I'm sure you've heard about Fidget Spinners by now, since they're super popular with the wee folk and on the news daily as schools ban them and people claim they were injured by these fad toys.
They were supposedly created to help people with ADHD by keeping their hands busy, but as soon as they became a full blown toy trend people started sharing "cool fidget spinner tricks", all of which look pretty lame to me.
Which is why these Kwist fidget sticks will probably take over for the spinners when the fad mania dies down, because they're not pretentious, they're virtually unbreakable, and "Kwisters" can do some pretty sweet looking tricks with them.
Kwists are pieces of rubber-tipped cherry wood cut into a special cylindrical shape that "allow it to turn, jump and twist in many different ways while retaining a surprising amount of kinetic energy."
Kawaii characters are so cute we can't help but think of them in a positive way, and when we see an image of a kawaii character we picture them doing pleasant things and speaking with a syrupy sweet voice.
That's why one of my favorite stylistic mashups is the meeting of "kawaii cute" and "violently bloody" because it doesn't seem like a combo that would work but the two really do go well together.
Case in point- Bloody Bunny, a series that's so kawaii it will give you cavities yet so bloody it might give you nightmares, plus frenetic martial arts mayhem!
There are two things every human civilization needs- potable water and a way to dispose of our waste, and every successful community places these two things far away from each other.
Unfortunately these two things come together more often than you think, and polluted drinking water can cause sickness, death and force a community to move and start over again.
To raise awareness about water pollution and how it affects people three students from the National Taiwan University of the Arts created "Polluted Water Popsicles"- strangely beautiful popsicles made from raw sewage.
Here's how the "Polluted Water Popsicles" were made:
Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui, and Cheng Yu-ti, three students at the National Taiwan University of Arts, collected sewage water from all over Taiwan and and turned them into popsicles for a project titled “Polluted Water Popsicles.” The project is intended to spread awareness about water pollution and its deep effect on our world’s population. The 100 pieces, which also included designed wrappers, was nominated for the Young Pin Design Award.
Hung and her teammates visited 100 locations across Taiwan to collect waste. They then placed the samples—complete with dirt, bugs, and trash—into a freezer, turning them into popsicles. In order to preserve them, they encased the popsicles in a polyester resin.
It's hard to imagine anyone else besides Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Tim Burton's Batman, but as it turns out, he wasn't actually Burton's first choice. Instead, John Lithgow was his first choice. Lithgow turned down the role (as did Jack Nicholson at first), but now he regrets it, saying he had no idea the role would be so big. I'm sure it also didn't hurt that thanks to a profit-sharing agreement, Nicholson earned an amazing $50 million from the film.
Surrealist art is harder than it looks to create because if the piece is too subtle viewers won't get those magical mystery feels, and if it's too strange viewers will dismiss it as incomprehensible.
So Wroclaw, Poland-based photographer Konrad Bąk has chosen to keep his surreal portraits simple and elegant, with just a hint of the bizarre.
Konrad's beautiful portraits bridge the gap between fashion photography and fine art, and each one tells a tale that's open for interpretation by the viewer:
“In my opinion, the camera lens should express feelings, tell stories,” he says. “In my photographs, I try to capture the fleeting beauty, the mood of the moment. In my images, I try to capture the sensuality of the female body, the uniqueness of feminine beauty, fluctuations in moods, The possibility of showing it all in a durable form is “that something” that drives me to arrange my photoshoots,” says Konrad.
Some people cannot start their day without a cup of coffee, feeling like a zombie until they kick-start their brain by sipping on some warm java.
Coffee becomes an even more valuable commodity in an office full of employees who need that cuppa joe to stay awake all day, since their job is so boring they'd fall asleep at their desks without coffee.
But something tells me no coffee is needed to stay awake in an office where people are battling in the hallways all day long...
Not every pup that enters police dog training actually graduates. If their temperment is wrong or if they can't focus, they are kicked out of the program and adopted out to loving families. I even once owned a drug-sniffing dropout who had doggy ADHD and she was a great dog even if she wasn't fit to serve.
Over in Australia, Gavel the dog had a similar story after getting booted from the police training program for being too darn nice. But Gavel spent his very early life at the official residence of the Queensland governor and when he became a dropout, he was quickly given a new home and a new job at his former residence -even requiring him to sign an official contract.
Gavel is now the Vice-Regal Dog, where he brings cheer to countless officials and visitors as a charming animal ambasador. "We hope Gavel's with us for a long, long time into the future,” Governor de Jersey said.
Saying It's easy to get pinched when you ride public transportation in the big city is a true statement no matter how you interpret the word, because there are just as many handsy creepers on the trains as there are thieves.
But in this instance we're talking about pinchers, aka the pickpockets who prey on their fellow riders by letting their sticky fingers loose on a train full of unsuspecting marks.
Those who pinch pretend they don't care about the crimes they commit or the sadness they cause the victims, but they inevitably steal from the wrong person which forces them to take a long, hard look at themselves. (NSFW language and material)
Growing up poor for me meant having one pair of shoes per school year, eating no frills food made from the same staple ingredients, and earning my own money to buy toys my friends got from their parents for "being good".
My family wasn't so poor we went hungry, and we could afford basic electronics and electricity so we weren't bored, but I had a few friends who were so poor their lifestyle seemed bizarre to me.
John discusses issues only people living in poverty truly understand, like how cleanliness becomes a luxury you sometimes can't afford, haircuts are done at home and fads can make it hard to afford new clothes.
Gordon Ramsay isn't a perpetually angry jerk in real life but he does play one on TV, and his tirades have made things a little too hot in the kitchen for many aspiring chefs hoping Gordon's success will rub off on them.
Those aspiring chefs agreed to appear on a show knowing Gordon's rep and they were paid for their time, but viewers like the idea of getting roasted by Gordon so much they're willing to face the heat for free.
And Gordon, nice guy that he is, happily obliges by dishing out some steaming hot burns on Twitter.
It's a joy to tell people what you do for a living when your job has a clear title, and those clear titles make your job sound more important than it is because they're easier for people to understand.
But less easily understood jobs require a little more explanation, and some fudging of the truth to make "blogger" and "social media manager" sound like real jobs, which they totally are in case you were wondering.
Equally real job situation that's equally hard to explain- being "between jobs":
If you have trouble describing your job to people then take some notes from the creators of these fine comics H. Caldwell Tanner and Dan Hopper and lie through your teeth whenever anyone asks what you do!
Do you ever go into another room for a specific reason only to find you've forgotten what that reason is, even if only for a moment?
This is known as the Doorway Effect, and a vast majority of people have experienced the Doorway Effect at one time or another in their lives, if not on a daily basis, and it means your mind is working just fine.
The Doorway Effect is thought to be a way for our brains to pay attention to new details and free up memory space for new information:
A 2011 study found that the Doorway Effect is the result of several of these brain programs running simultaneously. Researchers taught 55 college students to play a computer game in which they moved through a virtual building, collecting and carrying objects from room to room. Every so often as the participants traversed the space, a picture of an object popped up on the screen. If the object shown was the one they were carrying or the one they had just put down, the participants clicked “Yes.” Sometimes these pictures appeared after the participant had walked into a room; other times they appeared while the participant was still in the middle of a room. The researchers then built a real-world version of the environment and ran the experiment again, using a box to hide the objects people were carrying so they couldn’t double-check.
The results of both trials were the same: The simple act of walking through a doorway made people forget what they were doing. And it wasn’t a matter of distance, either. The researchers asked the question (“Is this what you’re carrying?”) after people had walked a certain distance within a room, and a certain distance between rooms. Within a room, their memories remained mostly intact. But crossing a threshold was like shaking a mental Etch-a-Sketch.
The researchers concluded that their subjects’ brains perceived doorways as a kind of cut-off point. The memories and movement that carried the students through one context literally hit a wall. On the other side of that wall was new context, and a fresh landscape for memory. The participants’ mental computers were combining the tasks of spatial awareness, movement, and memory. But each task requires attention, and you can’t pay attention to everything at once.
Everybody sees something different when they look up at the clouds in the sky, and what they see depends greatly on their imagination, the types of clouds in the sky and the viewer's state of mind.
When you're a kid the clouds are shaped like fantastic creatures or the stuff of dreams, and for some kids those dreams have to do with their grown-up future selves.
And as you can see in these Things In Squares comics we then grow up to watch our dreams come crashing down when we discover "cloud engineer" isn't a real job- and getting drunk while flying isn't always a good idea.
Grocery stories aren't just in the business of selling people the every day basics they need, they're ultimately there to make money. That's why they use some very clever tricks to get people to buy more than they need and to buy things they don't actually need in the first place.
So how do they do it? Well, they use a lot of tricks, including pumping delicious smells like fresh baked bread into the air so you buy more impulsively, putting complimentary items like peanut butter and jelly next to one another so you always buy both at the same time, and spreading the items people buy most often throughout the store so you always have to walk through all the aisles to get what you need.
I've always preferred the honorific "multilingual speaker" to "polyglot" since it sounds a whole lot nicer, but according to definition if a person "learns multiple languages as an avocation" they're a polyglot.
And when a polyglot comes across another language enthusiast in the wild their conversation sounds like a trip around the world.
In this video Dutch artist and polyglot Wouter Corduwener chats with a Macedonian hyperpolyglot named Zoran Radiceski, who speaks a staggering 35 different languages, in a conversation only a fellow polyglot could follow!
Florida is a state full of contradictions, where intense beauty meets hardcore ugliness, cultural diversity meets racist extremism, and the unchecked growth of nature meets the destructive nature of mankind.
But for many landlocked Americans Florida represents three things- alligators, massive theme parks and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
People come to Florida for the theme parks but stay for the beaches, which aren't hard to find since Florida has over 600 miles of beaches enjoyed by young and old alike.
But let's not forget about all the shows and attractions in Florida, seeing as how they're the main reason tourists flock to the peninsular state in the first place. Florida's got some amazing shows, y'all!
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So if you don't like it when people stare then you wouldn't be interested in hiring tattoo artist Jesse Rix to apply his mind blowing 3D art to your body, because people will want to stare when they see your new tattoo.
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The New Hampshire-based artist has amassed a long waiting list of clients since his geometric tattoos starting making the rounds online, so if you want a Rix original applied to your skin you'll just have to get in line!
For some reason people watch fencing during the Olympics and think "I could do that", and folks with some degree of fighting or combat experience take it a step further and say "I bet I could get a thrust in on that Olympian".
If you know anything about fencing you know they're being ridiculous, since fencers train hard to avoid all attacks and riposte whenever possible, their lightning fast reflexes giving them an edge in battle.
But if you still think it would be easy to best an Olympic fencer in a duel then maybe this BuzzFeed Blue video will change your mind as it shows you why it's not as easy as you think to stab a fencer.
Abandoned buildings are the rotting corpses of the concrete jungle- they're left to rot and picked clean until just a skeleton remains, and only the dastardly, desperate and deranged see them as a positive.
And now we have to add street artists to that list, because they see abandoned buildings as both a canvas and a gallery in one, a forsaken showcase for their art.
When street artist Greg Suits, aka Suitswon, saw this abandoned building in New York's Greenpoint district he saw the corpse of another building left to rot, so he sped up the process by revealing its skull.
And then photographer Raphael Gonzalez went in and shot these eerily great post-mortem photos to commemorate the building's temporary resurrection.
You always hear stories about cat people and dog people, so why don't we hear a peep about bird people? We probably don't hear about them because they're stuck at home taking care of their clingy little feathered dinosaur and cleaning its poop out of their hair.
I kid, I kid, but anybody who has owned a parrot, macaw, etc knows how attached those birds can become to their owners, and they know that a smart bird is a bratty bird. So imagine how much trouble a magpie would cause if humans were foolish kind enough to let one of the world's smartest birds move in with them.
Wait, don't bother imagining the magpie madness, watch this episode of BBC's My Unusual Life about The Man Who Lives With A Magpie and you'll see what it's like. Basically it's for the birds! *grin* (NSFW language)
People have come up with lots of clever ways to turn plastic bottles into something useful or artsy, but their creations typically just look like cut, painted and/or glued together trash and not something you'd proudly display.
But crafty upcycler Emily Seilhamer was able to turn a bunch of empty pill bottles into something anyone would be proud to have in their home- a surprisingly nice looking mid-century modern lamp.
Here's how she put it all together:
By removing the fabric of the original shade I was able to keep the top metal ring alone. By using fishing line I was able to suspend each bottle from the metal ring through a tiny drilled hole in the bottom of each. To keep the bottles from slipping I used tiny glass beads that held them in place, this also helped to hang them in a pattern
Yes, they do move when you touch them and make fun noises. Watch the video below
Wildman and Brave Wilderness host Coyote Peterson isn't afraid to go to extremes to track down and handle whichever insect he's currently obsessed with, but sometimes his bug obsession makes him act without thinking first.
Like the time he shaved his beard off just so he could replace it with a squirming mass of European honey bees- Coyote didn't look right without his signature scruff, and he looked even less right after the bees stung the hell out of his face.
Apparently getting stung by a bunch of bees hurts worse than the sting of a bullet ant- who knew?!
The people of the internet love fighting over stupid things that have no definitive answer, particularly things like if dogs wore pants, how would they wear them? Along the same lines, but even nerdier is the question of if xenomorphs wore hats, how would they wear them? Twitter user Ray :D offers some interesting options in the illustration above, but he does miss the double hat option provided by Nerd Approved:
We previously talked about how New York created a law requiring all dogs on the subway to be in a carrier -and how clever residents just started carrying extra large bags to get around the law.
Over on PetsLady, you can see some truly delightful images of ways people have skirted the law including this pooch in an Ikea bag because I guess the law didn't specify that the dog's legs have to be inside the carrier with it.
Even when the carriers holding the pooches aren't preposterous, the results can be pretty precious. You never know where you might spot a cute little face looking back at you.
Divers learn to steer clear of sharks and other predators who see them as a snack, and they tend to keep dolphins and other inquisitive mammals at bay for safety's sake, but their relationship with seals remains uncertain.
That's because seals have been known to attack humans in the water for no apparent reason, and their playful and curious nature can result in injuries for humans they decide to use as a plaything.
But when diver Gary Grayson was approached by a curious seal while diving in the Scilly Isles he wasn't afraid or worried about being attacked- because he was just as curious about the little critter as the critter was about him.
Next thing you know the seal did something totally unexpected- he flipped over and asked Gary to rub his belly!
Luigi is one half of a team of Super Bros who have made video game history time and time again, and yet everywhere he goes people say "Luigi who?" because Mario has stolen his time in the spotlight.
His permanent number two status has made Luigi feel like an unappreciated guest in Mario's games, and even though Luigi has starred in a few of his own games they didn't sell as well as any game with Mario in it.
So Luigi has become a violent and greedy sociopath, and he will stop at nothing to make Mario pay for overshadowing him.
We were exposed to two or three different versions of Iggy Pop when he was becoming famous in the 70s then coming to terms with his fame in the 80s- and they were all jerks.
Iggy is a hard guy with a punk rock attitude that's appropriate and well deserved, but I think the fact that he appeared on The Adventures Of Pete & Pete and The Rugrats Movie means he was hiding a soft side all along.
You can tell Esther brought out the warm and funny side of the punk icon, and considering they met while Iggy was "drying out" in West Berlin she clearly kept his spirits high:
Esther Friedman was Iggy Pop's girlfriend for seven years, from roughly 1976 to 1982. They met while Iggy was living in West Berlin with David Bowie, where the two Rock stars were hoping to dry out after a period of heavy drug use. Iggy and Bowie lived at Hauptstrasse 155 in Schöneberg. At that time, Friedman was a prolific photographer, and she took many revealing photographs of Iggy Pop in various locales.
On paper, the idea of a Pikachu USB plug that fits into the wall with his ears is a good one, but not when you decide to put the USB port directly across from his ears. No matter which side you look at, there is something not right about this USB plug...
As Nerd Approved points out, that's not the only problem with the plug, there's also the whole being terrible for children thing as it encourages them to put random things in outlets and has very easy-to-swallow ear covers. Sure it may be designed for adults, but there's no denying that the design will appeal to kids who hopefully won't play with it in the wrong way.
OMNI was a "science and science fiction" magazine consistently ahead of its time, and it featured great stories from Harlan Ellison, William S Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, George R. R. Martin and the mighty William Gibson, just to name a few.