Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years

In 1989, Mauro Morandi's catamaran drifted onto Budelli Island in the Mediterranean Sea. He met the island's caretaker, who was retiring. Morandi took his place on the otherwise-uninhabited island and never looked back. He's been the sole resident there for 28 years now.

Maddalena Archipelago National Park is comprised of seven islands, and Budelli is considered the most beautiful among them for its Spiaggia Rosa, or Pink Beach. The rose-colored sand derives its unusual hue from microscopic fragments of corals and shells, which have been slowly reduced to powder by the relentless shifting of the waves.

In the early nineties, Spiaggia Rosa was dubbed a place of “high natural value” by the Italian government. The beach was closed off to protect its fragile ecosystem, and only certain areas remain accesible to visitors. The island rapidly went from hosting thousands of tourists per day to a single heartbeat.

The national park does not pay Morandi to watch over the island, greet visitors, and pick up the beach trash. In fact, they tried to evict him last year, but a citizen's petition persuaded the government to leave him alone. Read about the 78-year-old Morandi and his solitary life on Budelli island at National Geographic. 

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The Day That Elvis Died

Elvis officially "left the building" on August 16th, 1977 after a massive heart attack killed The King while he sat on his porcelain throne at Graceland, and for the first time in years Elvis was big news again.

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His career, health and fashion sense had been in decline for at least a decade, and even though his televised comeback special in '68 helped resuscitate his career for a moment the Elvis empire was falling apart.

And yet Americans didn't see Elvis' death coming, because they didn't want to or because they no longer cared about him, so they didn't know how to react when his weakened heart finally gave out on that mid-August day.

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Some cried, others played their old Elvis records in homage, but mostly people just tuned in to their TV sets and watched the coverage in disbelief, knowing the death of The King was the death of an era.

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Terror Squad - Do You Even Lift Dead Bodies Bro?


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You may have found yourself wondering how the slasher stars of the horror genre stay in such good shape considering most of them are nothing but walking corpses. Well, their workout routine can be summed up in two words- dead lifts. They stay pumped by lifting the corpses of their victim, and Jason also swims in Crystal Lake and runs through the forests surrounding the camp so you know that boy is fit. Michael Myers may look like he moves real slow when he's stalking his victim, but he's just doing burst training, alternating between slow and fast bursts of power whether he's sinking a knife into someone or catching up to his prey. And Leatherface not only lifts whole sides of long pork all day, he also attends a Chainsaw Step class that keeps him in prime shape, so his prey doesn't slip away from him ever again...

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5 Sequels That Introduce Huge Plot Holes To The Originals

Yeah, yeah, most movies are full of plot holes, because they're supposed to be entertaining, and therefore different from everyday life. But you'd think that someone, somewhere would be in charge of making film franchises internally consistent from one movie to the next. That apparently isn't always so. The character of Mr. Myagi changed considerably in the two short years between The Karate Kid and The Karate Kid Part II.

The first Karate Kid strongly implies that Miyagi was born to Japanese parents in America. We're told he attended UCLA, was forced into an internment camp during World War II, and then fought in the 442nd Division -- a unit almost entirely made out of Japanese-American soldiers. Miyagi in particular crane-kicked so many Nazis that he was awarded a Medal of Honor.

In the second film, however, the entire plot revolves around a completely different backstory: It turns out Miyagi is actually a native-born Japanese man who was forced to leave when he let his boner do the talking instead of his fists. He had upset his hometown by proposing marriage to an already-betrothed girl, and had to flee to America.

There are several reasons the two stories don't jive at all, which you can read about at Cracked, along with plot holes introduced in later movies from the Star Wars, the Matrix, and other movie series.


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Parkour Challenge- Jump Through Impossible Shapes

Parkour enthusiasts learn to become very familiar with their personal space and how they move while performing a stunt, so holding a pose should come easy to them when they're standing still.

However, striking a pose while jumping is another matter entirely, and perfectly holding that pose so you can jump through a board with a shape or a posed silhouette cut out is seemingly impossible.

But The Dudesons never say never and they love a physical challenge, especially when it involves one-upping each other on video.

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The 5 Creepiest Stalker Characters in Movies

Horror films make us imagine what it would be like to live in that scary cinematic world, but in most cases we can go home and tell ourselves it will never happen, because there are no such things as ghosts, vampires, demons, or ancient curses. Stalkers are different, because obsession and stalking happens in real life, and we all know that some people are deranged and hide it well. In fact, we might know people who resemble these seemingly-normal movie characters who turn out to be truly dangerous. Relive five horrifyingly creepy movies featuring stalker characters in video clips at TVOM. 


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Pokemon Go Fest Was An Epic Pokemon No-Go

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Last weekend, you probably heard all kinds of news about San Diego Comic Con, but you might not have even known that over in Chicago there was a Pokemon Go Fest at the same time. As it turns out though, there was pretty much no news coming out of Pokemon Go Fest, other than the fact that it was an utter failure -spotty internet service and other issues caused most attendees to be completely unable to log in. Guests are getting a refund on their tickets, but that doesn't help people who paid scalpers a fortune for their tickets or for those who spent money traveling to Chicago just for the event.

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11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate

Have you ever been to a place that had a marker denoting a geographic wonder, such as the equator, the Continental Divide, or the geographic center of some land mass? The chances are good that it's not quite accurate. Sometimes markers were put in a convenient location somewhat near the actual spot. Sometimes they are monuments to the difficulty of geographic mapping, and turns out to be a mistake. And some were pretty accurate in their time, but the world has a way of changing. All these reasons are represented in this list. Europos Park in Lithuania is an example.

In the early 1990s the people of Lithuania got very excited when calculations identified a spot outside the capital city, Vilnius, as the dead center of Europe. A big sculpture park dubbed Europos Park was erected at the spot. But French scientists who had proposed the spot for the center in the first place sent news that they accidentally missed the exact target by 8 miles (14 kilometers). The correct center, which is still contested, is now marked with a square and a small museum.

And then there are those that are inaccurate and we really don't know why. Read about eleven such markers at Atlas Obscura.

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This Boy Loves Paint Shopping

It's exciting to discover what our kids are going to get jazzed about because they don't even know yet, and whether they flip out over something silly or something worthy of excitement their reaction is always precious.

The little guy in this video is named Brock, and his mom Anita Mander captured his adorable reaction when she took Brock with her to pick out paint colors at Home Depot.

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Looks like little Brock has an innate love of color, maybe he'll grow up to be an artist or an interior designer?

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The Tom and Jerry Story

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

In 1939, producer Rudolf Ising and his MGM animation unit were in trouble. Their last animated series, Captain and the Kids, had been a huge flop, in both financial and popular terms.

Ising, on an inspiration, decided to team up two members of his unit and try to strike gold with a new animated series idea. He decided to combine the talents of Wiliam Hanna, a director, and Joseph Barbera, a story man and character designer.

It was Hanna who had the (hardly original) idea of combining a cat and a mouse in a cartoon. Hanna recalled: "We knew we needed two new characters. We thought we needed conflict and chase and action, and a cat and mouse seemed like a great, basic thought." Barbera added that with a cat and mouse "Half the story was written before you even put pencil to paper."

The new cartoon was called Puss Gets the Boot. The term "Tom and Jerry" dated back to 19th-century England, and referred to children behaving mischievously. Although this would almost fit a fairly apt capsule description of the soon-to-be world famous toon pair, the usage of the two names was merely a coincidence.

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Microchip Implants for Employees

Would you allow your employer to implant a microchip in your hand? Three Square Market in Wisconsin is rolling out a program to do just that. So far, 50 of the company's 80 employees have agreed to have a chip embedded between their thumb and forefinger, which will enable them to open doors, pay for food in the cafeteria, and other tasks that can use RFID technology.

“It was pretty much 100 percent yes right from the get-go for me,” said Sam Bengtson, a software engineer. “In the next five to 10 years, this is going to be something that isn’t scoffed at so much, or is more normal. So I like to jump on the bandwagon with these kind of things early, just to say that I have it.”

Jon Krusell, another software engineer, and Melissa Timmins, the company’s sales director, were more hesitant. Mr. Krusell, who said he was excited about the technology but leery of an implanted device, might get a ring with a chip instead.

“Because it’s new, I don’t know enough about it yet,” Ms. Timmins said. “I’m a little nervous about implanting something into my body.”

What could possibly go wrong? Right off the bat, I can imagine the 30 employees who aren't so enthusiastic about it may be pressured into having the procedure sooner or later. It could become possible for the company to track your whereabouts 24 hours a day. It may eventually become mandatory for employment, there or at other companies. The chips could be hacked. The list goes on and on. There have been books and movies predicting such tech and how it could go wrong in so many ways. Read more on the story at the New York Times. -via Metafilter

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If None Of These Bumper Stickers Make You Laugh Then Nothing Will

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It's easy to find something to get angry about while driving, but the laughs are few and far between unless you account the times when you sarcastically laugh at the other drivers' crappy driving skills.

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This lack of laughs is exactly why bumper stickers are a crucial part of our automobile dependent lives, for the laughs they provide help prevent road rage incidents by keeping the mood light.

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Of course, there are a ton of bumper stickers out there that are meant to make other drivers angry, but it's best to just think of those as markers indicating which cars should be trashed in the parking lot!

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Watch a Swimming Corgi from Underneath

Okay, can you think of anything less efficient than little Corgi legs doing a dog paddle? Yet Zero is having a great time in the swimming pool. The Jaws theme is the icing on the cake for this cute video. I wonder if all that fur traps air bubbles and make a Corgi more buoyant than other dogs.

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Cookie's Gym - C Is Also For Cardio


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Cookies don't seem like the kind of food you'd want to eat when you're trying to get ripped and lose weight, but a monster's metabolism is quite different than ours. Some monsters can go hard for a month by eating a single medium sized dog, and others can live for days on a pint or two of human blood, and the one they call Cookie derives his explosive power from those little baked flour discs humans love to gobble up. And while cookies make humans fat they're like steroids for the Cookie Monster, complete with the uncontrollable rage side effect! So make sure you don't have a cookie in your pocket when Cookie asks you to spot him...

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Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery

There haven't been any medical emergencies in space so far, mainly because missions were short through most of the space program's history. First aid on the ISS is supervised by doctors at mission control, and if someone were to be injured, they can be evacuated by Soyuz (although it isn't easy). But going to Mars would take about three years, and with a full crew, the odds are that someone will eventually sustain an injury that requires surgery. There would be no help outside the ship. And surgery in space presents unique challenges that doctors with gravity on their side don't have to consider. NASA flight surgeon Anil Menon gives us a rundown on the particulars of space medicine.

Even administering drugs gets harder in space. “Once you pop a blister tab, a pill is exposed to air and becomes oxidizable, so it decays in terms of usefulness,” says Menon. IVs rely on gravity on Earth; in space, you need a pump, and bubbles that would otherwise float to the top stay in solution, potentially posing the threat of embolism. Peggy Whitson, on the ISS right now, has been experimenting with those procedures. “You need a lot of fluid, but that’s a lot of mass and volume that we don’t have up there,” Menon says. “And bubbles float around in weird places. She had a lot of problems with that.”

In addition to problems getting liquid into the body, there's the problem of liquid coming out. Blood doesn't drip in zero gravity, but it can spurt. More likely, it would accumulate around a wound, making it hard to see. Read more of the weird things that will make space surgery difficult at Wired. -via Digg

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Pastry Chef Attempts To Make A Gourmet Twinkie

Twinkies are far from gourmet, as pastry chefs used to catering to a gourmet crowd are quick to point out, but what keeps them from being gourmet aside from the preservatives and the tacky packaging?

Bon Appetit's Senior Food Editor/pastry chef Claire Saffitz explores the essence of a Twinkie in an effort to make a new and improved version that tastes better and doesn't smell funny.

Can she create a new snack cake that'll crush the Twinkie and put Twinkie the Kid out of a job?

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese

This story is fairly inconsequential, but it is a funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right. A man went to a grocery store and bought a package of cubed butternut squash, then brought it back opened. He was disappointed because he bought it thinking it was cheese.

It’s a remarkable trait of humans, refusing to ever believe we’re wrong. We’re pre-programmed to always blame someone, or something else — even when we clearly goofed. This natural proclivity was leveraged by some marketing genius, likely decades ago, who coined the phrase “the customer is always right.” That’s not some tacit omission of guilt but rather a recognition that people will ALWAYS blame someone else when they screw up, and this nature can be turned into a selling point.

But that's only the beginning. The customer was offered his money back, but he wanted cheese. Two pounds of cubed cheese, which they did not have. And it doesn't stop there. You can read the entire exchange at SB Nation. -via Metafilter


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Astonishing Video Game Myths That Turned Out To Be True

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What do Michael Jackson, E.T. and Super Mario Bros. 3 have in common, besides being big in the 80s?

They're all the subject of video game myths that turned out to be true, and confirming these myths to be true made gamers hungry to expose more hidden truths about the video games they really dig.

Gamers definitely did not dig the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game released back in 1982 for the Atari 2600, so Atari decided to bury thousands of copies in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

The whole thing sounded like a crazy conspiracy cooked up by gamers who wanted to make Atari look bad for selling them such a crappy game, but the 2014 documentary Atari: Game Over confirmed the myth to be true.

Another myth that sounded half baked but was totally true involves Michael Jackson creating some of the soundtrack music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3- the King of Pop was uncredited until recently:

Due to a number of complications, Sega remained tight-lipped about the whole thing for a long time, but it was eventually confirmed that Jackson did have an involvement with the game. However, apparently a lot of the work he did for the soundtrack was heavily altered following the allegations of sex abuse made against him in 1993. Nevertheless, prominent Sonic 3 developers have claimed that Jackson actually completed the full soundtrack, but he was unhappy with the sound capabilities of the Genesis and so he decided to remain uncredited.

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And lastly we have Super Mario Bros. 3, the strange sequel that starts with a curtain rising and ends with the characters exiting stage right.

Gamers have long suspected the game's whole story was nothing but a stage performance, which was recently confirmed by creator Shigeru Miyamoto:

...it seemed more likely that people were just over-analyzing the game rather than it being something that Shigeru Miyamoto and company actually had in mind when they designed Super Mario Bros. 3. But last year, on Nintendo’s UK Twitter, Miyamoto addressed a handful of Mario myths, including the question, “Was Super Mario Bros. 3 all just a performance?” His response: “YES.”

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Your Roomba is Spying on You

This comic from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save is no joke. Beginning in 2015, Roombas have been sold with cameras and mapping technology. Your Roomba has been gathering information about your home, mapping out the shape and size of your rooms and the objects in them. This data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner. Gizmodo offers some ideas of how the data could be used.

If a company like Amazon, for example, wanted to improve its Echo smart speaker, the Roomba’s mapping info could certainly help out. Spatial mapping could improve audio performance by taking advantage of the room’s acoustics. Do you have a large room that’s practically empty? Targeted furniture ads might be quite effective. The laser and camera sensors would paint a nice portrait for lighting needs that would factor into smart lights that adjust in real time. Smart AC units could better control airflow. And additional sensors added in the future would gather even more data from this live-in double agent.

No matter how useful the data is, it gives one pause to realize that your vacuum cleaner knows so much about your private space. I am now glad that I opted for wood floors instead of a robotic vacuum cleaner for the carpets, even though it means my cats will never have free Roomba rides.


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Ranking 40 Trailers Revealed At San Diego Comic-Con 2017

San Diego Comic-Con International is the most popular place for studios to show off their creations and get fans excited by releasing trailers, but it seems like they released more trailers this year than ever before.

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From Stranger Things season 2 to Ready Player One to Thor: Ragnarok, fans have some great movies and TV shows coming to a screen near them soon, so let's kick start the excitement with some must see trailers.

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Personally I'm excited to see Marvel's The Defenders finally come together, with Sigourney Weaver as the main villain...Sweet Christmas I'm hyped!

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Superman with a Mustache

The stars of the movie Justice League have been called back to the studio for some reshoots. That's not out of the ordinary; reshoots happen in a lot of movies to get a scene just right after the editing process. But Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, appears to be in a bit of a situation.

“Justice League’s” Man of Steel had expected to be able to finish shooting the sixth “Mission: Impossible” film before needing to don Superman’s spandex again. That has not been the case, however, as the new scenes that are being shot have required him to jump back and forth from each production. Because of this, a mustache he grew for his character in the “Mission: Impossible” sequel will have to be digitally removed in post-production. Paramount, which is distributing the “Mission: Impossible” sequel, would not allow Cavill to shave the facial hair while production was taking place.

Those reshoots must be very important to the movie. On hearing the news, many fans responded with a desire to see Superman with a mustache. Artist Jonas Von Kruger‏ saw this coming, as he posted this three weeks ago.  

The question remains: could Superman grow a mustache? He's not exactly human, you know. Facial hair may be out of the question since his invulnerable hair would resist trimming by a mere razor.

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'Catios' Are The Latest Cool Craze Among Cat Owners

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Cats like to hang outside as much as possible, but letting them go out whenever they want can expose them to many dangers and potentially shorten their life span.

Which is why cat owners are building enclosed "catios" so their furry family members can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with less risk of curiosity killing the cat.

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Catios look pretty cool too, so you won't end up looking like a crazy cat person when you convert your patio or install one on the side of your home.

And your cat will thank you for the opportunity to bask in the sun and see the birds up close inside a space that's safe from predators and dangerous people.

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Wedding DJs Describe the Worst Speeches They've Ever Heard

Wedding DJs start playing music as soon as the toasts are finished, so over time, they've heard a lot of speeches from the happy couple's family and friends, many of whom aren't very good at public speaking. Some are petrified by the task, but the worst are those who take the opportunity to be totally inappropriate. In this article, we get a roundup of wedding speech horror stories.

Apparently before the wedding, the bride had lost about 60 pounds, so of course, the father of the groom thought it would be funny to make fat jokes. There were literal gasps from the audience, and I don't know if he panicked or what, because he didn't stop. I was MCing the wedding as well, so I had to get up there and cut him off because it was a complete disaster. I just made fun of him, and everyone laughed at my jokes. Thankfully that thawed out the icy situation he'd just created.

This one pales next to those that enumerate the bride or groom's previous sexual conquests. Read those and other awful wedding speeches at Vice. -via Digg

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This Restaurant Knows How to Deal With Picky Kids

Some kids are born to be foodies and immediately start ordering meals just like adults from the first time they go to a restaurant. But most parents aren't so lucky and end up ordering countless meals for their children that "don't care," "aren't hungry" or "don't want that." Fortunately for those parents, this restaurant has a menu (posted to Reddit by IWishItWouldSnow) to help translate those totally unhelpful requests. Personally, I could go for a "what? I'm not hungry" combo right now.

Perhaps most hilariously, this isn't the only restaurant to offer such a useful kid's menu.

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Benderbrau - With The Taste Robots Love And Humans Hate!


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Beer is starting to taste way too good these days, and with all the flavor options offered by craft beers those who like to drink the foamy stuff feel like they'll never run out of options. But if you're tired of having to choose which beer to drink, and you're looking for something that will put hair on your chest whether you're a man, woman or gelatinous alien lifeform then you need to grab a Benderbrau- the only beer that's brewed inside a drunk robot's chest cavity. Benderbrau combines the subtle taste of motor oil and the not-so-subtle burning sensation that tells you Benderbrau is working, and after a glass or two you'll be wondering if Bender intends to kill all humans using beer as his weapon! So remember humanoids- Benderbrau is the bottom of the barrel, so drink up you losers!

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7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys was released to theaters on July 31, 1987. It was such a film for the 1980s, when sexy teenage vampires were dangerous monsters, instead of selfless glittery romantic interests, although each version of pop culture vampire has the perfect hair for its era.

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Cinefix revisits The Lost Boys with some trivia for the movie's 30th anniversary. Has it really been that long? Yes it has. While the story is fairly timeless, the fluffy hair, the chunky pants, and those shoulder pads peg 1987 to a T. -via Mashable


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WikiHow Answers To Questions No One Has Ever Asked

The concept behind WikiHow is rock solid yet it has one major limitation- there are a finite number of things people are going to want to know how to do.

WikiHow has been able to continue growing over the years despite this because they seem to think there is actually an infinite number of things people will want to know how to do- so they keep coming up with more.

Ever wanted to know how to create a Love Altar? Of course you haven't, you get your lovin' the normal way- by talking to the person you're interested in dating, so you also probably don't care about descending staircases with elegance either.

But if you're ever curious about it WikiHow is there for you, to teach you all the useless lessons you never wanted to know, including How To Act Like A Mermaid At School. You're welcome!

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Plucked from Obscurity: Upside-Down Reliability

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

Inventive, yet under-publicized devices
by Marina Tsipis, Improbable Research staff

U.S. patent #4565370 was granted on January 21, 1986 to Tony Christianson for a “foot holding device for hanging upside down.”

Mr. Christianson’s patent makes pointed reference to earlier, roughly similar inventions—especially to one by R.M. Martin, who was granted U.S. patent number 3,380,447 on April 30, 1968 for an “ankle device for supporting an individual in an inverted position” in a manner “which is comfortable and safe.”

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Homemade Sushi for Cats

We already knew that chef Jun Yoshizuki and his wife Rachel have three perfectly spoiled cats: Haku, Poki, and Nagi. You don't know that half of it. Watch him make the cats some perfect sushi, while they watch.

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Jun always makes homemade cat food, even for Poki, the world's most annoying cat. -via Metafilter

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp?

Summer camp is supposed to be an opportunity for children to get away from home and do something different from what they do every day. It's also supposed to be a welcome respite for parents with bored children underfoot in the summer. But modern communication devices (phones) have changed that. Kids are used to having their phones with them to play games, watch TV, and stay in touch with family and friends. Camps often have children hand in their phones, and they usually adjust pretty well when there's so many other things to do. Their parents are the ones having a hard time being out of touch. Barry Garst of Clemson University tells us what's going on.

"We started to hear from camp directors a number of years ago that parents were the most problematic areas of a camp experience," says Garst. Not weather, not water safety, not grizzly bears. Nope, it's parents who call daily demanding reports on their kids, who expect to hear from the camp director about every skinned knee.

Meg Barthel, the lead girls' counselor at Camp Echo, carries a device with Wi-Fi around camp. "I have to respond to the mothers who are used to this constant communication with their daughters," she says. How many messages a day? "Up to 100."

Garst says thanks to mobile devices, parents today are conditioned to hour-by-hour check-ins. "The No. 1 concern is the separation that parents feel, and the difficulty in accepting a different type of communication with their child when their child is at camp."

Hence, the phones buried in luggage, mailed to campers, or even, he says, stitched into a stuffed animal.

Summer camps report another difficulty is getting their college-age camp counselors to put away their phones, even if just for the time they are interacting with campers. And they also have helicopter parents. Read more on the modern problems at summer camp at NPR. 

(Image credit: Suharu Ogawa for NPR)

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