It's made of canned breadstick dough wrapped around an aluminum foil form. Jacobson glazed it with egg, then baked it for half an hour. After removing the form, she filled it with fruits and vegetables and presented it as a table centerpiece.
HAO Design developed this apartment in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The furniture is made of enormous LEGO blocks. There are huge minifigs to play with. The walls have LEGO surfaces so that you can build upon and decorate them however you wish. Just make sure that you wear LEGO-proof slippers while inside.
The Germans are rightfully known for their masterful engineering capabilities. This 1986 video by the national army demonstrates this. It's in German, but you can follow what's going on even without a knowledge of the language.
I'm laying down a marker here: the toy that every child will want this Christmas and that parents will be desperately hunting for through stores on December 24 is the Teddytaur. It's half teddy bear and half centaur. Rocket News 24 reports that this stuffed animal by the German toymaker Steiff measures 30 inches tall and sells online for about $410. And it's worth every penny!
Don't go after cheap substitutes, like a merfish doll (half mermaid, half fish) or harpoach (half harpy, half roach). When your child opens the gifts under the tree, you'd better make sure that a Teddytaur is there.
The key phrase that a father must say in this scenario is: "Don't tell your mother about this."
Jarrad Provost of Fredericksburg, Virginia attached a leaf blower to his son Roman's Power Wheels battery-powered toy car. This means that the tyke is ready to take on the chore of clearing off fallen leaves--a task normally given to an older child.
The car may not have enough power to move over rough terrain, so I suggest setting Roman up on an ATV for other areas. Then hire him out to the neighbors. Cut Roman in for a percentage, and Provost has a profitable business in the making.
In the English language, we call the country Germany. In French, it's Allemange. In Danish, it's Tyskland. In German, it's the nation of Deutschland.
Why do the European languages have so many different-sounding names for one country? Akira Okrent, a linguist, and Sean O'Neill, an artist, explain in this video how Germany's neighbors created widely divergent names for it.
Put down the phone, fellow fathers. Right now, you're supposed to be watching your kids. They're not safe out of your sight for even a second. Just glance away to read or send a text and the worst thing has happened to your precious children in that moment.
Dad Dudes, which is a comedy production group consisting of four real-life dads, created this thoughtful PSA to warn dads to stop texting and start paying attention.
When is the best time to play bagpipes? The answer is: always. It is always appropriate to play the bagpipes, for they are the world's most beautiful musical instrument.
We've heard them played in space. We've heard them played on a unicycle. Now, thanks to enterprising soldiers in Pakistan, we can now hear the melodious sounds of the pipes by men on camels.
A year ago, the Pakistan Desert Rangers formed a camel-mounted military marching band that includes bagpipers. This has not been easy, as the camels have had to learn how to adjust to this new work and the pipers have had to learn how to play on bouncing camels. Dawn magazine reports:
“It is very difficult to play the bagpipe while sitting on the camel," admits piper Muhammad Hussain. “But we have now learned the art."
The band, part of the Pakistan Desert Rangers, was formed last year after hundreds of animals went out of service, reduced by the latest military patrol vehicles to doing mere donkey's work — that is until the idea to dress them in bunting and put bagpipers on their backs was born.
After making their debut before startled spectators at Pakistan's National Day parade in Islamabad in March, they are now deployed in Moj Garh, 100 kilometres east of Bahawalpur in Punjab province, where they drill daily in preparation for a potential international career.
We can only hope that these pipers and their camels get to travel the world in order to share the joy of bagpipe music.
Maria Bradley is a special effects and makeup artist. Among other media, she paints the bellies of pregnant women.
We've seen baby bumppaintings before, but Bradley takes this trendy art form to a whole new level. She's a special effects artist, so she knows how to add an element of horror to the experience. For her own belly, she created a 3d form of her child breaking out. She explained the process to Baby Center UK:
With special effects I love to shock people. I brought a second-hand doll and casted the face using clay then pored Kryolan Gelafix skin into the clay mould. I removed the cast and glued it to my own belly. I then used liquid latex and tissue to cover the moulds to try and make it look like the baby is pushing its head through the skin. I then painted it all with foundation to blend it in with my skin tone.
Tara Smith-Adkins of Halifax, Nova Scotia wants to make sure that the homeless people in her town don't want for warm winter coats. So every year, she rounds up local kids to walk around town, tying coats and scarves to trees and signposts in the area.
This majestic tree is a testament to the beauty of nature and thoughtful gardening. For 1,400 years, this gingko has shaded the Guanyin Zen Temple in the Zhongnan mountains of China. Legend holds that Emperor Li Shimin, a Tang dynasty emperor, planted it for the temple, which was built in 628 A.D.
Every year, the gingko tree drops its leaves in a cascade of vibrant yellow. This attracts tourists from far away who travel to see this wonder. You can see more photos of it here.
Ase Marie Nordhagen, 90, of Norway loves soccer, especially the task of "keep ups." This is keeping a ball in the air by bouncing it off one foot continuously. She's been practicing since she was a little girl, once performing 1,000 without dropping it.
Now she's good for about 50 keep ups at a time, thanks to up to an hour of practice per day. Nordhagen loves it so much that, she explained to a Norwegian newspaper, "I can't go past the ball in the hallway without picking it up and performing a few tricks."
Try to keep up with her.
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These pieces are a collection of treats enjoyed by my sons, along with nostalgic treats from my childhood, connected by a mutual love and enjoyment of Star Wars. One of my favorite childhood memories was going to Fedco here in Pasadena, who employed my grandfather as an Optometrist. Because of his employment there, we would go often to buy family supplies, toys, etc., at a discount, and there would always be Toblerone candy at the checkout isle. It was my first introduction to that candy, and whenever I see it, it reminds me of my grandfather. Never would I have thought that a Toblerone candy would be a subject of a painting, especially combined with a Star Destroyer. But I'm so grateful for this opportunity, that it has.
So you've lost a tire but don't have a spare to put on your car. What would you do? I'm stumped.
But the driver of this SUV in St. Petersburg, Russia wasn't. The Moscow Times reports that he was driving at about 50 kph (31 mph). Hopefully the local police will log the incident as a safety violation.
-via Dave Barry, who warns "steer clear of beavers."
UPDATE 11/25/15: In the comments, Frau directs us to this complete photo gallery of how this car lost its tire and the driver replaced it with a log--until the log was worn down. Thanks, Frau!
Over the course of the Star Wars story, Darth Vader lost six of his four limbs. Luke Skywalker famously lost his now highly collectible right hand. That injury earned him a kiss from resident hottie Leia. Advantage: Luke.
Other characters in Star Wars got off less well. Video editor Pablo Fernández Eyre, who once illustrated the visual symmetry in the movies, now shows this compilation of all of the traumatic amputations performed with lightsabers over the course of Star Wars. It's a total of 26 by my count.
iDigital Times (auto-start video) reports that this marvelous trend is sweeping Instagram. If you want your own glitter beard, you'll need a smoothly shaped beard that has been well-oiled with a quality beard oil. This is the only way to prevent your glitter from spreading everywhere.
Arman Foisy of Lillooet, British Columbia was recently driving his mother around. He stopped the car to turn around. Then his mother, Albina Foisy, opened the door and got out. She wanted to play in the snow.
She's 101 years old, but she has the joy of a child when encountering snow. She scooped up a few handfuls, fashioned a snowball, and threw it. In the video (auto-start), she says, "It's snowing quite a bit. It's kinda fun to play in the snow!" She's right!
The cause of the American Revolution was frequently short of men, commonly short of arms and other military supplies, and almost always deprived of cash. Wars--especially wars against great powers such as the United Kingdom--are expensive. Oliver Pollock, an Irish merchant based in Spanish-controlled New Orleans, helped the nascent American government fund its war efforts. During his struggle to back the Americans, he accidentally invented the dollar sign ($).
Dan Hess of Atlas Obscura traces the life of Pollock and his extraordinary efforts on behalf of the American cause. Not only did Pollock help fund the revolutionaries at his own expense, his diplomatic efforts were essential to getting Spain active in the war and ensuring the success of expeditions to capture the Trans-Appalachian West.
After the war ended, Pollock wanted his money back and asked Congress to make good on its debts to him. His notes include the first use of the dollar sign:
“Pollock...entered the abbreviation ‘ps’ by the figures for ‘peso.’ Because Pollock recorded these Spanish “dollars” or “pesos” as ‘ps” and because he tended to run both letters together, the resulting symbol resembled a ‘$,’” says Jim Woodrick, the Historic Preservation Division Director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
That’s it. Historians have analyzed the source of the $ symbol and have yet to find it written down prior to Pollock’s use in his ledgers. His unintentional creation is supported by the fact that Robert Morris chose to adopt the symbol and by 1797 had it cast in type in Philadelphia as the official symbol for new nation’s own currency.
This original take on Star Wars cosplay is beautiful! Hendo Art Cosplay costumed herself in Leia's robes from Episode IV, modified to look like a kimono and accented with accessories and makeup that make the princess look like a geisha from a bygone Japan.
These men in Narooma, New South Wales, Australia find a cave. There are bugs inside. At first, they do not grasp the number of bugs inside the cave. But then they enter the cave, waking up the insects.
The resident bugs respond by swarming. Oh, how they do swarm! Soon, it is almost impossible to see through them.
Next, it is time to return to the other side. To this, one of the men says, "I don't want to go back!" Come on, where's your sense of adventure?
We all cry sometimes. For example, you may get sawdust in your eyes while woodworking. Or you watch an emotionally intense movie, such as The Dirty Dozen.
Those are the two occasions when it is acceptable to cry.
But Aaron Gillies, a comedy writer, has noted that his wife cries more often than that. She cries at incidents that he finds trivial. He has published a list of some of these occasions. These include watching a rabbit escape from a fox in a nature documentary and remembering that swans can be gay.
On reflection, I agree with the wife: all of these are legitimate reasons to cry, which you can now add to the pair that I have mentioned above.
Now, as a happily married man who plans to remain that way, I advise you gentlemen to never do this. Embarrassing your wife online is a terrible idea for most marriages. But Gillies's wife tweets that "I don't feel at all attacked." She's a good sport.
Fox 5 New York (auto-start video) reports that a man was sleeping near the tracks at a station in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. A rat climbed on him and somehow activated his phone's camera, taking an Instagram-worthy photo of himself. You can see the incident in this video:
This took place at Cooper's Stadium in Adelaide, Australia. Ethan started hiccuping at the beginning of his performance of "Advance Australia Fair." But he kept right on going, maintaining his composure and the dignity of his homeland's national anthem.
As the color commentator for the game says at the end of the video, Ethan's performance was "absolutely priceless."
Come over to the Dark Side, but please leave some thigh meat or at least one drumstick for the rest of us.
Etiquette tips: we all know that Lord Vader makes a mess when he tries to eat with his mask on. Just act like you don't notice. And also ignore Uncle Palpatine when he goes into one of his political rants.
Paul, the man behind the blog Then & Now Movie Locations, travels to and photographs the original locations in which scenes from famous movies were shot. For his most recent expedition, he journeyed to Sedona, Arizona and several towns in southern California where The Karate Kid was shot.
The University of Houston includes the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. As a result, the archives of the University of Houston Libaries include a variety of old menus that show what hotel and restaurant patrons long ago could eat. You can browse high resolution images of several menus here.
One thing that I found surprising was the concept of "breakfast wine." Barnum's City Hotel in Baltimore had a wide variety of options. Drinking spirited beverages before noon? How scandalous!
For his home Christmas light display this year, Bob Clagett made a pair of giant lightsabers. The hilts are made of cardboard cylinders painted silver and accented with duct tape. The blades are made of clear plastic roofing material and fixed inside the hilts with drywall screws driven through 2x4s. The actual light comes from Christmas decorative lights mounted just inside the hilts.
Clagett found the lightsabers surprisingly sturdy. You can even duel with them!