This is pretty cool: Carlos Jimenez Perez and Pilar Balsalobre of the Spanish design studio photoAlquimia created a condiment serving set named Ajorí. The salt and pepper shakers, plus sauce dispenser and condiment container serving set is cleverly shaped like a bulb of garlic.
Photoshop (and other graphics software programs) made photo manipulation accessible to everyone. Outside of professionals, no one has taken to it like amateur internet comedians. We see so much in our daily web surfing, so eventually you'll see a movie screenshot and think, "You know what would go with this picture? This other picture!" Thanks to the folks who have time to do it, we can all enjoy those moments.
Jack packs some really solid self defense tips into this well written book, such as- be aware of your environment and potential escape routes, stay away from crowds, master the power of the lurch, watch your opponent's wrists, and never swing, punch straight.
He also shared this knockout technique for delivering what he called a "sneaker punch":
(1) Keep your head in close to the left side of your opponent's head, with your chin slightly over his shoulder.
(2) Maneuver with your left hand until you can grab the inside crook of his right elbow, and thus hold his right arm so firmly that he can't punch with it.
(3) Get his left arm under your right arm, and clamp your right hand under his arm—just above the elbow—just below the biceps. When you hold him in that fashion, he can't hit you; but you are in perfect position to break away sharply and deliver a stunning overhanded "sneaker" hook.
Piccolo tried to take down Goku and the other saiyans, he tried his hand at global domination, but in the end things just didn't work out for him...so he got a real job. He started out as a lowly graphic designer, creating package art for food products and such, and then he saw that the company he worked for had lots of room for advancement- because the owner was a mere human. After giving the poor old owner the thrashing of a lifetime Piccolo quickly took over the company and declared himself ruler/owner of Saiyan Cereals, makers of everybody's new favorite breakfast treat Piccol-O's- the cereal that turns milk green and tastes like dragon balls...yech!
Add some deliciously geeky humor to your wardrobe with this Piccol-O's t-shirt by Kinda Creative, its the tasty way to show love for that DBZ bad boy everybody loves to hate.
You may have seen one of the trendy fancy wedding cakes that incorporated a sugar crystal geode, but this goes a step further. Alex Yeatts created what appear to be natural geodes, but they're entirely edible! Just watch him crack open this amethyst:
We've posted about many anamorphic art on Neatorama before, but French Tunisian artist eL Seed took it to a new level. For the past year, the artist painted some 50 different buildings in the Zaraeeb community in Cairo, Egypt to create a stunning calligraphic mural (or calligraffiti, a combination of calligraphy and graffiti, as eL Seed puts it).
The gigantic mural, called Perception, is visible from a certain point on the Muqattam Mountain. When viewed from that certain angle, the saying of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria appeared: "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first"
In the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, the Coptic community of Zaraeeb collects the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level.
Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated. To bring light on this community, with my team and the help of the local community, I created an anamorphic piece that covers almost 50 buildings only visible from a certain point of the Moqattam Mountain.
The Zaraeeb community welcomed my team and I as we were family. It was one of the most amazing human experience I have ever had. They are generous, honest and strong people. They have been given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage people), but this is not how they call themselves. They don’t live in the garbage but from the garbage; and not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the one who clean the city of Cairo.
eL Seed gave a TED Talk in March 2015 that's quite interesting:
They were once grand halls of a secret society, many with an opulent architecture that befitted a club descended from a stonemason's guild. After peaking in 1959, the number of Freemasons has fallen dramatically, and declining membership makes it difficult to fill large temples, much less maintain them. Once a man cave for the entire community, they now sit empty and unused.
Many of these buildings, long ago erected with pride, have fallen in ruin. Some have been repurposed, and some have been demolished, but they've also been photographed by urban explorers so we can view them in their twilight state. See a selection of abandoned masonic temples from around the world at Urban Ghosts.
There's no denying that Netflix has had some pretty amazing original shows ranging from political dramas like House of Cards to absurd cartoons like Bojack Horseman. While everyone has their own personal tastes, it's always fun to rank things and that's what Collider did with this great list of every Netflix original series to date. Personally, I have to disagree with where they put Orange Is the New Black, which really dropped off over the last few seasons, but that's one of the best things about lists -the ability to disagree with them.
Change of Habit was Elvis Presley's 31st and final film. Although Elvis was to appear later in two documentaries- Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972), Change of Habit was Elvis's last appearance in a movie as an actor.
Change of Habit was originally planned as a Mary Tyler Moore vehicle, Mary was then under contract to Universal Studios. Doris Day was just winding up her film career, starring in With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), coincidentally, at the same time, and the studio was grooming Mary to take her place (kind of) as "America's sweetheart." Mary had finished her career in the iconic tv series The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1966 and made a movie, the box office smash Thoroughly Modern Millie (co-starring with Julie Andrews) the following year.
When Elvis Presley signed on to be Mary's leading man in Change of Habit, of course, everything changed. The formula "Elvis movies" all made money, but the law of diminishing returns had finally set in and the profits from the King's films was growing mighty thin by this time.
Elvis had made his classic "Christmas special" the previous December (which would later become batter known as "the Elvis Comeback Special") and being cast in Change of Habitwas actually part of a package deal his manager Colonel Tom Parker had made for Elvis. Elvis was paid $1.25 million for the Christmas special and Change of Habit combined. This allowed Parker to be able to boast that he had procured his usual salary of "a million dollars a film" for his client.
Even in its state of extreme disrepair, it's easy to see the fairy tale quality of the Miranda Castle or Chateau de Noisy in Belgium. Behind Closed Doors urban exploration website explains:
The castle remained occupied by the [Liedekerke-Beaufort] family until World War II when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS) who used it as an orphanage. It remained in use as an orphanage until 1980.
The building has stood empty since 1991 and has fallen into a severe state of disrepair. The municipality of Celles have offered to take over the building but the family have refused. They now plan to demolish the building later in 2014.
The castle structure is severely damaged, but it's still quite beautiful:
Social Security numbers are confusing. The SSA tells you to never give your number out except to your employer and the government, but then the bank, the utility office, schools, and every store to visit want to know yours. And what do those numbers mean, anyway?
CGP Grey (previously at Neatorama) explains social security numbers from their beginning to us in a way we can all understand, which is what he's good at. Meanwhile, Social Security is not so good at security. -via reddit
This is just silly enough to be satisfying. Erwin Trummer recorded candy as it melts, reversed some of the sequences, and then set them to classical music. It doesn't make a bit of sense, but it's fun to watch. -via Tastefully Offensive
The X movies have been lacking something the original cartoon had plenty of- character. Those mutant men and women just don't look the same when they're played by big names on the big screen, and the costume changes are a bit jarring to anyone who once watched the cartoon as a youngster. But it seems that X-fans will have to settle for live action close enough since there aren't any more animated series on the horizon....or better yet just grab the old animated series on DVD and enjoy it with your mutant family.
Show the world how much better the original cartoon series was than the new movies with this First Class 92 t-shirt by JP Perez, it's sure to bring back memories and get people talking about the evolution of the X!
Pigs look like carefree critters when they're laying around in their sty or wallowing in the mud, but they're only super chill when they know they're protected from the big bad wolves by a fence or a wall.
So when 60 mph winds knocked down Hamlet the pig's protective fence he did the only logical thing to keep himself safe- he went down to his local Home Depot store in Portage, Michigan to look for some help.
Around the turn of the 20th century, people were nuts about new technology, even stuff that now seems so odd you have to wonder what they were thinking. Take kites: if you had enough of them, one could lift a man high in the sky, as if he were flying. It was fun! But could it be used for military purposes? Armies used weather balloons for surveillance. Surely a man-lifting kite would be better… at least that was the view of one Samuel Franklin Cody, who modeled his Wild West Show career after Buffalo Bill Cody. Kite designer Scott Skinner, who researches the history of kites, tells us about Cody.
“While touring Great Britain he became enamored with kites,” says Skinner. Kite enthusiasm in Europe was flourishing; serious hobbyists and scientists alike read kiting magazines and gathered at annual fetes. Cody built and flew them, and finally decided to throw his effort into designing a man-lifting kite that could be turned into dollar signs and prestige.
By 1901, Cody had patented a version of a man-lifting kite, and according to biographer Garry Jenkins, was flexing his entrepreneurial muscles. “By then he has already written to the war office, offering them first option on ‘SF Cody’s Aroplaine [sic] or War-Kite: A boy’s toy turned into an instrument of war,’” he wrote in Colonel Cody and the Flying Cathedral.
The military use of man-lifting kites soon faded with the rise of the airplane, which even Cody preferred. Besides, we eventually figured out how to use airborne cameras without a photographer. Read about the fascinating Samuel Franklin Cody and his kite scheme at Atlas Obscura.
Guests coming over for dinner? You don't have to grab a spare table or snap in an extra table leaf to fit everybody for dinner - with this Roll-Out Table by Norwegian designer Marcus Voraa, you just roll out more table! Clever!
Scribes decorated medieval manuscripts with all kinds of weird thing, like rabbits, cats, Star Wars characters, and lots of snails. Snails very often appear to be doing battles with knights -or, more accurately, the knight is attempting to do battle with the snail. Vox takes a closer look at this phenomena.
Waterworld isn't the kind of movie that makes people think "gee, I'd sure like to live there someday!", but Brooklyn street artist Swoon saw the film as inspirational- so she started making floating homes out of trash.
Swoon calls her creations "The Swimming Cities of Serenissima", and back in 2009 she and a few dozen friends crashed the Venice Biennale contemporary art show with their barges made of trash from NYC.
Photographer and lifetime crew member Tod Seelie captured the post-apocalyptic spectacle as the trash barges floated through Venice, giving everyone a glimpse of how people might live on a drowned world.
What's been going on in the world of archaeology? John Green fills us in on new stuff, big stuff, and fascinating stuff in this week's episode of the mental_floss List Show. To be honest, it's mostly old stuff, though -very, very old stuff, even if it's new to you and me.
Ask a chemist for flowers, and he'll likely give you these wonderful crystal flowers!
Chemistry professor Dean Campbell of Bradley University and his team were trying to develop new catalysts by making a solution of copper acetylacetonate in tetrahydrofuran, then soaking slabs of polydimethylsiloxane in the jar. After the experiment, Campbell found wonderful crystals that look like wildflowers forming on the wall of the beaker.
Kenny Au knew that his husky was destined for greatness if he just knew how to acheive it -so he and his wife trained Hunter to paint. Well, to be more accurate, they trained their dog to paint after the super smart pup learned everything else it seemed possible to know.
They taught him how to make a simple head movement with a brush in his mouth and the rest, as they say, is history. Now little Hunter loves to paint and even looks at his owners with a longing look in his eyes when he wants to make a little art.
According to Kenny, having a job like painting keeps Hunter calm -presumably stopping him from going on a destructive rampage like the dog with the caligraphy ink we featured earlier this week.
Hunter's art is now for sale on Etsy for $38.72 a pop and they can even be signed with a paw print stamp (since he doesn't like getting dirty even to sign his own creations).
Potatoes are the most versatile vegetable in your kitchen, as they can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, but most will agree the best potato dishes are either buttery or cheesy and easy to prepare.
Which is why this recipe for Fondant Potatoes has been driving foodies crazy online for the last few years- it uses simple ingredients and takes very little prep time to make crusty, creamy and totally heavenly potatoes.
After 12 seasons, the TV series Bones came to an end last night. The show focused on forensic anthropologist "Bones" Brennan and FBI agent Seeley Booth and the crimes they solved together. The series was based on the work of Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist turned crime writer turned TV producer, so it had a sense of authenticity other crime procedurals lack. Fans of Bones will want to check out the list of the most dramatic moment of each season at TVOM. And of you haven't followed the show, it might set you up for binge-watching with home video.
It can be hard to take down your enemies when you're carrying around all kinds of weapons, and yet any warrior worth their salt knows they need a wide array of arms at their disposal in case things go sideways. So Zorg has created an universal killing device that's sure to live up to any combatant's level of expectation- the ZF-1 Pod Weapon, the all-in-one gun! The ZF-1 shoots bullets, arrows and rockets, it's a flamethrower, a net launcher and looks as cool as Zorg too! Just make sure you actually pay for your Zorg ZF-1 or he may conveniently forget to mention what happens when you push that little red button...
Add an element of nerdy humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Zorg ZF-1 t-shirt by adho1982, its the fifth most fun way to show love for your favorite sci-fi flick!
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Stephen Hawking is a forward thinking fellow, so when he was told his synthesized voice sounds a bit outdated he decided to call up some of his famous friends and let them have a go at becoming his new voice.
Janelle Shane spent some time teaching a neural network how to generate recipes. She set it to learn from 30,000 existing recipes, but learning to cook is hard. After all, it can't taste the results. But even before the recipes are completed, it had a difficult time learning ingredients, measurements, and processes. The results are quite interesting. For example, here are some ingredients the machine suggests.
1 ½ teaspoon chicken brown water 1 teaspoon dry chopped leaves 1/3 cup shallows 10 oz brink custard ¼ cup bread liquid 2 cup chopped pureiped sauce ½ cup baconfroots ¼ teaspoon brown leaves ½ cup vanilla pish and sours ½ cup white pistry sweet craps 1 tablespoon mold water ¼ teaspoon paper 1 cup dried chicken grisser 15 cup dried bottom of peats ¼ teaspoon finely grated ruck
And this is a thing that it came up with repeatedly for some reason, and was quite adamant that I use:
Ken Jeong is best known for his roles in The Hangover and Dr. Ken, but before he was famous, he was actually just a regular old doctor (although undoubtedly a funnier-than-average one). While he may not be a practicing M.D. these days, he still retains his medical knowledge and in this hilarious video, he answers burning medical questions on Twitter in entirely satisfying ways.
Tequila Cloud is an art installation that is a cloud made of tequila, that rains tequila on command. In case you're thinking of renting one for your next party, there's only one, and it was on display earlier this month in Germany.
The Mexican Tourism Board installed the cloud in Berlin at the Urban Spree compound in an art gallery and said “real tequila was turned into gas to create a floating cloud that rains tequila on command.” The art installation seems to be a cloud with lights to simulate lightening that is filled with tequila gas vapor that then rains down and fills a basin with tequila. If you’re not patient enough to collect your shot from a freakin’ cloud, there’s a handy tap that dispenses them, too.
Lucky visitors got to drink for free. Now, if the relations between the U.S. amd Mexico ever improve, we might get a chance to see it ourselves. See more pictures of the Tequila Cloud at Uproxx.