Be careful what you wish for, because with great power comes great responsibility. These familiar adages go double for this video from College Humor. You may feel nostalgic for the ‘90s if it was your childhood (otherwise, I just don’t see it), but going back is not the funfest it might seem. Now, if time travel were possible, this scenario puts an entirely different spin on events that we still don’t understand. What if the most senseless events from history were an attempt to stop something even worse? This video contains NSFW language. -via Viral Viral Videos
Celebrities are bright, shiny targets for commenters and trolls online, and they have to deal with venomous comments on a daily basis, so what is a celeb to do when the Tweets are not so sweet?
Some hire social media experts to handle the comments, others simply ignore the negative and embrace the positive, and then there are those who fire back in an attempt to slay the troll for good.
College Humor put together a collection of 13 Celebrities That Confronted Trolls And Won, showing that there's a time to stay silent and there's a time to talk back!
A kitten named Dash turns his attention to play-attacking and play-fighting a Frizzle chicken named Mora. The hen isn’t taking this sitting down, and even tries a couple of times to put that tiny predator in its place. Dash doesn’t take the hint. Once upon a time, you had to actually have pets to enjoy this kind of thing, but now we can just share the best moments. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Jeffrey Linn, a designer and urban planner, made a series of maps illustrating how cities might appear if sea levels rose dramatically. The maps are also filled with tongue-in-cheek name changes for the waterlogged areas, such as "Central Park," "Middrown" and "Flushwick" instead of Central Park, Midtown and Bushwick.
See the rest of the series, which includes Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, London and other cities here. The artwork can be purchased in poster form, and can be ordered with and without the place names. Follow the artist on social media via Twitter. -Via Laughing Squid
Even though it’s been 150 years since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published, we are still finding new meaning in it. Lewis Carrol’s tale turns logic inside out, and along the way, gives neurologists insight about how the human brain operates. Characters in the book explore the way we perceive language, time, and our own corporeal bodies. For example, Alice changes her own size several times by the magic of eating or drinking.
In 1955, a psychiatrist called John Todd found that certain patients reported exactly the same feeling of “opening out like a telescope”. The disorder is known as Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and it seems to be most common in children. “I have heard patients saying that things appear upside down, or even though mommy is on other side of the room, she appeared next to her,” says Grant Liu, a neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who has studied the phenomenon.
Carroll’s diaries show that he suffered migraines, which often trigger the syndrome – leading some to speculate that he was using his own experiences as inspiration. Liu suspects the syndrome can be pinned to abnormal activity in the parietal lobes, which are responsible for spatial awareness, skewing the sense of perspective and distance. But despite the fact that it can be disturbing, these fleeting illusions are generally harmless. “The majority are unaffected – and we just provide reassurance that the patient is not crazy and that other people also experience these things,” says Liu. Today, neuroscientists are trying to evoke the illusion in healthy subjects – which they think might shed light on the way we create our sense of self in the here and now.
And that’s only one of the five specific findings in neuroscience that relate to the more illogical passages in Alice in Wonderland outlined in an article at BBC Future. -via Digg
Unless you're taking a tour of a tech school campus, or you're a mall cop lording over a sea of shoppers, it's hard to feel cool while riding a Segway, and even harder to look cool when you crash!
Segways were advertised as the personal transportation of the future when first unveiled back in 2001, but they didn't catch on with the public as the manufacturers had hoped.
They may not have changed the world of personal transportation, but Segways are an endless source of amusement- for viewers who get to watch riders lose control and hit the pavement hard!
George Herman “Babe" Ruth is, without a doubt, the most famous, beloved and mythical baseball player of all-time. Perhaps of all athletes, ever, only Muhammad Ali and Michael Jordan have been more influential and as well-known.
The guy hit his legendary 714 home runs in 22 seasons (1914-1935), drove in over 2,200 runs and had a lifetime batting average of .342. Not only that, but he was also a star pitcher in his early days, compiling a lifetime record of 94 wins and 46 losses. Okay, let's take a look at 12 facts you may not have known about “The Sultan of Swat,” the one and only Babe Ruth.
1. He started out as a left-handed catcher.
Young George Ruth started playing baseball at St. Marys Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore. He began his career as a left-handed catcher, the rarest of all position players.
Ruth, top row center, at St. Marys Industrial School for Boys.
The school only had a catcher's mitt for a right-hander, so George would catch the ball with his left hand. If a runner on base tried to steal, he'd toss the glove aside, catch the ball in the air and throw it to second base with his left hand.
2. He became a pitcher because he ridiculed another pitcher.
Dress by Nanette Lepore. Crayola crayon color: Unmellow Yellow (Image: Matthew Carasella)
When my kids were small, my wife and I often find their clothes festooned with crayon drawings. Little did we know that our kids are such trendsetters: for its Spring 2015 campaign, Bloomingdale recruited seven designers to create fashion inspired by the bright colors of, as well as incorporating actual pieces of Crayola crayons.
Designer Nanette Lepore said this about her dress, inspired by Crayola's "Unmellow Yellow" color, as pictured above: "It's an optimistic and fearless color. It demands attention because it deserves attention."
Dress: "Torn" by Ronny Kobo. Crayola crayon color: Bittersweet
It looks like we’re stepping into a comic book world! Lianne Moseley, a self-taught makeup artist in Calgary, Alberta, can paint people so that they look like characters from cartoons and comics. She says that she can do retail makeup work, but she prefers projects that are “big and bold.” Moseley can certainly do that with perfection!
(Sterling Archer from Archer)
-via Fashionably Geek
A division was formed between the bald and the fluffy, the purr-fectly pleasant and the doggone dour, and the kittehs were leading the new order against those mutt faced Mopers. It seems the Mopers had come to Factory town with their sourpuss sound to drive the happy pogo hoppers away, but the kittehs weren't going to let them strip the joy from the club scene. They stalked the night, looking for deadbeats in drab clothes to claw and bite, and when they formed a line and swayed to the sound the Mopers ran away in fright!
Meow along to your favorite post punk songs with this Furr Division t-shirt by Tobe Fonseca, it's an adorable way to spread joy wherever you go!
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Little Ramsey the husky pup obviously lives with both people and dogs -but he sure sounds like he’d rather talk people language than howl like a dog! I had to giggle at this almost as much as the woman holding him. -via Tastefully Offensive
If ghosts existed, particularly angry spirits embittered about the unfair ways their lives ended, I imagine they'd be huge fans of forensic science. It's easy to picture ghostly victims of murder and injustice cheering for such scientists in the process of obtaining revelatory findings as if watching a playoff game on which they had bet a large sum.
One such historical mysterious death surrounds 17 skeletons at the bottom of an old well. The remains were discovered in 2004, when an area in Norwich, England was excavated in preparation for building a shopping center.
The skeletons were initially thought to be plague victims, yet carbon dating of the remains placed them between the 12th and 13th centuries, before the time of the plague in England.
Analysis by DNA expert Dr. Ian Barnes revealed a DNA sequence in five of the skeletons that traced them to a single family of Jewish descent. While exact circumstances surrounding the deaths are impossible to learn so long after the fact, experts who worked the case believe the deaths were linked to religious persecution. They are thought to be the result of either mass execution or mass suicide, as the possibilities of natural deaths were scientifically discounted. The remains were eventually laid to rest in a Jewish cemetery.
Read about eight other cases of mysterious deaths of old that have been clarified thanks to modern forensic testing here.
The new Dreamworks animated feature film Home will hit theaters on March 27. Based on the acclaimed children’s book The True Meaning of Smedkay by Adam Rex, it involves the collision of two worlds: the everyday life of a young girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and the fish-out-of-water extraterrestrial called Oh (Jim Parsons). In their adventures together they travel the Earth and beyond.
The book The Art of Home by Ramin Zahed gives us a glimpse into the process of creating the beautiful scenes, characters, and action we’ll see in the film.
AIBOs are robotic dogs with artificial intelligence. They're capable of developing unique personalities. So some owners in Japan think of them as pets, just like dogs. Sony manufactured them from 1999 through 2006 and offered service assistance through 2014. Then, the company decided to discontinue technical support. When an AIBO broke down, the owner would be on his own.
Some AIBOs, sadly, are beyond repair by independent technicians. Their bodies are stripped for parts, then given a proper funeral at a Buddhist temple east of Tokyo. The AFP reports:
The only source of genuine parts are "dead" robots, who become donors for organ transplantation, but only once the proper respects have been paid.
Bungen Oi, a priest at the 450-year-old Kofukuji temple in Isumi, east of Tokyo, says the AIBO service last month was an occasion on which the robots' souls could pass from their bodies.
"I was thrilled over the interesting mismatch of giving cutting-edge technology a memorial service in a very conventional manner," he said.
It is a mismatch that humans will probably become more used to over the coming years and decades, as robots with "personalities" become ever more part of our lives.
-via Marginal Revolution
Freddy Cuteger is equal parts scary and adorable in this amazing cake by the Black Cherry Cake Company. This creepy cutie was created as the company's submission in a movie-themed cake competition. I don't know if he won or not, but he certainly should have and if he didn't, those judges better drink a little coffee because I hear Freddy has been known to visit people in their dreams and mark his territory all over their dream destination.
In 1985, Rodolfo Neri Vela, a Mexican scientist, served on a mission of the space shuttle Discovery. He brought tortillas. These proved to be an incredibly practical food in zero gravity. NASA astronauts have been using them ever since when attempting to make sandwiches.
That doesn't mean the results are always pretty. Pictured above is a cheeseburger made by astronaut Terry W. Virts, who is currently on board the International Space Station. The burger consists of broken up beef patty, cheese paste, tomato paste, and Russian mustard on a tortilla. He describes it as "VERY TASTY!"
-via First We Feast
Sometimes when you’re reading a book, you run across a word you’ve never heard before, but you can usually figure out what it means by its context. I learned many words that way, and I was sometimes wrong. I should have looked them up, but who wants to break the spell of a good book? Some of those words were just made up by the writer. John Green runs down a whole bunch of examples in this latest video from mental_floss.
KFC (and much of its fast food competition) is no stranger to gimmicks. Before the publicity on the infamous Double Down is even dead, it seems their team in charge of special promotions has revealed the latest odd offering designed to reel them in: edible coffee cups. The product, which they've dubbed the "Scoffee Cup," is designed to coincide with the launch of Seattle's Best coffee in KFC's stores across the United Kingdom.
The Scoffee Cup is a cup-shaped cookie coated in white chocolate and sugar. In a corporate explanation that makes my mind scream "What Could Go Wrong!?" the cups are designed to "slowly" soften after the coffee is poured inside them. But perhaps the strangest thing about this new offering is the fact that it's scented with various fragrances, including coconut suntan lotion, freshly cut grass and wild flowers, scents that a representative of the designer told Grub Street,
"[The smells] have a natural ability to evoke the positive memories we associate with warm weather, sunshine and summer holidays. Things that make everyone smile."
Read more about KFC's Scoffee Cups here.
Elsa, a yellow Labrador Retriever, is ready for hockey! She walked to the rink in her backyard in Guelph, Ontario, picked up a snow shovel in her mouth, and went to work.
-via Huffington Post
London needs a new bridge to span the River Thames, so the call is out to architecture and design firms from around the world to submit their greatest (and most outlandish) ideas for the bridge.
And submit they did to the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition! So far, 74 design firms have submitted their designs, which you can view over at the NEP Bridge Competition's website.
The designs range from sublime arch bridges to outrageous curved bridges that look straight out of sci-fi movies! Here are some of our favorites:
Bowser is used to being defeated and meeting a grisly end at the hand of one of those meddling Mushroom Kingdom defenders, but theres one thing you can count on when it comes to Bowser- he'll be back. He's a lot like a terminator android that way, although he's seemingly easier to kill, and when Bowser sinks below the surface of the lava he knows that his pixels will soon reform into his brutish shell-backed shape and the whole boss battle scenario will begin all over again...
Become the big boss of geek fashion with this I'll Be Back t-shirt by Adam Works, it's red hot and totally cool!
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Richard Pryor seems like an unlikely candidate to head a kid’s TV show, but back in the mid-80s Pryor actually made a brief appearance on CBS’s epic Saturday Morning lineup.
Pryor's Place was created by Sid and Marty Krofft and ran for thirteen episodes back in 1984, at a time when Pryor was busy becoming more kid friendly with lead roles in Superman III and The Toy.
Pryor’s Place featured puppets, singing, dancing and comedy sketches, with appearances by classic Pryor characters like the wise wino Mudbone, toned down for younger viewers.
It's not as entertaining as The Richard Pryor Show, but fans of classic children's TV and all things 80s will definitely get a kick out of this vintage oddity.
-Via Dangerous Minds
(Photo: Michael Benson)
Devan Dannelly is a student at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. It's cold. There's snow everywhere. So he was in no mood to struggle through the rough winter conditions to get to class. He tweeted accordingly:
Yo @EKUPrez come shovel my driveway/road and I'll come to class tomorrow... deal???— Devan Dannelly (@DADannelly11) February 17, 2015
Dr. Michael Benson, the president of the university, accepted the challenge:
@DADannelly11 it's a deal. What's your address?— Michael Benson (@EKUPrez) February 17, 2015
Ken Burns’ documentary series The Civil War (as well as his other documentaries) had a certain style that brought out the despair and melancholy of the people who lived through it, emphasized by the sad fiddle music. YouTube member SafetyWhales took the same approach to documenting Boston’s current winter, using Facebook posts by real people who live there. Harry Apinwall, the one who described the apocalypse, provided the perfect finale. -Thanks, Linda Shaw!
It takes a special kind of lady to want a Star Gate, Star Wars, World of Warcraft or Doctor Who engagement or wedding ring, but when you find that girl, you'd better hurry up and put a ring on it. As for where to get a ring featuring such symbolism, that's easy -just head over to Paul Michael's Etsy shop where you can buy all kinds of great geek jewelry or even commission the skilled jewelry artist to make you a special geek design for your sweetie.
We've featured plenty of Paul's designs before, but with so many great designs available from the artist, I thought it might just be time to revisit some of his work.
Via Geek Girls
Please remain on the line. You clay tablet is very important to us. Tablets will be answered in the order in which they were received.
The British Museum owns a baked clay tablet from the Mesopotamian city of Ur. It is a complaint about a delivery of copper. The response time may be a bit long.
-via Joe Stump
Fans of superhero comics know that a suspension of disbelief is required for an enjoyable read, and if you can’t suspend your disbelief then you probably shouldn't be reading comics in the first place.
However, there are some superheroes out there who make suspension of disbelief mighty hard to manage, because their super powers are utterly ridiculous!
Dorkly drawer JHALL is calling out our favorite super folks for having ridiculously overblown super powers, saying what we've been thinking all along- that's a mighty convenient power you have there!
If you liked the 16-minute tribute to YouTube on its 10th anniversary, you’ll like this one better. If you didn’t like the earlier video, you’ll probably like this one. It’s got clips from 198 different viral videos crammed into only three minutes! And best of all, it was edited by Luc Bergeron, known as Zapatou (previously), a master at sorting, categorizing, and editing clips into a work of art. -via Tastefully Offensive
Pecan pie is always a great treat, but those who truly adore the treat know that the best filling in the world still needs a light, flaky filling to really make the most of the dessert. If you've been having issues nailing the right crust, then maybe you should start thinking outside the pie -that is, consider trying an egg roll wrapper instead. It might sound crazy if you're used to traditional egg rolls that are filled with soy sauce, meat and cabbage, but if you've ever had sweet cream cheese won tons then you know the light dough can be a perfect balance of flaky and crunchy.
Want to try it yourself? Then head over to Capturing Joy for the recipe.
(Photo: Sportex Italia)
Dino and Dario Ferrari caught this 9-foot long, 280 pound catfish in the Po River in northern Italy. It’s a Wels catfish (Silurus glanis). After a fierce, 40-minute battle, the twin brothers reeled in a creature that is being called the “monster of the Po.”
It’s time for a huge serving of fried catfish!
Or perhaps not. After measuring and photographing the fish, which is probably about 30 years old, they let it back into the water. You can see more of those pictures at the Daily Telegraph.