Swarm Of Bees Follows Woman's Car For Two Days

Bees don't understand the concept of car ownership, so when their queen decides to hitch a ride inside a car the rest of the colony goes along for the ride, whether the car's owner likes it or not.

But their bee-fuddlement usually ends when the queen frees herself from the car so the colony can go on its merry way to a more suitable hive, usually within a few hours or at most overnight.

But Carol Howarth of Haverfordwest, Wales came back to her car after shopping and found the rear covered with bees, and the swarm followed her car for two days.

A team of three beekeepers, a national park ranger and a few passersby were able to box up the bees without killing them, but to Carol's amazement the swarm returned later that same day so she called the team in once again.

The swarm was made up of an estimated 20,000 bees, and yet no queen was ever found so it's unclear why the bees were so intent on swarming all over Carol's car. Maybe they're sweet on her?

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Smash Your Burgers!

Chefs have been telling us for years that you shouldn’t smash your burger patties in the frying pan because you’ll squeeze all the juices out. So then why do the chains Shake Shack and Smashburger do just that? Because when you do it right, the results are delicious. J. Kenji López-Alt developed a technique called the Food Lab’s Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers that I’m going to try out.   

…as Kenji points out in his cookbook opus The Food Lab, if you smash your burger once, decisively, as soon as it hits the hot skillet—while the meat and fat are still cold—there won't be any juices (yet) to lose. You'll maximize the points of contact with the raging hot pan, which is effectively like singeing a layer of caramelization and Maillard reaction goodness onto every last bit of surface area, so it all sears into a salty, beefy crust.

It might take a bit of practice to get it exactly right, but the number of cheeseburgers I have to eat to get there is just the kind of sacrifice I’m willing to make. Check out the recipe at Food52. -via Digg

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Why You Should Never Turn Your Back On A Big Cat

Big cats like tigers and cheetahs are popular among the pet collecting crowd, but these apex predators don't change their killer ways no matter how long they're kept in captivity and often turn on their captors.

Which is why Tampa, Florida's Big Cat Rescue felt compelled to create this video showing what happens when you turn your back on a big cat.

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It's funny to see the cats come stalking up behing him then act like "what? I'm not doing anything..." when he turns around, but this video wouldn't be so funny without that sturdy fence.

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Five Private Island Escapes That are Truly Unforgettable

If you want the ultimate vacation getaway, you can buy your own private island. However, if you aren’t made of money, but you have some to spend on vacation, you might want to consider the folks who already bought private islands and turned them into luxury resorts. No traffic, no advertising, and plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the beach -not to mention a resort staff dedicated to providing all you need. Pictured above is Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort off the coast of Mozambique. Read about the wonderful amenities at island resorts in Canada, Ireland, Greece, and Spain as well at Money Inc.


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10 Awesome Owl Items on Etsy

Owls are amazing creatures both in reality and in myth. They're even a symbol of wisdom. If you're among the many people in the world who are obsessed with owls, you won't want to miss these awesome Etsy finds.

Barn Owl Ring

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Nesting Owl Dolls

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Curious Owl Painting

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Florida Golf Course Hazard

Charlie Helms was golfing with friends at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida, when a large alligator walked across the fairway. How large was it? “Dave, get next to it for perspective!”

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It’s a monster, but not unknown to the staff. A pro shop clerk said he’s between 15 and 16 feet long, and owned by Manatee County. He’s their course mascot. That’s kind of like having a dinosaur casually hang around for tourists to take pictures with. -via Buzzfeed


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Stained Glass Windows Featuring Controversial Figures As Saints

Many controversial characters have achieved sainthood throughout history, and even saints like Paul the Apostle, Francis of Assisi and Teresa of Avila have skeletons in their closet.

So perhaps in some far off future age, when there's nothing left of the entertainers of today but the strong impression they made on pop culture, the stars will achieve sainthood.

If those idols and sinners ever get called up to the big leagues and become saints the stained glass windows created in their honor will probably look a lot like the amazing works of Neal Fox.

Neal wanted to pay homage to the gods of the underground such as Johnny Cash, J.G. Ballard, Hunter S. Thompson, Screamin' Jay Hawkins and Serge Gainsbourg in a hip yet traditional manner.

So he built his stained glass panels the old fashioned way- using leaded stained glass in a steel frame, with each window measuring about 8 feet tall.

From the Daniel Blau exhibition notes:

As traditional church windows show the iconography of saints, through representations of events in their lives, instruments of martyrdom and iconic motifs, Fox plays with the symbolism of each character’s cult of personality; Albert Hoffman takes a psychedelic bicycle ride above the LSD molecule, J G Ballard dissects the world, surrounded by 20th Century imagery and the eroticism of the car crash, and Johnny Cash holds his inner demon in chains after a religious experience in Nickerjack cave.

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Tinder: The Superhero Movie

A new superhero has arrived! Tinder has the ability to destroy others with a left swipe! Watch him as he battles an army of evil bots set to take over the world -the world of internet dating!

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Tinder is joined by other superheroes as he pursues his archnemesis eHarmony in a war of wits and superpowers. Too bad Tinder has more power than wit. He's not the hero we need, but the one we deserve. This movie trailer parody is brought to you by Rooster Teeth. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Better Not Look At The Stats Screen After Your Character Is Dead

The stats screen is fun to look at while you're playing through a video game, so you can see how many kills you have under your belt, how close you are to finding all the secrets, and how many hours you've been playing the game.

But heed this illustrated warning by Deathbulge Comics and don't look at the stats screen after your character is dead, or you may find some disturbing stuff going down in video game land...

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Superfans

The following article is from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader.

Sure, you support your favorite sports team. You wear the team ball cap, have a team logo decal in your car window, maybe even drink out of an official team mug. But do you love it enough to dress up in team colors and dance around in public?

CLIPPER DARRELL

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Darrell Bailey loves the Los Angeles Clippers. In the 1990s, he was fired from his job as an electrician. He went home and turned on a Clippers game, only to hear the announcers talking about what losers the Clippers were— that the team was a lost cause and was never going anywhere. Bailey could relate— his boss had told him similar things that day. That’s the moment Bailey decided to devote himself to being a die-hard Clippers fan. He eventually got another job, affording him the season tickets that would make him “Clipper Darrell.” Since 2001, he’s been at every Clippers home game wearing a tailored suit in Clippers colors (red and blue). In 2010 the Clippers briefly lost Darrell’s support when they asked him not to use the word “Clipper” when making paid appearances. Darrell’s renunciation of his fandom made national headlines and drew support from star Clippers players Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. The two sides eventually came to a compromise: Clipper Darrell would notify the organization whenever he was hired to appear at an event. He’s now back in the stands at every game.

RONNIE “WOO WOO” WICKERS

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There are two constants for the Chicago Cubs: waiting till next year (their last World Series win was in 1908), and Woo Woo Wickers. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Wickers has been going to Cubs games and yelling his signature cheer of “Cubs! Woo! Cubs! Woo!” at the top of his lungs since the late 1950s. Wickers has had a hard life: he spent much of the 1980s homeless and, unable to hold down a job, earned money by washing windows and making personal appearances at Cubs-centric events. And not everybody loves him— some people find his loud cheers disruptive and annoying. But for most Cubs fans, Woo Woo’s unwavering optimism, even in the face of such criticism, makes him a living embodiment of baseball’s lovable losers.

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He Man Action Figure - Orko Sold Separately


He Man Action Figure by NerdlyArt

He was the little buff action figure that changed it all back in the 1980s, the super tough looking toy who rode on the back of a green tiger and battled a nefarious foe with a skull face. He is He-Man, hero of Eternia and the ultimate action figure icon from the totally radical 80s. He-Man was made into a toy, his heroic adventures were turned into multiple animated series, and lots of sweet merch with battle scenes that blew the minds of 80s kids and cemented He-Man as one of the greatest heroes of all time!

Want to live by the power of Grayskull? Bring home this He Man Action Figure t-shirt by NerdlyArt and you'll have the power to relive your youth every time you wear this sweet shirt!

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Slumbering Driver Shows Us What The Freeways Of The Future Will Look Like

Thanks to the forward thinking folks at Tesla Motors we can see what freeway traffic will look like in the future when “inefficient” human driven cars are replaced by self driving models- basically a bunch of people sleeping at the wheel.

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The problem is- this Tesla Model S isn't actually self-driven, and while the Autopilot has a function called Autosteer that moves the car about for you drivers are supposed to stay ready to take the wheel.

Sleeping while your car drives you home after work does seem like a pretty cool innovation, but since we're not there yet technologically sleepy drivers like the one in this video are going to be nightmares on wheels.

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The Origin of the Paper Bag

Margaret Knight went to work in a cotton mill in New Hampshire when she was only ten years old. After all, that was in 1848, and her widowed mother needed every penny the family could earn. Knight was smart and had a talent for making things even as a child, when she fashioned toys for her brothers and their friends.

By the time she joined the Columbia Paper Bag Company as a lowly factory worker, the 30-something, unmarried Knight had spent years as a ‘Jill-of-all-trades’, becoming proficient in daguerreotype, photography, engraving, house repair and upholstering. Spending long hours at the factory, she soon heard of current efforts to create a machine that could efficiently manufacture flat-bottomed paper bags. ‘I am told that there is no such machine known as a square-bottomed machine,’ she wrote in her journal. ‘I mean to try away at it until I get my ideas worked out.’ Independent of the factory and without her bosses’ knowledge, Knight began to study the issue intently.

And she got her ideas worked out. Knight designed a machine that would manufacture flat-bottomed paper bags so that they could be mass-produced. The trouble was that a man who’d seen her invention had gone ahead and patented it. That meant war. Read about Margaret Knight and her invention at Aeon.  -via Digg

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Can You Spot The Trump In This Pile of Tribbles?

What more is there to say about this glorious image other than the fact that Mental Floss just proved Donald Trump apparently has been a tribble this whole time?


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Voltige

Léo Brunel’s student animation project Voltage is a nightmare of physics for the characters, but a laugh for us! Two hapless mechanics attempt to protect a customer’s vehicle from disaster when the garage gets a little out of hand.

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There is no deep message here. It’s just fun. Brunel says this sequence was inspired by Laurel and Hardy. -via Everlasting Blort  


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The Character Creation Process Is More Fun Than The Game

For some adventures are the fun part of roleplaying games, others like collecting loot, or taking epic screenshots of their character in battle looking like a god, but for a select few the character creation process is where it's at.

These particularly picky people will spend hours choosing from tons of different hair styles, facial features, markings, skin tones and such to create the perfect character, only to realize they've "missed a spot".

Christian Palmer-Smith from Kit Draws! knows this feel, fellow gamers, and this comic was created to help other character creation obsessed players from making the same mistake he did.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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9 Incredibly Useful LEGO Hacks

As an adult, you might still love to play with LEGO blocks, but there’s a little voice telling you that you should be doing something useful. Here’s your chance to feel both clever and resourceful!

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Use LEGO bricks to make all kinds of things that you’ll actually use around the house, or solve some household problem. A second benefit will be how your guests say “Cool!” when they see what you’ve done. The LEGO chess set would be perfect for a game of Coaster Chess. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Hilarious English Language T-Shirt Translation Fails Spotted In Asia

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English speakers wear t-shirts or get tattoos with Chinese or Japanese lettering even though they have no idea what the words actually say, and Asian companies likewise put English words on stuff to make it look cool.

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Shirts with funny stuff written on them create funny moments when someone who speaks both languages offers to tell the wearer what their shirt actually says, often resulting in a response of "whaa?!"

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However, some shirts have stuff written on them that doesn't seem like a mistranslation, and it's so close to right the whole statement somehow becomes even righter.

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There are also dozens of shirt designs posted online that look like an English speaker created them as a prank, with expletives and adult material printed on kids clothes.

But these two sweaters are subtly subversive, made to remind parents which of their kids is the good one.

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Vision

When a guy tries to write a nice love letter, or poem, or comic describing what a lovely sight a lady is, he can get all emotional and clever. Or he can end up on some overly-literal tangent because he’s just that observant. And if he’s lucky, she’ll understand and take it as he initially intended. This is the latest from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics.


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Are Daniel Radcliffe And Elijah Wood Part Of Clone Club?

There are at least two articles posted online about how similar Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe look, and how this is either proof they were separated at birth or that they're part of a clone conspiracy.

Daniel has remarked "Me and Elijah Wood just need to do a film together where we play brothers" to distract from the cloning angle and make it all look like it's just a coincidence.

But when you see their portraits side-by-side and then look at a GIF showing the subtle differences between Elijah and Daniel the clone stuff somehow seems more plausible.

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Does this GIF prove they're part of a clone conspiracy? Nah, all it really proves is that Hollywood likes to cast facial "types", and both of these megastars fit the mold.

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Player Two

When you’re the younger brother, you’re always player two. That’s the way it is growing up playing video games with your older sibling. But there comes a time when “the way it is” suddenly is no more. Older brothers grow up, leave home, and the younger is now player one. While it’s nice to be number one, it’s a bittersweet victory.   

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Zachary Antell captures that feeling that so much of the video game generation can relate to, in this story that’s making the rounds of various film festivals. If you ever bonded with a sibling over The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario, you might need to have a hankie ready. -via Geeks Are Sexy 


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Cowardly Lion's Courage Juice - The Magical Secret Of Oz


Cowardly Lion's Courage Juice by Mike Lauzon

We didn't get to hear all the facts regarding Dorothy's companions in the Land of Oz because Baum's books were meant for children, but several memoirs have come out in the last century which show the darker side of Oz. The Tin Man is said to be a masochist, fond of playing punishment games which leave him needing to be welded the next day, and the Scarecrow is actually made of mostly synthetic fibers. But the Cowardly Lion's plight was the darkest of them all, as his drinking problem made him both a hopeless bum and a punching bag for the local barflys. He was a coward and an alcoholic, and the trembling we saw in the movie was actually just the shaking of a mangy cat in need of the hair of the dog that bit him!

Rewrite childhood memories wherever you go with this Cowardly Lion's Courage Juice t-shirt by Mike Lauzon, it's funny even when you're not drunk on Jack Daniels!

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Veterans Share Their Hilarious Stories From Boot Camp

Going through basic training is such a stressful time for new recruits they naturally look for ways to keep their spirits high, and those funny incidents become the stuff of boot camp legend.

One guy was repeatedly told to salute every living being, so he took the order to heart and saluted a squirrel that crossed his path...right when an officer was walking across the street.

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Another guy got grilled by a drill sergeant with this classic line- “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PRIVATE? WHY ARE YOUR PRIVATES SALUTING IN THE CHOW LINE?!”

And then there's the wiseacre who mumbled something snarky under his breath and was made to talk to himself in the mirror for 30 minutes while pointing and saying “You're an idiot”, “No, I'm an idiot".

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What People Drive for a Living

Redditors who drive for a living outdid themselves with a one-upmanship series of posts over the weekend. It all started when redditor 060789 posted a picture and said, “I know it's not the most interesting pic in the world, but here's the inside of my garbage truck, for all your inner kids who wanted to see one.” Yes, people wanted to see the interior cab of a garbage truck! But that started a chain of events as other people started posting interior shots of the vehicles they drive for a living.

Redditor corey_m_snow admitted, “It's not *quite* as cool as a garbage truck, but here's the driver's area of my school bus, where I sit for up to six hours a day, sometimes more.” Yes, there are a lot of people who did not ride a school bus while they were growing up.

How about a fire truck? Redditor polak187 gave us the cab of his fire department command vehicle. Oh, it gets better. You can actually say "that escalated quickly."

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Man's Penis Bit By Snake In Toilet

Talk about a buttload of nope, a man in Thailand was sitting down to use the restroom when a snake suddenly jumped up and bit his penis. That's right, the python climbed up through the toilet and latched its fangs into his man parts. 

Amazingly, both the man and the snake turned out ok, but the entire toilet had to be dismantled to get the lengthy animal free.

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Why Are Flowers Placed on Graves?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

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The tradition of flowers being placed on graves is over 2,000 years old. This custom can be traced to the ancient Greeks. They performed rites over graves that were called "zoai.”

Flowers were placed on the graves of Greek warriors. It was believed that if the flowers took root and blossomed on the graves, the souls of the warriors were sending a message that they had found happiness in the next world.



The ancient Romans also used flowers to honor soldiers who had died in battle. The Romans held an elaborate eight-day festival during February called "Parentalia" (Day of the Fathers). During this festival, roses and violets were placed on the graves of fallen soldiers by friends and family members.

According to acclaimed historian Jay Winik, the tradition began in America at the end of the Civil War.

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If Disney Movies Were Rewritten By Popular Websites

It's getting to the point where creativity has been completely drained from the entertainment industry, and Hollywood filmmakers have resigned themselves to asking the internet for help.

As we all know this is a bad idea, as the internet community tends to come up with half baked ideas that can be summed up in 140 characters or less.

So maybe they should reach out to specific websites for ideas instead of asking the internet as a whole?

These clever cartoons by Jhall and Tristan Cooper of Dorkly give us a visual example of what Disney movies rewritten by popular websites would look like...

Whelp, back to the drawing board, Disney!

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A Symphony of Destruction

Fail Army has compiled a whole slew of clips of people breaking, burning, and blowing up things, usually in some unexpected way. And then they set it to some classical-type music. Contains NSFW language.

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Now you have an entire list of things to not try at home. -via Tastefully Offensive   


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This Star Wars Pug-Crawl is the Cutest Geek Dog Fest Ever

Only in Portland would a pub-crawl involve dressing pugs up as Star Wars characters and parading them down the street -and if that's what it means to keep Portland weird, I'm all in.

The event was well documented on Twitter and Fashionably Geek rounded up a few of the best costumes from the parade, including this amazing Bespin Cloud City pug that was apparently totally cool with being carried on his owner's shoulders all day.

A few owners even got in on the fun, like this Jabba the Hut partnered with his precious Salacious Crumb pup.

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College Costs Illustrated

Redditor devgal graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania with a degree in environmental engineering. When the time came to decorate her mortarboard, she had the perfect idea, because she’s heard all the jokes since she was four years old and her leg was amputated. She explained that she has two prosthetics: one for everyday use, and one with a foot made for high heels that she can switch out for a running blade. Oh, that 45K? That's per year. -via reddit  


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