Hotel Rigopiano in central Italy was crushed Wednesday when an avalanche of snow fell on it. Nine people have been rescued, seven have died, and 23 others are still missing. Rescue crews continue to dig around the clock. Two Abruzzo sheepdogs lived at the hotel, and were found wandering the streets after the disaster. But Nuvola and Lupo had puppies in December, which were still missing, five days after the avalanche. On Monday, firefighters found all three puppies alive in an air pocket in the hotel's boiler room. The puppies were reunited with their parents. The rescue operation gave firefighters and other emergency workers hope that they may still find other survivors in the wreckage of the hotel.
In the quest to make video games more immersive and perfect the art of virtual reality a gamer's paradise was built called MarioWorld, where players could actually feel the bricks breaking under their fists and feel the Goombas squishing under their feet. This virtual world was unlike any built before it, because MarioWorld contained androids instead of 3D holograms, and people began shelling out their life savings in order to experience the future of gaming firsthand. But a glitch in the system nicknamed BW53R threatened to tear the whole place down, and soon the Goombas and the Koopas would be doing the squishing...
Show the world what the future of VR gaming looks like with this MarioWorld t-shirt by NibiruHybrid, it's so cutting edge your fellow gamers will think you're a time traveler from the future!
If you've ever seen a giant river otter in person, you might be surprised how big they seem when they're right in front of you. But that's nothing compared to the now extinct otters that lived six million years ago. Scientists working in China recently found the fossils of the previously unknown species that would have weighed in at around 110 pounds. The discovery of a complete skull and a few incomplete skeletons is a big jump forward in the knowledge about otter evolution as before that the only fossils scientists had to go by were a few shattered teeth. Like modern otters, they largely lived on shellfish.
You think you recognize this picture when you really have never seen it before. Redditor vic8760 created it by accident while working with artificial intelligence (or at least he says it was an accident). Sure, it looks like Napoleon Crossing the Alps, except made up of smaller images from other familiar artworks. Butit's not. Look closer, and every figure you though you saw is only a drape of color, somewhat resembling fabric. You can enlarge the image here to see the details. The more you look, the less sense it makes. The program may have been "inspired" by other artworks, but it didn't exactly use them in creating this image.
Guinea pigs seem to have a drastically different opinion on the strange leafy veggies though. In fact, if this video is any indication, they seem to think brussels sprouts are the best treat in the world. I guess even if you think sprouts are revolting at least now they can bring you some joy.
Moonshiners is a reality TV series on the Discovery Channel that follows several guys who make moonshine. Its fans are divided into those who believe that it's a documentary and they are really manufacturing illegal whiskey, and those who know better but enjoy the drama between the characters. Either way, it's the drama that hooks the viewer. TVOM looks at some of the highlights from the show's stories, and the life lessons from friends and families in the forests of Appalachia. With video evidence for each.
Joanna Watkins suffers from mast cell activation syndrome, which means she is allergic to practically everything, including foods, chemicals, UV light and the smell of other people. She's even developed an allergy to her own husband, Scott. He can shower multiple times, put on sterile clothes and a face mask, but she will still go into anaphylactic shock if he gets too near her.
While most people with her condition find it treatable with medication, Joanna's isn't responding to any treatments, including chemotherapy. The only time she leaves her hermetically sealed room is to go to the hospital. She and her husband spend time together by watching tv in their respective rooms and texting to each other about what's going on. While their struggle is considerable, the two are remaining strong and trying to make it work.
You wanna see something adorable? Mom got 9-year-old Marley a kitten! Marley is very happy about it. The emotional scene was so popular that Marley gave us a follow-up, where we see that Ella the kitten has grown in size, and seems very happy with Marley. -via Laughing Squid
If you love someone enough to propose, then you may as well make that proposal special. So if your little lady (or gentleman) is a bit of a geek, then a nerdy ring box is a great way to seal the deal with a little loving flair. Here are a few of the best dorky ring boxes we've seen online.
Geeky ring box sculptor Paul Pape has dozens of amazing designs on his Tumblr page -and this golden snitch is a perfect way to propose to any Harry Potter fan.
Paul Pape isn't the only noted ring box sculptor out there. The Model Maker is also quite gifted and this BB-8 design proves it.
This great box by Gadget4Entertainment is actually part of a set for the hardcore Pokemon lover and both the ring and box are impeccable.
Pet cats who are allowed to go outside often become acquainted with their human neighbors as they survey their kingdom, hanging out at various pads and scoring free food and pettings.
These cats usually wear a collar while they're outside, showing the neighbors that the cat they're feeding and petting has an owner nearby, but the collar can also act as a way for neighbors to communicate.
Have you ever wondered why your Bluetooth is called that, and where that symbol came from? Me neither, even when mine stopped working this morning. But it's a fascinating story, as told here by Tom Scott.
You have to admit, Bluetooth sounds better than "lower power RF," which is what it could have been. And now, because they named the system Bluetooth, you know a little more about Scandinavian history. Commenters also added that in Sweden, your wireless communication is called Blåtand because that's how they spelled Harald's name. -via reddit
There are some really beautiful engagement photos out there, but let's face it -most of them are pretty similar. A couple holding hands and kissing in a pretty setting is nothing new, but these photos by wedding photographers Greg Basel and Maria Adams prove you haven't seen everything yet.
The dinosaurs themselves aren't a real couple, they are just friends of the photographers -but the photographers themselves are a happily married couple, so that's something.
He's the hero in green, the legend named Link who was busy saving the world before he was full grown, but lately he's been taking way too many breaks in-between adventures, leaving his loyal fans itching for more like full blown junkies. But what keeps Link from adventuring every year? Why, the warmth of his hearth and the love of his amazing girlfriend Zelda, that's what! Still, the breath of the wild stays with him, and his heart containers are always half empty without adventure, so I'm sure he'll keep coming out to play for years to come...
Take your favorite video game superstar with you wherever you go with this Hylian Warrior t-shirt by Ddjvigo, it's a great way to gear up for Link's return and will surely make your fellow fans green with envy.
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The report revealed that giraffe milk has a high fat content – 12.5%, to be precise. That compares with 3.5% in full fat cow’s milk (semi-skimmed has 1.5% – 1.8%, skimmed milk has less than 0.3% fat content).
In addition, giraffe milk contains similar amounts of riboflavin, thiamine and vitamin B6 to cow’s milk, but it has higher levels of vitamins B12 and A.
It's unlikely giraffe milk will make it into your local supermarket's dairy aisle anytime soon, even if only because giraffes won't just stand around and let humans milk them like cows.
The Golden Raspberry Awards, affectionately known as the Razzies, salute the worst movies of the year. The awards are bestowed the night before the Academy Awards. They usually nominate five movies in each category, but 2016 was particularly awful, so there are six each this year. Zoolander 2 leads with nine nominations, while Batman v Superman received eight nominations. And the nominees for worst picture are:
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Dirty Grandpa Gods of Egypt Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party Independence Day: Resurgence Zoolander No. 2
There are so many beautiful places in the world and waterfalls tend to always be on that list. Over on Travel and Leisure, you can see some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Tall and short, wide and thin, slow and fast, there are all kinds of waterfalls on the list, but each one is amazing in its own wonderful way. For example, the Iguazu Falls in Argentina (just above) is made up of 275 individual falls that stretch across two miles of rainforest cliffs. Meanwhile, the Akaka Falls in Hawaii (top) is more than twice as tall as Niagra Falls.
Wolverine is (arguably) the most successful knockoff character of all time, largely because the fine folks at Marvel worked hard to set their character apart from Lone Wolf/Timber Wolf, the DC character that inspired Wolvie.
However, the company's overuse of the character in the 80s and 90s led to an overabundance of knockoff characters created for storylines involving Wolverine, such as Shiv, Wild Child, Daken, Romulus and Wild Thing.
Since Wild Thing and Daken are technically Wolvie's kids they don't really count as knockoffs, but Shiv is the spitting image of Logan without the mask and has one claw on each hand instead of three.
But any savage comic character can be considered akin to Wolverine, so the feral characters Wild Child and Romulus, and the Liefeld character Feral for that matter, share that connection to him.
The official name of the eighth episode of the Star Wars saga (which many are now calling 'the Skywalker saga') has been announced: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We already figured that the movie would revolve around the aged Jedi master Luke Skywalker, and maybe we can assume that is who the title refers to. Or maybe not. No matter what happens in the film, we will all cry for Leia. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15th, 2017. We'll have the first trailer as soon as it's available. -via Laughing Squid
Are you afraid of future technologies using facial recognition software to track your every movement and action? Then you might want to avoid visiting a KFC in Beijing, where you the company has started to employ facial-recognition software to decide what you want to order. It's not as scary as it sounds though, the restaurant isn't really using full facial recognition. Instead, the software will identify the visitor's age and sex, as well as other factors like the weather and time of day to estimate what that customer will want to order. For example, a male customer in his 20s ordering in the afternoon on a warm day might want a popcorn chicken combo, while an older female in her 40s ordering in on a chilly morning want poridge (which they sell in Beijing).
Of course, that doesn't mean the technology won't help push forward the scary kind of facial recognition, so it might be best to avoid anyway.
For many of us, the Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy was the first time we encountered Star-Lord, the leader of the Guardians and an all-around relatable hero with a sense of humor. But the character has a history in Marvel Comics that you might be surprised to know. Character creator Steve Englehart had a long-term vision for Star-Lord that went by the wayside when he left the company. Then things got weird as other writers took over the comic book character, and Star-Lord moved to TV, video games, and movies.
There's no single right way to behave at a Holocaust memorial, but as a general rule, visitors should be respectful -and practicing parkour, doing gymnastics, juggling and snapping selfies are all examples of disrespectful behavior. Unfortunately, Berlin's Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe by architect Peter Eisenman is constantly filled with tourists taking selfies, playing hide and go seek, and otherwise ignoring the somber nature of the site. Even EasyJet published an eight-pagefashion editorial in their magazine that was shot in the memorial.
That's why Israeli artist Shahak Shapira started showing how ugly and inappropriate these acts are by Photoshopping people's tasteless Facebook, Instagram, Tinder and Grindr photos into actual pictures of the Holocaust. The results are ugly and unpleasant, but they show exactly how callous the behavior of those in the images are.
The project is called Yolocaust and Shapira made sure to include the number of likes each photo has to remind us that the people shooting the images aren't the only ones at fault.
Of course, those who find themselves on the page can get their images removed by emailing the highly appropriate address email@example.com. Meanwhile, you can see pictures of those tasteless people satired for their behavior on the Yolocaust website.
Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was responsible for the monument to four presidents carved into Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. The project took 14 years to complete, but Borglum had another idea to ensure the history of his work: to carve an accessible museum into the rock, an archive to house all the information about the monument. He called it the Hall of Records.
After all, Borglum reasoned, what did we really know about Stonehenge? Or Egyptian pyramids? Civilizations could rise and fall while Rushmore stood, its origins getting more clouded with time.
To make sure people in the future knew the history of his project and the meaning behind it, Borglum announced an ambitious addition: a massive room situated just behind Abraham Lincoln’s hairline that would contain all the information anyone would ever need about the mountain. It would even house major historical artifacts like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We recently introduced you to the new world's tallest dog and now it's time to meet the new holder of the "world's longest tail" Guinness title. Keon is an Irish Wolfhound, which are known for having long tails to start with. But then even most wolfhounds don't have tails that measure 30.2" -that's over two and a half feet long and it doesn't even include the hair at the end. In fact, Keon's tail is 1.7" longer than the previous Guinness record holder.
There are plenty of fake fantastic beasts out there, from the magical unicorns people claim to see prancing around the forest to those fire breathing dragons they see flying across the sky. But believe me when I tell you that pugcorns are real- and they're the most magical little mugs you'll ever meet! The pugcorn can turn a turd into a creampuff with a touch of their horn, and they vomit rainbows instead of undigested kibble. But the pugcorn's neatest trick is their ability to melt even the coldest of hearts with their sweet little smiles and sparkly eyes, an ability that may make them the key to world peace! Good thing they actually exist...
Spread smiles wherever you go with this Believe In Pugcorns t-shirt by NemiMakeit, it's the adorably silly way to show the world you want to believe in fantastic creatures and their power to make people happy!
Looking for a theme for your next road trip? How about “Places Where My Favorite Horror Films Were Shot”? If that appeals to you, here are a few scary spots you’ll want to add to your agenda.
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
Creepy Place: The house where serial killer “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine) lived, where he kept kidnapped women in a pit in the basement, and where he is eventually confronted by FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster)
Real-Life Location: 8 Circle Street, Perryopolis, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh)
Story: In the movie, the house is located in the fictional town of Belvedere, Ohio, but most of the film was actually shot near Pittsburgh. This house was one of several picked by movie location scouts in 1989, two years before the film came out. “They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through,” owner Barbara Lloyd told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They wanted it to look like a spider web, with Buffalo Bill drawing Jodie Foster into the foyer, into the kitchen, then into the basement.” The home got the approval of director Jonathan Demme, and a film crew showed up to film inside the home for three days in early 1990.
Extra: The home made the news in 2015, when the Lloyds put it up for sale. The Lloyds told reporters that the home has a full basement…but no creepy pit. (That part of the movie was filmed in a studio.)
Apps like Snapchat and Instagram do all kinds of funny things with people's faces when their filters are applied to a photo, but most of these filters are silly and don't improve the look of the person in the photo.
But now there's Meitu, an app with filters that are both silly and enhance a person's looks- by making them look extremely cute!
Meitu is an anime beauty app that puts a sparkle in your big, beautiful eyes, adds a glow to your eerily smooth skin, and makes your rosy lips look perfectly pouty.
What's that you say? These words don't describe your face at all? They will when Meitu is finished with you!
Meitu told CNET in a statement that the data collection code was included because the company is headquartered in China, where tracking services provided by app stores such as the Apple App Store and Google Play are blocked.
"To get around this, Meitu employs a combination of third-party and in-house data tracking systems to make sure the user data tracked is consistent," said a Meitu spokesperson.
Sounds legit to me, and what's a little third-party data collection when you're left looking this fabulous, amirite? *wink*
Ska and rocksteady started in Jamaica in the 1960s and eventually evolved into reggae, dub, dancehall and ragga. The evolution of the music was a natural result of the island's independence. By the 80s, djs would bring sound systems to local clubs so the masses could enjoy live, local music.
Canadian photographer Beth Lesser continually travelled to the island to document the music scene of the 80s and even published a magazine called Reggae Quarterly.
Now you can take a look at some of her best images from the era over at Timeline.
A truck spill on I-465 near Indianapolis, Indiana, left 38,000 pounds of glass marbles spread along the highway. Sgt. John Perrine, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer, used emojis to report that there were no injuries. The discussion at Twitter revolved around how one would go about picking up so many marbles. One suggestion was to use a Shop Vac, while others thought it would be better to find some Hungry, Hungry Hippos. -via Dave Barry
Many adults put on a show and act real tough when they're out in public, using their macho attitude as a way to hide their social anxiety, but if a young kid was born tough they don't have to act- they just show off their skills.
This is Evnika Saadvakass from Voronezh, Russia, and she is one of the toughest nine-year-olds on the planet. But Evnika doesn't have to act tough or talk tough, because she lets her lightning fast fists do all the talking for her.