Did you make a New year's Resolution to get in better shape during 2017? have you started yet? Or have you given up already? No matter, you'll still enjoy learning some trivia about fitness from John Green, in the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.
I'm not an active Pokemon hunter by any means, but it still irks me when people talk trash about geeky pursuits then proceed to obsess over something equally geeky yet hidden behind a veil of normalcy, like fantasy football.
The similarities between the two seem pretty obvious- both games involve an ever changing cast of characters, which you use to battle against your friends while hoping they don't suffer from a status ailment.
Both games are boring as hell to hear about when you're not a player, and those who are obsessed with the game let it bring out the worst in them even though the game itself is a waste of time.
The only thing this comic by Nathan Yaffe left out is the fact that you can win cash playing fantasy football, but it never seems to be enough to justify all the time and effort that goes into playing the game!
Stephen Mann gathered his dogs Cabot and Barney, their leashes, his snowboard, and a selfie stick for a romp that's just as much fun for him as for the dogs! I'm not completely sure, but I think this is in New Jersey. They got up to ten inches of snow last weekend. -via Digg
Even if you're not Catholic, you've still probably wondered a few things about the Pope before. What does he get paid? Can a pope own a pet? Do popes get vacations? Why do so many popes own those weird red shoes? These are all popular questions about the Pope. For answers to all these questions and more, you'll want to check out this great Top Tenz article.
Attack on Titan is a spectacularly popular manga series that came to TV in 2013. And it's coming again! Whether you are a manga reader or an anime viewer, you'll be excited by the impending continuation of the series.
Attack on Titan managed to capture the interest of a wide range of anime viewers when it started airing in April of 2013. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that it was slated to receive a second season, which was delayed because of developments in the manga that served as its source material. Now, the second season of Attack on Titan is set in air in January of 2017, preceded by an official trailer featuring new scenes from the upcoming season that are sure to whet the appetite of interested individuals.
Allergies can be a real bear of a problem, but at least they can be good for a laugh on occassion. This delightful comic is by artist Holly Hindle, who chooses to share her real life experiences with depression and anxiety by drawing herself in bear form. You can follow her clever comic, The Bear Minimum, on Tumblr.
The battle between good and evil, justice and crime, nature and the unnatural will continue until the end of time, and although Splinter and Shredder won't live forever their struggle will live on long after they've been laid to rest. Which is why Donatello chose to use Shredder and sensei Splinter as his subjects when he started painting, because the two embody the eternal struggle and they look really cool when they fight!
Show some love for the ninja turtles in a classic way- with this Ancient Duel t-shirt by Djkopet, it's a modern mutant masterpiece that's sure to impress your fellow TMNT fans.
The first Super Bowl took place on January 15, 1967. The game was not universally called "the Super Bowl." Many sources called it the much more syllabic AFL-NFL World Championship Game. It would still take a year or two before the more catchy "Super Bowl" became the game's agreed-upon moniker.
The rivals in this soon-to-be classic duel were the NFL's Green Bay Packers, led by their immortal coach Vince Lombardi and the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs, under coach Hank Stram. The Packers had finished the 1966 season with a 12-2 record, they had just beat the Dallas Cowboys for the NFL championship the previous week by a 34-27 score. The underdog Chiefs had just whipped the Buffalo Bills for the AFL title by a 31-7 score.
The historic game was played in the Los Angeles Coliseum on a sunny, pleasant 72 degrees day. A crowd of 61, 946 attended the game, a nice crowd, but they far from filled the arena (the coliseum held over 93,000) and thus there were over 30,000 empty seats. This was to be the only non-capacity crowd in Super Bowl history (despite a TV blackout in the L.A. area).
I wouldn't suggest letting Siri or Cortana or any other annoying AI assistant suggest places for you to eat or drink while you're out on the town, because they're liable to suggest places to go based on sponsored content.
Instead, you should do like Try Guy Keith and go Google Search if you're looking to let an app control your life for a day...oh wait, they use sponsored content too, don't they?
Well, Keith had pretty good luck trusting Google Search to tell him what to eat, drink and do nearby (within a mile of his location, Santa Monica), and he even made a new friend from the Valley!
It appears that Tom Scott is back from Lake Constance and now he's on the streets of London. The streets themselves have a story that you may not know, unless you are blind. If you know what to look for, the texture underneath your feet can tell you a lot about where you are and how to get around. A totally neat system! -via Viral Viral Videos
Fritz Lang produced a huge 153-minute budget-busting science fiction saga in Berlin in 1927. After Metropolis' first showing, it was chopped down to 92 minutes, then to 80, then it wasn't shown for decades. When it was resurrected, it was subtitled, colorized, a soundtrack added, and even Lang wouldn't have recognized it. But he didn't like the movie, anyway. Or at least that's what he said.
Lang wasn’t alone back in 1927 when the film was first released. Critics applauded the striking visuals and the ambitious technical achievement, but lambasted the trite melodrama and cheap platitudes. In a vicious New York Times review, H.G. Wells attacked the picture’s anti-progress, anti-technology message, accused it of ripping off several earlier works (including his own), and called it, “Quite the silliest film.” It was also attacked as a bunch of simpleminded and heavy-handed pro-communist propaganda, while at the same time and ironically enough it was hailed by the Nazis for portraying the overthrow of the Bourgeoisie.
Home Alone is a family film, so director Chris Columbus and writer John Hughes wisely chose to keep the film free of any blood and gore, even though some of those traps look like they really put a hurting on the robbers.
Fans have speculated about what the robbers would actually look like if they'd been hit in the face with a steel pipe or beaned with a brick, so animator BitMassive added the gore effects and created Home Alone With Blood.
So far BitMassive has added bloody effects to four scenes from Home Alone 1 and 2, but he could run with this premise forever if you consider how many movies contain slapstick violence in need of a gory makeover.
The Canadian linguistic quirk of putting "eh" at the end of a sentence is an example of a tag, which is a word or phrase appended to a sentence. In Mandarin, any statement appended with "ma" turns that statement into a question. In English, the tag "isn't it?" provokes a response of agreement or disagreement. As a tag, "eh" is more universal and flexible. It can be used for just about anything.
There are a few major ways a Canadian could use “eh.” The first is while stating an opinion: “It’s a nice day, eh?” Another would be as an exclamation tag, which is added to a sentence in order to indicate surprise: “What a game, eh?” Or you could use it for a request or command: “Put it over here, eh?” And then there’s the odd example of using it within a criticism: “You really messed that one up, eh?”
Jack Chambers, a linguist at the University of Toronto, writes that these “ehs” are all of a piece. “All of these uses have one pragmatic purpose in common: they all show politeness,” he wrote in a 2014 paper. Using “eh” to end the statement of an opinion or an explanation is a way for the speaker to express solidarity with the listener. It’s not exactly asking for reassurance or confirmation, but it’s not far off: the speaker is basically saying, hey, we’re on the same page here, we agree on this.
Even in the use of “eh” as a criticism or a command, the word seeks to find common ground. If I say “you’re an idiot, eh?”, what I’m saying is, you’re an idiot, but you should also think you’re an idiot, and our understanding of you as an idiot finds us on common ground.
Many cat owners wish they could take their kitty with them wherever they go, so felines and humans can explore the world together like true friends, but cats usually don't dig strutting around town on a leash.
Now their kitties can explore the world like little astronauts while hanging around in this space age backpack, which features a viewing dome and a bunch of air vents on the front and side so kitty doesn't suffocate.
The U-Pet looks like great fun for humans to wear, but judging by the photos cats are not impressed by this backpack-shaped kitty pod.
In fact, a few of those angry kittehs look like they would have preferred to stay home!
Yes, there's plenty about the movie that's over-the-top silly, but that just makes it the wonderful production it is. You get the feeling they rejected doing this Honest Trailer a few times before, but people keep requesting it because everyone loves The Princess Bride. -via Tastefully Offensive
Since guinea pig society forbids such showy displays of pomposity humans have to settle for Photoshopped pics of guinea pigs dressed as pop culture characters, which is actually an offer we can't refuse.
For about 200 years, global industry went crazy for guano. Explorers discovered islands in the ocean that were covered with a layer of dried seabird feces many feet thick. The material was valuable as fertilizer, and later for the production of gunpowder. Wars were even fought over the natural resource. Along the way, miners found that guano is also an excellent preservative for dead bodies, as some natural mummies were found buried in guano. These, of course, were taken for profit along with the guano. The most famous of these mummies was found in the 1850s with a plaque that said “Christopher Delano, 1721.”
Upon examination of Delano, British and French scientists determined that he was European and not African, and the amount of wear on his teeth suggested he was in his mid to late 30s when he died. His right shoulder is elevated and contracted, and his open mouth revealed “a death of agony” (though it's not unusual to see a gaping jaw on a mummy). His cause of death? Likely a spear wound to his right shoulder.
The writer of the 1854 pamphlet took liberties with the sparse facts available: “About 1721, the Island of Ichaboe had been the resort of nests of Pirates…. In all human probability, the most satisfactory conjecture that can be arrived at is that the unfortunate Christopher Delano was a Spaniard, joined in some piratical enterprises, and leagued with a gang of desperadoes, from one of whom, while visiting the Island of Ichaboe, he most probably received his death wound in some bacchanalism origies [sic] or sudden quarrel.”
Mr. Meeseeks are known for being very patient, obedient and loyal creatures, and once you've pushed that big blue button on the Meeseeks Box those Mr.'s are supposed to do whatever you tell them to do with a smile. They've had no problem obeying Rick, and even though they don't take young Morty seriously they still listen to what he wants, but that annoying asshat Jerry has pushed those little blue people too far. Jerry is so annoying his grating personality has accomplished what nobody in the multiverse ever could - he has pissed off every Mr. Meeseeks, and now they all want him dead! Smooth move, brah!
Share some laughs at Mr. Meeseeks' expense with this The Exasperating Jerry t-shirt by Raffiti, it's a fun way to show love for your favorite sci-fi cartoon show!
An embroidered altar cloth that has been in the possession of St. Faith's Church in Bacton, Herefordshire, was recovered year ago because it closely resembles clothing worn by Queen Elizabeth I. The cloth is richly embroidered with flowers, and is woven with silver thread, which by law was restricted to royals. The organization Historic Royal Palaces researches and curates Britain's royal artifacts. Their fashion historian, Eleri Lynn, has determined that the cloth is most likely the only surviving fabric the 16th-century monarch actually wore as clothing.
She said: “When I saw it for the first time I knew immediately that it was something special. As I examined it, I felt as though I had found the Holy Grail, the Mona Lisa of fashion. None of Elizabeth I’s dresses are known to have survived, but everything we have learnt since then points to it being worn by Elizabeth.”
The botanical pattern on the cloth bears a striking resemblance to that on a bodice worn by Elizabeth in the so-called Rainbow Portrait of 1602 and Ms Lynn believes it is “not inconceivable” that the skirt, which cannot be seen in the painting, is part of the same outfit.
If you want to travel the world but don't speak other languages (and hey, no one can speak them all, right?) it's often helpful to travel to places where the locals have a good handle on your language. If you're reading this, I'm assuming you speak English and good news -so do the countries in this great Thrillist article. Not every person in these countries actually speaks English, but each of them have a large enough English population and enough friendly folks that you should be able to get by.
Of course, not every country with a large English speaking population is on the list, I would add pretty much all of Scandanavia, as well as France and Switzerland and commenters on the article have plenty more places they would add. In fact, the comments section could be some of the most helpful information in the article. So read the whole thing here.
A group of British friends went on a nice bike ride. When Paul tried to lift his fat bike over a fence, he suddenly realized it was an electric fence and dropped the bike, which became tangled in the wire. Now what? Their efforts to free the bike involved much laughing and swearing. In other words, this contains NSFW language.
"It's only a little electric." Yeah, that's easy to say before it zaps you! The project was complicated by the fact that everything was wet, so trying to avoid the electricity was futile. "Go on, just be brave!" -via reddit
In Singapore it is traditional for grooms to show up at their bride-to-be's house before a wedding and participate in silly tasks at the request of the bridesmaids. Chen Guanyou must not have thought that didn't sound quite exciting enough on its own, so he decided to show up with his groomsmen all dressed in McDonald's costumes. Maybe it was a last hurrah for his fast food fandom because his bride, Joanna Tan, actually hates fast food -at least she was a good sport about the whole thing.
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Inventive, yet under-publicized devices by Marina Tsipis, Improbable Research staff
The history of technology is, in part, the history of machinery that works in cooperation with animals (or with things that look or sound like animals). Here is a part of that part of technology history.
Dog-Assisted Surveillance U.S. patent #6782847 granted August 31, 2004 to David Shemesh and Dan Forman, both based in Israel, for an “automated surveillance monitor of non-humans in real time.” The patent contains a sequence of three drawings—reproduced here—that, by themselves, pretty much explain the inventors’ thinking.
Nevertheless, Shemesh and Forman also attempt a description in words. Here is their in-a-nutshell verson:
A system for non human animal-based surveillance including a non-human animal-borne, non-human animal noise sensor, and a non-human animal noise analyzer operative to receive sensed nonhuman animal noises, to determine at least partially there from whether an alarm situation exists and to provide an alarm indication output.
In this technical drawing, one of the sensor-bearing dogs is alarmed by a passing cat. The dog says “WOOF WOOF WOOF.” Inventors David Shemesh and Dan Forman write that “FIG. 1A illustrates surveillance apparatus 10, mounted on a guard dog, which communicates with a monitoring station 12, preferably via a wireless network 14.... The surveillance apparatus 10 preferably comprises a barking sensor assembly 20, typically comprising amicrophone/speaker 22, which outputs via a filter 24 to an amplifier 26 and thence preferably to a analog to digital converter 28.”
In 1998, Mattel began selling the electronic Barbie Typewriter to replace the earlier mechanical typewriter in the Barbie line, thus continuing the toy industry habit of introducing young children to technology that is 30 years out of date. Nonetheless, it could keep children busy learning to read and write away from your word processor. But the typewriter had a secret. It was manufactured by Mehano in Slovenia, which already made other children's typewriters. Mehano took an older model and made it pink and purple for Mattel. The base model they used had a wonderful secret capability that was sadly never included in Mattel's marketing.
Apart from a range of typesetting features, such as letter-spacing and underline, this children's toy was capable of encoding and decoding secret messages, using one of 4 built-in cipher modes. These modes were activated by entering a special key sequence on the keyboard, and was explained only in the original documentation.
When the E-115 was adopted by Mattel as an addition to the Barbie™ product line, it was aimed mainly at girls with a minimum age of 5 years. For this reason the product was given a pink-and-purple case and the Barbie logo and image were printed on the body. As it was probably thought that secret writing would not appeal to girls, the coding/decoding facilities were omitted from the manual. Nevertheless, these facilities can still be accessed if you know how to activate them.
With a name like Mister Sinister you don't expect him to be a nice guy, but the guy is so depraved that his actions have pushed the boundary of what is acceptable for publication in a comic book.
He was born Nathaniel Essex, a scientist and contemporary of Charles Darwin so obsessed with human evolution he conducted experiments on his disabled son- and after his son died he dug up the body so he could continue experimenting on the boy.
His wife dubbed him "Sinister" with her dying breath, but she had no idea how cruel Mr. Sinister would become as he kept tinkering with his own DNA and the DNA of many other mutants.
This tinkering would result in the creation of Jean Grey and Namor clones, the birth of Cable and the Morlocks (who were products of Mr. Sinister's former student), and the deaths of many people.
Mister Sinister continues to play God, which is why he makes such an interesting enemy for the X-Men, who have proven to be the only superfolks who stand a chance against Sinister.
The day after Christmas, Caroline Charter and her mother watched from the safety of the house as Caroline's sister Suzanne tried to get in her car and leave. The driveway is covered with ice, and Dad is there to help. If she can't walk to the car, what makes her think she can drive away? Ah, the roadway is probably cleaner than the driveway.
That's Mom inside, laughing her head off at her daughter's difficulties. The laugh has proven so popular that you can now get it as a ringtone on iTunes. Just look for "Canadian Driveway Ice Hysterics." -via Tastefully Offensive
Things are getting to be so bad these days that even the world's penguin population has to find a side hustle to stay afloat, and most of them have taken to busking. Their waddling prevents them from doing most physical labor, and their short temper keeps them from being employed in the customer service industry, but they're surprisingly good singers and they can strum a guitar better than Buddy Holly!
Spread some free smiles wherever you go with this Penguin Busking t-shirt by Early Kirky, it's one funny design that'll make your fellow penguin lovers flip!