MAR-TI-NI - Let's Drink To The Droids!


MAR-TI-NI by Skullpy

The smuggler and the bounty hunter found themselves surrounded by a bunch of jabbering Jawas fully armed and in full force. The tiny wall of well armed guards parted to let the Jawa-in-charge through, who was carrying a case full of clanking contents. As the little boss opened the box the smuggler and the bounty hunter began to recoil, ready to go to war if need be, but what they saw next instantly put them both at ease. For the little boss held a bottle of booze in one hand and a long, skinny glass in the other, and in a croaking voice he said "Mar-ti-ni?"

Buy the world a round of funny with this MAR-TI-NI t-shirt by Skullpy, and you'll be a star among your fellow sci-fi fans!

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Helen Mirren's Clever Approach to Packing for a Trip


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As a famous actress in high demand, Helen Mirren travels a lot. She has a neat travel tip that is not only practical, but also generous. Mirren doesn't pack any clothes except for underwear. After she flies into the airport of her destination city, she hires a taxi to take her to a thrift shop. There she buys the clothes that she needs. On her way back to the airport, she donates those clothes back to the shop. The Sunday Express quotes her:

I love a good charity shop, especially when I'm travelling. When I'm going to cold places, I take nothing - just underwear. On my way from the airport, I ask the driver to take me to a good charity shop, and I buy boots, socks, trousers, jumpers, sweaters, hats and scarves - usually for £30. . . On the way back to the airport, I have it all in a big bag and drop it off at another charity shop.

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Fifteen Flawless Portraits of Debbie Harry


Harry in her New York City Studio, 1980


The lovely Deborah Ann Harry was born in 1945 in Miami, Florida and adopted by parents from Hawthorne, New Jersey, who owned a gift shop. After graduating high school and obtaining a two-year Associates of Arts degree, she went to work in Manhattan as a secretary for BBC Radio. Before she went on to conquer the mostly man's world of new wave, Harry worked as a New Jersey go-go dancer, a waitress at the legendary Max's Kansas City, at a disco and as a Playboy Bunny.  

Harry's music career got started in the late 1960s, and by the early 1980s she was riding the High Tide and held her audiences in Rapture. Thanks to Deborah Harry's songwriting and singing talent, stage presence and sophisticated beauty, she's remained in the limelight ever since. See 13 more gorgeous portraits of Blondie here.

Harry in her dressing room, 1985 

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Some Things are Built to Last

Driving the same car for 77 years wouldn’t be too bad if it was this car. Allen Swift of Springfield, Massachusetts, completed college in 1928. His father bought him a Rolls Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster as a graduation gift. Swift took good care of his car, and drove it until his death in 2005. 

Swift was a legend among Rolls-Royce collectors for owning his green Phantom I, S273 FP Rolls longer than anyone in the world had ever owned an individual Rolls-Royce. In recognition of that fact, Rolls-Royce Motors presented him with a crystal Spirit of Ecstasy award at the Rolls-Royce Annual Meeting in 1994.

In fact, Swift Swift also set a record for being the oldest living person to have owned a car from new.

Swift bequeathed his vehicle and a million dollars to the Springfield Museums. The car is now on display at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. -via reddit


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Airbnb Lets You Stay in a Van down by the River

In a classic Saturday Night Live sketch, Chris Farley plays Matt Foley, a motivational speaker who is basically a failure in life. By his own admission, he qualifies because he's 35, divorced, and lives in a van down by the river. He threatens wayward teens that if they don't get their lives turned around, they'll end up like him, living in a van down by the river.


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Now you can live that way, too! Airbnb renter Jonathan has converted a few vans in New York City into little campers. They're parked as normal vehicles, so visitors can get the full experience of urban van-dwelling life. $35 per night can get you a bed that sleeps 2 near New York's scenic East River.

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You Are in a Heap of Trouble Now

Lieutenant Higgins of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Department in Louisiana has a few things to say to the lowlife scum who burglarized his favorite lunch spot. After watching this, you’ll be ready to turn yourself in, even if you’ve never heard of Stelly’s Supermarket and Restaurant!

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Higgins is a legend in the WATC coverage area. You can see more of his matter-of-fact Crime Stoppers videos on YouTube. -via reddit


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18 Straightforward Facts About Donnie Darko

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Director Richard Kelley's film Donnie Darko was released in 2001. The story of the deliciously eerie puzzle that is Donnie grossed a respectable $7.7 million after the initial budget of $4.5 million. Yet unsurprisingly, elements of the tale continued to capture the imagination of viewers for years to come, guaranteeing the film a definite "cult hit" status. Part of Darko's appeal was its many memorable characters, one of which was the late Patrick Swayze's portrayal of Jim Cunningham. According to Kelley, Swayze relished the part, and dug into fleshing out the character with enthusiasm — and personal touches. 

"6. PATRICK SWAYZE WORE HIS REAL CLOTHES FROM THE 1980S.

Jim Cunningham’s Cunning Visions infomercials were even shot at Swayze’s ranch in Calabasas, California. When asked about working with the actor, Richard Kelly confirmed that, "He'’s the nicest guy ... He wanted to take a flame-thrower to his image. He was fearless. We shot the infomercials on his ranch. Those were his real clothes from the '80’s. He frosted his hair specifically for the part. He totally got it and was so cool about it."

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Sitting Inside A Giant Water Balloon When It Explodes

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The Slow Mo Guys are nothing if not adventurous, and their quest to entertain us with silly videos often leaves them all wet.

But now Dan Gruchy and Gavin Free are exploring a whole new level of stunt strangeness by making Dan crawl inside a giant balloon, which is then filled with water until it explodes.

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The Slow Mo Guys filled another 6 foot long balloon with water a while back and jumped on it until it burst, but that video lacks the cringeworthiness this stupid stunt has in spades. And seeing Dan sitting there with his head sticking out of a giant watery balloon sac is utterly hilarious!

-Via Boing Boing


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Actors Who Aren't Big Fans of Their Own Performances

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Johnny Depp has millions of adoring fans from across the globe. But you know who isn't a fan? Johnny Depp. In fact, he not only refuses to watch his own films, but he's even been reported to vandalize movie posters with his face on them because he doesn't like seeing his face staring back at him.

If you think that sounds silly, consider this: Peter Dinklage doesn't watch Game of Thrones for one simple reason -he doesn't have HBO. 

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Louie the Dog Swims with the Dolphins


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Louie and his human spotted a pod of dolphins swimming by their spot on the beach. Naturally, Louie wanted to join them. In fact, he almost swam away and joined their pod!

Silly puppy! You're still a dog and dolphins can't stay your packmates for long.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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What $1,500 A Month In Rent Would Get You In Cities All Around The World

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94,000 Indian rupees ($1,477) | Location: Poonam Nagar
Three bedrooms, two bathrooms | Includes gym, swimming pool, jogging track, and clubhouse
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Have you ever been struck with a case of wanderlust and thought about moving somewhere unconventional or far away? Did your imaginings take you to the point in which you priced residences in various locations? This article did just that, doing a bit of preliminary surfing to see what $1,500 USD in monthly rent would secure in other cities worldwide. The links under each entry/picture alone are enough to send one down a rabbit hole of searching for cozy places in Timbuktu allll day long. See all of the $1,500 finds here. 

Cairo  
9,648 Egyptian pounds ($1,232) 

Four bedrooms, one bathroom, and air conditioning | 200 meters from the pyramids
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Ten Cats and a Ball of Ice

Any time we drop an ice cube on the floor at my house, we toss it into the cats' water. They seem to like it, but now I want to make them a big ball of ice!

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This video is from the blog formerly known as 9 Cats, which is now 10 Cats with the addition of the kitten Osamu. See more of the cats in our previous posts. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Afraid Of Your Own Shadow - Battle Is A Breeze, But Shadows Are Scary


Afraid Of Your Own Shadow by Djkopet

You'd think a massive Battle Cat who carries a mighty warrior named He-Man on his back would be brave, but poor old Cringer lives up to his name even when he has transformed into a fierce feline battle mount. But when the forces of evil slither down from Snake Mountain and threaten the lives of Eternia's citizens that old scaredy cat pounces into battle with a mighty roar, ready to reduce the bad guys to a bag of bones. Outside of battle, though, that big bad Battle Cat is afraid of his own shadow!

Celebrate cartoondom's most bipolar cat with this Afraid Of Your Own Shadow t-shirt by Djkopet, featuring one of the mightiest mashups in cartoon history!

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Shimmering Kinetic Sculpture Made from Thousands of Eyeglasses

This is sea/see/saw, a kinetic sculpture by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett. The two artists from Calgary, Alberta used 14,000 lenses from discarded eyeglasses to make this massive, shimmering display at the front of the Pera Museum in Istanbul. It's designed to mimic the way the light dances on the surface of the Golden Horn, the waterway that for nearly two millennia has brought riches into that city.

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How Female Video Game Characters Would Look With Realistic Body Shapes

No matter where you stand on the topic of sexism in pop culture one thing is for certain- the female body is most often portrayed in an idealized form in visual media such as comic books and video games.

Sometimes this idealized form ties in well with the character, like when the character is an athlete in peak physical shape, but a lot of times they’re just drawn that way because creators think it will help them sell their product.

It’s not meant to be a slight against “average” women, and yet it’s hard to deny the impact these unrealistic body shapes have on young women.

Which is why treatment oriented website Bulimia.com created their own versions of female video game characters with what they describe as “average American body shapes”.

I agree with some of the makeovers but I don't think they put enough thought into the characters they chose for the project, because why would a Special Forces officer/pit fighter who trains constantly be overweight?

-Via Polygon


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Dog's Toy Is in the Forbidden Zone, Just Beyond His Reach


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The Labrador Retriever wants his toy. Nay, he needs it. But he is not allowed to go past the rug. His only chance for survival is to rest his hind paws on the very edge of the rug and stretch over the Forbidden Zone to reach his toy. Then, technically speaking, he isn't breaking the rule.

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CDC Reviews America's Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

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The CDC released a review of how well America is doing in terms of eating the daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables. The recommended amount is two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables per day. Americans ate only one cup of each daily, on average. Of all the states, California ate the most fruits and vegetables, but even their totals weren't all that good. Thirteen percent of California residents ate enough vegetables and seventeen percent ate enough fruit. 

See the CDCs review in entirety, including the remainder of the state breakdown above, here. 

Via io9 | Image: CDC


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We The Sheeple

Now it's time to be serenaded by a sheep as he gets sheared. That’s all that it takes to get me to watch it, but you might need to watch it twice to catch all the lyrics.

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This is an ad for a New Zealand marketing agency. The theme is “embrace change,” but I can't really tell that there's any point besides showing off what they can do. (via Metafilter)


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Strange Product Mascots from Old Advertisements

A living padlock who wears a suit. An air freshener superhero. A Phillips screw dressed in a kilt. In the postwar advertising boom of the 40s through the 80s, products sold when they were living objects who cared about you!

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Upon Reflection: Antarctica


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This gorgeous video of Antarctica would likely please someone with the sensibilities of a Stanley Kubrick or Wes Anderson in that the pictures of natural spaces are mirrored images meeting in the middle of the shot. The effect adds interest to an already interesting, rarely seen landscape. The video, made by Alex Cornell, is explained in how-to fashion here. Via Gizmodo


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Artist Paints Mind-Bending Optical Illusions on His Hands

Luca Luce is makeup artist who's got a knack for creating 3d images on both paper and the human body. Luce's own hands become gateways to other worlds in startling optical illusions that display portals, living characters, and intersections with the real world.

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That Time He Made a Chicken Dinner

Jeremy Husted has his house rigged with security cameras. That’s the only way to catch a moment like this. He said he occasionally forgets he has cats. Contains NSFW language.

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In the comments at reddit, we get some advice on a device that will train your cats to stay off the kitchen counters. Continue reading if you want to see how well it works, but do not watch if you have liquid in your mouth.

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There's a Breaking Bad-Themed Coffee Shop in Turkey

"Jessie, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the coffee business."

Yes, Walter and Jessie have now put their hard-won skills to use at a cafe in Istanbul. Inside and out, Walter's Coffee Roastery is decorated with images, symbols, and words from Breaking Bad.

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Flower Skull - Grow Or Die


Flower Skull by AntoFax

We all begin life as a seed, we return to the earth when we die, we each have our own distinctive smell, and some people have very pretty faces. In these ways we are a lot like flowers, and life is essentially the same whether you're a plant or a person, we're all just trying to stay fed, be desired and grow. But is our desirability diminished by the thorns we grow to keep the world at bay?

Nature lovers and toughies agree- this Flower Skull t-shirt by AntoFax is one totally fresh design!

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This is How You Sell a Woodland Retreat

A real estate listing for a 20-acre farm in Vulcan, Michigan, highlights the features of the property, like all such listings do. Or should. This spread has a lovely two-story home with all wood interior, a lake view, outbuildings, and oh, yeah! Plenty of wildlife, too. It would be too cool to find out that the deer came over to visit while the realtor was having pictures made, but my guess is that this photo was taken by the current owners. -Thanks, Jeneen Martin!


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The Arcade Superstars Of Saturday Supercade

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From 1983 to 1985 America's video game obsessed youth had a good reason to stay home on Saturday mornings- the Saturday Supercade, an animated series on CBS that featured many of our favorite video game characters.

The legends of the arcade and console were brought to life in colorful 2D animation segments, and when the Supercade hit the airwaves we realized the story behind our favorite arcade games didn't stop at the kill screen.

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Characters like Donkey Kong and Frogger seemed fairly slim on storyline in the games, but when they appeared in their own 11-minute long animated episodes kids couldn't wait to watch...and play all the games afterwards!

Frogger-

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Leaping in-between cars across a busy intersection was just the beginning for young Frogger, an intrepid reporter for the Swamp Gazette.  

Frogger had a crime solving mystery kids vibe and a much deeper storyline than you'd expect given the simplicty of the game, and yet young Frogger still found time to play in traffic in almost every episode.

Watch a clip of the show here

Donkey Kong-

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Back before he went exploring the world with his son Diddy, the giant gorilla named Donkey had his own segment on the Supercade, featuring comedian Soupy Sales as the voice of Donkey Kong.

Donkey has escaped from the zoo, and it's up to Zookeeper Mario and his gal pal Pauline to bring him back, except criminals keep getting in their way!

Donkey always helps put the criminals behind bars, proving he's a good gorilla, but he can't resist kidnapping Pauline every chance he gets either!

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This Kentucky Distillery Blasts Music to Flavor Its Brandy


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Joe Heron, the owner of the Copper and Kings distillery, calls it the "sonic aging process." All day and every day, music blasts out of speakers in the distillery's aging room. Sometimes it's David Bowie. At other times, it's Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, or Lenny Kravitz.

It is never Katy Perry, though. Heron is firm about that.

Cooper and King's aging process takes two years. During that time, the barrels are carefully rotated and exposed to different forms of music in order to infuse the brandy with a medley of flavors:

This aging process with brandy is a delicate one. Heron describes aging brandy as “promiscuous,” in that it will take on whatever flavors surround it.

“Grain spirits you have to really punch into shape,” Heron said. “Brandy you coax, which explains a bit behind the sonic aging process. The sonic aging process is actually really integral to who we are as a company as well; Copper and Kings is meant to sound like a band, like the Kings of Leon.”

You can read more about the distillery's sonic aging and the contributing music at Munchies.

-via Clarkhat


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A Nice Dip in the Pool

A hot summer afternoon and a backyard pool. That’s nice, but when you take too much time to clown around for the camera, something unexpected might happen. The laughter from behind the camera only egged him on.

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Like they say, pride goeth before a fall. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Imagining Disney World in Ruins

Photographers love to explore abandoned amusement parks and many others love to look at those pictures and read about them. But one place you probably won't be seeing abandoned pictures of anytime soon is perhaps the world's most popular amusement -Disney World.

Since we probably won't be seeing pictures like this in reality (at least not for a long time), DeviantArt user eledoremassis02 took the liberty of imagining the apocalyptic visions of the current happiest place on Earth. The series is fascinating for both disney-lovers and haters who wonder what Disney World would look like long after the magic has left the kingdom.

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Swimming with 12 Golden Retrievers


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How many Golden Retrievers do you need to enjoy a nice swim? More. This man has 'em. A dozen dogs happily jump in to join their human in Samut Songkhram, Thailand. As natural water dogs, the Goldens take up the task joyfully.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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