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.
With the thirtieth anniversary of James Cameron's The Terminator now here, some people are looking back to the earliest days of the franchise. In addition to this excellent, early celebration of the film's anniversary over the summer, here are another eight facts about Cameron's tale of a cyborg assassin wreaking havoc.
For now, I'll leave you with number six on the list, a dubious fact regarding casting. Disgraced former NFL player O.J. Simpson was considered for the title role. At the time, Simpson had a fair amount of success as an actor, having appeared in Roots, The Towering Inferno and the Naked Gun trilogy, among other movies. As the story goes, the studio suggested O.J. Simpson's name to James Cameron as a possibility for the role. Ironically, Cameron felt that no one would believe O.J. as a killer.
Air New Zealand is the official airline of Middle-Earth. And they take full advantage of the title, with a new flight safety video thst has an overwhelming Hobbit theme. This was directed by Taika Waititi, with appearances by Peter Jackson and Elijah Wood and cameos by Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), and Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor. -via Hilary Gilbert
It is trendy these days for people to wear sexualized Halloween costumes. I confess that I will succumb to the trend this year.
What will you wear? If you're a mom, you've got a lot of options. Suzanne Fleet has photographed 8 wonderful possibilities that reflect actual parenting. They're all really easy to make. You can probably assemble them from your everyday gear. What will you be--the Crazy Carpool Mom or the Dirty Delouser?
Maymo and his little sister Penny (previously at Neatorama) want more than one offering of treats this Halloween. Their safest bet is to make a number of canine costume changes. After all, some treats they receive may be less than delicious. (I'm all for Richard Simmons, but I'd rather have a Snickers than a framed portrait of him.) -Via Laughing Squid
Fuzzy Wuzzy's life is one big existential conundrum, and although he has a keen intellect he has been stuck in a perpetual state of confusion for years, watching everythign he holds dear slip away as he tries to solve the logic puzzle that is his life. It's true that he is a bear, and immediately apparent that he has no hair, but what people don't know about Fuzzy is that he was a married family bear until someone asked the question that would change his life forever- "Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy, was he?" From that day forward he spent all his time trying to prove that his life hadn't been one big lie...
Bring the story of one mixed up bald bear into the twenty first century with this Fuzzy Wuzzy Logic t-shirt by Mark Heath, and watch the "was he or wasn't he?" discussion begin!
Deric Peace said he’d replaced the ice in his refrigerator door dispenser with candy. He even posted this picture to reddit. It sounds like a great idea, but some were a bit skeptical as to whether it worked, so he had to show us a video.
Imagine getting a cup of Reece’s minis, peppermint patties, M&Ms, and Skittles anytime you want! He says,
Literally just came to me the other night, and I said, I don't really use the ice maker for ice, and I wonder...the next morning I spent about 40 dollars at Rite-Aid, and the woman who checked me out thought I was an idiot. Probably still am, but when I poured in the first batch of reese's cups, and they just poured out like I hit the candy jackpot, I was beside myself. I love candy, I love making things easier, and making non-useful things (to me) more so. That's really it.
Wash out the bin, and then fill with candy that is not wrapped. This is my next step, and I have a lot of candy to eat quickly. Good thing I have friends to share the burden with. I am not going back to ice, this usage is permanent.
He even posted another video to apologize for shooting the video in portrait mode -and to answer some more questions. In case you are wondering, Peace has no children. But I’m sure he will have lots of visitors!
Are you one of those people who gets mighty proud every time you kill a pesky spiders in your house?
Then you’ll probably relate to this delightful comic strip by Poorly Drawn Lines, although you may want to take a more direct approach to your insect eradication.
How I Killed The Spider tells the harrowing tale of a man whose home has been invaded by a brown recluse spider, and the extreme bravery involved in his battle against the beast.
It made me rethink my policy on scooping the little buggers up and putting them outside unharmed, because any spider that can beat two counts of possession with intent to sell in a court of law is a force to be reckoned with!
Dawson’s Creek was a 1990s TV show about “life, love, and growing up.” And so is the remake Dachshund’s Creek, except this time around, the roles are played by weiner dogs named Gandalf, Winnie, Mocha, and Aurora. You don’t have to be a fan of the show, or even have seen it at all, to enjoy this version directed by Michael Immerman. -via Time
Are you ready for Halloween yet? Don't worry if you're not -there's still plenty of time left to get ready. Even if you put things off as long as possible though, you can still create a great DIY Halloween costume in no time. Here are a few ideas in case you have to make your own Halloween costume last minute.
Silent Movie Stars
Here's an easy one for men or women. All you need is a black and white suit or dress (if it's 1920's style all the better), some gray cream makeup and some black eyeliner and black eye shadow to add some accents. To really sell the concept, it helps to bring along a title card too like this couple from Shrimp Salad Circus did.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Just about every gal has a sleeveless black dress. Add a tiara, some long black gloves, a chunky necklace, a tiara and a long cigarette holder (available at most costume stores) and you have a Holly Golightly costume. Of course, you need to have some serious hair styling skills to pull this one off as well as Redditor CampingIsIntense.
You may not be able to paint like her, but you can easily look like Frida with only minimal effort. Just grab a peasant blouse, put your hair up with a few flowers and then draw in a bit of a unibrow. Megan Rose shows how simple it is.
For red-headed male fans of art, you can always go as Vincent Van Gogh. Paint a few thick, impressionist brush strokes on a jacket, sport a collarless button up shirt and then apply a some broad streaks of makeup along your neck and face to complete the look. This cool costume was created by a friend of Redditor josh1510.
If you don't have any time to get tulle, but have crepe or tissue paper available, then consider making a pinata costume. Glue strips of the paper to a body suit and trim to make frills. For more detailed instructions, don't miss this post by Camille Styles.
To promote new menu items at McDonald's, the advertising agency DDB Sydney built a pop-up restaurant that looks like a lunchbox in the iconic McDonald's red and yellow. It's touring major cities in Australia, including Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne. McDonald's is particularly interested in using this facility to promote its new rump steak wraps.
I believe it was Poltergeist that triggered my fear of toys in me, and I have carried it with me since I was a child. Something about a little, lifeless, object we play with that could come to life at any point is scary (and implausible, and silly, but go with it for a second because it is almost Halloween).
The scariest part is, as you will from this list, there have been cases throughout history when toys have allegedly been possessed or haunted. With haunted dolls becoming so "in" again (wait, where they ever "in?"), seems a perfect time to drop this list on you of 5 toys that were said to be haunted. Now I know as much as the next guy that the likelihood of any of these stories being true is slim-to-none (a haunted N.E.S? Come on), like I said, it's Halloween. Just let go with it and have some fun for a moment. Oh, and if you are interested, I have a haunted Frisbee I am selling.
Freaking thing just goes wherever it wants. Must be demons, right? Five bucks or best offer. Hit me up here, we can make it happen.
In Macedonia, there’s a rock formation called the Stone Dolls of Kuklica. They look like a crowd of people standing (although much larger). The legend behind the stones goes like this:
Once upon a time, long, long ago, a village girl was anxiously awaiting her wedding, which was scheduled for the afternoon. Having prepared everything days in advance, the girl wasn’t sure how to fill the morning hours. She’d heard about another wedding in the neighboring village and decided to see the happy couple who were sharing her special day…
Imagine her surprise upon discovering her groom-to-be, marrying another woman! Furious, she interrupted the wedding, and her betrothed sputtered, trying to explain. He loved both women, but for different reasons: one for her beauty and one for her wealth. In the end, he’d decided to marry the uglier, richer woman. The pretty young girl, betrayed, spat out a horrible curse, instantly turning the groom, his new wife, the priest, the wedding guests, and even herself into stone.
But there’s a perfectly logical, if not quite as magic, explanation for the formation. Still, you can pick out which stone pillar was the bride, groom, and the officiant, as well as their wedding party and guests. Take a tour of the the Stone Dolls of Kuklica with Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell; they’ve got plenty of pictures and video, at For 91 Days.
The Dolphin Inn, a pub in Grampound, Cornwall, UK, has a new darts team. The players, who call themselves the Optimists, are all blind. Pictured above is team member Richard Pryor and pub owner Joe Fryer in front of the dartboard. Pryor and his friends will compete against other teams affiliated with the pub.
How does a blind person play darts? Carefully. Also, the players tie a string from the bullseye. This string helps the player aim in the right direction. Don't worry about safety. Pryor says that they're taking appropriate precautions:
We're shutting the door to the toilet just in case someone comes through and gets a dart in the rear.
Forget fancy Halloween costumes! Here's something far easier: just wear these spooky fun pumpkin-inspired Halloween T-shirts from the NeatoShop. And with free shipping worldwide available, these shirts won't put a scare on your pocketbook.
Best of all, with cool artwork designed by the web's best indie artists, you can wear these ghoulishly awesome T-shirt all year round!
Take a look at 25 Halloween T-shirts to wear this coming Halloween:
Laying around can be exhausting. A cat must have the freedom to express his need for additional naps. Publicly, if possible. Timo "the ragdoll cat" (previously at Neatorama) is sleepy enough to represent cat-tired felines everywhere. -Via Laughing Squid
For some reason the game designers always depict Link as a young man, even though he's been hacking and blocking his way through Hyrule for decades. So why do they keep showing him that way? Because in reality Link is fairly advanced in age, and nowadays he looks forward to his morning constitutional and an afternoon nap instead of fame, rupees and a grand adventure. Real life Link proves that with old age comes a lot less responsibility, and a lot more leisure time!
Commemorate Link's transition into his twilight years with this Bowels and a Nap t-shirt by William Renn, and keep your geeky wardrobe full of old school style!
If you listen to StoryCorps on NPR, or have watched the videos posted here at Neatorama, you know how they affect you. I start to tear up as soon as that music starts, because I know a heartbreaking or heartwarming story is coming. StoryCorps knows how you feel, and they’ve started a campaign to see how you feel, called Cry Day Friday. You’re invited to snap a picture of your “cry face” after you listen to a StoryCorps story, and on Friday, post it to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #crydayFriday. And you can check out other cry faces- there are already plenty of them.
Here's a video of the actual proposal. It's really sweet and touching.
My own proposal was less complex (you know, the KISS principle). My wife and I are both librarians and I coincidentally proposed to her at a library. She loved it anyway, despite the absence of a TARDIS. But she has informed me that if the Doctor ever offers to take her away on an adventure, she's going to accept.
What do you use to carve your pumpkins? If you still use regular kitchen knives and a spoon, maybe you should try something a little different this year. You don't even need to buy fancy pumpkin carving tools -there's plenty of stuff around your home that you can use instead.
From power tools to spaghetti, you'll be surprised what you can use to decorate your Jack-O-Lantern. There's even a great way to make your pumpkin last longer so it doesn't become a mold-laden biohazard.
Lt. Comm. Geordi La Forge, chief engineer on board the USS Enterprise, would be glad to reroute warp power through the phase inducers. But, first, he's going to take a nap on the impulse drive manifold because it's so warm right now.
I’m not sure why facts are “dumb,” especially about dessert, because that’s a very serious subject. Find out about the most expensive sundae, the biggest gingerbread house, who invented the popsicle, where to find a pickle-flavored snow cone, and so on, in this week’s mental_floss List Show video. Am I seeing something that’s not there, or does John Green look a bit under the weather? That’s what I look like when I have a bad cold.
"Spider like from another world" by Krasimir Matarov Shortlisted for Photographer of the Year category
The London-based Society of Biology recently announced their top picks for best biology photographs of 2014. The competition is for amateur photographers. The theme for 2014 was "Home, Habitat, and Shelter." Winning photographs were selected from approximately 800 entries.
You listen to music, but do you see it? Do you hear it in the raindrops around you, or realize that there is a rhythm to everything? The way our brains visualize and process musical patterns factors into both how we hear music and how we "see" it. I wont even keep going and pretend I am smart enough to trick you into thinking I have any idea what I am talking about. Instead, I will just let the always-brilliant Ted Ed series of Ted Talks teach you how to visualize music differently. Who knew something as simple as a wheel would change our perception of music?
That last line will make sense after you watch the video.
Now if you don't mind, I am just gonna flip on the blacklight and visualize some Pink Floyd music.
Disneyland first opened its doors over fifty years ago, and in that time Disney Imagineers have done their best to keep the park fresh by constantly updating and adding to the park, but with progress comes destruction.
As many of you know, The Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors is a real treat every year, often blending The Simpson's perfect pop culture prowess with some twisted humor and horror elements. I found a clip recently that I thought might have been faked. Come to find out, it's not. This is actually a scene from the forthcoming Halloween episode of this long-running show.
Rather than ruin just how magical it this clip is, I will just sit back and let you watch it (while I watch it myself about 300 more times).
News flash: subatomic particles are really small. That’s why we had to build a 17-mile tunnel under two countries to look for it. Scientists are only human, after all. This is the latest from Randall Munroe at xkcd. Head over there to see the hover text that always accompanies the comics.
The blessed words of the 90s television star turned patron saint of full houses known as Uncle Jesse are here to guide you, and one mighty catchphrase in particular should get you through even the darkest hours of a life without cable - Have Mercy. Jesse uttered these mighty words as the blessed sister Rebecca laid her lips upon his, and although he'd uttered the phrase many times before he'd never felt the power of the holy father Elvis pass through him before that fateful kiss...
Add some blessedly funny humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Have Mercy t-shirt by Kellabell9, and show the world you worship retro TV sitcoms!
Once upon a time in the 1980s, there was a British magazine called TV Tops, which wasn't long lived. It's almost impossible to imagine why, when one of the magazine's features was a comic called "The Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant."
Who could question this part pirate, part new wave pioneer being fodder for the superhero treatment? With a BANG!, a mighty fist in the air and a quick stop for a minor eyeliner touch-up, Adam Ant was a hero in whom everyone could have faith.
TV Tops also featured articles and comic strips based on popular television shows of the time, including Buck Rogers, Fame and Hart to Hart.