A Rochester, New Hampshire woman ordered a sweet tea and a junior spicy chicken sandwich at a Burger King drive through, but she was handed quite a surprise instead of her order. Once Janelle Jones was on her way home, she realized that the employee at the restaurant had handed her a bag containing $2,631. All but a $100 bill was stuffed into two bank deposit bags. After contacting her husband, the couple decided to return the money. Read the full story, including what drove the two to return the cash and the response of the restaurant at Nothing to Do With Arbroath.
When Juergen Horn was in Iceland for the For 91 Days project, he and Mike Powell visited as many natural wonders as possible, including waterfalls. Now he’s posted breathtaking photographs of a dozen of them, all with links to more information. The waterfall above is Svartifoss, which inspired the design of a landmark church in Reykjavík. Below is Glymur, Iceland’s tallest waterfall.
You’ll also see the waterfall in the movie Prometheus, one you can walk behind, another that looks like lightning hitting the village below, and the one where they saw the Game of Thrones cast working, all at Random Good Stuff.
Hilarious commercials like the one featured here were created in an attempt to convince fragrance consumers of the 1970s and 80s that the product would turn their lives from sedate to sexy. Do any of these jingles bring back memories? Or do any fragrance names give you olfactory flashbacks?
See 14 more commercials, one cheesier than the next, at Mental Floss.
Russet is a 3-year-old English Bulldog who, according to her owner, "enjoys napping, destroying furniture and eating treats." She's also single and looking for a boyfriend (no chihuahuas). Male pups in Denver give her a buzz. Perhaps the new couple can discuss techniques on getting big bones through little doggie doors. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Father and husband Roman Atwood evidently wanted to liven up the day while his wife was away. By the time she returned home, the first floor of their home was transformed into a ball pit, and Roman and the kids were loving every minute. Luckily she had a good sense of fun and humor. Via Viral Viral Videos
The Stock Photobomber (he doesn’t use his name) is an advertising art director with twenty years experience. His hobby is Photoshopping himself into stock images to give them a totally different meaning. Whereas a model was initially triumphant in her ascent to the top of the mountain, after she gets the Stock Photobomber treatment, she’s guilty of murder. A romantic moment gets creepy when a third person is watching. And some are just too strange to describe. See the rest of the images, both before and other the photobombing, at The Stock Photobomber. -via Uproxx
A friendly young seal has become quite popular with surfers and other beachgoers on the shore near Cap Ferret, France. They’ve named him “You.” Here, you see You trying to hitch a ride on a surfboard, possibly because he sees so many humans have fun with those things. See a couple more videos of You, playing with surfers and adorable snuggling up with a Labrador retriever, at Daily Picks and Flicks. Incidentally, You the seal in French is "le phoque You."
Before (l) and after the process of paramedical tattoos
Basma Hameed is what as known as a paramedical tattoo specialist. Her work applying flesh-toned ink in an attempt to render the scars of burn victims less noticeable makes a tremendous positive impact on their lives. Suffering from burns is agonizing and the rehabilitation process is full of painful skin graft operations. In addition to that trauma, patients are often stigmatized due to the appearance of their skin. Hameed's work can make a stunning difference in the looks of these patients. She was especially inspired to help others as she was also a burn victim who benefited from the process. What a wonderful way to help others in need.
Check out the video below and see more before and after images at Basma's clinic website (Not recommended for people especially squeamish about scarring.)
Via Distractify | Images: Basma Hameed
Basma's face before and after tattooing
Does the image of John Candy in that cat dog alien costume come to mind every time you hear the word Barf? Does the word Vespa make you think of a princess from the planet Druidia instead of a motor scooter? Do you imagine Pizza the Hutt is on the other end of the line when you call in an order to Pizza Hut?
Then you have great taste in sci-fi spoofs, and Spaceballs on the brain (which you should probably get checked out).
You may have seen Spaceballs a million times, with the Barf t-shirt and Lone Starr mug to prove it, but there's bound to be some new factoid to discover about your favorite sci-fi spoof on GeekTyrant's 10 Fun Facts About Spaceballs.
For example- everyone knows Michael Winslow did his own voice effects in the film, but did you know the vocal work he did for this hilarious scene saved the production a thousand bucks? Now that's putting your money where your mouth is, Michael Winslow!
Image: Casey Page
A woman gave birth to a set of identical triplet boys in Montana last month. The triplets were born to Jase and Jody Kinsey of Miles City, Montana, who named them Cade, Ian and Milo. Births of identical spontaneous triplets are so rare that the chances of it happening are one in a million, according to Jody’s obstetrician, Dr. Dana Damron. Identical spontaneous triplets are created when the fertilized egg divides and then the embryo divides once more. The healthy babies were delivered at 32 weeks, which is a normal gestation time for triplets.
Read more on this story and see more pictures at the Billings Gazette.
Twitter user @bonerman_inc (I know, I know) ordered an ice cream sundae from a local McDonald's restaurant but got something extra: souls of the damned, right there in the strawberry rivulets (or demon core, your pick) of his soft serve ice cream.
Naturally, he tweeted the ordeal to warn humankind of the impending apocalypse that the "souls of the damned ice cream" heralded. Either that or diabetes so repent, people, repent.
The character Frasier Crane was supposed to be a temporary distraction on Cheers, but he was so funny that they kept him around, and then he got a spinoff series that lasted 11 years. That’s a lot of history for Kelsey Grammar’s psychiatrist character, so there are some trivia tidbits even the most avid fan might not know about the show Frasier. For instance:
2. THEY WANTED TO SET THE SHOW AS FAR AWAY FROM BOSTON AS POSSIBLE.
Once it was agreed that Grammer would continue as Dr. Crane, the creators still wanted to distance themselves from Boston and the whole "crossover syndrome." They knew that the network would insist on having former Cheers characters make guest appearances if the show was set anywhere in Massachusetts, so they moved Frasier across the country to Seattle. The gourmet coffee scene was just taking root in that area, which provided a central meeting place for the characters. The creators didn't want Frasier Crane to work in private practice, since that had already been done on The Bob Newhart Show. Grammer's resonant voice seemed natural for radio, so the concept of a call-in psychiatry show seemed natural.
12. ...AND MOST OF THE Cheers CAST MADE APPEARANCES ON THE SHOW.
Most of the main Boston tavern regulars made appearances on Frasier. Lilith, logically, visited the most since she was Frasier’s ex and Frederick’s mom. Sam, Diane, and Woody all found themselves in Seattle for varying reasons, and a business trip to Boston in Season 9 enabled the Crane family to see the rest of the Cheers gang in one fell swoop. Noticeably absent, however, was Rebecca Howe, played by Kirstie Alley. Alley had contacted co-creator David Lee when Frasier was in the planning stages and informed him that as a Scientologist she did not believe in psychiatry and as a result would not be able to make an appearance on the series. Lee responded simply, “I don’t recall asking.”
There’s quite a bit more to learn, about Frasier, Niles, and all the other characters (and the actors who portrayed them), but especially the most popular of them all: Eddie the dog. Read all 18 things at mental_floss.
Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark Batman!
"To me, a chainsaw is just a 3-D pencil," said Thomas Earing of Maple Valley, Washington to KOMO News. "You start scratching in the details. You try to get shadows. It just starts revealing a surface just like a printer would print."
And to prove that statement, the artist and wood carver has a large portfolio of carved pieces he has made over the last decade, including this beauty: The Bark Knight, a wooden carving sculpture of Batman.
According to redditor ninefivezero, the wooden Batman sculpture is 7 feet tall and is made from silver maple. We are slightly disappointed that it wasn't made from spruce, because, yew know, then the Bark Knight's alder ego would be Spruce Wayne.
As the owner of an unusual name I will attest to the impact a name can have on your life- people comment on your name whenever they see it, you can’t use your real name at places like Starbucks because they never get it right, and folks make certain presumptions about you based solely on your name.
I feel like I got off lucky, but what about those poor souls who will live their lives in constant hatred of the alphabet because their name is an unpronounceable string of letters?
They’re the unfortunate souls who were named "Abcde" by their uncaring parents, and they will carry the burden of bad naming for the rest of their lives, or until they change their name to something easier to pronounce like Bob or Jane.
In 2009 alone 32 children were named Abcde in the U.S., and to date there are 328 sad humans walking around with this alphabetical nightmare of a name.
You can read more about this unusual baby naming phenomenon over at Vocativ, including an infographic detailing the Social Security Administration's findings on how many Abcde's were brought into the world in the last sixteen years.
Photo: Louisa Manning via Facebook
Ever wish you could get even with someone who bullied and tormented you when you were growing up? A woman got her chance at revenge years later, when one of the boys who bullied her at school asked her out on a date.
When she was just twelve years old, Louisa Manning was teased and bullied by the boys in her Cambridgeshire school. One boy, who made fun of her weight and called her "Manbeast," in particular stood out. Fast forward eight years later, when Manning, now a beautiful 22-year-old student at Oxford University, got a surprise when she bumped into her old bully at a university ball and that he asked her on a date.
"My gut instinct was to say no," Manning said to Buzzfeed, "but then I realised what a brilliant opportunity it was, and after bouncing ideas off a friend for a few hours, we came up with an idea."
Manning arranged a dinner at a local restaurant and arranged to leave this note to her date:
Hey [name obscured],
So sorry I can’t join you tonight.
Remember year 8, when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? No? I do – I spent the following three years eating less than an apple a day. So I’ve decided to skip dinner.
Remember the monobrow you mocked? The hairy legs you were disgusted by? Remember how every day for three years, you and your friends called me Manbeast? No perhaps you don’t – or you wouldn’t have seen how I look eight years later and deemed me fuckable enough to treat me like a human being.
I thought I’d send you this as a reminder. Next time you think of me, picture that girl in this photo, because she’s the one who just stood you up.
After posting the photo on Facebook, Manning's story went viral. A local TV station even picked up her story:
Then, Manning got a second surprise: her old bully apologized. He wrote on Facebook:
"Hey… For what it’s worth, I was actually here to meet up looking for a chance to meet up looking to make friends, not because you are very good looking. I guess I had it coming though, and certainly don’t blame you for standing me up.
I can’t change who I was 8 years ago, and I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending that it didn’t happen, but I hope you believe me when I say I’m a completely different person now. I can only apologise and wish you the very best. I guess I won’t hear from you again but I mean it when I say that I hope you have every success you deserve."
There was plenty of support for Louisa and what she did in her Facebook post comments, but did she do the right thing? No doubt that the boy's bullying caused her significant distress - but do you remember all the stupid things you said to your friends when you were 12 years old? What do you think?
Celebrities demand big money for their likeness when they're busy starring in movies and TV shows, but when their celebrity star has burned out advertising offers tend to dry up.
Some celebs have integrity and won't sell out for a buck, and then there are those who don't much care what they're endorsing as long as their face is highly visible to their adoring public. Take a trip down the aisle of the famously fallen, where ten strange examples of celebrity endorsement await you.
1. Stallone High Protein Pudding-
Okay, I'll admit this one made the list mostly because of its horrible name, and Stallone admittedly knows a thing or two about working out. But imagine Sly in his own voice, the voice of Rocky and Rambo, saying "I love me some high protein pudding!" *shudder*
2. Dwight Yoakam's frozen food products-
Apparently chicken is big with country music celebs, and when Dwight Yoakam heard Kenny Rogers was opening his own chicken restaurant he didn't want to get left out of the poultry peddling game, so Dwight Yoakam's frozen food products were born.
There are Chicken Lickin's for those rough ridin' wranglers who like their poultry extra spicy, there are fries that come in regular chicken and pizza flavor, and the gross sounding Macaroni Mouth Poppers.
3. Steven Seagal Lightning Bolt Energy Drink-
Steven Seagal used to be an active guy, who got toned for every movie he made, but since his career has fizzled he has let himself go. One of the catalysts behind his rapid weight gain might be these Lightning Bolt energy drinks he's peddling, which are most likely chock full of sugar and "energy giving nutrients", which make it twice as hard to lose the weight.
Never mind the reality behind Seagal's energy drinks, read these amazing Amazon reviews of the product and discover how it can help you live the dream!
4. Pro Athletes For Oreos-
Professional athletes are supposed to represent the pinnacle of physical fitness, and they train year round to keep their bodies in perfect form, so they probably aren't scarfing down bags of Oreos on a daily basis.
So why did Apolo Ohno, Eli Manning, Shaq and Venus Williams agree to endorse the Triple Double Oreo, a double decker cookie that's twice as bad for you? Something tells me Nabisco has many green presidential friends who helped sway them...
Talk about armed and dangerous! This picture was posted at reddit and labeled “Only in Louisiana,” which doesn’t quite make sense because there’s no shortage of hot sauce at any eatery in Louisiana. However, the vest tells us he’s working outside and wants to be ready for any emergency, even lunch.
You can order a Tabasco holster in denim, although the leather looks nicer. As you can imagine, the conversation under the picture turned to the merits of Tabasco vs. other hot sauces. Several were mentioned, which made me wonder what y’all thought.
Celebrating the holidays with your virtual family is an annual tradition for TV junkies like myself, but this year was sorely lacking in new Christmas episodes, especially in the sitcom world. so I had to go digging in the vaults.
Here are ten Christmas episodes from classic sitcoms of yesteryear, to remind us how good Yuletide sitcom episodes used to be.
1. 3rd Rock From The Sun- Jolly Old St. Dick (1996)-
What could be wackier than a bunch of aliens pretending to be a normal human family? How about a bunch of aliens pretending to be a normal human family at Christmastime! It's 3rd Rock, it's a Christmas episode, it's hilarious!
2. Married With Children- You Better Watch Out (1991)-
Remember how amazing it was to see real life Santas doing amazing stunts and tricks when you were a kid? This episode of Married...With Children will show you how one minor mishap in a Santa stunt will scar you for life!
3. Square Pegs - A Child's Christmas In Weemawee (1982)-
Do you remember that totally radical sitcom from the early 80s called Square Pegs? If not don't worry, because Square Pegs only lasted for a season, and is probably best known for launching the career of Sarah Jessica Parker, but it was a real gem of a show.
Watch this Christmas episode and, like, let those nostalgiac holiday vibes flow, man!
As we get ready to say goodbye to 2014, it's only natural to take a look and see what we did over the year. Certain articles we posted went above and beyond what was expected, and if you missed them, here's a chance to look back with us and catch up on the most popular of them. Click on a title to go to the full post.
Whaddaya know, people love to read about cats! When Guremike showed us a sure-fire way to attract and enclose a cat, people immediately went and tried it out. Then they told their friends about it. So many people were trapping cats and posting pictures of them that we had to round those pictures up to show you.
A banhammer is a metaphorical tool used to silence trolls by banishing them from posting at websites. Woodworker Brian Timmons made a couple of actual, physical banhammers for reddit moderators, and suddenly every website wanted one of their own.
18. Predatory Glow Worms Found In Peruvian Amazon
Wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer of the Tambopata Research Center sent us some nice pictures of a strange critter he found. We posted them on the Neatorama Spotlight blog, and he then referenced the post in his reddit AMA. Thanks, Jeff!
17. Photo Series Reveals The Last Meals Of Death Row Inmates
One of our favorite artists, photographer Henry Hargreaves did an entire exhibit around the selections famous criminals made for their last meals.
Each meal says something about the man who placed the order, and whether they used it to make a profound statement or simply wanted one last chance to chow down the meal will go down in history as part of their dark and mordid story.
As more people work from home, they are dealing with cats who don't understand "work" or "computers." They just know you are home and should pet the cat. The CATable is a work desk with embedded places for cat to hide, explore, and play, keeping him busy while you get something done.
Your kids have caused you problems their entire lives, so it's good to give a little payback. Apparently there were an awful lot of parents who wanted to.
Trees come in all colors, and it just takes a sense of humor to turn a blue one into Cookie Monster! Redditor enhydra-lutris did just that, with a couple of styrofoam balls and a pillowcase for his mouth. Next project- baking lots of cookies to hang as ornaments! Santa might have a little problem taking them away from him, though.
It gets very cold in Scotland in December. Cold enough for ice pancakes! These strange discs of ice were seen on the River Dee at Lummels Pool in Aberdeenshire.
River Dee Team biologist Jamie Urquhart said it was thought foam floating about on the water started to freeze and bump together, forming the discs.
The phenomenon can be found in rivers and in the open sea.
Mr Urquhart, who found and photographed the "pancakes", said: "What we think happened is this - foam floating about on the water started to freeze, probably at night.
"Bits of frozen foam got pushed around in the eddy, and in the ensuing collisions became roughly circular."
There is more to the story of how the discs got their peculiar shape over several days. We could observe the process to make sure, but who wants to stay up all night outside when it’s cold enough for running water to freeze? See more pictures at BBC News.
(Image credit: Jamie Urquhart/River Dee Trust)
There is no end to the strange things people will think up- and share on the internet. A ball pit in a wading pool is an enrichment activity for the mongooses at the Houston Zoo. It’s about as chaotic as you’d imagine. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Birdbox Studio has given us many delightful cartoons, so you’d think their Christmas card would be animated …and it is, sort of. What they have is an old-fashioned flip book animation with music and a special effect at the end. It’s not clear whether this is a single “card” they made to film or whether it has actually been mass-produced. Then again, it could be rigged with a bit of video magic. Either way, it’s gloriously odd and retro. If this is their Christmas card, you have to wonder how much money these guys spend on actual gifts! -via Tastefully Offensive
New York-based illustrator PJ McQuade has been featured previously at Neatorama, the last time for his cool Star Wars Christmas cards. McQuade has expanded the line for this season, which now includes Star Trek, Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Alien, and Game of Thrones-themed ornaments and cards. The illustrations are fun — the artist adds festive clothing to the characters — and very likely to please fans of the franchises. Have a look at McQuade's offerings in his Etsy shop.
Brooklyn, New York-based comedian Jason Saenz has been having fun posting these silly signs all across the metro area. He calls the project Saenz Signs and he has a Tumblr site devoted to it, which says little about his thoughts behind the series. Apparently it's to get him noticed, as well as to make people on the city streets smile. It appears as if he's two for two. Follow Saenz at his website.
Animation fans often wonder what their favorite non-human cartoon characters would look like as humans, and artists who grew up loving cartoons can't help but give the transformation a try, just to see what happens.
People present them in all kinds of styles, from realistic human to totally toonified, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen a collection as large, or diverse, as this list of 25 Non-Human Cartoon Characters As Humans, presented by the staff at Dorkly.
You get to see classic toons like Bugs Bunny, new school toons like Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show, and this extremely strange envisioning of a handsome human Squidward. Okay, maybe we should leave these toons alone after all!
The work of a good conceptual artist will surprise you with something you’d have never considered, then upon reflection you find that it makes total sense in some way. That’s the impression I get from Austria-based German artist Toni Spyra, who takes everyday objects and sees them in a new and creative way. He wants to share that creative re-imagining with you.
Continue reading for more.
In the town of Solikamsk, Russia, there’s a large hole swallowing a neighborhood. The main industry in the area is salt mining, and an influx of water has caused a “failure of the soil,” or in other words, a great big hole in the ground. The soil began shifting in 2005, and authorities responded by evacuating the area, cutting electricity to encourage everyone to leave; so no one lives in these houses. On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being released. -via reddit
The Furchester Hotel is a Sesame Street production for preschoolers in the United Kingdom. To promote the show, Cookie Monster is traveling to the UK to visit the hotel. He’s a little worried about the language difference. John Oliver tries to reassure him, but there are a few differences between British English and American English -one difference is very close to our blue friend’s heart. -via Tastefully Offensive
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