Steve Irwin talks about how wonderful his job is and how passionate he is about wildlife. He always did, but this time it's set to music! Melodysheep, who gave us the Symphony of Science videos, gives Irwin the AutoTune treatment in this tribute video. We miss you, Steve. -via Laughing Squid
The endless cycle of this animated .gif by Maximumble perfectly describes the Sisyphean task of getting a stubborn young child to go to sleep. Yes, eldest daughter of mine: I'm talking about you.
But if you're lucky, as Lunarbaboon was on this night, then it may not be an issue for you. We love our children. But we also love sitting down. There's nothing like a good sit.*
*Except a good lie-down. Those rock.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a place where the snowflakes fall all winter long then you probably won’t see the need to print your own, but if you live in the land of perpetual sunshine, or you’re simply looking for a holiday decoration that won’t end up becoming little puddles on the floor, then prepare your printer- for winter is coming.
Simply download these Game of Thrones inspired House Sigil snowflake patterns by Krystal Higgins, get your scissors ready for a snipfest and voila! DIY holiday decorations that won't make you lose cool points with your geeky guests.
Via Nerd Approved
(Photo: Paul Kuehnel/Daily Record/Sunday News)
If you’re feeling left out, how do you get connected? How do you even tell others that you feel isolated? It’s hard enough to deal with this as an adult. But if you’re just a kid, what do you do?
At Roundtown Elementary School in Manchester Township, Pennsylvania, you go sit on the buddy bench.
It’s a bench set aside on the playground for kids who want to play, but need a buddy to play with. Second grade student Christian Bucks learned about this invention at a school in Germany and decided that his school should have one, too. The York Daily Record reports:
Christian hopes that students who are playing at recess will go to the buddy bench and include the children who are sitting there to play or talk with them.
"We show we care about others when we ask others to play," he said. "I also hope that new friendships will be made because of the buddy bench."
-via Dear Wendy
Daniel D. Hungerford and his brother Floyd of Elmira, New York, were fascinated by rockets and their promise for the future. After all, the Wright Brothers had flown in an airplane for over twenty years, and rockets were the next step. The brothers put their heads together and built their own rocket car!
In 1929, they built their Solar & Interstellar Rocket Car, dubbed the "Shirley Lois Moon Girl" after Daniel's daughter. Made largely of cardboard and linoleum, a 1921 Chevy chassis, and powered by a set of gasoline-burning rocket motors, the thing must have been a fearsome sight on the back roads of rural New York. The lightweight building materials were a safety consideration. "In case of trouble," Daniel said, "I wanted to be able to kick my way out." Amazingly enough, they got the thing registered and licensed in the State of New York.
The rocket car could travel up to 70 miles per hour! Also, it left an impressive 20-foot flame behind it. So what next? Would they build more rocket cars, travel the world with the one they had, or work on a rocket to go into space next? They planned to do all those things. Read the story of the rocket car and see more pictures at io9. -via Everlasting Blort
Niccolò Machiavelli is most famous for The Prince, his seminal text on politics, war and statecraft. The Prince has educated many leaders, schemers and criminals for five centuries. In a December 10, 1513 letter, Machiavelli informed his friend Francesco Vettori that he had just completed his treatise.
It was assigned reading in one of my high school English classes. I’m glad that I read it. It’s a hard, realistic look at human behavior. The 284th Rule of Acquisition says, “Deep down, everyone's a Ferengi.” Machiavelli would have agreed. The Prince has endured because Machiavelli was right.
Official Comedy made a trailer for the sequel to the 2003 movie Love Actually. What they did was base the sequel on the work that all the actors in the first movie have done in the ten years since. That's some strange footage, as they've been in everything from Harry Potter movies to Taken to The Walking Dead. -via Tastefully Offensive
If you’ve ever revealed to friends and family that you’re a budding artist (or in some cases merely expressed an interest in art) you’re probably expecting to receive a bunch of art supplies this year, whether you need them or not. If you’re tired of adding to your ever growing collection of superfluous art supplies then you’d better put these sweet sets on your list.
Created by Nendo Design, these edible art supply sets include chocolate paint tubes filled with various yummy creams like caramel and honey, and chocolate pencils you can shave to add a touch of deliciousness to another dessert. They’re a sweet way to support an artist without adding to their already cluttered lives.
Via Beautiful Decay
A whole pile of bones, a comfy bed and, more importantly, a human to feed the bones to you so you don't have to move around in the bed. Now that's a perfect fantasy for any pooch.
Oscar the Boston Terrier's owner put the pup in this set up for a photoshoot and when no one would believe that she didn't photoshop him or use fake bones, she had to upload this video to prove that Oscar really is just that well behaved -and just that lazy.
Via Cute Overload
(Photo: Yale News)
This is NWA 7325, a meteorite that allegedly fell to Earth in southern Morocco in early 2012. Scientists think that it came from the planet Mercury. We have about 70 meteorites from Mars and 180 from the moon. But this rare gem of a meteorite is the only one from the innermost planet.
How can they tell? The rock’s magnetism matches that of Mercury perfectly. It also has high amounts of magnesium and chromium but a low amount of iron, which is apparently what scientists would expect from a chip off of Mercury.
The meteorite is on display at the Peabody Museum at Yale University until September 2, 2014.
-via American Digest
This holiday season celebrate your love of the adorable lasagna eating cat who hates Mondays with the Garfield Plush Head Christmas Stocking from the NeatoShop. This fabulous stocking features a 3-dimensional plush Garfield head and hands popping out of a stocking. Garfield is wearing a Santa hat complete with pompom. A Garfield comic strip is printed on the stocking.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Christmas stuff.
The first trailer for the next Godzilla film, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, is out today. Yes, you will get to see the monster, but the suspense leading up to it is pretty intense, so be patient. The movie is a reboot of the Godzilla legend, placed in the modern day. We should see it in May of 2014. -via Phil Plait
If you tried to put everything you remember from Star Wars on one page, how much of the series do you think you'd actually cover? When it comes to artist and Star Wars fan John Hendrix's take on the franchise, it's pretty impressive just how much of the films are covered. If you're wondering what would motivate him to take on such a major undertaking, he writes:
I can never repay George Lucas for what Star Wars gave me. Star Wars is so close to my heart, I honestly couldn’t decide what image to make for this show, it was just all too important. So I just decided to draw everything… from memory.
Maybe he could try his hand at Indiana Jones next. I'd sure love to see Nazis, snakes and religious artifacts mixed in together.
(Image: NeatoFrog T-shirt)
It’s “pad kid poured curd pulled cold.”
Can you say that? How fast? How fast can you say it 10 times? That was the test developed by psychologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to lead researcher Dr. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, it was this phrase that tripped up test subjects more often than any other.
Tongue twisters are not straightforward. There’s a reason why they confuse the mouth:
At least some of the time, tongue twister mix-ups were not one sound or another, but appeared to be something in between.
In the 'top cop' example, sometimes the 't' and 'c' seemed to arrive at almost the same time ('t'kop') and sometimes there was a delay between the two sounds with space for a vowel ('tah-kop').
The scientists studied two categories of tongue twister, simple lists of paired words, such as 'top cop' and whole sentences.
They found that in the word list tongue twisters there was a preponderance of 't'kop' type errors. In contrast, sentences produced more 'tah-kop' mistakes that included a short vowel after the initial consonant.
Test yourself. How fast can you say "pad kid poured curd pulled cold"?
When you're stealing gasoline, use some common sense and don't light a cigarette. An unnamed 26-year-old man was arrested in Millicent, South Australia, after he allegedly punched a hole in a car's gas tank to steal gasoline at a car dealership. The problem was that he decided it was a good time to have a smoke, which caused the gasoline fumes to ignite. The subsequent blaze drew emergency crews and police, who found the man without pants, and burns on his legs. Surveillance video shows how the caper went down. -via Arbroath
Each puzzle consists of a square grid with numbers appearing in all squares. The object is to shade squares so that the numbers don't appear in a row or column more than once. In addition, shaded squares must not touch each other vertically or horizontally while all un-shaded squares must create a single continuous area. There is only one unique solution for each puzzle.
Game Instructions: Hitori Light is played by shading and un-shading squares in a grid. First click un-shades the square, second click shades the square and the third click brings the square back to its original state.
So go ahead and check it out! Then visit Conceptis Puzzles for more neat puzzles.
Geeks who dream of being served big bowls of ramen by female ninjas will suddenly find their lives complete when they visit the Men no Sato (Noodle Village) themed restaurant in Tokyo’s Akihabara district.
With a sultry staff of sword wielding servers delivering smiles, and delicious food, to the tables you’d think the main complaint would be about an eye being poked out or finding a fly in the broth.
But, surprisingly, the main complaint about the restaurant is that the waitresses all have light colored hair. Apparently diners aren’t agreeing with the wait staff’s Naruto-esque look, deeming a restaurant full of blond, scantily clad ninjas to be inauthentic. Complaints should wait to be filed until after the kunoichi wait staff have removed their weaponry, unless you want to lose your cutlets!
LEGO artist Stormbringer mashed up Pokemon and giant robots to produce Poke'Mecha, a series of large-scale LEGO sculptures!
I've created a new form of Pokemon battle, where giant mechs known as Poke-Mecha, engage in large-scale Pokemon battles, who are controlled by the Pokemon trainers who built them. A highly dangerous, but fun sport.
These three are only the first of what may be a long-term project. Continue reading for the story of each Poke'Mecha, as told by Stormbringer.
Back when Skyrim was new, we posted all kinds of goofy stuff from the game, but now that it's a few years old, you just don't see that much new stuff come out about the game. Even so, it's still an amazing adventure ripe for modding.
And here's an amazing new mod everyone can enjoy -Thomas the Tank Engine as a dragon. Kids will love getting to see their favorite talking train fly through the sky and parents can enjoy murdering the character they've been forced to watch thanks to their kid. It's a win-win.
(Photo: Sam Battles)
Promoter Tommy Giodone calls it “the toughest sport on wool.” For the past 18 years, he’s rented ewes from ranchers and offered kids between the ages of 4 and 7 the chance to live the life of a rodeo bull rider.
The kids wear protective gear, but otherwise it’s a lot like the adult sport. The sheep are released from pens into an arena. They’ve got to hold on for 6 seconds. The first place winner at every fair gets to compete in a national championship.
You can’t just walk in and expect to win. These mutton busting competitions can be popular. At the recent Washington State Fair, there were 5 shows a day with 40-50 kids competing at each show.
Do you have what it takes?
-via American Digest
Beer Bites Snack Bowl (sold individual)
Are you looking for a sophisticated gift for the beer drinker on your Christmas list? Get them the Beer Bites Snack Bowl from the NeatoShop. This elegant plate is shaped like a beer bottle that has been cut in half. It is perfect for housing delicious morsels and delectable noshes.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Kitchen Stuff.
The works of Maurice Sendak have delighted young and old alike for generations, and his artwork looks as fresh and timely today as it did when it came out decades ago. Sendak created artwork for all sorts of reasons, like these little known promotional posters for causes ranging from Jewish Book Month to International Children’s Book Day (I’m sensing a theme here).
They feature characters from fables and fairy tales, a few wild things and some kids who are hungry for adventure- and a bowl of chicken soup with rice. Sendak’s art is always a pleasure to behold, and his whimsical character designs are such an iconic part of childhood that they still bring a smile to my face.
Juergen Horn and Mike Powell are moving to a new place for 91 days at a time, and in that amount of time, you have to pack in a lot of exploring and sightseeing! After leaving Iceland, they are now in Yucatan, Mexico, where they visited the Río Secreto, an underground river that flows through beautiful cave chambers.
After a bumpy bus ride to the site, we put on wet suits and helmets, and followed our guide into the woods. Soon, we had arrived at a gateway into the underworld. The scene that awaited us inside was breathtaking: a cave full of stalactites and stalagmites, perfectly illuminated by light filtering in from above and reflecting off the still blue water. Although it had long been known to locals, Río Secreto was only discovered by the world at large in 2007, and was immediately put under governmental protection. So the condition of the caves is stunning.
There's lots more pictures at For 91 Days, including a huge arachnid of some sort that startled me. Otherwise, they show a beautiful underground trip. -Thanks, Juergen!
At the Neatoshop, we have some great Christmas ornaments available, including some delightfully weird ones like rubber chicken or bacon ones, but if you still can't get enough, don't miss this great InventorSpot article with 13 strange ornaments. I really like the nudie Santas above, but the S&M gingerbread and meh one are also pretty funny -plus, a lot of them are handmade, meaning they are one of a kind wonders.
A few months ago, on a whim, I decided to watch some anime. I started with Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, neither of which I had seen before. It was like a switch flipped in my head. I've watched little other than anime since then.
I especially enjoy light hearted serials, such as Girls und Panzer. It's a well written and beautifully animated 14-episode series. The plot is delightfully bizarre. In this alternate world, Japan's most popular sport for girls is the martial art sensha-do. This is the traditional martial art of fighting with tanks.
Girls und Panzer has developed a large fanbase filled with creative people. Let's look at some of arts and crafts that they've made.
I haven been unable to discover which artist is responsible for this great mashup of Girls und Panzer and the classic American war movie Kelly's Heroes. Here are Pvt. Kelly (Clint Eastwood) and Sgt. Oddball (Donald Sutherland) flanking Kay and Yukari.
There are at least two references to Kelly's Heroes in the series. While infiltrating a rival team, Yukari (brown hair) goes by the name "Sgt. Oddball." And in episode 11 at the 14:30 mark, the characters watch Kelly's Heroes on TV.
Here's a cake made by a Japanese fan. It looks just like the Hippo Team's elaborately decorated Sturmgeschütz III. The crew consisted of avid history buffs who were not fans of camouflage. In an early episode, their flamboyant style got them knocked out of a match.
As far as advertising stunts go, this one is a winner. For 250 WestJet passengers on two flights, one from Toronto to Calgary and the other from Hamilton to Calgary, it was an unexpected miracle. Passengers were greeted by a video-linked Santa Claus who asked them what they wanted for Christmas. Then things got really hectic -for Santa and his 175 WestJet volunteer helpers. If that's not enough, you can see additional footage that didn't make it into the video, in which Santa has fun with the passengers. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Once you’ve graduated beyond them, you may also wish to try our Origami Napkins with instructions printed on them. They’re now on sale at the NeatoShop. Get a pack of 40 at a discounted price!
Die Hard is the Christmas movie for people who are sick of Christmas movies. It established Bruce Willis as a serious action star, and made walking on broken glass a part of our nightmares. But how much do you really know about the 1988 film?
1. Die Hard just sounds like a bad-ass action movie. Give Your Life Expensive sounds like the title of a Hungarian career seminar. That’s just what Die Hard’s title is in Hungary though. The sequel is Your Life is More Expensive and of course the third title is The Life is Always Expensive. Naturally.
A Serbian bootleg version released in 1988 was titled Skupo Prodaj Svoju Kozu (Sell Your Skin At High Price). The Spanish version is The Glass Jungle.
2. The movie was originally supposed to be a sequel to the 1985 flick, Commando. The film never fleshed out with Arnold (terrorists can only kidnap Alyssa Milano so many times) and Bruce Willis took over.
Well, those were things I did not know. And there are 18 more movie trivia facts about Die Hard at Warming Glow.