Haaayyy Boo-Boo! Christmas time is here. Are you looking for a clever gift favorite Yogi Bear lover? Capture the Yogi Bear Cookie Jar from the NeatoShop. This fantastic ceramic cookie jar features your favorite bear clutching a pic-a-nic basket.
We just covered the world's largest gingerbread house, which is on display at Texas A&M University, but if just one house isn't enough to impress you, then you can't miss the world's largest gingerbread village created by New York Chef Jon Lovitch.
The incredible creation consists of 152 houses and 65 trees. It weighs over 1.5 tons, made up of 500 pounds of gingerbread, 400 pounds of candy and 2,240 pounds of icing. Unsurprisingly, it cost over a few thousand dollars to complete, but that's a small price to pay to live forever in the pages of the Guinness Book of World Records.
Opera ain’t just for sophisticated folks wearing fancy duds anymore, now geeks and gamers can enjoy some dramatic singing thanks to the virtual performance OPERAcraft.
Created by a bunch of music majors from Virginia Tech who were looking to bring a bit of culture to the video game loving masses, OPERAcraft stars pixelated Minecraft characters performing on the big screen while the VT squad sings, and the blockheaded characters on the screen even lip sync to the lyrics thanks to a Minecraft mod and the Pd-L2Ork orchestral software. This ain’t your grandma’s operatic performance, this is next gen virtual live performance/animated pixel art at its finest.
The website Movie Mistakes has collected over 100,000 mistakes spotted in movies by fans. Now they've released their list of the top mistakes of 2013, as voted by the site's users. Some of them are factual errors, like a scene in The Hangover III:
Chow is carrying around $21 million in gold bullion. A bar weighs 400 ounces. Gold prices at that time were around $1,200 per ounce, and he's got two bags, therefore he's supposedly carrying 8,750 ounces, or about 550lb, on each arm.
While others are mistakes in continuity, which is just weird things that happen in the confusion of filmmaking that someone should have caught, like what happened in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:
The number of arrows that Katniss has in her quiver goes up and down through the games. For example, In the second cornucopia scene when the career tributes from Districts 1 and 2 attack Katniss, Peeta, Wiress, Johanna, Finnick and Beetee, one shot shows three arrows left, but there were plenty used during the rest of the film.
The Muppets' Swedish Chef is serving up his Swéédéé Méétéé Bøøls at a Food Truck Festival when celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay shows up. A challenge? It's a food fight! At least Ramsay does his own bleeps in this -after all, it is the Muppets! -via Boing Boing
Photoshopped pictures of hybrid animals that could never actually exist in the wild are funny, but when that hybrid is a powerful new species which embodies the strengths of both original species and is capable of subjugating the human race we need to take notice.
Beware the Dirds, for they are powerful creatures born of bird and dog, and they are sick of eating dry kibble, bird seeds and crackers. Dirds can be identified by their bone chilling squawk bark, their tendency to drool and their oily feather-fur which is so slick the blood of their prey runs right off. Dirds were created by humans, but will they become our new masters?
The past meets the future in the present! German cosplayer Genovefa designed and made these long dresses complete with corsets that resemble futuristic Starfleet uniforms. Here you see her wearing a Captain Janeway dress while her friend models a Data version. See more picture at her blog (which is in German). -via io9
This video is labeled "David and Steph Teeterboard training," so I guess we can assume that Steph is short for Stephan or Stephen, although I don't know which athlete is which. I watched and kept expecting one of them to hit the ceiling. It would be so easy for something to go wrong here! Kids, don't try this at home, only in a gym after years of practice and proper training. And this is the first instance I've seen in which a portrait orientation on a phone video is altogether appropriate. -via Viral Viral Videos
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Add a little holiday cheer to your table with a Merry Christmas Vintage Card Plate from the NeatoShop. Each little plate features a vintage Christmas card design on the front and a gold leaf back. Each little plate is perfect for holding small precious possessions or candies.
Six different Merry Christmas Vintage Card Plates available. Buy them all and make it a very merry set.
Bart Simpson is cute as a troublemaker, right? Maybe not if you work in law enforcement. He's actually committed serious crimes that could send him prison for a long, long time. Bart probably gets away with it due to an incompetent local police force and the lack of a significant federal presence in town. Counterfeiting? That's a paddlin'.
This is one of 8 criminal chalkboard gags from The Simpsons rounded up by Brendan Lopez. You can read the rest here.
And if you think that Mr. Lopez might be missing any, you’re welcome to search through the comprehensive archive of chalkboard gags.
Who would steal vegetables from nuns? Someone snuck into the the Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre in Wicklow, Ireland, and stole an entire field of Brussels sprouts right out of the ground. Sister Julie Newman believes they will be sold for a high price as organic holiday fare. The sprouts, valued at around €300, were ready for harvest after two years of growth.
"It's not just the monetary value. It's when you think of the effort that people went to in caring for them," Sr Newman added.
She said the nuns believe that the sprouts will now be sold as high-end organic produce for the Christmas market.
The vegetables are biennial, so it takes two years to bring Brussels sprouts to full maturity.
While some produce at the farm has been stolen before, Sr Newman says the thievery was never on this scale.
"I feel sorry for our staff. They have minded them and cared for them all along, and someone came in the dead of the night and stole all of them.
"We would have the odd bit of pilfering of potatoes and onions, but this was deliberate. It wasn't just someone looking for a few vegetables for their dinner.
Dreams can be so freaky and weird sometimes, so full of vivid and surreal imagery, that they would make for really great short films. And since the imagery is so strange they’d probably have to be created with CG animation, to properly capture their bizarre visual nature.
Well what do you know, it appears former Northumbria University student Samuel Blain already had the same idea and created a short called In Dreams, featuring freaky realizations of (you guessed it!) people’s most vivid dreams.
Samuel calls it an experimental documentary, and while some of the dreams described may be a bit mundane the animated realizations are anything but, and will likely haunt your dreams for many nights to come.
When you get right down to it, gold is just a metal, an element with its own distinctive properties -like all the other elements. But we have chosen it to represent the very idea of value, using it as a symbol of wealth and an exchange medium, or money. We can understand why compounds and organic material isn't used this way -they have a tendency or at least an ability to change. But what makes gold different from the other elements?
An article from the BBC asks University College London chemistry professor Andrea Sella, who runs through the periodic table of elements and points out why every other element would not work for the purpose of a rare but stable measure of value. He eliminated all but silver and gold, and silver is also used as a measure of value, although gold edges it out because silver tarnishes. But even gold has its drawbacks. The U.S. unhooked the value of its currency from gold in 1973 because our population and need for currency outgrew the supply of gold.
In the 16th Century, the discovery of South America and its vast gold deposits led to an enormous fall in the value of gold - and therefore an enormous increase in the price of everything else.
Since then, the problem has typically been the opposite - the supply of gold has been too rigid. For example, many countries escaped the Great Depression in the 1930s by unhitching their currencies from the Gold Standard. Doing so freed them up to print more money and reflate their economies.
Macaulay Culkin has had his fair share of ups and downs (mostly downs) since his days of childhood stardom and the Home Alone films, so it’s good to see him hanging out with friends, happily eating too much pizza and channeling Lou Reed with his new band The Pizza Underground.
Culkin, who is joined by Phoebe Kreutz, Matt Colbourn, Deenah Vollmer and Austin Kilham, belts out tasty new renditions of old Velvet Underground tunes dripping with adoration for the pizza pie. Songs like I’m Beginning to Eat the Slice, All The Pizza Parties and I’m Waiting For The Delivery Man are sure to delight VU fans and make listeners hunger for a fresh slice.
Cancer patients talk about how, once they received their diagnosis, they could never just forget their illness for a moment. One patient put it simply in when she said, "You know what I miss the most? Being carefree."
The Mimi Foundation invited twenty cancer patients to enjoy a makeover. They only stipulated that they keep their eyes shut until it was done. Then they gave them the most outlandish wigs and makeup you can imagine and filmed their reactions. It was in that moment that they forgot all about cancer and reveled in the moment. Photographs from the event were published in a book so that the participants can always remember that time they were truly carefree. -via Viral Viral Videos
One, two, bleet -now that's how you get in shape down at the farm...at least, when you want to get your furry friends in on the action.
If you have a hard time sticking with a diet plan when you resolve to lose weight for the New Year, perhaps a drill sergeant goat can help keep you in line. They might ride you a little harder than your usual trainer, but the results are undeniable.
Dalhousie University is a college in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Castine Way is a road that runs through campus. It’s named after the town of Castine, Maine. This is a reference to an episode in American and Canadian history from 1814.
After Napoleon abdicated in 1814, Britain began a series of offensives designed to bring about victory over the Americans in the War of 1812. Among them was an invasion of eastern Maine in the summer of 1814. British forces conquered the area fairly easily.
Naval expeditions under Sir John Sherbrooke (left) and his subordinates captured the coastal towns of Eastport, Machias and Castine, then sailed inland up the Penobscot River, capturing Hampden and Bangor. Sherbrooke declared that Maine east of the Penobscot was now a British colony named New Ireland.
The British goals in the establishment of New Ireland were: 1. to create a buffer zone between the United States and the Maritime provinces. 2. to acquire land for an overload route between Quebec and the Maritimes. 3. to punish the Americans for going to war.
Meanwhile, the rest of the British offensives ended in failure. At Plattsburgh, New York, the US Navy defeated an invasion of New York down the Lake Champlain corridor. In the Chesapeake, the British burned Washington, but were unable to advance into and past Baltimore.
In the Flemish city of Ghent, British and American negotiators were at an impasse. The British were in a superior military position, but the Americans would not accept anything less than status quo ante bellum--the conditions that existed before the war. After the Duke of Wellington advised the British to accept the American position, the British signed the peace treaty (pictured above). The treaty, after ratification by the Prince Regent and United States Senate, officially ended the war.
It also ended New Ireland and John Sherbrooke’s ambitions for eastern Maine. He withdrew. But he had treated the area as British territory and collected £10,750 in tariffs during that time. Sherbrooke donated most of it to the founding of a university in Nova Scotia. The “Castine Fund,” named after the occupied town of Castine, Maine, launched Dalhousie University.
The university named a road on its campus after its unwilling financial benefactor. That’s how Castine Way got its name.
Are you crazy for old fashioned toys. This Christmas share you love of two wonderful toy classics with the Sock Monkey Jack in the Box from the NeatoShop. Turn the candle of the delightful toy, when the music stops out pops the sock monkey.
When we saw the first trailer for Sharknado, we thought shark movies had finally jumped the shark, so to speak. What could they possibly come up with next? Now we know. Asylum has Sharknado 2 in the works, but first it's another entry in the Mega Shark series (after Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus and Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus). This time, the humans have sent their own opponent to fight Megashark -a giant robot shark! Watch the trailer for Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, and do not miss the final scene. It will remind you not to take such things seriously -as if you ever did. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Live long and stay cool -at least, that's what I take away from this awesome Star Trek ice sculpture. If you're more of a Star Wars fan though, then you'll probably prefer this Chillennium Falcon structure instead.
While this When Geeks Wed article suggests using these delightfully geeky ice sculptures for your nerdy wedding, really any of them would be fantastic for a Christmas party, convention, banquet or any other fun engagement with a geek theme.
If you plan on using these for a big party, I suggest using the Batman ice luge which is not only cool looking, but also a great way to cool your drinks.
Brösel the mouse decorates her Christmas tree. She is a clicker-trained mouse, but when she first saw the tiny tree and decorations, she started playing with them spontaneously! It didn't take long to teach her what she was supposed to do. See more of Brösel and her buddies at Mouse Agility. -via Tastefully Offensive
Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball this year, especially with her controversial music video for the song "Wrecking Ball." It sets the perfect ambiance for the Christmas season, don't you think? So make one of these tree ornaments using the instructions provided by Instructables member mikeasarus.
First, he found a screenshot from the video. He printed it out, along with a mirror copy, and cut out Miley. Mikeasarus then took a glass bulb ornament and primed and painted the surface with gray paint. He attached a cheap necklace chain to serve as the chain for the wrecking ball.
After Shannon Moore Shepherd spent time in Paris researching the origins of Bram Stoker's Dracula, she visited her husband's family in Scotland, where she once again found herself tracing Stoker's travels. The author had stayed at the same hotel they were in!
In 1894, while taking holiday here in Cruden Bay, Bram Stoker may have experienced a similar palette and sense of delicious anticipation as he came upon the ruined castle grounds. According to multiple sources on New Slains Castle, Bram Stoker was invited by the 18th Earl of Erroll to visit his humble home. A dark and foreboding sky combined with a sense of awe at the majestic structure before him and curiosity about the nobleman who ordered its construction and walked its candlelit hallways at night, is all reportedly real inspiration for the fantastical fictional Romanian castle in Dracula and its eccentric master. The Kilmarnock Arms website even affirms that the castle was a tangible inspiration.
If Stoker was invited to cross the darkness to New Slains by its Earl, then his own story isn’t much different from his protagonist, Jonathan Harker. As Stoker might have done politely with the Earl, Harker returns the invitation to Count Dracula. Now, collective consciousness would tell us, though we may not be sure how exactly we know, that a vampire cannot enter a home without being invited. This is something Jacques Sirgent touched on in his recent lecture at the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris.
Sirgent also had information about the ties between a Countess of Erroll and the original Dracula family in Romania. Read the rest of the story, and see New Slains Castle in many pictures, at Atlas Obscura.
Though she’s only 16 years old, Rosalee Ramer of Watsonville, California is already a successful monster truck driver. She’s very smart, having scored in the 99% percentile of the math portion of the SAT. Rosalee uses her considerable brains to design, build, maintain and drive these custom-built car-crushers.
She’s been at it since the age of 3, when she first held a flashlight to help her father build an engine at night. Now Rosalee is designing the first electronic fuel injection system for a monster truck.
But she’s more than an engineer. Rosalee also drives Detour, her family’s truck, in competitions. She often jumps it 30 feet into the air. It’s a joyful experience:
"Just being in a truck that loud, feeling it under you, stepping on the throttle," Rosalee said, "it almost doesn't feel real. You feel like you're in a different world. You're taking something that weighs 10,000 pounds and with a tiny touch of the throttle, you can just roast the tires."
Dutch artist Vincent Vermeij, also known as Chungkong (previously at Neatorama) created a series of posters that put Star Wars characters into the classic Andy Warhol soup can art theme. Of course, they are called Star Warhols. There are eight posters in the series; each one is for sale individually as a print or a greeting card. -via Daily of the Day