Nagarjun Bollam writes some disabled people ride on trains in India at steep discounts. Because of the incentive structure, non-disabled people hire them to travel:
Disabled people get 50-75% concession on train ticket from Indian Railways. Additionally, they can take one person as escort who will be entitled to the same amount of concession.
Some disabled people earn their living with this scheme. Their only job is travelling between different cities and taking Strangers (who actually want to go to some city) as escorts. These strangers pay 75% of the fare to the disabled people. Thus Stranger saves money, Disabled person earns profit.
Curious George the monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat have been together a long time. They've been close companions since 1941. But that doesn't mean that they have a healthy relationship.
Far from it. They have serious codependency problems which the Man in the Yellow Hat is only beginning to see. George, of course, is resisting. He doesn't want to join the Man at therapy, just as he's generally opposed to the Man with the Yellow Hat having any sort of meaningful relationship with anyone else. Devorah Blachor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency provides transcripts of the Man's discussions with his therapist:
OK, this time we went out of the house, so really, I’m making an effort here. I took Mrs. Needleman on a European-inspired champagne brunch cruise along the Hudson. What more could I have done, I ask you?
We were just passing Battery Park and had selected a bottle of Gewürztraminer to go with the lobster bisque when suddenly there was a commotion on the outdoor deck.
“Monkey overboard!” someone was shouting.
Well, of course it was George! But you know, I did specifically tell him to stay out of trouble. He promised that he’d be good, but it is easy for little monkeys to forget.
After they pulled George aboard I dried him and let him wear my yellow hat to cheer him up and before I knew it, he was playing the grand piano and juggling chocolate truffles. All the passengers were watching him and applauding. He was the belle of the ball—it was adorable. I think about an hour passed before I noticed that Mrs. Needleman wasn’t there. We found her at the Liberty Bar, already on her fourth gin rickey. It was pretty embarrassing, to tell you the truth. We had to send her home in a taxi after we docked.
No, I can’t leave him at home. That’s exactly what Papa used to do to me. Why, I could never do that to George.
Sure, we'd all like to have a sturdy, permanent guillotine in the home. We'd all like to have a high-qualty piece of craftsmanship that we can pass on to our children. But if you're just getting started--such as moving in to your first apartment--then you also need to save money. That's where the Søkkømb comes in. It's a flat pack, ready-to-assemble execution engine that makes a tasteful contribution to any home decor. Here's how the manufacturer describes it:
Are you full of energy? Have you lots of things to do and too little time to do them? Are you increasingly annoyed by all those criminals, immigrants and petty people who should just be got rid of? Your dynamic, active rhythm demands quick, summary justice and you are the person to do it. Too bad you just don’t have the time.
You are the person we thought aboutwhen we designed Søkkømb, an easily-assembled guillotine for the whole family. A practical solution, quick and clean, ideal for all your security needs. By assembling Søkkømb in the comfort of your own living room, you can relax safe in the knowledge that the punishment will fit the crime. So you can finally be your own boss in your own house.
Søkkømb is made from the best solid pine and comes equipped with a sturdy blade in stainless steel. It is light and versatile and is guaranteed effective for up to 100 executions a day.
Several will be available in European IKEA stores in the future. But if you really want one now, you can bid on one that's up for auction with Paddle8 (warning: flashing images).
The snake saw the centipede as a large meal. The centipede returned the favor.
A herpetologist in Macedonia found this unusual scene on Golem Grad, an island in that nation also known as "Snake Island." A study published by Dragan Arsovski and his colleagues describes it. They suspect that a female nose-horned viper tried to eat a centipede. It got the centipede down its throat, but the centipede fought back, eventually killing the snake.
Then the centipede, sort of like Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, began to eat its way out of the snake. The centipede almost succeeded, breaking free from the snake's body, when the snake's venom finally killed it.
They say that no true Scotsman wears underwear beneath his kilt. To do so would be indecent. But the truth is that it is not the underwear (or lack thereof) that defines the Scotsman. It is what he does while wearing his kilt that makes him a Scotsman.
Peeps are in season and there’s no bag limit, so eat as many as you can. 2 years ago, to mark the birthday of Dr. Seuss, Michelle Clausen of Sugar Swings made these Peeps decorated with characters from his books.
Two German designers, Sascha Urban and Dorothea Wirwall, developed this chair. They call it the “Loungebarrow.” It’s a wheelbarrow with a plywood cover. A comfortable padded chair and laptop computer desk fold out. I can imagine it serving as portable seating in a creative agency’s meeting space.
Fry an egg inside a hole cut into a slice of bread. The result looks something like this. Some people call this dish an “egg in a basket,” a “one-eyed jack,” or a “bird in a nest.” But I was raised in the South, where we learn to speak English properly, so I call it a “toad-in-a-hole.”
Here’s a great variation for Easter. Jessie Oleson Moore made this sweet version by chilling a Cadbury Creme Egg, then frying it in a slice of pound cake. What a brilliant idea!
Hot Sauce and Panko, an eatery in the Richmond district of San Francisco, has a menu that doesn’t make any sense but also makes total sense.
(Note that the menu link above is NSFW for nudity, which is something that I never thought that I’d have to say about a restaurant menu page. IHOP certainly does not have this problem.)
At Hot Sauce and Panko, you can eat chicken wings in a variety of flavors, such as Kentucky bourbon/sorghum teriyaki and sriracha caramel. There are several different waffle sandwiches, including macaroni and cheese with Black Forest ham and chili cheese fries.
But the grand prize for culinary originality must go to the ramen-coated chicken wings. I have no information to offer about them, except that I really want to eat some.
Coloring Book Corruptions is a delightful demonstration of what happens when you combine a sick mind and children’s entertainment. The anonymous artist adds his/her drawings, but alsoinvites you to submit your own.
Content warning: some of the drawings are disturbing. And I mean more so than the examples that you see here.
The City of Boulder, Colorado is hiring a Principal Librarian. From the job description that sounds like a library director position. Most of the requirements are fairly typical, such as at least 5 years of supervisory experience. But one could be a potential disqualifier. You can't be like Irma Pince, the librarian at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series:
This job has nothing to do with being that severe authority figure wandering the hallways of your elementary school. We don't want Madam Pince of Harry Potter's library at Hogwarts; what we want is someone more like Harry himself.
Don't get too excited, Harry. You don't have an MLS degree, so you don't qualify.
What is Madam Pince like? I don't know for myself. I have read only the first book--skimmed it in 3 hours, actually, for a library school assignment. But this extensively-footnoted wiki page describes her:
She was greatly disliked by the students for being very strict and unhelpful in finding books for them.
Well, that's a shame.
An example of her strictness was the fact that she would not allow food in the library, for fear that the books would be damaged, and also disallowed talking, laughing, whispering, sneezing, scurrying, or any other behaviour that might seem at all suspicious in any way.
She keeps an orderly library where students can study and this is the thanks that she gets?
So Ms. Pince is out of the running at the Boulder Public Library. But if you can be a Harry Potter (with an MLS and 5+ years supervisory experience), then give it a shot.
Pictured above is IV Griner, a German Shepherd in New Jersey. Recently, her human, Barrett Griner IV, found a jury duty summons in his mail. It wasn't for him, but the dog.
(Photos: Barrett Griner IV)
An official with the Cumberland County court system said that this was the result of a computer error. Given the similarity between the names of the dog and human, it's an understandable one. The computer probably snatched up Griner's name and enumeration from available records, then reversed them.
Will IV have to serve on a jury? That's unclear, but Griner (the human) suggests that his dog would be a good pick to serve on a cat burglary case.
Maybe. This cat, who was summoned for jury duty and not excused for being a cat may also be a good pick.
The comedy writers at HISHE have produced their best parody video yet.
Obviously Frozen could have had few complications if only Anna and Elsa's parents had demonstrated basic parenting sense. But HISHE goes even further, suggesting a crossover movie that we all want to see.
They could be very hard to use, but perhaps Sergio Garcia’s tricycles could stimulate creative thinking in the children who try to ride them. These are sculptures that he contributed to a recent solo show at White Walls, a gallery in San Francisco. They’re on display there until May 3.
In addition to writing horrifying novels that will convince you to never emotionally bond with any fictional character, George R.R. Martin plans weddings and funerals. Would you like a Game of Thrones-themed wedding? Sign up now and avoid any future divorce expenses.
Warning: I think that there’s a spoiler in this video for last Sunday’s episode. I’m not sure, as I haven’t seen it yet. But I plan to solve that problem tonight.
If the stewardess really wants the audience--I mean passengers--to pay attention while she presents safety instructions, she found the perfect way to do it. The perfected routine of this unknown jokester is packed with zingers like this:
To properly fasten your seat belt slide the belt into the buckle. To release, pull up on the buckle. Position your seat belt tight and low across your hips like my grandmother wears her support bra.
Robin Ayers is an artist in Dallas, Texas. She works with a variety of physical media, including unusual mosaics (such as a baseball bat covered with pool balls). I especially like a series of globes that she has created. She marks out continents by sewing on buttons. Perhaps they're not useful for navigation, but the would look nice in a casual office setting.
Kirin, a Japanese beverage company, released a new ad line in which you can see tiny but incredibly realistic versions of kitchens inside plastic drink bottles. One of them is pictured above. The stove lights up like it's heating. The refrigerator opens and closes. Every item looks just like a tiny version of the real thing. Here's a video showing one of the models:
It's several months until Shark Week, but that hasn't stopped master pancake artist Nathan Shields from dishing up this meaty breakfast for his kids. I'm especially impressed with his shading on the Hammerhead and the Great White. They look quite realistic.
If you love Shields' work as much as we do, be sure to check out his recent video interview about his work.
You had my curiosity at "peanut butter." But you got my full attention at "chocolate chip cookie dough." Melanie of Melanie Makes fried these sweet confections. She made them by wrapping balls of cookie dough in wonton wrappers, then deep frying them. She sprinkled them with powdered sugar and served them with a chocolate ganache. Melanie also recommends ice cream, which is always a great idea.
It's a common complaint by webcomic artists. Yesterday, Zach Weinersmithtrolled a redditor who objected to a comic being posted with attribution. Forgetting to attribute an artist is a simple laziness. But taking the effort to remove the artist's signature? That mentality I'll never understand.
The spice must flow! And for tattoo lovers out there, so must the ink! If you love Frank Herbert's novel Dune or its movieadaptations, then you'll love these tattoos that mark out fans like stained lips show Mentats.
This one pictured above was inked by Joey of Bombshell Tattoo in Houston, Texas on the arm of Clint. It shows a sandworm rising up from the Arrakeen desert.
Dana picked up this beautiful Dunemontage at the Salt Lake Tattoo Convention. It won second place in the sleeve category.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
This My Little Pony plush stands out because it really does look like Elsa from Frozen. The eyes and hair in particular are spot-on correct. The cutie mark is also perfect. You can see more close-up photos here. Hannah, the crafter responsible, used an airbrush to get the snowflake cutie mark looking just right.
To my enormous delight, this comic book arrived in my mailbox on Friday. It's the first issue in the relaunch of Ninja High School, a classic American manga.
Ben Dunn, the creator of the series, first published the series in 1987. Although intended as a one-shot, three-part mini series, Ninja High School was immensely popular--at least by the standards of independent comic book publishing back in those days. Dunn, along with other artists and writers, continued it until 2009.
The story was set in a small town in American Midwest called Quagmire. It featured anthropomorphic skunk aliens, mad scientists, mecha, witches, time travelers, and, as the title suggests, ninjas. Both the art and the story were havily influenced by anime and manga.
It's a great story. When I was a teenager, it was one that I connected to. Ninja High School was, for reasons I find difficult to understand, let alone explain, deeply meaningful to me. Later struggles prevented me buying and reading it--money was just too tight.
It was only 2 years ago that I was ready to return to Ninja High School. I dragged out my long box of issues, read them, then began purchasing the rest of the series on eBay. It's been a joyful experience--like returning home after a long absence.
So I was delighted to learn that Ben Dunn planned to reboot the series through a Kickstarter project. Dunn acquired more than 3 times the money that he asked for. I happily threw in a contribution, of course. As a result, I acquired this copy of issue #176, the first issue in the reboot.
Readers of Ninja High School will recognize old, familiar faces. But #176 is clearly written in such a way that new readers could join in without needing to study the old comics. Just as people unfamiliar with the long-running Doctor Who fanchise could pick up the series fresh in 2005, so can people get started on Ninja High School from issue #176.