This new treatment for Parkinson's Disease is called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). It begins with the surgical implantation of electrodes that send signals to specific parts of the brain. The eletrodes are regulated by a pacemaker-like device in the chest. When activated, the electrodes counteract the tremors.
In the above video by the New York Post, Dr. Paul J. Waguespack activates the system in a patient named Mr. Richardson. Once the system is turned on, Mr. Richardson's tremors stop cold within seconds.
The rise of the 'Dudeoir' trend did not escape photographer Chad Castigliano of Chronicker Photography. He enlisted his friend Tim Wilson to do something positive with it. They put Wilson in his underwear with lumberjack equipment in the woods, and made a calendar called The Whimsical Woodsman.
If you stare into Wade's eyes for too long you're liable to feel a bit queasy, but that's because of his horrifyingly scarred face and not because he's a master of hypnotism. However, he did have a dream one night where his eyes started swirling and everyone who met his gaze fell under his spell, but that probably had more to do with being horny than hypnotism...
Pool up your cash and bring home this mind-bending Wade WilsInception t-shirt by Grafx-Guy that's sure to knock your fellow DP fans dead! (Figuratively, of course, because this shirt will do no harm...)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out was all about timing and rhythm, and every fighter had a secret pattern which Little Mac could use to take down fighters five time his size, even the legendary Mike Tyson.
Getting the rhythms down meant memorizing every fighter's moves, but nearly thirty years after its release a Redditor named midwesternhousewives discovered a better way to beat each fighter- by looking to the bearded guy in the audience.
In the front row of the crowd about six heads from the left is a little bearded guy who ducks down when Little Mac should punch Piston Honda and finish him off.
This Easter Egg also works against Bald Bull, and back in 2009 late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted there was also a camera flash cue in the crowd to tell players when to throw the knockout punch.
Driving a streetcar isn't just a job. It's a way of life that perfects both the mind and body in athletic perfection.
SB Nation reports that the tram drivers of Europe sometimes play sports with their cars, including bowling. The greatest tram athletes recently gathered in Berlin at TRAM-EM, the championship competition, to find out who was the best. You can watch a video of their events here.
May first is often called May Day, but that means different things depending on what country you’re in and what century it is. Two posts at the National Museum of American History’s blog explain the complicated history of May Day in America. In the first post, the ancient history of May Day tells how the
Roman festival of Floralia collided with the Celtic holiday of Beltane. This made for a nice spring holiday, but was just too pagan for the Puritans that settled America. The former spring rituals, like the Maypole dance, were brought back in the late 19th century. But then labor reformers appropriated the day, as explained in part two.
In Chicago, 44 unions took to the streets on May 1, 1867, to celebrate the passage of an eight-hour workday law in Illinois. The next day, thousands of workers struck, staying home from work in an act of solidarity. Although the 1867 law was never enforced, the city's workers preserved the memory of their predecessors' short-lived victory. Years later, at its 1885 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Assemblies (a predecessor to the American Federation of Labor, or AFL) selected May 1, 1886, as the date for a universal strike to press for an eight-hour workday. According to the historian Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, labor leaders' decision to stage their protest on May 1, 1886, probably had little to do with the May Day's significance as a spring holiday. Instead, leaders at the time associated the day with Chicago's earlier protests in 1867 and, even more directly, the fact that May 1 was traditionally when union contracts and housing leases expired in U.S. cities.
Two things killed May Day as a labor holiday in the US: the 1886 protest spawned the Haymarket Riot. Then Europe adopted May first as a labor holiday. You can read the history of May Day in America at Smithsonian's American History blog, and otherwise have a happy International Workers Day, Beltane, Floralia, or May Day! -via Metafilter
When mom wanted “a nice picture” of us back in the late 80s and 90s we had to get all dressed up and sit for a portrait shoot at a department store like Sears or J.C. Penney, or a photo studio like Boyd Anderson.
We put up with the dorky picture session to please our parents, but not-so-secretly the cool kids (mostly girls) really wanted to get their picture taken at Glamour Shots.
What does this creature remind you of? A space alien? A virus? A cartoon? It’s real, a real jellyfish recorded by an ROV from the ship Okeanos Explorer on a NOAA expedition to the Mariana Trench. This video was taken 2.3 miles below the ocean’s surface.
Scientists believe this animal belongs to the genus Crossota, a group of jellies that does not have a sessile polyp stage; all phases of their lives are ocean drifters. They also believe this animal is an ambush predator – note the posture it had assumed in the first half of the video: its bell motionless with its tentacles outstretched like the struts of a spider’s web, waiting for something to bumble into them. The red canals, they suggest, appear to connect the bright yellow objects, which may be gonads.
ELEMNT, an art studio in New York City, makes luxury, handcrafted goods with marble and leather. Their Darth Vader helmet, which is pictured above, is covered with python skin. It's available in limited numbers, as it takes up to two weeks to make. Each one costs $3,000. It's the perfect way to make Darth Vader even creepier.
The Oomphalapompatronium is a musical instrument developed and built by Leonard Solomon. It’s a wind-powered organ made of PVC pipe, belts, bladders, and bottles. Enjoy Solomon’s rendition of “Shortnin’ Bread.”
The days of the NaNaNaNaNaNaNaNa and the Batusi are sadly long gone, and nowadays the Bat has to be a tough man with a rock hard chin you could strike a match on. There's no room for humor or gregariousness in the Dark Knight era, because the rogue's gallery are playing for keeps these days so there's no time for dancing or witty quips. But what the heck happened to Robin? Last time we saw him he was wearing a ridiculous suit of armor with nipples on it, is that really the last cinematic memory of Robin we want to be left with?
Evolve your superheroic sense of style with this BAT OF GOTHAM t-shirt by ALIENBIKER23, it's the super way to start conversations about the good old days versus the brutal new version of the Bat.
The outdoor gear company The North Face has unveiled a backpack with a radical new opening system. Instead of a zipper around the main pouch, it has a spring loaded opening that snaps open and shut. When opened, the spring pushes the outer shell away, creating a wide mouth into the pouch.
It's appropriately named the Access Pack. You can see more photos and a video at The Contemporist.
Mystery Girl saw a guy she was attracted to at the Memorial Library. She called him Vikings Fan because of what he was wearing. A couple of SnapChat messages posted to the campus hub, and they both wanted to meet, but schedules and stuff got in the way. As time went by, the entire University of Wisconsin-Madison campus was rooting for them.
Construction workers in Tomares, Spain were laying pipe when they found 19 amphorae (ceramic jars) containing 1,300 pounds of bronze and silver coins that date back to 4th Century A.D. The Seville Archaeological Museum says that they were probably minted in the area and then stored to pay soldiers and government officials. The Guardian quotes archaeologist Ana Navarro:
Navarro declined to give a precise estimate for the value of the haul, saying only that the coins were worth “certainly several million euros”.
The coins are stamped with the inscriptions of emperors Maximian and Constantine, and they appeared not to have been in circulation as they show little evidence of wear and tear.
It is thought they were intended to pay the army or civil servants.
“The majority were newly minted and some of them probably were bathed in silver, not just bronze,” said Navarro.
That’s a truly outmoded view. A man who cooks is an attractive man, and that’s the truth. Just ask that little girl Moishe made a pretend cupcake for. Chris from Lunarbaboon shows that you can change opinions by appealing to the sweet tooth in his latest comic.
Military operations in Syria have been tricky because the enemy (mostly ISIS) love to play dirty and fight sneaky, using the element of surprise to ensure their explosive payload inflicts maximum damage.
The enemy forces also love to use civilian vehicles, as well as brainwashed civilians, so our guys don't see the suicide bombing coming.
But when friendly forces (Kurdish fighters) manage to intercept and eliminate an armored truck full of explosives driven by a suicide bomber before they can do any damage it's an awesome thing to behold.
Catherine Marshall is a South African travel writer and journalist who lives in Sydney, Australia. While flying over the Strait of Messina separating Sicily from the Italian peninsula, she snapped this amazing photo of her plane's shadow transposed over a rainbow.
What is this all about? It’s a challenge. The Invictus Games are coming up in Orlando May 8-12. Founded in 2014 by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games are a series of sports competitions between injured active service members and military veterans from many different countries. The first games were in London in 2014. The second Invictus Games inspired some trash talk between the Obamas and the Royals. Harry pulled out the big gun for his response.
Amy E. Herman is an expert on visual perception. She teaches people how to observe things and gain information from them. This is an essential skill for police officers, so she frequently trains cops how to be better observers by taking them to art museums. Herman shows police officers paintings and asks them what they see. The New York Times describes one such class:
Ms. Herman also displayed a pair of slides featuring reclining nudes: Goya’s “The Nude Maja” (1797-1800) and Lucian Freud’s 1995 “Benefits Supervisor Sleeping,” who is very fat. Ms. Herman asked the group to compare the pictures. “Most cops, when I ask this question, say it shows someone before and after marriage,” she said.
Several officers raised their hands.
“Uh, the woman at the bottom is more generously proportioned,” one said.
“She is morbidly obese,” said another.
“Right!” Ms. Herman said. “Don’t make poor word choices. Think about every word in your communication.”
Police often look at art differently from art historians. When they're in the museum, they're taking down criminals:
“Sometimes they’ll say, ‘We have an E.D.P. here’ — an emotionally disturbed person,” Ms. Herman said. Once she showed some officers El Greco’s “The Purification of the Temple,” which depicts Jesus expelling the traders and money-changers amid turmoil and mayhem.
“One cop said, ‘I’d collar the guy in pink’” — that would be Jesus — ‘“because it’s clear that he’s causing all the trouble.’”
If you spend enough time watching a peacock shake his tail feathers, you start to see weird things. We were so impressed with a peacock’s magnificent tail feathers that scientists assumed for a long time that a bird with the longest or brightest tail feathers would be the most attractive to peahens. But a new study by a team led by Roslyn Dakin of the University of British Columbia studied the way they vibrate those feathers. At the proper frequency, it makes the colors even brighter, and the “eyes” of the feathers stand out without appearing to move themselves.
Cats have a very active imagination, and even though we can't speak felinese we can kinda guess what they're thinking about when they're playing. When they chase after mice it's like they're playing cops and robbers, and when they attack the feather on the string they're practicing for beach volleyball season. But when they go after something that has variable modes of play, like a ball of yarn, it's easy to imagine they're trying to be like those super powered beings on the pages of the comic books their owners always leave lying around. And as the ball of yarn unravels they pretend to be a massive being capable of unravelling the world...
Show your love of cats with imagination by wearing this Orange Yarn Cat t-shirt by Dooomcat, it's so funny people will marvel at your unique sense of humor and so cute it's sure to earn you some fans!
When you act like a scumbag you should expect to be treated as such, and therefore when you ask for naughty submissions online you should expect the trolls to come crawling out from under their bridges.
Why? Because Texas is awesome, that's why. And here's further evidence: go to the Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Texas. There you will find the grave of Willet Babcock (1821-1881), a wealthy resident who built furniture, caskets, and the town's 1,200-seat opera hall.
Babcock commissioned an artist named Gustave Klein to carve this marble monument to stand over his grave. It's thought to be a representation of Jesus because of his clothing, body shape, and, of course, his cowboy boots.
You knew that Jesus wore cowboy boots, right?
Anyway, Babcock's grave, which is popularly known as the Jesus in Cowboy Boots, is now a popular tourist attraction. You can read more about it at Atlas Obscura.
Well, it was “bottled” in 1965, in recycled bottles, too. Here we get to see the process, all grooved up with hepcat teens doing their thing. If you are old enough, you’ll even sing along with the instrumental tune… “Things go better with Coca-Cola, things go better with Coke.”
Can you imagine the mind-numbing job of looking at bottles go by, checking for nicks and chips, all day, every day? I’m hoping those guys get to drive a truck or something at least one day a week. I know there weren't many chipped bottles, because the grocer would examine them before he'd give you the deposit money. Two cents a bottle. Watching these machines do their job on thousands of bottles at once is hypnotic. That’s what it took to bring you such a groovy drink. -via Digg
Do you like to type out text messages on your phone while walking? That's fine, so as long as you don't get hit by a train. Tragically, that happened to a 15-year old girl in Augsburg, Germany. She died.
So the city of Augsburg took action. It installed traffic lights at train crossings on the ground, where they would fall into the peripheral vision of texters. The Daily Mail reports on this and other efforts around the world to prevent texting accidents:
Augsburg is not the only city introducing measures to make phone users more aware of their surroundings – or at least keeping them safe as well as others around them.
In 2014, the city of Chongqing experimented with a 165ft long pavement divided into lanes – with one for speedy and alert pedestrians and another for 'smombies,' meaning smartphone zombies.
Similarly, last year, Utah Valley University's Student Life and Wellness Centre (UVU) introduced a 'walking and texting' lane to a busy flight of stairs.
The idea started as a joke, although it could ensure that diligent students get to class on time and prevent accidents caused by people not looking where they are going.
The staircase was divided into three lanes, for walking, running and texting.
The U.S. military is the world’s premiere fighting force, but only in real life. They are no match for the undead. Not even when they team up with NATO or another group of allies. That’s a necessary plot hole in any zombie apocalypse story. It’s like killing off a child protagonist’s parents, because otherwise they’d be protecting the child and preventing dangerous adventures. One of these days, someone is going to produce a film in which military strategists are the heroes who actually save the world from a zombie infection. That would be cool. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.