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These Guinea Pigs Have Magnificent Hair

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There are plenty of creatures in the animal kingdom with magnificent hair, and when people discuss magnificent manes they naturally talk about lions, horses and certain breeds of dogs.

But these lists are always missing one species with the most magnificent and luxurious hair all over their little bodies- the guinea pig.

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Their flowing manes make the critter competition look wheek by comparison, and whether the guinea pig is sporting strawberry blonde locks, a jet black Mod 'do or curly hair the color of honey their hair game is always strong.

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See 13 Guinea Pigs With The Most Amazing Hair Ever

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A Pickpocket Wrestles With His Inner Demon In "Pinched"

Saying It's easy to get pinched when you ride public transportation in the big city is a true statement no matter how you interpret the word, because there are just as many handsy creepers on the trains as there are thieves.

But in this instance we're talking about pinchers, aka the pickpockets who prey on their fellow riders by letting their sticky fingers loose on a train full of unsuspecting marks.

Those who pinch pretend they don't care about the crimes they commit or the sadness they cause the victims, but they inevitably steal from the wrong person which forces them to take a long, hard look at themselves. (NSFW language and material)

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Pinched was created by David Vandervoort and the legendary animation studio Titmouse, it's reminiscent of a Jamie Hewlett drawn Gorillaz video or the great adult animation created by Ralph Bakshi.


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Things Only Poor Teens Understand About Poverty

Growing up poor for me meant having one pair of shoes per school year, eating no frills food made from the same staple ingredients, and earning my own money to buy toys my friends got from their parents for "being good".

My family wasn't so poor we went hungry, and we could afford basic electronics and electricity so we weren't bored, but I had a few friends who were so poor their lifestyle seemed bizarre to me.

Which is why I appreciated and enjoyed reading this article revealing 5 Things Only Poor People Understand About Poverty by Cracked's John Cheese, a guy who understands there's broke and then there's BROKE.

John discusses issues only people living in poverty truly understand, like how cleanliness becomes a luxury you sometimes can't afford, haircuts are done at home and fads can make it hard to afford new clothes.

Read 5 Things Only Poor Teens Understand About Poverty here (NSFW language)


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Raccoon Attempts To Rob Woman On Paddleboard

Raccoons generally prefer to remain unseen when they're stealing food from unsuspecting humans, since many humans will kill a raccoon caught with their paws in the cookie jar.

But this stealthy style of thievery seems to be used only by city raccoons, because coastal 'coons don't give a crap about stealth or sublety.

Case in point- this video posted by Janna Breslin which shows her struggle with a brazen coastal 'coon from Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida as the critter tries to snatch her bag.

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-Via Boing Boing

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Gordon Ramsay Roasts Wanna-Be Chefs On Twitter

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Gordon Ramsay isn't a perpetually angry jerk in real life but he does play one on TV, and his tirades have made things a little too hot in the kitchen for many aspiring chefs hoping Gordon's success will rub off on them.

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Those aspiring chefs agreed to appear on a show knowing Gordon's rep and they were paid for their time, but viewers like the idea of getting roasted by Gordon so much they're willing to face the heat for free.

And Gordon, nice guy that he is, happily obliges by dishing out some steaming hot burns on Twitter.

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So if you want to catch heat from this master chef just tag him in a tweet with a pic of your food and prepare to be singed!

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See more on BuzzFeed and Smosh


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How You Describe Your Job To Different People

It's a joy to tell people what you do for a living when your job has a clear title, and those clear titles make your job sound more important than it is because they're easier for people to understand.

But less easily understood jobs require a little more explanation, and some fudging of the truth to make "blogger" and "social media manager" sound like real jobs, which they totally are in case you were wondering.

Equally real job situation that's equally hard to explain- being "between jobs":

If you have trouble describing your job to people then take some notes from the creators of these fine comics H. Caldwell Tanner and Dan Hopper and lie through your teeth whenever anyone asks what you do!

See How You Describe Your Job To Different People here


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Why Do We Forget What We're Doing The Moment We Enter A Room?

Do you ever go into another room for a specific reason only to find you've forgotten what that reason is, even if only for a moment?

This is known as the Doorway Effect, and a vast majority of people have experienced the Doorway Effect at one time or another in their lives, if not on a daily basis, and it means your mind is working just fine.

The Doorway Effect is thought to be a way for our brains to pay attention to new details and free up memory space for new information:

A 2011 study found that the Doorway Effect is the result of several of these brain programs running simultaneously. Researchers taught 55 college students to play a computer game in which they moved through a virtual building, collecting and carrying objects from room to room. Every so often as the participants traversed the space, a picture of an object popped up on the screen. If the object shown was the one they were carrying or the one they had just put down, the participants clicked “Yes.” Sometimes these pictures appeared after the participant had walked into a room; other times they appeared while the participant was still in the middle of a room. The researchers then built a real-world version of the environment and ran the experiment again, using a box to hide the objects people were carrying so they couldn’t double-check.

The results of both trials were the same: The simple act of walking through a doorway made people forget what they were doing. And it wasn’t a matter of distance, either. The researchers asked the question (“Is this what you’re carrying?”) after people had walked a certain distance within a room, and a certain distance between rooms. Within a room, their memories remained mostly intact. But crossing a threshold was like shaking a mental Etch-a-Sketch.

The researchers concluded that their subjects’ brains perceived doorways as a kind of cut-off point. The memories and movement that carried the students through one context literally hit a wall. On the other side of that wall was new context, and a fresh landscape for memory. The participants’ mental computers were combining the tasks of spatial awareness, movement, and memory. But each task requires attention, and you can’t pay attention to everything at once.

-Via Mental Floss


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Using A Single Photo To Describe Each State

I'm not a fan of sweeping generalizations and black and white mentalities, because in my experience the world and all the people in it are various shades of gray morally, ethically and philosophically speaking.

And when you factor in environmental influences, how we were brought up by our family and the information we're exposed to (and have chosen to believe) it's a wonder fifty states full of people get along at all.

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So is all the stereotyping keeping us from getting along, or are these stereotypes keeping us from tearing the Union apart because we know what to expect from each state? I don't know about all that, but I do know what helps people stay chummy in California!

Maybe there isn't much truth to these stereotypes, or maybe they're spot-on for a small percentage of each state's population who has come to represent the entire state.

But maybe, just maybe, we all want to believe New Jersey is full of Jersey Shore wanna-bes because that means magic still exists in the world.

See States That Can Be Described By A Single Photo here

-Via Obsev


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When Your Head Is In The Clouds

Everybody sees something different when they look up at the clouds in the sky, and what they see depends greatly on their imagination, the types of clouds in the sky and the viewer's state of mind.

When you're a kid the clouds are shaped like fantastic creatures or the stuff of dreams, and for some kids those dreams have to do with their grown-up future selves.

And as you can see in these Things In Squares comics we then grow up to watch our dreams come crashing down when we discover "cloud engineer" isn't a real job- and getting drunk while flying isn't always a good idea.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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A Clever Technique For Scaling A Wall Using A Bamboo Pole And Two Strong Friends

People think the only way to scale a wall is by using a ladder or a rope, or climbing claws if you're an old timey ninja, but the Vietnamese SWAT team in this video use a technique straight from ancient times.

All you need is a long bamboo pole and a pair of strong friends at the base of the pole to help prop you up and you can scale any wall as swiftly and silently as the aforementioned ninja.

This clever technique allows SWAT officers to "sneak up on a target unannounced" during hostage situations and standoffs, which is as close as these officers will ever come to being Batman.

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-Via Geekologie


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Two Polyglots Have A Casual Chat In 21 Different Languages

I've always preferred the honorific "multilingual speaker" to "polyglot" since it sounds a whole lot nicer, but according to definition if a person "learns multiple languages as an avocation" they're a polyglot.

And when a polyglot comes across another language enthusiast in the wild their conversation sounds like a trip around the world.

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In this video Dutch artist and polyglot Wouter Corduwener chats with a Macedonian hyperpolyglot named Zoran Radiceski, who speaks a staggering 35 different languages, in a conversation only a fellow polyglot could follow!

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Color Photos Of Florida's Beautiful Beaches From The 1950s

Florida is a state full of contradictions, where intense beauty meets hardcore ugliness, cultural diversity meets racist extremism, and the unchecked growth of nature meets the destructive nature of mankind.

But for many landlocked Americans Florida represents three things- alligators, massive theme parks and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

People come to Florida for the theme parks but stay for the beaches, which aren't hard to find since Florida has over 600 miles of beaches enjoyed by young and old alike.

But let's not forget about all the shows and attractions in Florida, seeing as how they're the main reason tourists flock to the peninsular state in the first place. Florida's got some amazing shows, y'all!

See 55 Color Photos Document Beautiful Life of Florida in the 1950s here


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Mind Blowing Three Dimensional Optical Illusion Tattoos

Wearing something with an optical illusion on it makes people say "whoa!" wherever you go, and may result in Stoners getting stuck staring at the optical trap you set for them.

Did this #pinkfloyd piece a little while back. He wanted the wall and dark side of the moon, so I thought adding the characters as old tattoos would be a cool way to help integrate the two. I love adding older looking tattoos to my work and would love to do more! Tattoo was done using @inkjecta @eternalink and @stencilstuff #inkjecta #eternalink #tattoodo @inkfreakz #inkfreakz #inkedmag @Inkedmag @inkjunkeyz #inkjunkeyz #featured_ink @featured_ink #tattooed_body_art @TATTOOED_BODY_ART #tattoos #TattooistArtMagazine #jesserix #jesserixtattoos #realistictattoos #superb_tattoos @stencilstuff #stencilstuff #the_inkmasters #cooltattoos #AmazingTattoos #radtattoos #hushanesthetic @hushanesthetic #supportgoodtattooers #skinartmag #evolvedmagazine #mindblowingtattoos

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So if you don't like it when people stare then you wouldn't be interested in hiring tattoo artist Jesse Rix to apply his mind blowing 3D art to your body, because people will want to stare when they see your new tattoo.

The New Hampshire-based artist has amassed a long waiting list of clients since his geometric tattoos starting making the rounds online, so if you want a Rix original applied to your skin you'll just have to get in line!

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Regular People Try Stabbing An Olympic Fencer

For some reason people watch fencing during the Olympics and think "I could do that", and folks with some degree of fighting or combat experience take it a step further and say "I bet I could get a thrust in on that Olympian".

If you know anything about fencing you know they're being ridiculous, since fencers train hard to avoid all attacks and riposte whenever possible, their lightning fast reflexes giving them an edge in battle.

But if you still think it would be easy to best an Olympic fencer in a duel then maybe this BuzzFeed Blue video will change your mind as it shows you why it's not as easy as you think to stab a fencer.

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Artist Sculpts Her Hair Into Hand Gestures

Long hair is a pain to wash, takes forever to dry, gets in your face constantly, makes your neck hot and gets tangled way too easily, so if you're going to have long hair you might as well make it worth the trouble- by playing with it.

Ivorian artist Laetitia Ky plays with her long hair by "sculpting" it into various hand gestures so she can shoot an unique set of photos that prove four hands are better than two.

Here's what Laetitia has to say about her hairy photo series:

“My hair in the shape of hands is the expression of my thought, which is so strong that it decides to materialize before I even go through with the action,” she says.

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Street Artist Turns Abandoned Building Into A Giant Skull

Abandoned buildings are the rotting corpses of the concrete jungle- they're left to rot and picked clean until just a skeleton remains, and only the dastardly, desperate and deranged see them as a positive.

And now we have to add street artists to that list, because they see abandoned buildings as both a canvas and a gallery in one, a forsaken showcase for their art.

When street artist Greg Suits, aka Suitswon, saw this abandoned building in New York's Greenpoint district he saw the corpse of another building left to rot, so he sped up the process by revealing its skull.

And then photographer Raphael Gonzalez went in and shot these eerily great post-mortem photos to commemorate the building's temporary resurrection.

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Extreme Pizza Delivery

Domino's Pizza used to be obsessed with delivering pizzas hotter and faster than any other pizza chain, and they would have won the Pizza Wars in the 80s and 90s too if it weren't for that pesky Noid.

But there's one delivery element Domino's overlooked in their fight to become the fastest- the two-story toss. Pizza pies are tossed while they're being made, so why not toss them up to the customer when they're done? (NSFW language)

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I hope that customer didn't order extra cheese...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Man Who Lives With A Magpie

You always hear stories about cat people and dog people, so why don't we hear a peep about bird people? We probably don't hear about them because they're stuck at home taking care of their clingy little feathered dinosaur and cleaning its poop out of their hair.

I kid, I kid, but anybody who has owned a parrot, macaw, etc knows how attached those birds can become to their owners, and they know that a smart bird is a bratty bird. So imagine how much trouble a magpie would cause if humans were foolish kind enough to let one of the world's smartest birds move in with them.

Wait, don't bother imagining the magpie madness, watch this episode of BBC's My Unusual Life about The Man Who Lives With A Magpie and you'll see what it's like. Basically it's for the birds! *grin* (NSFW language)

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Crafty Upcycler Revived A Beat Up Old Lamp Using Pill Bottles

People have come up with lots of clever ways to turn plastic bottles into something useful or artsy, but their creations typically just look like cut, painted and/or glued together trash and not something you'd proudly display.

But crafty upcycler Emily Seilhamer was able to turn a bunch of empty pill bottles into something anyone would be proud to have in their home- a surprisingly nice looking mid-century modern lamp.

Here's how she put it all together:

By removing the fabric of the original shade I was able to keep the top metal ring alone. By using fishing line I was able to suspend each bottle from the metal ring through a tiny drilled hole in the bottom of each. To keep the bottles from slipping I used tiny glass beads that held them in place, this also helped to hang them in a pattern

Yes, they do move when you touch them and make fun noises. Watch the video below

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-Via Bored Panda


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Coyote Peterson's Failed Attempt At A Bee Beard

Wildman and Brave Wilderness host Coyote Peterson isn't afraid to go to extremes to track down and handle whichever insect he's currently obsessed with, but sometimes his bug obsession makes him act without thinking first.

Like the time he shaved his beard off just so he could replace it with a squirming mass of European honey bees- Coyote didn't look right without his signature scruff, and he looked even less right after the bees stung the hell out of his face.

Apparently getting stung by a bunch of bees hurts worse than the sting of a bullet ant- who knew?!

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Diver Approached By Wild Seal Who Wants Belly Rub

Divers learn to steer clear of sharks and other predators who see them as a snack, and they tend to keep dolphins and other inquisitive mammals at bay for safety's sake, but their relationship with seals remains uncertain.

That's because seals have been known to attack humans in the water for no apparent reason, and their playful and curious nature can result in injuries for humans they decide to use as a plaything.

But when diver Gary Grayson was approached by a curious seal while diving in the Scilly Isles he wasn't afraid or worried about being attacked- because he was just as curious about the little critter as the critter was about him.

Next thing you know the seal did something totally unexpected- he flipped over and asked Gary to rub his belly!

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-Via Bored Panda

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Pitiable Pictures Of Child Criminals In Newcastle From 1871-73

6. James Scullion: 13. James Scullion was sentenced to 14 days hard labour at Newcastle City Gaol for stealing clothes. After this he was sent to Market Weighton Reformatory School for 3 years.

There's no criminal more pitiable than a criminal who has been arrested and imprisoned before they're old enough to vote, because when we look at thier mugshot we can see their innocence slippiing away before our eyes.

Rosanna Watson: 13. Rosanna was sentenced to 7 days hard labour after being caught stealing iron.

Before the Victorian era the law didn't care how old you were- kids went to adult prisons and there are records of kids as young as 12 being hung for their crimes.

Henry Leonard Stephenson. 12. Henry was convicted of breaking in to houses and was sentenced to 2 months in prison in 1873.

But by the mid-19th century Reformers had helped change the laws, and starting in 1854 child criminals were being sent to Reformatory Schools instead of adult prisons, although they often spent a few days in adult prison first.

Stephen Monaghan: 14. Stephen Monaghan was convicted of stealing money on 25 July 1873 and was sentenced to 10 days hard labour and 3 years in Market Weighton Reformatory.

See Victorian Child Criminals- 16 Pitiable Portrait Pictures Of Very Young Prisoners In Newcastle from 1871-73 here


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This Cute Little Gecko Loves His Lizard Toy Friend

Some animals make hostile facial expressions that look like they're smiling, and this misinterpretation of their angry or aggressive "smile" can spell trouble for humans who don't know better.

But there's no mistaking the smile on Kohaku the Gecko's sweet little face- because it's the face of pure joy brought about by his little lizard toy.

Kohaku's human Taylor Nicole Dean gave him the little plastic lizard just to see what he would do, and Kohaku was so delighted with his new buddy Taylor let him keep the toy and started snapping pics of the adorable pair.

Now Kohaku has a friend for life who won't steal his food and doesn't make a squeak- unless Kohaku squeezes him too tight!

-Via Top 13

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The Most Terrible Things Luigi Has Ever Done

Luigi is one half of a team of Super Bros who have made video game history time and time again, and yet everywhere he goes people say "Luigi who?" because Mario has stolen his time in the spotlight.

His permanent number two status has made Luigi feel like an unappreciated guest in Mario's games, and even though Luigi has starred in a few of his own games they didn't sell as well as any game with Mario in it.

So Luigi has become a violent and greedy sociopath, and he will stop at nothing to make Mario pay for overshadowing him.

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This video by Looper recounts Luigi's terrible actions and shows why he'll never be a hero like his bro Mario. Poor Luigi never stood a chance...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Iggy Pop's Ex-Girlfriend Shares Previously Unseen Pics From The 70s And 80s

We were exposed to two or three different versions of Iggy Pop when he was becoming famous in the 70s then coming to terms with his fame in the 80s- and they were all jerks.

Iggy is a hard guy with a punk rock attitude that's appropriate and well deserved, but I think the fact that he appeared on The Adventures Of Pete & Pete and The Rugrats Movie means he was hiding a soft side all along.

We rarely got to see this soft side, but his ex-girlfriend Esther Friedman got to see it plenty during her time with Iggy, and as a photographer Esther was able to capture some great moments with the secret softie.

You can tell Esther brought out the warm and funny side of the punk icon, and considering they met while Iggy was "drying out" in West Berlin she clearly kept his spirits high:

Esther Friedman was Iggy Pop's girlfriend for seven years, from roughly 1976 to 1982. They met while Iggy was living in West Berlin with David Bowie, where the two Rock stars were hoping to dry out after a period of heavy drug use. Iggy and Bowie lived at Hauptstrasse 155 in Schöneberg. At that time, Friedman was a prolific photographer, and she took many revealing photographs of Iggy Pop in various locales.

See more Rare And Amazing Photographs of Iggy Pop Taken By His Girlfriend Esther Friedman from 1976-1982 here


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All Back Issues Of OMNI Magazine Now Available Via Amazon

OMNI was a "science and science fiction" magazine consistently ahead of its time, and it featured great stories from Harlan Ellison, William S Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, George R. R. Martin and the mighty William Gibson, just to name a few.

And don't get me started on the amazing artwork found inside every issue, like this rare Dune art that reveals Frank Herbert's original vision:

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OMNI was recently available to download for free via archive.org but has since moved to Amazon, where high-resolution issues are sold individually and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Check out all back issues at the OMNI Archive here, and if you have Kindle Unlimited enjoy your trip into sci-fi history! If not let's hope it surfaces for free again soon.

-Via Boing Boing


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70 People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Film

You know how movies often include a disclaimer in the credits that says "no animals were harmed in the making of this film"?

Well, one film in particular deserves an award for "most people harmed during the making of a film", because by the time the movie was finished a whopping 70 people had been injured or outright mauled during production.

ROAR [Theatrical trailer] In theaters this April! from DRAFTHOUSE FILMS on Vimeo.

"ROAR" stars Tippi Hedren, a young Melanie Griffith and a cast of savage lions, tigers and cheetahs who couldn't help but chew on the cast and crew every chance they got.

In fact, director of photography Jan de Bont is lucky to be alive after he was nearly scalped by a lion, leaving him in need of 120 stitches- which made him the perfect model for the movie poster.

But the maulings didn't stop there, and nobody was safe from the wild cast of critters:

Noel Marshall was bitten many times, often on camera, and hospitalized with gangrene; Hedren suffered a fractured leg wound during a scene with Timbo the elephant. The actress later found black gangrene in that leg as well— discovered while visiting Jerry in the hospital for his leg injury, no less. The list goes on. A horrific injury that Melanie Griffith suffered is even witnessed on-camera, during a scene in which she lay in a lion’s grasp (facial reconstructive surgery proved necessary).

Incidents like these have placed the film in an uneasy category of recognition: some cast and crew speak openly about the struggles on the film, while others, including Griffith, want nothing more to do with it. During filming, it was suggested that, due to Noel’s involvement, the production had been struck by the fabled “Curse of The Exorcist”—the inexplicable downfall of anyone linked to that production.

Read 70 People Were Harmed In The Making Of This Film at Creators


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Obnoxious Stereotypes That Need To Die

You probably know what happens when you assume, but in case you don't know simply divide "assume" into a beginning and end word with a letter U in the middle, starting with another word for butt.

Now that we've established it's dumb to assume things about people let's discuss dumb stereotypes that just won't die, which often have to do with appearance.

Do you still assume "ethnic people" greet each other with elaborate handshakes and never need sunscreen because their skin is "already tan"? That's what happens when you ass-u-me.

Here's one John Farrier will appreciate- do you assume all librarians are little bespectacled old ladies? Better not let John hear you saying that, or you might get lost in the racks...

And here's one I can relate to- smoking a pipe does not make you a hipster, and I was pipin' like me grandpappy before it became part of the hipster trend, so let me pipe in peace!

See 30 Obnoxious Stereotypes That Just Won't Die here


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The Science Behind Captain America's Electromagnetic Shield

There are many unbelievable things about Captain America's character, but if you can believe there's a metal called Vibranium and a Super Soldier Serum then the electromagnetic action on his shield should be no big deal.

And as you can see in this 60 Seconds Of Science video Captain America's shield and electromagnetic bracer make up one of the most realistic weapon systems in the Marvel Universe.

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Ontario Science Centre educator Russell Zeid and engineer James "The Hacksmith" Hobson discuss the real science behind Captain America's electromagnetic shield, and demonstrate how it would look in real life. Only two words to describe it- freakin' cool!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Batman Vs Drunk Superman

Superman has been drunk on power, high on drugs made specifically for Kryptonians and delirious after a spell was cast on his mind, but his alien metabolism makes it virtually impossible for him to get drunk on Earth booze.

But if he's able to get his hands on some Kryptonian Moonjuice or Martian Ripple he transforms into Drunk Superman- with the power to pee on (and piss off) the Batman faster than a speeding bullet.

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Australian visual effects artist Darren Wallace created this silly parody video that shows why we Earthlings need to make sure Supes stays sober- because humans are fragile!

-Via comicbook


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