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.
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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.
See the full list here
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.
So check out the full list (including what Boxing Day is) over at Mental Floss.
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.
Via Laughing Squid
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.
Get the full details on the contest over at The Daily Dot.
Not everyone likes ice -some people prefer pizza rolls and if you find that you want frozen snacks more often than you want ice, you might want to try this brilliant life hack.
When you think about it, it's kind of amazing that people haven't done this before.
The star of Super Bork World is a cute little fluffball that is pretty much amazing at making theme song parodies for geeky franchises like The Walking Dead or the X-Files. This Super Mario parody is everything a dog-loving gamer could want in life -cuteness and geekiness in a perfect package.
One hunter in Sweden took his dog moose hunting in early October. She ran off at the smell of a moose at one point and he lost track of her. When he found the dog, she was bleeding and couldn't get up. At first he thought she was attacked by a moose, but when he watched the Go Pro footage from her collar though, he was shocked to see she was actually mauled by two wolves.
Fortunately, the hunter found his dog and got her to the vet in time and she recovered. Still, it's a good reminder why even hunters should never let their pups run wild without supervision.
Via Daily Dot
We all get gifts we hate at some point or another, but this year you can trade in those unwanted, unreturnable presents to Burger King and get a Whopper instead. The offer only applies at one specific location in Miami and a few locations in Brazil and London. Don't worry though, if you can't make it there, you can always take a photo of your unwanted gifts and post them on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WhopperExchange and you could get some kind of Burger King gift instead. All the unwanted gifts will be donated to charity.
Memes can say a lot about our culture and the top memes of 2016 say a lot about this past year. From Dark Kermit and F* 2016 to Sad Affleck and Phelps Face, memes capture our culture's overall state of mind and popular culture.
Of course, looking back on the top memes of the year isn't just a good way to reflect on the past, it's also a good way to get a quick laugh. While the list isn't complete (they intentionally left out Harambe), it's a good place to start and it leaves plenty of room for you to leave your own favorite memes of the year in the comments.
So if you're feeling nostalgic, curious or just need a chuckle, don't miss this list of 2016's best memes on Thrillist.
Everyone has their favorite Christmas movie, but it turns out that those tastes are often regional. For example, the Rust Belt seems to love Elf while the West has a soft spot for The Nightmare Before Christmas. Love for Home Alone seems to be spread out throughout the country. So what's your state's favorite Christmas film and does it happen to match up with your own personal tastes?
You can see a break down of the movies and the states that love them here.
Via Mental Floss
One of the great and simultaneously awful things about Disney theme parks is that Walt's vision that the parks will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world. It's great that we can always expect new and amazing attractions, but it's also frustrating when your favorite ride is no longre there.
You can read up on some of the best rides that no longer exist (or are about to disappear) over at Travel and Leisure. Personally, I rode the Cars-themed version of the flying saucers and wasn't very impressed. Have any of you rode some of these now-defunct rides?
Children in the US are obsessed with Santa Claus, but for the naughty-minded adults, one Christmas character is drastically more interesting -Krampus. If you just have to get your hands on some Krampus gear, whether for yourself or someone naughty on your list, you won't want to miss this Mental Floss list.
Better Off Dead was often overlooked in favor of the classic John Hughes teen comedies, but it for those with a dark sense of humor, it's just as good, if not better. For those that love the film, this trivia on Mental Floss is not to be missed as it's filled with all kinds of surprising facts about the movie. For example, the fact that it's semi-autobiographical, including writer and director Steve Holland's attempted and botched suicide:
I went into the garage, and I put an extension cord on a pipe, and I’m on a garbage can, and I’m thinking, ‘Should I do this? Maybe this isn’t a good idea.’ Anyway, it was a plastic garbage can, and my weight just like crashed through it and I fell, and the pipe broke! And it starts pouring water everywhere. And I’m basically in a garbage can, drowning. And my mom comes and starts yelling at me for breaking a pipe, which is what any mom would do.
Another fun fact: John Cusack absolutely hated the movie when it came out though now his feelings have softened a little and he claims he never actually hated it, he just "didn’t really have a feel for it.”
So check out the full list of trivia tidbits at Mental Floss.
Christmas trees are everywhere this time of year, but while a regular old pine tree might be great in your living room, sometimes you want something different when you own a business trying to get attention.
This Travel and Leisure article is filled with fun and unique Christmas trees you might never see anywhere else -like the deer antler one outside a wild game processing plant in Texas or this LEGO tree spotted at LEGOLAND, California.
There are plenty more fun ones on the list, so don't miss the full list here.
I went to a restaurant last week that offered alcoholic punches served in a cookie jar. As it turns out, that's nothing compared to some of the ridiculous serving methods some hipster restaurants are resorting to.
How do you like your ceasar salad? Without cheese with a cruton napkin ring around a head of romaine? Yeah, that's fancy.
And plates are so 2015, wouldn't you rather eat on a shovel, mouse trap or skateboard? Yeah, the restaurant scene is getting pretty damn stupid.
And what is this even?
See the full list of utterly preposterous food trends over at Buzzfeed.
Cutting snowflake patterns as a child is just one of those special childhood memories everyone seemed to enjoy.
But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it as an adult. In fact, it can be a relaxing hobby and easy holiday decoration. It's especially great if you have a pattern that sparks your geek interest.
Fun.com has a huge collection of geeky superhero snowflake designs, each of which has a free downloadable pattern so you don't have to guess how to make the designs yourself.
We love a good ramen here at Neatorama, but one with four servings of ramen, almost 9 pounds of bean sprouts, 24 ounces of broth all coated in chili powder? That's taking things a little far. But eating something on this scale isn't just recreation, it's a challenge.
And if you can take down this big bowl of noodles and broth from The Umakara Ramen Hyouri restaurant in Tokyo, you could earn $438 -if you do it in 20 minutes. Do it in 30 and you can still walk away with an impressive $236. Of course, a challenge like this isn't without its risks and in this case, it's not just the risk of a very, very bloated belly. If you fail, you owe the restaurant $88 for this massive meal.
You can see more pictures of the crazy dish over at My Navi, but be warned the writing is all in Japanese.
Many kids know the joy of jumpking in a freshly-raked pile of leaves, but their joy is nothing compared to how absolutely thrilled this husky is to see such a majestic playground made just for him.
If that pile of leaves was any smaller, Butch would not only have less fun, but he would probably already make way more of a mess, but because there are so many leaves, it's pretty hard to make much more of a mess.
It's not easy to take home a Christmas tree when you're flying an X-Wing, but it sure looks festive.
It looks a little easier in an A-Wing, but there's still no room for a pilot.
Of course it seems a little easier using the USS Enterprise, but those decorations must be huge if you consider that this ship is supposed to hold over 1,000 people.
These delightful geek Christmas displays were created by Allison Kapner and they can be yours if you visit her Etsy store.
Guy Fieri rubs a lot of people (myself included) the wrong way, but the fact remains that he has some truly die-hard fans who follow Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives everywhere. And it's those fans that make it so worthwhile for restaurants to appear on his show despite the fact that it requires them to close down shop for days and make any and all food items available at the host's requests. While Fieri might seem obnoxious on the show, he's actually more muted and likable in person and his rabid friends flock to restaurants seen on the show making them tourist destinations for years to come.
Read more details about what it's like to work with Fieri on Thrillist.
Most people are familiar with Depression-era photographer Dorthea Lange, but while you probably have seen her Works Progress Administration photographs, you may not have seen her photos from the WWII Japanese internment camps. The reason you haven't seen them is pretty simple -they were censored at the time and not released until 2006.
The photographer was hired by the government to document the relocation of Japanese-Americans in 1942. But Lange had a habit of capturing her opinions in her photography and the military commanders did not like what she had to say about the internment.
You can see more of the incredible and heart-breaking images and read what Lange had to say about the camps over at Counter Current News.
Ever wish you could dine out with the cast of Seinfeld? Or maybe drink with the crew from Cheers? Well, you can't. But you can actually go to Tom's Restaurant or the real Cheers bar. Over at Travel and Leisure, you can read up on the real life bars and restaurants spotted in many classic shows and movies. So which one would you visit if you could? Personally, I'd like to visit the Double R Diner from Twin Peaks to see if their coffee and pie are really that great.
Check out the full list here.
Monkeys and primates can't speak. That much is certain. We know that some primates can learn to speak sign language and many can learn to understand human words, but they still can't talk to us. Until now, many people believed that was because they were physically incapable of speach, but a new study by the University of Vienna reveals that primates do have the physical ability to speak, with larynx, tongues and lips capable of it. Instead, they now believe that the problem lies in their minds -they simply aren't mentally capable of understanding how to use language and forming words.
So will they be able to learn to speak eventually? Maybe after another 1000 years or so of evolution.
During the recession of 2007, many statistics said that the economy was actually worse than the Great Depression and while that might be right as far as financial losses, our security nets prevented it from being nearly as bad on a human level. A look at these amazing photos from New York during the Great Depression show just how bad things were during the 1930s.
The article is a slideshow but the pictures are still pretty impressive, so while scrolling through it might be annoying it is worth the effort. So if you have the time, don't miss this collection of historically fascinating photos.
There aren't many details about this image available, in fact, the original source seems to have deleted it, but when you have the chance to see Mario Kart in real life -complete with balloons, you just have to share it.
Via That Goddamn Rat
Sometimes the best thing in the world is a nice, relaxing bath, but you know what could be better? A nice, relaxing bath with an unbelievable view.
Sure, some people might not feel comfortable bathing out in the open, but for those who dare to bare their bare skin, the reward can be very, very worth it.
If you dream of a bath with an unbeatable panorama, you won't want to miss this great Travel and Leisure article with 19 bath tubs with incredible vews.
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