Video game companies used to rely on slick advertisements, word of mouth and, most of all, box art to sell their cartridges back in the day, and I remember being taken in by this box art time and time again as a kid.
The cover would often show the protagonist engaged in battle with something totally tough, for instance a ninja on a motorcycle fighting off a pack of panthers with his katana plus explosions, but the games rarely lived up to the cover art.
Netflix became a household name by being one of the first companies to deliver streaming video service straight to your gaming console, television and computer, ushering in the age of bingewatching.
They continue to expand the boundaries of streaming video service by creating original content and bringing our beloved shows back from the dead, but there’s also a lot of stuff that Netflix does you probably know nothing about.
As we watch their content Netflix is watching us, recording our ratings and viewing habits to deliver more precise recommendations, and they’ll soon be working with Nielsen to record viewership data and create ratings figures for streaming video.
Responding the best way they knew how artists Peter and Joan Foldes created an animated short entitled A Short Vision, which premiered on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956.
Sullivan felt this short had a very important message, so he shared it with his viewing audience after preparing them for the horror with this monologue:
“Just last week you read about the H-bomb being dropped. Now two great English writers, two very imaginative writers—I’m gonna tell you if you have youngsters in the living room tell them not to be alarmed at this ‘cause it’s a fantasy, the whole thing is animated—but two English writers, Joan and Peter Foldes, wrote a thing which they called A Short Vision in which they wondered what might happen to the animal population of the world if an H-bomb were dropped. It’s produced by George K. Arthur and I’d like you to see it. It is grim, but I think we can all stand it to realize that in war there is no winner.”
There are merry pranksters all around us, people who enjoy messing with the minds of their fellow human beings and making the world an interesting, albeit a bit chaotic, place to live.
These funsters derive pleasure from pushing our buttons or blowing our minds, and they get a kick out of knowing their pranks tripped someone up, if only for a moment.
Artist and merry prankster from Milwaukee Mark Gubin decided to mess with people flying into his fine city by painting a massive “Welcome To Cleveland" on his roof back in the 1970s, and it's still screwing with airline passengers to this day.
Here's the story behind his pranky paintjob:
According to a 1985 article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, there used to be a Northwest Airlines route from Denver to Cleveland that used Milwaukee as a layover, and the airline was obliged to pre-emptively reassure passengers via the PA system that they should not worry—the plane had not skipped the intermediate destination.
Gubin’s quotations in that article are priceless. One of them goes, “There’s not a real purpose for having this here except madness, which I tend to be pretty good at.” He also said, “It was all tongue-in-cheek, just for fun. Living in the world is not a dress rehearsal. You better have fun with it.” That’s for sure.
Jake the Dog loves to dig in to a giant pile of pancakes, in between adventures of course, but how does the voice of Jake feel about those savory sweet stacks of deliciousness?
An interviewer asked John DiMaggio, the voice over actor who gives Jake the Dog his signature grumble, how he feels about bacon pancakes, and his response was emotionally charged and utterly delightful.
Enjoying a libation or ten with friends can be fun, but the next day you're left with a heavy head and a heavy load of bottles and cans to clean up.
Depending on how much you and your friends drank the night before you might end up with hundreds of bottles bound for the recycling bin, and that thing can fill up fast when your friends are heavy drinkers.
So maybe it's time to do something else with some, if not all, of those bottles. If you're a drinker and a crafter then you should be upcycling those used booze bottles into something aesthetically pleasing and useful.
Here are ten fun projects that turn bottle trash into home decor treasure-
1. Beer Bottle Tumblers-
We'll start this list with a quick and easy project, which will ease you in to working with glass and give you something cool to drink out of. Making tumblers out of beer bottles, or most glass bottles for that matter, is simple and requires simple things like string and acetone that you probably already have sitting around the house.
Glass bottle trays can be used for cutting, serving or displaying, and they look so unique your guests are sure to wonder "how did you flatten out a bottle like that?"
Well, in order to "slump" a bottle and turn it into a flattened serving tray you'll need access to a kiln, but the rest of the process is a breeze. There is a bit of trial and error involved though, so feel free to experiment and don't use your best bottle the first time around.
Parents have drastically different reactions to their children’s choice of wardrobe, especially when it comes to teens dressing sey, and their reactions generally range from stricter rules and grounding to letting their kids dress however they’d like.
But one parent made a bold move and showed that the purr-fect way to get your teen to dress more modestly is to show her that the sexy clothes she's wearing look better on the cat.
A concerned mom didn't like the look of the crocheted crop top her daughter bought on Amazon, so she decided to take action by putting that ridiculously small top on the cat and snapping some hilarious pics.
The crocheted crop top was advertised as "one size fits all", so mom decided to help girls avoid embarrassing themselves by posting a review of the garment on Amazon, so young buyers will know what they're getting (squeezing?) into.
The rain can dampen anyone’s day, but when you’re a little squirrel without a tree nearby to provide cover you can end up all wet. That’s why squirrels don’t like to come out when it’s raining, they prefer to keep their spirits like their tails- high and dry.
So what’s a squirrel loving photographer to do when he has a tiny umbrella and a brilliant idea for an adorable photo series?
Animators have to apply some real world knowledge of anatomy to their character designs, or else viewers will be bothered by the totally unnatural way which the characters move.
Characters like Mickey Mouse and Goofy might look more humanistic, but they still retain elements of their animalistic anatomy, such as elongated skulls and metatarsals.
Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee revealed what lies beneath all that cartoon skin and muscle in his series of sculptures entitled “Animatus”, and dem bones look pretty good before they're broken into a million pieces by a falling anvil!
But even with 99 lives Contra is one tough game to beat, so when YouTubers REACT gave teens three lives and three continues to cooperatively beat Contra they eagerly stepped up to the challenge...and don't do very well at all.
Don't fret teens, I can't get past the second level of Contra without the cheat code!
Science fiction films and television shows run the technological and emotional gamut, from uplifting and full of far out tech to dismally post-apocalyptic, but there's always darkness surrounding the stars.
Those who enjoy the dark futuristic stories told by sci-fi movies, video games and TV shows usually like to share their imaginative interests with the world, and the best way to do that is with a dark sci-fi t-shirt from the NeatoShop!
And if you're fresh out of credits just make your way to the end of this post and enter to win your very own NeatoShop t-shirt.
Sci-fi franchises have created some mighty memorable characters over the years
Strange things have been happening around Chernobyl ever since the 1986 disaster, but those things generally involve nature’s reaction and adaptation to irradiation, such as trees that don’t decay and animal populations that are thriving despite being radioactive.
One wild and crazy gal has taken Chernobyl exploration to the next level, a level that would be considered pure madness by many, and thanks to the internet we get to see her madcap adventures on the YouTubes.
She goes by “Bionerd23”, and there's something about the calm and collected way she handles herself while exploring the Chernobyl region that almost makes it look like a fun destination for adventure travel.
And then you hear her geiger counter start crackling away and you're reminded of just how dangerous those adventures really are...
Video editors have one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated jobs in the entertainment industry, and the fact that most people are unaware of how important their work is to the look of a feature film leaves editors feeling like faceless nobodies.
So let’s change all that by revealing what a video editor actually does with an eye pleasing animated video by Dave Penn for Inside The Edit.
The Apple-1 is generally considered to be a holy grail of the computer world, both in terms of historical importance and value to collectors, but some people just don’t see what all the fuss is about when it comes to computing.
Sweet and savory can make for one delicious combination, bringing a little dessert love to your dinner, but this juicy looking burger and chunky side of fries is nothing but sweet.
This delicious look-a-like Cupcake Burgers recipe shared by C&H Sugar consists of a brownie burger patty between cupcake buns, with shredded coconut lettuce, buttercream ketchup and mustard and a side of shortbread fries.
It’s not the kind of thing you want your family to fill up on during a barbecue, but it makes a delicious, and delightful looking, dessert to enjoy after everyone has had their fill from the grill!
Remember those old magic eye pictures, the ones that forced your eyes to figure out how to turn a bunch of colored dots into a 3D image that seemed to pop out of the noise field?
Those weren’t that fun to look at, but the compelling images in Ari Fararooy’s reflective self portrait series are fun to look at. They make your eyes think they’re being tricked when they aren’t actually being tricked at all.
Ari is a special effects artist so a little trickery is to be expected, but there’s something about staring at the mirrored element in these photos that really feels like you're peering into another dimension. Now that's some magic eye!
“PomPom Mirror” by artist Daniel Rozin can fulfill your fantasies of being anonymized yet still registers your reflection as if by magic, the cream colored puffballs turning black as if to mock your awkward motions.
Here’s how this creepy yet cuddly mirror works its magic:
Rozin’s anthropomorphic “PomPom Mirror” features a synchronized array of 928 spherical faux fur puffs. Organized into a three-dimensional grid of beige and black, the sculpture is controlled by hundreds of motors that build silhouettes of viewers using computer-vision. Along its surface, figures appear as fluffy animal-like representations within the picture plane, which is made permeable by a ‘push-pull’ forward and backward motion of meshed ‘pixels’. Ghostly traces fade and emerge, as the motorized composition hums in unified movement, seemingly alive and breathing as a body of its own.
Casinos really don’t like it when players start to win big, and they get really upset when they think you’ve been counting cards, but what actually happens when you’re caught red handed at the table?
This hidden camera video by Blackjack Apprenticeship shows sometimes you just get pulled aside by a gruff pit boss and put on a “flat bet” system, meaning you can’t raise or lower your bet like everyone else.
Father's Day is right around the corner, and if your dad loves the geeky side of life he'd probably appreciate getting something better than a fancy tie or new pair of pants for Father's Day. That's why you should grab a great shirt for him from the NeatoShop, where we're having a free shipping sale until June 7th!
But if you'd rather just win a shirt for yourself make your way to the bottom of this post and enter our free shirt giveaway contest (it won't arrive in time for Father's day so you might want to pick up a shirt for him anyway).
Dads like the finer things in life, like spending a day on the water fishing for their dinner
Batman holds the DC Universe title of world’s greatest detective, and his one man war on crime has made him a well-known figure in the world of superheroes, but is it appropriate to refer to him as a detective?
Detectives must follow procedure when investigating a crime scene, obtain warrants for arrest and definitely don’t fly superpowered jet planes in real life, so maybe it would be more appropriate to refer to ol’ Batsy as a superheroic spy guy.
There are many different degrees of what people refer to as Parkour- some of it involves jumping around and over stuff in the city, other stunts involve taking things a bit higher and jumping across rooftops a few stories above ground.
Flash Gordon is one of those sci-fi heroes who has yet to make the transition into the 21st century, and yet those who remember the character fondly from the days of yore are always hopeful he will make a triumphant return to the big screen.
One extremely talented fan in particular by the name of Robb Pratt has taken matters into his own hands, bringing Flash back from the dead with this amazing animated short.
R2-D2 is one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe, and yet he’s often taken for granted by his fellow characters, even though he saves their Rebel butts more than a few times during the original trilogy.
Even a gentle and silly droid like R2 has his limits, and when those greedy litte Jawas push R2 too far he becomes a murderous mechanical madman hell bent on destruction.
There’s a reason Walt Disney is virtually the only name you hear associated with the Disney company- he and his corporation went out of their way to erase certain key players so Walt got all the glory.
It happened to Ub Iwerks, the true creator of Mickey Mouse, and it apparently happened to the man in the middle of this photo as well.
His name is Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood, and he was seen as such an integral part of the Disney empire that Walt referred to him as “son”.
Cornelius was Disneyland’s first employee, he served as the park’s Vice President and General Manager, and yet six months after the opening of the park Wood was gone and quickly erased from the Disney history books.