Devon made a silicone mask for her boyfriend Peter as part of a sculpting class at Make Up Designory NYC. The finished product is jaw-dropping! She posted the process of the mask being made, which meant making a mold and model of his whole head. See how she did it, plus more pictures of the finished product, at Unreality.
Have you ever dreamed of living in a haunted house? Making that dream come true is as easy as believing the home you are in is haunted. But if you want a haunted house that has been scaring other people for years, you can certainly purchase one. For example, there’s the Priestly House in Canton, Mississippi.
Originally built by physician James Priestley in the 1950s, this Greek Revival home stayed in the Priestley family until the 1990s. When new owner Frankie McMillan moved in, she became concerned that Priestley’s wife, Susan, hadn’t gotten the message to clear the premises. McMillan claimed to have seen Susan in hallways and in the bedroom where the woman is believed to have died. The home was restored in 2004 and is listed for $699,000.
There are a range of locations, prices, and ages among the eight haunted houses on the market right now that you can check out at mental_floss.
A 26-year-old man in the University area of Tucson locked himself out of his house on Sunday morning. He tried to get back in by climbing down the chimney. He almost made it, too, except that the chimney is narrower at the bottom, and he became stuck just as his feet touched the floor. A neighbor eventually heard him yelling for help, and called the fire department. The Tucson Fire Department lowered a rope and pulled the unnamed man out. He had been stuck in the chimney for four hours. You can see additional photographs of the rescue at Facebook. -via Arbroath
(Image credit: Tucson Fire Department)
A new gadget lets you drink wine straight out of the bottle without looking like a wino. Well, you’ll still look like a wino, just one with a bit of class. It’s a glass wine goblet with a tube for a stem, wrapped in rubber in order to screw it into the neck of the bottle. I didn’t laugh until I saw the name of the product: the Guzzle Buddy. “Plug it and chug it.” Seems like a lot of people don’t mind looking like a classy wino, because Amazon is temporarily sold out. -via Laughing Squid
Scientists study families a lot, because it’s an extremely important human unit both socially and genetically. How different or alike are siblings? How does birth order affect your life? Studies like this help to determine which traits are genetic and which are learned. Sometimes those things are hard to separate, since families not only share genes, but also learn from each other. We also have new research about how families have changed over time. John Green has some really interesting findings about families this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.
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Death. The great equalizer.
Life may be infinitely unfair, but in death, we're all in the same boat. Here are tombstone inscriptions from the graves of famous people. Some funny, others clever, some insightful, others angry, some sad, others optimistic.
Winston Churchill: “I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another question.”
Rodney Dangerfield: “There goes the neighborhood.”
(Image credit: Alan Light)
Merv Griffin: “I will not be right back after this message.”
If you want to sell a leather couch in Boston, there are worse ways of doing it. This Craigslist ad has since been deleted. I’d like to think that it was because someone bought it, but the ad itself is a work of art that should be preserved. Luckily it was.
Before purchasing this piece of furniture from me, please be aware of the following:
-The couch is very comfortable, and it will make you want to watch 12 hours of football on Saturdays and Sundays in the Fall. If you’re married, and a homeowner, divorce will probably be eminent as you will not complete any tasks on your Honey Do List. I accept no responsibility for this.
-Boston sports teams are undefeated in championship games when watched on a television in front of this couch. I know a good luck charm when I see one, and the fact of the matter is that the Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots would each have another championship if I had opted to stay home instead of watching the games at a bar.
-I’ve had several mutli-million dollar ideas strike me while on this couch. Granted I’ve been too lazy to implement them, but this couch will probably pay for itself within a week of sitting on it. I won’t be surprised if Harvard or MIT wants to buy it to help out their students that seem to be lacking inspiration.
But that’s not even the best part. The seller goes into detail about who has sat on the couch and the story of the guy who slept on it for an entire month. You might be able to guess who it is. Read the complete archived version of the ad (but with only one remaining picture).
“Don’t tell Mom!”
Oklahoma redditor hinkster81 has five children. Here he is with the three youngest. He’s learned a bit about parenting by now, specifically how fun it can be. Or maybe he is trying to convince his wife to never leave him alone with the children again. -via reddit
Dr. Oscar Ruiz of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center won top honors today at the annual Nikon Small World competition with this image of a four-day-old zebrafish. The story of why he took it is as fascinating as the image. The Nikon Small World contest honors the beauty and technical skill shown in the tiniest parts of our world found through microphotography. See the top twenty photographs from the competition right here.
It’s rare that Screen Junkies puts out an Honest Trailer for a movie that’s this recent, but their fans really bugged them about it. The movie is not yet available on home video, so if you plan to watch it, you’ll want to skip this for possible spoilers. What am I talking about? It’s Ghostbusters. You already know the story.
Ghostbusters seemed to be set up for failure, since the 1984 movie was a masterpiece and still doesn’t feel outdated. It sold a lot of tickets this summer, but didn’t make a profit since it was expensive to make. The reviews were okay. The planned sequels probably won’t materialize anytime soon. -Thanks, Andrew Valdes!
Kudret Celebioglu kept his cool when a strange cat jumped up on the news desk as he was live on air. The cat even sat down on the computer keyboard like he owned the place! Celebioglu finished the story he was doing, but took a moment to announce that it was getting colder outside, and people should take in the stray cats that roam the streets. Afterward, the TV station adopted this cat. -via Buzzfeed
Remember twenty years ago, when we thought dinosaurs were terrifying reptile monsters that we could make movies about? In such a short time, we’ve learned they were feathered, not as cold-blooded as once thought, and they couldn’t even sing. What else are we going to find out that will ruin our childhoods? This analogy is the latest from Randall Munroe at xkcd. See the hovertext punch line there.
In the latest adventures of Tiny Hamster, several hamsters are resurrected from the dead by a mad scientist. The zombie hamsters crawl out of their graves and go on a rampage, wreaking havoc on a tiny town of Barbie dolls and action figures!
Can the scientist reverse the spell before it's too late? Watch for yourself and see! -Thanks, Jake Wyatt!
The British government established workhouses in 1834 as a cheaper alternative to “outdoor relief,” or the practice of giving food or money to the poor. Instead, they would be offered “indoor relief,” a chance to work for their keep. Workhouses were meant to be intimidating places, a deterrent to becoming so poor that one had to ask for help there. Northwich Workhouse was one such institution that has since been converted to a museum. While the workers’ dormitory has been demolished, visitors can get a glimpse of what life was like for those destitute enough to work there.
Men, women and children were separated on arrival, partly as a means of maintaining order, but also to prevent what was often referred to as ‘pauper breeding’. Families who had arrived together were only permitted to see each other for a few hours a week, while husbands and wives ate, slept, worked and exercised independently of each other in separate parts of the building.
Clothing and possessions were removed, washed and then placed in storage. Inmates were given a brief health check by a medical officer, issued with a workhouse uniform – and made to take a bath. For many, this was a terrifying prospect. In 1891, a newspaper reporter who had visited the workhouse wrote: “The state as to filth and vermin in which some old neglected people arrive, on their entering the house is indescribable. To have not washed the body for years and years is a common state of things with them...”
If you’ve ever purchased a costume fashioned after a pop culture character, the odds are good that it came from Ruble’s. The company started selling costumes at a small shop in Queens in the 1950s and now has licenses to produce costumes of characters from Mattel, Marvel, DC Comics, Playboy, Nickelodeon, Star Trek, and Star Wars, among others. Howard Beige, who runs Ruble’s with his siblings, tells us how they prepare for Halloween by anticipating what costumes and masks will be popular a year ahead of time, so customers can get exactly what they want.
But figuring out what that mask should be, and how many to make, isn’t easy. More people are dressing up for Halloween, but they’re doing it differently, picking costumes in early October based on news events, movies, or internet memes that went viral only a few weeks or months before. Rubie’s tries to anticipate Halloween trends a year in advance, but it’s constantly adjusting its plans as expected blockbusters flop (The Legend of Tarzan), beloved actors die (Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka costume will be popular this year), or millions of people get swept up in the Pokémon Go craze and Beige finds himself mass-manufacturing last-minute Pikachu costumes to fill thousands of back orders. Pokémon will break into Rubie’s 10 best-selling costumes this year, which didn’t happen when it was popular the first time around. “Thank God we already had the license and the designs for that one,” he says. “Otherwise, it would’ve been a disaster.”
Read about the history of Ruble’s Costumes, and how they operate today, at Bloomberg Businessweek. -via Digg
(Image credit: Emiliano Granado for Bloomberg Businessweek)
Sweden is a lovely country. They’ve also given us modern design like no other country, although some of it stays in Sweden, like architecture, so you might not be familiar with some of the more distinctive buildings there. Emporia, a shopping facility in Malmo, can’t help but draw attention.
Emporia’s giant gold chasm is the second building on this list to be featured from the design studio at Wingårdhs. It is a bold design, with a long golden glass structure seemingly cut in two by a big chasm in the middle. As a shopping centre it certainly amazes and shocks. It is certainly not what you usually expect to see when you go shopping. It was built in 2012 and is part of a much larger urban planning project in Malmo. The project aims to regenerate part of the city and bring mixed development together, where commercial, business and residential can come together.
See nine other Swedish buildings that defy traditional design at Housely.
Rhett & Link have a new song about their fear of the dark, appropriate for the Halloween season. The song is not bad, and the lyrics are pretty goofy. The video is downright cool, with all the fluorescent touches. So what are they afraid of?
They are afraid of the same things you and I are afraid of: athlete’s foot and fractions. -via Tastefully Offensive
The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!
Research about smells of sociological interest
compiled by Otto Didact, Improbable Research staff
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Political Ideology Stinks, or Smells Agreeable
“Assortative Mating on Ideology Could Operate Through Olfactory Cues,” Rose McDermott, Dustin Tingley, and Peter K. Hatemi, American Journal of Political Science, vol. 58, no. 4, October 2014, pp. 997–1005. (Thanks to Tony Tweedale for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Brown University, Harvard University, and The Pennsylvania State University, explain:
[RESULTS:] individuals find the smell of those who are more ideologically similar to themselves more attractive than those endorsing opposing ideologies....
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Being gatekeepers, music charts have a massive influence on the songs we hear on the radio. And that influence isn’t exclusive to Billboard, by the way.
As a fan of the underdog, I love reading the bottom half of music charts. Forget Billboard’s Hot 100; I wanna see what’s happening on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, if that indie band I’m digging actually has a chance of breaking into the top half. (Oh, who am I kidding? I spent the last week listening to Hüsker Dü and American Music Club. My taste is off the grid these days.) Forgotten in the age of modern pop charts is the fact that Billboard has never been the only game in town.
1940 was the first year Billboard had a music chart of any kind. The magazine, founded in 1894, spent much of its early history focused on billboard advertising. (Hence the name.) The first music chart, called the “National List of Best Selling Retail Records” and topped by Tommy Dorsey in its initial edition, quickly gave way to more common charts like the Billboard 200 and Hot 100.
The researcher who was murdered, mob-hit style, after taking a stand for music-chart integrity
Nadieh Bremer and Shirley Wu created a data visualization of ten royal families of Europe. The screenshot here is just a portion; it actually goes back to around 1100 A.D. You can manipulate it to show how the royal families are related to each other. The largest dots are the current monarchs. Just place your cursor on a dot to identify the royal family member. If you hover over a dot long enough, you’ll get a colored visual showing how closely that person is related to other royals across the chart. If you click on two dots, you get the shortest connection between the two. I found out the royal families of Monaco and Liechtenstein don’t marry into other royal families that much, while King Harald V of Norway is related to just about everyone, including second cousin Queen Elizabeth II.
If you can find Queen Victoria of England, she appears to have the most royal descendants of all. You can read more about the data and how the project was done at Bremer’s website and Data Sketches. -via Digg
The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards recognizes wildlife photography that, while displaying excellent camera skills, also gives us a dose of derp and LOL. The 2016 finalists have been announced, and you can see them at the awards website.
The winner will receive a trophy and a weeklong safari in Kenya for two. See all 40 finalists here.
The work that goes into making a scary movie monster has changed considerably over the past 10 years. No matter the era, there’s one that sticks in the audience’s minds and lives forever. And whether they are working with greasepaint or CGI, special effects teams always have a challenge before them. I mean, who knew that Boris Karloff was less than six feet tall? Frankenstein’s monster was certainly huge!
Jack Pierce is something of a legend in monster movie lore. The make-up artist was responsible for fixing the faces of the Mummy and Wolf Man, but one of his earliest hits was the 1931 horror flick Frankenstein. Pierce made Boris Karloff into the mutant by smearing green greasepaint all over his face. Karloff’s fingernails were painted black, and his eyelids were stiffened. Pierce gave him a flattop head with a combination of cotton and gum. Then the costume department got to work making the 5’11” Karloff into a looming terror. Karloff was given platform boots, each one weighing about 13 pounds, as well as a jacket that was too short and a doubled set of pants. The camera crew went the extra mile by filming Karloff at a low angle, so he looked all the more intimidating.
Read about nine other movie monsters and what went into making them, plus video clips of those movies you know so well, at mental_floss.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard a Pogo remix, so it’s extra-special that his new one is Star Trek themed! It’s a remix of sounds from Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Brent Spider as Data. Even though it’s rendered as nonsense, you’d recognize those voices anywhere, wouldn’t you? And we even get to see Pogo!
From the YouTube page:
The track opens with the Klingon Victory Song, followed by a remix of Data singing Che Gelida Manina in the episode 'In Theory'. This episode was the first ever to be directed by Patrick Stewart and I didn't realize this until after the track was finished.
I sourced the Ben Nye makeup that was used to turn Spiner into Data, and a replica of the iconic Star Fleet uniform. Unfortunately I couldn't get the contact lenses in and I could only get the uniform in red, so I spent a huge amount of time changing the colour of my eyes and uniform in post.
Pogo is the professional name of Nick Bertke, whom we’ve featured many times before. -Thanks, Øystein Dale!
You remember Terry Border as the genius behind the art series Bent Objects. For his latest project, he himself is the art medium, exploring a man’s facial hair as a landscape. It was a family project, as it would be near impossible to pull this off alone. The photo above is called Moo-Stache, and this is Mutton Chops.
You also need to see Goatee, Soul Patch, Porn State, and the others of Whisker Figures. -Thanks, Terry!
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If you like the thought of keeping a wildcat as a pet, but you have the sense not to, the Maine Coon Cat might be a great choice. Maine Coon Cats are the largest domestic cat breed there is. How big are they?
As a matter of fact, the title for the “longest cat" in the 2010 Guinness World Records was held by a Maine Coon named Stewie, who measured 48.5 in (that’s over 4 feet long) from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Remember folks, we’re talking domesticated cats here.
And you don’t even have to overfeed them! You’ll get an idea of how large a Main Coon Cat can grow in a gallery of 20 cats with humans for scale at Kittentoob.
Clint Case was ready with a video camera when his young son tried out his Halloween costume yesterday. He will be trick-or-treating as Luke Skywalker riding his Tauntaun. This adorable costume is completely handmade.
“Is your Tauntaun drunk?” Oh, he has two weeks to get used to walking in that thing before Halloween. Sure, you can buy a Tauntaun costume, but it’s not going to hold a candle to one you make yourself. -via Tastefully Offensive
Passwords can stress you out if you let them. My health insurance exchange requires a password to be changed every so often, and won’t accept any that I’ve used before, plus you have to remember the old one to set a new one. I have trouble remembering any passwords that have been changed, so it’s good that my computer remembers for me. But I also need a password to boot up the computer. And if I need to print something, I must go to the library, and when I’m asked for a password for email or whatever, I am lost. Sure, a password must be secure, but it must also be something you can remember. Admin/password seems easy to remember. I’ll have to use that sometime, although some sites might not like me going around calling myself “admin.” This is the latest from CommitStrip.
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Ever hear the expression “I never forget a face”? Well, there are some people who never remember a face, and there’s a reason for it— a loose connection in the brain.
There’s a part of your brain that processes faces. It’s located, according to MIT scientist Nancy Kanwisher, in the area “just behind and underneath, and a bit from your right ear.” It’s called the fusiform gyrus. (The gyrus is a ridge in the brain, and fusiform describes its shape— elongated and tapered at both ends.) Whenever you see someone you know, the fusiform gyrus tells you, “That’s Bob.” It also sends out messages to other parts of the body that add emotions to the information, such as “I like Bob. He’s my friend.” But what happens when an accident, illness, or hereditary gene disconnects the wiring between the fusiform gyrus and other parts of the brain?
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