Tinder is joined by other superheroes as he pursues his archnemesis eHarmony in a war of wits and superpowers. Too bad Tinder has more power than wit. He's not the hero we need, but the one we deserve. This movie trailer parody is brought to you by Rooster Teeth. -via Tastefully Offensive
The stats screen is fun to look at while you're playing through a video game, so you can see how many kills you have under your belt, how close you are to finding all the secrets, and how many hours you've been playing the game.
But heed this illustrated warning by Deathbulge Comics and don't look at the stats screen after your character is dead, or you may find some disturbing stuff going down in video game land...
Sure, you support your favorite sports team. You wear the team ball cap, have a team logo decal in your car window, maybe even drink out of an official team mug. But do you love it enough to dress up in team colors and dance around in public?
Darrell Bailey loves the Los Angeles Clippers. In the 1990s, he was fired from his job as an electrician. He went home and turned on a Clippers game, only to hear the announcers talking about what losers the Clippers were— that the team was a lost cause and was never going anywhere. Bailey could relate— his boss had told him similar things that day. That’s the moment Bailey decided to devote himself to being a die-hard Clippers fan. He eventually got another job, affording him the season tickets that would make him “Clipper Darrell.” Since 2001, he’s been at every Clippers home game wearing a tailored suit in Clippers colors (red and blue). In 2010 the Clippers briefly lost Darrell’s support when they asked him not to use the word “Clipper” when making paid appearances. Darrell’s renunciation of his fandom made national headlines and drew support from star Clippers players Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. The two sides eventually came to a compromise: Clipper Darrell would notify the organization whenever he was hired to appear at an event. He’s now back in the stands at every game.
There are two constants for the Chicago Cubs: waiting till next year (their last World Series win was in 1908), and Woo Woo Wickers. Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Wickers has been going to Cubs games and yelling his signature cheer of “Cubs! Woo! Cubs! Woo!” at the top of his lungs since the late 1950s. Wickers has had a hard life: he spent much of the 1980s homeless and, unable to hold down a job, earned money by washing windows and making personal appearances at Cubs-centric events. And not everybody loves him— some people find his loud cheers disruptive and annoying. But for most Cubs fans, Woo Woo’s unwavering optimism, even in the face of such criticism, makes him a living embodiment of baseball’s lovable losers.
He was the little buff action figure that changed it all back in the 1980s, the super tough looking toy who rode on the back of a green tiger and battled a nefarious foe with a skull face. He is He-Man, hero of Eternia and the ultimate action figure icon from the totally radical 80s. He-Man was made into a toy, his heroic adventures were turned into multiple animated series, and lots of sweet merch with battle scenes that blew the minds of 80s kids and cemented He-Man as one of the greatest heroes of all time!
Want to live by the power of Grayskull? Bring home this He Man Action Figure t-shirt by NerdlyArt and you'll have the power to relive your youth every time you wear this sweet shirt!
Thanks to the forward thinking folks at Tesla Motors we can see what freeway traffic will look like in the future when “inefficient” human driven cars are replaced by self driving models- basically a bunch of people sleeping at the wheel.
The problem is- this Tesla Model S isn't actually self-driven, and while the Autopilot has a function called Autosteer that moves the car about for you drivers are supposed to stay ready to take the wheel.
Sleeping while your car drives you home after work does seem like a pretty cool innovation, but since we're not there yet technologically sleepy drivers like the one in this video are going to be nightmares on wheels.
Margaret Knight went to work in a cotton mill in New Hampshire when she was only ten years old. After all, that was in 1848, and her widowed mother needed every penny the family could earn. Knight was smart and had a talent for making things even as a child, when she fashioned toys for her brothers and their friends.
By the time she joined the Columbia Paper Bag Company as a lowly factory worker, the 30-something, unmarried Knight had spent years as a ‘Jill-of-all-trades’, becoming proficient in daguerreotype, photography, engraving, house repair and upholstering. Spending long hours at the factory, she soon heard of current efforts to create a machine that could efficiently manufacture flat-bottomed paper bags. ‘I am told that there is no such machine known as a square-bottomed machine,’ she wrote in her journal. ‘I mean to try away at it until I get my ideas worked out.’ Independent of the factory and without her bosses’ knowledge, Knight began to study the issue intently.
And she got her ideas worked out. Knight designed a machine that would manufacture flat-bottomed paper bags so that they could be mass-produced. The trouble was that a man who’d seen her invention had gone ahead and patented it. That meant war. Read about Margaret Knight and her invention at Aeon. -via Digg
Léo Brunel’s student animation project Voltage is a nightmare of physics for the characters, but a laugh for us! Two hapless mechanics attempt to protect a customer’s vehicle from disaster when the garage gets a little out of hand.
For some adventures are the fun part of roleplaying games, others like collecting loot, or taking epic screenshots of their character in battle looking like a god, but for a select few the character creation process is where it's at.
These particularly picky people will spend hours choosing from tons of different hair styles, facial features, markings, skin tones and such to create the perfect character, only to realize they've "missed a spot".
Use LEGO bricks to make all kinds of things that you’ll actually use around the house, or solve some household problem. A second benefit will be how your guests say “Cool!” when they see what you’ve done. The LEGO chess set would be perfect for a game of Coaster Chess. -via Viral Viral Videos
English speakers wear t-shirts or get tattoos with Chinese or Japanese lettering even though they have no idea what the words actually say, and Asian companies likewise put English words on stuff to make it look cool.
When a guy tries to write a nice love letter, or poem, or comic describing what a lovely sight a lady is, he can get all emotional and clever. Or he can end up on some overly-literal tangent because he’s just that observant. And if he’s lucky, she’ll understand and take it as he initially intended. This is the latest from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics.
There are at least two articles posted online about how similar Elijah Wood and Daniel Radcliffe look, and how this is either proof they were separated at birth or that they're part of a clone conspiracy.
Daniel has remarked "Me and Elijah Wood just need to do a film together where we play brothers" to distract from the cloning angle and make it all look like it's just a coincidence.
But when you see their portraits side-by-side and then look at a GIF showing the subtle differences between Elijah and Daniel the clone stuff somehow seems more plausible.
When you’re the younger brother, you’re always player two. That’s the way it is growing up playing video games with your older sibling. But there comes a time when “the way it is” suddenly is no more. Older brothers grow up, leave home, and the younger is now player one. While it’s nice to be number one, it’s a bittersweet victory.
Zachary Antell captures that feeling that so much of the video game generation can relate to, in this story that’s making the rounds of various film festivals. If you ever bonded with a sibling over The Legend of Zelda or Super Mario, you might need to have a hankie ready. -via Geeks Are Sexy
We didn't get to hear all the facts regarding Dorothy's companions in the Land of Oz because Baum's books were meant for children, but several memoirs have come out in the last century which show the darker side of Oz. The Tin Man is said to be a masochist, fond of playing punishment games which leave him needing to be welded the next day, and the Scarecrow is actually made of mostly synthetic fibers. But the Cowardly Lion's plight was the darkest of them all, as his drinking problem made him both a hopeless bum and a punching bag for the local barflys. He was a coward and an alcoholic, and the trembling we saw in the movie was actually just the shaking of a mangy cat in need of the hair of the dog that bit him!
Rewrite childhood memories wherever you go with this Cowardly Lion's Courage Juice t-shirt by Mike Lauzon, it's funny even when you're not drunk on Jack Daniels!
Another guy got grilled by a drill sergeant with this classic line- “WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PRIVATE? WHY ARE YOUR PRIVATES SALUTING IN THE CHOW LINE?!”
And then there's the wiseacre who mumbled something snarky under his breath and was made to talk to himself in the mirror for 30 minutes while pointing and saying “You're an idiot”, “No, I'm an idiot".
Redditors who drive for a living outdid themselves with a one-upmanship series of posts over the weekend. It all started when redditor 060789 posted a picture and said, “I know it's not the most interesting pic in the world, but here's the inside of my garbage truck, for all your inner kids who wanted to see one.” Yes, people wanted to see the interior cab of a garbage truck! But that started a chain of events as other people started posting interior shots of the vehicles they drive for a living.
Redditor corey_m_snow admitted, “It's not *quite* as cool as a garbage truck, but here's the driver's area of my school bus, where I sit for up to six hours a day, sometimes more.” Yes, there are a lot of people who did not ride a school bus while they were growing up.
How about a fire truck? Redditor polak187 gave us the cab of his fire department command vehicle. Oh, it gets better. You can actually say "that escalated quickly."
Talk about a buttload of nope, a man in Thailand was sitting down to use the restroom when a snake suddenly jumped up and bit his penis. That's right, the python climbed up through the toilet and latched its fangs into his man parts.
Amazingly, both the man and the snake turned out ok, but the entire toilet had to be dismantled to get the lengthy animal free.
The tradition of flowers being placed on graves is over 2,000 years old. This custom can be traced to the ancient Greeks. They performed rites over graves that were called "zoai.”
Flowers were placed on the graves of Greek warriors. It was believed that if the flowers took root and blossomed on the graves, the souls of the warriors were sending a message that they had found happiness in the next world.
The ancient Romans also used flowers to honor soldiers who had died in battle. The Romans held an elaborate eight-day festival during February called "Parentalia" (Day of the Fathers). During this festival, roses and violets were placed on the graves of fallen soldiers by friends and family members.
According to acclaimed historian Jay Winik, the tradition began in America at the end of the Civil War.
Fail Army has compiled a whole slew of clips of people breaking, burning, and blowing up things, usually in some unexpected way. And then they set it to some classical-type music. Contains NSFW language.
Only in Portland would a pub-crawl involve dressing pugs up as Star Wars characters and parading them down the street -and if that's what it means to keep Portland weird, I'm all in.
The event was well documented on Twitter and Fashionably Geek rounded up a few of the best costumes from the parade, including this amazing Bespin Cloud City pug that was apparently totally cool with being carried on his owner's shoulders all day.
A few owners even got in on the fun, like this Jabba the Hut partnered with his precious Salacious Crumb pup.
Redditor devgal graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania with a degree in environmental engineering. When the time came to decorate her mortarboard, she had the perfect idea, because she’s heard all the jokes since she was four years old and her leg was amputated. She explained that she has two prosthetics: one for everyday use, and one with a foot made for high heels that she can switch out for a running blade. Oh, that 45K? That's per year. -via reddit
When accidents occur and people are faced with perilous situations the world around them seems to slow down a bit, as the adrenaline kicks in to give them the strength to escape the situation with their life.
This slow motion effect is eerie when you're in the thick of it, but it also helps your mind keep a mental snapshot of the scene that you'll never forget.
However, it would be nice to see how the whole horrible scene played out without having to be in the middle of the mess, a photo taken from a bystander's perspective like these awesome illustrations by Walter Molino.
Walter could infuse any situation with suspense and tooth-grinding tension, and the beautiful disasters he created for the Italian newspaper La Domenica del Corriere are action-packed eye candy.
After looking through Walter's portfolio of incredible disaster art it's easy to see how iconic fantasy artist Frank Frazetta was inspired by Walter's staging, stark realism and attention to detail.
Five years ago, we told you the story of how Geraldine Doyle was identified as the inspiration for the Rosie the Riveter poster. Doyle died in 2010 at age 86. Now evidence has come to light that she wasn’t the model for Rosie at all! Dr. James Kimble of Seton Hall University followed the story of how Doyle was identified as Rosie and was bothered by how little fact-checking went into it. So he decided to investigate himself. He began working on tracing the provenance of the photograph that Westinghouse used when their graphics department designed the poster. None of the available copies of the photo had any information on them, and the identification was made by Doyle herself.
So he called all the various wire services and stock photo collections that might now own the photo. He called naval bases and photo experts. He did endless Google searches. He leafed through endless issues of WWII-era magazines, looking for the photo in question in the hope it might be captioned with a date or a place. This took months, and got him pretty much nowhere — though a particular naval base in California kept popping up, a location that piqued Kimble’s interest because Doyle had worked at a factory in Michigan.
And then, in a feat of both persistence and luck, yet another Google search led Kimble to a Memphis company that sells old newspaper photos. The company just happened to be selling the photo he was looking for, the photo of the woman leaning over the lathe. He bought it, and when it arrived in the mail he realized it had the caption information he had been searching for on the back.
The photo was taken March 24, 1942, in Alameda, California. That pretty much eliminated Doyle as the photo’s subject, because she worked in a plant in Michigan and hadn’t even started there by that date.
Besides, the woman in the photo had a name.
Not only that, but Noami Parker Fraley is still around at age 94 and living in California. Read the story of how Kimble found the real Rosie at the Omaha World-Herald. -Thanks, Dr. Kimble!
I'm not sure if the guys from JStu Studios are friends with the store's security guards or if they just found stores where security was lax, but they make building a toilet paper fort in Walmart look way too easy.
Not all heroes wear capes. Sonia Ulrich, Marla Saltzer, and Monica Kenyon were celebrating Happy Hour together Thursday at the Fig restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, California. Kenyon saw a guy slip something from a small vial into the drink belonging to the woman he was dining with. The women found his date in the restroom and told her about it. They also told the management, who contacted the police, gave the woman a different drink, and delayed the couple with "computer problems" on their bill. Meanwhile, hotel security found video evidence. The police arrested Michael Tsu, who is being held on a million-dollar bond on charges of administering a drug with the intent to commit a felony and intent to commit rape. They also confiscated the drink and the security recording as evidence. You can read the entire story in Sonia Ulrich’s Facebook post.
It's good for fighters to have hobbies outside of the ring, and fighters have been known to build up a powerful appetite, so seeing a street fighter who's also an avid cook isn't really a big deal. But El Fuerte isn't just an avid cook- he's a passionate chef who has combined his love of cooking with his love of kicking ass to create the Super Dynamic Cooking Time range of abilities, including the Quesadilla Bomb and the Habanero Dash. And when he challenges a foe to fight in the street it's a sure bet El Fuerte will make his opponent look like a half baked hero!
Add some tasty fighting game fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Super Dynamic Cooking Time! t-shirt by Xuco, it's battle tested and gamer approved.
When Vancouver police shot a man weilding a knife at them, they probably thought the strangest part of the ordeal was over -but that was before a crow flew down and stole the knife from the crime scene. Police had to chase the bird 20 feet before it dropped the knife, only for it to return to the crime scene where it attempted to steal glasses and equipment of a news crew trying to cover the story.
It's believed the crow is the legendary Canuck of Vancouver, as he not only wears the same red identifcaton band, but is famous in the city for exactly this kind of pesty behavoir, as well as taking rides on the city's Sky Train. In fact, he's even stolen knives before as evidenced by the image above (the non-meme version can be found on the bird's Facebook here).
On a side note, Canuck is not the only bird to steal knives as i09 demonstrated back in 2012, which leaves me with a new phobia -being stabbed by a knife dropped by a bird flying above me. It could happen.
Society has gone from bartering to trading with gold, then cash, then checks, credit cards, debit cards, and now digital transactions. The idea of money is now less physical and largely just a construct that goes from one entity to another in exchange for goods and services. Charlie Warzel wrote an extensive article on the future of financial transactions in the cashless society, after he spent a month using digital transactions only. There are myriad ways to pay digitally: Paypal, Venmo, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Square Cash, M-Pesa, and apps that only work at certain retailers. There are so many that it’s a real pain for vendors to keep up, although history tells us that some will rise above others and become the default way to pay.
There are, of course, legitimate reasons not to trust these new forms of payment. Anyone who’s been mugged or lost a wallet knows cash is far from perfect, but this constellation of new digital payment products introduces a whole new category and scale of ways to get robbed, hacked, scammed, and screwed. Venmo — the social payment service that’s now transferring over $1 billion per month — may, in some ways, be the truest glimpse at a mobile payment future, but it’s not exactly entirely secure. Smartphones can be as easily lost and stolen as wallets, but they’re also eminently breakable, orders of magnitude more expensive, and obsolete after two or three years. And the payment-apps landscape is still such that living cashlessly in 2016 means entering your credit card information or routing number into dozens of stand-alone apps, some of which look as if they’ve been built overnight by a high school computer science class.
One way to get around the physical stealing or breakage of phones is to have a chip implanted in his hand to use for transactions, which is what Warzel ultimately did. This is not common, and he had to make some upper-level arrangements to get it to work.
What could possibly go wrong? I can think of a few drawbacks to paying with an embedded chip.
1. How does one actually give permission for such a transaction? Like credit card skimmers, you can imagine someone being able to draw money from your account (and body) without you even knowing it.
2. How much personal information can be stored on a a chip, and how can outside entities (government, advertisers, information traders, scammers) access this? Would someone be able to find out where you live just by being near you?
3. The more removed from the physical act of financial transactions we are, the easier it is to spend it all. Using actual cash keeps you aware of how much you are spending and how much is left.
4. You would no longer have the freedom to deliberately leave your wallet at home.
5. Of course, there is Revelation 13:16-17. That’s over two billion people who will never get aboard with implanted chips.
6. It’s a lot of hassle for both small businesses and for people who just plain don’t have enough money. Wouldn’t it be better for the future to be the Star Trek model?
I’m sure you can think of other reservations, not the least is the pain involved. While the hook is Warzel’s chip implant, the article has a lot to say about the current state of flux in our digital transaction system. Read the whole thing at Buzzfeed.