Even if you're not Catholic, you've still probably wondered a few things about the Pope before. What does he get paid? Can a pope own a pet? Do popes get vacations? Why do so many popes own those weird red shoes? These are all popular questions about the Pope. For answers to all these questions and more, you'll want to check out this great Top Tenz article.
Allergies can be a real bear of a problem, but at least they can be good for a laugh on occassion. This delightful comic is by artist Holly Hindle, who chooses to share her real life experiences with depression and anxiety by drawing herself in bear form. You can follow her clever comic, The Bear Minimum, on Tumblr.
Via Design Taxi
I wouldn't suggest letting Siri or Cortana or any other annoying AI assistant suggest places for you to eat or drink while you're out on the town, because they're liable to suggest places to go based on sponsored content.
Instead, you should do like Try Guy Keith and go Google Search if you're looking to let an app control your life for a day...oh wait, they use sponsored content too, don't they?
Well, Keith had pretty good luck trusting Google Search to tell him what to eat, drink and do nearby (within a mile of his location, Santa Monica), and he even made a new friend from the Valley!
Keith then headed Downtown, met a new buddy and went to brunch, a bar and a Lakers game at the Staples Center, because they were livin' that Google sponsored life.
I guess the moral of the story is if you run in to Try Guy Keith and he tries to make friends with you take him up on his offer, because you're in for a delicious adventure!
Many cat owners wish they could take their kitty with them wherever they go, so felines and humans can explore the world together like true friends, but cats usually don't dig strutting around town on a leash.
So what's the alternative?
This kooky looking cat carrier backpack called the U-Pet has earned rave reviews from feline fanciers who felt bad that their indoor cats were stuck indoors day in and day out.
Now their kitties can explore the world like little astronauts while hanging around in this space age backpack, which features a viewing dome and a bunch of air vents on the front and side so kitty doesn't suffocate.
The U-Pet looks like great fun for humans to wear, but judging by the photos cats are not impressed by this backpack-shaped kitty pod.
In fact, a few of those angry kittehs look like they would have preferred to stay home!
Home Alone is a family film, so director Chris Columbus and writer John Hughes wisely chose to keep the film free of any blood and gore, even though some of those traps look like they really put a hurting on the robbers.
Fans have speculated about what the robbers would actually look like if they'd been hit in the face with a steel pipe or beaned with a brick, so animator BitMassive added the gore effects and created Home Alone With Blood.
So far BitMassive has added bloody effects to four scenes from Home Alone 1 and 2, but he could run with this premise forever if you consider how many movies contain slapstick violence in need of a gory makeover.
If you want to travel the world but don't speak other languages (and hey, no one can speak them all, right?) it's often helpful to travel to places where the locals have a good handle on your language. If you're reading this, I'm assuming you speak English and good news -so do the countries in this great Thrillist article. Not every person in these countries actually speaks English, but each of them have a large enough English population and enough friendly folks that you should be able to get by.
Of course, not every country with a large English speaking population is on the list, I would add pretty much all of Scandanavia, as well as France and Switzerland and commenters on the article have plenty more places they would add. In fact, the comments section could be some of the most helpful information in the article. So read the whole thing here.
In Singapore it is traditional for grooms to show up at their bride-to-be's house before a wedding and participate in silly tasks at the request of the bridesmaids. Chen Guanyou must not have thought that didn't sound quite exciting enough on its own, so he decided to show up with his groomsmen all dressed in McDonald's costumes. Maybe it was a last hurrah for his fast food fandom because his bride, Joanna Tan, actually hates fast food -at least she was a good sport about the whole thing.
Via The Daily Dot
When people are proud of something they've built they like to share pics of it via social media, so they can show off their creation and have everyone "like" it or leave a comment.
Sometimes that pride is unjustified, and the pics elicit pity from their social media network, but this dad's pride for his just plain perfect cube is justified and utterly adorable.
Shaun Moriarty's dad Tom wasn't trying to strut his awesome cube all over the internet, he just wanted to share pics of it with his family iMessage group starting with this puzzling pic and "quick quiz":
But Shaun really wanted to share his dad's cubic pride with his social network, and because of his share the story went viral, which thrilled Tom after all:
So what is Tom's square deal? He's a photographer who wants to use the cube to show lens distortion at different focal lengths.
They're strange looking relatives of sharks and rays, they're elusive and live 2600 meters or more below the surface, and they have retractable sex organs on their foreheads.
They're Chimaeras, or ghost sharks or pointy-nosed blue ratfish, and they've never been captured on video before 2016, when a remotely operated vehicle deployed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute caught this swim-by on camera.
Chimaeras are normally thought to inhabit the waters around New Zealand and Australia, but the remote vehicle captured the Chimaera swimming in the Northern Hemisphere, which researchers found interesting.
What you might find interesting are these strange physical traits of the Ghost Sharks, via National Geographic:
Unlike those more well-known sharks, chimaeras don’t have rows of ragged teeth, but instead munch up their prey—mollusks, worms, and other bottom-dwellers—with mineralized tooth plates.
A pattern of open channels on their heads and faces, called lateral line canals, contain sensory cells that sense movement in the water and help the ghost sharks locate lunch.
And perhaps most fascinating, male chimaeras sport retractable sex organs on their foreheads.
-Via Boing Boing
Tired of having a predictable number of body parts? Then perhaps you should check out artist Nadja Buttendorf's creepy and wonderful fingerrings and earrings. They aren't just rings that go on your finger and regular earrings -they're replica fingers and ears that go on your actual fingers and ears.
Isn't it about time you had four ears and six fingers on each hand? And don't worry, they come in all range of skin tones.
Dragon Ball Z cosplay has been done to death, so cosplayers who are looking to bring fresh ideas to the world of DBZ cosplay have to either create a new hybrid or come up with something utterly ridiculous.
This cosplayer from Japan chose to go the ridiculous route when he dressed up as a kamehameha wave attack, and in doing so he has completely changed the game for DBZ cosplayers.
Now they can start dressing up like all of their favorite attack types, vehicles, inanimate objects in the background, a flying nimbus, the Dragon Balls themselves...the possibilities are endless!
Pretty much everyone knows that man buns are awful, but those that have not yet gotten the message can be encouraged to cut off their buns in exchange for free alcohol. Of course, you have to be in Brooklyn, but if you are (and you happen to have the much-hated hairstyle), The Boobie Trap is happy to give you a full bottle of alcohol if you'll ditch the bun in the bar.
Finally a chance to get rid of an incredibly regretable fashion decision and forget about it all at the same time!
We all love a good Netflix binge, but different places have different interests. Now you can see what Netflix show your state watches more than any other.
Not every show on the list is a Netflix original, but many of them are, like Narcos, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Fuller House. A few trends really stand out throughout the country. For example, Orange is the New Black and Scandal are certainly the most popular overall.
Obviously the map is a little small here, so see the whole thing here.
Via The Daily Dot
Cults have been known to do some pretty strange things, and when we take a look at their activities we're left wondering what could possess people to take part in such odd activities.
In Canada this odd cult activity comes in the form of staring at a screen featuring video footage of a blue eyed cult leader named John de Ruiter for hours at a time.
John's strange staring cult has thousands of members, who have moved to Edmonton just to be a part of his College of Integrated Philosophy and worship their messiah by staring deeply at his face for three-hour-long "meetings".
John was once a humble preacher and orthopedic shoemaker before he discovered there's a lot more money in commanding a flock of followers who are susceptible to suggestion, and now he's the man with the million dollar stare.
Adidas is one of the largest athletic shoe companies in the world, so they have plenty of funding for their advertising campaigns and don't need to go looking for free submissions from film students.
But Eugene Merher, a 26-year-old student filmmaker from Germany, decided to submit the ad he'd made for Adidas to their communications department anyway- and found his submission completely ignored.
Determined to show off his hard work despite the cold shoulder he received from Adidas he posted the ad online, where it instantly went viral and gave viewers all sorts of feels.
Now Adidas is probably wishing they'd sent Eugene Merher a "thank you but no" letter at least, because this ad is getting way more love than any Adidas commercial in recent memory.
-Via Bored Panda
In the movie A Clockwork Orange Alex and the boys drink glasses of Moloko Plus, which are milk and drug cocktails that fuel the gang's wicked behavior, so they have a valid reason for drinking milk.
But why did Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men, Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds and Leon in The Professional drink milk by the bottle?
Because it's seen as unsettling when an adult male drinks milk, especially when they look all menacing or nutsy while they drink it.
And in Leon's case it's also a sign of his maternal nature, and a way to add a whimsical element that feels natural for the character.
Now You See It explores the various reasons why characters drink milk more often in movies than whiskey or Coke, and once you've seen all those characters drinking milk you'll be looking for it in every movie you watch!
Jack In The Box is known for serving up fun food that isn't exactly good for you, but fast food fans don't worry about the calories- they just want something affordable that tastes good.
And at Jack's the entire menu is priced to sell, but nothing is cheaper than their tacos, which are often sold at the nice price of 2 for a buck.
Maybe this nice price is why Jack In The Box sells over 554 million crispy tacos a year, or maybe it's the fact that they're so easy to tack on to any order?
Whatever the reason Jack's is currently selling "the same amount of tacos as McDonald's sold Big Macs in 2007".
And even though many people think Jack's tacos are gross, claiming they'd never eat them, they're being sold at a rate of 1000 per minute so somebody's scarfing them down!
Characters, storylines and art styles are all elements that are regularly ripped off in the comic book industry, which has been a standard practice even before the superfolks took over.
But once DC Comics and Marvel Comics started battling it out for the top spot they began to rip each other off at an alarming rate- which resulted in some of the most beloved comic book characters of all time.
Most comic readers know Deadpool is a blatant rip-off of DC's Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, but over the years Deadpool has evolved into an unique and hilarious yang to Deathstroke's dark and brooding yin.
And speaking of brooding- Wolverine is one of the most popular comic book characters of all time, but surprisingly he's a rip-off of the DC Comics character Timber Wolf (nee Lone Wolf), who has all but the adamantium skeleton.
Doctor Strange is another rip-off character who ended up outshining the original character he's based on, DC's Doctor Fate, but readers have a hard time deciding between the two because their stories are so darn mystifying.
And lastly there's the issue of Black Cat vs Catwoman- they're both virtually the same in every regard, from their powers to their penchant for burglary, but one kisses a bat while the other kisses a spider...you decide which is better!
Ever since Rogue One: A Star Wars Story came out people have been wondering where they can get their hands on a Stormtrooper doll like the one carried by young Jyn Erso in the beginning of the movie.
Since it's not the kind of licensed Star Wars toy that typically gets released, fans have been out of luck, but now we can make our own adorable Stormtrooper doll thanks to this Instructable by backwards lamb.
All you need to make this cute little guy is some clay, elastic or twine, a few simple sculpting tools and some paint.
Or, if you're not the crafty type, you can buy this little guy from Etsy seller StormtrooperCrafts, made to order for around $45.
-Via Nerd Approved
People typically drink tea to relax, therefore tea is typically marketed as a relaxation-related product with calming commercials and soothing box art.
But according to this commercial bubble tea is a fun, youthful product that gets people so fired up they feel like doing some kung-fu fighting!
This clever ad for Kung Fu Tea was created by Team Red Productions and stars the Shaolin Stooges, three guys who like taro bubble tea so much they study martial arts so they don't have to share!
Apparently they'll also fight to the death over the last slice of pizza...these guys need a bigger food budget!
If you wanted to make a non-local call back in 1936 you typically had to speak to a switchboard operator, who would connect your call to a number that began with exchange letters related to the location you were calling.
But as phone technology improved the old system was phased out, replaced with the ability to dial phone numbers directly via automatic exchange systems and rotary phones, which totally freaked some people out.
Thankfully, AT&T was there for folks who were frightened by all that newfangled telephone technology, alleviating their concerns with this short PSA that explains how the dial telephone works.
-Via Laughing Squid
Twitter user @kassidyrun1's boyfriend gave her a bath bomb on Christmas. It took her five days to get around to using it, but when she did, she discovered quite the surprise inside.
As it turns out, the clever man managed to order a custom made bath bomb with a bubble in the middle that was holding a promise ring.
The proposal is quite a clever idea and while it seems risky, the company that makes them, Pearl Bath Bombs, adds a random ring worth up to $30 inside each bath bomb. They then also include redemption contest codes in each one that can be entered at that site and reveal a ring worth up to $5,000 -but this way you won't lose one of the lucky expensive rings in the tub.
Via Elite Daily
Fans of Fantastic Beasts fell madly in love with the adorable little thief known as Niffler who just wants to get his little hands all over any thing shinny. While you can't have your own actual fantastic beast, you can get your hands on this precious jewelry version made by Aisha Voya -or at least you could if the pre-sale wasn't already completely sold out.
Of course, that was just the pre-sale, so with any luck maybe the cute critter will appear on her Etsy page in the future (or maybe she'll at least be willing to take custom order for them.
Via Fashionably Geek
These days, we have seen Disney princesses reimagined as just about every possible thing. Many of these have become downright silly, which is why this Imgur series is just so damn delightful.
Recognizing some of the silly potato characters is a fun game -the one at the top is obviously Pocahontas, the one above is Elsa from Frozen, lastly, the final one is Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
I think we may have finally seen the most absurd version of the reimagined princesses trend, which is saying a lot. You can see the rest of the series at Imgur.
There's Bruce Wayne and then there's The Batman, the crime fighter in the cape and cowl who's capable of conquering any challenge physical or mental.
He's the original Most Interesting Man In The World, the man who makes James Bond look like a Boy Scout, and the super guy whose silhouette is enough to strike fear into the hearts of wicked men- and sharks apparently.
Brazilian comic artist Dragonarte continues his quest to reveal all the Bat-antics left out of the DC Comics Batman titles, and with each Dragonarte strip we come a little closer to figuring out Batman's biggest secret to success.
-Via Geeks Are Sexy
Christopher Walken slips effortlessly between playing a total badass and playing roles that require him to act super silly, but his acting range isn't something he just picked up.
Christopher Walken's range comes from experience- he's been acting since he was 10 years old, when he was bitten by the acting bug after appearing in a sketch with Martin and Lewis on The Colgate Comedy Hour in 1953.
But young Ronnie Walken didn't make his official debut until 1954, when he and his brother Glenn began appearing on the soap opera Guiding Light- as the same character, Michael Bauer.
That may not have been a career highlight for young Ronnie, but these amazing photos taken by Al Barry in 1955 show us that Ronnie, who later changed his stage name to Christopher, was born to be an entertainer.
And seriously folks- if you're still scared of clowns after seeing young Ronnie Walken yukking it up in front of the camera your issues may run much deeper than mere coulrophobia!
Many Otakus think anime girls would make great girlfriends, because they're powerful and beautiful, with plenty of magical charm and cute little voices that can make a raging bull stop and smile.
But if these anime girls existed in the real world they would be virtually undateable, and any Otaku who made a play for them would instantly regret their decision.
Jealous boyfriends would rage when they're forced to watch as their anime GF falls on top of their male "friends" in suggestive ways over and over again, because that's how clumsiness is portrayed in anime.
The new BF would also have to deal with the brooding and sinister ex, who still somehow has a hold on that seemingly innocent little anime girl despite having tried to once tried to kill her.
But, as this comic by JHALL shows, the worst part about dating an anime girl would be the quest to find something to talk about, because they might be kick-ass warriors but they definitely aren't known for their conversational skills.
The Other Side
There are a bunch of "best of" movie lists released at the end of every year, but the ones I always find most fascinating are the lists put together by film directors.
Their insight and exposure to many obscure movies makes their picks a cut above the rest, and since TV shows are becoming more like movies every day their lists are starting to include their TV show picks too.
Creator of the edgy and compelling TV series Mr. Robot Sam Esmail picked an even mix of movies and TV shows for his top 10 list:
"OJ: Made In America"
"Horace and Pete"
"Game Of Thrones"
"Manchester By The Sea"
"Everybody Wants Some"
Meanwhile Jonathan Demme (of The Silence of the Lambs fame) chose films with more personal storylines about people with complicated lives:
“La La Land”
And comedian/film director Mike Birbiglia presented a list that seems to reflect his personality- part comedy, part touching drama, part documentary, all extremely enjoyable to watch:
11 faves (sorry, amazing year for movies, and there are a ton more I loved)
“Hell or High Water”
“20th Century Women”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Where To Invade Next” (2015/16)
“Black Mirror” (S. 3 episode 4 “San Junipero”— I will fight people on this.)
Want to see many more movie lists hand picked by directors? Read 35 Directors Pick Their Favorite Movies and TV Shows of 2016 at IndieWire
We took all those strange food products on the store shelves for granted back in the 80s and 90s, never knowing those neon colored decades would be seen as the heyday for funny foods.
But now that Holiday Spice Pepsi, Hidden Valley Pizza Ranch dressing, Pop-Tarts Crunch cereal, Chicken Tonight and Nestle Bug Pops are no longer sold in stores people are starting to wonder if they were just a figment of their imagination.
It's arguable whether life is a little more bland without these funny food products, or if we're better off without these freaky foods dancing in our bellies.
But there's no denying the world is better off without that Chicken Tonight theme song dancing through our heads!
Artist Alex Solis' Icons Unmasked series imagines famous geek icons (mostly cartoons) being unmasked as other characters. Each of the illustrations seems approriate though not always for the same reason.
He's made over 112 pieces in the series and who knows how many more he will add. You can see the rest of the series here.
Via Geek Girls
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