He's just so wrinkly and floppy all over that, if you pinned back his loose skin with clothespins, he would appear to be the size of a Jack Russell terrier under all those folds of skin. And when I say he I mean HE folks, this is an unmistakably male Basset Hound here, as you can tell by his *ahem* just watch the video and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Oh, and for best viewing pleasure, please mute the volume so you're not subjected to the awful song that accompanies this video. And another thing-yes, I'm aware that this video is from 2011, but if you haven't seen it before it's new to you!
Even though Osama Bin Laden's life was terminated in May of 2011, his reign of terror lives on thanks to these cheesy horror movies starring Bin Laden in zombie form.
The first one is called Zombinladen, and it's not a movie being made but rather a fake movie trailer made for the French short film contest Panic!Reverse. It looks like it would have made for a fun, schlocky B-movie, and the visual effects are, surprisingly, pretty good for a goofy short film.
The second trailer is for a little gem called Ozombie, which (coincidentally?) has the same subtitle as Zombinladen-"The Axis Of Evil Dead". Ozombie is currently in production, but sadly has such awful looking special effects that the fake trailer blows it out of the water with no budget at all. Ozombie synopsis:
The story follows Dusty, a yoga instructor from Colorado, who is on a desperate rescue mission to save her crazy brother Derek, a conspiracy theorist who is convinced Osama Bin Laden is still alive, despite having been buried at sea. In Afghanistan, Dusty falls in with a team of NATO Special Forces on a secret assignment. Turns out Derek is not so crazy after all, and that Osama has returned from his watery grave and is making an army of zombie terrorists. When the group crashes headlong into the growing zombie apocalypse, Dusty and the troops must find and destroy the root of the zombie insurgency before it infests the rest of the world.
This isn't highbrow filmmaking by any means, but if you like your horror cheesy and full of zombie gore then you'll probably enjoy these Bin Laden exploitation flicks, even if only for the sake of historical hilarity. And, it probably goes without saying, but these clips are definitely NSFW, and not for the squeamish (or those who can't stand seeing terrible visual effects).
Imagine seeing this hot mess of a duo out walking around your neighborhood dog park. Would you stop and take a picture, run away screaming in terror, or fall to the ground laughing at how that poor little dog on the leash isn't nearly as well groomed as the furry freak walking him? Me, I'd demand a hug from the furry dog walker, then snatch the leash away and head for the nearest Humane Society as fast as humanly possible.
Have you seen this wild man's videos posted on the interwebs before? If not, and this is assuming you're a lover of all things comedic in life, then you're in for a hilarious treat. Because Ray Sipe brings the funny in a way that is so pure and natural it can't be scripted.
And I know he writes his songs looking for a laugh, and that he's trying to be a comedian in all of his videos, but the things that make me laugh about Ray aren't the moves he's making to be funny, but rather the raw unintentional way that the man is simply a comical human being.
Between his clearly custom made Lady Gaga shirt, his super cheesy props and his deadpan delivery, what's not to love about Ray Sipe? Geekosystem has gathered a good selection of Ray's funnier videos, including his tribute to Amy Winehouse, STDs are not ABCs, Human Centipede and a song about Nyan Cat pooing rainbows.
Ninja Warrior is an athletic competition/TV show from Japan that features an insanely hard obstacle course and some of the planet's toughest, and some not so tough, wannabe ninjas. The show has garnered a huge American audience thanks to G4 airing subtitled re-runs from years past, and the show has become so popular here that an American version of Ninja Warrior was started in 2009.
Contestants must send in audition tapes, like the one featured above, in order to be chosen for the show, and the skills these wannabe ninjas display are most impressive.
This particular tryout video, made by Yen from Los Angeles, is more impressive than other tryout tapes I've seen because the guy is talented beyond being in peak physically shape, and he already seems like a good fit for American Ninja Warrior, both in attitude and performance.
Note to self: get your butt back in the gym right away, because lifting the remote with one hand and a beer with the other doesn't count as exercise. (NSFW due to language)
Burton Snowboards has teamed up with Sierra-At-Tahoe Resort to create the Burton Star Wars Experience, a park aimed at young snow sport enthusiasts who want to tame some gnarly drifts with Chewbacca and a bunch of Ewoks cheering them on.
The park features an area known as Yoda's Riglet Park, which was created for kids as young as 3 to 6 to learn how to shred snow, and features some amazing chainsaw sculptures by Bob King. Here's more about this kid friendly snow park:
"The Burton Star Wars Experience at Sierra gives kids as young as 3 the chance to successfully learn how to snowboard in a fun environment," says Jeff Boliba, Burton's Global Resort Director. "Yoda's Riglet Park will combine Burton's industry-leading Learn To Ride hardgoods, teaching systems and Riglet Park features with Jedi Master Yoda's methods of balance, movement, and control. We are stoked to partner with Lucasfilm and Sierra to create this amazing experience for little groms."
And if breaking the age barrier isn't enough of a reason to lavish this park with kudos, all of the sculptures were made from fallen trees, and all metal used was made from recycled materials, so it's an eco-friendly woodland park to boot! Yoda would be pleased...
Get a good look at the workings of the Keck Observatory atop atop Mauna Kea volcano in Hawai'i. I can't say I understand what's going on, but it sure looks impressive! The topper is the infinitely appropriate music that accompanies the action. -via Laughing Squid
Yes, you might be able to fight zombies with this weapon. But I think it's better suited for neighborhood jousting. Who can afford a horse and and armor? Those things are expensive. Just strap your chainsaw onto your bike and charge.
Dignity? It's overrated. You need hair, and you need it now. So Skin N Beyond offers you the next best thing: a tattoo pattern that makes it look like you shave your head. Ian Watson developed this treatment after asking his sister-in-law to cover his head with dots a fine tip pen. The obvious next step was to make it permanent.
When Thomas Edison hired new employees, he presented them with a 150-question quiz, containing different questions depending on the position. But often, the questions had nothing to do with the job; Edison just wanted to know how educated the applicant was. And sometimes there were other reasons behind the interrogation.
Who discovered the X-ray? The obvious answer to this question is Wilhelm Röntgen, who, in 1895, famously noted the effects of a mysterious new kind of ray that appeared as a byproduct of his experiments with Crookes tubes. He called his discovery the “X ray,” to indicate its yet unknown properties, then went on to take a widely publicized X-ray print of the bones of his wife’s hand, and eventually won a Nobel prize in 1901 for his achievements. However, several other physicists made similar discoveries while experimenting with Crookes tubes around the same time. Among them: Nikola Tesla, Edison’s well-known rival. Edison had himself experimented with X-rays for a time, and was certainly aware of the variations in the X-ray origin story among his colleagues. This question suggests an eagerness to promote his preferred version.
Think you could pass his test? See a selection of the questions (and the answers) at mental_floss. Link
Kirby Ferguson has released the fourth and final part of his Everything is a Remix series. This episode is called System Failure, and it's about the concept of intellectual property, patents, and copyrights. Link
Now that there are hundreds of TV channels and networks to select from, they no longer feel the need to please everyone. As they look for their own niches, they each take on a distinct personality. College Humor compares those TV channel personalities to people you know -and are possibly related to. Link
Retail stores gather a lot of information on each customer. Do you use a discount card, credit card, or email address when you shop? If so, the store is able to keep track of everything you buy, and use that information to target their advertising specifically to your tastes. For example, Target hired Andrew Pole to crunch the numbers and analyze how a person's shopping habits can predict what they are most likely to purchase in the future. The data showed that certain purchases can indicate which customers are expecting a baby, and furthermore when they are most likely to deliver!
About a year after Pole created his pregnancy-prediction model, a man walked into a Target outside Minneapolis and demanded to see the manager. He was clutching coupons that had been sent to his daughter, and he was angry, according to an employee who participated in the conversation.
“My daughter got this in the mail!” he said. “She’s still in high school, and you’re sending her coupons for baby clothes and cribs? Are you trying to encourage her to get pregnant?”
The manager didn’t have any idea what the man was talking about. He looked at the mailer. Sure enough, it was addressed to the man’s daughter and contained advertisements for maternity clothing, nursery furniture and pictures of smiling infants. The manager apologized and then called a few days later to apologize again.
On the phone, though, the father was somewhat abashed. “I had a talk with my daughter,” he said. “It turns out there’s been some activities in my house I haven’t been completely aware of. She’s due in August. I owe you an apology.”
The New York Times has an extensive article explaining how stores gather, decode, and use your shopping habits to make more sales. Link -via Metafilter
(Image credit: Antonio Bolfo/Reportage for The New York Times)
Surely you recall QWOP, the most difficult video game in history (mainly because you were busy laughing at your own ineptitude). Now the game is available for two players to compete against each other. Yes, now you can double your failure! Link -via Waxy
Who needs books and folders full of reference photos of facial expressions when you have a whacked out meme known as Rage Comics from which to draw inspiration for your characters?
Well don't look now, but DeviantARTists have discovered this treasure trove of odd expressions, and now they're applying Rage Faces to their own characters, with fantastic albeit strange results.
If your favorite cartoon characters start in with the old 'Y U No' or 'FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUU' or even the priceless 'Me Gusta face', you'll know it's because DeviantARTists such as Chireiya have decided to bring the Rage to their 'toons. Cartoonists-Y U No do this with your own characters? NAO!
I've been a huge fan of MC Chris ever since he provided the voice for MC PeePants on the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and this guy was one of the originators of Nerdcore Hip Hop, second only to the mastermind MC Frontalot, with songs like Fette's Vette and nrrrd grrrl, so it's no surprise that he's been given his own animated series.
It looks to be full of zombies, dorky humor and all manner of madness fresh from MC Chris' overactive imagination.You can't tell a whole lot from this teaser trailer, but it's a cartoon written by MC Chris, so I'm on board-twice.
On the surface, B. Traven's 1927 novel The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a suspenseful, propulsive can't-put-it-down adventure story about three down-and-out Americans who trek deep into the Mexican mountains on a doomed search for gold. It's a terrific read. But it's more than just a page-turner; the work recasts the classic American adventure story as a mythic battle between reason and madness. It stands as one of the greatest novels about the United States ever written by a foreigner, right up there with Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. But above all else, Traven's masterpiece is the rare pop novel that had the heart of a thriller and the soul of a social commentary.
When Treasure was published in Germany, it quickly became a sensation. So, too, did its up-and-coming author -a remarkable fact considering that no one had the slightest idea who he was. B. Traven was a nom de plum, one of the most successful in literary history. The author's true identity, nationality, and background have been hotly contested from the start, a literary guessing game surpassed only by the who-wrote-Shakespeare controversy.
For decades, the tantalizing mystery, along with John Huston's extraordinary Hollywood adaptation in 1948, overshadowed the book itself. But in recent years, more and more scholars and everyday readers have rediscovered the original text.
Treasure's plot is deceptively simple. Dobbs and Curtin are two chronically unemployed laborers who are stuck in Mexico, staying in filthy rooming houses and begging for a few centavos for food. When their job prospects dwindle from dismal to nonexistent, the pair join up with Howard, a grizzled old prospector, in the hope of striking gold in the Sierra Madre mountains.
The three men head to a remote area where they find a rich deposit of gold dust, and that's when the story really gets moving. As the bags of gold pile up, so do their suspicions of one another. In such deserted country, what's to stop one partner from bumping off the other two and keeping the whole haul for himself? It's a scenario that's been played out in scores of heist stories before and since, but Traven does a remarkable job of depicting the prospectors' collective slide into distrust and then outright paranoia.
This has to be the worst case scenario when it comes to armed robbery-you rush in to rob the place, gun drawn, ski mask on, and you're paid no mind at all. The patrons aren't even shaken, and a tense situation soon becomes quite awkward as you're forced to leave empty handed, tail between your legs and decades of counseling ahead of you.
This is exactly what a thief in the Netherlands experienced, when he rushed in to rob a pub in Rotterdam and got the cold shoulder instead. Maybe he was filming a bit for a sketch comedy show, or maybe the robber is such a pathetic worm of a man that even with a gun no one felt threatened by him. Either way, it makes for a classic fail moment in crime history.
When most of us might ask a few friends, look up restaurants on Yelp or just try a random new place when we are visiting a new city, Anthony Bordain has his own unique suggestion to find the best restaurant in a new city:
Get online and write something along the lines of, "hey guys, I just had the absolute best chicken rice at [restaurant x] in Singapore, no questions asked, hands down, everything else pales in comparison," then sit back and enjoy the show as the internet foodie elite each jump into the fray to defend their own picks to the death. You'll get a much bigger response, more passionate praise, and it'll probably end up being a little fun to boot.
Have any of you ever tried this? Or do you have your own method for finding new places in new locales?
Parasites are rarely adorable, but this tiny little cabin in San Francisco certainly is.
The structure, which measures approximately W7 x D8 x H11 feet, takes on a 19th-century architectural style. Constructed from vintage building materials - it has a welded aluminum frame, with an exterior finished with 100 year-old reclaimed barn board from Ohio - the dwelling is meant to be an homage to the romantic spirit of the western myth and a commentary on the arrogance of westward expansion.
Sure it might not be lived in, but it does seem to be functional and could actually become someone's home at some point.