This little boy easily climbs up on top of the refrigerator. He's proud of his accomplishment. But once he's done that a few times, he's ready for a new challenge. At about the 0:32 mark, does something astounding.
Next, I suspect he'll try to walk along the ceiling.
For four generations, artists at the Kousyuuya studio in Nikko, Japan have developed and mastered an amazing creative process. The artists make stylized dragon images in a practice called Hitofude Ryuu.
The artists make details to the head using several small strokes. But the long, curving, multi-colored body is just one--one!--brush stroke.
Prepare for a cuteness overdose! Simba, a Tibetan Mastiff, is a loving packleader with his human puppy, Weiwei. He gladly serves as her personal Clifford the Big Red Dog. Weiwei climbs all over him, bothering Simba not a bit.
This is Lillian Weber of Scott County, Illinois. She's 99 years old but still very active. Every day, she sews a dress for Little Dresses for Africa, a charity that sends clothing to impoverished children in Africa. She gets up in the morning, starts to work on a dress, takes a break, then finishes in the afternoon. For the past 2 years, she repeated this routine daily, producing 840 dresses. Ms. Weber plans to make 150 more by next May when she will turn 100 years old.
Ms. Weber works from a standard pattern, but she personalizes each dress by combining different fabrics and trims. A child who wears one of her dresses isn't getting a copy of a mass-produced dress, but an original.
Miguel Rosas isn’t just a barber. He’s an artist with your hair. From the New Style Barbershop in Moline, Illinois, he carves highly realistic images into hair. With a splash of paint, he can also put in some color.
Recently, Rosas gave one of his clients this KFC logo haircut. Afterward, he and the client went to a local Kentucky Fried Chicken to eat. WQAD describes the reaction:
“When we went inside everybody pretty much just stopped working,” Rosas said, while shaving a flame design into a client’s head. “All the employees came up to us and started taking pictures of the design.”
Just a few hours later, a KFC district manager called Rosas and asked to see the haircut:
“He told me that they wanted to possibly get my work on the KFC website and possibly use it on a commercial,” Rosas said.
The manager also gave Rosas vouchers for free food. He said that when he ran out of vouchers, he could just call and get more.
Here are some other amazing hair designs that Rosas has made.
Sorry, shoppers. Although the easy-to-assemble cabinet smells fresh from cedar wood and will keep your clothing sorted properly, it does not lead to a magical world. There is no hidden door in the back, unlike some others.
Bathrooms.com is an online retailer of bathroom fixtures, such as fiberglass sinks and toilets. For that company, this chocolate bathroom was a simple response to evidence that there is a market for chocolate bathroom fixtures:
We understand design, functionality, what a shower tray actually does, all of that sort of stuff. Our area of expertise has not historically been confectionary! Nevertheless, of the millions of Google searches for sweet related terms each month, a number of these come to our web site. Why? Because people are regularly searching for "bathroom sweets".
Were people looking to find loo-specific treats, or was this just a simple case of bad spelling?
The answer is pretty obvious. Clearly people wanted bathroom suites, and they just got it a bit wrong. But that got us thinking: just how do bad spelling, a love of confectionery and bathrooms come together like that?
The company's response was to build a bathroom made of chocolate. Choccywoccydoodah, a British chocolatier, provided rich Belgian chocolate for the task.
All the chocolate objects that you see here are on sale. That bidet costs $11,656 (USD) and contains 210,000 calories. The entire set costs $133,196 and will add 9.4 million calories to your diet, should you choose to eat it.
The company claims that the chocolate fixtures will remain solid for 6 months if kept at room temperature. But let's be honest: you're going to eat it all long before them.
It is called erythrism an unusual and little-understood genetic mutation caused by a recessive gene similar to that which affects albino animals. This mutation results in one of two things happening or even a combination of the two; a reduce or even absence of the normal pigment and/or the excessive production of other pigments, in this case red which results in pink morphs. Although it was first discovered in 1887 in a katydid species, it is extremely rare to see these pink morphs so you can imagine our delight at finding so many in one area and they probably all have the same parents both carrying the recessive gene. All the individuals we found were nymphs and a couple of things can now happen if they make it to adulthood, they can lose the pink colouring altogether, they may stay pink or even be a variation between the two! We will be checking back on these individuals throughout the coming weeks and months to see what happens.
OSO Architecture designed a new office suite in Istanbul for LEGO's Turkey division. 23 people will work in this space decorated in bright colors and images of minifigs. Circles on the walls and ceilings are reminiscent of LEGO blocks, giving workers and visitors the impression that they've jumped into a LEGO universe. There are no blocks on the floor for people to accidentally step on barefoot, but presumably those can be added later.
In the 1996 movie Independence Day, aliens invade the Earth, intent on exterminating the human race and devouring the planet's resources. The aliens slaughter human military forces wherever they encounter resistance. But on July the Fourth, America leads a great worldwide counterattack that ends in victory.
That counterattack begins with President Thomas Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, giving an impassioned speech to military forces gathered at Area 51. That speech is embedded below. Gilbert Gottfried, a comedian noted for his commanding and stentorian voice, recently read that speech.
In retrospect, it is clear that Gottfried should have played that role, not Pullman.
Blincoe is an Austin native who, if I understand correctly, currently lives in Nashville. She has a real gift for arranging objects in photos. You can see this strongly in her color-coded candy series.
I read it in a webcomic, so it must be true. Just be sure to exchange all of your compliments before crossing back over the border because American businesses usually won't take them as currency. But I understand that Alex may give a discount at the NeatoShop if you notice after he has had his hair done without him dropping a hint.
Megan Bratten of Independence, Missouri walked out of the K-Mart and found that her minivan was gone. She's a single mother of five kids, so money is tight. The loss of the van appeared to be a devastating blow.
In fact, it was in even better condition. She had mentioned that the van had a bad transmission. When Bratten found the van, there was an empty bottle of transmission fluid in it. The thief had refilled the reservoir.
In June, Robert Burt of Pittsfield, Maine was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license. He pled guilty and was sentenced to two days in jail. A friend of his printed him a t-shirt with his original mug shot and a caption that included "sponsored by Bud Light and Somerset County Sheriff."
Japanese children as young as 4 ride the subway by themselves. Vietnamese mothers teach their babies to pee on command. These are 2 of 9 parenting practices from around the world that aren't practiced--or at least widely practiced--in the United States. For example, the Kisii people of Kenya avoid eye contact with their babies:
Kisii, or Gussii, moms in Kenya carry their babies everywhere, but they don't indulge a baby's cooing. Rather, when their babies start babbling, moms avert their eyes.
It's likely to sound harsh to a Western sensibility, but within the context of Kisii culture, it makes more sense. Eye contact is an act bestowed with a lot of power. It's like saying, "You're in charge," which isn't the message parents want to send their kids. Researchers say Kisii kids are less attention-seeking as a result.
Are you in the market for a gearless thinking device? They're the latest electric wonders from Mr. Edison's laboratory. DeviantART member woodguy 32 is your local distributor. He builds modern computers, phone docks, drawing tables, tablet stands, and speakers using his mastery of woodworking.
It’s a non-stop thrill ride of explosions and anger. You can feel the tension rip out of the screen as Carl Fredricksen takes on the world and finds triumph through hardship and grief. Be sure to watch to the end of this great trailer by YouTube user MrStratman7.
Are you hungry enough to eat a planet? Then this is the burger for you. Orbi Yokohama, a science museum in Japan, sells burgers with Earth-like buns. Show the planet how much you care by chomping away at it.
As a Texan, it pains me to say this, but the most polite drivers that I've encountered were in Ohio. I lived there for a few years and found that it was common for people to give a thank you wave when you let them in. It's more rare here down south.
The Japan Channel, a YouTube channel about life in Japan, reports that Japanese drivers do something similar. If you let one in, s/he will signal thanks. But Japanese drivers do this by briefly flashing their hazard lights.
That's a pretty good idea, especially since it could be seen at night. What do you think? Should drivers in other countries adopt this practice?
David Fredericksen is a professional truck driver. While taking his big rig through southern Mississippi on interstate highway I-10, he saw a huge explosion in front of him. The video above is a selection from his dashboard camera recording of the incident. A car had hit another tractor trailer, causing a fuel tank on the tractor trailer to explode.
As a result, the car promptly caught on fire. Fredericksen, followed by his co-driver, rushed into action. They and other drivers pushed through the smoke and flames to pull out the occupants: a one-year old baby and her grandmother. Michael Ballaban of Jalopnik reports:
As he approached the Lincoln, he saw the driver desperately trying to kick out the door, despite her broken leg. David, who is not a small guy, yanked open the door, only to find the baby girl in the back seat. Her carseat had actually been launched from one side of the car to the other, which miraculously also cleared her from the immediate danger of the flames.
His co-driver, who jumped out after him, grabbed the girl from the seat after David pulled her out.
"She was the cutest little thing, too," he said. "She was hugging him so tight she was choking him."
The woman broke her leg in accident. Otherwise, no one was seriously injured or killed.
You think that Leo, Mikey, Ralph, and Donnie are cool? You're wrong. Oh, sure, it starts out with good intentions. But as Twisted Doodles points out, that only leads to an increase in mutant turtles--not all of whom are ninjas. Yes, they could all become heroic ninjas. The trend certainly produces enough turtles for source material. But there remains only one Splinter.
Is your kid getting into The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Then do the right thing and change the channel.
Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It goes by the motto "a kitchen sink is the sign of a great day!" If you're lucky enough to attend one of her parties, you'll have a great time eating, drinking, or this case, both at the same time.
She made deep fried tequila shots by cubing pieces of angel food cake, dipping them into tequila, then deep frying the cubes until they were golden brown. To simulate the traditional salt, she dusted the shots with powdered sugar.
Leon Keer is a Dutch street artist noted for his amazing three-dimensional artworks that appear to leap off the pavement. We've previously seen a Pac-Man piece that he did. Recently, he brought his skills to a Legoland amusement park. When people stand on footprints and are viewed from a designated point, they appear to be standing next to LEGO minifigs on either side.