Ten Facts About Seinfeld

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The Movies Insights YouTube Channel created another of their ten facts videos; this time around, the focus is on Seinfeld. How many times did Jerry say "Hello Newman" in an utterly disgusted tone? Fans of the show should take a guess and then hit play. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Ping Pong Table Shaped Like Easter Island

Do you have $3,995.95? Now discounted from an original price of $12,000 is this one-of-a-kind ping pong table by artist Cyprien Chabert. It's shaped like Rapa Nui, the south Pacific isle also known as Easter Island. You know--the one with the giant stone statues. It's a commentary on the birdman ritual of the aboriginal inhabitants and the island's ecological history. It's for sale at Anthropologie, which comments:

Artist Cyprien Chabert is haunted by the idea of lost paradise – forgotten and fantasized about. He recreates these worlds through his work, like this show-stopping table, carved from an erstwhile ping pong table. Chabert was inspired by the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, and its birdman ritual, an annual event in which competitors would swim through shark-infested waters to a nearby islet to collect the season¿s first eggs of the Sooty Tern and return it to their sponsor on the island. The winner was crowned birdman for one year; the ritual died out in the late 19th century. Chabert uses the exotic symbolism of Easter Island to represent the complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.

This product description inspired some funny commentary by blogger Nancy French, who writes:

My favorite part of that description is the Anthropologie product description writer’s use of the word “erstwhile.” I’ve had a lot of tough writing assignments, but I’ve never faced a task like that poor guy.  I can only imagine his face when he was assigned this one.

“We’re selling a ping pong table,” his boss must’ve said.

Great! the writer may have thought.  A retro addition to any family room!

“Well, you can’t actually use it, because it was created to complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.”

Blank look.

“Say something about sharks.  And birdmen.”

“What’s a birdman?”

“You’re missing the point.”

“And the point is…?”

“$15,000..”

I found this table via BuzzFeed, which has included it on a list of 19 ridiculously expensive items for sale at Anthropologie.


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Rollie the Armadillo at Play

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YouTube Channel Animal Moments posted this adorable video of Rollie, a southern three-banded armadillo, playfully pouncing on his little pink pig toy. The footage was captured by an intern at the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Via Nothing to Do With Arbroath.


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Superheroes in the Shower

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"Bruce, you stink. You really need to shower."

"I'm not Bruce. I'm The Batman."

"Yes, we know. But you can take off the Batsuit every now and then. And now would be a good time. Because you're starting to smell pretty bad."

"I can't take off the suit. I am The Batman. The suit and cowl are who I am."

"Yes, we know that. And perhaps wild bats smell a bit. But superheroes who want to stay in the Hall of Justice need to smell fresh."

"But I--"

"Dousing yourself with Axe body spray isn't enough!"

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Tyrannosaurus Attacked by Flamingos

This statue of a fossilized T. rex stands on the Google “campus,” which is what they cll their office complex. His name is Stan. The Googleplex is also infested with a flock of plastic flamingos, which have ganged up on the dinosaur to pick the bones clean. Stan seems to not mind at all. -via Boing Boing

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Scorpion: Get Over Here! - He's More Than Mortal


Scorpion: Get Over Here! by Ottyag

There are three words you never want to hear from a kombat fighter, especially if you're the one battling against him-those three words are "Get over here!". Hearing this in the pit means your opponent has plenty of energy left to pound the mortal soul out of your body, or he's about to perform a finishing move sure to end in a fatality, but you should have known what to expect when you went up against a guy who calls himself Scorpion.

Battle the forces of bland fashion with this Scorpion: Get Over Here! t-shirt by Ottyag, it's bold and bloody and sure to make an impact on anyone who sees you wearing this great shirt!

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6-Year Old Limbo Skates under 39 Cars

When he was 3 years old, Gagan Satish's parents gave him a pair of roller skates. He showed remarkable proficiency with them. They approached a professional skating trainer and asked for his help. Soon Gagan was mastering the art of limbo skating. That's skating very low to the ground.

Gagan can split so far that he can skate while rising no higher than 7 inches off the ground. Recently, Gagan, now 6 years old, tried to break a Guinness World Record for limbo skating under cars. He skated under 39 cars for a total of about 230 feet in 29.8 seconds!

Guinness has yet to confirm his new record, but it appears to break the current record of 158 feet.


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11 Movie Titles That Became Part of the Lexicon

Our language and how we use it owes a lot to the movies. The title of a movie that many people have seen can serve as shorthand for a concept that might take a couple of hours to explain otherwise. Sometimes the term originated with the movie title, in other cases it was a valid term that few knew or used, but now everyone knows what it means. Did you know what a “full monty” was before the movie came out? Or a “bucket list”? Mental_floss looks at eleven movies that help us communicate with just their titles, with explanations and helpful video clips.

Oh yeah, the image above is from one such film. Can you name it before you see the list?


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Game of Thrones Season Four Blooper Reel

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If you're a fan of blooper reels, as I am, you're sure to enjoy the season four bloopers that the Game of Thrones YouTube Channel posted today. The video was presented at Comic Con at The HBO hits panel in Hall H. Via Dangerous Minds.


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Human Error

Human Error is a fascinating ongoing image series by Victoria Siemer, a graphic designer in Brooklyn also known as Witchoria. Each image takes the form of a Polaroid snapshot--a memory--of emotional pain and turmoil. Witchoria presents these moments as computer hardware and software errors. It's a narrative of broken love as the user finds and loses trust and experiences aging and anxiety. 

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Preview

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As happens every year at Comic Con, the first full-length preview of the new season of The Walking Dead was unveiled. Although we still have to wait until October to see Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and the zombies again, we can glean a few plot points to hang onto until then. -via Uproxx


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Sequined Spider

I should never say never. Because yesterday, I would have sworn up and down that I'd never call a spider a "beautiful creature." But today is a new day, and this beautiful creature is called the sequin (or mirror) spider. This arachnid is a member of the Thwaitesia genus, which is known to have reflective patches that are beautifully iridescent, as seen here in these macro photographs by Nicky Bay. 

Each tiny piece of the mirrored mosaic that is this spider's abdomen changes shape according to the spider's perceived level of threat, which is evident in these photos. The substance that makes for such a shiny surface is crystalline guanine, which is used as an ingredient in shampoo and cosmetics to achieve a look of pearlescent shimmer. Via Bored Panda.

Images Credit: Nicky Bay


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Kitten Whips Strange Rival Cat

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The rival cat doesn’t defend himself at all, because he’s ceramic. But that doesn’t make the battle any less important to this kitten! -via Tastefully Offensive

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People You See at Every Nerd Convention


It's day two of Comic Con International: San Diego, and to celebrate,  Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman from Dorkly bring you the fourth installment of “People You See At Every Nerd Convention.”

The jacked dude only there to rock shirtless cosplay. The twenty slave Leia's and one ignored non-slave Leia. The smelly guy who has clearly been wearing the same costume every day of the con. As well as checking out the most newly recognized categories of con attendees, see them all in parts one, two and three. Via Geeks are Sexy.


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Triple Concerto for Faucet, Water Pipes, and Fiddle

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Does your plumbing make noise sometimes? That could be a curse, or a blessing in disguise when you’re looking for a little musical inspiration! Polish violinist Jacek Dzwonowski takes advantage of the sound and plays along. -via Tastefully Offensive  


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And Suddenly: A Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time! Neatorama and the Neatoramanauts Facebook page have teamed up with The Hidden Triforce to bring you more good stuff! The Hidden Triforce is a Legend of Zelda fansite that gamers will love. Neatorama has the t-shirts that everyone loves! In celebration of the partnership, we are giving away three t-shirts to three winners. But you gotta enter. Click below to get your name in to win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop and The Hidden Triforce. You have until Monday at noon to enter. Good luck! 

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Engage In Science - The Scientific Trek Will Be Televised


Engage in Science by Jimiyo

If you dream of exploring the cosmos, whether with your mind or body, then you must engage in science! The captains of scientific study must insist you join the federation of science lovers and engage your mind in scientific pursuits. Take a trek across the stars without leaving your armchair, with a little help from Captains Tyson, Sagan and Nye, but please note that the title of "science guy" is already taken.

Keep your scientifically minded wardrobe geeky with this Engage in Science t-shirt by Jimiyo and show your allegiance to those who engage in scientific pursuits on television!

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How a Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis

During World War II, the German military faced a threat worse than the Allies: typhus. The disease was killing soldiers and weakening the German forces on the Eastern front as they faced the Soviet Army. They scrambled to develop a typhus vaccine in hurry. Joachim Mrugowsky, head of the SS Hygiene Institute, set up a research lab at Buchenwald concentration camp, thinking it would be safe from Allied bombing.

Dr. Erwin Ding-Schuler, an ambitious but callow Nazi officer and Mrugowsky’s deputy, was chosen to lead production, and began assembling captive scientists with the help of his new clerk, an imprisoned German intellectual named Eugen Kogon. Among those drafted was a gentle Jewish biologist named Ludwik Fleck, who was a former assistant of Dr. Weigl whom Weigl had protected during the Nazi occupation of Lviv.

Thus began one of the most effective but least-known deceptions of World War II, one that is wondrously thick with irony: For 16 months, working under the noses of his clueless Nazi overseers—in particular Ding-Schuler, whom Fleck described as a “dummkopf”—a Jewish doctor managed to send fake typhus vaccine to the Nazi soldiers at the front, even as he provided the real thing to inoculate his fellow condemned Jews in a concentration camp.

The project started off on the wrong foot, with Nazi doctors who had no experience in immunology, overseeing camp inmates who lied about being doctors, using a translated French pamphlet as a how-to guide, to do an extremely complex procedure under horrid conditions. That was before Dr. Fleck came along, and the group finally had someone who knew what he was doing. It’s a fascinating story overall, with a Nuremberg climax fit for Hollywood, at Politico magazine.  -via Digg

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Theremin: How Science Fiction Got its Sound

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Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, explains how that weird electronic musical instrument the theremin came about. Russian inventor Léon Theremin patented the theremin in 1928. That’s weird, since we associate the sound with time travel, space travel, and horror. But it’s not as weird as what happened to Theremin himself. -via the Presurfer


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Some Of The Strange Things You Can Find On Etsy

Etsy is the online marketplace for all things handmade, and they don’t have many restrictions on what you can sell on their site, meaning lots of strange things can be found for sale on Etsy.

Have you been looking for a necklace and morbid conversation piece in one? Maybe you need this Large Intestine Necklace with Guts.

How about a mask to wear that will both conceal your identity and cause a public disturbance? Sad Rooster Sack Mask to the rescue. This is actually one of the less creepy masks on Etsy...

Looking for a gift for a loved one who really hates the holidays? Merry Christmas, here’s your Alaskan Moose Nugget Christmas Ornament! Believe it or not, there are quite a few pieces of moose poop jewelry for sale on Etsy.

Check out the rest of the strange Etsy items that made it into The Soup's Whatsy? collection

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Can You Identify These Hit Songs by Just Their First Second?

A quiz title like this is catnip for me. See, I was a radio disc jockey for 24 years. We used to brag that we could name that tune in one note -backward. Yet I didn’t do as well as I thought I would, because I was in a hurry, that was a long time ago, and I wasn’t always playing Top 40 music.

Still, these quizzes at Slate were fun to do. I say “quizzes” because they are broken into decades: music from the 1970s (where I scored 16 of 16), the 1980s (14 of 16), the 1990s (8 of 16) and recent music (9 of 16). Even if you don’t recognize the song, the Hangman-style answer format can help you guess one letter at a time. There are links to each section from all the other sections, so you may as well start with the quiz on recent music. -via Metafilter


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Six-Year-Old Tries To Name Super Smash Bros. Characters, Fails Adorably

Tumblr user Lorenzo was trying to be an awesome big brother when he introduced his six-year-old little sister to the classic video game characters that star in the Super Smash Bros. video game franchise, and then he asked her if she remembered their names.

She got some of the names right, and came close with others like Pakistan (Pac-Man) and Bowler (Bowser), but the ones she tried to make up on the spot are pretty adorable.

To be fair, most of the characters in the game are from well before her time, and she probably hasn't been playing video games for long, but her imaginative new names might be just what these characters need to revitalize their image.

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NERDS!!! 15 Facts You Might Not Know About Revenge Of The Nerds

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the film Revenge of the Nerds, which was released back in 1984 when “nerd” was a really embarrassing thing to be called. The actors were nervous about appearing in a movie with “nerd” in the title! You remember the movie, but there’s a lot you probably don’t know. Like,

6. Filming on the University of Arizona campus had its problems. Just like the failed remake, the first film had college issues as well. The studio had been given permission to film on the campus, but revoked their filming privileges after reading the script. Producers had to convince the school they wouldn’t harm their reputation and eventually the school gave them the “okay,” with the many of the students posing as extras.

14. Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards tested their nerd attire during Rush Week. The actors wanted to put their nerd outfits to the test and attended several fraternity rush events to see how their pocket protectors went over. According to Carradine, one frat house’s president gave them a single look and said “No way.”

Time has proven that nerds really do inherit the earth, and the stars of Revenge of the Nerds now look back at that time fondly, despite their misgivings. Read the rest of the list at Uproxx.


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Tapio Mömmö's Unique Take On Superhuman Powers

Finnish artist Tapio Mömmö has a unique vision of what it means to be superhuman, and his characters derive their utilitarian superpowers from the machines that have fused with their bodies.

Through his digital artworks the phrase keeping a cool head takes on a new meaning, and to say that a guy with a boat for a head takes to water like a duck is an understatement.

His characters are heroically tragic, world weary and dressed like average folks, but their mechanical additions make them true survivors, able to overcome whatever obstacles life throws at them.

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Goliath Grouper Attacks Spearfisher

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Man has exploited the ocean and its creatures for as long as mankind has existed. Now the sea creatures are fighting back! Arif Sabir was spearfishing with friends off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, when they encountered a large Goliath grouper. The men get a short laugh in just before the grouper takes a bite out of Sabir’s flipper and makes off with his catch, spear and all! The spear was recovered later. Never underestimate an ugly, slow-moving fish when you’re in their territory. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Musical Illuminated Swing Set: The Tour

Daily Tous Les Jours, a collective of designers from Canada, created this cool swing set, which is now on tour. The set, based on the original 22 Swings project, is illuminated, which creates the spectacular light trails in the photos below. The designers explain their project on their website:

"The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation. It’s a game where from the start you need to adjust to the actions of others.

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds."

Pictured here is the swing set, a project its designers call The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation, at its visit to the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.

Those interested in learning more about The Swings or bringing the installation to an event in their town can submit their request here. Via Colossal. 


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The Nostalgia Machine

If you need playlist for a class reunion or a theme party, or you just want a background playlist for your internet surfing, The Nostalgia Machine is here for you. Enter a year and the machine will give you the top songs of that year, each with an embedded video. Select a significant year, like the year you graduated from high school or went through puberty, and you can wallow in nostalgia for the rest of the day! Sorry, it only goes back to 1960. -via Metafilter


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Raisin Awareness - Know Your Snacks By Name


Raisin Awareness by Adam Koford

The Dried Fruit Initiative has been established to show the link between the heat of the sun and the shrinking of fruit, and when you need to show the world an example of what heat does to fruit you need look no further than the mighty wrinkly raisin. With the raisin as their spokesfruit, the Initiative spread the word about dehydration, and while the fruit looked on in horror the hikers who were just passing through began to drool...

Help prevent the accidental raisinification of grapes with this Raisin Awareness t-shirt by Adam Koford, it's adorable and informative!

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Punisher Versus Red Hood In Super Power Beat Down

Marvel’s ultimate vigilante The Punisher and DC’s sidekick turned street crusader Red Hood have a lot in common besides their one-man war on crime- they both have a wicked sense of style, they both use guns because they don’t have superpowers, and they're the baddest anti-heroes in their respective comic book universes.

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MachinimaPrime and Bat in the Sun teamed up to bring the battle of the badass vigilantes to life in episode 12 of their Super Power Beat Down web series, which starts with a WonderCon poll to see who fans think will win and ends up really bleak for one of these bad boys.

(NSFW due to language and violence)

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Johnny Cash’s Captive Audience

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Music.


Johnny Cash was one of country music’s first “outlaws,” but the music industry was still surprised in 1957 when he played a concert at Huntsville State Prison in Texas. Over the next decade, Cash performed over 30 prison shows and recorded albums during at least three of them. (The shows at California’s Folsom Prison and San Quentin became the most famous). Here are ten little-known facts about the Man in Black’s prison concerts.

1. Columbia Records repeatedly rejected Cash’s requests to record a prison concert.
Cash started playing at prisons in response to fan mail from inmates who identified with his songs (especially “Folsom Prison Blues”). Soon he discovered that “prisoners are the greatest audience that an entertainer can perform for. We bring them a ray of sunshine into their dungeon, and they’re not ashamed to respond and show their appreciation.” He suspected that their excitement and gratitude combined with the thrill of performing in a dangerous venue would create the perfect setting for an album. His record company disagreed -they thought the concerts would kill Cash’s career and hurt the label’s image. But when Columbia brought on producer Bob Johnston -known for being a bit wild himself and for bucking authority (as well as producing for Bob Dylan)- that stance changed. Johnston readily approved the country star’s idea.

Columbia remained tight-lipped about the performance and the release of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison in 1968, still believing the album would never sell. But it did… an incredible 500,000 copies in one year. Sales were boosted by Cash’s tough guy image (he wore solid black clothing, used profane language, had a gravelly voice, and fought an on-again-off-again addiction to drugs). To help the cause along, Columbia released exaggerated ads claiming Cash was no stranger to prison. Which brings us to…

2. Cash never served time at Folsom, or any other prison.
He did seven short stints in jail, though, for drug- and alcohol-related charges. his song “Folsom Prison Blues” was instead inspired by the 1951 movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. According to biographer Michael Streissguth, another influence was Gordon Jenkins’s song “Crescent City Blues,” from which Cash “borrowed” so heavily that when his version was recorded on the Folsom album, the original artists demanded -and received- royalties.

3. Cash inspired future country music star Merle Haggard.

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