Filmmaker Dave Riggs is getting ready for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week (auto-start video). While getting footage off the coast of South Australia, a 13.5 foot long female Great White Shark approached him. Curious, she examined him. Discovery News quotes Riggs:
“Of course, great whites don’t have hands, so she was researching the area in the only way she knows how -– and that’s with her mouth,” Riggs said.
So when a Great White Shark mouths you, it's like a dog smelling you. Try to be friendly in response.
The 70s sitcom The Brady Bunch begins with widower Mike Brady marrying a woman named Carol and their two families blending into one. What happened to Carol Brady's first husband? Was she divorced or widowed as well? That was never made clear.
The classic video game Pac-Man premiered in Japan 35 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Uproxx rounded up 12 fascinating bits of information in the surprisingly complex history of that game. For example, game designer Toru Iwatani created it in order to appeal to women:
Iwatani wasn’t a fan of ’70s arcades. He thought they were dirty and smelly and figured they’d be much nicer places to visit if somebody other than teenage guys hung out there, so he specifically set out to create a game that would appeal to women and couples.
Iwatani based his design on a deep and comprehensive knowledge of female psychology:
In his mind, girls really liked to eat, particularly sweets and desserts, so he decided to make a game based around eating. I’m not sure that chomping desserts is specifically a girl thing, but it worked out well for Iwatani, so maybe I’m the one who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
You may laugh at that, but Iwatani was successful in reaching out to women (well, at least professionally):
Iwatani’s gambit worked. While hardened Space Invaders fans turned their noses up at Pac-Man (yes, the hardcore vs. casual gamer divide already existed in 1980) kids, women and older gamers gravitated toward the unique, less stressful charms of Pac-Man. Quickly Pac-Man became the title less obsessive gamers sought out when they were dragged to the arcade, and soon even the hardcore types started to come around.
All jackets should have cat pockets. Yet, sadly, most do not. The Mewgaroo Hoodie from the Japanese pet supply company Unihabitat has cat ears a big pocket in the front. You can put a cat inside (any cat will do) and engage in hands-free cat transportation. The sleeves end with fingerless gloves with paw pads. So when you're loaded up, you look like a cat carrying a cat. Now you're ready for that job interview. Good luck!
That’s it—the entire park. It’s just a small tree surrounded by a bit of grass. In 1946, Dick Fagan, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, noticed that there was a hole in the median of a street where a lamppost used to stand. He decided to put it to good use by building a park there. Fagan named it Mills End Park after the title of his regular newspaper column, Mills End. The City of Portland acquired it in 1976, so it’s an official city park. Parks and Recreation workers tend to it carefully, according to Oregon Live:
Mill Ends is weeded, watered, planted and maintained like every other park in our National Gold Medal-winning system," Mike Abbaté, director of Portland Parks & Recreation, wrote to the challenger.
As of 2013, Mills End Park held the Guinness World Record for the smallest park in the world.
Chilean artist Fab Ciraolo mixes images from pop culture to “highlight the conflict between extravagance and rebellion.” His recent works include Vincent Van Gogh as Spock toting an antique phaser rifle and Bob Ross as Captain Kirk. As you might expect, he’s not wearing pants.
The series also includes a Starfleet red shirt who I am unable to identify. He may not survive the episode, but he won’t die easily.
From the outside, the hotel really looks like it’s made of LEGO bricks!
And from the inside, too. The new LEGOland Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida offers 152 rooms with LEGO designs inspired by real toy sets and LEGO movies and video games. Guests can’t alter the structure of the building, but otherwise it’s a fully immersive LEGO experience.
The hotel also will offer kids and their families a chance to take a Master Model Builder Workshop in the hotel every day. Guests can work alongside professional model makers on Lego projects. […]
Every room comes with Lego models and a scavenger hunt kids can complete to unlock an in-room treasure chest. Stays at the Legoland Hotel come with free daily breakfast, access to Lego play areas, entertainment and other extras.
Question: is it safe to walk around the hotel with bare feet?
The results are beautiful and have only gotten better since they journeyed to India. Zakharova wore traditional Indian clothing and pulled Osmann through scenic parts of that country, including famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Jama Masjid mosque.
Grant Thompson, the “King of Random” at Instructables, explains how to make them. You can buy a pre-made silicone LEGO brick mold or make your own. Thompson prefers the latter option and describes how to do that. It takes precise work to produce bricks as clear and well-formed as these, but the results are worth it.
Hopefully he can scale this process up to large Duplo blocks. We could build enormous gummy structures with sufficiently large bricks.
Are you more literate than a third grader? If your vocabulary is limited to the most popular songs on the Billboard charts for the past 10 years, then that’s in doubt.
Andrew Powell-Morse of the data blog SeatSmart compiled the lyrics from 225 of the most popular songs in the pop, country, rock, and hip-hop genres. He analyzed them with the Flesch-Kincaid grade index to generate reading level scores. On average, songs that were popular over the past 10 years were written at the third grade level, but that’s been steadily dropping over time. You can see more charts here, including ones that show gender and genre differences, as well as the grade levels of specific singers, such as Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.
Life along the Regents Canal in London is a delightful experience. You can ride bikes or jog along rows of galleries and cafes. Tourists are fond of seeing it while riding on boats.
Humans enjoy it, but so do ducks. Yet the little birds are a bit more vulnerable to collisions with people and bicycles. So the Canal & River Trust has set aside the inner stretch of pavement along the canal as a designated zone for ducks. They’re marked it with painted silhouettes of ducks. Cassie Werber writes for Quartz:
It’s unlikely, of course, that ducks will stick to the lanes, which serve a largely symbolic function. They’re a visual reminder that we’re all on this path together, and to get pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists to chill out and slow down.
The Canal & River Trust says it is “calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace.”
The Japanese publishing house Hakayawa commissioned artist Norko Meguro to design cover images for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The resulting style is immediately recognizable for anime and manga fans. The covers offer fresh takes on characters that fans of both the novels and TV show have grown to love and hate. Pictured above is the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.
Kuma Films calls them the "Dynamic Diabolic Duo." They're a pair of yoyo masters in Taipei who have amazing control over their instruments. The yoyos fly through the air flawlessly, moving exactly where these men want them to.
Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog
Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Alan Sanford, 18, was on board the destroyer USS Ward. That ship guarded the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Lookouts spotted a strange, cylindrical object in the water. It was a Japanese mini-submarine.
The captain, woken from sleep, ordered the ship to speed and prepare to ram the sub. Seaman Sanford was among a gun crew getting ready to fire at the object.
On the opening day of the war, 75 minutes before Japanese warplanes swarmed over the anchored fleet at Pearl Harbor, Seaman Sanford and his colleagues opened fire at the submarine. These were the first American shots of the war. The Wall Street Journal describes the encounter:
Mr. Sanford and the other crewmen on the bow gun fired at a range of about 100 yards. He watched the round leave the barrel and barely miss the conning tower. “I thought if it had another coat of paint on the sub, it might have activated the graze fuze,” which detonates when a shell suddenly slows down, Mr. Sanford said in the park service interview. “That’s how close I think we came.”
A second gun crew on the Ward fired next, punching a four-inch hole in the starboard side of the conning tower as the destroyer steamed past the sub at a range of about 50 yards. The destroyer followed up with four depth charges. Sea water poured in through the shell hole, the submarine rolled to starboard, and sank in 1,200 feet of water, according to the captain’s report and historians.
Seaman Sanford served through the end of the war. Then he studied mechanical engineering and later worked on the Apollo space program. He died in January at the age of 91 and was buried on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.
It was 1919. The aeronautical technologies developed in war would be put to peaceful use in commercial aviation. London needed a proper airport as a central hub for air traffic. The October 18 issue of the Illustrated London News suggested this wacky design: a curved ring resting on top of the skyscrapers of the city.
Nevermind population or GDP. Those metrics aren't important. This map by Jody Sieradzki of Dadaviz Research shows what matters in political geography: the hair colors of the heads of government around the world.
Blondes thrive in northern Europe and baldness prospers in Africa. There's a sweep of grey hair around the middle of the world. Sadly, no leader has hair dyed in a non-natural color. It would be nice to add some pastels to the map.
As a modern person, you must regularly update your social media following by taking pictures of yourself. A minimum of once an hour is necessary in order to be a functional adult.
Selfie sticks may seem like a great way to add creativity to this tiresome chore. But they're actually dangerous. This satirical PSA is a commercial from Pizza Hut that describes the psychological damage that selfie sticks inflict on you and the physiological damage they inflict on people around you.
Artist Cassie Graus specializes in cats, which is about as optimal a choice as an artist can make. Everything is better with cats, including your favorite movies and television shows. That’s why she created posters that show the characters of Game of Thrones, Mad Max: Fury Road, Parks and Recreation, and Broad City as cats.
The Arya and Joffrey are particularly effective illustrations. Adopt the cat of your choice. Conveniently, Theon is already fixed, so you won’t have to make an extra trip to the vet.
Captain Steve Voglezon, US Army, was in Chatham County, North Carolina on Sunday when he saw a horrible head-on car collision. The cars caught on fire while two people remained inside, trapped and unable to escape.
It’s time to graduate from high school! That’s a crazy time of our lives. Some schools take special photos of graduating seniors and publish them in yearbooks. Normal people take formal photos that reflect a sober entry into adulthood.
The obvious next step would be to create a program that would automatically uploads the photos to Instagram and Facebook with appropriate captions and commentary. Your dog deserves a following on social media.
This is the Cherax pulcher. The latter term is related to the Latin adjective for “beautiful.” And indeed it is!
This delicious-looking crawfish has been only recently classified. A German scientist named Christian Lukhaup found it in Hoa Creek, West Papua, Indonesia. It grows up to 12 centimeters long and is noted for its coat of many colors, including shades of blue and purple.There are at least 19 known Cherax species. This one has shown up at local markets since about the year 2000.
How can you make Oreos even more Oreo-y? Amy of the wonderful food blog Oh, Bite It! Shows you with her latest recipe. She wrapped Double Stuff Oreos with canned biscuit dough, then deep fried them until they were a rich shade of golden brown. Then she covered them with a glaze that she made with white Oreo stuffing. Now they’re ready to eat—although I would recommend serving them on a tasteful bed of Oreo cookies.
It lies flat until you pick up the handle. Then it neatly unfolds into a decorative serving dish. I’ve never seen anything like it, but several redditors say that they’re commonly sold by street vendors in Rome. If you have a scroll saw, you can make your own by following these instructions.
DogTilligent has developed a dog collar unlike any other on the market. The All-in-One Smart Dog Collar has GPS, WiFi capability, an accelerometer, a thermometer, a speaker, LED lights, and a microphone. It helps a dog owner keep track of the dog by warning when the collar has traveled beyond a predetermined location. The Virtual Leash warns the dog when it’s moving away from a human companion by whistling, vibrating, and simulating a tug on the collar. Hopefully future versions will also have a display screen and app-uploading capability so that bored dogs can kill time by playing Candy Crush.