This would have been a wonderful video even without its drone dancers. The Oyamakai ensemble of Shamisen players perform a rocking tune at sundown at the base of beautiful Mt. Fuji. The featured dancers are 20 synchronized drones, each in their little cages outfitted with a total of 16,500 LEDs. They fly in choreographed formations, swinging their lights in synchrony. You’ll want to see this in full-screen mode.
The annual rugby match between the British Army and the Royal Navy took place at Twickenham Saturday. You know that kind of competition will draw some tough characters, but these are probably the toughest.
On the left is Army veteran Cayle Royce with Royal Marine veteran Lee Spencer, who were both part of an all-amputee team who rowed a boat 3,000 miles across the Atlantic earlier this year, representing the organization Row2Recovery. The four veterans on the team have three legs between them. They set a speed record for the trip, too.
Continuing that theme, the bar recently offered a novel speed dating event called Romancing the Armpit. Participants placed paper bags on their heads, then smelled each other's armpits. They rated each other by smell and were matched up accordingly. The premise is that people are naturally attracted to good partners by smell:
We know that pheromones – the airborne compounds secreted in our sweat – play a role in sexual attraction.
Our body odour is largely influenced by Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) molecules, which are genetically determined and linked to the immune system. Experiments have shown that opposites attract; we tend to judge potential sexual partners as more attractive if their MHC composition is different from our own. Further, MHC is also linked to sexual preference, so differences in body odour are detected and responded to on the basis of an individual’s gender and sexual orientation.
Perhaps, one day, all online dating profile pictures will be scratch-n-sniff. In the meantime, you can see more photos of this speed dating event at the Daily Mail.
Everyone thinks of themselves as a photographer thesde days, and yet most of the pics these amateur shutterbugs post online lack style and imagination, just another head shot in a sea of selfies.
But the bland pics that inundate the internet make it easy to spot a true artist like Ravshaniya Azulye, because their images capture the imagination and leave the viewer wanting to see more.
The subjects seem to be effortlessly playing games with gravity while Ravshaniya expertly blends elements of photographic genres such as wedding and avant garde to create cool new worlds within each image.
While this remix has Pogo’s hypnotic signature sound, it also has coherent lines from the advertising jingles and dialogue, strung together to make an entirely new song. You might come out of this craving chocolate that melts in your mouth, not in your hands. -via Viral Viral Videos
Johannes Haushofer is a full-time professor at Princeton University. So by academic standards, he's tremendously successful.
But he wants his students to understand that the journey to success is filled with failure after failure. He wants them to encounter defeat, overcome it, and keep moving forward. So he made a curriculum vitae (a type of résumé that academics use) listing all of the failures in his career that he can think of.
“Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible,” Haushofer writes. “I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days.”
Do you have a long list of failures? Good. That means that you're trying:
Haushofer adds that if his CV of failures seems short, it’s probably because he’s forgetting some things. And a longer CV of failures could very well be a good thing – it might mean the person is good at trying new things.
The Marvel superhero Thor has a hammer called Mjölnir that cannot be picked up by anyone besides Thor, or someone worthy of Thor’s status. That does not include Spider-Man, who is a mortal with spider powers. So what grief could Thor cause a fellow superhero with Mjölnir?
Hannibal Lecter may be gone, but his legacy of fine dining using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients lives on in the form of the Lecter Supper Club. The LSC, as they jokingly call it after a few too many glasses of chianti, has taken the lessons taught by Lecter and turned it into a social circle full of very satisfied customers. Hannibal was kind enough to teach founding members how to butcher and prepare long pork, how to identify an organ worthy of inclusion in a haute cuisine course, and how to identify when the herd needs to be thinned out a bit because they have a bad attitude...
Show the world you have impeccable taste with this Eat The Rude t-shirt by Kgullholmen, it's a delicious way to make your fellow fans grin like maniacs, and may even get you invited to more dinner parties!
That's where the physics students from the University Of Leicester come in, because they've figured out how long it would take a vampire to feed before the process became futile.
According to their calculations a vampire could suck 15 percent of a person's blood out through two tiny holes in their neck in about 6.4 minutes, at which point the victim's heart rate would slow thereby making it harder to feed.
Young woman was found dead in a park in Seville, Spain. Police thought she died of a drug overdose and released the crime scene. That’s when Carmen Moreno stepped in. She had worked cleaning up the park for many years, and was charged with disposing of a pile of bloody tissues left behind. But Moreno thought there was too much blood to be explained by a drug overdose. And she was a fan of the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Following what she saw on TV, she demonstrated how she used plastic bags to carefully collect the evidence without contaminating it and stored it -- just in case police ever needed it.
When an autopsy later proved the woman likely died from being violently raped, police couldn't believe they tossed vital evidence and were more stunned to learn Moreno held on to it.
Thanks to Moreno’s evidence, a local suspect has been arrested. The Seville police are presumably chastened. Read more about the case at CBS This Morning (contains autoplay video). -via Uproxx
Keith Moon was the drummer for The Who, a British rock band formed in 1964. He had serious drug addiction problems that ultimately killed him 1978.
By 1973, Moon's drug use was greatly impairing the effectiveness of The Who. At one concert in San Francisco, Moon overdosed and passed out. After punching him and giving him cold showers for half an hour while the audience waited for the concert to resume, the other band members managed to get him conscious. Then he slipped out again. Moon was out for the night.
This was a huge problem. The band had to have a drummer.
Lead singer Pete Townshend stepped up to the mic and addressed the audience:
“Can anybody play the drums? I mean someone good!”
20-year old Scot Halpin was in the audience. He could play the drums, though he hadn't in a year. But he would have to do.
CharlieWaffle5 searched the term "onomatopoeia" and found this image. It’s a mini-language lesson all on its own. "Onomatopoeia" means a word that sounds like what it’s describing, which is usually a sound, like "buzz" or "shush." A "rebus" is a phrase or sentence rendered in pictures. But what makes this really remarkable is the astonishing number of redditors who did not know that church benches are called pews.
You and I might reach for a claw hammer, but all this mason bee needs are his own legs--his very strong legs. Watch him pull the long nail completely out of the hole.
What's happening here? The bee is probably returning home. The Daily Mail quotes zoologist Lynn Dicks:
Dr Lynn Dicks a research fellow from Cambridge University's Department of Zoology explained the bee's behaviour: 'Mason bees like this usually choose existing holes rather than excavating their own.
'I have never seen anything like this and suspect that the nail was places in a nest hole this bee had already started using. This would explain its urgency to remove the nail - it may have laid eggs or have larvae inside.'
Historians often disagree on whether certain wars should be considered one continuing conflict or a series of separate wars. But that doesn’t stop them from compiling lists of the longest wars ever fought. Here is the most popular version.
10. THE VIETNAM WAR
Length: 19 years (1955–1975)
Details: Although there was no official declaration of war, the Vietnam War began on November 1, 1955, when the United States began providing military support to the newly created nation of South Vietnam in their war against communist-controlled —and Soviet- and Chinese-supported— North Vietnam. Major fighting didn’t really begin until 1963 (total number of U.S. troops killed in Vietnam prior to 1962: fewer than 100), when the war was escalated, first by President John F. Kennedy and then by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The war officially ended on April 30, 1975, when the last American forces left Saigon and North Vietnam took control of the entire country, reunifying the North and South into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Estimated deaths: 2.4 million
9. THE GREAT NORTHERN WAR
Length: 21 years (1700–1721)
Details: This war’s two main adversaries were Russia, under Peter the Great, and the Swedish Empire, under Charles XII, with various allies fighting on either side at different points— including Denmark-Norway, Poland-Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire, and Great Britain (which actually fought on both sides at different times over the course of the war). Winner: Russia. The outcome drastically reshaped the power structure of Europe, reducing what was then a very powerful Swedish Empire to a minor player in European affairs. Russia, in turn, was officially renamed the Russian Empire, with Peter the Great as its first emperor. The victory marked Russia’s emergence as a major world power.
Estimated deaths: Historians believe the number of battle deaths, along with deaths due to disease and famine brought on by the war, was more than 300,000.
These two photographs were taken 50 years apart. On the left, best buddies Dennis Puleo, Tom Hanks, Bob DeVenezia, and Bob Falk were taking a break from Marine training on a California beach. All four friends reunited for the first time in decades to recreate the picture on Cinnamon Beach in Florida.
In 1966, the four U.S. Marines were stationed together in Camp Pendleton, outside San Diego. The Vietnam War was ramping up, and together, they were part of a weapons platoon — three machine gunners and one anti-tank man — getting ready to ship off to East Asia.
Over the next two years, they'd train together and deploy together. Once in Vietnam, they'd separate, enduring many of the same horrendous conditions, if not the same action. Two of them would earn Purple Hearts. Each would experience the unexplainable fear of war.
"We had the tools. We had the training," DeVenezia said. "But nothing trains you for your first combat. Nothing. Zero."
This new treatment for Parkinson's Disease is called Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). It begins with the surgical implantation of electrodes that send signals to specific parts of the brain. The eletrodes are regulated by a pacemaker-like device in the chest. When activated, the electrodes counteract the tremors.
In the above video by the New York Post, Dr. Paul J. Waguespack activates the system in a patient named Mr. Richardson. Once the system is turned on, Mr. Richardson's tremors stop cold within seconds.
The rise of the 'Dudeoir' trend did not escape photographer Chad Castigliano of Chronicker Photography. He enlisted his friend Tim Wilson to do something positive with it. They put Wilson in his underwear with lumberjack equipment in the woods, and made a calendar called The Whimsical Woodsman.
If you stare into Wade's eyes for too long you're liable to feel a bit queasy, but that's because of his horrifyingly scarred face and not because he's a master of hypnotism. However, he did have a dream one night where his eyes started swirling and everyone who met his gaze fell under his spell, but that probably had more to do with being horny than hypnotism...
Pool up your cash and bring home this mind-bending Wade WilsInception t-shirt by Grafx-Guy that's sure to knock your fellow DP fans dead! (Figuratively, of course, because this shirt will do no harm...)
Mike Tyson's Punch-Out was all about timing and rhythm, and every fighter had a secret pattern which Little Mac could use to take down fighters five time his size, even the legendary Mike Tyson.
Getting the rhythms down meant memorizing every fighter's moves, but nearly thirty years after its release a Redditor named midwesternhousewives discovered a better way to beat each fighter- by looking to the bearded guy in the audience.
In the front row of the crowd about six heads from the left is a little bearded guy who ducks down when Little Mac should punch Piston Honda and finish him off.
This Easter Egg also works against Bald Bull, and back in 2009 late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata admitted there was also a camera flash cue in the crowd to tell players when to throw the knockout punch.
Driving a streetcar isn't just a job. It's a way of life that perfects both the mind and body in athletic perfection.
SB Nation reports that the tram drivers of Europe sometimes play sports with their cars, including bowling. The greatest tram athletes recently gathered in Berlin at TRAM-EM, the championship competition, to find out who was the best. You can watch a video of their events here.
May first is often called May Day, but that means different things depending on what country you’re in and what century it is. Two posts at the National Museum of American History’s blog explain the complicated history of May Day in America. In the first post, the ancient history of May Day tells how the Roman festival of Floralia collided with the Celtic holiday of Beltane. This made for a nice spring holiday, but was just too pagan for the Puritans that settled America. The former spring rituals, like the Maypole dance, were brought back in the late 19th century. But then labor reformers appropriated the day, as explained in part two.
In Chicago, 44 unions took to the streets on May 1, 1867, to celebrate the passage of an eight-hour workday law in Illinois. The next day, thousands of workers struck, staying home from work in an act of solidarity. Although the 1867 law was never enforced, the city's workers preserved the memory of their predecessors' short-lived victory. Years later, at its 1885 convention, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Assemblies (a predecessor to the American Federation of Labor, or AFL) selected May 1, 1886, as the date for a universal strike to press for an eight-hour workday. According to the historian Donna T. Haverty-Stacke, labor leaders' decision to stage their protest on May 1, 1886, probably had little to do with the May Day's significance as a spring holiday. Instead, leaders at the time associated the day with Chicago's earlier protests in 1867 and, even more directly, the fact that May 1 was traditionally when union contracts and housing leases expired in U.S. cities.
Two things killed May Day as a labor holiday in the US: the 1886 protest spawned the Haymarket Riot. Then Europe adopted May first as a labor holiday. You can read the history of May Day in America at Smithsonian's American History blog, and otherwise have a happy International Workers Day, Beltane, Floralia, or May Day! -via Metafilter
When mom wanted “a nice picture” of us back in the late 80s and 90s we had to get all dressed up and sit for a portrait shoot at a department store like Sears or J.C. Penney, or a photo studio like Boyd Anderson.
We put up with the dorky picture session to please our parents, but not-so-secretly the cool kids (mostly girls) really wanted to get their picture taken at Glamour Shots.
What does this creature remind you of? A space alien? A virus? A cartoon? It’s real, a real jellyfish recorded by an ROV from the ship Okeanos Explorer on a NOAA expedition to the Mariana Trench. This video was taken 2.3 miles below the ocean’s surface.
Scientists believe this animal belongs to the genus Crossota, a group of jellies that does not have a sessile polyp stage; all phases of their lives are ocean drifters. They also believe this animal is an ambush predator – note the posture it had assumed in the first half of the video: its bell motionless with its tentacles outstretched like the struts of a spider’s web, waiting for something to bumble into them. The red canals, they suggest, appear to connect the bright yellow objects, which may be gonads.
ELEMNT, an art studio in New York City, makes luxury, handcrafted goods with marble and leather. Their Darth Vader helmet, which is pictured above, is covered with python skin. It's available in limited numbers, as it takes up to two weeks to make. Each one costs $3,000. It's the perfect way to make Darth Vader even creepier.