Back in 2013, we told you about the Bartkira Project by artist Ryan Humphrey, in which he invited hundreds of artists from around the world to recreate the manga Akira in the style of The Simpsons.
The project is still going strong (you can read three out of the 6 planned volumes on the website) and to whet your appetite, here's a wonderful animated trailer from Kaitlin Sullivan and James Harvey of Akira drawn in the style and featuring the characters from The Simpsons.
See, it’s always handy to teach your children new skills! Swaddling a baby makes him or her feel cozy, warm, and safe, like being back in the womb. Or like being a burrito. And that can be a good feeling no matter what your age. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
Everyone, meet Bob. He’s a kindly Golden Retriever who shares a home in Brazil with not just humans, but also 8 birds and a hamster. He’s got to be the chillest dog who ever lived because he’s perfectly content to let his little friends climb all over him, even when he’s napping. The pictures that result are supremely adorable. You can follow him on Facebook or Instagram.
Cause we were like, "woaaaah.", and I was like, "woaaaah." and you were like, "woaaahh...
-Crush, Finding Nemo
WWF-Australia put a GoPro camera on the back of a sea turtle so we can get a turtle’s-eye-view of the surreal and beautiful Great Barrier Reef, home to over 6,000 animals species. It will make you feel as if you are riding on the turtle’s back!
How many Oreo cookies do you want to eat? I'll have just one--provided that it's one of these. YouTube user Hey! It’s Mosogourmet used special plastic baking pans to create this massively scaled-up version of an Oreo cookie. The creme filling has broken Oreos inside, so it's truly authentic. Now I'd like to have a huge glass of milk in which to dunk mine.
Science is taking a vacation! Or, let’s say, science is finding out things about vacations, and how you can get more bang for your buck. Findings by Dr. Amit Kumar and Dr. Thomas Gilovich analyzed the amount of happiness a getaway brings us and what facts lead to that happiness. They have some tips about why you should take a trip, what kind to take, and how to schedule your activities for peak return.
The happiness literature also has some important things to say about planning. Kumar said that he’d been wondering for a while whether planning a purchase well in advance “might cause [the purchaser to] derive more utility from their anticipation of the experience” than they would if they planned it at the last minute, he said. “We now have empirical evidence that that's indeed the case,” he said, in the form of a paper he coauthored with Thomas Gilovich that’s in press at the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
This tells me that the trend toward surprising children with a last-minute notice that they’re going to Disney World actually cheats those children out of the anticipation happiness they would have otherwise experienced. Not a great tradeoff for a viral video. Read the other ways you can optimize your vacation happiness at New York magazine. -via Digg
At one time, creepy tales were told around the campfire and at slumber parties, but outside of your circle of friends, you pretty much waited to retell them to your kids many years later. The internet changed all that, making audiences much bigger, including more gullible readers, and adding the ability to include images. Terror-inducing tales can spread like wildfire, and the scarier the story, the faster it spreads. One of those tales grew into the legend known as Slenderman.
Created on the Something Awful forums in 2009, Slenderman has since become a modern legend. His story is the very stuff of nightmares. Appearing across the world, his motivations are unknowable, his mission a mystery. All we can say for sure is that, wherever Slenderman goes, chaos and madness goes with him. And once he’s after you, there’s no escape.
Beyond that, the character is almost impossible to describe. Like his form, Slenderman’s legend is fluid, constantly metamorphosing to suit the tale. In some versions, he’s known to stalk and kill those who find out about him. In others, he’s simply a distant, unnerving presence: a shadowy figure watching the world from the edges of the daylight. He can disrupt electrical signals. He can turn unwitting people into his puppets. He can teleport and read minds. He can make you into a killer.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon's late 1990s WB series that developed a cult following, has been off the air since May of 2003. The beloved ensemble cast moved on to other projects, with varying degrees of success. The linked article takes a look at what the cast of Buffy has been up to since the series. It begins with the protagonist herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar:
"Between Buffy, Cruel Intentions, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, Gellar was truly a ’90s teen queen. However, her post-Buffy career hasn’t quite measured up to its early promise. She was in The Grudge, which was successful, but also several little-seen indie dramas and thrillers, including Southland Tales, The Air I Breathe, Possession, and Veronika Decides to Die. She also starred in two television series, Ringer and The Crazy Ones, but both were unfortunately canceled after one season. While she may be waiting for her next great role, she’s still pretty busy being adorable with her husband, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and reenacting the iconic kiss from Cruel Intentions."
Some of us are meant to be player 1, and some are meant to be overshadowed by their bros, stuck being forever player 2 in a kingdom full of mushrooms. Mario jumped at the chance to be Princess Peach's player 1, never knowing or caring what this power hungry play would do to his poor bro Luigi. The bond between the bros used to be super, but now that Luigi is stuck in the player two position there has been nothing but name calling and head squishing going on wheneve Mario and Luigi play co-op...
Celebrate your status as a second banana with this Forever Player 2 t-shirt by Haragos, and stand proud because, as the schoolyard saying goes, first is the worst but second is the best!
A family in Jerusalem, Israel found an incredible archaeological find beneath their living room floor: a huge, well-preserved, and ancient mikveh, which is a Jewish ritual bath. It's carved directly into the rock and lined with plaster. Pottery fragments suggest to archaeologists that it dates back to the First Century A.D. Haartez describes the find:
When they did call in the Israel Antiquities Authority, beneath the doors, the archaeologists found the carved stone staircase leaving to a big mikveh, 3.5 meters in length and 2.4 meters wide, with a depth of 1.8 meters.
The rock-hewn bath was meticulously plastered according to the laws of purity appearing in halacha. The staircase leads to the bottom of the immersion pool.
Cats and dogs can get along together at times, especially if they know each other well. But they’re still different species, and that can cause conflict. Dogs are rambunctious, and cats are pointy on five out of six ends.
Are the inhabitants die hard fans of Gotham City's caped crusader? No. A "batman" is an ancient unit of measurement equal to about 16.96 pounds. But the mayor of the city nonetheless accused Warner Bros. of ripping off the name of the town for the 2008 film The Dark Knight Rises. Nothing came of the accusation, especially because the town of Batman was called by a different name until 1957, long after Batman was an established comic book character. You can read more about the town and its strange name in Condé Nast Traveler.
Rob from the What Is It? blog was walking in the park this morning and found a spiderweb that’s a bit unusual. It has a stabilimenta shaped like a person! Wait, what’s a stabilimenta? It’s a decoration that a spider adds to its web, for several possible reasons, like camouflage or mate attraction. We all know it can also be used to save a pig’s life.
But what’s this one for? Could it be a warning to other spiders that humans are near? Or maybe an attempt to communicate with us? It’s most likely a case of pareidolia, but if the spider who made it is named Charlotte, all bets are off. -Thanks, Rob!
There are a lot of fun bath toys out there for kiddos and plenty of fancy, relaxing bath products out there for adults, but it's rare to find something that bridges that gap. FizzyFairyApothecary sells Pokeball bath bombs that are a perfect combination of both adult and childhood baths.
Each bath bomb looks like a Pokemon ball and comes with a Pokemon toy inside -it's like getting a toy inside your cereal again!
The newspapers dubbed him that, the nutty strangler, although there was nothing funny about him. Five times he'd struck, each time leaving nut shells—piles of nut shells. On the first occasion the body of a businessman was found in an alley. The police barely noticed the walnut shells among the midtown litter.
The second time it was a suburban housewife and peanut shells. On the third strangulation (a secretary and pecans) the homicide squad started looking at photos of the previous cases. That's when they made the connection.
"Maybe he likes nuts," a rookie suggested. "Maybe cracking shells calms this psycho down while he waits for the right victim to come by."
On the sixth murder, the police caught a break. It was late. Four officers were just coming off their shift when they heard a strangled scream. They arrived too late to save the young college student. But one glance at the piles of red pistachio shells told them who they were dealing with. The officers fanned out, detaining the only three men they could find in the surrounding streets.
Danny Leon is a professional skateboarder in Madrid. He's 21 years old, but with the right makeup, he can look much older. In this promotional video for Red Bull, he's made to look about 80, then sent to a skatepark to try skateboarding for the first time.
He's cautious and slow at first. But then, to the amazement of the much younger skaters, he's incredibly skilled and dextrous. The video is in Spanish, but the scene is understandable even without a knowledge of that language.
A banana farmer in Hunan province, China, bought a couple of “good looking pups” from a Vietnamese man. They grew fast and they grew big, and they had voracious appetites, leading them to chase and eat his chickens. Two years later, Wang Kaiyu had the opportunity to visit a wildlife protection exhibition, and when he saw the bear exhibit, he realized what kind of animals his “dogs” really were! He reported the bears to wildlife authorities, who identified his pets as Asian black bears, a protected species. the bears were taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center. You can see a video report from Xinhua at Facebook. -via HuffPo
The Harry Potter series is meant to appeal to young adults, introducing teen and preteen readers to the fantasy genre while keeping the story YA friendly, but sometimes real life simply isn’t suitable for a general audience.
The world is generally an R-rated place, and to truly capture teens in an unedited format you’ve gotta go for the R.
The Fine Brothers have begun releasing a series of animated shorts that show what our favorite G and PG-rated movies would look like as R-rated films, starting with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Despite the title, and aside from a little cartoon blood, it's SFW!
Suidobashi founder Kogoro Kurata finds the idea intriguing. After all, the hype surrounding an international giant robot battle will pay off for years, win or lose. When will Kuratas and Mark 2 square off? We will keep you informed as plans commence. -via reddit
Looking to break into the comic book industry as an artist? Then (don't) sign up for the Liefeld school of illustration, where you (won't) learn how to draw like a (failed) boss! The Liefeld school focuses on the five most important aspects of drawing- big buff arms, tiny little feet, giving characters names that don't match their designs, a crazy amount of patches and plus sized weaponry. Be cool, draw comics the Liefeld way!
Comic book artistry is made simple by this Bloodblood t-shirt by moriARTy, pick one up and get to sketching!
Was Uncle Sam a fictitious person? It turns out he wasn't, and the story this video is not only the truth about the man, it's a story that Congress legally declared the truth! (Insert your own Congress-related dishonesty joke here.) What are the sunniest states? (Hint, Florida isn't one of them.) Get the info on these topics and more in this Mental Floss video.
There’s a lot being said about climate change these days. Most people (and most scientists) think it’s happening now; some say it’s a myth. Wherever you stand on the issue, we can’t help but wonder what you would have thought if you’d been around in 1815.
It all started with a volcano. On April 5, 1815, Mount Tambora blew its top. The massive eruption lasted ten days and completely ravaged the Indonesian island of Sumbawa. Residents who managed to survive the mountain’s initial fury— and the ensuing tsunami— became victims of deadly lung infections caused by all the ash and toxic fumes in the air. The eruption, which was one of the most powerful in recorded history, ejected more than 10 cubic miles of volcanic material. The islands were blanketed with it, causing crops across Indonesia to fail, and creating a massive food shortage for Asia throughout the spring and summer months.
But that was just the beginning. Mount Tambora’s outburst was only one of many in a string of uncharacteristically high volcanic activity around the globe. The ash from Tambora combined with the enormous amounts of dust and debris already floating in the atmosphere from eruptions in the Philippines, Japan, and the Caribbean. This meant bad news for farmers.
When there’s that much dust, gas, and debris in the air, it gets in the way of sunlight. All that volcanic material started affecting the weather and quickly impacted temperatures around the world. The first areas to get hit were in Asia. Cooler than usual weather caused thousands of Chinese farmers to lose their livestock, particularly water buffalo— beasts of burden on which they depended for harvesting crops. Not that there was much of a crop to harvest: The frigid temperatures ravaged rice fields; even trees started dying off. Heavy monsoons in India led to a massive outbreak of cholera, a water-borne disease, that reached as far away as Moscow.
It's a bowl of Cap'n Crunch cereal in the most literal sense possible. Amy of the sugar-packed and deep fried food blog Oh, Bite It! made this bowl out of Cap'n Crunch, marshmallows, and butter. It's pretty much Rice Krispie treats (except with Cap'n Crunch instead of Rice Krispies) molded into the shape of a bowl.
As a result, the entire meal, right down to the bowl, is edible. Amy fills hers with milk and Cap'n Crunch, but you could use it to eat pretty much any liquid at all. I suggest trying Taco Bell's Cap'n Crunch frosting balls mixed with chocolate milk.
Cabel Sasser (previously) is back with his yearly highlights of bizarre and funny fireworks packaging, which he has documented since 2007. From the blast that supposedly emulates a bite in the butt to another that could have come from the rear end of an elk king, check out Sasser's collectionof cream-of-the-crop, American sold, made in China firework packaging. Via Laughing Squid
The Japanese writing system contains a syllabary called katakana which “is used for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese”, meaning it’s the syllabic alphabet you use when you want to write an English term in Japanese.
So California becomes Karifurunya, which sounds easy enough, but the Japanese know how to make things difficult when it comes to language.
So if they try to say English words like “sharpened pencil” with one word using katakana the whole thing becomes quite confusing.
Think you can figure it out? What do you think the word "baiking" means when used in a restaurant's advertisement?
They're not baking cookies, and the food isn't being made "by a king", it actually translates to "viking", and means the restaurant offers a buffet.
Robochallenge 2015 in Vienna featured a free-for-all with 18 robots going against each other in the same ring- the last one standing wins! The actual battle begins about 2:30 into the video, but the introduction of each robot first is kinda cute.
Leonardo Talarico, a designer from Italy, made this chair out of tofu. He dehydrated and then baked the tofu into hard shingles which remain stiff and solid even under heavy weight. It retains the natural colors of the source material. This chair would look nice in a modern home.
This is Olav the Wolf, a sculpture made from scrap lumber by Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo (previously at Neatorama). It was commissioned for the Copenhell 2015 music festival. They asked him to make a large, evil wolf, so he made it appear as if it were emerging from the underworld- and named it after a friend who helped him build it. The sculpture had lights inside, so it glowed red during the entire festival. Then by tradition, it was torched on the final night of the festival.