I do not hide my love affair with AMC's The Walking Dead. Though it has the bad habit of being inconsistent from time to time, it still offers us something very different on the modern television landscape:
I come from a time when a zombie TV show was unheard of. Though there may be more zombie shows now, with even more set to come soon, that was not the case before The Walking Dead became one of the biggest shows on TV. If you are a fan like I am, this list of the 10 best episodes of The Walking Dead will be right up your alley.
Gav and Dan, the Slow Mo Guys (previously) were challenged to illustrate internet memes in super slo-mo video. The memes they selected are actually just internet slang terms, and whether you are familiar with them has little bearing on how enjoyable the vignettes are. You can bet your bottom dollar that this will be made into animated gifs that will be used on reddit and other forums for eternity. Some of these stunts were really difficult to get right, but my favorite was the easiest: flipping the table. The biggest mess they've ever made! -via Viral Viral Videos
So what urban legend pulls you in the most? I would love to say it is the "guy with hook on his hand who just escaped the mental asylum" story, but for me, it is actually the "don't flash your headlights at another driver whose lights are off because it is a gang initiation move and they will kill you" legend. You know why? Because to this day I see people leaving that advice to one another on Facebook, proving the theory never died. That shows you the true power of an urban legend. It becomes a real entity over time because we, as people, give it legs.
Here, let me give some of these creepy urban legends some more legs with this list of The 25 Most Terrifying Urban Legends In The World. Because I want to ensure that your kid's kids are still talking about these stories like they are true, fifty years from now.
From left to right, you can see MRSA, influenza, chicken pox, e. coli, and HIV.
Go ahead and take a lick! They're perfectly safe. Artist Wei Li made these popsicles just look like deadly pathogens. They're part of a project that he calls Dangerous Popsicles. Li explains that he wants to create a confusing sensory experience:
Before tasting with your tongue, you first taste with your eyes and mind. The popsicles are nothing but water and sugar, but ideas of deadly viruses and the spikiness of cacti are enough to stimulate your senses, even before your first taste.
How can we misspell “yard sale’? Let me count the ways -because there are a lot more than two. Oh, I can’t count because after a few, I just giggled too much. And they go on and on, in a picture post at Buzzfeed that includes some non-yard sale misspellings and miswordings that are just as funny. Too bad there's no spellcheck for poster board! Everyone makes mistakes, but when this many people don’t catch their mistakes, it becomes entertainment.
You encounter all kinds of strange creatures when you're exploring the world in search of gil and XP, some you're forced to fight and others are friends, and they all make some seriously strange noises. Have you ever heard a cactuar go boing, or a yellow chocobo go kweh? These are the sounds of adventure, the sound of an impending round of combat or a trusty steed offering you a ride across the world, and if you listen closely while traveling you'll always know where to find some action!
Share the sound of classic RPG gaming with the world, sport this What Does The Tonberry Say? t-shirt by CArxangel and watch Final Fantasy fans come out of the woodwork!
Although it looks like thinly sliced bacon ready to slide into your skillet, this is actually a silk scarf designed by Natalie Luder. She calls it Fou Lard, which means "insane bacon." It's about 6 feet long and 1 foot wide. Luder composed this story about its origin:
About 1500 years ago a Chinese silkworm found his way to France to produce silk in Europe. In the country of the « bon vivants » it accidently landed in a butcher’s shop on top of a slice of bacon. Hmm, so soft and tasty, thought the vegetarien with surprise and with verve started to build a cocoon.
As the cocoon grew more and more the butcher’s wife, a sophisticated lady, catched an eye on it. Is this bacon going insane, she thought but shortly after she spotted the little worm who found itself in a new paradise. I will make the most beautiful scarf from your silk, she promised and kept feeding the silkworm with the best bits of bacon she could find. After three month she was wearing proudly the most shiny silk scarf that she would call with affection my „foulard“.
Shen’s Startup Ideas from Owl Turd are, in order, 1. useless, 2. dumb, and 3. incomprehensible. But hey, those qualities (or lack thereof) never stopped a startup from making a ton of money. What really makes the difference in whether a startup idea ever comes to fruition is how much venture capital you can raise. Then you need the appearance of heading for success for just a little while, and you’ll either be bought out by someone with more time and money than you or someone who wants to eliminate their competition. Of course, that part about the appearance of heading for success is the part where so many startups fail.
Bill Murray is the man. A million people have said it before me, and a million more will say afterwards. He is just one of those actors that transcended his celebrity status and just seems like an awesome, approachable, every-man. So rather than me sit here and say the same things everyone else has about Bill Murray, how about we just sit here and watch some of his best moments from film?
We shall allow his body of work to speak on his behalf. It's a beautiful thing.
Ugg boots may be popular among the living this time of year, but the typical ghost wouldn't be caught dead in them. Sure, you can just wear a sheet, but only if you're going with the relaxed fit look. And that's not always appropriate.
I like the cargo style because the pockets are practical. Most ghosts, though, seem to wear it ironically.
Ah, food. There aren't many things on which the people of the world agree, but our love of food is one of them. This Mental Floss video selects common bits of misinformation often heard about food, its additives, shelf life, preparation, cooking methods and more. One food mentioned that I can foresee never being under a false impression about is chocolate. I have that one down cold!
This collection of notes posted on the front doors of exhausted women everywhere is full of sage reminders and cautionary tales. If you wake the child in the name of attempting to sell mama some vinyl siding, you may be diving into a sea of regret the likes of which you stand no chance of treading. Ring at your own risk. (Unless, of course, you have cookies.) See more funny notes from tired moms at 22 Words.
In 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a world record for skydiving from an altitude of 128,100 feet. We followed his quest to achieve it for years before it actually happened. in contrast, we heard nothing about another man's quest to break the record.
Early this morning, Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, went upon a helium balloon to a height of 135,890 feet above the earth -that over 25 miles! He then cut the balloon away and fell to earth. It took two hours to go up and only 15 minutes to come down.
“It was amazing,” he said. “It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.”
Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at speeds that peaked at 822 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by people on the ground.
10 days ago, Twitter user ryooneokrock1 sent out this image of his pet rabbit serving as a smartphone case. That triggered a wave of similar images across Japan and China. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of some of the cutest photos in the meme. He denies that the rabbits' ears improve the signal strength, but that claim should be subjected to empirical testing.
When the Great Old One discovered he wouldn't be able to arise in his old body he looked for a suitable replacement on Earth. He discovered a mighty hulk of a man with an incredible physique that was a vast improvement over his squishy old squid body. He freed his new host body of it's mind, and Cthulhu Ferrigno was born, ready to smash his way into our hearts with a squid faced smile and the flexing of his mighty green muscles!
Destroy the forces of bad fashion with this Cthulhu Ferrigno t-shirt by Lederman Studio, it will drive your fellow geeks crazy!
In March of 1876 in Bath County, Kentucky, pieces of meat started falling from the sky. Not just a little bit, but enough to have all the neighbors gathering to figure out what happened. The meat was dropped over an area 100 yards long and 50 yards wide.
The shower drew plenty of attention, and curious neighbors and newspaper reporters flocked to the Crouchs’ farm to see the mystery meat and offer their opinions on it. Many locals said it looked like beef, but one neighbor who was a hunter, “on being shown a piece of the flesh, declared it to be bear meat, and stated that it had ‘that uncommonly greasy feel’ peculiar to the flesh of that animal.”
Others took it upon themselves to taste it, and two men said it was “either mutton or venison.” A local butcher who tried a piece “declared that it tasted neither like flesh, fish or fowl. It looked to him like mutton, but the smell was a new one.”
With no one able to identify the meat by sight or taste, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported, “a great deal of the flesh was sent to chemists and others in various parts of the country, and analyses were made by several well-known scientists.”
With a measure of alarm that I do not think was undue, I asked my wife, "Is there baby poop on my face?" At that time, there was not. But it would happen. As Bane said, "that comes later." And it did.
Getting baby poop on your face is part of parenting. And there will be other, similar experiences. That is parenting--real parenting, not the kind depicted in idealized stock photos.
The Tumblr blog It's Like They Know Us is filled with images of happy, cooperative children and their cheerful, well-rested parents. Contributors have added sarcastic captions that reflect their own experiences.
This black bear was ambling up to the patio of a New Jersey homeowner who gave him a verbal warning to vacate the premises. Evidently, New Jersey bears are fluent in English. Or perhaps this bear is just a genius. Whatever the explanation, he turns around quickly and heads back into the woods. -Via Tastefuly Offensive
This game works a bit like Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero, in that you have to play an instrument at the right time in the music in order to score. That said, the score is the least of your concerns because you are playing the cymbal and the cannon for the 1812 Overture! There are certain points during which you can fire the cannon and cause a massive explosion whether or not the song calls for it. That’s the fun! I scored 45 or something, but also managed to wreck the opera hall quite a few times. Play it yourself and see what I mean. -via b3ta
A group of seminarians are entertaining the crowd at a fundraiser at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. We have a musical number going when things go all Jimmy Cagney. The Rev. David Rider (of Hyde Park, New York) starts tap dancing. He is challenged by the Rev. John Gibson of Milwaukee, who shows off his Irish dance. The two try to one-up each other until they come to a moratorium and stage a duet. It was a real crowd-pleaser! -via Buzzfeed
The writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe played a part in laying the groundwork for tales of modern horror. Stephen King called Lovecraft "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Both Poe and Lovecraft's real life hardships lent to their ability to delve into darkness.
Poe, born in 1809, was a predecessor of Lovecraft, and an influence on his writing. As a child, Poe was abandoned by his father and a year later, his mother died of pulmonary tuberculosis (referred to then as consumption). He was taken in and raised by another couple, John and Frances Allan. His relationship with the former was stormy. Poe enjoyed success from his writing during his lifetime, unlike Lovecraft. An early success was his celebrated poem "The Raven." Poe married his 13-year-old cousin Virginia when he was 26 years old. She died of tuberculosis at age 26. Poe's already present alcoholism worsened after the death of his wife, at times leading to professional setbacks and failures. Poe died at age 40 of unknown causes, though a number of explanations including complications of alcoholism, heart failure, cholera, syphilis and even rabies have been suggested.
Lovecraft, born in 1890, was only three years old when his father had a psychotic episode and was committed to a mental asylum for the remainder of his life. Once his father was committed, Lovecraft was raised primarily by his domineering mother, with help from two maternal aunts and his maternal grandfather, all of whom lived with the mother and son. Lovecraft, though a prodigy, was prone to ill health, anxiety and night terrors as a child, and suffered from anixiety and self-imposed isolation at times throughout his life. His mother was eventually committed to the same institution as his father after suffering mental health problems of her own. Like Lovecraft's father, his mother died in the asylum. H.P. Lovecraft died of cancer, nearly penniless, at age 46. Unfortunately, his talent wasn't duly recognized until after he died.
Today, Lovecraft and Poe are highly acclaimed for their macabre tales of horror, of which there are too many notable titles to name here. Luckily for those interested in becoming more familiar with the works of Poe and Lovecraft, many can be accessed online. These stories are perfect for the time of year when darkness comes early and there's much talk of the horror found upon midnights dreary.
Even if you couldn’t see their faces, it should be obvious which of these Tolkien fans is the older one. Sigh. This comic from CommitStrip is labeled “a true story.” Share this with someone young and let us know if you have to explain it. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Freddy and Jason went from two ordinary names to monikers synonymous with pure evil thanks to horror movies, but these average joes of the slasher world are in desperate need of a makeover.
Freddy revamped his scare tactics by making real life feel like a movie in Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and when Jason X went to space he got a snazzy new mask and cybernetic implants, but these changes simply aren't enough.
Lady Killers stars Adrianne Curry as Freddy, and cosplayers Abby Dark Star as Jason and Leanna Vamp as Ash, and it's the perfect combination of cheesy, geeky and slasher-y to get you in the Halloween spirit!
Remember the stranger who ran into a burning house to save a man? He left the scene without talking to the media, and managed to lay low for a couple of days. But Jimmy Kimmel found out his name is Tom Artiaga and invited him to a taping of Jimmy Jimmel Live! That’s when Artiaga’s cover was blown, so he could receive some recognition -and appropriate rewards for an avid baseball fan. -via Viral Viral Videos
In June, we showed you some of the amazing sculptures that Ben Young, an artist in New Zealand, makes by carefully cutting and layering sheets of glass. His medium is an especially effective way of conveying the texture and movement of water. Some of his recent work, such as this sculpture of a lighthouse, illustrates Young's skill.
Young calls this piece "Lonesome Light." The waves of glass appear to pound the lighthouse, which juts above the sea on a mound of rock that appears both solid and fragile in the raging storm.
They're the original mystery solving teens, who enjoy a good unmasking and are always stylin' when they're profilin', but what would those meddling kids do if they encountered an actual ghost? They wouldn't stand around like a bunch of busters, they'd pick up some proton packs and battle those ghosts until they ran out of Scooby snacks. One thing's for certain- after years of battling bad guys they ain't afraid of no ghosts, or a king sized sandwich!
Add a supernatural cartoon crossover to your geeky wardrobe with this Mystery Busters t-shirt by Legendary Phoenix, it's tastier than a scooby snack and way cooler than wearing a cravat!