Italian photographer and conservationist Bruno D'Amicis set a camera up in a forest in the Apennine Mountains, trained it on one beech tree, and let it record for an entire year. This video contains clips of that recording that show the diversity wildlife that passed by, stopped to mark their territory, scratch their back, or take a bite.
Pareidolia is a ten dollar word for the psychological phenomenon that makes us see faces on inanimate objects- it's something we all experience from time to time, and you're weird if you don't see faces on stuff.
The little character faces Keith sees on furnaces, doorstops, bathroom stalls, dryer doors and ice machines are quite funny looking but may become a bother- because they can't be unseen. So get ready to meet a bunch of new friends!
-Via Bored Panda
We were in an antique store when my kid runs up to me and says, "They have one of those phones with the round thing on it! Show me how it works!" I suddenly felt ancient. Those moments happen more and more often these days. My dentist, with his white hair and his decades of experience, mentioned how old he was when Star Wars first came out and revealed he is much younger than I am.
Cracked collected image macros from their readers that illustrate 26 of those moments that remind you of how much time has passed since you were young. I'm sure you'll relate to at least a couple of them.
Clever dogs have been known to call 911 when they or their humans are in trouble, and their call to 911 actually ended up saving their owner's lives.
But you shouldn't encourage your dog to call 911 whenever they smell danger because they might start tying up the emergency lines while you're at work.
DOG 911: what's ur emergency— Reverend Scott (@Reverend_Scott) June 12, 2016
DOG: MY BALL IS UNDER THE COUCH
DOG 911: u try barking at it?
DOG: IT DIDN'T WORK
DOG 911: OMG
Reverend Scott likes to imagine what a dog's call to 911 might sound like on his Twitter feed, and his scenarios seem spot on to me!
-Via Laughing Squid
Here's a tip: just because you are proud of the lush, green lawn you worked hard to achieve, doesn't mean the neighbors feel the same way. They could be totally oblivious to the bare spots in their yard. I know I would be. I think have a nice lawn (through no effort of my own), but certain neighbors might disagree. I never put down seed or fertilizer, because that would just mean mowing more often. And the only part of my lawn that gets sprinkled is right around the vegetable plot. Every neighborhood has at least one guy like this one in the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
Ellen DeGeneres likes to make her audience's day by giving them free stuff when they come to see her show, but she also likes to prank people so audience members who see a table full of free stuff had better watch out.
Or I should say audience members who get greedy when they're told to take one free item should watch out, because things might get really awkward when their greediness is revealed on the show.
Watch as a greedy gal get shamed in front of a live studio audience- and is forced to sit in "Ellen Jail" for the rest of the show.
-Via 22 Words
If you've ever wondered what the sensitive task of disarming a bomb would be like, it's probably nothing at all like action movies depict it. That said, there's little else that will get an audience's adrenaline going. In movies, there's almost always a timer attached, which adds considerably to the tension. It's life and death at stake! Relive those intense bomb scenes with videos from movies you may or may not have seen at TVOM.
Adventure Time takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, and yet the heroes Finn and Jake don't live like wastelanders- they live in a sweet Tree Fort with many of the amenities of a modern home.
They've got a BMO that plays movies and games, a full kitchen, a fireplace to keep the Fort warm when the Ice King puts a chill in the air, a really cool elevator and a few storage rooms for their treasure hoard.
But rather than me telling you all about Finn & Jake's awesome Tree Fort why don't you take a look at this amazing illustration by Max Degtyarev and check the whole place out for yourself!
Captain Picard is the type of man who is always looking to learn new things during his trek, acquiring new skills and becoming more well informed about the things that bind all beings in the universe. But Jean-Luc has always been hopeless when it comes to crafting, so he must turn to his Number One for help with such matters. And Riker is always there to help, whether Picard is telling him to "make it glow", "make it flow" or "make it sew" because Will Riker's got mad skills, yo!
Add some punny style to your geeky wardrobe with this Make It Sew t-shirt by 8BitHobo, and you'll become the "Number One" star of your own geeky universe.
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Every year, the world's top animal stuffers and fish carvers meet up to show off their skills and compete for cash prizes. Emily Graslie of Brain Scoop works at the Field Museum in Chicago, but she was excited to attend the World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships in Peoria last month. Warning: contains dead animals.
Graslie can't contain her enthusiasm as she wanders among freeze-dried fish, animals made from completely different animals, recreations from scenes in nature, creatures in funny poses, and animals the judges had to look up to see what they're supposed to look like. -via Mental Floss
Summer in Arizona is always pretty miserable, but the current heat wave is particularly awful. Temperatures have been getting as high as 120 degrees, which means asphalt can get up to 160 and car interiors can reach 200.
Those extreme conditions aren't just bad for people, they can also ground planes and destroy property. Over on The Daily Buzz, you can see a collection of pictures showing just how hot it is in Arizona. It's enough to make you enjoy the warm weather outside wherever you live -unless, of course, you actually live in AZ.
So see the Grand Canyon state in all its melty misery here.
The Rock of Gibraltar, which guards the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, is honeycombed with caves, tunnels, and chambers. After World War II, a rumor spread about a secret military installation in which six men spent a year sealed inside during the war. It was just a rumor until the chamber was found in 1997! Over the next ten years, the real purpose of the chamber came to light. It was Operation Tracer.
Rear Admiral John Henry Godfrey, the Director of the Naval Intelligence Division of the British Admiralty, suggested that they establish at Gibraltar a covert observation post which would remain operational even if Gibraltar fell into enemy hands. This observation post would be located in a hidden chamber within the Rock of Gibraltar with two small openings to watch for movements on the harbor. Six men were selected to be sealed inside the cave, and while there were enough supplies to last one year, there was to be no way out of the chamber, and if any men were to die they were to be embalmed and cemented into the brick floor. Only if Germany was defeated within the first year would they be released.
The cave was built, and six men were trained, but Operation Tracer was never put into service because Hitler turned his attention away from the Mediterranean. Read about the plans and see pictures of the cave at Amusing Planet. -via Metafilter
(Image credit: Flickr user Rob)
People often cringe at the thought of a balloon bursting, and some people get so freaked out when a balloon pops near them their fear is dangerously close to becoming a full-blown phobia.
But judging by the stunts they've done in the past The Slow Mo Guys have no fear of balloons bursting, and Dan is so into balloons he's willing to hang out inside a giant water balloon while it bursts.
It's probably best if those who have globophobia don't watch this video, but everyone else should celebrate the start of summer by watching this stupid stunt video!
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Weird, Weird World: EPIC.
In 1997, when Roseanne viewers learned the ninth and final season was a fictional account of the family written by Roseanne, they were fuming mad. Why even tell a story if it never happened? More often than not, there’s a real-world explanation for why shows pull this stunt.
SHOW: Dallas (CBS, 1978–91)
DREAM: In the final episode of the seventh season in May 1985, Bobby (Patrick Duffy) is run down by a car and killed. A year later in the eighth season finale, Bobby’s wife Pam (Victoria Principal) wakes to the sound of running water. She goes into the bathroom… and there’s Bobby, alive, taking a shower. His death—along with the entire eighth season—had been one long dream of Pam’s.
REALITY: Bobby was originally killed off because Duffy was bored with the role and wanted to leave the show. But he was also a big ratings draw, and Dallas dipped from #2 to #6 the following year, so producers begged Duffy to come back. Because he couldn’t find any better work, he did. (Never mind that Bobby’s return demolished logic—for example, several characters who left the show during the dream season, and who therefore didn’t really leave, remained gone.)
SHOW: Married…With Children (Fox, 1987–97)
For a long time, I thought the only difference between olive oil and standard vegetable oil was the price. But would you ever find yourself dipping bread into plain vegetable oil, even with spices added? Olive oil is special, and Reactions, from PBS Digital, is here to tell us why.
In this video, we get a chemical explanation for olive oil's benefits, plus glimpse into the manufacturing process and some advice on using your oil. My advice: Start any meal by sautéing onions and garlic in olive oil. After that, it really doesn't matter what you add, it will be good.
Bad movies far outnumber the good, but to earn the title "worst film of all time" you've gotta really smut it up, leaving viewers feeling forever unclean by taking trash cinema to the bottom of the heap.
As far as I can tell The Lonely Lady isn't quite that bad, since it doesn't include gratuitous gore, racism, animal abuse or any of the other trashy elements filmmakers love to include to shock the audience.
But the film does include Pia Zadora as an aspiring screenwriter who gets literally and figuratively screwed by showbiz, and Ray Liotta appears as a rapist in one of his first roles.
According to Christian McLaughlin of Dangerous Minds The Lonely Lady is smutty enough to make audiences feel dirty after watching, but his grandma actually bought him a ticket to the movie back in '83 so how bad can it be?
Now, nearly 34 years after its initial release in theaters, The Lonely Lady is available on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory so you can decide for yourself whether it truly is "the worst film of all time".
But, in case you're still wondering what to expect, here's a taste:
8. Pia’s brilliant writer character is named “Jerilee Randall.” Jerilee Randall!
7. Jerilee’s attempt to get her indecently too-old, impotent and obscenely hairy-backed husband hard by cooing “Gently, gently”.
6. Instead of the luscious bi-sexy babes of Cinemax, the lesbos here are all repulsive predatory gargoyles, like the long-breasted bikini-clad matron in the hot tub who purrs the horrendously looped pick-up line “It’s wonderfully relaxing!”
5. The lesbian Italian movie star (who tricks Jerilee into a threesome with her toad of a husband) is cross-eyed, but her nipples point in different directions, too.
4. Post-threesome, Jerilee is so disgusted with herself she showers with her clothes on and promptly suffers a nervous breakdown.
3. The best nervous breakdown scene EVER, in which the keys of Jerilee’s typewriter become the faces of her tormentors, before rising from the keyboard into a swirl of mocking sound-bytes and cheesy shattering optical effects.
Younger people may know about Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow, but hardly anyone born after 1970 remembers Lowell Thomas, or even knows about him. He was the first superstar journalist of the broadcast era. Thomas brought global news to so many Americans through an era that saw the development of radio, newsreels, typewriters, airplanes, and TV -and he embraced each new technology. That helped him become the biggest broadcast news personality of his day, and the size of his audience caused him to take journalism very seriously. Professor of journalism Mitchell Stephens has a new book out called The Voice of America: Lowell Thomas and the Invention of 20th-Century Journalism, and talked to Smithsonian about how Thomas changed the profession.
Sensationalism was a major part of journalism in the early 20th century, but Thomas helped reshape this. How did he manage that?
The early 20th century was a time when a lot of people “improved” stories. It was a less fact-obsessed world than the one we live in and therefore a less accurate world. Lowell was a pretty sensational journalist in Chicago himself. Lowell got caught making something up in Chicago, but he learned a lesson.
When he got his great gig, hosting what at the time was a network radio newscast, he was aware of the responsibilities that went with it. He helped pioneer a more sober style of journalism. Lowell quickly realized that there were people among his hundreds of thousands and then millions of listeners who would write letters and complain to his network if he got things wrong. Because [the radio broadcast] had so many listeners and he was such a dominant figure, what happened there also spread to other iterations of radio, then TV, then newspapers. Lowell contributed to the fact obsession that journalists have today.
Read the rest of the interview at Smithsonian.
Have you ever woken up after a vivid and realistic dream to find you can't get that dream out of your head?
Those memories of our time in the dreamlands are so clear they almost feel real, and even though our bodies never leave the bed our dreams take us to places so realistic we feel like we actually went there in person.
Miniature artist and photographer Vatsal Kataria uses his talents to create models of the places he has visited in his dreams, then he takes perfectly lit pictures of the models to recreate scenes from his dreams.
Now that was easy, wasn't it? Too bad such a small effort is too much for so many. Just a simple affirmation of what you already think can go the distance to make someone else feel good. And look at the last panel- it will do you good, too! This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
There are plenty of other comics at Lunarbaboon that you don't see here, so if you enjoy them, you might want to bookmark the site. Or you could check out artist Chris Grady's book, Lunarbaboon: The Daily Life of Parenthood.
Life can be hard for aliens in America, and their struggle to live freely among the hairless apes naturally makes them feel disgruntled and forces them to band together for the good of their species. So the aliens took a note from that one biker TV show and started their own motorcycle club called the Sons Of Melmac, which they named after ALF since Willy let them hold their meetings in his garage.
Get geared up for some alien adventure with this Sons Of Melmac t-shirt by MarianoSan, and show the world you're a member of the coolest alien MC on the planet!
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But filmmakers know squib isn't just a funny word- it's the secret to making gunshot effects look realistic on camera.
-Via Laughing Squid
In addition to developing the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell did extensive research in aerodynamics. He experimented with a tetrahedral structure for kites to lessen the weight-to-surface ratio to enable humans to fly.
Bell began his experiments with tetrahedral box kites in 1898, eventually developing elaborate structures comprised of multiple compound tetrahedral kites covered in maroon silk, constructed with the aim of being to carry a human through the air. Named Cygnet I, II, and III (for they took off from water) these enormous tetrahedral beings were flown both unmanned and manned during a five year period from 1907 until 1912.
You can find a never-ending supply of hilarious pics and posts online, LOLing the day away while looking at memes, candids, photoshops and critter pics that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
But there's a special kind of funny pic shared online that won't take no for an answer- pics that make you laugh whether you want to or not.
"I'd like you to paint me a cat."— Stephanie Boland (@stephanieboland) May 3, 2017
"A cat. You do know what a cat is, right? You've seen a cat?"
"Uh, yeah. Of course." pic.twitter.com/GeYOogkWO5
Seeing a waiter using a comically large pepper grinder, a painting of a cat with ridiculously long legs or a foot with fingers for toes may squeeze a chuckle out of you, but don't be embarrassed.
Am I the only one who charger look like this? (Excuse my feet btw) pic.twitter.com/8LVV7DV3vM— (@flexanie) April 18, 2017
Because there's something so inherently human about being unable to control our laughter when we see something stupid funny that tickles our funny bone for some strange reason.
THE PIKACHU REACHED OUT TO PET MY HEAD?????? IM NO SURE WHY BUT I ACCEPTED IT pic.twitter.com/r8vM9420z6— buff riku @ AX (@destroyfrog) May 29, 2017
Where does a 380-pound gorilla dance? Wherever he wants to. Zola the gorilla lives at the Dallas Zoo. He's 14 years old, but he has a sense of fun that other gorilla adults don't often show. He especially likes his pool. Zookeepers say the pool is not just for fun, it's for enrichment. You say tomato, I say tomato.
The video was so delightful that folks immediately added a soundtrack. The resemblance to a certain 1983 movie was evident to Derek Mozer.
Patrick Casey and his cousin Andria Farthing were ring bearer and flower girl at a wedding when they were kids. When Andria got engaged, she and Patrick knew who should be the flower girl. The result was adorable without being overly silly -even when Patrick put down the basket and threw handfuls of flowers from his pockets.
He even included a throwback to the wedding they were in as children, saying “I used the same flower basket that she used when we were in that wedding together as children!”
Via Huffington Post
For decades, many young girls were ushered through puberty with the help of fan magazines aimed at exactly what they wanted- a dreamboat boy. Of course, those boys were TV actors or pop musicians, with a public persona carefully crafted by their management, their network or record company's public relations department, and the magazine's themselves. But it worked.
Super Teen, Tiger Beat, Bop, 16. From the 1960s to the 1990s, these glossy, primary-colored magazines that looked like the inside of a 13-year-old girl’s locker door sold hundreds of thousands of copies each month and provided gleefully superficial insight into the non-threatening sex symbols of their respective eras. Jason Bateman was photographed cradling a Teddy Ruxpin; Matt Dillon could be seen eating pizza like any normal person. Readers were often referred to in the second-person to better help them visualize an innocent evening with their celebrity crush. ("Are YOU the Kind of Girl Adorable Tim Hutton is Looking For?")
The incredible popularity of teen idol magazines was largely due to the work of Charles Laufer, who recognized an exploitable readership. Read the story of how that happened, and how teen magazines worked, at Mental Floss.
True wildlife enthusiasts like to make sure there's something animal related to do wherever they go on vacation, and these days it's not hard to find small nature reserves and sanctuaries that allow guests to visit with their animals.
But if you adore animals and you're looking for places to add to your bucket list then you should make your way to Phuket, Thailand so you can have lunch with the elephants at the Phuket Elephant Sanctuary:
Phuket is home to an ethical sanctuary where you can observe and feed the elephants as they roam and do as they please. Being able to watch, understand, and respect the majestic beasts as they go about their day is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If Thailand is too far away and elephants aren't your jam then perhaps you'd rather head north to Hudson Bay, which is near the town of Churchill, Manitoba, so you can see polar bears in the wild.
Known as the “polar bear capital of the world,” Hudson Bay near the town of Churchill, Manitoba, is the gathering place of hundreds of the cuddly-looking creatures every autumn. You can book a tour in a tundra buggie where you’ll be able to observe the bears up close while they hang out and wait for the sea ice to refreeze so they can get their seal-hunting back on.
But if one species of animal isn't enough to earn a spot on your bucket list then you must pay a visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa, where you can see all kinds of critters, including the Big Five:
Kruger National Park is home to the Big Five: elephant, lion, rhino, leopard, and buffalo, and a plethora of other magnificent mammals, birds, and reptiles. There are a wide range of safari options available, but no matter which one you choose be sure to have your camera constantly at the ready. You never know when a casual herd of rhino may wander by!
The Sonoma Marin County Fair in Petaluma, California, crowns the World's Ugliest Dog every year. And most years, a Chinese crested has won the title. But not this year! Congratulations to Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff who took the top honor on Friday. Martha is notable for her loose and droopy skin, and her lack of enthusiasm for the contest. Why show off when you can lay down and take a nap?
The dog, from nearby Sebastopol, was rescued when she was nearly blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where the contest was held. After several surgeries, she can now see again, Zindler said.
The only animal in this year's contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.
Martha won $1500, a trophy, and a trip to New York City. Read more about her at CBS News. Gizmodo disagreed that Martha was the ugliest dog in the contest, so they posted a gallery of their top five picks, in which Martha only placed fourth.
Photographers who used Kodachrome film in the 1950s had no idea the photos they were shooting would have that look people would immediately identify with the mid-20th century for the rest of eternity.
They just knew Kodachrome was the coolest looking color film available at the time, and up until 1954 the film was sold process-paid since it was so difficult for labs to process.
This cutting edge color film made people feel like they were posing for special pictures, so they tried to look their best and pose properly whenever someone was shooting with a roll of Kodachrome.
Nowadays we can use filters and other digital effects to give our pics a vintage look, but these modern pics will never really have that softly muted Kodachrome feel only vintage film can provide.
Symba was surrendered to the Human Rescue Alliance a couple of weeks ago when his owner went to a nursing home. Symba is 6 years old and weighs 35 pounds! The shelter in Washington, DC, put him on a diet and hoped to find a new owner who would continue the program. Publicity helped, and Symba has been adopted by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin.
“He is lovely. He is a really sweet guy,” Berkeley, 31, told ABC News of Symba’s personality.
The engaged couple heard about him like everyone else: on the news.
“There were a bunch of news stories about him,” she said. “We love cats. My fiancé and I had two cats already. I have a particular affinity for very large animals and he obviously was a really sweet, loving guy. Very cute.”