Todd Robins and Joe Robins, the filmmakers behind Kuma Films, travel around the world filming people demonstrating incredible skills. While in Singapore, they met performers who can make cards dance in their hands. Watch the magic of these masters of cardistry.
We’ve seen artist Fabian Oefner do some amazing things with space, time, and paint. His latest project involves a wind tunnel, UV paint, and a Ferrari. Yes, he threw brightly-colored paint at a Ferrari, to illustrate the feel of driving one. First I thought, “Cool!” but then the Mom in me wondered if it was washable paint. There were plenty of cameras rolling during the paint process, which were turned into videos of various lengths to be used as Ferrari ads. See those videos, and more pictures, too, at PetaPixel. -via mental_floss
As a librarian, I found this 1947 vocational guidance film from Iowa State University fascinating. Paul of Weird Universe comments, "I don't believe the information sciences are much like this anymore." I disagree.
Oh, the technology has certainly changed! Programming, 3D printing, and manipulating learning management programs, among other technology skills, are common tasks for librarians today. But one thing definitely hasn't changed. At the beginning of this video, the narrator gets to the heart of librarianship:
Now, do you like people? And do people like you? Do you like all kinds of people? The young as well as the old? People in all stations of life? You do? That's wonderful.
Aside from a few specialized roles, librarianship is, above all, working with different people effectively. All of the principles outlined in this video made 67 years ago are still applicable.
Kraft-owned Philadelphia will be adding Oscar Meyer bacon to their cream cheese, which is already stocked in some stores and will be coming soon to others. As of now, the flavor will only be distributed to American outlets. Their recent Twitter post carried the announcement, which caused the bacon lovers following their account to spread the spread news across the social media platform.
I've been known to put a crispy piece of bacon on top of my bagel with cream cheese, so I'm looking forward to the concoction. In case of bacon emergency, I could still add a slice, for the luscious layered effect. The new spread is another addition to the newer flavors introduced in the line, which include brown sugar and cinnamon, honey pecan, smokey chipotle, spicy jalapeño and smoked salmon.
Kraft has already posted a recipe using the spread as an ingredient: French toast stuffed with bacon-flavored cream cheese. That recipe is here.Follow Philly's Twitter feedhere.
This is an ad for Zyx, a brand of cough drops sold in Finland and Sweden. You can see what’s going to happen a mile away, but it’s still amusing. It makes a strange kind of sense, since every time I listen to black metal singing, it makes my throat hurt. Just watching this on TV could sell a lot of cough drops! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Sky Hits is a cable television channel in Germany and Austria. From December 1-14, it will show all 6 Star Wars movies, Star Wars documentaries, and specials on a continuous loop, 24 hours a day. The movies will air in the narrative order, so this glorious fortnight begins with The Phantom Menace. The documentaries and special videos will air between the movies.
Up to 3.8 million subscribers in Germany and Austria will have access to this event. So if you live in those two nations, it's time to ask for two weeks of vacation.
Eight-year-old Aidan Prince shows what he's capable of when given a routine by professional choreographer Tricia Miranda. I'm not even into dancing and this kid had me inspired! -Via Tastefully Offensive
The internet is filled with weird stuff. That is half of the draw. It is like a Christmas gift each time you go to it, as you never quite know what you are going to get. One thing that internet has made far more accessible to most is the bevy of strange and unexplained photos out there. The problem is, with the inception of Photoshop and many other image manipulation tools, it is getting harder and harder to differentiate between what is real and what is fake. But it can still be fun to lose yourself in that, regardless of whether it is based in fact.
I found a twisted little gallery of "The Most Eerie And Unexplained Photos To Ever Exist", and though it could be assumed a couple of them are fake, many of them predate the internet. Like the above photo of the news article in the L.A Times about the "Battle for Los Angeles" that is something that actually happened (way back in 1942), when L.A was pretty sure it was being invaded by aliens.
No, not the crappy movie of the same name from a few years back. Best we just never speak of that again. But check out the gallery. "Falling body" is really creepy, too.
This sweet baby elephant named Wass fell down a man-made well in a Kenyan river bed and needed medical care. Representatives from The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust airlifted the little calf to safety, and they took friends to comfort him: these two baby ostriches. It's good to see the wildlife trust making a difference for injured animals like this. Hopefully Wass will have a long elephant life ahead of him. -Via Arbroath
Captain Mal takes pride in his ship, and he gets mighty happy when a fellow traveler comes on board and says something about the Serenity being all shiny. Mal keeps her nice and shiny on purpose, so she stands out in a universe full of sharp looking spacecraft, and when they've got a Reaver ship on their tail Serenity shines in yet another way- as one of the fastest ships in the galaxy. You can say she's shiny, but Serenity's got a lot more going on for her than just her good looks!
Show your favorite short lived sci-fi show some love with this Shiny t-shirt by Kharmazero, and keep looking to the stars!
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, 49% of American will eat at least one sandwich on any given day. That’s really not so shocking; I eat one most days, if not two. And why not? A sandwich is easy to eat while working, requires no dish or utensil, and you can put just about anything in it. Most can be eaten with one hand. That’s why the sandwich was invented in the first place! What is a little surprising is the findings about what Americans put in their sandwiches.
As you can tell from the graph, lettuce is on more sandwiches than any other ingredient. That’s because it automatically goes on so many store-bought sandwiches of all kinds, and there are no other vegetables that produce as much crunch. However, if you look closer, you can see that “Cheddar or American cheese” shows up three times in the graph, depending on how it was described. If those were combined, they would be at the top. Personally, I’m surprised that peanut butter isn’t much higher on the list. You can read more about the study, and see what kind of breads we’re using on sandwiches, at FiveThirtyEight. -via Digg
Kriyate Design Solutions, a start-up company in India, has developed a phone specifically for people with visual impairments. The phone has metal pins built into the body that raise and lower, permitting users to read text in Braille. This is an interface that offers radically new opportunities. Bob Yirka explains in PhysOrg:
Up till now, blind people have had to rely on apps (such as Georgie developed by Sight and Sound Technology) to use their smartphones. Such apps typically make use of GPS to help those that cannot see find their way around unknown areas and to help read signs, menus, etc. With this new innovation, blind users will be able to send and receive text messages, read web content, use custom apps (including those with GPS abilities) and even take pictures of things and look at them using their fingers. It's a significant step forward and likely would not have occurred had not an insightful person come up with a workable idea, and then been backed by a company with very deep pockets and no expectations of making a profit from its investment.
Working at home is wonderful, but it has its drawbacks. My kids have been on fall break this past week, which makes getting anything done difficult. However, they did clean up the house. The cats won’t do that. They just want your undivided attention while you’re home with them. Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama) demonstrate exactly what working around cats is like. At least I’m in a position to put all the cats outside when they get too annoying. -via Fark
Nairobi is a rapidly growing city opening to international markets. There's an emerging status symbol among wealthy Kenyans that some clever restaurateurs have exploited: being waited on by a white person at a restaurant. In the New York Times, Jeffrey Gettleman describes the scene at the Caramel, a high-end restaurant:
The other night, Martin Mileveski, a smiley young man from Macedonia, leaned over a table of three immaculately dressed Kenyan women and delicately poured out the Captain Morgan rum.
“Anything else I can get you ladies?”
They smiled and he drifted away.
“That’s kind of cool,” said one of the women, Lawrencia Namulanda. “A mzungu,” or foreigner.
The food that Mileveski serves includes macaroni and cheese, a dish seen as quintissentially American. Other members of the staff are also white or from the West. Their presence draws in customers:
The other night Caramel featured a hostess from Las Vegas, a leggy bartender from San Diego, a chef from Goa, Mr. Mileveski and another young man from Macedonia. The foreigners made up a small percentage of the total staff but were definitely the most visible. Some said they were here for just a short time, to train Kenyans; others said they planned to stay awhile.
“I see job in Internet, I come Africa,” said Nenad Angelovski, the other Macedonian import, whose English was not nearly at the level of the Kenyan waiters. “I like Africa. I like adventure.”
There have previously been a handful of Westerners running restaurants here, the occasional Italian maître d’hôtel or Israeli manager helping bring a hot plate to a table or making a wine suggestion. But when Caramel opened in September, the word quickly spread: mzungu waiters, mzungu waiters. Many Kenyan customers said it was the first time they ever had their dirty dishes cleared by a white person.
“We never had anything like this in Nairobi,” said Cecilia Wairimu, a well-known Kenyan singer who recently dined at Caramel. “I think it’s awesome.”
Like any other motivation, racism provides a market that can be exploited profitably.
A group of Bulgarian folk dancers hoof it to the AC/DC song “Thunderstruck.” It works, because they are obviously having a great time! Whatever this dance is called, it sure looks like old fashioned hillbilly clogging to me, which is probably as universal as AC/DC music. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Ron Morais of Fredricton, New Brunswick Canada says that upon attempting to drink his McDonald's morning coffee to the last drop, he found an unwanted guest. After imbibing almost all of the drink, Morais thought something else was in the bottom of the cup. Unfortunately, he was correct. A dead mouse rested in the bottom of the paper cup. Amazingly, Morais seemed to have a sense of humor about the incident. "I’m in better shape than the mouse," he said.
The repulsive extra bit of robust coffee flavoring is being investigated; thus far the report is "there was no evidence of pests" at the McDonalds.Read more on the story here.
This is an animation test. Yes, none of these lemmings people exist in real life (not even Waldo), so no one was harmed in the test. Creator Dave Fothergill vfx says,
Crowd dynamics test using Miarmy for Maya. Shows the new servo force feature which allows struggling animation once the agent has become dynamic
Which means nothing to me, but digital animators will recognize the terms. If you are interested in the technical aspects, there’s more in the comments at vimeo. To most of us, it’s just a hilariously goofy sequence that you shouldn’t feel bad about laughing at. -via Metafilter
Writer Jessica Chavkin is putting her infant son Noah in adorable costumes, one per day until Halloween. In a fun exercise she calls "Noah's Halloween Countdown," Chavkin gives her Instagram and Tumblr followers daily delights with these cute-as-can-be getups. Judging from Noah's frequent smiles, it looks as if he's having almost as much fun as mommy.
This might just be the most difficult post I have ever written here. That may sound silly, but sadly, Alzheimer's has been in my life since I was just a child. To see someone you love forget themselves and forget everything around them, while slow degenerating, is a dark place I would not wish on anyone. In the same breath, we ALL need to talk about this condition more, and a song like this will incite the needed discussions.
Famous 70s musician Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and has been battling it relentlessly since. Seemed he had finally reached a point where those around and even he became aware that he could not record music anymore, as his Alzheimer's was getting worse and worse.
He decided to record one final song called "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" and it is about exactly what you think it's about. I will tell you right now, this is painful. A man aware he is slipping into oblivion and choosing to say goodbye one last time the only way he knows how. Please, share this and spread the word. The more aware we are of this condition, the more funding it gets, the less we have to worry that it will be like this forever.
Remember when Johnny Cash put out the Hurt video right before he passed away? Yes, this feels like that, but with an even deeper meaning. For those looking to learn more about the disease or find out ways they can help, check out the Alzheimer's foundation.
The 1989 movie Uncle Buck was such a wonderful showcase for the larger-than-life personality of the late John Candy. Aside from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, it's my favorite Candy movie. His interaction with the children (playing characters that were Buck's nieces and nephew) was so well acted by Candy, so sweet and genuine, it was hard to believe the children weren't actually related to him. But did you know that Danny DeVito was the first choice for the role? I can't imagine the movie being such a lasting American comedy classic if that had happened, could you?
Read more facts about Uncle Buck at Mental Floss. Image: Universal Pictures
Finn and Jake had encountered some seriously bad dudes during their days of adventure, but nothing could compare to coming face-to-face with the Great Old One Cthulhu! Finn never freaked out in the face of danger, but something about that giant squid faced monster made Finn feel like he was losing his mind. Jake knew he couldn't stretch his way out of this problem so he hauled buns outta there, but Finn simply couldn't let Tree Trunks fall prey to such an ugly monster...
It's time to bring a fresh adventure to your geeky wardrobe, so make the sane choice and add this Cthulhu Rises t-shirt by Saqman to your collection!
A great many fans of the Game of Thrones series were sad to see how (first season spoiler alert) how quickly Khal Drogo (played by Jason Momoa) was killed off. Fans familiar with the book saw it coming, but the rest of us were hoping for more screen time for the badass leader of the Dothraki people.
But outside of his massive physique, you ever wonder how he landed a part that involved him screaming in a fake language and ripping out throats with his bare hands? I will give you a hint: he went into the studio and acted like the crazy guy who lives in your neighborhood and walks down the street hitting himself while speaking nonsensically out loud.
Extra points for the intense smacking his own legs. May look insane to us, but it obviously worked.
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Certain bacteria in the colon are essential to survive. If you don't have that bacteria, it may be necessary to take someone else's poop and put it up your colon in order to transplant the bacteria. The conventional method is by colonoscopy, but there will soon be an oral delivery method.
Many hospitals maintain in-house poop banks to have the bacteria readily available for fecal transplants. But smaller clinics and independent doctors usually don't have such resources. That's where OpenBiome comes in. This new company founded by MIT scholar Mark Smith collects medical grade poop and distributes to doctors in need. Chelsea Rice writes for the Boston Globe:
“Think of us as a blood bank, but for poop,” said Smith, who developed OpenBiome when he saw the gap in the medical structure to provide many patients with the life-saving fecal samples. “You shouldn’t have to fly across the country to get poop.”
Donors undergo a thorough medical screening that includes tests for infectious diseases. Once approved, they visit the facility, make a deposit, and earn $40:
Once a donor’s sample passes the medical exam, he or she is enrolled and scheduled to visit the Medford facility every day. Each visit takes 30 minutes, during which the donor produces a sample into a hat-shaped bowl that rests over an ordinary toilet. Then the donor walks out with $40.
The cold, hard cash is not, however, the only reward. To further encourage new donors to sign up, and current donors to donate more often, OpenBiome is turning pooping into a game, awarding Super Pooper nicknames—such as Vladimir Pootin, King of Poop, and Winnie the Poo—to those donors with the most samples. (These heroes remain anonymous.) The more doo you donate, the higher your Super Pooper character will climbs in the rankings. So eat your fiber!
To celebrate the move to our new lab, some sweet treats inspired by our product line. Patty cake anybody? pic.twitter.com/gj1R61s3il
Have you already put together an amazing costume you're pumped to show the world? Do you have pictures of your best costume ever from previous years? If so, head over to Instagram and join in on the NeatoShop Halloween Costume Contest. All you have to do is add your image to your account and tag it with @NeatoShop so we can find it. We'll pick one winner based on costume quality, cleverness and your number of comments/likes, and that person will win four NeatoShop tees of their choice.
Contest ends Halloween night, 11:59 PM PST. So get going!
Prior to her transfer to the National Institute of Health Clinical Care Center in Maryland, a doctor treating nurse Nina Pham for ebola recorded this interaction with her. Dr. Gary Weinstein of Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas filmed his goodbye to Pham, in which she was seen giving a tearful response. The video, if nothing else, is a good illustration of the protective gear medical personnel must wear in the treatment of ebola patients to prevent being infected with the deadly virus. It is being reported Pham requested that the video be circulated. -Via Viral Viral Videos
You could invest nine hours or so into watching the The Hobbit movies (after waiting for the last one to be released in December), or you could watch the condensed version in this stop-motion LEGO video from BrotherhoodWorkshop. I tried to read The Hobbit about 40 years ago and couldn’t finish it. I haven’t seen any of The Hobbit movies, either. So I watched this and laughed because even at the breakneck speed of the condensed story, there was still time for jokes. Spoilers? I don’t know; I really don’t feel I’ve been spoiled watching this. One who knows mentioned in the YouTube comments that this was more faithful to the book than the Peter Jackson films. -via Geeks Are Sexy
A few years ago, astronaut and science educator Don Pettit joined the crew of the International Space Station. All astronauts are allowed to bring a few personal items with them. Pettit chose to bring candy corn. He used that candy corn to build a sphere in zero gravity.
Why? Because Pettit wanted to teach certain principles of chemistry and physics to people back on Earth. He began his experiment by coating the wide ends of the candy corn with oil and inserting them into a drop of water. The oil-coated ends tended to move toward the edge of the sphere, away from the water. This is a demonstration of how soap works.