25 Things You Didn’t Know About 2001: A Space Odyssey

The one thing most people know about the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey is that it’s incomprehensible. The movie premiered 46 years ago this week, and Flavorwire dug up quite a bit of trivia to help you relive the film that made science fiction into art, even if it was abstract art.   

According to Arthur C. Clarke, Stanley Kubrick wanted an insurance policy from Lloyd’s of London to protect himself against losses in case extraterrestrial intelligence was discovered before the film’s release. Publicity stunt?

The floating pen effect was achieved by taping it to a sheet of glass, suspended in front of the camera. Kubrick and his effects team tried to come up with a more savvy way of executing it, but nothing seemed to work.

During the premiere screening, 241 people walked out — including Rock Hudson who wondered “what the hell” the film was about.

There’s lots more interesting facts in the article at Flavorwire. You still won’t understand the film. 


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When Animals Argue ...

You've probably seen it before, but when animals argue, hilarity ensues. I always chuckle no matter how many times I see this going 'round the web (that's probably what the spider said).

Because you know ...

Okay, I'll stop because ...

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Babies Tasting Lemons in Slow Motion

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Babies have an almost universally similar reaction to their first taste of a lemon. They are eager to try something new, they take a bite, and then it’s shock, puckering, frowning, astonishment at your betrayal of their trust, maybe a little spitting, and then after a moment, they want another bite!

In the video titled Pucker, you see a group of babies and their precious reactions in slow motion, with the appropriate “In the Hall of the Mountain King” as a soundtrack. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Wars Pop


Wars Pop by Edwoody

Why, the galaxy's best soap opera surely deserves a pop art treatment! NeatoShop artist Edwoody delivered with this rendition of Wars Pop. The Force is strong with this one.

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Poke Team Mirror Sailor Team Space Cat Comics Chibi Space

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Minutely Detailed Miniature Clockwork Sculptures

Nobody will accuse artist Susan Beatrice of wasting her time when she creates these adorable deconstructed timepiece artworks, because even though each one must have taken hours to construct they’re simply much too fabulous to fob off.

Each piece is full of minute details that truly warrant a second look, and from the look of these pics holding one of Susan's fabulous creations in your hands is like looking at a miniature masterpiece.

-Via io9


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The Fetal Signal Strength Is at 3 Bars

Daniel Feit, a resident of Osaka, Japan, snapped this photo and quipped, "The best thing about pregnant women is the free Wifi." That's true, but I'd be so fascinated by the guy with the trained snake 2 rows behind her that I wouldn't bother to surf the web while riding the train.

-via David Thompson


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She is Every Disney Princess -and Villain, Too!


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Angela Bonser did not learn how to sew until she had a daughter. Then she had two daughters and the family moved to California, close enough to visit Disneyland. Bosner started making elaborate Disney costumes for her younger daughter, Haylie, to wear to the park. She made quite a splash! Read more of  Angela Bonser’s story at the Flickr blog. See even more pictures at My Modern Met.  -via mental_floss

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One Nerf To Rule Them All - Nerf Nuke

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Nerf warfare has reached the end of days phase with the one Nerf weapon to rule them all- the Nerf Nuke.

This quilled zeppelin looking monstrosity was created by ThinkGeek as an April Fools' Day joke, and it’s a good thing because when Nerf wars reach nuke level a Nerf-pocalypse is right around the corner.

Something tells me you’d more than just put your eye out with this thing, making it the most dangerous last resort weapon ever created for the battlefields of Nerf. I've been in some pretty epic office Nerf battles but nobody ever felt the need to go full nuke!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Arms Chair Just Wants to Be Hugged. Is That So Wrong?

Arms Chair can get needy at times. But can't we all? Just sit down and let it wrap it arms around you. Oleksandr Shestakovych, a product designer in Lviv, Ukraine, made this chair that "is always ready to welcome you in its embrace." But will it let you go?

-via Lustik


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The 5 Biggest Disasters in the History of Marketing

In 2004, Blockbuster Video thought they had the perfect gimmick to go up against the new streaming video services. They would abolish their late fees! Everyone would be happy!

Unfortunately for anyone who decided to take Blockbuster up on this offer, they didn't so much "abolish" late fees as "rename" them while "significantly increasing" them. Anyone who kept their movie longer than a week after the due date noticed that costly unauthorized charges were being made to their credit card, because Blockbuster had charged them a "restocking fee," which just happened to be the full cost of the movie.

What the company had failed to mention in the ads was that movies over a week late were to be deemed lost, and the cost of their replacement was significantly more than the late fees would ever have been. To be fair, this fee would be cancelled if the customer subsequently returned the movie within a certain window, but at best it was replaced by a $1.25 administrative cost. It almost sounds like some kind of charge, and all for being less than timely in returning the film. If only we had a term for that ...

Blockbuster also failed to mention in their national advertising that the “no late fees” program was optional, and that not all stores participated. At least that’s what my local store said. Anyway, a few lawsuits later, Blockbuster finally went out of business. That’s only one of the five stories of marketing disasters, including one from Coke that I’d never heard of, at Cracked.  -via Holy Kaw!

(Image credit: Rept0n1x)


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Photo Series Shows Animals Hitching A Ride On The Paris Metro

Riding public transportation can sometimes feel like you're riding on a train bound for the circus, with lots of clowns, performers and freaks of nature aboard who turn your commute into a maddening affair. Maybe they should just let the animals hitch a ride alongside the crazy commuters?

Photographers Clarisse Rebotier and Thomas Subtil give us a glimpe of what it would be like to ride the Paris Metro with a bunch of animals in this fun photo series and aside from all the poop, and occasionally having your face whapped by a tail or pecked by a beak, it looks like a lot of fun!

-Via DesignTAXI

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16 Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful People

A few weeks ago, Dave Kerpen of Likeable Local received a postcard about successful vs unsuccessful people from a fellow entrepreneur Andy Bailey, chief executive of Petra Coach. Though the two man have never met in person, Kerpen said in his blog post that the postcard had a "profound effect" on his viewpoints on what sets successful people apart from others.

Kerpen wrote in his blog post that Bailey's postcard sixteen differences between successful and unsuccessful people "[reinforced] values I believe in and [reminded] me on a daily basis of the attitudes and habits that I know I need to embrace in order to become successful."

These 16 differences are:

Successful People Unsuccessful People
1. Embrace change Fear change
2. Want others to succeed Secretly hope others fail
3. Exude joy Exude anger
4. Accept responsibility for their failures Blame others for their failures
5. Talk about ideas Talk about people
6. Share data & info Hoard data & info
7. Give people all the credit for their victories Take all the credits from others
8. Set goals and life plans Do not set goals
9. Keep a journal Say they keep a journal but don't
10. Read every day Watch TV every day
11. Operate from a transformational perspective Operate from a transactional perspective
12. Continuously learn Fly by the seat of their pants
13. Compliment others Criticize others
14. Forgive others Hold a grudge
15. Keep a "To Be" list Don't know what they want to be
16. Have gratitude Don't appreciate others and the world around them

Kerpen explained each of these differences in his blog post, but number 15 "Keep a 'To Be' list" struck me as brilliant.


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How to Make a Solargraph Camera from a Beer Can

Photographer Justin Quinnell developed the Beer Can Solargraph Camera to track the path of the sun over several months as a project for his students. It’s a simple pinhole camera, strapped into place for months at a time, made with common materials. The complete instructions are at Popular Science, which you can supplement with a video of Quinnell showing you how it’s done. If you’re going to try this project, the video has a lot of advice on the best way to perform each step.

Six months later, you might have a picture that tracks the daily path of the sun across the sky, like the image here, taken with a Beer Can Solargraph by Justin Quinnell. This would be a great project for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, which is April 27. -via Daily of the Day

See also: Other photography projects from Justin Quinnell.


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Funny Things Found In Textbooks

It seems like the only funny things found in textbooks back in the day were woefully inaccurate statements, totally outdated information and the occasional student added slogan or drawing.

Nowadays many textbooks look like they were slapped together without much forethought, and apparently they're also full of hilariously bad stock photos, (seemingly) unintentional sexual innuendos and situations which simply aren't very well thought out.

Calling a girl to get her phone number? Okay, whatever, but using a still shot from the hit TV show Community on the cover of your Organizational Behavior textbook- now that's crossing the line!

Read on to discover 26 Funny Things Found In Textbooks.


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SerenE.T.


SerenE.T. by Pierpazzo89

NeatoShop artist Pierpazzo89 phoned home and kept flying when he came up with this excellent SerenE.T. design. So forget flying bicycles, it's time for some thrilling heroics!

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The ChaosFather Desolation on the Desert Planet The Dark Side of The ... That's No Moon! HAIL

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Big Cats and Toilet Paper

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After the video of Willie unrolling and then rerolling toilet paper, I thought I’d seen everything there was to see about cats and toilet paper rolls. The cats at Big Cat Rescue like toilet paper, too -and really enjoy unrolling it just like a house cat! And why not? We’ve already seen big cats play with balls, climb into boxes, chase laser lights, and get high on catnip.

But look at that big white cat! What kind is that? I found another video that tells us this that Pharaoh is a white serval. He and his brother Tonga are a genetic rarity. Tonga has to have his nose removed due to cancer last year. You can tell I’ve gone down the rabbit hole that is Big Cat TV. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Tamas Kanya's Vivid Vinyl Record Art

Batman

We've previously seen an X-wing built out of beer cans by Hungarian artist Tamas Kanya. This Recyclart post informed me of his driftwood and stone sculptures. But what caught my eye while looking through his gallery was Kanya's large number of cut-up vinyl records. Under his knife, they become vivid scenes from pop culture. You can view more in his online gallery.

Blade Runner

Chuck Norris

Star Wars characters

I don't know what this piece references. Maybe a Quentin Tarantino film?


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This Class Won April Fools Day

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Of all the not-made-for-the-internet pranks, this one ranks pretty high on the cleverness scale. The professor has a policy against phones ringing in class. If a phone rings, you have to answer it on speakerphone mode. It’s the equivalent of “You should share that note with everyone in the class.” And it’s a little strange for a college class. But the students were ready for the first of April with a call that may make him reconsider the policy for good. -via reddit


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Full Cardboard Suit Of Iron Man Armor

Tony Stark may not have had much use for cardboard when he was building suit after suit of super shiny Iron Man armor, but Tony would definitely admire the craftsmanship and skill shown by Kai-Xiang Xhong when he built this wearable cardboard Iron Man armor.

The included video finds Kai-Xiang showing off a bunch of his other models, including an Alien xenomorph made out of straws and a giant cardboard T-Rex skull that is really freakin' cool!

Kai-Xiang decided to keep the suit natural cardboard color 'cause that's his style, and it looks like the feet were formed around a pair of Spongebob slippers, so his feet stay warm when he slips this bad boy on to grab the mail.

-Via Geekologie

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Batman Isn't Bulletproof. He Doesn't Need to Be.

It's hypothetically possible that a bullet could injure Batman. But no bullet has been brave enough to try. Lucas Nascimento reveals an essential difference between Superman and Batman.

This comic reminds me of a great scene from the recent movie Justice League: War:


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Batman doesn't have super powers. Being Batman is a super power.

-via Daily of the Day


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The Popcorn Catch

You’re at a baseball game and here comes a foul ball right to you! You don’t have a baseball mitt, so what to do? Use what you’ve got! In this case, a fan caught the ball with his tub of popcorn! Most of the popcorn was lost, but hey, got a ball! It happened in at the Pittsburgh Pirates game Friday as they hosted St. Louis. You can see the video with more context at Daily Picks and Flicks.


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Cuddles and Rage


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Liz and Jimmy Reed are the husband and wife team behind the "disturbingly cute" comic Cuddles and Rage (who is cuddles and who is rage? Perhaps they switch roles every now and then to keep things interesting). The two started drawing food-related things during a bar trivia in 2010 and decided to turn that into a webcomic and neat side business - plus, the couple said, they like to talk about food A LOT.

There's a lot of webcomics out there, but what sets Cuddles and Rage apart is their weekly diorama, where they spend 3 to 8 hours creating detailed scenes featuring the comic's various characters in polymer clay with dollhouse furniture as props.

Here are some of our favorites Cuddles and Rage dioramas - (their cartoons ain't bad either, be sure to check out their website) Enjoy!


Glass Ceiling


The Perfect Seat


Jam Session

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Byzantine Pop Culture Paintings

Fotis Varthis, an artist in Athens, Greece, composed 9 images of pop culture characters in the style of Byzantine iconography and portraiture. Your favorite characters appear as the saints, kings and heroes of that long-vanished empire. Pictured above is Heisenberg from Breaking Bad.

Lion-0 from ThunderCats

Gollum from The Lord of the Rings

Eddard Stark from Game of Thrones

Link from The Legend of Zelda

-via it8bit


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The Worst Places To Get Stung By A Bee

Cornell graduate student Michael Smith studies honeybees. The day he was stung on a testicle inspired a new experiment: what body part hurts the worst when stung by a bee? Mind you, if the testicle sting had been particularly painful, the rest of the experiment would have never been carried out. But since Smith was surprised at the relatively low pain of a testicle sting, he laid out a plan to test other body parts. Understanding the difficulty of enlisting subjects in this kind of research, he only ran trials on his own body.  

Smith was methodical. He collected bees by grabbing their wings “haphazardly with forceps” and pressing them against the body part of choice. He left the stinger there for a full minute before removing it, and then rated his pain on a scale of 1 to 10.  Pain is very hard to measure, but psychological studies have found that numerical scales do a decent job of putting numbers on an inherently subjective experience.

He administered five stings a day, always between 9 and 10am, and always starting and ending with “test stings” on his forearm to calibrate the ratings. He kept this up for 38 days, stinging himself three times each on 25 different body parts. “Some locations required the use of a mirror and an erect posture during stinging (e.g., buttocks),” he wrote. If you are chuckling at the image of a man twisting around in front of a mirror to apply an agitated bee to his butt, I assure you that you are not alone.

Smith determined that the worst place to get stung was his nostril, followed by the upper lip and the penis. The least painful sting was on the skull. Ed Yong has more painful and droll details about the experiment at Not Exactly Rocket Science, and the comments have additional details from quite a few beekeepers who tell various stinging stories.


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Neatolinks: The Chihuahua Who Stopped The Mail

Chicken and Waffle Nachos (Quite Delish)

Why Didn't Europeans Get Wiped Out By Native American Diseases? (Today I Found Out)

One Chihuahua Has Stopped An Entire Neighborhood From Getting Their Mail (Consumerist)

In Defense of the Winter Soldier (Vista Criminal Law)

Image: Lord of the Rings House Sigils (Middle Earth News)


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Groovy-O's Cereal


Groovy-O's Cereal by Olipop

Groovy! This cereal is definitely better than eating dirt! NeatoShop artist Olipop has designed this way cool shirt that'll be the talk of Planet Heck.

Visit Olipop's Facebook page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more groovy designs:

Legendary Triforce (Gold) Reapers Tread Lightly Darthman The Animated Series

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"Koality" Selfies

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Here's a quick quiz. Can you name at least one of the adorable arboreal herbivorous marsupials reaching instagram fame for their adorable selfies? If you said Bruce, Jay, or Aaron the Koala you are right!

Please don't feel sad that even the Koalas at the Wildlife Sydney Zoo are taking better selfies than you. In your defense you don't have a cool, motion activated, camera attached to a tree that is ready to capture your every move. You probably also lack super cute fluffy ears and a spoon shaped nose. Well, maybe you do have fluffy ears and a spoon shaped nose. If that's the case pull out that camera right now and start taking those koality, er ... quality selfies we are all going crazy for.


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Patent Art for the Wienermobile

Since 1936, the Wienermobile has graced the roadways of the world, advertising Oscar Mayer's meat products and occasionally taking kids to the prom. The first design had a 13-foot hot dog and could be seen on the streets of Chicago.

Carl G. Mayer personally patented the modern version of the vehicle. You can view the official paperwork here.

(Photo: Jeremy Noble)

-via Blazenfluff


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Jurassic Park Without CGI

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Michael T. Mann was impressed with thee movie Jurassic Park, but wondered what it would be like if there were no computer-generated dinosaurs in it. So he re-edited several key scenes with more “conventional” special effects for the dinosaurs. That didn’t seem to be as good as the original, so he messed with the ending of the movie just a little to make up for it. The result is quite ridiculous, even downright stupid, but you will laugh at some point or another. Don’t miss the post-credit easter egg. -via The A.V. Club


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You Have a Right to Remain Silent--Until Death Do You Part

(Dan Piraro/Bizarro Comics)

You have a right to remain silent and probably should, regardless of guilt or innocence. That's often true when encountering both the police and your spouse. You also have the right to a phone call. Choose carefully whom you call.


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