Here, they perform the White Stripes' song “Seven Nation Army” at Orogel Stadium in Cesena, Italy. This is Lorenzo Setti’s video, so that’s why he’s on camera most often. See a backstage video here. -via Metafilter
Some men eschew wearing condoms during intercourse because the plastic barrier reduces the sensitivity of the penile skin. Dr. Shengxi Chen, a biochemist at Arizona State University, thinks that he's found a solution to that problem. His condom mimics the reaction of water to human skin. USA Today explains:
Most condoms repel water. That's the opposite of human skin, which loves and contains a lot of water, making condoms feel unnatural, Chen said.
Chen added materials to latex to create condoms that are eight times more water-loving than natural latex condoms, as well as stronger and more flexible, according to his tests.
It feels smoother and softer, and it's proven under a microscope: Water flows into the material as opposed to sitting in a ball on top, and the texture appears smoother than most condoms, he said.
Chen is currently seeking FDA approval to test his condom on humans.
“Trial by Touch” was a peculiar method of determining guilt in a murder case that was used occasionally in colonial America, brought over from earlier trials in Europe. The accused murderer was charged to touch the corpse of the victim before witnesses.
It was widely believed in those days that "murdered blood cried for vengeance" just as the blood of Abel was said to have "cried up from the ground." This formed the rationale for a further belief that if a murderer touched the corpse of his victim, that corpse would either bleed or have the "blood come fresh upon it."
Stepping on a LEGO block is painful. Running on them is even worse. But, precisely, how much worse? The researchers at Dude! Where's My Challenge? decided to find out. They took turns pouring LEGO blocks onto a treadmill while a colleague ran on it barefoot.
If you've seen enough old movies, you might think that the British invented the umbrella, but that is far from what happened. The idea of an umbrella began with the parasol, which the French nobility used to block the sun’s harsh rays. It was a simple matter to upgrade the invention to a waterproof version, and it became popular -in France. Then Jonas Hanway bought one and brought it home with him to England. The first time he used it in rainy London, he caused quite a scene.
People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin?
Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men. Few people ever dared to be seen with such a detestable, effeminate contraption. To carry an umbrella when it rained was to incur public ridicule.
DJs drop a beat, and rappers bust a rhyme, but scientists BLOW MINDS with the out of this world theories they work to make scientific fact. Lately science has become inexplicably tied to the entertainment industry, forcing high profile minds to make appearances on television and share stuff on the interwebs, but one funky fresh scientifically minded fellow has been taking this all in stride. His name is Neil deGrasse Tyson, and he has become a superstar in the world of science for a good reason- his on-screen appearance is as fly as his theories about outer space. So if you wanna hear someone kick knowledge without resorting to ridiculous rhymes and petty bickering then Neil deGrasse is the b-boy you've been looking for!
Keep your fellow science fans thoroughly entertained with this Droppin' Science t-shirt by Pacalin, it's the funky fresh to the fullest way to pay tribute to the man in charge of droppin' the mic for science.
For 40 years, professional luthier Linda Manzer has made some of the finest guitars in the world. So she was the right craftsman for Danish musician Henrick Andersen to approach to build this bizarre instrument.
The Medusa has 52 strings, which include harp strings, as well as 3 necks. Manzer designed it to reflect a crazy cartoon that Andersen drew:
In the video above, Manzer describes the Medusa, then Andersen plays it. Impressively, he does so with only 2 hands.
It’s the battle of the browsers! Which one will win your heart and your loyalty? But we all know that some browsers are more equal than others. The ones that learn and evolve trump the old and weak. I had no idea that Internet Explorer was now called Edge. This comic is from Sarah Yoshi and S. Sozo at Berds and Nerds. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Adam Winrich is a master of the whip. He's set 21 Guinness World Records related to his art. Most recently, he added to that list the longest whip ever cracked. Watch Winrich snap a whip that is 238 feet and 3 inches long!
Brian Edward Everidge was pulled over by Michigan police in April for speeding. His rented truck was found to contain 10,000 bottles and aluminum cans, which he was taking to redeem for the deposit money. In court this week, Everidge admitted that the cans and bottles were from Kentucky, a state that has no bottle deposit. Returning non-refundable bottles may get him up to five years and/or a $5,000 fine. If Everidge had returned the bottles for deposit, he would have received about $1,000. That might or might not have covered the cost of the rental truck, gas, food, and tolls. You will remember this scheme was the plot of a famous Seinfeld episode, entitled “The Bottle Deposit.”
Laura Gilbertson has multiple sclerosis, so her husband Carl wanted to give her something extra special for their 10th anniversary. He arranged a flashmob made up of singers from the Liverpool Media Academy to serenade her with Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.” Try to get through this without crying, I dare you. -via Uproxx
Australian radiologist Mark Udovitch knows his patients are in for the fight of their life as they battle to overcome cancer, and he also knows how costly that battle can be.
Which is why Mark started the Dry July fundraising campaign, so he could financially assist adults living with cancer in Sydney and raise cancer awareness at the same time.
Mark knew he needed a good gimmick to help him raise more funds, so he started recreating famous photos and posting them on his fundraising Facebook page.
Mark, and a few other members of his staff, are also planning to cut off their lovely locks as part of the Dry July Shave Off, a decision Mark made because one of his patients was so sad about losing her hair.
He hoped the photos taken by his girlfriend would not only help raise money but also serve as a funny way to approach a serious subject, so people would share them on social media and spread the word.
Considering his story went viral and tons of people, including a few celebs, have been sharing the story I'd say his plan worked!
The new film Jason Bourne officially opens today across the USA (although, yeah, people saw it last night). This is the fifth movie in the series and the fourth time that Matt Damon has played the CIA assassin, so Screen Junkies thought it would be a good time to catch you up on the original trilogy so you’ll be prepared to see the new film. However, this is an Honest Trailer, so don’t expect a glowing promotion.
He’s as skilled as James Bond and as dangerous as any enemy he may encounter, yet he comes across as clueless. But the movies were hits, so we’re expecting more of the same in the new movie. They skipped The Bourne Legacy. Maybe they were just tired of watching these movies. -Thanks, Paul Panday!
Would you like to refill your tank for free? At this gas station in Samara, Russia, customers could get gas for free, provided that they pumped it while wearing bikinis and high heeled shoes. The tabloid Daily Star reports that the venture was very successful, leading to cars queuing up for the duration of the 3-hour event.
Buzzfeed put together a gallery of 31 movie stars in one of their earliest roles side-by-side with their latest role, to see how much they’ve changed. What’s really striking is how little most of them have changed, except for those who started their movie careers as children, and those who’ve had very long careers, like Jack Nicholson and Judy Dench. Then there’s Johnny Depp, who only goes on camera underneath tons of makeup in this century.
The powers that be are always telling us not to do this, that or the other, but all we usually hear is a bunch of DERP. It's actually quite hilarious when a cop or judge is busy yelling at you for being a delinquent and their droning suddenly becomes nothing but derpity-derp herpy derp, but try not to laugh in their face or they might toss you in jail. Of course, the derpness will keep you in a state of WTF, and you won't be able to make out what most people are saying, so jail might seem like just another room full of loons to you. But beware the full derpening, because when the whole world is saying nothing but derpy derp herp derpity derp you're in some derp trouble!
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Two residents of Laurel County, Kentucky, were surprised when they crashed into a fence Tuesday night, and surprised again when they were attacked by a hive of bees! Neighborhood resident Gary Lee Anderson heard a big ‘boom’ and then saw that a Geo Tracker had crashed into fence, and apparently disturbed a beehive.
"And the guy came out, screaming and squalling, and running around about like a chicken with its head cut off," Anderson said.
Then Anderson says they ran up the road, grabbed a hose outside his home and started trying to spray off the bees.
"I told him, 'You need to get out of that water,'" Anderson said, "but I didn't know he was getting eat up by bees, I thought he was just high."
At 2 AM on Wednesday, Michael Davis of Shreveport, Louisiana took his car to a self-serve car wash. While spraying it with a pressure washer, a man pointed a gun at him and demanded his keys and money.
Davis closed the distance with his attacker, then sprayed him in the face. When a second criminal came at him, Davis sprayed him, too.
Both attackers fled the scene, though their actions were captured on Davis's dashboard camera. Davis tells Fox 61 News: "The whole situation to me was almost surreal."
Stella Walsh grew up in the early 20th century caught between two worlds: that of her Polish birthplace and her American upbringing. She was a talented athlete, but could not compete for the USA team in the Olympics because she wasn’t yet a citizen. She won medals in track for Poland in 1932 and 1936, and kept up her dream of competing as an American. That never happened. But the real shocker came when Walsh was murdered.
In December 1980, Walsh was in a Cleveland parking lot when she was approached by two men with a gun. When they tried to grab her purse, the 69-year-old Walsh fought back. The gun fired, hitting her in the chest. When local TV stations reported Walsh’s death, they also reported information that the coroner’s office had leaked about her preliminary autopsy report: Stella Walsh—who was considered one of the greatest female athletes of all time—had male genitalia.
One of Cleveland’s local TV stations, WKYC Channel 3, sued the county coroner’s office to compel them to release Walsh’s official autopsy report. Her family and supporters protested, not wanting the salacious results to be made public, but within days, national newspapers like The Washington Post were speculating about her gender identity with headlines like "Heroine or Hero?". A judge sided with Channel 3, and the coroner, Samuel Gerber, released Walsh’s autopsy report on January 23, 1981.
Listen up, meatbags: CuratedAI is not for you. The vomting of words that you insist is "poetry" is nothing compared to what machines can do. That's why only superior, artificial intelligences may submit their work to this premier literary journal. It includes leaps of genius like this one:
Karmel Allison, a biomass, is the curator of the project. She tells Popular Science that AIs are capable of offering a new approach to poetry:
Allison says CuratedAI is the progression of a pet project in neural networking poetry. Enjoying writing her own poetry the old fashioned way for years, she is impressed by the generation of readable (even appreciable) poetry by machines. For her, it's a postmodern exercise. While that may seem like chin stroking art language for many, it seems pretty straightforward in this application:
"The reading is more in the reader than the writer, obviously," she says. "You can talk about what the creator was trained on, or how the creator works, but not the creator's intent— maybe the algorithm writer's intent, but it's a step removed, which is more fun for the reader, I think."
The Tonight Show is the world’s longest-running talk show, and has only had six hosts since it debuted in 1954. You may have grown up with Johnny Carson or Jay Leno, but since 2014, the host is Jimmy Fallon. Here’s some background on the 21st-century comedian.
1. At the end of his eighth grade yearbook, Jimmy Fallon’s teacher listed her predictions of what would become of her students. For Jimmy Fallon, she wrote this line, “James Fallon will replace David Letterman on the Late Night Show.” Apparently, Jimmy Fallon was destined to become a famous celebrity comedian, even at a young age. Seriously, how many of these predictions have ever come true in the history of the world? This one’s awfully impressive.
2. Jimmy Fallon inspired Ben & Jerry to create his own ice cream flavor. Upon the completion of his first season of the Tonight Show, Ben & Jerry revealed The Tonight Dough as an act of celebration. Jimmy Fallon’s face is featured on the ice cream carton and all proceeds from this special ice cream flavor go to charity. The ice cream consists of caramel and chocolate ice cream, swirls of chocolate cookie, peanut butter cookie dough, and chocolate chip cookie dough.
It's hard to believe South Park is about to begin their twentieth season but it's true, and two decades on the air has definitely softened Trey Parker and Matt Stone up a bit...just kidding!
South Park Studios is just as hardcore as ever (see the video game The Stick Of Truth), but they're celebrating the show turning twenty with a sweet and sentimental look back at all the dirty places they've been. (NSFW)
The 20th season of South Park will premiere on Comedy Central on September 14, 2016, and the show is set to run until at least 2019, so keep growing older and South Park will grey right along with you!
It was 1948, and Eleanor Abbott was bored. The retired schoolteacher was stuck in a San Diego hospital surrounded by young children who, like her, were hobbled by polio. The kids were lonely and sad, and Abbott, with nothing else to do, decided that a cheerful board game could be the perfect antidote. So she supposedly grabbed a piece of butcher paper and started sketching plans.
The end result was perfect for young children. No counting. No reading. Players simply needed to grasp colors and follow instructions on the cards to travel around the board, stopping at various delicious-sounding locations along the way. She shared it with the children in the polio ward, and they loved it.
How hot is it? It's firey poop hot. Officers with the state's Department of Environmental Conservation found that piles of horse manure in a barn in Throop, New York have been spontaneously catching fire. The AP reports:
The responding officer learned that the owners of a horse stable had been storing the manure in large piles that frequently spontaneously combusted in the excessive heat and dry conditions.
DEC officials say a shift in the prevailing winds carried the odor of burning manure into the neighbors' windows.
It took three local fire departments two hours to douse the burning manure.
Nicolas Denton went to Walt Disney World with his family. For the Hollywood Studios Star Wars Experience, he dressed up as Kylo Ren. When a couple of Stormtroopers saw him, they went right on duty, escorting him around the park, parting the crowd, leading him right into the Launch Bay their, past crowds of visitors in line, and right into the presence of a much-taller Kylo Ren!
It ain't easy to be a hero, but being chosen to become a hero is even harder! There's often a trial by fire or combat, some electrifying stage that really hurts, and some messed up part where an animal like a cobra or tiger bites you and makes you feel like you're dying. But if that's what you've gotta go through to unleash the fury inside you then fight on, true hero, and show the world what you're made of! Kung fu is pretty radical, but kung fury is a force to be reckoned with, an energy so powerful not even the Kung Führer can withstand its awesomeness!
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On December 6, 1917, Finland declared independence from Russia. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of that event, its friendly neighbor, Norway, would like to give it a mountain.
The Norwegian government is considering ceding the peak of Mount Halti, which is on the Norwegian-Finnish border, to Finland. At 1,365 meters tall, Mount Halti would become the tallest mountain in the country, nudging out another mountain, which is 7 meters shorter. The Guardian reports:
The originator of the idea is a retired geophysicist and government surveyor, Bjørn Geirr Harsson, 76, who learned last year that Finland would celebrate the 100th anniversary of its independence from Russia on 6 December 2017 and recalled being puzzled by the location of the border when he flew over Halti in the 1970s.
Harsson wrote to the ministry of foreign affairs in July 2015, pointing out that the gesture would cost Norway a “barely noticeable” 0.015 sq km of its national territory and make Finland very happy.