Pecan pie is always a great treat, but those who truly adore the treat know that the best filling in the world still needs a light, flaky filling to really make the most of the dessert. If you've been having issues nailing the right crust, then maybe you should start thinking outside the pie -that is, consider trying an egg roll wrapper instead. It might sound crazy if you're used to traditional egg rolls that are filled with soy sauce, meat and cabbage, but if you've ever had sweet cream cheese won tons then you know the light dough can be a perfect balance of flaky and crunchy.
Dino and Dario Ferrari caught this 9-foot long, 280 pound catfish in the Po River in northern Italy. It’s a Wels catfish (Silurus glanis). After a fierce, 40-minute battle, the twin brothers reeled in a creature that is being called the “monster of the Po.”
It’s time for a huge serving of fried catfish!
Or perhaps not. After measuring and photographing the fish, which is probably about 30 years old, they let it back into the water. You can see more of those pictures at the Daily Telegraph.
These breathtaking photographs of frozen waterfalls from all over the world make up a collection that is worth the short time it takes for readers to peruse it. When such powerful forces of nature — flowing water and freezing temperatures — meet, it makes for some awesome sights (and treacherous exploring).
See the entire collection, as well as brief descriptions of each location, inthis article.
Starved Rock State Park, La Salle, Illinois | Image: Todd Rybaum / flickr.com
Louise Falls, Alberta, Canada | Source: flickr.com
If you're looking for a swingin' vacation that's more fun than a barrel of monkeys then head over to Funky Flights, your ticket to jungle adventure. With Funky piloting his unique Jumbo Barrel flying machine you'll arrive at your destination quickly and relatively unscathed, provided you cough up enough bananas to pay for the trip, and if you pay with a golden banana your round trip flight is free! Whether you're heading deep into Kong country, or looking to spend some time on a nearby island, Funky will launch you there in style. So don't try to get there by donkey- hire Funky Flight and fly there in style.
Gamers are sure to go ape for this Funky Flights t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, it's Cranky tested and Diddy approved!
Etsy seller RoobyLane calls it a prom dress, but it would be perfect for everyday wear, too! Just expect that when you wear it, people will be able to read you like a book. It contains the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which is the first book in the Harry Potter series.
With a sufficiently elaborate dress—say, one with a massive hoopskirt—she could reproduce the entire novel.
What kind of drinking game requires putting on a helmet? You’ll quickly find out. From the video description:
In a bar in Russia, one man chose to drink a special cocktail, shot the soldier. Before starting this challenge, it must put a military helmet on his head. The servers will launch the starting signal with a whistle, and then hit the glasses of alcohol on the customer's helmet, he must then drink dry-ass. Meanwhile, another server will give him a shovel or fire extinguisher on the helmet to each end of sips. The customer will then drinking alcohol 4 shooters before the big final, a good shot of beer barrel on the helmet. An effective technique!
As they say, in Mother Russia, keg taps you! By the time it's all over, he doesn't feel a thing. Until the next morning, when he has to deal with both concussion and a hangover. -via reddit
Bwahahahahaha! This baby will make a great supervillain when he grows up. Just watch as he unleashes the most sinister laugh you'll hear today.
The video of the unnamed laughing (Russian?) baby, titled "The most sarcastic baby in the world!" by YouTube user moonez has gone viral and racked up over a million hits since it was uploaded just a couple of days ago.
We've all heard the term "fixer upper," but this Oddee article with 13 horrible real estate photos really tests the limits of the phrase. I mean, it's one thing to have to remove popcorn ceilings and do a little roof work, but when you're actually growing a garden in your living room...you might be better off condeming the whole house.
Of course, sometimes you might be better off stripping down the house before selling it if the previous owners rennovated it to look absolutely horrible -say, by installing a swastica in the shower, for example.
Yesterday, the New York Times published an article that reviewed the new and improved restrooms at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. That’s only interesting if you live in New York City, but toward the bottom of the article, we learn that someone has fulfilled her lifelong aspirations.
A second person who checked out the women’s restroom — and who asked not to be identified because she has always wanted to be an anonymous source — reported her findings by email: “Black shiny granite-y sink. Arched faucets by Sloan. Tasteful slate gray and powder gray tiles.”
It's been a growing trend over the past five years or so: living "small." Clutter-free. Tiny houses in which everything is compact and/or capable of being folded and hidden away. It looks so cute and delightfully sparse in the design layouts, but what would day-to-day life in such a structure be like? Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein give us a sneak peek at micro living, from an upcoming Portlandia episode that airs on IFC this Thursday. -Via Gizmodo
Pedro is a Shetland Pony that lives at the Ebony Horse Club in London. He lives in a stall with a normal-sized stall door. He has to stretch high up to just barely look over the edge at the world outside. So members of the club commissioned a periscope that lets Pedro see at his own height. They call it the Pedroscope.
First off, little Silas Philips is fine. He was delivered by Cesarian section three months early at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, still shrouded in his sac of amniotic fluid. Neonatologist William Binder snapped a picture of the unusual sight with his cellphone, then opened the sac so the baby could begin breathing.
The photograph shows the baby just seconds old. Until the bag was broken, the baby was still getting oxygen through the placenta.
“It felt like slow-motion but really realistically probably about 10 seconds that we had to sort of quickly pause and be able to do this, because at the same time, we want to get the baby out of that sac, start helping the baby to begin breathing,” the doctor said.
The photo is a rare opportunity to see what a six-month pregnancy really looks like. And from the baby’s point of view, the trauma of birth didn’t happen until he was outside his mother. Despite his prematurity, Silas is doing well at ten weeks old and is expected to go home within a month. See a video report at CBS Los Angeles. -via Buzzfeed
It was over a year ago when Alex introduced us to 20 amazing pieces of Star Wars furniture over on Homes and Hues. It remains the most popular article of all time on the site. We thought it was time to revisit the topic and have rounded up 13 more fun Star Wars goodies you can add to your home.
From lights to kitchen accessories (like the coffee maker above), there's enough Star Wars goodies out there to bring a little bit of a galaxy far away into every room of your home. Best of all, some of the items are even DIY projects, so you don't have to spend a fortune to make your home delightfully nerdy.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research.
A haphazard look at inventions to trap bad guys by Alice Shirrell Kaswell and Stephen Drew, Improbable Research staff
In AIR 20-1, we presented the first part of this collection of haphazardly selected inventions invented by persons who apparently believed themselves to be on the side of Good and who strove to try to make it easier and more technologically sweet for other Good persons to trap persons engaged in Evil.
1930: Shelby’s Supernaturalistic Bank Confession Apparatus Helene Adelaide Shelby’s “Apparatus for Obtaining Criminal Confessions and Photographically Recording Them” (U.S. patent 1749090, granted 1930) tried to ensure that criminals, having been caught, would confess—and would do so in a manner that ensured they would be convicted and sent to prison:
The present invention relates to a new and useful apparatus for obtaining confessions from culprits, or those suspected of the commission of crimes, and photographically recording these confessions, in the form of sound waves, in conjunction with their pictures, depicting their every expression and emotion, to be preserved for later reproduction as evidence against them.
The primary object of my invention is the provision of an apparatus for the creation of illusory effects calculated to impress the subject with their being of a supernatural character and to so work upon his imagination as to enable an inquisitor operating in conjunction with the recording system to obtain confessions and graphically record them by light action under the control of electric impulses governed by varying intensities of sound waves....
Figure 1 is a side elevation illustrative of a structure divided into two chambers, one chamber of which is darkened to provide quarters in which the suspect is confined while being subjected to examination, the other chamber being provided for the examiner, the two chambers being separated from each other by a partition which is provided with a panel upon one side of which is mounted a figure in the form of a skeleton, the said skeleton having the rear portion of the skull removed and the recording apparatus inserted therein as shown;
Figure 2 is a front view looking into the enclosure in which the skeleton is mounted and as seen looking from the suspect’s examination quarters.
1931: Thibault’s Through-the-floor Burglar Trap Alphonse J. Thibault’s “Burglar Trap” (U.S. Patent 1807944, granted 1931) improves on a long tradition of providing trap doors through which burglars could be made to plummet:
The abrupt transition from the colorful look of the Candy Kingdom to the black and white world of Limbo made Jake's eyes hurt, but as usual Finn thought the whole thing was totally mathematical. The two adventurers were chasing a rotten Pastry Prince through a valley when they found themselves in a forest on the edge of hell, and all the color drained out of the world. They had lost sight of that puffy Prince, seeing nothing but monochrome trees and rocks all around them, but then they heard a rustling behind a nearby bush...
Bring some dark gamer goodness to your geeky wardrobe with this Limbo Time t-shirt by Perdita00, it's part adventure part mystery and all cartoon cool!
Go ahead. Pop it. You know that you want to. It’s so satisfying to feel the bubbles snap beneath your fingers.
Bubble wrap is irresistible. So the ad agency that came up with this promotion for the video game Dragon Quest deserves great praise for its creativity and ingenuity. Kotaku reports that the Shinjuku train station in Tokyo has a wall covered with bubble wrap. Each bubble contains a picture of Slime, the mascot of the game. Passersby can’t help themselves: they’ve got to pop the Slimes.
Imagine lying in bed under a glass igloo in Finland, watching the Aurora Borealis. That’s the kind of thing you want to put on your bucket list! Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is only 155 miles from the Arctic Circle, near the Urho Kekkonen National Park in Lapland. Thermal glass keeps each igloo nice and toasty inside, but if you prefer, they also have unheated igloos made of packed snow. I think I’ll take the glass. Read more about this unique resort and see plenty of photographs at Scribol.
Maximo Riera understands the importance of creating furniture designs that fit into any home or office. A good furniture maker knows that a piece that goes anywhere is more marketable than a weird oddity. That's why he's continuing to develop chairs and couches that look like large animals. In the past, we've seen his walrus chair and octopus chair. Now he's added to that line this couch that looks like a hippopotamus. It's made to a 1:1 scale with leather lined and creased like a real hippopotamus.
Photographer Roger Kisby, in his second year shooting the Adult Video News Awards, decided to go a different route in covering the event. Kisby said in an interview with Refinery 29,
"I wanted to do portraits of the performers, to do something that was authentic and honest that would strip away — no pun intended — their outer performer aspects and [get at] who they are.
It was a challenge. I only had a few minutes with the performers, and I was trying to do a lot in that time — introducing myself, telling them what I do, and making them feel comfortable, so I could grab a real, natural moment. A lot of them have go-to 'porn poses' or 'porn faces' for lack of a better term, and that was something I tried to get them to not do."
To achieve his goal, Kisby used a simple light setup and traditional, "face-to-face" shooting angle, which presented the subjects' features in a way that was genuine.
See all 25 of Kisby's portraits here, and visit his website to see more of his work.
A storm last Thursday and Friday left between 20 and 30 centimeters (7-11 inches) of snow over Jerusalem. This video shows a group of Franciscan monks having a snowball fight, which they probably don’t get to do very often. Israel wasn’t the only spot in the Middle East to get snow. See pictures of the snow in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey in this roundup. -via Buzzfeed
The Italian fashion designer Elsa Peretti purchased an old watchtower on the coast of Tuscany as a vacation home. It was called La Torre. The Sixteenth Century structure was built for military purposes, so Peretti had to have it redesigned with comfort in mind. So she hired architect Renzo Mongiardino to renovate it.
Mongiardino took the old fort and turned it into a fairytale castle by covering the walls with three-dimensional images of fantasy scenes, including this stunning fireplace that looks like a giant’s mouth. You can see more photos of the home at The Art of the Room.
Lee’s claymation short FROZEN- Blood Test Scene is a plasticine bloodbath that will (arguably) warp your kids a lot less than the soundtrack of Frozen, and hopefully it'll help the addicted finally Let It Go! (Contains language and clay figure violence that is NSFW)
Think of it as a low-tech selfie sombrero. You get to wear a selfie-producing machine, but people won’t look at you like you’re weird when you do it.
Lithuanian photographer Ignas Kutavicius built a head-mounted device that takes simple shots using a pinhole camera. These were the earliest cameras in photographic history. So by using one to take a selfie, users can reflect on “what selfies could of looked like at the beginning of photographic history.”
This is Noa Mintz, the founder of Nannies by Noa, a successful small business in New York City. If you need a top quality nanny or babysitter, she can set you up.
She's only 15 years old.
From a young, er, younger, age, Noa got to know a lot of nannies and babysitters. She developed a knack for knowing if a caregiver's personality was a good fit for a family--or wasn't. When she was 12, she launched a company that paired nannies and babysitters with families who needed them. Noa ran the company while going to school and living an otherwise normal life as a middle schooler.
Now, as a high school freshman, she realizes that she can no longer devote enough time to her company, which serves about 190 clients through about 75 nannies and babysiitters. Noa has hired a CEO to take over of day-to-day operations. The New York Post reports that this is only her latest venture:
Mom Meredith Berkman, a former journalist, isn’t surprised by her daughter’s ambition.
“Noa is a natural-born serial entrepreneur — from 6 or 7, she was always trying to start these mini-companies,” says Berkman.
“She’d reach out to my friend and ask to be a consultant for birthday parties. There are kids whose lives are absorbed by tennis or acting — but this is her baby, her startup. It’s not a hobby for her. This isn’t a lemonade stand.”
Redditor Toastedchilliesposted a story of lunch theft and revenge to Justice Porn subreddit. The poster explained that, since he loves to cook, he packs his wife a bag lunch every day for her to take to work. But after awhile, his wife informed him of her lunch being stolen once every couple of days. He writes,
"I’m a bit of a chilli head. Love my hot sauces. I also love to cook. I also cook my wife a delicious lunch each day, She kept complaining that someone was stealing her lunch every couple of days out of the fridge at work. So I made her some buffalo wings for lunch to put in the fridge. They are really popular with her colleagues, but I spiced them up just a little with some Blair’s 4am Reserve. (I note you are meant to dilute it with 1 drop per 5 litres of liquid.)
So I added a couple of drops of Blairs 4am Reserve per wing with nice dusting of Ghost chilli powder for good measure. I did eat a couple to make sure it didn’t kill anybody, they were real hot. Even cream doesn’t cut the heat: and Ghost chillies keep getting hotter for about 5 minutes.
Needless to say just before lunch, there was a shrill from the kitchen, a young male colleague decided to help himself the my wife’s lunch which was clearly marked with her name. He ran to the toilet and vomited over and over. Apparently the moans sounded like he was dying. My wife just sat there innocently pretending nothing was wrong. Needless to say she has not lost a single lunch since."
Read more about Blair’s 4am Reserve — which is more than 7,000 times spicier than Tabasco and one of the hottest substances that exists — here. See a video about Blair's below.
Barry had become The Flash way before he had a costume, because he loved to run past people and show off his birthday suit. He started out as The Flasher in high school, but when he turned his nude hobby into a full time obsession he dropped the -er because it sounded cooler. One day Barry was running nude through the lobby of the famous Star labs when he saw a blinding flash of light- an explosion zapped him and gave him the power to run faster than any man alive, and that's when his cool new name really stuck!
Don't get caught without some decent clothes on, grab this Doing It Wrong t-shirt by Ronan Lynam and show the world what you're made of!
The Jaws of Life are hydraulic tools used by rescue workers to extract people trapped behind heavy objects. One common use is to cut people out of crashed, mangled cars. This machine can snip right through a car frame with enough pressure.
Andrew MacDonald of Victoria, British Columbia fell asleep while driving on January 11. He crashed, breaking several bones in the process, including a femur, both ankles and both kneecaps. While firefighters cut him out of his car, MacDonald turned on his phone and recorded the incident.
He's remarkably chipper, despite suffering grave injuries that would ultimately require major surgery and a month-long stay in the hospital. MacDonald expresses interest in the "hot nurses" that he anticipates meeting at the hospital.
Nichelle Nichols is the actress who played Lt. Nyota Uhura on the original Star Trek. Prior to running the communications systems on the Enterprise, she attended the Chicago Ballet Academy. She sometimes found work as a dancer, including as a background performer in the 1959 film version of Porgy and Bess.
Nichols kept up with her dancing skills. The Geek Twins has a collection of behind-the-scenes photos of uncertain provenance showing Nichols in costume on the bridge set demonstrating how flexible she is.
The great ball of pebbles above is an aptly titled sculptural garden sphere called "Dark Planet" by UK artist David Harber. The gorgeous structure, a perfect sphere made from thousands of black puddle stones, look downright magical.
And if you think that's gorgeous, just wait till you see it illuminated from within at night! View more of Harber's Dark Planet spheres over at Homes and Hues.
Getting a good scare can make your heart race, but can it kill you? We know fear can save our lives, if it keeps us from doing something dangerous, but should we fear our fear itself? AsapSCIENCE explains the mechanism and physical effects of fear and what damage, if any, fear can do to us. -via Geeks Are Sexy