Sunday is Valentine's Day. It will be time to present affectionate gestures to your fellow humans. This is difficult, but not impossible. You can learn how before V-Day by carefully studying this video tutorial by Emily Larlham of Dogmatics, a dog training company in San Diego. Four of her dogs show you the ropes.
Joaquin Garcia of Cadiz, Spain, was a civil servant assigned to supervise the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. By Garcia’s account, he was the victim of political bullying and found himself assigned to a job where there was nothing to do. As a result, he went for at least six years without going in to work, and no one noticed, until he became eligible for an award for his long employment.
Spanish newspapers have dubbed him "el funcionario fantasma" - the phantom official.
The court heard that the boss of the water company had not seen Mr Garcia for years despite occupying an office opposite his.
The water company thought he was supervised by the local authorities and vice versa.
The deputy mayor noticed his absence when Mr Garcia became eligible to receive a plaque for 20 years' service.
When the water company found out about Garcia, they levied a fine of €27,000 ($30,000) against him. That’s about a year’s salary, and the legal maximum they could demand. A judge upheld the fine against Garcia, who has since retired from his “non-job.” -via reddit
A couple months ago, I blogged about the hair coloring trend called unicorn braids. I showed them to my 7-year old daughter, expecting that she’d be impressed. Nope. “There’s no horn.” Then she went back to her My Little Pony video.
Some couples drive us crazy with their displays of affection, but Harley and Mister J drive us crazy the old fashioned way- with Joker Gas! They're quite loving considering their unstable states of mind, and perhaps their offbeat relationship is meant to teach us all a lesson in love, because if two psychos with bats in their belfries can truly love each other than there's definitely hope for the rest of us!
Spread maniacal smiles wherever you go with this Crazy In Love t-shirt by Dooomcat, it's a warm and fuzzy way to show some love for your favorite clown couple.
Michael Ridge wanted to unleash the true pain and heartache hidden deep inside the grooves of that classic Poison single, so he attached a contact mic to a branch from a rose bush and let the thorns draw out the tears.
The Philadelphia restaurant Cantina Dos Segundos has introduced a fusion recipe to celebrate the new Deadpool movie: the Deadpool Poutine Chimichanga. Deadpool is known for his love of chimichangas, and this one is supersized. The restaurant's description is on Instagram:
Braised short rib, French fries, Fried cheese curd Black beans, Bacon, Pickled red onion & jalapeño. served with a side of short rib au jus, topped with sour cream onion, scallion, cilantro
Burger King is preparing to unveil its new line of hotdogs. To ensure that its staff is ready, the company produced this video on the hotdog production process. Rap star Snoop Dogg introduces employees to the new product in this advertisement masquerading as an internal training video.
And for Burger King employees who speak Spanish as their primary language, the company called in Charo, Spanish-American comedian. You can watch her video here. Even if you don't speak Spanglish, it's a hoot!
Have you ever good naturedly teased a friend who lives in an isolated area for "living in the sticks?" Or has anyone accused you of such a lifestyle? If you're in the latter category, take heed: the towns listed in the linked article are the perfect comeback to such a ribbing. There are the proverbial "sticks" and then there are these towns, that make the kind of isolated we have in mind look like it's for wimps.
Let's look at one interesting example, pictured above:
"The Scandinavian town of Longyearbyen is so far north that it’s closer to the North Pole than it is to Oslo, Norway’s capital. The arctic location makes for chilly temperatures year-round and long winters of unbroken darkness. The houses there are built on stilts in order to keep the underlying permafrost from melting beneath them and becoming unstable.
Despite these harsh conditions, Longyearbyen attracts residents from around the world. Of the town’s fewer than 3000 inhabitants, nearly a third of them are foreigners. The community’s greatest appeal is likely its shockingly low crime rate, which is helped by the fact that it's illegal to live in Longyearbyen without a job or a permanent address. (It’s also illegal to die there, because it’s too cold for bodies to decompose.) And while crime is low, gun ownership is unusually high—but this is primarily to protect against the threat of polar bears. The danger is such an issue that the police enforce a law that anyone straying outside the city limits must carry a weapon and know how to use it."
It seems some people don't like McDonald's very much, and whether the hate is directed at their food, their corporate practices or their head clown Ronald it's a hate that burns hotter than the inside of a cherry pie.
But nobody hates on Mickey Dee's like those who had to walk inside to order because the drive thru was full. (Video NSFW due to language)
Today, the web is laughing at a set of extra credit questions attributed to an unknown statistics professor.* This one at the top is my favorite. Almost certainly some anxious student is going to jump on his desk and yell "Oh Captain! My Captain!" -- a reference to the Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society.
*I tried to track down the original source, but was unsuccessful. Do I get extra credit for trying? How about partial credit?
Okay, so it's funny and fantastically punny, it's Deadpool so whaddya expect.
But the guy wearing the mask Ryan Reynolds made sure the video also contained a serious message that men would take seriously after hearing it delivered in a not-so-serious manner. I laughed, I cried, I learned, what about you?
I'm a librarian and I married another librarian. Other good possibilities for me were truck drivers, paralegals, and middle school teachers.
That's what this chart by Bloomberg Business indicates. Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell analyzed US Census data from the 2014 American Community Survey. They examined who married whom by profession and gender. You can find the interactive chart here. It's fun to play to with!
Of all professions, elementary school teachers were the most likely to marry within their profession. Software developers, dentists, musicians, and air traffic controllers also tend to keep their loving in-house.
Nicky Trevorrow, a cat behavior expert at Cats Protection http://www.cats.org.uk/ tells us about cat mating behavior and the importance of spaying and neutering. Then we get to see Tofield draw his girl cat character, and then we see last year’s Valentines Day cartoon, “Butterflies.” -via Tastefully Offensive
When you've traveled through all of time and space you learn to appreciate the small stuff, like a picnic in Queen Elizabeth's private park, a Christmas without the Cybermen attacking, or a beautiful painting based on your adventures. The Doctor has always had an appreciation for art made by humans, but he really gets excited when the subject of a painting is his beloved Tardis!
Add some sci-fi art that will stand the test of time to your geeky wardrobe, bring home this All Of Space And Time t-shirt by MelissaSmith and send the spirits of your fellow fans soaring!
Not often do we get a critique of a 44-year-old film, but rarely do we see a movie like The Godfather. And it doesn’t even seem like an old movie. Maybe it’s the timeless conflict of greed vs. loyalty. Maybe it’s the rich cinematography. Anyway, Paul Tassi recently watched The Godfather again, and noticed a few things -just a very few- that don’t make sense, and wonders if you noticed them, too. Like how the movie ended.
I’m not saying I don’t get the idea behind the mass hit. Murder everyone who means you harm, or probably means you harm, seems like a good plan. But what about the rest of families? Don’t each of these guys who were killed have a son or two who want to avenge them like Michael is doing for his family? Isn’t killing the dons just like bashing a hornets’ nest with a baseball bat?
In that case, what appears to be a flaw gave us sequels. However, they didn’t know in 1972 that there would be sequels. In that era, it rarely happened and plots weren’t written around setting up possible sequels, the way they are now. So was it as nonsensical to you? Read more about the ending, and the other flaws in The Godfather at TVOM.
The classic scam spammed out to millions of people for the past 20 years or so is that a Nigerian prince needs help getting access to his massive supply of money. He needs just a bit of cash--a few thousand dollars or so--to get the process started. In exchange, he'll cut you in for half of the money in the bank.
And you should move on because there are better opportunities. The entertainment website Anorak recently received an email soliciting funds for a Nigerian astronaut who boarded a Soviet space station in 1989 and been stranded there since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He'd like to come home and needs your help:
I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.
In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.
We usually do a poll like this before a finale, but as we approach the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, we’ve been told that there will be a major purge of characters. Series creator Robert Kirkman said “So many people die.” It’s true that the cast has grown so large that we can go several weeks without seeing some of the major characters. There’s just not enough screen time. And more new characters will be introduced soon.
The last time we ran a poll, before the mid-season finale, readers correctly predicted who would bite the big one. Then it occurred to me that votes came in after the fact! This time, I will try to make a note of the results just before the show airs on Sunday night. Who do you think will die this Sunday night? You can select more than one character in the poll.
Continue reading for reasons why some of the major characters may be looking at their last episode. Contains spoilers and comic book details.
This collection of RMS Titanic survivor photographs is an interesting visual account of the ship's tragic happenings in the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912. The photos document the time after the ship collided with an iceberg in the north Atlantic and passengers clamored for an insufficient number of lifeboats. The collection includes lifeboats at sea, shot from rescue ship RMS Carpathia. Also featured are photos of the survivors aboard the rescue vessel.
One "Hollywood" note: given the picture of Mrs. James J. Brown, a/k/a "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" below, it's no wonder why James Cameron and company cast actress Kathy Bates in the role!
Well, well, well. I mean, I’d like to grant your wish, but sometimes I get two wishes that are in direct opposition, and at the end of the day, a well’s got to pay the bills, you know? I’m sure you understand. This comic is from Cluster Fudge by John McNamee. -via Pie Comic
In the Star Wars expanded universe, there are (or were, until Disney eliminated it) over 20,000 characters on 294 planets. What is the species distribution? Researchers at the prestigious research institution École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) decided to find out. They determined that there are 7,563 characters of consequence. 80% of them are human. Professor Vandergheynst elaborates:
“Fans will be surprised to learn, for example, that we came up with over 20,000 characters,” said Kirell Benzi, a PhD student and the project lead. Among them, 7,500 play an important role. There are also 1,367 Jedi and 724 Sith. All the characters are spread among 640 different communities on 294 planets. And an analysis of the 10 largest communities reveals an aberration: nearly 80% of the galaxy’s population is human.
In addition to counting the number of characters and identifying their tribe of origin, the program also situates them in the timeline of the story. A very long timeline, since the saga covers 36,000 years, broken down into six main periods: before the Republic, the Old Republic, the Empire, the Rebellion, the New Republic, and the Jedi Order.
Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.
Abraham Lincoln may be the greatest president ever … in terms of the crazy cultural crap he inspires.
Apologies to Ronald Reagan, but no president has lent himself to kitsch and over-analysis as much as Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the best 16th president a democratically-elected country could ask for. There has been much written and collected about ol’ Abe, and as someone who has seen Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the theater and lived to tell the tale, I’m probably just as qualified as anyone to talk about Lincolniana. In honor of the dude’s birthday, this issue is all about him. So put on your stovepipe hat and let’s go for a ride!
But no article on Lincoln gets nearly as up-close and personal with Lincoln’s face as much as Behn’s does about the man’s facial features. Here’s a sample of the 5,500-word article, full of scholarly quotes:
President Lincoln’s face was a mobile instrument that left a lasting impression. One contemporary observed: “His large bony face when in repose was unspeakably sad and as unreadable as that of a sphinx, his eyes were as expressionless as those of a dead fish; but when he smiled or laughed at one of his own stories of that of another then everything about him changed; his figure became alert, a lightning change came over his countenance, his eyes scintillated and I thought he had the most expressive features I had ever seen on the face of a man.”
If you have a face, you should read this article, which describes, in-depth, the troubles that sculptors had in recreating his face. After you’re done, you’ll probably want to use an Oxy pad or something.
Do yourself a favor and download this video as an MP4 file and load it on your smartphone. There will be a test and you must get a passing score--which is any landing that you can walk away from.
It's the worst case scenario: both pilots on the passenger-laden 737 have fallen unconscious, died, or joined the ranks of the undead. Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot, made this video for Quora. It covers the basics of altering the course of and landing a plane, assuming that you are not a trained pilot.
Those of us who own pets know that along with the joy and laughter they bring to our daily lives, we occasionally have to suffer inconveniences or make sacrifices in order to have them with us.
John is an Asian comic artist who lovingly documents his life before and after acquiring pets. His drawings show his life with two dogs and a cat, but the runaway star of the show is Maimai, his male golden retriever. Maimai, almost always depicted with a big smile on his face, is the animal whose mischief is primarily showcased in John's work. And regardless of the mischievous deeds, John's love for Maimai (and his other "furry kids" as he calls them) is clearly communicated, which is why they are so charming.
Amanita Design, the folks who brought us the maddening Samorost, defies you to try Questionaut. The premise is that you need to fill your balloon with gas, but you have to answer general knowledge questions to get it. Those are easy. Meanwhile, you spend most of your time on each level trying to figure out what to do to get the questions going. I played this game years ago, but danged if I could remember any of the secrets. If you get stuck, here’s a guy who’s figured it all out. -via the Presurfer
The Dark Knight has returned time and time again, and each time people get all excited and eat up every minute of the new production, so when is the Blue Mite going to return? Some of us are waiting to see him leap back onto the screen with a mighty shout of "Spoon!", doing all those superheroic things he does with his signature Tick lack of style. But the big guys like Bats and Supes keep overshadowing our favorite badass in blue, so when will they put away their egos and let the Tick's bright blue spirit light up the night?
Don't listen to Batmanuel, this Blue Mite Returns t-shirt by Harebrained Design is totally electrifying and sure to make your fellow Tick fans go all spoony with delight.
Visit Harebrained Design's NeatoShop for more geek-tastic designs:
Lorenzo Wood made this amazing cake inspired by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The very lucky Alexander got a cake that actually lights up! Wood placed strings of Arduino-controlled LEDs on the cake before he iced it. The cake is mounted on a foam board and the wiring is fed through it to the controller on bottom. You can see more photos here.
The mental_floss List Show tackles an appropriate topic as we approach Valentines Day: love! But this isn’t just love, it’s the latest scientific findings about love. Yes, romance has been the subject of quite a few scientific studies. Wonder how those scientists look at love after all the science. -via mental_floss
The caption on this photograph at Aussie Farmer says “Death by Daddy long legs.” Now, what they call Daddy Long Legs in Australia is a different creature from the fairly harmless insects we call Daddy Long Legs in the U.S. This is a cellar spider, which is sometimes called a Daddy Long Legs in Australia. And it’s captured a brown snake. Farmer Patrick Lees took the picture on his property in Weethalle, New South Wales. He said a group of spiders later gathered around the snake.
The Australian Museum's arachnology collections manager Graham Milledge said while it was not clear exactly how the snake had died, it was quite possible the spider was responsible.
"The most likely scenario is that the snake got entangled in the spider's web. Usually what happens then is the spider will try to wrap the snake and then they'll bite it," Mr Milledge said.
The Australian Museum lists the daddy-long-legs spider as carnivorous and predatory. The venom is not particularly potent, despite rumours it is one of the world's most poisonous.
It’s pictures like these that get those rumors started, I’d bet. -via Uproxx