As the July 4th holiday nears, it’s time to pull out the movie that ruined the holiday in 1975: Jaws! We cowered in our seats with suspense, even though we didn’t see the shark much at all. That was a great technique -except it wasn’t really the way they wanted to do it.
To pay tribute to the classic American diner, Extra Crispy compiled a list, not of the 50 best diners ranked, but a great diner from each state in the Union. You could easily argue with their choices, because the definition of a “diner” is hard to pin down (you know one when you see it), and chains were excluded. What’s left are people’s opinions on what makes a great diner: hearty food, friendly service, decent prices, and memories. West Virginia’s entry is the Hometown Restaurant in Peterstown.
Peterstown, West Virginia (population 650), which is about a stone’s throw from the Virginia border and right smack in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, has one seriously tasty claim to fame, and that’s Hometown Restaurant. Linda Fox, who opened Hometown nearly 31 years ago, makes nearly everything from scratch, from her signature biscuits and gravy to one of West Virginia’s finest creations: a big bowl of pinto beans topped with chow chow relish served with a wedge of crumbly cornbread. (We don’t call West Virginia “Almost Heaven” for nothing.)
Breakfast is a testament to true soul-satisfying mountain cooking and it’s served all day. Country ham, grits, fried potatoes, and biscuits are always on the menu, as are three different kinds of pan-seared steak to go with your eggs: rib-eye, crispy fried steak, or chopped steak. For something different, get the fried apples over a biscuit, a sweet and savory delicacy that pairs especially well with salty bacon or country ham. Be sure to grab one of Linda’s homemade whole coconut cream pies on your way out (she makes eight different cream pies twice a week), which boast the tallest meringue I’ve ever seen. —Kendra Bailey Morris, author of The Southern Slow Cooker
Check out the list and let us know which ones you’ve been to, and whether they are really that good.
Marvel made their mark on the comic book industry by creating complex characters with lots of depth and storylines adults would enjoy reading nearly as much as the youngsters.
Some of Marvel's characters are so complex it's hard to decide whether they're the good guys or the bad, or an anti-hero purposely bridging the gap between the two sides.
Take Professor X for instance- he's the founder and leader of the X-Men who is responsible for protecting mutants from mankind (and vice versa) so we naturally think of him as a good guy.
And yet we discover the Prof has a dark side when he tries to psychically murder Magneto and instead combines with him to form the super-killer Onslaught.
Plus, during the Deadly Genesis series, we find out Xavier "used the abduction of the original X-Men by the living island Krakoa as an instrument to discard the first-generation X-Men of 1963".
On the other hand, it's hard to tell if Nick Fury is a hero or villain because he walks a thin line between good and bad and never hesitates to put a bullet in anyone, hero or villain, who stands in his way.
But who could have known he would kill an innocent extraterrestrial being just to catch a villain?
Nick Fury's murder of the Watcher Uatu in the Original Sin series proved he is truly Marvel's most morally ambiguous character, a guy who's not afraid to get dark if it means getting his way.
Redditor Jl889 bought a cloth swim diaper for her baby. She checked the washing instructions tag and found that it was designed to be remembered. And not only remembered, but shared. I’m glad to oblige. After a bit of laughter, the discussion on this turned to why it's labeled "chlorine resistant" but you're still told not to bleach it. The concentration of chlorine in a pool and in your laundry is quite different.
Chances are you never looked at a waterfall and thought "that's a place I wanna eat," but after looking at a few photos of the Labassin Waterfall Restaurant in the Philipines you might start feeling that way. This stunning restaurant lets dinners sit at the base of a waterfall and feel the water flow over their feet as they eat. You can even head over to the flow and let it run over you between bites.
Nine-to-fivers sleepily shuffle through their morning routine then commute to work while fighting to stay awake, all so they can sleepwalk through their work day, go home tired and do it all over again.
Maybe we should just stop fighting the robotic nature of the morning routine and add some actual robots to our homes, so we don't have to lift a finger until we're out the front door!
When life is full of crapstorms that muddy up your view of the wondrous world we live in you must learn to wipe it all away and move on. Sometimes you'll find yourself surrounded with crappy people who want to make their muck part of your life, threatening to drown you beneath a pile of their problems, but you've installed wipers and can therefore see through their curtain of crap. You are meant to be a pioneer, a trailblazer, the first person you know who has scaled the mountain of crap that has piled up in their lives and lived to tell about it. Climb past the pile and you'll find the world often smells like roses, but let the pile overtake you and you'll never be rid of the stench...
Don't let life's crap get you down, throw on this You Are Here t-shirt by Benares and smear a smile onto people's faces wherever you go!
The “business class” airline section is supposed to be one step down from first class. The savings over first class are substantial, yet the seating is still luxuriously comfortable. In some airlines, the business class arrangements are more luxurious than first class in others. Pictured above is Virgin Australia’s new business class cabin.
When Virgin Australia recently unveiled its brand new business class cabin the masses immediately took notice, as did the airline’s competitors. The revamped Virgin Australia business class is all about space, comfort, and convenience and it employs the ever-popular reverse herringbone seating configuration. The new seats can extend up to 80 inches long, which is about the size of a queen bed. 18 inch HD media screens, a better gourmet menu, turn down service, and a lounge area that serves cocktails and tasty bites are just a few things that set Virgin Australia’s business class apart. And, just like Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Australia offers complimentary pajamas for business class passengers.
Star Genleah Swain was touring the Lincoln Memorial in Washington and was inspired. The acoustics are good, the feeling was there, so she gave in to a dare from her companions and sang the Star Spangled Banner right there in with a bunch of tourists. And she nailed it.
Thomas Yang, an artist and creative director in Singapore, has a real gift for conveying ideas in new ways. He makes many posters that promote bike-riding, such as one in which he printed the Empire State Building with bike tires.
One of his recent works titled Tour de World advocates bicycling for environmental purposes by re-arranging the nations of the world into the image of a bicycle and rider.
The findings indicate that, in 2006, cats and dogs were associated with approximately 1% of the estimated 8 million fall injuries treated in Emergency Departments and affected persons of all ages. Walking dogs and chasing pets were associated with the greatest number of injuries.
Dogs and Cats as Fall Hazards (2010) “Dogs and Cats as Environmental Fall Hazards,” Judy A. Stevens, S.L. Teh, and Tadesse Haileyesus, Journal of Safety Research, vol. 41, no. 1, February 2010, pp. 69-73. The authors, at the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, report:
Should a driverless car be programmed with ethics? They will have to be. In the hypothetical scenario in which a driver must decide between risking the lives of pedestrians or risking the life of passengers in the car, an autonomous car must make that decision in a split second. Dr. Iyad Rahwan of MIT’s Media Lab is looking at the problem.
To understand that question Dr Rahwan and his team conducted an online survey to see how people feel about cars handling the social dilemma.
Overall they found that people were largely utilitarian, favouring the protection of the greater number of lives. For instance, they would favour the car being programmed to drive into a wall rather than a crowd of people.
Certainly not surprising. However, that sense of utilitarianism didn’t remain when people were asked if they would buy a car with such programming. Instead self interest prevailed for hypothetical buyers preferring to purchase a car that would save themselves even if it meant killing many others.
Yes, it’s always easier to answer hypothetical ethics questions than to contemplate buying a vehicle that may someday decide to kill you in order to save others. That’s the gist of the latest comic from CommitStrip.
Genoa, Italy is a very hilly place, so there are already many lifts and trams that carry passengers, around, up, and down. But what makes the elevator at d'Albertis-Montegalletto Castle novel is that its elevator goes both vertically and horizontally as needed.
To get to the castle, you take the elevator horizontally through a tunnel for about 300 meters. Then the elevator goes up the mountain to the castle.
How does it work? Tom Scott explains that elevators have to move along only one axis to be safe. So the designers of this elevator arranged for the elevator to enter a second one before it makes its ascent. Although it looks like one elevator, mechanically speaking, it's actually two.
What can you say about sausage? That it’s funny because of its phallic shape, that you can’t always know what’s in it (and that’s scary), and just about every culture around the world has it. Sausages vary from place to place, and in different eras, and the variety of force meat in casings means it can even be hard to define.
The ubiquity of the food makes it hard to trace its first moments on Earth; sausages were a solution to a problem that every culture was likely to come up against. “Sausages were created originally for two reasons: One, to make use of every little piece of the meat, so nothing is wasted, and two, by using salt and smoking, it was a way to preserve it,” explains Gary Allen, author of Sausages: A Global History, pointing to the rise of coordinated hunting and the ability to pull down increasingly larger game as one of the conditions that led to the birth of sausages.
Her name is Marta. She's the next generation in pizza chefs. Marta, who is a robot, assembles pizzas, then gives them to another robot named Bruno. Bruno loads the pizzas into an oven where they bake partially--but not all of the way.
The pizzas are then loaded onto delivery trucks. Each truck has 56 ovens. When a computer calculates that the truck is 3 minutes and 15 seconds away from the destination, it turns the oven on.
So when the customer gets the pizza, it's extremely fresh because it just came out of the oven.
This is the business model for Zume, a new startup located 2 minutes away from Google's headquaters in Mountain View, California. Bloomberg News (auto-start) investigated what may the the future of food:
"We are going to be the Amazon of food," said Zume's co-founder and executive chairman, Alex Garden. […]
Garden is confident it won't be long before he's competing with the major pizza chains. "Just imagine Domino's without the labor component," said Garden. "You can start to see how incredibly profitable that can be."
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The public library in White Settlement, Texas, has a cat named Browser who’s lived there for six years. He greets library patrons, scares away mice, and acts as a mascot for the library’s various fundraising activities. But the White Settlement City Council has voted 2-1 to remove the library cat, giving Browser has 30 days to find a new home.
On Tuesday, the White Settlement City Council voted to remove Browser, the cat that has lived in the library for the past six years. This came despite an outpouring of support for the cat. The council chambers were full, with most in attendance there to voice their support for Browser.
Discussions on this item began with Mayor Ronald A. White, who spoke in support of Browser. Council member Dave Mann also voiced his support of keeping the cat in the library. Eight members of the audience also spoke, each of them voicing their approval for keeping Browser in the library. Reasons given were his pest control abilities, his ability to draw children to the library, and the fact that he is loved by the people of the city. A petition signed by 618 people who support keeping the cat in the library was also mentioned.
The reason given was that some people may be allergic to cats, although a few people who are allergic spoke in favor of keeping Browser. Browser has until July 14th to find a new home. The cat’s supporters want his fate to be put to a vote in a city-wide referendum. Some reminded the council members that their positions are also up to a vote in November. -via Buzzfeed
She may not have the moves, the fancy gadgets or the muscles to match old Bats, but Batgirl has one power the Caped Crusader will never have- the power of cuteness. This may seem like a power that would be of no use when squaring off against the super-powered villains in the Rogue's Gallery, but you'd be surprised how effective a bat of the lashes and a smile can be against a guy. And if there's one thing Batgirl and bad girls like Harley Quinn, Catgirl and Poison Ivy have in common it's the ability to get guys, no matter how villainous, to do their bidding!
Charm your fellow Batfans into submission with this Mini Batgirl t-shirt by Oliver Banks, it's a mighty powerful way to declare your love for the cutest member of the Bat Family!
If we're going to be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels. We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds. And to me, that's also what a relationship is about. So, in a sense, my smartphone has been my longest relationship.
And so Aaron Chervenak, a film director, took his phone to a Las Vegas wedding chapel and married her.
There was even a wedding ring--in this case, one built into the cell phone case.
I hope their relationship lasts. Unfortunately, these days, many married people want to upgrade to a newer model after a few years.
Taking a literal interpretation of the title of George R.R. Martin's famous novel series, Cocktail Chemistry shows us how to make a cocktail inspired by Game of Thrones.
It's a sophisticated variant of the ice ball cocktail, which we've seen previously. There's liquor inside the hollow sphere of ice. The fire comes from a high proof rum in the bottom of the glass. When ignited, the fire melts the bottom of the ice sphere, causing it collapse and the drink components to mix.
A young boy is kicked off the train, and isn't allowed back on. Will it take off without him? Can he get his parents’ attention? He doesn’t have much time before the waves come in! This surreal story is told in wordless anime style.
The beaches of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil are largely considered to be the finest in the world, and when folks head down to Brazil on vacation the trip isn't complete without a beach outing.
With names like Ipanema, Copacabana and Praia Vermelha, the beaches of Rio sound like magical places far removed from the favelas in the city, and those who've been say it all washes away when you're at the beach in Rio.
Canadian photographer Blake W. Smith was on the Rio scene back in 1978, using his trusty Nikon to capture all the bronze bodies, beautiful coastline and local color found on the sunniest beaches in Brazil.
You’ve found the perfect vacation getaway. Now all you have to do is get there. Are you looking forward to the travel experience, or do you consider it the necessary evil you must endure to really start your vacation once you get there? Sarah Cooper at The Cooper Review divides travelers into two types. Which type you are depends on what you are doing at the time, so there is a lot of crossover. This division only pertains to how adventurous you are. Check out the entire collection of comics to peg yourself -or someone you’ve traveled with.
Are you behind on reading Anxiety magazine? Did your subscription order go through, or did you accidentally order two subscriptions?
You've got a lot to worry about and Anxiety magazine is here to keep you informed of the latest vexations. Crayon Elyse photoshopped covers for 5 issues of this non-existent periodical. You can view them all at Pleated Jeans. Say hello to this man who seems to know you, but you can't remember his name or where you met him.
Do you bathe on a regular basis? Stop. You don't need to.
James Hamblin, a physician, explains in The Atlantic that it's unnecessary. Your body will naturally regulate its own filth if you would just leave it alone:
The odor of bodies is the product of bacteria that live on our skin and feed off of the oily secretions from the sweat and sebaceous glands at the base of our hair follicles. Applying detergents (soaps) to our skin and hair every day disrupts a sort of balance between skin oils and the bacteria that live on our skin. When you shower aggressively, you obliterate the ecosystems. They repopulate quickly, but the species are out of balance and tend to favor the kinds of microbes that produce odor.
But after a while, the idea goes, your ecosystem reaches a steady state, and you stop smelling bad.
Hamblin put the theory to the test on himself. It worked! His friends tell him that he doesn't stink:
And everything is fine. I wake up and get out the door in minutes. At times when I might’ve smelled bad before, like at the end of a long day or after working out, I just don’t. At least, to my nose. I’ve asked friends to smell me, and they insist that it’s all good. (Though they could be allied in an attempt to ruin me.)
So knock it off with bathing. Live naturally. The people around you will appreciate it.