Laetitia, an artist in Paris (bien sûr), re-imagined this image of the French Empress Eugénie painted by the great academic painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Here, the appropriately royal Jasmine from Aladdin plays the role of the last imperial consort of France.
(Image: Make Medicine Better)
Dr. Ted Rummel is an orthopedic surgeon in O’Fallon, Missouri. A few years ago, a blood-filled cyst in his spinal cord ruptured, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. That tragedy may have slowed Dr. Rummel down, but it didn’t stop him. After a year of physical therapy, Dr. Rummel has returned to the operating room. He has resumed consulting with and operating on patients at a hospital in the St. Louis area.
To operate, Dr. Rummel uses a customized standing wheelchair while in the operating room. A nurse uses a control pad on the back to move Dr. Rummel into position at the operating table, thus keeping the room sterile. You can watch a video of him at work here.
-via Oddity Central
The food and coupon blog My Kansas City Mommy made these sweet-looking summer treats back in 2011 in order to promote a giveaway contest. There’s not much information about the burgers, but you can find a full recipe for the watermelon here.
It’s a lot more than just Rice Krispie treats with food coloring. To make your own, you’ll need strawberry-flavored marshmallows, watermelon/cherry drink mix and lime drink mix. The seeds can be either chocolate chips or raisins.
-via Cutest Food
Wesley Pereira de Souza, a 15-year old boy from Tocantins, Brazil, has a great future as an engineer. He built this hydraulic excavator arm using just plastic tubes, wood and syringes.
I saw this video floating around the internet a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t find any corroboration of its authenticity. Now we have photos of the arm and more information courtesy of Core77.
I love these child-adult collaborations. We’ve previously seen Mica Angela Hendricks’s work with her 4-year old. Now we can see more from redditor Tatsputin.
For 10 days out of a typical month, Tatsputin flies away from home on business trips. His kids make drawings and Tatsputin colors them in and adds a few accents while riding on the plane. You can see more samples of their work here.
-via Visual News
Ravelry member KnitsForLife made this unique crust for her Thanksgiving apple pie. She took a semi-frozen Trader Joe’s pie crust, sliced it into strips and then knitted a lattice structure for the pie top. If this becomes a popular dish, then craft supply stores should start stocking pie crusts!
Firefighters are professional athletes, though they're often not thought of that way. Want proof of their physical abilities? Watch these two firefighters grab a ladder from the roof of a truck, then run with it to a wall, then scamper up it. The ladder is still unfolding while the climber sprints up it!
-via 22 Words
(Photo: Marc Much/Eater Chicago)
This is real.
You’re not dreaming. There is such a thing as a Nutella Bar. Yes: an eatery devoted to Nutella.
It’s in Chicago at a place called Eataly Chicago. That’s a newly opened 63,000-square foot food theme park. You can get all sorts of food there, especially Italian food. There are eight restaurants, a butcher shop and a grocery store. The prize jewel is a stand-up bar where you can purchase pastries with Nutella on them. The business will open to the public on December 10.
Who’s up for a road trip to Chicago?
-via That’s Nerdalicious
There's nothing wrong with your body. You're perfect the way you are! Little Red Riding Hood knows that you have body image issues. Don't let her mess with your head, as she does in this Balderduck cartoon.
(Photo: Luttrell Psalter, British Library)
The Viviender is a Fifteenth Century book written in Middle French. It contains 60 recipies as well as household tips and medical advice. One of the recipies is ideal for Thanksgiving dinner. Fill a cooked chicken with mercury, sulfur and hot air, then bind both ends. The bird will appear to sing when you loosen the bounds:
To make that Chicken Sing when it is dead and roasted, whether on the spit or in the platter. Take the neck of your chicken and bind it at one end and fill it with quicksilver and ground sulphur, filling until it is roughly half full; then bind the other end, but not too tightly. When you want it to sing, [heat] your neck or chicken. When it is quite hot, and when the mixture heats up, the air that is trying to escape will make the chicken's sound. The same can be done with a gosling, with a piglet and with any other birds. And if it doesn't cry loudly enough, tie the two ends more tightly.
(Photo: Rohit Gowaika)
Prabalgad Fort, also known as Kalavantin Durg, is an old and now unused fort in the Western Ghats mountain range in the Indian state of Maharashtra. As you can see in this photo, the summit is small. But if properly supplied and fortified, any encampment there would be almost impossible to capture.
The origins of Prabalgad Fort are unknown, but it was occupied by at least 1458 and was in active military use by as late as 1826. The only way to the top is through a long staircase carved into the mountain. Tourists sometimes brave the climb, which is risky because there are no guardrails.
"An elegant weapon, for a wealthier age." -- Scrooge McDuck
"Adventure is a bother." -- Up, Winnie the Pooh
"A whole new Puddin'." -- Aladdin, Harley Quinn
"The Corpse Crusader." -- The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batgirl
James Silvani is an artist in Hawaii. He works mostly with Disney product lines and is most famous for his Darkwing Duck comics. His Tumblr blog is filled with sketches of mashup art, usually mixing Disney characters with Star Wars, Star Trek and Warner Bros. characters. You can watch a brief interview with him here.
-via Landa Calrissian
You don’t have to get older. There’s a traditional alternative, but it’s unpleasant.
Aging may appear to be inevitable, but Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães, a biologist at the University of Liverpool, disputes that. He’s devoted his scholarly life to studying the process of aging.
The artists behind Ph.D. Comics, a funny webcomic about the graduate school lifestyle, produced this video. They illustrate a talk by Dr. Magalhães on the subject of aging. What is the process of aging at the cellular level? We don’t know for sure, but Dr. Magalhães explains three major hypotheses. He also describes what we may be able to learn from age-resistant animals, such as the naked mole rat.
Some families that hold large Thanksgiving dinners traditionally set a separate table for children. It can be useful for ensuring that everyone can participate in table conversations.
But what would it be like if you set separate tables for different types of dinner guests? Caldwell Tanner drew 6 cartoons illustrating these alternate arrangements. Which one would you sit at?
Becky McKay, the internet’s Cereal Baker, is forever mashing up foods that less sophisticated people might think don’t belong together. In the past, we’ve seen her Cheetos Rice Krispie treats, Spam and peanut butter cookies, donut-stuffed cronuts and pizza roll-stuffed cupcakes. Now, for the Thanksgiving season, she’s offering the classic pumpkin pie in the form of lasagna.
It’s made with all of the standard ingredients: lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, evaporated milk, eggs and canned pumpkin. It’s covered with caramel topping and whipped cream.
Ricotta and caramel? Those are two flavors that are made for each other!
(Images: Heritage Auctions)
For much of American history, banks issued paper currency that customers could redeem for gold. This is why paper money is often referred to as banknotes. Some banks issued notes with inventive graphics in the hope of making them collectible. Thus, customers may be inclined to keep them instead of turning them in for gold.
The Saint Nicholas National Bank was perhaps named to inspire confidence in its trustworthiness. After all, Santa Claus wouldn’t take your money and run, would he?
Maybe the bank owners hoped that customers would think so, but that didn’t stop one from suing the bank in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
Some electric bikes have solar cells to charge batteries. But what sets Terry Hope’s SolarCross EV apart is that it doesn’t need batteries. On level ground, it can move him at speeds of up to 4.3 miles per hour.
The bike weighs about 49 pounds and is based on a 1998 Specialized FSR mountain bike. Each of the 121 square inch panels can generate 12.4 watts. They weigh about 3 ounces each, so they don’t add too much to the overall weight. Here’s a demonstration video:
-via Design Boom
Due to their body shape, seahorses are very slow swimmers. Most fish are far more efficient in their movement. But Brad Gremmell, a marine biologist at the University of Texas, thinks that he’s found an evolutionary advantage in their body shape.
The primary prey of seahorses are copepods—tiny marine crustaceans. Mr. Gremmell says that these creatures are incredibly fast:
"They're very, very sensitive to disturbances in the water, such as those created by approaching predators."
Once copepods detect these disturbances, they can swim distances of more than 500 times their body length per second. In comparison, "a cheetah probably only runs 30 body lengths per second," Gemmell said. If the average U.S. adult male traveled 500 body lengths per second, based on their height, they would move nearly 2,000 mph (3,200 km/h).
Nonetheless, slow seahorses can catch copepods. Because of their lean, narrow snouts, seahorses can approach copepods by stealth. They can get within biting distance without disturbing the water and alerting the copepods.
As in Dune, the slow blade penetrates the shield.
-via Glenn Reynolds
I’ve never seen anything like this! An ice disk is a rare ice formation consisting of a thin, circular sheet of ice. With a bit of water pressure or wind, it moves. In the above video, you can watch one that recently appeared in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota. It’s about 55 feet across and slowly rotates. A hydrologist described the phenomenon:
Allen Schlag, a National Weather Service hydrologist in Bismarck, and Greg Gust, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks, said a combination of cold, dense air last weekend and an eddy in the river likely caused the disk.
The cold, dense air — the air pressure Saturday in nearby Fargo was a record high for the city for the month of November, according to Gust — turned the river water into ice, but since the water was relatively warm it didn't happen all at once. Floating bits of ice got caught in the eddy and started to spin in a circle.
You can see photos of more ice disks at Colossal.
(Photo: Pioneer Press: Chris Polydoroff)
“Yes, what? I’m here.”
This may be a confusing time of year for one woman in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her name is literally “Happy Thanksgiving.” Specifically, she’s Dr. Happy Thanksgiving Reynolds.
Her parents were, Dr. Reynolds explains, “hippies.” They didn’t have a baby name planned for her because they believed that the circumstances of her birth would reveal the universe’s intentions for her name. She was born on Thanksgiving Day in 1970, so they named her Happy Thanksgiving.
Dr. Reynolds isn’t shy about her name, but uses it openly. She says that it has landed her job interviews that might otherwise have missed.
This is Lucid Stead, an art installation by artist Phillip K. Smith III. A 70-old homesteader cabin sits on Mr. Smith’s property in Joshua Tree, California. He removed sections of wood siding and replaced them with mirrors.
When you look at Lucid Stead during the day, it appears that you can see right through it, thanks to the reflection of the desert landscape. During the night, interior lights create a show of ever-shifting colors. Mr. Smith writes that observing Lucid Stead is an opportunity to share in “the pace of change of the desert.” You can see more photos and videos of it here.
Have you ever used a microfilm reader at a library? In the age between exclusively print library collections and online research databases, library patrons engaging in intensive research often relied on microfilm collections.
This is all thanks to Eugene B. Power (1905-1993), an entrepreneur in Michigan who was dedicated to preserving and spreading access to library resources through microfilm technology. He founded University Microfilms International (UMI), a company which developed the practice.
UMI is now known as ProQuest. To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of UMI in 1938, ProQuest commissioned a delightfully goofy yet reverent comic book that depicts Eugene B. Power as a library superhero. You can read the entire book here. It’s hilarious.
(Photo of a microfilm reader by Valerie)
(Unrelated photo via wanderingone)
Food for Fines is a charity event at some libraries in the United States. At the South Burlington Community Library in South Burlington, Vermont, patrons with library fines can donate food items. For every item that they donate, they pay off $2 of accumulated library fines.
At the Park City Library in Park City, Utah, patrons have to pay a bit more: each food item is worth $1 in fines. The Warren Public Library in Warren, Pennsylvania is engaging in a similar program in order to help fill up a local food bank operated by the Salvation Army.
Would you like to see your own local public library do a Food for Fines program?
-via NPR Library
(Photo: Siew Ming Cheng)
How do you get people to respect your personal space while on the train? I find that having angry arguments with imaginary people tends to do the trick. But it does take work. If you’d rather take a passive approach, you can wear Siew Ming Cheng’s Spike Away vest.
Ms. Cheng made it in college for a class project. Her task was to invent a “chindogu”—a Japanese term for an object that solves one ordinary problem, but is otherwise useless.
In Singapore, where Ms. Cheng lives, trains can get really crowded. People jostle, push and get too close. Ms. Cheng found in a hardware store a material used to keep birds and cats away from plants. She shaped it into a vest so that she can keep human pests away.
Thanksgiving is a stressful time for turkeys. They become the center of attention even though they are natural introverts. People have high expectations for their turkey experiences and sometimes turkeys can't meet them. John McNamee of Pie Comic understands.
(Photo: Jim Holden)
And it’s about time, right? We’re living in the Twenty-First Century now, so such products should be readily available.
Amanda Cotton is an artist in UK. She does a lot of fairly conventional work, such as jewelry made from earwax and paintings made by maggots on decomposing meat (what she calls a “performance sculpture.”)
Most recently, she’s made headlines by assembling picture frames made of human placentas. She does it by boiling a whole placenta, grinding it into pieces, mixing it with resin, then shaping the mixture into a frame.
It’s a keepsake for new parents, like a baby’s first blanket. Ms. Cotton explains:
It is my belief that human by-products have just as valid an aesthetic value as their virginal material resource. From this starting point, I chose to create souvenirs which pinpoint key times in one's life, using materials of personal significance.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
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