Car-Sized Stingray Caught in Thailand

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Animal Planet personality Jeff Corwin's team snapped this photo of a stingray that is 14 feet in length, 7.9 feet across and approximately 800 pounds. The ray was caught and released recently in the Mae Klong River in Thailand, in water approximately 65-feet deep. The animal is the biggest stingray ever observed by researchers and may be the biggest freshwater fish in the world. The same ray was caught and tagged in 2009

Zeb Hogan, a National Geographic fellow and a professor of biology at the University of Nevada, Reno said,

"The team was unable to get an exact weight because it’s really hard to weigh these things without hurting them, because they are such big, awkward animals.Certainly [this] was a huge fish, even compared to other giant freshwater stingrays, and it definitely ranks among the largest freshwater fish in the world.”

Read more on this catch and see a video of another giant stingray at National Geographic and at Jeff Corwin's Facebook page. 

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Can You Guess the Movies for These Untitled Posters?

Art director Madani Bendjellal took posters for famous movies and removed their titles and pictures of their main characters. You can view more at Fubiz. How many can you identify? Which ones were instantly recognizable and which ones took you some time to think about?

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Death Attends the Matinee

Would you like to spend some time on a “choose your own adventure” story based on classic noir films?

The dame walks into your office without knocking, and boy, does she look uneasy.

She stares at you with piercing gray eyes and asks, “Are you Sam Stonemarrow, the private detective?”

All you need to do is click on the text response to advance the story, but sometimes you have a choice of  two or more replies. At some points, either of the answers will take you to the same destination, but some will take you on ridiculous tangents. If you manage to stay on the straight and narrow storyline, you’ll find it’s a bit ridiculous, too. Because it’s from Clickhole. -via Metafilter

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Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Bionic Arm to its Child Recipient

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This video footage shows Robert Downey, Jr. present a bionic arm to a seven-year-old boy named Alex, born with a partially developed right arm. The arm is free of charge to Alex and his family, courtesy of Albert Manero and the Collective Project, which makes and donates bionic limbs to children in need across the globe. It's safe to say little Alex, who recognizes that he's getting a bionic arm from Iron Man himself, is having a great day.

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Big Zelda 6 - A Real Hero Doesn't Need Fancy Armor

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Link was used to solving puzzles and battling bad guys all by himself, but when he discovered that giant suit of phantom Bay armor was ready to do his bidding he decided to let it join him on his journey. He thought the armor was nothing but a legend, but they'd left one thing out of the old stories- that Bay armor was annoying to the max! Even though Link wasn't a big hero in terms of stature he was big enough to face any foe, and big enough to admit that he needed a little help to finish his quest before the hourglass ran out of sand...

Become a legend in your own time with this Big Zelda 6 t-shirt by zRISes, it's the dark and geeky way to show your love of classic Zelda games!

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10 Awesome Good Guy Robots from Movies

I went to see Chappie yesterday. It was exactly what I expected: Robocop meets Short Circuit with the feel of District 9. I quite enjoyed it. Chappie is such a likable robot, it inspired our friends at Geeks Are Sexy to revisit some of the great robot “good guys” from older films. There are those you know and love, and some you may not have thought about in a while- all with video clips so you can enjoy them again.  

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Please Choose Your Preferred Advertising Experience

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You can choose from 3 different advertisements that our data mining programs reveal will be effective on you. The ad will automatically pause when you stop paying attention.

Reader pro tip: You can add the caption "The future is terrible" to all SMBC Comics and they will still make sense.

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What the Names of 18 Disney Princesses Mean in Other Languages

A 21-year-old Disney and animation enthusiast from Newcastle, Australia named Jack has an interesting Tumblr called Kristoff Bjorgman, which is full of odds and ends. One offering is this visual glossary of the name meanings of various Disney princesses and heroines in other languages. Shown above is a sample; see the rest here.  

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How to Be Socially Awkward

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Are you struggling to find the right thing to say? Despite the outcome of this scenario, you should still go with "say something weird." If he sticks around, then you've found a keeper. Think of your awkwardness as a sorting device.

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Win a Historic Inn in Maine with an Essay

The Center Lovell Inn on Kezar Lake in Maine was built in 1805. Owner Janice Sage has operated the inn since she won it in an essay contest 22 years ago. Now Sage is retiring, and will pass the inn off to a new winner. With a 200-word essay and an entry fee of $125, someone will take ownership of the inn and the 12 acres it sits on. If Sage receives 7500 entries, the take will match the $900,000 that real estate agents would have listed the property for.

She also hopes the novel approach will ensure that the inn will land in worthy hands.

“I’ve never been known to do anything the normal way,” she said. “I just want to pass it on for someone else.”

The money will also fund a rather nice retirement for Sage, who managed a restaurant in Maryland before taking over the inn. Entries must be postmarked by May 7. You can download the rules of the contest here, and read more about the contest at the Portland Press-Herald. -via mental_floss

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This Dog Will Smile on Command

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Molly, who is biding her time--just biding her time, mind you--is a 3-year old Labrador. When you ask her to smile, she'll do it. She act like a happy, friendly dog who loves you. For now.

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Fifteen Popular Restaurants With Secret Menu Items for Your Dog

Dog lovers, have you ever taken your dog in the car as you run certain errands, and found out that some establishments give the dog a treat when you drive through? The first time I took my dog with me to drive through at the bank, I found a milk bone in the pneumatic tube along with my bank envelope. Surprisingly, I found the same thing happened when I went to the drive-through pharmacy at Walgreens. My dog had always loved car rides, but after those unexpected treat windfalls, he was more enthusiastic than ever. 

This article mentions fifteen examples of restaurants that have secret menu items for their canine clientele. Check them out to see if there's any place you frequent that will accomodate your "best friend" as well. 

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Springfield, Illinois Gives Cobra Commander the Key to the City

Inexplicably, the capital city of Illinois surrendered to Cobra, the terrorist organization from the G.I. Joe entertainment franchise. Why? Did Cobra Commander have dirt on Mayor J. Michael Houston? Did he offer Houston greater power after Cobra's conquest of the Midwest?

Officially, Mayor Houston gave Cobra Commander the key to the city in order to welcome visitors to G.I. Joecon, a fan convention assembling in Springfield from April 9-12. Still, this seems like a drastic and short-sighted move to get tourism dollars.

It does, however, speak well of Cobra Commander's leadership. In the past, he's failed in one violent venture after another. Perhaps he has learned that victory lies not in naked force, but by subverting pre-existing political structures. The press release quotes Cobra Commander demonstrating his now more conciliatory approach:

Springfielders near and far, I accept your Mayor’s generous gift. And let it be known that I too bring a gift for every man, woman and child of this city that is so near and dear to my heart; an invitation to join with me. Join Cobra!”

-via io9

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The Secret

As my children prepare to go out on their own, I find myself going over the lessons I’ve tried to teach them and see if I’ve missed anything important, or what needs to be emphasized more. This lovely walk around the neighborhood from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics is a great reminder that many of the important lessons can be distilled into very short pieces of advice- if you learn to apply them to all phases of your life. 

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Vince Gilligan Asks You to Stop Throwing Pizzas on Walter White's Roof

In a famous scene in Breaking Bad, a furious Walter White, while feuding with his wife, angrily throws a pizza on the roof of his house.

That's a real house in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fans know where it is. It's a tourist attraction. A pleasant couple lives there. They're okay with people stopping by to take photos. But they are tired of fans throwing pizzas on their roof.

Vince Gilligan, the creator of the show, is quite serious when he tells fans to stay off their property and not throw pizzas on their roof. You can listen to him talk about the problem at the 3:15 point in this podcast.

(Content warning: foul language.)

-via First We Feast

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Medal Gear Solid Tee 2 - Snake In A Box

Medal Gear Solid Tee 2 by Patrick "Tricky" Canter

Solid Snake always seemed like one of the sillier video game stars- on the one hand he's super skilled in the art of combat, has some amazing technology at his disposal, and yet all he really needs to sneak past guards is a cardboard box! I wonder if they taught him that technique in super spy school...

Bring some geeky game to your wardrobe with this Medal Gear Solid Tee 2 t-shirt by Patrick "Tricky" Canter, and don't hide your love of video games!

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Game of Thrones Meets The Princess Bride

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"Jesus, Grandpa, what did you read me this thing for?"

Game of Thrones is a heartwarming love story. The Princess Bride is a terrifying look into the abyss of the human soul and suffering in a godless world. Or something like that. I get them confused sometimes because, as this mashup by Shawn Kohne points out, they're very similar.

Content warning: violence and gore. On the other hand, Hodor keeps his clothes on, which is probably a good thing.

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R.I.P. Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series of fantasy novels, passed away today at the age of 66. He was at home, “with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family.” Pratchett had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, diagnosed in 2007. His publisher released a statement that said, in part:

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

Pratchett’s family broke the news through a series of tweets that framed the news in fantasy fiction style. -via reddit

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Game of Thrones Summed Up in 30 Seconds

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The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine has an extensive section dedicated to the HBO series Game of Thrones, as the cast gears up for season five, which begins April 12th. As part of their coverage, they asked the cast to sum up the first four seasons in 30 seconds. That sounds like a tall order, but several cast members, recorded on set, did their best. Peter Dinklage does an outstanding job. I don’t believe you need to fret about spoilers at all. -via Laughing Squid

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Some of the World's Weirdest Amusement Parks

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Love Land is an amusement park designed with adults in mind. Located on the South Korean island of Jeju, the park was erected (pun intended) in 2004. Promotional material describes the park as a place where "love oriented art and eroticism meet." A walk around Love Land will net visitors a view of 140 sculptures of people in a variety of sexual positions, phallic statues, labia made of stone, and other adult material. The park got its start when Jeju island became popular as a destination for honeymooners. Love Land was developed as an extension of the sexual "icebreaker" mentality already present in the minds of local hotel management and employees. 

Read about other strange amusement parks in this article. 

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9 Historical Mysteries Solved By Astronomy

One of the fascinating things about the cyclical movements of the earth, moon, and other celestial bodies is that when you know enough about them, you can pinpoint their positions for any date in history. We can use this knowledge to add in details for all kinds of historical events, and even figure out why things happened the way they did. One case of historical mystery solved by astronomy is the disagreements set forth in the famous "Almanac Trial,” in which a lawyer named Abraham Lincoln brilliantly cast doubt on witnesses against his client.

In 1858, Lincoln defended one William "Duff" Armstrong, who was accused of killing James Preston Metzler on due to injuries from a brawl. The key witness in the case claimed that he had seen the brawl in full moonlight, but Lincoln produced an almanac that showed that, at the time of the brawl, the moon would have been near the horizon, nearly out of sight. Armstrong was acquitted, but after the trial, people began to wonder if the almanac was a fake. After all, numerous people remembered seeing a bright moon that night. Should we start calling him "Dishonest Abe"?

Probably not, although there is a reason the townsfolk remember seeing such a bright moon. It turns our that the night of the brawl, the moon was at a very special point in a 18.6-year cycle. The tilt of the Earth's axis and the tilt of the lunar orbit resulted in a very unusual, extreme passage through the sky. So early in the evening, the moon did indeed cross the meridian of the sky, but just a few hours later — at the time of the brawl — it was nearly out of view. Both the almanac and the townsfolk were correct.

That’s only one story. You’ll find eight more cases of astronomy solving historical mysteries at io9. -via the Presurfer

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Storytelling with Conductive Ink

Dalziel + Pop, a creative agency in London, is currently exhibiting at the Retail Design Expo in London. To demonstrate its skill set, the company built an interactive display using screenprinting with conductive ink. When visitors touch any of the 48 elements, up to 100 possible light animations activate. The company suggests that this is a great way to interact with potential customers.

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I've never heard of conductive ink before. But now I want to see if I can use it in a crafting project!

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Why Do the French Love Jerry Lewis?

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

 Anyone who knows me or knows anything about me knows I am a major Jerry Lewis fan. I have not only seen almost every one of his films, but watched most every one of his TV appearances, and read every possible book or magazine article or interview on the guy.

And so, one day at an audition a few years ago, I asked a French guy who was there, “Why do you guys love Jerry Lewis so much?" He answered that mainly it was the fact that France was a very left-wing, liberal country and it was based on Jerry's work with muscular dystrophy.

Another Frenchman, this one I read about, was asked the same question. He replied, “Whenever people recognize my accent they ask me, ‘how can you like Jerry Lewis movies?’ I lived this last 30 years in France and I never met any Jerry Lewis fan. If you ask 100 people in the street to name one Jerry Lewis movie, you'd have difficulty getting an answer.”

In an interview with the French weekly rock magazine Inrockuptibles in the early 1970's, film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum writes: “They mentioned in their introduction how weird it was that I preferred Jerry Lewis to Woody Allen.”

Do the French really love and idolize Jerry Lewis and if so- why? This subject is so vast (like Jerry Lewis' career) it is hard to answer the above question in one article, but here goes.

First off, as most of us know (as a rule), American critics look down on and generally disdain Jerry Lewis' movies. Jerry was kind of a "critic-proof" comedian in those days, much like Adam Sandler today, i.e. the critics panned him unmercifully, but the general public still flocked to his films.

Although it is not generally realized, Jerry did usually garner rave reviews from American critics during his days as a comedy partner of Dean Martin (1946-1956). The reviews for Jerry, although not Dean, were generally glowing regarding not only his films, but his TV and live stage appearances.  Interestingly, it was fairly soon after the split with Dean that American critics started savaging Jerry, his movies, and most of his TV appearances, too.

Jerry knew this and would often compare himself to the great comedy team of Laurel and Hardy, saying that critics didn't appreciate Laurel and Hardy during their movie career, but discovered what great artists they were after they had retired from films. But with Jerry, this never happened... in America.

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Microwave Popcorn From Scratch With the King of Random

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Medical experts have long been talking about the possible dangers of microwave popcorn to human health, focusing on the chemicals inside the bags. While it seems that definitive medical evidence has yet to be obtained, it doesn't hurt to go the safer route and make your own. Here Grant Thompson, a/k/a the King of Random, demonstrates how to quickly and easily make your own microwave popcorn at home with natural ingredients.

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The 48-state Road Trip

If you really wanted to see America, you’d travel by car to every contiguous state and hit all the famous landmarks on your way. Michigan State University doctoral student Randy Olson worked out the route, shown above. You can see the full-size map here. Since it is a continuous loop, you can start at the point nearest you.

If you had the road to yourself, it would take 9.33 days of driving, Olson calculates, but in reality you'd need at least 2 to 3 months to make the journey.

The U.S. is a pretty big place, but if you have the time and the gas money, this would fill a great summer. Discovery News has more details and a list of the landmarks along the way. -via mental_floss

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Krispy Kreme Bacon Donut Hot Dog

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The Wilmington Blue Rocks is a minor league baseball team in Wilmington, Delaware. It has devised the perfect means of luring me to its games. This is their invention: a hot dog bun made from a Krispy Kreme donut and filled with bacon and raspberry jelly.

The team is holding a contest to name the new taste of Wilmington. Dan Carson of Bleacher Report suggests "the Groanut":

I suggest “the Groanut,” because one of these bad boys coupled with two Bud heavies equals you on the floor, instantly hungover and wallowing noisily in that hellish no man’s land beneath the stadium seats.

-via First We Feast

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Dark City - A Playground For The Criminally Insane

Dark City by Kharmazero

There's one city so enshrouded in darkness and mystery that it hardly seems to see the light of day, a city that's a breeding ground for both the criminally insane and fanatical vigilantes. The city of Gotham has a long and storied history full of turmoil, violent crime and masked street justice, but those hearty folks who call the city home wouldn't have it any other way. So if you're looking to laugh your head off at some joker's expense, or you're looking for a cool new place to hang with the bats, then come to Gotham- we'll leave the gates to the asylum open for you!

Take a trip to the wrong side of the tracks with this Dark City t-shirt by Kharmazero, and celebrate your favorite fictional city in style!

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It Takes Two Men to Be Fabio

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Second City uploaded a skit from their archives that took place in 1994 at the 78th Second City Mainstage Revue. Look carefully: that’s Steve Carell and his chest hair as Fabio, long before The 40-Year-Old Virgin or The Office. It’s a long way from Fabio to Foxcatcher! Listen carefully: his voice is provided by Stephen Colbert offstage. -via Time Newsfeed

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Man Rolls in Dog Poop to Avoid Getting Arrested, Fails

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It seemed like a foolproof plan. But like many brilliantly conceived capers, it failed anyway. Police in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania found a man walking into a busy street. They talked to him and discovered that he was drunk. They also pointed out that he had stepped in dog poop on the sidewalk.

This is when the suspect developed a cunning plan: if he was covered in dog poop, they police wouldn't be able to arrest him! The Times-Leader reports:

At that point, Franklin allegedly jumped to the ground and started rolling in dog feces. He then allegedly stated that officers could not arrest him because he is “covered in (expletive),” police said.

Franklin was taken into custody, cited and held until sober, police said.

-via AP

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Princess Rap Battle: Cinderella vs. Belle

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Who would win in a throwdown between Cinderella and Belle? They’ve each got plenty to say about each other’s shortcomings, and even more putdowns about their respective princes. Whitney Avalon is Belle, and Sarah Michelle Gellar is Cinderella. Avalon has a series of princess rap battles: previous matchups are Snow White vs. Elsa, Galadriel vs. Leia, and Mrs. Claus vs. Mary Poppins. See them all at her YouTube page. -via Tastefully Offensive

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