Yes, nothing to see here except three adorable baby goats — a two sister, one brother trio — being kept warm on a chilly day in colorful li'l goat sweaters. Then they're snuggled together in a basket. Then they're getting a baby goat bath. So move along, lest you be temporarily paralyzed by the cuteness kryptonite that is bouncing baby goat triplets in sweaters, baskets and baths. -Via Laughing Squid
Shouta Sanoda is a Japanese illustrator who, with this exercise, has created a series featuring the eyes of cultural icons. The series includes artists, singers and actresses. Can you identify any of them just by seeing their eyes? Check out all twelve illustrations here; nine of twelve names are provided for you to match with their corresponding images.
Shaun Palmer planned a surprise for his bride by arranging to have Bilbo the barn owl fly down the aisle to deliver their wedding rings. Luckily, Bilbo complied and delivered the rings, unlike this barn owl featured previousy at Neatorama who decided to perch in the rafters of the church with the rings and take a nap!
The beach at North Seymour Island in the Galapagos | Image: David Adam Kess
There is a spellbinding story that is part of the history of the Galapagos Islands. The settlers who braved the mostly uninhabited islands during the 1930s were a colorful mix of flamboyant, private and eccentric personalities. Friedrich Ritter, a German dentist, was first. He fled to the islands after beginning an affair with a patient of his. Incredibly, prior to Ritter and his paramour departing for the islands, they removed most of their teeth and had them replaced with one stainless steel false set they shared!
Heinz Wittmer was another early Galapagos settler. Then there was the showy, bombastic Baroness Eloise Wehrborn de Wagner-Bosquet. Not one but two lovers accompanied the Baroness, Rudolf Lorenz and Robert Philippson. She and her boy toys declared their intent to build the first hotel in the Galapagos. The Baroness, with her habit of traversing the tropical terrain in silk lingerie, brought worldwide attention to the islands. The international newspaper coverage incensed Ritter, who enjoyed the admiration he received for his public profile as a rugged settler.
Wittmer, always the quiet, private one, lived without incident with his wife and sons as Ritter and the Baroness publicly feuded. If their fighting wasn't bad enough, the lovers of the Baroness began to feud as well. The Ritters accused the Baroness of stealing their mail and spreading false rumors about them.
This tropical soap opera continued unabated until March 1934, at which time the Baroness and her lover Philippson disappeared. The Wittmers claimed that friends of the Baroness had arrived and taken her with them to visit Tahiti, yet no sightings of a ship near the islands had been made on the day of the couple's disappearance. The Baroness also left behind essential personal effects, which was unlike her. The lovers never reached Tahiti and were never seen again.
Ritter and his girlfriend maintained that the other lover of the Baroness, Lorenz, had killed her and Philippson. Lorenz left the islands after their disappearance; he asked a fisherman to ferry him to the mainland. Yet both he and the fisherman were found dead of hunger and thirst several months later on Marchena Island. A short time afterward, Ritter died of food poisoning; some believed that his lover poisoned him after their relationship grew argumentative. She returned to Germany, leaving the Wittmers as the sole settlers left.
If you think this sounds like the basis of a movie, you're not alone. A 2014 documentary film was made about the settlers, the trailer of which is below. It's currently avaiable to stream on Netflix. While I haven't yet seen it, it seems to be generally well reviewed and I look forward to watching it.
But this isn't the only story of intrigue taking place on islands. Read nine more such stories here.
Image: Flickr: bevgoodwin / Creative Commons
When it comes to a topic such as children saying things and behaving in ways that are inappropriate, the article simply writes itself. So BuzzFeed found when they asked their community of readers to share the most inappropriate things their kids ever did. The following quotes are a sample of the responses they received. Read all of the responses here.
“We were getting ready to leave a birthday party and went up to the mother of the birthday child to thank her for inviting us. My 2-year-old son slapped her butt and said, ‘Thanks for the cake, babe.’ That’s how his father thanks me for dinner and apparently he thought it was just how you thank people for food.”
—Tracy Mattea Grimes, Facebook7
“After my son learned what made boys and girls different, he started introducing himself to random people thusly: ‘Hi, I’m John, and I do NOT have a vagina.’”
“My mom says that when I was little we were waiting for a train when a group of nuns sat down on the bench opposite us. I pointed at them and screamed, ‘Mommy! Look at the witches!! Look Mommy!! Witches!!!’”
—Laura Adler, Facebook
“My 3-year-old son told an older lady at the hair salon that he had a big penis.”
Image: John O'Boyle
Princeton University mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., played by Russell Crowe as the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, and his wife of nearly 60 years died Saturday in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Nash was 86 and his wife Alicia was 82.
The couple was riding in a taxi traveling southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike when the taxi driver lost control of the vehicle while passing another and crashed into a guard rail. The Nashes were ejected from the car. The taxi driver is in the hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
What a tragic accident. Rest in Peace, Professor and Alicia. Read more on this story here.
(Fully Translated) (TN: Each page has a watermark that reads as follows, “The Security Committee – al-Qa’ida Organization” “O ye people of faith, be vigilant.”) In the name of Allah the compassionate and merciful Important remarks before you fill in the application: 1. Please answer the required information accurately and truthfully. 2. Please write clearly and legibly. 3. If you do not speak Arabic, please answer in the language you know. 4. Please refrain from sharing the information you provide on the application with each other because it is a trust to Almighty Allah. 5. You should know that the review of this application form is limited to the concerned individuals only. 6. If you would like to discuss any further issue, please tell your direct brother supervisor. (TN: The following is a blank form:) Personal Information: - Name: Today’s Date (Hijri):..........Today’s Date (A.D.): .......... Nickname/Alias: First Name: Father’s Name: Grandfather’s Name: Family Name: Father’s Occupation: Number of Family Members: Age: Marital status: Country: Profession: Address:........Country:.......City:.........Street:..........
Above is page one of a three-page application to Al Qaeda, one of several documents initially found in bin Laden's possession that were declassified and released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The other documents released by the ODNI last week are several pieces of private correspondence between Osama bin Laden and his family. Those fascinating papers include letters to and from his daughters and a letter bin Laden wrote to his wife, which he calls his "will."
See the rest of the Al Qaeda application and the other abovementioned documents here.
The Lovecraft Bar, Portland | Image
With so many bars and nightclubs located in our myriad great cities here in the U. S., and the incredible competition for patrons between establishments, owners have to work smart. They need at least one draw (and preferably more) to keep people coming in the door. Whether the lure is a classic idea such as with San Francisco's Tonga Room, or a more modern twist, such as Mutts Canine Cantina in Dallas, it needs to be done well, run well and produce the fun well.
The Lovecraft Bar of Portland, pictured above, takes advantage of the horror master theme to the fullest. Creepy décor catering to a somewhat "goth" crowd. A giant pentagram over the dance floor. Bizarre, old movies and burlesque shows. Drinks strong enough to stir the dead. What could go wrong that wouldn't be considered part of the dark evening?
Check out this listing of cool, themed bars and nightclubs. Have you been to any on the list? Share your experience if you're so inclined. Last summer on an extended stay in San Francisco, my sister and I hung out at the Tonga Room more than once; a bar in which it regularly rains and thunders. A classic spot in the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel, this old-Hollywood, Polynesian tiki lounge — complete with a pool in the middle of the place in which a band plays on a floating raft — is cheesy, kitschy, stocked with delicious food and drink and an absolute blast.
Image: HBO/Everett Collection
When a television show that's been a huge hit for the duration of its on-air run is ending, the pressure is on for the creator and writers to take it off air with an ending that is worthy of its prior content and story arcs. When an ending is largely considered by a viewing audience to be a flop, it can not only leave a bad taste in the mouths of the viewers, but a truly lame ending can change how well the show is perceived overall, effectively invalidating some of the compelling content that led up to it. Conversely, a terrific ending, such as the one Alan Ball fashioned for his HBO show Six Feet Under, can elevate everything that came before it.
Check out this Rolling Stone article that compiles a list of best and worst endings to popular television shows, and feel free to weigh in on whether or not you agree with their assessments.
The annual Cannes Film Festival has run since the thirteenth of this month and continues until the twenty-fourth. The festival has generated its usual series of headlines, as well as a controversy about women attendees having to wear high-heeled shoes to be admitted to festival affairs and showings. The event is a highlight of celebrity fashion each year; those in the entertainment industry from all over the globe take great care to be seen in their most glamorous light.
Photographer Vincent Desailly recently took advantage of the glamour and high attendance levels of the festival to shoot these beautiful black and whites of celebrities looking their most alluring on the red carpet. There's nothing quite like black-and-white shots to evoke a classic style and beauty. See more of these monochrome gems, including shots of Rooney Mara, Jake Gyllenhaal, Matthias Schoenaerts, Diane Kruger and others at Desailly's Tumblr and Instagram.
Those of you who've been to Madame Tussauds London know the eerie exactitude with which the exhibits project into their spaces. In this footage, the Tussauds Star Wars exhibit is being painstakingly prepared, and it's as if we're seeing the movies all over again.
An impressive thirteen to seventeen individual pieces are molded together to shape a character’s head, which is made up of ten to fifteen liters of colored wax. Generally ten thousand strands of hair are inserted to each head, though Chewbacca broke that hairy record. Via Gizmodo
Keith Carmouche encounters an alligator while driving his Nissan truck to his camping spot in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. The gator angrily strikes, and Carmouche tells the animal "Hey, watch my truck." Later, the man likely wishes that he had backed off and left the gator alone. -Via Tastefully Offensive
In this twenty-ninth episode of Anglophenia, current host Kate Arnell gets down and dirty, teaching us Yanks to swear like Brits. From show promo:
"Swearing ranks up there with taking tea and discussing the weather as a British pastime. If you’re uninitiated in the colorful world of British swearing, Anglophenia’s Kate Arnell offers you a master class in the latest episode of our YouTube series. Don’t worry: we won’t turn the air blue with the naughtier terms, but here’s a good start if you want to slide in a “bloody hell” or two into your daily conversation."
Via Laughing Squid
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Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004, wasn't a show containing lavish sets. Most scenes were filmed either in a coffee shop setting or in one of two apartments. What made this show so expensive was its cast. One situation that made it incredibly costly for management was that the actors in the cast banded tightly together for salary negotiations, insisting on fair payment for the entire ensemble. That made it impossible for the network powers-that-were to divide and conquer the actors when it came to salary talks.
According to Finances Online, as the popularity of Friends grew, the actors negotiated for more money in relation to the growth. By the time the show was producing its final season, each cast member was making $1 million per episode, causing the show’s budget to cost an exorbitant $10 million per.
Read about the six other most costly television shows ever made here.
The Night Medicine Men
Vintage Everyday attributes this compelling collection of 17 Native American photographs to famed western historical photographer Edward S. Curtis. These images are said to be part of Curtis' The North American Indian, captured between 1907 and 1930. The photos were an ethnographical study of numerous tribes that Curtis believed to be vanishing peoples in their last days whom he felt were incredibly important to document. See more images from this grouping at Vintage Everyday.
The Drying Mummy
This older footage of a baby panda bear being introduced to his mother at Taipei, Taiwan zoo is likely making the rounds now due to its rare and precious nature. Mama and one-month-old baby, separated at birth for the safety of the cub, were reunited for a nursing and bonding session. -Via The Presurfer
Eighteen-year-old Angela Clayton (previously recognized at age sixteen for her fabulous, handmade Elsa cosplay) appears to be headed for a promising career as a costume designer, judging from her array of impressive projects.
After making a splash in the cosplay world, Clayton has graduated to creating a number of stunning period and fantasy costumes, which she features on her blog and recently-launched YouTube channel.
Read more about the talented Clayton and see additional pictures of her work in this BuzzFeed profile of her.
Clayton's re-creation of the dress from Raphael and Giulio Romano's painting Portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens
Clayton says she drew inspiration for this white dress from Marchesa gowns
When five-year-old Josiah Duncan was troubled by the appearance of a homeless man outside of a Waffle House in Prattville, Alabama recently, he asked his mother a series of questions about the man's disheveled looks and what it meant to be homeless. Upset at the news that the man was likely hungry, the child begged his mother to buy the man a meal. The events that followed left few patrons of Waffle House untouched. Said Josiah's mom,
"Watching my son touch the 11 people in that Waffle House tonight will be forever one of the greatest accomplishments as a parent I'll ever get to witness."
Via The Daily Dot
Mental Floss writer Therese O'Neill compiled this fascinating list of advice for Russians planning to visit the United States. As one might imagine, many of the items on the list contain ideas with which Americans won't necessarily agree. Take number 10, for instance:
“U.S. etiquette requires that you smile in each and every situation," says the site Этикет США. "If you want to travel to America, be prepared to give a smile not only to friends and acquaintances, but also to all passers-by, in shops, to the staff at the hotel, police on the streets, etc. Don't whine about your problems or the troubles in your life, either: Sharing in this country can only be positive emotions—sorrows and frustrations are impermissible. In the U.S. you only complain to acquaintances in the most extreme cases. Serious problems are for close friends and relatives only."
This American cheerfulness isn't a put-on, according to the site.
"Americans: they are a nation that truly feels happy. These people get used to smiling from the cradle onwards, so they do not pretend to be cheerful. The desire for a successful happy life is inculcated from childhood.”
See the list in its entirety here. What do you think, readers? Can you think of any advice you'd give to a Russian planning to travel to the U.S.?
The American College of Sports Medicine's eighth edition of their American Fitness Index was released today. The report ranks the physical fitness levels of 50 major U.S. cities. This year's results find Washington, D.C. as the most fit city in America; Indianapolis, Indiana was at the bottom of the list. From the report,
"The rankings, based on outdoor exercise options and rates of smoking, obesity and diabetes, are designed to be a “call to action” for areas to improve their infrastructures so they promote healthy lifestyles, says Walter Thompson, chair of the AFI advisory board and a professor of kinesiology at Georgia State University."
In creating a map illustrating the causes of death most common in the citizens of each state, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went further than merely to show the main culprits such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes, which are basically equal opportunity killers across the board. Some lesser causes of mortality are far more common in some states than in others.
After performing several calculations in their line of research, the CDC revealed a list of 23 secondary causes of death. Read more about how the findings were calculated and see which of the 23 causes of death was most common in your state here.
And now, from my "I'm so glad that happened to someone else" file, a Los Angeles woman was cleaning out her closet when she found a plastic bag full of surprises, one of them big, saw-toothy and hissing. I have to commend her for her bravery. I would have called a SWAT team or something of the sort.
The folks over at SomeeCards made these brutally honest food pyramids, five of them in all, to cover people ages 18-70+. They're kind of what your nutritionist might come up with if he/she were a smartass who never failed to see glasses as half empty. Either that or a comedian. See brutally honest food pyramids for all age ranges here. Bon appetit!
This older video is just now getting attention for the sweet, gentle gesture of this fuzzy Asian elephant calf who curiously explores with his trunk the anatomy and scent of a human woman. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Nothing says summer eating like grilling on skewers. Shish Kebab has ancient roots in the Middle East, Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia in the days of Homer and the Mongol Empire. Traditional lamb skewers have since been supplemented with unlimited options from all food groups.
This article is full of delicious kebab ideas. Select your favorite, place some seasoned or marinated meat, vegetables, fruits or a combination on skewers, then once grilled to perfection, bring them inside and serve over a bed of salad, rice or noodles for a delicious meal that's filling and keeps well as leftovers.
Thai-Style Grilled Pork (Moo Ping) | coolcathotfood.com | Recipe here
Cheerleading is often defended by proponents with a number of ways it enriches and educates young people of high school age. The National Cheerleading Association argues that it teaches teamwork, athletic ability and dedication. They go on to cite statistics:
"Cheerleaders are athletes, scholars, and leaders. Ninety percent of cheerleaders are “B” students or better, 98.5% plan on going to college, and over half participate in other non athletic extra-curricular activities. Over half of all cheer teams participate in community charity events, 40% of cheerleaders participate in school sport outside of cheerleading, and many hold leadership positions in their class and in clubs at school."
Given those considerations, it's likely that future actresses like Cameron Diaz, Sandra Bullock and Alicia Silverstone (shown here on cheerleading squads with twelve other future celebrities) had loftier goals with their involvement than simply dating a guy on the high school football team. Images Credit
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In the linked article, Cracked points out how some actors bizarrely hold the same pose in a surprising number of different movie posters. Take Will Ferrell, for example. The man puts his hands on his hips more often than a group of schoolgirls at a social media photo shoot. How I never noticed these common celebrity poses year after year is beyond me. I just know that I'll never look at another movie poster featuring these actors in the same way again.
Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures
DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema
Small Wonder | Image: 20th Century Fox
I don't know about you, but sometimes when a television show is an absolute abomination, I'm more likely to tune in on occasion. I have friends who will sit around with me for the express purpose of making fun of seriously bad television. Sure, we're ne'er do wells, but we enjoy ourselves.
This brief look at seven awful shows from the 1980s includes one that will always have a dedicated space in the horrors of television ingrained in my memory: Small Wonder. It's so terrible, it's almost enjoyable.
Those who compiled this list write that they
"culled our choices from fan reception, critical vitriol, and TV Guide’s widely cited 2002 list of the worst TV shows of all time. If you can’t get enough bad TV, then check out this list of the worst shows of the following decade as well."
So, for more "worst of" television discussion, visit the links mentioned above as well as reading about six more notoriously bad shows of the 1980s here.
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