A woman suffering from agoraphobia who only left her house twice in ten years found that the third time out definitely wasn't the charm. The 57-year-old woman from Britain who, oddly enough, is named Janet Faal, left home as part of her therapy and fell down a manhole shortly afterward.
According to The Daily Mail, Faal left home in an attempt to help her friend move a pallet that was blocking her car. Once she moved the pallet, Faal plummeted down the open manhole, leaving her with two black eyes and a broken leg. She then waited an hour for paramedics to rescue her from the dark, cramped cavity. Faal said,
"I took a step over – never in my life did I think there was a hole underneath, I thought it had just fallen over. The next thing I remember is the pain. It was awful. I fell and smashed my face on the pallet, and I was in the hole with blood all over me and I couldn’t move."
Col. Terry Virts (USAF) is an astronaut currently serving on the International Space Station. Chapple's Dictionary of Physics defines centripetal force as "a force that acts at right angles to a body's path and so constrains the body to follow a circular path about the point to which the centripetal force acts." That's a circle, which Col. Virts demonstrates nicely in zero gravity using a chain.
Are you looking for some quality material with which to procrastinate whatever you really should be doing at the moment? Look no further than Gemma Correll's Scientology Fun Page. Mazes, crafts and connect the dots are just a few of the fun, Scientology-based games and diversions on which you can waste your quality time. Work puzzles as you internally mull over the unprocessed engrams that must be cleared in order for you to live your best life and claim your inner thetan.
This is only one of several nifty activities on the Scientology Fun Page. See them all here.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, pets are utterly adorable, lovable jerks. As if anyone really needed further proof of that, these cats are here to emphasize that being a wonderful companion has nothing to do with making your human's life easier. In fact, if cleanliness is next to godliness, then these cats really support sinning.
For those knights who have spent their lives traveling across the world map gaining experience points and battling an endless stream of respawning foes adventure simply isn't enough- they need shovelry! Using a shovel as your primary weapon adds a degree of danger to each level, and when you're hopelessly outnumbered and all out of extra lives you can dig your own grave! Only the bravest knights take on the Order of No Quarter, and only the most foolhardy fighters go into battle armed with a shovel!
Add some side scrolling, shovel swinging style to your geeky wardrobe with this Adventure, Treasure, & Shovelry t-shirt by Spdy4, can you dig it?!
Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz (previously at Neatorama) is accomplished in his field, having done work for high-profile clients like IKEA and Ray-Ban. Hertz says via his website that he has a "soft spot for pictograms and other simple shapes and objects." In his latest series of pictograms, Hertz plays with the idea of summarizing the storylines of popular movies in two frames. See his series in its entirety here. -Via Design You Trust
Superheroes are a staple source of inspiration for cosplayers, and even those who prefer to cosplay as anime or video game characters usually find a way to include a superhero costume in their collection.
We've all seen the standard costumes, the milestone issue specific costumes, and the generally kinda generic superhero costumes worn at conventions throughout the year, but what about the weird and wonderful costumes?
Well, if wonderfully weird is what you're looking for then go forth, faithful reader, and discover the different side of superhero cosplay!
Superhero cosplay starts at home, when the hero buried deep inside a cosplayer starts to emerge
A man plays Pie Face with his grandson. The game is a bit like Russian Roulette, but the worst that can happen is you could get whipped cream thrown on your face. It’s a simple slice of life, but the laughter of these two is so infectious, it will leave you with a smile on your face! Original video by Sharon Boswell Obrien. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The famed Muppet Kermit the Frog eventually found refuge from Miss Piggy in the forests of Costa Rica. Scientists say that the newly-classified Hyalinobatrachium dianae has been found at 6 sites close to the Caribbean coast. It has a translucent chest and is named for the discovering scientist’s mother and the Roman goddess Diana. But fans prefer to think of it as Kermit due to his skin color and his ping pong ball-like white eyes.
The IMAX version of the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice teaser was shown Monday night in select theaters. Following that screening, director Zack Snyder posted the first full image of the Batsuit on Twitter. Uproxx took the photo above that Snyder posted and lightened it in Photoshop, which gives a much better view of the suit's detail. See that lightened photo and read IFilm's description the IMAX film here.
Did someone ever tell you -possibly in school- that science is boring? Maybe parts of it can be, but real scientists get to experience things the rest of the world can only marvel at. After you’ve spent years sitting in class, the payoff is when you get to study our beautiful Earth up close and personal.
Some might call this the worst time of the year because not only are Christmas, Halloween, Easter and all number of great holidays gone by, but Girl Scout cookie season is officially over. If you're one of the many cookie fiends that will soon start going through withdrawals as your final boxes of Samoas, Thin Mints and Tagalongs go dry, then you'll want to bookmark this recipe gallery that features 15 desserts based on our favorite seasonal sweets. Like any addiction, these substitutes won't completely cure your cravings, but at least they'll help you avoid going cold turkey.
He’s been a major celebrity for 38 years, but Artoo hasn’t lost his common touch. Our favorite droid since 1977 was a guest of honor at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California this past weekend. In between appearances with thousands of adoring fans, R2-D2 took time out of his busy schedule to play with a little boy at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
Some further research adventures of Ig Nobel Prize winners compiled by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff
Dacke and Baird: Collision Detection in Bees versus Fish “Control of Self-Motion in Dynamic Fluids: Fish Do It Differently From Bees,” Christine Scholtyssek, Marie Dacke, Ronald Kröger, and Emily Baird, Biology Letters, vol. 10, no. 5, 2014, 20140279. (Thanks to Tony Tweedale for bringing this to our attention.) Marie Dacke and Emily Baird, and other colleagues, shared the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize awarded jointly in the fields of biology and astronomy, for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way. [REFERENCE: “Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for Orientation,” Marie Dacke, Emily Baird, Marcus Byrne, Clarke H. Scholtz, and Eric J. Warrant, Current Biology, vol. 23, no. 4, February 18, 2013, pp. 298–300.] In this fish/birds paper, Dacke and Baird and two other colleagues at Lund University, Sweden, report:
To detect and avoid collisions, animals need to perceive and control the distance and the speed with which they are moving relative to obstacles. This is especially challenging for swimming and flying animals... Flying animals primarily rely on optic flow to control flight speed and distance to obstacles. Here, we investigate whether swimming animals use similar strategies for self-motion control to flying animals by directly comparing the trajectories of zebrafish (Danio rerio) and bumblebees (Bombus terrestris) moving through the same experimental tunnel. While moving through the tunnel, black and white patterns produced (i) strong horizontal optic flow cues on both walls, (ii) weak horizontal optic flow cues on both walls and (iii) strong optic flow cues on one wall and weak optic flow cues on the other. We find that the mean speed of zebrafish does not depend on the amount of optic flow perceived from the walls. We further show that zebrafish, unlike bumblebees, move closer to the wall that provides the strongest visual feedback.
Siobhan Thompson is back with another of her delightful Anglophenia videos. In this episode, she discusses animals native to Britain that we won't see running wild here in the United States. Thompson presents information on robins to hedgehogs with her usual sense of fun and humor.
There are some internet creations that only speak to a portion of the populace, some memes that only certain people will "get", and then there's the almighty Facepalm Picard. The Picard facepalm goes well beyond the Trek, and lets a legendary sci-fi star speak your mind for you. It can be applied to many situations in life, and when you're wearing a shirt imbued with the power of Picard's facepalm you become the living embodiment of exasperation!
Spread some sci-fi smiles with this Facepalm Picard t-shirt by Olechka, it's an internet meme themed work of art!
You can knock his taste in music all you want, but this horse has the moves! Watch him prance to the music along with a group of line dancers in from tot an appreciative crowd. Billy Ray Cyrus posted this video to Facebook, but there's no mention of where or when it happened. Just click on the image above to start the video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Minion lovers everywhere, rejoice! You can now decorate your home in the precise color of your favorite mad-scientist sidekicks. That's right, Pantone has officially released a new color called "Minion Yellow." It's been three years since the company announced a new color, but if you can't say "banana" or "bottom" without a little smile, you'll likely agree that this one was worth the wait.
For a Sideshow Collectibles show at the 2015 Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California titled "R2-ME2," artists were given the chance to change the look of a blank R2-D2 1/6 scale figure. Entries included a droid painted to like a robotic Pee-wee Herman (red bowtie and all), Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street ("Scram"), and an adorable likeness of Finn from Adventure Time.
Corporal James Bass returned home to Durham, North Carolina after a deployment in Kuwait. He surprised his son Joshua, a third grade student Pearsontown Magnet Elementary School. While Joshua was getting his school photo taken, his dad sneaked into the view.
The photographer told Joshua that something went wrong with the picture and showed his camera to Joshua. Joshua then realized who was behind him.
If you're a Neatorama reader, then chances are you're a bit of a nerd. And you know what? Whether a freak or a geek, everyone's a little bit weird -and that's a good thing. In fact, in this great Zen Pencils cartoon, artist Gavin Aung Than uses a Robert Fulghum quote to remind us that mutual weirdness is the basis for some of our best relationships.
Aurora and Peregrino are two polar bears that, until recently, lived at the Kazan Zoo in Russia. Now they're enjoying a warmer climate at the Sao Paulo Aquarium in Brazil. They've been in seclusion from the public for 4 months in order to get used to their new home. Recently, Aurora and Peregrino began receiving visitors, including this little girl who expressed her welcome by holding up her toy bunny.
Everyone is quite taken with the new-style droid from the forthcoming film Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. It just looks so cool with its little head balancing atop a rolling ball body! Industrial designer Christian Poulsen saw it as a challenge. After seeing a video of the 3D version on stage at Star Wars Celebration, he decided to make one -in only a day.
How did he get the head to stay on while the body rolled around? Magnets. The secret here is that he started with a Sphero ball, which is a robotic ball controlled by phone apps. The device inside is weighed so that it doesn’t roll with the ball.
Lady Jane Stanely of Knutsford, Cheshire, UK, never married and was rather bitter about it. She sometimes saw couples walking next to each other down the sidewalks of her town and took it upon herself to end this public impropriety.
In the 1790s, at the urging of Lady Jane, the town of Knutsford narrowed its sidewalks so that it woudl be impossible to walk two abreast. Last year, the town decided that it was time to stop accomodating Lady Jane and made plans to widen the sidewalks. The Daily Telegraph reports:
Councillor Michael Jones, Conservative leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "I am all in favour of retaining our fantastic heritage, but this is one of those occasions when we can improve on the legacy of the past.
"We want to create a space which will be enjoyed by the residents – whether they are walking arm in arm or not – while also attracting visitors and enabling businesses in the locality to thrive. The shops and businesses are a great asset to Cheshire East and the street merits and deserves enhancement works."
This little sea lion is a rebel without a cause and he doesn't give a damn what you think about his lifestyle. He wanted to go to high school and he did just that -walking five blocks from the beach to a school in San Diego. Unfortunately, The Man has decided that sea lions can't attend human schools, so the police soon scooped him up and detained him until animal contol officers arrived to put him in his place.
The sheriff's department reported that "while deputy sheriffs attempted to interview him as to his activities, he clammed up and requested his lawyer," the news release said.
I say sea lions are mammals and shouldn't be forced to attend fish schools just because they swim in the ocean. This little guy is a hero for his kind, fighting for his rights!
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer was barely out to the public before Bobby Burns began remixing it to feature Christopher Reeve and Adam West in their iconic superhero roles. The audio from the teaser remains the same. This makes it clear that while we can imagine Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as having nefarious intentions underneath their public personas, it’s hard to look at our old-school heroes that way.
This could have starred George Reeves as Superman, but then you’d get into the color vs. black-and-white mixing problem. And the fact that only us old folks would have appreciated it. -via Time Newsfeed
When you're busy helping your dark masters battle rebel forces and conquer planets your work week goes by in a flash, but when you're stuck on patrol inside a giant AT walker time seems to stand still. Troopers who get stuck with patrol duty instantly start missing the war, and they tend to go a bit stir crazy inside those giant metal star camels. They stop working for the weekend and start celebrating hump day, and if their name happens to be Mike they get asked what day it is until they want to blaster bolt their own brains out!
Spread some midweek geek madness with this Guess What Day It Is t-shirt by DC Visual Arts, it's a great way to get geared up for the return of your favorite sci-fi franchise!
On the right is Skeletor, the main villain on the cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. On the left is Maratus skeletus, a species of peacock spider named in his honor. Madeline Girard, a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley, discovered it and another that she calls "Sparklemuffin" in Australia. How did she come up the names? Girard explains in an interview for the blog of Berkeley's Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management:
Searching for and catching spiders feels a little bit like a game; my colleague and I started joking that it felt like we were playing Pokémon! Our first brainstorms with these two new species were trying to play off of that. We didn’t come up with a good Pokémon reference, but “Skeletorus” came up because the spider is black with white lines resembling a skeleton (and we liked the subtle reference to Skeletor from Masters of the Universe!). Sparklemuffin just kind of popped up one day. We wanted something a little bit glamorous, which led to sparkle…and muffin works because the shape of the spider (which is more narrow at the interior of the abdomen and then puffs out at the top) sort of resembles a muffin top. It started as our nickname, but people really love the name and it has made the species really popular!
We all know Bono loves his giant sunglasses, but did you know he doesn't just wear them for fashion's sake? He actually needs them for his glaucoma. If you've ever wondered about Michael Jackson's glove-hand or Sinead O'Connor's shaved head? Then you won't want to miss this great Cracked article that explains the surprising reasons some musicians adopted a now trademark style.
Up until about 50 years ago, women were excluded from marathons, and indeed the longest footrace in the Olympics open to women then was 800 meters -less than a half-mile. In the early ‘60s, a few women snuck into marathons without registering, but in April of 1967, Kathrine Switzer of Syracuse University registered for the marathon under the name "K.V. Switzer." She started undetected, surrounded by fellow Syracuse runners. But at about the two-mile mark, she was spotted by a bus of reporters and officials, which included John Duncan Semple.
On Patriots’ Day 1967, “Mr. Boston Marathon” was a very angry man. Runner No. 261 had violated the sacred code of the institution that was his baby. She deserved to be punished – and if Cloney couldn’t do the job, then Jock Semple would. “This wasn’t just about me being a girl,” Switzer said. “Jock probably would have left me alone if I was just running along like Bobbi. It was the number that got him. I had made him look like a fool.”
Semple evaded Briggs and lunged at Switzer, grabbing at the cardboard bib pinned to her sweatshirt. “He was pulling at me and screaming, ‘Get the hell out of my race and give me that number,’” Switzer recalled. “Arnie was screaming at Jock, and then Tom smashed Jock out of the way.”
News photographer Harry Trask caught the assault on film, which changed the way people viewed women in sports. The sequence overshadowed the winners of the race, and showed the public that not only can women run a marathon, but also refuse to be pushed away. Switzer finished the race in four hours and twenty minutes. Read the entire story at Deadspin.