Remember the amazing Skidboot? The dog was a legend. Skidboot and his owner David Hartwig show off a little in this clip. These guys have probably done this routine a million times, but it's still impressive, and downright humorous. After watching this, you'll probably want to go back and watch the full report we posted a few years ago. -via Tastefully Offensive
16-year old Timothy Doner of New York City started learning Hebrew to better understand Israeli rap music. Now he can speak 23 languages, including Hindi, Arabic, Latin, Swahili and Ojibwe. Doner uses the Internet to have conversations with people around the world and quickly absorbs new languages as he does so.
-via Slate (warning: auto-sound)
The Marietas Islands off the Pacific coast of Mexico contain a gem of nature: a hidden beach. La Playa de Amor is accessible through a sea cave. It's set in a wildlife preserve, so access is restricted. But those who can get in experience a geological marvel. You can view more photos at the link.
How do you make a chocolate chip cookie ice cream cone? Nick of DudeFoods found that his waffle cone maker wasn't up to the task. But he pressed on with his research and tried to cook the cone around a metal cone mold. That didn't work. Finally, Nick found a solution:
For my third and final attempt I decided to just bake one giant cookie in my oven and then roll it into a cone the second it was done baking, before it could harden. Well, I guess sometimes the simplest idea is the best, because this worked like a charm. To roll mine I used the cone-form that came along with my waffle cone maker, but any cone-shaped object should work just as well. Then, once the cookie cone cooled and hardened it was all set to eat!
Good question! The UB1K chair, designed by Edward Kim, certainly looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie.
If not for the sign, would you have ever guessed that this building is a McDonald's restaurant? It was an exhibition building in Batumi, Republic of Georgia that ceased to be used for its original purpose. Architect Giorgi Khmaladze turned it into a restaurant and gas station.
It's "like Hawaiian Style pizza, but without all the crust." That's how Instructables member crapsoup describes this marvelous mouth-sized bite of happiness. To make it less nourishing, crapsoup made it with turkey bacon and turkey pepperoni. You can find the recipe at the link.
Chance Miller recorded this incident of an octopus -a fairly big octopus- making its way back to sea by squeezing through a tiny hole. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Photo: Ryo Ichikawa
Will the wonder that is Japan ever cease? First, the country gave us Dragon Ball Z. Then she gives us Kamehameha, a meme where people imitate anime fight scenes. How awesome is it? Let's just say that it's over NINE THOUSAAAAAAND!
Fourteen-year-old Katelyn Norman of LaFollette, Tennessee, has terminal bone cancer. One of the items on her bucket list was to go to the prom. Campbell County High School had their prom early and arranged for her to go, but then Katelyn's declining health landed her in East Tennessee Children's Hospital.
In stable condition and in high spirits, Katelyn was able to have a make shift prom in her room.
The hospital staff decorated the room and her date gave her a corsage and a special sash. Family and friends gathered outside with candles.
Meanwhile, in Campbell County, the celebration of Katelyn was taking place.
The music was blaring, the decorations were hung, it was meant to be Katelyn's perfect night, and she wanted it to go on, even if she wasn't there.
"She contacted me and said prom must go on, that's her, and you can't help but feed off that energy, that life," said Sharon Shepard, an instructor at Katelyn's school and organizer of the prom.
The night was a celebration of Katelyn, featuring all her favorite things. But most important, the people she loves most.
(Image credit: Michael Dayah)
Update: Katelyn passed away the day after this was posted. Link
This isn't the work of the Hulk, but a clever architect named Zbigniew Peter Pininski. He completed the Bockenheimer Warte station in Frankfurt, Germany in 1986. The Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte inspired Pininski's vision. Have you ever seen it in person?
Nadtacular cut open a bag of mulch and found this. Alive. He decided to raise it as a pet. The animal survived, and you can see the rest of the pictures in an album following the critter's first five weeks. In case you don't know what kind of animal it is …I don't want to spoil the surprise. Link -via reddit
Following up on the success of last year's hilarious parody, College Humor has filmed a three-part action movie parodying the children's TV show Dora the Explorer. Behold the first part of Dora the Explorer and the Destiny Medallion.
Content warning: some foul language and violence. My four-year old is mad that I won't let her watch it.
Ukrainian conductor and music professor Sergey Neverov plays the Russian folk song "A Thin Rowan Tree" while his cat naps nearby. Despite being asleep (or faking it), the cat sings along. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
In case you don't get outside away from light pollution at the right time of the evening between now and Easter, enjoy this time-lapse video of the comet called Pan-STARRS.
Pan-STARRS first peeked over the horizon in the Northern Hemisphere on Mar. 7 but shortly thereafter it disappeared when it went too close to the sun. Since Mar. 11, though, it has reappeared each night in the west a bit after sunset for a short time. Particularly stunning views came on the evening of Mar. 12, when the comet flew near the thin crescent moon. The object will continue to shine, getting fainter and fainter, through the end of the month.
Australia's gastric-brooding frog doesn't just hold its young in its mouth, but actually incubates the eggs in its stomach. Or, rather, it did. The species has been extinct since the 80s. But that didn't stop scientists from cloning an embryo from frozen remains:
Even though the gastric-brooding frog has been extinct for decades, it's possible to do this because individual specimens were kept preserved in, believe it or not, everyday deep freezers. When going through somatic-cell nuclear transfer, the eggs began to divide and form into the early embryo stage.
The embryos didn't survive much longer than that, but it was confirmed that these embryos contain genetic information from the gastric-brooding frog--that yes, in fact, they have brought it back to life. The researchers are confident that this is a "technical, not biological" problem at this stage to breed gastric-brooding frogs to adulthood. This is a big step forward for the worldwide attempts to revive extinct animals--the Lazarus Project researchers will soon meet with those working to revive the woolly mammoth, dodo, and other extinct beasties to share what they've learned.
Oh, and in case you were wondering: the gastric-brooding frog lays eggs, which are coated in a substance called prostaglandin. This substance causes the frog to stop producing gastric acid in its stomach, thus making the frog's stomach a very nice place for eggs to be. So the frog swallows the eggs, incubates them in her gut, and when they hatch, the baby frogs crawl out her mouth. How delightfully weird!
Link | Photo: Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
This healthy (i.e. pork-based) meal is perfect for Pi Day or any other. Emily Fleischaker made the bottom crust out of flour and butter and the filling out of macaroni, cheese and bacon bits. The top crust is a carefully woven layer of bacon strips. Yummy! You can find her recipe at the link.
Redditor pembull took a panoramic photograph of Fort Funston Beach in San Francisco. The picture here is cropped; see the full version here. A nice picture, but what's that in the middle? It's his dog, which was running when the picture was taken. Let's zoom in.
Steve Martin Tweeted this picture of himself with some old friends. Just in case you don't recognize everyone, it's Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Paul Simon, Tom Hanks, and Lorne Michaels. There is some speculation that these guys were assembled to induct Justin Timberlake into the Five-Timers Club tonight on Saturday Night Live. Link -via reddit
Nick Bertke took the Ghan, a three-day train trip across the heart of Australia and recorded the sights and sounds for the latest Pogo mix. It really shouldn't be called a "remix" because this video was made from original footage instead of using an existing movie or music video. -via Viral Viral Videos
You're just driving along, singing with your favorite toy perched on the dashboard, when you are waved over by a policeman. This ad for a voice-activated hamster is funny enough without understanding what's being said. Is it just as funny if you do? I don't know if I could be so laid back when a toy starts mocking a cop! You can buy the WoodyOTime toy here, if you can read Russian. -via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet
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