- First Class Mail: 5 Letters That Changed History
- Where the Wilde Things Are
- The Burger That's So Hot You Have to Sign a Waiver Before Eating It
- WWII War Paint: How Bomber-Jacket Art Emboldened Our Boys
- Yoda Lightsaber Chopsticks
- Norman Rockwell's Optimus Prime
- New Zealand is Middle Earth
- Incredibly Cool Horror Movie Poster Redesigns
- How Do You Describe Color to Blind People? Badly.
- Visualizing U.S. Births and Deaths in Real-Time
- 12 June 1942: RAF Drops French Flag on Occupied Paris, Strafes Gestapo HQ
- Christmas Gifs
- How To Make a Baby
- Common Physics Misconceptions
- The Force is Strong: Yoda Tattoo
- Fun Pix Earmuffs for Cupcakes
- Stopping the Dead
- Coolest Guy at the Boat Ramp
- Homemade Zamboni
- Dragon Cake for a Birthday Boy
- Magnetic Alignment of Fish in a Barrel
- Church Comprised of Half a Million Matchsticks
- You Can Shave With Bacon Goodness
- 25,000 Teddy Bears
- A Ponzi Scheme for Flappers
- How to Make Shotgun Shell Christmas Lights
- Simon the Reversible Baby Rattle
- New Zealand Charity Teaches Dogs How To Drive
- Star Wars Reviewed by a Newbie
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 05:00 AM PST
Hidden out of the public's sight, tucked away in the deepest of archives, lie stacks of correspondence that changed the world (or at least tried). Here are a few of our favorites.
I am taking your suggestion regarding Charlotte Braun and will eventually discard her. If she appears anymore it will be in strips that were already completed before I got your letter or because someone writes in saying that they like her. Remember, however, that you and your friends will have the death of an innocent child on your conscience. Are you prepared to accept such responsibility?
Schulz, who once called Peanuts "the cruelest strip going," ended his letter with a hand-drawn flourish: an ax in the head of Charlotte Braun!
I for one feel confident that your good judgment will carry America safely through without war. But in case of such an event I am ready to place a company of fifty lady sharpshooters at your disposal. Every one of them will be an American and as they will furnish their own arms and ammunition will be little if any expense to the government.
But Oakley and her recruits never went to war, and in fact, there's no record of a response from McKinley -although he might have smelled a publicity stunt. After all, the grandstanding newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst had just offered McKinley an entire cavalry regiment -which would be akin to Rupert Murdoch whipping up a tank battalion.
I really am most grateful for your splendid letter of May 23rd.
Boothroyd went on to a advise Fleming for years, and despite Fleming's offer, the arms expert refused compensation. Undeterred, the novelist repaid Boothroyd with something even better. In Dr. No, Fleming debuted a new character -Bond's brilliant armorer and gadgeteer Major Boothroyd, a.k.a. "Q."
The very high probability is that this [election] will bring Jefferson into the Chief Magistracy, unless it be prevented by the measure which I shall now submit to your consideration, namely the immediate calling together of the existing legislature. They ought not to hinder the taking of a legal and Constitutional step, to prevent an Atheist in Religion and a Fanatic in politics from getting possession of the helm of the State.
Cooler heads prevailed. Jay jotted on the note: "Proposing a measure for party purposes [which] I think it [would] not become me to adopt." Jefferson did indeed become president -and despite Hamilton's fears, the republic still stands.
A step like a pattering child’s in entry & in glided a little plain woman with two smooth bands of reddish hair & a face little like Belle Dove's; not plainer -with no good feature- in a very plain & exquisitely white pique & a blue net worsted shawl. She came to me with two day lilies which she put in a sort of childlike way into my hand & said "These are my introduction" in a soft frightened childlike voice- & added under her breath Forgive me if I am frightened; I never see strangers and hardly know what to say-
Higginson found the meeting exhausting: "I never was with anyone who drained my nerve power so much," he admitted, adding, "I am glad not to live near her." So was Mrs. Higginson. "Oh, why do the insane so cling to you?"
Be sure to visit mental_floss' website and blog for more fun stuff!
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 04:00 AM PST
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 03:00 AM PST
What a pampered parrot! His owner built a vehicle he can control with a joystick, and motor around by himself. If you're impressed with that, wait until you see the computerized autonomous docking ability. See, parrots have a tendency to leave their Birdbuggies just anywhere, so this contraption takes itself home! -via Viral Viral Videos
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 02:00 AM PST
No, Atomic Burger insists, they're not kidding. If you want to eat the Fallout Challenge -- a burger rated at millions of Scoville units, you'll have to sign a waiver of liability. You also have to wear gloves because otherwise you'll burn your hands with that thing that you're about to put inside your body.
But enduing that experience, assuming that you actually survive, is worth the pain. That's because you get a free t-shirt and your name on the restaurant's Wall of Flame:
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 01:00 AM PST
As we reflect on the significance of Pearl Harbor Day, we can learn more about one of the iconic artistic relics of World War II: the decorated leather bomber jacket. The Army Air Corps was filled with new pilots, some just teenagers, who dressed up those jackets with mission counts, cartoon characters, caricatures, and sometimes nudes.
Read how the jacket art came about, how it evolved, what the brass thought of it, and read some individual stories of America's flying warriors -plus see lots of jacket art at Collector's Weekly. Link
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
Yoda Ligthsaber Chopsticks - $9.95
Looking for an out of this galaxy holiday gift are you, hmm? You need the Yoda lightsaber Chopsticks from the NeatoShop. Yeessss. Shaped like Yoda's lightsaber, this great pair of chopsticks is. Strong with this pair of chopsticks, the force is. Yeessss.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fantastic Star Wars items.
Posted: 07 Dec 2012 12:00 AM PST
The always brilliant Marco D'alfonso, master of the mashup, imagined Optimus Prime in Norman Rockwell's 1944 painting The Tattoo Artist. The best part is D'alfonso's subtle references in the background matching Rockwell's original work. You can view a much larger version at the link.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 11:00 PM PST
Yeah, we've laughed at how New Zealand is going nuts to promote the movie The Hobbit, but there's something special about the locations selected for the film. In this video from Air New Zealand, filmmakers, crew, and actors talk about the wonderful place that became Middle Earth. -Thanks, Cole Stryker!
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 10:00 PM PST
Movie posters are cool, horror movie posters are even cooler, and these artsy re-designs by David O'Daniel are the coolest!
They're minimalist with lots of style and really cool color schemes, check out the awesome posters for Jaws and The Birds at the link below, they're truly terror-ific.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 09:00 PM PST
"Color is hard. How do you sighted people keep them all straight?" Tommy Wilson has been blind since birth. He produces handy videos that explain that experience to sighted people, such as how he cooks food and what it's like for him to dream.
How do we sighted people explain the concept of color to him? Apparently not that well, as Wilson explains in this humorous video.
-via Daily of the Day
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 08:00 PM PST
On average, a baby is born somewhere in the U.S. every ten seconds, and someone dies every 13 seconds. You can watch that happen in real time with the simulation map on Google Drive. These are not actual births and deaths, but enough US Census statistical and geographical data are entered to give you a general idea of how often it happens. Watching the actual simulation at the link is mesmerizing. Nowhere Near Ithaca tells a bit about the project and how the data was compiled. Link -via Metafilter
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 07:00 PM PST
Although it was reported publicly at the time, Wing Commander Ken Gatward's incredible act of badassery on 12 June 1942 fell out of the public eye until his medals recently came up for auction. During the war, he and his crew flew right over Paris in the middle of a German parade and dropped a huge French flag on the Arc de Triomphe. Then he started killing Nazis. The Daily Telegraph describes the battle:
Gatward was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and twice awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions during the war.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 06:00 PM PST
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Posted: 06 Dec 2012 03:00 PM PST
UV Tattoos have always seem pretty gimmicky to me, until now. Finally a use of the glow in the dark ink that actually makes sense! Done by tattoo artist Kennith Bryan of Intimate Body Art Studios. Really great work, I am sure Yoda would approve. In this case, this dedicated Star Wars fan is definitely doing and not trying.
Via Obvious Winner
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 02:00 PM PST
Fun Pix Earmuffs for Cupcakes - $3.45
Boy it's getting chilly out there. Are you worried that all your beloved cupcakes are going to catch cold? Dress them up in the Fun Pix Earmuffs for Cupcakes from the NeatoShop. These great paper earmuffs are perfect for adding a little warmth and personality to your favorite sweet treat.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 02:00 PM PST
The National Post has a graphic depiction of the zombie kills from all 27 episodes of 2.5 seasons of the TV show The Walking Dead. It's separated into four parts; the skull here is made of the first section, zombies killed by season (the yellow ones are main characters). You can also see a breakdown of each zombie and who killed it with what weapon, then a breakdown of the weapons by season, and then which characters do the most zombie killing. It's a lot of statistics that should keep a math geek/Walking Dead fan busy for a while. Link -via Digg
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 01:30 PM PST
The title of the video says it all - Coolest Guy At The Boat Ramp. He really is. I didn't really get it until the 1:30 mark, but it was totally worth it. It's apparently an RV Boat Combo, I would love to take a trip up to [insert generic lake name], anyone down for some tubing?
Via Picks and Flicks
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 01:00 PM PST
What can you do with a riding lawnmower with a blown engine? Instructables member web4deb turned hers into an ice resurfacer. Here's how:
Watch a video of it in action at the link.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 12:30 PM PST
It's been a while since we posted about it, so we decided to bring it up again! Check out this amazing dragon cake. I see the D20 in the clutches of the dragon and that tells me this was most likely created with Dungeons and Dragons (or something equivalent) in mind. I would like to pretend for the time being that it is really Smaug, if that is okay with you guys. Made by Mike's Amazing Cakes for the birthday boy John Doty.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 12:00 PM PST
Scientists from the Czech Republic and Germany studied how carp arrange themselves in 80 different barrels while waiting to be sold at the traditional Czech Christmas sale last year. They observed fish in 817 samples over seven days. What diid they find?
Was the research tough? It was as easy as counting fish in a barrel! Link
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 11:30 AM PST
While Wieslaw Laszkeiwick may use a whole lot of matchsticks, I bet he wouldn't appreciate you playing with fire anywhere near his creations. Here we have just one of the matchstick structures, a replica of the Church of St. Nicholas in Zamosc, that Laszkeiwisk has built in his workshop. A workshop that has has spent over 40 years creating these magnificent buildings.
This church is about 5 feet tall and is made up of almost half a million matchsticks. Not all matches are created equally however, and one match can make a huge difference.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 11:00 AM PST
Is eating pounds of bacon seasoned with bacon salt and a dessert of bacon candy, then brushing your teeth with bacon still not leaving you with pork fat oozing through your pores? Well, until that does happen, you can at least use the next best thing to lubricate your face while shaving -bacon shaving cream! Huzah JD's for introducing yet more bacon products in our life.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 10:30 AM PST
Just look at all the teddy bears! The Calgary Hitmen, a Canadian hockey team, hold a charity event for kids in need. Once a year people are invited to bring teddy bears to the stadium and throw them into the rink, this year they collected 25,000 teddy bears. It took nearly 45 minutes to clean them all up.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 10:00 AM PST
The Shifters was a name of a group of young people who called themselves that for a few months in 1922. Some considered them a subset of flappers, but men were welcome to be Shifters. Newspapers covered the group as if they knew what the culture meant. No one knows who started the fad, and there was no organization behind it. And, like many fads among young people, the Shifters died out as soon as the media paid attention to them. It was a sort of "secret society" of cool, hep people "in the know," but we still know rather little. One of the fascinating things about the Shifters was their method of recruiting new members.
As time went by, established businesses wanted in on the game as well, and they manufactured Shifters pins, patches, and hats to sell. A lot of money changed hands, but when the Shifters were seen as mainstream, they disappeared. On to the next fad! The New York Times Sunday Review has the story, plus lists of "Shifter slang" terms, which may or may not be accurate, but it's fun to read. Link -via Metafilter
(Image credit: the New York Public Library)
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 09:30 AM PST
About this time of year, most of us are thinking "What can I do with all of these spent shell casings that I've accumulated this year?" That's a big pile of material that you shouldn't just throw away. Beretta Fleur turns hers into Christmas lights. You can find instructions on how to make your own at the link.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
Simon the Reversible Baby Rattle - $24.95
The holiday season is here! Are you still looking for a perfectly unique gift for the extra special baby in your life? You need Simon the Reversible Baby Rattle from the NeatoShop. This darling baby rattle easily transforms from a hedgehog to a Dodo bird and back. Now you can have two beautiful little toys in one convenient and super adorable package.
Be sure to check out the NeatShop for more great Toys & Games.
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 09:00 AM PST
An animal adoption organization in New Zealand is teaching dogs how to drive, with their paws on the pedal steering straight towards the nearest cat.
As if driving around town wasn't dangerous enough, now we'll have to contend with canine drivers who brake at the scent of fast food!
Posted: 06 Dec 2012 08:30 AM PST
Allison Keene, who writes about TV for Collider and mental_floss, grew up without ever watching a Star Wars film. She sat down and watched every one of them in release order, and wrote up her impressions as a 21st-century newbie. What's interesting is that she thought she knew a lot about the series, because she knew what people talked about on the internet. But that's completely different from seeing the films. She says after the first one:
And even that's funny, that the voice of James Earl Jones may sound "quite normal" now that everyone has heard him so much. In 1977, it stood out from every other voice on the planet. Keene wrote up all six movies, which are posted at Collider in reverse (blog) order. Link
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