The Fears of a Father

Chris from Lunarbaboon is getting used to the idea of having two children. The second one will be a girl, and the implications of having a daughter can be daunting to a father -whether he’s experienced in such matters or not. My husband has six daughters, and he will tell you that there are far more things to worry about than you realize when they first arrive.  

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Shark Sniffs Photographer's Camera


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Filmmaker Dave Riggs is getting ready for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week (auto-start video). While getting footage off the coast of South Australia, a 13.5 foot long female Great White Shark approached him. Curious, she examined him. Discovery News quotes Riggs:

“Of course, great whites don’t have hands, so she was researching the area in the only way she knows how -– and that’s with her mouth,” Riggs said.

So when a Great White Shark mouths you, it's like a dog smelling you. Try to be friendly in response.

-via Daily of the Day

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End Game: TV's Best and Worst Series Finales

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When a television show that's been a huge hit for the duration of its on-air run is ending, the pressure is on for the creator and writers to take it off air with an ending that is worthy of its prior content and story arcs. When an ending is largely considered by a viewing audience to be a flop, it can not only leave a bad taste in the mouths of the viewers, but a truly lame ending can change how well the show is perceived overall, effectively invalidating some of the compelling content that led up to it. Conversely, a terrific ending, such as the one Alan Ball fashioned for his HBO show Six Feet Under, can elevate everything that came before it.

Check out this Rolling Stone article that compiles a list of best and worst endings to popular television shows, and feel free to weigh in on whether or not you agree with their assessments.


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16 Things You Might Not Know About Rambo

It’s been 30 years since Rambo: First Blood Part II sent veteran John Rambo back to Vietnam. Although the movie was a sequel to 1982’s First Blood, it was a much bigger hit, and gave Sylvester Stallone a second iconic character in addition to Rocky. Strangely, Stallone didn’t really want the role …at first.

More than 26 screenplay drafts of the story were written during the decade of development and dozens of actors signed on and dropped out of the role of Rambo including Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, and Dustin Hoffman.

Stallone was brought on when director Ted Kotcheff offered him the part because of his popularity in the Rocky franchise, but Stallone turned him down because he felt that the role passed through too many actors and the movie would never really get made. He later committed to the role when he was offered the opportunity to rewrite the screenplay (his $3.5 million salary may also have helped) in order to make Rambo more sympathetic as opposed to the PTSD-crazed madman the character resembled in the novel.

That’s just one of 16 stories behind the making of Rambo: First Blood Part II that you can read at mental_floss.


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Florence Henderson Reveals What Happened to Carol Brady's First Husband

The 70s sitcom The Brady Bunch begins with widower Mike Brady marrying a woman named Carol and their two families blending into one. What happened to Carol Brady's first husband? Was she divorced or widowed as well? That was never made clear.


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Florence Henderson, the actress who played Carol Brady on the show, recently revealed the truth on The Huffpost Show: Carol was a widow--and by her own hand. Carol Brady killed her first husband.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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The Groundbreaking History Of Star Wars Toys

Toys tied to movies existed long before Star Wars, but George Lucas’ 1977 space opera changed movie merchandising forever. Lucas always wanted toys to accompany the movie, but response from manufacturers was tepid, because investing design resources and factory output in a movie that may or may not be popular was a risky move. Even Kenner, who signed up to make action figures and other toys, vastly underestimated what a hit Star Wars would be.

Star Wars released in May 1977 to rapturous approval, becoming an overnight sensation — and kids didn’t just want to see the movie; they wanted toys. Kenner were caught flat-footed at the demand, finding that they wouldn’t even have figures out for the lucrative Christmas period of that year. To do nothing would have meant losing out on millions of dollars.

So they made a decision that was, by all accounts at the time, completely ludicrous: They sold people an empty box. The Early Bird Certificate was a box containing a cardboard display stand featuring the characters from the film, stickers, and a certificate for kids to mail away to Kenner to receive four figures in 1978: Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Princess Leia and Chewbacca. The box was savaged by the media, and although sales were poor, the move kept Star Wars figures in the public’s mind, ready for their 1978 release.

That was only the first of many controversial and sometimes disastrous moves from the toy industry regarding Star Wars. Read about the ups and down of Star Wars toys over 38 years at io9.


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Dwayne Johnson Delivers A Rock Solid Surprise To Fan

Dwayne Johnson has gone from simply being a wrestler known as The Rock to a full blown movie star, and yet his fame and monetary success haven’t changed him one bit.

He’s still a fun-loving, happy and friendly fellow who seems eager to show his fans how much he appreciates their support.

The Rock was recently scheduled to be interviewed by comedian Nick Mundy for Screen Junkies, but things took a turn for the worse when Nick was told the interview was cancelled.

Nick was bummed, but immediately livened back up when The Rock appeared out of nowhere…wearing a tuxedo.

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The still graphic for the video probably gives the surprise away but the video is still fun to watch, and serves to make The Rock seem even cooler than before, if that's possible

-Via The Blaze


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A Brief Summary of Star Wars

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Now you don’t have to watch all those Star Wars movies! Still, a commenter pointed out that this is BS, because it depicts a Storm Trooper actually hitting what he is aiming at. This animation is from Zach at Extra Fabulous Comics.  -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Mystical Deer - The Watcher In the Woods


Mystical Deer by Art et Be

Whenever you take a walk through the forest you'll feel eyes upon you, but don't worry- most of those eyes are there to watch over you, and watch what you do, and only a few of them belong to a predator who thinks you look delicious. Deer are the ones who are always watching, always making sure the balance is preserved in their natural kingdom, and when they see a human in their home they see the potential for violence, unrest and imbalance. Do the deer, and the forest, a favor and leave the woods just as you found them!

Bring a stunning new style to your geeky wardrobe with this Mystical Deer t-shirt by Art et Be, featuring a bold and eye-pleasing design sure to attract attention.

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The World’s Smallest Park Is Only 2 Feet Wide

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That’s it—the entire park.  It’s just a small tree surrounded by a bit of grass. In 1946, Dick Fagan, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, noticed that there was a hole in the median of a street where a lamppost used to stand. He decided to put it to good use by building a park there. Fagan named it Mills End Park after the title of his regular newspaper column, Mills End. The City of Portland acquired it in 1976, so it’s an official city park. Parks and Recreation workers tend to it carefully, according to Oregon Live:

Mill Ends is weeded, watered, planted and maintained like every other park in our National Gold Medal-winning system," Mike Abbaté, director of Portland Parks & Recreation, wrote to the challenger.

As of 2013, Mills End Park held the Guinness World Record for the smallest park in the world.

-via Amusing Planet


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Giving Up the Phone for a Week

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It’s strange how one’s relationship with their phone varies according to age. These Millennials gave up their phones for a week to make a video about the experience, and their lives completely changed. They had spent their formative years becoming dependent on their devices for keeping in touch with others, finding their way around, doing business, and internet use. A person who is somewhat older might think of turning to a computer for many of those things. I still use signs, maps, and spoken directions to find my way around (plus an awesome sense of direction honed by many years of experience). I also have a calendar for appointments. My mother has a cell phone, but no one knows the number, because she only turns it on when she’s on the road and needs assistance.

But the difference goes even deeper. Using a phone for all those things is not bad in itself, but these folks noticed a difference in their concentration, attention span, and engagement with the real world when they adjusted to living without constantly “checking in” for messages as they’d become used to. How would doing without your mobile device affect your life? -via Buzzfeed


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Spock Van Gogh and Captain James T. Ross

Chilean artist Fab Ciraolo mixes images from pop culture to “highlight the conflict between extravagance and rebellion.” His recent works include Vincent Van Gogh as Spock toting an antique phaser rifle and Bob Ross as Captain Kirk. As you might expect, he’s not wearing pants.

The series also includes a Starfleet red shirt who I am unable to identify. He may not survive the episode, but he won’t die easily.

-via Popped Culture


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Cardboard Plane

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These guys made a plane out of cardboard. It’s not just a folded paper airplane, but a remote-controlled model with flaps and propellor and everything -made out of a cardboard box. They think it’s a ridiculous concept and are quite surprised that it will fly at all. Now watch the video and try not to laugh. -via b3ta


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10 Camouflaged Cats


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A cat is hiding somewhere in this photo. Can you find it?

Cats, the ninjas of the animal world, are good at hiding in plain sight. You can see photos of 9 other camouflaged cats at Tastefully Offensive.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Incredibly Informative Daytime TV Chyrons

Daytime television is a wonderland of quack medical advice, paternity tests and “reality” show drama, and those who tune in to these midday broadcasts aren’t expecting to have their faith in humanity restored.

I've been known to watch a daytime show or two just for kicks, but I soon realized that you don't have to sit through an hour of awfulness when those informative chyrons tell you all you need to know in an instant.

Chyrons are text banners that appears on the lower third of the screen, and if you look up "TV chyrons" online you'll discover they present you with all the reality TV fun in an instant, without commercials or filler content.

But before you go searching for some laughs check out The Soup's collection of The Incredible World Of Daytime TV Chyrons, featuring comedic descriptions from classic shows like Tyra, Ricki Lake and, of course, Maury.


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Staying at the New LEGO Hotel Is Like Walking into a Toy Box


(Photos: LEGOland Florida/Elaine Litherland)

From the outside, the hotel really looks like it’s made of LEGO bricks!

And from the inside, too. The new LEGOland Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida offers 152 rooms with LEGO designs inspired by real toy sets and LEGO movies and video games. Guests can’t alter the structure of the building, but otherwise it’s a fully immersive LEGO experience.

The Los Angeles Times describes what it’s like to stay at the newest LEGO resort:

The hotel also will offer kids and their families a chance to take a Master Model Builder Workshop in the hotel every day. Guests can work alongside professional model makers on Lego projects. […]

Every room comes with Lego models and a scavenger hunt kids can complete to unlock an in-room treasure chest. Stays at the Legoland Hotel come with free daily breakfast, access to Lego play areas, entertainment and other extras.

Question: is it safe to walk around the hotel with bare feet?

-via Fubiz


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Beautiful Black-and-White Shots From Cannes Film Festival

Salma Hayek

The annual Cannes Film Festival has run since the thirteenth of this month and continues until the twenty-fourth. The festival has generated its usual series of headlines, as well as a controversy about women attendees having to wear high-heeled shoes to be admitted to festival affairs and showings. The event is a highlight of celebrity fashion each year; those in the entertainment industry from all over the globe take great care to be seen in their most glamorous light.  

Photographer Vincent Desailly recently took advantage of the glamour and high attendance levels of the festival to shoot these beautiful black and whites of celebrities looking their most alluring on the red carpet. There's nothing quite like black-and-white shots to evoke a classic style and beauty. See more of these monochrome gems, including shots of Rooney Mara, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and others at Desailly's Tumblr and Instagram.


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12 Fun Facts about Pac-Man on the 35th Birthday of the Game


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The classic video game Pac-Man premiered in Japan 35 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Uproxx rounded up 12 fascinating bits of information in the surprisingly complex history of that game. For example, game designer Toru Iwatani created it in order to appeal to women:

Iwatani wasn’t a fan of ’70s arcades. He thought they were dirty and smelly and figured they’d be much nicer places to visit if somebody other than teenage guys hung out there, so he specifically set out to create a game that would appeal to women and couples.

Iwatani based his design on a deep and comprehensive knowledge of female psychology:

In his mind, girls really liked to eat, particularly sweets and desserts, so he decided to make a game based around eating. I’m not sure that chomping desserts is specifically a girl thing, but it worked out well for Iwatani, so maybe I’m the one who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

You may laugh at that, but Iwatani was successful in reaching out to women (well, at least professionally):

Iwatani’s gambit worked. While hardened Space Invaders fans turned their noses up at Pac-Man (yes, the hardcore vs. casual gamer divide already existed in 1980) kids, women and older gamers gravitated toward the unique, less stressful charms of Pac-Man. Quickly Pac-Man became the title less obsessive gamers sought out when they were dragged to the arcade, and soon even the hardcore types started to come around.


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The Simple Logic Puzzle That Shows How Illogical People Are

The question is, which cards do you turn over to test the truth of the statement? Try to select the fewest cards that will do it. The Wason Selection Task was developed by English psychologist Peter Wason to study how people think. They often don’t think rationally.

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I found the most difficult part was finding my answer among the multiple choices, because there are a lot of them. More than 90% of Wason’s original subjects selected the wrong answer. Maybe we are doing better in the 21st century, because when I snagged this video, 20,626 people had viewed the puzzle video, and 5393 had viewed the correct answer. However, that number may have been skewed by people checking out all the answer videos. I didn’t bother checking the incorrect answers. You can read about Wason’s research into the human tendency to select irrational paths at Nautilus. -via Digg

Update: Oh, okay, I clicked a wrong answer, and the video it went to gives you the option of seeing the correct answer video. That explains why the correct answer had much more than 10% of the views of the original.


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How To Become Incredible - Irradiate At Your Own Risk


How To Become Incredible by IdeasConPatatas

There are better ways to become the Hulk, but if you're looking for a way that doesn't involve working out at the gym and taking steroids you should consult this handy chart and see how easy it can be! It's incredible how much work people put in to becoming a physical marvel when all it really takes is some paint, some gamma radiation and an angry streak a mile wide. However, this method isn't guaranteed to work, and will most likely end up making you look like the saddest Avengers cosplayer in the cancer ward!

Share some quack comic book science with the world, wear this How To Become Incredible t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas and watch the smiles on people's faces grow to epic proportions!

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This Hoodie Has a Built-in Cat Pocket

All jackets should have cat pockets. Yet, sadly, most do not. The Mewgaroo Hoodie from the Japanese pet supply company Unihabitat has cat ears a big pocket in the front. You can put a cat inside (any cat will do) and engage in hands-free cat transportation. The sleeves end with fingerless gloves with paw pads. So when you're loaded up, you look like a cat carrying a cat. Now you're ready for that job interview. Good luck!

-via Trenf


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Debunking the Myths of OCD

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People and pop culture latch onto psychological terms and extrapolate them to people they know. Even themselves! Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is one of the more recent psychological fads. The real disorder is way more serious than we commonly think, and doesn’t fit the descriptions we see in the movies. This TED-Ed lesson by Dr. Natascha M. Santos explains the real OCD. -via Laughing Squid


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Hostage Negotiator Talks Men Down from Roof

Two men in North Wales were spotted on a roof, and police were called. North Wales Police sent a hostage negotiator to talk to the men and get them off the roof. There didn’t seem to be any danger in the two jumping, as the roof was on a one-story house and only eight feet off the ground. The negotiator talked to the men for 90 minutes and then they were brought to safety -and then arrested on several charges, including “using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of unlawful violence,” which is against the law in Wales. Meanwhile, many in the Isle of Anglesey County are questioning whether a negotiator was necessary in this case. -via Arbroath


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Alligator vs. Truck

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Keith Carmouche encounters an alligator while driving his Nissan truck to his camping spot in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. The gator angrily strikes, and Carmouche tells the animal "Hey, watch my truck." Later, the man likely wishes that he had backed off and left the gator alone.  -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Photographer Follows His Girlfriend Through the Wonders of India

Photographer Murad Osmann and his girlfriend Natalie Zakharova love to travel around the world. Once, while in Barcelona, she wearied of him taking pictures of everything. So she grabbed his hand and dragged him along. This launched a project that made him famous: photos of his girlfriend leading him everywhere.

The results are beautiful and have only gotten better since they journeyed to India. Zakharova wore traditional Indian clothing and pulled Osmann through scenic parts of that country, including famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Jama Masjid mosque.

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Master Tutter

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Andrei Dragunov is a deaf Russian dancer. He dances with his hands, which is called finger tutting. There are elements of sign language here, some even Americans can understand, but the difficulty and the creative fluidity of the movements is what’s really impressive.  -via Boing Boing

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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How to Make Functional LEGO Brick Candies

They look just like plastic LEGO bricks.

And they’re usable in that capacity, too!

Grant Thompson, the “King of Random” at Instructables, explains how to make them. You can buy a pre-made silicone LEGO brick mold or make your own. Thompson prefers the latter option and describes how to do that. It takes precise work to produce bricks as clear and well-formed as these, but the results are worth it.

Hopefully he can scale this process up to large Duplo blocks. We could build enormous gummy structures with sufficiently large bricks.

-via Geekologie


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How to Swear Like a Brit

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In this twenty-ninth episode of Anglophenia, current host Kate Arnell gets down and dirty, teaching us Yanks to swear like Brits. From show promo:

"Swearing ranks up there with taking tea and discussing the weather as a British pastime. If you’re uninitiated in the colorful world of British swearing, Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell offers you a master class in the latest episode of our YouTube series. Don’t worry: we won’t turn the air blue with the naughtier terms, but here’s a good start if you want to slide in a “bloody hell” or two into your daily conversation."

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The Getty Recaps Game of Thrones

The J. Paul Getty Museum has a Tumblr blog, and each week they post a recap of the latest Game of Thrones episode. Now, many pop culture blogs do that, but the museum adds a twist: they tell the story using their own works of art to illustrate the action, which works hilariously well. They post medieval art as illustrations that evoke an image of what happened and give links to more information on them. The two images here are from the latest installment, season 5 episode 6.



Check out the archive of all The Getty’s GOT recaps here. Some images are gory and explicit- just like the show, except you can see these works in a museum. -via HuffPo


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The Making of Madame Tussauds Star Wars Exhibit

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Those of you who've been to Madame Tussauds London know the eerie exactitude with which the exhibits project into their spaces. In this footage, the Tussauds Star Wars exhibit is being painstakingly prepared, and it's as if we're seeing the movies all over again.

An impressive thirteen to seventeen individual pieces are molded together to shape a character’s head, which is made up of ten to fifteen liters of colored wax. Generally ten thousand strands of hair are inserted to each head, though Chewbacca broke that hairy record. Via Gizmodo


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