We've seen a litteral Poke Ball Gown before, but if you want to cosplay in full formal style while actually appearing as a character, be sure to head over to RageCostumes' store where you can get your hands on this incredible Venusaur Ball Gown that's sure to turn heads whether worn at a convention, a ball or an upcoming prom. Of course, with skills like this, if Venusaur isn't your favorite Pokemon, you might just be able to ask RageCostumes to custom-make you a Pokemon Ball Gown with your favorite character. Or just get this Princess Leia Gown (previously seen on Neatorama) instead.
The owner of Vinnie's Pizzeria, Sean Berthiaume, must have been channeling Xzbit earlier this week when he thought to himself, "Yo Dawg, I heard you liked pizza, so I put your pizza in a box made from pizza." But lo and behold here is the world's first ever entirely edible pizza box that really works as more of a pizza sandwich than a functional box.
This isn't Sean's first brush with pizza glory. In fact, just last year he introduced the pizza-topped with slices of smaller pizzas. One thing's for sure, when we finally enter a true world of pizzaception, it will be served up at Vinnie's.
There are those who think geeks aren't very sexual, but the reality is that the average person just doesn't understand their special kinks. Fortunately for the geeks looking for hot reading material (and those looking for new pickup lines to catch the geek of their dreams), there's a Twitter account called 50 Nerds of Grey just ready to get you as hot and bothered as an overloaded server.
Best of all for fans of the IT Crowd, the mere fact that it has Moss as the profile picture makes it nearly impossible to read without hearing his charmingly nasal voice in your head.
Via Geek Girls
You always hear about the beauty and majesty of nature, but it's not always pretty. Sometimes nature is just plain icky. Here are some of the grossest ways animals protect themselves from predators.
1. Turkey Vultures
Image: Kevin Cole [Wikipedia]
Generally speaking, vomit may be gross, but it's not much of a defensive mechanism. That is, unless we're talking about the turkey vulture. These birds gorge themselves so much that if they have just eaten, they can no longer fly. That's why vomiting is one of their best lines of defense -it not only disgusts a potential predator with the foul-smelling, acidic substance but it also allows the vulture the chance to move way faster and possibly even fly. In fact, the regurgitation is so gross that the vulture will sometimes vomit right in the eyes of its enemies, which causes a horrible stinging sensation. Oddly, bald eagles will happily eat the regurgitated mess because apparently they would rather eat rotting meat covered in stinky stomach acid than hunt for themselves.
Image: Siman Wagen [Wikipedia]
Another bird that has mastered the art of defensive vomiting is the fulmar. The innocent-looking birds have a nasty talent -the ability to projectile vomit a foul-smelling, oily secretion on anyone that threatens them. They can even spray the junk up to ten feet. The orange oil not only smells like rotten fish, but also will not come off and even sticks to the feathers of other birds, making them unable to fly or swim so they either end up falling to their death or diving into the water only to drown. As you might imagine, the fulmar itself is immune to the sticky oil globbing up its feathers and in fact, it actually uses the secretion as a high-energy food source for both the young and adults.
Image: kinskarije [Flickr]
Hagfish aren't just ugly fish with an appropriately ugly name, they also have one of the most unique defense abilities in the world -the ability to ooze massive amounts of slime. This might not seem like a super helpful defense, but the goo makes it difficult for predators to grip the hagfish and it can also smother their gills, suffocating underwater predators. The slime is so thick that the hagfish themselves sometimes die if they cannot squeeze off the excess slop fast enough -which they do by tying themselves in knots. A typical fish can emit up to 5.25 gallons of the sticky glop.
4. Hairy Frogs
In the words of a Charmin ad campaign, "we all go, why not enjoy the go?" And this incredible Lonely Planet list shows some of the best places in the world where you could really enjoy the go. From this eco-friendly toilet in British Columbia that will surely get you back in touch with nature to the Swiss outhouse offering unparallelled views of the Engadine Valley and the alps behind it, these are anything but your typical toilets.
Sure, some of the destinations ask you to sacrifice a little privacy in exchange for the scenery, but when you get a once-in-a-lifetime bathroom experience like that, is it really asking too much?
Remember that time when the New Zealand SPCA taught dogs to drive to show how smart pooches are and that yes, you can teach an older dog new tricks? Well those crazy kiwis are at it again and this time they're teaching dogs to fly the friendly skies.
The pups spent four months in a flight simulator before trying the real thing and were, of course, always under the protection and supervision of trainer Mark Vette.
Nothing like a big bucket full of nope to get you going in the morning and this video of a giant alligator eating another alligator is about as "nope" as it gets.
Alex Figueroa was taking a relaxing morning stroll at the Circle B Bar Reserve when he happened to stumble across this beautiful nature scene that looks more like it belongs in the movie Lake Placid than in a real nature video.
Most companies with social media channels try to be professional and courteous, even when customers are rude and horrible. But then, some companies just don't care and this hilarious Buzzfeed article shows just how extreme they can get when they decide not to play nice.
Be warned, a lot of the language is not safe for work, but if you don't mind the bad words, you'll still get a good laugh from these tweets.
Looking for the perfect gift for Mother's Day? Then consider heading over to Etsy where you can get artist CaitlynMinimalist to make you a cool piece of custom jewelry based completely on your submitted artwork. You can send in your artwork from childhood or some of your kid's artwork to share with their grandma -either way, it's something your mom is sure to never forget.
Imgur user chilly911 lost his pet fish of 6 1/2 years last week. Since the fish, Peeping Tom, lived in his bathroom, watching him use the toilet, shower and more, chilly911 thought he deserved a funeral of a warrior.
He built the fish a tiny ship loaded with matches in order to provide him with a proper viking funeral and the result was perfect for helping him to rise up to Valhalla. Oddly, this is not the first viking funeral for fishes we've seen.
Via The Daily Dot
We've covered some of the crazy suits offered at Opposuits before, but generally speaking, the whole gimmick of their clothing is how ugly it is. Now that they've released this amazing Pac-Man suit though, they've obviously changed their goals because this thing is simply gorgeous.
The design is perfect for all of your suit needs -especially if you have an upcoming day in court.
Via Geek Tyrant
I love a great piece of ripe fruit, but I admit, I love cake a little more, which is why this fruit basket looks so amazing to me. That's right -it's all cake. Don't believe me, check out this picture.
These surprising delights were made by Christine McConnell, author of Deceptive Desserts. Each of the cakes inside are different and in all the basket contains lime meringues, caramel apple pies, blueberry lemon hand pies, pear tarts, orange creme cakes and chocolate coated raisin grapes. Well, at least some of them contain real fruits inside.
When is a marshmallow more than a marshmallow? When it's a work of art, of course. Instagram user Meaghan Mountford (@mallowart) proves that marshmallows are a surprisingly good canvas with her delightful mallow creations.
No word on whether or not the mallows are still edible after they are beautified, but who could eat such charming works of art anyway?
I'm not one for fancy soaps, but they certainly have their time and their place. When you add glitter and a unicorn into the mix though, any time is good for fancy soaps. After all, how could you say no to a Soapicorn sitting atop a rainbow cloud that smells like unicorn farts strawberries, raspberries, citrus and apples?
For those looking for something a little more masculine, it's hard to beat the Soapsquatch that is walking across turf that smells of pine needles, citrus, strawberries, cedar and vanilla. Either way, it's hard to go wrong with these magical soaps.
The Force Awakens was the Star Wars sequels we were all dying to see and now that we know just how perfect it was, it only makes sense to add artwork from the film to our existing geeky art collections. Thanks to Etsy, we can finally do that and Jenny Dolfen's amazingly geeky art. Of course, they have plenty of other geeky artwork that isn't related to Star Wars, but with pictures like the one above, how can you resist adding Rey and Kylo-Ren to you collection?
Right now everyone is buzzing about the great cosplay spotted at WonderCon, but what got overlooked in recent convention news was the world record made at La Mole Comic Con. Anyone who has ever gone to a convention knows that seeing Whovians in costumes are a common sight, but seeing 492 of them all in one place must have been one sight to see -especially when Peter Capaldi himself accepted the Guinness award for the largest gathering of Doctor Who characters in one place.
I have to admit, I'm a little jealous of this adorable young cosplayer because this will almost certainly be a record that holds up for a while and he got to be a part of it.
Hannibal was a great show with a cult following and while it was cancelled (many believe before its time), you can now get your hands on some of the amazing props and wardrobe pieces from the incredibly stylistic show.
Surprisingly, there aren't as many gory items as you might imagine and most of those that are there are simply the prosthetics that were used on an actor in the film, but the crazy tableau seen up top is perhaps the most strikingly beautiful and disturbing piece in the whole auction. If you're looking for something more iconic, you'd probably prefer the wendingo bust above. Of course, if you just like Hannibal's great fashion sense, the auction is also selling many of his best clothing ensembles along with wardrobe choices of other characters as well.
There are a lot of stories out there about cops doing wrong, but for every story you hear about an officer breaking the rules there are probably ten stories of police doing something great that you don't hear about. Here are some fun stories of police going above and beyond their duties in the best possible way.
1. The Cop Who Retired in the Best Possible Way
When you get pulled over by the police, you probably get nervous and worry about whether or not you'll get a ticket. But if you happened to be pulled over by Commander Brian Peters on his last day of work, you might have been delightfully surprised to not get a ticket but a gift card.
That's right, to celebrate his last day on the job, Peters sought out people he thought could use a little extra financial help and then gave them $50 gift cards for Target and Cub Foods. He ended up giving out gift cards worth the total of his last paycheck, saying, “The citizens and city have been wonderful to me. I am very blessed, so it feels good to give back.”
2. The Officer Who Bought Groceries for a Mother Caught Shoplifting
Police Officer Mark Engravalle of Roeland Park was called to handle a shoplifting case in July of 2015. The shoplifter wasn't a teen looking for a thrill or someone trying to get a new pair of shoes way out of their price range, but a widowed, homeless mother of six who was trying to steal $300 worth of diapers, shoes and baby wipes.
“What she did was wrong and against the law, but her heart was in the right place with wanting to help to take care of her children,” Engravalle said. So rather than arrest the mother, Sarah Robinson, he offered to pay for the items to help the suffering mother. “Walmart might see her as a criminal, but I just saw her as a mom going through a really difficult time,” the officer explained, though he did still write the mother a ticket as was protocol.
This story has a particularly happy ending as Robinson ended up getting $6,000 in donations sent to the Roeland Park Police Department, which was more than enough to pay for her fine and help her take care of her kids for a while.
3. The Officer That Bought A Shoplifting Father Baby Formula
Sure it's cute to see kids hunting for eggs on Easter morning, but did you know that lions, tigers, leopards and other wild kitties also love Easter baskets? Over at LA's Wildlife Waystation, these cool cats got a special celebration for the holiday and the resulting photos and videos are adorable.
We love Easter, but it's just not the same when you're an adult. Easter baskets, egg hunts and presents from bunnies are all a thing of the past. Fortunately, as adults we do get the benefit of booze to help get us through the holiday. If you're trying to make sure you pick the right wine -not for your Easter dinner, but for your candy, you're in luck because here you go.
If you want to skip ahead to find out what to drink with your Peeps, don't let the picture fool you -they rightfully suggest prosecco.
Why buy a bunch of candy for your Easter basket when you can instead make a Kit Kat that will last you all of April and be too big for any Easter basket you've ever seen? If you want to make your own chocolate monstrosity this holiday, then be sure to head over to Instructables for the tutorial.
Of course, if you really want to go crazy, try making a 15 pound one.
Dying eggs for Easter is just plain fun, but if you're looking to geek up your eggs this year, you should do more than just dye them. While you can always paint them to look like specific characters, you don't need to have crazy art skills to make something different.
Now you can download printouts and make your whole team from the TMNT cartoon series. We featured the site's previous creations on our 10 DIY ways to decorate Easter eggs article, and you can download the Adventure Time or Avengers printouts on their site as well.
We love good fan art, but there's no denying that for every great piece of fan art there are ten pieces of not-so-great fan art. Sometimes those bad artworks are so terrible they're actually amazing -especailly when you Photoshop pictures of the celebrities to look like those "artworks."
EMGN has done a great job of collecting images that do exactly that and the results are utterly hilarious.
And sure, they may not be true works of art, but they do prove that even bad art has its place in this world -even if only to make us smile. And if you love these, don't forget to visit Reddit, where there's a whole community dedicated to making these.
Tarot decks are the stuff of mysticism, but they don't need to be dark and foreboding. As artist Ariel Hart demonstrates to us, even the vivid, brilliant artwork from beloved 80's and 90's artist Lisa Frank can make for a delightful tarot card deck.
It's sure a lot easier to hear about death when it's illustrated with a beautiful white unicorn. Finally you can predict your future with the rainbows, puppies and smiley faces of your past!
Via Huffington Post
This lovely spread looks like a grilled cheese sandwich with a tasty bowl of tomato soup on the side, but that's far from the reality. In actuality, this is a grilled pound cake with melted chocolate and berry soup on the side. Naturally, the croutons in the soup are actually pound cake and the swirl of sour cream is whipped cream. You can learn how to make your own delicious dessert sandwich and soup over on Instructables.
It's easy to love sci-fi dystopian movies that bring us into all new terrible realities, without actually having to experience those realities for ourselves. If nothing else, they at least make us feel better about our own society. But many of those films set in terrible sci-fi worlds aren't actually filmed on sets, but in real-world locations.
That's why this Atlas Obscura article featuring 14 such film locations is so fascinating. It shows that some of the most haunting and out-of-this-world locations in our favorite dystopias are actually strange and wonderful places in our world.
Female scientists have made some incredible contributions to our world, but to this day, they still get harassed by their male colleagues. While that's simply not cool, Emily Temple-Wood's reaction to the harassment is pretty awesome.
Rather than letting herself sit around and get frustrated, she has dedicated herself to uploading a new Wikipedia article about a female scientist every time she gets an inappropriate email, some form of physical contact or any other unwanted attention from a male co-worker. She's been adding entries since 2012 and has since added hundreds of articles on feminine scientists from all backgrounds. While it would be nice if Ms. Temple-Wood went through her career without sexist comments, at least something great is coming from it.
Via NY Mag
No matter how you personally feel about fast food restaurants, there's no denying they are some of the most popular restaurants in all of America. Some might even argue you can tell a lot about someone based on their favorite fast food restaurant. If that's true, then you can certainly make some interesting conclusions about the mentalities and values of different states with this cool map illustrating the fastest-growing chain in each state.
Before you get ready to argue about their results, keep in mind they set up these rules before choosing the winner for each state:
- Each must have at least 40 locations nationwide
- Each must have at least 10 locations statewide
- Increase of at least five stores (except in cases of super-small states)
That being said, I can't attest to the popularity of any restaurants in other states, but the California one seems pretty dead on. I never even heard of Pieology until a few years ago and now it seems they're opening up everywhere.
You can read more about the results over at Thrillist.
Sure, "We are Groot," but it takes a special person to actually become Groot -especially in a full-sized costume. On Instructables, you can learn how to become just such a special person by making your own cosplay. Note that when I say "life-sized," I mean life-sized based on the film, not human-sized -meaning 7'7".
Of course, the project won't be easy, but you might be surprised at how cheap something this incredible can be. And, the end result is certainly well worth the effort.
Many of us remember reading about Clifford the Big Red Dog when we were kids and longing for a monstrously huge dog friend of our own. But the problem with Clifford was that he was quite possibly too big -he couldn't even fit in your house.
But Juji, on the other hand, is just the right size. He's big enough to ride on -like a horse, but still small enough to fit on a couch (though just barely).
Juji was adopted by Christopher Cline and his girlfriend when Chris was going through a hard time. The pup brightened his spirits and soon enough, he started Photoshoping his regular-sized goldendoodle as a jumbo-sized pooch and the results are pretty much amazing.
You can keep up with Christopher and Juji's pictures over on Chris' Instagram.
Via Design You Trust
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