Instructables member tomatoskins recently got married. As a result, he’s been on the receiving end of a lot of advice about how to have a happy, trouble-free marriage. He’s been told that one of the challenges of marriage that a couple might fight over the most insignificant issues as they combine households, such as which end of the toothpaste tube to squeeze from.
To head off that problem, tomato skins made a double-headed toothpaste tube. It consists of two toothpaste tubes which have been joined together at the bottom. Now, no matter what end he or his wife squeezes from, it’ll be the right one.
Los Angeles received their first rain in, like, forever the other day. Redditor YungDemon’s kitten had never seen rain nor heard thunder before, and she was quite scared. When he came home, he found his roommate’s dog protecting and comforting the worried kitten. Isn’t that adorable?
Of course, the dog doesn’t like storms, either, so he could’ve been using the kitten as a comfort object himself. -via Buzzfeed
Many years ago, Daniel Alamsjah of Jakarta experienced a mystical vision. He saw a dove with its beak open, as though it were chirping. In 1989, while traveling hundreds of miles away in central Java, he saw a section of jungle that looked exactly like the landscape surrounding the dove in his vision. He realized that this was the place where God wanted him to build a church.
So he did. Amalsjah built his church in the shape of a dove where for several years it served as a rehabilitation center for drug addicts and troubled youth.
The project was never completely finished, but local residents are familiar with the Gereja Ayam—the Chicken Church, as they have named it. It attracts many sightseers, as well as pilgrims of many faiths who visit it. You can see more photos of the Chicken Church at the Daily Mail.
I don't understand people who like to sit around watching other people play video games, but when it comes to RPGs it actually makes sense. Not everyone has the dedication or patience to play a roleplaying game for upwards of a hundred hours, but if you surround yourself with friends you can make it into a weeklong fantasy party and game your life away! Of course, your gaming console might not make it to the final boss, but at least you'll be surrounded by friends when it interpolates its last pixel!
Celebrate your love of gaming with this RPG Night t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, and show the world that you're never alone when you're playing a video game!
Milo the baby fennec fox and his baby skunk pal Flower became fast friends as soon as they were introduced. Now inseparable playmates, the duo is being raised as educational ambassadors with Amazing Animal Ambassadors, a Massachusetts-based educational organization that facilitates animal encounters with humans. See more footage of their adorable play sessions below. Milo appears to be extremely active and agile, preferring to pounce on his mouse toy; Flower seems lovably subdued. Via Laughing Squid
Food artist Mike Kravanis (previously at Neatorama) makes delightful bento versions of Disney and other characters out of lunch foods. When the New Horizons probe passed by Pluto, he was inspired to whip up this rice and nori illustration, which he posted to Facebook. You can see more of Kravanis’ bento artworks at his blog OMGiri.
This video by ThingsAndStuff gives the comic backstories of every Suicide Squad member in under five minutes. Just the primer for anyone who is interested in seeing the upcoming film yet has not read the DC comics upon which it is based. Via Design Taxi
The further I scrolled down in Ghidaq al-Nizar’s Instagram page, the more amazed I was at what he can do. This Indonesian artist specializes in the use of coffee, but uses it in many different ways. It was his paintings with leftover morning coffee on leaves that first got my attention.
Feast your eyes on this great Mario Kart 8 nursery that dad, Nintendo fanatic and Redditor troymcklure built for his baby boy, Grant. The Mario driving on the ceiling was created with a handmade silicone mold and lit with remote-controlled LED lighting. Mario's ride is chasing 3D-printed gold coins that hang from the ceiling, mobile-style. The nursery cost approximately $1,500 to build and took about a year and a half to complete.
See this clever DIY dad's previous project, a Yoshi's island nursery, in the video below. Watch him explain his DIY projects on YouTube channel geeksmithing. Via Daily Dot
Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comics and TV show, gave us hints in a podcast that the series might end on a hopeful note. Not that he’s anxious to end it.
Don’t expect that to come anytime soon, although Kirkman doesn’t want the series to run forever. “Let’s all be honest. season 16? I’m not even going to be watching this show. I’ll be on a boat. Oh, [season 17]? I don’t care! I’ve transcended television.”
He also joked that more spin-offs aren’t out of the question. “We’re doing [Fear the Walking Dead], and I’m sure that, if it does well, we’ll do The Walking Dead: China eventually. [And then] The Walking Dead: SVU.”
But everything must end sooner or later, and it’s usually better to end a TV series before it completely runs out of steam. So Kirkman has an ending in mind that will turn the usual zombie stories around and have humanity actually winning. Read some details of this plan at Uproxx. It would certainly be a turnaround for the series so far, which has already given us five seasons of of violence, despair, and death.
There are a lot of mashups featuring Disney princesses out there, but if you're a fan of the legendary pinup art of Gil Elvgren as well as Disney's lovely ladies, then you'll love these new mashups by DeviantArtist KittRen.
Her artwork features both new and old princesses and does an excellent job maintaining the style of Elvgren while adding the iconic details of the princesses we know and love. Be sure to visit KittRen's portfolio to see the whole series.
The Amiga 2000 was released by Commodore in 1987 and discontinued in 1991. By computer standards, the system is ancient history. Yet in Grand Rapids School District in Grand Rapids, Michigan, an Amiga 2000 has run the heat and air conditioning of its schools day and night, without incident since it was installed in the 1980s. As of now, 19 schools rely on the nearly three-decades-old machine. The system's 1200-bit modem and wireless radio signal enables it to communicate with the district's schools.
Read more and see a video news report on this story at Geek.com.
The Hostess brand of snack cakes includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Ho Hos, and an assortment of other sweet confections. In the 1970s, it commissioned comic book stories in DC and Marvel publications promoting its products. In these classic ads, several of which you can view here, Captain America, Batman, and other heroes endorse Hostess cakes and good behavior.
Comic Book Resources has a regular feature called The Line It Is Drawn which challenges comic book artists to make funny images along a central theme. This time, it was modern versions of these classic Hostess ads. You can view them all here.My favorite is the rough Marv from Sin City selling Twinkies, courtesy of artist Nick Perks. It references a miniseries in the Sin City universe called That Yellow Bastard.
They're powerful heroes, Earth's mighties to be exact, and yet there's something different about them in this portrait. They don't look quite as large and muscular as they usually do, and even the Hulk is looking a bit cuddlier than normal. Maybe this is their attempt to soften their image so the kiddies will like them more and buy their books, or maybe the comic book artists have been taking liberties with their physiques and statures all these years. Whatever the reason for their cutening people are sure to find these cute little Avengers appealing!SAVE FOR LATER
Add some adorably awesome artwork to your geeky wardrobe with this Avengers t-shirt by Vancamelot, it's the cutest way to gear up for their return to theaters!
Tara Carson was traveling through Maine with her husband and daughter and ate at Marcy’s Diner in Portland. Carson’s daughter, who is not quite two years old, had a meltdown. Darla Neugebauer, the owner of the diner, reacted to the noise. It’s not really clear what was said and done before Neugebauer lost her temper and screamed at the child. Carson complained on Marcy’s Diner’s Facebook page. Carson’s original post was deleted, but since it went viral, you can see a screenshot of it and Neugebauer’s response (in colorful language) here. Neugebauer left another response the next day, which has also been deleted, but you can see it at Buzzfeed.
Despite getting backlash on social media from people who claim they will never eat at the restaurant again, Neugebauer is standing by her actions. "Life's full of choices and you've got to live with all of them. I chose to yell at a kid, it made her shut-up, which made me happy, it made my staff happy, it made the 75 other people dining here happy, and they left, they may never come back, other people may not come in. Their loss really," she said.
The last few posts at the Marcy’s Diner’s Facebook page have thousands of comments and reviews, leaning heavily toward support of the diner owner’s actions. And no matter who is at fault for the brouhaha blowing up all out of proportion, commenters make it clear that they can’t stand misbehaving kids in restaurants. Neugebauer is not backing off, and has enjoyed a packed house since the Facebook posts went viral.
Anybody can find a good artist to give them a good tattoo, but it takes a special kind of schlub to get a terrible tattoo and rock it with pride.
Realistic portrait tattoos are the hardest to apply, since the artist has to have some drawing skill as well as skill with the gun, so it makes sense that most of the bad tattoos in the world are portraits of real people.
But the artist who applied this awful tattoo of Iggy Pop to some poor soul had obviously given up on going for realism.
Tara McGinley of Dangerous Minds has put together a collection of Sh**ty Tattoo Portraits Of Your Favorite Musicians, take a look and feel relieved you're not one of the people pictured...or hang your head in shame if you are! (Contains NSFW subject matter)
Richard Kreitner and Steven Melendez have created an interactive map of literary road trips, complete with quotes about specific places from the books. If you are so inclined, you could recreate those trips in your own car, making all the pertinent stops along the way. or you could sit at your computer and make it a virtual tour.
The above map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature. It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times.
The original Ronald McDonald sure has changed! In this cosplay version by LenLENko, he looks like Japanese vocaloid Hatsune Miku. She's one of many original takes on the clown face of the McDonald's corporation. Let's look at how Ronald McDonald has inspired other cosplayers.
The Brothers McLeod made a cartoon for the Nickelodeon Shorts Program featuring a flying moose, a talking volcano, broccoli ice cream, red-hot fish, a singing helicopter, and a purple cat who reports it all for TV.
You are always going to stand in some sort of line for great BBQ. Otherwise, you need to get up and leave.
Precisely! This is common knowledge in Texas, but may not be elsewhere. The locals know what is good barbecue. If they aren’t waiting for it, you shouldn’t either. There is, however, no waiting at my father-in-law’s handmade barbecue pit, although you must receive an invitation.
I will respectfully disagree with Mr. Love on this one, though:
Margaritas are basically the official drink of Texas. Make sure yours has fresh juices and good tequila (sorry, Jose Cuervo).
This is true only for breakfast. Pearl Beer and whiskey are perfectly acceptable drinks at other times of the day, notwithstanding the banana liqueur I hid in my father-in-law’s liquor cabinet as a joke.
In this short by Russian filmmaker Michael Tivikoff, a cute bunny rabbit is sent on a quest to deliver a magical object. You’ve seen that story before, in everything from The Lord of the Rings to The Wizard of Oz to The Forbidden Kingdom. Except this time, the star is a bunny rabbit. That’s different enough.
This is the Zaamurets, a land cruising battleship. It was one of many modified or purpose-built war trains that carried destruction on rails. James Simpson tells its story in a longform article at Medium. From 1916 to the 1920s, it served (by my count) at least seven different armies in battles across the breadth of Eurasia.
Tsarist Russia constructed this behemoth, which originally had 2 traversable turrets with 57 mm guns, 8 machine guns, and a top speed of 28 miles per hour. In the midst of the Russian Revolution, it fell into the hands of the Communists, then into the legendary Czechoslovak Legion in its Anabasis-like march across the whole of Russia, then the White Russians, then an assortment of Chinese warlords, and finally the Japanese before disappearing into history. It’s an amazing story that you can read in full here.
Villa Pisani labyrinth, Stra, Italy | Image: DesignCurial
The terms "maze" and "labyrinth," while often used interchangeably, have slightly different meanings. The pathways of a maze are designed with the purpose to confuse and challenge those who enter. Though exceptions exist, for the most part, labyrinths are simpler, with single pathways intended for use in meditation or pondering while walking through. John W. Rhodes, the former president of the Labyrinth Society, explained to Outdoor Magazine,
“A maze is designed for you to lose yourself and a labyrinth is designed for you to find yourself."
In this corner we have the challenger Bob Belcher, hailing from an unnamed seaside town. His height and weight indeterminate, black hair receding, father of Tina, Louise and Gene, husband to Linda, able to put away ten burgers at a time, invents punny burger combos in his sleep.
And the champion Krusty the Clown, hailing from the town of Springfield. Weight too much for his height, hair clowny, no loved ones to speak of, able to chuckle his way out of a lawsuit while riding a unicycle, legally not responsible for the bad food served at his restaurants. Who will come out on top in this fresh off the grill smack down? Only the tastiest toon will survive...
Bring some tasty fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Thrilla In The Grill-A t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, and show some love for your favorite burger peddling cartoon characters!
The betrayed ex-king famously raged in Act 1, Scene 4:
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!
Or as it is rendered in the ovine tongue:
Baa baa baa baa baa baa baa Baa baa baa baaaaaa!
The Courtyard Theatre in London is presenting an experimental play called King Lear with Sheep. Here is a synopsis:
...A stubborn director is trying to put on a production of King Lear with a cast composed solely of sheep. As expected, his actors are both silent and mutinous. Much chaos ensues. King Lear with Sheep is an experimental re-evaluation of its famous predecessor that overturns theatrical conventions through the startling and revolutionary device of costumed sheep.
So you can fill your hungry mind up for free with facts that will wow people with their factualness, like this tasty true crime tidbit.
As per mental_floss usual, the facts are a fun blend of very interesting, very geeky and very fun to read, so take the plunge and be sure to follow their Instagram account after you’ve had your fill of the factoid fun!
Behold The ARK. New York's Kennedy Airport is building a 4-acre facility on its grounds to house animals which are in the airport temporarily while traveling or for quarantine. When completed, it will have a bone-shaped dog pool, trees for cats, a private mating area for penguins, and stalls for horses. The Guardian describes the wonders of the world's first luxury and full-service airport terminal for animals:
For dog owners, The ARK will offer a 20,000-sqf (1,860-sqm) luxury “resort” run by the company Paradise 4 Paws, complete with bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.” Dogs can watch flat-screen TVs and their owners can check in on them via webcam.
Cats will have their own trees to climb. And all animals will have access to a 24-hour clinic run by Cornell University’s veterinary college.
Planes can taxi directly to The ARK, which will permit animals to board and exit planes with less hassle and stress than ever before.
Photographer Stasha Becker’s captures of her son Julian, his Newfoundland dogs Max and Bruce and an Arabian named Vizon are full of fun and personality. Becker posts her ongoing series to Instagram. She says,
“Long time ago I began to take a photo of my son often in the same spot in front of our garage door. If you scroll through my photos you can see our child growing up, our dogs getting older and our garage door getting dirtier. For me it has become an essential part of my family’s story and an evolving record of our happiness together.”
See more of Becker's sweet photos of Julian and his furry entourage here.