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24 NETFLIX SHOWS: WHICH ONES SHOULD STAY AND WHICH ONES DESERVE THE OLD HEAVE-HO?

24 NETFLIX SHOWS: WHICH ONES SHOULD STAY AND WHICH ONES DESERVE THE OLD HEAVE-HO?

When this millennium ends, they’ll look back and say Netflix was one of the best things to happen in the 2000s. Netflix showed us that it’s possible to watch Breaking Bad in under a week and gave us unlimited access to content from any screen we could find. As much as we love it, the cable companies and television networks hate it because Netflix is siphoning their subscribers and their audience at an alarming rate. The only reason Netflix is capable of this is because they continue to invest in enough original content to compete with several channels.

Netflix knows they need more than just a couple of hit comedies and a few hit dramas; they must greenlight various sub-genres like comedy specials, sign bankable talent like Adam Sandler to multi-project contracts, and consent to huge budgets for shows like The Defenders. In other words, Netflix won’t win the war for viewers by outbidding only CBS or Showtime. They need to accumulate a library of content more valuable than every network and premium station, combined.

While Netflix continues to eclipse the cable networks like the alien ships from Independence Day, we the viewers reap the benefits in the form of must-watch television like Stranger Things. More than that, Netflix offered a second-wind to old favorites like Arrested Development and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday. Shows and movies like these are proof that Netflix offers quality; however, the streaming service earned a reputation for also making shows like Hemlock Grove, which should never happen. If someone working for a network like NBC okayed Iron Fist, they’d be properly fired and blacklisted; but Netflix doesn’t feel the same repercussions because it operates without time slots – there’s no limit on time available for an “a la carte” streaming service.

24. The OA Is Insufferably Boring

via: The AV Club

If The OA had a heartbeat, it would be dangerously low. Without exaggerating, there is an entire ten-minute long sequence with almost no dialogue or score as Brit Marling makes and eats a sandwich. You get lost in the plainness. It’s like the waiting room at the doctor’s office, a place where people and things just be and the only actions are thoughts. The characters lack charm and Jason Isaacs is a bleak villain without clear motives. They’re each too self-aware to grant the viewers a chance to have expectations – we don’t hope things happen to Prairie Johnson, we just watch stuff happen to her and do our best to make sense of it.

In a way, The OA is a failed attempt at intellectual, hard sci-fi with odd transitions in and out of magical realms that we’re supposed to interpret as metaphoric in some unknown way. Instead, it’s more like we’re picking-up what’s left of our campsite after a bear attacked it, trying to make sense of what to do next. The best thing for season two is to make it a short music video for a Bjork song.

23. GLOW Made Us All Wrestling Fans

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Everyone’s been in love with Alison Brie since Mad Men and Community. With roles in two upcoming Academy Award candidates (The Post and The Disaster Artist), the Cali girl is on a hot streak, and rightfully so. Brie’s most exceptional accomplishment might be her role as Ruth Wilder in GLOW (the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling). GLOW is a realistic look at what’s sometimes considered the most fake sporting event known as amateur wrestling. Brie plays a noteworthy antihero as the pretty, starving actress who would conventionally fulfill her dreams of stardom, but instead she turns out to be self-absorbed and a bit of a jerk. The performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination. In addition, Marc Maron deserves a nod as the weathered wrestling manager and failed B-movie director, Sam Sylvia. Each of the characters are so unique and well-developed that GLOW makes viewers become real fans of the different lady wrestlers in the league. In the end, you’ll learn that wrestling is as real as it gets and you’ll wish the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling still existed, especially if you long for the Golden Age of wrestling during the eighties.

22. Nobody Will Miss The Ranch

via: Business Insider

As a show runner, it’s difficult to succeed amidst the flooded world of situation comedies even with the best premise and the most talent. That said, The Ranchwouldn’t cut it if it were the only sitcom on television. Sometimes Netflix outbids for the better content; other times, the streaming service ends-up with the networks’ leftovers. This Jim Patterson series includes a bankable, proven cast in Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson; however, both performances are derivative, monotonous versions of their characters from That ’70s Show. At its best, The Ranch offers witty banter between stereotypical salt-of-the-earth types. At its worst, it makes you forget that Debra Winger is a three-time Oscar nominee – it’s just better that way. For Netflix’s sake, it made sense to go after a more conservative, country-folk demographic, but the jokes are so dependent on corn-fed punchlines that The Ranch does more to pick-on the working class than it does to appeal to them. Fans of That ’70s Show will at times find a silver-lining in Masterson and Kutcher, though it’s an inadequate reunion, overall.

21. 13 Reasons Why We’re Hooked On 13 Reasons Why

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With so many YA film adaptations like The Hunger Games and Gossip Girl, it’s hard to stand out to such a picky, high-demand demographic. Look at missteps like the overpriced Divergent Series or Golden Compass and you’ll understand how desperate studios are for a hit series like Harry Potter. When they’re good, they’re great, and the Selena Gomez produced, Jay Asher adaptation, 13 Reasons Why is groundbreaking. More than just another look into some suburban town’s high school, there are many reasons why Reasons was the most tweeted about show in 2017, but it was mostly because of the cast. Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford as the guiding characters are genuine, thoughtful, and they nicely integrate with the supporting cast. Instead of depending on the High School cliches, Reasons provides a deeper, more insightful approach to adolescent struggles and unapologetically tackles hard issues. Creator, Brian Yorkey explores the darker sides of teenage memories with plenty of betrayal and destruction – this isn’t CW channel junk food.

20. It’s Difficult To Accept Real Bob As A Real Show

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There was a short stint in time in which we enjoyed Rob Schneider in classic roles like Deuce Bigalow and The Hot Chick. In hindsight, these films were only successful because they were released during a vulnerable moment in comedy history. More specifically, the bar for comedy was set pretty low in the 90s before superior stuff like ZoolanderWedding Crashers, and Anchorman were released. Rob Schneider basically banked on the tail-end of the Adam Sandler era, so it makes sense that Schneider followed Sandler to Netflix. At least with his older movies, there was a cast and crew that seemed to try. In his newest venture, Real Bob, Schneider plays himself in meta fashion such as shows like Maron, or Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Schneider writes, directs, and stars in the series so everything wrong with this is either his fault or whoever let this toddler take the wheel. It’s difficult to determine whether Real Bob fails due to Schneider’s lack of technical skill behind the camera, a lack of effort spent producing, or if Deuce just isn’t funny enough by today’s standards. There’s too much wrong with Real Bob to turn Schneider’s career around; his best move would to patiently wait for a small role like Chris Tucker did in Silver Lining’s Playbook (hopefully, Rob can dance).

19. Royalty Is So Hot Right Now With The Crown

via: EW.com

Netflix made a big move by landing Peter Morgan, the creative mind behind great historical pieces like The Queen and The Last King of Scotland. Morgan’s latest project, The Crown, is equally worthwhile and officially joins an elite list of shows that push the boundary for Netflix, standing toe-to-toe with shows like Ray Donovan and Breaking Bad. Season two wasn’t quite as strong as the first; it drew too much attention to Prince Phillip (Matt Smith) when it’s the Queen we really want to see. Nevertheless, there was plenty of Claire Foy to go around, just not enough to beat Elisabeth Moss for the Golden Globe, this year. The Crown is remarkably fulfilling, but the real reason we can’t get enough of the period-piece is largely due to anticipation for the new cast in seasons 3 and 4. The role of Queen Elizabeth II will be picked up by Olivia Colman, who’s proven capable in the crime-drama, Broadchurch. Even more exciting is that Vanessa Kirby is passing the torch to Helena Bonham Carter to play Princess Margaret. It’ll be a new show with fresh talent from the creative team. What’s more exciting than that?

18. No One Likes Marvel’s Iron Fist

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DaredevilLuke CageJessica Jones, and Iron Fist make-up Marvel’s Defenders, and while the former three series are well-integrated lead-ins for the vigilante team, the latter only serves as an afterthought. Iron Fist isn’t just bad because Finn Jones delivers a performance so flat that it looks like he forgot they were filming; this show was destined to flop. Creators, Scott Buck and M. Raven Metzner (the geniuses behind stuff like Elektra), ignore the origin of Danny Rand and expect viewers to care about him or his powers without understanding what they are or where they come from.

Bottom line, if you’re going to have some kind of monk-ninja make throwing stars out of tin-foil that are strong enough to cut through steel, then you’re responsible for telling us how and why. Like so, viewers are haphazardly tossed into estranged set locations and the scenes of tension are so dependent on the soundtrack that you’d think they scored Iron Fist before they shot it. Though we still must endure Danny Rand on The Defenders, hopefully Netflix cancels the character’s solo show, and nobody hires Finn Jones ever again.

17. Grittier Is Better On The Punisher

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One of the most underrated movies of the 2000s was Jonathan Hensleigh’s, The Punisher. In it, Tom Jane played Frank Castle and John Travolta played a proper villain as the tyrannical Howard Saint in the first good R-Rated superhero movie of the millennium. You can’t avoid the fact that some comic books happen to be violent, and PG-13 versions of such are never well-received. Ryan Reynolds debut as Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was universally trashed by the comic book community for that very reason; this is what exposed the demand for the proper, ultra-violent Deadpool reboot made later. Steve Lightfoot’s version of The Punisher for Netflix doesn’t skimp on the brutality, either. Don’t be deterred by the fact that the Defenders were restrained, because this show is exceptionally violent, like Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth violent. Also, Jon Bernthal checks all the boxes for an authentic Frank Castle whose only superpower is being tougher than everyone else. We can also enjoy a stellar performance from Girls’ Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Castle’s sidekick, Micro.

16. Who Asked For Trailer Park Boys: Out Of The Park?

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Trailer Park Boys is a Canadian television series created by a comedy troupe of the same name, made up primarily of Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, and Mike Smith. The series premiered in 2001 and ran until 2008, until the trio purchased the rights to the show and brought new episodes to Netflix in 2014. There have also been three movies, touring shows, and several specials, so it’s safe to say there’s a good amount of material. As a result, the Boysmay be spread too thin because this time they miss by a mile with Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park.

Instead of their usual script-based content, Out of the Park is done in some sort of mockumentary style like Jacka*s without stunts or Amazing Race without a race. At times, the three guys are worth a chuckle, but applying their personalities to the real world comes off as artificial as they break character often. Any dull moments are filled with recycled jokes from the original series. I mean, you can only laugh at Julian not dropping his drink and Ricky being out of it so many times before the show becomes white noise. For diehard Trailer Park Boys fans, it’s even worse. The spin-off only discredits the characters as you watch them desperately reach for awkward jokes that barely land. On a better note, the regular series is still going strong and they just released their twelfth season, so whatever remaining fans they have can snack on that.

15. Big Mouth Is The Cartoon We Never Knew We Needed

via: Vulture

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney recently garnered a lot of attention on Broadway for Oh, Hello, and they’re keeping up with high expectations with the Netflix original, Big Mouth. Along with Mulaney and Kroll, the animated series is voiced by a supporting cast of comedy A-Listers including Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, and Jordan Peele. Big Mouth takes you back to your most embarrassing memories as a thirteen-year-old. The mature cartoon approaches every awkward junior high moment in a hilarious and filthy way that you can’t get enough of. Besides wildly creative, the cartoon about puberty is a great example of how to apply the same archetypes of other cartoons like Family Guy and The Simpsons while embracing the ability to be R-Rated on Netflix. In other words, Big Mouth is everything that F Is For Family is not, yet it’s also more imaginative than most animated series – it’s thoughtful, imaginative, and strikes real, familiar chords. Now that the comedy duo has succeeded with Broadway, sketch comedy, scripted series, standup, and animation, all that’s left is puppets and another Team America: World Police style film by Mulaney and Kroll would probably be gold.

14. Disjointed Was An Epic Fail

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Because Netflix casts such a large net to cover every genre, it’s no surprise that they’re gunning for the network sitcom market. So far, Netflix’s comedy department only scores with reboots or sequels of yesterday’s network hits like Arrested DevelopmentWet Hot American Summer, and Fuller House. Having said that, the Kathy Bates-led, multi-camera bag of garbage known as Disjointed serves as proof that Chuck Lorre is capable of failure and his kryptonite is either Netflix or illegal substances. As good as Bates is, she couldn’t make this even barely engaging. In a small effort to be groovy, Disjointed explores third-person omniscience in the same fashion of Beavis and Butthead’s meta approach of watching them watch music videos, except Beavis and Butthead were cool and Disjointed is superbly lame.

Silly shows like this are setting a new standard of inadequacy. Chuck Lorre failed to disguise Disjointed as a way to reach a new demographic, because this is just a way to make fun of a different group of people to Lorre’s already existing audience. It’s a feeble attempt to capitalize on a trending topic with a loose understanding of it, at best. You learn nothing, won’t laugh, and couldn’t care less. Predictable punchlines are lobbed at you like softballs; you WILL fall asleep during this show.

13. Love Is Dysfunctional And Addictive

via: Netflix

Judd Apatow has a way of making shows and films genuine, and that same empathetic quality we saw in Freaks and Geeks is what we get from the dark comedy, LoveLove stars Community’s Gillian Jacobs as Mickey and Paul Rust as Gus – Rust recently co-wrote Pee-wee’s Big Holiday with Paul Reubens. Gus and Mickey are perfect for each other, but their fears and idiosyncrasies pull them apart as you root for the former outcome. Gillian plays a sarcastic, cynical, free spirit and Rust plays a type-A, nerdy, aspiring screenwriter. They play it so well that you befriend them immediately and you suffer with them when they mess up. You’ll be tempted to fast forward just to see if they’re together at the end. Regardless of the result of their potential relationship status, we’ll take as much of the LA couple we can get. After all that praise, the real show-stealer might be Claudia O’Doherty, who plays Mickey’s gleeful roommate, Bertie – her joyous attitude becomes essential for balancing Gus and Mickey’s uncouth demeanor.

12. There Are Dozens Of Shows We’d Rather Bring Back Than Fuller House

via: Fandom

Without Netflix, the Full House sequel so cleverly titled Fuller House, wouldn’t happen. The reason Fuller House couldn’t exist on a network is because the place for it no longer exists on television – T.G.I.F. is over and there’s no longer a cast of complementary shows to support each other. Since the days for shows like Step By Step and Family Matters are over, it’s safe to assume that nobody wants them back. The idea for Fuller House was already officially ridiculous, and then you learn thatJohn Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are barely on the show. Eventually it becomes clear what creator, Jeff Franklin, is trying to do – derive a new show for a previous audience, but the old audience is too old for this show.

The nostalgia wears off quickly – basically the second the opening credits end.  There’s no avoiding the fact that your favorite characters aren’t really on it and Stephanie, D.J., and Kimmy don’t stand a chance at carrying a show without them. In a flawed attempt to replace the Olsen Twins‘ character, Fuller House offers a handful of child actors that are strikingly forgettable. The rest of the cast references their character Michelle several times to the point that it becomes transparent they’re begging for an Olsen to cave in and join the show. It’s humiliating. As for the end goal, we get it. They want to update the Full House family to fit into today’s culture. Too bad everyone’s already moved on to Modern Family.

11. It’s Worthless To Wait For Something To Happen In Flaked

via: Business Inisider

In the Netflix comedy, Flaked, Will Arnett is a trendy womanizer named Chip, and Chip accidentally took someone’s life while driving under the influence, so now he’s a recovering addict that rides a bike around Venice Beach. If you’re wondering how Flaked manages to make the audience empathize with such a character, don’t, because it doesn’t. The oxymoronic series is an on-the-surface look behind-the-scenes of AA meetings, but uses victims of addiction as a sympathetic crutch to support weak writing. Watching Robert Wisdom as the boilerplate mentor/trying to persuade Chip to be better is like watching a mall cop yell at a thirteen-year-old boy.

Without spoiling anything, I’ll say there are a few twists and turns to this show, but they do nothing but damage whatever integrity the show has left by the time you get to them. In other words, you can sense just how lost the writers were as they were probably picking plot points by throwing darts in the dark. Worst of all, Flaked takes itself very seriously, offering long takes, jeering dialogue, and a soundtrack of totally “with it” indie tracks that make Venice Beach seem like a giant hipster coffee house – if you haven’t been there, then know that Venice is nothing like whatever this is.

10. We Get The Best Bateman In Ozark

via: InStyle

After Bloodline concluded, Netflix was suddenly down a show about a dangerously dysfunctional family that’s also involved in a mystery. Like magical wizards, Mark Williams, Bill Dubuque, and Jason Bateman filled the void left by Bloodline with Ozark, and after season one, it looks like this modern crime drama could be even better. Laura Linney is great as Wendy Byrde, but Bateman was never better than he is in the role of her husband, Marty. It’s as if every other one of his roles was leading up to this one. Marty is a careful balance of stoic yet sarcastic, all-knowing yet risky, well-intentioned yet unlucky – this performance justifiably earned him a Golden Globe nomination. The reason Marty works so well is because the writers of Ozark crafted well rounded characters and a story with an abundance of conflicts and plot twists – you’re kept on your toes with this. One of the biggest upsets at the Globes this year was passing-over Julia Garner for her performance as Ruth Langmore. Every moment with Ruth is mesmerizing; expect at least a nomination for Garner for this role, next year. We should also note that Ozark ties off loose ends, and doesn’t depend on conventional cliffhangers to end its first season: we’re invested because this is genuinely satisfying television.

9. Lady Dynamite Is No Leading Lady

via: Vulture

Maria Bamford is a veteran in the comedy scene, but she’s restrained in her consistent roles as a side character. If you aren’t an established fan of Bamford from her standup, then you’ll likely find the Netflix series, Lady Dynamite, a bit off-putting. To its credit, Dynamite is oftentimes whimsical and joyous – it’s like Tim and Eric in the sense that it finds humor in the uncomfortable, except this doesn’t push the boundaries as much as it confuses them. Lady Dynamite was recently canceled, but Netflix needs to be careful making similar shows like it in the future.

From a business perspective, Netflix’s comedy department (if there is one) is smart to put their eggs in more than one basket by investing in obscure visionaries and unconventional indies along with the blockbuster multi-camera sitcoms. It makes sense to assume that Netflix stock becomes more worthwhile if they’re across the board when it comes to genres, because a wide range of shows certainly makes the subscriptions more valuable. Nevertheless, the streaming service needs to be more careful not to spread themselves too thin by forgetting that weird shows like Lady Dynamite aren’t as popular as familiar ones like Grace and Frankie.

8. We Hope There’s More Of Master Of None

via: Vanity Fair

Aziz Ansari first gained attention in the documentary-style sitcom, Parks and Recreation, and his popular standup specials hinted at the comedian being more than just another comedy actor. That being said, nothing prepared us for Ansari’s recent series, Master of None. The millennial generation of comedy talent is gradually making their presence known on television with shows like Broad CitySearch Party, and LoveMaster of None is an honest look at the life of a dreamer named Dev who does his best to look at life, love, relationships, race, religion, and gender through a lens of fairness and awareness. Joining Ansari is the always eventful Eric Wareheim as his buddy, Arnold.

Dev and Arnold offer the same humor you’d expect as fans of their previous roles, but the tone of the series gives you the sense that you’re actually spending a day in the life of these two actors real selves. More than that, Master of None combines its realism with homage to historical filmmaking as Dev rides his bicycle through Italy amidst long takes in black and white – Ansari doesn’t quite meet the requirements to be taken seriously like a De Sica film, but he deserves credit for trying to push the envelope in an effort to combine comedy and art.

7. Santa Clarita Diet Thinks Zombies Are A Joke

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If you’ve always thought that The Walking Dead wasn’t funny enough or The Goldbergs wasn’t gory enough, then Netflix has got the show for you. Santa Clarita Diet stars Drew Barrymore as a zombie housewife named Sheila, and Timothy Olyphant plays her still-living husband named Joel. The tongue-in-cheek tone of SCD is most comparable to that of HBO’s True BloodTrue Blood sparingly used campy moments to approach the idea of vampires existing with people out in the open, but True Blooddidn’t depend on this campiness.

TB was wildly popular because it was intense, exciting, and included captivating characters with fascinating conflicts. SCD on the other hand, takes True Blood’s subtle joke about “those who have passed getting along with the living” and turns it into one long-running gag that makes up the backbone for a commonplace suburban landscape. As the zombie wife, Barrymore is still charming at times, but watching her in some gory scenes is just plain gross. In the end, Santa Clarita Diet expects the audience to chalk off whatever isn’t explained (which is a lot) as simply, “this is what happens if your wife is a zombie.”

6. Stranger Things Can Do No Wrong

via: EW.com

Netflix doesn’t release their ratings, but a few third party companies used software to determine which original shows were pulling the most weight. Well, we don’t need software to know that the Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things is a massive hit for the streaming service, especially after the sickening Kevin Spacey scandal that ended House of Cards. The second season of the throwback thriller was a little bit muddled compared to the first, but this eighties nostalgia bomb was still so endearing and rewarding. Most of the second season’s flaws stem from introducing too many new elements without explaining a lot of our previous curiosities. There were several new characters with several new conflicts including another girl like Eleven with different powers, though we barely get a glimpse of this girl’s telekinetic ability before the season ends. In addition to that, we’re left where we started when it comes to the fate of the Upside Down. Is it one giant monster? Is there a queen Demogorgon like there was in Aliens? Why isn’t the rest of the world helping this small town fight these apocalyptic monsters? When all’s said and done, the lack of exposition in season two only gets us more hyped for season three.

5. It’s Time For Tina Fey To Move On From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

via: TheLonelyTribalist.com

The television comedy community lost a juggernaut when 30 Rock concluded after seven seasons and although Tina Feystayed in the limelight by hosting the Golden Globes with Amy Poehler, two years passed before she returned to a scripted series. Amidst the hype of her return, Fey initially scored with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but a 30 Rock replacement, it is not. Ellie Kemper plays the oh so chipper Kimmy who was taken, trapped in a bunker with a maniac (Jon Hamm) for fifteen years, and then impulsively moves to New York after she’s rescued.

The dynamic between the naive Kimmy and the gritty realness of New York lays the groundwork for a lot of comedy potential, but after three seasons, the shtick’s wearing off. Don’t get me wrong, there are certainly other shows on Netflix that are worse than this. The real reason to wish for Kimmy Schmidt to end is so Tina Fey could move on to do something else. Fey is a rare talent – it’s time for her to stop hosting the Golden Globes and to start winning them again.

4. Mindhunter Is Slaying The Other Netflix Shows

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If there was a dark horse for Netflix originals, then it’s Mindhunter, and if you weren’t convinced to binge it yet, then know that it has criminals FBI agents, and one of the best under-the-radar performances of the year from Jonathan Groff. Groff is a two-time Tony Award nominee and original cast member of Hamilton, was the voice of Kristoff in Frozen, and you’re going to see a lot more of him in the future. In Mindhunter, Groff plays Holden Ford, a newly appointed ambitious FBI agent that partners with veteran agent, Bill Tench played by Holt McCallany, and together they interview criminals in the early stages of criminal profiling during the late 1970’s.

It’s basically an insightful prequel to Criminal Minds. The best part is that the show is based on real-life experiences of FBI profiler, John E. Douglas, and the interviews they conduct are based on the real interviews with the real criminals like Ed Kemper and Jerry Brudos. True crime fans live for shows like this and Mindhunter is truly exceptional with a flawlessly paced, fully developed character arch in Holden that a show of any genre would be lucky to have.

3. We Hope Frontier Was As Cheap As It Looks

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Frontier comes off as one of the weaker Netflix originals from the get-go, and if you’re bored before the first episode is over, then give up while you’ve got the chance. I should note that history buffs and fans of Xena: Warrior Princess will love it. Don’t expect this to be an adventure show full of excitement; it’s more like a compilation of the dialogue scenes in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies where everyone’s talking to each other below deck of a ship when nobody is sword fighting. The early world setting in this show is comically inadequate.

Consistent avoidance of long shots make Frontier seem less like a trip back in time to the eighteenth century fur trade, and more like a bunch of people playing dress up in someone’s backyard. The Jason Momoa-led period piece is what it would look like if Brett Ratner made The Revenant. Sure, there’s a lot of violence, cursing, and old-fashioned costumes, but Frontier falls so short of the great epics it wants to emulate, such as GladiatorThe PatriotBraveheart. Unlike every successful epic tale, there no great hero to follow from ruin to triumph; this is just a bunch of characters that eventually grow to trust each other, and Jason Momoa is no leader of men.

2. Narcos Is The Best Cartel Drama Since Blow

via: Netflix

Narcos is on the shortlist for best overall Netflix original, but season two ended with what we were all dreading, the inevitable end of Pablo Escobar (not a spoiler because it’s history). It was upsetting to see Escobar go because Wagner Moura delivered the best performance of the Colombian to date. The first two seasons are must watch TV that proved Netflix could compete with originals on premium networks like HBO. It was hard to imagine the show without Escobar, and even harder to believe the show runners could cast a new cartel that would meet the same standards of the Medellin.

By the end of the first episode of the third season, you start to realize that the Cali Cartel is going to exceed your expectations and set a new standard for every show of any budget in the same subject matter wheelhouse. If you’re going to watch one movie or show all year about the history of the trade, then this is it; and, if you’re going to watch only one show regardless of its topic all year, then this is still the one. If you haven’t moved on from season two yet, then know that you’ll forget all about Escobar once you meet Pacho, played by Alberto Ammann. From the cinematography to the direction, Narcos is filmmaking firing on all cylinders.

1. Netflix Champs The New Year With A Risky New Show

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We’re not even two weeks into the new year and Netflix already nailed it with the new original series, The End Of The F****** World. Creator, Jonathan Entwistle delivers a cockney English millennial Bonnie and Clyde. Jessica Barden plays Alyssa, an apathetic law hater who runs away with Alex Lawther who plays James, an outcast and aspiring criminal. Simply put, the show is enthralling and the relationship between Alyssa and Alex is perfectly crazy without pushing the limits of reality as we bite our nails through eight roughly twenty minute episodes – I commend anyone with enough willpower to not finish this in one sitting. There lies the black comedy’s only flaw; it’s way too good to be this short, though British television often is. Be that as it may, any amount of this show is better than none. It’s just hard to accept that it’s out of your life so soon after entering it. For now, let’s just hope that Entwistle has more comparatively great ideas because Netflix will absolutely fund more seasons and future projects. At the very least, get Lawther and Barden the best agents money can buy.


Modder Turns A Nerf Gun Into A 20 Rounds Per Second Monster

Modder Turns A Nerf Gun Into A 20 Rounds Per Second Monster

 

Next time you need to win a Nerf war, make sure to bring this ridiculous Nerf rotary minigun, with a backpack that can hold 2,000 foam balls.

 


21 Crappy Knockoffs That Are Actually Kind Of Awesome

 

21 Crappy Knockoffs That Are Actually Kind Of Awesome

If you go to a street market in another country, there’s a chance you might see some crappy knockoffs. People like to laugh at the wrong names, the poor quality, and the strange design choices. But not me. See, I think there’s actually some sort of weird coolness within the crappy knockoffs that totally redeems them. I would much rather have a poor quality shirt that said “Super Mary” on it than the genuine article!

 


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25 Truly Great Movies With Absolutely Ingenious Plotlines

25 Truly Great Movies With Absolutely Ingenious Plotlines

 

Among the thousands of mediocre movies with predictable plots, there are true pearls of cinematic art that break the boundaries of tradition and stand out from the crowd.

Se7en

A pretty rough crime thriller about a psycho killer who punishes his victims for the deadly sins they commit. Before production, the studio bosses insisted on making slight changes to the conflict, namely re-writing the final scene. Nobody knows what would the movie have looked like if not for Brad Pitt, who refused to shoot in it if anyone tampered with the ending.

Fight Club

An office clerk suffering from insomnia and trying to do something with his unbearably boring life meets Tyler Durden, a charismatic soap trader living by a twisted philosophy. The final scenes of the movie are shocking, and the discoveries made by the characters will lead to unpredictable events.

Angel Heart

Harry Angel is a private investigator who receives an assignment from a mysterious aristocrat to locate a war veteran that failed to fulfill the terms of a certain agreement. After a promise of good payment, he agrees, but the case that looked easy at the first glance becomes ever more complicated and littered with corpses as Harry progresses to the ugly end.

Shutter Island

Two US Marshals go to an island in Massachusetts to investigate the disappearance of a patient from an asylum for criminally insane. During their investigation, the characters will have to face a web of lies, a natural disaster, and a riot of inmates. In addition to this, the ending scene will surely become a point of discussion between you and your friends.

The Mist

A horror drama by Frank Darabont, the famous creator of The Shawshank Redemption, is based on the book by Stephen King. It differs from the book in the final scene, which is one of the main plot twists. We won’t spoil the fun for you, but we want to say that King was content with such a turn of events — he even claimed that this was the original thought behind the misadventures of the book’s characters.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One day, an enormous fleet of alien starships arrives in Earth’s orbit and announces to the whole human race that their planet is to be demolished to make way for a luxurious interstellar bypass. This is a movie that will make you both laugh and pause to think; there is a grain of truth in every joke.

The Departed

Two of the best police academy graduates find themselves in a tricky situation — one is a mole in the police ranks, and the other is an undercover cop. Both of them think that it is his duty to destroy the opponent, but their twisted realities gradually change them from inside.

The Sixth Sense

This picture is about the terrible fate of a 9-year-old boy. There is literally nothing a kid his age can do alone, but when a brilliant psychologist comes to his aid, not thinking of him as a weirdo or mental like others do, the boy’s life becomes somewhat easier. He confides in the doctor and trusts him even more than his own mother. The unexpected finale of the movie is not really what it’s about — the attention should be focused on the feelings of the characters and the twists and turns of events.

The Life of David Gale

A law-abiding intellectual college professor, who is an activist against capital punishment is, ironically, sentenced to death for the murder of his colleague. This is a clever drama that tells us that justice may make fatal errors, and some people will stop at nothing in their fight for an idea.

The Best Offer

Like many adventure thrillers, The Best Offer has quite a standard and straightforward structure, and the viewer is likely to understand the gist at once. But, unlike other movies of this genre, it has its own catch. The director artfully twists the plot and mesmerizes all who watch this picture.

Law Abiding Citizen

The District Attorney strikes a deal with criminal offenders and lets them out of the prison. The man whose wife and child died at the hands of those murderers then decides to do justice himself and thus has revenge on the DA. He is caught and sent to prison, but all of a sudden, he says something that doesn’t make any sense — he will be killing without leaving his cell until his conditions are met. This would have been a laughable statement, but soon the police understand that they should have known better.

The Prestige

The action takes place in the middle of the 19th century when mystery is all around, and the focus of everyone’s attention are magic tricks. Robert and Alfred are old-time friends and illusionists, but their career paths make them adversaries. They blow up each other’s performances, sniff out the trade secrets, and eventually become blood enemies. This movie is for all who love unexpectedness, non-triviality, and fresh, new views.

A Beautiful Mind

From worldwide recognition to the depth of sin — John Forbes Nash, Jr. had seen it all. As a math genius, he made enormous gains in the game theory that brought new revolutions and an international reputation. However, the arrogant womanizer mathematician gets a blow that will change his life forever.

The Others

The Others is one of the most breathtaking movies of its genre. There are few pictures like it — with no erotics, gore, or other action, it enchants the viewers with its magnificent plot. The climax leaves you at a loss for words. The setting and acting make you believe that you are not watching a movie, but living through the story along with the characters, trying to find out the truth.

The Usual Suspects

A company of bad guys assault a boat with another company of bad guys, and after the clash, there is only one survivor. He is the only clue for the investigator who wants desperately to find the mastermind behind the whole operation, a mysterious villain named Keyser Soze. This is a great opportunity to play detective for those who haven’t watched the movie yet.

Looper

A really puzzling action movie about the future, where some bandits have learned how to send unwanted individuals back in time. Like any picture based on time-travelling, this one has its own fragile logic, but don’t think about it too hard — just watch and have fun.

Memento

Leonard Shelby is luxuriously dressed and drives a brand new Jaguar, but he lives in shabby motels. His aim in life is to find his wife’s killer. However, he is hampered by anterograde amnesia, a rare condition that makes him forget everything that happened more than fifteen minutes ago while still remembering all that happened before the murder. Thus, his companions are a Polaroid camera and the tattoos that cover his body.

The Game

The dynamic and unexpected plotline in combination with the eccentric atmosphere make this movie a true masterpiece among thrillers. The climax is quite predictable, but it doesn’t spoil the fun whatsoever. Besides, the way the director leads the viewers to the grand finale is really all but conventional.

Lucky Number Slevin

Slevin is unfortunate: his house is foreclosed, and his girlfriend has left him for another man. Nick, Slevin’s friend, offers a place to live in his apartment while he’s away from New York. A crime lord called The Boss finds Slevin, mistaking him for Nick. The Boss bids him to avenge his son’s murder by killing the heir of The Rabbi, The Boss’s former partner.

Deja Vu

The title of this one says a lot about the contents of the picture itself. Both the director and the scriptwriter are in it to make time traveling as plausible as they can. All in all, what you see here is a really good action picture with the elements of a close-to-life sci-fi.

Vanilla Sky

Life is strange sometimes — you begin a very usual day, and end in a bag of ice enjoying the view of the vanilla skies over your head. Nobody could see it coming. It’s really true that everything could change in a flash.

Secret Window

“Johnny Depp“ and ”based on the novel by Stephen King" are the key words that will make you watch this movie and put off all of the work you might have for later.

The Skeleton Key

Imagine you have a key that opens any door — any at all. It seems like a blessing that would give you a lot of opportunities. But would you risk opening every door?

Inception

If you like light and easy movies, this one is definitely not for you. If you are a true movie connoisseur and would love to spend two and a half hours thinking really hard, and then at least half an hour more getting over it, then you should watch Inception.

Moon

Sam’s contract is nearing its end — he has spent three years on the moon, supervising the automated rare gas mining station. Three long years in the sole company of an artificial intelligence called GERTY are bound to change a person. Two weeks before his departure and returning home to Earth, Sam meets his shift relief.


Here's A Really Cool Hack On How To Tie A Tie

Here's A Really Cool Hack On How To Tie A Tie

 

You can always do it the classic way, but this is way more fun.


14 Questions 'Avengers: Infinity War' Needs To Answer (And Probably Will)

14 Questions 'Avengers: Infinity War' Needs To Answer (And Probably Will)

 

Spoiler Alert

First of all, I’d like to say this is all about the movies and the trailer of the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War, and not the comics.

Second of all, can we just thank God for Chris Evans? Okay? Cool…

Third of all, this is not a serious article. I did not do research about all of it but after re-watching almost all of the Marvel movies… I have so many questions.

1- Where the hell does Thanos come from? And why is he such a bitch?

Who hurt the “man” enough for him to want to destroy the whole world? Or is it only Earth? Or maybe he just wants to control everything… See what I’m talking about? I don’t get it. Oh, and (spoiler alert) is Nebula actually going to try to kill him? Because she said so in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II and, to be honest, that would just be very helpful for our own little team, the Avengers.

2- Is Quicksilver really gone?

Alright, so this one is a bit far-fetched… but we all know the way he died was… well… it sucked. There were rumors about how he could not be dead, but I seriously doubt it. Although we would all like a big family reunion, it seemed we’d have to stick with Evan Peters' interpretation of Quicksilver for the X-men movies… Wait… It’s all connected now, isn’t it?

3- Scarlet Witch and Vision… is that a real thing? Oh and how does he become human by the way?

We all knew while watching Captain America: Civil War that there was a little something going on, which just seemed a bit strange at first but now, watching the trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie and seeing how Vision is, well, how do I put this? Not purple anymore? It certainly shows us a more human side of him and well, I’ll guess we have to wait and find out.

4- What is going on between Tony and Pepper?

I am really confused after seeing the ending of Spiderman: Homecoming where (spoiler alert) Tony has to ask Pepper to marry him in front of a press conference because our lovely Peter Parker refused to take his rightful place in the Avengers, but we know for a fact that their relationship was not going well after Tony’s saying in Captain America: Civil War. I need some explanations.

5- How the hell does Spidey always gets in trouble first, and alone?

I really hope I’m not the only one who’s really impressed by Peter Parker’s capacity of always jumping into trouble without thinking about the fact that he’s a 15-year-old boy. Once again, the trailer showed us a really, really, naive Parker who thinks he can beat Thanos, by himself, perhaps? We get it Peter, you’re the human form of a spider but… don’t you think you should wait for the grown-ups first? (I’m totally joking. Spiderman is one of my favorite characters. Don’t kill me please).

6- How will Thanos get the yellow stone from Vison’s head?

it will probably go a bit like this

Following question three of this brilliant article, we do see, in the trailer, Vision in a human form… and he still has the stone on his forehead? But we do see him again, still purple, getting pretty much tortured and he still has the stone? Do you get the confusion here? What happens? Does he keep it? Does Thanos get it from him? Or maybe the two of them don’t even meet? We don’t know and we can’t wait to know.

7- What is really going to happen if all the stones are reunited on the glove?

We get that the stones, each and every of them, are very powerful. They can easily destroy everything, so does that mean that if Thanos gets all of them, he will be unstoppable? Does it mean he’s going to have the chance to destroy the world and no one will be able to stop him?

Why do I ask questions I know the answers of?

8- Are the rumors about Captain America dying true?

Hear me out. Not so long ago, we were told Steve was going to die in the third Captain America movie, which is now obviously not true, but could this be it? Rogers has already done a lot and he is the kind of guy that will sacrifice everything to save the ones he loves and especially, the whole planet. So, will we see a courageous and brave Steve giving his life for humanity?

#IHopeNot #IWillCryLikeABaby

9- If so, will Bucky take his place?

This was another rumor that was going around a few years ago. Sebastian Stan, the actor who plays the role of Bucky Barnes AKA The Winter Soldier, said himself that he would enjoy that scenario, but does that mean it will happen? Does Barnes really have the courage to take his best friend’s place and role in the Avengers? Or even, can he? We all know that the character is somewhat unstable, so if Captain dies, will we see a new fresh and clean Bucky Barnes?

10- Am I the ONLY one who really wants to get some Banner/Romanov action? And how the hell does Bruce gets himself involved with Doctor Strange?

Once again, another ongoing romance that has been really lightly touched. We know that they both like each other and that Romanov is the only person that will ever calm the Hulk, but what is really going on between them? Let’s just hope we see a bit more in this future movie… but let’s not hope too much since the trailer shows us a really confused Doctor Strange finding another really confused Bruce Banner. How did that happen? Another alliance is forming and I’m here for it!

11- Loki + Tesseract?

Perhaps Loki is just horribly failing at being a good “god” again? We knew (spoiler alert) at the end of Thor: Ragnarok that he had taken the Tesseract, so what does he plan to do with it? Is he still on and about ruling the world? Who does he want to kill now? Hasn’t he killed pretty much everybody? Will he join us on the ride to getting rid of Thanos, or will he sit and watch, mischievous smile on his face?

12- Captain America’s New Feature, Rocking That Beard?

I have heard a ton of rumors about this one, but one really stuck to me: in every movie, when the good guy wants to rebel, he grows a beard. So, it’s not as much a theory as a fact. We all know that after Civil War, Steve has come a long way to fight for what he believes in and it just didn’t work out. Is that beard a symbol of rebellion or just a symbol of pure and simple change? Is Rogers getting even more badass or did he just forgot to pack a razor to Wakanda?

13- Someone explain to me what the creatures we see in the trailer are, please?

We all saw the trailer. If you didn’t, you shouldn’t have read through all those questions… Anyways, we see Captain America’s team fighting some kind of alien, which we have no idea where they come from yet… but somehow I imagined the movie being all about Thanos, so does he have little friends to come and help him? Or are those a whole new problem we will have to face?

Man, planet Earth is so not lucky.

14- Bucky Barnes? New Arm? Back From Being Frozen?

Last and not the least, our wonderful long-haired Russian weapon is back. So, if you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War you wouldn’t know that Bucky has lost his metal arm in a fight with Iron Man and that he asked to be frozen at the end of the movie, in Wakanda, because he was afraid of what he would do. Now that you know… how did they help him? How did they clean his memory from the mind control that Hydra had executed on him? Is the fact that there is no more red star on his brand new arm means he’s finally free from his past? I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

Once again, these are all based on either the movies or the trailer for the upcoming movie Avengers: Infinity War, and please, I am in no way an expert in Marvel Comics, so don’t judge my lack of information!

 


The Vertical Take-Off Plane Is One Of The Coolest Feats In Aviation Engineering

The Vertical Take-Off Plane Is One Of The Coolest Feats In Aviation Engineering

 

For real-life sci-fi, we don't have to look any further than the plane that doesn't require a runway to take off.

 


10 Acts Of Astonishing Charity Performed By Ordinary People

10 Acts Of Astonishing Charity Performed By Ordinary People

 

Amazing acts of kindness and charity can completely transform lives and bring light to what can often seem to be a dark world. While World Kindness Day may be a long way off (November 13), it is always worth celebrating society’s unsung heroes.

Time and time again, ordinary people come through for one another. The Good Samaritans on this list have made incredible sacrifices to help others—whether it was time, money, food, clothing, or shelter. These people are not rich or famous. But they still went above and beyond to help those in need.

 

10 Phil Packer’s Marathon

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In 2008, British soldier Phil Packer was wounded in Basra, Iraq, during a rocket attack. Doctors told him that he would never walk again because of his spinal cord injury. However, thanks to Major Packer’s determined attitude, he proved his doctors completely wrong. A series of grueling training sessions, many of which lasted four to six hours per day, primed the military man for the London Marathon.

Around 50,000 steps later, covering over 42 kilometers (26 mi) of circuit, Packer triumphantly crossed the finish line. Doctors insisted that he only walk a maximum daily distance of 3 kilometers (2 mi). Propelled by nothing more than crutches and sheer willpower, it took him almost two weeks to complete the marathon. The exhausting training sessions had left their mark, though. Even before commencing the race, Packer was plagued by back problems.[1]

However, it was all worth it. Packer raised a staggering £637,000 for Help For Heroes—a charity for wounded servicemen and military vets.

His charitable pursuits did not end there. That same year, the major scaled El Capitan (aka The Chief) in Yosemite National Park. From base to summit, the granite rock formation is some 900 meters (3,000 ft).

In 2010, Packer completed another London Marathon. He also performed the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the telethon show Sport Reliefand founded his own charity, BRIT, for embattled youngsters. In 2015, yet again, this machine of a man managed to complete the London Marathon—this time in just 14 hours.

9 The 14 Cows

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In the terrible aftermath of 9/11, a tribe in Kenya wanted to show its support for the United States and its people. The tribe, known as the Masai, donated one of its most precious resources—cows. They use the sacred animal to produce milk as well as fashion clothing and decorations. Cow dung is even put to use in waterproofing the tribe’s housing.

So, in 2002, the tribal elders gathered together and blessed 14 cows. The tribesmen held aloft signs that read, “To the people of America, we give these cows to help you,” as they danced around the baffled bovine. The herd was then handed over to William Brancick, the former US embassy deputy head in Kenya.[2]

This act was a major gesture of goodwill. The Masai, who know little of North American cities or their towering skyscrapers, bestowed one of their most prized possessions.

Unfortunately, logistical issues prevented the cows from journeying to America. Following years of indecision, US diplomats decided to leave the cows in Kenya and devise a scholarship program. The offspring of the cows funded 14 high school scholarships for local tribespeople. The scholarship program continues to this day.

 

8 Hairdresser To The Homeless

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Mark Bustos is not only a hairdresser to the stars but also a hairdresser to the homeless. Bustos works for Three Squares Studio, one of the most lavish hairdressers in all of New York City. The famed establishment boasts a client list of top celebs, including Naomi Campbell, Chris Evans, and Aaron Paul.

On Sundays, the self-proclaimed “humanit-HAIR-rian” is often seen giving free haircuts to the homeless of Union Square. He has also traveled around San Diego looking for destitute Americans to help.

His Instagram feed is full of pictures of “before and after” haircuts along with stories of his many homeless clients. One picture shows a Texas man named Shane (aka Frankenstein).[3] Shane fell on hard times after moving to San Diego to find work. Bustos first met the destitute man when he was scrawling a message on some cardboard:

Just a few moments after I exited off of the freeway, Shane was right there, with a sign that had one word on it—one word that we all don’t ever want to feel . . . but know the feeling very well. One word that far too many human beings and living creatures die from every single day. His sign simply said, “HUNGRY.”

Bustos prides himself on boosting the confidence of those down on their luck. Some of his clients have even managed to get their lives back together and find work. He is reminded of one homeless man’s response to receiving a free haircut: “Do you know somebody who is hiring? I’m ready to get a job.”

The entrepreneur tells another story of Joe, whom he first met in Union Square. Joe was trying to find shelter from the elements when Bustos offered him a stylish new haircut. Years later, the pair was reunited under happier circumstances:

“This year, I visited the Harlem YMCA to provide haircuts for the men living there. Coincidentally, Joe was first in line for his haircut and was in a bit of a rush because he didn’t want to be late for work.”

7 Le Book Humanitaire

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Winning the Quebecois lottery completely transformed Rachel Lapierre’s life. While most people would splash the cash on themselves, Rachel had more altruistic ambitions. Upon discovering her lottery win, she quit her job as a full-time nurse and followed her philanthropic dreams. Bagging a handsome 1,000 Canadian dollars ($780 USD) per week for life, Lapierre, a former beauty queen, used the funds to create her own nonprofit foundation.

The Quebecois woman created a Facebook page that emphasized the plight of Canada’s less fortunate. Members of the public were invited to donate Christmasbaskets, blankets, clothes, school equipment, and bicycles.

However, the nonprofit does not survive on material possessions or money alone. A helper’s time is considered just as important: “It’s not only about material things. You might end up driving a cancer patient to a doctor’s appointment,” stated Lapierre.[4]

Set up in 2013, Lapierre’s nonprofit has spent around $70,000 on operations and galvanized thousands of volunteers. Much of the organization’s time, money, and donations go to improving schools, hospitals, and impoverished communities.

6 The Walking Man

James Robertson went beyond the call of duty to keep himself in a state of employment. The Detroit man walked a whopping 34 kilometers (21 mi) each day to get to and from work. Come rain, snow, cold, wind, or shine, James was always prepared for work and did not miss a single day.

James first came to the public’s attention when the Detroit Free Press ran a story on him. Readers heard the tale of the “Walking Man.” James would get up in the early hours of the morning to get a head start. He needed it. His morning walk, including a brief bus journey, would take around five hours to complete. He was destined to make this trek for a decade.[5]

Even so, James’s positive spirit kept him going. During evening shifts, he operates an injection-molding machine at Schain Mold & Engineering. He enjoys his work, loves his colleagues and boss, and never once complained about getting a mere two to three hours of sleep each night.

Hearing of James’s astonishing work ethic, a local student created a GoFundMe campaign to ease the man’s punishing commute. The target goal of $25,000, set by Evan Leedy, was a breeze. Over 13,000 people donated $350,000 within a week of the campaign commencement. At this point, not wanting to be greedy, James called for the campaign’s early close.

James was also helped by Blake Pollock, a bank vice president. The two first met when Pollock saw the factory worker trudging through the snow one morning on his way to work. Pollock would often stop and offer James a ride in his car. Pollock helped his friend select a new car (a Ford Taurus) and organized James’s new living arrangements. He then asked colleagues to set up a trust account for the GoFundMe donations.

In the end, the Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights dealership gave James his Ford vehicle for free.

The whole ordeal also highlighted the deficiencies in Detroit’s public transportation network. Thanks to the media attention, changes to the city’s transport links have improved the lives of other Detroiters.

 

5 No Good Deed Goes Unrewarded

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When a homeless man offered his last $20 to a woman stranded on the highway, he could not have anticipated the response.

Kate McClure stopped on Philadelphia’s Interstate 95 after running out of gasoline. Seeing McClure in a panicked state and without any money, Johnny Bobbitt Jr. offered to fetch some gas from a nearby station. The chivalrous man walked 3 kilometers (2 mi) to buy the fuel with his last $20. McClure says that Bobbitt’s generosity was completely unprecedented.

Bobbitt, a Marine vet and trainee paramedic, became homeless in 2016. After a job opportunity fell through, Bobbitt eventually encountered money problems, had minor run-ins with the law, and started taking drugs.[6]

McClure went on to make return trips to I-95, searching for Bobbitt to repay the money. She also gave him winter clothing, water, and extra cash to buy food. Not wanting her rescuer to become cold over the winter, McClure set up a GoFundMe page with her story.

The donations poured in thick and fast, surpassing the original $10,000 goal. Over 14,000 donations later, Kate’s campaign had raised more than $400,000. Some of the proceeds were used to put a roof over Bobbitt’s head. The remaining money was put into a series of trusts, which will be overseen by a financial adviser while Bobbitt searches for a new job.

McClure’s “pay it forward” approach looks set to continue as Bobbitt has already donated some of his money to another homeless man.

4 Paralyzed Man Forgoes Chance To Walk

In 2009, Daniel Black was badly wounded in a cycling accident. The British man was left paralyzed after a motorist collided with his bicycle. For years, Dan needed continuous assistance from his mother, who was forced to give up work to support him.

Over a number of years, a family friend helped to raise thousands of pounds to pay for Dan’s surgery. It was hoped that he would get the opportunity to walk again one day with the aid of stem cell therapy.

However, Dan would soon learn of a disabled boy named Brecon Vaughan. The five-year-old suffers from spastic diplegia cerebral palsy (aka Little’s Disease). The condition presents with increased muscle tone, leading to stiff muscles and coordination issues, particularly in the legs. Spastic diplegia occurs through damage to or abnormal development of the region of the brain that controls motor function.

When locals started raising money for young Brecon, Black felt compelled to contribute his own savings. He donated £20,000 to Brecon’s surgery, representing about a third of the overall campaign goal.[7]

Eventually, Brecon traveled to the United States for his surgery. He is now walking without the use of his walking frame and has the independence to go to school. Meanwhile, Daniel’s sacrifice was celebrated at the 2013 Pride of Britain Award. Incredibly, the humble man did not feel his donation was particularly noteworthy:

“I don’t see myself as worthy of an award because, to me, it wasn’t really anything that major. If more people did more sort of good things, then it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.”

3 Cassie Swirls

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Wielding an arsenal of acrylic paints and glitter, a five-year-old girl is on a mission to help the less fortunate.

Cassandra Gee (aka Cassie Swirls) started painting when she was just three years old. The girl’s mother, Linda, painted for a hobby. She handed her daughter paints and a canvas in the hopes of keeping her little one busy. Cassie’s efforts left her mother stunned: “Oh, my God. That’s better than mine.”

Art lovers first heard of Cassie’s work on Facebook when Linda was researching art classes for her talented daughter. Buyers started lining up as Cassie’s paintings started to gain notoriety, and many of the paintings sold for hundreds of dollars.

Most kids would have pocketed the money and bought candy. But Cassie auctioned off her paintings and donated the proceeds to a slew of charities. The Royal Society for the Blind, the Trailblazer Foundation, and Cancer Council Australia are just a few of the charities to which Cassie Gee has donated money.

In March 2017, Cassie started giving coloring pens and pencil cases to impoverished children as part of the “Got A Pen?” campaign. The following month, she pledged $40 each month to the Bodhicitta Foundation, an NGO that aims to protect vulnerable women and children throughout India. Cassie then donated $100 each to a children’s hospital and a conservation charity for giant pandas.[8]

2 Stephen’s Story

 

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Stephen Sutton was just 15 when doctors told him that he had incurable bowel cancer. In 2013, with just over a year to live, Stephen made a “bucket list” of things to do before he died. He devised Stephen’s Story, his own blog, and published a list of 46 goals.

He played the drums at London’s Wembley Stadium in front of thousands of football fans. He also performed a tandem skydive, crowd-surfed in a rubber dingy at the Slam Dunk Festival, visited CERN, hugged an elephant, organized a charity soccer match, and took part in a flash mob. The list goes on.

However, the No. 1 spot on Stephen’s bucket list would propel him to notoriety. He pledged to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The straight-A student harnessed his keen understanding of social media to promote his cause. Suffice it to say, his lofty target was quickly surpassed. With the help of a few celebrities, Stephen raised a staggering £3.2 million.[9]

In 2014, Stephen died. His mother, Jane Sutton, accepted her son’s MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). She continues her son’s incredible legacy, raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Jane successfully completed the 2015 London Marathon and helped organize the release of a charity single, “Hope Ain’t a Bad Thing.”

1 Hailey’s Harvest

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At the tender age of five, most youngsters are playing video games or nagging their parents for candy. Hailey Fort is very different. The Washington girl saw a man sleeping rough and decided she wanted to do whatever she could to help.

Fort’s Facebook page, “Hailey’s Harvest,” chronicles her many charitable pursuits. Hailey started out discussing her passion for growing food, much of which she donated to the homeless. In a 2014 post, she describes Billy Ray, a man who had been homeless for eight years:

“This is Billy Ray. I have known him for three years. He was the first person I donated food to from my garden. He is a double amputee from his time in the military. He has been homeless off and on for eight years—that is my whole life. He is very nice.”[10]

Hailey’s page is full of similar “Donation Day Stories.” She would set goals of how much food she could harvest before handing it over to the homeless. When winter was approaching, Hailey and her mother often encouraged Kitsap County residents to donate warm clothes and sleeping bags. The pair would then drive around in their van—stuffed to the brim with coats, mittens, toiletries, water, and snacks—and give out donations to the cold and hungry.

Many of Hailey’s street-bound friends were veterans. Upon learning that 40 percent of the male homeless population had served in the armed forces, Hailey made a point of honoring Veterans Day.

In 2015, Hailey hit the national headlines. After reading an NPR article about homelessness, she vowed to build a dozen homeless shelters. A GoFundMe campaign was launched to support the noble project, raising over $60,000.

Using wooden pallets donated by Lowe’s, Hailey got to work. Her first mobile shelter featured a door, windows, curtains, insulated walls, vinyl flooring, roof tiles, and drip rails. Hailey constructed every part of the house while her grandfather, a contractor, oversaw the ambitious build. She then worked with the Housing and Homelessness Program to find a suitable location for the miniature home.

To this day, Hailey continues to produce hundreds of pounds of food for the homeless. The young girl’s garden has now quadrupled in size.


A Really Cool Time-Lapse Of A Guy Building A Log Cabin From Scratch By Hand

A Really Cool Time-Lapse Of A Guy Building A Log Cabin From Scratch By Hand

From the cutting of the first tree to the laying of the last floorboard.


10 Most Unfiltered Commentary Tracks

10 Most Unfiltered Commentary Tracks

 

 

The concept of the commentary track as a special feature for movies and television shows is on its way out. After all, physical media is giving way to streaming. Creators of content primarily meant for streaming haven’t bothered much with recording them since a brief experiment with it for the first season of Netflix’s House of Cards,[1] and in light of relatively recent revelations, it’s unlikely any content providers want to emulate that program.

This is a bit of a pity. Sure, many commentary tracks are unbearably dull, particularly those which are nothing but feature length self-congratulations. But something about being in that booth during the recording session can cause some entertainers, even celebrities, to completely drop their public relations persona and let their anger out in entertaining ways. Podcasts wish they could get such uninhibited sound bytes.

 

10 ‘The Principal And The Pauper’
Commentators: Ken Keeler, Matt Selman, Etc.

“The Principal and The Pauper,” from Season Nine of The Simpsons, was one of the most derided episodes from the golden era of the show. That’s especially true among people involved in making it, such as show creator Matt Groening and voice actor Harry Shearer.[2] The revelation that fan favorite character Principal Seymour Skinner was actually a completely different veteran pretending to be Seymour Skinner was both made irrelevant by the end of the episode and considered an arbitrary betrayal of what fans felt they knew about the show. All this criticism was front and center when it came time to make special features for the DVD.

The writers and producers directly responsible for the episode start off with a bit where they discuss whose idea it was to ruin the show. Then they yell at the hypothetical fans, “For God’s sake . . . let us try something different!”

Ken Keeler, who pitched the episode and wrote the first draft, then takes over much of the rest of the track. He blames much of the fact that it wasn’t clearer that the theme of the episode was about people who want everything to stay the same on changes from his original script. The subject of the conversation then wanders over to saying “isn’t it strange” about the fact that people care about TV shows and the characters in them. It’s the rare track where a lot of the running time is spent criticizing the listener.

Dead Right
Commentators: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

For the special edition of his 2007 hit Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright pulled out all the stops in terms of filling the DVDs with special features. He not only included a feature-length home movie that he made in 1996 while still going secondary school, but he recorded two commentary tracks.[3] For one, he forced the stars of Hot Fuzz to watch Wright’s home-made police procedural parody, even though neither of them had even met the director when he made it. Dead Right features all the lame jokes, bad pacing, dismal, washed out colors, and bad sound quality you’d expect from a comedic student film shot on video, so naturally Pegg and Frost have resentment to burn.

They start the track off calling the film a “piece of sh—” and riffing on the movie in a MST3K-style, but before long, they lose the will to do even that and start saying things like, “I want to kill myself.” Frost picks up a particularly edgy habit of commenting on the breasts of the various actresses who appear in the movie. The first time, Pegg points out to him that the actress in the video was 15, but Frost brushes it off by saying, “Yeah, but not now.” By the end, they begin breaking down into mocking laughter at the thought that anyone would ever enjoy watching it. It’s likely that no one else watched Dead Right until Edgar Wright forced Pegg and Frost to do so as his sadistic way of coping with being fired from directing Ant Man.

 

A Million Ways To Die In The West
Commentators: Seth McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild

Warning: NSFW

Of all the movies featured here, this one by far took the worst beating from film critics, and only one other might have been more attacked by audiences. Many of the criticisms of this 2014 film centered around what was felt to be an indulgent performance and story by auteur Seth McFarlane.[4]

Consequently, much of the commentary track is devoted to salving McFarlane’s bruised ego. He attacks critics for saying that he’s a frat boy comedian, finding the whole idea of such a thing ridiculous since, supposedly, frat boys don’t go for a neurotic field like comedy. The commentators also accuse critics of writing their reviews in advance.

What seems to push the whole conversation over the top is when McFarlane tells his associates about one bad review for Ted, which said he “mercifully” kept himself out of the movie. Charlize Theron then tells those hypothetical critics who might be listening, “I just want to tell you f—ers, you can suck my c—.” So far, there’s no evidence that she’s gone that far in any talk show interviews.

Patton
Commentator: Francis Ford Coppola

Even before he became immortalized for directing 1972’s The Godfather, which is still widely believed to be the best movie ever made, Francis Ford Coppola was a wunderkind. His screenplay for the World War II epic Patton won him an Academy Award that blew away the tarnish of such bombs as Finian’s Rainbow,[5] so it would seem only natural to have his perspective for the film’s 40th anniversary release. The problem was that the producers had him alone for three hours, and he wasn’t involved in the production of the film itself, which is where the most interesting stories related to making a movie usually occur.

As a result, Coppola uses up all his interesting anecdotes about the history and storytelling choices that went into the screenplay before the movie is one quarter over and then has to struggle to think of things to say, grumbling about how talking about a movie that he only wrote the screenplay for is “like doing commentary on the Parade of Roses the day after it happened.” He becomes digressive enough that he begins making observations like how the Russians must have hidden all their beautiful women behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. However true that might have been, it’s probably not what all the World War II buffs and film students who would listen to this track were looking for.

6Dazed And Confused
Commentator: Richard Linklater

This 1993 film that vividly recreated a day in the life of some teenagers in Austin, Texas, during the US bicentennial introduced audiences to many of the biggest upcoming stars of the coming era, including Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, and Ben Affleck. It was also the first studio film for the future director of School of Rock, the Before trilogy, and Boyhood, Richard Linklater. He’d just released one of the pioneer films of the 1990s indie film movement, Slacker, which famously inspired Kevin Smith’s Clerks.[6] Anyone who has seen those movies or heard him in an interview knows that Linklater either is or likes to present himself as a relatively laid-back film director. That’s not the case here at all.

To hear Linklater describe it on this 2006 Criterion Collection release, the studio was not shy about reminding him that he was a neophyte. For example, he claims his request to include a helicopter shot in the end of the film was treated with condescension so cruel that they practically laughed at him. Initial test audiences weren’t much kinder, supposedly responding to being asked what they thought of the ending with, “What ending?” This claim is corroborated by Ben Affleck in the special features, who says he was almost recruited for a test screening audience for his own movie by someone who dismissed the film as being about “teenagers having sex in cars.”

But the scene that most gets under Linklater’s usually pretty thick skin is a shot which features an extra in the background playing foosball and recklessly spinning the paddles. Linklater asserts that because 1976 was a time when foosball players treated it as practically a sport, that extra was a “dipsh—.” Perhaps that’s not an unusual feeling for directors to have about particularly overzealous extras, but it’s not often recorded.

 

Gone Girl
Commentator: David Fincher

In 2015, it became a minor revelation online just how candid the notoriously meticulous director David Fincher often is on commentary tracks and in interviews, resulting in screencaps with subtitles from his commentary tracks going viral on Tumblr. Yet even by his standards, Fincher’s gloves were off for the 2014 thriller Gone Girl, in between the fascinating insights into his creative process, of course.

Even before the movie starts, Fincher gets a shot in by saying that during editing, they learned that Regency Pictures needs to “get a new logo.” Early on, he describes how his crew spent weeks scouting the shooting location for the movie and settled on Cape Girardeau, Missouri. He happened to tell Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn about this, and she told him that it had been the place that had inspired the story, which left Fincher with a feeling he describes as, “You don’t have to keep it a f—ing secret!” He also finds time to speculate based on how well Ben Affleck could improvise a fake phone call during a scene that he would be very good at covering his affairs. This comment was recorded before it became public that Affleck was doing just that.[7]

But most memorable are Fincher’s thoughts on a scene where Neil Patrick Harris’s character parks his car. Fincher addresses the claims that he is notorious for doing a staggering number of takes for his scenes. He says that a particular shot of the car stopping right in the middle of the frame took him only two takes and concludes “so go f— yourselves.” Surely, this will be an inspirational quoteused in film schools for generations to come.

Bowling For Columbine
Commentators: Various Interns And Production Assistants

When it came time to create special features for this controversial, Academy Award–winning 2002 gun control documentary, Michael Moore must have felt it was a perfectly populist idea to forgo recording a commentary track himself in favor of letting some of the minor crew members do so. After all, these are the people who you never hear on commentary tracks. The problem was that his selection of people happened to be such an obnoxious bunch that if it came to light that the track was secretly recorded by the National Rifle Association to alienate Moore’s fans, it would not be a surprise.

Among the many low points is when they insult a police officer who Michael Moore is trying to interview for turning his head away from the polemicist because “he didn’t understand.” In one scene, Moore asks a spokesperson for Lockheed-Martin whether there’s a connection between the mass shooting at Columbine High School and the fact the that there was a local factory producing missiles. When spokesperson Evan McCollum says he doesn’t see a connection between those two elements, one of the commenters concludes the only reason he wouldn’t is that he’s “brainwashed,” and another puts on a mocking dumb voice to say “because I get paid not to think!” (It was probably actually because the factory was manufacturing rockets to launch television satellites.[8]) About all there is to learn from the commentary is that one of them found a particular statistic in “a book of facts” that she keeps telling everyone is coming. How it ever saw a commercial release is hard to imagine

3‘The Last Episode’
Commentators: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson

Warning: NSFW

In 2000, Kevin Smith was at the height of his professional clout with his highly successfully “Askewniverse” collection of connected comedies that were very edgy for their time. When ABC adapted his breakout hit Clerks into an animated series, that clout turned out to mean very little in the world of network television at the time. Only six episodes were produced, and of that modest run, only two were aired.[9] You might think problems with the network contributed to the angry tone of this track from a filmmaker who usually records casual, pleasant commentaries. However, it turns out that almost all the real animosity he expresses seems to be directed at one person who had nothing to do with that.

A few minutes into the episode, Smith begins describing how one of the network lawyers sat in on the table read for the final episode (a pastiche of the classic 1953 Merrie Melodies cartoon Duck Amuck). Then, in the elevator, while members of the production were present, he very sarcastically said, “Oh, I get it. Jay and Silent are drawing the cartoon. Ha ha ha.”

Apparently, this drove Smith berserk because his insults toward that person range from saying, “I hate that f—ing jerk” to “animal child rapist.” Smith says he wishes he could name the person but never does. When the other commenters try to change the subject, Smith won’t let it go and says, “Let’s go back to that thin-mustached lawyer.” He then recounts when he met that person again at a bar in New York City just before the show premiered and how he wished he’d had the nerve to chew the guy out. Apparently, it’s much easier to become one of Kevin Smith’s bitterest enemies than anyone would have expected.

The Limey
Commentators: Steven Soderbergh, Lem Dobbs

Photo credit: Artisan Entertainment

Steven Soderbergh won over audiences time and again with such hits as Ocean’s ElevenErin BrockovichTraffic, and Sex, Lies, and Videotape.[10] He also won over critics with movies like Logan Lucky and Contagion. Screenwriter Lem Dobbs has such beloved credits as Dark City and his rewrite of Romancing the Stone. When they got together for The Limey, a modest gangster movie from 1999, Dobbs really held nothing back about how he felt the film had been treated, even by the director sitting in the room with him.

From right around the beginning, Dobbs decries a bad review from “that motherf—er from Variety ” that said the screenplay was thin as Soderbergh’s fault. At another point, he decries all of screenwriting as a “hopeless profession” because changes are made to screenplays. When Dobbs complains about a particular scene having been cut, Soderbergh says, “I’ll send it to you.” In his exasperation, Soderbergh also decries Dobbs’s whole profession when he says that of course the writer’s guild goes on strike when “it’s full of people like Lem.” It has to be almost the furthest thing from mutually congratulatory that a commentary track has ever been.

Pan’s Labyrinth
Commentator: Guillermo Del Toro

Warning: NSFW

This 2006 Mexican-Spanish film didn’t just win three Academy Awards along with shelves of international prizes.[11] It was a monster international hit around the world, most impressively in the United States, despite being a Spanish-language film. That doesn’t mean that writer and director Guillermo del Toro doesn’t have some grievances he wants to air for all the home video customers of the world to hear.

While his most in-depth complaints are related to the fact that the Spanish film industry is even worse than the American film industry and general public at typecasting actors, it’s working with animals that draws his ire. Specifically, it was all the scenes where he worked with horses. He has some harsh words for cows, too (he calls them “perverted animals”), but it’s horses that he dubs “nasty motherf—ers.” As he tells the audience, if he ever makes a Western, they should know “that poor fat b—ard suffered.”


19 GIFS MADE 100% BETTER WITH DOODLES!

19 GIFS MADE 100% BETTER WITH DOODLES!

 


15 People Describe Their Most Memorable Encounter With A Total Stranger

15 People Describe Their Most Memorable Encounter With A Total Stranger

We cross paths with strangers almost every single day and yet we never give them a second thought.

Most of the time, we're probably annoyed that they are driving too slowly in the left lane or talking too loud on their phone in a restaurant, so we think "dammit that person sucks go fall into an endless pit" and then move on with our day without ever thinking about them for the rest of our lives.

But some people encounter a stranger that, although they never see each other again, build a bond so strong it withstands the test of time.

And that's why it's always important to be kind to those weirdos you don't know on the public bus, they may just be why you restore your faith in humanity.

 


1. Fingers_9 goes to watch some football:

I went down from Leicester to Coventry to watch my team, Swansea.

Got off the train and asked this bloke, probably in his early 50s, if he knew how to get to the stadium. Turns out he was a Swansea fan, so we got the bus togther.

We were a couple of hours early, so went to the pub for a few beers. We then headed to the ground for a last beer before the game.

We ended up sitting next to each other for the game, then it turns out we were both going to London after the game. We got the train togther and had a few more beers. We then said goodbye at St. Pancras station.

I spend about 6 hours with this bloke, and will most likely never see him again.

2. AResselCompany needs to pee:

When I was like 8 or 7, we went to a truck stop and I was waiting in line at the restroom, a stall opens up and i'm the only one in line until a guy goes up to the stall as the person there before is leaving, before the man goes into the stall the first guy points at me and says "hey man he was waiting first.", the guy stopped and let me go then. Never gonna forget that legend

3. currentlyquang walks into a toy store:

So back when I was in 5th grade, I was riding my bike in my neighborhood when I came across this toy company. I though it was a toy store so I walked nonchalantly into it, thinking very little. Anyway a man who I think was the manager welcomed me and ask me why I was there. I wasn't very sure so he went ahead and gave me a tour and walkthrough of the company. He was a gentlemen and even gave me a toy (can't remember what) when I left the building.

4. Quismeaux vents his feelings:

Seven years ago, my girl and I broke up. Being in my early twenties and having the audacity to think I'd met the one true love of my life, I felt like my world was crashing around me. A few nights later, I went to a local bar by myself to try and straighten my head out with a fifth of bourbon.

The bar's patio almost always gets full at night, and the only open seat was at my table. A pretty little blonde girl walks out, looks at the seat, smiles and says "Hi, how are ya?", sits down and starts smoking.

We end up making small talk, which leads to me spilling all the overly personal shit that rational people don't dump on a stranger at a bar. I even remember crying at some point. But she wasn't weirded out or put off. She didn't judge me. She just listened and interjected occasionally to hear more details to get a better grasp of the situation.

After an hour of losing my shit, I regained composure and ended up getting to know her; she had gone through a failed engagement about a year prior, and was now doing fine. Told me I'd be fine too, in time.

At about 1am, after about four hours of talking about life and all the shitty things that come with it, she looked at her phone and said, "Oh shit, I've gotta go. You take care, you hear? You'll find your happiness, I promise." And left before I had the chance to get her phone number or even her name.

I became a regular at that bar and have been back easily over 100 times in the past seven years, but I've never seen her again. Obviously, I know now that failed relationships are far from the end of the world, but it really stuck with me that a person would take all that baggage on herself to make a complete stranger feel better, even if only for a moment.

I really don't ever expect to run into her ever again at this point, but every time I go to that bar, I scan around and kind of hope she'll be there.

5. miauw62 gets bromanced in Italy:

I was on a school trip to Italy, and we were on the dome of the Saint Peter's Basilica. I ran across a (fairly handsome) Danish dude a few times on the way up and down, and at the top he told me "I'm not gay, but I would be for you". I'm not gay either, but a compliment is a compliment and we took pictures. I still think about it when I'm feeling down, tbh.

6. aTron6424 has the best lunch ever:

This guy working at Chic-fil-a who said "peace, love, and fried chicken my dudes" to my brother and I as we left.

7. itisnotwhatitbe rides the cookie express:

I was sitting on the subway for a long commute and was generally agitated from the start. I was one of three or four people on the train and this chick pulled out a noisy plastic container of cookies and started eating them while I was thinking "how inconsiderate, doesn't she know you're not supposed to eat on the subway? rude bitch. She's going to leave crumbs everywhere..." Then she turned and looked at me to offer me some and, though I refused, I felt horrible for just thinking she was a nasty person at first. The way she offered was so genuine and friendly.

I stopped categorizing people. You're still not supposed to eat on the subway but just because people break the rules or don't realize they're being inconsiderate doesn't mean they're a bad person overall. Since then, I've tried my best to never assume the worst in people.

Assuming everyone is just intentionally being a jerk will make you a miserable person. This one simple grocery store sugar cookie eater taught me that important lesson.

via shutterstock

8. Docsin gets some encouragement:

When I was out jogging as an overweight person, I went past a young mom out walking with her baby stroller. After jogging myself near the brink of collapsing, because frankly I didn't know how to exercise in moderation, I was slowly dragging myself home. I passed the same mom sitting on a bench on my route home, and she simply told me; "nice work".

I'm still not physically fit to this day, but such simple words of encouragement from a stranger still warms my heart.

9. BusterSmash meets a real life hero:

Was in college, was starting another fall semester, had a new job, but no place to live after being screwed over by some people I had arranged to rent a room from before returning from an internship out of state. I was off work at 5 am and had nowhere to go and just sleep. So, I decided to drive to Louisiana which was about 45 minutes away and do something. Ended up at a casino. Decided to go in with 100 bucks and a pack of cigarettes. Learned to play craps, table got "hot" for the other players, one guy in particular was placing 1000 dollar bets while I'm just doing the 15 dollar minimums, trying to learn the game. Big money ended up making about 12,000 over the course of my dice rolls. I lost my 100 after gaining some but losing out. I start to leave, the guy catches up to me before I make it out and asks me if I'm okay, noticed I was real tired and frustrated looking. I just tell him I'm having a hard time, don't get specific. He slaps 2000 in chips into my hands and tells me to have a better night and thanks me for the luck I brought him at the tables and just leaves after patting my shoulder.

I cashed out and had a deposit and first three months of rent paid up on my new place by the end of the next day. If you're out there dude, thanks again. You were my hero that day, hell that year! I just hope I can do something like that for someone one day.

10. AmySchumersAnalTumor goes to Ireland:

I was 18 and on vacation in Ireland. Was sitting at a pub when an older gent next to me started up a conversation. We're talking and all off a sudden he drops this gem.

You know, the misses and I haven't been intimate in about 2 years now. God bless her soul though, she's been dead for four.

And then he cackled and wandered off, leaving me to sit there like what the fuck

11. NoBuddyIsPerfect is remembered by a stranger:

Back in the 90's, my school went for a trip to India and we ate at this one small restaurant in Kovalam Beach, Kerala with a group of about 20 people. The waiters were kind enough to move two tables onto the beach for us, so we could eat with our feet in the sand.

10 YEARS later, I visited Kovalam Beach by myself and ate there again. Suddenly this waiter say: "Weren't you here 10 years ago? With a school or something?" Dumbfounded I answered "Yes?!" He grinned and said "I remember! We put the tables on the beach for you guys, didn't we?"

After 10 freaking years!!!!

12. G0R3Z learns to stop making assumptions based on appearance:

I was on a bus and there was this absolutely enormous Black guy, possibly the most intimidating looking person i've ever laid eyes on. Massive muscles, popping veins, and dreadlocks.

Old lady was struggling to get up when the bus stopped, this guy went to over to her and helped her up with the most delicate "let me help you with that". I'll never forget that and it concreted one of the bigger lessons in life "don't judge a book by it's cover".

13. fired77 had a guardian angel:

A guy named Jason sat with me after I got hit by a car. He waited when no one else did, made sure I didn't die by the side of the road, and got help. I owe that guy my life.

14. towa666 will remember this forever:

A guy I met in the smoking area of Fabric, a huge club in London, at about 4am in May 2012. At the end of the conversation he said "you know what's funny? We just chatted about our lives for an hour and don't even know each other's names - and that's why none of us will ever forget this moment".

via shutterstock

15. BIllyBrooks reminds us to be kind:

Middle of the day, April 4 2012.

I was walking home from the bus stop, in the middle of the day because I'd just been made redundant and sent home. I had a work phone at the time, so that had to be left behind - no phone, nothing to listen to as I walked, feeling pretty sorry for myself.

An old man standing in his driveway called out to me. Short, speaking with a heavy Greek or Italian accent. He asked if I could go inside and change the time on his clock. He didn't know how to do it since daylight savings ended a few days or maybe a week or so before.

I had nothing better to do. I went inside and figured it out fairly quickly, and changed the time on his oven/microwave clock too.

He said thanks, and that he was a widow and his son doesn't live in Melbourne, and it's a very lonely life. I had no idea what to say to that. I said sorry I guess - and I knew he was desperate for someone to talk to, but I had to figure out how I was going to pay rent and feed my family. I wasn't feeling chatty so I stayed maybe another minute or so and went on my way home, maybe 100m away

Never saw him again. The little red car that he owned was always parked in the driveway, pretty sure he never drove it. It was always there, every time I walked or drove past.

Maybe 9 months later, the little red car wasn't there anymore. Another month after that the house was up for sale. Now there are two different cars parked in that driveway.


10 Beautiful And Bizarre Natural Wonders

10 Beautiful And Bizarre Natural Wonders

Every corner of our planet is teeming with breathtaking natural formations. Some, such as the aurora borealis, are well-known by many. Others lie undiscovered and waiting within the inner reaches of rain forests and oceans.

Some of these phenomena can only be found in the exotic realms of faraway places. But you don’t always have to travel that far. Fortunately, there are others that can be viewed in your own backyard.

10 Spotted Lake

In Canada, there is a lake that seems to have been crafted by a child’s imagination, a place that would fit right in with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The Spotted Lake in Osoyoos, British Columbia, is no ordinary body of water. Instead of a normally smooth surface, this lake appears to be covered in giant, colorful polka dots! The colors even change depending on the conditions of the water, ranging from a sulfur yellow to the deepest of blues.[1]

The Spotted Lake is made up of a collection of smaller, puddle-like bodies of water that are rich in magnesium sulfate, calcium, salt, and other minerals. In fact, it is said that the lake contains the highest concentrations of minerals in the world, so much that they were mined and made into ammunition during World War I. During the hot summers in the surrounding desert, the water evaporates into the small puddles while the salts crystallize in between to form walkways.

To the Okanagan First Nations people, the lake harbors special medicinal properties. While it was saved from housing a spa on its shores in the 1970s, it is now fenced off and protected as a sacred site. Still, it is easy to view the strange and enormous pools from a distance as the glassy, mirrorlike formations are hard to miss.

9 Oceans In The Sky

Photo credit: thoughtco.com

The sight of rolling ocean waves is usually reserved for beaches, but who knew they existed in the sky as well?

Floating up in high altitudes, these Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds are fun to look at but not to surf. Formed when two air currents at different speeds collide with each other, they resemble the wavy, curved rise and fall of the sea.

The clouds have a flat, horizontal base, and the waves on top are evenly spaced. They are most easily formed on a windy day when the layers of air are apt to meet each other. As warm air stacks on top of cooler air, the faster layer on top transforms the cloud into the whimsical shape.[2]

But look fast! Due to the air’s velocity and warmth, the cloud soon evaporates, leaving behind nothing but a memory and the lingering feeling of awe.

8 Murmurations

What’s that strange, dark-colored cloud twisting and turning in midair? It is a breathtaking sight of millions of tiny creatures coming together to perform this aerial stunt. The enormous shape contracts and expands, soaring through the skies in whirling formation. Is it a swarm of locusts or some rare weather phenomenon?

Neither. Instead, it is a formation of thousands upon thousands of starlings.

Starlings are ordinary songbirds that feed on seeds and insects. While their black plumage has a glossy iridescence up close, they are often regarded as pests because of the damage they cause to crops and airplanes.

Yet, these small birds prove that strength lies in numbers. Starting in the autumn season, thousands of starlings flock together in what is known as a murmuration, with numbers swelling to 100,000. A murmuration of more than six million was recorded in Somerset in 1999!

Together, they fly in search of places to roost during dusk. Though the hypnotic formations are breathtaking to look at, murmurations are not just for show. They provide safety for the birds as predators have a much harder time picking out a single target among thousands. Bigger flocks also mean warmer roosts in the chilly months. In addition, they are better able to socialize and share information on where to find food.[3]

The starlings know just how to fly so that they don’t crash into each other. With a reaction time of 100 milliseconds, they are vigilantly aware of the speed and direction of the birds around them. They adjust accordingly so that the entire murmuration may reach speeds of 32 kilometers per hour (20 mph)!

7 Striped Icebergs

Photo credit: amusingplanet.com

Antarctica is well-known for its pristine white icebergs, glaciers, and caves. Yet some of these icebergs are not ordinary—they seem to be covered in an array of black, brown, yellow, and blue stripes!

With the appearance of marbled gemstones, these decorated icebergs are formed when chunks of freshwater ice come into contact with the seawater beneath them. The seawater, which contains sediment and minerals, freezes into the ice and develops beautiful dark bands around it.

As the iceberg is shaped by the waves and wind, the colored layers are further warped into different patterns.[4] Blue stripes are caused by water freezing into a crevice so fast that no bubbles form. Water with algae results in a green tint, resulting in these beautiful natural formations.

6 Massive Spiderweb Fields

Photo credit: Science Daily

The grass has an odd gray tint to it. In fact, everything is wrapped in a blanket of fine, see-through silk: the fields, the bushes, even the trees. This dusty covering was actually created by thousands of tiny spiders, leaving behind a world encased in creepily billowing sheets that resemble something out of a haunted house.

The gigantic webs can span a whopping 30 meters (98 ft). They are usually made after a flood or heavy rain, prompting the spiders to escape to higher ground. To do so, they release a thin strand of silk and let the wind carry them off like hot-air balloons, a process known as ballooning.[5] A mass ballooning event involves thousands of the tiny arachnids, which trail their silk behind them and land expertly in fields to scare passersby.

In some cases, the webs are 0.8 kilometers (0.5 mi) long and so thick that those who attempt to travel through them end up covered with the substance. The event has occurred all over the world, including the US, Australia, Great Britain, and Pakistan. Sometimes, however, the spiders’ escape attempts fail, causing the wind to repeatedly blow them up and over trees to create a matted carpet of silken nightmares.

5 Fire Rainbows

Photo credit: National Geographic

Fire rainbows are dazzling displays of light that resemble arching wings or feathers. Unlike your average rainbow, these are much more difficult to make. Cirrus clouds, or clouds that resemble thin and wispy strands of hair, are located in high altitudes. It is only when the Sun is very high in the sky that fire rainbows can develop.[6]

What’s more, the ice crystals inside the clouds must be positioned in the right shape and direction, with their faces horizontal to the ground. If the crystals are lined up correctly, sunlight will bounce off the same way as in a prism, producing a breathtaking show of many colors.

4 Desert Roses

Photo credit: geologyin.com

No, these aren’t petrified roses. Instead, they are made of crystal.

Found in dry, sandy areas such as the Sahara Desert, the “roses” are formed from disks of gypsum or baryte crystals stacked together over tens or hundreds of years to resemble the petals of a flower.

The crystals form when water evaporates and are shaped like flat plates that can measure up to 1 meter (3.3 ft) across. Clusters of desert roses may be found together, giving the appearance of a sandy bouquet. The largest single rose was 25 centimeters (10 in) high and weighed 57 kilograms (125 lb), while the largest cluster tipped the scales at 454 kilograms (1,000 lb).[7]

With their beauty and unnatural appearance, it’s no wonder that they are sought after as prized specimens for collections.

3 Tricolored Crater Lakes

Photo credit: curiosity.com

There are three crater lakes nestled at the foot of Mount Kelimutu in Indonesia, hailed by the locals as mysterious resting places for the afterlife.

Indeed, with their unnatural appearance, the lakes seem otherworldly. Coupled with their uncanny power to change colors at any time, they are believed to reflect the moods of the ancestors’ spirits. The Lake of Old People is typically blue. The Lake of Young Men and Maidens is usually green, while the third, the Bewitched Lake, tends to be red.[8]

Occasionally, they take on hues of white, black, brown, and turquoise, like tricks in a magician’s act. While other strangely colored lakes are caused by bacteria, the explanations for these lakes are baffling. Although there is no confirmed answer, most agree that the interaction between minerals in the water and volcanic ash are the culprit.

2 Blood Falls
Antarctica

Photo credit: National Geographic

A waterfall is located in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Startlingly, the water is tinted a bold scarlet as though a river of blood were pouring out of the glacier’s side. Fortunately, the reason behind this phenomenon is a lot less eerie.

Two million years ago, the Taylor Glacier trapped a “time capsule” of microbes within it, essentially forming a community of organisms that were shut off from the rest of the world. Even without sunlight, heat, or oxygen, the microbes flourished, proving life’s abilities to survive even in Earth’s most extreme conditions.[9]

Eventually, the trapped lake flowed out through a crack in the ice, forming a waterfall with the ecosystem hidden inside. The falls run red due to high levels of iron and salinity, which explains why the water continues to flow instead of freeze.

1 Skeleton Flowers

Photo credit: chemistryworld.com

Despite their name, skeleton flowers are an alluring sight. Their normally white petals become as clear as glass when they come into contact with water. During downpours, the normal-looking blossoms suddenly take on the appearance of crystalline structures.

This is because of the petals’ cell structures. On rainy days, water soaks into the petals and increases light transmission to give them their transparent look. Once dry, they revert to white flowers. As they flourish on cold, forested mountainsides, the rare blooms are found in only three places on Earth: China, Japan, and the Appalachian Mountains.

These white flowers are not just pretty. Scientists from China have put them to good use. They have created a transparent surface that repels oil while underwater, which has been used to develop diving goggles and other optical tools.[10]


MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

 

 

 


How Star Trek Compares To Star Wars

How Star Trek Compares To Star Wars

On an facinating animated episode of The Infographics Show, they conduct an in-depth comparison of the beloved Star Trek and Star Wars franchises.


32 Ways The World Has Changed In Just A Few Decades

32 Ways The World Has Changed In Just A Few Decades

 


Top 5 All-Time Great Inter-Generational Wrestling Showdowns

Top 5 All-Time Great Inter-Generational Wrestling Showdowns

The last time Chris Jericho competed for a promotion other than WWE, he was a 26-year-old Canadian cruiserweight from Winnipeg, Manitoba making waves in WCW with cocky promos and signature submissions. At that same juncture in 1999, Kenny Omega (a.k.a. Tyson Smith) was a hockey-playing, wrestling-loving Canuck teen in the suburban town of Transcona just outside – you guessed it – Winnipeg, Manitoba. National bragging rights will certainly be on the line when the two improbably meet at New Japan Wrestling’s show of shows, Wrestle Kingdom, this coming January 4th in Tokyo.

The blockbuster bout, which was announcedearlier this month, also represents the latest in a continuum of sports-entertainment clashes that pit an archetypal icon (Jericho) against a younger competitor in the prime of his ability and popularity (Omega). Part dream match, part passing of the torch, Y2J vs. The Cleaner has all the makings of a May-September pairing from heaven, and if history is any guide, it should coast into instant-classic status. For proof, here's a select handful of similar inter-generational showdowns featuring opponents at least a decade apart in age (with competitors' ages at the timeoted) that remain streaming favorites and set the bar Jericho and Omega hope to raise.

The Clash: Hulk Hogan (48) vs. The Rock (30)

The Setting: WrestleMania X8, March 17, 2002, Toronto
Signature Moment(s): Opening-bell stare down, Hogan flexing and rousing the crowd with his signature ear cup after exchanging requisite sportsmanship handshake with The Rock and fending off assault from his nWo stable mates.
The Victor: The Rock

The Clash: Terry Funk (50) vs. Cactus Jack (29)

The Setting: International Wrestling Association Duel of the Wilds, January 8, 1995, Saitama, Japan
Signature Moment(s): Terry Funk getting tossed into a corner table booby-trapped with barbed wire and explosives comes to mind, though Foley – inscrutable behind a crimson mask – delivering an elbow drop off the top of a ladder has a certain lasting, brutal inelegance.
The Victor: Cactus Jack

The Clash: The Undertaker (37) vs. Jeff Hardy (24)

The Setting: Monday Night RAW, July 1, 2002, Manchester, NH
Signature Moment(s): Hardy springboarding off a prone ladder over the top rope onto 'Taker, a defeated Hardy doing his best Elton John by wheezing, "I'm still standing," 'Taker raising his young opponent's arm in approval-sealing disbelief.
The Victor: The Undertaker

The Clash: Ric Flair (39) vs. Sting (29)

The Setting: WCW Clash of the Champions, March 27, 1988, Greensboro, NC
Signature Moment(s): Flair stumbling midway through his trademark "up and over" and tumbling to the outside, Flair refusing to submit to the Scorpion Death Lock as time expired, Wonder Years teen star/Eric Bischoff's future business partner Jason Hervey looking on flustered from the judges' table.
The Victor: Draw (Ric Flair retains World Heavyweight Championship)

The Clash: Shawn Michaels (41) vs. John Cena (29)

The Setting: WrestleMania 23, April 1, 2007, Detroit
Signature Moment(s): A bloodied Michaels pile-driving Cena onto the ringside steps, an in-agony Michaels relenting to the STF, a prideful Michaels refusing Cena's patronizing good-sportsman handshake.
The Victor: John Cena

 


24 Things We All Need in Our Lives

24 Things We All Need in Our Lives

 

 

 


This Flying Bathtub Is A Triumph Of Engineering And Man's Capacity For Dumb Ideas

Did anyone really need "the world's first manned flying tub"? No, but that's not really the point.

This pair of wacky inventors have left other drone pilots in the dark, creating their own human-sized flying machine using none other than a BATHTUB.  The eye-opening footage of "the world's first manned flying tub" shows how Johannes and Phillip Mickenbecker managed to successfully get their creation off the ground, flying it around a local gym with a pilot inside.

Remote-controlled, the flying machine is a concept that Di Vinci himself would have been proud of, using the same elements of technology as everyday drones - only on a much larger scale.  The brothers - who go by The Real Life Guys on their social media platforms - said they have always had the idea of creating a flying machine, but it was not until the summer of 2017 that they began looking into the possibility of making such an invention a reality.


19 Smart Home Hacks And Item Repurposing Tips That’ll Make You Say “Why Didn’t I Know About This Sooner?”

19 Smart Home Hacks And Item Repurposing Tips That’ll Make You Say “Why Didn’t I Know About This Sooner?”

 

1. Drill a hole through the side of your trash can or plastic trash can liner to prevent the garbage bag vacuum effect.

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Works like a charm!

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See exactly where to drill the holes on Pretty Handy Girl.

2. Store sheets in their own pillowcase so your linen closet looks neat, and it’s easy to grab everything you need when you want fresh sheets.

Photo by Raymond Hom. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright © 2011.

Hands down, storing sheets in their own pillowcase.

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From Martha Stewart.

3. Hang an over-door shoe organizer in your bathroom to organize makeup, hair tools, lotions, toothpaste…the list goes on.

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Super nice to have everything at the tip of my fingers and not have to search through endless drawers!

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From One Creative Housewife and From Overwhelmed to Organized.

4. Start a “crap basket” system on the stairs if your family’s always leaving random stuff around the house.

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Little baskets for the stairs are the best things ever! A cute way to be a slob. 🙂

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You put each person’s stuff in their basket, and they carry it up the stairs later to put everything away. From Sew Many Ways.

5. Put plastic wrap (or Glad Press’n Seal) on fridge shelves, and when the shelves get dirty, just change the wrap.

6. Hang conversion and temperature “cheat sheets” on the inside of your cabinets, so you can easily get the info you need when you’re in the middle of a recipe.

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I fully recommend putting conversion and temperature “cheat sheets” on the inside of your cabinets. I’ve got a conversion one in my baking cupboard and the temperature one in the cabinet with the pans above the stove. That way in the middle of cooking/baking if you’ve got a moment of “crap — my brain has stopped working” the information is RIGHT THERE. Cleaning flour out of every crevice in your phone case sucks. —Kathryn Simm, Facebook

From Tidbits From the Tremaynes and Sugar and Charm.

7. When you’re threading a needle, use a little bit of (plain, no-color) lip balm to stiffen the thread.

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Put a little bit of chapstick at the end of a thread to stiffen it, which makes threading a needle about 100 times easier and faster. Make sure that it is white or clear chapstick, though, so you don’t stain your sewing red with cherry chapstick. —Rachel Lee, Facebook

According to National Sewing Circle, you first wipe your forefinger over the lip balm a few times, then pinch the thread between your thumb and forefinger to rub it on the thread.

8. Those little plastic ties from bread or rolls make it easy to label everything plugged into a power strip.

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Using the plastic tags that close bags of rolls to label the cords plugged into a power strip.

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A classic. From Out of Chaos.

9. Attach upside-down Command Hooks to your trash can to keep the bag from slipping off or moving around.

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Put two command hooks upside down on the side of your trash can, then loop the handles of the trash bag on them! Keeps it in place and doesn’t move!

—Alannah McCarley, Facebook

From /r/LifeHacks and /r/LifeProTips.

10. Keep your chargers from falling off your desk or nightstand by stringing them through a binder clip.

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Use a binder clip to keep your charging cable readily available on a tabletop, nightstand, desk, etc. I never have to look for my charger at work anymore.

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From Everyday Dishes.

11. Pick up — and even squish — nasty bugs with a sticky lint roller.

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If you squish a bug in your house and you are (like me) grossed out trying to pick it up, use a lint roller to do it. Yay for avoiding bug guts!

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From /r/LifeProTips.

12. To remove food that’s burned onto pans, simmer with a baking soda and water solution for 15 minutes, let cool, and then clean.

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I was skeptical of this, but it’s saved a couple of pots.

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From The Kitchn.

13. Or use dryer sheets, warm water, and dish soap to soak off the gunk.

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Just fill the pan or dish with warm water and a bit of dish soap, then drop in a dryer sheet or two (depending on how big your pan is), and the stuck-on food will scrub right off in about 20 minutes. Saved me hours of scrubbing and soaking.

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From the Kitchn.

14. Use a magic eraser to clean light-colored grout.

15. Get rid of white rings or marks on your wood furniture with the help of Guardsman’s white ring remover.

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If you have white rings from beverages or heat on wood, it’s amazing! I had white rings from a drink spilled on my wood table and this took it off immediately!

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I mean yes, that’s the point of the product, but hey, if it works, it works. Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

16. Scrub down your bathtub or shower insert with dish soap and a new broom (or a broom you keep just for that purpose).

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I thought it was brilliant! What better way to get the walls and ceiling of a shower insert?

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From One Good Thing by Jillee.

17. To clean carpet strings, hair, and whatnot from the rolling bar under the vacuum, use a seam ripper.

18. Newspaper (or coffee filters) will clean your mirrors and windows without leaving any streaks or little fuzzies.

instructables.com

When cleaning mirrors, spray the glass cleaner on but don’t wipe with a cloth. Use a newspaper instead so there won’t be streaks.

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From Instructables.

19. Make your glass shower door look shiny and new by scrubbing it down with Barkeeper’s Friend.

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Barkeeper’s Friend ceramic/glass cooktop cleaner is awesome for cleaning glass shower doors. Minimum scrubbing required to take off soap scum, and it doesn’t scratch the glass. —Andrea Lewis, Facebook

 


Emma, A Super Creepy 15 Second Horror Film

Emma, A Super Creepy 15 Second Horror Film

Emma is a super creepy 15-second horror film, created by director Daniel Limmer of Nemada Film Productions that won first place in the international 15 Second Horror Film Challenge.


Guy Lets One Million Volts Of Electricity Flow Through His Body, Develops Magical Abilities

Guy Lets One Million Volts Of Electricity Flow Through His Body, Develops Magical Abilities -

 

He can move objects by just pointing at them and shoot bolts from his hands and feet. (We shouldn't have to tell you this but please do not do this at home).


SPIFFY GIFDUMP - 20+ GREAT GIFS

SPIFFY GIFDUMP - 20+ GREAT GIFS


16 Made Up Movie Premises That Actually Happened In Real Life

16 Made Up Movie Premises That Actually Happened In Real Life -

The best movies are usually too good to be true. But what happens when the fictional stories in our favorite films really start to happen? Can we chalk up movie premises that really happened to life imitating art, or is there something more intangible happening in the universe that caused these real life stories to resemble popular films? Is it possible that the people on this list who basically lived out a blockbuster film are just experiencing one of life’s many coincidences, or are we living in some Truman Showhologram where a director choreographs our every move? That’s probably not happening, but these tales of movie plots that really happened are going to freak you out anyway.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility that most blockbuster films could actually happen. As you’ll see from this list of real life movies, everything from a sweet romantic comedy to a karate chopping superhero flick is possible if you apply yourself. Although to be fair, most of the folks on this list didn’t realize they were living out a movie until it was too late. Unfortunately, some people died, and almost no one leaves this list of movies that happened in real life unscathed.


The Toughest, Biggest, And Hottest Science Of 2017

The Toughest, Biggest, And Hottest Science Of 2017

 

2017 has been an eventful year, so as it comes to a close we'd like to look back at some of its most superlative science.

 


How To Sand And Polish Aluminum To Mirror Finish

How To Sand And Polish Aluminum To Mirror Finish

Sand and polish an aluminum sheet  from 220 grit all the way to 5000 grit sandpaper then polish using Gord's Aluminum polish.

 


10 Awesome Movies Coming Out In 2018 You Might Get Super Excited About

10 Awesome Movies Coming Out In 2018 You Might Get Super Excited About

 

Despite being a pretty sh*tty year for the world at large (thanks to hurricanes, fires, global warming, terrorist attacks, etc.), 2017 was at least a pretty good year for movies. We had Guardians of the Galaxy 2Thor: RagnorakLogan, and Get Out, to name a few of our favorites from the year. While 2018 may unfortunately prove to be just as bad, if not worse, than 2017 generally was, at least we've got some more pretty kick-ass looking movies to look forward to! Check out some of our top picks below...

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Why we're excited for it: We honestly have no idea what to expect from this Star Wars spin-off, especially since it changed directors after it was almost finished shooting, had to do a bunch of re-shoots with new director Ron Howard, and we still have yet to see a trailer, despite the fact that the movie is coming out in 5 months. All the mystery is actually building up our anticipation, plus we just really f*cking love the character that is Han Solo, and the person/actor/rapper that is Donald Glover.

 

Avengers: Infinity War

Why we're excited for it: I mean, this one basically goes without saying, but the Marvel Universe can just take our movie, no matter what Avengers movie or spin-off they put out. And they know it.

 

Deadpool 2

Why we're excited for it: Deadpool was such a pleasant, hilarious surprise, and while sequels are usually something we always go into with more than a hint of skepticism, the meta style, fun supporting characters, and perfectly dry delivery of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool make us feel like this sequel will be at LEAST as good as the first (as long as they don't try to double down too hard on what made the first Deadpool so good in the first place).

 

Black Panther

Why we're excited for it: We might be more excited for Black Panther than any other superhero movie coming in 2018, because the comics are some of the best, and frankly it's just refreshing to see a superhero movie that isn't a reboot of a reboot of a reboot these days. (Plus that trailer looks slick as hell).

 

Ready Player One

Why we're excited for it: Based on one of THE greatest books of all time, and riddled with nostalgic 80s pop culture and gaming references, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One might be our MOST anticipated movie of 2018. (Seriously, read the book).

 

The Incredibles 2

Why we're excited for it: Those of us who have a soft spot for Pixar and the original Incredibles movie have been waiting for this sequel for literally over a decade, but all that time will certainly not mean we'll have lessoned our love for these characters, as we learned after watching Toy Story 3 and losing our sh*t.

 

The New Mutants

Why we're excited for it: This looks less like X-Men: A New Generation and more like X-Men: A Horror Story and we are HERE FOR IT.

 

Mortal Engines

Why we're excited for it: Yes, this looks like Mad Max: Teenage, Roving City Edition, but rather than complain we should remember that Mad Max was awesome and entertaining, therefore this movie has a lot of potential to be awesome and entertaining.

 

Ocean's 8

Why we're excited for it: If this movie wasn't doing what Ghostbusters did, and was actually a stand-alone movie not affiliated with an already nearly flawless franchise (don't @ me), this movie would look good. So we're gonna see it. Especially since America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock where the hell have you been?!

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Why we're excited for it: Guys, it's Jurassic Park. Even if the first reboot was nothing compared to the original ones, we're going to see this. The trailer looks pretty good, doesn't give the ENTIRE MOVIE AWAY (for once!), and it's dinosaurs. We'll all always be 12 year olds at heart, which is why Jurassic Park movies will always be must-see.


Get Your Geek On With These Demotivational D&D Posters

Get Your Geek On With These Demotivational D&D Posters

 

 

 


MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS -

 

 


How Bespoke Italian Leather Shoes Are Made

How Bespoke Italian Leather Shoes Are Made

In a small workshop in Florence, Saskia Wittmer crafts leather shoes that are as unique as each customer.

 

 


Inside San Francisco's Anarchist Hackerspace 'NOISEBRIDGE'

Inside San Francisco's Anarchist Hackerspace 'NOISEBRIDGE'

A quick visit to Noisebridge in San Francisco, one of the first and longest running hackerspaces in the US.

 


Guy Gets Tired of All the Negative News Stories in 2017 And Shares The Uplifting Stories You Probably Didn't Hear About

Guy Gets Tired of All the Negative News Stories in 2017 And Shares The Uplifting Stories You Probably Didn't Hear About

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


46 PEOPLE WHO BREAK ALL THE RULES

46 PEOPLE WHO BREAK ALL THE RULES

 

 

 


Primitive Technology: Pottery And Stove

Primitive Technology: Pottery And Stove

 

His pottery shards and other remains will confuse future archaeologists for quite some time!

 


14 USES FOR SEX TOYS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SEX

14 USES FOR SEX TOYS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SEX

 

1

I remember coworker used to have a fleshlight where he kept all his pens on his desk. Really came in handy when I needed to quickly write something down. He would just chuck the fleshlight across the office if I ever needed to borrow a writing utensil.

2

Had a friend who would drive around with a bunch of dildos in his glovebox and a sex doll in his back seat. Just to weird out cops that pulled him over.

“license and registration please” ok lemme just grab that *opens glovebox and dildos spill everywhere* -GroceryScanner

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In high school, my friend came home to a sex swing hanging in his living room. It was hilarious.

We realized, though, that it was the perfect distance from the TV, and dead center of the room, so that was also the best chair to sit in to play Mario Kart 64. Yes, we definitely all tried sitting on it, velcro ankle straps and all. -TalkToTheGirl

5

Suction dildo as a portable coat hanger. -bpnj

6

Vibrator on my cheekbone loosens up my clogged sinuses. -Im_not_that_angry

7

Once I was growing tomatoes indoors and they started to flower so I looked up how to pollinate without bees. Turns out the vibration from the bee’s wings is what does it and this could be replaced with the vibrations from and electric toothbrush. I didn’t own an electric toothbrush but I still managed to grow some tomatoes. -CarryANation

Have a dent in your car? Nothing a suctioned dildo can’t fix.

8

Using your wooden paddle as a cheese plate. After it’s been properly cleaned, of course. -TalontheKiller

9

Not really a sex toy, but condoms make decent water catcher/holders if you happen to get lost while camping and need to collect drinkable water (do make sure to filter it though). -LordMalphas

10

Actually, I’ve seen a physiotherapist use cockrings to treat some wounds. If I can remember, it was to reduce hand ligaments adherence. It was in a rural area where patients had hard times reaching to frequent appointments: the physiotherapist would give them cockrings so they could massage the wounded area at home between two appointments. Pretty clever and cost saving, but weird to witness the first time. -RandomExplicitThing

11

I used an unused dido to replace my broken shift nob, works like a charm. -Zoned

12

I had a friend in college who used a vibrating dildo to mix drinks. -RemoteLlama13

13

I once heard of some laser engineers who needed to test a hypothesis about jiggling fiber-optics for increases power transmission. Their same day quick fix was buying some vibrating nipple clamps at a local sex shop. It was a success if I’m to believe what I was told. -madamimadammc

How can we forget the fleshlight exhaust pipe?

 


‘Slightly Endowed’ Man Looking For A Date Puts Up Hysterical Posters In NYC And Lands A Model

‘Slightly Endowed’ Man Looking For A Date Puts Up Hysterical Posters In NYC And Lands A Model

 

 

It’s not often you hear a model say that she met her date for a formal on a poster she saw in New York City’s West Village, but that was indeed the case for one attractive lady last week.

According to Metro, a funny guy known only as “Ned” recently hung posters of himself around town in hopes of landing a date to a formal he had on December 12. Ned threw his face on the body of a shredded merman, but that was far from the only joke he had in store for the lovely ladies of New York.

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“Struggling model? Unemployed sugar baby? Look no further,” the poster read. “Columbia bachelor seeking date for formal on evening of December 12,” adding that the date must be either “21 or have a fake ID.”

Ned also made it known that he was “slightly endowed with a big heart” and “strong enough to uninstall your window unit.” Plus, any woman who took him up on his offer would be given a “complimentary Uber ride home.”

Well son of a bitch, the poster happened to be so funny that it caught the attention of a 25-year-old model living in New Jersey named Anna Besedina, and she gladly took him up on his offer.

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“I just thought it was one of the funniest things I’ve seen,” Besedina said. “Who would do something this ridiculous? I had to find out more about him. He has a good sense of humor and he’s just so easy to talk to.”

So there you have it, fellas. If you’re looking to bag a model for your office Christmas party this Friday, the trick is to superimpose your face on a jacked merman, and that’s it. Then just sit back and wait for one model to hit you up.


Why Calzones Deserve More Love

Why Calzones Deserve More Love

Calzones are a staple of the pizza-parlor menu, but too often the dish doesn't get the respect it deserves. That's too bad, because the calzone is a near-perfect food: According to Mathieu Palombino—the owner of Motorino Pizzeria in NYC—these wood-fired pizza pockets allow ingredients to stay ultra-moist and flavorful while cooking inside the oven. Stuffed with a mixture of sweet and spicy sausage, and held together by globs of melted Pecorino Romano cheese, Motorino's calzone is a worthy alternative to a classic pie.

 


The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

The 10 Best Movies Of 2017

In 2017, Hollywood used the past to take on our scary present and uncertain future. Whether a film came from a veteran (Steven Spielberg) or a newbie (Jordan Peele), you felt the energy of an artist spoiling to be heard. The themes were many and varied: the simmering heat of racial politics (Get Out, Detroit); a U.S. President’s unconstitutional war against a free press (The Post), the rage that comes when you feel helpless to fight the power (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri); and the essential question of how to live in a world heading for global disaster (Dunkirk, Darkest Hour). The year's best movies sent a message that a lot of us are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Is anyone listening? #OscarsNoTrump

10. 'Phantom Thread'

The last great film of 2017 comes from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, a talent whose roaring power and cinematic reach are apparently limitless. Set in the posh world of 1950's London fashion, the film stars a beyond-brilliant Daniel Day Lewis as a top designer whose world is rocked by a revolution in style. Equally seismic to his creative process and personal life: a young muse (Vicky Krieps) who refuses to join a long line of women who jump at his command. Sexual politics, then and now, echo through the film. Will there be blood? Not in the way you might imagine. But love, as Anderson sees it, is a magnificent obsession that can nurture or destroy. You won't be able to get the film's twisted secrets out of your head. You won't want to.

9. 'A Ghost Story'

David Lowery's supernatural tale of timeless devotion involves a woman (Rooney Mara) haunted by her dead lover (Casey Affleck). Here's an ardent, ambitious, challenging experiment that restores our faith in film as an art form.

8. 'Detroit'

Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal take an incendiary look at the 1967 Detroit race riots still alive and toxic in the police brutality and systemic racism of today. Audiences stayed away. Big mistake. Detroit is hard to take. It's also impossible to forget.

7. 'The Shape of Water'

Visual master Guillermo del Toro goes back to the Cold War to probe the secret passion of a mute girl (Sally Hawkins) and a creature from the government-black-ops lagoon (Doug Jones). The result speaks volumes about what we choose to label "alien."

6. 'Lady Bird'

There's nothing new about coming-of-age comedies, but Lady Bird gets the genre thrillingly right, thanks to screenwriter Greta Gerwig in a solo directing debut that mines her own formative years in Sacramento circa 2002. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf excel as a daughter and mother whose cage match of brawling affection hits home no matter what age you are.

5. 'The Post'

In Steven Spielberg's propulsive political thriller, it's not hard to find the link between right now and the threats that Nixon's White House launched at Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham (Meryl Streep) and editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks).The year is 1971; the question is whether or not to not publish the Pentagon Papers and expose a massive government cover-up. Any relationship to Trump's war against a free press is purely intentional. Streep could be headed for Oscar No. 4 as a woman spoiling to be heard over an army of patronizing men. And Spielberg's speed-is-of-the-essence direction speaks with relevant power to the past, present and a chilling future.

4. 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh finds his cinematic sweet spot in writing and directing this sorrowful and savagely funny look at a small-town dynamo (Frances McDormand) who rents billboards to rage at the police for not solving the rape and murder of her teen daughter. McDormand and McDonagh, a match forged in fire, catch the helplessness and fury we're all feeling right now.

3. 'Call Me By Your Name'

Homophobia has no place in Luca Guadagnino's erotic romance, set in Italy in 1983, when a musical prodigy (Timothée Chalamet) and his father's handsome assistant (Armie Hammer) experience the thrill of first love and the gutting pain of its loss. An artistic triumph that insists empathy is the best antidote to intolerance.

2. 'Get Out'

Can a horror film get in the Oscar race for Best Picture? You bet your ass. Daniel Kaluuya doesn't know what he's in for when his girlfriend (Allison Williams) takes him home to white suburbia, but black culture isn't the only thing being co-opted. In the year's most exciting directing debut, Jordan Peele juggles scares and laughs to skewer racial hypocrisy in an America that refuses to get woke.

1. 'Dunkirk'

In the year's best film, Christopher Nolan shows us the meaning of pure cinema, depicting the 1940 evacuation of British soldiers from the French beaches of Dunkirk as Hitler's forces attempt to crush them by land, sea and air. Instead of telling us what to think, Nolan offers full immersion in the life-or-death experience of being there, prey to the whims of a dictator and still fired up with the will to resist. (And as the perfect companion piece to Nolan's epic, Joe Wright's Darkest Hour – featuring Gary Oldman as British PM Winston Churchill – takes us inside the corridors of power where the political repercussions of the slaughter on Dunkirk's beaches bristles with topical implications about a world on the brink of catastrophe. Sound familiar?)


A Comparison Of The Size, Frequency, And Collision Power Of Asteroids

A Comparison Of The Size, Frequency, And Collision Power Of Asteroids -

 

Compare the impact of the sizes of asteroids from 1m to 1000km large, how often they occured and what are the results. Including the Chelyabinsk Meteor, the Tunguska Meteorite airburst and the KT Extinction Event Chicxulub Asteroid.


10 Fascinating Things that Are Actually Created By Animals

10 Fascinating Things that Are Actually Created By Animals

Nature surprises us in many ways. On one hand, we face extreme atrocities like earthquakes and cyclones while on the other hand, nature gives us beautiful creations like the Aurora Borealis. Moreover, birds and animals enhance this beauty of nature. They, in their own unique way, craft some very beautiful and amazing things. Here, we bring you 10 such amazing things created by animals that will just blow your mind.

1. Spider Decoys

A new species of spiders have been discovered in the Amazon that creates fake spiders as decoys from leaves, debris, and dead insects to misdirect predators.

Image Source: Photo taken by Lary Reeves via Wired

In the Peruvian, Amazon rainforest, a spider has been discovered that builds elaborate, fake spiders and hangs them in its web. This new spider is believed to belong to the genus Cyclosa. The spider uses debris, leaves, and dead insects to craft the larger replica of itself. Though Cyclosa consists of other spider species that sculpt structures, this is the first time that scientists have observed a species that builds a replica of itself with numerous long legs.

Scientists suspect that the fake spiders are built as decoys. This might be a part of their defense mechanism in order to confuse or mislead predators.(source)

2. Puffer Fish Circles

Created by the male pufferfish, this 7-foot diameter geometric pattern is designed to attract a mate and have her lay eggs in the center.

Image Source: BBC Earth – Life Story (Unplugged)

In 1995, some divers in Japan discovered strange, circular patterns on the seafloor. They noticed that the patterns came and went mysteriously. For more than a decade, scientists were unable to discover what these patterns stood for.

In 2013, scientists finally discovered the creature responsible for the creation of this amazing underwater pattern – a newly discovered species of pufferfish. They also learned that these ornate circles are made to attract mates.

To create the patterns, the males swim along the seafloor and flap their fins. Such movements lead to the creation of the beautiful circular patterns. Although the fish are only about five inches long, the formations they make measure about 7-feet in diameter.

Once the patterns are made, females come to inspect them. If they are fond of the creations, they reproduce with the male that created the pattern. It is yet to be discovered what exactly the females look for in the patterns or what traits they find desirable in the formation.(source)

3. Bowerbird Nests

Bowerbirds build intricate, brightly colored structures to attract mates. They pick up colorful objects such as green glass and plastic toys to add aesthetics to their structures.

Image Source: Wikimedia CommonsPixabay

The forests of New Guinea and Australia are home to a group of unusual birds. Known as bowerbirds, they are named after the elaborate structures. They build elaborate structures as part of a unique courtship ritual.

There has been an instance where one bird has been found to use colorful objects such as green glass, a plastic toy elephant, and a toy soldier to decorate the structure. Some birds have been known to use colorful fruits and decorate their bowers with blue or green saliva.(source)

4. The Great Barrier Reef

Known as the single greatest structure built by living organisms, the great reef is composed of 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands spanning over 1,600 miles.

Image Source: Flickr

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most remarkable creations of nature. It is the largest structure built by a colony of living organisms. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. The structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps.

The reef supports a diversity of marine life that includes numerous endangered species, some of which may be endemic to the reef system. As of 2006, 30 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been recorded in the Great Barrier Reef. These include the dwarf minke whale, Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin, and the humpback whale. A large variety of fish and sea snakes are found on the reef. The reef also supports numerous animals on land and birds.(source)

5. Termite Mound

These termite shelters can be more than 10 meters high and 15 meters wide at their base. Some of them even have a strong resemblance to Disney castles and skyscrapers.

Image Source: Wikipedia Wikimedia CommonsWikimedia Commons

These mound-building termites are nature’s expert architects. They are masters of construction. Their sophisticated and innovative, green-energy designs are an inspiration to architects. An interestingly, they don’t live in these massive structures that they construct.

They, in fact, build their nests in the ground below the mound. These structures are meant for protection from invading ant armies and other threats.

Scientists also had a theory that the mounds are designed primarily to control nest temperatures. But in a recent study, it has been found that one of the primary functions of the mound is to facilitate the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen.

In 2015, scientists discovered an abandoned termite mound that is more than 2,200 years old. Another mound they studied was at least 750 years old. This suggests that termites used the same structures for millennia.(1,2)

6. Gossamer Trees

In 2010, flooding in Pakistan caused millions of spiders to climb up on trees for refuge and cover them in cocoons of their web.

Image Source: Wikimedia CommonsFlickr

In 2010, unprecedented monsoons brought down massive rainfall leading to flooding in Pakistan. The water was slow to recede and it created vast pools of stagnant water across the countryside.

During this time, the flood drove millions of spiders and other insects into the trees that were above the water level of the flood. This led the spiders to spin their webs, possibly combined with other insects, covering the trees with ghostly cocoons.

Although the cocoons led to the death of many trees as they were blocking sunlight from reaching the leaves, they also seemed to help trap more mosquitoes in the region, thereby reducing the risk of malaria.(source)

7. Weaver Bird Nests

The nesting colonies of weaver birds may contain up to 300 chambers (one per pair) and span up to 25 feet in width and five feet in height.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons

Weaver birds are known for their intricately woven nests. The males build the homes to attract females. Depending on the type of bird and the available building materials, nests may be constructed with plant fibers or twigs. Once they assemble the building materials, they start weaving. The ideal design has a long tube that connects to a chamber which probably serves as the nursery.

Once the nest is completed, the males declare an “open house” by fluttering their wings. If a female likes what she sees, eggs appear on the nests in just a few days.

Although the majority of the species build individual love nests, there are others who weave aggregate nests in communities with hundreds of other weaver bird pairs.(1,2)

8. Beaver Dams

Beavers build dams as protection against predators. The world’s biggest beaver dam, at 2,790 feet long, is around twice the length of the Hoover Dam and is visible from space.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons , Wikimedia Commons

Beavers are known as the engineers of the rodent world. They use the branches of trees to dam streams. The dam then creates a pond in the middle upon which the beaver family then constructs an island. The dams act as a shield of protection against vicious predators like bears, coyotes, and wolves. It also helps them to have easy access to food during the winters.

The dams typically range in length from a few feet to about 1,500 feet. But there is a dam that has surprised biologists because of its length. Located in Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, Canada, this dam measures 2,790 feet in length. As per photos released by NASA World Wind, the dam did not exist in 1975 but can be seen in subsequent images.(1,2)

9. Mud Dauber Prisons

Mud Dauber wasps design their nests from mud in the form of prisons where they capture spiders for consumption.

Image Source: Wikipedia,  Wikimedia Commons

The mud daubers build nests in the shape of cylindrical tubes. Some resemble an urn. They then stock their nests with spiders which serve as food for their children. Instead of stocking a nest cell with one or two large spiders, they cram around two dozen small spiders into it.

To capture a prey like a spider, the wasp stings it. The poison from the sting only paralyzes the spider and doesn’t kill it. They then preserve and store their prey in the nest cell. Next, they lay their eggs on the paralyzed spiders inside the nest cell and seal the nests with a mud cap. The larva survives on these paralyzed spiders and also spend the winters inside the nests.(source)

10. Flower Sandwiches

These are floral contraptions created by the rare Osmia avosetta bees. Made into a three-tiered chamber, the outside consists of a thin layer of petals, a layer of mud, and an additional layer of petals.

Image Source: Photo taken by J G Rozen from the American Museum of Natural History

The picture above depicts the nest of a rare species of a solitary bee named the Osmia avosetta. The nests are three-tiered, with mud sandwiched between thin layers of petals. At the core of the sandwich, the bee’s larva is located. The larva survives on the nectar and pollen that is deposited inside the chamber by its parent. All this happens before the egg is laid. Lastly, they seal the nest for the egg to develop.

Each structure has room for just one larva. These structures were discovered on the same day by two teams in Turkey and Iran. They further noticed regional variations between the nests. Bees in Turkey tend to pick yellow, pink, blue, and purple petals, while Iranian bees make their nests with just purple flowers.

These structures look like unique works of art.(1,2)

 


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27 DIY Christmas Trees That Don’t Suck Because… Christmas

 

 


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MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN IMAGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Everything You Need To Know About Hawaiian Lava Flows

Everything You Need To Know About Hawaiian Lava Flows

 

 

A geologist describes the types of lava flows found on Hawaii, including pahoehoe and aa, shows what happens when wood is introduced into pahoehoe lava, and shows why lava deltas are dangerous and can disappear quickly. Animations, aerial footage, ground shots, time lapse.

 


SPIFFY GIFDUMP - 20+ GREAT GIFS

SPIFFY GIFDUMP - 20+ GREAT GIFS

 


EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT 'STRANGER THINGS' SEASON 3

EVERYTHING WE KNOW ABOUT 'STRANGER THINGS' SEASON 3

Is there going to be a Stranger Things Season 3?

"FOR THE LOVE OF STEVE, DUH!" That's what the streaming service said a month after 2 's release, when it made things official. The quick re-up makes sense: Netflix nixing Season 3 would have been like the Bulls dropping Michael Jordan in 1997 -- extremely dumb, basically impossible. Nielsen said that a "significant viewing event occurred" when 2 premiered at the end of October, with a reported 15.8 million Stateside viewers tuning into the first episode in the first three days (plus the full nine-episode run averaged 4 million, and 361,000 lunatics became permanently fused to their couches as they watched the whole thing within the first 24 hours of release). The Walking Dead's most recent premiere bagged around 15 million viewers. In other words, Stranger Things is the streaming service's MVP. You can probably bank on at least a four-peat.

 

 

https://twitter.com/netflix/status/936627509231222785

 

 


12 Super Crazy Ideas That Just Need To Happen Already

12 Super Crazy Ideas That Just Need To Happen Already

 

 

 


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MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN IMAGES

 

 

 


14 People Share The Most Statistically Unlikely Thing That's Ever Happened To Them

14 People Share The Most Statistically Unlikely Thing That's Ever Happened To Them

1. The lesson here, Jauxerous, is never be kind to anyone

Went to the store to buy a scratcher and cigarettes. Old lady and her grandkid in-front of me in the line. Kid can't decide which candy he wants so the lady tells me to go before them. Kid decides on a candy just as I accepted the kind gesture so I quickly decline and let them take their original spot in the line because i'm not a cunt. She buys same scratch ticket as I was gonna buy. I buy my stuff and as I'm walking out they both start screaming and cheering like crazy. I ask "sup?". Turns out they won $10k.

And no, I didn't win shit on my scratcher.

2. meatsmoker14 you've been what the kids call "jinxed"

I'm 28 and have never been called for jury duty. One day last September this fact was pointed out to me while at work. When I got home, my notice to appear was in the mail.

3. Everyone's hanging out without you, mejok

I got a phone call once from my former college roommate who I hadn't seen in about 2 years. He was in a bar, on vacation and was chatting with another random guy he had never met who was also on vacation. That other guy just happened to be my best friend from high school. They just happened to strike up a conversation because they were both sitting at the bar alone watching the same game and over the course of the conversation both realized they had spent some time in the same state and both knew me. They just called to say "sup".

4. eThnZ05, sounds like it might be time to hang the cleats up

This summer during my baseball game, runner was on third. I swung at a pitch and fouled it right into my foot and it hurt so I dropped to the ground on my back and had my foot up. The ball after it hit my foot went fair and right to the pitcher. My friend at third thought it was a fair ball so started running home. Pitcher threw it hard to the catcher...and hit my foot with that throw...again.

5. Putting the Karate Kid to shame, accio_chocobo

I cut a fly in half, mid-air, with a pair of scissors. It was bugging me so I jokingly snipped at it without looking. I saw two halves drop out of the corner of my eye, and I was like "....oh."

I actually felt awful about it, so I couldn't even fully appreciate the accidental badassery.

6. Whatever this person is the coach of sounds like I need to start going to the practices, W88_001

Not me, but an old coach of mine won the lottery - twice - with both prizes being worth over $100,000...

within a year

7. Witnesses or it didn't happen, Blarfk

I was reading a reddit thread about weird places in the world or something and someone posted a link to a location on google maps using the latitude and longitude coordinates. Just out of dumb curiosity, I replaced them with a bunch of random numbers just to see where in the world I would wind up, figuring I'd probably land in the ocean.

It took me to a spot in my city, less than two blocks away from where I was sitting.

I went from flabbergasted to annoyed that no one else was there to witness it, because it was so astoundingly unlikely and weird, and there's no way I'll ever be able to prove that it happened.

8. Wow that's crazy 1893Chicago - what was the PIN? And also the routing number? And your social security?

Lost my ATM card, went to the bank to have it replaced. Told them what I wanted the PIN to be, and they told me that the PIN would be randomly assigned and mailed separately, and once I received both I could then change the PIN to what I wanted it to be.

The randomly assigned PIN was the one that I wanted.

9. Mine always just get consumed by the sea :(. From sorryleonardo:

I found a pair of sunglasses (unisex sunglasses in perfect condition) on the beach in the water (stepped on it, thought it was a stick, took it out of the water, was pleasantly surprised). A week later I met with some friends. One of them told me she had the same sunglasses but lost them a week ago on a beach. Apparently, they were searching for it for half an hour. I gave it back, got a beer for it.

10. Perhaps the real World of Warcraft was the friends we made along the way, fleeeeetwood

I played World of Warcraft for years, but back when I was just getting started - I'm talking classic WoW - I was running a dungeon with some random people. I was in college at the time and the fire alarm started going off. I told the members in my group about the alarm and that I had to go. I quickly got up and went out for the drill. When I came back, I had a whisper/message from one of the guys that was in my dungeon group. He asked what college I went to, because he also just had a fire drill. Turns out, he lived in my dorm and in the floor above me. We found out because we ended up having a random fire drill while randomly grouped together during a dungeon run. We ended up becoming really good friends and raided together for years.

11. CaptainAwesome-O you have encountered the Angry Birds in real life perhaps you are a pig who has stolen some eggs?

I got shit on by a bird while walking out to the car to meet a woman for lunch. I ran inside and put on a clean shirt, drove to the restaurant, and was shit on by another bird while walking in. I was so flabbergasted that it was difficult to be angry.

12. hokeyWB gimme some of this shit you don't need all of it

I went to a trade show, and a lot of the companies had bowls with "Drop in your business card to win..."

At the end of the day they gathered us all together to draw the prizes... and I won a laptop, an iPhone, a weekend in a resort, a years subscription to MSDN and a carton of wine.

After the first two wins people thought it was funny... then there was playful teasing... but for the last couple I just got booed and people groaned a lot.

A few people called out "Rigged!" etc... but as the announcer explained it was multiple bowls from multiple companies... all brimming with business cards.

Totally freaked me out... felt like the Twilight Zone

13. Eggselent, peter_45000

In the middle of making an omelette I answered the door while holding a whole egg. It turned out to be my new neighbor asking if she could borrow an egg. The look of confusion on her face when I produced one on the spot was only matched by my own, she took it and left without saying a word. It was super weird.

14. Ayyyyy must be the faulty interior wiring! Via nextxoxexit:

the inside of my car burned up on the EXACT DAY a recall came out warning people of faulty interior wiring. It was fully covered.

 

 


10 Mind-Blowing Technologies That Most People Don’t Know Exist In Real Life

10 Mind-Blowing Technologies That Most People Don’t Know Exist In Real Life

 

As we move forward into the future, our need for new technologies that make life better, easier, and more efficient increases too. Innovative ways to produce and conserve energy can help us face up to and counter global warming and other environmental problems. Integrating biology and electronics for faster and advanced healthcare has never been more welcome. New materials that are stronger, lighter, viable, or necessary for space travel and various applications here on Earth are being invented by many scientists all over the world. Many of these might seem unreal, as if they are from science fiction. We have come across 10 such mind-blowing technologies that most people don’t know exist in real life and here they are.

1. Electronic Skin or E-Skin

An organic circuit 10 times thinner than a human skin cell, lighter than a feather, and that can be worn on the skin like an electronic tattoo.

Electronic skin is a temperature and pressure sensitive, thin, electronic material that mimics human skin. Just like human skin, it can stretch and also heal itself. It uses stretchable solar cells developed by a Stanford team in February 2011 for power with an accordion-like microstructure that lets them stretch up to 30% without any damage. The e-skin also contains biological and chemical sensors along with pressure sensors. It sticks to the skin because of Van der Waals forces which are based on the attraction between molecules, rather than adhesives.

The e-skin was made by embedding sensors on a thin film and then placing the film on a polyester backing, just like the one used in temporary tattoos. In July 2013, another team at the University of California, Berkeley was able to create an e-skin that lights up when touched and gets brighter as the pressure increases. Among the potential applications of the e-skin are being able to monitor the vitals of a patient. Others are a robot that will be able to detect disease or intoxication in a human and a video that can be played on the back of your hand.(source)

2. Li-Fi or Light Fidelity

A high-speed wireless communication system that utilizes household LED light bulbs enabling data transfers 100 times faster than WiFi and reaching speeds of up to 224 gigabits per second.

Image Source: purelifi

The term “Li-Fi” was coined by Harald Haas, a Chair Professor of Mobile Communications at the University of Edinburgh, Germany, and the co-founder pureLiFI, to describe the idea of “wireless data from every light.” Li-Fi works by switching the LED lights on and off at a very high rate, too quick for a human eye to notice, in order to transmit data. The advantage of using visible light over a normal WiFi’s radio frequency is that the spectrum is 10,000 times larger and is expected to be ten times less expensive. Researchers were able to transmit data at a rate of 224 Gbits/second, quite a lot higher than the fastest broadband in 2013. Since light waves cannot penetrate the walls, Li-Fi is believed to be far more secure from hacking than WiFi. Li-Fi also does not require direct line of sight, and the light reflected off the walls can achieve speeds of 70 Mbits/s.(source)

3. Transparent Aluminum Armor

A ceramic compound of aluminum, oxygen, and nitrogen known as aluminum oxynitride (AlON) that is optically transparent and four times harder than silica glass. A thickness of only 1.6 inches of AlON armor can stop .50 caliber BMG armor-piercing rounds which can penetrate 3.7 inches of glass laminate.

ALON (or AlON) is the hardest transparent ceramic available commercially. Because of its cubic spinel structure and by using conventional ceramic powder processing techniques, the material can be made into transparent windows, plates, domes, rods, tubes and many other forms. AlON is optically transparent, more than 80% so in the near-ultraviolet, visible, and midwave-infrared frequencies of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is also four times harder than fused silica glass and 85% as hard as a sapphire. It can also withstand temperatures up to 2,100 degrees Centigrade. Being lightweight, hard, and transparent makes AlON an excellent candidate for bulletproof armor and has been shown to stop multiple armor-piercing projectiles of up to .50 caliber. It has also been nicknamed “transparent aluminum” after a similar fictional material in the Star Trek universe.(12)

4. Color-Changing Contact Lenses for Monitoring Glucose Levels

The nanoparticles embedded in the hydrogel lenses react with the glucose molecules present in tears causing the lens to change color and thus alert the wearer of the rise or drop in their blood sugar levels.

Image Source: wikipedia

One of the most important things a diabetic must do is to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels to avoid diabetes-related complications. But, every time they test their sugar levels they have to prick their finger to draw a drop of blood. The color-changing contact lenses designed by professor Jin Zhang from the University of Western Ontario can omit the need for drawing blood every day. When there is an increase or decrease in blood sugar levels, the tears and the urine are affected too. The lenses react to the glucose present in the tears and change color accordingly. The nanocomposites used in the lenses are believed to be useful in a wide variety of applications such as food preservation and biodegradable food packaging.(source)

5. Wireless Energy Transmission

Japanese researchers have succeeded in transmitting energy using microwaves and delivered 1.8 kilowatts of power through the air, with pinpoint accuracy, to a receiver 55 meters away.

Image Source: NASA

One of the foremost research projects at Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been solar power satellites (SPS), satellites which can harness the solar energy for use on Earth. The energy would then be transmitted to Earth using either lasers or microwaves. However, lasers are considered impractical as they do not work through clouds. Recently, JAXA was able to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of energy to an antenna known as rectenna 55 meters away using carefully directed microwaves. The conversion of solar energy to DC, then to microwave, to DC again, and finally AC is 80% efficient, without considering the loss of energy during transmission. The agency is planning on deploying a geosynchronous solar collector weighing 10,000 metric tons at around 36,000 kilometers from Earth. By 2031, JAXA hopes to have a one-gigawatt commercial pilot plant operational.(source)

6. Transparent Solar Panels

These solar panels allow visible light to pass through and use ultraviolet and infrared light to generate power instead.

Image Source: extremetech

Transparent luminescent solar concentrators (TLSC) or transparent solar panels were created at Michigan State University and are made of organic salts that absorb specific non-visible wavelengths. Usually, solar cells work by absorbing the light which creates a shadow as they cannot let the light pass through. But, TLSC gets around this problem by taking the ultraviolet and infrared light and “luminescing” them as another wavelength of infrared light. This new infrared light is guided to and collected at the edges where thin strips of conventional photovoltaic solar cells are present. The current prototype has an efficiency of around 1%, but scientists believe efficiency of 10% and above should be possible soon.(source)

7. Femto-Photography

Researchers at MIT have created a new imaging system that can acquire visual data at a rate of one trillion exposures per second, fast enough to capture light traveling the length of a one-liter bottle.

A research team at the MIT Media Lab led by Ramesh Raskar in collaboration with Graphics and Imaging Lab at the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain has developed a technique for recording the propagation of very short pulses of light. This technique known as femto-photography uses a streak camera synchronized to a pulsed laser which is modified to capture 2D images instead of just recording a single scan line.

According to Raskar and his team, they were able to capture exposures so short that light only travels 0.6 millimeters (which takes it 2 picoseconds or 2 x 10-12 seconds to travel) during that period. Another interesting achievement of the femto-photography is being able to reconstruct unknown objects around corners, that is objects that are outside the line of sight of the light source or camera.(source)

8. 5D Glass Discs

Researchers from the UK have created glass discs that can record data in five dimensions and keep it safe for up to 13.8 billion years. The discs can store 360 terabytes of data and can even withstand temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Centigrade.

Image Source: southampton

In 2013, scientists at the University of Southampton, UK succeeded in demonstrating a method they refer to as “five-dimensional data storage.” On a normal CD, the data is stored by creating bumps which are then read by a laser, a bump being read as one and the lack of a bump read as zero. This makes a CD two dimensional. On the other hand, a 5D disc stores information within its interior through tiny physical structures called “nanogratings.” Just like the bumps on a CD, these nanogratings are read using light. The five dimensions, in this case, are the three-dimensional location of the grating (that is the x-, y-, and z-axes), the strength of the light the nanograting refracts, and its orientation. These extra dimensions help the disc store data much more densely compared to a CD. Currently, a Blu-ray Disc can hold up to 128 gigabytes of data, while a 5D disc of the same size can store almost 3,000 times more, that is 360 terabytes of data.(source)

9. Synthetic “Leaf” that Produces Oxygen

The synthetic, biological leaf made by suspending chloroplasts in a silk protein matrix absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant and could enable long-distance space travel.

Image Source: julianmelchiorri

With the prospect of interplanetary travel becoming a reality, NASA has been researching ways to produce oxygen for long-distance journeys and to make living in space much easier. Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Innovation Design Engineering course, in collaboration with Tufts University silk lab, has created one such device which he named “Melchiorri’s Silk Leaf.” He believes that the fibers of silk have “an amazing property of stabilizing molecules.” So, he extracted chloroplasts from plant cells and placed them inside a matrix of that silk protein. Just like normal leaves, it requires light and some water to produce oxygen. He believes it could enable long-distance space travel by producing enough oxygen to breathe.(source)

10. Aerogel

A synthetic, porous, ultralight material made from a gel from which the liquid component is replaced with gas. Extremely strong and thermally insulating, an aerogel block heated up to 2,200 degrees Centigrade can be held with the bare hands without burning the skin.

Image credit: NASA

Also known as “frozen smoke,” “solid air,” or “solid cloud,” aerogel is a solid with an extremely low density and thermal conductivity. It can be made from a variety of chemical compounds. In the beginning, it was made using silica gels. Now, however, there are aerogels based on carbon, alumina, chromia, and tin dioxide. The liquid component of the gel is extracted through supercritical drying. This process allows it to dry slowly enough for the solid matrix to stay intact instead of collapsing from capillary action.

Almost 99.8% of the material is air, and it has a porous solid network with air pockets that take up a majority of its volume. The material feels fragile to the touch and is almost weightless because of the air pockets. However, it is so strong that a 2.5-kilogram brick can be supported by a piece of 2 grams of aerogel. It is also a viable candidate for providing thermal insulation for spaceships.(source)

 


Here Are the Best Movies From Every Year Since 2000, According To Critics

Here Are the Best Movies From Every Year Since 2000, According To Critics

2000: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"

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Critic score: 93/100

User score: 8.1/10

Summary: "In 19th century China, a magical sword given by a warrior to his lover is stolen and the quest to find it ensues. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story travels in a different direction with the introduction of a mysterious assassin and another love story."

What critics said: "Ang Lee, a world-class director working at the top of his elegant form, has done something thrilling." — Rolling Stone

 

2001: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"

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Critic score: 92/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "An epic adventure of good against evil, a story of the power of friendship and individual courage, and the heroic quest to pave the way for the emergence of mankind, J.R.R. Tolkien's master work brought to cinematic life."

What critics said: "So consistently involving because the excellent cast delivers their lines with the kind of utter conviction not seen in this kind of movie since the first 'Star Wars.'" — New York Post

 

2002: "Spirited Away"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 9/10

Summary: "A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world."

What critics said: "The most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages." — New York magazine

 

2003: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "Sauron's forces have laid siege to Minas Tirith, the capital of Gondor, in their efforts to eliminate the race of men. The once-great kingdom, watched over by a fading steward, has never been in more desperate need of its king."

What critics said: "Like all great fantasies and epics, this one leaves you with the sense that its wonders are real, its dreams are palpable." — Chicago Tribune

 

2004: "Sideways"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 7/10

Summary: "Two old friends set off on a wine-tasting road trip ... only to veer dizzily sideways into a wry, comedic exploration of the crazy vicissitudes of love and friendship, the damnable persistence of loneliness and dreams and the enduring war between Pinot and Cabernet."

What critics said: "Hysterically funny yet melancholy comedy." — The Hollywood Reporter

 

2005: "The Best of Youth"

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Critic score: 89/100

User score: 8.8/10

Summary: "Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, this passionate epic follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history."

What critics said: "Full of nuance and complexity, but it is also as accessible and engrossing as a grand 19th-century novel." — The New York Times

 

2006: "Pan's Labyrinth"

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Critic score: 98/100

User score: 8.7/10

Summary: "Young Ofelia enters a world of unimaginable cruelty when she moves in with her new stepfather, a tyrannical military officer. Armed with only her imagination, Ofelia discovers a mysterious labyrinth and meets a faun who sets her on a path to saving herself and her ailing mother."

What critics said: "Literally and figuratively marvelous, a rich, daring mix of fantasy and politics." — Village Voice

 

2007: "Ratatouille"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8.6/10

Summary: "Despite his sensational sniffer and sophisticated palate, Remy's dreams of becoming a chef seem hopeless due to one small detail — he's a rat!"

What critics said: "The master chefs at Pixar have blended all the right ingredients — abundant verbal and visual wit, genius slapstick timing, a soupcon of Gallic sophistication — to produce a warm and irresistible concoction that's sure to appeal to everyone's inner Julia Child." — Variety

 

2008: "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"

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Critic score: 97/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "During the final days of communism in Romania, two college roommates Otilia and Gabita are busy preparing for a night away. But rather than planning for a holiday, they are making arrangements for Gabita's illegal abortion and unwittingly, both find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of unexpected revelations."

What critics said: "Riveting, horrifying chronicle of an illegal abortion performed in 1987 when Ceausescu's dictatorial hand still gripped Romania's throat ... No lover of greatness in filmmaking will want to look away." — Entertainment Weekly

 

2009: "The Hurt Locker"

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Critic score: 94/100

User score: 7.3/10

Summary: "When a new sergeant, James (Jeremy Renner), takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat."

What critics said: "A near-perfect movie about men in war, men at work. Through sturdy imagery and violent action, it says that even Hell needs heroes." — Time

 

2010: "The Social Network"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8.3/10

Summary: "On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea."

What critics said: "'The Social Network' has understandably been compared to 'Citizen Kane' in its depiction of a man who changes society through bending an emergent technology to his will." — The Washington Post

 

2011: "A Separation"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8.9/10

Summary: "Set in contemporary Iran, 'A Separation' is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father."

What critics said: "Beyond the impeccable performances and direction, it's foremost an exceptional piece of screenwriting, so finely wrought that the drama seems guided by an invisible hand." — The AV Club

 

2012: "Zero Dark Thirty"

13

Critic score: 95/100

User score: 6.8/10

Summary: "For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal: to find and eliminate Osama bin Laden."

What critics said: "Telling a nearly three-hour story with an ending everyone knows, Bigelow and Boal have managed to craft one of the most intense and intellectually challenging films of the year." — The Guardian

 

2013: "12 Years a Slave"

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Critic score: 96/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery."

What critics said: "The genius of '12 Years a Slave' is its insistence on banal evil, and on terror, that seeped into souls, bound bodies and reaped an enduring, terrible price." — The New York Times

 

2014: "Boyhood"

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Critic score: 100/100

User score: 7.7/10

Summary: "Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes."

What critics said: "It's an astonishing achievement. Linklater and his cast, who helped refine the director's script, perfectly execute how long it takes us to become the lead characters in our own lives, and how fumblingly the role is first assumed." — The Telegraph

 

2015: "Carol"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 8/10

Summary: "Set in 1950s New York, two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in the throes of love."

What critics said: "Haynes' commitment to outcasts, then and now, makes Carol a romantic spellbinder that cuts deep. It's one of the year's very best films." — Rolling Stone

 

2016: "Moonlight"

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Critic score: 99/100

User score: 7.2/10

Summary: "The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality."

What critics said: "Jenkins burrows deep into his characters' pain-seared memories, creating ferociously restrained performances and confrontational yet tender images that seem wrenched from his very core." — The New Yorker

 

2017: "Call Me by Your Name"

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Critic score: 95/100

User score: 9.1/10

Summary: "In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape."

What critics said: "Chalamet gives the performance of the year. By any name, this is a masterpiece." — New York Magazine

 


Web Users Amazed By Transparent Cloth Which Makes A Person Disappear

Web Users Amazed By Transparent Cloth Which Makes A Person Disappear -

Chinese web users are enthused over a new product that claimed to be a China-made ‘quantum of invisibility cloak’. Amateur video emerged on Weibo showing a man disappears in front of the camera as he holds a transparent-looking table cloth in front of him. The video has over 21.4 million views and shared by various news media as well as Chen Shiqu, deputy head of Criminal Investigation Department at Ministry of Public Security. Mr Chen shared the video on his Weibo account on December 4, stating the ‘invisibility cloak’ can be useful in military. ‘This is a quantum technology-made cloth that is made of transparent material, it can reflect the light wave around the person who wears it so it can make the person disappear.


The Top 10 TV Gifts Of 2017 For The TV Lover In Your Life

The Top 10 TV Gifts Of 2017 For The TV Lover In Your Life

 

 

Just in time for Cyber Monday, the TV buffs at Paste have a short-and-sweet guide to the best gifts for the TV lover in your life—Trekkies, Clone Clubbers, Breaking Baddies and more. From toys and puzzles to apparel and must-have boxed sets, this list offers a range of items and price points, so if you’re still stumped about what to get this season, take a gander. We’re sure you’ll find something worth snapping up, even if it’s to (in Parks and Rec parlance) Treat. Yo. Self.

1. Star Trek Mirror Universe Tribble (Quantum Mechanix, $9.95)


When it comes to my filmed entertainment, I’m a pretty omnivorous fella. I’m just as happy watching a nature documentary series as I am watching The West WingBuffy the Vampire Slayer or John Jakes’ The Bastard . Well, maybe I am a little happier watching Buffy... but I digress. The Star Trek: TOS episode “The Trouble With Tribbles” was always one of my favorites, and longtime Paste TV Hall of Fame geektacular vendor Quantum Mechanix has recently released the second-best plush we’ve ever covered in this guide: a Mirror Universe Tribble. Not satisfied with quadrotriticale, these little bastards pretty much snap at everything in sight (despite having no discernable eyes)—except Klingons, of course. Ok, it’s not canon, but at least it’s not the Kelvin timeline! —Mark Rabinowitz

2. Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion by Alan Sepinwall (Harry N. Abrams, $18)


Any fan of Alan Sepinwall’s writing knows the Uproxx TV critic is a witty, funny, insightful, and verbose TV watcher. He loves TV just as much as we do, and his writing is compulsively readable. Honestly, I like reading what he has to say even about shows I don’t watch. His latest book, Breaking Bad 101: The Complete Critical Companion, is a must-read for any Walter White fan in your life. The book, which comes with a terrific introduction from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, breaks down the series episode by episode. Even if you read his reviews of the AMC drama when they were originally posted, here, like any great artist, Sepinwall has polished and perfected his writing. With more time to reflect on an episode and, in a one case, having the benefit of not being hospitalized with a burst appendix, his writing is even more discerning, more robust. And if you haven’t watched Breaking Bad yet and want to, give this book as a gift to yourself. The book travels through the series spoiler free. After you’re done reading, it will be clear that Sepinwall is the TV critic who knocks. —Amy Amatangelo

3. Grimm: The Complete Collection (Universal Studios Home Entertainment, $104.96)


To be honest, if you added up every show that I called “one of my five favorites of the past 10 years” or some variation thereof, you’d likely end up with 10 to 15 series, but yeah, Grimm would be on that list. It was that rare successful mix of fantasy and horror that pretty much hit on all cylinders from start to finish, avoiding both the “limp across the finish line” final season and the dreaded “Oh my God, we’re canceled, we need to wrap everything up, now!” syndrome. Creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf whipped up a compelling and original world, by using (mostly) existing fairy tales and myths as source material and then bringing these Old World stories into the 21st century. Then again, It’s not like Greenwalt (Buffy the Vampire SlayerEurekaAngel) and Kouf (AngelGhost Whisperer) were beginners! It was at times terrifying, often exhilarating and surprisingly romantic (Rosalee and Monroe were adorable, but I was team Nadalind, all the way). What will us Grimmsters do without it? I guess buy this set. —Mark Rabinowitz

4. Orphan Black: The Complete Series (BBC America, $89.56)


  Orphan Black is one of the most original and compelling series, sci-fi or otherwise, of the past decade, and Tatiana Maslany’s performance(s) rightfully garnered her multiple (Ha! Get it?) awards, including a 2016 Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Like Buffybefore it, Orphan Black was a female-driven show that developed a strong fan base that relished the opportunity to bring newbies into the fold, thus growing the audience. While the set doesn’t contain any video extras that the individual sets didn’t already have, it does have a nifty (and exclusive to this release) 64-page booklet, “Orphan Black Classified Clone Reports by Dr. Delphine Cormier,” and presents the Clone Club with the opportunity to spread the word! —Mark Rabinowitz

5. Westworld and Silicon Valley Funko Pop! Figures (HBO Store, prices vary)


Is it just me, or are the folks over at Funko getting even better at designing these adorable, mouthless hunks of vinyl? Don’t get me wrong, we here at Paste have long been fans of the Pop! phenomenon, but they really nailed Dinesh’s irritated bemusement, Gilfoyle’s utter contempt, and poor, psychotic Jared’s utter helplessness, all without the benefit of mouths. And Westworld’s Bernard’s bi-focals are actually halfway down his nose! The real genius touch, however, is that while Erlich’s half-lidded stoner look isn’t all that hard to do, they actually managed to give a bloodshot eye effect to a figure that has only giant, black pupils. Now that’ssome skill. —Mark Rabinowitz

6. BritBox (BritBox.com, $6.99/month)


It seems like every other week a new streaming service pops up. By my count there are currently 4,347 of them, and to be honest, not all are worth the shekels they’re asking for. If you’re a fan of British TV, however, BritBox most decidedly is, and not just for classic shows like Blackadder(squee!), Fawlty Towers or AbFab, either. For the low low price of $7 a month, you could be tucking into the very latest episodes of ever-lasting British soaps like Coronation Street or Eastenders, new episodes of cult classic Red Dwarf (not to mention all previous 11 seasons), and Ned Stark himself (Sean Bean) starring in the highly regarded new series, Broken. If that all wasn’t enough, the service recently inked a deal with Australia’s Freemantle Media to bring their programming to the service, including the comedy game show Qi and the recent fantasy hit, Merlin. Oh, did I forget to mention that all existing classic Doctor Who episodes currently reside on BritBox? A joint partnership between British broadcasters BBC and ITV, BritBox combines very nicely with last year’s Top 10 entry Acorn TV for the Anglophile in your life. Now if they could only, between the two of them, bring us Paul Abbot’s exceptional 1997 miniseries Recklessand 1998’s Reckless: The Sequel, I could die happy. —Mark Rabinowitz

7. Game of Thrones “Long May She Reign” Puzzle (HBO Store, $19.99)


When it comes to Game of Thrones, HBO keeps putting out merch. And why wouldn’t they? If Cersei had a Westerosi cash cow like this, she wouldn’t have to borrow from the Iron Bank of Braavos. OK, maybe I’m stretching the metaphor a bit, but the bottom line is we keep buying stuff, so they keep making it—and, to be honest, a lot of what they put out is pretty cool. Sure, there are the obvious hoodies and replica swords but then you have legitimate works of art, like this puzzle made from the Season Six, episode 10 entry of artist Robert Ball’s amazing Beautiful Death series. Assuming you’re able to finish this 1,000 piece puzzle, you might consider framing it. —Mark Rabinowitz

8. The Art of Rick and Morty and Steven Universe: Art & Origins(Dark Horse Comics, $35.99 / Abrams Books, $29.95)


When it comes to the Stages of Gift Giving for TV Fandom, the “art of…” book represents a more mature phase. In general, it’s a gift for the established fan, the fan who is likely already well on his or her way to accumulating the Blu-ray season compilations, the clothing merch, the Pop! figures, etc. Still, for those fans, such books can represent a perfect gift—the item that they might not get for themselves, but which they love receiving. Fortunately, if you know someone who is a fan of contemporary animation, it’s practically guaranteed you know a fan or either Steven Universe or Rick and Morty. The former is infused with love for one’s family and inclusiveness and is bolstered by a bevy of musical gems thanks to creator Rebecca Sugar. The latter is infused with—Szechuan sauce, maybe?—and is dark and hilarious in ways for which creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are justly blamed. Frankly, while it’s a near certainty your friend or family member will love at least one of the shows, the Venn diagram revealing how many love both hasn’t been drawn yet. Regardless, whether it’s The Art of Rick and Morty or Steven Universe: Art & Origins, you at least can be sure you’ve done a fan a solid and provided some great behind-the-scenes looks into how some of the best shows Adult Swim and Cartoon Network has to offer came and continue to be. —Michael Burgin

9. Doctor Who Four-Poster Set (Etsy, $25.08 and up)


For the Whovian everywhere whose significant other denies them a TARDIS shower curtain (guilty) or a vintage full-size radio-controlled K9 (only the mini version), I present these fantastic poster prints of the TARDIS, a Cyberman, a Dalek and The 10th Doctor. Not only are these pretty nifty looking (and appropriately blue), their particularly creative Etsy seller gives you the option of choosing how large (or small) you want them. So while a set of four 5×7-inch prints will run you $22.39 plus shipping, you also have the option of going all the way up to a whopping 24×36 inches for $229.30. The same seller also has a five-poster set that includes a Weeping Angel, but at the moment doesn’t seem to be offering them in Face of Boe size. —Mark Rabinowitz

10. Will & Grace Classic Names T-Shirt (NBC Store, $22.95)


Sure, it’s derivative—I already considered buying A Little Life-themed rendition after sobbing through Hanya Yanagihara’s novel this summer—but then again, so is the revival of NBC’s beloved sitcom, brought back to life by co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan earlier this fall. Still, these characters (especially Will Truman) are such a signal feature of my own coming-of-age that it’s been reassuring to reconnect with them, a familiarity that this T-shirt, with its immediately recognizable script, captures rather perfectly. Maybe it’s nostalgia. Maybe it’s my increasing appreciation for earnest comedies in troubled times. Maybe it’s realizing, with the sparkling gay conversion camp send-up “Grandpa Jack,” that the new Will & Grace retains some of the original’s warm magic. Whatever the reason, I wouldn’t mind finding this T-shirt (pink print, please) in my stocking come Christmas morning. —Matt Brennan