GirthyBurritos spotted this vehicle filling up at an interstate exit. This cat is clearly headed for a new life in a new place. Since he had to strap his cat tree on top, you can assume that the interior is full of catnip, Fancy Feast, and hair ties. The reddit thread underneath gives a collaborative speculation as to his story.
"Sitting in James' truck at the gas station, I began to question my choice to leave. No. Karen and James had their chance, that sparrow was the last straw.
I had hunted, killed and gifted 47 prey by that point and every one had been met with disgust and rejection. After duly showing gratitude for my humans handing me ownership of themselves and their land, Karen grabbed me by the neck and rubbed my face in the delicious meal I had brought them. I was baffled and deeply offended. I didn't understand them, they didn't understand me, it was time to move on.
Without me patrolling the garden, Karen and James would most likely be eaten by dogs. So be it, I had no more use for them."
...so, with 2 kilos of catnip and my lookout post strapped to the roof, I topped off the tank and left town.
"We were just outside of barstow when the catnip began to take hold"
I would watch this movie.
Further down in the comment thread, the plot gets much weirder. Wherever he's going, he's definitely in the driver's seat. I bet his name is Toonces. The moral of the story: Never leave your car keys out where the cat can get them.
As an avid board gamer I'm constantly amazed by how many great games are out there, and whether they're simple enough for kids to play or so complex adults have a hard time playing the great games keep on coming.
But back in the board game dark ages stores were full of games that were neither fun to play nor good looking, and companies like Milton Bradley would just slap a licensed character on the box and call it a day.
Did anybody ever ask for a Do The Urkel, A Day With Ziggy or Where's The Beef? board game? Hell no, and yet Milton Bradley made them anyway, and judging by the Urkel game's board layout MB also made kids hate their parents for buying them such a garbage game.
And speaking of garbage- what kid wouldn't want to play a game called Town Dump? And what could be more fun than a safe family board game about safety? It's a safe bet many copies of Let's Be Safe! found their way into town dumps across America...
Burnaby, British Columbia was the locale for one of those chain reaction stories in which a small action becomes a big mess. A squirrel chewed through a wire on an (electric company) BC Hydro utility pole. The pole caught on fire as a result, and electrical power was down for more than 150 Burnaby residents …and one factory. Scardillo Cheese was able to rent generators to keep their cheese refrigerated, but not enough to refrigerate the milk waiting to be made into cheese. Power was restored after about 12 hours, but by then, 82,000 liters of milk were spoiled.
The company is estimated to lose about a week of production disposing of and cleaning up the milk. The squirrel is still at large.
A bad tattoo is a bad decision made visible, which the victim gets to wear for the rest of their life, and it's typically not something the customer can foresee happening, since tattoo parlors don't hang fail pics on their walls.
Helena hand crafts her endearingly ugly tattoos at her home studio Malfeitona in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, and her fans proudly sport the tatuagens peba (literally "trash tattoos") she lovingly applies to their skin.
Cracked readers were asked to submit their best "brush with greatness" stories, and the top 19 were published. Some were delightful, some were just plain weird, and some were sadly lame. The best ones were funny. I liked this one because of the epilogue.
The battlefields of World War II were chaotic and bizarre, with new weapons of destruction being rolled out on a seemingly daily basis, but I don't remember seeing any AT-ATs in the history books. Is it possible that all those historical war photos have been airbrushed to hide the fact that the Axis were assisted by the Empire in their campaign against the Allies in Europe? Probably not, because the Sith would have instantly become the stars of the dark side in WWII, and people would have thought "Hitler who?" if Darth Vader had been leading the invading forces. Still, it's fun to consider what such a crossover conflict would have looked like, although it would not have been much fun for the ground troops who would've had to figure out how to take down an Imperial Walker!
Add some alternate history to your geeky wardrobe with this Historical Mashup #6 t-shirt by Bob Henley, it's the mighty geeky way to show the world you're a history buff and a sci-fi fan with an active imagination.
Yeah, it's funny-looking, but it works for them. If they can memorize all those moves that precisely, they can certainly raise a flock of chicks. Hey, at one time, the Hustle worked for us. This footage is from the upcoming documentary Tango in the Wind. -via reddit
Lunchables weren't exactly what you'd call a healthy lunch when they first came out, and many kids who brought Lunchables to school were still hungry afterwards, unlike those of us who brown bagged it or ate a hot lunch.
But the concept behind Lunchables is solid, and as adults we often eat food much worse than Lunchables on a daily basis, so maybe it's time to let the Lunchables back into our lives- after an adult makeover.
Skillet's Claire Lower makes a great argument for why we should start making adult Lunchables, but first the rules of Lunchables:
The contents within must require no cooking, and must be able to be eaten as-is without further prep, preferably without utensils.
The various foods within must be able to be combined with every other food contained within the Lunchable in a pleasing way, the only exception being the optional dessert, which should be consumed last. (And should, preferably, be an Oreo cookie or a fun-size Snickers bar.)
The food stuffs within must be compartmentalized neatly, and in a way that almost whispers to the consumer “Hush now, you are safe. There is order in this world after all.”
And here are some of Claire's tasty ideas that will make you want to buy a bento box and start bringing your own adult Lunchables to work every day:
Salami + rounds of crusty bread + shards of Parm + grapes
Experimental musician Andrew Huang (previously at Neatorama) made a song out of the whistles, clangs, and growls that the radiant heating system in his building makes. Oh yeah, he also collected sounds from another building to round out the collection of tones he had to work with.
I know you've been waiting with baited breath for another political correctness scandal to appear, so here it is- that Red Cross swimming safety poster at the top of the post is seen as racist, can you guess why?
It's not because of the lack of diversity in the pool but rather because all of the good kids being "cool" are white and all the bad kids doing "not cool" stuff are not white.
Concerned parents took to social media to call out the American Red Cross over this accidental act of overt racism, and the Red Cross immediately issued an apology and discontinued the poster.
The poster's message was seen as doubly harmful for African Americans and Latinos, who still have a shaky relationship with swimming pools:
The African-American community has had a tense history when it comes to public pools, as they were segregated in the past, and even when they weren't, white residents would pressure black residents into avoiding pools and beaches.
"When I saw the poster, I just, was just very saddened that the Red Cross had chosen to put out an image that might discourage African-Americans from trying swimming if they were new to it, and also something that would extend a negative stereotype," Ebony Rosemond, who runs an advocacy group called Black Kids Swim, told KUSA.
"This educational series reflects a serious lapse of judgment that we believe is harmful for young people. 70% of African Americans and 60% of Latino Americans cannot swim," a Change.org petition calling on the Red Cross to review its policies reads. "Your poster extends existing negative stereotypes and further discourages people of color from participating in swim activities."
Before Kotex sanitary napkins came on the scene in the 1920s, women handled menstruation in private, using whatever fabric they had, and only discussing its use with the women in one's family. Then stores started stocking mysterious plain boxes, labeled with only the brand name Kotex. It was a product that would make life easier for millions of women, but how could they be helped if they didn't know what it was for?
Like a number of other products that first came to market in the 1920s, Kotex sanitary pads originated as a wartime invention. Kimberly-Clark, an American paper products company formed in the 1870s, produced bandages from a material called Cellucotton for World War I. Cellucotton, which was made of wood pulp,, was five times as absorbent as cotton bandages but much less expensive.
In 1919, with the war over, Kimberly-Clark executives were looking for ways to use Cellucotton in peacetime. The company got the idea of sanitary pads from the American Fund for the French Wounded, according to historians Thomas Heinrich and Bob Batchelor. The Fund “received letters from Army nurses claiming they used Cellucotton surgical dressings as makeshift sanitary napkins,” the pair write.
Kimberly-Clark employee Walter Luecke, who had been tasked with finding a use for Cellucotton, understood that a product designed to appeal to about half the country’s population could create enough demand to take the place of the wartime demand for bandages. He jumped on the idea.
But Luecke ran into problems almost immediately. The firms he approached to manufacture sanitary napkins from Kimberly-Clark’s Cellucotton refused to do so. “They argued that sanitary napkins were “too personal and could never be advertised,” Heinrich and Batchelor write. Similar doubts plagued Kimberly-Clark executives, but Luecke kept pushing and they agreed to try the idea, making the sanitary napkins themselves.
They found a way to advertise their product, too, although figuring out what the ads were talking about was strictly on a need-to-know basis. Once again, that was discussed only with the women in one's family, for the next 50 years or so, when other brands gave Kotex some competition. Read up on the history of Kotex and its discreet advertising campaigns at Smithsonian.
Some would say it's better to crash and burn than fade away, but I think these iconic actors would have disagreed, and they deserved better roles as their final on-screen performances.
Bela Lugosi is best known by his true fans as the first and finest Count Dracula, but Tim Burton's biopic Ed Wood introduced a new generation to Bela for all the wrong reasons- his appearances in Plan 9 From Outer Space and Glen Or Glenda.
Both movies were unbearably bad, but at least Bela got to deliver one of the greatest monologues in movie history!
Joan Crawford went from being one of Hollywood's greatest and most revered actresses to playing second fiddle to a guy in a gorilla suit in the ultra-cheesy sci-fi flick Trog.
If you're a Joan Crawford or Bette Davis fan you should check out the FX series Feud: Bette And Joan, the Trog scene was particularly poignant after watching Joan's career end...badly.
But the worst send off of them all has to be Raul Julia's final on-screen appearance as M. Bison in Street Fighter: The Movie- Raul agreed to do the film because his grandchildren loved the video game so much.
Raul delivers an amazing performance in this less than mediocre movie even though he was battling cancer during the filming. He passed away shortly after the movie was finished at the age of 54.
According to this bread bag alignment chart by Aurelian Rabbit, I am a lawful neutral (my bread comes with a twist tie instead of a plastic clip), my husband was a chaotic neutral, and my children were chaotic evil through most of their time with me. Twitter followers had to inform Aurelian Rabbit that even with a bread box, you have to use the plastic bag the bread comes in. There aren't very many people who use a bread box anymore. Its utility is mainly in keeping people from stacking things on top of the bread and squishing it. -via Nag on the Lake
Anthony Bourdain has hung out with many of the top chefs in the world and eaten their amazing food too, and his culinary adventures have made him a bit of an expert on international cuisine.
One of Anthony's all time favorite foods is sushi, a taste for which he developed while hanging out at the bar at Sushi Yasuda in New York City, where he met and became friends with legendary sushi master Naomichi Yasuda.
So when Bourdain tells you what not to do at a real sushi bar you should heed his advice- or risk pissing off your sushi chef. Here are Bourdain's six punishable by death sushi bar don'ts:
1. Do Not:Make a slurry with all the wasabi and soy sauce you can get your hands on and then douse your fish with it. Make sure to taste your fish first.
2. Do Not: Dip your sushi rice down into the soy sauce—“unless you want to watch your rice crumble and disintegrate into an unholy mess in the wasabi slurry that you probably already made.” If you feel your sushi needs soy, lightly dip it fish side down.
3. Do Not: Say loudly, "This sushi is so fresh, dude." Unless you’re in a place where that concept would even be in question.
4. Do Not: Consider a sushi selection that includes mayonnaise. “Don’t get me wrong, I love mayo. Tuna salad on white bread is our version of Edo-style sushi. But it belongs nowhere near raw fish.”
5. Do Not: Mistake a lame pan-Asian place for a sushi spot. “You know the ones; unst, unst, unst music is playing in the background, edamame comes with a cloud of dry ice. A great sushi bar is like the perfect Irish pub. You make decisions with your sushi chef, with your bartender, over the course of the night, and you leave feeling extremely well cared for.” 6. Do Not: Order a California Roll. No explanation necessary.
I think of Bourdain's advice every time I make a wasabi-soy slurry and soak my California Roll in it...
If you've ever watched a domino artist set up a run by hand, you probably decided that's too much trouble and time to even attempt. The next step? Design a machine to do it for you. Matthias Wandel (previously at Neatorama) built a strangely simple wooden device just for that. It's quite impressive.
Donald doesn't seem like he has very man sides to him, since we usually only get to see his peeved, delighted and downright angry sides in the animated shorts. But Donald is deeper than you think, and his angry yin is counter-balanced by a blissful and calm yang...who am I kidding, that duck don't do "blissful" or "calm"! He'd rather quack with anger than sit quietly and reflect on his moods, and it seems like Donald's two sides consist of angry and angrier! That is, except when Daisy is around, that duck makes Donald stop quacking and start swooning every time she enters a room, and Donald definitely would have blown his top by now if it weren't for sweet Daisy!
Quack people up wherever you go with this Yin Yang Duck t-shirt by ManuLuce, it's a classic and timeless design with lots of visual appeal that will make your fellow classic cartoon fans mighty jealous!
You might think you'd be pretty good at designing a roller coaster, especially if you've played with any of the online design games. But the people who have actually done that and had their ideas rendered in life-size steel know a thing or two that you don't. Brendan Walker is one of several roller coaster designers who shared some secrets.
There is absolutely nothing random about the length of a coaster’s track. In addition to designing a ride based on the topography of a park site, designers take into account exactly how much space they’ll need to terrorize you and not an inch more. When England’s Alton Towers park was preparing to build a ride named TH13TEEN for a 2010 opening, they asked Walker exactly how much of a drop was needed to scare someone in the dark. “It was a practical question,” Walker says. “For every extra foot of steelwork, it would have cost them £30,000 [roughly $40,000].”
Taco Bell is known for creating crazy foods, but it's one thing to make a taco shell out of a piece of fried chicken and a whole different thing to add spicy Pop Rocks to a burrito -and that's just what they've started doing. The new creation, called the Firecracker Burrito is only available at four test locations in Orange County and it features rice, nacho cheese, sour cream, beef, and red tortilla strips. What makes it truly bizarro though is the option to get a side of "popping crystals," which are essentially chili-flavored Pop Rocks that give it a "sweet-spicy flavor along with a fizzy texture," according to Foodbeast.
Personally, I'll take my candy far away from my burritos, thanks.
Don't gloat. You should never gloat about your successes, because you're very likely to receive some kind of comeuppance. This neural network is smart, alright, but we humans still have some tricks up our sleeves. One of them is the ability to enjoy a good paradox when we see one. This is the latest sarcastic comic from Randall Munroe at xkcd.
This hen is having a hard time with a piece of hollowed-out bread. She somehow gets it over her head and stuck around her neck. But the bird-brain hasn't learned a thing, because she manages to get a second piece of bread stuck around her neck.
However, at the end of the day, this chicken goes back to the coop with bread she can eat later (if she figures out how), so how is that dumb? Meanwhile, all I could think of while watching this video is that the person laughing in the background sounds more and more like a chicken as the video went along. -via Tastefully Offensive
This animal is Moschops capensis, an ancestor of mammals that lived 250 million years ago. It has a particularly thick skull, according to the fossil evidence, which made it look really weird. What we are learning about Moschops is thanks to some ultra high-tech research in France, where a combined CT and Synchrotron scanner was used to analyze Moschops skull fossils to see how really thick they were, and where the soft tissue would have fit inside.
With a body weight reaching up to one or two tons and a brain the size of a chicken egg, Moschops‘s brain was probably one of the smallest among its contemporaneous species. However, small brain size is not an issue when you are the largest animal of your time. Unlike mammals and humans, the ability of the Moschops to survive and reproduce was not a matter of how smart it was, but how strong it was, particularly when it came to fierce head-to-head combat.
Their anatomy shows that male Moschops were ramming into each other like giant, overweight goats using their skulls as a weapon.
The very fact that Moschops was practising headbutting testifies to a certain level of social organisation, which is often associated with hierarchical ranking in modern species. So, despite its small brain, the Moschops wasn’t stupid.
Here's another TED-Ed brain bender that can ruin your evening. I actually tried for a little while to solve the puzzle on my own, but I got bogged down and went for the answer. Yeah, there's math involved, as well as logic, which is why I got bogged down.
Back in 2011, we told you about Júzcar, Spain, the village that was painted blue. It was a publicity stunt by Sony Pictures, who agreed to use 4,200 liters of blue paint to cover every house in the village in order to promote its movie The Smurfs. But after the promotional period, the 250 or so residents of Júzcar voted to keep the blue color scheme. They discovered it to be quite a smurfy tourist attraction. Ever since, the town has been a destination for Smurf fans who travel from all over to see "the Smurf Village." That's about to come to an end.
But a bitter dispute between the town hall and heirs of the Smurf creator, the Belgian comics artist Pierre Culliford whose pen name was Peyo, resulted in locals agreeing to pay 12 percent in royalties on all Smurf-related income.
However, in a noticed posted on the council website last week, the mayor’s office announced that from August 15th, all smurf related activities must cease – although the village will remain blue.
Labelled “important information for tourists”, the communique stated that Júzcar had “lost the authorization to market itself as a Smurf town” and “from Tuesday August 15th there will be no more statues or references to that brand”.
So if you are determined to see the Smurf Village in all it's smurfiness, you'll have to get to Júzcar in the next four days. -via Atlas Obscura
Phil Berge is an artist at the Tattoo Shack in Quebec. He inked 19 different people with Bart Simpson on his skateboard, each one slightly different. When he put all 19 tattoos together, it's an animation of Bart doing a kick flip!
While the project is pretty cool, you have to wonder about all those people who thought, "Yeah, whatever you want to permanently embed on my arm, that's fine." Berge has done several of these tattoo animations; you can check them out at his YouTube page. One is NSFW. -via Boing Boing
My personal favourite was a banquet order for a Caesar's salad (for a party of about 100 people) that, 20 minutes before plating, was updated saying that the Caesar dressing couldn't have anchovies, garlic, or egg. What do you even say to that?
Well-done steak tartare.
Ramiro Exposito Gaspe
Paella without rice please.
And then there are those weirdos who don't understand how food allergies or diet restrictions work:
"I'm very allergic to garlic, is there any in the special?" "Yes, there is a little" "Well, as long as I can't see it I'll be okay. I'll have the special."
Order for well done burger. Not unusual, but the guest told the server, "My doctor told me I can't have any red meat" and was dead serious.
"Can I get the special with fettuccine? I'm allergic to penne." "You're allergic to a shape?"
But the worst diners of all are those lunatics who don't understand how food works at all. What planet are these crazy people from?:
Today's special was sirloin a la plancha and a customer asked my wife if we could make it vegetarian...
Customer complains after eating her omelette that the menu didn't explicitly state that it contained “so much egg...”
French onion soup, no onions.
The other day I got a ticket that read: “Cheese plate (no dairy).”
Artist Saul Bass is renowned for his movie titles, credit sequences, and trailers, all done in minimalist style that made them artworks able to stand on their own. He also designed posters for movies, 37 of them in all.
Directors were floored by Bass’ ability to distill a story down to its bare essence — how his thick black lines and bold swatches of color seduced and focused a viewer’s attention where other posters would simply try to overwhelm it — and legendary auteurs like Otto Preminger would fight the studios to protect Bass’ creative freedom. His style was so striking and influential that it was widely copied in his own time, and many of the posters that are still attributed to Bass were actually created by imitators (e.g. “West Side Story” and “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad World”).
It can be mighty confusing to hear people talk about the Civil War these days, on account of the fact that they named that superhero conflict after the historical American conflict and all. But the thing about it is those two battles ain't so different after all- they both turned brother against brother, they were both concerned with freedom and civil liberties, and they'll both be remembered as a war that changed everything in their respective universes. However, it's important to remember there were not any super powered people fighting in the original Civil War, nor were there any genius inventors wearing suits of mechanical armor on the battlefield, just ordinary folks like you and me fighting for what they believed in.
Add some historical inaccuracy to your geeky wardrobe with this Civil War t-shirt by The P Is For Penis, and help end the war of the geeks once and for all!
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Cocaine is a mentally addicting drug that messes with your endorphins and makes you feel like any time is the greatest time of your life, leaving frequent users feeling like the drug is actually benefitting their lives.
But the societal costs of cocaine use can seriously outweigh the benefits, just think about the comedy legends like John Candy, Chris Farley and John Belushi we lost to cocaine.
And yet cocaine users cannot see past the powder haze long enough to admit the drug is doing damage to their body and the world, but maybe they'd see the light if there was a video involved?
Vice asked some young people to watch this video by the UK's National Crime Agency then asked them if they'd stop using coke after watching the video, and not surprisingly the video didn't really change any minds:
Charlie, 25, Barista
How much do you estimate you spend on cocaine? Charlie: Probably between £150 to £200 a year, but that's spread over periods of high density and then gaps of little use.
How much do you know about where it comes from? My dealer changes fairly regularly, probably about every six months to a year, and I've never known them very closely. Generally when I pick up I get it through several chains of different people, usually someone I know who knows someone who would then go and pick it up. In terms of where they get it from, I'd have no idea, really. I'd always just assumed it was all from the South America-type region...
Did the NCA video make you re-think your cocaine use? I was sort of vaguely aware of the kind of widespread criminal networks that exist to transport and facilitate it, but the environmental effects never really occurred to me. This might sound kind of bad, but it's something that makes me think a lot more and speaks to me a lot more because it's kind of larger than just our species.
Does it make you want to stop? Probably not, but it might make me think a bit more next time.