John Farrier's Blog Posts

A Man And His Chicken Travel around the World

(Photo: voyagedyvinec)

This is Monique and her father, Guirec Soudée. Together, they're sailing around the world on a 39-foot boat.

Monique is adopted. Soudée, a native of Brittany in France, is a sailor by trade. In 2014, while docked in the Canary Islands, Soudée received Monique as a gift. Their relationship developed quickly and Soudée decided to keep her on his boat. Modern Farmer reports:

“I didn’t speak any Spanish and she didn’t speak any French,” Soudée told the BBC. “But we got along.” Friends warned the sailor that a hen at sea would be too stressed to lay eggs, but Monique adapted quickly and has been a steady producer. (Still, how many omelets can one person eat?) She has even survived more than one near-overboard experience and goes below deck when waters get choppy. Soudée plays up the hilarity of their partnership by threatening to eat Monique if she becomes annoying (he has even posted a pic of himself eyeing up a cooked chicken) and telling the BBC, “Compared with people, she doesn’t complain at all.”

You can follow their adventures on Instagram.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 
Featured Designs from the NeatoShop:



This Champion Bodybuilder Is 80 Years Old


(Photo: Ernestine Shepherd)

80!

She looks like this and is 80 years old!

How is that even possible?!

Ernestine Shepherd will tell you. She gets up at 3 AM every morning to pray and meditate. Then she runs 10 miles--except during marathon-training season, when she runs further.

After that warmup, she heads to the gym to begin her workout. When she's not exercising, she's training other people to get into shape. She's worked as a professional nutritionist, so she knows how to keep her body in perfect running order.

Shepherd began bodybuilding at the youthful age of 71. In 2010, Guinness World Records named her the world's oldest female bodybuilder. She says that "age is nothing but a number"--and clearly demonstrates the truth of that adage.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Amazing 3d Printed Zoetrope Shows a Dancer in Motion

It's an incredible work of creativity and 3d design. Akinori Goto designed a zoetrope so that it shows a dancer at work when a narrow band of light is projected through it. He used a 3d printer to create this complex work that required precise measurements to work properly.


(Video Link)

It flows perfectly and gracefully when activated, even though it looks like just a mass of 3d filament when it's turned off.

This is one of at least two zoetropes that Goto has created. You can see the other at Colossal.

-via Swiss Miss


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Special Wheels Let This Car Roll in Any Direction


(Image: William Liddiard via Gizmodo)

Inventor William Liddiard names them after himself, calling them Liddiard Wheels. They can attach to any car. In this case, it's Liddiard's own Toyota Echo. The tires roll horizontally, moving the car sideways. He writes:

Unlike other omni capable wheels, my wheels do not require the vehicle to be built around them. This is a world first bolt-on application for anything with wheels. Designed to be used in all weather and road conditions. They are stronger, faster, and more accurately controlled than prior art. They can take a beating. The tires can have the same build characteristics (siping, grooves, rubber compounds etc.) as regular tires. Now you can drive in all directions, and turn on the spot, when needed.

It's the perfect solution to parallel parking challenges.

-via Gizmodo


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Llama Loves Leaf Blower


(Video Link)

Fiesta the llama lives at the Houston Zoo in Texas. Every morning, zookeepers use a leaf blower to clean out her stall. Fiesta lets them, but first she insists on an air massage. Watch her roll around with delight in front of it. Zookeepers tell ABC 13 News that this has been her daily ritual for about 2 years.

-via Tastefully Offensive

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

5,000-Year Old Paystub Shows Workers Paid in Beer

It's time to punch the timeclock and head out because it's beer o'clock. Here's a record of the earliest known such time. It's a cuniform tablet that is 5,000 years old.

Archaeologists found it at Uruk (you know, from Star Trek) in modern-day Iraq. It illustrates laborers being paid for their services in the best form of currency: beer. Alison George describes at New Scientist:

On one tablet excavated from the area we can see a human head eating from a bowl, meaning “ration”, and a conical vessel, meaning “beer”. Scattered around are scratches recording the amount of beer for a particular worker. It’s the world’s oldest known payslip, implying that the concept of worker and employer was familiar five millennia ago.

-via Geekologie


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Happy Dog Bounces across a Field


(Video Link)

My dream is to be this dog.

Rosie, a poodle and whippet mix, bounds across a field in Norwich, East Anglia, UK. She takes unreserved joy in such a simple thing.

-via Laughing Squid

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Liquid That Pours Itself

Steve Mould, a wizard, demonstrates the properties of this unusual potion called polyethylene oxide. It's a polymer that seems to pour itself if you tip the container over just slightly. The magical properties permit it to flow against rather than with gravity.


(Video Link)

Polyethylene oxide is commonly used to lubricate razors. But elves and half-elves should avoid it even in this form, as it is midly toxic to them, inflicting 1 HP damage per round.

-via Geekologie


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Dick Van Dyke Leads a Mary Poppins Sing-Along

Dick Van Dyke is 90 years old, but he's not slowing down a bit.

The star of Mary Poppins recently visited the childhood home of Walt Disney in Chicago for the Creativity Days festival. After touring the house, Van Dyke stepped out onto the porch and greeted a crowd of fans by saying, "Hi! I'm what's left of Dick Van Dyke." Then he led them in a sing-along of "Let's Go Fly a Kite," one of the most memorable songs from Mary Poppins.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Library Goes Sci Fi to Promote Its Services

Long Beach City College is a community college in California. Its librarians wanted to show students what they have to offer in a fun, novel way. So they created the most extraordinary library promotional videos I've ever seen.


(Video Link)

I recently attended a professional conference where the librarians, led by their larger-than-life library director, Ramchandran Sethuraman, delivered a presentation about their video project. The project consists of 4 modular videos covering major library services, including research assistance, database access, citation help, and a survey of resources in a multitude of languages.

The college is located close to Hollywood, which was a huge help. They were able to hire a professional video production company, which created these videos for a mere $8,500. The videos have special visual and sound effects, dramatic music, and scripts that are both funny and precise.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

I Want an Ice Cream Cone Topped by More Ice Cream Cones

How much ice cream do you need? The correct answer is “more.” Jersey Jack, a gelato bar in Como, Western Australia, has the right idea. Its Little Mostro isn’t little at all. The large ice cream cone is topped with toppings and smaller ice cream cones, which themselves are covered with more toppings. I’ll take two, please.

-via My Modern Met

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Test Tube Chandeliers

There are so many options for this chandelier design! You can fill the test tubes with colored liquids, as you see above. You can also stick flowers or colored stones inside—then change them all to suit your mood. Pani Jurek, an artist from Warsaw, Poland, has a great idea for creative homeowners who want fresh options and adaptability.

-via My Modern Met Selects


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Pizzeria Uses Robot to Prepare Pies, Bakes Them on Delivery Truck

Her name is Marta. She's the next generation in pizza chefs. Marta, who is a robot, assembles pizzas, then gives them to another robot named Bruno. Bruno loads the pizzas into an oven where they bake partially--but not all of the way.

The pizzas are then loaded onto delivery trucks. Each truck has 56 ovens. When a computer calculates that the truck is 3 minutes and 15 seconds away from the destination, it turns the oven on.

So when the customer gets the pizza, it's extremely fresh because it just came out of the oven.

This is the business model for Zume, a new startup located 2 minutes away from Google's headquaters in Mountain View, California. Bloomberg News (auto-start) investigated what may the the future of food:

"We are going to be the Amazon of food," said Zume's co-founder and executive chairman, Alex Garden. […]

Garden is confident it won't be long before he's competing with the major pizza chains. "Just imagine Domino's without the labor component," said Garden. "You can start to see how incredibly profitable that can be."

-via @ClarkHat


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

World Map Turns into Bicyclist Silhouette

Thomas Yang, an artist and creative director in Singapore, has a real gift for conveying ideas in new ways. He makes many posters that promote bike-riding, such as one in which he printed the Empire State Building with bike tires.

One of his recent works titled Tour de World advocates bicycling for environmental purposes by re-arranging the nations of the world into the image of a bicycle and rider.

-via Fubiz


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Elevator That Goes Sideways, Up, and Down


(Video Link)

Genoa, Italy is a very hilly place, so there are already many lifts and trams that carry passengers, around, up, and down. But what makes the elevator at d'Albertis-Montegalletto Castle novel is that its elevator goes both vertically and horizontally as needed.

To get to the castle, you take the elevator horizontally through a tunnel for about 300 meters. Then the elevator goes up the mountain to the castle.

How does it work? Tom Scott explains that elevators have to move along only one axis to be safe. So the designers of this elevator arranged for the elevator to enter a second one before it makes its ascent. Although it looks like one elevator, mechanically speaking, it's actually two.

-via The Presurfer


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

A Song of Ice and Fire Cocktail

(Image by Gizmodo)

Taking a literal interpretation of the title of George R.R. Martin's famous novel series, Cocktail Chemistry shows us how to make a cocktail inspired by Game of Thrones.

It's a sophisticated variant of the ice ball cocktail, which we've seen previously. There's liquor inside the hollow sphere of ice. The fire comes from a high proof rum in the bottom of the glass. When ignited, the fire melts the bottom of the ice sphere, causing it collapse and the drink components to mix.


(Video Link)

-via That's Nerdalicious!


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Man Marries His Smartphone

If we're going to be honest with ourselves, we connect with our phones on so many emotional levels. We look to it for solace, to calm us down, to put us to sleep, to ease our minds. And to me, that's also what a relationship is about. So, in a sense, my smartphone has been my longest relationship.

And so Aaron Chervenak, a film director, took his phone to a Las Vegas wedding chapel and married her.

There was even a wedding ring--in this case, one built into the cell phone case.

I hope their relationship lasts. Unfortunately, these days, many married people want to upgrade to a newer model after a few years.

Continue reading

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Anxiety Magazine Covers

Are you behind on reading Anxiety magazine? Did your subscription order go through, or did you accidentally order two subscriptions?

You've got a lot to worry about and Anxiety magazine is here to keep you informed of the latest vexations. Crayon Elyse photoshopped covers for 5 issues of this non-existent periodical. You can view them all at Pleated Jeans. Say hello to this man who seems to know you, but you can't remember his name or where you met him.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

60 Years Ago: The Last Packard Rolls off the Assembly Line

(Photo: Greg Gjerdingen)

Founded in 1899, Packard was one of the last independent car manufacturers in the US. The luxury brand survived the Great Depression and two world wars. It emerged in good financial shape after domestic car production picked up in 1946. But it couldn't keep up with changing markets and its larger competitors.

In 1955, Packard merged with Studebaker--another company that would soon disappear. The following year, Packard unveiled the Patrician, an example of which is pictured above. On June 25, 1956, the last Packard came off the assembly line in Detroit. For a few more years, there would be Studebakers re-branded as Packards. But this would be the last true Packard. Blake Z. Rong writes mournfully at Road & Track:

All the things that went wrong with Packard—a move downmarket, chasing volume instead of brand image, strange styling, intense cost-cutting, defects, recalls, pissed-off dealers, model lineup bloat, the dreaded scourge of "badge engineering," a desperate merger with a tarnished carmaker just to compete with bigger companies—are still happening today. Maserati comes to mind. The last Honda Civic. Every dead GM brand that didn't survive the bailout, plagued by lost identities and muddled marketing, surviving this far only by dint of pure nostalgia. Mercury. Plymouth. The Mercedes-Benz CLA. Is Volkswagen going to follow the same route? Or Fiat-Chrysler? It's always sad when a carmaker dies, and we never wish for that to happen. Not even for Mitsubishi.

-via Glenn Reynolds


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Pro Tip: You Don't Need to Shower

(Photo: Tom)

Do you bathe on a regular basis? Stop. You don't need to.

James Hamblin, a physician, explains in The Atlantic that it's unnecessary. Your body will naturally regulate its own filth if you would just leave it alone:

The odor of bodies is the product of bacteria that live on our skin and feed off of the oily secretions from the sweat and sebaceous glands at the base of our hair follicles. Applying detergents (soaps) to our skin and hair every day disrupts a sort of balance between skin oils and the bacteria that live on our skin. When you shower aggressively, you obliterate the ecosystems. They repopulate quickly, but the species are out of balance and tend to favor the kinds of microbes that produce odor.

But after a while, the idea goes, your ecosystem reaches a steady state, and you stop smelling bad.

Hamblin put the theory to the test on himself. It worked! His friends tell him that he doesn't stink:

And everything is fine. I wake up and get out the door in minutes. At times when I might’ve smelled bad before, like at the end of a long day or after working out,  I just don’t. At least, to my nose. I’ve asked friends to smell me, and they insist that it’s all good. (Though they could be allied in an attempt to ruin me.)

So knock it off with bathing. Live naturally. The people around you will appreciate it.

-via TYWKIWDBI


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Uncle Plays with Baby, Pays the Price


(Video Link)

A parent must always be aware of gravity. You will eventually get baby vomit and poop on your body and possibly even on your face. But you can reduce your vulnerability with proper positioning.

Chris Swann, a new uncle, didn't know this when he played with 9-month old baby Alice. She threw up directly into his mouth. It's disgustorable.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Duck and Dog Play Chase


(Video Link)

The duck's only chance is to outwit his much faster opponent. Perhaps he could double back and catch the dog behind him Or, like Khan in Star Trek II, his opponent may be thinking in 2 dimensions instead of 3. He could fly over the rock to catch his foe from above.

-via Jonah Goldberg

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

This Television Repels Mosquitoes

(Image: LG)

The South Korean electronics company LG is selling a television set that drives away mosquitoes with ultrasonic sound waves. It's marketing the TV in India, where mosquitoes are a major public health menace. Each 32" monitor costs about $400 USD. UPI quotes the company:

"The ultrasonic sound waves effectively drives away the mosquitoes keeping your loved ones absolutely safe at home. Since no harmful chemicals are used, it is also odor-free and not hazardous to health like the conventional methods used for keeping mosquito away," the company said on its website.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Dog Is Fascinated with iPad Game


(Video Link)

Maya the Golden Retriever loves to play games on her iPad. Here she is, fascinated by a little bird that flies back and forth on the screen. She pauses now and then to howl in delight.

Her less--shall we say--intellectual sibling prefers a squeaky toy.

-via Tastefully Offensive

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Birds in Scotland Are Stealing Skinny Dippers' Underwear

(Photo: Joe Pell)

A swimming hole in an isolated party of Angus, Scotland is popular with local skinny dippers. It's also a hunting ground for red kites who nest nearby. Lately, they've been waiting for the humans to get naked and into the water, then stealing their clothes. The Herald reports that these birds appear to have a special affinity for high fashion branded underpants, which they use as nesting material:

Gamekeeper Dave Clement last year found that a pair of red kites on his estate at Gannochy in Glen Esk near Edzell had stolen pants and socks from a popular local wild swimming spot, to to use in the building of their nest. […]

Dave Clement, member of the Angus Glens Moorland Group, said it appeared that the Kites had become more discerning in 2016, choosing branded undergarments.

“The licences ringer who went up the tree to the nest said there were Armani pants and another brand as well as socks, which they must have pinched off the swimmers at the local gorge.

“It seems they will take anything to line the nest, then lay the eggs on top, and someone must have gone home minus some underwear.

-via Nothing to Do with Abroath


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

A Quick Guide to Happiness

(Cinismo Ilustrado)

I've got not thinking and eating my own vomit down, so I have a good head start on being happy. Smiling all day is a bit much, but I'll keep imitating my dog in the hope of becoming him.

-via Tastefully Offensive


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

How Dunkin' Donuts Changed the Dictionary

(Photo: QFamily)

The origin of the doughnut is shrouded in mystery, but it probably began in mid-Nineteenth Century America when a woman named Elizabeth Gregory made pastries, each of which had a single nut in the center.

These were doughnuts and not, I should point out, donuts. The alternate spelling "donut" may have been the work of the restaurant chain Dunkin' Donuts. Kate Taylor of Business Insider summarizes linguistic evidence that suggests that the popularity of the spelling "donut" follows the rise of Dunkin' Donuts as a franchise empire.

After Dunkin' Donuts began in 1950, the use of the alternate spelling of doughnut emerged. It tracks with the spread of the company across America. The spelling has become so common that the Merriam-Webster Dictionary now lists donut has a correct way to spell the word.

-via Ed Driscoll


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Fish Makes Daring Escape

It was an unlikely plan, but our hero had nothing to lose. If he didn't get out of the grocery store, he'd eventually end up eaten. He mentally prepared himself, then leapt for freedom.

Be sure to watch the entire video to see how his venture ended.


(Video Link)

-via Gifsboom


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

New Logo for the Presbyterian Church of Tatooine

The Presbyterian Church in America is a protestant denomination not to be confused with the Presbyterian Church USA. The church government has chosen a new logo, which makes Twitter user Shane Morris think of something else. Grace remains irresistible, as is Boba Fett still unstoppable.*

-via Home Geekonomics

*Theological jokes are hard to write, so cut me some slack.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Rocking Chair Bed

Enjoy the soothing motion of a rocking chair, but the horizontality of a bed. This is Private Cloud, a unique piece of furniture designed by Manuel Kloker. It's 7 feet, 8 inches long and 6 feet wide. It costs $7,800 USD, but does not come with a beautiful woman included.

-via Lost at E Minor


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 
Email This Post to a Friend
""

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.

 

Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

Page 1 of 564       next | last

Profile for John Farrier

  • Member Since 2012/08/04


Statistics

Blog Posts

  • Posts Written 16,892
  • Comments Received 48,173
  • Post Views 25,852,460
  • Unique Visitors 20,850,613
  • Likes Received 26,731

Comments

  • Threads Started 3,332
  • Replies Posted 1,944
  • Likes Received 1,277
X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
 
Learn More