Prince the sloth loves his cat Daisy. Daisy seems to really enjoy an extremely slow ear scratch. It's a match made in heaven! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
100 meter freestyle swimming in a nice, clean, piranha-free swimming pool? That's cute, Summer Olympics! REAL men swim at the brutal Amazon Olympics, where surviving the event itself is its own reward:
Poised on the starting blocks at the Olympics, the 15 swimmers had good reason to feel apprehensive. But the cause of their nervousness was not the race itself – it was the piranhas, anacondas and crocodiles lurking in the turbid waters below. [...]
The swimming events all take place in the murky waters of the Loretoyaco river, a tributary of the Amazon. Waiting for her 100m freestyle race, Lina Castro, a 20-year-old member of the Tikun indigenous community, gazed into the water and considered the hazards. "When the race is about to start I need to be calm and not think about all the things that live in the river," she said.
Toby Muse of The Guardian reports: Link (Photo: Paulo Santos)
Meredith Placko over at Geeks Are Sexy wrote an eye-opener of a post about cosplayers (not just female cosplayers, mind you) who have to endure lewd and inappropriate behavior because of the costumes they wear:
Costumes are not consent. It’s a phrase you may be hearing a lot lately, and one we need to keep talking about. In the past few weeks, the internet has exploded with women speaking up about the treatment we receive at conventions and online. This isn’t a new problem that has suddenly presented itself. The issues have always been there. What is happening now is we finally feel we are allowed to speak up, that doing so will not result in us being ostracized from our community – because we are now acting as a community, a support structure, to create a safe environment for all costumers and convention goers.
A few weeks ago at PAX East an incident happened that would open the door for many costumers to come out and speak up. Meagan Marie, known for her amazing costumes as well as her presence within the gaming industry, encountered a situation that opened up many eyes to the way women are treated at conventions. During a press event, featuring several Lara Croft costumers, a journalist began asking some lewd questions of the ladies. When called out for his actions, he put the onus on the girls; saying that because they were dressed sexy, they were obviously okay with such questions being asked.
Read more about it over at Geeks Are Sexy, including what you can do to combat the growing problem: Link - Thanks Yan!
It's "like Hawaiian Style pizza, but without all the crust." That's how Instructables member crapsoup describes this marvelous mouth-sized bite of happiness. To make it less nourishing, crapsoup made it with turkey bacon and turkey pepperoni. You can find the recipe at the link.
Jen Yates of Cake Wrecks has declared it. The famous visage of Grumpy Cat got rendered into an Easter bunny cake by Julie Freund. Sweet! Link
Psycho Donuts warns:
Before eating the eggs below, make sure to eat the Peep on top first - these peeps are known to protect their nest eggs at any cost!
That's good advice for eating this Easter treat made with Cadbury Easter eggs and what appears to be coconut shavings.
A shelter dog gets a new home in this parody of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme, starring Fido as the shelter dog, and including a celebrity cameo at the end. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. -via Stuff I Stole from the Internet
I love this clever stencil work by an artist unknown to me. It's a utility box in Nordhausen, Germany and I gather one of several in that city inscribed with the words "Game Girl."
-via it8bit | Photo: Kevin Vetters
I've eaten so many oranges during my life. Now I feel like I wasted them all. Who knew such a crafting feat was possible? Follow the apparently simple instructions by Koji Nakamura to make your own orange wristwatch.
-via Pleated Jeans
The caption for this photo in William Middleton's The Interurban Era reads:
Two Fonda, Johnstown, & Gloversville cars suffered embarrassment after unsuccessfully contesting track space in the Gloversville (N.Y.) yard.
And the moral of the story? Never give in to anyone on anything, no matter how small, and no matter how much it costs you.
Scotland's latest tourism ad series features Shetland ponies wearing handmade cardigans of pure Shetland wool. If that isn't the cutest thing you've ever seen! The ponies are named Fivla and Vitamin. Continue reading to see them getting dressed, and see more pictures at Visit Scotland. Link
(Image credit: Rob MacDougall)
When the lid is closed, this truck looks like all the other tankers at Ken Foster's oil delivery company. But this beauty is made to cook meat in huge quantities:
Then, with the push of a button, the whole thing cracks apart, opening like a giant set of aluminum jaws. And inside sits a traveling kitchen, complete with four-burner stove, 42-inch grill and stainless steel prep counter. [...]
Foster, the owner of Hall Oil and grill store Breakaway in South Dennis, first began planning the mobile grill set-up about a year ago, when he was deciding what to do with an old oil tank truck.
He took his vision to welder Gary Webb, of Gary's Truck Equipment in Harwich, and the two began collaborating on a design.
"I told him my idea of how I would like to do it," Webb said. "I also told him it was a gamble — I could cut it apart and say, 'This isn't going to work."
The work was challenging, Webb said. He had to be very careful to ensure that the aluminum tank maintained its shape, so it would fit correctly when closed.
He also had to custom design and fabricate all of the components, from hinges to hydraulic systems.
Like you, I get hungry whenever I see an octopus. But donedirtcheap has made our tentacled friends even more delicious. His Octopizza is baked with a yeast dough and covered with pepperoni suckers. You can find step-by-step instructions at the link.
Just in case you want to carry that funeral home scent around with you all day, there's a cologne for that. I can't imagine that it smells like anything other than carnations, but even so it would remind one of a funeral home. That's just one of the The 16 Strangest Perfumes & Colognes in the World, which include various foods, bodily secretions, fictional characters, and other scents that you'd normally want to wash off instead of put on. Link
(Image credit: Flickr user jaspoid one)
Mallow and Co. is a blog devoted to finding new and ingenious variations of the classic Rice Krispie treat. So far, Summer has made Nutella, blueberry muffin, apple cider, cherry pie and gingerbread versions--among many others.
...and leave a good looking corpse. Prue Eggleston of Lampin Ink in Adelaide, Australia inked this sloth who was born to be wild.
Geographically, Austin is located in Texas. But that's about it. Locals boast of their oddness with ubiquitous "Keep Austin Weird" bumper stickers. In contrast, I was never able to sell more than three "Keep Longview Weird" stickers.
Are you a man moving to Austin? You'll need to wear the appropriate uniform. Cartoonist Jackie Evangelisti has some tips:
Once you’ve embraced your itchy push broom, it is only a matter of time before the stash gets a name and possibly a spot on that sleeve you couldn’t quite afford to finish. The years spent grooming and growing only add to your popularity as you surpass a Mr. Pringles level of thickness and ascend Austin’s invisible ladder. Due to the hoards arriving daily, the longer someone’s been in Austin, the cooler people think they are. Living on top feels magical, but unfortunately this young transient city won’t admire you forever. So go out somewhere classy for a tenth Beardaversary, prepared to bid that decade long love affair farewell. Either that or watch it slowly evolve into a hairy security blanket that won’t fetch any free PBRs that aren’t already empty.
Photo: NRAO/AUI/NSF, K. Golap, M. Goss, NASA's Wide Field Survey Explorer
Photo: Tracy Colson
Holy (Space) Cow! Forget the Space Whale, astronomers have spotted something way cooler: the Manatee nebula!
When scientists took a new image of the W50 nebula in the constellation Aquila, a remnant of a supernova 10,000 years ago, someone at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory remarked that it looks like a manatee floating on its back.
The name stuck, and the W50 nebula is being renamed during a ceremony today at the Florida Manatee Festival in Crystal River, Fla.: Link
A chocolate omelet? Why, sure! There's nothing about eggs that says they have to be paired with bacon, ham, or cheese. And what's in your chocolate cake and cookies? Eggs and chocolate. But unlike a chocolate cake, this recipe is gluten free! It was designed as a sweet breakfast for people on gluten-free diets, but anyone can enjoy it. Make your own with the recipe from Living Gluten Free in San Diego. Link
The backyard figured if the cats have so much fun with this little red dot, they can, too! -via Daily of the Day
It's just two more weeks until the Super Bowl! Beth Jackson Klosterboer has some great treats for the football fans in her house. She made these fritters by grating zucchini, potato, carrot and onion together, then shaping the mixture with a football-shaped cookie cutter. You can find her recipe at the link.
Satellite images can tell researchers where penguins nest even when the birds are hard to see, because they leave a lot of penguin poop. One such image pointed to a huge, previously unknown colony of thousands of Emperor penguins. So Antarctic scientist Alain Hubert took a team out to find them.
They finally came upon the colony at 11 p.m. on December 3, when the sun was still shining during the Antarctic summer. Spread out on the ice were 9,000 emperor penguins, about three-quarters of them chicks. Despite his polar experience, Hubert had never seen a full colony before. "You can approach them," he said. "When you talk to them, it's like they are listening to you."
The penguin colony had selected a nesting ground on an area of ice that is less likely to melt than many spots they could have chosen, which is good news for future generations of Emperor penguins. Link
(Image credit: International Polar Foundation)
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