When we hear about something strange and spectral tearing through the city we envision a terrifyingly ugly ghost, with two heads and a maw full of ectoplasmic fangs. But when the Busters showed up and discovered the ghost was shaped like a cute little Neko they didn't have the heart to bust the poor thing- so they brought it home so Slimer could have a pet!
Scare up smiles wherever you go with this Nekobusters t-shirt by Jason Castick, it's the cute and spooky way to show people you ain't afraid of no ghost- because sometimes they're really cute!
Parents can go crazy making stuff for their kids, stuff that will most likely end up stashed in a box in the garage, but when sculptor Dan Lefebvre goes crazy making stuff for his son his creations end up proudly displayed.
Dan's version of going crazy involves chopping, carving and chiseling a massive chunk of red cedar into a realistic wooden sculpture that looks just like his son wearing a Darth Vader mask.
It's really interesting to see how Dan took a daunting chunk of cedar log and shaped it to look like his son in stages, and his attention to detail definitely adds visual interest to the figure's realistic pose.
I wonder how his son feels about having to hang out with a wooden version of himself?
The Chinese discovered it, the Japanese revered it, and the British went nuts over tea. Oh yeah, then Americans loaded it with sugar, lemon juice, and ice cubes. Tea has always been popular, even back when it was eaten instead of being made into a drink.
Above ground pools are a great way to beat the heat and they give you a cool place to hang during those long summer days, but most above ground pools look pretty crappy compared to these shiny stock tank pools.
Legion is an FX series that is connected to the Marvel group X-Men. It centers around a superhero who suffers from mental illness in that his superpowers are controlled by different personalities. Whatever you think of multiple personality disorder, that is an intriguing idea for a mutant superhero. The show is doing really well, so if you've just started watching or are looking for a new show to try out, you'll want to learn something about Legion, like who's in it.
For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Dan Stevens is best-known for his roles as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey and the Beast in the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. He plays David Haller, the titular character who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age. As a result, Stevens went to great lengths to prepare for the role, ranging from speaking with both doctors and people with mental health issues to remaining in the dark about key details of the character and plot so as to achieve a more genuine sense of confusion about what is going on.
The Huffington Post recently shared the story of an Australian man named Terry who made his girlfriend a necklace out of wood for their one year anniversary. What he didn't tell her was that inside the necklace was an engagement ring.
His girlfriend wore the necklace for a whole year and a half before Terry decided to propose. When he did, he asked her to hand him the necklace so he could take a picture of it. Then he used a knife to open the secret latch to reveal the engagement ring inside. She said yes immediately, but it took her a moment before she realized that she had been wearing the ring around her neck the whole time.
If you were born any time in the last 100 years, the biggest movie of that year will be listed at Thrillist. But there's more: you'll find out the movie that made the most money that year, the movie that won the Oscar for Best Picture (if applicable), and the movie that stands up as the best quality film of the year these many years later. Cool. I checked my birth year, 1958.
The BIGGEST movie was South Pacific, which grossed 36.8 million in the United States. The Best Picture winner was Gigi, which also won Oscars for Best Director (Vincente Minnelli), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Color, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Musical Score, and Best Original Song ("Gigi") But the best movie was Vertigo. Alfred Hitchcock came close to landing on this list with Rear Window in 1954, but there can be no denying the raw cinematic power of Jimmy Stewart sweating his way through San Francisco, a preternatural fear of heights, and a mourning-catalyzed obsession with Kim Novak.
What do the barbarian Goths that raided Europe have to do with the young fashionistas who wear black in the more recent era? Not much, because the modern Goths took their name from the word Gothic. And that's where the story gets interesting.
How did New York City, a famous cigar girl, and Edgar Allan Poe combine to create one of the world’s first murder mystery stories? Read on.
Anyone who enjoys murder mysteries owes a debt of gratitude to Edgar Allan Poe. Before there was a Sherlock Holmes or a Nancy Drew, before the word “detective” was even in common usage, Poe created the character of C. Auguste Dupin, an eccentric Parisian genius who solved murder cases that baffled the city’s police force. Dupin first appeared in April of 1841 in a short story called “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and reappeared in two more stories after that. To create his detective stories, Poe did plenty of research on real crimes, including one of his century’s most notorious murder mysteries.
CHAPTER ONE: THE BODY
On July 28, 1841, the body of 21-year-old Mary Cecilia Rogers was found floating in the Hudson River near Hoboken, New Jersey. The discovery was shocking, not just because the body was battered beyond recognition (she could be identified only by her clothing and a birthmark on her arm), but because Rogers was famous in New York City. One of America’s first celebrities, she was nicknamed the “beautiful cigar girl.”
Until shortly before her death, Rogers had worked at a huge tobacco and cigar shop on Broadway. She had an unusual job: enticing men into the shop. According to legend, she was so beautiful that men would come inside just to see her, and wouldn’t leave without buying tobacco. Some of those admirers even published poems in local papers, singing of her charms. One besotted “poet” wrote, “She’s picked for her beauty from many a belle / And placed near the window Havanas to sell.” Other patrons were more talented, including New York City newspaper reporters and a writer named Edgar Allan Poe.
Some people can wake up and go to work without any caffeine, but for those of us who aren't fully awake until we've had our morning coffee those early hours are a real bear to get through. We growl, grumble and groan until that dark liquid starts coursing through our veins and makes us feel alive again, but if you live with someone who doesn't need caffeine to wake up the morning may start with a shouting match instead! When will they learn not to speak to us until we've had our morning cuppa?
Make people aware that you're a grizzly in the morning with this Bearly Awake t-shirt by TechraNova, it's the fun way to tell people you're not so fun to deal with until you've had your morning cup o' joe.
Jeanne Mance and Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve led settlers into what was to become Montreal Island on May 17, 1642. As part of Montreal's 375th anniversary celebration, the city's Jacques Cartier bridge hosted a beautiful 30-minute light show last night, with music from the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra. Here's a few minutes of the show, recorded by TVA nouvelles.
Hopping a ride aboard trains and traveling across America used to be associated with tramps and hobos, but these days the transient kids who ride the rails look more like Sid Vicious or Trent Reznor rather than Emmett Kelly.
The members of these train riding transient tribes look like characters from a Mad Max movie but live like travelers would have in the early 20th century, unchained and constantly rolling on down the line.
Photographer Michael Joseph has been shooting portraits of travelers since 2011, meeting up with them in cities across the U.S. to take their picture while they're still raw from the road:
"Reminiscent of the children of the 1930s Dust Bowl era blended with roots in the squatter punk subculture, these kids leave home to find a better life, and sometimes work," Joseph writes in an essay accompanying the series. "Some have no choice to run away from an intolerable family situation," while others willingly leave supportive environments in search of themselves or their tribe.
Unlike many photographs made about this community, Joseph's work is not documentary. He shoots his subjects against nondescript walls where he first meets them — depicting his always-moving subjects in moments of stillness. By eliminating geographical context, "attention is focused on the person, rather than place, because their environment could be any place at any time."
The E.L. Konigsburg children's book From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler was released fifty years ago. It won the Newberry Medal in 1968, and has been a staple of childhood reading ever since. It has inspired thousands of children to visit and enjoy the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. If you remember the book, or read it to your children, you'll want to know about the author and what inspired her.
Elaine Lobl (E.L.) was born in Manhattan in 1930, but grew up in small-town Pennsylvania. She earned a degree in chemistry from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, and married industrial psychologist David Konigsburg in 1952. But a career in science wasn’t to be. She had trouble with the lab work; her son Paul says more than once, she blew the sink up—and lost her eyebrows—mixing the wrong elements.. So Elaine became a stay-at-home mother of three, and while living in Port Chester, New York, decided to start writing.
“When we were in grade school, Mom would write in the morning. When the three of us kids would come home for lunch, she would read what she wrote,” says Paul Konigsburg, 62. “If we laughed she kept it in. If not, she rewrote it.”
But the person who got drunk and bought themselves a Freddy Mercury collector's plate is the grand prize winner for "drunk purchase most likely to blow your mind when you open the box". Plus, it's a collector's item!
Cinefamily TV is putting together a mega-project for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, featuring 70 minutes of the most bonkers Star Wars-related footage possible. The trailer gives us a little taste, and although it's less than two minutes long, it's weird enough to enjoy on its own.
Forty years is a long time to be obsessed with one franchise, but plenty long enough to amass tributes that will make us laugh and feel nostalgic at the same time. The full version will be shown May 25th at the Cinefamily theater in Los Angeles. -via Gizmodo
Some houses have a strange history that makes them hard to sell- especially if the realtor is honest about the strangeness in their listing.
This house in Cayce, South Carolina is being sold for a mere $155k, but it comes with one really odd catch- the buyer can't ask about the person in the attic.
The original Zillow listing was edited because of the unwanted attention it received online, but here's how it originally read:
Please read carefully before scheduling showings. May not qualify for financing. Great "diamond in the rough" investment property or primary home needing separate apartments. Little is known about condition except that property has active roof leaks. Property is being sold "as-is" with no repairs, no clean-up, and no warranties expressed or implied. Upstairs apartment cannot be shown under any circumstances.Buyer assumes responsibility for the month-to-month tenancy in the upstairs apartment. Occupant has never paid, and no security deposit is being held, but there is a lease in place. (Yes, it does not make sense, please don't bother asking.)
UPI dug a bit further and found a different listing that stated "Upstairs apartment is occupied by professional artist", which makes a bit more sense than "please don't bother asking".
But who in their right mind is going to buy a house with a creepy tenant lurking in the attic?
Omar is a Maine coon cat living in Melbourne, Australia. He is 47 inches long and weighs 31 pounds. His favorite food is raw kangaroo meat. Omar towers over the sheltie dog he lives with. His owner Stephy Hirst started Omar an Instagram account, and he was soon featured on Cats of Instagram. Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were intrigued, and contacted Hirst to ask for his measurements. Hirst's measurement placed Omar at about an inch longer than the current record holder!
There is some scientific evidence that shows dogs may suffer from depression just like humans, but can we really tell if a dog willingly committed suicide?
Regardless of which side of the road you stand on regarding doggy suicide consider this- there's a bridge in Scotland dubbed "Dog's Suicide Bridge" because more than fifty dogs have leapt off the bridge and died in the last 50 years.
One particular section of the Overtoun Bridge near Dumbarton seems to have a strange effect on dogs of a certain breed, causing them to heedlessly leap off the side and "commit suicide":
All of the deaths occurred at the very same spot on the right-hand side of the bridge. All of the dogs who died were long muzzle breeds like Collie, Labrador, or Greyhound. All of the deaths took place on bright, clear days.
Over six months in 2005, five dogs leaped to their deaths. One bereaved owner, Donna Cooper was out walking with her family when her dog, Ben jumped over the parapet and fell fifty feet onto the rocks below.
Some people think the bridge is haunted by an evil spirit, others think it's situated in a "thin place" where our world meets with the "Otherside" so dogs are trying to leap into this other world.
But animal behaviorist Dr. David Sands has posited the most popular theory- their leaping over the side because they smell mink:
Sands uncovered the most likely explanation for the dog deaths is the onset of mink farming in the area, which started fifty years ago:
Evidence of mink was confirmed in the area not only by a naturalist, who spotted droppings beneath the bridge, but also by [an angler], who explained that the top hill quarry had lakes that contained trout (perfect mink diet).
The intense scent of mink aroused each dog’s curiosity, leading to their fatal leap of faith.
Akbar is no stranger to soaring through the sky, but before he joined the Rebellion and became one of its most important military leaders he dreamed of living a life of careless fantasy in far off Neverland like his hero Peter Pan. But alas adult responsibilities won out over his dreams, and the dark actions of the Empire forced him to become one of the stars of an intergalactic war instead of a mythical immortal being. And yet he still dreams of dowsing his massive Mon Calamari melon with pixie dust and soaring through the sky, his days of intergalactic warfare replaced by idyllic battles with pirates and alarmingly punctual alligators.
Make geeky spirits soar wherever you go with this The Trap t-shirt by Samiel, it's the funny way to combine pop culture universes into one ridiculous flight of fancy sure to make your fellow fans grin with delight!
The Japanese manga series Tokyo Ghoul is getting a live-action film version hitting theaters this summer. As part of the promotion for the movie, a cafe will be open May 27 to June 28 in Toshima, Japan, serving ghoulish themed food. The cafe's website is in Japanese, but you can get a glimpse at some of the creepy menu items at TVOM.
The new series Star Trek: Discovery takes places slightly before the events of the original series with Kirk and Spock, but somehow the Starfleet crew is way more diverse, well-dressed, and armed with better special effects.
Looking for something a little refreshing this summer? Then head to your local novelty popsicle shop (that has to be a thing, right?) and pick up a Van Holten pickle popsicle.
Or do you like your pickles a little less cold with a little fizz? Then maybe you need one of these pickle juice sodas from Grandpa Joe's Candy Shop. Sure, you could just drink regular pickle juice, but it lacks all that delightful carbonation you know you've always needed in your pickle juice.
It’s a scientist’s mantra: Correlation does not imply causation. But sometimes wrong feels so right.
1. EAT ENOUGH CHOCOLATE AND YOU'LL WIN A NOBEL.
If you want to boost blood flow to your brain and (potentially) slow cognitive decay, consume flavanols. The plant compounds, found in green tea and cocoa, are great for getting blood into your noggin. That made New York doctor Franz Messerli wonder: Would a nation of bonbon–eaters be more intellectually accomplished than a country that didn’t consume as much cocoa? In a tongue-in-cheek 2012 paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine, he found that countries that ate a lot of chocolate also won the most Nobel Prizes. Messerli published the study with a wink, but some media outlets took the news seriously, failing to see that a confounding variable was at play—wealth. A richer country (like Switzerland, which has 26 Nobel winners) will have more quality scientific research—and well-stocked shelves of chocolate, too.
2. THE NIGHT-LIGHT BIZ IS IN CAHOOTS WITH YOUR OPTHALMOLOGIST.
Nearsightedness has been increasing worldwide for decades. In some Asian countries, up to 90 percent of adults can’t see distant objects clearly, and in 1999, researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia thought they’d found the cause: night-lights. The evidence suggested that kids who slept with a light developed myopia later in life. But two groups of researchers argued that the study failed to see the evidence in front of its nose—myopic parents have myopic kids. And myopic parents, who can’t see well in the dark, are more likely to install night-lights in their children’s rooms.
In 1945, an excavation of a Native American mound in Illinois revealed around a thousand shell and pearl beads, and 22 beads iron beads. Where did those come from? The people that lived there 2,000 years ago, as the artifacts were dated, did not have a culture of metallurgy. They came from a meteorite, one the rare meteors that contain iron. Only three such meteorites have ever been found in North America.
A piece of one of those three meteorites, the Anoka meteorite, was first discovered in 1961, next to the Mississippi River in what is now Anoka, Minnesota. Its surface didn’t show evidence of people trying to remove bits and pieces of it, and its chemical makeup was just different enough from the beads to convince scientists it wasn’t the source. Another chunk of the Anoka turned up in 1983. A new analysis of that piece, which was found just across the river from the original, showed the researchers, from the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., the same internal structure observed in the Havana Hopewell beads. Mass spectroscopy then confirmed that the two pieces of iron have the same chemical composition as well. One mystery might have been solved, but another popped right back in its place.
The new movie Alien: Covenant (the fifth Alien movie, if you don't count Alien vs. Predator) is opening this weekend, so Screen Junkies went back to take another look at the second movie in the series, Aliens. While the first movie was a horror film, the second was an action movie. How will they tear this one down?
The transition from being a student to working full time is significant. I saw two comics within just a few minutes that tell the story of the difference, each with an emphasis on a different aspect of life. The husband and wife artists of Anemonelost appear to miss the carefree days of school. -via reddit
While at the same time, Sarah Andersen of Sarah's Scribbles remembers the less-fun parts of being a student. Here's hoping you relate to the one that shines a better light on the life you have now.