Our pets bring a lot of joy into our lives despite the fact that we have to feed them, groom them and clean up their poop, and even though they don't like to admit it our pets get a kick out of having us around too.
But sometimes a comfy home and human companionship aren't enough for our bored and jaded pets, so they start looking for ways to get their kicks outside the home.
And, as this EatMyPaint comic shows, that's when we're reminded that pet ownership is a countdown to heartbreak, so don't show your dog how to ride a motorcycle no matter how much they beg!
Sven has a cat named Muldar who is a genius. He wants what he wants and no human shenanigans are going to stop him. Closing the door? Pfft! Muldar will just open it. Set a pan of water in front of the door? Not a problem. For Muldar. For Sven, it's a problem.
Sven noted that the water pan was added to keep Muldar from scratching at the door, and that putting a round knob on the door (as has been recently suggested) would make no difference. I concur; Muldar would just figure out how to open a door with a round knob. -via reddit
Knowledge is the key to survival and therefore survival is a state of mind, and when it comes to staying alive in a world where survival of the fittest is the order of the day mental fitness matters most. So the best way to prepare for a lifetime of stayin' alive is to fill your head with survival tips that may come in handy someday.
Wondering what to do when you're stuck in quicksand? Keep calm and backstroke towards solid ground.
Afraid you're going to end up stuck in the wild without a slingshot, water holder, fire starter, fishing bobber or surgical gloves? Bring some condoms along and you'll have the ultimate survival multi-tool right in your pocket!
As we age, we expect to develop wrinkles as our skin dries and loses elasticity. However, that's not the only change that happens. Whether or not you are in the habit of looking in the mirror, you may be surprised one day to notice how different your face has become. A variety of health and aging experts tell us what's going on. Plastic surgery professor Alexes Hazen says,
If you look at the faces of young people, regardless of weight, their faces are full and full of convexities! As we age the fat in our faces dissipates and also descends southward or down due to aging of the structures and gravity. The bony component remains stable but all of the rest ages and changes. We typically see noses that look longer and hence bigger, this is due to drooping of that structure, ear lobules that are longer and hanging, and the same phenomenon with the jawline and the chin even! In the midface we see prominent high cheekbones look lower and less defined. Usually lips thin out a bit as well. All these factors influence the shape and appearance of the face.
Keeping a youthful-looking face is part genetics, which you can't control, and part factors we can control. But it's more than just skin care -it's a matter of overall health. Read more about how our faces change with age at Gizmodo. -via Digg
Bob Ross was just as famous for his personality and presentation as his teaching skills, and even though his videos were made to be easy to follow most people I know preferred to simply watch Bob paint than follow along.
That's because most people who have never painted before assume they'll suck at painting no matter how good the teacher, but when BuzzFeedVideo asked amateurs to learn from the coolest painting instructor ever they gave it a shot.
So was a lesson from Bob Ross enough to make them overcome their fear of creating a crappy painting? Tune in and find out! (NSFW language)
The refreshing properties of frozen pickles should not be new to Neatorama readers. We've posted about pickle sickles, pickle soda, and Kool-Aid pickles. Every day, more people find out that they're not the only one who takes a sip of juice from the pickle jar occasionally. That habit goes nationwide this summer, when Sonic Drive-ins roll out a new flavor in their extensive slush menu- pickle juice slushes!
We tasted the drink at Sonic’s headquarters in Oklahoma City, and it’s surprisingly delicious (and makes a good accompaniment to burgers and/or tots and/or corn dogs.) Sweet and tangy, the bright brine compensates for the over-savoriness you might have been worried about. You won’t understand why, but you’ll keep going back for more sips, likely until it’s all gone. Our only gripe is that the slush is a bit too sweet, as if overcorrecting for the acidity, but maybe this is what has to happen for America to acclimate to—and embrace—pickle-flavored soft drink.
Being trapped inside a video game seems like it would be a gamer's dream come true, especially if they had unlimited lives and were trapped in a game they already knew and loved.
However, the experience wouldn't be quite so magical if they were trapped in a game with a bunch of their fellow gamers, since the annoying banter and maddening bravado would detract from the overall experience.
But if they could look past the annoying personalities and work together as a team they could become the stuff of legend, which would help distract them from the grim reality of being trapped in a virtual world for the rest of their natural lives...
The Lion's Blaze is a super fun animated short by OlanRogers that turns the "trapped in a virtual world" trope on its head, making the prospect of being trapped in a game world seem like a nerdy nightmare.
Uncle Sam may not have your best interests at heart, and he may want you to do terrible things in the name of patriotism, but Uncle Scrooge McDuck only wants to make your life an adventure-and if he happens to make a gold coin or ten in the process then so be it. But whether there's a profit to be made or not Scrooge will finance your mystery-solving expedition, and he may even send his nephews along to make sure things go smoothly! So forget Sam, join up with Scrooge and turn your life into the stuff of adventure tales!
Add an animated call to action to your geeky wardrobe with this I Want YOU to Solve a Mystery or Rewrite History t-shirt by Aaron Morales, it's a timeless blast from the past that'll quack people up wherever you go!
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, by most accounts, is around 5' 7" tall, yet he appears taller in pictures. That is due to a set of tricks he's memorized or internalized for those times when a camera is around. Nick Douglas, who admits to being 5' 6", studied those photos and tried a few of the tricks himself. Some worked better than others.
We found three basic tricks for looking tall next to other people:
Get closer to the camera, but “cheat out” by turning a bit toward the camera, to imply you’re as far away as your companion.
Maintain excellent posture. Shoulders back, chin up, legs straight. But like Zuckerberg, look casual, not like you’re standing at attention.
Wear a hat, and wear it high.
Find the shortest person in the group, and stand next to them.
Foodies often have a particular dish, ingredient or dessert that reminds them of their childhood, and whenever their senses are treated to the comforting sight, smell and taste of that familiar food all feels right in the world again.
For food vlogger Li Ziqi that childhood fave food is crispy fried noodles, a dish which she lovingly prepares in this meditative video recipe that showcases the time honored tradition of preparing food from scratch.
Unless you happen to be a Russian history buff, you probably don’t know much about Czar Alexander III. But if you’re a fan of Fabergé eggs, you have him (and Carl Fabergé, of course) to thank for them.
In 1885 the emperor, or czar, of Russia, Alexander III, placed an order with his jeweler for a decorative Easter egg for his wife, the czarina Marie Feodorovna. Alexander had given his wife jeweled Easter eggs before: Easter was the most important holiday on the Russian Orthodox calendar, and eggs were traditionally given as gifts. But this year’s egg would be different, because Alexander placed his order with a new jeweler: 38-year-old Carl Fabergé.
Fabergé differed from other jewelers who served the Imperial court in that he was more interested in clever design and exquisite craftsmanship than in merely festooning his creations with gold and precious gems (though his eggs would have plenty of those) without showing much imagination. “Expensive things interest me little if the value is merely in so many diamonds and pearls,” he said.
That first Imperial Easter egg was very plain indeed, but only on the surface: known today simply as the 1885 Hen Egg, it was 2½ inches long and made of gold but had a plain white enamel shell to give it the appearance of an ordinary duck egg. When the two halves of the egg were pulled apart, they revealed a golden yolk that in turn opened to reveal a golden hen “surprise” sitting on a nest of golden straw. The hen was hinged at its tail feathers and split open to reveal a small golden replica of the Imperial crown; hanging from the crown was a tiny ruby pendant that Marie Feodorovna could wear around her neck on a gold chain that came with the egg.
You can get a photograph printed on pretty much anything these days. Redditor angelinthehallway posted this photo of her bed, graced with a blanket she received for Christmas. Her husband ordered it through Walmarts photo-printing kiosk. He is also a redditor, and had to jump in to claim that yes, it was his face on the blanket. And he posted a picture of Christmas Day at their home to prove it.
I think they should hang this in the windows as a curtain, facing out. The neighbors would freak out, as well as anyone passing by. And as a bonus, the people inside wouldn't have to look at it on the bed.
Most villains become twisted and evil after some terrible event turns their heart black while others are simply born that way, growing up as bad boys or girls and outcasts in a world full of goodie-goodies.
Now those who are born villains have a natural advantage over those who become villains later on in life, and they learn early on that damn near every goodie-two-shoes' can be turned into a baddie-two-boots if you offer them something they really want- like a merit badge.
This test was given to World War I recruits at Fort Devens to assess their literacy. While the question are obviously designed to test reading comprehension and vocabulary, the rhythm and increasing difficulty as well as the philosophical quality of the barrage of questions make it sound poetic. I'm reminded of the song "Blowin' in the Wind," which is also a list of thought-provoking questions. There's more to the test, which you can find at Google Books. But I wonder how you score a question like "Are intervals of repose appreciated?" Knowing what "intervals" and "repose" mean doesn't mean it's appreciated. Found at Futility Closet. -via Nag on the Lake
Last weekend at the annual Crufts Dog Show, a Papillion named Tinklebury Bingo had a memorable second round run in the agility course. The dog was suffering from either stage fright or a brain fart, but once the clock ensured that there was really no competition in the balance, the judge took things into his own hands, literally.
Disney princesses are always presented as a symbol of goodness, heart and love, but when you think about it they should also be seen as a symbol of madness- because most of them are bats#%t insane.
They chat with animals and inanimate objects, talk to themselves and express every emotion out loud, all of which would make any normal person look like a lunatic but somehow makes Disney princesses more endearing.
That is until they take the advice of a misanthropic forest critter like the little blue bird in this Slack Wyrm comic by Joshua Wright and give in to their psycho princess impulses...
Kaplamino, a talented toy builder who has a slanted table and plenty of free time, harnessed the power of fidget spinners for his latest chain reaction marble run. Ten of them made the grade, and they do multiple clever tricks in this video.
It would take a lot to take me away from my car if the door played Toto's Africa instead of chiming whenever it was open, and I'd probably go through batteries like crazy because I'd softly rock to my car door chime every night.
I love "Volvo enthusiast for life" Chris Ng for swapping out his Volvo 240's original door chime for an 8-bit version of Toto's Africa, but it must be hard to close the door on that sweet sound when he gets in or out of the car!
Chris told Jalopnik it was surprisingly easy to modify the sound module and change the door chime:
The door chime in the Volvo is controlled by a plug-in sound module under the dash, so all it took to install was a quick swap of the stock version for the modified one. The song goes on for a hilariously long time, too—just in case you want to soak it all in for a moment.
Ng told Jalopnik that it’s fairly easy to swap this little module out if you know how to solder things back together. He plans to start a Kickstarter for a small number of cheap, universal modules for people who want to do this themselves.
To make his Volvo play Toto, Ng says that he recorded the song straight to the new module. You can do so with any smartphone or computer. Then the reprogrammed module was rewired into the door ajar circuit for the car—easy peasy.
Everyone knew Princess Peach didn't need saving, and even though she couldn't beat down Bowser quite as good as Mario when he was jacked up on magic mushrooms she definitely wasn't a damsel in distress. But the zombie plague that swept through the Mushroom Kingdom put her in a position she'd never been in before- she had to save the Super Bros before they were turned into zombies. She tried to play the hero, tried to cut a path through zombified toadstools and other atrocious creatures, but she was too late to save the Bros- so she used their undeaths to save herself...
Get geared up for survival in a scary world with this Walking The Bros. t-shirt by MannArt, it's a fun way to give Princess Peach the props she deserves!
Folk tales about princesses and magical creatures were originally cautionary tales designed to scare children, with the aim of instilling contemporary social mores or protecting them from tempting dangers. Authors such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen took some of the edges off when they published those stories in books, and Disney changed them completely in order to give movie audiences a sunny, colorful experience with a happy ending. Into that transition came the well-regarded Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen, who moved to Hollywood in 1936, hoping to work in the movie industry. By then, Walt Disney was already thinking of how to bring the story of The Little Mermaid to the silver screen.
Kay Nielsen strode into this Disney-studio atmosphere in 1940 ready to embrace the uncanny, the odd, and the unnerving. According to Noel Daniel, a sort of internationalism followed in the wake of Romanticism, bringing a more cosmopolitan version of folk and fairy tales with it, and “took a seat at the same table of widespread interest in vernacular culture.” Nielsen, like many of his fellow artists, illustrated folk works for multiple nations and cultures, his source material as diverse as his artistic influences—a mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Modernism, and Japanese woodcuts and watercolors. Before following his star to the animation studios, he had lived in Paris, London, and Copenhagen. But he arrived in Hollywood too late. Nielsen was hired to work on Fantasia, and he designed one of the most original sequences in all of Disney’s films, the “Night on Bald Mountain” piece. After that, he began work on conceptual art for an upcoming film version of “The Little Mermaid.” But by the end of World War II, a soft nationalism had firmly settled into the works of American animation, and in particular the work of Walt Disney. Nielsen’s multicultural, mythical designs for the film were too dark, too morally ambiguous. The artist’s slow, painstaking style was at odds with the assembly-line speed of Disney Studios, and even when other artists were brought in to take his concepts and develop them into animations, he was worn down by the pace of the work. Nielsen and Disney parted ways, and his concept drawings were shelved. He was brought back briefly to work on Sleeping Beauty—in my opinion, the most visually striking of all the Disney films, with a strong Gothic look inspired by the period—but was let go again in the fifties.
My dog has a hard time telling me when he's in pain, and he tries to go about his business as usual no matter what's wrong with him as if admitting to pain would disappoint the alpha.
Meanwhile other pets I've had would yelp and holler and wail at the slightest twinge of pain, flipping out like the world is ending over something minor. This difference in how animals react to pain has always made me wonder- how do animals experience pain?
The flat-footed squat is often called the "Asian squat" because it is common in Asia and essential for using a squat toilet. The position allows one to sit anywhere without getting snow or mud on one's pants. But people all over the world do it, as evidenced by Norwegian golfer Suzann Pettersen, pictured above. It's not common among adults in the US, although children can squat with their heels down easily. The squat requires flexibility of the hips, knees, and particularly the ankles, which we may lose by having chairs available all the time.
Believe it or not, no one appears to have actually studied innate ability in deep squatting across ethnic groups. “You would have to take kids from the time they’re born in China and never let them do any squats to be a control group, and it’ll never happen,” says Matt Hudson, a physiologist at the University of Delaware, who kindly humored my questions. And ultimately, it may not matter. Practice and training make the bigger difference. (I suggested to my boyfriend that he could improve his squats, but he refused for reasons I cannot fathom.)
The good news is that, barring injuries, most people can work their way up to doing the flat-footed squat. Read about the physiology of the Asian squat at The Atlantic.
It's hard to imagine 3D printers being used to build something as large as a house because most of us have only seen stuff printed by regular commercial 3D printers, which are extremely limited in terms of printing size.
But companies are now creating 3D printers that can print on a much larger scale and print with a wide variety of materials, like Austin, Texas-based company ICON's amazing new custom printer nicknamed "Vulcan" which uses cement as a printing medium.
ICON has teamed up with San Francisco-based non-profit New Story to use Vulcan to print homes for people living in impoverished communities who can't afford safe, sturdy homes, since Vulcan can print a home in 24 hours at the cost of about $4,000:
The 3D-printed home serves as proof-of-concept for sustainable homebuilding that will allow for safer, more affordable homes for more families, faster than ever. The printer, called the Vulcan, is designed to work under the constraints that are common in places like Haiti and rural El Salvador where power can be unpredictable, potable water is not a guarantee and technical assistance is sparse. It’s designed to tackle housing shortages for vulnerable populations instead of building with profit motivation.
Have you ever come up with a really good line, but you ended up using it too many times? It was only funny the first time. Luke is going to end up wishing he'd been left frozen on Hoth if he has to hear that one time and time again. But in the latest comic from The Obscure Gentlemen, he ends up putting a curse on his best friend.
The Marvel Universe is home to some of the most iconic characters in comic book history, from Spider-Man to the Incredible Hulk to that eternal patriot Captain America, but for every good character there's five goofballs they'd rather we forgot all about.
These laughable and totally forgettable characters are usually villains, since the comic book rule of thumb is every hero needs dozens of villains to fight, and they often seem like concepts drawn out of a hat.
There's Big Wheel, the guy who drives a big wheel, Asbestos Lady, the character created to be the antithesis of the Human Torch, and Kangaroo, the villain with the power to jump (you guessed it!) like a kangaroo.
This WatchMojo countdown video reveals ten of the sorriest excuses for a villain or hero that Marvel Comics ever created, and it's safe to say none of these characters will be making an appearance in the MCU anytime soon!
As far back as anyone can recall, American high schools have printed yearbooks to celebrate the accomplishments of their graduating seniors and other students, and to serve as a souvenir book with pictures of their carefree student days. This high school yearbook called '43 Ramblings chronicled the proud students of Topaz High School in Utah, which was the school for residents of Topaz Internment Camp. The students had been shipped in from their original schools up and down the West Coast, and continued their education at the school created for them. Topaz was several times the size of the better-known Manazar Camp, with over 8,000 people at its peak.
Utah State University has archived the 1943 and 1944 editions of the Topaz High School Ramblings yearbook. With a cursory browse, the Topaz High Rams look just like any other 1940s high school students. They played sports, printed alma mater lyrics that probably nobody knew by heart, and produced a slick-looking literary magazine. Topaz High was a prison camp school for unjustly incarcerated Americans, but the yearbooks provide the perception of normalcy.
In the 1943 Ramblings, the beginning dedication reads, “This year finds us vastly different from our naive selves of previous years.” Alongside photos of students, the old high schools they attended, mostly in California and Washington, are listed directly above their Topaz High School activities.
Cats are the ultimate stunt critters, and their acrobatic feats never cease to amaze humans who underestimate the tiny panthers living in their house.
Sometimes their stunts look like a scene from a movie, and when they make the stunt look as smooth and effortless as the cat in this video does you can't help but wonder whether you actually witnessed the stunt at all.
But since the vet's office employee who shot this video shared by Daily Mail UK knew to film the cat's leap of faith this daring kitteh must have practiced this stunt at least a few times before. That doesn't make it any less impressive though!
Just because Pi Day has come and gone, that doesn't mean you can't make a pie this weekend. Right now, I have inspiration and some blueberries in the house ready to go. Lauren Ko makes beautiful pies that have to taste as good as they look. Her pies get intricately-designed upper crusts and her tarts feature mosaics of cut fruit in geometric shapes.
Which is why it's hard to make real people look like characters from a Tim Burton movie, but as these makeup tutorials by YouTubers goldiestarling and NsomniaksDream show it's not impossible to achieve that dark and toony look- and the end results are horrifyingly good!
Having tried to refine and update his image by dressing like other superheroes, wearing body paint instead of a costume and dressing up like a sexy pin-up model, but alas none of these looks made him feel more professional. So DP decided to go dapper and cut out the wisecracks, to see what it's like to be taken seriously for once, and the transformation made him feel like a real gentlemerc!
Upgrade your geeky wardrobe with this D.Pool t-shirt by OneBluebird Art, it's a great way to add some much needed sophistication to your shirt collection without paying fancy pants prices!