This Is a Real, Full-Size Tonka Truck

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The iconic Tonka dump truck is a classic toy that has graced the homes of many boys and girls for two generations. Ford made this full-size model on an F-750 chassis to promote its line of commercial work trucks. This one can haul 17,000 pounds in its articulated bed, which is a bit more than the toy model of your youth might have managed—not that we all didn’t try at some point!


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Prince the Basketball Star

Charlie Murphy once told the story of how he met Prince in a bar and ended up playing a basketball game against the Revolution. Dave Chappelle portrayed Prince in a classic skit about it. Prince later confirmed the story, but said the part about playing in their stage clothes was an embellishment. Now we have evidence that Prince was a basketball standout even in junior high, which may be news to anyone under 50 who lives outside Minneapolis. Libor Jany pulled these clippings from the archives of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. -via Uproxx


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The Dinner Recipe That Your State Googles the Most


As more and more information becomes accessible via the internet, people are increasingly ridding themselves of paper and physical reference materials. Cookbooks are part of that downsizing. Any recipe one can imagine is free of charge and at the fingertips of anyone with an internet-enabled device. 

Thus, Google is used by millions of people daily to search for recipes, and their "Google Trends" capability is one way to glean further insight. The results are not scientifically accurate, but they are a good benchmark. Below is information on what dinner recipes are Googled the most, by state. Learn more and see the results for all fifty states at the Huffington Post.

 

Hawaii: Chicken Salad
Idaho: Tilapia Fish Tacos
Illinois: Salmon
Indiana: Potato Skillet
Iowa: Pizza Dough
Kansas: Casserole
Kentucky: Sweet Potato
Louisiana: Chili
Maine: Boiled Ham


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The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To

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This is proof-of-concept short by Dan Eckman for a possible feature film adaptation of the 2010 book The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To by DC Pierson. It’s about “the typical high school experience: the homework, the awkwardness, and the mutant creatures from another galaxy.” Do you think it could be a good movie? Contains NSFW language. -via Digg


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Takhini Hot Springs' Frozen Hair Contest

Just outside of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, there are a set of hot springs called the Takhini Hot Pools. They're now part of a privately owned facility where visitors can relax in hot water. It doesn't close during the winter. In fact, during the month of February, the site holds a frozen hair contest.

Participants lay in the hot water while wiping cold water into their hair. This is best done when the temperature is about -4º through -22ºF.  10 to 30 minutes of careful shaping can result in beautifully sculpted, completely frozen hair.

About 20 people participated in the contest this year. Miléna Georgeault, Maxime Gouyou Beauchamps, and Fanny Caritte won it this year with this photo.

-via Amusing Planet


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St. Pauli Pees Back

We’ve heard of the German terms sitzpinkler and stehpinkler, and now we learn that wildpinkler means someone who pees outside. The city of Hamburg, Germany, has a problem with wildpinklers in its St. Pauli district. Around 20 million people travel to the area’s beer halls every year, and many of the male visitors stop by the nearest wall to relieve themselves. But the city found a way to fight back.  

While researching ways to discourage “Wildpinkler” – “free pee-ers” – annoyed members of IG St Pauli came across a hydrophobic paint which literally makes water droplets bounce off.

That means that anyone hoping to relieve themselves in unorthodox locations around the neighbourhood must reckon with the risk of a soaking for their shoes and trousers.

Now there are signs reading “Don't pee here! We'll pee back,” on specially-treated walls around the area.

A video at The Local shows some surprised wildpinklers. -via Arbroath


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Toddler Gives Bull Terrier a Medical Checkup

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A little girl named Noa gives a thorough veterinary checkup to Neckar, likely the most chill and patient bull terrier ever. Every bull terrier I've encountered is so excited about life and gregarious that they are practically bouncing off walls. It makes me wonder if the "doctor" didn't administer a sedative to her patient prior to the checkup. Whatever the case, it's adorable. Via Tastefully Offensive

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Rules for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist is the autobiography of Chuck Jones, the animator behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the other great classic Warner Bros. cartoon characters. In it, Jones lists the rules that governed interactions between Wile E. Coyote and his lifelong foe, the Road Runner.

These rules help shaped these cartoons into the funny shorts that still make us laugh 60 years later. And, if you think about it, they're also practical tips for workplace etiquette.

-via Blame It on the Voices


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Terrible Fate - The Happy Merchant And His Cursed Mask


Terrible Fate by I.Am.Sare

Life is all about the choices you make, and how you deal with encounters that come your way as you head down the path you've chosen to take. Some paths lead to fame and fortune, others lead to deep, dark forests and certain death, but when one meets with a terrible fate the best thing to do is respawn and start the quest all over again. You'll never become a legend lounging around on piles of rupees all day, and there's always a shopkeeper in town who's happy to help you part with your purse..

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HOA Learns a PR Lesson

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation wants to fulfill a wish for 6-year-old Ella Schultz. Ella more than anything wants to beat cancer. Besides that, she wants her own playhouse in her backyard. The foundation lined up a construction crew to build it. The neighbors were all for it. But the family’s Home Owners Association said no. "The proposed plan they've given us is a violation of our covenants."

When the story hit the local news, backlash was immediate. Neighbors decorated their mailboxes in green to show their support for Ella. People took to Twitter and other social media sites to spread the word. At least one person has offered to pay any fines incurred if the playhouse is built. The HOA removed its board members names and email addresses from its website. Wednesday night, the HOA board issued a statement.  

The board has met for the better half of the day and at this time we would like to release the following statement.

Our hearts are with Ella Schultz and her family as they battle this terrible illness. Our homeowners' association board is committed to working with Make-A-Wish Foundation and J.E. Dunn to see if we can figure out a way to make Ella's wish come true. The initial request from Make-A-Wish to place a barn-style shed was not accepted because the board did not have enough information to grant an exception to the subdivision's covenants. In hopes of getting enough information, we are requesting an immediate meeting with Make-A-Wish and J.E. Dunn Construction to work out a solution in the most expeditious manner possible.

Meanwhile, Ella was taken to a hospital hospital with a fever and infection. Read the rest of the story at KCTV 5. -via Uproxx


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A Winning New Ballpark Treat: the Churro Dog

Image: Arizona Diamondbacks via Twitter

Are you a baseball fan who loves to grab a hot dog at the ballpark? Some people say that no other hot dog tastes as good. As it happens, this season's attendees of Arizona Diamondbacks games will have the option of snacking on a new kind of dog: the Churro. The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon churro inside a split-open, glazed chocolate Long John doughnut and topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauces. Calories? The estimated count is 1,117. The price will be $8.50, pretty much in line with the high prices of snack foods at stadiums. 

This isn't the first hot dog gimmick offered at the Diamondbacks' stadium, called Chase Field. Last season, the D-Bat Dog appeared. The $25.00 "snack" is an 18-inch long corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapeños and bacon, served with french fries. 

Looks like sports franchises need to do whatever they can to fill stadium seats; some more than others. What do you think? Would you eat a Churro Dog or a D-Bat dog? I kind of hate to say it, but the photo above is looking pretty delicious to me. 

Read more about the Churro Dog and other ballpark offerings at ESPN. 

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Drunk Squirrel Struggles to Walk in the Snow


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YouTube user Sphios says that this squirrel had eaten too many fermented crabapples. Go home, squirrel. You're drunk. And you'd better hope that a sciurid cop doesn't stop you as you make your way back to your tree.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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The First Person to Use the Temporary Insanity Defense

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

I thought the insanity defense was a relatively new thing. I mean, maybe it began in the 1940's or possibly the '30’s, what with all the psychobabble around in those times. But no. It was actually much earlier.

It all started with a guy named Dan Sickles.

Dan Sickles (1819-1914) was also a congressman who was known for a number of things. As a union general in the Civil War. As a U.S. minister to Spain. For being censured by the New York State Assembly for escorting Fanny White, a known prostitute, into its chambers.

And, not the least, for being the first person to use temporary insanity as a legal defense.

In 1859, Sickles was accused of murdering his wife's paramour, Phillip Barton Key. (Phillip was the son of Francis Scott Key- composer of “The Star Spangled Banner.") After the murder, Sickles confessed and surrendered himself to Attorney General Jeremiah Black at Black's home.



Sickles' stay in jail was quite unusual. All of Washington society turned out to visit him. Senators and congressmen came in and wished Sickles well. President James Buchanan did not personally visit, but he sent Sickles a personal note.

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100+ Famous Artists and Their Studios

Frida Kahlo

The workspaces and studios of any artist or creative says a lot about them. Do they like the space to be flooded with natural light, like Hans Hartung? Is the space imbued with a sense of style, like that of Roy Lichtenstein? Do they have drafting desks or easels? Salvador Dalí actually invented a mechanism that let his paintings be raised or lowered as necessary with pulleys.

See well over 100 famous artists in their studios, including Picasso, Monet, Pollock, Chagall and Munch in this user-submitted collection at Bored Panda. 


Has Hartung

Roy Lichtenstein

Keith Haring


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Cat and Tortoise

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It’s a game of cat and mouse, er, cat and tortoise. No, it’s more like tag. You’re it! Too bad the turtle is always the one tagged. He’s trying his best, though. He’s pretty fast for his species, but the cat, of course, has the upper hand. Or paw. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Friday the 13th Coffee Table

When entertaining visitors at home, it’s helpful to have a low table near the main seating area in order to serve coffee and tea. This helps create a welcoming atmosphere that builds warm relationships. For that purpose, the prop shop Slaughter FX built this custom coffee table that looks like the ruptured crypt of Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise.

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Rare Photos of Boris Karloff on Frankenstein Sets, Circa 1930s

Karloff in makeup department

Vintage Everyday has published these wonderful photographs of English actor Boris Karloff on the set of James Whale's classic film Frankenstein, which premiered in 1931, as well as on the sets of the sequels. Frankenstein's monster became the character that Karloff was best known for during his career as an actor; Karloff went on to play the monster in Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. After those films, his popularity surged. 

For Frankenstein, the 5'11" Karloff had to drag around more than his large frame. His costume included four-inch platform boots that weighed 11 pounds each. The facial makeup was burdensome as well, but Karloff handled it professionally and with good humor. Karloff also was beloved for his later voice work as the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' 1966 animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  

Be sure to visit the link above to see the full photo gallery. It's worth the time of any film or monster movie enthusiast. 



Karloff and Whale 


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What the Inside of an Aquafresh Tube Looks Like

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The toothpaste brand Aquafresh is noted for its colorful presentation that comes out with every squirt. How does it work? To find out, freeze a tube, then cut it open. The colors run smoothly from one end to the other. So, to answer your question: magic.

-via Brian Ashcraft


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Give Her An Egg!

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When I was 16 months old, I got the jelly jar out of the refrigerator and sat on the floor and ate it with my hands. That’s the extent of my food preparation experience as a toddler. Tony Quarella and his wife included their 16-month-old daughter in their family cookie-making project. Well, they gave her the hat. Then that gave her an egg. What do you suppose happens when you give a toddler an egg? You might be surprised! -via reddit

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Scrooge McLannister - A Tale Of Ducks And Thrones


Scrooge McLannister by FnC Works

There is a winter storm a-brewin' in Duckberg, and Scrooge knows he'll soon have to defend his empire with his life. The beagle boys are taking their orders from Magica now, and they've set their sights on shutting down Scrooge's mall-ards and quack-tices one-by-one. Dark forces are preparing their end game for MacDuck, but they're unaware of the fiery ace Scrooge holds up his sleeve...

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Swimming in a Fish Tank

Redditor LutzTrain explains, "My brother really wanted to swim with his turtle." Here they are high-fiving underwater, as Nature intended. They're best buds.

Some redditors doubt that the photo is real, so LutzTrain offers further proof.

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Cheesy Stock Photos, Starring Vince Vaughn



To promote his new movie Unfinished Business, Vince Vaughn and other members of the cast including Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson are lending their likenesses to a set of typically goofy stock photos. The images, which will be available for free download, were created in a joint effort by Twentieth Century Fox and iStock by Getty Images. While we've seen the Stock Photobomber innovate his way into the camp of stock photography, this is the first time it's been done in this manner and with recognizable faces. 

Twelve free downloadable images will be made available here over a period or three weeks. See the full set at Ad Week. 


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Skaters Build a Train Car Half-Pipe


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This ingenious vehicle is a railroad car with a little cabin inside. You can even see its resident inside strumming on a ukulele. More importantly, it's a portable skateboarding half-pipe.

The railroad half-pipe is the centerpiece of SKATE HEADS, a new video by the Vancouver-based film making team Zenga Bros. It shows skateboarding enthusiasts and their clever, multipurpose ramps.

For example, you can flip over this functional rowboat . . .  

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6 Ways to Impress the Idiots You Went to High School With

When you leave home after high school, seeing the world changes you. Then you go back home to visit your parents and you encounter your old friends -the ones who never left. Or possibly you’re there for a reunion weekend. Whatever, it’s an important time to try to let them know you’ve done well since you’ve been gone. Reconnecting can be fun, but just like high school, it’s all a matter of one-upmanship. J.F. Sargent has a list at Cracked about what you should do. Only it isn’t what you’d expect. As Ron Burgundy said, “Boy, that escalated quickly.” Be warned this is like no other Cracked list we’ve posted here before -but that’s all I will tell you.

(Image credit: Joseph Barillari)


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Rock Band Meets Young Fan with Down Syndrome, Responds Perfectly to Him

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10-year old Christopher Warner of West Friendship, Maryland loves the rock band Maroon 5. He absolutely adores their work, especially that of frontman Adam Levine. His teacher, Avery Stanert, made a video of Christopher raving about Maroon 5. That video went viral and eventually came to Adam Levine's attention.

Maroon 5 invited Christopher, his mother, and his teachers to attend one of their concerts. They got backstage passes and the chance to meet the band.

When it came time to meet them, Christopher had a panic attack. He lay down on the floor and wouldn't get up. That wasn't a problem for Levine and his bandmates, who lay down on the floor with Christopher

-via 22 Words

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The Shortest Movies in the World

If you’re a movie character and you want for your film to end quickly, just make good decisions.

Doghouse Diaries comments, “I’d pay to see 100 of these packed into a single movie.” That sounds like a project for the always entertaining 5-Second Films.

Question: what would the world’s shortest Western consist of?


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We SUCK in Colder Weather

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The Holderness Family (previously at Neatorama) took the opportunity of a few snow days in North Carolina to make a parody of the song “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band. This version laments how inexperienced Southern people are about ice and snow. They use table salt and brooms instead of rock salt and snow shovels. And they had enough time to become obsessed with a certain colored dress. I hope they’ve gotten used to it by now -here in Kentucky, we are expecting another three inches of snow tonight.  -via Scott Kreidler


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That's My Kind of Princess!

Now isn't she a pretty, pretty princess? I've seen tons of Barbie cakes, but never a kaiju princess like this one. And who wouldn't prefer a Japanese superbabe like this one? We'd better hope she gets a nice present or else this princess might just take down the city. 

This image was uploaded by Imgur user CaptainShadow. No word on who made it though.

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30 Weird Apps

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There are millions of apps available for your digital umbilical cord, er, I mean phone. Some of them push the envelope into the ozone, but people use them anyway. Or do they? maybe they just download them for laughs. Even if I had a smart phone, I would find all these simple to do without. Mike Rugnetta guest-hosts the mental_floss List Show this week.


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The Fifty Healthiest Foods, With a Recipe for Each

Time magazine curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods known to nutrition science and asked registered dietician, nutritionist and cookbook author Tina Ruggiero to give facts about the nutritional value of each item. Recipes for each food are supplied as well.

One food on the list is the avocado, which contains 20 easily absorbed vitamins and minerals. Substituting an avocado for a saturated fat (such as butter or cheese) is thought to reduce risk of heart disease, even without weight loss. 

Nutrition per serving (With one avocado being a serving):
Calories: 322
Fat: 29.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 14 mg
Carbohydrates: 17 g
Dietary fiber: 13.5 g
Sugars: 1 g
Protein: 4 g


Recipe from Cooking Light: Chipotle Pork and Avocado Wrap
Ingredients
1/2 cup mashed peeled avocado
1 1/2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices cut Simply Roasted Pork (about 8 ounces)
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup bottled salsa

Preparation
Combine the first 7 ingredients, stirring well.

Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spread about 2 tablespoons avocado mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange Simply Roasted Pork slices down center of tortillas. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and 1 tablespoon salsa, and roll up.

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