Oenophiles like to boast about their exquisite taste, claiming their obsession with wine began when their perfect palate allowed them to taste the very soil the grapes were grown in before they became wine.
So Emma grabbed every tiny weapon she could find and armed her scaly friend Olive, shooting pics of her silly little warrior to share online.
Emma's battle lizard chronicles inspired another pet owner to share pics of his sugar glider holding stuff too, which made them look tougher than any sugar glider has ever looked.
The darling little sugar glider is still cute, but also very, very tough with that massive warhammer in his hands, as if he's saying "come at me, sis!" to the chameleon that started it all, Olive the Omnipotent.
Drinking coffee is a great pick-me-up, and coffee can be used to stimulate the mind when your brain needs a kickstart, but did you know coffee can be used like watercolor paint?
Coffee paintings only come in brown but the watercolor-y look of the paintings is quite nice, and coffee artists like Michael Aaron Williams have turned java into a fun new medium you can find in every breakfast joint.
Michael mixes a tiny bit of ink in with the coffee, to give it more permanence on the page, then he paints his (often predatory) subjects on antique paper in a style that's a cross between sumi-e and Rembrandt:
The Knoxville, Tennessee-based painter and street artist creates his artworks by painting coffee and a bit on ink (for the darkest shades) on century-old ledger paper, which he found in an old, rural Appalachian store that was closed for decades.
Talking about his paintings, Williams states, “the paper has an immense amount of character that can only come from the wears of time, and the coffee just melts into the history of the paper.” The motifs and fauna that inhabit the works also reveal his deep connection to his Appalachian heritage
Have you ever handed your ID or passport to a security guard only to have them sit there and make that screwy face that makes it look like they're really scrutinizing your photo and info "just to make sure it's really you"?
They love to pull that BS even when the ID contains a perfectly fine photo of you, so imagine the face they'd make if your ID photo made you look like a Conehead!
America's Funniest Home Videos receive hundreds of videos a year featuring cats doing crazy things, so they decided to put all the videos with cats who appear to be under the influence of catnip together in one high-larious compilation.
You can't always tell when a cat is sleepy, happy or grumpy, but you can definitely tell when a cat has been hitting the catnip- because when the catnip kicks in their frisky side comes shining through.
Rock stars spend a lot of time on the road away from their friends and family, but as soon as they stop touring for a while they look forward to going home to see their loved ones- especially their cats and dogs.
The average rocker may not be good at keeping their marriage alive, staying sober or handling domestic matters, but they are really good at showering their pets with adoration and giving them a good life.
And since their pets have no idea how famous they are and don't judge them for their rock 'n' roll lifestyle the special bond they have with their pet makes even the most famous rock star feel like a kid again.
I'm either trying to savor that fine barrel-aged flavor straight up or I'm trying to catch a buzz when I drink whisky, and either way water seems like a waste of time to me.
But scientists Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman have proven people were right about adding water to whisky- because the water helps enhance the flavor compounds on the surface of the whisky and release complex aromas:
"The taste of whisky is primarily linked to so-called amphipathic molecules, which are made up of hydrophobic and hydrophilic parts,” explained Karlsson. “One such molecule is guaiacol, a substance that develops when the grain is dried over peat smoke when making malt whisky, providing the smoky flavour to the whisky.”
The scientists found that guaiacol was more likely to be present at the “liquid-air interface” of a whisky with concentrations of ethanol up to 45%. “This suggests that, in a glass of whisky, guaiacol will therefore be found near the surface of the liquid, where it contributes to both the smell and taste of the spirit,” said Freidman.
“Interestingly, a continued dilution down to 27% resulted in an increase of guaiacol at the liquid-air interface. An increased percentage, over 59%, had the opposite effect, that is to say, the ethanol interacted more strongly with the guaiacol, driving the molecule into the solution away from the surface.”
The study therefore concluded that the taste and aroma of guaiacol – as well as other similar compounds in whisky – are “enhanced when the spirit is diluted prior to bottling, and this taste may be more pronounced on further dilution in the glass”.
When you work your tail off all day just to put food on your table you come to realize something- only a sucker works harder instead of smarter, because your job isn't paying you enough to become a worker drone.
So instead of slaving away like a sucker follow the advice presented in this Port Sherry comic and make it rain with less pain!
Humans are so worried about being replaced by robots they often overlook the good parts of artificial intelligence, the human-like parts that don't involve stealing jobs or killing all humans.
Because, as this Safely Endangered comic shows, robots who think more like humans end up acting more like humans, and the day they discover they never have to leave their house again is the day they cease to be a threat.
People are surprised to learn snapping turtles can be really dangerous when encountered in the wild, thinking they have the same temperament as a tortoise or sea turtle, but mess with an alligator snapping turtle and you're bound to get bit.
Alligator snapping turtles are the most dangerous type, which should be obvious since they sport spiky warrior shells and wicked beaks made to tear through flesh, but you'll only have to tangle with them if you meet one in the water:
5. Believe it or not, these turtles rarely travel on land at all. The females will briefly venture out of the water to lay eggs, but males typically spend their entire lives beneath the water’s surface. Both genders can hold their breath for nearly an hour at a time!
7. These guys are masters at camouflaging themselves, which is good for them—but bad for just about everything else nearby. Their shells are often covered in algae, which makes them look like rocks in the muddy waters they inhabit. Their pupils are also surrounded by excess skin so they’re hard to spot.
Creating hand-drawn 2D animation is a laborious process that involves drawing and filming hundreds, if not thousands, of frames to bring the characters to life, but why draw every frame when you can use photos?
Directors LAMAR+NIK used photos printed on stickers to create the unique look of The Shin's music video "Half A Million", 5,566 photo stickers in fact, and the tactile layering effect of the stacked stickers gives the video a hypnotic visual appeal.
Back before there were fancy vodka brands on the market making people pay hundreds of dollars a bottle just to impress others there was Smirnoff- the vodka that leaves you breathless.
Smirnoff has been the world's best-selling vodka for decades, and part of that success is due to their hip and edgy ad campaigns that make their brand feel very modern, like these ads from the 1960s starring some seriously famous faces.
The jazzy and stylish Smirnoff ads of the 60s starred people like Groucho Marx, Eartha Kitt, Woody Allen, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Johnny Carson, just to name a few.
They even got the famous poet and playwright Langston Hughes to pose for a Smirnoff ad in 1959, so their brand not only looked hip but progressive as well.
Manufacturers around the world are busy making millions of crappy products every day, and whether they're crappy because of the quality or because they serve no purpose they're all bound for the landfill.
But some items are crappy for both of those reasons and yet may avoid ending up in the landfill- because they're so odd they belong in the Museum of WTF.
Transparent pool tables look just plain slick both literally and figuratively, but as nice as they look the old school pool shark in me screams "there's no way that functions like felt!" every time I see one.
But as I discovered after watching this explainer video by Elite Innovations Pty Ltd, makers of fine transparent pool tables, they work just like cloth covered tables thanks to their 'Vitrik' playing surface:
I used to read a magazine called CARtoons that was full of hot rod art reminiscent of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's high octane illustrations from the 60s, and I've always wondered what those cars would look like in real life.
Not only does it have an incredibly smooth body and an appearance that suggests it's always inching forward on its 1965 Minibus suspension- it also sports a 2175 air cooled super charged engine which gives it around 200 horsepower.
Nabisco has maintained a reputation as a wholesome and family friendly company for over a century, and in that time they've had very little to worry about in terms of public backlash or scandal.
But there was one time when Nabisco inadvertently bought themselves a scandal- when they purchased the Aurora Company in 1971, makers of horror movie model kits the National Organization for Women felt were obscene:
That May, Nabisco had attempted to diversify by purchasing Aurora Company, the West Hempstead, New York model kit maker best known for their plastic kits of Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolf Man, and other horror film icons. The cheap plastic toys came in pieces and could be glued together and painted.
Unknown to Nabisco, Aurora had recently branched out and begun offering entire model kit dioramas. Instead of a single figure, consumers could buy detailed “sets” for their monsters to interact with. There was a guillotine, a razor-sharp pendulum, and a laboratory; a female protagonist, referred to in the copy as “the Victim,” was scantily-clad and ready to be dismembered, beheaded, or trapped in a spiked cage. Kids could also opt to have Vampirella, the top-heavy villain licensed from Warren Publishing, operate the winch and pulley while her plastic captive was shackled to a table.
Each kit also contained a comic, which instructed builders on how to assemble the torture scenes for maximum enjoyment. A narrator named Dr. Deadly seemed to opine on the appeal of the Victim once she was fully assembled. “Now that you’ve gotten her all together, I think I like the other way. In pieces … yesssss.”
In addition to Fig Newtons, Nabisco realized it had also been peddling tiny torture racks.
An interesting thing happens when like-minded people move in to the same building or on to the same street and form a symbiotic microcosm- the street or building comes alive with human energy.
This human energy explosion happened on Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco in the 60s, it was happening all over the place in NYC in the 70s, and it happened on a single street in East Berlin during the 80s.
Hufelandstrasse was an island of culture in the Soviet-controlled city, and photographer Harf Zimmermann immediately fell in love with the street and its residents when he moved there in 1981:
“Everyone seemed to feel connected to the place and responsible for it, to be acting in tacit consensus and always working to save the diversity of their island from the sea of gray for as long as possible,” says Harf Zimmermann.
For over a year, Zimmermann photographed almost daily on the street with his large-format camera, patiently asking shop-owners and residents if he could take their picture. Hufelandstrasse was then home to a cross-section of citizens of the German Democratic Republic, as well as many family-run stores and workshops—from bakeries and cobblers, to a pet shop and even an atelier for repairing women’s stockings—an uncanny concentration of private business which had otherwise been fazed out by the communist state.
According to reputable scientific sources there are no sea monsters in the sea, there are just a bunch of oversized squid, sharks, orca and the like that occasionally eat people and attack boats.
But those scientists seem to be hiding something, because these incredibly lifelike illustrations by Vladimir Stankovic are full of scary looking creatures that actually live under the sea, like the toothy Wolf Eel.
It's not hard to understand why land lubbers who've never seen such strange creatures would see the critters on Vladimir's prints as monsters, but these prints were created not to terrify but rather to educate:
Illustrator and graphic designer Vladimir Stankovic was commissioned to create a series of illustrations of some of the most bizarre and remarkable sea creatures for the Earth Touch / Smithsonian Channel documentary CRAZY MONSTER: SEA CREATURES. The illustrations were later animated and used an an interlude before the introduction of each species.
You have to be at least eighteen years old to get a tattoo in most places, although in some areas you can be under 18 if you have your parents' permission, but you're never too young to think tattoos look cool.
And even though 12-year-old Ezrah Dormon from Panama City isn't old enough to get a tattoo he has already zapped some ink onto at least 20 different people- and his skills are growing stronger by the day.
Nicknamed "Tiburon" (shark), Ezrah has become the talk of the town while working as an apprentice at his mentor Ali Garcia's tattoo parlor Honolulu, where he helps Ali finish up tats on willing victims.
And even though he's just doing fills for now it's only a matter of time before Tiburon starts tattooing his own artwork on people, although Ezrah says he's going to wait a while before he gets a tattoo of his own.
Here he is practicing his line work on his dad's forearm:
We've always known that silly old myth about digging a hole through the Earth straight to China couldn't possibly be true, especially considering all the Morlocks, dinosaurs and Lava Men living in the center of the Earth.
But if you're determined to dig your way through the world anyway you should first find out where you're going to end up once the digging is done, and here's a hint- you won't end up in China unless you live in South America.
It only makes sense for plants that live for hundreds of years to figure out ways to survive at all costs, especially when all they really need to survive is water and sunlight, but trees make the art of survival look easy.
Their resilience and ability to thrive in otherwise inhospitable conditions have inspired people throughout history, but this little tree was apparently inspired by two humans named Paul Simon + Art Garfunkel.
Most husbands will readily admit they don't know much about makeup, and many tell their wives they don't need makeup by default because that's what they think their wives want to hear.
But women who enjoy wearing makeup want to hear that it looks good on them, and if the wife in question is a beauty vlogger then she wants to hear specifics.
Beauty vlogger Kara of KLN Beauty recruited her husband to provide narration for an unique makeup video that focuses on what he thinks of her makeup, and his sweet and loving responses made the internet swoon. Yes, the entire internet.
Japanese artforms are often deceptively simple, since they involve activities that look like no big deal but actually take years to master, such as bonsai, sumi-e or the art of creating the perfect sushi roll.
Add to that list the art of hikaru dorodango, literally translated as "shiny mud dumpling"- they look like nothing but shiny balls of mud, but creating hikaru dorodango is a challenging yet enriching experience.
Most film productions go through a casting period that can take weeks, if not months, as the producers make sure they hire the right talent for the job by having multiple actors try out for the roles.
This is a pretty normal part of the movie making process, but some filmmakers don't want to deal with the whole casting call at all- because they already know exactly who they want to play the role.
As you'll see in this video by Looper the Hellboy movies were written with Ron Perlman in mind for the lead, and the role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy was only offered to Dave Bautista.
But John Carpenter's casting of Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live seemed strange to some at the time, and now we can't imagine anyone else kicking ass and chewing bubblegum quite like Rowdy Roddy!
Our lack of knowledge about the history of marriage traditions makes sense considering their roots can be traced back to multiple cultures and eras, each one adopting a piece of the ritual to pass down.
Take the tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the left hand for example- this tradition can be traced back to ancient Egypt, but may have become part of the modern marriage tradition thanks to the Romans:
The union between marriage and the now-standard ring placement can be traced back to second-century Egyptians who falsely believed that “a certain most delicate nerve” began in the fourth left finger and stretched directly to the heart, according to the Greek scholar Appian. Centuries later, the Romans came to a similar conclusion. In place of a nerve, they were convinced that a vena amoris—or “lover’s vein”—connected this digit with the blood-pumping organ.
During the Roman engagement process, a well-off suitor who could afford a ring would slip it over his bride-to-be’s fourth finger. Thus, he’d always have a symbolic grip around her lover’s vein. The modern world may have adopted that practice from the Romans.
Lauren (@DuckFanAccount) lost her arm in a scooter accident one year ago, and since then it has been hard for her to find love even though her Twitter account shows she's both a very capable woman and a cut up.
i got a few dms from amputees saying they actually can't tie their shoes so i thought i'd make a lil video of how i do it pic.twitter.com/BTKD84kOym
It can be hard to shed a heavy Southern accent and speak in a neutral American accent, especially when that drawl has been a part of your speech pattern since you started talking.
A few years back Stephanie Shadrick's husband tried to give it a go while she recorded his struggle to set the drawl aside on video, ultimately proving the accent can be shed but certain words will always give the speaker trouble- like "oil".
The more popular the character the less they need to announce their identity, because when a big badass in a shiny black helmet or a walking, talking tree approaches someone they know exactly who they're looking at.
That being said, there is one instance when famous pop culture characters like Groot or Darth Vader would need a business card to give to people- when said character wants to offer their services.