Four Olympic Stadiums With Unexpected Afterlives

We often read about the huge buildings constructed for Olympic games that fall into ruin afterward, abandoned, forgotten, or demolished. They were constructed with big plans for a second life after the Games that never worked out. But there are exceptions. A few cities have found creative uses for Olympic structures that worked out well, even though some have undergone massive renovation or even changed uses more than once. That beautiful Water Cube built for the Beijing Olympics? It's still in business.

Built for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the National Aquatics Center (more commonly known as the Water Cube) held synchronized swimming, diving, water polo and other swimming events. Michael Phelps fans—this is where he earned his eight gold medals, and where 24 other world records were set. The building was renovated after the Olympics, and half of it is now Asia’s largest waterpark, called Happy Magic Water Cube. There are 13 waterslides, a lazy river, a wave pool and a spa. The second floor of the building has an auditorium with 17,000 seats. There’s also a theater, several restaurants and bars and a museum of Olympic history. The Olympics will be back in Beijing in 2022, and the Cube is slated for use in the curling tournaments.

Other structures found new life as a prison, a church, and an entertainment center. One was used for a different sport in another Olympics! Read about them at Smithsonian.

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Dog Wants A Turn On The Sled

Some dogs take to snow like a fish to water, others simply abhor the way that cold and wet stuff feels on their paws so they're miserable when their humans force them to walk around in the snow.

But whether they love it or loathe it all dogs can agree on one thing- sledding through the snow is way cooler than walking around with cold paws like a mangy mutt.

The dog in this video from Bogart, Georgia wants to be cool but he's not brave enough to sled on his own, so he decides to ride piggyback on his owner instead!

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How Well Do You Know World Geography?

A quiz from the Department of Geography at Ghent University in Belgium is studying how various maps affect how people see the world. You'll be given two countries to compare, and your task is to adjust them by size until they are accurate relative to each other. It's not easy, even if you are familiar with the distortions of flat maps that depict a round world. It helps if you are at all familiar with the countries of the world. Try the quiz and let us know how you did! I ended up with a 61% score. I did fairly well on most of them, then screwed up badly on one country I wasn't familiar at all with. Your input will help the University's study of maps and might lead to more accurate world maps. -via Metafilter


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Love In The Time Of Advertising

For some people love at first sight is nothing but an illusion, for others it's pure physical attraction, but for the advertising salaryman in this animated short the apple of his eye represents a warmth and freedom his life is missing.

He sits inside his billboard watching her work away in her garden, but not in a creepy way but rather in a hopeful way, hoping to someday break free of his advertising duties and speak to her in person.

But the life of a billboard advertiser is a lonely one, and when you literally live at work you don't have a lot of time to date...

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Love In The Time Of Advertising is a sweet 3D animated short created by David Bokser and Matt Berenty of Wolf & Crow Studio, with an unique rom-com style storyline sung by the narrator.


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Putting Ancient Recipes on the Plate

If you've ever used a 50-year-old cookbook, you might find yourself confused at an ingredient list that calls for a "box" or "can" of something. That something might have come in one size then, but is available in many sizes or altogether different packaging today. Recreating what people ate thousands of years ago is even more complicated. One archeological site that has an intriguing amount of information about food is Pompeii, buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Farrell Monaco works at the site, with its 35 bakeries complete with frescoes and burnt loaves of bread, frozen in time by the disaster. She chronicles her work with the Pompeii Food and Drink project at her site Tavola Mediterranea.

Each morning, Monaco picked her way across the site early, before it was beset by throngs of tourists. These walks, she says, stoked her imagination. She wondered about daily routines from 2,000 years ago, when the volcano was of little immediate concern and bakers and cooks fussed to fortify the busy city. What smells drifted from ovens in the morning? How did lunch taste? In pursuit of answers, Monaco decided to recreate a panis quadratus and bring the past into her kitchen.  

Piecing together a 2000-year-old recipe took study, experimentation, and guesswork, but the result is something Monaco plans to make a part of her regular meal planning. Read about Monaco's panis quadratus and the difficulty of recreating ancient food at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Farrell Monaco)

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Christopher Walken's Coffee Shop

Christopher Walken has one of the most distinctive faces and voices in Hollywood, and his signature speaking style makes him stand out in every role he plays.

So if Christopher Walken opened a coffee shop people would pour in just to hear him take their orders and see his famous face behind the bar making coffee drinks for jittery customers.

But then he'd start to lose customers by running the shop the Walken way, aka badgering people about the lingo they use to order a cup of joe and being too tough to take crap from customers.

Christopher Walken's Coffee Shop from Leah Dubuc on Vimeo.

This sketchy animated short was created by filmmaker Leah Dubuc using completely improvised dialogue from the Famous Lost Works podcast.

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Don't Stop Me Meow - He's The Finest Caterwauler On The Block


Don´t stop me meow by Dingul Dingul

Freddie Mercury is gone but he will never be forgotten, and thanks to his reincarnation Freddy Purr-cury he can continue his singing career for nine more lives! Unfortunately humans have no idea what the kitty version of Freddie is saying, and they find his singing and cavorting annoying, but people seem to like his little kitty moustache and yellow jacket!

Celebrate the undying legacy of your favorite singer and the effect his voice has on housecats with this Don't Stop Me Meow t-shirt by Dingul Dingul, it's sure to make you feel like a superstar every time you slip it on!

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Nominees For The 90th Annual Academy Awards

The nominees for the Oscars were announced this morning. Up for Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The biggest surprise among the Best Picture nominees was the inclusion of the horror film Get Out. Horror films rarely make the cut, but Get Out was loved by both critics and audiences. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri did very well at the Golden Globes, but that's no guarantee of success at the Oscars, especially this year. See a list of all the nominees for the various awards at Uproxx. The Academy Awards ceremony will be March 4.


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Steel Mill Cobble

In steel mills, the molten metal is passed through a series of rollers to mold it into the right size. The steel is at 1200°C (2200°F) or even hotter. Occasionally, something will go wrong and you get a "cobble."

A cobble will occur when there is a roller malfunction, the line of steel deviates from the roller path or, as mentioned above, the end of the steel splits. All of a sudden the continuous roll of steel will come to an abrupt halt although the steel behind is still being pushed through the working rollers at speeds which can reach up to 30 mph. The steel at the front of the line has nowhere to go, the pressure builds very quickly, the material begins to coil up and then all of a sudden it will flick into the air creating enormous loops which have been likened to a “light sabre”.

That's dangerous. And it happens more often than you'd like to think.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Hacksaw Ridge

The 2016 war movie Hacksaw Ridge was based on a documentary called The Conscientious Objector, about Desmond Doss, a World War II medic who refused to carry a weapon. He was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The movie was a hit with critics, a box-office hit, and won a slew of awards. You might want to learn some of the things that went on behind the scenes of Hacksaw Ridge.  

7. Some things were obviously changed for the film.

The fight between Desmond and his father was actually between Desmond’s father and his uncle. His mother had Desmond hide his father’s gun so nothing happened.

6. The director said that the war scenes were based on his nightmares.

Mel Gibson’s father was a WWII veteran that would tell his son of his days on the battlefield as bedtime stories. There’s no doubt that there would be a few restless nights following that.

There's more trivia about Hacksaw Ridge at TVOM.


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Study: Being a Teen Sucks Now

It's not easy being a teenager, and it's not easy raising one. As cultures shift, young people are the first to display significant differences. Findings from the Monitoring the Future Study, which has been surveying 12th graders since 1976 and various teenagers since the 1990s, show a recent downward trend in happiness among middle school and high school students.   

The researchers, echoing findings elsewhere, found a steady uptick in self-esteem and happiness among teens throughout the 1990s and 2000s. But they also found that since 2012, teens’ overall psychological well-being has noticeably declined. In 2012, for instance, the average happiness rating of 10th graders hovered around 2.06; by 2016, it had dropped below 2.00. The deceases were relatively modest and never fell below the ratings seen in the dark days of the early 1990s, but they were also abrupt and larger than any other momentary decrease seen in the preceding years.

The year 2012 also happens to be—not coincidentally, the researchers theorize—the first year that a slim majority of Americans reported owning a smartphone, as did over a third of teens. By 2016, over three-quarters of teens said the same.

The biggest drop was between 2012 and 2015, which further points to smartphone culture as a possible culprit. So they compared teens by the time they spent looking at screens and found a correlation between phone, computer, and TV use and lower happiness reporting. Read more about the study at Gizmodo.

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A Lesson in Fire Safety

Lesson number one: don't do this. Here we have an illustration of the immaturity of teenage boys, possibly influenced by the action movies they've seen and stunts performed by professionals with a staff ready for any contingency. These guys have an idea, but no contingency plan and little foresight.  

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The second part is a lesson in what not to do when you are on fire. Of course he wants his pants off, but the procedure is stop, drop, and roll, which works better when you're not soaked in gasoline. An alternate method is to smother the fire with a blanket or something. They didn't have a blanket, but his buddy eventually did the only thing he could, and smothered the fire with his body. This happened quite a few years ago, so we are pretty sure they are okay. -via reddit


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Strange Biology Questions

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!

Research About Questions That Might Strike You As Being Strange
compiled by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff

Are Motorways Rational From Slime Mold’s Point of View?
Are Motorways Rational From Slime Mould’s Point of View?” Andrew Adamatzky, Selim Akl, Ramon Alonso-Sanz, Wesley van Dessel, Zuwairie Ibrahim, Andrew Ilachinski, Jeff Jones, Anne V. D. M. Kayem, Genaro J. Martinez, Pedro de Oliveira, Mikhail Prokopenko, Theresa Schubert, Peter Sloot, Emanuele Strano, and Xin-She Yang, arXiv:1203.2851v1, March 13, 2012. (Thanks to investigator Vaughn Tan for bringing this to our attention.) The authors report:

Motorway networks of fourteen geographical areas are considered: Australia, Africa, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Iberia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, UK, USA. For each geographical entity we represented major urban areas by oat flakes and inoculated the slime mould in a capital. After slime mould spanned all urban areas with a network of its protoplasmic tubes, we extracted a generalised Physarum graph from the network and compared the graphs with an abstract motorway graph using most common measures.... We obtained a series of intriguing results, and found that the slime mould approximates best of all the motorway graphs of Belgium, Canada and China, and that for all entities studied the best match between Physarum and motorway graphs is detected by the Randic index (molecular branching index).

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Cat Trapped in Stairs

Henriette Kleppan's family moved to a new home with their cat, Sverre. The house needed some work, including building new stairs. After the carpenters were gone, the family couldn't find the cat. They called for Sverre and finally heard him crying weakly from inside the new stairs! Four-year-old Julie and 7-year-old Mikkel were quite upset.

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Sverre was closed up inside the stairs for at least five hours. He was pretty glad to be out, and doesn't seem to hold a grudge about the misadventure. -via Digg

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Monkey Brain Forbidden Fruits (Edible Tide Pods)

Okay, let me start this post off by saying EATING LAUNDRY DETERGENT IS TOTALLY, COMPLETELY AND ABSOLUTELY STUPID.

January was supposed to be my month off.  It was the month I was going to spend updating the website, getting my recipes for the year in order, and taking a little time off for me.

But noooo…humanity had to step in and decide this was the month that eating laundry detergent was going to get idiotically stupid.

You may've noticed some talk around the internet about young people eating packets of laundry detergent -specifically Tide Pods. It's a social media stunt, and it's dangerous. If you think those things are pretty enough to eat, you can make a treat that's just as pretty but also safe and edible, with the tropical tastes of mangos and coconut. Hellen Die (quoted above) figured out how to do it with a recipe that's part science lesson, since the ingredients include agar-agar and edible film. Get the complete recipe and instructions for Monkey Brain Forbidden Fruit at the Necro Nom-Nom-Nomicon.  

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Vintage Photographs Of Women Getting Tattoos

It used to be taboo for women to get tattoos, and women with tattoos were considered immoral, uncouth and not fit for marriage in "polite society" where men with tattoos were just considered a bit rough around the edges.

Now that tattoos are totally normal these old timey photos of rebellious women getting tattooed may not seem like a big deal, but gals like Britain's former most tattooed lady Janet 'Rusty' Skuse must have caused quite a stir with the squares in their day.

Women have always liked tattoos every bit as much as men, and these days tattooed women outnumber the men, so it's hard to imagine a time when visibly sporting your ink would make you a target of hatred and public outrage.

But Flappers knew what it was like to be treated like s#%t by "decent" folks just because they proudly displayed their tattoos, and this young lady being tattooed by the legendary Charlie Wagner looks like she's seen some decent hatred in her day.

See Tattoo You: Vintage Photographs Of Women Getting Tattoos here


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Snowboarders Try to Use the Ski Lift

If you're used to a regular chairlift, trying to get up a snowy mountain with a platter lift is challenging. It's even harder on a snowboard. But when you are an inexperienced snowboarder, it's almost impossible. These guys are out on their first snowboarding expedition at Nevis Range Mountain Experience in Torlundy, Scotland.  


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On the one hand, it's nice to find out how incompetent you are before you get to the top of the mountain. On the other hand, you're now stuck in a viral video with the videographer laughing at you, leading the internet audience to do the same. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Pinky The Punisher - Insanity Was His Cover, Vengeance His Bloody Future


Pinky The Punisher by Warbucks Design

Pinky returned to his cage one day to find the Brain dead of an apparent suicide, but even though he'd been playing dumb for years he knew who had actually killed the rodent mastermind- the Humans in White Coats. They had been pulling Pinky's strings for years, using him to keep Brain on task as he created the greatest and most devastating weapon ever made- the Spielberg Cannon. Pinky had kept his eye on the device since Brain first received orders to construct it from on high, and even though the Humans had obviously tossed the cage after killing poor Brain they'd somehow missed the cannon. But now that Pinky had the mouse-sized cannon in his paws he wouldn't miss, he would make every shot count...

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Lemon Problems

Lemons and limes seem like pretty similar fruits unless you're actually a lemon or a lime, because their societies are so different they consider their species to be superior to the other- which is why they've been at war for centuries.

As the Citrus Wars progressed a sour lime scientist came up with a surefire way to cripple the lemon forces and eliminate their sunny yellow species forever- lime disease.

I'm pretty sure that's what this Napalm Soda Comics strip is all about, either that or it's just a punny comic about lemons...yeah, probably that, eh?

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek: Voyage to Vengeance

If Quentin Tarantino directed the next Star Trek feature film, it would be the weirdest, bloodiest, most intense Star Trek ever! Luckily, we have some footage that fits the bill in this trailer. This is not for children.  

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Nerdist presents a vision of Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Bones, and the rest of the USS Enterprise crew in a grindhouse B-movie you can't wait to see, coming soon to a drive-in near you. -via Digg


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Artist Draws Sad Clown Faces On Discarded Objects Around Los Angeles

Maybe I'm just projecting human emotions on to inanimate objects, but every time I see discarded stuff sitting on the curb waiting to be taken away it looks so sad and lonely.

A post shared by Lonesome Town (@lonesometown9) on Nov 26, 2017 at 10:00am PST

And even though I feel for those tossed out couches, mattresses, TVs, chairs and aquariums I don't have room to give them all a new home, nor a truck to haul them home with, so I must turn away from their sadness and drive on.

A post shared by Lonesome Town (@lonesometown9) on Sep 18, 2017 at 10:22am PDT

But Los Angeles-based street artist Lonesome Town doesn't just drive by discarded and depressed home furnishings- he stops and gives them a sad clown face so they'll look even more pitiful than before.

A post shared by Lonesome Town (@lonesometown9) on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:00am PDT

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If You Find Aliens, Who Do You Call?

When a little green man from Mars approaches you and says, "Take me to your leader," who are you going to call? "Your leader" could be anyone from your father to the mayor to the president, but getting any of those people to take your call is another thing entirely. Calling 911 might even get you arrested when you tell them what your emergency is. Do we even have a protocol for alien contact? Gizmodo called around to various authorities to find out, and mostly found out how they all passed the buck on such calls.

Bertram Kelly, Public Affairs Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control

UFOs are not in the scope of research work performed by the CDC. We suggest you reach out to NASA for any information regarding UFOs.

Catharine “Cassie” Conley, Former Planetary Protection Officer, currently a researcher at NASA

That would depend if it’s a big alien or a little alien. If it’s an intelligent alien, that’s actually probably [the responsibility] of the Air Force, other militaries and probably the UN. If it’s a tiny alien, you wouldn’t know you ran into it.

Daryl Mayer, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

To be honest, we don’t have any guidance here about such an event. You might be able to get more from the Pentagon Press Desk, but I’m not sure.

There are plenty more opinions and procedures from everyone from the NYPD to the Astronomy Department at Harvard, at Gizmodo.


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'End Of Ze World', One Of The Earliest Viral Videos, Finally Gets A Sequel

Watching videos in the age of dial-up was a real pain, when it could take an hour to watch a five minute video, and yet despite this lag Jason Windsor's freaky animated short End Of Ze World went viral in 2003. (NSFW language)

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End Of Ze World was (arguably) the first viral video, and definitely helped start the viral video craze, but Jason never wanted to make a sequel to his totally terrifying film, and then 2017 happened...

“No one likes a sequel that’s not as good as the original. :)” Windsor told Gizmodo in an email. “But watching 2017 unfold made me want to make something. Maybe it’s just a way to deal with my own fear and anger and frustration.”

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END OF ZE WORLD...PROBABLY FOR REAL THIS TIME is a darkly comedic update of the original film, and it not only shows how chaotic the world has become in the last fifteen years but also how much Jason's animation skills have improved.

And despite all the madness Jason remains optimistic about our future:

“I’m certainly still hopeful we can avoid doing something silly like blowing ourselves up, or not listening to scientists when they’re like, ‘No seriously, s#%t’s effed, and we need to stop this,’” Windsor said. “But there’s also action to be taken right away to avoid that stuff.”

-Via Gizmodo


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The 5,525-mile Slash

The US-Canadian border along the 49th parallel is the longest national border in the world at 5,525 miles. You'd think such a long border would be fairly invisible, especially since it runs through forests for much of its length. But there's a straight line running through those woods in which a 20-foot-wide swath of trees have been cut down. In fact, they call it the Slash. It's visible in satellite photos.

Stripped of trees, this slice runs through national forests and over mountains. It is too long and remote to be continuously cut down, but every few years (longer on the Western sections, where growth is slower) workers freshly deforest the greenery that grows back.

It might seem unnecessary, but there is a reason for this intervention: a person on either side wandering close to the border can see it and recognize they’re approaching the line. So each year, American taxpayers pay around half a cent each to the International Boundary Commission (IBC) to help periodically maintain this dividing void.

Learn more about the Slash, particularly how the two countries maintain it, at 99% Invisible. -via Digg

(Image credit: Flickr user Carolyn Cuskey)


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Breaking Bad in a Hurry

Want to see Breaking Bad in just a tad over a minute? We've got you covered! Condensing a story that took 62 hour-long episodes into one minute is not the least bit edifying for someone who hasn't already seen the TV series, but for those of us who remember it fondly, it hits the high points. And the tiny little characters are cute. Contains NSFW language.   

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YouTuber cineytele made this animated recap in celebration of Breaking Bad's 10th anniversary. -via Aaron Paul


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Fight Sadness Wherever You Go By Wearing A Fun NeatoShop T-Shirt

Palpatino's Pizzeria by BeezleBub Ross

Seasonal affective disorder is the real deal and it's in full effect, as the snow and frosty weather makes it hard for folks to leave their homes, much less hang out with other people and socialize so they don't feel so lonely.

If you want to help battle the forces of sadness and make people smile when you finally manage to leave your home then you need to grab a NeatoShop t-shirt or hoodie featuring a fun design that'll warm hearts wherever you go!

Serving up smiles is easy when you're wearing a shirt with a funny graphic

Senor Wilson's Taqueria  by TeeKetch

And the NeatoShop has the most powerfully funny print on demand designs in the universe!

Total Ack by Anderson Green Devil

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The Science of Gluten

You probably never heard of gluten until just the last few years, but all you know now is that it's in bread. The American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios show and tell us what gluten is, how it works, and what it does in bread.

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Is gluten good or bad? That depends on who you are. Some people have a physical condition that makes gluten an enemy for them, such as celiac disease or a wheat allergy. But gluten doesn't scale like, say, sugar, in that we should all restrict our intake lest we develop obesity, diabetes, or cavities. Gluten is fine for most of us. Oh yeah, the bread recipe is here.  -via Laughing Squid


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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Crocodile Dundee

The 1986 film Crocodile Dundee was an introduction to Australia for many Americans. The title character, played by Paul Hogan, was pure stereotype, but one that Americans loved. The movie was a huge hit and spawned two sequels, with another one in the works now. Let's learn something about Crocodile Dundee.

10. Paul Hogan helped paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Apparently he kept his co-workers laughing a good bit of the time so it’s not too hard to believe that he eventually became an actor.

9. The character of Crocodile Dundee came from Paul Hogan’s own imagination.

He went on TV and stated that there was no real character that went by the name of Crocodile Dundee. The idea came to him the first time he visited New York since he felt like such an outsider.

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Retro Rollers - Old School Skaters Rule


Retro Rollers by Stationjack

Before people thought rollerblades were cool for a minute we all used to roll around on roller skates, and the skaters would bounce, rock, skate and roll around the rink to old school jams that made us want to groove. The rollerbladers took themselves so seriously yet looked so silly, especially when they started sporting spandex biker shorts and silly helmets, but rollerskaters are cool, were cool and will always be cool. But if the only kind of rollerskaters you can think of are those who did the disco then you must not have experienced the joy of skating free!

Show the world how you roll with this Retro Rollers t-shirt by Stationjack, featuring a fun design that'll take people back to the good old days when feeling free and easy meant rolling down the sidewalk in your sweet skates.

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Boomwhackers

This video was presented as "bro's night out," which makes it seem like a silly game, but watch and listen. These guys are making serious music! Well, maybe not 'serious' music, it's the theme from Knight Rider followed by the theme from The Flintstones, but they do it well.  

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They are playing musical instruments called boomwhackers, or tubes that are tuned to a musical pitch to be played like bells. The group is Louie's Cage Percussion, made up of classically-trained musicians from Austria.

Named after the Monkey King Louie and the composer John Cage, this percussion group consists of six talented young musicians in their twenties. They are some of the youngest members of renowned Austrian orchestras including the Vienna Volksoper, the Lower Austria Tonkuenstler Orchestra and the Graz Opera and play all repertoires of classical music. Besides their studies of classical music, they have always been interested in jazz, rock and electronic music and have played in various bands and broadened their knowledge of various musical genres.

You can get an idea of how boomwhackers work from an extended cut of one of their practice sessions. Now watch a stage performance from Louie's Cage Percussion.

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-via reddit

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