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George R. R. Martin Discusses The Real History Behind Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones, and the book series that inspired the show A Song Of Ice And Fire, clearly take place in a fictional world of fantasy, since there are White Walkers, giants, fire breathing dragons and such.

However, the political conflict that serves as the heart of the main storyline is inspired by real history.

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We know The Wars Of The Roses, which took place in England during the 15th century. sits at the top of the list of influences, but who, what and when else inspired Martin's epic series?

Let George R. R. Martin himself, along with an assortment of well read historians, recount the many ways history has inspired the series that so seamlessly blends fantasy and reality.

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Ten Unconventional Coming-Of-Age Movies You Should Check Out

Coming-of-age movies are supposed to have relatable characters that make us compare what they're going through in the film to our own lives, but that rarely happens when you're a weirdo.

Growing up as one of the odd ducks in the pond made me relate more to movies like Harold and Maude, Time Bandits and Quadrophenia than the traditional Hollywood fare, so Submarine by Ben Stiller and Richard Ayoade was right up my alley.

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Stand By Me is a classic coming-of-age movie and should definitely stay in the rotation for life, but back in 2012 Wes Anderson gave us a new addition that appeals to the offbeat- Moonrise Kingdom.

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And lastly, if you're looking for comedy, poignancy and a slice of blue collar life set in North London then you've gotta check out Mike Leigh's fantastic funky family film from 1991 called Life Is Sweet.

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See 10 Unconventional Coming Of Age Movies Worth Watching here


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How To Care For A Sad Person

Depression level sadness makes people feel small and critter-like, as they wallow in a sea of dark thoughts and dour moods with warm blanket to crawl under and music that matches thier mood.

But this is obviously not a good way to handle a visit from the Boohoo Blues, so those who have learned to live and love the depressed find ways to lighten their mood that don't involve hugging.

Those who want to help the depressed, and anyone looking for a cure to sadness, should check out this comic by YMB/Yasmin F and see how ten easy steps can make even the most gloomy person crack a smile!

See full comic here

-Via Idealist 4 Ever


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Where Did The Expression "Elvis Has Left The Building" Originate?

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The expression “Elvis has left the building” has been used as a comedic and colloquial way to say “the show's over”, “get out while the gettin's good”, “you don't have to go home but you can't stay here”, etc.

Our aunts and uncles say it, our grandparents said it before it was cool, and little kids say it even though they don't have a clue who Elvis Presley is, but where did this fun expression come from?

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Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out explores the origin of this saying that's more popular than Presley in this fun factoid video, getting to the bottom of this mystery with a little help from our friend Eddie Deezen.

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The Most Brutal Fights Between Superfolks

Superheroes and supervillains fight because that's what they were drawn to do, but when two heroes go at it there's usually some underlying reason involving truth, justice and the goody two-shoes way.

The superhero flick Batman V Superman has brought up the sore subject of superhero-on-superhero violence, which will continue when Cap and Iron Man go head-to-head in Captain America: Civil War.

But believe it or not both Batman and Superman have been involved in far more brutal fights, with Bane and Doomsday respectively, which makes sense since heroes show restraint when fighting their fellow do-gooders.

Bane broke Batman's spine in the Knightfall story arc, which led to a lengthy recovery and Azrael taking over for Bruce as the Batman Family rallied behind their fallen leader.

Superman was "killed" by the mighty alien Doomsday in The Death Of Superman story arc, which kept Supes out of his spandex supersuit for three long years and led to a reboot of the beloved character.

See 10 Most Brutal Fights Between Superheroes here


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Can The Powder inside An Etch-A-Sketch Be Used To Make Thermite?

We all know the Etch-A-Sketch as a toy we got as a kid and thought was pretty cool for a few days before it ended up at the bottom of the toybox.

But I bet kids would see the Etch-A-Sketch as a whole lot cooler if they thought they could make a fiery pyrotechnic composition called Thermite out of the sketchy powder.

This rumor has been circulating around the internet for years, so “The King Of Random” Grant Thompson teamed up with Dan and Lincoln from What's Inside? to test the theory.

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Why Solitaire, Minesweeper, FreeCell And Hearts Were Added To Windows

We've been wasting time playing Solitaire, Minesweeper, Hearts and FreeCell on our Windows PCs for decades, never knowing that those simple and addictive little games were secretly included to teach us stuff.

Solitaire was installed in Windows 3.0 back in 1990 to teach mouse-fluency with its simple click, drag and drop mechanic, and Minesweeper was put in to turn users into the ultimate code breaking machines.

Just kidding, it's meant to help users develop faster and more precise mouse movements and to make them comfortable with left and right button clicking. Beginning to see a pattern here?

Hearts was meant to get users comfortable with the idea of a local network and get people interested in Windows 3.1's networking capabilities.

And finally there's FreeCell, the game that wasn't meant to teach users anything- it was installed to test a data processing subsystem called a “thunking layer” which allowed 16-bit versions of Windows 3.1 to run 32-bit applications.

FreeCell and the other games would have been left out of subsequent versions of Windows if users didn't like them so much, but every time Microsoft leaves them out they get complaints.

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Guy Takes Fake Book Covers On The Subway And Freaks Out Fellow Riders

Most people play it cool and try to pretend like they're minding their own business while riding the subway, but in truth we're all furtively watching what others are up to while we ride.

Knowing that eyes will be upon you means pretty much any prank will be easy to pull off, so subway pranksters like Scott Rogowsky always come prepared.

In this instance Scott started rode the subway armed with fake books like "Mein Kampf for kids!", "How To Hold A Fart In" and "Slut-Shaming Your Baby", just a little light reading for the afternoon commute.

Scott's hilarious book covers raised many eyebrows on the train, but people didn't want to admit to being nosy so they just smiled and shifted around uncomfortably in their seats. (Video contains NSFW content)

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The Joys Of Having A Vulcan Boyfriend

Vulcans don't know how to party down, throw caution to the wind or act impulsively, which is why they make perfect mates for lovers of logic and those overemotional souls seeking balance in their life.

But before you become bedfellows with a Vulcan you should consult this comic by Maritsa Patrinos of Seasonal Depression Comics and see if Vulcans are right for you.

Side effects include: monotonous speech patterns, drab home decor and a rigorous daily schedule. Daily massages may be habit forming.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Hair Stylist Shares Movie Set Polaroids Kept In Shoebox Since The 90s

Hair and makeup stylists who work in Hollywood are in a unique position to spend lots of time hanging out with the talent, as stars often spend hours in their trailer getting camera ready.

If these stylists are lucky they may even get to hang out with the stars off set and possibly become friends with the famous faces they do work on every day of a shoot.

Back in the 90s hair stylist Jason Rail got lucky while working on indie movies such as Nowhere, The Doom Generation and Clockwatchers, hanging out with Rose McGowan, Lisa Kudrow and Parker Posey, who he's still friends to this day.

Jason captured the 90s indie movie scene both on and off the set with his trusty Polaroid camera, and the pics have sat in a shoebox for two decades until he recently started sharing them on his Instagram.

See This Hair Stylist Kept His 90s Cult Film Polaroids In A Shoebox For Two Decades here


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Swarming Crabs Look Like An Oceanic Alien Invasion

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Swarms of pretty much anything are scary to see swarming, terrifying when the swarm is coming towards you and totally panic inducing when the swarm actually makes contact with your body.

But thanks to this amazing(ly unsettling) footage shot by Jesús Pineda of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) you can just watch the massive swarm of red crabs scuttle along the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama.

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This video documents a few significant discoveries- the red crabs had never been seen so far south (they typically hang out around Baja California), and nobody had ever documented red crabs swarming before.

It's almost like the crabs knew Jesús Pineda and his team were coming...

Read about Thousands Of Swarming Crabs Look Like A Horrifying Alien Invasion here

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This Kid's Over-The-Top Senior Pictures Are So Money

It's pretty common for high school seniors to write witty quotes and take goofy senior pictures these days, but every once in a while a senior comes up with a senior pic shoot that becomes the stuff of legend.

This year's legend in the making- Kris Costello, an 18-year-old senior at Combs High School in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Kris aspires to be a comedian so he decided to show off his comedy chops by staging an epic senior picture shoot that started with Kris arriving at graduation like a true baller- in his own private jet.

The mayhem continued as Kris was covered in confetti by his adoring public at the graduation ceremony (champagne bottle sealed 'cause he's on school grounds)

And finally ended when Kris realized he'd had enough fun in one day to last him through his first year of college.

See more from People Are Loving This Teen's Over The Top Senior Pics here


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Drone Smashes Through 5th Floor Window And Smacks Guy In The Head

We don't have hundreds of drones cluttering up our skies (yet), and thanks to careless amateur pilots who keep crashing into stuff the skies above our cities remain drone free a while longer.

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Professional race car driver David Perel had a pretty good sense of humor considering a drone crashed through his fifth floor office window and smacked in the head hard enough to make him curse.

At least he came up on a free GoPro camera!

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When Iron Man Armor Becomes A Bit Too Specialized

When Tony Stark realized he could create specialized suits of armor that would help him take down the biggest and baddest opponents in the Marvel Universe he went to town.

He made Hulkbuster suits, Hydro Armor for superheroing under the sea, stealth armor, heavy duty armor and even a suit made to help him battle alien forces in deep space.

But as you can see in this comic strip by Luke McKay Mr. Stark soon discovered there's such a thing as too specialized, and his later suits started to look a bit silly. Oh well, back to the drawing board!

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Phil Collins Recreates Original Album Covers With His 2016 Face

Phil Collins has been making music for over forty years and yet he still manages to garner new fans every time he releases a new album, even if that new fan connection is sometimes facilitated by cartoons.

But Phil's look has also been updated ever so slightly by the passage of time, so he decided to recreate all of his original album covers with images of his now face for the 2016 reissues.

It's refreshing to see a famous face who's not afraid to embrace their actual age, and Phil looks mighty good considering he's been rocking and rolling for most of his life!

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The FSA Black Hole Photographs: Censorship As Accidental Art

Censorship is scary, and too much censorship results in very normal human things becoming alien and terrifying to eyes which have been shielded from the truth for too long.

But in the case of the collection known as the FSA Black Hole Photos censorship becomes a kind of accidental art, either that or these important images from the Great Depression era are totally ruined.

Roy Stryker, the director of the Farm Security Administration's historical section, was hired to assemble a photography dream team to document the lives of laborers during the Great Depression.

The photos, taken by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks and many others, would be used to combat rural poverty by getting Congress to approve New Deal relief legislation, and Roy had control over all submitted photos.

So Roy used a hole punch on original negatives from these famous photographers to effectively censor them forever, choosing which images made the cut and which didn't with the click of the punch.

But what Roy was censoring remains unclear, as many of his decisions seem to be arbitrary at best as he punches out the sun, parts of people's faces, and things people are holding for no apparent reason.

Read more about Black Holes: Censorship's Handiwork Creates Eerie Photographs here


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Hotel Worker Horror Stories That Will Turn Your Stomach

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Working in the hospitality industry can be grueling, demeaning, and downright disgusting, but at least those who are exposed to humanity's gross side have some amazing stories to tell!

When I was a housekeeping supervisor, I got a call that sent me to the fourth floor, where I found a trail of poop leading from the elevators to the end of the hall. While a team of people were cleaning up the trail, an elderly woman walked out of the room where the poo trail ended, like everything was totally normal. The next day, the housekeeper called me crying because that lady’s bathtub was also filled to the brim with poop.

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And no hospitality industry professionals have as many gross stories to tell as hotel workers, aka those who know all the gross things people do when you tell them to make themselves at home.

I was a housekeeper, and one day I went into a room after a guest checked out. It smelled a *little* funky, but I couldn’t find the source of the stench. I went to strip the bed, pulled the sheets back, and the bed was filled with coleslaw. COLESLAW! I had no idea why, and I do NOT want to know why!

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Hotel housekeepers have to clean up after their fellow human beings on a daily basis, which can cause them to start thinking of hotel guests as savage animals:

One time, while an older man was checking out, he handed my manager an extra $50 for the “inconvenience” — but didn’t go into detail. When housekeeping went to his room, there was blood everywhere: on the floors, the bathroom mirror, even the shower! We never figured out where it all came from. It legitimately looked like he murdered someone in there. We had to call the police and have a special hazmat cleaner come in.

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The gross stories shared by members of the BuzzFeed Community who have worked in the hospitality industry will totally change the way you think of the phrase "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas".

I was working room service and got a call 15 minutes before closing. My co-worker disappeared an hour before, so I had to take the food. I went to deliver it, and a man answered in a towel — which was kind of shocking, but nothing new. I set the tray down, and the bathroom door opened. Guess who it was? My co-worker, BUTT-ASS NAKED. I set the tray down and slowly backed out. No words.

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Read 15 Horror Stories About Working IN Hotels That'll Make You Gag here (contains NSFW material)


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Ten Weird Facts The People v O.J. Simpson Left Out

The FX series The People v O.J. Simpson filled in quite a few blanks relating to the cast of characters involved in the trial, but it also left us with a bunch of unanswered question.

What's the deal with Johnnie Cochran's secret second marriage, which was only hinted at on the show?

Turns out Johnnie led two lives with two wives in the 1970s- he lived primarily with his wife Barbara and carried on a secret relationship with his secretary Patty.

He married and had children with both women, and by 1995 he was trying to put his womanizing past behind him when his ex Barbara released her tell all book Life After Johnnie Cochran.

Being a womanizer definitely isn't cool, but that Judge Ito sure seemed like a cool cat on the show. What was his deal?

Judge Lance Ito is such a cool guy he picks up cops at crime scenes (he met his wife Margaret York at a homicide crime scene at 4 a.m.) and drives around with a vanity plate that says "7 BOZOS" (a stab at the California Supreme Court).

Read 10 Bizarre Facts 'The People v OJ Simpson' Left Out here


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Why Did The Chinese Government Launch Crude Oil Into Space?

China is now a fossil fuel guzzling machine we helped create, a golem powered by petroleum who is busy searching for fossil fuels to keep their engines running while we're trying to set the petrol aside.

And now China's National Space Science Centre and the European Space Agency have joined on a quest to see what happens to crude oil on a molecular level when it's exposed to the extreme conditions of outer space.

The Sorriet Coefficient in Crude Oil study involves launching titanium cylinders full of crude oil under 500 times standard atmospheric pressure into orbit to see how it reacts to intense pressure and uneven temperatures.

This study is meant to help scientists understand how crude oil behaves underneath the Earth's crust, so they can figure out more efficient ways to harvest the massive quantity of heavy crude underground.

-Via Gizmodo


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Teens Are Going Ape Over The Banana Peel Challenge

Teens have always participated in the latest trends in order to fit in with their peers, and whether it's the latest style of clothing, music or food product, teens will always follow the trends no matter how stupid.

The latest stupid trend sweeping through the teenage world is the banana peel challenge, where kids make like cartoons and literally slip on a banana peel.

The only difference is- teens aren't made of paint and ink, so they don't bounce back from a spill like a Looney Tunes character, and any trend that results in injuries becomes the subject of parental opposition.

As these videos show the #bananapeelchallenge usually isn't all that dangerous, but some teens won't stop until they've broken something for the sake of staying trendy.

-Via Daily Dot


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Alberta Mom Demonstrates Why Religion And Rapping Don't Mix

Religious extremists make great ranters, ravers, rabble rousers and rotten human beings, but they don't make very good rappers because they have a very limited vocabulary.

At the same time their hate filled lyrics make the most hardcore gangsta rappers cringe and cry uncle, their "holy" message making them more thuggish ruggish than the rest.

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A mom and born hater named MH Weibe grabbed a mic and talked trash about the transgender student bathrooms being installed in Alberta schools and ended up becoming the poster child for intolerance.

Now this is why real hip hop heads don't tolerate sucka emcees, and a perfect example of why religion and rapping just don't mix.

-Via Boing Boing


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Why Do Our Bodies Sometimes Jerk Awake Right As We're Falling Asleep?

Have you ever found yourself drifting off to sleep only to be rudely awakened by your body jerking violently?

You may have felt like you were falling or having a particularly aggressive dream, but it was just your brain causing your body to react to the fact that it moved through the first stage of sleep too quickly.

The hypnic jerk is thought to be caused by a battle between the brain systems concerned with sleep and those that try to help you stay awake:

During this transitional state, the sleeping mechanism usually wins, but the wakeful one sometimes puts up a fight. “One of the things that happens as you fall asleep is your muscles relax, but the awake part may still be stimulating enough that it will temporarily overreact and you get this jerk of muscle activity,” he says. And for reasons that are unclear, it’s sometimes accompanied by an image.

Read more about the hypnic jerk here


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People Share Stories About Meeting Their Partner's Parents For The First Time

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Relationships are full of hard parts, and if your mind just went to something dirty then yes they're full of those hard parts too.

His mom asked us if we were "dipping winkies" (please bear in mind I'm a female) and said if he ever needed condoms for us to tell her we're "hungry for Hardee's" and she'd know what we meant and wouldn't have to explain further, and that she would either give us money for or go out and buy us condoms. I was fourteen at the time. Found out years later that she became pregnant and had an abortion at thirteen, she didn't want us to have to make that decision, so she really was just trying to be helpful. But it was a little much the very first time meeting her.

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But the hard parts of relationships are mostly those stress inducing moments that start on the first date, continue straight through to that awkward first kiss and keep coming when you're married and having children.

But well before you walk down the aisle you have to deal with one major hard part that's chock full of awkwardness- meeting your partner's parents for the first time.

My girlfriend had me over for dinner at her parent house for the first time. Steak dinner with all of the fixins'. I take my first bite, swallow, immediately start choking. I'm so scared that I'm going to make a bad impression, so I took a drink of water to try to wash it down. Didn't work, so after about fifteen seconds without a single breath my face turns red, so I start freaking out an point at my throat. So my girlfriends mom does the Heimlich maneuver and I throw up all over the floor. Her two miniature schnauzers start licking up the aftermath, girlfriend's dad puts his napkin down and leaves the room.

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Redditors aren't afraid to share intimate details of their lives, so when AskReddit threads come up concerning this topic you know the tales told will be equal parts bawdy, bloodcurdling and utterly batty:

Brought my first college boyfriend home for Thanksgiving - we were greeted by my parents in full Star Trek uniforms, dad was wearing spock ears, both giving the "live long and prosper" salute. They ordered pizza and the delivery guy asks my dad why he didn't just have the pizza beamed over.

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Read 25 Times People Met Their Significant Others' Parents And Lived To Tell The Horrifying Tale here (NSFW due to language)


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How To Tell The Difference Between Sweet And Creepy

When you're a warm-hearted person you grow up trying to be as nice to your fellow human beings as possible, but somewhere around puberty the rules change and sweet suddenly becomes creepy.

These changes to the niceness rulebook don't always involve things of a hormonal nature, but when hormones are involved it's pretty darn obvious...and totally creepy.

People who find it hard to tell sweet sentiments and actions apart from shiver inducing creepiness should take a note from illustrator Shea Strauss and learn to keep their creepy comments in their minds where they belong!

See The Difference Between Sweet And Creepy here


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Spread Warm Feelings Wherever You Go With These Funny Love Themed T-Shirts

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Love is a very unique feeling, and it can make even the most stoic and cold-hearted person turn into a gibbering maniac when they're under the effect of that powerful emotional drug.

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Spring is in the air, and that means animals of all kind are once again discovering what it means to love, some seemingly for the first time

Masters Of The Meowniverse by Hillary White

A few find the desire to find love frivolous, while most find love is pretty much all they need to be happy

All You Need Is Love by Vincent Trinidad

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A Photo Manipulation History Timeline

People started manipulating images just a few decades after Niépce gave the world photography, and soon these altered images would change the face of history.

Images, like the one above featuring Abraham Lincoln's head superimposed on the body of Southern politician John Calhoun, stretched the limits of photography and became iconic images despite being a composite.

Image manipulation was a good way for people to control the messages their photos were sending to the world, as Mussolini proved when he had the horse handler removed from a 1942 photo so he would look more heroic.

And speaking of using image manipulation to shape a person's image, this infamous TV Guide cover featuring Oprah's head stuck on Ann-Margret's body caused quite a stir because it was such an obvious fake.

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Both Oprah's and Ann-Margret's people claim this cover was created without their permission, but are we really supposed to believe "the richest woman on TV" let this one slip by under her nose?

See Photo Manipulation Through History: A Timeline here


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Ten Bizarre Solutions To Serious Problems

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Problems need solutions or they become disasters, so when problems arise the solution minded leap into action and make the tough calls necessary to nip those problems in the bud.

Worried about a skyrocketing suicide rate in your country? Problem solvers in South Korea handle it by throwing funerals for the living, letting them lie in the coffin and attend their own funeral to better appreciate life.

Female workers too stressed out in the office? Japanese problem solvers came up with a suitably Japanese solution- hire hunks to wipe away their tears and make them feel better after work.

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Both of those strange solutions seem to actually work, but thinking outside the box doesn't always lead to an innovative solution, as performance artist Mark McGowan learned the hard way.

He heard Prince Philip beat a fox to death during a hunt and decided to protest this royal act of animal cruelty by eating meatballs made from a Corgi that died of natural causes, Corgis being the Queen's favorite breed.

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The stunt was largely ignored by the public, and Prince Philip was declared innocent of animal abuse, so it seems all Mark's stunt had succeeded in proving is Corgis are not a very tasty breed.

Read about 10 Bizarre Solutions To Serious Problems here


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How Los Angeles Became Known As A City Of Palm Trees

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The palm tree has become a symbol of California and, more specifically, Los Angeles, but at the beginning of the 20th century pepper trees far outnumbered palms in L.A.

So how did this exotic tree become the symbol of LaLa Land?

It turns out L.A.'s association with palm trees wasn't an accident, it was an advertising gimmick crafted by Hollywood to make Los Angeles seem like a more exotic and fantastic place.

Combine the use of palm trees in advertising with all the old movies set in the Middle East and you've got the makings of Hollywoodland mystique.

 

As noted by Nora Mueller:

"the rise of Hollywood ushered in the city's aura of glamour and luxury. Many Hollywood films featured Middle Eastern locales, further imbuing Los Angeles with an exotic, 'dangerous' appeal. Just as the Victorians had allowed themselves to be seduced by their own constructions of Orientalism, so too did more modern Los Angeles residents fall under the embellished foreign allure of the palm tree."

Read The History Of How Los Angeles Became A City Of Palm Trees here


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Mesmerizing GIFs That Show How Things Are Made

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Curious minds love to see how things are made, and watching machines crank out massive quantities of hockey pucks, beer, threaded bolts and crayons can be a lot of fun for both our eyeballs and our brains.

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These production processes can take hours to complete, but thanks to cutting edge Graphic Interchange Format technology you can take a peek at the key parts of the process in a flash.

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These production GIFs are also perfect for winning arguments via email, improving your knowledge of modern production techniques and crushing haters during a heated chat online.

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See 12 GIFs That Will Make You Say 'So That's How They Make That' here


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English Diver Asks For Help With Twitter Cover Photo, Trolls Naturally Oblige

We must assume that anyone who asks the internet for "help” with their photo is looking to be roasted by Photoshop trolls, but is that actually what English diver Tom Daley had in mind when he posted this pic?

He claimed to be running a contest designated #COVERDALEY, but could he possibly have been so naive he thought posting such a request online wouldn't end in image manipulation mayhem?

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While #COVERDALEY drew lots of Photoshop pranksters to the party it also attracted the attention of some pretty important people, and suddenly Tom was taking a ride through the countryside with Putin.

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Tom couldn't have known the contest would make his wildest dreams come true, nor could he have foreseen about all the fun new places he would go thanks to #COVERDALEY.

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And even though he settled on a boring cover photo after all was said and done, Tom's contest got him in touch with the most important person of all- Tom Daley.

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English Diver Tom Daley Asked The Internet For Photoshop Help And It Went Predictably Wrong


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