This "animated data-driven documentary about war and peace" by Neil Halloran may seem like a morbid concept, but after watching the video you'll see that the "numbers" presented actually fill you with hope.
In a perfect world we got the toys we wanted for our birthdays and holidays like Christmas when we were young, but since there's no such thing as a perfect world we often got really crappy toys instead.
These toys were close enough to the toys we actually wanted that our friends and family members felt they made fine presents, but the look of disappointment on our faces as we opened them said it all.
Every kid grew up with a friend whose nose was perpetually running, or else they themselves were the snotty associate, but for those rare few who never had the pleasure there's Drippy the Runny Nose Kid.
Drippy came in both boy and girl models, with the only real difference being the dress and the hair, and Drippy showed that both sexes are equally disgusting when they're young.
To call American Man anything but a flat farce posing as an action figure would be a lie, because he's really just a glorified paper doll.
And yet somehow American Man was supposed to spark a child's imagination, because with his press-on clothing and accessories he can be an athlete, sportsman and trooper while standing very still at all times.
Something tells me American Man never outsold good old G.I. Joe!
Villains are wicked no matter what the size, and even though they're compacted into a much cuter, and easier to deal with, size they still manage to spread fear and hatred wherever they go! So when you go looking for a whole new fairy tale world without a maleficent fairy or wicked sea witch remember- those places don't even exist in the animated world, so give up your dreams of shiny happy goodness and get with the bad guys if you wanna have some fun!
This Kokeshis Villains t-shirt by Pendientera proves bad things sometimes come in small packages, slip it on and watch your fellow big D Villain fans sneer with delight!
Experts said that coin-op arcades would someday die out, replaced by home gaming consoles, and they were right. The arcades started closing and the video game cabinets were either put out to pasture to rot in the elements or they were destroyed, but they didn't stay dead for long. Their hunger for quarters proved to be more than Death herself could overcome, and soon the arcade machines were taking the game to the gamers, hungry for all their spare change....
Warn the world about the impending coin-op-ocalypse with this Zombie Arcade t-shirt by Monochromefrog, it's sure to make your fellow arcade fans miss the good old days of gaming.
There's nothing more majestic than two horses in love, except perhaps the sight of two unicorns in love but they don't count because they're imaginary. Okay, so two horses, equine love, free rein and no saddle, isn't it awesome to see true love blossom in the animal kingdom? Of course, if you're a horse trainer the sight of two horses in love may not look very majestic, because it means you'll have to start the training all over again, and that's if your horse doesn't run off with its new mate! So to recap- horse love looks awesome, and is considered awesome by all but horse trainers...and unicorns, because they're jealous of their real life cousins.
Spread some warmth and affection straight from the equine world with this Horses In Love t-shirt by SGMStudios, it's so romantic!
Stealing packages is one of the stupidest crimes you can commit, because you have no idea if the item you're stealing is valuable. And yet every year dumb criminals risk spending the Christmas season in jail for an blind but easy score.
Those who consider doing the crime had better consider that before they are made to do the time by local law enforcement they may also be subject to public humiliation at the hands of a large, shirtless man. (Video contains NSFW language)
This video was shot in Spokane, Washington, but there are shirtless men serving as neighborhood watch Block Captains all across the country, all of whom started out as a guy who had a shirt they ordered stolen off their doorstep.
Oh Christmas stress, oh Christmas stress, why do our families argue? Why do they make the holidays feel like a time full of malaise? Oh Christmas stress, oh Christmas stress, you're worse than most Mondays.
If you're done with the family stress fest and you're looking to relax with some illustrated fun then you should lock yourself in a room with your laptop or tablet and take a gander at this collection of Christmas themed web comics.
It's chock full of irreverent Christmas themed fun that will fill you with joy when the other folks in your life are busy filling your mental stockings with coal.
Return of the Jedi was a huge deal back in 1983, and lucky kids like myself who got to see that seminal sci-fi flick in theaters when it came out were swept up in a wave of merchandising and awesome promotional advertising.
It was all pretty much meant for kids, except for one 1983 advertising campaign masquerading as a Rolling Stone article, featuring Carrie Fisher sporting the almost too sexy Princess Leia slave bikini.
The pics are definitely meant to appeal to adults (and give pubescent boys some strong feelings), and the sexiness of the shoot shows George Lucas wasn't just marketing the original Star Wars trilogy to kids.
Many people think of their pets as a part of the family, but some go a step further and see their pets as the babies they (thankfully) never had, treating them like humans in the most ridiculous ways possible.
They dress them up, take them to restaurants and order them meals, treating their dogs and cats better than they treat most humans.
But ironically named Kelly and Zach Furr from Versailles, Kentucky are taking the pet love a step Furr-ther this Christmas by setting a "kids" table for their dog and his puppy pals.
These dogs are living far more comfortably than many people I know!
The holiday season is hardest on the poor retail workers who make our consumer spendfests possible with their blood, sweat and tears.
These wage warriors stand on the frontlines of capitalism, defending their stores from invading customer armies while trying to keep their tyrannical managenerals happy.
So when you hit the stores to do some last minute holiday shopping make sure you wave the white flag and show those overstressed and underpaid retail workers that you come in peace! (Comic by AC Stuart)
A lot of people think the dinosaurs were killed off by an asteroid that landed on Earth and caused all kinds of problems on the planet's surface. While this may be true it's only half the story, because that asteroid was piloted by a dinosaur. Turns out dinosaurs had technology that allowed them to head into space and set up shop on another planet, and those who stayed behind on Earth were considered the enemy. These are all scientific facts that you don't need to look up or anything because they're all true, and the design on this tee proves it!
Change the way people see the past with this ASTEROID AND DINOSAUR t-shirt by Alexander Medvedev, it's one cute yet controversial design!
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Organizations like Make-A-Wish do everything they can to grant the last requests of those not long for this world, and we often hear about these granted wishes after the terminally ill person passes away.
But delivering an exact moment when their (often lifelong) wish is granted is what these groups are all about, and while Netherlands-based Ambulance Wish Foundation is a new org they're already making big dreams come true.
These poignant yet heartwarming photographs demonstrate that those who have lived a full life tend to wish for simpler things, like a trip to a museum or a visit from a friendly giraffe, seemingly at peace with what's to come.
Many farms are covered in snow this time of year, and fifth generation family owned Prunty farms has more snow than most because it's located in South Dakota, so what's a farmer to do during the off season?
Make snow art with their tractors, that's what, and farmer Dan Prunty is quite the artist when he's behind the wheel of his John Deere 6400 tractor.
Behold the strange beauty of a man spelling "Merry Christmas" in the snow with a tractor.
It took Dan two acres of land covered in snow ten inches thick to properly spell out a Christmas greeting by tractor, and it took his son's drone camera to film the whole scene from the proper angle. They make a great team!
Inmates celebrating Christmas at the Raymond Street Jail, Brooklyn New York, 1932
Christmas falls on December 25th whether you're free to celebrate the day or incarcerated for committing a crime, and even those facing life behind bars dredge up a bit of holiday cheer at the end of the year.
An inmate at the Orange County Jail playing Santa with a mop and paper hat, 1940s
Most prisons don't allow inmates to decorate their cells these days, but in the first half of the 20th century prisoners were allowed to put up decorations and celebrate the holidays just like everyone else.
Prisoners at the District Jail in Washington, D.C., 1909
These vintage photographs present a view of prison life that seems almost too serene to be true, but let's not forget what the less festive parts of jail, like the "drunk tank", looked like on Christmas morn circa way back when:
Christmas morning in the “drunk tank” in Downtown Los Angeles, 1952
Those who like old school stuff are said to be retro lovers, fans of simpler times when cartoons were cooler, television shows still had heart, and graphic design was totally groovy. Back in the day shaggy guys who lounged around the house were kept as pets instead of being dismissed as slackers, the hairier the better. What happened to those simple days and simple ways that made us smile? It doesn't matter, because no matter the year retro lovers always live like it's 1969!
Celebrate your dedication to the good old days with this Retro Lover t-shirt by Juliana Motzko, it's one adorably bold design...and I ain't lion!
Fresh from the fray and feeling like the king of the universe, Thanos felt like he could do anything he wanted with the rest of his immortal life...so he decided to start an insulated container company. The idea sounded really marvel-ous in his head, but once again he proved why people across the galaxy call him the Mad Titan. Thanos took every bit of gold he'd plundered to turn multiple planets into a massive network of factories, and soon the first batch of insulated beverage containers rolled off the production line. Sales were slow to start, but soon the word had spread about how hot and cool his containers kept beverages, and Tony Stark even took notice of the company and started buying stock. But Thanos knew nothing of business, and didn't realize that Stark becoming majority stockholder meant his business would fail and a new war would begin...
Keep your geeky wardrobe fresh with this Thanos Thermos t-shirt by Sterling Arts & Design, it's the bold way to stay warm and look cool at the same time!
If you're wondering what cutting edge stop motion animation looks like you should watch the films made by LAIKA, but if you want to see how each film is made you'll have to watch all of the DVD bonus features.
However, in honor of their 10th anniversary LAIKA has put together this amazing, behind-the-scenes reel that peels back the curtain to give us a glimpse of how stop motion magic is made.
Here's what LAIKA's President and CEO Travis Knight had to say about the studio's future:
“We are committed to telling stories that are thematically challenging, aesthetically beautiful, emotionally resonant, and a wee bit subversive. By combining stop-motion animation with cutting-edge creative approaches, we’ve embraced the fusion of art and craft and technology, honoring tradition while looking toward the future. But we’re never satisfied. There’s an inherent restlessness at LAIKA. We always want to challenge ourselves.”
I'm not sure whether these strange videos posted on Facebook by Showry are foodporn or postmodern feminist comedy made with a South Korean sense of humor in mind, but they definitely whet my appetite for internet oddities!
Scientifically speaking the answer is no, and according to research done by Katherine Houpt, a professor of veterinary behavior at Cornell University, cats knock over our stuff to get our attention.
They also like to swat stuff off tables because of their predatory instinct to strike with their paws, so the swatting could actually be seen as a kind of training exercise for hunting. And Pretty soon they'll be hunting for a new place to live if they keep knocking stuff over!
Memphis is home to many things its citizens are proud of- the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'N' Roll, delicious food, sweet Southern hospitality and Graceland. But there's one thing that doesn't quite sit right with the good folks who call Memphis home- their basketball team is called the Grizzlies. The name made sense when the team was in Vancouver, but the only grizzly bears roaming around Memphis are really hairy drunk guys with their shirts off. Isn't it time for Memphis' pro basketball team to change their name to something more suitable for their city, something that everyone can easily recognize as a part of Memphis culture?
Show the world you're voting to rename the team with this Memphis Kings t-shirt by Bobby Bernethy, it's a rockin' good tee whether you're a Grizzlies fan or not!
It's dangerous to go out alone and uncovered, especially when it's storming outside and the winds of battle are in the air, so take it from Link and keep your torso properly covered. There's nothing like a fine and festive tunic to keep your chest from catching cold, and when that Hyrule winter comes around you can throw on a long sleeve fleece tunic and keep the chill out where it belongs. They say the first step to becoming a hero is training and practice, but I say the first step is acquiring the proper wardrobe!
You'll look like a legend in this Zelda Ugly Sweater t-shirt by Dandingeroz, featuring a fun design that's truly worthy of your video gaming greatness!
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