Today, the web is laughing at a set of extra credit questions attributed to an unknown statistics professor.* This one at the top is my favorite. Almost certainly some anxious student is going to jump on his desk and yell "Oh Captain! My Captain!" -- a reference to the Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society.
*I tried to track down the original source, but was unsuccessful. Do I get extra credit for trying? How about partial credit?
Okay, so it's funny and fantastically punny, it's Deadpool so whaddya expect.
But the guy wearing the mask Ryan Reynolds made sure the video also contained a serious message that men would take seriously after hearing it delivered in a not-so-serious manner. I laughed, I cried, I learned, what about you?
I'm a librarian and I married another librarian. Other good possibilities for me were truck drivers, paralegals, and middle school teachers.
That's what this chart by Bloomberg Business indicates. Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell analyzed US Census data from the 2014 American Community Survey. They examined who married whom by profession and gender. You can find the interactive chart here. It's fun to play to with!
Of all professions, elementary school teachers were the most likely to marry within their profession. Software developers, dentists, musicians, and air traffic controllers also tend to keep their loving in-house.
Nicky Trevorrow, a cat behavior expert at Cats Protection http://www.cats.org.uk/ tells us about cat mating behavior and the importance of spaying and neutering. Then we get to see Tofield draw his girl cat character, and then we see last year’s Valentines Day cartoon, “Butterflies.” -via Tastefully Offensive
When you've traveled through all of time and space you learn to appreciate the small stuff, like a picnic in Queen Elizabeth's private park, a Christmas without the Cybermen attacking, or a beautiful painting based on your adventures. The Doctor has always had an appreciation for art made by humans, but he really gets excited when the subject of a painting is his beloved Tardis!
Add some sci-fi art that will stand the test of time to your geeky wardrobe, bring home this All Of Space And Time t-shirt by MelissaSmith and send the spirits of your fellow fans soaring!
Not often do we get a critique of a 44-year-old film, but rarely do we see a movie like The Godfather. And it doesn’t even seem like an old movie. Maybe it’s the timeless conflict of greed vs. loyalty. Maybe it’s the rich cinematography. Anyway, Paul Tassi recently watched The Godfather again, and noticed a few things -just a very few- that don’t make sense, and wonders if you noticed them, too. Like how the movie ended.
I’m not saying I don’t get the idea behind the mass hit. Murder everyone who means you harm, or probably means you harm, seems like a good plan. But what about the rest of families? Don’t each of these guys who were killed have a son or two who want to avenge them like Michael is doing for his family? Isn’t killing the dons just like bashing a hornets’ nest with a baseball bat?
In that case, what appears to be a flaw gave us sequels. However, they didn’t know in 1972 that there would be sequels. In that era, it rarely happened and plots weren’t written around setting up possible sequels, the way they are now. So was it as nonsensical to you? Read more about the ending, and the other flaws in The Godfather at TVOM.
The classic scam spammed out to millions of people for the past 20 years or so is that a Nigerian prince needs help getting access to his massive supply of money. He needs just a bit of cash--a few thousand dollars or so--to get the process started. In exchange, he'll cut you in for half of the money in the bank.
And you should move on because there are better opportunities. The entertainment website Anorak recently received an email soliciting funds for a Nigerian astronaut who boarded a Soviet space station in 1989 and been stranded there since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He'd like to come home and needs your help:
I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.
In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.
We usually do a poll like this before a finale, but as we approach the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, we’ve been told that there will be a major purge of characters. Series creator Robert Kirkman said “So many people die.” It’s true that the cast has grown so large that we can go several weeks without seeing some of the major characters. There’s just not enough screen time. And more new characters will be introduced soon.
The last time we ran a poll, before the mid-season finale, readers correctly predicted who would bite the big one. Then it occurred to me that votes came in after the fact! This time, I will try to make a note of the results just before the show airs on Sunday night. Who do you think will die this Sunday night? You can select more than one character in the poll.
Continue reading for reasons why some of the major characters may be looking at their last episode. Contains spoilers and comic book details.
This collection of RMS Titanic survivor photographs is an interesting visual account of the ship's tragic happenings in the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912. The photos document the time after the ship collided with an iceberg in the north Atlantic and passengers clamored for an insufficient number of lifeboats. The collection includes lifeboats at sea, shot from rescue ship RMS Carpathia. Also featured are photos of the survivors aboard the rescue vessel.
One "Hollywood" note: given the picture of Mrs. James J. Brown, a/k/a "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" below, it's no wonder why James Cameron and company cast actress Kathy Bates in the role!
Well, well, well. I mean, I’d like to grant your wish, but sometimes I get two wishes that are in direct opposition, and at the end of the day, a well’s got to pay the bills, you know? I’m sure you understand. This comic is from Cluster Fudge by John McNamee. -via Pie Comic
In the Star Wars expanded universe, there are (or were, until Disney eliminated it) over 20,000 characters on 294 planets. What is the species distribution? Researchers at the prestigious research institution École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) decided to find out. They determined that there are 7,563 characters of consequence. 80% of them are human. Professor Vandergheynst elaborates:
“Fans will be surprised to learn, for example, that we came up with over 20,000 characters,” said Kirell Benzi, a PhD student and the project lead. Among them, 7,500 play an important role. There are also 1,367 Jedi and 724 Sith. All the characters are spread among 640 different communities on 294 planets. And an analysis of the 10 largest communities reveals an aberration: nearly 80% of the galaxy’s population is human.
In addition to counting the number of characters and identifying their tribe of origin, the program also situates them in the timeline of the story. A very long timeline, since the saga covers 36,000 years, broken down into six main periods: before the Republic, the Old Republic, the Empire, the Rebellion, the New Republic, and the Jedi Order.
Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.
Abraham Lincoln may be the greatest president ever … in terms of the crazy cultural crap he inspires.
Apologies to Ronald Reagan, but no president has lent himself to kitsch and over-analysis as much as Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the best 16th president a democratically-elected country could ask for. There has been much written and collected about ol’ Abe, and as someone who has seen Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the theater and lived to tell the tale, I’m probably just as qualified as anyone to talk about Lincolniana. In honor of the dude’s birthday, this issue is all about him. So put on your stovepipe hat and let’s go for a ride!
But no article on Lincoln gets nearly as up-close and personal with Lincoln’s face as much as Behn’s does about the man’s facial features. Here’s a sample of the 5,500-word article, full of scholarly quotes:
President Lincoln’s face was a mobile instrument that left a lasting impression. One contemporary observed: “His large bony face when in repose was unspeakably sad and as unreadable as that of a sphinx, his eyes were as expressionless as those of a dead fish; but when he smiled or laughed at one of his own stories of that of another then everything about him changed; his figure became alert, a lightning change came over his countenance, his eyes scintillated and I thought he had the most expressive features I had ever seen on the face of a man.”
If you have a face, you should read this article, which describes, in-depth, the troubles that sculptors had in recreating his face. After you’re done, you’ll probably want to use an Oxy pad or something.
Do yourself a favor and download this video as an MP4 file and load it on your smartphone. There will be a test and you must get a passing score--which is any landing that you can walk away from.
It's the worst case scenario: both pilots on the passenger-laden 737 have fallen unconscious, died, or joined the ranks of the undead. Tim Morgan, a commercial pilot, made this video for Quora. It covers the basics of altering the course of and landing a plane, assuming that you are not a trained pilot.
Those of us who own pets know that along with the joy and laughter they bring to our daily lives, we occasionally have to suffer inconveniences or make sacrifices in order to have them with us.
John is an Asian comic artist who lovingly documents his life before and after acquiring pets. His drawings show his life with two dogs and a cat, but the runaway star of the show is Maimai, his male golden retriever. Maimai, almost always depicted with a big smile on his face, is the animal whose mischief is primarily showcased in John's work. And regardless of the mischievous deeds, John's love for Maimai (and his other "furry kids" as he calls them) is clearly communicated, which is why they are so charming.
Amanita Design, the folks who brought us the maddening Samorost, defies you to try Questionaut. The premise is that you need to fill your balloon with gas, but you have to answer general knowledge questions to get it. Those are easy. Meanwhile, you spend most of your time on each level trying to figure out what to do to get the questions going. I played this game years ago, but danged if I could remember any of the secrets. If you get stuck, here’s a guy who’s figured it all out. -via the Presurfer
The Dark Knight has returned time and time again, and each time people get all excited and eat up every minute of the new production, so when is the Blue Mite going to return? Some of us are waiting to see him leap back onto the screen with a mighty shout of "Spoon!", doing all those superheroic things he does with his signature Tick lack of style. But the big guys like Bats and Supes keep overshadowing our favorite badass in blue, so when will they put away their egos and let the Tick's bright blue spirit light up the night?
Don't listen to Batmanuel, this Blue Mite Returns t-shirt by Harebrained Design is totally electrifying and sure to make your fellow Tick fans go all spoony with delight.
Visit Harebrained Design's NeatoShop for more geek-tastic designs:
Lorenzo Wood made this amazing cake inspired by Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. The very lucky Alexander got a cake that actually lights up! Wood placed strings of Arduino-controlled LEDs on the cake before he iced it. The cake is mounted on a foam board and the wiring is fed through it to the controller on bottom. You can see more photos here.
The mental_floss List Show tackles an appropriate topic as we approach Valentines Day: love! But this isn’t just love, it’s the latest scientific findings about love. Yes, romance has been the subject of quite a few scientific studies. Wonder how those scientists look at love after all the science. -via mental_floss
The caption on this photograph at Aussie Farmer says “Death by Daddy long legs.” Now, what they call Daddy Long Legs in Australia is a different creature from the fairly harmless insects we call Daddy Long Legs in the U.S. This is a cellar spider, which is sometimes called a Daddy Long Legs in Australia. And it’s captured a brown snake. Farmer Patrick Lees took the picture on his property in Weethalle, New South Wales. He said a group of spiders later gathered around the snake.
The Australian Museum's arachnology collections manager Graham Milledge said while it was not clear exactly how the snake had died, it was quite possible the spider was responsible.
"The most likely scenario is that the snake got entangled in the spider's web. Usually what happens then is the spider will try to wrap the snake and then they'll bite it," Mr Milledge said.
The Australian Museum lists the daddy-long-legs spider as carnivorous and predatory. The venom is not particularly potent, despite rumours it is one of the world's most poisonous.
It’s pictures like these that get those rumors started, I’d bet. -via Uproxx
This is Caroline. Her mom, Drew Ann Long, found it to be a great struggle to shop with her because Caroline needs to use a wheelchair. She's too big to fit inside the child seat of a standard shopping cart. So Long designed a shopping cart that fit her comfortably and safely. It's called Caroline's Cart.
The seat is big enough to accommodate a range of sizes, including adults, and provides full back support. It has a complete safety harness. Entering it is easy thanks to the open back end. There's a footrest and enough room in the front for groceries. Many shops, including Target, are adding them to their cart inventory to make shopping a more inclusive experience.
You can watch a video by Long describing her invention here.
Video games are seen as an important and integral part of pop culture nowadays, and even folks who don't care about gaming may find themselves using phrases rooted in gaming culture once in a while.
Slowly but surely terms like pwned, MMO, sandbox world, cut-scene, PVP and saved game have crept into the mainstream vernacular, and now thanks to Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly you can add some new phrases to your geeky collection.
Because isn't it better to use pop culture inspired phrases that are timeless and relatable, rather than trying to stay on fleek with your bae?
Zalec, a town in Slovenia, is known for its large hops plantations, which ensure the flow of beer through Europe. In fact, the town crest includes an image of a budding hops plant.
To promote itself and its contributions to civilized life, the town plans to build a public beer fountain. Visitors will be able to view the flow of life’s most precious liquid and drink from it for a small fee. The fountain will cost about $400,000 USD to build. Sadly, the Daily Telegraph reports, not all residents are keen to the project:
Half of the funds are to be contributed by the local council, with the rest provided by commercial partners and public donations.
The plans are not univerally popular; at an extraordinary council session last week a third of delegates voted against the fountain, with opponents voicing objections to its proposed site, and the fact that the required funds could be better used elsewhere - such as in improving the state of water supply to local villages.
However, two thirds of councillors voted in favour, and the project is set to go ahead, although it does not yet have a completion date.
Some game companies are downright lazy about creating cover art for their games, and they'll often simply pose a few character models, run off a render and call that a cover.
But those of us who fondly remember the days when companies hired artists to create slick cover art for our favorite games are longing to see a hand drawn game cover again, official or otherwise.
Unfortunately, the only hand drawn video game cover art pieces to be found are those created by employees at retail stores like GameStop, and no matter how funny or fantastic the piece who wants to pay those high GameStop prices!
Valentines were romantic greetings long before Hallmark got involved. St. Valentines Day sentiments of love have been exchanged for centuries, in letters, poems, and artwork. Nancy Rosin, president of the National Valentine Collectors Association, gives us a rundown on the history of Valentines. The cards sweethearts sent to each other in the early to mid-1800s were the peak in hearts and flowers, so to speak. The intricate and labor-intensive Valentines of the time represented a labor of love, whether they were made by the person who gave them or not.
“Esther Howland was the ‘Mother of the American Valentine,’” Rosin says. “American Valentines had existed before, but she made them more readily available. Her initial Valentines were small and usually marked with an ‘H’ and a number indicating the price or ‘N.E.V.Co.’ for her company, New England Valentine Company. But there are a lot of larger ones that were not signed that we now attribute to her. In 1850, she was the only person in Massachusetts who had access to these elegant European embellishments, and her Valentines had multiple layers of beautiful lace papers. You would lift one layer and then another and another. The message would usually be deep inside because she didn’t like to have you ‘wear your heart on your sleeve.’”
Rosin and fellow Valentine collectors believe Howland didn’t sign her largest pieces because they were embarrassingly lavish and expensive. “There is a story going around that she made such an elaborate Valentine in the shape of a May basket, and it might have sold for $50, which was the price of a horse and buggy at that time,” Rosin says. “We are told that the man was rejected because the woman said she would never marry anyone who would waste his money like that. So we’ve come to the conclusion that she probably avoided putting her name on the back of her fanciest Valentines."
You can wrestle your way to the top, slamming six foot tall fellows to the floor without a second thought, but that won't make you a winner. That's because winners are born, not made, and whether you know it or not that winner is YOU! There's a heavyweight champion inside all of us, waiting to come out when our title is threatened in the ring, and as long as we keep our dreams from diving off the turnbuckle and suplex all the sadness trying to make its way through the ropes we'll come out on top!
Keep your style is slammin' by wearing this FTW t-shirt by Super Video Game Land, it's way more comfortable than a championship belt and is sure to earn you a legion of loyal fans.
There are a lot of women out there who would love to ride Harry Potter's broom and play with Sirius' wand, if your love interest feels this way, you'll absolutely want to check out these funny but all-too-naughty Harry Potter Valentine's Day cards.
There are way more great ones on the Facebook where they were first spotted, including a terrible Rickroll-inspired one.
Quick, think of a mask that figured prominently in a movie. V for Vendetta, right? Of course, because I had to put a picture here. Think of another one. It’s probably in the list of 15 iconic movie masks at TVOM. Then there are a whole lot of others that you might have forgotten, but you’ll appreciate the walk down memory lane without all that effort of thinking them up yourself. Some were to hide identity, some to hide deformity, and some are just for shock value.