When we were kids everybody wanted to be like Mike, but secretly some of us wanted to be like Goku instead. Geeks typically aren't into playing sports, they'd much rather watch it on TV, but if a die-hard DBZ fan were to start playing sports they'd probably choose something in the realm of mixed martial arts. This is ironic because Goku's favorite sport is basketball, and if he didn't have to fight to keep his dragon balls he would probably have preferred to pursue a career as a professional athlete!
Make the spirits of your fellow anime fans soar like a nimbus cloud with this Air Goku t-shirt by Eric Nyammor, just do it saiyan style!
Thanks to the editing skills of YouTube member Insane Cherry, we are treated to a version of “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes sung by dogs, chickens, goats, foxes, and other animals. I dare you to get through the entire video without giggling.
People have been enjoying the video game Tetris for 32 years now. The simple yet exceedingly clever game is maddeningly addictive. In fact, its creator, Alexey Pajitnov, was so hooked on his own game that he could barely get any work done at the Soviet Academy of Sciences. But even though he realized how successful his creation might be, profiting from your own creation was illegal in the Soviet Union in 1984. So he gave it away, sharing it with friends, who shared it with others, until it leaked to the outside world. A British company started manufacturing and selling Tetris.
Behind the iron curtain, a state-owned company called Elektronorgtechnica (or Elorg for short) had taken over the responsibility of selling the rights to Tetris overseas. Because Pajitnov and his colleagues had created Tetris while working for the Soviet Academy of Sciences, Tetris effectively belonged to the state, and by extension, Elorg.
It’s here that the rights issue surrounding Tetris became somewhat fraught. The UK company Andromeda was forced to negotiate a proper licensing deal with Elorg when the latter’s director, Alexander Alexinko, noticed that Andromeda was selling on rights that it didn’t actually own. Meanwhile, Spectrum HoloByte sub-licensed its rights to Henk Rogers’ company, Bulletproof Software, which planned to sell Tetris in Japan, without realizing that Mirrorsoft had also sub-licensed the game to Atari, who planned to sell it not only in America, but also in Japan.
Disney’s Zootopia came and went, and people liked it, but it was too cerebral for young kids. It was awfully cute, though. It earned an Honest Trailer pretty quickly, compared to their normal turnaround time. This video contains spoilers, in case you were waiting to see Zootopia at a more convenient time.
While this Honest Trailer has some funny points, the narrator appears to be forcing it a little too much. Yeah, it’s a kids movie, but kids don’t really keep up with Screen Junkies’ Honest Trailer series. -Thanks, Paul Panday!
Strange things can happen when you go so long without sleep. When you finally succumb, it’s like you just zoom into the future. As if your time machine really worked! This is the latest from Raynato Castro and Alex Culang of Buttersafe.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, Mattel is releasing a new set of dolls in their Barbie line that are based on Captain Kirk, Lieutenant Uhura, and Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek series. While there have been Barbie dolls based on Star Trek before, these are the first to resemble the actors who appeared in the original series.
Figment NYC is an annual art festival in New York City. Many participants build artistic miniature golf holes to create an entire course. For this event, NYC Resistor, a local makerspace, created a golf hole that looks like a cell. The object of the game is to penetrate the cellular membrane, then avoid the organelles, and finally land the ball in the hole.
You can find instructions on how to build your own cell golf hole at Instructables and watch a video showing people playing it here.
Chuan-Bin Chung of Shu-Te University in Taiwan makes it look so easy. He quickly sketches out detailed drawings of the human from, from the skeleton all the way up to the muscles. It reflects how he teaches students to accurately depict the body. He tells Bored Panda:
Yes, we have a textbook. But we don’t read it, we draw it. Students, majoring in this area, cannot learn by just reading the pictures on books. Instead, we learn while drawing something. In my classes, students have to draw what I am demonstrating on the chalkboard.
Practice has made him perfect at his craft. Chung uses a straight edge, but otherwise creates these colorful and precise chalk drawings by hand. You can see more screenshots from his YouTube channel at Bored Panda.
A woman in Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, ran over a frog with her lawnmower. The frog survived, but suffered a gash on its back. A family member contacted Cairns Frog Hospital to arrange for care, and that started a bureaucratic process to get the frog on a flight to Cairns. By car, the distance is over a thousand kilometers. A flight was arranged and an animal handler was found, and the small amphibian was taken to hospital president Deborah Pergolotti.
Ms Pergolotti said it was clear that the animal was already in distress.
"The person who found the frog had accidently ran over it with their lawn mower, which means the frog was out during the daylight hours in the middle of the day, indicating that it was unwell," she said.
And Ms Pergolotti said by the time the frog arrived in Cairns, its condition continued to deteriorate with the wound getting infected.
"He had a lot of different, alternate treatments to make sure that we would minimise any possible bacterial involvement, and get rid of the bacteria that was already there," she said.
For a sick frog that had been hit by a lawnmower, the little guy is doing well. His wound and infection are healing, and he is expected to be returned to Mount Isa next week. -via Arbroath
Everyone feels a different level of joy while slipping down a slide, typically ranging from blah to bliss, but some people outrightly hate slides, possibly because they got stuck in one when they were kids.
Judging by the reporter's reaction as she slides down in this video she has either never been on a slide in her life and is totally terrified or she's having the time of her life and expresses joy by screaming bloody murder.
Puns are a tasty way to break the ice, and our mouths have more fun saying puns than they do helping us chew our food. So it follows that extra delicious food based puns would be more well received than the rest, and there's truly no better way to spark a conversation while you're chillin' at a restaurant than by getting punny about food.
Want to spread smiles faster than a butter knife spreads mayo on a toasted bun? Make a remark about your license to kale or how you once ate a purple burger called a Beet-Car Named Desire or, better yet, bring home this Pun Buns t-shirt by Geeksweetie and let your shirt do all the talking for you. It's dripping with hilarity and hand crafted for people with exceptional taste, slip one on and raise your fashion flavor rating to the max!
A science fiction future may became reality thanks to military research. Ideas that were deemed outlandish just a few years ago are serious projects today, and who knows what ideas may go to the research level tomorrow. Some, of course, will make our military more effective in combat, which we hope won’t be necessary. other projects are aimed at serving those who have already served, like next generation prosthetic limbs and brain implants.
3. Brain Implants to Restore Memory
Another biomedical project being worked on by DARPA is an implant that can help restore memories of soldiers who have suffered brain injuries. The device would be placed into the brain and send small electrical jolts to stimulate memory formation. It would also help recall memories in individuals with traumatic brain damage. This technology will be transformative for soldiers, but can also help countless civilians who have memory loss due to injury.
One of the unfortunate side effects of geek mania is the never-ending stream of crappy licensed products that flow through the stores like pop culture sewage.
This cheaply made crud often passes the in-store visual test only to fall apart when you get it home, literally making it an overpriced piece of trash.
One poor fella named Nick Borelli was left feeling burned when he discovered the awesome looking Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt he bought from Loot Crate melted while pulling a tray of pizza rolls out of the oven.
No wonder Thanos wants to destroy the Earth!
Nick took to Twitter to warn those who possess the Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt against using it for its intended purpose, but as expected the interwebs was more concerned about Nick's pizza rolls than his hands.
We’re all familiar with the problem of a young kitten climbing a tree and not knowing how to get down. In this case, rescue was a lot easier because the kitten climbed up in a sunflower plant! It was awfully high from the kitten’s perspective, but an easy problem for his human to solve. Probably the simplest cat rescue we've ever posted. -via Atlas Obscura
Perhaps, to the fish in your aquarium that you love, you're not just a Thing Which Provides Food. Perhaps you're a specific Thing Which Provides Food.
Researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Queensland found that archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix), like the one pictured above, is capable of distinguishing between human faces. This is a remarkable discovery, as it was previously thought that fish lack the cognitive abilities necessary. Phys.org reports:
First author Dr Cait Newport, Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at Oxford University, said: 'Being able to distinguish between a large number of human faces is a surprisingly difficult task, mainly due to the fact that all human faces share the same basic features. All faces have two eyes above a nose and mouth, therefore to tell people apart we must be able to identify subtle differences in their features. If you consider the similarities in appearance between some family members, this task can be very difficult indeed.
'It has been hypothesized that this task is so difficult that it can only be accomplished by primates, which have a large and complex brain. The fact that the human brain has a specialized region used for recognizing human faces suggests that there may be something special about faces themselves. To test this idea, we wanted to determine if another animal with a smaller and simpler brain, and with no evolutionary need to recognize human faces, was still able to do so.'
Kids can be mighty crafty, which is why you should always keep an eye on your offspring when visiting a place full of breakable and/or valuable stuff, or else you might get stuck paying the bill.
But sometimes kids don't understand why destroying something, such as a LEGO sculpture, is wrong, because they just see that giant statue made of building blocks as a deconstruction challenge.
It took LEGO artist Zhao three solid days (at a cost of around $15k) to build his amazing looking sculpture of Nick from Zootopia, and it was only on display at the LEGO Expo in Ningbo, China for an hour before a kid knocked it down.
Zhao declined compensation from the kid's parents because he feels the kid didn't do it on purpose, but if a rival LEGO artist suddenly sells a statue of Nick from Zootopia we'll know exactly what that little destroyer was up to...
It's called the Pavlok. It's an alarm accessory that you control from a smartphone or tablet computer. Slip it onto your wrist when you go to bed. When it's time to wake up, it will gently vibrate. If that's not enough, it can also sound an alarm or even give you an electric shock. Brian Heater of TechCruch describes his experience testing the Pavlok:
It’s…intense. It’s not painful, exactly, but it’s a bit more of a jolt than I was anticipating. Honestly, it’s not my preferred method for getting out of bed in the morning, but until someone builds a smart alarm clock into a puppy that will lick my face until I wake up, it’ll have to do. And besides, this is Pavlovian conditioning we’re talking about here.
A puppy-licking based alarm clock would be awesome!
Bretagne, pronounced Brittany, was one of the search and rescue dogs charged with looking for survivors at Ground Zero fifteen years ago. She and her handler, Denise Corliss, responded to the call from their home in Texas, where they both had just completed training. We reported on Bretagne's return trip to New York City last year. Warning: you may need a hankie for this video.
At age 16, the golden retriever was suffering the effects of old age, and was taken to the vet one last time on Monday. She got a hero’s salute from the Cy-Fair Fire Department and emergency responders when she walked into the Fairfield Animal Hospital in Harris County, Texas. They were also there when her body was carried out, draped in an American flag. Bretagne was the last of the 9/11 search and rescue dogs. She would have turned 17 in August. -via reddit
Unless you live near a beach you visit regularly you probably don't think much about beach etiquette, and that's okay when you're not at the beach.
Help lifeguards do their jobs by letting them know in advance if you plan to drown that day
But when you go to the beach, and the black socks under your sandals start to fill up with sand, it's time to get to etiquetting (etiquettery? etiquetness?) so as not to perturb the “locals”.
When using a portable radio or other music-playing device, keep the volume at a low level for all but the most epic of guitar solos
Having lived my entire life twenty minutes from the beach has taught me these “locals” aren't really local at all, but they still take their beach etiquette very seriously, that is, when they're not busy playing frisbee.
Shout “Heads up!” in the half-second before your Frisbee corkscrews into a crowd of sunbathers
Here's another handy tip for ya courtesy of The Onion, and if you decide to disregard those annoying beach "locals" don't forget the ocean is full of locals too...
Always loudly scream “Shark!” while standing at the edge of the water to ensure everyone is aware that so many species of sharks are endangered and will go extinct if not protected from commercial fishing
Move over Kardashians, these media darlings not only knew how to build a huge fan base that lasted more than a few TV seasons, they also helped to change humans’ view of the animal world.
ELSA THE LIONESS (1956–61)
Elsa was one of three orphaned cubs rescued in the 1950s by George Adamson, the senior game warden of Kenya’s Northern Frontier District. (Adamson and a scouting party had been called out to capture a lioness that was attacking people. When the lioness charged, the men killed her in self-defense… and only discovered her cubs, Elsa among them, afterward.) Two of the cubs went to a zoo, but George’s wife Joy insisted on keeping Elsa to raise, an idea that was unheard of then because, at the time, lions were just considered to be mindless killing machines.
Not Elsa, though. She was playful, loving, and devoted to the Adamsons. When she reached three years old, however, she’d grown so large and strong that the couple decided she couldn’t continue being a pet. So George began taking Elsa out to the bush, helping her learn to stalk animals, kill her own food, and fend for herself. Eventually, Elsa became the first captive lion successfully returned to the wild.
Elsa retained her affection for George and Joy, always returning home to visit. When she arrived one day with three cubs, it was clear she’d adapted to her new world. But life in the wild was hard— Elsa died of a blood disease before her cubs were grown. So the Adamsons raised them, too, and then set them free on the African plains.
Claim to fame: Joy Adamson wrote Born Free about raising Elsa and returning her to the wild. The book became a best seller and was made into a film in 1966. George trained the captive, but not-quite-tame lions that starred in the movie, and the natural charm of the lions helped make the film an international hit.
Legacy: Elsa’s love and loyalty changed an entire generation’s view of wild animals. For the first time, lions were seen as individuals with differing personalities, instead of brutes just to be hunted. The success of Elsa’s release into the wild also sparked a new movement to help captured animals to be returned to an environment that was as close as possible to what nature intended. When Elsa was returned to the wild, most people considered it a novel and even crazy idea, but today, returning animals to their native habitat is an important part of conservation. After Elsa’s death, Joy established Elsa Wild Animal Appeal to aid in the preservation of animal habitats. She also became a founder of the World Wildlife Fund. George founded the George Adamson African Wildlife Preservation Trust and worked full time teaching orphan and captive lions how to survive in the wild. And the actors who played Joy and George Adamson in the 1966 movie founded the Born Free Foundation to aid wild animals in captivity.
Superheroes are great and all when they're battling supervillains and the like, but the heroes who compete in the Smash Bros. tournaments are from the virtual world of video games, where anything can happen and the enemies are always boss. But those who call video game land home occasionally dream of donning a spandex super suit and teaming up for a superheroic adventure, but they know better than to think temporarily stopping a supervillain will earn them a high score.
Let your favorite superhero squad mashup guard your torso, wear this Nintenders t-shirt by Arcano and you'll be all dressed up for adventure!
In the latest of their Honest Ads series, Roger from Cracked tries to sell you a mobile phone service. Or, to be more accurate, he’s trying to lure you away from your current phone service to another company. That ain’t easy, because there’s hardly any difference among them. And the things they tell us don’t make much sense anyway. -via Viral Viral Videos
Mario the plumber thinks that he can journey to a magical kingdom by traveling down the pipes. Has he eaten the wrong kind of mushrooms? Not a bit, thanks to Troy Goho. This handy gamer installed functional Super Mario Bros.-inspired pipes beneath his kitchen sink.
The most important part of asking a question in front of an audience is not what question you ask, but everything you say before you ask the question to get people’s attention and make them realize you’re someone they should be talking to.
This is just one of ten important tips for making an impression at a tech conference. Sure, you’re there to learn things and to cultivate business contacts, but more important is to make sure everyone knows you and how totally cool you are. The rest of the ten things can be found at The Cooper Review.
As it should! When you're desperate to go, a urinal or toilet can seem like a godsend.
Rocket News 24 reports that this urinal is in the men's room at the Warehouse arcade in Saitama, Japan. When you flush it, a heavenly light shines down upon it and the Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah plays.
When you have a 16-year-old daughter, you are understandably vigilant. Ashley Banks almost got into big trouble when her mother found a suspicious batch of brightly-colored pills in her nightstand. Mom was pretty upset, as a series of text messages show.
Whew, what a relief! The worst Mom can say now is that Ashley's tastes are a little juvenile. But really, magic grow capsules that sprout into dinosaurs are pretty cool no matter how old you are. -via Uproxx
Both the IKEA bag and the Swedish national folk costume are icons of Sweden. Heidi of IKEA Hackers shows how to combine them. You'll need 4 blue bags, 1 yellow bag, and an IKEA brand Dvala sheet to turn into the hat.