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Vegetable Gelatin Pie Salad

Tell your Thanksgiving dinner guests you are thinking of serving Veg-All Pie Plate Salad, and you’ll either trim down your guest list or get someone to volunteer to bring a salad -or pie. It’s made of lemon gelatin, a can of Veg-All chopped vegetables, molded in a pie plate and cut in wedges, like a pie. Yum! Pie Plate Salad one of the many recipes that the makers of convenience foods like Miracle Whip, Jell-O, and Campbell’s Soup filled women’s magazines with in the ‘50s and ‘60s. There are a few recipes that survive from those dark days, but Pie Plate Salad is not one of them, for obvious reasons. This is from a list of 21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Food Advertisements at Buzzfeed.

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2014 Supreme Cat Show

 

More than 800 cats were paraded and judged at The Supreme Cat Show in Birmingham, England, yesterday. The event, held for thirty years now, is one of the largest cat competitions in Europe. Exhibitors brought longhairs, shorthairs, Persians, Sphinxes, and more with fancy names like Sugartump Supremo Disaronno, Adzwosh Darling Doris Day, Bleugems Believe-in-me, and Leadpruuf Pruby Doo. The overall winner was a British Lilac Tortie named Premier Pinemarten Tina Sparkle, owned by Penny Hopgood.

 

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Clearing the Driveway

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Be careful! A guy in Corbett, Oregon, was going to remove the snow from his driveway. Turns out he didn’t need to worry about snow at all. He needs to worry about the ice! The driveway is on a hill, and from the looks of it, no vehicles should attempt to drive down. Or walk down, for that matter. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Let It Go, Bruce

So, did Batman watch Frozen, or did he become familiar with the entire story by osmosis, like I did? I finally saw the movie, or most of it, about a month ago. This comic is from DeviantART member nebezial. And there was a great comment underneath:

:iconbatmanplz: :iconsaysplz:Clark? :iconmusicnotesplz:Do you want to save the planet? Come on lets go today. We don't save people anymore, come out the door, and up up and away. We used to be best allies, but now we're not and it's all DC's fault. Do you want to save this planet? It doesn't have to be this planet.:iconmusicnotesplz:

:iconsupermanplz::iconsaysplz:Go away Bruce.

:iconbatmanplz::iconsaysplz::iconmusicnotesplz:Okay bye.:iconmusicnotesplz:

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23 Facts About Steel Magnolias

The movie Steel Magnolias turned 25 years old this past week. Where did the time go? Just the mention of the movie reminds me of getting my hair done and crying along with the movie characters as we watched on VHS. The star-studded film was based on a successful play and became one of the biggest hits of 1989. Let’s learn some more about Steel Magnolias.    

1. IT’S BASED ON A TRUE STORY.

Writer Robert Harling wrote Steel Magnolias as a way of coping with the passing of his sister, Susan, who died from complications related to diabetes in 1985. In the play, Susan became Shelby.

5. BETTE DAVIS WANTED A PIECE OF STEEL MAGNOLIAS.

Bette Davis saw the play in New York and immediately began a push to be cast in the film as Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine’s part). She also thought that Katharine Hepburn could make a fantastic Clairee and Elizabeth Taylor would be a perfect Truvy. In 1989, Harling told The Morning Call how Davis had invited him to tea to lobby for the part. As he left, Davis told him, “You may give the role of Ouiser to someone else. But you and they will hear from Bette Davis.”

15. THE FILM WAS CRITICIZED FOR THE MALE ROLES’ LACK OF SUBSTANCE.

But the guys are lucky there were any roles for them in the film at all. Though the men are often talked about in the stage play, no men appeared on the stage at any time. In his review of the film for The New York Times, Vincent Canby noted that “The men in their lives are played by Sam Shepard, Tom Skerritt and Dylan McDermott, among others, but the male characters are no more substantial now than when they were invisible.”

Treating male characters as tokens with barely any substance may be a flaw, but women are used like that in movies all the time. Steel Magnolias turned a spotlight on women and showed that a man is just one of many things they care deeply about. Read the rest of 23 Facts About Steel Magnolias at mental_floss.    


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Hermit Crab Housing Chain

In this clip from the BBC One series Life Story, Sir David Attenborough narrates a hermit crab housing chain. If you’ve ever had pet hermit crabs, you know they are always on the lookout for the perfect shell, one slightly larger than the one they have because they are growing. But a shell that is too big will be hard to carry around. In the wild, they’ve worked out their own system for exchanging shells of the proper size. Everybody wins! I love how each of them "claimed" the shell they really wanted, as if they had been watching it for some time. After seeing this, I have to wonder if they leave the smallest shells strategically placed near crab eggs for newly-hatched hermits. -via b3ta


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Friends of the Galaxy

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Robert Jones brings us a mashup of the TV show Friends and the film Guardians of the Galaxy! Yes, it’s the every-so-familiar intro to Friends re-edited with selected relevant clips featuring Peter, Gamora, and Rocket celebrating their friendship, despite how different they are. -Thanks, Robert!  


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It’s What’s Inside that Counts

This is a nice-looking house for sale in Sweden. It looks quite normal from the outside, but inside… well, the kitchen looks quite normal, modern, and well-equipped. Really nice living room! Wait, are those trophy heads on the walls aliens? Then we get to the hallway, and there’s a full-size Predator! Just wait until you see what’s behind that fancy carved door... Yes, this house is for sale, and you can see a lot more pictures of it at the real estate ad, but I don’t believe you’ll get much out of the text unless you can read Swedish. -via Everlasting Blort


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A Teenager Replies

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Will Reid has made a name for himself by creating instructional videos for his teenagers, laying out the basics for simple tasks like replacing the toilet paper roll. Now it’s time for the next chapter in this global airing of the family’s dirty laundry. Will’s daughter Beth has a camera of her own, and takes us on a tour of her father’s bathroom, where he gets a taste of his own medicine. Will replied on the YouTube page,

With regards to the empty toilet roll? All I have to say is ............. speak to my wife Sandra!!! ;-)

That’s right, blame someone else! Hey, at least Beth’s paying attention to the videos he’s been posting! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Objects and Installations by Tony Spyra

The work of a good conceptual artist will surprise you with something you’d have never considered, then upon reflection you find that it makes total sense in some way. That’s the impression I get from Austria-based German artist Toni Spyra, who takes everyday objects and sees them in a new and creative way. He wants to share that creative re-imagining with you.

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A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the Batman TV Series

Although I haven’t watched the show since I was a kid, I thought I remembered the Batman TV series perfectly, because I never missed an episode. It is not so. I was very young then. I recall many of the villains that the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder fought, but there are 37 of them in a list at mental_floss that are just now starting to come back in my memory. Also, since I was so young, I did not realize how many of the actors portraying those parts were already well-known celebrities. I yeah, I knew about Cesar Romero and Earth Kitt, but I did not know that director Otto Preminger played Mr. Freeze in two episodes. Nor did I realize that Anne Baxter played two different villains. Wait, there was both a Riddler and a Puzzler? There’s a lot more trivia in this Visual Guide to All 37 Villains that you’ll enjoy.


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Half Naked Winnie The Pooh Banned From Playground

Officials in Tuszyn, Poland, have a problem with Winnie-the-Pooh. They met to select a new macot for the municipal playground. They rejected the idea of using literary stuffed bear Winnie-the-Pooh on the grounds that he doesn’t wear pants. A Polish fictional bear who is completely clothed was suggested as an alternative.

One official is heard saying: "It doesn’t wear underpants because it doesn’t have a sex. It’s a hermaphrodite."

Councillor Hanna Jachimska then began criticising the Winnie-the-Pooh author Alan Alexander Milne.

She said: "This is very disturbing but can you imagine! The author was over 60 and cut his [Pooh's] testicles off with a razor blade because he had a problem with his identity."

Just in case you’ve forgotten, Winnie-the-Pooh is a stuffed toy bear, and not meant to represent a real animal. The council has yet to make a decision on the playground. -via Arbroath

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Why Do Rivers Curve?

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Oh! Oh! I know this one! My father taught geology and geography, and this is one of the few lessons I remember learning as I sat through his summer classes as a young kid. It was cheaper than a babysitter, see. So, I learned words like meander and oxbow. Minute Earth explains what happens to a river over time as the water continuously flows. Our earth is quite a dynamic, ever-changing place. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Maple Leafs Fans Sing the U.S. Anthem

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We make jokes about Canadians, and Canadians make jokes about Americans, but deep down, we love each other. Kind of like siblings. Tuesday night, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Nashville Predators. Considering all the snow between here and there, the crowd was overwhelmingly Canadian. During the U.S. national anthem, the microphone pooped out. That’s when the Canadian crowd jumped in to finish the song themselves! It was a lovely moment. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Jake’s Dad Knows How to Have Fun

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You'll look at this and think, “Genius! Why didn’t I think of that?” because he’s got a swing he doesn’t have to push. Then you think “I hope he doesn’t kill himself.” Watch a little more and you’ll wonder how sturdy that rope really is. He does look like he’s having the time of his life, though. -via Digg


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From Bennet to Baily

This is a wonderful letter! Bennet is nice and polite, enthusiastic, and knows what a woman wants to hear, even if she’s a little girl. He also types well. The headline at reddit said, “If only adults could communicate this well.” I would be sorely disappointed if I found out that Bennet is 32 years old.

Update: Bennet is not yet five years old. His mother Jennifer typed it for him.

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Nixon in China: The Opera

Just 13 years after President Richard Nixon’s resignation, a heroic opera about him seemed like a sure flop. Today, it’s part of the global repertoire.

Opera houses don’t usually have to protect themselves against libel suits. But before curtains rose at the Houston Grand Opera on October 22, 1987, the venue’s management took out a massive insurance policy. The team knew the upcoming show would be a lightning rod. And now, as the world premiere approached, they were getting nervous.

They weren’t the only ones. As the audience anxiously filed in, the minimalist orchestral prelude built simple patterns that crested and morphed. The set, on the other hand, was anything but austere. As the music crescendoed, a life-size airliner landed on stage: Richard Nixon’s Spirit of ’76. The sight of the massive prop sent the audience into uncertain applause. Things were only about to get stranger.

When the door of the plane swung open, Nixon emerged from the stairs, belting out an aria. In rhyming couplets, he sang of the “murmuring down below” and rats—his political enemies—that “begin to chew the sheets” back home, lying in wait for his failures.

From its opening scene, Nixon in China, this brainchild of a precocious 30-year-old director, promised to be a complete departure from tradition. By diving into fresh history and painting a heroic picture of a man whose legacy was far more dubious, Nixon in China was no doubt a gutsy work of art. But was it any good? That’s been a subject of debate for critics ever since. Could Nixon in China be the great savior of opera, helping it navigate the modern terrain of MTV and the 24-hour news cycle? Or was it simply an audacious act of bravado poised to fizzle out?

Nixon’s Big Adventure

On July 15, 1971, President Richard Nixon made a shocking announcement. In a televised address to the American people, he stated, “There can be no stable and enduring peace without the participation of the People’s Republic of China.” The implications were staggering. Since the end of World War II, the United States and Communist PRC had at best ignored each other and at worst fought a proxy war on the Korean Peninsula. But as the 1960s drew to a close, both Nixon and Chairman Mao Zedong were beginning to see the advantage of improved relations.

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6 Movies That Got Banned by Countries for Hilarious Reasons

When the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982, Finland, Sweden, and Norway all decided it wasn’t for children. You had to be at least twelve to watch it. Really. The reason was because it portrayed "adults as enemies of children."

Apparently, some adults in Scandinavia were worried that the only thing standing between them and a wide-scale Children of the Corn-style uprising was a movie about a bunch of kids befriending a space puppet and the grown-ups in business suits trying to take him away. The Swedish Board of Film Censorship thought watching E.T. would plant subversive ideas in kids' heads, teaching them to fear and distrust their adult overlords. It is unclear whether they were aware that most children's adventure stories feature villainous adults, because children generally don't have enough societal clout to be effective bad guys.

There were protests staged by children who wanted to see the movie, but they had to grow up first. That’s just one of a list of six movies at Cracked that have been banned from at least one country for reasons that will make you scratch your head.


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The Paleontologist’s Wandering Skull

You know about the paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope. He was famous for his feud with fellow paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh. Cope revealed how Marsh assembled a nonexistent dinosaur called Brontosaurus by mistakenly combining fossil bones of different species. Then Marsh revealed how Cope had erred by constructing an Elasmosaurus with its head on the wrong end. Although both were prolific scientists, they are most remembered by the general public for their highly publicized mistakes. But the story of Edward Drinker Cope continued long after he died in 1897. He donated his body to science, specifying that his skeleton be preserved, but not exhibited.

Originally kept by the American Anthropometric Society, a group with a fondness for measuring the brains of famous men, Cope’s skull was passed in 1966 to the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Anthropology, and that’s when things got a little weird.

A distinguished anthropology professor by the name of Loren Eiseley saw Cope’s name on a box and left a note that said, “Gone to lunch—Edward Drinker Cope.” Eiseley took the bones back to his office and laid them out on a conference table to make sure everything was intact before placing them back into the box. Over the years, the paleontologist's remains became a fixture in Eiseley’s office, and the anthropologist toasted “Eddie” with sherry and even bought him a birthday present of a skeleton-bedecked printing block. The office staff also decorated Cope for Christmas.

That was just the beginning of Cope’s postmortem adventures. Read about his almost-burial, his road trips, and where he ended up, at mental_floss.


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There Goes the Neighborhood

In the town of Solikamsk, Russia, there’s a large hole swallowing a neighborhood. The main industry in the area is salt mining, and an influx of water has caused a “failure of the soil,” or in other words, a great big hole in the ground. The soil began shifting in 2005, and authorities responded by evacuating the area, cutting electricity to encourage everyone to leave; so no one lives in these houses. On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being released. -via reddit


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The Fiasco Called Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer

As part of a series of children's books on careers, Mattel and Random House published the book Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer. A look inside the book might surprise you.

Although the book’s title would indicate that its fights stereotypes against the tech industry’s gender gap, readers only need only get it to the second page to find out that Barbie is completely incompetent. While she’s capable of conceptualizing a game about a cute robot puppy (gender cliche, but we were ready to go with it — who doesn’t like robot puppies?), Barbie needs boys to actually do the computer programing for her. When Skipper asks if she can see the program, “Barbie says, laughing, ‘I’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to turn it into a real game!’” Silly Skipper and your high expectations!

The rest of the book is not much different: Barbie gets help from the boys after she gets a computer virus and loses her sister's files. The book has been out for a couple of years at least, but it recently came to the attention of the internet thanks to a thorough deconstruction by comedian Pamela Ribbon (which contains a profanity in the post title). Since then, Mattel has issued an apology, the book’s author has blamed Mattel, and the book is nowhere to be found on Amazon.

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However, the book has already been re-written by scores of people, using this generator. You can see some examples at Gizmodo, plus the Amazon reviews that no longer exist. Find plenty more at Twitter under the hashtag #FeministHackerBarbie. Most are hilarious, and not suitable for children. But one remix is.

Computer scientist Casey Fiesler rewrote the entire book completely snark-free for children and made it available for download.


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Why Men Hate Being in Pictures

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Robbie Sherrard is a fine-looking yet self-conscious guy who doesn’t feel comfortable having his picture taken. That doesn’t apply to videos, because he has a bunch of them in which he just talks to the camera. But he’s somewhat aware of why he, and other guys, don’t like posing for a picture, or even having a candid shot taken. His discomfort comes across as downright cute. -via Viral Viral Videos


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The Hole

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There’s a hole in the floor. No one knows why it’s there, how deep it is, where it goes, and what’s lurking down at the bottom. But as time goes by, we get a slight idea …and what we find out isn’t pleasant. What fool thought it would be a good idea to just put a rug over it? This story from Thomas Ridgewell (TomSka) wastes no time and leaves you wanting more. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The First Presidential Assassination Attempt

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

As any student of U.S. or presidential history knows, there have been four assassinations of U.S. presidents. Two were very famous, two not as well-known.

The first assassination of a president is both well-known and well-documented. On April 14, 1865, actor and southern sympathizer John Wilkes Booth shot our 16th president Abraham Lincoln at Ford's theater. Lincoln died from his wounds the next day.

Less well-known was the next assassination of a Commander-in-Chief. On July 2, 1881, 20th U.S. President James Garfield was assassinated by a ne'er-do-well named Charles J. Guiteau.



Garfield survived his gunshot wounds for 79 days. He finally succumbed on September 19, 1881. This was by far the longest time a president survived his assassination wounds before death.

The next assassination of a president was also slightly less or not as well-known.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Dance-Off

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The movie Guardians of the Galaxy really should have had more dancing in it. It could have! In this clip from the film’s blooper reel, the characters don’t fight, but instead have a dance-off. The pros have nothing to worry about from these guys, but the movie, as goofy as it was, could have used this bit of goofiness well. -via The Mary Sue


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62 Last Name Meanings

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Do you know where your last name comes from, or what it originally meant? In this week’s mental_floss List Show, host John Green runs down the origins and meanings of 62 relatively common surnames. Mine isn’t in there. Neither are any of my previous last names, nor any of my pseudonyms. Bummer.


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The Empire

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What if the BBC remade The Office using Star Wars characters? That’s the premise of this parody by Carl Whiteley. You’ll see the best-known scenes from The Office as they would be portrayed by Darth Vader, Luke, Leia (and forget they are related; this is the workplace), Chewbacca, C3PO, and more. It’s long, but worth it to see Leia twerking and security video of Storm Troopers in the toilet. And yeah, all your favorite Office tropes and catchphrases are there somewhere. -via Laughing Squid


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A Golden Retriever Has His Priorities

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This canine race course in Finland is designed to test a dog’s obedience, concentration, and speed. First, we see a couple of dogs show us how it’s supposed to be done. Then the Golden Retriever gives it his best shot. And this is why we love them so. A comment that sums up the dog’s thoughts: “Did you guys manage to eat everything before time ran out? I think I had a great score." -via reddit

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Maternity Corset

Heaven forbid that a woman would neglect her figure just because she’s pregnant! This maternity corset ad was featured in Ladies Home Journal in 1905. “This waist holds the figure at all times in proper position, bringing physical and mental comfort. It is a boon to the expectant mother.” The main feature appears to be that the steel stays are removable. Another reason to be thankful you live in 2014. From Weird Vintage.

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Awkward Prom Photo

What happened here? Redditor LiterallyWolverine explains that “They told me to go touch the tree and face the camera.” You’d think a photographer would be able to communicate a little better than that, but maybe he/she had a lot of other prom pictures to take. Oh well, it’s nothing that a little Photoshop can’t fix, which liarandathief promptly set out to accomplish.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, these two are still together.


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