Those deer head trophies on your buddy's wall will look wimpy compared to a trophy head of a genuine Jurassic Park T-rex! Sure, it will cost you $650 when they become available later this year, but it will be worth it to take the wind out of your buddy's sails, considering he probably bought his deer head, too.
The 1/5 scale bust was created using an original casting of a female T-Rex from Stan Winston Studios, which built all of the animatronic characters for the blockbuster film. It is also finished with a custom paint job by artist Steve Riojas, who was responsible for matching the animatronic’s skin textures and colors. The bust measures 19-inches long, and is currently available for pre-order for a whopping $650 with an expected release during the 4th quarter of 2017.
Then again, it is a movie tie-in. They should pay the customer for the advertising. -via TVOM
If you wanna build a snowman then you'd better build him fast, because the frozen flakes of winter are about to melt into puddles of Olaf water and send that carrot nose afloat like a canoe across a pond. If you don't know how to build one just consult one of the many easy to follow charts on snowman building that Elsa created after her original Olaf build was such a big hit. But should you consider trying to build a snowman as big as ol' Marshmallow remember this- it takes an awful lot of fire to put down an unruly mountain of ice!
Keep cool all year round with this Build A Snowman t-shirt by Brinkerhoff, it's the well put together way to show love for animated features and the art of constructing people out of snow and twigs.
Being a third wheel in your best friends' relationships really sucks, and yet the couples don't see it because they're too busy being all lovey dovey to care about your loneliness.
Third wheels need something to do while their couple friends canoodle, so this lonely gal started taking selfies to show off how hard she's third wheelin' it with her best friend and her BFF's BF, err, fiancee.
She calls herself Third Wheel Extravaganza for good reason- because her friends make her feel like a third wheel even when they're on the phone with their boyfriends!
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!
transcribed by David Kessler, Improbable Research staff
As part of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, four of the world’s great thinkers were invited to give 24/7 Lectures. Each 24/7 Lecture was on an assigned topic. The lecturer was asked to explain that topic twice:
FIRST, a complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS; and THEN a clear summary that anyone could understand in SEVEN (7) WORDS.
The time and word limits were enforced by the Ig Nobel referee, Mr. John Barrett, and by the Ig Nobel NSFW Indicator, noted New York Attorney William J. Maloney.
This article provides the complete transcripts of the 2016 24/7 Lectures.
Topic: Clock Genes
Lecturer: Rich Roberts (Nobel Laureate, Biochemist at New England Biolabs)
Complete technical description in TWENTY-FOUR (24) SECONDS:
“The original Circadian Locomotor Output Cycles Kaput, or CLOCK, gene encodes a basic helix-loop-helix-PAS transcription factor called CLOCK that is one of a family of genes that control circadian rhythm in mammals. More than 20 genes are involved, with such catchy names as “Period” and “Cryptochrome.” The products of many of them are…” [Time called by the Referee]
Clear summary that anyone can understand, in SEVEN (7) WORDS:
Indoor plants add some life and color to your interior spaces, and contrary to popular belief they don't just sit around doing nothing all day because many plants help improve air quality in your home.
And if you're going to let a bunch of lazy plants sit around the house all day you might as well bring home an odd and interesting looking bunch!
This rare plant is native to South Africa and look like something Dr. Seuss drew, but it takes them a few years to get to this point so you may want to pick up a full grown one if you can find it. Happy plant hunting!
The latest version of the station is surprisingly big. Considering that shifts are six month long, and the sun only rises once and sets once a year, the staff can use all the amenities they can get. If you don't have the time to watch the whole video, the living quarters are in the first half, and the work spaces are in the second half. -via reddit
Vigilante groups have been part of the American landscape since the nation was first settled. When crime is rife, and government is ineffectual, corrupt, or nonexistent, citizens will take over to enforce their idea of justice. But when vigilant groups become powerful, they can end up as corrupt as any government. Such was the fate of the Baldknobbers. See, the population of the new state of Missouri was divided along political lines during and after the Civil War, and the locals in power did not tend to uphold the law for their political opponents or against their allies. However, the Baldknobbers' tactics (and name) were appropriated by other groups with other goals. Dr. Matthew J. Hernando, author of Faces Like Devils: The Bald Knobber Vigilantes in the Ozarks, tells the story of the Baldknobbers.
“All U.S. vigilante groups are in some way a representation of the American value of self-government,” Hernando said. “We are a society that was founded, at least in part, on the firm belief that the people have the right to create their own institutions of government, what is referred to as the ‘right of revolution,’ expressed right there in the Declaration of Independence. If the government is not doing what it’s supposed to, if it’s not protecting the people’s liberties, if it’s not serving the people’s interest, we have the right to rise up and replace that government. The problem is, you cannot do that on a continuous basis and have a stable society.”
Some scholars have traditionally defined vigilantes as groups of middle- and upper-class men who want to reinforce “law and order.” However, Hernando points out that several vigilante groups were founded by members of poor, disenfranchised classes hoping to gain the economic or political power they didn’t have or to restore traditional morals. Inevitably, most groups fighting lawlessness by going outside the law become the corrupt criminal element they were trying to tamp down in the first place.
In addition to the Baldknobbers, Hernando tells us about the North and South Carolina Regulators, the White Caps, Las Gorras Blancas, the Deacons for Defense, the Ku Klux Klan, and other vigilant groups of varying notoriety, in an article at Collectors Weekly.
By now you may have already heard about how Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway pulled a Steve Harvey at last night's Academy Awards and announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner despite the fact that Moonlight actually was supposed to take home the title. But that wasn't the only embarassing mistake at the event -the in memoriam segment also featured a picture of someone who is very much still alive.
Australian film producer Jan Chapman was shocked to see her image used in the reel rather than the image of her collaborator, Janet Patterson, who died in October. On the upside for Chapman, she is not only alive and well, but also getting a lot of publicity from the mistake. You can read more about the producer at Heavy.
As a side note, If you haven't see the Best Picture mixup yet, you can see the whole trainwreck here (skip to the 1:50 mark to see the frantic faces in the background as the awards staff tries to fix the mistake):
A city councillor in the town of Overtornea, Sweden, has proposed a regulation that would give workers an hour-long break during the day in order to have sex. Per-Erik Muskos made the motion Monday, and says that the exercise is good for the workers, sex is good for the relationship, and the break would benefit peoples' overall well-being.
Muskos admitted there was no way to check whether workers would actually use the hour for its intended purpose.
"You can't guarantee that a worker doesn't go out for a walk instead," he said, adding that employers needed to trust their employees.
But Muskos said he saw no reason why the motion wouldn't pass. On top of the health benefits, he said the sex breaks would also solve the area's low birth rate.
"This means that childbirth should be encouraged," his motion states, as reported by Swedish newspaper Kuriren. "When sex is also an excellent form of exercise with documented positive effects on well-being, the municipality should kill two birds with one stone and encourage employees to use their fitness hour to go home and have sex with their partner."
While it's doubtful that such a break would make much difference in the birth rate, employees will probably love the idea. In other countries, people would be shocked that a government body is concerned with the well-being of workers. -Thanks, John Farrier!
Canadian photographer David Burdeny spent an entire year trying to get permission to photograph the gorgeous Moscow subway, because he wanted to be there between midnight and 6AM, when the trains aren't running and the halls are empty. When it finally happened, he got some truly sublime images.
Launched in 1935, also as a form of Communist propaganda — photos of Stalin were hung inside the stations, which were brightly lit environments that people looked up to, just as they metaphorically looked up to Stalin above ground — today some 9 million Russian people go through the Metro’s 200 stations each day. It’s already among the busiest systems in Europe, but it’s still expanding and aims to be the world’s largest by 2020. David is the only photographer to ever shoot it while it was empty.
The TMNT look cool in any era and while wearing any clothes, including goofy trenchcoats and fedoras, but they look especially cool while wearing a full suit of samurai armor from Feudal Japan. This may seem strange considering they were trained to be ninjas, and samurai generally don't get along with the shinobi, but what's in a name? The ninja turtles were trained to stomp the Foot clan and fight for honor and justice, so the samurai shell kinda fits. And besides, they're teenagers and mutants, so it's only natural that they'd like to cosplay!
Show the world what the really old school TMNT looked like with this Samurai Turtle- Leonardo t-shirt by Chet Phillips, it's less cowabunga and more Kawasaki.
Cristi Smith-Jones helped her 5-year-old daughter Lola learn about black women of history during Black History Month by dressing her up to recreate their photographs. She posted one every day on her Twitter account. Lola even does their facial expressions perfectly.
Where you live may not determine what you like, but there's no denying that people who live in certain areas tend to like some shows more than people who like other shows. For example, the map above shows where Duck Dynasty is most popular. The New York Times did a whole article with these charts, revealing trends among TV viewers across the country.
It's hard to say if this BuzzFeed quiz is based on the Times article, but they do use a lot of the same shows and the results were at least accurate for me. So was the quiz able to guess where you live based on your favorite shows or are you an anomaly? And while we're at it, did the NYT article line up with your tastes?
Lauri and Anni Vuohensilta, the couple behind Hydraulic Press Channel (previously at Neatorama), show us how to peel an apple in a ridiculously fast way, using an apple peeling device and a power drill. Do not try this at home. Bonus: interfering cat.
The whole video is entertaining, but if you can't wait for the fastest apple peel, it's at about five minutes in. There is a faster attempt, but the apple did not survive. I have an apple peeler and a rotary tool; I should try this next time I need a lot of apples peeled, although I would opt for gloves and safety goggles. You have to admit it's more fun than efficient, and then you think about how much fun Lauri and Anni must have in their everyday lives. -via Metafilter
Samoa cupcakes? Thin Mint cheesecake? Yes please! And these are only a few of the amazing-looking desserts made with Girl Scout cookies that our own Miss C rounded up for this great Mental Floss article.
While many of the treats are what you'd expect -like the cupcake or cheesecake, a few of them are really creative. The chocolate peanut butterfly above uses Tagalongs and looks like a work of art. But the strangest creation on the list might just be the Girl Scout lemonade ricotta gnocchi.
Imagine what life would be like if you and your entire family lost everything and were forced to move across the country to an unfamiliar new place. Would you survive and even thrive? If you lived during the Great Depression and moved to California, the surprising answer is…probably yes.
PARDON OUR DUST
One of the most enduring images of 1930s America is of the migrant farm family—their old car stuffed with possessions, hungry children with dusty bare feet, mothers trying desperately to put together a meal, fathers with signs begging for work. Between 1930 and 1940, more than 2 million people left the American interior, and about 25 percent of them headed to California alone. They were lured by rumors of plentiful jobs, great weather, and fertile fields. What they discovered when they arrived, however, wasn’t exactly the paradise they’d hoped for.
The crisis began with good intentions and bad weather. As immigrants poured into the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many of them settled in the middle of the country and started farming. Southern plains states like Oklahoma and Texas had seen several decades of plentiful rain—something the newcomers figured was normal—so the new arrivals planted fields of wheat and other crops to feed their new countrymen and to contribute to America’s effort in World War I. When farmers from other parts of the United States heard about the agriculture boom in the Great Plains, many of them packed their families into wagons and cars and headed for the plains, prepared to borrow some money, stake a claim, and make a fortune.
The Force is with this epic bowler hat designed to add a perfect level of geekiness to your fancy dress or steampunk ensemble. Etsy seller The Blonde Swan makes this brilliant design from handstitched leather. Of course, even with this incredible level of detail, for $600, I'd want a jetpack (or at least a blaster) to come with it.
Who's smarter, boys or girls? That's a difficult question, considering the cultural biases that have shaped the way we think of both sexes over thousands of years. But with modern science, we can study tiny differences in the brain, which somehow just muddies the question even more. AsapSCIENCE gives us an overview of the latest research.
One of the most memorable things I learned in school is that there are more difference among people within groups then between groups, and that goes especially for male and female humans. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Check out all the things this octopus does. It controls the water underneath its membranes to appear inflated like a parachute at times. That's the biggest thing you'll notice in this video, but there's more.
It changes color, from purple to pink to blue and back to purple again, with orange highlights and white spots at times. The octopus also appears to have spikes on its head, but that's more of a disguise. As it swims away, its head is smooth! If you watched this video a few more times, you'll probably find some other amazing power. What's happening is that the octopus was not happy with the presence of the videographer, and was warning her off. You can read the story at Pink Tank Scuba. -via Everlasting Blort
Indy has faced some extremely fearsome foes during his decades of adventuring in the name of archaeology, but none of them left an impression quite as deep and painful as the Thuggee leader Mola Ram. He proved that invoking the power of Kali actually works, and she has one hell of a temper! And yet Indiana and Short Round ended up teaching Mola Ram and Kali a thing or two about life and love, because in the end the forces of evil were defeated by quick minds and a friendship forged in fire.
Whip your geeky wardrobe back into shape with this Kali Ma Shakthi deh! t-shirt by CarloJ1956, it's a magical way to show love for Dr. Jones' greatest adventure- the Temple of Doom!
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Cleaning up after your dog is just part of having a dog, but one traveler flying through LAX recently decided that it's not her job to pick up her dog's poop -even when it pooped right in the middle of a busy airport terminal. When one man called her on it, she loudly told the person she was talking on the phone with that "some people are just so damned rude." When a woman told her to clean it up, she simply retorted "they have people for that."
Fortunately comedian Steve Hofstetter was there to get a little revenge on the inconsiderate woman when he found out she was on the same flight to Tokyo as he was. While everyone else (who saw her awful behavior) tried to avoid sitting next to her, he plopped right down beside her and said, “Are you going to London on business?”
When she replied that she was going to Tokyo, he jokingly told her that the gate was moved across the whole terminal -hoping to give her a momentary scare. But rather than look at the sign right there on the gate, she jumped up and ran across the terminal.
Steve says he didn't see her or the dog on the plane and that it was the only flight Delta had going to Tokyo that day. I don't think he felt too bad about making her miss her flight, noting, "Maybe she can re-book on another airline. I hear they have people for that."
Tin cans seem too heavy and cumbersome to bring along while camping or backpacking, but there are so many clever uses for an empty can they make a great addition to your pack. Of course, you'll have to pack a can opener too...
Anyhoo, this fun video by Specific Love Creations shows you how to turn a lid from a metal can into a survival whistle, so you won't lose your friends while you're out getting lost in the woods.
Or just make one at home and drive your pets crazy!
Collecting old passports like holding history in your hands. Tom Topol has learned a lot about geography and history as a passport collector, and he shares his discoveries on his website. While older passports are often unique and can even be works of art, the most fascinating passports are those from bygone nations that once flourished well enough to document its international travelers. One rarity is this passport from British Palestine, issued to Captain Tuve T. Smolensk in 1944. He was regarded as somewhat of a hero for his search-and-rescuw work.
But—with no disrespect meant to Captain Smolensk—that’s not even the best thing about this passport. That honor goes to a purple stamp on page 17, which reads “Haifa”— Israel’s main port. “British Palestine turned into Israel in 1948,” explains Topol. “To find nowadays a British Palestine passport with a stamp of Israel is pretty rare.” For practical reasons, Captain Smolensk was likely allowed to keep his British Palestinian passport for a year or so after the switch, allowing for this strange convergence.