When Jimmy Kimmel sends a person out on the street to pose as a news reporter doing a story on Super Tuesday, the result is a study in second hand embarrassment. Not only are the Californians interviewed unaware that they aren't set to vote in the primary until June, but they lie and say that they voted earlier that day, elaborating with details about the crowds at their polling locations and various new, incredibly made up sounding voting procedures. Like some of their chosen candidates, it's enough to make just about anyone cringe. Via Daily Dot
Max is an English cream golden retriever who knows what he likes. Namely, the pacifier that's in his mouth. You can try to take it from him all you like, but his response will be body language telling you to Talk to the Paw. Via Tastefully Offensive
In the article highlighted here, seven people who travel for their livelihoods are asked the following question: "What’s the scariest or worst thing to ever happen to you while traveling? How do you suggest others avoid finding themselves in a similar situation?" While the stories behind their answers are not tales the average traveler can relate to, for the most part they break them down into basic rules of thumb it would benefit all travelers to keep in mind.
Take, for example, the story told by travel writer Trevor Morrow:
"When I was 18, I traveled solo to Tanzania to volunteer in a rural school. One weekend, when school wasn’t in session, a few other volunteers and I took a trip to a town on the coast for a little rest and relaxation. Before leaving, two of the volunteers and I decided to take a walk down the beach. The beach was very flat and wide and there was almost no one around. We passed two local fishermen who were dealing with a net and kept walking until they were far in the distance. As we turned around to head back, a lone man who was sitting on a dune started to approach us quickly from several hundred yards away. He wore a pair of tattered pants and held his shirt in his hands, which was concealing something underneath.
Now a few feet beside us, the deranged man revealed the machete he was hiding under his shirt and gestured it toward us — we were being robbed at machete-point.
Extremely scared, we backed up and sped up our pace, moving back in the direction of the two fisherman we passed earlier on the beach. Luckily, one of the two people I was with was a well-traveled Swedish woman in her 30s. Immediately, she told us to just walk very fast and not to run as it might provoke him and cause him to react — this was truly enlightened advice. Think of it like backing away slowly from a bear vs. turning around and running.
We resisted just long enough, while walking fast enough, until we were in eyeshot of the two fishermen we passed earlier. The deranged man, now seeing the potential witnesses to his crime, backed away and left us.
The main lesson to be learned from this story is to always be hyper-aware of your surroundings. Not in a paranoid way, simply in a smart, present-in-the-moment kind of way. This is true no matter where you go, but especially true in places where no one else is around, in economically depressed areas where crimes of opportunity may be more common, and in situations where you stick out like a sore thumb and may attract unwanted attention. This man was watching us come down the beach in his direction for some time and we didn’t even notice him — and if we did, we didn’t think twice about his presence.
The next lesson is, to try not to blatantly carry your belongings with you. All three of us were wearing small backpacks. This advertised that we had items of worth on us — be it the backpacks themselves and whatever we had inside them. In my case, that was all of my money, my passport, and my cameras. Huge. Rookie. Move.
The third lesson is, we probably should have just given him what we wanted, our backpacks. Instead, we played with fire and called his bluff for just long enough to make it back to the eyeline of the fishermen. Things could have turned out way worse.
All that being said, most people on this planet are kind and mean you no harm. Just be smart and be present in the moment.
Molly Ringwald in 2015 (l) and 1985 (r)| Image: (l) Getty, (r) Paramount via Uproxx
It's hard to believe that it has been 30 years since the February 1986 release of John Hughes' Pretty in Pink. It's even harder to believe when one looks at a side-by-side comparison of then and now 48-year-old Molly Ringwald head shots. The woman appears to have been bathing in the Fountain of Youth (or a fountain of Botox -- you decide). Either way, she looks great!
But what has Ringwald been up to for the last 30 years? The linked article gives us that answer as well as answering that question with regards to her Pretty and Pink castmates. It reads in part,
The 48-year-old redhead was a frequent John Hughes collaborator before becoming Andie, and preceded her role with both Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.
In 1987, a year after Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald was cast as Randy Jensen in The Pick-up Artist with Robert Downey, Jr. in one of his first roles.
After keeping busy throughout the ’90s, Ringwald transitioned to Broadway, first headlining Cabaret from 2001 to 2002, and then, taking on Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity.
Ringwald’s perhaps best-known most recent role was as Shailene Woodley’s mother on The Secret Life of the American Teenager throughout its run.
She followed up the series with the release of her first jazz record in 2013, and is currently working with Jason Priestly on upcoming Canadian sitcom, Raising Expectations.
It wasn't so long ago that we featured the amusing antics of Pizza Rat, a New York City rat who scored a tasty slice and was dragging it to his rat lair in order to feast. That is, he was dragging the tasty treat until someone walked by, which caused him to take cover until danger passed.
In stark contrast, feast your eyes on Bustin' In Rat, a Chicago native who makes his New York cousin look like a major wuss. This guy's coming in the door, one way or another. One man and his broom are no match for his ninja rat moves. The man might have won the battle, but this rat is outside scheming to win the war. Via Daily Dot
If you have an interest in film, yet you tend to draw blanks when it comes to reading a history of Academy Award winners for Best Picture, this mental_floss article helps you to obtain instant tickets. Listed in their article are 30 films that have received Best Picture honors, all of which are available to stream as you read this. From older classics like Midnight Cowboy and The Godfather to more modern fare such as American Beauty and Argo, these films are also great upon repeat viewing, when we're able to catch some of the subtleties that render them a cut above.
See the full list of all 30 Best Picture Oscar winners available to stream at mental_floss.
The mummified body of a German adventurer who was last seen alive in 2009 has been discovered on his yacht off the coast of the Philippines. Two fisherman found the body of Manfred Fritz Bajorat near the radio phone of his 40-foot yacht called Sayo, perhaps poised to make a distress call. Bajorat's cause of death is unknown at this time.
Also discovered on the yacht was a note that Bajorat wrote to his wife Claudia, who died of cancer in 2010. The note said,
"Thirty years we're been together on the same path. Then the power of the demons was stronger than the will to live. You're gone. May your soul find its peace. Your Manfred."
The body was mummified due to conditions at sea: salty air, dry winds and hot temperatures.
To see additional pictures, a video and to read more on this story, see the linked article at the Mirror. (Warning: graphic pictures of mummified body.)
Image: Barobo Police Station Facebook Page
When a group of friends in France got together to have a party, they decided to rent a house to make the experience even more enjoyable. They consulted Airbnb and found the nice looking, three-story home in Palaiseau, pictured at left. Just a ten minute drive south of Paris, with seven bedrooms, a swimming pool, and backing up to a wooded area, it seemed ideal.
Yet when it came time to party, the renters were horrified to find a woman's badly decomposed body half buried in the garden area near the woods. In its shallow grave, the body was in a near fetal position, face down and covered with logs and branches. The local prosecutor's office said that homicide is suspected.
The friends who rented the place called off their party on Saturday and were questioned by the police the following day.
See additional pictures and read more on this story at the Washington Post.
Image: Thibault Camus/AP
Much attention has been paid in the media to Leonardo DiCaprio's formerly elusive Oscar win last night, with most opining that the actor had been previously slighted. Yet DiCaprio is not the only actor who could be considered deserving yet thus far denied of recognition from the Academy.
The article featured here lists what they call the "30 Greatest Living Actors Who Have Never Been Nominated for an Oscar." While most uses of "greatest" are subjective and debatable, their list indeed includes fine actors such as Steve Buscemi, pictured above. Their entry:
An actor known for his portrayal of eccentric guys, Steve Buscemi has constantly moved with ease between major film studios and indie productions throughout his career, becoming a regular of such directors as the Coen brothers and Quentin Tarantino.
He could have been nominated for “Reservoir Dogs” (1992), “Fargo” (1996), or “Ghost World” (2001).
Selected filmography: Mystery Train (1989), Reservoir Dogs (1992), In The Soup (1992), Trees Lounge (1996), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), Animal Factory (2000), Ghost World (2001), Coffee And Cigarettes (2003), Big Fish (2003)
Another entry on the list is one of my favorite actors, Australian Guy Pearce:
A quiet force of US and Australian cinema, Guy Pearce first became known to audiences as a drag queen in “The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert” (1994), and followed a pretty diverse career ever since. He could have been nominated for “L.A. Confidential” (1997) or “Memento” (2000). Selected filmography: The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994), L.A. Confidential (1997), Memento (2000),The Proposition (2005), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Road (2009), The King’s Speech (2010), Animal Kingdom (2010), Prometheus (2012)
Read about 28 more great actors who've never been nominated for an Oscar in this article.
Guy Pearce in Christopher Nolan's Memento
A Gizmodo writer stumbled upon this video from 2012 that may have been "buried" at the time for a reason: that being, it's a horror show. YouTube user gurutek was in the process of breaking down his saltwater tank when he discovered the gigantic worm (which he calls a Eunice/bristle worm, though commenters at both Gizmodo and YouTube are arguing over the terminology) after two years of keeping the tank. If that story isn't bad enough, when he tried to grab the worm with tongs, a section of its tail snapped off and was still wriggling around.
Such worms can, when small, hide in rocks or coral and go unnoticed, eventually growing to be quite large. They are nocturnal, so therefore are easy to miss. Says gurutek,
"I was breaking down the tank (as I was moving it), hence it looking shoddy. That unice was in there 2 years before I noticed, and only noticed because I had whole coral colonies missing after a single evening. I first saw it after I spent a few nights sat up (after lights went out) for about 3 hours per night looking for the critter who was eating my corals. Even when I knew it was there, I only ever saw it 3 times within the space of a year. It hides in the rocks, and only comes out at night, impossible to catch without taking everything out the tank."
I used to keep a freshwater aquarium and had a plecostomus grow to a size that scared me. One night I had a nightmare about going on vacation and coming back to find horrifying, prehistoric looking creatures inhabiting my tank. I used to laugh at myself for having that dream. Now it's not so funny.
Stuffed Garlic Bread | Image: Cookies and Cups
A birthday card with unexpected money inside. Opening an old box only to find a beloved, lost item. The proverbial pearl inside the oyster. Sometimes we get surprised with such delights — it's a part of what makes life worth living. Some might think food with delicious centers may not fall into such a category, but I beg to differ. The first time I bit into a juicy burger and found that the center was full of deliciously gooey melted cheese, I felt as if I had won the food lottery.
The recipes linked here, whether sweet or savory, all have one thing in common: they are stuffed with delicious ingredients. Check all of them out, select one to make and surprise your loved ones twice — once at the sight of the treat, and a second time when they bite into it.
Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast | Image: Just a Taste
Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | Image: Blog Chef
Salted Caramel Molasses Cookies | Image: Crazy For Crust
This video captures the scene of Hawaii's Waimea Bay during the Quiksilver's Big Wave Invitational, a/k/a "The Eddie." The competition got started in 1985 as homage to surfer Eddie Aikau, who was lost at sea seven years earlier. Working as Oahu's first lifeguard, Aikau was known to dive into 30-foot waves to make rescues.
The date of the Quicksilver is dependent on weather conditions, and this past week the time was right. Contestants rode swells up to 60 feet high, and winner John John Florence walked away with the $75,000 first prize. Via Esquire
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, 2003
The Academy Awards is one of the rare events in which so many "A List" stars are sharing the same space. In addition to the Hollywood history they occasionally make in front of the Oscar ceremony cameras, these larger-than-life film stars can drum up just as much drama behind the scenes. Thus, some of the best photographers in the business are let loose backstage to capture snapshots of normally off-camera action. Some examples are shown above and below; see a collection of backstage Oscar ceremony shots here.
Images: Art Streiber
Jack Nicholson and Nicolas Cage, 2003
Robin Williams, 2004
Chris Rock, 2005
In this era of see-through dresses, nude Instagrams and live wardrobe "malfunctions," the notion of a miniskirt being revealing is fairly ludicrous. But these photos, taken in more simple and innocent times, harken back to the days in which skirts showing a lot of leg screamed sexy and even slightly scandalous.
Enjoy these examples, and see a large collection of miniskirt photos of old here.
If you've seen The Revenant, you know that this dramatic film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu is a gritty and harrowing ride that challenges the average moviegoer's endurance as well as the main character's.
The film is nominated for multiple Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, which if won would be his first. While those scores won't be settled until tonight's awards ceremony, some tales of The Revenant's incredibly challenging shoot can be shared in the words of DiCaprio, director Inarritu and some of their crew. Here are some snippets from the article linked below:
The actors entered into a real-life frozen jungle during a seven-month shoot in Alberta, Canada, using natural light (shot by cinematographer Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki) and fending off frostbite in temperatures that plunged to 40 degrees below zero. If that wasn’t grueling enough, a lack of snow near the end of the shoot forced the production to shut down last spring, and add six days in July — mid-winter — in Argentina, which tacked millions to the already inflated budget, while Inarritu had to cobble together an edit without an ending.
The cast set up shop overnight in small villages, and would drive — for up to two hours each day — to the uncovered set. “It was bizarre, because we were making a big movie with a small camera team,” says Lubezki, who wore six layers of thermal clothes to keep warm. “We didn’t have normal gear. We didn’t have lights.”
The lack of a cellphone signal meant that crew members had to relay messages via snowmobiles. The first few months were plagued by nonstop storms and threats of frostbite. But despite the harsh weather, DiCaprio insists he was never injured. He did, however, get sick repeatedly. “I got the flu quite a few times,” he allows. In one scene, where the other men in his troop carry him up a hill on a stretcher, Glass lets out a guttural cough. That’s not, in fact, acting, but DiCaprio spewing out phlegm. Inarritu tells a story about how, after a recent SAG screening, an actor approached him to ask: “Was that ADR?” Inarritu laughs.
Read more about the brutal shoot for The Revenant at Variety.
Image: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Photographer Jay Clendenin, regularly tasked with photographing celebrities at film festivals and cons, was looking for a method of shooting that would make his celebrity portraits stand out. He found it using a Polaroid Land Camera 180 with Fuji FP-100c film. That equipment in combination with a background painted especially for the project and a rustic, 100-year-old farmer's table equals a decidedly old-fashioned charm in Clendenin's portraits. The unique look has been popular with his celebrity subjects as well.
Among the things Clendenin llkes about the setup is that it necessitates that he and his subject slow down their fast pace and contemplate the look and feel they want. He said in Petapixel,
“It has a calming effect, as much for the subjects as it does for me. It gives everyone a chance to take a breath, slow down and to collaborate on making one or two frames that hopefully stand apart.” Clendenin continues, “I’ve always maintained that successful portraits are dependent on collaboration and having this ‘film’ on hand has helped me create an extra set of pictures that I’m really proud of.”
Alison Janney (l), Elisabeth Moss (r)
Are you a book lover who has ever considered opening your own bookstore? If so, this $39 per night Airbnb rental might be just your opportunity to "try on" that lifestyle without risk. In Wigtown, Scotland, a tiny, picturesque village, there is an independent bookstore called The Open Book. The space over the store is for rent on Airbnb with a six-night minimum stay, but there's a catch: renters are expected to work a forty-hour week in the bookstore, which comes staffed with a combination of volunteers and paid book retailers ready to assist. The listing reads in part:
"The first ever bookshop holiday/residency experience, Scotland's National Book Town welcomes you to play-bookshop for a week or two. We'll give you your very own bookshop, and apartment above, supported by a team of friendly volunteers and bookshop sellers to make your trip as lovely as possible. Set up by The Wigtown Festival Company, the bookshop residency's aim is to celebrate bookshops, encourage education in running independent bookshops and welcome people around the world to Scotland's National Book Town."
Learn the details of this unusual offering and see additional pictures at The Open Book's Airbnb page, and check them out on Facebook as well. Via My Modern Met
Deviant Art user dustbean11 created a hilarious set of Simpsons tarot cards that will certainly lend a comic bent to even the most dire of readings. So far he's created a dozen cards, so there's definitely room for expansion. And with characterizations like Grandpa Simpson as the Hermit and Homer as — what else? — the fool, expansion of the cards would be welcome.
See each card of the Simpson tarot set at Deviant Art. Via Dangerous Minds
Brandon Turnbow and the dog he rescued from a life of abuse
Brandon Turnbow, a singer/songwriter from Burleson, Texas, was riding his motorcycle en route to his father's house one day when he witnessed a terrible sight. He noticed a blue SUV that was pulled over, and saw a man in the SUV who looked like he was hitting something, yet the target of the violence was out of Turnbow's sight just then. Turnbow continues the story,
"The opposite side passenger door flies open and the man knocks this little white dog up into the air and onto his back in the ditch. I was in shock at that point seeing this little harmless dog on his back in convulsions from the blow…
So I go straight to the place where the dog was and find the dog standing about two feet from the highway where the vehicles were passing. Im scared he is going to dart out and get hit but he doesnt thank God. I jump off my bike and just kneel down beside him and start talking to him. He slowly steps closer shaking like crazy and his breathing was very heavy. I take a chance and just fold my body over him to see if he will bite or trust me. He then just lays his body into me shaking so I just stand up with him in my arms and sit him on the bike seat.”
The SUV driver sped away before Turnbow turned around and was able to reach the scene. But now the dog, whom he calls Mr. Davidson, is in good, caring hands. A look at the smile on the dog's face in the picture below says it all.
Check out Turnbow's Facebook page for more uplifting updates about his new best friend, and follow him on Twitter as well. Via Uproxx
This video uploaded to Facebook by user Jasmine Perez contains a rare sight. The footage shows a baby immediately after its en caul birth. "En caul" refers to a baby being born within its unbroken amniotic sac. This is a rare medical happening, occurring in approximately 1 in 80,000 births.
Typically, prior to giving birth and in the early stages of labor, a woman's "water breaks," which is a common phrase for the amniotic sac rupturing. In this case, the doctor cut open and removed the amniotic sac and the healthy baby was breathing normally.
Last year, Miss Cellania featured a photo of a baby at six months of development after being delivered by emergency C-section in its intact amniotic sac. Videos such as the one above are exceedingly rare. Via IFL Science
Wild Carrot | Image: Genetic Literacy Program
For better or for worse, we humans seem to leave our mark on everything we touch. In the context of the article linked below, the topic is fruits and vegetables: their appearance before and after human domestication. Whether these changes in our produce come about by GMO, in which genes are spliced from other organisms, or specialized breeding plans by farmers (commonly referred to as selective breeding), the results can be significant.
Like the wild carrot pictured above, this article lists before and after pictures of fruits and vegetables that humans have altered to their tastes. Via The Presurfer
This handsome, half Maine Coon cat is Corduroy, who at age 26 holds the Guinness World Record as the oldest living cat. Adopted from an Oregon shelter in 1989, when his owner Reed Okura was only 7 years old, Corduroy sets the bar high for aging cats by living an active life that includes jumping on and off counters and "gliding up" stairs.
At this point Corduroy is in excellent health, and his owner keeps him on a low-protein diet to protect his kidney function. Okura shares what she feels is Corduroy's secret to health in old age:
“I strongly believe the key to his longevity is the fact we did not declaw him and allowed him to go outside. He was able to defend himself and exercise his body and mind by hunting. Corduroy still catches critters but is not as good as he once was, thankfully.
It is an honor to have Corduroy in our life, I honestly don’t remember much of my life without him. He is a wonderful companion and I hope to give him a happy and healthy life for many more years.”
The longest lived cat in history was Creme Puff, who lived to be 38. Go for the record, Corduroy!
See tons of adorable pictures and videos of this photogenic feline on Instagram.
Via Bored Panda | Images: Reed Okura
These days it seems like there's at least a fringe organization that is offended by practically every media message or presentation. Given that the public is bombarded with so many media presentations per day, it's hard to keep track of who is mad at what.
Film portrayals are often singled out and labeled as objectionable by one activist group or another. If they are lucky, the principals who stand to profit from the film sales are able to withstand any protest without any financial repercussions. If they aren't so lucky, they stand to lose a lot.
The article linked below lists eight films that had their premieres picketed. The following example is one in which the protesters, though strident in their threats, were not sucessful in creating negative financial consequences for the film:
"The Hateful Eight
Following Quentin Tarantino lending his support to the increasingly high-profile anti-police brutality movement in the US, several police organisations (The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, and the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police), all called for a boycott of The Hateful Eight.
The Fraternal Order of Police executive director Jim Pasco promised there would be a 'surprise' for Tarantino 'any time between now and [the premiere].' Although having to explicitly rule out violence in retaliation to Tarantino's anti-police brutality statements, he did threaten to hurt him 'economically.'
The biggest shock about the so-called 'surprise' was that literally nothing happened. Whether it was decided that using police officers to intimidate or harass a high-profile anti-police brutality campaigner was a bad tactical decision, or whether a lot of cops really, really wanted to see The Hateful Eight, this was one protest that ended with a fizzle, not a bang."
Image: Double Feature Films
A skilled, reliable plumber is a valuable commodity in any location. That fact is particularly true if one has serious damage leading to leakage or is doing home renovation requiring complicated connections. As a result, plumbers can be quite expensive; just another reason why having one who does a job right the first time is key. But such an observation is obviously from the perspective of a homeowner, not a plumber. What is it like to practice this important trade? The article linked below gives readers an idea. For example,
6. YES, THEY GET HIT ON...Tradesmen have a short-hand for flirtatious customer encounters: “near-sex experiences,” or NSEs. “It’s not like I flirt with customers, like, ‘Hi, help me take off this shirt,’” says Mike, who is happily married. “But female customers can flirt. I’ve been hit on.”
Yet the above is hard to reconcile with the following:
UNLESS THEY’RE COVERED IN POOP. WHICH HAPPENS A LOT.
Cleaning out drains means getting rid of waste clogs backing up the line, and they have to go somewhere. If a plumber is stationed at a point of poop access, odds are he’s going to get hit. On one of Mike’s first jobs, he was accompanying his supervisor while they were snaking a second-story drain above them. “He wasn’t paying attention, but he heard it,” Mike recalls. “30 to 40 gallons of raw sewage. His face was six inches from the pipe.”
Comic artist Grant Snider of Incidental Comics presents a purebred dog category of which even the most enthusiastic of canine enthusiasts were not aware. Hopefully the species in this breed group aren't actually impossible; I'd love to get an invisibeagle and train him to walk off-leash and attack on command. That would be a great way to ward off undesirables! Via Laughing Squid
Mommy, whatever you do, don't go making smiley faces or other cutesy displays with this little boy's food. In this clip, he makes it clear with his tears that eating something that's smiling back at him is absolutely out of the question. Draw an ugly face instead? No, that won't do either. Leave it alone, mom! Via Laughing Squid
In this adorable footage, the larger giant panda has a snack, and a juvenile would like a taste. But the little one is out of luck. The big panda gently but persistently keeps the young one at leg's length from the treat. Better luck next time, kid. Via Yahoo News
These children are at the Humane Society of Missouri brushing up on their reading skills with an attentive audience of shelter dogs. The animals in the "Shelter Buddies" program are either overexcitable and in need of a calming influence or require work with humans to build up their trust for them. These sweeet, earnest children are the perfect people with whom the canines can get their feet wet to that end. The Humane Society's goal is to make the dogs more likely to be adopted, and thus far they feel that the program has been beneficial.
Via The Dodo | Images: Humane Society of Missouri
Say what you want about Reddit, but it does seem to be a virtual space in which those who are skilled in Photoshop turn up in droves. For example, Redditor Your_Post_As_A_Movie uses random images uploaded to the site and transforms them into brilliant movie posters, examples of which are seen above and below. So many of them are great that it was difficult to select which ones to feature. See a collection of these creations here.
Witness internet celebrity cat Coby, the British wonder with two big, beautiful pools of blue. This cat has everything it takes to be a Supah Stah. His chub is just an extender for that gorgeous white fur. His big body is in perfect proportion to his big baby blues. His expressions are large and in charge, and he looks great in a tux and with a champagne glass.
Check out Coby's Instagram and Facebook to see the wide range of looks this kitty can pull off. Via Bored Panda
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