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Imagine being 25 years old and having your car hit by a truck. Your car with the Bernie Sanders sticker on the back of it.
Imagine being 25 years old and suffering from chronic disease and having the tow truck driver inform you that no, he's not going to tow your car. He's going to let you sit on the side of the road because he's a Christian, and he's "drawn a line in the sand."
“He said, ‘I can’t tow you ... you’re a Bernie supporter,’” McWade recalled. “I was like, ‘Wait, are you serious? You’re kidding me.’”
Ken Shupe, a 51-year-old from Travelers Rest, South Carolina, was very serious. “I’m a conservative Christian, I’ve just drawn a line in the sand,” he said. “I’m not going to associate or conduct business with them.” (The incident was first reported by FOX Carolina 21.)
McWade was heading home to Travelers Rest on I-26 when a tractor trailer hit the front of her car, she said. Afterward, her car wouldn’t start, and a first responder moved it to the side of the interstate. The driver’s door was approximately two feet from the highway line, she recalled.
McWade said she collects disability payments and has psoriatic arthritis, impaired mobility, early stage Crohn’s disease, severe fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. (She sent HuffPost a picture of the disability tag, as well as a photo of her many medications.)
To help celebrate “Alien Day” on April 26th, Mondo collaborated with artist Curtis Godino of Drippy Eye Projections to turn the Aliens movie soundtrack into an amazing liquid-filled Xenomorph blood vinyl record. The record was available to purchase from the Mondo website, but is now sold out. They also released apparel, pins, and impressive Aliens themed posters by Kilian Eng, Mike Saputo, and Jay Shaw.
images via Mondo
This is a toy that will at some point be available for purchase. Just FYI.
This works way better than I thought it would.
Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes demonstrates how to make a beautiful, space themed “Black Nebula Cake” in her most recent culinary tutorial. She pulled her inspiration for the nebula cake from a “couple of Hubble Space Telescope picture books” that she was looking through.
The cake recipe makes a standard 9-inch double layer cake, but I used three 6-inch pans and had enough batter left over for 6 cupcakes. The cake is almost completely black on its own, thanks to dark cocoa powder, but I added an additional teaspoon of Americolor Super Black gel food color to make it even darker.
To get started, you’ll need to cover the cake with black ready-made fondant according to these directions. Don’t worry if your fondant work doesn’t turn out perfectly because the paint will disguise many flaws. You’ll need pink, blue and violet gel food color and most importantly white food color. (read more)
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The Glow-in-the-Dark Finger Tentacles, created by novelty retailer Archie McPhee, are finger puppets that transforms your hand into a radiant squid at night. They are currently available to purchase from the Archie McPhee shop. We previously featured their original Finger Tentacles and Cthulhu Tentacles.
I laughed. Pretty hard, actually. Right when the fluffy cloud that is cotton candy started oozing sweet sugary alien blood, I laughed hard. It’s so ridiculous and it disappears so quickly and breaks down in such a balletic way that I can’t even think about turning my head away. In fact, I don’t want to even blink. My eyes have never seen anything more glorious than cotton candy melting away.
Devoted NPR listeners on the West Coast may have noticed a sudden minute-long drop-off of audio during this morning’s broadcast of Morning Edition. The reason: Today is Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and some rascal was messing around with the control board.
Pabst Blue Ribbon tells the story of John “Chickie” Donohue, a former merchant seaman from the Inwood neighborhood of New York City who traveled more than halfway around the world to keep a promise that he would buy his friends a beer the next time his work took him to Vietnam. Little did his friends realize that he would sneak into an actual combat zone in order to do so. 47 years later, the men reunited to recount the amazing tale.
At a time when the Vietnam War was at its height, one man, John “Chickie” Donohue, snuck back into the war zone to find his 3 closest friends and buy them a beer. Crazy or caring, Chickie gave his friends more than beer, he gave them hope. Hope that helped each one safely return home when the war was over. Now, 47 years later, the group is reunited to relive the greatest beer run ever.
Kubo (Art Parkinson), Monkey (Charlize Theron), and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey) must find Kubo’s father’s armor in the latest trailer for Kubo and the Two Strings. The trailer also features some more demonstrations of Kubo using his magical shamisen to create magical objects out of paper.
The film will be released on August 19, 2016.
image via Kubo and the Two Strings
You've probably eaten tahini in savory applications before (it's a key ingredient in hummus), but what about sweet? The sesame seed paste is equally wonderful in halva, a soft candy made from tahini and sugar. And when you put halva in homemade coffee ice cream with bittersweet chocolate, magical things happen.
When Brendan Farrell was shopping for a house in Los Angeles, he noticed how real estate sites readily listed a property’s walkability and nearby schools. But the presence of noise—one of the most important quality-of-life factors—remained elusive, and invisible. Farrell realized he could use his skills as an applied mathematician to build a map that could help people “hear” their new homes before they moved in.
Lego Ideas lets amateur builders not only share their creations with the world, but also have the opportunity for them to be realized as real sets. But each submission needs 10,000 supporting votes before it’s even considered, so let’s make sure this stunning Lego Voltron gets closer to reality.
Track N Go is a tread and ski system that can be attached to a vehicle’s wheels in a matter of minutes to allow it to travel through deep snow. The wheels turn the treads meaning the system requires no additional power to operate, and the Track N Go YouTube channel features videos of the system installed on several different vehicles as they effortlessly move through otherwise impassable snow.
Who would have thought that one day we could install 4 tracks on a vehicle in 15 minutes, while keeping the tires on and without any modifications of this vehicle. Well, after several years of research and development we are proud to present you the Track N Go system: “The first ever wheel driven track system”, an innovation that will make it much easier to use tracks on your vehicles.
photos via Track N Go
Seltzer is a very good beverage. It’s bubbly, refreshing, flavorful (if you so desire), and a solid alternative when water gets too boring. But like all beverages, it’s a lot better when it’s boozy—so the folks at Wachusett Brewing Company in Massachusetts decided to transform our beloved bubbly water into a malt beverage and put it in a can for easy imbibing.
In his first foray into music analysis, the Nerdwriter delves deep into the beautifully complex classic Steely Dan song “Deacon Blues” in order to show the incredibly rich layers that make up its entirety.
…”Deacon Blues”, I think contains a hidden earnestness. In the lead into the first chorus the narrator says he’s ready to cross that fine line the line between his existence and the one he wants to have. The song suggests that he’s tried before and failed, but the music plays these lines like he’s taking a running head start, barreling towards a chorus that explodes into the fantasy fully realized. I think you can look at Deacon blues kind of literature. Story seems to be the central component here with each element music filling out the nuances in the main characters fantasy to the point where it’s unclear on the last verse whether the narrator has actually done it was just been caught up in the dream.
Not the most obvious choice for some collectible statues, these, but then sometimes the best ideas are the ones that take 25 years to come about.
The newest design collaboration from Target was released last weekend, and it features one of our all-time favorite brands: Marimekko. The iconic Finnish brand, known for its use of pattern and color, lives up to its reputation with this affordably priced line.
While we spent plenty of time drooling over the swim coverups, kids clothes, and throw pillows, it was the kitchen linens and tabletop items that really stole our hearts. Even better? Each item comes in all four color/pattern combinations: black & white; blue, black & white; primary; and warm.
Here are our top seven picks from the collection.
this is a cool idea, but mostly i wanted to show you the awesome medieval couple i want us to be
Los Angeles artist Cory Will has created the Color Me Book, a great custom five-page coloring book that you can make from your favorite personal photos. You can upload your images directly to the Color Me Book website and then order a copy of the finished product.
images via Color Me Book
Great Big Story visited the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies of the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts to speak with its director Narayan Khandekar about some of the rarest pigments in the world that the center houses in its renowned collection.
The materials collection, at the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA, houses thousands of pigments, including some of the world’s rarest. Dragon’s blood, mummy, Indian yellow: these are but a few flashy highlights from the museum’s collection.
Enchiladas make a wonderful and unique breakfast dish. A true crowd-pleaser, they can easily be scaled up or down, depending on the number of mouths you are feeding. Enchiladas are also super versatile; if you don’t have chorizo on hand, some leftover roast chicken works too. If you don’t eat meat, mushrooms or beans make for a satisfying filling. And while the dish itself is best eaten as soon as it is ready, the individual components can always be made ahead of time.
An unknown breakthrough in consumer levitation technology has led to an influx of floating speakers that don’t sound any different, but look kinda cool—were this the mid-’80s. Before you write them off completely, someone has managed to find a way to make these novelties genuinely worthy of your desk space, as a tiny Death Star replica.
Want to have Joanna Gaines help you choose a paint color? Today, the designer released a new collection of interior paint under her Magnolia Home brand and it's the next best thing to being on Fixer Upper. We chatted with the HGTV star about the the line, including which color is best for shiplap.