Last week, there was a huge forest fire near Valparaiso, Chile. A mama dog found a way to save all 9 of her young puppies. She buried them in a hole, which protected them from the fire. Rescue workers found them there. The puppies are all in good health and are back with their mother. This video shows the moment of their rescue from the hole:
A cat is a musical instrument! Matthew Serge Guy’s cat in particular is highly playable. Open the Catcordion in another tab or window. You can play the keys by tapping on them with your pointer. You can also compress or extend the bellows by reducing and expanding the window of your web browser horizontally. Try it!
Dig that old VCR out of your closet and plug it in. We’ve got a dusty, worn copy of the classic 80s TV show Breaking Bad. The website Stan’s VHS has cassette boxes for television shows and movies that began long after the VHS era was over. Check out similar covers for Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones, and Gravity:
You may have come into this company on the ground floor, but you’ll rise in the ranks. Or just rise up—say, 4 feet off the ground.
A great working environment is one where people feel comfortable being funny. 22 Words rounded up 40 examples of great office pranks, including a stapler encased in Jell-O and a cubicle wrapped in David Hasselhoff photos.
Jess, an artist in Indianapolis, redrew the iconic Starbucks siren as the twelve incarnations of the Doctor (minus the War Doctor, of course) as well as the villainous Time Lord Harold Saxon, AKA The Master. She sells them at her Etsy shop. You can view more of her work, including more Doctor Who and Sherlock fan art, at her DeviantArt page.
It’s sleek, elegant, surprisingly durable, and you use it in the lobby of a Starbucks.
It’s the MacBook Air, a laptop popular not only for its capabilities, but also for its visual design and physical properties. Pinkhouse, a design studio in New York City, used it as the basis for its new toilet seat. Core77 describes why you would want to sit upon it:
It was the brainchild of Tan, who envisioned a toilet-seat chair that would translate the same comfortable experience one spends in the bathroom idly flipping through Instagram to anywhere else in the home. Using a standard store-bought toilet seat as the seating surface, Tan created bent-laminated wooden legs to hold the plastic structure. While the design certainly stirred up conversation in classroom critiques, Tan found himself frustrated with both the quality and shape of the standard seat and wanted to push the design further.
Unlike Instagram, though, this toilet seat does not come with filters.
This gas station in Hollywood, California was built in 1935. It was designed in a classic Art Deco style and was, consequently, featured in movies, including 48 Hours and L.A. Story. In 1992, the City of Los Angeles designated it a Historical Cultural Monument. But that status didn’t stop it from being closed down.
It was abandoned for two decades until now. Starbucks acquired the property and renovated it, converting it from a gas station to a drive-through coffee shop. Starbucks executive Jon Alpert says that the company tried to keep as much of the original material and design as possible. The result of their efforts is beautiful! You can see more photos at Thrillist.
In the highly competitive sport of stadium food, sports concession stands are constantly trying to outdo each other by producing wonderfully ridiculous food-like products. Ideally, stadium food is highly fattening, packed with sugar, and is simultaneously delicious and disgusting. This motive is why the Battle Creek Bombers, a college baseball team in Michigan, invented the Twinkie dog. It’s a hot dog set inside a split Twinkie, then covered with appropriate toppings, such as ketchup, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
Pictured above is Bald’s Leechbook, a 10th Century Latin and Anglo-Saxon manuscript owned by the British Library. It’s a reference manual for what passed for pharmaceutical science at that time. And it’s holding up pretty well, even though it’s a thousand years old. Scientists made a salve using a recipe in the Leechbook. In laboratory experiments, that salve killed the deadly MRSA infection.
The drug is called “eyesalve.” It consists of two species of onion, wine, and cow bile. When prepared according to the instructions, eyesalve proved highly effective in treating MRSA-infected mice. The Daily Telegraph reports:
None of the individual ingredients alone had any measurable effect, but when combined according to the recipe the MRSA populations were almost totally obliterated: about one bacterial cell in a thousand survived in mice wounds.
Researchers believe the antibacterial effect of the recipe is not due to a single ingredient but the combination used and brewing methods. Further research is planned to investigate how and why this works.
Microbiologists at Nottingham University said they were ‘genuinely amazed’ by the discovery.
“We thought that Bald’s eyesalve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity, because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab,” said Dr Freya Harrison who led the work in the laboratory.
“But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was.
Officers Jason Pavlige and James Hodges of Fruitport Township, Michigan stopped a couple in a car. The mother was holding a 10-month old baby in her arms instead of securing her properly in a car seat. The officers realized that this couple couldn’t afford to buy a car seat.
So instead of writing them a ticket, they took the family to a nearby Walmart and bought a car seat. They showed the couple how to install it properly, then left. The incident would have escaped further notice, except that a Walmart employee called the police to praise Officers Pavlige and Hodges for their generosity. ABC News (warning: auto-start video) reports:
“It was only brought to our attention by a clerk at Walmart who saw it and thought they should be recognized,” Fruitport Township Police Lt. Bruce Morningstar told ABC News. “They were doing it on their own without any recognition.”
Hodges says the incident was just another day on the job in the life of a police officer.
“We made the decision that was what we needed to do to solve the issue,” Hodges said. “When we left we went onto the next call.”
“It’s just part of what police officers do on a daily basis,” he said.
A 4-year old girl in Philadelphia woke up in the middle of the night feeling hungry. She wanted a Slushie. Not unreasonably, she decided to acquire one. She got dressed and left her home. It was raining heavily outside, but that did not deter her from walking to a bus stop. When a bus arrived, she boarded. The scene was captured by security cameras.
The bus driver, Harlan Jenifer, called the police, who took the girl to a hospital. Her parents picked her up and took her home. She didn’t get a Slushie and her parents changed the locks on their home to prevent a future escape.
Comedian Hamish Blake has a baby, an impressive array of baked goods, and too much time on his hands. The result last December was that he made a lifelike duplicate of his baby boy. I hope that he later took his bread collection out in a stroller for the whole world to see.
This is Wang Deshun, a model and actor in China. He's 79 years old. But aside from the gray hair and beard, he doesn't look it at all. Shanghaiist reports that last Wednesday, during China Fashion Week, he strode down the runway in Beijing, impressing the crowds with his youthful physique. He wore selections from designer Sheguang Hu's Autumn and Winter line for 2015.
Cosplayer Fangirl Physics made this Captain America costume, which is made entirely of assembled knitted pieces. She doesn't carry the Captain's shield, but she has a pair of knitting needles in her bag to fight freedom's foes.
I would love to see a complete assembly of the Avengers in knitted costumes.
Wildfire Experiential + Event is an event design and branding company in Canada. The owners, Kelly Thorpe and Bianca Knop, want you to think of their company as capable of setting your brand on fire. I mean that in a good way. You know--that customers would think of your brand as one figuratively on fire with excitement, not one that would, accidentally or intentionally, set customers on fire. Unless that's the image you want your brand to project. I'm certainly not judging you.
Anyway, to convey this seemingly simple but actually complex message, the advertising agency Cossette designed Wildfire's new business card. It has a matchbox striker on the front.
Ankixa Risk is an artist and taxidermist in Hamilton, Ontario. She specializes in taking dead rats and posing them in human situations with appropriate clothing and props. Risk uses rats donated by pet rat owners and rats from a local reptile supply company. In the latter case, she skins the rats and returns the meat for reptile consumption. The CBC describes her work:
That presentation varies – one of those “forever friends” is a rat riding a bike. Another is a graffiti artist rat holding a spray can. Next to that is a mounted, mythical Jackalope – a jackrabbit with antelope horns.
“I just realized I’m wearing the same skirt as she is,” she says, pointing to another one of her stuffed buddies.
Spoon & Tamago reports that data scientists at the West Japan Railway Company analyzed 2 years worth of information of a recurring problem: drunk people at train stations walking right off the platform and onto the train tracks.
They anticipated that the drunks just wandered aimlessly onto the tracks accidentally. But security camera footage revealed that they tended to stand up from seats and walk straight off the platform like they knew exactly where they were going.
So the train company is experimenting with a possible solution. Assuming that drunks will move in more or less a straight line after standing up, they turned seats perpendicular to the train tracks. They will see if this results in fewer drunks on the tracks in the future.
Movies sometimes show characters watching other movies--often completely fake. Some of these are clearly worthy of becoming feature films themselves, as illustrated by this supercut made by Screen Junkies. The editors show the best movies-in-movies from South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Scary Movie, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, For Your Consideration, Matinee, Singin' in the Rain, Inglourious Basterds, Home Alone, The Last Action Hero, Grindhouse, UHF, Tropic Thunder, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Simpsons Movie, Funny People, and Scrooged.
Major airlines have developed branded scents to appeal to customers' olfactory tastes and make the travel experience more enjoyable. For example, United Airlines developed a scent called Landing, which it pumps into lounges and jet bridges and infuses into hot towels. It smells like fir trees and orange peels. Suzy Strutner of the Huffington Post reports:
"(The scent) is noticeable, but not in any way overpowering," Krolick told The Huffington Post. "We want to catch someone at a positive part of their experience, and then (they'll) smell this smell and think of United."
It's all part of a United branding initiative to boost the flight experience with all five senses. The airline is also testing a more "modern" style of boarding music and playing with "mood lighting" in plane cabins, Krolick said.
It is inevitable that one day, you will need to produce and serve caramel-covered apples on such a large scale that it will be efficient if not necessary for you to purchase a machine built for that sole purpose. It will not be enough to simply have a pot for melted caramel and bowls for toppings. Those implements could have other uses around the kitchen, too. No, you need Nostalgia Electrics's Caramel and Apple Candy Maker.
It's one of 37 ridiculously specific kitchen gadgets rounded up by BuzzFeed. Most of them have some utility, such as a s'more-making machine and an outdoor espresso set. But it's hard to imagine needing them so often as to justify the purchase, let alone the counter space.
Tony Booth of Dabs Tattoo in Southport, Merseyside, UK put an impressively three-dimensional tattoo on this man's arm. Even as the camera pans over his arm, showing the tattoo from multiple angles, it still appears to be more than a flat surface. The hex pattern creates the impression that he's a holographic simulation under construction. Hex by hex, he is slowly forming before our eyes.
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri recently broke a national archery record in India. At the age of 2, she became the youngest person in the country to earn at least 200 points at an archery competition. She's definitely ready to join Team Arrow!
Dolly comes from a family of archers. Her father runs an archery school and trains her in that art for 2 to 3 hours a day. It's already paid off. The Daily Telegraph reports:
Dolly scored a total of 388 points. She began by firing 36 arrows at a target 15 feet away, then shot 36 more, this time from 21 feet.
The young record-breaker was being set up for bow and arrow stardom “when she was in the womb itself,” Cherukuri Satyanarayana, Dolly’s father, told AFP. Light carbon arrows were made so she wouldn't struggle with their weight when training.
Kara Obsak blew up a lot of balloons for her husband's birthday party. This was her kitten's first encounter with balloons. Thanks to the wonder of static electricity, they adhered to him. And he enjoyed it!
Harry Potter is important to my wife and me; we even used some HP elements in our wedding, so it had to make the clock somehow! The number 7 is featured prominently in the series, and the way his arm reaches for the title makes a 7. But that's a stretch ;)
What other titles would you suggest for the hours on the clock?
Jihyun Park, an artist from South Korea, has a novel approach to pointillism. He burns holes in rice paper with lit incense sticks. When backlit, his works display amazingly rich images of clouds, landscapes, and trees. Park explains:
After reading the books Gulliver’s Travels, Utopia, and Erewhon and seeing the Japanese animated movie Castle in the Sky, I became inspired to develop a relationship between the concept of utopia and the materials that I use in my work. My recent work, Incense Series, focuses on this relationship while searching for the promised harmonic balance that utopia brings.
What you see as joyous, you dog sees as alarming—and vice versa. Brian Boone of Some Ecards altered the covers to 10 classic children’s books so that they reflect a dog’s point of view. Your pup doesn’t think too highly of Dr. Seuss, but anything involving the indoor water fountain has to be good.
The Ämari Air Base in Estonia was once a busy hub of the Soviet Air Force. There’s a cemetery in a forested area of the base. Eric Grundhauser of Atlas Obscura reports that during the Soviet occupation of Estonia, some pilots were buried beneath the vertical stabilizer fins of their aircraft. Grundhauser writes that “the effect almost looks as though a squadron of the ships are burrowing through the ground with their fins above the surface like sharks.”
Upon which I call dibs. This mansion in Westlake, California has 6 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms within its 15,835 square feet. There’s also a tennis court and a pool. The interior rooms, beyond the one designed to look like the planet Hoth from Star Wars, include other marvels . . .