When Guardians of the Galaxy was translated into Chinese, they cut some corners. The title of the movie shown in China is now Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team. The insults have been changed to endearments, and other lines just make no sense at all. Some examples:
Each time a character was meant to insult Rocket by calling him “rodent” or “weasel” it was translated into “small raccoon,” a term of endearment.
When Gamora says, “Your ship is filthy,” and Star-Lord responds “She has no idea,” the translation came out to “Your ship stinks” and “No culture is terrible.”
Star-Lord calling Ronan “turd blossom” translated to “big face.”
Gamora’s “I will not succumb to your pelvic sorcery!” became “I will not succumb to your rhetoric sorcery!”
They used to call him Daffy, treating him like a total crackpot and making fun of his speech impediment, but that was before he discovered the duckside and became the star of the show. The duckside gave him force powers beyond toon comprehension- he could drop anvils on his enemies with his mind, create holes in the ground to make a fast getaway, and the helmet kept his face from getting blown off during battle. He was done being seen as a joke, tired of being pushed around by rebellious rabbits, and his first order as duckside warlord was to destroy a certain martian named Marvin...
Bring a touch of the despicable darkside to your geeky wardrobe with this The Duckside t-shirt by Patrol, it's the kind of mashup you'd have to be looney not to like!
This is a white-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus). This primate species lives on the southern tip of Madagascar. They're the lemur equivalent of the people who write graffiti in public restrooms. Usually these lemurs live alone, but they use community latrines. Besides the coventional purpose of a latrine, the lemurs use them to communicate.
Researchers Iris Dröscher and Peter Kappeler spent more than a thousand hours watching these lemurs relieve themselves at these facilities. They determined that the lemurs use the latrines as social networking tools by leaving scent marks directed to not only the entire group, but also specific individuals. From Physorg:
Males visited the latrines more often during nights when an intruder invaded the territory. In addition, the males placed scent marks from their specialized anogenital glands preferentially in latrines. "This indicates that latrine use in this primate species should also be connected to mate defense," says Iris Dröscher, a PhD student at the German Primate Center.
"Scent marks transmit a variety of information such as sexual and individual identity and may function to signal an individual's presence and identity to others," continues Dröscher. "Latrines therefore serve as information exchange centers of individual-specific information."
I'd like to think that somewhere among these latrines, there's a lemur equivalent of Neatorama.
Makeup artist and painter Lucia Pittalis is a chameleon by the virtue of her own talent in makeup application. The way she looks sans makeup disguise is in the photo above. Her incredible transformations from herself to Hollywood and music icons are in the photos below. Can you imagine her lucky children and relatives who get such fantastic makeup jobs for Halloween? The FBI should hire her to aid them in their witness protection program!
This is the neatest thing I've seen all day! Morgan Spence is a 15-year old stop motion animator from Kilbarchan, Scotland. He's loved LEGO since he was a young child. Now he's using it at a highly professional level. This video shows how perfectly he recreates scenes from movies, including Pulp Fiction, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, and Life of Pi.
These beautiful creations are made of moss. Environmentally friendly and without the lasting property damaging nature of painted graffiti, it's a great little addition to ones artistic "bag o' tricks." Keep it moist and it generally thrives (the "moss only grows on north-facing surfaces" thing is a myth). The ingredients necessary to make such a design are listed below. Find detailed instructions at wikihow. -Via Bored Panda
3 cups of moss (washed, clean of soil) 2 cups of buttermilk or 2 cups of yogurt (should be plain yogurt) 2 cups of water or beer 1/2 tsp of sugar corn syrup (optional) a blender (that you probably don’t want to use other than for this)
Mental_floss has launched yet another weekly video series, this one called Misconceptions. It’s about things that need to be put straight. In the inaugural episode, host Eliot Morgan goes over some things you may have learned in school that simply aren’t so. Most of these things were never addressed at my school at all. If you like it, watch for a new episode every Friday. -via mental_floss
Westhaven Funeral Home employees had just taken the deceased inside the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church near Jackson, Mississippi, for the funeral Thursday morning when a funeral director’s car was stolen from the church parking lot.
"Once the funeral director went inside with the body to set up, he jumped in the car and took off," said Nathaniel Ford of Westhaven Funeral Home.
Westhaven officials, gave chase to their stolen car,
"High speed chase, 100 miles and hour," said Ford. "Our funeral directors jumped in the hearse, and tried to catch him and he was driving 90 miles and hour and the car went off and left him. Then Sheriff's department got in pursuit."
In this video, Dr. Kaku discusses modern scientific research on dreams, including what parts of the brain are active and inactive during dream states, the science of lucid dreaming, Freudian theory and more. As it turns out, Freud isn't completely kooky. -Via Science Dump
It was 200 years ago today that a neighborhood in London, England, was flooded by beer. The Meux and Company Brewery had several large brewing vats on the roof. The largest was a 22-foot-high vat to brew porter. It held 511,920 liters of beer, or enough to fill 20,000 barrels. On October 17, 1814, after fermenting for months, one of the metal hoops holding the porter vat together gave way, and the beer exploded out, causing the surrounding vats to fail as well.
A total of 1,224,000 litres of beer under pressure smashed through the twenty-five foot high brick wall of the building, and gushed out into the surrounding area - the slum of St Giles. Many people lived in crowded conditions here, and some were caught by the waves of beer completely unaware. The torrent flooded through houses, demolishing two in its wake, and the nearby Tavistock Arms pub in Great Russell Street suffered too, its 14-year-old barmaid Eleanor Cooper buried under the rubble. The Times reported on 19 October of the flood:
The bursting of the brew-house walls, and the fall of heavy timber, materially contributed to aggravate the mischief, by forcing the roofs and walls of the adjoining houses.
Fearful that all the beer should go to waste, though, hundreds of people ran outside carrying pots, pans, and kettles to scoop it up - while some simply stooped low and lapped at the liquid washing through the streets. However, the tide was too strong for many, and as injured people began arriving at the nearby Middlesex Hospital there was almost a riot as other patients demanded to know why they weren't being supplied with beer too - they could smell it on the flood survivors, and were insistent that they were missing out on a party! Calm was quickly restored at the hospital, but out in the streets was a different matter.
At least eight people died from the flood: some drowned, other died of injuries, and one supposedly died several days later of alcohol poisoning, although that story may be apocryphal. Read the rest of the story at h2g2. -via Fark
Sometimes, you just find something online that reminds you how good you actually have it. It can be a picture of someone going through something terrible, or it can be a video that hits you right in the feels. But in this case, it was something as simple as someone sending me a pic in my email, and BAM, I loved my life again. Why? Because I knew I would never need the book seen above. Microwave For One by Sonia Allison. Yes, it is real, and judging from the price, perhaps a bit of a collector's item.
But let's take a moment for the true sadness of the concept behind this book to sink in. There, do you feel that? Just the thought that this book needed to be written hints at some very lonely lives (filled with unpleasant food). It really is "forever alone", the cook book.
So think about this book next time you are lonely or having a bad day and you just might realize, it could be a lot worse. You could have written Microwave For One.
Tony Dighera of Cinagro Farms devoted four years to perfecting his crop of Frankenstein pumpkins. They’re not cobbled together from different individuals like Frankenstein’s monster, but pumpkins grown in molds that have the shape of the monster’s head. Now that’s a fancy jack-o-lantern right there! This year, Dighera brought in a crop of 5500 pumpkins, and sold every one of them at $75 each. Next year, there will be a bigger crop, plus white pumpkins shaped like skulls. Yeah, you’ve seen molded fruit before, but I can tell you from experience, it’s not easy to get them to come out consistently right. See more pictures at Geekologie.
The Paperman was an award winning short film for Disney, which put their short films back on the map a few years ago. The shorts are usually produced by people who work for Disney, but not the main crew that are working on the film the short precedes. The Paperman was a stunning piece of work, and it looks like Disney's next short, Feast, will be no less amazing. It features an adorable hungry dog, and that is about all we know right now.
Also, please note, the cell-shaded animation style is visually stunning, and it is awesome to see Disney stepping outside of their bubble and trying new things.
Keep your eyes peeled for Feast when Big Hero 6 is released on the 6th of November.
I can openly admit, I was not a fan of Jubilee when she first appeared in X-men comics in 1989. She was a teenage girl who could shoot fireworks. You wouldn't think she would be a big contender to join the X-Men, but fans realized over time, she was there to inject some youthful, pop culture energy into the band of aging mutants.
So as lame as I initially thought she was, I was very happy to see WatchMojo had thrown together this short and sweet little origin story for the short and sweet little X-Men.
Have you ever noticed that the models in the J. Crew catalog look drunk? I haven’t either, as I don’t shop for clothing until I have no choice. But someone noticed, and with a few captions that had to come from first-hand experience, created the blog Drunk J. Crew. The blog is only a couple of days old, but I can see it growing because there’s got to be a lot of raw material available. -via Uproxx
One of my favorite places to visit is Manhattan. I'd live there if I could afford to live in a place in which I'd be comfortable. It's safe to say that this $93 million dollar Park Avenue penthouse fits the bill. At 1,396 feet high, the building is the tallest residential structure in the Western hemisphere. The penthouse offers sweeping views of the city from all sides. Building amenities include a private restaurant with outdoor terrace, a swimming pool and spa, a screening room and theatre, climate-controlled wine cellars, a children’s playroom and a board room. Plus, as you can see from these photos, you can bathe, make meals and lie in bed while gazing at the top of the Empire State. Or gazing at any number of tall, iconic buildings that stand in NYC.
Kai Halvorsen loves his dog Igor. But when the family planned a trip to Thailand, they couldn’t take Igor along. He had to stay in a kennel. Kai decided he had to do something to make Igor’s time there a little better, since the dog had never been away from the home or the family overnight. You’ll love what they came up with… I sure did. It wouldn’t have happened if the stunt weren’t sponsored by a paint and tool company, which resulted in a great ad, but it’s an adorable idea for a much loved pet. -via Tastefully Offensive
REM frontman Michael Stipe is now concentrating on art; specifically he's working as a professor in the Steinhardt Department of art at New York University. Stipe, an art student at the University of Georgia before dropping out to tour with REM in its infancy, maintains that he never stopped creating art between then and now. His projects over the years have included photography and design for REM album covers, lighting and stage design of their live shows, and directing music videos.
See a video of Stipe's work and read more about his teaching methods and lesson plan here.
When you're joined at the waist with your brother the best thing you can do is learn to live with him, but that's easier said than done when you're a cat and your other half is a dog! Life can throw you for a loop sometimes, but when you figure out how to make the best of your strange situation you might learn to love having a canine on your (back)side. And if the two of you can figure out how to coexist peacefully you'll become the ultimate multi-pet!
Show your love of classic cartoon critters with this Best Friends t-shirt by BarmalisiRTB, and watch your fellow nicktoon fans light up when they see this fun shirt!
While I love playing Mario games, particularly the old-school, I've never stopped to consider what Mario can't do that I take for granted. Turns out, Mario can't function, poor thing. At least I was amused as I learned the cold, hard Verità di Mario. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Cubicles are one of the worst things about the modern office. At Neatorama, we deal with this by sitting around a campfire all day and all night. Sure it gets pretty smoky inside, but at least we have a good community feel and John roasts up a mean s'more.
Unfortunately, not everyone can have a campfire in the office, but these cool cubicles by MFRMGR are the next best thing -providing employees privacy and comfort all while allowing for interaction in the windows. Each cubicle is equipped with carpet, shelves and a closet to really help the workers feel comfortable in their own private space.
Chicken and waffles are a staple of American soul food. They belong together just as nature intended. Usually they are not made into a classic dessert. Graham Blackhall, a chef in New Orleans, has now changed that.
Blackhall’s chicken and waffles cake uses a vanilla buttermilk cake as a base. It’s topped with a maple syrup buttercream and a spicy sage caramel. Then it’s decorated with chicken nuggets and Belgian waffles.
This is a great start. To go further, I suggest placing chicken nuggets between the cake layers.
Your cat leads a stressful life, what with all the work he does around the house. Doug Savage of Savage Chickens urges you to help him relax while he’s on vacation. You might want to try that recording, too.
The magician is famous for his thrilling escapes. But the feat he should be known for is breaking into a seance.
On July 23, 1924, Boston was suffering from a brutal heat wave. The evening temperature hovered in the high 80s when the famed magician Harry Houdini trudged up to the fourth floor séance room at 10 Lime Street. With him were O.D. Munn, editor of Scientific American, and an esteemed panel of scientists. They had come to witness the psychic feats of the nation’s most credible spirit medium, a pretty 36-year-old flapper with blue eyes and a bob.
Her name was Mina Crandon. Followers called her “Margery”; detractors knew her as the Blonde Witch of Lime Street. And she was renowned for conjuring the voice of her dead brother, Walter, whose spirit rapped out messages, tipped tables, and even sounded trumpets. Even by ghost standards, Walter was unfriendly, answering questions and quoting scripture in a gruff disembodied voice. Margery, by contrast, was charming and attractive—at least when she wasn’t showing off her most convincing psychic talent: extruding a slithery, viscous substance called “ectoplasm” from her orifices. Photos show this otherworldly substance flowing from her nose and ears, but mostly it emerged from beneath a sheer kimono like a string of entrails—an “ectomorphic hand” that Walter used to carry out his commands.
Today we remember the era’s jazz, speakeasies, and glitz, but the ’20s were also the zenith of America’s obsession with the spirit world. Reeling from losing an estimated 15 million people in the Great War and 21 million more to the Spanish-flu pandemic, people were searching for ways to connect with the dead. Spirit guides emerged to help the bereaved, usually for hefty fees. And as reputable magazines and newspapers increased their coverage of paranormal phenomena, mediums became rock stars. Margery herself had become a messiah to hundreds of thousands of Americans.
In the summer of 1924, Margery occupied the red-hot center in the raging national debate over Spiritualism, an 80-year-old religious movement that centered around the possibility of communicating with the dead. The most famous of its 14 million believers was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and a man of impeccable reputation. Witnessing a séance in his London home, he became convinced of Margery’s supernatural powers. Her refusal to be compensated for her miracles only added to her credibility. It wasn’t long before Doyle had recommended her to the editors of Scientific American, which was offering a $2,500 prize to the first medium who could verifiably demonstrate to its six-man investigative committee a “visual psychic manifestation.”
This was no fly-by-night group of spook hunters. Scientific American’s J. Malcolm Bird chaired the committee, which included psychologist William McDougall of Harvard, former MIT physicist Daniel Comstock, and two members of the Society of Psychical Research, Hereward Carrington and Walter Prince. Bird and Carrington had already examined Margery more than 20 times and were ready to hand over the money. The New York Times reported the development with a straight face: "'Margery' Passes All Psychic Tests Scientists Find No Trickery in Scores of Séances with Boston Medium."
This little number shown above is The Isolator, a brainchild of one Hugo Gernsback, who is now often referred to as a pioneer of science fiction. The device, advertised in a 1925 issue of Science and Invention magazine (of which Gemsback was the editor), was intended to help a writer (or reader) focus completely on their task at hand. Or rather, to hyperfocus. The slit in the mask only allowed for one line of text to be seen at a time. If that wasn't enough to disorient and produce tunnel vision, sound was blocked and oxygen piped in via the tank.
As one who writes for a number of outlets as well as for myself, I think the act of being in a room with a computer and few distractions for as long as it takes to see a project to completion is quite enough isolation as it is, thanksverymuchhugo.
The 41 other strange, often hilarious contraptions featured in this article were marketed to people of the past as the latest products to revolutionize their lives. Before there were infomercials in the pre-dawn hours, these ads lurked in newspapers and magazines, their sponsors hoping the public would embrace them like apple pie. Fortunately for us, none of the products shown here survived the quasi-Darwinian cut of devices to persevere. -Image Source
Skiing at night in LED-suits makes for a beautiful film sequence. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it sure is pretty. I watched and hoped that the skiers could see as far ahead as they needed to. This video is part of the longer film Afterglow, made to promote Philips TV. It wasn’t easy to pull off, according to director Nick Waggoner.
The technical production of the segment involved a MASSIVE amount of energy, 5 weeks of filming, 9,000 lbs of equipment, operating 70 miles from a road at times, in temperatures as cold as -15 in the deepest snow on earth.
It was definitely a logistical nightmare, but one tamed by our 14 person crew to produce what you see here. From Zac Ramras and Max Santeusanio working on the details of production to controlling the camera on the aerial cinematography, all the way to our lighting team, it was a disgustingly big effort. We [pored] over crazy lens diagrams for lights, read over their photometric charts and electrical currents for months, and finally came up with a system that involved 8 main lights, 8 generators, 16-20 light stands, miles of extension chords, colored filters, and a heap more of support equipment.
We topped that off with an optacopter carrying the weight of a Red Epic Camera slung on a Movi Stabilization system. If it sounds high-tech, that’s because it is.
Christine Sutton doesn't have to worry about conforming to biker etiquette by waving to other bikers as they pass, because her bulldog Sweets has that handled. Bad to the bone! -Via Tastefully Offensive
When those busters were busy battling a giant sized marshmallow man they overlooked one secret weapon they had in their arsenal- Slimer! That little green ghost with the huge appetite would have made short work of a marshmallow man, especially if he had lots of graham crackers and chocolate on hand. The marshmallow man may have been one tough pile of fluff to take down, but imagine how hard it would be to stop Slimer when he has a full blown case of the munchies!
Share your love of delicious treats, and delightful movies, with this Sweet Iron t-shirt by Valdivia/Illustrations, and show the world you ain't afraid of no ghosts!