Christian LeBlanc of Vancouver is an exchange student in Bangkok. He visited an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and was feeding bananas to the elephants when one of the pachyderms grabbed his camera! the result was a selfie taken by an elephant, or an “elphie.”
"I see a sign that for 50 cents you can feed the elephant. So my girlfriend and I go and buy a basket of bananas and we start feeding the elephant," LeBlanc told CBC News.
"The elephant loves the bananas, so it kind of gets a bit nosy — it grabs at your hands, it tries to take all the bananas. And once we ran out, next thing I knew it was it was grabbing the GoPro."
LeBlanc had turned on the time-lapse feature on his GoPro camera, so it automatically took a picture. As you can see, elephants don’t need a selfie stick because they carry their own extension around all the time! You can see more pictures of LeBlanc’s Thailand adventures at Buzzfeed.
Life along the Regents Canal in London is a delightful experience. You can ride bikes or jog along rows of galleries and cafes. Tourists are fond of seeing it while riding on boats.
Humans enjoy it, but so do ducks. Yet the little birds are a bit more vulnerable to collisions with people and bicycles. So the Canal & River Trust has set aside the inner stretch of pavement along the canal as a designated zone for ducks. They’re marked it with painted silhouettes of ducks. Cassie Werber writes for Quartz:
It’s unlikely, of course, that ducks will stick to the lanes, which serve a largely symbolic function. They’re a visual reminder that we’re all on this path together, and to get pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists to chill out and slow down.
The Canal & River Trust says it is “calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace.”
Vintage Everyday attributes this compelling collection of 17 Native American photographs to famed western historical photographer Edward S. Curtis. These images are said to be part of Curtis' The North American Indian, captured between 1907 and 1930. The photos were an ethnographical study of numerous tribes that Curtis believed to be vanishing peoples in their last days whom he felt were incredibly important to document. See more images from this grouping at Vintage Everyday.
These two teddy bears are the same age. Redditor UsernameIWontRegret explained what happened. His mother bought two identical bears when she had her first child in 1985. One was given to her new son, and the other was put into storage. Thirty years later, the second bear was brought out to give to that son’s first child, a little girl named Claire, who was born today. You can see the effects that a lifetime of love has on a teddy bear. If you doubt that it’s the same model of bear, there are plenty of folks who swore they had the same bear and several people posted pictures of theirs, in various stages of wear. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Yes, this sounds like a clever insurance plan, to have another bear in case the first one was lost. But if that were the case, the second bear would have been substituted when the son lost his beloved bear at Disney World. or used for another child in the same family. UsernameIWontRegret's mother insists that the plan was always to keep the second bear for the first child's first child.
The Japanese publishing house Hakayawa commissioned artist Norko Meguro to design cover images for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The resulting style is immediately recognizable for anime and manga fans. The covers offer fresh takes on characters that fans of both the novels and TV show have grown to love and hate. Pictured above is the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.
Every group of dungeon explorers needs a mage in their party, so he can fling magic missiles to soften up those nasty gnolls and read any magic books you find in treasure chests. However, don't look to the mage for scintillating conversation, because they're normally too busy memorizing spells or learning to speak a demonic language to chat. The only creature that can pull a mage's nose out of his spellbook is the mighty dragon, and if a dragon and mage get to talking you'd better make sure you're on the mage's good side!
Dress up for roleplaying game night with this RPG Rules.Mage t-shirt by Mauro, the fashionable way to declare you've got spellcasting class!
Kuma Films calls them the "Dynamic Diabolic Duo." They're a pair of yoyo masters in Taipei who have amazing control over their instruments. The yoyos fly through the air flawlessly, moving exactly where these men want them to.
Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog
Most auto enthusiasts agree that the cars of yesteryear are way cooler looking than those cookie cutter models being produced today, and even the modern throwback models simply cannot compare to the original.
However, the only way to fully appreciate how cool cars used to look, and see how resurrected and updated classic models measure up to the original, is to see them both side-by-side.
The modern Bentley can never compare to the classic (1936?) model featured up top, but the new Ford Shelby Cobra does look like one mean machine. And the Mercedes somehow still manages to look like a million bucks after all these years. Oh yeah, that's because they cost a million bucks!
It was 1919. The aeronautical technologies developed in war would be put to peaceful use in commercial aviation. London needed a proper airport as a central hub for air traffic. The October 18 issue of the Illustrated London News suggested this wacky design: a curved ring resting on top of the skyscrapers of the city.
My mind and my time have been preoccupied this week because my older daughter is graduating from high school this weekend. I’ve been to her art show, awards ceremony, spring concert, banquets, parties, the baccalaureate service, and still have more to come. We’ve assembled a dress, mortarboard, tassel, gown, stole, and honor cords to wear. And that song, seemingly endless as a class of 200 slowly enters, keeps going through my head. You know the song.
The graduation song is often referred to as "Pomp and Circumstance," but it's actually a small piece of Sir Edward Elgar's 1901 composition "March No. 1 in D Major," part of his "Pomp and Circumstance Military March" series that spanned nearly 30 years of his career.
How did a British military march become a staple of American graduations? In 1905, Elgar received an invitation to come to Yale's commencement and receive an honorary doctorate. To honor their guest, Yale officials had the New Haven Symphony Orchestra play parts of Elgar's compositions as students marched in and out of the ceremony. People enjoyed the tune so much that it soon spread to other schools' graduations. (And just as importantly, it eventually became "Macho Man" Randy Savage's entrance music in the WWF.)
Rocky was supposed to end with Balboa taking the big payola and throwing the fight against Apollo Creed, and Clerks originally ended with Dante being shot to death by an armed robber. Sometimes a script change is a good thing!
Blacksmiths in the town of Nuanquan, China, throw molten metal in the air in a dangerous display of light and skill. It’s all part of the entertainment and celebration of the Da Shuhua festival, part of the New Year celebration.
Taking place on the 15th day of the New Year celebrations, the legendary Da Shuhua event sees resident blacksmiths hurl molten metal against a cold brick wall, generating a spectacular avalanche of sparks that engulfs the men as though they are standing in the middle of exploding fireworks.
The custom dates back approximately three centuries to a time when the town was full of metal workers. During the annual Lantern Festival, rich locals would set off fireworks as a means of ritually banishing demons. Meanwhile, poorer blacksmiths, who could not afford to purchase fireworks, took to throwing liquid metal instead.
If you would've told me 20 years ago that the internet age would feature silly stories about the real color of a dress and a guy raising way too much money to make a potato salad going wildfire viral I would have called you crazy.
But you would have been right, and the internet is a much sillier, stranger, stupider and more ridiculous place than those of us who were online 20 years ago could have ever imagined.
No matter how remote the possibility, the thought of being buried alive is ghastly. It’s not so much the fear of death as it is the fear of waking up trapped in a grave. Once that fear takes hold of one’s consciousness, it can become an obsession. Taphephobia, as it is called, is not so rampant in the era of modern medical care, but for some folks in the past, it was terrifying. Hans Christian Andersen suffered from taphephobia, which only became worse when he fell ill.
According to his biographer Jackie Wullschlager, Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen was deathly afraid of being buried alive. He spent his final days at the home of his friends Dorothea and Moritz Melchior in Copenhagen, and as the end neared, begged Dorothea to cut his veins after he’d breathed what appeared to be his last breath. Dorothea “joked that he could do as he had often done, and leave a note saying ‘I only appear to be dead' beside him.”
The note was a fixture of Andersen’s bedside table—some say he even wore it around his neck. Andersen was more than a little neurotic, and being buried alive was far from his only fear. According to Wullschlager, he also traveled with a rope in his luggage because he was afraid of fire, was terrified of dogs, and refused to eat pork out of fear of trichinosis.
He was the darling of the avant garde art world, the madman with a moustache who warped our minds with his paintings and made us smile with his artsy antics. He's Salvador Dali- the Spanish master of Surrealism who left an indelible mark on the world of fine art and an unfading impression on admirers of his twisted brilliance. He once said "intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings", and boy did ol' Sal let his brain feathers fly!
Celebrate your favorite painter in style with this Dali t-shirt by CreoTuMundo, it's a fun way to make sure Salvador Dali is always on (in) your heart!
Disney princesses may not be the best role models for young folks, and they might not be the golden goddesses of morality they’re made out to be, but they do one thing really well- represent different stages of our lives.
From the early days of wide eyed babyhood to the jaded, cynical thirtysomething years of drudgery and boredom, there's a Disney princesses that accurately represents every stage of our lives, at least according to cartoonist Paul Westover.
As someone who learned the joys of hermitizing in my thirties I definitely relate to Elsa, and even though I don't have power over the cold my fridge has a built in ice maker!
Dave Letterman’s final show aired last night. He pulled out all the stops for the show, including a star-studded final Top Ten List. His favorite guests from over the years each came out to tell the "Top Ten Things I’ve Wanted to Say to Dave.”
Her anthropomorphic wax creations are available in: "Disgusted," "Happy," and simply "Candle with Ears." They are made out of one or more of the following: eco soya wax, fragrance, microcrystalline wax, and/or general angst.
As a modern person, you must regularly update your social media following by taking pictures of yourself. A minimum of once an hour is necessary in order to be a functional adult.
Selfie sticks may seem like a great way to add creativity to this tiresome chore. But they're actually dangerous. This satirical PSA is a commercial from Pizza Hut that describes the psychological damage that selfie sticks inflict on you and the physiological damage they inflict on people around you.
In all the conversations, chats, talks we all have regularly with all our friends and pals and acquaintances, we hardly ever communicate about "our motto.” I would have to assume that most people just simply do not have a motto.
I do think everyone, whether they realize it or not, has a philosophy of life and basic rules of how they conduct themselves. I guess if they had a motto, it would reflect these. And of course, a person's motto would reflect the person, him or her self.
Let's take a look at the actual mottos of 30 well-known people.
Julie Andrews: "When in doubt, stand still.”
Hugh Hefner: "This above all: to thine own self be true.”
Shirley MacLaine: "I am part of god in light.”
Brian Wilson: “Be cool.”
Yoko Ono: “Keep smiling and maybe you'll get something to smile about.”
Ted Kennedy: “The dream shall never die.”
Ray Charles: “God helps those who help themselves.”
Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Alan Sanford, 18, was on board the destroyer USS Ward. That ship guarded the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Lookouts spotted a strange, cylindrical object in the water. It was a Japanese mini-submarine.
The captain, woken from sleep, ordered the ship to speed and prepare to ram the sub. Seaman Sanford was among a gun crew getting ready to fire at the object.
On the opening day of the war, 75 minutes before Japanese warplanes swarmed over the anchored fleet at Pearl Harbor, Seaman Sanford and his colleagues opened fire at the submarine. These were the first American shots of the war. The Wall Street Journal describes the encounter:
Mr. Sanford and the other crewmen on the bow gun fired at a range of about 100 yards. He watched the round leave the barrel and barely miss the conning tower. “I thought if it had another coat of paint on the sub, it might have activated the graze fuze,” which detonates when a shell suddenly slows down, Mr. Sanford said in the park service interview. “That’s how close I think we came.”
A second gun crew on the Ward fired next, punching a four-inch hole in the starboard side of the conning tower as the destroyer steamed past the sub at a range of about 50 yards. The destroyer followed up with four depth charges. Sea water poured in through the shell hole, the submarine rolled to starboard, and sank in 1,200 feet of water, according to the captain’s report and historians.
Seaman Sanford served through the end of the war. Then he studied mechanical engineering and later worked on the Apollo space program. He died in January at the age of 91 and was buried on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Forty-nine students in an animation class at the University of Newcastle drew Taylor Swift’s video for the song “Shake It Off.” They each were assigned to rotoscope 52 frames and give it their own style.
Nevermind population or GDP. Those metrics aren't important. This map by Jody Sieradzki of Dadaviz Research shows what matters in political geography: the hair colors of the heads of government around the world.
Blondes thrive in northern Europe and baldness prospers in Africa. There's a sweep of grey hair around the middle of the world. Sadly, no leader has hair dyed in a non-natural color. It would be nice to add some pastels to the map.
Who doesn't know and love the late 1960s show, The Monkees, or at the very least have their theme song stuck in their head now ("Hey, hey, we're the Monkees!")?
8-year-old Dylan Reitz wasn't monkeying around when he created The Monkees TV show opening sequence with his toys. He really went the extra mile to make it, pulling out his LEGO bricks, stuffed animals, and fingerboards. He even built a red Monkeemobile!
This video compares the original opening (in the small box at the bottom) to the one that I created. I tried to get it as close to the original as possible. It wasn't easy.
How can you make Oreos even more Oreo-y? Amy of the wonderful food blog Oh, Bite It! Shows you with her latest recipe. She wrapped Double Stuff Oreos with canned biscuit dough, then deep fried them until they were a rich shade of golden brown. Then she covered them with a glaze that she made with white Oreo stuffing. Now they’re ready to eat—although I would recommend serving them on a tasteful bed of Oreo cookies.
They're not your ordinary family, heck they're not even related, but Slade and Wade do have a lot in common- they're mercenaries for hire, they wear cool masks and they're both terminators who like to shoot things to death! Imagine how unstoppable the Wilsons would be if they ever teamed up, but alas they're from separate universes and crossovers are few and far between...
This The Wilsons t-shirt by Shoden is a stroke of genius, and people will marvel at your geeky style from DC to Lian Yu, so pool your resources together and bring home this amazing body armor today! (Please note- this t-shirt will neither stop bullets nor deflect katana chops, wearer's safety not guaranteed when facing deranged mercs with big mouths!)