In the latest mental_floss video, John Green gives us the lowdown on children’s TV. I well recall the panic over the seizure-inducing Pokemon show. I couldn’t stand Barney the dinosaur, but I did not know how far some other haters would go to demonize the dino. And then there are many shows included here that I am not at all familiar with, but you may be. Learn something new about the shows you grew up with!
There are many things you’d expect to find at a Magic: The Gathering tournament- powerful custom built decks, rule mongering über nerds, dice, rulebooks and the occasional playmat. But there’s one thing that’s at every Magic tournament from here to Timbuktu, yet never gets taken into account by attendees, and that one thing is the mysterious butt crack.
Every gamer has one, not all of them on display, but attendee and redditor OB1FBM decided to pose with the visible cracks for a photo series that exposes an epidemic in the Magic: The Gathering community.
He calls his photo series Grand Prix Richmond Crackstyle, and hopefully OB1FBM's bravery will send a strong message to future players of trading card games- Crack is Whack!
Artist Sipho Mabona took a 50x50-foot square of paper and folded it into a ten-foot-tall origami elephant! The feat took him (and a dozen assistants) four weeks to complete. The finished origami elephant is now displayed at the KKLB art museum in Beromünster, Switzerland. See videos of the planning process here. See more pictures of the finished elephant at My Modern Met. -via Laughing Squid
(Image credit: Philipp Schmidli)
See also: Sipho Mabona’s rhino.
It’s hard to believe by looking at him, but Kevin Bacon has been acting in Hollywood since 1978, so if he can’t explain the importance of 80s Awareness to Millennials then nobody can.
Let two time Saturn award nominee Kevin Bacon explain to the young folks born after 1985 how the danger of getting nuked by the Russians while skateboarding to the store made life in the 80s one wild ride.
It's a good thing we had those comfy parachute pants on when the Russians invaded...oh wait, that's the plot of Red Dawn. My bad.
It's nice to get a new, stylish home fixture, but many times these chic designs soon look old and tired and you're left with the choice of getting rid of them or leaving them to make your home look outdated and ugly. Fortunately, with this cool shadow chandelier, you don't need to deal with that problem as it's totally DIY and made from cardboard. Not only is it a practically free design addition, but you can even recycle it when you're done.
We have more pictures and some instructions over on Homes and Hues: How to Make Your Own Stylish Cardboard Chandelier
A cat who doesn’t want to exercise needs a little incentive. Dangling a carrot in front of a mule might work, but a cat wants cat food. This one has to negotiate a treadmill to get to it! Notice at one point, the cat seems to try to “fool” the treadmill, but it doesn’t work. I doubt he’s working off all that many calories, but it’s a way to get a cat used to a treadmill. A squirrel in the backyard is a better incentive to exercise, but that’s not always an available option -and it can be bad for the squirrel. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Three years ago, we looked at trivia about the famous action television show Xena: Warrior Princess. That show was a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. It aired from 1995 to 1999. Here are some facts that you might not know about it.
1. Series creator Christian Williams looked at how Hercules had been presented in both the Greek myths and modern films, such as the 1958 Steve Reeves movie Hercules. He decided that the show should present Hercules with “a completely American persona.” His model for this character was Joe Montana (left), an American football star.
2. The franchise was conceived of as a series of televised movies, not a regular television show. The title role was offered to Dolph Lundgren (right), who was most famous for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa’s Russian opponent in Rocky IV.
3. The title role was given to Kevin Sorbo. He wasn’t the most muscular actor to audition for the role, but he conveyed the right personality for the character. Producer Dan Filie said that Sorbo’s Hercules seemed like “a guy you wanted to hang out with . . . a regular, good guy.”
4. The role of Zeus was offered to Charlton Heston. He passed. The producers then offered the role to Anthony Quinn, who accepted it.
5. Producer Eric Gruendemann searched for the right place to shoot the show. He wanted someplace in the southern hemisphere in order to get longer daylight outdoor shooting hours. He considered South Africa and Australia. But then another producer suggested New Zealand.
He and his colleagues explored New Zealand and found that it was an inexpensive place to film that offered great scenery. Gruendemann said, “Within two or three hours of Auckland, we can do so many different kinds of looks.”
6. Each pair of Hercules’s woven leather pants took multiple craftsmen 6-7 days to make.
Finally You Can Snuggle With A Giant Chicken Leg (The Consumerist)
Image: Dark Crystal Cake By Black Cherry (Facebook)
If you're in the United States, you may have seen snow this deep in recent weeks. But this photo is from Saint-Guénolé, France. On March 3, a terrible storm blew in from the Atlantic and swamped the town with bubbly seawater. You can see another photo here.
A family in Portland, Oregon, was held hostage in a bedroom by their 22-pound cat Lux. The cat had attacked and scratched Lee Palmer’s 7-month-old baby and threatened the rest of the family. Palmer called 911.
Dispatchers stayed on the phone while the couple locked themselves — along with their baby and the family dog — in a bedroom, Simpson said.
Owner Lee Palmer told dispatchers the 4-year-old male cat "has a history of violence," and had scratched his 7-month old son in the forehead.
Palmer said he tried to get the cat off his son: "I kicked the cat in the rear, and it has gone over the edge. He's trying to attack us -- he's very hostile. He's at our door; he's charging us."
(Image credit: Lee Palmer)
I used to say that hot fudge is the best sundae topping, but now I realize how terribly wrong I was. The best topping is even more ice cream, as the restaurant Café Est! Est! in Tokyo has clearly proven.
Casey Baseel of Rocket News 24 visited the establishment, which is located in a shopping mall. It hopes to be "a borderline religious experience for diners with a sweet tooth." And Baseel really does mean a religious experience, as more photos indicate. If there is a god of ice cream, this is her temple.
Remember the video of Jonas the tiger asking for pizza? Zookeeper Kevin Thatcher saw how much everyone liked the video of Jonas when he was young, so he dug up more home video from 2008. In this clip, the tiger meets a dust buster.
Jonas was very interested in destroying my dustbuster so I showed him what it did so he would leave it alone in the future. Just like dogs don't like vaccums
The video was recorded by Kevin’s brother, Jayson DesLauriers. Jonas later grew up to star in the movie Life of Pi. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
(Photo: Dominik Hartmann)
Father and son mathematicians Lionel and Roger Penrose devised the Penrose triangle--an impossible object that looks like a twisting 3-dimensional triangle. They and M.C. Escher also conceived of a staircase based on that design.
This staircase isn't quite like it, but like the Penrose triangle and stairs, there's no beginning or end. Ólafur Elíasson, a Danish-Icelandic architect, designed it for the Munich offices of KPMG, an accounting company.
Online clothing retailer BetaBrand has released a catalog of its spring collection, modeled entirely by women with Ph.D.s or who are Ph.D. candidates. You can see the clothing here, and if you click on individual items, you will find the model’s name, discipline, and university.
"When you look beyond the ranks of the professionally beautiful, photography becomes a lot more fun," Betabrand founder Chris Lindland said in a statement. "Our designers cooked up a collection of smart fashions for spring, so why not display them on the bodies of women with really big brains?"
Ruh-roh! Why does Scooby-Doo speak so strangely? Being a dog is probably a contributing factor. But Kyle Hill of Discover magazine says that the famous mystery-solving dog also has a speech sound disorder. Which one? Speech sound disorders come in two types: phonetic and phonological. People with phonetic disorders have physical difficulty forming words. People with phonological disorders tend to add or substitute sounds when speaking.
Hill consulted Dr. Steven Long, Ph.D., a speech pathologist at Marquette University. Dr. Long thinks that Scooby has a phonological disoder. Specifically, Scooby has a Rhotic Replacement. Hill writes:
He told me in an email: “I would refer to [Scooby’s disorder] as a phonological as opposed to a phonetic disorder in that he shows a pattern of substituting and adding sounds in his speech rather than just distorting sounds.”
So in terms of a diagnosis, Scooby doesn’t distort words, he adds onto them. “Uh oh” becomes “ruh roh” and “apple” becomes “rapple.” The technical term for this, Dr. Long told me, is rhotacization. In linguistics and speech pathology, rhotacization means changing some consonant like /d/ or /l/ to an /r/. Though Scooby definitely adds an /r/ to words that don’t begin with consonants, this complete rhotacization still basically describes his speech.
Giving the honors to Dr. Long, after 45 long years of odd pronunciations, he offered me Scooby’s official diagnosis: “Rhotic Replacement”.
This is an affliction limited to cartoon dogs. If anything, humans have the opposite problem:
In fact, Dr. Long explained to me that what Scooby does is basically unknown among humans. When something is wrong with our speech, we tend to subtract from the complexity of the sounds we try to make, not add to them. For example, American children speaking General American English tend to derhotacize rather than rhotacize their speech like Scooby does, “…resulting in Elmer Fudd-like pronunciations such as his much quoted phrase ‘wascally wabbit’,” Dr. Long told me.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
Volunteers were busy cleaning up a pond near Beaulieu, Hants in 2009 when one of the volunteers, sales executive Marc Oakland, shifted a tree branch and saw humanity’s worst fear come to the surface.
Marc had discovered a Dalek head, which had clearly been in the pond for quite some time since it was covered in weeds and mold.
According to pond warden Tony Brown “We made a very thorough search of the rest of the bottom of the pond and there were definitely no alien remnants lurking”, but it’s possible that someone, or something, got to Tony before the interview and told him to say that so citizens of the UK wouldn't panic.
Only time will tell if the Daleks are on their way to exterminate us all, but one thing’s for certain- Marc now has a really cool Doctor Who related souvenir to hang on his wall!
-Via Telegraph UK
They're full of carbs, sodium and all sorts of nutrients to keep our bodies hydrated and energized during and after exercise. And beer may be able to do that, too — if formulated the right way, says Ben Desbrow, a sports nutritionist at Griffith University in Australia.
Beer itself contains a small amount of carbohydrates and electrolytes, he says. It's not enough to do your body any good after exercise, but researchers like Desbrow have been experimenting with ways to reformulate beer so it'll have the properties of a sports drink without the dehydrating effects of alcohol.
Desbrow and his colleagues found that by lowering the alcohol content of beer to 2.3% and adding salt, they were able to turn it into an effective sports drink.
These scientific developments encouraged the Vampt Beverage Corporation to develop Lean Machine, a drink for athletes to consume after vigorous exercise. The company calls it a "recovery ale." It has 77 calories and 0.5% alcohol.
Screen Junkies has another honest trailer, this time for the biggest Disney film in, like, forever, Frozen. Even if you haven’t seen the film (and I have not), you probably know enough about it to get a real kick out of this. I know you’ll relate to the crack about the earworm song. Along the way, you'll get a mini-tutorial on how to craft a hit musical. -via Screen Junkies
It is spring yet? No. It's not even close--at least in the American northeast and Great Lakes region. That area is under the death grip of a brutal winter storm that the Weather Channel has dubbed Vulcan. Lakes Erie, Michigan, Huron and Superior are almost completely iced over.
That's just the beginning. Vulcan is rapidly spreading over the Great Plains and Rockies, like a flood of chilled plomeek soup.
Naming a snowstorm "Vulcan" is highly illogical. LLAP— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) March 10, 2014
Let us count the ways that some Photoshop editor failed in this swimsuit catalog entry spotted by blogilates at Target. The arm to the right is noticeably skinnier than the left. The shoulder to the right is pointy; the other isn’t. A part of her armpit is just hanging down because they made her ribcage slimmer. The same with the hip glitch. And worst of all, they took a patch out of her crotch! What was that for? To make the suit seem smaller, or to make her thigh gap bigger?
Buzzfeed has a shot of the model’s back in another poorly-edited image. The Target catalog appears to have dropped this particular swimsuit, at least temporarily.
Who's your favorite Dogtor? I'd usually go with David Tennant, but the Sylvester McCoy's Bassett Hound is really charming. Christie illustrated all 13 known incarnations of the Doctor as dogs. You can view them all here. The cheery Flandoodle with the big scarf is just perfect.
-via Nerd Approved
It looks like a group of tourists are tempting fate by spelling out a message to those at the upper levels of the Eiffel Tower. Fortunately, it is not so. Redditor -ruff- took two earlier photos and combined them, tweaked with the clone tool, to make this thankfully fictional image.
One was Augey, who spread ant poison in a creative way.
The other was Creativation, who went to the Eiffel Tower and could not help but take a picture aimed straight down. Which is against the rules, but there you are. And if you go to the Eiffel Tower someday, watch where you stand, because your position may be misinterpreted by someone higher up who is fighting depression. Or who is holding a camera outside the handrail and may drop it.
You don't need to scroll. Just move your eyes. Twitter user Morikuma_Works, an engineer in Japan, made good use of extra monitors by showing the entire Mario world 1-1 in one easy view.
I've got 2 monitors on my workplace computer. Now I finally have the argument that I need to secure 2 more!
Is this dog in-bread? The pure-bread is the toast of the town! He's so cute you can just eat him up ... unless you prefer beagel or a baguette hound, of course.
Margery Kempe, born in 1393, was neither royalty nor a noblewoman. But we know about her because she dictated her autobiography to a scribe and one copy still exists. It is the oldest known autobiography in English. And although she is the only source, she appears to have led an extraordinary life. Kempe saw visions of Christ, went on numerous pilgrimages, ran several businesses, and bore 14 children -after which she convinced her husband to maintain a celibate marriage.
Throughout her life and adventures, she was constantly in trouble for her behavior, being accused of being a heretic. She was imprisoned by the church and on trial many times but always managed to extricate herself from her troubles. After a few more incidences of getting in trouble, she retired to Lynn. During this time, she had some illnesses and her visions continued. She enjoyed going to hear sermons. She lived with John Kempe for some time but then left the marital home and was always chronically short of funds. Her husband fell and hurt his head becoming an invalid. Margery looked after him.
You can read a compressed account of Margery Kempe’s life at The Freelance History Writer. Those who have read her autobiography say it’s a real hoot, in which Kempe cries a lot, mainly on cue, makes up ridiculous parables, and includes a section of “Bible fan fiction” in which she witnesses events from Christ’s life.
Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
Walter White from Breaking Bad
Frank Underwood from House of Cards
Karen Abad, a photographer in California, created paper backdrops from scenes of famous television shows and movies and dressed babies for starring roles. Pictured above is baby Olivia, who seems to prefer dangerous characters.
-via My Modern Met
Forget the confrontation with Putin over Crimea! President Barack Obama faced his greatest challenge yet: an interview with comic Zach Galifianakis.
In this Funny or Die's series "Between Two Ferns," community organizer and President of the United States Barack Obama (SP?) traded barbs with Galifianakis while touting Obamacare.
There are many memorable lines, but my favorite is this one:
Galifianakis: "In 2013 you pardoned a turkey. What are you going to do in 2014?"
Obama: "We'll probably pardon another turkey. We do that every Thanksgiving. Was that depressing to you? Seeing a turkey taken out of circulation, a turkey you couldn't eat?"
And where else have you seen anyone shushed the President?
Gary Dean Melton was taking a peaceful bath at his home in Oklahoma City Sunday afternoon when he suddenly found himself in a traffic accident. A Volkswagen driven by Jeremy Stewart came crashing through the brick wall of the house, smashing porcelain in the bathroom, and pinning Melton under the rubble. Stewart had fallen asleep while driving. Firefighters pulled the car out of the house and freed Melton. Melton was taken to a hospital with a large cut on his leg. Stewart was given an energy drink and a ticket for distracted driving. His insurance company will not be pleased. -via Arbroath
Indie bookseller and Los Angelean Emily Pullen had time to kill at work, and a camera in tow, so she decided to take some whimsical photos of people posing behind book covers, completing the cover scene and bringing them to life in a most amusing way.
She calls her series “Corpus Libris”, Latin for “Body Books”, and now Emily has a blog, a Tumblr site and a Twitter account, all of which feature these hilarious photos so she can share the fun with the world.
It’s a simple yet clever idea that makes for some delightful photos, and you can play along at home with books from your own library and some poseable friends.
-Via 22 Words
The Reuben sandwich is the world's greatest sandwich. It is heaven between two slices of bread, which is perhaps why my French Toast Reuben Nutella Elvis Sandwich was such a hit.
The finest Reuben that I've eaten was about 15 years ago at a now-defunct restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama known as The Oven. It was naughtily served on pumpernickel, not rye, and was roughly the size of a regulation football. It is a precious memory that I shall carry with me for the rest of my life. Reubens are great and this was the greatest among them.
There is one problem challenge to eating a Reuben. A well-made Reuben will inevitably spill out its contents as you eat it. Eating a Reuben is messy. So Nick Chipman of Dude Foods devised this brilliant variation.
Because it's served in a cone, Nick's Reuben sandwich makes less of a mess. He made the cone by pressing rye bread around a cone form, then baking the bread in an oven for 10 minutes. Then Nick filled it with the traditional ingredients of a Reuben: corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island salad dressing.