Love them or hate them, at least hipster bartenders know how to make delicious cocktails (even if they are way overpriced) but it's safe to say robots won't be replacing human bartenders anytime soon.
That's because robots just don't have the finesse and flair to sling drinks, and they make horrible conversationalists because they don't possess an empathy chip.
There are a few robots out there who can effectively pour a pint of beer, but they clearly weren't built by roboteer Simone Giertz- because her beer-pourin' bot can't even set the glass down without shattering it! (NSFW language)
It's really hard to catch every horror movie that comes out in a year, and even harder to hunt down great new films when you have to hack your way through so many crappy horror flicks to find the choice cuts.
Add the international releases and the search becomes way too bloody tough, so rather than going mad reading movie reviews you should check out this list of 10 Horror Movies You Missed In 2016 and go global.
Rick and Morty is set to return to screens sometime soon, so fans need to prepare their eyeballs for all the muliverse madness, all the Meeseeks mayhem, and all those surprising twists that make us yell "WTF?!" at the TV screen.
Because there's never been another TV show, animated or otherwise, like the Rick and Morty TV show, and fans tune in to have their minds blown out of their skulls by all the madcap plots Harmon & Roiland create.
Photographer and filmmaker Chris Burkard records surfers and other extreme adventurers. Surfing in Iceland is definitely an extreme adventure. In this video from The Big Story, Burkard talks about what he does and about how a severe storm in Iceland led to an amazing opportunity to photograph a surfer under the Aurora Borealis.
People are people as the old saying goes and that means sometimes people do stupid things and on rare occassion, those stupid things result in priceless pieces of art, historical artifacts and amazing natural formations being destroyed. This Travel.alot artilce details 10 such tales, ranging from people making totally understandable mistakes to mindblowingly stupid behaviors that make you just hate people. For example:
Goblin Valley State Park is named for its goblins or "hoodoos"—rock formations that look like enormous boulders sitting atop tiny perches. The rock itself is 170 million years old, and it took some 25 million years of erosion to carve the shapes as they appear today. Boy Scout leaders Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor, and Dylan Taylor filmed themselves toppling one over, claiming it was a "safety hazard." The three men were kicked out for violating the Scouts' "Take only pictures, leave only footprints" precepts, and were given a year's worth of probation and fines.
A year's probation? That's nothing for destroying a priceless natural formation!
She'd always known that in order to get where she wanted to go in life she would have to follow her fate and let the path which had already been set for her guide her to her heroic destiny. But she found it very hard to follow this path because a blue police box kept blocking her way! Merida was wary of the box at first, but since she was a brave and curious soul she couldn't help but wonder how the box kept appearing in her path, and what was inside the box. One day she finally worked up the nerve to knock on the door and see if anybody would answer, and to her surprise somebody did- an oddly dressed man who carried a magic wand the likes of which she'd never seen before, who called himself The Doctor...
Get geared up for adventure with this Follow Your Fate t-shirt by Karen Hallion, it's a fun and imaginative design that will make your fellow Whovians drool with delight!
That one scene we all remember so well from The Empire Strikes Back is now available with an all-cat cast! Pasdidée set up the frame and then had to be very patient for his two cats to get their parts right. Here the human version and cat version are shown side-by-side, or rather, top and bottom, as it were.
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!
compiled by Tenzing Terwilliger, Improbable Research staff
Poets, since ancient days, have suffered (and in some cases, also celebrated) a reputation for being sufferers. Several researchers have tried to assess how, what and whether poets suffer. These four studies present compelling evidence for or against the prevailing beliefs.
Possible Pathology for Poets “Poetry or Pathology? Jesuit Hypochondria in Early Modern Naples,” Yasmin Haskell, Early Science and Medicine, vol. 12, no. 2, 2007, pp. 187–213 (http://dx.doi. org/10.1163/157338207X194686). The author, at the University of Western Australia, Crawley, explains:
In their didactic poems on fishing and chocolate, both published in 1689, two Neapolitan Jesuits digressed to record and lament a devastating ‘plague’ of ‘hypochondria’. The poetic plagues of Niccolò Giannettasio and Tommaso Strozzi have literary precedents in Lucretius, Vergil, and Fracastoro, but it will be argued that they also have a real, contemporary significance. Hypochondria was considered to be a serious (and epidemic) illness in the seventeenth century, with symptoms ranging from depression to delusions. Not only did our Jesuit poets claim to have suffered from it, but so did prominent members of the ‘Accademia degl’Investiganti’, a scientific society in Naples that was at odds with both the religious and medical establishments.
New Jersey is well known for its toll roads, but while the small fees are normally a minor annoyance to most drivers, one man is actually facing jail time for owing over one million dollars in tolls. Of course, he didn't drive all those miles on his own -Lester Morales owns a trucking company in the state that sends more than 100 trucks through the tolls more than 100 times a day.
When he was arrested for theft of services, Morales was about to board a flight to Aruba, although his lawyer says he was only going to go on a short vacation and wasn't fleeing the country to escape his bills.
Lucas Peterson at Lucky Peach made us all a graph that sorts Hostess snacks by not only taste, but by how easily each one's name can be given to a pet. As someone who named a cat Marshmallow*, I heartily approve. -via Digg
Passengers get really annoyed every time a flight attendant tells them to turn off their phones and devices while the plane is taking off or landing, but they begrudgingly comply.
Some angry phone addicts will even argue they read an article online that said they don't really need to turn their phones off anymore, because there is a picocell on the plane.
Well, they're right as long as they're on a plane equipped with picocell technology, but chances are they're being told to turn their devices off because the plane does not have a picocell.
And maybe if passengers understood that cell phone signals bounce off multiple towers, which makes it hard for pilots to clearly communicate with control towers, they would comply without all that grumbling!
Most of us end up doing something for a living that we didn't plan for as kids. But there are jobs out there that are rare, odd, and probably difficult to get into unless you just happen to fall into them. Can you imagine majoring in French literature and then getting a job as a professional bridesmaid?
Most people believe that in order to be a bridesmaid, you must be close friends with a bride. This is not the case. There is a company called Bridesmaids For Hire, where the bride-to-be can hire a woman to be her bridesmaid. Some women don’t have many women friends, which can make the wedding party uneven. Some women don’t have responsible friends. The bride needs a bridesmaid who is willing to do the work on the big day. She needs someone there to handle problems when they arise and to make her day easier. If a bride doesn’t have any friends who can handle the job, she can hire a bridesmaid. Bridesmaids For Hire offers a variety of packages, and the cost ranges from $300 to $2,000, depending on the package that you choose.
If you hear tap-tap-tapping at your window and creaky cracking sounds go turn on your heater and steel your nerves- because you've got an ice ghost outside your window looking to chill you to the bone.
Ice ghosts are hard to spot until they're fully formed, but the photo above should help you spot that spirited chunk of ice before it breaks in and wraps you in death's cold embrace.
And if you're thinking about doing some barbecuing during the winter months but your barbecue has been sitting outside you'd better call an exorcist first...
Now their neighbors in need have access to free food from a food pantry close to home, and those who want to directly help their neighbors can share food knowing it will go to somebody who lives nearby.
But the Ballards aren't the first people to install a pantry box in their neighborhood, as NPR reports:
Similar "yard-based" food pantries have gone up across the country, in states like Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Florida and Minnesota. Much of it seems to trace back to Jessica McClard, who created what she calls the "little free pantry" in northwest Arkansas.
"The products that are stocked are put directly inside the pantry and turnover is in about 30 to 45 minutes," McClard says. "The frequency of the turnover and the fact that other sites in town are also turning over that frequently, it suggests to me that the need is tremendous."
The hobbits were definitely tough little guys who were able to handle a lot more than anyone thought they could, and both the dwarves and the elves proved they had nerve and mettle to spare. But do you know who's the toughest character by far in Middle Earth? The wizard Gandalf, that's who, because the guy came face-to-face with a balrog and didn't even break a sweat! If anyone deserves to be thought of as a hero it's Gandalf, the guy in the pointy hat and robe who helped save the world time and time again.
Declare your love of classic fantasy creatures with this Demon Of Morgoth t-shirt by Dr.Monekers, it's one fiery design that's sure to blow your fellow fantasy fans away!
Dragons are still capturing the imagination of adults and children alike after centuries of breathing fire and battling armored knights, and yet artists often have a hard time coming up with original dragon designs.
This means most of the dragon-shaped stuff that comes out looks like the same olde same olde, but the felted characters created by Russian artist Alena Bobrova are fantastically unique.
Alena's dragons have lots of scales and spines and such growing out of their backs, and some are even sprouting 'shrooms because they're just that lazy.
The best thing about Alena's felted dragons is that each one's totally unique, with a very distinct color scheme and personality, so the humans who adopt them know their dragon is theirs and theirs alone!
The Walking Dead has accomplished something few other TV shows ever could- the mainstreaming of extreme horror.
No horror TV show has a demographic as wide as The Walking Dead, which is great for the people involved with the show but is seen as a problem by censorship groups who are afraid young children will be exposed to the show.
Alana says "all of the parents are 100 percent supporting me and love the pictures", and most of the photos look like kids horsing around, a bit violent perhaps but nothing too crazy...until you get to photos like these:
Maybe knowing what happened on the show is what makes this pic seem so creepy, but it's still a shot of a kid putting a revolver to the back of another kid's head execution-style, so it's easy to see why there'd be controversy!
Disneyland and Disney World have better restaurants than the typical theme park. Whether you're in the mood for fine dining, something perfect for kids or a little bit of both, the parks have you covered. And thanks to Travel and Leisure, now you can know which of the restaurants at the park are the best no matter what you're looking for.
Of course, if you want to visit all the restuarants, you'll have to travel both coasts and different parks and hotels, but if you're a big enough Disney fan, that won't be much of a problem anyway.
Idaho resident Nelson Wilson has a heated water tank for his horses that birds like to drink from during the winter. Unfortunately, this little sparrow got his feet wet and then decided to take a break on the metal fence, leaving him stuck with nowhere to go.
While the bird was scared of Nelson as he approached, he seems to have accepted that the man was trying to help him by the end. A little warm breath and some patience were ultimately all it took to save the little guy.
If you’ve ever tried to psychoanalyze Darth Vader or wondered why James Bond drinks his martinis “shaken, not stirred,” you’re not alone. Some medical journals have a tradition of diagnosing the “ailments” of fictional, biblical, and even cartoon characters.
Patient: Humpty Dumpty
Medical Complaint: Multiple eggshell fractures sustained following “a great fall” from a wall. Afterward, “all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.”
Physicians’ Notes: “We question whether ‘all the king’s horses and all the king’s men’ were capable of launching an appropriate medical intervention after Mr. Dumpty’s unfortunate accident. The presence of ‘all the king’s men’ also suggests a shocking lack of crowd control. Could the crowded scene explain the inability of the responders to ‘put Humpty together again?’ ” (Canadian Medical Association Journal, December 2003)
Patient: James Bond, British secret agent 007
Medical Issue: Alcohol consumption. Two researchers read 14 of Ian Fleming’s original James Bond novels and made a note of every drink he consumed. “Days when Bond was unable to drink (usually because of incarceration or injury) were also logged.”
Mario eats mushrooms that look way too brightly colored to be safe, and the red and white ones are clearly inspired by fly amanita mushrooms, which can be toxic if not ingested properly.
But Mario has all the extra lives he could ever need, which make it okay for him to ingest potentially toxic substances, so what are humans with one life left supposed to eat instead of toxic mushrooms?
How about radishes that are sliced to look just like power up mushrooms from the Marioverse?
The Ravanello won't actually imbue radishes with the power-up abilities of a Mario mushroom, nor will it make people who can't stand radishes suddenly change their minds, but it does make some adorable food art!
This is one of the reasons you waste time: you have so much to do, you don't know what to do first. That can lead to nothing at all getting done! But as you make your to-do list, put your priorities in order. The you'll have a clear idea of what's most important. In this comic from Chris at Lunarbaboon, the process resembles getting your ducks in a row, even if they are shaped like little devils.
Flowers are pretty and all, but they don't really do much. If you want to impress someone who doesn't care about aesthetics all that much, skip the traditional bouquet and instead visit Say It With Beef where you can buy a Broquet made of delicious meat products life beef sticks and jerky. The flowers come in two varieties -daisies and roses and they even come in a special romantic pint glass or beer mug.
Digitalsoju TV took some people who escaped from North Korea years ago to one of the best barbecue restaurants in South Korea. They also recruited a master barbecue chef and flew in a variety of American barbecue sauces. The people who were trying all these cuts of meat and sauces for the first time were quite impressed (as I'm sure anyone would be).
But the food is mainly a starting point for a discussion about the difference between North Korea and the rest of the world. They tell us about the food, the farms, and the customs they grew up with, and especially the North Korean government that takes everything from the people to feed the administration and military. It's all in Korean with subtitles, but well worth the watch. -via reddit, where two of the video producers answer questions.
Warning: if you watch this, you will end up hungry.
Some people spend money like it grows on a tree in their front yard, while others scrimp and save every dime so they can have that nest egg waiting for them when they finally decide to shell out some cash.
Those alien space invaders seem like they'd be awe-inspiringly massive in the classic arcade game, but in real life their little pixelated space ships are so tiny they wouldn't scare a house cat! But despite their small size their pew-pew squares can do some real damage, but those antiquated little suckers are stuck moving from left to right anyway so it's not that hard to dodge their shots. It's actually hard to imagine why game designers thought such silly little starships would pose a threat to the Earth, but they do get bonus points for being the first to blow the whistle on the invasion of the mini aliens!
Add a touch of 80s arcade magic to your geeky wardrobe with this Game Over, Little Dude t-shirt by Pacalin, it's a great way to celebrate the days when entertainment came a quarter at a time.
The book recounts stories from his own patients and from the patients of other renowned European doctors to support his claim that masturbation is deleterious to a person’s body and mind. Tissot also uses quotes from the ancient physicians, such as Galen and Celsus, as well as the most noted doctors of his day, such as Herman Boerhaave, to further strengthen his claim.
It's pretty easy to see how he might come to those conclusions. First off, everyone who went to the physician for treatment had a physical illness. Secondly, not only did everyone masturbate, in the 16th century most of them felt guilty about it, and it was easier to confess to the doctor than to the priest. The correlation was clear. You can read quite a few pages of the book, but the reviews are the best part of the Amazon page, even though most reviewers admit that they have already gone blind. Now I can look forward to weird contextual ads following me around the 'net. It's an occupational hazard. -via Blame It On The Voices