Fog Cannon is a South African company that manufactures unique home security devices. When one of its alarms is triggered, it sprays out a fog that doesn't hurt anyone or damage your furnishings, but it reduces visibility to nearly zero. Its most powerful system fills 2,700 cubic meters of space in just 60 seconds.
A group called Galactic Empire plays the main Star Wars theme in a manner you’ve probably not heard before. They give the dark side a real workout here! We have Darth Vader, a Shadow Trooper and an Imperial guard playing guitar, a Stormtrooper on bass, and Boba Fett in drums.
Sploid took the images of Toronto-based illustrator Scott Park and turned them into this fun animated video of every mode of transport in the original Star Wars trilogy sized to scale. Set to the Cantina Band music, this look at vehicles from Tauntaun to TIE Fighter is an entertaining diversion. Via Laughing Squid
Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam's masterpiece Time Bandits is one of those movies I loved as a kid even though I didn't totally get the film, and just like the kids who attended the test screening I liked one part the most- "the parents being blown up!".
Nearly three and a half decades later I've seen Time Bandits dozens of times and still find something to love with every new viewing, and I appreciate the amazing performances now more than ever.
Do you love spiders? Of course you do! Spiders are fun. Lisa Donovan loves it when her pregnant giant orb spider (Nephila maculata) goes for a walk on her face. The spider is venomous, but, Donovan points out, she has a pleasant personality.
The modern day image of Wyatt Earp is that of a gunslinger, Old West lawman, and gambler. We know from previousarticles that there was much more to his adventurous life. Part of that was his involvement in boxing. In fact, some historians will tell you that at the beginning of the 20th century, Earp was better known for refereeing a boxing match than he was for the fight at the OK Corral. This was because he was the referee at the infamous 1896 fight that many believed was fixed -by Earp.
After Tombstone and the OK Corral, Earp drifted to San Diego where he ran saloons and dabbled in real estate. He also refereed a number of fights both with gloves and bare knuckles, Dyke said. By the time Earp moved to San Francisco in 1891 he was well-known in west coast boxing circles.
The Sharkey-Fitzsimmons fight was to settle a three-year question as to the rightful holder of the gloved (Marquess of Queensberry rules) heavyweight title. Boxing was illegal in San Francisco but such trivialities as city law hardly mattered as city officials and police commissioners embraced the bout, Mechanics Pavilion was secured as a venue and more than 10,000 tickets were sold.
So what happened? Earp was suspect the minute he entered the ring, as he was friends with Sharkey’s manager and should have never been chosen as the referee. When Earp made a controversial call against Fitzsimmons, the crowd went wild. Read the entire story of the fight that ruined Earp’s reputation for the rest of his life at the Guardian. -via Digg
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You might associate Dalmatian dogs with fire departments, and indeed they are traditional. But if a pet is going to actually live in a firehouse, a cat will keep the mice away and doesn’t need to be walked. A couple of cats who live in New York City firehouses have their own Instagram accounts. Boogie, shown above, is in Manhattan at Ladder 24. Carlow, below, lives at Tower Ladder 13 in Yorkville.
The special operations group known as the Monuments Men had a very interesting story to tell about their incredible efforts on behalf of arts and antiquity during World War II, a story that has now been made into a feature length film starring George Clooney, John Goodman and Matt Damon.
They were tasked with recovering cultural property by the Roberts Commission during and after WWII, property that was stolen by a Nazi force known as the Kunstschutz, and after the war ended they were sent in to previously occupied territories in hopes of finding these precious works of art and historically significant treasures before they were looted by troops or destroyed. They recovered many important works of art but sadly some, like Raphael's Portrait of a Young Man, have yet to be recovered.
I'm currently building a wooden cabinet that looks like Pinkie Pie. It has a lot of curves and tight angles, so I looked at bandsaws a few months ago. They were all too expensive. I've made do with a jigsaw instead.
But none of the bandsaws at the hardware store looked like anything like this! Core77 has the rundown on this amazing power tool from MD Dario, an Italian company that specializes in bandsaws for wood and marble.
It can cut through large blocks of wood and/or fingers from just about any angle you want. So it overcomes all of the space limitations of table-mounted bandsaws. It also has a template function so that you can trace the blade movement along a pre-existing model.
I've just discovered a medium of art previously unknown to me: aquascaping. That's landscaping inside aquariums. It's a highly competitive field. The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest is an annual event where you can see the finest examples of aquascaping. The Grand Prize winner gets ¥1,000,000. That's about $9,560.
Some participants try to duplicate terrestrial environments--even deserts--under the sea. Others make full use of the water to create elaborate, delicate forms out of living plants. You can view more examples at Colossal.
At first, this looks like a car ad, like those that show a group of cars "driven by professionals on a closed course." That's not it at all! This started out as a four-minute shot of traffic on state route 63 in San Diego. Then filmmaker Cy Kuckenbaker (previously at Neatorama) actually edited each car into sorted sequences by color! No, he didn't change any car colors or use computer-generated imagery -just editing. And what great editing! You can read about the process at his site. The colors are ranked by how common they are, which is why the black-and-white police vehicle is all by itself. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Bob Welsh spent 29 years as an Ohio State Trooper, and now is a professional storyteller. He has a spoken word poem about working on Christmas Eve. You might think it schmaltzy, but you'll still get those feels by the time it's over. -via Bits and Pieces
The game of LIFE is about to get larger - much larger. Life-sized, in fact!
The island of Yoron in Japan will host a life-size version of LIFE board game, where players will shuttle across the island in a bus to play along:
As 2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the Game of Life in Japan, one island has decided to celebrate by turning the entire place into one big Game of Life board complete with spinners and play money.
The life-sized Game of Life will be held from 20 July to 16 September on Yoron Island located just North of Okinawa. The impetus for this plan was the fact that the island is shaped like that hilly part of the game board where the spinner sits.
Throughout these summer months, players will be given a map showing the game squares and an allotment of fake money like that used in the game. The players will then spin one of four wheels located around the island and proceed to that spot. At the end of the game, any play money left over can be converted into gift certificates.
Russians commonly use dash cams to record what happens on the road to defend themselves in case of accident fraud. That's why we have so much footage of the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk. The custom also records some wonderful instances of kindness. This compilation shows drivers and passersby helping drivers stuck in the snow, animals in the street, and many little old ladies terrified by traffic. -via Laughing Squid
In a mere 7 minutes, Cargo tells the bittersweet story of a father's love and sacrifice. Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke's sad but beautiful short film was a film festival finalist--a well-deserved accolade.
Designer coffee be damned. Do you feel the best coffee comes from a diner? Now you can recreate that diner-esque feeling at home with the Java Jr. Coffee Creamer from the NeatoShop. This adorable coffee creamer looks like miniature version of the coffee pot found in your favorite dive.
Avast, thar matey. Be ye lookin' fer an office supply worth stealin'? Behold th' Pirate Leg Pencil Sharpener from th' NeatoShop. 'Tis be a pencil sharpener that looks like a scurvy pirate wit' a wooden pegleg.
Does your hunny bunny love honey? Hop over to the NeatoShop for the Hunny Bunny Honey Jar. This adorable container features removable ears that are actually in the shape of a carrot. The ears double as a honey wand.
The bite of this centipede can be very painful. It grows up to eight inches long. It is very fast. It eats mice, lizards, and the occasional bat. And it has a cousin in the United States. Sweet dreams, everyone! You can follow future episodes of the Three-Minute Species series at YouTube. Link-Thanks, A.J. Fleming!
After the death of its owner two months ago, a brokenhearted dog waits
in vain in the church where her funeral was held.
Many years ago, Maria Lochi of San Donaci, Italy, found a stray dog abandoned
in a field near her home and adopted it. The dog followed her everywhere,
including to church for weekly mass. After her funeral, Father Donato
Panna let the dog come to Mass to wait patiently:
'He's still coming to Mass even after Maria's funeral, he waits patiently
by the side of the altar and just sits there quietly. I didn't have
the heart to throw him out - I've just recently lost my own dog so I
leave him there until Mass finishes and then I let him out.
'Tommy's been adopted by everyone in the village now and he is everybody's
friend. Everyone looks out for him and leaves food for him - although
it would be nice to find a proper home for him.'
Spending a few minutes with Santa at a mall or a Christmas party is a great joy for young children. But for children with autism, a busy setting with bright lights and loud noises isn't fun. That's why there's an opportunity in Madison, Wisconsin to meet Santa in a quieter environment:
For kids like William, the stimulation of lights and crowds and noise – three aspects inherent of just about every shopping mall, especially at holiday time – is simply too much.
"For them to not be able to have that," said Dena, "they're just missing out."
But this year, the Sekels' holiday wish has already come true.
"We were like, we have to go to this, this is our one chance to actually go," said Dena.
That chance came when they heard of an event in Madison that offered a quieter visit with Santa, particularly for kids with special needs.
That quieter visit was with a Santa Helper named Jim Sheldon, one of many helpers that take requests at malls while the real Santa is busy at the North Pole.
"Mall Santas and kids with sensory issues? That's a mess," said Sheldon.
Our favorite beagle is ready for Santa's arrival in these sugar cookies made by Alayna, the Pink Apron Baker. This design and others were inspired by A Charlie Brown Christmas. Snoopy's house is painted with royal icing and lighted with sugar pearls.
Not too long ago I posted about a women who was ordered to wear a sign that says "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." Remember? Well here she is, Cleveland woman Shena Hardin, holding that court ordered sign. If you forgot, she was ordered to hold the sign because she drove on the sidewalk repeatedly to avoid a stopped school bus. Oh sweet justice, you are too kind.
Craftster irisx crocheted 637 granny squares to create this Nyan Cat blanket! The project took nine weeks. The finished product is something special. There's also a time-lapse video showing how the squares were assembled. Link-Thanks, Lisa!