An Architecturally Baffling Indiana Mansion

An 11-bedroom mansion in Indianapolis is on the market with an asking price of $1.75 million. It's more than just a posh house, as the A.V. Club describes.

Selling for $1.75 million, the house was apparently owned by an “eccentric millionaire” who must’ve taken notes from Sarah Winchester. As the listing’s copious photos show, the house isn’t garish so much as it is confusing, looking as if a mansion, a dentist’s office, and a cobblestone road were smooshed together by the grubby, Cheetos-dusted hands of some adolescent giant.

The house has mismatched stoneware all over the place, even in the bedrooms. There's plenty of statuary, gingerbread, windows in all shapes and sizes, and kitsch. It all looks very expensive (if not tasteful), but confusing is a better word. And that's without the weird furniture staging.

 
Check out the real estate listing to see all 48 pictures of this property.


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Explaining the Solar Eclipse

Did you see the eclipse today? It was 97% where I was. Watching the sun turn into a crescent, and then seeing that crescent flip around, was really weird. Some places actually went dark for a couple of minutes. Zach King (previously at Neatorama) explains what causes a solar eclipse.

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Things should return to normal now that the job is done. -via reddit


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A Human-Like Robot

Humans are so worried about being replaced by robots they often overlook the good parts of artificial intelligence, the human-like parts that don't involve stealing jobs or killing all humans.

Because, as this Safely Endangered comic shows, robots who think more like humans end up acting more like humans, and the day they discover they never have to leave their house again is the day they cease to be a threat.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

NPR illustrated an article about the plague with a medieval image. A historian pointed out that the picture was actually depicting victims of leprosy. So they replaced the image. Well, the second image was about the biblical curse of skin boils. It turns out that a lot of what we thought was art about the plague is just wrong. Most real plague victims were not covered in spots or sores as we've come to think. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.    

First off, there were a lot fewer spots involved. People in the mislabeled images tend to be covered from head to toe in red lesions. Some patients probably did get petechial hemorrhaging — pinpoint dark spots of blood under the skin. But today, as in the past, plague victims would only have had one bump on their bodies — a big swollen lymph node called a "bubo" close to where they were bitten by a flea carrying the infection.

This is not to say they looked good. They were probably sweating and shivering with fevers, and they supposedly smelled terrible, says Jones, "because their bodies were breaking down from the inside." But those aren't characteristics that would stand out in an illustration.

The Black Death swept through Europe between 1347 and 1353, but artists weren't keen on sitting down to paint them. Read about the lack of plague victim images and how we got the wrong idea about the disease at NPR. -via Digg

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Hip Smirnoff Vodka Ads From The 1960s

Back before there were fancy vodka brands on the market making people pay hundreds of dollars a bottle just to impress others there was Smirnoff- the vodka that leaves you breathless.

Smirnoff has been the world's best-selling vodka for decades, and part of that success is due to their hip and edgy ad campaigns that make their brand feel very modern, like these ads from the 1960s starring some seriously famous faces.

The jazzy and stylish Smirnoff ads of the 60s starred people like Groucho Marx, Eartha Kitt, Woody Allen, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Johnny Carson, just to name a few.

They even got the famous poet and playwright Langston Hughes to pose for a Smirnoff ad in 1959, so their brand not only looked hip but progressive as well.

See more Hip Smirnoff Vodka Ads from the 60s at Dangerous Minds

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Hogging the Glory

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal looks at the eclipse (with glasses, of course) in a way most of us haven't. While everyone is talking about looking at the sun, we will actually be looking at the moon while it just pushes through where it doesn't normally belong. -via Matthew Inman


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Interesting Facts About Alligator Snapping Turtles

People are surprised to learn snapping turtles can be really dangerous when encountered in the wild, thinking they have the same temperament as a tortoise or sea turtle, but mess with an alligator snapping turtle and you're bound to get bit.

Alligator snapping turtles are the most dangerous type, which should be obvious since they sport spiky warrior shells and wicked beaks made to tear through flesh, but you'll only have to tangle with them if you meet one in the water:

5. Believe it or not, these turtles rarely travel on land at all. The females will briefly venture out of the water to lay eggs, but males typically spend their entire lives beneath the water’s surface. Both genders can hold their breath for nearly an hour at a time!

7. These guys are masters at camouflaging themselves, which is good for them—but bad for just about everything else nearby. Their shells are often covered in algae, which makes them look like rocks in the muddy waters they inhabit. Their pupils are also surrounded by excess skin so they’re hard to spot.

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The Day Notre Dame Students Pummeled the Ku Klux Klan

One fine May morning in 1924, the Ku Klux Klan gathered for a rally in South Bend, Indiana. They had high hopes of engaging a crowd with their fiery speeches. After all, they were in friendly territory.

Fresh off a controversial leadership election in Indianapolis, Indiana, there was no reason for Klansmen to have any apprehension about holding a morale booster in South Bend. Indiana was Klan territory, with an estimated one in three native born white men sworn members within state lines. Just a few months later, Klansman Ed Jackson would be elected governor.

It was only when Klansmen found themselves guided into alleys and surrounded by an irate gang of Catholic students from nearby Notre Dame University that they realized mobilizing in South Bend may have been a very bad idea.

The Klan wanted a rally. What they got was a full-scale riot.

That was not the reaction the Klan was used to at the time. Read the story of that riot and the pushback that continued for days afterward, at Mental Floss.


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Over 5,000 Stickers Were Used In The Making Of The Shins' "Half A Million" Music Video

Creating hand-drawn 2D animation is a laborious process that involves drawing and filming hundreds, if not thousands, of frames to bring the characters to life, but why draw every frame when you can use photos?

Directors LAMAR+NIK used photos printed on stickers to create the unique look of The Shin's music video "Half A Million", 5,566 photo stickers in fact, and the tactile layering effect of the stacked stickers gives the video a hypnotic visual appeal.

THE SHINS “HALF A MILLION” [DIR. LAMAR+NIK] from LAMAR+NIK on Vimeo.

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Roger's Place - Open 'Til The Morning News Comes On


Roger's place by Theduc

Alcoholic cartoon characters have been gathering at Roger's Place since way back when, and thanks to his alien DNA Roger has been able to watch batch after batch of cartoon characters come and go...mostly to their grave. But whether they're cavemen, spacemen or madmen they all have one thing in common- they love to drink up Roger's special brew by the gallon! Too bad he still doesn't have the heart to tell them they've been drinking his extraterrestrial "excretions" after all these years...

Wear this Roger's Place t-shirt by Theduc whenever you wanna go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came...you know the rest...

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Five Incredibly Powerful Opening Scenes in TV Shows

The way a TV series begins is incredibly important in the age of hundreds of channels running 24 hours a day. So many stories are available to the viewer that the very first episode must grab an audience at the same time it sets up the beginning of a story. And even then, if a show doesn't intrigue the viewer right away, they may not watch the entire episode. Therefore, some of the most successful shows begin with a bang, with a first scene that won't take place in the narrative until later, when the story gets more exciting. If that scene grabs you, the show can jump back and let us in on how it came to be. Breaking Bad is one example, as the insane opening scene only takes place after a lot of explanation in the actual timeline. Relive that scene and those from four other hit shows at TVOM.


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Hot Pocket Stuffed Burgers

We've seen a lot of pizza/burger combinations, including a burger baked inside of a pizza and a pizza inside of a burger inside of a pizza, but for most people, making these outrageous pizza creations is just too crazy. On the other hand, following these instructions from Oh Bite It to make a burger with a Hot Pocket inside seems pretty straight forward -and best of all, you can switch it up to have a burger stuffed with turkey, broccoli and cheddar or hickory ham and cheddar -or whatever your favorite Hot Pocket flavor happens to be.

So make your burger a Hot Pocket pocket with these simple instructions.

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Products That Will Leave You Wondering "Who Would Buy Such A Thing?"

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Manufacturers around the world are busy making millions of crappy products every day, and whether they're crappy because of the quality or because they serve no purpose they're all bound for the landfill.

But some items are crappy for both of those reasons and yet may avoid ending up in the landfill- because they're so odd they belong in the Museum of WTF.

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Where else will we be able to find Weener Kleener soap, a shoulder bag made out of men's briefs or an inflatable Cat In A Can one hundred years from now?

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So if you should come across an item so stupid, silly or otherwise inane that it belongs in the Museum of WTF hang on to it, because the Museum will be needing donations!

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Nixon’s List

The following is an article from Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader.

As 1972 approached, President Richard Nixon started to get more and more concerned about his coming reelection campaign. He became convinced that his political adversaries weren’t just opponents-they were “enemies” and had to be stopped. He and his advisers compiled this list of 20 public figures who they felt could hurt them in some way. Were they ever really threats to Nixon? Probably not, but Nixon thought so, which makes this piece of history all the more fascinating.

“ON SCREWING OUR POLITICAL ENEMIES”

In 1972 five men were caught breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. The culprits turned out to have ties to high-level members of both the Republican Party and the Nixon administration. The Congressional investigation that followed unraveled the Nixon presidency, exposing the systematic way Nixon abused power and attempted to destroy his enemies (real and imagined), eventually leading to his resignation in order to avoid impeachment.

One year before Nixon’s resignation, on June 27, 1973, White House counsel John Dean testified before Congress about possible connections between the Nixon administration and the Watergate burglars’ plan to steal information damaging to Democratic candidates. Dean mentioned that in 1971 he’d received a memo titled “On Screwing Our Political Enemies.” Written by Charles Colson, another Nixon attorney, the memo was a list of people singled out as those most threatening to Nixon’s career. The memo detailed how the White House planned to go about discrediting Nixon’s opponents, which included anyone trying to run against him and any reporter who’d given him unfavorable coverage. The goal: to ruin every person on the list with a campaign of rumors, character assassination, and even IRS audits.

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

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The Best

Remember when you were a kid, and you didn't really know what to do with an aunt or uncle, and then you found out they were the coolest person in the family? That only works until Mom and Dad find out. It's pretty fun on the other end, too. Babysitting is always easier when you're not the one responsible for how the child turns out. Also, if Mom and Dad find out, then maybe they won't ask any favors of you in the future. This is the newest comic from Lunarbaboon.

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Mama Raccoon and Bratty Kit

Motherhood has never been easy, especially when you have several young ones to keep track of. This raccoon has at least two kits, maybe more. When it's nap time, she wants to get them all into the tree where they live so she can get some shut eye. But that last child does not want to cooperate.


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This raccoon family was recorded in Leesburg, Virginia. Note that at about two minutes in, the mother notices the camera operator. She doesn't have time to smile for the camera, at least not until every kit is inside and accounted for. -via Tastefully Offensive

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RIP Jerry Lewis

Comedian and movie star Jerry Lewis died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was long known as half of the comedy duo Martin and Lewis, who performed together in 16 films over ten years. Lewis then starred in a series of comedy films on his own, the most memorable of which was The Nutty Professor in 1963.   

Barely out of his teens, he shot to fame shortly after World War II with a nightclub act in which the rakish, imperturbable Dean Martin crooned and the skinny, hyperactive Mr. Lewis capered around the stage, a dangerously volatile id to Mr. Martin’s supremely relaxed ego.

After his break with Mr. Martin in 1956, Mr. Lewis went on to a successful solo career, eventually writing, producing and directing many of his own films.

As a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mr. Lewis raised vast sums for charity; as a filmmaker of great personal force and technical skill, he made many contributions to the industry, including the invention in 1960 of a device — the video assist, which allowed directors to review their work immediately on the set — still in common use.

Jerry Lewis was 91.

Read more about Jerry lewis in some Neatorama articles by Eddie Deezen: 

11 Facts You May Not Know About Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor

The Day Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Teamed Up 

Jerry Lewis' Flop TV Talk Show

Jerry Lewis' Lost Film: The Day the Clown Cried

Why Do the French Love Jerry Lewis?

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis: Restaurant Owners



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How Glass Top Pool Tables Work

Transparent pool tables look just plain slick both literally and figuratively, but as nice as they look the old school pool shark in me screams "there's no way that functions like felt!" every time I see one.

But as I discovered after watching this explainer video by Elite Innovations Pty Ltd, makers of fine transparent pool tables, they work just like cloth covered tables thanks to their 'Vitrik' playing surface:

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked

Spacesuits in TV and movies may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life? Some of them were designed for media before we actually put a human into contact with space, so we can't expect them to be anywhere near accurate, while others are from a time when they should have known better. The continuing saga of Star Trek began after the first EVA, but the original series did not have the budget for realism. It's become better with time.

Where to start with Star Trek? The upcoming show Star Trek Discovery features a badass suit that looks like an entire miniature spaceship. But there are also some bizarre, cringeworthy depictions, like these from The Original Series. They’re sparkly! They have weird, seemingly useless colored attachments, the wearer can really only see right in front of them, and the visor extends to the back of their head for some reason.

Fortunately, the show went with some marginally better (but still science fictional) versions for The Motion Picture, and some really plausible ones in Enterprise. But although the latest series’ suits look cool, they don’t seem that realistic either, with an emphasis on armor and propulsion over anything else. We’ll have to wait until later this year to know just what they’re used for.

Read about the plausibility of spacesuits from fiction, and see some pictures that will make you laugh and remember the first time you saw them, at the Verge. -via Digg 


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This Custom Built 'Surf Seeker' Volkswagen Microbus Looks Like A Real Life Cartoon Car

I used to read a magazine called CARtoons that was full of hot rod art reminiscent of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's high octane illustrations from the 60s, and I've always wondered what those cars would look like in real life.

After watching this episode of Dennis Gage's My Classic Car I realized a CARtoons car come to life would look something like this custom 'Surf Seeker' Volkswagen Microbus designed and hand built by Ron Berry.

Not only does it have an incredibly smooth body and an appearance that suggests it's always inching forward on its 1965 Minibus suspension- it also sports a 2175 air cooled super charged engine which gives it around 200 horsepower.

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Eye Deal - Death Is Behind Every Door


Eye deal by karlangas 

If you ever encounter a wild and feral looking humaniod who asks if you'd like your every wish to come true simply turn around and run away from them as fast as you can- because their deal isn't worth all the destruction. That vile creature is what's known as a Shimigami- a death spirit that delights in giving humans the opportunity to choose the mortal fate of their fellow man. They have nothing to offer you but death and pain, but if you do find yourself utilizing a Shinigami's notebook to write out a deathnote kill only the wicked and keep the pure of heart safe from harm.

Make people an offer they can't refuse wherever you go by wearing this Eye Deal t-shirt by Karlangas, it's the funny way to show love for your favorite anime series.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell

Once upon a time, the side of a building was as good an advertising medium as any, and many were painted to alert passers-by to the business inside, or for some totally unrelated product. Now they are part of history, sometimes faded and barely readable, sometimes only existing in photographs. Seeing one provokes a sense of whimsy and nostalgia. Should these 'ghost signs' be preserved? Even if you think they should be, the greater question is "How?"  

Some cities and towns are restoring ghost signs with fresh paint, but that can be a contentious issue. Winslow says that in the sign painting community, many people believe that for a restoration to be authentic, it must be repainted by the person who originally painted the sign, or a direct apprentice. That’s tough for a 75-year-old sign.

Color and paint choice presents another problem. Ghost signs have lasted so long because the paint contained lead. Modern paints peel, rather than slowly fading away. Many of today’s restorations are painted in bright colors, but old paints were less vibrant, and the available palette was limited.

Preservationists see the question as the kind of tradeoff they confront all the time. Tod Swormstedt of the American Sign Museum said,

“It’s kind of a subjective call, like when you restore an old house; are you going to restore it back to not having electric lights and have gas lights and not have a bathroom, not have indoor plumbing like some of the early Victorian houses?” Swormstedt says. “How purist do you want to get?”

But experiential designer Craig Winslow has a totally different method for preserving ghost signs, one that doesn't affect the building at all. Read about his work at City Lab. -via Metafilter

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Nabisco's X-Rated Toy Scandal Of 1971

Nabisco has maintained a reputation as a wholesome and family friendly company for over a century, and in that time they've had very little to worry about in terms of public backlash or scandal.

But there was one time when Nabisco inadvertently bought themselves a scandal- when they purchased the Aurora Company in 1971, makers of horror movie model kits the National Organization for Women felt were obscene:

That May, Nabisco had attempted to diversify by purchasing Aurora Company, the West Hempstead, New York model kit maker best known for their plastic kits of Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolf Man, and other horror film icons. The cheap plastic toys came in pieces and could be glued together and painted.

Unknown to Nabisco, Aurora had recently branched out and begun offering entire model kit dioramas. Instead of a single figure, consumers could buy detailed “sets” for their monsters to interact with. There was a guillotine, a razor-sharp pendulum, and a laboratory; a female protagonist, referred to in the copy as “the Victim,” was scantily-clad and ready to be dismembered, beheaded, or trapped in a spiked cage. Kids could also opt to have Vampirella, the top-heavy villain licensed from Warren Publishing, operate the winch and pulley while her plastic captive was shackled to a table.

Each kit also contained a comic, which instructed builders on how to assemble the torture scenes for maximum enjoyment. A narrator named Dr. Deadly seemed to opine on the appeal of the Victim once she was fully assembled. “Now that you’ve gotten her all together, I think I like the other way. In pieces … yesssss.”

In addition to Fig Newtons, Nabisco realized it had also been peddling tiny torture racks.

Read Nabisco's X-Rated Toy Scandal Of 1971 at Mental Floss


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Are You Above Or Below Average?

How average you are depends on how many different parameters you are looking at. If you look at more statistics, you'll find some category in which you are exceptional, and that, too, is quite normal. It turns out I am average in almost every way, except for how many children I have, and whether I am above or below the average depends on your definitions. Still, being above or below average does not mean you are abnormal.    

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Then again, you are probably more average than you think you are. All my life I've been told that I'm short, when I have always been the exact average for a woman my age. I knew that. Where people are particularly bad at knowing their own "averageness" is in their intelligence and competence. That's where the Dunning-Kruger Effect and Impostor Syndrome come in.


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Portraits Of The Vibrant Residents Of A Single East Berlin Street From The 1980s

An interesting thing happens when like-minded people move in to the same building or on to the same street and form a symbiotic microcosm- the street or building comes alive with human energy.

This human energy explosion happened on Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco in the 60s, it was happening all over the place in NYC in the 70s, and it happened on a single street in East Berlin during the 80s.

Hufelandstrasse was an island of culture in the Soviet-controlled city, and photographer Harf Zimmermann immediately fell in love with the street and its residents when he moved there in 1981:  

“Everyone seemed to feel connected to the place and responsible for it, to be acting in tacit consensus and always working to save the diversity of their island from the sea of gray for as long as possible,” says Harf Zimmermann.

From the Steidl Books description of Zimmermann's book Hufelandstrasse, 1055 Berlin:

For over a year, Zimmermann photographed almost daily on the street with his large-format camera, patiently asking shop-owners and residents if he could take their picture. Hufelandstrasse was then home to a cross-section of citizens of the German Democratic Republic, as well as many family-run stores and workshops—from bakeries and cobblers, to a pet shop and even an atelier for repairing women’s stockings—an uncanny concentration of private business which had otherwise been fazed out by the communist state.

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Her Name is Dignity

Riding along interstate 90 in South Dakota, you expect to see roadside art. But a glorious new statue went up last year that dominates the landscape as she welcomes you. You'll find Dignity between exits 263 and 265 near Chamberlain.

She was created by artist Dale Lamphere, who has been South Dakota’s Artist Laureate since 2015. He received the commission from a local couple.  Eunabel and Norm McKie of Rapid City wanted to create something to commemorate the 125th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood but they also wanted something which would celebrate the determination, wisdom and bravery of the state’s indigenous peoples, the cultural inheritance of the Lakota and Dakota.   The couple gave over a million dollars to support the project.

Dignity is 50 feet tall and constructed so that the wind flows through her blanket instead of pushing against it. Read all about this magnificent statue at Kuriositas. And look for her the next time you drive through South Dakota.

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Dog with an Advertising Job

Here's a dog with a unique job. He walks around the tourist district of Huangpu village in China, showing everyone a sign advertising his owner's hamburger shop!

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Take his word for it, the burgers are good. Want to take a picture? He'll pose, but only with his sign facing front so you can see it. That's a good dog. -via Tastefully Offensive

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USS Indianapolis Found

Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean 72 years ago, a Japanese torpedo tore through the hull of the USS Indianapolis. The ship sank 18,000 feet to the bottom of the sea, and wasn't seen again -until Friday.

The Indianapolis sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible for it to send a distress signal or deploy life-saving equipment. Before the attack, on July 30, 1945, it had just completed a secret mission delivering components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima that brought an end to the war in the Pacific, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington.

Most of the ship's 1,196 sailors and Marines survived the sinking only to succumb to exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks. Only 316 survived, according to the US Navy. Of the survivors, 22 are alive today.

You might remember the story as it was told in the movie Jaws. A civilian expedition led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen spotted the wreckage of the ship using hi-tech equipment capable of diving miles underwater. Read the story of the Indianapolis at CNN. -via Metafilter


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Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup on a Stick

The State Fair of Texas opens September 29 and runs through October 22. But competition is already underway among concessionaires for the Big Tex Choice Awards for the best state fair foods. Winners will be crowned August 27. Texas Monthly runs down the ten finalists with a fictional tasting. Here's what they had to say about deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick.

“There’s been a mistake,” said the man. He hoped it was a mistake.

“What do you mean?”

“Says here this is soup. I don’t see no soup.”

“The soup’s in the little balls,” said the woman. “You can try it if you want. I won’t ask for payment. Not for you.”

The man wavered. It felt like an insult, but his curiosity was potent. He looked at the stick of fried dough encasing the soup like a funeral shroud and took his hand out of his duster. The woman took a step forward and gently offered him the stick. He took the stick, but he didn’t eat it.

Editor’s note: Please pay the State Fair vendors, and absolutely try the deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick.

See what they think of the Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat, the Tamale Donut, the Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, the Fried Texas Sheet Cake, the Gulf Coast Fish Bowl, Pinot Noir Popcorn, Texas Fajita Fries, Deep Fried Froot Loops®, and something called a Fat Smooth, all at Texas Monthly. -Thanks, Walter!   

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Illustrations Of Scary Real-Life Sea Monsters

According to reputable scientific sources there are no sea monsters in the sea, there are just a bunch of oversized squid, sharks, orca and the like that occasionally eat people and attack boats.

But those scientists seem to be hiding something, because these incredibly lifelike illustrations by Vladimir Stankovic are full of scary looking creatures that actually live under the sea, like the toothy Wolf Eel.

It's not hard to understand why land lubbers who've never seen such strange creatures would see the critters on Vladimir's prints as monsters, but these prints were created not to terrify but rather to educate:

Illustrator and graphic designer Vladimir Stankovic was commissioned to create a series of illustrations of some of the most bizarre and remarkable sea creatures for the Earth Touch / Smithsonian Channel documentary CRAZY MONSTER: SEA CREATURES.  The illustrations were later animated and used an an interlude before the introduction of each species.

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