Archers of myth and legend were able to do some incredible tricks with their arrows, such as splitting another arrow in half or shooting an arrow so it changes direction in mid-air, tricks that few real life archers are able to replicate.
But Lars Andersen has some mythical-level archery skills, and he's trying to get the bards to write tales about him by proving he has mastered the art of the turning arrows.
In this incredible video Lars Andersen demonstrates how arrow direction can be manipulated to pull off archery feats that seem impossible but Lars finds to be "quite easy", claiming "all experienced archers should easily be able to learn this". Looks crazy difficult to me!
Selecting a title for your book is fraught with danger. It should be short and intriguing, but often ends up telling you little about the actual subject matter. For that, you need a subtitle. Snide Octopus is an Instagram account that takes book titles right out of the library and subtitles them to make you laugh.
Have you ever wondered where your dog would go, and what they would do, if they were let off the leash for a day and allowed to roam freely around the city?
If you adopted a stray dog then your pooch probably knows the neighborhood around your property pretty well, since strays don't lose their drive to roam, but where exactly would they go?
A Japanese woman named Keiko from Shirahama prefecture wondered why her adopted dog Sacchan had become curiously fat, hearing reports from neighbors who'd seen Sacchan at the train station and the supermarket.
So she wrote a letter to a Japanese TV show asking them to help her solve the mystery of what Sacchan does all day, but their investigation hit quite a few snags since Sacchan was on to their little scheme.
The award-winning 1997 animated film Anastasia (not the be confused with the 1956 version) was based very loosely on the fall of Russia's last royal family and the subsequent claim by Anna Anderson that she was the lost Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, one of Tsar's four daughters. The movie wasn't trying to be historically accurate, what with the supernatural elements and all, but for many young adults, Anastasia is what they know about the historical events. You know better, but maybe you don't know the details that went into making Anastasia.
It is well-known that Meg Ryan voices the main character in this film. However, she took some persuading to accept the job. She had just finished filming ‘Sleeping in Seattle’ and was dubious about getting involved with Anastasia due to the dark nature of some aspects of the storyline. The producers persuaded her by taking a clip of her acting in ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and transforming it into an animation.
The animators had the character, Rasputin, fall through an iced river. This was a nod to how the real Rasputin was wrapped in cloth before being thrown into a river when he died in 1916.
There are so many 30 day challenges out there it's hard to keep track of them all, but if you've got a black metal heart and a fetish for facepainting the only one you should care about is the 30 Day Corpse Paint Challenge.
And if you want to see a prime example of how to do this challenge right you've gotta watch Modern Valkyrie's "metalhead fantasy-nerd" Lady LeananSidhe kill it with 30 different dark looks that will keep you up at night.
Once You Pop… THAT'S GREAT! Don't you just love this counterfeit chip can design? The knockoff Pringles seem excited to tell you they are salt and potato flavored! How would a company get away with this blatant ripoff in the US?
If you look carefully at the front end of the skateboard, you'll see "CAH," which stands for Cards Against Humanity. The Prongles website just says "coming soon," but they are already available for sale here and there. Someone bought them and did some reverse-engineering to determine the origin. Yeah, there are chips inside, but they are made by someone else.
The chips are a promotion for an alternate reality game from Cards Against Humanity. They even have a Twitter account, which is where you can get updates on this weird, weird game tie-in. -via reddit
Movie monsters typically resemble real-life animals in some way, or in the case of movies like Kong: Skull Island they look just like giant-sized versions of real critters, making them terrifying in a more realistic way.
Viewers assume movie monsters screech, scream and roar like their normal-sized cousins, so filmmakers keep their voices pretty much the same, but according to scientists these creatures would make a sound like you've never heard before.
This video by The Verge examines the sound that should be coming out of a giant movie monster's mouth with a little help from paleontologists Dr. Thomas Williamson, David Weishampel and Dr. Stuart Sumida and biology professor Philip Senter.
"Turkey makes you sleepy" is a commonly accepted, although false belief that usually crops up most commonly during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
This is one I bought into for many years. I even had a girl tell me that eating some turkey before I go to bed would help cure my insomnia. We hear these "commonly accepted" theories, beliefs, or myths and because most of us are trusting or we hear them from "reliable sources," we swallow them (no pun intended). No real harm is done, just that we absorb a little more false data into our lives and our knowledge. Nowadays, we call it "fake news."
Okay, the story is that turkey makes you sleepy because it contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid, a protein which is very necessary to human bodies. And true, tryptophan, in certain amounts, can make you sleepy or drowsy. But the fact is that chicken and ground beef each contain almost as much tryptophan as turkey. Cheese and pork actually contain significantly more.
So why does turkey "seem" to make us sleep, especially during the holidays?
Wait, wait a minute. Has no one ever written a song about orange? Otherwise, it looks like your favorite classic rock artists have the spectrum covered pretty well. Looks like a pretty good playlist, too. This box of crayons is brought to you by John Atkinson at Wrong Hands. -via Blame It On The Voices
Foods that are too cute to eat are fine if you're on a diet, but foods that are too cute and eat themselves- now that's a dish everyone can enjoy! Spughetti goes great with a pupperoni pizza and an antipawsto salad, and the best part is you get to eat two adorable little tiny pugs for dessert! Disclaimer- eating dogs isn't cool, and eating little tiny dogs is the uncoolest, so don't be a dweeb- let the doggies be the eaters and not the eatees!
Stay in a nom-nom-nom state of mind with this sPUGhetti t-shirt by Vincent Trinidad, it's deliciously delightful and a surefire way to make people want to hang out with you more just to be near your sweet shirt!
The holidays are looming, and you may be either dreading or looking forward to getting together with extended family member to celebrate. If you don't get along that well with your in-laws, you can grit your teeth and tell yourself that it will be over soon. In days of yore, people lived much closer to their in-laws, often even living with them. Writers from 100 or more years ago offered tips for getting along with your spouse's parents or your child's spouse. Some of those tips will make you cringe in the context of the modern world.
1. ALWAYS VOTE THE SAME WAY AS YOUR FATHER-IN-LAW (EVEN IF YOU DISAGREE).
It's never too soon to start sowing the seeds for harmony with potential in-laws. An 1896 issue of one Alabama newspaper offered some advice to men who were courting, and alongside tips like “Don’t tell her you’re wealthy. She may wonder why you are not more liberal,” it gave some advice for dealing with prospective in-laws: “Always vote the same ticket her father does,” the paper advised, and “Don’t give your prospective father-in-law any advice unless he asks for it.”
10. DON'T BE PICKY WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING A WIFE; CHOOSE A MOTHER-IN-LAW INSTEAD.
By today's standards, the advice from an 1868 article in The Round Table is incredibly sexist and offensive. Claiming that "one wife is, after all, pretty much the same as another," and that "the majority of women are married at an age when their characters are still mobile and plastic, and can be shaped in the mould of their husband's will," the magazine advised, “Don’t waste any time in the selection of the particular victim who is to be shackled to you in your desolate march from the pleasant places of bachelorhood into the hopeless Siberia of matrimony ... In other words ... never mind about choosing a wife; the main thing is to choose a proper mother-in-law,” because "who ever dreamt of moulding a mother-in-law? That terrible, mysterious power behind the throne, the domestic Sphynx, the Gorgon of the household, the awful presence which every husband shudders when he names?"
Residents of Vladivostok, in far eastern Russia, woke Friday morning to snow-covered roads. The snow hid a layer of ice, which drivers soon discovered. Oh, you could go places, as long as those places were downhill. Police received reports of 350 accidents in one day, some involving up to twenty vehicles.
The Russian news site VL.ru has 19 submitted videos of traffic problems due to the storm. You can vote on which is best in a poll at the bottom. I particularly like #19, in which a camera was focused on a hill across the street.
Jewelry made of turquoise and silver instantly brings Native American culture to mind. But much of the popularization of such jewelry came through a family of Italian jewelry craftsmen. Frank Patania, Sr. immigrated to New York with his parents in 1908 after training to be a goldsmith as a child. He was recognized as a talented jewelry designer even in his teens. But doctors sent him to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to recover from tuberculosis, and he opened a jewelry store there. And then another in Tucson.
Frank Sr.’s designs stood out among the more familiar shapes of Native American jewelry, and in turn, his work influenced many artisans in the area. “He brought with him an Italian design sense, and worked silver in a gold and platinum style that made his pieces more sculptural and lighter in appearance than what was being done by Native Americans at the time,” Patania says. “His designs brought in clients who lived in the area part time and wanted jewelry that could be worn outside the Southwest.”
Although Frank Sr. did incorporate regional materials like silver and turquoise, as well as common motifs of Native American jewelry, his style blended these with European trends, such as the organic forms of Art Nouveau and the streamlined shapes of Art Deco. “Many of his motifs, like leaves, are not traditionally Native American, but they became ubiquitous in Native American work after he began using them,” Patania explains. “He brought an outsider’s design sensibility and work style that didn’t exist in the Southwest until he moved to Santa Fe in the early 1920s.”
The Thunderbird Shop also benefited from the expansion of Fred Harvey’s tourist company, which brought thousands of outsiders to the region, many looking for “authentic” souvenirs. Frank Sr. made jewelry for some of the company’s famous Harvey Girls as well as members of the Santa Fe creative community, including Mable Dodge Luhan and Georgia O’Keeffe. “His designs weren’t so regional, meaning his work could be worn with a wonderful fashionable impact in Manhattan, Chicago, or Kansas City,” Patania says.
It must be fun for photographers to take photos for stock photography sites, because they get to set up and shoot hundreds, if not thousands, of different shots just to make sure they're supplying stuff for every possible demand.
And since they're fulfilling a visual media need stock photographers get away with shooting stuff no other photographer could, like pics of smoking babies, suicidal Santa fans and teens posing for assault rifle selfies.
How much do you pay a baby to pose for photos anyway? Do you pay them more if they bring their own cigarettes?
We know you are crazy for cats, but have you ever considered designating a room in your home as a playroom for your kitties? Lots of people do this, especially folks who have more rooms than they currently need. And there is no shortage of vendors who will sell you amazing climbing, hiding, and chasing contraptions for your cat. Or you could custom-build them yourself. Check out a collection of 18 rooms designed for the pleasure of cats at I Can has Cheezburger. -Thanks, hearsetrax!
People are so obsessed with Philip's classical painting clean ups that they begged him to start doing a live stream of his restorations, which probably won't happen, but at least Philip has begun posting short videos of the process.
A last smear from the chin removed. I will post an image of the completed picture as soon as it is ready. pic.twitter.com/K7TSl2XdqE
And just so you can see how important Philip's work is, and what a drastic difference a little varnish removal makes here's a before and after of a fully restored painting. It's like washing your windows after driving through the desert!
What the mysterious 400 year old Prince Henry looked like before (with cleaning tests) and after cleaning. Mastic varnish - which is made from tree resin - biodegrades and turns yellow brown over time, and can almost completely hide a painting if left long enough. pic.twitter.com/taLUuy5cO4
In the late 19th-century, some towns used moonlight towers (or moontowers) instead of street lamps. These towers were very tall, ranging from 165 feet to 237 feet tall! The idea was to illuminate a large part of the city with one tower instead of putting lamps on every block, which was more expensive.
The towers were designed to illuminate areas often of several blocks at once, on the "high light" principle. Arc lamps, known for their exceptionally bright and harsh light, were the most common method of illumination. As incandescent electric street lighting became common, the prevalence of towers began to wane.
Sending a message in a bottle is seen as something only castaways and the wrongly imprisoned do as a last ditch effort to be saved, but in reality people most often stick notes in bottles and toss them into the sea for fun.
And while none of the senders actually expect to receive a response to their letters many of the bottles sent off are actually found by people like Wim Kruiswijk of the Netherlands, who has found over 1,200 of them so far.
Wim has been collecting bottled messages since 1983, and apparently the Netherlands' Zandvoort coast is a prime spot to find stuff washed up on the shore because that's where Wim has found his entire collection.
The 1988 film Action Jackson starred Carl Weathers as a Detroit cop who investigates a murderous union-busting corporation. It was a box office hit, but critics found it lacking. Formulaic but fun, if you like action movies. Let's learn some more about Action Jackson.
10. It was supposed to be a franchise but it never happened.
Despite the reasons this never happened the film titled Dangerous Passion was touted as Action Jackson 2 in some countries to capitalize on the success of the movie.
9. Carl Weathers came up with the idea while on the set of Predator.
It seems a little odd to think about another film while working on a film but Weathers’ idea was met with a great amount of approval.
Everyone has a limit to their patience, a button that can be pushed that activates our rage mode and makes us totally flip out, and for Eleven that button is pushed whenever someone refuses to leggo her Eggo. Those frozen waffles are more than just a meal for young El- they're a comfort food that helps remind her that she's not such a stranger to normalcy after all, and they're the only food that truly makes her happy. So if you want to stay on Eleven's good side keep your mitts off her Eggos, or you might end up with a splitting headache...
Show the world what happens when you mess with a psychic kid's favorite breakfast food with this Leggo My Eggo! t-shirt by Diablo Productions, it's one totally bitchin' design that's sure to blow people's minds wherever you go!
People have long held a morbid curiosity about dead bodies, from public hangings to modern day exhibits like Body Worlds. Through our history, sideshows and museums alike put human remains on display, the only real difference between them being the stated reason: entertainment on one side and education on the other, with the wishes of the deceased and their descendants ignored. Most of the time. Only recently have the dominant societies of the world turned to respecting cultural beliefs about burial, with spotty results. Why do we continue to display Egyptian mummies when the practice of displaying Native American remains is no longer accepted? It all appears to come down to whether there is anyone left who cares.
Like the treatment of Native Americans, the collection of Egyptian skeletons is rooted in colonialism and a disregard for the wishes of the dead. But, while living Native Americans claim descent from their continent’s first peoples, the Islamic communities of Egypt do not claim continuity with the people who built the pyramids. And even if they did, mummies were gathered to glorify ancient Egyptians while Native American skeletons were long collected to dehumanize indigenous peoples. The modern-day Egyptian government has given its consent for the excavation of tombs.
While the article at Atlas Obscura mainly deals with the pubic display of human remains, there's still the ethics of digging them up in the first place. Where will we draw the line between grave robbing and archaeology? Should respect for cultural and religious beliefs override our quest for knowledge about ancient (and not-so-ancient) people? Should that respect hinge on someone complaining about it? Those questions are explored in a discussion at Metafilter.
Ken is going to show us how to set a roof truss when you are by yourself. What could possibly go wrong? Well, first off, he's setting trusses alone. If there was any day to call your idiot brother-in-law, this would be the day, even if just to have someone available to call the paramedics. Also, he's not wearing a hard hat, and he turned his back on the unsecured truss.
Like most Impressionists Vincent Van Gogh liked to paint outdoors, setting up his easel in front of the very landscape he was painting in order to properly capture it's splendor.
And since Van Gogh applied a liberal amount of paint to the canvas to create the signature textural look of his paintings bugs would often get stuck in the globs of paint while they dried.
Van Gogh once wrote in an 1885 letter to his brother "I must have picked up a good hundred flies and more off the four canvases that you’ll be getting", so he was obviously used to having insects add their impression to his paintings.
Conservator Mary Schaefer discovered the insect, which she hoped University of Kansas entomologist and paleontologist Michael Engel could use to identify the exact season when the painting was created.
Sadly the insect didn't yield any clues to when the painting was created, but I bet conservators around the world will start poring over their paintings looking for embedded bugs!
Take a stroll through fantasyland, courtesy of Hollywood and Cinemaps! The new book Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies features 35 beautiful full-color maps of your favorite fictional movie worlds that will help you relive stories from 1933's King Kong through modern classics like Mad Max: Fury Road and Guardians of the Galaxy. Artist Andrew DeGraff illustrates the geography, the path of the plot, and the mood of each adventure, accompanied by A. D. Jameson's essay's on each film. Neatorama is pleased to give you a close look at some of these maps, with exclusive commentary by the artist.
Tom Scott has ended his tour of America and is back in Europe, finding places with interesting stories to tell us about. The picturesque town of Staufen, Germany, is one such place. A geothermal drilling operation in 2007 has caused the ground to swell up under the downtown area, and the buildings are cracking.
When the foundation underneath has moved, there's not a lot you can do for the buildings on top. Those buildings stood firm for hundreds of years, but in the last ten, they are crumbling. The problem is explained in depth in this article from the journal Geothermal Energy. -via reddit
In 1895, Joseph Demerath came up with a way to manufacture marshmallows in mass quantities, which made them affordable outside the upper class for the first time. This kicked off a marshmallow craze that lasted for the next twenty years or so -that is, if it ever went away. The Bunte Brothers were the first food producer to give away booklets of recipes to market marshmallows, and the custom spread to other marshmallow manufacturers who thought up hundreds of ways to use them in everyday cooking -including using them on sweet potatoes. Why this particular recipe became so popular involves an explanation of how sweet potatoes were prepared before marshmallows were available, which you'll find at Atlas Obscura.
Raleigh, North Carolina, was the site of the first Flat Earth International Conference a couple of weeks ago. A few hundred people traveled from all over to meet with like-minded people who reject the notion that the Earth is a ball hurling through space. They believe what they see -and the things they choose to read and watch on the internet. They see the Earth as a flat disc, with the Antarctic as an icy barrier that keeps us from falling off the edge.
People used to risk their virtual lives along the Oregon Trail, facing wild bears, broken axles, starvation and the ever present threat of dysentery, all so the survivors of the trip could live a better life.
But now it's easy to move to Oregon and live the good life, and instead of risking death by dysentery gamers can risk death by kombucha overdose in Travel Oregon: The Game.
The semi-independent Oregon tourism group Travel Oregon created their homage to Oregon Trail as a way to engage potential visitors and show off all the amazing culinary adventures found in Oregon:
"The impetus for creating the game was to help educate folks about the range of winter activities in Oregon," Katie Meeker, Travel Oregon's Global Marketing Manager, told MUNCHIES over phone Monday. "We wanted to try to find a way to do that in an engaging way."
Travel Oregon: The Game comes with a pretty robust food and drink component, which is pretty cardinal to the real-life experience of Oregon as a tourist. "Portland's known for its food and drink," Meeker told MUNCHIES. "In terms of thinking about what makes an experience in Oregon great, that comes up a lot. It's sort of part of who we are. You will eat and drink very well."
Within the game, you can play the role of an apple farmer or winemaker (along with such vocations as yoga teacher, ski pro, rancher, fly fisherman, or, uh, surfer). You're then given the option of journeying to one of seven territories within the state and partaking in a number of activities such as foraging for truffles, getting ice cream at Salt & Straw, catching and cooking Dungeness crab, or even becoming an accidental sommelier. The list goes on.
At a variety of stores in different parts of the state, you can also purchase craft beer or artisanal coffee. Potential causes of death along your journey include falling victim to a food coma or ingesting too much kombucha. Choose your own adventure, baby!
She wanted to say something nice about him, but it may be that she would have been better off saying nothing at all. I looked up "Pareto optimal" and went to Wikipedia.
Pareto efficiency or Pareto optimality is a state of allocation of resources from which it is impossible to reallocate so as to make any one individual or preference criterion better off without making at least one individual or preference criterion worse off.
So what she is saying is that he is the best he can be, considering what he has to work with. Not exactly high praise. She may as well have said, "Your feet don't smell too bad when you take a bath," except that he would have understood that easily. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.