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Horrible Stories of Children in Restaurants

I'm far from the person who believes no one should take children to a restaurant as I've seen plenty of well behaved kids eating out, but we've all seen those monster children at restaurants whose parents completely ignore them. But the worst kid you've ever seen while dining out probably doesn't compare at all to the terrible youngsters in this Thrillist article. While all the stories are pretty good, the last one really emphasizes how terrible some parents are while dining out with their offspring: 

"I was way too busy to take time away from my other tables to escort this girl to the bathroom and I also did not really feel comfortable taking a young child and 'helping her' in the bathroom. I mean, what if this involved wiping and such? I let her know that I was sorry, but I needed to start bringing the food out for the table and did not have time to help her daughter. I should add that, at least to appearances, there was no obvious physical disability that would have prevented this lady from taking her own daughter to the bathroom. Not to mention, there are 13 other people at the table -- who know this child to some extent -- who could also have helped if needed.

And that's just the beginning of the awfulness. You can read the rest of the story -and all the others at Thrillist.


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Why Cartoon Characters Wear Gloves

When cartoons were wholly crafted by hand animators used all kinds of tricks to speed up the process, and one of their tricks made a character's hands more visible, emotive and easier to animate-they put gloves on 'em.

This small change made a world of difference for early animators who were discovering rounder was better in a character design, and simplification saved precious time during production.

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This toon-tastic video by Vox shows how gloves became an iconic part of a cartoon's character design, and how Mickey's gloves started it all.

-Via DesignTAXI


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A New Novel Reveals The Fate Of Jar Jar Binks After Revenge Of The Sith

Ever since he made his last big screen appearance in Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith Jar Jar Binks has been the butt of many jokes, and a few fan theories even speculate the Gungan may be a Sith Lord in disguise.

Mashable received an advanced copy of Chuck Wendig's new novel Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End and found out that fan theory hit the Meesa right on the Binks- because Jar Jar was working for the Empire after all.

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In Empire's End a young refugee runs into Jar Jar, who is now a street performer, and the Gungan opens up to the kid about his dark past:

"Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens," the Gungan says, explaining why he isn't wanted anywhere either. "Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire." He stares into the distance, suggesting he knows more than he's saying.

I knew that little bastard stank worse than Dagobah!

-Via The Verge


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Ten Of The Oldest Cities In The World

Every time I travel through California I'm reminded of how young the cities in my state are compared to cities like Boston and NYC, let alone when compared to ancient cities like Athens, Greece.

But even though cities like Los Angeles and San Diego are only a couple of hundred years old there's a city about 2000 miles south of California that has been around for over 2500 years- Cholula, Mexico.

Cholula was home to the Olmecs, Toltecs and Aztecs, and when the town was conquered by Hernán Cortés and his Conquistadors he called it "the most beautiful city outside Spain".

The small colonial town of 60,000 is best known for Tlachihualtepetl, the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which is the largest pyramid in the world and the largest archaeological pyramid site in the New World.

Cholula has definitely seen some epic battles in its day, but those battles cannot compare to the wars fought in and around Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Plovdiv dates back to at least 4000 BCE, and as one of the oldest cities in Europe it has seen its fair share of invaders, conflict and resurrection, traces of which can be seen in the city's 39-foot thick cultural layers.

The Romans, Greeks, Persians, Celts, Goths, Huns, Slavs, Turks and Ottomans have all invaded and/or conquered Plovdiv throughout its storied history, each one contributing to the city's history like a patch on a quilt.

Read more about 10 Of The Oldest Cities In The World here


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Get Your Cheese on With This Outrageous Mac n' Cheese Donut

Donuts are beautiful things, but sometimes you want the satisfying, high-cholesterol goodness of cheese. For the times that you want a carb-heavy donut and cheesy deliciousness, consider a Mac n' Cheetos donut like this one from the geniuses at HellthyJunkFood.

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The creation might not technically be a donut, but it sure has that classic shape we all love and it more importantly combines everything you love about macaroni and cheese with fabulously artificial Cheetos flavor.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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The Ultimate Bagel Troll

This bagel seems created only to infuriate those who lay eyes on it. Creator Mike Bibgy's caption further proves that it is designed solely to troll people: "Ahh the classic baggel! RT if u love 2 eat bangles!"

Via That's Nerdalicious

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Animals With the Strangest Hearts

Biology, in general, is an amazingly strange and complicated thing, but it's certainly more bizarre in some animals than others. And while the science that keeps our hearts beating is already pretty impressive, the science behind the animal hearts in this Atlas Obscura article is truly odd.

For example, did you know cuttlefish have three hearts and blue blood? Or that while diving, the hearts of emperor penguins slows down and blood flow cuts off to all but the most important organs so they can dive without getting the bends? Perhaps most shockingly, the wood frog can stop its heart from beating entirely during the winter when almost all of the water in their bodies freezes solid?

Learn more about these fascinating animals and their hearts over on Atlas Obscura.

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The Dangers Of Stealth In Video Games

Video games that involve a lot of stealth are the bane of my existence, because I want to play the badass game I've been hearing about but can't get past that one part because the guy KEEPS HEARING ME FOR SOME REASON!

But, as this comic by Julia Lepetit shows, there's a hidden danger that is worse than wrecked nerves, a danger gamers don't consider while they're sneaking their way through an entire game- stealth knees. Keep the crouching to a minimum, people!

-Via Dorkly


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Will Arnett Prank Calls A Toy Store As LEGO Batman

Thanks to the LEGO Batman franchise Will Arnett gets to be Batman's voice, and he's enjoying the gig so much he'll start being the Bat at the drop of a hat.

Will was on BBC Radio 1's The Matt Edmondson Show promoting The LEGO Batman Movie when he decided to try his hand, err voice, at Matt's AlphabetiCall challenge by prank calling a toy store. 

Each sentence Will says during the call has to start with the next letter of the alphabet, so will he be up to the challenge?

And will the toy store clerk even get that he's doing a bit, or will they just say "...okay?" like a total space cadet? Tune in and find out!

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-Via Laughing Squid


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These Dogs Are Unimpressed By Zero Gravity Environments

People generally get a thrill out of floating around in a zero-g environment, but dogs clearly don't get the same thrill.

I guess digging zero-g is a human thing, because according to the dog in this video shared by Imgur user IAmtheDenmarkian the whole weightlessness thing sucks...especially when gravity returns.

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And, in case you were wondering, space dogs think zero gravity environments suck too, because they don't get why humans want to float around in a giant metal space tube when there aren't any snacks.

-Via Travel + Leisure

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What's The Difference Between Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin And Aleve?

Non-prescription pain relievers are a bit like cola in that they're often referred to by one name, and where I live people usually ask for either aspirin or Tylenol even if they want Bayer, Aleve or Advil.

Others have reported a similar lack of brand name usage, with aspirin being the most universally used name for pain relievers, but is there really much of a difference between the brands?

Turns out there really is quite a difference- Tylenol is acetaminophen, which is best for headaches and not so good for joint pain.

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) can help with light pain but also helps lower the risk of heart attack and stroke when a small dose is taken every day. It's also murder on your guts, liver and kidneys.

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For heavy pain you want either Advil, Motrin or Aleve- Advil and Motrin are ibuprofen, which is good for hangovers, menstrual cramps, earaches, toothaches and sore or injured muscles but not so good for a headache.

Aleve is naproxen, which takes a while to kick in but works great for people with moderate to severe chronic pain, such as a lasting headache or pain associated with arthritis.

Read more about What's The Difference Between Tylenol, Aspirin, Advil and Aleve at mental_floss


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The Most Incredible Medieval Castles in the World

Even if you never dreamed of being a prince or princess as a kid, it's hard to deny that there's still something incredibly romantic about a castle -particularly those from medieval times.

Whether you dream of visiting castles across the globe one day or just like to look at pictures of places that look like they fell out of a fairy tale, this Travel and Leisure article featuring some of the most incredible medieval castles still standing is something you just shouldn't miss.

So don't miss your chance to see the height of medieval architecture by clicking here.


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Rhea the Naked Birdie Proves Bald is Beautiful

Birds have feathers -except when they lose them for one reason or another. Sweet Rhea the Naked Birdie suffers from Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease, which leaves her completely without feathers.

But what she lacks in fluff she makes up for in attitude -and this little birdie has personality to spare. 

Her daily adventures and adorable outfits have made her quite the star on Instagram and she is even becoming an icon for the disabled as she proves that there's absolutely nothing wrong with looking a little different and getting around in an unusual manner.

She's also quite a sweater model and people from across the globe have sent her custom sweaters to help keep her warm and content. Rhea may well have the largest wardrobe of any bird on Earth!

You can keep up with her precious pictures on Instagram.

Via PetsLady

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Love Letters Written By Celebrities And Historical Figures

Everyone uses the internet to meet new people these days, and online dating has virtually replaced the old dating scene in every way, but this convenience is killing one element of courtship- the love letter.

Out of the depths of my happy heart wells a great tide of love and prayer for this priceless treasure that is confined to my life-long keeping.

You cannot see its intangible waves as they flow towards you, darling, but in these lines you will hear, as it were, the distant beating of the surf.

If you've ever sent and/or received a love letter then you know this is a terrible loss, and an email or instant message simply can't express the way you feel like a handwritten letter sealed with a kiss.

I don't know how to tell you just how much I miss you. I love you till my heart could burst. All I love, all I want, all I need is you — forever. I want to be just where you are and be just what you want me to be. I know it's lousy of me to be so late so often, and I promise to try a million times harder, I promise.

Love, Marilyn

Maybe these love letters written by Mark Twain to Olivia Langdon, Marilyn Monroe to Joe DiMaggio and Orson Welles to Rita Hayworth can help revive this dying art form, and we can use the internet to buy stamps instead!

Dearest Angel Girl:

...I suppose most of us are lonely in this big world, but we must fall tremendously in love to find it out. The cure is the discovery of our need for company -- I mean company in the very special sense we've come to understand since we happened to each other -- you and I. The pleasures of human experience are emptied away without that companionship -- now that I've known it; without it joy is just an unendurable as sorrow. You are my life -- my very life. Never imagine your hope approximates what you are to me. Beautiful, precious little baby -- hurry up the sun! -- make the days shorter till we meet. I love you, that's all there is to it.

Your boy,

Orson

Read 14 Famous Love Letters- Love Notes Written By Celebrities And Historical Figures here


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You Can Get Married At Taco Bell's Wedding Chapel

"Going to the chapel and we're gonna eat chalupaaaaas" -I guess that's how the new song is going to go now that Taco Bell's new Las Vegas location is offering a full service wedding package. Starting in the summer, people can order a $600 wedding bundle right off the menu that will include a ceremony on the restaurant's second floor which can accommodate up to 15 guests. The package comes with branded merch like champagne glasses, tees, a bow tie, a garter belt and a bouquet made from hot sauce packets. And, of course, they'll cater the affair with a 12 pack of tacos and a Cinnabon Delights cake.


I guess that's one way to think outside the bun.

Via Eater

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The Snow Monsters Of The Hakkoda Mountains

Each year the Snowmen of the Hakkoda Mountains line up like an icy army ready to march down and take over Japan, as hundreds of snowy forms populate the slopes of this winter wonderland.

Some see them as frozen monsters, others think of them as ghosts made solid by the frosty air, but they're actually fir trees covered in a thick blanket of snow.

Photographer Sho Shibata likes to explore the Hakkodas in the dead of winter and shoot pictures of the bleak beauty all around him, but since this range is so remote he makes sure to bring a few friends along for the trek.

-Via Travel and Leisure


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Music Student Transcribes Song On Character's Butt In "The Garden Of Earthly Delights"

There are a lot of wicked details to be found in the Heironymus Bosch triptych The Garden Of Earthly Delights, but a music student from Oklahoma named Amelia Hamrick saw something scribbled on a butt that caught her eye.

It was sheet music that Amelia felt sure she could transcribe into an actual song, so she analyzed the character's behind and put together a cheeky little tune from Hell.

Listen to the song here

This kleine hineymusik isn't anything great, but transcribing sheet music found in a painting is a great idea! 

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Read more about Hieronymus Bosch's 500-Year-Old Butt Song From Hell here


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WETA Workshop Sculptor Shows Off Incredible Prototype For "Labyrinth" Board Game

Artists, crafters and writers who become obsessed with board games often wonder if they can make their own game, and I've heard some great ideas from my many gamer friends over the years.

But theory and execution are two very different matters, and creating miniatures, art for the game and the perfect playing surface is really hard- unless you're a WETA Workshop artist like Johnny Fraser-Allen.

Johnny is a lifelong Jim Henson fan and sculptor who is working on a 3D board game based on Labyrinth, which he was happy to share with Adam Savage on this episode of Tested.

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-Via GeekTyrant


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You Can Send Your Sweetie a Marijuana Bouquet This Valentine's Day

Marijuana's smokable "buds" are ultimately just flowers, so if your sweetie likes to smoke flowers, he or she might prefer a marijuana bouquet over a more traditional dozen roses. Unfortunately, they're only available in Los Angeles, can only be delivered to those with medical marijuana cards and (unsurprisingly) are a bit expensive at $400 -although that does include a whole ounce of cannabis, so the price is a bit reasonable. They also may be sold out since the bouquets were part of a limited run of 500. The flowers are a hybrid blend of sativa/indica ready to smoke on arrival.

If they are still available, you can place your order on the Lowell Herb Co. website.

Via UpOut


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Massive Final Fantasy VII Snow Sculpture From The Sapporo Snow Festival

This year the skilled snow sculptors at the Sapporo Snow Festival chose to go old school by creating a massive homage to the classic SquareENIX RPG Final Fantasy VII.

The fifty-foot-tall diorama featured an incredibly detailed depiction of Cloud Strife and Sephiroth squaring off, and by some snowy miracle the sculpture stayed in place and didn't turn into an AVALANCHE.

-Via Nerd Approved


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Passive Aggressive Neighbor Shuns Girl for "Smoking a Cigar" That Turns Out to be a Taquito

Few things are more obnoxious than a nosy neighbor -especially when that neighbor passively aggressively tells you not to smoke cigars when you could be viewed by children. Even when the person in question is a juvenile and it would be illegal for them to smoke cigars (or marijuana, which it seems like the neighbor is actually hinting at), it's not the business of their neighbor.

That passive aggressiveness is particularly terrible when the "cigar" in question is actually a taquito. Surprisingly, the teen, Sarah Holder, actually holds no ill will towards her meddlesome neighbor, but instead said “I feel bad because in my opinion [my neighbour] is crazy nice and I get where she’s coming from." 

Well, at least some people don't get so annoyed by their neighbor's nosiness. Buzzfeed promises to keep the world updated if the neighbor actually responds.

Via Some eCards

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Fun Comics That Explain How To Do Stuff

It's a wonder anybody knew how to do anything before the internet, but now that we're all able to look up tutorials and whatnot online 24 hours a day there's no excuse for not knowing how to do stuff.

So if you don't know how to watch videos online, get to sleep effectively or appreciate the beauty of nature you can just go online and find info on subjects ranging from practical everyday to esoteric.

But if your attention span is too short to handle all that reading and research don't worry! These comics by Sanesparza will explain it all to you as simply as possible, often with as few words as possible, so you can get back to living life to the fullest!

See 10+ Fun Comics That Explain How To Do Things here (NSFW language)


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Pop Culture's Best In Show For Every Breed

I can't watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show without wondering about dog breeds, or more specifically why breeds look the way they do.

That's because dogs are often defined by the look of their breed, and we assume certain things about their temperament and even give them a basic personality profile based on their breed.

But dog breeds get to break free of these generalities when they're featured in pop culture, and breeds we assume are weak, like the Maltese or the Pomeranian, are made mighty by the gods of geekdom.

I never want to go near a Pomeranian again after seeing this cute little guy in Blade: Trinity!

Pop culture franchises also do a really good job of turning killer dog breeds into total lovers, which is a much more realistic transition. Remember that vicious pit bull Backup in Veronica Mars?

Yeah, he was a real brute, just like that vicious German Shepherd Samantha from I Am Legend or that angry and violent Bullmastiff Butkus from Rocky.

Of course, some breeds have a hard time burying the bad rep they gain from starring in movies and TV shows, like poor Cujo the Saint Bernard who became the stuff of nightmares for all 80s kids. 

See Our Favorite Pop-Culture Dogs For Every Breed here


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It's All In The Wrists

There are many little details of Mario's character design that seem like they were included just to give him the look of a lead character, and we're probably better off leaving our questions about his details at that.

Because, as this Fake Webcomic reveals, the less we know about what lies under Mario's clothes the better!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Best Movie Fight Scenes This Century

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Seventeen years doesn't seem like that long of a time, but when you look at this list of the best movie fight scenes from the 21st Century, you might find yourself surprised that certain movies were even released this century. Some of the great movies you'd expect are on the list -like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon- and there are some surprises on there that did have a great fight -like Anchorman. I'll leave the #1 spot as a surprise for you though.

So check out the full list over at Collider


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Tom Cruise Falling Into Other Movies

Tom Cruise's career has been falling very, very slowly since the 80s, with a few updrafts here and there during his otherwise perpetual descent from superstardom.

But what's causing this fall? A string of bad roles? His connection to Scientology? That one time he went crazy and jumped on Oprah's couch?

Maybe Tom should just embrace the fall and work a "falling Tom Cruise" cameo into every movie that comes out!

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-Via GeekTyrant


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How To Make People Think You Have A Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

Valentine's day is coming, and social media is about to get flooded by couples oversharing their "cute" pics and rubbing their romance in the faces of their single friends...wait, that came out wrong.

But you know what I mean- it can be annoying to see all that "love in the air" crap when you're single, which is why parties of one just need to turn themselves into a couple with these photo tips by Rain Yokohama.

Rain's methods for making it look like he has an actual girlfriend sitting next to him are very silly but they work, and the pics are so convincing people will actually believe you're no longer single!

See How To Make Other People Think You Have A Girlfriend On Valentine's Day here


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This Airline Wants to Help You Join the Mile High Club

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Have you ever wanted to join the mile high club? Doing so usually requires you to break the law, but now you can do it in a completely legal way. Of course, you have to give up the thrill of doing it in a tiny bathroom with dozens of people standing right outside since the plane is private, but you do get the even more weirdly intimate thrilll of getting freaky with only a curtain dividing you and the pilots -so that's a fun trade off.

You can book your "romantic adventure" on the Flamingo Air website.

Via Travel & Leisure


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Photo Series Featuring Drag Performers Before And After Makeup

Drag performers aren't just men or women dressed up to look like the opposite sex- they're actors who create (often zany) characters and try to perfectly embody the role in every way.

That's why many drag performers are unrecognizable without their wigs or their makeup, because the people behind the flamboyant personas are often more reserved than their stage show would suggest.

Australian photographer Aaron Walker photographs drag performers before and after their dramatic transformation in his aptly titled series "Dragformation":

It’s the transformation process that is interesting to me, rather than the final look. It’s the amount of time and the attention to detail, from walking off the street and into the dressing room, to walking on stage. That’s a three-hour period of hair and makeup. …It’s really interesting. With most of the drag artists that sit for me, their before shots are slightly awkward—it’s a slightly uncomfortable process for them. But once they’ve transformed into their drag persona, they’re very confident and know exactly how to model for the camera.

-Via Laughing Squid


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Meet The Monkey Mom Of Illinois

For some reason animal lovers still think having a monkey as a pet is a novel idea, but nine times out of ten the shit hits the fan soon after they bring their pet monkey home and they realize they've made a terrible mistake.

And once those people have learned their lesson a poor little monkey is left without a home- unless they're lucky enough to land in the arms of Airocolina 'Pinky' Janota, aka the Monkey Mom.

Airocolina runs a primate sanctuary in Beecher, Illinois, where she currently serves as 'alpha monkey mom' for six orphans- two Marmosets, one Bonnet Macaque and three Rhesus Macaques.

All of the monkeys Pinky takes in at the Settlers Pond Shelter were abandoned by their owners in the United States, but in Pinky's care they're living the high life, with dapper duds to wear and all the finger food they can eat.

See Illinois woman keeps SIX primates and is even teaching them sign language here

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