Pee-Wee Herman released a set of neat-o photos from the movie, which was directed by Tim Burton (his film directorial debut, no less). This photo above shows Tim Burton holding a bunch of snakes while Pee-Wee looked on. It's from the Fire in the Pet Store scene, which you can see after the jump:
Clinic 212, an ad agency in Vilnius, Lithuania, wants people to take care that our animals friends don’t get squashed when they cross human roads and pathways. To “show that we are not the only ones living in the city,” the agency made little road signs and crosswalks in the spaces that humans and animals share.
Martynas Karpovicius came up with the idea when he saw a taxi driver almost run over a hedgehog. He and his colleagues responded on behalf of pigeons, cats, and ducks, as well as hedgehogs. You can see more photos and read about the project at the Huffington Post.
A thousand Italian singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers under the name Rockin1000 got together to play “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters. Watching that many people play and sing together -well- is spine-tingling.
Blade Runner is a groundbreaking science fiction film based on the groundbreaking Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, and when the film adaptation was released in 1982 it changed the face of sci-fi forever.
Even though Blade Runner didn’t live up to expectations at the box office, this techno-noir thriller set new standards for sci-fi special effects thanks to the master model makers who brought Syd Mead’s concept art to life.
Before he became a movie star and then a politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger made his name internationally as a bodybuilder. He climbed the ranks from 1965 to 1970, and won international championships over and over from 1970 to 1975. Then he retired from bodybuilding to focus on his fledgling career in film. In 1980, he had to go back into training to bulk up for Conan the Barbarian.
The 1980 Mr. Olympia contest in Australia was just around the corner, and Arnold was asked to host the event, but he had other plans. One day before the contest — and to the dismay of the other competitors — Arnold announced himself as a part of the competitive field. Other bodybuilders like Mike Mentzer and Boyer Coe took offense to the 11th hour placement of Schwarzenegger, citing that he should have had to register months in advance like the rest of them. Ben Weider took the competitors into a private room at the Sydney Opera House to hear their complaints, but it was made official at the end of the meeting: Arnold would compete.
The other competitors were shocked and upset, as they had to register for the competition months earlier. But that wasn’t the only strange thing about the competition. Read the rest of the story at Uproxx.
Using advanced facial and cranial biomechanical analyses with nearly 40 people whose measurements were plotted from toddlers to adults, the UI team concludes mechanical forces, including chewing, appear incapable of producing the resistance needed for new bone to be created in the lower mandible, or jaw area. Rather, they write in a paper published online in the Journal of Anatomy, it appears the chin's emergence in modern humans arose from simple geometry: As our faces became smaller in our evolution from archaic humans to today -- in fact, our faces are roughly 15 percent shorter than Neanderthals' -- the chin became a bony prominence, the adapted, pointy emblem at the bottom of our face.
Dr. Franciscus does not, however, provide an explanation for the development of multiple chins.
He was a gorilla with a grudge, a guy they used to call Donkey who was tired of tossing barrels all day for a fistful of bananas. It was time for Kong to do something about the filth in this world, time to time travel to another time and kill the all time worst villain since time immemorial- the crocofuhrer Adolf K. Rool. Can Kong jump kick and roundhouse punch his way through K. Rool's freaky forces? And will he ever be able to forget the look on Diddy Dragon's face as he was hacked in half by a kremling ninja? Maybe after a few dozen banana daiquiris...
Kick the forces of boring fashion right in the face with this Kong Fury t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's the funniest mashup this side of Miami!
Woody Harrelson has great range as an actor, able to convincingly play a farmboy from Indiana one minute and a full blown psychopathic killer the next.
They say inspiration often stems from our life experiences, and if Woody had known his father was a hitman it might have helped his acting career.
But Woody's dad left to live the hood life when he was seven years old, and Woody didn’t learn the truth about his dad until many years later, when he heard news on the radio about the murder trial of one Charles V. Harrelson.
What these Indian girls are apparently doing is manipulating in their minds and with gestures an imaginary abacus. This technique helps them keep the numbers in the man's rapid-fire math questions straight. He can barely keep ahead of them with his electronic calculator.
It’s a fantastic game, but I do have a few complaints: there aren’t enough save points, the respawning function doesn’t work, and you can’t skip the cut scenes. The graphics can be impressive, but the character designs don’t match the packaging at all. Honestly, I’ll give it only 2 out of 5 stars.
This video by The New Yorker features two New York residents, William Helmreich and Matt Green, who independently decided to embark on projects in which they walk every block of New York City. One is fairly young and one is older, and they both have different backgrounds and reasons for doing what they're doing. But on their separate journeys, both men develop profound and inspiring thoughts around them, the citizens, sights and sounds of the iconic city. Via Laughing Squid
Did you ever imagine that you’d see a “top ten” list like this? It’s not so much that a medieval monk drew a cat in the margins of an illuminated manuscript, but that there are this many of them in a list at Discarding Images, all licking their butts. Why? EmpressCallipygos at Metafilter offers an explanation, which is worth reading in its entirety. Here’s an excerpt:
So imagine this monk sitting there in a dimly-lit scriptorum, back bent over his work - he's tired, he's achey, grinding the pigment for the paint made him sneeze, and that one other monk with the mole gave him a dirty look and oh for goodness sake how could i help it the stuff got up my NOSE, brother - and he's got a long way to go before he's done illuminating this one page from Revelations, and come to think of it it was the monk with the mole that insisted there be so much blue in the damn thing....
...And in walks his cat, just sort of ambling in. Our monk momentarily glances up, too busy to do much more than notice Puss-Puss walking in. Ah, though, maybe he can watch the cat for just a second, take a little break...
...And he looks up again, just in time to see Puss-Puss plonk down and start to lick his butt, something which always tickles him because dear lord how on earth do they get their legs cocked so far back....
And after a second, our tired, cranky, bored monk switches the blue ink for the gray, and begins drawing.
Cat images may be shared by more people in the modern age, because internet, but laughing at cats and attempting to share that humor has a long history. -via Metafilter
The story goes that on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was about to launch into space, becoming the first human being to do so. At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Gagarin took a bus to the launch pad. When he arrived, he sensibly decided to relieve his bladder one last time. So he peed on one of the bus's tires.
Specifically, Gagarin peed on the back right tire.
Ever since, Soviet and Russian cosmonauts faithfully peed on the back right tire of the shuttle bus before blasting off into space.
Steve created this video to demonstrate the raw bass power of their “Tremendous Bass 118” custom sound system, but it's also a reminder that walking around a city full of booming systems with an unopened bag of chips is dangerous!
Now it's time for our collaboration with the amazing What Is It? Blog! What is this object in the picture? I don't know! The great ting is that you don't have to know the correct answer to win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!
Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you'd like. You might know the true answer, but we're going to select two winners who come up with the funniest, most outlandish guesses to win a T-shirt from the NeatoShop. However...
This game is limited to those who haven't won a t-shirt in the last month. Please write your T-shirt selection and the artist who designed it alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize, okay? May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?
Let your imagination run wild! Good luck! You can also challenge yourself with plenty of other mystery items at the What Is It? Blog.
The people of Westeros say House Lannister chose a lion because it eats its young, or because they feel like the superior predators in a land full of lambs, but they really chose the lion because lions are regal and not likely to play games. Their position as one of the greatest Houses in Westeros is undisputed, and yet the nobility associated with a lion seems to have completely escaped the family ever since that royal pain Joffrey assumed the Iron Throne...
Wear this A Lion Mind t-shirt by C0y0te7 and you'll be saying "Hear Me Roar!" to the world!
In this footage, a darling elephant calf chases swallows that fly around her as she plays in the roadway. I'm sure I'm projecting my own smile as I watched this, but it almost seems as if the elephant was smiling. She certainly looks like she's having fun, though. Via Uproxx
Around the turn of the 20th century, in much less PC times, there was an excellent baseball player named William Ellsworth Hoy. Because of the social agreements of the times back then, William was nicknamed “Dummy.” Why? Dummy Hoy was a deaf mute.
In those less enlightened times, many deaf mutes were nicknamed Dummy. And, for the record, William Hoy never minded his nickname, instead embracing it. If anyone ever called him “William,” he would always correct them, asking that they call him “Dummy" instead.
William Ellsworth Hoy was born in Houcktown, Ohio, in 1862. At the age of three, he went deaf from meningitis. He graduated from the Ohio State School for the Deaf and was the class valedictorian.
Hoy opened a shoe repair shop in his hometown and started playing baseball on the weekends. His natural talent was spotted almost immediately and in 1888, Dummy broke into the big leagues with the Washington Nationals. He was to play 14 seasons in the major leagues, playing with several different teams in Washington, Cincinnati, Buffalo, St. Louis, Louisville and Chicago.
Dummy Hoy was a superior baseball player, with a .288 lifetime batting average, while stealing 596 bases (some sources credit him with over 600 stolen bases). Besides being a very good hitter, with over 2,000 hits, Dummy was a superb center fielder. At the time of his retirement in 1902, he had set and held several fielding records for outfielders.
Chris Farley in Tommy Boy | Image: Paramount Pictures
The new documentary based on the life of Saturday Night Live great and comedian Chris Farley begins showing this Friday. Entitled I Am Chris Farley, the film is directed by Brent Hodge and consists of interviews with many of Farley's SNL and movie costars as well as his family members. Farley's entire life is covered, from his childhood in Madison, Wisconsin until his death by drug overdose at age 33 in 1997.
The comedian gave back to his community. Farley was a "true Catholic" and spent a lot of time volunteering at children's hospitals. He believed that any homeless man had the possibility to be Jesus so it was best to help everyone. 'That part of him I don't think people knew,' Lorne Michaels says."
Bosses are generally the most iconic characters in a video game, and whether players succeed in taking them down, or lose a life trying, they’re not likely to forget those foul faces anytime soon.
Games that feature prominent boss battles can sometimes feature the most bizarre character designs for these big baddies, which games like Batman:Arkham Asylum, Final Fantasy X and Silent Hill 2 use to bring the story to a dark and wondrous place.
PlayStation Access breaks down the 7 Most WTF Bosses In Video Games, including those who scarred our minds (PyramidHead), those who blew our minds (Sin) and those who messed with our minds (Scarecrow). (Contains some NSFW-ish material)
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Artist Julie Seabrook Ream “never could pick a favorite color.” She started a project at her Instagram account hey_jules_studio called 100 Days of Rainbows. Well, she’s past 100 days, but keeps on creating new rainbows out of various other object: toys. flowers, food, anything that comes in a rainbow selection of colors. Almost all are laid out in Roy G. Biv style. Check out all 121 rainbows so far. Many are available as art prints at her Etsy shop.
Abby Roeser demonstrates the cool tricks she’s trained her rats Blue, Puffin and Pepper to perform. The rats, who are happy to do the tricks in exchange for rewards like dog treats and dinner leftovers such as peas, are trained using a clicker. Very impressive! Now, hopefully I can remember how smart and cute that rats can be when one steps into the light in front of me as I'm walking around New York or some other large city at night! Via Laughing Squid
Hennig-Olsen, an ice cream company in Norway, earned a Guinness World Record by building the largest ice cream cone in the world. It’s over 10 feet tall and contains over 38 cubic feet of ice cream, 2 cubic feet of chocolate, and 243 pounds* of waffle cone material. That’s so much that the company had to airlift the ingredients from its factory to Kristiansand in southern Norway for the event.
Thankfully Clint Howard and Funny Or Die heard our pleas for a newfangled Pippi reboot, and he wants to bring Milla Jovovich on board to play a grown up Pippi in Pippi Longstocking: Crimson Justice. Sounds like a worthy reboot to me!
Mos Burger, a Japanese fast food chain, is now offering this healthy if unusual hamburger alternative. Instead of a bun, you get your patty and condiments sandwiched between the halves of a huge tomato. They’re available at only one outlet in Tokyo and only after 2 PM. The staff of Rocket News 24 visited to test it. Oona McGee reports that the meal, which comes with a cup of salad instead of fries, is tasty and uses quality tomatoes.
What other fruits or vegetables do you think should be used this way?