Awww, those terrifying screen stars don't look so bad when they're pint sized and smiling, and even though they're responsible for thousands of human deaths between them all they look kinda cute and cuddly this way. But it is possible that this cute-ification is just some trick they're using to lure people in so they can grow back to giant size and gobble all those poor people up at once...Nah, they're just cute and tiny now because they know they would make great pets!
Add some monstrous visual appeal to your geeky wardrobe with this Scary Lil Giants t-shirt by Prime Premne, it's the fun way to show the world that Godzilla, Jaws and King Kong are actually cute little lovers at heart.
Salma Hayek is the most successful Mexican actress of all time, and the Coatzacoalcos-born star has maintained a successful career in Hollywood without whitewashing her image or losing touch with her Mexican roots.
So when Vanity Fair needed a celeb to teach Mexican slang terms in their video they naturally turned to Salma- because Salma knows Mexican slang and she makes learning fun!
If you've been itching to see the next Star Wars movie, you'll have to wait until December. But that doesn't mean there's no Star Wars now. Vanity Fair talked to the cast and crew about The Last Jedi, as well as writer and director Rian Johnson. There's a lot of information here, ranging from the overall moviemaking system to specifics about The Last Jedi.
Part of what makes Lucasfilm’s new system work is that [producer Kathleen] Kennedy has set up a formidable support structure for her filmmakers. Upon her arrival, she put together a story department at Lucasfilm’s San Francisco headquarters, overseen by Kiri Hart, a development executive and former screenwriter she has long worked with. The story group, which numbers 11 people, maintains the narrative continuity and integrity of all the Star Wars properties that exist across various platforms: animation, video games, novels, comic books, and, most important, movies. “The whole team reads each draft of the screenplay as it evolves,” Hart explained to me, “and we try, as much as we can, to smooth out anything that isn’t connecting.”
What the story group does not do, Hart said, is impose plot-point mandates on the filmmakers. Johnson told me he was surprised at how much leeway he was given to cook up the action of Episode VIII from scratch. “The pre-set was Episode VII, and that was kind of it,” he said. If anything, Johnson wanted more give-and-take with the Lucasfilm team, so he moved up to San Francisco for about six weeks during his writing process, taking an office two doors down from Hart’s and meeting with the full group twice a week.
Among Johnson’s inventions for The Last Jedi are three significant new figures: a “shady character” of unclear allegiances, played by Benicio Del Toro, who goes unnamed in the film but is called DJ by the filmmakers (“You’ll see—there’s a reason why we call him DJ,” Johnson said); a prominent officer in the Resistance named Vice Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern; and a maintenance worker for the Resistance named Rose Tico, who is played by a young actress named Kelly Marie Tran (and who is the sister of Paige, the character I witnessed in the scene with Poe Dameron). Tran’s is the largest new part, and her plotline involves a mission behind enemy lines with Boyega’s Finn, the stormtrooper turned Resistance warrior.
We also learn about Carrie Fisher's expanded role in the new movie, and the how her death affected the rest of the cast. The article is accompanied by gorgeous photographs by Annie Leibowitz. See it all at Vanity Fair. -via Digg
When I think back on the 90s I recall all the cringeworthy things my friends and I thought were so so sick during that decade between the radical 80s and blah 00s.
Trends like JNCO jeans, frosted tips, hemp bracelets, Big Johnson t-shirts and bowl cuts parted right down the middle didn't age well, so they'll forever be thought of as 90s throwbacks.
But aside from these horrible fashion trends the 90s gave us some pretty great stuff too, like Pokemon, Super Soakers and Rice Krispies Treats Cereal, which were sold to kids via these totally slammin' commercials!
Evan Kowalski of Wyandotte, Michigan, saw the 1993 Robin Williams movie Mrs. Doubtfire with his family and loved it. He thought it was a the funniest thing ever. Months later, when his mother asked what theme he wanted for his 4th birthday party, Evan immediately said Mrs. Doubtfire. You can buy party supplies from a lot of movies, but Mrs. Doubtfire is not one of them, so Evan's mother Laura Kowalski went to work to make it happen.
“I was thrown for such a loop when Evan said he wanted a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ party, so I quickly posted on a local Facebook page, Downriver and Friends looking for a baker. That’s how I found Angie Claxon (Cakes by Sweetypants), who made the amazing cake.”
Evan loved every minute of the party, but his favorite part was definitely the cake, which featured several elements from the movie ― including the infamous face cream scene. “It met ALL of his expectations,” the mom said. Evan’s 7-year-old sister, Allison, and 12-year-old brother, Ethan were also big fans.
Family members made decorations and treat bags. Mrs. Doubtfire touches were added to the food and games. And Evan was delighted. The internet was delighted with the pictures, which you can see at HuffPo. -via The Daily Dot
When gaming consoles were introduced in the early 1980s they were so expensive many kids couldn't afford them, so the lucky kids who could were forced to share their rad new console with their friends and family.
It took decades for game companies to realize price is everything in the world of gaming consoles, and yet EA founder Trip Hawkins didn't think about price when he left EA to create the 3DO, so it bombed hard.
Released in 1993 at a staggering $700, the 3DO was supposedly HDTV compatible with graphics that blew away the competition, but the 3DO simply couldn't compare to the mighty $90 Nintendo Entertainment System.
Nintendo has made their fair share of mistakes too, like the Virtual Boy or the more recent Wii U, but their biggest failure was also one of their biggest leaps forward in terms of tech- the 64DD.
The 64DD was released as a magnetic disk drive peripheral for the Nintendo 64, but console gamers couldn't wrap their minds around all the 64DD's high tech features:
"DD" is short for "dynamic drive". Plugging into the extension port on the underside of the console, it allows the Nintendo 64 to use proprietary 64 MB magnetic disks for expanded and rewritable data storage, a real-time clock for persistent game world design, and a standard font and audio library for further storage efficiency. Furthermore, the 64DD's software titles and hardware accessories let the user create movies, characters, and animations to be used within various games and shared online. The system could connect to the Internet through a now-defunct dedicated online service called Randnet for e-commerce, online gaming, and media sharing.
Only 10 games were ever released for the 64DD, and Nintendo sold about 15,000 units worldwide, making it one of the worst console failures of all time.
All over the world, you'll find buildings that are one-of-a-kind, often designed and built by people who aren't architects. John Green points out many of those buildings and the stories behind them, fascinating even when doled out in tidbits of trivia. Unique architecture is the topic on this week's episode of the Mental Floss List Show.
Leather is a durable, embossable and paintable material, but it's also extremely rigid and doesn't make for the most user friendly sculpting medium.
But those artisans who choose leather as their medium of choice have figured out ways to crease, bend, and otherwise shape leather in a sculptural way, creating spectacular and wearable works of skin art.
The German-born craftsman and "travelling science artist" had this to say about his works:
My objects sometimes take hundreds of hours to create due to fact that I use hand tools only. No machinery takes part in the process, every stitch is done by hand and there are thousands of it in every project.
Due to the fact that I am a traveller I focused on crafting leather items, because I don’t need to carry too many tools on my one-year journey. My leather items are all 100% hand-made, means: I use awl, needle and rivets instead of a sewing machine.
With a background of having studied Biology I find my inspiration in nature where I have fallen in love with organic shapes and structures.
The character design consists of my leather work combined with bodypainting, costume, props, basically whatever tells the story.
Remember the ten kittens who were supposed to pose for a portrait? They belong to Natalya and Evgeny Mishukovi, who are busy enriching their lives with things to play with. Here, they shower the kittens with a bunch of paper scraps to create a indoor pile of wonderfulness.
If you believe a burger is made up of a ground beef patty and two buns, then you might just consider these burger monstrosities pure blasphemy. But if you like extreme food creations you might consider these to be right up your alley. Some of these are pretty simple concepts that most people might be open to -like the Hawaiian burger with pineapple and ham on it, but others ask the diner to keep a very open mind -like the bogan burger that features steak, chicken schnitzel, a potato cake, bacon, egg, cheese, onion and even a slice of beet. No matter how brave you are though, I somehow doubt you'll be willing to try the beyond outrageous garbage burger that has over 20 ingredients, including five cheeses, peanut butter, peppers, marinara sauce, ice cream hot fudge and a cherry on top (read all the 20 ridiculous ingredients here).
Danger is Darkwing Duck's middle name, but his last name is Duck so when he wandered into a wet area where hunters were trying to bag winged game he should have ducked to avoid catching a tail full of buckshot. But a blasted dog kept laughing at him, which made him act all macho in an effort to show up that canine cut-up, so he marched straight out into the marshes with the ordinary ducks and got his lid blown off...
Warn cartoon ducks about the dangers posed by firearms with this Darkwing Hunt t-shirt by Dann Matthews, it oozes old school cool and is sure to make your fellow gamers grin wherever you go!
You know where facehuggers come from, don't you? From xenomorph eggs, of course! We can skip the middleman and just ingest the eggs first without all that face-hugging unpleasantness, when the eggs are made of cake.
Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies shows us how to recreate the eggs from the Alien movie series in delicious mint chocolate cake. This would be perfect for that Alien marathon party you've planned to prepare your crew for the new movie Alien: Covenant. Just don't blame us when they want to re-emerge from your chest. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Graduating from college is no small feat, so when a friend, family member or loved one manages to get that degree we want to reward their hard work with something worthwhile.
But far too often they're handed a teddy bear wearing a graduation cap and gown, a frame for their diploma, or some dumb gift set they end up tossing in a box and forgetting about.
If you really want to reward grads give them an unique gift they'll use, like the Exerpeutic WORKFIT 1000 exercise bike desk station above, the CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven or this brilliant Selfie Ring Light.
And since they'll most likely be of legal drinking age when they graduate they'll want to drink to their success, or drown their sorrows about their student loan debt.
Which is why grads will need this Cocktail Computer- simply enter the ingredients you have on hand and the "computer" gives you suggestions for yummy drink recipes. It even includes mocktail recipes for those who can't booze it up but wanna hang anyway.
The most famous show business performers in history are no different than the unknowns, the obscures and the lesser knowns. Every performer has one thing in common- they all made their debut somewhere or other, whether auspicious or less so. Like they say, everyone has to start some place. Let's take a look at the show biz debuts and earliest performances of twenty stars.
1. Groucho Marx
Groucho (pictured at right) had an early gig singing in a protestant church choir. This worked out well until they found out he was Jewish and fired him.
2. Harpo Marx
Groucho's older brother Harpo (on the left) made his debut at Coney Island at the age of 19. He was hijacked from his safe job as a piano player in a nickelodeon movie theater and tossed on stage to accompany his brothers, Groucho and Gummo (and another singer named Lou Levy), as one of the Four Nightingales. Harpo was so scared he wet his pants. Harpo called it "the most wretched debut in the history off show business."
3. Sylvester Stallone
Sly got his first acting gig playing Smokey the Bear in a school play.
4. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's first-ever performance as a singer was in a singing contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show. He was ten years old at the time. Dressed as a cowboy and wearing glasses, Elvis stood on a chair to reach the microphone. He sang Red Foley's "Old Shep" and won fifth prize in the contest. His prize was $5.00 plus a free ticket to all the rides at the fair.
5. Orson Welles
Orson's earliest public performance happened before he was ten years old. He appeared dressed as Peter Rabbit in the store window of Marshall Fields department store in Chicago. He was paid $25 a day.
Prior to 1917 members of the British Royal Family didn't use "common" last names at all, instead using their first name with the name of the house or dynasty they're part of, such as the House of Tudor or House of Wales.
But in 1917 King George V changed his house name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, a name derived from Windsor Castle which was changed due to anti-German sentiment.
George V not only changed the dynasty name- he made Windsor the royal family's surname, thereby doing away with any common last names.
To make matters more complicated Princess Elizabeth made another Royal Family name change when she married Philip Mountbatten and became Queen Elizabeth II, declaring the last name to be Mountbatten-Windsor.
So now descendents of the Mountbatten-Windsors can use Windsor, Mountbatten-Windsor, or if they have a title such as "His Royal Highness Prince" or "Her Royal Highness Princess" they don't have to use a surname at all. Now it's all so clear! *wink*
Screen Junkies' 200th Honest Trailer is for the relatively recent movie Logan. First, let me warn you, this is full of spoilers. I didn't know what Logan was about at all, except that it was a Wolverine movie, but now I feel like I've seen the whole thing. Second (and this is a spoiler for the video), they couldn't find anything bad to say about it. So if you haven't already seen the movie, you might want to sip this Honest Trailer until you do.
The problem was that there was such a lag between discovering something that gave us a wonderful color and the point we realized it was killing people. You'll hear several of those stories in this TED-Ed lesson from J. V. Maranto. -via Boing Boing
Around 4,000 people around the world die from lightning strikes every year, but about ten times as many are hit by lightning and survive. For those who survive a strike, the experience is so memorable that they've formed an international survivors group. Some only have memories of the experience, while others face lifelong effects and health issues, both mental and physical. Their stories are always scary.
A crashing boom. A jolting, excruciating pain. "My whole body was just stopped — I couldn't move any more," Justin recalls. "The pain was… I can't explain the pain except to say if you've ever put your finger in a light socket as a kid, multiply that feeling by a gazillion throughout your entire body."
"And I saw a white light surrounding my body — it was like I was in a bubble. Everything was slow motion. I felt like I was in a bubble forever."
A couple huddled under a nearby tree ran to Justin's assistance. They later told him that he was still clutching the chair. His body was smoking.
When Justin came to, he was looking up at people staring down, his ears ringing. Then he realized that he was paralyzed from the waist down. "Once I figured out that I couldn't move my legs, I started freaking out."
When a cat has a poor opinion of something, they will let you know, clearly, in their own way. In this complication video from the Pet Collective, you'll see cats hating on modern technology, toys, food, family members, and everyday objects.
On May 23, 1967, the sun fired off a flare so powerful that it was visible to the naked eye, and began emitting radio waves at a level that had never been seen before, study team members said.
That same day, all three of the Air Force's Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radar sites in the far Northern Hemisphere — which were located in Alaska, Greenland and the United Kingdom — appeared to be jammed.
Air Force officials initially assumed that the Soviet Union was responsible. Such radar jamming is considered an act of war, so commanders quickly began preparing nuclear-weapon-equipped aircraft for launch. (These newly scrambled aircraft would have been "additional forces," according to the study authors; the U.S. kept nuke-bearing "alert" planes aloft pretty much continuously throughout the 1960s.)
The geomagnetic storm that followed the flare disrupted radio signals for about a week afterward. But, as you can probably guess, World War III was not instigated. That was due to our government's early embrace of weather technology and space research, which you can read about at Sky and Telescope. -via Metafilter
Rocket normally likes to rush right into battle and start blasting fools, which is unusual since normal raccoons tend to be so cautious, but sometimes the fighting is so fierce he hesitates to enter the fray. That's when he looks to his little leafy pal Groot and asks him to drop in to the battle first, like a little dancing bark bomb ready to blow up the battlefield and serve as a diversion so Rocket can dive right in. The Guardians may be a bunch of a-holes, but they definitely know how to watch each other's backs and fight side-by-side until the battle is won.
Blow up your boring wardrobe by adding this Grootsky t-shirt by Cattoc_C, it's got the geeky street art swagger you've been looking for and it's sure to earn you a galaxy full of new fans!
Sooner or later, just about every family takes a road trip to Six Flags, Disney World, or some other large theme park to show the kids a good time. That means standing in line for a hour to ride a one-minute ride, paying out the wazoo for lunch, and dealing with tired, cranky kids (or even worse, bored teenagers) and sunburn. There's a price to pay for everything.
The family at the core of The Simpsons has been around for thirty years now, and in that time we've gotten to know dozens of the other residents of Springfield as they came and went, and came back again. However, there are a few characters that only appeared on the series once. Whether that's because the voice actor didn't want to repeat a performance, or there just wasn't a story fit for them, they became one-hit wonders. If you can recall the one episode these characters were in among the hundreds that have aired, then you're in rarified Simpsons fandom territory. Meet five of those characters at TVOM.
The latest hipster food obsession is the "avolatte," a latte (which is a fancy term for coffee with milk) served in an avocado shell. Developed at the Truman Cafe in Melbourne, the idea has spread through the internet and around the world, pretty much instantly.
It appears to be an eco-friendly way to add a bit of avocado flavor to the drink, but not everyone likes the idea. Personally, I do not like avocado, and I do like having a handle on my coffee cup. -via Laughing Squid
Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell continue their adventures in Vietnam, where they've been exploring villages on their own, without guides, away from the tourist spots. They'd heard that Tan Chau was where Vietnamese black silk was produced, so they set out with a map and their motorcycles -after three ferry trips across the river.
Properly motorized, we headed off in search of silk, stopping in a few towns where, to judge by the dumbfounded stares we received, foreigners are not an everyday occurrence. And nobody could help us. In fact, the famous black silk of Tan Chau didn’t seem to be all that famous in Tan Chau. Scouring the map, we decided to head to Long Chau, which looked like the region’s largest town. It was also the furthest away; if we struck out here, we agreed to give up.
Pressed right up along the river, Long Chau was cute, but we weren’t here to see the sights, dammit. We directed ourselves to the town’s central market, to look for silk vendors. If anyone knew where to find a silk manufacturing center, surely they. The owners of the first silk store were friendly but weirdly insistent we go to “Tân Châu Xứ Lụa”, which Google identified as a restaurant. “No, you must misunderstand us. But thanks anyway!”
Research about mechanisms to reduce a particular kind of noise compiled by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff
Engineers dare to take on tasks that nature may have neglected. Here are four attempts to solve the noise-related problems arising from human sneezes or coughs.
Apisa’s Simple Sneeze Catcher “Sneeze Catching Method and Apparatus,” US patent 8910312, issued to Joseph Apisa, December 16, 2014. Apisa specifies:
An apparatus for catching bodily fluids ejected during a sneeze or cough, said apparatus comprising: a sleeve having a first open end... a closure being mounted on said sleeve and releasably retaining said frame in said closed position; a pad being removably positioned in said receiving space, said pad having anti-bacterial properties; and wherein said sleeve is configured to be worn on an arm of a person such that the person may sneeze or cough into said pad and that said pad captures and destroys bacteria exhaled by the person.
If we're going to have triangles, we may as well go whole hog with the geometry analogies. I think we cam all relate to the anxiety fractals more than the rest, amirite? This is the newest comic from John McNamee at Pie Comic.
If you didn't learn to swim as a child, it can be pretty difficult -and downright embarrassing- to ask someone teach you as an adult. What do you do? You buy a backyard pool like this guy and try to figure it out on your own.
However, it can be a traumatic experience, from the blowing up part, to the hose that doesn't work, to remembering why you never learned to swim in the first place. He should have invested in a lifeguard, too. -via Viral Viral Videos