Every state has added something unique to the American culinary landscape, whether it be a classic sauce, a popular chain restaurant or even distinct sandwich. Over on Thrillist, you can read about the best culinary invention created by each state. Granted, it might seem a little weird to claim a state's best innovention is a potato or crab legs, but it's more about what they helped popularize as a dining option -not just new recipes.
Taco Bell is known for creating crazy foods, but it's one thing to make a taco shell out of a piece of fried chicken and a whole different thing to add spicy Pop Rocks to a burrito -and that's just what they've started doing. The new creation, called the Firecracker Burrito is only available at four test locations in Orange County and it features rice, nacho cheese, sour cream, beef, and red tortilla strips. What makes it truly bizarro though is the option to get a side of "popping crystals," which are essentially chili-flavored Pop Rocks that give it a "sweet-spicy flavor along with a fizzy texture," according to Foodbeast.
Personally, I'll take my candy far away from my burritos, thanks.
Little girls go gaga over seeing their favorite Disney princesses when they go to a Disney theme park, but few of us really think much about the actresses that play these iconic characters. As it turns out, there a log of interesting things that go into getting them to play the role just right. For example, did you know they have to go through voice training in order to do the role just right? Or that they have to reaudition every year?
Real food fans know that Cheetos are one of the finer things in life and now, for three glorious days (August 15-17), the snack food company itself will be running a restaurant in New York, called the Spotted Cheetah, where every item features some kind of Cheetos product. The menu consists of:
Cheetos Crusted Fried Pickles; Creamy Ranch, Cheetos Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup; Cheetos Meatballs; Purrfectly Fried Green Tomatoes (breaded with White Cheddar Cheetos crust); Flamin' Hot and White Cheddar Mac n' Cheetos; Cheetos Mix-ups Crusted Chicken Milanese; Spicy Cheetos Nachos; and Flamin' Hot Limon Chicken Tacos.
But save room for dessert, which consists of Cheetos Sweetos Crusted Cheesecake; Cheetos Sweetos Sweet and Salty Cookies; and White Cheddar Cheetos and Cheetos Sweetos Apple Crepes. Those might sound strange, but if you've had the Cheetos Sweetos, you already know how sweet Cheetos are surprisingly tasty.
Ever wish you could have a drink while sitting on the lap of a Xenomorph? Or enjoy a white Russian with The Dude? Theme bars are the closest any of us could get to doing things like this in real life. Over on Supercall, you can read about 13 of the best theme bars on earth. Often when these things say "on earth," they tend to mean in the US with a few exceptions, but in this case, they really do mean around the globe as the bars are located in Japan, Iecland, Switzerland, Romania and more.
Film maker Pei Yan Heng was at the beach in Cyrene Reef, Singapore in 2013 when he stumbled upon an octopus stranded far above the water line. Pei filled up a cup of water and scooped up the octopus before releasing him back into the sea. After taking a moment to recover, the octopus went to his rescuer's shoe and hugged it with his tentacle in a sincere thank you gesture.
Is your cat a style maven? Well then he or she is probably having a hissy fit that you didn't bring him or her to the annual Algonquin Hotel Cat Fashion Show in New York. As always, the fashions were top notch and the kittens cute as possible.
The fun event isn't just to celebrate kitty couture, it's also a fundraiser to support the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. Over $12,000 was raised between ticket sales and a silent auction and three kitties were adopted from the group's adoption van stationed outside.
One Italian, for example, complained that "Foreigners are pretty convinced that Italy is a lovely land without laws [...] and they think they can do everything they want. Well, let me tell you a tiny little thing: YOU CAN'T. You can't have a bath in the Trevi Fountain. You can't pee in the streets in the middle of the night. You can't climb the several statues that adorn our historic centres (they were made by Bernini, Canova or Michelangelo you fools, have some respect for our geniuses!)."
A common complaint by people across the globe is about travelers who treat the local poor like tourist attractions to be photographed and gawked at. You can read the rest of the comments over at Travel and Leisure.
Being a Hollywood assistant is anything but glamorous. It requires dealing with huge egos and their eccentric requests. LAist rounded up some of the worst Hollywood assistant stories they could find and the results range from infuriating to disturbing. For example, this baffling story:
Once my boss gave me a Christmas card to mail out that said "Deck the Halls with Cows and Collies" and had a picture of cows and collies in Santa hats. She threw it at me and said "I don't understand it, explain it in black ink at the top.
And apparently, there's a Porsche just sitting downtown waiting for someoen to take it thanks to one of the assistant's bosses:
I worked at a big agency in the TV lit department for one of the partners. He walked in and told me that he needed help finding his Porsche. I thought that he’d parked it in the garage and needed help figuring out where he parked. Nope. He’d gone to run an errand (read: probably get in touch with his drug dealer) and LOST HIS PORSCHE somewhere in Beverly Hills. I asked if he’d used the key clicker to find it and he screamed for like five minutes about how I was supposed to have told him that his clicker would’ve helped him. Regardless, I had to drive my ass to BH and wander around for four hours trying to retrace his steps (sidebar: do you know how awkward it to walk up to random Porsche’s and inspect them to see if it’s your bosses car? YEAH. I almost got arrested two times. By the time I got back, there was no issue—why? He’d gone out and bought a new Porsche. I asked what he was going to do about the old one and he shrugged and went, “Eh. Leave it.” So, somewhere in the clean pressed, assistant-tear-lined streets of Beverly Hills, THERE IS A FREE PORSCHE.
Seeing amazing wild animals can be a highlight of any vacation -especially if you actually get to interact with the creatures in a meaningful way. But some animal encounters benefit the local wildlife while others harm it. That's why you should do your research before participating in such an activity. Fortunately, Travel and Leisure rounded up some of the most popular animal encounters from around the world so you know what's good for the animals and what's not. For exmaple, while visiting Kenya's Giraffe Manor is a great idea, swimming with dolphins isn't.
Just like the Reese's slogan, there's no wrong way to eat a hot dog, and this list at Thrillist proves just how true this expression is. Over on Thrillist, you can learn about some of the most popular styles of hot dogs from around the US -and there are a whole lot of them. One strange example, the Philly Combo:
A grilled all-beef hot dog, split down the middle and laid upon a wide steamed or toasted bun, layered with sweet, vinegar-based coleslaw and a stripe of spicy mustard, and completed -- curiously enough -- with a fish cake.
Or maybe you'd prefer Maryland's crab mac n' cheese dog:
An all-beef hot dog, grilled and nestled into a soft, chewy bun, then loaded with lump crab meat, hot, gooey macaroni & cheese, and a generous dusting of Maryland’s all-time favorite sodium source: Old Bay.
I personally recommend trying a Tijuana/danger dog if you ever get the chance:
A hot dog made of unidentified meat, wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, then tossed into a soft bun and topped with any number of condiments, including (but not limited to) fried onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup, and grilled jalapeños.
We've talked about the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica and while sloths may be native there, it's far from the only sloth sanctuary out there. In fact, there's also the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainer, Oregon where you can get even more up close and personal with the sloths by booking a sloth sleepover. For $600 you can watch the nocturnal animals hang out and do their thing from 8 P.M. until 7:30 A.M. The experience might be a bit on the expensive side, but you're not only helping to support a rescue group, you're also becoming a member of a very exclusive club. That's because only ten people per day are allowed to meet the sloths at the sanctuary in order to ensure the creatures never feel stressed. It is worth noting that no matter what happens though, you will never be permitted to touch the animals -though I assume it's OK if they decide to touch you.
There's something inherently creepy about a lifeless, realistic-looking doll, which is why they make such great monsters in horror movies. But like most things, some of them are better than others. Thrillist recently took the time to rank the seven scariest dolls in movie history and while the expected ones are on there like Chucky from Child's Play and all the creepy puppets from Puppetmaster, there are also a few that are less popular but equally deserving of a place on the list like May from the film of the same name.
Last weekend Zeon and I went to the San Diego Comic Con and took cosplay pictures just like we have every year since 2009. Whether you like comics, movies, television shows or even hot sauce, there's bound to be a costume in this gallery that you'll enjoy.
This Deadpool impersonating Bob Ross was a fun sight.
Especially when you saw his great artwork complete not only with happy little trees, but also a flying chimichanga.
A particularly fun trend this year was costumed characters cosplaying as other things, like these dinos -one of whom was dressed as Deadpool while the other two were Jedis.
If you watch kid's movies, you already know that they are loaded with jokes that go way over the heads of children watching them. In many cases, the jokes just make references to people and things the kids aren't familiar with, but sometimes the jokes are a touch risque.
Fatherly rounded up some of the greatest naughty jokes from kid's movies and their list is utterly hilarious. My only complaint is that no list talking about adult jokes in kids movies that leaves out Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is obviously missing some of the best adult jokes in children's movie history.
Last weekend, you probably heard all kinds of news about San Diego Comic Con, but you might not have even known that over in Chicago there was a Pokemon Go Fest at the same time. As it turns out though, there was pretty much no news coming out of Pokemon Go Fest, other than the fact that it was an utter failure -spotty internet service and other issues caused most attendees to be completely unable to log in. Guests are getting a refund on their tickets, but that doesn't help people who paid scalpers a fortune for their tickets or for those who spent money traveling to Chicago just for the event.
Some kids are born to be foodies and immediately start ordering meals just like adults from the first time they go to a restaurant. But most parents aren't so lucky and end up ordering countless meals for their children that "don't care," "aren't hungry" or "don't want that." Fortunately for those parents, this restaurant has a menu (posted to Reddit by IWishItWouldSnow) to help translate those totally unhelpful requests. Personally, I could go for a "what? I'm not hungry" combo right now.
Miss C recently shared the story of Symba the cat, a 35 pound stray that was surrendered to the Human Rescue Alliance and adopted by Kiah Berkeley and Peter Sorkin, who promised to stick to his diet program.
If there were any doubts about his new owners' dedication, the couple proved their absolute adoration for Symba (who was since renamed Vito) by including him in their wedding photos.
Black swans get a bad name, but there is dark side to their beauty. In fact, they can have great personalities and even fascinating hobbies, like this swan who likes to garden in his free time. It seems this isn't even such a rare hobby for black swans, but I can't tell you if they all keep such a well-groomed garden
If you grew up watching Nickelodeon, then you probably have great memories of the green slime that covered participants in Double Dare, You Can't Do That On Television (which was technically a Canadian show) and countless other Nickelodeon programs. But have you ever wondered what actually went into that green goop?
Now, thanks to this great video with Marc Sumemrs himself, you can finally put all those childhood questions to rest. The secret to the perfect slime? Vanilla pudding, apple sauce, green food coloring, and oatmeal -so you know it's delicious as well as disgusting-looking.
Downtown San Diego goes all in when it comes to celebrating SDCC and welcoming its over 130,000 attendees. Restaurants and bars are no exception to the rule and throughout the area, chefs and bartenders whip up brilliant new concoctions based on fan favorites like Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones and even My Little Ponies. Whether you're going to the convention or just want to make some fun geeky food at home, you'll want to see all the fun foods and beverages available for sale only during Comic Con weekend.
Cafe 222 (222 Island Ave.)
Always a popular Downtown breakfast spot, Cafe 22's specialty of the month is a waffle shaped just like Captain America's shield and adorned in the red, white and blue of raspberries, whipped cream and blueberries. It's a heroic way to start your day.
Tajima (901 E St.)
Naruto fans know that the show's main character has a soft spot for some good ramen from the Ichi Raku ramen restaurant. He also has a particular list of favorite ingredients including pork chashu, Japanese seaweed, green onions, half an egg, bamboo shoots and naruto fish paste cakes (that's the real name unrelated to the character). While local ramen shop Tajima's usual miso ramen always contains pork chashu, Japanese seaweed, green onions and egg, their special Naruto ramen is only available during Comic Con and has the bamboo and naruto additions to make it perfect for visiting anime fans.
The Blind Burro (639 J St.)
One of the busiest Mexican restaurants Downtown, the Blind Burro modified a few of their regular items to be particularly super -like the 10" long Super Tacos available in carne asada or pollo varieties, or the Giganto Dog which could go quite far in filling up the monster it was named for with an all beef frank topped with candied chipotle bacon, pinto puree, charred green onions, pico de gallo, pickled jalapeño puree, mayonnaise and mustard. Even the most popular appetizer on the menu, the classic guacamole, was given a name to suit the occasion as it has been retitled Kryptonite for the weekend.
The Burro didn't leave their cocktail menu behind either, sprucing up their usual house margarita, border mule and paloma tradicional with Milagro Silver and fun adornments, and redubbing them the Mega Margarita, the Pop Bam Slam Mule and the Marvel-ous Paloma.
Le Parfait Paris (555 G St.)
Rather than taking the time to introduce all new dishes just for the weekend, Le Parfait Paris decided to make all the items on their regular menu a little more super. How, you might ask? By adding superhero-shaped chocolate pieces to them all, of course! Besides Superman, there are also Batman, Spider-Man and Iron Man chocolates available.
Gelato Paradiso (789 W Harbor Dr., #117)
While the rest of the bars and restaurants on this list have merely taken inspiration from their favorite comic books, movies and tv shows, Gelato Paradiso actually partnered with Zenescope Entertainment to release three specialty gelato flavors based on characters from the company's comic book characters. The Van Helsing Vanilla Variegato features vanilla gelato with a strawberry variegato swirl; the Robyn Hood Camo Pistachio is a pistachio gelato gone nuts with hazelnuts and almonds; and the Grimm Tales of Double Chocolate Terror is made with a double chocolate gelato and cherries.
Are you unable to stop eating gelato once you start? Then you'll want to head to the Zenescope booth at the convention before noon on Saturday to register for their gelato eating contest held on Saturday at 3 PM. The winner of the contest will receive a four day pass for next year's Comic Con as well as a best of Zenescope goodie pack and all entrants will also be entered to win one of three sets of PlayStation VR goggles.
Anne Boleyn has a bad name in history -she's either potrayed as outright evil, a manipulative monster or a dumb girl who let her family call the shots until she paid the ultimate price for their political ambitions. But the reality of her life, like most people's stories, is much more complicated than that.
That's why this informative article on TopTenz is so interesting -it helps fill in some of the many fascinating details about Anne's life that most people don't know. Whether you only know a little bit about her from history classes or you think you know her from what you saw on The Tudors, you're sure to learn something.
You know that your little one is destined for greatness, but it might take a little convincing to get other people to believe it. But that's where Etsy seller CrochetHeroDesigns comes in -helping you put together the perfect outfit to deckout your little hero. For boys, there's this great Thor costume, but for those sweet little girls, you can always try the Wonder Woman design below.
You can check out the rest of their great designs here, but keep in mind they only sell the crochet designs, so you'll have to make them yourself if you want to actually put one on your baby.
Your local waterpark may be fun in the summer, but it's probably not worth adding to your bucket list. That being said, some waterslides might actually be worth taking an epic trip. For example, have you ever seen a waterslide that comes out of a Boeing 747?
Or the waterslide that takes you through a shark tank? And if you think that sounds crazy, just wait until you read about the waterslide that can't be ridden by women after multiple injuries to female genitalia were reported.
IKEA is a strange and wonderful place and you can get a heck of a deal or get ripped off like crazy depending on what you shop for there. A Reddit thread recently asked IKEA employees about the store's secrets and the results are eye opening. One interesting lesson "We do make most of our profit on smaller metal parts that are needed for larger combinations. Although a lot of it is off set by losses in other products. Believe or not we have entire product lines where the profit margin is between -20% and -60%, yes, we do lose money on sales."
Want to find the newest possible items? Hope you're willing to drive. "There are certain test stores in each region, Stockholm and Helsingborg in Sweden, one or two in Germany, Delft in the Netherlands, Burbank, CA and one in Asia as well."
And don't worry about finding an emergency exit, "Except the exterior walls, all of the walls of the sales floor (affectionately, "the maze") are modular and movable, and every department has an emergency exit slot since every department at one point or another touches an exterior wall. We're all trained that as soon as we get the fire alert, to open the walls and call out to customers where the exits are, as well as the overhead signs by federal law that say we need to mark where emergency exits are."
The National Aquarium of Zealand knows that penguins may be cute, but they can also be rather bratty. That's why they've instituted a "naughty penguin of the month" board for their resident troublemakers in order to let the public know a little more about the birds they are admiring.
To be fair, they also chronicle the good behaviors of well-behaved penguins as well. For example, the board might point out that Timmy was naughty because he stole fish and pushed another penguin over, but Betty was good for swimming well and waiting paitently for fish. Deep down though, all penguins, even pesky little Timmy are good penguins.
If you're a senior citizen, you can visit all of the national parks for only $10 thanks to a lifetime pass available from the National Park Service. That being said, if you don't have one already, you might want to buy one as soon as possible because the prices are about to go up 800% on August 28. Given that each visit to a national park is $30, even an $80 pass will pay for itself after a few visits, but even so you might want to grab that $10 pass before it's too late.
Etsy seller RedwoodStoneworks specializes in making small plaster creations -particularly planters. Their geeky designs are particularly lovable and feature franchises like Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy.
There are also geek games and toys like D20s and LEGO.
If you're more of an animal nerd though, don't worry, they'll still have you covered with dogs, cats, squirrels, pandas and more.
While most sit flat, there are even some hanging designs available to adorn your walls as well.
A third-party seller on Amazon recently thought they stumbled across a brilliant idea to come up with new cellphone cover designs in practically no time by using an AI program to generate designed based on popular image searches. Unfortunately, the bot's programing somehow went wrong and it started getting increasingly focused on strange medical terms.
The bot created thousands of designs and many of them were hilariously wrong like the ones seen here. Unfortunately, Amazon has since pulled the listings, but you can still see many of the best images over on IFL Science.
Personally, I think they should bring them back, I mean, where else will you be able to find a cell phone cover depicting vaginal discomfort?
It's hard to really enjoy artwork every day of our lives when we're so busy with our daily routines, but a new program from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art invites you to interact with art in a quick, easy and fascinating way. With the "Send Me" feature, you simply send a text to 572-51 saying "send me [x]" and they will reply with a piece of art that depicts that subject. Even if you go to the museum on a regular basis, you're still likely to get back artwork you've never seen as only 5% of their collection is ever on display at a time.
Not every topic will get a result though. I tried "send me a racoon" and was told they didn't have anything in the collection matching it. Even so, most subjects will work.