Lugging a sled around snow-covered hills can be a chore. You can instead wear one with Sled Legs. Each one is an ABS shell contoured to direct the flow of snow. There’s a foam layer inside to cushion them around your legs. You attach them to your legs with straps that are adjustable, so they can fit a range of heights.
The inventors hope to sell them for $140 when they reach the retail market.
Acceptance speeches at the Academy Awards range from newsworthy to hilarious to dreadfully dull as the winner thanks a list of people who we don’t know, but probably deserve to be recognized. This year, they can get that public recognition without being mentioned in the speech at all! The Academy announced the new scheme at the Oscar luncheon Monday.
All the nominees are being required to submit a list of whom they'd like to thank in the scroll, which will be displayed beneath their acceptance speech. That doesn't mean they can't give verbal shout-outs — it just means they have an excuse to use their moment for another purpose.
The nominees are on notice that they don’t have to worry about leaving someone out, and they are free to be more entertaining for the rest of us. Lat’s hope at least some of them take advantage of that opportunity. -via Uproxx
If you're a horror film enthusiast, this list is likely to contain a few items that will appeal to you. Vulture has assembled a collection of ten independent horror films to be released this year, and some of them look pretty interesting.
Take the film February, the trailer of which is above. The writer has this to say in their description:
"Now that Mad Men is over, our Kiernan Shipka mainline has dried up, but getting to see her stretch beyond 1960s teenage ennui will be a welcome change. February is the directorial debut of Osgood (Oz) Perkins. He's the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, but is probably best known to this point as David Kidney, the guy in Legally Blonde who dewormed orphans in Somalia before joining Elle Woods’s freshman introduction group.
But even if this is his first time at the helm, Perkins has penned a few thrillers, and for February, he’s gone to the fertile horror ground of girls alone at a boarding school to stage his slow-burn possession nightmare. Shipka’s character Kat is forced to spend a winter break on campus after her parents mysteriously fail to pick her up, and she’s stuck there with convenience companion Rose (Lucy Boynton), who’s dealing with her own substantial issues. Then there’s Emma Roberts, who plays a hitchhiking girl named Joan whose fate is intertwined with the two co-eds.
Since premiering at Fantastic Fest last fall, February hasn’t been widely seen, but it has garnered approval from the straitlaced types at Variety, as well as the blood freaks at Bloody Disgusting, where it was praised as “one of the best possession films ever.” That’s a broad swath of tastes being satisfied, and it sounds like the son of Psycho has really delivered with this nerve-twister."
The X-Files resonated with viewers so well that it lasted ten seasons, and then spawned two movies and came back as a mini-series.
Even the simple premise of having one partner who believes in the supernatural, and one who believes in science, it gave us a nice balance of views between the two. The show also had some gnarly monsters, some cool ideas, and some downright creepy moments.
Therefore, it was hard to select the best episodes from all ten seasons, but the attempt was made the rank the top five episodes of The X-Files at TVOM. See if your favorite is in there. There are video clips for each.
The animators at Pixar are all grown folks, adults, over the legal age for everything and absolutely normal in every adult way, including a healthy libido.
That can be easy to forget when you consider most of the movies they make really cater to kids, keeping that PG vibe that made them such good friends with Disney in the first place.
But adults sometimes draw and animate stuff for other adults to enjoy, and back in 2003 animators Bert Klein and Teddy Newton from Pixar created this risque short called Boys Night Out. (Video is NSFW-ish)
Even though the storyline in Boys Night Out is all sorts of wrong, since it involves a stepfather and his underage stepson bonding at a strip club, this retro styled short is still quite charming, and the punchline will knock your socks off!
Some days being a Rebel pilot can feel mighty strange, and the battlefield can be a mighty surreal place when you've been battling the Imperial forces so long you're starting to see things. But last time he checked the Empire wasn't employing any battle transport shaped like a T-Rex! Porkins thought "maybe this is all a food based hallucination" and tried to ignore what he'd just seen, but then that big blip showed up on his radar once again and he knew things were about to get Jurassic...
Add a whole new world of fun to that classic tale of a war in the stars with this Jurassic Hoth t-shirt by Nathan Davis, it's Red Leader approved and sure to make your fellow fans roar with laughter!
It’s sometimes called a Swedish torch. To make a cook stove, cut a log and stand it upright. Use a chainsaw to cut a cross pattern into the wood. Stuff kindling inside, then start the fire. The wood helps protect the embers from being blown out by the wind.
Once the fire is burning strongly, set a pan on top and fry up your favorite foods.
Funny or Die secretly produced a full-length movie starring Johnny Depp as Donald Trump. The premise is that it was made as a TV movie to air in 1988, but got pre-empted. Donald Trump is presented as starring as himself, but it’s Depp.
In 1988 Donald Trump wrote, directed, and starred in a made-for-TV movie based on his bestselling book 'The Art of the Deal.' When the film was bumped because Monday Night Football ran long, the furious Trump pulled the movie, obscuring it from the general public for decades. Now Funny Or Die has unearthed this delightfully dated masterpiece for the world to see.
The movie stars Johnny Depp as Donald Trump, Patton Oswalt as Merv Griffin, Henry Winkler as Mayor Ed Koch, Michaela Watkins as Ivana Trump, and also features Alfred Molina, Andy Richter, Jack McBrayer, Robert Morse, Jacob Tremblay, Ron Funches, Stephen Merchant, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Kristen Schaal, and ALF. Kenny Loggins, '80s soundtrack virtuoso, performs the film's original theme song. The movie was directed by Jeremy Konner (Drunk History) and written by Joe Randazzo (The Onion, @midnight), with an intro from Ron Howard.
If there are any locations worldwide that you want to clear off your "bucket list," it's these ten towns listed in the linked article as the most toxic areas in existence. So unles you have a "bucket list" of places in which you'd like to kick the proverbial bucket, keep a wide berth from these hot spots.
One grim example is Picher, Oklahoma:
"The Tar Creek area, which includes the lead and zinc mining town of Picher was designated a Superfund site in 1983. In the mid-1990s, a third of children in Picher were found to have elevated levels of lead in their bloodstream, which can cause cognitive issues. (Members of the Picher school board have said that students showed a high rate of learning difficulties, despite the work of teachers and the school board.) But that's not what ultimately triggered the mass exodus from Picher; in 2006, a study found that, due to mining, the ground was at risk for collapse, and in fact one motorist died after driving into a gaping hole in the ground. That triggered a federal relocation buyout, with only six households and one business remaining in 2011.
How dangerous is it today? Well, the long-term plans for Picher don't include human habitation. The town is being gradually dismantled, and once the cleanup is finished, the land will likely be turned over to the Quapaw tribe, which resided there before the mines came in. At the moment, the Quapaw tribe intends to turn the area into wetlands. Other towns in the area, including Treece, Kansas, and Cardin, Oklahoma, are largely abandoned."
Little Lane loves to dress up as Disney characters and meet her professional counterparts at Disney theme parks. In the past, we’ve seen her enchant Gaston, Tarzan, and Jack Skellington. More recently, dressed as Padmé Amidala and met her husband, Anakin Skywalker.
Vader has completely given himself over to the dark side of the Force. But there hides within him a twinkling of goodness. The actor in the Vader suit struggled to stay in character. But the dark side cannot prevail.
When Sylvester Stallone was told there were no parts for him, he wrote his own.
Sylvester Stallone wasn’t born a leading man. Complications at birth left the son of a hairdresser with nerve damage that slurred his speech and curled his lips into a permanent snarl. His childhood wasn’t easy. His parents fought constantly, and he and his brother slipped in and out of foster care. By high school, they’d moved back in with their mother in Philadelphia, but Stallone’s emotional problems followed him. He struggled academically and was expelled from multiple schools. The arts became his refuge. He spent his free time painting and writing poetry, but his real dream was the silver screen. By the time he was 18, he knew he wanted to act.
Stallone studied drama at the American College of Switzerland and then at the University of Miami, but then abandoned school to pursue a career in New York City. By his mid-twenties, he was getting by on odd jobs like cleaning lion cages and ushering at movie theaters. The bit parts he did manage to land were few and far between. Once, when funds were short, he took a role in an adult film to keep from living in a bus station. When Stallone landed bigger parts, it was because his drooping, stone-chiseled face made him the perfect heavy (Subway Thug No. 1 wasn’t an uncommon credit). By 1975, the 29-year-old actor was desperate for something bigger, so his agent sent him to the L.A. offices of Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, two producers who had a standing deal with United Artists.
The meeting didn’t go as planned. When Winkler and Chartoff met Stallone, they didn’t see a movie star. Dejected, Stallone had his hand on the doorknob when he turned and made one last pitch. “You know,” he said, “I also write.”
The script Stallone turned in was an underdog tale, the story of Rocky, a streetwise palooka who gets an unlikely opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion of the world. But the story of how the film itself got made is even more improbable.
Mr Gosford told the IFL Science website: 'Reptiles, frogs and insects rush out from the fire, and there are birds that wait in front, right at the foot of the fire, waiting to catch them.
'Small fires often attract so many birds that there is insufficient fleeing prey for all, so a bird that was being beaten to its food might benefit from starting a new fire with less competition.'
The researchers found numerous accounts from Aborigines, several firefighters as well as 14 Bush rangers who reported birds carrying burning sticks.
Scientists are a bit more skeptical:
Steve Debus, from the University of New England, an expert in predatory birds said he believed it would be difficult for researchers to distinguish between birds incidentally grasping burning twigs with prey and those deliberately picking them up.
'However, I think black kites and brown falcons are sufficiently intelligent to intentionally spread fires by dropping burning embers, because black kites have been seen to drop bread scraps from picnic areas into nearby waterholes to bait fish within striking range.' Dr Debus said.
It’s been a couple of years since the art collective Kreativiteket put up a street sign in Ørje, Norway, referencing Monty Python’s “silly walks” sketch. I’ve just been made aware of a video that shows how people obey the sign.
Audrey Stone, 62, is legally blind. Figo, her Golden Retriever, is her guide dog. In June, they tried to cross a street. A bus almost rammed into them. Figo blocked her, then leaped at the bus in a desperate attempt to knock it out of the way. CBS New York reports:
As Stone lay injured on the ground, Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo said despite having a severe leg injury, Figo would not leave Stone’s side.
Amazingly, Figo didn’t yelp in pain but calmly struggled to stay with Stone.
Stone avoided the full force of the impact and survived with only a broken elbow, ankle, and 3 ribs. Figo broke his right front leg. After Stone spent a few months in a rehabilitation home, they reunited in October.
The requirements are pretty stiff to make it in Hollywood as a stunt double. You have to be strong, athletic, and graceful. You have to train with different weapons, dance artfully, and hit your mark consistently. You have to know what you're doing and show no fear. And it helps if you have a body type that’s a bit different from the average strong guy looking for those jobs.
Meet Chloe Bruce, who is all of those things. She was the stunt double for Daisy Ridley in The Force Awakens. Let’s hope that Rey gets to put a lot more of that power to work in Star Wars: Episode VIII. -via Geeks Are Sexy
The studio known as Ghibli has spent decades producing eye candy in the form of animated features, and now the studio has decided to work its magic in another way- by making elemental charms that fans can carry around for protection. These elemental charms channel the power of Ghibli's brightest stars, from that fuzzy wind guardian Totoro to those knock headed Kodama, protectors of the wild lands, and they pack more than enough magic to keep your bod safe from any bad mojo. They're fit for a princess, look nice on any neighbor, and are guaranteed to keep you safe from those who howl and cackle with evil delight.
Slip on this Ghibli Elemental Charms t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas and people will find you, and your taste in clothing, utterly charming and irresistible!
When these two obviously inebriated Irishmen decide to move a couch in their impaired state, it might not be the most intelligent decision. It does bring smiles to the faces of observers, however. Don't give up, guys! (Maybe another beer would boost morale.)
Contains NSFW language, which most of us will not be able to decipher anyway.
On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire lined up to cast their votes for candidates in the primary election. Among the eager citizens was this 600-pound pig, which escaped from a farm and hung out around a polling station in the town of Pelham. Police contacted the owner, who retrieved the pig before it had a chance to cast a ballot. You can see more videos of it at Boston.com.
The folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned their eyes upon Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And it’s about time. They’ve had a month and a half to second guess screenwriters JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Need I say it? This contains massive spoilers.
But this is more than just how it should have ended. They go through various scenes throughout the movie and improve the logic and dialogue as they go. As far as the ending goes, this makes more sense, but would have prevented us from enjoying endless sequels. Oh yeah, when you think this video is over, there’s more. Several times. -via Gamma Squad
The Art Institute of Chicago is conducting an exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh paintings that depict bedrooms. They include The Bedroom, an 1899 painting of Van Gogh's own room in Arles, France.
To promote the event, the museum has created a nearly perfect replica of the room that Van Gogh rented--or how Van Gogh saw it in his mind and painted it on his canvas. You can rent it on Airbnb for $10.
What historical painting would you like to spend a day in if it was recreated like this?
On a side note, I learned something interesting about this painting while writing this post. It was owned by Japan, but ceded to France as a war reparation under the Treaty of San Francisco, which formally ended the Pacific War.
Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell took their very first helicopter ride to see a bit more of their temporary home in Curaçao. While the cities are beautiful, there are still plenty of beaches and uninhabited areas to explore. And for some of those places, the only way to do it is from the air.
Lifting off was strange at first — this is a totally different experience to flying in an airplane, but we adjusted quickly. The tour was perfect. The entire southeastern section of Curaçao, a huge swath of land known as Oostpunt, is private property — the owner has steadfastly resisted selling it off, and has prohibited access to practically everyone. The result is a pristine, untouched natural environment, and one of the few ways to see it is from the air. We flew high above the region, and then came down low to inspect some of the highlights. Once, hovering just a few meters above a large lagoon, we saw a turtle swimming along, undisturbed by the giant machine whirring above its head.
Robert Lewis, who has Down Syndrome, is the team manager for the basketball team of Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. In the final minutes of a game against the University School of Nashville, he stepped onto the court to play.
Each of the 48 one bedroom units in the Arcade Providence start at $550/month, and the seventeen stores on the ground floor get to stay open for business proving that, for some, shopping really is a lifestyle.
The ground floor is designed for those busy egg-ophiles who are short on time, and will serve Creme Egg toasties to go. Yes, you read right, that’s: Creme. Egg. Toasties. They’ll sell for just £2 a pop.
Up on the first floor there’ll be more of a restaurant vibe, with four Creme Egg dishes on offer to eat in. As well as the toasties, these will include: egg and soldiers, Creme Egg tray bake, and strawberries and creme (egg).
All dishes on the first floor will cost £4, which we'd say is well worth shelling out for the novelty alone. Tea, coffee and water will be available — no Creme Egg cocktails, alas.
On the second floor there will be an interactive ball pool — which, as far as we’re aware, won’t contain any actual Creme Eggs. It's a good opportunity for adults to splash around in a ball pool without scaring little kids and alarming their parents, though.
This is the latest from HelloDenizen, the folks behind the Tiny Hamster series. Their greatest accomplishment is figuring out how to make a living by dressing up little fluffy pets. -Thanks, Joe and Elijah!
Amazon.com, a company which was founded as an online retailer, recently built its first brick-and-mortar store. The company sees a market for traditional in-person experiences. What if other online companies made similar choices? The Very Near Future makes proposals for Netflix, Dropbox, Spotify, and Imgur.
And what would we do at the world-famous Neatorama? The good news is that we have some institutional memory. Back in 1887, when Alex's great-great-grandfather founded Neatorama, we delivered cat .gifs by telegram. And except for that brief experiment with carrier pigeons in 1915, we kept that model running through 1953, when we made the switch to radio--a move that was far more successful than that costly 1978 foray into mail-order View-Master slides.
In short: we could do it. Should we is a different question.
Samus was tired of running, tired of having to jump and spin her way across every planet she visited, so she decided to look into buying some transportation. But mechanical transports were doomed to encounter failure, and horses were too easily spooked by the strange creatures she was constantly battling, so she looked to the Mushroom Kingdom for an alternative. There she found Mario's secret weapon of a steed, the creature known as a Yoshi that was not only brave and fast but also fond of gobbling up metroids with one flick of its tongue!
Grab a gaming mashup like no other on this METROID: OTHER Y t-shirt by OhHeyDJ, it's the super way to keep your fashion game tight and show some love for those console classics.