We all like to think of ourselves as human snowflakes, made to look, feel, taste, sound and smell like nobody else.
But the truth is humans have many traits in common with each other no matter where we're from, and the thing that makes us stand out in the sea of doppelgängers is our uniqueness.
According to Mind Warehouse there are 5 easy ways we can measure our uniqueness:
Have you ever imagined that you might have some unique powers that almost no one else on Earth has? No, we’re not talking about supernatural abilities like invisibility, flying or walking through walls. There are skills that are more common, but still very rare among people.
If the NFL gets any more physical it will have more in common with wrestling than any other ball based sport, which will definitely change the branding for each team.
Instead of the classic fully clothed New England patriot we'd have a bare chested John Cena, and that racist and outdated redskin's head would be replaced by Hulk Hogan's noggin, to help bring Hulkamania to the gridiron.
Teams like the Chargers who seem to be up for grabs in terms of home city would dig in to their roots with a little help from the Undertaker
And Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would return to his roots in Miami to become the head of the Miami Rocks. Smells like he's cooking some pigskin!
Bowser is always coming up with sinister plans to do away with those Super Bros, but his latest tactic may be considered a war crime- he's now taping building bricks to the heads of all of his cronies. And since Mario and Luigi wear those strange puffy shoes with the soft soles they're about to regret every sinister creature they've ever squished in the Mushroom Kingdom. Even the star's power of invincibility won't be able to stop the sharp edges of those little plastic building toys from tearing up their feet, so maybe it's time for the Mario Bros. to invest in some sturdy combat boots!
Share Bowser's ultimate plan for Super Bro destruction with the world by wearing this Vendetta t-shirt by Raffiti, it's sure to put smiles on the faces of your fellow Mario fans!
There will be people out there trying to get you to join the Empire and see the galaxy, people whose war machine is fueled by hatred and rage and who may or may not have cookies.
They will speak of greatness and power, but siding with them will only lead to ruin...or riches, depending on your perspective.
Maybe you're in to wearing big shiny helmets and stomping around in shiny black boots while your stylish cape flutters behind you.
Perhaps you enjoy watching entire planets get disintegrated while force choking fools who are late in bringing you your lunch.
If so then you've got a lot in common with Andrew Bridgman and cartoonist Anna-Maria Jung, and you should both go paint your faces like Darth Maul and sit on a moisture vaporator because Jedis are way cooler! And they don't die, so beat that!
If a character's name didn't mean anything then virtually every fictional character would be named something like Gene Goodguy or Penelope PureHeart, but thankfully creators like to get creative with their character's names...kinda.
When the hero is supposed to sacrifice themselves for the good of the people they're named after Jesus, like Commander Shepard in Mass Effect or John Connor (JC) in Terminator.
Name a bad guy Shepherd and they instantly become the worst of the worst, and audiences instantly know what's going to happen. (NSFW-ish)
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a beauty or a beast? A mighty attractive figure or a monster? That's okay, nothing a little psychological therapy can't fix! When Pikachu looks in the mirror he sees a distorted version of himself, a creepy character hiding under a yellow sheet with crudely drawn facial features and droopy ears. Does this mean that Pika is cracking up under the pressure of pocket monster battling? Nah, it just means that a Mimikyu has snuck into his room and is playing a cruel trick on him!
Reveal your true geeky inner self with this Secret Twin t-shirt by Paula Garcia, it's one design that's sure to blow your fellow poke-fans' minds!
Quite a few people have come up with their own unique way of sharing travel photos on Instagram only to have their idea ripped off by others, who typically copy their style for a few pics and move on.
But travel blogger gypsea_lust has a copycat who is going to great lengths to recreate her Instagram famous vacation photos- and the purposeful sameness is super creepy.
The copycat (diana_alexa) tries to match gypsea_lust's original shots as closely as possible, going so far as to pose the same way and wear the same clothing, playing an imitation game that comes off like social media stalking.
diana_alexa has since deleted many of the photos and made her Instagram account private, but she has already proven that imitation is the sincerest form of (in)sanity.
In many ways it's much harder to be a human than it is to be an animal, and when you add the human knack for overthinking everything into the mix it becomes nearly unbearable to be human.
We build stuff that other people will inevitably want to tear down, we make ourselves look appealing to others only to be rejected, and we fight for survival only to be run down in the street.
Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida knew the pain of being human all too well, and his surreal paintings reflect his feelings of isolation, dissatisfaction with society and the harsh reality of his life in Japan.
Ishida died in 2005 after being hit by a train, and it's unclear whether he committed suicide or was the victim of a horrible accident, but whether Ishida was depressed or not the paintings he created are miserable masterpieces.
Master bladesmiths claim their weapons will last forever, but then those weapons are used in battle, exposed to the elements and left to rot over time, resulting in the rusty death of a hand forged blade.
But there are a few blades in museums around the world that have stood the test of time, and these ancient swords give us a glimpse into swordsmithing techniques and battle practices of the past.
The Sword of Goujian is one of these ancient swords- it was forged of copper and tin in Hubei, China during the Spring and Autumn period (771 to 403 BCE), discovered in a tomb of the Chu State in 1965.
This beautiful sword has eight ancient script characters printed on the side which archaeologists used to figure out who the sword belonged to, once they were able to decipher the script:
On one side of the blade, two columns of text are visible. Eight characters are written in an ancient script which was found to be one known as Bird-worm seal script (literally “birds and worms characters” owing to the intricate decorations of the defining strokes), a variant of seal script.
Initial analysis of the text deciphered six of the characters, “King of Yue”and “made this sword for [his] personal use”. The remaining two characters were probably the name of this King of Yue.
After more than two months, the experts started to form a consensus that the original owner of the sword was Goujian, the King of Yue made famous by his perseverance in time of hardship. So the entirety of the text reads “[Belonging to] King Goujian of Yue, made for [his] personal use”.
Edward was so excited to finally get his hands on that Tickle Me toy that he forgot for a moment that his hands were made of scissors. He was able to slice open the box and free the little guy without ruffling Elmo's fur too much, but then he tried to tickle the little guy and stuck his sharp finger through the toy instead. Elmo started shaking and laughing, an ironic response to being disemboweled, and the sound of his squeaky little voice filled Edward with a sense of dread. What if Kim were to walk in and see this horrorshow?
Don't fall to pieces, pick up this Tickle Me Emo t-shirt by Droidloot and show the world that you have a well put together sense of geeky style!
Good luck comes in many forms, but if you want the extra best luck you've gotta catch a maneki-neko for your pocket. There are white maneki-nekos, black maneki-nekos with bold gold collars and orange manekis that look just like little tabby cats, but the one with the most luck is called the Meowth-neko. He's easy to spot among the others, just look for the one with the golden disc accent on his forehead and brown tipped tail, but be careful when you approach him because he can be a real monster!
Bring your good poke luck with you wherever you go with this POCKET MANEKI t-shirt by Sanjiko, it's sure to help you catch love from your fellow trainers wherever you go!
Our smartphones have become like our wallets or purses- we don't want to lose them and fear they'll be stolen, and if someone asks to look at them or hold them we get nervous, even if they're our close friends.
This nervousness can quickly turn to anger or severe anxiety if the person doesn't give our phone right back, forcing us to think quick and come up with a scheme to get it back without coming off too clingy.
But the kind of person who asks to use your phone is the kind of person too irresponsible to own their own phone and too dense to get why you don't want them using theirs.
So do yourself a favor and avoid letting people use your phone or you might end up giving yourself an aneurysm like the poor guy in this comic by Rebecca Caplan and Kait Thompson.
Creatives who are lucky enough to live long and artistically productive lives may have the rare opportunity to revisit their early works decades later.
This revisitation not only gives them the chance to revisit or recreate their original work, it also lets them relive their early days and remember what it was like to be a young, budding artist.
Photographer Chris Porsz used to go around Peterborough, Cambridgeshire shooting pics in the late 70s and 80s while working as a paramedic, and at the time the neighborhood was full of colorful characters.
Chris never forgot those creatively formative years he spent taking photos on the streets of Peterborough, so he decided to track down the people he photographed nearly forty years earlier for a reshoot.
Chris spent seven years tracking down and convincing the stars of his favorite photos to pose for him again, publishing the then and now shots in his new book "Reunions".
Newman was a campy character who started out as nothing but a disembodied voice on Seinfeld but became the ultimate annoying neighbor whose allegiance was never made clear.
He was the kind of friend who would look you in the eye, smile and shake your hand while stabbing you in the back, which is what made Newman such a fun and interesting addition to an already colorful cast of characters.
Owls see a lot more than we mere humans do, and they're watching all night long which means they also get to see the dark side of humanity too. This makes them a pretty reliable judge of character, and when they have a good sense about a boy their assessment is typically spot-on. But you'd have to be a soulless husk to not feel something when you meet young master Potter, because he was born for big things and even the animals know it. The delivery owl could have spotted Harry a mile away, but Harry had no idea what effect that invitation it carried in its claws would have on his young life...
Take the magic and wonder with you wherever you go with this Hedwig Invitation Stylized t-shirt by RedBaron, it's the perfect way to invite your fellow HP fans to say hello!
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You never know when you might find yourself stranded on a desert island, by choice or otherwise, and as every castaway movie has taught us there are coconuts a-plenty on desert isles.
Coconuts can be eaten, worn as a bikini and used to simulate the sound of horses galloping, but first the husk must be removed before the coconut can be cracked open, which is really hard to do without tools.
Enter "The King of Random" Grant Thompson with a time tested method for de-husking coconuts while using as little energy as possible- by dropping a giant rock on it.
Not everyone wants to live their life like a little social butterfly- some are just fine being their own best friend, and they feel good about their own personal success in life rather than basking vicariously in the glow of other people's success. Because grumpy people might choose solitude over extroversion and pets over people, but at least they are true to their feelings. And let's be honest- humanity is a total disappointment!
Show off your sourpuss side with this No Friends t-shirt by Fishbiscuit, it's the grumpy way to say "I'm not a fan of social media and it feels soooo gooood!"
After the excruciatingly stressful interview segment comes the slightly less stressful yet rather exciting welcome aboard stage which, if you're diligent enough, leads to the super boring 9 to 5 work week.
I can't count the number of times I've been tying something down with rope only to find I don't have my knife or razor handy, forcing me to yell for help or simply let the rope go slack and start over again.
But as it turns out you don't need a blade to cut thick string- because you can cut it with your bare hands.
Scott Wadsworth of the Essential Craftsmen YouTube Channel demonstrates how string-on-string friction can cut through thick string without a blade, but if you try this trick out for yourself you may want to wear gloves.
People don't generally think of elves as being badass, especially compared to orcs or dwarves, but if the works of Tolkien, Bakshi and Henson have taught us anything it's that elves should not be underestimated.
Even elves who more closely resemble the small but magical beings from mythology can serve as powerful allies to mankind, just look at what Honeythorn Gump from Legend and Buddy the elf did for their human friends.
Okay, so Buddy isn't the best example seeing as how he isn't technically an elf.
The T-1000 terminated boredom in the 80s and now he refuses to leave, and it's a good thing too considering SkyNet is about to become a real thing. But just when it feels like the world is coming to an end, and the robots are taking over the planet, the T-1000 starts the party off right by blasting one of our all time favorite jams! Now the Dance Revolution has begun, and everybody's doing the robot for victory!
You'll wanna get down with your geeky self when you wear this Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto t-shirt by Rocky Davies, it's the perfect shirt to wear while facing our dark future!
Artists use a combination of abstract shapes and precisely shaded geometry to accurately represent those images of space captured by the Hubbel telescope and the like.
The abstract shapes become even more important when an artist tries to faithfully represent astronomical phenomena such as the swirly burly supernovas that mark the passing of a giant star.
Creating that supernova look without using CGI can be a bit tricky, but self-taught filmmaker Thomas Vanz discovered all he needed to copy those cool cosmic events was ink and an aquarium full of water.
Thomas also produced the soundtrack for NOVAE, using natural sounds to further avoid having any digitally produced elements in the film. So when Thomas says he made "space" in his home he really means it!