More Mesmerizing Glass Sculptures from Ben Young

In June, we showed you some of the amazing sculptures that Ben Young, an artist in New Zealand, makes by carefully cutting and layering sheets of glass. His medium is an especially effective way of conveying the texture and movement of water. Some of his recent work, such as this sculpture of a lighthouse, illustrates Young's skill.

Young calls this piece "Lonesome Light." The waves of glass appear to pound the lighthouse, which juts above the sea on a mound of rock that appears both solid and fragile in the raging storm.


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Mystery Busters - A Shaggy Ghost Dog Story


Mystery Busters by Legendary Phoenix

They're the original mystery solving teens, who enjoy a good unmasking and are always stylin' when they're profilin', but what would those meddling kids do if they encountered an actual ghost? They wouldn't stand around like a bunch of busters, they'd pick up some proton packs and battle those ghosts until they ran out of Scooby snacks. One thing's for certain- after years of battling bad guys they ain't afraid of no ghosts, or a king sized sandwich!

Add a supernatural cartoon crossover to your geeky wardrobe with this Mystery Busters t-shirt by Legendary Phoenix, it's tastier than a scooby snack and way cooler than wearing a cravat!

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Celebrities And Their Historical Twins

It’s not uncommon for celebrities to become famous based largely on their looks, and even the best actors can have their careers boosted by the fact that they’re good looking.

(Jennifer Lawrence and Zubaida Tharwat/Image Link)

These famous faces are chosen because they appeal to the masses, but what if that visual appeal is somewhat subconscious?

(Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rose Wilder Lane/Image Link)

Maybe the studio heads are choosing their next A list faces based on familiarity, a feeling they’ve seen that face somewhere before?

(Ben Schwartz and Leon Trotsky/Image Link)

Check out these pictures of 20 Celebrities and Their Historical Twins and you’ll see that famous faces tend to come back around after a while, and while some of the similarities are arguable many are too close to be denied.


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Ebola (A “Lola” Parody)

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Ebola jokes can be tasteless or scary, and could cause offense among those who are truly frightened of the virus. But no one takes public health more seriously than ZDoggMD, the musical alter ego of Dr. Zubin Damania.

Too soon, you say?

Actually, not soon enough. The US media hysteria around this illness is ripe for ridicule and it’s time we stepped up before someone else does it even more tastelessly.

Yeah, it’s a clever song parody, but the purpose of it is to warn against misinformation and panic regarding the disease. The duet features Devin Moore from the band Rabbit! (Incidentally, a Z-pack will do nothing against a virus.) Read more at ZDoggMD.


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The Quotable Doctor Zoidberg

In the world of Futurama there is only one Decapodian doctor you should call when you need your limbs snipped off, or a tongue depressor shoved in your ear- Zoidberg.

He’s the lonely lobster with the funny accent, and even though he seems like a total dweeb he actually has some wise words to share with the world, if you can stand listening to him long enough to hear them!

Zoidberg isn’t a philosopher, or a sage, he’s just an ordinary guy looking for the occasional dumpster sandwich to nibble on as he makes his way through the world of the far flung future.

Take a look back at Zoidberg’s beautiful mind with these 20 Hysterical Dr. Zoidberg 'Futurama' Quotes, and the next time you're looking for a quote to bust out at a dinner party you'll think "why not Zoidberg?"


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Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models

As I grew up in the 1970s, I recognized that the Disney princesses I’d enjoyed at the movies were not good role models for my own future daughters. But by the time I had daughters, there was a whole new generation of princesses, and they were each progressively a bit more relevant to real life. Of course, each was criticized, but then the protagonist was usually improved upon in the next princess movie. Caroline Siede looks at the different ways the princesses are role models for young girls.   

Belle is defined by her intelligence and love of reading. Princess Jasmine—the only supporting character in the entire princess line—openly declares she’s not a prize to be won. Mulan disguises herself as a man and saves China from invasion. Tiana goes from waitress to business owner thanks to her own determination. Merida and Rapunzel reject the limiting lifestyles their parents try to force on them. Like Snow White, these female-driven films found massive success at the box office, and like Frozen they actively subvert expectations of Disney princess storytelling.

And while Moana deserves ample praise for centering on a woman of color, Disney has actually done a fairly good—if delayed—job diversifying its princess line. So far the company has turned a Middle Eastern princess, a Native American chief’s daughter, a Chinese warrior, and a black business-owner into four of the most recognizable characters in pop culture with remarkably little fanfare. Meanwhile, we’ve yet to have a single superhero movie centered on a character of color.

Even looking back at the three classic era princess movies: Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, they were breakthrough films when considered in the social context of their time. As the progressive arc from Snow White through Frozen continues, we are looking forward to Disney’s next princess movie, Moana, in 2016. Read Siede’s full article at Boing Boing.


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Faces of Fright: Scary Halloween Makeup

  "Creepy Monster" | Image: The Painting Lady

Killer makeup jobs like these can take an average costume to the next level. Bored Panda asked for creepy makeup user submissions; these are a few of the 117 submissions thus far. From oozing flesh wounds to evil, toothy clowns to pierced and punctured zombies, these makeup masks are a wide range of nightmare fodder. See more unnerving makeup art here. 


  "Terrifying Zombie" |  Image: Imgur

"Ripped Flesh Wound" | Image: redeyedemon

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Life in Paris

When Rosecrans Baldwin, the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, took a copywriting job at a French advertising agency and relocated from Brooklyn to the 3rd arrondissement, he imagined a life of baguettes, croissants, and other fine carbohydrates. The reality of expat living in Paris, he soon learned, was a little bit more complicated.

1. There’s an actual psychological disorder called Paris syndrome. It occurs when a tourist arrives in Paris and is so distressed to find the city does not meet his or her romantic expectations that it causes a breakdown. It strikes about a dozen people each year. Japanese visitors are particularly susceptible, possibly due to the über-romantic image that Paris holds in Japan. The Japanese embassy once repatriated several sufferers with a doctor or nurse aboard the plane.

2. Parisian doctors work from home. Not all of them, of course, but the physician I saw did. It’s unsettling to walk through a doctor’s living room, past her children’s things, to reach an examination room full of medical equipment. She also answered her own phone and could always see me within a few hours. At the time, I wondered if she was really a doctor.

3. McDonalds is perceived by lots of people to be a wholesome restaurant. But the French still eat their takeout in classic French style: over several courses. Lots of my French co-workers would get takeout from there nearly every day. A few chicken nuggets to start. Then a burger, possibly two burgers -un Big Tasty or un Royal Deluxe- plus fries and perhaps a beer. This was followed up by a small house salad, then dessert (no French meal is complete without dessert). All of this was consumed over the course of 45 minutes, with plenty of time for casual conversation.

4. The French are very polite, especially to one another.

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366 Weird Movies You Need To See

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The first weird film I ever remember seeing was Eraserhead when I was just a teenager, and man did it mess with my head.  What I had noticed days after watching it was, unlike most films, Eraserhead stuck with me. It seeped like black oil into my subconscious and just seemed to stay there. From that moment on, I have had a bit of an obsession with weird movies. Movies that are not afraid to tell unconventional stories. Movies so strange and surreal, most would ignore them. So you can only imagine my delight when I found the site 366 Weird Movies. I feel lot like Charlie when he got his golden ticket today.

On most sites, you may get one or two top ten lists of weird movies, but this a site devoted to them. Now if you don't mind, I need to go spend the rest of my life going through this website and finding wonderfully twisted movies to lose myself in.


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Endangered Species Postage Stamps for 2014 Released

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The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has released a set of 12 stamps illustrated with beautiful artwork of endangered species. For the last 21 years, the UNPA has issued this stamp series in order to raise awareness of the need for protection of endangered animals across the globe.

The sets for 2014, all of which are pictured here, were released yesterday. Each 2014 stamp features a marine animal. There are three sets: United States, Swiss and European. The U.S. stamps depict Denise's pygmy seahorse, the whale shark, scalloped hammerhead and the Asian arowana. Swiss stamps include the arapaima, basking shark, largetooh sawfish and Siberian sturgeon. European stamps feature the humphead wrasse, great white shark, giant manta ray and the paddlefish. 

American artist Amadeo Bachar created the artwork for the 2014 series. His background in marine biology and scientific illustration made him a particularly qualified artist to handle the task. Bachar's work has been featured in National Geographic and Scientific American, among other prominent publications.

See more of Bachar's work at his website. The stamps can be ordered here.

-Via i09 | Images: UNstamps.org

 
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Five Nights At Freddy's 2 Trailer Ups The Scares Considerably

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Last week, we posted a video of adults reacting to the video game, Five Nights at Freddy's. A PC game where you essentially play as a security guard working at a place where the old-school animatronic characters come to life at night and try to hunt you down when you're not looking at them. It is a tense and twisted game filled with awesome jump scares, and is somehow even more enjoyable when you are watching someone else play it and try not to pee themselves.

Well, good news for people who appreciated the great game and appreciated the joy of watching others scared by it, as it seems we will be getting a chance to experience more of it very soon.

And you thought YOUR job was bad? 


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Cheese Whoopie Pie Is Wonderfully Disgusting

A whoopie pie (pictured below) is a cookie that consists of vanilla creme inside two little chocolate or gingerbread cakes. Nash Ruin, the Vulgar Chef, made one out of cheese-like food products (content warning: foul language). He shaped the shell out of macaroni and cheese, added in egg yolk, then microwaved it until it kept a solid form. Then he used Easy Cheese for the creme filling.


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Pirates Only Want You For Your Booty - Shiver Me Timbers!


Pirates Only Want You For Your Booty by Odysseyroc

Pirates are a mighty singleminded group, and their main mission in life is to get their hands on some booty. Some plunder treasure troves looking for a payday, others storm villages and shake down residents for their share of the loot, and then there are those who have a totally different definition of booty. These swingin' swashbucklers know the value of a bird in the hand, and they can't wait to get some alone time with a damsel in distress so they can show her that pirates really know how to pillage!

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Photographer Reveals The Cheesy Glory Of The Holy Land Experience

Portland based photographer Daniel Cronin made a pilgrimage across the country to Orlando, Florida and beheld the glory that is The Holy Land Experience theme park, and he discovered a religious theme park is an extremely amusing place after all!

The Holy Land Experience is fully of kitschy biblical experiences, like watching Jesus “walk on water”, and plenty of horrifying experiences too, like witnessing the crucifixion all up close and personal-like.

The one thing THLE is lacking, however, is rides, because who needs rides when the whole park is such a moving experience?!

THLE is run as a non-profit by the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which was co-founded by Tammy Faye Bakker and is now run by equally cheesy "religious personality" Jan Crouch.

Jan couldn't help but put a cardboard cutout of herself in the park, standing right next to Jesus, because modesty is clearly one of her strong suits.

Daniel's photographic journey through this horrifyingly tacky theme park is shot in a very tongue-in-cheek manner, which seems like a natural way to shoot the park, because how can anyone take this place seriously?

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9 U.S. Presidents as Pokémon


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George Washington

Brandon Dayton, an artist in Salt Lake City, imagined 9 Pokémon Presidents. Each one has his own strengths and weaknesses, so collect them all, but choose your options carefully.

What others can you think of? Maybe Ulysses S. Grimer? Woodrow Wigglytuff?

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13 Halloween Costumes That Fail So Hard They Win

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You ever see a Halloween costume that is SO awful, it transcends that status and becomes its own work of art? I have, and it is amazing. A costume that is so bad it is awesome can sometimes be better than a costume that is just plain awesome. Does that make sense? Just look at the Homer Simpson above as a perfect example of this ideology. It is awful, it is terrifying, but if you were at a Halloween party with that and went home, that would be the costume would you be most likely to remember still, days later. That says something. Good or bad, I'm not sure, but it says something.

So if you take as much pleasure in Halloween faux-pas as I do, this list of 13 Halloween Costumes That Fail So Hard They Win will be right up your alley. You have to give these people credit for trying. Not a lot of credit, mind you, but at least some. D for effort seems fair.

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8 Famous Album Covers--The Bigger Picture

What's going on in the scenes depicted in famous musical album covers? To show you, the web design company Aptitude zoomed out to show a bit of background. Justin Bieber's fans have finally caught up with him, Spencer Elden is about to get eaten by a shark, and Abbey Road is revealed to be in in New Mexico.

You can view 5 more at Aptitude, including albums by Michael Jackson, Adele, and Bruce Springsteen.

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Men Try On Ladies’ Sexy Halloween Costumes

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Have you ever heard the saying, “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander"? Well, take a gander at these guys who are willing to try on sexy Halloween costumes designed for women. Sure, the costumes are overly revealing, poorly-constructed, and mostly just dumb. But at a few points, the fellows start to enjoy it. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Conan O'Brien and Madeleine Albright Get into a Hilarious Twitter Fight

Conan O'Brien is a comedian and late night talk show host. Madeleine Albright was the U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.

At the age of 77, Albright is not known for stunning good looks. But, then again, neither is O'Brien. Nonetheless, O'Brien decided to make fun of Albright's appearance in a recent Tweet.

Albright responded and clearly bested him in the verbal duel. 

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More Honest Brand Slogans



We've previously featured Clif Dickens' Honest Brand Slogans, which he features on his Tumblr site. Here are some more of Dickens' corporate targets for parody. He seems to have a knack for deconstructing things down to a pessimistic take on their essence. See more images at Dickens' Honest Slogans Tumblr site as well as his website.

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Crazy Putt Places the Ball in the Hole--But Only after a Long Detour


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Greg landed his ball neatly on the green of the ninth hole at Elie, a golf course in Fife, Scotland. All he would have to do is tap it in from a distance of about 2-3 feet.

So, obviously, he had to send his ball on a long trip in order to make the putt more challenging.

-via Yababoon

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13 Classic Scenes that Explain How Horror Movies Work

There are certain aspects of horror films that tend to get used over and over because they just work. If you want to craft a good story, you need to know how to harness the power of darkness, the long tracking shot, the juxtaposition because ordinary life and the nightmare, the suspenseful reveal, and other aspects of storytelling on film. But honestly, you don’t have to care about filmmaking at all to enjoy this article, because it’s got video clips of classic scenes narrated to illustrate each concept, so you don’t even have to read anything. -via Metafilter


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Canadian Hero Receives Standing Ovation in the House of Commons


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Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Parliament of Canada, ended the terrorist attack in Ottawa yesterday by shooting the killer.

Many of Vickers's duties are ceremonial, such as carrying a decorative mace into the chamber of the House of Commons when it opens. But the more important responsibility of protecting the members of Parliament, employees, and visitors from violence is also his. Vickers took that duty very seriously yesterday when he retrieved a handgun from his desk, ran toward the gunfire, and slew the terrorist.

Parliament reconvened today. Vickers entered as he usually does during the ceremony. But this time, those assembled gave him a long, standing ovation for his service.

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Gritty Television Shows Get A Niceness Makeover

In the entertainment worlds of movies and television nice almost never appeals to viewers, unless the viewers are young and easily entertained.

Grown folks like a bit of grit with their story sandwich, which is why shows like Breaking Bad and Game Of Thrones have become mighty popular in the world of televised entertainment.

So what would our favorite shows look like after receiving a niceness makeover?

Probably a lot like these comic strips created by Tony Wilson of Dorkly, in which he presents nicer versions of four favorite TV shows- Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Hannibal and the most radical remake of them all- Thomas The Nice Engine. 

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I Can Has Brain Burger - This Cat Has Some Strange Cravings


I Can Has Brain Burger by Stephanie Jayne Design

Mister Mittens was hooked on cheeseburgers, and as you can imagine this addiction was ultimately his undoing. One day Mister Mittens choked on a cheeseburger and died, but a zombie virus running rampant through the feline populace brought him back to life hungrier than ever. He found himself craving a different kind of cheeseburger, something with a more unique flavor. Ground beef wasn't going to cut it any more- Mittens needed some grade A ground brains on a bun, and the humans all around him didn't seem to be using theirs...

Add some cerebral humor to your geeky wardrobe with this I Can Has Brain Burger t-shirt by Stephanie Jayne Design, it's deliciously dark and creepy cute!

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Grandma Fighting Cancer Knitted Herself a Head of Hair



This is one 71-year-old grandmother who is practically the definition of cool. Rosemary Capitolo of San Jose, California may be suffering from ovarian cancer, but she's doing so in an upbeat, admirable frame of mind. Capitolo knitted herself a cap that resembled hair for her 2013 Halloween costume. This year, her hair gone due to the effects of chemotherapy, Capitolo is once again having fun with her knitted creation. Granddaughter Megan Shone shared this photo via Twitter, and unsurprisingly, it's become popular with people who enjoy examples of those who take life's bad turns with humor, strength and dignity. Visit Megan's Twitter account and Rosemary's Facebook page to keep up with these inspiring ladies.

-Via Bored Panda | Images: Megan Shone


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A Little Girl Named Willow Has Totally Won Halloween Two Years In A Row

People post lots of pictures of their kids wearing costumes around Halloween, and they’re all undeniably adorable, but one little girl has won the award for mostest adorablest two years in a row.

Her name is Willow, and with a little help from her mother photographer Gina Lee she became an internet sensation before she could walk, all because her mom declared October "Dress Up Willow Month." 

Willow’s ability to slip effortlessly into character has made her Halloween costume photos especially popular with followers of Gina's Instagram account, who eagerly await the sets that come out each October.

Even though Willow has left her Hot Dog On A Stick days behind she's still having a blast playing dress up, and we can't wait to see how she has grown, and what she'll be wearing, next year!

You can see more of Willow's adorable Halloween costume photos here

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Ten Hollywood Breakthrough Roles Landed by Stars Who Barely Spoke English



Charisma and sex appeal are universal. That fact explains a number of Hollywood casting situations. For instance, it's one way musicians, models and others with no prior acting experience are able to pull off and even stand out in some film roles. Universal appeal also has led to certain actors and actresses being able to secure major Hollywood roles at a time when they speak little or no English. 

One such case is Antonio Banderas. Director Arne Glimcher cast Banderas in his 1992 film The Mambo Kings at a time when Banderas spoke no English. In fact, in order for Glimcher to clearly convey a request to Banderas that he learn English for the role, he had to use a translator to communicate with the actor. Banderas went on to do well in Kings, so well that his next role was in the Oscar winning Philadelphia with Tom Hanks. Mambo Kings director Glimcher said of Banderas,

"[Antonio] was very responsive, incredibly charming. I think he can seduce any woman, man, cat, dog or bird in the world.”

Read nine more cases of actors and actresses temporarily skating by on their screen presences here. 

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What are Your Chances of Surviving a Plane Crash?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.


What are your chances of surviving a plane crash? Contrary to popular belief, they're actually very good indeed: especially if you're in the cheap seats.

In the United States, between 1983 and 2000, there were 568 plane crashes. In 90% of them there were survivors, and out of the 53,487 people onboard, 51,207 survived. (Of course, the 9/11 tragedies changed all of our considerations about crashes. nonetheless, "deliberate" crashes are, of course, an infinitesimal possibility.)

According to Popular Mechanics magazine, the safest place to be in the event of a crash is at the back, well behind the wings, where there is a 69% survival rate. Sitting over (or just in front of) the wings reduces your chances of getting out alive to 56%. The worst place to be is right up in front in first class, where the survival rate falls to 49%. (A bit of dark irony there, as the VIPs and most affluent people are actually in the least safe, highest risk seats.)

According to the world's leading fire safety engineer, professor Ed Galea of the University of Greenwich, the biggest danger is actually seat belts. In an emergency, passengers panic and revert to what they are familiar with: they struggle to open them like a seat belt in a car, resulting in (sometimes fatal) delay.



Fire is, of course, a major problem, largely because of smoke inhalation. Your safest bet is to sit on the aisle close to an exit. Before takeoff, make a note of how many rows there are between you and the nearest exit. That way, even if the cabin is filled with smoke, you'll still be able to crawl your way out by feel.

Until recently, it was thought impossible for a passenger airliner to make a successful emergency landing on water. To prevent the plane from breaking up on impact, the pilot must slow down as much as possible -but without losing lift- so that the tail of the plane hits the water first.

The wings must be perfectly level: if one wing hits the water before the other, the plane will cartwheel and break up. The fuel must be used up or dumped: it's weight would cause the plane to sink, even if it did land successfully. Then there's the weather, and sea conditions, either of which could wreck the plane, no matter how calmly the pilot behaves.

Despite such unnerving obstacles and such a low margin for error, there have been at least a half a dozen successful emergency landings by airliners on water. The most recent and spectacular example occurred in January 2009, when an Airbus A320, US Airways Flight 1549, ditched in the Hudson River in New York.

Shortly after takeoff, the plane hit a flock of geese and had to make a forced landing on the water. The pilot did this perfectly, saving the lives of all 155 people on board.


(Image credit: Greg L)

Airline statisticians like to say that you are ten times more likely to be hit by a comet than to die in a plane crash. This is because, once every million years or so, an extraterrestrial body collides with earth. The next time this happens, it will probably wipe out half the earth's population. But as far as they know, the last time anyone was hit by a comet was 12,900 years ago.

It is definitely the case, however, that you are many times more likely to die in the taxi cab on the way to and from the airport than you are on the flight itself.


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You Can Go Trick-or-Treating at George Washington's House


(Portrait by Rembrandt Peale)

Mount Vernon is the estate of George Washington. It's a historical site open to the public that features year-round events. This Halloween, children can go trick-or-treating there! Visitors can listen to Halloween-themed storytelling, play colonial-era games, and take a wagon ride. They can also sample chocolate as it was experienced during Washington's lifetime. 


(Photo: Mount Vernon)

The organizers will offer prizes to guests who have the best George and Martha Washington costumes.

-via Marilyn Terrell

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