It's not uncommon to see people hitting treadmills and ellipticals to get in shape, but back in the 1940s an exercise machine called the Streamliner was introduced, and it was supposed to fight the "battle of the bulge" for you
As a rule New Yorkers do things on a daily basis, just like pretty much everyone else in the world, but it's often assumed the things New Yorkers do are strange things, urbane things, utterly New Yorkerly things.
The thing I said about the New Yorkerly things they do is actually true, but that's because New Yorkers have access to things many others don't, like one dollar pizza slices that actually taste good.
On the flip side they also have to deal with everyday things others don't, like mysterious fluids falling from the sky.
When the Gorons started making candy everyone was pretty skeptical about how it would taste, but his Ruby Rock candy is actually pretty good! Too bad the pieces only come in large and legendary sizes, so nobody can actually fit those delicious boulders in their mouths. Zelda suggested Link tell the Gorons their candy pieces are too big for Hylians to eat, but Link knew better than to insult those rocky Death Mountain dwellers with a criticism of their candy. Instead, he slipped on his Goron mask and pretended to be one of them...
Add some tasty video game fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Goron's Ruby Rock Candy t-shirt by Cory Freeman Design, it'll rock your fellow fans like a sweet ocarina solo!
They were once ordinary puppets, trying to entertain the world with their variety show and help people and puppets alike laugh their cares away. But then along came a silvery bolt from up above, an alien energy that transformed their very foam and fleece, bestowing strange powers upon them. Fozzy now had the power of stone to make people laugh at his jokes, Piggy gained the power of invisibility, which she didn't like at all. Kermit discovered he could stretch himself into nearly any shape, so he dubbed himself Mister Frogtastic, and Gonzo was suddenly on fire! Together they became the marvel-ous Muptastic Four, the most powerful puppets in the galaxy!
Add some super powered awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this The Muptastic Four t-shirt by Djkopet, it packs a powerful visual punch!
As a kid watching MacGyver meant discovering new ways to get out of dangerous situations I would probably never really find myself in during my lifetime.
This knowledge didn't help for much more than creating new ways to kill player characters in roleplaying games, but applying the MacGyver technique to life certainly made things more convenient.
When you go with what you've got you can work MacGyver-esque miracles with stuff you have laying around the house or were probably going to throw away, like using a squirt bottle to make pancakes or sealing a plastic bag with the top of a soda bottle.
People think girls don't like to get messy, but splatoon superstar Squid Girl loves inking up the world. She's not afraid to step into the fray when the ink starts flying, and as long as she's got her headphones on and music playing there's no way she can lose! Anyone who has an inkling of an idea that they might beat Inkopolis' splat diva had better think again, because she's locked, loaded and ready to splatoon her way to victory!
Clean up your geeky wardrobe with this Splat Girl t-shirt by MdM Shirts, it's the bold way to show your love of ink splattered shooters!
Kids can be troublemakers and mischievous little imps, but sometimes they're blamed for mishaps that aren't their fault.
A 12-year-old boy was visiting an art museum in Taiwan when he tripped, like clumsy kids are prone to do, and thankfully he wasn't seriously hurt because he broke his fall...with a painting by Paolo Porpora worth $1.5 million.
Every social media outlet fills their own niche- Facebook was meant to bring friends and family together, Twitter was created so people can share their thoughts 140 words at a time, and Instagram lets folks tell their story through pictures.
Surprisingly even Miley Cyrus has an Instagram account affecting change- @happyhippiefdn, which she founded with Joan Jett to “fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth, and other vulnerable populations.”
The Karate Kid seems like a straightforward feel good movie about an underdog overcoming obstacles, an uplifting story meant to inspire kids to never give up and, when in doubt, let loose with a crane kick.
But one fan theory shows that Daniel LaRusso may not have been the victim at all, and audiences may owe Johnny Lawrence a big apology.
They declared him a lad insane, called him crazy and said his mind was somewhere far above the moon, but he knew the pieces of his mental puzzle still fit together perfectly. He preferred to be called the Joker, but would have accepted Ziggy Jokerdust or the Blue Jean Joker when he was in a sort of denim mood. His sanity was only questioned by those who weren't familiar with his particular brand of genius, but ask Bruce Wayne if that lad in the clown white is insane and he'll tell you- don't let him fool you, for the Joker only laughs to throw heroes off his trail, and one day he hopes to be known as the man who sold the world...
Add a manic mashup to your geeky wardrobe with this A Lad Insane t-shirt by Kgullholmen, it'll usher in some good changes and will look great on you while you're dancing in the street!
We Americans definitely love our cars, and people are quick to tell you about which makes and models are their favs, with the exact reasons why, when the subject comes up.
Some states have even become synonymous with a specific make or model, like Texas and massive Cadillacs or Oregon and Subaru wagons, but do these automotive stereotypes ring true?
The car nuts at Popular Mechanics were curious about this question of state oriented car sales, so they turned to auto analyst Tom Libby from IHS Automotive for some real world facts and figures.
Here's how Tom determined which car suited each state the most:
Libby pulled data about the make and model of every car sold in the U.S., and calculated the popularity of each by percentage using registration data. Then, he did the same at the state level, and compared each state to the national average.
Tom's data showed the sterotypes rarely match up with the sales figures, but it proved that Texans still love their Cadillacs, only nowadays they prefer the massive Escalade EXT.
Losing your phone is a real drag, but there's always the off chance someone will find and return your phone so you hang on to a sliver of hope.
But when you drop your phone in a river you pretty much assume it's gone forever, or that when it is found it will be battered and useless.
That's what Nathan Buhler assumed when he dropped his phone in the Bow River, until his phone started posting pics to Nathan's Facebook account two weeks later.
Turns out Calgary's No. 1 Fire-station firefighters found Nathan's phone and decided to have some fun with it while they looked for its owner, staging a bunch of hilarious pics showing Nathan's phone having the time of its life.
And now that Nathan's phone has gone on a grand adventure it doesn't want to go back to its boring old life, which is understandable because how many smartphones can say they've driven a fire truck?
All kinds of people were flocking to that galaxy far, far away these days, and apparently so were their androids. 3PO was used to being the smartest and most app friendly droid in the Outer Rim, but along came a little green android with promises of unlimited apps and stronger signals. Even R2 warmed up to the new star of the droid world, and the two began to plot a war against that rolling BB droid that everyone was so in love with...
Show the world you're a sci-fi rebel with this Who Are You? t-shirt by Firebeard, it's a funny force to be reckoned with!
China's economic boom created an urban development boom, and all kinds of structures started popping up across the country as hope for the urbanized future loomed.
This development boom proved to be somewhat illusory, so many of these half-built structures have been left to rot by their owners, sad reminders of development dreams past.
One of the saddest kinds of scrapped project structures is the abandoned amusement park, where the promise of familial happiness has gone to die.
Photographer Stefano Cerio visited some of China's most famous abandoned amusement parks, including Wonderland Amusement Park, for his photographic series Chinese Fun.
Chinese Fun plays out like an eerie tour of the park, with Stefano playing tour guide and showing off all the wonderful buildings and attractions that are now nothing more than a collection of crusty curiosities.
Yuko shoots pics of young folks in the wild, her lens taking in the action rather than intruding on the scene, and the fact that many of the subjects are Yuko's friends means her photos are candid rather than canned, albeit with a bit of flair.
When the massively multiplayer online gaming trend was in full swing in the early to mid 00s a game called Second Life appeared with promises of “a 3d virtual world where you can be whoever you'd like and build and sell whatever you can imagine”.
However, most MMO players found Second Life's virtual world to be a bit too much like real life, which is exactly what those few remaining SL "residents" are looking for- a virtual life to live in addition to their own.
This realism even drew the attention of various colleges and universities, who built virtual campuses in Second Life hoping to take higher education where it had never gone before.
Fusion's Patrick Hogan took a trip into Second Life to see what's left of these virtual campuses, and his findings don't hold out much hope for the avatar based collegiate experience.
The Joker and the Harley had pulled off the greatest pranknapping of all time, and now the Bats was at their disposal. Ms. Quinn suggested dropping the man in the bat suit off the side of a building, to see if he can actually fly, but that death didn't have enough panache for the clown prince of crime. No, he wanted to see the Bat suffer and humiliate him at the same time, so he came up with a fun activity that reminded him of childhood- whacking away at a piñata until the blood red candy fell out...
If you cannot save ol' Batsy you might as well save your fashion sense with this Bat Piñata t-shirt by Foursixsix, it's the deliciously dark way to show the world you're a Batfan and a fan of that wildcard in clown white.
It'll give you five good reasons to stay away from public pools, including the fact that the staff is constantly scooping dead animals out of the pool, and won't even bother trying to scoop when somebody vomits in the pool.
regular CaseMods, self-planned and self-constructed cases (CaseCons), consumer electronics recreated with a twist (CE Mods), Cases on the Move (Mods with moving parts), and the 24-Hour Challenge, where "two-member teams spend 8 hours a day, for three days, building a case from the same parts at the show."
The big winner was master modder Ali Abbas, who created the wonderfully complex "Ragnar's Revenge" CaseCon, which he shows off in this very comprehensive video:
When you visit towns in most roleplaying video game you're able to interact with a bunch of drones that are programmed to give a response to a few choice questions and wander about looking busy.
The game designers behind the Witcher series are working hard to bring the entire fantastic world the game is set in to life, including every person in every town, and Witcher 3 promised to deliver the most realistic experience yet.
But Kotaku UK's Rick Lane wasn't convinced, and after spending nearly 100 hours of playtime in game he decided to “dedicate an entire in-game day to walking around a single village, observing the population without interacting directly, and keep a detailed account of what I saw. “
Rick saw a good many strange things about the non-player populace in Witcher 3, including one thing that made him a bit concerned:
I don’t think children in The Witcher 3 sleep. Ever. They just sit and stare blankly at the wall, all night, every night.
Bananas have always been a Minion's favorite food, but the littlest Minion had a new idea about what makes a food good. It seems he'd gotten the idea from a show called Sesame Street, featuring a hairy blue monster who was obsessed with these round things called cookies. Once the littlest Minion had gotten his hands on a cookie and tasted its sweet chocolately goodness his skin began to turn blue and he became even more despicable than before! He couldn't stop talking about cookies, told everyone else to call him Cookie, and his praise of cookies presented the rest of the Minions with a really grusome choice...
Bring some deliciously geeky fun to your wardrobe with this Grusome Choice t-shirt by Chicoloco, it'll help you start snack arguments wherever you go!
The League found themselves going heads up with the Squad, and where one believed in justice and the other was willing to undergo suicide missions for their freedom they were both so darn cute it was hard to decide who to root for. Even the Batguy looked all adorable, Harley looked like a knockout as usual, but Supes and Martian Manhunter looked like they'd just woken up on the wrong side of Cutesville...
Spread some superheroic smiles wherever you go with this Little Darn Cute JVS t-shirt by Prime Premne, and watch your fellow fans flock to help solve the mystery of who will win in this cuteness showdown!
Knowing the origin of a pop culture franchise probably won't change the way you feel about the franchise, but if you're as obsessive about your favorite stories as I am then you'll probably do some digging.
Researching will uncover simple roots for many franchises, but then there are franchises like Predator, Super Mario Bros., A Nightmare On Elm Street and Gilligan's Island that have some pretty unusual origin stories.
The 'shrooms that make Mario grow up big and strong in Super Mario Bros. look just like amanita muscaria, the hallucinogenic mushroom, so the game could be seen as one big 'shroom trip. Gilligan's Island also has a fairly simple origin- the islanders represent the seven deadly sins.
A Nightmare On Elm Street started with a news story about a deadly nightmare killing young men in southeast Asia during the 1970s and 80s.
Wes Craven read a news story about a bunch of young men who died of SUDS (sudden unexpected death syndrome) in their sleep, combined that with a bully from his childhood and Freddy Krueger was born.
And last but certainly not least there's Predator- the Rocky sequel we never knew we wanted until we saw it in theaters. Predator started as a running joke in Hollywood that said Rocky would have to fight an alien in Rocky V to top Rocky IV.
It was foretold many centuries ago that a cheesy nacho chip would come to lead the chosen ones back to their kingdom of cheesiness. This chip would have but one eye, but that eye would be all-seeing and able to sense every flavor on the planet at once. Those who could stomach the initiation found the Order of the Nachos to be quite an appetizing, but their battle was just beginning against those dirty devils from the Chili Cheese Fries Cabal.
Add some deliciously geeky humor to your wardrobe with this The Nacho Of Providence t-shirt by Lithium, it's cheesy in all the right ways!
Some people make societal and political statements with music, videos or the written word, but Steve Cutts makes these statements with comic illustrations.
But don't let the word “comic” fool you, because the artwork Cutts creates is less silly slapstick statement and more cutting commentary.
These are illustrated images for the disenfranchised, the down on their luck crowd with a dreary outlook on life.
Steve is an animator, illustrator, sculptor and cake maker, but he doesn't let those positive elements of his life blind him to the harsh realities of the modern world, because he feels bringing attention to these sad truths is the best way to initiate change.
The life of a celebrity seems really far removed from the norm, and that detachment from normalcy makes it easy to assume celebrities have their own tight knit club of rich people who entertain normal people for a living.
But celebrities are often battling for the same spotlight, which can lead to rivalries and bitterness towards their fellow celebs, so friendship is the last thing famous people want from other famous folks.
They're also trying to maintain a carefully constructed image, one which is hopefully scandal free, so some celebs end up feuding with their own family members just to distance themselves from their sibling's scandals.
The internet is chock full of great stock photos, some not-so-great shots, and those utterly ridiculous images that will probably never leave the stock photo stockroom.
Stock photographers strive to provide any kind of image their clients might need to complete a project, using creative concepts and bold imagery to fill visual niches.
Because you never know when a client will need a photo of a sad baby wearing a funny hat, a funky fashion forward girl grinning madly, or an angry old guy with his fist cocked looking for a fight.
The world of stock photography has changed quite a bit since the 1970s, and not just because digital photography has made it easier to create content, but one element of stock imagery will never change- the ever present strange!
Badgers was created using only the finest recycled audio clips and funkiest props in order to maintain its unique flavor, and just when you least expect them the badgers finally appear...talk about your twist ending!