At the beginning of August in 1969, Colonel Edwin Aldrin, Jr. submitted a two-page travel voucher for expenses. The trip the previous month was from Houston, Texas, to Cape Kennedy, Florida, to the moon, to the Pacific Ocean, to Hawaii, and back to Houston. The total expenses were $33.31, which was approved.
It’s hard to read, but I believe there was a $1 per diem for 19.25 days, minus two meals at $2.25 each, $10 for travel from his home to Ellington Air Force Base and back, and I can’t read the first item at $8. Now, if only there were a frequent flyer program in those days, he would have really racked up! Buzz Aldrin posted this to his Facebook feed. -via Bits and Pieces
Ever since the bombs fell and blighted the Earth people have found themselves infected with all kinds of fevers, from the radioactive rattles to the super mutant shakes to the dreaded Deathclaw drips, but nothing had affected quite as many people as bottle cap fever. People were so hooked on collecting that cannery currency that even nuclear fallout wasn't enough to keep them from scavenging the wastes. And once the news that Sunset Sarsparilla was giving away a massive mystery prize to those who collected enough Star bottle caps people started leaving their vaults in droves to dig up some caps!
Cash in some post-apocalyptic currency for this Bottle Caps Fever by Olipop, it's the easiest way to collect smiles from your fellow Fallout fans.
In 1953, the general store and post office of Ochopee, Florida burned down. So local residents converted an irrigation pipe shed on a tomato farm into a temporary post office. It stayed there and remains in business to this day.
It serves residents of 3 counties and was once a bus stop. A single Postal Service employee works there, sorting mail into slots on the back wall. In addition to being a functional service point, the Ochopee Post Office is also a popular tourist attraction as it is the smallest Post Office in the United States.
Have you ever wondered about the person the Smithsonian Institution was named after? It’s a rather peculiar story.
James Smithson (1765-1829) was a well-to-do English scientist who had never visited the United States. In his 1826 will, he left his estate to his nephew. But he ended his will with an odd clause that said if that nephew died without heirs, legitimate or illegitimate, the estate would go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men.” When Smithson’s nephew died without heirs in 1835, the peculiar clause went into effect. On July 28, 1835, Smithson’s solicitors notified the United States government of the bequest. An 1835 article in the National Intelligencer told the public that a “gentleman of Paris” had left a bequest to the United States, for the purpose of endowing a National University.
That seems all very nice, but this was 1835, and the government of the Unites States didn’t know what to do with the bequest, or even whether they should accept it. The president handed the matter over to Congress, where they weren’t sure of the procedure for taking the bequest, or even if it was allowed by the Constitution. Some politicians had objections to receiving money from an Englishman. Read about the conundrum Smithson caused at (where else?) Smithsonian.
Liu Haibin, 30, is an engineer who works in Xiamen City, China. His work takes him away from his family, which lives 730 miles away in Tengzhuo City. He dearly misses his 8-month old son in particular. So Liu built two matching seesaws equipped with motion sensors, cameras, and display screens. With them, Liu and his son and seesaw together in real time. The Daily Mail reports:
'I want to leave some good childhood memories for my boy.
'Hopefully he will remember when he grows up that his father has tried to make him happy.'
Speaking of his inspiration for the project, Liu added: 'Every time I think about my childhood, I remember my father coming home early to play with me on the seesaw.
'This memory always gives me strength, so I want to give my son memories that fill him with love.'
Chloroform is the first to come to mind, but what about truth serum, laughing gas and that drug that temporarily paralyzes you they love to use in movies and TV shows- how are these drugs misrepresented on the screen?
If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever!
In 1979, National Lampoon magazine printed a short story called “Vacation ’58” by John Hughes. He wrote it while snowed in by a blizzard in Chicago. The story is told from the point of view of the Griswold son, as it was based on a real vacation trip Hughes had taken with his family when he was a child. The trip starts off badly and becomes worse.
Mom pleaded with Dad to stop at a motel when we got to Springfield, Illinois. Several times he crossed completely over the median lines and drove in the opposite lane. Once, while going through a little town, Dad drove up on the sidewalk and ran over a bike and some toys. Mom accused him of being asleep at the wheel, but he said he was just unfamiliar with Illinois traffic signs.
He took off his shoes, rolled down the window, turned the radio way up, and made us all sing the Michigan State fight song. But after a few minutes we were all sound asleep, our new station wagon racing down U.S. 55 like a bedroom on wheels. I don’t know how far we traveled like that. Fortunately, there wasn’t much traffic at that hour so we didn’t hit anything. We finally woke up when Missy asked Dad to get her a drink of water and Dad said, “Go ask Mommy, Daddy’s sleeping.” I heard that and so did Mom, and she screamed and Dad slammed on the brakes, and the luggage tumbled forward onto the back seat and Dad’s golf clubs scattered all over the highway.
“Vacation ’58” was Hughes’ big break, and led to him writing the screenplay for National Lampooon’s Vacation. He would later go on to write, produce, and/or direct movies such as Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. You can read the entire story “Vacation ’58” at The Hollywood Reporter. -via Digg
Iconic songs tend to stick in our heads, and when we sing along we can’t help but think of them as an inseparable part of a musician’s image/persona.
For instance, no matter who covers “Thriller” the song will forever belong to Michael Jackson, and there is no Margaritaville without Jimmy Buffett. But what happens when you discover that iconic song wasn’t written by the performing artist at all?
It exposes the truth about the creator of “Do The Bartman”, the famous showman and frequent Vegas headliner who wrote “Red Red Wine”, and the singer songwriter who put the “F&$k You” in CeeLo Green’s mouth!
In space, no one can hear you complain that it's chilly outside. So throw another log into this wood stove that Burned by Design made. It's shaped like the head of the xenomorph from Alien. He comments on Facebook that "this should keep the neighbors cat out of the garden."
Humans had lived in fear of an alien invasion for years, but when the day arrived and the Earth was beset by bantering beings from Mars nobody had any idea the whole affair would be so SILLY! The aliens spoke in a bizarre language that just sounded like a bunch of Ack noises, but their leader spoke in a perfectly genteel manner as if he'd lived on Earth his whole life. He called himself Marvin, and if that wasn't enough to embarrass him straight off our planet he led the attack against the Earthlings while wearing an oversized helmet and Roman-esque battle skirt! Screwy, ain't he?!
Bring some animated awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this Mars Attacks t-shirt by Nemons, it's one out of this world mashup that's sure to make people smile!
It's often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; at very least, it's one meal that people are advised by health professionals and nutritionists not to skip. The opportunity to nourish the brain and body with items that will benefit health as well as mental process is arguably a smart one to take.
So you want to start your own country. This is a reasonable life goal. What's the process? Joe Bereta of Epic How To gets you started on the major benchmarks of being a country. It's pretty hard at this point because almost all land in the world has been claimed by someone and it's difficult to forcibly take over a country with just yourself and your buddies.
One option that Bereta leaves out is purchasing territory from a government that agrees to relinquish sovereignty in addition to the land. A sufficiently desperate government (say, one that is losing a civil war) may be willing to do so for cash. Just take care of that chore and soon you'll have currency with your face on it. Good luck!
Redditor studercinema said his school recently got a new shipment of iMacs, and this is what they did with the boxes. The redesigned space-saving boxes lend themselves well to a 36-iMac human hamster wheel. However, unless you get a mass shipment of computers, you should save the box in case you ever move your household or sell your computer.
This must be a wealthy school district. My kids’ school asks them to bring their own devices, and asks for donations of old equipment for students who don’t have one, and for the elementary computer labs. There aren’t any two computers in the lab that match.
If, by now, you haven't seen the shot above of Tom Cruise performing his own stunt and clinging for dear life in sacrifice for his Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation shoot, you may be (voluntarily or not) clinging to the underside of a rock. At this point, the story of the star's bravado in performing this stunt has made the rounds and then some. So much so that in March, Neatorama presented readers with the Very Special Meme of Tom Cruise Clinging to Things, and make no mistake, t'was indeed very special.
Since today, the release date of the latest in the Mission: Impossible franchise (which has been reviewed fairly well thus far) is a Very Special Day, dear readers, I give you part two of Tom Cruise Clinging: A Very Special Meme. See more examples here (some with borderline-NSFW phallic and other sexual imagery).
When your robot companion feels the call of the wild, you must set him free. He's not really yours unless he chooses to be with you. Randall Munroe of xkcd reminds us of this great if painful responsibility.
It's less like "Seize the Day" and more like "Sneeze Away" for little Roux the Pomeranian. This pup might be small, but his sneeze packs a mighty wallop! It may even register on the Richter scale. His human Jake Kulbreth of Louisiana luckily caught this moment on video. Gesundheit, Roux!
Simone Giertz is the chief technologist at Punch Through Design, a hardware design company in Minneapolis and San Francisco. Her latest project, the Toothbrush Machine, has a simple premise: “because knowing how to build something doesn’t always mean that you should.” To prove that, her useless machine stylishly and practically brushes the front teeth. It consists of a robot arm mounted onto a bike helmet. An Arduino controls the servo motors, moving the brush into position, and then back and forth as needed.
Ever since Homer had purchased that old coat, hat, striped scarf and sonic doohickey at the local flea market his life had changed for the better. He discovered that jelly beans made a more than suitable replacement for Duff beer, the sonic thingy got him out of all kinds of binds, and people had taken to calling him The Doctor. He felt like a Lord, which meant it was only a matter of time before he made a major blunder and mucked the whole thing up!
Show the world you have a uniquely geeky sense of style with this Dr. Whomer t-shirt by Brinkerhoff, it's a new cartoon classic!
A 62-year-old homeless woman from Calgary, Canada was living in a YWCA shelter when she found a purse with $10,000 cash inside. Despite her dire circumstances, she immediately turned the money in.
“It never crossed my mind to keep the money,” she said. “It’s not mine to keep.”
Once the story hit Canadian media, a groundswell of support and cash rewards were offered to the woman, who declined them due to her embarrassment over being homeless and insistence on remaining anonymous. In the end, the owner of the purse set up a $500 trust fund for the woman. That account, combined with other local funding, was enough to move the lady into her own apartment.
Read other stories of people, some in need, who found huge amounts of cash — in amounts up to $221,510 — and decided to return the money in this article.
It's pretty neat until you realize that from the Slinky's point of view, it's a human attempt to create a Sisyphean hell for all Slinkykind. Matthias Wandel's eternal Slinky escalator amuses us to no end and horrifies any Slinky that watches it.
Wandel made his escalator with a looped wood chain of steps. He tried to use an electric drill to automate the task. But after failing to get the right speed, he opted for a simpler and more effective hand crank. Just turn at the right speed and the Slinky will never stop its labor.
A female badger is recovering at an animal shelter in Rewal, Poland. She was found unconscious, surrounded by seven empty beer bottles. Two more were hidden in the bushes. Rewal is a seaside resort, and shelter workers believe the badger, now named Wandzia, stole the bottles from tourists, and opened them with her teeth. After two days of sleep, the badger is recovering, although still somewhat disoriented. She may be released into the wild this weekend. -via Arbroath
People often assume that models don’t have a very good sense of humor, an opinion which is reinforced by their blank “modely” expressions and the fact that most models don’t act all bubbly and cheerful in public.
But if you want to see a model’s wild side you have to look at their social media accounts, because that’s where some models, like Tilda Linstam, let it all hang out.
Tilda’s Instagram account is full of funny pics (keeping in mind that funny is subjective), and she's out to prove that models can travel the world, pose for a living and still find time to pose for silly pics. (Some pics NSFW-ish)
There is an update in the world of Hulk since that post went live: he is now the doting father of eight adorable puppies. The litter may be naturally precious to Hulk and his puppy mama, but in the human world where money talks, each pup is akin to pitbull royalty, with a monetary value of between $30,000 and $55,000.
By the time the puppies were born, most were already sold at a price of $30,000. Yet if the pups would go on to be trained by Grannon, their value would be in the neighborhood of $55,000 each.
Grannon's business caters to celebrities and other wealthy clientele worldwide, as well as law enforcement. Each dog is trained from birth and "lives together in a pack without fences, barriers or physical restrictions.” See Hulk and his puppies in action in the video below, and read more about him and his newly expanded canine and human family at the Daily Mail.
The Batalla de Flores, or the Flower Battle, is the grand finale of a month-long festival in Valencia, Spain, every July to convince people to stay in the city during summer. It starts with a parade of floats full of ornately-dressed women and girls. They parade once for the judges, a second time to wave their tennis rackets, and the third time….
Wait… what was that about “tennis rackets”?
One might assume that onlookers have gathered along the Paseo de Alameda simply because they love a colorful procession, enjoy cheering on lovely falleras in traditional dress, and hope to see some interesting floats. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. This crowd is blood-thirsty. The only thing they really want, and the one reason they’re attending this event, is to hurl softball-sizeds flower at the falleras, and clock them right in their pretty faces.
That happens on the third go-round of the parade. The tennis rackets are defensive weapons to lob the carnations back to the crowd. Even after the parade, the flower battle continues, but it’s all in fun and doesn’t really hurt. Afterwards, the streets of Valencia are covered with a layer of colorful carnations. See a gorgeous collection of photographs of the Batalla de Flores (and a video) at For 91 Days.