A public bus in Jinhua, Zhejiang, China, offers a special seat for mothers with babies. A mom can sit there and breastfeed her baby. There's a privacy curtain that she can pull around herself and another one mounted on the window to shield her from the street.
So far, there's only one bus equipped this way, but officials with the bus company says that it will expand the service if it's popular.
Seok Jeong Hyeon (warning: NSFW), a Korean artist, used illustration software to create a portrait of a woman. He first showed her as a newborn baby, then updated her as she grew up. By the end of this time-lapse video, she's an old woman. The visual effect is impressive.
Some people shake their heads at how far youth has fallen, with their selfies, lack of formality, and droopy pants. A couple of decades ago, it was video games and rap music. Before that, rock music and long hair. NPR looks at the phenomenon of moral panic by examining the song "Ya Got Trouble," from the 1957 musical The Music Man, which was set in 1912. In it, con man Harold Hill panicked the citizens of small town in order to sell them musical instruments.
A lot of folks are familiar with the "trouble right here in River City" refrain of the song, but when you look at this double echo of cultural fretting — 50 years plus 50 years on — it serves as an impressive reminder that nothing, nothing, is new about the raising of alarms about the decline and fall of culture.
Hill has noticed that people are peeking into the billiard parlor, and he learns that it's because they've got a new pool table in there. And these folks haven't had a pool table in town before — "Just billiards." And he instantly knows that just this, just change, change itself, is enough to plant the seeds of panic, no matter how little sense it makes to suggest that pool is wicked but billiards is noble.
Did you know there was a difference between billiards and pool? I didn't. Although we laughed about the sinfulness of pool and some boys' habit of rebuckling their knickerbockers below the knee, the song was a sneaky jab at contemporary folks who were easily stirred up about rock ’n’ roll and surfing. The article at NPR is actually a lot of fun. -via Metafilter
One of the funniest things about big dogs is that they don't seem to understand that they are big dogs. Take Sully the Saint Bernard for example. A massive dog by any means, but it seems everytime "daddy" gets home, Sully tackles him and forces some quality hug time on him to let him know how much he was missed.
I will be honest with you. I would be delighted if something ever missed me that much.
While the thought of a massive Saint Bernard tackling you and pinning you might inspire images of Cujo in your head, it is quite clear to see Sully is just a big teddy bear. And really, what is better than a big teddy bear that loves to give hugs?
Spaceships are an integral part of most science fiction franchises, a seriously massive piece of the puzzle that serves as a catalyst for heroic action, a getaway vehicle in times of need, and occasionally as a home for spacefaring characters.
There are so many different ships, in so many shapes and sizes, that it’s hard to keep track of them all, but now you don’t have to devote any more mental energy to the task thanks to this massive size comparison chart created by Dirk Loechel.
It’s officially the largest spaceship chart ever created, an update of Dirk's earlier version which we featured here on Neatorama a year ago, and as far as anyone can tell it's the most complete and up-to-date spaceship chart in the universe.
Don't look at it too closely for too long, or it might put stars in your eyes!
To see an enlarged version of the chart click here (double click on magnifying glass at link for full zoom)
Queen Victoria had a tattoo? We may never know for sure, but tattoos were somewhat of a fad in Victorian society, after sailors came back from Polynesia with them. But tattoos go back as far as human civilization, for various reasons in various places. This TED-Ed animation skims over many of them briefly, and together they reminds us of how universal the art of tattoo really is. You can get the full lesson by Addison Anderson here. -via Digg
Each year, theRoyal Observatory Greenwich accepts submissions from photographers worldwide for the Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards. A panel of judges selects the winners of four categories: Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year. Three special prizes are also awarded in the categories People and Space, Best Newcomer and Robotic Scope.
Some of the stunning photos chosen as winners are shown here. See all of the winning photographs here. -Via My Modern Met.
Ripples in a Pond Alexandra Hart, UK
Coastal Stairways Chris Murphy, New Zealand
Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon James Woodend, UK
The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) Shishir and Shashank Dholakia, USA
Julie Taylor couldn’t figure out how her Maltese Sophie was getting out of her kennel, but every time she was confined, the dog was soon seen playing with Twitch, the German shepherd. Setting up a camera was all it took to find out what happened. Overlooking the question of why a one-year-old dog would be confined to a small cage, they sure look happy to be out and about together! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
First, I want to tell you Staggering Beauty is a game. No, no, maybe it is a website. Perhaps, it is just an interactive art project that you can play with and manipulate to your own whims.Then it dawns on me. It doesn't matter what it is. Stuff like this does not need to be put in a box and labeled, when what works so well about it is the very fact that you cannot do that with it.
Maybe instead of me deeply philosophizing about this, you should just hop over to Staggering Beauty and check it out for yourself. Put together by Google Creative Labs designer, George Michael Brower, and though it is simple and design and execution, there is something that just sucks you in and keeps you there.
Once you pop over there and mess with it a little bit, you will see just what I am talking about. Simple? Yes. But there is something staggeringly beautiful about that.
There is no longer room for single franchise fans in the world, now it's all about hybridizing and putting all your favorite sci-fi movies and shows together in one mighty geeky package. Doctor Star's Who Trek Wars sounds like a mighty compelling idea for a show, maybe that's exactly what the fandom world needs now? Give us all the shows combined to form the ultimate sci-fi saga, now with even more powerful catch phrases!
Show the world you've never met a science fiction franchise you didn't like with this Sci-Fi Misquote t-shirt by Stephanie Jayne Design, and let's mash it all up into one shiny new package!
Infections can spread easily through hospitals when workers carry pathogens from patient to patient on their hands. Hospitals go to great lengths to encourage employees to keep their hands clean, often by stationing hand sanitizer dispensers next to doors.
The PullClean goes a step further. This invention by Altitude Medical consists of a sanitizer dispenser built right into the door pull. When you grasp the door pull in the center, it squirts sanitizer out the bottom. Built-in electronics and software help hospital administrators keep track of how many people are using it when they open the door.
Does contextual advertising ever impress you? Or does it make you nervous? Ads targeted to you (or someone else who uses your computer) will trip you up as surely as forgetting to delete your browser history. At least for a normal internet user- contextual ads on my computer make no sense at all, just like my browser history. That’s just an occupational hazard. This is the latest comic from Owl Turd. -via Daily of the Day
Israel Falafel, pita chips, yogurt and cucumber sauce, greens.
These photos of school lunches from around the world provide a look at the typical foods served in those countries. School lunches in the United States are now regulated by the Healthy, Hunger Free Act of 2010, of which First Lady Michelle Obama was a proponent and President Obama signed into law. The new standards increase the amount of fruits and vegetables served, emphasize whole grains, require lowfat or nonfat milk, limit calories and reduce saturated fat and sodium. The standards were a response to the high level of obese individuals in the United States.
Conversely, France has the lowest rate of obesity in Europe. But their fried, carb-rich lunch, shown below, hints at the fact that their obesity rate doubled between the years 1995 and 2012, with the age group most affected being juveniles.
Yet a picture of one day's offerings is not representative of the nutrient content of the meals for the long term, nor can any valid finding be made from its evaluation. The photos are interesting to see, however.
Look at school lunches from a number of other countries here.
France Fries, chicken nuggets, broccoli, bread, pasta salad, and a slice of cake.
United States Turkey taco salad, mashed potatoes, peach cobbler, and iced tea.
Singapore Meat, rice, vegetables and melon.
Czech Republic Semolina and vegetable soup, beef with garlic, spinach and potato dumplings, orange.
This is Edgar Ramos Nieves, popularly known as "The Saw." He's a phone salesman working at a Sam's Club in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. But in the past, he's been a radio announcer and a sports commentator. You can definitely see that here because he's a master showman. El Universal Veracruz (translation) reports that he's in demand for his ability to get the attention of prospective customers. As you can see in this video, The Saw can move with the speed and grace that you can expect from a highly-trained salesman.
There’s a new Halloween tradition taking place in parking lots across the country, a gathering that many schools, churches and neighborhood groups are organizing as a safe and fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating.
It’s called Trunk-or-Treat, and it looks like a lot of fun for kids and extra fun for those who consider decorating for Halloween half the fun of the night.
Parents and teachers have a blast creating their own spook-tacular space with fun themes based on classic movies:
Trunk-or-Treat events aren't likely to put an end to traditional trick-or-treating anytime soon, but they seem like a great way to keep the spirit of Halloween alive, and as long as there are costumes and candy you know it's gonna be a good time!
The Mary Sue has a list that you’ll only want to read if you’re ready for a melancholy trip through your childhood, and maybe a good cathartic cry. Six Fictional Animals That Broke Our Hearts the Most is a reminder of how we get caught up in fictional stories and invest our emotions and loyalties in characters that are totally made up. That’s the sign of a well-told tale, although it can be traumatic. I won’t tell you who’s on the list (aside from the picture you may or may not recognize), because I don’t want the waterworks to start too early.
That said, the list is totally aimed at the internet generation. Personally, I was unfamiliar with most of the entries. If it were aimed at my age group, it would have contained certain characters from the movies Bambi, Dumbo, and Old Yeller, and from the books Watership Down and Charlotte’s Web. None of these made the list of six, although some are mentioned in passing.
Parents like to tell their children that broken dolls or teddy bears will be taken to the doll hospital for medical attention, to fill their young minds with a sense of wonder and spare them from the fact that their beloved toy is beyond repair.
I've always assumed the doll hospital was a product of some caring parent’s imagination, but as these photographs by Jason Reed prove the doll hospital is a real, and magical, place after all.
The Sydney Doll Hospital has been repairing cherished children’s toys since 1913, bringing dolls both plastic and porcelain, teddy bears and many other types of toys back to life with tender loving care.
Jason's photographs reveal the specialized skills involved in this labor of love, and the people who gladly use their crafting know-how to make children's lives a bit brighter.
England's Mary Anning, born in 1799, was a pioneer in the field of paleontology. Her family's property was near Lyme Regis, an area known for its wealth of Jurassic-era fossils.
Anning risked her life to recover fossils, as the area was suceptible to landslides, particularly in the winter months. The landslides would expose new fossils, but they posed a great danger to those who traversed the land. She lost her dog Trey in such a disaster.
Anning is credited with some important finds, including the first skeleton of a plesiosaur, among other firsts. Check out this SciShow video to understand how Mary Anning shaped the scientific study of fossils. -Via Laughing Squid.
There's an ALDI in the background of Back to the Future. Has anyone noticed that before?
And there's a Games Workshop outlet in one of the final scenes in Dune. You may not have noticed that, but Michael M. of the Tumblr blog High Street Shops in Sci-Fi Movies has. He's posted screenshots from famous movies that show what the directors chose (perhaps inadvertently) to display in the background, including a Greggs in Blade Runner and a Tesco in The Fellowship of the Ring.
Stitch had always been a fan of the greats- Elvis Presley, Don Ho and Chubby Checker, just to name a few, but when he got his hands on an early David Bowie record his little alien life was changed forever. He heard Major Tom calling out to Ground Control and imagined his former life in the cosmos, listened to tales about Ziggy Stardust battling Spiders from Mars and remembered battles he'd fought in the days before the big Aloha...
Show the world you have good taste in animation and music with this Stitchy Stardust t-shirt by Fishbiscuit, it's, like, tha coolest!
What starts off as a cute video about a guy and his dog becomes an anti-drunk driving PSA. So prepare yourself -you might need a hanky. And surprisingly, it’s a tearjerker from Budweiser that doesn’t involve a Clydesdale at all. See, if you had a good sober horse to take you home, we wouldn’t have to discuss drunk driving. -via Buzzfeed
Artist Robert DeJesus accepts photographs from the public and transforms them into these whimsical drawings in the style of anime, Disney and other animated characters. His drawings are done in pencil. Judging from the list of submission guidelines DeJesus has made, he must be getting a lot of requests. Visit DeJesus' Deviant Art site to request a commission or see additional drawings. Via Laughing Squid.
Street performers are a dime-a-dozen in any city or country you go to now. Anywhere you walk, you are bound to see someone dancing or doing extreme acts of yoga or maybe even some cool (but cheesy) street magic. But how often do you encounter a crew who seemingly can keep you enthralled by doing all three at once? Seems pretty rare. In the case of the following video from Viral Hog, seems they found some incredibly talented street performers from South Africa and they turned the camera on them so the rest of the world could be as impressed as they are.
The thing to pay attention to is the floating hat trick. Not so much an actual trick as just a cool use of physics, it is still a really interesting and original move, and one I have never seen done so expertly anywhere else.
So the next time you pass a street performer, toss them a buck or two. Just because they don't make a living doing what we do, doesn't mean they any less of a right to make a living. These guys prove that by putting on an awesome show.
With sections revealing the letters found in the garden, in home furnishings, and even the letters formed by parts of the human body, you can be sure that no stone was left unturned in the making of this compelling sourcebook.
Seeing the typography of the everyday world is easy if you know what you're looking for, but be forewarned- once you start seeing the typography all around us you won't be able to stop seeing letters everywhere!
A burglar in Melbourne, Australia stole two expensive surfboards from Ross Moresi, who is pictured above. When he discovered his boards missing, Moresi called the police and alerted nearby surf shops.
A few hours later, the burglar sold the two boards to a local surf shop. He was quite casual about it. 7 News reports:
"He seemed really normal, drove a nice car, and you know was happy to hand over his licence details," said store worker Damien Bailey.
The store staff informed Moresi, who went to the local police station to inform them of this development. While he was standing in line at the front counter, Moresi heard the man in front of him identify himself with the name of the person who sold the stolen boards: Daniel Burne.
"He was spelling out his name," Ross said. "I looked down and I had that name written on a piece of paper."
"It was the guy.
"I looked at him and just said 'it's your unlucky day mate'.
"They pretty much told him you're under arrest."
Burne subsequently pled guilty to receiving stolen property.
Geoff Beattie stills lives in the Queensland, Australia, house where he grew up. Now 68, he’s had an eventful life: wooing his wife, Elaine, over her father’s objections, building a dairy farm, and raising children. A spine injury caused him to hand over the farm work to his wife while he cooked for the family for a while. Then Elaine developed leukemia, leaving him heartbroken, with four children when she died at age 38.
In the weeks and months after Elaine’s death, Geoff suffered insomnia and barely functioned by day. “I’d be lying there and I just couldn’t go to sleep,” he says. “So I hit the bottle a bit. I’d had it. I don’t know if I’d get depressed. I’d get … sad, drink half a bottle of brandy.” He points to his kitchen cupboard. “I’d have the whisky bottles lined up above me cupboard there.”
Then, late one strange and divine night as he lay awake, lost and sunk deep in the depths of longing and despair, Geoff Beattie was struck by a profound and persistent compulsion to make marmalade. He rose from his bed and walked to the kitchen. He reached for his wooden chopping board and a bag of oranges and, as his children slept, he began slowly and carefully slicing orange rinds well into the night. He cut those orange rinds with such out-of-body precision that they were thin enough to dissolve on the tongue. On the stovetop he reduced his cooking liquid with such tenderness and innate understanding that, come morning, Geoff had created a marmalade so pure and so clear, it looked like the dawn sun had chosen not to rise outside his kitchen window that day but inside the glass jar he held in his hand.
Beattie continued making marmalade and jellies and cakes, which were so impressive he began entering them in contests. He’s now won the national Florence Morgan Memorial Prize for Rich Dark Fruit Cake four times! Read the melancholy yet fascinating story of Beattie’s life, and get the recipe for his award-winning fruitcake at the Weekend Australian Magazine. -via Metafilter
Believe it or not, despite how many massive movies came and went this summer, movies in general did not do as well this summer as projected. That means, a lot of big movies did not make the money they needed to make, while a couple other movies no one expected came in and kicked butt.
To put the summer movies of 2014 in perspective, Screen Junkies hosted a panel of some of the finest in internet movie writing (though I was woefully neglected) to talk about some of the best and some of the worst movies that came out this past summer. You really can't argue with their logic (though you don't have to agree with the one person who liked the TMNT reboot. Best we will just leave that alone).
Much like the panel, I was shocked at how good Edge of Tomorrow was, but feel the need to expand on something they say. They all agree that Edge of Tomorrow was a surprisingly engaging and fun film, but that it had a super generic name. But someone should point out that the movie Edge of Tomorrow is based on a Manga book called All You Need Is Kill.
Now that, my friends, is a name that would have brought the movie the crowd it deserved. Okay, that is all. Just proving my worth for the next time they have one of these panels.
Redditor delpaint often does arty things with his glorious beard. This one is called the Galaxy Beard, and it came with a long-term contract of sorts. The post was titled “No amount of hot showers will get rid of the glitter on me now.” The picture is awesome, but remember that glitter lasts forever. He may be finding glitter on his collars for years, if he ever gets enough of it out of the beard to look normal again.
When a bunch of frat boys started brawling their yuppified brains out on the LSU parade grounds one intrepid reporter dared to film the fight with his smartphone, adding his own comedic reactions to the tragic scene:
His name is Skinny Vadamalez, and he just happened to find himself ringside for the Greek letter organization battle of the month, which gave birth to a brief yet hilarious video he called "When White People Fight".
Skinny's emoting skills are sure to land him a job providing silent color commentary for the UFC, and his candid footage may lead to several arrests!