Ricardo Vigil posted this Vine sequence of two bunnies eating greens. Suddlenly they have what could be called a “Lady and the Tramp moment,” but it’s not quite as romantic. In fact, it's just plain awkward. Those are hungry rabbits! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Last week was imgur user TryAnotherPiece's coworker's last day at work - so everyone pitched in to get a cake that's worthy of the departure. The "you are dead to us" message never looked so delicious!
Seems like there's only one Scottish kid in attendance! See if you can spot the one kid that doesn't mind the most gentle, soothing sound ever to come out of a musical instrument. Via Arbroath and reddit.
Camping is awesome, but even the biggest enthusiast will agree that sometimes getting away from it all can be a little dirty. That's where the Road Shower comes in. This solar-heated shower attaches to any standard roof rack and can heat water to temperatures over 100 degrees -adding a little room temperature water can cool it down to a comfortable level. While solar-powered camping showers are nothing new, having one that can be pressurized and that attaches to your car rack is something refreshingly new and drastically better than the alternatives. It can even be used hands free.
Read more about the neat device over at Homes and Hues: The Road Shower Gives You Warm, Pressurized Water Wherever You Go
You may not like Daylight Saving Time, but now you can't say that it's completely useless. In fact, it could've been what foiled a terrorist plot.
The Daily Mirror reported that police thought that an Irish bomber probably blew himself up because he forgot to set his clock forward an hour while planting a bomb.
"This certainly was a high-grade explosive used in this bomb," said the paper's anonymous source. "It wasn't garbage stuff. It would appear the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn't put his watch forward on Sunday [at 1 am] and the timer went off too soon."
The car was destroyed in the blast, but the perpetrator escaped with serious injuries. The local police are seeking information from the public to apprehend the bumbling bomber. (Image: Twitter/@PoloBoy)
Kwasi Enin, a senior at William Floyd High School in Shirley, New York, applied to, and was accepted at, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.
For Kwasi, applying to a competitive college wasn't exactly a gamble. He has an SAT score of 2,250 out of 2,400, which places him in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam. He has taken and scored high on many Advanced Placement exams. He is an athlete, a shot putter, in fact, and his baritone voice can belt out a tune when he's not playing viola for the school orchestra.
Still, he said, "I've never heard of someone getting all eight."
I’ve never heard of someone applying to all eight Ivy League schools. Enin was accepted at four other colleges as well. Where will he go to school? He hasn’t decided, but is leaning toward Yale. Financial aid offerings may sway his decision. Enin plans to study medicine. -via Uproxx
Tech folks are forever talking on internet forums about the dumb problems people bring to them. On the up side, it’s usually easy to fix the problem -sometimes it’s just a matter of turning on the power or something equally as obvious. But then the down side is that if the user was dumb enough to let that happen in the first place, they will be dumb enough to let the same thing happen again. This comic is from Jeff Wysaski of Pleated-Jeans.
There are business people and there are engineers. They almost never overlap, but occasionally they have to deal with each other. In this sketch, an engineer gets roped into attending a corporate business meeting, where he doesn’t quite fit in. It's more like falling down the rabbit hole into a world where nothing makes sense. He’s the expert. He eventually learns what works in this atmosphere -tell them anything they want to hear. This scenario strikes a chord with anyone who’s been in this situation. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
There are some things that are just too much to ask of a child. Daddy, I love you, just don’t ask me to promise that! Anything but that! You know how daddies are protective of their little girls, because daddies were once boyfriends, and they remember it well. -via reddit
When you’re down and troubled and you need a helping hand, someone will invent a robotic one. This strange contraption called the Morale Raiser was unveiled in 1951 to boost a man’s confidence and sooth his fragile ego, but for some reason, it didn’t take off as well as the inventor had hoped. More than one commenter remarked it was because these men were wearing it in the wrong position. -via Arbroath
I don't know about you guys, but if there's one thing my house could always use, it's more storage. That's why I simply loved writing this fun article on shelving units for Homes and Hues.
The designs range from the fun to functional to a little over the top, but one thing they all have in common is that they are all useful when it comes to decluttering your home.
So don't miss the full list of all of these cool shelves over at Homes and Hues: 16 Cool and Creative Shelving Systems
A truck hauling an excavator ran out of gas. What to do? They could have siphoned some gas from the excavator and put it in the truck. They could have offloaded the excavator and driven it to a gas station. Or they could have offloaded the excavator and used it to push the truck. But why do all that, when you can just push without offloading? This scene was recorded somewhere in Turkey.
My husband, a former truck driver, expressed some concern about the truck’s lack of brakes and steering without a running motor. He would have gone with the siphoning of the gas. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
How did this happen? We really don’t know! The motorcycle accident reportedly occurred early Saturday morning in Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil. The news outlet reporting the accident heard several different versions of the story. A couple of versions had the wiring pole on the ground and then standing back up somehow, and others told of a motorcycle going so fast that it launched into the air. There is even confusion as to the nature of the pole, with the electric company claiming it belongs to the phone company, and vice versa. There are more pictures here. -via Arbroath
Would you stay all night in the Winchester Mystery House? The 160-room mansion in San Jose, California, was built by Sarah Winchester in some kind of appeasement to the spirits of all the people killed by Winchester guns from the company her husband founded. It’s a big tourist draw, and soon it may be possible to test your nerves by staying all night. According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal:
A special use permit approved March 5 by the San Jose planning department would allow overnight guests at the city landmark, but it doesn't look like the existing bedrooms in the structure are included in the permit. Instead, a staff report singles out certain structures on the site, including the pump house, caretaker's residence, and foreman's quarters as lodging possibilities.
The target market won't be traditional travelers, but rather those who want the full Winchester Mystery House experience.
"It wouldn't be a hotel type of thing," said Kristinae Toomians in the city's planning department. "Some people just have a fascination with it."
In addition, the city approved converting the existing cafe (a humble affair) to a bona fide restaurant open to the public, not just guests at the attraction. Winchester Investments LLC, the owner of the business, was also granted approval to allow the consumption of alcohol across the entire site (except the parking lot). That will presumably boost the attraction's events business.
Staircases are critical in homes that have more than one story, but they can also be a serious drain on space. In an effort to make the most of the staircase, designer Just Haasnoot commissioned Dutch design studio Mieke Meijer to create a staircase that combines the functionality of stairs, shelves, a desk and a cupboard. The end result is a great place to work that provides a lot of much needed storage all while serving as a staircase at the same time.
You can see all kinds of other great pictures of the staircase and more information about it at Homes and Hues: A Staircase, A Storage Unit and A Desk In One
Katerina Kamprani designed these items to be rather useless. First you laugh, then you realize how weird they make you feel. We are used to products being designed for a certain purpose, but just imagine trying to use these things!
KK decided to create and design for all the wrong reasons. Vindictive and nasty? Or a helpful study of everyday objects?
The goal is to re- design useful objects making them uncomfortable but usable and maintain the semiotics of the original item.
A cat who doesn’t want to exercise needs a little incentive. Dangling a carrot in front of a mule might work, but a cat wants cat food. This one has to negotiate a treadmill to get to it! Notice at one point, the cat seems to try to “fool” the treadmill, but it doesn’t work. I doubt he’s working off all that many calories, but it’s a way to get a cat used to a treadmill. A squirrel in the backyard is a better incentive to exercise, but that’s not always an available option -and it can be bad for the squirrel. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
It’s hard to believe by looking at him, but Kevin Bacon has been acting in Hollywood since 1978, so if he can’t explain the importance of 80s Awareness to Millennials then nobody can.
Let two time Saturn award nominee Kevin Bacon explain to the young folks born after 1985 how the danger of getting nuked by the Russians while skateboarding to the store made life in the 80s one wild ride.
It's a good thing we had those comfy parachute pants on when the Russians invaded...oh wait, that's the plot of Red Dawn. My bad.
Carsten Riewe built an awesome costume for the Karneval Parade based on the Caterpillar P5000 exoskeleton power loader in the movie Aliens. His 13-month-old daughter was the "driver."
The arms and legs are full moveable and the top-light and LED were powered by an 12 Volt battery pack stored in the backpack. The on/off switch is in the left arm. Also in the backpack a Bluetooth boombox ist installed to play mechanical robot sound fx or music if preferred. It took 100 working hours to finnish the costume and I built it for the "Karneval"-Parade in my hometown in Germany February 2014 .
And this thing can dance, too! A good time was had by all. -via Uproxx
Saturday, the Jackson County, Missouri, Spelling Bee finally came to an end -after two weeks and more than 90 rounds of elimination. Or actually, attempts at elimination. The final two contenders, fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman and seventh-grader Kush Sharma, went 66 rounds and spelled their way through the entire list of available words during the initial spelling bee in February. Officials called a delay while they gathered more words. Two weeks later, the two students went another 30 rounds to decide a winner.
"It took us an hour to find more words," head judge Kaite Stover, a librarian at the Kansas City Public Library Central Branch, told Carter of the competition's first day, on Feb. 22. "And we were looking for words that were not completely archaic and uncommon."
But Hoffman, 11, and Sharma, 13, answered the challenge each time, relying on their knowledge of word origins and prefixes to see them through. After more than five hours, organizers threw up their hands to set up today's event.
The judges brought a fresh batch of 200 words to bear Saturday, from a list provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. They also had around 60 backup words just in case they're needed, the library says.
In the end, Hoffman was eliminated by the word "stifling," and Sharma correctly spelled "definition" and will advance to the national bee. But officials should start preparing now because both students will still be eligible to compete next year. -via Digg
(Image credit: Jackson County Spelling Bee)
When Andrew Schoultz decided to create a mural for the Austin, Texas music and arts festival SXSW 2014 he wanted to go big, because they say everything is bigger in Texas. His answer to bigger came in the form of a 3D tank sculpture, which looks like it's crashing through the wall housing his explosive mural.
Andrew built the entire tank himself out of what appears to be painted plywood, and now it’s perched precariously on a wall he painted up just in time for SXSW attendees to look upon with equal parts admiration and fear.
This amazing 3D tank mural was created in collaboration with Juxtapoz and Converse, and it’s sure to make a strong impresson on SXSW attendees.
-Via Street Art News
A standard hairpiece has only one function- to hang out on top of your head and cover up your ever growing bald spot, keeping your scalp warm and covered.
But the hairpiece found on this interactive site by Old Spice doesn’t just sit around like a lazy lump of protein fibers- it plays Huey Lewis songs by request.
You simply log on to the site here, choose your favorite Huey Lewis track, like "Hip To Be Square" or "The Heart of Rock & Roll," and the furry little fellow gets to work cranking out a fairly shaggy rendition of your favorite track.
No tips needed, no two drink minimum-just you, your computer, and a Huey Lewis lovin' hairpiece. Smells like a million dollar idea to me!
-Via Topless Robot
Donkeys may be one of the most stubborn animals on four legs, but when it comes time for them to help a flock of cute little lambies get from the pre-Alpine hills to the plains Of Lombardy, Italy to do some grazing with their woolly family they’re more than happy to assume the role of taxi.
Having donkeys carry a bunch of lambs in specially made saddlebags is not only practical- it’s downright adorable!
We first featured this lamb carrying contraption for donkeys on Neatorama back in 2007, so it’s good to see they’re still putting those lazy asses to work in Italy.
Looking through a collection of historical images at reddit, this one jumped out from the list (which is heavy on World War II photos). These are the nine monarchs of Europe who attended the funeral of the United Kingdom’s King Edward VII on May 20, 1910. They are:
Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel II of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, King George I of Greece and King Albert I of Belgium. Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King-Emperor George V of the United Kingdom and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.
They were all related to Edward VII; George V was his son and the rest were in-laws or cousins. The funeral was also attended by scores of queens, princes, princesses, and other royalty. U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt was there representing the United States. See the photo full-size.
Remember newspaper comic strips? Of course you do -you may still read them today, although you probably do so online. We all had our favorite strips, from Thimble Theater to Doonesbury to Calvin and Hobbes. I recall well when Farley died in the strip For Better or For Worse. It was certainly sad, but while all the other characters aged in real time, Farley had been around for twice a dog’s normal lifespan.
John Green has plenty of other stories from the comic strips in this week’s mental_floss video. You already know about Peanuts, but many of these stories will be new trivia for you. I still miss The Far Side. Is your favorite strip included here?
Have you ever wondered what your favorite super heroes looked like as children? Since we can’t just ask the comic artists for each one, using pictures of the actors who portrayed them in movies is close enough. They were all pretty cute -even J.A.R.V.I.S.! We don’t know who originally put this together, but it was found at Geeks Girls. -via Neatorama’s Facebook page
Blah blah blah! This sled dog is mocking those around him who can’t shut up, but he has the same problem! Now, tell me this doesn’t remind you of the adults who appear off-camera in the Peanuts specials. This video is from Kiruna, Sweden. -via Arbroath
If action figures existed in the mythical era depicted in George R. R. Martin’s popular fantasy series A Song of Ice & Fire they would have looked like these awesome wooden action figures created by Mick Minogue.
The Hound and Jamie Lannister action figures were created for a Song of Ice & Fire inspired art show at LTD Gallery in Seattle, Washington, which Mr. Martin himself will be attending, and each hand painted, highly detailed wooden figures features battle damage features, a blister card and an age approval of 4+ with the note "Suitable for Wildlings".
-Via Topless Robot
The crew of the International Space Station recorded video of the earth on January 30, over Asia at night. As they flew over the Korean Penninsula, you can see the stark differences between countries. Here, South Korea look like a big island, because North Korea has so few lights.
The darkened land appears as if it were a patch of water joining the Yellow Sea to the Sea of Japan. Its capital city, Pyongyang, appears like a small island, despite a population of 3.26 million (as of 2008). The light emission from Pyongyang is equivalent to the smaller towns in South Korea.
Coastlines are often very apparent in night imagery, as shown by South Korea’s eastern shoreline. But the coast of North Korea is difficult to detect. These differences are illustrated in per capita power consumption in the two countries, with South Korea at 10,162 kilowatt hours and North Korea at 739 kilowatt hours.
(Image credit: NASA)
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