Tara Smith-Adkins of Halifax, Nova Scotia wants to make sure that the homeless people in her town don't want for warm winter coats. So every year, she rounds up local kids to walk around town, tying coats and scarves to trees and signposts in the area.
Jeff Wysaski created a mockup Black Friday circular and posted it at some poor Target store. The items offered are obviously fake if you take a minute to think about them: a tent with an angry possum in it? A free falcon with a $75 order? You have to look closely to catch all the jokes.
But then there are these “exclusive Star Wars toys.” Who wouldn’t want a C3P Fro? Or an Episode VII hot dog blaster? Personally, I want the Luke Skymopper. See several more pages of these at Obvious Plant.
So you've lost a tire but don't have a spare to put on your car. What would you do? I'm stumped.
But the driver of this SUV in St. Petersburg, Russia wasn't. The Moscow Times reports that he was driving at about 50 kph (31 mph). Hopefully the local police will log the incident as a safety violation.
-via Dave Barry, who warns "steer clear of beavers."
Marilyn Monroe became known for a whole lot more than just her appearance in Playboy Magazine back in 1953, but she had no way of knowing she would become one of the most iconic Hollywood actors of all time.
So when she posed for photographer Tom Kelley back in 1949 she billed herself as Mona Monroe and posed for a nude pin-up that would become famous for an entirely different reason than the Marilyn connection.
This pin-up photo (and the unretouched full nude version) were used in the "Golden Dream" calendar printed around 1951, and when people realized the calendar girl was Marilyn Monroe a few years later the calendar became a big hit with the boys.
Marilyn posed for the picture out of pure "desperation" and was paid a measly $50 for the shoot, but it must have helped her with her later Playboy shoot since she struck nearly the same pose.
At least he’s honest about it. I think I’ll stay away from stores this weekend, as I always do after Thanksgiving. I don’t want to buy something just because you want to sell it to me. I’ll buy what I want, just as soon as I win the lottery. -via Cracked
Everybody's talking about their kettlebell training and how buff they're getting, but they're only hitting the gym that hard because they don't have any love in their lives. Truth is, if they spent their days lifting a fat purring cat onto their laps instead of repeatedly lifting weights over their heads for hours on end they'd probably opt for the kittybells and ditch the gym membership.
Start a new kind of exercise craze with this Kittybell Kettlebell t-shirt by Jasonyerface, is there anything a cat can't do to improve our lives?
People generally use slang terms when they talk about sex in public, because it's considered "dirty talk" and therefore inappropriate for some ears to hear.
This tradition of using innocent sounding slang terms to discuss sex began long ago, and whether you call it making whoopee, bumpin' uglies or simply gettin' it on, chances are you'd rather use slang to talk about sex than speaking frankly.
I haven’t read The Hunger Games, not have I seen any of the movies, so I didn’t really know the plot besides hearing that it’s a remake of Battle Royale. Imagine my surprise to find out today what it’s really about!
It is literally about a hungry young woman, Katniss Everdeen, except that she's not hungry enough to accept just any old food. She wants what she wants, and her favorite thing to eat is pita bread. -via Viral Viral Videos
There's an iconic photograph of physicist extraordinaire Albert Einstein sitting on a rock dressed in shorts and open toed sandals, looking a bit like the original hipster.
This image has sparked the imagination of science nerds and Einstein fans for decades, and is often used in a "scientists have fun too" kinda way, but what's the real story behind this photo?
Turns out this is a snapshot of Albert at the beach wouldn't have happened without this guy:
His name is David Rothman, and he owned Rothman's Department Store in Southold, New York, where he sold Einstein a pair of "sundials":
In the summer of 1939, Albert Einstein spent his summer on Nassau Point, in Peconic, NY on eastern Long Island. My grandfather, David Rothman, was owner of Rothman’s Department Store in nearby Southold.
One June day, Einstein came into the store. Of course, my grandfather recognized him at once. He decided, though, to treat him just like any other customer.
“Are you looking for something in particular?” he asked
“Sundials,” Einstein said in his thick German accent.
Now, Rothman’s has always had a large variety of items—just about everything from housewares, to fishing tackle and bait, to hardware, to toys, to appliances. But no sundials. Not for sale, anyway. But…
“I do have one in my back yard,” my grandfather said.
He led Einstein—who seems a bit bewildered—to the back yard, to show him the sundial. “If you need one you can have this.”
Einstein took one look and began to laugh. He pointed to his feet. “No. Sundials.”
Sandals. Those, he had.
I'll say this about Einstein- he sure had some nice gams for a guy who spent his days theorizing instead of exercising!
Thanksgiving is all about tradition, and one of those traditions is a round of articles on the internet, a few days before the holiday, about how to get along with relatives who insist on discussing sensitive subjects, or else how to put them in their place. Read them at The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Vox, Medium, Saturday Night Live, and The Onion.
If none of the tips offered work, you can read about some extreme family drama stories that will make you feel better about the one you have. From the response to these articles, you’d think that no American family can agree on politics, religion, or limits on sharing personal information.
So many Thanksgiving family feasts resemble this 1898 cartoon by Caran d'Ache. the caption to the top image reads, "Above all, let us not discuss the Dreyfus Affair!" and the lower image is captioned, "They have discussed it."
Let’s hope your family can hold off discussing whatever "it" is this year at least until the pie comes to the table. -via Metafilter
Ask Americans what they’re eating on Thanksgiving, and the overwhelming majority (82% here) will say turkey, usually with dressing and gravy. Sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are pretty universal, too. But there are regional differences in what people select to put on the table, especially in side dishes. FiveThirtyEight held an online poll, crunched the numbers, and came up with a map showing which side dish is disproportionally popular in various regions of the U.S. These aren’t the only dishes that show regional variance.
Going deeper, the Southeast is the definitive home of canned cranberry sauce; respondents from the region are 50 percent more likely to pick that over the homemade variety. The Middle Atlantic states disproportionately have cauliflower as a side — 17 percent in the region versus 9 percent nationwide — while Texas and central Southern states see cornbread as far more necessary than the rest of the country, with 40 percent of respondents from those regions having it at dinner, compared with only 28 percent of the nation.
It makes sense to me, because Thanksgiving is all about food tradition. Cornbread was once a staple of every meal in the South, whereas fresh cranberries were hard to find down here before modern food transport methods were in place. So we eat what our grandparents ate 50 years ago, more so on Thanksgiving than other days. That said, I only serve macaroni and cheese at Thanksgiving when there are little children around. Read more about the various regional Thanksgiving side dishes at FiveThirtyEight. -via Marilyn Terrell
There's no turning back now- the 2015 holiday season is upon us, and soon the gift giving bonanza will begin.
But there's good news for both givers and receivers- the NeatoShop has every kind of torso cover you could possibly need, from shirts for kids to tees and hoodies for adults to tiny dog tees for your furry friends.
And with thousands of designs to choose from, and more designs added every day, it's easy to handle your holiday shopping for less at the NeatoShop!
When the temperature starts to drop a few degrees each day
This group of glamour shots from the 1950s may create a nostalgia in viewers for times when beauty standards for women allowed for slightly heavier, curvier models. These bodies have no sharp angles; they are soft and roundly shaped. Their poses and particularly their facial expressions seem attempts to convey innocence and a sort of sweet naiveté not found in modern photography of this type.
The cause of the American Revolution was frequently short of men, commonly short of arms and other military supplies, and almost always deprived of cash. Wars--especially wars against great powers such as the United Kingdom--are expensive. Oliver Pollock, an Irish merchant based in Spanish-controlled New Orleans, helped the nascent American government fund its war efforts. During his struggle to back the Americans, he accidentally invented the dollar sign ($).
Dan Hess of Atlas Obscura traces the life of Pollock and his extraordinary efforts on behalf of the American cause. Not only did Pollock help fund the revolutionaries at his own expense, his diplomatic efforts were essential to getting Spain active in the war and ensuring the success of expeditions to capture the Trans-Appalachian West.
After the war ended, Pollock wanted his money back and asked Congress to make good on its debts to him. His notes include the first use of the dollar sign:
“Pollock...entered the abbreviation ‘ps’ by the figures for ‘peso.’ Because Pollock recorded these Spanish “dollars” or “pesos” as ‘ps” and because he tended to run both letters together, the resulting symbol resembled a ‘$,’” says Jim Woodrick, the Historic Preservation Division Director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
That’s it. Historians have analyzed the source of the $ symbol and have yet to find it written down prior to Pollock’s use in his ledgers. His unintentional creation is supported by the fact that Robert Morris chose to adopt the symbol and by 1797 had it cast in type in Philadelphia as the official symbol for new nation’s own currency.
The Vault-Tec folks were looking for a spokesperson to serve as the face of their latest underground habitats, but all they could find were slag faced Super mutants and scummy desperadoes. But then little Annie from Vault 111 walked into the room and wowed them all with her form fitting jumpsuit. The Vault-Tec folks loved her smile, which was warmer than midday in the Mojave, and they adored her hair, styled by a very gifted Mr. Handy she'd nicknamed Permie, but her derriere sealed the deal!
Bring some post-apocalyptic pin-up fun with this Vault Girl Fallout 4 t-shirt by Vaiolet, it's sweeter than Sunset Sarsparilla and sure to earn you all kinds of followers!
What’s not to love about snow? It’s deep, and cool, and slippery! It can be hard or it can float on air. You can jump on top of it or dig underneath it. And best of all, the kids are playing in it! The drawbacks are that it’s cold and hard to drive in, but if you’re a dog, you have a fur coat and nowhere to drive anyway. -via Tastefully Offensive
This original take on Star Wars cosplay is beautiful! Hendo Art Cosplay costumed herself in Leia's robes from Episode IV, modified to look like a kimono and accented with accessories and makeup that make the princess look like a geisha from a bygone Japan.
You wouldn't like him when he's angry | Image: Universal Pictures
For some, the holidays aren't necessarily all sweetness and light. With immediate and extended family gathered and the discussions of world events and politics that can produce; with some worn thin working odd hours with cranky coworkers; and travel by plane, train and automobile, tensions can run higher than usual.
But that doesn't mean we can't keep our own emotions in check. As "they" say, you can't control others, but you can control how you react toward them — and often, that makes a significant difference in the moods and behaviors of those around you.
Arman Foisy of Lillooet, British Columbia was recently driving his mother around. He stopped the car to turn around. Then his mother, Albina Foisy, opened the door and got out. She wanted to play in the snow.
She's 101 years old, but she has the joy of a child when encountering snow. She scooped up a few handfuls, fashioned a snowball, and threw it. In the video (auto-start), she says, "It's snowing quite a bit. It's kinda fun to play in the snow!" She's right!
It seems no story of time travel can exist today without mentioning the idea of going back in time and killing Hitler, which sounds like a good idea even though it's one mighty big butterfly to step on.
The theory has evolved to killing Baby Hitler, thereby eliminating the Nazi era from even happening and possibly preventing World War II altogether.
But this creates a new conundrum- could you kill a cute little baby, even if that baby would grow up to be one of the most notorious figures of the 20th century?
Personally I think the time traveler vs. Hitler debate could be solved without any bloodshed by going back in time and buying Hitler's paintings, thereby legitimizing his art career.
Hitler the artist will be too busy drawing Disney characters and painting portraits of German Shepherds to bring the Nazi party to power, and thirty years later we'd spot him hanging out with Andy Warhol in SoHo!
You know how photographers can take a scenic view or a cityscape and make it look like a miniature by using the tilt-shift effect? What if you did that to a picture of something really, really big, like a galaxy or nebula, or even a supernova? Berlin artist St. Tesla did just that, and the results are adorable. Things that are bigger than we can even imagine end up looking like something microscopic. See more of these images at St. Tesla’s Behance page. -via Metafilter
Mark Poulier, an Australian artist, specializes in drawing architecture in ink. Lately, he's been experimenting with coffee cup art, a trendy medium. The two practices blend perfectly in this Leaning Tower of Pisa. The detailed work was demanding and, Poulier says, "took many cups of coffee to complete."
The internet is like everything else: you invent something new, and soon others will exploit it for nefarious ends. And I’m not just talking about cable internet providers. Both existing organized crime syndicates and new players wasted no time in figuring out ways to exploit the world wide web to steal money, scam the unaware, and attack enemies. And that’s just the beginning. There’s a lot of everyday global trade in contraband, especially drugs.
While most of us might turn to Amazon or eBay as our go-to for ordering just about anything, there’s an entirely darker layer to the internet, where organized crime has moved the sale of all manner of contraband – especially drugs. It started in 2011 with Silk Road, named for the famous trading route of the Han Dynasty. Silk Road is surprisingly similar to eBay – except in what you can buy there.
According to Pursuit Magazine and journalist Kevin Goodman, who infiltrated the cybercrime network, once users got past layers and layers on encryption, they found what was essentially Etsy for narcotics. After creating a user name and password and supplying payment information, buyers could place orders for an astounding array of illegal products. The site held the payment until the buyer confirmed they’d received the product, and, just like other, more well-traveled marketplaces, buyers could rate sellers and provide feedback.
Silk Road reportedly banned the sale of some illegal activities – murder-for-hire, stolen credit card numbers, child porn and weapons. But using bitcoin as the currency of choice, Silk Road quickly became the place to go for practically any drug under the sun. In October of 2013, Forbes reported that the FBI had taken down Silk Road and seized around $4 million in bitcoins.
iDigital Times (auto-start video) reports that this marvelous trend is sweeping Instagram. If you want your own glitter beard, you'll need a smoothly shaped beard that has been well-oiled with a quality beard oil. This is the only way to prevent your glitter from spreading everywhere.
The dialogue options are one of the most enjoyable elements in the Fallout franchise, and the fact that your decision actually affects how characters treat and perceive you makes chatting both fun and functional.
But nothing beats those snarky sarcastic line choices, which were apparently made into a mini game of sorts in Fallout 4 as players must hit the X button as soon as the option comes on the screen to fire off a sarcastic remark.
Fallout 4 is continuing the tradition of letting gamers play as a post-apocalyptic smartass, and as this video by OutsideXbox proves sarcasm is sweeter than Nuka-Cola when you're making friends outside the Vault.
Cooking is always a science lesson, whether you let your kids know it or not. And it can often be a history lesson, too. Sometimes you can throw geography in there, or genealogy if you play your cards right. But most of all, it’s a way to combine family time, learning time, and best of all, eating time into one glorious celebration. If he learns nothing else, Moishe will be able to make his own pancakes one day. This comic is from Lunarbaboon.
To misjudge the power of the Reaper based on his size would be a grave mistake, but at least you can rest in peace knowing it will be the last mistake you ever make! The Little Reaper gathers souls that need guidance into the afterlife, shuttling spirits between the realms of the living and the dead with a little help from his black direwolf steed Mortis. Together they are tasked with keeping the spiritual balance, and although his purpose seems horrid the Reaper's not so scary after all!
Add some delightful darkness to your geeky wardrobe with this Little Reaper t-shirt by Freeminds, it's a wonderful design that's sure to blow their minds.