Flash had been running for most of his life- running from his past, running from his enemies and trying to run as fast as he could from the call to adventure that came on the fateful night when he inherited the speed force. But it wasn't until Barry stopped running and started to live in the moment that he discovered what he was truly meant to be- a flash dancer. The feeling of being on stage was like nothing he'd felt before, and he didn't have to save anybody's life to get cheers- all he had to do was dance his sexy, sexy dance like nobody was watching...
Be free to express who you truly are by wearing this Flash Dance t-shirt by Scott Sherwood, it's a hilarious way to show the world you're not afraid to get down with your sexy self!
The YouTube series Forces of Destiny fills in the gaps between the Star Wars movies. They've posted a lot of animated vignettes since we showed you the first one, Sands of Jakku. In the latest episode, we find out how Leia first met Maz Kanata.
It happened long, long ago... well, you already knew that. It was between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. And now we know where Leia got the disguise she used to infiltrate Jabba's palace. -via The Daily Dot
You don't have to be a history buff or school teacher to enjoy reading and talking about history, because there were so many cool characters and interesting events in mankind's past it's only natural to find it all endlessly fascinating.
And considering how awful things are in the present many more people young and old are about to become history fans too, so join the revolution with a historically themed NeatoShop t-shirt!
This little girl has put some real thought into her spiel. If you can't fulfill a need for your customers, the next tactic is altruism and guilt. That's when you let them know that proceeds of your sale benefit the local school, charity, or in this case, the Gopher Guides. When that fails, you have to bring out the big guns. Always have another reason for them to buy. Avoiding future awkwardness must be worth at least five dollars. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
And if you enjoy Hallbeck's comics, you'll want to read a personal message from the artist.
Boo Boo was always stuck playing second banana to that lovable glutton Yogi Bear even though Boo Boo was often the only one keeping Yogi from becoming a bear skin rug.
And yet poor little Boo Boo never got his day in the sun, nor did he get his fair share of the pickanick baskets he helped Yogi steal, so who can blame him for having a teensy weensy existential crisis?
Boo Boo Runs Wild is an awesome animated short created by John Kricfalusi of Ren & Stimpy fame that shows what it would be like if Boo Boo broke free of the bow tie and embraced his feral side. It's a real humdinger of a cartoon show!
The vernal equinox occurs today at 12:15 Eastern Daylight Time. That's when the earth reaches the spot in its revolution around the sun where the planet's tilt causes the direct line of the sun to cross the equator from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere. So we have reached the point where the Northern Hemisphere will have days longer than nights. But the important part is that today is when winter ends and spring begins! The equinox involves science, space, weather, history, folklore, and fun. Read about all these things as they pertain to the equinox at Vox.
Real ramen heads don't give a crap about slurping, and many Japanese ramen chefs consider slurping to be a compliment, but if you're forced to eat ramen around people who don't appreciate a good slurp you may need to eat quietly.
Do you know an international issue “Noodle Harassment”? People say that the slurping noise Japanese people make when they eat noodles makes people from abroad uncomfortable. …The moment that the high powered directional mic equipped on the fork detects the sound of noodles slurping, it transmits that signal to a dedicated app installed on a smartphone, using short wave radio communication. Sound is then emitted from the smartphone to camouflage the noodle slurping noise.
In the 1930s, artist Grant Wood sketched a peculiar small house with a "pretentious" Gothic church window in the front. He later enshrined the house in his painting American Gothic. That house still stands in Eldon, Iowa, and is owned by the State Historical Society. From 2010 to 2014, Beth Howard lived in the house for $250 a month. The rent was cheap because the house is small, is in Eldon, Iowa, and 15,000 tourists visit it every year -which can be a hassle at times.
I eventually got used to being woken by laughter and high-beam headlights shining toward it in the middle of the night when travelers wanted a photo. Sometimes I would turn on the light and give them a scare — who would expect anyone to be living there?
By day, a steady stream of tourists came, posing for pictures (and peeking in the windows) dressed in the free costumes provided by the visitor center — calico smocks with cameos, overalls and black jackets, even the spectacles — and wielding pitchforks of all sizes. They brought their own props, which included a prized Harley Davidson, a fleet of Stanley steam cars, and a herd of llamas. It was the centerpiece of a Klingon calendar shoot, a bare-chested rock band’s album cover, a marriage proposal, a family reunion — a gamut of creativity daily.
Unless you're a biologist or a bit of a freak you probably don't spare much thought to how animal genitalia has evolved over the centuries, but it turns out the private parts of animals are pretty interesting.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!
Further evidence why the “soft” sciences are the hardest to do well compiled by Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Bissell Mango, Improbable Research staff
Interacting with Women Can Impair Men’s Cognitive Functioning “Interacting with Women Can Impair Men’s Cognitive Functioning,” Johan C. Karremans, Thijs Verwijmeren, Tila M. Pronk, and Meyke Reitsma, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, vol. 45, no. 4, 2009. (Thanks to Joan Baugh and Vicki Hollett for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, report:
The present research tested the prediction that mixed-sex interactions may temporarily impair cognitive functioning. Two studies, in which participants interacted either with a same-sex or opposite-sex other, demonstrated that men’s (but not women’s) cognitive performance declined following a mixed-sex encounter. In line with our theoretical reasoning, this effect occurred more strongly to the extent that the opposite-sex other was perceived as more attractive (Study 1), and to the extent that participants reported higher levels of impression management motivation (Study 2). Implications for the general role of interpersonal processes in cognitive functioning, and some practical implications, are discussed.
The Sex Lives of Cult Television Characters “The Sex Lives of Cult Television Characters,” Dr. Sara Gwenllian Jones, Screen, vol. 43 no. 1, Spring 2002, pp. 79–90.
That set off a string of stories about the weird things that people's grandpas would do. Some stories were about habits left over from different times. Some were about showing how hardcore they were. And some were pranks from old men who wanted to laugh at their grandchild's naivety.
My grandfather would eat heads of garlic like they were apples. One time, my father said, “Jesus, did you eat a whole head of garlic?” Charlie said, “Well, yeah, but I had a piece of gum afterward. You can still tell?”
My grandpa ate onions like apples, and Friday night was Swanson Fried Chicken TV Dinner Night, no exceptions. If grandma wanted to go out for dinner, he would bring a tv dinner along and make the restaurant heat it up.
Every book contains one or more mysteries, something (or someone) fantastic, and a bunch of intriguing moments that keep readers turning those pages, which is why books are the most addictive thing on Earth. People have been reading books for centuries and aren't going to stop anytime soon, and even though the Digital Age was supposed to replace books with files and pages with bytes people still have a lotta love for the feel of a physical copy in their hands. That's why books are still the best food for a hungry mind!
Share some imagination with everyone you meet by wearing this Books t-shirt by Ursulalopez, it's a fantastic way to show love for your favorite pastime- reading a good book!
Bubble wrap is fun to pop and great for keeping delicate stuff safe in storage and during shipping, but it seems like a huge pain in the butt to make.
Knowing nothing about manufacturing one would assume each bubble is inflated individually, but that would take way too long even with the aid of inflating machines plus it seems like a bass ackwards way to make bubble wrap. I'd always assumed they trapped and sealed air between two sheets of plastic, one flat the other covered in little bubbles, but I was wrong too.
As you can see in this How It's Made video featuring a visit the SealedAir factory the bubble is actually formed when they "vacuum the film down then trap the air" using a metal cylinder that looks like a beehive.
Fay's Restaurant in New York City was the spot for a fight that made the papers in May of 1910. The eatery kept a container of lobsters in the sidewalk for diners to select for their dinner. A cat named Mattie lived at the restaurant for pest control, but she was always fascinated with the lobsters. And Miss Rose Leland came in to eat with her bulldog Gus, who was allowed to stay as long as he behaved and his leash was wrapped about Leland's chair.
On this particular spring night, one of the lobsters fell on the sidewalk after the waiter had gone inside. Naturally, Mattie jumped at the opportunity. She had no idea what she was up against.
The lobster clamped its claw onto Mattie’s tail, sending her howling and scurrying through the front door and into the restaurant. Not about to be left out of the fun, Gus the bulldog pulled wildly at his leash–and Miss Leland’s chair–to join in the melee.
Down went Miss Leland, who screamed in horror and then reportedly fainted. Gus caught up with cat and lobster as they ran around the other diners. The lobster released its claw on Mattie and grabbed Gus by the hind leg.
With so many board games coming out every year, many of which have hefty price tags, it's hard to tell which ones are hits and which aren't worth the money- which is where Board Game Geek comes in handy.
The BGG community is made up of gamers with years of experience who are passionate about board games, so they won't pull punches with their reviews when they feel a game didn't live up to the hype.
Personally, I still want to check out Gloomhaven even after reading Jvandereck's review, but I'll definitely wait until it's going for way less than $200 because that's way too much to play for a game IMO.
Here are the rest of BGG's picks for the Top Board Games of 2017:
Yeah, we've covered quite a few of these over the years, but it's good to have a refresher course. Read more about the spherical cow here. It's obvious that scientists are the coolest nerds there are. -via Tastefully Offensive
Our pets bring a lot of joy into our lives despite the fact that we have to feed them, groom them and clean up their poop, and even though they don't like to admit it our pets get a kick out of having us around too.
But sometimes a comfy home and human companionship aren't enough for our bored and jaded pets, so they start looking for ways to get their kicks outside the home.
And, as this EatMyPaint comic shows, that's when we're reminded that pet ownership is a countdown to heartbreak, so don't show your dog how to ride a motorcycle no matter how much they beg!
Sven has a cat named Muldar who is a genius. He wants what he wants and no human shenanigans are going to stop him. Closing the door? Pfft! Muldar will just open it. Set a pan of water in front of the door? Not a problem. For Muldar. For Sven, it's a problem.
Sven noted that the water pan was added to keep Muldar from scratching at the door, and that putting a round knob on the door (as has been recently suggested) would make no difference. I concur; Muldar would just figure out how to open a door with a round knob. -via reddit
Knowledge is the key to survival and therefore survival is a state of mind, and when it comes to staying alive in a world where survival of the fittest is the order of the day mental fitness matters most. So the best way to prepare for a lifetime of stayin' alive is to fill your head with survival tips that may come in handy someday.
Wondering what to do when you're stuck in quicksand? Keep calm and backstroke towards solid ground.
Afraid you're going to end up stuck in the wild without a slingshot, water holder, fire starter, fishing bobber or surgical gloves? Bring some condoms along and you'll have the ultimate survival multi-tool right in your pocket!
As we age, we expect to develop wrinkles as our skin dries and loses elasticity. However, that's not the only change that happens. Whether or not you are in the habit of looking in the mirror, you may be surprised one day to notice how different your face has become. A variety of health and aging experts tell us what's going on. Plastic surgery professor Alexes Hazen says,
If you look at the faces of young people, regardless of weight, their faces are full and full of convexities! As we age the fat in our faces dissipates and also descends southward or down due to aging of the structures and gravity. The bony component remains stable but all of the rest ages and changes. We typically see noses that look longer and hence bigger, this is due to drooping of that structure, ear lobules that are longer and hanging, and the same phenomenon with the jawline and the chin even! In the midface we see prominent high cheekbones look lower and less defined. Usually lips thin out a bit as well. All these factors influence the shape and appearance of the face.
Keeping a youthful-looking face is part genetics, which you can't control, and part factors we can control. But it's more than just skin care -it's a matter of overall health. Read more about how our faces change with age at Gizmodo. -via Digg
Bob Ross was just as famous for his personality and presentation as his teaching skills, and even though his videos were made to be easy to follow most people I know preferred to simply watch Bob paint than follow along.
That's because most people who have never painted before assume they'll suck at painting no matter how good the teacher, but when BuzzFeedVideo asked amateurs to learn from the coolest painting instructor ever they gave it a shot.
So was a lesson from Bob Ross enough to make them overcome their fear of creating a crappy painting? Tune in and find out! (NSFW language)
The refreshing properties of frozen pickles should not be new to Neatorama readers. We've posted about pickle sickles, pickle soda, and Kool-Aid pickles. Every day, more people find out that they're not the only one who takes a sip of juice from the pickle jar occasionally. That habit goes nationwide this summer, when Sonic Drive-ins roll out a new flavor in their extensive slush menu- pickle juice slushes!
We tasted the drink at Sonic’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, and it’s surprisingly delicious (and makes a good accompaniment to burgers and/or tots and/or corn dogs.) Sweet and tangy, the bright brine compensates for the over-savoriness you might have been worried about. You won’t understand why, but you’ll keep going back for more sips, likely until it’s all gone. Our only gripe is that the slush is a bit too sweet, as if overcorrecting for the acidity, but maybe this is what has to happen for America to acclimate to—and embrace—pickle-flavored soft drink.
Being trapped inside a video game seems like it would be a gamer's dream come true, especially if they had unlimited lives and were trapped in a game they already knew and loved.
However, the experience wouldn't be quite so magical if they were trapped in a game with a bunch of their fellow gamers, since the annoying banter and maddening bravado would detract from the overall experience.
But if they could look past the annoying personalities and work together as a team they could become the stuff of legend, which would help distract them from the grim reality of being trapped in a virtual world for the rest of their natural lives...
The Lion's Blaze is a super fun animated short by OlanRogers that turns the "trapped in a virtual world" trope on its head, making the prospect of being trapped in a game world seem like a nerdy nightmare.
Uncle Sam may not have your best interests at heart, and he may want you to do terrible things in the name of patriotism, but Uncle Scrooge McDuck only wants to make your life an adventure-and if he happens to make a gold coin or ten in the process then so be it. But whether there's a profit to be made or not Scrooge will finance your mystery-solving expedition, and he may even send his nephews along to make sure things go smoothly! So forget Sam, join up with Scrooge and turn your life into the stuff of adventure tales!
Add an animated call to action to your geeky wardrobe with this I Want YOU to Solve a Mystery or Rewrite History t-shirt by Aaron Morales, it's a timeless blast from the past that'll quack people up wherever you go!
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, by most accounts, is around 5' 7" tall, yet he appears taller in pictures. That is due to a set of tricks he's memorized or internalized for those times when a camera is around. Nick Douglas, who admits to being 5' 6", studied those photos and tried a few of the tricks himself. Some worked better than others.
We found three basic tricks for looking tall next to other people:
Get closer to the camera, but “cheat out” by turning a bit toward the camera, to imply you’re as far away as your companion.
Maintain excellent posture. Shoulders back, chin up, legs straight. But like Zuckerberg, look casual, not like you’re standing at attention.
Wear a hat, and wear it high.
Find the shortest person in the group, and stand next to them.
Foodies often have a particular dish, ingredient or dessert that reminds them of their childhood, and whenever their senses are treated to the comforting sight, smell and taste of that familiar food all feels right in the world again.
For food vlogger Li Ziqi that childhood fave food is crispy fried noodles, a dish which she lovingly prepares in this meditative video recipe that showcases the time honored tradition of preparing food from scratch.
Unless you happen to be a Russian history buff, you probably don’t know much about Czar Alexander III. But if you’re a fan of Fabergé eggs, you have him (and Carl Fabergé, of course) to thank for them.
In 1885 the emperor, or czar, of Russia, Alexander III, placed an order with his jeweler for a decorative Easter egg for his wife, the czarina Marie Feodorovna. Alexander had given his wife jeweled Easter eggs before: Easter was the most important holiday on the Russian Orthodox calendar, and eggs were traditionally given as gifts. But this year’s egg would be different, because Alexander placed his order with a new jeweler: 38-year-old Carl Fabergé.
Fabergé differed from other jewelers who served the Imperial court in that he was more interested in clever design and exquisite craftsmanship than in merely festooning his creations with gold and precious gems (though his eggs would have plenty of those) without showing much imagination. “Expensive things interest me little if the value is merely in so many diamonds and pearls,” he said.
That first Imperial Easter egg was very plain indeed, but only on the surface: known today simply as the 1885 Hen Egg, it was 2½ inches long and made of gold but had a plain white enamel shell to give it the appearance of an ordinary duck egg. When the two halves of the egg were pulled apart, they revealed a golden yolk that in turn opened to reveal a golden hen “surprise” sitting on a nest of golden straw. The hen was hinged at its tail feathers and split open to reveal a small golden replica of the Imperial crown; hanging from the crown was a tiny ruby pendant that Marie Feodorovna could wear around her neck on a gold chain that came with the egg.
You can get a photograph printed on pretty much anything these days. Redditor angelinthehallway posted this photo of her bed, graced with a blanket she received for Christmas. Her husband ordered it through Walmarts photo-printing kiosk. He is also a redditor, and had to jump in to claim that yes, it was his face on the blanket. And he posted a picture of Christmas Day at their home to prove it.
I think they should hang this in the windows as a curtain, facing out. The neighbors would freak out, as well as anyone passing by. And as a bonus, the people inside wouldn't have to look at it on the bed.
Most villains become twisted and evil after some terrible event turns their heart black while others are simply born that way, growing up as bad boys or girls and outcasts in a world full of goodie-goodies.
Now those who are born villains have a natural advantage over those who become villains later on in life, and they learn early on that damn near every goodie-two-shoes' can be turned into a baddie-two-boots if you offer them something they really want- like a merit badge.
This test was given to World War I recruits at Fort Devens to assess their literacy. While the question are obviously designed to test reading comprehension and vocabulary, the rhythm and increasing difficulty as well as the philosophical quality of the barrage of questions make it sound poetic. I'm reminded of the song "Blowin' in the Wind," which is also a list of thought-provoking questions. There's more to the test, which you can find at Google Books. But I wonder how you score a question like "Are intervals of repose appreciated?" Knowing what "intervals" and "repose" mean doesn't mean it's appreciated. Found at Futility Closet. -via Nag on the Lake