Visitors who have made their way across the Land of Ooo and lived to tell the tale deserve better than a mere t-shirt to commemorate their journey, but unfortunately the gift shop is fresh out of snow globes. They do, however, have a squeezy doll shaped like Lemongrab's head, a bacon pancake batter that's quite delicious, and some bananaguard taffy that takes a full day to chew. I guess it's time to reconsider buying that t-shirt after all...
Bring a souvenir from your adventures home with this Visit The Land Of Ooo t-shirt by Alecxps, it's the colorful way to show the world you prefer to travel by sitting around watching cartoons all day!
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The cake that was ordered (l) and the unfortunate model the bakery produced (r) | Image: Imgur
According to one Redditor's recent post, a Frozen-themed birthday party ended up unsightly at best when a bakery made Elsa look like an especially wide, fisheyed fishwife. The (unnamed) bakery was commissioned based on the design in the photo above, at left.
The customer, Redditor OfficialBigHead, posted about the cake carnage after receiving the order. The post garnered more than 2,200 comments in 24 hours, with users dubbing the cake “Elsa the Hutt.” See the amusing reponses and discussion to this cake calamity — the likes of which only Reddit can serve up — at the post linked above.
Countries that speak English as their primary language share many idioms, since they make sense to all English speakers regardless of nation or region.
But that doesn't mean the idioms themselves make any sense when thought of in literal terms, and frankly when they're brought to life visually they can be downright silly.
Animator Roisin Hahessy brought a bunch of common idioms to life via illustration, using the delightful drawings as a representation of what someone might imagine when they hear these idioms for the first time.
No wedding is absolutely perfect, and if it were, it wouldn’t be personal or memorable. Having children as part of the ceremony is the most common way to invite “imperfection,” but whatever they do is usually adorable anyway. At this wedding, the tiny flower girl got cold feet and decided she wasn’t going to do it. So her quick-thinking and practical dad took over to get the flower petals sprinkled down the aisle. A comment at Buzzfeed summed it up well:
One of the most important parenting skills is knowing when to say ¯\(°_o)/¯. Good job, Dad!
Yep, this is one wedding that people will remember fondly.
The following article on Riker's Island jail in New York City is a lengthy yet absolutely fascinating read if you want to know the gritty truth about what goes on inside. It consists of many no-holds- barred, first-hand accounts of Riker's given by correction officers, teachers, personnel, inmates and even visitors to the jail, so that one may get the full grim view of the inherent problems within the system. These are problems so complex that even the best case scenario of a devoted, concerned reformer with financial resources likely would be unable to solve them. Here are some examples from different perspectives:
The Mental Health Worker for the Urban Justice Center:
"People may go ten, 11 months without access to laundry, outside of the sink and a bar of soap. You’ll see people covered in their own filth. Last week, an inmate told me that he is supposed to receive twice-a-day medication sometime between 6:30 and eight in the morning and once in the evening. But the officer steps inside the entrance at the other side of the room and calls his name and says it’s time for meds, but not loudly at all, and doesn’t make an attempt to actually contact this person. The dorm is so loud. And he doesn’t hear his name or that it’s time [for his meds]. And the officers don’t follow up. If they don’t get a response, they walk away.
In that dorm, this happens half the time, based on what I’ve heard. So people on Lithium or Prozacclass="footnoteNumber">6 aren’t getting half that day’s medication, and it can be absolutely disastrous.
That’s not to mention there are often facilitywide lockdowns, when no movement is allowed in the entire facility. If that happens when medications or appointments are scheduled, they often don’t get their [treatment].
Therapy at Rikers often involves only a one-minute talk in which the doctor or social worker may say, “You’re at risk of injuring yourself. Are you okay?” And then they say, “Yeah? Good?” And then they move on."
The Female Corrections Officer:
"We deal with a lot of mental and physical abuse, from your inmates to your superiors... They try to threaten your life, and you have to take the threats very seriously.It’s a lot of stuff we handle as correction officers and we never get the props. Nobody never says, 'Oh, y’all do a wonderful job.' Nobody. We always are downplayed. Because you have some officers, don’t get me wrong, that don’t do what they supposed to do. They are dirty. They bring in stuff. It’s not an easy job.You do sometimes over 100 hours in overtime a month on top of 40 hours a week. As soon as you hear 'Inmate, oh, he get beat up,' nobody don’t understand what happened. What about officers leaving with broken nose, broken arms, spit on, feces thrown on them, urine thrown on them? You’re not dealing with a regular person on the street. Excuse my mouth, you’re dealing with animals. Some of them, some of them not. The majority are not there for being a good person."
"In the box, the bed is on the wall, so it’s lower to the floor. You’ve gotta be careful because there’s a lot of roaches and mice running around. You’ll be lying down with your eyes closed, and you’ll hear all of them making noises, going through your bags on the floor, ripping up pages from the books.
They don’t got no air conditioner [in the box]. Sometimes you be in your cell like nude, because it be hot and the windows don’t open up, and you’ll be complaining like, 'I need my window fixed.' And the officers will say, 'We’ll put in a work order.' But it never gets done.
What I’d do, I’d grab paper and I’d make a fan out of it. Sometimes the paper gets worn out, because I’d use it a lot, and sometimes there won’t be no more paper, so I’d fan myself with my shirt.
The box — it’s like you’re locked up twice as much as you’re locked up now. It’s a small room, so you really don’t move around a lot. You wake up, and there’s a toilet right next to your head. You look out the window and you see birds flying, and that only leads your mind into wanting freedom more. And since it’s a small room, it makes you think crazy."
Read many more firsthand accounts and see maps, statistics and more at this NY Magazine article.Contains NSFW Language and graphic descriptions.
Well, this isn’t it (this is). What we have here is a remix for New York magazine of the Ant-Man concept, using all kinds of movie footage compiled into a trailer that would be right at home in drive-in theaters in 1955, complete with narration by Vincent Price. What does it say about me that I recognize the majority of the clips used to make this? This is part of the “Vulture Remix” series. You’ll find links to the others at the YouTube page. Ant-Man will be in theaters July 17th. -Thanks, Louis!
Ginger used to be seen as a derogatory term for redhead, and is probably still considered rude by some, but those who are tired of being bullied because of their hair color are owning the name and declaring Ginger Pride.
So whaddya do once that pride comes rolling in? Throw together a festival for your fellow Gingers to enjoy and declare it the summer of redheaded love!
Festival organizer Stuart Parry is no stranger to bullying, and he has decided to organize the event to show his fellow redheads that, despite what bullies might say, it's great to be a part of Team Ginge.
Some of Stuart's colorful musings on being a redhead:
"I wonder if we're approaching a time when bullying gingers is over [...] When I was much younger and out at a night club a young lady came up to me and said 'wow, your hair is lovely, where did you get it done?'"
The first ever UK festival for redhead (Redhead Day UK) started in 2013, but there's plenty of room for Stuart's more laid back festival to coincide with the bigger event, and it's about time for redheads to be proud of their fiery manes!
Longtime Neatorama friend Dan Piraro is the mad genius behind the comic Bizarro. His comic panels are surreal, often political, and have no recurring characters. All those factors made it hard for an unknown to get into newspaper syndication in the days when that was the only way to make it big in the business. Piraro was an art school dropout illustrating products for sale with a wife and baby to support when he was inspired to try newspaper syndication by Gary Larson’s strip The Far Side. That inspiration turned out to be a stumbling block.
Many months of unsuccessful attempts passed before Piraro elicited an “encouraging rejection” from Chronicle Features editor, Stuart Dobbs. “He told me that, while they were interested in me, they already had a similar strip [The Far Side],” recalls Piraro. “But he told me to stay in touch.”
Finally, after several failed efforts, the 25-year-old cartoonist was offered his big break:
“One day, [Dobbs] called me and said, ‘I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that Gary Larson is jumping to Universal Press Syndicate, and we had no idea he was even thinking about it. But the good news is that we’ve decided to pick up your strip because we now have room for it.’”
At first, Piraro thought he “his ship had come in.” Quickly, he learned that syndication was not for the hasty: selling to newspapers is a very gradual process that often takes years. A whole year into syndication, Piraro’s strip, Bizarro, was only featured in seven newspapers.
“My first royalty check was $90 for an entire month of cartoons,” he recalls. “That was a very disappointing day.”
For years afterward, Piraro kept his day job while coming up with daily strips to keep the syndication dream alive. It eventually paid off, but the journey was difficult. Then computers and the internet changed the way comics are produced and consumed, and he had to adapt all over again. Read the fascinating story of Piraro and his Bizarro comics at Pricenomics. -via Digg
YouTuber Mathologer has created this instructional video that’s teaches you how to take a modern Rubik's cube apart and put it together again inside a bottle. It may not be the easiest project in the world, but the end results are purely mathe-magical!
Hot dogs are an American tradition and I'm willing to bet that almost any of you who went to a Fourth of July barbeque probably had the option to eat one, even if you chose not to. That being said, you can make a hot dog even more all-American with a little extra work -that's where the Vulgar Chef comes in.
When the Fourth came around this year, the Vulgar Chef took advantage of the holiday by making the most American hot dog of all time -the Independence Dog. This delightful monstrosity takes a typical hot dog, wraps in bacon, then covers it in in ground beef. The meat log is then deep fried, covered in marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and then served on a bun made of deep fried macaroni and cheese.
Don't let that villager's cute little face fool you- he's not the nicest boy in animal town, he's a psycho who really belongs up in Silent Hill! Haven't you ever wondered why he carries around that axe? It's not for chopping trees, and if you ever face off against him in the Smash Bros arena you'd better guard your neck, because the villager is about to cut you down to size!
Show the world the one character they should refrain from crossing with this Population Of 1! t-shirt by Yashanyu1, it's the fun way to show the world the true face of video game fear.
Visual effects and digital postproduction company El Ranchito Imagen Digital shows us what they did to make one battle scene in the Game of Thrones episode entitled “Hardhome.” There is a terrific amount of work to make every little detail of a fantasy world mesh together to create a seamless sequence. You can imagine how much digital effects work went into the entire season!
Does this contain spoilers? I don’t think the video tells us anything major: there’s a battle scene, with some supernatural characters, but we don’t see who wins. I can understand why they release these effects videos after the season ends, because it will challenge your suspension of disbelief to imagine the actors doing their stuff in separate studios, in front of green screens, without the thundering hordes of the finished product. -via Uproxx
Summer's here - are you beach bod ready? Well, you got to work out to look good, but you can also look good while working out! Here are 15 Workout Tank Tops That'll Make You Look Good While Working Out, regardless of your body type:
Pinocchio was found abandoned at an airport as a kitten. Both his eyes were badly infected and they had to be surgically removed. Blind and transferred to a shelter, Pinocchio may have been losing hope, until he met fellow shelter kitten Jiminy Cricket. The two male cats became inseparable and were eventually adopted out together into the beautiful and obviously loving home seen in this video. Now the two cats not only have each other, but they have toys, cardboard boxes and backyard to explore to their hearts' content. Don't miss the adorable shots of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket together in this uplifting footage.
He is imminently logical and fascinating. He's the interstellar man of mystery. He's Spock, the half human, half Vulcan science officer on board the USS Enterprise. Spock has inspired generations of trekkies to imitate him, including for cosplay. For example, here's Betty Page Spock by Madeline Masquerade next to Rosie the Riveter Kirk. Let's look at even more great Spock cosplays.
One lesson humankind surely has learned by now is never to underestimate the power that a cult with even a seemingly insane belief system can have over lonely people who feel they have no purpose, self worth or sense of belonging.
Heaven's Gate. The People's Temple. The "Koreshian" division of the Branch Davidians and even the Manson Gang are all examples of this phenomenon. Because of the flawed yet enduringly human traits described above, as some cult movements end, others always crop up in their place.
The article linked below cites nine examples of bizarre cults all over the globe. One is The Body of Christ. A quote from the article about this group follows:
"This is a group of people who turn to personal revelations, rather than the Bible. Followers of this cult have made news due to child deaths; one from lack of nutrition and another for lack of medical attention. You see, the people belonging to this cult believe that God will give them direct signs and instructions. They await these signs before taking any kind of action. The Body of Christ rejects the long-held systems in society: education, government, banking, religion, medicine, science, and entertainment. They refuse to work with civil and government entities, and turn a blind eye to assistance. They await doomsday, when the rest of the world will explode, but they will remain safe."
Read about other bizarre cults in existence today here.
Cheese and butter go back a long way as methods of preserving milk. But fresh milk was considered baby food, or a boost for growing children, through most of history. Only about a hundred years ago did milk drinking become common among adults. That was because of the convergence of several trends around the beginning of the 20th century. First, the milk trade became regulated and safer (see our previousarticles on that development). Then there was the craze for healing through nutrition, which led to the development of cereals, served with milk (see our previous article on that). And there was the Temperance movement, with groups trying to get men to drink anything besides alcohol (which we also covered). Read more about these trends and how they led to people rushing out to buy milk before a snowstorm hits, at BBC Future. -via mental_floss
In 1959, struggling writer Frank Herbert journeyed to the sand dunes of Oregon to research a story about a government plan to stabilize those ever-shifting sands. The experience dug into him and grew. It became the groundbreaking 1965 science fiction novel Dune. That novel almost didn’t make it to print. Herbert submitted it to more than 20 publishing houses before Chilton, the car repair manual publisher, agreed to print it.
Dune won the Nebula and Hugo Awards, but its popularity grew only slowly over the following decade. It influenced Star Wars and led to the development its own movie in 1984 and miniseries in 2000. In The Guardian, Hari Kunzru argues that it’s one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time and an essential story:
Though in his later years he enjoyed huge success, Herbert, the man who dreamed of greening the desert, had mixed feelings about the future. In Dune, he has Kynes, the “First Planetologist of Arrakis” (and hero of the novel’s first draft) muse that “beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. This is as true of humans in the finite space of a planetary ecosystem as it is of gas molecules in a sealed flask. The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.” Gloomy Malthusianism was much in vogue in the 1960s and 70s. In 1968 Paul Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb became a runaway bestseller, predicting mass starvation unless population growth was restricted. The flip side of the green movement’s valorisation of small scale and self-reliance is an uneasy relationship with the masses, and with the idea of economic growth more generally. Herbert’s libertarian politics reinforced this worry. In Dune, Paul knows that if the desert planet is made to bloom, it will support a larger population, and the ethic of individualism will be eroded. He himself, as he is transformed from aristocrat to messiah, loses his individuality and begins to dissolve into myth, becoming part of a Jungian collective unconscious. But perhaps Herbert would take heart from the thought that history does not appear to be teleological and some long-term plans do not take on the character of destiny. Fifty years after Dune’s publication, the US Department of Agriculture is still at work on the Oregon Dunes, rooting out European beach grass, an “invasive non‑native species”. They want to return the dune processes to their natural state.
Superheroes rarely have time to carry on sexual affairs, so they often find the chance to hook up in the middle of a situation that requires some superheroing.
Bearing in mind that big companies like DC and Marvel are still largely creating comics to appeal to a teen or young adult market, this makes superhero hook ups some of the most ridiculous and truly unsexy moments in pop culture history.
Evil plans always sound good on paper, but as soon as they interfere with Taco Tuesday you know they're totally gonna fail. This is especially true when you bring guys like Darth in on your dirty scheme, since Vader loves Taco Tuesday more than he hates his own father, so if you're planning to cause a brick-tastrophe and let it all fall down do yourself a favor- set your plan in motion during wasabi Wednesdays!
Build up a reputation for your good taste with this Taco Tuesday t-shirt by Davinci SMURF, it's the funny way to say "lego my taco, you brickheaded bum" without actually saying a word!
People will look at you funny if you wear a normal life jacket everywhere. And, honestly, it gets bulky and cumbersome. The Kingii is a better option. It fits onto a wrist. There’s a pull lever that activates a CO2 tank, which inflates a small bag. It’s bright orange and has a whistle, which can hopefully signal rescuers. There’s a compass in case you have to navigate on your own. Now if you suddenly find yourself if the water, you’ve got a better chance of surviving. And the strangers at the mall who laughed at you will be drowning while you’re still alive and safe.
Back in 2013, we told you about the Bartkira Project by artist Ryan Humphrey, in which he invited hundreds of artists from around the world to recreate the manga Akira in the style of The Simpsons.
The project is still going strong (you can read three out of the 6 planned volumes on the website) and to whet your appetite, here's a wonderful animated trailer from Kaitlin Sullivan and James Harvey of Akira drawn in the style and featuring the characters from The Simpsons.
See, it’s always handy to teach your children new skills! Swaddling a baby makes him or her feel cozy, warm, and safe, like being back in the womb. Or like being a burrito. And that can be a good feeling no matter what your age. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.
Everyone, meet Bob. He’s a kindly Golden Retriever who shares a home in Brazil with not just humans, but also 8 birds and a hamster. He’s got to be the chillest dog who ever lived because he’s perfectly content to let his little friends climb all over him, even when he’s napping. The pictures that result are supremely adorable. You can follow him on Facebook or Instagram.
Cause we were like, "woaaaah.", and I was like, "woaaaah." and you were like, "woaaahh...
-Crush, Finding Nemo
WWF-Australia put a GoPro camera on the back of a sea turtle so we can get a turtle’s-eye-view of the surreal and beautiful Great Barrier Reef, home to over 6,000 animals species. It will make you feel as if you are riding on the turtle’s back!
How many Oreo cookies do you want to eat? I'll have just one--provided that it's one of these. YouTube user Hey! It’s Mosogourmet used special plastic baking pans to create this massively scaled-up version of an Oreo cookie. The creme filling has broken Oreos inside, so it's truly authentic. Now I'd like to have a huge glass of milk in which to dunk mine.
Science is taking a vacation! Or, let’s say, science is finding out things about vacations, and how you can get more bang for your buck. Findings by Dr. Amit Kumar and Dr. Thomas Gilovich analyzed the amount of happiness a getaway brings us and what facts lead to that happiness. They have some tips about why you should take a trip, what kind to take, and how to schedule your activities for peak return.
The happiness literature also has some important things to say about planning. Kumar said that he’d been wondering for a while whether planning a purchase well in advance “might cause [the purchaser to] derive more utility from their anticipation of the experience” than they would if they planned it at the last minute, he said. “We now have empirical evidence that that's indeed the case,” he said, in the form of a paper he coauthored with Thomas Gilovich that’s in press at the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
This tells me that the trend toward surprising children with a last-minute notice that they’re going to Disney World actually cheats those children out of the anticipation happiness they would have otherwise experienced. Not a great tradeoff for a viral video. Read the other ways you can optimize your vacation happiness at New York magazine. -via Digg