The Big Boss is quite a striking figure, with an eyepatch that seems to see right through you and a scar laden scowl that makes even a heart made out of metal melt into a pool of jelly. Solid Snake's battles against the Big Boss are legendary, and it seems like no amount of gear is enough to help a hero defeat this larger-than-life military mind. But why are people wearing his face on t-shirts like some kind of revolutionary hero? Because he changed the way we play the game.
Get geared up for game night with this Viva Big Boss t-shirt by Mdk7, it's short on smiles but big on bad attitude!
In this trippy video from Red Bull, BMX champion Kriss Kyle rides his bike through a shimmering array of fractal shapes and vibrant colors. It's like he's inside a kaleidoscope. As the tube twists, Kyle jumps over obstacles, performs sudden turns, and bounces off seemingly invisible planes.
That's what Gil Solano did. His wife was experiencing a radical new type of pain that he never, ever would. This was obviously the ideal time to take a picture of himself and, of course, his beloved wife in the background. He explained on reddit:
My wife wanted to make sure that someone took a picture of the expression on our faces when our daughter was born today. So I took one.
Well, then, mission accomplished.
Mrs. Solano gave birth to a healthy 7 pound, 6 ounce girl that the couple has named Eva Nell. Gil swears that his wife finds the photo funny.
How much do you know about wine? You’re about to know a little more! Wine has an ancient history and is intertwined with many cultures. The mental_floss List Show has trivia about many different wines, from champagne to Two-Buck Chuck.
Most urban legends begin with a true story, and as the story is then modified, reinterpreted and exaggerated the fantastic fictionalized "truth" starts to overshadow the dark truth at the heart of the tale.
Jonathan H. Liu recently watched Star Wars with his kids. His toddler, who is 2 and a half, really enjoyed it--especially the Imperial March, which is also known as the Darth Vader theme. After she went to bed for a nap, the cutest little Sith began singing that piece of music.
Here she is with a captured piece of Rebel equipment. At Geek Dad, Liu explains that his daughter is fascinated with Darth Vader:
When he first appeared on the screen, she started mimicking the sound of his breathing. When the Imperial March started playing, she stood up and danced! Lately she keeps asking us to sing the “Star Wars song”–sometimes she means the theme song, but quite often what she really wants to hear is Darth Vader’s theme instead.
The linked article is an extensive and informative oral history of Home Alone, written for Chicago magazine by James Hughes, son of 80s movie maestro John Hughes. This 25th anniversary endeavor includes interviews with those involved with the project including Raja Gosnell, the film's editor, Joe Roth, chairman of Twentieth Century Fox at the time of filming, cast members Daniel Stern and Catherine O'Hara and director Chris Columbus.
Chris Columbus reveals that the only reason he ended up working on the project was to get away from another in which he was supposed to work with notorious jerk Chevy Chase. Columbus writes,
"In 1989, I directed Heartbreak Hotel, and it was a disaster. It opened on a Friday, and by Wednesday it was only playing at two o’clock in the afternoon. Around that time, John Hughes sent me the script for Christmas Vacation. I love Christmas, so to do a Christmas comedy had been a dream.
I went out to dinner with Chevy Chase [the movie’s star]. To be completely honest, Chevy treated me like dirt. But I stuck it out and even went as far as to shoot second unit [collecting establishing shots and special sequences, usually without principal actors]. Some of my shots of downtown Chicago are still in the movie.
Then I had another meeting with Chevy, and it was worse. I called John [who was producing the film] and said, 'There’s no way I can do this movie. I know I need to work, but I can’t do it with this guy.' John was very understanding. About two weeks later, I got two scripts at my in-laws’ house in River Forest. One was Home Alone, with a note from John asking if I wanted to direct. I thought, Wow, this guy is really supporting me when no one else in Hollywood was going to. John was my savior."
Ever since companies like Real Doll started making "companionship" dolls that actually look lifelike people (mostly men) have been doing some mighty strange things with them, and not necessarily in a naughty way.
Some men see their realistic "companionship" dolls as a surrogate life partner, a female figure that makes them feel less lonely, and these guys have given up on the dating game in favor of life with lifelike replica.
These dolls are big with unmarried men in China, where one guy recently did the strangest and yet somehow sanest thing with his doll- he married (her?) it.
The unidentified 28-year-old man was reportedly diagnosed with terminal cancer and didn't want to leave a living widow behind, so he married his doll in a ceremony complete with dress changes and posed wedding photos.
Some are theorizing it's nothing but a marketing campaign, and yet the story doesn't seem any more far fetched than what you read about guys and their dolls online nowadays, so why fake it when someone's bound to be in to the idea?
During World War I, photographer Benjamin Reeves took portraits of British military personnel as they prepared to go to battle. A hundred years later, his grandson Tom Reeves used the exact same camera (which uses glass plates) to take pictures of British military personnel as well. He even used the same painted backdrop and props! The new series of photographs was taken for the British Legion for their Poppy Appeal fundraising drive. See more of the 1915 and 2015 portraits paired at Buzzfeed.
Tom Reeves is actually the fourth generation photographer in the family. The family studio is named Edward Reeves Photography, established by Tom’s great-grandfather in 1858.
Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam's masterpiece Time Bandits is one of those movies I loved as a kid even though I didn't totally get the film, and just like the kids who attended the test screening I liked one part the most- "the parents being blown up!".
Nearly three and a half decades later I've seen Time Bandits dozens of times and still find something to love with every new viewing, and I appreciate the amazing performances now more than ever.
Lion-O is always the first to charge into battle, the last guy to leave a compatriot's side in combat, and the only guy the other ThunderCats trust to lead them. But sometimes he needs a little quiet time to reflect and do some light reading while dropping some stinky kids off at the sandbox.
Show the world what happens when Lion-O isn't wielding the Sword Of Omens with this Reading Time t-shirt by Ed Harrington, it's so funny even Mumm-Ra can't help but crack up!
Well, this is kind of fun. The Visited States Map Generator is an application to record what states you’ve been to, color-coded to indicate how much time you’ve spent there. Canada is included, but I’ve never been there. The color coding is an indication of how familiar you are with each state.
Red means I've just passed through, maybe seen a thing or two.
Amber means I've at least slept there and seen a few things. I have a first-hand idea of what the state is like.
Blue means I've spent a good amount of time in that state.
Green means I've spent a lot of time in that state, weeks at at time on multiple visits—or lived there.
You can also use the map to generate a particular trip, places you’d like to go, or just make a map with pretty colors. The map pictured shows you where I’ve been, at least in the U.S. I reserved green only for places I've lived. Flyovers don’t count, in my opinion, but you do your map however you want. -via Fred Bradbury
Bill Nye is undoubtedly the science guy, and he'll forever be known for his scientifically stupendous TV show that introduced many young minds to the might of science, but he's not really known for being a badass.
I mean that in the very best way possible, of course, because he's a man of science and truly has no need to go around blowing up cars or punching people into submission like a stereotypical badass.
There are extended videos featuring more from Josh and Lonnie. Take some time today to thanks a veteran for their service. Many of them are still suffering for it, decades later. This video contains NSFW language. -via Buzzfeed
When her landlord wouldn't allow her to adopt a pitbull terrier, photographer Stacey Gammon channeled her desire for animal companionship by volunteering at an animal shelter. Realizing that her photography talent could be put to good use there, Gammon began shooting portraits of the animals in an effort to get them permanent homes.
Through her involvement with the shelter, Gammon became aware of the Mr. Mo Project, a New York nonprofit that rescues old shelter dogs in poor health who are on paths to being euthanized. The Mr. Mo project helps secure medical care for the ailing animals and tries to get them placed in caring, permanent homes. Gammon was so touched and impressed with the facility that she began shooting gratis animal portraits for them as well. She said,
"These dogs, as I witnessed during their photoshoots, are so full of life. They have love left to give."
The National World War II Memorial started with a question, and proceeded with a little help from Hollywood.
ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE (EVENTUALLY)
World War II veterans -the people we now call the “Greatest Generation”- are not known for tooting their own horns. They went to war because it was their duty; then they came home and brought the United States to a new level of prosperity. They never really asked for applause, let alone for a national tribute to their service.
“They’re the most unselfish generation America has ever known,” Ohio representative Marcy Kaptur told the Washington Times in 2004. “That’s why there was no World War II memorial before; because they never asked for it themselves.” Instead, Kaptur asked for them. And when she was turned down, she asked again. And again.
Kaptur’s interest in a memorial began when she met a World War II vet named Roger Durban in 1986, after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial had been given a green light. Durban pointed out to the congresswoman that there was no memorial for all of those who served and died in World War II. The Iwo Jima statue was a fine tribute to the Marines, he said, but it left out the other branches of the armed forces. Kaptur did a little research and discovered Durban was right, and she began asking questions.
This latest edition of AsapSCIENCE focuses on facts about our bodies. Stunningly efficient, adaptable and strong, the human body is indeed an amazing entity. Facts about decomposition, bacteria, bone strength and more are highlighted. Via Laughing Squid
You may have seen lists of terrible cars, but this one tells the story of each in almost poetic terms. You know the Trabant is going to be on it. Here’s what they have to say about it.
As if bleak Communism and barbed wire weren't enough to break the spirit of the East Germans, they also had to endure the Trabant. The cars had bodies made of recycled cotton and wood fibers backed into plastic called Duroplast, they lacked such fancy refinements as brake lights and they smoked like they were electing a Polish pope. The Trabant also emitted an eau du two-stroke scent, since like a chainsaw, their engines required an oil and gas mix. Getting one of these cars was as easy as putting your name on a 10-year-long waiting list at the government-run factory. Getting rid of one was as easy as waiting for the Berlin Wall to fall, puttering across the border and then running like hell away from that horrible little car toward freedom.
Baby koala Imogen from Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, New South Wales, Australia has been featured at Neatorama once before, showing her cuddling up with a filmmaker who was attempting to video her.
Now ten months old and ready for her close up, this new footage is Imogen's first official photo shoot. This clip is even more adorable than the last. Keep up with Imogen's progress and that of other lovable animals at the Symbio Wildlife Park Facebook page.
I could grow a man bun. And I obviously should. Then I could look like famous world leaders and wear tiny fedoras on the bun. But I don't want to wait to grow my hair out until it's long enough to have one. By the time it is for me to have a natural man bun, the fashion trend could have passed.
The solution is to wear a clip-on man bun. It's like a clip-on tie, but obviously more dignified. And now is the time to invest in this fashion solution because the discount site Groupon is offering them for a mere $9.99 each. That's easily worth the chance to become an object of desire among women and envy among men. Choose one to match your own natural hair color, or a different one for an eye-grabbing contrast.
CNN reports that Groupon has already sold a thousand of these wonders. So you'd better get one while they're still available.
Mode has a new fashion retrospective, centered around James Bond. It doesn’t go through 100 years like their others, but we do have six decades of Bond films. See how the look has changed, with models Alexis Cozombolidis and Hunter Pence.
The clothing is nice, but Bond would never abide such a messy trouser break, nor the beard. And the lack of Ursula Andress’ bikini from the 1962 film Dr. No is an egregious oversight. -via Tastefully Offensive
When the Doctors come together it's usually for one reason and one reason only - the entire universe is in jeopardy and they need to put their incredibly clever heads together and come up with a solution. However, the last time they all got together they discovered there was something else those incarnations of the Time Lord incredibly well while working as one- they make lovely music together! Who needs a sonic screwdriver when you've got an electric guitar and rock n roll in your soul?!
This Silence Days t-shirt by Prime Premne is like music to your fellow fans' eyeballs, no matter which incarnation of The Doctor they prefer.
Brandy is made by distilling wine. Cognac is a very specific brandy, which legally must be made in a very specific manner from specific grapes, and only in the Cognac region of France. So from the get-go, cognac is pretty pretentious. Add an artsy bottle, a few extra years of aging, and a prestigious name, and you have the ultimate in conspicuous consumption. For example:
10. Hennessy Ellipse
Our number ten spot comes from one of the most well known names in cognac production, Hennessy. Bottled in an updated version of the classic Thomas Bastide crafted Baccarat crystal decanter, which was made popular by another member of the Hennessy family and predecessor to Ellipse, Hennessy Timeless, Ellipse is said to taste of crystallized fruit, wild roses, and earth tones, a whittling down of Hennessy’s trademark taste to its barest, most essential, and most wonderful. Blending the most Spectacular eaux-de-vie Hennessy Ellipse is made by seven generations of blend masters. Bottles of Hennessy Ellipse can range from $12,000 to $13,000 online.
From Rocket News 24 comes news of the cutest cat and baby couple in the world. Japanese twitter user @kokesukeppa's little boy was napping on a cushion. The family cat decided to join him, stretching out across his belly.
Now I want a blanket made of cats! Can I get one to fit a queen size bed?
We’ve all seen vintage “black memorabilia,” the racist caricatures in advertising, figurines, toys, books, and other objects from the past. The items that remain today are often hidden away out of shame, but are well documented on the internet. They are relics of the Jim Crow era, the hundred years of American history between the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement. You have to wonder about those who manufactured it: what were they thinking? Dr. David Pilgrim founded the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Big Rapids, Michigan, to preserve and document such memorabilia so that the era in which they were made won’t be forgotten. Pilgrim is also the author of the new book Understanding Jim Crow. He explains the reasoning behind the rise of the caricatures.
Stock caricatures such as Mammy, Uncle Tom, Sambo, pickaninny children, coon, Jezebel, Sapphire, and the black brute were employed to spread these messages to millions of people. Companies mass-produced these images in every form—including postcards, cleaning products, toys and games, ceramic figurines, ashtrays, cast-iron banks, children’s books, dinnerware, songbooks, tea towels, cookie jars, matchbooks, magazines, movies, gag gifts, salt-and-pepper shakers, planters, fishing lures, trade cards, ads, records, and tobacco tins. If you lived during the Jim Crow era, you’d encounter such caricatures everywhere, in your newspaper, on restaurant walls, on the shelves at stores, and at the cinema or live theater.
“If you believed that black men were Sambos, childlike buffoons, for example, then why would they be allowed to vote?” Pilgrim says. “Why would they be allowed to hold office, serve on a jury, or attend public schools with whites? If black men were brutes who were a threat to white women, why would they be allowed to share beaches, public-school classes, or taxicabs? If black women were Mammies whose best roles in life were serving white families, why would they be allowed in other occupations when the society needed them for that? So the caricatures, and the stereotypes which accompanied them, became rationalizations for keeping blacks at the bottom of the racial hierarchy. Perpetuating these caricatures was a way to make sure you didn’t have to compete against black people economically. In short, it was a way of sustaining white supremacy."
Pilgrim tells us the history of racist collectibles and the need to preserve even the most painful of them, so that we won’t forget why they came about, at Collectors Weekly. Warning: many of the images are disturbing and NSFW.
On June 18, 1947, a commercial airliner crashed in Syria. The young co-pilot took the time in the midst of the chaos and fear to tell a young woman that she was going to be alright. He helped a stranger in a small but important way.
About a third of the way through the story, I recognized the co-pilot. He would later become famous for inspiring millions of other people through television.
One thing all cinematic time travelers have in common is that they are thoroughly surprised by what they see when they get to the future. Not all futuristic movies have time travelers; some are just set in the future. In those cases, we, the audience, are the time travelers, and we are usually quite surprised by the film’s vision of the future.
The latest movie supercut from Robert Jones looks to the future (even when it’s technically now in the past), with clips from dozens of movies. The future is quite variable, from hi-tech (2001: A Space Oddysey) to apocalyptic (Planet of the Apes) to ridiculous (Idiocracy). How many of them have you seen? -Thanks, Robert!
Back to the Future 2 Lost in Space I, Robot A.I. - Artifical Intelligence Cloud Atlas Idiocracy Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Hot Tub Time Machine 2 The Fifth Element Click Death Race 2000 (1975) Barbarella Judge Dredd (1995) Forbidden Planet Blade Runner A Clockwork Orange Tomorrowland The Terminator The Time Machine (2002) 2001: A Space Odyssey Metropolis Johnny Mnemonic Minority Report The Ice Pirates Total Recall (1990) Her Fahrenheit 451 Logan's Run The Running Man Demolition Man Bicentennial Man Starship Troopers Snowpiercer Prometheus Oblivion Elysium Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Star Trek: First Contact The Time Machine (1960) Planet of the Apes (1968) Battlefield Earth Tank Girl Spaceballs 12 Monkeys
Charleston, South Carolina is a beautiful city. Despite the ravages of war in previous centuries, it has preserved much of its historical architecture--that is, until 1989, when Hurricane Hugo did what British and Union armies could not.
Lovely old buildings were badly damaged. To make matters worse, no one knew how to repair them because those historical trades had almost vanished. Amy Crawford explains in CityLab:
Not since the earthquake of 1886 had the city seen such devastation, and as residents set about rebuilding, they soon realized they had another problem on their hands: a shortage of artisans trained in skills like masonry, ironwork, and plastering, necessary to repair the city's famous historic buildings.
City leaders responded by establishing a new school to teach these old building trades. But the American College of the Building Arts isn't just a trade school. Students who attend get a thorough liberal arts education. In fact, Amy Cawford tells us, it's "the only school in the United States to offer a bachelor's degree in the traditional building trades." She describes it:
Every student in the college majors in building arts, but can choose one of six specializations: architectural stone, carpentry, forged architectural iron, masonry, plasterwork, or timber framing. The college seeks to combine a traditional liberal arts curriculum with intensive crafts training, often teaching disciplines like history or math by way of the latter; for example, history is taught with an architectural history focus.
"The graduate here has learned both the art and the science of preservation and new construction," says Colby M. Broadwater III, a retired Army lieutenant general brought in as president in 2008 to apply some military discipline to the school's finances. "How to build a business, the drawing and drafting that underlies all of it … the language, the math that supports the building functions, the science of why materials fail—all of those things wrapped into a liberal arts and science education."
The college is currently located in the jail that Charleston built in 1802. When the school acquired the building, it had been vacant for half a century. The students restored it themselves, learning their trades as they did so.
I’ve got news for you. Your cat is always judging you. Lucky for you, he’s only judging you on things cats care about, like the quality of food you give him and how warm your lap is. What makes them such good confidants is the fact that they don’t speak English, and so their judgements won’t cross the species border. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.