Instagram member geeohsnap is an artist in Norway. He takes pictures of random people that he sees. He then loads those photos into Snapchat and uses doodling tools to add important details, such as animals waiting for public transportation or people playing silly games in public. All of us ordinary people live extraordinary lives in his world.
These images of feminine and feline wiles on display are from a Tumblr by the name of Cats That Look Like Pinup Girls. The site is amusing; check it out if you're so inclined. But be warned: while your work might well tolerate naked cats in provocative poses, they may not feel the same about nude pinups, even if they're drawings.
Everyone assumes the world will look like a total nightmare when the zombie apocalypse comes, but in reality even a horde of walking dead can't diminish the Earth's natural beauty. Just look to the night sky and you'll see the beauty of the world we live in, and nobody appreciates that beauty more than those who have survived the hordes of walking dead, who fight for life in a world slowly being taken back by nature...
Bring a touch of frightful beauty to your geeky wardrobe with this Starry Night Z t-shirt by Ddjvigo, and show the world you appreciate fine art...and zombies!
A truck is better. But what if you don’t have a truck? Or even just a length of rope that can be used to tie it to the roof of the car? That’s when you ask a friend to help you—a friend that really loves you, but you regard as a bit expendable.
Police in West Auckland, New Zealand are looking for these two men (presumably there’s someone driving the car) who were spotted transporting a refrigerator on the roof of a Nissan. But rather than congratulating them on their daring, they would like to warn the men that what they did was dangerous. Such spoilsports!
I have to say I was honestly surprised by an article at Sploid that explains how KFC makes fried chicken. First, I was surprised that so many people did not already know how fried chicken is made, and also by how many people were surprised by KFC’s technique. But then I remembered that I live down the street from Colonel Sander’s first restaurant (now a museum) and that I’ve made fried chicken all my life. I also worked at KFC for a short time, which I’m sure many folks have. But if it’s new to you, it’s worth telling you about.
The process is pretty much how your grandmother would make chicken (and you should have paid attention), with one big difference: the pressure frying. Grandma would love to be able to fully cook chicken pieces in ten minutes like KFC does, but the equipment to do it is large and expensive. Read the entire procedure at Sploid.
Geraint is a lucky boy. His father, Ryan, was planning this costume for years before he was born. It’s a Sunder mech from the BattleTech universe. Imgur member PutABowOnIt writes:
My husband had this costume planned for several years, long before we had a child. The inspiration was a computer game he played in high school. When we found out we were having a baby, he got to work. Ryan sketched out the rough designs probably two months before Geraint was born. With so much baby stuff coming in the mail, we had plenty of boxes for him to work with, so he just had to buy a few things to make it.
The frame is cardboard wrapped around PVC pipe and held in place with zip ties. It’s a flexible form with Velcro keeping the limbs attached at the joints. The visual details are made of foam board.
Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series reinvented the concept of religious horror, and brought the fear of bodily harm to the audience with some mighty inventive anatomical gore that made them squirm in their seats.
Hellraiser has become a mainstay in the world of horror, yet Pinhead and his Cenobite crew haven’t had their carcasses picked over like other classic horror movies, and many of their dark secrets have remained unknown for decades.
Everybody knows that Hellraiser is based on Clive's novel The Hellbound Heart, but did you know that he wrote and directed the film?
Clive didn't want the film to become one of those "truly appalling adaptations", so he took it upon himself to learn how to direct. He ran in to one problem, though, when he discovered that both books on film directing were checked out at his local library!
Obesity is a growing problem in America. As we've noted previously, it affects not just humans, but also America's laboratory animals. Now even crash test dummies used in car safety studies are putting on extra weight. Pictured above is a new dummy designed by Humanetics, a company that specializes in that field. It weighs 273 pounds and has a BMI (body mass index) of 35. CNN reports:
Humanetics are also rolling out their next generation THOR (Test device for Human Occupant Restraint) for median range occupants, with the most advanced sensitivity yet.
"The idea of these new dummies that they start to measure new types of load, (such as) shoulder loads, they interact with restraints better," says Dr. Joel Stitzel, director of the Center for Injury Biomechanics. "They have more measurement capabilities, so they can do a better job of predicting injury."
At the time they were created, no one ever thought that the tiny images on matchbox covers would be collectors items one day. Not only are they nice little pieces of anonymous art, but they give us a glimpse into the era, the country, and the advertising culture in which they were printed.
Matchbox labels from Eastern Europe often featured government-owned businesses or public health and safety messages—yet despite their bureaucratic messaging, the designs incorporate a bright, clean modernism. As McDevitt asked on her blog, “Why did this area of the world embrace modern design and imagery when many countries, including Britain, still preferred the Victorian aesthetic?” By adopting the Mid-Century Modern forms, these socialist states projected the brightest of futures, even in a time of Cold War tensions. The labels capture a time of transition, carefully balancing a reverence for nature and family with Space Age technology and urban living.
Among them is this Butterfinger ice cream cake made by Betsy of JavaCupcake. She made it upon request as her husband’s birthday cake. It’s made of vanilla ice cream, graham crackers, butter, whipping cream, sugar, and, of course, Butterfinger bars.
Ambition is a short film to advertise the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission. Rosetta met up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in August, and will deploy the the Philae lander to land on the surface of the comet on November 12th. It will be a major event in the history of space exploration.
Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) and Aisling Franciosi star as master and apprentice talking about the mission as ancient history. The film was produced by Platige Image and directed by Tomek Bagiński. -via Digg
Ádám Török, a product designer in Sopron, Hungary, made this scooter for a school graduation project. His premise is that in the future, most vehicles will be portable. This is a flexible form of transportation. If your bus is late, you don’t have to walk to your destination. You can just take off your belt and scoot there. It's made of metal and plywood and weighs less than 4 pounds.
Jack-o’-lantern carving has gone from simple cutout features to full blown squash sculptures with amazingly realistic detail and horrifying Halloween appeal, and one of the artists taking the pumpkin carving game to new heights is Jon Neill.
Jon’s incredibly detailed pumpkin sculptures are simply oozing with personality, and in his gifted hands a simple squash becomes a thing of horrifying beauty.
Jon enjoys creating characters both hilarious and terrifying- some look like they’d be fun to hang with at a party, while others look like they'd rather be sinking their teeth into trick or treaters.
In what one writer called a "manvalanche of epic proportions," these men are a few of the masculine natural disasters taking part in the World Beard & Moustache Championships 2014, held in Portland, Oregon. So much facial hair, so few comments I should make here.
Put some fun in your Halloween festivities with a horror comedy that’s more family-friendly than anything you’ll find under the horror label: Beetlejuice! The 1988 movie was Tim Burton’s second feature film as director, sandwiched between Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Batman. And here’s some neat things you might not know about Beetlejuice:
5. Sammy Davis Jr. was Burton's first choice for Beetlejuice.
The laid-back Rat Pack member would have likely brought a very different vibe to Beetlejuice. Burton described the reaction from his producers to this casting suggestion as "deer caught in headlights." Producer David Geffen stepped in and suggested Michael Keaton. Though the star had already seen success with Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously, and Gung Ho, Keaton was an actor totally unknown to Burton. But once he saw him in action, Beetlejuice proved to be the start to a fruitful period of collaboration between the director and star that went on to include Batman and Batman Returns.
10. Beetlejuice was nearly called Scared Sheetless.
In the book Burton on Burton, the Beetlejuice director revealed that studio execs weren't fans of the film's title and pushed to change it to House Ghosts. Repulsed by this idea, Burton jokingly suggested Scared Sheetless as an alternate name, and was appalled when Warner Bros. actually considered it.
Maisie is asleep in her carseat until the music starts. Once she hears the beat, she springs from sleep into action. Even wiping the sleep out of her eyes becomes a dance move. Maisie is a role model for dancing babies everywhere. There's no sleep for the rhythmic. -Via Tastefully Offensive
The title makes this sound like some kind of art mashup, but in this case, the Boston hockey players are dressed up as characters from the Disney movie Frozen. The occasion is their annual Halloween visit to Boston Children’s Hospital to hand out goodies to kids who’ll miss trick-or-treating in their neighborhoods. Let's see who these Bruins are:
If you’re like me and have by some wizardry escaped seeing the film, and can’t tell your Olafs from your…um…other people…here’s a helpful key (from left to right): Kevan Miller is dressed as Kristoff, Matt Fraser is Anna, Matt Bartkowski is Sven the Reindeer, Seth Griffith is Hans, Torey Krug is Olaf the Snowman (I knew there was an Olaf in there somewhere!) and Dougie Hamilton is Elsa, the Snow Queen. Dougie Hamilton might also be my new favourite hockey player.
Got a great picture of your Halloween costume from this year or from Halloweens long ago? Then head over to Instagram and enter your costume in our NeatoShop costume contest. Just tag your image with @NeatoShop and you could win four tees from the NeatoShop. The contest ends at midnight PST on Halloween night, so upload your pic today!
Halloween, done right, has various standards and protocols. Cats are not free of such regimens. In this video, Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama) provide this handy guide for their other feline friends instructing them as to how to navigate their way through this human holiday with kitty self respect and sense of superiority intact. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Speedsters aren't born able to run faster than the speed of light, they're the result of an experiment gone wrong which fills them with the energy of motion. Their abilities don't evolve in a natural manner either, and learning to control your fleet feet requires a lot of trial and error and a firm grasp of what your new body can do. Becoming a speedster can be a mighty excruciating experience, but after you grow accustomed to your newfound abilities your life will become one wild ride!
Share some superhero science with the world by wearing this Speedster Evolution t-shirt by Eman!, it's got plenty of flash and may help you prevent a fashion crisis!
Holiday themed episodes are like eye candy to TV junkies like me, and each year we look forward to watching our favorite characters get all dressed up for a Halloween themed episode sure to get us into the spooky spirit.
What sounds spookier: The theme to the movie Halloween, or Vincent Price’s laugh? An antique toy or a slow knock at the door? Funny or Die is staging an online tournament to determine what you least want to hear alone in the dark. You can listen to each sound effect and make your selections. The tournament is down to the final day of voting in the quarterfinals, with the final four round voting tomorrow. Yeah, it’s a silly idea, but silly can be fun -or frightening, in this case.
Artist and scientist Stephen Von Worley's detailed and ambitious project Crayon the Gridsuses color to show the orientation of streets in major metro areas. The images are beautiful as well as visually informative. Thus far, Von Worley has created maps of Paris, London, Berlin, Tokyo, New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Read about Von Worley's process in creating these algorithmic images from start-to-finish here.
Every employee thinks about quitting their job at one time or another, and these quitting fantasies range from simply not clocking in any more hours to marching straight up to your boss and telling them “take this job and shove it.”
Carl Tanzler was a German immigrant with a wife and two daughters in Zephyrhills, Florida. But when he took a job as an x-ray technician at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Key West in 1927, he called himself Count Carl von Cosel and lived as a single man. Tanzler met a tuberculosis patient less than half his age named Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos and fell deeply in love. Despite Tanzler’s best efforts, Maria Elena died, and was interred in a mausoleum the Count bought for her. At least for a while. Unbeknownst to Maria Elena’s family, Tanzler retrieved her body from the mausoleum and took it home with him.
Over the years, Tanzler kept Elena “alive” using wire hangers to preserve her frame, stuffing her abdominal cavity with rags, routinely reapplying wax to her face, replacing her decaying scalp with real hair, and constantly dousing her in disinfectants and oils to mask the rotting smell of her body. While attending to the physical demands of his moldering bride, Carl attended to her material needs as well, purchasing her clothing and perfume, and even installing a curtained cloth veil for privacy on the bed they shared (apparently feminine modesty was a prerogative for a man who routinely saw Elena’s innards). This domestic Ed Gein’s style bliss went on for seven years.
Everything was going great, until people inevitably started asking questions. The combination of Carl’s habit of routinely buying women’s clothing, his absence from the mausoleum, and a local boy’s sighting of him through a window dancing with what appeared to be a giant doll, aroused some serious suspicion. The rumors began to swirl that Tanzler was keeping Elena in his house.
Find out what happened to Tanzler, and to what was once Maria Elena, when the story became public at Atlas Obscura. Be warned that the story is gruesome and may be disturbing.
What distinguishes a cheap whiskey from a good one? How long they've been barrel aged and what kind of wood was used in the barrels are the two main differences as a fine oak barel can help filter the whiskey while adding a more complex flavor profile. But the team from Time & Oak realized that there has to be a faster way to filter out those impurities and enhance the flavor.
After a number of prototypes, they created Whiskey Elements, a small oak stick that can be used to filter and flavor a cheap bottle so it tastes like a quality bottle of booze.
They may be gone, but they’re not forgotten. Come to think of it, are they really even gone? Ghost lovers claim that many of the famous dead are still among us …in spirit.
KURT COBAIN (1967-94)
In the days after Cobain committed suicide at his Seattle home, a handful of fans who gathered there for a vigil claimed to have seen the spirit of the Nirvana frontman in the window and on the roof of the house. In August 2000, a bartender in Essex, England, told reporters that Cobain’s ghost had taken up residence in her laptop. She claimed Cobain’s face materialized on the screen one night, begged for her help, and then asked her to kiss him. She kissed the screen, and the image vanished. The laptop crashed and never worked again.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-90)
Franklin helped established the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia in the 1740s. His papers are housed there, along with, according to some staff members, his ghost. Employees claim that Franklin hangs out in the library and likes to peruse its shelves. Aside from one nasty encounter with a cleaning lady, who claims he attacked her after hours, he’s usually in high spirits.
BUGSY SIEGEL (1906-47)
Mobster Siegel helped build Las Vegas …and he seemed determined to stay there. Guests and staff at the Flamingo Hotel, which he’d opened in 1946, reported seeing Siegel’s ghost, dressed in a smoking jacket, lingering in the Presidential Suite.
Has the King been reincarnated? Time will tell as George Georgious of London grows up. When he was born, George had over an inch of hair on his head. When it’s combed, it stands up. He’s also growing sideburns, so this baby looks a lot like Elvis Presley. His mother reports that even strangers point out the resemblance.
Anthony Vincent of TenSecondSongs performs Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the styles of twenty different singers. Well, not all of them are singers, but the ones that aren't are still appropriate for a Halloween-themed video. Each style is distinctive, and most of them will be familiar to you. He does those voices well! -via Tastefully Offensive