Whether you’re a true fan of the genre or not, you have to admit that a good epic Western adventure is pure escape from the trials and trivia of modern day life. This supercut by Robert Jones has only the best ones, featuring John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, Robert Redford, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Gary Cooper, and stars from a few Western comedies you know and love, too. Take three minutes for a nostalgia break with this video. -Thanks, Robert!
Christine Royles, 23, of South Portland, Maine needed a kidney. She took a spot on the national waiting list for a donor kidney, which is over 100,000 patients long. The odds were bad, so in an act of desperation, she wrote a message on the back of her car asking for a kidney.
Ashley Dall-Leighton saw it and responded immediately. The Portland Press Herald quotes her:
“I looked over,” says Ashley Dall-Leighton, “and I go, ‘Oh, my God, that’s the saddest thing I’ve ever read.’ And he’s like, ‘What?’ And I read it out loud, and he said, ‘Did you get the number? Text her right now.'”
Americans find Canadians fascinating in many ways, and even though our neighbors to the north are way more like us than many ‘Mericans would like to admit we're fascinated by the differences in our cultures.
Bob and Doug taught us when to use words like “hoser” and “beauty”, and to follow up most sentences with “eh?!”, but most Canadian slang eludes Americans because we don’t hear it on a daily basis.
Want to make Canadian slang part of your vocabulary? Check out BuzzFeed’s 15 Real Canadian Slang Terms And What They Mean and get a skookum lesson in Canadian slang, you keener!
UKTV conducted a poll and determined that Benedict Cumberbatch is Britain's yummiest actor. So it commissioned chocolatiers to build this life-size sculpture of the Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star. It consists of over 88 pounds of Belgian chocolate, which is about 33% cocoa. It took about 250 hours of work and the results are truly drool-worthy. You can see more photos of it at BuzzFeed.
Mr. T is part tough guy, part motivational speaker and all larger-than-life, and even though he has played some iconic roles during his thirty plus years in showbiz he simply hasn’t been in enough stuff.
Maybe it’s his immutable style, or his gruff method of delivering lines, but whatever the reason Mr. T is a hard hire for projects with scripts sadly missing the stage direction “Mr. T enters and talks about pitying fools".
Luckily we're about to have more T on our TV, because the mohawked macho man is coming back in a new show on DIY Network called I Pity The Tool, where he'll tackle the world of home renovation.
From Clubber Lang to installing concrete countertops, now that's what I call a range of roles!
-Via Boing Boing
It’s called chainsaw ice skating and Erik Sunnerheim is a master of it. A chainsaw smoothly chews through the ice of a frozen lake, pulling him rapidly over it.
This would make a great addition to ice hockey! Players could alternate the use of their chainsaws for propulsion and as hockey sticks. Or they could each hold a chainsaw in one hand and a hockey stick in the other. Let’s try it! Here, hold my beer.
See, trees have knots, and the cat is on, or in, one. The fact that it’s a standard overhand knot is just plain weird. We don’t know the provenance of this picture, as it has been shared on Pinterest more than anywhere else. The caption style makes it appear to be quite old. But isn’t it a delight? -via Arbroath
Nintendo has created their own signature brand of strange during their thirty plus years in the video game business, and yet even they have cancelled games because they were just too strange to sell.
Games like Donkey Kong's Fun With Music and Super Mario Spikers had all the right faces, and yet they didn't properly fit into the mainstream Nintendo universe, deemed too weird to sell.
And then there's Mike Tyson's Intergalactic Power Punch, a game that sounds like a great follow up on paper but actually stunk worse than Venusian slime when playtested. It's a shame Intergalactic Power Punch never got off the ground, because we finally could have played as Tyson!
The Lumpy Space Princess was born with all her lovely lady lumps, so she's had time to figure out how to work what she's got and drive the guys wild! It's not every day that some ordinary guy from a candy kingdom gets to talk to an actual alien princess, and when she's also delightfully lumpy it's like a two-for-one for some lucky dude! The only guy who doesn't seem swayed by her lovely lady lumps is Finn, but that's because he likes those stuck up skinny girls who do science and stuff, and he doesn't realize what an adventure he's missing!
Isn't it time you brought some lumps to your geeky wardrobe? With this You Can't Handle These Lumps t-shirt by Guicanoide you can get all lumpy and make your fellow fans turn purple with envy!
|The Last Human||It's Zelda Time||Gangsta Gunter|
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From a confidential Transportation Security Administration document that was leaked to The Intercept by, according to them, "a source concerned about the quality of the program," comes this checklist of behaviors said by the TSA to be indicative of possible terrorist activity. The checklist is a guide for TSA agents to score suspects at the airport. It is part of a controversial protocol called SPOT, an acronym that stands for Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques. Each behavior on the checklist that is identified in a suspect scores them "points."
Part of the list of behaviors reads as follows:
- Excessive Throat Clearing
- Exaggerated Yawning
After flying home from my last vacation still suffering from the remnants of a virus, its safe to say I could have been classified as dangerous based on those two behaviors alone.
Read more on this story and see copies of the TSA documents in question, which include the other behaviors that mark airline passengers as suspicious, at The Intercept.
Gonzo is a strange creature who enjoys doing strange things, but when your species is simply known as “whatever” you're bound to be a pretty open minded pers....err, thing.
Gonzo enjoys singing and dancing, so a song from the 90s about a dance that's "supposed to look like a fit or a convulsion" sounds like a perfect fit for the most famous "whatever" ever!
Gonzo really seems to enjoy doing the Humpty Dance in this new mashup video by Mylo The Cat, as he has finally found a song freaky enough to impress his fellow weirdos!
-Via Huffington Post
Mental_floss takes a closer look at pigs in this week’s List Show. Why pigs? Because every time someone mentions pork, they have to put money in the piggy bank, and it’s time to fill the bank to finance a party. But there have been some pretty interesting pigs in our history, and fascinating facts about our delicious porcine livestock. And since it’s April Fool’s Day, they thought it would be nice to have a really silly subject. Still interesting.
Measuring stuff can be an ordeal, what with the 2.54 centimeters in an inch and the 453.592 grams in a pound, but if you think the differences between U.S. customary and metric are wacky you've never tried to measure the amount of land a single person behind a single oxen can till "in the morning hours."
At least the units used by the two main systems of measurement make sense, but how the heck did people use “a cow’s grass”, aka the amount of grazing land needed to feed a single cow, as a unit of measurement?
And if you think that’s hard to wrap your head around try measuring the difference in shoe sizes by The Barleycorn, which originally stood for the size of a corn of barley but has since been standardized to 1/3 of an inch. The Barleycorn must die!
You’re lying in bed, tired. But you’re also hungry. That’s a problem, unless you’re sleeping on The Gummy Bear Mattress, a special queen size mattress commissioned by furniture supplier Craig’s Beds. The company made it in collaboration with Twelv magazine using over 26,000 gummy bears. Craig’s Beds insists that the bears are hibernating, so it’s safe to sleep on them. It hopes to use the mattress to promote its new Summerfield mattress.
Studio 54 made a name for itself by being the kind of place where anything goes, and the trendy New York nightclub was known for playing host to some of the most famous faces of the day.
These people didn’t necessarily want their picture taken while partaking of all the fun Studio 54 had to offer, but there were artists and photographers present who blended right in with the club’s star studded clientele.
One shutterbug who totally dug that Studio 54 vibe was named Hasse Persson, and he was there to capture it all and document the club's microcosm of reality. Unfortunately Hasse’s photos were never published and therefore never shared with the curious world...until now.
Max Strom's new book Studio 54 features never before published photographs by Hasse Persson, images that immortalize some of the amazingly rare moments that took place at Studio 54, like Andy Warhol acting like a goofball!
See more of Hasse's Studio 54 photos over at Juxtapoz (Warning- some images contain nudity)
Imgur user MorbidMalignant made a series of infographics that give credit where credit is due in terms of zombie and people killing on The Walking Dead. The carnage fest is such fun to watch that viewers may have lost count, so these graphics are a handy guide to the slaughter. The top nine killers of Season One are below; the rest of the graphics and stats on the top ten killers from the remaining seasons are here.
Some monks sit and read old bible verses all day, some sit in silence and pray for the world’s sins, and then there are those monks who train both their bodies and their spirits to become mighty enlightened.
These monks become total badasses who can accomplish physical feats that seem impossible by normal human standards, their body conditioning pushing the limits of the human body to the very edge.
Check out this video of a Shaolin monk who has trained his body to become an ultimate tool of awesomeness- he's able to withstand just about anything his sparring partner throws at him, including a drill to the head. (Warning- totally intense!)
[Ed. note: In 2013, Eddie Deezen brought us A Few Things You Might Not Have Known About Abraham Lincoln. As Lincoln led a well-documented and interesting life, here is a completely new list of more trivia about President Lincoln.]
Perhaps our most beloved and revered U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln was our 16th commander-in-chief. As most of us know, Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated. He was also our first bearded U.S. president.
He also managed to get our country through the Civil War, the bloodiest-ever war in our nation's history. Although critics and revisionists may question his intentions, it is apparent to most people that Lincoln was instrumental in the ending of the horrible institution of slavery in america. Lincoln was, by all accounts, a brilliant man, a gifted writer and a captivating public speaker. Alright, let's take a look at a few facts you may not have known about Mr. Abraham Lincoln.
* When Lincoln was nine, a horse kicked him in the forehead while he was in the middle of a sentence. He fell unconscious for several hours and when he awoke, his first words were the completion of the sentence he had been saying when the horse kicked him.
* Lincoln was a licensed bartender. He owned a saloon before becoming president.
* Lincoln and his future assassin, John Wilkes Booth, were photographed together at Lincoln's inauguration.
(Image credit: Mercury88888888)
* A Union captain once sent Lincoln a mail-order ad for pornographic pictures.
Dig that old VCR out of your closet and plug it in. We’ve got a dusty, worn copy of the classic 80s TV show Breaking Bad. The website Stan’s VHS has cassette boxes for television shows and movies that began long after the VHS era was over. Check out similar covers for Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, and Gravity:
Moustaches are manly but not that scary, but as soon as they become part of a beard the whole hairy look becomes utterly terrifying, that is if you're a villain. Sometimes they get scared because the man behind the beard is a cold hearted badass, other times they're terrified by the thought of all that mystical power concealed within a guy's gray shaggy beard, and then there's the Wolverine. He's such a stud that he doesn't need a moustache or beard hairs in the middle of his chin to make a statement, his claws do all the talking for him!
Spread awareness about the power of facial hair with this Fear The Beard t-shirt by Butnyes, which can also be used as a field guide to personality types in the urban jungle.
|My Seven Stars||I'm Not A Hero||Darth Cyberman||Clockwork Eye|
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Poor little R2. Not only are his words eternally censored, he's also stuck rolling around on some wheeled legs that are useless in the heat of battle. Now, thanks to Yamaguchi Katuhisa, he can finally live out his fantasies of being the butt-kicking machine he always wanted to be.
It's about time the little droid got to express himself and defend his friends! Of course, leave it to c-3P0 to turn a little robot's dreams into something mildly distrubing.
Via Nerd Approved
Attack On Titan is one of the most deliciously dark anime series ever created, and fans of the show have been creating mashups and parodies based on the show’s epic theme song since well before it made its way to the U.S.
Some simply added the theme song to a preexisting video and created a unique mashup, while others created their own brand of awesomeness to fit the song, an original creation that visually captures the spirit of the show:
Even though that video had nothing to do with skinless giants stomping around and chomping on people it still captured the spirit of the show perfectly, and it featured a squad of flying Toads!
The bold and brassy Jayne Cobb from Firefly famously wore a ridiculous orange beanie hat because “a man walks down the street in that hat--people know he's not afraid of anything.” Jayne would have done better to wear this crocheted dress by cosplayer Laura of Rebel Among The Stars. She plans to wear it to the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.
You may remember a previous work by Laura that we’ve featured. She once made a full-length dress that looks like the Fourth Doctor’s scarf.
We love cosplay, but let's face it -sometimes you just want to dress up girly without applying a ton of uncomfortable accessories. For those occassions, may I suggest Darling Amy's absolutely adorable cosplay kimonos.
These lolita-style dresses are all decked out in with some of our favorite geek character's iconic looks. They're the perfect blend of comfy and cute.
Via Geek Girls
Last week, there was a huge forest fire near Valparaiso, Chile. A mama dog found a way to save all 9 of her young puppies. She buried them in a hole, which protected them from the fire. Rescue workers found them there. The puppies are all in good health and are back with their mother. This video shows the moment of their rescue from the hole:
-via Lost at E minor
I'm not sure if you guys know this or not, but Han Burgundy, aka Ron Solo, is kind of a big deal. People know him. He's smuggled many leather-bound books and his ship smells of space mohogany.
Who would have guessed that my favorite smuggler and my favorite anchorman could work so darn well together? Only Spaceboycomics, I guess.
A cat is a musical instrument! Matthew Serge Guy’s cat in particular is highly playable. Open the Catcordion in another tab or window. You can play the keys by tapping on them with your pointer. You can also compress or extend the bellows by reducing and expanding the window of your web browser horizontally. Try it!
-via Dave Barry
Pirates Of The Caribbean is one of Disneyland's most popular rides, and even though the story inside the ride has been whitewashed and given a Depp makeover in recent years it's still a fan favorite.
Walt Disney personally supervised the creation of the ride to ensure everything looked and felt right, but he originally intended for Pirates to be a wax museum type attraction.
The animatronics in It's A Small World and Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln were such a big hit at the 1964 World's Fair that Disney changed gears and made Pirates the animatronic heavy ride it is today.
Walt changed his mind about the Blue Bayou restaurant as well- it was originally going to include pirate themed dinner theater performances, which he cancelled after one dress rehearsal.
Spring, when a young droid’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love! R2D2 falls head over heels for a pretty postal service drop box. She’s a bit shy, but our favorite Star Wars character is determined to win her over. Will there be a happy ending for our mechanical friend? -via Geeks Are Sexy