Police Confiscate T-shirt Launcher

The Townsville Crocodiles basketball team in Queensland has used a homemade cannon to toss t-shirts into the crowd for more than ten years. Only recently did someone ask the Townsville Police where one could obtain such a launcher, which sparked an investigation. Police determined that the cannon, which is essentially a PVC pipe powered by an air compressor, is a category B weapon. The team surrendered the cannon to the police. A Queensland Police Service statement said,

"Category B weapons need to be licensed and registered, having established a genuine need for possession.

"Weapons of any category can only be manufactured by a licensed armourer."

The determination puts the homemade pipe launcher in the same category as a single shot centre-fire rifle, a double barrel centre-fire rifle, a repeating centre-fire rifle, a break action shotgun and centre-fire rifle combination.

The Crocodiles general manager Rob Honan was perplexed, as the cannon can’t fire anything heavy enough to hurt someone. The team is looking for another way to distribute t-shirts for the last game of the season tonight.

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Knife-Wielding Crab Will Cut You


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A crab with a knife is safe. A crab without a knife is dinner.

That's the clear lesson in this video. The crab escaped from a restaurant in Brazil. I hope the man let him go. That crab has spirit and deserves to live.

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Puppetmaster - Who's Pulling Your Strings?


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The election is nearly upon us, and the candidates have all rolled out and shown us what a bunch of clowns they really are, and yet the system calls out for us to make our voice heard. But does our vote and voice really count? This question has plagued us for generations, so it's probably best just to assume voting does or does not matter, depending on your own perspective, because if the puppetmasters are controlling the government then it won't really matter one way or the other, now will it? On the other hand, maybe the act of making sure our voice is heard by voting and speaking our mind about the sad state of politics in America will actually initiate some change in this country...just sayin'!

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Deadpool as Every Disney Princess

As we’ve seen before, you can imagine anything as the Disney Princesses, from zombie fighters to hot dogs. Now Deadpool is getting in on the action! This is a little different, though, in that it’s a webcomic, with a story of sorts, instead of an art project. Read the whole thing at Rock, Paper, Cynic by Peter Chiykowski. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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This Guy Is Enjoying His In-N-Out Burgers A Little Too Much

For those who don't have an In-N-Out in their city or state I have a confession to make- the Double Doubles at In-N-Out really are that good, the perfect panacea for all that ails you.

Don't believe me? Take it from the guy in this video, who looks like he knows a thing or two about a tasty burger- eating In-N-Out Double Doubles can be a sinfully divine experience.

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It's hard to watch this video without wondering how long this guy has gone without a Double Double, and why he chose to eat in instead of taking it home, because this is the kind of chowing down most decent folks only do at home!

-Via FAIL Blog

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Lincoln’s Alcohol-Fueled Diplomacy

While the biggest issue during Abraham Lincoln’s political career was slavery, it wasn’t the only issue. The nation was swinging from a freewheeling culture of alcohol to a movement for temperance, and a politician’s stance could affect votes. Lincoln’s father worked off and on at a distillery in Kentucky. Liquor was a part of everyday life where he grew up.

In the first of a series of legendary debates with the democrat Stephen Douglas, Lincoln’s history of co-owning a grocery in Salem, Illinois, in the 1830s was mentioned by his opponent as a way to tie him to the alcohol trade. “I was a school teacher in the town of Winchester, and he a flourishing grocery-keeper in the town of Salem,” accused Douglas.

The audience would have understood that calling Lincoln “a flourishing grocery keeper,” meant that he essentially ran a popular bar. And at the time, these types of establishments were blamed for causing all kinds of disorderly conduct and encouraging a range of sinful behaviors.

Lincoln staunchly denied Douglas’ accusation and always claimed that people could purchase liquor at his store but not consume it there. During the debate he was, however, careful not to condemn those grocery store owners that did sell liquor by the glass: “The Judge is wofully [sic] at fault about his early friend Lincoln being a “grocery keeper.” I don’t know as it would be a great sin, if I had been, but he is mistaken. Lincoln never kept a grocery anywhere in the world.”  

Lincoln’s statements appear to contradict each other, but may be a confusion over the definition of “grocery” in context. Lincoln and his partner William Berry had a liquor license for their businesses, but it is unclear whether Lincoln himself ever sold any liquor by the drink. While in office, Lincoln had to walk a fine line between advocating for alcohol or advocating against it. Read more about that struggle at The Daily Beast.

Here's some background on Lincoln's stores and liquor licensing.


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Let's Go to Orangutan Preschool

All aboard the school wheelbarrow! It's time for all little orangutans to go preschool.

International Animal Rescue operates an orangutan orphanage in Indonesia. It rescues orangutans that have been kept illegally as pets or have lost their mothers in the wild. On the 163-acre forested facility, young orangutans socialize with each other and learn essential skills that they'll need when they're grown up.

Without their mothers, orangutans don't learn what's safe to eat, how to climb trees, and how to survive in the wild. Human caretakers do their best to prepare their students for independent life.


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The Quest for a Unifying Theory of Time Travel in Star Trek

We’ve had the Star Trek universe for 50 years now, which includes 726 episodes of six television series plus 12 movies (soon to be 13). The concept of time travel has figured prominently in many of those stories, but it doesn’t always work the same way. In some tales, the theory is of a “consistent universe,” in which you can’t change the past. What has happened has always happened, and if you think you’re changing it, you’ll find that you’re just part of history. In other stories, the timeline of the universe is changeable. In fact, if you change the past and don’t like the results, you can go back and change it again. Then there are some episodes where both theories are present, or you might say, a hybrid of those theories.  

The animated series (TAS) was one of the first to build on the ideas presented in “The City on the Edge of Forever.” The episode “Yesteryear” has the Enterprise return to the Guardian of Forever to monitor the past eras flashing across its surface. This causes a change to the timeline—without even going back to the past. Luckily the Enterprise still exists, but Spock has been replaced as First Officer by an Andorian. The change happened because Spock didn’t go back in time as he was supposed to. To repair the timeline, he must go back and visit his childhood self on Vulcan.

Consider: If Spock hadn’t failed to travel into Vulcan’s past, the timeline wouldn’t have been changed. If the timeline hadn’t been changed, he never would have had a reason to go into his past in the first place. (Janeway’s headache coming on yet?)

In a sense, this is an integration of both the consistent universe and the changing timeline models. And some of the episodes mentioned under the header of “consistent timeline” also show signs of belonging to both categories. DS9’s “Past Tense” has the Defiant crew experience their timeline changing around them even though the same time travel incident includes evidence of a “consistent universe” event. In many of these episodes, even if the crew’s actions do end up as part of the way things were “supposed” to happen, the crew still worries about damaging the timeline. They act as if their actions potentially could alter history.

If that wasn’t complicated enough, the crew of the Enterprise occasionally gets stuck in a time loop, Groundhog Day-style, until they can figure out how to stop it. Even more confusing, sometimes time travel splits the timeline in two parallel timelines, two alternate universes that exist without awareness of the other. Can all these theories ever be reconciled? Possibly; after all, Star Trek is fiction. Read about the different rules of time travel in the Star Trek universe, with examples and explanations, at Ars Technica.  -via Digg


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The Largest Fully Functional Rubik's Cube in the World


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It's over 5 feet long on each edge and weighs about 224 pounds!

Tony Fisher, a puzzle collector and enthusiast, could have built it larger. But he wanted to be able to fit it inside the doors of his house, as well as light enough for one person to solve it. It's completely functional, just like the standard Rubik's Cube. But because it has 20,000 times the volume of the original puzzle, maneuvering its pieces requires some effort.

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Inside the Eye: Nature’s Most Exquisite Creation

Eyes have evolved in many different ways for the creatures that use them. From primitive cells with a sensitivity to light, they’ve branched out into the weird cluster eyes of the box jellyfish, the compound eyes of a fly, starfish eyes at the ends of their arms, and the sharp binocular vision of an eagle. Instead of looking at eyes as more advanced or less advanced, we should look at the way that animals actually use them.   

As they evolved, so did their eyes. All the basic visual structures that exist today were present during the Cambrian, but they have been elaborated in an extraordinary variety of ways—again for specialized tasks. The male mayfly looks like it has a huge compound eye glued on top of another smaller one, devoted to scanning the skies for silhouettes of flying females. The aptly named four-eyed fish has divided its two camera eyes in two, so one half sits above the water’s surface and examines the sky while the other looks out for threats and prey below. The human eye is reasonably fast, adept at detecting contrast, and surpassed in resolution only by birds of prey—a good all-around eye for the most versatile animal of all.

While our eyes may be more advanced than, say, a flatworm's, the worm's eyes work pretty well for their own purposes. An article by Ed Yong at National Geographic looks at the many different ways eyes developed for different uses, with fascinating pictures. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: David Liittschwager/National Geographic)


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Dogs Demonstrate 5 Different Types of Hugs for Valentine's Day

Sunday is Valentine's Day. It will be time to present affectionate gestures to your fellow humans. This is difficult, but not impossible. You can learn how before V-Day by carefully studying this video tutorial by Emily Larlham of Dogmatics, a dog training company in San Diego. Four of her dogs show you the ropes.


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Man Skipped Work for Six Years Unnoticed

Joaquin Garcia of Cadiz, Spain, was a civil servant assigned to supervise the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. By Garcia’s account, he was the victim of political bullying and found himself assigned to a job where there was nothing to do. As a result, he  went for at least six years without going in to work, and no one noticed, until he became eligible for an award for his long employment.

Spanish newspapers have dubbed him "el funcionario fantasma" - the phantom official.

The court heard that the boss of the water company had not seen Mr Garcia for years despite occupying an office opposite his.

The water company thought he was supervised by the local authorities and vice versa.

The deputy mayor noticed his absence when Mr Garcia became eligible to receive a plaque for 20 years' service.

When the water company found out about Garcia, they levied a fine of €27,000 ($30,000) against him. That’s about a year’s salary, and the legal maximum they could demand. A judge upheld the fine against Garcia, who has since retired from his “non-job.” -via reddit


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Unicorn Hair Goes Full Unicorn with a Proper Horn

Always go full unicorn.

A couple months ago, I blogged about the hair coloring trend called unicorn braids. I showed them to my 7-year old daughter, expecting that she’d be impressed. Nope. “There’s no horn.” Then she went back to her My Little Pony video.

I’m up to a good challenge, so I’ve raised my impress-a-small-child game a notch. Hairstylist Kirstyn Yanniello colored and braided @ashleyamalik’s hair in lovely pastel tones, then formed a horn with LOX brand hair extensions.

You can see more photos of unicorn hair at Seventeen magazine.

UPDATE: Success! She says, "It looks like a unicorn!"


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Crazy In Love - She's Simply Batty About That Clown!


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Some couples drive us crazy with their displays of affection, but Harley and Mister J drive us crazy the old fashioned way- with Joker Gas! They're quite loving considering their unstable states of mind, and perhaps their offbeat relationship is meant to teach us all a lesson in love, because if two psychos with bats in their belfries can truly love each other than there's definitely hope for the rest of us!

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Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" Played By An Actual Rose Bush

When rockers are in a melancholy mood they turn to songs like Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" for comfort, but sometimes even Bret Michael's sweet voice can't make us feel again.

We need something that literally stings to show us what it's like to love and lose, and since we're talking about roses then a thorny branch will definitely do the trick.

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Michael Ridge wanted to unleash the true pain and heartache hidden deep inside the grooves of that classic Poison single, so he attached a contact mic to a branch from a rose bush and let the thorns draw out the tears.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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The Deadpool Poutine Chimichanga

The Philadelphia restaurant Cantina Dos Segundos has introduced a fusion recipe to celebrate the new Deadpool movie: the Deadpool Poutine Chimichanga. Deadpool is known for his love of chimichangas, and this one is supersized. The restaurant's description is on Instagram:

Braised short rib, French fries, Fried cheese curd Black beans, Bacon, Pickled red onion & jalapeño. served with a side of short rib au jus, topped with sour cream onion, scallion, cilantro

Mark Shrayber of Uproxx tried one, and said it's the best chimichanga he's ever had. Read the rest of his review of this pan-American gastronomic delight.

(Image credit: Rachel R/ Cantina Dos Segundos)

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Snoop Dogg Stars in Burger King Training Video


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Burger King is preparing to unveil its new line of hotdogs. To ensure that its staff is ready, the company produced this video on the hotdog production process. Rap star Snoop Dogg introduces employees to the new product in this advertisement masquerading as an internal training video.

And for Burger King employees who speak Spanish as their primary language, the company called in Charo, Spanish-American comedian. You can watch her video here. Even if you don't speak Spanglish, it's a hoot!

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Nine of the Most Isolated Towns on Earth

Longyearbyen, Norway | Image: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen 

Have you ever good naturedly teased a friend who lives in an isolated area for "living in the sticks?" Or has anyone accused you of such a lifestyle? If you're in the latter category, take heed: the towns listed in the linked article are the perfect comeback to such a ribbing. There are the proverbial "sticks" and then there are these towns, that make the kind of isolated we have in mind look like it's for wimps.

Let's look at one interesting example, pictured above:

"The Scandinavian town of Longyearbyen is so far north that it’s closer to the North Pole than it is to Oslo, Norway’s capital. The arctic location makes for chilly temperatures year-round and long winters of unbroken darkness. The houses there are built on stilts in order to keep the underlying permafrost from melting beneath them and becoming unstable.

Despite these harsh conditions, Longyearbyen attracts residents from around the world. Of the town’s fewer than 3000 inhabitants, nearly a third of them are foreigners. The community’s greatest appeal is likely its shockingly low crime rate, which is helped by the fact that it's illegal to live in Longyearbyen without a job or a permanent address. (It’s also illegal to die there, because it’s too cold for bodies to decompose.) And while crime is low, gun ownership is unusually high—but this is primarily to protect against the threat of polar bears. The danger is such an issue that the police enforce a law that anyone straying outside the city limits must carry a weapon and know how to use it."

Feeling lonely yet? A bit removed? Check out more of the most isolated towns on Earth at mental_floss.


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Beware The McDonald's On Dorset

It seems some people don't like McDonald's very much, and whether the hate is directed at their food, their corporate practices or their head clown Ronald it's a hate that burns hotter than the inside of a cherry pie.

But nobody hates on Mickey Dee's like those who had to walk inside to order because the drive thru was full. (Video NSFW due to language)

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This video was posted to YouTube by TheWhiteTrashNetwork with this disclaimer:

"The people and events depicted in this video are fictitious. Please don't go looking for Charlene. She doesn't exist."

Then who did I see yelling at the cashier while I was stuck in the drive-thru?

-Via FAIL Blog


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Professor Offers Hilarious Extra Credit Questions on Exam

Today, the web is laughing at a set of extra credit questions attributed to an unknown statistics professor.* This one at the top is my favorite. Almost certainly some anxious student is going to jump on his desk and yell "Oh Captain! My Captain!" -- a reference to the Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society.

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Deadpool Delivers A Heartfelt PSA About Testicular Cancer

Deadpool wouldn't make a very good spokesman for gun control, mental health or anger management, but when it comes to matters of the heart or groin Deadpool's got ya covered.

He's that rare combination of lover and fighter, and he's got cajones of steel ,so who better to speak to men about the dangers of testicular cancer?

It's no laughing matter, this is a PSA containing medical facts including ways for men to check themselves for testicular cancer.

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Okay, so it's funny and fantastically punny, it's Deadpool so whaddya expect.

But the guy wearing the mask Ryan Reynolds made sure the video also contained a serious message that men would take seriously after hearing it delivered in a not-so-serious manner. I laughed, I cried, I learned, what about you?

-Via Laughing Squid


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Who Marries Whom, By Profession

I'm a librarian and I married another librarian. Other good possibilities for me were truck drivers, paralegals, and middle school teachers.

That's what this chart by Bloomberg Business indicates. Adam Pearce and Dorothy Gambrell analyzed US Census data from the 2014 American Community Survey. They examined who married whom by profession and gender. You can find the interactive chart here. It's fun to play to with! 

Of all professions, elementary school teachers were the most likely to marry within their profession. Software developers, dentists, musicians, and air traffic controllers also tend to keep their loving in-house.

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Simon’s Cat Logic: Do Cats Fall in Love?

Is your kitten smitten? Simon Tofield has animated his cat in love with the neighbor cat before, but it’s not quite romance and flowers for felines. At least not the way humans do it.  

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Nicky Trevorrow, a cat behavior expert at Cats Protection http://www.cats.org.uk/ tells us about cat mating behavior and the importance of spaying and neutering. Then we get to see Tofield draw his girl cat character, and then we see last year’s Valentines Day cartoon, “Butterflies.”  -via Tastefully Offensive

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Bad Girl Scout Cookies



Most people love Girl Scout Cookies, and those who do generally have their favorites. In this comic, Gemma Correll serves up a few of her least favorite types of Girl Scout treats. Who knew the range of depth and complexity of these flavors? And this is just part of the menu. See Gemma Correll's illustrations of more bad Girl Scout Cookies here

Follow Gemma on her Tumblr, at her website, on Instagram and on Facebook. Look into options for purchasing Correll prints and other merchandise here.  

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All Of Space And Time - Portrait Of A Blue Police Box In Flight


All Of Space And Time by MelissaSmith

When you've traveled through all of time and space you learn to appreciate the small stuff, like a picnic in Queen Elizabeth's private park, a Christmas without the Cybermen attacking, or a beautiful painting based on your adventures. The Doctor has always had an appreciation for art made by humans, but he really gets excited when the subject of a painting is his beloved Tardis!

Add some sci-fi art that will stand the test of time to your geeky wardrobe, bring home this All Of Space And Time t-shirt by MelissaSmith and send the spirits of your fellow fans soaring!

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Four Legitimate Flaws in The Godfather

Not often do we get a critique of a 44-year-old film, but rarely do we see a movie like The Godfather. And it doesn’t even seem like an old movie. Maybe it’s the timeless conflict of greed vs. loyalty. Maybe it’s the rich cinematography. Anyway, Paul Tassi recently watched The Godfather again, and noticed a few things -just a very few- that don’t make sense, and wonders if you noticed them, too. Like how the movie ended.

I’m not saying I don’t get the idea behind the mass hit. Murder everyone who means you harm, or probably means you harm, seems like a good plan. But what about the rest of families? Don’t each of these guys who were killed have a son or two who want to avenge them like Michael is doing for his family? Isn’t killing the dons just like bashing a hornets’ nest with a baseball bat?

In that case, what appears to be a flaw gave us sequels. However, they didn’t know in 1972 that there would be sequels. In that era, it rarely happened and plots weren’t written around setting up possible sequels, the way they are now. So was it as nonsensical to you? Read more about the ending, and the other flaws in The Godfather at TVOM.


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Nigerian Astronaut Lost in Space Needs $15 Million to Come Home


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The classic scam spammed out to millions of people for the past 20 years or so is that a Nigerian prince needs help getting access to his massive supply of money. He needs just a bit of cash--a few thousand dollars or so--to get the process started. In exchange, he'll cut you in for half of the money in the bank.

You can have fun with the scammer, as comedian James Veitch did, or simply delete the email and move on with your life.

And you should move on because there are better opportunities. The entertainment website Anorak recently received an email soliciting funds for a Nigerian astronaut who boarded a Soviet space station in 1989 and been stranded there since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He'd like to come home and needs your help:

I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.

In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.

The pay is 20% of the gathered funds.

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The Walking Dead Death Poll

We usually do a poll like this before a finale, but as we approach the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, we’ve been told that there will be a major purge of characters. Series creator Robert Kirkman said “So many people die.” It’s true that the cast has grown so large that we can go several weeks without seeing some of the major characters. There’s just not enough screen time. And more new characters will be introduced soon.   

The last time we ran a poll, before the mid-season finale, readers correctly predicted who would bite the big one. Then it occurred to me that votes came in after the fact! This time, I will try to make a note of the results just before the show airs on Sunday night. Who do you think will die this Sunday night? You can select more than one character in the poll.

Continue reading for reasons why some of the major characters may be looking at their last episode. Contains spoilers and comic book details.

Who will die on the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead?


























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Rare 1912 Photographs of Titanic Survivors



This collection of RMS Titanic survivor photographs is an interesting visual account of the ship's tragic happenings in the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912. The photos document the time after the ship collided with an iceberg in the north Atlantic and passengers clamored for an insufficient number of lifeboats. The collection includes lifeboats at sea, shot from rescue ship RMS Carpathia. Also featured are photos of the survivors aboard the rescue vessel. 

One "Hollywood" note: given the picture of Mrs. James J. Brown, a/k/a "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" below, it's no wonder why James Cameron and company cast actress Kathy Bates in the role!

See the entire collection of rare Titanic survivor photographs here. 



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The Wishing Well

Well, well, well. I mean, I’d like to grant your wish, but sometimes I get two wishes that are in direct opposition, and at the end of the day, a well’s got to pay the bills, you know? I’m sure you understand. This comic is from Cluster Fudge by John McNamee. -via Pie Comic


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