Ten Misconceptions About Food

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Ah, food. There aren't many things on which the people of the world agree, but our love of food is one of them. This Mental Floss video selects common bits of misinformation often heard about food, its additives, shelf life, preparation, cooking methods and more. One food mentioned that I can foresee never being under a false impression about is chocolate. I have that one down cold!

Moms' Notes on Front Doors: Ring this Doorbell and Regret It

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This collection of notes posted on the front doors of exhausted women everywhere is full of sage reminders and cautionary tales. If you wake the child in the name of attempting to sell mama some vinyl siding, you may be diving into a sea of regret the likes of which you stand no chance of treading. Ring at your own risk. (Unless, of course, you have cookies.) See more funny notes from tired moms at 22 Words.

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World Record Skydive

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In 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a world record for skydiving from an altitude of 128,100 feet. We followed his quest to achieve it for years before it actually happened. in contrast, we heard nothing about another man's quest to break the record.

Early this morning, Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, went upon a helium balloon to a height of 135,890 feet above the earth -that over 25 miles! He then cut the balloon away and fell to earth. It took two hours to go up and only 15 minutes to come down.

“It was amazing,” he said. “It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.”

Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at speeds that peaked at 822 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by people on the ground.

The life-support equipment Eustace used was developed by Paragon Space Development Corporation. Google had offered support when Eustice first revealed the project to them, but he didn’t want the jump to turn into a marketing event. Read more about the jump at the New York Times. -via Laughing Squid

The Newest Meme: Adorable Bunnies as Phone Cases

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10 days ago, Twitter user ryooneokrock1 sent out this image of his pet rabbit serving as a smartphone case. That triggered a wave of similar images across Japan and China. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of some of the cutest photos in the meme. He denies that the rabbits' ears improve the signal strength, but that claim should be subjected to empirical testing.

The Top 100 Science Fiction-Themed Songs of All Time

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George Dvorsky at i09 compiled a list of his suggestions for the top 100 songs having to do with science fiction. This comes after their prior list of the top 100 essential albums for science fiction fans. Do you own any of the songs and/or albums listed? I have a fair amount. Porno for Pyros is part of my music collection  I've worn that CD out over the years, as well as Jane's Addiction's stuff. Beasties too.(Video/song above NSFW, language.) 

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Cthulhu Ferrigno - Weird Tales Of Bodybuilding

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Cthulhu Ferrigno by Lederman Studio

When the Great Old One discovered he wouldn't be able to arise in his old body he looked for a suitable replacement on Earth. He discovered a mighty hulk of a man with an incredible physique that was a vast improvement over his squishy old squid body. He freed his new host body of it's mind, and Cthulhu Ferrigno was born, ready to smash his way into our hearts with a squid faced smile and the flexing of his mighty green muscles!

Destroy the forces of bad fashion with this Cthulhu Ferrigno t-shirt by Lederman Studio, it will drive your fellow geeks crazy!

Visit Lederman Studio's Facebook fan page, official website and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more mighty funny designs:

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That Time it Rained Flesh in Kentucky

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In March of 1876 in Bath County, Kentucky, pieces of meat started falling from the sky. Not just a little bit, but enough to have all the neighbors gathering to figure out what happened. The meat was dropped over an area 100 yards long and 50 yards wide.

The shower drew plenty of attention, and curious neighbors and newspaper reporters flocked to the Crouchs’ farm to see the mystery meat and offer their opinions on it. Many locals said it looked like beef, but one neighbor who was a hunter, “on being shown a piece of the flesh, declared it to be bear meat, and stated that it had ‘that uncommonly greasy feel’ peculiar to the flesh of that animal.”

Others took it upon themselves to taste it, and two men said it was “either mutton or venison.” A local butcher who tried a piece “declared that it tasted neither like flesh, fish or fowl. It looked to him like mutton, but the smell was a new one.”

With no one able to identify the meat by sight or taste, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reported, “a great deal of the flesh was sent to chemists and others in various parts of the country, and analyses were made by several well-known scientists.”

The scientists came up with several possibilities, but the most likely explanation is one you won’t want to read while eating. The rest of the story is at mental_floss.

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Sarcastic Moms Caption Ridiculous Stock Photos of Parenting

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With a measure of alarm that I do not think was undue, I asked my wife, "Is there baby poop on my face?" At that time, there was not. But it would happen. As Bane said, "that comes later." And it did.

Getting baby poop on your face is part of parenting. And there will be other, similar experiences. That is parenting--real parenting, not the kind depicted in idealized stock photos.

The Tumblr blog It's Like They Know Us is filled with images of happy, cooperative children and their cheerful, well-rested parents. Contributors have added sarcastic captions that reflect their own experiences.

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Black Bear Knows When He's Not Wanted

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This black bear was ambling up to the patio of a New Jersey homeowner who gave him a verbal warning to vacate the premises. Evidently, New Jersey bears are fluent in English. Or perhaps this bear is just a genius. Whatever the explanation, he turns around quickly and heads back into the woods. -Via Tastefuly Offensive

Dance Dance Revolution: 1812 Overture Edition

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This game works a bit like Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero, in that you have to play an instrument at the right time in the music in order to score. That said, the score is the least of your concerns because you are playing the cymbal and the cannon for the 1812 Overture! There are certain points during which you can fire the cannon and cause a massive explosion whether or not the song calls for it. That’s the fun! I scored 45 or something, but also managed to wreck the opera hall quite a few times. Play it yourself and see what I mean. -via b3ta

Priestly Dance Battle

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A group of seminarians are entertaining the crowd at a fundraiser at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. We have a musical number going when things go all Jimmy Cagney. The Rev. David Rider (of Hyde Park, New York) starts tap dancing. He is challenged by the Rev. John Gibson of Milwaukee, who shows off his Irish dance. The two try to one-up each other until they come to a moratorium and stage a duet. It was a real crowd-pleaser!  -via Buzzfeed

Classic Horror Works of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe, Available For Free Online

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The writings of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe played a part in laying the groundwork for tales of modern horror. Stephen King called Lovecraft "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Both Poe and Lovecraft's real life hardships lent to their ability to delve into darkness.

Poe, born in 1809, was a predecessor of Lovecraft, and an influence on his writing. As a child, Poe was abandoned by his father and a year later, his mother died of pulmonary tuberculosis (referred to then as consumption). He was taken in and raised by another couple, John and Frances Allan. His relationship with the former was stormy. Poe enjoyed success from his writing during his lifetime, unlike Lovecraft. An early success was his celebrated poem "The Raven."  Poe married his 13-year-old cousin Virginia when he was 26 years old. She died of tuberculosis at age 26. Poe's already present alcoholism worsened after the death of his wife, at times leading to professional setbacks and failures. Poe died at age 40 of unknown causes, though a number of explanations including complications of alcoholism, heart failure, cholera, syphilis and even rabies have been suggested. 

Lovecraft, born in 1890, was only three years old when his father had a psychotic episode and was committed to a mental asylum for the remainder of his life. Once his father was committed, Lovecraft was raised primarily by his domineering mother, with help from two maternal aunts and his maternal grandfather, all of whom lived with the mother and son. Lovecraft, though a prodigy, was prone to ill health, anxiety and night terrors as a child, and suffered from anixiety and self-imposed isolation at times throughout his life. His mother was eventually committed to the same institution as his father after suffering mental health problems of her own. Like Lovecraft's father, his mother died in the asylum. H.P. Lovecraft died of cancer, nearly penniless, at age 46. Unfortunately, his talent wasn't duly recognized until after he died. 

Today, Lovecraft and Poe are highly acclaimed for their macabre tales of horror, of which there are too many notable titles to name here. Luckily for those interested in becoming more familiar with the works of Poe and Lovecraft, many can be accessed online. These stories are perfect for the time of year when darkness comes early and there's much talk of the horror found upon midnights dreary.

Visit this link for the works of Edgar Allan Poe

Visit this link for the works of H.P. Lovecraft

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The Tolkien Fan

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Even if you couldn’t see their faces, it should be obvious which of these Tolkien fans is the older one. Sigh. This comic from CommitStrip is labeled “a true story.” Share this with someone young and let us know if you have to explain it. -via Geeks Are Sexy

Freddy And Jason Get Murderous Makeovers In Lady Killers

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Freddy and Jason went from two ordinary names to monikers synonymous with pure evil thanks to horror movies, but these average joes of the slasher world are in desperate need of a makeover.

Freddy revamped his scare tactics by making real life feel like a movie in Wes Craven's New Nightmare, and when Jason X went to space he got a snazzy new mask and cybernetic implants, but these changes simply aren't enough.

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Thankfully, Nerdist and Andrew Bowser knew exactly what to do with those classic killers to bring them back to life in style- they gender swapped 'em.

Lady Killers stars Adrianne Curry as Freddy, and cosplayers Abby Dark Star as Jason and Leanna Vamp as Ash, and it's the perfect combination of cheesy, geeky and slasher-y to get you in the Halloween spirit!

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Jimmy Kimmel Identifies Anonymous Hero

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Remember the stranger who ran into a burning house to save a man? He left the scene without talking to the media, and managed to lay low for a couple of days. But Jimmy Kimmel found out his name is Tom Artiaga and invited him to a taping of Jimmy Jimmel Live! That’s when Artiaga’s cover was blown, so he could receive some recognition -and appropriate rewards for an avid baseball fan. -via Viral Viral Videos

More Mesmerizing Glass Sculptures from Ben Young

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In June, we showed you some of the amazing sculptures that Ben Young, an artist in New Zealand, makes by carefully cutting and layering sheets of glass. His medium is an especially effective way of conveying the texture and movement of water. Some of his recent work, such as this sculpture of a lighthouse, illustrates Young's skill.

Young calls this piece "Lonesome Light." The waves of glass appear to pound the lighthouse, which juts above the sea on a mound of rock that appears both solid and fragile in the raging storm.

Mystery Busters - A Shaggy Ghost Dog Story

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Mystery Busters by Legendary Phoenix

They're the original mystery solving teens, who enjoy a good unmasking and are always stylin' when they're profilin', but what would those meddling kids do if they encountered an actual ghost? They wouldn't stand around like a bunch of busters, they'd pick up some proton packs and battle those ghosts until they ran out of Scooby snacks. One thing's for certain- after years of battling bad guys they ain't afraid of no ghosts, or a king sized sandwich!

Add a supernatural cartoon crossover to your geeky wardrobe with this Mystery Busters t-shirt by Legendary Phoenix, it's tastier than a scooby snack and way cooler than wearing a cravat!

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Celebrities And Their Historical Twins

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It’s not uncommon for celebrities to become famous based largely on their looks, and even the best actors can have their careers boosted by the fact that they’re good looking.

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These famous faces are chosen because they appeal to the masses, but what if that visual appeal is somewhat subconscious?

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Maybe the studio heads are choosing their next A list faces based on familiarity, a feeling they’ve seen that face somewhere before?

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Check out these pictures of 20 Celebrities and Their Historical Twins and you’ll see that famous faces tend to come back around after a while, and while some of the similarities are arguable many are too close to be denied.

Ebola (A “Lola” Parody)

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Ebola jokes can be tasteless or scary, and could cause offense among those who are truly frightened of the virus. But no one takes public health more seriously than ZDoggMD, the musical alter ego of Dr. Zubin Damania.

Too soon, you say?

Actually, not soon enough. The US media hysteria around this illness is ripe for ridicule and it’s time we stepped up before someone else does it even more tastelessly.

Yeah, it’s a clever song parody, but the purpose of it is to warn against misinformation and panic regarding the disease. The duet features Devin Moore from the band Rabbit! (Incidentally, a Z-pack will do nothing against a virus.) Read more at ZDoggMD.

The Quotable Doctor Zoidberg

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In the world of Futurama there is only one Decapodian doctor you should call when you need your limbs snipped off, or a tongue depressor shoved in your ear- Zoidberg.

He’s the lonely lobster with the funny accent, and even though he seems like a total dweeb he actually has some wise words to share with the world, if you can stand listening to him long enough to hear them!

Zoidberg isn’t a philosopher, or a sage, he’s just an ordinary guy looking for the occasional dumpster sandwich to nibble on as he makes his way through the world of the far flung future.

Take a look back at Zoidberg’s beautiful mind with these 20 Hysterical Dr. Zoidberg 'Futurama' Quotes, and the next time you're looking for a quote to bust out at a dinner party you'll think "why not Zoidberg?"

Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models

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As I grew up in the 1970s, I recognized that the Disney princesses I’d enjoyed at the movies were not good role models for my own future daughters. But by the time I had daughters, there was a whole new generation of princesses, and they were each progressively a bit more relevant to real life. Of course, each was criticized, but then the protagonist was usually improved upon in the next princess movie. Caroline Siede looks at the different ways the princesses are role models for young girls.   

Belle is defined by her intelligence and love of reading. Princess Jasmine—the only supporting character in the entire princess line—openly declares she’s not a prize to be won. Mulan disguises herself as a man and saves China from invasion. Tiana goes from waitress to business owner thanks to her own determination. Merida and Rapunzel reject the limiting lifestyles their parents try to force on them. Like Snow White, these female-driven films found massive success at the box office, and like Frozen they actively subvert expectations of Disney princess storytelling.

And while Moana deserves ample praise for centering on a woman of color, Disney has actually done a fairly good—if delayed—job diversifying its princess line. So far the company has turned a Middle Eastern princess, a Native American chief’s daughter, a Chinese warrior, and a black business-owner into four of the most recognizable characters in pop culture with remarkably little fanfare. Meanwhile, we’ve yet to have a single superhero movie centered on a character of color.

Even looking back at the three classic era princess movies: Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, they were breakthrough films when considered in the social context of their time. As the progressive arc from Snow White through Frozen continues, we are looking forward to Disney’s next princess movie, Moana, in 2016. Read Siede’s full article at Boing Boing.

Faces of Fright: Scary Halloween Makeup

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  "Creepy Monster" | Image: The Painting Lady

Killer makeup jobs like these can take an average costume to the next level. Bored Panda asked for creepy makeup user submissions; these are a few of the 117 submissions thus far. From oozing flesh wounds to evil, toothy clowns to pierced and punctured zombies, these makeup masks are a wide range of nightmare fodder. See more unnerving makeup art here. 

  "Terrifying Zombie" |  Image: Imgur

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Life in Paris

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When Rosecrans Baldwin, the author of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, took a copywriting job at a French advertising agency and relocated from Brooklyn to the 3rd arrondissement, he imagined a life of baguettes, croissants, and other fine carbohydrates. The reality of expat living in Paris, he soon learned, was a little bit more complicated.

1. There’s an actual psychological disorder called Paris syndrome. It occurs when a tourist arrives in Paris and is so distressed to find the city does not meet his or her romantic expectations that it causes a breakdown. It strikes about a dozen people each year. Japanese visitors are particularly susceptible, possibly due to the über-romantic image that Paris holds in Japan. The Japanese embassy once repatriated several sufferers with a doctor or nurse aboard the plane.

2. Parisian doctors work from home. Not all of them, of course, but the physician I saw did. It’s unsettling to walk through a doctor’s living room, past her children’s things, to reach an examination room full of medical equipment. She also answered her own phone and could always see me within a few hours. At the time, I wondered if she was really a doctor.

3. McDonalds is perceived by lots of people to be a wholesome restaurant. But the French still eat their takeout in classic French style: over several courses. Lots of my French co-workers would get takeout from there nearly every day. A few chicken nuggets to start. Then a burger, possibly two burgers -un Big Tasty or un Royal Deluxe- plus fries and perhaps a beer. This was followed up by a small house salad, then dessert (no French meal is complete without dessert). All of this was consumed over the course of 45 minutes, with plenty of time for casual conversation.

4. The French are very polite, especially to one another.

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366 Weird Movies You Need To See

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The first weird film I ever remember seeing was Eraserhead when I was just a teenager, and man did it mess with my head.  What I had noticed days after watching it was, unlike most films, Eraserhead stuck with me. It seeped like black oil into my subconscious and just seemed to stay there. From that moment on, I have had a bit of an obsession with weird movies. Movies that are not afraid to tell unconventional stories. Movies so strange and surreal, most would ignore them. So you can only imagine my delight when I found the site 366 Weird Movies. I feel lot like Charlie when he got his golden ticket today.

On most sites, you may get one or two top ten lists of weird movies, but this a site devoted to them. Now if you don't mind, I need to go spend the rest of my life going through this website and finding wonderfully twisted movies to lose myself in.

Endangered Species Postage Stamps for 2014 Released

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The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has released a set of 12 stamps illustrated with beautiful artwork of endangered species. For the last 21 years, the UNPA has issued this stamp series in order to raise awareness of the need for protection of endangered animals across the globe.

The sets for 2014, all of which are pictured here, were released yesterday. Each 2014 stamp features a marine animal. There are three sets: United States, Swiss and European. The U.S. stamps depict Denise's pygmy seahorse, the whale shark, scalloped hammerhead and the Asian arowana. Swiss stamps include the arapaima, basking shark, largetooh sawfish and Siberian sturgeon. European stamps feature the humphead wrasse, great white shark, giant manta ray and the paddlefish. 

American artist Amadeo Bachar created the artwork for the 2014 series. His background in marine biology and scientific illustration made him a particularly qualified artist to handle the task. Bachar's work has been featured in National Geographic and Scientific American, among other prominent publications.

See more of Bachar's work at his website. The stamps can be ordered here.

-Via i09 | Images: UNstamps.org

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Five Nights At Freddy's 2 Trailer Ups The Scares Considerably

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Last week, we posted a video of adults reacting to the video game, Five Nights at Freddy's. A PC game where you essentially play as a security guard working at a place where the old-school animatronic characters come to life at night and try to hunt you down when you're not looking at them. It is a tense and twisted game filled with awesome jump scares, and is somehow even more enjoyable when you are watching someone else play it and try not to pee themselves.

Well, good news for people who appreciated the great game and appreciated the joy of watching others scared by it, as it seems we will be getting a chance to experience more of it very soon.

And you thought YOUR job was bad? 

Cheese Whoopie Pie Is Wonderfully Disgusting

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A whoopie pie (pictured below) is a cookie that consists of vanilla creme inside two little chocolate or gingerbread cakes. Nash Ruin, the Vulgar Chef, made one out of cheese-like food products (content warning: foul language). He shaped the shell out of macaroni and cheese, added in egg yolk, then microwaved it until it kept a solid form. Then he used Easy Cheese for the creme filling.

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