August has drawn to a close, and over the last month the broadcast journalists we know and love have tried their best to keep us in the know, but some of the on-screen talent had a hard time keeping their minds on reporting.
These valiant newscasters attempted to cover all kinds of crazy stories last month, from Facebook going down (2:45) to the Apparently Kid taking the mic (4:23) and everything in-between, with afew spectacular fails along the way. (NSFW due to language)
Dia De Los Muertos is a celebration of life and contradictions- colorful skeletons symbolizing the beauty of death, freshly made food eaten graveside, and a party thrown in favor of those who can no longer celebrate with us- the dearly departed.
Cemeteries are a big part of the celebration, and the vibrant colors of life are juxtaposed against the solemn, earthen tones of the graveyard forming the backbone of the Dia De Los Muertos folk art aesthetic.
Mexico City based animation studio Llamarada created this vibrant animated short, capturing that colorfully creepy Day of the Dead feel by projecting animated characters onto tombstones in Mexico’s largest cemetery, Panteon de Dolores.
Life hacks have always been around, but before the internet they were called tips, tricks, or helpful hints.
There’s a common misconception that people are just now coming up with a lot of these helpful hacks, like this simple method for removing splinters:
"Fill a wide mouthed bottle with hot water nearly to the brim, and press affected part of hand tightly against mouth of bottle. The suction will pull down the flesh, and steam will soon draw out the splinter."
Simple, ain't it? This tip came from a card included with a pack of Gallaher's Cigarettes around the turn of the 20th century, so if you've ever wondered where people posting hacks online came up with the idea it might have been from a hundred year old pack of smokes:
The life hacks presented on these cigarette cards were generally split into two categories- outdoor survival and household hints. The household hints are still pretty helpful, like this recipe for a homemade fire extinguisher:
"Dissolve one pound of salt and half a pound of sal-ammoniac in two quarts of water and bottle the liquor in thin glass bottles holding about a quart each. Should a fire break out, dash one or more of the bottles into the flames, and any serious outbreak will probably be averted."
However, the survival set will probably only come in handy if you're an avid outdoorsperson, or you're trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world:
Most kids don’t look forward to school picture days, the pictures are taken for their parent’s sake after all, but those wonderful kids who look forward to the experience are destined to grow up to be superstars:
After all, karate masters and roller dancing superstars aren't allowed to do their thing on school grounds, and when parents let their superstar kids shine after school the photographic memories are priceless!:
People are mighty passionate about their breakfast cereal, and whether they eat it for breakfast, a late night snack or all day, every day like an adult-sized kid every cereal eater has their favorite brands.
The only problem with being so enamored with cereal is the fact that your favorite brand might disappear from the market one day, leaving your bowl empty and alone and your spoon without a purpose in life.
This cereal changeup was especially hard on 80s kids, who were spoiled by the amazing selection of cartoon and celebrity endorsed cereals we thought we couldn't live without...until they were pulled from the shelves:
Take a trip down memory lane with these 15 Cereal Brands We Want Back, they'll make you hungry for a bowl of fun shaped crunchy corn and oat, and you'll see how boring most cereals have become by comparison.
The little green master was getting tired of using his mind all the time, and those splitting headaches weren't helping his demeanor, so he decided to bulk up and start battling with his fists. He bought some Gamma Ray brand protein powder and started hitting the weights, and before he knew it he had grown three feet in height and put on over two hundred pounds of solid muscle. He had become a hulking behemoth, and even though his grammar skills hadn't improved he was able to crush Empire troopers with his bare hands!
Bulk up your geeky wardrobe with this The Ungrammatical Grand-Master t-shirts by Randy Coffey, it's a powerful force for good fashion.
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People are always talking about the Fetts, like they're the only bounty hunters in the galaxy, but they're the stars of their own reality show now and aren't really putting much effort into bringing in bounties anymore. But there's one guy still bringing in the big bounties and keeping the universe safe for free enterprise- Dengar of Dengar Bail Bonds. He ain't pretty, but he gets the job done fast!
Show some love for the universe's fifth most famous bounty hunter with this Dengar Bail Bonds t-shirt by ArtistXero, and make sure you stay on the right side of his blaster rifle.
The Ice King has really gotten into playing the role of wizardly villain, and he's mastered everything from kidnapping princesses to destroying candy villages with his penguin posse, but there's one villainous move he's still trying to perfect- chillin'. You'd think something with the word chill in it would come easy to the Ice King, but he's so restless all the time that chillin' just don't come easy...
Add some wicked flair to your geeky wardrobe with this Chillin' Like A Villain t-shirt by Jango Snow, it's cool as ice and great to wear any time, especially during an adventure!
That god like 'Zilla lizard may be the King of the Kaiju, but for the wee ones nobody big, green and scaly beats their favorite- Reptar, King of the Dinosaurs! With his posable arms and legs, crushing springloaded jaw, and realistic screeching sound he's the mightiest plastic dinosaur to ever rampage through the toy chest.
Let your imagination run wild with this King of the Dinosaurs t-shirt by Cory Freeman Design, and make every day a fantastic adventure!
An undead plague swept through the Mushroom Kingdom like a boo through a brick, and the toadstools were the first to suffer from the ill effects of the virus. They seemed normal at first, but when they started devouring turtles and goombas all over town Peach knew something was wrong. She called in Mario to handle the infection, and he came in swinging and punching like a madman, but the infected needed to be cleansed with fire...
Scare up some grins from your fellow gamers with this Undead Mushroom t-shirt by Mike Pacheco, and make sure your mushrooms don't bite back!
Fans across the world were saddened by the news that Studio Ghibli would soon be closing their doors and its grand creator Hayao Miyazaki retiring, except now it seems they're just taking a break and Miyazaki may not retire after all.
However, the mere thought of Studio Ghibli closing has inspired artists and animators to pay tribute to the influence Ghibli has had on their artistic lives.
It may come as no surprise that 3D renders and digital artwork are being used in place of photos in catalogs and magazines nowadays, because using 3D software to create an interior scene is generally cheaper and easier than setting up an actual photo shoot.
Companies like IKEA want to ensure the images in their catalogs look just right, without having to put together an entire interior space every time they need a photo, and this convenience has led to IKEA slowly but surely replacing the real photos in their catalogs with 3D renders.
Despite the various CGI enhancements used during the creation of Game of Thrones the creators tries to stay true to the source material by maintaining the show's classical aesthetic, but sometimes two classic flavors taste kinda strange together.
Critic and pixel enthusiast Ozzy Man replaced all the sound effects and voices found in clips from season 4 of Game of Thrones with old school video game sounds, creating an 8-bit homage to everyone's favorite fantasy bloodbath.
When asked why he created such a silly video, Ozzy stated simply "This video is for the progression of pure silliness and absurdity on Earth!" Well, that's good enough for me!
When enterprising skateboarding enthusiasts decide to build an indoor skate park they usually build it inside a similar pre-existing structure, like a warehouse or roller skating rink, but the House of Vans didn’t want to build just any old skate park.
They wanted something that looked crazy cool, had plenty of surfaces to ride and grind, and wasn't in danger of being sold out from underneath them, so when they found a space underneath London Waterloo station it was clearly meant to be.
House of Vans-London is a "free creative space" and London's only indoor skatepark, and the 3,000 square foot venue is home to more than some sick skating sessions- it also houses a decent sized music venue, art gallery, cafe, movie theater, and a few bars so guests can wet their whistle after the sesh.
The new Ninja Turtles movie fell kinda flat with many viewers, and fans who loved all things TMNT as a kid simply couldn’t stomach the redesigned look of the turtles, but as it turns out those heroes in a half shell could have looked even more disturbing.
This rejected pitch artwork for the latest TMNT movie was created by Anthony Francisco, who has done some amazing work on features such as Guardians of the Galaxy and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
His far more extraterrestrial looking Ninja Turtle designs were ultimately rejected in favor of the large nostriled versions that made it onto the big screen, but which version is the best of the worst?
Anthony’s revamped version of the Turtles look a bit too froggy to me, with long legs that would be better for hopping than kicking shell, and a blocky head only an alien turtle mother could love.
Grumpy cat rose to fame because of her signature sourpuss smile, her infinite meme-ification potential, and because the internet simply adores cats, so it was only a matter of time before we were presented with a new feline face to love.
It appears the wait is over, because Little P is ready for her day in the sun!
Little P's face permanently looks like the cute-but-pitiful face Puss In Boots makes in the Shrek movies, with big, sad eyes and a worried expression plastered on her cute little face.
A dad caught his daughter acting like a total selfie freak in the back seat and decided to capture the hilarious facial expression parade on video, as a warning to other teens about the danger of selfie fever.
People expect to find mold, busted pipes, and a rat or two when they tear down a wall in their home during renovation, but in 1963 a man discovered a strange room behind his wall that, with a little bit of digging, led to an ancient underground city.
The man from the Nevsehir Provence of Turkey discovered a tunnel behind the demolished wall, which he followed underground to discover his home stood atop the ancient Derinyuku underground city- an amazing network of tunnels, ventilation shafts and rooms that stretches 18 stories below ground.
Derinkuyu is one of the six underground cities of Cappadocia that have been excavated so far, and archaeologists believe there may be hundreds more underground cities in the region waiting to be uncovered and explored.
Cholas have a unique fashion sense all their own, and even people who don’t really understand their subculture know the basics of their style- eyebrows that look like they were drawn on with a Sharpie, heavy eyelashes, facial tattoos, lined lips with dark colored lipstick.
It’s a very unusual look, kinda like goth meets gangster, and to digital artist Michael Jason Enriquez it’s a style that reminds him of growing up in LA during the 1990s.
Here's what Michael has to say about this hilarious image series:
It’s a throwback to the Chola gangster style: “Sharpied” eyebrows, dark lipliner, and the fumes from a can of Aqua Net.
It’s a product of LA where subculture, celebrity obsession, street art, and stupidity are rolled up together like one of those bacon wraped hot dogs sold on Hollywood Blvd.
Naomi Kizhner is an industrial designer who has seen the dark side of humanity’s future, and is preparing for a future without electricity by creating unusual pieces of invasive jewelry meant to harvest kinetic energy from the human body.
Pieces like the Pulse Conductor, designed to "harvest energy from the neurological pulses sent through the wearer’s spine", or the Blinker- which harvests kinetic energy from blinking, look like something you'd see in a sci-fi movie, and yet might not be that far fetched after all.
Harvesting kinetic energy would be a great way to power geiger counters, visual communicators and fluid waste recycling systems in a world where everyone is responsible for providing their own energy. And since people will have to stay mobile to avoid radioactive mutant attacks our devices will be recharged as we flee!
It appears we've all been wrongly assuming that a character that looks like a cat, and has Kitty in her name, is actually a cat, because Sanrio recently revealed that their beloved character Hello Kitty is actually a human girl.
Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.
So, do average people in Sanrio-land walk around with big, swollen heads and animalian features? Sounds like paradise for Furries!
Naturally Patrick couldn't do the shocking himself, and he felt like having an assistant deliver the shock might result in unnecessary bloodshed, so he brought in the subjects' significant others to do the shocking.
The result is a hilarious, and vicariously painful, series of portraits featuring people reacting to the shock with varying degrees of displeasure- some are handling it with a smile, others look like they've just been tortured by a lunatic, and a few look like they'll be out for revenge after the shoot.
It’s incredible to think that date rape is still such a prevalent thing that people are still working on scientific methods of battling against this disgusting and cowardly act, but since it’s still happening it’s a good thing there are people like the four guys in this picture figuring out scientific ways to protect women.
They're Materials Science & Engineering students from North Carolina State University who came up with a smart and easy way to detect the presence of Rohypnol, Xanax, GHB and other medications commonly referred to as date rape drugs- color changing nail polish.
Their company is called Undercover Colors, and their first creation is already becoming a big success, mainly because all women have to do to stay safe is stir their drink with the polish, which changes color in the presence of these drugs.
"The First Fashion Company Empowering Women To Prevent Sexual Assault." Now that's sure to get people's attention.
It's hard to believe that 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the release of The Wizard of Oz, because people are just as fascinated with the film today as they were when it came out.
There's something rather remarkable about a film that so easily spans across the generation gap, beloved by both children and adults, and yet even with such a large fanbase there are lots of facts about the film that aren't common knowledge.
Did you know the Cowardly Lion's costume was made from a real lion's skin, or that the costume weighed around 100 pounds?
Have you heard that Toto earned two and a half times what a munchkin earned while filming, or that the snow used in the poppy scene was made of asbestos?
Parade is celebrating the diamond anniversary of this beloved film by sharing 75 Weird, Wonderful Facts About The Wizard of Oz, and fans will be delighted to discover many facts about the film they didn't already know, even if some of those facts are a bit dark.
What do Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and Fattah el-Sisi have in common, besides the fact that they all have tyrannical tendencies? They're all featured in The Pussycat Riot's new line of litter boxes and scratching posts:
The Pussycat Riot are taking a stand against internet censorship, and those who use censorship to suppress their citizens, with a little help from their feline friends, and their unique fundraising products allow the cats of the world to show their disdain for these dastardly fellows.
Laika is (arguably) the most innovative animation studio in the world, and not just because they’re one of the only companies that specialize in stop motion feature filmmaking.
They’ve come up with cutting edge ways to seamlessly integrate CGI, 3D printing, and other digital techniques, into the stop motion workflow during the making of their upcoming film The Boxtrolls.
Stop motion animation often involves sculpting, molding and casting hundreds of different faces for each puppet actor, part of a process known as replacement animation, but Laika now uses a five color 3D printer to create these faces, which helps streamline the process quite a bit.
The purists at Laika have managed to integrate this cutting edge technology into their workflow without sacrificing any of the traditional stop motion aesthetic that makes their films so enjoyable to watch, and their innovative hybrid techniques are sure to become the industry norm.
People normally look back at photos from their childhood to see how goofy they used to look, and how far they've come since, but some people don't want to let go of the past, and they're taking it back to the good old days through recreated childhood photos:
The trend of recreating childhood photos as an adult is nothing new to the interwebs, but some people go above and beyond to get their recreation just right, like these guys who captured both wardrobe and location, even though the height scale has reversed.
You'd think people would have more love for that hairy forest dweller nowadays, what with all the TV shows and media coverage about his kind, but Bigfoot still gets a bad rap. He's seen as a food stealing, tree toppling, camera shy beast who loves to howl at the top of his lungs as he lopes through the forest, but Bigfoot is a lot deeper than all that. He's a poet, a farmer, and one heck of a dancer, and if you
Take your love for the world's most famous sasquatch everywhere you go with this I Heart Bigfoot t-shirt by Nathan Mazur,