Super Bowl ads are really big business, and companies pay millions for the chance to get millions of people talking about their ads, but this year Skittles is skipping the Super Bowl and going ultra exclusive with their ad.
Skittles has decided to change things up a bit by creating "the most exclusive Super Bowl ad ever made" which will be seen by only one person- a 17-year-old from Canoga Park named Marcos Menendez.
“We’ve been a big part of the Super Bowl and continue to be a big part of the NFL," Matt Montei, marketing VP, fruit confections at Mars Wrigley Confectionery explained. “We really felt like we wanted to continue to reinvent ourselves around this timeframe and one way to do it is to just try a completely new way in.”
Montei elaborated that Menendez was chosen because he’s a true Skittles fan. Menendez will get to watch this “exclusive” commercial during the Super Bowl, while everyone else will just get to see Menendez’s reaction to the ad, streamed on Facebook.
The death of a television network can cause quite a stir in the TV world, especially when that network is beloved by fans, but Spike TV has died and I don't think anybody really cares.
The channel once billed as "the First Network for Men" is now the Paramount Network, so the person running Spike TV's Twitter account bid the channel a not-so-fond farewell by revealing the network's darkest secrets.
I was baked when I pitched 1000 Ways to Die. Those episodes are mostly based on my nightmares.
The embittered employee spent January 16th tweeting all kinds of wacky stuff about the network that is still up on the SPIKE Twitter page, because apparently Spike is dead so nobody gives a crap about their Twitter page.
I clogged up the 4th stall in the 7th floor men’s room over 30 times last year.
Even though it's easy to shoot your own digital photos and get them printed any way you'd like people still hire professional photographers to shoot their "special" photos because they think the pics will turn out better.
Pam says she hired a pro photographer to shoot some nice pics of her family, but the final photos she received had been "retouched" by the pro, who admittedly had no clue how to retouch photos or how to take a professional-grade photo.
Looks to me like this pro has been hanging out with the pro who "restored" the Ecce Homo Jesus fresco a few years back.
I can't help but think of video games like Tomb Raider when I see pics of people exploring underwater caves, because the whole environment looks too fantastic to be real.
But there are plenty of real, and really beautiful, drowned caves out there that have yet to be discovered, and the Yucatan Peninsula is the place to go when underwater explorers are searching for flooded caves:
The low-altitude, limestone-laden expanse of the Yucatan peninsula is the perfect place for the formation of submerged underground caves—geological features the ancient Maya people referred to as “cenotes.”
Divers with the Gran Acuífero Maya project led by Robert Schmittner have spent the last ten months trying to prove two massive underwater cave systems in the Yucatan are connected- the 163-mile-long Sac Actun and the 51-mile-long Dos Ojos.
And on January 10th their dedication paid off when they finally found the connection between the two caves, making it the largest known flooded cave system on Earth:
Prior to the discovery, the Ox Bel Ha system, located just south of Tulum, was ranked as the world’s largest at 167 miles (270 km). According to caving naming convention, when two cave systems are found to interconnect, the largest cave absorbs the smaller one. So the Dos Ojos system is no more, subsumed by the larger Sac Actun system.
Women are still struggling with issues of inequality and sexism even though we should have addressed and eliminated these wrongs long ago, but at least they don't have to wear the torturous clothing they had to wear in the 18th century!
Nowadays women can get dressed for work with ease, throwing on some light and comfortable clothes that don't chafe, constrict or weigh them down.
But back in the 18th century getting ready for work was a huge production that involved lots of lacing, layering and cinching, which puts the uncomfortableness of modern clothes into perspective.
This episode in the series created by CrowsEyeProductions for the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool focuses on the morning routine of the working woman in the 1700s, and it's make you feel better about your morning routine!
Most kids wonder what it would be like to grow up overnight, because they think the life of a grown up means no school, no set bedtime and no rules, but these thoughts are usually fleeting because it's fun to be a kid.
But when they inevitably transform into young adults their childhood seems to float away on the wind, leaving nothing but memories and the trappings of youth- like their favorite teddy bear.
However, some kids don't want to let go of their childhood years, so they hang on as hard as they can until life forces them to let go...
Even though Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world, pulling in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in profit, they hire seasonal workers to fill their boxes for cheap rather than paying a permanent workforce in their warehouses.
And many of these seasonal employees are seniors who should be retired but had to keep working after being bankrupted by the Great Recession of 2008, seniors who live in RVs and work 'til it hurts during the holiday season.
From the Amazon recruiting site:
The Amazon CamperForce program brings together a community of enthusiastic RV’ers who help make the holidays bright for customers of Amazon. As a CamperForce Associate, you’ll begin this seasonal assignment in early Fall and work until December 23rd. The program lasts 3-4 months in the winter, and your responsibilities will be in the areas of picking, packing, stowing, and receiving. …Amazon offers great pay, a paid completion bonus, paid referral bonuses, and paid campsites for its CamperForce associates.
CamperForce is a somewhat demoralizing documentary by Brett Story and Jessica Bruder of Field Of Vision about the workampers who help box up all those holiday orders for "$11 per hour, overtime, bonuses, paid campsites and free health coverage (after a waiting period)".
When we see something we've never seen before we tend to think of the creator as an innovative and creative individual, and yet many of these creators should probably be referred to as appropriators rather than creators.
Most fans know George Lucas drew inspiration for Star Wars from the samurai films created by Akira Kurosawa, but did you know he also adopted many elements of the franchise from Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter series?
And Princess Leia's "totally unique" hairstyle was inspired by the twin buns worn by female Mexican Revolutionary fighter Clara De La Rocha.
People used to praise Michael Jackson for his "totally original" signature moves, but it appears the smooth criminal stole many of his signature moves from Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse.
Countries like Russia, the UK and China have chosen to use CCTV networks to monitor activity on their city streets and minimize crime by using the power of the "eye in the sky" to bring criminals to justice.
At the same time many of the citizens from these countries believe the CCTV network is an invasion of privacy and used by government organizations to keep tabs on everyone.
And honestly they're both right, since CCTV cameras cut down on crime but are also used to gather information on innocent civilians, so figuring out how to fool CCTV facial recognition software may be a way to fight tyranny rather than pure anarchy.
BBC reporter John Sudworth was able to elude China's CCTV cameras for a whopping seven minutes before authorities could zero in on his location. Not sure if that's good or bad, but it's certainly scary!
Wherever there are people there are dogs coexisting with human populations that are as diverse as they are, and whether they're trying to please their masters or snatch what they can while the humans aren't looking dogs will always be by our side.
So Alan started focusing his lens on the dogs of the world, shifting his focus from man to man's best friend, but before he shoots he really gets to know his subject:
The process involves getting familiar with the dog first, creating some kind of a bond and gaining their trust. "I find dogs are in general more consistently friendly, unpredictable, and amusing than humans," says Schaller. "Almost every dog I have photographed, unless the scenario has been tragic, has made me laugh at some point when meeting it."
In tests, six premature fetal lambs were placed in fluid-filled plastic containers resembling zip-lock bags. The lambs grew in the device as they would in a conventional womb, developing in a temperature controlled, near-sterile environment. They breathed in amniotic fluid, their hearts pumped blood through their umbilical cords into a gas exchange system outside of the bag, and monitors measured their vital signs, blood flow, and other important functions. The lambs, which were at the equivalent of the 23 to 24 week gestation stage of human preemies when they entered the bags, developed normally. The breakthrough offers a viable and potentially superior way of bringing premature babies to term, but it could still be decades before we see the technology applied to humans.
We were also re-introduced to Boston Dynamics' ATLAS, who can now do backflips and jump around all parkour style.
ATLAS seems to be preparing for the battlefields of the future, where he'll probably be joined by Boston Dynamics' newest robot, Handle, the free-wheelin' pony-bot.
These robots have come a really long way since being introduced just a few years ago, but have they already come too far?:
There are thousands, if not millions, of pets sitting in pounds, shelters and rescue centers around the world, all of them just waiting for some kind humans to come and take them home.
It's important that as many pets as possible are adopted from pounds and shelters and given a better life, and to help expedite the process some pets have sadly taken to pretending to be purebreeds to make themselves look more adoptable.
But if you're going to adopt a pet don't be a breed snob, because mutts make awesome pets too!
Take Me Home is a short and sweet CG film by Nair Archawattana and students from the Academy Of Arts University, and it reminded me why I love mutts so much- because many of them have an indomitable spirit!
Johnny Cash is one of the most famous musicians of all time, and even though he started out playing rockabilly he went on to transcend musical genres to garner an extremely diverse fan base.
But as it turns out hate groups like the KKK and white supremacists have hated Johnny Cash since his early days- because they mistakenly thought he was married to a black woman.
Sound like a stupid reason to hate a musician with such an amazing catalog of music? Welcome to the Jim Crow South of the 1960s.
It all started on October 4, 1965 when Johnny was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border for trying to smuggle in a bunch of amphetamines and sedatives he'd bought off a dealer in Mexico:
Customs agents found 475 Equanil tablets and 688 Dexedrine capsules stashed in his guitar case and threw him in jail. Cash spent a night in jail and, two months later, plead guilty to the possession of illegal drugs.
He got off with a deferred sentence and a $1,000 fine—and had no idea that, as he walked down the courthouse steps in El Paso, Texas, with his wife Vivian, he was about to spark a firestorm.
An Associated Press photo of Cash and Vivian ran in newspapers the next day—and to some readers, it appeared that Vivian, an Italian-American woman who was rarely photographed, was black.
The National States Rights Party, an Alabama white supremacist group, republished the photo in its newspaper, The Thunderbolt, with an article that dripped with racist rhetoric. The money generated by Cash’s hit records, it claimed, went “to scum like Johnny Cash to keep them supplied with dope and negro women.”
Cash was harassed and boycotted by some Southern fans. “Johnny and I received death threats, and an already shameful situation was made infinitely worse,” recalled Vivian in her 2008 memoir.
In an October 1966 article, Variety described Cash as “the innocent victim of a targeted hate campaign in the south.” The “racial error,” wrote the anonymous author, had sparked boycotts and threats. “In the code of the south,” the article continued, “there is no greater crime than miscegenation.” At the time, interracial marriages were banned throughout the South.
The Resolutioners are out there, they're in our restaurants ordering salad and skipping carbs, they're in the clothing stores buying "goal pants" that are a size too small, but mostly they're in the gyms trying to burn off the pounds.
These takers of vows see every New Year as a chance to restart a good life and be reborn, and like a sweat-drenched phoenix they rise through sets of squats and run for their lives until the thrill wears off around February.
If you've ever wondered what kind of muscle menagerie you can expect to see if you head to the gym in January then these strange comic strips from SIR Artwork will fill you in, and may put you off New Year's resolutions forever!
When tools get old and rusty they end up sitting in the back of our garage or tool shed for years before they're thrown out like trash, but where some see rust and decay artist Cindy Chinn sees character.
So Cindy uses these discarded old tools as an artistic medium, using a plasma torch to hand cut fun winter scenes into rusty shovel heads and a little light welding to put the whole scene together.
We all want to feel special, and we also long for others to acknowledge how special we are and recognize the qualities that make us unique in the world, in other words acknowledge what makes us one-of-a-kind.
You know what else is unique and one-of-a-kind? A snowflake, and even though some people have tried to use snowflake as a derogatory term we know it's really a compliment and an acknowledgement of our unique beauty.
And there's something else you should know about "snowflakes"- we can be ice cold as needed, and if you try to diminish our specialness we'll cut ya! Figuratively speaking, of course...*wink*
The idea of wearing a heated jacket used to fill me with dread, since wearing one seems like a good way to end up electrocuted or killed by a flaming jacket.
But heated jackets are completely safe to wear, and people who live in extremely cold areas swear by them, claiming they're like wearing a warm hug all day long.
Host of What's Inside? and fun dad Dan Markham loves his heated jacket, and yet he was willing to slash it open and show us how it works for the sake of science, and Dan convinced me they're not so dangerous after all.
Most people who watch the A Nightmare On Elm Street films see Freddy Krueger for what he is- an evil bastard who enjoys killing innocent people and turning life in Springwood into hell on Earth.
But some twisted fans see Freddy as a dream come true, a guy worthy of worship and the inspiration for a legion of fans who call themselves "Fredheads".
They have good dreams about Freddy, dress up like him at Cons and idolize him, and now these Freddy superfans are the focus of an upcoming documentary by Venn Pictures and Northgate Pictures called FredHeads: The Documentary.
FredHeads is a pet project of director Paige Troxell, who wanted to show her fellow Freddy fans they're not alone:
“In my darkest times I have turned to Elm Street. It is a survival story, it is my best friend, it is my comfort, and it is my home,” gushes Troxell. “I knew that there were others out there who saw this film for more than just the typical slasher. It is my goal to bring to life each and every story; to show the world that this community stands together, that we are a support team for each other.”
When we fall in love with pop culture characters like The Simpsons, Jack Bauer of 24 or the Belcher family from Bob's Burgers our crush makes us overlook the bad stuff about them and their show.
We stop paying attention to how many people Jack Bauer kills and all the smokers in Springfield, and those wacky Belchers do a great job of distracting us from how broke they are, even when it's the plot of an episode.
So now you're probably asking yourself "how broke are the Belchers?", a question which dedicated fans have answered:
According to one study, Bob's Burgers LLC is probably bringing in a little less than $70,000 a year, while only actually taking home about $43,000 in true annual profit. Given that the average cost for an apartment like the Belcher's runs at about $20,000 a year, the Belchers are left with a paltry $23,000 (before taxes). And that, according to the state of New Jersey, puts the Belchers at about 50 percent less than the maximum to receive food stamps.
As for Jack Bauer's scorecard, the guy killed 309 people in about nine days!:
Over the course of eight days, plus the two hours of 24: Redemption and the half-day of Live Another Day, Jack Bauer kills 309 people. 309. That rounds out to 1.5 guys an hour, for a whopping 36 guys a day. It's not evenly spread, either; Bauer started the first day only killing ten guys, but really took the gloves off during Day Six, with 52 individual murders. By contrast, the Korean War killed about 31 Americans soldiers a day. On some days, that was Bauer's quota before he let himself take lunch.
And how many smokers live in Springfield? At least two per episode:
In 400 reviewed episodes, there were 795 unique instances of characters riding the nicotine dragon. Around the 2002-2004 era of the show, Springfieldians were averaging some five smoking characters per episode. And while the show typically only focuses on a few characters at a time, Springfield only has an estimated 60,000 residents, which means the percentage of smokers in the town must be incredibly high. Writers presumably drew the line at the episode in which Apu personally lit the cigarettes of a dozen fifth-graders that wandered into his store, preferring instead to leave it implied.
We remark "what are the odds?!" when certain seemingly coincidental things happen in our lives, but despite what we say we know these occurrences aren't that unusual, uncommon or even worthy of remembering.
Of course, some coincidental moments are rarer and more memorable than others, but it's still fun to snap a pic of those sillier moments too, so you can share that special sighting with your social circle.
Even though I'm enjoying every minute of my son's infanthood I also can't wait to watch him grow up and become an awesome little kid, and I hope I live long enough to watch him grow old and gray...but I probably won't because of my poor diet and lack of exercise...plus the booze ain't helpin...*sniff* I miss him already! (NSFW)
Visiting Japan requires a bit of preparation if you don't want to come off as a rude tourist, because the Japanese people have a lot of customs and traditions they expect visitors to respect or they bust out the dreaded "stare of disapproval".
Do you like to chow down on a burger or taco while walking around in a public area? Better not eat in public in Japan or you'll get the dreaded stare, unless you're in front of a convenience store, food stand or vending machine, because they like to keep the streets clean so they only eat in select areas.
And that's lesson one in this informative episode of Chris Broad's Abroad In Japan, created so Chris can share some of the most important lessons he has learned while living in Japan for the last five years.
As soon as 3D printers went from costing thousands of dollars to hundreds people started bringing them home so they could get busy creating cool stuff.
But where most people used their 3D printers to print out practical items or printable stuff they found online the geeks got busy creating replicas of their favorite props, weapons and armor so they could live out their nerdy dreams.
It always seems like a shame to throw out avocado pits, especially given how easy it is to grow an avocado tree from a pit, and yet if you eat avocados like I do then you're bound to end up buried in pits if you save them all.
But now that I've seen the amazing avocado pit sculptures created by Jan Campbell I'm thinking it's time to whip out the old carving knives and sculpt those "stones" into scary monster faces.
Jan is an Irish artisan with a healthy love of Celtic mythology, so she doesn't carve the stones (what she calls the pits) to look like scary monsters- she turns them into figurines of forest spirits, mythic beings and the occasional Venus of Willendorf.
In the beginning we believed video games would someday have such great graphics we would actually feel like we're in the game, and with these improvements would come cheaper home console gaming and deeper, more engaging games.
Well, we have the cool graphics that are almost totally realistic, and we have lots of deeper, more engaging games, but we also have mobile games that should be amazing but really aren't.
Because, as this Clueless Hero comic shows, even though mobile games are usually free to download and play they suck in one particular way- all the cool bonus content costs a bundle to unlock!
Rick Moranis was almost always typecast as a nerdy character in the movies and TV shows he starred in, but when it came to comedy the Second City TV alum was super cool, like swanky lounge singer cool.
Check out the cool side of Rick Moranis as he sings a swingin' version of "Turning Japanese" by The Vapors in this classic clip from SCTV. It's ring-a-ding-ding for the New Wave generation, dollface.
The Death Star is the most iconic space stations in the history of sci-fi and one of the most recognizable symbols of Star Wars, and yet Luke and the Rebel Alliance figured out how to destroy it with two well-placed proton torpedoes.
They knew about the Death Star's built-in flaw thanks to some stolen plans, but we never got to see how the massive space station was built in the movies.
But now thanks to the hard work of two geeky and talented brothers named Benjamin and Isaac Botkin we can see how hard it would be, and how many pieces it would take, for the Empire to build a Death Star.
And with Benjamin's epic score accompanying the complex timelapse animation it's a mesmerizing look at the making of a legend.
At the NeatoShop our love of the old school will never die, and whether you're in to radical retro looks from the 80s and 90s, funky and groovy graphics from the 70s or something fun from way, way back the NeatoShop has what you're looking for!
And until January 14th all shirts in the NeatoShop are on sale up to 20% off, including longsleeve t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and even the shirts for kids and babies are on sale through Sunday!
It's not a crime to love the looks from a different decade
Natasha's account is a sweet look at the friendly canine faces she sees at work every day, and since she hooks them up with a free doggie bagel they've stopped wanting to go for a walk and now want to go for a ride in the car- straight to the drive-thru!
Most of us have an image of our ideal selves cemented in our minds, an image we can see clear as day in our heads but can't seem to properly render or describe so that others can see how we'd really like to look.
Chasserot took simple and unadorned head shots of his volunteers, then by using an editing software, he made dozens of altered versions based on the “scientifically established canons of beauty.”
By presenting the edited photos to the volunteers while they wore EEG headsets, Chasserot was able to analyze their brain waves and identify which version they preferred the most based on positive neural reactions. The preferred photo was then labeled as their “ideal” appearance.
“What do we find instinctively beautiful in the human face and how does this translate to self-image? What assumptions would we make about another person if we could see their ideal self-image? Original Ideal combines portrait photography and neuroscience to isolate the subjects’ ideal self image, a cerebrally sincere preference obtained by circumventing conscious thought.”