On May 5, 1862, a Mexican army under the command of Generals Ignacio Zaragoza and Porfirio Diaz defeated a French army at the Battle of Puebla, temporarily halting the French invasion of Mexico. Consequently, Americans drink tequila on May 5 every year.
If you drink too much tequila, then El Original, a Tex-Mex restaurant in New York City, offers this breakfast taco as a hangover cure. It's called the Seis de Mayo. This whopping 7-pound taco contains a dozen eggs, a pound of sausage, a pound of bacon, and a pound of peppers and onions. It costs $50.
KFC claims that its chicken is "finger lickin' good." Now you can take that way too literally with its line of nail polish that is as edible as the rest of the items on its menu (for what that's worth). It teamed up with the spice company McCormick to create polishes that taste like the Original and Hot & Spicy flavors. They're debuting in Hong Kong. Adweek reports:
"The recipe for our edible nail polish is unique and was specifically designed to hold the flavor, but to also dry with a glossy coat similar to normal nail polish," says Ogilvy creative director John Koay. "This campaign is designed to be intriguing and fun to increase excitement around the KFC brand in Hong Kong."
Rob Lopez began getting his 2-year old son Sebastian ready for Star Wars Day last Friday (it's a holiday that requires a lot of prep work). Lopez woke up the boy while dressed as Darth Vader and menacing him with a lightsaber.
Sebastian, a fine padawan, responded with admirable courage. At 1:43, he demonstrates that he knows exactly what he should do if Darth Vader visits him.
My favorite part of the video is when Lopez thoughtfully gets his wife's written permission to play this prank on their toddler. He's smart!
"Metamorphosis" is a stunningly beautiful new series by body painters Leonie Gené and Jörg Düesterwald and photographers Uwe Schmida and Laila Pregizer. In it, the elements of nature appear to awaken from slumber and rise into human form. It is an animistic presentation of the natural world in all its beauty.
He was a stray who lived a hard life of fighting other dogs and killing cats on the streets. Then Ed Gernon of Whittier, California rescued him.
Having been rescued, Rex pushed on the cycle of kindness. He brought Gernon's attention to a sick hummingbird, lying on the ground and covered with ants.
The pair nursed the bird, whom they named Hummer, back to health. Now Hummer lives with Gernon and Rex. She's Rex's constant companion. You can read more about them at CBS News Los Angeles (auto-start video).
When celebs get all dressed up for a high profile function they usually get some famous fashion designer to choose their wardrobe for them, so they show up looking tres chic and totally cool at the big event.
This system usually works out well for both parties, as the designers get free promotion and the stars get free cutting edge fashion styling, but this system also leaves the celebs at a designer's mercy.
Celebs like Nikki Minaj, Zayn Malik and Solange Bowles showed up to the Met Gala 2016 dressed in designer fashion that really made them stand out, never knowing the designers were secretly turning them all into cosplayers. Well played, fashion elite!
Makeup artist Promise Tamang looks like she's stepping out of a virtual world! She painted perfectly arranged and shaded squares on her face, neck, and chest to make her look like a pixelated being. You can see her makeup tutorial here and learn how to do this for yourself.
To commemorate the life of the musician Prince, beard artist James Myrick (whose work we've featured extensively at Neatorama) grew his beard into the shape of Prince's unpronounceable love symbol. The purple background inspired by Prince's Purple Rain is a nice accent.
I'd long suspected that disposable ballpoint pens had holes in the caps so that they'd dry out faster. It's planned obsolescence.
But that was incorrect. It's actually to save lives.
Every year, about 100 people in the USA choke to death on pen caps. The purpose of the hole is to provide an air passage in the event that the pen cap becomes lodged in an airway. Science Alert explains:
By simply adding a larger hole to the top of the lid, pen company BIC increased air flow and the chance that people would still be able to breathe even if that happens - a design feature that, quite literally, saves lives.
"In addition to help prevent the pen from leaking, all our BIC caps comply with international safety standards that attempt to minimise the risk of children accidentally inhaling pen caps," the company writes on its website. "Some of these vented caps, like that used for the BIC Cristal, has a little hole in the top to comply with the existing safety standards."
That person who lives in your house--the one that you've known all of his life--what's his name? Precision is difficult, so just run through the roster and see what sticks.
We've all done this before: call one family member by another relative's name. You may even address your husband or child with your dog's name.
But not your cat's name.
Why? Futurity summarizes research from a Duke University doctoral student named Sparky Samantha Deffler. She explains that it's because dog names have greater significance in families:
In addition to mixing up sibling for sibling and daughter for son, study participants frequently called other family members by the name of the family pet—but only when the pet was a dog. Owners of cats or other pets didn’t commit such slips of the tongue.
Deffler says she was surprised how consistent that finding was, and how often it happened.
“I’ll preface this by saying I have cats and I love them,” Deffler says. “But our study does seem to add to evidence about the special relationship between people and dogs.
“Also, dogs will respond to their names much more than cats, so those names are used more often. Perhaps because of that, the dog’s name seems to become more integrated with people’s conceptions of their families.”
16 and Pregnant? Not anymore. Or, at least, less of it. The number of teenage mothers in the USA peaked in 1991, when it was considered a major public health crisis. But since 2006, the teen birthrate has plummeted, especially among Black and Hispanic populations.
Why? Scholars says that improved sex education and access to contraception has helped. But teens are also having sex less. The Washington Post explains:
“There has been a change in social norms that has happened in the past 20 years, and the idea of not having sex or delaying sex is now something that can be okay,” said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
Veronica Gomez-Lobo, director of pediatric gynecology at Children’s National Medical Center, said the trend of abstinence has been mostly among younger teens rather than older ones. While there’s not good data on why this is happening, she thinks of it as a “contagion” factor: So many teens are waiting to have sex, she suggests, that the peer pressure goes opposite to the way that it might have in the past.
“We think this is a very healthy trend,” Gomez-Lobo said.
We would, of course, need hard data to confirm this impression.
You think that you've got it rought? Just listen to the nightmarish life of Frédéric Desnard, formerly a manager at a perfume company in France:
“I was ashamed of being paid for doing nothing,” he said.
There was simply nothing for him to do for his 4 years at the Interparfums company:
The 44-year-old said his “descent into hell” was similar to a burnout, but less interesting. […]
Desnard complained that between 2010 and 2014 he was mise en placard, or put in the cupboard by his then employer Interparfums, a French phrase that involves giving employees little or no work, or menial tasks.
He told Agence France-Presse he was relegated to doing tasks that had nothing to do with his job and deprived of his original responsibilities. This, he alleges, left him “destroyed” and with “serious depression”.
So, The Guardian reports, Desnard is seeking compensation and damages from Interparfums for approximately $414,000:
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in France, Desnard is seeking €360,000 (£282,000) in compensation and damages – including holiday pay, he says, is due.
Can you find a security flaw in one of Facebook's social media platforms? If so, the company will give you at $10,000 reward.
The youngest person to ever claim that prize is a 10-year old boy in Finland named Jani. He found a hole in Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company handed over the cash reward to Jani's parents. The Washington Post reports:
This reward puts Jani in the upper tier of hackers Facebook has paid for finding bugs. Since the company launched its bounty program in 2011, Facebook says it has paid out about $4.3 million to more than 800 researchers.
Melanie Ensign, a security representative at Facebook, told The Washington Post by phone early Wednesday that most of those payouts are much smaller amounts. The reported $1,780 average reward skews high, she said, with a cluster of very large payouts obscuring the typical sum.
“We base our bounties on the scope of the risk, rather than the novelty or sophistication,” Ensign said. The flaw that Jani found “would have impacted everybody on Instagram.”
Jani hopes to spend some of that reward money on a bike, soccer equipment, and new computers.
The worldwide film phenomenon known as Bollywood began with this 1913 silent film Raja Harishchandra. Govind Phalke, who is sometimes known as the "father of Indian cinema," produced this, the first Indian feature film.
The story centres around the hero Harishchandra, a noble king, who, to honour his promise to the sage Vishwamitra, sacrifices his kingdom, his wife, and eventually also his children. By the end, however, having pleased the Gods with his actions, Harishchandra’s former glory is restored.
Phalke was apparently inspired to make films after watching the French film The Life of Christ (1902), twice in one day. He quit his job at a printing press and went to London to learn the technical ins and outs of making a film. Returning to India, he pledged in his life-assurance policies and his wife sold her jewellery to raise the capital needed.
Embedded above is an 11-minute synopsis. You can watch the full 40 minutes that survive at the Public Domain Review.
It's called pide and it looks delicious! Instagram member stark_eats describes how he discovered it at a restaurant in Istanbul:
A bearded gent from northern Turkey, crammed in with his family at the table next to ours, upon noticing our non-Turkish tongues, asked us with guarded suspicion how we found out about this family-run spot. Once we gave him a satisfactory answer, he told us we had chosen wisely, for this was his favorite pidecisi in Istanbul. When we were about to dig in, he told us to first slide the butter around the crust and then eat. Glad we did
The California Highway Patrol is worried more kids will want to try freeway skating and get killed for a bit of fun, which is why they're scanning social media for freeway skating videos and making arrests.
"Sk8 Or Die!" is just a silly slogan, guys, and not a suggestion on how to live your life!
When Disney theme parks do well they show their success by improving the park and building new attractions, but when a Disney park fails it fails spectacularly and leaves the colorful corpse to prove it.
Wanna see a dead Disney park?
Check out these wild photos taken by Seph Lawless inside the remains of River Country at Walt Disney World, the first Disney water park.
River Country opened back in 1976 and quickly became a popular part of the Walt Disney World experience, but by 2001 low attendance forced closure, and by 2005 the park was completely abandoned.
Seph honored the 40th anniversary of River Country's opening with his spooky photo series, sharing these thoughts on why he chose the theme park for his shoot:
“Along with Discovery Island, it is one of only two Disney parks in Disney's history to ever close permanently,” says Lawless “Both of the parks were left to slowly decay and to succumb to Mother Nature, leaving behind a beautiful apocalyptic landscape.”
Would you like to enjoy human contact for once? I've heard that it's a wonderful experience, but holding a "Free Hugs" sign out in public isn't helping. Perhaps Together Wear will. Mashable reports that this new line of hoodies has pockets in the back that encourage someone to hug you, especially in chilly weather.
Pro tip: slip a $5 $20 bill in each pocket to seal the deal.
Italian artist Fruttart Scuruchi (translation) felt inspired when seeing an elaborate pumpkin carving for the first time. Since then, s/he (?) has been turning fruits and vegetables into fine sculptures, including, recently, several colorful apples. This Rubik's Cube began as an apple, as you can see from this video illustrating it partially complete.
French photographer Patrice Letarnec calls his series "Head over Heels." In a surreal alien world, humans flail about awkwardly (from our perspective) as their bodies are inverted, but their clothes are like ours. The fashionable subjects stride down the streets of Paris a bit more slowly than we do.
You don't have to understand every language in the world to be able to identify the language in which words are written, you just have to know a little something about their alphabets and look for identifying marks.
Ã, ã: When you see this sign of a nasalized A (as in São Paulo), you're almost certainly looking at Portuguese, especially if the language looks a lot like Spanish.
Ă, ă: This A with a cup on the top is your surest way of knowing you're looking at Romanian (unless you're looking at Vietnamese, but read on for more about that). For further confirmation, look for Ț/ț and Ș/ș (that's T and S with a comma beneath).
Ő, ő; Ű, ű: These vowels that look like their hair is standing on end are the most unambiguous signs of Hungarian. The clever Hungarians just combined ó and ö to make a letter that means "long ö," and did same with ű.
Bonus: How can you tell Chinese and Japanese apart? There's one special character that will give away Japanese every time, and it's only fair to tell you. Japanese uses three writing systems, only one of which is the same as Chinese uses, but unless you know them, you're out of luck. But Japanese makes frequent use of the character の, which is a grammatical particle and does not exist in Chinese (Chinese characters are never round).
How well did Glee end? Fans were clearly delighted. I didn't see it, but I did watch the finale of Newhart, which was ingenious.
Dexter rightfully deserves to be dead last in this list. Just hacking off the last 3 minutes alone would helped a lot.
Redditor ChallengeResponse compared IMDb ratings of the first and last episodes of famous television shows to see whether they were relatively good or bad, as well as compared finales with average ratings for the respective durations of each show. You can see all of the charts here.
To brew beer, you need yeast. And where should you find yeast? The truth lies within yourself--and specifically, your belly button.
7 Cent Brewery in Australia has developed a new beer from the bacteria found in the belly button lint of one of the founders. It's called Belly Button Beer. 9 News describes it:
As for how Belly Button Beer tastes, the brewery has described it as being "in the style of a new world-ish Belgian-ish Witbier with fresh orange zest and toasted coriander seeds".
"The yeast exhibits qualities of Belgian beer with the key characteristics being spiciness, clove and light banana esters. The orange zest and coriander seeds were used to help complement the yeast and a calculated amount of Riwaka and Mosaic hops were added to increase the citrus qualities and give it a refreshing hop kick," they said.
"Four different grains were also used to add both body and complexity including: barley, wheat, oats and rye."
This isn't the first time 7 Cent Brewery has used unique ingredients in a beer recipe:
The brewery also made an oyster stout, and launched a 'hipster beer' at GABS 2015, which was made with quinoa, chia seeds and kale.
Hammacher Schlemmer calls it the Bunyanesque Hammock after the mythical lumberjack Paul Bunyan. The $500 hammock holds 5 200-pound adults and measures 8 by 15 feet. The straps appear to be rigid, thus preventing it from being used as a slingshot, which is a shame. Perhaps those could be added as an aftermarket feature.