We've seen a lot of pizza/burger combinations, including a burger baked inside of a pizza and a pizza inside of a burger inside of a pizza, but for most people, making these outrageous pizza creations is just too crazy. On the other hand, following these instructions from Oh Bite It to make a burger with a Hot Pocket inside seems pretty straight forward -and best of all, you can switch it up to have a burger stuffed with turkey, broccoli and cheddar or hickory ham and cheddar -or whatever your favorite Hot Pocket flavor happens to be.
Manufacturers around the world are busy making millions of crappy products every day, and whether they're crappy because of the quality or because they serve no purpose they're all bound for the landfill.
But some items are crappy for both of those reasons and yet may avoid ending up in the landfill- because they're so odd they belong in the Museum of WTF.
As 1972 approached, President Richard Nixon started to get more and more concerned about his coming reelection campaign. He became convinced that his political adversaries weren’t just opponents-they were “enemies” and had to be stopped. He and his advisers compiled this list of 20 public figures who they felt could hurt them in some way. Were they ever really threats to Nixon? Probably not, but Nixon thought so, which makes this piece of history all the more fascinating.
“ON SCREWING OUR POLITICAL ENEMIES”
In 1972 five men were caught breaking into Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. The culprits turned out to have ties to high-level members of both the Republican Party and the Nixon administration. The Congressional investigation that followed unraveled the Nixon presidency, exposing the systematic way Nixon abused power and attempted to destroy his enemies (real and imagined), eventually leading to his resignation in order to avoid impeachment.
One year before Nixon’s resignation, on June 27, 1973, White House counsel John Dean testified before Congress about possible connections between the Nixon administration and the Watergate burglars’ plan to steal information damaging to Democratic candidates. Dean mentioned that in 1971 he’d received a memo titled “On Screwing Our Political Enemies.” Written by Charles Colson, another Nixon attorney, the memo was a list of people singled out as those most threatening to Nixon’s career. The memo detailed how the White House planned to go about discrediting Nixon’s opponents, which included anyone trying to run against him and any reporter who’d given him unfavorable coverage. The goal: to ruin every person on the list with a campaign of rumors, character assassination, and even IRS audits.
Remember when you were a kid, and you didn't really know what to do with an aunt or uncle, and then you found out they were the coolest person in the family? That only works until Mom and Dad find out. It's pretty fun on the other end, too. Babysitting is always easier when you're not the one responsible for how the child turns out. Also, if Mom and Dad find out, then maybe they won't ask any favors of you in the future. This is the newest comic from Lunarbaboon.
Motherhood has never been easy, especially when you have several young ones to keep track of. This raccoon has at least two kits, maybe more. When it's nap time, she wants to get them all into the tree where they live so she can get some shut eye. But that last child does not want to cooperate.
This raccoon family was recorded in Leesburg, Virginia. Note that at about two minutes in, the mother notices the camera operator. She doesn't have time to smile for the camera, at least not until every kit is inside and accounted for. -via Tastefully Offensive
Comedian and movie star Jerry Lewis died Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas. He was long known as half of the comedy duo Martin and Lewis, who performed together in 16 films over ten years. Lewis then starred in a series of comedy films on his own, the most memorable of which was The Nutty Professor in 1963.
Barely out of his teens, he shot to fame shortly after World War II with a nightclub act in which the rakish, imperturbable Dean Martin crooned and the skinny, hyperactive Mr. Lewis capered around the stage, a dangerously volatile id to Mr. Martin’s supremely relaxed ego.
After his break with Mr. Martin in 1956, Mr. Lewis went on to a successful solo career, eventually writing, producing and directing many of his own films.
As a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mr. Lewis raised vast sums for charity; as a filmmaker of great personal force and technical skill, he made many contributions to the industry, including the invention in 1960 of a device — the video assist, which allowed directors to review their work immediately on the set — still in common use.
Jerry Lewis was 91.
Read more about Jerry lewis in some Neatorama articles by Eddie Deezen:
Transparent pool tables look just plain slick both literally and figuratively, but as nice as they look the old school pool shark in me screams "there's no way that functions like felt!" every time I see one.
But as I discovered after watching this explainer video by Elite Innovations Pty Ltd, makers of fine transparent pool tables, they work just like cloth covered tables thanks to their 'Vitrik' playing surface:
Spacesuits in TV and movies may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life? Some of them were designed for media before we actually put a human into contact with space, so we can't expect them to be anywhere near accurate, while others are from a time when they should have known better. The continuing saga of Star Trek began after the first EVA, but the original series did not have the budget for realism. It's become better with time.
Where to start with Star Trek? The upcoming show Star Trek Discovery features a badass suit that looks like an entire miniature spaceship. But there are also some bizarre, cringeworthy depictions, like these from The Original Series. They’re sparkly! They have weird, seemingly useless colored attachments, the wearer can really only see right in front of them, and the visor extends to the back of their head for some reason.
Fortunately, the show went with some marginally better (but still science fictional) versions for The Motion Picture, and some really plausible ones in Enterprise. But although the latest series’ suits look cool, they don’t seem that realistic either, with an emphasis on armor and propulsion over anything else. We’ll have to wait until later this year to know just what they’re used for.
I used to read a magazine called CARtoons that was full of hot rod art reminiscent of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's high octane illustrations from the 60s, and I've always wondered what those cars would look like in real life.
Not only does it have an incredibly smooth body and an appearance that suggests it's always inching forward on its 1965 Minibus suspension- it also sports a 2175 air cooled super charged engine which gives it around 200 horsepower.
If you ever encounter a wild and feral looking humaniod who asks if you'd like your every wish to come true simply turn around and run away from them as fast as you can- because their deal isn't worth all the destruction. That vile creature is what's known as a Shimigami- a death spirit that delights in giving humans the opportunity to choose the mortal fate of their fellow man. They have nothing to offer you but death and pain, but if you do find yourself utilizing a Shinigami's notebook to write out a deathnote kill only the wicked and keep the pure of heart safe from harm.
Make people an offer they can't refuse wherever you go by wearing this Eye Deal t-shirt by Karlangas, it's the funny way to show love for your favorite anime series.
Once upon a time, the side of a building was as good an advertising medium as any, and many were painted to alert passers-by to the business inside, or for some totally unrelated product. Now they are part of history, sometimes faded and barely readable, sometimes only existing in photographs. Seeing one provokes a sense of whimsy and nostalgia. Should these 'ghost signs' be preserved? Even if you think they should be, the greater question is "How?"
Some cities and towns are restoring ghost signs with fresh paint, but that can be a contentious issue. Winslow says that in the sign painting community, many people believe that for a restoration to be authentic, it must be repainted by the person who originally painted the sign, or a direct apprentice. That’s tough for a 75-year-old sign.
Color and paint choice presents another problem. Ghost signs have lasted so long because the paint contained lead. Modern paints peel, rather than slowly fading away. Many of today’s restorations are painted in bright colors, but old paints were less vibrant, and the available palette was limited.
Preservationists see the question as the kind of tradeoff they confront all the time. Tod Swormstedt of the American Sign Museum said,
“It’s kind of a subjective call, like when you restore an old house; are you going to restore it back to not having electric lights and have gas lights and not have a bathroom, not have indoor plumbing like some of the early Victorian houses?” Swormstedt says. “How purist do you want to get?”
Nabisco has maintained a reputation as a wholesome and family friendly company for over a century, and in that time they've had very little to worry about in terms of public backlash or scandal.
But there was one time when Nabisco inadvertently bought themselves a scandal- when they purchased the Aurora Company in 1971, makers of horror movie model kits the National Organization for Women felt were obscene:
That May, Nabisco had attempted to diversify by purchasing Aurora Company, the West Hempstead, New York model kit maker best known for their plastic kits of Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolf Man, and other horror film icons. The cheap plastic toys came in pieces and could be glued together and painted.
Unknown to Nabisco, Aurora had recently branched out and begun offering entire model kit dioramas. Instead of a single figure, consumers could buy detailed “sets” for their monsters to interact with. There was a guillotine, a razor-sharp pendulum, and a laboratory; a female protagonist, referred to in the copy as “the Victim,” was scantily-clad and ready to be dismembered, beheaded, or trapped in a spiked cage. Kids could also opt to have Vampirella, the top-heavy villain licensed from Warren Publishing, operate the winch and pulley while her plastic captive was shackled to a table.
Each kit also contained a comic, which instructed builders on how to assemble the torture scenes for maximum enjoyment. A narrator named Dr. Deadly seemed to opine on the appeal of the Victim once she was fully assembled. “Now that you’ve gotten her all together, I think I like the other way. In pieces … yesssss.”
In addition to Fig Newtons, Nabisco realized it had also been peddling tiny torture racks.
How average you are depends on how many different parameters you are looking at. If you look at more statistics, you'll find some category in which you are exceptional, and that, too, is quite normal. It turns out I am average in almost every way, except for how many children I have, and whether I am above or below the average depends on your definitions. Still, being above or below average does not mean you are abnormal.
Then again, you are probably more average than you think you are. All my life I've been told that I'm short, when I have always been the exact average for a woman my age. I knew that. Where people are particularly bad at knowing their own "averageness" is in their intelligence and competence. That's where the Dunning-Kruger Effect and Impostor Syndrome come in.
An interesting thing happens when like-minded people move in to the same building or on to the same street and form a symbiotic microcosm- the street or building comes alive with human energy.
This human energy explosion happened on Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco in the 60s, it was happening all over the place in NYC in the 70s, and it happened on a single street in East Berlin during the 80s.
Hufelandstrasse was an island of culture in the Soviet-controlled city, and photographer Harf Zimmermann immediately fell in love with the street and its residents when he moved there in 1981:
“Everyone seemed to feel connected to the place and responsible for it, to be acting in tacit consensus and always working to save the diversity of their island from the sea of gray for as long as possible,” says Harf Zimmermann.
For over a year, Zimmermann photographed almost daily on the street with his large-format camera, patiently asking shop-owners and residents if he could take their picture. Hufelandstrasse was then home to a cross-section of citizens of the German Democratic Republic, as well as many family-run stores and workshops—from bakeries and cobblers, to a pet shop and even an atelier for repairing women’s stockings—an uncanny concentration of private business which had otherwise been fazed out by the communist state.
Riding along interstate 90 in South Dakota, you expect to see roadside art. But a glorious new statue went up last year that dominates the landscape as she welcomes you. You'll find Dignity between exits 263 and 265 near Chamberlain.
She was created by artist Dale Lamphere, who has been South Dakota’s Artist Laureate since 2015. He received the commission from a local couple. Eunabel and Norm McKie of Rapid City wanted to create something to commemorate the 125th anniversary of South Dakota’s statehood but they also wanted something which would celebrate the determination, wisdom and bravery of the state’s indigenous peoples, the cultural inheritance of the Lakota and Dakota. The couple gave over a million dollars to support the project.
Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean 72 years ago, a Japanese torpedo tore through the hull of the USS Indianapolis. The ship sank 18,000 feet to the bottom of the sea, and wasn't seen again -until Friday.
The Indianapolis sank in 12 minutes, making it impossible for it to send a distress signal or deploy life-saving equipment. Before the attack, on July 30, 1945, it had just completed a secret mission delivering components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima that brought an end to the war in the Pacific, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington.
Most of the ship's 1,196 sailors and Marines survived the sinking only to succumb to exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks. Only 316 survived, according to the US Navy. Of the survivors, 22 are alive today.
The State Fair of Texas opens September 29 and runs through October 22. But competition is already underway among concessionaires for the Big Tex Choice Awards for the best state fair foods. Winners will be crowned August 27. Texas Monthly runs down the ten finalists with a fictional tasting. Here's what they had to say about deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick.
“There’s been a mistake,” said the man. He hoped it was a mistake.
“What do you mean?”
“Says here this is soup. I don’t see no soup.”
“The soup’s in the little balls,” said the woman. “You can try it if you want. I won’t ask for payment. Not for you.”
The man wavered. It felt like an insult, but his curiosity was potent. He looked at the stick of fried dough encasing the soup like a funeral shroud and took his hand out of his duster. The woman took a step forward and gently offered him the stick. He took the stick, but he didn’t eat it.
Editor’s note: Please pay the State Fair vendors, and absolutely try the deep-fried chicken noodle soup on a stick.
See what they think of the Surfin’ Turfin’ Tator Boat, the Tamale Donut, the Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, the Fried Texas Sheet Cake, the Gulf Coast Fish Bowl, Pinot Noir Popcorn, Texas Fajita Fries, Deep Fried Froot Loops®, and something called a Fat Smooth, all at Texas Monthly. -Thanks, Walter!
According to reputable scientific sources there are no sea monsters in the sea, there are just a bunch of oversized squid, sharks, orca and the like that occasionally eat people and attack boats.
But those scientists seem to be hiding something, because these incredibly lifelike illustrations by Vladimir Stankovic are full of scary looking creatures that actually live under the sea, like the toothy Wolf Eel.
It's not hard to understand why land lubbers who've never seen such strange creatures would see the critters on Vladimir's prints as monsters, but these prints were created not to terrify but rather to educate:
Illustrator and graphic designer Vladimir Stankovic was commissioned to create a series of illustrations of some of the most bizarre and remarkable sea creatures for the Earth Touch / Smithsonian Channel documentary CRAZY MONSTER: SEA CREATURES. The illustrations were later animated and used an an interlude before the introduction of each species.
Confederate statues are being taken down in cities across the South. Where will they go? The United States is far from the first country to confront such a dilemma, and there are places all around the world that can be seen as "retirement homes" for statues and monuments that have been removed from public places.
Sometimes statues are collected in one place, where the immortalized fallen crowd together in awkward silence, historical repositories of different eras. Take the “Garden of the Generalissimos” in Cihu, Taiwan, where scores of Chiang Kai-shek statues sit together, regarding one another. The statues are some of the thousands on the island—a controversial legacy of the late leader of the Republic of China (not to be confused with the modern mainland People’s Republic of China).
There are places like this in Hungary and Lithuania, and even in Dallas, where there's a private collection of statues of erstwhile European rulers. Read about them at Atlas Obscura.
Many things make Bob "Deadpool" Wilson happy- painting happy little trees, painting those trees with the blood of his enemies, painting the guts of his enemies glistening in the sun...You get the point, now don't you? DP likes to stay happy, but in order to maintain a positive 'tude he's gotta keep his house in order by keeping his painting studio clean- and getting revenge on enemies like that bastard Francis. And believe me folks- a happy DP does a lot more painting and a lot less head chopping!
Take your buddy Bob with you wherever you go by wearing this The Joy Of Revenge t-shirt by Aaron Morales, it's the hilarious way to showcase the many sides of the merc with a mouth.
You have to be at least eighteen years old to get a tattoo in most places, although in some areas you can be under 18 if you have your parents' permission, but you're never too young to think tattoos look cool.
And even though 12-year-old Ezrah Dormon from Panama City isn't old enough to get a tattoo he has already zapped some ink onto at least 20 different people- and his skills are growing stronger by the day.
Nicknamed "Tiburon" (shark), Ezrah has become the talk of the town while working as an apprentice at his mentor Ali Garcia's tattoo parlor Honolulu, where he helps Ali finish up tats on willing victims.
And even though he's just doing fills for now it's only a matter of time before Tiburon starts tattooing his own artwork on people, although Ezrah says he's going to wait a while before he gets a tattoo of his own.
Here he is practicing his line work on his dad's forearm:
No one likes a late night conference call from the boss when you're at home trying to relax, supposedly off-duty. But if you're going to lie about helping him, maybe it would be best to keep up the ruse until you are darn sure he is offline. Still, in this case Chet can figure out that fixing the problem himself is the correct thing to do. This comic is from Jeff Lovfers at Don't Hit Save. -via Geeks Are Sexy
We've always known that silly old myth about digging a hole through the Earth straight to China couldn't possibly be true, especially considering all the Morlocks, dinosaurs and Lava Men living in the center of the Earth.
But if you're determined to dig your way through the world anyway you should first find out where you're going to end up once the digging is done, and here's a hint- you won't end up in China unless you live in South America.
On August 19, 1977, Groucho Marx died at the age of 86. He spent more than 70 of those years entertaining those around him. Fifty years later, Marx Brothers movies are still entertaining generations who never knew them in life. To mark the milestone, you might enjoy some stories about Groucho and his brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo.
1. A RUNAWAY MULE INSPIRED THEM TO TAKE A STAB AT COMEDY.
Julius, Milton, and Arthur Marx originally aspired to be professional singers. In 1907, the boys joined a group called “The Three Nightingales.” Managed by their mother, Minnie, the ensemble performed covers of popular songs in theaters all over the country. As Nightingales, the brothers enjoyed some moderate success, but they might never have found their true calling if it weren’t for an unruly equid. During a 1907 gig at the Nacogdoches Opera House in East Texas, someone interrupted the performance by barging in and shouting “Mule’s loose!” Immediately, the crowd raced out to watch the newly-liberated animal. Back inside, Julius seethed. Furious at having lost the spotlight, he skewered his audience upon their return. “The jackass is the finest flower of Tex-ass!” he shouted, among many other ad-libbed jabs. Rather than boo, the patrons roared with laughter. Word of his wit soon spread and demand for these Marx brothers grew.
Most people who use rental cars just need them to get from place to place, but for some people, the rental car itself is a bit of an adventure in itself. Unfortunately for the guys who work at the rental agency, those types of people often forget to clean up after themselves and the results can be pretty scary.
Thrillist recently collected horror stories from people who worked at car rental agencies and the results will make you glad you never had to look underneath the seat of a car hoping to not stumble upon a gun or a syringe.
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell cares for and exhibits historical clothing, and she loves her job. She has an appreciation not only for the textiles and the displays, but also for the people who once wore them, even if they lived hundreds of years ago. Preserving those clothes helps us to know those people and what their lives were like.
Thanks to modern technology and the efforts of specialist textile scientists, curators can now appreciate historical garments in ways their original beholders and wearers could not. Polarizing microscopes and high-resolution digital images reveal textures, weaves, and threads invisible to the naked eye. Cutting-edge conservation treatments reinflate sleeves crushed by centuries of careless storage or restore shattered silk linings. X-rays reveal the complex interior boning of a Balenciaga evening gown, and military-grade chemical inhibitors remove aluminum corrosion on Neil Armstrong’s space suit.
But no amount of scientific analysis can capture the feel, sound, and smell of historic clothing—and that’s where costume curators and conservators (who are responsible for the technical examination and treatment of textiles) have a privileged perspective. We get to touch it. We enjoy intimate proximity with other people’s clothes, laid out on lab tables under lights and magnifying glasses like surgical patients, not in dimly illuminated public galleries where the objects are kept out of reach behind glass or velvet ropes. We find the hidden pockets; the discreet padding; the lingering whiff of perfume or tobacco. By the time they go on public display, we know them as well as the clothes on our own backs.
The article goes on to tell us about some of the nuts-and-bolts details of historic garment display. Read more about the work of a costume curator at The Atlantic.
Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful miniature scenes, but they each have something weird going on. The doorway above opens up to a small but nice balcony for a little fresh air, and it's only when you look at the ground below that you see how deadly it is.The scene below is a little more obvious.
Every dumb thing we humans do in this modern-day ‘civilized’ world is laid out in excruciating detail in these miniature scenes by artist Frank Kunert – not to mention our fears and anxieties. A row of public toilets is placed on a stage so strangers can watch you poop. A bride and groom poise at the end of a diving platform far too high above a pool, their friends and family watching below. A children’s slide empties onto a highway, and a bassinet is equipped with a desk so the little one can get to work as soon as possible. Pipes funnel human waste straight from the toilet upstairs into a television set, and a balcony projects into the path of a train.
It only makes sense for plants that live for hundreds of years to figure out ways to survive at all costs, especially when all they really need to survive is water and sunlight, but trees make the art of survival look easy.
Their resilience and ability to thrive in otherwise inhospitable conditions have inspired people throughout history, but this little tree was apparently inspired by two humans named Paul Simon + Art Garfunkel.