Some people don't like to see behind the scenes shots from their favorite movies and TV shows because they feel like it ruins their viewing experience, leaving them unable to watch without picking apart each scene.
But for the rest of us the opportunity to see a scene before and after the special effects were added simply makes us appreciate the skilled artists working on the show even more.
And when you realize how much hard work and planning goes in to creating these effects it makes you appreciate the fact that digital artistry makes it possible for a badass raccoon to help guard the galaxy.
Photoshop is a powerful tool, and learning to use the software can make you feel mighty powerful when you start doing stuff like seamlessly swapping heads or cutting and pasting people in and out of pics with impunity.
Because of this feeling of power many Photoshoppers wind up using their skills for evil, trolling and sometimes even ruining lives by manipulating images for the Dark Side.
The beauty of YouTube is you don't have to have a huge budget, or even a budget at all, you just need some footage to edit (or re-edit) and the occasional voice over track to put viewers in the right head space.
Wearing new clothes for a while before washing them seems like a good way to keep that new clothes feel for longer, but after reading about all the yucky stuff found on some new clothes we may want to wash before wearing.
There are two major culprits when it comes to allergens in new clothing: dye and formaldehyde resin. Most synthetic textiles are colored with azo-aniline dyes, which can cause a severe skin reaction akin to poison ivy in the small population of people allergic to them. For others, reactions to dyes are less extreme, and may result in slightly inflamed, dry, itchy patches of skin...
“I have seen cases of lice that were possibly transmitted from trying on in the store, and there are certain infectious diseases that can be passed on through clothing. The other infestation I’ve seen from clothing is scabies.”
*shivers* I suddenly feel the urge to wash every piece of clothing in my closet...
Many actors, artists and musicians talk about their own death in a flippant way, thinking it makes them seem deep, nihilistic or otherwise above giving a damn about the Grim Reaper's approach.
But acclaimed actor Oliver Reed wasn't being flip when he made a surprisingly accurate prediction about his own death during his episode of Without Walls- The Obituary Show back in 1993, he was merely telling his own future:
I died in a bar of a heart attack full of laughter. We were having a cabbage competition. I was very confident that for once I was going to win this vegetable competition. And somebody made a bet with me that was so lewd that I took it on and he shook my hand. And I laughed so much I was sick and died.
Oliver died in a bar in Valletta, Malta in 1999 while filming Gladiator, literally drinking himself to death in an Irish bar after being challenged to a drinking contest.
So while there wasn't any cabbage there was a competition, and laughter often accompanies drunkenness so that part was probably true too.
Omid Djalili, Reed's co-star on Gladiator, said Oliver "hadn't had a drink for months before filming started", so did Oliver make his fatal prediction come true, or was his fate so unavoidable that he saw it in the stars?
Boudoir photography has been dominated by female models for far too long, and as George Costanza and Kramer showed us on Seinfeld 'dudeoir' photography can be just as scintillating and alluring as standard boudoir shoots.
That's not to say the male body is as pleasant to look at as the female form, but sometimes allure and sex appeal are more a matter of how you work what you've got for the camera.
I’ve given this place 4 stars. It’s the all day breakfast that lets it down really. Apart from that the staff are pleasant enough. Had my own on-suite room and butler… Who would come with tea and newspapers. Room was nice, the minimalistic idea was a nice touch. It was secure and safe… Quadruple glazing and security door. Ideal place for winding down after a hard day. I’d definitely come back
Maybe these reviews would actually curb crime in some places, because reviews left by prisoners would scare off future prisoners by spelling out just how bad prison accommodations can be. It's certainly worth a try!
As seen on TV products have gone from novelty trash companies charged way too much for, such as the Flowbee or the Bed MadeEZ, to affordable items that (arguably) improve our lives, like Flex Seal or Pajama Jeans.
But even though the stuff sold on TV is far more legitimate these days there are still lots of products being made that don't belong anywhere but the trash can.
Père Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, which is surprising considering all the life-affirming stuff you can do in the City of Love.
But tourists don't just flock to Père Lachaise to visit Jim Morrison's tomb or touch the statue atop Victor Noir's grave in an inappropriate way- they go to see the beautiful statuary and celebrate life among a million dead.
Photographer Mathieu Stern created the breathtaking timelapse video "Lifelapse" to tell "the story of life and death and what comes after told by the beautiful statues of the oldest cemetery of the french Capital."
The Wedge era of automotive design began when car designers in the mid-20th century started creating futuristic and sporty designs that drew inspiration from science fiction and pop culture.
According to Davey G. Johnson of Car and Driver the transition from the rounded and bulging curves of sports cars past to the sharp edged and totally spacy look of the future began in 1968 with the Alfa Romeo Carabo.
Concept designs ranged from the hard edged "wedge" to the "one-box" design, which offered more interior space, but no matter which configuration they used Wedge era designers all created cars that looked totally futuristic.
Whether you agree the Wedge look is still the cutting edge of cool or you see it as an outdated look remember this- without the Wedge era the DeLorean DMC-12 never would have been made, and the Back To The Future trilogy wouldn't have been the same without that far out time machine...
You see a lot of different people doing lots of different things when you search for that bespectacled master of concealment in Where's Waldo? books, but the books are for kids so you don't expect to see nudity.
But back in 1992 a detail oriented mother from Nashua, New Hampshire named Eileen Godfrey noticed to her horror that the Where's Waldo? puzzle she'd bought for her daughter Jessica contained the dreaded female nipple:
Turns out the tiny nude was in Martin Hanford's classic book from the very beginning, and may have gone unnoticed because nude sunbathing is legal on UK beaches, so British publishers likely didn't see the tiny nipple as a problem. Guess we showed them!
Reality shows like Survivor and Big Brother have been downright nasty to their cast of wanna-be actors, but the cruelty found on these shows cannot even compare to that of Nothing But The Truth, Space Cadets and The Swan.
On Nothing But The Truth contestants were questioned while hooked up to a lie detector, then asked to truthfully answer painfully awkward questions like "have you ever fantasized about your girlfriend's best friend?".
So what's the rub? The contestant's family, friends, and partners are sitting there watching the whole thing.
Space Cadets wasn't cruel because it made contestants squirm in their seats, it just ruined the young casts' lives by convincing them they were chosen to become some of the first members of the public to fly into space.
They were convinced they'd been flown to Russia and then launched into space, apparently unaware that there's zero gravity in space.
Convenience store clerks have to deal with a lot more crap than most other clerks, and they often get paid less than retail store clerks, so they are forgiven for sometimes coming across a bit surly.
You'd be ticked off too if you had young punks coming into your store to shoplift or, even worse, pull a gun on you and threaten your life for the cash in the register.
Some clerks crack under the pressure and quit, others adopt a badass attitude so potential stick up kids will think twice, but the small lady in this video proved she's a big ol' badass with her actions.
Kinkajous are rarely seen outside the Central and South American rainforests they call home, so any animal lover who spots one outside of these regions should consider themselves lucky.
But what should you consider yourself when you wake up in your bed in Miami, Florida with a cute little kinkajou sleeping on your chest?
Chances are the 99-year-old lady from Miami who woke up to a cuddly kinkajou encounter didn't feel very lucky, she was too busy freaking out after realizing that animal curled up on her chest wasn't a cat.
The scared little critter ran off to the attic, but her son-in-law was able to lure him out with some treats and take him to a vet, where it was discovered that he was an escaped pet. I would have had a really hard time giving him up, he's so darn cute!
It starts by asking "Do you feel like you're in control of your life right now?" and six questions later you've got a snapshot of your "true self". Here's mine:
Adventurous, But Indecisive You’re overwhelmed by lots of interesting and exciting options, and you feel pressured to experience everything before it’s too late. As a result, you have trouble sticking with anything — or anyone — for too long.
The internet is like a farm in a few key ways- 1. it takes many people working together to keep it going strong, 2- stories are always popping up and growing online and 3. there's a whole lot of BS spread around among the sprouting stories.
We need these fake stories to keep the fantasy alive, because without stories made of pure bullcrap a car accident is just a car accident and not a fated meeting with a fashion photographer ready to make your star rise.
Since the overall dress code has become far more casual in the 21st century younger generations will grow up unaware of all the fun people used to have with their hair.
There will probably be a few hairdo revivals as future fashion trends are informed by styles of the past, but many cool hairstyles will most likely never come back because they're too much work to maintain.
Styles like the Beehive, Pompadour, Bouffant, Ducktail and Victory Roll were more than just classic 'dos- they were a sign of the times and set the stylish apart from the squares.
There were even a few revolutionary hairstyles worn by women out to change the world- the Gibson Girl look that loosened up those (up)tight Victorian hairstyles, and the Pouf worn by Marie Antoinette that screamed "excess is best" as hair was piled high above the head.
Exploding killer lakes may sound like the subject of a Stephen King novel but they're actually out there, waiting to strike with a CO2 cloud that suffocates every living creature in its path by sucking the oxygen out of the air.
In 1986 Lake Nyos near the border of Nigeria unleashed a deadly CO2 cloud upon the people who lived in the valley below, killing over 1700 villagers and at least 3000 head of cattle.
But how do these killer lakes create a cloud of pure CO2?:
A hydrovolcanic eruption 400 years earlier created a crater in the lake, where massive amounts of carbon dioxide built up over the centuries. Volcanic rumblings continued miles below the surface, with gas seeping into the groundwater to create “CO2-charged soda springs” that bled into the lake, says Dr. George Kling, a biologist at the University of Michigan.
The problem with CO2 is that it builds up, “like in a soda bottle,” Kling says. No one can see the pressure building as long as the cap — in this case, the weight of the water — stays put and forces the gas to dissolve or be submerged. But when that cap is removed, it explodes like a warm, shaken Coke, with bubbles rising to the surface and a giant burst of CO2 escaping into the atmosphere.
Here's a handy illustrated guide that shows what happened inside Lake Nyos:
Trump calls Marco Rubio "Little Marco" in a debate and the internet responds by photoshopping a picture of Rubio sitting in a giant chair, revealing what he'd look like as a tiny man trying to survive in a big, scary world.
A photo posted by Phi Phi O'Hara (@phiphiohara) on Feb 8, 2016 at 8:24am PST
Drag cosplay is a relatively new and niche part of the performance art hobby, not to be confused with gender swap cosplay (crossplay) since those costumes rarely involve all the over-the-top style elements that are an inherent part of drag.
A photo posted by Phi Phi O'Hara (@phiphiohara) on Feb 7, 2016 at 7:25am PST
Phi Phi pulled out all the stops to make every 90s NickToon look as authentic as possible, which is utterly amazing in most cases yet truly terrifying when the character being brought to life is Lil DeVille from Rugrats. *shivers*
Now Variant Comics has put together a video detailing "The Alternate Versions Of Wonder Woman", in honor of the Amazonian warrior princess' appearance in the upcoming movie Batman V Superman. (skip to around 1:45 for the variants)
These studio photos created by Aaron Tilley have proven to be quite polarizing when people view them, generally dividing viewers into two groups- those who anticipate and those who get anxious.
The anticipators can't wait to see what happens when the swinging rock strikes a match head thereby setting hundreds of matches ablaze, and they really look forward to watching these bricks smash that glass:
The anxious group, however, can't wait to look away from Aaron's utterly nerve-wracking images and take a Xanax.
Thankfully, you don't have to tell anyone which group you're in, because everyone around you will have a good idea whether you're anxious or not after you finish skimming through this post!
Google Earth has proven to be a valuable tool in many different ways, but there's one interesting way the program was never meant to be used that is proving quite useful today- catching people in the act of committing a crime.