Nowadays people are digitizing their entire media collections, so the files can be stored on external hard drives, memory cards and media devices rather than having a bunch of CDs and DVDs cluttering up their lives.
Some of those hard copies we’d rather live without are worth a bundle, but most are pretty much worthless at this point in time, and so they end up being donated or simply tossed out.
Can you guess what animal is cooked in this special sandwich?
The café at the Japanese science museum Orbi Yokohama is noted for its surprising hamburgers, such as one that looks like the Earth. That museum, in conjunction with the nearby Sunshine Aquarium, held an exhibit on poisonous and venomous animals, including frogs. After looking at poisonous frogs, you’re invited to eat a presumably non-poisonous one. You read more about it at Rocket News 24.
What we know as rock ’n’ roll was not born, nor was it invented, in any particular place or time. It evolved out of different music genres that were played by all kinds of people early in the 20th century, most who never recorded their music. Author and photograph collector Jim Linderman wrote a book called The Birth of Rock and Roll that includes many found photographs of the types of musicians who contributed to what eventually became known as rock ’n’ roll music.
“We have this notion that rock ’n’ roll started in Memphis in 1955, and it really didn’t,” Linderman says. “Bob Wills was playing in the ’30s and ’40s in Oklahoma, and Chuck Berry modeled ‘Maybellene’ on a Bob Wills song. The roots of rock go back a lot further than we realize. It came from the church, from vaudeville, from the music played in after-hours clubs, from juke joints. Some of it came from Ireland. It’s such a conglomeration, and that diversity is the real back story of rock ’n’ roll. Without any trouble at all, I was able to include people of all races in this book. I was able to show the melting pot in America, which came together to create this phenomenon.
“I was especially happy to be able to include so many women performers, because they never got their due,” he continues. “Which is why we don’t know who they are now. I love being able to illustrate how broad the music used to be, because now it’s so narrow and pigeonholed. It seems we’ve lost some of the breadth that used to be there.”
It’s been 50 years since The Sound of Music opened in theaters. You know the songs, you might recall the story, and now it’s time to learn a few things about the making of the film. Starring Julie Andrews, it is loosely based on the autobiography of the real Maria von Trapp. And it wasn’t an easy film shoot.
1. Julie Andrews Kept Falling Over During The Mountain Scene.
The opening scene of Andrews twirling on the mountaintop may look effortless, but it was anything but. Not only was it raining and cold throughout production, the helicopter kept knocking Andrews over. “This was a jet helicopter,” she said. “And the down draft from those jets was so strong that every time … the helicopter circled around me and the down draft just flattened me into the grass. And I mean flattened. It was fine for a couple of takes, but after that you begin to get just a little bit angry… And I really tried. I mean, I braced myself, I thought, ‘It’s not going to get me this time.’ And every single time, I bit the dust.”
7. Andrews Kept Giggling During The Love Scene.
When Maria and Captain von Trapp declare their love in the gazebo, Andrews and Plummer had to stand close together and sing “Something Good.” But the romance was interrupted when the lights above them made rude noises that caused Andrews to giggle. “Christopher would be looking into my eyes and saying 'Oh Maria I love you,' and there’d be this awful raspberry coming from the lights above us,” Andrews said. Finally, director Robert Wise turned the lights off and filmed the scene in silhouette.
Just those two tidbits ought to give you something to think about the next time you watch those scenes. The children didn’t fare much better, between growth spurts, injuries, and trauma. Read the rest of the trivia list about The Sound of Music at mental_floss.
For decades the maneki-neko has brought us good luck and beckoned us to come closer, but ever since that cute little kittie discovered heavy metal he's been throwing up devil horns and banging heads! He used to call you closer, but now you don't want to get too close or you might catch a spike in the eye. Maneki-neko looks good with a metal style, but somebody needs to show him how to apply a proper corpse paint to his face!
Bring some heavy metal cattitude to your geeky wardrobe with this Maneki Metal t-shirt by Paula Garcia, it's the rockin' fun way to spread smiles wherever you go!
For more than 30 years, Jean-Claude Van Damme has been a compelling action movie star. He's made thrilling scenes of danger and violence. This path inevitably led him to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. YouTube user TechPony digitally added him to the grisly combat scene at the climax of the episode "A Canterlot Wedding." Now the action team Mane 6 has all of the firepower needed to overwhelm Queen Chrysalis's changeling invaders.
Simon Singh, author of The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets, told a literary festival audience that the series is staffed by writers with an interest in maths.
The Simpsons is the most mathematical TV show on prime-time television in history. A lot of the writers on The Simpsons are mathematicians," he said.
"That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson. If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that's only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is.
"It's kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered."
When I encountered this story, it struck me as suspiciously too good to be true. It may turn out false as many astonishing science news stories do. But note that Simon Singh has a doctorate in particle physics, so presumably he knows what he’s talking about.
Kubrick's once controversial 1972 film A Clockwork Orange is filled with more than a bit of the old ultraviolence. Some love the colorful film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 dystopian novel, some don't, to put it mildly. Malcolm McDowell, who played protagonist Alex DeLarge, did an excellent job with the role, and many scenes are unforgettable.
Any fan of Kubrick knows that on his film sets, there was a ton of discussion and downtime for many of the actors as he obsessed over one detail or another in between hundreds of takes. This photo collection at Dangerous Minds features some great behind-the-scenes captures from the film shoot. Put on some Ludwig Van and come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles. (Warning: NSFW, nudity and sexual imagery.)
Think of an extremely rich, well-connected, and handsome man who has a hidden other life, with a secret lair full of gadgets. A man who likes to dress up in black rubber and frighten people. A double life that no one in his day-to-day business suspects. Christian Grey or Bruce Wayne? They are one and the same in this mashup by Josh Meeter. If the movie Fifty Shades of Grey were more like this, they would have doubled or tripled the ticket sales. The Dark Knight made $351 million in its first two weeks; Fifty Shades of Grey, $137 million. -via Uproxx
In a surprising turn of events, the jar in question was inaccurately labeled!
Police in Lincoln, Nebraska arrested a man for suspicion of drunk driving. While searching his car, they found under the passenger seat a 16-ounce container. It was marked “Not Weed.” To their shock, there were 11.4 grams of marijuana inside.
Harriet Murmer was scheduled to testify against her ex-husband, a capo in the Domino crime family. The FBI had to keep their witness safe and they chose the Convent of Perpetual Solitude, a walled, all-women enclave in the heart of Manhattan. It was perfect. No self-respecting mobster would dare shoot up a community of nuns.
On the second week of Harriet's stay, the FBI's confidence was shattered—as was their case, as was Harriet's skull—by a shell from a .44 magnum. Just as the sisters were gathering for evening vespers, a gunshot echoed through the convent's stone archways. Sister Margaret Mary announced the news. Her tight, starched collar bobbed up and down as she gulped. "Ms. Murmer is dead."
The FBI found their witness in her room on the third floor. "I don't know how an assassin could have gotten in and out without anyone seeing him." Mother Superior shivered.
"Maybe he didn't get in and out," special agent McCormack replied. "Have any new sisters arrived recently?"
Pi Day is nearly upon us again, but this year it takes on its most epic form ever as we celebrate Pi to the tenth number on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53, the most epic second ever!
If you're looking for a new way to celebrate Pi Day then head over to the NeatoShop and pick up one of these epic, and totally mathematical, Pi Day t-shirts. It's the kind of day that only comes around once a century, so you'd better make that epic second count!
Not that I really want to run a free advertisement, but every once in a while the entertainment value is well worth it. This is just a GEICO ad -at least the first 12 seconds. But it appears that they felt the need to fill up a minute of time anyway, so after the ad is when the fun begins! Because that’s when the dog takes the stage -or the dining room, in this case. Therefore, you can consider this a cute dog video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The workforce in Japan is known for dealing with long and brutal hours. Salaried employees have little time for a life outside of work. In this footage, a man who calls himself "Stu in Tokyo" visits the city and arranges to experience being a salaried worker there. I am exhausted just watching him. What a soul crushing life that would be! It makes me grateful for any free time that I have. -Via Viral Viral Videos
The god of thunder returned to Earth in a new form sleeker and more streamlined than that bulky old frame, and despite the leering and jeering from those who knew Thor when she was a he this new body suited the Asgardian well. It took Thor a while to adjust to the additions and subtractions of the new body, the strengths and weaknesses versus the old, but once Thor stopped feeling like a turtle in a shell he found that his foes fell before him just as fast as before...
Show off the thunder god's new look with this Lady Thor (Full Color) t-shirt by SilverBaX, it's sure to electrify your fellow comic book fans!
The 1980s was a glorious time for cinema. Audiences could swoon over soaring science fiction epics like Dune and Return of the Jedi. It was also a high time for fantasy film making. Leah Schnelbach of Tor has ranked 18 of them. They include some of my favorites of the genre, including Krull, Conan the Barbarian, and The Beastmaster.
Krull is a sadly neglected work that has not received the attention that it deserves. It is not a truly great movie, but it is consistently entertaining. I became enamored of it in my youth. By the time I was 16, I had watched it so many times that I could recite the dialogue from memory.
What movies on the list do you like? Are there any films you would add to it?
Every year around this time the entire entertainment industry, and the entire city of Los Angeles, prepares for the onset of awards season, with the Oscars being the granddaddy of them all.
It's not uncommon to see tuxedo clad winners heading out for a night on the town, celebrating their victory with Oscar in hand. But do you actually need to win an Oscar to celebrate like an Oscar winner?
All you need is a winning attitude and a replica Oscar statue (sold on Hollywood Blvd. in souvenir shops for around $19.95) and people will hook you up with all the free crap (and public adoration) you can handle, including a car!
by M.V. Simkin and V.P. Roychowdhury Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Recently we discovered [see cond-mat/0212043] that the majority of citations in scientific papers are simply copied from the lists of references that appear in other papers. Here we show that a model, in which a scientist picks three random papers, cites them, and also copies a quarter of their references accounts quantitatively for empirically observed citation distribution. Simple mathematical probability, not genius, can explain why some papers are cited a lot more than the other.
Greatness? Or Just Simple Probability? During the “Manhattan Project” (in which scientists created the first nuclear bomb), Enrico Fermi, the physicist, asked General Groves, the head of the project: “What is the definition of a ‘great’ general?”.1 Groves replied that any general who had won five battles in a row might safely be called great. Fermi then asked how many generals are great. Groves said about three out of every hundred. Fermi conjectured that, considering that opposing forces for most battles are roughly equal in strength, the chance of winning one battle is 1/2, and the chance of winning five battles in a row is 1/25=1/32.
“So you are right General,” said Enrico Fermi. “About three out of every hundred. Mathematical probability, not genius.”
The existence of military genius was also questioned on basic philosophical grounds by Tolstoy.2
Greatness in Science: Your Papers Are Cited a Lot A commonly accepted measure of “greatness” for scientists is the number of times other people cite their papers.3 For example, SPIRES, the High-Energy Physics literature database, divides papers into six categories according to the number of citations they receive. The top category, “Renowned Papers” lists those with 500 or more citations.
Let us have a look at the citations to roughly 24 thousands papers, published in Physical Review D in 1975-1994.4 As of 1997 there where about 350 thousands of such citations: fifteen per published paper on the average. However, forty-four papers were cited five hundred times or more. Could this happen if all papers are created equal? If they indeed are, then the chance of being cited is one in 24,000.
Atlanta-based photographer Jason Travis (previously at Neatorama) began his ongoing project Persona in late 2007. At the time, Travis saw it as a way of getting to know people better, including his own friends. The series consists of composite images. Half of the image features a portrait of the subject and the other half reveals the possessions they carry upon leaving home.
What items do you keep with you every day, and what do you think it says about your persona, if anything? View the rest of the series here, and see how the items the photo subjects carry differ from your daily stash.
Adventure Time is the kind of cartoon show that makes you want to share its greatness with the world, and animators are taking note of the show’s themes, art style and character's personalities and incorporating similar elements into their own shows.
But there's one show in the works that's less "influenced by" and more straight up ripoff. It’s called The Legend Of Lucky Pie, and it’s created in the place where all great knockoffs originate- China.
According to the show’s creators it was created to “fight the tacky and trite animated shows usually shown in Chinese media”, and their response to whether it’s an Adventure Time ripoff- “kind of, but not really”. I guess judging whether something's a ripoff or not is a matter of opinion...
This is a photo of the main entrance to the Terence Cardinal Cook-Cathedral Library, a branch of the New York City Public Library. You've never heard of it? That's because it's so underground. If you want to go inside, you'll have to go to the 6 line station located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 50th Street.
According to a New York Times article written in 2010, there's been a library in that spot since 1887. The first one was operated by the Archdiocese of New York. The NYPL has been there since 1992. Corey Kilgannon talked to librarian Anisha Huffman, then the branch manager:
At 2,100 square feet, it is the second smallest of the 90 branches in the New York system, which covers Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island (the Macombs Bridge Library in the Harlem River Houses is 700 square feet). It has little space for desktop computers, so there are 13 laptops. But the Cooke branch has the circulation activity of a much bigger library, officials said.
Ms. Huffman, who commutes on the No. 6 from Upper Manhattan, said the patron pool seemed to reflect the ridership of a typical downtown train in Manhattan: an extreme diversity of ethnicity, wealth, education and occupation. You have the rich and the poor, the soiled and the well scrubbed, all pushed together. The branch also sees tourists from Midtown hotels who check e-mail, print airplane tickets and ask touristy questions.
“It’s funny,” said Alvin Tulshi, a clerk at the library. “One question we get regularly is ‘Where’s the Barnes & Noble?’ ”
Photographer Martin Le-May says he captured this amazing snap of a weasel on the back of a flying woodpecker, the weasel in mid-attack. Le-May said he took the photo while on a walk with his wife. They heard a "distressed squawking," which alerted them to the bird's presence. The photographer said in an interview with ITV News,
"I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.
The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight."
While unusual shots like these are always questioned as to their authenticity, referring site i09 makes the case for this photo being real. See their argument, supplemented with studies and a video, here.
The minions had entered a dark new phase in their superheroic cosplay- the age of Minitron. When Stuart the minion contracted a computer virus while trying to repair the hideout's mainframe he went stark chattering mad, transforming into the villainous robotic organism Mintron. The group wasn't prepared for how seriously Stuart would take his new role, but when Mintron struck down poor Jerry it was up to the rest of the mightiest minions on Earth to avenge their fallen comrade and take down the despicable Minitron once and for all...
Usher in a new age of fun with this Minions Assemble Age Of Mintron t-shirt by TopNotchy, it's more fun than a theater full of minions and people are sure to marvel at this amazing design!