Happy Birthday, Akua!

This adorable little girl is Akua. She lives in Ghana and is celebrating her birthday. The guy in the picture said, “What do you want for your Birthday, Akua?”

She replied, “I want to say Hi to America!”

So the guy’s friend posted the picture to reddit. Akua certainly charmed everyone, and received thousands of comments wishing her a happy birthday. See some of the responses posted in images.

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How Is This Bicyclist Still Alive?

Raphael Orlove of Jalopnik proposes that this woman is the reincarnation of escape artist Harry Houdini. This dashcam footage from Taiwan shows a bicyclist crossing a street. A car hits the front of her bike. She's within a few inches of getting hit herself. But she neatly steps off the bicycle with perfect poise.


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13 Secrets of Amazon Warehouse Employees

Mental Floss put together this interesting list of facts about life as an employee in the warehouses of Amazon. One aspect addressed is the metal detectors by which warehouse workers must be scanned prior to leaving the premises for lunch or at the end of the work day. 

Charlee Mided, who worked in an Amazon warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona, said there was a huge rush among the workers to get in line for the security scan, particularly at lunchtime. He elaborated,

“If you’re way over on one side of the warehouse and lunch is called, you have 30 minutes from that point to clock out, eat, and come back. You’re spending half your time waiting to be scanned out so you can be sure you’re not stealing anything. It leaves you with about 10 minutes for food.”

When it's time to clock out, there is the same hurry to get in line for the metal detectors. The minutes spent in line is time for which the employees aren't paid, according to a Supreme Court decision on the matter issued in late 2014.

Read 12 other facts about work in Amazon warehouses here.  

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When Ice Was Hot

Roy Blakey spent 15 years as a professional ice skater with various shows, including Holiday on Ice, during its heyday in the mid-20th century. Along the way, he began to collect souvenirs, and now is an avid collector of vintage ice show ephemera. Blakey tells us about the history of ice shows, which took off in the U.S. and spread all over the world.  

Collectors Weekly: Ice shows seem an odd and somewhat cumbersome U.S. export.

Blakey: Well, Morris Chalfen was a genius. He realized ice shows needed no translation; that they would appeal to people all over the world. But the origin of the international shows goes back to the portable ice shows—or tank shows, as we called them—in the U.S., which started with Carl Snyder in 1943. Snyder had been booking bands into hotels when he decided to start producing tank shows. He’d bring a 20-by-20-foot ice rink right into a nightclub or the theater-restaurant of a fancy hotel. The story I heard is that the first one was in Toledo, Ohio, during Christmas and New Year’s, so he called it Holiday on Ice.

Shortly after that, two brothers from Milwaukee named Cal and Emery Gilbert, who owned an ice rink in Toledo called the Ice House, invited Holiday on Ice to perform at their rink. Emery was a brilliant technician, and he figured out how to enlarge Snyder’s portable rink to arena-size. The three became partners, and after a couple of years, Morris Chalfen heard about this little Holiday on Ice company and invested some money in it so they could build several arena-sized, portable ice rinks. That way they could have one rink going in the city where they were performing while another was being set up in the next city for the next show. It made everything more efficient, which was important since by then Holiday on Ice was competing with the Ice Follies, the Ice Capades, and the Hollywood Ice Review, which starred Sonja Henie.

In fact, those three companies had signed exclusives with all of the big arenas, which meant Holiday on Ice was frozen out of places like Madison Square Garden in New York and Chicago Stadium. Holiday on Ice needed its portable rinks, but that turned out to be a big plus for them in that they could go wherever they wanted. They could play on a theater stage, a basketball court, an outdoor football stadium, even a bullring, which they first did in Guadalajara, Mexico.

There’s more to the story, plus we’ll get a look at Blakey’s collection of ice show and skating memorabilia in an article at Collectors Weekly.


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Workplace with a Transparent Floor: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The Norwegian design firm Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter recently renovated and occupied a Nineteeth Century villa in Oslo as its new studio. Much of the second floor consists of large sheets of glass supported by study timbers. It's similar to the vertically glass house in Shanghai in that you can easily look up and down at your co-workers.

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Incredible Breakdancing Routine Performed With Fireworks Strapped To Their Feet

Breakdancing is a pretty flashy form of dance in its own right, but what happens when you pump up the flash factor by adding some fireworks into the mix?

You get one dangerous looking dance routine that lights up the night, a routine that only the bravest breakers would ever dare to attempt.

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Two brave breakers from Germany named LIL AMOK and BBoy Snoop proved they're down to undertake dangerous dance missions by performing with fireworks strapped to their feet.

Their mad moves look even more incredible with those colorful sparks flying off their sneakers and into the air, and the whole thing culminates in an unreal headspin finale sure to leave you all fired up!

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A Map of Every Goat in the United States

Now you know. Consider yourself warned.

According to a 2012 census by the US Department of Agriculture, there are 2,621,514 goats in the United States. Christopher Ingram of the Washington Post notes that that's more goats than the combined human populations of Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C.

In Sutton County, Texas, goats outnumber humans 14 to 1. And most of those goats are raised for meat. What will happen when the goats realize this?

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Top Ten Grammar Myths



Grammar Girl and Quick and Dirty Tips author Mignon Fogarty writes this list of top ten grammar myths, which has points that might fool even the most contentious of internet grammar hawks. But there's one thing we all know: irregardless is not a word. Right? That loud buzzing sound says wrong (and so does Fogarty). She explains, 

“Irregardless” is a bad word and a word you shouldn't use, but it is a word. “Floogetyflop” isn't a word—I just made it up and you have no idea what it means. “Irregardless,” on the other hand, is in almost every dictionary labeled as nonstandard. You shouldn't use it if you want to be taken seriously, but it has gained wide enough use to qualify as a word.

Read the rest of Fogarty's top ten grammar myths here. 


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French Kissers - Forget Detroit, Paris Is The New Rock City


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For centuries they'd yelled "Vive la France!" before heading into battle, but when they heard the sounds made by The Demon and those face painted fret freaks from a little band called Kiss they swapped the France out for Rock 'n' Roll. Those savage rock rhythms really spoke to their fine French hearts, and they soon discovered that rock music makes the perfect soundtrack for everything from a violent revolution to a bloodless coup d'etat!

Show the world you've been a fan since way back when, wear this French Kissers t-shirt by tomburns and rock the world like a fine face painted French fop!

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Genius Invents Peanut Butter and Jelly Oreos

Redditor dfreshv is brilliant! Take a peanut butter Oreo, a strawberry/raspberry Oreo, remove a cookie end from each, combine what's left, and you've got a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Make a bunch of them and that's a full and reasonably healthy meal.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

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Cold Glass Sculpture

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Jack Storms is a glass artist who doesn’t melt glass. Instead, he cuts and polishes and assembles solid glass into beautiful works of shininess. He says it can take 18 weeks to complete a project, so of course we would wonder what they sell for. You can see some of Storms’ completed works at his website, but you have to make a serious inquiry to get a price quote. That should tell you something. Meanwhile, we can learn about the process of making these cold glass sculptures. -via Digg


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Extreme Luxury Stadium Skybox Has a Built-in Sauna

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Saunas are a big deal in Finland. In fact, the word sauna is of Finnish origin. So for Finns, luxury accommodations must include a hot steambath. Skybox 408 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki offers guests a bar, gourmet food, and a 20-person sauna.

Guests can strip down and watch hockey from the privacy of one-way glass windows. Renting it costs €2,500 per night, which is about $2,822 USD.


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Snickers Super Bowl Commercial Adds Buscemi, Trejo to the Brady Bunch

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This funny commercial for Snickers set to air during the Super Bowl adds Steve Buscemi and Danny Trejo to the classic Brady Bunch episode in which Marcia gets smacked in the nose with a football thrown by Peter. "Making of" footage is featured in the video below. I don't know about you, but I think Buscemi makes a lovely Jan!

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This Racy Domino's Pizza Ad Campaign Is Fifty Shades Of Wrong

Domino’s Pizza has always taken a rather lighthearted approach to advertising (remember the Noid?) but when it comes to creating national ad campaigns it can be really easy to take humor too far.

Take this Sriracha Pizza spot Domino's wisely decided not to include in their Superbowl ad campaign:

The ad was created by advertising agency McCann Israel, and even though the pitch was never approved the image inevitably made its way online and is now causing quite a stir. Domino's reps are ardently denying they authorized use of their logo, and claim "the people responsible are being dealt with", but it sure looks like a legit pitch to me.

It’s obviously meant to cash in on the Fifty Shades Of Grey hype and add some edginess to their ads, but deciding the S&M theme was a little too NC-17 for a national ad campaign was clearly a smart choice. -Via The Daily What

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Rare Megamouth Shark Washes Ashore in the Philippines

According to the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, an exceedingly rare megamouth shark washed ashore in Marigondon, Pioduran, Albay yesterday morning. The specimen, which was no longer alive, was thought to be only the 60th sighting of the species ever (though experts are still debating the number). 

Cause of death of the 15-foot long shark is still unknown. The specimen has been stored on ice until specialists arrive to examine it. 



The common name of this docile, deep-dwelling species refers to the disproportionate size of its massive head and the large capacity of its mouth, which the shark keeps open as it swims in order to catch plankton and jellyfish.

See a video about a scientist's fascinating encounter with a megamouth in the wild below. Read more about the Philippines specimen here, and see the Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines' Facebook post about the event here.  

Images: Rhaydz Barcia

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Weatherman Smoothly Plays off Horrible Glitches in Temperature Map


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If you were in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, then you died. I hope it was quick and relatively painless. Temperatures spiked at selected areas around the city. Whereas Chandler was a pleasant 63°F, Cave Creek and other suburbs faced temperatures as high at 2,960ºF (1,627ºC).

So everyone in those areas is thoroughly dead and baked. Despite the magnitude of this tragedy, Cory McClosky, a meteorologist with Fox 10 News, was calm, cool, and collected. This guy has nerves of steel.

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World Population Cartogram 2015

This cartogram plots the size of each nation as a factor of its population. It was created by redditor TeaDranks. Each tiny square represents half a million people. You can click the original at imgur to greatly enlarge the map.  

Asia takes up half the world and Canada is reduce to a line. Hawaii by itself gets more squares than Iceland, and Greenland is nowhere to be found (except on the list of squareless nations). The cities of Hong Kong and Singapore now are bigger than Mongolia and New Zealand. If you want to see a big city, check out Mexico City. -via Metafilter


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Pit Bull - Dachshund Mix Is A Thing Of Bizarre Beauty

When a breed becomes the latest doggy hotness they star in more mutt combos, like the semi-recent wave of Chihuahua and Corgi combos making the dog world a shorter and stockier place.

These mixes of popular breeds are sure to get noticed at the dog park, but what about those less popular or unfairly stigmatized breeds?

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Apparently they look even more spectacular when they come together, and when the bully and the weenie combine the offspring is a thing of bizarre beauty.

Meet Rami, the Pit Bull Terrier-Dachshund combo, and one of the cutest/creepiest looking canines I’ve ever seen! Rami has a head that's probably caused more than a few faceplants, and with his interesting body shape and fascinating face it's not surprising that his story has gone viral.

Rami is available for adoption through Georgia's Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society, and his unique appearance has made him a big hit on their Facebook page, where you can see videos of Rami running around and pics of Rami getting a bath- just like a normal dog! -Via BuzzFeed

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The "Piano of the Future" Looks Like It Comes with Warp Drive

Gergely Bogányi, a Hungarian pianist, spent 10 years developing what Kelcee Griffis of My Modern Met calls "the piano of the future." It's a beautiful form, but the Bogányi piano is more than just a thing of beauty. Internally, it's a rethinking of the machine that produces sounds different from modern pianos. Marton Dunai writes for Reuters:

Nearly all 18,000 components were rethought. The two wide, curved legs double as sound deflectors. Thanks to an intricate mechanism, the strings apply minimal pressure on the sound board, made of over 20 carbon composite layers. The cast-iron frame boasts an all-new design. […]

Karoly Reisinger, CEO of the New York piano repair shop Klavierhaus, was "mesmerized" at a sound he said brought lyrical qualities back to the piano after a century of power-focused development.

"In this design you will be able to hear the 1850-1860 era qualities, lyrical, bell-like, precise – and also the modern instrument that our time is used to, which is clarity," he said.

Four-time Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Gerald Clayton felt he had played a slick new type of instrument.

"The sound almost feels as if you're in a bubble, it's so clear," he said. "It's a new sensation."

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Krustywise - His Act Will Knock You Dead!


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Krusty lost his daytime television gig and was now looking for a new way to vent his clowny frustration and paint the town red, so he decided to change his act into one guaranteed to scare the kiddies. He changed his look to better embody that IT factor, and took the fact that he found his own appearance terrifying to be a horrific success, but when he started filing his teeth down into sharp points he knew he'd taken his terrifying new persona a bit too far!

Bring a splash of frightfully fun color to your geeky wardrobe with this Krustywise t-shirt by Brinkerhoff, it's sure to slay your fellow Krusty fans and make horror fans howl with delight!

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Where Are The Unicorns?

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This ad for the French cable channel Canal+ from the ad agency BETC Paris gives a little twist to the old story of why there are no unicorns in existence today. Yeah, the setting is still Noah’s Ark. Read more about this minute-long epic film at AdFreak. About one second of the video may be NSFW, but fine by barnyard standards. I hope that doesn’t give away too much. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Ten Lesser Known Tools Used By Ninjas

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The ninja has become such an archetypal figure in the world of pop culture that ninjafans assume they know all there is to know about the shadowy assassins in black because they've seen all the movies and read all the books.

However, most of those books and movies leave out all the real cool ways ninjas used elements in their surroundings to their advantage, and the nifty little gadgets that aided them in their stealthy pursuits.

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Need to cross a moat or pond in a hurry? Historians believe ninjas strapped pontoon like devices to their feet called Mizu Gumo (Water Spider), which folded up nicely and helped aid in their escape.

Shuriken are cool and katanas slice real nice, but there’s nothing like silently delivering a dose of poison via hairpin, or scratching your way to victory with the Neko-Te (cat’s paw) weapon used primarily by the kunoichi (female ninja).

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Want to learn more about the tools found in a real ninja’s arsenal? Check out 10 Stealthy And Dangerous Ninja Tools You Didn’t Know Existed and you'll gain a better appreciation of the ninja's crafty nature.


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A Truly Humiliating Oscar Moment

Yesterday, we posted an Oscar story from Eddie Deezen titled The Cruelest Oscar Award Presentation of All-Time. While rounding up photos for the article, I came across another moment from that very same awards ceremony that could be in the running for the cruelest. However, we don’t know that it was intentional, so let’s go with the “most embarrassing.”

When the 6th Academy Awards were presented on March 16, 1934, it had been 17 months since the previous Oscar ceremony, so movies from both the second half of 1932 and the entire year of 1933 were in contention. This was done to standardize the eligibility period to the calendar year. The big winner of the year was the movie Cavalcade, which won the Best Picture Oscar -even though most of the eight other nominated films are considered to be better movies 80 years later.

The ceremony was held during a banquet at the Fiesta Room at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Director Frank Capra, whose film Lady for a Day was nominated for four Oscars, reserved tables for 16 people, although three of them bowed out before the ceremony.

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Kansas Farmer Makes Art by Herding His Cattle

Derek Klingenberg is a farmer and YouTube celebrity in Kansas. When we last saw him, he was summoning his cattle by playing Lorde's "Royals" on a trombone. But Klingenberg is a Renaissance man--he's not limited to one form of art. He knows both music and the visual arts. He demonstrates his talent for the latter by herding his cattle in such a way that they form a smiley face. An aerial drone captured his impressive craftsmanship.


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5 Criminals Who Were Hilariously Good at Escaping Jail

Harry Houdini was known as the world’s greatest escape artist. But he was never kept confined as a prisoner of the state, where the stakes are higher. Some folks developed a talent for escaping from real incarceration, because by golly, they kept getting arrested and jailed! There’s the story of Paddy Mitchell, a bank robber who, along with his gang who wore masks of presidents, robbed over 100 banks. Their exploits inspired the movie Point Break. Paddy almost killed himself during his second  prison break.

Now, you probably know from decades' worth of depictions of prison life in the media that cigarettes are as good as gold on the inside, but you probably don't know about something else they're good for -- namely, faking a heart attack, which you can do by simply soaking a cigarette butt in water overnight and then drinking the resulting liquid nicotine goodness (don't try that at home, kids). Mitchell, obviously a big fan of the "more is more" approach, soaked an entire pack of cigs in water, ran three miles around the prison exercise yard, and then drank that refreshing cancer sludge.

His ticker damn nigh exploded. His heart attack symptoms were so real -- because, basically, they were -- that guards rushed him to the local hospital ... where his two partners were posing as emergency room workers. Mitchell made a quick getaway to the Philippines, only returning to the U.S. to pull an occasional bank heist until he was finally caught for good ... 15 years later.

Paddy Mitchell is only one of the five prison escape artists profiled in a list at Cracked.


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The Traditional Carved Wood Guitars of Japan are Incredibly Beautiful

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The Inami style of wood carving dates back to Eighteenth Century Japan. The master craftsmen there make the finest sculptures and other implements rendered in wood. In addition to more traditional uses for their craft, the artisans also make bodies for electric guitars. They are breathtakingly beautiful, especially the guitar bodies shaped like dragons. You can view more of them at Rocket News 24.


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5 Ways NOT To Handle A Nasty Facebook Breakup

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Some Facebook etiquette rules are presented here as a 194s-style educational film. The anachronistic idioms are hilarious! Facebook itself is described here as “the electric friendship generator.” But the advice here deals with real-life modern social conventions, and it can be boiled down to “think before you post.” -via Nag on the Lake


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Watching TV, Then and Now

I grew up watching television—really more than I should have. Back then, to watch a new episode, you had to wait until it aired the next week. If you missed it because you had other plans . . . well, too bad. You missed it.

Now, it’s normal to watch an entire season of a show and only that show for a while. The television watching experience is very different. Tony Wilson of Dorkly summarized it in 5 cartoons. You can view the rest here.


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Neon Lit Jurassic Park and Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailers

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Digital illustrator Neonardo made these killer videos reimagining the trailers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic Park with neon lights. The result is fantastic. See more of Neonardo's projects on his Tumblr and follow him on social media via Twitter.

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The Riddle of the Sphinx

When you’re a webcomic artist, you can take shortcuts by just making something up that will work. The riddle is solved on a technicality! But don’t think you’re so smart -after all, Oedipus solved the riddle of the Sphinx and look where it got him. This comic is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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