While it's not something most people will ever have to resort to, there are a few legitamate reasons to fake your own death. Of course, if you do it because you think you're wanted for a crime, it might be a good idea to check that you are actually wanted first:
Bennie Wint thought he was a wanted man, so he went. On the eve of his marriage to Patricia Hollingsworth in 1989, he went for a swim, and never came back. He was presumed drowned, and his fiance, his ex-wife, and his four-year-old son mourned for him. Twenty years later, he was pulled over for not having a light bulb on his license plate, and he couldn't help but confess his sins. He told the police he had slipped away and “had never looked back” because he thought he was wanted on drug charges...It turns out, he wasn't wanted on drug charges after all, so the whole affair was for naught.
Let that be a lesson to all of you who think you're wanted for a crime. Also, if you're going to fake your death, don't go to your funeral...that's just asking for trouble. Read nine more stories of faked deaths at Oddee.
The only things these BBC bank notes are missing are the words, "In David Tennant We Trust." If you've always wanted to have your own geeky currency to use just with your friends then don't miss your chance to print out these British Pound mock ups that were designed for the 2006 Christmas special, "The Runaway Bride," in which The Doctor hacks an ATM to spit out cash in order to create a diversion. There are also 20 pound notes that featuring series creator Phil Collinson.
Artist Chris Carlson makes all kinds of great chalk art, eventually, he thought "Why not Zoidberg?" And now we have this great piece in honor of Futurama's best crustacean as a result.
Did you know Pac Man was originally called Puck Man because "puck" sounds sort of like the Japanese equivalent of "nom?" So how did it end up as "Pac?"
The name of the game, Pakkuman, was inspired by the Japanese onomatopoeia, “paku-paku,” which describes the sound of eating, similar to the English word “chomp.” As the game was brought to market, the title morphed into Puck Man.
But when Puck Man made his way to North America there was concern that the arcade cabinets would be vandalized by making the P into an F to spell something entirely different. A compromise was reached and the game became known as Pac-Man instead. Thanks to the American marketing machine, the name Pac-Man was eventually adopted for the game all over the world.
Did you know it's incredibly easy to turn ordinary Circus Peanuts into tasty, creepy Halloween treats? All you have to do is melt down some green candy melts, flatten the peanuts, dip the candies into melted goo and then stick some squished colored fruit candies on the tips to make toe nails. You can find a full set of instructions at Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats.
Wanna do a fun Halloween craft with your kids that they can take to school with them? Try finding a few acorns, pop off the tops, paint them orange and then draw on the faces with magic markers. Disney's FamilyFun site has the full instructions if you need more details.
This NES-turned toaster is a pretty sweet accessory for every geek kitchen. My only question: do you have to blow on the toast a few times before popping them in to get it to work?
Does your fluffy companion need something warm to wear during Fall? Well if you want to make sure they have a great Halloween costume but are still warm enough, then grab your knitting needles and try your hand at this adorable Dalek dog sweater costume.
At least there will be at my next Halloween party now that I know you can easily color white chocolate fondue to look like a fountain of blood. The best part? Squeemish people won't touch it -so there's tons more for you!
This costume may have been put together for the Glasgow Zombie Walk, but it would certainly work just as well for a Halloween costume. Of course, it would look even better if you switch the plastic brain with a Jell-O brain made with the brain mold in the Neatoshop.
HGTV has a whole collection of DIY Halloween decor and costume ideas, but by far the cutest is this one, sent in by their fan Bratlaw, with a whole load of pug adorablity. If only they gave out these candies at Halloween.
They might not be the most functional nails in the world with all the jagged edges, but they are certainly stylish. I'm willing to bet John would wear these if he were a lovely little lady.
These days any fire stations that actually have dalmatians just keep them around for the sake of appearances, but if you've ever wondered why they chose the spotted dogs in the first place, there's actually a good reason:
In the 1800s, fire engines were horse-driven carriages. Unfortunately, horses and much of the other equipment found in a fire station were a prime target for thieves...Eventually the solution became clear: a watchdog...Horses are not solitary animals...Left alone too long, they grow restless and neurotic. Dalmatians, it was discovered, more than any other breed of dog, formed an amazingly close bond with horses once they were introduced. They also became quite protective and possessive of their equine friends, so it became impossible for anyone to try to spirit away a horse under cover of the night.
Find out more about the bond over at Mental Floss.
Forget heading to the track to catch the horses, instead, grab your pets and some fellow pet owners and throw your own races right at home. Need a little inspiration? Here are a few great pet races:
This is one of the biggest pet racing sports around, in part because it’s sponsored by a major corporation: Wienerschnitzel. While smaller wiener races take place around the nation throughout the year, the biggest event, by far, is the annual Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals in California.
Here’s another pet race with a big company behind it –the National Chihuahua Races, which are sponsored by PetCo. Unfortunately, it seems the company stopped sponsoring the event after the fifth annual competition, which was back in 2009. Sorry all you Chihuahua owners, I guess you’ll have to just organize and participate in your own city-wide races instead.
While most small pet races involve putting the animals right on the track and letting them run wild, hamster racing more closely resembles NASCAR as the hamsters are actually put inside wheels that push along little tiny racecars. While not all of the races involve the cars –some just use balls, but the cars really do bring up the cute level drastically.
Oddly, while hamster racing is generally just a fun pet racing contest, it actually became a real gambling sport in England after a severe foot and mouth disease outbreak led to the cancellation of most horse races in 2001.
If you’re looking to get in on the action, PetCo hosts small, biannual hamster races in most of their stores, but if you’re planning to bet your paycheck, you’ll have to do it with your friends on the sly.
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