About half the students reading this will cringe because they can relate to it, while the other half will laugh because finals are over. Finals week is the one thing about school you won’t miss at all when you graduate. This is the latest from Buttersafe.
When it came out in 1972, Pong was a marvel of video game design. It's visually simple by today's standards, but it thrilled the first generation of video game players.
You can play it on a computer now. But thanks to Daniel Perdomo and his colleagues, it's also possible to play a physical version in a table-shaped arcade cabinet.
This video shows how it's put together. Magnets move the paddles and ball back and forth between two sheets of glass. The paddles don't actually hit the ball, but the ball ricochets according to the angles of impact to the paddles. It's an incredible technical achievement.
A group of scientists are testing a new kind of sticky trap. To get accurate information on its effectiveness, they sent various types of humans across a 20-foot section of the material. First, a scientist as a baseline, then a sprinter, then a sumo wrestler. I was hoping the sumo wrestler wouldn’t get his loincloth caught in the sticky stuff. He does.
Of course, this is an ad, for a Japanese cockroach trap. For such products, we’d hope they do their testing on actual cockroaches. -via Tastefully Offensive
(Photo: City of Key West)
Key West, Florida is a civilized place. You can't act like a caveman. And the owner of this Flintstones-style car found that out when he parked it illegally.
ABC News 10 reports that the city government was searching for the owner before towing it away. On Facebook, the city government states that it has since been able to find the owner. It doesn't describe him, which is a shame, because I always liked watching Fred on TV.
-via Florida Man
The title of this list is really 20 Movies Every Real Estate Agent Should Watch, but that’s too narrow. While they feature real estate professionals, the subject of where to live affects us all. There’s at least one movie in here that relates to the travails of home buyers, homeowners, home sellers, renters, roommates, homeless people, landlords, neighbors, and yes, real estate agents. I’ve lived through the movie The Money Pit. Twice.
This 1980’s comedy focuses on a young couple who moves into a huge and expensive house that appears to be perfect right up until they purchase it, at which point it starts to fall apart in an absurd manner. Real estate agents are probably going to appreciate the number of lessons in real estate that the movie subtly delivers, such as the importance of looking past the surfaces when deciding on a house. The couple partly got into the mess in the first place because they were seduced by the promise of a bargain home and by a seller’s sympathetic sob story, which happens frequently in real life.
But in my case, it was intentional. Read the rest of the list at Housely. You might find something great to watch this weekend.
Bruce Lee is still considered one of the undisputed masters of martial arts, and countless fighters, athletes and other physical folks have been inspired to take it to the limit by the mighty Bruce.
His biggest strengths were his incredible speed and knowledge of striking, which made Bruce more than a match for fighters twice his size, but you really have to see his speed to believe it.
Bruce demonstrated his superhuman striking speed on a somewhat willing target in this excerpt from the 2012 documentary I Am Bruce Lee, don't blink or you'll miss the moves!
The longer pocket monsters are made to battle it out in the stadiums the more likely they are to have a period of civil unrest in their fictional kingdom, and war will tear them apart. They'll start forming teams with similar characters, and adopt a team name to make them stand out from the other side, and if they color coordinate their costumes the whole thing will be utterly adorable! But this is civil war, and they're supposed to look all tough and ready for Pokemon pew-pew-pew not cute and catch 'em all-able...too bad!
Fight the civil war your way with this Team Chark t-shirt by Batang 9Tees, it's the ultimate way to declare allegiance in the battle between pocket monster sympathizers and the pokeball purists.
|Team Squirgers||Pocket Neighbor||It's Only A Dream||Rey|
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Dr. Henry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver that has saved countless choking victims, is 96 years old and lives at a senior living facility in Cincinnati. The staff are all trained in the Heimlich Maneuver, but on Monday, when 87-year-old Patty Ris got a piece of hamburger stuck in her airway, they deferred to Heimlich. The doctor immediately performed as he had practiced for decades, and the obstruction was dislodged. Ris was okay! The real kicker is that this is the first time Heimlich had ever used his maneuver to save someone's life.
In a telephone interview Thursday, Heimlich recounted what happened. He said Ris had been sitting next to him at his table.
“When I used it, and she recovered quickly,” he said, “it made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to save all those lives.”
His son, Phil Heimlich, said his father regularly meets people who were either saved or saved somebody else.
“Just the fact that a 96-year-old man could perform that, is impressive,” he said.
Heimlich has lived at the facility for six years, but still stays active and in shape. -via Metafilter
The Milk Bar in Fountain Valley, California is getting you ready for the day with a healthy breakfast cereal. It offers ice cream sandwiches with your choice of ice cream between two shingles made of Fruity Pebbles. If the shop serves coffee ice cream in these sandwiches, then you've got a meal on the go right here.
Remember the Junk Lady from the film Labyrinth? Jen Yates of Cake Wrecks and Epbot and her husband John built this Junk Lady costume. The whole thing is 37 pounds, and can either be worn or carted around. It was designed for the Labyrinth Ball at Dragoncon, but alas, the tickets to the ball sold out immediately.
See more pictures and a description of the build process with all the little details at Epbot here and here. Look for the Junk Lady at Megacon this weekend, and also at Dragoncon in Atlanta this fall. -via Metafilter
People who love bizarre humor have a hard time finding stuff that appeals to their kind of funny in this straight laced and conformist world, so they'll often resort to making their own stuff.
But if you love bizarre humor and want a high quality shirt that speaks your language the NeatoShop's got you covered!
People with a twisted sense of humor grow up thinking they're strange
But loving the bizarre couldn't be more normal
And only squares judge those who live by their own rules
A hundred years ago, automobiles were a new and fairly untested idea, so why would someone buy a car when they had a perfectly good horse, which was safer? Enter the marketing department.
While the poor horses got slandered, there were definite advantages to driving cars, especially in cities. Car manufacturers didn’t have to be so nasty about it, but even when they’re right, business trumps the common good. The campaign against the horse wasn’t nearly as bad as the battle against pedestrians or the campaign to design American infrastructure around the automobile. -Thanks, Phil Edwards!
It's spelling bee season! The National Spelling Bee is still going on at the time that I write this. But I'm confident that none of the finalists would have trouble with any of the words on this map.
For Massachusetts, the hardest word is Massachusetts. For Arizona and New Hampshire, it's diarrhea. North Carolina struggles with pneumonia. California, Idaho, Indiana, and Connecticut have trouble with desert.
-via Debby Witt
Barnaby Dixon shows off his new puppet design, and it’s quite clever. It combines the articulation of a marionette with the direct action of a hand puppet. Of course, the skill of the operator is key to making it move realistically, and he’s pretty good at that, too.
The only drawback I see is that necessarily long loincloth, which could create design problems in making a specific puppet, but I’m sure that can be worked around.
I had no idea this was even possible!
But it's apparently true: you can cut a vinyl record in such a way that, when viewed from the right angle, you can see a hologram hovering over the surface.
Disney is releasing a 2-vinyl record collection of music from Episode VII: The Force Awakens. When you play them on a turntable, you can see either a TIE fighter or the Millennium Falcon.
If Disney releases a third record this way, I hope it puts on it the Leia hologram from Episode IV.
These are the stories of the royal armpits and other reasons we should be thankful they don't make history books scratch 'n' sniff.
Tycho Brahe was arguably one of the luckiest men in history. The 16th-century astronomer famously lost his nose in a duel during an argument over a math equation. Which, admittedly, can’t have been comfortable. On the other hand, Tycho wore a brass nose for the rest of his life, which meant he would have had more difficulty smelling. And that must have been a blessing, because the past was a putrid place.
The problem reached all the way to the top: There’s a long history of foul-smelling royals. Queen Elizabeth I proudly declared that she took a bath “once a month, whether she needed to or not.” Her father, King Henry VIII, was even smellier. Later in life, the overweight monarch had a festering wound on his leg that you could smell from three rooms away. The lesion—which some say he got from wearing a too-tight garter—was made worse by the royal doctors. They believed the sore needed to run in order to heal, so they tied it open with string and sprinkled in gold pellets to keep it infected (and putrescent).
Over in France, Louis XIV was famous for his halitosis. (His mistress Madame de Montespan doused herself in heavy plumes of perfume to thwart the smell.) Meanwhile, his predecessor, Louis XIII, proclaimed, “I take after my father. I smell of armpits.”
(Photo: TJ Khayatan)
17-year old TJ Khayatan and his friends recently decided to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He tells BuzzFeed that they were largely underwhelmed by what they saw. For example, one of the galleries had on display a stuffed animal on a blanket. How was that art?
So Khayatan and his friends decided to play a prank. They placed a pair of glasses on the floor. Other visitors promptly looked at it in wonder, confusing it for a work of art:
Within seconds of putting the glasses down and walking away, Khayatan said people started gathering around the “exhibit” to view it and take pictures. After a while, more and more people started doing the same, so he decided to take pictures of them admiring his “art.”
-via Atlas Obscura
Since The Room was a flop at the box office, and the ironic crowd lost interest in the film after Shia LeBeauf started making his own arthouse films, Tommy chose to shift gears and turn his screenplay into a video game. The premise is simple- guide Johnny through the emotional twists and turns of an average romantic banker's life while trying to keep his fiancee Lisa from running away with his best friend Mark, which is virtually impossible. The Room- The Game also involved many minor character side quests that made absolutely no sense, and this ultimately made the game an unplayable mess that made the movie look like a masterpiece!
Advertise your least favorite fictional video game in style with this You're Tearing Me Apart Lisa!! (NES Edition) t-shirt by Brandon Wilhelm ART, so bad it's good!
|Team Stark||Dead Last||Team Rogers||The Legend Of Souls|
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Marvel movies are action films: Good vs. evil, superpowers, and special effects. But each has some kind of romantic pairing going on, for better or worse. maybe it’s part of the formula that all Marvel movies much adhere to. I guess we should consider it a good thing, because otherwise there might not be any women in those movies at all! But while some romance subplots are hot, others seem to be phones in. Den of Geek counts down the ten romances in Marvel movies, ranked from worst to best.
(Meme: Minor Mistake Marvin)
When we're tired and used to doing a particular task, such as driving home or blogging, we may stop thinking about it consciously. Different parts of our brains take over monitoring our activities. Sometimes those parts of the brain make really stupid decisions.
Redditor Kirushi asked the question in the title. How have our autopilot functions let us down? Here are some of the best responses.
Some were harmless, as Derped_my_pants remembers:
Was jogging late at night. A guy reached out his hand in front of me as I passed.
I high-fived him.
Turns out he was hailing a taxi.
Others were possibly dangerous, but nonetheless hilarious. Danseaman6 writes:
When I was in high school and living on the family farm, I used to feed the horses and barn cats every morning. Waking up at 6am for this as a 16 year old guaranteed that I was half asleep. So, I grabbed the cat food like I always did, walked to the table where my cat's bowl was like I always did, and poured some in. My cat always jumped up on the table right away to start eating right away, and one morning as something jumped up in front of me I absentmindedly pet it as usual. The hair felt a little rough so I looked down and instead of my friendly orange cat, there was a skunk. Just chilling there eating the cat food while I pet its back.
While the artists who make rock concert posters for venues in San Francisco in the 60s became famous, John Moehring was doing the same thing in Seattle with little fanfare. Fifty years later, he is famous among poster collectors, those who really appreciate the psychedelic art of the era. Moehring produced posters for appearances by The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and other monsters of rock. Collectors Weekly has an exclusive interview with Moehring about those days.
“Lots of bands playing at Eagles came to the house to partake of the Alice B. Toklas-inspired chewies and hang out before or after concerts,” Moehring says. “It was a safe environment for rock ’n’ roll road warriors often quite a distance from home.”
Naturally, Moehring had his favorites. “I have special memories of Pink Floyd’s visits,” he says. “They were fun people to spend some time with. And Alice Cooper, in spite of his appearance, was just a down-to-earth guy who liked to play golf. Go figure. People weren’t really stuck-up about their fame back then,” Moehring adds. “Everybody was interested in meeting new people and hearing what they thought and had to say.”
One of Moehring’s fondest memories is of an evening spent with English rocker Marc Bolan of Tyrannosaurus Rex—his second band, T-Rex, and its big hit, “Bang a Gong (Get It On),” were still a few years away. Accompanying Bolan on this particular evening was his then-girlfriend and future wife, June Child.
“Marc wanted to go out and have some real American French fries,” Moehring recalls, “so we piled into whatever ramshackle vehicle I had at the time and drove to a restaurant, where we ate French fries and just talked and talked. Eventually Marc got tired, so I drove him back to where they were staying, but June was still raring to go. We stayed up the entire night driving all over Seattle. I showed her all my favorite little places.” For example, one stop on this after-midnight tour was an old water tower way out on the Magnolia Bluffs overlooking Puget Sound. “The tower had these real cool cross braces all around it,” Moehring says, “and if you shook one of the braces that was down close to the ground, the whole thing would start to vibrate and reverberate. It was just a lovely, lovely evening.”
Read the rest, and see a nice collection of posters, at Collectors Weekly.
(Image: CCTV News)
A company in Beijing, China has devised a radically new approach to mass transportation that, it says, will reduce the notoriously heavy traffic of Chinese cities. What makes the Transit Explore Bus different from conventional buses is that it straddles car lanes, making use of the vertical space above cars.
The huge vehicle stretches over two lanes of traffic, riding along rails on each side. It can travel at up to 38 miles per hour. A single one will be able to replace 50 normal buses. But that's just a hypothetical model. Soon the design will be put to a practical test. The Guardian reports:
A prototype will reportedly be deployed on the streets of Qinhuangdao, a coastal city about 300km east of Beijing, this summer.
The project has been greeted with anticipation in China, where traffic jams have grown as the country overtook the United States to become the largest car market on earth in 2009.
Last year alone 21.1 million passenger cars were sold here.
In a wonderful example of how to reuse Olympic venues, the city of Montreal converted the velodrome from the 1976 Olympics into an indoor zoo, with five distinct ecosystems, plenty of sunlight and vegetation, and animals from all over. Juergen Horn and Mike Powell visited recently to enjoy the environment and take pictures.
Dwarfed by the Olympic Stadium to which it’s adjacent, the Biodôme doesn’t look like much from the outside. But inside, an illusion of immense space has been created, and each of the five ecosystems are surprisingly spacious. After leaving the Biodôme, I looked back on the building in confusion. How did they manage to fit everything into that cycling dome?
The five zones are Tropical Rainforests, Laurentian Maple Forests, Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Labrador Cliffs, and the Antarctic. See more of the Biodôme at For 91 Days.
Do you struggle with a mental illness? People will tell you to suck it up and keep going. You don't need treatment. You just need some gumption so you don't flake out on your responsibilities.
Other people can't see the pain, so they may not think that it's real. Haejin Park illustrated 7 common responses at BuzzFeed. When you meet people like this, block them out of your life if you want to get better.
When a company decides to use a foreign or made up name for their brand they know people are going to mispronounce the name, and they're usually okay with that.
Mispronunciation leads to discussion about the brand which is a form of free advertisement, and as long as consumers can find the store and spend their money nothing else matters.
IKEA became the largest furniture retailer in the world even though nobody knew how to properly pronounce their name, which the company knew and encouraged until setting the record straight a few years ago with this Vine video.
The proper pronunciation isn't eye-key-ah, even though IKEA had a billboard with an eyeball, a key and a person saying "ah", it's actually pronounced ee-KAY-uh. Oh well, too late to change it now!
For the past 15 years, Wikipedia has informed and misinformed* nearly a generation of internet users about history, science, popular culture, and pretty much everything else on Earth. The are articles on broad topics, as well as extremely narrow ones. Some of those are very controversial and the editors debate vigorously over what precisely is the truth and what constitutes objective descriptions of it.
This past January, Five Thirty-Eight, Nate Silver's popular statistics blog, created this chart illustrating the three most heavily edited articles for every year of Wikipedia's existence. Rapidly changing events, like the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and political controversies are obvious picks. But I'm baffled as to why 2009 was a peak year for the Chevrolet Vega and the article on Japanese dissidence during the Shōwa period was revised so often during 2014.
-via Jonah Goldberg
*I'm a college librarian, so I spent way too much time explaining to students why it's not acceptable to use Wikipedia as a source of information in their research assignments.
Burger Fiction’s latest supercut is a welcome change. It’s nice to be welcomed. I think you’ll recognize the majority of these films, not least because many of them have the title in the clip. The word “welcome” will sound really silly by the time this is through. You’re welcome. -via Tastefully Offensive
Instagram member Miss Jazminad is a wizard with a makeup brush. She creates incredibly detailed, vividly colored lip makeup schemes. She can make color fades, patterns, and even complete images, like The Little Mermaid scene above. Her lips sparkle with glitter, stones, and her own vibrant personality.
The more high-tech your devices are, the faster they become obsolete. That’s heartbreaking for thrifty people who don’t like to replace something that still works, even if it doesn’t work for your needs anymore. Most households have obsolete but still-working gadgets stored somewhere “in case I ever need it.” You probably won’t, but there's a fuzzy line between obsolete and collectible. As older devices become rarer, they may be worth something for that alone. Take the Atari VCS:
Before it was called the Atari 2600, it was called the Atari VCS, or video computer system. If you got one of these early generation machines from 1980-1982 and still own it, you’re in luck: they’re going for around $100 on eBay. And if you’ve got some games to go with it, you’ll pull in even more depending on which titles you can offer. Air Raid is the most expensive, with one selling for over $30,000 a few years ago, while ET is the most interesting in that it is widely considered one of the worst games for the console. A few years ago, a massive collection of ET games was dug out of a landfill in New Mexico, so owning one is like owning a fun bit of video game history.
You might recognize some of the computers, music players, phones, and more in a list of outdated devices that may be worth money anyway at Money Inc.