Sometimes in large bodies of water, wave systems cross each other. When they hit each other, these systems will form crests twice as high and troughs twice as deep. It can be difficult to sail in such waters. In the above case at the Île de Ré, an island off the Atlantic coast of France, the wave systems appear to meet at a right angle.
Mike Mendez, an artist and custom toymaker, altered an 8-inch plastic Transformers figure. He gave it a look inspired by the traditional arts of Polynesia. TikiPrime Warrior, as he calls it, will be on display at the Transformer Show at Toy Tokyo in New York City on Saturday.
Those darn Brits can make anything sound good, with their sophisticated pronunciations of words and smarmy attitudes as they sit there speaking proper English.
The latest pop culture obsession from across the pond is Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the hit BBC series Sherlock and bad boy Khan in the film Star Trek Into Darkness. Benedict is a big star, and not just because of his cool name. Here he is reading lyrics to the R. Kelly song “Genius” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, try not to swoon and hurt yourself as he reads the incredibly sexy lyrics aloud in that classy British way.
If you've ever eaten at a serve-yourself buffet, you're probably glad to see a transparent sneeze guard between other people's faces and your food. Surprisingly, the sneeze guard isn't all that old. While smorgasbord restaurants became popular in America in the late 1930s, the sneeze guard was patented in 1959! It was the invention of restauranteur Johnny Garneau.
“Being the germaphobe that he was, he couldn’t stand people going down the Smorgasbords smelling things and having their noses too close to the food,” Barbara Kelley, one of five of Garneau’s children says. “He said to his engineers, ‘We have to devise something—I don’t want these people sneezing on the food.”
It's a comforting thought to know that the guy who owns the restaurant in which you are eating is a germaphobe. But while the sneeze guard was Garneau's most famous innovation, it wasn't his only one. On one of his restaurants, he delivered drinks to patrons at the other end of the bar by model train! Read about Garneau and how he developed the sneeze guard at Smithsonian's Food and Think blog.
Ylvis is the Norwegian music and comedy group most famous for their song “What Does the Fox Say?” Its members pulled this delicious prank at an Ikea store. There was a mock house in that store. Ylvis altered it so that the entrance and exit disappeared. A couple entered to explore the furnishings. But then they couldn’t get out!
It gets even better: one of the pranksters slipped in through a concealed entrance. The couple followed her around, hoping that she knew how to escape.
When the good ol’ boys from hit “reality” TV shows like Finding Bigfoot go out Squatch huntin’ they'd better watch their backs, 'cause there might be a new breed of Squatch lurking in them thar woods. His name is Megafoot, and he’s hungry for two things- motor oil and human flesh!
The mashup nobody could have ever seen coming is at last a reality- the cyborg bigfoot movie Megafoot is in production! So polish up your MST3K routines, get a group of friends with some booze and a sense of humor together, and bask in the glory of godawfulness known as Megafoot. You won't be disappointed, unless you were hoping to watch a really good movie.
Not just the best movies of 2013 -all of them! Sleepy Skunk used 258 movie trailers from 2013 to make this year-end trailer mashup. I didn't know there were that many movies in one year! you'll find a list of the movies used here. The editing is lovely, but the overall effect is that this video highlights how very much all movie trailers tend to follow the same formula. Maybe that's why I didn't know there were that many different films this year. -via Blame It On The Voices
Disney’s newest animated smash hit Frozen has inspired artists from all over the world to try their hand at making something shaped like one of the stars of the film. The favorite subjects so far are, of course, Olaf the Snowman and Sven the reindeer, mostly because both characters are just so darn cute!
UK cake wizard Laura Miller liked the characters so much that she decided to immortalize them in batter and sweet fondant for the Bake a Christmas Wish fundraiser, and they look good enough not to eat! She even included a process photoset so you can get an idea of what goes into making a cake look this adorable.
Are you looking for a sweet holiday treat for your sweet? Give her the Minnie Polka Dot Crossbody Bag from the NeatoShop. The printed faux leather bag is embossed with Mickey ears and features a red with white polka dot lining. This adorable bag is cute and classy, just like Minnie Mouse herself.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Bags & Totes.
You've seen people cross scary canyons by zipline, but have you ever seen a car travel this way? In Siberia, there's a spot where vehicles need to cross the Chuya River, but the nearest bridge is 200 miles away. They've come up with a solution, but I think I'd just give up before doing this. Or maybe you can send the car, and I'll zip over on my own in a little bit. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The character Clark Griswold is so associated with Christmas -especially outdoor Christmas lights- that it's sometimes hard to remember that Christmas Vacation was the second sequel to National Lampoon's Vacation. You'll be watching it again this holiday seasopn, so you may as well have some talking points to impress true family with. Like:
1. If the Griswold’s neighbor’s house looks familiar that’s because it’s the house Murtaugh lived in throughout the Lethal Weapon movies. Yes, the Griswolds and the Murtaughs all resided on the Warner Brothers Studios lot. Relive the suburban nostalgia with virtual tour of the neighborhood here.
2. The Dodge pickup truck that tailgates and provokes Clark and his family during the movie’s opening scenes was also used by Kurt Russel in Overboard.
Things get super weird around Christmastime -especially if you are a cat and haven't read the literature. Simon's cat explores the strange little man with a red cap, and finds that he can be a lot of fun! Well, the cat didn't bring down the Christmas tree this time, but there's still going to be a mess to clean up. -via Tastefully Offensive
Mary at Thoughts Up North drew anthropomorphized versions of nine planets -or eight planets and one planetoid, if you prefer- of our solar system.
I’ve always loved space and the planets. I’ve seen a few “human planets” sets done by other artists (I saw one in particular that inspired me to start this one but I lost the link) and most of them are pretty literal in the human department. I wanted to try making something more androgynous and godlike.
The colors are all based off the planets’ true colors, and the designs are a mix of the names’ mythos and Holst’s “The Planets” suite. They get progressively less human the further they are from the Sun, which I thought was fun. :) Enjoy!! Pluto included.
Cartoonist Grant Snider is composing a new series at Medium called “Who Needs Art?” His first piece discusses the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. Snider writes:
René Magritte is not my favorite painter. His Surrealist visions are smooth and perfectly rendered, but they lack the bold color and shadowy mystery of say, a Giorgio de Chirico canvas. Still, he is perhaps the most successful artist at achieving the purpose of the Surrealist movement, as stated by André Breton : “to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.” By favoring direct representation of ethereal imagery over stylistic innovation, his works feel less like pieces of art than objective accounts of lucid dreams. And all those faceless men in suits and bowler hats are decidedly creepy.
I don’t think that I’d mind having Magritte as a neighbor. I’d love to have Bob Ross as one. What artist, living or dead, would you like to live next to?
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton moved to a temporary home for a couple of months in 1974 while Burton filmed The Klansman in 1974. One of Taylor's cats, Cassius, went missing from the new neighborhood and never returned. Taylor wrote Letter to my Lovely Lost Cat, which is part memoir, part poetry, to organize her grief. Read the letter or the transcript at Letters of Note. It will remind you of what your pets mean to you.
I actually just used my Disneyland pass yesterday to enjoy another great day at the themepark. While I was with a special someone, it was far from a date, but now that I heard about Disneyland's organized "Date Nites" that took place back in the 50s and 60s, I kind of wish it was.
Imaging getting dressed up, meeting up with your best guy or gal and then hitting the dance floor at Disneyland before riding the Matterhorn together. The best part was -if your date was a dud, you could still have plenty of fun at the happiest place on earth.
Buzzfeed has plenty more about the organized events, and I can't help but wish we still had these available as a romantic Saturday night option. Maybe we could organize one already -there's already a Harry Potter day, a dapper day and a goth day, so why not a date day?
This compilation shows that there are many dogs out there who are totally intimidated by the house cat. Can you blame them? After all, cats are pointy on five ends! Some of the cats eventually show us why the dogs are afraid. I think a little human intervention is called for, don't you? After all, we don't stand by and let our human children bully each other! -via HuffPo
Jutting up out of the waters of Phang Nga Bay on the western coast of Thailand is the small island of Ko Tapu. It’s also known as James Bond Island because scenes from the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun were shot there.
Since it draws money-spending tourists, local residents are comfortable with the new name. Visitors cannot readily climb it, but boats take people right up to the limestone cliffs and the caves carved into them. You can see why Bond’s nemesis Francisco Scaramanga chose it as a hideout. Provided that you have sufficient supplies, it might also be a serviceable zombie apocalypse shelter.
Right now, in a galaxy you live in... A NEW HOPE for Christmas decorations has emerged. It is the Darth Vader Nutcracker from the NeatoShop. This striking wood nutcracker is shaped like your favorite Star Wars character and is ready to forcefully capture the spirit of the holidays in your home.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Star Wars items.
Every December, the Pantone company pronounces a new "color of the year" for the coming year. The color chosen for 2014 is PANTONE® 18-3224 Radiant Orchid.
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
The press release goes on to suggest how the color can be used in fashion, makeup, and interiors. What do you think? I could go for a shirt in the color, but I wouldn't wear it all that often. As far as interior decorating goes, I've had enough of that pink/purple palette when my daughters were into Disney princesses. Never again. Then again, we've posted about the predicted color of the year several times, and I've never noticed a prevalence of that color later on. -via The Week
When bronies march into battle, they bear the courage of Rainbow Dash, the viciousness of Fluttershy and the fortitude of Applejack. But most importantly, they carry the authority of Princess Celestia, the ruler of Equestria, whose cutie mark and colors grace this armored vest made by deviantART member TheGiantsnoll.
This chainmail vest consists of 16,500 16-gauge aluminum rings. It took him 68 hours to finish the project.
How Twin Peaks made modern art of the soap opera -and saved network TV in the process.
David Lynch and Mark Frost seemed an unlikely pair when they met for lunch one day in 1988. Lynch was an auteur who'd burnished his reputation directing the bizarro films Eraserhead and Blue Velvet; Frost was best known as a writer for the network police drama Hill Street Blues. But the two had hit it off a few years earlier when they met working on Goddess, a Marilyn Monroe biopic that never made it to production. Now they were looking to get their hands dirty again.
As the duo sat in Du-par's, the kitschy L.A. restaurant near the corner of Laurel Canyon and Ventura boulevards, inspiration struck. "All of a sudden," Lynch is quoted as saying in Lynch on Lynch, "Mark and I had this image of a body washing up on the shore of a lake." From that stray spark, Lynch and Frost sketched the idea for what would become Twin Peaks, an enigmatic murder mystery that surrounded its plot twists with art-house motifs. Though it would run for only two seasons on ABC, the show revolutionized television and laid the groundwork for the golden age of prime-time dramas. But before Twin Peaks could storm the small screen, Lynch and Frost had to convince someone to roll the dice.
Lynch was a shaky choice for prime time. His name was synonymous with eerily beautiful cult films, and his one dip into the mainstream, an adaptation of Frank Herbert's beloved sci-fi novel Dune, was a critical and commercial disaster. To the industry observer, it seemed that Lynch was just too niche -or maybe just too weird- for network television.
The move didn't seem to make any sense from a career perspective: TV was a giant step backward for an auteur of Lynch's caliber. Today, in an era where shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad enjoy all the glitz and prestige of the big screen, it's easy to forget that television used to be the stepping stone to film. An Oscar-nominated director like Lynch working on TV was like an all-star demoting himself to the minor leagues.
But Lynch's agent was keen to see what his client could do with the medium. And Lynch and Frost were starting to develop a killer storyline. Set in a fictional Washington hamlet, Twin Peaks revolves around the grisly slaying of blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). The protagonist is a quixotic FBI agent named Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan) with an obsessive attention to detail and an affinity for diner coffee, which he takes "black as midnight on a moonless night." Together, Laura's killing and the big-city detective's arrival upend the small town, pulling back the curtain on its underbelly -gambling, prostitution, and backdoor dealings that turn local power brokers into villains- before uncovering the even more sinister forces that lurk in the woods.
Love Sriracha? Love bacon? Then you'll love the new burgers from Southern California burger chain Slater's 50/50 (known for the all bacon burger and the nacho burger). Their new Sriracha burger features a half bacon and half ground beef patty combined with Sriracha, topped with Sriracha-filled coleslaw, pepperjack cheese, Sriracha-glazed bacon, Sriracha mayo, mushrooms sauteed in Sriracha and a nice drizzle of Sriracha just to make sure you mouth is on fire.
The burger hits the menu on December 9th, so if you just can't get enough rooster sauce, head out to Slater's and try it for yourself.
One of the many innovations in motion picture technology designed to bring people back to the theaters instead of watching television, Cinerama was introduced fifty years ago. It was an early precursor to the IMAX experience.
The Cinerama technique wasn’t completely new when it first appeared and a similar method had been used to film the silent epic Napoleon back in 1927. Cinerama’s widescreen movies were created using three cameras at the same time. In theatres, three synchronized 35mm projectors were employed, with the images shown on three large wraparound screens, which created an illusion of a panoramic view for the members of the audience.
It was a glorious experience for the audience, but it was not an easy technology. Theaters had to be remodeled, special equipment was used to both film the movies and project them, and actors had to change the way they interacted with the camera. Read about how Cinerama came about, how it was done, and see pictures of the equipment, theaters, and movies at Dark Roasted Blend.
Here’s a new variation: mini Creme Eggs baked inside muffins. Jen, the Beantown Baker, made hers using cream cheese, sugar and flour. Chill the dough and bake it for 15 minutes. Then press the Creme Eggs in the muffins and bake for 5 more minutes.
It’s made of 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour, 3,000 pounds of brown sugar and 22,304 pieces of candy. It’s a 36,000,000 calorie home that has all of the necessary building permits, including approval from the local fire department. This full-sized house has an internal volume of 39,201.8 cubic feet.
It’s now open to the public. As of yesterday, admission fees and donations have raised $150,000 for a hospital trauma center.
Look through the window at your car -now look back at me...No wait, look at this car in this post. It is cooler than your car and it always will be. That's because this car wasn't just painted to look like an Agents of SHEILD car, it actually was really used on the show. Only ten of them were made and it just sold on eBay for $42,900.
Want something even cooler, though admittedly a little less speedy and not legal on most streets? Then you really missed out on this sweet Batman Tumbler golf cart. It may not have actually been used in the films, but it's pretty much the coolest thing you could ever hope to drive around a retirement community and it was a steal compared to the SHEILD car at only $17,500.