This is Guy, a dog who lives in Hazle Township, Pennsylvania. On Thursday, he was hiking in the woods with 79-year old human, who fell and hit his head. The human lay there for 12 hours while Guy frantically tried to get the help of other nearby two-legs. WJLA reports:
The dog reportedly ran up the bank where the rescuers were, and would stop every 20-30 feet, barking until he led them to where the elder man was lying. […]
"It was like watching an episode of 'Lassie,'" says emergency responder, Matthew Mariscano.
When you are deeply involved in video games, and then Pokémon GO comes along, you gotta go out and catch ‘em all! But maybe you aren’t as familiar with the “real world” as you should be. Try to remember that there aren’t charging stations everywhere in the real world wilderness. This is the latest comic from Kevin Erdmann at The Meerkat Guy. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Explicit bragging and self-congratulation used to be a phenomenon of rap music. Now, according to a study conducted by University of Michigan-Dearborn psychology professors Pamela McAuslan and Marie, Waung it's pervasive in all popular genres. The Pacific Standard describes their research method:
McAuslan and Waung analyzed the lyrics of the top 100 songs from the years 1990, 2000, and 2010, as compiled by Billboard magazine. (Its ratings are based on sales, streaming, radio airplay, and “audience impressions.”) Coders looked for examples of eight categories of self-promotion, including referring to oneself by name and demanding respect.
More recent songs demonstrated increased narcissism:
“Compared with earlier years, songs in 2010 were more likely to include the singer referring to the self by name, general self-promotion, and bragging about wealth, partner’s appearance, or sexual prowess,” the researchers report. “A similar, albeit nonsignificant increase, was also seen for bragging about musical prowess and demands for respect. Overall, the most popular music from 2010 contained more self-promotion than music from 1990 or 2000.”
McAuslan and Waung assert that this trend reflects a cultural shift about the role of the self in society:
“Music both reflects and influences the values of the culture,” McAuslan and Waung write. The hit songs we listen to “both represent the increasing individualistic/narcissistic tendencies in the culture, but also further convey that promoting oneself through bragging, demands for respect, and self-focus is acceptable.”
Horses, mules, dogs, pigeons, cats, camels, koalas, even elephants were enlisted for their service in World War I. While a few were just mascots for the purpose of morale, most were put to work carrying soldiers and equipment. The British dog pictured here was photographed around 1915, delivering medical supplies to the front lines. The Atlantic has a collection of 45 photographs of animals in wartime. Warning: while not overly graphic, a few images contain deceased men or horses. -via Everlasting Blort
Have you been walking around for hours gathering Pokémon? You may develop "gamer's arm" -- a medical condition incurred after holding up your arms for hours at a time.
Thankfully, the staff at Rocket News 24 has a solution! They invented the Poké-Han. It's a hands-free cell phone holder. All you need is a wire coathanger and a rubber band. You can make a frame for your phone that makes it readable, all while using your hands elsewhere.
Pocket monsters often dream of breaking out of their pokeball and becoming something more than an arena fighting machine, but until they evolve into something big enough to crush their human captors they have to settle for cosplay. Pikachu loves to dress up like the God of Thunder, Snorlax likes to dress up like a sloth, and the ever adorable Squirtle dreams of becoming Sailor Moon. If your Squirtle starts taking his role as a Sailor Scout too seriously just give him a little time alone in the poke ball, and if he actually starts fighting crime don't stop him until the threat has been eliminated. But beware of guys with funny voices dressed like Tuxedo Mask, it's probably just James from Team Rocket trying to steal your Squirtle out from under your nose!
Show the world how pocket monsters do cosplay with this Sailormon t-shirt by Samtronika, it's the perfect shirt to wear while you're out on the go trying to catch 'em all!
When Maggie and Josh Wakefield got married, Maggie asked her grandfather to walk her down the aisle. The couple also wanted to include their grandmothers in the ceremony, as both women were influential in their lives. So 75-year-old Joyce Benedict and 74-year-old Drue Fitzgerald were the flower girls! The two grandmothers picked out their matching gray gowns together, and walked down the aisle dispersing rose petals for the bride to walk on. A good time was had by all. -via TYWKIWDBI
Watching musician Andy McKee play is a delight for both eyes and ears, since his harp guitar sounds as wonderful as it looks, as you can see/hear when he plays Jeremy Soule's “Streets Of Whiterun” from the Skyrim soundtrack.
My harp guitar has its own, proprietary body shape and many unique features. While inspired by the early 20th century harp guitars, this is truly a contemporary instrument incorporating all of the modern physics and design features found on all of my guitars. …My harp guitar is made of a laminated rim set, with laminated linings and a system of aerospace composite carbon fibre trusses and buttresses. This makes for an extremely rigid and stable skeletal structure. The soundboard is lattice braced. The Laskin style extended arm rest is included, as is a mini-rib rest on the rear of the pointed section of the upper bout.
Getting a vanity license plate for your car is an opportunity to bring smiles to the drivers around you. Thousands of people have used the system to make jokes and puns. But there are some words that have unintended consequences when they are attached to your car.
In 1979 a Los Angeles man named Robert Barbour found this out the hard way when he sent an application to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requesting personalized license plates for his car. The DMV form asked applicants to list three choices in case one or two of their desired selections had already been assigned. Barbour, a sailing enthusiast, wrote down "SAILING" and "BOATING" as his first two choices; when he couldn't think of a third option, he wrote "NO PLATE," meaning that if neither of his two choices was available, he did not want personalized plates. Plates reading "BOATING" and "SAILING" had indeed already been assigned, so the DMV, following Barbour's instructions literally, sent him license plates reading "NO PLATE." Barbour was not thrilled that the DMV had misunderstood his intent, but he opted to keep the plates because of their uniqueness.
Four weeks later he received his first notice for an overdue parking fine, from faraway San Francisco, and within days he began receiving dozens of overdue notices from all over the state on a daily basis. Why? Because when law enforcement officers ticketed illegally parked cars that bore no license plates, they had been writing "NO PLATE" in the license plate field. Now that Barbour had plates bearing that phrase, the DMV computers were matching every unpaid citation issued to a car with missing plates to him.
Barbour received thousands of such notices over the next few months, and it was years before anyone did anything about it. He was far from the only one. Read about other people with different vanity plates that got them into trouble through bureaucratic means at Snopes. -via reddit
Enjoy the summer sun, but make sure that it doesn't burn you! Put sunblock everywhere. Yes, even there.
Sunscreenr is a new device invented by the startup Voxelight to make sure that you get complete coverage from your sunblock. It's a pocket-sized camera that looks for ultraviolet light. When that ultraviolet light is blocked--which is what sunblock does--then it shows up black on the camera. Whatever isn't black didn't get covered with sunblock. Mashable explains:
Inside Sunscreener is a 1.3 mp UV camera that looks for reflected UV rays. If the sunblock is doing its job, it absorbs the rays. As a result, any place where you did apply the sunblock will look, through the viewfinder, black — because it's not reflecting UV light — and the uncovered spots will look pale. If you are alone, you can record up to 30 seconds of video in the device and then watch back inside Sunscreenr to see if you missed covering any spots. Voxelight representatives tell me that this method will work on darker skin complexions as well, though the contrast will be somewhat diminished.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and the opening of the new film Star Trek Beyond, NASA has produced three videos about the link between the science fiction franchise and the real-world space agency. The first one is about the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA has always loved Star Trek. The fictional universe inspired generations of young people to pursue science and technology careers, and among those who didn’t, it engendered a respect for space exploration that enables NASA to continue funding projects like the ISS and Mars exploration. -via Boing Boing
It's called "graffiti hair." Like a lot of graffiti art, it involves stencils and a spray paint. Janine Ker, a hairstylist in Pasadena, California, makes her unique compositions by spraying a dye over stencils. By combining different layers of colors and shapes, she creates vibrant images on the hair of her clients.
For the San Diego Comic Con, the famous cosplayer Leeanne Vamp dressed as Dark Helmet, the Darth Vader analog from the Mel Brooks parody film Spaceballs. I doubt she'll find the suit as suffocating as Rick Moranis did.
In the Star Trek universe, the Prime Directive prohibits Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. They violate the directive over and over, but even worse, they interfere constantly with the space-time continuum. You can’t really blame the Enterprise crew, or even the writers, because time travel makes for wonderful stories. But it does mess up the continuity of several TV series and a dozen feature films. The Deep Space Nine episode “Trials And Tribble-Ations” even had the DS9 crew interacting with the characters in the 1960s series!
Plenty of Trek episodes dealt with time travel before DS9, but “Trials And Tribble-Ations” is the first to show characters traveling back to the events of a previous series; in a way, it serves as a prototype for the direction the new movie franchise would take, dipping in to the nostalgia of the original series while still maintaining its own voice. The plot here is largely an excuse to let the crew of DS9 interact with some of their “heroes,” as the episode uses footage from the classic original-series entry “The Trouble With Tribbles” intermixed with matching footage from the present. The effect is hugely entertaining, allowing the show to both mock and pay homage to the flaws and wonders of its predecessor. As a bonus, “Trials” also introduces the Department Of Temporal Investigations, a group dedicated to maintaining the internal logic of history. They mostly serve as a framing story, but the existence of the department is a helpful reminder that time travel and the shenanigans that result from it are an integral part of the franchise.
Does your semen contain a sufficiently large number of sperm cells to make fertilization likely? You may no longer have to visit a doctor's office to find out. Researchers in Japan have developed a process that permits a man to examine a sample with a cell phone and get an accurate sperm count. It takes the form of a tiny lens that turns a cell phone camera into a microscope. New Scientist talked to researcher Yoshitomo Kobori about the procedure:
To do a home test, a man would have to wait for around five minutes after ejaculation for the semen to liquefy, then apply a small amount to a plastic sheet and press it against the microscope for inspection. This can be done without getting semen on to the phone, says Kobori.
The process uses the camera to take a 3-second video of the semen, then sends the recording to a lab for analysis. The system is as effective as what's used in fertility clinics:
Kobori says the system works as well as the software used in fertility clinics. In a test, the team ran 50 semen samples through both systems, and got almost identical results.
When you go out for a night of drinking and debauchery with your buddies it's easy to forget your limits, so take it from Bob of Bikini Bottom and drink like a sponge. Now this may sound wrong to you since I've just warned against drinking too much, but in reality little sponges like Bob can't drink very much before they're soused, and they always make it to work on time the next day. So take it from SB- drink up, have fun, be merry, but limit yourself to an amount SpongeBob could handle (which is about two drinks maximum) and don't let strong drink derail your life!
Take the Bikini Bottom party with you wherever you go with this Drink Like A Sponge t-shirt by NemiMakeit, it's the festive way to declare your love for drinking, burger flipping and sentient starfish and sponges!
A tree named Socratea exorrhiza is better known as the Ecuadorian walking palm tree. It can “walk” up to a couple of centimeters per day. Palaeobiologist Peter Vrsansky spent months with threes to see how they move.
“As the soil erodes, the tree grows new, long roots that find new and more solid ground, sometimes up to 20m,” said Vrsansky. “Then, slowly, as the roots settle in the new soil and the tree bends patiently toward the new roots, the old roots slowly lift into the air. The whole process for the tree to relocate to a new place with better sunlight and more solid ground can take a couple of years.”
The tree’s actions sound like it could have inspired the Ents of The Lord of the Rings. However, the walking trees live in an area of Ecuador that is being sold off to locals who cut down trees to establish their right to live there. Under the same program, Vrsansky has managed to buy several hundred hectares to set aside as a refuge. Read more about the walking palm trees and other species of Ecuadorian wildlife at the BBC. -via Nag on the Lake
A big part of living in the erstwhile USSR was dealing with shortages, waiting lists, and a massive bureaucracy. While there was never the equality that Karl Marx dreamed of, there were millions of people who shared the same privations with a shrug. Yeah, you could get a car in the Soviet Union, but it wouldn’t be a good car, and getting it wouldn’t be easy. First you had to apply, undergo a background check, and convince the powers-that-be that you had earned the right to purchase one.
At your chainsaw factory job, you were one of 300 workers. Most of them didn’t have a car and were eager to get one. Let’s say that the Trade Union designated five cars per year for your company. (That’s not to say that all companies would get five cars per year, this is just an estimate was based solely on information conducted during the interviews. The number of cars allocated would differ throughout the years, depending on the industry, company size and the region of the USSR. If anything, five cars per year is an overly optimistic estimation, according to some of those who reviewed my article.)
The first in line for their VAZ or ZAZ or GAZ were those who passed their background checks with flying colours. Those would the most productive, skilled or otherwise distinguished employees. You know, employee of the month types. Of course, having Communist Party membership didn’t hurt either. Anyway, if you were an average worker, the chances that your car was going to arrive the year you ordered it was close to non-existent. The same went for the next year. And for the next one.
In the Soviet era, the average waiting line for a car was seven to 10 years or more. Fingers crossed that your plumber isn’t coming on the lucky delivery day.
The diver is holding a holstered knife in one hand and a stolen handgun in the other. Perhaps the last criminal to possess them thought that they'd disappear in the murky water. But crime scene divers found them.
This is the world of underwater criminal investigation, a criminal justice specialization described at length in an article at Atlas Obscura. These divers know how to search bodies of water for evidence and how to handle that evidence so that it can be used in the criminal justice system. Mike Berry, an underwater criminal investigator, describes the hazards of his profession:
The taxing conditions don't just involve muck and pitch blackness. “The water that we dive in, a lot of it is contaminated," Berry says, "so just ingesting some of that water could kill you.” Divers can step on broken glass or injure their hands on nails. And then there are the creatures of the deep, some of whom make their presence known at highly inconvenient moments. Depending on the location of the investigation, divers may have to contend with turtles, poisonous snakes, alligators, or inquisitive fish.
“The worst I’ve been bit was from a snapping turtle," says Berry. "You know, you can’t see them, so as your hand is moving along the bottom, feeling, you hope you get the rear end of the turtle instead of the front end. I got the front end one day ... it went right through my hand, from one side to the other.” The pain, he says, was "like a lightning strike.”
We're exposed to so much negativity these days, and there's so much strife and turmoil in the world, that sometimes it's nice to peruse a collection of positively inspirational images and stand proud again.
It's easy to fall into a pattern of negativity and see everything through a dark lens when you're constantly tearing others down, but what we really need to do in these dark days is lift each other up.
Why go around spreading hate when so many destructive forces in the world are already using hate as their weapon of choice? It may sound like a cliche, but there are times when the best way to kill hatred is with kindness.
Science can produce weird things that appear to our brains to be impossible, only because we don’t have the necessary information to reconcile what we see with the way we understand the normal world. That includes images like water falling in a spiral, water flowing uphill, inanimate objects that start to move, and as you see here, a person setting their hand on fire without being burned. (Don’t try this at home.) See all those things with their scientific explanations at IFL Science. -via the Presurfer
It could be cool if the Earth was a Poké Stop. But there's too much risk. It could attract potentially hostile and dangerous alien civilizations to Earth. As Stephen Hawking warned us last year, that's something that we don't need.
Current law in Russia criminalizes any public calls for extremism, including on the internet. In 2010 a man in far eastern Russia was convicted of distributing extremist materials after he posted the 1942 Donald Duck cartoon “Der Fuehrer's Face” on the ‘net. The cartoon was listed in the Russian federal list of banned materials. The case was recently revisited by the highest court in Kamchatka.
When prosecutors discovered this fact they filed a cassation with the regional court explaining that the video is a classic Walt Disney cartoon made within the framework of an anti-Nazi propaganda campaign. They also wrote that the film contains no calls to extremism - on the contrary, it depicts Nazi ideology in satirical and mocking forms.
The court agreed with this statement and also ruled that the film’s characters are not promoting violence against anyone.
It is not clear whether the court ruling will change the cartoon’s inclusion in the list of banned materials, or exonerate the man who was convicted. -via Arbroath
Ouija boards have been associated with the supernatural since the 19th century, with claims it allows the living to communicate easily with the dead, but really the Ouija is merely a novelty product.
However, there is some real science behind the way people interact with the “spirit board” when they get together, and the magic can be cast aside in favor of one scientific explanation- the ideomotor effect:
The ideomotor effect occurs when someone moves themself or an object without being conscious of their actions. This combined with a strong subconscious need for an answer, like what one might feel when using a Ouija board, leads to players moving the planchette without any knowledge of doing so.
So the desire to "speak" through the board can make people move their hands without knowing it, and what seems like intentional deception is really just subconscious desire facilitated by the fingers.
When two forces of freaky-deaky-dom decide to throw down it's hard to decide who will come out on top because they're both pretty awful in their own way. Dean Pelton is a real pest who refers to himself as Dean far too often, and his Dean related puns get quite tiresome considering he unloads them on Greendale students via the PA system all day long. But Tobias Fünke is about as funky as they come, and if anyone's development has been arrested it's his, but he doesn't have a community standing somewhere behind him so he's clearly the underdog of all underdogs. So who would win in a fight between Tobias and Dean Pelton? The television viewing audience at home, that's who!
Protect your torso from contusions with this Tobias Vs Dean t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's all the fighter with none of the street!
Your cat considers himself an artist. His creations are found all over the house, as gifts to you or decorations for his domain. One of the typical works not featured here is live bird my tomcat presented at my feet under the desk without warning one day last week. The bird was eventually freed from the house in fairly good condition, but it took a while to resolve the situation. This is the latest from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands. -via Laughing Squid