I Will Tell My Grandchildren of Your Sacrifice

The Great Escape didn’t go quite as planned. Heh. This is a testament to the magic of one judicious edit. If you watch the original video, you’ll see that everything turned out all right in the end. -via reddit
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Orange Is The New Black Fan Trespasses On Set, Show Has Hilarious Response

Even though critical response to Orange Is The New Black has been a mixed bag viewer response to the show is mostly positive, and some fans are so crazy about the show they’re willing to break the law to become a part of the show’s backstage story.

Nineteen year old Samantha Gardella is one of these truly devoted OITNB fans, and when she found out the show is filmed at the abandoned Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center near her home she put together a criminally genius plan.

Samantha brought screenshots from the show with her to the set, which she found surprisingly unguarded, and then proceeded to match the shots up with their real life locations and take pics to post on her Tumblr.

The Internets were all oohs and aahs at Samantha's pics, but the show's producers sent her a cease and desist letter, reminding her that the set is still private New York State property.

Luckily, the show's official Twitter team had a better sense of humor, and they issued her a "shot" and a new nickname instead of a stern warning.

-Via BuzzFeed

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MTV Cribs Nursery Tour

Bryan and Caryn Canatella are expecting a little girl, and the nursery is stocked. Bryan takes us on the grand tour, in the style of the TV show MTV Cribs.

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Those who are familiar with the show find it spot-on, and those of us who don’t watch the show find it funny on its own merits. “… while she’s sitting’ on swans. SWANS!” Baby Cecilia has the perfect place to come home to, including parents with a sense of humor. -via Buzzfeed

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New Blog Reveals The Deepest, Darkest Secrets Of The Felines Of New York

The cats who call New York home are a fascinating bunch of critters, and they prove that felines can adapt to and thrive in any environment, whether urban or rural.

Feline New Yorkers who roam the streets have a hard time living nine lengthy lives, and cats who live indoors must get used to staying inside all day while the world walks by outside their window.

Cat lover and comedian Jim Tews has taken notes from the wildly popular blog Humans Of New York and given the Felines Of New York an outlet for their deepest, darkest secrets. Some are hilarious, others are terrifying, but they're all just NYC kittehs keepin' it real! (Some entries contain NSFW language)

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This Man Kicked Himself in the Head 134 Times in 1 Minute

We’ve all done or said something so embarrassing that we’ve wanted to kick ourselves in the head. But that wasn’t the motivation for Puskar Nepal of Nepal who holds the Guinness World Record for kicking himself in the head the most number of times in a single minute. He hit the 134 mark in a demonstration at Kantipur City College in Kathmandu. Puskar hopes to win records that will bring honor and glory to his homeland:

I'm now so passionate about Guinness World Records that I aim to set more than 100 records. I believe my records would help promote my country, birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, around the globe. Also I want to prove that people from a small and poor country like Nepal can also do anything. I want to be inspiration of the people of my country.

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Now ain’t that a kick in the head?

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The Best Comic Book Related Announcements From Comic-Con 2015

Comic-Con 2015 is officially over, and boy are my hips tired from carrying around my utility belt and giant bag of swag all weekend long.

There were lots of exciting Hall H announcements about our favorite geek franchises like Star Wars and Doctor Who, some surprise celeb appearances that caused the floor to be unbearably crowded, and plenty of pop culture love to go around.

But the really important announcements haven’t been shared like those overblown movie and TV sneak peeks, leaving us to wonder- what about all the noteworthy upcoming comic book releases?

Well, your friendly neighborhood Boing Boing has put together a collection of all the comic book news that matters from SDCC 2015, including some exciting new announcements from Vertigo, Joss Whedon's new original series, and a bushy tailed new relaunch for Squirrel Girl.

Read 10 Comic-Con Announcements That Are Actually About Comics here

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Drool-Worthy Fry Recipes Easily Made at Home

Image: Half Baked Harvest, Damn Delicious

French fries: who doesn't like them? I frequently fall prey to the call of their salty goodness, how about you? July 13 was National French Fry Day. And, although I probably wouldn't be above such a thing, I'm not just making that up to justify some french fry lovin'. 

This article features recipes that look as if they would live up to the "drool worthy" description in the headline. Two are restaurant french fry knockoffs: one for McDonald's and one for In-N-Out. So check it out, grab some potatoes and Make The Magic Happen. 

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Berke Breathed Releases First Bloom County Comic In 25 Years

Fans of the Bloom County comic strip have been wondering if and when that illustrated home of Opus the Penguin and Bill The Cat will ever come back, and so far we’ve been waiting 25 long years.

Then, just one day after announcing it's return, our Bloom County dreams came true when Berkeley Breathed released a new Bloom County strip!

Now, if you're a comic strip lover but you're unfamiliar with Bloom County then you're about to have a lot of reading to catch up on, because it's simply the best in illustrated commentary for the discerning adult...who likes said commentary to be delivered by talking animals.

My description obviously doesn't do Bloom County justice, so you've just gotta get out there and read some Bloom County strips for yourself!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Goodbye Jon Stewart

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Jon Stewart is retiring from The Daily Show after 16 years. The tributes are flying fast on the show and on the internet, and one of the best is from Eclectic Method. They edited clips to make Stewart tell the story in his own words, to the tune of the show’s them song. Meanwhile, if you want to get all the good out of Stewart’s reign, Comedy Central has video of his entire run streaming now. -via Digg

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Tank Joke - Who Will Stop His Hilarious Rampage?

Tank Joke by Fishmas

The streets of Gotham were all abuzz with rumors of Mr. J's disappearance, but those rumors were greatly exaggerated. Truth is, that Joker had gone to see a gal pal of his about some heavy artillery, something big enough to do more than wing the Bat, and boy did that girl deliver. The Clown Prince was now the proud owner of one garishly painted tank, complete with cannon and top mounted sprayer which would enable him to cover the city in Joker Juice, turning everyone and everything into a clown white pile of goo...

Boys and girls and Batfans of all kinds are sure to enjoy this Tank Joke t-shirt by Fishmas, and they'll be grinning like goons when they see you sporting this comic masterpiece!

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John Ellis of CERN Wearing a T-Shirt Featuring Himself

John Ellis of CERN, wearing "John Ellis of CERN" (what else?) design by ikado

W00t! We're super excited to have theoretical physicist John Ellis of CERN wear a design bearing his likeness by NeatoShop artist Ikado. In that design, John Ellis sits between the Large Hadron Collider and his famous desk, with stacks of papers towering precariously high.

Come to think of it, did anyone look for the Higgs boson somewhere in John Ellis' office? It's probably just hiding there, somewhere amongst the stacks and stacks of paper.

Thanks for the photo, John!

John Ellis of CERN by ikado

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Ten Of The Worst Practical Special Effects In Movies

I’m a huge fan of practical special effects, and even with CGI realism advancing at an alarming rate I feel like there will always be a place for practical effects in the entertainment industry.

That being said, there are plenty of times when practical effects are used because of a low budget or lack of access to CGI effects, and that’s when things can go horribly wrong.

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This video by WatchMojo is a trip down the bad side of memory lane, reminding us about the times when bad practical effects made us laugh when we were supposed to be having some serious cinematic feels.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Some Missing Teeth in Old France

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.

by Marc Abrahams, Improbable Research staff

French teeth are something of a specialty for the president of Great Britain’s Royal Historical Society. Colin Jones, who is also a history professor at Queen Mary University of London, wrote two memorable monographs on the subject.

A Large Man Who Yanked Teeth
His study called “Pulling Teeth in Eighteenth- Century Paris” centers on a literally huge Parisian tooth-yanker called le Grand Thomas. Jones explains that:

“For nearly half a century, from the 1710s to the 1750s, Thomas was a standard fixture, a living legend, plying his dental wares on the Pont-Neuf in Paris... If the tooth he was attacking repulsed his assaults he would, it was said, make the individual kneel down, then, with the strength of a bull, lift him three times in the air with his hand clenched on the recalcitrant tooth.”

Jones suggests that a well-informed toothache sufferer, surveying the major health care options, might reasonably opt for Le Grand Thomas or one of his many self-taught peers.

Surgeons, the people most likely to do a good job, were enjoying a rise in prestige and fees. They would commonly decline the pedestrian, relatively low-paying task of tooth-pulling. Doctors and apothecaries “were both still primarily hands-off practitioners” whose services might be expensive and whose array of remedies still included things like “the ingestion of flayed, crushed and cooked mouse.”

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Nine Beautiful and Functional Ways to Transform an Open Doorway

Color-block painted doorway | Image and idea: Sköna hem

The great thing about interior design is that through its creative ideas, features present in every home — even the most basic of homes  can be transformed into items of interest and beauty. Take a look at the great color-blocked paint job of the open doorway in the photo above. For the expense of a couple gallons of paint and a coordinating floor runner (approximately $200 for top-quality materials), a tremendous visual impact is created. See other ideas on how to functionally embellish and decorate open doorways in this article.


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The Mystery of the Golden Spirals

Archaeologists have unearthed gold from Zealand in Denmark for years, but now they’ve come across something really enigmatic. A dig near Boeslunde reveaed about 2,000 little spirals made of flat gold thread. The stash dates back to 700-900 BC.

“The fact is that we don’t know what they were for, but I lean towards them being used as part of a priest king’s clothing or head piece,” Flemming Kaul, a curator with the National Museum of Denmark, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

The spirals were unearthed during two separate digs in the area. The digs also revealed a couple of golden fibulae, which allowed for a precise dating of the find. The remains of what archaeologists believe is a fur-lined wooden box were also found.

Royal clothing decorations? Or maybe some kind of currency? We’re all gonna have egg on our faces when they determine that these are cake decorations or a Viking version of packing peanuts. Can you think of some other possibilities? See more pictures of the find at Archaeology News Network.  -via Gizmodo

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Penguin Scared of the Water Gets Swimming Lessons

Just jump in, Charlotte. You're a penguin, so you've got to swim. All penguins can and you're old enough to join them.

But Charlotte struggles to overcome her fear of the water. So this king penguin that lives at the Birdland Park & Gardens at Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, UK, is getting swimming lessons. Alistair Keen, her zookeeper, is giving the lessons himself. The Telegraph reports that she's doing well:

Mr Keen said: "Initially Charlotte was absolutely terrified at the prospect of getting her feathers wet.

"I know penguins can't fly but she was making a pretty good attempt in her bid to avoid taking the plunge.

"In the wild the chicks only learn to swim by following their parents in to the water so I, as her adopted dad, felt obliged to get in and try to show her how it was done.

"At first it didn't seem like she was ever going to get the hang of it, she certainly hasn't taken to it like a duck to water."

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Margarita Man Revealed

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A cosplayer at Comic Con got a great reception with his costume. It’s a bit obscure, but just enough people noticed and remember the extra in Jurassic World who was careful to save his margaritas when the pterodactyls attacked. Priorities, people!

Well, it turns out the barely-seen park visitor was actually an important movie role after all, and it was played by Jimmy Buffet. If anyone can save a margarita, it’s him. Not the hero we need, but the hero we deserve. -via reddit

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31 Famous Bond Girls, Then and Now

Jane Seymour as Solitaire, Live and Let Die, 1973 | Image: United Artists

The James Bond movie franchise is now 53 years old. Thus the concept of the "Bond girl" has played a longstanding role in film culture. These beautiful women, with screen names that were a mischievous mixture of sheer sex, thanks to many of them being double entendres, played the embodiment of allure and seduction. The linked article features 31 Bond girls then and now. How well have their gorgeous looks fared? Check it out here. 

Claudine Auger as Domino Derval in Thunderball, 1965 | Image: MGM/United Artists

Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr. No, 1962 | Image: United Artists

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How to Make a Watermelon Cake

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Rocket News 24 calls this marvelous cake a Baumkuchen. It’s popular in Japan, but originally from Germany. From the inside and outside, it’s a remarkable facsimile of a real watermelon, complete with seeds in the pulp.

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It’s made on a spit. The baker adds layers of batter onto a spinning rod until it becomes a thick mound of cake. It has rings like a tree, which is why the German name for it means “tree cake.”

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Adam Savage and Chris Hadfield’s Spacewalk at Comic Con

Adam Savage of Mythbusters has made it a tradition to walk the floors of Comic Con without being recognized due to an awesome costume. He wore a spacesuit last year. This year, he takes it up a notch by wearing a spacesuit from the 1969 movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, taking astronaut Chris Hadfield with him.

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The Comic Con walk begins at about ten minutes in, but if you watch the whole thing, you’ll learn a lot about space suits from both Savage and the man whose life depended on one. But the Stanley Kubrick version is still something new to Hadfield. An apt comment:

Real astronaut dresses as fake astronaut so nobody will know he's an astronaut...

-Thanks, Daniel Portolan!

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The Dark Crystal - Two Gelflings Versus The World

The Dark Crystal by Vincent Trinidad

There's a legend told of a planet called Thra, and a magical crystal capable of giving the planet an eternity of lush life or destroying it outright. A brave Gelfling named Jen sought to reunite the two halves of the crystal and bring Thra into an aeon of peace, but the nefarious Skeksis had sworn to stop Jen at all costs, in order to retain the crystal and its power for themselves. Little did those bird brained monsters know there was another Gelfling out there working to unite the crystal, and Kira had the power to call upon Thra's animal population for help...

Add some sci-fi movie awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this The Dark Crystal t-shirt by Vincent Trinidad, it's the perfect attire whether you're out riding a landstrider or hanging out at home watching your favorite Henson movie.

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These Milkshakes Have Completely Earned the Name of “Freakshow”

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That’s what the bakery Pâtissez in Canberra, Australia calls its extreme milkshakes that are as big as your head and filled with everything they can think of to stuff inside. If it’s in the bakery, why not shove it into the milkshake? Sure, add ice cream and syrup as well. But don’t stop there. I want a chocolate fudge milkshake with an entire Boston cream pie as a garnish, followed by whipped cream and a single cherry.

You can see more pictures of people enjoying the “Freakshow” at BuzzFeed.

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Justin Bieber’s Butt in LEGO

We don’t do nearly as much celebrity news as other sites, but when a celebrity meme goes LEGO, we are on it! Singer Justin Bieber posted a photograph of himself on Instagram showing his bare butt, on a boat, admiring the view. The view of the water, that is. The picture caused a sensation among both fans and detractors. LEGO artist Iain Heath, known as Ochre Jelly, couldn’t resist the temptation to recreate the scene in LEGO. After all, he is no stranger to celebrity butts.

The original photograph has since been deleted from Bieber’s account, but copies exist, and you can see one for comparison purposes at Ochre Jelly’s Flickr page for this project. If you are so inclined.

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Suicide Squad Trailer Released

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Warner Bros. has just released the Suicide Squad trailer that they presented this weekend at Comic-Con San Diego. Here we get a better idea of The Joker According to Leto, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith’s Deadshot.

The film also features Adam Beach as Slipknot; Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang; Karen Fukuhara as Katana; Cara Delevingne as Enchantress; Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc and Jay Hernandez as El Diablo. The release date is August 5, 2016. 

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Cat Is Underwhelmed by Shell Game

If you want to score any money on the street with this classic con, then you've got to improve your skills. Hamlet the cat knows exactly where the pill is. You're wasting his time and you'll waste your money if you try to hustle money this way.

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-via Huffington Post

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Tips for First-Time Wheelchair Pushers

Latent Existence speaks from experience on how to push a wheelchair, and more importantly, how to treat someone who is in a wheelchair.

Today my sister used a wheelchair for the first time. (We share the same inherited mitochondrial condition.) Her husband has little experience of pushing a wheelchair so I tried to give him some tips, which resulted in what I have written below. Believe it or not there is actually some skill involved in pushing a wheelchair and keeping the person in it comfortable. These are just observations from my own experience of being in a wheelchair pushed by someone else, but everyone is different. If you’re pushing a wheelchair for someone new then you should ask them if they have any preferences.

The tips are invaluable, but they were also supplemented by the commenters at the post, and by commenters at Metafilter who have experience in that area.

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What If Game of Thrones Was a 1977 TV Movie?

The blog Flashbak takes us way back to the golden age of made-for-TV movies: the late 1970s. Back then, it was possible to attract big stars for widely-watched movies made for broadcast.

Who would have been cast for the major roles in Game of Thrones in 1977? Flashbak is right that Michael Landon (Charles Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie) would have been an excellent Ned Stark. Peter Cushing (Grand Moff Tarkin on Star Wars) would be perfect as Tywin Lannister, as would Ricardo Montalban (Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island) in the role of Stannis Baratheon.

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Biking Down the Bobsled Run

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The 1984 Winter Olympics were held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. A lot has happened since then, and the city is now in  Bosnia-Herzegovina. Thirty years later, some of the tracks built for the Olympics are still there, but have not been maintained. Kamer Kolar, Tarik Hadzic, and Kemal Mulic rode their mountain bikes down the leftover bobsled run on Mount Trebević. The footage might make you a bit dizzy. The run will be in much better shape when it is renovated next year.  -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Cat Bread

Lou Lou P's Delights is a bakery in Leeds, UK. When carefully shaped and decorated, its loaves of bread look like cats!

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Teens React to Encyclopedias

One of my uncles used to curl up with a volume of the World Book encyclopedia and just read it cover to cover. It took years, but he eventually read them all-and enjoyed it! Yeah, that was a long time ago. The Fine Brothers confronted a group of teenagers with World Book encyclopedias. They had seen encyclopedias before, years ago, but the thought of actually using them was strange and different.

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What surprised me is realizing how we’ve abandoned finding things by alphabetical order, so that kids no longer rely on it as a skill. They managed to retrieve the entries they were looking for, but it was not the simple task we older folks consider it. It’s so much easier to just “search”! However, the teenagers eventually found it sad that we don’t use physical encyclopedias anymore, just not sad enough to want to use one. -Thanks, Benny!  

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