Most people who use rental cars just need them to get from place to place, but for some people, the rental car itself is a bit of an adventure in itself. Unfortunately for the guys who work at the rental agency, those types of people often forget to clean up after themselves and the results can be pretty scary.
Thrillist recently collected horror stories from people who worked at car rental agencies and the results will make you glad you never had to look underneath the seat of a car hoping to not stumble upon a gun or a syringe.
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell cares for and exhibits historical clothing, and she loves her job. She has an appreciation not only for the textiles and the displays, but also for the people who once wore them, even if they lived hundreds of years ago. Preserving those clothes helps us to know those people and what their lives were like.
Thanks to modern technology and the efforts of specialist textile scientists, curators can now appreciate historical garments in ways their original beholders and wearers could not. Polarizing microscopes and high-resolution digital images reveal textures, weaves, and threads invisible to the naked eye. Cutting-edge conservation treatments reinflate sleeves crushed by centuries of careless storage or restore shattered silk linings. X-rays reveal the complex interior boning of a Balenciaga evening gown, and military-grade chemical inhibitors remove aluminum corrosion on Neil Armstrong’s space suit.
But no amount of scientific analysis can capture the feel, sound, and smell of historic clothing—and that’s where costume curators and conservators (who are responsible for the technical examination and treatment of textiles) have a privileged perspective. We get to touch it. We enjoy intimate proximity with other people’s clothes, laid out on lab tables under lights and magnifying glasses like surgical patients, not in dimly illuminated public galleries where the objects are kept out of reach behind glass or velvet ropes. We find the hidden pockets; the discreet padding; the lingering whiff of perfume or tobacco. By the time they go on public display, we know them as well as the clothes on our own backs.
The article goes on to tell us about some of the nuts-and-bolts details of historic garment display. Read more about the work of a costume curator at The Atlantic.
Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful miniature scenes, but they each have something weird going on. The doorway above opens up to a small but nice balcony for a little fresh air, and it's only when you look at the ground below that you see how deadly it is.The scene below is a little more obvious.
Every dumb thing we humans do in this modern-day ‘civilized’ world is laid out in excruciating detail in these miniature scenes by artist Frank Kunert – not to mention our fears and anxieties. A row of public toilets is placed on a stage so strangers can watch you poop. A bride and groom poise at the end of a diving platform far too high above a pool, their friends and family watching below. A children’s slide empties onto a highway, and a bassinet is equipped with a desk so the little one can get to work as soon as possible. Pipes funnel human waste straight from the toilet upstairs into a television set, and a balcony projects into the path of a train.
It only makes sense for plants that live for hundreds of years to figure out ways to survive at all costs, especially when all they really need to survive is water and sunlight, but trees make the art of survival look easy.
Their resilience and ability to thrive in otherwise inhospitable conditions have inspired people throughout history, but this little tree was apparently inspired by two humans named Paul Simon + Art Garfunkel.
WL Intelligent Technology Co, Ltd, in Guangzhou set up 1,069 Dobi robots and had them all dance in unison. This set a new world record. Well, they actually set up more robots than that, but the few that fell over while dancing were deducted from the total count by Guinness officials. They still looked good.
The Dobi robots broke the previous record that was set only a couple of weeks ago by another Chinese company. This may be the beginning of a competitive back-and-forth that could eventually bring the robot apocalypse upon us. -via Boing Boing
It doesn't take much imagination to play a video game, so if you want to really let your fancies take flight you've gotta dive in to the world of roleplaying games- where anything can happen. Plumbers can become mighty heroes capable of flinging magic fireballs and growing to three times his original size, mushrooms can come to life and join the fight against the forces of darkness, and turtles can fly. In an RPG all things are possible with the roll of a die, and your adventures in plumbing can dig as deep as you want!
Add an imaginative mashup to your geeky wardrobe with this Castles & Koopas t-shirt by Creative Outpouring, it's sure to be a critical hit with your fellow gamers!
Robert is ready. He's got his eclipse glasses, a GoPro headband, and an array of various types of cameras since he doesn't know what will work. Yeah, that's a flash attachment. You give a little pre-flash to reduce red-eye in the sun, or the moon as the case may be. His wife Heather is supposedly pretty chill about his obsession with getting the perfect eclipse photograph, as if there won't be millions of them taken by people who actually know what they're doing. Redditor robertandheather posted this picture last night. He's still got three days to hold that position.
Most husbands will readily admit they don't know much about makeup, and many tell their wives they don't need makeup by default because that's what they think their wives want to hear.
But women who enjoy wearing makeup want to hear that it looks good on them, and if the wife in question is a beauty vlogger then she wants to hear specifics.
Beauty vlogger Kara of KLN Beauty recruited her husband to provide narration for an unique makeup video that focuses on what he thinks of her makeup, and his sweet and loving responses made the internet swoon. Yes, the entire internet.
Yellowstone National Park's many thermal mineral springs and geysers are features of the volcanic activity underneath the ground. Scientists at NASA are convinced that the threat of a supervolcano erupting from the magma chamber under Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho is greater than the threat of an asteroid or comet hitting the earth.
When Nasa scientists came to consider the problem, they found that the most logical solution could simply be to cool a supervolcano down. A volcano the size of Yellowstone is essentially a gigantic heat generator, equivalent to six industrial power plants. Yellowstone currently leaks about 60-70% of the heat coming up from below into the atmosphere, via water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks. The remainder builds up inside the magma, enabling it to dissolve more and more volatile gases and surrounding rocks. Once this heat reaches a certain threshold, then an explosive eruption is inevitable.
Japanese artforms are often deceptively simple, since they involve activities that look like no big deal but actually take years to master, such as bonsai, sumi-e or the art of creating the perfect sushi roll.
Add to that list the art of hikaru dorodango, literally translated as "shiny mud dumpling"- they look like nothing but shiny balls of mud, but creating hikaru dorodango is a challenging yet enriching experience.
How often do you think this adjustable desk will be adjusted? She could've saved money by just using a pillow or a yoga mat, but this way she can refer to her "standing desk" when communicating with others on the 'net. This is the latest comic from Dami Lee at As Per Usual.
Most film productions go through a casting period that can take weeks, if not months, as the producers make sure they hire the right talent for the job by having multiple actors try out for the roles.
This is a pretty normal part of the movie making process, but some filmmakers don't want to deal with the whole casting call at all- because they already know exactly who they want to play the role.
As you'll see in this video by Looper the Hellboy movies were written with Ron Perlman in mind for the lead, and the role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy was only offered to Dave Bautista.
But John Carpenter's casting of Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live seemed strange to some at the time, and now we can't imagine anyone else kicking ass and chewing bubblegum quite like Rowdy Roddy!
The movie The Social Network came out in 2010 and was supposed to tell the story of how Mark Zuckerberg developed Facebook and then dealt with the many lawsuits that followed. Zuckerberg had no involvement in the film, nor in the book it was based on. If you saw the movie, you'll probably enjoy finding out some of the behind-the-scenes trivia about its production. For example:
7. Jesse Eisenberg used fencing lessons to get into character.
It makes a good deal of sense. Fencing has a lot to do with strategy and trying to outmaneuver your opponent, much like business in a way.
6. The opening scene took 99 takes.
There’s no real explanation for why this took so long. Maybe the actors were having trouble getting into character or maybe the director wanted to see it from different angles.
Our lack of knowledge about the history of marriage traditions makes sense considering their roots can be traced back to multiple cultures and eras, each one adopting a piece of the ritual to pass down.
Take the tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the left hand for example- this tradition can be traced back to ancient Egypt, but may have become part of the modern marriage tradition thanks to the Romans:
The union between marriage and the now-standard ring placement can be traced back to second-century Egyptians who falsely believed that “a certain most delicate nerve” began in the fourth left finger and stretched directly to the heart, according to the Greek scholar Appian. Centuries later, the Romans came to a similar conclusion. In place of a nerve, they were convinced that a vena amoris—or “lover’s vein”—connected this digit with the blood-pumping organ.
During the Roman engagement process, a well-off suitor who could afford a ring would slip it over his bride-to-be’s fourth finger. Thus, he’d always have a symbolic grip around her lover’s vein. The modern world may have adopted that practice from the Romans.
In a segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden's Crosswalk ensemble got a little help from Lin-Manuel Miranda in performing selections from the musical Hair -at an intersection on Beverly Boulevard.
Both CBS and the state of California have told us we can't be nude in a crosswalk. Then again, people told me that Alexander Hamilton wasn't a Puerto Rican rapper with beautiful brown eyes.
Of course, this was TV, so my guess is that there were flesh-tone Speedos underneath all that pixelation. Otherwise, there would be people bragging on Facebook about seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda in the altogether during their evening commute. -via Mashable
Cowabunga is so much more than a funny sounding word- it's an attitude, a lifestyle and a motto for the TMNT to live by, plus it sounds really cool when yelled, especially while skateboarding. But searching for a literal definition of cowabunga is like trying to find Krang in a bubblegum factory, in other words nearly impossible. So instead of questioning the wisdom of the Ninja Turtles you should just chill and keep things cowabunga dude!
Life is just a slice of sewer pizza when you're wearing this Cowabunga t-shirt by Jango Snow, slip it on and watch the faces of your fellow TMNT fans light up wherever you go!
On crowded city streets, builders have long taken advantage of the idea of shared walls. Why build four walls when you can build two and appropriate the brick walls of the buildings on either side? That eventually leads to the phenomena of "ghost buildings." They aren't there anymore, but have left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings -sometimes even evidence of their interiors.
Ghost buildings are a product of constant urban development and regeneration. They can be found throughout by cities and towns wherever old buildings are being torn down, and their modern replacements have yet to be built. These poignant relics of old homes are in always in plain sight, but are more often that not unnoticed by passers by. They’re found in open air carparks, abandoned building sights, or half way up modern adjoining structures.
Potential entrepreneurs are always given this concrete advice: identify a need, and then fulfill it. Chinese immigrants who settled in the Mississippi Delta a hundred years ago saw an economic opportunity. They sold goods to both blacks and whites, although separately, as was required at the time. Unwelcome at any of the local segregated schools, they sent their children to small church-organized schools until just a few decades ago. Their descendants still live in the South.
A hundred years later, people outside the community are still surprised to see them, and even more surprised to hear those Southern accents. "Who taught you to speak English?" Why, their parents, of course! -via reddit
We previously wrote about a ranking of all the best rides at Disney World, but if you happen to live closer to the West Coast, you might find yourself visiting Disneyland far more often. If you're wondering what the best rides at Disneyland happen to be, then you won't want to miss this Travel and Leisure article. Of course, everyone's personal opinion will vary -for example, while I love Splash Mountain, I think it's nowhere near the best ride at the park, and Autopia desesrves to be way further down on the list.
Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from history buff and Neatoramanaut WTM, who wishes to remain otherwise anonymous.
When one hears mention of the year 1888, it usually concerns something involving Jack the Ripper, but many noteworthy events other than the Whitechapel Murders occurred that year. Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear. The ballpoint pen was patented. George Eastman produced the first Kodak camera, and National Geographic magazine published its first issue. And then there was the winter of 1888, which produced The Great Blizzard of 1888, the worst in US history.
The Great Blizzard, aka “The Great White Hurricane”, was a major winter storm that adversely affected the Northeast, which became literally buried; snow in New York City alone was over fifty feet deep in places. Hundreds of deaths resulted and commerce ground to a halt. The Hudson and East Rivers froze over. As is often the case, though, good comes from bad, and the greatest effect of The Great Blizzard of 1888 was to cause New York City to construct its subway, which first opened for business in 1904.
But just two months earlier than The Great Blizzard of 1888, another major winter storm in the Midwest, the ‘Schoolhouse Blizzard’, aka ‘The Children’s Blizzard’, claimed the lives of more than 200 people, most of them schoolchildren. However, not as many children died as otherwise might have, this due to the heroic efforts of Minnie Freeman, aka Nebraska’s Fearless Maid.
Minnie Mae Freeman was born in Pennsylvania in 1868, and her family moved to Nebraska in 1871. As such, she, like other inhabitants of the Great Plains, grew up to be ‘weather-wise’. Not only is Nebraska deep in the heart of Tornado Alley, its summers can be infernal and its winters as severe as those of the Arctic. Minnie soon came to learn, as did everyone else in the Great Plains, that one didn’t live to old age by not paying attention to one’s surroundings.
Minnie was only nineteen years old when she got a job as schoolteacher in rural Mira Valley, Nebraska, teaching thirteen (or seventeen, accounts vary) children of all ages and grades in a small, isolated sod schoolhouse, the Midvale school.
Since you know the story already, you'll enjoy this musical collage of movie snippets as a four-minute movie viewing with a beat. And since Bertke works directly with Disney, the visuals are a high-res kaleidoscope. And there's a surprise at the end. -via Tastefully Offensive
Do you have one of these in your house? If you open it, what would you expect to find inside? Redditor salvalya posted this picture and said, "These cookies sat, untouched, on the table at work for nearly 2 weeks because it never occurred to anyone that there could be cookies inside." About 98% of the commenters on the photo just knew that there were sewing supplies inside. The other 2% admitted keeping marijuana in theirs. One person had one with sewing supplies that had been passed down for several generations in her family.
Royal Dansk cookie boxes are made of long-lasting metal and their lids fit tightly, so that pins and needles are less likely to fall out of them than other containers. All grandmas know that. You may think that it's an American thing, but people from Greece, India, Swaziland, Singapore, Sweden, France, Uruguay, and other nations all confirmed that these boxes are sewing kits. However, several Danes said that's not right; these boxes contain cookies.
Lauren (@DuckFanAccount) lost her arm in a scooter accident one year ago, and since then it has been hard for her to find love even though her Twitter account shows she's both a very capable woman and a cut up.
i got a few dms from amputees saying they actually can't tie their shoes so i thought i'd make a lil video of how i do it pic.twitter.com/BTKD84kOym
Disney/Lucasfilm is in the early stages of developing a stand-alone Star Wars film centered on the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The company is negotiating with Stephen Daldry about directing the project. No script has been written as of yet.
In the original Star Wars trilogy, Kenobi is a desert-dwelling and war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior, brandishing a lightsaber. He is briefly a mentor to a young Luke Skywalker before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil. Alec Guinness' portrayal of Kenobi garnered him an Oscar nomination.
The character played a central role in the George Lucas-directed prequels, which recount the origin of Vader and his betrayal of Kenobi and the Jedis. Ewan McGregor, who played the younger Kenobi in the prequels, has said he would be open to playing the character again. Sources stress, however, that since there is no script, no actor is attached.
If the story ends up chronicling Kenobi's life in the years between episodes III and IV, they will never find an actor more suited for the role than McGregor, who is 46 years old. Meanwhile, we will have to make do with Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, and the Han Solo film scheduled for 2018. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter. -via Digg
The more popular the character the less they need to announce their identity, because when a big badass in a shiny black helmet or a walking, talking tree approaches someone they know exactly who they're looking at.
That being said, there is one instance when famous pop culture characters like Groot or Darth Vader would need a business card to give to people- when said character wants to offer their services.
We are very used to the comical adventures of a typical American family, from Blondie and Dagwood in the funny papers to dozens of sitcom versions on TV. Putting jokes into everyday family life that readers could relate to was a genius move, brought on by illustrator George McManus over 100 years ago.
In 1904 George McManus ( 1884-1954) scored a job at New York World, Joseph Pulitzer’s innovative and campaigning newspaper – in 1896 the World became the first newspaper to launch a color supplement; it’s biting exposés of tenement abuses triggered housing reform. And there was McManus, who created The Newlyweds, one of the first comic strips to depict the lives of the typical American family. He was plain, thick but kind. She was good looking, well-dressed and a ditz. They had no names. They could have been any number of cartoon and sitcom couples since. When ‘Baby Snookums’ arrived, The Newlyweds became The Newlyweds and Their Baby. The prove popular and New York World compiled the cartoons in a hardcover comic book, which you can read below.
The 1907 compilation is at Flashbak, in large images. The humor is pretty basic, and revolves around the couple's pride in Snookums and their cluelessness about what to do with him. And you'll wonder how this pretty Gibson girl could give birth to such an astonishingly ugly child. -Thanks, Tim!
Ripley's entire life is like a "believe it or not" story, and all the stuff she's gone through would make a great movie, maybe even a series of movies starring some amazingly talented actress who really fits the role. But when Ripley told the powers-that-be at Weyland-Yutani about her encounters with alien lifeforms with acid for blood and babies that burst out of people's chests they weren't in a hurry to buy the rights. Perhaps what Ripley has seen is too far-fetched for your average audience to believe?
Share a tall tale about the woman who took down the xenomorphs with the world by wearing this Amazing Stories From Space t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, and you'll be spreading fearful smiles wherever you go!
It can be hard to shed a heavy Southern accent and speak in a neutral American accent, especially when that drawl has been a part of your speech pattern since you started talking.
A few years back Stephanie Shadrick's husband tried to give it a go while she recorded his struggle to set the drawl aside on video, ultimately proving the accent can be shed but certain words will always give the speaker trouble- like "oil".