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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  


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Amazing Mid-20th Century Disaster Illustrations By Walter Molino

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.

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The Real Rosie the Riveter Has Been Found

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!


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Two Dudes Build Epic Toilet Paper Forts Inside Walmart

Big box stores like Target and Walmart tend to have a pretty comprehensive security system, with every square inch of the store's interior and exterior monitored by security cameras at all times.

So in order to build your own toilet paper fortress of solitude inside the store you have to be extra sneaky and set up shop within the racks so you can stay hidden from the eye in the sky.

And it doesn't hurt to know the store's employees so they can cover for you.

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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.

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They've built so many toilet paper forts on the sly that it's kinda becoming their "thing", and as long as the requests keep rolling in the JSTU will keep making themselves right at home at Walmart!

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-Via Viralnova


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Three Women Bust a Would-Be Rapist

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.


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Super Dynamic Cooking Time! - Foodie Fight!


Super Dynamic Cooking Time! by Xuco

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.

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Canada's Most Notorious Crow Steals Police Evidence

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.

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What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money

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.

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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.

(Image credit: Jared Harrell/BuzzFeed News)


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Kim Jong-Un's Untouched Publicity Photo Leads To Photoshop Perfection

You may think Kim Jong-un themed Photoshop battles have been done to death, and you'd be right.

But sometimes you have to revisit a subject over and over again to reach perfect level Photoshops, and when this super smiley headshot was released and declared untouched by North Korea the Reddits got busy retouching.

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They sent the poor little leader to Bikini Bottom, so he could see how it feels to live in a colorful world of creativity instead of being trapped inside a drab gray world of concrete and forced conformity.

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And then the ultimate transformations began, which left the Supreme Leader unrecognizable and yet somehow more powerful and authoritative than before.

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See Kim Jong-un, this is why you should be embracing technology!

See more from North Korea's New Untouched Photo Of Kim-Jong un Photoshop Battle here

-Via MEME BASE


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Chipmunk Caught Red-Handed

This little chipmunk thought he had stumbled on the perfect treasure trove of food when he found a full bird feeder. Yet he couldn’t shake the feeling he was doing something wrong by taking all those seeds. When confronted by the guy who loaded the feeder, he did the only thing a thief with a conscience would do. He gave it all back.   

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Under enough pressure, a criminal will cough up the goods. Of course, it’s probably just a fear response, but look at how much he had stuffed in those cheeks! -via Arbroath

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Baby Gordon Ramsay

I think I found the new host for Master Chef Junior. 

Claire Dempster posted this adorable picture of her mini-chef on her Twitter account asking Gordon Ramsay if he happened to have been in Wales within the last ten months or so. Best of all, Ramsay himself replied stating that yes, he was actually there about 11 months ago.

Sure, it could just be a coincidence, but with an uncanny resemblance like that, I smell a conspiracy.

Via Thrillist

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The Commute Map

The Commute Map is an interactive graph that shows the flow of commuters in your area. Select a state and county, and whether you want to see the patterns for people who live there or for people who work there. Below the map, you'll see a list of counties where the traffic is coming from or going. You can even select the range, up to 300 miles. The commute to work in Washington, DC, is shown here; apparently no one travels to work in my county. Creator Mark Evans explains more about this visualization at I Like Big Bytes. -via Metafilter


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Stuff No One Told Me Illustrated

There are lots of hoaky posts offering life lessons and advice online, but they're usually just full of quotes supposedly said by famous people and don't really capture our attention.

But Alex Noriega isn't a celebrity or professional life coach, he's just an illustrator who enjoys creating and sharing little visual info nuggets with cartoon flair he calls Stuff No One Told Me. (Contains NSFW language)

Some of Alex's observations really hit home, others are too silly to be taken seriously, but the cartoon art is always cool so enjoy these nuggets with a grain of philosophical salt.

See more from Stuff No One Told Me here (contains NSFW language)


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Un-Melting Things

Let’s Melt This is a YouTube channel that shows various things melting. This one a switch-up, where they show the videos in reverse. It’s neat because instead of being destructive, it looks constructive. Also, some of the things are completely unidentifiable melted, so we get to guess what they are as the video rolls.

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The only part I don’t like is that the music is backwards, too. If that  bugs you, turn the volume down, or mute it. -via Laughing Squid


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Artist Turns Old Mattresses into Giant Foods

Recently, French street artist Lor-K has been cutting, shaping, and painting old mattresses so that they look like giant versions of common foods. If you've ever wanted a slice of pizza that's big enough to be a complete meal, she can provide it!

Lor-K calls the project Eat Me.

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Cité Mémoire

Montreal is marking the 375th anniversary of its founding in 1641. One of the ways the city is celebrating is with projection art that tells stories from the city’s history. Cité Mémoire (Memory City) consists of 18 installations, projected on buildings, roads, and even trees. There is audio to go with them, accessible through an app on your mobile device. Juergen Horn and Mike Powell made a video giving us a little taste.

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If it were just short movies projected against the sides of buildings, Cité Mémoire would be cool, but not all that memorable. However, each of the eighteen tableaux has been produced with the utmost artistry. They’re the work of some of Quebec’s most renowned multidisciplinary artists. The projections are poetic, haunting and beautiful, and each one makes perfect use of its individual location.

For example, the tableaux about the 1849 burning of the Parliament is found at the old firehouse in the Place d’Youville. The projection uses a walled-up window on the building to create the illusion of a concerned couple peering outside. You watch along with them as protesters gather in front of the building across the street, which has been illuminated to resemble the Parliament. As it burns, the effect is stunning.

Read more about Cité Mémoire and see lots of pictures at For 91 Days.


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Mei In Wonderland - Time For A Neighborly Adventure!


Mei In Wonderland by zRiSes

When Mei was spirited away to a house in the woods with her dad and sister to await her mom's return from the hospital she pretended they were moving into a castle, where the wind would howl at night so Satsuki would tuck her in real tight. But Mei truly had no idea how big her adventure would be when she went chasing that big puffball Totoro down the rabbit hole...

Alice isn't the only one who can have otherwordly adventures as you can see on this Mei In Wonderland t-shirt by zRiSes, slip it on and it'll make your life feel just a bit more magical!

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Cheetah with a GoPro

The folks at the Cincinnati Zoo outfitted Savanna the cheetah (previously at Neatorama) with a GoPro camera on her back. She probably wouldn’t have liked one on her head, and you really can’t force a wild cat to do something they don’t want to. Watching her zoom around the compound with this point of view is terrifying, kind of like riding in the car with your 16-year-old driving.    

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When they go to slow-motion, you really get a sense of how fast they run. I couldn’t even keep up with a cheetah in slow motion! But then again, if a wild predator were chasing me, I might surprise myself. -via Tastefully Offensive

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This Is What The Residential Areas In The World's Largest Cities Look Like

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Megacities aren't just settings for sci-fi novels or places where Judges like Dredd enforce the law- they're massive cities like Tokyo, Delhi or Shanghai where more than 10 million people live in a space never meant to hold so many people.

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And when the crowding gets crazy in the megacity builders start building straight up into the sky, erecting the massive buildings which will house millions.

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It's not hard to find the residential centers in a major city, just head to the edge of town far from the tourist attractions and look for the hive of identical structures the tourism department doesn't want you to see.

(London - Image Link)

See Here's What The Residential Areas Of The World's Megacities Look Like here


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Getting High

In 1999, a horrified mother took this picture of her daughter just before telling her to come down. The redditor with a NSFW name posted it and explained what kind of childhood she led.

The trick we came up with was to spit on our hands and feet and rub it in so they were kind of sticky (gross, I know). I basically just shimmied up like a bear cub. I remember having to take a pretty long breather about halfway up. Childhood is a hell of a drug.

Haha she had the camera in one hand and the phone in the other, ready to call for help if I fell. She said she didn't want to yell or panic because she thought it would scare me and I would fall. So she acted supportive then asked me nicely to come down and when I did I got a stern talking to about safety.

My mom got many a call from the neighbors saying, "do you know where your daughter is?" and she would say, "probably very high up in a tree. Call me back if she falls."

Yeah, as a girl wanting to be tough like the boys in my neighborhood I wound up getting hurt pretty often. I once climbed onto the cross beam of a playground swing set and thanks to a group of kids chanting "jump jump jump," I did, landed on my butt, kneed myself in the mouth, and broke 4 of my bottom front teeth. Many a bad choice was made.

-via reddit

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Skateboarding in Zero Gravity

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.


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-via Geekologie


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What Questions the 50 States Ask Google

If the most misspelled words by state wasn’t funny enough for you, here’s another chance to be embarrassed to admit which state you’re from. Estately crunched the data and came up with what questions states disproportionately ask in Google searches. See a larger map at the site

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


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Sleek, Modernist Cuckoo Clocks

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.

-via Core77


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Heavy Equipment Used in Liquor Store Smash-and-Grab

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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


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Even on His 99th Birthday, This Barber Is Still Cutting Hair

(Photo: Joe Warner/NJ Advance Media)

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."

-via American Digest


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A Collection Of Comics That Introverts Will Totally Relate To

(Comic via Gemma Correll)

When Myers-Briggs came up with their test to categorize people as either introverted or extroverted they couldn't have known what an impact it would make on the world.

(Comic via find chaffy)

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.

(Comic via Owlturd)

If you're an introvert you'll totally understand these comics and relate to the artist's view of the world.

(Comic via Introvert Doodles)

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.

(Comic via C. Cassandra)

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10 Examples of Cat Logic


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Why does your cat refuse to snuggle with you except at the worst possible times? Why does he prefer to use uncomfortable objects as beds instead of, you know, actual cat beds?

Celebrity cats Cole and Marmalade explain with the help of their hapless human, Chris Poole. Cat behavior makes perfect sense once you strip away human dumbth.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Black Panthera - Spirit Of A Panther God With Claws To Match


Black Panthera by Vincent Trinidad

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!

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The Confusion of Papal Numbering

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.

Then we get started on cases where the church lost count or got someone’s name wrong. All in all, it’s a mess in the historical records. Read all about it right here. -via Metafilter


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Thief Returns Stolen Goods, Leaves Apology Note

(Image: Franklin County Sheriff)

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.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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