You've had a long day. But the house is a mess, so it's time to get to work. Eventually, you promise yourself, the work will be done. There will be a last dish. Then you can pop a beer and watch Daredevil.
But there's always one more dish. Oh, you think that you've found the last one? You're wrong.
Redditor razz32 obviously saw the entertainment value in this email invitation he received to the celebration (?) of a one-year-old child's birthday, as evidenced by his recent Reddit post. The email leaves no question as to pretty much any move that anyone planning to attend could make. If someone showing up at this wild party has an itch, it's a good bet that a protocol has been devised by these parents as to how it should be scratched.
As you can see, the image above is only a portion of the requests included in this gracious invite. See the missive in its entirety here. -Via Mashable
According to witnesses in Lewiston, Idaho, Matthew Sitko began driving erratically, then lost control of his SUV. He ran off the road and barely stopped before slipping over the edge of a cliff. He might have fallen down, were it not for a mysterious man who pulled him out of the window to safety. After securing Sitko from the truck, he disappeared. Local residents later identified him from the photo. The hero told police that he was trying to avoid attention.
If you went to reddit at all on Wednesday, you couldn’t swing a cat without hitting a post about Charmander. Now, Charmander is the name of a Pokemon, but this is a little different from what you’re used to. A guy got a tattoo of a Pokemon he called Charmander, but it was actually a poor imitation of the work of Vaughn Pinpin (Hat Boy), who did a series of Pokemon in the style of Tim Burton. See his Charmander, which was obviously the inspiration for the tattoo.
Redditors laughed at the tat, and then started using the design for their own ends. Before the day was over, there were t-shirts, cups, animations, a packet of coffee, jewelry, and toys made in the design of what became known as “shitty Charmander.” See a roundup of them at Dorkly. I had considered doing a roundup myself, but other duties got in the way. See even more of them at Kotaku.
Here we have the official teaser trailer to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, the release of which was moved up by three days after a blurry, pirated version was leaked yesterday. The trailer was posted by director Zack Snyder on Twitter. There is an IMAX trailer still to come, which Snyder says will be different. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and others making up a star-studded, ensemble cast, is due to be released on March 25, 2016.
YouTube member carsandwater continues to drop his Red Hot Ball of Nickel on random things to see what happens, this time on a large jawbreaker. He's found a volatile combination here. What you get is a volcano, complete with tremors, smoke, steam, and a lava flow of hot, sticky sugar! That’s going to be a mess to clean up. -via Viral Viral Videos
The investment company Arton Capital created a world passport index. It shows the covers of what appears to be every legally recognized passport in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. You can sort them by location, alphabetical order, or color.
The site also includes a ranking of passports by “power.” This means the number of countries that a passport permits a bearer to travel to without special authorization. The United States and United Kingdom rest at the top with 147. The bottom tier is a tie between South Sudan, the Solomon Islands, the Palestinian territories, Sao Tome and Principe, and Myanmar at 28.
Eberti Inacio recorded his son Pedro Henrique playing soccer with their cat, Sid. Sid is a gifted goalkeeper! The original video is here. Then it was remixed with sports commentary about Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel, because Sid is that good. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Miyazaki went through an impressionistic period that didn't appeal to fans of his animated features yet drove art critics around the world crazy with glee. Hayao has always enjoyed painting, and he holds the natural world in great esteem, but people know him best for his amazingly detailed character designs and incredibly magical storylines, so he decided to drop the painterly approach to animation for the sake of Studio Ghibli. And it's a good thing he did, too, because where would his fans be without their favorite wild princess, grinning Totoro neighbors and magical moving castles that spirit our imaginations away?
Add some animated artistry to your geeky wardrobe with this Hayao Stars t-shirt by Wirdou, it'll change the way you look at the stars in the night sky!
Harry, Niamh and Terence are three friends who have issued each other an interesting challenge: they have to find their dopplegängers, and everyone in the world is a possible candidate. Their exercise, which they're calling "Twin Strangers," is underway, and Niamh has already got a serious contender.
Recently 26-year-old Niamh met look-alike 29-year-old Karen, video footage of which is shown above (a video description of their project is shown below). As ladies are wont to do, they experimented with hair and makeup to make themselves look even more alike. The result is pretty dead on target. The two women met by way of publicity on social media. If their looks aren't enough of a similarity, it turns out that they live just an hour apart from each other in Ireland.
It looks as if Harry and Terence have their work cut out for them. The three started the project on March 30 and gave themselves a deadline of one month. So the heat is on, as they say. Check out their YouTube channel for continued updates on Twin Strangers. -Via Laughing Squid
Has it really been 35 years since the movie Airplane! came out? Yes it has, and that means an entire generation of viewers needs to learn the history behind the groundbreaking film. It was full of actors who didn’t normally do comedy. It was a parody of several serious movies. And it made Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker names to remember in Hollywood. The A.V. Club talked to 14 different people involved in the making of Airplane! to compile the story of the film. They talk about the script, the casting (both Bruce Jenner and David Letterman auditioned), the shoot, the final product, and plenty of great stories about the stars.
Leisure: Leslie Nielsen’s whole persona up to that moment—Airplane! absolutely changed his career—was that he was the big, handsome, staid leading man. But he was the goofiest motherfucker you’ve ever met in your life.
D. Zucker: In person, Leslie was a silly practical joker, as probably everyone knows by now. He had that little fart machine of his, so that every time he was interviewed on a show or something—and in real life—he would be talking with a straight face, and then he would appear to be farting. That’s just what he liked to do.
Leisure: He was a virtuoso fart musician. He had a little fart machine that he would keep in his hand, and he would, like, sit down next to you. [Adopts deep voice.] “Hi, I’m Leslie Nielsen. You’ve probably seen me in the movies and things.” [Belches.] “Sorry, I had some onions at lunch.” And then he would have this thing tucked under his arm, and you’d hear this loud, boisterous fart come out, and you’d go, “Oh, my God!” And then you’d realize he was pulling a gag on you, and he’d go sit down next to some girl, some extra, and he’d do the same thing. You’d see her face just blanch, waiting for the invisible thing to hit her nostrils.
Bryant: The first day I walked on the set, Leslie introduced himself, and then I heard these horrible noises. [Laughs.] This rubber and metal thing fit in the palm in his hand, and it would make farting noises. People would walk by, and they’d think, “Oh, that poor man!”
Other stories include how they wrote the “jive talk,” why Kareen Abdul-Jabbar was paid that much, how the kid who visited the cockpit didn’t understand the jokes until he saw the final cut, and the story of those people who lined up to slap some sense into a panicking passenger. It’s all at the A.V. Club, and don’t call me Shirley. -via Metafilter
Frightened onlookers at the Omaha Zoo scattered yesterday as one of the gorillas suddenly rushed the glass of the enclosed exhibit and smashed it. A Redditor captured this footage of the Silverback in question, who had been fighting with another male just prior to the incident. Photos of the bleeding, angry animal later surfaced after the fact.
Having witnessed a similar incident at my local zoo in which a male gorilla suddenly raced up to the glass of his enclosure and punched it hard enough to shake the structure after a man pressed up against it from the other side, I can say how terrifying such a happening is. The glass didn't break in that case, though. Such accounts give me uneasy feelings about keeping these intelligent, powerful animals caged, frustrated and bored. -Via Reddit
A bizarre shooting incident Sunday night in Lee County, Georgia, was determined to be an accident. Larry McElroy fired a 9mm pistol at an armadillo in his yard. He could not foresee what happened next.
The bullet killed the animal, but also ricocheted off of it, hit a fence, went through the back door of his mother-in-law's mobile home, through a recliner she was sitting in, and into her back.
According to a report, McElroy was about 100 yards away from the home at the time.
The mother-in-law, 74-year-old Carol Johnson, was taken to a hospital, but her injureies were considered minor. Authorities in Lee County suggest that a shotgun be used instead of a pistol to “shoot at varmints and whatnot.” Tip: “whatnot” does not include your mother-in-law.-via Arbroath
With over 170 episodes, it's understandable that some fans haven't seen all the episodes of Seinfeld no matter how many times they've been syndicated since their original air date. If you've never seen "The Puerto Rican Day" though, you might have missed it due to censorship. In fact, due to complaints about negative portrayals of Puerto Ricans and a burning Puerto Rican flag, the episode was banned completely between its original air date in 1999 and 2002. Even now though, some stations who syndicate the show won't touch it.
And that Seinfeld episode is only one of 27 episodes from popular TV shows that were banned temporarily for one reason or another. Perhaps the strangest of all was the Peppa Pig episode that shows kids that spiders are our friends. It was banned in Australia because the deadly spiders there are most certainly not your friend.
The movies (and TV) give us wonderful things -in the future. They are awesome on film, because we get to skip the research and development part. It appears that one such product is in the works: Back to the Future power lace shoes. Mario and Fafa of Glove and Boots think they should have gone with something a little cooler. There are so many to choose from! Of course, some will be easier to tackle than others. Automatic shoe laces are a lot easier to invent than a sonic screwdriver. -via Tastefully Offensive
Etsy seller David Mueller of Leipzig, Germany designs and builds furniture that looks like it belongs in Tim Burton's classic film The Nightmare before Christmas. The pieces, such as this bookshelf made to look like a bat cave, are built with birch plywood. They're perfect for an offbeat home. You can see more pieces here, including mirrors, cabinets, and coat racks.
Those of you who have a crock pot know that it can be a great help when the person preparing dinner is strapped for time. One can place everything in a crockpot in the morning, leave the house and return home in the evening and have dinner ready to eat.
Food blogger The Country Cook took her most popular crock pot recipes and also gathered the most popular recipes from some of her fellow food bloggers and assembled them into one delicious post. There are a lot of traditional comfort foods as well as a few more adventurous combinations.
Earth Day is next Wednesday and to celebrate, Homes and Hues rounded up some of the coolest upcycled and recycled pieces available on Etsy. From lighting to vases and from benches to sinks, all of these items are earth-friendly in that they take advantage of materials that may otherwise have been headed for the scrapyard.
Because the items are all made from old materials, you could even buy based on your interests whether that's skiing, skateboarding, reading, biking or enjoying a nice glass of wine.
Is your R-series Prometheus Robo on the fritz? Need someone to gently coax that mechanical heap back to life so you and your robot pal can save the planet? Then you need to pay a visit to Lucca's Robo Repair, where mechanical beings are given a new lease on life and a shiny new set of spark plugs to boot! Lucca has been repairing Robo units since she was a little girl, and she'll be busy keeping our mechanical teammates up and running until the end of time. So remember- if someone pulled a trigger on your robot and you're low on gold visit Lucca's Robo Repair, and tell her Crono sent ya!
Keep your geeky wardrobe in tip top shape with this Lucca's Robo Repair t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, featuring a classic design your fellow old school RPG heads will love!
Keep Calm and Carry On. And while you’re doing so, have a look at the story behind those ubiquitous “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters.
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In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland, and the U.K. declared war on Germany, marking the beginning of World War II. The war would not be confined to battlefields. In 1940, Nazi planes brought the war across the English Channel, raining bombs on major British cities, a strategic campaign known as “the Blitz.” The population was terrified, and beyond air-raid warnings and instructing people to hide out in basements, there wasn’t a lot that the government could do to protect them from falling bombs. Amid the terror of the Blitz, the government’s Ministry of Information was given the task of coming up with a public-relations campaign to boost the morale of a people under siege.
But it didn’t happen overnight. As early as 1936, the government began developing posters adorned with morale-boosting slogans. They wanted to be ready to plaster major English cities with those posters within 24 hours of a declaration of war with Germany… if war did come.
They were ready. Just hours after the declaration of war on September 3, 1939, two posters began appearing on walls and street lamps around London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, and other potential targets. They came in two designs: “Freedom Is in Peril. Defend It with All Your Might” and “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory.”
When third grade teacher Kyle Schwartz asked her students what they wished she knew about them, she started a huge wave of response. Schwartz teaches in a low-income, Denver, Colorado school district in which many households are operating below the poverty line. Encouraged to honestly share their experiences, anonymously if desired, some students gave somber answers.
Schwartz found that many students wanted their name on their replies and didn't mind sharing them. She posted a number of the students’ notes on Twitter last month, which quickly caught on worldwide under the hashtag #IWishMyTeacherKnew. The project has become a movement for community fundraising as well. The teacher's empathy and effort to prompt honest communication without stigma or shame has touched more people than she ever could have imagined.
All pets need exercise, so it's prudent that this man takes his African spurred tortoise out on walks through the streets of Tokyo. There's little concrete information about the pair, but Rocket News 24 informs us that they've been spotted and photographed through the Tsukishima and Ginza neighborhoods. The tortoise sometimes wears a cute dress, but is always, sadly, off-leash.
The village of Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, UK, is so picturesque that Mr. C. A. Morris, who ran a local inn, thought it would make a nice village of dollhouses. So he built a one-ninth scale exact replica of the village for the many tourists that visit.
Built in the 1930s and opened in 1937, the replica accurately reflects the village as it appeared in 1936 and was constructed using authentic materials - locally-quarried limestone for walls, and miniature Cotswold stone slates for roof coverings. The replica model was built to the last detail including traceried windows of the churches, the dry-stone boundary walls and the vernacular details of the buildings. For trees the craftsmen used miniature bonsai type trees which are carefully pruned to keep them to scale.
That’s nice, but in order to be an exact replica, the small village also had to have its own one-ninth scale replica near the inn. And that replica had to have its own replica, even smaller. You can see where this is going, but the recursion stops after level four (or five, if you count the full-size village people live in). A one-ninth scale village smaller than that might require a microscope to see. Amusing Planet has the story of the replicas and pictures of all the levels. -via the Presurfer
Recently, Canadian researchers decided to find out once and for all what causes the sound when people crack their knuckles. In a study called Real-Time Visualization of Joint Cavitation, they aimed to challenge the long-held assumption of many that sounds emitted during knuckle cracking were from the collapse of a bubble formed in synovial fluid when the bones of the joint separated. Yet from the result of the MRI the scientists were able to determine that "the mechanism of joint cracking is related to cavity formation rather than bubble collapse." There you have it. Another medical mystery put to rest. (I can sense your relief from here.) -Via Wired
If you're a parent, you're familiar with this challenge: children outgrow shoes very quickly. That can become a serious problem for whole communities that are too poor to afford to replace children's shoes often. That's why Kenton Lee invented The Shoe That Grows.
It's a sandal that comes with snaps in the front, back, and sides. It can expand to 5 shoe sizes. The shoes comes in small and large varieties, so two pairs of shoes can meet a child's footwear needs from the ages of 5 to 15.
Because International, the charity which distributes these shoes, has a motto: practical compassion. It appears that they've found a way to exercise precisely that.
Col. John Paul Stapp was an Air Force Surgeon who underwent trials to see how much a human pilot could take. He volunteered for a series of tests at Edwards Air Force Base on rocket sleds. Stapp broke speed record after speed record.
His last run on the sled was on December 10, 1954. Increasing the rocket power behind him, he accelerated to 1,017 kph (632 mph) in five seconds, then came to a complete stop in less than two seconds. That meant more than 40 Gs, and that he momentarily weighed 3,084 kg (6,800 lbs). Emergency workers were standing by to rush him to hospital; all the blood vessels in his eyes had burst, leaving him blind – he would recover his sight later, but he’d also have two black eyes due to the forward motion of his eyes inside his head. He’d cracked a few ribs and broken both wrists, but he survived.
George Takei played Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek television series. He recently sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrity physicist and host of the Star Talk radio show. In their conversation, Takei described his audition for Star Trek and meeting Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the show, for the first time. He shares a funny story about how he responded when Roddenberry mispronounced his name.
Also leaked prior to the trailer release was fan community Star Wars Underworld's photo of the new Stormtrooper design, presumably taken from materials at Celebration, which the group posted to Instagram. These are likely just a few items of interest regarding Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the Celebration continues. -Via Esquire