Takeru Kobayashi of Guinness Book and award-winning competitive eating fame, and the tiny hamster, of tiny hamster fame, face off against each other in a hot dog eat-off. The hot dogs (made to scale, in fairness to T.H.) fly off the plates until one competitor makes it to 10. Who will take the title? Click play and see for yourself. Via Laughing Squid.
THe following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
(Image credit: Flickr user Dave)
by Stephen Hardy, Improbable Research staff
The supposedly staid, unglamorous field of accounting is in fact packed, to some degree, with exciting adventures. Accountants rarely divulge this fact to persons outside the profession, but three monographs, all produced in Australia, document some of the adventure and even some of the excitement.
Great Adventures in Accounting (1967)
In 1967, a paper by Professor R.J. Chambers of the University of Sydney essayed to describe the essentially adventurous nature of the accounting field.
“Prospective Adventures in Accounting Ideas,” R.J. Chambers, Accounting Review, vol. 42, no. 2, April 1967, pp. 241–53. Looking both backwards and forwards, Professor Chambers enthuses ruefully:
These fifty years have seen quite a few potentially fruitful ideas, with wide implications, brought to notice, noticed scarcely at all and almost abandoned.... Some 43 years ago, Hatfield said “Let us boldly raise the question whether accounting, the late claimant for recognition as a profession, is not entitled to some respect, or must it consort with crystal-gazing... and palmreading?” I wonder what Hatfield would think today, to see how far some would have us go in the direction of crystal-gazing. I leave you to think about what I am referring to.
Great Adventures in Accounting (1999)
Image Credit: Robin Tarbet
It is crazy to think that there was a time when art was stuck in two dimensions. When creators were given canvas', not realizing all around them could be used and utilized as artwork. The art world has clearly changed and evolved over time. They say one man's trash is another man's treasure, but in this case, some people's trash is another man's fantastical sculpture.
The artist's name is Robin Tarbet, and the piece you see above is called "A Temporary State to Rise and Fall Again", which you can see in full detail on his site. If the circuit boards fit, he would stack them, one on top of the other. If they did not fit, that is when he would stack out wider with the boards. The end result is a wonderful facsimile of a city, made by what seems to drive us most lately:
The kitten on the right is an example of a new breed called Lykoi. Veterinarian Johnny Gobble breeds Lykois, a name that is derived from “lycanthrope,” or werewolf. The cat is result of a mutant gene that inhibits hair growth, leaving a cat with sparse hair, especially on its face. Although the gene is naturally-occurring, these cats do not last long in the wild. Due to lack of fur, they are suseptible to hypothermia.
According to Gobble, the cats’ infirm appearance is only skin deep. Aside from the patchy hair that makes them notable, the first few generations of Lykoi cats seem rather healthy thus far. Tests conducted by Leslie Lyons, an aptly named expert in cat genetics at the University of Missouri (home of The Tigers), found no recognized genetic disorders in the cats; a battery of tests done by Gobble at his clinic, from blood screenings to thyroid function exams, turned up nothing out of the ordinary. Gobble cautions, though, that giving the breed an entirely clean bill of health right now would be premature. “It’s way too early,” he emphasized. “A lot of health problems won’t show up until a cat is 6 or 7 years old, and we don’t have any Lykois that old yet.”
Cats with the sparse hair gene are bred with black cats to highlight their unusual fur pattern. A cat must carry two copies of the gene to be a true Lykoi, which is why the littermates in the above picture look so different. The black cat on the left carries only one copy of the pertinent gene. Read more about this new cat breed at Nautilus. See more pictures of Lykoi cats at Gobble’s website.
(Image credit: Brittney Gobble)
Jimmy Kimmel’s ideas for the question ambushes he calls Lie Witness News are sometimes bold, sometimes funny, sometimes a bit off the mark, but his concept for this year’s Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week was fabulously on point.
Jimmy Kimmel Live sent a crew to ask attendees about some of the latest designers, brands, and trends- none of which were actually fashion designers, clothing brands or trends, only you’d never know it by the responses he got from the people.
Maybe Bartles & James really will start releasing designs, and then the joke will be on you Jimmy!
-Via Elite Daily
If you're a dog and your human is an artist, then you've got a good chance of going on fantastic adventures. Rafael Mantesso's bull terrier knows that. He can fly around the world, enjoy romantic escapades, and acquire angelic enhancements with a few details added to the background of his photos.
You can view more images of him at play on Mantesso's Instagram page. It's filled with not only cute dog photos, but very imaginative illustrations that are worth exploring.
There are so many amusing things in this 1981 television report about getting newspaper content from the Internet that it's hard to keep track. The smirk and smug tone of voice of the reporter, as if she's informing the public of a quaint yet ridiculous idea that stands no chance of ever being embraced by the public. The opening line: "Imagine if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee and turning on your home computer to read the day's newspaper." Mind boggling! The CRT screens, dial-up connections using a phone receiver and hours of download time for a text file.
I think the thing that I enjoyed most was the picture of the pioneering gent who was receiving the San Francisco Examiner online with his name and a caption underneath that read "owns home computer." Ahh, the 80s. -Via Lost at E Minor.
Many board games are created to be enjoyed by the entire family, and the idea of family game night was definitely helped along by toy manufacturers eager to sell more copies of their games.
Playing a board game with your parents is way more fun than taking candid family portraits, or watching their old home movies for the millionth time, but then again some family style games can feel like pure torture.
Toy enjoyer Attaboy hosted an episode of the web series “They Actually Made That!?” dealing with the strange and violent board games of yesteryear, from the family friendly Russian Roulette game Cold Feet to the hammer smashing "fun" of Bash!
Who says family game night has to be relaxing?
-Via Boing Boing
A woman on a motorcycle rides around in Russia dispensing karma to those who litter the streets. She may not be the superhero Russia deserves, but she is the one it needs. Really, how hard is it to put your garbage in a drive-through bin?
Many folks are calling this staged. So what if it is? It makes a great public service announcement, although Russian commenters have not seen it on TV …yet. I actually hope that it is staged, because this kind of behavior would eventually lead to someone shooting her. And that's a video we don't want to see. -via reddit
Brian went out for a few beers, but a few became a dozen and before he knew it the guy was having trouble walking, so much trouble in fact that he walked straight into the wrong cartoon. The difference between his family's world and the other was immediately apparent, since everything had changed into black and white. Suddenly he felt energized, but also a bit stiff, and when he went to chase his tail he noticed the stitches on his body, and the bolts mounted in his neck...
Show the world you like your animation dark and geeky with this Brianweenie t-shirt by Donnie, it's the terrifyingly fun way to scare up some smiles!
|Minimoon||My World||Mother of Dragons||
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New Zealand-based Laura Hawker is a self-taught artist who does these excellent body paintings. Imagine the luck of Laura's closest family and friends when Halloween comes around! Designs like this would be ideal for such an occasion. See more of Laura's work at her Deviant Art page or her Tumblr. Via Laughing Squid.
Images Credit: Laura Hawker
Imagine how fierce the Vikings would have been if their axe chops and spear thrusts were enhanced by the raw power of baby cries, and the need to protect the infant strapped to their backs.
That’s the “extreme infant distress vocalization” theory that won MIT grad Tomer Ullman the grand prize at last year’s Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses.
BAHFest gathers the most imaginative minds for a “celebration of well-researched, logically explained, and clearly wrong evolutionary theories”, and this gathering of like-minded thinkers owes its creation to this cartoon by SMBC's Zach Weiner:
BAHFest is about to return for not one but two times the backwards ideas about biological adaptation this October, with an east coast fest in Cambridge, MA on October 19th, followed by a west coast conference at San Francisco's Castro Theatre on October 25th.
What sort of crazed revelation will earn their conceiver the coveted Skeptically Shrugging Darwin statue, perhaps an updated theory about the joys of battling with a baby strapped to your back?
How do artists stimulate their imaginations? Some artists engage in a daily creative process--a discipline that compels them to create something along a theme. One Pixar animator makes a new superhero every day. Nick Scalin made skulls every day for a year. Other artists photograph miniatures or decorate coffee cups.
By repeating the production of a spoon every day for a longer period of time (365 days), the goal is to challenge and explore a spoons aesthetic and functional qualities. I make all the spoons in a traditional way with only hand tools. The point of this is to actively cooperate with the material, in this case wood. In a modern industrial production the machines overwrites the wooden structures and natural growth pattern. When using manual hand tools my hand collaborates with the wood structure during the forming process. This underpins all the spoons unique qualities.
Some of his spoons may be impractical, but all of them are fun. Click on Continue reading to view more.
You really have to give credit to Disney studios. Starting with Snow White in the 1930's, they have carved an unforgettable path in film and animation, often being a major part of most of our lives as we grow up. From using the death of parents on film to help teach kids how to cope with loss, to addressing issues like gender and love, there is a uniformity to animated Disney films. You walk away from them feeling better about life. They just carry that Disney magic, and you carry it with you after seeing their films, too. But you can't help but notice it is the same Disney movies that seem to always get brought up when people discuss the studio. Lion King, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Frozen, to name a few. But there are certain animated Disney films that just didn't get the love of the some of the more well-known films, even though they deserved it. Here are seven Disney movies that just don't get the love they deserve.
1. The Black Cauldron
Of all the Disney animated films, this one was my favorite growing up, yet it seems like seven people saw it. Based on the book of the same name by Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron was awesome because it was darker than most of the stuff we were getting from Disney at that point. Just the Horned King as the main villain was enough of a selling point. Add to that the simple fact that he raised an army of the dead to fight for him and you realize this was the first Disney movie with zombies. Animated zombies at that, and years before they were popular. How did that not receive wide appeal is beyond me, and that will be a running theme of this list.
If you have not seen The Black Cauldron, you need to go find a copy, right now. It just proves Disney needs to do more fantasy stuff.
2. Robin Hood
Why is it when people talk animated Disney movies, no one talks about Robin Hood? The 1973 animated adaptation of the famous character that featured characters from OTHER Disney movies was awesome. Other characters from the Jungle Book, to be specific. Yes, it was like they went and got the cast of The Jungle Book to act in a play about Robin Hood. How cool is that, and why don't they do it more often?
On top of that, the music was some of the best ever featured in a Disney movie. Yes, I just said that, and here is the proof:
I can promise you that you will be singing (and whistling) that song for the next two weeks. Outside of that, though, the movie was wholly charming and well told rendition of the classic Robin Hood tale.
3. Treasure Planet
Even though Maru now has his cat friend Hana to play with, he still loves boxes. He recently received a new set of boxes, and each one had to be tried out and tested individually. It must have been like Christmas for this cat! -via Tastefully Offensive
This past weekend at Oude Kerk, the oldest church in Amsterdam, the Like was laid to rest. Mourners carried a coffin shaped like a Facebook Like button to the church and marked its passing in a ceremony led by Eddy Reefhuis.
Why? It's a symbolic rejection of what is sometimes called "hashtag activism" or "clicktivism"--substituting online actions for offline activity. The organizers of the funeral reject the notion that clicking on a Like button constitutes doing anything productive. Here's their manifesto, which is an interesting read:
Not too long ago, this development led to a miraculous occurrence. A new technology turned the act of Liking into a commodity, hence into a symbolic totem and a new belief, at a time when faith in religion and our monetary system is crumbling.
At first these "Likes" seemed innocent. A gift bestowed upon us unconditionally and in overabundance. Sometimes the Likes would pile up like presents under a Christmas tree. But soon we started craving for more and eventually the "Like" became the opium of the masses. And now society has forgotten the real act of Liking. [...]
And instead of taking action to make change happen, our activism has been reduced and confined to the square inches of our computer screen activism has become clicktivism. We express our dislike of what is happening in the real world with a Like.
We as a society need to focus on real actions and intentions, rather than the symbolic reward bestowed on things by a mouse click. We must never forget that the real reward of Liking lies amongst ourselves and inside our communities.
If you do not own a record player, it should be known that you are not hearing music right. Don't get me wrong, there are the over-hyped, celebrity, DJ headpones, and there are high quality digital recordings you can get. But people who grew up listening to a record player know, that is just the greatest way to listen to music. Maybe not technically, but from a nostalgia stand point it wins, hands down.
The record player also has some really cool features, too. Like being able to slow down the music you listen to. While in most cases, slowed down music just sounds like, well, slowed down music, in the case of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," something extraordinary happens. It is like the song transforms and is suddenly sung perfectly, just a bit more depressing and with a guy's voice instead.
Check it out yourself.
A song about heartbreak suddenly takes on an even more somber tone. I will even go so far as to say I am not a fan of the original, but the slowed down de-make (seems a fitting word) really works for me. See, you can't do THAT on modern machinery.
Oh wait, you can? Man, I gotta leave the house more.
We’ve posted an awful lot of restaurant dishes that are super expensive in order to generate publicity, and their price is justified by ingredients such as edible gold leaf and the jewel-encrusted souvenir dish they are served in. This is different. The list at Cracked contains dinner orders that come with theatrics or gimmicks, such as the Octopop.
The terrifyingly named octopop was conceived by Australian chef Adam Melonas at Dubai's Burj al-Arab hotel, presumably after he read the Necronomicon and mistook it for a confectionery handbook. Its basic idea is actually pretty simple: It's a piece of roast octopus on a stick.
However, in true mad scientist fashion, Melonas has added to the process until the end result barely resembles octopus or, for that matter, food. The waxy sheen and structure of the octopop are achieved by vacuum-cooking the octopus for 12 hours, then using a knife and an enzyme called transglutaminase (a substance commonly used to glue bits of meat together) to turn the perished cephalopod into a pretty, flower-like construct. The end result is dipped in spiced gel and stuck on a stick with some dill for you to try and figure out what the hell you're chewing on.
That’s just one of six really weird foods or food presentations that will set you back big bucks, described in the not-for-broadcast language of Cracked. -via Metafilter
Paul Smith has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth. Simple things that most folks take for granted, such as holding a brush or a writing utensil, aren't within the realm of possibility for him. Yet Mr. Smith did not let a disability stifle his spirit and desire to create art. As a young man, Smith began to "paint" with a typewriter. Using only ten symbol keys, Smith creates the impressive works of art shown in this video. Paul Smith may be confined to a nursing home in Oregon, but he has the power to inspire people all over the world with his talents, gracious demeanor and perseverance in the face of hardship. Via Lost at E Minor.
Have you ever noticed that most women in old paintings look unimpressed, bored, and even frustrated? It’s probably because they had to sit and pose for some slow artist, but Mallory Ortberg at The Toast has some better ideas, and she captioned paintings to show what these women are really thinking.
i thought we were going to cover the whole harp in roses
but if these were all the roses you could find
i guess that doesn’t have to ruin everything
hey girls i have a fun idea
try playing something good
just for a change
just to see what it would be like
See 22 such pictures and the thoughts that go with them at The Toast. -Thanks, Anne!
When Krang heard there was some big ape out in video game land making a name for himself by throwing barrels at a moustachioed plumber he desperately wanted to get in on the action. He called a few of his more fiendish friends, gathered a few dozen mousers and some TCRI then headed to the game construction zone. April was already on the scene covering the Kong story so she made an easy target for Krang's goon squad, but where were those pizza loving teenage turtles?
Share your love of turtle power and old school video games with this Donkey Krang t-shirt by Ninjaink, it's a great way to earn a geeky wardrobe high score!
|The Raccoon-a-Teer||King Of The Sewer||Freddy Fazbear's Pizza||JAWESOME!|
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George is a 10-year old goldfish that lives in Australia. He had a brain tumor that was gradually impairing his health. So his owner, Pip Joyce, paid a veterinarian at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne to surgically remove it.
(Photo: Lort Smith)
This was a challenging operation that required George to be placed under anesthesia. The veterinary staff pumped water into his gills to keep him breathing during the 45-minute operation. It was a complete success and George has now returned to his home pond where he lives with 20 other goldfish. There's every reason to think that he will continue to live another 20 years.
-via Huffington Post
Image Credit: Billy the Butcher
Can we imagine, for just one simple moment, that superhero's had beer brands? Can I live in a world where Deadpool can have his own lager that I can go buy at the local package store after a long shift of writing stuff? I mean, imagine how good a beer brewed by Wolverine would be? The dude loves the stuff. Lives off it, even.
Alas, I cannot live in that world. You see, that world does not exist.
What is great, though, is I can live in a world where artist Billy Butcher can illustrate faux beer labels as if they were the beers of superheroes, and that's a pretty good world to live in, too. I would say Hellboy's "HellBeer" wins for catchiest name. You can see why these would never be made, as they could very much appeal to children. Or grown men who think they are children, like me.
Either way, great concept and slick execution.
WheezyWaiter has been on YouTube a long time -years, in fact. This is his thousandth video! But why is there a question mark in front of the title? It’s because he’s been planning this video for some time, and the question mark is crucial for asking Chyna to marry him. Yes, it’s a proposal, and it’s darn cute. -via Digg
The Chinese city of Chongqing created what is thought to be the world's first pedestrian lane specifically for those using smart phones. In an effort to make a point that pedestrians who aren't paying attention to their surroundings are a danger to others, the city divided a length of approximately 170 feet to separate the phone hawks from the rest of the public who is interested in getting from point A to B expeditiously.
While any results from this social experiment have yet to be published, I imagine such a system to be similarly effective as the side-by-side bicycle and pedestrian lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge. While the bicyclists respect the boundary, countless pedestrians get so caught up in taking pictures of themselves or their companions that they regularly cross the line into the cycle lane, where they risk being knocked down by a bike. It seems to me that those in the phone lane would so frequently veer into the pedestrian lane as to render it ineffective. What do you think? Via Geek.com.
Halloween is our favorite holiday and we know we're not alone. If you're ready to celebrate then head over to our This is Halloween Pinterest group board and check out all the amazing content related to spooky foods, costumes, decor and more. Best of all, you can even join the board and add your own pins for other fans to enjoy -and by doing so, you can even win some amazing prizes.
To get added to the board, follow it with your Pinterest account and then send us a message through Pinterst, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment on this post with your Pinterest user name. We'll then send you an invite so you can go crazy.
We'll be choosing two top pins, one that gets the most repins and one voted on by our editors, the people who shared these with the board will win a messenger bag, a tee shirt and any other NeatoShop item valued at up to $25. All pins added to the This is Halloween board between September 15 and October 15 will be counted as an entry as long as they are posted by someone over 18, who lives in one of the countries that the NeatoShop ships to.
We'll notify all winners before October 20. Anyone who fails to respond within a week will be disqualified and we will have to choose an alternate winner -so check your Pinterest messages and any social media accounts connected to it so you will know if you win.
(Pikachu by Charaben Mania)
(Chickens by akinoichigo)
Which came first--the Pikachicken or the egg? We may never know, but we can be sure that these eggs are as cute as they are delicious. Rocket News 24 rounded up 16 adorably crafted hard boiled eggs made in Japan. They include cows, bunnies, pandas, and strawberries.
When I first found the YouTube channel for Cinema Sins I was both excited and a little crushed. Excited because I love film and love the deep examination and dissection of it as an art form. The crushed part came from the fact that I knew the channel would probably show me some flaws in some movies I really enjoyed. A good example of a polarizing movie choice is the following: Frozen.
A beloved Disney movie that somehow took on legs of its own and became the most successful animated movie of all time is one you have to be slightly careful when you decided to pick apart, piece by piece. Luckily, the guys behind the site clearly know what they are doing, and how to do it. So though most of us may have enjoyed it, take a moment to check out everything wrong with Frozen. It is not a cruel or as painful as it sounds.
Don't worry if they point out something that really bothers you. The trick is, you just got to let it go. Sorry folks, that was low hanging fruit and I had to go for it.
With the recent hipster obsession with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the other foods that jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, it only makes sense that we eventually have a pumpkin spice hamburger. And here it is. As a play on the latte, Pornburger calls their creation the Pumpkin Spice Fatte. But this one goes the latte one better: it actually contains a bit of pumpkin! And coffee, too! If the list of ingredients is too small on the picture, see it full-size at Pornburger.
You might love it, but I’m an old fart a purist. The cinnamon, ginger, and clove combination (with occasional allspice, nutmeg, and mace) is what makes pumpkin pie special. Or at least edible. If we put it in everything, we may as well just forget the pumpkin. -via Time
YouTube user Vang Tsal filmed this large wasp nest outside his window. His footage makes for an interesting video. See Tsal's YouTube channel for two more videos of the nest, one with microphone added for sound and another timelapse version. (I'll be sitting in the corner, rocking back and forth while holding a can of pesticide.)