You should only hire one or two ninjas at a time for a job, because when you get a dozen or more ninjas together the whole thing turns into one big pile of shinobi! There's a reason ninjas work alone, and only attend clan meetings in pairs- because with all their sneaky gear on they can't tell each other apart, and they can't bear to think they might be sitting next to an enemy in disguise, so they inevitably start fighting amongst themselves until the whole thing becomes one big mess. So if you want a job done right then hire one or two ninjas at a time, or else the shuriken will hit the fan!
Spread shinobi madness wherever you go with this Ninja Mess t-shirt by Dooomcat, it's the funny way to make sure you're looking sharp and slay people with laughter!
I scream, you scream, I scream again because you ate all my ice cream! People can be pretty awful about food: protect your own supply while making an effort to get the next guy's share. This is like a child who sticks a dirty finger into the last jelly doughnut. Or the family member who serves himself more food than he'll eat and puts pepper all over it so no one else will want it. I'm sure there is someone in your family who has a technique for consuming more than his share, with a perfectly logical explanation. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
This is the Skyladder Parkour Course at Tianman Mountain in China. It consists of 999 steps and has an average incline of 45 degrees. Calen Chan, a 19-year-old freerunner fromUtah, got to run all the way down. With a GoPro camera held in his mouth!
One band, 213 songs, a ranked list, and thousands of internet commenters with opinions. This is more than a list, as Vulture's Bill Wyman (not that Bill Wyman) gives a rationale for the ranking of each Beatles song. Yes, he knew it would enrage people to see their personal favorites ranked lower than they expected.
Plus he has already starred in his own viral video!:
Our “tough guy” Moyo doesn’t have his horns yet, but that doesn’t stop him practicing his charge! The 2-week-old black rhinoceros calf is very active and zookeepers provide him with a variety of toys and enrichment throughout the day. Play is important for baby animals – it’s how they learn the skills they will need as adults.
At a time when home ownership in the U.S. is at an all-time low, HGTV real estate shows are hot. They are an escapist fantasy, like most TV is. People watch while dreaming of being in the position of the people who are buying and renovating their dream home on TV. We already know that the homes people "select" are often houses they've already purchased, but you might not know that getting a real estate bargain, whether to live in, to rent out, or to flip, often comes at a cost for the neighborhood: gentrification, and the eviction of the people who can no longer afford to live there. Some of them still live in those homes as they are being sold.
Tarek and Christina El Moussa, the now-divorced hosts of Flip or Flop, discovered as much in 2015 when they attempted to host a house flipping seminar in Portland, Oregon, a city buckling under the consequences of its lack of affordable housing. The pair was forced to postpone the event and others in the Pacific Northwest indefinitely after a wave of backlash online. The couple told the Orange County Register in 2013 that evicting people, including families, is a regular part of the home flipping process. “I’ll buy any house, any condition (and) any location as long as I can get it at the right price,” Tarek told the paper. That potentially troubling aspect of home renovation never makes in onto Flip or Flop, however. If it did, the show might not be in the position to be renewed for its seventh season on the network and have its hosts profiled in the New York Times.
The strange little dolly you see in the photo above was an extremely popular toy from the mid-1800s called a bathing doll, also known as solid chinas or bathing babies, which were porcelain dolls kids played with in the tub.
Bathing dolls were first manufactured in Germany around 1850, they sold for a penny so the kids really dug them, and in England parents would bake them into puddings and cakes around Christmas.
But bathing dolls soon became associated with the creepy poem "Young Charlotte" written by humorist Seba Smith in 1840:
The poem recounted the grim true tale of a young woman who had frozen to death one New Year’s Eve while out riding with her sweetheart in an open sleigh. This poor unfortunate lass had failed to heed her mother’s advice:
“O, daughter dear,” her mother cried, “This blanket ’round you fold; It is a dreadful night tonight, You’ll catch your death of cold.”
“O, nay! O, nay!” young Charlotte cried, And she laughed like a gypsy queen; “To ride in blankets muffled up, I never would be seen.”
Smith’s poem inspired the folk song “Fair Charlotte”:
“He took her hand in his — O, God! ’Twas cold and hard as stone; He tore the mantle from her face, Cold stars upon it shone. Then quickly to the glowing hall, Her lifeless form he bore; Fair Charlotte’s eyes were closed in death, Her voice was heard no more.
The dolls became known as "Frozen Charlotte" in the U.S., and some even came complete with their own coffin and burial shroud.
Nowadays "Frozen Charlottes" are considered quite collectible, especially when they have their coffin, and since they range in size from about 2 inches to over 18 inches tall they appeal to all kinds of collectors.
The reviews of the choral can-tata were mixed. Some said they sounded tinny and flat, and sang recycled songs with canned background music. One actually called it "soda depressing." Others thought they crushed it, especially with the metal covers.
This display was spotted in the Netherlands. -via reddit
This 1949 Kurtis Sport Car is a beautiful vintage convertible and an extremely rare car, since only 16 of them were ever made, but it's also the car that helped launch Motor Trend magazine by posing for the first issue.
In fact, the V8 dreamboat seen in these photos is the same Kurtis Sport Car that appeared on the cover of that inaugural issue, and it's just as gorgeous today as the day it rolled out of the Kurtis plant.
Here's more on this amazing(ly rare) automobile:
The Kurtis Sport Car was a product of the astonishing explosion of automotive creativity that occurred in California after World War II. After enduring a grinding depression and a grueling war, Americans were ready to celebrate as the booming economy provided jobs and prosperity. They’d had enough of cars for hard times — the somber and sensible Depression-era sedans and coupes they’d nursed through the war years on old tires and rationed gas. California was where the party started. And Frank Kurtis, the son of a Croatian blacksmith, was at its epicenter.
The Kurtis’s combination of easy, American V-8 muscle and European-style chassis tuning must have seemed sensational back in 1949. Frank Kurtis had demonstrated a compelling formula for an all-American sports car: The Kurtis Sport Car was well-engineered, well-detailed, and well-built.
Even if you're not into poetry, you have to admit that the folks who became famous by writing it are tres interesting. From William Shakespeare to Maya Angelou, John Green knows a weird fact when he sees it. You'll learn some really weird trivia about many different poets in this , the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.
They called out for the Trooper but nobody came forth, so they had to settle for the only living weapon they had left- the Pooper. At first they had very little faith in the Pooper's ability to defeat their foes, but the brave little guy proved his value in combat by pooping his brains out across the battlefield and sending the other side packing! The bards of heavy metal would be singing praises to the Pooper for generations to come, and on the day when the Pooper poops his last they will bronze his pellet shaped poop so it can be admired by the people he saved...
Get goofy with your love of guinea pigs by bringing home this The Pooper t-shirt by Piggie Parodies and you'll make people smile wherever you go!
Quite a few years ago, paleontologists discovered that dinosaurs were the ancient ancestors of birds, and since then, a few dinosaur fossils have been found with evidence of feathers, including two tyrannosauroids that predated T. rex. That led us to picture Tyrannosaurus rex and other dinos as feathered reptiles. Now, a new study by Phil R. Bell of Australia's University of New England says that T. rex had scales.
Bell and his colleagues examined skin from T. rex and four relatives from fairly late in tyrannosaur history: Albertosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Gorgosaurus and Tarbosaurus. Tyrannosaur skin is rare, Bell said, in part because paleontologists historically favored smashing through skin to get to bones.
From these skin patches, representing the tyrannosaur abdomen, chest, pelvis, neck and tail, the researchers found nothing but scales. If feathers existed, they did so only along the animals' back or spines.
“This doesn't rule out feathers on even the biggest tyrannosaurs,” said University of London paleontologist David Hone, who was not involved in the research, “but does suggest they lacked a full coat of feathers.”
His love of rhythm led Hibiki to play the Rhythm Heaven games, which he could actually play with other kids, and in this way Nintendo changed his life- so he wrote them a letter to thank them.
Here's the translation:
How do you do. My name is Hibiki Sakai, and I am in 5th grade.
I cannot see with my eyes, but I have always wanted to play games, just like everybody else. There were hardly any games I could play.
The only game I could actually play was "Rhythm Heaven." I was able to enjoy only this game with others, and no one could beat me in this game.
I have perfected the game on Game Boy Advance, Game Boy DS, Wii, and 3DS.
Therefore, I strongly hope you keep making "Rhythm Heaven" going forward. I can handle it, even if you made it a little bit harder!!
I am sure that there are many visually impaired kids besides me who want to but cannot play games.
That is why I hope you develop games that people with physical disabilities can enjoy with other people. I will continue to support Nintendo.
From: Hibiki Sakai
Nintendo showed they genuinely appreciated Hibiki's letter by sending him a letter in return, which was printed in braille and promised they'd "keep doing our best to create games that everyone can have fun with."
Hibiki's dad Kentaro was thrilled by their response:
"As parents, we were truly surprised to get a prompt and sincere response to a letter written by a child. Regardless of whether a new version is released or not, we were very happy that the letter brought hope to Hibiki."
"Hibiki taught us that people are not unfortunate because of their disabilities, rather, the heart that is weakened by the disabilities is unfortunate. By changing his blindness from a fate to a mission, he fights on everyday toward a big goal of becoming a drummer who can bring courage and hope to the world."
Mohan is one of the red panda triplets at Symbio Wildlife Park in New South Wales, Australia. The others are Raja and Phingu. In this video, Mohan busy being cute for zoo visitors, and enjoys getting his belly rubbed.
The West Wing broke new ground for television, as TV networks avoided politics like the plague beforehand. Producers figured that whatever they did, they were going to lose a chunk of the audience over accusations of partisanship. But with today's highly-fragmented audience, thanks to hundreds of cable channels, a series does not have to appeal to everyone to be successful. Quite a few fictional political shows followed The West Wing in portraying fictional politicians. Right now they are all scrambling to compete with real political news for entertainment value. You might want to check out the profiles of the politicians that can't affect your lives, but will appear every week on your TV anyway, at TVOM.
Even if you never actually saw Saturday Night Fever, you have no doubt seen clips or images of John Travolta disco dancing his butt off on that red, blue and yellow dance floor that syncs with the music. The floor was built specifically for the movie and now it's up for auction. It's estimated that the floor will pull in up to $1.5 million, so if you can pony up that kind of cash, you could just bring that bad boy home and finally live out your dreams to the beat of the Bee Gees.
You can read more about the floor and the upcoming auction at Me TV.
In the minds of countless millions of moviegoers the world over, certain celluloid images are indelible. There's Clark Gable looking dashing in his Rhett Butler garb, telling Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." There's Judy Garland dancing down the yellow brick road with her three companions, Humphrey Bogart in his Casablanca trench coat, Charlie Chaplin waddling down the road with cane in hand, and Harold Lloyd hanging from that big clock on that tall building.
Which brings us to the movie with the world's most beloved comic duo trying to push a piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy filmed The Music Box during an 11-day span, from December 7th through December 17th, in 1931. Although they may not have realized it during those 11 days, they were filming not only their most enduring cinematic image and their single most beloved short, but their only film in the over 100 they worked on together to be awarded an Academy Award.
Some original titles for the The Music Box were Top Heavy, Words and Music and The Up and Up. One has to wonder if they hadn't ultimately decided on the much catchier The Music Box, would this short have achieved it's "classic" status and immortality.
The plot is simple enough: two dimwits (Stan and Ollie) are assigned to deliver a piano to a home on top of a huge flight of stairs. Various perils, mistakes, confusions mess-ups and angry encounters occur along the way (as if you didn't suspect). As in any Laurel and Hardy film, the boys are inept and incompetent due to three major factors: other's interference, the laws of nature, but most of all their own stupidity.
At the turn of the 20th century, Vietnam was a French colony. The administrators built their own French neighborhood in Hanoi to house their families, complete with a modern sewer system underneath. That particular amenity of Western life was not compatible with the existing ecosystem of Vietnam.
It turns out that when Doumer’s colonial government laid more than nine miles of sewage pipe beneath Hanoi, it inadvertently created nine miles of cool, dark rodent paradise, where the pests could breed without fear of predators. And when they got hungry, the rats had direct access to the city’s ritziest real estate via a subterranean superhighway. Under the streets of French Hanoi, rats multiplied exponentially—and then skittered to the surface.
As if it wasn’t enough that these furry invaders disrupted the colonists’ illusion of European tranquility in Asia, cases of the bubonic plague started popping up, and rats were suspected of carrying the disease. Something had to be done.
The colonial government waged a war on rats that began with professional rat hunters, but soon expanded to offering a bounty to the public: a penny for each rat killed. You might be able to see where this is going, and you'd be right. No matter how many bounties were paid, the rats only multiplied. Read the story of the Great Hanoi Rat Massacre at Atlas Obscura.
If you've never owned a house, you might be under the impression that the huge mortgage is the scariest thing about home ownership. Or maybe the fact that you can't easily up and move to a new town when a great job opportunity arises. No, what's really scary is that there's no landlord to take care of all the things that can go wrong. It's your house, and your responsibility. And there are plenty of things that can go wrong. Oh, like the heater not working? Ha! That's elementary. Call a heating and air company; they'll fix it. There are much worse things to scare you about home ownership, listed at the Concourse.
Normally, I'm completely against trolling someone just to provoke a reaction, but in this case, it's so extreme and so fictional that I'll let it pass, maybe as an example of what not to do. This isn't even nice. Oh, sure, if the target geek were in on the joke, it would be completely different. It's the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
As the kids at Sunflower Farm Creamery (previously at Neatorama) are weaned, they are separated from their mothers for longer periods of time so they will learn to eat grain and hay and to drink water. But in the morning they are off to visit their mamas for some breakfast! Then it's playtime.
Megaman discovered that his success led him squarely to hell on Earth the day all of his foes were unleashed upon him at once, and yet he soldiered on. The nefarious Dr. Wily was sure this sudden onslaught of foes would spell Mega's doom, but his jumping and shooting skills coupled with his amazing ability to memorize patterns made him more than enough mandroid to stand up to all the rogue robots who came for his head. And as he took them down one by one, and as Cut and Guts fell in battle alongside Fire and Ice the wicked Dr. Wily began searching for a giant robot to send Mega's way...
This Mega t-shirt by Coinbox Tees features one hell of a cool mashup and is sure to make your fellow gamers go crazy when they see you wearing this awesome tee!
The idea of an opium den operating somewhat openly in towns and cities around the world is seen as scary by many people nowadays, as the war on drugs put the fear of violent junkies in our minds.
But by the mid-19th century opium dens had become a quite common, and somewhat normalized, part of city life- that nobody ever wanted to talk about.
So opium dens operated freely, albeit discreetly, and they let anyone with the coin of the realm lie back and ride the dragon in the safety of their pillow-laden pad:
From the 1850s on, the opium den spread across the world as a seedy place of refuge for commoner and lord. In Europe opium was viewed as a potentially liberating and creative touchstone. In America, it was seen as an evil and degenerate drug that led to vice, squalor, poverty, madness and death.
However, it should be noted that when the use of opium and the opium den was most prevalent or most virulent—depending on your view—that both America and Europe were at the peak of an industrial, social and cultural revolution. Opium did not appear to make people slackers. Even a fictional hero like Sherlock Holmes indulged in the occasional pipe—all in the line of duty, of course.
Opium should have been considered the ultimate gateway drug to the Reefer Madness crowd rather than pot, because ordinary folks who came for the opium high often gave up the rest of their lives to the needle when morphine and heroin took over:
By the 1900s, the opium den was no longer quite so ubiquitous. There were dens still to be found in most cosmopolitan cities like New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris, but opium was now mainly a fashionable prop for the bohemian, artistic, and literary class to indulge. Those who wanted a real kick sought opium in other forms—first as morphine then as heroin.
In a rather horrific twist of fate, morphine was originally considered to be the cure for opium addiction. In the late nineteenth century, morphine pills were introduced to China to help cure opium addicts. These pills were called “Jesus opium” as they were given out by missionaries. This “cure” was also sold in America right up until the 1906 U.S. Pure Food and Drug Addict which meant drug content had to be specified and banned the sale of products with false claims.
It was twenty years ago today that the movie Con Air hit theaters. It was a run-of-the-mill summer action film, but it is memorable for turning Nicolas Cage into the action hero he has been ever since. Sure, he did The Rock earlier, but he was more emotion than action in that one. Con Air was different, and led to every other action film Cage starred in afterward.
What really makes Con Air the pivot point in Cage’s move to action stardom, however, comes from the fact that he might be the only one underplaying his role. Sure, he’s sporting an absurdly flowing mane of hair, delivering his lines in a wobbly Southern drawl that borders on mumbling, and delivering lines like “Put the bunny back in the box” with straight-faced bravado, but the bug-eyed mania that would become his stock-in-trade is nowhere to be found. Instead, he’s doing what he’s actually done far more of in the intervening decades—namely, make weird choices, hit his marks, and call it a day, commanding attention without once erupting in a look-at-me demonstration of unnecessary bombast. It proved that Cage didn’t always have to dial his intensity up to 11 when he appeared in such films, for good and ill. It was just Nic Cage, action star—no surprise or winking air quotes around the film or his performance.
The police department represents safety, security and defense to many people, and therefore police stations are seen as extremely safe spaces because there are so many cops coming and going from the station all day every day.
But sometimes things go all Assault On Precinct 13 because bad guys like to target cops when they have nothing left to lose, and apparently so do rogue rodents.
If you've thought about getting into anime, but don't know where to start (there's an awful lot of it to consider), help is here in the form of an easy-to-use flow chart. Imgur user lukeatlook is a real anime fan. He's made a recommendation chart three times before, and used feedback to improve the flowchart each time. In case you find it hard to read here, you can enlarge it to an enormous size at imgur. Now we need to find John Farrier to get his opinion on this. -via Geeks Are Sexy
When video game designers are trying to sell more copies or appeal to that prime target young males between the ages of 18-34 audience they include fan service elements in their game, which are often taken way too far.
Want to know what taking fan service too far looks like?
It pretty much looks like the entire Dead Or Alive series, but especially that cheeky DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball game released by Koei Tecmo- which was basically all about boobs.
In fact, when it comes to fan service most game designers go straight for boobs in skimpy bikinis, which is not only a cheap way to lure in teen boys with raging hormones- it's a good way to make your game fail among serious gamers.
There are exceptions to the rules like Metal Gear Solid V, which is still seen as one of the best games in the franchise despite the fact that Quiet the mute sniper wears a bikini to battle.
They could at least try to make the sexiness work in the storyline like they do in The Witcher games, but maybe Quiet is so quiet because she's almost naked?