Lesley University assistant professor Elizabeth Stringer Keefe came into the possession of a wedding photo that was picked up in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the buildings collapsed on 9/11. Every year for 13 years, she posted the photo on the internet, hoping to find the owner of the picture. This year she posted it on Facebook and Twitter.
This Japanese chef's slicing skills are impressive. He cuts an already thin cucumber into several shapes, and shaves off the skin so precisely it ends up paper thin. It's lucky I have an excellent sushi place around here, because this video made me crave sushi rolls with those delicate cuts of cucumber inside. My dinner for this evening is is allll planned. Via Viral Viral Videos.
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How do you get a 4-year old to sleep? With great difficulty.
But Riley, the daughter of Casey Carey-Brown of of Boston, found a way. Her little girl, who goes by the nickname "Roozle," likes to color herself to sleep. Give her some paper, crayons, and markers, and she'll quietly doodle and fill in coloring pages until she falls asleep, sometimes with the drawing instruments still in her hands. Carey-Brown felt inspired to capture these precious moments. She explained to the Huffington Post:
Just as making paper pictures has become a bedtime habit for Roozle, capturing the scenes on camera has become one for mom.
"I've always gone in to check on her before I go to bed, but these days with a very active 4-year-old, I find that capturing a moment of sleeping Roozle helps me as a parent too," Carey-Brown said. "Time slows down, just for a moment, in the midst of all the chaos."
When a volcano erupts, the conventional wisdom is that you evacuate, because there’s nothing you can do to stop the destructive power of the heat, ash, and lava that comes from it. But conditions vary. If a lava flow is some distance away, you might have quite a bit of time before it arrives. And in the past, some have even tried to stop or divert it.
Before he was a general in World War Two, George S Patton designed a different kind of military campaign - a bombing run on Hawaii's Mauna Loa, the largest volcano on Earth, as it erupted in 1935.
As the lava began flowing at a rate of one mile (1.6km) a day towards the city of Hilo, then-director of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Thomas Jaggar suggested bombing lava tubes.
Lava tubes are cooled and hardened outer crusts of lava which provide insulation for the faster-flowing, molten rock inside. Such a conduit enables lava to move farther and faster.
In theory, bombs would destroy the lava tubes, robbing lava of an easy transport channel and exposing more of the lava to the air, slowing and cooling it further.
But in practice, while bombs created craters in parts of the tubes, they were soon filled again by the lava. Hilo was instead saved when Mauna Loa stopped erupting.
I dunno, stopping lava with bombs seems like trading a hot frying pan for fire. Other methods have been tried, with similar results. When the lava stops, it might have been because of human effort, or it might have been because they all stop sooner or later. Read about some of the schemes used to deal with lavaat BBC Magazine. -via Smithsonian
Andre Costa is a biologist from São Caetano do Sul, Brazil who has experience as an animal handler and works for an environmental education company. Andrew shot this footage of his cat and owl, Cleo and Forbi, who he says have been lifelong friends. He posted the video to his Facebook page and it received a huge response, with over 13,000 shares. It's interesting to see the cat touch the owl so gently. What a sweet pair! Via Twenty-two Words.
According to legend, Michelangelo, the Italian Renaissance artist and ninja turtle, once said that the task of a sculptor is to find the sculpture within a block of stone, then just clear away the excess stone.
Ladies and gentlemen, in Daniel Johnson, the British hair stylist, we have a modern Michelangelo. Look down at your own chest hair. Within it lies a beautiful work of art. All that is necessary is to eliminate the excess hair.
What does the most interesting man in the world do in his spare time? When he’s not drinking Dos Equis, Jonathan Goldsmith works with MAG, or Mines Advisory Group. He’s raising money to fund the clearing of land mines in Cambodia. To make a donation and enter the raffle to spend a day with Goldsmith, go here. He doesn’t always blow things up, but when he does, it’s to save lives. -via reddit
They were barns where farmers kept harvested crops. Here's one of a few hórreos still in use. Originally, a farmer would use only the top portion to store food. The stone columns kept crops out of the reach of many rodents.
It took a while for Mei to warm up to her furry neighbor Totoro, but once they'd gone on a few adventures in the woods together the unlikely duo became best friends. They discovered that they enjoyed a lot of the same things- wandering around the forest, riding on buses shaped like cats, smiling all day long, and finding something to smile about every day. Totoro appreciated Mei's gentle nature, and the fact that she didn't judge him by his appearance, and Mei appreciated all the strangeness that great big furball brought into her life, and the fact that he wasn't just a figment of her imagination after all...
Show your love of imaginative anime masterpieces with this Mei & Toto t-shirt by Salvatrane, it's a great way to let your geeky side shine through!
Ophir Kutiel, who goes by Kutiman, is a musician and editor who took lots of YouTube clips of amateur music performances, from different people, different years, different places, and different songs, and edited them together into a new song. The vocals are by KarMaRedd, singing a cappella. Kutiman listed the source videos at the YouTube page. You can check out some of his other edits in this playlist. Kutiman’s YouTube editing projects will be available in an album next month. -via reddit
Do you look like an IKEA product? You might with the right costume. IKEA's Malyasian division held a cosplay contest which invited customers to dress up like the products that the company sells. The grand prize winner got a gift card worth about $250. That craftsmanship of some of these costumes is definitely worth that. But the participants had better make sure that they don't wear their costumes to the store or someone will try to buy them.
YouTube member Павел Сутырин says his cat does this regularly.
This happens almost everytime the cat sleeps or just rests. It also answer to sneezing. It's of particular fun when you are ill for real :)
No, I do not pull his tail behind the scenes. =))
It seems to me that the cat is responding in its own way. Maybe something like, “I am listening to you, despite the fact that I’m asleep. Please continue.” Or more likely, “Shut up! I’m trying to sleep!” Then there’s an off chance that he may be doing the feline equivalent of “Bless you.” -via Tastefully Offensive
Today is the bicentennial of a seminal event in the formation of the American national identity. Two hundred years ago today, Americans at Baltimore halted a foreign invasion of their nation while standing beneath a flag that would become known as the Star-Spangled Banner.
This is my third post on thebicentennial of the War of 1812--a war that some historians refer to as America’s second war of independence. Although Britain did not want to completely conquer and rule its rebellious colonies once again, it hoped to reduce America into a shadow of its former self--one that could be more easily coerced and managed from across the Atlantic.
(The burned White House by George Munger, White House Historical Association)
The British grand strategy was to tie down America’s limited military resources on the Eastern seaboard and New Orleans while driving a decisive blow down the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor. In August and September of 1814, the British acted on their plan. First, they burned down the capital city of the United States. Then they moved into Lake Champlain in the direction of New York City.
(Major General Robert Ross and Vice Admiral Alexander Cochrane, respectively)
In this post, we depart from the wilderness of northern New York and return to Chesapeake Bay. Major General Robert Ross, the British Army commander, and Admirals Cockburn and Cochrane, had torched Washington, D.C.--an act that both humiliated and enraged Americans. They had hoped that burning the capital would make the American people despair of the struggle and give up the fight.
They were wrong.
(Modern replicas of two War of 1812-era privateers, The Pride of Baltimore and the Lynx, photo by the US Navy)
So Cochrane, as the senior British officer in the theater, had to decide where to strike next. He seriously considered an invasion of Rhode Island. But nearby Baltimore, then one of the largest cities in America, was a more promising target. During the war, it was a major base of operations for American privateers. Approximately 500 captured British merchant vessels had been sailed into its harbor, which is why Cochrane’s subordinate, Admiral Cockburn, described Baltimore as a “nest of pirates.” Destroying Baltimore would do serious harm to the American economy as well as avenge what the British perceived as a grievous wrong perpetrated by the Americans. And after so easily destroying Washington, why not continue their campaign just a bit further north?
Mental Floss presents this priceless list of products that are popular today yet had dubious beginnings as products of a different type. Some of these are hilarious — including the abovementioned use of Lysol as an agent of feminine hygiene. It's "a concentrated germ killer" dontcha know? Why not slap it all over the place? After all, it's "non-caustic and will not harm delicate tissue." So go crazy, ladies!
Read original usage suggestions for other products including bubble wrap, Kleenex and Listerine at Mental Floss.
Oh, you think you know what a sandwich is. After all, we’ve eaten so many of them all our lives, from peanut butter and jelly in our lunch bags to foot-long hoagies. But along the edges, the definition can be blurry. Is an ice cream sandwich really a sandwich? Or a corn dog? How about a burrito? A s'more? The Atlantic turned to the legal definition (yes, there is such a thing) to give us the lowdown once and for all. It turns out that even some of the things named sandwich aren’t legally sandwiches! -via Buzzfeed
I think it is still safe to say, years later, we are still deeply affected by Heath Ledger's portayal of The Joker before his tragic and untimely death. Maybe one of the most menacing and freaky characters ever put on film, it is a character and portrayal that will forever be remembered for just how chilling and frenzied it all was.
It may be years later, but NECA has crafted a finely tuned Joker collectible (please do not call it an action figure. Anything that can cost upwards of two hundred dollars is no longer a toy) and it bares a freakish similarity to the character we all knew and feared. NECA is not one to deliver aything less than a stunning collectible, so this Joker should come as no surprise to anyone. But still, just imagining that face peering at me from somewhere on the shelf in my office gives me the willies. The company announced the final packaging design for this fine Q scale figure today -and it's impressive.
Please note, a price point has not been announced yet. But expect to pay anywhere from $75.00 to $150.00 for the piece. Remember kids, NECA makes art, not toys. Keep in mind, a lot of the stuff they sell ARE toys, and I'm simply saying that to justify my own inevitable purchase of this Joker figure when it comes out this fall. -via ToplessRobot
In this video, the excavator is at the bottom of a deep ditch. That worries the driver not a bit. He moves his digger out so cleverly and smoothly that you'd swear that he had planned it that way from the beginning. And I suspect that he did.
There are websites out there that are so weird, you don't know what to really say about them, but you know you want to share them. One such website that falls under that category is called Letters To Lorne, and it can really suck you in if you are not paying attention. It is easy to lose track of time amid this kind of madness.
The site was built by a man who seemingly almost won a "anyone can host" content on Saturday Night Live once, and then bombarded the show's creator, Lorne Michaels, with letters on a regular basis as to why he should be on the show. Considering none of us have ever heard of this guy, safe to say his letter writing campaign was not overly effective.
The thing is, the letters just seem to increase in weirdness over the course of the site. One can understand why a person would want to be on such a creative and long-running show. What is hard to understand is why someone would devote so much time to a "what if".
I also would LOVE to see Lorne Michaels reaction to some of these. I hope he put them all in a "crazy" scrapbook.
A beautiful calico cat named Honeybee has lost her vision but not her sense of adventure and wonder. Honeybee's owner adopted her from Animals Fiji, who rescued her, saving her life. Now Honeybee has human companions who help her to lead a full life by taking her on excursions such as this hike near Mason Lake, a lovely, heavily wooded area in the mountains outside of Seattle, Washington.
There's a man in Japan who creates monsters people grow to love, a guy who has a knack for making frightfully good films starring strange creatures that carve out odd shaped holes in our hearts. His name is Miyazaki, and he's the undisputed grand master of anime monsterdom, the creator who has set the bar so high for animated supernatural adventure that no one will ever take his title away. Miyazaki doesn't just make monsters, he makes frighteningly cool friends that will always live on in our imaginations.
Celebrate one man's animated monster legacy with this Miyazaki's Monsters t-shirt by Chip Skelton, it's a colorful way to show your love for the creatures Hayao has brought to life over the years and a great way to declare your allegiance to finely crafted anime.
Redditor LurkerMcLurkerton says that his daughter's first grade classroom has desks that have bicycle pedals. I love this idea! It would be a great way to help kids who are a bit too energetic to calm down.
Other redditors point out that all of this energy is wasted. The school administrators clearly haven't seen the movie Conan the Barbarian, or else they wouldn't have let this educational opportunity pass by.
High School students Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser developed the video game Tampon Run as a sort of shoot-em-up game in which you throw tampons instead of shooting. The point of the game is that a natural process like menstruation should be just as acceptable in a video game as the shooting and violence that are so common.
I found Bedfellows many, many years ago, and have never been able to shake it from my mind. It is about as short as any short film can come, clocking in at just under two and half minutes. But let me warn you right now, that two and a half minutes is ten times scarier and more efectively made than most full length horror films that have come out recently. It was made by a company called Fewdio, and they have an extensive collection of horrifying shorts over on their page that I seriously suggest you check out.
I will openly admit. though. Few can touch on the horror that Bedfellows does. It plays off a fear we all have, and will make you think twice next time you get into bed and your spouse is facing in the other direction.
Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman from Dorkly illustrate what they label as "mildly convenient mutant powers." The only argument I'd have with this is that the powers are merely mildly convenient. Selective social network invisibility is downright essential, if you ask me. Streaming video availability manipulation can be a life-changer as well. The comment-ignoring power would be wonderful too, particularly on political articles (but of course, *never* on Neatorama)! Via Laughing Squid.
Young children who are developing their artistic skills don’t worry much about drawing realistic looking figures, or whether their lines look like much of anything to the rest of the world, because they see what they want to see in their original works of art.
Unfortunately, parents are hardly ever able to see what their child sees in that mess of scribbles, but one parent decided to interpret her child’s artwork into collaborative paintings she and her daughter can create together.
Ruth Oosterman creates paintings that explore the shapes and contours found in-between the lines drawn by her two-year-old daughter, and from within the chaos of kiddy art she draws forth something quite special.
Danish golfer Karsten Maas can not only heft his custom-built club, but swing it, hit the ball, and make it land where he wants it to go. There may be longer golf clubs in the world, but Maas can reliably use his 14.5-foot wood to send a ball 540 feet.
Maas can do a lot more than just swing this massive club around. He's a trick shot artist. In this video, you can see him hit two balls at once, bounce a ball on a club, hit one like a baseball, drive elevated balls, hit balls with two clubs swinging at the same time, and drive with a club bent over backwards.
Robert Lincoln was the oldest of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln's four sons. Edwin Booth was the brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The Booths were a family of actors; father Junius was considered to be one of the top Shakespearean actors of the day. Although John Wilkes was a decent actor, his brother Edwin was far more well known and highly acclaimed. Edwin was famous for playing Hamlet, a role he played in more performances than any other actor since.
Edwin (with his daughter in the photo at left) and John Wilkes were estranged, as they did not see eye-to-eye, especially on political matters. Edwin was a Unionist who supported president Lincoln, and John was an extremist in favor of secession.
In 1864, Edwin Booth and Robert Lincoln were both at a train station in Jersey City, New Jersey. Robert, on break from Harvard University, was traveling to Washington, D.C. The following is Lincoln's account of an incident that occurred at the train station:
"A group of passengers were late at night purchasing their sleeping car places from the conductor who stood on the station platform at the entrance of the car. The platform was about the height of the car floor, and there was of course a narrow space between the platform and the car body.
There was some crowding, and I happened to be pressed by it against the car body while waiting my turn. In this situation the train began to move, and by the motion I was twisted off my feet, and had dropped somewhat, with feet downward, into the open space, and was personally helpless, when my coat collar was vigorously seized and I was quickly pulled up and out to a secure footing on the platform. Upon turning to thank my rescuer I saw it was Edwin Booth, whose face was of course well known to me, and I expressed my gratitude to him, and in doing so, called him by name."
Thus, that day at the train station, Edwin Booth saved Robert Lincoln from bodily harm or possibly death. A year later, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre.
Read about eight additional incredible historical coincidences here.
CineFix Film School'D series takes viewers back to the cinematic days of old to trace the history of film censorship from its inception. From an overview of the X rating to first amendment protection, the video briefly touches on man's attempts to preserve "human decency" in the realm of cinema. (NSFW due to frank discussion of sexual situations.)