10 Things You Didn’t Know about Crocodile Dundee

The 1986 film Crocodile Dundee was an introduction to Australia for many Americans. The title character, played by Paul Hogan, was pure stereotype, but one that Americans loved. The movie was a huge hit and spawned two sequels, with another one in the works now. Let's learn something about Crocodile Dundee.

10. Paul Hogan helped paint the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Apparently he kept his co-workers laughing a good bit of the time so it’s not too hard to believe that he eventually became an actor.

9. The character of Crocodile Dundee came from Paul Hogan’s own imagination.

He went on TV and stated that there was no real character that went by the name of Crocodile Dundee. The idea came to him the first time he visited New York since he felt like such an outsider.

Learn more trivia about Crocodile Dundee at TVOM.


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Retro Rollers - Old School Skaters Rule


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Before people thought rollerblades were cool for a minute we all used to roll around on roller skates, and the skaters would bounce, rock, skate and roll around the rink to old school jams that made us want to groove. The rollerbladers took themselves so seriously yet looked so silly, especially when they started sporting spandex biker shorts and silly helmets, but rollerskaters are cool, were cool and will always be cool. But if the only kind of rollerskaters you can think of are those who did the disco then you must not have experienced the joy of skating free!

Show the world how you roll with this Retro Rollers t-shirt by Stationjack, featuring a fun design that'll take people back to the good old days when feeling free and easy meant rolling down the sidewalk in your sweet skates.

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Boomwhackers

This video was presented as "bro's night out," which makes it seem like a silly game, but watch and listen. These guys are making serious music! Well, maybe not 'serious' music, it's the theme from Knight Rider followed by the theme from The Flintstones, but they do it well.  

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They are playing musical instruments called boomwhackers, or tubes that are tuned to a musical pitch to be played like bells. The group is Louie's Cage Percussion, made up of classically-trained musicians from Austria.

Named after the Monkey King Louie and the composer John Cage, this percussion group consists of six talented young musicians in their twenties. They are some of the youngest members of renowned Austrian orchestras including the Vienna Volksoper, the Lower Austria Tonkuenstler Orchestra and the Graz Opera and play all repertoires of classical music. Besides their studies of classical music, they have always been interested in jazz, rock and electronic music and have played in various bands and broadened their knowledge of various musical genres.

You can get an idea of how boomwhackers work from an extended cut of one of their practice sessions. Now watch a stage performance from Louie's Cage Percussion.

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-via reddit

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Silver Medal Shocker

The following is an article from Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.

In the Olympics, silver means second-best. Here's the story of the 1972 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team and how they refused to take second place.

THREE SECONDS TO GOLD!

Before 1972 no U.S. men’s basketball team had ever lost in Olympic play. Starting in 1936 (the year basketball became an Olympic sport), U.S. men’s teams won 63 consecutive games- and seven straight gold medals. But just after midnight on September 10, 1972, in Munich, Germany, that golden winning streak came to a screeching end, courtesy of the Soviet Union. The final three seconds of that game may be the most controversial Olympic finish of all time, because officials allowed those three historic seconds to be played not once, not twice, but three times.

TEAM OF DESTINY

Although the U.S. was favored to win, the Soviet team was not only good, it was seasoned, having played hundreds of games together. The American team, on the other hand, was basically a college all-star team; most of its members had played together only a few times before the Olympics. According to U.S. assistant coach John Bach, the team’s experience amounted to 12 exhibition games plus the Olympic trials. To top it off, the 1972 squad was the youngest ever to represent the United States in Olympic competition. They had two things going for them- they were tall (average height: 6’7″) and they were talented (an amazing 10 members of the team went on to become first-round NBA draft choices.) “These were the two strongest countries in the world fighting for supremacy, and basketball was ours,” said U.S. guard Doug Collins, now head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Spaceship Designs Inspired By Household Objects

The more futuristic a spaceship looks the harder it is to identify which real life object inspired the design, but at their core all sci-fi spaceship designs are based on something from the real world.

Most concept artists conceal their inspiration by adding detail until the ship looks too complex for our minds to pick apart, but San Francisco-based freelance artist Eric Geusz doesn't care about hiding the truth.

A post shared by Eric (@spacegooose) on Nov 27, 2016 at 10:42pm PST

He's just having fun drawing ships based on stuff he finds lying around his house so he doesn't care who knows where the inspiration for his ship designs comes from.

And his willingness to share this part of his artistic process may open up new worlds for budding artists looking to draw unique and interesting vehicles.

A post shared by Eric (@spacegooose) on Sep 18, 2016 at 11:04pm PDT

-Via Laughing Squid


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Netherlandish Proverbs

In the 16th century, Dutch Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted a village scene filled with people doing nonsensical things. They are each illustrating an old Dutch saying, adage, or proverb. The painting has been called The Blue Cloak or The Folly of the World, but its actual title is Netherlandish Proverbs. It's slightly reminiscent of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, but much less creepy.

The precise number of proverbs that Netherlandish Proverbs contains is somewhat uncertain because modern scholarly interpretations vary, and in some case, more than one proverb might be assigned to the same component in the painting. Critics have identified approximately 112 identifiable proverbs and idioms in the scene, although Bruegel may have included others which cannot be determined because they have either disappeared from usage or the language had changed.

Bruegel has hidden his proverbs in the characters as well as in the buildings and in the landscape in highly imaginative ways. At the center of the painting is a woman placing a blue cloak (hence the painting’s original title) over her husband, indicating that she is cuckolding him. The man biting into the wooden pillar is a hypocrite. The man who’s filling a pond after his calf drowned is one who takes action after a disaster. The person who spills his porridge, will never be able to spoon it all back into the bowl. The two men defecating out of the same hole indicates they are inseparable companions.

Proverb: “To be a pillar-biter”
Meaning: To be a religious hypocrite

Proverb: “Never believe someone who carries fire in one hand and water in the other”
Meaning: To be two-faced and to stir up trouble

Read about Pieter Bruegel the Elder and his curious painting at Amusing Planet, where you'll find several individual proverbs. You can also check out an interactive map of the painting, where you can hover over a scene and read its proverb. -via Strange Company  


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Everyday Tasks That Are Tricky For Left Handers

For me growing up left-handed meant remaining adaptable and constantly improving my ambidexterity, because it was often easier to learn how to do things the right-handed way before trying it with my left.

I've also learned a few tricks to keep tasks from being so annoying, like filling a notebook up backwards to avoid smearing and keep the rings out of your way, and sitting on the left of people at the dinner table to avoid knocking elbows.

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But there are plenty of other lefty problems that are still annoying, like the fact that most scissors are made for righties so they hurt my hand when I use them, and manual can openers can be a real pain to use too. Too bad there isn't a Leftorium in my town...

See 11 Everyday Tasks That Are Tricky For Left Handers at Mental Floss


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Why the Dinosaurs Went Extinct

There have been many theories as to why the dinosaurs disappeared millions of years ago, while leaving a remnant behind we call birds. The comic is cute, but nothing earth-shattering (unless you're a dinosaur). However, it sparked a comment thread that posed alternate theories of why dinosaurs became extinct. Take your pick.

I thought this was the real reason dinosaurs became extinct.

I thought this was the real reason dinosaurs became extinct.

I'm pretty sure that was the reason.

but I thought this was the reason.

Nah, this is the reason.

You're all wrong. This is the real reason dinosaurs went extinct.

No no no, you guys have it all wrong, THIS is the REAL reason.

Don't think so, pretty sure this is the real reason.

Actually, this is the real reason.

No... THIS is the scientifically verified reason.

-via reddit


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Simple Tips For Picking The Right Cooking Oil

A well-stocked kitchen should have a variety of cooking oils available so you always have the right oil for the job, but many cooks keep only a couple of oils on hand that they're familiar with, like vegetable, corn or olive oil.

The good news is oils don't cost much to try out, they can sit around for years without going bad, and they add the flavor your dishes have been missing!

I love the flavor almond oil adds to cakes, and vegetables sautéed in sunflower oil are pretty darn tasty, but my favorite non-basic oil is sesame oil because it works so well in both sweet and savory dishes, and a little dash goes a long way.

This chart created by myfitnesspal breaks down fourteen different types of cooking oils available at the market today, so you can make an educated choice and expand your horizons in the kitchen.

See full sized chart here

-Via Lifehacker

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How Do They Train Drug Sniffing Dogs?

Dogs amaze us with their ability to detect scents from just a few molecules. At least we recognize their abilities, and use them to find things like drugs, explosives, and even cancer. But how to we train dogs to focus on one kind of smell? It's a basic dog training technique that's been refined to suit the dog's future job. But there are inherent dangers in these jobs, too.

While rare owing to the fact that the dogs are being used to find hidden drugs (thus likely barriers between the drug and the dog), it does sometimes happen where the dog may be exposed to something so toxic that even trace amounts pose a risk to them, such as relatively recently happened in Broward County, Florida where sniffer dogs were exposed to the extremely potent opioid fentanyl.

To get around this problem, the dog’s handler will keep a vigilant watch and particularly not deploy sniffing dogs at all if there are any loose drugs present. For the unseen drugs that nonetheless may be particularly potent, the handler also might carry things like naloxone with them, which rapidly reverses/blocks the effects of opioids, just in case.

Read about the specific training technique for drug detection dogs, plus some of the benefits and dangers of using dogs to detect drugs and other contraband at Today I Found Out.

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Kim K. Has Louis Vuitton Trash Cans Because Of Course She Does

Kim Kardashian has been known to take a break from saying "look at me!" to add "look at how rich I am!" and "look at how foolish I am with my money!" to the social media mix, and people usually see these posts and smirk.

But when she posted a pic of her Louis Vuitton trashcans on Snapchat the internet community couldn't help but dump on her for throwing away her money on something so dumb.

I couldn't find any info on whether these trash cans are actually made by Louis Vuitton, although they did sell a monogrammed waste basket that cost $4,000 so if they're truly Louis then they must have cost a bundle.

Of course you could always just buy one of these stencils on Etsy and put that LV logo all over your own trash cans for about $30, but wouldn't that make them knockoff trash cans?

-Via DesignTAXI


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Landing in Düsseldorf During a Storm

Last week, parts of Europe were blown around by a storm that was notable for high winds. You may have seen some videos of people knocked down by wind while trying to walk. Now watch what 110kh (68mph) winds can do to a plane trying to land in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Imagine being a passenger on that plane! When it finally taxied in, I can imagine the cheers, the prayers, and the thank-yous to the steely-nerved pilots. And probably at least one or two losing their lunch. -via Boing Boing


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The D'oh Effect - Homer Have Thinky Pain


The d'oh effect by udesign

Have you ever experienced a moment when your mind was so empty you couldn't think of anything at all? We're talking about much more than a mere brain fart, more like a brain explosion resulting in total eradication of all gray matter, aka the D'oh Effect. Scientists have been studying the D'oh Effect for decades, ever since their first subject Homer Simpson failed to register on an EKG machine and was shown to have a zero IQ, but they're no closer to finding an answer now than when they started. The only thing they do know is the brain can be brought back to life by thinking about either donuts or Duff beer...

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When Artificial Intelligence Gets into Birding

Janelle Shane (previously at Neatorama) programs neural networks to study machine learning. She's taught algorithms to name Pokemón, Star Wars characters, and fish. The generated fish names were pretty much indistinguishable from existing fish names.

Since that day, and even before, I have been hearing from birders. Any of you who know birders or are birders yourselves will not be surprised. Not only are birders very eager to find out what a neural network would make of bird species, they are also very organized. There is, for example, a downloadable checklist of about 32,000 birds, 14,000 of which have English common names. Big thanks to Kaija Gahm, Dana Terry, and Emily Davis, who sent me this and similar datasets.

The neural network, after reading intently through the entire list about 7 times, is now a dedicated birder.

Some of the more intriguing bird names that were generated include:

Nukh’s Dull Gull
Banded Spectacled Snake-Eagle
Thick-knee
Bunticus Gray-chinned Laughingthrush
Ecuadorian Strange-tailed Cuckoo
Violet-throated Tyrant-Eagle

Read more about the project, peruse the list of bird names, and see more amusing illustrations at Shane's site. -via Metafilter

(Images credit: Carin Powell)


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What's It Like to be Bipolar?

Like many human conditions, medical, psychological, or otherwise, bipolar disorder was at first little-known (then called manic-depression), then described poorly in pop culture, then evolved in the collective mind to mean something different from what is it. Let's get back to the basics with Life Noggin.

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Many folks display symptoms that might lead you to believe that you're "just a little" bipolar, but while there's a spectrum of symptoms we all experience at one time or another, people who suffer from bipolar disorder suffer profoundly, and should seek help. -via Laughing Squid


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Keep Seeing Our Facebook Page by Updating Your Settings

If you're a real Neatorama fan, you no doubt follow us on Facebook. But the site, unfortunately, just changed their algorithm to prioritize friends and family members and de-prioritize brands, which makes it so you pretty much won't see our posts on your feed any more. 

While some people are just fine with that, others want to keep seeing the pages they are following. If you're in the later group, you can make sure you can see our page and the others you care about, but it takes a little work. 

To make sure you keep seeing the pages you care about, you'll need to log in to your account, then click on the three dots next to the "News Feed" text on the left side and then select "Edit Preferences." From there, you need to select "prioritize who to see first" and then you can just click on the brands and friends you want to see in your feed.

It's kind of a pain, but at least it ensures you'll get to see the people and websites you care most about in your feed. 


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How Long Do You Have Until the Frostbite Hits?

It's cold outside! How long can you stay out there before you need to worry about frostbite? Pooja Gandhi and Adam Crahen used data from the National Weather Service to construct an interactive chart that combines air temperature and wind speed to calculate the time it takes to develop frostbite. Hover over the chart to bring up the information for a temperature. The news is not that bad- if the thermometer says the temperature is 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind isn't blowing much, it would take you three hours to suffer from frostbite. However, if you're skiing or having other fun in the snow, three hours can go by quickly. Or the wind could pick up. This is why your mother wants to you wear a hat, an extra pair of socks, and keep your gloves dry. Check out the chart at Tableau Public. -via Mental Floss


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Rejected

What's worse than being rejected in favor of a pet? Being rejected in favor of someone else's pet! Yes, it's true that dogs won't break your heart the way a person will. The internet allows us to enjoy relationships from afar. Even relationships that are unrequited, and with a dog. Dogs on the internet come with a bonus in that you don't have to feed, walk, or entertain them. Just like internet boyfriends. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.


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Are You a Millennial?

Millennials don't want to be lumped into a group. And they don't want to be labeled -or do they? These folks don't hesitate to tell you how they are special and different, and they'll take a label as long as they get to choose it -and as long as it isn't Millennial. 

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Not wanting to be seen as a Millennial is the most Millennial thing there is. I can't really blame them. No one wants to be seen as a generalized type, especially when they are exactly that type. Generations weren't quite labeled and pigeonholed so much when we Boomers were young and lumped together.  -via Tastefully Offensive  


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Voyager Returns To Earth To Find Tech Has Taken Over In This Animated Short

Humanity has dreamed of exploring the cosmos for centuries, but once we realized those dreams were still centuries away we created devices like the Voyager probe to bring the citizens of the cosmos to us.

As far as we know these devices never succeeded in bringing extraterrestrial life to Earth, but we have no idea how many beings, planets or spacecraft those satellites came in contact with over the years.

Nor do we have a clue what the world will look like when these probes return to Earth hundreds of years after being launched into space...

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Voyager is a fun and fantastic looking animated short written and directed by Loïc Magar and Roman Veiga that imagines what the world might look like if the Voyager space probe ever returns to Earth. Two words- not pretty.


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When Nixon Said “Sock it To Me” on Laugh-In

There was a time when politicians did not want to appear on TV outside of the news. it wasn't dignified. Things have changed. Three candidates from the last presidential election hosted Saturday Night Live, and President Obama appeared on the web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Our current president once hosted his own reality TV show, among other entertainment projects. We can trace the crack in the custom back 50 years, to the 1968 season premiere of the sketch comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. I will never forget the entire family's jaws dropping when we saw presidential candidate and former vice-president Richard Nixon say "Sock it to me?" in a clip of barely two seconds.  

Laugh-In writer Paul Keyes, a fervent Nixon supporter and media adviser, convinced the candidate to make the brief cameo while campaigning in Los Angeles. At first, Keyes suggested Nixon could make a reference to the show’s catchphrase “you bet your sweet bippy,” but the candidate wasn’t having any of it.

According to television historian Hal Erickson, Nixon told his advisers that he didn’t know what ‘bippy’ meant, and didn’t want to find out. They settled on “sock it to me,” but producer George Schlatter recalled that it took six takes for Nixon to make it through the phrase without sounding angry or offended. Schlatter remembered running out of the studio with the Nixon cameo footage, fearful that the candidate would change his mind or that his campaign team would try to stop him, but television history had been made.

Read the story of Laugh-In and the Nixon appearance that changed TV forever at Smithsonian.


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How a TV Works, in Slow Motion

Gavin Free, one of the Slow Mo Guys has an 85-inch TV in his house! That implies that he has a large TV room, and from there you can imagine how well viral videos pay. Anyway, he and Dan are going to show us how television sets work, using different kinds of TVs and their mega-fast cameras so we can see thousands of frames for every video frame on the television device, whether its the big LCD set, a CRT, or an iPhone.  

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You're not hallucinating- Gav and Dan borrowed a camera to film at 380,000 frames per second to make this video. Oh yeah, it turns out that the TV was given to him for this project. Nice perks with that job! -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Stunning Post-Apocalyptic Artwork By Rostislav Zagornov

Post-apocalyptic themes abound in the world of fan art, which makes it hard to find artists who present an original view of the world after the fall of human civilization.

But when an artist with a fresh artistic vision comes along and presents us with a new look at that grim near future world it's instantly obvious the artist is showing us the apocalypse like we've never seen it before.

Digital artist Rostislav Zagornov is one of those visionary artists with an eye on the dark future, and he creates cool concept art showing glimpses of a post-apocalyptic world that feels familiar yet fresh, an odd and broken world that is unmistakably our own.

See more "Forgotten Heroes Of The Old Republic": Stunning Post-Apocalyptic Illustrations By Rostislav Zagornov here


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Spooky Love - Fox + Dana 4 Ever!


Spooky Love by DesignLagartija

If anybody in the world of television has that elusive "X" factor it's Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, the two paranormal investigators who make our hearts soar! They're the agents of love who help keep the planet safe from shadowy government agencies and the aliens already among us, and even though most of the people they meet while working on a case file live in fear of being abducted by aliens they'd let Fox or Dana abduct them any time!

Show some <3 for your favorite fictional FBI agents with this Spooky Love t-shirt by DesignLagartija, it's a great design to wear while you're out solving mysteries or simply kicking back at home watching your favorite sci-fi TV series!

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Support Women in Science Make Everyday Earth Day Don't Let Boys Be Mean Bitchin'

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Lucas the Spider is Captured!

Former Disney animator Joshua Slice has captured the hearts of the internet with his animations of Lucas the Spider (previously at Neatorama), voiced by his nephew Lucas. In the latest episode of the spider's adventures, he finds himself captured. He was playing hide and seek, and tagged the wrong player! Will this be the end of Lucas?

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Of course not. -via Tastefully Offensive


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People Share The Wildest Places They've Had Sex In Six Words

When having sex in the home has lost its thrill and couples are looking for ways to spice up their sex life they come up with some pretty wacky ideas about where to "do it", especially when alcohol is involved.

“The candy stockroom at Blockbuster Video.” - Jess, 39

“In tube slide at a playground.” - Katie, 23

“An elevator; lots of going down.” - Alisson, 33

“A men’s bathroom at Disney World.” - Johnny, 33

“In the basement of a convent.” - Ben, 45

These bored couples are out looking for new ways to heighten the experience, which almost always leads to having sex in strange and dangerous places, and as long as they don't get arrested that one crazy time usually does the trick.

“Ice machine room at Ritz Carlton.” - JD, 39

“After hours church alter, then aisle.” - Olivia, 39

“Straddling the driver, New Jersey Turnpike.” - Monica, 37

"In the woods. Mosquitos covered everything." - Carol, 24

But when somewhat risky isn't sexy enough bored couples keep upping the ante until the stakes are so high regular sex will forever pale in comparison. So where do they go from there? I hope I never find out!

“His car while parents were inside.” - Michelle, 25

“Trampoline sex is tricky but awesome.” - Andres, 38

“In a police station parking lot. - Mike, 35

“Santa's chair at the local mall.” - Julie, 27

Read People Told Us The Wildest Place They've Had Sex In Six Words at VICE (barely NSFW due to language)


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Your Attention and Patience is Required to Read the Sign

A notice of a public hearing in Hempstead, New York, is impossible to read. Don't even try it, you might hurt yourself. It's not just a design gone wrong. This is an example of malicious compliance, or following the letter of the law while undermining the spirit of the law, like the "small print" on a contract that gets smaller every year. Yes, they were required by law to post the notice of a public hearing, but you can tell they really don't want anyone to attend. The font is exactly as tall as required, but so narrow as to resemble a barcode more than text. If you really want to read the sign, here is a stretched version.  -via reddit

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The 20 Most Important Pop Culture Moments of the Last Ten Years

The geek entertainment blog io9 is celebrating its tenth anniversary in many ways, but the one you're most interested in is its list of The 100 Most Important Pop Culture Moments of the Last 10 Years. The list is split into five parts, and the top twenty is finally here. It covers movies, TV, video games, comics, and the fandoms they spawned. Star Wars takes four (and a half) of the spots, but there's plenty of other events to remember. Here's a sample.

19) Deadpool proves not all superhero movies have to be the same

As superhero fare has dominated the Hollywood ecosystem, one of the biggest criticisms of the genre has been its reliance on the same formula. Deadpool didn’t give a damn about any of that. We didn’t see Wade Wilson struggle to accept the changes that happened to his body or grapple with the right thing to do with his powers. The Merc with a Mouth loves being a randy, potty-mouthed engine of destruction and, in turn, audiences loved the unpredictable meta-aware romp that Ryan Reynolds, Tim Miller, and crew delivered in 2016. It felt like a movie that did whatever the hell it wanted and that R-rated energy propelled Deadpool to become one of the biggest superhero successes of all time.

Read and relive all these turning points at io9.


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Celebrities Who Appeared on Law & Order: SVU

Law & Order: SVU is now in its 19th season, which puts it in contention for some kind of record. It has 421 episodes ...so far. That kind of run for a police procedural requires a never-ending supply of journeyman actors to play suspects, victims, and lawyers. Over the years, many of those actors have gone on to star in their own TV series or movies, so it's fun to look back at the time they were on SVU. If you watch the shows in reruns years after their first airing, these stars might be completely unrecognizable, especially since many of them were children in the show. Oh, you remember Robin Williams and Carol Burnett, but Serena Williams? Check out all 43 Celebs You Totally Forgot Appeared On Law & Order: SVU at Buzzfeed.  


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Why Brigham Young University Had a Secret Cola Vending Machine

It's been taken for granted that Mormons don't drink coffee, tea, or any soda pop containing caffeine. Or do they? Of course, not all Mormons follow the rules all the time, but what are the rules, exactly? The restrictions in diet came from founder Joseph Smith himself, who received a revelation from God in 1833. The Words of Wisdom explained what was to be eaten and drunk.

But there was one contentious line in the Word that continues to inspire debate. “Hot drinks,” Smith wrote, “are not for the body or belly.” This appears to refer to tea and coffee, both popular beverages in 1830s America. Some modern Mormon scholars have argued that this is because these drinks are often served at near-boiling temperatures, causing a detrimental effect to both the body and the teeth. But others wonder if “hot” refers instead to the caffeine in tea or coffee, citing an 1828 Webster’s definition of “hot” that gives “stimulating” as one of its meanings.

That leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Would decaf coffee be considered a "hot drink"? Hot cocoa? Then Coca-Cola was invented years later -it's not served hot at all, but it did contain a small amount of cocaine at the time. And when the cocaine was gone, the caffeine remained. The disagreements about what drinks are prohibited continued over the years, and led to the story of the secret vending machine that held ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola and other soft drinks at BYU, which you can read at Atlas Obscura.


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