Saturday morning, residents of Hawaii received an alert of incoming missiles, with a tag that "this is not a drill." Panic ensued, and it was 38 minutes before the news followed that it was a false alarm. How did it happen? The explanation was that an employee pushed the wrong button. There is speculation that it was an option in a drop-down menu. The video above is an easy explanation, because it's happened to all of us. -via reddit
Johnny Cash is one of the most famous musicians of all time, and even though he started out playing rockabilly he went on to transcend musical genres to garner an extremely diverse fan base.
But as it turns out hate groups like the KKK and white supremacists have hated Johnny Cash since his early days- because they mistakenly thought he was married to a black woman.
Sound like a stupid reason to hate a musician with such an amazing catalog of music? Welcome to the Jim Crow South of the 1960s.
It all started on October 4, 1965 when Johnny was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border for trying to smuggle in a bunch of amphetamines and sedatives he'd bought off a dealer in Mexico:
Customs agents found 475 Equanil tablets and 688 Dexedrine capsules stashed in his guitar case and threw him in jail. Cash spent a night in jail and, two months later, plead guilty to the possession of illegal drugs.
He got off with a deferred sentence and a $1,000 fine—and had no idea that, as he walked down the courthouse steps in El Paso, Texas, with his wife Vivian, he was about to spark a firestorm.
An Associated Press photo of Cash and Vivian ran in newspapers the next day—and to some readers, it appeared that Vivian, an Italian-American woman who was rarely photographed, was black.
The National States Rights Party, an Alabama white supremacist group, republished the photo in its newspaper, The Thunderbolt, with an article that dripped with racist rhetoric. The money generated by Cash’s hit records, it claimed, went “to scum like Johnny Cash to keep them supplied with dope and negro women.”
Cash was harassed and boycotted by some Southern fans. “Johnny and I received death threats, and an already shameful situation was made infinitely worse,” recalled Vivian in her 2008 memoir.
In an October 1966 article, Variety described Cash as “the innocent victim of a targeted hate campaign in the south.” The “racial error,” wrote the anonymous author, had sparked boycotts and threats. “In the code of the south,” the article continued, “there is no greater crime than miscegenation.” At the time, interracial marriages were banned throughout the South.
Hollywood movie titles are often changed for other nations, to more accurately reflect the understanding of the film in a different culture. But when you re-translate those titles back into English, the changes often leave English speakers scratching our heads. There's a reason behind each one, but your guess about that is as good as mine. Some are better than the originals, like the many films of the Fast and Furious movie series as they are titled in Japan, which are more descriptive of the movies.
The Fast & The Furious in Japan is Wild Speed
2 Fast 2 Furious in Japan is Wild Speed X2
The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift in Japan is Wild Speed X3: Tokyo Drift
Fast & Furious in Japan is Wild Speed MAX
Fast Five in Japan is Wild Speed Mega Max
Fast & Furious 6 in Japan is Wild Speed Euro Mission
Furious 7 in Japan is Wild Speed Sky Mission
The Fate of the Furious in Japan is Wild Speed Ice Break
See the funniest of American movie retitled for Japan at Uproxx.
The Resolutioners are out there, they're in our restaurants ordering salad and skipping carbs, they're in the clothing stores buying "goal pants" that are a size too small, but mostly they're in the gyms trying to burn off the pounds.
These takers of vows see every New Year as a chance to restart a good life and be reborn, and like a sweat-drenched phoenix they rise through sets of squats and run for their lives until the thrill wears off around February.
If you've ever wondered what kind of muscle menagerie you can expect to see if you head to the gym in January then these strange comic strips from SIR Artwork will fill you in, and may put you off New Year's resolutions forever!
One of the greatest chase scenes ever was filmed in the 1968 movie Bullitt. Steve McQueen, as police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, is pursued by, and then pursues, organized crime figures bent on killing him in a 1968 Mustang GT. Two cars were used for the movie: one was so damaged that it was sent to be scrapped, the other was sold to a private owner. But Steve McQueen wanted the car for himself, and traced it from owner to owner, trying to buy it back. In 1977, the car's owner indicated he would never sell the unique vehicle to anyone, and McQueen gave up. Almost forty years later, Sean Kiernan revealed to a friend that he had inherited the car from his father, and maybe they could use it to finance a movie project. They brought in Kevin Marti to authenticate the vehicle.
“I walked in to see the car,” he said, “and thought, ‘Here’s another car that looks like the Bullitt.’ I went over, looked at the VIN on the tag, and immediately, my emotions flipped from skepticism to ‘Oh, my god, it’s real.’ ”
Marti marveled at the modifications made for the movie. Underneath the rockers, three metal tubes were clumsily welded perpendicular to the car’s center line for camera mounts. There were holes cut in the trunk for the cords that ran from a generator to power the cameras and lights. Even tape residue remained—on the tachometer to mark the redline, and on the floor, presumably to secure the seatbelts and wires. “Ninety-eight percent of the original car is there,” he said. “It’s an incredible artifact.”
Meanwhile, Chad McQueen, the movie star's son, was also looking for the Bullitt car. Read the incredible story of one Mustang over its 50-year life at Hagerty. -via Metafilter
PS: Ford is reissuing the model in 2019.
Epic NPC Man (previously at Neatorama) takes a cockeyed look at the nuts and bolts of gaming, using real people instead of computer graphics. In this video, he explores the moment after the player has fulfilled his quest to rescue the damsel in distress. She's been the prisoner of the villain for ten years. Our hero escorts the fair maiden to her home, but now what? Will he marry her and live happily ever after? Will he gallantly consider her freedom and happiness as his only reward? Will he at least get a kiss? Let's find out.
Remember, this is a video game, in which the player controls the action. The player is a gamer, so his priorities might be different from whatever you, the viewer, would like to see. -via Geeks Are Sexy
We find a high-speed chase scene thrilling, especially when it goes off the rails. The moment when a car goes airborne is often the most memorable part of the entire film. That how generations of Evel Knievel fans and Dukes of Hazard viewers were created. Some movies went the extra mile to give us that thrill, whether it was a dangerous and complicated stunt or enhanced in post-production. Some are exciting, some are tragic, and some are just plain funny. Remember when Jake and Elwood drove off a bridge in The Blues Brothers?
It’s one of the more ridiculous car chase scenes out there but it’s insanely funny for that same reason. Not only are they able to stop the car before going off the unfinished bridge, but then Elwood manages to back up, somehow send the car into a backflip, and then go sailing over the Neo-Nazi-carrying car that’s hot on their tail. And then of course the insanity transfers to the Nazi car when it goes off the bridge at full speed and then proceeds to fly over the city while it’s somehow still falling from a much greater height than it started at. Ah yes, the insanity of comedy is great.
Relive five of the most memorable airborne car scenes in movies, with video evidence, at TVOM.
The Odd Cat Sanctuary in Massachusetts focuses on finding homes for odd cats: feral, disabled, neglected, elderly, or otherwise hard to place cats. They heard about Maya, a cat with a chromosomal abnormality that was headed for euthanasia at another shelter. Maya has a flattened snout and vision issues, but the more you look at her pictures, the cuter she becomes. The sanctuary placed Maya in a foster home, and now she has a forever home where she lives the life of a normal house cat and is quite pampered. Maya is also doing her part for other cats by being the unofficial face of the Odd Cat Sanctuary and drawing attention to other cats who need homes. See more Maya at her Instagram page.
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The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!
Research about physics, phonetics, and expulsion
compiled by Bertha Vanatian, Improbable Research staff
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Pressures Generated During Nose Blowing
“Pressures Generated During Nose Blowing in Patients With Nasal Complaints and Normal Test Subjects,” Peter Clement and Hana Chovanova, Rhinology, vol. 41, no. 3, 2003, pp. 152-158.
The authors compared nasal resistance and pressures generated during breathing and nose blowing in patients with chronic sinusitis, septal deviations and a control group consisting of normal test subjects. The chronic sinusitis group generated pressures during nose blowing that were significantly higher (898 daPa for the left side and 913 daPa for the right side) than in the other two groups. The decongestion didn’t change the generated pressures very much. Pressures generated during nose blowing with both nostrils closed are much higher than pressures generated during nose blowing with one nostril open.
Kids have been searching for Waldo for decades, and some of them have actually spotted him only to lose track of his whereabouts again when he moves to another location. But as much as kids have always wanted to catch Waldo, if only just for bragging rights, they're lucky they never did- or things might have gotten hairy. Spending too much time on the road changes a man, and when a hideous wolfen creature began stalking the spooky woods Waldo was hiding in his bright striped shirt and hat made him easy to find. Waldo was lucky to have survived that encounter, but after the wounds healed he noticed he was different, more aggressive and less concerned with hiding, and then he began to black out during the full moon...
Show people why they're lucky they never caught Waldo with this Werewaldo t-shirt by Scott Sherwood, featuring a howling good design that'll make people grin wherever you go!
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Any time there is a lot of snow on a hillside, there's a possibility of snow rollers. This is a natural phenomenon that looks like how you start a snowman by rolling up a bunch of snow. They can sometime form into big wheels, like the snow roller above. They can also look like carpet rolls, or big boulders, or small balls.
Whether or not nature can be anthropomorphized is a matter for debate. However, one’s first reaction is, inevitably that it must have been a person or persons unknown who took the time to gather a handful of snow and then slowly and carefully roll it until it became too large to push anymore. Yet a brief inspection of the snow around reveals no footprints. So how were they created? There is science behind this magical and mysterious apparition.
When the top layer of a thick blanket of snow begins to melt and become heavy on the side of a hill, it might begin to roll o itself. As the glob of snow rolls down the hill, it gathers up the snow beneath it like in the game Katamari Damacy. The effect is quite eerie when you consider it all happening without human intervention. It's not real common, because conditions have to be just right, but there is plenty of photographic evidence at Kuriositas.
(Image credit: Flickr user Washington State Dept of Transportation)
Cats have a firm sense of private property, but it only pertains to themselves. A cat sees something, it will take something. "I found it, it's mine now!" You know, like the seagulls in Finding Nemo, just quieter. Enjoy this compilation of all kinds of cats taking all kinds of things for themselves. -via Tastefully Offensive
When tools get old and rusty they end up sitting in the back of our garage or tool shed for years before they're thrown out like trash, but where some see rust and decay artist Cindy Chinn sees character.
So Cindy uses these discarded old tools as an artistic medium, using a plasma torch to hand cut fun winter scenes into rusty shovel heads and a little light welding to put the whole scene together.
Cindy's tool-based sculptures aren't limited to snow shovel heads, she's also known for creating artwork out of saw blades, rakes and trowel heads, and the scenes on each one match the medium.
But seeing as how it's winter, and some people are becoming mighty tired of clearing snow right about now, these wintery snow shovel scenes seems like the most appropriate series for the season!
You might think you're weird because you have trouble falling asleep, but insomnia is way too common. To know how to fix it, you have to know what's causing the problem. And to understand the problem, we need to learn something about sleep itself.
You already knew about caffeine, but who knew that bacon and eggs for a late super could interfere with sleep? taking time to wind down is a problem for me. When it's already the wee hours of the morning when I finish work, and I know I'll be back up at five, who wants to take time to wind down? That's because I don't have trouble falling asleep; I just having trouble finding time for sleep. -via Laughing Squid
We all want to feel special, and we also long for others to acknowledge how special we are and recognize the qualities that make us unique in the world, in other words acknowledge what makes us one-of-a-kind.
You know what else is unique and one-of-a-kind? A snowflake, and even though some people have tried to use snowflake as a derogatory term we know it's really a compliment and an acknowledgement of our unique beauty.
And there's something else you should know about "snowflakes"- we can be ice cold as needed, and if you try to diminish our specialness we'll cut ya! Figuratively speaking, of course...*wink*
The picture may not be any help, but you can see the video of this creature at Imgur. The moving picture will eventually reveal the type of animal to you, but try out your detective skills by guessing what it is during the first ten seconds or so. Were you correct? Me, neither. -via TYWKIWDBI
The idea of wearing a heated jacket used to fill me with dread, since wearing one seems like a good way to end up electrocuted or killed by a flaming jacket.
But heated jackets are completely safe to wear, and people who live in extremely cold areas swear by them, claiming they're like wearing a warm hug all day long.
Host of What's Inside? and fun dad Dan Markham loves his heated jacket, and yet he was willing to slash it open and show us how it works for the sake of science, and Dan convinced me they're not so dangerous after all.
-Via Laughing Squid
Did Chewbacca really become a vegetarian because the porgs are so cute? We may never know, but if you want to chow down on the little critters without the fishy taste, then check out this bento box version made completely of rice! Yeah, it's more art than food, but it will make a decent lunch for some Star Wars fan.
This Porg doesn’t require contemplating the roasting of Ahch-To’s cutest critters, and instead requires artfully shaping together heaping piles of delicious sushi rice—before presumably admiring your artistic talents for a few seconds and proceeding to devour it.
Most people who watch the A Nightmare On Elm Street films see Freddy Krueger for what he is- an evil bastard who enjoys killing innocent people and turning life in Springwood into hell on Earth.
But some twisted fans see Freddy as a dream come true, a guy worthy of worship and the inspiration for a legion of fans who call themselves "Fredheads".
They have good dreams about Freddy, dress up like him at Cons and idolize him, and now these Freddy superfans are the focus of an upcoming documentary by Venn Pictures and Northgate Pictures called FredHeads: The Documentary.
FredHeads is a pet project of director Paige Troxell, who wanted to show her fellow Freddy fans they're not alone:
“In my darkest times I have turned to Elm Street. It is a survival story, it is my best friend, it is my comfort, and it is my home,” gushes Troxell. “I knew that there were others out there who saw this film for more than just the typical slasher. It is my goal to bring to life each and every story; to show the world that this community stands together, that we are a support team for each other.”
-Via Bloody Disgusting
Pioneering journalist Eliza Scidmore was the magazine's first official female writer, photographer, and board member. In the 1890s, the organization that is now the Smithsonian Institution gave Scidmore a Kodak camera to document her travels across India, Japan, China, and the Indonesian island of Java.
In celebration of the magazine's 130th anniversary, National Geographic posted a gallery of photographs that broke new ground from the span of its publication history. Check out images from the first successful expedition to the North Pole, their first wildlife photo, their first camera trap photo, through a "first" from 2017.
Everything is stranger in the Upside Down- pets walk people on leashes, the sky poops on birds, and Dartfield the cat-beast doesn't eat lasagna- he eats guys named Jon! It's a wild, wacky world over there, and yet Garfield and Dartfield have one key thing in common- they're so lazy they almost never leave the house, not even for a Double Jon supreme pizza. But if that kid Dustin should ever take a trip to the dark side he would probably be able to lure Dartfield out of his den with a candy bar, because as different as things are between our two dimensions candy is candy no matter where you are - and it's always delicious!
Blow people's minds wherever you go with this Dartfield The Stranger Thing t-shirt by TopNotchy, it's the hilarious way to show love for everyone's favorite cartoon cat and your fav retro sci-fi show at the same time!
|Lil Justice||Salt N Peppa||Duffpool||The Doctor, Elmyra and the Brain|
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When we fall in love with pop culture characters like The Simpsons, Jack Bauer of 24 or the Belcher family from Bob's Burgers our crush makes us overlook the bad stuff about them and their show.
We stop paying attention to how many people Jack Bauer kills and all the smokers in Springfield, and those wacky Belchers do a great job of distracting us from how broke they are, even when it's the plot of an episode.
So now you're probably asking yourself "how broke are the Belchers?", a question which dedicated fans have answered:
According to one study, Bob's Burgers LLC is probably bringing in a little less than $70,000 a year, while only actually taking home about $43,000 in true annual profit. Given that the average cost for an apartment like the Belcher's runs at about $20,000 a year, the Belchers are left with a paltry $23,000 (before taxes). And that, according to the state of New Jersey, puts the Belchers at about 50 percent less than the maximum to receive food stamps.
As for Jack Bauer's scorecard, the guy killed 309 people in about nine days!:
Over the course of eight days, plus the two hours of 24: Redemption and the half-day of Live Another Day, Jack Bauer kills 309 people. 309. That rounds out to 1.5 guys an hour, for a whopping 36 guys a day. It's not evenly spread, either; Bauer started the first day only killing ten guys, but really took the gloves off during Day Six, with 52 individual murders. By contrast, the Korean War killed about 31 Americans soldiers a day. On some days, that was Bauer's quota before he let himself take lunch.
And how many smokers live in Springfield? At least two per episode:
In 400 reviewed episodes, there were 795 unique instances of characters riding the nicotine dragon. Around the 2002-2004 era of the show, Springfieldians were averaging some five smoking characters per episode. And while the show typically only focuses on a few characters at a time, Springfield only has an estimated 60,000 residents, which means the percentage of smokers in the town must be incredibly high. Writers presumably drew the line at the episode in which Apu personally lit the cigarettes of a dozen fifth-graders that wandered into his store, preferring instead to leave it implied.
The 2010 film Black Swan is about ballerinas, played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, competing for the lead role in a New York City ballet company production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. It is not only a dance movie, but a look into the psyche of a performing artist reaching for perfection in a cutthroat world. It's also been described as a horror film. Black Swan was a box office hit, and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Natalie Portman won for Best Actress. Some amazing things went on behind the scenes, too.
10. Natalie Portman is a big reason why this film was made.
Portman trained for a year in ballet and did so in the hope that this movie would be made. She even paid for the lessons out of her own pocket.
5. Portman suffered an injury during filming.
She dislocated a rib during a lift and had to give up her trailer in order to pay for the treatment she needed. It took a while to recover and they lifted her from the armpits afterward.
Read more about Black Swan at TVOM.
Medical cure-alls and scams are nothing new. The traveling medicine show was a popular way to advertise snake oil and other quack cures in the 19th century, and then there were radium treatments for everything in the early 20th century. Many of us recall copper bracelets, Laetrile, and other "alternative medicines." There's a long tradition of getting rich by taking advantage of the gullible. In the 1920s and '30s, these marketers took advantage of a wonderful new medium to reach consumers: radio.
In 1932, the Federal Radio Commission (later supplanted by the Federal Communications Commission), banished from the airwaves fortune-tellers, mystics, seers, and other people peddling dubious claims, but concern remained about what was fit to air and how to enforce rules about truth in advertising. A 1936 edition of Hygeia, a publication of the AMA, lamented that “no adequate and prompt measures are as yet available to curb venal radio stations from selling ‘time’ to anyone who pays the price.”
And when regulators did catch up with fraudsters, enterprising quacks got creative. By setting up towers and transmitters in small towns south of the United States/Mexico border, a phalanx of fabulists launched their own stations, beyond the reach of many regulations.
These Mexican radio stations broadcast with up to a million watts of power, reaching across the US and beyond. That's how John R. Brinkley advertised his surgery to implant goat gonads in humans, and made a fortune. Of course, the marketing of dubious quick cures continues on the internet. Read about the era of quack cures on the radio at Atlas Obscura.
The old story about the blind men who touched an elephant is a way of teaching us how we should look at the big picture instead of the individual parts. You have to wonder why they didn't just ask a sighted person to settle their argument for them. At least that was my question. The elephant has a completely different take on the tale. Or tail, as the case may be. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. The moral of this story is, always ask permission before you touch someone. Especially if that someone is an elephant in therapy.
David Graham of Charleston, South Carolina, was simply trying to discard the Christmas tree. His plan was to dump it over the backyard fence into the woods. His wife Erin wondered why it was taking so long, so she peeked out the window and then had to grab her camera.
Their two dogs weren't making things easy at all! Did they consider it a game of tug-of-war? Or were they just upset that the wonderful tree was going away? I would bet the former, as the dogs seem to be having a great time. David, not so much. -via Tastefully Offensive
The following is an article from Uncle John's Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.
We hope you get a rise out of this story—it cost us a lot of dough to put it together, but it was the yeast we could do!
RISE AND SHINE
Did you eat a sandwich today? Did you have an English muffin this morning or a slice of pizza last night? Americans eat 34 million loaves of bread per day, not to mention rolls, baguettes, bagels, croissants, pitas, doughnuts, and dozens of other kinds of bread. Bread is thought to be the first processed food in human history, and it’s still the world’s largest single food category—more people eat some form of bread on a daily basis than any other food product.
Most bread falls into one of two groups: leavened, which rises with the help of an ingredient (yeast is the most common leavening agent) and unleavened, which is basically flat. Many flat varieties—for example, Mexican tortillas, Jewish matzo, Norwegian flatbrød, or Indian chapati—have remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. But the history of bread is really about the flatbreads that did change—and evolved into the leavened loaves we know today.
The history of bread begins with wild grain. Around 11000 B.C. huge fields of grain appeared in southwest Asia as the glaciers began to retreat. Nomadic people ate the raw seeds (in addition to whatever else they could gather).
If you still have any of your early childhood toys, the odds favor that it may be a yellow duck. The ubiquitous bath toy is not only classic, but fairly indestructible. And they've been around longer than you think -almost as long as rubber itself.
The ducks had their origins in the mid-1800s, when rubber manufacturing began to gain ground. Out of the many animals crafted, they were the most native to water and broke away from the pack. Families who used to make bathing a weekly event prior to Sunday church sessions would entice children to submerge themselves in the murky tubs with a duck, some of which didn’t float. They were intended as chew toys.
Anything that makes bathing a child easier is bound to be popular. The improvements in the rubber duck came because it was popular, which made it a user-driven design. Read what else happened to the classic rubber duck on its way to your bathroom at Mental Floss.
Even though I'm enjoying every minute of my son's infanthood I also can't wait to watch him grow up and become an awesome little kid, and I hope I live long enough to watch him grow old and gray...but I probably won't because of my poor diet and lack of exercise...plus the booze ain't helpin...*sniff* I miss him already! (NSFW)
This Cyanide & Happiness short has stirred up all kinds of feelings inside me, so if you'll excuse me I need to go hug and kiss my son!
(Image credit: Orange County Fire Authority)
A speeding car hit the median and launched into the second floor of a building in Santa Ana, California, early Sunday morning. The vehicle caught fire, and the driver was dangling out of it for a few minutes until police moved underneath to catch him. The driver, who admitted being under the influence of drugs, sustained minor injuries, as did a passenger. The building is a dental office, and was unoccupied when the crash occurred. After sunrise, the car was removed by a fire department crane.
OCFA on scene in SANTA ANA of a vehicle into a building. One person still trapped inside the vehicle. pic.twitter.com/sWmtovu0Kd— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) January 14, 2018
UPDATE: There is some surveillance video of the crash.