Forget Velociraptors! Chris Pratt Met the Challenge of His Life: Training Little Kids!

Remember that Chris Pratt raptor training pose? Turns out, wrangling velociraptors was just preparation for something much more challenging: training human children.


Chris Pratt's Jurassic World raptor training pose

Redditor chrysias posted this image of Jurassic World actor Chris Pratt at Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rogue, Louisiana, taming entertaining the kids and their families.

Just to underscore how dangerous little children could be, does anyone know where Chris Pratt is now? He hasn't been heard from since ...

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Father's Days

The Telegraph political cartoonist Bob Moran tells the story of how he became a father for the first time. It wasn’t anything at all like he expected, and illustrating it in pictures helped him come to grips with the experience. Fathers are supposed to be heroes, right? But life doesn't always follow the script.

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But heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and you find them everywhere. You might want to have a hankie ready when you watch his Fathers Day tale. -via Metafilter

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What if NFL Logos Were Canadian?

The Minnesota Vikings

The New Orleans Saints

The Arizona Cardinals

After a recent visit to the frozen lands north of the Wall, Uproxx contributor Drawplaydave contemplated what it would be like of Canada had American football. Specifically, if it had America's teams. He illustrated 33 football team logos with Canadian themes and stereotypes. You can view them all here.

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These Guys Were Born To Be Dads

Most kids see their dads as heroes- larger-than-life figures who fix problems, fight the monsters in the dark and make their kids feel safe and secure when they tuck them in at night.

Some dads have a hard time adjusting to fatherly responsibility, but the guys in this collection of 19 Heroic Fathers Totally Nailing The Whole Parenting Thing were seemingly born to be papas.

They don’t let fatherhood get in the way of the most important things in life, like gaming and napping, and yet their kids don't feel deprived. They're just happy to be spending time with daddy. Happy Father's Day!

See 19 Heroic Fathers Totally Nailing The Whole Parenting Thing here

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Wonderful Animations of Four Charles Bukowski Poems


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Four of everyman author/poet Charles Bukowski's typically coarse and captivating poems are adapted to animated short form in this collection. The piece above, "Laughing Heart" read by Tom Waits, is profound. This is a message about finding light in life from someone who was well acquainted with its dark pitfalls and was often challenged in doing so. Contains NSFW language. 

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This is What Happens When a Lawmaker Tries to Ban Memes

Shouldn't we all know how the Interwebs work by now? Apparently not this lawmaker in Mexico!

Congresswoman Selma Guadalupe Gomez wanted to protect the "moral patrimony" of the Mexican state of Sonora by banning Internet memes and regulating social media content. She recently introduced a bill, titled "Law of Civil Responsibility for the Protection of the Right to Private Life, Honor and the Image of the State of Sonora" or more popularly known as the "anti-meme" law, calls for fines up to $1,600.

Needless to say, the Internet responded by turning the congresswoman into a meme. Twitter exploded with memes tagged #ladymeme and #NoMemes, a word play on "No Mames," a Mexican slang roughly meaning "you're kidding."

All we got to say is, well, that escalated quickly.


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Pouring Seven Different Molten Metals into Water


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In this footage, the man who goes by the YouTube handle TheBackyardScientist pours seven different varieties of molten metal into water. Viewers are presented with a visual of molten pewter, tin, bismuth, lead, zinc, aluminum and thermite — chosen in part for their spread in melting points — being poured into an aquarium filled with H20. The debate about the pronunciation of aluminum notwithstanding, the video is fairly fun to watch. -Via Laughing Squid


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University of Cambridge Is Hiring a Professor of Lego

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Since the 1200s, the University of Cambridge in the UK has been one of the greatest centers for learning and scholarly research in the world. So it's no surprise that the revered institution is now hiring a professor of Lego.

The Lego Foundation donated £1.5 million ($2.3 million USD) to the university to build a center dedicated to research in "play in education, development, and learning." The open professorial position will lead the institute. CNN reports:

Candidates for the role will likely need to be passionate about playing with colorful plastic bricks and enthusiastic about early childhood education.

The Lego Foundation has been collaborating with Cambridge in the last decade on research related to children's play. It also has ties with MIT in the U.S. and the Tsinghua University in China.

The foundation is known for its philanthropic and research work related to childhood education and play. It is financed by the Lego Group, which manufactures and sells the popular toy bricks.

-via College Insurrection


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Cowardly Dogs - Ruff Riders


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Courage and Scooby have seen a lot of dark and scary things over the years, in fact, they've seen so many horrifying things that they can hardly sleep a wink. And yet they continue to go out with their humans and solve supernatural mysteries, all for a snack or an extra stacked sandwich. What is it about food that makes a cowardly dog become the heartiest hound in the 'hood?

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LEGO Jurassic World: Little Arms, Big Feet

LEGO Jurassic World is a series of animated vignettes from Brotherhood Workshop. In this episode, T. rex wants to join in the fun when the velociraptors are playing catch. There’s just one problem -those tiny, useless little arms.

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And now you know how that game was invented. It goes much further back than previously thought! -via Geeks Are Sexy


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139 Movie Sequels Currently in the Works

Blade Runner | Image: Warner Bros.

Often it appears as if mainstream Hollywood filmmakers are out of fresh ideas. Between all of the reboots, comics brought to life, sequels and other new presentations of largely unoriginal content, one has cause to wonder. While the subject has been prior cause for debate, there are always new takes on the not-so-new premise pool in film. Care to opine? Before you do, take a look at this list of 139 movie sequels currently in the works and see if it feeds your thought process. 


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Earth's Sixth Great Mass Extinction Event is Upon Us


Great Vocab Didn't Save The Thesaurus From Extinction

"We are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event."

That line belongs in a sci-fi movie, but it was actually said by Gerardo Ceballos to the BBC, now a scientist at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. "If it is allowed to continue, life would take many millions of years to recover and our species itself would likely disappear early on," he added.


Species extinction over the past centuries

Ceballos and colleagues from Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, have just published a paper that showed the current extinction rate of vertebrates is more than 100 times greater than normal. Since 1900, there are more than 400 vertebrate species that went extinct.

The study laid the blame on modern human activities, including deforestation, introduction of invasive species, pollution, and, you guessed it, climate change.

"There are examples of species all over the world that are essentially the walking dead," added Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University. As species disappear, so goes their benefits to the ecosystem such as crop pollination by honeybees and water purifications in the wetlands. At the current rate of loss, we could lose biodiversity within just three generations. "We are sawing off the limb that we are sitting on," added Ehrlich.


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This Dog Loves the Waterslide!

Milo the Labrador Retriever has discovered the summer joy of watersliding. Whoosh! It's so much fun that after he reaches the bottom, he immediately runs up the stairs to do it again--pushing children out of the way so that he can get to the top faster!


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Cat Wins Hero Dog Award

Now this is different! For the first time in 33 years, a cat has been given the "Hero Dog" award by a Los Angeles animal shelter. And wait till you hear what she did to win the award: she attacked a dog.

Last year, Tara the cat saw her owner, 6-year-old autistic boy named Jeremy Triantafilo, got attacked by a neighbor's dog. Tara body-slammed the dog and chased it away. The incident was caught on Triantafilo's home security video, which Miss C posted on Neatorama.

"We were so impressed by Tara's bravery and fast action that the selection committee decided that a cat this spectacular should be the National Hero Dog," said Madeline Bernstein, president of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Los Angeles, to WPVI.

As you'd expect, the word "Dog" on the trophy was scratched out and replaced with "Cat."

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“Kids, You Tried Your Best and You Failed Miserably. The Lesson Is Never Try”: Parenting Advice from Homer Simpson

Since 1987, Homer Simpson has been one of the most prolific images of fatherhood in American pop culture. He's a very . . . well, he's a dad. And we see that a lot during the show. He frequently bestows his wisdom to his children, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie. For Father's Day, Debby Witt rounded up Homer's best explanations of parenting and adult life, such as these:

“No, no, no, Lisa. If adults don’t like their jobs, they don’t go on strike. They just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American Way.”

“Marge, don’t discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel.”

“The key to parenting is don’t overthink it. Because overthinking leads to … what were talking about?”


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30 Years After the Goonies: Where Are They Now?

It's hard to believe (especially if you grew up in the 80s), but the Goonies is turning 30 this year. In celebration of this monumental occassion, Flavorwire has rounded up a great "where are they now" list featuring the current status of all the main actors in the films.

A fan favorite, Sloth, isn't around any more. In fact, the ex-football player died at only 38 from an accidental overdose. Don't worry though, most of the stories aren't so sad, but actually pretty cool.


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A Sidewalk Sign for Sidewalk Signs

How do you sell signs? With a sign! Everyone who took advantage of this offer already knew how effective the signs are. After all, it worked on them! The price may seem a bit high, but it includes custom sign printing, and you’ll end up with a weather resistant sign your business can use for years. I'm not really endorsing this particular sign sale, but several sign professionals at reddit gave details. You might find the same thing for less money, but not a lot less. -via Boing Boing

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Why is This 1850s Marble Statue Sculpture Shows a Girl Looking at Her Smartphone?


Photo: Gail Worley / Worleygig

Actually, she's not ... but it's amazing how our modern brain interprets that situation, right?

Gail Worley of the awesome blog Worleygig (seriously, check it out) went to The Met and saw this 1855 marble statue "Indian Girl, or The Dawn of Christianity," by Erasmus Dow Palmer. Like many of us, she immediately thought "doesn't it look like she's checking her Instagram feed or catching up on Tweets?"

It turns out that the object that the Indian Girl was looking at is a crucifix, not a smart phone. Could've fooled us, though.

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Building a Home with His Bare Hands

When the apocalypse comes, this is the guy you want to be friends with. He starts out by making himself an axe out of a stone. Then he builds a complete wattle and daub hut from just the materials around him in Queensland, Australia. When you think he’s finished, he comes up with more amazing survival skills to improve upon it. Without a word, he makes it easy to follow each step.

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From the video description:

I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving a roof angle of 45 degrees. A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut. The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging and clay pots to carry water. The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing. Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material. An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside. The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather.

He says in the comments that he put in about a month’s work on this, although the video covers nine months of time, since he had other things to do and didn’t work on it every day. By the time the video was finished, I wouldn’t have been surprised if you told me he fashioned the camera out of found materials. He has other videos under the account Primitive Technology that goes into detail about some of his skills. -via reddit


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I AM THE NIGHT! - Where's A Red Robin When You Need One...


I AM THE NIGHT! by Skullpy

He isn't a bat, just a bit batty. His behavior doesn't make him seem like much of a man, more like a pool of bad jokes and silliness. But when it's time for bullets to start flying and things to start dying Wade is the man you're looking for. He'd be the perfect candidate to take over The Bat's job should that dark knight ever arrive, but Gotham doesn't have one restaurant that serves Mexican food, and without chimichangas or tacos Mr. Wilson can't get no work done...

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This Building Looks Like a Drill Bit

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This will happen to you if the chuck on your drill isn't tight. Your bit will remain stuck in the material you were trying to bore through.

This photo shows the recently completed United Tower, a 50-storey structure on the coast of Bahrain. It will soon house a 5-star hotel, among other businesses, in a wealthy area of that Gulf state. The external structure rests on an octagonal base and creates the impression that it rotates counterclockwise a full 360º.

-via Amusing Planet

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The Latest Weird Thing About Starfish

How hard is it to tag starfish? The modern technique is to implant a microchip, like a veterinarian implants under a pet’s skin. In fact, the procedure for implanting chips in starfish wasn’t all that difficult for Frederik Ekholm, Gaardsted Christensen, and Trine Bottos Olsen of the University of Southern Denmark. But keeping them tagged turned out to be a problem.

Starfish came to the university from local fishers who had caught them by accident. The students injected the tags into the animals as directed. But within days, those same tags showed up at the bottom of the tank. Somehow, the starfish were expelling the foreign objects from their bodies.

When the students witnessed the act, it was a little like a magic trick—one moment a magician’s hand is empty, and the next she’s holding a bird. The starfish pushed the tags out the ends of their arms, straight through the skin.

To find out more, the students and professor Daniel Levitis set up some experiments. First they injected tags into 53 starfish and scanned them each day to see how many of the tags were still there.  In less than 3 weeks, all the tags were gone.

Well, this is what science is like. Your original research idea hits a snag, and now you have something completely different to investigate. They used magnets. They used ultrasound. And they found out that starfish have a magical power to get rid of foreign objects in their bodies. Read about the research at Discover magazine. The conclusion: starfish are weird. -via Metafilter

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Hex Keys Optical Illusion

What do these organized hex keys look like to you? They look like floating stairs made out of staples to me!

When imgurian megsut121 organized some hex keys (or Allen key, if you must) at work, two questions immediate came to mind: First, who in the world would have that many hex keys. And second, do they point up or down?

Take a look at the larger pic - there's something strangely satisfying going on here.

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This Gadget Is Designed to Help You Sleep on a Plane

This is the Hypnap Body Rest. It's a device designed to allow airline passengers to sleep while crammed into tiny, uncomfortable seats. Clamp it over the folding table, then lean forward. The cushions on the face and chest boards provide support without inhibiting breathing. You can also use a smartphone because the face hole doesn't cover your eyes.

Do you think that it would help you sleep while flying?

-via David Thompson


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Stop Playing Games and Pet Me!

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Alexander Fredriksen enjoys relaxing at home and watching TV or playing video games. But his cat Nala (previously at Neatorama) sees him lying on the couch as an opportunity for some snuggles. Lots of snuggles and scratches! Cats are creatures of habit, and Nala is not giving up until she gets what she wants. See more of Nala at Instagram. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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The Best Dad Quotes on Twitter

Jimmy Fallon, the host of The Tonight Show, asked fans to tweet out their favorite lines by their fathers using the hashtag #DadQuotes. Fallon's staff rounded up the best for the show, including these gems.

I've been a father for only 6 years. I hope to become more like these guys as I get older, especially Steve Daly's dad.

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Crikey! Artist Turns Pothole into Crocodile Pond

A month ago, a water pipe burst and damaged a street in Bangalore, India. Frustrated that the authorities did nothing to fix the 12-foot-wide pothole, artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy decided to take matters into his own hands: he created a life-size 9-foot-long crocodile out of fiber glass and turn the pothole into a crocodile pond!

Nanjundaswamy's stunt worked: the authorities quickly covered up that pothole after his crocodile pic went viral on social media.

Here's what the pothole looked like before the crocodile:

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Little Girl Has the Best Reaction to Acrobatic Plane Tricks


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Leá, a little girl in Quebec, went on her first airplane ride. Her father is a skilled pilot with a small plane, so he took her on loops and spins. Little Leá thinks of it as the best thing ever! She laughs and giggles her way through the flight, shouting "Again, again!" with each stunt.

-via American Digest

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Urban Explorer Discovers Sad Remains Of Soviet Space Shuttle Program

The Soviet Buran space shuttle program came to a grinding halt when the Iron Curtain fell in the early 90s, and as a new era of Russian freedom began another era came to a close.

The Buran came to represent the Soviet space program in many ways- it only managed to go on one automated orbital flight, more money was put into the ship's aesthetics than the actual functionality, and it was once considered extremely important but is now mothballed.

Photographer and urban explorer Ralph Mirebs went inside one of these mothballed space program buildings, a hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and took some still life shots of the poor Buran shuttles left to rot.

There's a sense of sadness in his photos, a melancholy feeling over missed opportunities and the space tech that ran out of time.

-Via Gizmodo


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Chinese Fire Drill Is Incredibly Intense

(Photos: Xinhua/Fan Jun)

In the United States, school fire drills are so universal that there's almost no need for training: when the alarm sounds, file out of the building, assemble in an open area, then wait for the fire department to investigate.

At this school in China, the process is very different. Students at the Nanhu Vocational School in Hongkou District, Shanghai, perform fire drills with real fire. They hold cloths over their faces and run through a fiery gauntlet representing a burning school hallway. Once they've escaped the fire, students are expected to pick up fire extinguishers and return to the scene to put it out.

-via Oddity Central


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