This collection of RMS Titanic survivor photographs is an interesting visual account of the ship's tragic happenings in the early morning hours of April 15th, 1912. The photos document the time after the ship collided with an iceberg in the north Atlantic and passengers clamored for an insufficient number of lifeboats. The collection includes lifeboats at sea, shot from rescue ship RMS Carpathia. Also featured are photos of the survivors aboard the rescue vessel.
One "Hollywood" note: given the picture of Mrs. James J. Brown, a/k/a "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" below, it's no wonder why James Cameron and company cast actress Kathy Bates in the role!
See the entire collection of rare Titanic survivor photographs here.
Those of us who own pets know that along with the joy and laughter they bring to our daily lives, we occasionally have to suffer inconveniences or make sacrifices in order to have them with us.
John is an Asian comic artist who lovingly documents his life before and after acquiring pets. His drawings show his life with two dogs and a cat, but the runaway star of the show is Maimai, his male golden retriever. Maimai, almost always depicted with a big smile on his face, is the animal whose mischief is primarily showcased in John's work. And regardless of the mischievous deeds, John's love for Maimai (and his other "furry kids" as he calls them) is clearly communicated, which is why they are so charming.
If you appreciate his drawings, I recommend you visit John's blog, which contains more of these before and after comics as well as adorable photographs of Maimai and other parts of John's life. You can also keep up with John and Maimai on social media via Facebook and Twitter.
Via Earthables | Images via maimaijohn.wordpress
Decor on shelves
Attempting to eat his "tv dinner"
Most people love Girl Scout Cookies, and those who do generally have their favorites. In this comic, Gemma Correll serves up a few of her least favorite types of Girl Scout treats. Who knew the range of depth and complexity of these flavors? And this is just part of the menu. See Gemma Correll's illustrations of more bad Girl Scout Cookies here.
Follow Gemma on her Tumblr, at her website, on Instagram and on Facebook. Look into options for purchasing Correll prints and other merchandise here.
In this sweet footage from the Smithsonian National Zoo, Bei Bei the giant panda cub is completing the milestone of climbing his first tree, as his loving mother Mei Xiang looks on. Yet similar to a human mother and child dynamic, the exercise doesn't leave Mei Xiang in an exhilarated state of abandon as it does her cub.
Six-month-old Bei Bei obviously loves this new activity and is itching to push on up the tree, but his mother is worried that he may get too high up and hurt himself. The adorably gentle push and pull between mother and cub continues until mother finally reels Bei Bei in for good. Via Slate
This wonderful combination of Mario Kart and Star Wars created by Dark Pixel Digital took them much longer to make than they anticipated -- a year in fact. The result is sheer bliss to watch and should please any fan of Mario Kart as well as the Star Wars franchise. I don't know about you, but if this was a game for sale, I'd buy it in a hearbeat. Via Mashable
This darling baby monkey just wants a playmate and has settled on this cat... or is he purposely trying to annoy the cat? Perhaps a little of both. Regardless, their swing, push and pull routine is entertaining to see. Via Arbroath
Picher, Oklahoma | Image: Tim Dowd
If there are any locations worldwide that you want to clear off your "bucket list," it's these ten towns listed in the linked article as the most toxic areas in existence. So unles you have a "bucket list" of places in which you'd like to kick the proverbial bucket, keep a wide berth from these hot spots.
One grim example is Picher, Oklahoma:
"The Tar Creek area, which includes the lead and zinc mining town of Picher was designated a Superfund site in 1983. In the mid-1990s, a third of children in Picher were found to have elevated levels of lead in their bloodstream, which can cause cognitive issues. (Members of the Picher school board have said that students showed a high rate of learning difficulties, despite the work of teachers and the school board.) But that's not what ultimately triggered the mass exodus from Picher; in 2006, a study found that, due to mining, the ground was at risk for collapse, and in fact one motorist died after driving into a gaping hole in the ground. That triggered a federal relocation buyout, with only six households and one business remaining in 2011.
How dangerous is it today? Well, the long-term plans for Picher don't include human habitation. The town is being gradually dismantled, and once the cleanup is finished, the land will likely be turned over to the Quapaw tribe, which resided there before the mines came in. At the moment, the Quapaw tribe intends to turn the area into wetlands. Other towns in the area, including Treece, Kansas, and Cardin, Oklahoma, are largely abandoned."
If you're a horror film enthusiast, this list is likely to contain a few items that will appeal to you. Vulture has assembled a collection of ten independent horror films to be released this year, and some of them look pretty interesting.
Take the film February, the trailer of which is above. The writer has this to say in their description:
"Now that Mad Men is over, our Kiernan Shipka mainline has dried up, but getting to see her stretch beyond 1960s teenage ennui will be a welcome change. February is the directorial debut of Osgood (Oz) Perkins. He's the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, but is probably best known to this point as David Kidney, the guy in Legally Blonde who dewormed orphans in Somalia before joining Elle Woods’s freshman introduction group.
But even if this is his first time at the helm, Perkins has penned a few thrillers, and for February, he’s gone to the fertile horror ground of girls alone at a boarding school to stage his slow-burn possession nightmare. Shipka’s character Kat is forced to spend a winter break on campus after her parents mysteriously fail to pick her up, and she’s stuck there with convenience companion Rose (Lucy Boynton), who’s dealing with her own substantial issues. Then there’s Emma Roberts, who plays a hitchhiking girl named Joan whose fate is intertwined with the two co-eds.
Since premiering at Fantastic Fest last fall, February hasn’t been widely seen, but it has garnered approval from the straitlaced types at Variety, as well as the blood freaks at Bloody Disgusting, where it was praised as “one of the best possession films ever.” That’s a broad swath of tastes being satisfied, and it sounds like the son of Psycho has really delivered with this nerve-twister."
See the rest of their list of indie horror movies to look out for here. Warning: NSFW. one trailer contains nudity.
When these two obviously inebriated Irishmen decide to move a couch in their impaired state, it might not be the most intelligent decision. It does bring smiles to the faces of observers, however. Don't give up, guys! (Maybe another beer would boost morale.)
Contains NSFW language, which most of us will not be able to decipher anyway.
A Palm Beach, Florida man hurled a live alligator through a Wendy's drive-through window in October of last year, and after eluding the authorities since then, is now being arrested for his stunt. Local news station WPTV is reporting that 23-year-old Joshua James, after a Wendy's employee handed him a beverage through the drive-through window and turned her back to him, threw the 3.5 foot gator inside the window. James had been hiding the gator in the back of his truck.
After a search for James, U.S. Marshall used video camera footage to catch up with him, finally taking the creative criminal into custody yesterday.
For reasons passengers don't know and administration hasn't fully explained, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship sailed into a storm with conditions equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane on Sunday. The ship, making its way from New York City to Port Canaveral, Florida, sustained all kinds of damage, some of which can be seen in the video above.
One passenger posted on an account of his at cruisecritic.com:
“Captain tried to turn ship but waited too long. Captain said they are in communication with the coast guard, struggling to point ship into wind but can’t move forward. All passengers told to stay in cabins; water entered ship on upper decks, large white structure broke off top of ship, landed in pool... Some passengers sitting in muster stations.”
Muster stations are designated areas on ships where passengers go during emergencies, generally in preparation for evacuation. The passenger said that in the most harrowing moments of the storm, waves broke over the tops of the life boats and the entire ship listed to almost 45 degrees.
After viewing this video, one can see that it's no wonder calling a person a "pig" is essentially to label them an opportunistic glutton. In this clip, a cute and obviously thirsty little piglet decides that a long drink of fresh milk is warranted, no matter what the animal attached to that udder/twisty straw thing thinks.
During his milk binge, the annoyed cow is seen looking back at him in dismay, swatting him with her tail and trying to brush him off with a rear hoof, all to no avail. In the end, her walking away in combination with his being temporarily milk sated is her answer. I'd be afraid to see what a candid Charlotte would write in her web about that little guy. Via Arbroath
Stackable galaxy bracelets, available on Etsy here
Valentine's Day approaches, and even if you're part of a couple with the mindset that the sentiment of the holiday should be celebrated regularly, and there are no need for extravagances, it doesn't hurt to show up with a little something for your honey just in case.
Present them with an item that says their heavenly body puts you on top of the world with some of the beautiful, reasonably priced jewelry featured in the linked article. The space theme is fun, you can stretch it out in any number of ways, and it's more unique than the traditional hearts and flowers routine.
After looking at what pieces are presented above and below, check out all 29 jewelry offerings here. Including everything from meteorite necklaces to stars for her ears, there can be found a wide selection of lovely space oddities with which to decorate your loved ones.
Phases of the moon ring, available on Etsy here
Stackable planet rings, available on Etsy here
Night sky ring, available on Etsy here
Actress Salma Hayek suffered what she termed a "minor head injury" on the film set of upcoming comedy Drunk Parents recently. When she was injured, she was forced to make a trip to the emergency room, and did so without changing out of her set wardrobe.
On this particular day, her wardrobe included a t-shirt that was, as Hayek put it, "completely inappropriate for the hospital." But not necessarily, Salma. In fact, it looks as if it could be the way a hurried E.R. doctor might provide a time-is-of-the-essence, emergency, double simultaneous breast exam. Thus, the shirt was completely on the medical level!
Salma posted the above photo to her Instagram account and thanked the E.R. doctors of an unnamed upstate New York hospital for their time and attention to her case. Something tells me it wasn't their most unpleasant patient consult in emergency that day.
To see how she captioned her photo post and in case of further E.R. visits or other interesting wardrobe happenstances, follow Hayek on Instagram here. Via Uproxx
Terracotta plaque of a scene in which a man is performing surgery on another man in a 1500s German tavern | Image: Wellcome Images via Wikimedia Commons
For most of us, our darkest imaginings would include narratives of ourselves or people we love suffering a life threatening medical incident or illness. In such a scenario, typically the hospital and medical personnel of our choice are part of our vision as possible saviors.
Yet every day, horrible, preventable medical mistakes are made worldwide, and some prove deadly. The article linked below describes cases of medical malpractice the likes of which we all hope never to have personal experience with. One example:
8. Regina Turner Had The Wrong Surgery
"Regina Turner endured many people’s worst nightmare concerning surgery—receiving the wrong operation. Her ordeal was already frightening enough: She had been admitted to the hospital for a “left-sided craniotomy bypass,” which was supposed to prevent Turner from having continued strokes, as she’d previously had a series of mini-strokes, which affected her ability to talk. After having the wrong surgery, her health deteriorated.
Before she went into surgery, Turner was still in relatively good shape. She was “mobile, cognizant, and able to care for herself.” According to the lawsuit filed against hospital, Turner’s condition worsened: “After the incorrect surgery, [Turner] requires around-the-clock care for her basic needs. [ . . . ] [She] will also continue to suffer from emotional distress, anxiety, disfigurement and depression.”
Rather than a left-side bypass, she had been given a right-side bypass, which caused considerable damage to her nervous system. Once the mistake was caught, the correct procedure was done, but Turner remained in poor health. The failure of anyone to catch the doctors’ mistake meant that numerous protocols were overlooked. Generally, before an operation, doctors and nurses will have a “time-out,” where they discuss in depth the details of the surgery and go over exactly what needs to be done. The surgeon also has to mark exactly where the surgery is to be performed. Apparently, this wasn’t enough to keep them from operating on the wrong side."
This past week in Scotland, Ireland and northern England, a rare natural phenomena colored the clouds with spectacular pastel rainbows, pleasing photographers and nature lovers alike. SOme lucky U.K. observers were treated to a positively beautiful bonus in the face of any negatives ushered in by Storm Henry. When the storm brought in a cold front, that air allowed for the formation of nacreous clouds.
Once the sun set, parts of U.K. could see the prismatic show visible only at that time, when ice crystals are carried upon jets of stratospheric air.
Santa Clara five-bedroom, ad devoid of interior shots: Yours for a mere $6,000 per night
Accusations of real estate sale and rental price gouging in cities with high or rapidly rising costs of living are frequently made in recent times. Not surprisingly, the Airbnb offerings in such cities are no strangers to those allegations. Throw in a temporary circumstance like the Super Bowl, and these shady practices can turn downright ludicrous on a dime.
Grab a few smiles at the expense of the Airbnb listings in the article linked below, which highlights some of the craziest prices for San Francisco accomodations during and around the time of Super Bowl 50. Some such crazy prices are also attached to curious details regarding the dwellings and deals in question.
For example, the article writer's examination of the listing pictured below concerns its Airbnb ad, which reads:
"No other apartment in San Francisco will you be provided with your own personal concierge on call 24 hrs during your stay I will take you wherever you need to go answer all your questions and needs, Pick up to and from airport and to and from game!"
The writer's response:
"Let’s see. A taxi from SFO to Alamo Square is about $55 each way. An Uber from Alamo Square to Levi’s Stadium is about $85 each way, but let’s assume there will be surge pricing and triple that. Total transportation costs for your weekend will be about $620.
But no other apartment in San Francisco offers all this:"
MacGyver | Image: Paramount
Lionsgate has announced their plans to make a film from the popular TV series MacGyver, which ran from 1985-1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson and Dana Elcar. Sources said that the announcement wasn't heavy on detail, which was similar to their October 2015 announcement of a MacGyver TV series. The television show is intended to be a prequel of the 1980s series, in that it focuses on MacGyver as a mechanically crafty twentysomething.
If you're the type who is more interested in the commercials than the big game, this article with links to 20 Super Bowl commercials that have leaked in the past couple of days might save you a bit of time this evening. Who knows how you could take advantage of that extra time? Developing a personal relationship with party snacks is just one delicious suggestion.
A couple of examples are featured above and below. See all 20 leaked Super Bowl commercials before the big game at Rolling Stone.
Animal lovers, particularly those who treasure polar bears, may want to grab on to a sturdy surface prior to hitting play, due to possibility of serious swoon. This is Nora, the three-month-old polar bear cub at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (whom I've once featured previously at Neatorama before she was old and mobile enough to do much but look and sound adorable while sleeping).
Now a curious, roly poly bear-in-training, this clip shows Nora roaming around the off-display areas of her zoo home, having fun and attending to important tasks such as giving the sign that announces her moniker a little taste test. The cub's name was decided by a public vote, and is a combination of letters in the names of her parents, mother Aurora and father Nanuq. Nora will not be available to be seen by zoo visitors until her keepers are satistfied that she is emotionally and physically ready.
Learn more about and see additional video clips of Nora at the Facebook page of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It's updated frequently, is well done and is worth the time for any animal enthusiast.
Images: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
This footage illustrates how Thomas Anamun trained his dog Bentley to operate on a cleanliness level above most canines. When Bentley gets to the welcome mat at the entrance of his home, he stops to wipe his paws thoroughly before walking through the doorway. Once the pup decides his job is done, his presence inside the house is celebrated by an unnamed doggie companion of his at the top of the stairs. Good boy, Bentley, and welcome home! Via Tastefully Offensive
In an explanation that is hardly news to people who successfully work at keeping their bodies healthy and height/weight proportionate, this AsapSCIENCE clip provides information on the importance of diet vs. exercise in that vein. It's not which is more beneficial, it's a matter of practicality and the simple equation of necessary fuel vs. excess. Via Laughing Squid
When it comes to dentists, many people would likely prefer to forget that they exist as much as possible. That is, in between cleanings, pretend the industry is just a bad dream you have once or twice a year.
But for those that want to "bite the bullet," there are a few dentistry industry secrets of which it might benefit us to be cognizant. For instance, is anything in the office particularly germy? As a matter of fact,
13. THOSE BIB CLIPS MIGHT BE A LITTLE DIRTY.
Hygienists take great care to prepare examination rooms both before and after each patient arrives. A recent study by Tufts University, however, indicates that the bib clips used to keep those paper spit-catchers around your neck might not be fully sterile. Of 20 clips the researchers tested after use, 40 percent retained aerobic bacteria and 70 percent retained anaerobic bacteria even after disinfection. The study recommends that the industry consider disposable clips.
11. The word “artisan” just thrown in at random throughout the menu
Let's say you find yourself on vacation, walking hungrily through the streets of a trendy district. You're in the mood for... a small plate of something. Maybe some childhood comfort food updated with edible flowers and shaved Brussels sprouts, artfully woven into place by an intense man with an equally intense beard.
Suffice it to say if the above is what you're hankerin' for, you'll need to know the sure signs of a hipster establishment. One in which an egg isn't good enough. It's where you'll only find fresh farm eggs from free range chicksters.
4. Tables that were never meant to be tables.
14. Really f***ing expensive versions of food you ate as a child.
Mac and cheese. Grilled cheese. Hot dogs. Cereal. etc.
The Faux Cheval Burger | Image and recipe: O&O Eats
As game day approaches, some of us are hosting friends and family and whipping up an appetizing spread for buffet tables. Others have been asked to bring a dish to contribute to gatherings hosted by friends. Such buffet offerings are a highlight of parties like these, both for people who love sports and, especially, for their spouses or children who have limited interest in them.
One dish that's a winner with many is a juicy burger. While some people have developed their own unique methods for burger making, those who haven't cannot go wrong with a well-executed knock off of a beloved chain burger. Something realiably scrumptious, such as Shake Shack. The linked article contains recipe imitations of burgers from Shake Shack, Red Robin, Au Cheval, Smashburger and more. Give it a look and see if there's a juicy temptation for you within.
The "Fake Shack" Shake Shack Burger | Image and recipe: Smitten Kitchen
If you're a modern art lover and haven't visited the Salvador Dalí museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, I recommend the experience. Not only is the building an impressive, unique example of modern architecture, but it houses the artist's most famous works, superior to the display at the Dalí museum in Figueres, Spain.
For the St. Petersburg museum's latest draw, they've teamed with Disney to present “Disney & Dalí: Architects of the Imagination.“ Visitors will be presented with "Dreams of Dalí," an immersive virtual reality tour inside his famous painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus, by way of an Oculus Rift headset. As a bonus to people like me who love the music of the Pixies, the clip above is set to an appealing classical imagining of "Where is My Mind," performed by Maxence Cyrin from the album Novö Piano.
The exhibit, said by the Smithsonian to explore Dalí's "unlikely friendship and creative partnership with Walt Disney," includes sketches, paintings and correspondence between the two masters. The show runs until June 12, 2016.
Meanwhile in Australia, where people with charming accents are about to be killed by All of The Things, a storm is blowing in. In this NSFW-clip-due-to-profanities-shouted-by-two-nearly-lighting-struck dudes, Nick and Daniel are at Sydney's Oyster Bay. They've just spent the majority of ten minutes deciding not to take their boat out because they could "feel the static" of the impending electrical storm. Just then, they get confirmation of their decision by one Mother Nature. Learn more and see additional video at Yahoo 7 News Australia.
You're THE Girl I'd Like to Run Down With My Pre-Safety Features Death Trap of an Auto!
It's not uncommon to hear conversations among young parents about how the children of today have to be much better supervised and kept from walking around independently, due to the sheer numbers of wackos walking the streets. That is, compared to when the parents were young... when there was only the one stray wacko in town, and everyone knew who he/she was, and they were kinda lovably wacko.
Nothing Says Lovin' Like an Easily Hidden, Sharp Stabbing Implement, Sweetheart!
If that's true, what is up with all of the creepers on these vintage valentine cards? They seem to be in posession of every deadly weapon imaginable, not to mention having rosy cheeks, puckered red lips and the air of being ready to strike at any moment, Chickadee.
While my description is tongue-in-cheek, even stripped down to the bare images, the creeptastic remains. So happy Valentine's Day, kids. Don't forget your fireproof activewear and protective chain-mail undergarments!
Brace yourself for certain catastrophe and see the full collection of creepy cards at Vintage Everyday.
I Don't Know About You Valentine, But I'm Thinking of a Roux With Onions and Béchamel Sauce!
Marcus Montgomery is a police officer with the Fort Walton Beach, Florida police department. When a situation regarding a prior employee arose at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Montgomery went to the facility to make sure everything was in order. Montgomery told BuzzFeed,
“We spoke for about 20 minutes and I was wrapping up my investigation. One of the supervisors left, and while I was still speaking to the director of PAWS, the supervisor came back in with this little puppy in her hands. You could tell he’d been sleeping because his eyes were heavy and he was yawning constantly.”
Montgomery said he “immediately” asked to hold the puppy. He soon found out that the pup had just been plucked from a box on the other side of the building, and due to being all alone in the box, he had been crying.
When Montgomery heard that information it was, as they say, "all she wrote." The cop decided right then and there to take the pup home that night where he lives with his girlfriend and a pitbull rescue named Vader, who was long desirous of canine companionship.
Now? We have Vader and Kylo, as seen below. Living, loving and napping. Navigating the dark side together, as a pair of close pals are wont to do.
Learn about Vader's history and how his being a pitbull affected the early part of his life as a shelter animal, and see more criminally cute pictures of Vader and Kylo by visiting this link.
Images: Marcus Montgomery
A three-day-old calf named Chewbacca got an early lesson in the dangers of winter when he slipped in between the planks of a wooden fence and escaped from his enclosure, later stranding himself on a pond covered with thin ice. But Chewbacca, a resident of Hope, Indiana, was saved by the quick action of his owner Kevin Mahoney, who enlisted the help of his local police department when the rope with which he first tried to rescue the calf was too short.
After the police arrived with a rope long enough to pull the calf to safety, Chewbacca's anxious mama made the adorable move of jumping over a barrier to get her to her baby. She had waited long enough to warm and comfort the little calf, and took the tail end of the rescue into her own hooves. Via Arbroath
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