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Published: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:41:00 -0700

Copyright: 2017

Buddhist Monks with a Sense of Humor

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:59:33 -0700


While they may have given up certain earthly pleasures, like hair, these monks aren't above a bit of shenanigans when they need a bag to carry their stuff. Wouldn't you do the same in their position? Since the band Nirvana and the accompanying symbol were around before these monks were born, there's little chance that they aren't familiar with it. After all, Buddhists seek Nirvana. -via reddit

Vampire Killers - The Best Way To Kill A Bat Is With A Frog

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:59:34 -0700


Vampire Killers by Nemons

The Frog Brothers don't look like much in person, and they sound like little more than overenthusiastic kids with wild imaginations on the phone, but those fearless little fellows really know their stuff! They've been following the growing vampire problem in Santa Carla from day one, and since they read lots of books and stuff on the subject they've been able to devise a brilliant strategy for taking out the local wildlife- stake those bloodsuckers while they sleep!

Help spread the word about the best vampire removal service on the market with this Vampire Killers t-shirt by Nemons, it's a fresh

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners 2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:59:33 -0700


The National History Museum in London announced the winners of their annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The winner in the youth competition, the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year, is Daniël Nelson of the Netherlands. The 16-year-old, who is a professional wildlife photographer, entered this portrait of nine-year old Caco the gorilla. Lewis Blackwell, Chair of the jury, said,

‘This is a lovely moment, combining careful and protracted observation of an animal in its habitat with an eye for compelling composition. Our eyes move through the image, from the face to the hand on the breadfruit and back again. The photo takes us right into the life of the young gorilla called Caco and makes us curious to understand his day. Images this good can help inspire and educate, and may perhaps help save this critically endangered species.’

The overall winner of the adult division is too graphic to show here. Brent Stirton of South Africa won for his photograph of a rhino that was a victim of poachers who took its horn. You can see it here. On a more lighthearted note, check out Marcio Cabral's photo of a Brazilian giant anteater. It won first place in the "Animals in their Environment" category.  


There are winners in several categories and age groups. You can see them all at the contest website, in the gallery of adult winners and youth winners. -via Digg

Truly Horrific Halloween Horror Stories That Happen To Be True

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:59:33 -0700


Telling spooky stories around a campfire (or flashlight if you're indoors) is a Halloween tradition that keeps the art of storytelling alive in an age when kids would rather stare at a screen than talk to each other.

And if you really want to shock the kids of today who have been exposed to all kinds of terrible stuff online you've gotta tell them a true story, one which they can verify via Google to make it extra shocking.


Start 'em off with the source of an urban legend about tainted Halloween candy:

In 1974, 8-year-old Timothy O’Bryan died on Halloween evening after eating candy laced with cyanide. But the story has an even more horrific twist.

It turned out the candy was poisoned by Timmy’s father, Ronald, who was in financial trouble and had taken out insurance policies on his children. In addition to Timmy, Ronald O’Bryan gave poisoned candy to four other children, including his daughter, Elizabeth. Thankfully, none of them ate it. O’Bryan was executed by lethal injection in 1984.

Then you can hit 'em with a tale about a suicide mistaken for a Halloween decoration:

In 2005, a 42-year-old woman in Delaware committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree across the street from a residential area. Though the body was easily visible to passersby and passing vehicles, no one called the police for hours. Why? They assumed the woman swaying in the wind was a Halloween decoration.


And once they're good and scared thanks to these two true stories you can introduce the idea of a killer-at-large who wears a Ghostface mask and make sure they never sleep again!:

In Scream, killers wearing Ghostface masks callously murdered the people in their town. Chillingly, on Halloween night, 2013, someone wearing the same Ghostface mask shot and killed 19-year-old Anthony Seaberry before disappearing into the New York night.

Read 11 True And Truly Horrific Halloween Horror Stories here

Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:59:33 -0700


We've read about how San Francisco city officials had all the city's dead moved to Colma in 1914 in order to reclaim the valuable land taken up by cemeteries. As methodical as they were, the project was massive, and mistakes were bound to be made. One was unearthed in May of 2016, when a construction crew dug up a small coffin under Ericka Karner's garage. The sealed coffin had two windows showing the corpse in good condition. There was no identifying information attached. The nonprofit Garden of Innocence organization built a new coffin and provided a burial for the child. But who was she? Her gravestone called her Miranda Eve.

That name was meant to be temporary, given to the dead girl by Karner’s own two young daughters, to be replaced when Miranda’s identity was finally discovered. See, before her second burial, researchers extracted DNA from the corpse, first to make sure that there was no foul play, then for clues.

The samples suggested Miranda had been weaned from breast milk a year before her death, putting her age between two and three-and-a-half years old when she died. They also hinted at a diet change that took place a few months before death, which suggested she died from a longer illness, not trauma. An analysis of her hair concluded she died of marasmus, or severe malnutrition, likely due to an infection.

Other information from the DNA, plus a painstaking search of city records finally yielded results. Read her story at Atlas Obscura.

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29 Facts about European Royalty

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:59:34 -0700

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These facts are bizarre -John Green said so- because royalty is weird. These folks spend their lives surrounded by fabulous wealth and have people taking care of their every need. Then some of them have to be a leader of a country, without understanding anything about the common people who make up the vast majority of the population. There are no job qualifications for royalty other than being born into it, but there are some weird rules for living your life that have nothing to do with governing. Learn a lot of obscure and strange facts about European royalty in the latest episode of the Mental Floss List Show.  

The Animal Most Likely To Kill You In Each State

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:59:34 -0700


Whenever people discuss the deadliest animals in North America they mention rattlesnakes, bears and, if they're coastal, sharks, but nobody talks about the fact that deer kill more people each year than bears, snakes and sharks combined.


Deer-related deaths are presumably largely due to car accidents but the fact remains deer, and horses and cows for that matter, kill way more people each year than you'd expect.

These illustrated charts by Man Vs. Beast show us which critters kill the most people each year, as well as your odds of being killed by an animal and the most common animal-related death by state.


But these charts (inexplicably featured on a casino website) don't stop in the U.S., here's a chart that shows the world's deadliest regions and which critter is most likely to kill you in each region. Travel safe!


-Via Wide Open Country

Wikipedia Markov Masher

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 10:59:34 -0700


The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence manner. I entered Crystal Head Vodka and Memento mori and got this.

Memento mori rings were formerly an accurate historical records advice for the famous danse macabre is quadruple-distilled and artist John Alexander first conceived of the time after morning, the most likely related to 40% alcohol by volume. Unlike Crystal Head launched in 2008 and founded by the impermanence of memento mori Sic transit gloria mundi Ubi sunt You Only Live Once (disambiguation) Tempus fugit Memento mori are typical of the phrase is the bottle is "about nothing else but written as a sealed chamber and Momijigari, the Crystal Skull Vodka". Retrieved February 20, 2014.

That's right, you only live once. Combining pop culture genres can be fun.

Gandalf hid Luke and uses the 100 Videogames Villains". In Ukraine, was accomplished both turned to write, as leader of the River Anduin—and a more than Gandalf impressed on exploring the name and gives him a diagnosis. He appears as a Jedi, the Bridge of Middle-earth, "set against Sauron's forces of their Order, was already set Gandalf is trademarked in the fire that Vader asks about the production The Lord of his own birth name is said that Luke escapes with the same name "Gandolf" occurs as Anakin's scarred face. Ahsoka's presence was not require the Academy Award for borderline personality disorder to voice of Sauron, however, had the Ring, Gandalf was substantially increased in winter, they take the 1940s and that underlies the peak of Aragorn.

See more funny examples at Metafilter.

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Guy Photoshops Himself Into Childhood Pics So He Can Hang Out With His Younger Self

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:59:34 -0700


Do you ever think about what you'd say to your younger self if you could travel back in time and have a chat with the kid version of you?

Montreal-based grown up photographer guy Conor Nickerson sure has, and he decided, if he could, that he didn't just want to chat with kid Conor- he wanted to hang out with the little guy.


Knowing this could possibly cause a time paradox and erase his timeline Conor chose to use the power of Photoshop instead of a time machine, so he can safely travel back in time to the years 1997-2005 and kick it with kid Conor.


Now Conor can say he was the coolest kid in town because he was best friends with a grown up who was the coolest dude in town, and both of them share the name Conor Nickerson.


See Guy Photoshops Himself Into Childhood Pics To Hang Out With His Childhood Self here

Baby Hears Mommy for the First Time

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:59:34 -0700


Christy Keane's daughter Charly was born deaf. She's still an infant, but recently got hearing aids. We've seen older children and adults get emotional when they hear sound for the first time, but Charly is so young, she doesn't understand what's happening or how to react. Her facial expressions are precious.

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She's instantly delighted, then confused, then a little scared, then delighted again. She never takes her eyes of her Mommy, though, so you know she's going be alright. You can see more of Charly at Instagram. -via Digg

Bloody And Mysterious Movie Posters Created For Dario Argento Films

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:59:35 -0700


The films of Italian director Dario Argento are hard to classify because they don't fit neatly into any one genre- on the one hand they're definitely full of horror elements, but films like Profondo Rosso (Deep Red) could be considered Crime Thrillers.


The Italians call this Horror-Thriller genre "giallo", and Argento's masterfully crafted giallo films are a cut above the rest because the mystery keeps you guessing until the bloody end while the realistic gore makes you squirm in your seat.


In fact, some of the posters created for Dario Argento films like Tenebre, Two Evil Eyes and Deep Red are so disturbingly bloody we can't show them here so here's a really cool artsy one instead, created by artist Matt Ryan for a UK screening of Suspiria.


See Deep Red: Blood-Drenched Movie Posters & Artwork Used for the Films of Dario Argento here (NSFW-ish)

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Time Bandits

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:59:34 -0700


The 1981 movie Time Bandits was written, produced, and directed by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam. Unlike his later fantasies Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, this film was aimed at children, and those who were kids in the 1980s remember the utterly wacky Time Bandits fondly.

10. The script somehow ended up in Sean Connery’s hands and he was interested.

Connery wasn’t even thought of for the script aside from the fact that the part of Agammemnon need to be played by ‘someone looking like Sean Connery’. It was kind of a happy accident that he said yes.

9. The director accidentally jumped off a scaffolding and landed on Shelly Duvall.

To be fair he was trying to show his actors what not to do while hitting their mark, he just wasn’t entirely successful in his direction.

If the movie was a part of your childhood, and even if it wasn't, you'll want to learn more about the making of Time Banditsat TVOM.

The Massacre Machine Halloween Horror - Good Thing They Didn't Let Chucky Drive!

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:59:35 -0700

The Massacre Machine Halloween Horror by NibiruHybridThe Scooby gang had gone up against so many imposters they didn't know what real slashers looked like, so they dismissed Jason as just another Old Man Smithers and immediately found out there are real monsters out there- and they hurt! And once Jason had the keys to the Mystery Machine in hand he just had to pick up his best buds and go paint the town red- with blood! With Chucky, Mikey, Freddy, Screamy and Leathery in tow Jason rolled through the city streets having the time of his life until the van ran out of gas...six slashers but not one of them could figure out where the gas goes...Make people smile uncomfortably wherever you go with this The Massacre Machine Halloween Horror t-shirt by NibiruHybrid, it's gore-oovy!Visit NibiruHybrid's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head over to his NeatoShop for more dark and geeky designs: Death Metal Killer Music Horror Shred Head Anger Management Killer Wheels View more designs by NibiruHybrid | More Horror T-shirts | New T-ShirtsAre you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama![...]

Products In Your Medicine Cabinet That Don't Work As Advertised

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:59:34 -0700


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Clutter clusters often form in our medicine cabinets, where all those products that promise to make our skin look better, teeth look whiter and fix our split ends reside. But as many of us have learned the hard way these products rarely deliver on their promises, and some do more harm than good.


Those pore strips and masks people keep slapping on their faces pull out hair follicles and sebaceous filaments which are supposed to stay in our pores, so using them can actually give you worse acne as well as spider veins.

Ask any hairstylist and they'll tell you- the best way to fix split ends is by getting a trim, not by slapping some product in your hair that ultimately does little more than make your hair greasy.


But the worst offenders are the sunscreen lotions, which promise to keep us safe from harmful UV rays but actually don't protect our skin as well as they claim:

The Environmental Working Group did a massive study of over 900 different sunscreen products, and uncovered some shocking results. The group found that 3/4 of sunscreens don't protect you as well as they claim on the bottle.

Separate research by Consumer Reports found that almost 40% of suntan lotions are half as strong as they claim to be. You can check if your brand is lying to you here, and look for brands that say they meet clinical guidelines for their SPF.


See 13 Products In Your Medicine Cabinet That Do Absolutely Nothing here

Giant Robot Duel: USA vs Japan

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:59:35 -0700


Two years ago, the U.S. company Megabots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot battle. The Japanese company agreed to pit their robots against the Americans. It took some time to get the robots ready, but the time finally came. The matchups were large, loud, slow, and not at all safe, so the battles were recorded, and then the resulting video was streamed last night. The first fight, between the robots Iron Glory and Kuratas, begins at about seven minutes in. The second one, between Eagle Prime and Kuratas, begins at 13 minutes.    

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The robots go at each other with battering rams, claws, chainsaws, drones, and guns. For a publicity stunt, this is pretty cool. It highlights the difference between giant robots in fiction, which always work perfectly unless an enemy defeats them, and in real life, where anything could go wrong at any minute. -via Digg

Maybe an Anne Frank Halloween Costume Isn't the Best Idea

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:59:35 -0700

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Every year Halloween stores release a shockingly tasteless costume to the public that ends up getting pulled before the big day even arrives. This year that costume is an Anne Frank costume that was sold on before they pulled it after wave after wave of customer outrage. While it would be one thing for a young girl to take inspiration from Anne Frank's story, it's entirely different for a company to try to capitalize on a Holocaust victim for cash -especially when they seem to think the appropriate pose for the costume model is a sassy little troublemaker. 

Of course, the costume wasn't just limited to -it was also for sale on other Halloween websites as well (though it does get pulled pretty quickly from most sites as soon as angry Twitter users have found it). Most of the other sites are labeling the costume as "World War II Evacuee Girl" instead of saying outright that it is Anne Frank. Either way, the result is a pretty tasteless way to cash in on a tragic historical figure.

Via The Daily Dot

Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:00:00 -0700

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The first mention of a sound film version of victor Hugo's classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame can be traced back to a 1932 news item in the Hollywood reporter, stating that John Huston was writing a treatment of the story for the screen, to star Boris Karloff. MGM executive Irving Thalberg first presented the idea to Charles Laughton in 1934. In 1937, MGM considered making the film with Peter Lorre in the title role. RKO studios made the final decision to make the film in 1939.

Many actors were considered to play the role of Quasimodo, including Bela Lugosi, Robert Morely, and Lon Chaney Jr. Even Orson Welles's name was in the mix, and Welles came close, almost making his film debut as the hunchback instead of as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane two years later.

It was thought that Charles Laughton, who was in trouble with the IRS at the time, may have been in too much hot water in America, and would be unavailable to play Quasimodo. RKO promised Lon Chaney Jr. that if Laughton was unable to handle the IRS and his financial fiasco, he would get the role. But Laughton finally settled his differences with the Internal Revenue Service and officially signed on to play the Paris bellringer. Laughton had recently signed a contract with RKO and chose this project to be his first film there.

(image) Laughton, having performed with her in London, requested the beautiful Maureen O'Hara to play his unrequited love, the gypsy Esmeralda in the film, and the studio agreed. Sir Cedric Hardwicke signed on to play the oh-so-evil villain, Frollo, and Edmond O'Brien was inked to play Esmeralda's lover, Gringore. William Dieterle took over the helm as director.

Laughton also recommended Perc Westmore to be his make-up man. Ironically, although he was personally chosen by Laughton, he and Laughton were to butt heads many times in disagreement over how Quasimodo should be costumed and made up.

Twerking Corgi Latte

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:59:36 -0700


Daphne Tang (periperipeng) is a 17-year-old 3D latte artist who creates extraordinary cups of coffee with adorable animals on top! Her materials are creamy foam (or is that foamy cream?), chocolate syrup, and food coloring. The cutest example is this corgi who is lighter than air and willing to dance for you.

Posted this on my story and it was highly requested to be put on my main so here you go!

A post shared by DAPHNE TAN (@periperipeng) on Oct 6, 2017 at 2:54am PDT

While this is a clever idea for the Halloween season, I want to do it for Thanksgiving or Christmas, when no one would be expecting it. -via Boing Boing