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Nosferatu (1922)

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Today marks the anniversary of the London debut of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula in 1897. Talk about your best-seller! It soon inspired the first of the vampire films, Nosferatu, which beat Bela Lugosi's Dracula to the silver screen by 9 years.

The vampire Count Orlok is portrayed by actor Max Schreck, which name translates to 'maximum terror'. And you wonder where the name 'Shrek' came from.

The film holds up well after nearly 100 years, and the remastered score is excellent. This film came out in the same time frame of 1925's Phantom of the Opera, during which many theater patrons fainted from the shock of seeing Lon Chaney in full makeup. Read the comments in the YouTube video and you'll see that Nosferatu wasn't far off that mark.


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6 Poor Servants Who Wound Up Making History

It doesn't happen often, but every once in a great while, some everyday working stiff gets a chance to impress everyone. It takes hard work, timing, talent, and luck, but the stories of those who did it give us all inspiration.  

When Richard Montanez was a boy, he was embarrassed to bring burritos to school because the other kids had never seen them before. His mom's solution was to pack him an extra burrito each day, so he could give one away and make friends. Richard ended up selling burritos to classmates for a quarter each. So is this the prologue to the story of him becoming an entrepreneur and starting his own tortilla empire? Nope! Richard dropped out of school and got hired as a gardener.

And a car washer, and a chicken slaughterer. Then he got a job as janitor in a Frito-Lay plant, until one day the machinery broke down and he got to live the dream: taking home a bunch of undusted Cheetos. Having sadly neglected to stock his kitchen with jars of spare cheese crumbs, Richard rolled the Cheetos in chili powder in the style of elote, a Mexican chili corn snack. And he liked the result so much that he figured Frito-Lay should mass-produce it. He decided to pitch the idea directly to the CEO of PepsiCo, Roger Enrico.

You know how the idea took off, but what you don't know is that Enrico was so excited about the idea that he promoted the janitor, and Montanez later rose to executive vice president. Read five other stories like his at Cracked.

(Image credit: Flickr user Jan Videren)


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Goat LARP

Jibe-iT Goat Farm in Redding, Connecticut, is hosting the first Goat Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP) event on June 15. No, participants are not going to take the roles of goats. Rather, visitors will help to produce role-playing games for the goats! Attendees are encouraged to come in costume, if that's your thing. The farm is equipped with what you will need for the games, including "activity cards," with suggestions for the goat games. For example,

One goat plays as Frodo, another will be Sauron. Use lawn posts to mark off an area representing Mount Doom. If Frodo visits Mount Doom before Sauron touches him, the world is saved. If Sauron touches Frodo, all is lost.

However, you can bring your own ideas (in fact, you are encouraged to, because "most of the stuff we're writing is garbage"). The rules are optional. The farm will provide food. It sounds like a wild idea, and a good time for anyone, even the goats. Who knows, this may turn out to be the next big thing. -via Metafilter 

(Image credit: Laky 1970)


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Duck Crossing



On Monday, some duck herders in Sirajganj, Bangladesh, stopped traffic to get the flock across the road. How many ducks are there? All of them! After a while, I imagined them descending into a tunnel to get back to the original side of the road, just so they could mess with people. -via Digg


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JOHN WICK: The Best Modern New York Movies

I'm marathoning them this weekend. Ch.3 Baby!


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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD - Official Trailer (HD)

Any Tarrentino film always gets me excited.


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Iconic World War II Photos in Stained Glass

Perhaps the two most defining images of World War II--at least from the American perspective--are Joe Rosenthal's picture of of Marines raising the flag on the island of Iwo Jima and Alfred Eisenstaedt's photo of a sailor and nurse kissing in Times Square upon the news of Japan's surrender.

Redditor S_S_Sioux offers these interpretations of those great moments in stained glass. He's now looking for another image to work into glass. Which great World War II photo do you suggest?


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Somebody Went to This Man’s House and Thoroughly Cleaned It

May 15. Nate Roman, 44, came back home from work when he noticed that something was off — somebody broke into his house. (They didn’t “break in” literally, though. Roman accidentally left his back door unlocked, and so nothing was broken). The unknown person did not take anything from the house. He or she only cleaned the house in a thorough manner.

Roman looked around and saw that they neatly made the beds, vacuumed the rugs, and scrubbed the toilets. They even crafted ornate origami roses on the toilet paper rolls in his bathrooms, he said. Every room in his house was cleaned, except for the kitchen.
He thought the whole thing was “weird and creepy,” and reported the incident to police.

(Image Credit: Nate Roman)


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5000-Year Old Yeast Used to Recreate Beer from Ancient Times

By extracting six strains of the yeast from old pottery discovered in the Holy Land, researchers from the Antiquities Authority and three Israeli universities have been able to recreate beer “believed to be similar to beverages enjoyed by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt.”

The team said it hoped to make the drink available in shops one day.
"I remember that when we first brought out the beer we sat around the table and drank... and I said either we'll be good or we'll all be dead in five minutes," said Aren Maeir, an archaeologist with Bar-Ilan University. "We lived to tell the story".

(Image Credit: EPA)


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Ants Rescue Their Brethren Trapped on Spider Web

Despite being many in number, the ants still value the life of each of their brethren. When one of them gets trapped in a spider web, its comrades immediately go and rescue that unlucky ant.

Veromessor pergandei harvester ants, which thrive in colonies tens of thousands strong in the southwestern United States, usually walk a single route each day to collect seeds. Christina Kwapich and Bert Hölldobler at Arizona State University in Tempe monitored the ants’ response when one of their own became ensnared in a spider web.
If the entangled ant released a chemical alarm signal, its companions rescued it, carried it back to the nest and cleaned the silk from its body. Ants also tugged on the web itself until they had destroyed it. In laboratory tests, ants needed between 30 minutes and 2 hours to demolish a single web.

(Image Credit: C. L. Kwapich)


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Damon Langlois Wins the 2019 Texas SandFest

With his sandy masterpiece entitled “Liberty Crumbling”, Damon Langlois bags the first prize of the 2019 Texas Sandfest, the largest native-sand sculpture competition in the U.S.

See all of the winners from the 23rd Annual Texas Sandfest here.

(Image Credit: Kastle Kelley)


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“Living Portraits”: Creating Fake Images Now Made Easier than Before

Thank Samsung for that.

Moscow, Russia — Researchers at the Samsung AI Center developed a way to create moving portraits using only a small dataset. The dataset can be so small that even one photograph is enough to make a moving portrait — a “living portrait.”

Because they only need one source image, the researchers were able to animate paintings and famous portraits, with eerie results. Fyodor Dostoevsky—who died well before motion picture cameras became commercially available—moves and talks in black and white. The Mona Lisa silently moves her mouth and eyes, a slight smile on her face. Salvador Dali rants on, mustache twitching.

This technology far more exceeds than that of deepfakes, which only pastes faces over another face.

Do you think technology has gone too far on this one?

Via Vice

(Video Credit: Egor Zakharov/ YouTube)


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The 2019 Spiel des Jahres Finalists

For hobby gamers and board game enthusiasts out there, the Spiel des Jahres has announced their nominees for the award in three categories: Spiel des Jahres, Kennerspiel des Jahres, and Kinderspiel des Jahres.

This year, the jury of German critics went with light, easy-to-teach games for the family-friendly "Spiel des Jahres" award. Just One and Werwörter (Werewords in English) are word-based party games, while L.A.M.A. is a card-shedding game from design legend Reiner Knizia. All three play in under 20 minutes (!).

For the list of games in other categories, you may check them out on the Spiel des Jahres website.

(Image credit: Spiel des Jahres)


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The Shift from Hunter-Gathering to Agriculture Might Have Made Life More Difficult

Progress and development are usually associated with a higher standard or quality of living and generally a more convenient lifestyle. However, apart from the effects that digital technology has had on human populations, in terms of mental health, social dynamics, and even political and economic issues, new technologies in general might be accelerating too much for us to handle.

But let's go back to basics for now. The most fundamental means by which humans have survived and sustained themselves without the use of technology was through hunter-gathering. We looked for food available naturally in the wild. We foraged, hunted, and fished. Then agriculture was developed and most of us never looked back.

Now, it seems that agriculture jump-started much of our technological innovation. However, researchers are suggesting that perhaps, the hunter-gathering lifestyle might have been a lot easier than farming.

A paper published in Nature Human Behaviour explores how this shift affects the time budgets of hunter-gatherers in the Philippines, finding that women who participate more in agricultural work have less leisure time—around half the leisure time of women who prioritize foraging. 
The results fall in line with past research that challenges the concept of hunting and foraging as arduous work with scant rewards, and this work contributes to a growing understanding of the social dynamics that go along with a shift to agriculture.

(Image credit: sasint/Pixabay)


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Portland: The Home of Knives

Portland, Oregon is known as the knife-making capital. Other states produce fine knives but you can only find some of the most renowned custom-designed knives in Portland. To give you an inkling on Portland's knives, these three blades are what gave it such a moniker.

(Image credit: Wu Yi/Unsplash)


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