Your facial hair is the first thing people see when they look at your face, and when your chin hairs enter the room before the rest of your face you can be sure people are going to stare at it and wonder.
Sometimes they're wondering why you don't shave it all off, or what you would look like when you're clean shaven, and a few jealous facial hair fans will wonder how long it took you to grow out your fabulous look.
But as you'll see in this illustrated guide created by Caldwell Tanner and Susanna Wolff your beard and moustache typically does most of the talking for you, giving the world a hairy glimpse into your soul.
If animators have done their job well then viewers don't think too hard about how they designed their backgrounds or characters, they just watch the wonderful animation and go squee.
But all artists work with real life reference, and for anime this reference often includes photos of Japanese cities like Tokyo that serve as a backdrop for the storyline.
The 2013 anime feature The Garden Of Words takes place in Tokyo, so director Makoto Shinkai used photo reference to create stunningly beautiful backgrounds that set the picture firmly in the city during the rainy season.
The world could use a few more people who have their minds set on being less stupid, because those folks seem to be in short supply these days and the internet only makes it easier to skate by without a brain.
So maybe what we need is a new web series aimed at turning the tides of dumbness, a series with a catchy title like Be Less Stupid, yeah, that's the ticket! (NSFW due to language)
Be Less Stupid is a new series by former Penn & Teller: Bulls#%t! and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher writer Jon Hotchkiss, who exposes the truth about hot button issues like Coke bleaching, cabin depressurization and whether having sex with a pregnant woman poses a threat to the infant. You know, smart people stuff!
Playing a video game in public may cause people to become curious about what you're playing, and before you know it the onlookers have begun to gawk and crane.
These vicarious thrill-seekers keep their thoughts to themselves until you walk away, which is when they realize their life is incomplete without that blush boy tactics fighting game in their collection.
Julia Lepetit sketched out the starers and the screen jockey in this little scenario for Dorkly, but it just as easily could've happened to you or someone you know in real life, so beware the stare...
A baby chimp is adopted by pop star Michael Jackson. Narrating his own story, Bubbles the Chimp details his life within The King of Pop’s inner circle through the scandals that later rocked Jackson’s life and eventually led to Bubbles’ release.
Have you ever seen a response posted to social media that everyone else on the thread felt was a burn even though it barely had enough heat to warm your hands?
That's because people love to overuse terms like “burn” or “troll” or “acute paranoia”, but when you read a real life changing burn you just know it raised a few eyebrows and caused some uncontrollable snickering.
Burns are a way for friends and family to help keep your ego in check, a way to slam you for posting your ridiculous pics and opinions on Facebook, and a way to permanently keep you out of the gene pool.
When you go to a Bruce Springsteen concert you stay until the Boss is done doing his thing, and these days that can last three or four hours easy, which could spell trouble for any elementary school students in the audience.
A young man named Xabi attended a Springsteen concert with his superfan dad Scott Glovsky at L.A. Memorial Sports Arena on a Tuesday night, and when the concert didn't end until 11:40 Xabi thought he might be in trouble.
Luckily he'd held up a sign during the concert that said “Bruce, I will be late to school tomorrow, please sign my note”, and the Boss proved he's still the Boss by actually writing the kid a note.
Bruce invited Xabi and his dad backstage and wrote him a note that read ““Dear Ms. Jackson, Xabi has been out very late rocking + rolling. Please excuse him if he is tardy!”
And that's how a new generation of Bruce Springsteen fans are born.
Both the Winnie and Eeyore masks make the wearer feel like they're having a waking heffalump and woozle dream, but they're face isn't melting- it's just the look of a licensed product gone horribly wrong!
In Soviet era Russia crimes were punished far more severely than they are today, and soldiers who questioned authority could be shot or sent to work in a Gulag camp for their insubordination.
But Russian soldiers no longer have to fear their lives will be taken by a cruel government, because today's Russian military punishes you with comedy.
Punished soldiers are forced to carry large wooden props shaped like their crimes- rifles for those who show up without their weapons and iPhones complete with an “official” Apple logo for those caught on their phone.
These comic props make the punished an object of ridicule and add weight to the soldier's load, forcing them to sweat for their sins. Yakov Smirnoff would have been proud.
I used to think the gritty and grimy depiction of New York in the 1970s and 80s seen in movies like The Warriors and Maniac, and TV shows like Night Court and The Equalizer was an exaggeration, but it turns out they weren't that far off.
The city streets were crackling with an electric energy during those dark days, and overall New York City was a much more dangerous place, but artists also took license with the city's dark side for dramatic effect.
However, photographer Steven Siegel didn't need to exaggerate or manipulate the truth to make the NYC streets he shot during the 80s look like an apocalyptic wasteland, he just removed the lens cap and documented what he saw.
Steven spoke to Gothamist about the difference between NYC then and now:
New York in the 1980s differed in two fundamental ways from the New York of today. First, 1980s-era New York was an edgier, riskier, dirtier, tenser, more dangerous and chaotic place. I think that fairly comes through in my images. Second, 1980s-era New York had a sense of wide-openness and freedom that was lost following 9/11... and likely never will be regained.
Notice how these two fundamental changes overlap in a number of important ways. A safer city, to some extent, comes at the price of a loss of freedom and openness. Conversely, the edginess and riskiness of the 1980s came at an appalling human and social cost. My photos of South Bronx and Bushwick are—if I might say so—a testament to that. Those who might be nostalgic for the edginess and riskiness of the 1980s were surely not the people who were growing up in the South Bronx and Bushwick in the era.
The trade-off between openness and security is reflected in a very literal way in some of my 1980s photos.
There are also reports of people being tailgated by a driverless black hearse, and Satanic rituals were supposedly held near Devil's Point in the 70s and 80s, so people claim to hear disembodied voices chanting in the area.
John Farrier lives in Texas, home of the Galveston ghost face, a spectral visage that appears on the side of the UT Medical School building in Galveston that just won't go away.
Jill Harness and I live in California, where the mysterious "Alien Blood" incident rocked Riverside General Hospital back in 1984:
Over two dozen emergency room staff were KOed after a woman named Gloria Ramirez had her blood drawn in the ER. The very second her blood began being sampled, a foul odor filled the entire area and Ramirez’s skin began taking on an oily sheen.
Suddenly, multiple medical support staff began to pass out and / or lose control of their limbs. The entire Emergency room was evacuated, safe for a skeleton crew of doctors still trying to save Ramirez’s life. They failed, and she died forty minutes after being admitted.
The motion picture industry has ironically had a very negative impact on the movie theaters that show their films, and as a result ticket prices keep going up and fewer people are going out to the movies.
In an effort to "fix" this problem some Hollywood filmmakers are backing the Screening Room, a home viewing service which would allow people to watch a movie at home the same day it comes out in theaters.
Viewers would have to buy a set-top box for their home (which costs around $150) that would make new movies available to rent for 48 hours through the anti-piracy equipped box for $50 per flick.
Many big name directors are backing this "bold new vision" of a home based Hollywood movie experience dreamed up by Napster founder Sean Parker, with Peter Jackson being the most vocal in support of the service so far.
But Screening Room is truly dividing audiences and talent alike, and just as many directors, actors and movie fans have come out against the service, saying it will cause even more theaters to close even though theaters will get a cut of the profits.
Tell a new mother they do nothing but lay around and babysit and it will understandably make them mad, because they feel like they're being belittled for staying home with their baby instead of going to work.
But rather than getting angry about these snide remarks Moscow mom Skorobogatova Yuliya took up a selfie stick and started documenting her day, showing that she really doesn't have much downtime while "babysitting".
Her selfie stick shots are intimate and revealing, and also one of the coolest baby photo projects ever thanks to the unique angles attained with the selfie stick.
And for those who wonder what's so hard about being a stay-at-home mom, imagine having a little imp following you around all day, leaving you without a moment's peace even when you're in the shower.
When an actor really nails a role, making us believe the character they're playing truly exists, audiences don't really think about how the actor prepared for the role, they just enjoy the show.
But even great actors need a little help now and again to get really in touch with the role, and for some method acting means they're actually drunk as a skunk while playing the role.
It makes sense to drink up before playing a character like Tyler Durden in Fight Club or Willie Stokes in Bad Santa, but it's surprising to find out Daniel Radcliffe struggled with alcoholism while playing Harry Potter.
I bet the booze made everything seem that much more "magical" during filming!
But Daniel is in good company, because some of the most iconic performances of all time were delivered by drunk actors.
Martin Sheen got nice and saucy before "acting" out during the opening scene of Apocalypse Now, and his drunken fit was so compelling to watch Coppola kept the cameras rolling even after Sheen sliced open his hand when he punched the mirror.
When you work retail you encounter a large cross section of the general public, from the people who give you hope for humanity to the absolute dregs, and you really get to see how diverse people can be.
But bad customers tend to be pretty similar, easily broken down into, say, twelve different archetypes. Hey, whaddya know!
Now those lucky folks who've never had a retail job can see why the retail workers they know are always complaining about customers. Because we're all "The one normal person you'll see all day" type, right? *wink*
Felicia Day is a geek goddess, a force for good who has helped nerd kind crawl out from behind their computers, comic books and consoles to be embraced by mainstream society.
Therefore she deserves a wardrobe befitting a woman of her lofty stature, something that is both regal and totally geeky, and that something is this amazing suit of 3D printed Dreamer Regalia armor.
The armor was created by New York based artist Melissa Ng of Lumecluster, who used 3D software to design the dress and had the whole thing printed up by Shapeways, which Felicia graciously modeled for photos by Eric Anderson.
Melissa's 3D printed armor is being called "the future of cosplay" with good reason- if cosplay artists are able to use 3D software to model elements of their costume, if not the entire costume, then print the whole thing out the future is now!
There's an episode of the X-Files that is so disturbing Fox promised they'd never show it again, and yet this dark and dangerous episode actually has an interesting origin- Charlie Chaplin's My Autobiography.
The standalone episode is called "Home" and finds Mulder and Scully investigating the murder of an infant, which leads them to the home of three deformed brothers who are keeping a dark secret.
It's later revealed that their quadruple amputee mother, who supposedly died years ago, is alive and had given birth to the murdered infant, making an already dark episode even more cringe inducing.
Co-writer of the episode Glen Morgan says the episode was inspired by a peculiar section of Charlie Chaplin's My Autobiography, in which Chaplin describes an incident that took place while staying at a miner's house in a British town called Ebbw Vale.
The miner then convinced the legless man to dance and do some tricks:
A half man with no legs, an oversized, blond, flat-shaped head, a sickening white face, a sunken nose, a large mouth and powerful muscular shoulders and arms, crawled from underneath the dresser … "Hey, Gilbert, jump!" said the father and the wretched man lowered himself slowly, then shot up by his arms almost to the height of my head.
"How do you think he’d fit in with a circus? The human frog!"
I was so horrified I could hardly answer. However, I suggested the names of several circuses that he might write to.
Around the same time as the folks at NASA were faking the moon landing with a little help from Stanley Kubrick (sarcasm) the mighty Led Zeppelin was becoming one of the world's most popular rock bands.
A few years later (1973 to be exact) Led Zeppelin started making a movie called The Song Remains The Same that supposedly contained live concert footage from the band's three night gig at Madison Square Gardens.
Only that was a great big lie, because while the band did play three consecutive sold out shows at the Garden in July of 1973, and director Joe Massat was there filming the show, his footage turned out to be mostly unusable and he was fired.
New director Peter Clifton came on board and discovered Massat's footage couldn't be properly synced to sound or edited so he decided to reshoot the live footage, in the same running order, at Shepperton studio in Surrey, England.
It's pretty easy to tell which parts were reshot when you watch the film armed with this knowledge, but Jimmy Page didn't actually reveal this secret reshoot until he was interviewed by Uncut magazine in 2008:
“I’m sort of miming at Shepperton to what I’d played at Madison Square Garden, but of course, although I’ve got a rough approximation of what I was playing from night to night, it’s not exact. So the film that came out in the ‘70s is a bit warts-and-all.”
By the time superhero flicks became the box office smash hits they are today audiences had come to expect more from the costuming department than a simple spandex getup, and thus the updated supersuit was born.
Fawnia Soo Hoo of Fashionista spoke with veteran designer Alexandra Byrne, who created the super new looks you see in Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers, and Oscar nominated costume designer Michael Wilkinson, who created the updated styles seen in Man Of Steel and Batman V Superman, about what goes in to designing today's supersuit.
They were all too happy to discuss the process at length- from conceptual and research stages to materials they've used in the suit's construction and why to how many people it takes to get Ben Affleck in the new Batsuit (apparently it's a six handed operation).
Many people believe print media will soon become a thing of the past as books and magazines are replaced by tablets and smartphones, but most avid readers beg to differ.
There's really nothing like cracking open a book to read, the smell and texture of the pages like old familiar friends that are an integral part of the experience.
Those who appreciate the beauty of books don't want them to be replaced by cold, sterile screens, but skilled artisans who can restore and repair books are in short supply.
Japanese restoration master Okano Nobuo is a magician when it comes to bringing beloved books back from the brink of total destruction, using basic tools and time honored techniques to take a book from trashed to treasured:
Gamers who enjoy the feel of dice, miniatures, boards and cards often become avid board gamers, and these days board games run the gamut from insanely difficult and time consuming to easy to learn and quick yet fun to play.
Many board game enthusiasts are akin to the eager little Puppy when they first get the gaming itch- they dig the whole scene and are eager to play again.
But when addiction has fully set in, and playing is no longer just about having fun, that's when a gamer's dark side comes out and playing a board game becomes a very serious affair.
Dorkly's Tony Wilson and Jake Young created this illustrated guide to board gamers a few years back, which helped me identify a few gamers in my group who might be hiding their sinister side from the rest of us...
You can say a lot of bad things about Gordon Ramsay if you base your opinion solely on the way he acts on TV, but all that cursing and screaming is there for ratings sake and in real life Gordon is far more amiable.
He's also the kind of guy who enjoys showing people the ropes in the kitchen, and you'd be surprised how much you can learn from him when he's not screaming orders at you!
Gordon has been posting cooking videos on his YouTube channel for about six years now, and this time he has blended five videos into one powerhouse lesson in mastering 5 basic cooking skills- finely chopping an onion, cooking rice, deboning a fish, sharpening a knife and cooking pasta.
Getting pierced is generally a lifetime commitment, because our faces, ears and various body parts are often left with a hole that won't close up by the piercing process.
But ever since the 90s people have been getting pierced all over the place without giving it a second thought, making themselves look like a walking psychological profile.
Where a person chooses to get pierced says a lot about them, and while most people hope their piercings make them look rebellious, dangerous, or trendsetting they really just make them look like a person with a future full of regrets.
Some of the stuff posted online is meant to teach us a lesson, and these "educational" posts tend to make the poster sound egotistical and smug.
But Redditor Msmessyclean wasn't trying to stroke her own ego when she posted eight screenshots of texts she received from an overeager fellow after cancelling their date- she was trying to teach people what not to do when someone cancels a date.
Msmessyclean says she thought similar stories of crazy guys going too far were "rare and exaggerated", but when it happened to her she felt like sharing because "it's important that people are aware of this kind of behavior and go with their instinct if they sense something is wrong or off."
This guy seems like the living embodiment of "off"!