What do you use to carve your pumpkins? If you still use regular kitchen knives and a spoon, maybe you should try something a little different this year. You don't even need to buy fancy pumpkin carving tools -there's plenty of stuff around your home that you can use instead.
From power tools to spaghetti, you'll be surprised what you can use to decorate your Jack-O-Lantern. There's even a great way to make your pumpkin last longer so it doesn't become a mold-laden biohazard.
Laying around can be exhausting. A cat must have the freedom to express his need for additional naps. Publicly, if possible. Timo "the ragdoll cat" (previously at Neatorama) is sleepy enough to represent cat-tired felines everywhere. -Via Laughing Squid
You listen to music, but do you see it? Do you hear it in the raindrops around you, or realize that there is a rhythm to everything? The way our brains visualize and process musical patterns factors into both how we hear music and how we "see" it. I wont even keep going and pretend I am smart enough to trick you into thinking I have any idea what I am talking about. Instead, I will just let the always-brilliant Ted Ed series of Ted Talks teach you how to visualize music differently. Who knew something as simple as a wheel would change our perception of music?
That last line will make sense after you watch the video.
Now if you don't mind, I am just gonna flip on the blacklight and visualize some Pink Floyd music.
I believe it was Poltergeist that triggered my fear of toys in me, and I have carried it with me since I was a child. Something about a little, lifeless, object we play with that could come to life at any point is scary (and implausible, and silly, but go with it for a second because it is almost Halloween).
The scariest part is, as you will from this list, there have been cases throughout history when toys have allegedly been possessed or haunted. With haunted dolls becoming so "in" again (wait, where they ever "in?"), seems a perfect time to drop this list on you of 5 toys that were said to be haunted. Now I know as much as the next guy that the likelihood of any of these stories being true is slim-to-none (a haunted N.E.S? Come on), like I said, it's Halloween. Just let go with it and have some fun for a moment. Oh, and if you are interested, I have a haunted Frisbee I am selling.
Freaking thing just goes wherever it wants. Must be demons, right? Five bucks or best offer. Hit me up here, we can make it happen.
Once upon a time in the 1980s, there was a British magazine called TV Tops, which wasn't long lived. It's almost impossible to imagine why, when one of the magazine's features was a comic called "The Fantastic Adventures of Adam Ant."
Who could question this part pirate, part new wave pioneer being fodder for the superhero treatment? With a BANG!, a mighty fist in the air and a quick stop for a minor eyeliner touch-up, Adam Ant was a hero in whom everyone could have faith.
TV Tops also featured articles and comic strips based on popular television shows of the time, including Buck Rogers, Fame and Hart to Hart.
The blessed words of the 90s television star turned patron saint of full houses known as Uncle Jesse are here to guide you, and one mighty catchphrase in particular should get you through even the darkest hours of a life without cable - Have Mercy. Jesse uttered these mighty words as the blessed sister Rebecca laid her lips upon his, and although he'd uttered the phrase many times before he'd never felt the power of the holy father Elvis pass through him before that fateful kiss...
Add some blessedly funny humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Have Mercy t-shirt by Kellabell9, and show the world you worship retro TV sitcoms!
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was an extremely popular cartoon show in the 1980s featuring extremely buff dudes battling it out on a far flung planet called Eternia.
He-Man carried a mighty big sword, fought bad guys equipped with all kinds of deadly armaments, and yet nobody ever got killed, maimed or spilled one drop of blood.
This lack of actual violence was done for the sake of the kiddies, but if He-Man's world actually existed it would be the kind of place where rivers of blood flow across the land and severed limbs fly through the air.
This clip from the horror film The ABCs of Death 2 shows what happens when kids from an action figure commercial see their wish come true right before their eyes then immediately regret ever having wished at all.
(Contains graphic imagery that may be considered NSFW)
"Spider like from another world" by Krasimir Matarov Shortlisted for Photographer of the Year category
The London-based Society of Biology recently announced their top picks for best biology photographs of 2014. The competition is for amateur photographers. The theme for 2014 was "Home, Habitat, and Shelter." Winning photographs were selected from approximately 800 entries.
Are you tired of shopping from a catalog that doesn’t speak to your unique sensibilities? Looking for a new kind of catalog that contains an eclectic selection of goods only a true oddball original can appreciate?
Then you’re in the market for a unique product from the Skymaul Catalog, which features things you never knew you needed, like hot dog alarm clocks, mobile garbage detectors and SantaGard- the ultimate in holiday home protection.
Unfortunately for us (and fortunately for Santa) SkyMaul isn’t a real store with real products, it’s the product of the Kasper Hauser comedy group from San Francisco, collected in a book called SkyMaul 2: Where America Buys His Stuff.
The Bluesmart suitcase is the ultimate combination of tech and travel. The suitcase uses Bluetooth connectivity to ensure your bag is tracked if you check it and that it is light enough to be used as a carry-on if you so choose. The reinforced materials protect laptops and tablets and the suicase even features a battery so you can charge your portable electronics while you travel.
A reporter from a Lebanese news program is interviewing a man standing on a pier. Behind him, another fellow thinks this is a great time to take a selfie with his smartphone. Or he's trying to record the scene in front of him. Anyway, he's not watching where he's walking and goes for a swim.
Artist Davin Morrow works in many media, including balloons. His gallery includes photos of many of his balloon sculptures in what appears to be a grocery store. I'm particularly impressed by his Adventure Time balloons, such as this detailed rendering of Marceline and her ax bass.
Behold the Bacon Cheeseburger D’oh Nut! This is the same kind of innovation and daring that sent America to the moon. It resides among the chefs at PYT, a restaurant in Philadelphia. Their sweet and salty wonder is a donut stuffed with ground-up cheeseburger, sprinkled with bacon bits, and glazed with sugar.
I would like to take two of these donuts and use them as buns for a cheeseburger. That would be true love because, PYT tells us, “A burger is when a bun gives meat a hug.”
Some people hate the cubicle lifestyle and the sedentary work of computer-centered jobs.
After I graduated from college, I worked in a warehouse for 3 years while attending graduate school. If I was ever susceptible to this perspective, 3 years of manual labor permanently inoculated me from it. Sitting down in an air conditioned office for 8 hours is totally awesome.
So I would flip out if I walked into my office and found one of Govert Flint’s Dynamic Chairs. Margaret Rhodes of Wired of says that using it “is like attending a new-age Pilates class.” You’ll get quite a workout:
Scroll around by shifting your body’s weight from side to side. Sensors in the seat detect the pressure and angle of your tush and communicate that data to three accelerometers that measure that movement on an axis, and translate it into activity on the computer’s screen. To click, kick up your right leg. Sensors will detect that motion too. For the time being, arms and hands are unencumbered, for typing, but Flint imagines plenty of future possibilities there. (That’s why the video that accompanies Flint’s thesis shows actors using their arms.)
The movements of ballet dancers inspired Flint’s design. Their hip movements in particular are ideal:
Flint also spoke with a physiologist at the ballet who pointed out that human hips weren’t designed to stay rooted in a chair. There’s a lot of cartilage in there that’s meant to allow walking, hence the hip rotations that let users scroll.
I’m curious about any productivity studies conducted on these chairs. As previously noted, treadmill desks may make you healthier, but can impair the accuracy of your work.
Banksy recently took on Dutch master of light Johannes Vermeer in this new work near the harbor in Bristol, England. See more shots of Banksy's nod to Girl With a Pearl Earring, called Girl With a Pierced Eardrum, at Juxtapoz.
Look for an upcoming HBO special called "Banksy Does New York" on November 17th.
Flavorwire assembled a list of their nominations for the fifty weirdest films in existence. While "weird" is subjective, I think it's safe to say that the films they listed would pass the weird test of most people out there.
One of the more mainstream titles is David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Certainly a film I will never forget watching for the first time. Seeing James Woods catch on to the Videodrome secret was shocking, somewhat repulsive and great, all at the same time.
See the list of all 50 films here. Weigh in with your opinions of their selections in comments, if you're so inclined. Do you have any other suggestions?
There's nothing like having a wallet full of cash. Yet United States' bills are bland when compared with some of these brightly colored currencies from other countries. Filled with multicolored, detailed images, seeing them almost makes one want to take Washington and Hamilton and trade them in for something a little flashier.
See more examples of beautiful currency from around the world here.
Air humidifiers can be a must-have in dry winter weather, but shooting wet, still water into the air is a great way to fill your home with bacteria. The new Dyson humidifier uses a UV sanitizing light to clean 99.9% of bacteria from the water it injects into the air, keeping your air clean while helping you not dry out.
As if walking out of Costco with your giant tub of mayo wasn't weird (yet practical) enough, now you might find yourself walking out of Costco with a bear that almost 100 inches tall. I know this is weird, but like, how can you even be mad? Those bears are going to make whoever gets them very happy (as long as they don't live in a studio apartment) and they are only $179.99.
I do realize one hundred eighty dollars may sound steep for a stuffed bear, but would you think that if said bear was being given to a sick child, or being used to re-conciliate a marriage?
If you look at it that way, that is quite reasonable, actually. And don't even act like your face wouldn't light up if someone got you one of those, because we all know it would. All of ours would.
Brilliant director Ridley Scott is taking a stab at adapting the terrifying 1994 book about an Ebola outbreak called The Hot Zone into a TV minseries. Not sure if this has been green lit because of the fact that Ebola is all up in our news and our social media and our subconsciousness, but you can read more about the miniseries at WeGotThisCovered. Also: The Hot Zone author Richard Preston talks about a possible update to his 1994 bestseller in the New York Times.
The reality is, I loved the book (even though it is super scary) and I think Ridley Scott is brilliant (I am even one of the seven people who don't hate Prometheus), so as long as I have not died of Ebola by the time the show comes out, I will definitely watch it.
I just totally doomed myself to die of Ebola, huh?
But that didn’t stop her. Paré began the long, difficult struggle to learn how to live with her new limitations. She wanted to paint again, so she learned how to hold a brush with her mouth. Over the years, Paré has developed as an artist, holding exhibitions and selling her works to collections.
So imagine one day you are at a fast food taco place we will call Taco Hut for legal reasons, and right before you get to take your first bite of their weird meat substitute covered in fake cheese and wrapped in God knows what, the giant sign in the parking lot doubles over and lands on you, killing you instantly. I know that sounds like a Monty Python sketch that would satire American excess, but that actually happened to someone.
The craziest part?
That is only one story. There are more people who were unexpectedly crushed by even stranger things. 9 people killed by unexpected things that fell from the sky reads like a Twilight Zone episode. It is like chicken little's greatest warning cry to us all was true, and to think, we just scoffed at him.
I remember a few years back, sitting and playing the opening level of God of War 3 on my Playstation 3, and I thought to myself games are not going to get much better looking than this. That was four years ago, and even with a whole new generation of consoles now, I still stand behind the thoughts. Yes, there are games that are visually stunning, but we have almost reached a peak in gaming, visually speaking. Some of us wonder where it will go next. Just how much better looking can games get, really?
Well, the uber-nerds over at Gamespot try to pose and answer the question many of us have wondered for the last few years now:
Are you going to be a nice Pokémon trainer or an effective one? Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly explain the stark choices that you have. You certainly don't want your Pokémon battle ending before it begins with a hug between the opposing monsters.
But perhaps guide is simpler than it seems. Dorkly commenter Enrico Fethry Migliorini writes:
Thrift store shoppers come across ceramic figurines all the time, figurines which probably remind them of their grandma’s house, but one savvy shopper saw those tchotchkes as an opportunity to make some seriously cool art.
They no longer look like something that would fit in at grandma’s house, unless your grandma has a dungeon in her basement, but their new life as harbingers of doom somehow makes them look even more precious.
Just look at how cute this little girl is carrying around a scythe that's twice her size!
When visiting Crystal Lake please be sure to be respectful of the campgrounds, because the Vorhees family has been overseeing the grounds for decades and they don't take kindly to messes! And if you're thinking about heading out on the water you should visit Jason Rentals for all your boating and chaining needs. Jason will be happy to rent you whatever you need, and for a bit extra he'll even take you on a private tour of the grounds, and show you where he left the last group of tourists hanging around...
Take a trip to the dark side with this Jason Rentals t-shirt by WereAllMadDesigns, and whatever you do make sure you return your rentals on time, because Jason's late fees will cost you an arm and a leg!
Play the game where the fate of a kingdom lies in your hands...do you have what it takes to take down the Titans? It's Titan Attack, only in the Isayama Entertainment System. Players will take on the role of an elite Survey Corps member armed with three dimensional maneuver gear and a deep-seated hatred of all Titans. Will you be able to cut them down in time, or will the Titans breach all three Walls and destroy the empire? You decide when you take the fight to the giants in Titan Attack! Rated T for Titanic.
Advertise the greatest old school video game that was never made with this Titan Attack t-shirt by Pacalin, it's gamer-iffic!
The Minions had installed a new security alert system in the compound, and it was driving Gru mad! Their annoying creation sounded just like those little buggers, and the amount of accidents caused by Minions meant that alarm system kept ringing all day and brought the fact that those little yellow pill shaped people he had working for him were extremely accident prone! Gru wondered what they would do if they didn't have him around to clean up their messes as he heard the alarm sound again, and soon the alarm sound was joined by the sound of screaming Minions...
You'd have to be bananas not to bring home this Hazard Minion t-shirt by Io Vorro, it's the perfect way to show the world you're a big time Minion fan...and a bit accident prone!