People have come up with some pretty brilliant ways to help solve humanity's problems, helping people in need by inventing ways to ensure they have clean water, food, clothing, medicine and shelter.
And since viable shelter is one of the most important problems to solve and the problem with the most solutions it's not surprising so many inventors have focused on this problem.
But so far I've yet to see a semi-permanent housing solution that works as well as Brikawood- the weatherproof, fully recyclable and extremely durable interlocking wooden brick system that makes building shelter a snap.
We've seen seven numbered movies in the Star Wars saga, plus Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Watching all those has taken some of us forty years. That's eight movies that your children or grandchildren have not yet seen, and they don't have forty years to catch up on them before The Last Jedi is released in December. So how do you introduce your kids to the Star Wars saga? The easiest (and laziest) method would be to show them in episode order, with Rogue One between episodes III and IV. But this causes some real problems.
Here’s why: the best part of the saga – Luke’s parentage, is rendered meaningless by the prequel trilogy, as well as the reality behind Luke and Leia’s familial bond – makes some of the sequences a little bit incestual. That said, the prequels were made with subtle nods to the original films, so there’s moments that make very little sense, unless you’ve seen Episodes IV-VI, not to mention the change in technology.
Finally, starting anyone who hasn’t seen the Saga with Episode I seriously ensures that someone won’t want to make it through the rest of them, if that’s the starting point. It’s easily the worst film out of all of them and suggesting that it gets better 3 films later, is a tough ask for a newbie.
Want to own a medieval castle but don't want to spend the cash? Well, you're in luck! Now you can own a castle, post office or other historical building in Italy and all you have to do is revitalize it -well, technically, you have to submit a plan for revitalizing your histoical building and have it approved by the Italian government. Either way though, if you're approved, that building is yours for free and you have nine years to implement the changes you proposed. The plan is a clever way to help improve a number of historic buildings located across Italy and drive tourism back to those destinations, so it's a win/win for the government and new property owners.
We aren't able to create superhumans or give people amazing powers quite yet, but with the power of science behind us anything is possible- which is kinda scary. Hopefully scientists will create twice as many heroes as they do villains or else we're screwed when the superfolks start flexing their chemically empowered muscles and tearing up the place, but if they don't then I'm sure scientists will find a way to destroy the super men and women they create, or else it's doomsday for us all! Yay science?
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When young Jack Kennedy entered Choate, the prestigious boarding school in Connecticut, he was following in the footsteps of his older brother Joe. Joe was an excellent student and a standout athlete. Jack was not, and didn't even pass the entrance exams. But he was admitted anyway, and made mediocre grades. His energies went into pulling pranks.
Aided by the sons of America’s most influential families, young Jack—then a student at Choate—had successfully snuck firecrackers onto his elite boarding school’s Wallingford, Connecticut campus, and headed straight for the bathroom. That morning, during the obligatory daily assembly, long-suffering headmaster George St. John held up the defenseless victim—a badly injured toilet seat—for all to see.
St. John railed against “the muckers,” as he labeled the culprits, which Jack took to heart, though not in the way the headmaster likely intended. Inspired, the future president named his band of first-class troublemakers “The Choate Muckers Club.”
Ferrofluid is a spooky looking substance that reacts to magnetic fields in really cool ways, and the fact that you can make it at home means everybody can experience the joy of owning their very own Venom Symbiote!
Okay, so ferrofluid isn't quite as cool as a Symbiote, and it won't destroy your entire town if it gets out, but as the CrazyRussianHacker discovered ferrofluid in a tube full of clear liquid makes for a pretty cool lava lamp.
A 450 mL glass Ferrofluid Motion Lamp with 15 mL of ferrofluid inside. Largest ferrofluid display on the market. Built to last. Patent Pending technology. Yes, The Inspiration also doubles as a motion lamp with rising blobs. The ferrofluid rises/falls on its own when the lamp is turned on, in the same manner as the famous lava lamp. Includes magnets.
The idea seems kind of silly, but once you start watching, it's really kind of neat. Your favorite movies have numbers in them, and ThorC1138 edited them to count down from 100 to zero. You'll recognize most of them, and if you are wondering about any of the others, there's a list at the YouTube page.
According to their comic ordinary people cannot be creative and creatives would never play video games, watch television or drive a car without imagining they're soaring through the air like Peter Pan.
Personally, I prefer to pretend I'm a Transformer or Turbo Teen when I drive, does that make me less creative?
Professional wrestlers are a mighty fearsome bunch, and no matter what wrestling fans yell out while watching matches on their TVs at home they wouldn't have much to say if they met a pro wrestler in person.
A few even managed to fill their fellow wrestlers with fear, making their matches hurt quite a bit more than usual because they were total brutes, but nobody put a hurting on wrestlers like Tonga Fifita.
So what made King Tonga so fearsome? His brute strength and steel intensity:
“The toughest man I’ve ever met in my life. “He took his two fingers on his right hand, his index finger and trigger finger, and he reached into a guy’s mouth and he broke off the guy’s bottom teeth.” Heenan added, ‘I wouldn’t have believed it, if I didn’t see it for myself.’ Bobby Heenan also claimed that Andre the Giant wasn’t afraid of anybody…except for Harley Race and Haku.
“I was in LA one time with him and he fought eight cops, they shot him with mace and he closed his eyes and sucked it in. He just opened his mouth and took a deep breath. I mean, some of the stuff he did was like ‘What the hell’. Scotty (Steiner)and I always thought we were tough guys but that was before we met Meng.”
Other stories include Fifita pushing a man through 3 doors with his bare hands and brute strength. He also admits to biting off a man’s nose for calling pro wrestling fake. He was later sued for over 2 million dollars because of that incident. Kevin Sullivan used Fifita as a threat to other wrestlers who wouldn’t cooperate or were difficult. When that would happen, Sullivan said he would bring Fifita into the room and have him stand there and the wrestlers would instantly work well with the plans.
Another story had Brutus Beefcake complain to WWF management that Fifita was working too stiff. When management confronted Fifita of the incident…Fifita went right after Beefcake. He found him in the shower and began choking him. It took management to ask Hulk Hogan to intervene and calm things down.
Please note that I never said wrestling was fake...King Tonga Rules! *grin*
I'll admit that I'm a sucker for throwback flicks, especially if they're made to capture that 80s movie vibe, and while I'm partial to the style I still recognize very few throwback films are worthy of more than one viewing.
So will the upcoming 80s throwback revenge film Night Run blow us away with its totally radical retro awesomeness?
Well it's no Kung Fury, Turbo Kid or Stranger Things, but it looks like a fun retro ride!
Night Run is directed by Erik Solis, who had this to say about the film:
Night Run is an action film set in 1985, filled with explosions, synth music, and a man who will stop at nothing to get his revenge. It's my love letter to the 80's, it's Death Wish meets The Wraith as directed by John Carpenter and scored by Jan Hammer. It's the ultimate 80's movie that never was.
Allman fronted his band for 45 years, first alongside Duane and then as its sole namesake, after his older brother -- regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in rock history -- was killed in a motorcycle accident in November 1971, just as their trailblazing Southern rock tracks were taking hold on the charts.
Soldiering on through grief and then the eerily similar death of bassist Berry Oakley just one year and 10 days after Duane died, Allman and the band became as well known for their stoic survival as they were for their freewheeling concerts.
The Allman Brothers Band first reached the Billboard 200 albums chart with its self-titled debut in 1970. Over the next 34 years, the group charted 24 more albums, including four top 10 sets. It topped the list once, with Brothers and Sisters, which reached No. 1 for five weeks in 1973.
As a soloist, Allman notched seven charting albums on the Billboard 200, including one top 10 set: the No. 5-peaking Low Country Blues in 2001. On the Hot 100, he claimed a pair of entries with “Midnight Rider” (No. 19 in 1974) and “I’m No Angel” (No. 49 in 1987). The latter also topped the Mainstream Rock Songs chart that same year.
When you think of miniature golf you probably picture castles and windmills, teenagers out on a date and tiny pencils, but over 50 years ago the Professional Putters Association turned mini golf into a pro sport.
Founded in 1959 by Don Clayton the PPA was “Founded with the purpose of finding the world’s greatest putter, to promote Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America and its franchised locations.”, and in 1961 they started televising their Parade Of Champions.
Ash learned long ago that you should always take your pocket monsters with you when you visit the county fair, because they're really good at all the games so they can help you win lots of prizes. Some people will complain that using pocket monsters to win midway games is totally unfair, but all you have to do is pull a Pikachu out of your poke ball and blast those whiners into submission!
Share your cheat code for carnival games with the world by wearing this I Choose Blue t-shirt by Taylor Rose, and watch how many of your fellow fans start inviting you to the county fair!
Every picture tells a story, and this one is a tale of overconfidence -or maybe just cluelessness. That's the cat door around his neck. This puppy thought he was small enough to go through, just like the cat he lives with. It doesn't work that way. His head went through, but getting it back out was a different story. The uploader doesn't say whether the dog broke the door off or the human had to disconnect it, but the result is a sorry dog with a self-made collar of shame who may our may not have learned his lesson. -via reddit
In May 2016 workers made a creepy and mysterious discovery while renovating a backyard at a home in San Francisco- the body of a baby girl perfectly preserved in a glass coffin:
According to KTVU, the girl was found in an ornate coffin with glass paneling. Through the glass, workers could see a perfectly preserved girl with long hair and a long white dress with a cross made of flowers lying on her chest.
KGO reports she had purple flowers woven through her long, blonde hair.
“She was right here,” homeowner Ericka Karner told KGO, pointing to the spot on her patio where construction workers found the girl.
The girl was nicknamed “Miranda Eve” until researchers could find out more.
The find sent shivers down the spines of the workers but gave local historians goosebumps because the coffin dates back to the 1800s and therefore represented a mystery related to SF history.
After 11 months of research and testing, experts have finally identified the girl as Edith Howard Cook. They identified Peter Cook as Edith’s grand-nephew.
Peter Cook told KTVU in a statement that he was “beaming” when he found out that he was related to the girl.
Funeral records indicate Edith died of “maramus,” which in the 1800s meant severe undernourishment, which can be caused by a number of reasons. Experts speculate that the girl likely became sick from a bacterial infection and stopped eating, leading to undernourishment.
Edith died on Oct. 13, 1876. She was buried in a family plot on Oct. 15, 1876 in Odd Fellows Cemetery. SF Gate reports she was about a month and a half shy of her third birthday when she died.
Kate Marsden was a medical adventurer and advocate. While nursing wounded soldiers in the Russo-Turkish War in 1877, she first encountered the horrors of leprosy and became obsessed with finding a treatment. A doctor in Constantinople told her of an herb that grew in Siberia that was supposed to alleviate the disease, so Marsden became determined to go to Siberia. The problem was that Siberia was a wild and desolate area used for exile (which included leprosy sufferers). There was not yet a Transiberian Railway, so in 1891, she went on horseback and sled.
In many ways, Marsden fits the profile of a daring female explorer of the Victorian age. She went to Siberia to find a particular medicinal herb that she thought could cure leprosy, and to meet sufferers of the disease living in the Russian forest. Her advocacy for leprosy patients has since made her a local hero—there’s even a very large diamond named after her—but in her own time, her adventurousness, coupled with gossip about her personal life and sexual preference, brought her only infamy. After she returned from Siberia, she was vilified as a fabulist and an embezzler who had betrayed people who trusted her. Her critics questioned her motives for going to Sosnovka at all: What was she really after? Or was she just running away from something?
In this parody trailer, which is honestly pretty short, Mashable proves that you don't need jokes to make a comedy trailer. You don't even need laughs, although there is a giggle or two here. All you need is the music. -via Tastefully Offensive
The San DiegoFair doesn't start until June 2, but journalists already got a sneak peak of some of the amazingly strange snacks that will be offered this year at a media preview last week. Naturally, the legendary Chicken Charlie's was there in full force, this year offering a Krispy Kreme ice cream chicken sandwich that features fried chicken, ice cream inside a Krispy Kreme donut all topped with syrup and Fruity Pebbles.
But while we expect strange things from Chicken Charlies, some of the more outrageous treats were far more surprising -like the ninja pizza cupcakes that feature tomato spice cake, caramel marscapone buttercream and candied pepperoni.
And while fried octopus might not be that outrageous, the decoration for this display advertising the seafood snack is all too entertaining.
No matter what she says, we all know the real reason that Ash doesn't want to go to the beach is because she'd rather stay inside and play video games. That doesn't make for a convincing argument, though, so the sun gets the blame. At least that way, it's not all about her. This is the latest comic from Megacynics. For the rest of us, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to get outside and play, but don't forget your sunscreen.
Mark Zuckerberg gave the commencement address at Harvard University's graduation ceremonies on Thursday -and grabbed most of the headlines. But he wasn't the only celebrity on hand. Ten honorary degrees were bestowed, including a doctor of music to composer John Williams. The Harvard Din and Tonics, an a cappella group, performed a tribute to Williams during the ceremonies.
A motorist with a dash cam pulled up to an intersection and stopped with plenty of room for pedestrians to cross. The guy crossing the street didn't not seem happy about it at all. But he got his. Then, for bonus points, he gets angry again! -via Boing Boing
This is Jonny Dow, and Jonny has lots of friends who look forward to spending his birthday with him each year because he throws one hell of a house party.
But this year Jonny wanted to do something a bit different for his birthday, so he decided to go to Disneyland for some theme park fun.
Unfortunately, only a handful of Jonny's friends have year passes, and after weeks of planning a trip all of his Disneyland buddies bailed on him, leaving Jonny to go it alone.
Planned to go to Disneyland 2 weeks in a row for my b-day. Had a friend bail each week, so I went by myself. I'm gunna have so much fun! — at Disney California Adventure Park.
Jonny tried not to let his loneliness get him down, but after posing for a few sad and lonely pics it became clear Jonny was feeling pretty bummed about being at The Happiest Place On Earth all by himself.
So he put on a pouty face and tried to make his friends who'd bailed feel bad by sharing some radically sad photos on Facebook.
Now Jonny has a bunch of great pics to commemorate the day he spent at Disneyland with his best friend- himself!
The xenomorph DNA has been missing one key component which would have ensured they became the dominant species in the universe- a few E.T. chromosomes to add some horrifying effect. With a dash of E.T. blood coursing through their veins the xenomorphs could have grown a little spud head in their mouths which could have done all the talking for them. And once it had lured those soft-hearted humans in close enough to smell the Reese's pieces on its breath the xeno could have chomped down on that meatbag without alarming the others. Plus they would be able to sprout a glowing "finger" so the queen can dine by fingerlight...
Creep out your fellow Aliens fans with this Extra Extra Terrestrial t-shirt by Vincent Trinidad, and show them all that two heads are not always better than one!
Arsenic has been the go-to poison for people wanting to get rid of family members for centuries. It's odorless, tasteless, produces symptoms of illness that can be attributed to natural causes, and for most of history, hard to detect after the fact. When divorce was difficult, arsenic was easy. Tests were eventually developed to detect arsenic in a human body, but they weren't reliable enough to persuade juries in cases without additional evidence. That is, until British chemist James Marsh developed the Marsh test in 1836, which made its dramatic courtroom debut a few years later.
Perhaps the most famous use of Marsh’s test was in the trial of Marie Lafarge in 1840, in which the defendant stood accused of poisoning her husband. Young Marie had entered an arranged marriage with Charles Lafarge believing him to be a wealthy, cultured businessman, and when she found out he was in fact a boorish clod with a run-down chateau, rough sexual habits and substantial debt, she got to putting arsenic in his food. (Friends mentioned that they’d heard her asking casually about mourning fashions: How long did you have to wear black, again?) By the time Charles came to realize his wife’s devotion to home cooking was not a loving gesture, it was too late.
A back-and-forth festival of forensic testing ensued: local scientists first analyzed the dead man’s beverages, stomach tissue and vomit; and while they claimed to have found arsenic, their glassware broke during testing. Moreover, defense counsel was upset at use of outdated techniques, and called in Mateu Orfila, dean of the Paris Faculty of Medicine and the era’s premier toxicologist, who confirmed that only the Marsh test would be credible in court.
At the time, people were skeptical of forensic scientists, particularly when a defendant's life was at stake. Testimony about test results wasn't enough; they wanted to see the test performed. So what was left of the victim's body was brought into the court for the Marsh test, resulting in trial spectators buying 500 bottles of smelling salts. Read what happened at that trial, and how the results influenced forensic science, at Atlas Obscura.
There are some seriously shady individuals out there selling used cars and the law, and some of them are so sleazy they look like characters from a TV show, with cheap suits, fake tans and even faker smiles.
But if dogs could walk and talk they'd make sales left and right without deceiving buyers, because customers wouldn't be able to resist their powers of cuteness.
Still don't believe dogs would make the ultimate salescritters?
NASA's Juno probe entered orbit around Jupiter a year ago, and has been gathering data ever since. Now the space agency is releasing spectacular images, such as this one showing Juptier's south pole. It is a composite of several images, and shows multiple cyclones up to 600 miles in diameter raging around the pole.
“We knew, going in, that Jupiter would throw us some curves,” said Scott Bolton, Juno principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. “But now that we are here we are finding that Jupiter can throw the heat, as well as knuckleballs and sliders. There is so much going on here that we didn’t expect that we have had to take a step back and begin to rethink of this as a whole new Jupiter.”
Among the findings that challenge assumptions are those provided by Juno’s imager, JunoCam. The images show both of Jupiter's poles are covered in Earth-sized swirling storms that are densely clustered and rubbing together.
“We're puzzled as to how they could be formed, how stable the configuration is, and why Jupiter’s north pole doesn't look like the south pole,” said Bolton. “We're questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we're going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another?”
Back in 1982 Michael Jackson introduced us to the acronym P.Y.T. with his song P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) on the album Thriller, a fun, lighthearted and dancy jam about a girl who makes Michael go "woo-hoo!".
But if you think the title says it all you're wrong, because this seemingly simple pop song has been hiding a mystery all these years- hidden lyrics in the high pitched, chipmunky part at the end of the song.
Music copyright expert Drew Seventeen used audio software Audacity to pitch shift the outro of P.Y.T. and discovered some hidden messages sung by Michael himself:
“‘Good Life’ by Kanye West featuring T-Pain (heavily sampling that section) is actually my iPhone morning alarm song. So after hearing the voice hundreds of times in the dream-wakefulness transition, I became obsessed with knowing what the actual lyric was. I assumed the ‘tee’ and ‘see’ were chopped off in the final mix due to timing limits on early sampling technology, but the exposed stem also makes it clear that he just hits a lower note there which becomes unclear in the master recording.”