This two-week-old clouded leopard kitten is the current pride and joy of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, not just because he's so adorable, but because his species is severely endangered. Zookeepers say the male kitten, now thriving in veterinary care, is very vocal, particularly when it's time for him to eat (which is approximately every four hours)!
Clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats, weighing just 30-50 pounds as adults and measuring about five feet in length (including their long tails). Native to Southeast Asia, the species is typically shy and reclusive. Tragically, its native range of rainforest is undergoing the world's fastest regional deforestation rates. Heavy hunting and poaching in the area make the species even more vulnerable to extinction. Learn more about this cutie at the Lowry Park Zoo website and do not miss this video of the kitten at their Facebook page -- it's the most adorable big kitten video I've seen in ages.
Munchkin cats have normal size bodies, but very short legs, due to a genetic mutation. It is a relatively new breed of cat that people find incredibly cute. You’ll see why in this compilation of Munchkin cat clips from MrFunnyMals. -via Tastefully Offensive
It seems like people have finally stopped posting Ice Bucket Challenge videos online, and the trend appears to be truly dead, but as soon as one internet trend disappears another one pops up to take its place.
The newest trend, which hasn't caught on quite like the Ice Bucket, is the Twizzler Challenge, which calls for a couple to share a Twizzler, Lady and the Tramp style.
The Twizzler Challenge is supposed to raise awareness about autism and raise money for charities such as New York Collaborates For Autism, but it's also creating some rather creepy moments on live television.
Check out this way too closeup capture of Regis Philbin and Hoda Kotb doing some Twizzlin' on the TODAY show, is this really something you want to see before you've had your morning coffee?
If you know somebody who is thinking about taking the Twizzler Challenge and posting a video online do them, and the world, a favor and convince them to simply give to charity instead!
A stop-motion tourist in Rome gets to travel 2,000 years back in time to see how the ancient Romans built Trajan’s Column. The Column is a tower constructed of 29 huge slabs of marble, with spiral stairs carved out of the inside of each slab. The engineering genius required to assemble such a tower was unprecedented.
This video was created by Hans Weise and Fernando Gomez-Baptista to accompany the National Geographic feature story on the mysterious Trajan’s Column in the April issue. If you’re more interested in the animation, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made. -Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!
Tumblr user fatpeoplemakemehappy points out that “the one on the bottom right is trying real hard to be a good cupcake.” Good for him! He gets extra treats. The one in the center back, though, will need extra frosting when he’s done.
-via Tastefully Offensive
Before Amelia Earhart, before Blanche Stuart Scott, before Pancho Barnes, there was Sophie Blanchard, who took to the air long before there were airplanes. Blanchard was the first woman to fly, and was appointed France’s Chief Air Minister of Ballooning by Napoleon Bonapart.
Over the course of her high-flying career, Blanchard gained a massive fanbase nad pioneered new flight techniques. Her test flights resulted in multiple near-death experiences before she finally perished in a fatal blaze of glory in 1819. It was a dizzyingly eventful life of 41 years, and worth celebrating on Blanchard’s 237th birthday.
Despite how flagrantly Blanchard flirted with death her whole life, she was a shy, nervous person, terrified of loud noises and riding in carriages. But when she married the ambitious early ballooner Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1804, she finally discovered her ideal habitat—the quiet bliss of high altitudes.
Yes, she also became the first woman to die from flying, ten years after her daredevil husband did. It was a spectacular, grusesome, and very public death, which you can read about at Motherboard. -via Digg
Cacti are flowering plants, thus they all are capable of blooming when they reach maturity. The age and the conditions/care of the plant are the determining factors as to whether it will bloom. This video shows the stunning sights that Echinopsis cacti bestow upon our landscapes when their flowers appear and bloom. The rare beauty is captured well in this artful footage.
We live in the age of movie sequels. Movie historians well know the the sequel is a relatively new phenomenon. Sequels used to be extremely rare, but nowadays it seems like every other film gets a sequel (or sequels) made.
Almost inevitably, a sequel is weaker and makes less money than the original, but with a blockbuster film the producers are happy to make a fraction of what the original made. Few movie fans will list any sequel on his or her list of all-time best or favorite films.
Okay, let's take a look at a list of bad, unnecessary, or curious movie sequels.
1. Son of Kong (1933)
Listed by some film historians as "the first movie sequel.” King Kong was such a huge smash, this rushed sequel is historic also, in that it is the only movie sequel to ever be released in the same year (1933) as its original.
Sadly, Son of Kong has no Fay Wray.
2. Return to Oz (1985)
Disney's sequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz came 46 years after the original, earning a sequel place in the record books. Unfortunately, that's all it is known for, as it was a commercial and critical failure.
Director Walter Murch reportedly wanted only scant references to the original film, with the intention of remaining faithful to the L. Frank Baum novels; for instance, the scarecrow, tin man, and cowardly lion are only briefly in the film.
3. McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force (1965)
A strange sequel, based on the hit TV series McHale's Navy and a sequel to the 1964 hit film of the same title. But strangely, there is no McHale in this one! Series star Ernest Borgnine (who played Quinton McHale) does not appear in the film named after his character. Ernest was off filming Flight of the Phoenix when this was being made. Much worse than it's predecessor. Ironically, Flight of the Phoenix is better than either of the McHale's Navy films.
4. Grease 2 (1982)
When you catch a ride on the Express make sure you hold on tight, because the new automotus mechanicus professor, a wily haired fellow named Dr. Brown, has made a few modifications. The train is now able to reach a rip roaring 88 miles per hour, and when the fluxus capacitorus are engaged the train is actually able to travel through time. Time travel may seem like an interesting diversion for students, and may entice you to skip out on your studies, but please stay aboard at all times or you may be left alone in the past, because time travel via the Express is a one way trip...
Bring the power of imagination back to your geeky wardrobe with this Back To The Castle t-shirt by The Hookshot, it will ensure your future is full of smiles from your fellow Potter heads and McFly fans!
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When it comes to cats in the movies, who could forget Dr. Evil's feline sidekick, Mr. Bigglesworth? Certainly not you. Because that would make Dr. Evil angry, which would upset Mr. Bigglesworth. And you know what happens when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset.
Mr. Big's real name? Ted Nudegent. As Austin Powers International Man of Mystery was Ted's first film gig, he had to be trained to sit still while Mike Myers as Dr. Evil screamed, evaluated fembots and performed other parts of his schtick, for up to 45 minutes at a time. Nudegent's trainer Tammy Maples told the Philadelphia Daily News.
"It helped that he had been a show cat and was used to having lots of people around. And also that he just loved Mike Myers. Mike always took time to talk to Ted. It wasn't just 'sit down, roll cameras.'"
Read about more feline film stars here.
The a cappella group Six13 is out with their pop culture parody song for Passover, as they take the holiday uptown! Passover begins Friday, April 3rd, but the song is here today to coincide with the release of their new album Six13, Vol. 6: Thirteen. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. Don’t be slavin’, just nosh! -via Time
See also: More songs by Six13.
Promotional materials from Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation include the gem shown above. Surely you didn't just expect the internet to leave that golden meme nugget alone. And no, it didn't escape the current meme requisite riding the woodpecker shot. That's required material these days. Check out the 'shop work here and see which is your favorite so far. I'm partial to Tom jogging with Katie and clinging to Tom, who is clinging to Tom, and so on. It's like a Scientologist's version of M.C. Escher.
(Photo: Collect Space)
This is not the actual sandwich. This corned beef sandwich sealed in acrylic is a memorial to a particular incident on the Gemini 3 spaceflight. 50 years ago this past Monday, pilot John Young snuck a corned beef sandwich onto the spacecraft, which was then launched into Earth orbit. This was contraband, but Young as a practical joker.
This joke, though, was a bad idea. When he bit into the sandwich, Young learned something important: corned beef sandwiches fall apart easily--especially in zero gravity. Crumbs floated around the cabin. It got him into trouble. Discovery reports:
"A couple of congressmen became upset, thinking that, by smuggling in the sandwich and eating part of it, Gus and I had ignored the actual space food that we were up there to evaluate, costing the country millions of dollars," Young wrote in his 2012 memoirs, "Forever Young."
Nonetheless, Young got to claim the title of having eaten the first corned beef sandwich in space. He also got to eat corned beef in space again when he commanded the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981. This time, he ate it in the form of cubes.
-via First We Feast
These fantastically detailed guides to coloring and markings of domestic cats are by Sarah Hartwell of Messybeast, a website devoted to all things cat. Feline lovers, check the color guides out here and see where your cats fall on the wide spectrum of color and pattern. -Via The Presurfer
This footage from Guangdong province, China, shows an army recruit learning how to throw a grenade. Summation: he sucks at it.
Instead of throwing the grenade over a protective wall, he drops it just a few feet away from where he and his instructor are standing.
The instructor, noting the problem, dives for a trench, pulling the recruit in with him. They both survive, apparently unharmed.
-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video)
Have you ever been caught in an email storm? Someone sends an email to a list instead of one recipient, then some on the list hit “reply all” to complain about it, and the emails escalate from there. It’s a mistake that has happened before, but this time it had a happy ending for some folks.
It all started late last Tuesday when Nigel Guest, president of a Berkeley community group called the Council of Neighborhood Associations, attempted to send an email to himself that mistakenly hit the inboxes of thousands of registered voters.
The brief email, with the subject line “test,” included a single character: “x.” Instead of ignoring the message, some of the recipients responded to ask why they gotten it. And, rather than replying only to Guest, they made the fateful, likely unintentional, decision to reply all.
What resulted was a string of thousands of emails going to thousands of people in Berkeley -and elsewhere. Some people ignored it, some were upset, and some had fun with it. You can see an imgur gallery with selected emails from the storm, including memes and t-shirts to commemorate the event.
One person in the chain asked when the potluck would be ...and the suggestion that they get together drew the immediate interest of list members who kept their sense of humor, so they started a Facebook group called CNA Survivors and an event page to plan the picnic. The picnic was held Sunday, and about 70 Berkeley voters came together in the spirit of community and shared tribulation.
A good time was had by all …who attended. -via Metafilter
(Image credit: Drew Wheeler)
Clocking in at 11 years and 2 months, it's a truly awful marathon time. But it's the first marathon ever completed on the surface of another world. On Tuesday, NASA's Opportunity rover crossed the 26.219 mile mark during its sojourn across the red planet.
The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's lunar rover Lunokhod 2, which traveled 23 miles in 1973.
Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004. It's spent the past 4 years crossing the 14-mile wide Endeavour crater. NASA planned to use it for at least 3 months. Despite breakdowns, Opportunity continues to explore Mars and relay data back to Earth.
-via Jeff Zentner
This hilarious footage features my latest spirit animal, an older Boxer, showing a rambunctious pup how to race at top speed around a snow bank. Yet simply because she's using the situation as a teaching moment, it doesn't mean that she plans to do the workout. Come on, be reasonable! -Via Tastefully Offensive
Think of Neatorama as the chubby penguin of the internet, although, technically speaking, only a third of the contributors are penguins.
The internet will charm and horrify you. It accentuates the extremes of humanity. Go ahead and read about the President hunting people for sport. Just make sure that you keep a kitten supply handy.
These two are simply smashing, and they've both had their share of run ins with that moustachioed plumber Mario, but maybe they're just misunderstood. Bowser doesn't get out and around the other denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom much, so maybe he just doesn't know how to act around a princess. And Kong- well, his first name is Donkey and he wears a necktie, so it's a safe bet that's where his troubles began. One thing's for certain when it comes to these two though- they pack one heck of a punch!
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Since 1985, the Walt Disney Pictures logo that begins their movies always features a castle with a shooting star arching over it. It was the same logo for ten years, and then for Toy Story in 1995, they altered it a bit for that particular movie. In the 20 years since then, the logo has been customized for most of the movies (the Toy Story version became their default for Pixar films), while keeping the two basic elements. This video shows us the logos in front of 39 Disney films, and how they mesh with their subject matter. I also found out that there are a ton of Disney films I haven’t seen. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Redditor Mneneon has a birthmark covering his entire right hand. In a brilliant and beautiful use of it, Mneneon added geographical lines to turn it into an entire fictional world. He toys with the idea of using it to build a world for a fantasy novel, but doesn't see himself as a writer. That hasn't stopped other redditors from coming up with story ideas, such as this one by the appropriately named that_gave_me_an_idea:
The Jimi Hendrix song Foxy Lady is one of those iconic rock tunes that makes you wonder whether there’s an actual lady behind the reference.
Jimi was surrounded by adoring female fans in his brief yet bountiful life, but one lady in particular rocked the lives of Hendrix and many other musicians in the 1960s, and inspired many of the songs found on the album Electric Ladyland.
Her name is Lithofayne Pridgon and she's most likely the "lady" Hendrix was talking about in Foxy Lady, as well as the inspiration for "Can You See Me" "Fire" and "Love or Confusion".
Lithofayne not only has an amazing name, she has a list of famous musical friends and lovers a mile long, including Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sly Stone, just to name a few.
The Ford Motor Company’s European division has developed a system that monitors changes in speed limits as you drive. When a driver activates the Intelligent Speed Limiter on his car, he chooses a maximum speed. When the car exceeds that limit, it alerts the driver.
It also scans the road for speed limit signs. When it determines that the car is going over the speed limit in a particular area, it alerts the driver and stops accelerating. It doesn’t apply the brakes—it just takes its virtual foot off the gas. A driver can override the limiter by pressing on the gas pedal.
A 1917 newspaper headline called her “The Richest Negro Girl in the World.” Sarah Rector was born in 1904, a member of the Creek Nation in Oklahoma. Her family had been slaves of the Creek before all their slaves were freed and made citizens. In accordance with the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887, all of Sarah’s family members were given allotments of land in Oklahoma. Sarah’s father sold off his and some of his children’s allotments to pay taxes on the rest. Sarah’s allotment was small and rocky, no good for farming, so her father leased it to an oil company. You can guess what happened.
Sarah’s first oil well came in August 1913, producing 105,000 gallons of oil each day. In a time when a nickel bought an ice cream soda, she netted more than $300 a day ($7,000 in 2015 currency). Published drilling updates reported Sarah ended up with over 50 completed wells on her property and the area exceeded the famed Glenn Pool production.
She was not the only Freedman minor whose land produced oil, but other children were taken advantage of by court-assigned guardians who siphoned off profits. Sarah’s guardian was a white family friend, chosen by her parents, who fairly allocated funds to the family under the supervision of a judge who would not put up with fraud. The story of how Sarah Rector’s life changed from that day on is a fascinating one, told in detail at This Land magazine. -via Digg
Good ol' Steve Buscemi participated in a Reddit AMA recently to promote a documentary he's crowd funding and producing called Check It, about a gay and transgender gang in Washington, D.C. Buscemi's answers were as down-to-Earth and likeable as he seems to be. A sample:
Q. Best memories from Big Lebowski?
A. "Anytime you're on a Coen brothers set, it's just the most fun and relaxed set.
I just loved doing those long takes with John Goodman and Jeff Bridges. And I love sitting between them, you know? There's that one scene where we're at the counter in the bowling alley, and I'm seated between them, and they're arguing - and I LOVED just being around those guys.
I was once in a hotel room, and through the wall, I could hear this loud voice on the phone.
And at first I thought Oh my god, I have this really loud neighbor. Maybe I should switch rooms! And then I recognized the voice, and it was John Goodman. So I actually heard him ordering room service, hahaha, loudly! And so when the room service tray came up, I popped my head out the door, and he was very surprised to see me. And he said "Forget room service! Let's go down and have dinner!"
And I just love being around him.
And of course, Jeff Bridges is one of the sweetest guys. He's a really great photographer. He would take pictures of us on-set. And he's been in like, all these great movies, and it was just fun to hear him tell us stories of what it was like to work with John Huston on the set of FAT CITY...
Jeff Bridges could bring about world peace."
The contenders in the 2015 Name of the Year Tournament have been unveiled. Sixty-four names made the cut due to their individuality, whether it resulted from marriage, foreign languages, legal name change, or parents with a wicked sense of humor. The number one seeds this year are Cherries Waffles Tennis, Littice Bacon-Blood, Mussolini Africano, and Dr. Electron Kebebew. They will face some stiff competition from Genghis Muskox, Malvina Complainville, Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Amanda Miranda Panda, and Beethoven Bong. The ultimate winner this year will no doubt eclipse the 2014 winner, Shamus Beaglehole. Check out the enlargeable bracket for all 64 names. Voting in each region will begin soon, so check back at Name of the Year or get updates through Twitter. -via Metafilter
The interactive map linked below lists the average speed of the internet in the United States by state. A similar map in 2009 revealed the average speed in the United States to be only 4.8Mbps. This new map shows that circumstances have greatly improved in the United States in terms of internet speeds. Data for the map is from Speedtest.net. -Via Gizmodo
If the internet were a high school, the people inside would be websites. And they’d all have their quirks. Google is the teacher, and the students include the ADHD twins (Vine and Twitter), the big man on campus (Facebook) who’s dating the cheerleader (Buzzfeed), the troublemaker (reddit), and quite a few nerds. Cracked, which produced this video, apparently skipped class that day. No surprise there. We can assume Neatorama is in the library, sorting things out in the adult section. This video contains some mildly vulgar references. -via Viral Viral Videos
If you go to Ikea hoping to learn a little Swedish then you’d better grab a Swedish dictionary before you go, because many of the words used as Ikea product names appear to have nothing to do with the product itself. The rocking moose pictured above is called EKORRE, meaning squirrel, a fun reference to Rocky & Bullwinkle and the only non-WTF translation on the list.
Here’s the FNISS trash can- with a name meaning “giggles”it's guaranteed to be the most fun waste receptacle you've ever owned!
And here’s the UPPENBAR, which is the "obvious" choice for measuring out deciliters of lingonberry sauce for your Swedish meatballs!