Rocket News 24 tells us that this is called shokkiri--a comedic sumo performance. This is not a serious match, but a carefully coordinated and rehearsed routine between men who are masters of both sumo and physical comedy. I've selected a few choice scenes and turned them into animated .gifs.
Sara Goetter participated in 24 Hour Comics Day and produced a story about two geeky girls who find each other in 7th grade. They are both going through the agony of puberty: Joanna is short, a bit overweight, and has a volatile temper, while Penny has acne and a unibrow and suffers from crippling shyness. They become friends over their shared love of anime. The 18-page story will remind you of the horribly awkward process of growing up, when making friends was difficult but having friends was crucial.
Goetter says these characters will return in a new strip she’s developing. I’ll look forward to seeing more of them. -via Metafilter
Most of us just use common sense to decide when an article of clothing needs to be washed (although some stinky folks could probably use a refresher course), but what does science have to say about when we should wash our clothes?
Allow Greg Foot of Brit Lab to elaborate on the topic of washing clothes, starting with why it's important to wash them in the first place (aka the gross part), and then finishing up the chat by solving the mystery of when we should wash our jeans.
By the early 1960s, Walt Disney was no longer content to be an animator, movie director and producer, theme-park designer, and TV show host. What he really wanted to do was build a city in central Florida. But not just a city— a “planned community” that would serve as a utopian example for future urban planners. He called it “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow,” or EPCOT for short.
Top-level executives at the Walt Disney Company (not to mention Disney’s financial advisors) thought he was out of his mind. But they had to give him the benefit of the doubt— just a few years earlier, the same people thought that building a “kiddie park” in a California orange grove would bankrupt Disney and his company. They were wrong, of course. Disneyland, which opened in 1955, became one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.
Even so, Disney’s plans for EPCOT were fairly bold. He’d never built a community before. But he had overseen the complex design and development of Disneyland, and he wanted to draw on that experience to build EPCOT. For example, he wanted to install small elevated trains like Disneyland’s People Mover, as well as a citywide monorail. What automobile traffic that was left, Disney planned to limit to underground tunnels, like the ones used by park staff. EPCOT would also be laid out, like Disneyland, in a circle, with businesses in the center and residential areas (with enough housing for 20,000 people) along the perimeter.
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But Disney also wanted to make sure the community ran smoothly and according to his vision. That meant that EPCOT residents would not be allowed to own property— homes would be rental-only, and tenants would have no voting rights or any say in community lawmaking. And while that sounds very similar to a modern-day elderly residence home, Disney actually didn’t want any retirees living in EPCOT. Everyone (except for children) would have to be employed, and employed at EPCOT. Disney actively wanted the town to be a showcase for advanced technology and to serve as a tribute to American ingenuity and the benefits of American capitalism.
People were a little more gullible back in 1958, and the Roswell incident had everybody buzzing about aliens, so we'll cut them a little slack for believing this guy was actually a being from another world.
Eye witnesses reported seeing a glowing, two foot tall alien (or ten feet tall, depending on who you asked) that could run faster than any human, but really they were just seeing Jerry Sprague in his crappy costume.
Jerry and his buddies decided to capitalize on the alien sighting trend by creating a “little blue man” costume sure to be the talk of the town, with blue glow-in-the-dark paint and a football helmet equipped with flashing lights.
The "Little Blue Man Hoax" probably wouldn't be so well received nowadays, but the cops who arrested Jerry Sprague and his buddies back in '58 found the whole thing funny and let them off with a warning.
Although he has lived nine lifetimes before, and will live at least four more in the future, the Doctor knows he will never forget his former companion Rose. It was Rose who stood up to the Nestene Consciousness, and she who stood bravely laughing in the face of death, but that's not why the Doctor misses her so. No, the Doctor wishes he had Rose back by his side because she always smelled good no matter what happened to them, and who can blame him for remembering her scent fondly when he's had to smell Captain Jack's stinky feet for a millennium?
Share some love for your favorite sci-fi characters with this Her Name Was Rose t-shirt by Sugarpoultry, it's the nostalgiac way to keep the tenth doctor, and his awesome companion, alive in the hearts of your fellow Whovians.
Many luxuries that us "common folk" could barely conceive of as options in life are enjoyed by the so-called one percent on a regular basis. For every inconvenience or unpleasant circumstance that rich people could endure, there is an enterprising person marketing that service to them for a hefty price tag.
The linked article lists fourteen such services that the uber wealthy partake in, in order to make their lives easier or more exciting, to make them more attractive, etc. One such business is Hollywood Pet Mom, the brainchild of "canine well being expert" Lexi Beermann. She offers multiple resources including a 24-hour Puppy Nurse program for $8,000 per month or $36,000 for six months. As Puppy Nurse, Beermann lives with the client's pampered pooch in their guesthouse or at her home. Post Puppy Nurse treatment, the dog supposedly emerges trained and perfectly behaved. A $3,700, five-day "boot camp" for problem pups is also part of the program, a service for which some clients have flown their doggies in on private jets.
Holistic concierge vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney makes $525 house calls and offers in-home pet sitting. The doctor once personally obtained and delivered an international health certificate to a billionaire in 24 hours. This enabled the dog to fly to meet its owners and their $300 million yacht in Turks and Caicos.
James Bristle of Lima Township, Michigan, dug up what he first thought was a fence post, but it was a bone -a mammoth bone! The farmer contacted the University of Michigan, who sent paleontology professor Daniel Fisher out to get a look. Such bones are reported occasionally, but they usually turn out to be from mastodons. This one was a genuine woolly mammoth. Was there more to it? Fisher wanted to find out, but there was a catch- Bristle could only spare one day for an excavation, because farm work can’t just stop for an indefinite dig. So Fisher and his team did a banzai dig on Thursday, and carefully and quickly recovered the bones. So far, they are excited about the find.
“We think we’re dealing with an animal that was at least butchered by humans,” even if the humans didn't kill it, Fisher said. He believes the carcass was placed in a pond — a practice he's observed evidence of at other dig sites in the area. “It was essentially stored meat,” he said.
Fisher doesn't have quite as much evidence as he'd like to confirm that theory, but he hopes that the bones will yield more information.
Legally, the bones still belong to Bristle, because the university didn’t have time before the dig to secure a donation. Bristle has yet to decide whether the school will have long-term access to the skeleton. Read more on the story at The Washington Post. -via TYWKIWDBI
Have a heart, Moses. They'll never have a surfing opportunity like this ever again. In fact, since they're facing 40 years in the desert wilderness, so they won't be able to surf at all. Let them have one last ride.
When two young bears enter the gated area leading to this French bulldog's home, he springs into action. Without hesitation, the Frenchie descends upon the bears like the proverbial Bat Out of Hell. The dog doesn't let up with the scare tactics until both bears are off the premises. Someone give that canine a steak! Via Tastefully Offensive
Harvard's crack debate team was taken by surprise. Its members didn't expect that their opponents, inmates from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, to offer much of a challenge. But the judges ruled that the prisoners, who are participating in a rigorous educational program offered by Bard College, had won. The topic was this resolution: "Public schools in the United States should have the ability to deny enrollment to undocumented students." The Wall Street Journal reports on the battle:
The audience burst into applause. That included about 75 of the prisoners’ fellow students at the Bard Prison Initiative, which offers a rigorous college experience to men at Eastern New York Correctional Facility, in the Catskills. […]
The Harvard team members said they were impressed by the prisoners’ preparation and unexpected line of argument. “They caught us off guard,” said Anais Carell, a 20-year-old junior from Chicago.
The prison team had its first debate in spring 2014, beating the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Then, it won against a nationally ranked team from the University of Vermont, and in April lost a rematch against West Point.
Oliver has a tiny electric car just big enough for himself, but he’s managed to squeeze in Daisy the dog, too. Mom has a remote that can kill the power any time. On this day, Daisy is the one doing the steering! -via Viral Viral Videos
Since she was 5 years old, Sharina Jones of Detroit, Michigan has used a wheelchair. When she recently became a mom, she found a new obstacle to overcome: it was impossible to use a conventional stroller while in her wheelchair.
That's where 16-year old Alden Kane stepped in. He designed and built this prototype stroller that clamps onto Jones's wheelchair. Her baby's car seat fits snugly into the top. Now Jones can easily take her baby around by herself. Fox 2 reports:
The young engineer spent months working on the project, making sure it would be comfortable for Mom and for baby. So, using lightweight steel tubing, this baby carrier easily clamps onto the chair and then the baby's car seat seat snugly sets right in.
So far, the prototype is a huge hit.
"After six months of hard work, six months of working in the machine shop designing it up, it was priceless seeing the design on her wheelchair, being used with her child in it," Alden says.
As we turn to our October habit of reading, watching, and re-enacting horror stories, you may wonder about those who wrote those stories, their inspirations, and their environments. Take a look at Stephen King’s house -it’s just perfect for imagining horrific plot points, don’t you think? The house was built in the mid-19th century, but the gate with the bats was added by King himself, which he reportedly regrets because of the crazy people it attracts. Duh. Get a look at the homes once inhabited by other writers, such as Anne Rice, Clive Barker, Edgar Allan Poe, and others, at Flavorwire.
Most of you have probably never heard of the moon melon -unless you're a regular Pinterest user. In that case, you probably know that this Japanese melon will "switch flavors after you eat it -everything sour will taste sweet, everything salty will taste bitter, etc." Of course, there's a reason most people haven't heard of it -it's not real!
It would likely take a well written and original horror tale to impress the master of that book genre, Stephen King. The man has been at it so long, he probably has at least considered every possible avenue of horror. The linked article presents a list of eleven books that scared Stephen King, thus having won his scream of approval.
"No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.
Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks.
In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...
As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this dark, original and irresistibly compelling thriller."
Here's what Stephen King says about the book:
"If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one—The Killer Next Door—is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters."
Due to a clerical error the bounty hunting Fett once known as Boba has been forced to transform his look to fit his silly new name Bobo. This didn't please the hunter at first, but once he saw how the little ones looked at him he warmed up to the idea of being a clown. And as an entertainer in Jabba's palace he was able to make more than enough for a brightly colored suit of Mandalorian armor and a bubble gun, and he no longer had to risk his life to be the star of the show. As war waged on across the galaxy, and Rebels fought to take down the Empire, Bobo became accustomed to using gags and props instead of force, like a man possessed by the spirit of clowndom!
Bring some silly sci-fi flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Bobo Fett t-shirt by Don Calamari, it's the hilarious way to get geared up for movie night!
Robert Krulwich addresses the problem of our human inability to understand the vastness of space. There are no words to adequately describe it, so he falls back on the poetic description in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. See, the images we’ve all seen show the planets at a size we can comfortably see, while the space between them is compressed so that the solar system can fit on the page. The really big part of the solar system is space itself, and the planets are just microscopic in comparison. But a visual analogy might help.
Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh went out to the desert to make a model of the solar system to scale. That’s the only place they could think of where there’s really enough room. This project aims to scale not only the planets, but the space between them.
While our planet Earth is an actual blue marble, they have to drive a vehicle out to the other planetary orbits. Then it gets really neat, as they drive around with lights after dark to show the orbits. Krulwich says,
The most wonderful moment comes at the very end, when we stand nose to nose with the marble that is Earth and look back at the actual sun coming up in the east and, astonishingly, their model sun and the real sun … match! They’re the same size. So the model suddenly feels real, and that’s when Overstreet takes Earth and tosses it along the desert floor so it rolls into orbit, and you see, really think you see, how small (minuscule? tiny? Lilliputian?) our little planet—home to all of us—actually, really is.
Some people are happy drunks. Others are friendly drunks. The squirrel in this story, unfortunately, is an angry drunk. He broke into the Honeybourne Railyway Club, a private club near Evansham, Worcestershire, UK after it had closed. He utterly trashed the place, getting sauced on beer in the process. Sam Boulter, the club secretary, trapped the squirrel in a trashcan, then thew it out. The Western Daily Press quotes Boulter:
Yesterday the branch secretary of the club said the rodent had caused around £300 worth of damage.
He added: "When I opened the door it was absolutely ransacked.
"At first I thought we'd been burgled but I realised it was all still locked up and that's when we saw the squirrel. [...]
"There were bottles scattered around, money scattered around and he had obviously run across the bar's pumps and managed to turn on the Caffrey's tap .
"He must have flung himself on the handle and he must have drank some as he was staggering around all over the place and moving a bit slowly.
"I've never seen a drunk squirrel before. He looked a bit worse for wear.
This picture of pumpkin spice salmon was posted as an example of the trend taken too far. Then in the discussion at reddit, salmon lovers said this sounds pretty good, if you don’t put any sugar in the spices. Then there are those who say a sugar rub on salmon is actually delicious. I’m not much of a fish eater, especially at $12.99 a pound, so what do I know? What do you think?
Dario Rossi is a drummer from Italy. He bills himself as the Techno Street Drummer because he plays techno music at a furious pace on city streets as a busker.
Rossi has a couple of actual drums as part of his normal performance set. But most of his materials are pieces of trash, such as old pots, pans, buckets, as well as more mysterious scraps of metal. With them, Rossi creates impressively sophisticated and precise performances, such as this one that he gave in Amsterdam.
International markets for Hollywood movies are more lucrative than ever, but the quality of the translations has suffered tremendously over the past couple of decades. We’ve seen examples of lousy translations from both movie titles and subtitles, and they can end up confusing or even comical. The Chinese opening of Avengers: Age of Ultronwas a fiasco due to poor translation. What happened?
Localization, the process of adapting a work for a foreign market, has been going on for decades in the movie business. But if the names seem increasingly obtuse or just weird, there’s a reason for that: the bottom fell out on the translation market.
Like most other areas of skilled labor, film translation has changed substantially in the past few decades. Dean Remy, of GlobalVision International, a US-based translation outfit, doesn’t bother with movies anymore for exactly that reason. “We've done a number of Sony productions in the past, but we've kind of moved away from that,” he says. His translators are heavily accredited, with advanced degrees and translation certifications, and they simply can’t translate for a penny a word.
Atlas Obscura explains the painstaking process of properly translating a film, which involves timing, cultural knowledge, and judgement calls, as well as fluency. That kind of work doesn’t come cheap. Or you can use sweatshop labor or even a computer and save some money, but you’ll end up with something like Backstroke of the West.
If you're gonna make hyper realistic wax sculptures of people you might as well use some of the most recognizable and beloved people, with those famous faces we love, as your inspiration.
Master sculptor Trevor Grove has a knack for capturing both the look and personality of each person he sculpts, and he obviously has really good taste because he chose both Tom Waits and Eddie Munster as his subjects!
He's also really good at sculpting amazing likenesses in small 1/6 scale, like this head for the Bill Murray- Actor action figure the world of geeky toys needs NAO!
In August of last year, Neatorama featured a video of a bear walking on two legs through the suburbs of New Jersey. Now it appears as if this celebrated bipedal bear is back in action, having recently been sighted in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. The bear, whom neighborhood residents have dubbed "Pedals," is injured, as he is missing one of his front paws. The animal, who looks quite a bit thinner than the average bear, was seen searching garbage cans in the neighborhood for food. Hopefully Pedals will fatten up before it's time to hole up for the winter. Via Gothamist
Never mind how it looks. This is what the cool people are wearing these days. So get with it. You'll need a harness and a second person--preferably a light one.
Fashion designer Rick Owens offered this outfit and others similar to it to visitors of Fashion Week in Paris this past week. Thankfully, he intends for this to be just an artistic expression for the catwalk, not everyday wear at the home or office. Owens's arrangement of one model carrying another upside down is a way of saying that we all have to carry each other's burdens in society. He explained on the extremely poorly designed website Dazed Digital:
Owens's collection also includes menswear. Specifically, the male models are wearing shapeless fabric sacks that cover their entire bodies except for their genitals.
The American Society for Microbiology held an art contest. Yes, scientists, specifically microbiologists, created artworks by growing microbes in an agar medium in Petri dishes. The results of the Agar Art contest are stunning! The winners of the competition are:
First place: Neurons, submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil.
Second place: NYC Biome MAP, submitted by Christine Marizzi, an educator at a community lab. This art piece was created as a collaboration between citizen scientists and artists at Genspace: New York City's Community Biolab.
Third place: Harvest Season, created by Maria Eugenia Inda, a postdoctoral researcher from Argentina working at Cold Spring Harbor Labs.
People's Choice: Cell to Cell, with almost 3,500 likes on the Facebook album. This image was created by the group who won first place, Mehmet Berkmen with artist Maria Penil.
See all the submitted entries at Facebook. Shown here is the first-place winning entry from Mehmet Berkmen and Maria Penil. -via Metafilter
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.
One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.
And so on the morning of that New Year's Eve, I found myself in a barren studio apartment on Beacon and Hereford with a fifth of Tennessee rye and the pang of shame permeating the recesses of my soul. When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.
He went for a last walk through the city before killing himself. On that journey, he met a mysterious woman in a ball gown:
When Buffy arrived in Sunnydale a young girl by the name of Willow was transformed by the presence of a slayer in her life. She'd always suspected there were things like vampires and werewolves lurking around in the darkness, but she never imagined she would one day help fight against the foul creatures and work to keep the mouth of hell from opening. She also didn't see her transformation into a witch coming either, nor could she foresee that learning witchcraft would eventually lead her down a dark path to ruin...
Add some dark energy to your geeky wardrobe with this Bored Now t-shirt by Emilie Boisvert, it's a magical way to show some love for your favorite TV show and the dark characters within...