The Beach Glass is designed to address one very specific problem: drinking on a beach without accidentally knocking over your glass, or seeing it sink to the bottom of the sea. The glass is actually plastic, so it floats. And instead of ending in a foot, the bottom of this glass is a spike. When you’re done with a sip, drive your glass into the sand. The designers also suggest using it with snow or while soaking in a bathtub, since it will remain upright in water. I suspect that it could also be a crude weapon if sharpened into a shank.
When diver Julian Finn saw this octopus walking along the sea floor carrying two halves of a coconut shell, he couldn’t stop laughing at the ridiculous sight!
"I almost drowned laughing when I saw this the first time," Finn told the BBC. "I could tell it was going to do something, but I didn't expect this — I didn't expect it would pick up the shell and run away with it."
Batman holds the DC Universe title of world’s greatest detective, and his one man war on crime has made him a well-known figure in the world of superheroes, but is it appropriate to refer to him as a detective?
Detectives must follow procedure when investigating a crime scene, obtain warrants for arrest and definitely don’t fly superpowered jet planes in real life, so maybe it would be more appropriate to refer to ol’ Batsy as a superheroic spy guy.
Last year, we featured a series of illustrations under the heading "There Are Two Kinds of People in This World." The series separated the pizza crust eaters from the crust deniers, those who eat candy bars by square and those who don't, and other incredibly serious foodie divisions.
On May 28th via Twitter, Patrick Stewart revealed what kind of man he really is: he's a man that eats no pizza crust.
This wasn't the first time Stewart made headlines for pizza indulgence (or the lack of it). In May of 2013, Stewart told New York Magazine that he had eaten his first ever slice of the stuff recently, explaining that said experimental pie consumption occurred after "My fiancée and I were a little hung-over."
For many fantasy enthusiasts our passion for fairy tale inspired literature doesn’t fade away as we grow gray, and we spend our literary lives in constant pursuit of that feeling we once had while reading fairy tales.
Thankfully many of our favorite authors feel the same way, so they’re constantly creating new tales in an attempt to recapture that fairy tale feeling and share that sense of wonder with a new generation of eager readers.
Bob and the Belcher fam were feeling mighty pressed for time, because they were in a rush to get down to the Wonder Wharf for the annual fried foods contest. They'd decided that this year's burger theme would be disco, but Tina didn't want to dance and Gene felt roller skates and legwarmers interfered with the message his burger costume sent to the world. Louise, however, was oddly quiet during the whole decision making process, because for some reason everyone had started looking super deformed and totally funko during the last few days...
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There’s a reason Walt Disney is virtually the only name you hear associated with the Disney company- he and his corporation went out of their way to erase certain key players so Walt got all the glory.
It happened to Ub Iwerks, the true creator of Mickey Mouse, and it apparently happened to the man in the middle of this photo as well.
His name is Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood, and he was seen as such an integral part of the Disney empire that Walt referred to him as “son”.
Cornelius was Disneyland’s first employee, he served as the park’s Vice President and General Manager, and yet six months after the opening of the park Wood was gone and quickly erased from the Disney history books.
No more tiny hamster — the li'l guy nibbles on a bit of green ooze and turns into HamsterZilla, taking the town by storm with his absolute non-tininess. The city can only hope to find a suitable competitor to limit HumongoHammy's devastating effects on it. -Via Laughing Squid
Two streams in Tenorio Volcano National Park in Costa Rica merge to form the Rio Celeste. One of them has large quantities of sulfur and calcium carbonate, which gives the river a beautiful blue tint. There is a remarkably sharp dividing line when these two streams merge that is known as Los Teñideros, which means "the dyers."
Overall visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson was quoted as saying about the production,
“I’ve been joking recently about how the film has been promoted as being a live action stunt driven film—which it is. But also how there’s so little CGI in the film. The reality is that there’s 2,000 VFX shots in the film. A very large number of those shots are very simple clean-ups and fixes and wire removals and painting out tire tracks from previous shots, but there are a big number of big VFX shots as well.”
Check out this comprehensive write-up linked above to see a number of fascinating still examples as well as several videos.
Hotel concepts can be as wild and artful as you want, but when you actually break ground, you have to have a viable plan. Still, architects have ways of designing luxury hotels that are bigger, fancier, and more awe-inspiring every year. Take a look at a few that are under construction now, including this spectacular design.
The incredible hotel that will be known as Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental is another spectacular property that is currently being built. Located within a quarry near Shanghai, this hotel will be one of IHG’s flagship properties in China, and you can easily see why. It certainly looks like it’s from the future, and it definitely seems like it will be very luxurious.
Flash Gordon is one of those sci-fi heroes who has yet to make the transition into the 21st century, and yet those who remember the character fondly from the days of yore are always hopeful he will make a triumphant return to the big screen.
One extremely talented fan in particular by the name of Robb Pratt has taken matters into his own hands, bringing Flash back from the dead with this amazing animated short.
An urban explorer named AD found and photographed a facility filled with mannequins, statues, and accessories in various states of disrepair. They are just stored away, with no visible museum or other business visible.
An extended family of life-size figures call this space home, their faces and bodies disfigured and fragmented by neglect and the passage of time. Discarded limbs from some of these unsettling inhabitants can be seen piled high, seemingly ripped from their torsos, as if victims of a gruesome – albeit bloodless – massacre. A coffin, meanwhile, lies open, perhaps awaiting an unsuspecting occupant.
The photographer won’t give the exact location, because 1. he or she wasn’t supposed to be there, and b. there’s no need to encourage others to trespass. It’s an urbex ethic. However, we are treated to a collection of eerie photographs AD took when he/she had the chance. See them at Scribol.
Ever have one of those cats that react oddly to every kind of stimuli? If you have then you know how funny it is to find a new noise that sets them off, because their little kitty reaction is simply priceless!
The cat in this video is named Blu, and he has a very strange reaction to the sound of crinkling plastic, such a strange reaction in fact that it almost seems like the furry fellow is about to have a stroke!
What happens when people start adding "-ing" to movie titles? Often, hilarity ensues. And just as often, you might discover it's an hour later and you're still adding "-ing" to movie titles and laughing to yourself or with silly friends having a similar attack of slap happiness. ...I guess you had to be there (add your best in the comments).
R2-D2 is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe, and yet he’s often taken for granted by his fellow characters, even though he saves their Rebel butts more than a few times during the original trilogy.
Even a gentle and silly droid like R2 has his limits, and when those greedy litte Jawas push R2 too far he becomes a murderous mechanical madman hell bent on destruction.
Zim found out the hard way that the suburbs aren't a very good place to plan an invasion of Earth- the neighbors are nosy, the neighborhood is so quiet you can hear a Gir drop, and police officers are quick to show up at your house when the neighbors see glowing lights coming out of your garage! That's why Zim moved to the forest, where nobody would bother him while he plots the overthrow of the planet, but then he met the Totoros and their frisky friend the catbus and realized humans weren't the only creatures willing to fight for their planet...
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Ellis Island is famous for welcoming immigrants to New York City. But there are plenty of other islands that the city used for less benevolent purposes. Atlas Obscura is presenting a five-part series about the islands that America used to use to sort, quarantine, and confine immigrants and other riffraff. First up: Roosevelt Island, which had an interesting history from the beginning. Let’s skip ahead.
Finally, the city bought the whole island in 1828 as a location for charitable and corrective institutions. Their plan was to create a “city of asylums.” In part this was a desire to create more humane institutions for the criminal and the mentally ill, although these places don’t necessarily look humane to today’s eyes. Within a few years of the purchase, two fairly grim institutions opened up—a penitentiary and a lunatic asylum. While the island was eventually home to more than a dozen different institutions, these two are among the most storied. The penitentiary was erected as a state prison in 1832, and by the early 1900s there were a series of scandals involving inmate overcrowding, drug-dealing, and favoritism.
Clive Barker has carved out his own niche in the horror world, with tales that were seen as extreme at the time of their release, and still cause controversy since they often incorporate Christian canon.
His stories have a raw edge that comes not from a life read about in books but rather from a life filled with unique experiences and pain.
His art is a reflection of his life in many ways, transforming over the last four decades from hard, seedy and utterly fringe to softened, more accessible, and (dare I say) kid friendly.
But if you've ever wondered about the man behind the dark tales, and how a Cenobite named Pinhead came to be horror royalty, then this interview he granted to Grantland is a must read.
Cable News Network is celebrating its 35th anniversary. From the day Ted Turner launched his innovative 24-hour news channel on June 1, 1980, CNN has been an early adopter of media technology, which often could have used a beta test before going on air. And then there’s the inevitable on-air mistakes, falls, photobombs, giggle fits, and unforeseeable circumstances that are now part of history.
Of course, these are far from the only bloopers. A comprehensive video would be very long. These are the ones CNN itself considered the funniest. It’s also a reminder of how long ago 1980 was when you get a look at the hairstyles and sets. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Why is there a hole in the airplane? This would normally be an alarming question. But we’re referring to the tiny hole in each window of a jetliner. It may be more noticeable when ice crystals form around them, which commonly happens. Mark Vanhoekacker of Slate explains that these holes are necessary to maintain proper cabin air pressure:
If you look closely at a typical passenger cabin window, you’ll see three panes, typically made of acrylic materials. The purpose of the innermost pane—sometimes called the scratch pane, but I like to call it the smudge pane—is merely to protect the next one.
The middle pane (with the breather hole in it) and the outer pane are more important. Generally speaking, as an aircraft climbs, the air pressure drops in both the cabin and the outside air—but it drops much more outside, as the aircraft’s pressurization system keeps the cabin pressure at a comfortable and safe level. This means that the pressure inside the aircraft during flight is typically much greater than the pressure outside.
The outer two cabin windows are designed to contain this difference in pressure between the cabin and the sky. Both the middle and the outer panes are strong enough to withstand the difference on their own, but under normal circumstances it’s the outer pane that bears this pressure—thanks to the breather hole. As Marlowe Moncur, director of technology for GKN Aerospace, a leading passenger cabin window manufacturer, put it to me via email: “[T]he purpose of the small bleed hole in the [middle] pane is to allow pressure to equilibrate between the passenger cabin and the air gap between the panes, so that the cabin pressure during flight is applied to only the outer pane.”
So there’s nothing to be anxious about, Mr. Shatner. Please return to your seat.
Employers love to make potential new hires jump through verbal hoops in hopes of weeding out the unworthy and gauging your willingness to “play ball” with management, but can they legally ask you so many questions?
Everybody knows questions about your age, religion and health are no-nos, but did you know potential employers aren’t allowed to ask whether you have a criminal background, or even if you like to drink after work?
This interesting article also includes a section on what you should do if they ask you these illegal questions, with suggested work arounds so you don’t give up on that job just because the interviewer doesn’t know the rules.
High school graduation ceremonies generally consist of a few speeches and everyone’s name called to receive a diploma. For this year’s graduates of Kahuku High School in Hawaii, that wasn’t entertaining enough, so they put on a show themselves! They created and rehearsed this performance in only two days. It starts with a little song about graduating, but then blows into pop tunes we all know, with accompanying dance.
Enjoy the medley of old and new songs, and don’t miss the haka at the end. Well done, class of 2015! Now, if only every graduation ceremony were like this... well, I guess we'd watch them on the 'net. -via Buzzfeed
Most animals are naturally so darn cute that it's virtually impossible to imagine how they could be made any cuter, but thanks to the magical power of Photoshop we can multiply that cuteness factor by a million.
These awe inspiringly adorable animal hybrids may not exist in the wild (yet...), but they can, and will, run around in the fields of our critter loving imaginations for an eternity. Thanks teh internet!
Let's start this collection off with a hybrid that most families would be happy to have hanging around in their homes- the delightful Dird
Artwork: Mads Hindhede Svanegaard | Available here
This collection of 28 minimalist artwork Disney prints is perfect for enthusiasts who are looking for something more subtle than the original movie posters to hang in office or home spaces. The nuance certainly doesn't take away from the aesthetic appeal; the focus is on the main lines, curves and hues of the story's central images in an engaging way. -Via BuzzFeed
The 100 Years Of Beauty series has been doing a good job of showing how cultural fashion norms change with and reflect the times, but the series only covers hair and makeup, and the model never gets any older.
So where’s the video showing what a hundred years of hair, makeup and aging might look like?
The Doctor had enjoyed many days in the sun, but in this phase of his multiple lifetimes he felt far more comfortable when enshrouded by the night. It was easier to forget all the troubles he'd seen as a Time Lord when the moon was high in the sky and the people he protected were tucked safely in their beds. But he knew, like all good things, his nights of peace and tranquility would soon come to an end, and the tenth incarnation of the Doctor would soon face new trials under the unforgiving rays of the sun...
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If you are of a certain age, you’ll remember the story of how John DeLorean built his odd futuristic sports car in Northern Ireland and financed it with cocaine trafficking. For anyone younger, the car is synonymous with just one thing- the time machine in the Back to the Future movies. The process of turning a automotive failure into the coolest thing in cinema wasn’t an easy task.
Originally, three DeLorean cars were converted into time machines over the course of 10 weeks at a cost of around $150,000. Carried out by the same team responsible for another of our favorite fictional vehicles, Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T., the company created one hero car, one stunt car with added props for creating the distinctive fire trails, and a third DeLorean was cut into pieces for filming interior shots. Its first time on camera? December 14, 1984.