This is a screenshot from Google Maps. It's not an error. This city park in Toronto is actually named the Main Sewage Treatment Playground. What fun things can you do at a place named "Main Sewage Treatment"? You can play baseball, rugby, ride a skateboard in its skating bowl, or ride a bike on the trail.
From Google Street View, it looks pretty. Let's go!
These two adorable kittens inside a box are play fighting, perhaps to see who is the feline overlord of the box. Whatever the reason for their tumble, or even if it's sheer playful abandon, it's full of cute. -Via Daily Dot
Cadbury has produced a new chocolate bar that will contain no fewer than 7 different flavors inside its chocolate blisters. They are solid chocolate, caramel, almond, fruit and nut, Oreo, almond butter, and Turkish delight. It's called the Dairy Milk Spectacular 7. Food artist Prudence Staite helped Cadbury design this ingenious candy bar.
You won't be able to buy it in stores. Cadbury is making only 50 of them, which will be prizes in a contest available to residents of the United Kingdom.
The Disney Channel has taken niche marketing and TV tropes to the next level in a new movie called Descendants. The tropes: make everyone a teenager, recycle classic characters from Disney princess films, make them “next generation,” slot them into stereotypical cliques, and give them a high school soap opera plot. Oh, and of course, the trope of redoing fairy tales in live action format. In Descendants, the children of Disney princesses and villains are all the same age and go to school together. When the “good kids” meet the “bad kids,” it upsets the natural order of things.
I have a feeling that viewers will be rooting for the more interesting bad kids. Disney apparently thinks so, too, as they have a video profile of each “villain kid” on the movie's YouTube channel. From comments I’ve seen, there’s bold dividing line by age between those who are excited to see this movie and those who expect a train wreck. Oh, and there are comparisons with Ever After High, which is a toy franchise based on the same idea, that spawned a webseries. Buzzfeed has pictures and a profile of each character.
The makers of Game Of Thrones have tried to stay as faithful to George R. R. Martin's books as possible, but some changes simply must be made when a book is translated into a visual medium.
Characters are often changed to make them, and their appearance, more visually appealing to viewers, which is why that imp Tyrion Lannister is still a sympathetic character:
“Tyrion’s fingers went to the great gash that ran from above one eye down to his jaw, across what remained of his nose. The proud flesh was still raw and warm to the touch.” —A Storm of Swords
And some characters have their overall look radically altered just so their flamboyant style will flow with the overall color scheme of the show, such as the radical decolorization of Daario Naharis:
“Daario Naharis was flamboyant even for a Tyroshi. His beard was cut into three prongs and dyed blue, the same color as his eyes and the curly hair that fell to his collar. His pointed mustachios were painted gold. His clothes were all shades of yellow; a foam of Myrish lace the color of butter spilled from his collar and cuffs, his doublet was sewn with brass medallions in the shape of dandelions, and ornamental goldwork crawled up his high leather boots to his thighs.” —A Storm of Swords
When people rescue animals, sometimes the animals express their gratitude toward their benefactors. We've previously seen this with a dog, a dolphin, and a sea turtle. And now we can see this expression of thanks from a snake.
Two teenage boys in the US found a snake trapped in a net. They patiently cut it free with a knife. When the snake was free, it regurgitated a whole frog that it had swallowed. It was surely a gift offered to the boys to repay them for their kindness. Unfortunately, the video ends before the boys partake of their reward.
A lot of towns have their neighborhood bullies. But few neighborhood bullies were as hated as Pete Weider of Cozy Heights and, luckily for the crime statistics, even fewer wound up like Peter.
A passing patrol car heard the screams and responded immediately. They found the burly corpse in his own backyard, with multiple stab wounds. There were signs of a struggle, and blood was everywhere around the fenced-in yard. The officers immediately went to question the neighbors and were surprised to discover that not a single one had heard or seen a thing.
"They're lying, of course," the homicide captain said when he heard the news. At least three men on the block had been outside when the murder occurred and the captain insisted on talking to them as soon as possible.
Blake Fromm had just finished painting his porch when the captain approached. A young, genial man, Blake wiped his hands on his nearly spotless jeans before shaking hands. The captain immediately noticed the cassette player on Blake's belt and the earphones draped around his neck. 'I've been outside all morning. The porch ceiling took forever. Pete lives two doors away. I really didn't hear or see anything," he added apologetically.
Nelson Olson had been in his garden, right next door to the victim's yard. "I was in and out of the house. Weeding. Planting bulbs for the fall." There was dirt on his hands and under his nails. "Inside, I had the air conditioner cranked up. It all must have happened when I was indoors. Sorry."
Kenny Kitchner's story was even less plausible. "I was on a ladder, washing my windows," the paunchy, middle-aged man admitted. His T-shirt was still wet. The captain could see that Kenny's yard overlooked the victim's. "I never looked over into Pete Weider's yard, nor did I hear anything. I had other things on my mind."
Finn was a reasonable fellow, and he tried to keep a level head despite all the apocalyptic madness that surrounded him, but when the villainous Ice King killed Finn's brother Jake the kid gloves came off. The adventure had taken a dark turn, and in no time Finn went from valiant warrior to bloodthirsty vigilante. With his weapon designer BMO by his side and a massive arsenal of automatic weaponry on his back, Finn the Punisher prepared to storm the Ice King's frozen castle...
Add some dark animated adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Finn The Punisher t-shirt by B4DW0LF, it's the stylin' way to show love for cartoons and comics at the same time!
At a mere 200 pounds, this elephant seal is just a little baby. He's been abandoned by his mama, so he's eager for some snuggling. Charlene Fritz, a tourist from Canada, was glad to provide it. While she visited Snow Hill Island off the coast of Antarctica, the little seal crawled over to her and climbed on of her lap.
That's all the time that 17-year old Collin Burns needed to solve a 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube. He did so at a competition at Central Bucks West High School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. This broke a previous world record of 5.55 seconds.
It's a very casual scene. People are playfully milling about, unaware that someone is about to perform an astonishing feat. Burns checks out the cube for a few seconds and places it on the table. When he picks it up, the clock starts.
Hollywood has produced a lot of bad movies over the years, but most of the time when we say we saw a real “stinker,” we don’t mean it literally. Most of the time. Behold the wonder of Smell-O-Vison.
Dr. Hans Laube was a Swiss inventor who designed machinery that removed stale, bad-smelling air from theaters and auditoriums in the late 1930s. Or at least that’s what he did until it dawned on him that it should also be possible to reverse the process and inject pleasing odors into large enclosed spaces. Not long after that, he developed a system that piped artificial scents through a network of tubes to the back of every individual seat in a movie theater, releasing them into the air just a few feet away from the nose of every person in the audience.
Laube called his invention “Scentovision.” To demonstrate it, he produced a 35-minute film that he called Mein Traum, or “My Dream,” and presented it at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. Mein Traum’s scenes were timed to Scentovision’s smells: When roses appeared on-screen, the projectionist manually released the scent of rose oil into the theater; in other scenes, viewers were treated to snootfuls of peaches, burning incense, frying bacon, fresh-cut hay, and hot tar.
FATHER AND SON
Laube hoped to interest theater owners in outfitting their movie houses with Scentovision, but there were no takers. A decade after the stock market crash of 1929, the United States was still mired in the Great Depression, and theater owners had their hands full just keeping their doors open. Scentovision faded away and remained forgotten for nearly 20 years.
That it re-emerged at all was thanks to Broadway producer Mike Todd Sr. and his son, Mike Jr. The two of them had attended a screening of Mein Traum at the World’s Fair in 1939. When the elder Todd branched out into motion pictures in the 1950s, he remembered Scentovision and was intrigued by the idea of making Hollywood’s first “smellies.” But he died in a plane crash in 1958 before he could bring his plans to fruition. (Does his name sound familiar? Todd was Elizabeth Taylor’s third husband.)
Mike Jr. took over the reins after his father’s death and hired Hans Laube to come up with an improved version of Scentovision.
Laube’s original system had relied on projectionists to release the smells in the proper order at the proper times. To eliminate human error, he came up with something he called a “Smell Brain” to release the odors automatically: Bottles containing the scents were loaded into a rotating drum in the order that they were to be released into the theater. A “smell track” similar to a soundtrack used electromagnetic cues to tell the Smell Brain when to release each scent. As soon as one was discharged, the drum advanced the next bottle into position to await the next electromagnetic cue. Puffs of fresh air and even chemical deodorants could be released into the theater between smells to act as nasal palate cleansers.
Todd insisted on one more improvement: Laube’s invention had to be renamed. Convinced that the nickname “smell-o-vision” was inevitable, he wanted “to get the jump on those who will call it that anyway,” and Scentovision became Smell-O-Vision. The new name wasn’t nearly as classy as the old one, but so what? “I don’t understand how you can be ‘dignified’ about a process that injects smells into a theater,” Todd said.
On Saturday night, Professor Stephen Hawking took questions from an audience in the Sydney Opera House. The acclaimed physicist addressed an important issue: the abrupt and wrenching depature of singer Zayn Malik from the boy band One Direction. BuzzFeed quotes the questioner:
What do you think is the cosmological effect of Zayn leaving One Direction and consequently breaking the hearts of millions of teenage girls across the world?
For the past three years, 18-year old Chinese student Xie Xu has been voluntarily carrying his 19-year-old classmate Zhang Chi to school and back. Zhang Chi's muscles are weakened by muscular dystrophy which makes it difficult for him to get around by himself. Xie made the decision to help his friend after watching him struggle to get to class.
The two have never missed a day of school and are top students.
Layout editors have an important job to do, but rarely have the time to do it properly, since deadlines get stretched to the last second. Even worse, many newspapers just do without a qualified layout editor these days. This can lead to unexpected consequences when no one checks for headline juxtaposition. In this case, the run-un headlines are more interesting than the actual stories. Found at Bad Newspaper.
Mickael Delalande is an artist and graphic designer in France. He makes wire sculptures that look like animals and household objects. They often create the impressions of wire frames around more solid objects—like we’re living inside a 3d modeling program.
No one likes yardwork and chemical weed killers tend to be terrible for the environment. That's why goat rental has become a popular alternative for clearing large swatches of land. While we previously covered this trend, it was still sort of a fringe service that wasn't available commercially in many areas.
But all that's changing thanks to Amazon's new service section which was recently launched. The company offers all the usual local services like plumbing, home cleaning, computer repair, but they also offer two unusual options in their "other" category, namely goat grazing and silk aerialists.
So next time you're planning a big party in the middle of an unkempt field, just head to Amazon and rent a goat to clear out the space and a silk performer to entertain your guests. If you time things just right maybe your guests will get to enjoy a goats-only petting zoo too.
Having more to do doesn't encourage me to get up earlier. In fact, if you have a lot to do, then you'll need plenty of energy for the work. That means getting enough sleep to do the job. So this part of the day is really just preparing for the work that happens later.
When the Empire decides to throw a party they stock plenty of Sith coolers, some tasty Darth chocolate cakes and, of course, plenty of colorful balloons! You can't see his reaction because he's got a helmet on, but Lord Vader absolutely adores balloons- he likes to suck the helium out of them and talk with a funny voice, he loves to rub them on wookiees and watch the static cling make their fur stand up straight, and he absolute adores popping them behind unwitting clone troopers, making them scream with surprise!
Become the life of the geeky party wherever you go with this The Empire Loves Balloons t-shirt by Jeremy Hawkins, it's a colorful way to get geared up for movie night!
Rana Levy is not only a student majoring in physics and mathematics, she's also the owner of Daedra Jewelry. Under that name she creates these lovely, crystal adorned rings, lockets and necklaces inspired by Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Elder Scrolls and The Hobbit. The metals have an antique look and are embellished with ornate detail.
Visit Levy's online store to check out her selection of beautiful baubles.
Leland Devon Melvin posed for his official NASA portrait with his dogs Jake and Scout! You can see they were excited about it. More pictures were taken after the dogs calmed down. Melvin was an NFL player until injuries ended his career, then an astronaut, flying on two shuttle missions to the ISS, until hearing failure grounded him. Melvin still works with NASA, and with several organizations to promote STEM education. Besides all that, he’s a photographer, snowboarder, and dog lover. -via Daily of the Day
But even the most diehard fan can learn plenty of stuff about their favorite cryptozoic conspiracy themed cartoon show in a mental_floss article entitled 14 Fun Facts About Gravity Falls.
Want to discover the origin story of main characters Mabel (based on creator Alex Hirsch’s twin sister) and the grumbly Grunkle Stan (based on Alex’s grandpa Stan)? Don't be afraid to learn the truth, read on and discover what lurks behind the scenes of Gravity Falls!
Yoyo Chan is one and a half years old. She has a big task ahead of her: nailing the nursery school interview. Doing so can get her into the best nursery school, which can lead to the best kindergarten, then elmentary school, and, eventually, the best medical school.
It all comes down to now. Focus, Yoyo. Focus.
In Hong Kong, many parents want their kids to offer their best at the competitive nursery school interview process. A dozen openings at a top school can lead to a thousand applications. So some companies now offer to train toddlers to perform better than their competitors during the interviews. Helier Cheung reports for the BBC:
At interview class, Yoyo is asked to greet the tutor and introduce herself. The tutor then asks her to complete a number of tasks, including building a house with bricks, drawing a picture, sticking two felt eyes in the right position on a felt face, and identifying pieces of fruit.
A little shy to begin with, Yoyo quickly warms up and appears to enjoy the tasks and playing with the toys.
"These classes and interviews can be hard work," says her mother, Emma. "But I do want her to be prepared. Most parents want their child to have a good start."
One nursery Emma is keen on had more than 100 interviewees for just nine places, so she'll do whatever she can to increase her daughter's chances of success.
Yoyo's younger brother, still a baby, will begin interview classes in a few months, she says - when he's about eight months old.
Over 38,000 runners participated in the London Marathon today, including celebrities, a couple who got married during the race, and quite a few who were raising money or awareness for various causes. There were also plenty of people in costume, whether they represented a charity, advertised a sponsor, or were just trying to draw attention. Jack Woodward, shown here, ran for the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign. See a collection of 17 costumed runners in the London Marathon at Buzzfeed.
There's something downright delightful about interspecies friendships and these guinea pigs who have befriended puppies are practically the definition of cuteness. From odd couples like the ones above to the perfectly-matched pair below, animal lovers are sure to get a kick out of these cute friendships.
And I'm not entirely sure why. But I couldn't help but grin through this entire performance. It's by the band Goose House, which added a banjo to its normal repertoire. This version of the song is just a bit different from this performance of it by John Denver while touring in Japan. No matter who sings it or where, everyone wants to go back home to West Virginia.
We love trivia about our favorite books and movies and this great TopTenz article has fun facts about both books and movies. For example, did you know Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) went through chemotherapy to fight breast cancer while she was acting in the two final films? Or that Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double was paralyzed while filming a flying scene?
People have launched culinary careers based on their knowledge of which wine pairs well with a particular cheese, because people love cheese and wine and anybody who doesn’t care for either simply cannot be trusted.
But there’s one combo that has yet to make it to the mainstream, a combo that the cutting edge culinarians have only recently started to explore- cheese and tea.
Pairing a particular type of tea with the proper cheese is supposed to unlock a third flavor, and you won't have to worry about having a hangover the next day!
Here’s the theory behind this new idea in culinary pairing:
The flavor profiles of both beverages run a similar thread—think tannins, age, astringency, and sweetness. For example, a cheese that pairs with a wine high in tannins, would also match a tea high in tannins. Same applies for astringent wine and teas. Salty cheeses go with sweet wines the same way they work with a sweeter tea like Dong Ding or Dong Pian (a late winter harvest of oolong that is especially sweet). People often link tea and coffee, but tea is, in fact, more closely related to wine with regard to tasting profiles.
With a few bell peppers, olives, and the right shape, Wendi created a pizza that looks just like the helmet of Star Wars fans' favorite bounty hunter. Now it just needs to be slowly baked inside the oven for over a thousand years.
No Sith Lord will ever be accused of being humble, and those Darths who decide to paint their face are even more vain than their helmeted brethren. So what are you missing if you've got the fierce warpaint and the Sith swagger? A sassy t-shirt, that's what! Imagine the looks on the faces of your fellow clubgoers when they see you saunter in with your Maul face on and this sick t-shirt covering your torso. Looks like you don't need force choke to shut those haters up!
Add a touch of dark humor to your geeky wardrobe with this I'll Be Your Sith Lord Part 2 t-shirt by Joefixit2, it's a great way to get all dressed up and ready to go see Episode VII!