B3ta's current image challenge is called Product Horror, in which the goal is to combine a horror film with an advertisement for some other product. It was inspired by the upcoming horror film Polaroid. Apparently, and rightly so, the images get more votes when they involve a corny pun.
Judd Jasper and his girlfriend are vacationing in Budapest. He has a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone with a wide selfie feature that he says is "similar to a panorama." So this is what happened when his girlfriend sneezed while posing for a selfie in front of the Danube River. Of course, commenters asked him what it was like dating conjoined twins. A few mentioned Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed character from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But this picture reminded me of something else.
See, the earth is a round disc, supported on the back of a four elephants, who are standing on a giant turtle. These guys got too close to the edge, and this may be the last photo we ever see of them.
Twin_Keel took this picture and blamed the result on a camera malfunction. The digital camera apparently changed orientation from landscape to portrait in the middle of scanning the image. Standing on a pier can totally disorient a person, so it may be the same for a camera. The result gives us an M.C. Escher or Inception vibe. This is a slightly altered version of the picture, repaired by VallleyNL. You can see the original at reddit.
Some municipal buses just drive by a bus stop if there's no one waiting to get on. If you need to get off the bus there, you ring a bell or push a button to let the bus driver know. This bus in Halifax, Nova Scotia, had a non-functioning button, so they installed temporary workaround.
Meanwhile, in Mexico, this technology has been in use longer, so they know they should install the chicken out of reach of children. Genius!
The reviews of the choral can-tata were mixed. Some said they sounded tinny and flat, and sang recycled songs with canned background music. One actually called it "soda depressing." Others thought they crushed it, especially with the metal covers.
This display was spotted in the Netherlands. -via reddit
It looks like every country in the world uses a different kind of electrical outlet. Don't take the outlet for China literally, though- when I went, I took eight kinds of adaptors and used several in different cities. Then we stayed in one city that couldn't use any of them, so my video camera battery ran down. The explanation at Fail Blog:
This is meant to be a visual guide, as many similar outlets have different voltages. Just because a plug fits doesn't mean it will work. Always double check before you blow up your cell phone/hair dryer/discount lightsaber.
He knew he wasn't a winner when the first number was pulled, but redditor dierubikdie found something really odd when he compared his lottery ticket to the winning numbers. Every number is only one digit off! That's got to be super rare, but still a lot more common than hitting the winning number. Commenter dragonfyre173 did the math.
Let's say you can get 1-32 on this. Because you can't get less than 1 or higher than 32, your odds are (2*(30/32)+1*(2/32))5, simplified to (62/32)5. Which is about 27x more common.
Or since we're working with the lottery, we can stop kidding ourselves and just call it zero.
Oh, well, although he didn't win the $408,000 jackpot, it was probably worth a dollar for the viral picture. Your mileage may vary.
It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but there's no punch line, just a group of new friends. TigerLily is a drag performer in Beijing. Four monks who had traveled all the way from Tibet heard music and laughter and wandered into his venue and had a wonderful time. That may sound weird, but one commenter said that Buddhist monks "always seem to approach life as it were the funniest joke ever told." TigerLily posted an album of more pictures from the same night. A good time was had by all. -via reddit
Twitter user Matt Alt posted this image taken backstage at Ryōgoku Kokugikan, a sporting arena used for sumo wrestling in Tokyo. What's the difference? The wheelchair on the left is standard issue; the wheelchair on the right is sized for a sumo wrestler. It's no doubt built pretty sturdily, too. -Thanks, John Farrier!
On any movie set, there's a lot of waiting around while scenes are set up or details are worked out. In this behind-the-scenes photograph from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, and several other folks are busy on their phones, while Kurt Russell knows the real priority is to get enough sleep between takes. He is a wise man. -via reddit
I ain't afraid of no goats! TheRiverMonkey spotted this product at a Waitrose supermarket in Sussex, UK. He couldn't resist printing out a label for it, then he left the label in his car for several months before he remembered to take it into the store. Yes, he left it there after he took the picture. Now to figure out who drew eyes on that innocent pineapple.
Spring is here and the grass will need to be mowed soon. But if you have this sweet DIY retro mini lawnmower that looks like a vintage automobile, the job will surely be a satisfying one.
Jeep2003 chronicled his "Mini Push Mower" build project over at Old Mini Bikes (which itself is a fascinating community of people who ride and build mini motorcycles). The mower uses a two-stroke engine from an old snowblower and the deck comes from an old smoker grill. The tail lights are fantastic!
"We need a new display here, something with a theme, can you get that done right away?" Obviously not, but the library employee or volunteer charged with the task did a fantastic job in creating a thought-provoking workaround. Well, maybe not so much "thought-provoking," but more "guaranteed to become a viral image." -via Boing Boing
Meet the world's smallest snowman, created by Western Nanofabrication Facility. At only 3 microns tall, the snowman was fabricated from three 0.9-micron silica spheres stacked by using electron beam lithography. The snowman's eyes and mouth were etched with a focused ion beam, whereas the nose and arms were sculpted with platinum.
The pounding rain, the stormy seas, and the lone sports car traveling on a narrow road - how exactly did the photographer take this amazing shot and survive the harrowing experience?
Let Indian photographer Vatsal Kataria explain in this interview with DIY Photography:
DIYP: How did you come up with the idea? What inspired you?
Vatsal: I am commercial still life photographer but one day I was in my studio without any projects. I saw a photo of a toy car near a waterfall so decided how I can do something like this but without going anywhere. So I started working on my first project.
DIYP: How much time it usually takes to build a location for your miniature shots?
Vatsal: it depends on the project. Sometimes it takes me 1 day, or sometimes whole week for just one picture. So it totally depends on the complexity of the project.
DIYP: What materials do you mainly use?
Vatsal: I use lots of products. My main aim is to create everything with the cheapest way possible so that if anyone wants to do something they can. I use plaster of Paris, baking powder, pit sand and clay, and that’s it.
View the rest of the interview (and many more fantastic photos) over at DIY Photography.
Inspired by Charles Darwin's observation that plant roots don't just passively grow down, but actively navigate to seek moisture and nutrients, German-born artist Diana Scherer worked to manipulate plant roots into works of art.
Scherer grew oat and wheat, which fast growing root system, on special templates that mold and train the plants' root system into geometric patterns that look like woven textiles.
Ask a chemist for flowers, and he'll likely give you these wonderful crystal flowers!
Chemistry professor Dean Campbell of Bradley University and his team were trying to develop new catalysts by making a solution of copper acetylacetonate in tetrahydrofuran, then soaking slabs of polydimethylsiloxane in the jar. After the experiment, Campbell found wonderful crystals that look like wildflowers forming on the wall of the beaker.
Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute
Smog getting you down? Consider this: even Pluto has got that!
Scientists stitched together images from the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft when it was about 120,000 miles (200,000 kilometers) away from Pluto. The resulting image of Pluto's receding crescent shows a spectacular blue "haze" in the dwarf planet's atmosphere:
Scientists believe the haze is a photochemical smog resulting from the action of sunlight on methane and other molecules in Pluto's atmosphere, producing a complex mixture of hydrocarbons such as acetylene and ethylene. These hydrocarbons accumulate into small haze particles, a fraction of a micrometer in size, which preferentially scatter blue sunlight – the same process that can make haze appear bluish on Earth.
As they settle down through the atmosphere, the haze particles form numerous intricate, horizontal layers, some extending for hundreds of miles around large portions of the limb of Pluto. The haze layers extend to altitudes of over 120 miles (200 kilometers). Pluto's circumference is 4,667 miles (7,466 kilometers).
The selection of what book should represent each country is subjective, of course - it's impossible to boil down the literary history of a country to a single book, but nonetheless the work is quite impressive. See if you agree with the book/country pairings:
Canada - Anne of Green Gables
U.S.A - To Kill a MockingBird
Image: David Penning/Missouri Southern State University
It's a snake-eat-snake world out there.
Predators usually chase after smaller (and thus easier) prey, but king snakes "just don't seem to be abiding by that rule," said biologist David Penning of Missouri Southern State University to National Geographic. "When we pair a small king snake with a larger rat snake, they don't avoid it. They actively and directly will attack a larger individual.... "
Marcus Woo of National Geographic has the explanation of how the king snake is truly deserving of its name.
I have a feeling that after the writer of this Chinese menu from an unindentified Taiwanese restaurant failed to find the appropriate Google translation (but it's delicious!), he or she kind of gave up.
Ms. French fries sounds reasonable enough, but "McDonald's best friend"?
Justin Cousson of Hollywood, California, converted over 30 instances of his roommate's messiness in the living room, kitchen, and laundry room into art pieces. Like this one above, titled "Cheese Knife".
"Knife left out on counter in striking distance of knife block, having been only used to remove seal of ice cream carton, which was also left on counter, leaving quite the sight as the last thing I saw before I gratefully leave town for two weeks." (mixed media 2017, $500).
"Sour cream covered spoon, left in sink before leaving town for four days"
(mixed media 2017, $3,400)
"Boxes left on couch because what even *is* breaking them down and recycling or leaving them not on the couch" (mixed media 2017, $6000)