In 1957, Alfred Hitchcock spoke to interviewer Collin Edwards for Pacifica Radio about his upcoming movie, tentatively titled From Amongst The Dead, which the next year turned out to be Vertigo. Subjects covered include dead bodies and humor, as you might expect.
Police in Conway, Arkansas, pulled over a car last Friday night because the brake light was out and it was going very slow. Inside was Blayk Puckett, who is a magician and a student at Central Arkansas University. He was driving home from the library, and said he was driving slow because he had a brake light out. Then the cops learned Puckett was a magician. And a juggler! After all, his license plates said "JUGGLER."
Remember how disappointing the ending for The Sopranos was? Well, a new Netflix technology is being released to allow you to change what happens on your favorite TV shows (at least, the ones Netflix makes). The choose-your-own adventure concept could make shows way more rewatchable, but it also could make them not quite as satisfying if all the shows you watch end up the way you want them to. Plus, it will hard to ensure the same quality of acting, directing and writing when everyone involved has to create multiple story lines. And, of course, the concept will make also make it harder to talk about with freinds since what you watched might not be the same as what they watched.
You can read more about the idea and how they plan to implement it over on The Daily Mail.
What do you guys think, is this a winning concept or just another marketing gimmick destined to fail?
The Palace of the Reunification in Saigon was the home and office of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After the fall of Saigon, it was renamed and made into a history museum.
Today, it’s called either Independence Palace or the Palace of the Reunification. Robbed of any official role, it has become a window into a bygone era. And what a fascinating era that was. Stepping inside the palace is like being transported back to the early 1970s. The decor and furniture remain unchanged, and (nearly) the entire building has been opened up to tourism — even the underground bunkers in which the president and his staff sought refuge during bomb attacks.
Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell took a tour of the palace, soaking in the time-capsule atmosphere and history. You can read about the palace, watch a video of their trip, and see plenty of photographs at For 91 Days.
Russian cosplayer Irina Ushenina goes by the name Rei-Doll. She has costumes for a variety of characters from all fictional genres, although you can tell she's particularly fond of Batman characters, as she portrays the Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy.
Nobody pities fools quite like Mr. T, and the man is brimming with so much strength and confidence that some people can't stand to say no to the guy for fear of being clobbered by his mighty fists. This bravado and self confidence was something E.T. was lacking before Eliot introduced him to the A-Team, but once he'd started watching the show and matching T's moves the E in E.T. just kinda fell away. Nobody could figure out if E.T. was just really wrapped up in his roleplaying or if he actually believed he had become Mr. T, but they weren't really worried about the little guy- because the gold chains around his neck made it hard for him to waddle very far!
Show some love for two of the brightest stars from the greatest decade ever with this Mr. E.T. - 80s Retro Vintage Mash-Up t-shirt by Captain RibMan, and you'll be able to pity all the fools who don't have a shirt as cool as yours!
Some days you want to diet and some days you just want to eat yourself to death. When you want to watch your body's whole world burn, there is the EatFamous Burger from Holy Chuck Bugers. This marvelous monstrosity takes two full wheels of brie, breads and deep fries them and then uses them as buns for an already over-the-top burger that features four burger patties, eight strips of bacon, four slices of aged cheddar and a fried egg on top.
Of course eating this beast isn't just difficult due to all the calories, but also because those two gooey cheese buns don't exactly make it easy to pick up and chow down. But a mess is a small price to pay for something this ooey-gooey good.
The genesis of King Kong was director Merian C. Cooper's fascination with gorillas when he was very young. As a boy, he had read Paul du Chaillu's 1861 book Explorations and Adventures of Equatorial Africa. His fascination increased when he studied a tribe of baboons in Africa while filming The Four Feathers in 1929. Cooper later claimed the his "original vision" was of a giant ape on top of the world's tallest building, fighting off airplanes.
In 1931, Cooper brought the original idea for King Kong to Paramount studios. Paramount turned the script down, mainly because it was during the Great Depression and the costs of sending a film cast and crew to Africa and Komodo would be too much. Later that year, producer David O. Selznick brought Cooper to RKO studios as his executive assistant, with the promise that Cooper could produce his own films there.
Cooper proceeded to produce The Most Dangerous Game, a 1932 jungle adventure, at RKO- the film starred Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. Cooper was to produce a handful of films after this, but the "ape film" idea stuck in the back of Cooper's mind. After a personal presentation of his idea for the film to executives, he finally convinced RKO to take a chance and produce it.
Watch Hugh Jackman at work on the movie Logan. It's hard to keep a microphone on an action scene, so this was one that needed a voice re-recorded in post-production. He's acting the whole scene all over again! That's another reason he keeps getting the juicy roles. -via Geeks Are Sexy
These futuristic glasses have liquid lenses adjustable to any prescription via smartphone app, and the adaptive liquid lenses "can automatically switch between two prescriptions using piezoelectric actuation based on what the wearer is looking at."
Screen Junkies takes a deep dive into the Pacific Ocean for an Honest Trailer about Disney's latest animated film Moana. While Moana was hailed as a big step forward for Disney movies, you can't help but see how every part of it resembles something that came before.
Oh yeah, there's a rundown of "honest lyrics" for the songs, too. They also have observations on Moana that you'd have never considered, but you're sure to get a laugh out of them now. -via Tastefully Offensive
If you follow news on endangered species, it can get pretty depressing to see so many animals facing extinction. But not all news about endangered animals is bad news. In fact, on TopTenz, you can read about 10 animals who have been removed from the endangered species list -including the panda that has served as an icon for conservation of endangered species since the WWF chose the bear as their icon in 1961. And while we so often hear about poachers decimating rhino populations in Africa, their cousins in India have also been taken off the endangered species list in the last decade.
There might still be a lot of animals that need our help out there, but articles like this are a reminder that we can make a difference and bring animal populations back from the brink. So see the whole list over at TopTenz.
Mohammad Sayed was injured in Afghanistan when he was a young child, and became a paraplegic. His mother had died, his father left him, and he spent seven years in a hospital. Sayed earned money by fixing other patient's cell phones. In 2009, he came to the U.S. and is now an American citizen. Sayed studied engineering, developed several devices for wheelchair users, and started his own company. Now at 19, Sayed has has created a comic book superhero: Wheelchair Man!
I thought: "This is the greatest country, how is it possible that they have no wheelchair superhero?"
Well, I wasn't going to wait for Marvel to do it. I want to celebrate the powers and abilities that wheelchair users have, so I started to create a superhero called Wheelchair Man based on my own real-life story.
I write the stories and then I have an artist, Arielle Epstein, who is very talented, draw the images.
Wheelchair Man is a teenager, he's an immigrant and he's a Muslim. He's against hatred and he wants to end violence and make this world a better place. One of his main superpowers is that he can make criminals see the consequence of a crime before they have even committed it.
My plan is to develop a comic book series to inspire people with disabilities. There will be four other original superheroes - Wheelchair Woman, Wheelchair Girl, Wheelchair Boy and Captain Afghanistan - and all of them will be based on the real lives of wheelchair users from developing countries.
Concordia Station is a French-Italian research facility in Antarctica. It is roughly halfway between the Antarctic coast and the South Pole, which makes it pretty isolated from anything. However, the French and Italians care greatly about the food served to the station's crew. Luca Ficara spent a year as the station's chef.
Each year, the Italian National Program for Antarctic Research (which maintains the base along with the French Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor) holds a lottery to determine who will be spending the next year as the resident chef at Concordia. This lottery system has won the station something of a reputation for its food, which received a nod in the Lonely Planet as a place "considered by many to enjoy Antarctica's best cuisine, with fine wines and seven-course lunches on Sundays."
While Ficara didn't really expect to end up in the Concordia Kitchen, he turned out to be the perfect fit for the job given his diverse culinary repertoire. The chefs chosen by the PNRA must demonstrate not only proficiency as cooks, but also a robust knowledge of international culinary practices so that they can cater to the tastes of the 13-person Concordia winter crew, who hail from England, Switzerland, France, and Italy.
Ficara was challenged with feeding 75 people during the summer (November to February) and then providing interesting meals for 13 during the long dark winter, using an inventory of supplies that must last eight months, with no assistants. And for the Sicilian Ficara, another challenge was that the wine is all French. Read about how he worked with what he had to create amazing meals at the bottom of the world. -via Digg
Most Disney movies do a poor job of presenting real life because the characters pretty much all live in a fairy tale world, where they're only forced to work in deplorable conditions as a way to develop their heroism.
But in the real world we've gotta work just to pay rent and bills and eat and stuff, and we don't become heroes by running the rat race- we just become worn out.
But if you think about it every office is full of people who resemble Disney characters- because they wander around aimlessly all day and act like they're from another world. (Comic by Paul Westover)
Pikachu had a habit of playing video games for days on end, and during his downtime Ash couldn't drag that little lightning mouse away from the TV set because Pika was too busy gaming his heart out. One night he fell asleep while playing a Zelda game and proceeded to have the worst nightmare he'd ever had. It involved a magical mask, a boy with a skull head and a grinning moon destroying the Earth, and while the scenario would have been fun to play out in a game it was totally terrifying to experience in a dream. Pika was startled awake by the lunar collision, and he thought his Link to the nightmare world was over, until he saw the strange mask laying at his feet...
Make your fellow fans squeal with delight by wearing this A Terrichu Fate t-shirt by Don Corgi, it's the freshest way to show the world you're a poke-fan and a gaming legend!
MIT developed a system to control robots with electroencephalogram signals. The robot is tasked to sort objects, while the subject wearing an EEG cap watches. The robot is looking for an error-related potential (ErrP) signal that a human brain emits when the person sees the robot about to commit an error. That's why the robot appears to make a selection and then pause to see if it's correct before dropping the object in a basket.
While the robot itself is not all that impressive, the interface between the brain and the action is almost supernatural. That an EEG can actually sort these kinds of messages is amazing. Read about the experiment in the original MIT paper. -via Laughing Squid
We have previously featured the work of talented designer Alassie of El Costurero Real, but in our past article, we only showed her butterfly scarves and antlers. Since then, she has added all number of new fantasy-inspired clothing and accessories to her shop.
Whether you're looking for hair accessories, cloaks, capes, full outfits, wedding dresses or jewelry, the shop is bound to offer some type of beautiful creation perfect for entering your own private fantasy world. See all of El Costurero Real's offerings here.
His name is Nyango Star, and he's an apple-cat thing from Kuroishi city in Aomori prefecture who really knows his way around a drum set. Here he is absolutely killing it while playing the Slipknot track "Before I Forget":
Not that I ever really thought about it, but you might think that a working actor who needed a temporary color change might use something temporary, like Manic Panic, to make their hair purple. But Mark Hamill went the extra mile, and then went the extra mile three times to get his hair back to normal. And he isn't too self-conscious to share it with us.
The purple hair was for his portrayal of the Trickster in a December episode of the TV series The Flash. You see that some time had passed since his Trickster role when this photograph was taken, because he's busy growing out his Luke Skywalker beard. Maybe there was some Star Wars stuff he had to get ready for quickly.
Three long shelves span the wall of my office. Over a period of years I neglected to shelve books and they piled up in odd stacks. So many students responded to my announcement seeking a research assistant for $10 an hour that I felt compelled to pick a student almost at random. I chose a student from China, enrolled in law school, because I thought I might learn something about Chinese students, as I had recently been assigned to be the doctoral supervisor of a student from Taiwan, Hui-Wen. I asked my new assistant, Yi-Chuan, to alphabetize the shelves, and indicated where there were clumps of books that needed to be alphabetized in with the others.
Yes, of course, "best" is always a subjective word, and a list of the best of anything is going to cause a little controversy. However, you cannot argue that these breakfast diners aren't good. Too bad the Kentucky pick is in Paducah, all the way across the state from my town.
If you like meat with your breakfast, Gold Rush Cafe is the place to go. Their bacon cheeseburger skillet omelet and breakfast burger melts are rich and decadent, but the meatloaf omelet is truly an original. It comes with meatloaf bits, veggies, cheese, and barbecue sauce. If the thought of that much breakfast meat is giving you the sweats, try the bread pudding waffles with baked cinnamon apples on the side.
Check out the list of the best breakfast restaurants in each state at mental_floss, let us know how well they picked the best from your state, and if you've got a road trip planned, you might want to make notes on breakfast for your traveling days ahead.
Kids have a unique(ly short) view of the world, but it's hard for them to effectively convey their view to adults because they have yet to learn how to use language to make the content of their minds known.
(Untitled by Alicja Brodowicz)
Photographers who work with children as their subjects therefor try to show us what the children see, and how the wee folks feel in the land of the big people.
Once upon a time, any scientist in a movie would likely be an evil mad scientist. Luckily, we got away from that and made more scientists the hero in films. But movie producers and scriptwriters are not scientists. To avoid being made fun of on internet forums, moviemakers try their best to be as scientifically accurate as possible within a story. So they consult the Science and Entertainment Exchange, which connects scientists to scriptwriters in order to bring realism and accuracy to their films. Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, has a few movie credits for science consulting, most recently for Arrival.
Plait tells more about Arrival and the the Science and Entertainment Exchange at his new SyFy Wire blog. Actually, it's Bad Astronomy with a new home. He also has links to a lot of scientists on the internet you can follow, and a longer video about the science in the movie Arrival.