Remember the good old days of the internet, when AOL sent us new coasters every week, Google was still a force for good, and many websites sported that cheesy Geocities style?
The late 90s and early 00s really weren't that long ago in the grand scheme of things. In fact, it was such a short time ago in terms of webpage lifespans that many of these sites are still up and running, in all their early internet glory.
Having rescued the princess, Link stands atop a pile of his enemies. Jeremiah Lambert composed this image inspired by a famous (and somewhat risque) painting of Conan by the great fantasy artist Frank Frazetta. It was his contribution to Art Jams, an online community of artists inspired by pop culture.
The Portuguese man-of-war is not a jellyfish, but is related to them. They are quite amazing, both in form and function. It is made up of a colony of genetically-identical creatures that take different forms to make up the “organs” of the colony. Photographer Aaron Ansarov has been photographing Portugese man-of-wars for two years to capture their ethereal beauty. You can read more about the animals and see more of Ansarov's pictures at National Geographic. -via Nag on the Lake
I don't see the problem. One Direction Farrier would have been a perfectly good name. Or, for something more traditional, we could have chosen Slayer Farrier. But I never win arguments with my wife and had to pay for the legal name change from my own pocket.
You see expensive aircraft in movies all the time, but it’s not always easy to get permission to use the real thing. And miniatures, while they have their place, don’t always do the trick. So movie productions often rely on full-scale mockups that, while they don’t work, look just like the real thing. Read the stories behind seven of these mockups.
The futuristic F/A-37 Talon appeared in the 2005 film Stealth, and is pictured here during a simulated launch from USS Abraham Lincoln (although reportedly filmed aboard USS Carl Vinson). The F/A-37 Talon was a single seat stealth fighter built to test cutting edge technologies on the battlefield. It had a central “brain”, which predictably caused it to develop a (dangerous) mind of its own. The “Talon” bore an interesting resemblance to the Northrop Switchblade concept, in a film that was unfortunately considered one of the biggest financial losses in Hollywood history.
CountDownToDisaster created a mashup video that shows how well the Attack On Titan theme song works as an intro no matter what the show's genre, but they left one very important genre unrepresented-sitcoms.
Imagine how amazing Perfect Strangers would have looked with this rockin' theme song playing in the background, or a Family Matters intro-Titan style, with Urkel standing there looking all heroic in his highwater pants and suspenders... (Barely NSFW due to language)
Some people earn their nickname by performing deeds, or because of the costume they wear, but Logan earned his beastly moniker with his ferocious mutant fury and his razor sharp claws. They call him the Wolverine because he fights like a savage beast, and those who are caught on the wrong end of his rage are lucky if they live to talk about the encounter...
Behold the fury of the Wolverine, as he slashes his way through the competition on this Beastly t-shirt by Fanfreak, it's the perfect way to show the world you've got anger issues!
DeviantART member randomasusual makes sculptures out of, well, random things. Lately, she's been working with watch parts. Among other projects, she turns old watches into tiny guitars. The strings are made of solder. Very elegant!
Purchasing power varies from state to state, as you probably know. For the rent on a small place in San Francisco, you can mortgage a huge home with acreage in Kentucky. The punchline is, “Yeah, but you’d have to live in Kentucky.” The Tax Foundation crunched the numbers and made a map, comparing how far $100 will go in purchasing power in each state compared with the national average. The map is above, but you can enlarge it at the site, and read about how it was compiled.
The immediate reaction from many was that the map is too simple. The cost of living in New York City is much higher than in the rest of New York state. That’s true- the bigger the city, the more expensive it is to live there. So the Tax Foundation created another map, with more detail to show metropolitan areas compared to their surrounding areas. See the interactive version at the site. In case you’re wondering, the most expensive city in the U.S. is Honolulu. -via mental_floss
Humans have been fascinated by felines since we walked like Egyptians, and aside from a few dark periods when cats were associated with witchcraft, and slaughtered by the superstitious, people love having cats in their lives.
Author Peter Gethers says he was a certified cat hater until he received a kitten he named Norton, the star of his Norton Cat Trilogy, and in this vintage video segment Peter briefly discusses the history of cats with his furry pal Norton by his side.
If you're looking for a video with a lot of information about the history of cats you may have to keep on searching, but if you're looking for a video where a cute cat sits on a table and completely ignores a nearby plate of pasta then get ready for a treat!
Holly Springs is a photographer in Auckland, New Zealand. Her daughter was born without a left hand and has struggled with Hirschsprung's Disease. She's an inspiration to her mother, who describes the child as "my muse and my heart." To share her muse with the world, Springs photographs her at play in worlds both real and fantastic. The bottom image is particularly impressive, so it's not surprising that it won Springs an Iris Award from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and the area’s tourism board showed their sense of humor by responding to an article in the Onion that claimed the city was changing their tourism tactics. The original article stated (with auto play video):
In a move designed to help the metropolitan area attract more tourists, Salt Lake City officials unveiled a new advertising campaign Thursday reminding potential visitors that they can leave at any time.
"How are we expecting to increase revenue that way?" an incredulous Mayor McAdams asked tourism board members in an emergency meeting late Thursday night. "The amount of revenue this new bill will generate in hotel and restaurant taxes will pay for the closing of all Salt Lake's exit routes almost immediately. Keeping visitors here indefinitely will help secure our already thriving economy."
The measures taken are then outlined, which includes both freeway off-ramps and airlines tickets, which will now be one-way. The bottom of the article carries the tagline “Welcome to Salt Lake. You Can Check In Any Time You Like…”
This video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows three years of solar activity during solar maximum, the peak of the sun's activity during its normal, 11-year cycle. The clip is compiled from two images per day in the three-year span. Remarkable solar events in the video include two partial eclipses of the sun by the moon, the largest flare of this solar cycle, comet Lovejoy, and the transit of Venus. Via NASA Little SDO Facebook page.
Two hundred years ago, the United States was locked in a bitter struggle against the British Empire known as the War of 1812. For the new republic, the stakes were profoundly high. This became especially clear on August 24, 1814. Two hundred years ago to this day, the capital city of the United States of America, Washington, D.C., was captured and burned.
Although some American politicians, such as Henry Clay, hoped to conquer part or all of Canada, the War of 1812 was largely unwanted by Americans. But Britain, in its efforts to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte, raided neutral American shipping to French-controlled lands. It also kidnapped American sailors and pressed them into its own navy in order to keep its warships fully manned. Years of this piracy finally provoked the United States to declare war on June 18, 1812.
The United States anticipated that the war would be quick and easy. Former President Thomas Jefferson wrote that conquering Canada would be “a mere matter of marching.” These predictions were catastrophically wrong. The United States Army and Navy barely existed, yet these forces would be relied upon to combat the most powerful nation on earth.
(Battle of the Thames and the death of Tecumseh via Finavon)
Britain immediately threw the Royal Navy at the shipping and coastline of the United States, establishing a porous blockade for the duration of the war. US invasions of Upper and Lower Canada were largely failures, with the notable exceptions of the Battle of the Thames and the burning of modern-day Toronto in 1813. The American Fort Detroit embarrassingly fell to an inferior force led by Isaac Brock, one of early Canada’s greatest war heroes.
But neither side that advanced could hold enemy territory for long.
It's called the Horse Collar because it's shaped like the harness and because you'll need a stout draft horse to drag you home after you eat one. As you might expect, Green Bay Packers fans invented it. You can count on Cheeseheads to develop the heartiest, greasiest, most dangerous game foods on Earth.
Heath Barbato, the executive chef at the Packers' Lambeau Field, says that it's a roll with a 22-inch kielbasa, beer cheese, and fried sauerkraut.
Oh, those wacky Redditors. The time on their hands is always spent efficiently. Case in point is this subreddit thread called Bears with Beaks. This animal mashup extravaganza has been alive for two years and is still going strong with these amusing 'shop jobs. Look, down on the ground! It's a bird! It's a bear! It's a bunch of Redditors with photo editing software! Via 22 Words.
One doge, such pocket, warm, so style and cute, amaze....this is how Doge would feel if you carried him around in your t-shirt pocket all day, and this t-shirt by Tabner's is as close as you can get to the real thing. Slip on this shirt and wow-amaze-cute you're in the presence of a meme superstar, and you get to hang out with him all day long!
Wear him around town and watch as people adore, people such wow, people try to pet your super cute new t-shirt, but beware Doge's power of cute because it's irresistible!
In July and August, the city of Dresden, Germany hosted a public art festival that gathered more than 500 contributions from around the world. Tour buses took visitors around the city, showing them the best entries, such as those you see above.
Neatorama writer Remy Carreiro had a point about reboots in media presentations in his recent post. If Hollywood needs writers who aren't constantly napping, I'd be happy to help. It seems as if, when a movie is released with an original, stimulating premise, plot and dialogue, I'm grateful to the point of bursting into tears over my $65.00 stale, I-can-believe-it's-not-butter popcorn.
See other true, humorous yet embittering facts about modern lifehere. Because everyone wants to read embittering facts. A lot of them do, indeed, have merit. Via The Presurfer.
In February and again in June, I made anime watching recommendations and asked for them from Neatorama readers. We had great chats about anime. So let's do it again, shall we?
I learned about Knights of Sidonia from Richard Eisenbeis, Kotaku's anime critic. He calls it "a mecha anime with a realistic twist." Knights of Sidonia, which is remiscent of Battlestar Galactica, is the story of the remnant of the human race struggling to survive in an inter-generational war against genocidal aliens. It is a superb series that demonstrates thoughtful and thorough worldbuilding. Some of these elements are truly original--not rehashes of common tropes. In any science fiction series, that is a tremendous advantage.
In real history, Japan National Railways--the government agency which operated that nation's rail network--was privatized in 1987. In the series Rail Wars, this event never took place and the JNR is still in operation. The series, which you can watch on Crunchyroll, shows the adventures of four young high school trainees who are trying to secure permanent positions.
Now the story of people trying to get jobs at a government bureaucracy might not sound exciting, but it is when it's a quasi-military organization beset with terrorist attacks and conspiracies. Even if you're not a railroading junkie, you'll be impressed by the complexities of modern railroading that the characters find so fascinating.
If you've never planned a wedding before, you know that the process is frought with a mind-numbing number of details that seem to be ridiculously important at the time, but in the end don't really matter. My sister is currently working with my parents on planning her wedding, and although it's in the initial stages, it looks like this parody might be closer to the truth than Brides Magazine. Warning: Language (F-bombs galore, as it should be). Via Tastefully Offensive.
The original Sin City is one of my favorite movies, so I'm eagerly anticipating the sequel/prequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. It's a Mirmax film. That production company was once owned by Disney, but is now longer. What would it be like if it was still owned by Disney and animated accordingly? In 6 images, Curt Rapala shows us. The Disney princesses are now cast in a gritty noir film. They'll need all of their skill, luck, and ruthlessness to survive.
it seems like a shame to waste a bunch of perfectly good ice cream, but if it’s for the sake of creating art then I guess it’s okay.
Actually, using a bunch of different colored ice creams instead of paint sounds like a delicious way to create an original work of art!
Artist Othman Toma claims to paint mini masterpieces with different flavors of ice cream and popsicles, but there has been a bit of controversy surrounding Othman's works on Reddit, and not just because his artwork has started to attract ants.
Redditors claim the Iraqi artist couldn't possibly get such bright, clear colors by using ice cream, but who doesn't like a bit of mystery with their artwork?
As the description on her Instagramsays, DJ Mama the French Bulldog's milkshake brings all the boys to the yard! Was she born with puppy rhythm or is her sidekick DJ Greyboy performing video magic? I don't care. DJ Mama rocks, in my book. Via Laughing Squid.
Robert Sorokanich of Gizmodo notices that this huge manta ray swimming straight at a diver's camera looks like a spaceship ready to swallow you whole. It's a selection from this video shot off the coast of Hawaii. The manta ray encounter begins at the 0:33 mark.
This sign makes it very clear that you are not to go in here. It also addresses the possibility that you look at such signs and say, “Or else what?” like I sometimes do. The consequences are clear. -via reddit
The residents of the Mushroom Kingdom love a good pun, and bad guys often adopt punny names to make themselves sound cool to the lady beasts, who often don't have a very good sense of humor. Take two boos and dress them up like bees and you've got a punny joke that's sure to please, but will their costume make Mario laugh at them?
Add a punny piece of geeky attire to your wardrobe with this Boo Bees t-shirt by Unlikely Yuusha, it's sure to get you lots of laughs...from those who get it, of course!