Disney Studios have been busy creating live action adaptations of their most beloved animated features, and they’ll continue to do so until movies no longer exist or they run out of money, whichever comes first.
We know live action adaptation of the films that star humanoid characters are coming, such as Snow White and Peter Pan, but what about the animated features with an animal protagonist? How would Disney’s live action adaptation of an animal flick like Bambi play out?
Google Maps has added a Pac-Man game for April Fools Day! The game is available now for you to play. Just go to Google Maps, and set it to your neighborhood if you like. Then click on the small Pac Man square at the bottom left. The streets become the maze for Pac-Man! Shown here is my neighborhood, but you can pretty much go anywhere that Google Maps goes. If you want to play, you DO need roads. -via Daily of the Day
Jess, an artist in Indianapolis, redrew the iconic Starbucks siren as the twelve incarnations of the Doctor (minus the War Doctor, of course) as well as the villainous Time Lord Harold Saxon, AKA The Master. She sells them at her Etsy shop. You can view more of her work, including more Doctor Who and Sherlock fan art, at her DeviantArt page.
Mark Saltveit writes palindromes. In fact, he is the Palindrome World Champion. In this video, he tells about how he became interested in palindromes, started a magazine devoted to them, and won the championship. His story is part of a planned feature documentary about the history of palindromes and palindromists. Learn more in an interview with director Vince Clemente at mental_floss.
Thumb wars are fun and all, but sometimes they just aren't enough. When you want to really up your thumb game, it's time to bring out the Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling Kit. Now even your fingers can weild a lightsaber and even experience the sights of various Star Wars settings. Just don't tell your other fingers -they're bound to get jealous.
Holland Island sits in Chesapeake Bay, near Wenona, Maryland. The five-mile-long island was settled in the 1600s, and at one time had a population of 360 people and 70 buildings. Erosion ate away at the island, which sat on silt and clay, and the residents moved away between 1914 and 1918. The island’s church was moved in 1922, and only one house remained standing. It was built in 1888. For decades, the water ate away at the island, and the last remaining house finally collapsed in October of 2010. What’s left of the island is now a marsh, home to hundreds of sea birds. See pictures of the island and the house -and the cemetery- at the Baltimore Sun.
The Ballad of Holland Island House is a song and video by Lynn Tomlinson, with music written by Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle. The animation was done by manipulating a thin layer of oil-based clay. It tells the story of the house, from its beginnings as a home for woodland creatures as a tree, then generations of people, then birds, and finally fish. -via io9
The Uchiha Clan made a name for themselves by battling their way to the top with a grace and beauty not seen in most clans. Of course, their mastery over the Great Fireball skill didn't hurt their standing, but in the end it wasn't enough to keep Uchiha alive. It seems beauty is a fleeting thing, even among the timeless shinobi, and the best thing a clan can do to retain their dignity is know when to gracefully bow out of the game...
Bring some anime color to your geeky wardrobe with this Beauty With A Vengeance t-shirt by xKireiDesigns, it's the perfect attire for a day on the town or an afternoon spent watching Naruto!
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This gas station in Hollywood, California was built in 1935. It was designed in a classic Art Deco style and was, consequently, featured in movies, including 48 Hours and L.A. Story. In 1992, the City of Los Angeles designated it a Historical Cultural Monument. But that status didn’t stop it from being closed down.
It was abandoned for two decades until now. Starbucks acquired the property and renovated it, converting it from a gas station to a drive-through coffee shop. Starbucks executive Jon Alpert says that the company tried to keep as much of the original material and design as possible. The result of their efforts is beautiful! You can see more photos at Thrillist.
Approximately one year ago, when Matt King and his brother Kevin were stuck in traffic on the way home from college for the weekend, a bored Matt made a silly video of himself making high-drama faces while lip syncing to a Beyoncé song. He had a Vine account. He thought the video was stupid, but his brother encouraged him to post it anyway. He did. It was the first Vine Matt had ever posted.
What a difference a year and six seconds can make in this fast moving and strange digital world. Matt now has over 550,000 Vine followers, and his internet fame has changed his life. He's moved from Austin, Texas to Los Angeles. Corporations began to offer him money for his internet consulting services. All of the contacts he made netted him a dream job at Apple, and the story doesn't end there.
Read the rest of Matt's trajectory to internet fame here. It's enough to make one want to sit around dreaming up stupid six-second video clips.
In the highly competitive sport of stadium food, sports concession stands are constantly trying to outdo each other by producing wonderfully ridiculous food-like products. Ideally, stadium food is highly fattening, packed with sugar, and is simultaneously delicious and disgusting. This motive is why the Battle Creek Bombers, a college baseball team in Michigan, invented the Twinkie dog. It’s a hot dog set inside a split Twinkie, then covered with appropriate toppings, such as ketchup, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
The following is an article from the Annals of Improbable Research.
Research about, or said to be about, evolution compiled by Katherine Lee, Improbable Research staff
Human Face Recognition of Machines (Autos)
Detail from the study “‘Cars Have Their Own Faces’: Cross-Cultural Ratings of Car Shapes in Biological (Stereotypical) Terms.”
“‘Cars Have Their Own Faces’: Cross-Cultural Ratings of Car Shapes in Biological (Stereotypical) Terms,” Sonja Windhager, Fred L. Bookstein, Karl Grammera, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, Hasen Said, Dennis E. Slice, Truls Thorstensen, Katrin Schaefer, Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 33 , 2012, pp. 109–120. (Thanks to Ig Nobel Prize winners Richard Wassersug and Chitteranjan Andrade for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at University of Vienna, Austria, bEFS Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Vienna, Austria, University of Washington, USA, University of Addis Ababa, Museum of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Ethiopia, and Florida State University, USA, explain:
It was recently shown that Austrians associate car front geometry with traits in a way that could be related to face shape geometry mapping to those same overall suites of traits.... Adult subjects in two countries (Austria and Ethiopia, n=129) were asked to rate person characteristics of 46 standardized front views of automobiles on various trait scales…. Car shapes for perceived maturity, maleness and dominance were highly similar in both countries, with patterns comparable to shape changes during facial growth in humans: Relative sizes of the forehead and windshield decrease with age/growth, eyes and headlights both become more slit-like, noses and grilles bigger, lips and air-intakes are wider. Austrian participants further attributed various degrees of some interpersonal attitudes and emotions, whereas neither Austrians nor Ethiopians congruently ascribed personalities.
The Descent of Cookbooks “The Nonequilibrium Nature of Culinary Evolution,” Osame Kinouchi, Rosa W. Diez-Garcia, Adriano J. Holanda, Pedro Zambianchi and Antonio C. Roque, February 2008. (Thanks to Claudio Angelo for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil and other institutions, report:
Pictured above is Bald’s Leechbook, a 10th Century Latin and Anglo-Saxon manuscript owned by the British Library. It’s a reference manual for what passed for pharmaceutical science at that time. And it’s holding up pretty well, even though it’s a thousand years old. Scientists made a salve using a recipe in the Leechbook. In laboratory experiments, that salve killed the deadly MRSA infection.
The drug is called “eyesalve.” It consists of two species of onion, wine, and cow bile. When prepared according to the instructions, eyesalve proved highly effective in treating MRSA-infected mice. The Daily Telegraph reports:
None of the individual ingredients alone had any measurable effect, but when combined according to the recipe the MRSA populations were almost totally obliterated: about one bacterial cell in a thousand survived in mice wounds.
Researchers believe the antibacterial effect of the recipe is not due to a single ingredient but the combination used and brewing methods. Further research is planned to investigate how and why this works.
Microbiologists at Nottingham University said they were ‘genuinely amazed’ by the discovery.
“We thought that Bald’s eyesalve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity, because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab,” said Dr Freya Harrison who led the work in the laboratory.
“But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was.
To mark the recent tenth anniversary of Doctor Who, visual effects expert John Smith created this montage, which he designed for fans so they can take a look back at some of the more memorable moments. -Via Laughing Squid
A 4-year old girl in Philadelphia woke up in the middle of the night feeling hungry. She wanted a Slushie. Not unreasonably, she decided to acquire one. She got dressed and left her home. It was raining heavily outside, but that did not deter her from walking to a bus stop. When a bus arrived, she boarded. The scene was captured by security cameras.
The bus driver, Harlan Jenifer, called the police, who took the girl to a hospital. Her parents picked her up and took her home. She didn’t get a Slushie and her parents changed the locks on their home to prevent a future escape.
Have you ever stopped to analyze how you create, whether it's for work or hobbies? Grant Snider of Incidental Comics explores the creative process, likening it to an appliance of sorts, with his web comic "The Creative Processor." This is only a portion of the comic.
See the rest of The Creative Processor here, and purchase prints from Grant Snider here.
You may have come into this company on the ground floor, but you’ll rise in the ranks. Or just rise up—say, 4 feet off the ground.
A great working environment is one where people feel comfortable being funny. 22 Words rounded up 40 examples of great office pranks, including a stapler encased in Jell-O and a cubicle wrapped in David Hasselhoff photos.
How would Rube Goldberg serve the Passover feast? In the most complicated way possible, of course! This seasonal device incorporates dominoes, fire, liquid, Tinker toys, origami, food, and plenty of imagery of Biblical proportions. Together, it tells the Passover story in moving parts. Students from the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Town Planning at Technion in Israel made this contraption, using everything they had and more. There’s a behind-the-scenes video about how they did it, too. -via Digg
Pixelated invaders from space started coming down in rows, launching rectangular laser beams at the Earth and breaking our stuff to an 8-bit beat. The Bit Wars had begun, and now it fell to Earth's mightiest heroes to defend the planet and repel those super square space invaders. Street fighters abandoned their matches mid-round and began lending a hand wherever needed, because even though the Invaders could defend against our bullets and missiles they had no idea how to block one of Ken's mighty dragon punches!
Take the geeky tee battle back to the old school with this The Bit Wars 2.0 t-shirt by RetroGamerAddict, it's super stylish and way more fun than getting punched in the face!
Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges of Fruitport Township, Michigan stopped a couple in a car. The mother was holding a 10-month old baby in her arms instead of securing her properly in a car seat. The officers realized that this couple couldn’t afford to buy a car seat.
So instead of writing them a ticket, they took the family to a nearby Walmart and bought a car seat. They showed the couple how to install it properly, then left. The incident would have escaped further notice, except that a Walmart employee called the police to praise Officers Pavlige and Hodges for their generosity. ABC News (warning: auto-start video) reports:
“It was only brought to our attention by a clerk at Walmart who saw it and thought they should be recognized,” Fruitport Township Police Lt. Bruce Morningstar told ABC News. “They were doing it on their own without any recognition.”
Hodges says the incident was just another day on the job in the life of a police officer.
“We made the decision that was what we needed to do to solve the issue,” Hodges said. “When we left we went onto the next call.”
“It’s just part of what police officers do on a daily basis,” he said.
Longtime Department of Justice attorney Gerald Shur was the man behind the creation of the U.S. Marshall Service Witness Security Program (WITSEC). Shur has also co-written an informative book on the topic, Witsec: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program.More than 18,000 people have been protected from harm under WITSEC since it was initiated in 1971.
This article is a brief yet interesting read that includes details about WITSEC, particularly about its setup and what that means for people entering the program.
Comedian Hamish Blake has a baby, an impressive array of baked goods, and too much time on his hands. The result last December was that he made a lifelike duplicate of his baby boy. I hope that he later took his bread collection out in a stroller for the whole world to see.
What happens when the elephant in the room confronts the skeleton in the closet? That’s far from the only turns of speech that go head-to-head back-to-back in this sequence. Someone who is just learning English would be completely baffled! This award-winning video was made by Amanda Koh and Mollie Helms at Ringling College of Art + Design. -via Metafilter
This is Wang Deshun, a model and actor in China. He's 79 years old. But aside from the gray hair and beard, he doesn't look it at all. Shanghaiist reports that last Wednesday, during China Fashion Week, he strode down the runway in Beijing, impressing the crowds with his youthful physique. He wore selections from designer Sheguang Hu's Autumn and Winter line for 2015.
It’s all fun and games until the guy at the top has to pee. Whether he climbs down over all the others or just tries to aim away, either could be a disaster. Even worse if he doesn’t wake up! There was also mention of bears starting at the bottom and birds of prey starting at the top. However, my first thought was the scene of everyone trying to climb into bed at once. That should have been recorded on video (and would rival a Three Stooges short). This picture was posted by ravenpride at reddit.
Cuteness is a powerful thing, an irresistible force of happiness and warmth, able to thaw the frozen heart and bring a smile to the stoniest of faces. There are many grades of cuteness, but none more powerful than the utterly adorable, the cuteness that truly knows no bounds!
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Many men seem to be firmly seated in one of two camps: pro or anti bow tie. I've seen women who wear bow ties as well, particularly when they're sporting an androgynous look. For those who appreciate a fun bow tie, here is a collection of 25 ties designed to appeal to geek culture enthusiasts. See all of them here. The styles in these photos can be ordered atLittle Corner Creation on Etsy.
There are a legion of people out there who take surveys, undergo psychological tests, record search engine rankings and transcribe audio files for a living, taking whatever job comes up on the Mechanical Turk job list.
These people are part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing program, a place where people are paid paltry sums to complete HITs (Human Intelligence Task) and build up a feedback rep. The work is often mind numbing, and generally pays a buck or two an hour, depending on how fast you can work and how lucky you get with the queue.
Have you ever heard of the Turkers? There's about a half million of 'em online, and every day they're turking for a living.
Wildfire Experiential + Event is an event design and branding company in Canada. The owners, Kelly Thorpe and Bianca Knop, want you to think of their company as capable of setting your brand on fire. I mean that in a good way. You know--that customers would think of your brand as one figuratively on fire with excitement, not one that would, accidentally or intentionally, set customers on fire. Unless that's the image you want your brand to project. I'm certainly not judging you.
Anyway, to convey this seemingly simple but actually complex message, the advertising agency Cossette designed Wildfire's new business card. It has a matchbox striker on the front.
What the heck does "Easter" mean? Why do we celebrate a bunny that hides multi-colored Easter eggs? And why do we eat ham for Easter? There are so many strange questions around this spring holiday, but you can find the answers to them all in this fascinating TopTenz article filled with fascinating facts about Easter -including some truly unique ways to celebrate.
When you hire Clarabelle as caller for a good old fashioned hoedown there's one instrument you know that cowgirl will be bringing along- the mighty cowbell. Clara's cowbell clangin' skills are legendary, and even though she's been asked to go on the road by everyone from Mickey to Mick Jagger Clarabelle's a country girl at heart, and she prefers to play her cowbell for her boot scooting friends and family back home on the range.
Bring some animated rhythm to your geeky wardrobe with this Cowbell t-shirt by Ellador, it's fun to wear whether you're attending a square dance or just watching classic cartoons on the couch!