If you were going to witness an attempt to break a world record, this is the one you'd want to attend. An association called the Border Collie Owners of South Australia (BCOSA) welcomed 576 border collies to a park in Willaston, South Australia, Sunday to create the largest gathering of border collies ever.
The previous record was 503 border collies in one place. However, the Guinness organization does not recognize gatherings of specific dog breeds, so the result is only bragging rights, and a memorable event for both the dogs and their owners. In other words, a good time was had by all. -via The Daily Dot
People think that supporting and saving the animals takes too much time, money and hard work for them to make a difference, but the truth is supporting the animals is easy thanks to organizations like the World Wildlife Fund, the ASPCA and the Wildlife Conservation Society. All you have to do is donate to these worthy causes and if they give you a shirt wear it, if they give you a bumper sticker slap it on your car, if they give you a tote bag use it proudly at the grocery store, and if anyone asks about it let them know where they can send their money. The animals you're helping to save with your donations may not be able to thank you in person, but you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference in the lives of the world's wildlife, and that's the gift that keeps on giving!
Show your support for the animals with this WEARAS Halloween Panda (Animal Support) t-shirt by WEARAS, it's a beary good way to show love for pandas and help spread the word about animal charity!
The transporter mechanism in Star Trek is quite cool for science fiction, in that you could set the destination, step onto a platform, and find yourself on an unexplored planet. Most of the time. We know the fictional tech was invented purely to save money on the original series, compared with using a spaceship to reach the surface of planets. It also saved time. But if it were real, would you trust such a device?
According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, when a person steps onto the transporter pad, the computer uses “molecular imaging scanners” to scan his or her body, before the person is converted into a “subatomically debonded matter stream.” In other words, a crew member is taken apart piece by piece, breaking apart the bonds between individual atoms. Then, particles are streamed into a “pattern buffer," where they remain briefly before being sent to their destination.
This sounds an awful lot like death. In fact, it’s even more death-y than conventional death where, after the body’s processes have stopped, the body slowly decomposes. The effect is the same—the pieces of you come apart—the transporter’s just a lot more efficient at it.
Once the matter stream arrives at its destination, the person is somehow “rematerialized” or put back together. While the transporter tends to use the person’s atoms to reconstruct a human, it really doesn’t have to. The machine could use totally different atoms, and the effect would be exactly the same.
As a general rule anyone who smashes a store window is up to no good, and whether they're smashing the window to loot, get even with the owner or simply because they're drunk and/or high it all amounts to bad karma.
And karma has a way of instantly catching up with you, which the guy in this video found out the hard way after wantonly smashing a store window and threatening a guy who questioned him about his brazen vandalism.
The caption under this comic is "Actually, it could be any one of them." That's exactly right, as anyone with three cats will tell you. No matter who the perpetrator is, there's one cat who will fret about either being caught being blamed. The other two are either great actors or else feel entitled to any destruction they might consider. This is the latest comic from Yasmine Surovec at Cat versus Human.
Scientists are now well aware of how smart octopuses are, and the more we learn about these intelligent and gentle creatures people once thought of as sea monsters the more we find to respect and admire about them.
They're masterful escape artists, brave warriors willing to battle even the most dangerous predators, and they have been known to use discarded coconut shells as mobile homes.
And if that's not enough to convince you the octopus is an amazing animal maybe their underwater city Octlantis will wow you:
In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named “Octlantis.” The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).
It’s not yet clear what led to the creation of Octlantis or if these sorts of congregations are common.
At least one other gloomy octopus site was found recently, though; it was discovered in 2009, not far away in Jervis Bay, and named Octopolis. At that time it was considered a total anomaly. Researchers believed that the cephalopods gathered there because an unidentifiable human object happened to have formed a central point that the cephalopods surrounded with dens. The unknown artifact was a single object about 30 cm long, heavily encrusted, possibly made of metal. The site has been observed for seven years now, and at any given time, there are somewhere between two and 16 octopuses there.
The universe is so big and complicated that mere humans can only perceive a small part of it, and understand even less of it. Sure, our relative intelligence and ability to grasp abstract concepts is what separates is from other animals, but that doesn't mean we understand the nature of what we call reality. What if everything we know is just a simulation constructed by someone else? The possibility was once considered ridiculous, but we're at the point now where we can see how it would happen.
Kurzgesagt outlines this paradox by explaining how close we are to creating simulated universes and intelligence ourselves. What could possibly go wrong? I am reminded of that one night we watched a colony of ants and talked about how they were totally unaware of the intelligent beings watching them. So we turned around, looked up in the sky, and waved to the super-intelligent beings watching us. It's a concept that puts us somewhere between Genesis, Oculus Rift, and The Matrix. Vsauce3 looks into the question even further.
There are lots of guys out there who walk around with a puffed chest and inflated ego acting like they're the toughest men on Earth, but when they're faced with mortal danger they turn tail and run like chickens.
Jillian stabbed herself in the leg during the struggle, which ended up making Brendon look like even more of a badass when he applied a torniquet to her leg and saved her from bleeding out. Apparently he knew karate and she knew karazy!
Rowena Matthews graduated from Radcliffe, worked for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, and earned a PhD in biophysics from the University of Michigan. She also married a medical student and had two boys …all in the 1960s. That was unusual, but it got her more than 15 minutes of fame when Tang searched for someone to appear in a TV commercial.
In 1972, Matthews was a postdoctoral researcher in U-M’s Department of Biological Chemistry when she received an unexpected call from her department chair. He explained that a friend who worked in advertising was looking for a female scientist with a doctorate and two children.
“I was the only woman he knew who fit the requirements,” says Matthews, who sons were 8 and 2 at the time.
While almost everything about the commercial seems humdrum and all-American today, the fact that its main character was a young, female scientist was decidedly noteworthy, Matthews points out. At the time, her life was not well represented in popular culture.
“That was the era of ring-around-the-collar. You know, women in commercials who would hold up the laundry and show how proud they were of how clean it was,” she explains. “So, to me, these Tang commercials were not just good for the company, they were wonderful for women. Here were women who were scientists and mothers. I just thought that was revolutionary.”
So Rowena Matthews and her sons became the face of Tang that so many people remember. What happened to her after that? When she finished her studies, she ran into problems finding a permanent position that didn't involve uprooting her husband (who had his own career) and children. Now retired, Williams tells her story at the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute website. -via Metafilter
The new film Battle of the Sexes (starring Emma Stone and Steven Carell above) tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between former tennis star Bobby Riggs and 29-year-old Billie Jean King. King had worked for years already to elevate the sport of tennis. She campaigned for the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the French Open to become professional events. When Wimbledon did in 1968, King was aghast to learn that the men's winner received £2,000, while she only got £750 for winning the women's division. King then dedicated herself to parity for women in sports. When Riggs bragged that women's tennis was inferior and that at age 55, he could beat any of the top woman in tennis, she knew it was a publicity stunt, but it rubbed her the wrong way.
Initially, King didn’t want to participate in the Battle, but after top-ranked player Margaret Court (played by Jessica McNamee) lost to Riggs in the “Mother’s Day Massacre,” King felt it was necessary. Not only had the loss given fuel to Riggs’ sexist insults, she was worried about what effect the diminishment of women’s tennis might have on Title IX. The legislation, passed only a year earlier and still the subject of debate, was essential to women athletes receiving scholarships and equal opportunities. “Billie Jean King is a very far thinking person who sees the big picture,” explains Jentsch. “She wasn't alone in seeing Title IX’s importance, but she really understood it would mean a lot for female athletes in the future.”
Explaining her reasoning behind accepting Riggs’ challenge, she later said, “I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn’t win that match. It would ruin the women’s [tennis] tour and affect all women’s self-esteem. To beat a 55-year-old guy was no thrill for me. The thrill was exposing a lot of new people to tennis.”
You have to wonder how and why they ever decided they were going to juggle tables with their feet. It's not the kind of thing that everyone wanted to do, even in the weird 1960s. It turns out they came by their act naturally -from the family. A French circus family. You can see the Baranton Trio performing on French TV in 1958. And the tradition lives on. Another family member, Eliane Baranton, performs in this video labeled 2009. -via TYWKIWDBI
Bojack is a horse-man in both the original 90s sitcom Horsin' Around and in the new animated reality show created to showcase his post-fame life, but in real life he's really just a horse-horse who is close friends with a yellow dog named Mr. Peanut Butter and a pink cat princess. The producers of the animated reality show knew this truth might some day be revealed but they didn't really care, because they knew their show would be a hit with all the older toon heads out there...especially if they're as drunk as Bojack while watching the show!
This Horsin' Around t-shirt by Shin Gallon is a truly original way to show love for your favorite truly original animated reality show, and it's sure to make your fellow Bojack fans grin from ear to ear!
Buda Castle is the crown jewel of Budapest, Hungary, and was the traditional home of Hungarian kings. The castle sits on top of a six-mile series of caves that have quite a history. During World War II, the caves were used as air-raid shelters and an underground hospital was installed. It was called Sziklakorhaz, or The Hospital in the Rock.
At the start of World War II, the location served as a single-room air raid center, but operating theaters, corridors, and wards were quickly added to create a much-needed hospital. By early 1944, the hospital had officially opened inside the cave, tending to wounded Hungarian and Nazi soldiers. After less than a year of operation, the facility found itself facing its largest challenge—the Siege of Budapest, which lasted seven weeks and was eventually won by Allied forces on their way to Berlin.
As one of the few area hospitals still operational, the Hospital in the Rock was well over capacity during the siege. Originally built to treat around 70 patients, close to 700 ended up crammed into the claustrophobic caves. The wounded lay three to a bed—if they were lucky enough to get a bed at all. Unsurprisingly, heat from all those bodies raised the ambient temperature to around 95°F, and smoking cigarettes was the number one way to pass the time. Add that to the putrid mix of death, decay, and infection and you’ve got an incredibly unpleasant wartime cocktail.
Hungary fell under Soviet control after the war, and the Hospital in the Rock was designated top secret. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, but the top secret designation was not removed from the hospital until just a few years ago. Now we know what happened during that time. Read about the secret history of the Hospital in the Rock at Mental Floss.
The Netflix original series Stranger Things made such a splash it almost singlehandedly made the major TV networks change their mind about the validity and profitability of streaming video, plus it's just a damn good show.
Stranger Things doesn't need to advertise to bring in viewers at this point, and people have been talking about the show non-stop since the season 2 premiere date was announced, but Netflix decided to create some cool promo posters anyway.
And as expected they looked to movie posters from the 80s for inspiration, creating slick looking posters starring Eleven and the gang based on posters from Jaws, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Stand By Me and more.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres on Netflix on October 27th, just in time for Halloween!
The folks at Guinness World Records have recognized Bini's talents with a world record for "most slam dunks in one minute by a rabbit." Seven of them. Yeah, sure, it's a made-up category for Bini, but it's still amazing. It got the rabbit into the book Guinness World Records 2018: Amazing Animals. This is the first edition, so who knows? Maybe some other bunny will come along and challenge that record. -via Tastefully Offensive
His answers to questions like "what's the most complex thing you know?" (An idea) and "why do we have toes?" (Because we do) are pretty clever for such a young kid, and some of his answers seem like something a philosopher would say, not a preschooler.
Caleb even had great advice on how to impress dinner guests, which is pretty impressive considering the kid isn't even old enough to pour his own bowl of cereal, let alone bake a cake!
Haruko Hiratsuka (Raichō), Yoshiko Yasumochi, and Kazuko Mozume founded a women's literary magazine in 1911. It was named Seitō, which translated to Bluestocking, and was targeted to a slowly growing population of educated young Japanese women. Seitō was a hit from its very first printing, and drew widespread interest among the women who bought it and suspicion from their skeptical family members. Although the very idea of a literary magazine for women was radical at the time, the articles were not -at first. But the content evolved to meet the needs of its audience.
Women’s feelings and inner thoughts, however, turned out to be a provocative challenge to the social and legal strictures of this era, when a woman’s role was to be a good wife and mother. The Seitō women imagined much wider and wilder emotional and professional lives for themselves. They fell in love, they indulged in alcohol, they built careers as writers, and they wrote about it all—publicly. The stories were radical enough that the government censored them. The story that prompted policemen to visit the magazine’s office late at night was a piece of fiction about a married women writing to her lover to ask him to meet her while her husband was away.
As they attracted public attention and disapproval, instead of shying away from the controversy they’d created, the editors of Seitō were forced to confront more baldly political questions, and this in turn earned them more banned issues. In the pages of their magazine they came to debate women’s equality, chastity, and abortion. Without originally intending to, they became some of Japan’s pioneering feminists.
The magazine caused outrage when one of the founders wrote about making a cocktail, when several writers visited the brothel, and when they advocated for women's suffrage. Read about the groundbreaking magazine Seitō at Atlas Obscura.
Pippin is a miniature stallion with the heart of a Clydesdale, and he doesn't feel like he's any less of a horse than his bigger cousins because his spirit shines bright and he makes a big impression on everyone he meets.
In fact, most people and horses who meet Pippin instantly fall in love with the little guy, and who can blame them- he's a little shaggy little sweetheart with a super chill temperament and the soul of a lover.
You can see in this graphic from Denmark that mobile phones have changed a lot over the years. The first mobile phones in the 1970s were innovative but huge. By the '90s, people were using mobile phones you could hold in one hand. And they got smaller -up to a point. Around the turn of the century, phones started getting larger again. Why? Because they were no longer "just" phones. The miniaturization of tech allowed us to cram an entire range of gadgets into one device, so the addition of a video screen meant it had to be large enough to see. The limit of miniaturization is not tech, but our physical bodies that use it. The growth of the devices since then makes them ever easier to see, while the components inside continue to shrink. Read about the evolution of mobile phones at Blazepress. -via Nag on the Lake
It's easy to forget cartoons weren't created just for kids to watch, nor were they meant to tell strictly silly-slapstick-nonsensical stories devoid of serious emotion, but animators have never forgotten about their roots.
And it seems no matter how silly the show animators always make sure to include at least one episode that gives us all the feels.
Remember when SpongeBob's snaily friend Gary ran away from home because SpongeBob forgot to feed him?
The episode was sadly relatable to anyone who has ever had a pet run away, and when SpongeBob sang the "Gary Come Home" song there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
Then there was that episode of Rugrats entitled "Mother's Day" that talked about Chuckie's dead mother- this particularly poignant episode was probably lost on the kiddies but definitely left their parents reaching for a tissue.
And even though Adventure Time has presented us with plenty of emotion-filled episodes the episode "I Remember You" revealed that the Ice King took care of Marceline when she was a kid and thereby made me sob like a little creampuff.
In this cute video that seems shorter than it is, the Gregory Brothers songify the lines from The Princess Bride to make a love song about love.. true wuv. This is their contribution to the celebratio of the movie's 30th anniversary. -via Tastefully Offensive
We all know that the earth is a disc carried on the back of a turtle. There are supposed to be four elephants in there, too, but maybe they are just covered with mud. This real-life turtle is carrying his share of earth, that's for sure! There's even a poem about it.
"See the TURTLE of Enormous Girth" "On his shell he holds the Earth." "His thought is slow, but always kind." "He holds us all within his mind."
You might try to guess how this turtle ended up with the earth on its back, so redditor assa7iq did some digging.
Right? Everyone's just making jokes and I want to learn how this happens. I'm asking my herpetologist friend.
Edit - answers! I asked how this happens-
"Some turtles can hibernate for a year. Not all, but some. Probably long term hibernation. He probably had a little cavern of some sort. And due to the soil moisture it collapsed on him as he was getting out."
Then I asked if there's any good reason to leave all that on him-
"No good reason, no. He probably just woke up and has a tortoise bedhead. (If anything it's bad, because it lowers the amount of surface area is hit by sunlight for basking)"
Tortoise bedhead is more reasonable than the flat earth theory. -via reddit
As animals like pandas become more comfortable with human contact they become familiar with our habits, idiosyncracies and lifestyles as well, and as expected many animals are going punk as a result. The punk lifestyle just makes sense for most animals, since they already make a mess of their homes and bathing is not required, and they really enjoy tearing it up in the mosh pit. Plus they're constantly tearing their clothes with their nails, so they're always gonna sport a punk style whether they like it or not!
Get dressed up for fun with this Punk Panda t-shirt by Ronn Kools, it's the fun way to show the world you're an animal lover without losing your edge.
We've all been there: Deliver a joke, some little bit of unexpected humor… or so you think. But it falls flat (hey, at least it rhymes). That's bad enough even without the diss that follows. I had to laugh, even though I also felt sorry for Gary. The caption under this comic from Jake Likes Onions is "Gary just wants to be liked."
I don't name my houseplants because I have a bazillion of them. But we had shrubs named Bob and Steve. Bob died last year, so I think his replacement will be named Gary.
Christian Gudebrod ran the The Gudebrod Brothers Silk Company, Inc. at the building now called Bleecker Tower in New York City. The business had a shop cat named Snooperkatz that Gudebrod was particularly fond of. When Snooperkatz went missing in May of 1894, Gudebrod posted flyers offering a one dollar reward for the return of his lost cat.
Unfortunately, nobody returned Snooperkatz. However, every man, woman, and child who saw the flyer brought Christian Gudebrod multiple street cats in hopes of getting the dollar reward.
As The Sun reported on May 11, 1894, within just a few days, the large building was overrun with cats, “raising their voices in a stream of profanity that is dark, deep and strong.” There were “black cats, white cats, gray cats, yellow cats, mottled cats, tomcats, pussy cats, tailless cats, earless cats, whiskerless cats, cats of high caste, and cats of absolutely no caste at all!”
Apparently the people who brought the cats were not too keen on taking them back where they found them. Anyway, the story made the newspapers, and The Sun sent a reporter to interview Gudebrod about the incident. Gudebrod told many tales about the mischievous and often downright devilish Snooperkatz, which you can read at The Hatching Cat. -via Strange Company
Grant Wood's American Gothic is more than a famous painting. Sure, it's a great piece of art, but there's more to it than that. When it was first unveiled, the painting wasn't recognized as anything special. But the subject matter made it something worth talking about.
Disney's Donald Duck has been around for more than 80 years, and has appeared in more movies than any other Disney character. Donald and his extensive family have always been ahead of their time. How else would we have so many great things that were first seen in cartoons and comics featuring Donald, his Uncle Scrooge, or his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie? For example, you might recall the 2010 movie Inception. It was considered groundbreaking, but we'd already seen it in the comics.
In a 2002 comic book, eight years before Christopher Nolan's little dream exploration film, Scrooge got his mind hijacked by the Beagle Boys. The Boys were trying out new careers as dream-thieves and went into Scrooge's mind to steal the secret combination of his vault. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it's because that's exactly how Inception opens up, except you have to replace DiCaprio with talking dogs. Which, incidentally, would probably improve every single one of his movies.
After they're inside Scrooge's mind, the Beagle Boys have trouble differentiating dreams from reality -- again, exactly like the characters from Inception, who need special items, or "totems" in order to tell dream from reality.
When Donald Duck enters Scrooge's dream to help, he has to figure out a way to pry the Beagle Boys out of there. In Inception they use "kicks" to make controlled exits, like how the feeling of falling usually snaps you out of the dream. In McDuck's head, they do, well, the exact same thing.
There's more to the story about Inception, plus several other ways that the Ducks were either prescient or else they inspired something that came after. Read about five of them at Cracked. -Thanks, Tim!
Cats tend to get really bored hanging around the house all day, so unless we want shredded couches and torn curtains we have to provide sources of entertainment for our feline family members.
And when our cats get bored of their trees, toy mice and little feathered things on strings we have to give them a new amusing thing to swat at, pounce on or rub themselves against, like this self petting station made from toilet brushes.
The best stuff you can give your cat is the stuff you make yourself, because you know your cat well enough to know whether hanging (or swinging) around in a cool kitty trapeze all day will be a lifestyle upgrade.
You'll also be able to make toys both you and the cat can enjoy, like this treat dispenser puzzle that makes your lazy kitty work for their vittles while you laugh at their futile attempts. There ain't no treats in there, ya dumb cat!
The Catholic Church ruled both the spiritual and physical lives of Europeans during the period of the Holy Roman Empire. Then Martin Luther began the Protestant Reformation, leading to formation of the Lutheran Church. Other breakaway groups founded other denominations with theologies that wandered further from Catholic doctrine. In some places, that led to war, because one's salvation was not to be trusted to free will, and neither was political power. In the city of Münster, a gruesome artifact reminds citizens of those dark days.
Visitors to St. Lambert’s church in Münster, Germany may notice something odd about the building’s facade. Three gleaming iron cages, 7 feet tall and a yard wide and deep, hang empty from the church spire. Once home to the mutilated bodies of three revolutionaries who shaped one of the strangest chapters in the Protestant Reformation, the cages have hung there for nearly 500 years. They remain on the spire as a testament to their former occupants’ experiment in religious utopia—and the tremors they sent through German religious and political life for years after their occupants' deaths.
The citizens of Münster held relatively liberal religious views in 1530. To the local bishop, their tolerance of Protestants was radical and even heretical and, worst of all, threatened his power. The Lutherans moved in, and then the Anabaptists, and neither takeover was peaceful. Over the next six years, the city was a battleground between the sects. The war took odd turns with forced baptisms, polygamy, famine, torture, prophesy, and violent battles. Read an account of the bizarre war in Münster that ended with the public cages that still hang there, at Mental Floss.