And then he started playing around with the recording. Soon, he was singing along and mixing in other sounds. Before you know it, he had a full-blown composition built around his squeaky glove box. You can hear it anytime SoundCloud. -via Laughing Squid
Your world map is wrong when it comes to Australia. It’s not just the Mercator distortion, so your globe os wrong, too. Australia sits on the world’s fastest-moving tectonic plate, and manages to constantly drift relative to the world’s other land masses, about 2.7 inches a year. That does’t seem like much, but for GPS coordinates, it soon become a lot.
Four times in the last 50 years, Australia has reset the official coordinates of everything in the country to make them more accurate, correcting for other sources of error as well as continental drift. The last adjustment, in 1994, was a doozy: about 656 feet, enough to give the delivery driver an alibi for ringing your neighbor’s doorbell instead of yours.
What I want to know is, how wrong does my globe look? The globe itself is at least 50 years old, and was probably based on maps that are now 100 years old. Read more about Australia and its place in the world at the New York Times. -via Digg
If you own a white Ford Bronco, it has probably occurred to you to get personalized plate. Redditor DaFunktapus managed to get the simplest one in North Carolina. He was surprised that it was available. There is a kind of club for white Ford Bronco owners with personalized plates, although they are spread out over the 50 states. And for some reason, people take pictures of them. Continue reading to see some of them.
The Chelsea bombing last week made headlines across the country, but fortunately no one was killed. Bombings are big news today, but New York City has always had them. Some in the past were never even heard of outside the city. In fact, there was an 18-month period in 1969-’70 in which 370 bombs went off in the city! New York bombings have been carried out by all kinds of groups and individuals for as many different reasons: targeted political statements, general terrorism, revenge, or just insanity.
…in November 1940, the city had its first encounter with a bomber who would haunt them for years: George Metesky, a disgruntled former ConEd employee who left a pipe bomb at a company building, along with a note: "CON EDISON CROOKS – THIS IS FOR YOU."
A similar bomb appeared several months later, before Metesky decided to pause because of World War II.
"I WILL MAKE NO MORE BOMB UNITS FOR THE DURATION OF THE WAR," Metesky wrote police. "MY PATRIOTIC FEELINGS HAVE MADE ME DECIDE THIS."
True to his word, Metesky didn't resume bombing until 1951, when he captivated the media with a string of bombings over several years, many at city landmarks like Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library, and Radio City Music Hall, some 33 in total which never killed anyone but, for a time, set the city on edge.
Things had been turned upside down since that stranger named Eleven moved to town, and even though Charlie Brown swore he saw a light in that little girl's eyes everyone else swore they saw darkness. One day Chuck came home from school to find Snoopy's dog house empty and his bloody collar sitting in his food bowl, but when he asked Eleven about the missing beagle she just got frustrated and stormed off. Charlie knew something wasn't right about that girl but she hardly seemed like the type who would gobble up a dog, so he let her stay a little while longer. A sharp cracking woke Charlie from his slumber later that night, and hoping Snoopy had come home he rushed downstairs to find a horrible creature standing in his living room, with a face like a flower full of teeth...
Give the peanut gallery something to giggle about by wearing this Stranger Peanuts t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's twice the fun and sure to make your fellow fans very jealous!
T-shirts are the casual torso covering of choice for many people around the world, because they like how comfortable tees are to wear, how easy they are to wash, and what the print says to the world.
This is especially true for the young folks, because funny slogan t-shirts can crack up their classmates for them.
H. Caldwell Tanner created this visual guide to what our favorite t-shirts are actually saying during each stage of our lives, from the days when we can't dress ourselves to the age when we wish someone would dress us.
Stephen King has written about a bajillion stories, and there have been nearly as many movie and TV adaptations made of his works, about one or more a year since the 80s.
With so many of his works being adapted each year there are bound to be some stinkers, but King's opinion on those movie adaptations may surprise you.
He has been up front about his hatred of Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining from the very beginning, stating:
"I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fall flat."
So if he doesn't like an adaptation many people consider to be a classic then which films does he like?
King has stated that he's fond of Cujo, The Dead Zone and Misery in terms of horror, and he loves The Mist because "it's just an all out balls-to-the-wall horror film".
But what about his non-horror stuff? Surely he doesn't hate on those prison classics like he hates on The Shining?
Apparently he approves of The Green Mile adaptation, although he says "The film is a little 'soft' in some ways", but The Shawshank Redemption and Stand By Me are both Grade A adaptations approved by the Master of Horror.
A video posted by James Curran (@slimjimstudios) on Jul 5, 2016 at 5:20pm PDT
Last spring, animator James Curran gave us a month of gifs illustrating life in New York City. In July, he spent a month in Los Angeles and created a new gif every day for 30 days based on his activities. This video shows all of them strung together with music.
Some people love their work. Others just want to get paid and go home and sometimes that attitude really shows when you look at their work.
While it sucks to deal with this half-assed work ethic in person, it's pretty darn funny to see online and thankfully Runt if the Web rounded up a great collection of pictures showing people really not giving a damn about their work.
Well, you can't blame people for hating their jobs, can you?
During the 1983-’84 television season, NBC managed to set a record: all nine of their new shows had tanked badly. A normal response would be to try something different, but TV executives are not known for taking chances. A puppeteer named Paul Fusco had an idea about an alien named ALF that moves in with a suburban family. What did they have to lose? He met with network executives for the pitch.
Fusco: We set up a meeting with the VIPs at NBC. It was Brandon, Leslie Lurie, and Warren Littlefield. I walked in carrying a brown garbage bag with ALF in it, but I didn’t tell them that. I asked where I could do my laundry.
[Associate Producer Steve] Lamar: It was probably a Hefty bag.
[ALF Co-Creator and Writer] Patchett: You can't pitch a primetime show where the lead is a puppet unless you see it.
Fusco: We go into this conference room and sit at this long table. I threw the bag under it. Brandon was at the head and I was next to him, with Tom next to me. We go into the pitch—alien crashes into this house, lives with the family, it’s funny. And I could see in their eyes that we’re losing them. Bernie whispers to me, "Take him out."
Patchett: There's no way you can look at what Paul does with the character and not laugh.
Fusco: I pull him out and sit him next to me. People were just silent. They didn’t expect it. Bernie said, "Listen, before you guys pass on the show, we wanted you to meet ALF."
Patchett: That was absolutely the thing that put it over the top.
Fusco: So ALF is sitting there and not saying anything. He looks around the room, sizing everyone up. He looks at Brandon, picks his nose, and wipes it on Brandon’s jacket. The room went crazy.
Patchett: He just started raining insults at people.
Every anime fan wondered one thing while watching Dragon Ball Z- how do I raise my power level like a super saiyan?
It turns out raising your power level is a lot easier than you think, all you have to do is win the lottery, inherit a fortune or become ridiculously rich somehow and you'll have DBZ-like power at your disposal.
Comic artist JHALL created these illustrated comparisons to show us how rich people are just like DBZ characters, only they don't wear cool costumes, fight to the death or save the planet.
But other than that they're exactly the same!*wink*
The Simpsons meet Adventure Time in the newest couch gag, which will accompany The Simpsons' 28th season premiere Sunday night. It wasn’t directed by Adventure Time creator Pendleton Ward, but it’s a darn good imitation. Ward does, however, sing the song.
Every character (except Lisa) gets a new identity as a character from Adventure Time, and the action gets weirder and weirder as the sequence goes along. See how many small details you can find that tie the two shows together. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Three years later, and we are still talking about Breaking Bad. Maybe it’s because it’s been long enough that fans are going back to binge-watch the whole thing. Evan “The Nerdwriter” Puschak put together a closer look at the most memorable episode of the series, “Ozymandias.”
Mario used to go looking for golden coins, mushrooms and magical stars when he punched blocks, but ever since he slipped on that furry blue monster costume he has craved nothing but cookies! Luigi is starting to worry about old Mario, and Princess Peach is tired of combing the cookie crumbs out of Mario's moustache whenever she wants a kiss, but Toad is totally cool with Mario's new craving. In fact, he went through a similar cookie addiction when he first moved to the Mushroom Kingdom's downtown district, because everyone who lived on Sesame Seed Street was strung out on some sort of sugar based snack...
Keep your geeky style totally sweet with this Super Cookie Bros t-shirt by Donovan Alex, it's the perfect tee to wear while gaming, watching TV or while you re-up on your cookie supply.
Why would someone spend over a million dollars for a car? If it was for sentimental reasons, like finding a mint restoration of your first car, the auction price wouldn’t be so high. No, these cars are extremely rare, extremely high quality, or historically unique. The car shown here is a 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster.
In total, around 342 500K’s were produced, however there were only 58 of the Roadster models. The vehicle is a massive grand touring car that featured a long front end and a comfortable cabin. The vehicles were outfitted with a 5.018-liter I8 engine that produced up to 160 horsepower which allowed these cars to hit speeds of 100 mph. It may not seem like much compared to todays standards, but back then those were mind-bending numbers. One example of the car was sold at a Christie’s auction in 1984 for the price of $1.45 million dollars, which works out to be $3,325,872 dollars today.
TV series have been around for about 70 years now, and there have been a lot of them. How could you possibly rank them all against each other? Rolling Stone explains how they did it.
So we undertook a major poll – actors, writers, producers, critics, showrunners. Legends like Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall, who sent us his ballot shortly before his death this summer. All shows from all eras were eligible; anybody could vote for whatever they felt passionate about, from the black-and-white rabbit-ears years to the binge-watching peak-TV era. The ratings didn't matter – only quality. The voters have spoken – and, damn, did they have some fierce opinions.
The great thing about this list is that it’s all on one page, and most of the the listings have video clips. It’s delightful to scroll through and see where your old and new favorites landed, including the abrupt left turns from childhood classics to offbeat shows you’ve never heard of to your current “must see” TV. Enjoy the ride at Rolling Stone.
The winners of the 2016 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded last night during a cermony at Harvard University's Sanders Theater. The annual awards are presented by the magazine The Annals of Improbable Research. The winners are:
REPRODUCTION PRIZE [EGYPT] The late Ahmed Shafik, for studying the effects of wearing polyester, cotton, or wool trousers on the sex life of rats, and for conducting similar tests with human males.
REFERENCE: "Effect of Different Types of Textiles on Sexual Activity. Experimental study," Ahmed Shafik, European Urology, vol. 24, no. 3, 1993, pp. 375-80.
REFERENCE: "Contraceptive Efficacy of Polyester-Induced Azoospermia in Normal Men," Ahmed Shafik, Contraception, vol. 45, 1992, pp. 439-451.
ECONOMICS PRIZE [NEW ZEALAND, UK] Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes, and Shelagh Ferguson, for assessing the perceived personalities of rocks, from a sales and marketing perspective.
REFERENCE: "The Brand Personality of Rocks: A Critical Evaluation of a Brand Personality Scale," Mark Avis, Sarah Forbes, Shelagh Ferguson, Marketing Theory, vol. 14, no. 4, 2014, pp. 451-475.
WHO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY: Mark Avis and Sarah Forbes
Do you think the pyramids were built by slaves? That Romans always wore togas? How about that old one about people getting married around 12 and 13 throughout most of history? Yeah, none of that happened and here are the truths behind those myths and seven more courtesy of TopTenz.
Even if you already know the truth behind some of these misconceptions, it's a handy page to bookmark for when you tell someone the reality and they argue with you about it.
A 14-year-old comic book fan from New Jersey, and the dream he wouldn't let die.
Michael Uslan lived and breathed comic books. When he was a teenager, his collection was so vast, it consumed his parents’ New Jersey garage. In seventh grade, he co-founded a comic book club that coordinated a field trip to DC Comics’ Manhattan headquarters. He even completed a script for a daily comic strip about the Cricket, a superhero he invented, and submitted drafts to newspapers. An employee at The Sacramento Union was so impressed, he suggested they collaborate—until he realized the author was in junior high.
No superhero fascinated Uslan like Batman. Unlike Superman, Batman didn’t have special powers. His strength came from his will, training, and armored flying suit. Batman was human and damaged—as a child, he’d watched a stranger murder his parents and swore to avenge their deaths. That origin story deeply affected Uslan, who couldn’t consider a world in which his mom and dad didn’t exist.
So it was with great excitement that he tuned in to the ABC premiere of Batman on January 12, 1966. Watching it, Uslan’s heart sank. Portrayed by Adam West, TV’s Batman was stilted, overly earnest, and almost buffoonish. Paired with his guileless sidekick, Robin, he wore tights and spoke in corny adages (“Crime never pays!”) while imparting good-citizen lessons about proper grammar and paying taxes. Even the bad guys were ham-handed jokes, nothing like the terrifying, unhinged criminal overlords of the comic. The fight scenes? Slapstick routines replete with full-screen flashes of onomatopoeic gibberish (“Pow! Crash! Boff!”).
“Society was laughing at Batman—and that just killed me,” Uslan said in the 2013 documentary Legends of the Knight. To him, Batman was an orphan whose vigilantism was a civic and emotional reconciliation, not a campy pop-art punch line. There and then, teenage Uslan made his own Bruce Wayne–like vow: “I would restore Batman to his true and rightful identity as the Dark Knight, a creature of the night stalking criminals from the shadows...a master detective who survived and thrived more by his wits than by his fists.”
Hindsight is the only super power we've all had at some point in our lives, and the moment we discover we have this power we also discover that it's pretty much useless.
Because, as this comic from It's The Tie shows, all foresight really gives us is a cup full of fear, a bucket full of regret and a splash of sadness which leave us feeling all wet about our life choices.
People go a little nuts over anything that is “pumpkin spice” flavored in autumn. Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte became such a hit that the pie flavors (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and sometimes allspice) were put into everything: candy, cookies, ice cream, soda, and now french fries. Would you eat pumpkin spice fries? You won’t get the chance unless you’re in Japan. McDonald’s Japan is offering pumpkin spice fries beginning on September 28. They are normal everyday fries with a squirt of chocolate sauce and a squirt of pumpkin spice sauce. Yum! -via Uproxx
Haunt season has officially begun, and people across the country are lining up to have the crap scared out of them by actors in haunted attractions designed to terrify and delight.
It takes a lot of preparation and hard work to create and run these horror-themed Haunts, and yet many visitors act like fools when they're inside the attraction, which frustrates the crew.
Maybe they act like fools to hide their fear, or they think a Haunt is the kind of dark place where jackassery is acceptable, but whatever the reason for their behavior it's time they were taught the right way to act in a haunted house.
Don't chat with the actors, even if you know them, and don't take pictures of them or they may actually go mad with anger.
You should likewise refrain from asking the actors out on a date, no matter how hot you think they are, and calling them out before they jump out and scare a group just ruins the experience for everyone.
And speaking of shock blocking- don't ever declare you're not scared while inside a Haunt, or the actors will work twice as hard to scare the living daylights out of you...
Going to the gym won't give you super powers, it won't make you invincible or turn you into a legendary hero, but if you work hard on those weights you can have a muscle-bound body that makes you look like a superhero! The mighty Tick didn't have to work at his physique, but you should still use him as your gym-spiration and set your "gym goals" to "look like big blue bug-eared superhero guy" because exercise brings out the hero in us all!
Get pumped for your workout by wearing this Mighty Blue Gym t-shirt by adho1982, it's one truly inspirational shirt that will make your fellow fans want to work extra hard for that Tick-like physique!
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