Precious mementos such as letters, trinkets and photographs are far too easy to lose during your lifetime, and when one of these beloved items is lost it leaves a hole in your heart that never heals.
Veteran Bill Moore was lonely and missing his significant other, just like most guys stationed overseas during WWII, and just like the others he made himself feel less lonely by writing his beloved Bernadean letters.
When Bill came home he married Bernadean, the letters becoming part of their love's legacy, but somewhere along the way one very important letter disappeared, only to reappear 70 years later in a thrift store in Colorado.
Messing around with the energy contained in dragon balls can be a dangerous affair, and those who are willing and eager to collect and unlock that magical energy are just as dangerous as the balls themselves. But Grandpa Gohan knew what he was doing when he taught Goku about the Oozaru transformation, and Gohan was well aware of how unpredictable the Great Ape form can be. But risk is the name of the game for the living Saiyans, and sometimes a few heroes will have to fall so that others may rise higher...
Add some mighty geeky color to your wardrobe with this Gohan Dead t-shirt by Albertocubatas, it's the slammin' way to show your love for the mighty warriors from the DBZ universe.
Ah, Barbarella. How many ideas sprung from its seminal influence (Dr. Durand Durand, anyone)? Roger Vadim's 1968 film based on the French comics was the flop that launched a thousand concepts. Now a cult favorite, it starred Vadim's one-time wife and American acting dynasty family member Jane Fonda as a sexy star traveler.
Fox 5 New York (auto-start video) reports that a man was sleeping near the tracks at a station in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. A rat climbed on him and somehow activated his phone's camera, taking an Instagram-worthy photo of himself. You can see the incident in this video:
Pinterest fans know the site is loaded with helpful tricks and tips, but just because a social media site recommends something doesn't mean it's the miraculous life hack it's cracked up to be. Over on Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the most totally untrue Pinterest hacks being spread around the net.
What happens when the fans of a hugely popular novel and every book publisher in the world demand a sequel that the author doesn’t want to write? The author’s family waits 50 years, then hires someone to follow up Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.
NEVER GO HUNGRY AGAIN
Gone With the Wind, published in 1936, is one of the most successful and enduring books of all time. It won author Margaret Mitchell a Pulitzer Prize, has sold more than 30 million copies (and it’s still in print), and was adapted into a film in 1939 that became the most commercially successful movie ever. While the novel ends ambiguously (Rhett Butler up and leaves poor Scarlett O’Hara, and she doesn’t quite know what to do next), Mitchell felt her 1,037-page novel told a complete story, and despite major interest from her publisher and the public, she had no interest in writing a follow-up. Mitchell died in 1949 at age 49, having never published another novel.
MADE IN CAROLINA
In 1987, shortly after the novel’s 50th anniversary, Mitchell’s estate announced that it was commissioning a sequel to Gone With the Wind. Why? The book’s copyright was about to expire. Once the novel fell into the public domain, anyone could write a sequel, and the Mitchell estate would lose control of the characters. Not only that, they feared a slew of bad, unauthorized sequels flooding the market that could devalue the original work.
The family and its attorneys interviewed 12 writers before selecting Alexandra Ripley, a Southern author best known for romantic historical novels set in the South (like Gone With the Wind), such as Charleston, On Leaving Charleston, and New Orleans Legacy. Mitchell’s family gave Ripley free rein to write whatever kind of follow-up she wanted… provided she follow an extensive set of guidelines (primarily “no raw sex”) and have the first two chapters completed by April 1988. “My hand just won’t write ‘fiddle-dee-dee,’” Ripley said about the style guidelines. “But I figure I’ll have to give them at least three and throw in ‘God’s nightgown!’ ‘Great balls of fire!’ and ‘As God is my witness!’”
This took place at Cooper's Stadium in Adelaide, Australia. Ethan started hiccuping at the beginning of his performance of "Advance Australia Fair." But he kept right on going, maintaining his composure and the dignity of his homeland's national anthem.
As the color commentator for the game says at the end of the video, Ethan's performance was "absolutely priceless."
Philip Seymour Hoffman in a publicity still from The Talented Mr. Ripley Image: Paramount Pictures
Fans of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman were floored and saddened when the actor died of a heroin overdose in February of 2014. It inspired some to go back and review the titles from his impressive film career, which spanned from 1991 until the year he died.
Beginning as a scene-stealing character actor and ending up as a commanding presence who often carried the movies and theater productions in which he starred, no one could say that, as an actor, Hoffman was a "one trick pony."
As such, Hoffman played widely varied character types: from a gay crew member of porn films in Boogie Nights to a privileged, preppy snob in The Talented Mr. Ripley. From a secretive Catholic priest in Doubt to a lonely obscene phone caller in Happiness.
The Eagles Of Death Metal never wanted to be associated with an event as tragic as the terrorist attacks on Paris, but since fate dealt them that dark card they're now forced to come to grips with what they witnessed.
People all over the world have been waiting to hear what The Eagles Of Death Metal have to say about that terrible day, and it appears our wait will be over when their VICE interview airs at the end of November.
Go ahead and step through the ropes into the ring. It's completely safe, even though this sideboard is designed to look like a boxing ring. Emmanuel Gonzalez Guzman, a Chilean designer, calls his eye-catching design Cuerda (translation). The ropes hold inside and partially conceal whatever is stored there.
PlayMID and Eduardo Cajal's production Porta Estel·lar (catalan for "Star Gate") was created using the fuselage of an old airplane as container and stage for a light show made more immersive by the close quarters. The show makes great use of the contours of the fuselage such as the windows and rounded body.
The creators intend Porta Estel·lar to be suggestive of
"the idea of interstellar travel, audience flies to outer space in an intense trip, from departure and takeoff to the sighting of comets, planets, galaxies and alien worlds, until finally returning safe to earth."
For his home Christmas light display this year, Bob Clagett made a pair of giant lightsabers. The hilts are made of cardboard cylinders painted silver and accented with duct tape. The blades are made of clear plastic roofing material and fixed inside the hilts with drywall screws driven through 2x4s. The actual light comes from Christmas decorative lights mounted just inside the hilts.
Clagett found the lightsabers surprisingly sturdy. You can even duel with them!
It's hard to tell who you should root for in the fast paced world of quidditch, well, except for the fact that only jerks root for Slytherin. It may seem like a no-brainer to root for Harry's squad, but one player doesn't make a team, even if that player is young Mr. Potter. So when you choose a side as teams battle their way to the Hogwarts Quidditch Cup finales remember- don't let a sorting hat do your team picking for you, just watch them play and go with the team you find most enchanting!
Celebrate your favorite fictional sport with this HQT- Gryffindor t-shirt by Deadround, it's a bold way to declare your allegiance to the most chivalrous and courageous house at Hogwarts!
Junior is a French Bulldog. Walter Ledermüeller is his human. They like to sing together and have a YouTube channel filled with their car-based performances. They're often joined by Walter's partner Emanuel.
Every major pop culture phenomenon ends up having some strange official merchandise, but the stuff that truly resonnates with fans ends up having some even more bizarre unofficial merchandise, much of which is available for sale on Etsy.
The University of Houston includes the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. As a result, the archives of the University of Houston Libaries include a variety of old menus that show what hotel and restaurant patrons long ago could eat. You can browse high resolution images of several menus here.
One thing that I found surprising was the concept of "breakfast wine." Barnum's City Hotel in Baltimore had a wide variety of options. Drinking spirited beverages before noon? How scandalous!
The crew of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower put together their own version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. The Navy’s creative use of what they had available will make you laugh and then make you go “Whooooa!”
Looking for something truly special to impress your loved ones this holiday? How about sending a custom message on a potato to his or her address thanks to the wizards of Annonymous Potato. Best of all, the gift, which is already great value of $13, is available on Groupon for 50% off! So now you can send a heartfelt potato for only $6.50 (plus shipping and handling). Who could afford to pass up such a great offer? And, since it stays anonymous, it makes a perfect present for Secret Santa.
A past episode of BrainStuff – HowStuffWorks explains that odd, sorta-Brit/sorta not accent that some American actors, politicians and other notable names used to affect. What we're hearing is known as the Transatlantic (Mid-Atlantic) Accent, which was taught to actors, media types and students alike, mostly prior to the second world war.
What's funnier than the accent itself is the way some actors spoke that way consistently throughout their early films and then dropped it in their later years, thus rendering their voices practically unrecognizable. Mia Farrow in, say, Rosemary's Baby vs. her later films comes to mind. Via Laughing Squid
What does it mean to be stupid? That's not a dumb question. In fact, it's important to know what, precisely, is stupidity. Psychologists Balazs Aczel and Bence Palfi of Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary and Zoltan Kekecs of Baylor University in Waco, Texas decided to find out.
They compiled a list of 180 stories of people acting stupidly, then asked 154 undergraduate students to read 15 of these stories. The participants then rated the stupidity of the actor in the story from 1 to 10 and explain why the action was stupid.
The first situation in which people call an action stupid is when the actor takes high risks while lacking the necessary skills to perform the risky action. A typical story for this is when burglars wanted to steal cell phones, but instead stole GPS navigation devices. They didn't switch them off so the police were able to track them easily. We named this category ‘Confident ignorance’. The second cluster consisted cases of ‘Absentmindedness – Lack of practicality’... A typical story here is when someone inflates more air in the car tires than allowed. Here the person either forgot to pay attention to the action or he or she doesn't know something essential about tire inflation. The third category is ‘Lack of control’. Cases here are thought to be the result of obsessive, compulsive or addictive behavior. For example, one of the stories in this category described a person who canceled a meeting with a good friend to instead continue playing video games at home.
German designer Milan Vuckovic (previously at Neatorama) compiled terrorist attacks over the past 15 years, between December of 2000 and November of 2015. This visualization follows a timeline at the bottom showing where attacks took place and roughly the number of people killed. Every death is a tragedy, but for accuracy and simplicity, the attacks plotted were limited to those in which twenty or more people died.
While the 9/11 attacks produced the highest number of casualties, you can’t help but notice that some areas of the world endure these incidents constantly. And they have since long before the beginning of this century. It’s a sad sequence, beautifully presented. -Thanks, Milan!
If a man goes out with his guy friends to an all-you-can-eat buffet, he'll eat to satiate his hunger. But if he's with a woman that he's trying to impress, then he's likely to overeat as a way to demonstrate his virility.
This is the conclusion of a study conducted by Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab and published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology Science. A press release from the university explains:
Men who dined with at least one woman ate 92% more pizza and 86% more salad than men who dined with only other men. The amount that women ate didn’t differ when eating with other women or with men. When they ate with men, many women indicated feeling that they overate and were rushed through their meal.
“These findings suggest that men tend to overeat to show off – you can also see this tendency in eating competitions which almost always have mostly male participants,” explains lead author Kevin Kniffin, PhD, of Cornell University. The study was conducted by Kniffin, Ozge Sigirci, a former visiting scholar at the Cornell University Food, and Brand Lab and Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Food and Brand Lab.
Well, guys, now you know what it takes to get the ladies interested. Get to it.
It's hard to make friends in the Wasteland, and most animals you meet would rather take a bite outta ya than make friends, but that canine champ Dogmeat shows his loyalty with his life. Whether you're facing a squad of Super mutants or a pack of ornery Radscorpions he's the first to run into the fray, taking those fiends down and proving nuclear fallout is peanuts compared to the power of the almighty dog!
Sneak some snoopy style into your gamer-iffic wardrobe with this Dogmuts t-shirt by Olipop, it's pure gamer gold fresh from the vault!
Tony Zhou’s video series Every Frame a Painting (previously at Neatorama) is always a fascinating, in-depth look at entertainment at its finest. In this episode, he deconstructs the techniques of a master of visual comedy: Buster Keaton.
There was so much thought, planning, and detail (as well as improvisation) that went into every frame of Keaton’s comedies, but it all came together to make us laugh, even without sound on film. Of course, understanding how it’s done in no way detracts from the pleasure of the movies. -via Metafilter
What more is there to say about this picture than hey, it's freaking adorable and perfectly seasonal. You can also buy a version of it on a card from Avanti Press if you want to send it to your loved ones.
Ellen DeGeneres has truly enjoyed her time in the spotlight, bringing an infectious energy and loose fun to every project she's involved in, especially the day time talk show she's been hosting for twelve years now.
One of the most fun bits from her show is the scaring of celebrities, and to celebrate her 2,000th episode she shared a hilarious montage of her greatest celeb scares.
Do you have a gamer friend or relative who just disappeared for a few days this past week? They were no doubt enjoying Fallout 4 after waiting so long for it. Fallout fans are everywhere, and there’s a great selection of handcrafted Christmas gifts that cater to that fandom. For example, imagine the joy in receiving one’s own Pip Boy! A critical element of survival, they’re now available in real world dimensions. It’s just one of six unique Etsy gifts for Fallout fans you’ll find at Rue The Day.
A person who's high on cocaine, heroin, or marijuana may not realize how impaired he is. That's why the Ford Motor Company created this suit that simulates the effects. Jalopnik reports that it has goggles that induce tunnel vision, headphones that play distracting noises, vibrators that induce hand tremors, and weights that throw off balance.
The result is that even professional drivers, let alone everyday amateurs, become very dangerous on the road. In this video, Ford placed the suit on two drivers. They found it impossible to perform simple tasks, such as catching a ball, let alone driving a car safely.
Dallas meteorologist Jennifer Myers belongs to a Facebook group for women meteorologists on TV. One of the things they discuss is clothing, because there are many restrictions on what you can wear: no green, no patterns, no stripes, no reflective material, no noisy fabric, no cleavage, must be dressy, and you can’t wear the same dress too often. Still, most buy their own work clothes, so when one member posted a link to a dress for only $23, they all bought it. Myers tells us,
I'm on here twice. Top second from left in the purple and second from the right on the bottom in the blue.