Rescue a wild animal once and you're an animal lovin' hero, but when you have to rescue the same wild animal over and over again it's time to wonder whether natural selection is trying to take its course.
Because there must be something wrong with a wild critter who keeps landing in a heap of trouble only a human can rescue them from, right?
Well, maybe the raccoon Dmitry Tkachenko keeps rescuing, the one he calls Sneaky Pete, is like one of those hapless characters you see in the cartoons- a well-meaning goofball who can't seem to take ten steps without falling flat on their face.
Even though I'm a big fan of the Muppets and everything Jim Henson ever created that saccharin cute little guy Elmo has always bothered me, and his "Elmo think glass is always full!" version of optimism makes me gag.
So for me it's delightful to see bad things happen to Elmo toys, and ever since those annoying Tickle Me Elmo dolls came out many people have come to feel the same way about Elmo as I do.
And the folks behind Will It Last? were happy to show their dislike by destroying a plush Elmo in a horrific way- by dumping sulfuric acid on him so they can have the last laugh while Elmo's whole body melts into a pile of goo.
It can be hard for women to find an OB-GYN they feel comfortable with and even harder to find a doctor who makes you feel like they're just as concerned about the safety of your baby as you are.
But the truth is there aren't many obstetricians out there like Dr. Amanda Hess- because she's so dedicated to her profession she took a break from delivering her own baby to help deliver someone else's child.
Dr. Hess was in labor at her hospidal in Frankfort, Kentucky when she heard a woman screaim down the hall.
The woman was fully dilated and ready to deliver, but the on-call doctor was on break and wouldn't make it back in time, so
“I just put on a gown to cover my backside and put on some boots over my shoes, to keep from getting any fluid and all that stuff on me, and went down to her room," Hess told WKYT.
As it turned out, Dr. Hess knew the woman about to give birth, Leah Halliday Johnson. Dr. Hess, in fact, had even given Johnson her last checkup a few days earlier.
Dr. Hess, despite being in labor herself, immediately went to work. This was a relief to Johnson, who "was just glad to be able to get to push and have the baby out and not have to wait any longer," Hess told WKYT.
After delivering Leah's baby Dr. Hess went back in and gave birth to her own bundle of joy, and it seems little Ellen Joyce didn't mind waiting one bit.
For generations fantasy nerds have dreamed of the moment when they are able to pull Excalibur out of the stone and become a mythic hero like King Arthur, but it ain't every day that you come across a magic sword in a stone.
However, Adam Savage was able to make a pretty sharp looking replica of Excalibur from the movie Excalibur out of aluminum as part of his One Day Builds series for Tested, and he found making a replica is nearly as hard as forging a real sword!
All Adam has to do now is stick that sword into a prop stone in his front yard so he can start each day by pulling the sword from the stone and holding it aloft, exclaiming "I have the power!" Oh wait, that was He-Man...
We dwell inside homes surrounded by all of our stuff, and whether it's visible or stashed away all the stuff we own is always around us, just hanging out waiting for us to put it to good use.
This stuff says a lot about us, revealing our interests, habits, economic class and more, so if people we don't know could see us with our stuff they could learn a lot about us in an instant.
Japanese-born, Paris-based photographer Mami Kiyoshi has spent the last 15 years shooting portraits of people with their stuff, the scenes in her "New Reading Portraits" series set up to resemble ancient woodcut prints or religious art:
“I am interested in history”, says Kiyoshi, “and how it is always told by someone. Sometimes it’s a myth, sometimes an anecdote”.
“I try to make my models look like Buddhas, primitive gods or heroes”, says Kiyoshi.
Despite the pro-arachnid message in stories like Charlotte's Web and Legend of the Christmas Spider people still prefer to kill spiders on sight rather than trying to co-exist with their eight legged guest.
And while it's understandable to feel that way after hearing stories about people being bit by spiders people oughta know that some spiders don't want to bite us- because bros never bite bros.
Age difference shouldn't, and often doesn't, make much of a difference in a relationship, and aside from generational differences such as how we were raised and our interests we're all more alike than we care to admit.
But the older you get the harder it is to date younger people without feeling like you're with someone who just got their learner's permit while you're about to qualify for an AARP discount.
These cute and totally relatable comic strips by Cassandra Calin reveal the truth about dating someone younger- age is nothing but a number when your partner makes life feel fun again!
During the 1950s rockabilly artists were coming out of the woodwork to record singles, hoping the disc jockeys would play their 45s on the radio and make them famous like that good ol' boy Elvis.
Fame would never come for most of them, but rockabilly pioneer Barbara Morgan, aka Sparkle Moore, had the chance to become the "female Elvis" back in 1957 and gave it all up just when things were starting to get good:
Moore's career lasted less than two years—just long enough for her to tour with pill-popping rockabilly wildman Gene Vincent; hobnob with celebs like Sammy Davis Jr., who compared her to James Dean; and get booked at the Grand Ole Opry, a gig she had to cancel due to laryngitis. The bio on Sparkle’s official website also claims that she “takes credit for being the first hippie to hit California several years later with a guitar strapped on the side of a Harley,” but since she’s done virtually no press, it’s unknown what adventures she got into in Hollywood.
Even though Sparkle only ever recorded four songs she was a trailblazer for female rockers because she refused to give up her individual sense of style to conform to gender norms:
She certainly dressed the part. At a time when female singers only wore dresses, Sparkle sported men’s slacks and suit jackets. She was butch on the bottom and bombshell up top, with a platinum blonde pompadour that made her look like Sparkle Plenty, the Dick Tracy character for whom she was named. In a rare 1986 interview with the magazine Kicks, Sparkle remembered how she used to freak people out with her masculine stage wear.
“People would see me when I went to play somewhere, and they’d say, ‘Can’t you wear something more sexy, like a gown?’” Moore said. “And I never would. I always wore a playing suit, and I’d say, ‘This is as sexy as I get.’”
You don't have to be a die-hard cat lover to adopt a shelter cat and give them a new home, but you have to be a mega-fan of felines to put in the time and effort necessary to befriend a feral cat.
This is especially true if you're an avid bird watcher like Backyard Birder and the feral cat you're befriending has been killing the fine feathered friends in your area:
A beautiful feral cat starts hunting backyard wildlife – a dilemma for animal lovers! I decide to watch, film and try to get to know this wild creature and see if a win-win solution is possible.
Stopping a feral cat's killing spree by befriending it is truly compassionate, and as you can see in this video by Backyard Birder he is a very compassionate man, and his efforts helped save the lives of cat and birds and squirrels alike.
It's doubtful whether anyone has ever referred to Prince's movie Purple Rain as "cinematic magic", especially considering Prince was way more enjoyable to watch in concert than in that schlocky 80s flick.
But Nigerian director Christopher Kirkley and cinematographer Jeremy Fino clearly saw merit in the story of a guitar wielding rebel who rides a purple motorcycle and dresses like a bit of a fop- because they remade Purple Rain for a West African audience.
Their version is called "Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai", translation- "Rain the color of blue with a little red in it", which is why they released it as simply "Akounak".
And even though it's inspired by Purple Rain this first ever Tuareg language fictional film has a main character who makes Prince's "The Kid" look like a spoiled brat:
Like the lone, nameless gunslinger in a Sergio Leone western, the central character in Kirkley’s film, musician Mdou Moctar, travels through the desert with a guitar instead of a rifle or Colt 45. And instead of a horse, he rides a motorcycle… a purple one. The gunslinger analogy is apt because guitar players in Agadez and surrounding areas battle among themselves to gain status as the fastest gun in the west, with six strings replacing six bullets.
The combination of Moctar’s live performances, the otherworldly beauty of the Sahara, Jeremy Fino’s luminous cinematography and Kirkley’s intimate and supple style of direction make Anounak one of those rare fictional films about music that has the pulse of real life and the resonance of great art.
The Harajuku shopping district in Tokyo gained international notoriety after it became the hip place for fashion forward Japanese youths to hang out, the most famous group being the so-called "Harajuku Girls".
But what most people don't realize is these "Harajuku Girls" are from different subculture groups with totally different styles and attitudes, from the romantic and fancy Lolitas to the rough and tumble Bosozoku biker gangs.
And one of the most adorable Harajuku styles is called Decora, characterized by wearing as many cute accessories as possible to in order to decorate your hair and your wardrobe.
We don't think twice about the strange things we can do in the virtual worlds of video games that we absolutely can't do in real life without being shunned, arrested or straight up killed.
For instance- in most games you can walk around with a weapon in your hand and the in-game characters don't spare you a second glance, but in real life you have to leave your running knife at home or risk jail time.
And speaking of running- don't you think it's odd that video game characters run around at full speed the entire game?
Using the word "underwater" to describe your theme park can mean many different things, but at Croatia's Underwater Park the word is used literally- because the park's "attractions" are all under the sea.
At the Underwater Park you slap on a diving helmet and slip under the water, checking out all the sea life, sunken ships and ancient artifacts on the ocean floor with skilled divers as your guide.
You can even ride a bike underwater there for some reason, and once that silly idea wears thin you can visit with the all the undersea life hanging around the place.
Most "zombie" viruses that affect insects are pretty horrific, and they almost always result in the death of the host insect, but it seems the oak eggar caterpillars afflicted with the baculovirus have it worst of all.
That's because the baculovirus changes the caterpillar's instinct to stay out of the sun, making them climb towards the sun until their exoskeleton disintegrates and they explode, spraying their virus-filled guts all over the forest.
Mosslands manager from the Wildlife Trust in Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside Dr. Chris Miller has been looking in to the exploding 'pillar problem:
'It's like a zombie horror film. I was carrying out a large heath butterfly survey on Winmarleigh Moss and noticed a caterpillar hanging from the end of a branch of a small bush. Later on I saw another one hanging from a tall blade of grass - both were dead but otherwise intact.
Birds will often eat the zombified corpses as they hang from the tops of plants and spread the virus via their faeces. 'It's pretty gruesome when you think about it,' Dr Miller said.
'I've never seen it in eight years working with the Wildlife Trust, and my colleague hasn't in 25 years, so it's an unusual thing to witness,' Dr Miller told MailOnline.
But you're welcome to check out the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge whenever you're in Switzerland, and by all means let me know how it felt to walk on a bridge hanging 278 feet above the Grabengufer ravine.
Supposedly there's quite a nice view of the Matterhorn from the bridge, and it's part of a hiking route between the towns Zermatt and Grachen, so it's a convenient way to walk among the Alps.
If you're a bit shaky about heights like me there's no need to worry- the Europa Bridge was totally rebuilt before being reopened on July 29th, 2017 and is therefore safer than ever before! I'm still not going anywhere near it, but thanks for asking...
99.9% of cosplayers are missing one key component to their character portrayal- theme music. Jack Spade learned how important it is to have your own theme music in I'm Gonna GIt You Sucka, but most cosplayers have yet to learn how much a theme song would enhance their awesome costumes.
So to help them realize the power of theme music Lily Ki (aka LilyPichu) followed cosplayers around at Indy PopCon 2017 while playing their theme song on her melodica, singlehandedly starting the musical cosplay revolution.
We all knew advancements in robotics would lead to people using this cutting edge technology to make really crappy 'bots, but I didn't expect the bar to be set so high (low?) so early.
And it's doubtful anyone will ever bother making a robot crappier than Dorodorobo, the shuffling pile of poo that spews diarrhea out of the top of its head and looks like a germophobe's worst nightmare.
Raves haven't been underground in America for well over two decades, and the commercialization and coopting of rave culture has turned those little warehouse parties into full blown stadium festival fare.
But early raves were part protest, part dance party and usually illegal in some way, and this civil unrest techno disco vibe brought hope to people who were dealing with conflicts threatening to break them down.
Which is why underground raves are back in a big way in Ukraine, as seen in this i-D video:
The 2014 revolution brought Kiev nightlife to a complete standstill. As protests turned into riots, and government security forces opened fire on protestors, the country fell into crisis. But out of the ashes of revolution has risen a new generation. Slava Lepsheev, who’d lost his job because of the financial crisis triggered by the war, had had enough, and started Cxema, a raw, hard and hypnotic techno rave that he took to whatever semi-legal venue he could set a soundsystem up in. So together with Slava, and the city’s brightest young lights, we followed young Kiev as they prepared for a night at Cxema, from building the venue to watching the sunrise break.
Everybody knows bears have insatiable appetites, and they put in hours of work every day just to keep their bellies full, but did you know they'll resort to breaking and entering just to score a free meal?
That's why people in bear country keep their doors locked tight and stay on alert for furry home invaders, like the hungry guy in these photos who smelled brownies cooking and tried to invite himself in.
The Connecticut woman who was accosted by this uninvited ursine guest says he was a persistent little bastard, trying every which way to get in and get at those delicious brownies:
“He actually left the kitchen area and went to the second set of doors off the deck,” Belfiore told WFSB. “And tried those and then went to the third set of doors into the living room and attempted to get into those.”
Most phrases we use all the time didn't start out with any sort of bad intention behind them, because they were coined for the sake of safety and self expression not to piss people off.
But, like every other well intentioned thing in this world, some jerks just had to take phrases like "does it have gluten in it?" or "think of the children!" and ruin them for everyone else.
People once asked about gluten because they have celiac disease, and eating gluten filled foods like wheat, barley or rye can make them really sick, but then the diet fad began and made "gluten" a jerk word.
Likewise "won't somebody please think of the children?" began as a well-meaning phrase designed to get people to think about what kids are exposed to, so strippers and sailors would tone it down around the kiddos.
But now it's a PC battle cry yelled by those who seek to "protect children" by whitewashing the world, making the world a safer place by censoring the crap out of everything.
Putting the milk back in the fridge when we're done is a practice our parents beat into our heads from birth, and by the time we're grown up and buying our own milk we never forget to put it back.
So when we as full grown adults actually manage to leave the milk out without remembering that we even used the milk, much less left it out, the glaring error makes us feel like we're losing our minds.
But, as this Channelate comic by Ryan Hudson shows, that carton of milk may have left itself out- with a little help from mischievous house ghosts. Sounds legit to me!
Back to school time means a new year or semester or quarter or whatever full of new stuff to learn and a whole new schedule, which means it's a great time to add some new stylish tees to your old wardrobe.
So now through August 7th the NeatoShop is having a Back To School sale where you can get FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all tees in the NeatoShop, so you can get the tees you love for less!
Felix Colgrave is an Australian animator who creates some truly tripped out 'toons that reach right through your eyeballs and tickle your brain, and if you're a connoisseur of strange cartoons you'll love the feeling.
So if you had a taste of Felix's visual drug and you're already hooked check out the music video he made for Fever The Ghost's song SOURCE, and this goofy short about a demon salesman called Tainted Goods. (NSFW language)
Cocaine flowed more freely than champagne at nightclubs in the 70s, and even though the war on drugs fought hard against that "devil weed" marijuana they turned a blind eye to cocaine because it's considered a "rich man's drug".
But I'll take the company of a stoner over a cokehead any time, because potheads are mellow and chill and cokeheads are hyperactive chatterboxes who act like total douchebags.
So what is it about a cocaine high that transforms people into a-holes? To find out VICE spoke with David Belin from Cambridge University's Department of Pharmacology, who explained:
"Drugs target three psychological mechanisms in your brain," he said. With cocaine, you're effectively buzzing off the chemical dopamine flooding your brain every time you take a bump. "Dopamine is not pleasure itself, but a mechanism in the brain that allows for learning," David explained.
"It targets your brain so that dopamine is released all the time that you take it, and it feels great," says David. "You start building a very strong motivation for the drugs."
"Cocaine influences your pre-frontal cortex [the part of your brain that regulates behaviours and, essentially, your ability to make sound judgements]. It actually messes up your executive functions, your inhibitory control and your decision making. So now you've got this very strong motivation [from the dopamine] and, because of the effects of the drug, you end up with an inability to inhibit your impulses and make good decisions."
"Third: drugs facilitate habits, so at this point your impulses are full of motivation for the drug, and they reach your habit system and you just do it without thinking about it, necessarily," said David, referring to how moreish cocaine can be. "Also, with cocaine, there's no real physical withdrawal, but there's a strong psychological withdrawal. You feel anxious, you feel bad, so that adds to the motivation to continue taking the drug."
Breaking into a Russian military base is a bad idea no matter who you are or what you're after, but urban explorer group Exploring The Unbeaten Path felt it was worth the risk to see some Soviet-era Buran programme space shuttles.
And although the group had a few scares their efforts actually paid off, and they were able to spend some time checking out the shuttles despite a threat of being discovered:
Located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome spaceport in Kazakhstan, the hanger that the group would have to infiltrate is abandoned but the base is still active.
The world’s first and largest space launch facility, Baikonur is leased by the Russian government and all crewed Russian missions still launch from there. Commercial and military missions are also staged at the spaceport, and soldiers patrol the area.
When a Māori girl comes of age she participates in a transformative ceremony that leaves her with a sacred chin tattoo called a moko kauae, which is seen as "a physical manifestation of their true reality".
They're also seen as a sign of status and pride among the tribe, and a living testament to a Māori woman's grit, but until recently this ancient tradition had all but disappeared:
But from 1840, with the influx of English settlers, Māori were pushed from their lands and assimilation began. Colonial laws were passed banning what are known as tohunga, or Māori experts, and children were caned for speaking Māori at school. By the 1970s, the moko had all but died out. Only a few female elders carried it, and elsewhere facial tattoos had negative connotations; adopted by disaffected urban Māori, they became associated with gangs and crime.
Things started to change in the 1980s, with a push to revive Māori language and culture, and in recent years there has been a revival in the ancient practice among both elders and young Māori women.
Māori woman c. 1890. Photo courtesy of Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries
Recently Nanaia Mahuta became the first member of parliament in the world to wear the moko kauae, making history and inspiring other Māori women to remember their cultural traditions and sport their moko proudly:
"There were a number of milestones in my life, and it felt right to mark them in a way that is a positive statement about my identity," Nanaia (below) tells Broadly. "Who I am, where I come from, and the contribution I want to continue to make. When I got it done, I felt incredibly calm. I felt like it had always been there."
Nanaia's moko marked the anniversary of her father's death, and the designs incorporate the traditional carving patterns of her tribe, Ngāti Maniapoto. But she also received the moko to inspire her three-year-old daughter. "As a young Māori woman I want my daughter to know that everything is at her fingertips; she just needs to reach forward and grab it."
Most city slickers see cows as those critters you moo at while you're driving down the highway in cattle country, but anybody with farm experience knows a thing or two about cows.
And one thing you find out real fast- some cows act just like giant dogs, wanting to play, get pets and go on long walks. Some cows even have fur that looks similar to a dog's coat, like the ridiculously photogenic Scottish Highland cow above.
They'll even curl up with you (or should I say around you) when they're feeling tuckered out, which seems like a pretty normal thing for a dog to do but strange for a cow. And speaking of strange- this herd seems to be sweet on that cute canine, and he's loving every minute of it!
Alcoholic cartoon characters have been gathering at Roger's Place since way back when, and thanks to his alien DNA Roger has been able to watch batch after batch of cartoon characters come and go...mostly to their grave. But whether they're cavemen, spacemen or madmen they all have one thing in common- they love to drink up Roger's special brew by the gallon! Too bad he still doesn't have the heart to tell them they've been drinking his extraterrestrial "excretions" after all these years...
Wear this Roger's Place t-shirt by Theduc whenever you wanna go where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came...you know the rest...