Screen Junkies has another honest trailer, this time for the biggest Disney film in, like, forever, Frozen. Even if you haven’t seen the film (and I have not), you probably know enough about it to get a real kick out of this. I know you’ll relate to the crack about the earworm song. Along the way, you'll get a mini-tutorial on how to craft a hit musical. -via Screen Junkies
It is spring yet? No. It's not even close--at least in the American northeast and Great Lakes region. That area is under the death grip of a brutal winter storm that the Weather Channel has dubbed Vulcan. Lakes Erie, Michigan, Huron and Superior are almost completely iced over.
That's just the beginning. Vulcan is rapidly spreading over the Great Plains and Rockies, like a flood of chilled plomeek soup.
Naming a snowstorm "Vulcan" is highly illogical. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 10, 2014
Let us count the ways that some Photoshop editor failed in this swimsuit catalog entry spotted by blogilates at Target. The arm to the right is noticeably skinnier than the left. The shoulder to the right is pointy; the other isn’t. A part of her armpit is just hanging down because they made her ribcage slimmer. The same with the hip glitch. And worst of all, they took a patch out of her crotch! What was that for? To make the suit seem smaller, or to make her thigh gap bigger?
Buzzfeed has a shot of the model’s back in another poorly-edited image. The Target catalog appears to have dropped this particular swimsuit, at least temporarily.
Who's your favorite Dogtor? I'd usually go with David Tennant, but the Sylvester McCoy's Bassett Hound is really charming. Christie illustrated all 13 known incarnations of the Doctor as dogs. You can view them all here. The cheery Flandoodle with the big scarf is just perfect.
-via Nerd Approved
It looks like a group of tourists are tempting fate by spelling out a message to those at the upper levels of the Eiffel Tower. Fortunately, it is not so. Redditor -ruff- took two earlier photos and combined them, tweaked with the clone tool, to make this thankfully fictional image.
One was Augey, who spread ant poison in a creative way.
The other was Creativation, who went to the Eiffel Tower and could not help but take a picture aimed straight down. Which is against the rules, but there you are. And if you go to the Eiffel Tower someday, watch where you stand, because your position may be misinterpreted by someone higher up who is fighting depression. Or who is holding a camera outside the handrail and may drop it.
You don't need to scroll. Just move your eyes. Twitter user Morikuma_Works, an engineer in Japan, made good use of extra monitors by showing the entire Mario world 1-1 in one easy view.
I've got 2 monitors on my workplace computer. Now I finally have the argument that I need to secure 2 more!
Is this dog in-bread? The pure-bread is the toast of the town! He's so cute you can just eat him up ... unless you prefer beagel or a baguette hound, of course.
Margery Kempe, born in 1393, was not royalty nor even a noblewoman. But we know about her because she dictated her autobiography to a scribe and one copt still exists. It is the oldest known autobiography in English. And although she is the only source, she appears to have led an extraordinary life. Kempe saw visions of Christ, went on numerous pilgrimages, ran several businesses, and bore 14 children -after which she convinced her husband to maintain a celibate marriage.
Throughout her life and adventures, she was constantly in trouble for her behavior, being accused of being a heretic. She was imprisoned by the church and on trial many times but always managed to extricate herself from her troubles. After a few more incidences of getting in trouble, she retired to Lynn. During this time, she had some illnesses and her visions continued. She enjoyed going to hear sermons. She lived with John Kempe for some time but then left the marital home and was always chronically short of funds. Her husband fell and hurt his head becoming an invalid. Margery looked after him.
You can read a compressed account of Margery Kempe’s life at The Freelance History Writer. Those who have read her autobiography say it’s a real hoot, in which Kempe cries a lot, mainly on cue, makes up ridiculous parables, and includes a section of “Bible fan fiction” in which she witnesses events from Christ’s life.
Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
Walter White from Breaking Bad
Frank Underwood from House of Cards
Karen Abad, a photographer in California, created paper backdrops from scenes of famous television shows and movies and dressed babies for starring roles. Pictured above is baby Olivia, who seems to prefer dangerous characters.
-via My Modern Met
Forget the confrontation with Putin over Crimea! President Barack Obama faced his greatest challenge yet: an interview with comic Zach Galifianakis.
In this Funny or Die's series "Between Two Ferns," community organizer and President of the United States Barack Obama (SP?) traded barbs with Galifianakis while touting Obamacare.
There are many memorable lines, but my favorite is this one:
Galifianakis: "In 2013 you pardoned a turkey. What are you going to do in 2014?"
Obama: "We'll probably pardon another turkey. We do that every Thanksgiving. Was that depressing to you? Seeing a turkey taken out of circulation, a turkey you couldn't eat?"
And where else have you seen anyone shushed the President?
Gary Dean Melton was taking a peaceful bath at his home in Oklahoma City Sunday afternoon when he suddenly found himself in a traffic accident. A Volkswagen driven by Jeremy Stewart came crashing through the brick wall of the house, smashing porcelain in the bathroom, and pinning Melton under the rubble. Stewart had fallen asleep while driving. Firefighters pulled the car out of the house and freed Melton. Melton was taken to a hospital with a large cut on his leg. Stewart was given an energy drink and a ticket for distracted driving. His insurance company will not be pleased. -via Arbroath
Indie bookseller and Los Angelean Emily Pullen had time to kill at work, and a camera in tow, so she decided to take some whimsical photos of people posing behind book covers, completing the cover scene and bringing them to life in a most amusing way.
She calls her series “Corpus Libris”, Latin for “Body Books”, and now Emily has a blog, a Tumblr site and a Twitter account, all of which feature these hilarious photos so she can share the fun with the world.
It’s a simple yet clever idea that makes for some delightful photos, and you can play along at home with books from your own library and some poseable friends.
-Via 22 Words
The Reuben sandwich is the world's greatest sandwich. It is heaven between two slices of bread, which is perhaps why my French Toast Reuben Nutella Elvis Sandwich was such a hit.
The finest Reuben that I've eaten was about 15 years ago at a now-defunct restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama known as The Oven. It was naughtily served on pumpernickel, not rye, and was roughly the size of a regulation football. It is a precious memory that I shall carry with me for the rest of my life. Reubens are great and this was the greatest among them.
There is one problem challenge to eating a Reuben. A well-made Reuben will inevitably spill out its contents as you eat it. Eating a Reuben is messy. So Nick Chipman of Dude Foods devised this brilliant variation.
Because it's served in a cone, Nick's Reuben sandwich makes less of a mess. He made the cone by pressing rye bread around a cone form, then baking the bread in an oven for 10 minutes. Then Nick filled it with the traditional ingredients of a Reuben: corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island salad dressing.
Washington Irving Bishop was a renowned mentalist of the late 19th century. Today he is remembered more for his death than his exhibitions. Bishop considered the Spiritualism of the age to be superstition, and campaigned to expose it as such. He preferred to pitch his act as science-based, although it certainly wouldn’t be considered such today.
His own act was pitched as "thought reading," and he emphasized that it was not anything supernatural but instead his careful reading of the movement of the human body. Known as "muscle reading," he learned his skills from mentalist J. Randall Brown and soon soared to his own fame with a distinctly frenetic performance style, one that had an added drama with his suffering from cataleptic fits. He kept a note in his pocket that stated his seemingly catatonic state was not death, although the presence of that note on a fateful performance in 1889 would lead to a great debate of what really brought down the mentalist.
On May 12, 1889, Bishop fell into an unconscious state twice during a performance, the second which lasted quite long. How long? The contemporary accounts of the timeline are murky, but by the time his wife arrived, Bishop had already undergone an autopsy! His brain had been removed and samples taken. Bishop’s wife and mother were appalled, and Eleanor Fletcher Bishop spent the rest of her life trying to fix the blame for her son’s death on the medical examiners who carried out a premature autopsy. Read the entire story, or what we know of it, at Atlas Obscura. -via Digg
A driver in Canada spotted what looked like a pile of trash squirming around on the side of the road, so they decided to get out and take a look. They discovered that the strange, indiscernible pile of stuff was actually a dog with fur that was so overgrown and matted it could hardly move, let alone feed itself.
They took the dog to the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals, and a radical grooming session transformed him from a ratty looking hobo creature to this cute little dog ready for adoption.
-Via Daily Entertainment
You’ve been told that an elephant never forgets. That memory can save their lives, particularly when it comes to knowing which humans are a threat and which aren’t. University of Sussex professor of animal behavior Karen McComb tells us about an experiment that shows us once again how intelligent elephants are.
McComb and colleagues went to Amboseli National Park in Kenya, where hundreds of wild elephants live among humans, sometimes coming in conflict over scarce water. The scientists used voice recordings of Maasai men, who on occasion kill elephants in confrontations over grazing for cattle, and Kamba men, who are less of a threat to the elephants. The recordings contained the same phrase in two different languages: “Look over there. A group of elephants is coming.”
By about a two-to-one margin, the elephants reacted defensively — retreating and gathering in a bunch — more to the Maasai language recording because it was associated with the more threatening human tribe, said study co-author Graeme Shannon of Colorado State University.
“They are making such a fine-level discrimination using human language skills,” Shannon said. “They’re able to acquire quite detailed knowledge. The only way of doing this is with an exceptionally large brain.”
There were also recordings of women’s and young boy’s voices saying the same thing in the two languages, which did not cause a reaction in the elephants, possibly because women and children don’t normally kill elephants. Read more about the experiment at Time. Read more about elephant research at Dr. Shannon’s website. -via Marilyn Terrell
(Image credit: Dr. Graeme Shannon)
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I can answer with an unhesitating yes, but apparently some people are wary of the idea. The acclaimed Chef Edward Lee has developed an obsession with pig milk. To his knowledge, there is little history of modern Americans consuming pig milk, largely because full-grown sows are dangerous. In an interview with Modern Farmer, Lee explained, ". . . if you get kicked by a goat, you’ll get bruised. Get hit by a 250-lb. sow, you’re dead."
Still, Lee is persistent. He's trying to develop a method to sooth lactating sows and get close without startling them. He's fresh tasted pig milk. Lee says that it's tasty:
Yes, a bit. It was very viscous, warm, tart. It doesn’t taste that different from cows milk straight out the teat. Most milk tastes gamey when raw. It’s after pasteurization that the real flavor comes out. All the subtleties come out when you make cheese with it. Reducing it and itensifying it and concentrating the flavors. That’s when you notice the differences.
I look forward to trying the cheese that he develops.
The ultimate homemade nerd keyboard, made of LEGO bricks! Jason Allemann used the guts of an old generic keyboard he salvaged from someone’s trash, and built a frame and replaced all the keys with LEGO tiles. Watch the video, and you should be able to do this yourself -if you are patient and handy and have an unlimited selection of LEGO pieces. I love how he corrected himself in the intro from LEGOS to LEGO bricks (I find myself doing that all the time). Read more about the project at Allemann’s blog. -via Viral Viral Videos
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Keller Laros was diving off the coast of Kona, Hawaii on January 11, 2013. A bottlenose dolphin swam up to him and hovered. Laros could spot the problem immediately: there was fishing hook and line stuck in his left side. With scissors and a pliers, he carefully untangled and removed them.
-via Glenn Reynolds
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
(Image credit: Flickr user U.S. Air Force)
by Bethany Morgan, Josie Morgan, Helena Morgan, and Richard Morgan
Colwyn Bay, North Wales, U.K.
The behaviour of surgeons has been described as "domineering," disruptive," and "egregious."1 There have been reports of aggressive behaviour by surgeons, with outbursts of anger, surgeons throwing instruments, and a surgeon being wrestled to the floor by sheriff's deputies (he threw a fit because he had to wait for instruments to be sterilized)2. The origin of such aggressive behaviour is unknown.
We have previously observed cannibal behaviour in tadpoles (aquatic larvae of the common frog, Rana temporaria). An internet search revealed conflicting ideas on the underlying reason for this behaviour; there was no consensus as to whether the cause was hunger3 or overcrowding4. This uncertainty led us to consider other reasons; our theory developed that the behaviour might be a genetically pre-programmed way of bringing nutrition to the few individuals who would ultimately survive to adulthood. Had we witnessed a gruesome example of the principle of survival of the fittest? Furthermore, could such genetically pre-programmed aggressive behaviour have been passed on, during the course of evolution, to more complex organisms such as humankind, and in particular to a sub-group of humans, namely surgeons? The ancestors of frogs and humans are thought to have diverged, evolutionarily, some 340 million years ago5, but could it be possible that human behavioural traits, such as aggression in surgeons, might have appeared prior to that divergence?
(Image credit: Flickr user Benny Mazur)
This year we set about testing our theory. Our aim was to keep tadpoles in conditions which controlled for hunger and population density, and to measure the rates of cannibalism. We postulated that the rates of cannibalism would be the same in groups of tadpoles exposed to different levels of feeding and population density.
Frogspawn was collected from a garden pond on the day of production.
Image: The They Live Version of Ellen's Selfie (Dangerous Minds)
Women have been fighters ever since fighting was invented, but were rarely ever allowed, much less invited, to participate in wars and revolutions. But there were always some who took it upon themselves to do what needed to be done, and a few that made their place in history. Still, they don’t get the credit they deserve. This list has a few women warriors I bet you’ve never heard of, like the Greek freedom fighter Laskarina Bouboulina.
Bouboulina was born in a Constantinople prison to parents who were locked up for taking part in a failed Greek revolution against Ottoman rule. She played a big part in making sure the next revolution turned out differently. Obsessed with the sea and sailing from a young age, she married two naval commanders (who both died in battles with pirates). In 1821, as a 50-year-old mother of seven who'd inherited a considerable fortune, Bouboulina decided to become a naval leader herself. She financed and took control of the flagship of the fledgling Greek navy, which she named the Agamemnon, and commanded an eight-strong fleet in the ultimately successful Greek War of Independence. She didn't live to see its successful conclusion but was posthumously given the rank of admiral in the Russian Imperial Navy, which had allied with Greece against the Ottomans.
Read about nine other female military leaders at The Mary Sue.
This is Call of the Wild, the latest sculpture series by Herb Williams. From his studio in Nashville, Tennessee, he experiments with different media. For the past decade, he's used crayons. In a 2008 interview, Williams describes how the idea came to him in a dream:
My son woke me up in the middle of the night from a dream at just the right point where (I’ll get into the specifics of the craziest dream I’ve ever had in another interview) I saw a crayon sculpture. I don’t know too much about visions and lucid dreaming, but I do think that the subconscious works out what you can’t, if you just keep at it.
In a documentary about the project, Williams says that when he saw the crayon sculpture, he immediately snapped awake. He had a sketchbook by his bed, so he went straight to work. For the past 10 years, Williams have been living that dream.
Wiliams traces his Call of the Wild series back to learning about synesthesia, which is experiencing something through multiple senses. His sculptures explore how animals might experience color.
-via Visual News
Far out fashion is all the rage on the runways and catwalks of the world, but if you’re a model wearing one of Enid Almanza’s sci-fi inspired fashion accessories you’d better have someone help you strut your stuff and get backstage again safely, because these fashion art pieces weren’t designed with visibility or comfort in mind. Maybe the future of fashion is forced blindness, style for the benefit of the viewer alone?
Enid’s extremely sculptural accessories, shoes and dresses are made (partially) from found objects, and the outfits look like something out of a space age movie or an episode of The Jetsons. Blinding yourself with fashion may not be all that appealing, but that fork fringe hat is solid gold!
French photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy took photos of ordinary buildings, then digitally erased everything but the front walls. The result is a world filled with facades and devoid of depth. He explains its meaning:
The façade is the first thing we see, it’s the surface of a building. It can be impressive, superficial or safe. Just like during a wandering through a foreign city, I walk through the streets with these questions: what will happen if we stick to that first vision? If the daily life of “The Other” was only a scenery? This series thus offers a vision of an unknown world that would only be a picture, without intimate space, with looks as the only refuge.
This video is from NPR’s series Click to Enlarge, but in this case, you must heat to enlarge, because we’re popping popcorn! Get an up close look inside to see what makes a popcorn kernel pop, and afterward, we examine what the edible stuff looks like under a microscope. After watching this, you might want to get out the big kettle and pop some yourself. You know you want some. Oh right, nowadays you do it in the microwave. How to pop corn properly in a heavy kettle is a lesson for another day. -via Daily of the Day
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Máté Petrány of Jalopnik has assembled a list of the strangest submarines ever built. Among them is this marvel, a flying submarine.
That's right. This vessel could both fly and travel beneath the surface of the water. An eccentric American engineer named Donald Reid invented it. Throughout the 1950s, he worked on models for flying subs, some of which were radio controlled and completely functional. Reid tried to get the attention of the US Navy, but without success.
In 1958, he patented his design and started to build a prototype in an apple orchard on his property in New Jersey. Reid made the fuselage out of glass fiber and a conning tower out of aluminum. He built in 2 engines: a 60-hp airplane engine and a 1-hp electric motor to power the rear propeller.
His son Bruce donned scuba equipment and tested the craft as a submarine. It did not fully submerge. Part of the wings and the bow stayed annoying out of the water. Bruce was also a student pilot, so he tested it as an airplane. The craft took off quickly, flew to 100 feet in the air, then crashed. Bruce determined that the tail was too heavy. It threw the plane off-balance.
Reid kept working on the design. He also had to work on licensure. Did he need an airplane license or boat license? The New Jersey Department of Conservation decided that it was a boat. The Federal Aviation Agency added it to its list of authorized aircraft.
On June 9, 1964, Reid successfully drove it at 4 knots while submerged 5 feet below the surface of the Shrewsbury River in New Jersey. Then Reid surfaced, removed a protective covering over the airplane engine and few it at 60 miles per hour about 20 feet over the water.
Massie, Robert K. "The Sub That Sails the Sky." Saturday Evening Post 1 Jan. 1966: 52-54. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 10 Mar. 2014.
H2G2 fans rejoice! For its 30th anniversary, the BBC has released an online version of the classic 1984 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy game, created based on Douglas Adams' iconic sci-fi book of the same name in collaboration with Steve Meretzky of Infocom.
The text game begins with the impending destruction of Arthur Dent's house and annihilation of Earth by the Vogons. It looks quaint, but beware, as the website warns "the game will kill you frequently. It's a bit mean like that."
The game takes a bit of fumbling around to play at first, but it's mostly harmless. Here's a clue, first: stand up, turn on the light, hold gown, wear gown, look into pocket, then take the analgesic.
Now you're ready to start the adventure (don't forget to pack a towel!) Play it here: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversay Edition