The Hamburger Helper mascot is a disembodied hand, wearing a glove, with a face in its palm. It's ridiculous already, but trying to envision what kind of bone structure it has inside is even weirder. That's the question michael SCAREa posed on Twitter. He got over 500 replies, including plenty of illustrations of the inside of a fictional advertising character.
I can see why you'd think it was one of those, but as an actual skeletologist I can confirm it's actually this: pic.twitter.com/OBwASgeuhd
While they may have given up certain earthly pleasures, like hair, these monks aren't above a bit of shenanigans when they need a bag to carry their stuff. Wouldn't you do the same in their position? Since the band Nirvana and the accompanying symbol were around before these monks were born, there's little chance that they aren't familiar with it. After all, Buddhists seek Nirvana. -via reddit
The Frog Brothers don't look like much in person, and they sound like little more than overenthusiastic kids with wild imaginations on the phone, but those fearless little fellows really know their stuff! They've been following the growing vampire problem in Santa Carla from day one, and since they read lots of books and stuff on the subject they've been able to devise a brilliant strategy for taking out the local wildlife- stake those bloodsuckers while they sleep!
Help spread the word about the best vampire removal service on the market with this Vampire Killers t-shirt by Nemons, it's a fresh
The National History Museum in London announced the winners of their annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The winner in the youth competition, the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, is Daniël Nelson of the Netherlands. The 16-year-old, who is a professional wildlife photographer, entered this portrait of nine-year old Caco the gorilla. Lewis Blackwell, Chair of the jury, said,
‘This is a lovely moment, combining careful and protracted observation of an animal in its habitat with an eye for compelling composition. Our eyes move through the image, from the face to the hand on the breadfruit and back again. The photo takes us right into the life of the young gorilla called Caco and makes us curious to understand his day. Images this good can help inspire and educate, and may perhaps help save this critically endangered species.’
The overall winner of the adult division is too graphic to show here. Brent Stirton of South Africa won for his photograph of a rhino that was a victim of poachers who took its horn. You can see it here. On a more lighthearted note, check out Marcio Cabral's photo of a Brazilian giant anteater. It won first place in the "Animals in their Environment" category.
There are winners in several categories and age groups. You can see them all at the contest website, in the gallery of adult winners and youth winners. -via Digg
Telling spooky stories around a campfire (or flashlight if you're indoors) is a Halloween tradition that keeps the art of storytelling alive in an age when kids would rather stare at a screen than talk to each other.
And if you really want to shock the kids of today who have been exposed to all kinds of terrible stuff online you've gotta tell them a true story, one which they can verify via Google to make it extra shocking.
Start 'em off with the source of an urban legend about tainted Halloween candy:
In 1974, 8-year-old Timothy O’Bryan died on Halloween evening after eating candy laced with cyanide. But the story has an even more horrific twist.
It turned out the candy was poisoned by Timmy’s father, Ronald, who was in financial trouble and had taken out insurance policies on his children. In addition to Timmy, Ronald O’Bryan gave poisoned candy to four other children, including his daughter, Elizabeth. Thankfully, none of them ate it. O’Bryan was executed by lethal injection in 1984.
Then you can hit 'em with a tale about a suicide mistaken for a Halloween decoration:
In 2005, a 42-year-old woman in Delaware committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree across the street from a residential area. Though the body was easily visible to passersby and passing vehicles, no one called the police for hours. Why? They assumed the woman swaying in the wind was a Halloween decoration.
And once they're good and scared thanks to these two true stories you can introduce the idea of a killer-at-large who wears a Ghostface mask and make sure they never sleep again!:
In Scream, killers wearing Ghostface masks callously murdered the people in their town. Chillingly, on Halloween night, 2013, someone wearing the same Ghostface mask shot and killed 19-year-old Anthony Seaberry before disappearing into the New York night.
We've read about how San Francisco city officials had all the city's dead moved to Colma in 1914 in order to reclaim the valuable land taken up by cemeteries. As methodical as they were, the project was massive, and mistakes were bound to be made. One was unearthed in May of 2016, when a construction crew dug up a small coffin under Ericka Karner's garage. The sealed coffin had two windows showing the corpse in good condition. There was no identifying information attached. The nonprofit Garden of Innocence organization built a new coffin and provided a burial for the child. But who was she? Her gravestone called her Miranda Eve.
That name was meant to be temporary, given to the dead girl by Karner’s own two young daughters, to be replaced when Miranda’s identity was finally discovered. See, before her second burial, researchers extracted DNA from the corpse, first to make sure that there was no foul play, then for clues.
The samples suggested Miranda had been weaned from breast milk a year before her death, putting her age between two and three-and-a-half years old when she died. They also hinted at a diet change that took place a few months before death, which suggested she died from a longer illness, not trauma. An analysis of her hair concluded she died of marasmus, or severe malnutrition, likely due to an infection.
These facts are bizarre -John Green said so- because royalty is weird. These folks spend their lives surrounded by fabulous wealth and have people taking care of their every need. Then some of them have to be a leader of a country, without understanding anything about the common people who make up the vast majority of the population. There are no job qualifications for royalty other than being born into it, but there are some weird rules for living your life that have nothing to do with governing. Learn a lot of obscure and strange facts about European royalty in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.
Whenever people discuss the deadliest animals in North America they mention rattlesnakes, bears and, if they're coastal, sharks, but nobody talks about the fact that deer kill more people each year than bears, snakes and sharks combined.
Deer-related deaths are presumably largely due to car accidents but the fact remains deer, and horses and cows for that matter, kill way more people each year than you'd expect.
These illustrated charts by Man Vs. Beast show us which critters kill the most people each year, as well as your odds of being killed by an animal and the most common animal-related death by state.
The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence manner. I entered Crystal Head Vodka and Memento mori and got this.
Memento mori rings were formerly an accurate historical records advice for the famous danse macabre is quadruple-distilled and artist John Alexander first conceived of the time after morning, the most likely related to 40% alcohol by volume. Unlike Crystal Head launched in 2008 and founded by the impermanence of memento mori Sic transit gloria mundi Ubi sunt You Only Live Once (disambiguation) Tempus fugit Memento mori are typical of the phrase is the bottle is "about nothing else but written as a sealed chamber and Momijigari, the Crystal Skull Vodka". Neatorama.com. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
That's right, you only live once. Combining pop culture genres can be fun.
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Knowing this could possibly cause a time paradox and erase his timeline Conor chose to use the power of Photoshop instead of a time machine, so he can safely travel back in time to the years 1997-2005 and kick it with kid Conor.
Now Conor can say he was the coolest kid in town because he was best friends with a grown up who was the coolest dude in town, and both of them share the name Conor Nickerson.
Christy Keane's daughter Charly was born deaf. She's still an infant, but recently got hearing aids. We've seen older children and adults get emotional when they hear sound for the first time, but Charly is so young, she doesn't understand what's happening or how to react. Her facial expressions are precious.
She's instantly delighted, then confused, then a little scared, then delighted again. She never takes her eyes of her Mommy, though, so you know she's going be alright. You can see more of Charly at Instagram. -via Digg
The films of Italian director Dario Argento are hard to classify because they don't fit neatly into any one genre- on the one hand they're definitely full of horror elements, but films like Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) could be considered Crime Thrillers.
The Italians call this Horror-Thriller genre "giallo", and Argento's masterfully crafted giallo films are a cut above the rest because the mystery keeps you guessing until the bloody end while the realistic gore makes you squirm in your seat.
In fact, some of the posters created for Dario Argento films like Tenebre, Two Evil Eyes and Deep Red are so disturbingly bloody we can't show them here so here's a really cool artsy one instead, created by artist Matt Ryan for a UK screening of Suspiria.
The 1981 movie Time Bandits was written, produced, and directed by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam. Unlike his later fantasies Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, this film was aimed at children, and those who were kids in the 1980s remember the utterly wacky Time Bandits fondly.
10. The script somehow ended up in Sean Connery’s hands and he was interested.
Connery wasn’t even thought of for the script aside from the fact that the part of Agammemnon need to be played by ‘someone looking like Sean Connery’. It was kind of a happy accident that he said yes.
9. The director accidentally jumped off a scaffolding and landed on Shelly Duvall.
To be fair he was trying to show his actors what not to do while hitting their mark, he just wasn’t entirely successful in his direction.
The Scooby gang had gone up against so many imposters they didn't know what real slashers looked like, so they dismissed Jason as just another Old Man Smithers and immediately found out there are real monsters out there- and they hurt! And once Jason had the keys to the Mystery Machine in hand he just had to pick up his best buds and go paint the town red- with blood! With Chucky, Mikey, Freddy, Screamy and Leathery in tow Jason rolled through the city streets having the time of his life until the van ran out of gas...six slashers but not one of them could figure out where the gas goes...
Make people smile uncomfortably wherever you go with this The Massacre Machine Halloween Horror t-shirt by NibiruHybrid, it's gore-oovy!
Clutter clusters often form in our medicine cabinets, where all those products that promise to make our skin look better, teeth look whiter and fix our split ends reside. But as many of us have learned the hard way these products rarely deliver on their promises, and some do more harm than good.
Those pore strips and masks people keep slapping on their faces pull out hair follicles and sebaceous filaments which are supposed to stay in our pores, so using them can actually give you worse acne as well as spider veins.
Ask any hairstylist and they'll tell you- the best way to fix split ends is by getting a trim, not by slapping some product in your hair that ultimately does little more than make your hair greasy.
But the worst offenders are the sunscreen lotions, which promise to keep us safe from harmful UV rays but actually don't protect our skin as well as they claim:
The Environmental Working Group did a massive study of over 900 different sunscreen products, and uncovered some shocking results. The group found that 3/4 of sunscreens don't protect you as well as they claim on the bottle.
Separate research by Consumer Reports found that almost 40% of suntan lotions are half as strong as they claim to be. You can check if your brand is lying to you here, and look for brands that say they meet clinical guidelines for their SPF.
Two years ago, the U.S. company Megabots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot battle. The Japanese company agreed to pit their robots against the Americans. It took some time to get the robots ready, but the time finally came. The matchups were large, loud, slow, and not at all safe, so the battles were recorded, and then the resulting video was streamed last night. The first fight, between the robots Iron Glory and Kuratas, begins at about seven minutes in. The second one, between Eagle Prime and Kuratas, begins at 13 minutes.
The robots go at each other with battering rams, claws, chainsaws, drones, and guns. For a publicity stunt, this is pretty cool. It highlights the difference between giant robots in fiction, which always work perfectly unless an enemy defeats them, and in real life, where anything could go wrong at any minute. -via Digg
Every year Halloween stores release a shockingly tasteless costume to the public that ends up getting pulled before the big day even arrives. This year that costume is an Anne Frank costume that was sold on HalloweenCostumes.com before they pulled it after wave after wave of customer outrage. While it would be one thing for a young girl to take inspiration from Anne Frank's story, it's entirely different for a company to try to capitalize on a Holocaust victim for cash -especially when they seem to think the appropriate pose for the costume model is a sassy little troublemaker.
Of course, the costume wasn't just limited to HalloweenCostumes.com -it was also for sale on other Halloween websites as well (though it does get pulled pretty quickly from most sites as soon as angry Twitter users have found it). Most of the other sites are labeling the costume as "World War II Evacuee Girl" instead of saying outright that it is Anne Frank. Either way, the result is a pretty tasteless way to cash in on a tragic historical figure.
The first mention of a sound film version of victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame can be traced back to a 1932 news item in the Hollywood reporter, stating that John Huston was writing a treatment of the story for the screen, to star Boris Karloff. MGM executive Irving Thalberg first presented the idea to Charles Laughton in 1934. In 1937, MGM considered making the film with Peter Lorre in the title role. RKO studios made the final decision to make the film in 1939.
Many actors were considered to play the role of Quasimodo, including Bela Lugosi, Robert Morely, and Lon Chaney Jr. Even Orson Welles's name was in the mix, and Welles came close, almost making his film debut as the hunchback instead of as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane two years later.
It was thought that Charles Laughton, who was in trouble with the IRS at the time, may have been in too much hot water in America, and would be unavailable to play Quasimodo. RKO promised Lon Chaney Jr. that if Laughton was unable to handle the IRS and his financial fiasco, he would get the role. But Laughton finally settled his differences with the Internal Revenue Service and officially signed on to play the Paris bellringer. Laughton had recently signed a contract with RKO and chose this project to be his first film there.
Laughton, having performed with her in London, requested the beautiful Maureen O'Hara to play his unrequited love, the gypsy Esmeralda in the film, and the studio agreed. Sir Cedric Hardwicke signed on to play the oh-so-evil villain, Frollo, and Edmond O'Brien was inked to play Esmeralda's lover, Gringore. William Dieterle took over the helm as director.
Laughton also recommended Perc Westmore to be his make-up man. Ironically, although he was personally chosen by Laughton, he and Laughton were to butt heads many times in disagreement over how Quasimodo should be costumed and made up.
Daphne Tang (periperipeng) is a 17-year-old 3D latte artist who creates extraordinary cups of coffee with adorable animals on top! Her materials are creamy foam (or is that foamy cream?), chocolate syrup, and food coloring. The cutest example is this corgi who is lighter than air and willing to dance for you.
Ron Howard today posted a short video on Twitter that revealed the name of the next standalone movie in the Star Wars series. The film about Han Solo in his younger years will be called Solo: A Star Wars Story. Simple and underwhelming. People on Twitter immediately responded with Solo cup jokes.
The good news is that we won't have to wait a whole year to see it. Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to be in theaters on May 25, 2018. That's barely six months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. See more reactions at Mashable.
Falconry is an ancient hunting tradition that dates back to at least 2000 B.C., and while most hunters no longer need to rely on birds of prey to help them catch their dinner falconers still have plenty for their talented birds to do- like guard crops.
32-year-old Master Falconer Justin uses his well trained winged friends to guard some of America's most valuable fruit crops from nuisance birds who want to greedily gobble them all up, and his job seems like one of the coolest jobs in America!
If you are of a certain age, you might remember Marty Balin as the founder of Jefferson Airplane. But he was much more influential in promoting the music of San Francisco in the 1960s, which led to the city being the epicenter of the Summer of Love 50 years ago. Balin began recording in 1962, and followed the wave of folk music that merged into rock music. But in the early days, San Francisco clubs wouldn't allow bands to use electric instruments, so Balin and his band The Town Criers played acoustically on "hootenanny nights" at the Drinking Gourd.
It was a meager act, but Balin played those hootenanny nights for all he was worth, and that passion was enough to earn him a small following. “These nurses would come in and see me,” Balin remembers. “I guess they kind of liked what I did. One night, they brought their boyfriends, and after my set I joined them at their table. The boyfriends, who were engineers, were talking about how they each had $3,000 to invest and didn’t know what to do with the money. I immediately jumped in and said, ‘Hey, give it to me.’ They said, ‘What would you do with it?’ And I said, “I’d open a nightclub and put a band in it. You can have the nightclub, I’ll keep the band.’”
That may have seemed like a bold proposal coming from a nobody who was still covering Rod McKuen tunes, but Balin was one of those people who had a natural knack for making things happen. “I’m an Energizer Bunny,” he says, “a stimulator. I have ideas and then I get other people to show off their talents and abilities, too.”
The club, called The Matrix, opened to much fanfare with the house band Jefferson Airplane. The electric guitars drew record producers, and soon, a record contract. But that was just the beginning. Balin and Jefferson Airplane headlined the opening of Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium. Its success drew more musicians to San Francisco, who provided the soundtrack of the hippie generation. Hear the story of the San Francisco music scene from Marty Balin himself, as told to Collectors Weekly.
Trick-or-treating as a kid in a small town, I always knew which houses were going to give out the full-size candy bars. I also knew which houses had homemade popcorn balls, peanut-butter fudge, and cookies. One old lady would invite us inside to select our treat from a huge table of candy she made. No one gives out homemade treats anymore, due to the fear of being accused of tampering. But does anyone give out full-size candy bars at Halloween now? Since candy manufacturers started offering "fun size" candies, that's what kids get. I don't even hand out chocolate. For one thing, chocolate is too tempting to save for Halloween. For another thing, I figured every parent is going to confiscate the chocolate from their kids' treat bags, just like I did. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
The thought of anything crawling out of our toilets makes our skin crawl, and not just because of the germs, so if you really can't handle the sight of something emerging from a toilet then please move on to the next post now.
Those of you still with us prepare to hear a gross story about the strange creature that crawled out of a Malaysian family's toilet:
Zul Hanif Anip, 25, said he and his wife, Puteri, were home Friday in Alor Setar when the creature emerged from the toilet and slowly slithered around their home.
Anip said the creature's proportions, a small head with a thick body, did not match any local snakes that he was familiar with.
''I think the creature grew up inside the pipe works connected to the toilet hole, because I have checked and there is no entry point for it to have got inside," Anip said. ''He was about two meters [6.5 feet] long with a very fat, thick body. I'm not sure if it was a snake or a kind of tidal creature or from the swamp."
''It's head was very small and it had a short tail, which did not look like a snake," he said.
Here's video footage of the creature crawling across the floor after emerging from the toilet, thankfully the footage is too blurry to make out what the creature looks like or we'd never be able to sleep again!
DP has found himself in all sorts of ridiculous situations over the years, but up until recently he'd never shifted over to another dimension. And now that he's started shifting around, hopping from one strange and stupid dimension to the next, he found himself unable to stop shifting, which he felt sure would spell disaster. But when he shifted into the body of a superhero they call One Punch Man he felt pretty good about the shift, and when he discovered Jump City actually had a chimichanga vendor he finally felt like sticking around for a while...
Add some super heroic awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this One Punch Merc t-shirt by Pigboom, featuring a drop dead funny design that's sure to blow your fellow fans' minds!
David Orr made this apple pie for a local competition. He spelled out "No Spiders in Here" with the top crust. Would you trust this pie? Admit it, you hadn't thought about the possibility of spiders in the pie until you got the assurance of their absence. It's like trying not to think about an elephant.
Minecraft is still driving the kiddies wild, and it must be set to overtake Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. as the video game gateway drug that has gotten the most kids hooked on gaming.
Kiddies tend to play Minecraft in Adventure or Survival mode, but the talented folks who entered their Minecraft sculptures in the Apex Events 2017 Invitational go full blown Creative mode on an epic scale.
This amazing digital sculpture by Dr. Bond entitled "The Perfect Marionette" was the winner of the 2017 Invitational- it took Dr. Bond four days to build and is made of millions of blocks to capture that Rococo feel.
Runner up AWAKENING - Null Bomb is made of millions of blocks too, but in this case they're spread out to form an entire futuristic cityscape. No word on how long it took the artist to build AWAKENING, but you don't build cool digital cities like that overnight!
First they chase and slap each other, then one tries to drown the other in the bowl. Then they wrestle for a while. Who won? If you ask the ferrets, they would probably both claim victory. Just like brothers. -via Tastefully Offensive
The Nicholas Sparks romance novel The Notebook was made into a movie in 2004, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. The two Canadians played South Carolinians who fall in and out and in love. Gosling was fairly unknown at the time, and McAdams cemented her acting reputation by playing a character quite different the one she played in Mean Girls earlier that same year. If you like The Notebook, you'll want to read some trivia about the movie.
8. Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams didn’t get along during filming.
They would actually have shouting fits that the crew and cast had to endure since they just could not agree on anything.
7. Gosling apprenticed with a cabinet maker for a couple of months before shooting the film.
He did this to build a bit of muscle and get into the part of Noah, who was a carpenter.