People who love posing hypothetical questions are constantly asking us what we would do if this, that or the other situation arose, and usually we reply "I dunno" just to get them to shut up.
But if asken "what would you do if you found out your dog was actually a man who'd been cursed to be a dog?" most people would do exactly what the guy in this strip from Mr. Lovenstein comics did and leave well enough alone! Because dogs are better at keeping secrets...
It's important to learn a foreign language if you plan on traveling outside the U.S., and there are many cities in North America where knowing French, Spanish or Chinese will help you feel at home.
It's equally important to learn another language or three if you want to catch all the non-English jokes hidden in your favorite movies.
Then you would know Christian Slater's character J.D. was lying when he said he had "Ich Luge" (I'm lying) bullets in Heathers, and you would have noticed Bruce Wayne is driving a Lamborghini Murciélago in The Dark Knight, which is Spanish for "bat". (NSFW due to language)
Gifting a houseboat to a homeless youth seems like a truly noble gesture, as well as the making of an epic Huckleberry Finn inspired aquatic adventure, but the whole thing could go horribly wrong too.
When the amazing looking houseboat pictured above, featuring solar panels, an electric motor and a note saying it was donated to a homeless youth, recently washed up on a beach in Ireland people started to wonder what had gone wrong.
Where was the generous owner of this houseboat Rick Small, and why had his expensive gift been left to its own devices afloat on the Atlantic?
Stay-at-home dads are often seen as unmasculine and stigmatized by those stuck on outdated gender roles, but people need to get over their hang-ups and give these dads the credit they deserve.
There's nothing wrong with a father wanting to stay at home while their wife or partner brings home the bacon, and once you peruse the photos of Johan Bävman you'll see how hard they work for the sake of their family.
Some of Johan's portraits are staged, others capture intimate moments from the point of view of a fellow family member, but they're all effective in conveying an emotional message about the importance of togetherness.
Plus the kids seem to have just as much fun with dad as they would with mom, and they clearly don't see the difference, so maybe it's time people traded in their 1950s mentality for a modern mindset?
Cat lovers are proud to call their feline companions "friends", and they think those little furballs are purrfect looking no matter the breed, shape or level of cleanliness. Even a round sausage link of a cat will get lots of love from the cat fanciers of the world, although if you see a cat that's so fat he can hardly stand on his little legs you may want to suggest his humans put him on a diet before he topples over!
Bring home this Purrfect t-shirt by Pierpazzo89 and be proud of who you are, because you'll be the hippest cat in town!
Janitors are an often unseen squad of workers who clean for the good of an office, school or home when the owners or faculty are away, leaving the place looking like new and ready to get messed up again.
But some janitors aren't content with merely cleaning a building- they want to leave their mark on the place, as a way to sign their work and receive a bit of recognition.
And then there's Ron Munsey, a night janitor at the Woodbury School in New Hampshire who isn't working for recognition- he just wants to make the kids smile with the fun designs he vacuums into the carpet.
The Monty Python crew are the undisputed masters of witty comedy, and comedy fans who can't live on slapstick or stand up alone find sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus to be a feast for the senses.
Our eyeballs get to watch all sorts of silly stuff take place on the screen, like silly walks and cross-dressing mounties, but our ears are the real winners because they got to hear all the classic lines that made comedy history.
Back before video games, television and home stereos people in the Victorian era entertained their guests by playing parlor games, which turned conversation into a friendly competition.
Games like Fictionary, The Minister's Cat and Elephant's Foot Umbrella Stand were created to keep people chatting and socializing with lighthearted wordplay.
Fictionary involved one person picking out an obscure word in the dictionary then everyone else writes what they think the word means on a piece of paper. The definitions are read aloud and the players vote on which one is true- players receive points for guessing correctly or faking voters out, and if no one guesses right the dictionary holder gets a point.
The Minister's Cat is much simpler- players go around the circle choosing a new adjective to describe the minister's cat, such as "the minister's cat is a stupid cat" or "the minister's cat is a smelly cat", until someone fails to come up with a new word.
Elephant's Foot Umbrella Stand should probably be renamed something like IKEA Coffee Table, but otherwise it's every bit as fun to play today:
The leader starts the game by saying “I went to the store and bought…” followed by an object. Whatever object the leader names has to fit a secret rule they’ve decided to follow throughout the game. For example, if the rule is that every object must end with the letter “E,” the leader might say “I went to the store and bought an orange.” Players then taking turns guessing the rule by naming objects they think apply. If a player says “I went to the store and bought a boat” the leader would say something like “They’re all out of boats.” But if they said they bought a kite instead, the leader would approve their purchase without sharing why. The game becomes more fun the longer you play, assuming you’re not the last player to catch on.
The life of a grownup involves a lot of math, and many numerically minded adults even like to turn aspects of human life such as a healthy diet or total fitness into quantifiable equations.
But for the rest of us all we need to know is how much coffee we need to add to our sleep deprived bodies to make us awake and alert, or how much productivity we need to squeeze into an 8 hour shift to make it a good work day.
Get started learning the math of man- and womanhood with this comic strip by Corinne Mucha, and every part of your day will start adding up to awesome!
It must be nice for DP to have limbs to spare since he can just grow one back as needed, but it seems like that would make you miss your original body after a while. Still, it must come in mighty handy whenever you have to make a fast getaway, and since Wade's mouth often gets him in to those kind of run for your life scenarios I guess he's better off being the incredible regenerating jerk. But if he's not careful his regenerative powers are liable to make Colossus angry, and he might be forced to contort Wade's body into incredibly bizarre and painful shapes. Maybe then he can change his superhero name to the Human Pretzel!
Square off with the forces of boring fashion while wearing this Deadpool vs Colossus t-shirt by Albertocubatas and you're guaranteed to come out on top, no super powers necessary.
For some reason all modern artwork featuring dinosaurs depicts them as creatures which stomped, or soared, around naked all the time, but that's simply not true. The Ptierodactyl wouldn't be caught dead flying through the skies without a smart tie around his neck, and Triceratops lost the "hat" in their name when modern humans decided the dinosaurs were nudists. So when you're teaching kids about the terrible lizards who roamed the earth millions of years ago make sure the dinos are dressed appropriately!
Get all dressed up for some dino-mite fun with this DANDYSAURUS t-shirt by AnishaCreations, it's the adorable way to keep it fancy and geeky at the same time!
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We all like to think of ourselves as human snowflakes, made to look, feel, taste, sound and smell like nobody else.
But the truth is humans have many traits in common with each other no matter where we're from, and the thing that makes us stand out in the sea of doppelgängers is our uniqueness.
According to Mind Warehouse there are 5 easy ways we can measure our uniqueness:
Have you ever imagined that you might have some unique powers that almost no one else on Earth has? No, we’re not talking about supernatural abilities like invisibility, flying or walking through walls. There are skills that are more common, but still very rare among people.
If the NFL gets any more physical it will have more in common with wrestling than any other ball based sport, which will definitely change the branding for each team.
Instead of the classic fully clothed New England patriot we'd have a bare chested John Cena, and that racist and outdated redskin's head would be replaced by Hulk Hogan's noggin, to help bring Hulkamania to the gridiron.
Teams like the Chargers who seem to be up for grabs in terms of home city would dig in to their roots with a little help from the Undertaker
And Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson would return to his roots in Miami to become the head of the Miami Rocks. Smells like he's cooking some pigskin!
Bowser is always coming up with sinister plans to do away with those Super Bros, but his latest tactic may be considered a war crime- he's now taping building bricks to the heads of all of his cronies. And since Mario and Luigi wear those strange puffy shoes with the soft soles they're about to regret every sinister creature they've ever squished in the Mushroom Kingdom. Even the star's power of invincibility won't be able to stop the sharp edges of those little plastic building toys from tearing up their feet, so maybe it's time for the Mario Bros. to invest in some sturdy combat boots!
Share Bowser's ultimate plan for Super Bro destruction with the world by wearing this Vendetta t-shirt by Raffiti, it's sure to put smiles on the faces of your fellow Mario fans!
There will be people out there trying to get you to join the Empire and see the galaxy, people whose war machine is fueled by hatred and rage and who may or may not have cookies.
They will speak of greatness and power, but siding with them will only lead to ruin...or riches, depending on your perspective.
Maybe you're in to wearing big shiny helmets and stomping around in shiny black boots while your stylish cape flutters behind you.
Perhaps you enjoy watching entire planets get disintegrated while force choking fools who are late in bringing you your lunch.
If so then you've got a lot in common with Andrew Bridgman and cartoonist Anna-Maria Jung, and you should both go paint your faces like Darth Maul and sit on a moisture vaporator because Jedis are way cooler! And they don't die, so beat that!
If a character's name didn't mean anything then virtually every fictional character would be named something like Gene Goodguy or Penelope PureHeart, but thankfully creators like to get creative with their character's names...kinda.
When the hero is supposed to sacrifice themselves for the good of the people they're named after Jesus, like Commander Shepard in Mass Effect or John Connor (JC) in Terminator.
Name a bad guy Shepherd and they instantly become the worst of the worst, and audiences instantly know what's going to happen. (NSFW-ish)
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see a beauty or a beast? A mighty attractive figure or a monster? That's okay, nothing a little psychological therapy can't fix! When Pikachu looks in the mirror he sees a distorted version of himself, a creepy character hiding under a yellow sheet with crudely drawn facial features and droopy ears. Does this mean that Pika is cracking up under the pressure of pocket monster battling? Nah, it just means that a Mimikyu has snuck into his room and is playing a cruel trick on him!
Reveal your true geeky inner self with this Secret Twin t-shirt by Paula Garcia, it's one design that's sure to blow your fellow poke-fans' minds!
Quite a few people have come up with their own unique way of sharing travel photos on Instagram only to have their idea ripped off by others, who typically copy their style for a few pics and move on.
But travel blogger gypsea_lust has a copycat who is going to great lengths to recreate her Instagram famous vacation photos- and the purposeful sameness is super creepy.
The copycat (diana_alexa) tries to match gypsea_lust's original shots as closely as possible, going so far as to pose the same way and wear the same clothing, playing an imitation game that comes off like social media stalking.
diana_alexa has since deleted many of the photos and made her Instagram account private, but she has already proven that imitation is the sincerest form of (in)sanity.
In many ways it's much harder to be a human than it is to be an animal, and when you add the human knack for overthinking everything into the mix it becomes nearly unbearable to be human.
We build stuff that other people will inevitably want to tear down, we make ourselves look appealing to others only to be rejected, and we fight for survival only to be run down in the street.
Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida knew the pain of being human all too well, and his surreal paintings reflect his feelings of isolation, dissatisfaction with society and the harsh reality of his life in Japan.
Ishida died in 2005 after being hit by a train, and it's unclear whether he committed suicide or was the victim of a horrible accident, but whether Ishida was depressed or not the paintings he created are miserable masterpieces.
Master bladesmiths claim their weapons will last forever, but then those weapons are used in battle, exposed to the elements and left to rot over time, resulting in the rusty death of a hand forged blade.
But there are a few blades in museums around the world that have stood the test of time, and these ancient swords give us a glimpse into swordsmithing techniques and battle practices of the past.
The Sword of Goujian is one of these ancient swords- it was forged of copper and tin in Hubei, China during the Spring and Autumn period (771 to 403 BCE), discovered in a tomb of the Chu State in 1965.
This beautiful sword has eight ancient script characters printed on the side which archaeologists used to figure out who the sword belonged to, once they were able to decipher the script:
On one side of the blade, two columns of text are visible. Eight characters are written in an ancient script which was found to be one known as Bird-worm seal script (literally “birds and worms characters” owing to the intricate decorations of the defining strokes), a variant of seal script.
Initial analysis of the text deciphered six of the characters, “King of Yue”and “made this sword for [his] personal use”. The remaining two characters were probably the name of this King of Yue.
After more than two months, the experts started to form a consensus that the original owner of the sword was Goujian, the King of Yue made famous by his perseverance in time of hardship. So the entirety of the text reads “[Belonging to] King Goujian of Yue, made for [his] personal use”.
Edward was so excited to finally get his hands on that Tickle Me toy that he forgot for a moment that his hands were made of scissors. He was able to slice open the box and free the little guy without ruffling Elmo's fur too much, but then he tried to tickle the little guy and stuck his sharp finger through the toy instead. Elmo started shaking and laughing, an ironic response to being disemboweled, and the sound of his squeaky little voice filled Edward with a sense of dread. What if Kim were to walk in and see this horrorshow?
Don't fall to pieces, pick up this Tickle Me Emo t-shirt by Droidloot and show the world that you have a well put together sense of geeky style!
Good luck comes in many forms, but if you want the extra best luck you've gotta catch a maneki-neko for your pocket. There are white maneki-nekos, black maneki-nekos with bold gold collars and orange manekis that look just like little tabby cats, but the one with the most luck is called the Meowth-neko. He's easy to spot among the others, just look for the one with the golden disc accent on his forehead and brown tipped tail, but be careful when you approach him because he can be a real monster!
Bring your good poke luck with you wherever you go with this POCKET MANEKI t-shirt by Sanjiko, it's sure to help you catch love from your fellow trainers wherever you go!
Our smartphones have become like our wallets or purses- we don't want to lose them and fear they'll be stolen, and if someone asks to look at them or hold them we get nervous, even if they're our close friends.
This nervousness can quickly turn to anger or severe anxiety if the person doesn't give our phone right back, forcing us to think quick and come up with a scheme to get it back without coming off too clingy.
But the kind of person who asks to use your phone is the kind of person too irresponsible to own their own phone and too dense to get why you don't want them using theirs.
So do yourself a favor and avoid letting people use your phone or you might end up giving yourself an aneurysm like the poor guy in this comic by Rebecca Caplan and Kait Thompson.
Creatives who are lucky enough to live long and artistically productive lives may have the rare opportunity to revisit their early works decades later.
This revisitation not only gives them the chance to revisit or recreate their original work, it also lets them relive their early days and remember what it was like to be a young, budding artist.
Photographer Chris Porsz used to go around Peterborough, Cambridgeshire shooting pics in the late 70s and 80s while working as a paramedic, and at the time the neighborhood was full of colorful characters.
Chris never forgot those creatively formative years he spent taking photos on the streets of Peterborough, so he decided to track down the people he photographed nearly forty years earlier for a reshoot.
Chris spent seven years tracking down and convincing the stars of his favorite photos to pose for him again, publishing the then and now shots in his new book "Reunions".
Newman was a campy character who started out as nothing but a disembodied voice on Seinfeld but became the ultimate annoying neighbor whose allegiance was never made clear.
He was the kind of friend who would look you in the eye, smile and shake your hand while stabbing you in the back, which is what made Newman such a fun and interesting addition to an already colorful cast of characters.