Are you ready to be the belle of the ball in absolute geek style? If so, you might want to talk to unidentifiedspoon about turning one of her amazing Avengers dresses into a real gown.
While we've seen a few Avengersdresses before (one of which has already even been made a reality), these designs are particularly perfect for a formal occassion, and they even are designed with beautiful jewelry that matches the ensembles perfectly so your outfits are perfectly accessorized.
I'm particularly fond of this Lokie design, which seems like it would be perfect for the character's female incarnation -though I'd still want to sport some horns if I dressed as Loki.
Ordinarily, snow flakes are a peaceful and relaxing sight, but when the snow flakes depict the different houses from Game of Thrones, it's guaranteed to be a very blood red Christmas. We all know that winter is coming though and when you're working with snow flakes and winter, only one house can come out on top and that's the House Stark.
These lovely tributes to the world of George R.R. Martin are the works of Redditor Elizerdbeth and I'm very happy she made them.
We used to complain about the amount of time people spent in front of the TV. Then we complained about how our kids spend too much time playing video games. Then when the internet came along, we complained about everyone spending way too much time on the computer. So with the rise of smartphones, we, of course, complain about how dependent everyone is on their phone.
However, there is a difference with phones. They are so portable that you can use them anywhere, so people do. Rhett & Link wrote a little song about how much that annoys them. Then they want you to watch the video, and share it with your friends. Feel free to use your phone to do that. -Thanks, Rhett & Link!
To mark World AIDS Day (December 1st), LIFE magazine looks at the story behind the iconic 1990 photograph of David Kirby and his family that put a human face on the AIDS epidemic, and showed the world how it affected families as well as its victims. Photographer Therese Frare shares how it came about.
“Early on,” Frare says of her time at Pater Noster House, “I asked David if he minded me taking pictures, and he said, ‘That’s fine, as long as it’s not for personal profit.’ To this day I don’t take any money for the picture. But David was an activist, and he wanted to get the word out there about how devastating AIDS was to families and communities. Honestly, I think he was a lot more in tune with how important these photos might become.”
Frare pauses, and laughs. “At the time, I was like, Besides, who’s going to see these pictures, anyway?“
Over the past 20 years, by some estimates, as many as one billion people have seen the now-iconic Frare photograph that appeared in LIFE, as it was reproduced in hundreds of newspaper, magazine and TV stories — all over the world — focusing on the photo itself and (increasingly) on the controversies that surrounded it.
Those controversies included the use of the photo in a Benetton ad, which drew the ire of activists and others. But you might not know what else happened after Kirby's death. His parents went through it all again, as they became caregivers to the hospice worker who cared for David, when he also succumbed to AIDS. Frare documented his story in pictures as well, which you can see in the article at LIFE. -via Digg
As Movember draws to a close, the heroes of the movement take center stage. One of them, Jonathon Burnside, joins in the fun every Movember to grow a mustache and raise money for men's health programs. In his fourth year with the event, he grew an epic mustache that joined his chest hair to create the illusion of a cat! He said,
‘I just did a handlebar moustache and then cut half of it off,’ he explained.
‘I made a template to get the basic shape. Then I shaved negative space lines for the details, which did not show up on camera.
‘Then my wife did an outline in eye liner, which also did not show up on camera. Then I just went ahead and outlined it in Sharpie.’
What's better than boring old pumpkin pie? Well, if you're a fan of cookies or cheesecake, you might just prefer these delicious pumpkin cheesecake stuffed cookies from Tahnycooks! They even feature a delicious maple sugar glaze on top to tie all those wonderful flavors together. While everyone will expect pie on Thanksgiving, it doesn't hurt to have a few other dessert options, and with something this rich and delicious, they are certain to be a hit.
It's been a pun for years, and now it's a reality. Actor/activitist/internet icon George Takei has turned his catchphrase "Ohhhh Myyyy!" into a fragrance. Set phasers to stunning! From the product description:
George Takei's Eau My is a clean, refreshing fragrance for Men and Women. Subtle and charming, with top notes of mandarin zest, Italian bergamot and fresh ozone transitioning to night-blooming jasmine, white freesia petals and grated ginger. Sensual woods, crystalized amber, soft skin musk, and vetiver will delight you when dry.
If you've ever looked up in the skies and wondered where that airplane is flying to, then these billboards are for you!
British Airways and Ogilvy 12th Floor unveiled a series of digital billboards that "interact" with BA aircrafts flying overhead to tell you where it's headed. The ads use custom technology to track the aircraft and play a video clip of a child pointing up to the plane just as it flies overhead.
Abigail Comber, British Airways' head of marketing, told marketing and media magazine The Drum, "This is a first, not just for British Airways but for UK advertising. We all know from conversations with friends and family that we wonder where the planes are going and dream of an amazing holiday or warm destination. The clever technology allows this advert to engage people there and then and answer that question for them.
"We hope it will create a real ‘wow’ and people will be reminded how amazing flying is and how accessible the world can be."
The first interactive billboard is located at Chiswick and a second one is coming to London's Piccadilly Circus.
Sure, the Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary special might not be a world-wide holiday, but for Whovians, it really should be. Fortunately, if you're scheduled to to work on Saturday during the show's premiere, you can now get out of your office thanks to this Doctor's note written by Tumblr user joebagofdonuts. Whether or not your boss gets that it's a Doctor Who joke or is dense enough to actually believe it is a real doctor's note is something you'll have to consider before actually printing this out and giving it to him or her.
The older a person gets, the more likely they are to believe in the hereafter. I know I often walk into another room and then stop and wonder what I'm hereafter. The truth is that when you stuff your brain full of things like years of education, years of work and family life, and years of surfing the internet, there's not much room left. After that point, anything going in is liable to fall right back out, like what you just did a few seconds ago. Like when you locked the door. This graphic from Doghouse Diaries explains exactly what happens. -via Laughing Squid
Artist Javi de Castro of Lapiz Inestable took Clara Oswald's famous last words from Doctor Who and ran with it: He created this fantastic animated GIF of the eleven Doctor, from 1963's William Hartnell to 2010's Matt Smith, scampering about.
If you didn't think the way Breaking Bad ended, you now have an alternate show wrap-up. This is a featurette on the Blu-Ray version of season five. If you recall the series finale to the show Newhart, this will seem familiar, although the jokes are customized for Breaking Bad. -via reddit
This newspaper retraction took 150 years to see print, but like they say, better late than never. The Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, published a bad review of a local speech which they referred to as "silly remarks" that "deserved the veil of oblivion." That speech was later known as the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the new Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Yesterday, the newspaper published an apology for its earlier review, using the style of the Address as a framework for its own mea culpa.
Seven score and ten years ago, the forefathers of this media institution brought forth to its audience a judgment so flawed, so tainted by hubris, so lacking in the perspective history would bring, that it cannot remain unaddressed in our archives.
They even went so far as to offer the possibility that the 1863 opinion was the result of "strong drink." The paper could be forgiven the original remarks: after all, the president himself said that "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here," which also turned out to be wrong. -via Time Newsfeed
Action, adventure, romance and geekery, somehow the Star Wars theme song invokes all of these feelings -even in those too young to know the film itself. This little baby is either a born geek or the world's first true Jedi. In fact, he'll stop crying if you just play him the Star Wars theme song. I guess we'll know either way if he starts moving his mobile with his mind and convincing his mother that "this isn't the baby she's looking for" when it's bath time.
If you're going to quit your coffee shop job to start your own business, you may as well provide the customers some entertainment as you go! The bosses can't even be mad at this guy. So I did a little digging and found out the story behind the song, so to speak.
His name is Phil Sipka, and he wanted to quit his barista job to start his own non-profit coffee shop in a disadvantaged neighborhood. He enlisted the help of The Steve Harvey Show, which fixed him up with the vocal group The Voices. You can see the entire segment here. The new coffee shop is called Kusanya Cafe, and it should be opening any day now.
How do you make millions of Star Wars fans happy? You take a deleted scene from The Phantom Menace and edit it a little to make Jar-Jar Binks die. And there was much rejoicing in the galaxy.
But then things got back to normal, when the fans realize how easy it would have been for George Lucas to actually have used the scene to get rid of the most hated character in the entire Star Wars universe. And there was a disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in pain, but would never be silenced. -via Viral Viral Videos
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In a fairly recent criminal case in Tennessee, an Assistant District Attorney General asked the judge to make the defense attorneys stop calling her "the Government," even though she actually represented the government, which was charged with prosecuting the defendant. That's the way trials work. The DA claimed that the term was derogatory and prejudicial. She suggested an alternative title of "General R______." The defense attorney, appropriately named Drew Justice, issued a response to the request. He opened with a free speech claim, but then it got better, as the defense came up with acceptable terms for their side. First, the defendant should be referred to by his full name.
Alternatively, he may be called simply "the Citizen Accused." This latter title sounds more respectable than the criminal "Defendant." The designation "That innocent man" would also be acceptable.
Moreover, defense counsel does not wish to be referred to as a "lawyer," or a "defense attorney." Those terms are substantially more prejudicial than probative. See Tenn. R. Evid. 403. Rather, counsel for the Citizen Accused should be referred to primarily as the "Defender of the Innocent." This title seems particularly appropriate, because every Citizen Accused is presumed innocent.
Alternatively, counsel would also accept the designation "Guardian of the Realm."
Further, the Citizen Accused humbly requests an appropriate military title for his own representative, to match that of the opposing counsel. Whenever addressed by name, the name "Captain Justice" will be appropriate. While less impressive than "General," still, the more humble term seems suitable. After all, the Captain represents only a Citizen Accused, whereas the General represents an entire State.
There's more to the response. Ya know, if the word "government" has become so derogatory as to prejudice a jury, maybe the government should do something about its reputation instead of hiding its role. Read the whole story at Lowering the Bar. -via Metafilter
At the Open Cup in St. Petersburg, Russian bodybuilder Vadim Skornyakov spiced up his pose routine with a funny lip-sync and dance. His body says, "Muscles!" while his face says, "Let's have fun!" The crowd loved it! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
For some of these big-name personalities, spying taught them the skills that made them famous; for others, being famous made them the perfect spies.
1. Roald Dahl: The Ladies’ Man Who Fell in Love with Writing
Long before he wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl was a fighter pilot for the British Royal Air Force during World War II. But after sustaining several injuries in a horrific crash in 1940—including a fractured skull and temporary blindness—Dahl was rendered unable to fly. In 1942, he was transferred to a desk job at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Dahl quickly charmed his way into high society and became so popular among D.C. ladies that British intelligence came up with a whole new role for him: seducing powerful women and using them to promote Britain’s interests in America.
It wasn’t all fun and games, though. Clare Booth Luce, a prominent U.S. Representative and isolationist who was married to Time magazine founder Henry Luce, was so frisky in the bedroom that Dahl begged to be let off the assignment. In the end, however, his work with the ladies paid off. Dahl managed to not only rally support for Britain at a time when many prominent Americans didn’t want the country to enter the war, but he also managed to pass valuable stolen documents to the British government. Dahl’s stint in D.C. also helped him realize his talent for writing; it was a skill he discovered while penning propaganda for American newspapers.
2. Ian Fleming: The Armchair Spy
By trade, author Ian Fleming was a journalist with a sharp memory and a keen eye for detail. In fact, he created James Bond, his famed international man of mystery, by plundering his own experiences as a spy.
During World War II, Fleming put his writing talents to use as part of British Naval Intelligence. Although he looked the part of Bond—tall, blue-eyed, and dapper—Fleming worked a desk job. He managed communications between the British Admiralty and the branch of intelligence tasked with sabotage behind enemy lines. Fleming was good at what he did. Not surprisingly, he proved particularly adept at conceiving outlandish spy schemes familiar to Bond fans.
Fleming’s work eventually extended to the United States. He was responsible for helping to create an American organization focused on international intelligence gathering. In 1941, he drew up a detailed chart for the chief of the OSS, showing how the new organization should be run. For his efforts, he was awarded an engraved .38 Colt Police Positive revolver.
Despite being a desk jockey, Fleming did get to witness one active operation—a break-in at the Japanese Consul General’s office at Rockefeller Center. As Fleming watched, British operatives sneaked into the office, cracked a safe, and made copies of the Japanese codebooks. Fleming later used the incident for Bond’s assignment in his first 007 book, Casino Royale.
3. Lucky Luciano: The Mobster with the Heart of a Patriot
As head of the Genovese crime family, Charles “Lucky” Luciano did more for organized crime than any other mobster of his generation. Luciano smoothed out the Mafia’s rough edges and turned families of thugs into well-oiled, organized-crime machines. Not only that, but Lucky also embodied the gangster image—palling around with Frank Sinatra and giving girls $100 bills just for smiling. With a track record like that, it’s no wonder he ended up working for U.S. intelligence.
The story goes like this: In 1936, Luciano was convicted on 62 counts of “compulsory prostitution” and sentenced to 30 to 50 years in prison. But while he was incarcerated, the government discovered that it needed his help. In 1942, a French ocean liner, the Normandie, was being converted into a troop transport ship when it suddenly caught fire and sank. American officials suspected sabotage. But the dockworkers, who were under the Mafia’s thumb, refused to spill any information. The government needed an in, and Luciano was the key.
Did Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes out of thin air? Elementary, my dear Neatoramanauts, he did not. Meet the real life inspiration for Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Joseph Bell, a physician and lecturer at the medical school of the University of Edinburgh.
Conan Doyle met Bell in 1877 while he was studying to be a physician. Later, Bell would appoint Conan Doyle as his clerk, which allowed the author plenty of opportunities to learn about Bell's legendary deductive abilities (somewhat similar to playing Dr. Watson to Bell's Sherlock Holmes.)
Bell emphasized the importance of close observation when making medical diagnosis - to demonstrate this, he would often pick a stranger and deduce the man's occupation and recent activities by observation alone.
In the book Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle, author Daniel Stashower illustrated Bell's observation skills: Bell was able to tell that a man was an alcoholic by observing that he habitually carried a flask in the inside breast pocket of his coat, and that another man was a cobbler by seeing that the inside of the knee of the man's trousers was worn (that's where the man had rested the lapstone - a tool used by cobblers to condition leather). Bell was able to discern different accents to deduce a man's origin. He was also able to tell the difference between hand calluses of a carpenter from a mason, and the difference in the walking gait of a solider and a sailor.
Conan Doyle recounted this celebrated example of Bell's abilities when a patient whom Bell had never seen or talked to before came forward:
"Well, my man," Bell said, after a quick glance at the patient, "you've served in the army."
"Aye, sir," the patient replied.
"Not long discharged?"
"A Highland regiment?"
"A non-com officer?"
"Stationed at Barbados?"
Bell turned to his bewildered students. "You see, gentlemen," he explained, "the man was a respectful man but did not remove his hat. They do not in the army, but he would have learned civilians ways had he been long discharged. He has an air of authority and he is obviously Scottish. As to Barbados, his complaint is elephantiasis, which is West Indian and not British, and the Scottish regiments are at present in that particular island."
For Bell, observation skills are integral to become a great doctor. "In teaching the treatment of disease and accident," he said, "all careful teachers have first to show the students how to recognize accurately the case. The recognition depends in great measure on the accurate and rapid appreciation of small points in which the diseased differs from the healthy state. In fact, the student must be taught to observe."
Conan Doyle acknowledged Bell's influence in the creation of Sherlock Holmes, when he wrote a letter to his old university professor, "It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes ... round the centre of deduction and inference and observation which I have heard you inculcate I have tried to build up a man."
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I guess we should be able to recognize Sir Patrick Stewart out and about tonight for the Halloween festivities! He posted this just this afternoon. Wouldn't it be great to run into him at a seafood restaurant dressed like this?
Well, no need to be sorry at all, guys. After all, tofu and kale ain't what got Americans (USA! USA!) to be number one in the world in heft and girth.
The Deep-Fried Twinkie Burger features a custom-blended pork belly patty, layered with melted American cheese and extra bacon, gently cushioned between two crispy creme-filled buns made from, like the name says, deep-fried Twinkies.
The gut-busting burger is the latest in a long string of bold burger creations by the Philadelphia eatery. PYT has previously featured culinary marvels such as the Korean Fried Chicken Burger, the Buffalo Shrimp Burger, Kielbasa Pretzel Burger, the Buff Mac 'N Cheese Burger, the Spaghetti Burger and plenty more.
BRB - gotta book a trip to Philly!
In the meanwhile, take a look at PYT's previous creations and weep:
We recently spotted a bride and groom to be getting slaughtered by Jason, but if that still wasn't a gory enough couple, perhaps you'd prefer this great wedding cake featuring both the bride and the groom decapitated. Now that's romantic. After all, few people really mean "til' death do us part" when they say it in their vows.
The lovely bride and groom held their wedding at the famous Alamo Drafthouse, which seems an ideal venue for such an "alternative" wedding couple.
You hear about people donating a kidney to their spouse, but this story has that backward. Kyle Froelich lived with a fatal kidney disorder since he was twelve years old. By the time he was 19, he desperately needed a kidney transplant, but the willing donors among his family and friends were never a match. Then he met Chelsea Clair, and within a few hours of knowing each other, she offered her own kidney. She proved to be a perfect match, and the transplant was carried out six months later.
On Oct. 12, signs with cut-out hearts led about 50 guests to the Danville Conservation Club. There, nearly four years after Clair first met Froelich at that car show, and three years after she gave him the kidney that would save his life, they were married.
Instead of the traditional promise to love “in sickness and in health,” the couple pledged to each other, “I offer you my hand, my heart and my soul, as I know they will be safe with you.”
The couple will celebrate the anniversary of their marriage, but they also celebrate the anniversary of the life-saving surgery every year with a party they call Sparkypalooza -because Sparky is what they call the donated kidney. You can read their story at the Indianapolis Star. -via Time Newsfeed
The sting of the venomous bark scorpion is painful, and thus serves as a deterrent to the arachnid's predators. But it seems to have the opposite effect on grasshopper mice - not only did the mice not feel pain, the venom actually works as painkiller to them.
Michigan State University researcher Ashlee Rowe, pointed out that the scorpion's venom can be quite dangerous. "This venom kills other mamals of similar size," Rowe said, "The grasshopper mouse has developed the evolutionary equivalent of martial arts to use the scorpions' greatest strength against them."
To test whether the grasshopper mice felt pain from the toxin, the scientists injected small amounts of scorpion venom or nontoxic saline solution in the mice’s paws. Surprisingly, the mice licked their paws (a typical toxin response) much less when injected with the scorpion toxin than when injected with a nontoxic saline solution.
“This seemed completely ridiculous,” says Harold Zakon, UT Austin professor of neuroscience. “One would think that the venom would at least cause a little more pain than the saline solution. This would mean that perhaps the toxin plays a role as an analgesic. This seemed very far out, but we wanted to test it anyway.”
Rowe and Zakon found that the grasshopper mice has a mutation in its sodium channels in the pain neurons. Instead of signalling pain, binding of the venom to that sodium channel actually blocks the pain neuron.
Watch as the repeated stings of the bark scorpion do not faze the grasshopper mouse one bit: