Now that we finally know what Pluto and its moon Charon look like, the first thing we want to do is name the stuff we see there. And so we have maps with names. And what names! Pluto gets craters, plains, and other features named for historical figures like Hillary and Norgay, science names like Sputnik and Challenger, and even fictional names like Cthulhu and Balrog. As far as that goes, Charon is even more interesting. A portion of Charon’s map is shown above, with names from Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and other science fiction worlds.
“It shouldn’t be a big surprise to anybody that once we put [the fictional explorers and travelers theme] up for a vote that names like Kirk and Spock and Skywalker and Leia became popular names,” Showalter added. A quick glance at the map will show Lord of the Rings fans will not be disappointed, either.
Among many others, there are also references to Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Stanley Kubrick for his film 2001: A Space Odyssey, Douglas Adams for his book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and Madeleine L’Engle, the author of A Wrinkle in Time.
The place names aren’t set in stone yet. They must first be approved by the International Astronomical Union. But these preliminary place names give scientists reference points to study and communicate to each other. Read about them and see more maps at Buzzfeed.
It's late July and 88ºF in Buffalo, New York. But that city had a rough winter with foot upon foot of snow. It took a long time to clear all that snow away. And the job isn't over, yet. There is at least one huge pile of snow that hasn't melted. It's been there so long that it's covered over with dirt and grass is now growing on top. Local news meteorologist Patrick Hammer explains how it's lasted so long:
"That pile of snow is like a glacier," explained Hammer. "It's very dense and it's covered in dirt and garbage, which acts to insulate the snow from the sun's rays. That's what melts the snow, not just the heat but the sun's rays, and it's protected."
Hammer also noted that because of this, most of the melting of the pile is not occurring from the surface, as one might suspect.
"It's actually mostly melting from below…from the ground which has warmed beneath it," he said.
Hammer says rather than sunshine and heat, water might be more effective in dissipating the pile.
"A lot of rain would do the trick,…but so too could the fire department with a bunch of hoses, which they could use to spray off the dirt and break up what's under it, because it's really the dirt that's insulating it."
Don’t park in the bike lane. Seriously: Don’t. Park. In. The. Bike. Lane. It’s not for you and this beefy cyclist will prove it to you. If your car is in the way, he’ll pick it up and move it out of the way. That’s a courtesy. A less polite response from him might be to throw the car out of the way.
Redditor nsandz submitted this photo of poolees getting a preview of what the US Marine Corps boot camp would be like! I'm sure the drill sergeant would yell at the guy for taking an unauthorized drink of water, or for getting his shirt wet.
Even Hitler had a bomb shelter, actually, many of them. But none compared to the vast network of underground facilities and tunnels beneath his favorite vacation getaway town of Obersalzberg.
This multi-roomed subterranean compound is composed of an apartment and a set of underground chambers for fellow Nazi inner circle members—over four miles of tunnels, bunkers and hidden rooms in total. Above ground, an entire village was built as an Alpine retreat for the Nazi government.
But with the war failing, the mysterious underground complex was to be the last redoubt of the Third Reich. Carpet bombed by the Royal Air Force in April of 1945, then locked up by the occupying U.S. Army, it was handed back over to Germany in 1952 with the proviso that the remnants be blown up again out of existence. But not everything was destroyed, and today, you can still visit the secret ruins of the Nazi’s planned Alpine fortress.
Celebrities who have adopted a goofy professional persona, or those who became famous for ridiculous reasons, are hard to take seriously.
And yet they’ve achieved far more monetary success than most of us can even dream about in our less than famous lives, so they’ve gotta be on to something!
Take Carrot Top, for example- goofy prop comic and burly body builder combined into one mighty peculiar package has earned over $75 million dollars performing in front of around 100,000 people a year in Las Vegas.
Travelers visiting the Mos Eisley spaceport during this time of war are advised to steer clear of the Hutt controlled establishment called the Jabba Bing! Club. The Club is known to play host to some of the worst scumbags in the galaxy. Those who ignore this advisement and patronize the Jabba Bing! may be subject to Sith scrutiny, which could result in a force choking if found guilty. Visitors are also advised to avoid making eye contact with the star slave dancer Leia, because she's not very happy about being chained to a Hutt...
Show the universe that you know how to party with this Jabba Bing! t-shirt by Dr.Monekers, it's the funniest mashup this side of Tatooine!
Action Park in New jersey is famous for their history of crazy and dangerous rides. The newest attraction at the refurbished and upgraded park is a water slide that’s 1,975 feet long. That’s a third of a mile! The folks at Guinness agree it is the world’s longest water slide. It’s not open to the public just yet -the state of New Jersey has to approve it first. However, park employee Jason Mulder strapped on a GoPro and went down the slide for a media day event. The video is unsettling and soothing at the same time. -via Boing Boing
Elisabeth's curtain, part of her "My Shower Curtain Is A Green Warrior" collection, features "spikes" that inflate after a certain amount of time, turning that shower karaoke session into a dangerous affair:
“These curtains are not really for marketing but aim at provoking a debate around water issues,” Buecher said. “If you don’t want to get trapped you have to get out before it does and stop damaging the environment.”
Peanut Butter, a nine-week-old Corgi pup owned by Alvin Hsu, is shown here as he is encouraged to take the stairs downward. But Corgis have tragically cute, stumpy legs, Alvin Hsu, a fact which Peanut Butter seems to vocalize before he gives up altogether. Maybe in a couple of weeks, human. Via Tastefully Offensive
A group of street artists called the Germen Crew collaborated with the Mexican government to paint a neighborhood in the district of Palmitas in Pachuca. After 20,000 square meters of walls were painted, the 209 homes are a rainbow of color!
On top of beautifying the neighborhood, the project has been a tool of social transformation as during the process, the violence amongst younger people has been entirely eradicated and several jobs created.
Personally, I prefer Batman over Superman, but this great Always Sunny In Philadelphia/Batman Vs. Superman mashup makes a great case for why Superman is better. After all, he is a master of karate and friendship for everyone.
Honestly, I think this looks like a more entertaining movie than the actual Batman Vs. Superman film, though I still don't want to see anyone pay a troll toll to get into a boy's hole.
Hollywood movie promotions like to sell their movies as being “like nothing you’ve seen before” or “a fresh new take on blah blah blah”, but the more they make these claims the less original the film.
Many motion picture companies are tapped out of ideas, and they’re always looking around for new ideas to imitate or just plain rip off.
That’s why mainstream movies seem so familiar, because you’ve probably seen a movie just like it before, but sometimes the similarities are as hard to ignore as a talking pig wearing a tie and a pair of shades.
Two talking pig movies released within a few months of each other? When pigs fly or, more precisely, back in 1995.
We often assume that when an advanced race of allens contacts us, they will have forms and technology that is beyond our understanding. It is also possible that they would be so advanced that they consider we mere humans as no more than the equivalent of blades of grass. How’s that for an ego-shattering experience? This is from the webcomic Down the Upward Spiral by Corey Giacco. -via reddit
Not too long ago in the US, it was normal for fathers to wait outside the delivery room for the birth of their children. The mother, along with a doctor and nurses, would handle the delivery alone. Later, the father was allowed to be present.
The Daily Telegraph reports that increasingly, more people are present in the delivery room: family, friends, and anyone accessible through WiFi. When it comes to childbirth, there’s no such thing as “too much information”:
For women in their teens and twenties, an average of eight people are now present at some point during the birth, according to a survey by video blogging site Channel Mum.
And the results also showed that childbirth is becoming increasingly public, with almost a quarter of mums sharing the experience through social media.
Siobhan Freegard, founder of Channel Mum said: "The younger generation share are used to sharing every aspect of their lives, so why not birth? Many women feel it is their biggest achievement and so want to share the moment with all of those closest to them.
We did not crowd-birth for our kids. But our first child was born in a teaching hospital. There was a seemingly non-stop parade of medical students and interns interested in seeing more than we wanted them to see. I eventually shooed them out.
The unlikely origin of an instantly recognizable theme song.
Early in his career, Robert Altman had a reputation for being difficult. When he was still directing TV shows like Maverick and Bonanza, he’d been fired several times over “creative differences” with his bosses. He was recognized as talented, but his rancorous nature slowed his work to a trickle. Finally in 1969, after nearly two decades of struggling, he got a big break. He was offered the opportunity to direct a film version of MASH, Richard Hooker’s 1968 novel about three doctors’ misadventures in a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) during the Korean War. Altman wasn’t the studio’s first choice. In fact, he wasn’t even their tenth choice. More than a dozen other directors had rejected the project, and with good reason: at a time when the war in Vietnam was a very controversial topic, MASH’s mix of crude hijinks and badly injured soldiers had the smell of a box-office disaster. But Altman didn’t have a lot to lose, so he took the job.
FACING THE MUSIC
Analyzing the script, Altman was aware that he was walking a tightrope between slapstick and tragedy. But if he could craft a scene that successfully combined both, he felt that he could probably figure out the rest of the movie. He settled on a scene he nicknamed “The Last Supper,” in which Captain Walter “Painless Pole” Waldowski decides to kill himself after an embarrassing failure in the bedroom, and in response, his friends wine and dine with him in a pre-death “wake” in which his seat of honor is a casket.
In between adventures Link discovered another hidden talent- keeping the town's cuccos in line. Some townsfolk started calling him the cucco whisperer, but he didn't use magic or might to keep those cluckers in line, he used a piece of Zelda's famous seed cake. The cuccos can't get enough of that sweet cake treat, so Link became a legend among the local poultry farmers by accident. Now he has to play the role of alpha clucker whenever he's in town, but at least he's earning mad rupees!
Add this JURASSIC CUCCOS t-shirt by Kayden007 to your geeky wardrobe and you'll be the talk of the park!
Robert Palmer of Toutle, Washington recently spotted an unusual caterpillar. It seemed to have a human face colored on its back. Who does it look like? My first thought was Edgar Allan Poe. Others have seen Teddy Roosevelt, Marlon Brando, and Robin Williams.
Palmer insists that it's not a Photoshop job--he wouldn't even know how to do that. KATU quotes him:
"I sent a picture to my grandson, he said 'nice photo-shop grandpa'. I said I can't even use my smart phone half the time, much less do some special computer effects. I had to have the girls at the Shell station send the picture to KATU. He knows I wouldn't lie about this," said Palmer
Well, it didn’t, until ADHD (Animation Domination High-Def) made some up. They are pretty descriptive, however. It explains quite a bit about the game that I, as a non-player, knew until just now. -via Geeks Are Sexy
YouTube user Albizu Garcia visited a beach in Puerto Rico and found that a hermit crab had discarded a conventional shell for a stylish and functional LEGO brick. This should give him the ability to join with other LEGO crabs to create a larger structure. You can see the video here.Make sure that you don’t step on this crab, which is now a double threat to your feet.
Depression is an often misunderstood and stigmatized condition. On top of the already debilitating state of being depressed, those suffering are often further upset and frustrated by others who have no tolerance, compassion or comprehension of depression. Here, BuzzFeed staff member Anna Borges attempts to illustrate the condition from her perspective. See all of her illustrations here.
Six freshly baked loaves of Pug lie next to each other, cooling on a blanket. They need just a brief nap before they're ready to play again. As they dream, their little bodies twitch. What do Pugs dream about?
Bored Panda called for submissions to their open list of 15+ Things That Look Like Donald Trump, and boy are there ever some spot on winners on the list! For example here's a piece of sushi that looks just like the Don, isn't the resemblance remarkable?
People and organizations often adopt stretches of road, promising to keep them clean and free of litter. This is a great way to contribute to the well-being of local communities and possibly get some good publicity from it.
So it’s no surprise that Lord Vader, who always wants to maintain the good reputation of our loyal Imperial forces, has pitched in to help. He’s adopted a section of US Highway 460 in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Occasionally standing in for him will be Henry Wakley, a local resident and loyal supporter of the Emperor. He wears a copy of Lord Vader’s helmet while picking up trash. News 10 reports:
Wakley had to pass several standard guidelines, including two highway clean ups, before VDOT would agree to the sign. He convinced the agency the sign was not a joke, and he intended to take care of the highway and draw attention to the adopt a highway program.
“We’d love to have more people follow Mr. Vader’s example and help us keep the highways clean,” Clarke professed.
Drivers could soon see more than just a sign. Wakley plans to clean up his portion of the highway in his Darth Vader costume later this month.
Wakley is an example to us all to stand together so that we may crush the rebellion and restore order in the galaxy.
In 2006, Joe and Sher Polvinale turned their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, into a pet sanctuary. Joe has since passed away, but Sher continues to run House with a Heart Senior Pet Sanctuary, a retirement home for elderly and special needs dogs.
1983 saw the premier of a classic American film: National Lampoon’s Vacation. In it, the Griswolds, a typical American suburban middle class family, journeys across the country on a road trip vacation. At the beginning of the movie, patriarch Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, buys a huge and hideous station wagon for the journey.
That car was called a Wagon Queen Family Truckster, which did not exist in real life but was typical of the great land yachts which sailed across American highways in the 80s. The movie production studio built the Truckster from a 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire.
The movie has inspired Steve and Lisa Griswold—yes, that’s their real last name—to build a replica of the Truckster out of a 1984 Ford LTD Country Squire, then take it on road trips. They modified the car in precise and exhaustive detail, even going to far as to install a fake gas cap hatch where it was in the movie. You read more about the car conversion and see photos here.
Dawson Tamatea taught at Palmerston North Boys' High School in New Zealand for almost thirty years. One of the things he taught students was a haka.
Tamatea died unexpectedly July 19 at the age of 55. Students got together to do the haka that he taught them as a tribute when Tamatea’s hearse arrived for the funeral service. They were joined by former students. A lot of them. It was a fitting tribute to a much-loved teacher. -via reddit
The Jurassic Park project didn't go quite as Doctor Hammond had planned, but in the end that was okay because the original plan was sure to have ended in disaster. The park became less about bringing in tourist money and entertaining people and more about keeping the dinosaurs happy and thoroughly engaged with a giant sandbox and a new set of playground equipment. Soon the raptors were riding the see-saws, the triceratops was digging for treasure, and the brachiosaurus was sliding the day away. An exciting scene it was not, but at least no humans were harmed in the park!
Add a super silly twist to your geeky wardrobe with this Jurassic Play Park t-shirt by Dooomcat, it's an alternate take on everybody's favorite dino flicks and will surely spread smiles wherever you go!