Artist Jirka Väätäinen took the liberty of imagining a few of the most famous Disney men as if they were real-life men. As a female Disney fan, I for one want to thank his efforts because these princes and paupers are all serious babes.
Prince Eric of The Little Mermaid even looks like young John Stamos and that somehow seems totally accurate. I can sure see how someone would want to be part of his world.
Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Are you tempted to go for “five minutes more”? Inventor Colin Furze (previously at Neatorama) has the ultimate wake-up experience for you! He built a bed that has a horrid alarm with lights and sound, but if you don’t jump up immediately, the bed will do that for you, too!
Researchers at Harvard University found that they could use fat cells to produce laser light. They inevitably chose pig fat because of the flavor. An MIT Technology Review article that was surprisingly not published on April Fools’ Day explains:
The team at Harvard University turning cells into lasers has tried it before. But last time they had to put the cells inside a special optical cavity to make them shine (see “Lasers Made from Human Cells”). Pumping light into a sphere can create the resonance that produces sharply defined laser light.
This time the team showed that some cells could lase on their own. They chose pig fat because each cell contains a large, nearly perfectly spherical ball of fat inside it. They added a glowing fluorescent dye and then started up the microlasers by shining in light through an optical fiber.
Quick -can you name all seven actors who’ve played Batman? There’s Adam West and Christian Bale and… were there really seven? Yes, but some of them were before your time. It started with Lewis G. Wilson in 1943 (pictured above).
Wilson was the first and youngest actor ever to play the adult Batman, and also the least successful. At 23, the unknown thespian donned the cape and the cowl in the 15-part 1943 Columbia serial Batman. While he looked the part of the dashing playboy, his physique was more Danny DeVito as the Penguin. One critic described Wilson as “thick about the middle.” Maybe that was why he wore his utility belt just below his chest. Critics also complained that his voice was too high and that he had a Boston accent. That, of course, wouldn’t be the last time someone complained about Batman’s voice.
Find out what happened to Wilson after his Batman role, as well as the other six actors who took on the part. Ben Affleck is not counted as one of the seven, because we haven’t seen him in action yet. You’ll find the roundup at Den of Geek.
Should the roll flow over or under? That’s an old debate. Henry Franks, a product designer in London, wants to introduce a new toilet topic to argue about: where the toilet paper roll should be located.
His Bog Standard toilet seat offers a radically different perspective. You don’t have to twist or turn to reach the roll. It’s right in front of you. Provided that the seat will lock in the upright position for men, this is an ergonomically optimal placement.
You may think that you’ll never be a great writer. Maybe someone told you so. But some folks don’t listen to naysayers -they just keep at it until they get a chance to show their stuff. And even then, they don’t let failure stop them from working and improving. It’s the ones who dare who end up on that pile. This is the latest from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics.
When Ash arrived in Shinganshina he thought he was coming to compete in another regular old pocket monster tournament, but then they told him that he wouldn't be able to leave since the city was beseiged by giant monsters called Titans. This made Ash a little scared, but Pika ensured him they could battle their way out of the city if need be so everything would be okay. And then a giant grinning monster broke through the wall, and Pika watched in horror as Ash was picked up and swallowed whole...
Bring some animated danger to your geeky wardrobe with this Shingeki No Kyojin- Pika Version by Berserk7, and battle the forces of boring fashion!
In its heyday, people in Rwanda wore the amasunzu in more than 30 different ways. It was a demonstration of elegance and refinement. The East African, a news source based in Kenya, describes how and why people grew it:
The style is designed by cutting some of the hair sideways, towards the middle, then leave it to grow.
“It is a style of elegance, hygiene; it reflected reality and maturity among girls,” said Epa Binamungu, a 60-year-old visual artist. “Most adolescent girls would use it to show pride; it showed that that a girl was a virgin.
“It was a style for the spinsters.”
It was also a way of beautifying the body. Rwandan etiquette is based on the body’s nature. This style was used to reflect important aspects such as might, hygiene and, for unmarried girls, virginity. It was also a way to show class; powerful leaders, nobles and the rich wore the hairstyle.
Although the amasunzu has fallen out of style in recent decades, it is currently experiencing a revival in popular interest.
Kids latch onto the strangest things, but sometimes you just gotta go with it. Grayson always turned his attention when an ad for New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart came on. It was his favorite thing on TV! His mother L’erin Dobra noticed his fascination.
“Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” she says. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. You could call his name, give him a toy. He didn’t care. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking he would say, ‘One call’ or ‘Bart, Bart, Bart, Morris Bart, Morris Bart.’
So when Grayson’s second birthday was coming up, his Dobra contemplated a party theme, and decided to focus on the lawyer. She contacted Bart’s office through his website, and they sent a cardboard cutout, a signed photograph, and some office swag. Dobra had Bart’s face put on the birthday cake. And it was all a super big hit with Grayson. See more pictures at Buzzfeed.
Pee-Wee Herman released a set of neat-o photos from the movie, which was directed by Tim Burton (his film directorial debut, no less). This photo above shows Tim Burton holding a bunch of snakes while Pee-Wee looked on. It's from the Fire in the Pet Store scene, which you can see after the jump:
Clinic 212, an ad agency in Vilnius, Lithuania, wants people to take care that our animals friends don’t get squashed when they cross human roads and pathways. To “show that we are not the only ones living in the city,” the agency made little road signs and crosswalks in the spaces that humans and animals share.
Martynas Karpovicius came up with the idea when he saw a taxi driver almost run over a hedgehog. He and his colleagues responded on behalf of pigeons, cats, and ducks, as well as hedgehogs. You can see more photos and read about the project at the Huffington Post.
A thousand Italian singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers under the name Rockin1000 got together to play “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters. Watching that many people play and sing together -well- is spine-tingling.
Blade Runner is a groundbreaking science fiction film based on the groundbreaking Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, and when the film adaptation was released in 1982 it changed the face of sci-fi forever.
Even though Blade Runner didn’t live up to expectations at the box office, this techno-noir thriller set new standards for sci-fi special effects thanks to the master model makers who brought Syd Mead’s concept art to life.
Before he became a movie star and then a politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger made his name internationally as a bodybuilder. He climbed the ranks from 1965 to 1970, and won international championships over and over from 1970 to 1975. Then he retired from bodybuilding to focus on his fledgling career in film. In 1980, he had to go back into training to bulk up for Conan the Barbarian.
The 1980 Mr. Olympia contest in Australia was just around the corner, and Arnold was asked to host the event, but he had other plans. One day before the contest — and to the dismay of the other competitors — Arnold announced himself as a part of the competitive field. Other bodybuilders like Mike Mentzer and Boyer Coe took offense to the 11th hour placement of Schwarzenegger, citing that he should have had to register months in advance like the rest of them. Ben Weider took the competitors into a private room at the Sydney Opera House to hear their complaints, but it was made official at the end of the meeting: Arnold would compete.
The other competitors were shocked and upset, as they had to register for the competition months earlier. But that wasn’t the only strange thing about the competition. Read the rest of the story at Uproxx.
Using advanced facial and cranial biomechanical analyses with nearly 40 people whose measurements were plotted from toddlers to adults, the UI team concludes mechanical forces, including chewing, appear incapable of producing the resistance needed for new bone to be created in the lower mandible, or jaw area. Rather, they write in a paper published online in the Journal of Anatomy, it appears the chin's emergence in modern humans arose from simple geometry: As our faces became smaller in our evolution from archaic humans to today -- in fact, our faces are roughly 15 percent shorter than Neanderthals' -- the chin became a bony prominence, the adapted, pointy emblem at the bottom of our face.
Dr. Franciscus does not, however, provide an explanation for the development of multiple chins.
He was a gorilla with a grudge, a guy they used to call Donkey who was tired of tossing barrels all day for a fistful of bananas. It was time for Kong to do something about the filth in this world, time to time travel to another time and kill the all time worst villain since time immemorial- the crocofuhrer Adolf K. Rool. Can Kong jump kick and roundhouse punch his way through K. Rool's freaky forces? And will he ever be able to forget the look on Diddy Dragon's face as he was hacked in half by a kremling ninja? Maybe after a few dozen banana daiquiris...
Kick the forces of boring fashion right in the face with this Kong Fury t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's the funniest mashup this side of Miami!
Woody Harrelson has great range as an actor, able to convincingly play a farmboy from Indiana one minute and a full blown psychopathic killer the next.
They say inspiration often stems from our life experiences, and if Woody had known his father was a hitman it might have helped his acting career.
But Woody's dad left to live the hood life when he was seven years old, and Woody didn’t learn the truth about his dad until many years later, when he heard news on the radio about the murder trial of one Charles V. Harrelson.
What these Indian girls are apparently doing is manipulating in their minds and with gestures an imaginary abacus. This technique helps them keep the numbers in the man's rapid-fire math questions straight. He can barely keep ahead of them with his electronic calculator.
It’s a fantastic game, but I do have a few complaints: there aren’t enough save points, the respawning function doesn’t work, and you can’t skip the cut scenes. The graphics can be impressive, but the character designs don’t match the packaging at all. Honestly, I’ll give it only 2 out of 5 stars.
This video by The New Yorker features two New York residents, William Helmreich and Matt Green, who independently decided to embark on projects in which they walk every block of New York City. One is fairly young and one is older, and they both have different backgrounds and reasons for doing what they're doing. But on their separate journeys, both men develop profound and inspiring thoughts around them, the citizens, sights and sounds of the iconic city. Via Laughing Squid
Did you ever imagine that you’d see a “top ten” list like this? It’s not so much that a medieval monk drew a cat in the margins of an illuminated manuscript, but that there are this many of them in a list at Discarding Images, all licking their butts. Why? EmpressCallipygos at Metafilter offers an explanation, which is worth reading in its entirety. Here’s an excerpt:
So imagine this monk sitting there in a dimly-lit scriptorum, back bent over his work - he's tired, he's achey, grinding the pigment for the paint made him sneeze, and that one other monk with the mole gave him a dirty look and oh for goodness sake how could i help it the stuff got up my NOSE, brother - and he's got a long way to go before he's done illuminating this one page from Revelations, and come to think of it it was the monk with the mole that insisted there be so much blue in the damn thing....
...And in walks his cat, just sort of ambling in. Our monk momentarily glances up, too busy to do much more than notice Puss-Puss walking in. Ah, though, maybe he can watch the cat for just a second, take a little break...
...And he looks up again, just in time to see Puss-Puss plonk down and start to lick his butt, something which always tickles him because dear lord how on earth do they get their legs cocked so far back....
And after a second, our tired, cranky, bored monk switches the blue ink for the gray, and begins drawing.
Cat images may be shared by more people in the modern age, because internet, but laughing at cats and attempting to share that humor has a long history. -via Metafilter
The story goes that on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was about to launch into space, becoming the first human being to do so. At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Gagarin took a bus to the launch pad. When he arrived, he sensibly decided to relieve his bladder one last time. So he peed on one of the bus's tires.
Specifically, Gagarin peed on the back right tire.
Ever since, Soviet and Russian cosmonauts faithfully peed on the back right tire of the shuttle bus before blasting off into space.
Steve created this video to demonstrate the raw bass power of their “Tremendous Bass 118” custom sound system, but it's also a reminder that walking around a city full of booming systems with an unopened bag of chips is dangerous!
Now it's time for our collaboration with the amazing What Is It? Blog! What is this object in the picture? I don't know! The great ting is that you don't have to know the correct answer to win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!
Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you'd like. You might know the true answer, but we're going to select two winners who come up with the funniest, most outlandish guesses to win a T-shirt from the NeatoShop. However...
This game is limited to those who haven't won a t-shirt in the last month. Please write your T-shirt selection and the artist who designed it alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize, okay? May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?
Let your imagination run wild! Good luck! You can also challenge yourself with plenty of other mystery items at the What Is It? Blog.
The people of Westeros say House Lannister chose a lion because it eats its young, or because they feel like the superior predators in a land full of lambs, but they really chose the lion because lions are regal and not likely to play games. Their position as one of the greatest Houses in Westeros is undisputed, and yet the nobility associated with a lion seems to have completely escaped the family ever since that royal pain Joffrey assumed the Iron Throne...
Wear this A Lion Mind t-shirt by C0y0te7 and you'll be saying "Hear Me Roar!" to the world!
In this footage, a darling elephant calf chases swallows that fly around her as she plays in the roadway. I'm sure I'm projecting my own smile as I watched this, but it almost seems as if the elephant was smiling. She certainly looks like she's having fun, though. Via Uproxx