A few weeks ago, Jon Negroni offered a theory that tied all Pixar movies together in one unifying story. Now, the same has happened for Tom Hanks movies. Well, not all Tom Hanks movies -there's no women's baseball team or death row prison guard- but the biggest ones, including Captain Phillips, which opens this weekend. Actually, they missed a fine opportunity to put the mermaid from Splash in the ocean scenes, but I guess Hanks was awful young in that movie. In any case, I'd go see this movie. -via The Daily Dot
One of the bestsellers of 1538 was a book of woodcuts by Hans Holbein the Younger called The Dance of Death. Later editions were also popular (more illustrations were added), and at least six copies were actually bound in human skin. Two of those are now at the John Hay Library in Providence, Rhode Island.
The woodcuts portray Death as an entity in the form of a skeleton or a corpse. The theme is that death comes for us all, whether rich or poor, young or old, deserving or undeserving. Sometimes death is waiting in the wings; other images show him surprising the one he comes for.
If you'd like to see more, there are 27 illustrations from The Dance of Death at Atlas Obscura. It's part of their 31 Days of Halloween series.
You often hear philosophy used as an example of a college major that will not land you a job. That's not been the case for Bennett Foddy, who studied philosophy through the postdoc level and considered it his profession. But success in other areas kept pulling him as well.
He had a chance to become a rock star when the band Cut Copy took him on as a bass player in 2003. But Foddy decided that wasn't the life he wanted.
Foddy designed video games as a hobby. He kept his hobby a secret, because "Philosophers, as a rule, don't play video games." That proved to be impossible after he designed his second game in 2008. That was QWOP, which became a viral hit. By 2010, he decided game design was the direction he wanted to go professionally. Now a professor at the Game Center at NYU, Foddy is teaching the next generation of video game designers.
The story of how Foddy found success in so many different lines of work makes a cool story at Polygon.
Halloween is right around the corner. Easily and quickly transform your little eating machine into one of your favorite Transformers with the Bumblebee Bib and Hat from the NeatoShop. Who says Halloween costumes can't be fun and functional?
More cute Bib and Hat Sets available.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Baby & Tot items.
Photo: orzzs.com - via Daily Picks and Flicks
The lobster shell bikes were created back in 2011 by Taiwanese food carving artist Huang Mingbo. The lobstercycles - which come complete with mirrors, kickstands and their own license plates - were displayed at a cooking art festival in Fuzhou, China.
According to the Daily Mail, Huang got the idea after he got tired of throwing away the shells when cooking lobster.
Photo: Xinhua News/haixinews.com.cn
Photo: Zheng Shuai/Xinhua News/PeopleDaily.com.cn
Now, who's gonna buy me some lobsters so I can make my own lobstercycle?
You've heard the joke plenty of times. Person A says something totally innocuous, but person B gives it an entirely different slant by responding with, "That's what SHE said!" The joke is most likely too old for the actual origin to ever be found, but we may now have the earliest recording of it, or a reasonable facsimile that means the same thing. It was a young Alfred Hitchcock, helping actress Joan Barry Anny Ondra through a screen test with sound in 1929. "Talkies" were brand new, and the switch from silent films was not simple.
As production for Hitchcock’s early thriller Blackmail began, his studio, British International Pictures, decided to convert it. While all of Hitchcock’s classic film techniques made the transition easily, Czech actress Anny Ondra’s accent didn’t.
Enter Barry. A veteran of silent films in the Twenties, Berry had a bubbly, merry voice that made her attractive to Hitchcock as a vocal stand-in for Ondra. In an early sound test, which the British Film Institute (BFI) shared on YouTube four years ago, Barry confesses herself to be “terribly frightened,” while “Hitch” puts her at ease with a series of racy jokes.
And part of it was Hitchcock saying the line, “Stand in your place, otherwise it will not come out right—as the girl said to the soldier.” You can guarantee it wasn't the first time Hitchcock used that joke. It wouldn't have made it into any script of the era, but as a document on film, it's a classic. -via The Daily Dot
Good news, everyone! We're starting a new weekly series featuring all kinds of great pictures that might not warrant a full post on the site but are still worth sharing with you readers. In anticipation of Halloween, this first one will focus solely on fun pictures to get you pumped for our favorite holiday of the year.
We've seen Sharknado cosplay before, but never anything this epic.
Via The Meta Pic (Original Source unknown)
Old Man Kit
No one wants to discover they've been in costume all year and just didn't know it. This happened to Redditor LiarInGlass' uncle.
Via Mental Floss
Bob Ross Costume
Stop thinking happy thoughts and start painting happy trees like the young man in this image by Flickr user StrawberryRicRac.
Personally, I think you're gonna need a bigger boat.
Via Cheezburger (Original Source unknown)
So. I guess that's what teenagers see grownups as. Chinese artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu's "Teenager Teenager" installation, currently on display at Gallerie Perrotin, consists of a set of sculptures of rock-headed people sitting on sofas as well as a performance piece of real kids playing nearby.
The Tumba Ping Pong Show is, if I understand it correctly, a Swedish performing arts group and video production team. The troupe consists of DJ Coolman, Mr. Sandman, Slightly Mad Max, Dr. Ders and Jokko-Yxxi. Their videos involve creative uses of ping pong paddles.
In this video, one performer uses a paddle to bat knives at the paddles held by another. Then he slices through a pineapple on the young woman’s head.
The Twilight Zone premiered on TV in October of 1959, which means the early episodes are now 54 years old. The show was the brainchild of Rod Serling and set the standard for science fiction and horror stories to follow. The tales often had lessons in morality, and they served as a launching pad for many actors who went on to stardom.
When the show turned 50, we asked for your favorite episodes and got a lot of responses. Now Flavorwire has published a list of 10 of the Best Twilight Zone Episodes with a synopsis of each to refresh your memory. Which one is your favorite? the article made me want to watch them all again!
You scream, I scream, we all scream for ... Jack's Scream by Warbucks Design. This cool new Tee is now available from the NeatoShop.
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Yes, for most of us, the tenth month of the year is October, but if you live in the furtastically cuddly world of Cute Overload, it's actually Tocktober. To celebrate, the site put up one post of adorable animal buttocks every hour for the first day of October. Best of all, the posts didn't all just feature one cute animal bottom, but some, like this post had upwards of ten great pictures.
While you should certainly stop by and enjoy all the cute critter booties, I thought it was only suiting to post two of the Tocktober pictures featured from the two animals that came out the highest in our poll of cutest animal butts in the animal kingdom.
If you remember the amazing Daft Hands video we posted six years ago, you can see where this new one is going. The Cube Dude "dances" the lyrics to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" using a Rubik's cube! As in the earlier video, the skills this took become more evident as the song goes along. He swears there are no edits in the video, except for the "normal cube" intro he tagged on. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Tomorrow - government shutdown or not - the Federal Reserve is going to start circulating the new $100 bill. The "New Color of Money" redesign to the US banknotes, which began in 2003, started with the new $20 bill. The redesign introduced new security features to stay ahead of counterfeiters.
Here's what you need to know about the new $100 bill, from the Federal Reserve's website NewMoney.gov
Halloween is right around the corner. Are you looking for a sweet treat to give to your favorite little monster? Treat your little pumpkin to the Lil' Pumpkin Pacifier from the NeatoShop. this adorable little pacifier looks like a jack-o'-lantern.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Baby & Tot items.
The following is a Whodunit by Hy Conrad featuring Sherman Oliver Holmes, a mysterious crime solver and great-great-grandson of Sherlock Holmes. Can you solve the crime?
(Image credit: Flickr user Josh Liba)
Sherman Holmes had been born and raised in Alabama and, despite his mania for Victorian England, had a deep, true affection for the American South. About once a year, usually on a warm spring weekend, he would gas up his antique Bentley and make the long pilgrimage back home.
Sherman himself was an orphan, but he had always kept in contact with his childhood neighbors, Big Daddy Brown and his clan. On one of his annual visits, the odd little detective found himself joining the Browns in every Alabamian's favorite pastime, a picnic.
The scene was a state park where the old southern family commandeered a picnic table. Big Daddy spread the tablecloth. Two of the grown children, Tiffany and Billy, unloaded the wicker baskets. The third, Julius, poured iced tea from a thermos, while Big Momma unpacked the crystal salt and pepper shakers and handed out cloth napkins. Sherman added his own touch, a candelabra topped with citronella candles to keep away the bugs.
Although he saw the Browns just once a year, Sherman felt he knew them intimately. Julius was close to his own age, while Tiffany and Billy, the twins, were a good ten years younger. None were married, as if forming a family of their own might be some sort of affront to the domineering father who controlled their lives.
On the surface, the picnic resembled the dozen previous picnics he'd attended with the Browns. Billy flipped burgers on the grill. Julius kept everyone's glass full. Tiffany and Big Momma hovered over the proceedings, doling out seconds and thirds, while Big Daddy slathered butter on his corn, spilling half of it on his plate and wiping the other half from his mouth with a napkin.
But something was wrong. The jokes were strained, the affection too forced, and Sherman's sixth sense was kicking into gear. He tried to ignore it.
Big Daddy's heart attack came suddenly, near the end of the meal. The elderly man's fleshy face turned as white as his neatly trimmed mustache. His breathing grew heavy. Then he grasped his chest and collapsed backwards into the grass.
(Photo: Joe Songer/Al.com)
Superheroes made an appearance to entertain the young patients at the Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham, Alabama. Captain America, Spider-Man, Superman and Batman zipped down rappelling lines in front of the windows of the 15-story building. That’s normal for Batman, but really lazy of Superman, who can fly, and Spider-Man, who can simply adhere to the side of the building.
Joe Songer of Alabama Media Group reports that all four superheroes work for Squeegee Cleaning Services of Chelsea. It’s sad that in today’s economy, superheroes have to take on second jobs to make ends meet. Maybe it’s time to take in roommates at the Fortress of Solitude and the Batcave.
Scout at Scouting New York knows more about the geography of the city than anyone else I know, so when I saw he wrote The 10 Most Dangerous Places In New York City, my curiosity was piqued. Some of those places have horrible histories! This is just the beginning of the entry on The Bramford.
Considering the atrocities that have occurred at this building over the years, its nickname, the “Black Bramford,” is well-earned. Once home to the Trench sisters (two proper Victorian ladies who cooked and ate several young children, including a niece), later residents Pearl Ames and Keith Kennedy, with his obscene parties, continued to bring infamy to the place. In 1959, a dead infant was found wrapped in newspaper in the basement.
Another thing you should know, Scout makes a living as a location scout for movies and TV shows that are planning to film in New York City. Not only does he know a lot about city geography, he knows all there is to know about movies that are filmed there. -via Metafilter
Can I use this excuse? Will my boss accept it? Only if I work for Kelly Angel, the artist who made this comic.
I know that Dexter Morgan, Water White and Rainbow Dash are going into that room. Only one character is coming out alive. No matter who survives, I’ll be messed up. It’s like the flu for my soul and I need the television equivalent of chicken soup.
Closure? I don’t need closure. I need the show to keep going. Maybe Stephen Colbert had the right idea when he kidnapped Vince Gilligan (NSFW language).
-via Pleated Jeans
Military Working Dog Chef H067 spent most of his life in the U.S. Armed Forces as an explosives detection dog. The Belgian Malinois served his country and is now retired to a forever home with YouTube member Louisa Vaughn. This video shows him meeting a kitten, something he'd never encountered before. Another video taken some time later shows him interacting with an even younger kitten. Chef has so many wonderful things to enjoy in civilian life! -via Viral Viral Videos
The Department of Defense Military Working Dog Center is always looking for potential homes for retired military dogs. If you'd like to give a veteran dog a home, find information and links at pet-zet.
Numéro is a clever new pop-up book by French artist Marion Bataille. You may remember her previously featured work: a pop-up alphabet book. Her most recent work has similarly basic content: the numbers one through ten.
The design of the book, however, is anything but simple. Watch as the pages elegantly unfold, revealing each numeral. It's like a ballet on paper. But in an interview, Ms. Bataille describes the process of designing and making a pop-up book as something more like fashion design:
What are the steps and people involved in a pop up? We understand it would take more than a writer and an illustrator and of course, a publisher.
It depends on how the author works, some work in collaboration with a paper engineer. But personally, I like to do engineering, it is part of the pleasure.
Please tell us a bit more on the manufacture of pop ups. Is each copy handcrafted or machine made? Is the glue a special kind? Any other interesting trivia?
It is very much like dress making, you build a construction in paper, and put it flat, draw a pattern and adjust several times until it moves smoothly. The glue is the one one uses in bookbinding. You need few more tools : one to mark the folds, for this one can use a used ball-pen. A cutter, a ruler, sellotape for adjustments.
What? You want to show that Disney princess movie to kids? Never! The stories that they're based on are far too grim for any child. Would You Bloom shows you the plot points that Disney tends to leave out from the centuries-old tales.
Just think: in two hundred years, people will make children's movies featuring watered down versions of Saw, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Exorcist. Only literary scholars and historians will know the origins of Jigsaw the singing puppet who wants to be a real boy. Little girls will dress as Princess Leatherface for Halloween.
Direct, an advertising agency in South Africa, made this ad for Douwe Egberts, a company that manufactures coffeemakers. Direct built a coffee vending machine and placed it in the O.R. Tambo International Airport outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. The machine had no obvious interface—no means of placing an order or inserting money.
It did, however, have a camera and facial recognition software in its computer. When the machine detected someone in front of it yawning, it dispensed a free cup of coffee. In the video below, watch sleepy passengers react with surprise, like the machine is reading their minds.
Fahrradhof Altlandsberg is a used bike shop in Altlandsberg, Germany. The building itself makes it clear what is to be found inside. The story goes that once when 40 trade-in bikes came in, the staff asked owner Peter Horstmann what to do with them, he said, "Hang 'em on the wall!" Which they did.
Now, Horstmann is Canadian. It occurs to me that he might possibly have meant to hang them on the inside walls of the store for display, but the German understanding of the phrase may have painted a different picture. In any case, the bikes went up outside. Over the years, the collection grew to 120 bikes on the outside of the building. See more pictures of the bike shop at When On Earth. -via the Presurfer
(Image credit: Flickr user zonenklaus)
This wooden wall plaque from Signals makes me feel uplifted and inspired to embrace life fully. I feel motivated to spread my wings and soar like a buzzard or spread my leaves out to the sun like kudzu. I am the tree--not the Giving Tree but a sneakily Taking Tree.
And how do you persuade someone with text? It's not the idea behind your words; it's writing in italics and alternating fonts.
Halloween is approaching. Add some devilishly fun charm to your kitchen table with the Witch and Cauldron Salt & Pepper shakers from the NeatoShop. The shakers are made of ceramic and held together by magnets. They are a charming way to spice up what ever you have boiling and baking in your pots. Even lizard legs and owlet wings can benefit from a little bit of seasoning.
What happens when someone goes on Twitter to express disappointment over discovering his Velveeta cup came waaaayyyyyy too empty? If that person is Chris Torres, the creator of Nyan Cat, and Velveeta just happens to get wind of the Tweet, then pure magic can happen in the form of cheesy goodness.
That is, they sent him a package to make up for their blunder that included not only five blocks of original Velveeta, but also a one-of-a-kind tee showing a modified Nyan Cat with bread and drippy cheese replacing Nyan's classic Pop Tart and rainbow.
Aside from showing that they have great customer service, Velveeta really impressed everyone simply by showing off their appreciation for great memes and that's what really matters in a processed cheese food company.
The following is an article from Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader.
Because early peoples depended on rivers for survival, they were among the first geological features to receive official names. Many of the origins are so old, in fact, that they're lost to history. Here's what we do know.
(Image credit: Flickr user Prayitno)
Description: The U.S.'s second-longest river (after the Missouri) begins at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and travels 2,340 miles south, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Origin: The name is believed to be a combination of two Indian words, although experts aren't sure which ones. It may have been the Ottawa mici ("great") and zibi ("river"), or the Algonquin misi ("father") and sipi ("water"). What is certain is that in 1666 French explorers in the Great Lakes region recorded it as Messippi. As they traveled south, that name supplanted all of the other names in use. In 1798 the U.S. Congress officially named the new territory after the Algonquin version, "Mississippi."
(Image credit: Gabriel Villena)
Description: Pronounced "tems," it flows through several cities in southern England, notably London.
Origin: The first known reference comes from the Celtic Tamïssa, meaning "dark river." In Latin it became Tamesis and then in Middle English, Temese. The "h" was added during the Renaissance, possibly as an homage to the Thyamis River in Greece, but the pronunciation of the hard "T" remained.
As someone who used to play roller derby, I can tell you, those girls are tough. That being said, I don't think all but the best skater could hold their own against Batgirl and even the greatest blocker in the world would fly across the rink with even the tiniest bump by She-Hulk.
Of course, I would pay all kinds of money to see a roller derby match between Marvel and DC heroines -though it is hard to imagine any rink could actually withstand the brutality their match ups would inevitably result in.
These adorable derby dames were created by delightful geek artist Kevin Bolk.
Via Geek Tyrant
A Japanese manufacturer is selling a kit from which you can make a gelatin/pudding dessert that looks like a shaking butt. For real.
The dessert is a tribute to the character of Shin Nohara on the Japanese manga series Crayon Shin-chan. The five-year-old Shin apparently shows his butt occasionally. I could not find any source to explain why a five-year-old would wear a red thong, so the tie-in with the character may be window dressing to make the product look respectable.
We can't say how it tastes, but you can watch a video of the process of making it at I New Idea. -via Everlasting Blort
Update: Robert Mungo has more insight into Shin-Chan in the comments.