Freeway Skateboarding Is Becoming A Trend In California

Skateboarding is an integral part of the Southern California lifestyle for many, which makes sense considering SoCal natives grow up in a place where virtually everyone surfs, bikes and skates.

That's why the latest trends in skateboarding typically start in California, but here's hoping the dangerous new trend of freeway skateboarding doesn't catch on.

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The video above was uploaded over five years ago and is considered the inspiration for the current #FreewayChallenge trend, but the cars were stopped in that video.

Nowadays the videos posted online show these foolishly brave freeway skaters jumping out of cars on crowded freeways during rush hour, grabbing bumpers and weaving through traffic on their board.

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The California Highway Patrol is worried more kids will want to try freeway skating and get killed for a bit of fun, which is why they're scanning social media for freeway skating videos and making arrests.

"Sk8 Or Die!" is just a silly slogan, guys, and not a suggestion on how to live your life!

-Via Fox5


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Google, Amazon, and Facebook’s Secrets to Hiring the Best People

Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review has cracked the code of how big tech companies select employees from the gazillions of applications they get. Rather than finding out about potential employees, the interview process is series of tests designed to identify those who can survive the ordeal. For example,

7. Ask the same questions over and over and over again

WHY?
To test consistency

In the tech world, predictability is a good thing. During the interview, don’t worry about asking the same question over and over again because you keep blanking out. This is a great tool for testing the candidate’s consistency. Candidates should only be wildly inconsistent with their answers when interviewing for senior roles.  

8. Conduct dual interviews with a good cop / bad cop vibe

WHY?
To find people who can multi-task under pressure

Put the candidate in the middle of a conference room with interviewers at both ends of the table. Is the candidate able to simultaneously direct her attention to both interviewers while sufficiently answering each question at the same time? Or is she clearly exhausted and wondering why she even agreed to this interview? This is a great indicator of how the candidate will perform during a crunch.

See all ten techniques, and then be glad that your resume was eliminated before the interview process. -via Digg


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Wild Photos From Inside Walt Disney World's Abandoned Water Park

When Disney theme parks do well they show their success by improving the park and building new attractions, but when a Disney park fails it fails spectacularly and leaves the colorful corpse to prove it.

Wanna see a dead Disney park?

Check out these wild photos taken by Seph Lawless inside the remains of River Country at Walt Disney World, the first Disney water park.

River Country opened back in 1976 and quickly became a popular part of the Walt Disney World experience, but by 2001 low attendance forced closure, and by 2005 the park was completely abandoned.

Seph honored the 40th anniversary of River Country's opening with his spooky photo series, sharing these thoughts on why he chose the theme park for his shoot:

“Along with Discovery Island, it is one of only two Disney parks in Disney's history to ever close permanently,” says Lawless “Both of the parks were left to slowly decay and to succumb to Mother Nature, leaving behind a beautiful apocalyptic landscape.”

See 20 Haunting Photos Of Disney's Abandoned Water Park at mental_floss


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When a Gator Comes to Call

When someone rings your doorbell, you expect a real person to be there (unless they announced “land shark”). Luckily, no one answered the door when an alligator came to call.  

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Gary Rogers was walking his dog in Monck’s Corner, South Carolina, when he saw an alligator roaming the neighborhood. The animal tried to climb the fence to reach the backyard pool, but was unsuccessful. It then went to the front door, scratched around the doorknob, and reached its snout up to the doorbell. No one was home, though, so the gator eventually wandered off. -via reddit


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Jokes On You - Ha-Ha, Very Funny Guys


Jokes On You by Fanfreak

Bruce regained consciousness and picked himself off the swampy floor, his cape in tatters and the smell of fresh paint stinging his nostrils. He called out for Robin, having momentarily forgotten that the boy was now gone thanks to a certain clown's deadly vendetta, and the pain of remembrance helped him shake off the cobwebs. The Bat had been out on patrol last night, hunting for the Joker but instead encountering his sadistic girlfriend Harley, and things had gone south when the chemical neutralizer in his cowl had malfunctioned, allowing Quinn's gas to take hold. He looked himself over to see what he was missing and realized that his utility belt was gone, and Harley had written something on his back in spray paint...

Celebrate your favorite caped crusader's fight for justice with this Jokes On You t-shirt by Fanfreak, it's the stylish way to show the Bat you've got his back!

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Check out This Amazing Woodworker's Tool Chest

(Photos: Rau Antiques)

19th Century pianomaker Henry O. Studley is now famous for the portable tool chest that he built for himself. It's a marvel of design and precision craftsmanship.

Sadly, we don't know who made this cabinetmaking tool chest, which is equally magnificent. It dates back to the United States in the early 20th Century. It has multiple layers that fan out to tigthly contain 210 antique tools, including a vast array of planes, chisels, bevels, gauges, saws, punches, and even a tiny vise.

Then it folds up neatly again into a beautiful cabinet.

This masterpiece is up for auction by Rau Antiques. You can see more photos of it at Core 77.


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Zombies and Inverse Zombies

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

Classics from the zombie and inverse zombie research literature
Compiled by Alice S. Kaswell, Improbable Research staff

Zombi(e)s (1)
“The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombi,” E. Wade Davis, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 9, no. 1, November 1983, pp. 85–104. The author, at Harvard University, reports:

For many years students of Haitian society have suggested that there is an ethnopharmacological basis for the notorious zombies, the living dead of folklore. The recent surfacing of three zombies, one of whom may represent the first verifiable case, has focused scientific attention on the reported zombie drug.

Zombi(e)s (2)
“Preparation of the Haitian Zombi Poison,” E. Wade Davis, Botanical Museum Leaflets, Harvard University, 1983.

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Scuruchi's Carved Apple Art

Italian artist Fruttart Scuruchi (translation) felt inspired when seeing an elaborate pumpkin carving for the first time. Since then, s/he (?) has been turning fruits and vegetables into fine sculptures, including, recently, several colorful apples. This Rubik's Cube began as an apple, as you can see from this video illustrating it partially complete. 

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It’s For Your Own Good

These cats are playing out a scene happening all over. Children need fresh air and room to stretch their imaginations. But more importantly, parents need them out of their hair. Being your own bad example requires privacy. This comic is the latest from The GaMERCat. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Crazy Crafty Japanese Guy Builds Robot Tongue To Lick His Computer Screen

You know when the terms “crazed loner” and “homemade robot” are used in the same sentence you're about to see something strange, but fear not.

Because Japanese Youtuber mansooono isn't a total psychopath, he's just a guy who likes to lick his computer screen as a way to "worship" his favorite anime characters. 

But mansooono grew tired of wiping saliva off his screen, so he built a simple yet effective device to do the screen licking for him- a robot tongue.

(YouTube Link)

Using a servo motor, realistic silicone tongue and Arduino circuitry, mansooono built a device that is exceedingly creepy yet effective, a robot tongue that can lick screens for a lifetime.

He also may have inadvertently come up with a convenient new way to paint our walls, look at those clean strokes!

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-Via The Daily Dot


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Bizarre Photos of Upside Down People With Clothes Right Side Up

French photographer Patrice Letarnec calls his series "Head over Heels." In a surreal alien world, humans flail about awkwardly (from our perspective) as their bodies are inverted, but their clothes are like ours. The fashionable subjects stride down the streets of Paris a bit more slowly than we do.

-via Laughing Squid


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An Honest Trailers for the 1990 Captain America

It’s hard to believe now, but movies featuring Marvel comics superheroes used to really suck, bacon the 20th century. One of the worst was the 1990 movie Captain America. So Screen Junkies went for the low-hanging fruit and stepped back in time to give it an Honest Trailer. But stepping back in time does not mean 50 years ago. Why did they make this video look so ancient? To me, 1990 was pretty much yesterday.

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If you haven’t seen the movie, or if you conveniently “forgot” that night that everything else at Blockbuster was already rented, this will tickle your funny bone. -Thanks, Paul Panday!


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"What Brought You to Florida?" -- A Hoax Guestbook by Obvious Plant

Obvious Plant is an ongoing prank series in which Jeff Wysaski prints official-looking signs and flyers and leaves them in public places. In the past, he's made in-store IKEA product reviews, library signs, and Halloween costumes.

Most recently, Jeff created a fake guestbook for an Airbnb rental in Florida. The owners will be delighted to see fairly positive reviews of the state, which will hopefully generate new customers.


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Prince Logo Plowed Into Field

Gene Hansen of Edgeley, North Dakota, is not only a retired farmer and landowner, he’s an artist with a plow. The 75-year-old recently paid tribute to the late Prince by plowing a football-field-size love symbol, which was his name for a while, into a field.

"I thought to myself, maybe I should try something like that," Hanson said Monday, May 2. "I didn't tell anyone I was going do it, I didn't even tell my wife I was going to do it. But it's been fun."

He used a drawing of Prince's "love symbol" that he pulled from the internet as his guide, he said.

"I don't have a cab on my tractor. I just have a three-point disk in the back," he said. "I taped that little sign on the hood of the tractor and just went by that."

When he was finished, he flew his airplane over the field to take a picture. It’s a good thing- the symbol will be gone soon, when the field is completely plowed for a new crop. -via Uproxx

(Image credit: Gene Hansen)


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Guys Read Mean Tweets About Female Sports Reporters To Their Face

People like to say really mean things to others on social media, sharing their ugliest thoughts without a care in the world about who might be reading their mental dump.

The comments get even meaner when they're directed at females, with women in sports taking far more than their fair share of the textual abuse.

Reading this stuff online would ruin anyone's day, but how will guys feel when they read mean Tweets to the female sports reporters who received these comments online?

(YouTube Link)

Sports writer Julie DiCaro and ESPN radio host/columnist Sarah Spain are brave to face the online commenters in such a direct way for this #MoreThanMean video by Just Not Sports.

And hopefully showing people what it feels like to receive such hate filled and crappy comments will make the online community think twice about leaving mean comments like it's no big deal.

-Via Esquire


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Don't Feed After Midnight - Easy Instructions Are Often The Hardest To Follow


Don't Feed After Midnight by Ed Harrington

The Mogwai don't come with instruction manuals, and they're not as easy to care for as one might assume, so don't bring one home unless you're willing to assume responsibility for their actions. Like most little critters they will often want to do the opposite of what's good for them, and although they will steer clear of water whenever possible they're munchie machines who have no grasp of time. So it's up to you to make sure your Mogwai stays out of trouble, or face the green skinned gremlin consequences!

Educate the world about the proper handling and usage of a Mogwai with this Don't Feed After Midnight t-shirt by Ed Harrington, it's the stylish way to help prevent a gremlin based apocalypse.

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The Worst Restaurant Customers

C.A. Pinkham shares stories from restaurant servers about their worst customers ever. Ray wrote him about a couple who came into the burger joint where he once worked and ordered two double burgers and fries. They didn’t even try to hide what happened next.

"The wife ate her burger normally, but the husband took the patties off of the bun and ate them by themselves. We all thought this was strange, because if he didn't want to eat the bun, he could have just ordered the burger without the bun. But hey, he paid for it, so he could do what he wanted with it. After they finished their burgers, the husband picked up his tray with an empty bun on it and walked up to the counter. He flagged down our manager and said we forgot to put the patties on his burger. He literally took the patties off his bun, ate the patties, then presented us with a meatless bun, saying he never got any meat.

"The manager comped him his meal and made me make him a new burger." -- Ray Davidson [Editor’s Note: I don’t want to believe that there exists a manager that stupid, but lived experience -- and editing these stories all the time -- has taught me otherwise.]

There are plenty of other, longer stories of horrid restaurant patrons in the first edition of a regular column about terrible customers at Thrillist. If you have such a story, you’re invited to send it in. Otherwise, you can learn what drives servers crazy. -via Digg  

(Image credit: Miyagawa)


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Hoodies Made Specifically for Hugging

Would you like to enjoy human contact for once? I've heard that it's a wonderful experience, but holding a "Free Hugs" sign out in public isn't helping. Perhaps Together Wear will. Mashable reports that this new line of hoodies has pockets in the back that encourage someone to hug you, especially in chilly weather.

Pro tip: slip a $5 $20 bill in each pocket to seal the deal.

-via The Presurfer


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How Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Should Have Ended

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn’t the blockbuster hit that it was expected to be. Maybe the folks from How It Should Have Ended can make it a little better.

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Or maybe they just made it more incomprehensible. I don’t know, I have yet to see the film. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Artist Brings "Real Life" Internet to the Elderly Residents of a Village

You want to chat about what's going on in your life? That's for the Twitter bench.

Did you catch that new viral video on the YouTube screen?

Civitacampomarano is a village of 400 people in central Italy. Most of the residents are elderly and many are out of touch with web culture and the social media utilities available in the world.

So the street artist Biancoshock created low-tech simulations of them around the village. They include a knowledgeable elderly woman who is a talking Wikipedia, a local newspaper labeled as an RSS feed, and a bulletin board called Facebook. You can see them all at Design Boom.


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How Common Is Your Birthday? Consult This Chart And Find Out

A lot of people think of their birthday as a special day, a day made just for them, and they totally trip out when they meet someone who was born on the same day.

But if you've ever wondered how rare the day of your birth actually is consult this chart created by Matt Stiles of The Daily Viz and you'll see- if you were born in the summer your day isn't that rare, born in January and you're a rare breed indeed.

Matt created this chart based on data gathered from The New York Times, and Lane Harrison gave it the 2.0 treatment by making an interactive version with information spanning 1973-1999.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Boingy Boingy

It doesn’t take an entire minute to put a smile on your face when you’re watching a kitten learn to hunt. The prey in this case is a ping pong ball.  

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Now share this with someone who needs a lift. -via reddit

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How To Visually Identify Any Language At A Glance

You don't have to understand every language in the world to be able to identify the language in which words are written, you just have to know a little something about their alphabets and look for identifying marks.

Lover of linguistic lore James Harbeck shared his method of uncovering the language in question on The Week, which basically revolves around looking for accent marks and characters that are unique to specific languages:

Ã, ã: When you see this sign of a nasalized A (as in São Paulo), you're almost certainly looking at Portuguese, especially if the language looks a lot like Spanish.

Ă, ă: This A with a cup on the top is your surest way of knowing you're looking at Romanian (unless you're looking at Vietnamese, but read on for more about that). For further confirmation, look for Ț/ț and Ș/ș (that's T and S with a comma beneath).

Ő, ő; Ű, ű: These vowels that look like their hair is standing on end are the most unambiguous signs of Hungarian. The clever Hungarians just combined ó and ö to make a letter that means "long ö," and did same with ű.

Bonus: How can you tell Chinese and Japanese apart? There's one special character that will give away Japanese every time, and it's only fair to tell you. Japanese uses three writing systems, only one of which is the same as Chinese uses, but unless you know them, you're out of luck. But Japanese makes frequent use of the character の, which is a grammatical particle and does not exist in Chinese (Chinese characters are never round).

Read How To Identify Any Language At A Glance here

-Via Boing Boing


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Close Encounters with übertool

Over the weekend, Mark Glavin published his 200th comic on the website übertool. But he didn’t draw most of it. Instead, 17 webcomic artists from all over contributed one panel each about their encounters with übertool, “Bigfoot’s lesser-known cousin.” You’ll recognize most of guest panels right off, as they come from many artists we’ve featured time and again at Neatorama.    


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The Star Wars Kid Is Now An Anti-Cyberbullying Attorney

Remember that lightsaber swingin' guy they called the Star Wars Kid?

He was one of the first viral video sensations, one of the first people to get the meme treatment, and one of the first to discover how trolls and cyberbullies can ruin your life with their hateful words.

(YouTube Link)

The Star Wars Kid's real name is Ghyslian Raza, and ever since his private video went viral after classmates uploaded it back in 2003 his life has never been the same, but mostly in a bad way.

Ghyslian was mercilessly mocked, lost all of his friends and says he was told he should “commit suicide” on a daily basis, but he overcame it all and grew up wanting to help others who have been bullied online.

Ghyslian is now an attorney specializing in cyberbullying, an area of law sorely lacking in legislation and legal representation, and he excels in this field because he knows what it's like to have your life ruined by the internet.

-Via GeekTyrant


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12 Flexible Facts About the Game Twister

Reyn Guyer came up with a novel idea for a board game, which became Twister. You know, the excuse for people to wrap themselves around each other. It didn’t sell well at first, because retailers didn’t want to put it on their shelves. But that changed after Johnny Carson demonstrated the game on The Tonight Show fifty years ago today.

Talk show hosts and board games could make for an interesting pairing; Art Linkletter had famously endorsed Milton Bradley’s The Game of Life in the 1960s, his picture even appearing on the box and the game’s currency. But airtime on The Tonight Show was a different beast: Johnny Carson was the most popular late-night personality on the air. Before Milton Bradley threw in the towel on Twister, they had already paid a public relations firm to secure a segment on Carson’s show. On May 3, 1966, the host played the risqué game with buxom actress Eva Gabor. “It reversed the engines pretty quickly,” Guyer says. “By Christmas 1966, we were the game of the year.”

Read about the process of bringing Twister to the masses, and its amazing notoriety when they finally got a chance to play, at mental_floss.


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Starkiller - Bond's Newest Adventure Is Out Of This World!


Starkiller by Ninjaink

James Bond had taken care of any and all hostile targets on Earth so he set his sights on the stars and flew away to another world to continue fighting for freedom from the shadows. As soon as his ship touched down on a planet called Tatooine he realized that the trick spy gear Q had given him would be virtually worthless here, as the Empire's forces were heavily armed and armored. So he devised a long term plan that would get him geared up and deliver him to the heart of the operation at the same time- take out a stormtrooper, then assume their identity...

Get geared up for the Bond film we'll sadly never get to see with this Starkiller t-shirt by Ninjaink, it's a heroic way to show love for that war in the stars and agent 007 at the same time.

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Steve Harvey Has Hair Again!

(Photo: unknown)

Game show host Steve Harvey has shaved his head for years now. But it looks like he's grown back his coiffure. An unknown barber made good use of the cut hair on his shop floor to shape a realistic portrait of Harvey.

-via Pleated Jeans

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Epic Rap Battles of History: J. R. R. Tolkien vs. George R. R. Martin

Who is the king of fantasy novels- JRR Tolkien or George RR Martin? They come from different eras and have different styles. Can you really compare The Lord of the Rings with A Song of Ice and Fire? They both have plenty to brag about, as you’ll see in this Epic Rap Battle. There are plenty of insults, too. Contain NSFW language.

(YouTube link)

When it’s all said and done, does it really matter? I’m sure their fandoms have a large overlap.  
-via Tastefully Offensive


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Beer Made from Belly Button Lint

(Image: 7 Cent Brewery)

To brew beer, you need yeast. And where should you find yeast? The truth lies within yourself--and specifically, your belly button.

7 Cent Brewery in Australia has developed a new beer from the bacteria found in the belly button lint of one of the founders. It's called Belly Button Beer. 9 News describes it:

As for how Belly Button Beer tastes, the brewery has described it as being "in the style of a new world-ish Belgian-ish Witbier with fresh orange zest and toasted coriander seeds".

"The yeast exhibits qualities of Belgian beer with the key characteristics being spiciness, clove and light banana esters. The orange zest and coriander seeds were used to help complement the yeast and a calculated amount of Riwaka and Mosaic hops were added to increase the citrus qualities and give it a refreshing hop kick," they said.

"Four different grains were also used to add both body and complexity including: barley, wheat, oats and rye."

This isn't the first time 7 Cent Brewery has used unique ingredients in a beer recipe:

The brewery also made an oyster stout, and launched a 'hipster beer' at GABS 2015, which was made with quinoa, chia seeds and kale.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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