There’s a lot going on here. This is the Sink-Wall, a pivoting room divider (also called a “door”) made from 20 stainless steel kitchen sinks. Each sink also serves as a storage or display unit for books or other objects. Lot-ek Architects designed and built two of these units for Edizioni Press in Chelsea, New York City. The users no doubt learned that you can’t pivot a bookcase quickly, or you’ll have to pick up books from the floor. This is just one example of recycling odd castaways into new furniture. See more of them in the post Five Incredible Pieces of Furniture Made from Recycled Parts.
Conspiracy theories don't come much more cold blooded than the Reptilian Elite theory, which states that members of an ancient reptilian bloodline secretly rule the world.
The theory was posited and popularized by former BBC sports writer turned “son of God” David Icke back in 1999, and now an estimated twelve million Americans believe lizard people are pulling the strings.
Believers don't agree on where the Reptilian Elite came from (some say a distant planet, others say they've been on Earth since before mankind), but they all agree the Reptilian Elite are the scaly bastards behind the New World Order.
We know how to trap a cat. But have you ever thought about the anxiety you cause for a cat trapped in such an awful way?
This dramatic video shows the angst and desperation of a helpless cat trapped in a hexagon taped to the floor. He cannot escape on his own, but needs a little help from a friend. Together, they create an opening in the infernal trap and allow escape. Yay! -via Boing Boing
3D printing is slowly but surely being integrated into our tech heavy lives, and it's easy to imagine everyone having a 3D printer or three in their homes to help them do all sorts of fun and useful stuff.
But before the 3D printer can become like every other printer in our home we should take a few minutes to learn how they work with this fun demonstration video by ElectroBOOM engineer Mehdi Sadaghdar.
Note to Mehdi- buy some work gloves you wild man!
-Via Laughing Squid
Take a POV ride on a train with this model engine on a LEGO track with a GoPro strapped to the front! First you think, this is pretty neat. Then you get a little dizzy. Then you wonder how big this house is, and then it goes outside! What a setup he has!
Wasn’t that almost like a thrill ride? By the time it’s done, you’ll have an urge to start building your own track. But you know what’s even more fun? The blooper reel.
Yeah, this wasn’t a perfect one-take video. TrainGuy 659 had to deal with wrecks, pets, wildlife, and more. This is a more realistic version of model train videography. -via Tastefully Offensive
When you're going through a difficult breakup you'll have people telling you cliché things like “it's okay to cry” and “there's no instruction manual on how to handle someone leaving you”, and those people are wrong.
Well, they're right about the crying part, I guess, so long as you're not blubbering in bed for days like a baby.
But the bit about there being no manual is false, because designer Caisa Nilaseca has created a whole series of easy to follow manuals inspired by the instruction sheets that come with IKEA furniture.
Caisa's minimalist manuals are far easier to understand than the IKEA versions, and instead of handing out the same old sad and tired advice her funny little manuals keep it 100% real.
TV shows love to send crews out to remote locations where few humans dare to tread and film the whole experience, because audiences who are stuck at home eat that extreme travel stuff up.
The crews sent out on these shoots expect to find adventure, hardship and plenty of amazing scenery to film, but they certainly don't expect to find an actual castaway while filming!
A documentary crew shooting an episode of Animal Planet's “River Monsters” off the coast of Australia came across a strange sight as they neared an island- a frantic man named Termini yelling “give me something to drink!”
Termini swam out to the crew's boat and happily drank a bottle of water, then told the crew that he's an amateur fisherman who got lost after he left his boat to look for oysters.
He'd been stranded for 60 hours, suffered from heat stroke and swore he would die alone on the island before the crew came along.
The lucky castaway made a full recovery, and the footage was left in the episode so Termini can prove to his friends and family that his incredible rescue story is totally true.
Something is happening in Hollywood tonight. pic.twitter.com/hhDTqOtBx5— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 19, 2016
If his name wasn’t right there in the Tweet, you might not realize who’s sitting in the artist’s chair. Yes, that’s Sir Patrick Stewart, proving his thespian reach by dolling up in drag to promote his Starz show Blunt Talk. Stewart and co-star Adrian Scarborough (also in drag) attended Starz’s Blunt Talk Emmy Panel Monday night.
During the event, everyone's favorite "Star Trek" captain (sorry, William Shatner) defied conventional wisdom by saying that one of the best things about filming fellow panelist and showrunner Jonathan Ames' sitcom was the number of times he's been able to say "I've never done that before."
His drag getup was the latest example, but it was preceded by several others: snorting cocaine for a scene, shooting a post-coital reaction. A fan shouted that Stewart resembled Cate Blanchett; Professor X politely disagreed, going so far as to apologize to the two-time Oscar winner.
See more pictures of the event at Uproxx.
Britain’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) held an internet poll to name their newest research ship. The final results had “Boaty McBoatface” winning with 124,109 votes, which is four times the number of votes the runner-up received. But as you knew would happen, the powers-that-be have nixed the name.
Appearing to drown all hope that the U.K.'s new $300 million research vessel will be named "Boaty McBoatface," Science Minister Jo Johnson says the ship needs a more "suitable" name.
We have yet to hear what that “more suitable” name will be. Former BBC radio host James Hand, who submitted the name “Boaty McBoatface,” said his favorite was “Clifford the Big Red Boat.” I prefer the RRS “Pee-Eee Cee Tee.”
(Image credit: Natural Environment Research Council)
This pic took 85 tries.— Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) November 9, 2015
Someday, those matching outfits will be the reason they put us in a terrible nursing home. pic.twitter.com/4DHaeS4ekT
James Breakwell (Exploding Unicorn) has been called the funniest Dad on Twitter. But it’s actually his four daughters who are the funny ones. Years ago, I tried my best to remember the funny things my kids said long enough to tell my Mom, but today with Twitter and smartphones, they can be instantly recorded. Some of these are priceless.
4-year-old: What happens when you die?— Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) October 2, 2014
Me: You go to heaven.
4: No, I mean when you die, do I get your stuff?
5-year-old daughter: Why does Mom wear makeup?— Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) June 19, 2015
Me: To look pretty.
5: But she's already pretty.
5: Dad, you should wear makeup.
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Rainbow grilled cheese? That just seems like something you wouldn’t want to try. Rainbow foods are usually sweet, or at least that’s what the brain tells you. But this is from Hong Kong, so who knows? The description doesn’t sound too bad:
Sold by Hong Kong’s Kala Toast, the sandwiches cost 42 HKD (around $5 USD). And that cheese you see isn’t just colored — it’s also flavored. The blue is lavender, green is basil and red is tomato; the yellow is actually a combination of gruyere, emmental, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese.
See more pictures of this odd sandwich at Uproxx.
Mica is a brush-tailed rock wallaby at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. She’s been doing her job for the endangered species by giving birth. However, the only male wallaby in the zoo was moved away in March of 2015. Mica’s joey emerged from the pouch about six months later. But zookeepers were surprised to find that there’s another baby in there! The new joey recently peeked out from Mica’s pouch, and appears to be about six months old. How did that happen? Wallaby keeper Tony-Britt Lewis explained.
The birth is the result of a phenomenon known as embryonic diapause, which enables certain mammals to extend their gestation period and time the birth of their young.
The reproductive strategy, which is used by a number of marsupial species including kangaroos, wallabies and wombats, usually occurs when adverse environmental conditions threaten the survival of the mother and her newborn.
“It’s an interesting survival mechanism that allows the mother to delay the development of the embryo in drought conditions or if she already has a joey in the pouch,” said Tony.
Royal Crown Cola, or RC, is over eighty years old. It was an innovative brand that paired well with deep-dish pizza in Chicago and Moon Pies in the South. And RC Cola was still eclipsed by both Coca Cola and Pepsi. Yeah, it’s still around, yet the brand doesn’t spend all that much on promotion, relatively, and it stays out of the “cola wars.”
But the number of RC drinkers could have been much, much higher. In an alternate—and completely plausible—universe, it would have given Coke and Pepsi a run for their money. At one point, it did. Believe it or not, Royal Crown Cola used to be one of the most innovative companies in the beverage industry. It came out with the first canned soda, the first caffeine-free soda, and the first 16-ounce soda. It was the first to take diet cola mainstream, and the first to stage nationwide taste tests.
Given its long and pioneering history, RC deserved to be more than the middling soda brand it is today. In an industry that lives and dies by marketing, RC didn’t do nearly enough. But its failure wasn’t just due to lack of initiative. It was also a case of supremely bad luck, bad judgment, and a fateful ingredient known as cyclamate.
Baby Boomers might remember what happened next, but you probably don’t know all the details. Today RC Cola and its sister brands like Nehi and Diet Rite are still sold, although you may have to look for them. Read about the rise and spectacular fall of RC Cola at mental_floss.
(Image credit:Flickr user pscc.ets)
Vulcans don't know how to party down, throw caution to the wind or act impulsively, which is why they make perfect mates for lovers of logic and those overemotional souls seeking balance in their life.
But before you become bedfellows with a Vulcan you should consult this comic by Maritsa Patrinos of Seasonal Depression Comics and see if Vulcans are right for you.
Side effects include: monotonous speech patterns, drab home decor and a rigorous daily schedule. Daily massages may be habit forming.
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
The 1974 movie Death Wish was violent, disturbing, and vicariously gave people what they wanted: the cathartic feeling of fighting back against the evils of the world. That’s pretty common in movies now, but at the time, that was a groundbreaking concept in film. I recall the rush of seeing Paul Kersey, just a regular guy, get revenge on the criminals who destroyed his family, and then go after other bad guys as well. Then we felt bad about that rush, and had to think about how we’d react in that situation. Let’s look at some of the trivia behind the movie.
3. HENRY FONDA AND GEORGE C. SCOTT BOTH TURNED DOWN THE LEAD ROLE.
Henry Fonda said no because he found the script to be "repulsive." George C. Scott turned it down because of all its violence.
4. CHARLES BRONSON AND HIS AGENT DISAGREED ON THE FILM'S MESSAGE.
"It's the only time Paul Kohner, my agent, ever disagreed with me about a film," Bronson said in 1974. "Paul felt very strongly that it was a dangerous picture—that it might make people think it's right to take the law into their own hands. This is what the hero of the picture does when he wants a one-man vigilante squad to kill muggers, after three of them have murdered his wife and raped his daughter. I told Paul I thought the message was the same there that runs through a lot of my pictures: That violence is senseless because it only begets more violence."
And there’s a lot more to learn about Death Wish in a trivia list at mental_floss.
Relationships are full of hard parts, and if your mind just went to something dirty then yes they're full of those hard parts too.
His mom asked us if we were "dipping winkies" (please bear in mind I'm a female) and said if he ever needed condoms for us to tell her we're "hungry for Hardee's" and she'd know what we meant and wouldn't have to explain further, and that she would either give us money for or go out and buy us condoms. I was fourteen at the time. Found out years later that she became pregnant and had an abortion at thirteen, she didn't want us to have to make that decision, so she really was just trying to be helpful. But it was a little much the very first time meeting her.
But the hard parts of relationships are mostly those stress inducing moments that start on the first date, continue straight through to that awkward first kiss and keep coming when you're married and having children.
But well before you walk down the aisle you have to deal with one major hard part that's chock full of awkwardness- meeting your partner's parents for the first time.
My girlfriend had me over for dinner at her parent house for the first time. Steak dinner with all of the fixins'. I take my first bite, swallow, immediately start choking. I'm so scared that I'm going to make a bad impression, so I took a drink of water to try to wash it down. Didn't work, so after about fifteen seconds without a single breath my face turns red, so I start freaking out an point at my throat. So my girlfriends mom does the Heimlich maneuver and I throw up all over the floor. Her two miniature schnauzers start licking up the aftermath, girlfriend's dad puts his napkin down and leaves the room.
Redditors aren't afraid to share intimate details of their lives, so when AskReddit threads come up concerning this topic you know the tales told will be equal parts bawdy, bloodcurdling and utterly batty:
Brought my first college boyfriend home for Thanksgiving - we were greeted by my parents in full Star Trek uniforms, dad was wearing spock ears, both giving the "live long and prosper" salute. They ordered pizza and the delivery guy asks my dad why he didn't just have the pizza beamed over.
In 1955, Esso handed out a map to help tourists find their way to Florida by turning it upside down! On this map, you are always going “up” even though you’re headed south. The legend says,
Nearly all road maps point North. But we've found that many travelers turn their maps upside when going South. It helps them to know whether to turn right or left. Naturally its hard to read anything upside down.
So Esso designed this special map for those the increasing number of drivers who go south each season. Florida-bound motorists need not turn this map upside down - it's pointed the direction they're headed. Town names, route numbers, state names are right side up, easy to read and follow. Your route South is clearly before you.
Of course, when you're heading back North you'll want our regular Esso map of Eastern United States, on which this map is based. Before you start, or along your way, pick up a copy. Put it in your glove compartment.
Now, before you laugh at people in 1955 not knowing whether to turn left or right, stop for a minute and think about how you use your GPS. That little map is oriented so that you are traveling in the “up” direction. Many online maps are rotatable for the same reason. And cartographers will tell you there is no “up,” and the way we orient most maps is just a convention, not a rule.
But besides all that, the map is interesting for other reasons. You can enlarge it at imgur to see the details. In 1955, there were no interstate highways. There was also no Disney World. And no Cape Canaveral. Our world has changed a lot since then. -via reddit
"Is this nonfiction? Is this just fantasy?"
The staff of the Shoalhaven Libraries in New South Wales, Australia, made a music video to celebrate the end of the school year. They not only sing, but they do a chorus line with their carts, play air guitar, and show off their books to the tune of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
This is typical librarian behavior. Every time I go into my local library (not that I have time for books, but they have a printer), there’s someone behind the desk in costume, and usually at least a couple of people dancing. -via Metafilter
Okay, let’s get this straight. Calvin and Hobbes was a strip by Bill Watterson that ended in 1995. Bloom County is a comic by Berkeley Breathed that ended in 1989. However, Breathed resurrected Bloom County (featuring Opus the penguin) last year on his Facebook page, which is the only place the new version is published. Early this morning, Breathed announced that Watterson was handing over the Calvin and Hobbes franchise to him. Then this strip appeared. Well, it is April Fools Day, and we don’t yet know whether Watterson was involved in the prank. -via Fark
I took my first college courses at the age of six, because Mom got a job and Dad took me to work with him as he taught geology and geography during summer school. I was fascinated by the lesson on how rivers matured. As the coursing water bounces off the banks from side to side, it creates meanders, which widen until they are completely cut off from the main flow, creating oxbow lakes. There’s a pretty simple explanation of the process here.
Fifty years later, we get to see the process happening on earth, thanks to satellite imagery. Google Earth Engine combined Landsat images of the Ucayali River in Peru over thirty years time to illustrate the advancing meanders, which culminate in the creation of an oxbow lake. Read more about this particular progression at Hindered Settling. -via Boing Boing
A blueprint is only as good as the person following the instructions, but even the most experienced builder can have an off day, and when nothing seems to be going right workers will often pack it in before the project is complete.
But when those workers had one simple task to complete and couldn't even get that right they should probably start seeking employment in another field.
Sometimes bad work comes off like a cry for help, because when the work you do seems to indicate you've been drinking heavily on the job site there's nowhere left for you to go but straight to an AA meeting!
There are a lot of stories out there about cops doing wrong, but for every story you hear about an officer breaking the rules there are probably ten stories of police doing something great that you don't hear about. Here are some fun stories of police going above and beyond their duties in the best possible way.
1. The Cop Who Retired in the Best Possible Way
When you get pulled over by the police, you probably get nervous and worry about whether or not you'll get a ticket. But if you happened to be pulled over by Commander Brian Peters on his last day of work, you might have been delightfully surprised to not get a ticket but a gift card.
That's right, to celebrate his last day on the job, Peters sought out people he thought could use a little extra financial help and then gave them $50 gift cards for Target and Cub Foods. He ended up giving out gift cards worth the total of his last paycheck, saying, “The citizens and city have been wonderful to me. I am very blessed, so it feels good to give back.”
2. The Officer Who Bought Groceries for a Mother Caught Shoplifting
Police Officer Mark Engravalle of Roeland Park was called to handle a shoplifting case in July of 2015. The shoplifter wasn't a teen looking for a thrill or someone trying to get a new pair of shoes way out of their price range, but a widowed, homeless mother of six who was trying to steal $300 worth of diapers, shoes and baby wipes.
“What she did was wrong and against the law, but her heart was in the right place with wanting to help to take care of her children,” Engravalle said. So rather than arrest the mother, Sarah Robinson, he offered to pay for the items to help the suffering mother. “Walmart might see her as a criminal, but I just saw her as a mom going through a really difficult time,” the officer explained, though he did still write the mother a ticket as was protocol.
This story has a particularly happy ending as Robinson ended up getting $6,000 in donations sent to the Roeland Park Police Department, which was more than enough to pay for her fine and help her take care of her kids for a while.
3. The Officer That Bought A Shoplifting Father Baby Formula
Bad haircuts are the unrelenting foes we encounter in our quest to reinvent ourselves by radically changing our look, catching us completely by surprise and forever changing our personal sense of style.
In fact, some hairstyles are so bad the poor soul who has fallen victim to the scissors and electric razor might be better off shaving their head and letting it grow out again from the ground floor.
Everyone has a horrible haircut tale to tell, but the measure of a hero is their ability to bounce back from a bad look and become a hirsute hero, inspiring future generations to take chances with their hairdos.
This guy took a chance and shaved the side of his head while keeping the rest long, never knowing that he was sporting the Skrillex hairstyle before it was cool.
While Mickey Mouse, Garfield the cat and Donald Duck have long been the most popular write-in candidates those characters just aren't tough enough to deal with the modern state of affairs.
That's why we need a candidate who knows when it's time to go out drinking with world leaders and when it's time to teach the world our peaceful ways...by force, a candidate like Bending Unit 22 Bender Rodriguez.
Imgur user bigllamas posted these pics taken in his neighborhood with the caption "My neighbor is a graphic designer. And smartass." Well Bender couldn't be any worse than Robot Nixon!
You used to hear about chunks of blue sewage falling off airplanes and crashing through roofs or even hitting someone on the ground. That doesn’t happen much anymore, because airlines use a more modern system, although I can imagine some of the older planes haven’t caught up yet. Here’s how it works, from the folks at Smithsonian.
Bless Lothar and all the folks who do the dirty work that enable us to live in a civilized manner. By the way, when they mention “long haul flights” in which you get two meals, they are talking about international flights. You can fly from one end of the US to the other and not get a meal these days, but few people bemoan the lack of airline food. -via Bits and Pieces
Firefighting is, and has always been, a male dominated profession, and as such many fire stations feel like a boy's club complete with cheeky posters and calendars hanging on the wall.
But one seemingly innocent geological survey map from the "Department of the Exterior" hung on a firehouse wall for years before Imgur user Shinygreencloud noticed its NSFW secret.
Now we can't show you the full image here on Neatorama (click here to see it), but what we can show you is the way cutting out the naughty bits makes it look like an ordinary map.
And if you view it full size and read what's written on the map the dirty joke suddenly becomes clear. Now that's one clever way to conceal smut!
-Via Boing Boing
There’s no need to invest in Oculus Rift or another virtual reality gadget when you’ve got TV and a Dad who’s willing to help out! (Though a commenter did call this “Oculus Thrift”.) Too bad this idea will be shelved when the child gains another twenty pounds or so. Still, she’ll probably remember this adventure for the rest of her life. -via reddit
Adventure Time‘s BMO is a simply delightful character. Completely asexual, adorably cheerful and both a friend and source of entertainment in the post-apocalypse, BMO is the electronic friend we only wish we could have. While BMO may not be real (at least not yet), we can at least celebrate him/her through the power of cosplay and here are some of the most delightful BMO cosplays out there.
See ten widely varying ways people cosplay BMO at Rue The Day.
Why buy a bunch of candy for your Easter basket when you can instead make a Kit Kat that will last you all of April and be too big for any Easter basket you've ever seen? If you want to make your own chocolate monstrosity this holiday, then be sure to head over to Instructables for the tutorial.
Of course, if you really want to go crazy, try making a 15 pound one.
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