Two professional warriors face off against each other in a refined yet brutal form of combat. This is sword fight of cinema, which is the source of some of the most compelling scenes in film history. Clara Darko rounded up selections of 60 great movie sword fights, including scenes from The Princess Bride, Star Wars, Rob Roy, Kill Bill, Pirates of the Caribbean, among many more. They're arranged from a cautious beginning to a bloody end. She notes that the soundtrack, which was very well selected, is from Kill Bill.
Holly and Bai’yali are koalas at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. They've moved away from their mothers and become treemates. As you can see, the couple is getting quite close, as young lovers do. You can see more photos of them at Zoo Borns.
Check your pockets. Do you have $350,000 handy? If you do, then you can own the Undisputable Cuz, this gloriously huge portable barbecue pit now on sale on eBay. Terry Folsom of Brenham, Texas is the current owner. Why he would ever want to part with it is a mystery, especially once you hear what it has to offer: the trailer-mounted assembly is 75 feet long and contains a walk-in cooler. It can cook 4 tons of meat at a time, which is enough to a good family weekend get-together.
Like the bricklaying video I posted a couple years ago, there's something calming and appealing about watching someone become, through practice, the master of a skill you might not think of. This employee of the Golden Gate Bridge Transportation District can plug pylons into holes made for them along the Golden Gate Bridge. He does so while the truck he's travelling on is moving at considerable speed.
He never misses a single hole throughout the video.
Lars Andersen, the fastest archer in the world, is back with a mesmerizing video showing his apparently superhuman abilities with a bow and arrow. He has revived centuries-old techniques in positioning, such a holding the arrow along the right rather than the left side of the bow. Andersen describes them at length in the notes to the YouTube video below.
Happiness is possible on this earth because these haggis pops are actually real! It's more portable than the world's largest haggis and surely just as tasty. Instructables member PenfoldPlant, the inventor of the Möbius bacon strip, made them for a Burns Supper, an annual celebration of the life and work of Scottish poet Robert Burns that takes place on January 25.
PenfoldPlant, a true traditionalist, made them from fresh sheep guts. He even cleaned and prepated the stomach itself, which serves as the coating of these delicious wonders. This step required careful work. He placed a ping pong ball in part of the stomach, then tied off and cut that part off the rest of the stomach.
You stand under the hot water for a couple minutes. It dances over your body. The steam rises and fills your nostrils. Your world is, for a brief moment, calm and peaceful. Now is the opportunity for enlightenment.
That is when a shower thought--an experience of mundane profundity--enters your mind. Imgur member Buttman illustrated 20 of them.
We're living in the future! There are no flying cars yet, but there are all sorts of new careers that you can prepare for. The children's book author and illustrator Richard Scarry became famous for his fictitious city of Busytown, where anthropomorphic animals engage in many different jobs.
When they were first published in the 1960s, the Busytown books gave children many different career options to consider. But most of those are now out of date. This is the internet age, so artist Tony Ruth updates the series with BusinessTown. Have a look to find out "what value-creating winners do all day."
The famous Danish chef René Redzepi has brought the entire staff of Noma, his restaurant in Copenhagen, to Tokyo. At his new location, he's offering his unique take on Japanese cuisine. He launched the endeavor with a grand 16-course feast that began this dish. It's jumbo shrimp served with black ants. The Japan Times describes the taste:
But it is the seasoning — “flavors of the Nagano forest” the menu calls it — that defines this dish. A dozen tiny wild black ants are carefully arranged on the shrimp, their little pinpricks of sharp acidity acting as a perfect accent for the sweet, pink flesh.
Sarah Showfety of New Jersey is the mother of a 22-month old baby. She's got another one on the way. She's busy, tired, and stressed. In other words, she's the mother of a toddler.
Like any parent, she's taking shortcuts. That's the only way you get through this period relatively sane. Showfety knows that her decisions are not always the best, so she's already writing apology notes to her daughter. The results are quite funny. You can read them all at Dear Baby XO.
Your radiation experiments have finally succeeded! You now have superpowers. Congratulations. But before you try extraordinary feats, you should think about precisely what your powers do and do not do.
Sure, you can fly at supersonic speeds. But you’ll freeze. Also, you’ll get lost.
During one part of the famous training montage in the 1976 film Rocky, Rocky Balboa runs up and down the 72 stone steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The movie became famous and those steps became famous as a result.
At the top, as they celebrated the moment, a voice from behind them said, "You guys got up here pretty fast. You're making me look bad."
They turned around. It was Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.
"He was walking around with some of his family," according to Rick Rowe, Pete's father, who posted the item on Facebook, along with a picture the three college students took with Stallone atop the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This is Al the Jumper. He jumps over things and he’s really good at it. If 2 motorcycles are coming straight at you, you might jump to the side. But Al jumps straight up at the last possible moment, barely clearing the motorcycles on his ascent and descent.
Chanel Beckenlehner of Caledon, Ontario represented Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami yesterday. She wore a fantastic costume that displays her homeland’s love for hockey. In the place of a tiara, Beckenlehner wore a model of the Stanley Cup and a hockey goal net. Her boots resemble lace-up skates and her wings consist of fans of hockey sticks. And, yes, that scoreboard is part of her dress.
In 2011, a 4-foot long four-lined snake (Elaphe quatuorlineata) swallowed a smaller whip snake (Platyceps najadum) on the Greek island of Corfu. A pet cat then killed the four-lined snake.
Dick Mulder, a Dutchman who lives on the island, snapped photos of the incredible scene that followed. He described it to National Geographic:
"My wife, who didn't like the idea of a dead snake on her veranda, screeched that the snake wasn't dead—she saw it moving," he said in an email. "I reassured her that it was really dead," Mulder recalled—until he took a closer look.
"I went to grab my camera, and by the time I came back I saw the head of a small snake," he said.
The whip snake then fled into the wild. That's one tough little snake!
Guinness World Records says that at 1 foot, 11.28 inches long, this Pleurotus eryngii is the longest edible mushroom in the world. Mad scientists at the Mushroom Research Laboratory of the Hokuto Corporation in Nagano, Japan grew it. It’ll fill up a lot of pizzas, provided that it doesn’t achieve sentience and kill us all first.
Your face is covered with cookie crumbs, but don’t brush them off! They could be the basis of some rad mascara. At the age of 16, Katherine Ward is already a skilled makeup artist who improvises with materials at hand. To make mascara from Oreo cookies, she first removed the filling, crushed the cookie ends into a fine powder, then mixed in water and a facial primer. Do that and you’ll be ready to look sharp. Downside: you have fewer cookies to eat.
Novelist James Patterson has a new book coming out called Private Vegas. It’s an explosive story—literally. He’s selling one special copy of his latest thriller for £194,000 ($294,038 USD) that has a built-in time bomb. The fan who acquires this special copy will have a private dinner with Patterson at an undisclosed location before being presented with the book. S/he has 24 hours to read it before it detonates. The Daily Telegraph reports:
A special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team will also be on hand to handle the explosive thriller. […]
"Twenty four hours after you start it, the book will no longer be there," said Patterson, 67. "I hope this spurs more ways to get attention."
He added: "This seemed like a terrific way to draw attention to a book in a way that has never been done before," he explained. "In the history of publishing there hasn't been anything like this."
Do you use The Facebook? You should. It’s 1995, so it’s time that you get logged into the future. The Facebook is the best way to communicate with other people, share images, and arrange events. Add you need is a computer, a modem, and a phone line. The Facebook will send you a disk so that you can load The Facebook onto your computer for 10 hours—for free! Comedian Brent Weinbach tells us all about it in this commercial.
What evolutionary advantage do stripes offer zebras? For a long time, scientists thought that the stripes served as a form of camouflage. Then scientists reasoned that the stripes help protect zebras from blood-sucking flies. Now researchers have published a different hypothesis in Royal Society Open Science. They think that the stripes help the zebras keep cool. Skunk Bear, NPR's science Tumblr blog, explains:
Zebras in hotter regions have more defined stripes. Here’s a bit of logic that might explain the phenomenon: dark stripes heat up faster, white stripes heat up slower —> that creates areas of different temperature —> that creates little convection currents (remember how wind happens?) —> that helps the animals cool.
Good news, everyone! You can look like these handsome fellows, thanks to Etsy seller Schuyler Ellers. His exclusive Lord von Schmitt line includes these colorful crocheted shorts which give you the dangerous, rakish look that so many women find attractive. They're form fitting, too, so you can show off all of your curves--and you know that you want to. So slip on a pair and go get 'em, Tiger.
Professor Theodosius O’Bliviate (or as he calls himself online) is a 15-year old crafter and prop maker. He made the Knightlight from an old novelty radio and 12 volt lights. He covered up the controls with pieces of a harmonica.
Athanasius Kircher (1602-1680) was a Jesuit scholar and polymath who was celebrated in his lifetime as one of the greatest geniuses of his age. He published on optics, magnetism, linguistics, hydraulics, and Egyptology, among many other subjects.
Here are photos of the organum mathematicum, one of his inventions. This one is owned by the Galileo Museum in Florence. It’s a combination of an encyclopedia and a calculator. The museum describes how it works:
The inside of the chest is divided into nine compartments, one for each of the following subjects: Arithmetic, Geometry, Art of fortifications, Chronology, Horography, Astronomy, Astrology, Steganography, and Music. Each compartment contains twenty-four small rods ending in a colored triangular tip. On each of the nine series of twenty-four small rods are inscribed definitions and information on the corresponding subject. At least one rod in each of the nine compartments has a black tip and constitutes the application table, which gives the rule for proper use. To multiply 74 x 8, for example, one removes the black-tipped rod from the Arithmetic compartment and places it next to the rods carrying the numbers 7 and 4 at the top. The eighth line on the black-tipped rod gives the desired product.