Master pianist Tony Ann remixes popular tunes in innovative variations for the piano. He usually does hit songs, such as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Pillow Talk." But for his most recent piece, Ann wove a lively composition around famous ringtones that you've heard beeping from phones.
Don't you hate it when your eyes can't agree on where to look, so they end up staring in opposite directions?
It's even worse when someone takes a picture of you with that walleyed expression on your face and then posts it on the interwebs, because you know somebody's gonna Photoshop you into an embarrassing meme.
Luckily, the walleyed fellow in this instance is a confused dog who doesn't have permission to go online, so he'll probably never see all the Buscemian things people have done with his pic.
A few good things have come from the confused dog's sudden internet fame, such as his new friendship with the Dramatic Cupcake Dog, whose stare is a bit straighter but no less intense.
You've probably seen those staged quidditch shots posted to social media, where people jump in the air just before the picture is taken so they look like they're flying on a broomstick.
This trick is fine for a snapshot, but the only real way to play Quidditch is to master the magical arts and learn to soar through the sky on a broomstick like a wizarding wren.
But as you can see in this video you can get pretty close to playing some real deal Quidditch while skydiving.
The skydivers in the video are employees from the Colombian phone company ETB, who got to live out their Harry Potter lovin' dreams on the company's dime. Hope they have insurance!
-Via The Daily Dot
Are you certain that you'll have no ragrets about this decision? Tattooing is permanent unless you want to undergo expensive laser treatments.
Just to be safe, it may be worth getting yourself inked in a new type of disappearing ink. A company called Ephemeral has developed ink that breaks down after a year. Developer Anthony Lam explained to TechCrunch how it works:
“Tattoo inks today are permanent because of the fact that the dye molecules are too big for your body’s immune system to take away,” explains co-founder Anthony Lam. “By using smaller molecules, we’ve encapsulated them inside this spherical structure that’s big enough that your immune system doesn’t take it away. But when you remove it, it essentially eats away one of the components and the dye molecules are flushed out.”
The company is currently testing the ink on pigs to make sure that it works. It hopes to price the ink at $50-100 for an average sized tattoo.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
You want to take a selfie, but don't want all of the work that goes with it? The UnReal Selfie Stick has an automatically extending arm. Just press buttons to move it outward or inward.
You want your hair to flutter in the wind, but there's no breeze? The UnReal Selfie Stick has fans that create the same visual effect.
How about lights? Day or night, the UnReal Selfie Stick and provide ideal light framing for your beauty.
For 43 years, Disney's animated retelling of the Robin Hood story has charmed adults and children. But it might have frightened the little ones had the producers stuck to the original plan.
Retroist brings us this recording of the original voice narration along with the storyboards for an alternate ending. In it, Robin was badly wounded in battle. Prince John was about to kill the helpless Robin with his knife when King Richard suddenly returned from abroad and brought a swift end to Prince John's tyrrany.
The latest, hottest food trend on Instagram is #RainbowSushi. It's sushi that packs a visual as well as gustatory punch. The meat, vegetables, rice, and seaweed sparkle with vibrant, pastel colors from the rainbow. Often the rice is dyed to add to the effect.
How many sit-ups could you do in an hour and a half? How about 10 minutes? Or just until your body gave out?
Kayleigh Bass of Kansas City, Missouri is a high-endurance sit-up producing machine. At only 10 years old, she completed 2,110 of them in 90 minutes, smashing the previous record of 2001 sit-ups. Even though she almost threw up, Kayleigh kept going until she completed this incredible goal for Project Fit America, a non-profit organization that promotes physical fitness. Fox 4 Kansas City reports:
“It’s a mind thing. If you think about it, you can do it and you’ll make it,” Kyleigh said.
Kyleigh was already on the board with 800 sit-ups but she wanted to be at the very top. So P.E teacher, Bill Lentz, helped train her to reach that goal.
“I like to think I am an active person, but I’m inspired. She’s my hero and hopefully I can work out half as hard as she does,” said Lentz.
-via Oddity Central
Hundreds, if not millions, of valiant adventurers head out each year to rescue princesses from dragons and other fiendish beasts, and yet very few return with the princess in tow.
Why do these well-trained warriors keep coming up short? Is it their lack of magical equipment? Are their Strength and Dexterity attributes too low?
This strip by Pedro Arizpe of Port Sherry Comics shows how hard it is to rescue a princess when you're not her "type", and also teaches us another important lesson- some princesses don't like it when you slay their dragon pals.
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
Skipping stones across a body of water is the kind of activity that's generally categorized as “not much bang for your buck”, meaning it's not very thrilling to watch or participate in.
But that's because the flat stones that wash up on the banks are low in sodium, so if you really want to see some flash you've gotta "skip" a block of pure sodium.
YouTuber EatsTooMuchJam picked up a pound of sodium and headed down to the river, using basic science to liven up the lackadaisical act of skipping stones. I like his version better!
-Via Boing Boing
What have you done to scar your child for life? Imgur member mommybrittaney hasn't done anything permanent. But when her son got a deep cut on his forehead, she made it look beautiful by adding a couple more strokes with a marker and some costuming to turn him into Harry Potter. The Today show quotes her:
He was so embarrassed about his scratch and didn't want to leave the house and be seen with it that dressing him up as Harry Potter was my first instinct.
It was a good one! Now all he has to do is wait for a letter.
Stand back, folks, because we now have the hottest look of the summer season. Get yourself a snail helmet by Etsy seller High Noon Creations. It's a urethane rubber shell that fits snugly over your head. It does not come with antennae, which is a serious limitation when, on the dating market, you could be competing with people who do have antennae.
(Photo: Massachusetts General Hospital)
Thomas Manning has every reason to smile. He didn't have a lot of hope after losing his penis to cancer. But after a 15-hour operation on May 8 and 9 in Boston, he now has a donor penis transplanted.
Some men might feel too embarrassed to speak out about this kind of problem. But Manning isn't holding back. The New York Times reports:
Mr. Manning welcomed questions and said he wanted to speak out publicly to help dispel the shame and stigma associated with genital cancers and injuries, and to let other men know there was hope of having normal anatomy restored.
“Don’t hide behind a rock,” he said.
This kind of operation is enormously difficult. Manning's doctors note that only 2 other penis transplants have been performed, one in China, which failed, and another in South Africa.
The primary goal of penis transplantation in the US is to help the 1,367 veterans who suffered genital injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Times quotes Manning's surgeon Dr. Curtis L. Cetrulo:
Veterans are a major focus of transplant programs in the United States because suicide rates are exceptionally high in soldiers with severe damage to the genitals and urinary tract, Dr. Cetrulo said. “They’re 18- to 20-year-old guys, and they feel they have no hope of intimacy or a sexual life,” he said. “They can’t even go to the bathroom standing up.”
Given the psychological toll, he said, a penis transplant can be lifesaving.
It came into the world as the drop fuel tank on a P-94 interceptor jet. Then it entered the "Trash Mahal"-- the workshop of artist Nemo Gould. He takes discarded objects and turns them into amazing moving sculptures, such as giant squid robots and alien visitors. Now, for his latest work, Gould presents a huge, intricate, robotic megalodon.
The developers of OrCam want the 280 million people around the world with significant visual impairment to be able to read printed text. So they developed a camera that fits onto a pair of glasses. When the user points at text within the camera's view, the attached computer reads it aloud into a bone conductor next to the ear.
Researchers at the University of California Davis Health System found that OrCam was highly effective in making printed text accessible to people who can't see. The Daily Mail reports:
Dr Mark Mannis and colleagues carried out research on 12 people with low vision – six men and six women with an average age of 62. [...]
After using it for a week, all of the subjects were able to carry out at least nine of the 10 items on the test and said they found it easy to use and would consider using it in their daily lives.
The authors performed a separate sub-analysis of seven patients who were using other low-vision aids and found that their performance on the test was better when using the device, as well.
Each OrCam costs about $2,500-$3,500 USD.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
(Photo: Jamie Stahl)
Play J is an independently-owned ice cream truck in New York City. It offers a novel product: soft-service ice cream in hollow J-shaped tubes made of corn meal. When Jamie Stall tried it last year, you could get either chocolate, vanilla, or half and half.
Women are giving birth later in life than ever before, and advancements in medical science keep extending the age range which doctors deem safe for women to give birth.
But even with our medical advancements and extended lifespans getting pregnant and having a baby when you're a senior citizen isn't advisable.
Apparently nobody told Daljinder Kaur or her husband Mohinder about the age limit, because after two years of receiving IVF treatments Daljinder gave birth to a healthy baby boy- at age 72.
This is their first child after nearly fifty years of marriage, and Daljinder says she was able to give birth because "God heard our prayers".
Let's see how you feel about that baby when he hits the terrible twos!
We watch movies like The Bad News Bears, Heathers and American Pie when we're younger and don't really pay attention to the subtext, which we later discover is all kinds of messed up.
But looking back it's incredible to think that The Bad News Bears got a PG rating, considering all the cursing and racial slurs in the movie, and Heathers just hasn't felt the same since school shootings became all too common.
American Pie taught us it's okay for zany teens to film sex acts without asking for permission, and yet didn't manage to teach teens to be more careful with their compromising webcam footage.
So, while these aren't the main plots or points of these films they are the shockingly bad subtexts we can't help but see after we've grown wiser with age.
Read 5 Classic Movies That Have Become Horrifying With Age here (contains NSFW language)
Legislators didn't really know what to do about those mobile surveillance cameras we call drones when they first flew onto the scene, and many places are still lacking any sort of laws relating to pics taken by drones.
As the media brought people up to speed on the dangers of unchecked drone flight, and many countries passed laws to make sure they were protected against these remote controlled spies.
But these laws also inadvertantly illegalized legitimate photography, like the legitimately cool aerial photos taken by drone photographers like Amos Chapple.
Luckily Amos had two years of free flying fun under his belt before most of these laws went into effect, and his aerial images are testament to how important perspective is to the art of photography.
There have got to be easier ways to get rejected. And from extensive experience, I can confirm that there definitely are.
Tong Aonan of Shenyang, China wanted to express his romantic interest in his neighbor. So, over a 2 month period, he made an enormous mosaic portrait of her. He composed the design in Photoshop, then executed it in 840 Rubik's Cubes that he purchased for $460.
She said no.
CNN reports that Tong isn't sure what to do with it now:
He says he has no hard feelings towards her. Although he wasn't able to win her heart, he said she was moved by the gift and has accepted it.
"I hope they will stop making personal comments about her (online)."
Tong said that he likes playing with the puzzles in his free time as he doesn't like going out and socializing.
The portrait is still sitting in his home and he says his next "puzzle" is how to move it.
This whole endeavor seems very inefficient. When I was his age, I could have been rejected by 20 women in the same time that he spent getting rejected by one.
As luck would have it, I am wearing cargo shorts and just took off my phone holster, which I wore while taking my kids to a park.
Zach Weinersmith, who is himself a father, understands that conception changes not only a woman's body, but a man's as well.
Fans of the Chicago Bears football team were excited! Inside this giant claw machine was a life-size plush verison of Staley, the team mascot. It would be an incredible prize, if only they could move it to the drop bin.
What they didn't know was that the plush bear was actually a person inside a Staley suit.
-via Tastefully Offensive
I'm not sure if animals are getting used to having their picture taken and are learning to pose for portraits, or if it just seems that way since there are so many animal pics posted online these days.
Whatever the reason, animals are posing like never before, and even wild animals seem like they're waiting for some traveler to take their pic and post them online so people around the world can see how cute they are.
Chanel and Stevo from howfarishome.com are two travelers who love to post pics on behalf of internet deprived animals, using an ultra-wide angle lens to take "mugshots" of the friendly critters they encounter while traveling around the world.
It's only a matter of time before tech companies start making smartphones for animals, and if you think social media is crazy now wait until the world's critter population starts posting!
The last panel nails the blogging experience. Blogging is a fast, user-friendly way to get ignored in not only real life, but the online life as well. It's also a great way to never meet fascinating people.
(Photo: AP/Tamara Lush)
Molly DeLuca of Tampa, Florida was in her backyard, watching her 7-year old granddaughter and Haus, her 2-year old German Shepherd, play. Suddenly, the dog reared up and leaped in front of the girl. Haus fought a diamondback rattlesnake that had sneaked into the yard and saved the little girl's life.
The snake bit Haus 3 times, almost killing him. Haus is now in intensive care for the severe kidney damage that he suffered from the venom. The AP reports:
The snake's venom damaged the dog's kidneys. Vets now expect a full recovery, but it won't be cheap: Each day in the ICU costs between $1000 to $1500, and each vial of anti-venom costs $618. Haus is averaging 4 or 5 vials per day as the poison leaves his system.
Fortunately, public recognition of Haus's heroics have led to overwhelming support for his GoFundMe project. He has received $35,000 after starting with a goal of $15,000.
-via Jonah Goldberg
(Photo: Matt Monster)
It's a radical approach to chocolate-making: mix bone marrow chips into chocolate to make it taste richer. That's what the Doughnut Project bakery in New York City did with the assistance of a local butcher shop for the filling of this donut. Grub Street reports that each one costs $5.25.
Bakers, please tell us what effect this ingredient would have on the chocolate. I'm rather baffled by it.
-via First We Feast
Never mind flying cars. This is what we've all been waiting for. Since the days of the old commercials promoting the idea of blending peanut butter and chocolate, the obvious next step has been to combine Reese's Pieces candies with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
I mean, if you already have a centaur and a pegasus, you might as well cross-breed them and see what happens, right?
So the Reese's candy brand is producing the two treats together. This confectionary pega-taur should be available in stores in July.
Nick Allen, a professional opera singer from the UK, performs on cruise ships that visit Antarctica. During a recent trip there, he met a colony of penguins. He gave them a free demonstration of the classical Italian song "O Sole Mio." The penguins, who are clearly uncultured philistines, immediately started running away. The New York Daily News reports:
"You could say they didn't like the sound of his voice," said zoologist Jarod Miller, host of the syndicated TV series "Animal Exploration." "Between his singing and his body language, they likely perceived him as a predator. While they didn’t seem to be fleeing for their lives, they appear to be uncomfortable.” […]
Moving en masse is doing what comes naturally for these beasts, says Miller. “If you’re a flocking or herding animal, you pay attention to your neighbor. So when penguins move, it’s like dominoes.”
-via Antarctic Press
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