Superman with a Mustache

The stars of the movie Justice League have been called back to the studio for some reshoots. That's not out of the ordinary; reshoots happen in a lot of movies to get a scene just right after the editing process. But Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, appears to be in a bit of a situation.

“Justice League’s” Man of Steel had expected to be able to finish shooting the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film before needing to don Superman’s spandex again. That has not been the case, however, as the new scenes that are being shot have required him to jump back and forth from each production. Because of this, a mustache he grew for his character in the “Mission: Impossible” sequel will have to be digitally removed in post-production. Paramount, which is distributing the “Mission: Impossible” sequel, would not allow Cavill to shave the facial hair while production was taking place.

Those reshoots must be very important to the movie. On hearing the news, many fans responded with a desire to see Superman with a mustache. Artist Jonas Von Kruger‏ saw this coming, as he posted this three weeks ago.  

The question remains: could Superman grow a mustache? He's not exactly human, you know. Facial hair may be out of the question since his invulnerable hair would resist trimming by a mere razor.

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'Catios' Are The Latest Cool Craze Among Cat Owners

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Cats like to hang outside as much as possible, but letting them go out whenever they want can expose them to many dangers and potentially shorten their life span.

Which is why cat owners are building enclosed "catios" so their furry family members can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with less risk of curiosity killing the cat.

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Catios look pretty cool too, so you won't end up looking like a crazy cat person when you convert your patio or install one on the side of your home.

And your cat will thank you for the opportunity to bask in the sun and see the birds up close inside a space that's safe from predators and dangerous people.

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Wedding DJs Describe the Worst Speeches They've Ever Heard

Wedding DJs start playing music as soon as the toasts are finished, so over time, they've heard a lot of speeches from the happy couple's family and friends, many of whom aren't very good at public speaking. Some are petrified by the task, but the worst are those who take the opportunity to be totally inappropriate. In this article, we get a roundup of wedding speech horror stories.

Apparently before the wedding, the bride had lost about 60 pounds, so of course, the father of the groom thought it would be funny to make fat jokes. There were literal gasps from the audience, and I don't know if he panicked or what, because he didn't stop. I was MCing the wedding as well, so I had to get up there and cut him off because it was a complete disaster. I just made fun of him, and everyone laughed at my jokes. Thankfully that thawed out the icy situation he'd just created.

This one pales next to those that enumerate the bride or groom's previous sexual conquests. Read those and other awful wedding speeches at Vice. -via Digg

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This Restaurant Knows How to Deal With Picky Kids

Some kids are born to be foodies and immediately start ordering meals just like adults from the first time they go to a restaurant. But most parents aren't so lucky and end up ordering countless meals for their children that "don't care," "aren't hungry" or "don't want that." Fortunately for those parents, this restaurant has a menu (posted to Reddit by IWishItWouldSnow) to help translate those totally unhelpful requests. Personally, I could go for a "what? I'm not hungry" combo right now.

Perhaps most hilariously, this isn't the only restaurant to offer such a useful kid's menu.

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Benderbrau - With The Taste Robots Love And Humans Hate!


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Beer is starting to taste way too good these days, and with all the flavor options offered by craft beers those who like to drink the foamy stuff feel like they'll never run out of options. But if you're tired of having to choose which beer to drink, and you're looking for something that will put hair on your chest whether you're a man, woman or gelatinous alien lifeform then you need to grab a Benderbrau- the only beer that's brewed inside a drunk robot's chest cavity. Benderbrau combines the subtle taste of motor oil and the not-so-subtle burning sensation that tells you Benderbrau is working, and after a glass or two you'll be wondering if Bender intends to kill all humans using beer as his weapon! So remember humanoids- Benderbrau is the bottom of the barrel, so drink up you losers!

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7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys was released to theaters on July 31, 1987. It was such a film for the 1980s, when sexy teenage vampires were dangerous monsters, instead of selfless glittery romantic interests, although each version of pop culture vampire has the perfect hair for its era.
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Cinefix revisits The Lost Boys with some trivia for the movie's 30th anniversary. Has it really been that long? Yes it has. While the story is fairly timeless, the fluffy hair, the chunky pants, and those shoulder pads peg 1987 to a T. -via Mashable


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WikiHow Answers To Questions No One Has Ever Asked

The concept behind WikiHow is rock solid yet it has one major limitation- there are a finite number of things people are going to want to know how to do.

WikiHow has been able to continue growing over the years despite this because they seem to think there is actually an infinite number of things people will want to know how to do- so they keep coming up with more.

Ever wanted to know how to create a Love Altar? Of course you haven't, you get your lovin' the normal way- by talking to the person you're interested in dating, so you also probably don't care about descending staircases with elegance either.

But if you're ever curious about it WikiHow is there for you, to teach you all the useless lessons you never wanted to know, including How To Act Like A Mermaid At School. You're welcome!

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Plucked from Obscurity: Upside-Down Reliability

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

Inventive, yet under-publicized devices
by Marina Tsipis, Improbable Research staff

U.S. patent #4565370 was granted on January 21, 1986 to Tony Christianson for a “foot holding device for hanging upside down.”

Mr. Christianson’s patent makes pointed reference to earlier, roughly similar inventions—especially to one by R.M. Martin, who was granted U.S. patent number 3,380,447 on April 30, 1968 for an “ankle device for supporting an individual in an inverted position” in a manner “which is comfortable and safe.”

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Homemade Sushi for Cats

We already knew that chef Jun Yoshizuki and his wife Rachel have three perfectly spoiled cats: Haku, Poki, and Nagi. You don't know that half of it. Watch him make the cats some perfect sushi, while they watch.

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Jun always makes homemade cat food, even for Poki, the world's most annoying cat. -via Metafilter

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

Summer camp is supposed to be an opportunity for children to get away from home and do something different from what they do every day. It's also supposed to be a welcome respite for parents with bored children underfoot in the summer. But modern communication devices (phones) have changed that. Kids are used to having their phones with them to play games, watch TV, and stay in touch with family and friends. Camps often have children hand in their phones, and they usually adjust pretty well when there's so many other things to do. Their parents are the ones having a hard time being out of touch. Barry Garst of Clemson University tells us what's going on.

"We started to hear from camp directors a number of years ago that parents were the most problematic areas of a camp experience," says Garst. Not weather, not water safety, not grizzly bears. Nope, it's parents who call daily demanding reports on their kids, who expect to hear from the camp director about every skinned knee.

Meg Barthel, the lead girls' counselor at Camp Echo, carries a device with Wi-Fi around camp. "I have to respond to the mothers who are used to this constant communication with their daughters," she says. How many messages a day? "Up to 100."

Garst says thanks to mobile devices, parents today are conditioned to hour-by-hour check-ins. "The No. 1 concern is the separation that parents feel, and the difficulty in accepting a different type of communication with their child when their child is at camp."

Hence, the phones buried in luggage, mailed to campers, or even, he says, stitched into a stuffed animal.

Summer camps report another difficulty is getting their college-age camp counselors to put away their phones, even if just for the time they are interacting with campers. And they also have helicopter parents. Read more on the modern problems at summer camp at NPR. 

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Bird Regrets Opening a Box

This curious parrot sees a box on the table and has to open it. It has an unexpected kitten inside. That's okay, until the cat acts up, then it's goodbye cat! This strikes me as possibly the most perfect gif I've ever seen. I don't know why it didn't make the front page of reddit. In the original video, the bird relents to his human's order to free the cat. However, he makes it clear that he does not forgive the cat for his rude behavior.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters

Every plantation in Louisiana has a ghost story. A man named De Coucy, the wealthy young owner of the Magnolia Plantation near Opelousas, Louisiana, took as his mistress the granddaughter of renowned Voodoo practitioner Marie Lavon (usually spelled Marie Laveau). Lavon put a curse on De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, although he ignored it. De Coucy eventually married and had three daughters, Louise, Celeste, and Joan, who became quite popular in the high society of St. Landry Parish.  

Madame Lavon's curse was nearly forgotten by the time the oldest daughter, Louise, married a doctor from Mobile by the name of Hunt. Shortly after their honeymoon, the couple attended a ball in Mobile where Louise ran into one of her former suitors. Dr. Hunt, inflamed with jealousy, challenged the young man to a duel. Dr. Hunt was killed.

The following year, Celeste De Coucy married Col. John Forsythe, Jr., who was the son of the famous journalist and editor of the Mobile Register. Like Dr. Hunt, Forsythe proved to be a jealous husband, and he was said to have been quite stern with Celeste, who was perhaps the most carefree of De Coucy's children. Celeste was a natural born flirt and a free spirit, and her name was frequently brought up in local gossip, much to Col. Forsythe's anguish. When it became evident that many of the illicit rumors surrounding Celeste's infidelity turned out to be true, Forsythe committed suicide.

What about Joan? Would her husband suffer a similar fate? That was the most spectacular story of all three young widows, which you can read about at Journal of the Bizarre. -via Strange Company


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Incredibly Cool Gadgets Actually Worth Buying

There are so many gadgets out there designed to help "improve our lives" that it's hard to tell which ones are worth buying and which are simply a waste of money.

And you can't ask just anyone for advice on which gadgets are worth buying because people are often persuaded to buy garbage gadgets based on brand names or recommendations from their own circle of friends.

So if you're a gadget lover like me then you'll want to check out this video by TechZone, which is full of cool stuff actually worth buying, like the Meiosis backpack

The rugged polygons are attached to an elastic fabric, to enable both suppleness and rigidity as needed.

Like a sliced mango, the surface morphology enables the opening and closure of the bag.

The geodesic structure also keeps the bag full and firm, even when empty.

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Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars

We've mentioned that there are "scientific journals" that will publish anything if you pay them. They just skip peer review and publish. It appears that some journals don't even have an editor read the submitted papers. The science blogger Neuroskeptic submitted a research paper about Midi-chlorians, the microscopic entities in the Star Wars prequels that gave a person the powers of the Force. We didn't even buy that in a fictional universe. Neuroskeptic talked to Gizmodo about the project.

“The goal was to see whether journals would publish a manuscript that, while seemingly scientific, was actually a joke,” Neuroskeptic told Gizmodo in an email. “I didn’t want to just submit nonsense (like a computer-generated text), or a bad paper, but rather something that was verifiably based on fiction (i.e. Star Wars).”

Most of the paper’s text comes from copying the Wikipedia page about mitochondria, replacing any instance of “mitochondr-” with “midichlor-,” and then rearranging the words so the paper didn’t look like straight plagiarism. Neuroskeptic even included the text of the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the wise, word-for-word.

The paper was submitted to nine journals, and three published it (although two later pulled it). Read Neuroskeptic's story of the project at Discover


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Inquisitive Manatee Is Fascinated By See Through Canoe

Manatees are curious creatures in both appearance and personality, and their curiosity often drives them to interact with humans even though they really should steer clear.

I don't blame the Florida manatee in this video for being fascinated by the See Through Canoe, since it makes the human in the canoe easy to see while keeping them out of reach.

It's making the curious sea cow in this video wonder what he could accomplish with his own See Through Canoe, so if it comes up missing this video may be used as evidence.

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Mighty Zords - Cutting Giant Kaiju Down To Size Has Never Been So Fun!


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The Power Rangers are total badasses on their own, but sometimes they need a little help from a massive mecha friend who can help normal sized humans take down giant kaiju jerks- and that's where the mighty Zords come in. Those great big baddies get all cocky when they see they're battling puny humans, but when the Zords come running on to the battlefield the ground trembles...and so do the giant kaiju who are about to be cut down to size!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie Speed

The 1994 action thriller Speed has become a classic, not so much for its quality, but for the implausible plot that led to over-the-top special effects and the weird tension it induced in the audience. We knew none of it made sense as we watched it, but we went along for the ride anyway. It turns out those special effects were conceived and produced on the fly.  

4. The bus jump scene wasn’t in the original script. The director added it when he noticed a section of an interstate missing one day.

5. A decked-out bus was also used for the scene where the subway crashes into Hollywood Boulevard. The producers ran out of money and used story boards for this section of the movie’s preview. The audience thought it was great so they found extra funds to finish the subway carriage.

Twenty-three years later, we also recognize the film as the inspiration for a book's worth of memes. Read the rest of the trivia about Speed here.


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The Amazing World Of Hedgehog Art

People have been in love with hedgehogs since they first set eyes on those cute little critters, and since then we've been expressing our love by making them the subject of many artistic masterpieces.

However, the human centric heads of the art world didn't want galleries displaying works of art depicting hedgehogs as superior life forms, so they censored the artwork by painting people over the hedgehogs.

So hedgehog art historian Princess Pricklepants has been busy uncovering the ugly truth about human art history, peeling back the layers of cover-up paint to reveal the true stars of our favorite works of art.

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Long-legged Cat

Look at the legs on this cat! McPokie tells us that this longcat was taken in by his local animal shelter in Australia, where she finished weaning her litter of kittens. Her name is Quenda, and she is estimated to be about two years old.

Contrary to her leg length she is, in addition, ridiculously tiny for an adult kitto.

Also in addition, due to her legs going on forever and ever she had a high of applicants after the shelter posted an appeal for her to be adopted and so she has now found her forever home.

While we are happy that she now has a home, we are also glad the shelter photographed Quenda and her legs, or we'd never believe it. -via reddit

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How Fallout Loot Actually Works

Fallout has left many players struggling with loot fever, an affliction which caused characters to fill their inventory with junk like teddy bears, tin cans and vacuum cleaners just in case they need them later on.

This fever causes players to do unspeakable things in order to keep their packs full of junk, like looting the dismembered bodies of fallen raiders or searching the battlefield for a chunk of Deathclaw needed to make gauntlets.

And, as this comic by Julia Lepetit shows, loot fever can also cause characters to lose all sense of style, leaving them looking like someone who has been hanging out in the radzone too long!

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Young Explorers

Filmmaker Jacob Krupnick's project Young Explorers follows children who have barely learned to walk, as their instincts for exploring are kicking in. This isn't easy for urban parents to negotiate.

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In a recent interview at ICP, Krupnick tells a story to illustrate the disconnect between child's instinct to explore and a parent's instinct to protect them.

While filming my daughter walking around Coney Island, she passed a boy her age who was tied up in one of those child nets, tethered to his mother, unable to experience life outside her reach. Ada, my daughter, marched past him. His look of astonishment read something like: what is that creature? Half an hour later, they met again along the boardwalk. He was still attached to his mum. He looked at Ada tentatively and tenderly offered her a piece of popcorn. In these moments, you come to see how desirable freedom is.

I can relate. While watching Bejla above and Tristan below, I had to keep reminding myself that not only was Krupnick right there filming, but the child's parents are no doubt just out of camera range. At the same time, in the back of my mind I wanted to reach out and hold their little hands.

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Krupnick has ten episodes in the series filmed, but only two are available on the 'net so far. We look forward to seeing more. -via Metafilter

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Syracuse Teen Loses Car in Toronto

"Dude, where's my car?" Nineteen-year-old Gavin Strickland traveled from Syracuse, New York, to Toronto to see a Metallica concert. He had to park a few miles away from the concert venue, and took a cab to the show. But after the concert, he couldn't recall where the car was. Strickland spent two days searching for the Nissan, but at least he called his parents the next morning. They helped out by posting an ad on Craigslist trying to find the vehicle.

2015 Blue / Green Nissan Versa Sedan was parked within a $8 cab ride (about 2 miles) of the Rogers Center this past weekend. Our doofy son parked the car in an indoor parking garage, in the first floor (slightly lower / basement level) but that garage cannot now be located.... It is near a Starbucks where there is some construction going on. Also nearby is allegedly a strange spiral outdoor sculpture, and possibly a bank- maybe RBC? The car has US Florida license plates, a small Canadian flag affixed to the door frame, and a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker. A lost / missing vehicle report has been filed with the Toronto police. Please respond with photos of the car and specific location instructions to claim the reward.

A parking garage near a Starbucks near construction in Toronto could be anywhere, but Madison Riddolls saw the ad and took it as a challenge

“I love puzzles, I love challenges and escape rooms, all that. I read a few clues about where it could be and it honestly excited me,” she told CTV News Toronto on Thursday.

Riddolls found the vehicle Thursday morning, four days after the concert. Gavin, who took a bus home to Syracuse, took another Greyhound back to Toronto to fetch the car. Strangely, this is not the first time he's lost a car at a concert. He once dropped his keys and his car was stolen -and later recovered.  -via The Daily Dot


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People Answer Questions About Love Before and After Drinking

You've seen this before. First it's "Yes, I'm happy. I'm single. I'm in a good place." Then a few drinks later, they're crying on your shoulder because they are SO lonely. That can be cathartic between good friends who are venting. On a date, it could lead to deciding whether that person is worth a second date. At a party, it could lead to more drinks, then a morning after full of cotton mouth and regret.

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Most people have a set of inhibitions that cause us to think before we speak (or we should). One of alcohol's earliest effects is to loosen up one's inhibitions, which is why it's called a social lubricant. One or two drinks later, the rational face we present to strangers begins to fall away and reveal our emotional side. People become more open, which is what happened when The Cut asked some single folks to talk about love and relationships, before and after cocktails. -via Tastefully Offensive     


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Symba the Fat Cat Has Quite the Happy Adoption Story

Miss C recently shared the story of Symba the cat, a 35 pound stray that was surrendered to the Human Rescue Alliance and adopted by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin, who promised to stick to his diet program.

 

If there were any doubts about his new owners' dedication, the couple proved their absolute adoration for Symba (who was since renamed Vito) by including him in their wedding photos. 

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Freedom Ride

The following article is from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into California.

On August 9, 1961, a group of 11 college students from Los Angeles boarded a train at Union Station. Their destinations: Louisiana and Mississippi. Their goal: to protest racism and segregation.

THE TIMES THEY ARE A' CHANGIN'

The Freedom Riders were people -black and white, generally male and under 30- who traveled on busses into the American South to protest racial inequality and violence. In the 1960s, even though nearly 100 years had passed since the Civil War, the South was still a stronghold of prejudice and segregation supported by Jim Crow laws, a series of state and local laws that discriminated against African Americans and maintained "separate but equal" facilities for whites and blacks. There were segregated water fountains, bathrooms, restaurants, public schools, and public transportation. In the 1950s and '60s, Americans began challenging those laws, maintaining that separate facilities were inherently unequal. There had been a little change already- in 1954, with the famous Brown v. Board of Education decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated public schools to be illegal. But in the Deep South, racial prejudice, segregation, and violence still reigned.

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Mom Knows Best

I guess you can say that Mom is one smart cookie! Her child doesn't even need the note now, and the bully can suffer not only the consequences, but the dread of the suffering to come. This is the latest from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.


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Guardians Of The Portal - I Am Grick


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They're a pack of mashed up toon headed twits from another dimension who have come to make our favorite sci-fi franchises even more confusing and convoluted- they're the Guardians Of The Portal, and they like to say stupid stuff like wubba lublub and caaaan do! But don't judge them by their pithy catchphrases, because these Guardians are actually capable of entertaining us by appealing to our chaotic nature, the side of us which thrives on ocular overloads.

Don't be surprised if you get stopped a lot while wearing this Guardians Of The Portal t-shirt by MikeGoesGeek (Mike Vasquez) because it's a lot to take in all at once, but when you stop and let people stare they will be pleased- and you will be a hero!

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12 Ways Airports Are Secretly Manipulating You

Flying is an elaborate system for getting people from one place to other places around the world that's been in the works for almost a hundred years now. Airports  are a part of that chain, taking in people from the street and from planes, and sorting them into where they need to go, as smoothly as possible. Throw in ticketing, security, and baggage, and you can see how complicated the task can be. But those who design and operate airports have learned a few tricks along the way, in both make things run smoothly and to get you to spend money while you wait. For example,

6. The “golden hour” is key for profit

In airport manager lingo, the time between when a passenger clears security and boards their plane is called “dwell time.” This is when, as the Telegraph puts it, “passengers are at a loose end and most likely to spend.” Especially crucial is the “golden hour,” the first 60 minutes spent beyond security, when passengers are “in a self-indulgent mood.” Display boards listing flight information are there in part to keep you updated on your flight, but also to reassure you that you still have plenty of time to wander and shop. Similarly, some airports are installing “time to gate” signs that display how far you are from your destination. And because 40% of us would prefer to avoid human interaction when we shop, self-service kiosks are becoming more common in airport terminals. According to the Airports Council International, 50% of American airports now have robo-retailers.

7. They’re increasing dwell time

The “golden hour” is great, but two golden hours are even better. “One hour more at an airport is around $7 more spent per passenger,” says Lukaszewicz. Anything that’s automated, from check-in to bag drop, is meant to speed things up. And it works. Research suggests automated check-in kiosks are 25% faster than humans. “A lot of airports, especially in Japan and New Zealand, are now doing this, where you don’t actually get any assistance from any staff member from check-in,” says Lukaszewicz. “You print your own baggage tag. You put it on the bag on the belt. You go through auto-security and immigration where there is no one. At the boarding gate you just touch your barcode and they open a gate and you walk onto the plane without any interaction.” One study found that for every 10 minutes a passenger spends in the security line, they spend 30% less money on retail items. Last year, the TSA announced it would give $15,000 to the person who comes up with the best idea for speeding up security.

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Puzzlewood – Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth

Puzzlewood is a 14-acre section of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. JRR Tolkien was quite charmed by the peaceful, green woods, which inspired his descriptions of the Shire of Middle-earth in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

During the early Victorian period a multitude of stone pathways were laid down.  These are now close to hundred years old themselves and add to the feeling that you are in an ancient place. Many of the trees are much older than the pathways and as you walk through the wood you come across bizarre rock formations, hanging bridges and hidden caves.

Nature has a way of eventually making stone pathways look like a natural part of the scenery, or at least ancient. See many more pictures of this beautiful and inspirational forest at Kuriositas.

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LA Speed Check

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Legendary former Air Force pilot Major Brian Shul reminisces about the day he flew the world's fastest jet, the SR-71 Blackbird across the western U.S. and listened in on air traffic control in LA. What unfolded was a classic case of male one-upmanship across the airwaves. Is it a true story? Does it really matter? -Thanks, hearsetrax!


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