Two streams in Tenorio Volcano National Park in Costa Rica merge to form the Rio Celeste. One of them has large quantities of sulfur and calcium carbonate, which gives the river a beautiful blue tint. There is a remarkably sharp dividing line when these two streams merge that is known as Los Teñideros, which means "the dyers."
Overall visual effects supervisor Andrew Jackson was quoted as saying about the production,
“I’ve been joking recently about how the film has been promoted as being a live action stunt driven film—which it is. But also how there’s so little CGI in the film. The reality is that there’s 2,000 VFX shots in the film. A very large number of those shots are very simple clean-ups and fixes and wire removals and painting out tire tracks from previous shots, but there are a big number of big VFX shots as well.”
Check out this comprehensive write-up linked above to see a number of fascinating still examples as well as several videos.
Hotel concepts can be as wild and artful as you want, but when you actually break ground, you have to have a viable plan. Still, architects have ways of designing luxury hotels that are bigger, fancier, and more awe-inspiring every year. Take a look at a few that are under construction now, including this spectacular design.
The incredible hotel that will be known as Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental is another spectacular property that is currently being built. Located within a quarry near Shanghai, this hotel will be one of IHG’s flagship properties in China, and you can easily see why. It certainly looks like it’s from the future, and it definitely seems like it will be very luxurious.
Flash Gordon is one of those sci-fi heroes who has yet to make the transition into the 21st century, and yet those who remember the character fondly from the days of yore are always hopeful he will make a triumphant return to the big screen.
One extremely talented fan in particular by the name of Robb Pratt has taken matters into his own hands, bringing Flash back from the dead with this amazing animated short.
An urban explorer named AD found and photographed a facility filled with mannequins, statues, and accessories in various states of disrepair. They are just stored away, with no visible museum or other business visible.
An extended family of life-size figures call this space home, their faces and bodies disfigured and fragmented by neglect and the passage of time. Discarded limbs from some of these unsettling inhabitants can be seen piled high, seemingly ripped from their torsos, as if victims of a gruesome – albeit bloodless – massacre. A coffin, meanwhile, lies open, perhaps awaiting an unsuspecting occupant.
The photographer won’t give the exact location, because 1. he or she wasn’t supposed to be there, and b. there’s no need to encourage others to trespass. It’s an urbex ethic. However, we are treated to a collection of eerie photographs AD took when he/she had the chance. See them at Scribol.
Ever have one of those cats that react oddly to every kind of stimuli? If you have then you know how funny it is to find a new noise that sets them off, because their little kitty reaction is simply priceless!
The cat in this video is named Blu, and he has a very strange reaction to the sound of crinkling plastic, such a strange reaction in fact that it almost seems like the furry fellow is about to have a stroke!
What happens when people start adding "-ing" to movie titles? Often, hilarity ensues. And just as often, you might discover it's an hour later and you're still adding "-ing" to movie titles and laughing to yourself or with silly friends having a similar attack of slap happiness. ...I guess you had to be there (add your best in the comments).
R2-D2 is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe, and yet he’s often taken for granted by his fellow characters, even though he saves their Rebel butts more than a few times during the original trilogy.
Even a gentle and silly droid like R2 has his limits, and when those greedy litte Jawas push R2 too far he becomes a murderous mechanical madman hell bent on destruction.
Zim found out the hard way that the suburbs aren't a very good place to plan an invasion of Earth- the neighbors are nosy, the neighborhood is so quiet you can hear a Gir drop, and police officers are quick to show up at your house when the neighbors see glowing lights coming out of your garage! That's why Zim moved to the forest, where nobody would bother him while he plots the overthrow of the planet, but then he met the Totoros and their frisky friend the catbus and realized humans weren't the only creatures willing to fight for their planet...
Bring some animated mashup madness to your geeky wardrobe with this My Invader Neighbor t-shirt by HelloTwinsies, it's an adorable way to show love for your favorite cartoon cuties!
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Ellis Island is famous for welcoming immigrants to New York City. But there are plenty of other islands that the city used for less benevolent purposes. Atlas Obscura is presenting a five-part series about the islands that America used to use to sort, quarantine, and confine immigrants and other riffraff. First up: Roosevelt Island, which had an interesting history from the beginning. Let’s skip ahead.
Finally, the city bought the whole island in 1828 as a location for charitable and corrective institutions. Their plan was to create a “city of asylums.” In part this was a desire to create more humane institutions for the criminal and the mentally ill, although these places don’t necessarily look humane to today’s eyes. Within a few years of the purchase, two fairly grim institutions opened up—a penitentiary and a lunatic asylum. While the island was eventually home to more than a dozen different institutions, these two are among the most storied. The penitentiary was erected as a state prison in 1832, and by the early 1900s there were a series of scandals involving inmate overcrowding, drug-dealing, and favoritism.
Clive Barker has carved out his own niche in the horror world, with tales that were seen as extreme at the time of their release, and still cause controversy since they often incorporate Christian canon.
His stories have a raw edge that comes not from a life read about in books but rather from a life filled with unique experiences and pain.
His art is a reflection of his life in many ways, transforming over the last four decades from hard, seedy and utterly fringe to softened, more accessible, and (dare I say) kid friendly.
But if you've ever wondered about the man behind the dark tales, and how a Cenobite named Pinhead came to be horror royalty, then this interview he granted to Grantland is a must read.
Cable News Network is celebrating its 35th anniversary. From the day Ted Turner launched his innovative 24-hour news channel on June 1, 1980, CNN has been an early adopter of media technology, which often could have used a beta test before going on air. And then there’s the inevitable on-air mistakes, falls, photobombs, giggle fits, and unforeseeable circumstances that are now part of history.
Of course, these are far from the only bloopers. A comprehensive video would be very long. These are the ones CNN itself considered the funniest. It’s also a reminder of how long ago 1980 was when you get a look at the hairstyles and sets. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Why is there a hole in the airplane? This would normally be an alarming question. But we’re referring to the tiny hole in each window of a jetliner. It may be more noticeable when ice crystals form around them, which commonly happens. Mark Vanhoekacker of Slate explains that these holes are necessary to maintain proper cabin air pressure:
If you look closely at a typical passenger cabin window, you’ll see three panes, typically made of acrylic materials. The purpose of the innermost pane—sometimes called the scratch pane, but I like to call it the smudge pane—is merely to protect the next one.
The middle pane (with the breather hole in it) and the outer pane are more important. Generally speaking, as an aircraft climbs, the air pressure drops in both the cabin and the outside air—but it drops much more outside, as the aircraft’s pressurization system keeps the cabin pressure at a comfortable and safe level. This means that the pressure inside the aircraft during flight is typically much greater than the pressure outside.
The outer two cabin windows are designed to contain this difference in pressure between the cabin and the sky. Both the middle and the outer panes are strong enough to withstand the difference on their own, but under normal circumstances it’s the outer pane that bears this pressure—thanks to the breather hole. As Marlowe Moncur, director of technology for GKN Aerospace, a leading passenger cabin window manufacturer, put it to me via email: “[T]he purpose of the small bleed hole in the [middle] pane is to allow pressure to equilibrate between the passenger cabin and the air gap between the panes, so that the cabin pressure during flight is applied to only the outer pane.”
So there’s nothing to be anxious about, Mr. Shatner. Please return to your seat.
Employers love to make potential new hires jump through verbal hoops in hopes of weeding out the unworthy and gauging your willingness to “play ball” with management, but can they legally ask you so many questions?
Everybody knows questions about your age, religion and health are no-nos, but did you know potential employers aren’t allowed to ask whether you have a criminal background, or even if you like to drink after work?
This interesting article also includes a section on what you should do if they ask you these illegal questions, with suggested work arounds so you don’t give up on that job just because the interviewer doesn’t know the rules.
High school graduation ceremonies generally consist of a few speeches and everyone’s name called to receive a diploma. For this year’s graduates of Kahuku High School in Hawaii, that wasn’t entertaining enough, so they put on a show themselves! They created and rehearsed this performance in only two days. It starts with a little song about graduating, but then blows into pop tunes we all know, with accompanying dance.
Enjoy the medley of old and new songs, and don’t miss the haka at the end. Well done, class of 2015! Now, if only every graduation ceremony were like this... well, I guess we'd watch them on the 'net. -via Buzzfeed
Most animals are naturally so darn cute that it's virtually impossible to imagine how they could be made any cuter, but thanks to the magical power of Photoshop we can multiply that cuteness factor by a million.
These awe inspiringly adorable animal hybrids may not exist in the wild (yet...), but they can, and will, run around in the fields of our critter loving imaginations for an eternity. Thanks teh internet!
Let's start this collection off with a hybrid that most families would be happy to have hanging around in their homes- the delightful Dird
Artwork: Mads Hindhede Svanegaard | Available here
This collection of 28 minimalist artwork Disney prints is perfect for enthusiasts who are looking for something more subtle than the original movie posters to hang in office or home spaces. The nuance certainly doesn't take away from the aesthetic appeal; the focus is on the main lines, curves and hues of the story's central images in an engaging way. -Via BuzzFeed
The 100 Years Of Beauty series has been doing a good job of showing how cultural fashion norms change with and reflect the times, but the series only covers hair and makeup, and the model never gets any older.
So where’s the video showing what a hundred years of hair, makeup and aging might look like?
The Doctor had enjoyed many days in the sun, but in this phase of his multiple lifetimes he felt far more comfortable when enshrouded by the night. It was easier to forget all the troubles he'd seen as a Time Lord when the moon was high in the sky and the people he protected were tucked safely in their beds. But he knew, like all good things, his nights of peace and tranquility would soon come to an end, and the tenth incarnation of the Doctor would soon face new trials under the unforgiving rays of the sun...
Bring some out of this world awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this 10th NightLord t-shirt by RenF, it's the perfect thing to wear while you're out charting constellations or simply waiting for the return of an old friend.
If you are of a certain age, you’ll remember the story of how John DeLorean built his odd futuristic sports car in Northern Ireland and financed it with cocaine trafficking. For anyone younger, the car is synonymous with just one thing- the time machine in the Back to the Future movies. The process of turning a automotive failure into the coolest thing in cinema wasn’t an easy task.
Originally, three DeLorean cars were converted into time machines over the course of 10 weeks at a cost of around $150,000. Carried out by the same team responsible for another of our favorite fictional vehicles, Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T., the company created one hero car, one stunt car with added props for creating the distinctive fire trails, and a third DeLorean was cut into pieces for filming interior shots. Its first time on camera? December 14, 1984.
This excellent video footage was captured by French photographer Xavier Hubert Brierre, who has shot similar footage in the past (previously). He set up a mirror in several jungle locations in Gabon, Africa to evoke reactions from the diverse species that inhabit the habitat. The reactive behavior of the different animals is as varied as it is fascinating. -Via Buzzfeed
A whoopee cushion is an inflatable device that emits a flatulent-like sound and, if properly filled, aroma. Using one on some unsuspecting fellow is a traditional gag at job interviews, funerals, and first dates. Onur Armagan makes excellent use of limited apartment space with one. Note that it is not, despite his claim, actually the world’s largest whoopee cushion, which is almost 20 feet long and is capable of nearly Alex-level emissions. Yet this one still makes a satisfying sound.
Be sure to watch to the end of the video to see the reaction of the resident cat. Then add in the comments what you suspect the cat is thinking.
The movie Total Recall was released nationwide 25 years ago today. It was based on the Philip K. Dick story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale,” which went through quite a few changes on its way to the silver screen. For example, can you imagine Richard Dreyfuss as the lead instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger?
5. THE QUAID/HAUSER CHARACTER WENT THROUGH AN IMAGE OVERHAUL.
Producer De Laurentiis’ initial vision of the film’s hero Douglas Quaid (originally named “Quail”)/Carl Hauser was decidedly more in line with Dick’s short story: A schlubby office drone who dreams of a more exciting life. With this characterization in mind, his first choice for the part was Richard Dreyfuss. Over time, the desired machismo of the film’s leading man increased, prompting suggestions like William Hurt (courtesy of Cronenberg) and Patrick Swayze.
6. AT FIRST, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WAS TURNED DOWN FOR BEING TOO MANLY.
Despite the gradual growth of Quaid’s imagined virility, there was a limit to how far De Laurentiis was willing to stray from the original character. He insisted that someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger was out of the question for the part and even turned down the Terminator star when Schwarzenegger expressed interest in the role.
Bill & Ted aren’t the smartest, or most well read, guys on the block, but at least they had the good sense not to get on Genghis Khan’s bad side!
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are often thought of as intelligent and intrepid, but they were total failures in their mission, and Lewis ended up killing himself due to a massive case of writer’s block.
YouTube royalty Rhett and Link explore who would win in an Epic Rap Battle between the totally righteous Wyld Stallyns and the totally overrated Lewis & Clark, and even though the old timey guys are smarter the boys from San Dimas beat them out with a one two pun punch! (Contains NSFW language)
For hundreds of years before we learned to treat communicable diseases with antibiotics, the most effective treatment was quarantine. Oh, it wasn’t a great treatment for a sick patient, but it helped protect a community from contagion. And you didn’t have to be sick to be quarantined. Travelers often had to sit out some time on an island before their ship was admitted to the mainland in order to catch disease entering a country.
Much of Texas has been drenched with rain for the past few weeks. That poses a problem at the Horner Ballpark of Dallas Baptist University. The field is too wet to be useful for regular play. So on Friday, the university hired a helicopter and pilot to dry the field by blowing on it with its wings. You can see a video of the helicopter at work here.
Japan is known for having extreme work schedules, an extremely strange sense of humor that's a bit out of sync with their (seemingly) reserved personalities, and they're known for going to extremes to blow off steam. Behind closed doors, of course.
Training to become a "Salaryman" begins at an early age, so as you can imagine going to school in Japan is quite different than it is in America.
If you feel the American educational system is sorely lacking then you won’t be surprised to discover that the Japanese have us beat in many ways, but that intense schooling comes at a price.
Sometimes it’s the small towns that end up having the most crime, all out of proportion to the population. Where does this happen? TV, of course! If you live in a small community but happen to be a superhero, detective, vampire, or a criminal, you can bet that your local, police blotter does not resemble any real small town. And that applies even if your world is a largish town or a small city. Case in point: Charming, California, a contemporary dystopia if there ever was one.
Has there ever been a more violent town on TV than Sons of Anarchy‘s Charming? If there has been, I don’t think I’ve seen it. Drug smuggling, gun deals, and lots and lots of killing were seen on a consistent basis throughout Sons‘ seven-season run on FX, and a good bit of it all was perpetuated by members of SAMCRO themselves. Thankfully, even though it had been his hometown for all his life, Jax understood that Charming was too dangerous of a place for his kids to grow up and finally sent them off to live a better, safer life in the show’s series finale.
But is this the most disproportionately crime-ridden fictional town? Maybe not. There are quite a few other fictional towns listed at Housely that might give them run for the money. Try to guess which towns are on the list before you check it out.