Screen Junkies wades into the water to dare give us an Honest Trailer for Wonder Woman. Let's be honest, they liked the movie as much as the rest of us did. But they could still find some things about it to pick on, like how much the plot has the implausibility of a super hero comic book. Strange, that.
Pretty much the worst thing they can say about Wonder Woman is that it had everything a comic book super hero movie should have, and that it surprised us by having that and being good as well. This video does have some good puns, though. -via Tastefully Offensive
Very few actors stay in the business of show for their entire lives, and even many Hollywood lifers have been known to take a year or ten off to pursue interests other than acting.
But the most interesting cases are those actors who become pop culture icons then disappear from the spotlight never to be seen on stage again.
Actors have been known to transition into a new career as a lawyer, teacher or salesperson, which make sense considering their acting skill set, but going from playing the Red Power Ranger to fighting fires makes Austin St. John a real life superhero!
And lastly there's Little Mikey, the hungry kid in the Life cereal commercials who became a legend, an urban legend that is:
Smallpox is considered to be a leading factor in the European conquest of the Americas, as the accidental introduction of the disease wiped out entire populations of existing New World civilizations. While variolation was sometimes used to build up resistance to the disease, it had dangerous side effects. Then Edward Jenner introduced vaccination in 1797. King Charles IV had lost family members to smallpox, and was excited to use Jenner's technique to protect his subjects. To fight smallpox in the Spanish colonies, he sent a ship on a vaccination expedition under the supervision of Francisco Javier Balmis in 1803. But how to make the "raw material" last long enough for a ship to sail around the world? The expedition included medical professionals and 22 orphans between the ages of eight and ten.
During the journey, the vaccine was kept viable by passing it from arm to arm in orphaned children, who were brought along expressly for that purpose and remained under the care of the orphanage's director. This expedition was the first large scale mass vaccination of its kind. The historic legacy of this pioneering event in international health should be revisited in the current era of persistent inequalities in global health.
The Balmis Expedition stopped at the Caribbean Islands, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, Macau, and Canton over the next three years. Thousands of people were vaccinated, although some places already had the vaccine and others rejected it. It would be almost 200 more years before smallpox was eradicated, but the philanthropical expedition did much to spread the concept of the vaccine. Read about the Balmis Expedition in an article from the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
The water wars are heating up on grocery store shelves around the world, as waters from different regions battle it out for your bucks claiming you can taste the difference in quality and price.
But Scottish comedian Brian Limond doesn't think we should pay for pricy water, and in this clip from Limmy's Show he blows the lid off the water industry by showing us where we can get all the wet stuff we want for free- the tap. Contains NSFW language.
There's still no official announcement of an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, although people connected with the project have talked about it. The idea is that it will take place on Tatooine in the time between the prequels and A New Hope. Despite no existing film project (yet), merchandising has begun. Sideshow debuted a new 1/6 scale Obi-Wan figurine at San Diego Comic Con this summer. The Star Wars website has a set of pictures, and an interview with Sideshow's Kevin Ellis. The new figure is based on a previous statue that imagined what Obi-Wan would look like during his exile while he waited for Luke to grow up. That statue was a limited edition, and sold out quickly. Ellis says,
I work with a great team of artists, who have an incredible eye for realism. I’m very proud of the team. With our Mythos line, we have the honor and privilege of telling our own small Star Wars stories in figure form, so we asked the same questions any storyteller would. How long has Obi-Wan been on Tatooine at this point? When was the last time he wore his Clone Wars armor? Where did he get that backpack? What would he carry with him to each new adventure? Answering these questions then informs our design. It’s storytelling on a micro scale, and we’re so proud that Lucasfilm once again gave us the opportunity to delve into their rich universe for inspiration.
For the face, sculptors used images of Alec Guinness in his younger days, and then added details from Ewan McGregor's face. The Mythos Obi-Wan Kenobi figure will go on sale September 21. -via io9
When a baby name is trendy it spreads through neighboring families like a virus, making the kids with truly original names stand out in a classroom full of Taylors, Logans and Zoes.
Those names are so 2015, and yet people were still drawing names from pop culture like crazy in 2016, although there was also a huge resurgence in biblical names, with Noah and Elijah winning by a mile.
Then again Elijah could have been inspired by Elijah Wood, and Liam is probably inspired by Liam Neeson, with Emma (Stone/Watson/Roberts), Olivia (Munn/Wilde) and Mia (Goth/Farrow) topping the list for girls.
Julie Gerstein of BuzzFeed took information from the Top 5 Baby Names By State For Births In 2016 released by the Social Security Administration and used it to create colorful maps that prove parents are uncreative from coast to coast.
The 2009 movie District 9 was Neill Blomkamp's first feature film, an expansion of his short Alive in Joberg. The movie was about an alien invasion, but was also a political allegory illustrating the effects of xenophobia and racism. And it gave Americans a serious look at how alien invasions might play out in other countries. If you liked the movie, you'll want to read some of the behind-the-scenes facts about it.
7. The aliens are all played by the same actor.
The heavy use of CGI left some people wondering just how many different actors there were, but in truth there was only the one that did all the aliens.
6. The lead actor kind of stumbled into the role.
The man that played Wikus wasn’t exactly trying to be the lead but just happened to be in the right place at the right time. In fact he wasn’t even intent on acting at first.
Animals don't have to pretend to be cool or put on airs when they're hangin' with their buds because they were born too cool to care, and they look cooler just sitting there not posing for a pic than any human ever could.
This inherent coolness makes groups of animals automatically look like members of a hot new band, and when you photograph the pack you've got the makings of a super slick album cover for the hottest album of the year.
The best thing about an animal band is they will play for food, but when it comes to trashing hotel rooms they're much worse than their human counterparts- because their room destruction involves way more fecal matter.
Jonathan Stryker is a cosplayer who transforms himself into all kinds of characters, but last month, he staged his "Disney week" on Instagram. With the proper costumes, makeup, and wigs (and sometimes contact lenses), he turned himself into a realistic version of nine different animated Disney characters. Tap the video below to see them.
When heroes reach totally super cool status they live on forever thanks to all the merch created with their image emblazoned upon it, and after a while people forget whether those heroes ever actually existed at all. Remembrance for the fallen is funny that way, and since the Vindicators are such an oddbal bunch it's almost easier to think of them as fictional characters, so you won't feel bad wearing their image on a totally cool looking t-shirt!
Become the guardian of the cartoon vault by wearing this Vindicators Tee by Zerobriant, and set the schwifty night on fire.
It's a great time to be a science fiction fan, because with all the new sci-fi franchises being created and all our old favorites coming back better than ever we'll never run out of great stuff to watch and read and play!
If you're a big fan of sci-fi you'll want to share your love of those far out science fiction stories with the world, and the best way to do that is with an amazing NeatoShop t-shirt or hoodie!
Our sci-fi lovin' futures are looking mighty bright
But it's not just ducks. Mayhem has been caused by squirrels, snakes, spiders, goats, swans, cats, dogs, and other critters. It's as if Mother Nature is seeking revenge on humans -if you go by the headlines. The violent headlines are the kind that attract people in the UK to buy a newspaper. These are from the Buzzfeed list called 24 Pictures That Prove British Animals Are The Most Dangerous On Earth. Taken one by one, they are kind of silly, but when you put them all together, it shows a ridiculous revolution underway that may remind you of George Orwell's Animal Farm.
The striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is widely known for the highly odoriferous defensive secretion it uses to repel predators. Chemists have sporadically investigated the chemical composition of this secretion for many years. In this research, a number of chemicals have been incorrectly attributed to this secretion and the errors incorporated into the chemical literature. The major component in skunk spray was erroneously believed to be 1-butanethiol, until it was later shown that the actual compound was (E)-2-butene-1-thiol. More recently, two studies identified the third major compound in the secretion as either (E)-2-butenyl methyl disulfide or (E)- 2-butenyl propyl sulfide. These structural assignments were incorrect and the compound was later shown to be (E)-2-butenyl thioacetate.
Folklore asserts that tomato juice will neutralize the odor of skunk spray, but human olfactory fatigue can explain the apparent disappearance of the odor on sprayed pets. The odoriferous thiols in skunk spray can easily be neutralized by oxidation to sulfonic acids.
Details from Wood’s study “The History of Skunk Defensive Secretion Research.”
Skunk Spray Maliciously Deployed “GC/MS Based Identification of Skunk Spray Maliciously Deployed as ‘Biological Weapon’ to Harm Civilians,” Robert Wennig, Serge Schneider, and François Meys, Journal of Chromatography B, vol. 878, nos. 17–18, May 15, 2010, pp. 1433–16. The authors, at the Université du Luxembourg, report:
As we approach the autumnal equinox on Friday, the Southern Hemisphere is approaching the spring equinox. Redditor sky-entist, an astronomer and photographer, watched the sunrise at the South Pole station in Antartica this morning and caught this image. He gave us the conditions:
Current temps are -62.2 °C, -80.0 °F. Flying time was eight hours from Christchurch to McMurdo and another three to pole, both in a ski-equipped Hercules aircraft.
If you recall, the sun moves in a spiral and skips around in a circle along the horizon as it rises and sets in Antarctica. Once it is up, it stays up for half a year, and when it sets, it's gone for months.
Manik n Ratan is an artist in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Some his works are whimsical drawings of little people and little monsters that incorporate real-life household objects. The drawings are able to interact with the objects, which are oversized to them, in humorous ways, some that are different from the intended use of those objects.
The Princess Bride was released on September 27, 1987, which means it will soon be 30 years since it hit theaters. In honor of the occasion, Cinefix tells us seven things about the movie. Not just tidbits of trivia; these are more like seven stories behind the making of The Princess Bride. As you wish.
The filming was one problem after another. After watching this, you'll be amazed that the movie was ever completed, but they overcame those obstacles with hard work, perserverence, and creativity. It was a difficult production that ended up looking effortless. Inconceivable! The result was a comedy/romance/fantasy/fairy tale/action film that became a classic. -via Tastefully Offensive
We've seen several artists sketch out floor plans for the homes and apartments in our favorite TV shows. Now we get to see how some TV workplaces are laid out. After all, some shows revolve completely around the workplace and the bizarre cast of characters who have little in common besides working together.
Bizdaq presents the floor plans of Dunder Mifflin from The Office, Moe's Tavern from The Simpsons, Central Perk from Friends, Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the office of Sterling Cooper from Mad Men, and the comic book store from The Big Bang Theory. There's also a bonus in the floor plan of the Mos Eisley cantina from Star Wars, which is not a TV show and only appeared in one scene in a 40-year-old movie, but still feels familiar to everyone. See all the enlargeable fictional workplace floor plans here. -via Digg
Astronaut Mark Watney survived on potatoes when he was stuck on Mars in the movie The Martian, but that was fiction. The Great Famine in Ireland came about because of potato blight, and although lack of potatoes caused starvation, they weren't the sole food eaten by the Irish. Andrew Taylor ate a potato-only diet in 2016, but he flavored them with other ingredients and took supplements. Could someone live off only potatoes of they had to?
Technically, the traditional white potato contains all the essential amino acids you need to build proteins, repair cells, and fight diseases. And eating just five of them a day would get you there. However, if you sustained on white potatoes alone, you would eventually run into vitamin and mineral deficiencies. That's where sweet potatoes come in. Including these orangey ones in the mix—technically, they belong to a different taxonomic family than white potatoes—increases the likelihood that the potato consumer will get their recommended daily dose of Vitamin A, the organic compound in carrots that your mom told you could make you see in the dark, and Vitamin E. No one on a diet of sweet potatoes and white potatoes would get scurvy, a famously horrible disease that happens due to a lack of Vitamin C and causes the victim’s teeth to fall out.
But there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food. Personally, anytime someone asks the question, "If you could eat only one food, what would it be?" the answer is supreme pizza. However, that is technically more than one food, which is what you need. Read about the nutritional bang for your buck in potatoes at Popular Science.
Michael was honored to have been chosen for such a sweet game of peek-a-boo, but for all he knows the little owl was trying to scare him off by popping up and unleashing its super intimidating stare upon him. Nice try little guy!
The Mee who seeks to become something they're not will surely go through many transformations, and Mee will see and feel many horrible things while they're picking out the perfect form. But those Mees foolish enough to seeks to become a t-shirt have a lifetime of horror ahead of them, as they're worn on a person's body while they sweat and exude fluids! Yes, fluids I say! How horrifying is that? These humans will also drop food on the Mee tee and may even wipe their face on the Mee tee so it can hold their sweat, snot and saliva for them, along with other unspeakable acts of wiping that happen when a person finds themselves up s#$t creek without any toilet paper...
Bring the Mee with you wherever you go by wearing this Look At Me t-shirt by Apgar Arts, it's the fun way to torture Mees and look stylish at the same time!
For much of history, children were dressed in relatively simple garments that allowed for the fact that they couldn't yet dress themselves. As clothing became more structured, both boys and girls were dressed in skirts and dresses, which allowed for easier diaper changing and toilet training. The day a boy began wearing pants was a momentous occasion, and signaled that he was now a man-in-training.
With the power of pants came an understanding of manly responsibility, writes Jennifer Jordan in an essay on 17th-century masculinity. “The breeching ceremony stands out as one of the most significant milestones in a boy’s journey to acquiring manhood.” This seems to have been understood by even very little boys. Samuel Coleridge, the English poet and philosopher, described his five-year-old son Hartley being breeched in an 1801 letter. “He did not roll and tumble over and over in his old joyous way,” he wrote. “No! It was an eager & solemn gladness, as if he felt it to be an awful area in his Life.” These parties were usually held over a weekend at home, with relatives invited to stay. The pockets of Hartley’s breeches jingled with “a load of money,” Coleridge wrote, likely gifted to this fledgling man by visiting family members.
Have you ever found yourself so strapped for cash you've considered doing something drastic, like committing a crime, visiting a loan shark or selling one of your organs on the Black Market for some quick cash?
Most of us find ourselves so strapped for cash it stresses us out from time to time, but things usually work themselves out before we do something we'll regret.
However, I've always wondered how much I could get for a kidney or an eyeball if I was forced to sell, or how much my family can get for my heart when I die, and it turns out these organs are worth a lot more than I thought.
A kidney can fetch $200,000 on the Black Market, and 75% of Black Market activity involves kidney sales so you could say it's their all-time best seller.
Your corneas are worth a pittance in comparison, a mere $24,400, and surprisingly the heart is worth a little over half a kidney (around $119k).
At that price you'd be better off selling bone marrow- that stuff's worth about $23,000 per gram, and your body must have quite a few grams of marrow to spare, right? *wink*
Merriam-Webster has added 250 new words to their online dictionary. Their selections say a lot about the times we live in. Cultural trends are represented with terms such as "sriracha" and "froyo" for food and "troll" and "ransomware" for tech. Politics made it into the dictionary -not the word itself, which has been there for a while, but new terms like "alt-right" and old terms terms like "dog whistle," which has been used for decades, but is now understood more widely.
And sometimes a biological term develops a second life as something analogous and less specific, as we see in the case of hive mind; what began as a way to talk about the coordinated ways that colonies of social insects like bees and ants behave has come to be applied also to the collective thoughts, ideas, and opinions of a group of people seeming to function as a single mind.
Teasing the family pets can be fun, especially when they act like little punks all the time, but if you're going to tease your pets at least have the decency to capture the whole thing on video, so we can all have a laugh at their expense!
Six years ago Andrew Grantham took the joy of teasing the family pet to a new level of ridiculousness on his YouTube channel Talking Animals with this video entitled "Ultimate Dog Tease".
In it Andrew imagines what his dog would say when Andrew teases him about giving his treat away to the cat, and needless to say this is one of the funniest and most important videos ever posted on the internet.
Liam Neeson has 118 acting credits on IMDb. He recently announced he was retiring from action films, citing his age He's 65). No need to mourn just yet, because he has already filmed several movies that haven't been released, and he didn't say he was retiring from acting completely. However, he leaves a huge catalog of action roles behind him, many you probably haven't seen. Check out some clips of Neeson's best action scenes in movies you may or may not know at TVOM.
The new teen drama series Riverdale has given the crew from Archie comics a well-deserved update, and the creators even managed to make the characters edgier without turning the show into an emo mopefest.
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And with the addition of a murder mystery, a drug dealing biker gang and Archie getting it on with his high school music teacher it quickly becomes obvious this ain't the Riverdale Archie crew you're used to.
Cole Sprouse plays Jughead on Riverdale, and when he's not acting he's buzzing around the real world taking some seriously cool photos, which he kindly shares with us on his Instagram page.
And these behind-the-scenes shots with the totally retro vibe seem like the perfect way to promote the return of Riverdale for season 2!
Big LT is an amputee who has been living on disability payments. He saw a Navajo blanket on the TV show Antiques Roadshow and realized he had a family heirloom that was like it. Watch him find out how much it is worth.
So he started out thinking he might get $5-10 thousand for it. Then the appraisers come out. This story might lift those Monday blues for you by the end. And the kicker is that LT might even be able to go visit his blanket in some museum somewhere. -via reddit
Most of us don't think twice about our gestures other than the fact that they might help us communicate our thoughts more effectively. But while your nods and thumbs up might be fine to use in the US, you might want to think twice before using the same gestures in other countries. Even something as seemingly innocent as keeping your hands in your pockets can be seen as rude in Japan and Korea.