One of Dorkly’s People You See at Every Nerd Convention we posted just yesterday was a “Furry who refuses to admit they’re being furry,” with a cosplayer insisting he’s Rocket Raccoon. You can’t win at that game, unless you have something no one else has …like honestly being less than three feet tall!
Instagram member tyndalecode found a Rocket Raccoon that’s the perfect size at Comic Con!
There's more than one kind of O Face- there's the naughty one, the happily surprised with a birthday party one, and the one you make when you hear life altering news. That's the O Face Luke is making right now, and the cause of it is written all over his face- the lord of dark force and master of all things evil in the stars is his daddy! It's enough to make you want to go to war...
Celebrate this timeless moment in sci-fi cinematic history with this You What!? t-shirt by Alberto Arni, it's way cheaper than a paternity test and won't result in custody hearings!
Kamili and Gugas, a western lowland gorilla couple who make their home at Belfast Zoo, had a baby girl in March of 2014. Zoo staff named the baby "Kibibi," which means "little lady" in Swahili. Belfast Zoo curator Julie Mansell explained why Kibibi is such a wonderful surprise to the zoo staff:
“Kibibi is the second arrival within the last year for dad, Gugas, and she is the first girl! In 2012, with no sign of pregnancies, we tested Gugas’ fertility and the results were not promising. In fact, we feared that Gugas would never father any young. We are delighted that he has proven us all wrong with the arrival of Kibibi and Baako in the last year.
All apes are endangered or critically endangered and some professionals have even predicted that all species of ape will be extinct within 30 years. Gorilla populations have declined by more than 50% in recent decades and our role, as a zoo, in their conservation is becoming more and more vital.”
Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts received the Medal of Honor on Monday from President Obama for his action during a battle in Afghanistan. The New York Stock Exchange invited him up to open their trading session Wednesday by banging the gavel. Pitts did that, all right, but he is apparently stronger than the folks who normally wield the gavel. He knocked three times, and broke it clean off! The look on his face is priceless -as if he’d be in trouble for damaging equipment. It’s Wall Street, not the military, so the only result was a great gif. You can see the full video at Mashable. -via mental_floss
Behold, the next great burger design! This is a high-end hamburger with bacon, brown sugar, arugula, taleggio cheese, and a strawberry/rhubarb ketchup. These ingredients are unusual, but not unknown (though the ketchup is a unique recipe).
As this goes along, you might find you recognize the poetry. It’s the lyrics from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” which works surprisingly well as an angry rant. Nina Millin has a series of these, called The Beyoncelogues. -via Viral Viral Videos
Turbo is a Chihuahua puppy who was born without front legs. His owners brought him to a veterinary office in Indianapolis, Indiana when he was a month old. They had tried to care for him, but it was proving impossible for Turbo to feed with his littermates. The owners didn't want euthanize him, so they handed him over to the clinic.
The staff at The Downtown Veterinarian has been caring for him ever since. Since a dog can't be fitted for a wheeled cart until he's at least 6 months old, the staff has been improvising. They've taken toys apart and used them to make substitute legs. His first set was originally from a Fisher Price helicopter. The staff is making new carts for Turbo as he grows.
The Movies Insights YouTube Channel created another of their ten facts videos; this time around, the focus is on Seinfeld. How many times did Jerry say "Hello Newman" in an utterly disgusted tone? Fans of the show should take a guess and then hit play. Via Tastefully Offensive.
Artist Cyprien Chabert is haunted by the idea of lost paradise – forgotten and fantasized about. He recreates these worlds through his work, like this show-stopping table, carved from an erstwhile ping pong table. Chabert was inspired by the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, and its birdman ritual, an annual event in which competitors would swim through shark-infested waters to a nearby islet to collect the season¿s first eggs of the Sooty Tern and return it to their sponsor on the island. The winner was crowned birdman for one year; the ritual died out in the late 19th century. Chabert uses the exotic symbolism of Easter Island to represent the complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.
This product description inspired some funny commentary by blogger Nancy French, who writes:
My favorite part of that description is the Anthropologie product description writer’s use of the word “erstwhile.” I’ve had a lot of tough writing assignments, but I’ve never faced a task like that poor guy. I can only imagine his face when he was assigned this one.
“We’re selling a ping pong table,” his boss must’ve said.
Great! the writer may have thought. A retro addition to any family room!
“Well, you can’t actually use it, because it was created to complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.”
This statue of a fossilized T. rex stands on the Google “campus,” which is what they cll their office complex. His name is Stan. The Googleplex is also infested with a flock of plastic flamingos, which have ganged up on the dinosaur to pick the bones clean. Stan seems to not mind at all. -via Boing Boing
There are three words you never want to hear from a kombat fighter, especially if you're the one battling against him-those three words are "Get over here!". Hearing this in the pit means your opponent has plenty of energy left to pound the mortal soul out of your body, or he's about to perform a finishing move sure to end in a fatality, but you should have known what to expect when you went up against a guy who calls himself Scorpion.
Battle the forces of bland fashion with this Scorpion: Get Over Here! t-shirt by Ottyag, it's bold and bloody and sure to make an impact on anyone who sees you wearing this great shirt!
When he was 3 years old, Gagan Satish's parents gave him a pair of roller skates. He showed remarkable proficiency with them. They approached a professional skating trainer and asked for his help. Soon Gagan was mastering the art of limbo skating. That's skating very low to the ground.
Our language and how we use it owes a lot to the movies. The title of a movie that many people have seen can serve as shorthand for a concept that might take a couple of hours to explain otherwise. Sometimes the term originated with the movie title, in other cases it was a valid term that few knew or used, but now everyone knows what it means. Did you know what a “full monty” was before the movie came out? Or a “bucket list”? Mental_floss looks at eleven movies that help us communicate with just their titles, with explanations and helpful video clips.
Oh yeah, the image above is from one such film. Can you name it before you see the list?
Human Error is a fascinating ongoing image series by Victoria Siemer, a graphic designer in Brooklyn also known as Witchoria. Each image takes the form of a Polaroid snapshot--a memory--of emotional pain and turmoil. Witchoria presents these moments as computer hardware and software errors. It's a narrative of broken love as the user finds and loses trust and experiences aging and anxiety.
As happens every year at Comic Con, the first full-length preview of the new season of The Walking Dead was unveiled. Although we still have to wait until October to see Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and the zombies again, we can glean a few plot points to hang onto until then. -via Uproxx
I should never say never. Because yesterday, I would have sworn up and down that I'd never call a spider a "beautiful creature." But today is a new day, and this beautiful creature is called the sequin (or mirror) spider. This arachnid is a member of the Thwaitesia genus, which is known to have reflective patches that are beautifully iridescent, as seen here in these macro photographs by Nicky Bay.
Each tiny piece of the mirrored mosaic that is this spider's abdomen changes shape according to the spider's perceived level of threat, which is evident in these photos. The substance that makes for such a shiny surface is crystalline guanine, which is used as an ingredient in shampoo and cosmetics to achieve a look of pearlescent shimmer. Via Bored Panda.
The jacked dude only there to rock shirtless cosplay. The twenty slave Leia's and one ignored non-slave Leia. The smelly guy who has clearly been wearing the same costume every day of the con. As well as checking out the most newly recognized categories of con attendees, see them all in parts one, two and three. Via Geeks are Sexy.
Does your plumbing make noise sometimes? That could be a curse, or a blessing in disguise when you’re looking for a little musical inspiration! Polish violinist Jacek Dzwonowski takes advantage of the sound and plays along. -via Tastefully Offensive
It’s giveaway time! Neatorama and the Neatoramanauts Facebook page have teamed up with The Hidden Triforce to bring you more good stuff! The Hidden Triforce is a Legend of Zelda fansite that gamers will love. Neatorama has the t-shirts that everyone loves! In celebration of the partnership, we are giving away three t-shirts to three winners. But you gotta enter. Click below to get your name in to win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop and The Hidden Triforce. You have until Monday at noon to enter. Good luck!
If you dream of exploring the cosmos, whether with your mind or body, then you must engage in science! The captains of scientific study must insist you join the federation of science lovers and engage your mind in scientific pursuits. Take a trek across the stars without leaving your armchair, with a little help from Captains Tyson, Sagan and Nye, but please note that the title of "science guy" is already taken.
Keep your scientifically minded wardrobe geeky with this Engage in Science t-shirt by Jimiyo and show your allegiance to those who engage in scientific pursuits on television!
During World War II, the German military faced a threat worse than the Allies: typhus. The disease was killing soldiers and weakening the German forces on the Eastern front as they faced the Soviet Army. They scrambled to develop a typhus vaccine in hurry. Joachim Mrugowsky, head of the SS Hygiene Institute, set up a research lab at Buchenwald concentration camp, thinking it would be safe from Allied bombing.
Dr. Erwin Ding-Schuler, an ambitious but callow Nazi officer and Mrugowsky’s deputy, was chosen to lead production, and began assembling captive scientists with the help of his new clerk, an imprisoned German intellectual named Eugen Kogon. Among those drafted was a gentle Jewish biologist named Ludwik Fleck, who was a former assistant of Dr. Weigl whom Weigl had protected during the Nazi occupation of Lviv.
Thus began one of the most effective but least-known deceptions of World War II, one that is wondrously thick with irony: For 16 months, working under the noses of his clueless Nazi overseers—in particular Ding-Schuler, whom Fleck described as a “dummkopf”—a Jewish doctor managed to send fake typhus vaccine to the Nazi soldiers at the front, even as he provided the real thing to inoculate his fellow condemned Jews in a concentration camp.
The project started off on the wrong foot, with Nazi doctors who had no experience in immunology, overseeing camp inmates who lied about being doctors, using a translated French pamphlet as a how-to guide, to do an extremely complex procedure under horrid conditions. That was before Dr. Fleck came along, and the group finally had someone who knew what he was doing. It’s a fascinating story overall, with a Nuremberg climax fit for Hollywood, at Politico magazine. -via Digg
Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, explains how that weird electronic musical instrument the theremin came about. Russian inventor Léon Theremin patented the theremin in 1928. That’s weird, since we associate the sound with time travel, space travel, and horror. But it’s not as weird as what happened to Theremin himself. -via the Presurfer
A quiz title like this is catnip for me. See, I was a radio disc jockey for 24 years. We used to brag that we could name that tune in one note -backward. Yet I didn’t do as well as I thought I would, because I was in a hurry, that was a long time ago, and I wasn’t always playing Top 40 music.
Still, these quizzes at Slate were fun to do. I say “quizzes” because they are broken into decades: music from the 1970s (where I scored 16 of 16), the 1980s (14 of 16), the 1990s (8 of 16) and recent music (9 of 16). Even if you don’t recognize the song, the Hangman-style answer format can help you guess one letter at a time. There are links to each section from all the other sections, so you may as well start with the quiz on recent music. -via Metafilter
Tumblr user Lorenzo was trying to be an awesome big brother when he introduced his six-year-old little sister to the classic video game characters that star in the Super Smash Bros. video game franchise, and then he asked her if she remembered their names.
She got some of the names right, and came close with others like Pakistan (Pac-Man) and Bowler (Bowser), but the ones she tried to make up on the spot are pretty adorable.
To be fair, most of the characters in the game are from well before her time, and she probably hasn't been playing video games for long, but her imaginative new names might be just what these characters need to revitalize their image.