Xavier Puente Vilardell is an artist in Brussels, Belgium. If you examine his wood sculptures, you’d swear that he makes them by twisting reality rather than carving wood. He says that his work reflects “a strong Mediterranean tradition, where carved holes in the wood turn into light beams caressing amazing shapes.” You can view more of Vilardell’s work here.
Are visions of sharp and piercing winter swimming through your head? Take bite out of the cold with the Shark Attack Men's Socks from the NeatoShop. This ferocious pair of socks makes a fierce fashion statement.
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The great question is clear: should I get a filter feeding shark cat, such as a basking tabby, because it's safe, or should I get a more hazardous shark, such as a great white calico, because it would be cool?
Brynn Metheney, an artist in Oakland, California, drew 12 shark cats for a shark cat-themed monthly calendar. You can see the other shark cats in that calendar here.
This ferret has obviously had an exhausting day of ferret play and is at his consciousness' end. His human's lap seems like a perfect place to collapse (not that he spent a moment of ferret decision-making time considering the issue). All's well that ends well. -Via Tastefully Offensive
We’re in the midst of Movember 2014, when guys grow out their facial hair for the sake of spreading awareness about men's issues, like prostate cancer, and raising money for charity.
You might find it dorky when your friend grows a grizzly adams beard, or a handlebar moustache, but there’s nothing dorky about superfolks like Wolverine, Ghost Rider and Dr. Manhattan growing out their manly facial hair for a good cause.
Illustrator James Bousema has created three heroic portraits that reveal what some of our favorite superheroes would look like with facial hair, the first in a new project he's working on to beard 'em all.
Wolverine is usually depicted sporting a pair of mutton chops, but seeing him with a long beard and moustache kinda makes him look like a hobo in disguise.
Dr. Manhattan went the hipster handlebar moustache route, of course, since he was superpowered way before it was cool, but the biggest surprise reveal of all is Ghost Rider- who knew his beard would be made out of flames! -Via GeekTyrant
In just a few days, we'll have one of the best holidays of the year: the Day after Thanksgiving. It's all of the good things about Thanksgiving (the food) with none of the bad things about the day (the workload and pressure).
You've got a lot of leftovers left over from the previous day's feasting. What are you going to do with them? Well, if you're like me, then you've already eaten an entire pumpkin pie while standing in front of the open refrigerator door at 6 AM before anyone else has woken up.
But Amy of the great good blog Oh, Bite It! is not like me. She wants a creative alternative to cold leftovers. So she took samples of some of the classic Thanksgiving foods, such as cranberry sauce, candied yams, turkey, green bean casserole, and stuffing. Amy placed these between 2 4-inch circles of canned crescent roll dough, then deep fried them. The result is a quick, hot meal that will increase your gravitational attraction.
This is a nice-looking house for sale in Sweden. It looks quite normal from the outside, but inside… well, the kitchen looks quite normal, modern, and well-equipped. Really nice living room! Wait, are those trophy heads on the walls aliens? Then we get to the hallway, and there’s a full-size Predator! Just wait until you see what’s behind that fancy carved door... Yes, this house is for sale, and you can see a lot more pictures of it at the real estate ad, but I don’t believe you’ll get much out of the text unless you can read Swedish. -via Everlasting Blort
Twitter user @smellyghostgirl writes, “my stepdad makes sundials that make a rainbow go thru ur house when the sun hits it and.”* Rainbow Cat brings a technicolor grumpiness to everyone he meets. Rainbow Cat, tell us the secret of eternal grumpiness.
*She might mean suncatchers instead of sundials.
I know a lot of people in our Neatorama readership are concerned about environmental issues, nature and conservation. Unfortunately, not everyone in the world shares our priorities. This article highlights areas in which we would not want to partake in swimming or other recreational activites in the local bodies of water. Whether it's due to pollution, dangerous wildlife or other risks to our person, we might want to make mental notes of these areas in which we'd be better off locating our nearest jetted bathtub or private pool in which to relax and refresh instead.
10. Mumbai, India
While there is no shortage of beaches in India's most populous city of Mumbai, none are fit for swimming, and the goverment has made those warnings abundantly clear. The water and shoreline is polluted with a vast amount of untreated sewage. Despite the existence of a sewage treatment facility, much of the city's waste never sees it, and is discharged into the waterways. The cause of the problem is attributed to residents dumping raw sewage into storm drains.
Knowledge of the problem has done nothing to curtail it, and levels of animal and human fecal bacteria at beaches continue to rise, with readings at the most popular beach, Girgaon Chaupati, at four times the acceptable limit, and reports of skin rashes from bathers after contact with the water.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
9. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
While the water at New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida, is clean and would, in theory, make for wonderful surfing as well as swimming, there is one major problem: sharks. The waters are rich with fish, which makes them targets of sharks as prime areas for feeding. In fact, the International Shark Attack File considers New Smyrna the "shark attack capital of the world."
Experts in the field estimate that every swimmer at New Smyrna Beach is destined for a close encounter (within 10 feet) of a shark. In the year 2008, over one-third of all shark attacks in the world occurred in the waters off that county coast. Astoundingly, the state of Florida recorded more attacks in the years 2004–2013 than in both Australia and South Africa combined.
I think the only time I'd take a dip in the water of New Smyrna Beach would be with Brody, Quint, Hooper and their "bigger boat."
Read numbers seven through one on the list of places you definitely don't want to go swimming here.
The clown prince of crime took to the stage and announced his retirement from supervillainy, stating that his entire career as a crook had been one big joke. The crowd gasped, their faces locked in expressions of disbelief, but as that joker started cracking up gas began to seep out of the theater's ventilation system. The audience had only a second to realize that this had all been part of his plan, and once again he'd succeeded in being two steps ahead of everyone else, and as they felt their faces lock in a maniacal smile the Joker took the mic and announced "laugh it up, kiddies! Life is a joke, and you're all the punchline!"
Share a laugh with your fellow batfans by wearing this Life Is A Joke t-shirt by Saqman, it's funny haha and won't make you funny looking when you wear it!
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“Oh my God!”
“Do you have to make a mess?”
“Science is generally very messy. Yes, you should know that. You can’t make an omelet unless you break a few eggs.”
With that, Francis pushes forward to make his own Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.
As we’ve recently mentioned, Pepsi is currently testing an official version of this product. But Francis doesn’t want to wait until it’s on the open market. He’s making his own and, in this video, showing how you can, too.
The recipe is surprisingly simple. There are only two ingredients. I’ll let you guess what they are. Combine them in a blender. How does it taste? Francis says, “You know that’s going to be good when you see the chunks in it.”
I recommend watching the entire video. The verbal interaction with the woman holding the camera is very funny.
-via VA Viper
Sometimes wealthy people build monuments to their success that are so ostentatious they border on obscenity. This collection of ten such homes lists some contenders for most over-the-top architectural displays of wealth. Number five is described below.
5) Fairfield, The Hamptons
Billionaire Ira Rennert's house, built on 68 acres of property facing the Atlantic Ocean, is worth $198 million. The buildings that make up the complex equal approximately 110,000 square feet; the main house alone is 66,000 square feet, has 29 bedrooms and 39 bathrooms. Amenities include a basketball court, a bowling alley, two tennis courts, two squash courts, a hot tub worth $150,000 and its own power station.
See this article for descriptions of nine more ridiculously decadent homes here.
Via The Presurfer | Images: Imgarcade.com
Girl Scout Cookies—especially Thin Mints—are delicious! They do, however, have low alcohol content. That’s in sharp contrast to Andrea Romano and Laura Vitto of Mashable, who created this video showing you how to make shots that taste like popular Girls Scout Cookie flavors.
After making their shots, Romano and Vitto immediately consume them. So they become increasingly intoxicated through the video. Thus they follow a classical rule of videography: shoot drunk, edit sober.
-via That’s Nerdalicious!
Kitty beds don’t have to cost a fortune, especially because most cats would rather hang out in a cardboard box than on some fancy bed, but if you’re looking for purr-fect style on a budget you can’t do much better than the Duktig doll beds made by IKEA.
These wooden doll beds are all the rage among Japanese cat owners who don’t want their kitties sleeping on the floor like some stray, and there’s nothing cuter than a sleepy kitteh all curled up on a miniature pine bed complete with pillow and blanket.
Cats of all sizes are able to curl up quite comfortably on a Duktig bed, and some clever owners have even come up with ways to accomodate multiple kitties, because cat sleepovers are pawsitively awesome!
-Via Bored Panda
Late night TV show host Jimmy Kimmel and action filmmaker Freddie Wong are mortal enemies. It’s not that they hate each other so much as they are rivals when it comes to tying neckties.
Although the Full Windsor Knot is common, there are a wide variety of necktie knots, such as the Eldredge and the Cape. Yet true masters, such as Kimmel and Wong, have skills far beyond even these exotic knots.
There is a point in which necktie tying leaves this mortal plane. Gaze into a dark world presented by these two giants of the art of the necktie.
-via Geek Tyrant
The work of a good conceptual artist will surprise you with something you’d have never considered, then upon reflection you find that it makes total sense in some way. That’s the impression I get from Austria-based German artist Toni Spyra, who takes everyday objects and sees them in a new and creative way. He wants to share that creative re-imagining with you.
Continue reading for more.
“Hello. I’m an actor.” The man in the grey suit doesn’t pretend that he works for Nordnet, a Scandinavian bank. He makes it clear that he’s saying the words on the teleprompter because he’s being paid to do so.
This is one of several great ads for Nordnet which doesn’t pretend to reflect the actual people and setting of the promoted company. Continue reading to view more of these honest ads.
Approximated figure proportions of Barbie (l), and Lammily, (r)
Traditional Barbie dolls have been under attack for years regarding what people deem their unrealistically tiny waistline and figure. Digital artist and designer Nickolay Lamm took advantage of the public criticism and created a “normal" Barbie alternative that he named "Lammily." His doll, according to him, has realistic body proportions for a 19-year-old girl. For $6.00 above the $25.00 price of the doll, a sticker kit called "Lammily marks" is available, which makes it possible for the user to apply cellulite, tattoos, warts, acne, stretchmarks, freckles, scars, bruises and other skin variances.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Lamm said of his doll line that he
"Wanted to show that average is beautiful and that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards. And I feel Barbie kind of symbolizes that.”
I guess I haven't made up my mind about Lammily's sticker kit. Is it wrong for me to hope for a 19-year-old doll sans cellulite and stretch marks? (Well, I suppose the stickers don't have to be ordered/all applied.) Also, if your goal is to model the doll after an "average" 19-year-old, how about giving her an average name, instead of naming her after yourself, the entrepreneur? Am I being too picky here? Let me know what you think in the comments.
Via Bored Panda | Images: lammily.com
Lammily with cellulite sticker applied
Lammily with stretch marks
Lammily, afflicted with acne
For some Brooklyn is the New York borough that represents a new beginning, for others it’s a stop in the middle of their NY story, but there’s one thing Brooklyn has waiting for anyone who lives there- lots of dead ends.
There are dead ends everywhere, remainders from city renovations and poor planning, some overgrown and abandoned, all mysterious.
Brooklyn native David Mandl has been uncovering these dead ends for fifteen years in a photographic journey he calls END, and his photos reveal the tranquility these quiet little spots bring to the otherwise bustling borough.
Each location in the END series has its own story to tell, proving that the end of the road can actually represent the beginning of a journey.
Will Reid has made a name for himself by creating instructional videos for his teenagers, laying out the basics for simple tasks like replacing the toilet paper roll. Now it’s time for the next chapter in this global airing of the family’s dirty laundry. Will’s daughter Beth has a camera of her own, and takes us on a tour of her father’s bathroom, where he gets a taste of his own medicine. Will replied on the YouTube page,
With regards to the empty toilet roll? All I have to say is ............. speak to my wife Sandra!!! ;-)
That’s right, blame someone else! Hey, at least Beth’s paying attention to the videos he’s been posting! -via Tastefully Offensive
There’s a hidden population lurking around Disneyland unchecked, a group that owns the park at night and keeps the Magic Kingdom rodent free.
They’re the feral cats who call Disneyland home, and these welcome squatters have become the source of discussion between animal advocacy groups and Disney.
Disneyland has allowed feral cats to call the park home since the very beginning, but by 2001 the park’s feral cat population was growing out of control, so they allowed animal rescue group Best Friends Catnippers to perform TNRs (trap-neuter-return) on the furry populace.
Today there are at least 100 feral cats roaming around the park after dark, but Disney doesn’t want to discuss these guest gatos, and some naturalist groups are worried these hungry kitties are going to wreak havoc on the local wildlife.
Traveling through time in a slick automobile equipped with Home Energy Reactors is pretty cool, but when your vehicle is capable of transforming into a walking, talking time former robot it instantly becomes a million times cooler! Doc Brown was constantly referring to gigawatts, which Marty took to mean units of energy, but what if he was actually referring to the time machine by it's auto bot name? Kinda puts a whole new spin on that classic 80s flick, now don't it?!
Great scott! This Gigawatt The Time-Former t-shirt by Ninjaink is so cool your friends and fellow BTTF fans will be hounding you to tell them where they can get one of their own!
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Although I haven’t watched the show since I was a kid, I thought I remembered the Batman TV series perfectly, because I never missed an episode. It is not so. I was very young then. I recall many of the villains that the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder fought, but there are 37 of them in a list at mental_floss that are just now starting to come back in my memory. Also, since I was so young, I did not realize how many of the actors portraying those parts were already well-known celebrities. I yeah, I knew about Cesar Romero and Earth Kitt, but I did not know that director Otto Preminger played Mr. Freeze in two episodes. Nor did I realize that Anne Baxter played two different villains. Wait, there was both a Riddler and a Puzzler? There’s a lot more trivia in this Visual Guide to All 37 Villains that you’ll enjoy.
Kids often have a hard time grasping the concept of their parents doing something besides parenting for a living, finding it difficult to understand what it means to be an accountant, an administrative assistant, or a wedding photographer.
So how can a father who shoots weddings for a living explain this career to his young son? With a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of the Toy Story gang, as they celebrate the love shared between two plastic spuds.
Photographer Chris Thornton came up with this clever way to share his career with his son, and now the boy is carrying on in his father’s footsteps, having become quite a shutterbug himself since the Potato Heads said “I do”.
Who doesn't remember and love the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark in which the ark is opened and the Nazis are confronted with the face-melting truth about their coveted, sacred piece? This item from UK company Firebox captures the homeliest of the Nazi visages as a candle that melts into a satisfying pile of waxy goo. This fun bit of movie memorabilia is available here for 30 bucks plus shipping.
Via Dangerous Minds | Images: Firebox.com
Officials in Tuszyn, Poland, have a problem with Winnie-the-Pooh. They met to select a new macot for the municipal playground. They rejected the idea of using literary stuffed bear Winnie-the-Pooh on the grounds that he doesn’t wear pants. A Polish fictional bear who is completely clothed was suggested as an alternative.
One official is heard saying: "It doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex. It’s a hermaphrodite."
Councillor Hanna Jachimska then began criticising the Winnie-the-Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.
She said: "This is very disturbing but can you imagine! The author was over 60 and cut his [Pooh's] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity."
Just in case you’ve forgotten, Winnie-the-Pooh is a stuffed toy bear, and not meant to represent a real animal. The council has yet to make a decision on the playground. -via Arbroath
(Image credit: Disney)
This is the JCB GT--the fastest backhoe in the world. It's a product of JCB, a British manufacturer of heavy equipment. The company built it to advertise its products at public events, such as drag races. After heavy modifications, it's been able to seize a Guinness World Record. Matthew Lucas, a professional driver, recently piloted it on a track in Bathurst, Australia. Today, Guinness World Records confirmed the JCB GT's incredible speed on that run: 72.58 miles per hour.
Just 13 years after President Richard Nixon’s resignation, a heroic opera about him seemed like a sure flop. Today, it’s part of the global repertoire.
Opera houses don’t usually have to protect themselves against libel suits. But before curtains rose at the Houston Grand Opera on October 22, 1987, the venue’s management took out a massive insurance policy. The team knew the upcoming show would be a lightning rod. And now, as the world premiere approached, they were getting nervous.
They weren’t the only ones. As the audience anxiously filed in, the minimalist orchestral prelude built simple patterns that crested and morphed. The set, on the other hand, was anything but austere. As the music crescendoed, a life-size airliner landed on stage: Richard Nixon’s Spirit of ’76. The sight of the massive prop sent the audience into uncertain applause. Things were only about to get stranger.
When the door of the plane swung open, Nixon emerged from the stairs, belting out an aria. In rhyming couplets, he sang of the “murmuring down below” and rats—his political enemies—that “begin to chew the sheets” back home, lying in wait for his failures.
From its opening scene, Nixon in China, this brainchild of a precocious 30-year-old director, promised to be a complete departure from tradition. By diving into fresh history and painting a heroic picture of a man whose legacy was far more dubious, Nixon in China was no doubt a gutsy work of art. But was it any good? That’s been a subject of debate for critics ever since. Could Nixon in China be the great savior of opera, helping it navigate the modern terrain of MTV and the 24-hour news cycle? Or was it simply an audacious act of bravado poised to fizzle out?
Nixon’s Big Adventure
On July 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon made a shocking announcement. In a televised address to the American people, he stated, “There can be no stable and enduring peace without the participation of the People’s Republic of China.” The implications were staggering. Since the end of World War II, the United States and Communist PRC had at best ignored each other and at worst fought a proxy war on the Korean Peninsula. But as the 1960s drew to a close, both Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong were beginning to see the advantage of improved relations.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the next SpongeBob SquarePants movie, will come out in 2015. To promote it, Toyota created this custom Sienna minivan. We’ve previously seen a SpongeBob Toyota SUV, but this vehicle is even more extraordinary.
Inside and out, it’s the perfect vehicle for any Bikini Bottom resident. I especially like steering wheel, which looks like a classic sailing ship’s wheel. The jellyfishing net on the roof, though, takes the challenge out of that hobby.
Oh! Oh! I know this one! My father taught geology and geography, and this is one of the few lessons I remember learning as I sat through his summer classes as a young kid. It was cheaper than a babysitter, see. So, I learned words like meander and oxbow. Minute Earth explains what happens to a river over time as the water continuously flows. Our earth is quite a dynamic, ever-changing place. -via Viral Viral Videos