If you've ever worked in retail, then you know just how terrible some customers are. Fortunately, if you want to feel better about your own experiences, there's now a great Reddit thread filled with venting retail workers, some of whom have the worst stories I've ever heard, like this one:
Yesterday while I was helping out in Best Buy, a woman approached me with a pink plastic phone case asking how many txt messages it could store in an inbox....
I said she needed to have a cell phone for that. She clearly did not understand.
After about 10 minutes of trying to explain that the case was solely for style/protective purposes, I sent her over to the phone department and let them deal with her for the next HOUR.
Working at Guitar Center, I have a few terrible stories of my own. What about you guys? Feel free to share them in the comments.
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Technically, if you've seen Schrodinger's cat then you cheated. Well the least you could do is return his box.
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see Dr. Seuss as much of a gamer, even if he were alive today. That being said, a video game based on his art would be epic.
But since that still seems unlikely, I guess we'll have to settle for this delightful take on a Seuss book about Skyrim. The artist, DrFaustusAU also has a few other Seussian works, including a Star Wars one.
Link Via Geeks Are Sexy
Looking for an easy project to try out over the weekend? Well, this list is certain to offer something to your liking. Personally, I want to try painting my high heel soles to make them look cooler.
If you're a true Tetris master then you certainly love these pillows, but it also must drive you nuts to see that gap in the pillows next to the blue line pillow. I don't know about you guys, but I couldn't just sit there without trying to arrange them straight...hopefully the pillows don't disappear at that point though.
Link Via Geekologie
If you love geeky crafts, then you'll enjoy the Sew Nerdy Geek Craft Extravaganza in Florida that starts today and ends on August 11.So far, this is the only artwork I've seen from the collection, but the event is scheduled to feature crafts inspired by Doctor Who, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other geek favorites.
Link Via Craftzine
Link Via The Consumerist
If you truly live for The Horde, then you darn well ought to dedicate everything to your faction -even your toilet time. For more delightful game-inspired bathrooms, don't miss this great Mental Floss article.
You probably already know what an albino is, but the opposite, known as melanism, is much less known. The look is still just as striking though, particularly in the case of the penguin seen above. See pictures of melanistic deers, lizards and more over at the link.
If you love wannabe bluemen who are also nevernudes, then you'll certainly want to cuddle up with this adorable Tobias toy when you go off to bed at night. It was created by Michelle Coffee of Deadly Sweet, but don't expect to buy your own over at Etsy as it was actually created for an art show.
While a lot of people think all bats are creepy, I personally find them cute overall. That being said, these 10 bats still rank pretty low on the cute scale. Take, for example, the hammer-headed bat above:
Maybe “Moose-headed Bat” would be a better name but we've been warned never to insult moose... mooses... meece, whatever. Hey, ever wonder what the unwanted lovechild of Rocky and Bullwinkle would be like? Wonder no longer.
They have a point there.
When you watch a scary movie, it's easy to console yourself by simply recalling that "it's only a movie." The same can't be said of these news stories that are terrifying enough to become horror movie plots. Take, for example, the cell phone stalker:
There’s annoying phone calls, and then there’s what happened to three families in Washington State in 2007. The Kuykendall, McKay, and Price families underwent weeks of harassment that went far beyond your typical obnoxious caller.
It started with 16-year-old Courtney Kuykendall’s phone sending texts to her friends that she didn’t write. Then she and her mother and father, Heather and Tim Kuykendall, began receiving disturbing phone calls at all hours from a raspy voice that threatened to slit their throats and kill their pets. This quickly turned even more terrifying when they discovered that the caller seemed to know when they were and weren’t home, who was in the house, what they were doing, and even what they were wearing.
The family began receiving voice mails that consisted of nothing but their own conversations being played back to them. After a talk with a police officer about the harassment, the caller sent the family a recording of the conversation. When the family installed a new security system, the caller was able to tell them the code.
Even odder, the majority of the calls appeared to come from Courtney Kuykendall’s phone, even when it was turned off. Not that the phone being off stopped the caller anyway, as he was apparently capable of turning the phone on and off at will.
Although the Kuykendalls got new phones, numbers, and wireless accounts on three separate occasions, the calls continued to come. The police admitted that they were baffled while the Kuykendalls’ cell phone provider, Sprint, claimed that the events they were describing were impossible. Experts have speculated that the calls might have been the result of some sort of advanced cell phone hacking combined with a close knowledge of the family.
While there are some theories of how the cell phone stalker worked in the comments at the link, the idea is creepy no matter how it was done.
Everyone loves The Joker and Daleks, but amazingly, if their creators followed their original plan, these are names we probably would never have known about because they were only supposed to appear once. Read about these and eight other villains and how they ended up becoming fan classics at the link.
Guanajuato Mummy Museum
Back in 1870, the cemetery in Guanajuato, Mexico was quickly filling up due to a cholera outbreak. In an effort to help the city make some money and to help control the cemetery overpopulation, a law was passed requiring families to pay in order to keep their loved ones under ground. You could pay 170 pesos at once and be done with the matter or you could pay 50 pesos every year for three years –the option that appealed to many less wealthy families. Those who didn’t pay would have their loved ones disinterred and the mummified bodies were put on display in the Mummies’ Museum. Ninety percent of the bodies buried were eventually exhumed. In the one to three years that the bodies were buried, 2% of them became mummified underground.
The cemetery tax lasted all the way until 1958, but the museum is still open, as it became a popular tourist attraction all the way back in the early 1900’s. Business really started booming though after the 1970 movie Santo Versus the Mummies of Guanajuato featured popular masked wrestler Santo battling the mummies after they had come back to life. These days, the cemetery is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Mexico.
One of the creepiest draws in the museum is the body of Ignacia Alguilar. During the cholera outbreak, people were buried as quickly as possible to prevent further spread of disease. Unfortunately, Ms. Aguilar suffered from a condition that made her heart stop temporarily. While it happened a number of times with no ill consequences, it finally did her in when relatives thought she really was dead and buried her alive. Her body was exhumed facing down, her forehead covered in scratch marks and her mouth filled with blood.
Sources: Wikipedia and Mummy Tombs
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Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
Despite the name, these caves don’t actually contain any glowworms. Instead, they are home to Arachnocampa, a type of fungus gnat that was originally believed to be related to European glowworm beetles. Even so, the Arachnocampa are definitely the biggest draws at this attraction thanks to their lovely bioluminescence. This is enhanced by the silk threads the creatures spin around their nests, which capture the animal’s natural glow, attracting insects which are trapped in the threads, and thus, providing dinner for the gnats.
Tourists come to visit the gorgeous glowing gnats and enjoy the stunning cave system itself, filled with ample stalactites and stalagmites. Organized tours even include a boat ride under the glowing gnats, which seems like the most romantic time anyone could have floating underneath a bunch of gnat nests.
Image Via Tim Parkinson [Flickr]
Bolivian Witch Market
If you’re trying to figure out what kind of critter Bosko is supposed to be, well, he’s a human. In fact, when the animators registered the character at the copyright office, they described him as a “Negro boy.”
At both the start and the end of their popularity, the characters seemed more like characters out of a minstrel show though, particularly after the redesign he was given when Harman and Ising moved the character to MGM in 1933.
Sources: Wikipedia and Gawker
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