Champion skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki went for a ride in a reduced-gravity aircraft operated by Zero G. They experienced the equivalent of Martian and Lunar gravity before going to zero gravity. Although they appear to defy gravity in their terrestrial stunts, here they got to experience the real thing.
To be clear, the list below does not represent what each state Googles the most, it simply shows the searches each state Googles more frequently than the other 49 states and the District of Columbia.
While people in paradise (Hawaii) have the leisure to pose philosophical questions, those in Alaska are worried about stocking up for the winter, lest they starve. Arkansas needs a history lesson. People in Montana are apparently reacting to people in Idaho. You have to wonder what is going on in Delaware. And sadly, people in Kentucky learn how to use the internet before they learn the important things in life. -via the A.V. Club
Pedro Mealha's cuckoo clocks don't look anything like a Swiss mountain chalet! They have modern shapes and forms and often vibrant, eye-popping colors.
But one thing hasn't changed a bit: each one has a cuckoo that chirps like the classic ones.
Mealha studied project and furniture design at Kingston University in London. He started clockmaking with a desk lamp, then decided to build a cuckoo clock. Now he sells them on Etsy. You can see more of his clocks here.
Police in Anchorage, Alaska, were involved in a chase about 3 a.m. Thursday after a front-end loader was seen smashing into the front of a liquor store. Witnesses saw the machinery break the glass at Brown Jug liquor store. The driver went in and took several bottles of liquor. Police pursued the front-end loader, but the driver refused to stop. Once they blocked his path, they arrested 38-year-old Joseph Martin, who failed a sobriety test. He also had liquor bottles in the front-end loader. The next morning, Trina and Gus Gaskov found the fence damaged at their landscaping business and a front-end loader missing.
"He's obviously a good driver, 'cause he was drunk off his butt but he was still driving really good," she said in a phone interview Thursday. "He didn't hit a car or nothing — and making those wide turns — he must have experience driving around the loaders or something."
No one was injured in the chase. Martin was charged with DUI, theft, burglary, criminal mischief, and refusal to submit to a drug test. He is being held until a third party takes responsibility. -via Fark
Joe Barca, Sr. of Elmer, New Jersey started cutting hair in 1931. Eight decades later, he's doing it--even last Thursday, when he turned 99 years old. New Jersey Online reports:
He was at his South Main Street barber shop, comb and scissors in hand giving hair cuts.
But his family and friends made sure they marked the special milestone.
An open house was held Thursday at Barca's Barber Shop with many stopping by to offer their well-wishes. There were even balloons and refreshments. The words "Happy Birthday" were stretched across the large mirrors in the shop. […]
"You don't get into this for the money," said Barca in an interview back in 2013. "... the joy comes from meeting all kinds of people — they make it worthwhile."
Now, nearly twenty years later, the internet community at large is obsessed with the concept, but if their posts are to be believed the introverts far outnumber the extroverts, at least when it comes to posting online.
If you're an extrovert, or an I-don't-know-what-I-am, then these comics will be your guide to understanding the ways of the introverted, and they will explain a lot about your "weird" friend's "strange" behavior.
He's the tribal chief of Wakanda, the man who was chosen by the Panther God to maintain peace and protect the sacred vibranium mound the Wakandans have watched over since the meteor fell to Earth many centuries ago. So what is he doing stuck in the middle of an MCU civil war? He's hunting the Winter Soldier, and taking in the sights, but mostly being a badass and looking good as he tears through the competition...
Add some fierce flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Black Panthera t-shirt by Vincent Trinidad, it's the ultimate way to celebrate the fact that your favorite superhero is finally getting the big screen treatment he deserves!
If you enjoyed the post last week about the erratic way kings are numbered, you’ll love a look at how popes are numbered. The Catholic Church has had a pope in charge of all its members for about two thousand years now, and records from the earliest ones are pretty scant. Also, papal records have been wiped out a few times, and then there’s the custom of yanking a pope’s title long after he’s dead. The results can be confusing.
The numbering of popes named Felix has been amended to omit antipope Felix II; however, most lists still call the last two Felixes Felix III and Felix IV.
So the official list includes nightmarish entries like “St Felix III (Felix II)”, or, to give him his Latin name: “Papa FELIX Tertius (Secundus)”. He ruled for nine years in the late 5th century; 30 years later came “St Felix IV”, who is also known as Felix III.
Additionally, there was an antipope Felix V.
So, for those keeping count, there have been five Pope Felixes, only three of whom were actually Pope. Glad we got that straight.
On Sunday night, a man in Frankfort, Kentucky stole a boat from a marina, as well as items from other boats at the marina, including liquor and a television. He then picked up some friends and had a party before returning the boat and leaving.
Then, on Monday night, the man returned to the marina, left in undamaged condition all of the items he had stolen, and a note apologizing for his crime. CNN quotes the note:
I am very sorry. I do not know why I did it in the first place. It's way out of my character. That is not what kind of person I am. I do not even remember doing it. I am so sorry. I know this does not make it ok, but it is your stuff, not mine. Again, I am very sorry.
Mothers tend to get all the applause and praise when it comes to parenting, but when fathers are faced with a crisis their bravery knows no bounds.
Take valiant father Ben Patterson for example- he watched his kid while his wife went out with friends, and when his son started projectile vomiting in the car he handled the situation with stoic dignity.
What's worse is Ben's a sympathetic vomiter, so his son's puking sent him into a paternal pukefest on some lady's lawn.
The lady naturally called the cops, but Ben kept it together and kept texting the entire horrific story to his wife, who was apparently too busy not giving a f$%k to text the poor guy back!
In true daddy style, Ben has chosen to see the incident as a learning experience, and vows never to babysit again without the proper equipment.
Cosplayer Kathryn Reagan perfectly mashes up Rapunzel from Tangled with Rey from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. BB-8 easily evades capture as Pascal the chameleon. No one will be able to keep him and his master locked inside the tower.
About half the students reading this will cringe because they can relate to it, while the other half will laugh because finals are over. Finals week is the one thing about school you won’t miss at all when you graduate. This is the latest from Buttersafe.
This video shows how it's put together. Magnets move the paddles and ball back and forth between two sheets of glass. The paddles don't actually hit the ball, but the ball ricochets according to the angles of impact to the paddles. It's an incredible technical achievement.
A group of scientists are testing a new kind of sticky trap. To get accurate information on its effectiveness, they sent various types of humans across a 20-foot section of the material. First, a scientist as a baseline, then a sprinter, then a sumo wrestler. I was hoping the sumo wrestler wouldn’t get his loincloth caught in the sticky stuff. He does.
Key West, Florida is a civilized place. You can't act like a caveman. And the owner of this Flintstones-style car found that out when he parked it illegally.
ABC News 10 reports that the city government was searching for the owner before towing it away. On Facebook, the city government states that it has since been able to find the owner. It doesn't describe him, which is a shame, because I always liked watching Fred on TV.
The title of this list is really 20 Movies Every Real Estate Agent Should Watch, but that’s too narrow. While they feature real estate professionals, the subject of where to live affects us all. There’s at least one movie in here that relates to the travails of home buyers, homeowners, home sellers, renters, roommates, homeless people, landlords, neighbors, and yes, real estate agents. I’ve lived through the movie The Money Pit. Twice.
This 1980’s comedy focuses on a young couple who moves into a huge and expensive house that appears to be perfect right up until they purchase it, at which point it starts to fall apart in an absurd manner. Real estate agents are probably going to appreciate the number of lessons in real estate that the movie subtly delivers, such as the importance of looking past the surfaces when deciding on a house. The couple partly got into the mess in the first place because they were seduced by the promise of a bargain home and by a seller’s sympathetic sob story, which happens frequently in real life.
The longer pocket monsters are made to battle it out in the stadiums the more likely they are to have a period of civil unrest in their fictional kingdom, and war will tear them apart. They'll start forming teams with similar characters, and adopt a team name to make them stand out from the other side, and if they color coordinate their costumes the whole thing will be utterly adorable! But this is civil war, and they're supposed to look all tough and ready for Pokemon pew-pew-pew not cute and catch 'em all-able...too bad!
Fight the civil war your way with this Team Chark t-shirt by Batang 9Tees, it's the ultimate way to declare allegiance in the battle between pocket monster sympathizers and the pokeball purists.
Dr. Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver that has saved countless choking victims, is 96 years old and lives at a senior living facility in Cincinnati. The staff are all trained in the Heimlich Maneuver, but on Monday, when 87-year-old Patty Ris got a piece of hamburger stuck in her airway, they deferred to Heimlich. The doctor immediately performed as he had practiced for decades, and the obstruction was dislodged. Ris was okay! The real kicker is that this is the first time Heimlich had ever used his maneuver to save someone's life.
In a telephone interview Thursday, Heimlich recounted what happened. He said Ris had been sitting next to him at his table.
“When I used it, and she recovered quickly,” he said, “it made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to save all those lives.”
His son, Phil Heimlich, said his father regularly meets people who were either saved or saved somebody else.
“Just the fact that a 96-year-old man could perform that, is impressive,” he said.
Heimlich has lived at the facility for six years, but still stays active and in shape. -via Metafilter
The Milk Bar in Fountain Valley, California is getting you ready for the day with a healthy breakfast cereal. It offers ice cream sandwiches with your choice of ice cream between two shingles made of Fruity Pebbles. If the shop serves coffee ice cream in these sandwiches, then you've got a meal on the go right here.
Remember the Junk Lady from the film Labyrinth? Jen Yates of Cake Wrecks and Epbot and her husband John built this Junk Lady costume. The whole thing is 37 pounds, and can either be worn or carted around. It was designed for the Labyrinth Ball at Dragoncon, but alas, the tickets to the ball sold out immediately.
See more pictures and a description of the build process with all the little details at Epbot here and here. Look for the Junk Lady at Megacon this weekend, and also at Dragoncon in Atlanta this fall. -via Metafilter
While the poor horses got slandered, there were definite advantages to driving cars, especially in cities. Car manufacturers didn’t have to be so nasty about it, but even when they’re right, business trumps the common good. The campaign against the horse wasn’t nearly as bad as the battle against pedestrians or the campaign to design American infrastructure around the automobile. -Thanks, Phil Edwards!
For Massachusetts, the hardest word is Massachusetts. For Arizona and New Hampshire, it's diarrhea. North Carolina struggles with pneumonia. California, Idaho, Indiana, and Connecticut have trouble with desert.
Barnaby Dixon shows off his new puppet design, and it’s quite clever. It combines the articulation of a marionette with the direct action of a hand puppet. Of course, the skill of the operator is key to making it move realistically, and he’s pretty good at that, too.
These are the stories of the royal armpits and other reasons we should be thankful they don't make history books scratch 'n' sniff.
Tycho Brahe was arguably one of the luckiest men in history. The 16th-century astronomer famously lost his nose in a duel during an argument over a math equation. Which, admittedly, can’t have been comfortable. On the other hand, Tycho wore a brass nose for the rest of his life, which meant he would have had more difficulty smelling. And that must have been a blessing, because the past was a putrid place.
The problem reached all the way to the top: There’s a long history of foul-smelling royals. Queen Elizabeth I proudly declared that she took a bath “once a month, whether she needed to or not.” Her father, King Henry VIII, was even smellier. Later in life, the overweight monarch had a festering wound on his leg that you could smell from three rooms away. The lesion—which some say he got from wearing a too-tight garter—was made worse by the royal doctors. They believed the sore needed to run in order to heal, so they tied it open with string and sprinkled in gold pellets to keep it infected (and putrescent).
Over in France, Louis XIV was famous for his halitosis. (His mistress Madame de Montespan doused herself in heavy plumes of perfume to thwart the smell.) Meanwhile, his predecessor, Louis XIII, proclaimed, “I take after my father. I smell of armpits.”
17-year old TJ Khayatan and his friends recently decided to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He tells BuzzFeed that they were largely underwhelmed by what they saw. For example, one of the galleries had on display a stuffed animal on a blanket. How was that art?
So Khayatan and his friends decided to play a prank. They placed a pair of glasses on the floor. Other visitors promptly looked at it in wonder, confusing it for a work of art:
Within seconds of putting the glasses down and walking away, Khayatan said people started gathering around the “exhibit” to view it and take pictures. After a while, more and more people started doing the same, so he decided to take pictures of them admiring his “art.”
Since The Room was a flop at the box office, and the ironic crowd lost interest in the film after Shia LeBeauf started making his own arthouse films, Tommy chose to shift gears and turn his screenplay into a video game. The premise is simple- guide Johnny through the emotional twists and turns of an average romantic banker's life while trying to keep his fiancee Lisa from running away with his best friend Mark, which is virtually impossible. The Room- The Game also involved many minor character side quests that made absolutely no sense, and this ultimately made the game an unplayable mess that made the movie look like a masterpiece!
Advertise your least favorite fictional video game in style with this You're Tearing Me Apart Lisa!! (NES Edition) t-shirt by Brandon Wilhelm ART, so bad it's good!