Freaky Panoramic Photo Fails

There’s an art to taking a good panoramic photo, and a proper technique for every type of smartphone that will help ensure you end up with a clean panorama pic.

However, even with the best software and newest smartphone sometimes things can go horribly wrong when you’re trying your best to properly pan and shoot:

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It's not your fault that the subject keeps moving while you're trying to shoot, but maybe after they see the resulting panoramic nightmare they'll try to stay still next time you're shooting:

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But if you're into surreal photography, and you've figured out how to properly glitch a panoramic photo, you can take some pretty unusual shots

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See more Failed Panorama Photography Turns The World Into A Creepy, But Interesting, Place

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Handy Chart: How Much Should You Trust This Doctor?

The rankings on Shea Strauss's chart are not entirely fair. Dr. Pepper, the pride of Waco, Texas, is a perfectly satisfactory physician and a far better art historian than Dr. Zoidberg.

If I knew Doc Brown and The Doctor personally, I'd probably avoid them. A life of profitless adventure? I'll pass.

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Colorful Animated Tribute To Dia De Los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration of life and contradictions- colorful skeletons symbolizing the beauty of death, freshly made food eaten graveside, and a party thrown in favor of those who can no longer celebrate with us- the dearly departed. 

Cemeteries are a big part of the celebration, and the vibrant colors of life are juxtaposed against the solemn, earthen tones of the graveyard forming the backbone of the Dia De Los Muertos folk art aesthetic. 

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Mexico City based animation studio Llamarada created this vibrant animated short, capturing that colorfully creepy Day of the Dead feel by projecting animated characters onto tombstones in Mexico’s largest cemetery, Panteon de Dolores

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The Last Passenger Pigeon

On September first, 1914, one hundred years ago today, the very last passenger pigeon, named Martha Washington, died of old age at the Cincinnati Zoo. It's hard to imagine that once  there were billions of passenger pigeon in the U.S. An account from 1860 described a flock that took 14 hours to fly overhead.

It is testimony to humankind’s great powers of destruction that within 50 years of this event, only a single captive pair remained, named after the US’s first president and lady George and Martha Washington. George perished in July 1910 at Cincinnati Zoo. Martha survived for four more years, sufficient time for her to garner celebrity as the sole-surviving member of her species. When she eventually died on 1 September 1914 “at 1 P.M. of old age”, she was frozen in a huge block of ice and sent by train to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.

Read about the passing and the preservation of the last passenger pigeon at The Guardian.


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Moiré Paintings by Anoka Faruqee



These moiré patterned paintings by Anoka Faruqee are mesmerizing displays of color that almost appear to be moving, depending on the viewer's perspective. Moiré is two or more sets of lines or dots superimposed so that they intersect and create undulating optical effects. This Michigan native and Yale professor of art does amazing things with the technique. Faruqee commented on the paintings in a recent interview:

"While these paintings draw from tradition, these paintings are not traditional. The paintings speak to an industrial/digital logic. The notched trowels I use have the logic of the screen embedded within them: it is an on/off binary system: notch/tooth, notch/tooth. Wielding the tool is like holding the screen in your hand. The paintings aim to approximate not only the surface of the screen, but also the structure of the screen. The programming behind the screen is intimated by the trowel as well as a growing set of prosthetic devices emerging in the studio.

 


Moiré itself is a self-generating phenomena: the layers of patterns self-sort as they overlay and interfere with one another. The paintings thus they have a life and mind of their own. They are not images of interference: they are interference. This is the wonder and anxiety that much of contemporary life provokes: a hint of animation and sentience inside the technology."

See additional pieces and read more of the above-quoted interview with Faruqee here. 


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This Party Is Exhausting!


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Getting tired and bored at a party? Shove a few noisemakers into the tailpipe of a car and rev the engine.

Let's scale this up with vuvuzelas and a tractor trailer engine.

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Kids Who Totally Stole The Show On Picture Day

Most kids don’t look forward to school picture days, the pictures are taken for their parent’s sake after all, but those wonderful kids who look forward to the experience are destined to grow up to be superstars:

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They have the look, the attitude, and after these photo sessions their respective schools decided to shut down picture day, because they knew it would get no better than this:

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However, not all kid pics are taken at school, parents love to take their kids in to the studio for some really special photo sessions:

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After all, karate masters and roller dancing superstars aren't allowed to do their thing on school grounds, and when parents let their superstar kids shine after school the photographic memories are priceless!:

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Check out the rest of the 21 Kids Who Shut Down Picture Day over at BuzzFeed

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Steampunk Prosthetic Leg

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Snell’s O & P has been in business since 1911, and Chris Snell is the fourth generation of his family to make orthotics and prosthetics. Chris recently made this steampunk leg that has gears controlled by a microprocessor and powered by movement. It creates the illusion that a presumably steam-powered set of gears is moving the leg! He also posted a gallery of some pictures taken during the building process. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Pay Japan's Apology Agencies When You Can't Bring Yourself to Say "I'm Sorry"

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Let's admit that mistakes were made. We both made some inadequate choices, said words that were best left unspoken, and pantsed people in public when it would have been optimal not to do so.

Is that enough, Alex? Can't you just let it go?

Apparently not. But if I lived in Japan, I'd have another option. Rocket News 24 reports that in that country, there are companies that will issue apologies to people you've offended so that you don't have to do it yourself. It's outsourcing humility.

A face-to-face apology may cost $240 each or $33 per hour for an extended interaction, depending on which company you use. It costs extra to have your stand-in cry or provide other emotional effects while apologizing. You can read more about this industry here.


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King Of The Dinosaurs - Kiddie Kaiju


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That god like 'Zilla lizard may be the King of the Kaiju, but for the wee ones nobody big, green and scaly beats their favorite- Reptar, King of the Dinosaurs! With his posable arms and legs, crushing springloaded jaw, and realistic screeching sound he's the mightiest plastic dinosaur to ever rampage through the toy chest.

Let your imagination run wild with this King of the Dinosaurs t-shirt by Cory Freeman Design, and make every day a fantastic adventure!

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Puppies "Picking On" Cats Compilation

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This video compilation features cat who are being pounced upon by exuberant puppies. Mostly the cats are surprisingly tolerant with the inquisitive, playful pups, sometimes joining in with the roughhousing. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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Edvard Munch's The Scream Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

At one shocking moment, the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch suddenly felt the icy existential horror of the human experience. Then he wrote:

I was walking along the road with two friends
The Sun was setting – the Sky turned blood-red.
And I felt a wave of Sadness – I paused
tired to Death – Above the blue-black
Fjord and City Blood and Flaming tongues hovered
My friends walked on – I stayed
behind – quaking with Angst – I
felt the great Scream in Nature
So I challenge the Mona Lisa and Whistler’s Mother

-via Simon N. Ricketts

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Fifteen Cereal Brands Breakfast Fans Want Back

People are mighty passionate about their breakfast cereal, and whether they eat it for breakfast, a late night snack or all day, every day like an adult-sized kid every cereal eater has their favorite brands. 

The only problem with being so enamored with cereal is the fact that your favorite brand might disappear from the market one day, leaving your bowl empty and alone and your spoon without a purpose in life. 

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This cereal changeup was especially hard on 80s kids, who were spoiled by the amazing selection of cartoon and celebrity endorsed cereals we thought we couldn't live without...until they were pulled from the shelves:

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Take a trip down memory lane with these 15 Cereal Brands We Want Back, they'll make you hungry for a bowl of fun shaped crunchy corn and oat, and you'll see how boring most cereals have become by comparison.

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How to Change a Roll of Toilet Paper: An Instructional Video


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Will Reid is a devoted and loving father to his teenage children. He's trying to raise them to be independent, self-sufficient adults by teaching them essential life skills. Among those skills is how to change a roll of toilet paper.

What do you do if you run out of toilet paper? Some people simply remain there on the toilet and give up on life. But there's another option: you can get another roll of toilet paper.

Not everyone knows this trick, including Reid's children. So he made this instructional video showing step-by-step how to get a new roll of toilet paper. He's considering also making an advanced-level video showing another helpful technique for toilet paper roll management.

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27 T-Shirts That Will Help You Enjoy The Fruits Of Your Labor

Labor Day is a time to hang loose with friends and family, kiss summertime goodbye and enjoy a day in the sun before going back to your day job:

Work Sucks by Ronan Lyman

Even though summer seems to fly by, the work days always seem to drag along no matter what you do for a living:

Its a dirty work, but... by Lopesco

Plumbers and city road workers get to work with their hands, but the days still drag by...:

We'll Dig up the Road! by Russ Jericho

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The Dog Found Grandma's Dentures

Twitter user @riekun1011 visited her grandmother and brought her dog along. Puccho, the Pomeranian, got into a bit of mischief. While snooping around the house, he found the grandmother's false teeth!

But Puccho didn't have them for long. Sorry, pup. You'll have to buy your own.

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"We Own The Future" Shepard Fairey Mural Appears in Manhattan

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It has been amazing to witness the leaps and bounds street art has come over the course of the last 20 years. What started as something that was shunned and misunderstood has completely evolved into a respetable and appreciated art style (by most), with more and more street artists reachng superstar status. One of those street artists is Shepard Fairey, who most know best from his Obama, two-toned HOPE poster, though he has been doing this for most of his life.

A recent new piece sprung up on the Lower East Side of Manhatten that was created by Shep. It bodly states: We Own The Future, and seems to harken back to his OBEY days (old schoolers will understand that his Obey pieces are what initially made him known).

In my opinion, all that does is make the city more beautiful. It adds splashes of color and ecourages free thought. What is better than that?

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The Massage Tub of the Future

If you're filming a scifi show any time soon, you might want to head to Korra's website and check out this cool K-1083 tub. With translucent, blue acrylic fitted inside a white plastic base all fitted with chrome fixtures, the entire tub looks like something from the future. 

But this tub isn't all about looks. It is also all about wonderful massage-powers and comfort, making it entirely comfortable and great for soaking sore bodies. 

Read more about the cool design over at Homes and Hues: Korra's Stunningly Futuristic Massage Bathtub


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9 Lines in the Sand

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader History's Lists.

Borders, fences, fortifications, demarcations- whatever you call them, there are a lot of dividing lines in history. Here are some of the most famous.

1. HADRIAN’S WALL


Milecastle 39 on Hadrian’s Wall near Steel Rigg. (Image credit: Adam Cuerden)

In AD 122, the Roman Empire was near the height of its power, but in the far-flung imperial province of Britannia, the empire was having some trouble near its northern border. To control that line in the heath, Emperor Hadrian ordered the construction of what became the most heavily-fortified border in the Western world at the time: a 73-mile wall of limestone and turf, with small forts roughly every Roman mile occupied by a few dozen troops. Additionally, larger forts were also constructed. The Romans built the wall well enough that it survived the Roman Empire, and what remains of it became a World Heritage Site in 1987.

2. THE TORDESILLAS MERIDIAN



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There’s a reason that the citizens of Brazil speak Portuguese while nearly all of the rest of South America speaks Spanish: that reason is the Tordesillas Meridian. In 1493, Pope Alexander VI offered a papal edict saying that Spain (Alexander VI’s native country) would control any land west of a meridian (a line stretching from pole to pole) that lay 100 leagues west of the Cape Verde islands, which were off the coast of Africa. This meant that the pope was giving the Americas to Spain, which did not sit well with the Portuguese, who thought they were entitled to it.

In 1494, the Spanish and Portuguese signed the Treaty of Tordesillas, which nudges that papal line further west -giving Portugal the eastern “bump” of the South American continent that would become Brazil.

3. THE PALE

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When is a line not just a line? When it is “the Pale” -an area on the eastern shore of Ireland that was directly under the control of the English crown during the Middle Ages. It derived its name from the Latin word palus, which literally meant a stake, but figuratively meant a fence or line, the lands beyond which one does not have control (and indeed, the Pale had a border fence, or some say a line of dikes). This is what people are referring to when they use the expression “beyond the pale.”

4.  MASON-DIXON LINE

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Did I Get Drunk and Get A Ph.D?

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He's an incredible scientist when he's drunk. Otherwise he's a simpleton.

You just might be able to convince a friend/prank victim of this if you repeat the process a few times. 

(Headline credit goes to redditor Mayson023)

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Undead Mushroom - It's Game Over For Mario


Undead Mushroom by Mike Pacheco

An undead plague swept through the Mushroom Kingdom like a boo through a brick, and the toadstools were the first to suffer from the ill effects of the virus. They seemed normal at first, but when they started devouring turtles and goombas all over town Peach knew something was wrong. She called in Mario to handle the infection, and he came in swinging and punching like a madman, but the infected needed to be cleansed with fire...

Scare up some grins from your fellow gamers with this Undead Mushroom t-shirt by Mike Pacheco, and make sure your mushrooms don't bite back!

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Toronto Park Gojira Is Coming I Shitzu Not Bombsky

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GoPro Best of Animals 2014

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With the advent of budget-friendly, tiny cameras such as GoPro, animal videos have changed from hit-or-miss action to immediate or animal's-eye view perspective. The footage is only limited by the imagination of the person who captures it. Examples abound in GoPro's Best of Animals 2014 compilation video. This is part two. See part one here. Via The Presurfer.

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Classic First Lines of Novels in Emojis: A Quiz

Maybe you’ve noticed a trend lately of people posting long strings of emojis as translated text. Those are a real pain for someone like me, who has neither the time not the inclination to parse them out. But then here comes Slate with a quiz about some short, familiar phrases. These  twelve strings of pictures are well-known first lines of classic novels that you know, rendered in emoji. Can you figure them out? I can’t say I did well, but I was proud to figure out a few. And your first impressions can be hilarious: for #3, I read "Here's an idea you're going to love! Let's cook eggplant!" When you’ve strained your brain enough, you can check the answers at Slate. -via mental_floss   


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Boxing Glove Chair

This brilliantly conceived chair would be perfect for the home of any boxing fan. Ornald Balyko, an artist in Lithuania, designed it to look like an old-fashioned boxing glove. The leather chair is about 3 feet tall and can be filled with polystyrene balls like a beanbag chair.

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Cat-mounted Laser Pointer

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Alex Burkovskiy taped a laser pointer to his cat’s head. Usually, just a piece of tape on a cat will cause the animal to go bonkers trying to get it off, but this cat was too fascinated with the red dot to notice he had something taped to him! He chased the dot for over an hour. That’s about as long as a piece of tape stuck to fast-moving fur can possibly last. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Dog Saves Little Boy from Swarm of Bees

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Pictured above is eight-year old Jesse-Cole Shaver and his hero, a pit bull named Hades. Last Tuesday, Jesse-Cole and his friends were playing in the woods near his home in Oregon City, Oregon. One child stepped through a log, breaking into a beehive. The bees swarmed and attacked the children.

The kids fled, but Jesse-Cole was struggling to make it up the hill to safety. So Hades leaped into action, dragging Jesse-Cole by his pants up the hill and away from the bees.

The bees stung Jesse-Cole 24 times. His mother took him to the hospital, which released him after a few hours. Thankfully, Jesse-Cole wasn't seriously injured--all thanks to his loyal dog.

-via Huffington Post

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During This Japanese Festival, Attendees Try Coffins on for Size



A Japanese festival called "Shukatsu Festa" has been increasing in popularity in the past several years, this year attracting 5,000 people. "Shukatsu," English translation being "preparing for one's end," is the main idea of the festival, during which people select coffins. Participants try out the coffins of their choice, complete with funeral attire, flowers and optional makeup simula
ting the skin tone of a corpse. At that point, these death adventurers are photographed, so they have an idea of how they may appear at their funeral. Some choose to have the coffin lid lowered while they lie inside, to seal the deal.  

What, no gory scar makeup? Read more here. Image Credit: Miako Ichikawa/Asahi.


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Peacocks Gather at the Bird Keeper's Whistle


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The bird keeper in Guilin, China, blows his whistle. To the delight of the gathered spectators, peacocks fly down from the trees and hills, obediently landing at his feet. As they brake before landing, they spread their wings out widely, showing everyone their beautiful plumage.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Do Farts Carry Germs?

When you fart, are you spraying microbes all over? Should we fear the effects of flatulence in a crowd? Science is on the question!

“It all started with an enquiry from a nurse,” Dr Karl Kruszelnicki told listeners to his science phone-in show on the Triple J radio station in Brisbane. “She wanted to know whether she was contaminating the operating theatre she worked in by quietly farting in the sterile environment during operations, and I realised that I didn’t know. But I was determined to find out.”

The upshot is that if people fart while wearing clothes, you’re pretty safe. But fart naked, and it’s a whole different story. And you’ll want to read that story of the experiment by which Dr. Kruszelnicki found the answer at Discover magazine. Oh, the things that researchers do in the name of science! -via Digg


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Angry Birds Transformers


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Rovio Entertainment, the company which produces the Angry Birds series of video games, plans to release a new game which features Angry Birds characters as Transformers. Embedded above is a clever trailer for the game. It takes visual cues from the 80s Transformers cartoon, especially the opening sequence.

The new game suggests a pattern for Rovio. The company has already produced a Star Wars-themed game, as well as a sequel to it. Perhaps Rovio will continue to create mashup games like these. A Downton Abbey Angry Birds game would surely be fun. What other Angry Birds mashup games would you like to see?

-via Fanboy


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