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11 Aug 16:42

There’s a hotel room below the surface of the Indian Ocean and we need to go to there

by Kenya Foy


There’s a hotel room below the surface of the Indian Ocean and we need to go to there

There’s a hotel room below the surface of the Indian Ocean and we need to go to there

Who wants to stay in a run-of-the-mill above-ground hotel when you can relax in a room beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean? In the case of the Manta Resort, this is one time in life when sleeping with the fishes is actually a good thing.

The luxury hotel room is situated off the Pemba Islands in Tanzania and is as gorgeous as it sounds. If the thought of ducking your head under the ocean’s surface promptly freaks you out, then this hotel room provides the perfect way to observe the beautiful marine life without the fear of inhaling water.

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On the other hand, those who love to snorkel won’t be able to resist the chance to dive from their room into the ocean. Stunning photos of the isolated quarters look like scenes from your favorite beach movies:


Get your dive on:

Experience our underwater room #themantaresort #underwaterroom #unique #experience #pemba #zanzibar

A photo posted by The Manta Resort (@themantaresort) on

Simply magical:

Tropical fish swimming past your window? NBD:

This guy was lucky enough to spend his honeymoon at The Manta. Our vacay envy is so real rn.

So, clearly we need to go ASAP. One question, though: Which one of our BFFs should we invite?


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09 Aug 17:56

So, it appears that animals can *definitely* see Pokémon and these 12 pets prove it

by Rachel Charlene Lewis

So, it appears that animals can *definitely* see Pokémon and these 12 pets prove it

So, it appears that animals can *definitely* see Pokémon and these 12 pets prove it

We love our pets, and we love Pokémon GO, but we’re feeling a little freaked out by a recent phenomenon that seems to be mixing the two in a way that’s a little eerie… because it seems like they have the uncanny ability to see the Pokémon. TBH, it has us just a *wee* bit terrified.

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Don’t believe us? Here’s proof

1. The horrified pet that started it all

We’d be freaked out too, little buddy.

2. This intrigued kitty

Doesn’t seem to hate it.

3. This friendly bird

This bird is down to make Poké pals.

4. This staring cat

Attempting to figure out the scene.

5. This displeased bird

This pet is *not* having it.

6. This disinterested kitten

Some pets just DGAF.

7. This freaked out pet

Others, however, are not fans at all.

8.This resentful cat

This cat does not like to share.

9. This concerned pup

Who may or may not be considering eating its first Pokémon.

10. This glaring fuzzball

TBH, the cats are overwhelmingly not in love with the Pokémon.

11. This friendly pooch

But the dogs seem to be chill about the situation.

12.This curious shiba

This is actually so sweet.

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25 Jul 07:01

Beverly Hills 90210 Fundraiser on August 4, 2016


It would be great if you could help spread the word of this event to your Los Angeles-area friends! There is a Facebook event you can invite them to at --or they can find all the info and tickets at !

Tickets are on sale for next week’s Beverly Hills 90210 “Something in the Air” live read, benefiting the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. For cast updates, ticket info, and more, visit:

05 Jul 20:20

English Town Seeks 'Hedgehog Officer' to Create 'the Most Hedgehog Friendly Town in the UK'

by Kelly Faircloth
English Town Seeks 'Hedgehog Officer' to Create 'the Most Hedgehog Friendly Town in the UK'

You’ll be relieved to hear that England is getting back to the business of being England: The town of Ipswich is currently seeking a “Hedgehog Officer” to be their “face of hedgehog conservation.”

The Telegraph points to the job listing from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. They seek “an inspirational individual,” ready to “use your knowledge of nature conservation and hedgehog ecology to lead an ambitious project seeking to make Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in the UK.” Hedgehogs are the subject of some concern in the UK, as their numbers have reportedly dropped drastically in recent years.

Make no mistake—this is not some part-time gig you can hold down while also maintaining the busy schedule of a cozy mystery series protagonist.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Suffolk Hedgehog Survey and a recent Ipswich Wildlife Audit highlighted Ipswich as a hedgehog hotspot, with remarkably rich, well connected wildlife habitat. However, like any modern townscape, it is fragmented by houses, roads, walls, fences and over-tidy gardens. Bringing together your wildlife conservation skills and your experience of leading and developing community wildlife initiatives, you will mobilise participants in Ipswich to create a street by street network of hedgehog accessible habitat and monitor hedgehog activity; following the model of the ‘Hedgehog Street’ initiative developed by British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species.

By inspiring streets of people to act together to create habitat links and remove the barriers to hedgehog movement between gardens, your goal is to establish a network of feeding, nesting and hibernating habitat across the town.

Part of the effort to conserve hedgehog populations around the UK has involved attempts to build “a network of hedgehog superhighways crisscrossing Britain,” according to NPR—with, for instance, homeowners putting holes in their fences expressly for traveling hedgehogs.

Should you secure this job, you would be “leading hands-on community activities, training events and driving a proactive media campaign, to raise awareness of the needs of hedgehogs and the opportunity to turn around their fortunes in Ipswich.” If your entire home is decorated in Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle memorabilia, this is your big moment.

Photo via Shutterstock.

13 Jul 17:34

Taco Bell plans fancy restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip with booze

by Jenn Harris

With Joël Robuchon at the MGM, Alain Ducasse’s Rivea at the Delano and Daniel Boulud’s DB Brasserie at the Venetian, Las Vegas is considered one of the best places to eat in the country. This fall, Taco Bell is hoping you’ll add its name to the city’s long list of top dining destinations. 


05 Jul 12:00

Why do men continue to defend catcalling?

by (Jaya Saxena)
Men are convinced catcalling works, even when women say it doesn't.
08 Jul 18:29

Is this how the entire “Game of Thrones” series will end?

by Crystal Ro

Like 5 years ago I dreamt that Game of Thrones would end with Peter Dinklage waking up from a dream in his Manhattan apartment and going full "And you were there, and you were there..."

Is this how the entire “Game of Thrones” series will end?

Is this how the entire “Game of Thrones” series will end?

Hey! Remember when we all low-key lost our minds after Sam entered the Citadel’s GORGEOUS library in Oldtown? (If not, check out this post here.)

For a quick refresher, we noticed in the Season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter” that the orbs hanging from the ceiling in the Citadel’s library (orreries, if you want to get technical) looked EXACTLY like the orrery in the Game of Thrones intro.

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And collectively, we all went…

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Then it made us seriously wonder WHAT IT ALL MEANT.

Lots of fan theories have been going off the rails since then about this eye-opening scene, but our very own Samwell Tarly IRL, actor John Bradley, has thoughts of his own, too. And they have pretty HUGE implications.

Bradley recently told The Hollywood Reporter“One theory is that what we’re seeing now and how we’re experiencing Game of Thrones is Sam telling the story of Game of Thrones.” he continued, “If you take the logic of the story now, the story of Westeros and the story of the battle for the Iron Throne, it would be a book in that library.”

That is a VERY good point, young Bradley. It also means that since the very beginning of the show, we’ve been seeing Sam’s POV through one of the Citadel’s orrery lenses during the intro.sam lens intro game of thrones

HelloGiggles / HBO

The idea that the “story” of Game of Thrones is being told by Sam in the future, is really not a stretch. We know the show is getting into the whole time travel thing with Bran’s storyline. We also know the showrunners are SUPER into foreshadowing.

And let’s not forget the fact that George R.R. Martin is a notorious fan of The Lord of the Rings. If you recall, in that film franchise, director Peter Jackson made nice little bookends of the characters writing the tales we’d just seen.frodo lord of the rings gif

New Line Cinema

Could we be in for something similar with the end of Game of Thrones? Will the very end of the show be a white-bearded Samwell Tarly writing the story of the “Battle of the Iron Throne?”

If only we could time travel into the future like Bran and find out…

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12 Jul 11:45

The Simpsons-themed BBBQ (the extra B stands for baby shower)

by Megan Finley
All images captured by Toronto wedding photographers Ten·2·Ten Photography
All images captured by Toronto wedding photographers Ten·2·Ten Photography

When Ken and Erika first met through mutual friends, one of the only things Erika knew about Ken was that he loved The Simpsons. That was enough for her; she decided she liked him already. Their relationship bloomed and soon enough they had their wedding (complete with Simpsons accents here and there).

Fast forward a few more years and Erika and Ken are about to be parents. Before life becomes all about baby, Erika and Ken wanted to throw a co-ed baby shower that reflected their favourite thing: The Simpsons. This isn't any ordinary party, though, this is the ultimate DIY baby shower that will have any Simpsons fan in awe…

The invites

When Erika first started planning the baby shower, she turned to her friend and fellow Simpsons-trivia partner, Lisa, as well as her online Woo-Hoo Simpsons Trivia/Quotes group for inspiration. Together they brainstormed the plethora of Simpsons related references. The theme of the shower was based on a Simpsons reference: "Come to Erika + Ken's BBBQ, the extra B is for BOYBB."

The food

With barbecue catered from Hogtown Smoke, Erika and Ken had established the basic theme and casual entree…

simpsons bbbq plates and cutlery

Mmmmm... BBBQ...
Mmmmm… BBBQ…
Fire-house Ned's 5 alarm chili
Fire-house Ned's 5 alarm chili
Ketchup... Catsup...
Ketchup… Catsup…

The remainder of the food was all Simpsons references. Each and every item. Since not all of Erika and Ken's friends are Simpsons fans, behind each label was written the reference to the item so that even the non-fans (or those whose memories needed a little prompting) could enjoy. A Simpsons lego character held up each and every sign.

Virgin Flaming Moe's
Virgin Flaming Moe's and "Krusty's Non Narkotik Kough Syrup."
Mini Donut Pops
Mini Donut Pops
A big giant rice krispy square
A big giant rice krispy square
Nachos "Flander's Style"
Nachos "Flander's Style"
Bloody Spearhead Cookies
Bloody Spearhead Cookies
High C...
High C…
... and Fluffernutters
… and Fluffernutters
"Pretzel Wagon" pretzels
"Pretzel Wagon" pretzels
Banana Bread -- all our problems are solved
Banana Bread — all our problems are solved
64 slices of american cheese
64 slices of american cheese
Nuts & Gum (together at last!)
Nuts & Gum (together at last!)
Big Top Mashed Potatoes (with the skins ON... this is a reference WITHIN a reference for the super hardcore fans)
Big Top Mashed Potatoes (with the skins ON… this is a reference WITHIN a reference for the super hardcore fans)
America Balls (a fresh batch!)
America Balls (a fresh batch!)
The Evil Clown Bed Cake (made by Lisa)
The Evil Clown Bed Cake (made by Lisa)

The decor

simpsons baby shower snacks

Lemons were also used as decor on the main table as Springfielder's love their precious lemon tree. In addition to the food, one of the cocktail tables had a bowl of lemons + lemon gum…

lemon centerpiece

simpsons turnip centerpiece

And the other cocktail table — the "Shelbyville table" — was adorned with a big ol' turnip.

Funzo onsie!
Funzo onsie!

The background, in front of which Erika and Ken opened their presents (which included a super cute Simpsons inspired onesie from a good friend) also served as a backdrop for a photo booth.

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Aside from preparing the majority of the food, Erika also made Simpson's-appropriate props for the photo booth.

simpsons themed party decor

While crafting, Erika also took the time to re-create the sailboat painting that silently hangs behind the Simpsons couch; present in each and every episode.


Truckers Choice favors

As guests arrived they were given their "Stone cutter numbers" and each and every guest left with a box of Trucker's Choice stay alert capsules (don't worry, it was just gum and mints!)

The entertainment

Evil Clown Bed bean bag toss game

There was an Evil Clown Bed bean bag toss game, and a little baby-themed Cards Against Humanity.

everythings coming up donut pops

The day was filled with not only a lot of great food and laughter but also countless references from The Simpsons classic years (Seasons 1-12). This intricately nerdy event could not have happened if it weren't for Erika and Ken's amazing friends and the fine folks in the Woo-Hoo trivia group.

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06 Jul 22:30

You can buy “Game of Thrones” stuffed direwolves at Comic-Con, and they are THE cutest

by Rachel Paige

You can buy “Game of Thrones” stuffed direwolves at Comic-Con, and they are THE cutest

You can buy “Game of Thrones” stuffed direwolves at Comic-Con, and they are THE cutest

Know what your life needs right now? A direwolf, obviously. However, seeing as how they’re in really short supply right now (cries forever), getting your hands on a pup might be harder than it looks. So how about instead, you buy a whole collection of stuffed direwolves??

Good idea, or BEST IDEA?

Factory Entertainment

With this year’s Comic-Con right around the corner, details are spilling out as to what goodies you’ll find down in San Diego this year. Factory Entertainment has just revealed some of their OMG products for this year’s line-up, and our favorite product is by far the collection of direvolves. ALL SIX OF THEM! FOR ALL SIX STARK CHILDREN!

The Stark direwolves come in three sets, priced depending on how many direwolves you’re getting for your dollar. The first set is $30, and includes Shaggydog, Summer, and Lady. Set two is $40 and now includes GHOST! The last set, and the best set, has all six dogs for a steal at $55. You’ll get Rickon’s Shaggydog, Bran’s Summer, Sansa’s Lady, and now also Arya’s Nymeria, Robb’s Grey Wind, and of course, Jon’s Ghost.

Factory Entertainment

Let’s be real, we need them all. Half because they’re adorable, half because we’re running out of things to cuddle and cry with when Game of Thrones wrecks our hearts.

You can go ahead and pre-order the direwolves right now, and either pick them up at Comic-Con (if you’re lucky enough to be attending) or they’ll be shipped to you after the con ends, on July 24th. It’ll be the best purchase you make this week, PROMISE. You were meant to have them.

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07 Jul 02:00

See Mountain Lion Kittens Just Discovered in the Santa Susana Mountains

by Elijah Chiland

Meet P-48-through-52

It’s a tough life for the mountain lions of Southern California—filled with murder, inbreeding, and perilous freeway crossings. But try not to think about that as you enjoy this video of kittens recently discovered by National Park Service researchers in the Santa Susana Mountains

The first litter of kittens are the offspring of P-35, recently seen chowing down on some deer meat and leaving her leftovers behind for a pair of bears. Park Service biologists have named her two female kittens P-48 and P-49 (the "P" stands for Puma). The second litter was born to P-39 and consists of two males (P-50 and P-52) and one female (P-51). Researchers believe the father of all five kittens is the territorial P-38, who chased another lion (P-32) across Highway 126 last summer. P-32 was later struck by a vehicle and killed while attempting to cross I-5.

Researchers expect that before long, these adorable kittens will have to face similar struggles. "The real challenge comes as these kittens grow older and disperse, especially the males," says Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area biologist Jeff Sikich in a press release. The male mountain lions will have to contend with a number of potential rivals, including their own father. Sikich says that "road mortality and the possibility of poisoning from anticoagulant rodenticide" are other dangers the kittens will run into as they grow older. For now, though, they seem quite content hissing at cameras and snoozing in their den.

Five Kittens Born in Santa Susana Mountains

13 Jul 00:21

FBI closing D.B. Cooper case after 45 years

by Catherine Garcia

After 45 years of tips, witness interviews, theories, and searches, the FBI announced Tuesday it is closing the case file on D.B. Cooper, the only unsolved hijacking in U.S. history.

On Nov. 24, 1971, a man aboard a Seattle-bound Northwest Orient Airlines flight identifying himself as Dan Cooper (the press later reported it as D.B. Cooper) made several demands, including money and parachutes. After making an emergency landing to pick up the ransom and supplies, the plane took off again, and the man parachuted into the night with $200,000, never to be (knowingly) seen again.

Some people believe he did not survive the jump, while others think he committed the perfect crime. In a statement, the FBI said it is "redirecting resources" allocated to the case to focus on other "investigative priorities." If new or compelling evidence is uncovered, the FBI said, it will reopen the investigation.

12 Jul 20:27

Woman charged with road rage could avoid prison sentence by knitting sweaters

by Trilby Beresford

Woman charged with road rage could avoid prison sentence by knitting sweaters

Woman charged with road rage could avoid prison sentence by knitting sweaters

Usually if you do something illegal while driving, there are harsh consequence that include a hefty fine, prison, or both.

But in Dundee, Scotland, they do things differently, and you can avoid the slammer if you have a mean stitch and purl. Local resident Amanda McCabe was accused of punching another driver in the face back in January. But rather than send her straight to prison, the judge gave her another option—knit some items for charity, and if they’re good enough, don’t go to jail.

But how did McCabe get such a crafty sentence? According to the Courier, when this case finally reached the courtroom, McCabe started talking passionately about knitting. She argued that she was on her way to a specialty wool shop near where the assault took place, and that the incident was a coincidence.

The Sheriff decided that this was “out of character” for McCabe, (who actually does have a criminal record, but nothing violent, and nothing in the last decade) and focused on the knitting, of all things. And so, in a truly British fashion, McCabe has to knit for her freedom.

Upon returning to court in December, McCabe is to present multiple knitted items that are good enough to be sold in a charity shop that raises money for worthwhile causes. The Sheriff told McCabe, “You have committed serious offenses, but you have the chance to do something useful with your time.”

But if the knitted items are not up to snuff, or if McCabe exhibits any bad behavior between now and her next court date, the case will be pursued as normal and she’ll likely go to prison.

So just remember—they can take your spools, they can take your needles, but they can never take your freeeeeedom!

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13 Jul 09:59

The vast majority of Catholic priests are facing the wrong way

by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

There's a controversy brewing in the Catholic Church over whether priests should celebrate Mass "facing the people," as the vast majority of them do nowadays (versum populum), or ad orientem, "towards the East," or, colloquially, with his back to the people.

I would guess that most Catholics today have no idea that this back-to-the-people position is an option, and would be sincerely baffled as to why anybody might find it desirable.

And yet, some do. Cardinal Sarah, who heads a Vatican task force on liturgy, recently recommended to priests at a liturgy conference that they start using the ad orientem posture more (and received a standing ovation). Sarah has become the unofficial leader of the loyal traditionalist opposition to Pope Francis, who is widely seen as leading the church in a progressive direction, and "flipping the altars" is widely seen as a traditionalist move. The Vatican press office quickly downplayed Sarah's comments. Because the issue is a cultural flashpoint between the church's left and right camps, this created a mini-controversy.

But why is this even an issue? And why care about it at all?

While all major Christian denominations, and indeed all major monotheistic faiths, have some form of weekly group worship, for Catholics, Mass is particularly special. This is deeply connected to the strangest Catholic belief, which is the belief in the Eucharist — that the bread and wine used during Mass quite literally become "the body, blood, soul, and divinity" of Jesus Christ. These objects literally become Jesus, who Catholics also believe is God.

Catholics believe that Mass is not simply an occasion to hear important and holy texts, to pray, to reflect, to celebrate as a community — all the things that Protestants, Jews, and Muslims do — but also to encounter God, who literally comes down from Heaven to meet you.

This is why a famous document from the Second Vatican Council called the Mass "the source and summit" of Christian life, and the most important thing the church does. Not prayer. Not right belief. Not good deeds. Those things are important. But in the Catholic view, you will not have those things, or you will get them wrong, if you get the liturgy wrong. At Mass, you are filled with the Holy Spirit, who gives you the power and discernment to be holy in the rest of your life. That is the most important thing.

This is why the Catholic Church says it is a mortal sin — an action that will send you to Hell if you do it knowingly and unrepentantly — to not attend Mass on Sundays. This doctrine has become taboo in the modern Catholic world, but if going to Mass is literally the most important thing you can do as a Christian, and if it really is the place where God is literally coming down from Heaven specifically to meet you, by not going you're essentially giving God the middle finger.

The Mass is that important.

These are ideas that are, in my experience, foreign to most Catholics sitting in the pews — if indeed they sit there at all. If Catholics go to Mass it's because they're happy to, but many of them are there for things that would be, in the Catholic view, nice-to-haves, but not the main part. Community. Celebration. Music. A good homily if you're lucky. Rote habit.

It's not that conservative Catholics dislike folksy, easy-to-sing tunes (as opposed to reverent, classical, or medieval music) on aesthetic grounds (although they often do). It's that privileging this form of music subliminally reinforces the message that going to Mass is a form of entertainment rather than a form of worship.

This is the main virtue of the ad orientem posture. It says, loudly and clearly, "This is not about you." The Mass is supposed to be about God — an act of worship of God. The priest does not have "his back to the people," traditionalists say. He faces in the same direction as the rest of the people: toward God, to worship Him.

Saying "It's not about you!" is a message that is counter-intuitive in a culture that is overly invested in affirmation and self-centeredness. This explains why this conservative Catholic practice turns off so many people. It also explains why it's so needed.

Only a few nerds and wacko birds even seem to care about this stuff. But as a Catholic, I really do believe that the Mass is "the source and summit of the Christian life." It is an act of divine worship and not a community meeting, a literal encounter with God. We ought to treat it that way. And that begins with priests facing God, not us.

It pains me that so many Catholics can't see this. They are visiting the river but not drinking the water that sustains life. What a shame.

07 Jul 20:30

Video: Scientists Create Artificial Stingray From Rat Cells

by KQED Science

Scientists have created a synthetic stingray that’s propelled by living muscle cells and controlled by light, a team reports Thursday in the journal Science.

And it should be possible to build an artificial heart using some of the same techniques, the researchers say.

“I said, ‘we’re Read More …

Source:: Future of You – tagged “kqedscience”

12 Jul 13:41

This woman had to honeymoon without her husband and she responded hilariously

by Alim Kheraj

Arsalaan Sever Butt

This woman had to honeymoon without her husband and she responded hilariously

This woman had to honeymoon without her husband and she responded hilariously

Your honeymoon is meant to be the most amazing holiday of your life, right? You’ve just got married, you’ve had the most amazing day, and now you’re off with your significant other on a gorgeous break to allow yourself to chill after the inevitable stresses of planning your nuptials.

For Huma Mobin, however, her honeymoon wasn’t so much a dream trip come true as a bit of a nightmare. After planning a beautiful trip to Greece with her husband, Arsalaan Sever Butt, the couple from Lahore, Pakistan, failed to make their vacation a reality when Butt was refused a visa into the country.

Speaking to Buzzfeed, Huma said how she decided to decided to travel with her in-laws instead, even if she was a bit miserable.

Facebook/Huma Mobin

“I cried the first night on my mother-in-law’s shoulder,” she told Buzzfeed, “but she told me to make the best of it.” So, she did.

Deciding to visit every spot they planned to visit, Huma took a HILARIOUS sad pictures “posing” with her invisible husband.

Posted by Huma Mobin on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Posted by Huma Mobin on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Posted by Huma Mobin on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Posted by Huma Mobin on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Later in on the vacation, Huma dropped her phone in the sea and therefore started “posing” with the two things that were now missing from her trip.

Posted by Huma Mobin on Saturday, July 9, 2016

Posted by Huma Mobin on Saturday, July 9, 2016

We totally hope that if we ended up having to honeymoon alone, we’d have the guts to be as funny, hilarious, and downright amazing as Huma Mobin was. It takes a lot to turn such a bad situation into something that WINS THE INTERNET.

Posted by Huma Mobin on Saturday, July 9, 2016

To see all of Huma’s tragically hilarious pictures, visit her Facebook page here.

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12 Jul 14:15

Sheep mounted with cameras are mapping the Faroe Islands, because Google hasn't

by Jeva Lange

When you live on a tiny 18-island archipelago in the north Atlantic, you can fall by the wayside of giant corporations like Google. But luckily for Faroe islanders who are without Google Street View, they have sheep. A lot of sheep.

While 360-degree cameras on Google cars have mapped vast swaths of the world, some Faroe islanders were frustrated that they couldn't share their chilly, majestic landscape with friends abroad. That's when Durita Dahl Andreassen fitted five of the island's 80,000 sheep with 360-degree cameras and set them loose to map.

"Most of the time my sheep just like to walk around and eat grass, and every minute [the camera] takes a picture I can upload to Street View," Andreassen said.

With sheep outnumbering the 49,188 people who live in the Faroe Islands, "sheep view" might be even more appropriate a way to explore the archipelago than Street View (but hey Google, that doesn't mean you're off the hook). Take a sheep for a spin, below, or learn more about the project in this video, or over at The Guardian.

12 Jul 15:20

Scientists have uncovered the physics-defying secret of insect wings

by Jeva Lange

Not even the best pilot in the world can fly an airplane like the erratic path of an insect, and now scientists know why — bugs are simply exempt from the same laws of aerodynamics that apply to airplanes.

"We've known for quite a while that the aerodynamic theory for airplanes doesn't work so well in predicting the force of lift for flapping wings. We found that the drag or wind resistance also behaves very differently, and we put together a new law that could help explain how insects move through the air," assistant professor at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Leif Ristroph, told Futurity.

Researchers had to go back to the drawing board to figure out the significance of wing thrust on overcoming aerodynamic drag. While an airplane, with its static wings, must increase its thrust fourfold to double its flight speed against wind resistance, a bug only needs to double its thrust to go twice as fast due to having a drag "that is in direct proportion to its flight speed," Ristroph said.

To understand this, though, the NYU researchers actually built robotic wings to measure the way the air flowed and where the forces were acting. And now that they know more about how the drag on the wing acted more like a thrust in some instances, they think they may be able to design "tiny flying robots that mimic the wing motions of insects," Futurity reports.

Hey, at least robotic bugs don't sting. If you want to learn more — and are undaunted by the title "Linear drag law for high-Reynolds-number flow past an oscillating body" — check out the full study with diagrams in Physical Review Fluids, here.

12 Jul 16:54

Pokémon Go has inspired people to get really into anime porn

by (Gabe Bergado)
Metapod used harden.
10 Jul 00:46

Did Father John Misty Steal Moon Juice's Crystal?

by Devon McReynolds
Did Father John Misty Steal Moon Juice's Crystal? "The universe, however you may define her, brought this crystal into my life at what can only be described as a 'pivot moment,'" wrote the musician on his Instagram. [ more › ]
11 Jul 11:45

You should absolutely check out this Australian home decor (particularly if you like cats!)

by Megan Finley
All photos courtesy of
All photos courtesy of

Unlike the last home tour, this house looks very normal-looking from the outside. You would never know of the kalaidascope of color and decor that this home contains within it's unassuming brick facade. The real estate listing describes this Australian home as, "A wonderland of colour, this torrens titled character maisonette is filled with a whole lot of charm!"

You say "whole lot of charm" I say "whole lot of pictures of cats" …and dolls, and hanging baskets full of fake flowers. I could literally stare at these photos for hours, swimming in the swirls of color and mind-boggling collection displays…

I call this the Entryway of Cats.
I call this the Entryway of Cats.
So many cats!
So many cats!
I call this The Bedroom of Cats.
I call this The Bedroom of Cats.
I call this The Bedroom of Dolls and Florals.
I call this The Bedroom of Dolls and Floral Prints.
So many dolls and floral prints!
So many dolls and floral prints!
Here is The Room of Hanging Baskets.
Here is The Room of Hanging Baskets.
I call this The Wind Chime Kitchen.
I call this The Wind Chime Kitchen.
I just call this The Bathroom. I'm disappointed in this bathroom.
I just call this The Bathroom. I'm disappointed in this bathroom.
Oh look, more cats!
Oh look, more cats!

Thanks to Offbeat Homie di for alerting me to the fact that this magic exists.

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11 Jul 16:20

You Will Never Know Passion Like This Girl's Love for Drum and Bugle Corps

by Madeleine Davies
You Will Never Know Passion Like This Girl's Love for Drum and Bugle Corps

A pit keyboardist in the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps has become our newest shero after a video of her intense, inspired, and (dare I say) beautiful performance was posted to Facebook and subsequently went viral.

In the footage, this master of the form is seen serving her goddamn face off, reacting and dancing to the music as if it was a part of her very soul.

The Crusaders are currently touring their 2016 show, Quixotic, a “reflection of the masterpiece The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha.”

According to the corps’ website:

On a field of windmills, the show opens with an interpretation of The Impossible Dream” and “I, Don Quixote” from the Broadway musical. The corps travels the entirety of the field, in itself a challenging musical and visual feat, reflecting Quixote’s quest “to travel the world, righting all wrongs.” The heart of the program presents a series of juxtaposed visual and musical events, non sequiturs reflecting the hero’s various adventures, battles and visions. Solo performers, small ensembles, mixed large ensembles, percussion interludes, guard layering and interruptions present full sensory “quixoticism.” The production climaxes with “tilting at windmills” (literally) ((or are they giants?)), the definitive image of Don Quixote.

In a video diary posted to the Crusaders’ YouTube page, a laughing member talks about her bandmate’s newfound fame, saying, “Someone came to the show just to watch [the keyboardist] and her faces.”

For what it’s worth, the entire team—our shero included—seems pretty psyched about it.

Via Mike O’Neil’s Facebook.

11 Jul 18:25

Man Who Lost Both Legs Crashing A Stolen Cop Car Arrested For Murder

by Juliet Bennett Rylah
Man Who Lost Both Legs Crashing A Stolen Cop Car Arrested For Murder Nicholas James Bowling jumped in an unattended LAPD cruiser and took it for a joyride that ended when he crashed the car at a high speed into a pole. [ more › ]
11 Jul 15:47

Cop crashes 3am 'Pokémon Go' meetup he mistook for drug deal

by (Gabe Bergado)
Turns out they were talking Onyx.
11 Jul 18:51

RHCP Autographed Some Metallica Memorabilia In Belarus, Because Why Not

by Devon McReynolds
RHCP Autographed Some Metallica Memorabilia In Belarus, Because Why Not "We tried to explain to them that we weren't Metallica but they insisted that we sign anyway." [ more › ]
20 Jun 10:45

Why Handwriting Is Still Essential in the Keyboard Age

by By Perri Klass, M.D.
It is more than just a motor skill, researchers say. It engages the mind.
17 Jun 21:00

Vegan YouTube Drama Update: Here Are the 'Dumbest Vegans on YouTube'

by Ellie Shechet

no jon sakars? incorrect list

Vegan YouTube Drama Update: Here Are the 'Dumbest Vegans on YouTube'

Charles Marlowe, aka YouTuber “thevegancheetah,” has fashioned himself as a critic of vegan YouTube personalities, a community to which he also belongs.

The Vegan Cheetah’s videos often involve loud (very loud) rants about frequent Vegan YouTube Drama Update subjects Harley “Durianrider” Johnstone and his girlfriend Freelee the Banana Girl. Recently, Cheetah encouraged viewers to donate to an IndieGogo campaign supporting some kind of unspecified legal action against Durianrider, who appears to have threatened violence against another vegan YouTuber, Eisel Mazard, who Durianrider apparently accused of sexually predatory behavior at the Raw Till 4 Thai Fruit Festival (after which another vegan YouTuber, Hannah Chloé, accused Durianrider of similarly sexually predatory behavior).

You don’t necessarily need to be following all of this (I barely am), except to note that at some point during our safari trek through the wilds of the vegan YouTube panopticon, things became rather dark!

The Vegan Cheetah, a recovering heroin addict and avid guitar player who used to be a loyal follower of the gospel of Freelee and Durianrider (the latter has claimed that VC took his followers’ money to buy heroin), has also accused Freelee of stealing content and having a secret relationship with her female assistant. (As a completely unrelated side-note, Freelee recently published an extremely grisly photo of the inside of her leg after it was torn open during a bike accident, framing it, rather counter-intuitively, as #inspo. “If you think adventure is dangerous then try ROUTINE, it is lethal!” she wrote underneath the gaping flesh wound.)

Anyway, although he only has about 13,000 subscribers—a fairly small number compared with those of his YouTube foes—VC has gained traction on one particular new series: “The Dumbest Vegans On YouTube.”

Dumbest Vegan #1: Sorsha Morava

In this video, which received over 76,000 views, Vegan Cheetah reacts to Sorsha’s reaction to Nicole Arbour’s video making fun of vegans.

VC explains without a hint of irony that Sorsha, who we have covered previously, “likes to do reaction videos, most of her videos involve somebody else’s name or some kind of drama,” adding that she is a “classic Freelee/Durianrider dickriding clone.” (“Dickrider” is, I believe, a made-up derogatory term for a Durianrider fan.)

After debating Sorsha’s response to Nicole Arbour, he criticizes Sorsha, “the dumbest vegan on YouTube,” for “trying to debate with a YouTube comedian, somebody that I would say is not that much of an intellectual.” VC says that Sorsha refers to herself as a “vegan activist” (in contrast he refers to himself as a “vegan YouTuber,” a designation that is apparently altogether different), and as such shouldn’t be engaging in petty drama. “How is this productive?” he asks Sorsha. Good question.

Vegan YouTube Drama Update: Here Are the 'Dumbest Vegans on YouTube'

Dumbest Vegan #2: Happy Healthy Vegan

In this second video, which received about 14,000 views, VC goes in on Happy Healthy Vegan. Happy Healthy Vegan is comprised of Anji and Ryan, a cartoonishly groovy 40-something vegan couple; Ryan, VC claims, is “one of the biggest dickriders on YouTube!”

Ryan posted a video musing over whether Fully Raw Kristina is a vegan activist or not, something Ryan should not have done, in VC’s opinion, “when people in the comments section are requesting a video of your stance about Durianrider and his behavior.”

“You’re a fucking coward,” Cheetah tells Ryan.

Dumbest Vegan #3: Freelee the Banana Girl

The most recent installment of “The Dumbest Vegan on YouTube” involves our very own YouTube drama queen, Freelee the Banana Girl.

VC refers to Freelee, not inaccurately, as a “lunatic, militant vegan” selling a “bullshit permanent vacation lifestyle” who gives terrible advice to kids (in the clip he shows, she tells a young teen whose parents don’t want her to go vegan to “contact the authorities” if they try to force-feed her animal products).

“You live in a fucking fantasy world, you’re fucking stupid,” Vegan Cheetah hollers, gazing into the impenetrable black depths of his webcam. What does all this mean? We don’t know, bye!

This has been a Vegan YouTube Drama Update.

Image via screenshot, animation by Bobby Finger.

17 Jun 13:00

A Happy Dad's Dad

by Jen

Right, bakers, this one's not too bad. All we need is "Happy Father's Day."

Aaaaand... GO.

No no, Happy FATHER'S day.




A little farther...


What is even happening right now.


Tell you what, just write, "#1 Dad."
Easy-peasy, pudding and...



::head in hands::


ARG, nooooo!
It's not "Day," it's "DAD!!"


I'm just not talking to you anymore.


That's right, DO WHATEVER YOU WANT, bakers.



Well, I guess I did ask for it.


Thanks to Katie M., Melissa D., Chelsea B., Michelle G., Lauren P., Krista D., Jenny W., Tyler C., Pam M., & Isabel M. for taking Dad jokes even farther.


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20 Jun 18:29

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives of Our ‘Underwater Cousins’

by KQED Science

When you think about fish, it’s probably at dinner time. Author Jonathan Balcombe, on the other hand, spends a lot of time pondering the emotional lives of fish. Balcombe, who serves as the director of animal sentience for the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that humans are closer to understanding fish than ever before.

“Thanks to the breakthroughs in ethology, socio-biology, neuro-biology and ecology, we can now better understand what the world looks like to fish,” Balcombe says.

In his new book, What A Fish Knows: The Inner Lives Of Our Underwater Cousins, Balcombe presents evidence that fish have a conscious awareness — or “sentience” — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory. He argues that humans should consider the moral implications of how we catch and farm fish.

“We humans kill between 150 billion and over 2 trillion fishes a year. … And the way they die — certainly in commercial fishing — is really pretty grim, ” Balcombe says. “There’s a lot of change that would be needed to reflect an improvement in our relationship with fishes.”

Interview Highlights

On how we can know if fish feel pain

The most elegant study of fish pain that I’ve ever seen … was done a few years ago by a biologist named Lynne Sneddon … in the U.K. She used zebra fishes, which are very commonly used in research. And what they did was they put a group of zebra fishes — I don’t remember how many, perhaps 30 — in a complex tank that had two chambers. One chamber was enriched, it had rocks and vegetation, and the other chamber was barren. It was open. You can probably guess which chamber these fishes spent all their time in — it was the enriched one. Fishes like places to hide, they like stimulation in their environments.

And then they injected the fishes either with one of two things. One was with an acid solution, which is known to be caustic and presumably painful to these fishes, if they can feel pain. And then the other … half of the fishes were randomly selected; [they] were injected with saline, which causes just the pierce of the needle and then the pain is not going to be lasting, because it’s not acidic. And then they watched to see how they behaved, and they all remained swimming in the enriched tank. And then they dissolved a painkiller solution in the barren, undesirable chamber of this complex tank. And lo and behold, some of the fishes then started to migrate across and swim and hang out in that normally undesirable tank, and it was only the ones injected with the acid, and not the ones injected with the saline. I find that a pretty convincing demonstration of pain in fishes.

What animal sentience means

Sentience is like pregnancy. You’re either pregnant or you’re not, you’re either sentient or you’re not. And if an animal is sentient, which means some kind of conscious awareness, but particularly the capacity to feel pain, and, I would say, by extension, to feel pleasure, then, to me, that means that animal has moral traction, or it should have moral traction — that the animal is deserving of consideration of others. Because that animal can have a good day and a bad day and can have good or bad things happen to them. And that, as I say, is the bedrock of ethics.

On some reef fish appearing to recognize individual divers

There was a new study … showing individual recognition of human faces by fishes. So they probably do recognize individual divers. They come up to be stroked. It is almost like a dog. I don’t know if they roll over to have their belly petted, though some sharks will be sent into what looks like a euphoric state when they have their bellies rubbed.

On how fish use a ‘lateral line’ to sense water pressure and navigate at night

[Fish] have a couple of other pretty neat senses that are worth mentioning. One is a sense of water pressure or movement in the water that’s very acute, thanks to a lateral line.

We’re talking about bony fishes now, not the sharks and rays. … The bony fishes have a lateral line. You may notice a dark row of scales along the center line of a bony fish, and that’s actually the shadow cast by these specialized scales. Because there’s a depression in each one, and in that depression are specialized little cup-like chambers with gel in them and little hairs that stick out and they detect pressure changes. So it’s very useful for navigating at night, for avoiding dangerous things in limited vision conditions and that sort of thing.

On the electrical senses that some fish have

Some fishes, including sharks and I think rays as well, are electro-receptive. They can detect electrical signals from other organisms.

There’s also electro-producing fishes. The knife-fishes of South America and the elephant-nose fishes … they’re both electric-producing, so they have E.O.Ds, which are electric organ discharges, and they use those as communication signals, and they communicate in some pretty cool ways. They will change their own frequency if they’re swimming by another fish with a similar frequency, so they don’t jam and confuse each other. They also show deference by shutting of their E.O.Ds when they’re passing by a territory holder. You don’t want to piss off the territory holder, so it’s probably better to go “silent” during that time.

The perceptions and sensory abilities of fish, they’re the product of over 400 million years of evolution, so it might not surprise us that they’ve got some pretty cool ways of sensing their environments.

On fish using flatulence as a means of communication

There is one really curious example involving herrings that I can’t resist mentioning. I think if you were to come up with a phrase that best captures it, at least a delicate phrase, “flatulent communication” would be perhaps the right phrase. They live in big schools and they omit gasses from the anus in large numbers, and it makes a sound. And they appear to use this as a communication device to maybe signal to others that it’s time we moved up or down in the water column, because it’s that time of day when the predators are coming out and this sort of thing. The researchers who studied it use the more technical term “Frequent Repetitive Ticks.” and I’ll leave it to the listener to make an acronym out of that, which is quite appropriate to the behavior.

On the aquarium trade and the popularity of the blue tang, the fish featured in the movie Finding Dory

Some of the methods to catch [blue tang] are pretty awful. Cyanide poisoning, which often kills many of the fishes being targeted, or ones not being targeted, and explosive devices are sometimes used. And then you have the vicissitudes of transport, where they’re shipped over continents and the mortality rates are quite high. …

Dory [in the new Pixar film Finding Dory] is a blue tang. And they are probably going to be very popular in the aquarium trade because of the fact that this film will draw a lot of attention to that species. Well, unfortunately, blue tangs are caught in the wild, and they are subject to some of the ills of the industry. So we are campaigning actively to try to discourage … people from buying these fishes, because … when you purchase a product, you tell the manufacturer to do it again, and we don’t really want that happening.

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21 Jun 17:00

A Used Cargo Van Becomes a Mobile Studio

by Caroline Williamson

A Used Cargo Van Becomes a Mobile Studio

Filmmaker Zach Both got creative when it was time for him to hit the road for work last year. Needing to hit various locations around the U.S., 23-year old Both bought a 10-year old Chevy cargo van off of Craigslist and converted it into a mobile studio. This gave him complete freedom to work wherever the project took him, while giving him a comfortable place to live and work.


Once he bought the van, Both renovated the interior, taking inspiration from modern architecture. Despite having zero carpentry experience prior to this project, he completed all of the woodwork himself using reclaimed wood from a 19th century church in Cleveland, Ohio.


The interior might be small in size, but it comes with a futon bed, a kitchen with a stove, and solar panels on the roof to provide power for the fridge and a home theater system.






Having learned many lessons along the way, Both decided to share the entire process in a detailed, step-by-step guide at He’s also included tons of tips and tricks for living on the road in a van.









21 Jun 16:13

Here’s how to get free Taco Bell today!

by Sammy Nickalls

Here’s how to get free Taco Bell today!

Here’s how to get free Taco Bell today!

Taco Bell fans, listen up. You can make today your own personal Taco Tuesday. . . for free.

As part of its #StealATaco promotion, our fave taco franchise will be giving away FREE Doritos Locos tacos today. Why? Because the Golden State Warriors won game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland, and Taco Bell is *pumped*. And let’s be real, even if you’re not a basketball fan, any celebration involving tacos is always a great one.


If you want to claim your free taco, you can go to Taco Bell’s site to find a participating location near you. But make sure to jump on this quick, because they’re only available from 2 to 6 p.m. local time today . . . while supplies last. So get going!

We’re majorly happy Taco Bell loves basketball so much, because WE love tacos. Happy Taco Tuesday!

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