People have launched culinary careers based on their knowledge of which wine pairs well with a particular cheese, because people love cheese and wine and anybody who doesn’t care for either simply cannot be trusted.
But there’s one combo that has yet to make it to the mainstream, a combo that the cutting edge culinarians have only recently started to explore- cheese and tea.
Pairing a particular type of tea with the proper cheese is supposed to unlock a third flavor, and you won't have to worry about having a hangover the next day!
Here’s the theory behind this new idea in culinary pairing:
The flavor profiles of both beverages run a similar thread—think tannins, age, astringency, and sweetness. For example, a cheese that pairs with a wine high in tannins, would also match a tea high in tannins. Same applies for astringent wine and teas. Salty cheeses go with sweet wines the same way they work with a sweeter tea like Dong Ding or Dong Pian (a late winter harvest of oolong that is especially sweet). People often link tea and coffee, but tea is, in fact, more closely related to wine with regard to tasting profiles.
But even the most diehard fan can learn plenty of stuff about their favorite cryptozoic conspiracy themed cartoon show in a mental_floss article entitled 14 Fun Facts About Gravity Falls.
Want to discover the origin story of main characters Mabel (based on creator Alex Hirsch’s twin sister) and the grumbly Grunkle Stan (based on Alex’s grandpa Stan)? Don't be afraid to learn the truth, read on and discover what lurks behind the scenes of Gravity Falls!
Communicating with your fellow humans can be hard work, and people who refuse to express the problems they’re having with you in any form other than a passive aggressive note are downright difficult to handle.
But would the world be a better place without the passive aggressive and their notes?
We’d be robbed of the comedic potential found in these notes, we’d punch each other’s lights out every other day, and those who have trouble vocalizing their problems would probably go postal without an outlet for their angst.
Luckily, the passive aggressive have found a way to share their unique voice with the world, as their hilarious notes are able to reach a much wider audience via the interwebs. Now both sides of the issue can freely share and discuss their feelings without fear of repercussion!
The Empire's assault on the galaxy never seems to stop, and as long as there's some Sith Lord trying to be the star of the show the war will go on. Luckily, all out intergalactic war is what draws warm bodies to the movie theaters, and we're getting geared up for the epic return of our favorite far out space opera. Some fans may even get new tattoos to commemorate the new episode, like the tattoos clone troopers get to commemorate their fallen comrades. Imperial forces are expressly forbidden from adorning their bodies with tattoo ink, but when you're one of the bad guys rules are made to be broken!
No need to tattoo your body to show love for that war in the stars, bring home this The Empire Rises t-shirt by Jml2art and save some space on your skin!
Everyone is waiting for the triumphant return of their favorite sci-fi franchise on the big screen, but fans might be disappointed if they see samurai swords instead of light sabers. We all know George based a lot of his far out star lore on elements found in Feudal era Japan, so maybe he should explore a different kind of war when he's done making all those sequels. Maybe we need a story about a war that took place a long, long time ago...
Bring some Feudal era fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Samurai Wars t-shirt by Kinda Creative, it's the fun way to show love for samurai flicks and the return of your favorite sci-fi franchise!
The streets of Hell's Kitchen have been running red for decades, but those who call the neighborhood home are tired of standing by and watching the man they call Kingpin turn their hood into a warzone. They're banding together, defending their home with iron fist and power foot, willing to lay their lives on the line to keep the Kitchen safe from supervillainy. Will these daredevil heroes have the might and muscle needed to bring down Fisk's evil plans, or will the weight of monetary might crush these costume clad citizens before they can change the course?
Bring some marvelous comic book action to your geeky wardrobe with this Enter The Defenders t-shirt by BadEye, it's a bold way to show your love of NYC's grittiest heroes!
Most pocket monsters get used to battling in arenas and being cooped up in a ball as their masters travel between towns, but not Grumpikachu. That grumpy little lightning cat just can't seem to get used to the pocket monster lifestyle, and being locked in a ball is simply a no-go for the Grump. But that lightning cat does know a thing or two about battling, and a Grump's weapons of choice are the electric hairball and the almighty NO.
Spread frowns around town with this GrumPikachu t-shirt by Mdk7, it's the grumpiest way to declare your love of classic anime and celebrity cats!
Humans didn't reach the top of the food chain by accident, so when their position as apex predator was threatened by an extraterrestrial force the hunted banded together and become the hunters. The first official Predator Hunting Club chapter opened in 1987 after Dutch returned from Val Verde with troubling news about an imminent alien invasion and the battle damage to prove it. Since then contractors, mercs and veterans of all sorts have been gathering, gatling guns in hand, to take down those dreadlocked alien a-holes in hopes of mounting the ultimate trophy on their wall...
Show the world you mean business with this Predator Hunting Club t-shirt by Nemons, it's the fun way to show love for your favorite fictional hobby- hunting aliens!
The Cheshire Cat was used to dealing with lunacy, and people who are mad as a hatter, but when the fine folks on the Wonderland wide web started arguing over the color of his fur he just about lost his head! Any creature with an eyeball or three can see that cat is clearly sporting purple colored fur with pink stripes, or is it pink with purple stripes? Ask a fan of the classic feature and they'll say he's glorious shades of psychedelic purple and pink, but when the Burtonites saw him as gray and blue a Wonderland web war began that even Alice couldn't comprehend!
Start some absurd arguments with this What Color Is This Cat? t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, it's the clever way to dress for internet success!
Street art is no longer considered merely a public eyesore, and artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey have legitimized street art by making it profitable.
However, there are still plenty of street art masterminds out there who are more concerned with making the urban environment more colorful than making millions of dollars.
Peregrine Church is one of these humble proponents of urban art fun, and his innovative technique leaves the city sidewalks looking squeaky clean- until it rains.
Church uses hydrophilic chemicals (activated by water) to create his whimsical pieces, and these chemicals last "anywhere from four months to a year", so his Rainworks won't stain the sidewalk forever.
Hollywood movie magic seems way more magical when you don't know all the behind-the-scenes secrets, but with all the DVD extras and leaked footage floating around that magic is starting to lose its sparkle.
And yet, even with all that access to behind the scenes information, nobody can make movie magic fizzle quite like an extra.
They’re the unknown faces who fill in the scene so the main talent doesn’t get lonely, the aspiring actors and average joes who see all kinds of stuff on film sets we don't get to see on the DVD.
The didgeridoo is a unique and hard to play wind instrument that emits an entrancing drone sound when a skilled didgeridooer (unofficial term) is behind the tube.
This totally tubular instrument was created (approximately) 1,500 years ago by Indigenous Australians, but the instrument's popularity inexplicably rose during the 1990s. That spike in popularity resulted in the didgeridoo becoming modernized in terms of what the drone pipe is made out of and how it's played.
Andrea Furlan is a modern didgeridoo master who knows how to make some really cool sounds with that painted tube of his.
The sound of his "Butterfly Landscape" is so cool, in fact, that it attracts a herd of cows, who find his unorthodox didgeridooing technique too fascinating to ignore. Looks like Andrea will be serving up steaks at the next didgeridoo jamboree!
When you see that crazy gal in the skin tight cat suit coming your way you'd better run, run, run, run run, run run away. She may look like the cat's meow but beneath the suit lies nothing but trouble, although some heroes simply go batty over her psycho nature! But if you can't stand getting scratched, whipped or bit you'd better tuck your tail between your legs and steer clear of that mad woman in the midnight black suit!
Add this Psycho Cat t-shirt by Butcher Billy to your geeky wardrobe and you'll drive your fellow Batfans wild!
To discover what makes a superhero tick you have to go beneath the flashy costumed surface and cut straight to the bone. That's where you'll find the shape of the man, or mutant, you're trying to better understand, and that's where you'll discover how different a superhero's anatomy is from that of an ordinary human. To become a man of X, to transform into an Avenger or evolve into a webhead, now that takes a special kind of being, one who is born to wear the costume...
Give your geeky wardrobe a facelift with this Super Anatomy t-shirt by Ed Harrington, it's a visual lesson in what makes heroes so darn super!
People are always saying their planet is the coolest, but the Ice Cream Planet has quantifiable proof that it's the coolest! However, the beings that live on that frozen confection planet aren't happy with their homeworld, and they have to bathe three times a day just to keep from sticking to the furniture! They long for a planet covered in dirt, a world where the sky doesn't rain sprinkles and hot fudge down upon them, but those tyrants who live in the cherry on top ignore the pleas of the people...
Add some sweet sci-fi flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Ice Cream Planet t-shirt by BadOdds, it'll make your life a bit more delicious!
Johnny had an uneasy feeling as he walked home from the midnight monster movie double feature, and who could blame him? It was so dark it seemed like there were no stars in the sky, and everybody had long since gone home and retired to bed, leaving the streets devoid of human life. Johnny had decided to take a shortcut through an alley so he could get home faster, but as soon as he hit the even darker alleyway he knew he'd made a mistake. At first it felt like someone was watching him, their eyes boring into his back and making the hair on the back of his neck stand up, and then he heard the wet sound of something sinister shambling out from behind a dumpster...
Scare up some smiles with this Too Many Eyes t-shirt by JARHUMOR, it's the perfect attire whether you're enjoying a night out on the town or simply enjoying your favorite monster movie at home.
For those knights who have spent their lives traveling across the world map gaining experience points and battling an endless stream of respawning foes adventure simply isn't enough- they need shovelry! Using a shovel as your primary weapon adds a degree of danger to each level, and when you're hopelessly outnumbered and all out of extra lives you can dig your own grave! Only the bravest knights take on the Order of No Quarter, and only the most foolhardy fighters go into battle armed with a shovel!
Add some side scrolling, shovel swinging style to your geeky wardrobe with this Adventure, Treasure, & Shovelry t-shirt by Spdy4, can you dig it?!
There are some internet creations that only speak to a portion of the populace, some memes that only certain people will "get", and then there's the almighty Facepalm Picard. The Picard facepalm goes well beyond the Trek, and lets a legendary sci-fi star speak your mind for you. It can be applied to many situations in life, and when you're wearing a shirt imbued with the power of Picard's facepalm you become the living embodiment of exasperation!
Spread some sci-fi smiles with this Facepalm Picard t-shirt by Olechka, it's an internet meme themed work of art!
When you're busy helping your dark masters battle rebel forces and conquer planets your work week goes by in a flash, but when you're stuck on patrol inside a giant AT walker time seems to stand still. Troopers who get stuck with patrol duty instantly start missing the war, and they tend to go a bit stir crazy inside those giant metal star camels. They stop working for the weekend and start celebrating hump day, and if their name happens to be Mike they get asked what day it is until they want to blaster bolt their own brains out!
Spread some midweek geek madness with this Guess What Day It Is t-shirt by DC Visual Arts, it's a great way to get geared up for the return of your favorite sci-fi franchise!
Even an inventor as prolific as Tony Stark will someday grow tired of looking at his own designs, and then he'll go searching for new stylistic influences to help inspire his new wave of designs. The Model 16 armor is already pretty intimidating, but add a few stylistic upgrades and crank up the violence chip and you've got the Jason Voorhees inspired Model Friday 13th suit, the most killer looking suit in the Stark collection!
Eliminate the forces of boring fashion by adding this IRON SLASHER t-shirt by Edgarascensao to your geeky wardrobe, it's the perfect shirt to wear while taking a trip to Crystal Lake or watching Earth's mightiest heroes make their triumphant return to the big screen.
Her brother had been missing for decades, and even though she tried to keep a smile on her face to comfort the recently deceased it was hard to stay happy when she was missing her brother so much. Her taste in music was always a bit dark compared to the norm, but a sad Death demands a sound that matches her mood- the melancholy sounds of Joy Division.
Add some comic book cool to your geeky wardrobe with this Death: Post Punk Fan (Joy Division) t-shirt by Anderson Green Devil, it'll put you and every Sandman fan you come across in a good mood!
The Rider had grown tired of his motorcycle, and he was looking for a new set of wheels that would look badass and make the ground rumble as he approached. He tried out a trike, but it didn't make enough noise, and then he spotted a hot rod bristling with exhaust pipes. The rod had the wicked rumble and the demonic speed, so with the wind in his bony face and the pipes belching hellfire flames Ghost set out to tear up the strip..
Supe up your geeky wardrobe with this Hell On Wheels (Version 2) t-shirt by The Art Of Randyl Bishop, it's the perfect attire for a night spent out at the races or at home watching your favorite movie.
Whenever a trailer for an upcoming movie is released online, especially if it's part of a geeky franchise, the Internet's populace posts a response.
Sometimes it's a tweet or two sharing thoughts about the trailer, sometimes it's a response video which will inexplicably get thousands of views, but whatever the method of delivery the responses are typically chock full of funny.
The online community has gone gaga over the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and as you'd expect those who surf the interwebs have had plenty of hilarious responses to the trailer, with plenty more to come.
For thousands of years people have been mowing their overgrown fields and reclaiming the land with a little help from their trusty scythe. The scythe made reaping, mowing and cropping plants a breeze, and it was so stupidly simple to use that anybody capable of swinging a scythe could help out with the yardwork.
Along came the string trimmer, also known as the brushcutter, weedwhacker or weed eater, which failed to fully surpass the scythe in terms of functionality and gave us a new set of problems we didn't have with the scythe.
This footage from the 2010 South West Annual Scythe Festival proves three things- weedwhackers suck at whackin' weeds, a British Scythe Champion earns his title the hard way, and we should go back to using scythes because they look way cooler and they're way more efficient!
Kevin Spacey is constantly reinventing himself as an actor, tackling new roles with a zeal that proves he's in it for more than just the money- he has a need to succeed that stems from his dark family history.
According to Spacey's older brother Randall Fowler (who also happens to be a Rod Stewart impersonator) he and Kevin grew up under constant threat of assault from their American Nazi father Thomas Geoffrey Fowler.
Thomas allegedly physically and sexually abused Randall but left Kevin alone, and the emotional damage caused Kevin to cut off all ties with his father and take his mother's maiden name of Spacey.
Relations between the U.S. and Cuba seem to be getting back on track after more than fifty years of distrust and bitterness between the two nations, but not so long ago America had big plans for Cuba.
These plans generally involved intimidating, harassing and undermining the Cuban government into submission by using psychological warfare to turn Cubans against Castro.
The American government came up with all kinds of odd ideas, like doctoring photos to make Castro look like a fat glutton, terrorizing the country with sonic booms and multicolored rain, and dropping one way tickets to Mexico so Cuba's citizens could flee en masse.
Luckily global relations won out, and the American government decided not to carry out most of these poor spirited plans so they wouldn't come off looking like the bad guy.
Just because you’re out fighting for what you believe in doesn’t mean you can’t have a bit of fun with the whole thing, and there’s no better way to bring the funny to a protest than by making a funny sign.
22 Words has put together a massive collection of 54 funny protest signs sure to entertain even the staunchest supporter of super dry political humor. It's a multi-page article, which makes sense considering how many images are included, but believe me the laughs are worth all the clicking!
The future worlds brought to life by our favorite sci-fi franchises are generally either bright and technologically advanced or dark and apocalyptic, and yet somehow Futurama manages to be both.
There are bright elements, like the overabundance of owls on the streets of New New York, and futuristic elements, like signs written in seemingly alien languages and drunken robots like Bender. The dark and apocalyptic? Poplers, Slurm and sewer mutants, just to name a few.
Simply watching Futurama won't help you discover all the secrets hidden in every episode, you have to do some digging and go behind the scenes of the show to discover all the mysteries hidden in plain sight.
Or you can watch this informative video created by Top10Memes and discover a thing or ten about the fantastic world of Futurama in about eight minutes!