This wonderful video by OH! MATSURi concisely captures the feel of this rare festival, which is held near Lake Suwa in Nagano every six years and has supposedly continued uninterrupted for the last 1200 years.
I could see a festival like Onbashira catching on in the Pacific Northwest, only with less praying and more drinking.
There are lots of different games based on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, games that allow players to participate in classic battles from the books, such as the Battle of Five Armies from The Hobbit.
But there's nothing like the smell of nerdiness in the air as you and your costumed compatriots battle it out in live action, and LARPers in the Czech Republic don't mess around when it comes to re-enactments.
They staged an epic Battle Of Five Armies in a forest near the town of Doksy, Czech Republic, but this wasn't your average duct tape and cardboard LARPing crowd- these guys came to fight hard in detailed costumes and full makeup.
Photographer David W. Cerny was on the scene when the most epic battle in LARP history took place, and a good time was had by the several hundred who took part in the event, although it proved to be a bit too much fun for some.
People are horrified when they discover someone has been using their computer without their permission, so they install security software that takes a picture when an incorrect password has been entered too many times.
They expect to see some random sneak or sneaky relative caught trying to use the comp without permission, but Imgur user pigeonkitty received this shocking picture via text alert instead:
Using tax records from the 1427 Census of Florence all the way through the 2011 fiscal year Barone and Mocetti discovered the richest families in Florence have had the same surnames for the last 600 years.
This system wouldn't really work in most other cities in the world, but Florencian family surnames are "usually highly regional and tend to pass on linearly", so they're most likely part of the same rich families six centuries later.
The femoral artery and vein were transected and damage to the femur and soft tissue left a sizable cavity in the leg. After a self-applied tourniquet stopped the bleeding, the patient was transferred to an FST for evaluation and treatment. After proximal and distal control of the vessel was achieved, several hours were spent by the team trying to control residual bleeding from the bone and accessory vessels. Throughout the course of the roughly 7-hour surgery, multiple attempts at using bone wax and cautery on the bleeding sites were unsuccessfull and the patient received multiple units of blood and plasma. Eventually, the FST team opted to use XSTAT and applied a single XSTAT device to the femoral cavity— resulting in nearly immediate hemostasis. The patient was stabilized and eventually transported to a definitive care facility.
As far as fictional swords go Voltron's flame-spitting Blazing Sword is definitely one of the coolest in the cartoon galaxy. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it exudes fiery energy, an attribute that makes it seemingly impossible for fans to replicate.
Enter Man At Arms: Reforged, the geeky guys who forge the fictional swords we've dreamed about wielding since we were kids.
The Man At Arms crew managed to make a propane powered replica that is fully functional and always on fire, meaning it's actually capable of defending the universe.
The Shiba Inu has proven to be one of those dog breeds the internet adores, forever becoming part of internet culture with the appearance of Doge.
But the internet's a mighty big place, and there is plenty of room for another Shiba Inu star to shine, so please give a warm welcome to Zelda.
Zelda is a 4-year-old Shiba Inu who lives with her human Olivia (code name: Horsebalm), and thanks to her creative human's Photoshop skills she's riding a rocket to superstardom.
With Zelda's head Photoshopped onto famous photos the visual appeal is endless, and if you follow Zelda on Instagram you'll receive updates on posts that will make you feel like part of the Photoshopped adventure.
Oh Zelda, there's something about seeing your cute little mug in iconic and instantly recognizable photos that makes my heart sing!
The anime series Dragon Ball aired in the U.S. for the first time over twenty years ago, and there are plenty of grown up geeks out there who see Dragon Ball as an important part of their youth.
These geeks often grow up to become artists and animators themselves, developing their own art style while remaining interested in geeky franchises like Dragon Ball they've loved all their life.
Thanks to the heroic effort put forth by Tim Tapp and Seven Star Re-Animate over 200 animators got the chance to pay homage to Dragon Ball in their own unique way as part of the DRAGON BALL REANIMATE project.
Artists who lose the use of their arms or hands often feel like their artistic careers are over, which is totally understandable considering how important hands are to an artist.
So when JC Sheitan Tenet lost his arm in an accident 22 years ago he thought he'd have to give up his dream of being a tattoo artist, but thanks to this incredible prosthetic arm he's now able to ink at will.
JC's amazing prosthetic arm was created by French artist/engineer JL Gonzal, who modified a normal prosthetic to accommodate a tattoo gun, and Gonzal has sworn to improve the design to give JC a more natural feel when he inks.
Gonzal's prosthetic arm may be in the early stages of development but it sure looks sharp!
When real world locations are used as locations in iconic movies they become equally iconic, especially to those who live in the town where movies like Fight Club, Back To The Future and Ghostbusters were filmed.
And thanks to the internet it's easy for fans to find out where these locations are located, with the map apps in their smartphones making locating the locations a snap.
A photo posted by Phil Grishayev (@phil_grishayev) on Jun 1, 2016 at 9:28am PDT
But visiting locations involves leaving the house, which cuts into your movie watching time, so if you really want to see what those iconic film locations look like nowadays you should just follow Phil Grishayev on Instagram.
A photo posted by Phil Grishayev (@phil_grishayev) on May 30, 2016 at 1:08pm PDT
Phil travels to all kinds of cool places to educate his fellow cinephiles through his photos, revealing earth-shattering facts like the jackhammer scene in Ghostbusters 2 was actually filmed in Los Angeles, or that this iconic shot from Halloween was filmed in Pasadena.
A photo posted by Phil Grishayev (@phil_grishayev) on Feb 25, 2016 at 9:03am PST
Apparently Phil's travels don't take him much farther than Pomona, even though it seems like he's in New York, Miami or Aurora, Illinois. So if you want to nerd out like Phil just schwing on over to L.A.!
Skateboarders love to find new ways to take it to the limit, and their board is so light they can carry it with them wherever they go, so if they can climb it they can skate it.
Slovenian skaters Jan Robek and Miha Miklavcic stared up at the hulking concrete World War II monument created by Macedonian sculptor Dusan Dzamonja and saw the perfect ramp- if they could make it to the top.
One short yet slightly scary climb later and they were making skateboarding history with the photos to prove it, skating free and praying they don't fall off.
Most kids like to visit the zoo so they can see all the animals they've learned about in school in the flesh, and those zoo animals don't know why tasty little morsels keep staring at them through the glass.
Sometimes the critters get curious and come in for a closer look, but when the curious critter in question is a massive lion at a Japanese zoo the curiosity looks an awful lot like stalking prey.
If the toys featured in Pixar's Toy Story were shown an old giant robot anime series called Voltron they may have considered undergoing some radical plastic body modifications so they could link up in style.
Sadly, this concept never occurred to Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang, but some clever toy designer was clearly thinking outside the toy box when they designed this Toy Story Voltron figure.
This amazing Chogokin combiner set from Tamashii Nations features transformable versions of Woody, Hamm, Rex, Slinky Dog and Woody's faithful horse Bullseye that can link up and form the ultimate robotic force for toy justice.
Man, I wish I had a Voltron figure this cool when I was a kid, I couldn't even afford a real Voltron so I had to settle for the swap meet Robo-Cat version.
Thomas Lenk was best known as the guy who played Andrew Wells in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the spinoff Angel, and more recently as the guy who played Ronald in The Cabin In The Woods.
But now Thomas will forever be associated with his new entertainment-related endeavor- recreating celebrity outfits using stuff he finds around his house.
His recreations are simply delicious, and with the visual power of the side-by-side comparison he shows us how chic one can look while wearing nothing but tin foil and a smirk.
As far as celebrity hobbies go this one's an absolute winner, and those who follow Thomas' Instagram account will find their feed full of eye-pleasing celebrity outfit recreations that are equal parts funny and fierce.
The McGhee sextuplets birth was big news back in 2010, but not because sextuplet survival rates are low or because they were Columbus, Ohio's first official sextuplets- they became internet famous for this adorable photo.
Six years later the McGhee's have come a long way, with the four boys Elijah, Rozonno Jr., Josiah and Isaac and two girls Olivia and Madison now in school and ready to remind the world how adorable they are by recreating their original viral photo.
Rozonno, Mia and their six little McGhees are set to star in a new reality show on UP called Growing Up McGhee, showing how the parents of an instantly large family run a business while raising six kids.
Is your mind blown yet? Then check out this interview with Frank Zappa where the father of the "roughest and farthest out group on the scene today, the Mothers Of Invention" talks about why he hates drugs.
With San Diego Comic-Con 2016 coming up soon it's time to brush up on our convention etiquette so we don't go into the show and tick people off any more than necessary.
Or maybe you're thinking about getting revenge for all those cosplay accessories that have poked you in the eye, all the ginormous backpacks that have punched you in the face, or the body stench that assaulted your senses.
If you're gonna go around taking pictures of everything you eat so you can post the pics to social media sites you should take a note from Melissa Hie and use those pics as an excuse to travel around the world.
Hello Kitty Donut, Tokyo
Melissa posts pics of the delicious street food she discovers during her travels on her Girl Eat World Instragram account, where you can see everything from the amazing looking Hello Kitty donut from Japan to this plain but delicious puff she purchased in Myanmar.
As you can tell the food isn't the only reason people are oohing and aahing over Melissa's pics, and her drop dead delicious images should serve as an example of how to do social media food pics the right way.
Cat owners who let their furry family members go outside know cats like to roam about and survey their section of the kingdom, patrolling the area so their humans aren't suddenly invaded by an army of mice.
But the distance they travel remains a bit of a mystery, since we usually can't see every bit of where our cats go while they're outside.
People have tried attaching cameras to their collars to see where they go, but this doesn't give us a very good idea of the total distance traveled.
So Australia's Central Tablelands Local Land Service came up with the brilliant idea to log how far a cat actually travels using a GPS tracker, so cat owners can see how much their cat actually gets around.
Cats are considered an invasive species in Australia, and yet owners claim their cats always stay close to home, so the Land Service hopes these GPS maps will open their eyes to just how much their cats get around.
And even though we don't expect more from rich kids they still somehow manage to amaze us with how rich they really are, we're talking park your luxury car so you can let your pet racoon out to go potty rich.
Colbert and Carell are both saucy fellows even when they're not hitting the sauce, but after about eight cocktails it was hard for Carell to contain his sauciness, let alone serve as the spokesman for responsible drinking. He looks like he'd be a really fun drinking buddy though!
Everybody deals with their problems in a different way, and even though we've all been warned against using a crutch to help us cope there are certain vices in life that can become part of who we are.
Stoners keep it stoney, drinkers pound shots to dull the pain, and foodies like Guy Fieri stuff their sad little goateed faces, sometimes while listening to Johnny Cash's somehow even sadder rendition of "Hurt". (Barely NSFW due to language)
For some reason the argumentative people in the world love to ask us what we think of certain things, like movies, TV shows or music, then berate us about our lack of taste when we don't agree with them.
Oh yeah, that's because they like to argue about really stupid stuff, like movies and TV shows...
Haters are gonna keep on hatin', but now thanks to this comic by Julia Lepetit from Dorkly you can flip the script when they start in on you for *gasp* actually having your own opinion about pop culture!