At the end of the Monty Python film The Life of Brian, the protagonist stands crucified by the Roman occupiers of Judea, falsely accused of insurrection.
Nothing in his life has gone according to plan. Now Brian's efforts will end in a slow, painful death. So he's feeling a bit depressed. But another crucifixion victim played by Eric Idle encourages him to look on the bright side of life. He sings a song along that theme, which is among the most famous in the Monty Python repertoire.
Sunday night is the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, and then it goes away until probably February or so, then return for another eight episodes. Fans of the show pretty much expect one of the main characters to die, because
1. Someone always dies in the mid-season finale. 2. The Talking Dead, the after show discussion, is promoting a “mystery cast member,” which means the actor whose character just died. 3. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, said that he cried over this particular episode.
When it was built in 1998, this massive, majestic fork in Springfield, Missouri jutting defiantly into the sky against the diets of the world stood before a restaurant. That restaurant went out of business. Now the building is occupied by an advertising agency. It must be a marvelous navigational aid. How can they help prospective clients find their offices? Tell them to look for the giant fork.
This is one of 10 bizarre and surreal public sculptures rounded up by When on Earth. You can view the others here, which include a headless businessman and a giant erupting from the ground.
When you hear the superheroic name Rainbow Man how do you expect him to act? Flamboyant, or crazy cheerleader level cheerful would have been my guess, but then I watched the trailer for this (probably not) upcoming movie Rainbow Man film and found out I had it all wrong.
Rainbow Man’s wardrobe is already colorful enough, he doesn’t need to act in a colorful manner because he’s wearing all the colors of the rainbow, plus he shoots rainbows out of his hands.
One man, twenty seven kinds of leprechaun, one of which bit the one man one fateful day and gave him the power of rainbow- Bad Weather Films presents: Rainbow Man. (probably not) Coming soon to a theater near you.
Looks like a box office bonanza in the making to me!
Henry Brown is a sheep farmer in Willingdon, East Sussex, UK. He wanted to propose marriage to his girlfriend, Emily Walker, in a creative way. Since he's an expert on sheep, he put his flock to work on that project. Brown painted five sheep with the phrase "Emily, will ewe marry me?," then put them on a separate field on his farm.
When Walker visited him, they took a ride around the farm. They saw the sheep out of place and went for a closer look. It was then that Walker saw the words and pieced them together. Brown dropped to one knee for a formal proposal. And she said yes!
Jimmy Fallon continued his annual tradition of making the year’s biggest pop songs into holiday song parodies on The Tonight Show. Fallon got a hand from Rashida Jones in putting holiday cheer into songs you know or at least recognize from 2014. You want to sing along? Here are the lyrics:
“All About That Bass” Yeah, my mama she cooked me a turkey with all the sides Then she made me some cranberry sauce and then 12 pumpkin pies Because you know I'm gonna gain some weight, gain some weight (need sweatpants) I'm gonna gain some weight, gain some weight (need sweatpants)
“Stay With Me” Oh won’t you, drink with me? I hate my, family They’re insane, it’s plain to see So won’t you, drink with me?
“Turn Down For What” Stuff a duck, inside a turkey’s butt… Turducken for what? Turducken for what?
“Wiggle” You know what to do on this Hanukkah Dreidel dreidel dreidel Dreidel dreidel dreidel
“Anaconda” My Secret Santa don't – My Secret Santa don't – My Secret Santa don't want none unless you got gifts, hon!
“Bang Bang” I’ve got a special thing I like to drink, when I get thirsty and it’s Christmastime Just take some nutmeg and some cinnamon, and then you mix it up it tastes so fine Egg nog! Into your mug (Just add some whiskey) Egg nog! Getting you drunk (I’m feelin’ tipsy)
“Let It Go” Mistletoe, mistletoe Just bought a bunch at the store Mistletoe, mistletoe Gonna hang it from my door I don’t care who I kiss today Let your tongue stick out Cold sores never bothered me anyway
“Fireball” Butterball Christmas ball He had a big red suit With a sack full of loot With eight reindeers and a sleigh Had a big round belly like a bowl full of jelly And he came around on Christmas day… Santa Claus!
Nowadays people feel more free to try out their own variations on the traditional pot luck fare at gatherings, and yet with all the new and cutting edge food creations it doesn’t appear anybody is in a hurry to explore the dishes some of our ancestors used to eat at these same functions.
On the left is Daisy, a sloth. On the right is Alia, a 5-month old baby human. Alia's parents, Julia and Jason Heckathorn, brought them home on the same day. Daisy is the latest addition to their growing menagerie, which also includes a kangaroo, an anteater, a cat, and a few sugar gliders. Julia Heckathorn tells the New York Daily News that the two girls get along just like sisters should:
"When Alia and Daisy sit next to each other, Daisy sniffs Alia while Alia nuzzles into Daisy's soft fur. They are so sweet together,” Heckathorn said. "They even wear the same-colored flower headpieces in their hair.
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ExPhysGuy posted a picture at reddit of a man in Ireland who fills the role of Santa Claus at the local schools. Even when he’s off-duty, he takes his role seriously for the little kids who see him. There were several stories in the comments underneath that show appreciation for men like this who take time to be Santa Claus for kids, because they know that children will recognize them wherever they are, no matter what time of the year it is.
So, my uncle used to look a lot like Santa pretty much all the time. Pot belly, deep but kind voice, sweet grey beard, the works. Just like this guy here.
One year in the fall he drove home from the grocery store, and when he got inside, noticed a car drove up and parked right in front of his house. No one came out for awhile so he went to check it out, when some guy got out of the car and approached him. The dude had two kids in the car, who had seen my uncle at the store, and just cried and cried to their dad how he was "letting Santa get away!" so they made him drive after my uncle. The guy was real apologetic and asked if my uncle can just say hi to his kids, but my uncle being the amazing person he was, ran inside to get them cookies, and sure to talk to them awhile. The kids left happy as clams and I'm sure the dad got major dad points.
I just really miss my uncle. The idea of people thinking about him, even just for the duration of this post, makes me not miss him so badly.
They've had the same Santa at my local mall for at least 12 years, and he is fantastic. He's got a real beard, has a personally owned awesome looking suit, is great with kids etc. I've seen him do the same thing when it's the "off season" and he's at the mall doing his shopping.
There were rumors that he was retiring 2 years ago, and I was very happy to see that he was still there last year. It will be difficult to replace someone as good as him.
I was in the back of my suburban, digging around one day, while my boyfriend was in the grocery store. A man walked passed our truck and saw my partner's 5-year-old sitting in the back seat. He said to him (through the open window), "Hi, there! You're being good, right?"
I popped my head up and said, "He is," thinking this dude must be a friend of his mom or dad's (we live in a small town).
He walked away, and I said, "Do you know that guy?"
Kid: "No, but I'm pretty sure Santa just told me to behave."
There is a guy that works with me who looks like Santa. WHEN EVER a kid comes up to him, he reaches in his backpack and gives him a candy cane and a Christmas card. Saw it in mid July a few years ago. Was sweet.
My Great Uncle was a professional Mall Santa. He had a big white beard and wore red all year around. It really did look spot on. He loved kids always coming up to him and enjoyed it all year around. I seriously thought he was santa till I was like 10.
There is a professional Santa in my hometown. All Christmas season he is in another state, playing Santa at a mall. However, all year he keeps his beard and hair trimmed, wears his glasses, and always wears clothing that involves red and green and suspenders at a minimum.
He never breaks character for any child. He also has some great stories, like when he was walking down the street and a kid came running up to him crying because he was lost but then saw Santa and knew he would be fine.
I've talked to him several times about it and he said, "Being Santa is one of the greatest responsibilities I have ever had. It is a way of life, not a job, and you have to treat it that way."
Getting hit by a car hurts- a lot. I was lucky enough to have been struck by cars that were only going about 15-25 miles an hour, but the Chinese man seen in this shocking footage takes lucky to a whole new level.
The man, identified only as Li, looks like a deer in the headlights as he stands in the middle of a busy road in Kunshan City, and then he's struck by not one but two motorists who clearly haven't found a use for their brake pedal.
The Nobel Prize goes on the block on December 4. It could earn up to $3.5 million (USD). Proceeds from the sale of the prize as well as other personal effects from Watson will go to benefit research institutions where he worked over the course of his career.
Only a year to go -and we get our first glimpse at the new Star Wars film, the first under the Disney name. It appears that someone new is taking advantage of the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Check out that new model light saber! The Millennium Falcon looks pretty good for a vehicle with too many billion miles on it. Get ready for a series of these teasers over the next year.
Sitcoms love to make us feel like part of the family by sharing their holiday traditions with us. They get all dressed up for Halloween, have family and friends over for Christmas and get ta gobblin’ up a delicious dinner on Thanksgiving day, just like real people!
Let’s take a fun trip down Thanksgiving memory lane with ten hand plucked sitcom episodes sure to make you thankful for finely crafted television shows:
1. Friends- The One With All The Thanksgivings-
Friends went all out for a Thanksgiving of remembrance during episode 8 of season 5, from all the way back in 1998. Through flashback sequences we get to see Monica before she lost all the weight, Chandler sporting a totally radical Flock of Seagulls haircut, and this unforgettable Monica turkey moment:
Choosing an anti-nuke protest over a Thanksgiving feast seems like a fine message, but the true spirit of togetherness comes when Alex P., Mallory and Jennifer show they love and support their parents no matter how kooky their cause.
Modern Family put a totally progressive spin on the classic Thanksgiving episode by bringing the family together around some good ol' fashioned punkin chunkin, because nothing squashes family beef like launching orange squash through the air! Doesn't that look like a fun new take on Thanksgiving tradition?
4. Seinfeld - Mom & Pop Store-
Leave it up to the show about nothing to disguise their Thanksgiving episode under layers of stuffing. George buys John Voight's car, an Empire State Building statue pops Mr. Pitt's dream of holding a balloon in the Macy's parade, and a mom and pop store makes off with all of Jerry's sneakers.
Here’s one way to keep an eye on your cats during cold weather! Redditor ericscheel’s father has a farm and quite a few outdoor cats. He built a box around the outside of a window, complete with a shelf, small doorway, and a cat ramp. The cats cannot help but check it out, then discover it’s a nice warm place to be, and the people inside can see them all in one place. The converse is true as well: the cats get to observe what the people in the house are doing. See a larger version of the pictures here.
Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, became famous for his captivating miniseries The Civil War. Through brilliant storytelling, he shared not only the facts, but the experience of that trauma with his audience. In this parody on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Burns recounts a day--this day--that we Americans call Black Friday.
It is not a recent experience. No, the first Black Friday occurred more than a century ago. But to many, the wounds are still fresh.
What's not to love about holidays? You get to take off work, everyone's in a great mood, and there's always plenty of delicious food lying around. Wouldn't it be great if we could sustain all that fun and excitement throughout the year? Well, you're in luck. So sit back, crack open a Good Book, and get ready to celebrate these 10 major religious holidays that still aren't on Hallmark's radar.
Although most Sikhs live in the religion's homeland of India, Sikh communities have become increasingly common in the West. (Those men in turbans you might think are Muslims are most likely Sikh.) But wherever they reside, you can bet Guru Nanak's Day will be celebrated in style.
For the first couple of centuries after Sikhism was founded, 10 gurus served in succession as the leaders of the religion. When the 10th guru died, however, no single leader emerged, and the tradition of having a sole guru was abandoned. Not surprisingly, many Sikh holidays hearken back to events in the lives of these great men. And one of the biggest, no doubt, is the festival honoring the birth of the first guru, Nanak.
Guru Nanak was born to a Hindu family in 1469, and around the time he turned 30, he had a mystical experience that became the basis for the religion. While bathing in a river, he plunged into the water and didn't resurface for three days. During that time, he later said, he was communing with God. Drawing on elements of both Hinduism and Islam, Nanak journeyed far and wide, preaching his new faith of Sikhism and compiling his teachings into a scripture known as the Guru Granth Sahib.
Today, Nanak's birthday, which falls in October or November (depending on the lunar calendar), marks a joyous three-day celebration for Sikhs around the world. As part of the festivities, some communities undertake a ritual known as the Akhand Path, a kind of marathon reading of Sikh scriptures, usually continuing nonstop for the entire 72-hour holiday and ending on Nanak's actual birthday. For the slightly less studious, there are grandiose processions that typically take place the day before Guru Nanak's birthday, during which devotees wave the Sikh flag, brass bands play, and martial-arts teams show off their swordsmanship.
The name Shichigosan literally translates to "seven five three," but (despite our best guesses) this holiday isn't a celebration of football plays or ATM codes. Rather, the numbers reference the ages of the festival's guests of honor—children ages 7, 5, and 3. Shichigosan, which falls on the weekend closest to November 15, serves as a kind of rite of passage holiday for the Shinto faithful, and it's popular in Japan, where Shintoism—a belief system that values nature, ritual purity, and the worship of spirits called kami—is one of the dominant religions.
Fighting sports analyst Jack Slack takes a look at the TV series Star Trek: TOS and the many fights of Captain James T. Kirk. The Captain managed to punch someone or other around in just about every episode.
Among all the qualities required to command a ship and its crew, undoubtedly the most important is an officer's ability in hand-to-hand combat. You don't know where you'll be, or what you'll be doing, when your phaser gets knocked out of your hand and goes skidding across the floor. Or when diplomatic discussions and love-making with an alien race will fall through, and you'll have to fist fight for your life.
No man understood this as well as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. Throughout the 2200s, Kirk captained his ship to countless unknown worlds and met a perhaps difficult-to-believe number of hostile civilizations. Often complex political dealings would boil down to a test of Kirk's fighting prowess and he was forced to battle in the knowledge that his failure could leave his crew in jeopardy. Or worse than that—dead.
And since Kirk got into fistfights so often, the producers had to change it up to keep the action sequences from getting too boring. Therefore, we see numerous methods and tricks for disabling the latest antagonist whether he be alien or human. Slack goes over the axe handle strikes, the head scissors, the grappling, and other fighting moves that work so much better on TV than they do in real life. Read about them all at Vice’s Fightland site. -via Digg
French inventor Christian Poincheval makes pills that will perfume your farts into smelling like violets or roses. And now he has a new product for Christmas, a pill that will make flatulence smell like chocolate! Poincheval has been working on his earth-shattering invention for eight years now.
According to Poincheval's website, the idea for the pills apparently came from a dinner with friends during which nobody could stop farting.
"We were at table with friends and after a hearty meal, we almost suffocated as our farts were smelly," Poincheval writes. "The winds were not very pleasant for our fellow diners. I had to do something."
When Zoidberg told the rest of the group there would be visitors arriving from a strange alternate dimension everyone assumed he'd eaten a bad dumpster sandwich, but when the Doctor and some chick with one eye named Pond showed up on their doorstep everyone let out a collective gasp. The Doctor looked like he could have been one of Fry's relatives, only with a way better fashion sense, and when they found he spoke their language they all let out a collective sigh of relief. But then the Doctor started blathering about some insane space grandpa, rolling trashcans with plunger arms and laser eyes, and men made out of cyber the group couldn't help but let out a collective gasp...of fear!
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Brooklyn, New York-based comedian Jason Saenz has been having fun posting these silly signs all across the metro area. He calls the project Saenz Signs and he has a Tumblr sitedevoted to it, which says little about his thoughts behind the series. Apparently it's to get him noticed, as well as to make people on the city streets smile. It appears as if he's two for two. Follow Saenz at his website.
The Achao, Chile, volunteer fire department is always ready to respond to an emergency. But the firefighters also dance! In full gear! If you’re in a hurry, you can skip ahead. The dancing starts at about 1:45. The song is "Soy Tu Nene Malo" by Nene Malo. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Unfortunately for the lower classes, there were many points in history in which a populace was at the mercy of an unstable or even insane sovereign ruler. Due to the frequency with which royal families internarried, mental and physical defects were more common than in normal populations. These were wildly different times, in which life wasn't generally valued as it is today, and the jealousy and competition for the throne between royal family members led to betrayals and murders.
An interesting article at i09 describes ten instances in which, not only did a mentally ill person reign over a region, but their actions as rulers brought about a significant change in the history of said region. Below is the story of number four on the list, the story of Sultan Mustafa of the Ottoman Empire, who reigned from 1617–18 and from 1622–23.
Ahmed I and Mustafa were royal brothers. At the time, it was expected that a sultan would have his brothers executed after he took the throne, in order to eliminate any competition for his position. (Mustafa and Ahmed's father Mehmed III executed 19 of his own brothers after he became sultan.) Ahmed took the throne at 13, at which time he sent his brother Mustafa, 11, to "the cage." The cage was a tower with no windows. There, Mustafa had no human contact.
When Ahmed died of typhus at age 28, his most powerful concubine argued against his eldest son taking the throne as, due to the custom of the sultan executing his brothers, she rightfully feared her sons by Ahmed would be killed. Thus Mustafa, who according to some sources had an intellectual disability from birth, was let out of the cage. He had been isolated there for fourteen years, which certainly had no positive effect on his mental state.
Reportedly always accompanied by two naked slave girls, Mustafa caused numerous problems as a leader. One was that he would appoint random people he liked to powerful posts in his kingdom. With untrained people in positions of power and the demented Mustafa in charge, the empire deteriorated. After only one year as sultan, Mustafa was again sent to the cage, along with his slave girls.
At that time, Ahmed's eldest son Osman took the throne and was a fairly competent leader. Yet when he banned his military from drinking and smoking, there was such a backlash against him that he was put to death by "compression of the testicles."
After Osman was killed, Mustafa was once again let out of the cage and given the throne. By that time, his mental health had declined to the point that he would stare off into space, giggling to himself at some unseen source. He also frequently sought out his nephew Osman, the former sultan, continually forgetting that Osman had been put to death. The Ottoman empire quickly began to disintegrate, at which time the Safavid Persian empire attacked the region and took control. Mustafa went to the cage again, never to re-emerge.
Read about other mentally ill monarchs whose actions (or inactions) changed history here.
This turkey running on a treadmill is not the kind you’re liable to eat. He doesn’t have much breast meat, after all -and it would be hard to catch him! He’s actually a lucky turkey, living the good life at Brown University as a subject in Dr. Thomas Roberts’ studies of animal motion. Read more about the science behind a turkey on a treadmill at Digg.
Some of the victims participants came pretty close to creating a drawing of what could be mistaken for a turkey across a crowded bar, after you’ve had a few drinks of course.
And then there’s this guy, who didn’t even come close!
His crappy artwork proves that his meaty brain has begun to turn into a mélange of freshly picked greens, mandarin oranges and candied almonds tossed in a light white peach vinaigrette, in other words disgusting.
Do yourself a favor and keep your brain meaty by eating lots of turkey this Thanksgiving, or else keep a photo of a turkey with you at all times to remind your leafy brain what meat looks like!
When you make lists about failed movies, you might focus on how bad they are, like The Room, or how few people went to see them, like Zyzzyx Road, but if you really want to define a box office bomb, you focus on how much money was lost. Most of the movies on the list of box office bombs at Buzzfeed are fairly recent, because no one spent a hundred million dollars to make a movie more than a couple of decades ago. Plus, a huge marketing and advertising budget will add to the cost that must be made up in ticket sales. Therefore, a movie you may have seen and liked can still be a bomb if it cost more than it earned. That said, you will see movies on the list that you’ve never heard of, despite advertising. They died out that quickly. Cowboys and Aliens, shown above, came in 25th.
The more dramatic and serious the movie is, the funnier these bad lip reading videos are. I don't know how they come up with some of this stuff, but it never fails to make me laugh. I hope you enjoy it as well. And, on an unrelated note, happy Thanksgiving, readers! (I'm sure I could work that into the bad lip reading somewhere.)
There was a fashion craze on college campuses in the 1920s of wearing a full-length raccoon fur coat. Probably the only reference you’ll see to those raccoon coats these days is in vintage cartoons, where they were a device used to identify a character as a college student at a football game. The luxurious coats were visually stunning, but in reality, the fad was mostly confined to Ivy League schools.
I had stumbled upon a snapshot of a moment in fashion history when American Ivy league-ers and young college undergrads began sporting heavy, full-length raccoon coats, which set the trend in 1920s & 30s men’s fashion and sparked a voracious demand for the extravagant garment across the country. If a man could afford a fur coat, he had one; bankers, salesmen and students alike used the style to signify or improve their social status.
They were expensive- several hundred dollars, which was out of reach for most students. That in itself made the raccoon coat a status symbol to be flaunted. Messy Nessy Chic relates the rise and fall of the collegiate raccoon coat in an article with plenty of pictures. The images capture the spirit of the prosperous, carefree Roaring Twenties.