R2 constantly faces a frustrating dilemma in his droid life- everybody treats him like he's just another piece of machinery. Even those who recognize that spark of life in him still treat him like a lesser being, ignoring his beep boop bop barrages and putting him in harms way because why not? He's just a droid who can always be fixed again, right? But has anyone ever stopped to consider that he's more than just a droid, and treating him like nothing but a bucket of bolts really hurts his feelings receptors?
Help get the word out about how special R2D2 really is with this More Than A Droid t-shirt by Dr. Monekers, it's a work of art just like everyone's favorite R2 unit!
All things bright and beautiful; all creatures great and small. They are wonders to behold, including the majestic hippo butt leech. It burrows into a hippopotamus anus, plants itself deep inside its rectum, then feeds on the blood vessels along the wall.
Like the yeti, the hippo butt leech was once a creature of mystery. It was in only 2003 that explorers in South Africa confirmed the existence of the Placobdelloides jaegerskioeldi. You see, the hippo butt leech has very specific tastes. It will not live in any rectum, but only hippopotami rectums. Wired describes how these adventurers tracked down the hippo butt leech in its lair. The hunt reached its conclusion with the help of a local game warden:
You are here …and here. This is, apparently, the directions to Schrödinger’s elevators in the Möbius building. Or maybe you are there to meet yourself traveling back from the future, in which case you should run -or take an elevator- to avoid a paradox. Which one? Who knows! With just a few “corrections,” this map went from metaphysical to philosophical to fantastical to portal. -via reddit
Pictured above are a few of the members of the First Company of the Governor's Foot Guard of the Connecticut State Militia. It is now a ceremonial unit. But when it was formed in 1771--while Connecticut was a colony, not a state--it was trained and equipped to protect the Governor and capital city of Hartford.
In 1775, then Patriot leader Benedict Arnold led a mob into the Foot Guard's armory, demanding arms necessary to raise a second company to defend the state against the British menace.
The Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed their first-ever birth of red panda cubs, a litter of a boy and a girl named Clark and Addison, respectively. The cubs were born to mama Leafa and papa Phoenix on June 26, and are every bit as typically adorable as all cubs of the species.
The video footage below shows Addison and Clark as they received their second medical exam. The two are thriving; Addison's weight has nearly tripled since last weigh-in and Clark's has doubled. See additional pictures and read more about Lincoln Park Zoo's growing red panda family at Zooborns.
Corporal Che Atkinson of Prince George's County, Maryland was at his police station doing paperwork when he learned that a homeless woman and her baby were in the lobby. There was no shelter available for them and they had nowhere to go. So Atkinson contacted a social worker and headed out on patrol.
When he got back, he found the mother and baby still there. There had been no progress on finding them shelter. So Atkinson packed them and their belongings into a patrol car and took them to a hotel. He paid for the room out of his own pocket.
While he was doing so, his sergeant surreptitiously photographed him. Then he posted the photos with the story on Facebook. The public response has been, to say the last, positive. WUSA9 reports (auto-start video):
"I'm a little overwhelmed and shocked. And the reason why is it didn't seem like a big deal to me because I see other officers do stuff like this all the time,” Atkinson said "It's not a big deal."
People online said what he did was far from ordinary, they say it was a "beautiful act of kindness."
"This is a helpless child so it's our duty to help and that child was definitely in need," Atkinson said.
Police said the woman and her child are now with relatives.
When you think of live-action superhero TV shows, you think of Superman from the ’50s, Batman from the ‘60s, Wonder Woman from the ’70s, and, um, you might be surprised at how many superhero shows you watched and don’t think about anymore.
Pacific Coast League minor team the El Paso Chihuahuas got more race than they bargained for when they hosted the Wiener Schnitzel weenie dog race on the field before their game last Saturday. Apparently no one at the park anticipated the soaring spirit of a dachshund running on his own personal Field of Dreams. The desire to break free of all constraint was just too strong to keep in check. As is evident from the video, the joyfully naughty canine was eventually apprehended after a chase. Nice run while it lasted, little guy. Via Bark Post
Every year, in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan, people build enormous, often frightening creatures made of straw. It's part of the Wara Art Festival. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of some of the best and most ferocious straw monsters now menacing Japan. They include a giant crab, dinosaurs, a cobra, and a praying mantis. In short: choose another vacation spot.
Nothing like a down and dirty Singapore street fight in which two formidable snake species, a python and a cobra, go at it in a showdown for supremacy. One of them wins, but I won't spoil it for you by saying which, just in case you haven't yet watched this standoff. The winning snake sticks around, possibly to check for admirers and/or groupies, but his only hookup is what appears to be several gentlemen from animal control. Via Uproxx
Being a hero with a chainsaw hand can be a groovy feeling, but hacking your way through the dead, some of which used to be your friends, can make you feel straight up evil! Luckily, Ash has a pretty good head on his shoulders about which side of the graveyard he's on, and when he's called back into action he's happy to hack away at the deadites plaguing the town and show the world what a real hero looks like.
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Little Emmett Stevers loves books! And like all bookworms, he finds the end of a great story to be a very sad moment. Whenever his parents finish reading I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry, Emmett cries out in anguish. All of us bookworms feel the say way, Emmett. The only comfort is in reaching for a new book.
Hollywood has been using exploitation films as money making vehicles since the very beginning, but the features we generally think of as exploitation films are those schlocky sci-fi and horror flicks shown in grindhouse theaters beginning in the 1960s.
These films set the precedent for shocking audiences with the use of sex, gore and rock n roll, and they also changed the face of that most important piece of print advertising- the movie poster.
Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Bronson, Drive and the upcoming Neon Demon, has been collecting exploitation movie posters for so long he doesn't know what to do with them all.
So when a friend suggested he share them with the world he decided the best way to do that would be with a book.
His upcoming book The Act Of Seeing will feature over 300 full color plates showing off those colorful early exploitation film posters in all their cheesy glory, with recaps and color commentary by journalist Alan Jones.
Got a beef with the government? Maybe some other people do, too. What can you do? Start a political party! It’s been done so many times, and some of the parties that popped up throughout history are pretty strange. But then again, the parties we are used to probably seemed odd when they first began. Learn about 28 of the strangest in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.
The kitsch and camp of the old science fiction pictures continue to entertain in ways some of which may not have been initially intended. Hapless and helpless, cartoon curvy and colorful damsels droop in the arms of danger. How can one not be curiously charmed? See for yourself and take a look at this collection of vintage sci-fi movie posters from the 1950s and 1960s. Days-of-old-inspired smiles abound. While some now decry them as politically incorrect, they are simply a sign of the times in which they were created.
Attack of The 50 Ft. Woman, 1958, Allied Artists Pictures
I well remember watching the 1973 movie Walking Tall at the theater. I don’t recall the sequels, but years later I had some professional dealings with Buford Pusser’s daughter in west Tennessee. The late sheriff had a thoroughly interesting story, which was made into a movie that was more or less accurate story of his life, but when it was a hit, the producers were compelled to make a sequel. And that meant the “true story” has to extend past reality, because the reality was, um, complicated. Joe Don Baker didn’t want to star in a sequel, so they hired Buford Pusser to portray himself.
Well, a few hours after signing the contract, Pusser went to the local county fair and apparently had a few to celebrate his forthcoming movie stardom. On his way home in his supercharged sports car, he slammed into a median, flying through the windshield before the car burst into flames. He was declared dead at the scene. Despite the reported blood alcohol level (twice the legal limit), to this day more than a few still insist the accident was the result of sabotage.
Sauron is the ultimate antagonist in the Lord Of The Rings series, aka the guy controlling that fiery floating eyeball atop the Dark Tower of Barad-Dur who keeps sending dark forces after our favorite little furry footed halflings, the Hobbits.
But behind that pyrotechnic peeper is a necromantic mastermind with a mighty malevolent plan to rule all of Middle Earth with a little help from the One Ring.
70 years ago today, the bloodiest, most destructive war in all of human history ended.
After the destruction of 2 cities from atomic bombs and reason to believe that even more were coming, the government of the Japanese Empire communicated on August 15, 1945, that it would surrender. The free world responded with a jubilation known as V-J Day--Victory over Japan.
Formally, though, the surrender would take place more than 2 weeks later. On September 2, 1945, the battleship USS Missouri steamed into Tokyo Bay with Allied emissaries. Japanese representatives boarded and signed the formal capitulation. You can read the document here.
When the Grand Duke of Ground Beef passed away and the chain finally went out of business Bob was left with a choice- either step up and take his place as the official King of the Grill or pack up his spatula and close up shop. Burgers had been Bob's passion since before he could even work a grill, but heavy is the head that wears the fast food kingdom's crown, for he has a responsibility to serve his heart up sizzling hot between two buns, hold the mayo.
Add some animated flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this King Of The Grill t-shirt by HandsOffMyDinosaur, it's Belcher family approved and the only thing Linda wears to bed...
Redditor cakegirl8 thought she was getting a killer deal on a fun, and potentially valuable, mystery when she bought a locked safe on Craigslist for a mere $100, but the contents proved to be most unsettling.
Allain assumes that Dagobah has the same gravity as Earth, that Luke Skywalker is 5'9" and weighs 150 pounds, and that The Force is not in play against gravity while Luke is carrying Yoda. You can read all of his equations and rationale here. Yoda, Allain argues, weights 43.7 kilograms.
It was the battle of the “meatball” and the “worm.” Or, not so much a battle, but a resistance against modernization. NASA had been using the logo that came to be known as the “meatball” for years when the Federal Graphics Improvement Program tried to modernize many of the old, ugly logos that various government agencies used, starting in 1972. Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn unveiled their design for NASA in 1974. It was a sleek, minimalist, modern design eventually called the “worm.” It came with a 90-page manual for its use. The public loved it, but the engineers at NASA didn’t think much of it. They were busy exploring space, and really didn’t understand graphic design. There was an exchange recalled later that occurred between NASA administrator James Fletcher and his deputy George Low:
Fletcher: I’m simply not comfortable with those letters, something is missing. Low: Well yes, the cross stroke is gone from the letter A. Fletcher: Yes, and that bothers me. Low: Why? Fletcher, after a long pause: I just don’t feel we are getting our money’s worth!
But NASA used the new logo until 1992, when they suddenly scrapped the worm and reinstated the meatball.
Some mastiffs can't even doggy paddle without swimming lessons, but as you can see in this video if you try and try again, and treat your mastiff like a big ol' baby, they'll get the hang of swimming with just a few lessons.
Now that Disney owns Star Wars, we see the iconic Leia slave outfit crossing over into the Disney Princess universe. In the past, we've seen slave Leia versions of Tinkerbell, Ariel, and Elsa. Now the lineup is filling out even more, thanks to these ladies. That's Ashlynne Dae as Elsa, Elizabeth Rage as Belle, Rianne Synnth as Mulan, and Hendo as Pocahontas.
Okay, it’s a vehicle. Not something from a movie, even though you've seen this kind of thing in comedies. This is a Japanese military …something or other. A Ghillipillar? You’d think a huge hay bale would be conspicuous just by moving, but from a distance, it probably blends into the background. -via Digg
Ioana Vanc is an architect in Arad, Romania. When she's not building with steel and concrete on a colossal scale, she's making art with food on a tiny scale. Each of these food sculptures can fit within a spoon. You can find more of her work at Fubiz (translation).