He is more machine than man now. Twisted, welded, and evil. This is Darth Vader, an outdoor wood stove built by Instructables member doddieszoomer. He made it from an old gas steel bottle. He used an angle grinder to shape the helmet accents. Doddieszoomer then finished the project with spray paint for the rich black Vader look.
This Abyssinian cat is named Tommy, but it seems that Romeo would be a better name for such a kissing enthusiast. So much for cats supposedly being standoffish. Even my dogs wouldn't demand that much affection. Via Tastefully Offensive.
YouTube member CycleJack was pedaling through Romford, Essex, UK on a wet day. He was traveling about 22 MPH. A car cut across his path and he hit the fender. CycleJack flew over the car, head over heels, but landed neatly on his feet. It was an impressive bit of unintentional acrobatics caught on camera.
And it's a good thing that CycleJack was wearing a camera. The driver tried to dispute that she was at fault. The video footage took care of that problem:
Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company.
Content warning: CycleJack uses a bit of foul language when the car hits. But who can blame him?
It is easy for us to get so caught up in our lives and focused on our immediate surroundings that we forget what an amazing world we inhabit. The complex stuctures formed from a multitude of environmental factors such as erosion and volcanic activity make the Earth rich with exquisite exceptions to commonly seen landscapes. Agricultural and other manmade innovations and features, such as Bali's rice terraces, can be equally pretty. Pictured here are some unusual and beautiful landscapes in the world. See more examples in this Science Dump article.
A British man is filming a storm with his phone when lighting strikes in close proximity to him. His (NSFW, language) reaction is amusing, and his video capture of the lightning is spectacular. As one of the commenters on YouTube remarked, "The ONLY time vertical filming should ever be used. Good job, thumbs up." Via 22 Words.
How close can you get to a whale? Just ask Jonah, Marlin, or Pinocchio! These two kayakers off the coast of Argentina, a father and daughter, didn’t get swallowed, but they managed to get lifted out of the water when a massive whale surfaced. Sure, you want to get a good look, but whales are like icebergs: there’s a lot more under the water than meets the eye. -via Viral Viral Videos
Mubi is a 2-month-old drill monkey who was first attacked, then abandoned by her mother. But her story sweetened significantly when Simon Jeffrey, a keeper at Port Lympne Reserve, near Canterbury, Kent, UK, took Mubi home to play with his Jack Russell Terrier puppies. Now Mubi is happy, thriving and the pups are schooling her in the ways of animal play. Via Laughing Squid.
The sport of Lacrosse is of Native American origin. The Iroquois (or Haudenosaunee), a collection of six Native American nations in the United States and Canada, claim to have invented it. They maintain their own national team known as the Iroquois Nationals. They are very good, especially considering that they're working from a small population base: about 120,000 people. In fact, they missed the 2010 World Championships only because they insisted on travelling under their own national passports, which are not internationally recognized.
For these men the game is not always about winning. It’s very much rooted in culture and tradition. It is also referred to as the Creator’s Game, Hill said. “I’ve been raised to play with a clear mind and to respect my opponents. We play for the Creator’s enjoyment because he gave it to us.”
“It’s a spiritual game and a medicine game first,” said Ward. “When you pick up your stick it’s got to be an extension of you.”
And those traditional sticks became a point of contention in Sunday’s game. In front of a sold-out crowd, Team Canada nosed the Nationals out by a goal scored with 19 seconds left in the game.
The Nationals use the traditional hickory sticks, which are heavier than the contemporary plastic and titanium sticks used by Team Canada. Following penalty calls against the Nationals during the game, the ESPN announcer contended that the wooden stick should be illegal in international competition, adding that it should never be used as a weapon.
Those hickory lacrosse sticks are controversial. Each one is four times heavier than a plastic and aluminum stick:
It’s “like a friggin' weapon. It nearly kills you,” a former Iroquois national player told Sports Illustrated in 2010. “I feel I'm more of a threat with a wooden stick. You can just see it in the other team,” Iroquois defenseman Kevin Bucktooth said. “When the ball swings around to your man, they never come in one-on-one.”
Chris Grava did a semester abroad at Cape Town University in South Africa. When his term was almost up, his brother Nick went there to spend two weeks. Nick ended up staying permanently to work at the Home of Safety in Khayelitsha, a foster home for orphans and vulnerable children, where he is now managing director. Chris and his parents visit when they can, and when Chris recently went for a visit, he was wearing his GoPro camera. The joy on the kids’ faces at seeing their old friend is a treat, and pretty soon the youngsters had to try out the camera for themselves. Learn more about Nick Grava’s work in South Africa at Intsikelelo. -via reddit
If you happen to be at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe and choose this elephant as your method of transportation, have no fear if you happen to drop any personal items during your ride. Trunk pickup service is included! Now that's customer service! Via 22 Words.
Guy Mantha and his wife Linda Jardine-Mantha of Toronto had their air-conditioning unit changed out in June. It was about that time that their cat Stuffi went missing. Stuffi usually hides from strangers, so they assumed she was hiding from the A/C guys and would come back eventually. But she didn’t, and Jardine-Mantha posted notices about her missing cat. After a few days, she started hearing noises coming from inside the house, but could not find the source. Even a search with an infrared camera detected nothing.
Last Friday, Jardine-Mantha could hear sounds inside the house again.
"She called me at work and she said I think I heard it inside the wall ... oh my god, I said," Mantha said.
They called the friend with the infrared camera and began another search.
They broke a hole in the wall in the closet, and they put a light in there. Her husband's friend looked in and saw the cat.
"So they ripped out the wall and sure enough she was in there, all scrunched up, where she'd been for three and a half weeks, and so we rushed her to the hospital," she said.
The veterinarian found Stuffi to be weak, but had none of the expected liver damage after being confined for 26 days. She is recovering well. -via Arbroath
Now those are three words that usually don't go together, but there's no reason they shouldn't. Herman Kompernas built a library on the sandy beach of the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Albena and stocked it with over 2,500 books in 10 languages.
This is the Morrin Cultural Centre in Quebec City, Canada. It was originally built by the French in 1712 as a redoubt. After the British conquest, it served as a prison. The current building was constructed from 1808 to 1813 to continue that role. Prison reformer John Howard designed it as a place to incarcerate but also hopefully reform convicts. It offered workshops and individual cells and segregated prisoners based on the severity of their offenses. It also had an iron balcony for a gallows.
The prison was closed in 1867 and turned over to Morrin College, the newly formed English language school for Quebec City. The Literary and Historical Centre of Quebec took up residence in the renovated prison. When Morrin College shut down, the Society remained in place.
It's still there at the prison, which is now it is the home of the only English language library in Quebec City. As you can see from the Centre's Facebook page, where I found these pictures, it's beautiful.
Yes, yes, you have a double. I get that. Could you be more specific? There are different types of doubles. An alternate universe self is not the same as a future self. Cartoonist John Martz has composed a field guide to possible doppelgängers. You can view 12 more types here.
This video allegedly shows children of the Bajau people of southeast Asia. This ethnic group which ranges across Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines is sometimes known as the "Sea Gypsies" for their waterborne lifestyle. At a young age, a Bajau child may acquire remarkable skills in the water, as we've seen previously.
In this video, a canoe has capsized and filled with water. A young girl with impressive agility rolls it under her feet until she has bailed out the water.
My dad has been everything to me, he is not my biological father but he IS my father. But this man in this video, my DAD my FATHER, was the best thing that ever happened to me and my mom and I hope I can be a fraction of the man that he is.
When Mike was eight years old, he promised his father, Roger King, that he could buy him a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air for his fifty-seventh birthday. He kept that promise and purchased a perfectly restored turquoise blue Bel Air.
It wasn't easy. Mike had to work 60 hour weeks for a few months to earn the money for the car. As you can see from the video below, it was worth it. Roger is overwhelmed with gratitude at this demonstration of love. Watch it, but have a handkerchief handy.
In the beginning, after focus group testing, God created the heaven and the earth. Unfortunately, being an inexperienced designer, he did not understand that clients do not always express their desires in a clear manner.
On the seventh day, he rested from his labors. Mike Lacher, having examined the preliminary design, sent a lengthy email to God about what he saw so far:
Thanks so much for the latest round of work. Really coming together. Few points of feedback:
1 – Really liking the whole light thing but not totally sure about the naming system. “Day” and “night” are OK but we feel like there’s more we can do here. Thoughts? Definitely need to nail this down ASAP.
2 – Re: the “sky”… not really feeling the color here. Would like something that pops more. Please send additional options. […]
6 – Seas teeming with life is fine, but again, we need to reduce the sea. This is a showstopper for us.
7 – Are the winged birds final, or placeholder? Some kind of weird stuff going on with those. Just want to get some clarification before giving more feedback.
8 – Can we get more livestock and wild animals that move along the ground according to their kinds? Again, the passion points for our target users (slide eighteen) are ground and animals that move along the ground. Whatever we can do to increase the amount of ground will go a long way toward converting our users from passive consumers into brand evangelists. […]
Realize it’s Saturday and you were planning to be OOO tomorrow to admire your creation and everything, but I’m hoping you can keep rolling on this through the weekend. Need to get this in front of my exec team by EOD Monday so hoping to sync up EOD Sunday. Will be around all weekend via email and chat if anything comes up. Looking to you and your team for a big win here.
Please consider the environment before printing this email
I had never considered it before Daniel Feit tweeted this photo, but now it's obvious: Robert Picardo, who played the Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager, would do an excellent job of playing the Doctor on Doctor Who. He has no name and already has the job title!
And who should be his companion? Jeri Ryan, who played Seven of Nine.
Kids are taught about wildlife conservation, and how to care for pets, at an early age, but one kid in particular took this SPCA mentality to the limit- by opening a shelter in his garage.
His name is Ken, and his family’s home in the Philippines now shares space with the Happy Animals Club, a no-kill shelter for dogs (and other four legged vagrants) to enjoy, while Ken enjoys the pleasure of their company.
Thanks to donations from animal lovers around the world Ken was able to rent a 10,000 square foot lot and upgrade his shelter, but he can always use more help so if you'd like to donate to Ken's critter loving cause click here.
15-year old Nicole Ticea is a student at the York House School in Vancouver, Canada. Her contribution to a science fair won her first place at the regional Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge. But more importantly, she’s invented something that could saves lives.
It’s a simple test that examines a drop of blood for signs of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Simon Fraser University officials described it as “nearly as simple as a pregnancy test.” The success of her project has encouraged Ticea to continue her work as a health scientist:
Ticea said the project took hours of scientific research and lab experiments, which she juggled along with schoolwork, sports and extracurricular activities.
But she said all the hard work, and even giving up her social life, was well worth it.
“Being in the lab really reinforced what I already knew,” Ticea said. “That scientific research involves dedication, determination, long hours and a deep-rooted love for the field that makes sacrifices worthwhile.”
You see plenty of videos of dogs doing amazing things, but it seems that every dog can catch a delicious treat in mid-air. No so this one. Nana the Great Pyrenees tries her best, but is not born to play catch. From her performance in this video, it seems that Kellar the blind dog could beat her at this game. Otherwise, she’s a very lovable dog. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
It was a lot of money. But Chamindu Amarsinghe knew that the money didn't belong to him, so he didn't keep it.
Amarsinghe works as a custodian at a television station in Melbourne, Australia. While cleaning a toilet, he found a lot of money in large denominations in a trash bin. He immediately told his supervisor, who then called the police and a plumber. They pulled out from the toilet more than $100,000 (Australian).
No one stepped forward to claim it. After the government took a cut, it handed over to Amarsinghe $81,597. He plans to donate some to charity. But as he's a college student, so he'll use a lot of it to advance his career.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the amazing Bat Brothers, here to entertain you with their singing and dancing! You can guess that this video was recorded upside-down. I think it may also be time-compressed, but I don’t know for sure. There’s no information at all on the YouTube page, so just enjoy it without overthinking it. -via Arbroath
What's amazing about this video is that the lullaby is completely effective! As the man softly sings a song about going to sleep, the puppies actually settle down and start nodding off. If only my kids were as cooperative!
Can you believe the movie Sixteen Candles is 30 years old? It was the first of many John Hughes hits that resonated with the young moviegoing audience -he went on to give us The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Pretty in Pink, plus other movies that weren’t so teen-oriented. To celebrate the anniversary, how about some movie trivia?
2. Viggo Mortensen was almost cast as Jake Ryan. It seems weird to think about, but we almost had Aragorn as Samantha’s love interest. Viggo Mortensen went up against Michael Schoeffling for the part, but lost because producer Michelle Manning thought Schoeffling was “dreamier.” Molly Ringwald later admitted that she was hoping Mortensen would get the part: “Michael Schoeffling did not kiss me during the audition – Viggo Mortensen did.”
3. Viggo Mortensen wasn’t the only future star to audition for the movie. Jim Carrey reportedly tried out for Hall’s part of “the geek,” and both Laura Dern and Robin Wright auditioned for Molly Ringwald’s role.
Bodacious is a cat living on a sheep farm in Ireland. He’s not exactly big enough to actually round up sheep, but he performs invaluable duties on the farm, according to his owner Suzanna Crampton.
MF: How does Mr. B get along with the sheep?
SC: The ones he knows, he’ll go up and headbutt them, have a conversation. Tell you one thing though — he’ll take no truck from no one. If anyone is getting too bolshy, he’ll reach out and give ‘em a right smack.
MF: Sorry, what’s bolshy?
SC: (laughs) Oh you know, being bold, acting up, stomping their feet and all that. He’s got a great relationship with the young lambs, kind of looks out for them. And when they’re full-grown and wise, the sheep have nice calm conversations with him. It’s just that in-between age, their teenage years, when the sheep get bolshy and out of line.
MF: Okay, here’s a tough question for you. Is Bodacious really a good shepherd? I mean, he’s a cat.
SC: (long pause) That’s a hard one to answer. I certainly couldn’t do this without him. When it’s 3 a.m. and I’m out there alone in the dark, waiting for a ewe to lamb and he’s sitting there in my lap purring, that’s what keeps me going. Psychologically he is very helpful.
Megan Sugg received her high school diploma a month ahead of schedule, in the privacy of her home. Principal Vickie Plitt read a poem and talked about Sugg’s accomplishments and her promising future, gave her the diploma, and Sugg moved her tassel to the other side.
Her graduation on Thursday was an unofficial private ceremony in her home, put together by her principal, assistant principal and counselor so her terminally-ill mother could see her graduate.
“I was happy my mom got to see, but at the same time it was hard,” Megan said.
Darlene Sugg was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in November 2010 when she was 44. She went into remission for about a year, but the cancer metastasized to her liver.
When the Sugg family learned Darlene wouldn’t live long enough to see her daughter graduate June 10, they contacted staff at the high school to pull together a graduation ceremony in only a day.
School administrators went to work making sure there were the proper caps and gowns and flowers for the ceremony. It was an emotional experience for both the family and the school officials who attended. -via reddit
We’ve seen this duck before, in the videos A Man and His Duck and Snoring Duck. The cute little duckling is grown up now -and still following his man around. In this compilation video, you get to see Frîncu’s duck mature over time as he does all kinds of pet duck things. -Thanks, Frîncu Mihai!
During the Great Depression, one of President Roosevelt’s infrastructure employment programs was the Rural Electrification Administration, which brought electric power to rural areas and farmlands across the country for the first time. This opened up an entirely new market for manufacturers of electric appliances. International Harvester is known for their tractors and farm equipment, but they also made industrial refrigeration units for dairy farms long before rural electrification. After World War II, IH developed a massive campaign to sell refrigerators and freezers to the newly-powered rural area. Their spokeswoman was Irma Harding, who pushed the idea of freezing food as an easier alternative to traditional canning.
As the sales force’s fictional leader, Irma Harding was the company’s official face, spreading the gospel of frozen convenience. The face itself, however, belonged to a studio model named Ann Pfarr, who posed for the great Haddon Sundblom, the artist behind such American advertising icons as Aunt Jemima, the Quaker Oats man, and the Coca-Cola Santa Claus, as well as countless pin-ups and, at the end of his life, a cover for ‘Playboy.’ He did Irma Harding, too, who was rosy-cheeked but not cheeky, generous with her smile but a stickler, one sensed, for details and doing things right. In this way, Irma Harding personified the image of cordial, steady, dependability International Harvester wanted to project to its pragmatic prairie customers.