If you recall the lucrative campaign that suddenly made diamond engagement rings a custom, then the fact that the rest of the wedding industry is like that will not surprise you. Contains NSFW language. -via Viral Viral Videos
Visual media has played out all sorts of different post apocalyptic scenarios, from the fantasy zombie kind to the down and dirty nuclear annihilation doomsday, and somehow humans always manage to survive.
But where humans would be dealing with radiation sickness some creatures would hardly even notice the effects of a nuclear war, proving they deserve to be called a survivor.
We've all heard the theory that cockroaches would survive a nuclear blast because they can withstand more radiation than humans, but did you know the fruit fly is even more of a survivor than the roach?
According to Mythbusters only ten percent of roaches would survive a 10,000 rad bomb blast (Hiroshima level), but the common fruit fly can handle up to 64,000 rads thanks to their slow cell division and extremely fast reproduction. That means fruit flies are pesky and persistent!
By the mid-1960s, half of the revenue came from takeout orders. In 1965, Pizza Hut issued its first television commercial with this market in mind. It shows a man ordering pizza over his home phone, then driving to pick it up. He's using a tiny Junior Central brand Ford Mustang go-kart.
One surprise for me: the pizza doesn't come in boxes, but in paper bags.
Claiming your territory wasn't so easy before, but nowadays you can just splat yourself into real estate ownership and ink up the block! But beware of those who wield a different colored ink than yours, because the Splatoon name of the game is splat and be splatted, so if you see the competition coming get ready for one messy battle!
Add a splat of color to your geeky wardrobe with this Mark Your Turf t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, it's the perfect shirt to wear while you're Splatooning with your friends!
Here’s a treat for anyone attending the Texas Rangers’ home games at Globe Life Park, as long as they remain in the playoffs, according to a Tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. A hot dog with cotton-candy infused mustard topped with more cotton candy. I don’t know anything about cotton candy-infused mustard, but that might be the green stuff in the picture. Would you eat this? Let me phrase that differently. How many ballpark beers would you have to ingest before you’d consider eating this? -via Uproxx
His legal name is Santa Claus. He's running for the city council of North Pole, Alaska. The election is today. Last Thursday, he filed paperwork to run as a write-in candidate for an open seat. So he's not on the ballot and will count on people voting for him based on his reputation alone.
Santa Claus previously ran for President of the United States in 2012. You can watch his campaign announcement here. FYI: he lost. So now he's setting his sights a bit lower. Good luck, Santa!
Well, “continues” might be a little misleading as far as the books go, but the pop culture madness may continue. It’s been ten years since Stephanie Meyers’ first book Twilight was released. Three other books followed, carrying the same vampire, werewolf, and human characters forward in time. Then there were five movies based on the series. And now, Meyers has a new book out called Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. It’s the story in Twilight all over again, except this time gender-swapped. A mortal young man falls in love with a mysterious vampire who resembles a teenage woman, except there’s also a she-werewolf in the wings vying for his attention.
It was the character of Bella who inspired Meyer to completely switch things up for the 10th anniversary of “Twilight,” a book that inspired a series of four books in all that have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide.
Meyer, an Arizona-based mom of three, said on "GMA" she was inspired by questions she has received from "Twilight" readers, wondering whether the series paints Bella’s character as a “typical damsel in distress.”
"It's always bothered me a little bit because anyone surrounded by superheroes is going to be ... in distress. We don’t have the powers," Meyer said. "I thought, 'What if we switched it around a bit and see how a boy does,' and, you know, it’s about the same."
Vodka makes us warm and happy when we drink it, and doesn't destroy us the next day like the browns, but what makes vodka so awesome is you can do a whole lot more with it than just make martinis.
Vodka is a natural disinfectant, deodorant and mold and mildew remover, so you can use some of your liquor cabinet stash to clean house before your friends come over for cocktails.
The clear liquor is also an insect repellant and dandruff remover, although you probably don't want to spray yourself with vodka before driving or you'll have some explaining to do if you get pulled over!
When it debuted in 1975, Jaws terrified audiences and made its movie production studio rich. This led to three sequels in 1978, 1983, and 1987. The last one, Jaws: The Revenge secured seven Golden Raspberry Awards and is widely regarded as among the worst sequels ever made.
Nonetheless, it was commercial success, earning more than $51 million in box office receipts, which was more than twice the production cost. So Universal Pictures continued to make Jaws movies, as we can see in Back to the Future II. When Mary McFly visits October 21, 2015, he sees an advertisement for Jaws 19. Here's a trailer that Universal recently made for Marty's future and ours.
Because medical care require an inordinate amount of trust doctors, who have an inordinate amount of power over their patients, the Hippocratic Oath sets out standards for medical ethics. Although it is blessedly rare, some doctors pay no heed to the oath, and indeed use their training for nefarious, even horrifying, purposes. One nightmare scenario is the doctor who sexually violates his patients. Jill Harness wrote an article about three doctors who did just that in three very different and outrageous ways, which you can read about at Rue the Day.
Amy of the great food blog Oh, Bite It! offers a recipe that looks both delicious and simple. She cut fresh pears in half, removed the cores, and added canned cinnamon rolls. When baked, they filled the holes to create a piping hot treat with an original flavor combination. Amy then added frosting and cinnamon on top. She also suggests ice cream, which sounds like a great idea!
Star Wars fan Daniel Hoogkamp put together the Jack-o-Lantern we all want, a representative of the BB-8 droid from Stars Wars VII: The Force Awakens. These are orange pumpkins painted white. He used a bowl and a dry-erase marker for the circles. Hoogkamp knew it would rot before the actual holiday (it was made a couple of weeks ago), but as he knew it would be the dominant design this year, he wanted to be the first to post a picture. -via Time
There are some people who like to put a few cute, cartoony window decals up before Halloween night and then there are those who really want their home to be truly horrifying. If you are part of the second group, then you certainly won't want to miss this collection of amazingly scary decorations we rounded up for Homes and Hues.
From ghosts and graveyards to cannibalistic barbecues, these decorations are sure to scare the pants off of your guests no matter how old they are, so don't miss the full collection of terrifying treats at Homes and Hues: 8 More Horrifically Haunting Halloween Decorations
Three dark lords with nothing to do spells disaster for the waking world, luckily there's always a rebel from the light side to keep those bad boys in check. Darth has to deal with the Rebel forces, and those pesky Jedi who keep slicing through his plans with their lightsabers, and Sauron has to contend with fuzzy footed Hobbits who are also pure of heart. But old Voldie's got it worst of all, because he keeps getting bested by a bunch of spell flinging schoolkids who are still mastering their casting abilities, so he must live his unlife in noseless shame!
Add triple the badness to your geeky wardrobe with this Dark Lords t-shirt by Ddjvigo, it's an instant classic!
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The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
by Marc Abrahams, Improbable Research staff
Domestic cats roll. Oh, they roll and roll and roll—not constantly, but often enough that the behavior eventually caught the attention of scientists. In 1994, Hilary N. Feldman of Cambridge University’s Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour did a formal study of the phenomenon. Feldman’s monograph, called “Domestic Cats and Passive Submission,” appeared in the journal Animal Behaviour.
Other scientists had made little leaping swats at the question. Feldman commends J.M. Baerends-Van Roon and G.P. Baerends’ book The Morphogenesis of the Behaviour of the Domestic Cat, and also L.K. Corbett’s University of Aberdeen Ph.D. thesis, “Feeding ecology and social organization of wildcats (Felis silvestris) and domestic cats (Felis catus) in Scotland.” Both came out in 1979, marking that year as the previous high point in cat-rolling scholarship.
I hear College Humor’s video series Adam Ruins Everything (previously at Neatorama) is now a TV show. Here Adam Conover explains how ineffective the TSA airport screenings are. In case you’ve forgotten, all the stripping and scanning and searching we do these days is because of 9/11. Before that, you zipped through a metal detector and ran your carry-on bag through an x-ray machine. They didn't care that you were taking a bottle of tequila to your hosts in some faraway city. Oh, and most of our bags went in the cargo hold because they didn’t charge extra for them back then.
But back to the TSA. The extra security routines we go through in an airport are pretty much security theater, not to make us feel safer, but to remind us that we are in constant danger of terrorist attacks, and therefore justifying all that spending. -via Digg
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) was one of the leading French painters of the Impressionist movement. He painted scenes of everyday life in France, portraits, landscapes, and nudes. He was world famous in his own day and remains loved and appreciated in art museums around the world.
But don't tell that to Max Geller, the owner of the Instagram account Renoir Sucks at Painting. He and his compatriots are appalled that the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has chosen to exhibit Renoir's work. That's why on Monday they protested in front of the museum. MassLive reports:
One sign harkened to ones held by members of the Westboro Baptist Church, read "GOD HATES RENOIR." Another read, "We're not iconoclasts, Renoir just SUCKS at painting." One kept it simple, stated, "reNOir." [...]
The small group chanted protests in unison such as, "Other art is worth our while, Renoir paints a steaming pile."
Imagine that Jules Verne produced the Star Wars saga instead of George Lucas. Swedish artist Bjorn Hurri brings us a series of Star Wars characters rendered in steampunk style.He's been working on the series for years, and is now up to 13 characters.
See Luke Skywalker protected by a welder’s mask. See Yoda with his oxygen bottle (or whatever they breathe in a galaxy far, far away). See C3PO articulated by pulleys and belts! Each of the 13 prints are available for purchase. -via Geeks Are Sexy
They call him the Candy King. Like Michael Jackson, the original King of Pop, David Shtorm is a master dancer. But he's more than that. He's a cotton candy vendor. When you visit his street stand, you get more than just a tasty treat. You get a performance that combines Michael Jackson's music, dancing, and cotton candy spinning. You can see more of Shtorm's videos at Rocket News 24.
Photographer and University of Central Arkansas photography professor Donna Pinckley’s series "Sticks and Stones" was inspired by a personal experience. For decades, Pinckley photographed children. On Facebook one day, she saw a picture posted by a girl she had photographed in the past. She later found out that, due to their interracial relationship, the girl and her boyfriend had been subjected to a number of racist comments.
That fact, in combination with Pinckley's thoughts on racist behavior, led her to photograph interracial couples and attach rude comments the couples have had hurled at them. Since the initial portraits of the series, the photographer has expanded the subjects' profiles to include people of all races and minorities. She says,
“I want it to be about racism in all its forms. I want people to at least start to think about it... Most of [the couples] are just not thinking about it. Sometimes they don’t think they’ve had a racist comment made to them and then you start talking to them, and they have; they’ve chosen not to think about it.”
I'm not a very big fan of the Harry Potter franchise, and even though I've seen every movie I don't plan on reading any of the books, so I'm left with many questions that may or may not be explained in the books.
There's one main question that has bothered me since the first film- why do the Hogwarts crew care so much about staying hidden from Muggles?
Austin Crecelius took his girlfriend, Allison Boyle, on The Voyage, a huge wooden roller coaster at the Holiday World amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana. As they neared the top of an incline, Crecelius turned to Boyle and said:
At one point in time, you had mentioned to me that life is like a roller coaster. And it's got its ups and downs, it's got its twists and turns, and it even throws you for a loop sometimes. And you can go by yourself, but it's a lot more fun to go along with another person. So I wanted to ask you if you wanted to be my roller coaster buddy. Allison, will you marry me?
Boyle said yes! Then, immediately, the roller coaster plunged down.
In the 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II, Marty McFly travels forward in time to October 21, 2015. That date is drawing near, and we still don’t have hoverboards or flying cars or self-lacing shoes. But we will have Pepsi Perfect!
For a limited time, Pepsi will sell the Back to the Future soda made popular—but not available—in the classic movie starring Marty McFly (no relation to this writer).
Residents of the modern era will soon have a chance to purchase one of 6,500 limited-edition bottles for the hefty price of $20.15 each (hoverboard not included). Bottles will be sold online on Oct. 21 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Marty and Doc heading from the '80s to now.
One bottle, $20.15. I understand the joke in the price, but that’s a bit pricey for one Pepsi. I think I’ll celebrate the date by watching the movie, and just keep waiting for the hoverboard. -via Buzzfeed
It's handy to keep a spell or two prepared for an emergency, because you never know when casting will keep your buns out of the fire. But those who don't do enough studying in the mystical arts may wish to know a spell that will keep those Dementors from knocking on their door, and that's where the handy dandy Expecto Patronum comes in. Once you've been enveloped by the shield of white light you will feel the calm washing over you, why do you think Harry is always so calm in the face of evil?
Cast a spell on your fellow Potterheads with this Keep Calm And...Expecto Patronum! t-shirt by Vahlia, it's one dazzling way to show the world you're a fantasy fan.
Star Wars: where dreams come true. Now that Disney owns the Star Wars franchise, is it really so far-fetched to imagine them sliding in some of their more popular tropes into the seventh episode of the movie series?
Some of it doesn’t take much of a stretch, like Mufasa as Darth Vader. That's a given. But Peter Pan with a light saber? Pinocchio as a hologram? You may have to watch twice to catch all the weirdness in this mashup from PistolShrimps. -via Geeks Are Sexy
You have a cat. Now what beer should you get? Not just any cheap party fuel will work for a cat of quality. The Instagram account Beer Cats is filled with pictures of cats next to craft beers. In this case, Rosie the cat is best enjoyed with Prairie Ales Limo Tint, a chocolate beer.
It says something about what the Academy thinks of comedies that, of all his movies, the only Oscar nomination Bill Murray has is for Lost in Translation. The 2003 movie was directed by Sofia Coppola and starred Murray and Scarlet Johansson. It touched a lot of people, and if you are one of them, you might like to find out more about the making of the movie.
1. SOFIA COPPOLA WANTED BILL MURRAY—AND ONLY BILL MURRAY—FOR THE LEAD ROLE.
Mutual friend Mitch Glazer showed Murray an early draft of Coppola’s script for the movie. Murray liked enough of what he read to meet Coppola at a downtown New York restaurant with some of his friends. Murray and Coppola talked for five hours, though very little of their conversation was about the movie. Murray agreed to do it, but did not sign a contract.
Though director Wes Anderson, who has worked with Murray on several films, assured Coppola that, “If [Murray] says he’s going to do it, he’ll show up,” she was nervous. Especially considering that $1 million had already been spent on the film in pre-production. “It was nerve-wracking,” Coppola told Filmmaker Magazine. One week before filming was scheduled to commence, Murray arrived in Tokyo.
9. THE LOCATION MANAGER RESIGNED.
When the filmmakers overstayed their welcome at the shabu-shabu restaurant, the owner simply turned the lights out, forcing Coppola to finish shooting the take in the dark. The incident, however, prompted the location manager to resign. The crew didn’t have permits and shot illegally on the subway and on some streets. Charlotte crossing the street was shot in a Starbucks that overlooked the road. (They paid for their coffee.)
Other factors, from language to jet lag made the film shoot difficult, but the cast and crew pulled it off well in the end. Read more about Lost in Translationat mental_floss.
In one of the most touching and inspiring things I've seen in recent memory, by the age if six, Jaden Hayes had lost both of his parents. But what he chose to do afterward is extraordinary. Don't miss this moving clip that explains how the child found a way to lift his spirits in the face of tragedy.