You can get a photograph printed on pretty much anything these days. Redditor angelinthehallway posted this photo of her bed, graced with a blanket she received for Christmas. Her husband ordered it through Walmarts photo-printing kiosk. He is also a redditor, and had to jump in to claim that yes, it was his face on the blanket. And he posted a picture of Christmas Day at their home to prove it.
I think they should hang this in the windows as a curtain, facing out. The neighbors would freak out, as well as anyone passing by. And as a bonus, the people inside wouldn't have to look at it on the bed.
Most villains become twisted and evil after some terrible event turns their heart black while others are simply born that way, growing up as bad boys or girls and outcasts in a world full of goodie-goodies.
Now those who are born villains have a natural advantage over those who become villains later on in life, and they learn early on that damn near every goodie-two-shoes' can be turned into a baddie-two-boots if you offer them something they really want- like a merit badge.
This test was given to World War I recruits at Fort Devens to assess their literacy. While the question are obviously designed to test reading comprehension and vocabulary, the rhythm and increasing difficulty as well as the philosophical quality of the barrage of questions make it sound poetic. I'm reminded of the song "Blowin' in the Wind," which is also a list of thought-provoking questions. There's more to the test, which you can find at Google Books. But I wonder how you score a question like "Are intervals of repose appreciated?" Knowing what "intervals" and "repose" mean doesn't mean it's appreciated. Found at Futility Closet. -via Nag on the Lake
Last weekend at the annual Crufts Dog Show, a Papillion named Tinklebury Bingo had a memorable second round run in the agility course. The dog was suffering from either stage fright or a brain fart, but once the clock ensured that there was really no competition in the balance, the judge took things into his own hands, literally.
Disney princesses are always presented as a symbol of goodness, heart and love, but when you think about it they should also be seen as a symbol of madness- because most of them are bats#%t insane.
They chat with animals and inanimate objects, talk to themselves and express every emotion out loud, all of which would make any normal person look like a lunatic but somehow makes Disney princesses more endearing.
That is until they take the advice of a misanthropic forest critter like the little blue bird in this Slack Wyrm comic by Joshua Wright and give in to their psycho princess impulses...
Kaplamino, a talented toy builder who has a slanted table and plenty of free time, harnessed the power of fidget spinners for his latest chain reaction marble run. Ten of them made the grade, and they do multiple clever tricks in this video.
It would take a lot to take me away from my car if the door played Toto's Africa instead of chiming whenever it was open, and I'd probably go through batteries like crazy because I'd softly rock to my car door chime every night.
I love "Volvo enthusiast for life" Chris Ng for swapping out his Volvo 240's original door chime for an 8-bit version of Toto's Africa, but it must be hard to close the door on that sweet sound when he gets in or out of the car!
Chris told Jalopnik it was surprisingly easy to modify the sound module and change the door chime:
The door chime in the Volvo is controlled by a plug-in sound module under the dash, so all it took to install was a quick swap of the stock version for the modified one. The song goes on for a hilariously long time, too—just in case you want to soak it all in for a moment.
Ng told Jalopnik that it’s fairly easy to swap this little module out if you know how to solder things back together. He plans to start a Kickstarter for a small number of cheap, universal modules for people who want to do this themselves.
To make his Volvo play Toto, Ng says that he recorded the song straight to the new module. You can do so with any smartphone or computer. Then the reprogrammed module was rewired into the door ajar circuit for the car—easy peasy.
Everyone knew Princess Peach didn't need saving, and even though she couldn't beat down Bowser quite as good as Mario when he was jacked up on magic mushrooms she definitely wasn't a damsel in distress. But the zombie plague that swept through the Mushroom Kingdom put her in a position she'd never been in before- she had to save the Super Bros before they were turned into zombies. She tried to play the hero, tried to cut a path through zombified toadstools and other atrocious creatures, but she was too late to save the Bros- so she used their undeaths to save herself...
Get geared up for survival in a scary world with this Walking The Bros. t-shirt by MannArt, it's a fun way to give Princess Peach the props she deserves!
Folk tales about princesses and magical creatures were originally cautionary tales designed to scare children, with the aim of instilling contemporary social mores or protecting them from tempting dangers. Authors such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen took some of the edges off when they published those stories in books, and Disney changed them completely in order to give movie audiences a sunny, colorful experience with a happy ending. Into that transition came the well-regarded Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen, who moved to Hollywood in 1936, hoping to work in the movie industry. By then, Walt Disney was already thinking of how to bring the story of The Little Mermaid to the silver screen.
Kay Nielsen strode into this Disney-studio atmosphere in 1940 ready to embrace the uncanny, the odd, and the unnerving. According to Noel Daniel, a sort of internationalism followed in the wake of Romanticism, bringing a more cosmopolitan version of folk and fairy tales with it, and “took a seat at the same table of widespread interest in vernacular culture.” Nielsen, like many of his fellow artists, illustrated folk works for multiple nations and cultures, his source material as diverse as his artistic influences—a mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Modernism, and Japanese woodcuts and watercolors. Before following his star to the animation studios, he had lived in Paris, London, and Copenhagen. But he arrived in Hollywood too late. Nielsen was hired to work on Fantasia, and he designed one of the most original sequences in all of Disney’s films, the “Night on Bald Mountain” piece. After that, he began work on conceptual art for an upcoming film version of “The Little Mermaid.” But by the end of World War II, a soft nationalism had firmly settled into the works of American animation, and in particular the work of Walt Disney. Nielsen’s multicultural, mythical designs for the film were too dark, too morally ambiguous. The artist’s slow, painstaking style was at odds with the assembly-line speed of Disney Studios, and even when other artists were brought in to take his concepts and develop them into animations, he was worn down by the pace of the work. Nielsen and Disney parted ways, and his concept drawings were shelved. He was brought back briefly to work on Sleeping Beauty—in my opinion, the most visually striking of all the Disney films, with a strong Gothic look inspired by the period—but was let go again in the fifties.
My dog has a hard time telling me when he's in pain, and he tries to go about his business as usual no matter what's wrong with him as if admitting to pain would disappoint the alpha.
Meanwhile other pets I've had would yelp and holler and wail at the slightest twinge of pain, flipping out like the world is ending over something minor. This difference in how animals react to pain has always made me wonder- how do animals experience pain?
The flat-footed squat is often called the "Asian squat" because it is common in Asia and essential for using a squat toilet. The position allows one to sit anywhere without getting snow or mud on one's pants. But people all over the world do it, as evidenced by Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen, pictured above. It's not common among adults in the US, although children can squat with their heels down easily. The squat requires flexibility of the hips, knees, and particularly the ankles, which we may lose by having chairs available all the time.
Believe it or not, no one appears to have actually studied innate ability in deep squatting across ethnic groups. “You would have to take kids from the time they’re born in China and never let them do any squats to be a control group, and it’ll never happen,” says Matt Hudson, a physiologist at the University of Delaware, who kindly humored my questions. And ultimately, it may not matter. Practice and training make the bigger difference. (I suggested to my boyfriend that he could improve his squats, but he refused for reasons I cannot fathom.)
The good news is that, barring injuries, most people can work their way up to doing the flat-footed squat. Read about the physiology of the Asian squat at The Atlantic.
It's hard to imagine 3D printers being used to build something as large as a house because most of us have only seen stuff printed by regular commercial 3D printers, which are extremely limited in terms of printing size.
But companies are now creating 3D printers that can print on a much larger scale and print with a wide variety of materials, like Austin, Texas-based company ICON's amazing new custom printer nicknamed "Vulcan" which uses cement as a printing medium.
ICON has teamed up with San Francisco-based non-profit New Story to use Vulcan to print homes for people living in impoverished communities who can't afford safe, sturdy homes, since Vulcan can print a home in 24 hours at the cost of about $4,000:
The 3D-printed home serves as proof-of-concept for sustainable homebuilding that will allow for safer, more affordable homes for more families, faster than ever. The printer, called the Vulcan, is designed to work under the constraints that are common in places like Haiti and rural El Salvador where power can be unpredictable, potable water is not a guarantee and technical assistance is sparse. It’s designed to tackle housing shortages for vulnerable populations instead of building with profit motivation.
Have you ever come up with a really good line, but you ended up using it too many times? It was only funny the first time. Luke is going to end up wishing he'd been left frozen on Hoth if he has to hear that one time and time again. But in the latest comic from The Obscure Gentlemen, he ends up putting a curse on his best friend.
The Marvel Universe is home to some of the most iconic characters in comic book history, from Spider-Man to the Incredible Hulk to that eternal patriot Captain America, but for every good character there's five goofballs they'd rather we forgot all about.
These laughable and totally forgettable characters are usually villains, since the comic book rule of thumb is every hero needs dozens of villains to fight, and they often seem like concepts drawn out of a hat.
There's Big Wheel, the guy who drives a big wheel, Asbestos Lady, the character created to be the antithesis of the Human Torch, and Kangaroo, the villain with the power to jump (you guessed it!) like a kangaroo.
This WatchMojo countdown video reveals ten of the sorriest excuses for a villain or hero that Marvel Comics ever created, and it's safe to say none of these characters will be making an appearance in the MCU anytime soon!
As far back as anyone can recall, American high schools have printed yearbooks to celebrate the accomplishments of their graduating seniors and other students, and to serve as a souvenir book with pictures of their carefree student days. This high school yearbook called '43 Ramblings chronicled the proud students of Topaz High School in Utah, which was the school for residents of Topaz Internment Camp. The students had been shipped in from their original schools up and down the West Coast, and continued their education at the school created for them. Topaz was several times the size of the better-known Manazar Camp, with over 8,000 people at its peak.
Utah State University has archived the 1943 and 1944 editions of the Topaz High School Ramblings yearbook. With a cursory browse, the Topaz High Rams look just like any other 1940s high school students. They played sports, printed alma mater lyrics that probably nobody knew by heart, and produced a slick-looking literary magazine. Topaz High was a prison camp school for unjustly incarcerated Americans, but the yearbooks provide the perception of normalcy.
In the 1943 Ramblings, the beginning dedication reads, “This year finds us vastly different from our naive selves of previous years.” Alongside photos of students, the old high schools they attended, mostly in California and Washington, are listed directly above their Topaz High School activities.
Cats are the ultimate stunt critters, and their acrobatic feats never cease to amaze humans who underestimate the tiny panthers living in their house.
Sometimes their stunts look like a scene from a movie, and when they make the stunt look as smooth and effortless as the cat in this video does you can't help but wonder whether you actually witnessed the stunt at all.
But since the vet's office employee who shot this video shared by Daily Mail UK knew to film the cat's leap of faith this daring kitteh must have practiced this stunt at least a few times before. That doesn't make it any less impressive though!
Just because Pi Day has come and gone, that doesn't mean you can't make a pie this weekend. Right now, I have inspiration and some blueberries in the house ready to go. Lauren Ko makes beautiful pies that have to taste as good as they look. Her pies get intricately-designed upper crusts and her tarts feature mosaics of cut fruit in geometric shapes.
Which is why it's hard to make real people look like characters from a Tim Burton movie, but as these makeup tutorials by YouTubers goldiestarling and NsomniaksDream show it's not impossible to achieve that dark and toony look- and the end results are horrifyingly good!
Having tried to refine and update his image by dressing like other superheroes, wearing body paint instead of a costume and dressing up like a sexy pin-up model, but alas none of these looks made him feel more professional. So DP decided to go dapper and cut out the wisecracks, to see what it's like to be taken seriously for once, and the transformation made him feel like a real gentlemerc!
Upgrade your geeky wardrobe with this D.Pool t-shirt by OneBluebird Art, it's a great way to add some much needed sophistication to your shirt collection without paying fancy pants prices!
It's not uncommon for people with mental disorders like paranoia, schizophrenia and mania to feel like they're being watched at all times, but believing cameras are constantly recording your life so it can be televised is a rare disorder indeed.
Psychologists call it the Truman Show delusion for obvious reasons, but when the delusional person was Olympic sailor Kevin Hall, who has actually been on TV quite a few times over the years, psychologists have their work cut out for them:
Kevin’s case posed a new dimension for the doctors: What were they to do when the patient actually had been on television, written about extensively, and competed at an international sporting event that many treat like the most important thing in the world? In fact, Kevin was the first case the doctors had ever encountered of a quasi-public figure with “Truman Show” delusion. Dr. Gold was not Kevin’s official psychiatrist, but he and Kevin developed a friendship, mutually fascinated and informed by each other’s experiences from opposing sides of the proverbial couch.
When emailing back and forth, Kevin and Dr. Joel Gold got on the topic of their educational backgrounds. It turned out that not only was Dr. Gold a fellow Brown University alum, but he had graduated in Kevin’s year, and in revisiting the cartography of their dorm room assignments, the two realized that they had lived close to each other for years.
Kevin had to tell himself this couldn’t be the work of the Director, but rather just an uncanny coincidence.
Kevin Hall was a champion sailor until the fateful day when his ship the Artemis crashed during a race, resulting in the death of his teammate Andrew "Bart" Simpson.
And even though he'd been living with the disorder for years this traumatic event brought his Truman Show delusion to the surface, making him wonder whether that career-ending crash had actually happened at all:
As Kevin Hall stood onboard the Artemis, a 72-foot catamaran, trying to help his teammates dredge Andrew Simpson’s body out of the water, he wasn’t entirely sure if the scene unfolding before him was really happening or not.
Months of preparation and millions of dollars had gone into the design of the Artemis, a vessel that had stunned other sailors with its foils and gadgets and that had seemed almost to fly over the water. Kevin suddenly felt lost. What had happened? Who, if anyone, was to blame? And why had Simpson, of all the sailors on the boat, been the one to die?
Kevin thought about all this and more as the emergency workers took Simpson’s body away and everyone went home. In the days that followed, part of him wanted to talk to his teammates about what had happened, but part of him dared not. Because, if he was honest, he still wasn’t entirely sure that the crash and Simpson’s death had really happened. It seemed too horrifying to be real. And for a few moments, there had been that flash.
The Director. Cameras. Actors. Scripts.
Kevin wondered: Had it all just been part of The Show?
An entire generation of American children know and love Fred Rogers from his TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Over the years, many were delighted to find out that Rogers was never playing a character, that he was exactly the same off camera. Even when Candid Camera tried to get a rise out of him. He didn't react the way they expected.
It seems like a lame prank, but this was recorded before smart phones and WiFi were everywhere, when many travelers would look forward to watching TV in their hotel rooms. But not Rogers! He let the small things go, and even when he was tired he never missed an opportunity to treat people kindly and make them feel good. -via reddit
Darth Vader is about as pale as they come, and as much as he enjoyed sunning himself when he went by Anakin Skywalker, he gave up on being tan, tone and sexy when he was forced to wear a breathing thingy to stay alive.
Still, you'd think they'd have figured out some sort of force power that allowed him to get some sun without getting burned.
But as this Is It Canon comic shows, the problem may have more to do with cleanliness than UV rays. Who knew Darth was such a clean freak?
The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament pits 64 college teams against each other to determine the national champion. Teams are ranked 1 through 16 for each grand division. The four best-ranked teams get an easy first game because they are playing #16 seeds. This is usually considered an elimination game. In the men's NCAA basketball history, there have been 135 matchups between #1 seeds and #16 seeds, and the #1 seed always wins. Until last night, when the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Retrievers beat the Virginia Cavaliers. And it wasn't even close. UMBC held it to a tie as halftime, and ended up with a score of 74-54. Jarius Lyles, who scored 28 points against the school both his parents graduated from, got the honor of filling in the bracket win.
While UMBC goes into the record books, fans across the country are mourning their wrecked tournament brackets. And it's only the first round. UMBC plays #9 seed Kansas State in the second round on Sunday.
When people say they've been living out of their car they usually just mean they've been spending way too much time on the road, because without the basics like a stove, a fridge and running water one can't truly live in their car.
But the guy behind the YouTube channel Kiwi EV Adventures really wanted to figure out how he could live out of his tiny electric car, so he could take full advantage of camping season.
So he installed a functional kitchen in the back, complete with cabinets, a stove, refrigerator and a sink with running water, all of which can be easily removed from the car as needed.
This world map is labeled not with country names, but with a bit of history of the country names. Someone at Credit Card Compare took the names of each country in the native language and found the original meaning of each name. Senegal becomes Our Canoe, Azerbaijan becomes Protected by Fire, Mexico is In the Navel of the Moon, and Spain is Land of Many Rabbits. Most end up being some variation of "land of the people who live here," but many are quite descriptive and some are real head scratchers.
When Elsa stopped being a cold-hearted villain and changed her wicked ways she promised her sister Anna that she would become a chilly force for good, dropping the brooding bad girl act to become a hero.
And it appears Elsa has kept her promise to Anna and is continuing to help us mere mortals whenever she can, making an appearance in Boston during a blizzard.
Jason thought it would be entertaining to head out into the snow dressed as Elsa and film the fun, but Jason soon found himself proving he's a cosplay hero when a police wagon became stuck in a snowdrift.
Elsa, I mean Jason, helped push the police vehicle free of the snow, and thankfully the whole thing was caught on video by bystander Christopher Haynes:
A drag queen dressed as Elsa just single-handedly freed a stuck police wagon from a blizzard in the middle of March. If that sentence doesn't perfectly encapsulate the spirit of Boston, I don't know what does.
A few years ago, you could buy a house in Detroit for $10 or so, as long as you paid the back taxes and either repaired it or tore it down. This is not at all like that. This house lists for $550,000. While the house looks rather normal (if a little frilly) from the front view, wait until you see the inside.
The home is filled with art, collectibles, and kitsch of all kinds, and includes a two-car garage and a heated pool with cabana. The kicker is that all the contents of the house comes with it if you buy it, and that includes the grand piano, pool table, and a couple of cars.
The Last Jedi wasn't a particularly funny movie, but it did have plenty of moments that would have made audiences laugh had they seen it through a silly filter like that applied by cartoonist Rachel J. Pierce.
Now the serious Star Wars fans would have found all the silly humor disturbing, but something tells me nobody would have objected to the jokes aimed at that Emo Sith Kylo Ren!
Black panthers are one of the most radical animals on the planet, which is why the nation of Wakanda chose the magnificent animal as their official mascot and symbol of power, well, that and the fact that the Wakandan Panther God Bast grants the chieftain of the tribe superhuman powers. In fact, these powers make the chieftain even more powerful than a black panther, so maybe the panthers should start idolizing the Wakandans instead!
Add some raw animal energy to your geeky wardrobe with this Rad Panther t-shirt by Vincent Trinidad, featuring a fierce design sure to make your fellow fans growl with glee!