Jimmy Uhrin, AKA "Traffic Jam Jimmy," is the traffic reporter with Fox 45 in Baltimore, Maryland. He went out into the blizzard to find out how bad the driving conditions were. While doing so, he worked up an appetite and decided to get a fish sandwich at McDonald's.
He was taken by surprise, but responded well enough. Here you see Uhrin trying to multitask by delivering the news live on the air while simultaneously trying to get a fish sandwich while McDonald's was still serving only breakfast.
During the original run of the MTV animated series Beavis and Butt-head from 1993 to 1997, I laughed uproariously because they reminded me of so many of the young guys I worked with at various radio stations. Many of the internet generation had to sneak to watch the show, or only know it in reruns, so you might not know much about Beavis and Butt-head’s groundbreaking series.
2. MTV PULLED THE SHOW SOON AFTER IT BEGAN.
Not due to any controversies, but because Mike Judge and the animation staff couldn’t keep up with the demand for new material, forcing MTV to stop airing the show entirely two weeks after it premiered. It made its return over six weeks later on May 17th with “Scientific Stuff” and “Good Credit.”
5. ALL REFERENCES TO FIRE WERE REMOVED PERMANENTLY AFTER THE SHOW WAS BLAMED FOR A DEATH.
In October 1993, a 5-year-old boy set fire to his Ohio home which killed his 2-year-old sister. Their mother claimed Beavis’ fire-making and blatant spoken love of arson was responsible. MTV’s quick response was to only air the show after 10:30pm and to wipe all fire references from all of the previous episodes—only fans who taped the offending episodes on their VCRs have proof that the word was ever uttered. “Fire” was banned for the rest of the series’ original run, but it was allowed again in 2011.
11. BEAVIS ALMOST SAID SOMETHING TOO CLEVER.
Judge told The New York Times in 1993 that one of the big challenges of the show was to keep the two in character and, therefore, dumb. An original line had Beavis telling his classmates that they had “Beavis envy” because he received a school pass. It was cut because it almost made the 14-year-old with the underbite too smart. In 2011, Judge admitted to “cheating” and probably making them smarter than they are during the music video commentaries.
The beautiful insect shown here is a planthopper nymph. During the span of time after it hatches and before it becomes fully mature, the planthopper nympha secretes a waxy substance from its abdomen that gives its tail the look of a colorful fiber optic display. It is both a defense from predators who are somewhat hypnotized by the effect, as well as a way to facilitate a gliding movement as they jump, as seen in the video below. There are a number of species of planthopper nymphs, with a variety of different tails. The photos and video above and below show a few varieties. See additional photographs here. -Via The Presurfer
We hear occasional stories about people who have themselves delivered by the postal service, but Reg Spiers took it to the limit by shipping himself as cargo from England back home to Australia! An Olympic hopeful in the javelin throw, Spiers was stranded in England with no money and wanted to get home in time for his daughter’s birthday in 1964. Shipping a heavy package cost more than flying in a seat, but for a seat you have to buy a ticket, while cargo could be shipped COD. So he had a friend build him a box and he addressed himself to a fictional shoe company. And it wasn’t a non-stop flight.
"I got out of the box between London and Paris, dying for a leak," says Spiers. "I peed in a can and put it on top of the box. I was stretching my legs and all of a sudden, because it's a short distance, the plane began to descend. A little panicky I jumped back in the box, and the can full of pee was still sitting on top."
The French baggage handlers in Paris thought the can's unsavoury contents had been left for them as an unkind joke by their counterparts in London.
"They were saying some terrible things about the English," says Spiers. "But they didn't even think of the box. So I kept on going."
The next stop on the long journey back to Australia was in Bombay, where baggage handlers parked Spiers - upside down - in the sun's glare for four hours.
"It was hot as hell in Bombay so I took off all my clothes," he says. "Wouldn't it have been funny if I'd got pinched then?"
Spiers made it home, and avoided paying for the shipment. Read how he did it, and don’t skip what happened to the athlete in later years, at BBC magazine. -via reddit
Foxy knows he's one cool critter, and when he comes looking for a security guard to chew on those new hires know they're just going to have to deal with it. That's just one of the dangers of working at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, which is why only the truly desperate apply for the position, but at least those lowly security guards have the honor of being ripped to shreds by an animatronic celebrity!
Take your geeky wardrobe back to those 8-bit arcade days with this Deal With It t-shirt by Julia Sprenz, it's fun enough to wear five nights a week and works really well to soak up tears of fear...
Millions of people are familiar with the view of a remote location in the Sahara desert, and some might not even be aware of it. For in Tunisia lie the remains of the planet Tatooine, the birthplace of Anakin Skywalker.
This set from the Star Wars franchise has been left intact at the request of the government of Tunisia. The location, once bustling with the excitement and fast pace of a film production crew and cast, is now abandoned and is disappearing at a rapid rate due to sand dunes swallowing the set whole. If nothing is done to stop the encroaching dunes, the days of this site being seen by fans from all over are numbered. But as of now, people still have a chance to visit the arrangement of 20 structures, located near the city of Tozeur.
This is hardly the only place in which sets from movie scenes sit abandoned. Learn about 21 other such sites here.
We’ve seen pictures of cat ladders and cat elevators that people use to give their cat access to upper floors in apartment buildings. This Russian cat uses the physical method: he climbs a rope made of braided towels! That’s kinda cool, but what’s really cool is the close-up of the cat’s determined expression. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Trash collection is one of those luxuries many of us take for granted- we put the trash out on the specified day and let the collectors come and haul it away in their big, stinky trucks, knowing the whole process will repeat on a weekly basis.
And yet we know so little about those valiant folks who usher our waste off to its final resting place- do they hold it against us when we call them garbage men/women, and how do they feel about picking up our trash?
According to the dozens of professionals interviewed for 14 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets of Garbage Collectors calling them garbage men/women is just fine, and most truly enjoy their dirty job. So what do they hate? Poor quality trash bags and the autumn leaf-pocalypse.
A boy at school called her ugly, and she gave him what for. This 4-year-old girl has the right attitude, and her comeback -whether it really happened that way or not- is priceless. And she happens to be very pretty, too. However, the pause she takes before the word “ugly” is heartbreaking, because words like that hurt no matter how confident you are. -via Buzzfeed
When you hear the words "sexy" and "Pokemon' used together it’s easy to assume that the costumes in question are of Ash's pal Misty or Jessie from Team Rocket, but those have been done to death. In this case we’re talkin’ about full blown sexy versions of pocket monsters, and boy will they ever make you wanna catch 'em all!
If you’d rather not think of Raichu, Espeon or Dugtrio as sexy then by all means pass this one by, but if you’re intrigued by the idea of sexy Pokemon then take your eyeballs for a walk on the wild side!
Why do people remember and even testify to things that didn’t happen? We know that some confessions are coerced, and some “recovered memories” are actually implanted, but recent research shows that the power of suggestion can lead most people to truly believe false events, to the point that they fill in the details, whether those details make sense or not. In one experiment, over 70% of students participating in the study (none of whom had a criminal record) began to believe they’d committed a crime that was suggested to them.
These are troubling findings. They mimic, in the gentlest way, what can happen during police questioning: a small lie, told to shake loose the truth, rattles around in a suspect’s imagination and takes root. The psychologist Saul Kassin has studied interrogation and false confession for decades. He told me that Shaw and Porter’s experiment illustrates perfectly how social pressure can make innocent people admit to wrongdoing. “Think about the dilemma the suspect now faces: ‘I don’t have a memory for this, but the person who took care of me does. Therefore it must be true and I have to find a way to remember it.’ ”
The Rubik's Snake Lamp by Maria and Ivan Zverev of Oikimus Design is a clever lighting option based on the Rubik’s Snake puzzle. The hinged lamp can be arranged in a number of shapes, depending on the lighting needs and aesthetic preferences of the user. The lamp is made of plywood and frosted Plexiglass.
Every time the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus comes to our town in the past few years, my youngest daughter, who dearly loves elephants, has to go. She doesn’t buy a ticket; she goes to hold a sign in protest against the circus’s use of animals. She and others like her can now celebrate a victory. The Greatest Show on Earth has announced that they will phase out elephant acts by the year 2018.
“This decision was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers,” CEO Kenneth Feld said in a press statement. Feld’s 43 elephants, which form the largest herd in North America, will retire to a 200-acre sanctuary in central Florida.
"There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers," Executive Vice President Alana Feld told the AP.
How does it work? First, a heads-up display on the windshield warns a driver of increased traffic congestion ahead. If the driver doesn’t react, the heads-up display flashes and an audible alarm sounds. If the driver still doesn’t respond, then the truck automatically engages in light braking. If that doesn’t stir the driver, the truck will, all on its own, brake hard and bring the truck to a complete stop.
Now can I get something like this, but for my bad decisions?
Beyond the border of an ordinary parking lot lies the most cutting-edge graveyard in the world … and a hands-on lab for cops and forensic anthropologists.
It was Valentine's Day when the gravediggers finished. The crew stood there waiting, their long-sleeved shirts drenched from a mixture of cold rain and sweat. At their feet were the holes—four of them—dug deep into the heavy clay. Nearby, young women and men in rubber gloves and medical gowns prepared to haul the cadavers down the hill.
Picking their way through the barren woodland, they carried 10 bodies to the burial site. Into the first ditch, the widest, they placed six corpses. In the second, they arranged three more. Just one body went into the third grave. The last was left empty. Then the gravediggers picked up their shovels and filled the holes.
Nicknamed “the body farm,” the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center is the oldest and most established of only four such facilities in the country. Since its inception in the early ’80s, its three wooded acres have been rife with corpses: bodies stuffed inside cars, enshrouded in plastic, rotting in shallow graves. Among them, grad students dutifully clock hours combing corpses for insects, while law enforcement agents undergo crime-scene training exercises.
It’s here, using donated cadavers, that scientists have pioneered some of the most innovative techniques in forensic science, particularly practices that help investigators pinpoint time of death—that linchpin of criminal cases that so often determines whether a killer is charged or set free. “The research we do at the facility is predominantly based on decomposition,” says center director Dawnie Steadman, “but we’re expanding that tremendously.” Now, as the bodies rest in those four anonymous graves, the center is primed to undertake a cutting-edge three-year experiment that may help scientists uncover clandestine burial sites in the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. With the help of laser technology, the reach of the body farm is about to grow exponentially, and the findings will shed light on some of history’s most heinous unsolved crimes.
When those predatory aliens arrived on Earth we thought they were just stopping by for a souvenir, but thirty years later those damned Yautja are still lurking around collecting skulls! Planetary defense forces and mercs have been waging war with the bloodthirsty alien bastards as best they can, but the Predators are used to hunting xenomorphs for fun so humans don't pose much of a threat to their kind. What is a planet to do when the only hope is a bunch of former bodybuilders and retired wrestlers?
Add some sci-fi adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Danger t-shirt by Buby87, and warn the world about the alien danger lurking in their backyards!
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The Acrobatica Infinita Circus is unlike any other. It’s designed to appeal to geeks by combining the wonderful world of cosplay with top-tier acrobatic performance. Each member brings unique skills that let you see Sailor Moon spin hoops and Kirk and Spock bend around each other in ways you’d never imagine. Check out this video demonstrating your favorite characters performing physical feats you’ve never seen them do on the screen.
Kim Jong-un seems to be prime fodder for humor of all kinds, and it doesn't look as if that will change anytime soon. A photo was snapped of the North Korean leader bending over a mattress and assumedly feeling it for firmness by pressing on it with his hands. That's really all the encouragement Redditors at r/PhotoShopBattles needed to go to work.
Shown here are some samples of their creativity. See more at Reddit. -Via Design Taxi
It seems like a great idea. You’ve got a bagel and cream cheese. It should be the perfect snack. But it never turns out right, does it? That’s because you’ve been eating bagels wrong for your entire life.
They may not be super powers like in the comic books, but we all have powers. Let’s just hope that we use them for good instead of evil. But seriously, if you saw a super hero punching a flying creature from the Black Lagoon in the air, wouldn’t you say something a little more than “Cool”? This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
It’s called Wooden Cloth. Nathalie Dackelid, a Swedish furniture design student, designed it with expanding leaves beneath the surface, which roll or unroll as the table shortens or expands. Her goal is to create a table so versatile that it can be used for an entire lifetime for different purposes. You can see a video of it in action here.
An art museum in the Philippines features artworks designed for its visitors to experiment, touch, photograph and otherwise interact with. The museum, called Art in Island, takes advantage of the "selfie culture" of the Philippines. The country's financial center, Makati City, has the dubious distinction of being called the "selfie capital of the world." Check out some of the museum's paintings that beg for human interaction in the video. It looks like a fun place to visit. -Via The Presurfer
Since 1923, there’s been a ski jump facility at Holmenkollen, Norway. It came to international attention at the 1952 Winter Olympics. In 2010, the ramp was completely rebuilt to be what Visit Norway calls “the world’s most modern ski jump.”
Domino artist Flippycat (previously at Neatorama) built a giant Etch-A-Sketch toy out of dominos! Then with a little stop-motion video magic, he illustrates the way you’d draw on a giant domino Etch-a-Sketch. The finished masterpiece is made of dominos, so you know what he did next. Yes, he knocked them all down, and then some. -via Tastefully Offensive
Michael Weiss is a woodworker who builds useful and decorative furnishings out of wood reclaimed from the winemaking materials of California Wine Country. That’s why he calls himself the Wine Country Craftsman. This beautiful bookcase is a fine demonstration of his skill. It’s 5 feet tall and features some of the original brands burned into the wood, as well as wine stains.
Other works are a bit less practical, but more fun. Weiss made these KISS figures by welding together wine barrel rings.
It’s hard enough to understand why Obi-Wan Kenobi just gave up the ghost, so to speak, and just let Darth Vader kill him off. Sure, he was able to return and give advice to Luke, but he could have taken better advantage of the situation even after death. The folks from Dorkly show us what might have been -what should have been- in glorious pixelated animation.
When the folks who lived around Crystal Lake decided to start their own hockey team they naturally looked to the biggest, baddest mofo to ever slash a camp counselor for inspiration- Jason. The Crystal Lake Killers chose Jason's hockey mask as their logo and scared the skates off their competition, winning thirteen straight games in a row and developing a cross checking move that came to be known as the Voorhees.
Add some delightfully dark humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Crystal Lake Killers (NES Variant) t-shirt by Art Broken, and go out and support your favorite fantasy team!
A hardcore LEGO fan wants to live in a LEGO world. This brick coffee table lets him get started on building that dream. Etsy seller Branching Outward made this table out of wood, polyester resin, epoxy, and lacquer. It weighs 48 pounds and measures 28.5 x 16 x 15 inches. The table costs $375, so building a full set may set your bank account back a bit.
Jeff Hader over at Inc. has compiled a list of words that are often used incorrectly, particularly in business communications. The list is full of good advice about usage of common words. For instance,
"Impact and affect (and effect)
Many people (including until recently me) use impact when they should use affect. Impact doesn't mean to influence; impact means to strike, collide, or pack firmly.
Affect means to influence: "Impatient investors affected our rollout date."
And to make it more confusing, effect means to accomplish something: "The board effected a sweeping policy change."
How you correctly use effect or affect can be tricky. For example, a board can affect changes by influencing them and can effect changes by directly implementing them. Bottom line, use effect if you're making it happen, and affect if you're having an impact on something that someone else is trying to make happen.
As for nouns, effect is almost always correct: "Employee morale has had a negative effect on productivity." Affect refers to an emotional state, so unless you're a psychologist, you probably have little reason to use it.
So stop saying you'll "impact sales" or "impact the bottom line." Use affect.
Read about 38 other words that are commonly misused atInc.
The iconic Tonka dump truck is a classic toy that has graced the homes of many boys and girls for two generations. Ford made this full-size model on an F-750 chassis to promote its line of commercial work trucks. This one can haul 17,000 pounds in its articulated bed, which is a bit more than the toy model of your youth might have managed—not that we all didn’t try at some point!