As a rule New Yorkers do things on a daily basis, just like pretty much everyone else in the world, but it's often assumed the things New Yorkers do are strange things, urbane things, utterly New Yorkerly things.
The thing I said about the New Yorkerly things they do is actually true, but that's because New Yorkers have access to things many others don't, like one dollar pizza slices that actually taste good.
On the flip side they also have to deal with everyday things others don't, like mysterious fluids falling from the sky.
Photographer Larry Chen noticed that honeybees were living in a wall of his house. They weren’t coming inside, but who wants bees living in the wall? Instead of calling an exterminator, he contacted a beekeeper named Mike.
Mike managed to remove an established hive and contain almost all the bees without harm. There was some wall repair to do, but it was a nice squared-off hole, so it shouldn’t have been too difficult. Highlights of the 5-hour process were recorded for your edification and amusement. In other words, this is fascinating. -via reddit
When the Gorons started making candy everyone was pretty skeptical about how it would taste, but his Ruby Rock candy is actually pretty good! Too bad the pieces only come in large and legendary sizes, so nobody can actually fit those delicious boulders in their mouths. Zelda suggested Link tell the Gorons their candy pieces are too big for Hylians to eat, but Link knew better than to insult those rocky Death Mountain dwellers with a criticism of their candy. Instead, he slipped on his Goron mask and pretended to be one of them...
Add some tasty video game fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Goron's Ruby Rock Candy t-shirt by Cory Freeman Design, it'll rock your fellow fans like a sweet ocarina solo!
This was recorded on Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia by the folks at Lone Goat Soap Co. Naturally, YouTubers had to edit this video to “improve” the roar, and to insert the marmot into an opera and a Taylor Swift concert. You can see those at Tastefully Offensive. -via Arbroath
Marilyn Monroe in a still from The Misfits, 1960 | Image: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
In 1960, during the filming of Marilyn Monroe's last completed film, The Misfits, her life began to fall apart. Monroe's husband at the time, playwright Arthur Miller, had written the screenplay, which was about a troubled woman in love with an older man. By all accounts, the story was Miller's interpretation of his and Monroe's marriage.
The shoot, filmed in the Nevada desert at temperatures regularly over 100 degrees, was punishing. Monroe watched helplessly as Miller, on set, fell in love with photographer Inge Morath. Mercurial, alcoholic film director John Huston spent most of the time drunk. Clark Gable, Marilyn's costar, died of a heart attack only a week after filming ended. In this horrific set of circumstances, Monroe's remaining stability crumbled and she increasingly abused prescription drugs. In November of 1960, Arthur Miller filed for divorce.
It's not uncommon to see people hitting treadmills and ellipticals to get in shape, but back in the 1940s an exercise machine called the Streamliner was introduced, and it was supposed to fight the "battle of the bulge" for you
Belle Boyd, teenager, “fast woman,” and Confederate spy.
Karen Abbott grew up in Philadelphia and then moved to Atlanta. She experienced culture shock when suddenly confronted with people who seem to still be fighting the Civil War. It piqued her interest in the conflict, and she wondered how women were involved. There are always women involved in war, even if they don’t make it into textbooks. Abbot became intrigued with the stories of Elizabeth Van Lew, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Sarah Emma Evelyn Edmondson, and Maria Isabella “Belle” Boyd. The stories of these spies and soldiers intersected with each other, and involved plenty of other women who left fewer accounts behind. They used the misogyny of the time to their own advantage.
In this climate, women made great spies precisely because of the way 19th-century society underestimated them. During the Civil War, they “were able to take society’s ideas about the weakness of womanhood and brilliantly exploit them,” Abbott says. “Women were always supposed to be the victims of war, not the perpetrators. One of my favorite quotes in the book is from a Lincoln official, who was completely flummoxed when he said, ‘What are we going to do with these fashionable women spies?’ The idea that women are not only capable of treasonous activity, but they are also capable of executing it more deftly than men was something that had never occurred to these men. The women were either above suspicion, in the case of somebody like Elizabeth Van Lew, or below suspicion, in the case of somebody like Mary Jane Bowser. Nobody even knew she could read, and of course, she was probably the smartest one of them all.”
If they were caught, or on the verge of being caught, female spies could play dumb, helpless, or indignant, declaring “How dare you accuse me? I am a defenseless lady!” Abbott says men didn’t know how to handle it. “Another one of my favorite scenes in the book is the hearing where Rose O’Neal Greenhow is being charged with treason against the United States,” she says. “The prosecution is questioning and badgering her, and she’s turning the tables on them and putting them on the defensive brilliantly. Then one of her interrogators says ‘I don’t think you are bent so much on treason as mischief.’ And it’s like, ‘Mischief? I basically won the battle of Manassas for the South, and I’m up to mischief?’ Even when the evidence was clearly laid out right in front of the men, she was just guilty of ‘mischief,’ because what more could a woman be guilty of?”
In this, the thirty-sixth epidode of Anglophenia, host Kate Arnell presents some fascinating facts about Cockney rhyming slang. How did it come into existence?
"It’s not 100 percent known how cockney rhyming slang — the replacement of a common word with a rhyming phrase — came about, but it’s typically thought that the tricky word play was a type of code amongst groups of people in 19th century London who wanted to speak to each other without others being able to understand (for instance, street merchants who were haggling with customers). The “tricky” part is, in almost all cases, the omission of the secondary rhyming word, making the origin and meaning of the phrase unknown."
Tricky indeed! But very interesting in that it began as sort of a secret language or code, particularly given that some non-Brit English speakers claim to this day to have trouble deciphering it at times. Via Laughing Squid
Long-wandering human tribes finally hunker down in 9000 BCE and form villages. To hop between settlements, they convert game trails—like the 440-mile Natchez Trace trail between Mississippi and Tennessee—into walking paths.
Around 5000 BCE, oxen become the preferred draft animal and the travois—a V-shaped frame that shoulders heavy weights—becomes the world’s first vehicle. Trackways widen to accommodate bigger loads.
Sumerians invent the best thing to come before sliced bread—the wheel—around 4000 BCE. Roads made of mud brick appear in the Indus Valley, while Mesopotamians build stone streets near Ur, Iraq.
This isn't McMurdo Station, which can house over a thousand residents, but the tiny Palmer Station. Only about two dozen people live there. It is, by Antarctic standards, out in the boonies. But that doesn't stop Mike Heller, the station chef, from developing impressive meals with limited ingredients that arrive only every three months.
Sometimes it's hot dog soup, which is precisely what it sounds like. But Heller can also get creative and whip up some impressive deserts. Pictured above is his mocha semifreddo. Sky Moret explored Palmer Station cuisine in a fascinating article in Roads & Kingdoms. She writes:
“I would challenge you to buy three months of produce at your grocery store … and then not go shopping again for three more months,” he tells me, pointing to 50 large cans of tomatoes stacked in his dry-goods storage room that he’ll transform into roasted tomato bisque, spicy pizza sauce, and black bean chili. […]
To add some variety, our science support crew makes exotic dishes as well. On the other U.S. Antarctic ship, the Nathaniel B. Palmer, I enjoy making liquid nitrogen–cooled ice cream with our excess supply. Scientists clad in cryogenic gloves and safety glasses stir cream, milk, sugar, and flavoring in large stainless steel bowls while I pour the super-cooled liquid into each, and a midday treat is served.
Often the stories of movies that were never made are just as interesting as those that become big hits. Can you imagine Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings starring the Beatles? It was a real idea at one time.
Before J. R. R. Tolkien sold the film rights for The Lord of the Rings to United Artists, who produced A Hard Day’s Night, in 1969, The Beatles thought it might fulfill their contract nicely. Lennon, one of the best songwriters in music contacted Stanley Kubrick, one of the best directors in the movies, to make it. Lennon reportedly wanted to play Gollum. He cast Paul as Frodo, Ringo as Sam, and George as Gandalf.
J. R.R. Tolkien, who was an English professor at Oxford at the time, was initially in favor of the idea. Lord of the Rings was published in 1954 and the best offer he’d gotten was from literary agent Forrest J. Ackerman who wanted to make a cartoon out of it. Ackerman hadn’t scored his big hit, Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, yet.
Dénes Sátor, a Hungarian designer, envisions the Egg Map as a playful navigation device for tourists to use while exploring a new city. It's a compromise between enormous folding paper maps and handheld devices. To zoom, just squeeze the egg. Each quarter has a different color to help you find out where you are. Standardized symbols show visitors how to find important spots, like restaurants and public transportation.
As a kid watching MacGyver meant discovering new ways to get out of dangerous situations I would probably never really find myself in during my lifetime.
This knowledge didn't help for much more than creating new ways to kill player characters in roleplaying games, but applying the MacGyver technique to life certainly made things more convenient.
When you go with what you've got you can work MacGyver-esque miracles with stuff you have laying around the house or were probably going to throw away, like using a squirt bottle to make pancakes or sealing a plastic bag with the top of a soda bottle.
They were once ordinary puppets, trying to entertain the world with their variety show and help people and puppets alike laugh their cares away. But then along came a silvery bolt from up above, an alien energy that transformed their very foam and fleece, bestowing strange powers upon them. Fozzy now had the power of stone to make people laugh at his jokes, Piggy gained the power of invisibility, which she didn't like at all. Kermit discovered he could stretch himself into nearly any shape, so he dubbed himself Mister Frogtastic, and Gonzo was suddenly on fire! Together they became the marvel-ous Muptastic Four, the most powerful puppets in the galaxy!
Add some super powered awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this The Muptastic Four t-shirt by Djkopet, it packs a powerful visual punch!
Aren't they adorable? They look just like cartoon versions of little pigs. But these delicious entrées aren't made of pork.
They're made of squid! Rocket News 24 followed a recipe by a Russian YouTube user to craft fresh whole squids into artistic piglets ripe for eating. They're hollow squid cores with spicy stuffing inside. You can see more process photos here.
The American Kennel Club only recognizes new dog breeds when there are a certain number of registered members of that breed. Until then, they compete in dog shows under the “miscellaneous” class. Meet some of the breeds that are beginning to find popularity among dog fans, like the almost-hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid, nicknamed the PIO, is ranked by the AKC as the 166th most popular dog breed. People often think the hairless version has a higher body temperature than other dogs, but according to the AKC, the dog actually just feels warmer to the touch, because there’s no coat between you and the dog’s skin. Of course, no coat can leave her cold, so she’ll probably need a sweater or jacket when temps drop. This charming yet reserved pooch is usually best handled by an experienced owner. We love how PIO fans refer to the small patch of hair on her otherwise-hairless head as the “kiss spot!”
It may have been a long time ago, but Star Wars wasn't necessarily in a galaxy far, far away. If you live in the US, then the events of that great story may have taken place right around the corner. Bryam Dayley of Geek Tyrant argues that the major worlds depicted in the series are analogous to US states. For example, Endor is basically Oregon:
Besides Oregon's geographical similarity to Endor, it also has a cultural similarity. Specifically Portland's culture. Its inhabitants are furry little people completely out of touch with the rest of the galaxy. Sound familiar? Ewoks are just hipsters. Bearded people who want to get in tune with retro styles and the old ways. They believe in natural remedies, grow organic plants, and irritate the hell out of a lot of people. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I went to Portland and a group of hipsters tied me up and planned to sacrifice me to some girl they worship as a goddess. Friggin Ewoks, man. Love 'em to death, but if I had to sit through The Ewok Adventure again, I think I'd kill myself.
Kevin Miller was flying his camera-rigged drone over Rhode Island near Portsmouth Abbey School and spotted this man laying in the sun on top of a wind turbine! Was he napping? Surely not. Rolling over in your sleep could mean death in that situation. A couple of commenters believe the man is a Bendictine monk who climbs the turbine often. -via Boing Boing
You've always wondered and now you know: Big Bird would look like a freshly-plucked chicken. Dan Meth explained in a helpful interactive visual tool. Next up: a 3d model of what Big Bird looks like inside.
Imagine being sent on a round-the-world trip to document public toilets. Cut Video sent Blaine on such a trip, although I have a feeling he had plenty of other assignments as well. That said, he indeed documented public toilets in major cities all over. They may not be representative of all the city’s, or country’s toilets, of course.
The Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan in Israel is home to the lovely and rare adult female sand cat shown above, named Rotem. After Rotem's partner Sela died approximately a year ago, a worldwide search was launched by zoo staff to find another mate for her. Rotem's match, three-year-old male Kalahari, was found in Sweden.
Despite the fact that, at first, male and female sand cats aren't typically left unsupervised in the same enclosure due to possible fighting, when a friendship looked likely between Kalahari and Rotem, the zoo staff decided to let them live together. It was a decision that proved fruitful for all.
Three weeks ago, the zookeepers arrived at the Safari to find three tiny kittens in a burrow in the enclosure. Rotem had already bonded with and was actively caring for her babies. Ever since they were born, the kittens have remained close to their mother. Until recently, Rotem had hidden them under her body; they are just now getting a peek at their new world.
Any sand cat births worldwide are cause for conservationists to celebrate, as the species is classified as “Near Threatened” on the IUCN Red List. Only 200 sand cats exist in European zoos, and constant attempts are made to increase their numbers.
Sand cats are native to the border between Israel and Jordan and the area further east. Additional subspecies can be found in North Africa and Saudi Arabia.
See more gorgeous pictures of Rotem and Kalahari's new family at Zooborns.
Every social media outlet fills their own niche- Facebook was meant to bring friends and family together, Twitter was created so people can share their thoughts 140 words at a time, and Instagram lets folks tell their story through pictures.
Surprisingly even Miley Cyrus has an Instagram account affecting change- @happyhippiefdn, which she founded with Joan Jett to “fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations.”
It's the latest fashion advance from China and is especially popular in Beijing, the capital city. People wear in their hair fake plants made of plastic. They're usually young plants, such as flower buds and bean sprouts. The origin and meaning are unclear, but the trend may originate with a character in a popular cartoon called Pleasant Goat and Big Bad Wolf. You can see more photos at Shanghaiist.
A two-year-old black Labrador retriever named Bear is the hero technically responsible for the arrest of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle for possession of illegal pornography, according to NBC News.
The first search of Fogle's house turned up nothing, though a number of evidence trails led authorities to believe that he possessed illegal materials. At that time, the police brought Bear into the search. The lab, one of only five in the U.S. trained to do so, is able to sniff out electronic data devices. Bear found Fogle's hidden flash drive, and Fogle was subsequently arrested.
"Much the way other dogs can pick up the scent of a fugitive or a cache of cocaine, Bear can smell the components of electronic media, even a micro-card as small as a fingernail that a suspect could easily hide. Labs are the best on this. They’ll do anything to please their owner.”
We Americans definitely love our cars, and people are quick to tell you about which makes and models are their favs, with the exact reasons why, when the subject comes up.
Some states have even become synonymous with a specific make or model, like Texas and massive Cadillacs or Oregon and Subaru wagons, but do these automotive stereotypes ring true?
The car nuts at Popular Mechanics were curious about this question of state oriented car sales, so they turned to auto analyst Tom Libby from IHS Automotive for some real world facts and figures.
Here's how Tom determined which car suited each state the most:
Libby pulled data about the make and model of every car sold in the U.S., and calculated the popularity of each by percentage using registration data. Then, he did the same at the state level, and compared each state to the national average.
Tom's data showed the sterotypes rarely match up with the sales figures, but it proved that Texans still love their Cadillacs, only nowadays they prefer the massive Escalade EXT.
People think girls don't like to get messy, but splatoon superstar Squid Girl loves inking up the world. She's not afraid to step into the fray when the ink starts flying, and as long as she's got her headphones on and music playing there's no way she can lose! Anyone who has an inkling of an idea that they might beat Inkopolis' splat diva had better think again, because she's locked, loaded and ready to splatoon her way to victory!
Clean up your geeky wardrobe with this Splat Girl t-shirt by MdM Shirts, it's the bold way to show your love of ink splattered shooters!
Back in 1975, ABC designed a sitcom around a standup comedian named Gabe Kaplan. He had no acting experience at all. He was to play an inner-city high school teacher to a gang of slackers. Where did that idea come from? From Kaplan’s own experience.
1. THE SERIES WAS INSPIRED BY GABE KAPLAN’S STAND-UP ROUTINE.
Kaplan was a star player on his high school baseball team and dreamed of someday playing in the major leagues. When he tanked at the San Francisco Giants’ spring training camp, he headed back east and took a job as a bellman at a resort hotel in Lakewood, New Jersey. After watching the touring comedians who performed there for a few months, he decided to take a stab at stand-up. He eventually developed a routine based on his experiences in a remedial class at Brooklyn’s New Utrecht High School and took his act on the road. Fellow Brooklynite Alan Sacks, who was working in Los Angeles as the producer of Chico and the Man, caught Kaplan’s performance at The Comedy Store at the urging of Freddie Prinze, and a TV sitcom pitch was born.
2. ANY RESEMBLANCE TO REAL PERSONS WAS STRICTLY INTENTIONAL.
Vinnie Barbarino (originally called “Eddie Barbarini” in the pilot script) was a combination of two real-life people: Kaplan’s fellow Sweathog Eddie Lecarri, and a tough kid named Joey Caluchi that Alan Sacks knew in junior high school. Freddie “Furdy” Peyton inspired Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington, and “Epstein the Animal” (as he was known at Kaplan’s alma mater) was transformed into the half Puerto Rican Juan Epstein at the suggestion of ABC’s then-head of programming, Michael Eisner. Only Arnold Horshack’s character retained his real-life counterpart’s name … although the original Arnold was so obnoxious that by the fourth grade, according to Kaplan, even the teachers began calling him “Arnold Horsesh**.”
So that was the genesis of Welcome Back, Kotter. You’ll find out much more, like casting decisions and the rise and fall of the series, in a trivia list at mental_floss.
Neil Henry, a magician in London, wants his seemingly magical relationship with his girlfriend to become permanent. So he performed a magic trick in which he ate a can of alphabet pasta, then pulled letters out of his mouth that spell words.
For this performance of that trick, he asked for a volunteer from the audience, then volunteered his girlfriend, Charlie Gardner. When it came time to pull the letters out of his mouth, they spelled "Marry me?"
Content warning: a bit of foul language from the future bride when she realizes what's happening.
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) allows for the photographing of objects the details of which can't be observed with the naked eye. The FEI corporation, among other things, manufactures electron microscopes and runs a competition each year to find the best SEM images.
Kids can be troublemakers and mischievous little imps, but sometimes they're blamed for mishaps that aren't their fault.
A 12-year-old boy was visiting an art museum in Taiwan when he tripped, like clumsy kids are prone to do, and thankfully he wasn't seriously hurt because he broke his fall...with a painting by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5 million.