People have come up with some pretty brilliant ways to help solve humanity's problems, helping people in need by inventing ways to ensure they have clean water, food, clothing, medicine and shelter.
And since viable shelter is one of the most important problems to solve and the problem with the most solutions it's not surprising so many inventors have focused on this problem.
But so far I've yet to see a semi-permanent housing solution that works as well as Brikawood- the weatherproof, fully recyclable and extremely durable interlocking wooden brick system that makes building shelter a snap.
Ferrofluid is a spooky looking substance that reacts to magnetic fields in really cool ways, and the fact that you can make it at home means everybody can experience the joy of owning their very own Venom Symbiote!
Okay, so ferrofluid isn't quite as cool as a Symbiote, and it won't destroy your entire town if it gets out, but as the CrazyRussianHacker discovered ferrofluid in a tube full of clear liquid makes for a pretty cool lava lamp.
A 450 mL glass Ferrofluid Motion Lamp with 15 mL of ferrofluid inside. Largest ferrofluid display on the market. Built to last. Patent Pending technology. Yes, The Inspiration also doubles as a motion lamp with rising blobs. The ferrofluid rises/falls on its own when the lamp is turned on, in the same manner as the famous lava lamp. Includes magnets.
I'll admit that I'm a sucker for throwback flicks, especially if they're made to capture that 80s movie vibe, and while I'm partial to the style I still recognize very few throwback films are worthy of more than one viewing.
So will the upcoming 80s throwback revenge film Night Run blow us away with its totally radical retro awesomeness?
Well it's no Kung Fury, Turbo Kid or Stranger Things, but it looks like a fun retro ride!
Night Run is directed by Erik Solis, who had this to say about the film:
Night Run is an action film set in 1985, filled with explosions, synth music, and a man who will stop at nothing to get his revenge. It's my love letter to the 80's, it's Death Wish meets The Wraith as directed by John Carpenter and scored by Jan Hammer. It's the ultimate 80's movie that never was.
When you think of miniature golf you probably picture castles and windmills, teenagers out on a date and tiny pencils, but over 50 years ago the Professional Putters Association turned mini golf into a pro sport.
Founded in 1959 by Don Clayton the PPA was “Founded with the purpose of finding the world’s greatest putter, to promote Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America and its franchised locations.”, and in 1961 they started televising their Parade Of Champions.
Professional wrestlers are a mighty fearsome bunch, and no matter what wrestling fans yell out while watching matches on their TVs at home they wouldn't have much to say if they met a pro wrestler in person.
A few even managed to fill their fellow wrestlers with fear, making their matches hurt quite a bit more than usual because they were total brutes, but nobody put a hurting on wrestlers like Tonga Fifita.
So what made King Tonga so fearsome? His brute strength and steel intensity:
“The toughest man I’ve ever met in my life. “He took his two fingers on his right hand, his index finger and trigger finger, and he reached into a guy’s mouth and he broke off the guy’s bottom teeth.” Heenan added, ‘I wouldn’t have believed it, if I didn’t see it for myself.’ Bobby Heenan also claimed that Andre the Giant wasn’t afraid of anybody…except for Harley Race and Haku.
“I was in LA one time with him and he fought eight cops, they shot him with mace and he closed his eyes and sucked it in. He just opened his mouth and took a deep breath. I mean, some of the stuff he did was like ‘What the hell’. Scotty (Steiner)and I always thought we were tough guys but that was before we met Meng.”
Other stories include Fifita pushing a man through 3 doors with his bare hands and brute strength. He also admits to biting off a man’s nose for calling pro wrestling fake. He was later sued for over 2 million dollars because of that incident. Kevin Sullivan used Fifita as a threat to other wrestlers who wouldn’t cooperate or were difficult. When that would happen, Sullivan said he would bring Fifita into the room and have him stand there and the wrestlers would instantly work well with the plans.
Another story had Brutus Beefcake complain to WWF management that Fifita was working too stiff. When management confronted Fifita of the incident…Fifita went right after Beefcake. He found him in the shower and began choking him. It took management to ask Hulk Hogan to intervene and calm things down.
Please note that I never said wrestling was fake...King Tonga Rules! *grin*
In May 2016 workers made a creepy and mysterious discovery while renovating a backyard at a home in San Francisco- the body of a baby girl perfectly preserved in a glass coffin:
According to KTVU, the girl was found in an ornate coffin with glass paneling. Through the glass, workers could see a perfectly preserved girl with long hair and a long white dress with a cross made of flowers lying on her chest.
KGO reports she had purple flowers woven through her long, blonde hair.
“She was right here,” homeowner Ericka Karner told KGO, pointing to the spot on her patio where construction workers found the girl.
The girl was nicknamed “Miranda Eve” until researchers could find out more.
The find sent shivers down the spines of the workers but gave local historians goosebumps because the coffin dates back to the 1800s and therefore represented a mystery related to SF history.
After 11 months of research and testing, experts have finally identified the girl as Edith Howard Cook. They identified Peter Cook as Edith’s grand-nephew.
Peter Cook told KTVU in a statement that he was “beaming” when he found out that he was related to the girl.
Funeral records indicate Edith died of “maramus,” which in the 1800s meant severe undernourishment, which can be caused by a number of reasons. Experts speculate that the girl likely became sick from a bacterial infection and stopped eating, leading to undernourishment.
Edith died on Oct. 13, 1876. She was buried in a family plot on Oct. 15, 1876 in Odd Fellows Cemetery. SF Gate reports she was about a month and a half shy of her third birthday when she died.
T-shirts are the perfect summer attire, because they look cool, keep you cool with their short sleeves and breathable cotton fabric, and the graphics allow you to express yourself without saying a word.
If you're looking for a tee that makes people smile you've gotta head over to the NeatoShop and grab a tee that will spread warm smiles wherever you go!
The clothes and accessories we wear during the summer can make us look cool
According to their comic ordinary people cannot be creative and creatives would never play video games, watch television or drive a car without imagining they're soaring through the air like Peter Pan.
Personally, I prefer to pretend I'm a Transformer or Turbo Teen when I drive, does that make me less creative?
This is Jonny Dow, and Jonny has lots of friends who look forward to spending his birthday with him each year because he throws one hell of a house party.
But this year Jonny wanted to do something a bit different for his birthday, so he decided to go to Disneyland for some theme park fun.
Unfortunately, only a handful of Jonny's friends have year passes, and after weeks of planning a trip all of his Disneyland buddies bailed on him, leaving Jonny to go it alone.
Planned to go to Disneyland 2 weeks in a row for my b-day. Had a friend bail each week, so I went by myself. I'm gunna have so much fun! — at Disney California Adventure Park.
Jonny tried not to let his loneliness get him down, but after posing for a few sad and lonely pics it became clear Jonny was feeling pretty bummed about being at The Happiest Place On Earth all by himself.
So he put on a pouty face and tried to make his friends who'd bailed feel bad by sharing some radically sad photos on Facebook.
Now Jonny has a bunch of great pics to commemorate the day he spent at Disneyland with his best friend- himself!
Back in 1982 Michael Jackson introduced us to the acronym P.Y.T. with his song P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) on the album Thriller, a fun, lighthearted and dancy jam about a girl who makes Michael go "woo-hoo!".
But if you think the title says it all you're wrong, because this seemingly simple pop song has been hiding a mystery all these years- hidden lyrics in the high pitched, chipmunky part at the end of the song.
Music copyright expert Drew Seventeen used audio software Audacity to pitch shift the outro of P.Y.T. and discovered some hidden messages sung by Michael himself:
“‘Good Life’ by Kanye West featuring T-Pain (heavily sampling that section) is actually my iPhone morning alarm song. So after hearing the voice hundreds of times in the dream-wakefulness transition, I became obsessed with knowing what the actual lyric was. I assumed the ‘tee’ and ‘see’ were chopped off in the final mix due to timing limits on early sampling technology, but the exposed stem also makes it clear that he just hits a lower note there which becomes unclear in the master recording.”
There are some seriously shady individuals out there selling used cars and the law, and some of them are so sleazy they look like characters from a TV show, with cheap suits, fake tans and even faker smiles.
But if dogs could walk and talk they'd make sales left and right without deceiving buyers, because customers wouldn't be able to resist their powers of cuteness.
Still don't believe dogs would make the ultimate salescritters?
To truly understand animals you have to see what lies beneath their skin both literally and figuratively, so you can better understand how they think, how they behave and how their bodies help them survive in the wild kingdom.
Inside most animals is a skeleton, which forms a support structure and keeps their bodies from becoming a blob of organs, and this skeleton can be used to identify an animal long after its flesh has been stripped from its bones.
If you fancy yourself a bit of an expert on animal anatomy then identifying the skull at the top as that of a deer should have been fairly easy, and identifying the boar skull above even easier. But is this the skull of a gorilla or a chimpanzee?
Fashion designers, and the fashion industry as a whole, have always had a healthy respect for the avant-garde, and couture houses in particular never stray far from their surreal muse when they design a new line.
But when it comes to models the fashion industry did away with diversity a long time ago, claiming "tall and super skinny, preferably with big shoulders" is the ideal look for fashion.
Thankfully the rules of fashion are changing once again, and modeling agencies are replacing the superclones of the past with interesting looking people of all sizes and from all walks of life.
The Anti-Agency is one of the forward thinking agencies who are doing away with this conformist attitude towards models, and when the UK-based agency opened their NYC branch they doubled their efforts to recruit fresh faces.
Now it's only a matter of time before other agencies see the Anti-Agency making a splash with their super diverse roster and follow suit, infusing the modeling industry with some much needed new blood.
We've been told for decades the best way to treat a jellyfish sting is to have somebody pee on the site, which will somehow stop the pain and help counteract the jellyfish venom.
This myth has given "helpful" people license to urinate on the unfortunate souls who tangled with a jellyfish, and yet it's fairly common knowledge that urine doesn't do much more than stink up a jellyfish sting.
..the amount of acid you’re looking for just isn’t in urine. While your pee IS acidic, usually with a pH of around 6, it isn’t acidic enough to denature porins and prevent them from hole-punching your cells. And the same goes for rinsing with fresh water. …Your best bet is to find a safe, jelly-free area in the same body of water where you were stung and rinse the affected area with salt water.
It's funny how many "raw food" fanatics out there don't actually know what their favorite natural foods look like in their raw form, and thereby would probably walk right past dates or artichokes if they were out foraging.
Many of the "organic" foods you buy in stores go through quite a bit of processing before being sold, which totally makes sense from a consumer standpoint- considering this is what rice looks like before it's harvested.
Not all teenagers find their parents' work totally lame and boring, some teens actually admire their parents' career choice and pay attention when their folks talk about work at the dinner table.
Sixteen-year-old Ben Wald must have been listening to his cardiologist father David when he went with him to Bart's Heart Centre on work experience- because Ben came up with a brilliant code to help reduce heart surgery risks.
Ben's code involves orienting the wires used to hold the sternum together after heart surgery so they tell the surgeons what kind of bypass graft the patient has, so surgeons know what they're dealing with:
Ben’s idea was designed to tackle the problem of surgeons not always having access to patient records, increasing the risks of repeat surgeries. At Barts around one in 10 patients have previously had a cardiac graft. That’s a part of heart bypass surgery where a vein or artery is grafted on to the heart to reroute around a blockage. Knowing whether and where grafts are already present makes future operations considerably safer.
The problem is that it’s not always easy to find such grafts through X-rays before opening up the patient, leaving surgeons relying on medical notes. However, with around one in six of the Barts patients who had a graft, the notes weren’t available. This can be because the original operation was overseas, carried out too long ago, or simply that there’s a problem retrieving the notes in a situation where there’s no room for delay.
Heart surgery involves breaking open the sternum to access the heart. After surgery, a series of relatively sturdy wire loops holds the sternum back together so it can fuse back naturally; unlike with stitches, the loops remain in place permanently. Ben’s idea was to use these wires – which do show up easily in X-rays – as a code.
The idea is that the top wire (nearest the clavicle) would be placed pointing upwards – which is not usual practice – to indicate that the code was in use. The wires below would point to the left or right to indicate the number of grafts, with the direction showing if a graft started from the subclavian artery or aorta. A wire pointing straight down would show the code had ended and that any wires further down were not part of the code.
Mac DeMarco is one of the most chill dudes in the indie music scene, and that's saying a lot considering how totally chilled out soft rock-inspired lo-fi bands can be.
Mac's latest album This Old Dog dropped on May 5th, which means summer 2017 is going to be one laid back and dreamy season of warmth, but can Mac maintain his chill while eating the spiciest wings on the planet?
Mac appeared on First We Feast's Hot Ones to chat with Sean Evans about his dope new album and see if he can keep his cool while the wings keep getting hotter and hotter.
Salma Hayek is the most successful Mexican actress of all time, and the Coatzacoalcos-born star has maintained a successful career in Hollywood without whitewashing her image or losing touch with her Mexican roots.
So when Vanity Fair needed a celeb to teach Mexican slang terms in their video they naturally turned to Salma- because Salma knows Mexican slang and she makes learning fun!
When I think back on the 90s I recall all the cringeworthy things my friends and I thought were so so sick during that decade between the radical 80s and blah 00s.
Trends like JNCO jeans, frosted tips, hemp bracelets, Big Johnson t-shirts and bowl cuts parted right down the middle didn't age well, so they'll forever be thought of as 90s throwbacks.
But aside from these horrible fashion trends the 90s gave us some pretty great stuff too, like Pokemon, Super Soakers and Rice Krispies Treats Cereal, which were sold to kids via these totally slammin' commercials!
When gaming consoles were introduced in the early 1980s they were so expensive many kids couldn't afford them, so the lucky kids who could were forced to share their rad new console with their friends and family.
It took decades for game companies to realize price is everything in the world of gaming consoles, and yet EA founder Trip Hawkins didn't think about price when he left EA to create the 3DO, so it bombed hard.
Released in 1993 at a staggering $700, the 3DO was supposedly HDTV compatible with graphics that blew away the competition, but the 3DO simply couldn't compare to the mighty $90 Nintendo Entertainment System.
Nintendo has made their fair share of mistakes too, like the Virtual Boy or the more recent Wii U, but their biggest failure was also one of their biggest leaps forward in terms of tech- the 64DD.
The 64DD was released as a magnetic disk drive peripheral for the Nintendo 64, but console gamers couldn't wrap their minds around all the 64DD's high tech features:
"DD" is short for "dynamic drive". Plugging into the extension port on the underside of the console, it allows the Nintendo 64 to use proprietary 64 MB magnetic disks for expanded and rewritable data storage, a real-time clock for persistent game world design, and a standard font and audio library for further storage efficiency. Furthermore, the 64DD's software titles and hardware accessories let the user create movies, characters, and animations to be used within various games and shared online. The system could connect to the Internet through a now-defunct dedicated online service called Randnet for e-commerce, online gaming, and media sharing.
Only 10 games were ever released for the 64DD, and Nintendo sold about 15,000 units worldwide, making it one of the worst console failures of all time.
Leather is a durable, embossable and paintable material, but it's also extremely rigid and doesn't make for the most user friendly sculpting medium.
But those artisans who choose leather as their medium of choice have figured out ways to crease, bend, and otherwise shape leather in a sculptural way, creating spectacular and wearable works of skin art.
The German-born craftsman and "travelling science artist" had this to say about his works:
My objects sometimes take hundreds of hours to create due to fact that I use hand tools only. No machinery takes part in the process, every stitch is done by hand and there are thousands of it in every project.
Due to the fact that I am a traveller I focused on crafting leather items, because I don’t need to carry too many tools on my one-year journey. My leather items are all 100% hand-made, means: I use awl, needle and rivets instead of a sewing machine.
With a background of having studied Biology I find my inspiration in nature where I have fallen in love with organic shapes and structures.
The character design consists of my leather work combined with bodypainting, costume, props, basically whatever tells the story.
Graduating from college is no small feat, so when a friend, family member or loved one manages to get that degree we want to reward their hard work with something worthwhile.
But far too often they're handed a teddy bear wearing a graduation cap and gown, a frame for their diploma, or some dumb gift set they end up tossing in a box and forgetting about.
If you really want to reward grads give them an unique gift they'll use, like the Exerpeutic WORKFIT 1000 exercise bike desk station above, the CuiZen PIZ-4012 Pizza Box Oven or this brilliant Selfie Ring Light.
And since they'll most likely be of legal drinking age when they graduate they'll want to drink to their success, or drown their sorrows about their student loan debt.
Which is why grads will need this Cocktail Computer- simply enter the ingredients you have on hand and the "computer" gives you suggestions for yummy drink recipes. It even includes mocktail recipes for those who can't booze it up but wanna hang anyway.
Prior to 1917 members of the British Royal Family didn't use "common" last names at all, instead using their first name with the name of the house or dynasty they're part of, such as the House of Tudor or House of Wales.
But in 1917 King George V changed his house name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, a name derived from Windsor Castle which was changed due to anti-German sentiment.
George V not only changed the dynasty name- he made Windsor the royal family's surname, thereby doing away with any common last names.
To make matters more complicated Princess Elizabeth made another Royal Family name change when she married Philip Mountbatten and became Queen Elizabeth II, declaring the last name to be Mountbatten-Windsor.
So now descendents of the Mountbatten-Windsors can use Windsor, Mountbatten-Windsor, or if they have a title such as "His Royal Highness Prince" or "Her Royal Highness Princess" they don't have to use a surname at all. Now it's all so clear! *wink*
Joss Whedon has come a long way from the days when he was writing for Roseanne, and since then many studios have asked Joss to write scripts based on their franchises.
But for some reason Warner Bros hired Joss to write and direct a Wonder Woman movie back in 2006 but by early 2007 the project had been cancelled, leaving us to wonder what a Whedon Wonder Woman movie would have looked like.
Fairy tale characters were way too calm and composed considering the morbid situations they dealt with during their stories, and they acted like these dark moments were no big deal.
Pushing an old hag who eats kids into an oven and leaving "the ungodly creature to be burned to ashes" should have scarred Hansel for life, and Jack narrowly escaped the clutches of a hungry giant, which would have left him with PTSD.
And, as this Electric Bunny comic shows, Little Red should have totally lost it when her grandma emerged from the wolf's stomach alive and unharmed, leaving them both in need of therapy and a long shower!
Somewhere along the way it was decided that people who play in bands aren't very bright, then rock stars were further stigmatized as being drunk, dumb and on drugs because some big names glamorized this lushy lifestyle.
In actuality many of the most famous musicians in rock'n'roll history were extremely intelligent people, who showed off their brainy side with their brilliant lyrics and the very name of their band.
The Doors were named after Aldous Huxley's The Doors Of Perception, which is a line taken from William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”
Stuart Murdoch got the name for his band Belle and Sebastian from French children's book Belle et Sébastien by Cécile Aubry, which was adapted into an awesome anime series in the 80s.
Modest Mouse's lead singer Isaac Brock named the band after a passage from Virginia Woolf's The Mark on the Wall:
"I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises."
And last but not least we have Moby, the guy who was clearly named after Moby Dick, right?
Well, sorta- Moby was born Richard Melville Hall, and his parents started calling him "Moby" at a young age after telling young Richard Herman Melville is his "great-great-great-granduncle".
Back before there was barbed wire to contain them, microchips to track them and trucks to transport them across continents there was the shepherd, who would tend to their herd as if they were their own offspring.
The shepherd would let their bovine children play in the fields all day and eat their fill, but when it came time to return to the safety of the stable the cows would heed the shepherd's call and run home.
Thanks to keepers of history like photographer Joanna Jinton we get to hear what the ancient Swedish herding call known as kulning sounds like, and now I see why cows respond to kulning- because it sounds beautiful!
Going back to school in the fall means getting a fresh batch of textbooks, which are always better used than new because other students have had the chance to doodle snicker-worthy stuff in the book.
These secret acts of vandalism used to be the funniest pictures in textbooks (unless you had a book from the 50s or 60s which was full of outdated information), but nowadays LOL-worthy stuff is included on purpose.