Ever wish you could have a drink while sitting on the lap of a Xenomorph? Or enjoy a white Russian with The Dude? Theme bars are the closest any of us could get to doing things like this in real life. Over on Supercall, you can read about 13 of the best theme bars on earth. Often when these things say "on earth," they tend to mean in the US with a few exceptions, but in this case, they really do mean around the globe as the bars are located in Japan, Iecland, Switzerland, Romania and more.
We dwell inside homes surrounded by all of our stuff, and whether it's visible or stashed away all the stuff we own is always around us, just hanging out waiting for us to put it to good use.
This stuff says a lot about us, revealing our interests, habits, economic class and more, so if people we don't know could see us with our stuff they could learn a lot about us in an instant.
Japanese-born, Paris-based photographer Mami Kiyoshi has spent the last 15 years shooting portraits of people with their stuff, the scenes in her "New Reading Portraits" series set up to resemble ancient woodcut prints or religious art:
“I am interested in history”, says Kiyoshi, “and how it is always told by someone. Sometimes it’s a myth, sometimes an anecdote”.
“I try to make my models look like Buddhas, primitive gods or heroes”, says Kiyoshi.
Despite the pro-arachnid message in stories like Charlotte's Web and Legend of the Christmas Spider people still prefer to kill spiders on sight rather than trying to co-exist with their eight legged guest.
And while it's understandable to feel that way after hearing stories about people being bit by spiders people oughta know that some spiders don't want to bite us- because bros never bite bros.
Age difference shouldn't, and often doesn't, make much of a difference in a relationship, and aside from generational differences such as how we were raised and our interests we're all more alike than we care to admit.
But the older you get the harder it is to date younger people without feeling like you're with someone who just got their learner's permit while you're about to qualify for an AARP discount.
These cute and totally relatable comic strips by Cassandra Calin reveal the truth about dating someone younger- age is nothing but a number when your partner makes life feel fun again!
During the 1950s rockabilly artists were coming out of the woodwork to record singles, hoping the disc jockeys would play their 45s on the radio and make them famous like that good ol' boy Elvis.
Fame would never come for most of them, but rockabilly pioneer Barbara Morgan, aka Sparkle Moore, had the chance to become the "female Elvis" back in 1957 and gave it all up just when things were starting to get good:
Moore's career lasted less than two years—just long enough for her to tour with pill-popping rockabilly wildman Gene Vincent; hobnob with celebs like Sammy Davis Jr., who compared her to James Dean; and get booked at the Grand Ole Opry, a gig she had to cancel due to laryngitis. The bio on Sparkle’s official website also claims that she “takes credit for being the first hippie to hit California several years later with a guitar strapped on the side of a Harley,” but since she’s done virtually no press, it’s unknown what adventures she got into in Hollywood.
Even though Sparkle only ever recorded four songs she was a trailblazer for female rockers because she refused to give up her individual sense of style to conform to gender norms:
She certainly dressed the part. At a time when female singers only wore dresses, Sparkle sported men’s slacks and suit jackets. She was butch on the bottom and bombshell up top, with a platinum blonde pompadour that made her look like Sparkle Plenty, the Dick Tracy character for whom she was named. In a rare 1986 interview with the magazine Kicks, Sparkle remembered how she used to freak people out with her masculine stage wear.
“People would see me when I went to play somewhere, and they’d say, ‘Can’t you wear something more sexy, like a gown?’” Moore said. “And I never would. I always wore a playing suit, and I’d say, ‘This is as sexy as I get.’”
You don't have to be a die-hard cat lover to adopt a shelter cat and give them a new home, but you have to be a mega-fan of felines to put in the time and effort necessary to befriend a feral cat.
This is especially true if you're an avid bird watcher like Backyard Birder and the feral cat you're befriending has been killing the fine feathered friends in your area:
A beautiful feral cat starts hunting backyard wildlife – a dilemma for animal lovers! I decide to watch, film and try to get to know this wild creature and see if a win-win solution is possible.
Stopping a feral cat's killing spree by befriending it is truly compassionate, and as you can see in this video by Backyard Birder he is a very compassionate man, and his efforts helped save the lives of cat and birds and squirrels alike.
It's doubtful whether anyone has ever referred to Prince's movie Purple Rain as "cinematic magic", especially considering Prince was way more enjoyable to watch in concert than in that schlocky 80s flick.
But Nigerian director Christopher Kirkley and cinematographer Jeremy Fino clearly saw merit in the story of a guitar wielding rebel who rides a purple motorcycle and dresses like a bit of a fop- because they remade Purple Rain for a West African audience.
Their version is called "Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai", translation- "Rain the color of blue with a little red in it", which is why they released it as simply "Akounak".
And even though it's inspired by Purple Rain this first ever Tuareg language fictional film has a main character who makes Prince's "The Kid" look like a spoiled brat:
Like the lone, nameless gunslinger in a Sergio Leone western, the central character in Kirkley’s film, musician Mdou Moctar, travels through the desert with a guitar instead of a rifle or Colt 45. And instead of a horse, he rides a motorcycle… a purple one. The gunslinger analogy is apt because guitar players in Agadez and surrounding areas battle among themselves to gain status as the fastest gun in the west, with six strings replacing six bullets.
The combination of Moctar’s live performances, the otherworldly beauty of the Sahara, Jeremy Fino’s luminous cinematography and Kirkley’s intimate and supple style of direction make Anounak one of those rare fictional films about music that has the pulse of real life and the resonance of great art.
We don't think twice about the strange things we can do in the virtual worlds of video games that we absolutely can't do in real life without being shunned, arrested or straight up killed.
For instance- in most games you can walk around with a weapon in your hand and the in-game characters don't spare you a second glance, but in real life you have to leave your running knife at home or risk jail time.
And speaking of running- don't you think it's odd that video game characters run around at full speed the entire game?
Using the word "underwater" to describe your theme park can mean many different things, but at Croatia's Underwater Park the word is used literally- because the park's "attractions" are all under the sea.
At the Underwater Park you slap on a diving helmet and slip under the water, checking out all the sea life, sunken ships and ancient artifacts on the ocean floor with skilled divers as your guide.
You can even ride a bike underwater there for some reason, and once that silly idea wears thin you can visit with the all the undersea life hanging around the place.
Most "zombie" viruses that affect insects are pretty horrific, and they almost always result in the death of the host insect, but it seems the oak eggar caterpillars afflicted with the baculovirus have it worst of all.
That's because the baculovirus changes the caterpillar's instinct to stay out of the sun, making them climb towards the sun until their exoskeleton disintegrates and they explode, spraying their virus-filled guts all over the forest.
Mosslands manager from the Wildlife Trust in Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Dr. Chris Miller has been looking in to the exploding 'pillar problem:
'It's like a zombie horror film. I was carrying out a large heath butterfly survey on Winmarleigh Moss and noticed a caterpillar hanging from the end of a branch of a small bush. Later on I saw another one hanging from a tall blade of grass - both were dead but otherwise intact.
Birds will often eat the zombified corpses as they hang from the tops of plants and spread the virus via their faeces. 'It's pretty gruesome when you think about it,' Dr Miller said.
'I've never seen it in eight years working with the Wildlife Trust, and my colleague hasn't in 25 years, so it's an unusual thing to witness,' Dr Miller told MailOnline.
99.9% of cosplayers are missing one key component to their character portrayal- theme music. Jack Spade learned how important it is to have your own theme music in I'm Gonna GIt You Sucka, but most cosplayers have yet to learn how much a theme song would enhance their awesome costumes.
So to help them realize the power of theme music Lily Ki (aka LilyPichu) followed cosplayers around at Indy PopCon 2017 while playing their theme song on her melodica, singlehandedly starting the musical cosplay revolution.
We all knew advancements in robotics would lead to people using this cutting edge technology to make really crappy 'bots, but I didn't expect the bar to be set so high (low?) so early.
And it's doubtful anyone will ever bother making a robot crappier than Dorodorobo, the shuffling pile of poo that spews diarrhea out of the top of its head and looks like a germophobe's worst nightmare.
Raves haven't been underground in America for well over two decades, and the commercialization and coopting of rave culture has turned those little warehouse parties into full blown stadium festival fare.
But early raves were part protest, part dance party and usually illegal in some way, and this civil unrest techno disco vibe brought hope to people who were dealing with conflicts threatening to break them down.
Which is why underground raves are back in a big way in Ukraine, as seen in this i-D video:
The 2014 revolution brought Kiev nightlife to a complete standstill. As protests turned into riots, and government security forces opened fire on protestors, the country fell into crisis. But out of the ashes of revolution has risen a new generation. Slava Lepsheev, who’d lost his job because of the financial crisis triggered by the war, had had enough, and started Cxema, a raw, hard and hypnotic techno rave that he took to whatever semi-legal venue he could set a soundsystem up in. So together with Slava, and the city’s brightest young lights, we followed young Kiev as they prepared for a night at Cxema, from building the venue to watching the sunrise break.
Everybody knows bears have insatiable appetites, and they put in hours of work every day just to keep their bellies full, but did you know they'll resort to breaking and entering just to score a free meal?
That's why people in bear country keep their doors locked tight and stay on alert for furry home invaders, like the hungry guy in these photos who smelled brownies cooking and tried to invite himself in.
The Connecticut woman who was accosted by this uninvited ursine guest says he was a persistent little bastard, trying every which way to get in and get at those delicious brownies:
“He actually left the kitchen area and went to the second set of doors off the deck,” Belfiore told WFSB. “And tried those and then went to the third set of doors into the living room and attempted to get into those.”
Most phrases we use all the time didn't start out with any sort of bad intention behind them, because they were coined for the sake of safety and self expression not to piss people off.
But, like every other well intentioned thing in this world, some jerks just had to take phrases like "does it have gluten in it?" or "think of the children!" and ruin them for everyone else.
People once asked about gluten because they have celiac disease, and eating gluten filled foods like wheat, barley or rye can make them really sick, but then the diet fad began and made "gluten" a jerk word.
Likewise "won't somebody please think of the children?" began as a well-meaning phrase designed to get people to think about what kids are exposed to, so strippers and sailors would tone it down around the kiddos.
But now it's a PC battle cry yelled by those who seek to "protect children" by whitewashing the world, making the world a safer place by censoring the crap out of everything.
Being a Hollywood assistant is anything but glamorous. It requires dealing with huge egos and their eccentric requests. LAist rounded up some of the worst Hollywood assistant stories they could find and the results range from infuriating to disturbing. For example, this baffling story:
Once my boss gave me a Christmas card to mail out that said "Deck the Halls with Cows and Collies" and had a picture of cows and collies in Santa hats. She threw it at me and said "I don't understand it, explain it in black ink at the top.
And apparently, there's a Porsche just sitting downtown waiting for someoen to take it thanks to one of the assistant's bosses:
I worked at a big agency in the TV lit department for one of the partners. He walked in and told me that he needed help finding his Porsche. I thought that he’d parked it in the garage and needed help figuring out where he parked. Nope. He’d gone to run an errand (read: probably get in touch with his drug dealer) and LOST HIS PORSCHE somewhere in Beverly Hills. I asked if he’d used the key clicker to find it and he screamed for like five minutes about how I was supposed to have told him that his clicker would’ve helped him. Regardless, I had to drive my ass to BH and wander around for four hours trying to retrace his steps (sidebar: do you know how awkward it to walk up to random Porsche’s and inspect them to see if it’s your bosses car? YEAH. I almost got arrested two times. By the time I got back, there was no issue—why? He’d gone out and bought a new Porsche. I asked what he was going to do about the old one and he shrugged and went, “Eh. Leave it.” So, somewhere in the clean pressed, assistant-tear-lined streets of Beverly Hills, THERE IS A FREE PORSCHE.
Putting the milk back in the fridge when we're done is a practice our parents beat into our heads from birth, and by the time we're grown up and buying our own milk we never forget to put it back.
So when we as full grown adults actually manage to leave the milk out without remembering that we even used the milk, much less left it out, the glaring error makes us feel like we're losing our minds.
But, as this Channelate comic by Ryan Hudson shows, that carton of milk may have left itself out- with a little help from mischievous house ghosts. Sounds legit to me!
Just like the Reese's slogan, there's no wrong way to eat a hot dog, and this list at Thrillist proves just how true this expression is. Over on Thrillist, you can learn about some of the most popular styles of hot dogs from around the US -and there are a whole lot of them. One strange example, the Philly Combo:
A grilled all-beef hot dog, split down the middle and laid upon a wide steamed or toasted bun, layered with sweet, vinegar-based coleslaw and a stripe of spicy mustard, and completed -- curiously enough -- with a fish cake.
Or maybe you'd prefer Maryland's crab mac n' cheese dog:
An all-beef hot dog, grilled and nestled into a soft, chewy bun, then loaded with lump crab meat, hot, gooey macaroni & cheese, and a generous dusting of Maryland’s all-time favorite sodium source: Old Bay.
I personally recommend trying a Tijuana/danger dog if you ever get the chance:
A hot dog made of unidentified meat, wrapped in bacon and deep-fried, then tossed into a soft bun and topped with any number of condiments, including (but not limited to) fried onions, mayo, mustard, ketchup, and grilled jalapeños.
Back to school time means a new year or semester or quarter or whatever full of new stuff to learn and a whole new schedule, which means it's a great time to add some new stylish tees to your old wardrobe.
So now through August 7th the NeatoShop is having a Back To School sale where you can get FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all tees in the NeatoShop, so you can get the tees you love for less!
Felix Colgrave is an Australian animator who creates some truly tripped out 'toons that reach right through your eyeballs and tickle your brain, and if you're a connoisseur of strange cartoons you'll love the feeling.
So if you had a taste of Felix's visual drug and you're already hooked check out the music video he made for Fever The Ghost's song SOURCE, and this goofy short about a demon salesman called Tainted Goods. (NSFW language)
Cocaine flowed more freely than champagne at nightclubs in the 70s, and even though the war on drugs fought hard against that "devil weed" marijuana they turned a blind eye to cocaine because it's considered a "rich man's drug".
But I'll take the company of a stoner over a cokehead any time, because potheads are mellow and chill and cokeheads are hyperactive chatterboxes who act like total douchebags.
So what is it about a cocaine high that transforms people into a-holes? To find out VICE spoke with David Belin from Cambridge University's Department of Pharmacology, who explained:
"Drugs target three psychological mechanisms in your brain," he said. With cocaine, you're effectively buzzing off the chemical dopamine flooding your brain every time you take a bump. "Dopamine is not pleasure itself, but a mechanism in the brain that allows for learning," David explained.
"It targets your brain so that dopamine is released all the time that you take it, and it feels great," says David. "You start building a very strong motivation for the drugs."
"Cocaine influences your pre-frontal cortex [the part of your brain that regulates behaviours and, essentially, your ability to make sound judgements]. It actually messes up your executive functions, your inhibitory control and your decision making. So now you've got this very strong motivation [from the dopamine] and, because of the effects of the drug, you end up with an inability to inhibit your impulses and make good decisions."
"Third: drugs facilitate habits, so at this point your impulses are full of motivation for the drug, and they reach your habit system and you just do it without thinking about it, necessarily," said David, referring to how moreish cocaine can be. "Also, with cocaine, there's no real physical withdrawal, but there's a strong psychological withdrawal. You feel anxious, you feel bad, so that adds to the motivation to continue taking the drug."
Cowabunga is so much more than a funny sounding word- it's an attitude, a lifestyle and a motto for the TMNT to live by, plus it sounds really cool when yelled, especially while skateboarding. But searching for a literal definition of cowabunga is like trying to find Krang in a bubblegum factory, in other words nearly impossible. So instead of questioning the wisdom of the Ninja Turtles you should just chill and keep things cowabunga dude!
Life is just a slice of sewer pizza when you're wearing this Cowabunga t-shirt by Jango Snow, slip it on and watch the faces of your fellow TMNT fans light up wherever you go!
We've talked about the sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica and while sloths may be native there, it's far from the only sloth sanctuary out there. In fact, there's also the Zoological Wildlife Conservation Center in Rainer, Oregon where you can get even more up close and personal with the sloths by booking a sloth sleepover. For $600 you can watch the nocturnal animals hang out and do their thing from 8 P.M. until 7:30 A.M. The experience might be a bit on the expensive side, but you're not only helping to support a rescue group, you're also becoming a member of a very exclusive club. That's because only ten people per day are allowed to meet the sloths at the sanctuary in order to ensure the creatures never feel stressed. It is worth noting that no matter what happens though, you will never be permitted to touch the animals -though I assume it's OK if they decide to touch you.
Sesame Street is a show for kids starring characters that appeal to adults and children alike, and every characters has such a distinct look and personality they make great guest stars.
However, their limited acting range and somewhat static facial expressions seem like they'd make it hard for Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Cookie Monster to play iconic roles like Dorothy, the Evil Queen or Frankenstein's monster.
But as you can see in this video by Vanity Fair, those talented puppets are always ready to prove they're better actors than some Hollywood celebrities!
My wife likes to pop my zits, and I like to see them gone despite the pain, but some blackheads keep coming back no matter how many times they're dug out, which makes me wonder- should we be messing with those invincible blackheads?
As it turns out what we think of as blackheads are sometimes just "tiny hair follicles doing what they're supposed to do" so we should just leave them alone, as explained by Hank Green on SciShow:
...if blackheads are caused by a buildup of oil debris, what’s going on with those tiny little spots on your nose that you should not be concerned about? Those spots are different and totally normal features of your skin that are called sebaceous filaments. And these filaments are just collections of oil and dead skin that build up around tiny hair follicles...unlike blackheads, which are clogged pores, these filaments are natural products of sebum production, not an infection.
It seems the easiest way to explain the issue to them is to weigh the differences between the "good old fashioned internet" and that annoying "Millennial internet", which should capture their attention.
"You know how LAZY those darn Millennials are, right? So lazy! They don't know how to work hard or efficiently - not like their parents did. This whole generation is so SLOW and DISORGANIZED - and if we don't have Net Neutrality, the same thing will happen to the internet.
That's right - FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and internet service providers from across the country are conspiring to turn your internet into...MILLENNIAL INTERNET."
Then you move in with a bunch of stuff about snowflakes ruining the internet and a crack about how the Millennial Internet hates Mickey Rooney and you'll soon see a fire light in their eyes.
That fire means they're beginning to understand how important it is to preserve net neutrality, either that or they've decided to write you out of their will...hopefully it's the former!
It's great when parents can contribute homemade stuff to school fundraisers and bake sales, but in order to stay safe and allergy friendly many schools have banned homemade goods from school functions.
Now I'm all for moms using their own breast milk at home as they please, but serving up brownies made with breast milk at a school bake sale is just plain gross- and understandably made parents really upset.
And then the internet joined in and made the whole situation even more gross:
For the past 24 years SEGA has been partnered with Archie Comics to bring gamers the Sonic the Hedgehog comics they didn't know they wanted, comics which had their share of strange and awkward moments.
But after two decades together SEGA and Archie have decided to go their separate ways, leaving Sonic comic readers without an bizarre and surreal side story for their favorite game.
As zany and bizarre as the Sonic the Hedgehog series could be at times it also introduced some really cool characters that will probably never make it into the games, like Sir Connery the horse knight. Remind you of anyone?
George Clooney is a famous actor who comes from a family of storytellers, and the characters in his family must have helped George develop his character acting skills- because they sound like characters straight out of a Wes Anderson movie.
Take his kooky uncle Chick and equally nutty uncle George for instance- those two characters loved to swap war stories and scare young George and his sister Adelia by deconstructing uncle Chick.
People with a chip on their shoulder are quite blatant about their "eff you" attitude, but those of us who prefer to give the world a subtle eff you without any unnecessary feather ruffling can now make our point while looking sharp.
After seeing it you'll see why Conor let this sharp looking suit do the talking for him- from afar it looks like an ordinary pinstripe suit, but get close and you can see the stripes spell out the words "f#$k you" over and over again.
This $6500 made-to-measure suit looks like it would be fun to wear to an Ex's wedding, parents night or while crashing a snooty country club function full of stuffed shirts.