The Canine Sisyphus

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Can you teach the concept of futility to a dog? No, he’ll have to learn on his own. Buddy found a rock he particularly liked, but the sidewalk is not level and the rock is just too round. Will he continue to fetch it for eternity? Will he give up? Or will he figure out a way around this predicament? No matter what happens, that's a good dog. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Whimsical Octopus Chandeliers



Philadelphia-based artist Adam Wallacavage (previously) makes delightful chandeliers and sconces with tentacled arms. It's a concept that almost seems like a logical progression of thought, when one considers the traditional shape of chandeliers and their multiple arms.

Wallacavage uses materials such as plaster and epoxy resin to form the structure of the fixture, and the fanciful finish is done with iridescent paints, powders and glitter. Each chandelier is unique, so the owner ends up with a one-of-a-kind piece.     

See more photos of Wallacavage's deep sea designs here, and visit his website to see more of his work (he's also an accomplished photographer). Additionally, check out his blog and follow him on Instagram. 


 


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10 Interesting Things About Great Britain

We know enough about the royal couple, Will and Kate. England is majestic for at least ten other reasons.

1. The Cabbies Are Smarter Than Google Maps

London has the most informed cab drivers in the world—and they’ve got the diplomas to prove it. To become a certified taxi operator in London, a driver must first pass “the Knowledge,” an extraordinarily difficult exam that involves the detailed recall of 25,000 streets within a six-mile radius of London’s Charing Cross railway station. But that’s just the beginning. Cabbies must also memorize the locations of clubs, hospitals, hotels, parks, theaters, schools, restaurants, government buildings, and churches. Plus, they have to be fluent in English.

Most drivers take three years to master the Knowledge, and many practice by tracing the routes on a bicycle. It’s not uncommon to see future cabbies pedaling through the city in the early morning with plastic-covered maps clipped to their handlebars. Drivers must know their directions backwards and forwards, which is a complicated task in the maze of London’s one-way streets and blocked-off pedestrian zones.

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The testing process isn’t quick, either. The exam comprises a six-month series of evaluations that includes written, oral, and practical tests, and only one-quarter of the candidates make it through. But there’s an additional benefit for those who pass. In 2000, researchers at the Wellcome Trust in London scanned the brains of 16 London taxi drivers and found that each cabbie’s hippocampus—the area of the brain associated with memory—was larger than those of control subjects. Scientists believe that the hippocampus grew larger as the drivers spent more time on the job. Storing and retaining that much information could actually be a prescription for avoiding dementia.

2. The Swans Never Miss a Census

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The royal family provides a full range of curiosities beyond extravagant weddings. Consider the tradition of England’s annual swan census. Officially, the Queen owns all of the mute swans along the Thames River. But determining just how many birds are in Her Majesty’s flock takes work. So, every July, the royal family conducts a “Swan Upping,” when an armada of skiffs row up the Thames looking for baby swans. When the rowers spot them, they shout, “All up!” and get into formation surrounding the tiny birds. Then the swans are meticulously examined, weighed, measured, and banded by the Queen’s Swan Warden, a Professor of Ornithology at the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology. Adult swans are examined and counted, too.

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The Problems with Superpowers

Your radiation experiments have finally succeeded! You now have superpowers. Congratulations. But before you try extraordinary feats, you should think about precisely what your powers do and do not do.

Sure, you can fly at supersonic speeds. But you’ll freeze. Also, you’ll get lost.

What other consequences do you need to take into account? Read the rest by Justin Hall at Dorkly.


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Dear Kitten: Regarding the Big Game

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Have you ever looked at the ritual of Super Bowl parties and wondered what the big fuss was all about? If so, your'e not alone. In this amusing Ze Frank ad for Friskies, done in the style of the "Dear Kitten" series, the elder cat tries to make sense of this perplexing ritual, so that the kitten may know what to expect.

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King Tut’s Beard Broken, Glued Back on Crooked

The golden burial mask of Egypt’s King Tutankhamun was broken off during an attempted cleaning at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo sometime last year. Under orders to fix it quickly, curators used epoxy glue to reattach the beard. Epoxy sets very quickly. The beard ended up slightly crooked, with a visible gap between the face and beard, and some epoxy showing. What’s more, an attempt to remove the excess glue with a spatula ended up scratching the mask.   

Three of the museum's conservators reached by telephone gave differing accounts of when the incident occurred last year, and whether the beard was knocked off by accident while the mask's case was being cleaned, or was removed because it was loose.

They agree however that orders came from above to fix it quickly and that an inappropriate adhesive was used. All spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of professional reprisals.

An investigation by the Antiques Ministry is underway to determine exactly who did what to King Tut. -via The Mary Sue

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Haute Cuisine: Ants on Shrimp

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The famous Danish chef René Redzepi has brought the entire staff of Noma, his restaurant in Copenhagen, to Tokyo. At his new location, he's offering his unique take on Japanese cuisine. He launched the endeavor with a grand 16-course feast that began this dish. It's jumbo shrimp served with black ants. The Japan Times describes the taste:

But it is the seasoning — “flavors of the Nagano forest” the menu calls it — that defines this dish. A dozen tiny wild black ants are carefully arranged on the shrimp, their little pinpricks of sharp acidity acting as a perfect accent for the sweet, pink flesh.

-via Spoon & Tamago

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Horror Rhapsody - Very, Very Frightning Me


Horror Rhapsody by Absolem Studio

They were tired of simply slashing their way through the local teen population, and those four fiends were looking for a new outlet for their supernatural frustration. They discovered the hideous beauty of their voices and began to sing songs about bohemians and queens, rhapsodies and fall festivals, and all who heard their terrible singing fell down dead of fright. Thanks to all the time they were saving by not having to chase after people and hack them to bits they were able to explore another artistic avenue for their frightful show- costume design!

Slash away the blues with this Horror Rhapsody t-shirt by Absolem Studio, and show the world you have horrifically good taste in clothing and music!

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Monet Worth $12 Million is Repaired After Man Punches a Hole Through It



A man named Andrew Shannon visited The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin on June 29, 2012. Once inside, Shannon walked up to a Monet painting worth $12 million and punched a hole clean through the canvas. Immediately afterward, Shannon screamed at those in the museum who witnessed the incident, telling them to stay away from him because he had a heart condition. Shannon claimed later that he "felt faint" and had fallen into the painting.

A museum security guard restrained Shannon immediately after the incident, finding a can of paint stripper on him in the process. Security cameras caught the crime on video; after a jury viewed the footage last month, they deliberated for only 90 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict. Shannon was sentenced to five years in jail for defacing the painting, entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat and created in 1874. 

When Andrew Shannon's home was raided by police, they found other stolen art pieces worth nearly $150,000. Some of the thefts dated back to the 1980s. A source at the Dublin Crown Court told the Irish Mirror,

“Shannon was a big threat to society, He has a corrupt perversion of the mind, [he is] a complete sociopath."

Restoration experts set to work on the process of repairing the painting, a complicated operation that took 18 months. The lengthy reconstruction began with laying the painting flat, paint side down on a layer of tissue to protect it. The canvas was removed from the frame and the torn section had to be aligned and rejoined in a painstaking, multi-step procedure involving a high-powered microscope.  

Read about the repair in detail and see photos of each step, as well as the finished restoration, here.

Images: The National Gallery of Ireland 


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Darth Vader Helmet Made of Gummy Bears

Crummy Gummy, an artist in Orlando, is most well-known for his sculptures made out of gummy bears, such as a Spartan helmet and an Alien chestburster. His most recent creation is this colorful 1:1 scale model of Darth Vader’s helmet. It required over 1,000 gummies and a lot of patience to make the Sith lord this tasty.

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Bad Lip Reading: NFL 2015 Edition

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The NFL edition of Bad Lip reading is here, and it’s hilarious. These guys will be hearing about their roles in this for years to come.

I once got a rake and I killed a snowman.

If nothing else will get you into the mood for the Super Bowl, this might. -via Buzzfeed


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Dear Baby: A Mom Apologizes to Her Daughter with Funny Notes

Sarah Showfety of New Jersey is the mother of a 22-month old baby. She's got another one on the way. She's busy, tired, and stressed. In other words, she's the mother of a toddler.

Like any parent, she's taking shortcuts. That's the only way you get through this period relatively sane. Showfety knows that her decisions are not always the best, so she's already writing apology notes to her daughter. The results are quite funny. You can read them all at Dear Baby XO.

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Did You Know That Just 3 Actors Voice Over 70 Characters in The Simpsons?

Besides Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpsons, there are about 200 recurring characters in the long-running TV show The Simpsons. But unless you're a big Simpsons fan, you'd probably be surprised to learn that a huge majority of them are voiced by just a dozen actors. What's even more amazing is that 3 of them - Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer - play more than 70 characters.

Jishai of Dadaviz charted the characters the actors play in this neat graph. Just think about it: how in the world do the actors keep them all straight?


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Sylvester Stallone Takes a Selfie with Fans on the Famous Rocky Steps


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During one part of the famous training montage in the 1976 film Rocky, Rocky Balboa runs up and down the 72 stone steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The movie became famous and those steps became famous as a result.


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Peter Rowe and two of his college friends visited Philadelphia last week. They ate the customary cheesesteaks and decided to run up the iconic Rocky Steps. At that moment, Sylvester Stallone, the actor who played Rocky Balboa, showed up:

At the top, as they celebrated the moment, a voice from behind them said, "You guys got up here pretty fast. You're making me look bad."

They turned around. It was Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.

"He was walking around with some of his family," according to Rick Rowe, Pete's father, who posted the item on Facebook, along with a picture the three college students took with Stallone atop the famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Ten Facts About Tyrannosaurus Rex



Most of us have seen the internet meme that pokes fun at Tyrannosaurus Rex  its arms in particular. Countless humorous images feature the dinosaur in situations where arm length or strength is needed for one reason or another. T. Rex always comes up embarrassingly short.

At approximately three feet long, T. Rex arms were short for its 40-foot long body, yet they were anything but weak or useless. Studies indicate that its arms were likely used to grip prey and give the creature a boost from off the ground. Research also suggests that each T. Rex arm could lift approximately 450 pounds. 

Read more facts about Tyrannosaurus Rex, including a discussion of whether one could be resurrected from remains, here.  

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Watch This Man Jump over 2 Motorcycles at 70 MPH

This is Al the Jumper. He jumps over things and he’s really good at it. If 2 motorcycles are coming straight at you, you might jump to the side. But Al jumps straight up at the last possible moment, barely clearing the motorcycles on his ascent and descent.


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This is just a beginning. Al wants to secure a Guinness World Record by jumping over two cars.

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12 Amazing Waterfalls In Iceland

When Juergen Horn was in Iceland for the For 91 Days project, he and Mike Powell visited as many natural wonders as possible, including waterfalls. Now he’s posted breathtaking photographs of a dozen of them, all with links to more information. The waterfall above is Svartifoss, which inspired the design of a landmark church in Reykjavík. Below is Glymur, Iceland’s tallest waterfall.

You’ll also see the waterfall in the movie Prometheus, one you can walk behind, another that looks like lightning hitting the village below, and the one where they saw the Game of Thrones cast working, all at Random Good Stuff.


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The Most Canadian Dress Ever

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Chanel Beckenlehner of Caledon, Ontario represented Canada at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami yesterday. She wore a fantastic costume that displays her homeland’s love for hockey. In the place of a tiara, Beckenlehner wore a model of the Stanley Cup and a hockey goal net. Her boots resemble lace-up skates and her wings consist of fans of hockey sticks. And, yes, that scoreboard is part of her dress.

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Cookie Mobster - C Is For Chocolate Chip...And Crime


Cookie Mobster by Sophie Corrigan

When the cookie supplies started to run dry CM took it in stride, but when the government instituted a ban on cookies and other baked goods Cookie went from Monster to Mobster overnight. He enlisted the aid of his purple monster pal Telly, who happened to be Sesame's best bookmaker, and together the two monsters turned mobsters took over the street and started their own cookie making operation. And if it hadn't been for that bird and his big mouth they probably would've gotten away with all the chocolate chip cookies they could eat, but instead they were left holding an empty bag from Mr. Hooper's store and a pile of crumbs...

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Dad Gave Honest Answers to Daycare Questionnaire

When you send your child to daycare, you're probably asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding the kid's interests, allergies, and so on. But when a daycare asked a father all about his 11-month-old daughter Emma, the man decided to answer the questions with complete honesty.

For example, he listed one of Emma's goal as to "inflict sleep deprivation on [her] parents until such time as they acquiesce to [her] every whim." Every parent is nodding in agreement, I'm sure.

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Century-old Signs Remind Moviegoers to be Polite

The image above is an example of what was shown to the audience during the changing of film reels in the days of silent pictures, circa 1910. Called lantern slides, these gentle reminders of movie audience etiquette were made of glass. A collection of these images is available in the book Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture.

See more lantern slides from a century ago here. 


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TL;DW: The Jurassic Park Trilogy

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There have been three Jurassic Park movies so far, and a fourth, Jurassic World, is on the way. If you are like me and only saw the first one, the series TL;DW is here to catch you up on the entire trilogy. Or at least the parts you need to know about. What I gleaned from this recap is that I probably didn’t miss anything. I’m still open to seeing Jurassic World (because: dinosaurs), confident that it will not depend on the previous movies for plot continuity. Or something like that. -via Gamma Squad


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Celebrities Make Goofy Faces for Photographer Andy Gotts



The best portrait photographers often aren't just skilled in the art of photography. Often they also have a knack for making their subjects feel comfortable enough to be themselves and perhaps even be vulnerable for the camera.

London-based photographer Andy Gotts is known for his portraits of celebrities. In this series, Gotts gets celebrities to let their guards down enough to make spontaneous goofy faces and poses during the shoot. The result is endearing and makes these stars appear as what they are  human. 

Visit this link to see more photographs of celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch and others. Visit Gotts' website and Facebook page to see additional works.  


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Star Wars: Age of Vader

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If the original Star Wars trilogy were made in the 21st century, the trailer would most likely look like this, a typical modern trailer modeled after the preview for Avengers: Age of Ultron. The clips are good, and would certainly make me want to see the movie. However, it doesn’t tell you anything about the plot. All we know from this is that the young fellow is the good guy, and the guy with the black mask is the bad guy, and they fight. There’s no indication of which side the other characters are on. Contrast that with the original 1977 Star Wars trailer, in which the narrator makes those alliances very clear, yet still makes you want to see the movie.

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The one constant in blockbuster movie trailers is that both will show off the state-of-the-art special effects. I doubt that will ever change. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Videophones of Future Past



The concept of the videophone has captured the public imagination ever since the telephone was developed. In 1876, shortly after the telephone was patented in the United States by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, an imaginary device called the telephonoscope was dreamed up in magazines. In 1891, Dr. Bell made conceptual notes about the idea, which he called the "electrical radiophone." According to the New York Times, he later remarked that 

"...the day would come when the man at the telephone would be able to see the distant person to whom he was speaking."

While limited versions of the concept were developed from the 1930s on, in popular culture, the device remained a series of commercially unsuccessful prototypes and a futuristic means of communication used in film and television for many years to come. 

Learn more and see a treasure trove of vintage images in this article. -Via The Presurfer
 


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This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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Sometimes you just feel like breaking something. Even more often you don’t, but it happens anyway. The takeaway from this compilation from Fail Army is that modern furniture, sports equipment, and buildings are not built for the stunts these showoffs are attempting. Enjoy eight minutes of clips that show what happens after “Hey, y’all, watch this!” Contains NSFW language, as you can imagine. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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The Longest Edible Mushroom Is Almost 2 Feet Long

Guinness World Records says that at 1 foot, 11.28 inches long, this Pleurotus eryngii is the longest edible mushroom in the world. Mad scientists at the Mushroom Research Laboratory of the Hokuto Corporation in Nagano, Japan grew it. It’ll fill up a lot of pizzas, provided that it doesn’t achieve sentience and kill us all first.


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Retro Fragrances and Their Cheesy Commercials

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Hilarious commercials like the one featured here were created in an attempt to convince fragrance consumers of the 1970s and 80s that the product would turn their lives from sedate to sexy. Do any of these jingles bring back memories? Or do any fragrance names give you olfactory flashbacks?

See 14 more commercials, one cheesier than the next, at Mental Floss.


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The Greatest Lost Films

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

A "lost film" is one for which there is no known print in existence- anywhere. A great majority of the lost films are the early silents, but films were lost up until around the 1950's.

Why did films become "lost"? Early film stock was highly flammable and film warehouse fires were not that unusual. Incredibly, sometimes studios would deliberately destroy their own films. (These films would nowadays, of course, be classified as "priceless"- both literally and figuratively.)

The deliberate destruction of these gems is on a par, although not with the same evil intention, with the Nazi book burnings of the 1930's. Actually the book burnings were better, in a way, because the books the Nazis tried to destroy still had copies in other locations and complete destruction was much harder to achieve.

Sometimes the loss was caused by simple neglect, as early cheap film stock was just left sitting around for decades and simply turned to goo. Luckily, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel & Hardy, each only have one or two lost films. Happily, sometimes lost films turn up in basements, attics, closets or motion picture theaters.

Let's take a look- sadly and regretfully- at some of the greatest-ever "lost films.”

* Saved From the Titanic (1912)

The first-ever film made about the sinking of the Titanic. Incredibly, this film was made in the same year the Titanic sank. Doubly incredibly, one of the cast members was Dorothy Gibson, who was an actual passenger and survivor of the Titanic's ill-fated voyage.

* The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908)

The first film ever made about The Wizard of Oz. The film actually features an appearance by Oz author L. Frank Baum. The film was only shown in road shows as part of a theater presentation. The paint decomposed and it was discarded.

* We Must Do Our Best (1909)

Moe Howard, later the leader of the Three Stooges, did this silent Vitagraph film. He was 12 years old at the time. Billed as “Harry Moses Horwitz" (his real name), Moe plays "a bully.” Talk about prophetic!

* The World, the Flesh, and the Devil (1914)

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Ghost Of A Rose - Memento Viventium


Ghost of a Rose by JBonnetteArt

They'd been searching for some sign of the Treasure of the Rose's whereabouts for weeks, and yet they came up empty handed at every turn, but just when they were about to declare it a myth they saw a glint from behind a boulder on the face of the cove's rock wall. They dug where the beam of light shone through and found the rocks fell away quite easily from the wall, revealing a chamber and the stench created by decades of decay. They flipped on their flashlights and looked around the space, their eyes immediately drawn to a bright and shining object held aloft in a skeleton's hand...

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