Photographer Edward Honaker is only 21 years old, but he's already felt the weight of the world, as a sufferer of anxiety and depression. Honaker was diagnosed two years ago, and it prompted him to strive to understand the condition, which had baffled him prior to diagnosis. It was then that Honaker decided to express his feelings through his art. He began to shoot the self-portraits seen here, which are almost frightening in their honesty. . Honaker's intent with his project is to hopefully inspire those suffering from mental illness to be more open about their struggle, and for people who know the sufferers to be less judgmental and more accepting. Honaker told The Huffington Post,
"When I was making the portfolio, I asked myself if I was the kind of person whom others would feel comfortable coming to if they were going through a difficult time and needed someone to talk to. Truthfully, at the time, I don't think I was. I've still got quite a ways to go, but the whole experience made me a lot more patient and empathetic towards others."
Filmmakers are often forced to create fictional media franchises for their movies, so their characters can enjoy TV shows and video games that come from the same fictional world they do and don't cost money to use.
These fictional franchises are usually just mentioned by the characters, but when it's an integral part of the movie, like the game being designed by the main characters in Her and Grandma's Boy, we get to see more of what we're missing in real life.
WatchMojo has put together a collection of fabulous looking video games that appeared in movies and have yet to make the transition into reality, the ten best fictional games that gamers desperately want to play!
We are surrounded by everyday consumer products and rarely think about how they came about. Some of the origin stories behind them involve people with fascinating histories, but you’d never know until someone digs into their background. Miracle-Gro plant fertilizer was brought to market by Otto Stern and Horace Hagedorn.
But first, Otto Stern had to escape Nazi Germany. Stern, a German Jew, had been arrested during Kristallnacht, deserted by his non-Jewish wife, and imprisoned in a concentration camp. He held on, dreaming of a post-war life. When he was released from the camps after Hitler's downfall, he left Germany, bouncing from Cuba to America and finally ending up in Geneva, New York. If Gloversville was a glove town, and Danbury a hat city, Geneva was (and is) a plant capital, home to federal and state agricultural agencies, and a capitalist Eden of for-sale trees, flowers and other green stuff. There, Stern began to grow a new life for himself, starting up his own nursery and setting it apart with what was then a novel idea: order from his shop, and he would ship the plants anywhere in the country. You could come home to find a rosebush waiting for you on your porch.
Stern also sold fertilizer to go along with his mail-order plants. But his business didn’t really take off until he met a radio adman who wanted to grow bigger tomatoes. They spent a lot of time together because Stern had such a thick accent that he was uncomfortable talking on a phone, and their conversation often veered from advertising into their mutual interest in gardening. The story of how that led to to phenomena of Miracle-Gro is told at Atlas Obscura.
As animal lovers know, cats aren't the safe bet for instant affection that dogs are. They may deign to accept your offering of love, or they may not. Are your cuticles appropriately manicured? Have you lotioned your hand so that it's soft, and are your nails filed and clean? If your nails are painted, is it an appropriate color? Gaudy nail color won't be tolerated. Your cat may present you with a list of acceptable times to pet him or her: please follow it to the letter. If not, you WILL get the paw. Via Tastefully Offensive
Sillof is a master customizer of action figures. You’ve seen his work before on Neatorama. His latest project is unveiled at just the right time to inaugurate his new website design. It’s a tribute to the works of George Lucas, which of course includes Star Wars, but also his earlier film American Graffiti. You might be surprised to realize how similar the two movies are.
An average kid who wants to leave home, the cool loner with the fast car, even the final drag race seemed strangely reminiscent of the trench run. The line is meant to be a kind of combination of films in or about the youth culture of the late 50’s and early 60’s Most notably American Graffiti with some elements of Rebel without a cause, the Wild One, and the biker exploitation films that attempted to scare the youth away from motorcycle gangs.
The line is set in 1962 in the dry, desert town to Tucson (two suns…get it?) For the town’s teenage residents it is like most other middle sized towns of the era, somewhat boring with not much do except cruise around hoping for something to break the doldrums.
The collection is called Graffiti Wars. Meet each of the characters and learn a bit about them. Although they are Earthlings, there is no doubt about who their analog in the Galactic Empire would be. -Thanks, Sillof!
The world may never know what goes on inside that dome shaped head of his, but at least we'll always know that whatever Bender is up to is probably no good. He's a mastermind among bending units, a riot at robot parties and a criminal kingpin when the fancy strikes him, but is this all part of his default programming? The futurama holds many mysteries and Mr. Rodriguez is but one of those mysteries, but if we don't solve his dark secrets he might one day lead the robots against us meatbags...
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Whether you call it a soft drink, a carbonated beverage, a soda, a pop or you just call them all Coke there's no denying that soft drinks are appealing.
People often disagree about which type or brand of soft drink is best, but if you live in an area that has a regional brand you'd better at least pretend to like it too, because folks there are probably mighty attached to their regional brand.
These regional favorites are seen as a part of people's lives in these areas, but many residents have forgotten where these particular soft drink brands came from, not to mention why they're so popular in their region.
Take Moxie for instance- it's a big hit in New England, especially in Maine where Moxie has been the official state soft drink since 2005, and yet it tastes a bit too medicinal for most folks.
That flavor comes from the fact that the drink's inventor, Dr. Augustin Thompson, originally intended Moxie to be a tonic that "nourishes the nervous system, cools the blood, tones up the stomach, and causes healthful, restful sleep."
The soft drink craze was just taking off, so the doc decided to market Moxie as a soft drink, and the rest is New England beverage history!
On February 11, 1963, four fresh-faced, young (one of them wasn't even 20 yet) musicians trooped into EMI studios to record their first studio album. It should come as no surprise to anyone reading this that the four lads were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison (still a teenager, at 19) and Ringo Starr. They called themselves the Beatles and they were about the change the face of the rock album forevermore.
As we look at the cover of Please Please Me, we see four incredibly naive and innocent-looking young chaps (and maybe they were at the time, but things would change quicker than any of them could ever imagine within the next few short months).
On the cover, looking down from the EMI studio stairwell, John, Paul, and George sport what would soon be recognized around the world as "the Beatle haircut" (combed down in bangs), while, strangely, Ringo's hair is still upswept in the more fifties-style of the times.
The album was originally conceived to be called Off the Beatle Track. Beatle producer George Martin was a member of the Zoological Society of London and his original idea was for the boys to be photographed at the insect house of the London Zoo (see, their name was "the Beatles" ... insects- get it?) it turned out to be a moot idea, as the society turned down his request to have the band shoot their cover shot there anyway.)
The boys were rushed into the studio to record in order to capitalize on the recent success of their first two singles: “Please Please Me” (the album's namesake), which had reached the #1 spot on every chart except one, and “Love Me Do,” their first single, which had charted at #17.
Get a freshly poured McDonald's shake. Stick a straw in and suck. It's a very soothing feeling--almost primal. It's specifically designed that way. The straws used at McDonald's outlets in Japan are reflect the experience of breastfeeding. Rocket News 24 quotes Den Fujita, the founder of McDonald's Japan, in his book Den Fujita's Business Strategies 2: Overwhelming Business Strategies:
When humans drink something, the speed that produces the most delicious feeling is the speed at which babies nurse…McDonald’s straws are designed so that when used with a shake, the speed will be the same as that of an infant drinking breast milk.
Drinking a McDonald's shake is supposed to reflect an essential infantile experience of pleasure.
To promote The Peanuts Movie that will hit theaters November 6, 20th Century Fox has a generator with which you can customize a Peanuts character. Select facial expression, hair, clothing, and backgrounds to suit yourself. This one is as close as I can get to one that resembles me. Try Peanutize Me -and feel free to share the finished product with us. -via Flavorwire
The Smoking Hills are located near Cape Bathurst on the Arctic Coast of the Northwest Territories. When Royal Navy Captain Robert McClure explored the area in the 1850s, he thought that the smoke on the shore came from a large number of campfires. Upon further exploration, he found the smoke emerging from vents in the ground. This stretch of land has rich veins of lignite near the surface. As the land erodes, the lignite spontaneously catches fire when exposed. The CBC explains:
Here, vast deposits of lignite -- concentrations of carbon-rich shale and pyrite rich in sulphur - literally ignite spontaneously when the hills erode and the mineral veins are exposed to the air, producing a constant smoke. […]
The sailors are said to have returned with a sample of the smoldering rock, and when they set it down on McClure's desk it burned a hole in the wood.
Is there any truth to the rumor that donut holes are getting smaller? Or is it just a crackpot conspiracy -a “donutspiracy,” if you will. Phil Edwards takes a look at the historical record and concedes that yes, the holes in donuts appear to be much smaller in the 1950s than they were during World War I. Since a hole is a negative space, that’s a good thing. And there are a few possible reasons for the shrinking holes, which you can read about at Vox. -via Daily of the Day
Want to lie more effectively? Drink a lot of water an hour before the deed. That's one takeaway from a recent study by Dr. Iris Blandón-Gitlin of California State University at Fullterton and her colleagues.
They placed research subjects in 2 groups. Members of one group drank 5 glasses of water. Members of the other drank 5 sips of water. After an hour, the subjects were asked to lie persuasively about their opinion on a topic. Reviewers were more likely to judge people who, by this point, really needed to go to the bathroom, as truthful.
These results may be the result of the inhibitory spillover effect. The need to carefully control one's bladder reinforced the need to carefully control one's expressions and mannerisms. Popular Science explains:
This result adds evidence to something called the inhibitory spillover effect. If you are already using one type of self-control, it’s easier to be self-controlled at other things. However, this only works for simultaneous tasks. Other research has found that resisting the cupcakes at the office can deplete your inhibitory control resources, making it harder to ignore that post-dinner ice cream siren song.
The song we know as “Happy Birthday to You” has been around since the 19th century, with various lyrics. The version we know was first published in 1911, and was copyrighted in 1935. Warner/Chappell Music acquired that copyright in 1988. You may have noticed that restaurant chains don’t sing that song when it’s your birthday, and you rarely see it in movies. That’s because Warner/Chappell Music wants to collect royalties every time it’s performed in public. But that changed today, as a federal judge declared the song to be in the public domain.
The class action lawsuit that produced Tuesday’s ruling began when documentary filmmaker Jennifer Nelson was told she would have to pay $1,500 to use “Happy Birthday to You.” The suit claimed that the song was actually in the public domain.
According to [Attorney Mark] Rifkin, the “smoking gun” in the case turned up when Warner/Chappell Music handed over documents that included a publication of the song from the early 1920s. That publication predates the 1935 copyright.
The final result was that the judge ruled Warner/Chappell Music’s copyright extends only to specific arrangements, not to the song itself.
Rifkin said the next phase in the case will be determining whether or not Warner/Chappell Music has to pay back the money it collected over the years from exercising the copyright.
If you tell a boy you're going to pull his tooth out with pliers he's sure to start screaming in terror, but tell him you'll be using a drone to extract the tooth and he's liable to start yelling with delight.
Two guys had the same brilliant idea to pull their son's (or nephew's) loose tooth out with a drone, and they both filmed the fun so we can all watch.
Han was gettin' mighty tired of listening to Chewie jam out on his 3PO all night, especially because he kept playing that heavy psych song "Endorian Pilgrim" over and over again. He was like a Wookiee obsessed, and when he was jammin' solo it was like Chewie Vs. The World. Laying down some heavy licks in C one day Chewie felt like the star he'd always dreamed of being, but Han quickly brought him back to reality when he reminded the big, hairy dreamer that they were currently in the middle of an intergalactic war...
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Harry Potter fans know an awful lot about Harry, but very little about his family background. How did a kid who inherited magic powers end up with a Muggle name, anyway? As an orphan raised by Muggles, Harry himself doesn’t know much about his ancestors, either. But JK Rowling knows. Today she posted a look at the Potter family history and genealogy that explains the name and where all that money came from. Both have been around for a long time.
In the Muggle world ‘Potter’ is an occupational surname, meaning a man who creates pottery. The wizarding family of Potters descends from the twelfth-century wizard Linfred of Stinchcombe, a locally well-beloved and eccentric man, whose nickname, ‘the Potterer’, became corrupted in time to ‘Potter’. Linfred was a vague and absent-minded fellow whose Muggle neighbours often called upon his medicinal services. None of them realised that Linfred’s wonderful cures for pox and ague were magical; they all thought him a harmless and lovable old chap, pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants. His reputation as a well-meaning eccentric served Linfred well, for behind closed doors he was able to continue the series of experiments that laid the foundation of the Potter family’s fortune. Historians credit Linfred as the originator of a number of remedies that evolved into potions still used to this day, including Skele-gro and Pepperup Potion. His sales of such cures to fellow witches and wizards enabled him to leave a significant pile of gold to each of his seven children upon his death.
There are over 1,000 emojis in the world today. When trying to use one in a tweet or résumé, you can use menus and submenus on your smartphone to find the one you want. But that's not necessary on the keyboard system that Tom Scott rigged. It consists of 14 standard keyboards, all linked together with appropriate software. Each emoji--even those that aren't out to the public yet--is available with a single click.
The best time to grow a beard is when they are in style, I guess, but that makes no difference at all if you can’t grow one. If you can’t by age 30, you probably never will. Luckily, you can hide that fact by acting like you never wanted a beard. Imagine being in a culture in which every man grows a beard, except you! This comic is from Justin Boyd at Invisible Bread.
The story of Peter Pan began as a play by J.M. Barrie. The most recent incarnation of it is Pan, a movie to be released on October 9. But probably most of us, when hear of Peter Pan, think of the 1953 Disney movie of the same name. It's a lighthearted and innocent story that was a cherished part of your childhood. You'd share it with children today, right?
Maybe you shouldn't. Screen Junkies's long-running honest trailers series explains why Peter Pan is really, really disturbing.
Revisit the animated classic that you will make you say, "This is way creepier than I remembered." Peter Pan. Prepare for a film about an immortal trickster who spies on you through your bedroom window, sprinkles you with dust that makes you feel like you're flying, then kidnaps you to a war-torn island where full-grown adults force orphans to join their ranks or die. It's like a magical Sudan.
Here’s something you’ll certainly want to try when you get home from work. Take your shoes off, lay on the bed, close your eyes, and have a loved one touch your toes one at a time in more or less random order. Can you identify which toe is being touched? You’ll be forgiven if you make mistakes, because most people do. When this experiment was done at the University of Oxford, none of the subjects could name the touched toes perfectly.
In similar experiments performed in the past with fingers, people were able to identify the digit being prodded correctly 99 percent of the time. In this new set of experiments, that figure fell to 94 percent for big and little toes.
But the ones in the middle? It was just 57, 60 and 79 percent for the second, third and fourth toe respectively. Perhaps most amazingly, not a single participant was able to identify which of their toes was being prodded 100 percent of the time and some people could only get the right answer 20 percent of time. The results are published in the journal Perception.
These intriguing results bring up more questions than they answer. Would people who go barefoot every day do better? How about people with no arms who use their feet for things the rest of us use our hands for? Or ballet dancers? Or apes (if they could communicate their answers to researchers)? One thing is for sure- people will go out of their way to be the first to score 100%, even if it’s only in the privacy of their homes.
Gallorette is a cow that, until recently, lived at Premier Longhorns ranch in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Her human has taught her to perform tricks in exchange for treats. She can bow and spin in a circle. Their interaction looks very similar to that of a person with a dog. I wonder if the training methods are the same.
The Disney Princesses seemed a lot cooler before that amazing animated fantasy series Adventure Time came along and showed us what it actually means to be an awesome princess.
Princess Bubblegum made the Candy People like some sort of confectioner Dr. Frankenstein, Lumpy Space Princess is so glob darn sassy and fabulous she oozes swagger, and Marceline is...well, she's technically a Vampire Queen so not quite a princess but close enough!
A TV detective may say “I have a theory that the murderer may be someone in this room.” The way he’s using the word “theory” isn’t the way the word is used in science. The words “fact” and “hypothesis” and “law” suffer from the same difference in perception and meaning between scientists and non-scientists.
Joe Hanson, Ph.D. of the PBS Digital Studios channel It’s Okay to Be Smart explains the way science uses these words. Understanding the difference is one thing, explaining it to someone else is hard. Hanson does a pretty good job, but it will be much easier for us to send someone the video than to explain it the way he does. -via Digg
Celebs are used to dressing up for roles, and getting all fancied up for awards night, but when they get dressed up for Halloween most stars spare no expense on their costume.
It makes sense that someone who has access to the best costumers and makeup artists in Hollywood would want to look their best when going out on Halloween night, but sometimes the best are busy and you're left with a person who makes mascot costumes.
And nothing says celebrity Halloween costume like a sexy version of something, like this strappy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle number worn by Rihanna, a costume designed to make fans question their feelings for the TMNT.
What is it about cat videos that we love so much? They make up a substantial part of the internet, and a good one can make a cat into a famous celebrity and make its owner rich. Maria Bustillos wrote a thoughtful essay that gets to the heart of the matter.
Before we enter into the question of cat videos, we must talk about cats themselves. Cat videos are the crystallisation of all that human beings love about cats, the crux of which is centred in the fact that cats are both beautiful and absurd. Their natural beauty and majesty are eternally just one tiny slip away from total humiliation, and this precarious condition fills us with a sympathetic panic and delight, for it exactly mirrors our own.
She goes on to give specific examples.
Maru is so resplendently beautiful, so thickly furred and magnificent, and so utterly mellow that even watching mugumogu clean his ears with q-tips is an entirely relaxing and pleasurable experience. But Maru is also a kook, and it is this kookiness that is responsible for the love his legion of fans bears him. Maru is perfectly capable of making a fool of himself over a bit of string, and he can fall off a cat tree with the best of them – but it is his determination to inhabit every available box, no matter how small or inconveniently situated, that seals his greatness and ensures his immortality.
Haruhi has an important job to do, and without her the SOS Brigade would not exist, but while she's busy hunting down aliens, ESPers and travelers from another time she has forgotten to look for love. However, Haruhi is familiar with many forces at work in the universe, and yet even she is powerless to stop love from finding its way into her life. Can she really be falling for an "ordinary" human, one who repulses her and makes her swoon at the same tiem? When boy meets girl love beats all!
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