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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Two things are certain in a person's life -birth and death. But even though pregnancies are so frequent that literally every person alive has been through one, there's still a lot of things many people don't know about them. Here are ten strange facts you might not know about pregnancy.
Though it's very rare, some women have actually gotten pregnant with a second child while already carrying one. The technical term for this occurrence is superfetation and while it happens in some animals, it's almost impossible in humans as a pregnant woman's hormones are supposed to serve as a natural birth control against additional pregnancies. Of course, the word "almost" means that it does happen. Generally it occurs when the pregnant woman has released an egg a few weeks into the pregnancy, but before the first embryo has implanted and the hormones haven't completely kicked in to stop additional fertilization and implantation.
If you're a fan of the very fantastic Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, then you're undoubtedly aware of how fantastic her roomate Titus Andromedon is. You probably also know that when he says "Peeno Noir," he's talking about his horribly great music video and not the wine that goes by a similar-sounding name.
If his siren song makes you thirsty for wine though, don't worry, the actor who plays Mr. Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) has you covered with his all new wine, Pinot by Tituss. It might be the only wine in history with its own music video.
These days, it's nothing new to see glass viewing areas and sky walks, but riding a clear slide 70 stories up? That's something entirely different -and pretty nerve-wracking. But the US Bank Tower in LA is now proposing exactly that. Would you be up to riding the skyslide? And if you did, would you be brave enough to look down the whole way?
If you are, you'll also have to be willing to spend $33 just to experience the 7 second long ride -so I imagine the slide will be empty much of the time. I think I'll just wait to see someone experience it on YouTube.
Amazon is a strange and wonderful place to shop. If you need a little reminder of how strange it can get, you won't want to miss this great Thrillist article with some of the most terrible items available on the website.
For example, this ridiculous jacket that doesn't just hold vapes, but actually is a vape. There's also Guy Fieri coffee pods, a cellphone shoulder holster and a pillow with a shirtless Nicolas Cage on it. Some of the items are a bit adult, but for the most part, they don't seem terrible until you read the description, so you're probably ok reading the article at work, but just be ready for some naughty items (I'm not going to even go into the picture up top).
Usually political polls are limited to feeling out how voters feel about candidates or controversial issues, but this year there have been some particuarly strange polls. For one, the New York Times polled Republicans to discover that nearly 20 percent of Trump's supporters were against the Emancipation Proclamation.
There are a lot of strange political fundraisers during presidential races, but this year might be the first time you can purchase a weed pipe to support a potential candidate. Bernie Sanders supporter Ariel Zimman has started selling ceramic pipes (and not the kind you use for tobacco) to raise money for her presidential runner of choice -who is likely the most pro-marijuana candidate out there. The pipes go for $30-60 and 10% of all proceeds go to the Sanders campaign.
It brings an all new meaning to the slogan "Feel the Bern."
Nature is simply amazing. From outrageous animals to spectacular scenery, it's unbelievable what you can find out in the big wide world. One of the most impressive attractions are the waterfalls gracing rocks across the globe. Over on Travel and Leisure, you can check out 25 of the most stunning waterfalls everywhere -including the Fairy Pools in Scotland and the Mardalsfossen falls of Norway.
History is cool and all, but it's missing something....furry. Now that's been remedied thanks to artist Christina Hess.
With Hess' amazing talent and ornate style, the portraits really capture the aesthetic of the historical portraits they are meant to imitate. She even has some takes on modern icons such as Steve Jobs and Elvis, which are still as delightfully accurate to the subject matter.
Admit it, you have always wanted the chance to get a call from a turtle. Well, that isn't going to happen, but you can at least help someone else achieve these dreams thanks to Turtlecall. No, Turtlecall isn't going to put a real turtle on the phone and leave the line silent until the receiver hangs up -that would just be silly. Instead, the service promises a call from someone pretending to be a turtle. For only $2, you can give someone that once-in-a-lifetime experience of talking to a turtle over the phone. Here's what that could sound like:
Some people love to get chocolates for Valentine's Day, while others prefer flowers. But some of us prefer plush toys and for those people, this Buzzfeed list is a great source of inspiration for great plush gifts.
There are a lot of women out there who would love to ride Harry Potter's broom and play with Sirius' wand, if your love interest feels this way, you'll absolutely want to check out these funny but all-too-naughty Harry Potter Valentine's Day cards.
There are way more great ones on the Facebook where they were first spotted, including a terrible Rickroll-inspired one.