Disneyland has allowed feral cats to call the park home since the very beginning, but by 2001 the park’s feral cat population was growing out of control, so they allowed animal rescue group Best Friends Catnippers to perform TNRs (trap-neuter-return) on the furry populace.
Today there are at least 100 feral cats roaming around the park after dark, but Disney doesn’t want to discuss these guest gatos, and some naturalist groups are worried these hungry kitties are going to wreak havoc on the local wildlife.
Traveling through time in a slick automobile equipped with Home Energy Reactors is pretty cool, but when your vehicle is capable of transforming into a walking, talking time former robot it instantly becomes a million times cooler! Doc Brown was constantly referring to gigawatts, which Marty took to mean units of energy, but what if he was actually referring to the time machine by it's auto bot name? Kinda puts a whole new spin on that classic 80s flick, now don't it?!
Great scott! This Gigawatt The Time-Former t-shirt by Ninjaink is so cool your friends and fellow BTTF fans will be hounding you to tell them where they can get one of their own!
Although I haven’t watched the show since I was a kid, I thought I remembered the Batman TV series perfectly, because I never missed an episode. It is not so. I was very young then. I recall many of the villains that the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder fought, but there are 37 of them in a list at mental_floss that are just now starting to come back in my memory. Also, since I was so young, I did not realize how many of the actors portraying those parts were already well-known celebrities. I yeah, I knew about Cesar Romero and Earth Kitt, but I did not know that director Otto Preminger played Mr. Freeze in two episodes. Nor did I realize that Anne Baxter played two different villains. Wait, there was both a Riddler and a Puzzler? There’s a lot more trivia in this Visual Guide to All 37 Villains that you’ll enjoy.
Kids often have a hard time grasping the concept of their parents doing something besides parenting for a living, finding it difficult to understand what it means to be an accountant, an administrative assistant, or a wedding photographer.
So how can a father who shoots weddings for a living explain this career to his young son? With a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and the rest of the Toy Story gang, as they celebrate the love shared between two plastic spuds.
Photographer Chris Thornton came up with this clever way to share his career with his son, and now the boy is carrying on in his father’s footsteps, having become quite a shutterbug himself since the Potato Heads said “I do”.
Who doesn't remember and love the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark in which the ark is opened and the Nazis are confronted with the face-melting truth about their coveted, sacred piece? This item from UK company Firebox captures the homeliest of the Nazi visages as a candle that melts into a satisfying pile of waxy goo. This fun bit of movie memorabilia is available here for 30 bucks plus shipping.
Officials in Tuszyn, Poland, have a problem with Winnie-the-Pooh. They met to select a new macot for the municipal playground. They rejected the idea of using literary stuffed bear Winnie-the-Pooh on the grounds that he doesn’t wear pants. A Polish fictional bear who is completely clothed was suggested as an alternative.
One official is heard saying: "It doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex. It’s a hermaphrodite."
Councillor Hanna Jachimska then began criticising the Winnie-the-Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.
She said: "This is very disturbing but can you imagine! The author was over 60 and cut his [Pooh's] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity."
This is the JCB GT--the fastest backhoe in the world. It's a product of JCB, a British manufacturer of heavy equipment. The company built it to advertise its products at public events, such as drag races. After heavy modifications, it's been able to seize a Guinness World Record. Matthew Lucas, a professional driver, recently piloted it on a track in Bathurst, Australia. Today, Guinness World Records confirmed the JCB GT's incredible speed on that run: 72.58 miles per hour.
Just 13 years after President Richard Nixon’s resignation, a heroic opera about him seemed like a sure flop. Today, it’s part of the global repertoire.
Opera houses don’t usually have to protect themselves against libel suits. But before curtains rose at the Houston Grand Opera on October 22, 1987, the venue’s management took out a massive insurance policy. The team knew the upcoming show would be a lightning rod. And now, as the world premiere approached, they were getting nervous.
They weren’t the only ones. As the audience anxiously filed in, the minimalist orchestral prelude built simple patterns that crested and morphed. The set, on the other hand, was anything but austere. As the music crescendoed, a life-size airliner landed on stage: Richard Nixon’s Spirit of ’76. The sight of the massive prop sent the audience into uncertain applause. Things were only about to get stranger.
When the door of the plane swung open, Nixon emerged from the stairs, belting out an aria. In rhyming couplets, he sang of the “murmuring down below” and rats—his political enemies—that “begin to chew the sheets” back home, lying in wait for his failures.
From its opening scene, Nixon in China, this brainchild of a precocious 30-year-old director, promised to be a complete departure from tradition. By diving into fresh history and painting a heroic picture of a man whose legacy was far more dubious, Nixon in China was no doubt a gutsy work of art. But was it any good? That’s been a subject of debate for critics ever since. Could Nixon in China be the great savior of opera, helping it navigate the modern terrain of MTV and the 24-hour news cycle? Or was it simply an audacious act of bravado poised to fizzle out?
Nixon’s Big Adventure
On July 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon made a shocking announcement. In a televised address to the American people, he stated, “There can be no stable and enduring peace without the participation of the People’s Republic of China.” The implications were staggering. Since the end of World War II, the United States and Communist PRC had at best ignored each other and at worst fought a proxy war on the Korean Peninsula. But as the 1960s drew to a close, both Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong were beginning to see the advantage of improved relations.
Inside and out, it’s the perfect vehicle for any Bikini Bottom resident. I especially like steering wheel, which looks like a classic sailing ship’s wheel. The jellyfishing net on the roof, though, takes the challenge out of that hobby.
Oh! Oh! I know this one! My father taught geology and geography, and this is one of the few lessons I remember learning as I sat through his summer classes as a young kid. It was cheaper than a babysitter, see. So, I learned words like meander and oxbow. Minute Earth explains what happens to a river over time as the water continuously flows. Our earth is quite a dynamic, ever-changing place. -via Viral Viral Videos
Ready? Okay, Allain suggests that you may wish to bring electrical devices, such as an ebook reader or a electric motorcycle. Just make sure that they can be recharged through some destination time energy source:
An electronic device would be super useful, but you have to charge it. How could you charge a Kindle? I can think of two ways – one of which might be considered cheating. The first way is to build a battery after you go back in time. It wouldn’t be too hard. You just need an acid and two different types of metals (here is an example battery made from pennies). It might be hard to find these materials, but I would suggest the first book on your Kindle be a book called “how to build a battery from scratch”.
What about another method to charge your kindle? What about a solar panel on your Kindle? They actually make such a thing – it’s a Kindle case with a solar panel. Pretty awesome. You could load hundreds of useful books and just keep using the thing. Yes, you might consider this to be “two things”, but once you put the cover on the Kindle it might just count as “one thing”.
I have my own suggestions: bring local money, a detailed map, orienteering equipment, and a crate in which you can keep your property safe for a very long time.
Then travel back in time. Following the approach of David Xanatos from Gargoyles, acquire a coin that is common in your destination time, but extremely rare in your own time. Place that coin in the crate, bury it, and mark the spot carefully on your map.
Next, travel forward in time, dig up your item, and sell it for a fortune.
We make jokes about Canadians, and Canadians make jokes about Americans, but deep down, we love each other. Kind of like siblings. Tuesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Nashville Predators. Considering all the snow between here and there, the crowd was overwhelmingly Canadian. During the U.S. national anthem, the microphone pooped out. That’s when the Canadian crowd jumped in to finish the song themselves! It was a lovely moment. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
They didn't have the technology to depict the Pakku Man legend the way it actually played out, so they had to settle for a pie shaped main character and a bunch of pixelated ghosts, but the true story is so much cooler than the actual game. The demon hunter known as Pakku was trained in the art of wakka wakka, and he wielded a mystical wakizashi powered by energy pellets that made slicing through demons and spirits a snap, but then one day he encountered four different colored spirits who wouldn't go down without a fight...
Tell the true story behind the arcade classic with this PAKKU-MAN t-shirt by BeastPop, and you'll earn a geeky fashion high score with your fellow gamers!
You'll look at this and think, “Genius! Why didn’t I think of that?” because he’s got a swing he doesn’t have to push. Then you think “I hope he doesn’t kill himself.” Watch a little more and you’ll wonder how sturdy that rope really is. He does look like he’s having the time of his life, though. -via Digg
You’ve probably heard of New Zealand. You may have watched Xena: Warrior Princess, which is set there. But, like Xena, New Zealand is just pretend. It’s not real, which is why it commonly doesn’t appear on maps.
World Maps Without New Zealand is a Tumblr blog devoted to maps that show all of the nations and large islands around the world . . . except New Zealand. For some reason artists and, occasionally, actual mapmakers, leave it off.
This is a wonderful letter! Bennet is nice and polite, enthusiastic, and knows what a woman wants to hear, even if she’s a little girl. He also types well. The headline at reddit said, “If only adults could communicate this well.” I would be sorely disappointed if I found out that Bennet is 32 years old.
Lauren O’Brien isn’t just funny—she’s a master impersonator. In this short video, she imagines the reactions of 15 celebrities to being stuck in heavy road traffic. It’s remarkable how well she mimics not only the voices, but the faces and mannerisms of the these women by using only small makeup and wardrobe changes.
O’Brien’s targets are, in order:
Lois Griffin from Family Guy
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
O’Brien seems to imply that Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie are the same person.
When the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982, Finland, Sweden, and Norway all decided it wasn’t for children. You had to be at least twelve to watch it. Really. The reason was because it portrayed "adults as enemies of children."
Apparently, some adults in Scandinavia were worried that the only thing standing between them and a wide-scale Children of the Corn-style uprising was a movie about a bunch of kids befriending a space puppet and the grown-ups in business suits trying to take him away. The Swedish Board of Film Censorship thought watching E.T. would plant subversive ideas in kids' heads, teaching them to fear and distrust their adult overlords. It is unclear whether they were aware that most children's adventure stories feature villainous adults, because children generally don't have enough societal clout to be effective bad guys.
There were protests staged by children who wanted to see the movie, but they had to grow up first. That’s just one of a list of six movies at Cracked that have been banned from at least one country for reasons that will make you scratch your head.
The Kishokai Medical Corporation, a Japanese medical services firm, would like to educate mothers about the experience of pregnancy in a fun way. It commissioned the ad agency Dentsu, which developed the Mother Book.
The Mother Book is a textured board book that shows what’s happening to a baby through each week of pregnancy. As readers turn the pages, the layers of cardboard form into the swelling belly and breasts of a pregnant woman.
Comedy duo Tim and Eric are known for their bizarre characters, public access television inspired sketches and a generally strange sense of humor, and now they can add Totino’s Pizza Rolls spokesmen to their eclectic CV.
Totino’s is obviously trying to add some net cred to their brand by bringing T&E on board, hoping to catch on with consumers the same way Old Spice and Axe did by changing their ads to a comedic format.
And if you pay the website totinosliving.com a visit you'll find all sorts of pizza roll inspired weirdness, as they've apparently given T&E full control of their snack food kingdom.
Doesn't this darling image make you hungry for pizza flavored snack nuggets? Nothing says delicious like true love!
Daily of the Day rounded up 33 clever and original ring designs that will make you giggle. They’re not ordinary gold bands or diamond rings. Some are terrariums, animals, and food products. It’s a great list that I wish that I had thought of.
You know about the paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope. He was famous for his feud with fellow paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. Cope revealed how Marsh assembled a nonexistent dinosaur called Brontosaurus by mistakenly combining fossil bones of different species. Then Marsh revealed how Cope had erred by constructing an Elasmosaurus with its head on the wrong end. Although both were prolific scientists, they are most remembered by the general public for their highly publicized mistakes. But the story of Edward Drinker Cope continued long after he died in 1897. He donated his body to science, specifying that his skeleton be preserved, but not exhibited.
Originally kept by the American Anthropometric Society, a group with a fondness for measuring the brains of famous men, Cope’s skull was passed in 1966 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Anthropology, and that’s when things got a little weird.
A distinguished anthropology professor by the name of Loren Eiseley saw Cope’s name on a box and left a note that said, “Gone to lunch—Edward Drinker Cope.” Eiseley took the bones back to his office and laid them out on a conference table to make sure everything was intact before placing them back into the box. Over the years, the paleontologist's remains became a fixture in Eiseley’s office, and the anthropologist toasted “Eddie” with sherry and even bought him a birthday present of a skeleton-bedecked printing block. The office staff also decorated Cope for Christmas.
That was just the beginning of Cope’s postmortem adventures. Read about his almost-burial, his road trips, and where he ended up, at mental_floss.
The Griffin family found themselves on a different kind of cartoon adventure, one that involved swords and ice kings and candy monsters and junk. At first they were all like "Oh, cool! This place looks way better than Quahog, and look! All the frickin' candy you can eat!", but as time marched on things got freaky for that cartoon family. Peter started telling everyone he was actually a guy named Finn, little Stewie started going beep-mo-boop-bop like a robot, and Chris thought he could cast spells and talk to penguins, but as the darkness settled in the family's sense of smell was accosted by the stench of desperation and rotten meat...
Add some cartoon crossover adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Return of the Lich Queen t-shirt by Gilles Bone, it's the perfect way to say "I watch cartoon shows and I'm okay!"
Thanksgiving is great, but cooking a turkey takes hours. If you can't handle the wait time (or if you just can't get enough junk food), you can always try cooking a hot dog turkey, aka a Hot Durkey. Oscar Meyer created this crazy concoction that helps pack in all those holiday calories in a fraction of the time. Be sure to garnish it well to make the celebration feel complete.
Or if you're really lazy you can just grab a few bags of potato chips.
This is the Bubble Lamp, a novel design by the Dutch firm Booo. It consists of a single LED inside an automatic bubble blower. When activated, the lamp blows bubbles which serve as lampshades. After several seconds, the bubble pops or detaches from the lamp and floats away.
In the town of Solikamsk, Russia, there’s a large hole swallowing a neighborhood. The main industry in the area is salt mining, and an influx of water has caused a “failure of the soil,” or in other words, a great big hole in the ground. The soil began shifting in 2005, and authorities responded by evacuating the area, cutting electricity to encourage everyone to leave; so no one lives in these houses. On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being released. -via reddit
Every kid wants a picture with the characters when they visit Disney World, but Jennifer Rouch's 3-year-old daughter Lane manages to actually fit in with the stories she matches with the help of her mother's amazing costumes.
Jennifer makes all of the costumes from scratch and some of them are utterly amazing. The mother didn't just want to make cute photos that would make internet candy for Disney fans. -She actually came up with the idea after she noticed that her daughter was becoming increasingly shy.
Since Jennifer and Lane visit Disney World regularly, the mother thought that letting her daughter dress up like Disney characters might make her more comfortable around new people. The efforts paid off as little Lane certainly looks cozy playing with her favorite characters.
Robbie Sherrard is a fine-looking yet self-conscious guy who doesn’t feel comfortable having his picture taken. That doesn’t apply to videos, because he has a bunch of them in which he just talks to the camera. But he’s somewhat aware of why he, and other guys, don’t like posing for a picture, or even having a candid shot taken. His discomfort comes across as downright cute. -via Viral Viral Videos
Genesis 26:14 “He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the haters envied him.”
The word appears a lot in the Book of Judges as the Israelite hero Samson deals with the Philistines:
Judges 14:3 “His father and mother replied, ‘Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised haters to get a wife?’” […]
Judges 15:12 “They said to him, ‘We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the haters.'”
Judges 16:9 “With men hidden in the room, she called to him, ‘Samson, the haters are upon you!’ But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.”
Judges 16:30 “And Samson cried, ‘Let me die with the haters!’ And he bowed himself mightily, and the house fell upon the princes and upon all the people that were in it. So the dead whom he slew at his death were more than they whom he slew in his life.”