Legislators didn't really know what to do about those mobile surveillance cameras we call drones when they first flew onto the scene, and many places are still lacking any sort of laws relating to pics taken by drones.
As the media brought people up to speed on the dangers of unchecked drone flight, and many countries passed laws to make sure they were protected against these remote controlled spies.
Thomas Manning has every reason to smile. He didn't have a lot of hope after losing his penis to cancer. But after a 15-hour operation on May 8 and 9 in Boston, he now has a donor penis transplanted.
Some men might feel too embarrassed to speak out about this kind of problem. But Manning isn't holding back. The New York Times reports:
Mr. Manning welcomed questions and said he wanted to speak out publicly to help dispel the shame and stigma associated with genital cancers and injuries, and to let other men know there was hope of having normal anatomy restored.
“Don’t hide behind a rock,” he said.
This kind of operation is enormously difficult. Manning's doctors note that only 2 other penis transplants have been performed, one in China, which failed, and another in South Africa.
The primary goal of penis transplantation in the US is to help the 1,367 veterans who suffered genital injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Times quotes Manning's surgeon Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo:
Veterans are a major focus of transplant programs in the United States because suicide rates are exceptionally high in soldiers with severe damage to the genitals and urinary tract, Dr. Cetrulo said. “They’re 18- to 20-year-old guys, and they feel they have no hope of intimacy or a sexual life,” he said. “They can’t even go to the bathroom standing up.”
Given the psychological toll, he said, a penis transplant can be lifesaving.
You’ve read accounts of life at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, many of them right here. It seems that anyone who goes to McMurdo wants to write about it. I can understand why, as living in Antarctica is like nothing else on earth. Also, just getting to McMurdo is quite a feat. One of the most coveted souvenirs is a Zippo lighter with Antarctica on the side, sold in the McMurdo gift shop. But to get one, you have to endure weeks on a boat from New Zealand, hope that the ice conditions allow your ship into the Ross Sea and then into McMurdo Sound, and even then, you must be invited to disembark at McMurdo. And that depends on how busy the Americans who live there happen to be that day. Maciej Cegłowski gives us an unvarnished account of what a port of call there is like.
McMurdo looks like a series of shipwrecks that people have tried to make the best of. Four diarrhea-brown dormitories dominate the landscape. Behind them is an assortment of white fuel tanks, pressed into the dirt like oversize aspirin, and between these large structures extends a chaos of pallets, antennas, earth-moving equipment, sewer pipes, and general rubble. A fat radome perches on the ridge line like a giant’s golf ball. We can hear earth-moving equipment growling in the volcanic dirt, as if the island hasn't been put through enough. The whole visible part of the peninsula has been bulldozed into terraces to try and contain the American base.
It’s not just that McMurdo station is ugly—and it is lens-shatteringly ugly—but that there is so damned much of it. After sailing for three weeks with no signs of human activity, no power lines, no chemtrails, no evidence that we exist on the planet at all except for a mournful wooden cabin at Cape Adare, it’s jarring to see this open-air museum of prefabricated regret. Only the United States could find a way to create sprawl with a thousand people.
The experience of McMurdo Station may be adventurous and life-changing for the Americans who work there, but it is very different for tourists. As depressingly funny as the story is, it also contains the history of McMurdo station and a look at its various landmarks and facilities. -via Metafilter
It came into the world as the drop fuel tank on a P-94 interceptor jet. Then it entered the "Trash Mahal"-- the workshop of artist Nemo Gould. He takes discarded objects and turns them into amazing moving sculptures, such as giant squid robots and alien visitors. Now, for his latest work, Gould presents a huge, intricate, robotic megalodon.
We watch movies like The Bad News Bears, Heathers and American Pie when we're younger and don't really pay attention to the subtext, which we later discover is all kinds of messed up.
But looking back it's incredible to think that The Bad News Bears got a PG rating, considering all the cursing and racial slurs in the movie, and Heathers just hasn't felt the same since school shootings became all too common.
American Pie taught us it's okay for zany teens to film sex acts without asking for permission, and yet didn't manage to teach teens to be more careful with their compromising webcam footage.
So, while these aren't the main plots or points of these films they are the shockingly bad subtexts we can't help but see after we've grown wiser with age.
While pharmacists appear behind a counter in a store and serve customers like so many other people, they also have to have a good amount of education, follow a maze of regulations, and watch out for their customer’s health. That makes pharmacy work very different from other retail positions. And your life may depend on their work.
1. THEY STOP DOCTORS FROM KILLING YOU.
Jason—he prefers not to reveal his last name—has been a retail pharmacist in the Midwest for more than 20 years. When he hears complaints about slow service from patients who think of the chain stores as glorified drive-throughs for prescriptions, he sighs.
“It’s not just putting pills in a bottle,” he says. “With a prescription, there’s a good likelihood of there being wrong information. We catch interactions that could kill you.” On an average day, Jason might see 200 orders. He estimates 10 to 15 percent contain errors in quantity, instructions, or dosing that need to be corrected by phoning the physician.
2. THEY USUALLY HAVE ABOUT 15 MINUTES TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.
Owing to the volume of prescriptions processed by major chains like CVS and Walgreens, the one or two staff pharmacists on the clock have precious little time to spare. While pharmacy technicians can count pills and perform other tasks, only the pharmacist can double-check a medication is accurate before it’s turned over. “We have a time limit,” says Aaron, a retail pharmacist in Texas. “Reports get printed out at the end of the week and we get reprimanded for not meeting metrics. People ask if there’s anything they need to know about their medication. Yes, lots, but I only have a few seconds to give you the highlights.”
The crew from the Flying Circus have split up and moved on to other projects, with one actually moving on to the great beyond, but their contributions to televised comedy will live on forever. From vorpal bunnies to silly walks, parrots that have ceased to be and Spanish inquisitions nobody was expecting, the comedy masterminds behind Monty Python will continue to change the lives of comedy lovers for generations to come because comedy is dead. That's right, the funny has fallen, hilarity went over the hill and fell down dead of a heart attack, and laughter took a flying leap off a twelve story building. But don't blame Monty Python- they didn't hang comedy's corpse from the rafters, they merely set the bar so high that few comedy troupes could reach it!
Celebrate comedy's most legendary team with this And Now For Something Completely Different t-shirt by Tom Trager, it's a visual lesson in what it means to be truly, and historically, funny.
Krystal Scott and her family were evacuated from the Fort McMurray fires in Alberta last week. She went into labor during the process, and under the circumstances, the family’s cat Meow Meow had to be left behind. Canadian North Airlines staff said they would watch the cat. They kept her in the office for a few days, posted pictures of her on Facebook and Twitter, and even gave her a little employee name tag. Since then, Meow Meow has been reunited with her family in Calgary. See more pictures at Buzzfeed.
The rounded, almost spherical forms have a lot of aesthetic appeal. That's why Taiwan's latest café craze is bubble tea served in light bulbs.
Bubble tea, which is a tea-based drink that has balls of tapioca resting in the bottom, originated in Taiwan. Now that country is upheaving the tea game again by serving it in huge light bulbs. Rocket News 24 keeps us abreast of the development:
Perhaps hoping to jump on the trendy train, a Taiwanese bubble tea store is employing both good-looking women and an idea like a lightbulb going off over your head. [...]
Instead of regular plastic cups, this bubble tea is served in a gigantic lightbulb. It’s a bit unclear whether these are repurposed bulbs or brand new lightbulbs without filaments, but these drinks are definitely getting some light shined on them.
My home project this year is replacing wall-to-wall carpets with some kind of hard floor. If I had the budget, I’d be tempted to install heated floors, but that’s just the beginning of the high-tech choices one has for flooring these days. New high-tech floors do a lot more than support your weight. Imagine a gym floor made of glass with programmable lights underneath!
The German ASB GlassFloor is the world’s most advanced flooring system. It is constructed with an aluminium substructure and a custom-manufactured glass surface built of reinforced glass panels. It is the deal sports floor, but it also appropriate for a contemporary building design. The floor contains LED lines which can be changed on demand. It is also possible to simply turn them off completely. The glass is ceramic, with a semi-opaque finish which controls light reflection. The lighting elements are embedded within the substructure of the floor.
The floor is similar in texture to a traditional basketball court made of hardwood. There are ceramic dots burnt into the surface to provide friction and protection against slips. Players can dive for balls and interact the same way as they would on conventional floors.
We hang chimes outside our homes so they'll catch the wind and play us a pleasant little song, but if you live in Alaska and hang up chimes you're actually asking for a personal musical performance by a moose.
When Healy, Alaska resident Britta Schroeder awoke to this candid moosic-al performance being played on her neighbor's wind chimes she did the right thing and filmed the show.
And just to avoid the accusations that she lured the moose into her yard the video came with this disclaimer:
Healy, Alaska – As I lay in bed this evening, I could hear my wind chime blowing up, but when I looked out the window, not even a blade of grass budged. I should clarify that the blender and the red bucket in the video are part of a paper-making project and have no food, nor have ever had food, in either. The chest freezer is also locked.
Don has a couple of problems: his memory is poor, and his handwriting looks like a second-grader’s.
Lily is a smart kid, but her execution needs a little work. For one thing, it helps to find out what Mom’s name is and remember it. Her parents explained that Lily was promised a surprise if she stayed quiet enough for her mother to take a nap. The surprise was Reece’s sticks, so there’s no spoilers to keep from her anymore.
Matthew McConaughey may be know for his laid back "alright, alright, alright" line and the stoner persona he seemingly became after filming Dazed and Confused, but he's more than just a word said three times.
He's an actor, a runner, a surfer and the proud owner of a Lincoln MKX, and as this supercut video from Owenergy Studios shows "Matthew McConaughey Makes Noises". (NSFW due to language...or is it?!)
George and Martha Washington owned hundreds of slaves over the course of their lives. The names of many are known, but most of the details of their lives have been lost to history. Here’s the story of one woman who hasn’t been forgotten.
In the early 1770s an English tailor named Andrew Judge signed a contract to work as an indentured servant at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s plantation in Virginia. Indentured servitude was a common way for Europeans with no money to pay their way to the American colonies. By signing the contract, Judge agreed to work for Washington for a set period of years in exchange for his passage to Virginia, plus his room and board for the length of the contract.
At Mount Vernon, Judge made military uniforms and other clothing for Washington. He also taught his tailoring skills to Washington’s slaves so that when his term as an indentured servant was up, they would be able to do the tailoring themselves.
Around 1773 Judge fathered a baby girl with an African American slave named Betty, who worked as a seamstress at Mount Vernon. They named their child Oney, but though Judge was white and free, Oney was born a slave because her mother was a slave. In the eyes of the law, she was “property” and belonged to the Washingtons; neither Betty nor Andrew had any parental rights over their child whatsoever.
Oney became a favorite of Martha Washington’s and served as her personal attendant, helping her wash and dress, and accompanying her on social calls. Judge was one of eight slaves who accompanied the Washingtons to New York City, then the nation’s capital, when Washington was elected president in April 1789, and then to Philadelphia when the capital moved there in 1790.
In Philadelphia, Judge enjoyed a measure of freedom unheard of at Mount Vernon. She ran errands around the city unsupervised, and in her limited free time, she explored on her own. President Washington even gave her and other slaves of the household money for the theater, the circus, and other entertainments in the city.
You can do this. Do you remember that time your wife told you to buy a specific shirt from the catalog for her birthday? She said she wanted magenta. Empty your mind except for the moment you selected the color.
The Fibonacci sequence can be used to create all sorts of neat stuff, like this mind bending optic art pattern that will hypnotize people and make them stare deeply into your shirt before rubbing their eyes, shaking their heads and muttering "where am I?". So basically it's a vibrant repeating pattern that really appeals to the eyes and turns the wearer into an instant hypnotist, thanks Leonardo of Pisa!
Bring home a tee that is sure to get you lots of attention- this Fibonacci Modulus t-shirt by Henry Segerman, the most captivating design you'll ever wish you could stop staring at!
There have got to be easier ways to get rejected. And from extensive experience, I can confirm that there definitely are.
Tong Aonan of Shenyang, China wanted to express his romantic interest in his neighbor. So, over a 2 month period, he made an enormous mosaic portrait of her. He composed the design in Photoshop, then executed it in 840 Rubik's Cubes that he purchased for $460.
She said no.
CNN reports that Tong isn't sure what to do with it now:
He says he has no hard feelings towards her. Although he wasn't able to win her heart, he said she was moved by the gift and has accepted it.
"I hope they will stop making personal comments about her (online)."
Tong said that he likes playing with the puzzles in his free time as he doesn't like going out and socializing.
The portrait is still sitting in his home and he says his next "puzzle" is how to move it.
This whole endeavor seems very inefficient. When I was his age, I could have been rejected by 20 women in the same time that he spent getting rejected by one.
Nudibranchs are ocean molluscs that come in a huge variety of shapes and colors. David Bowie was a music and art icon who unexpectedly died earlier this year. Bowie also came in a variety of shapes and colors over his lifetime. The Tumblr blog Bowiebranchia matches many of Bowie’s looks with a nudibranch. That is all, but it’s enough for a beautiful collection. -via Metafilter
Fans of the Chicago Bears football team were excited! Inside this giant claw machine was a life-size plush verison of Staley, the team mascot. It would be an incredible prize, if only they could move it to the drop bin.
What they didn't know was that the plush bear was actually a person inside a Staley suit.
Earlier this week, 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones died in New York City, leaving no one else in the U.S. who was born in the 19th century, as far as reliable record indicate. In fact, her death leaves only one person in the world known to have been born in the 1800s.
Born about a month before 1900 began and when England's Queen Victoria was still on the throne, Emma Morano is now the oldest living person. Incredibly, she still lives on her own in northern Italy.
On Friday, she was happy to hear the title had passed to her, one of her relatives told London's Daily Telegraph newspaper. “She was told this morning and she said ‘My word, I’m as old as the hills,’ but she was very pleased,” Rosi Santoni said.
Morano credits her longevity to a daily glass of brandy, along with other things that don't sound healthy (link contains auto-play video). Researchers are studying supercentenarian in Italy, who tend to live longer than people anywhere else in the world.
I was walking along the road with two friends The Sun was setting – the Sky turned blood-red. And I felt a wave of Sadness – I paused tired to Death – Above the blue-black Fjord and City Blood and Flaming tongues hovered My friends walked on – I stayed behind – quaking with Angst – I felt the great Scream in Nature So I challenge the Mona Lisa and Whistler’s Mother
I can't think of a better metaphor for using Instagram that this experience.
Working from home seems like a dream come true when you're tired of being forced to commute and sit in the same building day in and day out, but working from home also comes with a risk of turning into a troll.
Now we're not talking about the online version here, we're talking those antisocial creatures from folklore who smell and are so socially inept they end up living under a bridge because they can't fiti in with society.
If you work from home and don't want to go full troll all you have to do is work like you would anywhere else- keep your work space clean, keep to a work schedule and keep track of all tasks and deadlines.
You'll also feel like less of a troll if you keep your pants on while working, or at least bathe on a regular basis, both of which will make things a lot less awkward when you invite your fellow trolls home workers over.
But beware- day drinking often leads to a loss of pants!
Good thing they did this outdoors! You can see that it actually took him some time to get his teeth into it. And we learned the importance of getting the cob absolutely straight on the drill bit. Still, don’t try this at home -especially if you have long hair! -via Uproxx
We’ve seen how movies can be completely changed by just one letter of the title. Now a new game on Twitter has people changing a book title by removing one letter. Of course, that completely changes the plot, too. Check them all out with the hashtag #RemoveALetterSpoilABook. Maybe you can think of a great one!
I'm not sure if animals are getting used to having their picture taken and are learning to pose for portraits, or if it just seems that way since there are so many animal pics posted online these days.
Whatever the reason, animals are posing like never before, and even wild animals seem like they're waiting for some traveler to take their pic and post them online so people around the world can see how cute they are.
Chanel and Stevo from howfarishome.com are two travelers who love to post pics on behalf of internet deprived animals, using an ultra-wide angle lens to take "mugshots" of the friendly critters they encounter while traveling around the world.
It's only a matter of time before tech companies start making smartphones for animals, and if you think social media is crazy now wait until the world's critter population starts posting!
Give Bender Rodriguez the chance to design his very own video game and what does he do- he makes the game all about drinking. Sure, he was drunk when he came up with the idea, but since when is a robot of his charm and talent content wasting their time being a one trick pony? Bender has to have other interests, right? Oh, I see, his other interests gyrate at the Strip-O-Rama and make deals in dark rooms with the Robot Mafia. Looks like alcohol is the least of that bending unit's problems!
Show the world what the future of console gaming looks like with this Super Bender t-shirt by Firebeard, it's robo-logically the coolest!