They don't call 'em flash floods for nothing, and in a flash those waters can sweep in and tear up buildings, tear down trees and other plants, and even carry cars and trucks away.
In 2011 a devastating flood swept through Toowoomba, Australia, captured on video from a second story office window by whitelightbringer.
The flood waters fill East Creek and start sweeping all the vehicles in the parking lot away, that is, all but one truck driven out of harms way by a guy who's either really brave or really dumb for taking such a risk.
You always suspected that hi-tech engineers and inventors drew inspiration from science fiction, spy novels, and comic books. It’s true! There are more and more tech innovations that seem like magic, that can give us superpowers once only dreamed of in fiction. For example, consider the Myo Gesture Control Armband by Thalmic Labs.
Feel the power of the force flowing through your being with the Myo Gesture Control Armband. This device provides wireless technology that allows you to control movement of distant objects with a wave of your hand. You can remotely control electronic devices so they turn on and off, make drones fly through the air and much more.
This device is compatible with Windows, Mac, Ios and Android via wireless connection. It works by reading the electrical activity that is generated by your muscles so it appears that you are commanding electronic objects to obey your command.
Dogs are incredible companions, but you need to find the right pet for you, because a person at work all day shouldn't have an overly attached dog, just like a super active person doesn't want a pooch that just wants to lay on the couch and cuddle all day.
That's why PawsLikeMe.com is such a cool site. It essentially works like an online dating profile, taking your personality and interests into account in order to match you to the perfect pup. While there have been plenty of quizes like this online that suggest particular breeds for you to look into, this one actually links you to dogs that are actually available for adoption and that fit your personality and lifestyle.
I got a dog that was a 98% match and while I'm not really looking for a dog right now (my current pup is a handful already), she sure did look like a great match. So, have any of you found your soul dog today?
This is what a political ad should be. Gerald Daugherty is a county commissioner in Travis County, Texas. He’s either a pretty good actor, or else this is exactly how he is in real life. And his wife Charlyn is an excellent actor. This ad is for his re-election campaign this year.
What you want in a local office like this is someone who cares about the job and is willing to do the work. It helps if he (or she) knows what they are doing. This ad conveys all that in a 60-second drama that will also make you laugh. -via Digg
Kids love to sink their teeth into some tasty treats on Halloween night, but I wonder how they'd feel if those sugary sweets bit back? In that alternate reality kids would live in fear of Halloween, afraid to leave their house on that spooky night lest they be gobbled up by sugary snacks on the attack. But cops will have it worst of all, since their favorite treat will start to play tricks on them, flapping away before they can take a bite out of those delicious-looking donut bats!
This Donut Bat t-shirt by kpcomix definitely doesn't bite, but it will make your friends show their fangs as they guffaw at your funny new shirt!
Since 1879, residents of a quaint town in upstate New York have mediated conversations between loved ones—parents and children, husbands and wives, brothers and sisters. What’s so special about that? These mediators connect the living…with the dead.
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Pastel-painted Victorian homes line the streets of Lily Dale, New York, leftovers from the town’s golden age at the dawn of the 20th century. It’s been called Silly Dale, Spookdale, and—in a 1997 New York Times article—“New York’s own corner of the twilight zone.” In winter, Lily Dale is as quiet as the ghosts rumored to walk its streets. But when summer rolls around, this town’s population blossoms—from a few hundred to around 22,000.
This gated community, founded by members of the Spiritualist church beside a picturesque lake in western New York state, was set apart in its original corporate charter as a place “for the discerning of the spirits.” When tens of thousands of true believers stream through the gates each summer, it’s not the lake or the Victorian homes they’re coming to see: it’s the women (and a few men) who claim to be able to deliver messages from beyond the grave.
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel about censorship and book burning was on the book club’s agenda for Banned Books Week. However, the school required a permission slip from parents before a child could read the book. Some parents had objected to the book because of a few curse words and a depiction of Bible burning. What could be more ironic than censoring a book about censorship? Milo requested a permission slip from his Dad, Daily Show writer Daniel Radosh. His response:
I love this letter! What a wonderful way to introduce students to the theme of Fahrenheit 451 that books are so dangerous that the institutions of society -- schools and parents -- might be willing to team up against children to prevent them from reading one. It's easy enough to read the book and say, 'This is crazy. It could never really happen,' but pretending to present students at the start with what seems like a totally reasonable 'first step' is a really immersive way to teach them how insidious censorship can be I'm sure that when the book club is over and the students realize the true intent of this letter they'll be shocked at how many of them accepted it as an actual permission slip. In addition, Milo's concern that allowing me to add this note will make him stand out as a troublemaker really brings home why most of the characters find it easier to accept the world they live in rather than challenge it. I assured him that his teacher would have his back.
The first time a witch rode a broom in popular culture could have been in the illustrations of a book published in 1451. French poet Martin Le Franc’s Le Champion des Dames (The Defender of Ladies) shows two women flying with sticks between their legs, although only one is clearly a broom. At least, that is the oldest evidence we have of the legend of witches flying on brooms.
According to Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History, edited by University of Pennsylvania history professors Alan Charles Kors and Edward Peters, Le Champion des Dames has “the first such illustration in the pictorial history of witchcraft.” Le Franc’s long poem about virtuous women is interrupted by a discussion of witchcraft, and the covered heads of the two women marks them as Waldensians. This Christian movement emerged in the 12th-century. With its tenet that any member could be a priest, even a woman, and perform sacraments and preach, the bloody ire of the Catholic Church soon followed. That these heretics would also meddle with the supernatural was not a leap, but why the broomstick?
What people said about witches and what they did with their brooms is pretty suggestive, if not downright prurient. Read more about witches and their brooms at Hyperallergic. Link contains some art nudity.
Lisa Hix and Hunter Oatman-Stanford of Collectors Weekly went to Mercanteinfiera in Parma. It’s the largest antique fair in Italy, a country where antiques for sale can be several hundred years old. Over a thousand vendors filled the 45,000 square meter market space, selling goods with classic names like Murano glass, Fiat race cars, Fornasetti porcelain, and even reliquaries containing pieces of saints.
For first-time attendees, the fair’s crucial first two days can be a bit of a shock. “It’s like the Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan,” explained Iacopo Napoli, one of Mercanteinfiera’s project managers. “People wake up early in order to be there first, in order to grab the best pieces.” And grab they do, which is why Clark Haines believes serious buyers need a savvy local at their side, like her Diva Guides.
“In Italy, to get a good price, you have to have a conversation forever,” Clark Haines says. “As an American, when I want a price, I say, ‘How much is it? Will you take a better price?’ Deal done. That’s it—three seconds. But that’s not how you get the best price in Italy. For an Italian, before you even ask how much it is, you ask eight other questions about the piece. You’ve talked about the history, you know where it came from, you know what it does. You’ve talked about the vendor, where the vendor’s from, what the vendor had for dinner, what the vendor’s sister ate for dinner, is eating tomorrow for dinner, and then you discuss the price. It’s all about the conversation.”
So far the Monster Lab mask series has shown us how to sculpt and make the mold, which means casting and painting/finishing videos are on the horizon. I'm ready to start sculpting my own masks, how about you?
The rumors have been going around the internet for about a week, and now General Mills has confirmed that, indeed, they are set to release cold cereal in the flavors of your favorite Girl Scout cookies, beginning in January. Thin Mints and Caramel Crunch are the only flavors confirmed, but there might be others. The bad news is that little corner that says “limited edition,” which could mean they are only going to be out while we wait for our cookie orders to come in each year, or it could be a test to see how many people will buy it. -via the Daily Dot
A lot of armchair politicians can see the solutions to society’s problem so clearly. If you were the leader, you’d fix everything, because it’s all so commonsense, right? Maybe not. No man is an island. Nor woman.
CGP Grey throws a wrench in your fantasies by explaining the complications of being a ruler. Even a dictator has a complicated path. It’s a longer video than he usually makes, but it’s a complicated subject. -via reddit
Raccoons are so adorable and ordinarily, their deft, sneaky little hand movements only add to that cuteness, but who knew that seeing the paws reach through slats on someone's front porch is seriously creepy? Well, at least they're ready for Halloween.
As soon as the leaves start to turn and we see Halloween on the horizon we know one scary fellow is about to start making the rounds. He's large and full of laughter, with the strangest taste in clothing, and if you get on his good side he'll bring you a present you'll never forget. No, it's not Santa Claus, although that is a good guess. The fellow we're talking about is named Jack, and he's the head honcho in Halloweentown. Jack used to be known as the Pumpkin King, and his last name Skellington tends to give kids nightmares at the mere mention, so now he's tells everyone his name is Sandy Claws, because he very nearly ended up replacing the real Santa. So what are you going to do now, go naughty and risk a visit from the scary Sandy Claws or stay on Santa's good side?
Show the world that only Jack Skellington can judge you with this Scary Santa t-shirt by Dooomcat, it's the perfect shirt to wear into the new year and beyond!
Ballet productions in the 19th century were illuminated by lamps with open flames. Diaphanous tutus and gas stage lamps were a deadly combination. But dancers faced those risks for their art. Dozen were ignited by the lamps, which spread so quickly that many died as a result. One particularly horrifying onstage fire led to the gruesome death of French ballerina Emma Livry.
Ballet was a deceptively dangerous profession. Not only were dancers at risk of death by fire, they were sometimes killed by overambitious stagecraft or crushed by falling sets. In 1859, imperial decree demanded that all sets and costumes be flameproofed as best they could via a process known as carteronizing: Tutus were immersed in a chemical bath before being worn onstage. But the process left the delicate skirts dingy, and the ballerinas — the very people at risk of public immolation — fought the safety measures. “I insist, sir, on dancing at all first performances of the ballet in my ordinary ballet skirt,” Livry wrote to the Paris Opéra’s director in 1860 in a formal declaration of independence — one that would result in her death just two years later.
Selfies are by far the most popular way for people to document their trip abroad these days, but who wants to see the same old shots of stuff behind your head and every meal you ate while you were away?
World travelers and Instagram users Doodledeux wanted to document their trips in a more interesting way, so the couple created two characters named Abeng & Neng to star in their travel photos.
Doodledeux consists of a GF who hand draws Abeng & Neng to fit each setting and a BF who photographs the doodles, so the characters can emote in, react to and interact with the world in ways no selfie poser ever could.
The TV show Knight Rider aired from 1982 to ’86, and was a product of its time. Michael Knight was a cool cop with an even cooler car, chasing the bad guys like a real hero. But that was thirty years ago. Kitt, the amazing car, has updated to a Lamborghini. Kitt would like Michael to update his look a bit, too.
You can't legally purchase children on Craigslist, or anywhere else in America for that matter, but you can purchase 28 wax sculptures of Amish children on Craigslist, so that's pretty much the same thing, right?
Four of the pieces have mechanical "Life-sized animation" function which formerly brought "this interactive classroom to life", but many of these figures look eerily lifelike even without the mecha upgrade.
Of course, real kids can't separate their hand from their arm like that, but technically that makes these mannequins better than a room full of real kids, plus you don't have to feed them and they don't stink!
A photo posted by Josh Rossi (@joshrossiphoto) on Oct 21, 2016 at 5:02pm PDT
Josh Rossi is a commercial photographer and digital artist. He is also Dad to three-year-old Nellee, who is a big fan of Wonder Woman. Rossi splurged for a $1500 custom-made leather Wonder Woman costume for Nellee. You might think that’s going a little above and beyond for a preschooler’s Halloween costume, but this is much more. This is a photography project that will not only be a part of Nelly’s life forever, it will always be part of Rossi’s portfolio.
A photo posted by Josh Rossi (@joshrossiphoto) on Oct 19, 2016 at 9:56am PDT
Rossi and a team of assistants took Nellee into a studio for a full day of work (or at least until nap time), shooting body parts to be combined into scenes from the trailer for the 2017 Wonder Woman movie. Here’s a taste of what went into it.
Halloween may be on a Monday this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have a Halloween party on the weekend or even enjoy a few fun cocktails the night of. If you're looking to celebrate with a little buzz this year, but want to make sure your drinks suit the mood, here are some fun cocktail recipes perfect for the spookiest day of the year.
1. Candy Corn Cocktail
Candy corn is a highly polarizing creation with some diehard fans and a lot of outspoken enemies. You don't have to like the candy to appreciate this delightfully layered cocktail though since they incorporate the fantastic flavors of whipped crime vodka, sour mix, pineapple juice, grenadine and fresh whipped cream.
2. Black Heart Cider
No, this recipe doesn't actually involve making your own hard cider from scratch as that would take months -it does, however, contain cherry cider -hence the name. With black vodka, cherry cider, muddled blackberries and sparkling wine, this pitch-black cocktail is surprisingly light and fruity as well as creepy-looking.
In his workshop in Hakone, Japan, a master craftsman shows us the art of Yosegi-zaiku. You really should watch the video before you read the Wikipedia article on it, because you'll enjoy discovering what it's all about as he goes through the process.
Also, the video itself is beautiful and soothing, with lovely music. If you spot any finished Yosegi-zaiku products in a shop, or maybe in a friend’s home, you’ll be glad you can explain what goes into it. -via reddit
Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog
While you might think you want your daughters to grow up sweet and agreeable, the real world demands that they be able to take care of themselves. And that’s one of the best things you can teach them. I have one child who has always been a stubborn contrarian. It was frustrating. It was difficult. But as she grew I was also proud of how strong and self-determined she is. She can take care of herself, and that’s worth more than all the affection she could have shown her parents. The concept is illustrated for even toddler age girls in the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.
A photo posted by Azienda Sa Mandra (@aziendasamandra) on Mar 20, 2015 at 4:15am PDT
Paola Abraini is one of three women left in the world who can make su filindeu, which makes it the rarest pasta in the world. The family has passed down the technique for hundreds of years, but the recipe is no secret. There were once many women in the town of Nuoro, Sardinia, who made su filindeu for the Feast of San Francesco, when pilgrims traditionally eat a soup of su filindeu in mutton broth. Abraini would love to teach others how to make it, but the process is one that you can’t learn in an afternoon. It takes years of practice. First, you make pasta dough from semolina wheat, salt, and water, and knead it.
Then comes the hardest part, a process she calls, “understanding the dough with your hands.” When she feels that it needs to be more elastic, she dips her fingers into a bowl of salt water. When it needs more moisture, she dips them into a separate bowl of regular water. “It can take years to understand,” she beamed. “It’s like a game with your hands. But once you achieve it, then the magic happens.”
When the semolina reached just the right consistency, Abraini picked up the cylindrical strand to stretch and fold the dough, doubling it as she pressed the heads of the su filindeu into her palms. She repeated this sequence in a fluid motion eight times. With each sweeping pull, the dough became thinner and thinner. After eight sequences, she was left with 256 even strands about half as wide as angel-hair pasta. She then carefully laid the strands on a circular base, one on top of another, to form a cross, trimming any excess from the ends with her fingers before repeating the process over and over.
Our friends from Geeks Are Sexy attended the Quebec City Comic Con this weekend, and caught some awesome cosplayers doing what they do best. Yan and photographer Patrick-Michel Dagenais brought us back a nice gallery of images. These folks went all out, from Disney Princesses to the toughest warriors in pop culture.
Don't you hate it when you're sleeping like the dead and some jerk comes knocking on your coffin just to ask if you're the real Count Dracula? Of course you don't, you're not Count Dracula- I am, and let me tell you the living could learn a thing or two from the (un)dead! That's why I surround myself with zombies and monsters, because at least they have the common decency to fear me, unlike you human morsels with your selfies and your celebrity worship. I get it- to you I'm a big movie star, so meeting me is a dream come true, but it will be a nightmare too if you interrupt my coffin break...especially if I'm feeling a bit thirsty...
Tell people to stop being a pain in the neck with this Vampire Taking A Coffin Break t-shirt by Cafe Pretzel, and let this horror-bly funny design do all the talking for you!
Superheroes are a sexy bunch, there's no doubt about it, but having sex with a superhero seems like a task best left up to other superfolks.
For our normal human bodies are fragile, and probably wouldn't be able to withstand a physical encounter with some super strong, super fast and/or super thick skinned individual.
But if you're trying to get down and dirty with The Thing you might find him too embarrassed to return your advances- because the jury's still out on whether he has functional genitalia in his non-human form.
On the other hand, Rogue of the X-Men is anatomically correct, but touching her bare skin can cause power loss, permanent memory loss or death. She's hot but she ain't that hot!
Living in a house that’s several hundred years old isn’t unusual in Europe, but in the U.S. it’s pretty rare. Your opportunity is listed in Hingham, Massachusetts, where the Thomas Lincoln Home is on the market. It was built in 1650, which makes it more than a hundred years older than the United States. It has four bedrooms, two baths, and five fireplaces. It needs a paint job.
To be clear, the whole house isn’t three centuries old—it had an addition in the early 1700s. Nor has it stood in the same spot for over three centuries—it was moved from its original plot of land.
In the winter of 1735, when the nearby marshes froze over, the entire house was dragged across the ice to reach its current address on Mars Hill. Its new hillside location allowed the Lincoln family to expand the home by adding a first floor underneath the original structure.
If you’re wondering about the name, Thomas Lincoln, who had the house built, was the brother of Samuel Lincoln, who was President Abaraham Lincoln's great-great-great grandfather. See more pictures at the real estate listing.