The drawbridge in the town of Tisno, Croatia was rising. For the rest of us, that means bring your car to a stop and wait for the bridge to lower again. But for this lady, it means drive faster! Security camera footage captured the scene of her driving her Peugot microcar over the bridge at about 50 MPH. She made it to the other side in one piece . . .
. . . and then kept driving. She didn't stop. BBC News reports:
The unnamed woman, 58, passed a red light that had just come on, according to bridge warden Tome Mejic Sidic. "I was shouting and gesturing her to stop but it was no use", he says. "She ignored me, went full throttle and flew across the bridge. I was convinced she'd overturn the car."
The woman later told police that she had been blinded by the sun.
Quick, where will you go when the zombie apocalypse comes? You, and everyone who visits your home, will know the best sanctuary if you have a Zombie Safe Zone Map from Design Different. Pick your city or state from a big selection: not only the US, but Canada, Spain, Germany, and other countries. Each map comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Heck, they’ll even make you a custom map if your city isn’t in stock. Let’s just hope the zombies can’t read a map! -via Gearfuse
I will start this off by saying if you are not familair with "raptivist" (that is what I like to call rappers who are also activists) Prince Ea's YouTube page, you should be. He posts some incredibly inspiring stuff that will foster small changes in how you see your day to day life. The following video perfectly sums that up.
It is perfectly named, as it is third graders talking about the menaing of life. The feeling you get as you watch it is this sort of deja vu that you once felt that exact same way. You watch, and find yourself in awe at how much you WERE these kids at one point, and how much that changed.
The film Fast Times at Ridgemont High inspired dozens of teen comedies that came after and launched the careers of a whole slew of now-famous actors. Even if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen the movie, you recall how funny it was. Now you can learn some of the trivia behind the 1982 hit. For example:
1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High began as a non-fiction book.
While a freelance writer for Rolling Stone, screenwriter Cameron Crowe spent a year secretly embedded at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California under an assumed name (and in cooperation with the school’s administration) to gather stories for a non-fiction book with the same title. Crowe’s book was published in 1981; a year later, it was adapted for the screen.
5. Nicolas Cage made his big screen debut in Fast Times as “Brad’s Bud.”
Cage was originally supposed to play Brad, but the filmmakers relegated him to a background role after his improvisations during the auditioning process were deemed too weird. The credits list Cage as “Nicolas Coppola.” He later changed his last name professionally to avoid charges of nepotism—he is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola.
In addition to Nicolas Cage, you’ll read about Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Forest Whitaker, and the folks behind the cameras in this trivia list at mental_floss.
Which is, of course, the appropriate place to do so. Highlining is the sport of walking a tightrope high over the ground. This year's International Highline Meeting was conducted at Monte Piana in northwestern Italy.
Eight-month-old Hadley has hit the stage of development in which he mimics the behavior that he sees. So when Daddy flexes his muscles, little Hadley gives the pose a test drive as well. Don't look now, but this baby's buffing up, and in an adorable way. -Via 22 Words
Paul Ezekial Fagan, a 10-year old boy in Tampa, Florida, vanished from his home last Thursday. Police searched the neighborhood on foot and in a helicopter while his frantic parents feared the worst.
Local news reporters drove into Paul's neighbhorood to report on the case. Among them was Cameron Polom of the local ABC station. At around 7 AM on Friday, Polom spotted a tired-looking child in some dense vegetation. The Today show describes the scene:
“He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?’ It was a very surreal moment,” he told TODAY.com on Monday.
Polom, 29, said he called out to the boy and asked for his name. He then picked the boy up over the fence and walked him to nearby sheriff’s deputies.
Paul's family was overjoyed to see him back. The boy explained to them that he had left home because he needed some space from his younger brother.
The minions had never seen any horror movies, because Gru found them despicable, but once they got a taste for the dark side of cinema they couldn't get enough! They started sneaking around the compound, scaring each other and pretending to perform gruesome kills, until one little guy discovered some sharp tools in the shed and fashioned a crude weapon. That was the day when playtime became truly terrifying...
Bring the dark side of a minion's imagination to your geeky wardrobe with this Mini Evil t-shirt by Chip Skelton, it's delightfully dark and sure to make folks crack a fiendish smile when they see it!
Fiona Wallis of Taranaki, New Zealand noticed that food that she had purchased for Tucker, her dog, glowed. Siouxsie Wiles, a microbiologist in Auckland, determined that there was bioluminescent sea bacteria inside.
She couldn't determine precisely which kind without DNA analysis, but since the dog food is kept in brine, which an ideal environment for the sea bacteria, it was the most likely culprit. The dog food seller, Jimbo's Pet Food, is investigating the matter. Wiles says that it shouldn't be dangerous, but that cooking the food would kill the bacteria.
Nowadays horror movies are so stuck on making us jump out of our seats, or crawl out of our skin with disgust, that it's hard to remember how pure the chills and thrills used to be.
The good old days of Bela Lugosi using his vampiric gaze to charm audiences into submission, or Lon Cheney Jr. becoming every kind of creature imaginable, may be gone, but their cinematic legacy lives on.
This supercut reminds us of how Sir Alfred Hitchcock would often have actors stare directly into the camera to engage us in their emotions (and often creep us completely out). How many films do you recognize just from one shot of a character’s eyes? Kogonada produced this short for The Criterion Collection. -via Laughing Squid
At a price tag of $18,400 for a flight from Singapore to New York City, you can travel in style on the Singapore Airlines Airbus 380 at suite level, the most expensive and luxurious class on the aircraft. The price of the ticket will not only buy more legroom — it will purchase a huge armchair "hand-stitched by master Italian craftsmen Poltrona Frau," a double bed(!) and premium food served on china, among other perks.
If you haven't checked out our This Is Halloween Pinterest board, you're missing out. This one-stop-shop for all things Halloween is filled with great ideas for costumes, pumpkins, snacks, decorations and more. That's both because Halloween is awesome and also because just by pinning to the board, you're entering our Halloween Scream Time contest.
As a reminder, if you want to participate in the contest, you just need to follow the board and then send us a private message on Pinterest, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment here with your pinerest account name. We'll then send you an invite so you can start pinning.
If you're on Pinterest and don't feel like entering the contest, you can help pick our popular votes winner by repinning your favorite items on the board. The pic with the most repins will win, along with one pic chosen by the Neatorama team.
Psst, wanna save some money? Of course you do! These aren’t just money-saving tips, they are “life hacks.” John Green has some really weird ways to get the job done cheaper. But do they really work? Let's say, some work better than others, and some are just plain weird. Even if I were to believe that it works, there’s no way that aerosol cheese costs less than stain remover! But those of us of a certain age already know you can brew an entire teapot of tea with one or two teabags. If you really want to save money, use loose tea in a tea ball.
Guardians of the Galaxy is the action packed Marvel movie that was so nice many fans saw it twice, and like any popular genre flick it has inspired lots of love from creative folks all over the net.
There’s a lot to love about the film, especially in terms of visual appeal, so it’s no wonder artists from all over the world have gone crazy creating their own Guardians inspired works.
Here’s a selection of Guardians of the Galaxy inspired crafts, many of which you can make for yourself
1. Groot Cookies-
The adorable yet vocally monosyllabic tree creature known as Groot is one of the fan favorites, alongside his furry buddy Rocket Raccoon, so it makes sense that more than half the items on this list are inspired by Groot.
These adorable and easy to make Groot cookies let you share your love of Guardians with your guests in a most delicious way!
If you’re ready to go all out on a dessert that’s sure to please your guests then you’re gonna love these Dancing Baby Groot Cupcakes- a cute Groot cookie on top of a cupcake flower pot, every bit as cute as they are delicious!
As a man, have you ever tried to put on makeup, just to understand what women have to go through every day (if they choose)? While you may think it is some easy process where you just paint your face and get on your way, that is not how putting on makeup works.
There is an art for getting the right tones with your skin, and how to apply it so you don't look like a circus clown. But most of us men will never know what that's like, so it is hard to empathize with something we do not understand.
Thankfully, Buzzfeed Yellow put together this hilarious video of men trying to put on makeup, and the end result just might help us men get a real appreciation for the artistry it takes for some women to look as angelic as they do.
The Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee evidently grew tired of the same old names for their prospective adoptees and decided to get fancy. The interesting names may have been a good strategy, as two of the cats above have been adopted; Professor PuddinPop is the only one remaining.
Not pictured but also available at the shelter are Provolone, Wampus, Mighty Mouse and Morticia the cats. None of the dogs' names stand out like the cats; however on the bunny front, there are Coco Puff and Honey Bunny.
Anna Mae Wong grew up in Los Angeles, determined to be a part of the glamorous world of Hollywood. She became the most famous of the very few Chinese actors of the 1920s and ‘30s, navigating an industry that woefully underutilized her talent. Still, she had a groundbreaking career in silent films and talkies in both the U.S. and Europe.
Wong’s acting was subtle and unmannered; her eyebrow game was on point. She had a piercing stare that made you feel as if she saw the very best and very worst things about you, and her signature blunt-cut bangs made her face seem at once exquisitely, perfectly symmetrical. Given the quilt work of exotic roles she’d played on the silent screen, audiences expected her to speak with a broken, accented, or otherwise un-American English. But her tone was refined, cool, cultured, like a slap in the face to anyone who’d assumed otherwise.
Her early success, like that of Japanese star Sessue Hayakawa, can at least partially be attributed to the global market for silent films. Yet to truly understand Anna May Wong’s unique place in Hollywood — and the particular type of racist role available to her — you have to understand both the rampant fetishization of the “Orient” by the West and the place of Chinese-Americans in California in the early 20th century.
One illustration of this was how fan magazines tried to explain that Wong was all American, and therefore nothing to be afraid or suspicious of, yet they also explained that she was really Chinese, really, because audiences were used to Asian roles being played by white actors in makeup. And the roles Wong got were stereotyped as the exotic victim, villain, or sidekick. There was one role that she was dubbed “too Chinese” for, although the character was, in fact, Chinese. The role went to Helen Hayes. Read about Anna Mae Wong’s life and career at Buzzfeed.
Emoticons: people seem to either love or hate them. Whether you're pro, con or ambivalent, you have to admit that within Internet culture, they are here to stay. Mashable put together a video with historical facts about when emoticons may have first appeared in print and in what context. Via Laughing Squid
Every street has that one scary house on it, usually way down at the end. It always seems dark, yet you always feel like there are eyes inside there, peering out at you. In the same breath, almost every town has an abandoned mental hospital or old asylum in it, and just like with that one scary house on your street, these abandoned facilities seem like something you dreamt up your nightmares. Colorless and cold, even something as simple as looking at them fills you with a sense of dread that chills you to the bone. It is like you can feel its haunted presence, even miles away. As much as we would all like to pretend these don't exist, they do, and we might as well make a list of them. File this one under: nightmare fuel. Here are six abandoned asylums that look like something out of a horror movie (and in one or two cases, really is).
You cannot grow up in or around Massachusetts and not know about the Danvers State Hospital. If you are driving into (of all places) Salem, it used to loom on a hill just over the highway, and you could always feel it, looking at you. It was like some great beast that hunkered down on the horizon, warning all people to turn around before it was too late. Famous for many things, including the rumored invention of the pre-frontal lobotomy, Danvers State Hospital was everything we learn to fear about the way old sanitariums were run. Patients were often either abused or ignored, and when word finally did get out how bad it was there, the place was shut down almost immediately. The odd thing was, this also meant it being abandoned fully equipped, which somehow made it all even scarier. I know because I went. Truly unsettling stuff.
Remember in the intro I talked about how one or two of these "asylums" WAS the setting for a horror film? Well, this is that place, and the movie is called Session 9 (and it is amazing). Also, there is a level on the Xbox game Painkiller that uses the Danvers State Hospital as a setting. The place "mysteriously" caught fire in 2007, and it was a fire you could see from Boston. A very surreal ending to a very surreal (and terrifying) place.
Waverly Hills Sanatorium
I have to give a huge shout out to Miss Cellania for writing up a great piece for Mental Floss about this very establishment. Seems this place was not quite sure what it wanted to be. First it was a hospital that took care of people suffering from TB. Then it became a nursing home (because nothing says "we should make this place into a nursing home" like thousands of TB fatalities). After that, they were going to build a giant Jesus statue there (hey, let's overcompensate for the death and evil with a giant Jesus statue). Of course, that fell through. Now it has become one of the most prevalent places for urban explorers and novice ghost hunters alike.
A big part of its draw for some is the death tunnel or "body chute". The place the staff would use to bring the (many) dead outside without bringing anymore duress to their patients. A very creepy place with a very creepy history. Heck, this one inspired a horror film or two itself.
Degueldre added padded seats to some of the chairs, which is no doubt more comfortable than bare metal. But it can be useful to have uncomfortable chairs, as they can encourage guests to leave more expeditiously.
Marc Martel sings "Nessun Dorma" while doing his Luciano Pavarotti impression, then switches to singing the song as Freddie Mercury! This was done in one continuous take with two cameras, except for the last part where the two characters sing together; that required an overdub. The impressions are accented by his unique shave. I think he did a lovely job, don’t you? Martel calls the one-man duet The Mercurotti. -via Viral Viral Videos
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Photographer Luisa Whitton's series What About the Heart? documents her time spent in Japan with scientists working on humanoids, including Hiroshi Ishiguro, who constructed a copy of himself in robotic form. Her series is a contemplation of these exceedingly lifelike yet soulless automatons. Whitton elaborates,
"In the photographs, I am trying to subvert the traditional formula of portraiture and allure the audience into a debate on the boundaries that determine the dichotomy of the human/not human. The photographs become documents of objects that sit between scientific tool and horrid simulacrum."
Whitton's images (the machine) are presented alongside interviews with the scientists (the man) on topics such as consideration of religious and humanistic aspects alongside their technological progress. The photographer wonders what it means to be human as technology progresses.
Redditor punkpixzsticks snapped this photo at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This is Angus the tortoise, a regular at that annual event. We've previously seen him pulling an old fashioned cart around the fairgrounds. This year, he dressed up as a TARDIS and walked around the festival, collecting money for a local herpetological society.
What fashion statement does the Selfie Sombrero make? “I can take a hands-free selfie, and all it requires is a really dumb-looking hat.” Or maybe the more obvious “Look at me! LOOK at ME!” Yes, this hat exists, although you probably won’t see it at your local Target store anytime soon. Read how the Selfie Sombrero came about at Inventors Spot.
Rocket kept hearing about some fox named McCloud, whose intergalactic exploits were earning him all kinds of fans, and he wanted in on the action. He wanted to prove he could outgun, outbuild, outwit and outmaneuver any ol' fox faced star with ease, because Rocket didn't get to be a guardian on his good looks alone...
Intergalactic mashups don't come much cooler than this Star Raccoon t-shirt by Olipop, slip it on and you'll immediately earn a geeky fashion high score!
This adorable kitten tries a stalking maneuver on the adult cat in his household and learns that it won't get him anywhere. In a move that reminds me of my young dog's interaction with my older dog, the kitten recoils after his foiled sneak attack and slips into "roly-poly-you-can't-resist-the-cute-I'm-throwing-down" mode, which also gets him nowhere. As a commenter on Tastefully Offensive said, "Kitten just needs to learn his place, and who's boss is all."
There are some things you just don’t want to see your childhood heroes, animated and otherwise, doing to themselves or each other.
Seeing these beloved childhood icons either acting like adults, or like real animals, fills our inner child with dread, and yet our adult selves can’t seem to look away.
It's natural to feel ambivalence as you look through these dark and witty works by Ben Chen, but don’t worry- no bunnies, crickets or puppets, imaginary or otherwise, were harmed in the making of these twisted illustrations!
For his senior project at Bauhaus University Weimar, Weng Xinyu designed several household objects that activate when you're not using them. The title of the collection is "Good Medicine Tastes Bitter," which is a proverb by Confucius.
Xinyu askes, "Do products always have to satisfy the users?" I'm inclined to think so, provided that you want to sell those products. But Xinyu wanted to design household goods that frustratingly send moral messages to owners.
For example, this clock has a motorized saw blade inside. There's a motion sensor in the front of the clock. When there's no one in front of the clock, the saw blade activates, cutting away at the clock and symbolically cutting away at the limited time that we have in life. You can watch it in action in this video.