To paraphrase James Thurber: one glass of wine is enough. Two is too many. Three is not enough.
And if you walk around with this glass in your hand, people will think that you're already on number four. Red5 offers this novelty wine glass that lets you sip wine from what appears to be the base of the glass. This will be the moment when friends conclude that you've got a drinking problem.
This past week in Scotland, Ireland and northern England, a rare natural phenomena colored the clouds with spectacular pastel rainbows, pleasing photographers and nature lovers alike. SOme lucky U.K. observers were treated to a positively beautiful bonus in the face of any negatives ushered in by Storm Henry. When the storm brought in a cold front, that air allowed for the formation of nacreous clouds.
Once the sun set, parts of U.K. could see the prismatic show visible only at that time, when ice crystals are carried upon jets of stratospheric air.
The DeLorean DMC-12--a commercial failure almost universally known from Back to the Future--is back in production. This is the first commercial for the revived brand. Alexander Alexandrov directed this short film titled "Lucky Coin." It's accented with lines from "The Transhumanist's Lament," a poem by futurist Benjamin Perkins Burke.
Santa Clara five-bedroom, ad devoid of interior shots: Yours for a mere $6,000 per night
Accusations of real estate sale and rental price gouging in cities with high or rapidly rising costs of living are frequently made in recent times. Not surprisingly, the Airbnb offerings in such cities are no strangers to those allegations. Throw in a temporary circumstance like the Super Bowl, and these shady practices can turn downright ludicrous on a dime.
Grab a few smiles at the expense of the Airbnb listings in the article linked below, which highlights some of the craziest prices for San Francisco accomodations during and around the time of Super Bowl 50. Some such crazy prices are also attached to curious details regarding the dwellings and deals in question.
For example, the article writer's examination of the listing pictured below concerns its Airbnb ad, which reads:
"No other apartment in San Francisco will you be provided with your own personal concierge on call 24 hrs during your stay I will take you wherever you need to go answer all your questions and needs, Pick up to and from airport and to and from game!"
The writer's response:
"Let’s see. A taxi from SFO to Alamo Square is about $55 each way. An Uber from Alamo Square to Levi’s Stadium is about $85 each way, but let’s assume there will be surge pricing and triple that. Total transportation costs for your weekend will be about $620.
But no other apartment in San Francisco offers all this:"
Margaret Chase Smith was the first of many things in American politics. She was the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate (representing Maine). When she retired from the Senate in 1973, she was the longest-serving woman senator until 2011. And she was the first woman to be placed in nomination at a major party convention to run for president of the United States. Smith did not achieve the nomination at the Republican convention in 1964, but she made Americans sit up and consider the idea of a woman president.
Smith’s entry into the race sparked hundreds of newspaper stories. They invariably mentioned her appearance and her age. “Trim as a model, she carries herself more like a clubwoman than a politician,” one story noted. “At 66, she is an exceedingly attractive figure,” another reported, praising Smith as “slender, silver haired,” sincere, and quick to laugh. But if commentators and reporters admired her figure, they expressed reservation about her length of years. A columnist for the Los Angeles Times identified Smith’s age as one of the biggest obstacles she faced. Richard Wilson wrote that “Mrs. Smith has qualifications and experience for the Presidency no less than many men who have served in the office.” But her age “tends to be a disqualifying factor.” This was especially true given that she would be not only old but also an old woman. The optimum age for presidents, in Wilson’s view, was late forties or early fifties. Alas, at this time in life, “the female of the species undergoes physical changes and emotional distress of varying severity and duration.” The author never used the indelicate term “menopause” in his article. But he underscored the change in a woman midlife “is known to have an effect on judgment and behavior.” The steady allusions to age were not lost on the candidate herself. “Since my candidacy was announced, almost every news story starts off ‘the sixty-six-year-old senator,’ ” she observed. “I haven’t seen the age played up in the case of the male candidates.”
Smith was extremely popular in her state and had powerful allies in Congress, but she didn’t want to play the campaign game. She didn’t fundraise, and she didn’t campaign much because she refused to miss Senate votes, decision which doomed her race no matter her sex. But her story is one of ambition and ethics and hard work. Smith is especially remembered for a 1950 speech in which she condemned fellow Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy for his tactics while never mentioning him by name. Read the story of Margaret Chase Smith at The New Yorker.
If you're the type who is more interested in the commercials than the big game, this article with links to 20 Super Bowl commercials that have leaked in the past couple of days might save you a bit of time this evening. Who knows how you could take advantage of that extra time? Developing a personal relationship with party snacks is just one delicious suggestion.
Being a Rebel pilot doesn't come with any perks or acclaim, but it does come with a really cool helmet and bright orange jumpsuit! Oh yeah, and they get the satisfaction of knowing they're helping the galaxy remain free from the influence of the evil Imperial forces, and if you're lucky you might even get to meet the mighty Luke Skywalker. He's one heck of a nice guy, and an inspiration to all those lonely rebel pilots fighting for freedom and proving they're aces when it comes to piloting an X-Wing.
Take your geeky wardrobe back to the old school with this Rebel Hero t-shirt by Zerobriant, it's the classic way to show love for your favorite war in the stars, and the heroes who keep the Dark side in check.
Timber Kings is a reality TV show about Pioneer Log Homes, a business in British Columbia that builds log homes from local timber. They can build more than just houses. They also make cars, as they demonstrated with this race car built from a single log of Western Red Cedar.
The Cedar Rocket, as the car is named, recently secured the Guinness World Record as the fastest motorized log at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona by reaching 47.64 miles per hour. Bryan Reid, Sr., the owner and founder of Pioneer Log Homes, drove the Cedar Rocket himself. He called the experience of building and driving this unique racer the "one of the top ten achievements" of his life.
When you drink a lot of soda you end up with a bunch of bottles lying around, and since we're not post-apocalyptic scavengers, we chuck them in the recycling bin without a second thought.
But the crafty keep a few of those bottles around in their workshop, because they're great for holding little stuff like nuts and bolts but won't shatter under the weight like glass jars.
And when weapon maker extraordinaire Joerg Sprave from The Slingshot Channel saw those bottles laying around, he chose to get to crafting, Fallout style, repurposing them into barrels for an arrow shooting minigun.
Redditor burnmongham and his brother took their kids on an outing. They took pictures, but there wasn’t one with all of them in it. So he took two of the snapshots and stitched them together digitally to include everyone. It took him a month to realize the one little error in the image fusion. How fast can you find the special child?
When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."
See also: rules 3, 4, 6, 16, 38, 46, and 52. The Evil Overlord List is filled with practical advice for everyday life, not just strategic counsel would-be villains from television and movies.
This supercut by Jukka-Pekka Bohm shows how common this trope is. In at least 88 movies, villains and heroes express regret that they did not immediately slay enemies at the first opportunity. You can find a complete list in the comments at the video link.
You’ve seen the painting, but you’ve never seen it up close like this! An interactive look at The Garden of Earthly Delights lets you zoom in on the details of the hi-res image and hear the stories behind them. Or you can take a virtual guided tour of the painting, and see all the narrated details. For example, the scene above is in the far right corner of the triptych. The narration tells us:
An ink jar is dangling from the mouth of a helmeted demon. A man wearing a pale-red robe and a pig dressed up as a nun try to persuade a soul to sign a document. This is a serious legal document, the red seals are testimony enough. But what exactly is this man signing for? Maybe they want the man to sign a pact with the devil to sell his soul. To make it look more convincing, the three have dressed up as a knight, nun and clerk, respectively. The nude man is on to them, it seems, as he is casting anxious looks at the viewer, as if pleading for help. At the same time he seems to be warning us: Don’t fall for the devil’s tricks!
St. John of the Cross School and St. Cletus Catholic School faced off at at Immaculate Conception High School in Illinois in the basketball game to decide the champion of the Surburban Parish League. The score was tied at 28. The clock ticked down.
Just as the buzzer rang, Jack Hlavin of St. John of the Cross hurled the ball across three-fourths of the court toward St. Cletus's basket. It swooshed through perfectly, delivering the victory to St. John of the Cross and its newest hero, Jack Hlavin.
We talk about recurring themes in blockbuster movies, because new stories feel as if they pull elements out of a hat and just combine them in new ways. John Atkinson at Wrong Hands put together a chart that makes new movie ideas a cinch, Mad-Libs style! Out one from each column together: Adjective, subject, verb, clause, and you’re very likely to say, “I’d go see that!” Of course, there’s a good chance you’d also realize, “I’ve seen that movie!”
Animal lovers, particularly those who treasure polar bears, may want to grab on to a sturdy surface prior to hitting play, due to possibility of serious swoon. This is Nora, the three-month-old polar bear cub at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (whom I've once featured previously at Neatorama before she was old and mobile enough to do much but look and sound adorable while sleeping).
Now a curious, roly poly bear-in-training, this clip shows Nora roaming around the off-display areas of her zoo home, having fun and attending to important tasks such as giving the sign that announces her moniker a little taste test. The cub's name was decided by a public vote, and is a combination of letters in the names of her parents, mother Aurora and father Nanuq. Nora will not be available to be seen by zoo visitors until her keepers are satistfied that she is emotionally and physically ready.
Dressing up in business attire for your day job is no fun, and no matter how good you think your outfit looks you know that business wear isn't made for comfort.
So what's a climber of corporate ladders to do when they're looking for something both comfortable and stylish to wear to work?
They need some Bammies, the pajamas that are business appropriate in style yet so comfortable to wear you might fall asleep at your desk.
The Bammies line was designed by Julia Ford-Carther and Rosario Chozas to "seamlessly transition from the home to the office then out for a night on the town", starting the "elastic revolution" with their smart yet sleepy-headed designs.
Grodd has squared off against many superheroes, but none have annoyed him quite as much as that slick speedster The Flash. Whenever the two meet Flash starts streaking around the room, giving Grodd a headache as he tries to calculate the best time to strike, and if the running wasn't bad enough the Flash won't stop spitting out every witty saying that comes to mind. It's enough to make a super intelligent gorilla long for those simpler days of savagery, the days before joining the Legion of Doom, but now that he's chosen his path Grodd must bite the bolt and face off against The Flash once again...
Add some tasty superhero style to your geeky wardrobe with this Bit The Bolt t-shirt by Poopsmoothie, it's the only way to root for the bad guy without getting a visit from the Justice League!
It’s a testament to the quality of the first trailer for The Force Awakens that so many video mixmasters use its style to promote other things. We’ve seen the original Star Wars movie done this way, and Masters of the Universe, too. Even the US Navy put themselves into it. Now let’s see how well it works with Doctor Who.
YouTube member VG934 looks back to 2005, when Doctor Who was rebooted for a modern audience. He used the trailer for The Force Awakens to make a trailer for Doctor Who Series 1, when Rose Tyler met the Doctor. Makes you want to watch it right now, huh? -via Laughing Squid
Deputy Sheriff Seth Hopp of Monroe County, Florida found a car with all 4 doors open, but no one inside. When he approached, the heard knocking coming from inside the trunk. He ordered whoever was inside to come out. "I can't!" replied a voice from inside the trunk. The Sun Sentinel reports:
"I opened the trunk and a...male emerged," said Hopp. And the male had an unusual explanation for his predicament.
After going for a walk on the beach, Moore told the deputy, "he was looking for the keys to the vehicle and had accidently fallen in the trunk while searching for the keys. The trunk then closed on top of him."
What happened to Moore's keys remains unknown. The deputy may have opened the trunk using an in-car release, said Monroe County Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin.
Surprisingly, drugs were involved:
During his interview with Hopp, Moore told the deputy he had in the car a pill bottle containing marijuana.
Animal Advertising Agency of Stockholm, Sweden, noticed that while most domains that have political candidates'names in them get snapped up, trumpdonald.org was available. So they gave us a web toy in which you can blow a trumpet in The Donald’s face. That is all, but it’s fun. Try it yourself. -via Everlasting Blort
Some of the ideas are fun, others are absolute game changers that we shouldn't have had to live without for so long, like this grocery store that lets you buy a "Walkin' Around Beer" for a buck. Now that's grocery shopping in style!
Two rival birds trade in their feathers for something they believe is prettier: cedar branches for the blue jay, and red oak leaves for the loon. But they soon find out that beauty is fleeting, and vanity has its drawbacks. -via The Kid Should See This
Are you a fan of British TV shows? You might be interested in finding out where your favorite series is set. Tim Ritz created a map that will help you out. See it full size here.
The most popular TV shows are plotted into their setting, even if it’s a fictional town (indicated by “apostrophes”). If the show is actually filmed somewhere besides its setting, that it also indicated. That’s what surprised me the most- the biggest part of the shows are produced in the town or region the story is set in. In the US, everything is produced in either Los Angeles or New York. There are a few notable exceptions like Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead, which cause both locals and tourists to go nuts. You can buy a print of this map at Society 6.
If you get enough artfully-framed posing done on Friday, and you can wear your pajamas and bunny slippers the rest of the weekend. Our friends from Megacynics are on a weekend ski trip, but I don’t think they’ll be doing all that much skiing. Well, at least Instagram is covered!
Her latest wonder--which will hopefully soon be available to consumers--is the lipstick machine. Do you find it troublesome to put on your lipstick every morning? It's just one more chore that Giertz has taken off your to-do list with this gadget that does the job for you.
Outlaws break the law, and folk heroes are those that the public identify with and root for. Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, which made him famously popular among the poor -but he was a fictional character. Ned Kelly defied authorities in Australia and was aided and abetted by regular folks along the way. History has plenty of outlaw folk heroes you’ve never heard of, like Herman Perry, a US soldier in a unit charged with building the Ledo Road in India during World War II.
A few decades before the Civil Rights Movement, African-American units received the jobs nobody else wanted to do; additionally, they worked under the supervision of white officers who had no scruples in treating them harshly. Having suffered from disease, exhaustion, and mistreatment, Herman Perry (1922-1945) finally snapped. He shot his commanding officer, who had ordered an inhumane incarceration, and hid in the jungle where he met and mixed with a native tribe, the Nagas, who were greatly feared as skilled headhunters. Perry quickly became sort of an icon for his native friends, who were happy to help him out, and his reputation skyrocketed when he married the 14-year-old daughter of a Naga chieftain.
You can't expect villains to change their ways just because they're being entrusted with a top secret mission, just like you can't expect a government agency to care about all the lives lost in pursuit of their prime objective. But you can count on villains like Harley to laugh in the face of death, and when they team up to form a squad of psychos who'd rather be dead than incarcerated they just might have a shot at taking down the big bosses. But don't be surprised if Miss Quinn and Mister J throw a monkey wrench in the gears of the operation, because sabotaging the good guys is what they do best!
Bring some maniacal smiles to the faces of your fellow fans with this It's What We Do t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's the perfect shirt to wear whether you're a supervillain's henchman or simply someone who adores superheroic cinema!
We're huge fans of the Puppy Bowl and even the Kitten Bowl (despite the fact that it's a blatant rip off), but if you're looking for some live animal sports, some new teams or just a little more water in the game, you'll want to head to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to enjoy the second annual Otter Bowl.
The otters in the otter bowl aren't just limited to boring old footballs and even toy balls, they even are given a special football made out of clams.
If you're looking for a little live animal championship entertainment but happen to be in San Francisco rather than LA, be sure to stop by the live Puppy Bowl at Gott's Roadside. Best of all, the athletes are all up for adoption there so you could even bring home a new best friend.