Devin Supertramp (previously at Neatorama) takes a sideways turn from his usual extreme sports videos to play with delightful puppies! Here they are in their Halloween costumes, cavorting in a pumpkin patch at Cornbelly's farm in Lehi, Utah.
Oddly enough a battery and a foil gum wrapper can also be used to start a fire:
A one-handed way to make fire. Connecting the foil of a wrapper to the positive and negative ends of the battery creates a weak circuit. Since this foil isn't built for that transfer, the energy has nowhere to go. The end result is a flame.
Kristy Ralphs recorded her family's pumpkin-carving evening. The kids are showing off for the camera. Her daughter Rachel thinks she can fit her head inside the big pumpkin. Yes, she can, but then she couldn't get her head back out!
Everyone had suggestions, like calling the fire department or using a sawzall. Kristy eventually put the camera down to help out. In case you are wondering if Rachel is still in there, here's a clip recorded just a few minutes later.
A Thai restaurant in San Antonio will let you use their wifi, but they're not going to make it easy! Joshua_Glock posted the sign, looking for some help. The top comment at reddit has an answer, but I don't know how correct it is. There are other suggestions in the comments, but we don't know if Josh has tried any of them out yet. -Thanks, John Farrier!
Nothing helps you greet the day like watching a dog poop and if you don't have your own dog or if you have one and just don't feel like you're getting your fill of seeing dogs pooing, now you have the advantage of looking at a dog pooping every time you check the date. Yes, you can now celebrate the new year with the 2017 Pooping Pooches calendar. Are you excited yet? Because you should be.
Are things starting to get strange in your neck of the woods? Feel like your whole world is turning upside down as Halloween approaches? Just calm down and count to eleven, and start thinking of all those stranger danger tips you learned as a kid. On second thought, maybe you'd better approach this situation like you would an encounter scenario in D&D, since the creature that just walked in your door doesn't look like you're run-of-the-mill neighborhood creep...
Things are getting mighty scary on this Facing The Demogorgon t-shirt by Saqman, but you'll be able to handle whatever life, or the upside down, throws at you while you're wearing this +11 shirt of coolness!
A guy in Japan who goes by RuiRei Channel saluted his family's love of video games by designing their Halloween costumes in the form of Nintendo's Family Computer game console and two controllers! His twin sons are the game controllers. These are completely homemade. See pictures of the costumes in development, and a peek at the family's awesome LEGO costumes from last year, at Unreality.
Most Escape Rooms are basically a haunt, team building exercise and series of puzzles rolled into one interactive experience, a fun where a group of strangers meet up to solve the case and beat the clock.
The themes often involve murder, the puzzles often require escapees to utilize their abstract yet logical problem solving skills, and the escapees are usually too dumb or impatient to solve the puzzle in time.
Running an Escape Room is clearly a tough gig, since hosts have to deal with brutes who think they can solve the puzzle by breaking stuff or worse- those who put themselves at risk by making bad decisions.
So what do Nate Martin, co-founder of Puzzle Break, and Cody Civiero of SmartyPantz do to keep the Escape Room experience alive?
They make sure people don't trash the room or have sex in it, keep an eye on the competition, and stop guests who think they can solve the puzzle by drinking fluid from a jar that was glued to the shelf.
Brothers Joe and Lloyd Stas bring us a goofy Halloween short film that delivers in a hurry! The Spooky Club is a group of guys who have eerie but useless talents. In this video, they are on a mission to find Vincent Price's skull and cremate it as he had wished.
No matter where you live, you're bound to hear some sort of urban legend about your town, city or state. While it would be a little insane to do an article with all the urban legends from all the cities in America, this collection of the scariest urban legends from each state is filled with delightfully terrifying local tales. While you'll obviously want to read the one from your state, if you really like scary stories, it's worth the time to read them all. And, of course, like many collections of urban legends, some of the stories are actually true -like the California one.
Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.
Holiday songs are nothing new. Whenever Christmas approaches, we will all be bombarded on our radios and at the malls we visit, by various Christmas carols, classic songs and novelty tunes. “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" sung by Alvin and the Chipmunks is as expected at Yuletide as electric razor commercials for Dad or diamond ring commercials for your girlfriend.
More recently, we have Randy Brooks' “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” Even Hanukkah now has Adam Sandler's recent classic “The Hanukkah Song.” These are all categorized as "holiday novelty songs.”
But for Halloween, for the past almost 50-odd years, we've all become accustomed to listening to the musical strains of a man named Bobby "Boris" Pickett and his main contribution to musical immortality. It is almost impossible for most of us (especially those of us who grew up in the '60's) to think of Halloween novelty songs without immediately thinking of "The Monster Mash."
Robert George Pickett grew up in a movie theater in Massachusetts where his father was the manager. Like countless millions of kids before and after him, he fell in love with the movies and dreamed of growing up and becoming a movie star. Bobby started doing impressions of the various movie stars he'd see on the silver screen. He did various impressions of the stars he loved, but by far, his favorite movie star was horror movie icon Boris Karloff.
In the 18th century, ships sailed all over the world to hunt whales, which were both plentiful and profitable. The work was hard, but there was time to keep logs, which are now part of history. Many of those accounts of whaling expeditions in the 18th century mentioned "woggins." It was also spelled wogin, woglin, woging, or wargin. They were apparently plentiful, and were often eaten. There was a mention of wings, but what kind of bird was the woggin? Whaling historian Judith Lund wanted to find out.
Like all professionals, 18th-century whalers had their share of strange jargon. A "blanket" was a massive sheet of blubber. "Gurry" was the sludge of oil and guts that covered the deck after a kill, and a "gooney" was an albatross. Modern-day whaling historians depend on their knowledge of these terms to decode ship's logs—vital for understanding the sailors' day-to-day experiences, as well as gleaning overall trends. Being elbow-deep in whaleman slang is just part of the job.
So when Lund ran into a word she didn't know, it caught her eye. Lund was at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, trying to dig up some data on oil harvest rates. "I was reading a logbook and charging along beautifully," she says, "when I came across the fact that whalemen on that voyage were eating woggins and swile."
Lund had heard of swile—it's whaler slang for "seals"— but woggins were new. She asked the museum librarian, Michael Dyer, who didn't know either. "The woggin was a mystery to both of us," she says. So Lund did what any curious person would—started emailing everyone she could think of, asking if they had ever heard of it.
Lund eventually found the answer, which led to more questions, which led to more answers, and before you know it, biologists and ornithologists were studying whaler's logs for their research. Read the story of the bird once known as the woggin at Atlas Obscura.
Haunted houses are bigger than ever. There are more than 1200 professional haunted attractions in the U.S., many of them running all year long. The people that work at these "haunts" are dedicated to their craft, so they come together of the annual HAuNTcon, the Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow & Convention. It's held in a different city each year, in late January or early February. There are seminars and classes on fright acting, props, makeup, and setting up a business. There are all kinds of weird things for sale. There's a costume ball, tours of nearby haunted attractions, and a chance to show off what you can do. Leonard Pickel, founder of HAuNTcon, says the people who come are a close-knit group.
“You would think they’re creepy, but haunted house people are the best people on Earth. We get all our frustrations out scaring the crap out of other people,” Pickel said.
To Leonard, the warmth that permeates HAuNTcon is consistent with the very nature of haunting, which—while antisocial on the surface—is fundamentally about forming a connection. “When you scare somebody, they get an adrenaline rush. But you get an adrenaline rush, too. It’s symbiotic.”
But when some people view the show through adult eyes it really messes with their minds, and they start thinking all sorts of messed up stuff about those poor, innocent puppets...which they naturally post online.
"Country Bill” White was a country music singer and a “living corpse,” a stunt man who was often buried underground for weeks at a time. Those stunts don’t seem that outrageous to us now, because he had a chute to send down supplies and a radio for communication, but he made somewhat of a splash in the 1960s and ‘70s doing it. He even set records, although Guinness no longer keeps records for dangerous stunts. In 1966, he married a woman who was also into being buried alive, so they had something in common. But when they divorced in 1968, she managed to time the proceedings in order to cause him the most pain, as you can see from the above clipping. Read about "Country Bill” White and his strange career underground at Weird Universe.
Halloween comes only once a year but it comes every year, and putting together new costumes and decorations on a yearly basis can cause your Halloween storage to overflow while your mind runs out of new ideas.
That's why Halloweenies have to find ways to eliminate the clutter by putting their old stuff to use, which will make Halloween even more of a DIY holiday!
In order to combat costume boredom and recycle Halloween past you can incorporate pieces of your old costumes, like skirts, capes, jackets, and hats, into a new costume. And if you're low on mixable pieces talk to your friends and family about making a swap.
But if you find yourself stuck with a bunch of costumes you'll never wear again it might be best to simply put them out to pasture- as yard decorations.
Halloween decorations made out of old costumes will look cool in your yard, cost you virtually nothing to make, and they'll stand up to the weather better than stuff made out of foam or paper.
You recall the LED Stickman costume that Royce Hutain made for his toddler daughter Zoey in 2013. He improved on that to make it a Minnie Mouse costume for her in 2014. This year, he and Zoey collaborated on a new costume: a thunder cloud! She is “Princess Cumulus.”
The costume is adapted from an inflatable suite with Arduino-controlled LED strips underneath. The fart sounds for thunder are Zoey’s contribution. While they had fun with this one, it is impractical for going door-to-door, so she will trick-or-treat as Wonder Woman. -via Tastefully Offensive
No one's really sure why they still include Hewitt Farms in those guide books for tourists, but if you're ever in Texas and happen to pick up one of those visitor's guides make sure you ask around before you go looking around. Some awful stuff has happened at Hewitt Farms over the years- the Hewitts were savage cannibals who killed and butchered tourists because they had no regard for human life, and the Hewitt boy became known as Leatherface because he liked to wear the skin of his victims like a mask. They were run off the property years ago, and some folks say they saw Leatherface die in a hail of gunfire, but just to be on the safe side you'd better forget about visiting any farms while you're in Texas...
Show some love for your favorite mask wearing slasher with this Hewitt Farms t-shirt by ArtofCoreyCourts, it's a bloody good way to pay homage to the best chainsaw artist in Texas!
San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the City by the Bay is full of proud citizens who adore their city despite the grime, the crime and the soaring rent costs.
These proud San Franciscans show love for their city in creative ways, and since Halloween is such a big deal in the city it's the perfect time to dress up as an SF landmark, like the leaning Millennium Tower.
It's not hard to come up with a San Francisco-themed costume idea, just look at all the cool stuff they make in the city, like the best croissants in the U.S., the most banal modern art, and the self-driving car. (Illustrations by Kelly O'Grady)
Everywhere you look on the ‘net, there are tips for making your Halloween celebrations easier or even more fun. As he does sometimes, John Green takes some of those ideas and tests them to see if they really work the way they are supposed to. He doesn’t take a lot of care, so your results may vary, but you get the idea. My contribution: use a large rubber glove, cut the glove off with scissors, including each finger. But his result is funnier, in the Halloween episode of the mental_floss List Show.
PS: I have never found a better way to carve a pumpkin than by using a hole-boring drill bit and a sawzall. Done in two minutes.
Every dog has their own voice, and many learn to make new vocalizations to please their human pack leaders, and then there's Geraldine the Beagle- who vocalizes her love of Star Wars.
Geraldine's strange wheezy, barky and oh-so Beagle-y vocalization sounds just like a TIE fighter, which doesn't help during her guard dog duties but her TIE fighter voice does help her get into any Comic Con she wants!
If you want to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary with a Starfleet Halloween costume, go for it! But if you’re attending a party with die-hard Trek fans, you better be accurate. When Star Trek debuted in 1966, Gene Roddenberry color-coded Starfleet uniforms to indicate service divisions, and added gold braid to denote rank. However, he did not know how long the series would last and how many new iterations would follow. Besides, the production had a very skimpy budget. Starfleet uniforms evolved over the years as Star Trek went to movies and several more modern TV series. And some of the uniform innovations didn’t go over well.
The Star Trek movies that followed the cancellation of the original series, threw most of the original coloring schemes out the window for a cleaner look, which is surprisingly harder to read. In 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture (which takes place in the mid-2270s), the bright colors were done away with and replaced with white, grey, and beige uniforms.
Here, a person’s position could be determined by the color of the ring behind the Starfleet insignia on their breast. A white ring was used for command, orange and green were used for the science divisions, and red, gold, and grey were used for operations. Rank was now worn on either the sleeve and/or on a shoulder tab. Thankfully, these creamy jumpsuits didn’t last long.
By 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Starfleet (and the film’s production department) had adopted an even more standardized and militaristic look. Taking place around the late-2270s, the second film introduced a standard maroon color that was worn by all officers in jumpsuit and jacket styles.
As Star Trek movies and series proliferated, writers and producers tried to streamline the color-coding and ranks, but time-travel plots further complicated the overall fashion scheme. You can catch up and get an idea of how Starfleet uniforms work in a rundown at Atlas Obscura.
We 80s kids couldn't be happier when Hi-C announced that they were bringing back the fan-favorite flavor for in order to celebrate the release of the new Ghostbusters movie. But if you've already run out of ways to sip the stuff, you're in luck -there's now a recipe website dedicated entirely to cooking with the green gunk.
They have adult cocktail recipes and kid-friendly recipes, but the bottom line is that all of them look simply heavenly -and spooky.
Cities are all cities, but they differ greatly in everything else. You know European cities are older, but you probably don’t know how much that affects everything else about them. One big difference is how densely populated they are.
Modern technology, particularly transportation, affected how cities grew. Wendover Productions (previously at Neatorama) tells us all kinds of interesting things about cities that you never thought about before. -via reddit
Police in Portland, Maine, were called to remove a tree from the middle of the street on Monday. It turned out to be a man dressed as a tree.
Police identified the man as 30-year-old Asher Woodworth of Portland. He's been charged with obstructing a public way. Police say his motivation was to see how people would react to what he called his "performance" and how he might impact "people's natural choreography."
Woodworth had to be escorted from the intersection after he declined to move along as police requested. In other words, he refused to “leaf.” There are more puns about the incident that you can read at Buzzfeed.
If you ever find yourself stranded on Tatooine, which is really the only real reason any sane person would end up on that dustball of a planet, make sure you don't touch the Jawa's stuff. They're the little hooded guys with the glowing eyes, and if you handle their scavenged goods they're liable to let loose with an alarm call that will bring half the tribe down upon your head! Trust me, you don't want to see a pack of those little critters crying for war, because they may be small in stature but they're big time badass when they fight as a team!
Wear the call of the angry Jawa across your chest with this MOMBAY M'BWA UTINNI! t-shirt by Cubik, it's sure to get you lots of attention from your fellow fans, and Jawa tourists will get a kick out of your tee!