco's best sushi bars, to get the skinny on the do's and don'ts of eating sushi.
This funny visual lesson may not change the way you eat sushi, but it will give you a good idea of why the sushi chefs keep glaring at you while you eat!
May the fourth be with you! Daisy Ridley takes the opportunity of Star Wars Day to plug Star Wars: Force for Change, the official Star Wars charity that supports children’s programs all over the world.
The current promotion is a raffle for a trip to Skellig Michael, where the final scene of The Force Awakens was filmed. You can donate and enter here. I can’t think of a better way to recognize Star Wars Day than to join in the challenge. -via Uproxx
It's a dog-eat-dog world out there. Send your pup out with as many advantages as possible.
Etsy seller Lebovski's Cocker Spaniel is ready for anything. He's wearing a suit of aluminum plate and mail armor. It has a ferocious-looking helmet featuring tusks for close-quarters combat. Now he will rule the dogpark with no rival to challenge him.
You spend a third of your life in bed, so you may as well make it comfortable, to the best of your ability. Some folks have more of that “ability” than others. If you have the dough, you can get a bed that’s out of this world, with quality materials, construction, and features that will make you want to stay there all the time. This bed looks quite pricy, but it’s the parts you don’t see that are truly opulent.
Costing a mere $210,000, the Parnian Furniture Bed has a hand-carved, wood, gold and stainless steel frame by Adolhay Parnian. The bed boasts iPad holders, a Swivel TV, computer monitors and many secret compartments. The Parnian Furniture Bed is one of the most interesting and stylish beds on this list. The materials can be customized to include ebony, curly maple, sapele and numerous other options. With any of the materials selected, it works with any décor and interior design.
The California Highway Patrol is worried more kids will want to try freeway skating and get killed for a bit of fun, which is why they're scanning social media for freeway skating videos and making arrests.
"Sk8 Or Die!" is just a silly slogan, guys, and not a suggestion on how to live your life!
Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review has cracked the code of how big tech companies select employees from the gazillions of applications they get. Rather than finding out about potential employees, the interview process is series of tests designed to identify those who can survive the ordeal. For example,
7. Ask the same questions over and over and over again
WHY? To test consistency
In the tech world, predictability is a good thing. During the interview, don’t worry about asking the same question over and over again because you keep blanking out. This is a great tool for testing the candidate’s consistency. Candidates should only be wildly inconsistent with their answers when interviewing for senior roles.
8. Conduct dual interviews with a good cop / bad cop vibe
WHY? To find people who can multi-task under pressure
Put the candidate in the middle of a conference room with interviewers at both ends of the table. Is the candidate able to simultaneously direct her attention to both interviewers while sufficiently answering each question at the same time? Or is she clearly exhausted and wondering why she even agreed to this interview? This is a great indicator of how the candidate will perform during a crunch.
When Disney theme parks do well they show their success by improving the park and building new attractions, but when a Disney park fails it fails spectacularly and leaves the colorful corpse to prove it.
Wanna see a dead Disney park?
Check out these wild photos taken by Seph Lawless inside the remains of River Country at Walt Disney World, the first Disney water park.
River Country opened back in 1976 and quickly became a popular part of the Walt Disney World experience, but by 2001 low attendance forced closure, and by 2005 the park was completely abandoned.
Seph honored the 40th anniversary of River Country's opening with his spooky photo series, sharing these thoughts on why he chose the theme park for his shoot:
“Along with Discovery Island, it is one of only two Disney parks in Disney's history to ever close permanently,” says Lawless “Both of the parks were left to slowly decay and to succumb to Mother Nature, leaving behind a beautiful apocalyptic landscape.”
Gary Rogers was walking his dog in Monck’s Corner, South Carolina, when he saw an alligator roaming the neighborhood. The animal tried to climb the fence to reach the backyard pool, but was unsuccessful. It then went to the front door, scratched around the doorknob, and reached its snout up to the doorbell. No one was home, though, so the gator eventually wandered off. -via reddit
Bruce regained consciousness and picked himself off the swampy floor, his cape in tatters and the smell of fresh paint stinging his nostrils. He called out for Robin, having momentarily forgotten that the boy was now gone thanks to a certain clown's deadly vendetta, and the pain of remembrance helped him shake off the cobwebs. The Bat had been out on patrol last night, hunting for the Joker but instead encountering his sadistic girlfriend Harley, and things had gone south when the chemical neutralizer in his cowl had malfunctioned, allowing Quinn's gas to take hold. He looked himself over to see what he was missing and realized that his utility belt was gone, and Harley had written something on his back in spray paint...
Celebrate your favorite caped crusader's fight for justice with this Jokes On You t-shirt by Fanfreak, it's the stylish way to show the Bat you've got his back!
19th Century pianomaker Henry O. Studley is now famous for the portable tool chest that he built for himself. It's a marvel of design and precision craftsmanship.
Sadly, we don't know who made this cabinetmaking tool chest, which is equally magnificent. It dates back to the United States in the early 20th Century. It has multiple layers that fan out to tigthly contain 210 antique tools, including a vast array of planes, chisels, bevels, gauges, saws, punches, and even a tiny vise.
Then it folds up neatly again into a beautiful cabinet.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!
Classics from the zombie and inverse zombie research literature Compiled by Alice S. Kaswell, Improbable Research staff
Zombi(e)s (1) “The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombi,” E. Wade Davis, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 9, no. 1, November 1983, pp. 85–104. The author, at Harvard University, reports:
For many years students of Haitian society have suggested that there is an ethnopharmacological basis for the notorious zombies, the living dead of folklore. The recent surfacing of three zombies, one of whom may represent the first verifiable case, has focused scientific attention on the reported zombie drug.
Zombi(e)s (2) “Preparation of the Haitian Zombi Poison,” E. Wade Davis, Botanical Museum Leaflets, Harvard University, 1983.