It's sweet that kids care enough to buy, or even better make, a present for their parents, and many elementary schools encourage their students to create crafts and holiday cards for their folks so they're from the heart.
And sometimes when the kid presents you with their handmade gift you want to bust a gut laughing at the adorable ridiculousness they've just handed you, but you know the kid might be hurt by your laughter.
So you keep a straight face, saying "wow" and "cool" a lot to emphasize how great you think their gift is, secretly knowing you're going to have a good laugh about that wonky gift later on.
But these hilarious kid gifts really are the best because they'll always make you smile, and the fact that the kid cared enough to give you something to crack up about for the rest of your life is priceless!
Cereal promotions used to be really good, but like the toys they include in the boxes these days their promo items have really gone downhill.
It used to be that cereal fans could collect a bunch of UPC codes, send them in with a check and a great t-shirt or plush toy would appear 4-6 weeks later, but nowadays the great toys and tees are few and far between.
And, as this Ostrich Zero comic shows, any Star Wars blind promotion you see is bound to bring you nothing but a bowl full of disappointment. "Meesa gonna ruin your day!"
"Photoshopped. I can tell by the pixels and having seen quite a few 'shops." We like to think we are pretty good at spotting hoax, a joke, fake news, or an altered image. Those images are the ones that are likely to trip up even the most discerning reader. A study published in the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications says that people only manage to detect an altered image 60% of the time, and even when they know an image has been altered, they can only find the alteration 45% of the time.
The study authors aren't entirely sure why humans seem to be so shoddy at sussing out fact from fiction. In the paper, they speculate that perhaps we have the visual shortcuts that make our brains so speedy to blame: most of us understand how a shadow should fall, for example, but our brains aren't designed to latch onto the position of a shadow when we look at an image. We gloss over a lot of what we see so that our brains can more quickly process the information that seems most important. In the conclusion of the paper, the study authors don't sound entirely optimistic about the prospect of training individuals to be more discerning, but they point out that making a more manual effort of taking the image in might help.
So it might help to approach any image, especially on the internet, with the mindset that it might be fake. Sometimes that's important, but sometimes it just takes away the enjoyment of a picture that's only supposed to be funny. Read more about the research at Popular Science. You can also take a test of your altered image detecting abilities here. -via Daily of the Day
It's hard to say goodbye to dead friends and relatives, hard to let them go after they've passed on, but pets find it impossible to let go of the love they feel for their dead owners- especially if their owner is still shambling around.
The little dog in this adorable short by animator Changsik Lee refuses to give up on his now zombified owner, and his unconditional love is horrifyingly heartwarming...and a little sick.
Preview night at San Diego Comic Con brings us a glimpse of the new Batmobile that will be featured in the movie Justice League. It looks like something Weta Workshop would come up with for a Mad Max movie. It's an upgrade from the vehicle seen in Batman v Superman. The full size vehicle is on display at Comic Con at the Mattel area, where, no doubt, the toy version will be sold. That's not all we get to see from the SDCC preview: Check out a gallery of DC movie costumes from Comic Con at Mashable.
Jack Stratton has the right idea. You don't have to sell a million of anything to make a profit, you just have to find the perfect price point. When you do, the story just writes itself, so to speak. The reviews are just as funny. What you may not know is that Jack Stratton is the leader of the band Vulfpeck, and they've done this kind of thing before. According to Wikipedia,
In March 2014 Vulfpeck released Sleepify, a ten-track silent album on Spotify, in order to raise funds for an admission-free tour. The album generated $20,000 in royalties over a two-month period. Subsequently Spotify removed the album stating it violated their terms of content. The band's royalty generation scheme received international press coverage. In July the band received the royalties and announced that they would follow through and organize a tour.
In August 2014 the band announced the Sleepify Tour and released its fourth EP, Fugue State. The EP's second track "1612" is styled after Wardell Quezergue's works and features Antwaun Stanley on vocals. The admission-free Sleepify Tour was scheduled for September 2014. Tour locations included San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ann Arbor and New York City.
I don't think this is what Ian Fleming meant when he came up with the name "octopussy", but to be fair these two were doing this before they knew such a short story and movie even existed so they should be allowed to use the name as needed. These two characters make such strange buddies it's all anybody can talk about in town, so folks give team octopussy whatever they want to eat and drink when they prance around town like a couple of clowns. But something ain't right about that sneaky little pussy Gregory, he's got something in the works for old Ollie, I smell a rat. What's that you say? You saw Gregory talking to the town's sushi chef about putting octopus on their menu? Oh dear...
Add some cartoon fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Octopussy t-shirt by MarkF, it's perfectly punny and simply adorable!
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If you grew up watching Nickelodeon, then you probably have great memories of the green slime that covered participants in Double Dare, You Can't Do That On Television (which was technically a Canadian show) and countless other Nickelodeon programs. But have you ever wondered what actually went into that green goop?
Now, thanks to this great video with Marc Sumemrs himself, you can finally put all those childhood questions to rest. The secret to the perfect slime? Vanilla pudding, apple sauce, green food coloring, and oatmeal -so you know it's delicious as well as disgusting-looking.
The scene in a movie where the characters race down a hill is not limited to any particular genre. It happens in crime capers, sports films, action movies, and can even show up in a comedy. The purpose is to get the audience's adrenaline going, or at least a bit of a thrill. We can put ourselves in the participants' place, and know that if it were us, we'd be sorely injured in no time. Get that bit of a thrill without watching an entire movie by checking out the downhill clips from five movies.
Makers of "impossible" puzzles must get a kick out of watching people struggle to solve their creation, sitting there all smug with that "I know something you don't know" face on as the person flounders.
And yet these puzzles captivate certain people, frustrating and beffudling as they are, and these obsessed puzzlers will spend years trying to solve the puzzle even if they never get anywhere.
The older Japanese gentleman in this video has been trying to solve an "impossible" puzzle for a decade, and after the solution to the puzzle is revealed to him it becomes clear he should have chosen a different hobby!
In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies, where they paid their debt to society through hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and made multiple attempts to escape. In 1720, he succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the ship Honour, on which the prisoners greatly outnumbered the crew.
Oceanic crossings were prone to severe gusts. “One Day when we were at Sea,” Dalton would later write, “a Gale of Wind arose that blew very hard, and carried away our Main-Top-Mast.” Twelve of the men—including Dalton—agreed to help with the repairs on deck and had their chains removed. The first mate made Dalton steward of the prisoners. Dalton was keenly aware of the provisions brought on board by a fellow prisoner, Hescot: “about fifty Pound of Bisket, two Caggs of Geneva [gin], a Cheese and some Butter.” Dalton and his prisoner buddies proceeded to take the food and liquor for themselves. Hescot complained to Captain Langley, who threatened to whip all of the prisoners to find the culprit. But before he could do so, Dalton gave the prearranged signal. He and 14 other felons seized the ship’s weapons, immobilized the 12 crew members, and took control of the vessel.
That was far from the end of Dalton's story. What was the punishment for leading a mutiny on a prisoner's ship? Exile to America. Read about the colorful career of James Dalton, who couldn't give up his life of crime, but couldn't bear forced labor in the colonies, at Damn Interesting.
Downtown San Diego goes all in when it comes to celebrating SDCC and welcoming its over 130,000 attendees. Restaurants and bars are no exception to the rule and throughout the area, chefs and bartenders whip up brilliant new concoctions based on fan favorites like Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones and even My Little Ponies. Whether you're going to the convention or just want to make some fun geeky food at home, you'll want to see all the fun foods and beverages available for sale only during Comic Con weekend.
Cafe 222 (222 Island Ave.)
Always a popular Downtown breakfast spot, Cafe 22's specialty of the month is a waffle shaped just like Captain America's shield and adorned in the red, white and blue of raspberries, whipped cream and blueberries. It's a heroic way to start your day.
Tajima (901 E St.)
Naruto fans know that the show's main character has a soft spot for some good ramen from the Ichi Raku ramen restaurant. He also has a particular list of favorite ingredients including pork chashu, Japanese seaweed, green onions, half an egg, bamboo shoots and naruto fish paste cakes (that's the real name unrelated to the character). While local ramen shop Tajima's usual miso ramen always contains pork chashu, Japanese seaweed, green onions and egg, their special Naruto ramen is only available during Comic Con and has the bamboo and naruto additions to make it perfect for visiting anime fans.
The Blind Burro (639 J St.)
One of the busiest Mexican restaurants Downtown, the Blind Burro modified a few of their regular items to be particularly super -like the 10" long Super Tacos available in carne asada or pollo varieties, or the Giganto Dog which could go quite far in filling up the monster it was named for with an all beef frank topped with candied chipotle bacon, pinto puree, charred green onions, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeño puree, mayonnaise and mustard. Even the most popular appetizer on the menu, the classic guacamole, was given a name to suit the occasion as it has been retitled Kryptonite for the weekend.
The Burro didn't leave their cocktail menu behind either, sprucing up their usual house margarita, border mule and paloma tradicional with Milagro Silver and fun adornments, and redubbing them the Mega Margarita, the Pop Bam Slam Mule and the Marvel-ous Paloma.
Le Parfait Paris (555 G St.)
Rather than taking the time to introduce all new dishes just for the weekend, Le Parfait Paris decided to make all the items on their regular menu a little more super. How, you might ask? By adding superhero-shaped chocolate pieces to them all, of course! Besides Superman, there are also Batman, Spider-Man and Iron Man chocolates available.
Gelato Paradiso (789 W Harbor Dr., #117)
While the rest of the bars and restaurants on this list have merely taken inspiration from their favorite comic books, movies and tv shows, Gelato Paradiso actually partnered with Zenescope Entertainment to release three specialty gelato flavors based on characters from the company's comic book characters. The Van Helsing Vanilla Variegato features vanilla gelato with a strawberry variegato swirl; the Robyn Hood Camo Pistachio is a pistachio gelato gone nuts with hazelnuts and almonds; and the Grimm Tales of Double Chocolate Terror is made with a double chocolate gelato and cherries.
Are you unable to stop eating gelato once you start? Then you'll want to head to the Zenescope booth at the convention before noon on Saturday to register for their gelato eating contest held on Saturday at 3 PM. The winner of the contest will receive a four day pass for next year's Comic Con as well as a best of Zenescope goodie pack and all entrants will also be entered to win one of three sets of PlayStation VR goggles.
Brides-to-be get discounts? Who knew? But it's true. While weddings are getting outrageously expensive, there are some perks that go along with the ordeal. Lisa Ryan noticed a discount offered for brides at a gym, so she bought a cheap ring and built a quick wedding page online. She soon learned about other discounts, and enjoyed the best of both worlds -the perks of being a bride without the actual wedding costs.
First, the discounts. There are so many discounts for brides. There are discounted spa packages; there are discounts and free gifts just for signing up for wedding registries at certain stores (for instance, Crate & Barrel gives you free stemless wineglasses in an embroidered linen bag, while Bloomingdale’s gives you 20 percent off of a ton of items, including clothes and jewelry). There are also countless exercise classes, from spin classes to boot camps, and barre classes. I emailed my go-to barre studio, and told them I was getting married and that I wanted to sign up for their bridal package. They immediately knocked off about $100 from my membership for three months, and the next day I was tucking and lunging my way to a fake bridal body.
When we discover some class of people have something we don't, our first instinct is to get some of it, while people who have it (whatever "it" is) tend to want to keep it. Children have little recourse against those forces. Still, I don't believe the student loan system was designed to crush their dreams and aspirations; it's mainly a way to get their money. Adulthood by itself is enough to crush one's dreams and aspirations. This story from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is downright depressing, except for the Supreme Court justices playing submarine. That would get them some viral publicity for sure.
In 1932, Tony Marino led a gang of conspirators to buy life insurance on Michael Malloy, a homeless drunk who frequented Marino's speakeasy in New York City. In order to maximize the payout, they tried to induce Malloy's death at the first opportunity. But killing Malloy turned out to be more difficult than killing Rasputin.
They obviously had in mind that Malloy should die from perfectly natural, if greatly accelerated, causes. To Malloy's delight, he found that the previously ungenerous Marino was more than happy to serve him drinks on the house. In fact, the bar owner seemed positively eager for Malloy to drink his fill. The whisky, gin, scotch, and bourbon was poured into him like it was water. "Ain't I got a thirst?" he told his new pals gleefully.
To the Marino gang's astonishment, these free drinks had no more visible effect on Malloy than if they had been water. For days, the elderly man guzzled enough cheap hootch to stun an elephant and rather than impairing him, it seemed to give Malloy a new lease on life. This non-stop liquid diet made him blossom like a rose. There was a vitality and good cheer about him that gave great unease to anyone with a financial interest in his life expectancy. Besides, all this free liquor--not to mention the monthly insurance premiums-- made a serious dent in their profit margin.
While the Marino gang understandably did not leave detailed notes on their next moves, neighborhood gossip had it that they took to giving Malloy drinks that are not on standard cocktail menus. Wood alcohol on the rocks. Turpentine with a twist. Horse liniment with an antifreeze chaser. Shots of rat poison. No matter what he was served, Malloy happily gulped it down and asked for seconds.
Since Malloy could apparently drink anything, they switched to poisoning him with food. That didn't work. Then they ran him over with an automobile. Malloy survived. They even tried switching his identity with someone else and killing a different person, but that didn't work, either! Read the story of the murderous gang with an indestructible victim at Strange Company.
I remember the first time I named my save game ZELDA in The Legend Of Zelda and started my game on the second quest, with a completely different map layout, which totally blew my young mind back in '88.
Then came the mighty Contra code, the Track & Field pencil trick and the Duck Hunt brightness trick, which allowed players to hit the duck every time by tweaking the TV's brightness level until it zonked the zapper.
These secrets were shared by word of mouth or through Nintendo Power magazine, so many of them remained undiscovered by gamers, which is a shame because knowing them really would have helped.
For example- I really wish I'd known about Merlin's Mystery Shop in River City Ransom, which sold epic level weapons that would have made beating the game so much easier! Instead I got beat into submission and gave up...*sigh*
It's strange to think that a plastic humanoid would still be vulnerable to bodily invasion by plastic alien life forms that breed by implanting a chestburster inside the plastic humanoids hollow chest cavity. But hey, I guess it could be worse- they could be flesh and bone instead of plastic, which is repairable and modifiable. Have you ever tried to put a human back together after a tiny xenomorph makes a huge mess of their chest? Lemme tell ya, It ain't like that game Operation!
Share a funny story with the world by wearing this Alien Story t-shirt by SEspider, it's got jokes and character to spare, and people are sure to love it infinity and beyond.
If you're going on a trip this summer, you might think about visiting some of the world's great landmarks. Sure, you've seen them in pictures, but wouldn't you love to say you've been there? Before you go, learn some weird and wild stories about those landmarks like the Taj Mahal, Christ the Redeemer, the Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, and even the Mona Lisa from John Green, in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.
Fishermen enjoy posting pics of their catches online so they can brag about their haul and provide proof to their skeptical friends, pics that don't look like much unless you're a fisherman or big time fish fan.
But 22-year-old fisherman Monroe MacKinney posted a pic of his catch that everyone will enjoy- because the largemouth bass he caught had a dead mole in its gullet that looked like it was trying to climb out.
The biggest man-made explosion before the atomic age was the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917. A French ship, SS Mont-Blanc, collided with another ship on its way into the harbor in Nova Scotia and a fire ignited its 2,925-ton cargo of explosives. The blast leveled the surrounding community and the resulting tsunami destroyed another village. Two thousand people died, and another 9,000 were injured.
One of the witnesses to the blast was Frank Baker, a sailor in the Royal Navy, who wrote about the events of that day in his diary. He passed his journal on to his son Rex before his death in 1977. Rex put the diary away and only recently rediscovered it.
“The first thud shook the ship from stem to stern and the second one seemed to spin us all around, landing some [crew members] under the gun carriage and others flying in all directions all over the deck,” Baker wrote. Sailors 150 miles out to sea heard the blast. On land, people felt the jolt 300 miles away. The shock wave demolished almost everything within a half-mile. “Our first impression was that we were being attacked by submarines, and we all rushed for the upper deck, where we saw a veritable mountain of smoke of a yellowish hue and huge pieces of iron were flying all around us.”
Some Bulldogs have really bad breathing problems, and both English and French Bulldogs have been known to snore louder than humans due to their respiratory system issues.
These breathing problems cause them to make really funny noises, making them sound like a snuffling pig or a honking goose, but Chibs the French Bulldog tops them all- because he sounds like a furry little race car.
Abby Russell lives with the adorable Mr. Chibs and the equally adorable Pumpkin, and she shared these videos of Chibs teaching Pumpkin how to "sing" for her dinner, so they can open a doggy dinner theater in Vegas.
Admit it, as soon as you saw the name of this list, you have a favorite in mind, right? I have to admit that I did, too, but mine was not on the list, which could have been much longer. It's probably because some movies are careful to call such a facility a "psychiatric hospital" instead, or maybe because it wasn't completely fictional. But you have to admit that these asylums that made it are each horrifying in their own way. Check out the top five fictional insane asylums with video evidence at TVOM.
The transition between horse drawn carriages and automobiles was abrupt, and it took some people decades to realize horse based transportation was not going to come back because cars were here to stay.
This transition was so abrupt in fact that relics from the horse-powered city still exist in cities across the globe, which people walk by (or on) every day without a clue what it is or why it's there.
The large doors found alongside the entrances to homes in places like Greenwich Village, New York are called "horse walks"- interior passageways made so urban horses can safely go from the street to the stable.
And those staircases with the short yet wide stairs are known as a "riders' staircase", and they're found primarily in old European cities where they're part of the city's infrastructure forever more.
Hummingbirds flap their wings about 50 times per second, so all we ever see is a blur around them as they zip around the yard. The folks from National Geographic mounted a high-speed camera on a hummingbird feeder to get some incredible footage of the tiny birds. Not only do we get to see them flap their wings, but also slip their tongues into the nectar up close!
The bird feeder is enclosed in what looks like a wind tunnel, so the photographers can create and control conditions such as wind and rain. Keep watching, and you'll see a hummingbird bird shake the drops of water off its feathers. Watch those feathers shimmer in the light! -via Laughing Squid
Anne Boleyn has a bad name in history -she's either potrayed as outright evil, a manipulative monster or a dumb girl who let her family call the shots until she paid the ultimate price for their political ambitions. But the reality of her life, like most people's stories, is much more complicated than that.
That's why this informative article on TopTenz is so interesting -it helps fill in some of the many fascinating details about Anne's life that most people don't know. Whether you only know a little bit about her from history classes or you think you know her from what you saw on The Tudors, you're sure to learn something.
Online tournament brackets are usually reserved for March, but Eater is bringing out the form in the middle of the summer to determine the worst restaurant name in the U.S. in a tournament called Name of Groans, Eater's quest to find the Most Truly Awful Restaurant Name in America. Readers contributed contenders, and the Eater staff whittle them down day by day.
The first regional tournament was full of pun names, and the second was for sexual names (some also puns). Sometime today, the third of four regions will be published, called Crimes Against Language. The fourth region, Just Really Bad Names, will come out Thursday, and the battle of the final four will be posted Friday at Eater. -via Digg
When I first came across articles discussing "The Balloonfest tragedy in Cleveland" I assumed the reports were referring to something involving hot air balloon mishaps and people dying.
But Balloonfest '86 had nothing to do with hot air balloons- it was a fundraising event for United Way of Cleveland, Ohio, where 1.5 million balloons were launched to set the world record for most balloons launched in a single day.
Adverse weather conditions caused most of the balloons to drift back down to earth, with many landing in Lake Erie where they impeded the Coast Guard's search for two fishermen who disappeared during a subsequent storm. They were later found drowned, and the balloons from the event were blamed for the Coast Guard's failure to find them in time.
This tragic tale of a fundraising stunt gone wrong is well told in Nathan Truesdell's short documentary "Balloonfest":