DP Demolition - You'll Marvel At His Ability To Make A Mess!


DP Demolition by Kinda Creative

Deadpool found an easy way to get out of the merc game in one piece- he bought a crane and massive wrecking ball and began tearing down any buildings he felt were blocking his view of the city. DP Demolition wasn't created to make money, although it did keep him knee deep in chimichangas, it was created so he could take down his enemies once and for all- by tearing down their homes and businesses. It was a real smash hit with the superhero set, until some stuffy prig in an iron suit started talking lawsuits and spouting rhetoric like "supervillains are people too..." Seriously, Stark? We've all seen you take tequila shots out of a bimbo's bellybutton, but now you're all about decency, eh?!

Knock your fellow Deadpool fans out cold with this DP Demolition t-shirt by Kinda Creative, it's a smashing way to celebrate everyone's favorite merc with a mouth!

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Think Your Cat Is Lazy? Look At All The Jobs They Do For You!

The feline pet population has it way too easy- they're asked to do nothing more than catch mice, eat on the floor, poop in a box and allow humans to dote on them, which is why all the working dogs are so jealous.

But this video by Sho Ko seems to indicate that our cats are actually overworked, and with all they do in a day it's a wonder they have time to squeeze in sixteen hours of sleep!

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Rainbow Grilled Cheese

Rainbow grilled cheese? That just seems like something you wouldn’t want to try. Rainbow foods are usually sweet, or at least that’s what the brain tells you. But this is from Hong Kong, so who knows? The description doesn’t sound too bad:

Sold by Hong Kong’s Kala Toast, the sandwiches cost 42 HKD (around $5 USD). And that cheese you see isn’t just colored — it’s also flavored. The blue is lavender, green is basil and red is tomato; the yellow is actually a combination of gruyere, emmental, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese.

See more pictures of this odd sandwich at Uproxx.

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Out: The Czech Republic. In: Czechia.

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At the end of World War I, the Czech and Slovak regions of the Austo-Hungarian Empire formed the state of Czechoslovakia. When the pair split in 1993, the Czech state became known in English as the Czech Republic.

It's a bit awkward. Officially, France is the French Republic, but we just call it France. Couldn't we call the Czech Republic something similarly short? Perhaps. The Czech government is considering adopting "Czechia" as its official short form name. The Washington Post reports:

Finding a short-form name for the Czech Republic had proved difficult, however. In the Czech Republic itself, the short name “Cesko” is used. That name is said to date to the 18th century, although it came to official use only in the 20th century. Even today, it isn’t fully accepted: According to the Economist, former Czech president Vaclav Havel once said that the word made his “flesh creep.” Some suggested that the name was a reminder of the country’s split from Slovakia, though others said it just sounds nasty: The word is “short and harsh sounding,” one Czech cartographer told Radio Prague in 2004. […]

In recent years, a movement to finally confirm Czechia as the official short name has gathered pace. President Milos Zeman became a powerful ally of the new short name when he applauded its use during a 2013 state visit to Israel. “I use Czechia because it sounds nicer and it’s shorter than the cold Czech Republic,” Zeman told Shimon Peres, then the president of Israel.

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Ten of the Most Memorable Clowns in Movies

The world has finally gotten around to admitting that clowns are pretty much horrible. For centuries, we just pretended otherwise, not knowing that other people felt the same way. But now clowns are a fairly common horror trope, and there have been plenty of movies with clowns as the scary part. I posted a picture of the first one you’d probably think of.

Pennywise is the scariest clown ever, and he’s the first that came to mind when I decided to create this list. In the TV miniseries It (which I think we can count as a movie), Pennywise the Dancing Clown was played by the very creepy Tim Curry. The clown is just one of “Its” forms, complete with long claws and fangs. Truly terrifying for children.

But there are plenty of other clowns in movies you might have forgotten, but you’ll be reminded by this extensive list at TVOM.


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Reporter Rescues Man from Sinking Car on Live TV

It's raining very heavily in Houston, Texas, today. Even though many schools and businesses have closed and electricity gone out in homes, some people are still venturing out.

Steve Champion, a reporter with KTRK News, was giving a live report this morning about a flooded road when one man drove his car straight into deep water. It bobbed away with the current and began to sink. The confused driver was unsure of what to do. In this video, Champion urges him to abandon the car and swim to safety. Champion wades out into the water to help pull him to drier land.

It's a good thing that the driver got out of the car. By the end of the video, the car is completely submerged.

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"Don't Touch My Grandma!" Toddler Protects Grandmother from Police


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A mysterious video from somewhere in China shows police attempting to shut down an illegal street vendor. The owner's grandson picks up a steel pipe and brandishes it against the cops, yelling "Don't touch my grandma! Go away, don't touch my grandma!" (auto-start video). Go get 'em, kid!

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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The Capital of Canada

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS. This kid will make an adequate politician someday, or a comedian. Yeah, it could well be fake, but it’s still funny. This bonus test question appeared on imgur under the title “This is why I teach.” Incidentally, this is the correct answer. -via Peter Lindelauf


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What Happens When Twins Use a Face Swapping App?


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It looks like these indentical twin brothers are just looking into a camera. But the app is active and is swapping their faces back and forth. Can you identify the moment when their faces switch? You'll have to look carefully.

-via Laughing Squid


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10 Disgusting Animal Defense Mechanisms

You always hear about the beauty and majesty of nature, but it's not always pretty. Sometimes nature is just plain icky. Here are some of the grossest ways animals protect themselves from predators.

1. Turkey Vultures

Image: Kevin Cole [Wikipedia]

Generally speaking, vomit may be gross, but it's not much of a defensive mechanism. That is, unless we're talking about the turkey vulture. These birds gorge themselves so much that if they have just eaten, they can no longer fly. That's why vomiting is one of their best lines of defense -it not only disgusts a potential predator with the foul-smelling, acidic substance but it also allows the vulture the chance to move way faster and possibly even fly. In fact, the regurgitation is so gross that the vulture will sometimes vomit right in the eyes of its enemies, which causes a horrible stinging sensation. Oddly, bald eagles will happily eat the regurgitated mess because apparently they would rather eat rotting meat covered in stinky stomach acid than hunt for themselves.

Sources: Wikipedia, Nature Mapping Foundation, How Stuff Works and Beauty of Birds

2. Fulmars

Image: Siman Wagen [Wikipedia]

Another bird that has mastered the art of defensive vomiting is the fulmar. The innocent-looking birds have a nasty talent -the ability to projectile vomit a foul-smelling, oily secretion on anyone that threatens them. They can even spray the junk up to ten feet. The orange oil not only smells like rotten fish, but also will not come off and even sticks to the feathers of other birds, making them unable to fly or swim so they either end up falling to their death or diving into the water only to drown. As you might imagine, the fulmar itself is immune to the sticky oil globbing up its feathers and in fact, it actually uses the secretion as a high-energy food source for both the young and adults.

Sources: Wikipedia and FMSA

3. Hagfishes

Image: kinskarije [Flickr]

Hagfish aren't just ugly fish with an appropriately ugly name, they also have one of the most unique defense abilities in the world -the ability to ooze massive amounts of slime. This might not seem like a super helpful defense, but the goo makes it difficult for predators to grip the hagfish and it can also smother their gills, suffocating underwater predators. The slime is so thick that the hagfish themselves sometimes die if they cannot squeeze off the excess slop fast enough -which they do by tying themselves in knots. A typical fish can emit up to 5.25 gallons of the sticky glop.

Sources: Wired, Wikipedia and Sea and Sky

4. Hairy Frogs

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Eats Like a Duck

Over 27 seasons on TV, there’s been a lot of food featured on the TV show The Simpsons. Eats Like a Duck chronicles those foods one at a time, with references to the episode it appeared in and recipes. For example, in the episode “Homerpalooza” (season 7), Homer tries to sneak homemade Kahlua into a concert. Yes, that’s a bad idea, but this is Homer we’re talking about. Still, homemade Kailua can be a great thing used in the proper context.



Other recipes include Bart’s Grilled Twizzlers, A Cool Glass of Turnip Juice, Blandoori, Clove Tom Collins Pie, and of course, The Flaming Homer. -via Metafilter

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The Adventures Of Rey - She's Always Running Into Trouble...


The Adventures Of Rey by Alberto83aj

We caught up with Rey in the Force Awakens at a point in her life where she'd already gone on many incredible adventures across Jakku, so wouldn't it be interesting to see what her life had been like before BB-8 brought intergalactic war to her doorstep? There was probably lots of intrigue, a few moments where the audience felt certain Rey would die, and many battles with various kinds of scum from across the galaxy. But above it all Rey the star would rise, using her force gifts to overcome any obstacle and close another chapter in the life of a scavenger turned force sensitive Jedi in training...

Get geared up for a romp around the galaxy with this The Adventures Of Rey t-shirt by Alberto83aj, it's a great design that proves Tintin ain't got nothin' on Rey!

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How Batman Has (Literally) Grown over Time

How tall and short has Batman been? The shortest is, surprisingly, not Michael Keaton from the 1989 movie. It was LEGO Batman--if he counts. This chart and article by The Economist describes how directors have compensated for the actors' varying heights and weights:

Mr Keaton was the most diminutive of the actors to play Batman, weighing just 159 lbs and reaching only 5”10. To compensate, the slight superhero was shot in narrow doorways (giving the illusion of breadth) or near to the camera, and other characters constantly referred to a “six-foot bat”. George Clooney was also a little short for the role, but appeared bulky and imposing in the ill-fated “Batman and Robin” (1997). He never shared screen-time with the “super soldier” Bane, and only fought the hilarious Mr Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) hand-to-hand at the film’s climax.

Later Batmen did not require such choreography. Val Kilmer’s sturdy build spoke for itself, with some help from the script: Nicole Kidman, his love interest, lasciviously implored us to gaze at his “eyes, [his] lips, [his] body”. Mr Bale trained topless in “Batman Begins” (2005) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). Not to be outdone, Mr Affleck stars in a semi-nude and perspiration-filled training montage featuring tyres and chains.

The DC Animated Universe films are not included in this chart. But I vaguely recall Batman being mentioned as 6'4" in one of them.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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The Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth

This increasingly famous portrait from the US Civil War is of two men. On the left is Andrew Chandler, Confederate soldier from Mississippi. On the right is his slave, Silas Chandler, who accompanied Andrew into war. Was Silas a Confederate soldier? The question has divided two families with the same last name for a hundred years, and more recently, groups of Americans who see the Civil War differently. In 1994, the the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy held a ceremony at Silas’ grave to honor his “service” to the Confederacy.

This story might have remained, like many others, just another Civil War tale passed down from one generation to the next, if it weren’t for an astonishing tintype of the two men, armed to the teeth in Confederate uniforms, taken in 1861. The image has helped bolster the claims of the community of amateur historians, hucksters, and Confederate sympathizers committed to defending the Confederacy from the charge of racism, who insist that thousands of black men fought and died for the rebel cause. “Ever since the SCV posthumously honored Silas,” [Kevin] Levin wrote in 2012, “accounts of black Confederate troops have surged in popularity.”

That account is far from universal. Silas’ great-granddaughter, Myra Chandler Sampson, said that Silas never had a choice.

But where Andrew Chandler’s descendants recall an intimate friendship that lasted for generations, and neo-Confederates see evidence of a post-racial Confederacy, Silas Chandler’s family sees a slave forced to serve a cause he did not believe in, not only in life but also in death.

“They dressed him up like a monkey,” Sampson said, “and took him off to war.”

Read the story of what happened to Andrew Chandler and Silas Chandler in the war, and how the legacy of the photograph has served two -or more- widely varying opinions on the Civil War, at Buzzfeed. 

(Image credit: Library of Congress)


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Ten Unconventional Coming-Of-Age Movies You Should Check Out

Coming-of-age movies are supposed to have relatable characters that make us compare what they're going through in the film to our own lives, but that rarely happens when you're a weirdo.

Growing up as one of the odd ducks in the pond made me relate more to movies like Harold and Maude, Time Bandits and Quadrophenia than the traditional Hollywood fare, so Submarine by Ben Stiller and Richard Ayoade was right up my alley.

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Stand By Me is a classic coming-of-age movie and should definitely stay in the rotation for life, but back in 2012 Wes Anderson gave us a new addition that appeals to the offbeat- Moonrise Kingdom.

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And lastly, if you're looking for comedy, poignancy and a slice of blue collar life set in North London then you've gotta check out Mike Leigh's fantastic funky family film from 1991 called Life Is Sweet.

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Cats Who Collect Things

Some cats love bottle caps, while other concentrate on milk rings or q-tips or ink pens or rubber bands. This is redditor jasonripp’s cat Cersei, after he found out where she hid her collection of bottle caps. She looks like she’s terrified he might take them away. My cat Marshmallow collects chopsticks, but when she can’t find any more, she’ll gather hair ties. She puts the hair ties in the cat food bowls, or even the water container, which all the cats share, and it aggravates the rest of them to no end. Continue reading to see more cats who collect things. 

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Belleba Fett

What if the rose doesn't survive? It's no good to me dead.

Don't worry, Belleba Fett, you'll get anything that you're hunting without fail. Cosplayer Elizabeth Rage, who has made several Belle costumes, including a Slave Leia and a Jedi Belle, presents this Beauty and the Beast/Star Wars mashup.


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Surprise Wallaby Joey Shows Up a Year After Mating

Mica is a brush-tailed rock wallaby at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. She’s been doing her job for the endangered species by giving birth. However, the only male wallaby in the zoo was moved away in March of 2015. Mica’s joey emerged from the pouch about six months later. But zookeepers were surprised to find that there’s another baby in there! The new joey recently peeked out from Mica’s pouch, and appears to be about six months old. How did that happen? Wallaby keeper Tony-Britt Lewis explained

The birth is the result of a phenomenon known as embryonic diapause, which enables certain mammals to extend their gestation period and time the birth of their young.

The reproductive strategy, which is used by a number of marsupial species including kangaroos, wallabies and wombats, usually occurs when adverse environmental conditions threaten the survival of the mother and her newborn.

“It’s an interesting survival mechanism that allows the mother to delay the development of the embryo in drought conditions or if she already has a joey in the pouch,” said Tony.

Read more about embryonic diapause at Wikipedia. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Paul Fahy/Taronga Zoo)

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How To Care For A Sad Person

Depression level sadness makes people feel small and critter-like, as they wallow in a sea of dark thoughts and dour moods with warm blanket to crawl under and music that matches thier mood.

But this is obviously not a good way to handle a visit from the Boohoo Blues, so those who have learned to live and love the depressed find ways to lighten their mood that don't involve hugging.

Those who want to help the depressed, and anyone looking for a cure to sadness, should check out this comic by YMB/Yasmin F and see how ten easy steps can make even the most gloomy person crack a smile!

See full comic here

-Via Idealist 4 Ever


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The Underground City

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell coordinate their travels to avoid cold weather, but they miscalculated the April temperatures in Montreal. Lucky for them, the city is well-prepared, with a vast network of tunnels that connect public buildings from underground. They make use of the Underground City to avoid traveling outside.

“Underground City” is certainly an evocative name, bringing to mind a sort of subterranean, alternative Montreal, populated perhaps by near-sighted mole-people. But the reality isn’t that exotic. Montrealers are often amused to learn that their elaborate maze of tunnels has become a bonafide tourist attraction… because that’s really all the Underground City is: tunnels which lead from one set of buildings to the next.

To long-time residents, these passageways are purely utilitarian; part of their boring, daily commute. But to newcomers like us, the Underground City is much more interesting. Many of the tunnels are decorated with art. There’s odd architecture, and an endless array of shops. The interior courtyards to which they lead are often beautiful. It’s fun to emerge from a random passageway into surroundings which are entirely new and unexpected. And the people-watching is magnificent, especially when cold weather drives the city’s numerous crazies underground.

Altogether, twenty miles of tunnels make it easy to traverse downtown Montreal for shopping, entertainment, dining, and more without ever coming in contact with the elements. See the Underground City at For 91 Days.  


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Funny Self-Defense Techniques by Master Ken


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Enter the Dojo is a YouTube series that parodies self-defense instructional videos. Matthew Page plays Master Ken, a tough guy who has devoted his life to the creation and refinement of his own martial art, Amri-Do-Te. In these videos, Master Ken shows you how to protect yourself in practical ways on the street.

Master Ken's demonstration partner is Todd, played by Joseph Conway. Todd's purpose is to be the opponent who falls under Master Ken's masterful methods, most of which involve brutal groin kicks, stomps, and pulls.

In this video, Master Ken shows you how to defend yourself against someone performing the Heimlich maneuver on you. In other videos in his YouTube channel, Master Ken shows you how to defend yourself against a selfie, how to condition your face to take punishment, and how to protect yourself with an opponent armed with bananas.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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A Wild West Town in England

There are Old West replica towns across the U.S., but they are mainly museums and entertainment centers that are open to tourists. In England, the town of Laredo has grown from one wooden cabin to an entire town of 24 buildings, but it’s not open to the public (although it has been in the past). It’s for the exclusive use of the Laredo Western Club, whose members step back in time -and across the pond- when they set foot in town. Founded by John “JT” Truder in 1970, the town is now owned by his daughter Jolene Truder, who grew up in Laredo.

One of the things that makes Laredo convincing is that it feels lived in. That’s because at least some of the time, it is. The town is open to club members every other weekend; when they arrive, usually on a Saturday, they have about an hour to get themselves into their period correct clothing, holster their weapons (no live ammunition allowed), and to stash their modern gadgets and gear. Those who have specific roles in the town—Marshal, shopkeeper, bartender—stay in the town Saturday nights, in their part-time homes at the backs of or above their storefronts (these areas are off-limits to visitors without express invitation by their residents). Guests without residences can pay to stay in the hotel, in rooms decorated with antique bedsteads, washbasins, and floral wallpaper, or in the mining camp’s cabins. The hotel, which also houses the bar, is the physical and emotional center of the town, functioning in the same way a real saloon might in a real western town. Some nights, they can pack more than 50 people in there: “We clear the tables and we can have dancing. It’s really nice, you have all the men stood at the bar, it’s lovely,” said Truder.

The club members take their interest in the Old West seriously, putting in research to get every detail right, down to the smell. Read the story of Laredo and see picture at Atlas Obscura

(Image credit: Laredo Western Club)


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Just D'oh It! - Homer Makes A Great Demotivational Speaker


Just D'oh It! by Berserk7

All those loud and obnoxious athletic commercials are always screaming at us to work harder and never give up, but in real life we should be taking notes from Homer Simpson instead of some skilled athlete. Truth is, none of us will ever be as good as those jocks who get paid millions of dollars to play games, so we might as well kick back with a donut or a dozen and nap our lives away!

Show the world how the residents of Springfield work out with this Just D'oh It! t-shirt by Berserk7, it's the comical way to demotivate those wanna-be athletes who are always working on their bodies the wrong way...

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There's a Hidden David Hasselhoff Museum in Berlin


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For decades, American actor David Hasselhoff has been a huge celebrity in Germany, mostly for his singing. So it's proper that the people of Berlin have built a shrine in his honor. Go to the basement of the Circus Hostel in the Mitte neighborhood and you'll find a carefully curated arrangement of Hasselhoff relics, including a piece of the Berlin Wall that he personally broke off and the piano keyboard scarf that he wore at the time.

Ericka Berlin of Mental Floss visited the museum. She writes:

According to the staff, it’s most often found when visitors at the upstairs café or basement bar stumble upon it on their way to the restroom. "People often come into the bar giggling after having discovered it," bartender and museum curator Ally Chaplin tells mental_floss. "We also have a few Hoff masks left over from one of our parties displayed in the bar, which encourages people to ask about him, and then we can send them to look at the museum if they haven't already found it."

Originally devised as a gimmicky shrine around eight years ago, the bar’s patrons embraced the dark, framed portrait of the actor and would occasionally graffiti their love for him around the bar. When the hostel renovated in 2014 and installed its own microbrewery in the spot the shrine had stood, one of the hostel’s co-owners suggested expanding their Hoff lore with a museum in an unused hallway on the opposite side of the basement. Chaplin took on the project, spending months scouring eBay and Amazon for memorabilia. "The Knight Rider car was the hardest item to secure," she says. "They come up periodically on eBay auctions, but they get quite expensive."

-via Jonah Goldberg


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80 years of Alfred

Alfred Pennyworth is the hero we need. A very proper British butler, Alfred handles all the details behind the scenes for Batman, I mean, Bruce Wayne. He has wise advice, the answer he’s looking for, an opinion worth listening to, and takes care of all his Batman’s needs, all the while making his emplyer look good… and indeed, even letting him believe he’s the brains of the outfit.

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In this video, we get to see the various incarnations of Alfred Pennyworth through the various versions of Batman. Practically perfect in every way! Oh, yeah, that’s Mary Poppins. But she never had to sweep out the bat cave. Alfred deserves much more credit than he gets. -via Geeks Are Sexy   


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New Cruise Ship Will Have 2-Level, 833-Foot Go Kart Track


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As The Awesomer puts it, "Now passengers can get both seasick and carsick at the same time."

The Norwegian Cruise Line is pulling out all the stops in an effort to build the ultimate amusement park afloat. The Norwegian Joy, which is designed with the China market in mind, contains a large go kart track. Fox 7 Austin quotes Simon Murray, a planning director for the company:

"We thought the racetrack would be cool. It’s obviously highly innovative in addition to that it’s something that’s very much about thrills," he said. "It's something a lot of people can do. So, we wanted something that was really going to gather a lot of attention to the vessel.” […]

There will be a total of 20 electric go-carts customized to the onboard track with 10 racing at any given time.

"The reason that [there are] 10 and 10 is we have the ability to roll people in and out fast and it gives the chance for batteries to charge when needed,” Murray said. Those batteries will not be power lightweights either. In fact, they will feature a turbo boost that can be programmed to allow a racer to overtake a car once or twice per lap.

-via Geekologie


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The Most Brutal Fights Between Superfolks

Superheroes and supervillains fight because that's what they were drawn to do, but when two heroes go at it there's usually some underlying reason involving truth, justice and the goody two-shoes way.

The superhero flick Batman V Superman has brought up the sore subject of superhero-on-superhero violence, which will continue when Cap and Iron Man go head-to-head in Captain America: Civil War.

But believe it or not both Batman and Superman have been involved in far more brutal fights, with Bane and Doomsday respectively, which makes sense since heroes show restraint when fighting their fellow do-gooders.

Bane broke Batman's spine in the Knightfall story arc, which led to a lengthy recovery and Azrael taking over for Bruce as the Batman Family rallied behind their fallen leader.

Superman was "killed" by the mighty alien Doomsday in The Death Of Superman story arc, which kept Supes out of his spandex supersuit for three long years and led to a reboot of the beloved character.

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This Woman Created a Degree in Cosplay

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This is Cori Main, a cosplayer in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She's dressed in a costume that makes her look like the Predator. While attending the University of Hartford in Connecticut, she created and then completed a bachelor's degree in cosplay.

It's called a "contract major." Main created a modified art major that focused on cosplay, then got the approval of the dean. As a result, Main turned her passion into a highly specific degree. NJ reports:

As an artist, Main is very inventive when constructing props for her costumes.

"Everything on the Machiko costume is foam mats like the ones you put on the floor," she explained. "I baked it and molded it for the chest plate. I find different materials and experiment."

She said there is a lot of trial and error involved, but for every time an idea fails, another idea works perfect.

Main is gearing up for the many conventions happening this spring and summer, and hopes to even attend an iconic event on the West Coast.

"I may go to San Diego this year," she said of the San Diego Comic Con International. "How many I go to depends on if I can make it with scheduling and financially."

-via Cosplay America


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Getting Something from Nothing: the Story of Zero

If you put yourself in the place of ancient people, it’s a wonder that anyone ever came up with a number that means nothing. It doesn’t make much sense when you are counting objects, but it turned out to be pretty handy for mathematics.

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Once the concept was there, it still wasn’t universally accepted. But time and science proved it was too useful to ignore. Dr. Hannah Fry  of the Royal Institution lays out a short version of the history of zero. -via mental_floss 


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The Smarttress: The Adultery-Detecting Mattress

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The Spanish bed manufacturer Durmet explains that "If your partner isn’t faithful, then at least your mattress will be."

The Smarttress has built-in sensors to detect vigorous rhythmic motions--particular motions verified by research. It then sends an alert to the owner through an app. The Telegraph explains:

According to one of the engineers who developed the so-called Lover Detection System, when the ultrasonic sensors inside the mattress detect rhythmic movements, the communication system sends information to a server.

“If it detects suspicious activity regarding time of use, frequency, intensity or speed, it sends a notification to the phone terminal with which it is linked," said Iván Miranda.

Durmet say the technology is so advanced that the jealous app user will be able to see in real time what parts of the bed are seeing the most activity, giving him or her a mental picture of exactly what their partner is up to.

That might be too much information.

-via Dave Barry


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