D.B. Cooper

The man we know as D.B. Cooper has not been seen since he jumped out of an airplane in 1971. Or has he been seen by, uh, hundreds of moviegoers? Randall Munroe of xkcd has an intriguing theory that explains everything.   


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Sixteen Crazy Creative Versions of Batman's Cape & Cowl- Cape/Cowl/Create

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DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Vice Magazine invited twenty artists to come up with their own unique version of Batman’s cape and cowl for an exhibition called Cape/Cowl/Create, promoting the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Knight.

The artist's interpretations ranged from Dark Knight approved deadly cool to uncharacteristically bright and cheerful, with a full LEGO interpretation included to round out the collection.

Here are some of the interesting, and extremely diverse, artistic interpretations of the cape and cowl found in this exhibition, which were unveiled at the Hard Rock Hotel- San Diego during Comic-Con 2014:

White tally marks, crosses and checks design by designer Justin Fines:

Glossy blue and black airbrushed design by tattoo/graffiti artist Mr. Cartoon:

 

Bright pink ice cream cone version by street artist/painter Buff Monster:

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Whodunit: Looking for a Lookout

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

On a January night, one of the coldest of the new year, a foot patrolman was making his rounds of the downtown storefronts when a hissing cat ran past him into a nearby alley. Officer Greeley glanced after it, and the beam of a roaming flashlight caught his eye. It was coming from inside the alley window of Collins' Jewelry.

Greeley called for backup and a patrol car quickly arrived. With their guns drawn, the three officers covered the front and back exits. But it was already too late. The burglars were gone. A half-full display case made it obvious that the thieves had been alerted to the police presence.

"They must have had a lookout," Greeley said. Seconds later, his deduction was confirmed. A walkie-talkie lay on the jewelry store floor, right where the burglars had dropped it. "Quick," Greeley said. "I saw three guys loitering around. One of them has to be the lookout. If we hurry..."

The officers did hurry They spread out over a ten-block radius of the deserted downtown and brought in three loiterers. Greeley remembered each one.

"I was waiting for a bus," the man with the white cane and dark glasses told them. 'Tm blind. I work as an accountant next door to Collins' Jewelry. Tonight I stayed late working on taxes. I heard the usual street noise, but I obviously didn't see a thing."

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Beijing Based Artist Collaborates With Bees To Create His Sculptures

Bees are an intrinsic part of the natural world, and without them crops will fail, flowers won’t bloom and the human race will be in big trouble, but there’s another thing we’ll be missing out on if bees become extinct-their natural artistic gifts.

Beijing-based artist Ren Ri decided to collaborate with bee colonies to demonstrate their natural artistic gifts, a celebration to the beauty bees bring to our world.

Ren starts with a basic framework of wooden sticks mounted in a clear plastic case, then he places the queen in the middle of the structure and lets the worker bees build around her, rotating the box every seven days to help shape the hive "sculpture".

The final result is a totally organic sculpture that is more bee- than man-made, a home and handsome work of natural art in one.

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Baby Raccoons

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The Fabulous Mr. Pug put together a compilation of only the best parts of about a dozen videos featuring baby raccoons. The little bandits are so cute at that age! -via Tastefully Offensive

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Tricked by a Watermelon

How can you beat the scorching summer heat? Break open a watermelon and enjoy some cold, sweet, fruit. A friend of Twitter user @min18rff had that idea, but he bought the wrong watermelon. He could still turn it into a huge watermelon Jell-O shot. But only one.

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Can You Spare Some Rupees For A New Shield?

Link was spotted outside San Diego Comic-Con 2014 playing some sweet melodies on his ocarina, but he wasn’t looking for a badge or a recording contract- he was trying to gather enough rupees to buy a new shield.

His playing has improved quite a bit over the years, but you'd think a hero of his caliber would have enough rupees in his coffer to afford a spare shield!

I sincerely hope he wasn't living out of that cardboard box during his visit, because there were hungry zombies lurking around downtown San Diego during Comic-Con, and Link doesn't look like he's ready for a fight...


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Pie Man to the Rescue: 13-plus One-off TV Superheroes

It’s difficult to design a superhero that can sustain a series of comic books or his/her own TV show. But when they’re a guest star, any superhero can be interesting. The weirdest, dumbest, most obscure superpower will do for just one appearance. And TV shows have taken advantage of that tim sand time again. Do you remember Turkey Volume Guessing Man from MST3K?

Some heroes are born from tragedy, some are born from freak accidents, and some are born from watching a phenomenally stupid movie. In season eight of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the liberal use of “turkey” (twice) as an insult in the film Riding With Death led Crow T. Robot to realize his true potential as “Turkey Volume Guessing Man.” His power is the ability to take any given space and translate it to a poultry-based measurement system, guessing how many turkeys it would take to fill the room. It’s an ability he readily admits is completely useless in real life and that isolates him from the world at large, “although women are drawn to me, for my powers are fascinating.”

There are a lot more stories just as strange, from shows ranging from L.A. Law to The Simpsons in this list from the A.V. Club. 


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Thirsty Crow Begs for a Drink

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This amusing video shot in 2010 is only now getting major attention. The crow must be completely parched to push this hard for a sip of water. Or maybe he's trying to make friends over drinks? Either way, I have a feeling his persistence generally pays off. Via Viral Viral Videos.

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Our Neighbor, Mr. Rogers

The following article is from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Tunes Into TV.

One thing that nearly all Americans born after 1965 have in common is that they grew up watching Mister Rogers. He was one of the true pioneers of children’s television.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

In 1951 a college senior named Fred McFeely Rogers finished school in Florida and went home to stay with his parents in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He wasn't exactly sure what he wanted to do with his life. For a while he wanted to be a diplomat; then he decided to become a Presbyterian minister. He’d already made plans to enroll in seminary after college, but as soon as he arrived home, he changed his mind again.

Why? Because while he was away at school, his parents had bought their first TV set. Television was still very new in the early 1950s, and not many people had them yet. When Rogers got home he watched it for the first time. He was fascinated by the new medium but also disturbed by some of the things he saw. One thing in particular offended him very deeply. It was “horrible,” as he put it, so horrible that it altered the course of his life.

What was it that bothered him so much? “I saw people throwing pies in each other’s face,” Rogers remembered. “Such demeaning behavior.”

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You (and Uncle John) may like it when clowns throw pies and slap each other in the face, but Fred Rogers was appalled. He thought TV could have a lot more to offer than pie fights and other silliness, if only someone would try. “I thought, ‘I’d really like to try my hand at that, and see what I could do,’” Rogers recalled. So he moved to New York and got a job at NBC, working first as an associate producer and later as a director.

Then in 1953, he learned about a new experimental TV station being created in Pittsburgh. Called WQED, it was the country’s first community-sponsored “public television” station. WQED wasn’t even on the air yet, and there was no guarantee that an educational TV station that depended on donations from viewers to pay for programming would ever succeed. No matter- Rogers quit his secure job at NBC, moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, Joanne, and joined the station.

“I thought, ‘What a wonderful institution to nourish people,’” Rogers recalled. “My friends thought I was nuts.”

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Popcorn Lamp

iDLights took two old plastic popcorn bins (like this one) and turned them into a cute lamp. There's a 15 watt bulb in the bottom and a 9 watt bulb in the top. With its warm light and appropriate theme, the lamp would be perfect for a home theater.

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3-year-old Drummer Plays with Orchestra

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Russian drummer Lyonya Shilovsky is three years old, but he’s already a pro! Watch him play drums with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. The song is Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” which most of just call “The Can-Can.” Lyonya only loses the beat twice: when he drops his sticks, and when his father interupts him to pose for a picture. How does that compare to your concentration when you were three years old? -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Babel Fish Cross Stitch

Don't panic! Just hang this cross stitch on your wall to understand what other people are saying to you. In the universe of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Babel Fish is an incredibly useful yet entirely natural object that translates speech:

The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier, but from those around it. It absorbs all unconcious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

Etsy seller Jen made this cross stitch piece illustrating the internal composition of the wondrous animal. You can buy her pattern here.


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Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips





Married couple David and Kelly Sopp (previously at Neatorama) wrote a book full of comic advice they call "Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." The book, perfect for expectant parents, is a lighthearted look at a time when couples (particularly mothers-to-be) are often overwhelmed by solicited and not-so-solicited bits of advice on pregnancy and child rearing. See more at Trend Hunter.




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8-year-old Takes Disabled Brother on Triathlon

Noah and Lucas Aldrich are inseparable brothers. Lucas was born with the brain disorder lissencephaly, which affects his growth and development. Lucas does not walk or talk, but thanks to his parents and brother, he gets to do a lot of things able-bodied kids do. Eight-year-old Noah recently entered a youth triathlon, and he took Lucas along. He pulled him on a bicycle, towed him while swimming, and pushed him while running. Sing it with me now: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” See more pictures of Noah and Lucas at Buzzfeed.

(Image credit: Lucas House at Facebook)

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16 Maps Illustrate the History of the Game of Thrones Universe

Fans of both the Game of Thrones TV show and the Song of Ice and Fire novel series can appreciate the extensive worldbuilding that George R.R. Martin engaged in prior to publishing his work. Martin's stories are predicated upon carefully-developed history, geography, and ethnography.

The world in which the stories take place is huge. It can be helpful to understand its history. Thanks to a series of 16 maps by redditor hotbrownDoubleDouble, we can do so quickly. They take us from the dawn of known history in Westeros and Essos to the complete conquest of Westeros by House Targaryen. Each one contains a summary of historical events during that period.

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Goat Stuck in Hole

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A goat climbs halfway through a hole and can’t figure out what to do next. Poor stupid goat! His buddy decides to help out, by “pushing” him out of the hole. Is that clever ...on a goat scale? It’s not much help! But eventually the goat lady comes and makes everything all right.

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By the way the goats act, she always makes everything all right. This was uploaded by Janet Gradl of Baby Goats and Friends. -via Arbroath

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WiFi Rainbows



Luis Hernan is a student at Newcastle University who is pursuing a PhD in Architecture and Interaction Design. Hernan created what he calls a Kirlian device, an instrument that reads the signal strength of WiFi networks and translates the signals into five-color LEDs. Red indicates the strongest signals, blue represents the weaker.

Using his equipment, Hernan shot this long-exposure photo series, which he calls Spirit Photographs. Hernan explained his thought process:

"The fact we are becoming increasingly reliant on something that we can't see intrigues me. I wanted to find a way to show the wireless which is around us and also to show how it changes."

Read more at Hernan's website or in this article. Via My Modern Met

Images Credit: Digital Ethereal 


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Dramatic Footage of a Lifeguard Saving a Drowning Child


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A young boy bodyboarding off Crooklets Beach in Bude, Cornwall, UK, encountered a rip current and was pushed out to sea. He screamed for help. Joby Wolfenden-Brown, a lifeguard working for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, jumped into the water to save him.

Wolfenden-Brown was wearing a camera at that moment. Watch this heart-pounding footage of him saving the boy from drowning.


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What's are rip currents? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US) defines them as "narrow, and sometimes strong, currents that flow away from the beach." They can go faster than 6 miles an hour, and thus are dangerous to even strong swimmers.

What should you do if you find yourself in a rip current? RNLI lifeguard Chris Wafer advises:

If you're stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm to signal for help.

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A Game About Squares

A Game About Squares is exactly what it says on the tin, and despite the lack of instructions, it’s not that hard to figure out how to play. However, each level gets a little bit more difficult, with level 15 a particularly sticky spot. Don’t try it unless you are the kind of person who can stop when you need to do something else. You can always bookmark it for later. -via Metafilter


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Darth Vader Wood Stove

He is more machine than man now. Twisted, welded, and evil. This is Darth Vader, an outdoor wood stove built by Instructables member doddieszoomer. He made it from an old gas steel bottle. He used an angle grinder to shape the helmet accents. Doddieszoomer then finished the project with spray paint for the rich black Vader look.

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Stem Cell Therapy Patient Grows a Nose in her Spine

An American woman suffering from paralysis volunteered for experimental surgery at Hospital de Egas Moniz in Lisbon, Portugal. Doctors took stem cells from the woman’s nose and implanted them in her spine, hoping that the cells would help her spinal cord regenerate nerve tissue. Other clinical trials involve growing these cells in the lab and classifying  and separating desirable cells before transplant. The procedure on this woman, which took place nine years ago, omitted this step. The cells were transplanted directly to her spine, but they failed to regenerate her spinal tissue. Then last year, she was treated in the U.S. for a painful growth in her back.

The surgeons removed a 3-centimetre-long growth, which was found to be mainly nasal tissue, as well as bits of bone and tiny nerve branches that had not connected with the spinal nerves.

The growth wasn't cancerous, but it was secreting a "thick copious mucus-like material", which is probably why it was pressing painfully on her spine, says Brian Dlouhy at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, the neurosurgeon who removed the growth. The results of the surgery have now been published.

The team in Lisbon reports that about 140 patients have received the same therapeutic procedure, and that most showed signs of improvement. Still, it’s a cautionary tale that reminds us that stem cell research is still in its infancy. Read the story at NewScientist, with more thoughts from a stem cell researcher here. -via Science Chamber of Horrors

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Americans Taste Asian Delicacies

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As a kid, I looked forward to going with my family once a week to eat at a Chinese restaurant in our town. Because (Americanized) Chinese food was my father's favorite, I grew up eating potstickers, egg rolls, crab rangoon, garlic chicken and similar popular fare.

My family was invited to the Chinese restaurant manager's wedding. My sister and I were thrilled; in addition to experiencing a traditional Chinese wedding, we looked forward to the delicious foods at the reception. We were quietly stunned when dishes the likes of which we had never conceived appeared one after the other. Fish with their eyes and faces still attached. Strange cuts of meat. Food that quivered like Jell-O. Because we were just dumb kids as well as picky eaters, we left hungry. Our faces must have looked like those of the people in this video as Asian delicacies are set in front of them. I wonder if they went out to dinner after their taste tests? Via Unique Daily.


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The Banana Massacre

You are probably aware that the term “banana republic” came from the practices of the United Fruit Company, a U.S. firm that bought up large portions of several South American countries and wielded inordinate political power in the region, in order to supply the U.S. with bananas. The company’s power was such that government troops were made available to put down workers’ strikes. In Colombia, this led to a massacre.

In November 1928, grumbling among the more than 25,000 workers on the banana plantations of the United Fruit Company turned into a united effort with a well-organized strike against the massive American corporation.

The workers’ demands from United Fruit were far from unreasonable — a direct contract with the company, six-day work weeks, eight-hour days, medical care and the elimination of scripts (only good at company stores) that were paid to the workers instead of cash. Ten years earlier, the company’s workers had gone on strike with similar demands, but had failed to achieve their goals.

The Colombian government was afraid of a worker’s revolution, and also afraid the U.S. military would step in. Tensions led to a standoff between 1,400 workers and family members and 300 troops with machine guns on December 6. When the troops opened fire, the death toll was somewhere between 47 and 2,000 people. We will probably never know the exact number. Read about the massacre at Modern Farmer. 


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Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Attendees of Comic Con are the first to lay eyes on sneak peeks at some highly anticipated movies, games and other fun. A shining example is the new film in the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road. The film, once again directed by George Miller and starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, will be released in the United States on May 15, 2015. Via Geeks Are Sexy.


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The Most Bizarre Ad You'll See All Week


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Genki Sudo's techno musical group World Order is noted for its videos of Japanese men in business suits moving in lockstep, often out of sync with the world around them. The visual impact of the precision movement is stunning.

World Order brings their skills and looks to this odd commercial for Toyota. The suited men drive into a jungle and experience a series of unexpected adventures. How buying a Toyota is a logical consequence of them is unclear, but the effect gets eyeballs on the screen, which is sufficient.

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The Horrible Truth About Spiderman’s Anatomy

Bug Girl has an article about spider sex, dressed up in a comparison with the movie version of Spider-Man (the original comic book hero has a different story). It’s full of PG-13 terms and may be disturbing to die-hard fans (but funny to the rest of us). The upshot is that male spiders have a very weird and complicated procedure for impregnating female spiders. You’ll never look at Peter Parker the same way again. You’ve been warned. -via Metafilter


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Watch 2,000 Mini Dominoes Fall Like a Cascade of Rain Drops

A mini domino is so small that it weighs only a hundredth of the weight of a regular domino. Setting them up for an orderly fall requires great concentration and precise movements. Sinners Domino Entertainment proved up for the challenge when it set up and knocked down a record-breaking 2,000 piece domino arrangement. The teenagers in this video performed this feat at the Wilhelm-Lückert-Gymnasium in Büdingen, Germany, on July 12, 2013.


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Sinners Domino Entertainment usually operates on a grander scale. You may recall their domino arrangements with 277,275 pieces and the flags of the world.

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A Beautiful Cat Sleeping

The most beautiful cat in the world? I don’t know, but he sure is fetching. And even more interesting when he’s asleep.

These pictures were rearranged by redditor shayne9512 from a series posted by BitterRaven, but we don’t know who the original photographer is. This cat introduced me to a subreddit called Animals Being Derps, which I will have to visit again.

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Slow Jam Version of the My Little Pony Theme Song


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My little pony, my little pony
What does the future hold?
My little pony, my little pony
Isn’t the world a lovely place?
My little pony, my little pony
Everywhere you go is a smiling face.
Running and skipping
Merrily tripping
Watching the morning unfold
My little pony, my little pony
What does the future hold?

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox presents this slow jam version of the theme song to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. We've previously seen them rework "Royals," "Sweet Child O' Mine," and the theme songs of Game of Thrones and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now Bradlee's band shows the Elements of (musical) Harmony from Equestria. Welcome to the herd, Mr. Bradlee. *brohoof*


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-Thanks, Lisa Marcus!


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