Tiny Dancers Among Us

Children usually dance, play and explore the world with reckless abandon, but when kids are serious about developing a skill like dancing they become far more focused than they ever have while sitting in class.

And even though they know their bodies may someday change into a less flexible form they keep practicing anyway, pushing their tiny bodies to the limit to express their love of dance.

Photographer Jordan Matter likes to shoot pics of dancers in motion, and his latest series Tiny Dancers Among Us shows us kids may not have the choreography down pat but they're able to soar much higher than most adult dancers.

See Tiny Dancers Among Us: Jordan Matter Captures Amazing Photos of Dancing Kids here

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Signs from the March for Science

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The March For Science took place on Saturday, with demonstrators converging on Washington DC and almost 500 other cities in the U.S. and around the world to advance science-based policies and funding for science. Considering the subject of the march, you would expect to see a lot of clever, nerdy, pun-filled signs. There were plenty of them.

See roundups of the best signs at CNN, the Washington Post, Time, Mashable, and the nerdiest of all at the Boston Globe.

Buzzfeed had a list of humans with signs and another of dogs with signs

See more pictures of signs being added constantly at Twitter. -via Metafilter, where you'll find even more.


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This Diner Is Full Of Dark Secrets

Rest your eyes on this image of a seemingly ordinary diner for a while and you'll start to notice strange and sinister things are afoot in this particular beanery which smack of black magic and the Old Gods. 

Thankfully this illustration by Jeff Lee Johnson is purely fictitious, created for Fantasy Flight Games' illustrated short story collection The Investigators of Arkham Horror, Tales of Adventure and Madness.

But if you notice any of the strange things you see in this image happening in the real world seek out your nearest Mythos investigator so they can battle the squirming forces of chaos before great Cthulhu is awakened...

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Embers & Dust

Orson Welles broadcast his radio play "War of the Worlds," about an alien invasion, on October 30th, 1938. Some folks missed the disclaimer at the beginning that assured listeners that it was a work of fiction. Now, if they'd listened longer, these folks would find that out soon enough. But as luck would have it, a transformer blew in Concrete, Washington, during the broadcast. What would you do?

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This short film by Patrick Biesemans for Dust follows a curious young boy out on his own on that fateful night. -via Nag on the Lake


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Black And White Photos Of Famous People On Skateboards

Lots of people ride a skateboard when they're young only to give up sidewalk surfing when they become adults, but the truly passionate will keep on skating until their dying day.

Just look at how much fun Pete Townshend is having on his skate, and he's skating after becoming rich and famous so you know he's still riding to this day!

Okay, there's no evidence online to prove that Pete still skates but he sure liked to shred back in the day, I wonder if he and John Lennon ever got together for a skate session? Imagine that!

See Black And White Pictures of Famous People on Skateboards at Dangerous Minds


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Satan Fingers

Here is a lesson in math by trauma. This dad is evil, but he blew my mind with a math trick that I did not know. Thank you, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. However, I find it impossible to hold up my ninth finger by itself. Good thing I memorized my times tables in third grade.


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The Robbery Is A Single Take Dark Comedy Short About Armed Robbery Gone Wrong

People who are desperate enough to attempt an armed robbery often feel like they have nothing left to lose in their lives so they're not afraid to take whatever they want at gunpoint.

The dumbest and most desperate criminals are those who steal to feed their addiction, because they're too high or low to think about the consequences of their actions.

The Robbery is a dark comedy short by Jim Cummings and Dustin Hahn that was shot in one take to capture the feeling of confusion and chaos as things go wrong during an armed robbery. (NSFW language)

The Robbery from Jim Cummings on Vimeo.

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Stop Worrying That You Worry Too Much

How much time do you spend worrying about things? Do people tell you that you worry too much? That's not really useful, because that feeling of impending doom (or even just a little discomfort) is difficult to turn off. But are you worrying too much? Maybe, but you shouldn't worry about it. Worrying might actually be a good sign.

Well, maybe because — sometimes, in small doses — worrying can actually be good for you. In one study, for example, worrying was linked to recovery from trauma and depression, as well as increased “uptake of health-promoting behaviors,” like getting regular cancer screenings or resolving to kick a smoking habit. Others have found that worriers tend to be more successful problem-solvers, higher performers at work and in graduate school, and more proactive and informed when it comes to handling stressful events that life throws their way.

In other words, worry means you are being mindful about things that need solving or improvement. The key is to turn that worry into a plan to change what you are fretting about. If it's a problem you cannot change, some stress relief might be in order, or you can turn to worrying about something else that you can change. The Science of Us has more on the positive side of worrying.

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Former Students Share Stories About What Got Them Expelled From College

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It's not uncommon for college students to wind up on academic probation if they spend too much time partying, which usually makes them clean up their act and study hard again so they don't get kicked out.

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But some people simply do not belong at a university, or for that matter any place where there are other people!

(Via VaginaDangerous)

Not every explulsion story involves drugs, booze and/or degenerate behavior, because believe it or not sometimes students get expelled for not following the rules of a college they shouldn't be attending in the first place. Rule of thumb- if you're not Mormon then you probably shouldn't be going to BYU.

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Redditor innout7 asked their fellow oversharers "Expelled college students of Reddit, why are you expelled?" and they got some pretty tasty responses. Because what's campus life without a little ice cream and Greensleeves at 2 a.m.?

I was expelled from all college residences for stumbling home from the pub, finding an unlocked door in the food hall, taking 3 10 litre tubs of icecream and going around on a bike blasting Greensleeves pretending to be an ice-cream truck at 2am. (Via Music_Is_Crap)

Read 30 Expelled Students Share What Got Them Kicked Out Of School here (NSFW language)


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Science Not Silence - The Future Can Be Bright Again If We Persist


Science Not Silence Science March by fishbiscuit 

It looks like science is being attacked by the forces of ignorance once again, as those who would have us roll our calendars back a hundred years or more are doing everything in their power to defund art, science and charity for the sake of corporate greed and regression. They would rather fill their heads with alternate facts and fairy tales than face the fact that embracing science is the only way to make this country great, but we will not let them subjugate us without a fight. We know the truth is quantifiable and incontrovertible, and despite their best efforts intelligence will win and light will return to our country once again- so long as we persist, resist and let our voices be heard!

Declare your allegiance to truth and knowledge with this Science Not Silence Science March t-shirt by Fishbiscuit, it's the bold and assertive way to show the world you're pro-science and not a fan of alternate facts!

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The Dzhanibekov Effect

In this video from space, we see what happens to a spinning handle in low gravity. The gyroscopic force is strong with this one. What we are seeing is the Dzhanibekov effect, also called the Tennis Racket theorem.

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Cool! It works under gravity, too, although it's harder to see because the object falls down at the same time. There's a complicated formula that explains the phenomenon, but if you don't want to read a complicated formula (or you know that won't help you), Randy Dobson shows us how it works in this video.

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Think about tossing a tennis racket, then it makes more sense because most of have played with a racket like this before, or some other object in this way.  -via TYWKIWDBI


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Simply Endearing Comic Strips About The Joy And Pain Of Relationships

Every relationship has its share of joy and pain, with bouts of swooning, sadness and giddy glee, but mostly there is talking and sharing and caring, so if that's not your cup of tea then Tuna Dunn's comics may not appeal to you.

But you might want to take a quick glance at Tuna's comics anyway, and please forgive the Thai artist's grammatical errors, because they'll show you what you've been missing.

If you've been on the relationship ride more than a few times then Tuna's comics will remind you of your current love or an ex, and if the ride makes you sick then Tuna's comics will make you sick too.

But, as every good relationshipper knows, you've got to be a little sick to stay with somebody who loves you this much!

See The Beauty And Pain Of Relationships In 10+ Comics By Thai Artist Tuna Dunn here


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Why Are You Always Tired?

Getting enough sleep is important for everything else in your life. That's hard to deal with when you have deadlines, to-do lists, and people counting on you to take care of business. However, a proper amount of rest will help you do all those things more efficiently than if you are tired.

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There are a lot of things that can affect your sleep, and you might have to work on every one of them to get sufficient rest. Our friends from AsapSCIENCE have some facts about sleep and how we can get not only more sleep, but better quality sleep. -via Digg


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A New Addition to the OED: Sonic Screwdriver

Doctor Who has been a staple of British culture for over 50 years, and now it has officially infiltrated the language -that's why the Oxford English Dictionary will be adding the word Sonic Screwdriver to the newest editions starting in June. In the announcement, the OED joked that it only made sense given that the dictionary itself is a lot like a certain blue box in that it is "blue, much bigger than it looks from the outside, and ‘the gateway to everything that ever was or ever can be’…showing you the whole of the past (and much of the present) of the English language."

Sonic screwdriver isn't the first Whovian term to be included. Already in the dictionary are TARDIS, Dalek, and Cyberman. You can read the announcement on the OED blog.

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The Myth of the White Lighter

Here's a superstition I had never heard of until now. Disposable lighters come in all colors, but the white ones are bad luck. It's supposedly even more unlucky than lighting three cigarettes with one match. At least that one made sense, because you could burn your fingers if you held a match long enough. The white lighter taboo seems to be entirely magical thinking.

Even in 2017, it’s not uncommon to encounter smokers who not only won’t purchase white lighters, but won’t use them to light things even if they belong to someone else. Some people don’t even like being in the room when one is being used. But how did this legend get started in the first place?

The most common origin story behind this myth is actually tied up with another popular urban legend. The so-called “27 Club” includes young artists and musicians—Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix—who all died at the age of 27. A number of superstitions revolve around the 27 Club, one of which being that those musicians, as well as a later addition to the club, Kurt Cobain, had white lighters on them when they died. They didn’t.

There are a couple of other possibilities for the origin of this superstition, one that even makes sense, that you can read about at Atlas Obscura. The article is part of their series on luck running all this week.


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Jyn Erso Cosplayer Handing Out the Death Star Plans to Every Princess Leia

Dino Ignacio took his daughter to Star Wars Celebration last week, and they went fully equipped. He made a batch of plastic datacards as the plans for the Death Star for his tiny Jyn Erso to deliver. In case you haven't seen Rogue One, Jyn Erso was the main character, and getting the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance was her mission.   

Jyn is actually named Harley, and she and her father Dino attended Celebration in Orlando last weekend with a special goal in mind, to pay tribute to the dearly departed Carrie Fisher. Harley, in costume as Rogue One’s Rebel Operative, would locate as many Princess Leia cosplayers as she could, and hand them a specially-crafted copy of the datacard containing the Death Star plans.

See pictures of Harley and the different incarnations of Princess Leia she found at Star Wars Celebration at io9.

PS: Harley was Rey last year.

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Pusic Missed His Dad

Pusic was taken in when he was a very sick kitten abandoned in a box. He pulled through, as you can see in this video, and grew up to love the Russian couple who took him in. He especially likes getting picked up by his mommy, as you can see here, and biting his daddy's ear, as you can see in this video. But last fall, Dad went away for twenty days, and that was hard on Pusic.

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When he finally came back, it was a joyful reunion for the cat. -via Laughing Squid

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How Earth Day Began

 

On the very first Earth Day in 1970, Denis Hayes stood on a stage in Central Park, stunned by the number of people who'd come to honor the planet. Now 76 years old, Hayes remembers it was like looking at the ocean—“you couldn’t see where the sea of people ended.” Crowd estimates reached more than a million people.

For Hayes, who is now board chair of the international Earth Day Network, it was the culmination of a year’s worth of work. As an urban ecology graduate student at Harvard University, he’d volunteered to help organize a small initiative by Wisconsin senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was horrified by the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, and wanted to raise awareness about environmental issues by holding teaching events similar to those being held by civil rights and anti-war activists.

Senator Nelson saw a growing disconnect between the concept of progress and the idea of American well-being, Hayes tells mental_floss. “There was a sense that America was prosperous and getting better, but at the same time, the air in the country was similar to the air today in China, Mexico City, or New Delhi," Hayes says. "Rivers were catching on fire. Lakes were unswimmable.”   

Hayes talked to mental_floss about the process that led to the first Earth Day, and how the movement took off afterward and grew into a global initiative.


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The Macaroni Nightmare

Did you ever have the macaroni nightmare? It doesn't have to be about macaroni, but anything you could possibly say that makes everyone laugh at you. And I guarantee we've all had that dream where people laugh at how uncool we are. It's almost as bad as people laughing at you in real life. This is the latest comic from Buttersafe.


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Simon's Cat's Guide to Boxes

Cats love boxes, but some boxes are better than others. To determine which is the best, they must all be thoroughly checked out. Simon's Cat and the kitten are channeling Maru and his sister Hana in the latest animation from Simon Tofield.

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If he fits, he sits …and if he doesn't fits, he sits anyway. In color, no less. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Aurora Ornatus - Did Dinosaurs Enjoy That Light Show In The Sky?


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The Anchiceratops probably enjoyed watching the brilliant show put on by the Aurora Borealis as much as humans do today, but it's hard to imagine how they viewed the atmospheric event. Did they think of it as the work of god(s) in the heavens, or did they view the streaks in the sky as dangerous and scary? There's really no way of knowing whether dinosaurs felt the same way about natural beauty as we humans, and since they lived in a natural world untainted by technology and human civilization they very well may have know more about that light show in the sky than we do!

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Beloved TV Characters Who Are Really Bad People

Whenever fans develop strong feelings for a pop culture character they start to feel like that character can do no wrong, because every choice they make and action they take is just character development.

But if you put the fan feels aside and actually look at what these characters have done during their storylines they start to look like really bad people.

Characters like Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel started out evil, and made no bones about their allegiance to the dark side, but there's evil and then there's staking your own mother evil.

Spike is scary and all, and I wouldn't want to be on the wrong end of Tyrion's crossbow, but sometimes the scariest and most dangerous characters look like harmless dimwits.

See 10 Favorite TV Characters Who Are Actually Very Bad People here


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The Harp Twins Do "Iron Man"

The 1970 Black Sabbath song "Iron Man" is a heavy metal classic, no pun intended. Or maybe it was intended. Anyway, you can't get any further from the popular concept of heavy metal than the angelic music of the harp. So of course, Camille and Kennerly Kitt, known as The Harp Twins, had to play the song on harps.  

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In case you're wondering about the fascinating backdrop, this was recorded at the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois. See more videos from the Harp Twins. -via Digg

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Woman Sends Guy A Detailed PowerPoint On Why He Should Date Her

These days you can tell somebody you have feelings for them in many different ways, as emails and text messages have replaced the written note and eliminated the need for a face-to-face.

But take it from University of Minnesota student Lizzy Fenton- telling your crush how you feel about them with a PowerPoint presentation may not go over very well unless they're as big a .ppt nerd as you are.

Lizzy sent this droll and very detailed PowerPoint presentation titled Why You Should Date Me to a guy named Carter she had a crush on, but Carter didn't dig the details so he turned poor Lizzy down.

However, people who saw Lizzy's presentation online claim she made them swoon, and a rep from Microsoft even reached out to Lizzy to applaud her efforts.

But in the end Lizzy was left with nothing but a wounded heart and a restraining order from Channing Tatum.

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Does Iceland Really Have the Best Hot Dog in the World?

You may think of hot dogs as a particularly American food (until you recall they were originally frankfurters), but Iceland is very proud of their hot dogs. Both locals and tourists say you must try the hot dogs in Iceland. So Fran Hoepfner and Cameron Scheetz had to go to Iceland to try them out. Well, to be honest, they also went for other reasons, but since airfares to Iceland are pretty cheap right now, why not? Fran says,

It felt weird to prioritize a hot dog, to our credit, a thing I maybe only otherwise prioritize if I’m at a baseball game, but yeah, our final morning of the trip we went to Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur—Bæjarins Beztu for short, obviously—which translates to “the best hot dog in town.” It’s just a little stand right in the center of Reykjavík, the capital city of Iceland, that’s been open since 1937. It’s also not just a tourist trap: The day we went the line was full of a healthy mix of tourists and locals trying to get their dog on.

Read their impressions and review of the famous Icelandic hot dogs at the A.V. Club.

(Image credit: Cameron Scheetz)

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How To Put On A Sweater With Minimal Disturbance To The Cat Around Your Neck

You may think it's a good and fun idea to teach your cat how to perch on your shoulders and wrap around your neck, but the fun quickly wears off when you discover you can't shake off your new fur collar.

Musician Roger Brawn made the mistake of letting his cat Spiggy perch without making him sign a lease, and now Spiggy refuses to vacate Roger's shoulders.

But Roger seems to enjoy having a Spiggy-shaped scarf wrapped around his neck, so much so that he has figured out a way to put on a jumper without disturbing that spoiled shoulder dweller.

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-Via Tastefully Offensive

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Survivorship Bias

My neighbors think I am a great gardener. The secret is to immediately get rid of my failures, so that only the successes are seen. When someone compliments my lilac bush, I don't mention the several previous lilacs that died. Similarly, people talk about the risky behavior they survived in their younger years, while no one gets to hear from those who actually died. That is survivorship bias. This guy won the lottery, but that doesn't mean he has any particular wisdom about it, much less a foolproof method. After all, the many people who lost money on that lottery were not asked to speak about their experiences. This illustration of survivorship bias is brought to you by Randall Munroe at xkcd.


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Russian Grandma Teaches People How To Use A Green Screen

People don't look to their grandmas for advice on how to up their digital art game, since most grandmas seem to have a hard time understanding how to use the computer let alone software with a steep learning curve.

But Russian grandma and Chroma Key guru Tatiana Subbotina has a good handle on the whole digital video editing game, and she's sharing her advice with the world in the weirdest way possible.

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Even though the videos don't really give much usable advice on video editing they're really fun to watch, and Tatiana seems to really enjoy making them:

Subbotina spoke to BuzzFeed saying, “I decided that I too could talk about this [editing videos]. So I started making stories on my YouTube channel about how I work with it. I didn’t invent anything there, but I try to explain it as simply as possible. It’s very exciting and I like it.”

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This Iceberg is a Star

Ferryville, Newfoundland, is in the global spotlight right now because of an unexpected visitor. The town of about 500 people has seen its share of icebergs float by, but this one is a doozy- 150 feet tall! That's bigger than the iceberg that caused the Titanic to sink. The berg showed up on Easter weekend and is hanging around the Ferryville shoreline, drawing photographers, news media, and tourists looking for a thrill. Too bad the town's only two restaurants won't be open for another month. See more pictures and a video of the Ferryville iceberg at TVOM.


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How To Prepare Jake's Perfect Sandwich From Adventure Time

Jake is half dog, half shapeshifter, and he has the magical ability to stretch his body into nearly any shape and size, which means he could devour a Dagwood sandwich better than Scooby Doo if he wanted to.

But Jake's also a dog with refined tastes, so when he crafts a sandwich you can be sure his creation will taste totally mathematical.

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So what do you need to make Jake's perfect sandwich? A whole loaf of bread, a sous vide steak, a deboned cornish game hen, bacon, cream cheese, a bunch of other stuff and, most importantly, a lobster's soul.

Andrew Rea isn't the only human who has ever attempted to recreate Jake's perfect sandwich, but the monstrosity he creates on this episode of Binging With Babish actually looks drool worthy!

-Via Laughing Squid

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