Most television shows are shot on a set built to replicate the appearance of an interior space, but they almost always start with an exterior shot to set the mood of the show and tell the audience where it takes place.
This exterior shot is used to set the location and mood of the show, so we know The Munsters is going to be comedic horror while Full House is going to be family oriented and inoffensive.
House Beautiful put together a collection of Beautiful Television Homes, including interiors such as Frasier's Seattle apartment and Will & Grace's well-designed space, as well as TV homes that looked amazing inside and out.
I'm glad the Addams Family house made the list, because it has always been my idea of an ideal and awesome home.
Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam joined forces to create a comedy troupe. In October of 1969 they debuted the TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus on British TV, and the world hasn’t been the same since. Even if you were a devoted fan from the beginning and can recite their funniest sketches by heart, you probably don’t know what went on behind the scenes.
2. THERE WERE MANY POTENTIAL TITLES.
A BBC executive originally wanted to name the series Baron von Took's Flying Circus as a nod to Barry Took, the network's comedy adviser, who was credited with bringing the Pythons and BBC together. He was also the warm-up comic for the studio audience before the first night of filming. But there were plenty of other considerations for the title, including Owl Stretching Time; Bunn, Wackett, Buzzard, Stubble and Boot; Whither Canada?; Ow! It's Colin Plint; A Horse, a Spoon, and a Bucket; The Toad Elevating Moment; and The Algy Banging Hour. The BBC, in a state of agitation, was keen on "Flying Circus," and the troupe added "Monty Python."
5. IT WAS ALMOST CANCELLED AFTER ONE EPISODE.
According to some unearthed internal memos, BBC1 controller Paul Fox said the troupe went "over the edge of what was acceptable." Head of arts features Stephen Heast said they "wallowed in the sadism of their humor." Entertainment chief Bill Cotton thought Monty Python "seemed to have some sort of death wish." Despite those thoughts, and low audience ratings, the show managed to hang on for three and a half seasons—for 45 total episodes—through 1974.
Ask anyone who has used a bidet and they'll tell you it's an experience that will change the way you think about going to the bathroom, especially in terms of toilet paper usage.
And yet bidets never caught on here in the United States, even though American inventor Arnold Cohen created one of the most popular bidet seat in the 1960s and has been trying to put them in our homes ever since.
Everyone's concerned about going green these days, which means cutting down on our usage of paper goods, so why don't Americans use bidets?
These readings were recorded by NOAA’s data buoy 42058 in the Caribbean as hurricane Matthew passed directly over it. The dramatic drop in wind speed and air pressure shows exactly when the eye of the hurricane was recorded. You can understand how dangerous this sudden calm can be for people who don’t realize the other half is right behind it. -via Metafilter
Hurricane Matthew passed through Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba on Tuesday, causing massive damage, flooding, power outages, and killing at least six people. South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida have declared states of emergency as the hurricane is expected to affect those areas Thursday night and Friday. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has ordered the evacuation of a million people who live within 100 miles of the coast.
Most gamers start out playing video games purely for the fun of it, wanting nothing more than to experience a new form of interactive entertainment that amazes us when we're kids.
But there comes a time when we start using games as an escape from reality and a way to deflect our problems, and the bigger the problem the more difficult the video game we choose to play.
This comic by Julia Lepetit may help you figure out why your friend keeps playing that impossibly hard game even though it infuriates them, or maybe you're the one who keeps banging their head against the wall...
There are about 10,000 species of birds, ranging from delicious chicken to towering ostriches, from flightless penguins to regal eagles. They include raptors, scavengers, poultry, songbirds, and talkative parrots. There’s always something new to learn about most of them, and right here you have 44 facts about birds in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.
Well, at least this guy has an excuse when he messes up the "Klaatu Verata Necto" neccessary to pick up the Necronomicon -after all, he doesn't even speak English. This amazing Ash Vs. Evil Dead catplay was brought to you by the skilled cat costume creators over at Cat Cosplay.
Did you know Salvador Dali authored a cookbook? Les Diners de Gala was published one time in 1973, and has been out of print since then. The book is full of Dali’s surrealist illustrations. It has unusual recipes from some of the top chefs in France, although Dali warns us they are “uniquely devoted to the pleasures of Taste.” That means they aren’t geared toward healthy eating or calorie-counting. And now Dali’s cookbook has been resurrected and will be available November 20, just in time for Christmas shopping. But you can see some of Dali’s illustrations from Les Diners de Gala right now at Unreality.
There's one elusive species of pocket monster you're never going to find while you're out catching 'em all, that is, unless you live near the nuclear power plant in Springfield. It's called the Homiechu, and it's the result of a reactor core mishap involving a rat and a bald headed ape. The Homiechu doesn't say its name like the other chus do, instead he goes around yelling "d'oh!" and "oooh!", and it doesn't seem smart enough to avoid capture. But it is one heck of a scavenger, and in the wild its diet consists of melted Smooshies, stale Krusty-O's, and the occasional day old Lard Lad donut. If you should spot a Homiechu and want to capture it in your pokeball you should probably set out a can of Duff beer, let the creature get nice and drunk, then simply scoop it up and place it in the ball, or prepare to face its idiotic rage...
Show the world you've caught the rarest pocket monster of them all with this Homiechu t-shirt by C. "Bees" M., it's the fresh way to catch something besides GO fever!
An ancient burial site in northwest Chin ahas yielded some surprising discoveries. A team led by archaeologist Hongen Jiang are analyzing a grave that contained a 35-year-old man with Caucasian features who was buried over 2,000 years ago. One of the treasures buried with him was a stash of marijuana plants.
Thirteen cannabis plants, each up to almost three feet long, were placed diagonally across the man's chest, with the roots oriented beneath his pelvis and the tops of the plants extending from just under his chin, up and alongside the left side of his face. (Read how Eurasian gold artifacts tell the tale of drug-fueled rituals.)
Radiocarbon dating of the tomb's contents indicates that the burial occurred approximately 2,400 to 2,800 years ago.
This discovery adds to a growing collection of archaeological evidence showing that cannabis consumption was "very popular" across the Eurasian steppe thousands of years ago, says Jiang.
Many innovations in style, textiles and clothing manufacturing happened during the 20th century, perhaps more than any other century before, making clothes more than just a necessity.
People began buying clothes "just because", fashion trends filling their closets one decade and refilling them with the new trends the next, and lower clothing costs made these styles accessible to all.
This new installment of 100 Years of... by Mode reveals ten of the Fashion Revolutions that happened in the 20th century, starting with artificial silk and ending with the 3D printed fashions of the future.
Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.
Controversial literature that lives at the very edge of the First Amendment plays an important societal role: It tests exactly what we can say.
In the age of the internet, it’s easier than ever to get one’s hand on information that touches the very edge of the First Amendment’s limits. (We are by no means recommending you do that. Stick to Disney.com.) But before that, if you wanted to tell someone how to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom—as an al-Qaeda magazine once infamously put it—it came down to literature. And sometimes this literature has pushed the edges of good taste and societal norms, but still these documents remain out there in the world, inspiring more book-burnings than a Harry Potter convention. Today, we talk about controversial literature.
Editor’s note: This issue tackles a bunch of controversial literature from a sociological point of view. In case you need us to spell this out: we don’t condone the views being discussed in some of these works; rather, we’re discussing their cultural and political impact.
Complaints about books
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom was informed 5,000 times of challenges to books in schools and libraries between 2000 and 2009. Books of all kinds—from popular modern authors such as John Green and Stephen Chbosky, to classics written by J.D. Salinger and Harper Lee—have been challenged over the years for reasons related to their content and whether the works are suitable for students. The most popular banned book of 2015 was John Green's Looking for Alaska.
The obscure publisher that lives on the edge of decency
You remember Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs: all classic horror movies from different decades. All terrifying in their own way. Another thing they all have in common is that they were all inspired by Ed Gein, a real killer from Wisconsin. The diverse plots of those films each centered on a different aspect of Gein’s crimes. He had an obsession with his mother, like Norman Bates in Psycho. He made clothing out of the skin he took from corpses, like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. And he stored body parts in his home just like Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Read about the man who did all those things at Den of Geek.
A photo posted by Pies Are Awesome (@thepieous) on May 24, 2016 at 11:32pm PDT
An artist who goes by just Jessica (or @ThePieous) creates art with pies at Pies Are Awesome. You know they are tasty, but they are also works of art with crusts, fillings, and garnishes as the medium.
And if you're lucky enough to have a fancy Dollar Store near you that carries those cute little Christmas houses they can be quite craftily turned into a spooky Halloween village you'll want to leave out all year long!
You might not know it, but the banjo came from Africa. Several African nations have a traditional stringed instrument with resonance provided by a stretched animal skin. Slaves captured in those nations remembered those instruments and recreated them in America. But that history was deliberately covered up, according to Laurent Dubois, author of the book The Banjo: America’s African Instrument. The development of the instrument was attributed to white luthiers and musicians, in order to sell banjos to white people.
The lies perpetrated about the banjo varied, but they all reinforced the proposition that the instrument’s connection with enslaved people was tenuous. In his history of the instrument, banjo maker George Dobson admitted that the banjo had African antecedents, but he also imagined that “Negro slaves, seeing and hearing their mistresses playing on the guitar, were seized by that emulative and imitative spirit characteristic of the race, and proceeded to make a guitar of their own out of a hollow gourd, with a coon-skin stretched across for a head.” Stewart, after first claiming that the banjo “was not of negro origin,” relented a few years later, explaining somewhat apologetically that “Truth has often come into the world through lowly channels.”
“You can actually track the history of how the idea of the banjo has evolved,” Dubois says of the instrument’s whitewashing. “These ideas weren’t just ‘in the air.’ Nineteenth-century boosters like Stewart worked really hard to make the banjo not African, to unhinge it from its history. We’re still living with that.”
Harris and Converse were even more full-throated in their racism. Citing the banjo’s use in blackface minstrel shows, Harris suggested that “The whole idea of its origins on the plantations was a theatrical fantasy,” as Dubois puts it in The Banjo. Converse, who made his living publishing manuals for white audiences to teach them how to play the banjo, flattered his readers by assuring them that “There were no players among the slaves capable of arousing its slumbering powers,” insisting that only “white admirers in the North” could awaken the instrument’s “inherent beauties.” Never mind that the techniques in his book were as stolen from enslaved people as the banjo itself. The banjo’s destiny, Converse wrote, need not be as “an accompaniment to the darkey song that told of the cotton fields, cane brakes, ‘possum hunts, sweet tobacco posies, or ‘Gwine to Alabama wid banjo on my knee,’ etc.”
The Flash is the fastest man alive, and even though Superman tries to compete Flash is still faster than the Man of Steel will ever be, which is fine with Supes because it gives him more time to work on his pranks!
This comic by Kerry Callen shows why humans never should have introduced Superman to the concept of pranking, and why it doesn't pay to compete with a Super-Jerk who's super jealous of Flash's fleet feet.
How do you construct a strong female character? You get a roomful of guys to collaborate. @ILLCapitano94 is all of those men in this sketch. You can keep them straight by the shirt color, but it’s not really necessary. This goes fast, and it’s funny. But the language may be NSFW, depending on your workplace. -via Digg
Kickstarter has proven to be a great resource for inventors and creators, helping them establish a presence online and bring their vision to life through crowdfunding.
But I've never backed a video game campaign because of all the horror stories, and the whole concept of chipping in on a game still in development has proven to be fraught with failure.
Yogventures was an unlikely game from the start- it was based on the Yogscast YouTube broadcasters network, and the people behind the Yogs claimed to be capable video game developers despite the lack of proof.
Their Yogventures campaign raised enough money anyway and the game went into production, but the backers soon found out Yogscast was full of ball-oney.
Shadow Of The Eternals was supposed to be a successor to the Nintendo GameCube game Eternal Darkness, but creator Denis Dyack went about his campaign in such a shady way he failed to raise enough money- twice.
Denis created the campaign under the name Precursor Games so backers wouldn't realize he was actually the head of Silicon Knights, the company catching hell for their crappy game X-Men: Destiny.
Surprisingly, the fake name game wasn't the reason Shadow didn't get funded- it was seemingly cursed from day one, although Denis claims he's still working on the game and hoping to release it soon. Good luck with that!
As soon as the temperature starts to drop and the leaves start falling off the trees our minds turn to thoughts of the spookiest holiday of the year- All Hallow's Eve. But for some this is merely one night in a year full of spirits, skeletons and the undead, for the necromancer's work is never done. They may raise a body or two from the grave on Halloween night just for kicks, but their ambitions lie in realms far beyond human comprehension and their dark work emperils the planet. So you can laugh all you'd like at a sloppy mummy, make faces at a vampire and howl back at a baying werewolf, but if you encounter someone claiming to be a necromancer do the right thing- and run far, far away!
Cast a spell on people wherever you go with this Necromancy t-shirt by Madavaylia, it's the perfect shirt to get you into the spooky spirit of the season!
Here’s a house for sale on Sutton Road in Terrington St. Clement in Norfolk, UK. It’s pretty nondescript for the area, although Americans would see it as “historic.” Looking through the pictures, it’s fairly nice inside. There’s the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and …what’s picture seven? Yes, this is a skate park, inside the house.
Rare opportunity to buy this converted village hall and former village youth club! This property has boundless potential for further development as one or to spilt into more than one dwelling. The current owner uses part of the property his home and the front half of the building which was the main hall has been converted into a skate bowl. The areas that are used as the residential dwelling have been stylishly finished.
Heavy metal as we know it would not exist if not for Black Sabbath, because they set the standard for the horror movie theatrics, spooky hard rock sound and clothes worn by metal bands for decades to come.
Pretty much everyone agrees Sabbath was best when Ozzy was the lead singer, so when the band came back from the dead in 1983 with the album Born Again people didn't dig seeing former Deep Purple frontman Ian Gillan at the helm.
But if they could have heard these unmixed demos shared on YouTube by THE SINISTER EXAGGERATOR they would have praised it like they should- because this blistering session of raw rock 'n' roll is so good it screams for itself!
There are plenty of places you can visit that are named as portals to Hades for one reason or another. It could be that they are really scary, or have a legend behind them, or someone thought that title would be good for tourism. And they were right! “The Gates of Hell” are found all over the world: Greece, Iceland, China, Italy, the US, Turkey, Ireland, Japan, and in Belize, as pictured above. This location has a truly terrifying history.
There is a cave network located in modern-day Belize, which the Mayans believed was an entrance to their underworld: Xibalba.
The name Actun Tunichil Muknal translates as "Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre." Extensive research has linked the site, located in the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, to ancient Mayan legends. These stories described rivers of blood and scorpions, and a vast subterranean labyrinth ruled over by the Mayan death gods, the demonic "Lords of Xibalba."
Since their rediscovery in 1989, the caves of Actun Tunichil Muknal have become a popular destination for explorers. There are numerous landmarks that make this network particularly interesting, including a vast chamber of stalactites known as the "Cathedral."
Amongst scattered fragments of pottery and bone, one of the more notable discoveries is the skeleton of an 18-year-old girl. Believed to have been ritualistically murdered in the cave as a sacrifice to the Death Gods, she has been nicknamed the "Crystal Maiden"; over the 1,000 years since her death, her bones have calcified to create a shimmering, crystal effect.
China has some amazing new buildings that are meant to serve a huge population and create a distinctive skyline at the same time. Oh yeah, every municipal government wants to be recognized as easily as Sydney. Just look at the new Harbin Opera House, sure to become an iconic symbol.
The Harbin Opera House is a new addition to the Chinese collection of architectural wonders, completed in 2015. It is a 7,900 square meter structure that is designed to imitate the curves of the landscape in which it is located near the Songhua River. The surface is textured with glass pyramids for allowing more light to enter through the ceiling. Smooth waves of architectural structure give it a futuristic look. The building was designed by MAD architects.
A lot of people were upset when they heard the newest iPhone doesn't have a headphone jack and while that might be bothersome if you like plain old wired headphones, it should go without saying that you probably shouldn't use a drill to put in your own headphone jack. Sure there was a prank video showing people that there is actually a hidden jack in the phone, but who takes the word of a YouTube video as proof that it's totally ok to drill your brand new phone? Sadly, a lot of people.
Of course, this hasn't been the only prank designed solely to get people to destroy their expensive tech devices. Distractify has evidence that there are all too many evil tricksters out there.
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!
Ig Nobel Achievements distilled into limerick form by Martin Eiger, Improbable Research Limerick Laureate
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that first make people LAUGH, then make them THINK. For details of all the Ig Nobel Prize-winning achievements, see each year’s special Ig Nobel issue of the magazine, and also see the winners page.
2011 Ig Nobel Chemistry Prize The prize was awarded to Makoto Imai, Naoki Urushihata, Hideki Tanemura, Yukinobu Tajima, Hideaki Goto, Koichiro Mizoguchi, and Junichi Murakami for determining the ideal density of airborne wasabi (pungent horseradish) to awaken sleeping people in case of a fire or other emergency, and for applying this knowledge to invent the wasabi alarm.
It is airborne wasabi’s propensity, Due to its pungent intensity, To shield you from harm. You won’t buy the farm As long as it has the right density.
We are aware of the ongoing struggle between the heart and the brain, but there are other organs that can throw a wrench into our perception of the world around us. Heart and Brain are discussing the morning news when Bowels has a gut feeling. And you know what happens when the gut feeling wins out over brains… that’s how you get killer clowns! Not to mention nasty political campaigns. This is the latest from Nick Seluk at The Awkward Yeti.
A couple of months ago, we introduced you to the blog McMansion Hell, which now goes by the name Worst of McMansions. The blogger is an architect who explains the various sins of McMansion design and how they offend our sense of proportion, balance, flow, and continuity. The descriptions of these houses reminded Colin Dickey of something much earlier: haunted houses. Long before the term “McMansion” was coined, we already had plenty of haunted houses described in literature. In book after book, the authors describe houses that seem eerie because they lack order or harmony.
The archetypal American haunted house has always been one whose construction was aesthetically unbalanced. Take one of the most famous American haunted houses, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s house of the seven gables. Defined by its “seven acutely peaked gables, facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst,” the house is the ill-gotten gains of Colonel Pyncheon, who accuses his neighbor Matthew Maule of witchcraft in order to acquire his land. There is no order or symmetry to the house; indeed, it’s not even clear where the front of the house is, since it lacks any kind of façade or welcoming front door. The titular, odd-numbered gables poke out in different directions, overwhelming the house with secondary masses and voids. A McMansion 150 years before the term was invented, Hawthorne’s creation set the template for a house that exemplifies wealth without class, ostentation without order.