World Record Skydiving Formation

There were 164 skydivers jumping out of seven planes over Chicago. Plus photographers. They managed to latch onto each other to set a new record in aerial formation. Don't bother counting them, just enjoy the beauty of the video.  

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The previous record was 138 skydivers in formation. These folks did it by linking up head down in the sky. Read about how it came about at Redbull. -via The Kid Should See This

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Mad Max: Fury Road Vehicles Made of Vegetables

Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku tells us that on the Buddhist holiday of Obon in August, many Japanese people create figures out of eggplants and cucumbers in order to welcome visitation by the spirits of the dead. Cucumbers represent horses and eggplants represent cows. The spirits arrive quickly on cucumbers, but leave slowly on eggplants.

So it logically follows that twitter user @sativa_high would recreate the vehicles used by the War Boys in Mad Max: Fury Road with these two vegetables.

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The Best Desserts in 25 Countries Around the World

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Some things in life are universal, such as the love of sweet treats. It doesn't matter where one travels on Earth, finding a friend with whom you share a love of sweets is inevitable. Just as the cultures of man across the globe are diverse, so are their offerings of desserts. This article has a sampling of that vast array. Read it at the risk of craving sugary self-indulgence immediately afterward. 

Japanese mochi

Argentinian pastelitos

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New Zealand Will Choose a New Flag from 40 Possible Designs, Including These

The current flag of New Zealand is the British Union Flag in a corner with four stars on a blue field. These symbols represent the nation's origin as a British colony and the constellation of the Southern Cross.

The government is ditching this flag for something that represents the nation's present and future, not just its past. And it's putting the matter to a national vote. Here is a gallery of 40 designs that citizens have to choose from. The swirly one at the top of this post is particularly eye-catching. Daniel and Leon Crayford of Auckland designed it. They explain its meaning:

This unfurling pikopiko koru is about vibrancy and energy contained in a small space. By using the Māori spiral design and applying the colours of the 1902 New Zealand flag, it honours both the indigenous and colonial cultures.

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Alf Solo And Friend - Cat Smugglers Extraordinaire

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People are always debating whether Han shot first or not, but Han's only the star of the show because some sleazy Hutt wrote him into the story. The truth is there was more than one alien on the scene, and the wisecracking one with the perfect hair all over his body shot both first and last. His name was Gordon Shumway, and he was the original owner of the Millennium Falcon before Han came along and cheated him out of his ship and his nickname. Forced to live most of his life in the shadows during the War, Gordon soon found his way to a planet called Earth and started a new life in a nice family's garage...

Tell the untold tale of the galaxy's hairiest duo with this Alf Solo and Friend t-shirt by Alberto83aj, it's one hilarious way to show love for two beloved sci-fi franchises at once!

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10 Of The Biggest Deaths In Comic Book History

Superhero deaths are about as permanent as chalk on a chalkboard, because as soon as it’s convenient to bring the beloved hero back from the dead the whole scene is wiped clean and covered up with a new storyline.

And yet virtually every time a superhero dies that “milestone” issue becomes a top seller, drawing in all kinds of collectors with the promise of a steady increase in value and something to talk about with their nerdy friends.

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Whether you think superhero deaths are a good plot vehicle or simply a gimmick to sell more issues you'll enjoy WatchMojo's breakdown of the Top 10 Biggest Superhero Deaths.

It's chock full of spoilers, superfriends, so don't watch if you're still looking to be surprised when you read the comics!

-Via GeekTyrant

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How to Wake Up in the Morning

Yep. It’s the morning. You have to get up. You don’t want to. None of us want to. But we all have to.

Have you ever slept through an alarm clock going off? One common solution is to set a second alarm clock further away from your bed. This forces you to get up to turn it off. French comedian DaniiL Le Russe takes the idea just a step further to make sure that he doesn’t sleep in and miss work.

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Synonym Movies

What a difference a word makes! These films sound so  prosaic when the titles are changed to something that means the same thing. Have fun translating all ten of them. I have to admit, I had to look the last one up, because even though I recall it better than the other movies in the series, I forgot the complete title. This is the latest from Randall Munroe at xkcd. As usual, the punch line is in the hovertext at xkcd.

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A (Luxury) Shortcut for Elephants

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Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia is a beautiful getaway for human occupants, but it also serves at least one family of elephants annually. Three generations of elephants return each year from late October to mid-December, taking the shortcut through the lodge in order to feast on the fallen mangos from the trees on the grounds. This footage catches the elephants' shortcut beautifully and features the entire family, with baby in tow. What an interesting amenity of the lodge! Via Arbroath

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A Computer for Cats

Is your cat getting in between you and your computer? Don’t just prod him away. Give him a computer of his own! This is the Cat Scratch Laptop, a toy computer for your feline companions. It has a customizable wallpaper that slides in and out. The keyboard consists of a scratching surface. A mouse plugs in on the left (sorry, it’s not wireless). There are no details about memory or processing speed, so you’re taking a chance there. Presumably they’re upgrade-able, though.

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Drunk History: The Rise, Fall, and Revival of All-American Whiskey

Americans have always loved their whiskey. Even George Washington had his own distillery. Colonists in the north made their own rye, while those further south came up with bourbon. Eventually glass bottles were developed. When Americans loved whiskey too much, there was always someone else who wanted them to reel it back in, which led to Prohibition. But even then, we found ways around it. One way was medicinal whiskey. Noah Rothbaum, author of the book The Art of American Whiskey, tells us about it.  

I had known medicinal whiskeys were available at this time, but I assumed they came in nondescript bottles, like rubbing alcohol or aspirin. But of course, they didn’t. They were packaged in these beautiful, engaging, and highly illustrated boxes and bottles, which shows that, in fact, the whole medicinal whiskey business was not about “medicine” but about letting people continue to drink whiskey.

Before Prohibition, whiskey was prescribed for a range of real symptoms and illnesses, but after alcohol was outlawed, I think it was prescribed for things like the common cold or stress or anxiety as a way to get around the law. I imagine a lot of prescriptions were for subjective conditions. I think it’s an accurate parallel to some of the marijuana clinics today, with prescriptions ranging from the legitimate to the recreational.

Obviously, these companies were still trying to sell and market their products during Prohibition, and the ones that survived had to demonstrate they already had large supplies of whiskey already on hand since they weren’t allowed to make new whiskey. You also had a lot of consolidation, as companies that were allowed to bottle medicinal whiskey ran low on stock and acquired companies that hadn’t been permitted to bottle it. The government also eventually declared a distiller’s holiday because they ran out of medicinal stock, and this allowed them to make more. It shows how much of this “medicine” was actually being sold.

And the day Prohibition ended, there was plenty of whiskey available to celebrate, as if it had been manufactured all along -which it had. Read about the history of whiskey in America at Collectors Weekly. 

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Failed Toy Lines From The 1980s

The 80s were a heyday for licensed toys, and kids were finally able to actually have some action with their action figures.

Toy series that featured some kind of fighting element were generally the most popular, so companies released many different kinds of combat-ready characters in order to cash in on the trend.

But one group of fighters failed to make kids hungry enough to collect them all- The Food Fighters, a delicious idea that kids just couldn’t stomach.

And then there were those brash toy lines that dared to come out without their own cartoon series, which caused kids to wonder "Who the heck does this Crystar, Crystal Warrior think he is, He-Man or sumpin'?!"

See 12 Toys From The 1980s That Didn't Take Off at mental_floss

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The Office Aquarium

Tyranitard has an aquarium in his office with a skull inside. Take a good look at it. He saw this and freaked out, but then looked carefully to find out what caused the skull to look back at him. It’s a snail that climbed up into the eye socket! Must be a cozy place to hang out. That’s a picture you have to share. The tank has a second snail, so he’s waiting for the other socket to be occupied.  -via reddit

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This is a State-Owned Chinese Pharmaceutical Company

State-owned Harbin Pharmaceutical Group is China's second-biggest drug maker. When the company posted these photos of their facility on their website, it sparked outrage in the country and beyond. The photos showed lavish architectural features and fixtures seemingly fit more for a palace than a pharma building: intricately carved wood corridors, gold foil inlays, triple-tiered crystal chandeliers and marble columns. Cost of the construction of the building was reportedly over 93 million yuan (15 million USD).

Residents of the neighborhood surrounding the company were incensed that just months prior to the photo revelation, Harbin was charged with illegally discharging wastewater, waste gas and industrial waste. Corporate response to the accusations was that they had no money to address the problems.

One user on the "Chinese Twitter" Sina Weibo wrote, 

“It’s a palace which is built on the pain of millions of patients.”

Another posted:

“Now I finally know why Chinese people can’t afford to go to the doctor and buy medicines.”

See additional photos and read more on this story in this article. 

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22 Bizarre Conspiracy Theories

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We love to hear about conspiracy theories. Some of us believe them, while others of us are amazed at what people can come up with… just when you think you’ve hear it all, here comes something new. John Green goes over some you are familiar with and others that may be new to you, in the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show. The Illuminati is responsible for LeBron James joining the Miami Heat? Some people think so!

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Be Evil Today! - Dwarves And Fairy Godmothers Need Not Apply

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The most maleficently villainous members of animated society banded together to form a new kingdom free of do-gooders and hoaky heroes. Their dark kingdom would be ruled by fear and dark magic, which didn't really appeal to people much so they were having a hard time recruiting subjects. Cruella came up with a perfectly wicked promotional idea- create propaganda posters that appeal to people's dark side. Soon monsters, fiends and ne'er-do-wells from all different animated lands were heading to this unhappy land, evil minions who would soon find themselves subjugated by not one but four evil queens...

Spread the word about the land of the wicked with this Be Evil Today! t-shirt by Oneskillwonder, it's a surefire way to show allegiance to those animated villains we know and loathe!

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The Incredible Wildlife Sketches Created By Lewis & Clark

Lewis and Clark discovered all kinds of things on their journey across America- the giant Pacific Ocean that even the native people hadn’t noticed before, the very first McDonald’s location, and about $.75 in change that had fallen out of some guy’s pocket.

But they went on their Expedition to do more than discover stuff, and one of their most important jobs was to sketch the wildlife they saw along the way.

Now, for the first time possibly ever (but probably not the first time) the wildlife sketches Lewis and Clark drew during that fateful journey can be seen on an informational website called Clickhole.

It’s too bad the mighty butt chinned beaver is now extinct, but people needed stands for their cigars so it was bye bye beaver and hello butt chin cigar stands!

Lewis And Clark's Sketches Of The Animals They Encountered On Their Journey Will Blow You Away

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Chad Gadya in Embroidery

Chad Gadya is a traditional Passover song (lyrics here). Nina Paley and Theodore Gray animated it using embroidery on matzoh covers, a process Paley calls “embroidermation.” She also calls it “Our most ridiculously labor-intensive animation ever!” I can see that.

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Each embroidered matzoh cover, used in zoetrope fashion, provides six frames of animation. The covers are for sale. Gray explains the process of creating the video here. Not only did they have to embroider hundreds of characters, but create custom software, too!

This video is a part of Paley’s ongoing feature film project Seder-Masochism (previously at Neatorama). She says Chad Gadya will serve as an intermission in the story. -via Metafilter

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The Coolest Superhero Vehicles of All Time

I don't know about you guys, but I fell in love with Black Beauty (the Green Hornet's car, not the horse) the second I saw it. How could you not love a gorgeous black Chrysler adorned with weapons and gadgets? Of course, a Batmobile would also be pretty incredible as far as style and gadgetry are concerned.

Honestly, I'd pretty much love any of the amazing superhero vehicles on this great TopTenz list, but I'm curious, which one would you prefer?

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The Greatest Political Campaign Ad Ever Made

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Politics are rarely entertaining in a laugh out loud kind of way, but politicians who at least try to bring the funny are generally better received by the public.

The people behind the politicos know this, so they try to incorporate entertaining elements into their campaigns like fun slogans or, in Hillary Clinton’s case, selling a beer koozie with the slogan “More like Chillary Clinton, amirite?” printed on the side.

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Sometimes these attempts to be humorous can backfire, but in the case of Canadian politician Wyatt Scott his comedic campaign video should result in a landslide victory, especially if his opponents are dragons.

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Dean Martin Knocks the Beatles out of the #1 Spot on the Charts

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

“I’m gonna knock your pallies off the charts"  -Dean Martin

Ricci Martin, son of the world-famous singer Dean, was just like most any other teenager in the early months of 1964. Ricci was totally crazy about and obsessed with the Beatles.

Ever since the Beatles arrival in America a few months previously, they had captivated teenagers far and wide and taken the entire country by storm. They were making appearances on TV, their new film A Hard Day's Night was a smash hit, and their songs were blasting out of every radio on the continent. The records: “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold your Hand,” “Please Please Me,” etc. were inevitably turning up on the record charts- in the number one spot.

And now it was August of 1964 and the theme song to their brilliant first film A Hard Day's Night was sitting brightly atop the charts. And so it was, a few months previous, that Ricci Martin was raving on and on about "the Beatles this" and "the Beatles that" and “Beatles Beatles Beatles.”

Dean Martin, star of stage, screen, television, Las Vegas, and the record world, got fed up one day and, with a bravado that would have put Muhammad Ali to shame, confidently took Ricci to the side and breezily told him, “I’m gonna knock your pallies off the charts.”

Ricci smirked and barely held back from rolling his eyes right to his father's face. Sure, his dad was the great Dean Martin, but Dino hadn't had a hit record in six years. And come on man, these guys were the Beatles!

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Tinder Is Full Of Weirdos

If you build a dating site or app they will come, they meaning all the weird people who have been waiting for just such a place to share every bizarre and ridiculous thought that floats through their mind.

So it should come as no surprise that there are a bunch of weirdos posting strange stuff on Tinder, the dating app for those who don’t have time for true love or self respect.

If you’ve ever thought about joining Tinder and you’re wondering what you’ve been missing out on by not being a part of the community check out these Tinder Fails That Prove The Internet Is Full Of Weirdos and feel better about your applessness.

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KFC’s Pink Burgers Are Tempting

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Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku informs us that Kentucky Fried Chicken locations in China are now offering chicken-like meat burger semi-food objects that feature bright pink buns. Why? And what makes them pink? You ask too many questions. Begin eating immediately.

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Mad Max: Roadkill BBQ

In the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max, gasoline is what makes the world go round. I’m not sure why, because it seems food and water would be more important. But you can’t have a good car chase movie without gas!

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CorridorDigital brings us story set in the that bleak world, revolving around the quest for gasoline. It’s violent, gory, and contains NSFW text. But at the same time, you have to laugh. But really, this is not for children or those with a weak stomach. -via Uproxx    

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An Interactive Quiz To Help Determine Your Cat's Personality Type

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Many cats have bold, vibrant personalities, and just because a cat isn’t interested in playing or entertaining their humans doesn’t mean they don’t dish out cattitude on a daily basis.

But the internet generation demands classifications for everything, so see if you can sit your cat down in front of your computer and have them take a fun, interactive quiz.

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The Intercative Experiment by Poopy Cat will help you determine whether your cat is a poser, a busy bee or a cuddle bug, thereby bringing you one step closer to answering that age old question- what the heck is my cat thinking?!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Tiny Hamster's Best Day Ever at Walt Disney World

We always knew the tiny hamster is spoiled. Look at all the wonderful things he’s experienced! But now he goes on a trip to Walt Disney World.

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No, he doesn’t do Disney like people do -the tiny hamster gets his own tiny rides and his own tiny concessions. And his own tiny Mickey Mouse ears. Watch him take a tour throughout the Haunted Mansion and eat churros and Doel whips! The best moment is at 1:05, when he realizes he’s on camera. Check out the behind-the-scene video here. -Thanks, Elijah Jones!

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The Pulpy Brunch - One Royale With Cheese Away From A Happy Meal

The Pulpy Brunch by Donovan Alex

Here's a story that's kinda gory, about a bunch of hoodlums looking for a score, they proved all's fair in love and fiction, and left us wanting more. Here's a story about a man named Jimmie who clearly has pulp where his brains should be, he helped Vincent and Jules dump a body and did so sarcastically. Here's the story of a guy named Butch who got caught up in some underworld affairs, he used a samurai sword to slice his way to freedom and became part of the Pulpy Brunch. That's the bloody, strange and scary way they all became the Pulpy Brunch!

Don't be a Gimp, bring home this The Pulpy Brunch t-shirt by Donovan Alex and let your cinematic side hang out!

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Anime Pancake Art

Twitter user @Belcorno has made a name for himself as an accomplished latte artist. He can create almost any image on the surface of a cup of coffee, such as these colorful renderings of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. Most commonly, he uses anime characters as his subjects.

Lately, Belcorno has been experimenting with pancakes, presenting our favorite characters in sweet pancake batter. Pictured above is a Colossal Titan from the series Attack on Titan. If Belcorno can add eggs or bacon, he can present full anime breakfasts!

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Some Of The Most Beautiful Animated Films

Animation studios know that style is the biggest selling point for their features, and industry leaders like Pixar, Studio Ghibli and DreamWorks have made their name on their unique stylistic choices.

CineFix has put together a list of what they’re calling the Top 10 Most Beautiful Animated Films Of All Time, which includes some incredibly cool animated films like Waltz With Bashir, The Boxtrolls, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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Like many of these online “best of” compilations it’s hit and miss if you're a serious animation fan, but serves as a great primer for those who are new to watching animated features.

-Via GeekTyrant

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Baby and Bulldog Born on Same Day are Inseparable

Ivette Ivens of Chicago adopted a French bulldog pup when she realized that he was born on the same day as her infant son Dilan, thinking it was a sign that the pup should be in her family. Ever since, the bulldog, which the family named Farley, has been like a brother to little Dilan. Ivans said, 

 “I’m pretty sure Dilan thinks they’re both the same species, as they walk at the same level and are both going through the stage of chewing on everything.”

Ivans is a photographer specializing in family shoots. She has a book on breasfeeding coming out soon called Breastfeeding Goddess. See more adorable photos of Dilan and Farley here. (Includes one NSFW-ish breastfeeding shot.) Keep up with Ivens' projects at her websiteFacebook and Instagram.


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