Here’s a treat for anyone attending the Texas Rangers’ home games at Globe Life Park, as long as they remain in the playoffs, according to a Tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell. A hot dog with cotton-candy infused mustard topped with more cotton candy. I don’t know anything about cotton candy-infused mustard, but that might be the green stuff in the picture. Would you eat this? Let me phrase that differently. How many ballpark beers would you have to ingest before you’d consider eating this? -via Uproxx
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Visual media has played out all sorts of different post apocalyptic scenarios, from the fantasy zombie kind to the down and dirty nuclear annihilation doomsday, and somehow humans always manage to survive.
But where humans would be dealing with radiation sickness some creatures would hardly even notice the effects of a nuclear war, proving they deserve to be called a survivor.
We've all heard the theory that cockroaches would survive a nuclear blast because they can withstand more radiation than humans, but did you know the fruit fly is even more of a survivor than the roach?
According to Mythbusters only ten percent of roaches would survive a 10,000 rad bomb blast (Hiroshima level), but the common fruit fly can handle up to 64,000 rads thanks to their slow cell division and extremely fast reproduction. That means fruit flies are pesky and persistent!
Martin Vargic is a 17-year-old Slovakian artist who specializes in maps. He created a world map of stereotypes, relying on online forums, TV Tropes (warning: internet black hole), movies, books, and internet search. There are over 5,000 stereotype labels on the globe!
Note “Hipsteria” in Oregon and “Shit hit the fan” for Detroit. Washington, DC is “Baphomet’s Lair.” I was a little disappointed that my part of Kentucky, with all the stereotypes that come with it, is only labeled “white water rafting.” The map is part of his new book Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps: Mapping Out the Modern World. Get a closer view of North America and some of the other continents at Buzzfeed.
Image: Rich Dogs of Instagram
Many luxuries that us "common folk" could barely conceive of as options in life are enjoyed by the so-called one percent on a regular basis. For every inconvenience or unpleasant circumstance that rich people could endure, there is an enterprising person marketing that service to them for a hefty price tag.
The linked article lists fourteen such services that the uber wealthy partake in, in order to make their lives easier or more exciting, to make them more attractive, etc. One such business is Hollywood Pet Mom, the brainchild of "canine well being expert" Lexi Beermann. She offers multiple resources including a 24-hour Puppy Nurse program for $8,000 per month or $36,000 for six months. As Puppy Nurse, Beermann lives with the client's pampered pooch in their guesthouse or at her home. Post Puppy Nurse treatment, the dog supposedly emerges trained and perfectly behaved. A $3,700, five-day "boot camp" for problem pups is also part of the program, a service for which some clients have flown their doggies in on private jets.
Holistic concierge vet Dr. Patrick Mahaney makes $525 house calls and offers in-home pet sitting. The doctor once personally obtained and delivered an international health certificate to a billionaire in 24 hours. This enabled the dog to fly to meet its owners and their $300 million yacht in Turks and Caicos.
Read about more luxury services that cater to the super wealthy here.
Stephen Grant and Lucy Day of East Sussex, UK, were having a bad day. Grant cut off his finger in a lawnmower accident. They couldn’t get an ambulance. The couple put their 3-year-old daughter in the backseat and took off toward a hospital. On the way, their car burst into flames. They pulled off to the side and exited the car. That’s when Spider-Man showed up to save the day.
Tom Roche, a 24-year-old entertainer, was traveling to a child’s birthday party fully dressed in latex as Spider-Man. He and his girlfriend noticed smoke coming from the car before it pulled over in flames. Roche hurried the family away from the burning car, and seeing Grant’s wound, drove them straight to a hospital.
Lucy, who is 22 weeks pregnant with her second child, said, “We’re concerned that a relatively new vehicle with a reputation for safety and reliability should fail in such a dramatic way.
“The fact we couldn’t get an ambulance is worrying. It goes to show there is something really wrong with the care available in Eastbourne.”
The couple tracked down Tom after the incident to offer him and his girlfriend their thanks.
Lucy said, “We are so grateful for their help. He was only a young guy and I think he was a bit shaken up by the whole thing. I really want him to know how much it meant.
Doctors were able to successfully reattach Grant’s finger. Fire officials do not know why the couple's car caught fire. -via Arbroath
(Image credit: Tom Roche via Facebook)
It’s hard to believe we’re already into October- I’m still in summer mode. Maybe you need to get your October vibe going with a taste of Halloween. How about a compilation of Liz Climo’s Halloween comics? There’s a bunch of them in a post at her website, compiled by Tastefully Offensive.
Once upon a time, before computers or even photography, young people in France, Germany, and the Netherlands would keep journals called alba amicorum, which translates from Latin to “friend books.” Young men would use them to document their travels and education, and have teachers and experts write -or draw- in them. They could eventually be used as resumes. Girls made their own books, and had their friends add art, poetry, and personal notes to them. They became a document of events and relationships. There’s more to learn and fascinating images at Messy Nessy Chic. -via the Presurfer
YouTube user Devon Meadows set up a camera to see how much his dog Chazz was barking when Meadows left home. But the human need not worry about Chazz being a noisy nuisance. The dog's housemate, Grayscale the cat, is fully capable of handling the problem. One stern stare renders the dog silent and sorry. Via 9GAGTV
Amanita phalloides, also known as the Death Cap mushroom, is extremely toxic to humans. Consumption of as little as 30 grams of the fungus can result in death. | Image: Ak ccm
While humans have learned new skills in modern times, such as how to operate a selfie stick, we have lost a number of proficiencies throughout the ages that our ancient ancestors needed to thrive in their lifetimes. The linked article at i09 highlights and discusses six such skills with the input of Klint Janulis, an anthropologist completing his doctorate in prehistoric archaeology at the University of Oxford.
One such skill modern peoples no longer have is the knowledge of what in nature is edible and medicinal. According to Janulis, such detailed knowledge would have been passed down from generation to generation. He says,
“That accumulated knowledge of the plant world not only was specific to each ecosystem, but would have contained the nuances of conditions, appearance, and preparation that those of us who study survival and ethnobotany can’t hope to fully replicate without that generational knowledge guiding us,”
The article continues,
Today, the best thing we have when confronted with a similar situation is the so-called “universal edibility test.” This rather imperfect test involves the graduated introduction of a given plant to the body in a series of steps. It starts by placing the plant on the skin, and then introducing it to an abraded area, then lips, tongue, and finally a small amount of consumption. Between each step, the person is supposed to wait and assess their reaction to the plant.
“This method is debated as some plants have chemicals that have a delayed onset reaction and it may take much more time for the toxins to harm you than the test allows, particularly with fungus,” says Janulis.
In regards to medicine, it’s worth noting that some degree of self medication has been observed in other primates as well. It’s likely that humans have been doing this for eons.
Read about other survival skills we've lost to our ancient ancestors here.
When you hear the term “grammar police,” you probably don’t picture real law enforcement officers. What if those cops really did enforce proper grammar? Juliana Gray and Erica Dawson imagined just that when they slipped grammar police into a film noir script. Of course, the buddy cops are named Strunk and White, as in the authors of the reference book The Elements of Style. It opens, as so many police procedurals do, with a crime scene in a dark alley.
It’s over here, detectives. The body was found about an hour ago.
Use the active voice, rookie.
Oh god, it’s horrible. I feel nauseous.
Unless you mean you’re sickening to contemplate, you mean “nauseated.” Now get out of my crime scene before you puke all over it.
It gets better from there. Read the entire episode at The Millions, but don’t let them see your participles dangling! Next, they need to do one with grammar nazis.
If you enjoyed that, here’s a couple of other suggestions from Metafilter: Chicago and Double Negative.
This proud hunter is posing with his catch. Something tells me he went over the limit; surely you can’t get a license to bag that many! Of course, in the discussion at reddit, the vegetarians are coming out of the woodwork to disparage this man’s ethics in hunting poor defenseless zucchini, while others are proclaiming the superior taste of free-range zucchini over farm-grown zucchini.
Whether you call it a soft drink, a carbonated beverage, a soda, a pop or you just call them all Coke there's no denying that soft drinks are appealing.
People often disagree about which type or brand of soft drink is best, but if you live in an area that has a regional brand you'd better at least pretend to like it too, because folks there are probably mighty attached to their regional brand.
These regional favorites are seen as a part of people's lives in these areas, but many residents have forgotten where these particular soft drink brands came from, not to mention why they're so popular in their region.
Take Moxie for instance- it's a big hit in New England, especially in Maine where Moxie has been the official state soft drink since 2005, and yet it tastes a bit too medicinal for most folks.
That flavor comes from the fact that the drink's inventor, Dr. Augustin Thompson, originally intended Moxie to be a tonic that "nourishes the nervous system, cools the blood, tones up the stomach, and causes healthful, restful sleep."
The soft drink craze was just taking off, so the doc decided to market Moxie as a soft drink, and the rest is New England beverage history!
This Manhattan rat knows full well how delicious the cheesy slices are in New York City. They're fold-and-eat heaven. That's why Pizza Rat isn't giving up his newfound slice just because he has a commute to get home. You may be slowed down when danger comes walking along, but keep your eye on the prize, little guy! Via Gawker
This is the best idea for a new contest we’ve seen in a long time. The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is accepting entries only until October first, so if you have a great -and funny- wildlife snapshot, grab it and enter! It has to be an unmanipulated photo you've taken, but it doesn't have to be from the past year. The winner will receive a photo safari in Tanzania and a Nikon camera.
Even if you don’t enter, you’ll want to browse through the submitted photographs. Since there are a lot of them, you might want to start with The Telegraph’s favorites here and here. -via Everlasting Blort
Grief usually makes people look at photos of the dearly departed in one of two ways- either they become the most important mementos in the world, or they get shoved in a box because looking at them causes too much pain.
When Rafael del Col lost his wife Tatiane Valques and unborn child in a tragic road accident back in 2011 he was devastated and left to raise their daughter Raisa alone.
Left trying to figure out how to raise a daughter and deal with grief at the same time, Rafael focused on raising Raisa and honoring Tatiane's memory, and together they overcame grief naturally.
When Raisa was three years old her loving father decided to honor her mother's memory by recreating a photo series shot a week before Rafael and Tatiane were married in 2009, with adorable daughter Raisa standing in for her mother.
The series is an exercise in overcoming grief and paying homage to a loved one who was taken away far too early, and even though Raisa will never really know her mother they'll always be connected by this heartwarming photo shoot.
You’ve probably heard that Australia is overrun with an invasive species: rabbits. Or at least you’ve heard of the “rabbit proof fence,” which incidentally, turned out to be anything but rabbit proof. How did this invasion start, anyway?
In 1859, Thomas Austin made a very small decorative decision with very large consequences. Austin was a British expat living in Australia, grown newly wealthy through sheep farming, and he had most of the trappings of his new lifestyle in place—the bluestone mansion, the horses, the 29,000-acre estate. All he was missing were some atmospheric reminders of his homeland. So he asked his nephew to bring him some English fauna—a bunch of blackbirds, thrushes, and partridges, and 24 European rabbits. Hunting them would make for a good weekend activity, and besides, he wrote, "the introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm."
Well, of course, they bred like rabbits. From those two dozen bunnies, the population boomed to ten billion by 1920. The rabbits eat vegetation until a formerly-lush area is completely barren. They dig warrens that destabilize soil and encourage erosion. They ruin the habitats of native animals. They destroy agriculture. The Australian government has tried several ways to control the rabbit population, with grim results. Read about how rabbits took over Australia (as well as the rest of the world) at Atlas Obscura.
Somewhere along the way weddings became all about what the bride wants, and grooms were assumed to have little to no interest in the planning of a wedding from then on, but weddings in the 21st century are sure to be a bit different.
With the legalization of same sex marriage and more likeminded couples having geeky themed weddings than ever before, weddings are finally being planned the way they're supposed to be- by the couple together as one.
BuzzFeed asked a few of their male staff members to describe their perfect wedding, and as expected they had a lot of fun and interesting new ideas about what weddings have been missing, like pinball and sliders.
-Via BuzzFeed Video
California's drought problem, the worst in the recorded history of the state, has created dry conditions that have been no help in a summer of wildfires burning out of control. This footage from the Valley Fire near Sacramento has thus far destroyed 400 homes and thousands of acres of forest. YouTube user mulletFive documented the destruction he witnessed in his neighborhood of Anderson Springs while escaping the area. Read more about the video here.
Mashable parodies the "100 Years of Beauty" videos with hamster model Joy showing off her sleek, trim figure, glossy hair, carrot-eating finesse and innate sense of style. It's all set to sexy music befitting such a stunner. I don't know about you, but I'm smitten. Via Mashable
Many movies have two or more possible endings before one is selected for the final edit. The chosen ending is often a result of test audiences’ preference, a better idea that occurred to writers along the way, or the decision to open the door for possible sequels.
Screen Rant lets us in on the endings that weren’t used in five movies. Therefore, this video contains spoilers for First Blood, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I Am Legend, Terminator 2, and 28 Days Later. I think if you were ever planning to see those movies, you would have by now. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman | Image: Warner Bros. Television
The popular Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter ran from 1975-1979. Lynda Carter made a lot of people who had never cracked a comic book instant fans of the character. The linked article features 13 anecdotes and bits of trivia about the series. One example involved Wonder Woman's fantastic, bullet-deflecting bracelets:
" 7. WONDER WOMAN'S BULLET-DEFLECTING BRACELET EFFECT WAS ALL IN LYNDA CARTER'S HANDS—LITERALLY
One of Wonder Woman's archetypal powers is her ability to deflect bullets off her star-studded cuff bracelets. Since the TV show aired in the pre-CGI era, this meant some ingenuity on the part of the property master when it came to producing this kind of effect. Special bracelets were created that allowed Carter to control the bullet explosions by means of hidden buttons in her hands. "[The property master] wired, almost like matchsticks, these little loads in the front where the stars were," explained Carter in the TV movie commentary. "And within those stars there were some wires. Those wires went up the back of my wrist and into the palm of my hand ... I would fire them depending on which arm was taking the shot. It was pretty ingenious."
Read more ass-kicking facts about Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman at Mental Floss.
It may seem like a cliche, but when you're driving in a crowded city you need to keep your eyes on the road and be ready for anything, from drunk drivers to unexpected car troubles to flat out operator error.
California is chock full of cars, and with so many drivers on the road you're bound to encounter a few with minds that aren't firing on all cylinders.
The woman in this video was taken to a hospital for a "non injury-related reason" then later charged with driving under the influence of drugs, which she was able to avoid due to "insufficient evidence to support a criminal complaint". Seems like this video should have been evidence enough!
-Via Boing Boing
Steps to survive on a dessert island: 1. check spelling 2. if correct, enjoy— Kalvin (@KalvinMacleod) February 4, 2015
Twitter is full of jokes and frustrated comedians. It's also full of food mentions, since food is one of the most relatable things on the planet. No matter their differences, people across the globe can always level the communication playing field with the mention of a meal. These 37 tweets mix the two — food and funny — with great results.
How has the guy who makes Capri Sun straw openings not been up for a job performance review?— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) July 17, 2012
My refrigerator just walked to my bedroom, opened the door, stood there and stared at me for five minutes, then it closed the door and left.— Chez McCorvey (@CelebrityChez) July 24, 2012
This sweet footage shows a horse who has his girlfriend in mind when he scores a mouthful of hay. She's tied up at the moment and can't gather some for herself, so it's her man to the rescue. Hay, girl! Via Tastefully Offensive
This adorable grizzly cub, while a little unsteady yet in his two-footed gait, seems interested in playfully interacting with the photographer as he passes by. It almost looks as if the cub is motioning for him to come over. Luckily the photographer is well aware that meeting mama grizzly in that situation is hardly advisable. Via Tastefully Offensive
Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock
Sometimes actors in biopics are increasingly challenged when it comes to believability in their role if they don't at least resemble the real life character they are playing. While some actors of incredible talent — Meryl Streep for example — are generally able to overcome such superficial shortcomings, others, especially those who are miscast or aren't as talented, are not.
A grouping of photos at Vintage Everyday shows examples of actors who are lucky enough to closely mifror the famous people who inspired their roles, particularly after makeup and/or prosthetics are applied. See all forty of these comparison shots here.
Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall
Botanist Bernabe Moya and his brother, environmental engineer Jose Moya, are tree experts who were studying an experimental forest in Andilla, Spain. In 2012, a fire swept through and destroyed the 50,000-acre plot. That was a heartbreaker.
But amid the devastation, they saw a sign of hope: a stand of 946 Mediterranean cypress trees, each taller than a two story house, that formed a perfectly square patch of green in the scorched landscape.
Bernabe Moya and his brother Jose couldn’t believe their eyes. And when they told their colleagues about the strange phenomenon, they couldn’t believe it either.
“We will have to find out what really happened,” Raúl de la Calle of the Official Association of Technical Forest Engineers told the Madrid-based newspaper El Pais in 2012. “The cypress is not a very combustible species, but to the point that it doesn’t burn at all. … There is no such thing as a fireproof tree.”
It’s true that the Mediterranean cypress can be burned, but it isn’t easy to do. The Moya and other scientists identified several factors that contribute to the cypress’s ability to withstand forest fires. That led to the idea of growing the trees specifically to protect forests. By planting firebreaks, or carefully planned areas of cypress trees among a forest, fires might be contained to small areas instead of spreading wildly. There are pros and cons to the plan, as you can imagine. Read about the unique Mediterranean cypress at the Washington Post. -via Digg
(Image credit: Bernabe Moya)
This sidewalk is swarming with ants. Someone must have dropped a lollipop. So what happens if you put an iPhone down among them?
Nothing at first, but watch what happens when the phone rings! Suddenly, all ants are marching in the same direction, circling the phone. Why do they do that? Of course, there’s that one ant crawling on the phone -he’s always been a bit different, they say. HuffPo offers some speculation on what may cause the circling behavior. I think it's fear. I always get a slight feeling of dread when the phone rings, because it's always someone wanting me to do something for them.
There are very few ways to qualify someone before you mug them, but thieves often prefer to rob women because they're assumed to be easy targets, an assumption that is often proven to be wrong.
MMA fighter Monique Bastos was headed to the gym with a few friends when a stupid thief tried to steal her phone while riding by on a bike. However, Monique wasn't going to give up her phone without a fight, and the would-be thief ended up with nothing but a hard hitting life lesson.
(Caution- video contains violence)
As you can see in the video, the thief she has locked up in the dreaded "triangle" wished he was dead, and his punishment definitely fit his cowardly crime. Curious about what he's yelling as she chokes him out? Read a translation here
-Via Huffington Post
You are here …and here. This is, apparently, the directions to Schrödinger’s elevators in the Möbius building. Or maybe you are there to meet yourself traveling back from the future, in which case you should run -or take an elevator- to avoid a paradox. Which one? Who knows! With just a few “corrections,” this map went from metaphysical to philosophical to fantastical to portal. -via reddit
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