They're cybernetic organisms who used to be men, and they were using London as their own mechanical breeding grounds. Who would put a stop to their evil plans of assimilation and mechanization? Why, none other than the Doctor, that's who, a time lord with a plan of attack that involved turning titans into tiny tin toys...
Bring some sci-fi adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Attack On London t-shirt by Gilles Bone, it's cheaper than a sonic screwdriver and way more fashionable than a pair of 3D glasses!
Kyrzbekistan has its own official Twitter feed, which you can follow to keep up on local news and learn about the Kyzrekistani culture. The nation is diversifying its traditional yak-based economy and encouraging international investment. So if you receive an email from a Kyrzbekistani prince asking for assistance in banking, you should probably take him up on the offer. There may also be an ambassadorship open.
Etsy seller Yulia Donath made this paired set of pillows that would be perfect as a romantic gift. They say, "You complete me." But, strictly speaking, they're designed to attach to additional pieces. If you have a suspicious lover, then they may not be a good pick.
These are 1 of 15 quirkly pillow designs rounded up by Renee Jacques at the Huffington Post. They include unusual body pillows, cupcake pillows, and sushi pillows.
Most of us get surprisingly little education about caring for our teeth. Our parents teach us to brush, and if we are lucky, we get a guest lecture in grade school on the proper brushing technique. And a small percentage of us have dental insurance and talk to a dentist every once in a while. But most people develop oral hygiene habits early in life and stick with them for decades, while science comes up with new findings that contradict conventional wisdom. In other words, you’re doing it wrong. Molly Beauchemin, a “health nerd,” brings us some tips for taking care of our choppers that may surprise you. Who knew you’re supposed to rinse your mouth after drinking acidic beverages, but not after brushing your teeth? And there’s more.
4.) Floss More, Brush Less
A dentist in Virginia once told me about this experiment: go 4-5 days without flossing, then floss. After you floss, ball the string up in your hand and smell it. You will never go without flossing again.
The moral of the story is this: the worst bacteria that causes bad breathe and cavities lingers near our gum line and flossing is the only way to get them out. Luckily, its actually a lot easier to knock plaque off our teeth than we think, so flossing followed by a light brush is sufficient to keep your mouth squeaky clean. In fact, some dentists suggest that if you had a choice between flossing or brushing you'd be better off just flossing. It's that important. As my best friend's father—a dentist—once told me: “floss more, brush less”.
Before (l) and after the process of paramedical tattoos
Basma Hameed is what as known as a paramedical tattoo specialist. Her work applying flesh-toned ink in an attempt to render the scars of burn victims less noticeable makes a tremendous positive impact on their lives. Suffering from burns is agonizing and the rehabilitation process is full of painful skin graft operations. In addition to that trauma, patients are often stigmatized due to the appearance of their skin. Hameed's work can make a stunning difference in the looks of these patients. She was especially inspired to help others as she was also a burn victim who benefited from the process. What a wonderful way to help others in need.
Check out the video below and see more before and after images at Basma's clinic website (Not recommended for people especially squeamish about scarring.)
In 1914, the Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu, Japan, erupted and its lava flowed for months until it filled the narrow straits and connected the volcano island and the mainland, turning it into a peninsula.
That volcano eruption was captured on film in the above photograph by the Osaka Mainichi Shimbun. The photo showed a group of men on a boat expedition to the island frantically trying to sail away as fast as they could from the billowing column of ash, smoke, and probably lava.
The photo is the first of many fascinating photos of volcano eruptions as curated by National Geographic.
If you like that one, here's a more modern one in the "escape from volcano" genre. This time, it's the 1991 eruption of Pinatubo in the northern Philippines. It's taken by photographer Alberto Garcia from the back of his van. "All of us survived, thank God," he said.
In his photo series "No Vacancy," German photographer Dietmar Eckell traveled around the world to document abandoned hotels in the middle of nowhere. Once, these hotels were luxury retreats, pleasure domes or wellness sanctuaries - but for one reason or another, they have all been abandoned for nature to reclaim.
The photo above is of the "Hotel Royal," an infamous love hotel in Kanagawa, Japan. The hotel boasted seven stories and 35 rooms with a view of Lake Sagami. At first, the remote place seemed ideal for wayward married men and women to conduct illicit love affairs, but at the end it was just too far away (either that or love birds just really didn't care for the view).
An abandoned resort on the Tagaytay ridge in the Philippines. It was once billed as a weekend escape from Manila, but has been abandoned for decades.
Just when you think people are losing interest in sci-fi and drifting towards Romantic Vampire Historical Fiction or Bizarro Epic Fantasy Poems some Doctor from beyond the reaches of time, or a brand war in the stars, comes back around to spark interest in sci-fi again.
Celebrate your love of all things sci-fi, and those particularly geeky LOLs only science fiction can deliver, with these witty sci-fi themed t-shirts from that intergalactic trading post known as the NeatoShop!
This hoofing heifer at a Mexican supermarket is proudly representing dairy product brand Alpura, as seemingly unfazed customers pass by with their carts. Who knew cows could twerk? This is monumental! Moomoomental, even. -Via Tastefully Offensive
There are those who think you just can't have enough glitter -and then there's the rest of us. If you are one of the non glitter lovers than you know one of the substance's most annoying attributes is that it sticks to everything and seems to never leave. That's why SendYourEnemiesGlitter.com is such a brilliant idea. You can finally torture those you truly hate without doing anything remotely illegal or unethical.
So how much does this marvelous torment cost? Only $9.99 AUD. Sure that's a lot for an envelope filled with glitter, but keep in mind that they also prevent you from having to touch the terrible stuff and they provide you with a return address that isn't traced back to you.
Hey, I didn’t come up with that title- it was attached to the video already. We shouldn’t call these “facts,” as that implies a certain intersection with the truth. But you know, I often come across “facts” on the internet that turns out to be quite wrong, and now Joel Veitch of Rathergood and David Shute are doing their best to contribute to that mass of disinformation. It’s good that they made it go so fast, because if this were slow enough that your crazy great-aunt could understand it, she’d forward it to all her friends. -via b3ta
Merle and Daryl are Atlanta's original bad boys, two wild men as capable as they are ferocious, and when the zombie muck hit the fan it was only natural to want to ride alongside them, besides- it beat walking! They were made for the apocalypse, and had spent their lives training for just such an occassion, so those who rode alongside them knew they were in good hands. But what that group of outlaw survivors didn't realize is Merle and Daryl had two very different views on what it means to stay alive, and how many living humans would wind up dead at their feet...
Ride with the original bad boys of the zombie apocalypse, wear this ATL Riders t-shirt by Machmigo around town and watch your fellow Dixon brothers fans nod and smile in approval!
Sometimes the journey is greater than the destination, and sometimes the hotel room is the best part of the vacation. That really might be the case in vacations that involve stays in these strange wonderful hotel rooms we featured on Homes and Hues.
From Batman-themed love hotels to converted airplanes and from hotels built just above the water to those built under water, these hotels are totally fantastic and utterly strange.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the 8th album recorded by the Beatles. The band's touring days had officially ended in August of 1966, and in December, the boys reunited after several months of pursuing their own individual interests.
John was finished filming his solo movie debut- a supporting role in an anti-war satire called How I Won the War. Paul had written the score of a film called The Family Way and George had made a pilgrimage to India to study the sitar under the tutorship of virtuoso (and future mentor) Ravi Shankar. Ringo, always the simplest, most down-to-earth Beatle, had spent his holiday time with his wife and newborn children.
The Sgt. Pepper album and concept basically came from Paul. Knowing full well that the Fab Four's touring days were over and that by this time the quartet had grown sick and tired of being "the four moptops,” he reasoned that they could actually assume new identities and send an album out "on tour" in their stead. The four would actually assume the identity of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and not have to worry about the pressure and strain of being Beatles anymore.
Paul had, by this time, almost by default, taken over the leadership of the band. For the past several years (long before Ringo had joined the band in '62), he and Lennon had jockeyed for the leadership of the group, but now John was fairly "indisposed" after two continuous years of "destroying his ego" with massive doses of LSD. According to John, he was "going through murder" by the early days of 1967.
Paul took over the reins for the recording of Sgt. Pepper, and the album was to be pretty much the swan song of the Lennon/Mccartney songwriting partnership, the most successful partnership in the history of popular music.
George was in the midst of being swept away by India, its religion and its music, and was becoming almost completely disinterested in any Beatles projects, thinking them unimportant and frivolous. (George was also growing as a songwriter himself and had become quite tired of being thought of as the "fifth wheel" of the group's composers, still an afterthought behind John and Paul after all these years.)
Succinctly and tellingly, Ringo was to recall the Sgt. Pepper sessions as “The time I learned to play chess.” Ringo too, as usual, took a back seat to John and Paul, but he, unlike George, had little ego and seemed to be content in the Beatles' changing circumstance.
Before the Sgt. Pepper sessions began, all four Beatles grew mustaches, the better to assume their new Sgt. Pepper "identities.” (John had also become the first Beatle to become shorn of his world-famous Beatle locks- before filming began on How I Won the War.) John had also donned his much-needed "granny glasses" in public. For years as a Beatle, the myopic Lennon had squinted out at the adoring audiences attending their concerts.
The album was to take 129 days to record (700 hours, all told), an unprecedented amount of time to record an album at the time.
This is the Rainbow Maiden, a beautiful RC aircraft by David Lewis. It's designed to look like Rainbow Dash, a daredevil pegasus on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. While he doesn't provide any technical specs, we can be confident that Lewis's design at least 20% cooler than an ordinary RC airplane.
People survive and recover from comas fairly often, but the odds of recovery depend on a person’s illness or injuries and the length of time they are incapacitated. The longer the coma, the lower the odds of recovery. The ten (actually twelve) people in this list are all very different: their comas lasted from a few days to decades long, and their recoveries varied greatly. Some recovered very gradually. One was in a locked-in state for years while no one knew. And three presented strange language deficiencies when they came to. One was Ben McMahon.
Growing up in Australia, Ben McMahon learned French and Mandarin, but was never fluent in them. In 2012, he was in a car accident which left him comatose for a week. Doctors said he would be lucky if he survived. He beat the odds and woke up but, oddly, he only spoke Mandarin and couldn’t speak English. He could also write in Mandarin.
Eventually, Ben regained the ability to speak English, but didn’t lose the ability to speak Mandarin. As of September 2014, Ben is living in Shanghai where he attends school, but also gives walking tours of the city. In fact, his Mandarin is so good it impresses native speakers, and he is the host of a TV show in Shanghai.
People build houses and buildings for all sorts of good reasons, and a few bad ones, but building a house just for spite? Now that’s a new one!
Jerry Seinfeld once tried to return a jacket out of spite for the salesman who sold it to him, and that didn’t work out very well for him, but spite will make you do crazy things as you’ll see in 9 Houses Built Just For Spite, vintage mental_floss circa 2013.
It is there that you will discover how one man dealt with noisy people using the alley next to his house, and how a doctor guy from Maryland kept the city from building a road through his property, and how this other dude in Nevada dealt with living next door to his enemy.
Spoiler alert- every story involves a house being built, and some spite! (Insert obligatory spite as building material joke here)
The resemblance is striking, isn't it? Chillon Castle sits on the shore of Lake Geneva. It's existed in some form since at least 1150 and was most likely built to control what was a major road in medieval times. Chillon Castle has been a fortress, a prison, and an arsenal. It entered the popular imagination after famous writers, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Percy Shelley, and Lord Byron wrote about it. In "The Prisoner of Chillon," Byron describes the castle through the voice of someone trapped there:
There are seven pillars of Gothic mould, In Chillon's dungeons deep and old, There are seven columns, massy and grey, Dim with a dull imprison'd ray, A sunbeam which hath lost its way, And through the crevice and the cleft Of the thick wall is fallen and left;
And so it was an appropriate choice for the animators of The Little Mermaid.
Chris Poole and his cats Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama) demonstrate the signs of a crazy cat person. None of them are surprising, but the cats sure are cute acting their parts in the list. My family has four cats, and my husband and I spend an inordinate amount of time during the day catering to their needs and desires. But my oldest daughter is the one who wears cat clothing, hangs artwork of our cats, and sleeps surrounded by them. She’s a textbook case. -via Tastefully Offensive
This is Toystory, a bull who died on Thanksgiving Day of last year. Mourners recently laid his body to rest on a hill in Shawano, Wisconsin. From an evolutionary point of view, he was extraordinarily successful, having sired approximately half a million offspring.
During the 13 years of his life, Toystory's job was to produce the finest bovine semen on earth. His genetic material was highly prized and he was a prolific producer of it. In fact, as a member of the "millionaries' club" among bulls, Toystory produced approximately 2.4 million units of semen for artificial insemination. The Wall Street Journal describes Toystory's rise to fame:
Back then, dairy producers had to see how the daughters of a bull turned out before deciding to buy his semen. The farmers wanted to see how much milk a cow produced, the fat and protein levels of her output, and how well she handled the rigors of milking.
By the mid-2000s, producers liked what they were seeing in Toystory’s offspring, and sales of his semen started to surge. He scored highly on influential performance rankings watched by the global dairy industry. Straws cost upward of $60 apiece and were in demand at home and abroad. In 2009, Genex says, he entered the millionaires club.
Toystory grew into a global brand through a rare mix of fertility, genetics and looks. His semen was good at getting cows pregnant and his daughters were easy to birth and dependably strong.
Paddington's story had finally made it to the big screen so he should have been excited for the future, but he couldn't help but worry about what the future held for him, and which of his deep, dark secrets would see the light of day. There was one secret in particular that Paddington didn't want getting out to the public, one that literally involved his dirty laundry...
Show a hilariously different side of our ursine guest from England with this Padded t-shirt by Hillary White, it's the funniest way to show your love for that slicker and booties sporting bear!
Egyptian woman kisses policeman who refrained from firing at protesters | Image: tolaire.com
We of countries not ravaged by war, stifled by poverty and rife with lack of human rights and freedoms sometimes take for granted how fortunate we are. Globally, there are so many who are suffering. It's easy to get caught up in our busy lives and lose sight of how much we have for which to be thankful.
These photographs serve as reminders to live with gratitude, joy and purpose; and be thinking of ways we might help others near and far. Not all of the images in the collection linked below depict misery: some show love, bravery and poignant moments of reflection. Yet all are captivating.
See the rest of this user-submitted photo collection at Bored Panda.
Today, January 14, is the Feast of the Ass (In Latin: Festum Asinorum), a Roman Catholic feast day that commemorates the flight of baby Jesus into Egypt to escape King Herod the Great's slaughter of Judean babies. According to tradition, Jesus and Mary rode on the back of an ass during their journey.
Although it has fallen out of practice, there was a time in Medieval Europe when the Feast of the Ass was quite big. During the liturgy, the congregation would respond to the presiding priest by braying like donkeys. From The Catholic Encyclopedia:
At the end of Mass, the priest, having turned to the people, in lieu of saying the 'Ite, Missa est', will bray thrice; the people instead of replying 'Deo Gratias' say, 'Hinham, hinham, hinham.'
"Hinham" is the Latin expression for the sound that a donkey makes.
Last year, Kawika Singson used a GoPro to capture amazing footage of lava spilling into the ocean. Twisted Sifter notes that the camera was "hopefully on a very long pole." This is only one of many incredible lava videos in his YouTube channel. Watch more and flinch repeatedly.
It was extremely difficult to get to," he told The Huffington Post. "The videos can only show you so much, but to actually be there, to feel the heat. ... The heat is one thing, but the gases are extremely toxic."
Singson, a Hawaii local who explores the lava and volcano at least once a week, outfits himself with a respirator when filming lava closely and wears long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect himself from burns. Although his rubber tennis shoes sometimes melt as he walks over the scorching grounds, he prefers them to fire-proof boots, in case he has to run from a collapsing area or a random combustion. The thin soles also help him more accurately feel the ground over which he's walking.
"You have to be on the top of your game out there," he said. "First of all, you have the ocean and the current, then you have the lava, then you have to worry about bridges collapsing and then you have to worry about the super-hot toxic steam. All those things are going on at the same time."
"He asked me how many days I’d gone without a shower. I told him four. He said it wasn’t long enough, as some women hadn’t showered in a week." Elana Pritchard, a Los Angeles-based cartoonist and animator, violated a court order and was sent to jail. Her supervisor at work advised Elana to keep a visual record of her existence there, and she did. Over a period of two months spent in Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF) in Lynwood and Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, Pritchard used a pencil and found paper scraps to draw scenes of daily life in the jails. A few of her drawings are shown here, accompanied by her explanations.
See more glimpses of Elana Pritchard's days in jail here. (Some are NSFW-ish due to profanity.)
At the end of Frozen, it is implied that Anna and Kristoff are a couple. An odd app game called “Anna Giving Birth” by Oleg Vinogorodov takes the relationship further. They get married and Anna gets pregnant. When it’s time for Anna to give birth, she has a cesarean section. In the game, your job is to perform the operation. In the scene screenshotted above, it’s time to make the incision. You can see more images from the game at BuzzFeed.
But there’s more! Carolyn Cox of The Mary Sue informs us of a dress-up browser game unlike any other.* In “Elsa Frozen Brain Surgery,” you must perform neurosurgery on Elsa. The fact that she’s smiling as you shave her head is awkward, but that’s probably normal during this procedure.
On September 10 of last year, police in Fort Lauderdale, Florida arrested 17-year old Jamal Rutledge for allegedly violating probation and committing burglary. While Officer Franklin Foulks processed him at the police station, he collapsed and fell unconscious. No one was in a position to see this except Jamal, who immediately kicked on a door until he got the attention of other officers. Those officers performed CPR and used a defibrillator on Foulks, who is alive and recovering. You can see the incident in this security camera footage: