Come With Me...If You Want To Die - Sandman's Little Sister


Come With Me... If You Want To Die by Saqman

She's got a smile that warms your heart, and a personality that seems unusually chipper given her lot in life, but when she asks you to take her hand and come with her you should know that you're already dead. Unlike the reapers of old this Death doesn't scare newly dead souls into submission, she'd rather take a kinder approach to showing you the ropes. She was with you when you were born, she'll be with you when you pass on, so don't take her hand until your time has come!

Share your love of classic comic book literature with the world, wear this Come With Me...If You Want To Die t-shirt by Saqman and show your fellow geeks what they should be reading!

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Square Roots

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Redditor question_ev3rything spotted this amazing tree root formation in Guangzhou, China. The persistent tree has pushed its away into the orderly, grid-lined human world.

A very patient artist could use this phenomenon to grow some impressive works of art.

-via Twisted Sifter

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The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death

Dr. Linda Hazzard ran the Institute of Natural Therapeutics in Olalla, Washington, in the early 20th century. People looked to her clinic for alternative medical care, which mainly consisted of fasting as a cure-all.

Despite little formal training and a lack of a medical degree, she was licensed by the state of Washington as a “fasting specialist.” Her methods, while not entirely unique, were extremely unorthodox. Hazzard believed that the root of all disease lay in food—specifically, too much of it. “Appetite is Craving; Hunger is Desire. Craving is never satisfied; but Desire is relieved when Want is supplied,” she wrote in her self-published 1908 book Fasting for the Cure of Disease. The path to true health, Hazzard wrote, was to periodically let the digestive system “rest” through near-total fasts of days or more. During this time, patients consumed only small servings of vegetable broth, their systems “flushed” with daily enemas and vigorous massages that nurses said sometimes sounded more like beatings.

An extended stay at the Institute was only affordable to those who were well-off, and only desirable to those who were desperate to improve their health. But when Claire Williamson died while staying with Hazzard, her childhood nurse came to investigate and found that Claire had only weighed 50 pounds when she died. Furthermore, she’d left her estate to Hazzard. And Claire’s sister Dora was still at the facility. It then came to light that Claire wasn’t the first patient to die under Hazzard’s care. Read the story of the “doctor,” her bigamist husband, the mortuary that may have been in cahoots with them, and the sister held prisoner, at Smithsonian.


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This Self-Stabilizing Boat’s Deck Stays Level, Even in Rough Water


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This is the Martini 1.5, an innovative boat design by Velodyne Marine. As it whips across the waves at high speed, the deck remains level. That's because the Martini has an active suspension system that adjusts as the pontoons rise and fall. The boat can stay level in 5.5-foot waves at speeds of up to 30 MPH. Alex Davies of Wired explains how it works:

Each corner, where the arm meets the hull, has a linear accelerometer, a pneumatic airbag, and a DC servo motor. To match the movement of the ocean, detected by the accelerometer, the motor turns a ball screw that pushes or pulls the control arm, lowering and raising that end of the hull as necessary.

Velodyne is working on a model that will have two larger hulls closer together, but working independently. This will permit the boat to carry a much larger cabin.


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'Tis the Season for Tons of Horror Webcomics



This i09 article hooks readers up with "tons of horror webcomics" to keep bones chilled and blood curdled. "From post-apocalyptic epics filled with monsters to anthologies packed with serial killers, alien invaders, and nightmares come to life, here is something for every sort of horror fan." 

Image: Zombiehunters / Jenny Romanchuk


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29 Web Ads Ruined by Extremely Unfortunate Placement

Do you trust a computer program to determine where your ad goes online in order to maximize its visability?

Well, considering how many companies have human-generated public relations disasters, maybe it's not a bad idea. Still, sometimes ad placements go over poorly. 22 Words has screenshots of 29 web ad placement failures.

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Which Halloween Candy is the Least Healthy to Eat?

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This animation by Daniella Urdinlaiz supplies information about popular candies containing ingredients that are more harmful to the body than others. In watching it, I learned what I could have guessed before I pressed play: if I like it, it's most likely on the "worst" list. Isn't that pretty much the way it goes? Oh well. Scary, dangerous edibles fit right in with Halloween theme. -Via Laughing Squid


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Pineapple Jack-o'-Lantern

This pineapple looks much more frightening than an ordinary jack-o'-lantern! Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing saw it at a Trader Vic's in Portland, Oregon. It would be great for a Halloween party with a Tiki theme.

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The Difference Between Foods

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The difference between fruits and vegetables depends on whether you are talking to a botanist or a cook, but Daven at Today I Found Out gives us a decent short course in telling the difference. He also explains the difference between jelly and jam, kosher salt and table salt, and the different colors of pepper. What blew my mind was the difference between green olives and black olives. I thought they were different kinds of olives! Personally, I much prefer the taste of green olives. -Thanks, Daven!

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Kevin Smith Shaves His Facial Hair, is Now Unrecognizable

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Film director Kevin Smith posted these pictures of himself to his Facebook page, one of which is the "after" picture of him having shaven his trademark facial hair. People familiar with Smith, what do you think? Does he look better with beard and mustache or without? And what on Earth would Silent Bob say? (Yeah, likely nothing.) -Via Uproxx

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Which Wine Pairs Best With Your Halloween Candy?

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So the kids come in Halloween night, and they pour the contents of their bag on the floor to pick out their favorites. They slowly eat themselves into a sugar coma, and this is when the adults strike. They grab the stash and put it somewhere safer so the kids wont have diabetes in a few days. Thing is, mom and dad reach in and take a few treats because, well, don't you think they've earned it? But when they sit down to eat their mini-Snickers, they freeze. Why? Because they don't know which wine would best accentuate it. 

Well now, thanks to Bustle, they do. In the article all of us have been waiting for for most of our lives, they tell us which wine pairs best with which Halloween candy. Though some may know at its most basic that chocolate goes well with red, this list runs much deeper than that. Put it this way, when you crack into that Reese's Cup, match it with a bold red, like a malbec. They will accentuate each other perfectly.

I mean, come on. We all knew that, right? (I totally didn't know that).

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Grand Theft Stapler - The Birth Of An Office Badass


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Milton was always getting pushed around at work, he was the butt of every joke and the only person in the office who didn't have his own space for more than a week at a time, but he'd learned to live with these unpleasantries. However, when he discovered the theft of his favorite stapler something in Milton's head snapped, and his quiet office life took a grand turn towards the dark side. Milton hopped into his auto and waited for his fellow employees to file out of the office, and as he slammed his foot on the gas pedal and turned the wheel towards his enemies he muttered "don't touch my stapler"....

Warn the world about the dangers of office prankery with this Grand Theft Stapler t-shirt by Grafx-Guy, and don't mess with another worker's office supplies!

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Things We Wish We Could Say at the Gym

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The gym: for those of us who go regularly, there are certain thoughts trapped in our heads during workouts that aren't a good idea to verbalize. The part I could relate to most in this video is being annoyed when someone picks the machine sandwiched right next to mine when almost every machine of that type is not being used. Can you identify with anything in the video? Or, maybe you skip the gym to work out another way. Or perhaps you do arm curls on the couch with cheese curls. Weigh in (bad pun intended) in the comments. -Via Viral Viral Videos


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Ghost Islands: Eight of the Eeriest Abandoned Places on the Seas

There are uninhabited islands and abandoned islands, and then there are these: ghost islands, with a past that sinks over you like a specter. There are mostly sad reasons these islands aren’t inhabited, like Poveglia Plague Island.

Poveglia served as a plague quarantine station for Venice from 1793 to 1814, and some rumors state that 50% of the soil is composed of the remains of the dead. A mental hospital was later opened, and remains in ruins in the overgrowth of ivy. It's also not the only ghost island in the Venice area, which is spotted with these abandoned relics of eras gone by.

Other islands were abandoned due to war, starvation, industrial decline, border disputes, and there’s even one that sank too much to live on. Read about all eight at Atlas Obscura.

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Honest Trailers: Saw

Here is the thing about the Saw movie franchise. It has a lot of cuts and holes. HAHAHAHAHA, get it? That works on TWO levels. As a fan of horror, we tend to look past those holes and do our best to just sit back and enjoy a movie, no matter how mindless. But the guys at Screen Junkies have a special gift for dissecting films, and this time, they are going after the movie  Saw, just in time for Halloween.

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Pay attention to the line at the 00:44 mark. Pure genius.


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Origami Millennium Falcon

Adamite85, an origami artist in the Czech Republic, made a simple but remarkably accurate model of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. I wouldn't try the Kessel Run in it, but I'm sure that it would do fine for in-system operations. Either way, if they follow standard Imperial procedure, they'll dump their garbage before they go to light-speed, then we just float away.


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A Game of Thrones Halloween


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It sounds as if Jon Snow is leading the Night’s Watch on a mission, but as his pep talk continues, it begins to remind you of something much more familiar This is not exactly a Halloween special from Westeros. It’s the holiday offering from Funny or Die.  

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All The Brand New Horror Movies You Can Watch Before Halloween

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So I imagine there must be a bunch of you out there who make watching scary movies a big part of your Halloween ritual. Being one of those people, I found myself wondering what new horror would be coming out in and around Halloween so I could ensure there was something new that I could sink my fangs into Halloween night. i09 put together this handy dandy list of all the brand new horror movies coming out in theaters and on V.O.D in or around the 31st of this month.

Having already seen most of them (because I am a super horror nerd), check out Horns if you like your horror to have a bit of comedy and romance thrown in, and watch The Houses That October Built if you just want to go full Halloween mode. The latter seems loosely based on this place. VHS-Viral is a lot of fun, too. Can't give you my thoughts on The ABC's of Death 2 yet, as that is the one I have cued for devil's night.

Either way, rest assured. There is plenty to pick from, and something for everyone.


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26 Not-So-Scary Facts About Halloween

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For the Halloween edition of the mental_floss List Show, John Green has a whole long list of facts about Halloween! The biggest pumpkin, the origin of Jack-o-Lanterns, why people used to eat chicken feed for Halloween, and a whole lot of superstitions about the holiday. He says he is wearing Halloween masks because he’s being punished, but I prefer to think it’s a fortunately seasonal workaround for some kind of facial blemish.

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5 Book and Pizza Pairings

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Pizza is fun to eat and heavy literature is, well, good for you in a way. It's the literary equivalent of broccoli. You should eat it. A nice greasy pizza will help you digest the prose.

But which pizza? Martin Cahill of Quick Books has pizza suggestions for 5 classic works of literature, including Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. For Moby-Dick, Cahill recommends a cheese and anchovy pizza that will remind you of life on the sea.

We could have a lot of fun with this idea using other books, such as E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

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A Nihilistic Short Film About Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown has dealt with some tough childhood moments in the last 65 years, from being rejected by girls to losing his dog to getting bad grades in school, but the heaviest thing he ever had to deal with came courtesy of a little girl named Janice. 

Janice was diagnosed with leukemia, and Chuck struggled to find an answer for the TV special's title "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?", leaving him feeling even more nihilistic than before.

And then this short film happened:

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Good Grief! Cancer Boy! is a strange little film made by Todd Graham in 1990 that reveals the utter futility of Charlie Brown's very existence- in German!

Todd shows us what Charlie Brown might have become if Charles Schulz had allowed him to grow up...I guess it's a good thing he never aged!

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Josh Sundquist’s 2014 Halloween Costume

Josh Sundquist is an athlete, a math nerd, a rapper, and an author. He lost his left leg to cancer as a child. Lately he’s become internet-famous for his imaginative Halloween costumes: the Gingerbread Man from Shrek in 2010, the leg lamp from A Christmas Story in 2012, a flamingo in 2013, and we couldn’t wait to see what he’d cook up next.



This year’s costume is infinitely appropriate for a one-legged athlete. He’s a foosball player!

-via Blazenfluff

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I Have The Adventure - Master Of The Cartoon Universe


I Have The Adventure by Olipop

Finn discovered an old sword lying in a cave next to a pile of old bones and he instantly fell in love. That sword was so totally mathematical that Finn just had to have it for his own, and once he held it in his hands he knew his life was about to become even more adventurous than before. Jake thought the blade smelled evil, but when they encountered some rotten fruit bandits on the road, and Finn's sword began to crackle with energy, Jake was mighty impressed by the way it sliced and diced those dopes!

It's time to add a fun new t-shirt to your geeky wardrobe, better pick up this I Have The Adventure tee by Olipop and let the fun begin!

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The Passenger Airplanes of the Future?



A British technology research company called The Center for Process Innovation suggests that the passenger aircrafts of the future would be much improved by removing the planes' windows and instead having OLED touch screens down the length of the plane, displaying the view from the outside as seen through rear-mounted cameras. 

CPI says that such a design would reduce the weight (and thereby the associated fuel and other costs) of the plane. According to CPI, the body of the aircraft would be lighter yet stronger, C02 emissions would be reduced and seating woulld be roomier.  

As impractical as it may seem in many ways, I would be interested to test ride such a plane, but I know a lot of people who wouldn't dare to, such as a member of my family who won't even ride in a glass elevator. How would the cabin's indoor environment affect the passengers? Would such a design turn too many passengers off, reducing ticket sales? What do you think?

Learn more about CPI's ideas regarding aircraft technology here.

-Via Bored Panda. | Images: CPI

 

 

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The Truth Behind Halloween Candy Tampering Urban Legends

Urban legends about people tampering with Halloween candy have existed for decades, and even though they’re largely seen as scare tactics these legends still put enough fear in parents and kids that x-raying candy has become a Halloween tradition.

So what are the facts about candy tampering?

Surprisingly, the fear of tampered Halloween candy seems to stem from one case- in 1974 Timothy O'Bryan died from ingesting a cyanide laced Pixy Stix given to him by his father, who was trying to cash in on a massive life insurance policy he'd taken out on his kids.

In fact, most of the proven cases of tampering were traced back to a friend or relative who was trying to play a prank on the unwitting child by sticking sharp objects in treats. Way to fail at pranking folks!

Want to learn more about the roots of these urban legends? Read more about A Brief History Of Sick People Tampering With Halloween Candy over at mental_floss.

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The Lion Cam

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Only Kevin Richardson, the lion whisperer (previously at Neatorama) could strap a GoPro camera on a lion. And that’s just what he did. Richardson also has a camera, but he can’t keep up with a lioness on the hunt. Watch Meg stalk her prey on the African plain, and take a waterbuck down in the blink of an eye. -via Viral Viral Videos


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The Small Swedish Apartment With A Whole Lot of Storage Space

388 square feet isn't much, but with a clever renovation by Karin Matz, this Swedish apartment still feels surprisingly airy and roomy. The secret is the combined closet/bed/kitchen/storage area at the heart of the space that was actually inspired by popular Ikea designs.

The apartment sat largely unused for the last 50 years, even after the owner started a renovation 20 years ago, but had to stop the process due to a health problem. Now the property is a prime piece of real estate in the heart of Stockholm.

View more pictures of the space over at Homes and Hues: This Swedish Apartment Makes the Most of Its Small Space


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12 Things You May Not Know About Houdini

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

Harry Houdini is, far and away, the most famous magician and escape artist in world history. Like Shakespeare, Babe Ruth, Elvis and the Beatles, he is the undisputed number one in his field. But Houdini, beside being a gifted artist, was also a very fascinating person who lived an amazing life. Okay, let's take a look at a few things you may not have known about the one and only Harry Houdini.

He was a man of many names.

Houdini was born Erik Weisz to Jewish parents in Budapest, Hungary. He changed his name to Erich Weiss. His friends called him “Ehrie,” which inspired his Americanized first name “Harry.” He changed his surname to “Houdini" in honor of legendary magician Robert Houdin. Houdini's other stage names include “Eric the Great,” “The King of Cards,” and “Eric, Prince of the Air.”

Early performance and abilities.

One of Houdini's early performances was escaping from being sewed up inside the belly of a whale. In another early gig, he was billed as "the wild man.” Clothed in a loincloth, Houdini was locked in a cage and ate raw meat.

Houdini was ambidextrous and could manipulate cards easily with both hands. He would practice card tricks over and over without looking at the cards, while casually talking with friends. He also could calmly untie knots repeatedly with his feet.

Houdini’s first public performance.

Fascinated with magic at an early age, Houdini’s first performance was at the age of 9. He picked up pins with his eyelids while hanging upside-down. Admission was 35 cents.

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Tiny Kitten Therapy

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This sweet footage is of a litter of tiny kittens crawling around and exploring their world, as they haven't yet mastered the art of catwalking. The video is perfect for anyone in need of a dose of that powerful medicine known as kitten therapy. It's a fine cure for what ails. -Via Laughing Squid

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80s Cartoon Villains Dunking on You

Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Megatron from The Transformers

You have no place on this basketball court. The villains of an 80s childhood will destroy you by dunking over your head, again and again. Andy Kaufman drew these images that let you feel as small as you were back when these cartoons were still new.

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