Longtime Department of Justice attorney Gerald Shur was the man behind the creation of the U.S. Marshall Service Witness Security Program (WITSEC). Shur has also co-written an informative book on the topic, Witsec: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program.More than 18,000 people have been protected from harm under WITSEC since it was initiated in 1971.
This article is a brief yet interesting read that includes details about WITSEC, particularly about its setup and what that means for people entering the program.
Comedian Hamish Blake has a baby, an impressive array of baked goods, and too much time on his hands. The result last December was that he made a lifelike duplicate of his baby boy. I hope that he later took his bread collection out in a stroller for the whole world to see.
When you hire Clarabelle as caller for a good old fashioned hoedown there's one instrument you know that cowgirl will be bringing along- the mighty cowbell. Clara's cowbell clangin' skills are legendary, and even though she's been asked to go on the road by everyone from Mickey to Mick Jagger Clarabelle's a country girl at heart, and she prefers to play her cowbell for her boot scooting friends and family back home on the range.
Bring some animated rhythm to your geeky wardrobe with this Cowbell t-shirt by Ellador, it's fun to wear whether you're attending a square dance or just watching classic cartoons on the couch!
There are a legion of people out there who take surveys, undergo psychological tests, record search engine rankings and transcribe audio files for a living, taking whatever job comes up on the Mechanical Turk job list.
These people are part of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing program, a place where people are paid paltry sums to complete HITs (Human Intelligence Task) and build up a feedback rep. The work is often mind numbing, and generally pays a buck or two an hour, depending on how fast you can work and how lucky you get with the queue.
Have you ever heard of the Turkers? There's about a half million of 'em online, and every day they're turking for a living.
This is Wang Deshun, a model and actor in China. He's 79 years old. But aside from the gray hair and beard, he doesn't look it at all. Shanghaiist reports that last Wednesday, during China Fashion Week, he strode down the runway in Beijing, impressing the crowds with his youthful physique. He wore selections from designer Sheguang Hu's Autumn and Winter line for 2015.
Cosplayer Fangirl Physics made this Captain America costume, which is made entirely of assembled knitted pieces. She doesn't carry the Captain's shield, but she has a pair of knitting needles in her bag to fight freedom's foes.
I would love to see a complete assembly of the Avengers in knitted costumes.
Paget Brewster and Keith David have joined the cast, the budget is still big enough to afford plenty of the fantastic fantasy segments we’ve come to expect from the show, and Dan Harmon is back in the driver’s seat.
And speaking of Dan Harmon- do you know who got him back at the helm after that nasty dustup with the Sony execs? Jeff freakin’ Winger himself Joel McHale that’s who! Joel insisted Dan come back after a failed fourth season left everyone wishing they had Changnesia.
Some people shoot for the moon, meaning they decide to blow up the moon and become the greatest super villain in the world, but for some there's nothing better than the life of a henchman. Aside from the occasional atomic accident or beheading by Brock Samson the life of a henchman is a pretty cushy one, and you get to wear a fun costume to work every day! But before you decide to go hench heed this warning- those bros Hank and Dean are not what they seem...
Declare your allegiance to geekdom with this Hench 4 Life t-shirt by Kgullholmen, I venture it'll make your fellow fans grin with delight!
Many men seem to be firmly seated in one of two camps: pro or anti bow tie. I've seen women who wear bow ties as well, particularly when they're sporting an androgynous look. For those who appreciate a fun bow tie, here is a collection of 25 ties designed to appeal to geek culture enthusiasts. See all of them here. The styles in these photos can be ordered atLittle Corner Creation on Etsy.
Ankixa Risk is an artist and taxidermist in Hamilton, Ontario. She specializes in taking dead rats and posing them in human situations with appropriate clothing and props. Risk uses rats donated by pet rat owners and rats from a local reptile supply company. In the latter case, she skins the rats and returns the meat for reptile consumption. The CBC describes her work:
That presentation varies – one of those “forever friends” is a rat riding a bike. Another is a graffiti artist rat holding a spray can. Next to that is a mounted, mythical Jackalope – a jackrabbit with antelope horns.
“I just realized I’m wearing the same skirt as she is,” she says, pointing to another one of her stuffed buddies.
Spoon & Tamago reports that data scientists at the West Japan Railway Company analyzed 2 years worth of information of a recurring problem: drunk people at train stations walking right off the platform and onto the train tracks.
They anticipated that the drunks just wandered aimlessly onto the tracks accidentally. But security camera footage revealed that they tended to stand up from seats and walk straight off the platform like they knew exactly where they were going.
So the train company is experimenting with a possible solution. Assuming that drunks will move in more or less a straight line after standing up, they turned seats perpendicular to the train tracks. They will see if this results in fewer drunks on the tracks in the future.
Movies sometimes show characters watching other movies--often completely fake. Some of these are clearly worthy of becoming feature films themselves, as illustrated by this supercut made by Screen Junkies. The editors show the best movies-in-movies from South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, Scary Movie, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, For Your Consideration, Matinee, Singin' in the Rain, Inglourious Basterds, Home Alone, The Last Action Hero, Grindhouse, UHF, Tropic Thunder, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Simpsons Movie, Funny People, and Scrooged.
Jake uncovered a portable gaming unit one day while digging around in a particularly stinky cheese sinkhole, and since he'd always wanted a little BMO of his own he decided to take it home and see if it still worked. He took his time and cleaned it up then popped in a few batteries, and the LMO unit sprang to life. At first Finn and Jake thought little LMO might be a good addition to their adventure family, but after hearing the ABC song for the thousandth time they realized bringing him home had been a huge mistake. And then they discovered that LMO had been built without a power switch...
Bring some annoyingly cute animated color to your geeky wardrobe with this LMO t-shirt by Minilla, it's sure to tickle your fellow cartoon fans!
What the heck does "Easter" mean? Why do we celebrate a bunny that hides multi-colored Easter eggs? And why do we eat ham for Easter? There are so many strange questions around this spring holiday, but you can find the answers to them all in this fascinating TopTenz article filled with fascinating facts about Easter -including some truly unique ways to celebrate.
Tony Booth of Dabs Tattoo in Southport, Merseyside, UK put an impressively three-dimensional tattoo on this man's arm. Even as the camera pans over his arm, showing the tattoo from multiple angles, it still appears to be more than a flat surface. The hex pattern creates the impression that he's a holographic simulation under construction. Hex by hex, he is slowly forming before our eyes.
The Dude may live in a complicated world, and he may be surrounded by all kinds of things that would ordinarily complicate life, but he's about as simple as they come. Now that don't mean he's a dummy, no sir, that's about the opposite of what he is. Lebowski can't be explained with words, he can't be figured out that easy, and that's why he's just the guy to teach us all how to take it easy. That fella's tellin' us all to simplify, and I reckon that ain't such a bad idea after all...
Keep your wardrobe Lebowski approved with this The Dude Abides t-shirt by Spike00, it's the chillest way to show your love of the coolest movie ever made!
Occasionally a television show will be canceled and there will be a backlash against the network powers that be from angry fans defending its quality and demanding that it return to the air. Alternately, a seriously awful show might be canceled almost immediately, with little or no resistance. The latter scenario is the case with these fifteen shows, one of which is an unfortunate A&E reality show about "The Hoff" himself. Revolving around David Hasselhoff's day-to-day life and attempts to revive his post-Baywatch career and get his two daughters into the biz, the misguided idea turned production bombed as soon as it aired. The cable channel abruptly put it out of its misery.
Read about more horrific sounding one-episode wonders — including a British comedy called Heil Honey, I'm Home about Hitler and Eva Braun moving next door to a Jewish couple —here.
New York City-based Erik Tanouye describes himsef as a "Japanese Writer and Comedy Legend. UCB personage. Novelist. Enthusiast." Tanouye has a Tumblr called Song Lyrics in Chart Formfilled with graphics like those shown here - his funny take on graphs meeting lyrics. Visit his Tumblr to see more.
Marty's life was starting to feel like a waking dream, and the years he'd spent traveling through time were starting to mess with his head...and his eyesight. He began to see the world as a perfectly pixelated place, and people as a bunch of squares walking around trying to keep it together. Marty walked the streets in a daze, most definitely not feeling McFly, and then he ran into himself outside the 80s themed diner...
Head back to the low resolution future with this Pixel Paradox t-shirt by Hopography, it's totally classic!
UK-based cartoonist Dennis Davies turns Peanuts characters from sweet to psychotic in his series Run for Your Life, Charlie Brown. Watch as Charlie and the gang are transformed into baddies like Hannibal Lecter and Freddy Krueger. Check out more of Davies' artwork here.
This Frenchie from Eureka, California is obviously not a fan of being left alone in the car. He's bored and wants his human to get a move on. Thus, as he can't hotwire and reach to put the pedal to the metal, he put his paw on the horn. Leave this cutie in the car for too long and he'll lay on the horn for just as long. Eye for an eye, paw for a paw. -Via Laughing Squid
Jihyun Park, an artist from South Korea, has a novel approach to pointillism. He burns holes in rice paper with lit incense sticks. When backlit, his works display amazingly rich images of clouds, landscapes, and trees. Park explains:
After reading the books Gulliver’s Travels, Utopia, and Erewhon and seeing the Japanese animated movie Castle in the Sky, I became inspired to develop a relationship between the concept of utopia and the materials that I use in my work. My recent work, Incense Series, focuses on this relationship while searching for the promised harmonic balance that utopia brings.
The Ämari Air Base in Estonia was once a busy hub of the Soviet Air Force. There’s a cemetery in a forested area of the base. Eric Grundhauser of Atlas Obscura reports that during the Soviet occupation of Estonia, some pilots were buried beneath the vertical stabilizer fins of their aircraft. Grundhauser writes that “the effect almost looks as though a squadron of the ships are burrowing through the ground with their fins above the surface like sharks.”
It’s always been like this. Ronald upheld the honor of the family while the Joker tore it down. Even when they were kids, it fell upon Ronald to clean up his little brother’s messes. Eventually, he stopped doing it for his brother. Only love and respect for his mother would keep him going. But even that motivation will fade in time.
You need another living creature to fill the hole in your life or relationship. Should it be a dog or a child? Rob Fee of Mandatory runs through the differences in the two experiences. You could also get both. Eventually the child will be able to walk the dog. But for some reason, people will flip if you appoint the dog as babysitter.
The time for sneaking and hiding in the shadows is over, now it's time for humans, dwarves and halflings to stand together and prepare for kombat! There's a smog cloud staining the air, and a mighty rumble can be heard from deep inside Lonely Mountain, signaling the mighty dragon's will soon return. Will you become just another mortal fatality, or will you face the dragon and help FINISH HIM?!
Battle the forces of boring fashion with this Desolation t-shirt by Roxorsoxoff, it's a mighty bold way to show your love of epic fantasy and classic fighting games at the same time!
We all know that Japanese artists and designers create some of the strangest stuff on the planet, and that their creative efforts make the world a much more colorful place to live. Their whimsical and eyecatching designs seem to shine brightest when they're brought to life in toy form, and then we not only get to look at their wacky designs- we get to play with them!
Here are ten weird and wonderful toys created in the Land of the Rising Sun-
Teaching kids how to properly brush their teeth is hard since we don’t have flip top heads, and that set of plastic choppers sitting on your dentist’s desk is downright creepy, so a puppet with a full set of teeth makes sense.
But did the final product have to be so creep-tastically adorable? I don't know if I want to brush its teeth or burn it with fire!
Remember those little green soldiers who patrolled the toybox when you were a kid? Well, I think these Fat Cute Soldiers ate those little green troopers and still had room for dessert! Part social commentary, part throwback toy, the Fat Cute Soldiers are 8 kinds of awesome!
Master Chief grew tired of all the killing and planet hopping, so he decided to reexplore one of his interests from his pre-Spartan days- cooking. He took some time off and started developing recipes that all beings could appreciate, and with a little Navy funding he was ready to share his culinary skills with the universe. However, Chief is not a creative guy, so when it came to branding he simply adopted the name of an old chef from the 20th century, dubbing his brand Chief Boyardee. His food products soon made their way onto store shelves across the galaxy, and people started gobbling up Chief's pasta, until his sales took a hit due to an unexpected outbreak of Sanghelian ecoli...
Feed your need for geeky fashion with this Chief Boyardee t-shirt by Dan Capitumini, it's the tasty way to make your fellow gamers smile with delight!
Easter Sunday is almost here and that means it's time to get decorating. While we covered some easy and classy decorations on Homes and Hues last year, that article overlooked one of the greatest parts of the holiday -spending time with your children.
That's why this year's Easter decorating article focuses on kid-friendly crafts that you can do together. From simple foam window decorations to beautiful flower displays that can teach kids a little bit about botany, we're sure you'll find some kind of children's activity that you and your little ones can enjoy together.
John has previously shown us what happens when we turn hair into horses, but what happens when you top it with an octopus? Amazingness. Yes, that's right. Amazingness is what happens when you top your hair with a fancy fancinator that looks like hair that is shaped just like an octopus. That sounds confusing. Just look at the pictures on DeviantArt and know you can get them on Etsy.