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RIP Sir Nicholas Winton, Who Saved 669 Children during the Holocaust

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Nicholas Winton was a 29-year old British stockbroker working in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1938 during the gradual conquest of that nation by Nazi Germany. He was aware that the Jews there were in great danger. He wanted to save as many as possible, especially the children. So Winton and his colleagues arranged for host families in Britain and Sweden to take the children. They made phone calls, sent letters, scrounged up money, and arranged the logistics for this massive undertaking—all while holding down his day job as a stockbroker. He helped 669 children escape from the Holocaust in occupied Europe.

Then Winton returned to Britain as that nation and Germany went to war in 1939. He drove an ambulance and later joined the Royal Air Force. After the war, he worked in various positions, including co-owning a popsicle factory.

Winton didn’t talk about the rescue, not even to his wife. The Washington Post reports:

In the late 1980s, Mr. Winton’s wife, the former Grete Gjelstrup, was rooting through the attic when she came upon a scrapbook containing documents related to the wartime rescue effort. He had never mentioned it to her. […]

The scrapbook made its way to Elisabeth Maxwell , the Holocaust scholar and wife of newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell. Soon, Mr. Winton found himself featured in British newspapers and on the BBC television program “That’s Life!”


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Here is an incredible scene from that program. You should watch it right now.

Sir Nicholas Winton died today at the age of 106.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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Historically Accurate Civil War Uniforms for Dogs

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Well, technically speaking, dogs on either side usually did not wear regulation uniforms. But if you want your pooch to look like a Union or Confederate soldier with the precision that a Civil War reenactor would appreciate, then Stephanie Honodel can outfit your dog.

Honodel has been making custom pet clothing for 15 years. About 5 years ago, a Civil War reenactor asked her to make a Confederate general’s uniform for his miniature pinscher. Word about her work spread and she’s since made hundreds of Civil War dog costumes. To accommodate her business, she’s just opened a shop called the Dogs of Gettysburg, which is helpfully located near the battlefield site.

If you don’t have a dog, you can still throw your pet back in time. Honodel also makes costumes for cats, pigs, tortoises, and snakes. You can read more about her work at the Huffington Post.

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USA Challenges Japan to a Giant Robot Duel

Some robotics companies build robots for scientific and technical research. Others build them for specific purposes, like factory tasks. MegaBots, Inc. builds them for bragging rights. What do you need a giant robot for? To fight other giant robots! Duh, don’t you ever watch movies or read comic books?

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Anyway, world reputation is on the line. Megabots has a giant robot called the Mark 2. Suidobashi Heavy Industry in Japan has the giant robot Kuratas. If the challenge is answered, we may see both of them destroy each other in about a year. Read more about the giant robots at Jalopnik. -via Viral Viral Videos  


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Butcher Billy Bullies Banksy

Butcher Billy is a Brazilian artist with a talent for mashing up famous figures from the world of pop culture, from comic book characters to cartoon superstars to famous musicians.

Billy's boldly derivative works are irreverent, silly and soft edged yet oh so hip, so it's only natural that his artistic journey into parody paradise has led him to the works of Banksy.

Butcher Billy has collected some clever cartoon parody art between the covers of a coloring book called Butcher Billy Bullies Banksy, and boy did that street art ever need a cartoon makeover!

Here's hoping this coloring book will actually be released in stores someday, but for now we can only dream of coloring between those mighty appealing cartoon contour lines...

-Via Laughing Squid

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Desperately Seeking Sleep

There’s nothing like parenthood to make you appreciate what your own parents went through. But even if you aren’t a parent, you can bet your bottom dollar that you weren’t easy to deal with as an infant (or toddler, or teenager). This revelation is brought to you by Lunarbaboon.

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Leggy Tables Strut in Style

Vick Vanlian, a furniture and interiors designer from Lebanon, developed the BFF Console Tables line. They’re painted in bright colors and supported by one or two pairs of feminine legs in high heels. They’re an homage to pop artists Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, as well as a reflection of Vanlian’s “love for fashion and women’s beauty.”

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Practical Redesigns For Female Superhero Costumes

Female superhero costumes are at the center of a huge debate that is mostly being debated by people who don’t even read comics yet like to opine about them for some strange reason.

That being said, the debate rages on for some reason, and even though the comic book industry is unlikely to make any major changes to their main characters’ wardrobes there are plenty of people with good ideas about what a redesign should look like.

One of those forward thinking artists goes by the name of Ingvard The Terrible, and he has some good ideas for making the suits worn by our favorite female superfolks more practical.

Of course, the redesigns make them all look very similar, like supporting characters in a sci-fi movie, but hey- at least they're all covered up now!

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Chuck Norris Plush Doll Giveaway


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Here's a fact for you: When the Bald Eagle looks up "Freedom" in the dictionary, it'll find the entry for Chuck Norris.

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Actually, no. Chuck Norris wasn't hiding. He was just biding his time until he can reward loyal Neatoramanauts with this exclusive giveaway: We have 10 warehouse-find Chuck Norris plush dolls that are calling YOUR name.

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Zoo Basel's Gorilla Troop Welcomes New Baby

For the first time in ten years, a Western Lowland Gorilla has been born at Zoo Basel in Switzerland. On May 19, 26-year-old mom Joas and 16-year-old father M’Tonge welcomed their newborn. The baby, whose sex has yet to be determined, has been cause for excitement in the entire troop of Western Lowland Gorillas at Zoo Basel: Faddama, Quarta, Zungu, and Goma. Like a family, they all embraced the youngster.

As is evident from the video below, mom Joas keeps her baby close and handles it lovingly and gently. Infant gorillas are wholly dependent on their mothers, suckling at least once an hour and sleeping with them in the same nest. Fathers don't take an active role in caring for the young, but they help socialize them to other gorillas and protect them from aggression. 

Read more about these fascinating animals and see additional pictures at Zooborns. 

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Sweet Dreams Puddin' - She's Maddeningly Cute!


Sweet Dreams Puddin' by Andriu

Harley has a smile that melts people's minds, and a voice that cuts through their heads like a hacksaw, but some people find her quite charming. There's one clown in particular who is extremely fond of her wild side, and this joker just loves when Harley goes all savage on his squad with a baseball bat! Miss Quinn might look cute, ladies and gentleman, but inside she's got a suicide solution and a heart that's twisted by madness.

Spread maniacal smiles wherever you go with this Sweet Dreams Puddin' t-shirt by Andriu, it's one cute way to show your love for comic book's battiest femme fatale!

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How to Make Minions

If you want to do something neat but odd, Dave Hax will find a way to make it work! If you are a fan of Minions, you’ll want to see the new movie Minions, opening next week in the U.S. And you’ll want to make your own.

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Unfortunately, a very crucial basic step in the beginning makes it darn near impossible for Americans to carry out this project. If you live in Europe, it should be a snap. But at least we now know what inspired the look of the Minions. -Thanks, Dave!  

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Deterrence against a First-Strike Nuclear Attack


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One of the greatest problems with nuclear war strategy is that nuclear attacks require very little time to carry out. At the height of the Cold War, annihilation was, hypothetically, only a few minutes away (as illustrated metaphorically by the famous Doomsday Clock on the cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.) This inspired fear by both sides that the other would launch a pre-emptive strike in order to avoid a surprise attack. The winner (or the side that would lose less badly if everything worked) would be whoever struck first.

In these tense moments, it would be essential to have national leaders who were sufficiently calm that they could make rational decisions. To a degree, they must hesitate to kill. In a 1981 issue of the Bulletin, Roger Fisher made a suggestion for how to create that condition. It’s quoted at the Nuclear Secrecy Blog:

There is a young man, probably a Navy officer, who accompanies the President. This young man has a black attaché case which contains the codes that are needed to fire nuclear weapons. I could see the President at a staff meeting considering nuclear war as an abstract question. He might conclude: “On SIOP Plan One, the decision is affirmative, Communicate the Alpha line XYZ.” Such jargon holds what is involved at a distance.

My suggestion was quite simple: Put that needed code number in a little capsule, and then implant that capsule right next to the heart of a volunteer. The volunteer would carry with him a big, heavy butcher knife as he accompanied the President. If ever the President wanted to fire nuclear weapons, the only way he could do so would be for him first, with his own hands, to kill one human being. The President says, “George, I’m sorry but tens of millions must die.” He has to look at someone and realize what death is—what an innocent death is. Blood on the White House carpet. It’s reality brought home.

When I suggested this to friends in the Pentagon they said, “My God, that’s terrible. Having to kill someone would distort the President’s judgment. He might never push the button.

And so this proposal was never put into practice (as far as we know).

What do you think? Would Fisher’s suggestion have been a good idea?

-via TYWKWIDBI


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Quantifying Our Emotions After Watching A Disney-Pixar Movie

Pixar’s latest film Inside Out is leaving audiences with all kinds of feelings they’ve never felt before, and thanks to the colorful animated feature those new feelings now have a funny face.

The film is all about emotions, so it’s only natural to feel strongly about it one way or the other, but how do we quantify how all Disney-Pixar movies make us feel so other people will understand?

Why, you create an illustrated graph, of course! And that's just what the fine folks at Oh My Disney! did, using the emotion characters from Inside Out to illustrate the many different feels felt after watching a Pixar flick.

So now when your friends and family ask you what you thought of Inside Out  or any other Pixar movie you can show them one of these charts while you choke back the tears...

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Terminator Timelines

The Terminator franchise has already given us four movies over 30 years with one story, but it’s a confusing one. The new film, Terminator: Genysis opens today, but before you see it, you might want to have a refresher course on the chronology of the other films. All time travel movies tend to be confusing, but with Terminator, each film alters the timelines of those that came before -and the new movie messes with that timeline even more. Direct TV gives us an interactive timeline for The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and Terminator Salvation, plus an alternative timeline and an overview of the entire saga. -via The A.V. Club


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An All-American Pie-Cake for the Fourth of July

A cherpumple is a cherry pie, a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie all baked separately, then baked into cake layers, which are then stacked and iced. It is a thing of glory sometimes attributed to American humorist and chef Charles Phoenix.

We most recently saw Phoenix unveil to the world his Uncle Watermelon party game and snack. He’s already getting prepared for the holiday weekend with a special cherpumple called the Cheruble. This recipe replaced the pumpkin pie with a blueberry pie, then seals the three pies inside red, white, and blue cakes in reflection of the colors of the US flag.

If you’re French, then you can use the same design for the upcoming Bastille Day. Just alter the order of the layers to match the French revolutionary flag.

-via Foodiggity

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A Remake of Jurassic Park Made By 2 Kids Back In 1993

When the first Jurassic Park film premiered in 1993 audiences were blown away by the megasaurus-sized action taking place on the screen, but nobody got into the first flick quite like the kiddos.

90s kids had their tiny worlds rocked by the dinosaur based destruction they saw on the big screen, and for most, Jurassic Park became a fond memory from their childhood.

However, some kids didn't see the movie as mere spectators, they saw it through the eyes of budding filmmakers and found themselves inspired.

Two young moviemakers named Michael Raisch and David Chakris decided to create their own "remake" of Jurassic Park using their toys, hand drawn sets and a VHS camera. From Michael's website:

In the summer of 1993 inspired by the release of Jurassic Park, Michael and David set out to recreate the excitement and visuals of the hit film. Over a period 6 months in New Jersey they filmed multiple versions of the film until they were pleased with their final version. Equipped with the best VHS era technology, [Michael and David] re-created the movie magic of Jurassic Park with hand drawn sets, action figures and fishing line.

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It's incredible what David and Michael were able to accomplish with so little, and Michael has gone on to a successful career in graphic design and video that all began with this Jurassic Park short.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Global Boom

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

Gutsy Explosions in the Northern Hemisphere
compiled by A.S. Kaswell and S. Drew, AIR staff

Here is a brief and somewhat haphazardly selected guide to some unfortunate, and probably embarrassing, explosions of a particular type.

Boom (Italy, 1952)
“Unusual Complication in Electrosurgery: Explosion of Gases in the Cecum During Operation of Cecal Fistula” [article in Italian], G. Pezzuoli and C. Ghiringhelli, L’Ospedale Maggiore, vol. 40, no. 9, September 1952, pp. 443-6.

Boom (Spain, 1964)
“Pneumatic Explosion of the Cecum in Patients with Carcinoma of the Colon” [article in Spanish], N. Antonelli and E. Borenstein, Prensa Medica Argentina, vol. 51, October 23, 1964, pp. 999-1002.

Boom (Germany, 1974)
“Intestinal Gas Explosion As a Rare Cause of Traumatic Colon Perforation” [article in German], F.J. Stucker and H. Molzberger, Chirurg, vol. 45, no. 8, August 1974, pp. 373-5.

Boom (America, 1974)
“Explosions of Colonic Gas,” B.H. Rogers, New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 291, no. 20, November 1974, p. 1089.

Left: Mrs. Casey, the wife of the minister to the Australian Legation in Washington, D.C., and two children studying global phenomena in 1942. Photo: Marjory Collins, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Famous Men And Their Feline Friends, Illustrated

Cats are beloved by both sexes, and yet they’ve become the subject of a cultural misconception that states women are more inclined to own cats than men.

However, everyone knows this is false, and many of the most famous and most macho men in history have had a pet cat they loved like a member of the family.

Brooklyn-based artist Sam Kalda has created some wonderful portraits of famous men hanging out with their cats and collected them all in an MFA book project appropriately entitled Men and Cats: An Illustrated History.

The book is Sam's way of showing that men like cats and cats get along just fine with men, and we don't have to be crazy to be a self described "cat-fancier", we just have to be crazy about cats!

-Via It's Nice That

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Rusty Wraps Disguise a Brand New Van

Ugh! What a piece of junk! No thief could consider stealing that wreck. I doubt that it will last more than a few more miles before falling apart.

Or maybe not! It's actually a brand new Volkswagen T5 Transporter Sportline in perfect condition. But the owner wanted car thieves to suspect otherwise. So he hired Clyde Wraps, a car graphics company in Glasgow, Scotland, to design and wrap the van in custom vinyl sheets that make it look like a rust bucket. The Clyde Wraps blog describes the process:

Once we had completed the artwork – which is not mirror imaged for either side too – we printed in full colour digital vinyl and finished in a Matt Laminate to further dull the colours used. It goes without saying the van stands out in a crowd and our customer had great pleasure in telling us later that it only took 3 days for the police to pull him over to ask what was going on with all the rust…

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The History Of Wimbledon, As Told By Chris (Simpsons Artist)

Flourescent green balls are floating through the air, wealthy people dressed in bleached white outfits and sweatbands are running back and forth in a square divided by a net, while a judge sits in his tower overlooking it all.

That’s right, it’s time for Wimbledon’s whiffers to make their way back to the tennis courts, and even though tennis fans are all atwitter you can hardly hear a peep coming out of them because they’ve been silenced for the sake of player concentration.

Thankfully the amazingly knowledgeable Chris (Simpsons Artist) has all the 411 you need to understand the history of Wimbledon, including these tasty little fact nuggets:

1945 - tennis is accidentally invented by geoffrey tennis in his back garden while throwing a plum at the back of his wife annettes head as she slept on the grass

1947 - the first wimbledon is won by a man called glen littles who was known to have the littlest hands in the world that measured only 1cm long when fully erect

1948 - a man with tiny bell earrings entertains the crowd in the rain

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God Save The Queen - Rock And Roll Royalty


God Save The Queen by In Stank We Trust

Freddy came from a kingdom far, far away, where moustachioed people danced the night away while wearing rainbow colored suspenders and platform shoes. He was raised to respect the rules, but somewhere along the way he started losing his love of the law and became entranced by a rhapsody of bohemian origin. An idea came to Freddy in a flash- form a band as shiny as mercury and sing the songs the whole world wants to hear. Within a few years Freddy's band had overthrown the monarchy with a cry of "we are the champions!", and the rest is rock and roll history!

Celebrate one of history's greatest rock bands with this God Save The Queen t-shirt by In Stank We Trust, it'll make you a legend among the music loving masses!

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Horrible Accident between Van and Pedestrian


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Stay safe out there. That’s hard to do, as this dashcam footage reveals. A man is walking along a sidewalk, tending to his own business, when a van veered straight for him at high speed. He’s lucky to have made it out alive.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Zero Divided by Zero

I’m not sure that he was the first to think of it, but Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad started a flood of people asking Siri the question “What is zero divided by zero?” For those of you who don’t use iPhones (like me), Siri is a personal assistant that talks to you. Those of you who use Siri may want to stop reading right now and try it. Otherwise, here is what she said:

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Florida Driver Pulls Dukes of Hazzard Move Over Opening Drawbridge


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This cuhrazy Florida driver of an SUV jumped a West Palm Beach drawbridge after it began opening. The man was able to make the jump and no one was injured. When interviewed later, the driver said he was distracted due to setting his GPS system. Way to navigate, dude! Via Uproxx


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Oslo Is Building The World's First Bee Highway

Global bee populations have been in decline for quite some time, and yet we’re still scrambling to figure out how we can help them bounce back.

Some have turned to hybridization, others feel that limiting the use of certain pesticides and refraining from building cell phone towers in areas where bees thrive might be the answer, but Oslo, Norway has a far simpler idea.

Oslo is about to become the first city to install bee highways- a collection of flower covered rooftops meant to offer bees safe travel throughout the city. Here's what Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the environmental group behind this unique ecological project, has to say about the bee highway-

“We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it, To correct that we need to return places to them to live and feed.”

If you're interested to see how the bee highway project is progressing you can track it all on the website Pollinatorpassasjen.no, where you'll find an interactive map and more about this awesome idea (all written in Norwegian, of course).

-Via Gizmodo


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Man Tries to Cut Watermelon with a Sword, Fails Spectacularly


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Like all men of quality, Ali has a sword. It’s a heavy scimitar appropriate for slicing open head-sized round objects, such as watermelons. He did not anticipate the outcome, but nonetheless considers it to be something of a victory because the watermelon tasted good.

On reddit, Ali admits that he “didn’t quite think it through.” I disagree. The watermelon is safely placed in the center of a cutting board. Ali did just fine.

-via That’s Nerdalicious!


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Ten Confessions of Car Salesmen

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This is the time of year that new car models are being released, and some of us may be looking to make a trade or purchase. Unfortunately, that entails dealing with car salesmen, an interaction with some of whom isn't the most pleasant experience. 

The article linked below talks about various practices and facts surrounding car dealerships and their salesman. While reading it won't help you get a good deal on your next car, it does contain some interesting facts. For instance, 

9. THE JOB IS GOING THE WAY OF THE DODO.
In 2015, more than a million Americans work at car dealerships. But that could change. Thanks to the Internet, people now walk into dealerships with their minds already made up. They don’t need—or want—a salesperson’s pitch. It makes sense that some dealerships are trading in their inflatable gorillas for online ads, as the Internet is by far their top referral source. In 2013, brand activity on Twitter alone drove $716 million in car sales, according to marketing analytics firm MarketShare. In other words, for better or worse, selling cars is becoming less of an art that involves human interaction, and more of a science that doesn’t.

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Man Breaks World Record for the Longest Drag Behind a Galloping Horse While on Fire

(Image: The Local/Owen Kilgour)

Now I shall ask the obvious question: why is this not an Olympic sport? Getting dragged behind a galloping horse while on fire is a fantastic recreational activity. It should have a role in youth sports programs, training these specialized athletes from a young age. After a generation or two of this, we could see athletes halving Joe Tödtling’s record.


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Tödling, a stuntman from Austria, wore a special protective suit (which, in my opinion, takes some of the fun out of it) while being dragged by a horse for a full 500 yards. He did this on fire, thus breaking the previous Guinness Word record of 472.8 meters. Tödling then immediately turned around and was dragged by an ATV 582 meters, also while on fire.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Asgardian Iron Man Armor

Look at this beautiful suit of custom-made armor! It was fashioned by Samuel Lee of Prince Armory (previously), who specializes in one-of-a-kind cosplay armor. It’s made of leather with brass hardware, and it’s not for sale. Yes, Lee can make you something just as awesome, but he’s got a substantial waiting list. See more pictures at Geeks Are Sexy.


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High Fashion Food

Gretchen Röehrs, a fashion designer in San Frrancisco, says that she “still plays with her food.” She inks female bodies around fresh fruits, bread, and oyster shells. The results are designs that look like they’re ready to parade down the catwalk at a fashion show.

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