We've featured the work of prankster and Tumblr user Obvious Plant before, but his sign plants at a local pet store might just be his best prank yet. From voodoo death birds to judgemental tree frogs, these pets promise to give you a little more bang for your buck. Well, all but the turtle that is...
I guess not all pets can be incredible -some are just born boring.
Vulcans never fully appreciated fine art until the day Spock saw an Impressionist painting in person during a trek to Smithsonia-9. That painting changed his life, and the inherent beauty brushed into the painting by the artist's adept hands made Spock understand why humans had been bragging about art for millennia. Soon Spock had his own collection of paintings, but nothing seemed to speak to him like that Impressionistic work, so he scoured Federation databases searching for a star painter from whom he could commission a painting of his very own...
Bring some out of this world artistry to your geeky wardrobe with this Longue Vie Et Prosperite t-shirt by Gilles Bone, it's one far out way to show love for your favorite sci-fi franchise.
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When we posted the trailer for the potential movie Kung Fury a year-and-a-half ago, we described it thusly:
Kung Fury is a trailer that would like to be a real movie someday. Kung Fury is a cop who's also a martial arts master. He travels through time to defeat Hitler, with the help of Vikings -and dinosaurs! It's a sendup of '80s cop movies, with any movie trope that was ever (or might be) vaguely successful thrown in. I'd watch it. You know you would, too. Written and directed by Swedish filmmaker David Sandberg (Laser Unicorns), who also stars as Kung Fury.
That's pretty much the size of it. The idea got everyone so excited that internet backers raised over half a million dollars to fund the movie, which is now a full 30-minute story, available here and now. If you are in Sweden and cannot access the YouTube video, see it here.
Grant Snider of Incidental Comics always gives his readers fantastic glimpses of his travels, even if they are merely the excursions of his philosophical and often whimsical train of thought. Here, Snider brings us along on his trip through San Francisco, with its many eclectic sights and sounds. Yet featured here is only the first section of part "II: The City." See the rest of the comic at Snider's Tumblr or Instagram. Also, poster prints of Snider's work are available here, as always.
Changing the shape of one’s skull is shockingly simple. The cranial bones of an infant or young child are pretty soft and take years to knit together. Applying pressure during that time can reshape the skull, which becomes permanent when the bones reach maximum growth and then harden. The practice doesn’t appear to affect cognitive function. And what’s most amazing is that different cultures around the world have been independently doing cranial modification from antiquity all the way up to the present.
Until the early 1900s, a form of artificial cranial deformation was still taking place in Western France, in Deux-Sevres. Known as the Toulouse deformity, the practice of bandeau was common amongst the French peasantry. A baby's head would be tightly bound and padded, to protect it from accidental impacts. At around the same time, the practice was still occurring in Russia and the Caucasus, as well as in Scandinavia.
It turns out that altering the shape of one's head is not shockingly unique; it's incredibly common, across time and geography. Its meaning isn't fixed, so understanding why and how it happens can reveal much about the societies who choose to change the shape of their heads.
Anyone who has ever worked with entertainment industry talent knows they can be a mighty demanding bunch who often use their celebrity status to get what they want, no matter how bizarre.
Sometimes their request is as simple as top billing, or a reworking of the script so their character gets more screentime, but other celebs aren’t so easily impressed. They demand stuff, really strange stuff, or they're liable to come down with a case of Scriptatosis, rendering them unable to effectively read their lines.
Touring performers generally have a document known as a backstage rider doing all their demanding for them, which lets the concert promoters know what they expect to find backstage before a show.
If you’re Marilyn Manson you simply want an assortment of sweets, but review Lady Gaga’s rider and you’ll find this strange request:
Not sure if the mannequin was for her show or something to make the House of Gaga feel more like a home...
The folks at Foodbeast put together a list of 50 restaurants worldwide that are worthy of travel to-do lists due to their stunning views. Each panorama is so beautiful that it's hard to put the destinations in order of priority in terms of the ones I'd like to visit first (although the views from the restaurants featured here I find particularly breathtaking). What do you think? Any reviews of these spots you'd like to share?
YouTube celebrates ten years of viral videos with an alphabetic salute to the different types of videos that made it a success. There are dozens and dozens of video references that go by fast, but there are barely any that I’m not familiar with -which just goes to show how much I’ve been living on the internet over the past decade. Try to guess what will represent the next letter of the alphabet before you get to it, if you must, but you won’t guess any that are better than the ones chosen. -via Tastefully Offensive
There is no camping without a campfire, unless your idea of camping is sitting around the warm glow of a laptop screen outside your home, so avid campers have to know their way around a pile of fiery wood.
Groups like the Boy and Girl Scouts teach young recruits how to build a campfire out of gathered wood and kindling, but the basic Tipi style they teach you doesn't last as long as the Star, and isn't as effective for cooking as the Platform.
In this video, CineFix counts down their picks for the best movie sets ever built, revealing a number of interesting facts in terms of the size and scope of the designs. One of the films included in the countdown is Batman's 4.1 million square foot (!) Gotham City set, the look of which earned designer Anton Furst an Academy Award. The set took up eighteen soundstages, which consisted of nearly the entire 95-acre backlot at Pinewood Studios. Check out all ten films on the countdown, and the honorable mentions included for each, and see which sets you think are the most impressive. -Via Slate
Anna Foucher, an artist in Nantes, France, collects driftwood and uses its natural forms to create human figures. She often works with characters from pop culture, including Batman, Robin, the Joker, and Darth Vader. Her gallery includes photos showing how, step by step, her found pieces turn into funny-looking people.
Monster hunters must feel no fear as they stalk their gargantuan prey, because fear makes you sloppy. Whether you've chosen the path of a Blademaster, or prefer to rain hellfire upon your prey as a Gunner, you must steel your nerves as you make your way into the wilds, because many monsters can smell fear. Once you've taken down a few hulking monsters, like the mighty Ratheos or the savage Lagiacruz, you'll learn to control your fear and fight as if deal with giant monsters every day of your life.
Get all geared up for your next gaming session with this Hunting Club- Azure Ratheos t-shirt by Adam Works, a wearable trophy that shows the world you're not to be messed with!
The filmmakers creating modern Marvel movies are able to take full advantage of the cutting edge CGI software available today, and those digital effects help make stories about superheroes look far more believable on the big screen.
But a digital artist’s job isn't just to make the effects believable- it's to make the VFX so believable, and so seamlessly integrated into the film, that viewers can’t tell what’s real and what’s CGI.
Kuku Kube is a game of perception. All you have to do is select the square that’s a different shade from all the others. It starts easy, of course, and becomes more difficult as you go along. And yeah, you will be timed. The highest score I got was a 30, but I might have done better with my glasses on. -via Buzzfeed
Cats are so easily entertained! If it fits, they sits. And in this video, they sits in an arrangement of open boxes. It's a labyrinth filled with play opportunities. Watch the Japanese cat Taro and his friends enjoy what ordinary boxes can offer.
Bill Zender is the ultimate gambling insider. The former professional card counter, dealer, and casino floor manager shares his secrets—and explains why the best paying machine is always the ATM.
1. Identify the clumsiest dealers.
Zender estimates there are fewer than 100 professional blackjack card counters in the world. If you happen to be one of them, you might nab a 1.5 percent advantage. So save your energy, Zender advises; instead keep an eye out for the sloppy blackjack dealer who will accidentally flash the face-down card. Zender once made a living exploiting this, keeping a notebook of 35 weak dealers from 16 different casinos. The strategy is called “card holing,” and it can give you a 6 to 9 percent edge over the house. (That’s like standing in front of an ATM that spits out twenties!) The best part? “It’s totally legal,” Zender says. “They may throw me out of the casino, but they’re not going to arrest me.”
2. Keep your eyes on the prize.
Lately, casinos have sexed up their table games with bikini-clad dealers and resident pole dancers. These places are called Party Pits, and on the surface, they look like Vegas being Vegas—booze, sin, skin. But look closer. While all those twirling legs keep you distracted, you’ll probably fail to notice that the casino trimmed the payouts at these tables from 3/2 to 6/5. Meaning that a $100 bet wins only $120, compared to the traditional $150. This essentially doubles the house’s edge.
3. Know when to say when.
The house always enjoys a 5 percent edge at roulette. You have a decent chance of winning that first spin. And the second. And the third. But if you were to play roulette forever, the house would take away all your chips. Every casino has calculated the point at which they are guaranteed victory, and that magic number is 30,000 hands. (This is why they lure us back with lobster and luxury suites.) So if you’re winning, stop.
The whole time they are growing up, parents can’t help but speculate on what their child will end up doing with their life. There may come a day when you settle on the dream that's best for your child and everyone around him. This is the latest fantasy from Lunarbaboon.
A springy fellow in a Spider-Man suit discovered how hard it is to act like a webhead without falling flat on your face as he tried way too hard to keep his young clients entertained. Next year they'll be hiring Batman instead...
Hanna Dovhan, an artist in Kharkiv, Ukraine, makes wool sculptures that make the ordinary extraordinarily cute. This avocado sculpture has already captured the attention of the internet. Two halves make a romantically adorable couple!
When the New New Yorker magazine approached Bender about being a cover model he told them he didn't have the time, but when he saw that they were offering a lifetime supply of beer and a brand new pair of Clamp Blockers Mr. Rodriguez couldn't resist. He'd modeled once before, serving as the poster bot for Mom's Mechanical Failures magazine, but this shoot felt more important somehow, so Bender made sure to wear his fancy pants to the studio...
Bring some Futurama fun to your geeky wardrobe with this The New New Yorker II t-shirt by Jango Snow, and share the good news (with) everyone!
This is what happens when you get bored at your office job. Let’s hope Bruno Mosconi Ruy’s boss has a sense of humor when he sees this video go viral. There was a suggestion for improving the monster, but I don’t know how you’d make that work in moving pictures. -via reddit
Avengers, assemble! Specifically, assemble in a line by the classroom door. Black Widow is the line leader today. Proceed to the lunchroom to hear an announcement by Principal Fury.
These photos allegedly show what the actors who play the Avengers looked like when they were kids. I suggest that in the next movie in the franchise, the villain reverse-ages the characters so that they are all 6 years old. We need a Marvel version of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals.'
Ghanian reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas has played a wide variety of roles during his career as a journalist, and his undercover mission to uncover the truth about African criminals is the stuff of legend.
However, this mission has also put a huge bounty on his head, so Anas can't show his face in public, a fact which forced him to wear a mask during a 2013 TED Talk where he spoke about some of the disguises he has worn while working undercover.
mental_floss has put together a revealing story about Ghana's greatest undercover reporter for an upcoming issue of their magazine, and they've shared nine of the disguises Anas has worn, with the story behind each bust, to tide us over until the issue comes out.
From homeless man to sheikh, peanut hawker to paper bag on the side of the road, Anas has played each role so convincingly it's a wonder CONTROL hasn't scooped him up yet!
Dating--it's a meat market out there. And you've got to meet someone. That's why four students at Leiden University in the Netherlands invented Tender. This art installation comments on the modern dating scene by showing a slab of meat continuously swiping through simulated profiles on the Tinder dating app.
It's time for black coffee and cherry pie lovers to rejoice!
For the new David Lynch-directed season of cult classic Twin Peaks, Twede's Cafe in North Bend, Washington, AKA the 'Double R Diner," will be restored. The diner's interior was destroyed in a 2000 fire and is now being restored to look like it did in the original 1990s series.
(Checks tranlastion) Oh, the moral of the story is that a small investment can pay off big in the future. I didn’t get that the first time around because I’m not particularly savvy about finances. -via Daily Picks and Flicks