Yoshi is one colorful fellow, and he lives with his bros in a world of vibrantly colored food he can wrap his tongue around whenever he wants a snack. He swallows coins, mushrooms, fire flowers, cookies, even turtles when he's feeling super hungry, and it would probably take an entire island full of food to satisfy Yoshi's dinosaur sized appetite!
Mario's friend looks mighty trippy on this Yoshi Prism t-shirt by Kannaya, it's a great way to show your love for friendly video game dinos and blow people's minds!
If you see a great big, grinning purple bus shaped like a cat staring down at you from a mushroom you'd better pinch yourself to see if you're dreaming. He's not a hallucination, he's just a friendly neighbor from an anime wonderland who wants to offer you a ride down the rabbit hole. Will you take him up on his offer?
H. R. Giger’s dream of making a "unique love story" based on his extremely visual ideas, a movie entitled The Mystery of San Gottardo, sadly wasn’t realized before his untimely death, and fans of Giger's work are left wondering what could have been...
San Gottardo is an "unique love story", a surreal exercise in human form and its deconstruction, and a waking nightmare all wrapped up in a package that looks like it was sent straight from Silent Hill.
In fact, some creatures from Silent Hill were definitely inspired by Giger’s San Gottardo project, does this lovely creature look familiar?:
Giger's Mystery movie was based on an early sketch he drew in 1963, and even though he started working on the storyline in the 70s, and had written the entire screenplay, San Gottardo proved to be far too strange for Hollywood studios to produce:
"It is about a man and his love for a freak of nature, Armbeinda, which is really a sentient limb combining an arm and a leg. It is the further development of a recurring image in my work over the last 30 years."
The concept stems from a 1963 creation called "The Beggar," Giger's very first sketch, featuring a leg and an arm holding a hat. Giger has filled several sketchbooks with the stories of these "reduced" beings.
The story concerns a race of biomechanoids created by a military organization. The premise: your arms and legs are slaves that do your bidding, but what if they have a mind of their own and were set free? Ink drawings depict the disembodied parts attacking their creator (Giger's self-portrait) in the San Gottardo border tunnel which links Switzerland and Italy. To insure that his vision remains intact, Giger hopes to retain creative control as a producer on the film... and not be forced to rely on CGI.
Living in Southern California means living in the shadow of Los Angeles, or more precisely Hollywood.
Friends and family from other states inevitably ask you about L.A. when you live in SoCal, and they somehow assume we all know famous people, probably because if you live here long enough that whole "six degrees of separation" thing rings true.
Living in La La Land is a delightfully surreal experience, a surprisingly mundane experience, and a frustrating experience all rolled up in days of sunshine, traffic and movie star sightings.
It's surprising how little those who live in L.A. know about the city, and as a descendant of four generations of Angelenos I was surprised to find that many of the facts on BuzzFeed's 51 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Los Angeles were news to me! Read on and discover what lies beneath the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown.
For those who want to build LEGO sets without committing to the high cost of buying LEGO sets there is now a monthly rental option called Pley.
Pley is an online rental service that allows you, the builder, to rent sets for a monthly fee and return them whenever you’re done building them up and taking them apart again.
You get the joy of building (virtually) every LEGO set you've ever wanted to build without having to take out a loan, and they'll even forgive you for losing up to fifteen pieces, which is more forgiveness than you'd allow yourself after paying full price for a set.
The pieces are disinfected between rentals, their library is ever expanding, so any set you see is sure to show up in stock soon, and it serves as yet another example of how good kids have it nowadays!
The world has once again gone to the apes thanks to the new film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, so folks are trotting out all kinds of factoids from the original five films, remembering how much they hated the Tim Burton remake, and discussing whether the new film will faithfully add to the original franchise...
...and many more examples of monkeying around sure to make you screech with laughter!
It might be just the thing to get you in the mood to watch the original five movies again, and the perfect demonstration of why practical effects are sometimes way better than CGI- because animated apes can't make guest appearances on TV shows!
Brazil played on despite the controversy, making it to the semifinals where they were soundly defeated by Germany 7-1, in a sport that regularly ends with less than three points total being scored during the game.
Needless to say this resounding failure made Brazilian futbol fans very angry, and very, very sad, which prompted some fan of sports fan sadness to create a Tumblr called Sad Brazilians, quite possibly the saddest sports related site ever created.
Sorry about your loss Brazil, but at least you have a bunch of shiny stadiums so you can practice and prepare for World Cup 2018!
Think traffic jams are bad on your way to/from work? In Belgium, traffic jams are so bad one pileup left cars sitting in the same spot for 70 years!
Okay, so this isn’t your ordinary traffic jam, these are shots taken at the Chatillon Car Graveyard in Belgium- a final resting place for many classic cars which began piling up some time after World War II and was finally cleared, due to environmental concerns, in 2010:
Urban legend has it that these cars were left behind by U.S. soldiers who couldn't ship them home after WWII, but as one commenter pointed out many of these cars weren't made until the 1950s, so it looks like this is a case of passing the blame for an environmental eyesore to those who are no longer around to defend themselves.
Personally, I would have been fixing up and driving these mean machines rather than just letting them rot!
Fireworks aren’t just for the Fourth of July, many people around the country, particularly those who don’t live in places that are at high risk of fire, enjoy shooting off a bottle rocket or igniting a string of firecrackers every once in a while.
Selling fireworks is a year-round business, and one store in Washington State is home to a bunch of fancy fireworks sporting wacky packaging, like this tribute to Patrick Swayze’s finest film:
There's even a variety aimed at reality show "stars" and singing show contestants:
These wacky packages were photographed by Cabel Sasser, a man who is clearly a connoisseur of funny fireworks package art since he has been documenting his findings on his blog since 2007, and if you dig these examples make sure you visit his site to see many more of his hilarious findings, so you don't end up feeling like this guy:
The short and ultra mysterious trailer reveals little more than the main characters, a strange talking box, and the fact that it's a new puppet film made by a Froud and a Henson, so you know it's going to be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Speaking of amazing, here's Toby posing with his two ultra-talented parents Brian and Wendy Froud, the folks (partly) responsible for the overall look of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth:
They must be so proud of their talented son, who is continuing the Froud family legacy of creating stylish and imaginative fantasy worlds for fans to enjoy!
When you watch an episode of Game of Thrones the visual effects don’t really leap out at you or appear too obvious, except for the intro and the dragons of course, but there are a surprisingly large number of visual effects peppered throughout the show, and without those visual effects Game of Thrones just wouldn't look right.
This eye popping video from Mackevision, one of the VFX studios responsible for GoT's signature look, is not only incredible to watch and full of visual easter eggs, it will change the way you watch Game of Thrones, making you more aware of how flat the show would look without all the vfx.
As someone who has watched all four season of Game of Thrones I didn't really see anything in this video I would consider a spoiler, but if you haven't watched season 4 yet, and you're really afraid of having it spoiled for you, it's probably best you don't watch this video until you''re all caught up!
Ingmar Bergman was known for many things as a director, but directing superhero movies isn’t one of them, and it’s doubtful the master filmmaker would have even known what a superhero is when he was making seminal arthouse films such as The Seventh Seal and Scenes From A Marriage.
Still, his style does lend a certain sense of emotional depth and existential awareness to the genre, and if this parody short by Patrick H Willems entitled What If Ingmar Bergman Directed The Flash? is any indication a Bergman style film about The Flash wouldn’t be half bad, although it may leave poor Barry Allen seeking psychotherapy!
People love having goats around for all kinds of reasons, from their incredible ability to eat just about anything to the fact that they like to headbutt stuff and stand on top of barrels, but it's safe to say goats aren't raised for their beautiful singing voices:
A goat's bleat can sound like someone screaming while being strangled, a baby crying, or just as sheepish as you'd expect from a crying kid, which is why using the bleat of a goat is the best way to give your theme song a suspenseful edge.
Jurassic Goats definitely brings an air of suspense, and hair raising goatiness, to the inspiring theme song from Jurassic Park, and once again Marca Blanca has proven that every good theme song needs a goat version!
The original Nintendo Game Boy recently turned 25 years old, and even though mobile gaming has come a long way from the days of tiny green pixels, and screens so small you can hardly tell what's going on in the game, there’s still a whole lotta charm packed into that iconic Game Boy package:
The Game Boy might look a little dated to the younger generation, but to those of us who were kids when the Game Boy was the new gaming hotness that little green screened Boy will always hold a special place in our hearts.
The Fine Bros present Kids React To Game Boy, and those Bros continue to do a fine job of showing us what's wrong with youngsters these days- they're way too hard to please!
Forrest says that life is like a box of shrimp flavored chocolates that make you run, Forrest, run to the nearest toilet when you’re done. Oh, and his love interest Jenny became a hippie and made some really bad decisions in her life.
Okay, so I left out the part about him meeting Elvis and Nixon, his superstar ping pong playing and his eventful service in Vietnam, but is that all there is to know about Forrest Gump?
Well, according to GeekTyrant that’s far from the final word on this fan fave flick, and their Ten Fun Facts About Forrest Gump reveal what Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and John Travolta have to do with the film, as well as the bits which were based on actual events.
Nobody serves up greasy spoon style food quite like Denny’s, home of the Grand Slam breakfast, Moons Over My Hammy and movie themed menu items like the Hobbit Hole Breakfast, but their latest team up with iconic video game company Atari left them with one major problem-how can Atari and Denny’s come together in a way that feels organic?
Very few workers deal with as many complaints on a daily basis as those in the foodservice industry, and whether you’re a busser, server, or simply pouring drinks in a restaurant bar, you hear your fair share of complaints from customers who expect more from your establishment than they do from most anywhere else.
Many restaurant patrons want things done their way, because in their mind paying for a meal means paying for their idea of service perfection, so it was probably easy for Consumer Reports to create this infographic detailing The Most Common Restaurant Complaints.
Most people have no problem sharing their opinions about dining out, and if you eat out enough you're bound to have complaints, so how do your complaints about eating out measure up to the percentages on this infographic?
Being a part of a villainous organization may seem like a glamorous lifestyle, when you're not getting shot at or punched in the face by the good guys, but the average citizen doesn't see the glamour and fame, they simply see a group which threatens their way of life.
Who can blame people for being wary when you name your group the Legion of Doom or the Masters of Evil? Maybe it's time for a public relations makeover, so people won't know what to expect from your evil organization until it's too late:
They need to take a lesson from successful villains such as Richard Nixon, Walter White and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man- paint a pretty picture of yourself to the public, and don't let them see the real you until you've sunk your claws in deep enough to leave a mark!
Spelunking seems like an extremely dangerous hobby, and truly terrifying for people who have a problem with confined spaces, bats, and the dark.
Those who choose to take up spelunking spend a lot of time exploring underground to earn their stripes, and they learn to deal with unpredictable, and potentially life threatening, situations that often seem to pop up out of nowhere:
The fellow in this video has clearly earned his stripes, and yet nothing could prepare him for the time he got wedged in between the walls of a narrow rock "tube", as water started pouring in all around him.
Apparently it took him three hours of crawling to make his escape from Lost John's Cave on Leck Fell in Lancashire, England, but I imagine at that point he was just happy he didn't drown!
It seems chimps have developed a rather elaborate intentional communication system that consists of nineteen different messages, ranging from Let’s Groom! to Flirt with me…, which are relayed using 66 different gestures.
This thought provoking research study was led by Dr. Catherine Hobaiter, who claims this is "the only example of an intentional communication system (in which one individual sends a message to another individual) amongst animals”, although the jury is still out on whether or not lemurs have their own unique system of intentional communication:
We often assume that the nightmarish places found in works of fiction are wholly a figment of the creator’s imagination, but to those explorers who have seen some of the darkest and most nightmarish places on earth firsthand, Hell is a very real place on earth.
Here's the Door To Hell in Turkmenistan, a natural gas field that has been burning since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971:
So many people have committed suicide in this otherwise lush and gorgeous looking forest (57 in 2010 alone) that the mysterious place has earned a nightmarish reputation, and is believed by many Japanese people to be cursed by Demons.
Anucha "Cha" Saengchart has created his own unique version of cosplay, which doesn't involve fancy costumes, super realistic accessories created out of Worbla, or incredibly detailed make-up. In fact, Cha's Lowcost Cosplay is created with supplies he typically finds around the house:
Cha's vision of cosplaying means turning anything and everything into a cosplay element, such as this fancy Jason Voorhees mask fashioned out of a plastic spoon, or this "amazingly realistic" Mystique cosplay created with some sort of blue tape and a shower cap:
Now that's the kind of cosplay people who are too broke to buy supplies, or unskilled in the ways of the sewing machine and friendly plastics, can get behind- cosplay for the sake of your own amusement!
And the best part is- nobody has to see your creation when you're done, unless you're brave enough to post your own version(s) of Lowcost Cosplay to the net, in which case please share it with us in the comment section!
With hot new looks like the Stormy Eye, Smoky Bacon eye, and (my personal fave) the Eye of Nietzsche you can knock ‘em dead with a wink, and the person you’ve got your eye on won’t be able to keep their eyes off of your eyes!
Grab some bacon, and a Sharpie, and a copy of the Necronomicon, and start applying your eye make-up the Gemma way today!
Many vegetarians/vegans feel that raising animals for food is an inhumane and barbaric practice, yet they gladly chomp down on fresh fruits and vegetables without a care in the world for what those plants are feeling:
Okay, so maybe saying a plant has feelings is a bit of an overstatement, but a new report from the University of Missouri-Columbia has revealed that plants respond to the sound of a caterpillar chewing on them by going into combat mode and releasing chemical agents meant to protect them from harm:
In the study, the researchers put caterpillars on Arabidopsis, a small, cabbage-like plant, and pointed a laser at a reflective section of the plant's surface. That way, they were able to measure the different ways the plant moved in response to a chewing caterpillar. Then, the scientists removed the caterpillar from the equation entirely and only played back recordings they'd made of the crunching caterpillar's vibrations. For another plant, they played back only silence.
After placing live caterpillars back on both sets of plants, the researchers found that the set that had been exposed to the caterpillar's feeding sounds produced more mustard oil, a chemical that's meant to fend off hungry critters.
These findings suggest that plants exhibit self preservation instincts, considered one of the basic instincts found in humans and animals that suggests they "feel" themselves being consumed by a caterpillar.
Will these new findings challenge the vegan argument that meat consumption is bad because "They can all feel pain, fear and happiness", or will they stop eating plants when we discover that plants have feelings too?
In Soviet Russia music from those Capitalist pigs in the West was strictly forbidden, and Russian black markets were full of forbidden items from the West such as jeans, Marlboro cigarettes, and VHS tapes of American movies, aka Captialist propaganda.
Now that the Iron Curtain has fallen (sort of) Russians are allowed to listen to anything they want, but how did the oppressed music loving masses of the past listen to their favorite Western artists like Elvis Presley and Duke Ellington?
They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole," says author Anya von Bremzen. "You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens."
EDIT- Thanks to commenter Alexander Bougakov for this info on the process:
"X-rays have a thick soft coating - bootleg recorders were using preheated sewing needles attached to speakers. 3V DC electricity source kept the needle warm so it penetrated the coating, and the speaker with discarded membrane moved the needle up and down, duplicating the track. The only additional detail they needed was a very long bolt that moved the needle from rear to the center of the plate." -Thanks again Alexander!
Living up to Steve Rogers’ All-American reputation is hard, but most of the guys in this gallery of Captain America cosplay fails didn’t even try to make their outfits look good!:
Okay, it’s not fair to call all of these examples "cosplay", since some are just guys fooling around and the actual cosplayers in the group aren’t that bad at all, but the rest of the guys in this gallery more than make up for those halfway decent acts of cosplay with some horrendously bad ideas of their own:
Captain ‘Merica- funny, yet somehow sad, and speaking of sad- Sad Cap cries blue star tears and looks like he’s been up all night trying to drink his sorrows away:
And don’t even get me started on the last guy in the gallery, who does he think he is- some Hollywood hotshot who can just walk around with a Captain America shield and no costume?:
Any parent will tell you that raising children can sometimes be a terrifying affair, they don’t call them the terrible twos for nothing (although they should rename them the terrible two-to-fives), but there’s a singular joy in surviving the nightmare and living to see them grow up to become terribly moody teenagers.
While they’re small you get to enjoy lots of messes, household disasters, and the occasional broken television set, along with lots of adorable moments that help you to forget those other nightmarish days.
Don’t let the name of this BuzzFeed article fool you- 26 Important Reminders Why Birth Control Exists is just as much about how fun having a kid can be, despite the nightmarish days of mess and destruction, as it is a reminder to those who don’t have kids what it means to be a parent.
Traveling abroad can be an exhilarating and life changing experience, if you’re not being snubbed and treated like an unwanted visitor by the locals...
Some places simply aren't very accommodating to travelers, but sometimes people will have a bad attitude towards you because they think you've wronged them by unknowingly going against one of their customs. Take this seemingly harmless "talk to the hand" type gesture:
This gesture is called a "mountza" in Greek, and it's just as insulting to the Greeks as giving someone the middle finger is in America, so don't get all sassy on the natives when you visit Greece or the gods will rain their displeasure down upon you!