Youtuber John Hubble's golden retriever Zack is the consummate shopper. Give that pup money and he knows just how to spend it — on ice cream, of course! Hubble hands over the cash and Zack carefully totes it in his mouth over to the ice cream truck, where the ice cream man is happy to oblige and give Zack his goodies. Zack loves the process so much, it's hard to tear him away from the truck! Now that's a canine after my own heart. Via Arbroath
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The images seen here are from the recent book Witnessing the Robbing of the Jews by sociologist Sarah Gensburger. Gensburger explains in the text that the items pictured are Nazi-plundered treasures from Jews before and during the second world war.
The catalog was once stored in the German Federal Archives in Koblenz. The collection was organized post war by an art historian hired by the Allies in their attempt to return art stolen from the Jews by the Nazis.
Once taken by Nazi forces, these objects were counted, categorized and stored in Lévitan, a Paris department store. It was there that the Nazi occupiers of Paris prepared to redistribute the stolen goods to German citizens.
Get more juice out of lemons by microwaving them for 20 seconds first | Image: Aka
Very few of us wish to spend more time in the kitchen doing prep work, cleaning, or other tedious tasks. If asked, most people would say that they prefer to be at the table with friends and cocktails rather than toiling alone in a hot kitchen.
The linked article lists a collection of kitchen shortcuts that may make your time spent there a bit easier. From grating mozarella cheese to pre-lining measuring cups to food storage that will stretch your food dollars, these 23 kitchen shortcuts are practical and user friendly.
See all 23 kitchen tips here.
Grate fresh mozarella without it turning to mush by freezing it first | Image: Shiva Nataraja
Original Image, via Reddit
When Redditors are presented with an evocative photograph, one that begs for a philosophical explanation or scholarly interpretation, there's no time to be lost. There is one answer, and one answer only to the curious photo conundrum, and that is Photoshop Battle. Stalwart Reddit warriors prepare their trusty weapons, and voila! The original photograph of a little girl planning for world destruction and domination as she holds an owl is transformed.
A few of those transformations appear here. See the rest on this Reddit thread.
Are you desperate to travel but have no choice other than to do so on a stolen gasoline and bedbug motel budget? Forced to drive Aunt Edna and her hell hound Dinky to Phoenix? Instagram has just the travel itinerary for you. The Sad Topographies Instagram is the TripTik for the Troubled. Close your eyes and point your finger on your monitor. You'll end up with an excursion of ennui every time. Via Laughing Squid
Staff at the Richmond Zoo quickly took over when two-week-old cheetah Kumbali's mother wasn't producing enough milk for him to thrive. After the keepers' bottle feeding regimen was successful, the cub needed to be socialized. That's when he was introduced to a rescue puppy they named Kago. Kumbali and Kago, now inseparable, have formed a sibling-like bond. Watch this adorable pair romp and play in this footage. Via Uproxx
Photographer and University of Central Arkansas photography professor Donna Pinckley’s series "Sticks and Stones" was inspired by a personal experience. For decades, Pinckley photographed children. On Facebook one day, she saw a picture posted by a girl she had photographed in the past. She later found out that, due to their interracial relationship, the girl and her boyfriend had been subjected to a number of racist comments.
That fact, in combination with Pinckley's thoughts on racist behavior, led her to photograph interracial couples and attach rude comments the couples have had hurled at them. Since the initial portraits of the series, the photographer has expanded the subjects' profiles to include people of all races and minorities. She says,
“I want it to be about racism in all its forms. I want people to at least start to think about it... Most of [the couples] are just not thinking about it. Sometimes they don’t think they’ve had a racist comment made to them and then you start talking to them, and they have; they’ve chosen not to think about it.”
In one of the most touching and inspiring things I've seen in recent memory, by the age if six, Jaden Hayes had lost both of his parents. But what he chose to do afterward is extraordinary. Don't miss this moving clip that explains how the child found a way to lift his spirits in the face of tragedy.
Portrait of Mary Shelley by Richard Rothwell (1800-1868)
This is the season for spooky tales, and one influential piece of writing that inspired many scary stories is Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. The 280-page tome was published anonymously in 1818. Shelley's name was added as author on the second edition, published in 1823, when she was only 25 years old.
At the time surrounding the writing of the book, Shelley had faced tragic events that affected her, and thus her creative endeavors. To quote the linked article,
"Before she started Frankenstein, Mary gave birth to a daughter, Clara, who died six weeks later. (In fact, only one of Mary’s four children lived to adulthood.) Soon after the baby died,she wrote in her journal, “Dream that my little baby came to life again—that it had only been cold & that we rubbed it by the fire & it lived—I awake & find no baby—I think about the little thing all day.” This circumstance, as well as the suicide of her half-sister, must have contributed to the novel."
Image: Rich Dogs of Instagram
Many luxuries that us "common folk" could barely conceive of as options in life are enjoyed by the so-called one percent on a regular basis. For every inconvenience or unpleasant circumstance that rich people could endure, there is an enterprising person marketing that service to them for a hefty price tag.
The linked article lists fourteen such services that the uber wealthy partake in, in order to make their lives easier or more exciting, to make them more attractive, etc. One such business is Hollywood Pet Mom, the brainchild of "canine well being expert" Lexi Beermann. She offers multiple resources including a 24-hour Puppy Nurse program for $8,000 per month or $36,000 for six months. As Puppy Nurse, Beermann lives with the client's pampered pooch in their guesthouse or at her home. Post Puppy Nurse treatment, the dog supposedly emerges trained and perfectly behaved. A $3,700, five-day "boot camp" for problem pups is also part of the program, a service for which some clients have flown their doggies in on private jets.
Holistic concierge vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney makes $525 house calls and offers in-home pet sitting. The doctor once personally obtained and delivered an international health certificate to a billionaire in 24 hours. This enabled the dog to fly to meet its owners and their $300 million yacht in Turks and Caicos.
Read about more luxury services that cater to the super wealthy here.
When two young bears enter the gated area leading to this French bulldog's home, he springs into action. Without hesitation, the Frenchie descends upon the bears like the proverbial Bat Out of Hell. The dog doesn't let up with the scare tactics until both bears are off the premises. Someone give that canine a steak! Via Tastefully Offensive
In August of last year, Neatorama featured a video of a bear walking on two legs through the suburbs of New Jersey. Now it appears as if this celebrated bipedal bear is back in action, having recently been sighted in Oak Ridge, New Jersey. The bear, whom neighborhood residents have dubbed "Pedals," is injured, as he is missing one of his front paws. The animal, who looks quite a bit thinner than the average bear, was seen searching garbage cans in the neighborhood for food. Hopefully Pedals will fatten up before it's time to hole up for the winter. Via Gothamist
Author Stephen King | Image: Pinguino
It would likely take a well written and original horror tale to impress the master of that book genre, Stephen King. The man has been at it so long, he probably has at least considered every possible avenue of horror. The linked article presents a list of eleven books that scared Stephen King, thus having won his scream of approval.
One book on the list is The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood. From its description on Amazon,
"No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.
Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks.
In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...
As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this dark, original and irresistibly compelling thriller."
Here's what Stephen King says about the book:
"If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one—The Killer Next Door—is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters."
Bentley the bulldog is one talented canine. In this footage, to the tune of Billie Jean by The Gloved One himself, Bentley does a celebratory moonwalk after nabbing his favorite airplane toy.
His doggie dance is good for more than one situation, as well. When his human busts out the house vaccuum, it's proper pup protocol to back up and give it a wide berth. Via Laughing Squid
When I took one of my dogs to obedience school at the Humane Society, one piece of wisdom the instructor imparted was "Remember, dogs don't speak English." It seemed like he was stating the obvious at the time, but soon it became clear how many humans scream English at animals, as if they expect them to understand exactly what they're saying.
I was reminded of that piece of advice as I watched this video of an Alaskan black bear munching on this woman's kayak. Is it wrong that the longer she yelled, the more I began to root for the bear? Yes, I know it's wrong. She had every reason to be scared and worried about being stranded. The woman wrote this about her experience,
"During a solo kayak trip, intended to go from from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alask, a bear attacked my kayak. This incident occurred outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska. I had just carried my tent, food, and all my gear into the cabin to dry while I went on a 4 mile hike that begins just behind the cabin. I heard something outside as I ate my lunch, and well, I never got to go on that hike. This video is taken 5 minutes after the attack began, he continued to gnaw on it for another 5 or 10 after the video ends. Shortly after the bear left and I drug the kayak back to the cabin door step. Then I swam to the S/V anchored in the bay. They did not have their radio on and I feared I would be stranded! The German flagged S/v Caledonia took me and my things to Wrangell where I am trying to repair my kayak now."
Via Laughing Squid
Image: Ryuta Ishimoto
What does it take to be selected as an employee of McDonald's? Maybe just being quick on the uptake. Got a snappy comeback to anything? You might just be the golden arches' prime candidate. Glassdoor — a website for company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports and interview questions — was the source for the information compiled in this article that lists twelve "out there" questions asked of candidates during job interviews with the fast food mainstay.
Examples follow; read the rest at the link.
"Can you eat 20 chicken McNuggets in less than 5 minutes?" — Cashier candidate
"If you were a wallflower, what color would you be?" — Burger flipper candidate
"What came first ... the chicken or the chicken nugget?" — Fryer candidate
Samara Morgan of The Ring | Image: DreamWorks SKG
Kids have that sweet, angelic, innocent quality that charms and brings the smiles out in many of us. Unless... they're evil. In fact, it seems that kids are the perfect creepy characters in horror tales, most likely because kids are expected to be the opposite of ugly, threatening, violent or deadly.
This article ranks the creepiest kiddies from the horror film genre. What do you think of their list? Are they missing anyone, or do any kids not belong, in your opinion? I can't say that I agree with Cole from The Sixth Sense. Cole didn't creep me out. In fact, I felt sorry for him throughout the movie.
One of the picks on the list that I can really get behind, however, is Samara from The Ring. I never quite understand why some horror films scare me and others (like the Exorcist) don't, but I do know that, for me, Samara was one big horror movie kid NOTHANKS.
When Redditors open the floodgates on any thread full of "worst of" stories, as the old saying goes, "Katie bar the door." In other words, be prepared for reading Redditors' list of their "Most F*cked Up Family Secrets." While it always pays to take the absolute veracity of Reddit stories with a grain of salt, I have to hand it to a couple of these people: if their stories are fake, they may be the next Stephen King. Here are a few of the milder examples:
“I was conceived at a swingers party and nobody in my family (who knows this) is completely sure my dad is my biological father. (How did I find out? Alcohol.)”
“My grandmother got out of her bad relationship by running away with her husband’s brother. So some of my dad’s siblings are half-sibling, half-cousins.”
And the most frightening and shameful:
“My dad has trouble signing into his AOL account.”
Host Kate Arnell is back with the latest episode of Anglophenia. This time she's talking vegetables. Specifically, British terms for veggies vs. those used in the United States. Coriander. Spring onion. Aubergine. What do those Brit code words mean over here? Check out the video to get your veg education.
Missy may be an older dog, but she's hardly one to eschew the idea of newer technology. Thanks to an iPad and an internet connection to YouTube, Missy is kept endlessly entertained by videos. In particular, she likes videos of wolves, to which she responds with animated enthusiasm.
Readers, do you have animals that watch and react to videos on television, laptops or tablets? Both of my dogs react even more than Missy when they see animals of any type on video, especially other canines. Comment with your experiences, if you'd like. Via Tastefully Offensive
Nana, the adorable pit bull terrier pictured above, sadly suffered years of abuse by her former owners. Estimated to have given birth to as many as 15 litters of puppies, she was obviously viewed as a breeding tool and not much else. Nana's teeth were pulled and her ears were removed. The severing of her ears caused medical problems such as polyps and fungus. Nana is now deaf as a result of the necessary medical treatment. Eventually, the abusers dropped the dog off at an animal shelter; she was soon adopted by a selfless, compassionate woman named Stephanie Doris.
Once Doris came into Nana's life, the dog began to know love and tender care. Doris said in an interview with The Huffington Post,
"To this day, I cannot explain what sparked me to impulsively apply to foster her. What I do know, though, is that it was one of the best decisions I have made. Even though I will never understand why or how they could treat a dog like that, especially a dog as sweet, as innocent and as gentle as Nana, I am thankful they surrendered her. Otherwise, she would not be with me now. She has forgiven humans and, in a sense, I have forgiven, too."
Few people don't remember their first concert. It's a rite of passage of sorts. Maybe that was the day that your eyes were first opened to the joy of music, live and loud. Or maybe it was a night of tweenage rebellion, capped off by a ride from mom and dad. Perhaps it was both.
In the linked article, Vulture asked celebrities of all ages what their first concert experience was. Some of them are now famous musical acts themselves, and they relate how their first concert was a seminal experience that inspired them to become what they are today. Here are a few examples:
Sting: "I went to see Jimi Hendrix. I was 14. Well, I’d never seen a black man before, or ever seen anyone play a left-handed guitar before, and it completely blew my mind. It blew my worldview away. And it’s why I’m a musician. It was in my hometown in Newcastle, in the north of England, a little club called the Club of Gogo, tiny room. I was right next to the stage, completely in awe. He was like an alien from another planet. Maybe he was."
The Beastie Boys' Mike D: "My first concert would be the Clash, at the Palladium on 14th Street. I was 12 or 13. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Well, they’re one of the best bands ever. I just wanted to see the music. I was only focused on the music. They were, at the time, as far as I was concerned, the best band in the world. So I was really happy to see them. I was a little kid, so I went with my older brothers."
James Taylor: "A North Carolina Symphony Orchestra concert in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the early 1950s. And Peter, Paul and Mary in North Carolina. My friend’s family took me along. Well, I didn’t know until some years later that music would be my main chance for finding a place in this world. I was just impressed. It’s what you get from a concert with live music. These days, music is ubiquitous and in the background, but when you go to a concert with like-minded people, it sweeps you away and creates an instant community."
Image: Delia D. Blackburn / Via deliasphotos.com
In this poignant story, an Ohio father moved everyone at the scene when he stopped in mid-aisle walk during his daughter's wedding to ask her stepfather to help him walk her down the aisle.
When Todd Bachman, father of bride Brittany Peck, stopped the ceremony, there was an awkward moment; none of the wedding party members or guests knew what was happening. Bachman turned to Peck's stepfather Todd Cendrosky and grabbed his arm. Wedding photographer Delia Blackburn said in an interview with BuzzFeed News,
“I think he said something along the lines of ‘You helped raise her.' There wasn’t a dry eye in the house."
Tommy Edison (previously at Neatorama) shares his interesting perspective as a blind man in his video series. In this latest video, he talks about his least favorite things to touch, and the outspoken Edison has some strong opinions. Some things that he didn't like the feel of, even in childhood, he made a point never to touch again. It's interesting that some incredibly popular things among people without vision problems — pasta for example — is something that repulses Edison. Click play to see what other things have almost literally "rubbed him the wrong way" over the years. Via Laughing Squid
College Humor pretty well nails it with their amusing video highlighting everything wrong with trendy restaurants. Smarmy, condescending staff? Check. Wanting more than small plates? Adieu. Hungrier for something more than a whimsically placed dewdrop on an acorn? Good luck. But enjoy your ironic cocktails! (NSFW, language.) Via Tastefully Offensive
Anyone who has ever worked as wait staff in a restaurant or knows someone who has is aware that it's tough work. Working with the general public can be fraught with all types of problems in general, but when it comes to food and drink, people can be picky and exceptionally demanding. Or they could be dim bulbs, which is the case in the article linked below.
Readers submitted stories of especially dense people dining at restaurants, and the replies are varied and, in some cases, pretty pathetic. Here's one example:
"I once had a guy out for dinner with his wife. Although our restaurant is pretty upscale, it is in a touristy area of San Francisco, so we inevitably get the tourists who would never dream of spending that much money at home. This seemed to be the case with these two.
After adjusting the temperature of their water twice, I finally came to take the order. The guy told me he was allergic to all seeds and tree nuts. That’s fine, I pointed out anything on the menu that had pine nuts or seeds so that he knew what would be safe to eat. He then proceeded to order the steak with mustard cream sauce. I tried to explain that mustard is made from seeds—we used real mustard and not the yellow powder stuff. He could not understand, and asked if I could just give him mustard sauce then, without the allergens. When I tried to explain again that the mustard was the part with the allergen, he argued that it was not. Eventually I just offered to adapt the meal to his dietary needs and he agreed. I exchanged the sauce for our housemade steak sauce and brought the meal out. When I returned to check on him, he asked me where the mustard sauce was.
He then proceeded to order the strawberry and mixed nut dessert." -Courtney Martin
Screen Rant's latest video presents ten movie scenes that were especially hard to shoot. Here they're talking about scenes that don't make use of green screen or the addition of computer graphics.
For example, Christopher Nolan's Inception contains a scene that is less than a minute long, but it took three weeks to produce, for reasons they explain in the video. Like many things in life, until one learns about a process, it's easy to take that process for granted. Via Design Taxi
After perusing the collection of posters for popular movies sans print that is linked below, I was surprised by just how much attention I give to the words instead of the pictures. Once the writing was stripped away, elements of the illustrations that I had not taken note of before seemed to jump out at me.
For example, I had never noticed the slight attempt at beefcake made by the Raiders of the Lost Ark poster, with Harrison Ford's shirt unbuttoned to near nip-slip territory. They have him posed almost like a cheesy Chippendale dancer.
If there's anything more smile-inducing than an adorable canine, it's an adorable, happy canine with a big smile. This user-submitted article is an ever-growing collection of doggies who are openly expressing their joie de vivre. Their enthusiasm is positively contagious.
When Etienne Harris returns home after being away for the day, his pit bull terriers Missy and Laydie are excited and happy to see him and exchange greetings. Yet when it comes to the topic of any mischief they may have participated in while Harris was away, the dogs make it clear that he can talk to the paw. Via Tastefully Offensive
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