First there was the skit, then the t-shirt, then the action figure. Now tattoo artist Bill DeNovio unveils his artwork of Adam Driver’s SNL character Matt the Radar Technician. This character is giving Kylo Ren a run for his money! You have to think that Driver will be invited back to Saturday Night Live to reprise the character soon. -via Geeks Are Sexy
The Glasgow center of the Scottish SPCA is looking for a home for Atlas the rabbit. As you can see, Atlas is not a typical rabbit; he’s a continental giant rabbit. At seven months of age, he is still not fully grown! Not just any home will do. Manager Anna O’Donnell says they are looking for a home that is equipped to take on such a large bunny.
“We are looking for a specific home for Atlas due to his breed and size. A standard rabbit hutch won’t do so his new owner will need plenty of space for him.
“Atlas needs an owner with the knowledge to properly care for him, so ideally someone who has kept a continental giant before.
What if you took the popular Netflix series Making a Murderer and put Homer Simpson in suspect Steve Avery’s place? That’s what the latest Vulture remix is all about. It combines audio from the true crime series and video from the TV show The Simpsons.
They had a lot of footage to select from, as The Simpsons is now in its 27th season. Homer seems to have been arrested more than his share of times in all those years. -via reddit
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!
A mini-opera in four acts
music by Georges Bizet
words by Marc Abrahams
This mini-opera had its premiere as part of the 16th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, on Thursday evening, October 5, 2006.
Narrator: Karen Hopkin
The Boy: Pierre Fontaine
Eb: Margot Button
Flo: Gina Beck
The Dog: Maggie McNeil.
Pianist: Scott Nicholas
Friends: The new Ig Nobel Prize winners, the Nobel Laureates, and all the other ignitaries who were on stage.
EB and FLO, who are sisters. EB is always at rest. FLO is always in motion. Each girl has a cellular phone always held to her ear.
The boy’s DOG (a biting, but non-singing, part). The DOG appears in Acts 1, 3, and 4.
FRIENDS— the neighborhood children (this role is played by guest scientists). They appear in Act 4.
ACT 1: “A Natural Leader”
NARRATOR [spoken]:Tonight’s opera is about a boy, and his ego, and his inertia. This little boy thinks he’s the most popular boy EVER. Here in Act 1, he has JUST moved into town. Right next door live two sisters. The boy expects the two sisters to come over and play with him. But that may not happen. You see, one sister NEVER leaves the house — and the other sister is ALWAYS running around. Let me clarify that: One sister is at rest, and she tends to stay at rest — and the other sister is in motion, and she tends to stay in motion.
Now let’s meet the little boy, and his little dog. The boy explains how he’s going to get the two sisters to come admire him. Inevitably, the boy comes to realize, as he always does, how very wonderful he is. Let’s listen.
A spring-loaded mousetrap is designed to kill a mouse on contact by breaking its neck. So why would you put your tongue in one? Because you have a popular YouTube series and your viewers suggested it. We’re talking about the Slow Mo Guys.
Which will it be, Dan or Gav to endure the tongue-lashing? It’s quite a sacrifice, just so we can see what it looks like in slow motion. And the effects last quite a while after the stunt ends. Let’s hope by now his voice has returned to normal. -via Tastefully Offensive
Those who grew up in America in the 1980s and ‘90s know the mall and its food court as their hangout, the place young people met and socialized. But the food court’s roots go back much further, to city department store shopping. Postwar suburbia gave rise to enclosed malls, but it’s hard to pinpoint when their food courts began, because it was an evolving process. It took a few decades for food courts to become ubiquitous.
The children of the suburban boom became adults and had children of their own. Those children of the 1970s and 1980s grew up in and around the suburban malls. It was never just a shopping opportunity; it was the cultural experience that Rouse had envisioned. The mall and its food court gave the suburbs a "civic anchor," as Smithsonian magazine put it, and a handful of restaurants quickly emerged as favorites.
One vendor that immediately became a food court staple was Orange Julius, that mysterious, frothy concoction of orange juice and “a few choice ingredients." Along the west coast, the Hot Dog On A Stick franchise served corn dogs and fresh squeezed lemonade, though its true appeal was the circus striped mini-dresses and hats worn by its predominantly female staff. The food courts of the '80s also had their fair share of restaurants with roots in the ethnic immigrant communities, even if the food itself bore little resemblance to its old country ancestors. Sbarro pizza, Panda Express and its famous orange chicken, and a Greek gyro restaurant or two were common food fodder in suburbia.
As malls across the US closed and consolidated, the food court idea spread to airports, colleges, and hospitals. Now malls are trying new ideas to lure in customers and keep them eating. Read about the evolution of the food court at mental_floss.
A leopard wandered into the Vibgyor International School in Bangalore, India, Sunday and mauled six people as it wandered around in a panic. It took ten hours to subdue the big cat. Some of the cat attacks were captured on security cameras.
Conservation scientist Sanjay Gubbi and forest department employee Benny Maurius were injured when they tried to corner the animal and tranquillise him, reports say.
"It was a long struggle to capture the leopard. Although it was injected with tranquillisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect," senior police official S Boralingaiah told reporters.
After the drug took effect, the leopard was transported back into the nearby forest. Six people were treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries. -via reddit
About a month ago, we steered you to Disney artist Brian Kesinger and his delightful Star Wars/Calvin and Hobbes mashups. The new ones he’s done since then are so funny, we have to share them with you!
See his artworks that span many fandoms at his Instagram page, and continue reading to see the latest from “Kylo and Darth.”
Vehicles sometimes become stars of TV series, even when they don’t get credit or draw scandalous headlines. Everyone recognizes the Batmobile, and we of a certain age recognize the Partridge Family bus and the Clampett’s old rattletrap. Newer shows have star vehicles as well, like the Stair Car from Arrested Development.
When the Bluth’s lost all their money, the only mode of transportation they had was the Stair Car. It was originally paired with the company jet that was sold to pay off some debt. This car was perfect for helping inmates escape prison, letting people enter homes from the second story, and tearing down signs. 3 different trucks were used over the course of the series.
Check out a list of 13 star cars from TV shows that left an imprint on our memories (with videos) at TVOM.
Americans living abroad have all kinds of reasons for doing so. Some wanted to shake their lives up. Others followed a job or spouse. Some went for a visit and then decided to stay. All of them miss something from the United States, but also cherish their new experiences. Heather Mancini lives in Barcelona, Spain.
What she misses most about life in America: Family and friends. “When I was still single and living abroad, I got back to the States once or twice a year. Now that I have a family, and many of my friends and family have their own families, two or three years may pass without seeing some of my siblings or closest friends.”
What she loves most about life in Spain: “I learn something new every day. It could be a new word in another language, politics in another country, or how to prepare a cultural dish. Also, my kids hold three passports and will grow up with an international mindset, speaking four languages. I’m not sure what others think, but to me, that’s pretty cool.”
Buzzfeed interviewed 14 Americans living in countries from Germany to Japan to Argentina, and asked them what they’ve learned from their experiences.
(Image credit: Heather Mancini)
Here’s a web toy that could also be a game if you played against someone and made up some rules. There’s a grid of faces. Click on them, and they will start to either smile or frown. Keep clicking after you think the face won’t change any more, and it might change again in some randomly interesting way. Or not. Yes, there is a score at the bottom, which you can maximize by concentrating on the happy faces instead of the frowny ones, but that seems irrelevant.
The game FAQ gives you reasons to keep clicking on the faces. A vague offer of a reward for clicking more did not induce me to try for a thousand clicks. Oh yeah, the grid is different every time you load it, so you can’t just memorize the most interesting faces. -via Metafilter
Abraham Lincoln may be the greatest president ever … in terms of the crazy cultural crap he inspires.
Apologies to Ronald Reagan, but no president has lent himself to kitsch and over-analysis as much as Abraham Lincoln, perhaps the best 16th president a democratically-elected country could ask for. There has been much written and collected about ol’ Abe, and as someone who has seen Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the theater and lived to tell the tale, I’m probably just as qualified as anyone to talk about Lincolniana. In honor of the dude’s birthday, this issue is all about him. So put on your stovepipe hat and let’s go for a ride!
In which we discuss Abraham Lincoln’s face.
You probably don’t know your own face as much as the Lincoln Institute’s Richard J. Behn knows Lincoln’s. The Lincoln Institute has numerous articles about the former president—from his time as an athlete, the ways that his moods shifted, to his philosophy on life.
But no article on Lincoln gets nearly as up-close and personal with Lincoln’s face as much as Behn’s does about the man’s facial features. Here’s a sample of the 5,500-word article, full of scholarly quotes:
President Lincoln’s face was a mobile instrument that left a lasting impression. One contemporary observed: “His large bony face when in repose was unspeakably sad and as unreadable as that of a sphinx, his eyes were as expressionless as those of a dead fish; but when he smiled or laughed at one of his own stories of that of another then everything about him changed; his figure became alert, a lightning change came over his countenance, his eyes scintillated and I thought he had the most expressive features I had ever seen on the face of a man.”
If you have a face, you should read this article, which describes, in-depth, the troubles that sculptors had in recreating his face. After you’re done, you’ll probably want to use an Oxy pad or something.
The following article is from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids.
The Beatles were famous ambassadors for peace and love, but they also generated a lot of lawsuits. Here are some of them.
BEATLES VS. EMI: From 1979 through 2006, the Beatles skirmished with the record company EMI five different times. Four times, it was over royalties. The remaining issue was about EMI’s plans to release the Red (1962–1966) and Blue (1967–1970) albums on CD in 1991 without the band’s permission. The Beatles won every time, but after winning the last case and establishing their veto rights, they let EMI release the albums anyway.
BEATLES VS. APPLE: Steve Jobs reportedly named his fledgling company Apple in part because he was a Beatles fan and they’d named their own multimedia company Apple Corps, which owned their record company Apple Records. The Beatles threatened to sue, and in 1981, Jobs’s Apple settled by paying $80,000 and agreeing to stay out of the music business.
It didn’t last long. In 1989 the Beatles’ Apple Corps noted that Apple computers were being used to play, record, and mix music. The band sued again. This time, the computer company paid $26 million and won the right to create “goods and services… used to reproduce, run, play, or otherwise deliver” music, but not any actual music.
Then came iTunes,
Ellen Gibson is dressing her 8-month-old triplets (Jackson, Olivia, and Levi), while their 2-year-old sister Emily tries her best to set a bad example for the little ones. And if you look closely, there’s a cat, too.
My guess is that she doesn’t dress them all at once on a normal day, but is making a video to illustrate the chaos of having this many little ones. A sane person would leave two in a crib. Dad? I don’t think he was there at the time. Follow the triplets and the rest of the family at Facebook and at their website. -via Metafilter
You’ve seen the painting, but you’ve never seen it up close like this! An interactive look at The Garden of Earthly Delights lets you zoom in on the details of the hi-res image and hear the stories behind them. Or you can take a virtual guided tour of the painting, and see all the narrated details. For example, the scene above is in the far right corner of the triptych. The narration tells us:
An ink jar is dangling from the mouth of a helmeted demon. A man wearing a pale-red robe and a pig dressed up as a nun try to persuade a soul to sign a document. This is a serious legal document, the red seals are testimony enough. But what exactly is this man signing for?
Maybe they want the man to sign a pact with the devil to sell his soul. To make it look more convincing, the three have dressed up as a knight, nun and clerk, respectively. The nude man is on to them, it seems, as he is casting anxious looks at the viewer, as if pleading for help. At the same time he seems to be warning us: Don’t fall for the devil’s tricks!
Margaret Chase Smith was the first of many things in American politics. She was the first woman to serve in both the House and Senate (representing Maine). When she retired from the Senate in 1973, she was the longest-serving woman senator until 2011. And she was the first woman to be placed in nomination at a major party convention to run for president of the United States. Smith did not achieve the nomination at the Republican convention in 1964, but she made Americans sit up and consider the idea of a woman president.
Smith’s entry into the race sparked hundreds of newspaper stories. They invariably mentioned her appearance and her age. “Trim as a model, she carries herself more like a clubwoman than a politician,” one story noted. “At 66, she is an exceedingly attractive figure,” another reported, praising Smith as “slender, silver haired,” sincere, and quick to laugh. But if commentators and reporters admired her figure, they expressed reservation about her length of years. A columnist for the Los Angeles Times identified Smith’s age as one of the biggest obstacles she faced. Richard Wilson wrote that “Mrs. Smith has qualifications and experience for the Presidency no less than many men who have served in the office.” But her age “tends to be a disqualifying factor.” This was especially true given that she would be not only old but also an old woman. The optimum age for presidents, in Wilson’s view, was late forties or early fifties. Alas, at this time in life, “the female of the species undergoes physical changes and emotional distress of varying severity and duration.” The author never used the indelicate term “menopause” in his article. But he underscored the change in a woman midlife “is known to have an effect on judgment and behavior.” The steady allusions to age were not lost on the candidate herself. “Since my candidacy was announced, almost every news story starts off ‘the sixty-six-year-old senator,’ ” she observed. “I haven’t seen the age played up in the case of the male candidates.”
Smith was extremely popular in her state and had powerful allies in Congress, but she didn’t want to play the campaign game. She didn’t fundraise, and she didn’t campaign much because she refused to miss Senate votes, decisions which doomed her race no matter her sex. But her story is one of ambition and ethics and hard work. Smith is especially remembered for a 1950 speech in which she condemned fellow Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy for his tactics while never mentioning him by name. Read the story of Margaret Chase Smith at The New Yorker.
It’s been six weeks since we first saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And that was after a year-long buildup of hype. Some of us went way overboard, overdosing on Star Wars to celebrate a decade without a movie. For some, this may call for an intervention.
Some down time between Star Wars frenzies is in order, but we'd better get that downtime started. After all, Star Wars: Rogue One will be here in December, and Star War Episode VIII is scheduled for December of 2017. What happens when the Force won’t stop awakening? It’s time to let it go. Did I say let it go? This is going to be worse than Frozen. -via Geeks Are Sexy
It’s a testament to the quality of the first trailer for The Force Awakens that so many video mixmasters use its style to promote other things. We’ve seen the original Star Wars movie done this way, and Masters of the Universe, too. Even the US Navy put themselves into it. Now let’s see how well it works with Doctor Who.
YouTube member VG934 looks back to 2005, when Doctor Who was rebooted for a modern audience. He used the trailer for The Force Awakens to make a trailer for Doctor Who Series 1, when Rose Tyler met the Doctor. Makes you want to watch it right now, huh? -via Laughing Squid
We talk about recurring themes in blockbuster movies, because new stories feel as if they pull elements out of a hat and just combine them in new ways. John Atkinson at Wrong Hands put together a chart that makes new movie ideas a cinch, Mad-Libs style! Put one from each column together: Adjective, subject, verb, clause, and you’re very likely to say, “I’d go see that!” Of course, there’s a good chance you’d also realize, “I’ve seen that movie!”
Redditor burnmongham and his brother took their kids on an outing. They took pictures, but there wasn’t one with all of them in it. So he took two of the snapshots and stitched them together digitally to include everyone. It took him a month to realize the one little error in the image fusion. How fast can you find the special child?
Are you a fan of British TV shows? You might be interested in finding out where your favorite series is set. Tim Ritz created a map that will help you out. See it full size here.
The most popular TV shows are plotted into their setting, even if it’s a fictional town (indicated by “apostrophes”). If the show is actually filmed somewhere besides its setting, that it also indicated. That’s what surprised me the most- the biggest part of the shows are produced in the town or region the story is set in. In the US, everything is produced in either Los Angeles or New York. There are a few notable exceptions like Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead, which cause both locals and tourists to go nuts. You can buy a print of this map at Society 6.
Animal Advertising Agency of Stockholm, Sweden, noticed that while most domains that have political candidates'names in them get snapped up, trumpdonald.org was available. So they gave us a web toy in which you can blow a trumpet in The Donald’s face. That is all, but it’s fun. Try it yourself. -via Everlasting Blort
Fine Feathers is a 1968 short film by Canadian animator Evelyn Lambart. The entire production is made of paper, painted and cut into pieces.
Two rival birds trade in their feathers for something they believe is prettier: cedar branches for the blue jay, and red oak leaves for the loon. But they soon find out that beauty is fleeting, and vanity has its drawbacks. -via The Kid Should See This
If you get enough artfully-framed posing done on Friday, and you can wear your pajamas and bunny slippers the rest of the weekend. Our friends from Megacynics are on a weekend ski trip, but I don’t think they’ll be doing all that much skiing. Well, at least Instagram is covered!
Outlaws break the law, and folk heroes are those that the public identify with and root for. Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, which made him famously popular among the poor -but he was a fictional character. Ned Kelly defied authorities in Australia and was aided and abetted by regular folks along the way. History has plenty of outlaw folk heroes you’ve never heard of, like Herman Perry, a US soldier in a unit charged with building the Ledo Road in India during World War II.
A few decades before the Civil Rights Movement, African-American units received the jobs nobody else wanted to do; additionally, they worked under the supervision of white officers who had no scruples in treating them harshly. Having suffered from disease, exhaustion, and mistreatment, Herman Perry (1922-1945) finally snapped. He shot his commanding officer, who had ordered an inhumane incarceration, and hid in the jungle where he met and mixed with a native tribe, the Nagas, who were greatly feared as skilled headhunters. Perry quickly became sort of an icon for his native friends, who were happy to help him out, and his reputation skyrocketed when he married the 14-year-old daughter of a Naga chieftain.
Read the rest of Perry's story, and those of nine other folk heroes from around the world. -via the Presurfer
There’s nothing wrong with writing your own wedding views, but hey, you’re supposed to hammer out the details of the contract negotiations before the ceremony!
In some places, the squabbles are over how many cows one family pays another family when a match is made between their children. In others, a pre-nup spells out what each party is entitled to when the marriage goes south. It makes more sense to spell out the day-to-day interactions for the marriage itself, doesn’t it? This vignette is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.
When we posted part one, I thought the Bad Lip reading folks were going to wait until after the Super Bowl to give us part two of the NFL Bad Lip Reading video, but no. It makes sense to do it now, because everyone will forget about football soon after Sunday’s game. Here it is!
You don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy this, because what they’re saying is straight up nonsense that perfectly matches what their lips do. Like I always said, these waffles are gourmet. You gotta stir the bowl. Stir the bowl. -via Uproxx
Swiss professional freestyle skier Nicolas Vuignier has been experimenting with point-of-view photography. In this video, he swings his iPhone 6 on a string, around in circles over his head. While skiing. This excellent video came after almost two years of experimenting, so if you try it, the first result will not be as good.
It didn’t even harm the phone! Vuignier promises a making-of video soon. -via Viral Viral Videos
What’s your advice to others on something they shold try out? Soul Pancake asked people of all ages, youngsters to 100 years old, what they would tell others to attempt.
They have some really good ideas, even the very young. However, you shouldn’t try to tell other people to try something you’ve never attempted yourself. Otherwise, go for it! You gotta dance like no one is watching. -via Tastefully Offensive
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