Artist Alex Solis' Icons Unmasked series imagines famous geek icons (mostly cartoons) being unmasked as other characters. Each of the illustrations seems approriate though not always for the same reason.
He's made over 112 pieces in the series and who knows how many more he will add. You can see the rest of the series here.
Can you tell the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? How about a leopard and a cheetah? Do you know if the animal above is a llama or an alpaca? This Buzzfeed quiz tests your animal knowledge by asking you to do exactly those things. I'm a pretty big animal nerd and I only got 7 out of 10, so don't expect the test to be easy.
There's somtething special about a dragon and if you're a fan of the fantastic beasts of legend, you'll want to check out LilDragonDesigns' Etsy store where you can grab some magical new jewelry designs featuring dragons.
Freddy was the runt of the litter when he was born, but he's certainly grown up since then. In fact, now he's the world's tallest dog -when he stands up on his back legs, he measures a whopping 7'5" tall! Guinness announced their new record holder in late December.
Anyone interested in keeping tabs on the pooch can now follow him on his Instagram page.
Back in 2014 we featured a husky that was raised around cats and thus, thought it was a cat, but as it turns out, we now know the opposite can be true too. Meet Rosie, a cat that was abandoned at only three weeks old and raised in a home with a surrogate mother husky who happens to be good friends with a few other huskies who live in the neighborhood. The kitty survived thanks to its surrogate family, but Rosie never learned what it's like to be a cat. Instead, she thinks she's just a slightly smaller dog.
Like her dog buddies, Rosie likes to go hiking, swimming, kayaking and more -basically whatever her humans and dog friends are up to, she wants to be a part of it.
You can keep up on this cute kitty's adventures, and those of her friends, over on Instagram.
It turns out that Benedict Cumberbatch may have been born to play Sherlock Holmes. Researchers have recently discovered that he is actually a distant relative (16th cousins, twice removed to be exact) of Mr. Holmes' creator, Conan Doyle. Of course, that is pretty distant. To put it in perspective, their last common ancestor was John of Gaunt, the duke of Lancaster, who lived in the 14th century.
Researchers from Ancestry.com discovered the connection in their free time simply because they love the Sherlock series, which returned yesterday by the way. According to Fox, the website has not yet told the actor about the connection.
The flavors you like are partially based on how sensitive you are to certain chemicals. Now Meantime Brewing is creating custom brews for customers based on their DNA. Using a saliva sample to analyze what flavor compounds you may or may not enjoy, they will make you a beer they think you enjoy. They will even have you come in to consult on the beer so they can get your input on their flavor profiles and help name the beer and design the label. Of course, this kind of customization isn't cheap -the basic package will cost almost $31,000, but at least it leaves you with a good 2,000 pints of beer.
Da Mao is a panda at the Toronto Zoo. Earlier this month, he got a snowman in his enclosure. Maybe he has some rage issues, because Da Mao's immediate response was to start ripping his face off, climbing on him and kicking his head off. One thing's for sure -he had a great time with his snowy new roommate.
Are you counting the minutes or even seconds until the clock strikes midnight? Then you won't want to miss this adorable human-armed pup celebrating the turn of th new year. He enjoys sparklers, counting down on the clock and drinking champagne, so it's a pretty traditional NYE celebration -other than the fact that he's a man-dog and all.
If you can teach a dog to drive a car or fly a plane, is it really that ambitious to teach a bunny to operate an arcade game? Bini the Bunny's owner thought to fill up an arcade game with healthy snacks and let Bini test his skills on the machine -and the bunny took to it pretty quickly. As long as he gets his treats, Bini is content.
Sometimes you need a little break from this world. When you need to relax and be distracted from whatever's bothering you, you might just want to bookmark this video. Watching this little pooch go to his happy place is entirely too satisfying.
Personally, I'll want to watch this the most just after giving my dog a bath -aka fighting and freezing for twenty minutes.
The internet loves to hate Guy Fieri. It's like his loud mouth, two-toned beard and backwards sunglasses are just begging to be mocked. In 2016, the chef was the butt of many internet jokes and we all benefited from it -like that time they envisioned him as an average American dad rather than his flamboyant American dad reality or that time he cruised along with Mad Max. We already showed him hurt himself by eating, but it's hard to get enough funny Fieri jokes and Eater rounded up the best of them from the year.
Winter gets so freezing and miserable. Our poor dogs need sweaters to keep warm, but drones are often left out in the cold. But that doesn't have to be the case any more now that Drone Sweaters makes custom made sweaters for your little flying friend. According to the company:
Smaller, lightweight models, toy models, and models that naturally have very thin plastic coats benefit from a warm drone sweater for when they need to go outside, or for just hanging around the house. A sweater can make a significant difference in your drone’s feeling of well-being.
Unfortunately, you have to visit their San Francisco studio to get your drone fitted for its sweater and the price is almost $200. If you are interested in getting one though, the first step is visiting their website.
Most pet owners have had their dog (or cat) eat something they weren't supposed to, but while gluttonous nous pets are common, few are brave or foolish enough to eat a whole turkey. But this little tiny dog did just that this Christmas and you can pretty much see the bird sitting inside of her in the pictures.
According to his owners, the little thief couldn't even move after the fact. Still, the look on her face says it was totally worth it.
Technically, she did leave her family a little something. Luckily, they were able to get relatives to bring another turkey so they didn't have to fight over this little slobber-covered scrap.
There's something so satisfying about a great piece of art, but sometimes you just don't want to hang a Van Gogh on your wall. Sometimes you just want to lick it. For those days, there are these Art History lollipops from Etsy seller LIQNYC.
Of course, if you prefer the pop art of comic books over the fine art of the masters, you might prefer these classic comic book designs instead. The shop carries plenty of other designs as well, including creepy eye pops, space designs and even zombies, so whatever you're into, why don't you just lick it already?
2016 was full of terrible celebrity deaths and ugly politics and most people seem to agree that it was a pretty awful year overall. But not everything was the worst -Distractify collected the best cute animal photos of the year.
While most lists compiling what happened in 2016 show us things we wanna forget about this year, this one is a great reminder of the good things in this world.
Even if 2017 is just as terrible as this past year, bookmarking this list is a good way to cheer yourself up when everything is just plain awful.
No matter where you live in the US, you can always go to a local liqour store and get a 40 ounce of Colt 45 for $3 or $4, but in Hollywood, you can get the full forty-ounce-in-a-paper-bag experience without all that slumming in a liqour store. And it will only cost you $15. It's just the next step in rich hipster idiots pretending to slum it.
It has been 15 years since the first Harry Potter film came out and those adorable little kids from the films are entirely grown adults now. Geek Girls has a collection of pictures showing the actors as they appeared during the movies and how they look now -and some of the transitions are amazing.
Even nerdy Neville is now a swoonworthy stud and snotty Drako is a sweet-looking, sensitive guy.
We all had an amazing teacher in our lives and while some are just good at making educational concepts click with their students, some connect with their kids through humor and then work to get them to learn something.
Over at Buzzfeed, you can see 23 amazing teachers that certainly made their kids smile -even if they didn't teach them a thing. If you had any funny teachers go ahead and share their stories in the comments.
Scrappy has an utterly amazing coat, but he wasn't born with those unique black and white markings. In fact, this nineteen year old cat was actually black at birth. It wasn't until he was around seven that his fur started to develop white spots -and it never stopped.
Eventually, her owners discovered that he has vitiligo, the same condition Michael Jackson suffered from. Vitiligo usually gives humans patches in their skin color, but it can also change hair color, the color of tissues inside the mouth and eye color. While it's most common in humans, dogs, cats and even buffalo have been diagnosed with the condition.
Other than being a fairly old kitty and having a condition that gives him an incredible coat, Scrappy is a healthy, happy kitty and his Facebook and Instagram pictures are a testiment to his wonderful quality of life.
Did you know an In-N-Out manager can earn up to $350,000 a year? Or that each location has a secret secret menu that no one can order but the employees? These are just a few of the fascinating things you can learn from this Thrillist article revealing secrets about the chain from a manager. In case you're wondering, he suggests that the best burger you can order at the restaurant is the double-single, two burger patties, one slice of cheese, chopped chilies, chopped onions, and one tomato slice. The bun gets a spiral of mustard and a squeeze of lemon juice.
It's worth mentioning that in another Thrillist article, they make a pretty compelling argument that being a manager at In-N-Out is better than being a lawyer. They have some good points, you can make similar money, you don't need to pay for college and In-N-Out not only offers killer benefits but also sends managers and their spouses on vacations to international destinations every year.
It can be hard to notice one specific ornament on a fully decorated Christmas tree -even if that ornament isn't an ornament at all, but really a deadly tiger snake. According to Victoria's Snake Catcher a woman in Australia discovered this unwanted addition to her Christmas tree one morning though who knows how long it was hiding out. Fortunately, she was smart and called a snake catcher right away as the animal may not be particularly aggressive, but is one of the top ten most toxic animals on the planet. It's also a protected species, so it's illegal to kill.
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I can't tell you if Santa gave him a lump of coal or if he just can't stand Santa's stupid dance, but this Boxer does not like this Santa doll. He may be naughty, but Santa better get him the pooch whole wish list next year or he'd better watch his back.
It doesn't matter what you celebrate, the holidays can be a stressful time. A nice massage can really help you destress, but if you don't have the time or money, perhaps this video of a hedgehog enjoying a massage can help relax you instead. May your post-holiday decompression leave you feeling this chill.
There's nothing quite like a shot of fresh cut grass. Or smoked salmon. No, really, those are real flavors of vodka and they're only two of the thirty five insance flavors featured in this Supercall article. While most are a little odd, but at least charming (bubble gum or cinnamon churros), there are others that are utterly terrible sounding -like tobacco or the naga chilli that measures in at 250,000 scovilles.
Christmas poppers, figgy pudding and mince pies? They're some of the most common Christmas traditions across the pond, but thos words make almost no sense to practically any American. Fortunately for those hoping to get a better idea of what the Brits are doing for Christmas, Mental Floss has collected a whole list of traditions in England that make no sense to those living elsewhere. If you watch Doctor Who or other BBC shows with a Christmas special, it's a great way to understand what the heck they're up to.
Pizza and burgers are two of the most incredible junk foods in the history of snacking and while there are plenty of cheeseburger pizzas out there -they're usually a poor combination of both with just hamburger and pickles thrown on top of a pizza.
But this pizza by Hellthy Junk Food truly combines the two foods -with a bacon cheeseburger complete with pickles, ketchup and mustard surrounded by a pepperoni pizza. You can learn how to make this monstrosity for yourself, but make sure your heart can handle such a monster meal before daring to consume it. The recipe is here.
The lifespan of gorillas ranges from about 30-40, so when Colo celebrated her 60th birthday yesterday, it was kind of a big deal. The western lowland gorilla was actually the first gorilla born in human care all the way back in 1956.
When she was born, keepers knew little about the animal's pregnancy so she was born weeks earlier than expected. She was abandoned by her mom at birth, so keepers learned a lot about gorillas as they had to raise her by hand. Between giving birth to three babies and teaching keepers about gorillas' lifespan, she has helped gorilla conservation efforts considerably.
If you want to see Colo in person, you can visit her at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio and if you want to learn more about her, you can read about her at Yahoo.
Andrew Rea's YouTube cooking show Binging With Babish specializes in creating recipes featured in television shows and movies, like eggs Woodhouse from Archer or the incredible prison pasta sauce featured in Goodfellas. But by far the most disgusting and utterly insane creation he's made to date is the dessert breakfast pasta Will Ferrell eats as Buddy the Elf. This disasterously disgusting recipe involves spaghetti in tomato sauce covered in chocolate chips, M&Ms, marshmallows, a chocolate Pop Tart, maple syrup, caramel sauce and Hershey's syrup. So how is it? From the chef's response, I'd guess it's just as bad as you might imagine, if not worse. You've gotta give it to Will Ferrell for seeming to enjoy it as he shovels litteral handfuls into his mouth.
Wes Anderson has recently announced that his next film will be an animated feature about dogs called "Isle of Dogs." To help promote the film and raise money for The Film Foundation, he's launched a crowd funding campaign where all money goes to the non-profit and contributors can win prizes like DVDs and books signed by the director. But that's nothing compared to the grand prize -a trip for two to London, a tour of the production and the opportunity to voice one of the dogs in the movie. If you've ever wanted to live forever in film but have a face for radio, this might just be your big chance.