Shinto monks believe the Shimenawa rope represents the border between the lands of the physical and those of the spiritual, and the rope is often put up to indicate that a location is taboo and the rope line shouldn't be crossed by the living.
Those mortals foolish enough to ignore this warning may find themselves faced with unspeakable horrors from the spirit realm, where human flesh is but a plaything...
People wonder whether a tree falling in the woods actually makes a sound if nobody's there to hear it, but nobody ever asks about whether water being poured down a seemingly bottomless well makes a sound- and how long it takes to do so.
However, Unecht Erfunden wondered about this watery issue when he visited Nürnberg Castle, so he poured a pitcher of water down a medieval well 50 meters long and discovered it takes a long time to echo back.
The big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline's book Ready Player One just came out and despite mixed reviews from fans of the book audiences with no connection to the book seem to really like it.
But whether you're on board or stuck riding that hate train one thing's for certain- the film's CGI effects are stunning, and so are the visuals in this music video by GUNSHIP, which has nothing to do with the new film.
Art3mis & Parzival is actually GUNSHIP's homage to the original book, and it may be the one video that can bring both sides of the Ready Player One camp together in synthwave harmony.
Restaurants are becoming more allergy friendly and catering to more dietary restrictions by the day, which means people will all sorts of different diets have more choices available when they eat out.
But it's still pretty hard for vegans to find vegan-friendly options at fast food restaurants like Wendy's, Arby's and McDonald's, so Rhett and Link decided to tackle the problem head on by creating their own vegan fast food creations on this episode of Good Mythical Morning.
Sometimes the captions that accompany New Yorker cartoons are so inscrutable and deadpan it's hard to tell whether the artist meant the panel to be humorous at all, or if they were trying to be enigmatic on purpose.
So in an effort to make The New Yorker's comic strips funnier and more accessible to all actor and comedian Adam Scott tried his hand at coming up with captions for New Yorker cartoons, as part of their cartoon-caption contest.
It must be strange to get ready for work as a flight attendant knowing you're going to spend the next day or two in different cities, and while other people just have to bring a bag and a lunch to work they have to pack for a short trip each and every time. This strange work prep dilemma begs the question- what do flight attendants bring with them when they fly?
According to the flight attendants HuffPost spoke to these are the twelve things they never fly without:
“One of my favorite gadgets these days is my Yoozon selfie stick. On most of my trips I’m alone, discovering and capturing amazing photographs for my Instagram. The Yoozon selfie stick is also a tripod and has a wireless remote built into its compact design. It fits into my back pocket and has really improved my travel photography.” ― Jay Robert, flight attendant and creator of Fly Guy
“Flying dries you out like a raisin. I need to be better about drinking more water, but I do rely heavily on moisturizer and apply it at least two times a day.” ― Melissa, a flight attendant with American Airlines
“I always have Airborne with me, especially during flu season, so we, as flight attendants, can stay healthy and continue delivering excellent customer service.” ― Angelina Perez, a flight attendant with Delta
“I’m such a beach girl, the thought of being caught anywhere near a body of water without a bathing suit would be torturous!” ― Melissa
“If there’s one thing that would drive me crazy if I forgot to bring it and that is always on the pocket of my service waistcoat, it’s Chapstick. My lips get ridiculously dry up there, and having a Chapstick in hand has become sort of my second nature.” ― Lucas Manente, a flight attendant with a major carrier
“One item I travel with is my bullet journal. For those unfamiliar, a bullet journal is a life organizer meant to document the past and help you organize the present and future. As a flight attendant, constant travel can sometimes remove you from being grounded from your life at home. My bullet journal, with the pictures of my wife and son, to-do lists and pages highlighting my plans and goals, helps keep me tethered to my family and my life and responsibilities at home. In this day and age there are many travel essentials; however, [there are] very few things that can’t easily be replaced. Be sure to take a piece of home with you so no matter where you are in the world, home is not far.” ― Vinnie De Jesus, a flight attendant with Delta
Personal Wi-Fi Hotspot
“My fly life takes me across six continents, and staying connected to my friends, family and social media followers was my biggest challenge when overseas. Fortunately for me, I discovered Teppy, a pocked-sized personal Wi-Fi hotspot from TEP Wireless that lets me keep all my devices connected in over 100 countries, with unlimited internet for a price that’s less than the cost of hotel Wi-Fi. With Teppy I’m able to wander more confidently in foreign cities using maps, finding and learning about sights and ordering my transport. Their support is amazing. I dropped my device in Istanbul and it broke. Two days later a new device was at my hotel. What I like most is it only charges me on the days I use the device.” ― Jay Robert
“During my down time on a long flight, I love to get into a good story.” ― Melissa
“Something I always think to carry with me both as a flight attendant and a passenger is a light jacket or pullover. We all know re-routes and life happen, so when you find yourself somewhere you weren’t expecting to be, or if weather surprises you at least you know you have some comfort. The same can be applied for onboard the aircraft, especially as a passenger.” ― Shane Meadow, a flight attendant with Delta
“I’d say most flight attendants always travel with an extra pair of shoes. At my own airline, flight attendants are required to wear 2-inch heels through the airport. But once you’re on the plane for 10-plus hours, 2-inch pumps just won’t cut the mustard. So, many flight attendants bring flat, comfortable shoes for working, or what we like to call ‘in-flights.’ So you’ve got your ‘airport’ or ‘terminal’ shoes (we also wear these during boarding and deplaning), then you have your ‘in-flights,’ which we’ll put on after take-off and before service. I also know of some flight attendants that always travel with fold-able flip-flops, you know, just in case their flights get re-routed to a beach somewhere!” ― Kelly Kincaid, flight attendant with a major carrier and creator of Jetlagged Comic
“Flight attendants always will have their phones on them. As a contract corporate flight attendant, my phone is absolutely essential. I keep my catering and restock lists, passenger details, photos of boarding setups, and Google handy for all moments. Ops and the pilots also need to be able to contact me at all times. Commercial flight attendants also will always have their phones on them and never leave home without it.” ― Kara Mulder, a contract corporate flight attendant and creator of The Flight Attendant Life
“I like to carry workout clothes and shoes. Gotta stay healthy and fit! We always have some sort of gym at a layover hotel, and if we don’t, I’ll go for a run.” ― Melissa
Is there nothing you can't create with LEGO bricks? They've proven to be invaluable when it comes to casting, prototyping and constructing models for various creative and scientific projects, plus they're a cornerstone of basic robotics.
And now David Aguilar, a teen with some serious mechanical skills who is the focus of this Great Big Story, has used LEGO bricks to build himself a prosthetic arm:
Ever since he was a kid, David Aguilar was obsessed with Lego. He spent his childhood building cars, planes, helicopters, and eventually, his own prosthetic. Born with a deformed arm, the self-named “Hand Solo” decided to take his Lego-building skills to the next level. At age 18, he perfected his designs with the MK2, a prosthetic arm with the ability to bend and pick up objects with a pincer-like grip. Now, he’s the coolest kid on the block.
I pity the fool who doesn't think E.T. dressed up as Mr. T is the toughest and gnarliest mashup in nerd history- because that fool's sense of humor is broken! Imagine the look on Elliot and Gertie's face when they see E.T. strolling in, his long neck covered in gold chains and his turtle-y head covered with a mohawk, they would flip their wigs! Of course, once they find out E.T. is now an alien enforcer who has come to collect the twenty bucks Elliot owes Billy the bully the costume won't seem so funny after all...
Get dressed up for geeky fun with this Mr. E.T.- 80s Retro Vintage Mash-Up t-shirt by Captain RibMan, and you'll make people smile wherever you go!
People say Sailor Moon is crazy to be so obsessed with cats, but the way Moon sees it you have to be nuts not to adore those cute little furry critters- especially when one of them is your guardian and adviser. But not everyone has as close a relationship with their cat like Moon has with Luna, so maybe if people knew what it was like to truly love a kittie and have them love you back they might not think of Moon as such a loon! Of course, nobody has the nerve to call her a loon to her face...
Add some purr-fectly geeky fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Crazy Moon Cat Lady t-shirt by Dooomcat, featuring a delightful design that'll blow nerdy minds wherever you go!
The term "turtle power" used to refer to the ninja turtles' explosive fighting abilities and awesome command of martial weapons, but ever since Donatello built the Party Wagon, and the boys got their drivers licenses, the power is all under the hood! Now the teenage mutants are too busy rollin' around town in their van to fight the Foot, and the rivalry has grown so cold that Shredder started building his own rat rods so he can take the fight to the street!
Add some high octane fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Rad Fink t-shirt by Poopsmoothie, featuring a fun design sure to get nerdy motors revvin' wherever you go!
To say Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are heartbreakers is an understatement, because these two femme fatales not only break hearts- they break minds and bodies too! But for some reason Batman's heart has always remained out of reach for these dead sexy gals, so they're about to win ol' Batsy over another way- by literally making him eat his heart out by forcefully removing it from his chest!
Add some adorable comic color to your geeky wardrobe with this Friends Forever t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, it's a sweet design that'll get you lots of love wherever you go!
The Bohemian lifestyle has always appealed to me, and while others pursue wealth and surround themselves with the trappings of the rich I prefer to keep things simple, artsy and full of free love. Now that's not to say rich people and Bohemians have nothing in common, because both appreciate the beauty of art, the pleasure found in a fine bottle of booze and the wonderful warmth felt while listening to good music. But the rich chase after possessions that are meant to impress other people but owned by few while Bohemians know the best things in life are meant to be enjoyed by rich and poor alike!
Declare your love of the simpler things in life with this BOHEMIA t-shirt by Medusa Dollmaker, it's a wondrous way to show the world you're a Bohemian now and forever more.
It's sad to see how so many stars from the 80s and 90s have let themselves go over the years, but Leonardo's decline into obesity has hit his now middle aged turtle brothers really hard- because his doctor says Leo doesn't have long to live. Ever since Splinter passed away those ninja heroes has found it hard to keep the group together, and while Michaelangelo turned to drugs and Raphael became a violent drunk Leonardo has been drowning his sorrows in extra large pizzas and donitz. Where's a celebrity weight loss challenge when you need one?!
Fatten up your geeky wardrobe with this SEWER PIPE TEENS: MORBID-LEO-BESE t-shirt by BeastPop, it's a tasty way to show love for your favorite teenage mutants and show the world how they look now!
When the Beastie Boys sang "you've gotta fight for your right to party!" they were speaking to their young human listeners and not the gremlins who were using their rebellious brand of rap music as the anthem for their spree of destruction. Still, the song does fit their monster-iffic orgy of madcap mayhem quite well, and at least the Beasties know those creepy little critters won't go after them since they're the gremlins' favorite group since 1984!
Rock out retro style with this You Gotta Fight t-shirt by Rocky Davies, it's a freaky fun way to declare your love of the greatest decade, the greatest rap group and the greatest movie ever at the same time!
Deadpool is always trying to be the center of attention, and he's often so worried about what others think of him that he'll go out of his way to act like a real cool guy so people (especially women) will like him. But then DP discovered a shortcut that didn't involve fancy costumes, witty banter or personality makeovers- he got a pug and dressed him up as Pugpool. Soon people (especially women) were fawning all over Wade and his little doggy pal, and the duo became so popular DP didn't even have to fight crime anymore to be considered a hero! But then he woke up from that beautiful dream and realized he was still the same old merc with a mouth, living in the same s#$tty apartment with the same ugly mug...
Every day can be a doggone good day when you wear this Pugpool t-shirt by Kinda Creative, and it's guaranteed to help you meet your fellow geeks wherever you go because it's a total nerd magnet!
The Great Old Ones were making themselves at home on Earth well before mankind walked around acting like they owned the place, and even though they're dormant today their impact on the planet will always be felt. Now if anyone tells you we're descended from these otherworldly beings they're wrong, because the Great Old Ones see humans as far too inferior to become hosts for their genetic seed. But they've influenced the develoment of human civilization from the very beginning, and their power over us is absolute!
Share some real (fictional) science with the world by wearing this The Lovecraftian Man t-shirt by Dr. Simon Butler, it's the squid-errific way to pledge allegiance to Cthulhu and may help you avoid being devoured.
Alchemists learn early on that their alchemical pursuits are dangerous, and can result in the death of anyone involved, so they tend to go it alone. But Alphonse and Edward didn't know any better when they first started studying alchemy- and their ignorance cost Alphonse his body and Edward his arm. So whenever you wonder about why alchemists are so bad at making friends and tend to travel alone think about the Elric brothers and know that alchemy is best practiced as a solitary art, so your loved ones don't get caught in the middle...
Add some anime awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this One Is All, All Is One t-shirt by adho1982, it's an eye-catching way to show love for your favorite series Fullmetal Alchemist!
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Christina Aguilera has always worn a lot of makeup when performing on stage, and when I say a lot I mean so much she often makes clowns feel like their faces aren't painted enough.
This thick layer of makeup has become a signature part of Christina's stage persona- and it has made her nearly unrecognizable without makeup. Here she is appearing au naturale in a cover shoot for Paper Magazine:
It's strange that someone so beautiful feels the need to wear so much makeup all the time, but it probably helps her avoid the paparazzi when she goes out in public as her unpainted self!
Some people feel the modern world is no place to raise a child, while others see the next generation as just what humanity needs to dispel the darkness and bring light to the world once again.
But no matter how you feel about kids in the modern age you've gotta admit- the kids featured in British illustrator Kristian Jones' artwork are a bit odd.
Maybe it's because their parents let them plug in to digital devices way too early, or maybe it's because they live in a strange retro dystopia full of laser beams, cameras and people too busy staring at screens to keep an eye on those kids.
Whatever the reason behind the bizarre behavior exhibited by the kids in Kristian Jones' artwork one thing is certain- they're cool customers even though they dress like squares!
Board games don't have a soundtrack unless you're playing one of those VCR board games with a video you have to watch while you play, but if the games from our youth did have a soundtrack it would sound nothing like the song in this video.
In fact, PLAY by SebastiAn sounds like the soundtrack to an old school video game, but the video features animated squiggles doing all sorts of strange things to our favorite childhood board games.
It's no wonder Japanese creators come up with some of the most creative and bizarre characters and stories in pop culture considering their mythology is so darn strange and interesting.
But as original and creative as Japanese myths are they also contain many elements and themes you'd recognize from other myths, such as the snake-haired monster and the curse doll.
The Japanese version of a voodoo doll was made of straw and constructed to inflict a curse upon someone:
We all know the now famous movie trope of the ‘voodoo’ doll, but accounts in Japan show us of a type of straw doll used for cursing a person. To make one, create a small straw figure, then write the name and age of the target on paper and insert it into the doll. Next, draw a face on a separate sheet of paper and fix it to the figure.
At night, visit a sacred space and find an old tree, then with an iron crown on your head (which holds three candles), wait for the hour of the Ox – this is similar to our own ‘witching hour’ but the time is actually between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. At this time, nail the doll to the old tree and your curse will manifest itself on your victim.
The Japanese version of the Gorgon myth involves reflections and shadows revealing the truly monstrous nature of a person:
It is said that the real intentions of a lady can be shown by her reflection and shadow. A gentleman who wishes to know the mindset of a woman should watch her reflection in a mirror, and if the beauty he observes in the reflection is actually a hag with writhing snakes for hair, her heart is impure, and a relationship with her would be catastrophic.
Likewise, if two women appear to get on in polite conversation then check their shadows: if both shadows display angry snakes in the hair, each trying to bite at each other, then know that the women actually hate each other, in truth, even though their conversation is polite.
The future of Rick and Morty is in jeopardy, as the nefarious scoundrels at Adult Swim have yet to renew the show for a fourth season, but neither Rick nor Morty are letting their unknown future get them down.
They're too busy starring in a kickass music video for the kickass Run The Jewels song "Oh Mama" and proving they've got a very bright future as music video stars. (NSFW language)
In an advertiser's paradise consumers would buy every single product advertised to them every single day of the year, but as we all know advertising and marketing aren't that effective and don't make people buy with abandon.
But if ads worked they way advertisers wish they would it would look something like this Good Mythical Morning video, as Jordan buys everything advertised to him and charges it all to Rhett and Link's corporate credit card. Advertising FTW!
Economy schmeconomy and Capitalism schmapitalism, amirite? Now depending on how you reacted to that statement you're either passionate about Capitalism and your country's current economic state or you don't give a damn, and frankly it's okay to feel either way about these financial matters.
But we're not here to argue- we're here to watch an old timey cartoon show about Capitalism, more specifically a "Corporate Cold War-era cartoon linking Bill of Rights to free-enterprise ideology" from 1954.
And despite how it may seem It's Everybody's Business isn't boring at all, especially when viewed with 21st century eyeballs.
Whenever you install and use iTunes you're forced to agree to Apple's user agreement to continue, a lengthy document that is essentially just a long-winded way for Apple to cover their butt.
I've never read this entire document, and chances are neither have you, but illustrator Robert Sikoryak has and somehow it inspired him to create a comic book version of that ridiculously long legal document.
Robert rendered his "unauthorized adaptation" of the iTunes Terms and Conditions in the style of many famous cartoons and comics, from the Simpsons to Peanuts to Dick Tracy, and his graphic novel is making people actually want to read the document!
Elton John is one hell of a showman who wows crowds with his stage shows while playing hit songs like "Candle In The Wind" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", but imagine how much more dazzling his stage show would be if he played a flaming piano!
There's no way an audience would forget seeing Elton play "Tiny Dancer" while his piano burns away to a pile of ash, and there's no way you'll forget seeing James Nelson play his flaming piano either- because he really cooks on those keys!
Whenever the world seems chilly, and people treat you like you're an unwanted part of society, you know you can pour yourself a steaming hot mug of self respect and spill that tea with your community. They say gossip is a bad thing, and that it leads to hurt feelings and resentment, but people have been gossiping since the very beginning and the gossip has only brought people closer together. And in this time of social struggle when people must continually fight to be accepted as they are it can be quite nice to dish with people who get what you're going through, so spill that tea and let the gossip unite your community!
Get people talking wherever you go with this Spill That Tea t-shirt by Kellabell9, it's a fun way to show love for the gay community and get people to open up to you at the same time!
Han was used to riding solo, he was used to being alone with his thoughts and a walking carpet to cuddle up with when the galaxy felt colder than usual, but then he met Leia and suddenly solo wasn't an option anymore. She brought out the goodness in him, turning that rogue into a ravishing romantic, and the solo became a duo who shared their love with the stars above. Suddenly it didn't matter how many wars they'd fought in, or how the odds were stacked against them, because they knew their love was a force to be reckoned with- and time would forever be on their side...
Show some love for your favorite space opera smuggler with this Solo Horizon t-shirt by Kempo24, it's a fun and interesting way to take your favorite sci-fi hero with you wherever you go!
Normally shirts that say prompt people to sit on you, ride on you or otherwise engage in physical contact with you won't get you much love from the intended target, but this Ride Me For Luck t-shirt by Hillary White will get you all kinds of love wherever you go. That's because it contains the power of Falcor, the luck dragon, so people won't be able to resist the urge to see if Falcor's good luck rubs off on them like it did Atreyu. And in this never ending story we call life luck is something we could all use a bit more of, especially those who are stuck eating rocks when they'd rather be munchin' on delicious sammiches!