Many celebrities consider hosting Saturday Night Live to be a career highlight, a personal achievement that means they’ve really made it as an actor or comedian, and then there are those who just don’t give a damn.
They’re the rogues of the hosting world, the celebs who become outcasts by acting inappropriately, using foul language during a live taping or by simply being too hard to work with. They’re all part of an exclusive club of celebrities who have been banned from hosting SNL.
That very exclusive club includes Steven Seagal, who had the worst sketch ideas ever and was dubbed “Worst Host Ever” by Lorne Michaels, and Martin Lawrence, who delivered an unedited and filthy monologue about feminine hygiene that knocked the network censors off their office chairs.
It’s not unusual for the parent in the passenger seat to record video of the baby in the backseat. This compilation of clips proves that there’s a universal reaction to riding through an unexpected tunnel for these little ones. “Hey! The world changed!” Or something like that. The totally unrelated music in this video only adds to the surrealism. Metafilter has a string of puns and jokes about what’s going on in their heads, including the title of their link post: OMG, it's full of cars!
This clever ad for Norwegian Airlines by M&C Saatchi shows you just a few places that you can travel to: France, Thailand, Finland, Poland, and the Netherlands. Sorry, Bhutan travellers—you’ll have to change flights somewhere along the journey.
In his Life of Julius Caesar, the Greco-Roman historian Plutarch described a time when the future dictator of Rome read a biography of Alexander the Great. It saddened Caesar because he felt he had accomplished so little in his life compared to Alexander:
. . . when he was at leisure and was reading from the history of Alexander, he was lost in thought for a long time, and then burst into tears. His friends were astonished, and asked the reason for his tears. "Do you not think," said he, "it is matter for sorrow that while Alexander, at my age, was already king of so many peoples, I have as yet achieved no brilliant success?
Surely even the greatest among the living today must feel the same upon seeing this man chop through boards that are on fire while simultaneously playing an electric guitar.
For the first time ever, a person has scaled Niagara Falls while it's in a frozen state. Ice climber Will Gadd braved the treacherous, unstable climbing conditions to complete the stunt. He explained the challenges of his frozen feat:
"The ice is formed in layers. That means there's a layer of ice, then snow (with a lot of air), then another layer of ice. It's unstable, for sure."
Gadd used ice axes, crampons and a specially-designed ice hook to climb the falls. Read a more detailed account of Gadd's climbhere.
Gru had quit his job as supervillain to reevaluate his goals in life and rediscover the American dream, but every time he took a nap he saw that sexy little minion falling into a pile of bananas. The image was disturbing to say the least, but Gru blamed it on the Banana Juice he had been drinking in excess every day, and yet, despite all logical thought, he found the banana dream oddly a-peeling...
Add some geeky gorgeousness to your wardrobe with this Minion Beauty t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas, it's sure to make your fellow minion fans go bananas!
Here we have a rare video from Kruger National Park in South Africa that doesn’t involve any blood, death, or mutterings of “that’s nature’s way.” A lioness had somehow gotten separated from her pride -for three days. She hid in the brush and sadly called out for them. Then on the third day, here they come down the road! She wants to make sure its her pride, but as soon as she recognizes them, the party is on. -via Arbroath
Just when you think the awkward family portraits bar has been set, someone goes and sets it a little bit higher (or, rather, lower). One has to wonder if these thirteen misguided pet owners regret their portrait concept in retrospect (or whether they were serious in the first place). Only one thing is certain: the animals are trapped in a shame spiral. -Via Distractify
Australian novelist Colleen McCullough, who wrote The Thorn Birds, died on Thursday at age 77. Her obituary at The Australian (warning: auto play video) began with this paragraph:
COLLEEN McCullough, Australia’s best selling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: “I’ve never been into clothes or figure and the interesting thing is I never had any trouble attracting men.”
Fans and non-fans alike were struck that, after a lifetime of accomplishment as both a scientist and an author, McCullough’s obituary would begin with her appearance and then her relationships with men. The reaction was immediate, as pointed out by The Guardian. New Zealand’s Stuff reacted by composing similar obituaries for renowned male authors. Twitter users mocked The Australian by using the same style for their own obituaries under the hashtag #myozobituary.
Although his beard looked like someone had glued it on & his hair would have been unconvincing as a wig, he married a rockstar #MyOzObituary
From PBJto BYO Oreos! The folks at Foodbeast TV give a video demo of how to take your Oreos from sober to drunken in a few easy steps. I noticed that some readers on other posts of this video commented that they thought the filling should be either left on or mixed into the drunken filling. Hey, that's the perfect excuse to make a second "compare and contrast" batch! -Via Foodbeast
Everybody loves music- it's the sound that soothes our savage souls, the beats we dance to, the ringtones in our phones and the rhythms we hear as we make our way through the world. Everywhere you go people are groovin' to their favorite tunes because hearing a great song puts the world in a groovy mood!
Music and geekdom make a perfect pair, and in the NeatoShop you'll find all kinds of cool designs that combine your favorite geeky subject matter with musical flair, most of which are only available in the rockinest online store- the NeatoShop!
The upcoming movie Jurassic Word has a theme park website, featuring a map, park features, and a link to the company behind its creation. Some of the pages are disabled, or rather marked as “coming soon” because the park isn’t yet open, but you can follow the countdown of the days until it is. They do have pages on the dinosaurs, including the new genetically-modified monster they call Indominus rex. It’s forty feet long and has a scream that can reach 160 decibels.
We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered.
At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Gigantosaurus. Fearsome indeed.
The conceit here is that real dinosaurs that we know about aren’t scary enough, so they had to create one even more dangerous. From the silhouette icon, it appears that I. rex has an advantage over T. rex in that its arms are long enough to reach out and grab a movie star. And its teeth, while capable of tearing a movie star to shreds, do not meet properly. Whether that’s a glitch in the genetic modification technique or not, it could well make the creature angry enough to lash out at its creators. Jurassic World is due in theaters in June. -via Gamma Squad
The Japanese toy line Konapun includes scale model kitchens that people can use to make food. In the past, the food has been fake. But the company also manufactures a stove so realistic that you can cook a proper, albeit very small, meal on it.
In this video, YouTube member AAAjoken prepares scrambled eggs, sausage, and coffee using Konapun utensils and a stove. He serves them on two plates and cups on a tiny kotatsu.
In 1921, suffering from a “nervous disorder,” T.S. Eliot took a three-month hiatus from his day job. The 33-year-old had been working as a clerk in the London sub-basement of Lloyds Bank for four years. But with the luxury of time, the part-time poet focused his attention on completing his magnum opus, “The Waste Land.”
Released in 1922, Eliot’s haunting and defiantly oblique work is a landmark of modernism; even at its most impenetrable, one reviewer admitted that Eliot’s work possessed “the music of ideas.” Ezra Pound, too, was impressed. Convinced of Eliot’s genius, Pound reckoned that the grunt work was smothering his creativity. “Some of us consider Eliot’s employment in a bank the worst waste in contemporary literature,” Pound bemoaned.
Of course, financing poetry is a problem as old as poetry itself. For Emily Dickinson or Lord Byron, the answer was simple—being born into the right family relieved them of the worry. Others turned to hack writing to stock the till. Walt Whitman penned a temperance tract while guzzling cheap wine. Edgar Allan Poe cranked out newspaper filler like “Why Not Try a Mineralized Pavement?” When William Wordsworth landed a decidedly unromantic job as a tax collector, he could take comfort in the knowledge that Geoffrey Chaucer had been a customs comptroller in the 14th century. “There’s no money in poetry,” Robert Graves once observed, “but then there’s no poetry in money either.”
Your family deserves better than the chuckles and whispers that will follow from an icicle death on a warm day. Find a better way, such as a fatal blogging accident or being crushed to death under your collection of My Little Pony toys.
Mac is the littlest guy in the World Video Boxing Association but he has the biggest heart, and in his colorful virtual world that counts for more than mere muscles. He doesn't have the flashiest outfit, or a ridiculously cool looking finishing move, but Little Mac has the power of the controller wielding Console Overlords behind him and a smile that drives the girls wild! When he met his main squeeze Samus it was love at first sight, that is after she took off the helmet, but Mac doesn't like being the weak link in the relationship, especially when he once had to punch out Tyson...
Share your love of classic console gaming with this SHORT GUYS NEED LOVE TOO! t-shirt by OhHeyDJ, wear it and watch yourself transform into a total knockout!
Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt is more proof that "self taught" photographers can reach the same level of excellence as those with formal training. Lagerstedt's fabulous landscapes are a mixture of techniques; he sometimes uses compositing of differently timed exposures. He describes his process in detail, as well as giving tutorials, on his website.
If you're preparing to visit the United States for the first time, you might want to read up on traditional American cuisine. You can probably find some burger joints scattered throughout the country to keep you fed. But to experience true American food, you should get away from the tourist areas and eat like the natives.
When on Earth has a helpful guide to 10 American foods. They are commonplace in American restaurants and supermarkets, but foreigners often think of them as strange. Try them! You'll enjoy fried rattlesnake, bull testicles, pickled pigs' feet, and akutaq, which is a Native Alaskan dessert consisting of polar bear fat, seal oil, snow, and berries. Dig in!
Raphael Orlove of Jalopnik proposes that this woman is the reincarnation of escape artist Harry Houdini. This dashcam footage from Taiwan shows a bicyclist crossing a street. A car hits the front of her bike. She's within a few inches of getting hit herself. But she neatly steps off the bicycle with perfect poise.
Mental Floss put together this interesting list of facts about life as an employee in the warehouses of Amazon. One aspect addressed is the metal detectors by which warehouse workers must be scanned prior to leaving the premises for lunch or at the end of the work day.
Charlee Mided, who worked in an Amazon warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona, said there was a huge rush among the workers to get in line for the security scan, particularly at lunchtime. He elaborated,
“If you’re way over on one side of the warehouse and lunch is called, you have 30 minutes from that point to clock out, eat, and come back. You’re spending half your time waiting to be scanned out so you can be sure you’re not stealing anything. It leaves you with about 10 minutes for food.”
When it's time to clock out, there is the same hurry to get in line for the metal detectors. The minutes spent in line is time for which the employees aren't paid, according to a Supreme Court decision on the matterissued in late 2014.
Read 12 other facts about work in Amazon warehouses here.
Roy Blakey spent 15 years as a professional ice skater with various shows, including Holiday on Ice, during its heyday in the mid-20th century. Along the way, he began to collect souvenirs, and now is an avid collector of vintage ice show ephemera. Blakey tells us about the history of ice shows, which took off in the U.S. and spread all over the world.
Collectors Weekly: Ice shows seem an odd and somewhat cumbersome U.S. export.
Blakey: Well, Morris Chalfen was a genius. He realized ice shows needed no translation; that they would appeal to people all over the world. But the origin of the international shows goes back to the portable ice shows—or tank shows, as we called them—in the U.S., which started with Carl Snyder in 1943. Snyder had been booking bands into hotels when he decided to start producing tank shows. He’d bring a 20-by-20-foot ice rink right into a nightclub or the theater-restaurant of a fancy hotel. The story I heard is that the first one was in Toledo, Ohio, during Christmas and New Year’s, so he called it Holiday on Ice.
Shortly after that, two brothers from Milwaukee named Cal and Emery Gilbert, who owned an ice rink in Toledo called the Ice House, invited Holiday on Ice to perform at their rink. Emery was a brilliant technician, and he figured out how to enlarge Snyder’s portable rink to arena-size. The three became partners, and after a couple of years, Morris Chalfen heard about this little Holiday on Ice company and invested some money in it so they could build several arena-sized, portable ice rinks. That way they could have one rink going in the city where they were performing while another was being set up in the next city for the next show. It made everything more efficient, which was important since by then Holiday on Ice was competing with the Ice Follies, the Ice Capades, and the Hollywood Ice Review, which starred Sonja Henie.
In fact, those three companies had signed exclusives with all of the big arenas, which meant Holiday on Ice was frozen out of places like Madison Square Garden in New York and Chicago Stadium. Holiday on Ice needed its portable rinks, but that turned out to be a big plus for them in that they could go wherever they wanted. They could play on a theater stage, a basketball court, an outdoor football stadium, even a bullring, which they first did in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Two brave breakers from Germany named LIL AMOK and BBoy Snoopproved they're down to undertake dangerous dance missions by performing with fireworks strapped to their feet.
Their mad moves look even more incredible with those colorful sparks flying off their sneakers and into the air, and the whole thing culminates in an unreal headspin finale sure to leave you all fired up!
According to a 2012 census by the US Department of Agriculture, there are 2,621,514 goats in the United States. Christopher Ingram of the Washington Post notes that that's more goats than the combined human populations of Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, and Washington, D.C.
In Sutton County, Texas,goats outnumber humans 14 to 1. And most of those goats are raised for meat. What will happen when the goats realize this?
Grammar Girl and Quick and Dirty Tips author Mignon Fogarty writes this list of top ten grammar myths, which has points that might fool even the most contentious of internet grammar hawks. But there's one thing we all know: irregardless is not a word. Right? That loud buzzing sound says wrong (and so does Fogarty). She explains,
“Irregardless” is a bad word and a word you shouldn't use, but it is a word. “Floogetyflop” isn't a word—I just made it up and you have no idea what it means. “Irregardless,” on the other hand, is in almost every dictionary labeled as nonstandard. You shouldn't use it if you want to be taken seriously, but it has gained wide enough use to qualify as a word.
Read the rest of Fogarty's top ten grammar myths here.
For centuries they'd yelled "Vive la France!" before heading into battle, but when they heard the sounds made by The Demon and those face painted fret freaks from a little band called Kiss they swapped the France out for Rock 'n' Roll. Those savage rock rhythms really spoke to their fine French hearts, and they soon discovered that rock music makes the perfect soundtrack for everything from a violent revolution to a bloodless coup d'etat!
Show the world you've been a fan since way back when, wear this French Kissers t-shirt by tomburns and rock the world like a fine face painted French fop!
Redditor dfreshv is brilliant! Take a peanut butter Oreo, a strawberry/raspberry Oreo, remove a cookie end from each, combine what's left, and you've got a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Make a bunch of them and that's a full and reasonably healthy meal.