11-year old Liang Yaoyi of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, died on June 6 of a brain cancer. He wanted to become a doctor when he grew up. He will not get the chance, but Yaoyi will get to heal the sick. Before he died, he asked that his organs be donated to people who need transplants. Within eight hours of his death, his kidneys and liver were transplanted.
After they were removed from his body, the doctors from the operating room bowed to honor him.
Wasteland Weekend is “The World’s Largest Post-Apocalyptic Festival”, and since the official debut in 2010 the event has grown from a few hundred attendees to an apocalyptic mob large enough to initiate their own revolution against civilized society.
What began as a spin-off of Mad Max themed festivals, which were held in Australia and Japan as far back as the late 1970s, has become the place for fans of apocalyptic genre movies, video games and those who’d rather LARP in the radioactive wastelands than in a fantasy forest.
This year the organizers are expecting their largest turnout yet, and with a little help from the horde of wasteland ambassadors who attended San Diego Comic-Con 2014 they’re sure to get plenty of fresh meat heading out to the desert this September.
Sadly, the company has no intentions of mass-producing this excellent design. It’s just a one-off marketing tool. That’s a pity because I could really use it to--well, nothing around the house, I suppose. But if I owned something this cool, I would find a good use for it.
The HBO Series The Leftovers is an incredibly dramatic show based on the Tom Perrotta novel of the same name.
The Leftovers is a unique take on the idea of the Rapture, where two percent of all people on Earth disappear overnight.
In the show the survivors, aka the "leftovers", deal with the loss of their loved ones while trying to keep their lives together during this strange time.
It's a dark, brooding, and extremely humanistic story that focuses on the survivors rather than the Rapture itself, and the creators decided to advertise their show with realistic Loved Ones dolls outside San Diego Comic-Con which left people with lots of unanswered questions.
Some people thought the whole thing was some kind of inside joke, or advertising for a Real Doll style silicone mannequin for sick fetishists, but those who watch the show understood the reference and yet were still totally creeped out by these realistic looking figures:
Apparently the show's creators wanted to get under our skin with their morbid exhibit, but I doubt this strange form of advertising will work in their favor considering most people who saw the exhibit had no idea what the heck they were looking at!
Move over Grumpy Cat. Like you, this Guinea Pig's standard answer is in the negative. And he actually makes noise. He might not have his Grump Face perfected, as it's still in Cute Face mode, but he's working on it. Better plan your retirement and put some of that money away for your Grumpy Grandkitties' college funds. Via Unique Daily.
You're playing Mario Kart on a first date, but there's one problem: your date is doing AWFUL. They clearly have no idea what they're doing - so now it's decision time: do you handicap yourself to spare their feelings, or do you be true to yourself and play like you always do?
How about it: would you play to win, or would you scale it back to let your date win? Select an option at Dorkly and see where your adventure leads!
The Last of Us: One Night Live was an event based on an alternate musical ending to the game that was “thrown together by the cast on the soundstage as they worked on the game"- it was a celebration of the game's storyline, soundtrack and the impact this darkly humanistic world has on gamers.
WARNING- If you haven't played the game yet there are spoilers contained within the performance, and some subject matter considered NSFW.
Spotify crunched the numbers on 120,000 playlists that people made and labeled as “Guilty Pleasures.” Supposedly, these are songs that people like to listen to, but have a hard time admitting it to their peers (but Spotify knows all). On those lists, here are the top ten songs.
1. Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega 2. Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham! 3. My Sharona – The Knack 4. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey 5. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex 6. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) – Dead Or Alive 7. Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men 8. Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley 9. U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer 10. Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
I like “My Sharona,” because it was really big the summer I graduated from college. And I was once an avid Journey fan, but “Don’t Stop Believin’” is one of their weaker songs. And I’m not ashamed of liking anything by MC Hammer. I like some rather weird songs (that aren’t on this list), but I don’t feel guilty about them. What’s your “guilty pleasure” song? -via Uproxx
Hank Hill is right: clean-burning propane is the best way to taste the meat, not the heat. But in the absence of God's gas, lava is an acceptable substitute. Sam Bompas and Harry Parr give a demonstration in this video embedded below.
If this is the lifestyle that you prefer, go for it. But I think that this trend in desk design is going in the wrong direction. The ideal position is not standing upright, but lying supine. The wise Sir Winston Churchill explained its value when asked for the secret to his success in life:
Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down.
The super talented weaponsmiths from Baltimore Knife and Sword, collectively known on YouTube as MAN AT ARMS, are back with a new series called REFORGED, where they step up their weapon forging game by constructing hybrid weapons based on our favorite geeky franchises.
In this episode they came up with a rather creative way to combine all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle’s weapons into one freakin’ crazy weapon they should call the Cowabunga Choppah.
You'd think a katana blade mounted on the end of a bo staff would be enough, but this is REFORGED, and MAN AT ARMS is going all out to create weapons we've only seen in our geeky dreams, so of course they had to work in Raphael's sai and Mikey's nunchakus.
However, seeing how they work the sai and nunchaku in to the overall build will surprise you...What will these creative weapon masters come up with next?!
Some glassware collectors take a handheld black light along with them when they shop in order to test Vaseline glass, also known as canary glass or uranium glass. Real uranium glass will glow green under a black light. Glassmakers began using uranium as a coloring agent in the late 1700s, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that we knew how dangerous radioactivity is. Still, Vaseline glass continued to made, with the exception of the World War II years, up to the present day. That’s because the tiny amounts of radiation emitting from Vaseline glass are smaller than radiation emitted from many other things we encounter in our everyday lives. So why does it glow?
Even if radioactivity is the thing that makes Vaseline glass cool, it’s not what makes Vaseline glass glow, says Barrie Skelcher, who’s written two Vaseline glass books of his own. That may come as a surprise to many Vaseline glass collectors, who assume that radioactivity is the reason why Vaseline glass glows under ultraviolet light, confusing the cartoon depiction of radioactivity for the science.
“It’s the chemistry of uranium that makes Vaseline glass glow, not radioactivity,” Skelcher says by phone from England, where he lives with his wife, Shirley, and 500 or so pieces of Vaseline glass in a collection that once numbered more than 1,000. “It wouldn’t make any difference whether the glass contained depleted uranium with the 235 isotope removed or natural uranium; the chemistry is identical. Uranium fluoresces under UV light.”
In other words, glass containing uranium will glow under UV light even after all the radiation has, er, radiated. The danger associated with uranium glass pales in comparison with glass that contain lead, arsenic, cobalt, or a number of other colorants and additives. And you’ll receive more dangerous radiation from the black light than from the glass. Still, the story of Vaseline glass is fascinating. I was surprised to learn that the name “Vaseline” was given to uranium glass because that’s the color Vaseline used to be! (Eww.) You can read plenty more about Vaseline glass at Collectors Weekly.
Asap SCIENCE's latest video takes a look at sleep and how much of it allows for us to be productive, or even merely functional. I'm sure nobody is surprised that the news isn't good for people with a newborn in their house. The concept of sleep debt is also discussed. This morning I feel like my sleep debt has accumulated to the point that, soon, someone's Uncle Vito is going to whack me.
A government program in Chhattisgarh, India, aims to distribute bicycles to women between the ages of 18-35, and sewing machines to women aged 35-60, in order to make the lives of working women easier. But records provided by Chhattisgarh Labour Department under a sunshine law shows some shenanigans.
The list of beneficiaries includes 6,189 women who were shown aged 114 years. Besides these, the list has six women showing age 202 years, three showing aged 212 years, two showing aged 282 years.
There were at least 14 women shown above 300 years, seven in their 400s.
Age of one woman was mentioned as 532 years.Taking to TOI, Aggarwal said this misinformation could be just a tip of the iceberg, as the data obtained by him pertained only to Raipur. "If the information provided is correct, then beneficiaries' list has been fudged," he said.
Yah think? More likely, the information provided is not correct. Around 19,399 sewing machines have been distributed under the program. Although women have been known to lie about their age, they usually keep it within the realm of possibility. The next time someone inappropriately asks my age, I will tell them I’m 532. Read the rest of the story at The Times of India. -via Arbroath
One morning, a man in Toonumbar, New South Wales, Australia went to his SUV to drive to work. He found a 9-foot long python sunning itself on the dashboard. Since he had another vehicle, he left the car doors open, hoping that the snake would move on. But when he got back home, he found that the snake was still there. So he left the doors open overnight.
After 5 days, the snake still had not moved out. So the owner called WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization, to remove it. They evicted the snake, which WIRES described as "a bit cranky about being disturbed."
Once again, Nick Chipman of DudeFoods invents a food product that becomes instantly indispensible. Now that you know that these things exist, you feel an overwhelming urge to eat them, right? Of course, you do!
They're simple to make at home. First, bake unbreaded chicken wings. Then dip them in melted marshmallows, sprinkle with graham cracker crumbles, and pour on chocolate sauce. Yummy!
Monty Python has started releasing clips from the recent reunion show, Monty Python Live (Mostly) starting with “The Spanish Inquisition,” starring Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, with Carol Cleveland. They will release another clip every week, or you can preorder the entire show on home video. -via Laughing Squid
Niki Norberg is a tattoo artist working out of Gothenburg, Sweden. He's been working in the field since 2001. His flair for realism and fine detail has gained him wild popularity on Facebook and Instagram, with 171,000 and 256,000 followers respectively. Niki also has a great eye for what works in black ink, able to paint full black sleeves, as seen here, without the finished product looking exceedingly dark and simplistic.
Although people love both dogs and cats, when you take statistics into account, some countries lean more toward dogs, while others lean more toward cats. A glance at this map compiled with statistics from Euromonitor tells us what we already knew: the U.S. and Russia love cats. Which of the United States are cat states and which are dog states? As a rule, Americans love both dogs and cats, and many households have both.
Here in the U.S., slightly more households own dogs than own cats. But Euromonitor’s numbers show that in terms of raw population, cats outnumber dogs to the tune of 2 million (the number is closer to 4 million, by the American Veterinary Medical Association's estimate). Why? One simple explanation is that cats are more compact. You can fit more cats in a house than you can, say, golden retrievers.
For a number of years now, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo-encabulator.
Do you understand? If not, just nod you head and pretend that you do because it's vital that no one else grasps how little you understand about the world. That is the premise of the turboencabulator (or turbo-encabulator or turbo encabulator), a classic joke in the engineering world. Rebecca Linke of Computerworld offers a history of this gag that has been running since at least 1944. It's a long string of total gibberish that sounds right to the uninformed. In short, it's technobabble so good that even Geordi La Forge would approve.
John Hellins Quick, a graduate student, published about the turboencabulator in a 1944 issue of the British Institution of Electrical Engineers Student’s Quarterly Journal. It was republished in the US in a 1946 issue of Time magazine. In 1962, the Instrument Department of General Electric published a professional-looking datasheet on the turboencabulator, complete with a list of accessories, specifications, and ratings. Several companies produced training videos, including the hilarious one embedded above.
Most celebs love to get dressed up, whether in formal wear or a fun costume, so it’s only natural that celebs who attend San Diego Comic-Con each year enjoy channeling their inner cosplayer on the main floor of the convention.
However, celebs generally don’t enjoy getting mobbed by fans, and if they are easily recognizable even in costume they could wind up being the subject of an unwanted fan frenzy.
That’s why celebs are choosing to go to Comic-Con incognito these days, wearing outfits that obscure their identity and allow them the anonymous freedom to roam the floor as they please.
Maisie Williams decided to attend Comic-Con 2014 while wearing simple disguises that kept people from catching Game of Thrones mania and freaking out on the Con floor.
As you can see from her Instagram photo people didn't seem to think twice about the weird little fangirl wearing the Guy Fawkes or Spider-Man mask, and she was able to enjoy the convention without inciting hysteria!
Bayonne is a city in southern France. Like Pamplona, Spain, there is a festival in which bulls chase runners through the streets. This is 2014, so it’s no longer enough for participants to just enjoy the thrill of angry bulls pursuing them. Now these moments must be immortalized on social media.
Neither of those men appear to have been trampled. But YouTube user lexflex freeman shot this video of a man in Bayonne getting too distracted by his phone. It looks like he escaped with no injuries to his body—only his pride.
I’ve cut up two watermelons in the past week to pack in my kids’ lunches for band camp. I was using the “cut the rind away first” method, but since seedless watermelons became common, there are plenty of watermelon-chopping techniques that work well. I may have to try this one, but with a slight change. I would do his horizontal cutting (almost but not all the way through) before slicing the melon in half. That would eliminate having to cut towards your hand with a wobbly end down, and instead cut down toward the board with the wobbly (whole) melon down. Oh, and make sure you have a really sharp knife. -via Viral Viral Videos
Long plane rides are so booooooooring. Here's a traditional game that helps you pass the time. Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal gives us a primer on the rules. It's really straightforward. Now the man on the toilet must tag his playmate back.
A lot of games require a lot of space and many tables just don't cut it for the really elaborate table games. Over at Geek Chic though, you can be sure to find something just right for your favorite games. The tables all feature a "game vault" playing area and most offer a rail system along the side of the table where you can hook in accessories like cup holders, writing spaces and areas for you to roll your dice. Many of them also offer storage spacce for your games when they aren't in use.
* Elvis Presley loved reading comic books as a boy. His favorite hero was Captain Marvel, Jr. It is reputed he got the original inspiration for his jet black hair with the curl hanging down in the middle of his forehead was inspired by Captain Marvel, Jr.
* Michael Jackson wanted to play Spider-Man in a movie so badly, he tried to buy Marvel Comics in the 1990's.
* The Incredible Hulk was originally gray, but Marvel changed him to green after problems with ink in their presses.
* When Joe DiMaggio was playing with the New York Yankees, he loved reading Superman comic books, but he was too embarrassed to buy them himself; he thought it tarnished his image. So he would send other Yankee players to go to the local newsstand and buy the latest issues for him.
* The 1940's comic book superhero called Red Bee fought the Nazis using trained bees. His favorite bee was named Michael and lived in Red Bee's belt buckle.
* Comic book letterers avoid words like "clint" and "flick" because during printing the letters can run together, making the words look like profanity.
* In Archie Comics, Jughead had a real name. His full name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones II. He has a sister named Forsythia “Jellybean" Jones.
* The word “Brainiac" comes from a Superman villain of the same name.
This is the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch, New Zealand. 60 residents and members of the staff made this shot-by-shot remake of the original music video by Pharrell Williams. They made it to show their friends and family that they're happy. The Daily Mail describes the dapper fellow who plays Williams:
The star of the video, complete with a Pharrell-esque smart white shirt, bow tie and iconic hat, is 79-year-old former engineer Alister Leckie who Mr King said 'had never done anything like that before, and absolutely loved it'.
The residents stay in shape with regular exercise and flashmobbing, so they were up for the demands of the video.
Artist Hector Janse van Rensburg feels that Facebook profile pics are looking a bit too human these days, so he has taken it upon himself to bring a bit of critter color to the world of social media by slothifying random Facebook profile pics:
The UK based artist has become known for his offbeat watercolor works, which he shares with the web under the name S**tty Watercolour, and if you are familiar with Hector’s works you know there is nothing serious about his artistic interpretations:
Hector has painted portraits of Redditors and celebrities, and now he’s tackling the ever changing world of social media, whether the Facebook users in question like it or not. Who knows, you might be his next slothification victim…