The Riddle of the Sphinx

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When you’re a webcomic artist, you can take shortcuts by just making something up that will work. The riddle is solved on a technicality! But don’t thin you’re do smart -after all, Oedipus solved the riddle of the Sphinx and look where it got him. This comic is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.

Mutant Pirate - He's Jolly But His Name Ain't Roger

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Mutant Pirate by Andriu

With a yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum a pirate will drunkenly saunter their way into your port town and cause trouble, but Logan isn't some eyepatch sportin' swabbie with a peg leg. He's a new kind of pirate, a freaky fellow who has no need of societal norms, and when he shows up in town folks know things are about to get dicey. They call him Wolverine for a reason- he's short tempered, savage, and loves tearing into people with his mighty sharp claws. Those swashbucklers can have their sabers and wenches, all Logan needs to have a good time are a snick snick and a bloodthirsty smile...

Slice through the forces of boring fashion, bring home this Mutant Pirate t-shirt by Andriu and you'll see how Jolly your fellow X-fans can be!

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The Set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Is Now on Public Display

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For more than three decades, Fred Rogers was our neighbor. Through his television programs, he was a special friend who helped children grow up healthy. If you were a child during his era, you got to visit his neighborhood through the screen. Now you can do so in real life. The Heinz History Center in Rogers’s own city of Pittsburgh has several items from his set on public display.

(Photos: Senator John Heinz History Center)

Among them is King Friday’s castle, the Great Oak Tree, Mister Rogers’ living room, and several of his puppets.

-via Daily of the Day

P.S. A few months ago, I read Many Ways to Say I Love You: Wisdom for Parents and Children from Mister Rogers. I highly recommend it. This book helped me clarify who I want to be as a father.

Women’s Ideal Body Types throughout History

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What does it mean to be a beautiful woman? This is a subjective question. The answer varies from culture to culture. BuzzFeed offers this video highlighting feminine beauty standards in different countries and periods of history, including ancient Egypt, China during the Han Dynasty, Victorian Britain, and 1960s America.

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Animals Who Love Laundry Day

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Those who keep dogs and cats as pets know that they have an affinity for the laundry basket. Dirty laundry? sure. Clean? You bet. Either way, it smells like their human and it's piled high with layers of fabric comfort. Lying on it works... chewing on it is always good too. Unravel a string to see where it all leads? Fantastic idea. Another day, another basket. Surely you didn't want to keep that fresh-smeliing, clean pile seconds out of the dryer to yourself, did you? If so, these animals raise a paw to object. 

See more dogs and cats luxuriating in laundry here. 

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Extreme Pogo Artists are Insane

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You could call them insanely good. This combination extreme sport and art form is called Xpogo, and it looks terrifying. At least these guys are wearing helmets. That only makes sense, as the best practitioners are well aware of how many falls it takes to achieve this level of competence (otherwise they'd be dead). This compilation is brought to you by the folks who do the People Are Awesome series. -Thanks, Dan!  

The Best Hotel Concierge Ever Gives a Guest Nick Cage Pictures

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At a fancy hotel like the Hotel Indigo along San Antonio’s Riverwalk, the concierge staff is there to ensure that your special (but legal) needs are tended to. Imgur member FreePsychicReadings decided to put them to the test. She asked a concierge to place on her bed a framed photo of actor Nicholas Cage as he appeared in the movie Con Air.

Ramon the concierge was prompt, efficient, and accurate.

But the test wasn’t over. The guest wanted more Nicholas Cage pictures—and specific ones—placed in particular areas of her room. You can view more photos and screenshots from their exchange here.

-via 22 Words

Hedgehog Dumplings

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Look at these adorable little hedgehogs! Don’t you just want to eat them up? That’s what you do, because they are dumplings, stuffed with sweet cream filling. But they are only available at one restaurant, in the Chinatown section of Yokohama, Japan.

The spiky little treats are available at Yoseigo, a dim sum takeout joint that’s been in business since 1946. If you’re after orthodox fare, Yoseigo has steamed shrimp dumplings, egg rolls, and the like. On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for something sweet, and also a little playful, you can’t go wrong with their hedgehog dumplings.

The palm-sized snacks appear to be steamed first, and then later deep-fried to help give them a more defined shape. This brings us to what might be the only negative point about the hedgehog dumplings. Though they have a pleasantly crisp texture, the “quills” on their spiky backs are indeed a little sharp, so you’ll want to chew carefully to keep from poking yourself.

The dumplings are available individually or in economical herds, er, multi-packs to go. See more pictures at Rocket News 24. -via Nag on the Lake

The Cubitat: Necessities of Living, Fit Inside a Cube

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Cubitat is a 10 x 10 x 10 cube that features a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry and storage. Presented at Toronto’s Interior Design Show recently, the Cubitat is the concept of Urban Capital developers David Wex and Mark Reeve and designer Luca Nichetto. Once the cube makes it past the prototype phase, the developers plan to make it available for customization and purchase online.

The developers call Cubitat a a “plug and play” living space, in that it's fully functioning when hooked up to plumbing and power. 

See additional photos and learn more about Cubitat's features and limitations here.  

Man Proposes to His Girlfriend with a Traffic Speed Camera

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Being a romantic sort, Christian Breier found the perfect way to propose to his girlfriend. He drove over the speed limit past a traffic speed monitoring camera near his home in Leipzig, Germany. While doing so, he held up a sign saying (in German), “Will you marry me?”

A police computer issued him a ticket and mailed it to him, along with a photo of his car speeding past the camera. When Breier’s girlfriend opened up the ticket, she found his marriage proposal. Justin Huggler describes the challenges of this proposal in the Daily Telegraph:

That meant it was a delicate operation, and Mr Breier said it took him five attempts at driving past the cameras holding the sign up before he went fast enough to trigger the camera.

Far from being offended at Mr Breier’s flouting of the law and abuse of their speed camera, local officials in the small town of Merseburg seem to have decided to play along when they discovered Mr Breier’s ruse, because they took the unusual step of sending a print of the speed camera photo blown up to A4 size.

Mr Breier’s 29-year-old girlfriend, who gave her name only as Anja, told reporters: “We had spoken about marriage before. And I told him he’d have to think of a cool way of proposing.”

Mr Breier’s response to the challenge cost him a €15 fine, but as far as he was concerned, it was worth it: she said yes.

Lost Dog, a Budweiser Commercial to Air During the Super Bowl

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"Lost Dog" is another in the grand tradition of Super Bowl commercials by Budweiser, which often feature the company's iconic Clydesdale horses. In this tearjerker, a follow-up to last year's ad "Puppy Love," a yellow Labrador retriever puppy is accidentally taken a long distance from his home and farm friends, and he must find a way to make it back. See the video below for "making of" footage.

In related Super Bowl puppy ad news, GoDaddy made a Super Bowl advertisement that was intended to be a parody of this Budweiser ad, yet they pulled it after backlash from groups such as the SPCA and, who argued that it encouraged puppy mills and inhumane breeding. This article in Variety goes so far as to suggest that GoDaddy planned the whole thing as a publicity stunt, which makes sense given how many media outlets are covering the story. What do you think, readers? -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Salvation Lies Through The Songbird - Heed The Call

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Salvation Lies Through The Songbird by Barrett Biggers

Columbia soars through the skies on wings of freedom and patriotism, but if anyone tries to sow the seeds of dissention on that city-ship in the sky there's an even more high flying force there to stop them- the Songbird. He doesn't sing a pleasant song, nor does he have beautiful feathers for folks to admire as he soars through the sky, but he does have terrible claws with which to rend flesh from bone and the force of Comstock's Founders behind him.

Sport this Salvation Lies Through The Songbird t-shirt by Barrett Biggers around town and shock your fellow fans with this awesomely artistic design!

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24 Origins of Cheese Names

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It’s true that most cheeses are named after their place of origin, so John Green goes ahead to tell us the story of the cheese’s origin as well. Even cottage cheese was once made in cottages. However, there are some in which the name is a little more complicated, like Monterrey Jack (there is a Jack involved). There’s even a cheese named after another cheese! Learn about two dozen cheese names in this week’s mental_floss List Show.

Beware Of Dogs Pretending To Be Human

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Dogs have been man's best friend ever since a poem in the New York Literary Journal coined the term back in 1821, but they're best friend in title only and tired of being treated like second class mammals.

The way dogs see it if they can do what humans do then their ranking in the mammalian pecking order is guaranteed to go up. However, dogs acting like humans may sound like fun, but as these images will show it could mean the beginning of the end for both felines and mankind!

It all started back in those black and white toned days of yore, when some lazy nanny decided to let the family dog take over for the afternoon

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Dogs soon discovered that if they could perform those menial tasks that humans hate they'd soon be offered a job

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Jobs would lead to social status and an income, and humans would begin to entrust them with more responsibility in society

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So dogs taught themselves how to drive to work every morning just like a human

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The Alien Chestburster Scene

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It’s a scene that we will never, ever forget. The 1979 film Alien introduced the monster (later known as the Alien Queen or the xenomorph) by having it emerge from John Hurt’s chest where it was apparently incubating. We were shocked by the violent "birth," horrified by the idea of an alien growing inside his body, and also surprised by the death of a major movie star so early in the film. The new series Art of the Scene by Cinefix looks at the nuts and bolts of conceiving, designing, and pulling off the horrific scene in the days before non-stop CGI. -via Laughing Squid

Yeti Takes to the Streets of Boston in Snowstorm

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As snowstorm Juno fell upon the streets of Boston, another entity appeared to further whiten the streets: a creature by the name of The Boston Yeti. Armed with a furry suit and a Twitter account (@BostonYeti2015), the Yeti, which until now was only the stuff of legend, is creating documented snow prints all over town. Defying curfews and braving snowdrifts, this urban snowman isn't so abominable: he even expresses on Twitter his wish for the Boston populace to stay safe. 

Read more and see additional pictures of the Yeti at the Boston Globe.

Image: @BostonYeti2015 on Twitter


Awesome Dad Builds Portable LEGO Creation Station for His Son

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Tez Gilmir’s son loves LEGO. He’s obsessed with it and his father wants to promote this creative hobby. So he built this large, portable kit that folds and unfolds as needed. There’s even a built-in stool! The cabinet is made out of plywood with 3D printed lettering. The bins are labeled for easy sorting. They all lock in place when it’s folded up. You can read and download copies of the plans here.

The Cruelest Oscar Award Presentation of All-Time

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

“Katharine Hepburn runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.” This quote, by famed writer-critic Dorothy Parker, was put forth about an early performance of Katharine Hepburn. As a young actress, Kate was also dubbed "box office poison.”

Born and raised to have an independent mind and spirit, young Kate broke the mold of every actress in history. She wore pants and no make-up, and refused to pose for pictures, grant interviews or sign autographs. She wasn't popular or well-liked in Hollywood.

But as we all know, she was, within a few short years, to become one of the most acclaimed and admired actresses in the history of Hollywood and the movies. She is truly now regarded as one of the movie's immortal figures- imitated, studied, and admired by any and every actress, young or old. To put it in simplest terms, Katharine Hepburn was the Meryl Streep of her time.

Katherine Hepburn in Morning Glory.

It was for the 1932-33 Academy Awards that Katharine received her very first Oscar nomination. Young Kate was nominated for her performance as “Eva Lovelace" in the movie Morning Glory. Her nomination was surprising enough, and she didn't even bother to show up for the awards ceremony. (In retrospect, one wonders if she would have found the evening's show amusing.)

Host for the ceremony that year was legendary liberal humorist, Will Rogers. Rogers was quite possibly the most beloved comedian-humorist in American history. He was definitely slanted left as a liberal, but conservatives loved him and were hardly ever offended by his humor. He showed so much common sense in his observations, no one took any offense at his remarks and barbs.

Rogers spent much of the evening making wisecracks about the Republicans, Hollywood big shots and phonies, even Oscars lobbying (this predated Jon Stewart's similar targets in his Oscar hosting stint by 73 years).

His rudest joke, however, was reserved for the awarding of the evening's Best Actress award.

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San Francisco Zoo Has Just the Thing For Spurned Lovers on Valentine's Day

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The San Francisco Zoo is running what they call a Valentine's Day special: the adoption of a Madagascar hissing cockroach or a giant hairy scorpion. Why? To honor your ex, of course.

A zoo donation of $25 will not only aid conservation efforts for the species you select, but it also pays for an adoption certificate with the name of your ex on it, along with a small plush scorpion or several plastic cockroaches in "a cute little red box." Just the thing for sending to your former love interest cum creepy crawler! The zoo's website describes the scorpion adoption as follows, 

"So the latest affair didn't work out and given your ex's record-breaking ability to move on, you suspect foul play. Well, nothing soothes the sting like the adoption of a giant hairy scorpion in honor of your former beloved. It's no surprise, these invertebrates are aggressive, active, and alarmingly nocturnal. Much like your low-life ex, they are usually found in and around low-elevation valleys where they dig elaborate burrows or "caves." Also just like you-know-who, when a suitable victim wanders by, the scorpion grabs the doomed creature with its pinchers and stings the prey. After the prey is immobilized, the scorpion tears the carcass apart with its pinchers and begins feeding. Charming... We can't make any promises, but urban legend says that the gift of a scorpion adoption serves as permanent protection against future romantic stings. Let the healing begin."

The cockroach copy is scarily similar. Adopt-a-roach, see additional pictures and more at the San Francisco Zoo website.

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Child Illustrates 80s Pop Music

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Lost in Your Eyes, Debbie Gibson

Little Sam Burnett first heard Devo's song "Whip It" when he was about two years old, and he couldn't get enough. The experience had a huge effect on him, and he began to obsess over 1980s music after that.

The next song that Sam's mom (also an 80s music enthusiast) intoduced him to was "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins. Sam became hooked on the genre. He even created a drawing that illustrated the song, and has been doing it ever since. Take a look at Sam's illustrations over the years. His charming visual interpretations of the music are classics.

See a bigger collection of Sam's 80s music artwork here. 

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Facehuggers - Misguided Feline Affection

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Facehuggers by Matt Parsons

Everybody is always talking about those xenomorphic facehuggers that look like alien bugs, but what about the furry facehuggers that we've let into our homes? They're not looking to lay eggs in your abdomen, or spread terror throughout the galaxy, they just really like the way your warm breath feels on their tummies! Cats are already taking over the interwebs, and before you know it they'll have taken over the universe, so get those faces ready for a hugging humanity!

Give the world a geeky hug with this Facehuggers t-shirt by Matt Parsons, and share your twisted sense of humor with the world!

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Florida Woman Tells Police She Knew Truck Was Stolen, But Not “That Stolen”

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There are degrees of stolenness. Something can be just a smidgen stolen. Something else can be fairly well stolen. Or, in more extreme cases, an item can be very stolen or even profoundly stolen. The gradations can be subtle, but they are not invisible.

Alas, for this woman in Sandestin, Florida, police did not accept her argument that the truck she was in was not as stolen as they believed. The Daily News reports:

When officers pointed out that she knew the vehicle had been stolen, she replied, “I didn’t think it was that stolen,” according to the report.

She is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.

-via VA Viper

Why Children Need to Be Quiet

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Children make up a particularly gullible audience, so its very tempting to impress them with whatever nonsense you want to concoct, and sometimes those tall tales have a positive effect. Or one like this could just as easily scar them for life. This tall tale was inspired by a real-life train ride with children. It was produced by British animation studio Kilogramme, which had already produced another episode of tall tales you can see here. -via Geeks Are Sexy

This Cup Lets Astronauts Sip Espresso in Zero Gravity

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Italy plans to send an espresso machine to the International Space Station later this year, which has prompted this innovative cup design. Astronauts usually suck liquids out of containers with tubes. But that’s a terrible way to drink fine Italian coffee. Espresso should be sipped from an espresso cup. This cup developed by researchers at Portland State University can permit precisely that, even in very low gravity. Liz Stinson writes for Wired:

The cup’s shape is odd—a little like a plastic baby boot—and was determined by mathematical models. Every curve and geometric shape is designed to encourage the controlled movement of liquid. You’ll notice a pointed corner in the center of the cup; this strange bit of design is what makes it possible to drink liquids in low gravity. The corner essentially acts like a wick, using surface tension to guide liquid toward your mouth. As soon as an astronaut touches her mouth to the lip of the cup, a capillary connection is formed and the liquid travels up the vessel and forms sippable balls of coffee.

It sounds simple enough, but designing a cup for space requires a deep understanding of how fluids move in low gravity. “We’re geeks, and we make spacecraft fluid systems,” says Mark Weislogel, a professor of mechanical and mechanical engineering who is leading the research. “It’s like space plumbing.

10 Unsettling Urban Legends from the Battlefields of History

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Tales born in the confusion of battle can sometimes grow and change considerably by the time they get to you, particularly stories from long long ago. The old saying “History is written by the winners” holds true also, because accounts from the battlefield can be used for political purposes. Some are attempts to explain unexpected victories or defeats. Other stories just grew like any other strange tale. For all these reasons, war is full of urban legends, like the one about the White Tights.

According to Russian legend, the White Tights – or beliye kolgotky – are blonde, beautiful women who are as deadly as they are attractive. The stories began to circulate during the Chechen Wars, when men would tell of a group of women hired as assassins, targeting anyone they’re paid to dispatch.

The legend gives them something of a background, too. They’re reputed to be members of a biathlon team, doing their training right out in the open where they’re groomed for long-distance marathons that end with putting a bullet in someone. They’re also said to be originally from the Baltic states, born with a grudge against Russia that makes them the perfect, cold-blooded killers.

Russian soldiers would report their units receiving radio transmissions from the women, giving them fair warning that they were coming. Their goals were often to wound the regular soldiers and kill the officers – not with a head shot, but with a shot to the groin.

It’s one story that definitely walks the line between truth and fiction, and when members of the Russian Biathlon Federation issued a statement saying that their athletes absolutely weren’t a part of the secret society of assassins, it’s said that they had to double-check first just to make sure. There’s a historical basis for the idea, too – as far back as the Russian Civil War in 1918 women were often employed as snipers. They were patient, they were calculating, and it was easier for them in infiltrate certain areas – especially if they were armed with a child. But the White Tights take the idea of a secret group of deadly, beautiful blonde women who can kill with a single shot to a whole new level.

That’s just one of ten battlefield urban legends you can read about at Urban Ghosts. Others tell of monsters that only come out at night, angelic beings who saved the day, and propaganda stories about the evils of the enemy.

What Inevitably Happens When 5 Guys Have a Bubble Wrap Factory All to Themselves

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Admit it: you would do this, too.

Monday was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, one of the more under-appreciated holidays on the American cultural calendar. Rarely will employers give workers a day off on this most hallowed of occasions (I’m looking at you, Alex).

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But the five men behind the YouTube channel Dude Perfect celebrated the correct way. They took a pilgrimage to the headquarters of the Sealed Air Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina. This is that wondrous place where bubble wrap is born. There, like in the Olympics of old, the five dudes undertook athletic competitions in honor of bubble wrap.

-via Huffington Post

A New Face for Violet

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Almost-two-year-old Violet Pietrok’s facial bones didn’t fuse together prenatally, leaving her with a syndrome called Tessier Cleft. Her eyes were so far apart that she couldn’t see properly, and her nose had no cartilage. Dr. John Meara at Boston Children’s Hospital wanted to help Violet. He had done this kind of surgery before, but every patient is different, and the bone reconstruction will be different for each one. That’s where 3D printing comes in. Dr. Meara had his colleague Dr. Peter Weinstock made 3D models of the toddler’s skull, using data from magnetic resonance imaging. Meara was able to practice with four skull models, in order to develop the best plan for Violet’s surgery ahead of time.

Dr. Weinstock, the director of the Pediatric Simulator Program at Boston Children’s, sees 3-D models as part of a larger program to improve surgical craft. At Children’s and a dozen other pediatric centers around the world, he says, the surgical simulation program he developed improves team communication and trust, and lifts confidence before extremely complex operations. He believes it also shortens patients’ time under anesthesia.

If the nearly two-year-old program has prevented even one major medical error — and Dr. Weinstock is convinced it has prevented many — it has paid for itself and its $400,000 3-D printer, running nearly full time in the hospital’s basement.

Dr. Meara was able to move Violet’s eyes closer together and eliminate a large hole in her forehead. She will have more surgery as she grows, but the first step was made much easier by the practice skulls. Read the whole story at the New York Times. -via Metafilter

(Image credit: Credit Katherine C. Cohen/Boston Children's Hospital)

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