She asked him to cut the cake; he goes to the shop and designs and builds a new kind of knife, complete with a fancy handle. I was sure that by the time he got back, the cake would be completely consumed. After all, this is Matthias Wandel, the man who made the Perpetual Slinky Escalator and other wooden marvels. He gets lost in his projects.
Australia is currently being consumed in a milkshake arms race as cafes and bakeries try to one-up each other in increasingly extreme and bizarre milkshakes. You want a milkshake with a huge Nutella-filled donut on top? You got it. You want a milkshake topped with 4 different types of brownies? Dig in.
These chefs were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.
Here are three flavours of my own: S’Mores Chicken, Bacon Burger and Coles Baked Fresh Today Bakery Aisle. Be inspired. Eat marshmallows and chicken. Milkshake flavours are irrelevant now, the duty falls upon whatever lies on top. May God have mercy on us all.
"Crazy Faces In Extreme Slow Motion!" was shot by self-proclaimed filmmaker/songwriter/friend ScottDW, who hit the subjects with compressed air to achieve that perfect flappy face effect. Some friend you are ScottDW!
Walt Disney World was Walt’s opportunity to improve upon the design and logistics of Disneyland, using his experience and the much greater land area in Florida. One of those improvements was building tunnels under the Magic Kingdom to facilitate the backstage activities that park guests don’t need to see.
When construction began on the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, the first layer of the park that was built was 392,040 square feet of “underground” tunnels, known as utilidors. Fun fact: They’re not actually underground. The “basement” level of the park is actually at ground level, and the part of the park visitors experience is the second floor. Cast members access the utilidors via staircases positioned at key areas in the park.
The Apollo 11 moon landing happened when I was ten years old. My school friends and I all felt sorry for poor Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, who didn’t get to step on the moon, despite being so very close. It was only later that we realized he flew higher than the rest of us billions of people ever will, and his name is remembered better than many NASA astronauts who later did walk on the moon. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.
The constant admonitions to “think positive!” aren’t as useful in achieving your goals as we once thought. Of course, fatalism isn’t much help, either. But tempering one’s optimism with a real-world dose of pessimism may do the trick.
If you love getting the most bang for your buck when you go out to eat, you'll want to discover this great Chipotle hack to get you 86% more buritto for free. Best of all, the process is pretty easy -just order a bowl with a double tortilla wrap on the side, then order half and half with the beans, rice and meats, and be sure to add the fajita veggies and corn salsa on top. Voila!
The non-nerdy Norms think geeks speak a different language, but it's not hard to understand what a geek is saying if you listen to the tone. When they yell "Frack!" it usually means something didn't go right and they're letting off steam the Battlestar way, and when they call you a Nerfherder they're saying you're a yokel, the star of your own war on urbanity. And when the nerdy say something is "shiny" well shiny is actually a good thing, like seeing a firefly in the serenity of the night sky. So don't worry when you hear one or two of these geeky phrases being tossed around, worry when the speaker starts throwing everything plus the Galactica at ya!
Talk trash your own geeky way with this Intergalactic Trash Talk t-shirt by Grady Graphics, it's sure to stun the uninitiated into silence and make your fellow fans roar with delight!
Premise: The Gulf Stream, an Atlantic ocean current that helps regulate Earth’s temperature, has become so affected by global warming that it essentially stops. The ocean suddenly rises and massive icy tidal waves flood New York City. Within days, North America is a frozen wasteland.
Bad Science: Global warming can have a detrimental effect on the oceans, but it can’t stop the Gulf Stream that fast. Even if it could, in order for New York City to flood like it did in the movie, the entire continent of Antarctica would have to melt. For that to happen, all of the sunlight that hits Earth would have to be collectively beamed at the South Pole… for three years.
THE MATRIX (1999)
Premise: After the machines take over the world, the human resistance “scorches the sky” to block out the machines’ power supply— sunlight. So the machines use the humans for power, keeping them alive in a vegetative state while subjecting their brains to a life simulation. The machines “liquefy the dead so they can be fed intravenously to the living.”
Stacie Reis doesn’t remember the accident she had when driving home from visiting her grandfather in the hospital. All she knew was that she woke up a half-hour later in her upside-down car at the bottom of a ravine. Her phone had no service. Reis is a nurse, and knew she had to perform first aid as best she could, because it might be some time before she was found.
"I don't remember what happened," said Reis from Vancouver General Hospital, six weeks after the July 4 accident that left her with two broken legs, a broken pelvis, a broken sternum, multiple rib and spine fractures and feet that bore mostly broken bones.
In the minutes after she became conscious, she knew it was bad. Both legs twisted awkwardly to the left at the knee.
"The way they were pinned, it wasn't natural," she said. "The nurse in me was like, 'You need to straighten these out otherwise you're going to cut off your blood supply, you'll lose your legs."
So she did.
A group of Reis’ friends found her at 8 the next morning, 14 hours after the crash. Emergency services soon followed. Reis remembers hearing someone say her legs would have to be amputated, but doctors later said that her actions in straightening out her legs, no matter how painful, likely saved them. Reis has undergone several surgeries and is looking forward to the day she can walk again. -via Buzzfeed
Some people become flight attendants. But, truly, Erkan Geldi was born for this kind of work. His mother gave birth to him midair while on a Turkish Airlines flight from Izmir, Turkey to Frankfurt, Germany in 1990. Now he's a steward for that same airline. Road Warrior Voices interviewed Geldi about his career choice:
RWV: What did you study and when did you start as a flight attendant?
EG: I have a bachelor’s diploma in teaching English from Bakılesir University and began work as a flight attendant last year. During the interview process, they asked me why I picked this occupation. I replied that actually the occupation chose me! When my father’s friends came to visit, they would always say, “Hello, little pilot!”
Dismaland is a 2.5 acre underground art attraction built on the site of a long derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, and this time Banksy is sharing his space with 50 other artists to really wow the world.
Banksy is such a household name these days that this park could actually make some good money, but true to Banksy form "The UK's most disappointing new visitor attraction" will be open for five weeks and cost visitors only £3 for admission.
Etai Rahmil is an artist in Oakland, California who specializes in glassblowing. For his series Symphony of the Seasons, he made glass versions of trumpets, as well as the hands which play them. They are delicate, precise, and seemingly magical in their execution. You can almost hear the music flow with the glass.
Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum), also known as the Corpse Flower, is the biggest unbranched flower in the world. It also smells like rotting meat, which is where it got its nickname. It takes years to come into bloom. Would you like to see one bloom without having to experience the smell?
This Corpse Flower is named Perry T. Titan, and it lives at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. This time-lapse video was taken over 45 days as the plant grew from a corm to its full flower in the fall of 2013. The accompanying music is, appropriately enough, “Dance of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker Suite. -via Digg
Hand soap made from breast milk is becoming a stylish luxury product in China. The craze can be traced back to a woman named Qi in Wuhan, which is in central China. As a new mother, she produced more milk than her baby could consume. So she stocked up 10 liters of it, bought a soap making kit off the internet, and produced a line of fancy soaps under the brand Ena's Soap. The Daily Mail reports:
There are currently close to 1,000 online outlets in China selling either breast milk soaps or soap-making kits.
Many of the breast milk soaps are shaped into flowers, hearts and Hello Kitty.
Ms Qi says that the soaps not only mark the first time a woman becomes a mother but is also a nice gift for friends.
A recipient of the gift, named only as Ms Ding, said: 'This is the most unique gift I've ever seen'.
Young men have to deal with an embarrassing issue during puberty- accidental erections.
This may seem funny to those who have forgotten how horrifying it is to have an erection when the bell rings and class is over, but at the time that walk of shame felt like the end of the world.
So how are young men supposed to retain their dignity when that pesky erection keeps popping up at the most inopportune times?
Well, thanks to Chris Wood and his Bloxers pubescent boys no longer need to carry around an extra large notebook to cover up their shame, because Bloxers have erection concealing technology.
Here's how they work:
Bloxers are made to look like a pair of regular boxer shorts using all cotton fabric. The difference between ordinary boxers and Bloxers is a hypoallergenic stretch material they call "the deflector shield" sewn along the inseam and also around the legs which keeps Mr. Happy comfortably concealed.
Each pair costs a whopping $30, 25% of which is donated to the Movember Foundation, but isn't that a small price to pay to retain your dignity during those formative years?
Ann and Ken Fredericks of Satellite Beach, Florida were married 60 years ago in Nyack, New York. Ann's grandmother baked their cake, which is a dark fruit cake, then had it iced by a baker. They ate most of the cake at the wedding reception, but saved the top layer.
On their first anniversary, they ate a small portion of that cake.
And on their second anniversary, they ate another.
Now, 60 years after they got married, they're still eating a little slice of that same wedding cake. They wrap the cake in plastic wrap, place it inside an old coffee can, then place the can inside a room-temperature closet. Florida Today (auto-start video) reports:
The Fredericks get a kick out of teasing their children. They said they've offered all three a bite of the cake over the years, but it has always been refused.
"They won't taste it," Ken said.
"And we tell them, it tastes fine," Ann said. "They always say, 'Oh, there's not that much. You two keep it for yourself.' I don't know, we may have to be buried with it."
After the annual bite, the cake, which is now about 4-by-3 inches big, will be wrapped in Saran and nestled back into its coffee can with a yellowed slip of paper that reads: "Top tier, Ann's wedding cake."
"We're hoping we can do it again next year," Ken said.
"It has lasted us 60 years, and so has the marriage," Ann said, "which is much more important than the wedding cake."
The Power Rangers don't spend all their time fighting creatures from another planet, and when they're in-between battles they enjoy playing old school video games. Their favorite game is the Megazord Entertainment System classic based on their Mighty Morphin' selves, but seeing as how they're the stars of the game you'd think they'd be better at it. Truth is, they know fightin', morphin', pilotin' Zords and slingin' one liners but pushing all those buttons in rapid succession is too much for them to handle!
Transform your geeky style with this 8-Bit Power Rangers t-shirt by Steven Reeves, it's one game your fellow Power Rangers fans will wish they'd played back in the day!
In a follow-up post to 8 Weird Mysteries of the Internet, we find that there are more weird things going on that we realized. Websites and messages come online, and then disappear before anyone can figure out what they really are. Some are still around, but have never been fully explained, like Oct282011.
A website that appeared way back in 2011, Oct282011 had all the markings of a cult recruitment page. There was the fixation on a future date, and the mysterious text. There was talk of ‘mysteries behind the eyelids.’ But when its appointed date came and went, things started to get weird.
The site itself remained active. In curiosity, people began to call the number. What they heard was creepy, to say the least. There would be an unnatural silence followed by a loud beep. Some swore they could hear heavy breathing in the distance. One or two reported awful, muffled voices. At least one person heard something heavy being dragged across the floor.
In a YouTube video one person claimed they called three times, and heard something so disturbing, so disgusting that they can’t even describe what it was. One person who called six times heard a sinister voice whisper “it’s him again.”
Then suddenly, the website went dark. Just as Reddit got involved the whole thing shut down and vanished. You can go see for yourself. All that remains are banner ads, presumably put up by the enterprising new owner. Who was behind the original site, or what those horrible phone messages were, no-one can say.
Animators often start out wishing they could tell the world a visual story via their own cartoon show, but that goal is often short-lived because you gotta pay your rent and cranking out cartoons doesn't pay much.
And those who are lucky enough to land a job as an animator, or anything in the realm of visual arts, often feel like their creative job kills their drive to do their own stuff, and the cycle of animated abuse begins.
A group of animation industry alum put together an awfully informative article on Cracked that reveals some of the sad truths about working as an animator. Now I'm really glad I still owe tens of thousands of dollars for animation school!
Groot, a tree-like creature in the Marvel superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy, says only one thing: "I am Groot."
When 4-year old Sawyer Dunlap saw the movie a year ago, he connected with Groot in a special way. Sawyer has the dyspraxia, which inhibits his ability to speak. Groot has helped him overcome this obstacle. Sawyer's father, Josh Dunlap, recently wrote on Facebook:
When Guardians came out Sawyer could only say about three words and would communicate to his mother and I by other means. When he saw Groot, something clicked inside him and he connected with him on a level I haven't seen. He began to mimic him and he would use the word "Bah" for a lot, but after he saw the film, he would change the tone in which he said it to convey a different meaning. He would also start saying Groot for many things as well. Since that, he was finally able to go to a speech class and it has helped amazingly. I just wanted to thank you though, for a script and movie that was written so well that a four year old, three at that time, could connect with someone who had the same language barrier.
The 3M Corp built this interesting and colorful Rube Goldberg machine consisting of — among other things — 25,000 Post-its and 75 rolls of blue painter tape. Like most machines of this type, it is satisfying to watch all the components work concurrently to complete the sequence. Via Gizmodo
The name Madame Helena Blavatsky was only familiar to me through Kurt Vonnegut references, and I wasn’t too sure that she was a real person. Now I know. Blavatsky was a real person, but how real any of the things she claimed to be are still in doubt. She said she was born in Russia in 1831, and had many adventures before she became famous for contacting spirits at American seances.
But the usual ghosts weren’t good enough for Blavatsky. In 1875, in a Manhattan drawing room, she launched a group with the grand title of the Theosophical Society. Setting ghosts aside, it would search out a higher class of supernatural beings: the “Mahatmas,” whom Blavatsky had allegedly met in Tibet.
These men, she said, could ship their souls anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice through “astral projection.” They could also ship other things—notably letters. Theosophists marveled at the projectile missives that flew through the windows of moving trains or were delivered by enigmatic turbaned men sneaking into tents at midnight. In the 1870s, instantaneous delivery of a message still felt downright miraculous.
There is, however, such a thing as too many miracles. At some point, the would-be wonderworker has to call on a friend to keep up with demand—and friends are unreliable.
The Looney Tunes have found themselves in all sorts of different universes doing all kinds of strange and exciting things, from playing B-Ball with Michael Jordan to making Brendan Fraser seem funny.
Since DC Comics is part of Warner Bros. Entertainment the animated superstars of the Looney Tunes universe can visit a new world way more exciting than the rest, the world of the DC Superheroes!
Here's more info about this upcoming crossover event:
This November, Superman and many of his fellow DC Comics heroes will find themselves teaming up with the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and all the rest of the Looney Tunes (including everyone’s second favorite Martian) in over two dozen hilarious variant covers.
Mass transit doesn’t have to be boring. Since multi-passenger vehicles were first drawn by horses, their owners have tried all kinds of ways to draw paying passengers or get more of them on board at a time. The latest hi-tech buses compete with whimsical designs, and they all are worth a look. Dark Roasted Blend has a roundup of the most unusual and eye-catching busses from history and from around the world.