Adam Wibler's Pyro is an amazing gadget that looks and acts like something out of a James Bond movie or My Little Pony. It's a wrist-mounded device that shoots fireballs up to 10 feet away from the user. It has 4 chambers, each of which carries a single fireball load.
Pyro has a built-in remote control system. It's possible to activate a unit from up to 30 feet away. So if you have a friend wearing a Pyro unit, you could use the remote control to play mirthful pranks on him.
Some people can't stand watching television, others don't dig video games, but everybody likes the movies. When Hollywood brings a story to the big screen people show up in droves to see the latest in cinematic storytelling come to life on the big screen.
Filming for the first Star Wars movie began in 1976. The actors weren't kids back then, so they've certainly aged a lot in the intervening 39 years. Now, in The Force Awakens, Luke, Han, Leia, Lando, and Chewbacca have new challenges, such as mobility, endocrine health, and diminished mental acuity.
In this great sketch from Saturday Night Live (content warning: foul language), you can see how well the actors have held up. No one is going to jump around a sail barge anymore without breaking a hip in the process.
The scene with Leia trying to figure out R2-D2's controls is perfect.
A few months ago, we posted a story about how many Southern plantations gave tours that whitewashed their histories and made life there seem genteel and aristocratic. Today marks a step in changing that.
The Whitney Plantation in Louisiana was founded in 1752 by Ambroise Heidel. His family raised indigo and then sugar cane by the labor of slaves for generations until the Civil War. New Orleans lawyer John Cummings purchased the Whitney Plantation in 1998 and spent $7 million transforming it into a museum of slavery. Slave quarters, work buildings, and a church have been brought in to restore the plantation to what it may have looked like as a working sugar plantation. There’s also a granite wall inscribed with the names of the slaves who worked there, and life-size statues of slaves. The original “big house” is still there, but it’s not the focus of the museum tours.
Sandro Engel and Holger Michel are interaction design students at HAWK University, a college in Hildesheim, Germany. They wanted to discourage people from running across busy streets. So they found a way to make waiting at a traffic light fun, rather than annoying. Their solution was to build a simple video game into a traffic light.
Engel and Michel call the game STREETPONG. It only works when the crosswalk is closed. Players on opposite sides of the street use a touch screen to maneuver boards back and forth, bouncing the ball toward each other.
These 1964 photos are of auditions for the television series The Addams Family, which ran from 1964-1966. John Astin, who played patriarch Gomez Addams, was cast before the other characters, as a number of these photos show Astin reading lines with the actresses auditioning for the part of his wife, Morticia. Eventually, actress Carolyn Jones was chosen to play Morticia. Perhaps the other hopefuls should have spoken French to him?
A bit of trivia: according to the IMDb, the Addams were the first television family to have a home computer, which was a UNIVAC. See more photos from The Addams Family auditions here.
Preach on, robot! Kids of all forms, organic and metallic, don't understand how fortunate they are. Back in my day, when a robot tried to kill me, it was only after I had walked to the robot factory uphill both ways in the snow. And when a robot tried to strangle me, I respected it. That was a robot trying to do quality work.
Warning: the following video will cause frustration and possibly hair-pulling. The car is fairly small. The parking lot is not crowded. There is snow on the ground, but it doesn’t appear to be slippery. So why does it take this driver four minutes to get out of the lot? He/she is trying to complete the classic 250-point turn! Get ready to cringe at dozens of poor decisions made during the maneuvers. The worst was continuing to leave after dinging the red car. The Calgary police are looking into the incident. -via Viral Viral Videos
Biologist Forrest Galante was free-diving for lobsters off the coast of Anacapa Island, California when he found the grand daddy of all lobsters, a Paciific spiny lobster weighing 11.5 pounds and estimated to be 60-70 years old. Galante intended to release the creature back into the wild, but before he did, he gave the ample arthropod a little sightseeing land tour. Galante took him home to meet his family, including his dog, who came snout to shell with him. The lobster had a stay at the Santa Barbara sea center for a bit. Eventually, Galante took the lobster to the middle of a marine reserve, where he would be free to breed, safe from fisherman. Once released, the big guy swam off, and all was well.
Bobby sometimes wondered why he kept running around with those Winchester brothers, especially because between the two of 'em you'd have a hard time making one brain, but when the supernatural stuff hit the fan those boys were there for ol' Bobby. Even though Bobby has been gone for a while both Sam and Dean swear they can hear him calling them both idjits from beyond the grave, although it's usually just Crowley tryin' ta get under their skin by trying to sound like poor old Bobby...
Show the world you have a supernatural sense of smile, and a delightfully dark sense of humor, with this Idjits t-shirt by Dooomcat, it's the fantastic way to show your love for a fallen TV hero!
Pringle is a fashionable and adventurous bearded dragon who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He lives the high life, playing games, going on outings, and dressing up for the camera. And he’s very popular!
In The Godfather, Michael Corleone murders two enemies, then flees from New York City to hide in Italy. He goes to the a small town in Sicily and meets a pretty woman named Apollonia. He approaches her father at a bar and asks for permission to court her. You can watch the scene here.
An architect, an engineer, a ninja turtle, a painter--Leonardo da Vinci did it all. He applied his mind to every field of study available to him. You can get a sense of that from a to-do list that he jotted down sometime in the 1490s. Scholars found it in one of his surviving notebooks. Pictured above is an artistic representation of it by Wendy MacNaughton. In a 2011 article on National Public Radio, Robert Krulwich argues that Leonardo's scattered attention teaches us something about how we less ingenious people can improve our minds:
"We live in an age that worships attention," says my friend (and Radiolab colleague) Jonah Lehrer. "When we need to work, we force ourselves to concentrate. This approach can also inhibit the imagination. Sometimes, it helps to consider irrelevant information, to eavesdrop on all the stray associations unfolding in the far reaches of the brain."
That ability to let go, float free, does seem like an essential part of a creative mind, not just in giant ones. Those of us who make our livings closer to the ground, have to do it too. In his forthcoming book, (coming to bookstores this Spring) Jonah mentions a study by Dr. Holly White, then at the University of Memphis, and her colleague Priti Shah, of the University of Michigan. […]
Minds that break free, that are compelled to wander, can sometimes achieve more than those of us who are more inhibited, more orderly, the study suggests. Or, as Jonah chose to put it, there are "unexpected benefits of not being able to focus."
This hilarious video footage shows 12-year-old yellow Lab Allie helping herself to anything and everything edible that she can get her paws on once her human leaves the house. Unfortunately for Allie, it was a setup. The humans of the house knew she was stealing food, but couldn't quite figure out how she was doing it. Hence, the video cam. Next time disable the camera first, Allie. I have no doubt that's not an accomplishment beyond your level of intelligence and problem solving ability. -Via Tastefully Offensive
These are Milli Chairs, a novel design by Duffy London. They're made to resemble millipedes. They don't move (although that would be a nice feature), but they look like they're ready to crawl right over you!
They're easy to adjust. The back becomes the bottom and vise versa by flipping them over. I suggest collecting and arranging a bunch of them. If you get 54 Milli Chairs, you can simulate the Illacme plenipes, a millipede with 750 legs.
The blog NYC, 1981 focuses only on the city of New York, and only on the year 1981. There is no dearth of material- after all, the city’s newspapers were filled every day. The blog was set up to promote the upcoming movie A Most Violent Year. The fact that it’s a promotional blog doesn’t make it any less interesting, as the subject matter could well stand on its own.
New York City, 1981. It is a time that contributed massively to culture as we know it today, but a place where you would probably not want to raise your children. Pulsing with chaotic energy and apparent lawlessness, the city was in a fragile state with a total of 637,451 felonies committed in 12 short months. It was an era where the line between good and evil often seemed blurred, and an individual’s success was a testament to their persistence. But there were fissures of creativity and light in the city’s asphalt crust, and remarkable moments in cultural history happened on the regular.
A real estate broker in Ermelo, the Netherlands, found a great way to encourage prospective buyers to take a quick tour of this house: his companybuilt a roller coaster through it. There's a single-person car which whisks a potential customer through the house while speakers describe its amenities.
In what stage of sleep to you dream? During how much of your sleep time are you dreaming, on average? Do older people need less sleep? What's the best course of action when you're unable to sleep? Mental Floss discusses these matters and more in this interesting video. -Via Laughing Squid
To mark the occasion, Uproxx rounded up photos of 41 fantastic cosplays of Deadpool, including him as Sailor Moon, the Eleventh Doctor, Groot, and a French maid. The photos are divided into 2 posts, which are here and here.
Ron was once referred to as a recreation loving butterfly trapped in a net by the Parks department, and despite his attempt to get fired he has been promoted many times since his capture.Swanson is like a moustachioed masterpiece, perfected in the 1980s and carried through life by his passion for woodworking and a desire to one day eat his body weight in steak. You can't spell old school without Ron Swanson, well, you can but why would you want to?!
Take your geeky style back to the 80s with this Retro Swanson t-shirt by Bamboota, it's the stylin' way to show your love of classic TV comedies and their timeless characters!
A stray cat roaming the streets of Varna, Bulgaria, stands out against the crowd of feral felines. We’ve featured a green cat before (and puppies, too), but this one looks like something out of a science fiction movie. At first, people thought the cat was painted by vandals. But it came to light that this cat regularly sleeps on a pile of discarded green paint in a garage. By licking his fur, he has spread the green all over his body. That didn’t sound quite right to me, because cats cannot lick or reach their spines well. But if you look closely, especially in the second video, you’ll see that the cat’s spine is only lightly tinted green. It still looks like a special effect
A Bulgarian commenter says the cat, although unfriendly, is a celebrity in Varna and gets plenty of food, and has also been checked out by a veterinarian. No doubt his cat buddies also benefit from the attention. -via Buzzfeed
Every year, generally around the first of April, products are introduced that get our hopes up then dash them against the sidewalk like a soda bottle, as the pranksters tell us we were fools to believe such a product could exist. But we live in a world full of clear toasters, bubblegum flavored toothpaste and pajama jeans, so why wouldn’t we believe in the power of new products?
These nine products could have changed our lives, but instead they’re just something we wish actually existed.
The accordion has fallen out of favor with the young folk, except those rare kiddie polka fans and merchant marines under ten, but Accordion Hero could have brought the squeeze box back to the front of the stage where it belongs. Sadly, it was nothing but a cruel joke played on those of us who enjoy that unique accordion sound, but one guy did manage to create some semblance of the game with a toy accordion, so that's something:
Quitting your job isn't as cool as it looks in movies and TV shows- you just announce you’re leaving then walk out, no dramatic monologue, just the act of quitting and the workplace left behind.
But that was all about to change thanks to the SlipQuit, the strap-on inflatable slide pack that was supposed to make quitting fun! Imagine quitting by yelling “adios mofos!” then jumping out a second story window onto a SlipQuit, sliding into the parking lot, and the annals of workplace history, like a real boss.
Big Mouth Billy Bass showed us that a talking animatronic fish can be fun, at least for a few minutes at a time, but imagine all the fun you could have hanging out with a Star Wars Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass talking about all those darn traps!
ThinkGeek teased us with this geeky piece of home decor a few years ago, and despite an outpouring of Star Wars fan love we're still stuck with tired old Billy...use the force to make it so, ThinkGeek!
Aren’t you tired of eating foods that are just one thing? Sick of "the man" telling you when it's okay to eat? Don’t you want to break with tradition and start eating dessert all day long? Then you're like me- someone who desperately needs some Perry's Chicken Wing Ice Cream in their lives.
Too bad we're stuck dreaming of what it would be like to use Sriracha, or barbecue sauce, to make the ultimate ice cream sundae...
Even thought the Will Ferrell movie Elf seems fairly recent among classic Christmas movies, it is eleven years old now. You may enjoy watching it again this year, but you’ll enjoy it even more when you learn a few things that went on behind the scenes. Such as
3. Director Jon Favreau favored practical effects.
Inspired by the Christmas specials he grew up with, Favreau explained in the film's commentary track that he employed “old techniques” instead of CGI whenever possible. This included stop-motion animation, and using forced perspective to make Buddy look like a giant among his elf peers. For North Pole scenes, two sets were built—one larger scale for the actors playing elves, the other smaller to make Buddy and Santa look big. These elements where then carefully overlaid in camera, using lighting to blend the seams.
14. Will Ferrell broke James Caan.
The Academy Award-nominated Godfather star was hired to play Walter in part because Favreau wanted a stern persona to play against Ferrell's giddy Buddy, and Caan took the comedy of Elf seriously. He knew it was crucial for Walter to be annoyed—never amused—by his supposed son's antics. But when it came to the blood test scene where Buddy bellows when pricked by a needle, Caan cracked. Watch closely and you'll see he turns away from the camera so as not to ruin the take.
The news broadcasters later explained that the graphic shows the image of John Wayne as a default setting. They neglected to upload a photo of escaped prisoner Michael Fleet before displaying it on live TV.
Whether you're an artistic person, you like to repurpose materials or you have a gift for someone special, a nice way to present a present is with homemade wrapping paper, bows and accents. This list of DIY ideas is interesting, and if the end results share one thing in common, it's that they say to the gift recipient "you mean a lot to me."
See more homemade wrapping paper, bow and accent ideas here.
Many comic book readers won't recognize Black Maraih -that's probably because she has only made one appearance since 1982. Her disappearance makes sense though when you consider that she's an over-the-top stereotype of both blacks and the overweight. Of course, she wasn't the only offensive character to ever grace the pages of comics.
This great TopTenz article does a wonderful job rounding up ten of the most offensively stereotypical comic book characters of all time and the results are equally fascinating and discomforting.
This adorable footage shot by Brooke Conti shows her dog Jackson napping on the couch having a bad dream. Jackson's housemate Laika jumps up to put an end to any distress Jackson might have been feeling, throwing in a hug for good measure. Follow the adventures of Jackson and Laika on Instagram. --Via Tastefully Offensive
You may have heard the story of how chocolate chip cookies were invented: in the 1930s, Ruth Graves Wakefield chopped up chocolate and added the bits to cookie dough without melting them, mistakenly thinking the chocolate would spread in the oven and produce chocolate cookies. It’s an interesting story, but it’s just not true. Wakefield was a renowned and accomplished baker who would never make such a mistake, nor would she take a shortcut with her cookies.
Back in 1930 Ruth Wakefield and her husband Ken bought what would become the Toll House Inn, intending to open a restaurant. It was in a good location, on the road between Boston and Cape Cod. With Ruth Wakefield’s experience as a Home Economist and her skillful cooking, high standards, and favorite family recipes, they were successful their very first year. Former employees attribute that success to Ruth Wakefield’s strict attention to detail and insistence on providing excellent service in addition to delicious meals. She had rules about every little thing, including the exact distance from the edge of the table the silverware should be. (She has a whole chapter on setting the table in her book.) In countless interviews, former customers raved about her sticky pecan biscuits (recipe below) that were set on every table for guests to nibble on while they decided what to order. Famous food critic Duncan Hines (yes, the cake mix guy) was particularly fond of her Indian pudding. Joseph Kennedy Sr. was said to drop by frequently for Boston Cream Pie. The restaurant was such a family favorite that Rose Kennedy had the Toll House Inn send weekly care packages to her sons overseas during WWII (JFK was partial to their Mary Jane Gingerbread.) In numerous newspaper articles from the forties on, customers and employees interviewed praised the gracious service and the wonderful desserts (they had their own separate menu!) Does this sound like the kind of place run by a woman who didn’t know what she was doing in the kitchen?
There are other tales of how the Toll House cookie recipe was invented, before we could ever buy chocolate chips at a grocery, that belittle Wakefield’s skills or even shift the credit for the cookie to a man. But Wakefield knew what she was doing. You can read the whole story of how the Toll House cookie came about, and see plenty of recipes for the cookies, its later variations, and even instructions for making Wakefield’s sticky pecan biscuits, at The Toast. -via Metafilter