FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Unusual Facts About Taste

FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Unusual Facts About Taste

The seemingly simple sense of taste is anything but clear-cut. Science cannot explain all its complexities, and the underlying biology is so powerful that marketers successfully manipulate customers with suggestion.

There are taste buds in strange places and people who taste the unbelievable. The tongue is also amazingly uncharted—sensing the tasteless, switching sensations, and even producing virtual flavors.

 

10 Expensive Wine Tastes Better

Certain information can skew a person’s ability to taste what is really being served. In the case of a marketing test for wine, tongues and brains were fooled for the better.

In 2015, volunteers were told that they were about to sample five bottles. Prices ranged from £3–£55 per bottle. In reality, they sipped three brands with two different price tags.

Blissfully unaware that they were being served cheap slosh, the volunteers reported—and reacted physically—as if the wine was tasty and refined. The belief that the glass contained a quality drink was enough to change their neurological chemistry. Incredibly, the brain molded the person’s taste according to his or her expectancy of the product’s worth.[1]

Price was not the only thing capable of this mental tweak. Researchers also discovered that consumers shelled out more for a heavy bottle and that alcoholic beverages taste better in a heavier glass—all because the brain associates weight with quality.

9 The Bloody Mary Mystery

In 2013, the German airline Lufthansa noticed something on their planes that was not really seen back on land. Once in the air, passengers craved tomato juice. Around 1.8 million liters (476,000 gal) were being served annually, making a Bloody Mary as popular as a beer.

The unusual phenomenon even encouraged those who would not otherwise drink tomato juice. Once again, volunteers were gathered, this time in a grounded Airbus A310. Drinks were served, but the passengers found the concoction “musty.” However, during simulated flight conditions, the Bloody Mary’s popularity took off. Happy passengers now described it as “pleasantly fruity.”

The curious culprit is umami, our fifth taste sensation. The other four (sweet, salty, sour, and bitter) are fearful fliers. Airplane noise, low humidity, and cabin pressure dampens them but not umami, which picks up on savory flavors.[2]

Flying conditions could partly be responsible for notoriously bland airline food, but they also explain why a Bloody Mary is a high-altitude favorite. Tomato juice is very savory, which is appreciated by the passengers’ only surviving taste buds.

 

8 Taste Can Improve Depression Treatment

The ability to taste is intricately woven into emotions. On the darker spectrum, anxiety and depression numb flavors. There is evidence that the blues hamper recognition of how fatty a snack or even milk is. Bad news for those who turn to comfort eating after a stressful day.

But taste itself may help people suffering from depression and anxiety to receive more effective treatment. When healthy volunteers were given antidepressants, which contain certain neurotransmitters, their ability to detect bitterness, sucrose, and sourness increased.

This pointed to a chemical imbalance in individuals who taste less because of their heavy emotions. This group will benefit from medication but not sufferers who still enjoy a flavor-packed lunch. Since their anxiety or depression does not stem from imbalance, talking therapy may be more successful than pills.[3]

Therefore, a simple taste test could either prevent people from lacking medication they need or taking an unnecessary prescription drug. Incredibly, researchers discovered that the antidepressants worked on chemical transmitters within taste buds long before reaching the brain.

7 Battle Of The Sixth Flavor

Convention once stated that the human palate could only detect four flavors. The arrival of umami proved the rule wrong. Some scientists believe that there may even be a sixth flavor. In fact, there are seven sensations vying for recognition.

Mice have two receptors to taste calcium. One exists on the human tongue, but its link to the chalky flavor remains unproven. Japanese researchers believe that the calcium receptor is responsible for another unrelated flavor called kokumi (“heartiness”). They claim that compounds in yeast and milt enhance food’s existing flavors. Western scientists have yet to experience it despite eating kokumi-rich food provided by their Japanese counterparts.

Then there are piquance (burning) and coolness, which convince the brain of false temperatures. Some feel that these are physical feelings rather than tastes. Two more controversial suggestions hold that fat is a flavor and metals or “metallicity” is another.[4]

The most unusual but perhaps the strongest candidate for a new taste sensation is carbon dioxide. The gas adds the fizz to carbonated drinks. In mice, taste cells with the enzyme carbonic anhydrase 4 detect CO2. Mountain climbers take acetazolamide, an altitude sickness drug which inhibits the enzyme. This could be why climbers report flat fizzy drinks—proof of a drug-disabled ability to taste carbon dioxide.

6 The Unusual Tasters

Photo credit: BBC

Nobody shares an identical palate with another person. However, most of the population falls into a group that experiences the same basic tastes with approximately the same intensity.

For a small percentage, things get strange. There are “thermal tasters” who register cold items as sour and hot items as sweet. Certain individuals are genetically sensitive to coriander. For them, it is like eating soap.

At the extreme opposites are tongues that taste little or remarkably well. Nontasters have few taste buds and find food dull. But supertasters have twice as many taste buds as most of the population. Bitterness is the ultimate bane of supertasters, who also enjoy sweeter sugar and saltier sodium.[5]

About 25 percent of people are supertasters, but most agree that it can be troublesome. Their pronounced ability to detect minute flavors makes them less likely to enjoy alcohol, rich desserts, and healthy green vegetables. In particular, broccoli is unbearably bitter to supers.

Oddly, even though salt tastes strong, most supertasters cannot get enough of it. Researchers believe that it might be because salt mutes bitterness.

 

5 The Taste Of Water

Almost everybody feels that water has no flavor. If it does, it is usually due to the chemicals in tap water or a container’s aftertaste. Scientists are not ready to agree. If water is truly void of culinary character, then animals’ drinking behavior does not tally.

As water is critical for survival, it makes sense that organisms need to identify it by smell and taste. Indeed, water-detecting cells already exist in amphibians and insects. There are signs that such cells could also be in mammals.

When an animal feels thirst, the sensation is triggered by the brain’s hypothalamus. The same region also tells it when to stop drinking. But most animals stop long before the gut signals the brain that it feels full.[6]

The only explanation is that the mouth and tongue sends messages to the brain. To do this, taste buds must somehow be able to taste water. The human cortex also appears to react specifically to water. Despite the clues, researchers still know very little about how water signals from the mouth and throat reach the brain.

4 Intestines Have Taste Buds

It may sound unbelievable, but the human intestines have taste receptors. Gut buds are not as alien as they sound. The mouth is the start of a long tube known as the gastrointestinal tract, including the intestines.

However, taste buds lining the tract function differently than those on the tongue. The latter is all about telling the brain, through taste, what is being placed in the mouth. If palatable, the person swallows. The food reaches the gut buds, which can recognize different tastes.

One won’t taste a meal in the intestinal tract, but its receptors’ reactions can be felt as hunger and fullness. Once the brain “tastes” something in the gut, it triggers the release of energy-processing hormones in the tract. This keeps blood sugar levels steady.

In this sense, taste buds in the gut have an important health role to play. If faulty, they can cause weight gain or, worse yet, mess with glucose absorption and potentially worsen type 2 diabetes. In the future, a better understanding of gut receptors may be the secret to controlling blood glucose and obesity.[7]

3 The Flavor-Bending Berry

Photo credit: discovermagazine.com

A small red berry from West Africa makes vinegar taste like liquid sugar. In an ironic twist, the so-called “miracle berry” has a bland taste. But once the berry is eaten, one never needs to fear another lemon.

Miracle berries turn any acidic food into an intensely sweet experience. The berries contain miraculin, a protein that coats the tongue’s sweet receptors. When the mouth is neutral (neither alkaline nor acidic), miraculin blocks other sweeteners from fastening to the receptors. It even goes as far as deadening the tongue’s ability to taste, which is why the berry’s own flavor disappoints.

The fun begins when something sour is added. The protein steals a few protons, changes shape, and distorts the sweet receptors. They turn supersensitive with crazy results.[8]

This phenomenon is not unique to miracle berries. The Malaysian lumbah plant pulls the same trick with a protein called neoculin. What is interesting is that neoculin and miraculin are unrelated and differ completely at the molecular level. Also, each attaches to different parts of receptors and yet both do the exact unusual thing.

2 Virtual Flavors

Photo credit: ibtimes.co.uk

Recently, scientists worked with the elderly and patients who had received chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Both cancer treatments and aging can cause a severe loss of tasting ability.

The researchers’ approach was cutting-edge and creative. They used cutlery that virtually enhances the flavor of a meal. Like your lemonade really sour? They invented a cup that can dial the intensity up or down. Another device, a smart spoon, can create or supplement the tastes of a meal. Similar to the cup, a button on the spoon’s handle can lessen or intensify the sourness, bitterness, and saltiness of every bite.

Using tiny silver electrodes, flavors are delivered by zapping taste buds with electrical pulses during eating or drinking. Apart from enhancing lunch or restoring taste, the technology also shows promise in another field. Developers believe that people might relax someday in a virtual reality environment where they can sit down and taste those digital nachos.[9]

1 People Who Taste Words

It may sound like fiction, but there are people who can taste words. They even have a name—synesthetes. Individuals with synesthesia experience the overlapping of senses, such as vision and hearing or touch and taste.

The rarest of this unusual group are the language tasters. When tested, they even experienced flavors for the unknown names of objects. Cold-called years later, test subjects recalled the flavor of every item. This 100 percent accuracy is something that sets synesthetes apart. Non-synesthetes who are given a list of word-taste associations will forget most within a fortnight.

While elusive words produced strange flavors, food names tasted of the actual items. The word “mint” will taste like a mint. Many synesthetes also describe the same word in a similar way. This led researchers to discover that certain sounds within a word, rather than the word itself, triggered taste.[10]

The reason why two or more senses blend remains unsolved. One theory states that everyone is born a synesthete, with every sensory region in the brain connected. Eventually, they separate with age. It is suggested that the process does not complete in synesthetes and leaves active links between the senses.


ANGRY GIRL TRIES TO DESTROY HER BOYFRIENDS CAR - DESTROYS HERSELF INSTEAD

ANGRY GIRL TRIES TO DESTROY HER BOYFRIENDS CAR - DESTROYS HERSELF INSTEAD

That's what you call an ice breaker

 


The US Town Where Chinese Millionaires House Their Kids And Hide Their Mistresses

The US Town Where Chinese Millionaires House Their Kids And Hide Their Mistresses

 There are people who live their entire life never fearing unemployment or understanding destitution.

 


WITTY WAKE UP CALL - 30+ MEMES FOR YOUR MORNING

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You're Probably Having A Better Day At The Office Than This Forklift Driver

You're Probably Having A Better Day At The Office Than This Forklift Driver

Unless your job is "breaking everything you touch," in which case he's actually having a better day than you.

 


Weird Foods From The '50s, '60s And '70s

Weird Foods From The '50s, '60s And '70s

Flickr is a treasure trove of vintage ads, including vintage food ads with recipes that are fun to flip through. There's a lot of entertainment value in these ads, especially now in the age of perfect food photos on blogs and Instagram.

Take a look at these weird foods through the decades, and the food manufacturers that thought they were a good idea.

1950s

A nightmare of a dinner. (Photo: genibee/Flickr)

Could the Monterey Souffle Salad have been the inspiration for the movie "The Blob?" Seriously, look at this fright of lemon gelatin, mayonnaise, vegetables, tuna and what could definitely be confused with an eyeball sitting on top. This is the food of nightmares. And, last I checked, a souffle is baked, not "fast frosted." (1955)

Recipes for people who don't know you can dunk you sandwich in your soup. (Photo: Classic Film/Flickr)

Soup and sandwiches are usually a safe bet for lunch or a light dinner — unless the soup is being poured all over the sandwich! Did someone think that dunking a sandwich into the soup was too much work, so they created these "easy" Campbell's Soup slathered sandwiches? I think it's more work to use a knife and fork than eat with your hands, don't you? (1958)

1960s

All your holiday candy dreams come true with candles on a square Christmas tree. (Photo: Classic Film/Flickr)

Karo Syrup wanted to make holiday candy fantasies come true with a Peppermint Popcorn Tree made from squares of popcorn glued together with Karo. I'm cracking up at the real candles with their cherry candle holders. They should have stuck with only gum drop ornaments. And, look at that "basic candy recipe" in the beginning of the ad: Karo, confectioners' sugar and margarine! But the kicker is the bottom paragraph that makes Karo sound like a health food. It's "a sugar your body uses directly for quick energy!" (1962)

A food partnership doomed to fail. (Photo: Jamie/Flickr)

The two separate recipes in this Mazola Corn Oil Patio Partners recipe are only slightly weird, but it's the presentation that makes this truly strange. What's going to happen when someone removes one of the drumsticks that are holding up a bowl of 1960s-inspired cole slaw complete with chunks of jellied cranberry sauce and a big dollop of extra mayo on top for good measure? This partnership is doomed.

1970s

This bargain 25-cent recipe book suggests putting fish sticks where fish sticks don't belong. (Photo: Jamie/Flickr)

Is there any dish that Mrs. Paul's Fish Sticks can't improve? That seems to be the idea behind this 1970s ad for Mrs. Paul's Meal Makers recipe book. Fish stick tacos, fish stick mushroom caps, fish stick open-faced sandwiches ... the sky is the limit. Look at the front cover of the actual recipe book. These dishes apparently pair well with Champagne! (To be fair, almost everything pairs well with Champagne.) All you had to do to get the recipes was stick a quarter in an envelope and in 4 to 6 weeks, this recipe book arrived on your doorstep. (I know it doesn't say 4 to 6 weeks, but in the '70s, everything took 4 to 6 weeks.) Sadly, that recipe book rings a bell. There may have been a copy in my home when I was a kid. (1972)

Weird EggNests! from the 1970s have reemerged as the Cloud Eggs of today. (Photo: Jamie/Flickr)

Here's an example of a weird food from the past that is once again hip. Egg Nests, now known as Cloud Eggs, swept through Instagram earlier this year. What's fun about this vintage ad recipe is that it's titled the 42 Cent Lunch, but once you add the salad, milk and fruit you need to complete the lunch, it's not really 42 cents. (1977)

There are no apples in this apple pie. (Photo: Eliza Adams/Shutterstock)

A super weird recipe that I remember from the 1970s when I was a kid was Mock Apple Pie. I don't know if it was created in the 1970s, but it was a huge deal with my mom and her friends because it tasted just like apple pie but replaced apples with Ritz Crackers. The weirdest part of the whole thing is why I never asked my mom, "Why not just use real apples?"

I wonder what people will look back on decades from now and think was weird about today's foods (besides our obsessive desire to document every bite of them). I'm going to take a guess and say rainbow foods may show up in a Weird Foods of the New Millennium piece to be written in 2067.

 


Iceland Is Growing New Forests

 

Iceland Is Growing New Forests

The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 percent forest.
Within a few centuries, almost all of the island’s trees were slashed and burned to make room for farming. This rapid deforestation has resulted in massive soil erosion that puts the island at risk for desertification.

Today, the Icelandic Forest Service has taken on the mammoth task of bringing back the woodlands. With the help of forestry societies and forest farmers, Iceland’s trees are slowly beginning to make a comeback. Watch this short film by Euforgen to learn more about how their efforts are working to benefit Iceland's economy and ecology through forestry.

 


The Fascinating Thing That Happens When You Roll A Frisbee On A Windy, Frozen Lake

The Fascinating Thing That Happens When You Roll A Frisbee On A Windy, Frozen Lake

It just... keeps... on... going.


25 OF THE MOST FAMOUS MOVIE QUOTES - HOW MANY DO YOU KNOW?

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WANT TO TAKE UP SEXERCISE? HERE'S HOW MANY CALORIES EACH SEX POSITION BURNS

WANT TO TAKE UP SEXERCISE? HERE'S HOW MANY CALORIES EACH SEX POSITION BURNS

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If you despise jogging, along with every other form of working out, don’t sweat it. We’ve always known sex was a great way to burn off calories, but science has finally told us how many. However, these are just averages. If your sex is best described as a ‘Fast and Furious’ film you probably burn more than average.

2

Giving oral sex for 30 minutes burns approximately 60 calories. Good news: you also burn 60 calories just by receiving oral! Bad news: 60 calories isn’t even half a Snickers bar.

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Simply making out for 30 minutes burns 230 calories! That’s easy to believe considering how many people get way too into it. In public.

4

Doggystyle allows you to burn 110 calories per half hour if you’re the one on top thrusting, and slightly fewer if you’re not. Hey, that’s still pretty good for us girls!

5

Classic missionary only burns 60 calories per half hour depending on how umm, intense you are. That number is easily doubled when you’re more vigorous. You know, like at the end.

6

Cowgirl and reverse cowgirl let the ladies burn up to 110 calories every 35 minutes. Yee-haw!

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A 30 minute hand job burns 50 calories. However, unless you’re still in high school, hopefully your life isn’t full of 30 minute long hand jobs when there’s so much more you could be doing.

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Just like with interval training, changing positions is also the way to go. Not just for better exercise, but for more interesting sex. So, go forth, and show this article to your girlfriend while trying to convince her to have sex tonight.


State No. 51? Backers Envision 'New California'

State No. 51? Backers Envision ''

Attempts to forge an independent California have failed, as have previous efforts to split the state into several distinct ones. But the "New California" movement hopes for a different outcome this time around. Backers hope to carve out a new state from existing state land—so there'd be a California and a New California—and they say they can do so via the Constitution. Their chance of success? Virtually non-existent, by most accounts, but the idea is still drawing some attention. Details:

  • The new map: You can see it here on the group's Facebook page. New California would encompass most of the existing state, except for the coastal area from roughly San Francisco down to Los Angeles. Think urban vs rural, or perhaps more aptly, liberal vs. conservative.
  • How? This wouldn't be a secession but the creation of a new state, and the group says New California would be formed just as West Virginia was. They cite Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution, per USA TodayThe short version: First they convince the state legislature to agree to the split, then get Congress to approve.
 

  • Why? Group founders Robert Paul Preston and Tom Reed see the current state government as "tyrannical" and take issue with everything from high taxes, education, transportation, and law enforcement to state parks, water resource management, and voter rights. They have a declaration of independence and a website.
  • Deja vu?: "Here we go again," writes Abby Hamblin at the San Diego Union-Tribune"To be blunt about all this: It’s a long shot. Let’s repeat that again. It’s a long shot."
  • What it would mean: If successful, the movement would create the sixth-largest state in the country, one with a conservative lean, per Newsweek.
  • Time frame: Movement organizers say it will take 10 to 18 months before they can get the ball rolling with the state legislature, per CBS Sacramento.
 

Photo Shoot Of Woman ‘Giving Birth’ To A Kitten Is Freaking Everyone Out

Photo Shoot Of Woman ‘Giving Birth’ To A Kitten Is Freaking Everyone Out

I know there are some people out there that adore their cats, hell I have one of my own. And I know some people like to dress up their cat and whatnot. But please, for the love of everything that is holy, don’t freak everyone out by pretending to give birth to a kitten like the woman below did.

A Denver-based photographer named Lucy Schultz recently adopted a kitten so she decided to share the news in the most bizarre manner she could think of: a photo shoot of her “giving birth” to it.

People are obviously freaked out, with most calling these photos “distasteful, disturbing and creepy.” Here’s what Schultz had to say to Denver TV Station KUSA:

“So I’ve been thinking of this idea for a while because I’m totally a crazy cat lady who didn’t have any cats, so, I decided as soon as I got a cat, it’s a big milestone for me and sort of like the hallmark of me settling down and starting my menagerie of future cats, and so the first one is pretty special.”

 

Man, I’m pretty damn disturbed by all of this.

If you want to see all the photos to this bizarre photo shoot you can see them below:

 


20 Shower Thoughts That'll Take Your Mind To Crazy Places

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It blows our minds that so much wisdom can come from the mere steamy confines of a damn shower. The geniuses of r/showerthoughts need to keep at it.

 


LUNCHTIME LAUGH BREAK - 40+ PUNNY PICS

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12 Everyday People Making Facebook A Funnier Place

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50 Cyanide & Happiness To Keep You Cynical And Laughing

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MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

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FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Random Fun Facts To Kill Your Boredom

 

FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Random Fun Facts To Kill Your Boredom

The world we live in is full of wonders. Whatever random thing we lay our eyes on has some interesting story behind it. From the simple white clouds up above that we ignore every day to the most exotic-looking jellyfish from the northern oceans, there is always something wondrous to learn about. All we have to do is open our minds and stay curious. Here are some random, fun facts that we are sure you would enjoy reading about.

1. The average cumulus cloud weighs around 1.1 million pounds.

Image Source: wikimedia

Cumulus clouds are the fluffy, cotton-like clouds with flat bases generally appearing at low altitudes of less than 2,000 meters (6,600 feet). They can be composed of ice crystals, water droplets, supercooled water droplets, or a mixture of all of them. The weight of a cloud is measured by first calculating their density. Clouds that aren’t yet precipitating into raindrops contain droplets of around five micrometers present in concentrations of 23 to 1,300 droplets per cubic centimeter (380 to 21,300 droplets per cubic inch). On a typical, nice day, a cubic meter of the cloud weights half a gram.

The next measurement is the size of the cloud. One way of doing that is measuring its shadow when the sun is directly above it. A typical cumulus cloud would be roughly cubical, one kilometer across, one kilometer long, and one kilometer tall making its volume one billion cubic meters. That would mean it contains 500 million grams of water or 1.1 million pounds.(12)

2. On an average, there’s one supernova explosion every 50 years in the Milky Way alone. Within the observable universe, it’s close to 30 every single second. 

Image Source: ESO

Led by Roland Diehl of Max Plank Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Germany, an international team was able to calculate the average number of Milky Way stars exploding using the European Space Agency’s Integral Satellite. They did this by conducting a long-duration survey of gamma rays produced by the aluminum-26 isotope as it decays. Aluminum-26 is a rare isotope created by supernovas with a half-life of 740,000 years. Each massive-star explosion creates a quantity of the isotope equal to 0.0001 times the mass of our sun. Our galaxy currently has about 2.8 solar masses of the isotope meaning that there have been over 20,000 supernovae during the past million years.

In the observable universe, there are over a 100 billion galaxies, and on an average, each galaxy has at least one supernova in a century. According to Dr. Richard Mushotzky of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, there have been one billion supernovae per year in the last 10 billion years. The universe us 13.7 billion years old not taking into account the first 3.7 billion years during which the stars were still forming. That means there are 30 supernovae per second in the observable universe.(12)

3. Redheads experience more pain and require 20% more anesthesia during a surgery. 

Image Source: Eddy Van

Until a few years ago, there was only an impression among anesthesiologists that redheads require more anesthesia than others. In 2002, researchers at University of Louisville, Kentucky performed a study in which 20 women in which half of whom were redheads and the other half dark-haired. They were put under desflurane, a common gaseous anesthesia, and given an electric shock. The result was it was found that the redheads did need significantly more anesthesia than the others. Natural redheads have a distinct mutation of the melanocortin-1 receptor gene which was present in nine out of 10 of the redheaded test subjects. The researchers now associate the presence of this mutated gene with increased anesthesia requirement.(12)

4. Next to the US Army, Disney is the largest buyer and importer of explosives in the USA. 

Image Source: wikimedia

One of the chief attractions at Disneyland is the elaborate fireworks almost every night. Since 1958, it conducted regularly themed fireworks shows such as Fantasy in the SkyBelieve… There’s Magic in the StarsHalloween Screams, and many Disney fairytale-themed or movie-themed ones such as Star Wars. Not counting in the special shows during holiday seasons, Disneyland spends anywhere between $14,000 and $55,000 per night on just the fireworks which totals at least $18.25 million every year. Adding in IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth and Fantasmic, the total rises to $54.75 million a year. In 2004, Disneyland introduced a new air launch pyrotechnics system to cut down on the smoke, noise at ground level, and the negative impact on environment.(123)

5. The stuffing between the wafers in Kit Kats is made from crushed-up, imperfect Kit Kats.

Image Source: wikipediaEvan-Amos

Kit Kat is produced in over 200 flavors worldwide, many of them including ginger ale, soy sauce, sake, and melon flavored ones produced in Japan. Unlike the hard chocolate in which the Kit Kats are coated on the outside, the stuffing between the wafers has a soft and crumbly texture. This is because the quality assurance technicians reject all the imperfect wafers which have too many bubbles, those that aren’t of right shape, or even those that aren’t shiny enough. Instead of throwing these all away, these wafers are recycled back into the production process. The fine paste made from them become the filling between the wafers that do pass the quality tests.(source)

6. The first electric car was invented during the late 19th century, and it went 65 mph. 

Image Source: German Federal Archive

With the invention of practically viable, rechargeable, lead-acid batteries by French physicist Gaston Plante in 1859, the building of electric cars became a reality. At the 1867 World Exposition in Paris, an Austrian inventor, Franz Kravogl, exhibited an early, electric-powered two-wheeler, though it could not be driven reliably. Another French scientist, Camille Alphonse Faure, made significant improvements to the design of batteries by 1881.

In 1884, English inventor Thomas Parker who was well-known for electrifying London Underground built the first electric car using special, high-capacity, rechargeable batteries of his own design. France, United Kingdom, and Germany were the first nations to design more electric-powered vehicles. Electric trains also became popular at coal mines as they would not further deplete the already spare oxygen. On April 29, 1899, race car driver Camille Jenatzy broke the previous record speed of 62 mph (100 kmph) by reaching 65.79 mph (105.88 kmph) on the Belgian, rocket-shaped La Jamais Contente.(source)

7. It takes two years to grow a pineapple. 

Image Source: David Monniaux

Pineapple plants are propagated from the plantlets called suckers that grow between leaves, or from slips or plantlets that grow at the base of the fruit, or from the top part of a mature fruit. Each method takes slightly different amounts of time and yields different results. Commercial growers often use the suckers that grow after the first fruit is produced. It takes about 12 to 20 months for the plant to start flowering and another six months more for the fruit to mature. Tops take around 24 months to produce fruit and are often used by domestic gardeners who cut them from store-bought fruit.(12)

8. Plants can “hear” flowing water. Their roots seek buried pipes and even grow towards artificially produced water sounds. 

Image Source: CathG

One of the discoveries during the 20th century was that plants have life too and react to external stimuli such as light, heat, temperature, and touch. Researchers have recently discovered that plants also react to another stimulus: sound. Experiments conducted at the lab of Italian plant physiologist professor Stefano Mancuso who is also the co-founder of Society for Plant Signaling and Behavior found that plant roots sought buried pipes through which water was flowing even though the exterior of the pipes was dry. This suggested that plants could somehow “hear” the water flowing.

The theory was further tested by playing the sound of running water and the result was the roots grew towards the source of the sound. The reaction was not limited to the sounds of water. When chemical ecologist at University of Missouri Heidi Appel played a recording of caterpillar eating a leaf to a plant, it started producing defensive chemicals proving that plants can indeed hear sounds.(12)

9. When humans first started farming, blue eye color hadn’t yet evolved. 

Image Source: Kristine Canterbury

Agriculture developed independently in at least 11 different regions of the world. Collecting and consuming wild grains began 105,000 years ago. Between 8,200 and 13,500 years ago, China started domesticating rice, soy, mung and azuki beans. Around 11,500 years ago, the cultivation of eight crops known as the Neolithic founder crops which consist of emmer wheat, einkorn wheat, barley, peas, chick peas, lentils, bitter vetch, and flax seeds started. On the other hand, though the DNA for light skin, hair, and eyes was found in human remains dating back to tens of thousands of years ago, the earliest remains of blue-eyed Homo Sapiens only date back to 7,700 years ago.(12)

10. There is a species of jellyfish known as lion’s mane jellyfish which can reach over 30 meters in length. The longest specimen to date was 37 meters, longer than a blue whale.

Image Source: Derek KeatsTim Evanson

The lion’s mane jellyfish is found mostly in the cold waters of the northern Atlantic and northern Pacific Oceans in the English Channel, Irish Sea, North Sea, and western Scandinavian waters. They are the largest known species of jellyfish. Their hood or bell grows anywhere between 50 centimeters (20 inches) to over two meters (6 feet 7 inches) in diameter. The bell has eight lobes and each lobe has between 70 to 150 tentacles. In the center near its mouth are over 1,200 tentacles equipped with stinging cells. The tentacles of larger specimens trail out as long as 30 meters (100 feet) or more. The longest known specimen had tentacles that were 37 meters (120 feet) long with a bell diameter of 2.3 meters (7 feet 6 inches) and was found washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870.(source)


TERRIFYING MOMENT A MONSTER CROCODILE STEALS A FISHERMAN’S CATCH AS HE RUSHES TO GET OUT OF THE BEAST’S WAY

TERRIFYING MOMENT A MONSTER CROCODILE STEALS A FISHERMAN’S CATCH AS HE RUSHES TO GET OUT OF THE BEAST’S WAY

“Think I would rather be face to face with a shark than one of these creatures – not that either would have a pretty outcome!” A fisherman’s joy at hooking the big one quickly turned to terror as a monster crocodile burst out of the water to snatch his catch. Luke Robertson was in the Northern Territory at a notorious crocodile-infested waterway, when he decided to go for a fish. Things quickly went south.

 


WITTY WAKE UP CALL - 30+ MEMES FOR YOUR MORNING

WITTY WAKE UP CALL - 30+ MEMES FOR YOUR MORNING


Reporter Talks About Bad Road Conditions - Car Spins Out Behind Him

 

Reporter Talks About Bad Road Conditions - Car Spins Out Behind Him

Just as this reporter states that “drivers seem to be taking it carefully” an accident happens right behind him. Talk about irony.

 


This Octopus's Active Camouflage Is Amazing

This Octopus's Active Camouflage Is Amazing

This video from a diver in Mozambique is one of the best demonstrations of octopuses super-quick camouflage abilities.

 

 


20 WTF FACTS IN YOUR FACE THAT WILL FRY YOUR BRAIN

20 WTF FACTS IN YOUR FACE THAT WILL FRY YOUR BRAIN

 


18 Haunted Attraction Workers Discuss Creepy Things They've Witnessed On The Job

18 Haunted Attraction Workers Discuss Creepy Things They've Witnessed On The Job

Attending a haunted house is one of the most popular activities during the month leading up to Halloween. Unlike real ghost-filled houses that come complete with paranormal phenomena, this type of haunted attraction is filled with costumed workers and things designed to scare you. A spook house brings with it a number of interesting situations, all witnessed by the employees whose sole job is to make visitors pee their pants with fright.

But what happens when even the employees themselves see strange things? The stories here, all from Reddit, encompass real dead people, unusual events, and even a real haunting, among other things.


Facebook Sex Video Triggers Child Porn Charges For 1,004

Facebook Sex Video Triggers Child Porn Charges For 1,004

 

The two videos tallied up to 59 seconds and could "ruin my life," says one 19-year-old. She doesn't appear in the footage, but was one of 1,004 people—996 of them between the ages of 15 and 24—notified Monday that they face preliminary charges for sharing child porn. The New York Times delves into the case, which involves video taken of two consenting Danish 15-year-olds having sex. The sex part is legal in the country. but sharing the videos runs afoul of Denmark's child-porn laws. The videos were disseminated via Facebook's Messenger app; Facebook deleted them in the fall upon learning about them and reported them to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which alerted Europol and Danish police, NBC News reports.

After months spent tracking social media accounts and IP addresses, Danish police made their move in what Bloomberg calls the "biggest case of its kind" in the country. Prosecutors will make the call on whether to move forward with the charges, and the Times predicts that if they do, it's unlikely anyone will end up in prison. But the paper notes that getting off scot-free could be tough: A conviction would make getting certain jobs (with law enforcement, or working with children) impossible, and even if they were to successfully argue they thought the couple was at least 18, they could be hit with a charge for sharing the video without consent. The videos, which some outlets are calling revenge porn, were made by friends of the couple at a party and then shared by those friends.


Woman Auctions Her Virginity Online Hoping To Fund Cambridge Education

Woman Auctions Her Virginity Online Hoping To Fund Cambridge Education

An 18-year-old woman has posted an advert online 'selling' her virginity. Nicole, who hails from Italy and says she has received one offer of £890,000 ($1.2 million), spoke to the Sun about her decision.

"I decided when I was 16 that my virginity was precious," she told the newspaper. "I was in a relationship with a man much older than me, but I decided I would only lose my virginity to the man I love and the man I want to marry in the future.

"He told me he wanted to stay with me all my life, that he loved me, and that he wanted to have a family with me but I was only 16 and I was scared so I decided to split up with him."

After splitting with the man Nicole (which is a pseudonym) began thinking about her future life and career. She decided that she wanted to study at Cambridge University.


Credit: Nicole

"I wanted a good education," she told the Sun. "So I started looking on the web for ways to finance my studies and I came across a series of auction adverts and found there were girls who had sold themselves for £3.1m ($4.2) so I decided I would do the same when I turned 18.

"I hope to get as much as possible to fund my studies, to help my sister and my family, and buy my parents a house. There are a lot of men interested who are writing to the agency and the highest offer we have at the moment is €1m (£890,000)."


Credit: Elite Models VIP

Nicole posted her advert on European website Elite Models VIP. Selling sex is legal in Italy, though brothels, pimping and prostitution rings have been illegal since 1958. However, the legality of the woman's ad could be called into question depending on the country her 'client' is based.

Nicole is far from the first person to auction her virginity online - in March last year, 18-year-old Aleexandra Kefren successfully sold hers for an eye-watering fee of £2m ($2.7m).

"I wanted to sell my virginity with Cinderella Escorts rather than giving it to a future friend who might have left me anyway. And I think many other girls have the same attitude," Aleexandra said, as reported by the Metro. "How many would possibly forgo their first time in retrospect if they could have 2.3 million euros instead?"


GAMING QUIZ / THIS GAME IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

 

GAMING QUIZ / THIS GAME IS NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN

Can you pick the video games that have these warnings in the IMDb parental guide section?

 


20 Really Bizarre Ways People Died

20 Really Bizarre Ways People Died

 

 

 


LUNCHTIME LAUGH BREAK - 40+ PUNNY PICS

LUNCHTIME LAUGH BREAK - 40+ PUNNY PICS

 


14 Jokes About Getting Ready You Can Read Instead Of Getting Ready

14 Jokes About Getting Ready You Can Read Instead Of Getting Ready

Getting ready is the most important part of going out, and that’s why it takes about twice as long to get ready as it does to actually do the thing. In fact, maybe going out and having a good time was invented just to make up for how hellish getting ready is. Or maybe that makes no sense. It’s sort of a chicken and the egg situation.

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Interesting Stories Behind Mascots

FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Interesting Stories Behind Mascots

We recognize brands from their mascots. A mascot is the face of a brand. They are a way to entice the audience and attract them to the products. Some mascots like the Michelin Man have been around for more than a century. Some are beloved like Ronald McDonald of McDonald’s. But each of these mascots has a story behind them. We bring to you 10 such interesting stories behind famous mascots that will simply blow your mind.

1. Snoopy is NASA’s safety mascot. Since 1968, every astronaut wears a silver Snoopy pin when they go into space. Upon their return, the pins are given as a special token of recognition to the people who work to keep astronauts safe.

Image credits: RadioFan at English Wikipedia/WikimediaNitrorat/WikimediaNASA

After NASA’s devastating Apollo 1 mission, NASA accepted a great responsibility to rebuild its image. They decided to create a program that would work towards safety in space missions. They went to Charles Schulz, the creator of the comic strip Peanuts, and requested to use Snoopy as their safety mascot.

It was a tough call for Schulz because if any of the new Apollo missions failed, the reputation of his beloved character would be at risk too. But according to his son, Craig Schulz, Charles Schulz believed that if astronauts could risk their lives, then he could risk his characters.

After Snoopy became the mascot, there were many comic strips that featured him on space adventures. One of the initial sketches of Snoopy exploring space with his fishbowl helmet was turned into a silver metal pin. This pin has been worn by astronauts since 1968 while going on missions. Once they return, they present the pin as a token of appreciation to the people on the ground who contributed to the safety and success of these missions. Very few people in the NASA workforce have received the honor making the pin one of the most honorable and prestigious awards in the space industry.

The Apollo 10 mission took up Snoopy as their official mascot. They used to pet his nose before launching as a sign of good luck. The flight modules were also given names of the Peanuts characters – the Commander Service Module was named Charlie Brown while the Lunar Module was named Snoopy.(source)

2. The mascot for the Colorado Rockies is a triceratops because, during the excavation for the construction of the stadium, a dinosaur rib bone was found.

Image credits: Onetwo1 at the English language Wikipedia/WikimediaDavid Zalubowski, Special to The Denver Post via denverpost.com

The Colorado Rockies have a purple triceratops, known as Dinger, as their team mascot. There is a reason for using this cuddly dinosaur as their mascot. When Coors Field, the official home field of the Colorado Rockies, was being constructed, workers discovered a number of dinosaur fossils while digging up the ground. The most notable discovery was a 7-foot-long (2.1 m) 1,000-pound (450 kg) rib of a triceratops. This made the authorities consider “Jurassic Park” as a name for the field.

Later, the baseball team adopted a purple triceratops as their mascot in honor of the discovery made.(source)

3. Domino’s stopped using “The Noid” as their mascot after Kenneth Lamar Noid, a mentally ill man, held two Domino’s employees as hostage thinking that the character was based on him. He later killed himself.

Image source: villains.wikia.comDetroit Free Press Wed, Feb 1, 1989 via the13thfloor.tv

Many of us have heard about the “The Noid.” It was a character used by Domino’s as their mascot and was one of the most popular mascots in corporate history. But there was a real-life crime inspired by the mascot which led to the elimination of the mascot by Domino’s.

In the ad by Domino’s, “The Noid” was portrayed as a character whose main objective was to delay pizza deliveries. But Domino’s was Noid-proof which meant that you would always get your pizza in 30 minutes or less. The Noid became so popular that he was featured in video games and a line of merchandise. What ended the career of “The Noid” is a tragic story.

On January 30, 1989, Kenneth Lamar Noid walked into a Domino’s store in Georgia and held two employees hostage at gunpoint. Even though the employees managed to escape, they were held hostage for about five hours. Later it was found out that Kenneth was mentally unstable and believed that the “Avoid the Noid” campaign by Domino’s was directed at persecuting him. He served a few months at a mental institution but was unable to shake off his belief. He finally committed suicide in 1995.

Even though the damage to “The Noid” was already done when Kenneth stepped into the Domino’s store with a gun, the character made a small appearance in a Facebook game in 2011 that marked his 25th birthday. He has never been seen since then.(source)

4. In the 1920s, the mascot for the Georgetown Hoyas was Sergeant Stubby who was the most decorated war dog in WWI. He was the only dog to be nominated for rank in the army and promoted to the position of sergeant through combat.

Image credit: National Photo Company/Wikimedia, Image source: Wikimedia

In July 1917, Stubby was roaming around in the grounds of the Yale University where the 102nd Infantry of the US Army was training. The dog roamed the grounds as the men trained, and one of the soldiers became fond of him. Corporal Robert Conroy hid Stubby and took him with him when he was shipped out. When they reached France, Conroy hid Stubby under his overcoat. But he was eventually discovered by the commanding officer. Upon his discovery, Stubby saluted the officer who allowed him to stay.

Stubby served in the infantry for 18 months and was part of 17 battles. He has been known to show courage and saved his regiment from numerous, surprise gas attacks. Stubby used to find and comfort the wounded. He even caught a German soldier once by the bottom of his pants and held him there until the American soldiers discovered them.

Stubby is the only dog in history who held a rank in a regiment. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant, and that was through combat. He is also the most decorated war dog in the world.

An animated film is scheduled to be released in April 2018 based on the life of Stubby.(source)

5. One of the mascots for MGM, Jackie the lion, has been known to survive two train wrecks, one earthquake, a boat-sinking incident, an explosion at the MGM studio, and a plane crash in which he was left stranded alone in the wilderness for a couple of days.

Image credits: P & A-Pacific and Atlantic Photos/Wikimedia© Fair Use {{Non-free logo|10 Interesting Stories Behind Famous Mascots}}/Wikipedia

It’s still hard for people to believe that the lion that roars at the start of movies by the MGM studio is actually a real lion. And it’s not the same lion! There have been seven lions who had offered their service to MGM. Leo, the seventh and the current lion, is by far the longest-used lion by MGM. He has been appearing in MGM films since 1957.

But the most interesting lion is the second lion, Jackie. Jackie served between 1928 and 1956. He was also the first to roar, with his roar being recorded by a gramophone. Apart from being the face of the MGM logo, Jackie has also appeared in more than 100 films, one of them being the original Tarzan.

But that is not what makes the lion intriguing. Jackie is a survivor. He has survived five severe catastrophes. Two of these were train wrecks, one was an earthquake, and one an explosion in the studio itself. In the fifth and most popular case, Jackie was on a plane when the pilot crashed in the wilderness of Arizona. Jackie was left stranded in the forest with only some water and a few sandwiches for about four days. This earned him the nickname “Leo the Lucky.”(source)

6. Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, chose a donkey as his party’s mascot because his enemies called him a “jackass.”

Image credits: Thomas Sully/WikimediaSteven Braeger/Wikipedia

In the United States, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are the two major political parties. The modern-day Democratic Party was founded by the supporters of Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States. It was formed around 1828 and has attained the status of being the oldest political party in the world.

When it comes to mascot for the party, the donkey or the jackass has been the most famous and most common symbol. It so happened that Andrew Jackson’s opponents used to call him “jackass” to ridicule him. They compared him to a stupid and stubborn animal. But the party members liked the inference made to the common man and took it up as the party symbol.

Even though the donkey symbol never became the official logo of the party, it is still one of the most popular political symbol.(source)

7. Willard Scott was the first to portray Ronald McDonald, the mascot for McDonald’s, but he was dropped for being too heavy to play the part of the “active” Ronald.

Image credits: Alan Light/WikimediaChrisO/Wikimedia

The McDonald’s mascot is one of the most famous mascots in the world. The mascot is known by the name of Ronald McDonald. In his book, The Joy of Living, Willard Scott, a legendary TV personality and American weather presenter, claimed that he was the one to create the character at the request of the food chain brand. He even portrayed the role regularly from 1963 to 1966 and after that occasionally until 1971.

But later, he was replaced as McDonald’s was worried that Scott being heavy would hurt the image of the brand.(source)

8. Tux, the penguin, became a mascot for the Linux OS as a result of a joke made by the founder about contracting a disease called “penguinitis” after being bitten by a penguin.

Image credits: Sebastian Lammermann/Wikimedia[email protected] Larry Ewing and The GIMP/Wikimedia

Whenever anyone talks about Linux OS, the image of a penguin comes instantly to mind. This penguin, Tux, is the mascot for the renowned operating system. The concept was introduced by Linus Torvalds, the creator and founder of Linux. Torvalds is known to have a fascination towards penguins. Once he joked about being bitten by a penguin and said that he had contracted “penguinitis” as a result of the bite. He even added that this disease makes a person stay awake at night and feel great love towards penguins.

This gave Larry Ewing the idea to create Tux as the brand mascot. The name Tux was first used by James Hughes who said that it was an abbreviation for (T)orvalds (U)ni(X).(source)

9. The real name of the Michelin Man, the mascot for Michelin Tyres, is Bibendum, and he’s white because originally tires were gray-white or light in color. It was only after 1912 that tires became black when carbon was added as a preservative and strengthening material to rubber.

Image credits: APPER/WikimediaRico Shen/Wikimedia

We are all familiar with the white mascot, Michelin Man, of the Michelin tire company. Unknown to many, the real name of the Michelin Man is Bibendum. He is also called Bib in short.

Once the founders of the tire company, Édouard and André Michelin, came upon a stack of bicycle tires that had the impression of a man. The only thing missing was a pair of arms. Years later, a French cartoonist showed the founders an image of a king drinking that he had created for a brewery. Seeing the image, the founders asked the cartoonist, Marius Rossillon, to replace the image of the king with a man made of tires. Rassilon came up with a poster in which Bibendum was toasting with a drink while his competitors were destroyed by the problems encountered on road. The poster had the quote, “Now is the time to drink … That is to say, to your health. The Michelin tire drinks up obstacles.”

Bibendum was kept white in color because, at that time, all tires were white. It’s only in the early 20th century, around 1912, that carbon began to be added  to the rubber that is used as a raw material for the production of the tires for preservation and strengthening purposes.(source)

10. The alien mascot for Reddit is called “Snoo.” Originally the creators of Reddit wanted their site to be called Snoo as in “What’s New?,” but due to the unavailability of the domain, they had to compromise by calling the mascot Snoo.

Image credits: Steve Huffman via nymag.comReddit, Inc/Wikipedia

In 2005, the co-founders of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, and Steve Huffman, created an online food-ordering service business. They named it MyMobileMenu. They went ahead to pitch the idea to Paul Graham, the co-founder of Y Combinator. But unfortunately, they were rejected.

Dejected, the duo prepared to get back home the next morning. When they were on the train, they received a call from Paul Graham. He told them that even though he didn’t like their food-ordering service idea much, he liked both Ohanian and Huffman. He also urged them to build “the front page of the Internet” together.

Inspired by his words, the duo wrote the code for Reddit in only three weeks. Ohanian wished to call the website “Snoo” which is the short form for “What’s New?,” but the Snoo domain name was already bought by someone else. They contacted the owner of the domain but he refused to sell it to them. So, they decided to temporarily name the website Reddit (which fortunately stuck!) and compromised to just calling the alien mascot as Snoo.(1,2)


Firefighter Catches Child Falling From Third Floor Apartment

Firefighter Catches Child Falling From Third Floor Apartment

 

 


​Horse Gets Brutally Attacked By Tiger And Lion At Chinese Circus [GRAPHIC] [DISTURBING]

 ​Horse Gets Brutally Attacked By Tiger And Lion At Chinese Circus [GRAPHIC] [DISTURBING]

The shocking moment when a horse was attacked by a lion and a tiger at a Chinese circus has been caught on film, and we'll warn you right now: this isn't an easy watch at all. It does, however, help highlight what animals are still going through in circuses across the world.

WARNING: GRAPHIC AND DISTRESSING CONTENT

 


WITTY WAKE UP CALL - 30+ MEMES FOR YOUR MORNING

WITTY WAKE UP CALL - 30+ MEMES FOR YOUR MORNING


The Road Movie, A Wild Documentary Made From Compiled Russian Dashboard Camera Footage

 

The Road Movie by director Dmitrii Kalashnikov is a wild documentary that offers fascinating insight into Russian life through the dashboard camera footage of its many drivers. Kalashnikov created the film solely out of this dashcam footage, which reveals that a great deal of very weird things happen all the time and the surprising number of people who do inexplicable things when they don’t realize that they’re being filmed.

The epitome of a you-have- to-see- it-to- believe-it documentary, THE ROAD MOVIE captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers.

The film opens on Friday, January 19 in New York City and is available for pre-order as a digital download.

 


HBO Is Ruining Your Movies And You Might Not Have Even Noticed

HBO Is Ruining Your Movies And You Might Not Have Even Noticed

 HBO and other streaming services are cutting off parts of shots to change a film's aspect ratio.

 


How To Make The Every-Meat Burrito From 'Regular Show'

How To Make The Every-Meat Burrito From 'Regular Show'

In the latest episode of "Binging with Babish," a cooking series where home chef Andrew Rea recreates famous foods from films and TV shows, Andrew prepares two versions of the "Every-Meat Burrito" from the fourth episode of the fifth season of Cartoon Network's 2010-2017 animated sitcom, Regular Show.

"This week we're celebrating hitting 2 million subscribers with maybe the most cartoonish cartoon food ever imagined: the every-meat burrito. While we were unable to procure any giraffe, jackal, or naked mole rat, the combination of every commercially-available meat ended up tasting like something far worse than chicken. Follow along as we get that taste out of our mouth with the every-pork burrito!"


PanzerGrenadier (WWII) Mechanized & Motorized Infantry

PanzerGrenadier (WWII) Mechanized & Motorized Infantry

Panzergrenadier, shortened PzGren or Pzg, is a German term for motorised or mechanized infantry – that is, infantry transported in combat vehicles specialized for such tasks – as introduced during World War II. It is used in the armies of AustriaGermany and Switzerland.

However, in the German ArmyPanzergrenadier is also the lowest rank of enlisted men (Mannschaften) in the Panzergrenadiertruppe, comparable to NATO Other Rank-1 level.


Watch A Guy Reconstruct An Entire Piece Of Paper Money From A Finely Shredded Pile

Watch A Guy Reconstruct An Entire Piece Of Paper Money From A Finely Shredded Pile

Most criminals won't have the time and patience of this guy, but this doesn't make us super confident about shredding our documents.

 


28 People Who Will Give You A Severe Case Of Cringe

28 People Who Will Give You A Severe Case Of Cringe

While you browse this list, we'll be studying the blade.


69 Rules Of What Not To Do At An Orgy

69 Rules Of What Not To Do At An Orgy

An orgy is not a free for all. Contrary to popular opinion, there is actually a best practice for an orgy. There are dos and don’ts. There is etiquette and there are standards. There is no limit to the amount of people that can participate in an orgy, but there is a point of diminishing return. There are no limits as to the gender, religion, or race of participants. But like the United Colors of Benetton, a good orgy strikes a balance between all identities and sexual preferences. Now, for those of you who have yet to participate in a proper orgy, the dos seem pretty logical and simple: take pleasure and have lots of sex. It is the don’ts, or the things better off not experienced, that make the difference in a successful orgy.

1. Do not wear dirty underwear.

2. Shave close; Chins can scratch up thighs.

3. Wear clothing that buttons and unbuttons easily—and not too much of it.

4. Do not bring children and/or pets. This includes dogs, cats, elephants, and aardvarks.

5. Try not to throw up on the others.

6. Do not drink too much and cry about your misspent adulthood.

7. Do not throw a tantrum.

8. Do not run around the neighborhood naked, and, in particular, do not run back to the wrong house.

9. Do not probe the guests; Don’t ask people's last names, what they do for a living, or what schools they went to—unless they seem not to mind.

10. Don't hog the bathroom.

Illustration by Ian Moore

11. Do not menstruate. Especially if you are a man.

12. Don’t come without a partner.

13. Don't come with a partner who leaves before the screwing starts.

14. Take your watch off. Better still, don’t wear one.

15. Don't be uptight when someone approaches, dominates, or just plain fucks you.

16. If you can't find a partner of your own, do not call up the host and insist he find you a partner.

17. Do not go into a jealous rage if you find your wife screwing someone else. Just remember that she came with you and she will probably go home with you; after all, that's where all her stuff is.

18. Do not pee on anybody who does not want to be peed on. Or in.

19. Do not fall in love.

20. Do not invite someone you just met to come home with you and live with you.

21. Do not ask anyone to get a divorce.

22. Do not suggest that you can't understand how a lovely woman like the one you are screwing can stay with such a dog of a husband.

23. Do not criticize the wine.

24. Do not say, "All the people here are dogs."

25. Do not threaten to burn down the house if your wife doesn't stop doing whatever she's doing.

26. Try not to put your fist through any doors or windows.

27. Do not have a heart attack or any disease necessitating calling the cops or the hospital.

28. If there's a pool, do not jump in at 6 AM, with an ear-shattering war whoop when everyone else is asleep. Do not drown people and then claim you were "just horsing around."

29. If there is someone famous at the party, do not fuck them and then spend the rest of your life telling everybody about it.

30. Do not go a week without showering and then wonder why people avoid you at a swing.

Illustration by Malika Favre

31. Do not suddenly become reclusive the moment you arrive at a party and go into a corner and curl up and rock back and forth like a schizophrenic.

32. Do not become paranoid and think everybody hates you or is laughing about you. Especially if it is true.

33. Don't touch any male's genitals unless you ask permission first, since most men at these things are not bisexual.

34. Don't be afraid to say hello to people you don't know, and don’t be afraid to fuck them.

35. If you drove eight people to a very rural area for a swing, do not get up at 5 AM and take off just like that and leave them all stranded.

36. Don't hog the pot.

37. Don't call your shrink from the party. Wait till you get home.

38. Don't have any screaming fights with anybody unless they really deserve it.

39. Don't bring all your horny fat friends, uninvited.

40. Do not give everybody the clap.

41. Do not charge for your services. For example, if you are a chiropractor and you happen to crack somebody's neck, do not present them with a bill as they are walking out the door.

42. If the party is racially mixed, it is not absolutely necessary to talk about this; Everybody already knows it. If you must express your prejudices, try to do so in a manner that will not cause the member of the race maligned to punch you out or leave the party.

43. Do not hog the New York Times on Sunday.

44. Do not arrive uninvited at a party unless you are sure you’re something pretty special.

45. Do not steal things.

46. Do not pass out. If you insist upon passing out, have the courtesy to remove yourself from the middle of the bed first.

47. Don't spend the dinner hour fucking—but if you do, don't stomp downstairs afterwards demanding to be fed.

48. If it is late, say, 4 AM, at a party, and you cannot find your wife and everyone’s asleep, do not run around screaming her name hysterically; She will probably turn up in the morning.

49. Do not try to steal anybody's wife; If you borrow one, try to return her within a reasonable period of time.

50. Do not get hysterical or have a nervous breakdown until you get home.

51. If you and your wife decide to get a divorce during a swing, do it quietly and in good taste. Ideally, no one at the party should know about the divorce until the whole thing is a fait accompli.

52. Don't say no to unusual things that could be great—like getting fucked by a big toe, for example.

53. Do not screw outdoors in the sun without first putting lots of suntan oil on your back, if you are a man—or on your knees, if you are a woman.

54. Pitch in and pay your share of the hotel room bill, the food bills, liquor, etc.

55. Do not call other continents without charging it to your home phone.

56. Do not assume that, just because a girl tells you to hit her, she wants you to beat her senseless.

57. Do not bring any nutcases, creeps, or weidos with you.

58. Do not have bad breath.

59. Do not let any pieces of toilet paper stick to your private parts.

60. Have a clean asshole.

61. Do not serve or eat cole slaw, cabbage, or beans.

62. Do not serve or eat asparagus. They have a high sulphur content and it makes going down on you taste like striking a match.

63. Bring foam rubber mattresses.

64. Put your underpants and your socks under your pillow or in your shoes.

65. Don't take out your contact lenses.

66. Cut your fingernails.

67. Don't keep cats, if possible. They make some people wheeze, and you're never quite sure what’s licking you, if you're one of those people who cares.

68. Do not take notes during a swing.

69. Do not write magazine articles about orgies.

If You Don't Follow the Rules

So what happens if you choose not to follow our well-founded advice? A Good Old Fashioned Orgy tells the tale of a would-be enjoyable orgy with far too many faux pas.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Unrated

A thirty-something party animal decides to throws an orgy at his father's Hamptons pad for one last hurrah. Now he just needs to work through some killjoy friends, a potential romance, and try to finish up before the real estate agent sells the house.


18 Common Dating Tips That Are Actually The Worst

 

18 Common Dating Tips That Are Actually The Worst

This list is one of those glorious happy accidents that the Internet sometimes graces us with. We've gathered some of the world's worst dating tips for women, and compiled them in one place. After stumbling upon this majestic list of terrible dating advice, we realized that it was too good not to share. We could have edited it fully, and made it into something that somewhat resembles sage dating wisdom, but some of these tips are pure gold on their own.

Below, you'll find fun dating tips, such as, "Men Are Like Lions!" "Be Proportionally Considerate!" and "How to Give Merry-Go-Round," which sounds dirty, but totally isn't. If you're looking for the worst dating advice for women on the world wide web, you've come to the right place.

Vote up your favorite terrible pieces of dating advice for women, and let us know what you think in the comment section.

 


Woman Says Date With Aziz Ansari Was 'Worst Night Of Life'

Woman Says Date With Aziz Ansari Was 'Worst Night Of Life'

Grace (not her real name) was watching the Golden Globes earlier this month when she spotted Master of None star Aziz Ansari accepting an award. In an interview on Babe.net, the 23-year-old Brooklyn photographer says it was "cringeworthy" to see Ansari wearing a "Time's Up" pin, because she'd had a date with him in September that "turned into the worst night of my life." The two initially hit it off at an Emmys after-party; shortly after, they arranged to meet up in New York City. After dinner out, they went back to his apartment, and Grace says Ansari wouldn't stop trying to get sexual with her. "I said something like, 'Whoa, let's relax for a sec, let's chill," she recalls after he said he was going to get a condom right after they kissed for the first time.

But she says he didn't let up, and throughout the evening he followed her around, sticking his fingers in her mouth, trying to get her to touch him, and asking for sex. Grace concedes they did have oral sex, because she says she felt worn down, and she left in an Uber, feeling "violated." When Aziz texted the next day to say he'd had fun, she told him she hadn't and explained. He replied: "I'm so sad to hear this. Clearly, I misread things in the moment and I'm truly sorry." Per the Hollywood Reporter, Ansari has issued a statement, saying their "sexual activity" was "by all indications ... completely consensual." "Everything did seem OK to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned," he notes, adding: "I continue to support the movement that is happening in our culture. It is necessary and long overdue."


25 Stupid Liars Who Got CALLED OUT On Their Bullsh*t

25 Stupid Liars Who Got CALLED OUT On Their Bullsh*t

These people got called out HARD when they decided to lie on the internet for attention

 


29 People Share Their Home Owners Association Horror Stories

 

29 People Share Their Home Owners Association Horror Stories

Most of these are the very definition of unreasonable. Can't even imagine trying to make it a year in one of these situations.

 


28 Shower Thoughts That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

28 Shower Thoughts That Will Make Your Brain Hurt

 


25 Scary Declassified Government Secrets

25 Scary Declassified Government Secrets

 


11 Idiots Too Dumb For This World

11 Idiots Too Dumb For This World

1. Worst husband of the year.

GallowBoob

2. This person parked in not one, not two, but FIVE handicap spaces.

MrReaps

3. Betrayed by his own shadow.

deliteplays

4. "Forest fruits"

liam_money97

5. I've got some bad news for you.

Redshed2016

6. Just...stop responding. This person will never understand.

DumbassJ

7. How did 485 people mark this as useful?

Alex_McSpaghetti

8. Her mind was blown by the fact a key is a key.

inventedthemop

9. 'It's called high school and a book' is the funniest comeback.

fhannebery

10. "Alleged" drug dealer. Like just a regular man carries 1,000 joints on him at all times.

SigurdTheStout

11. Oh no. Hayden, run.


The 5 Weirdest Mini-Games In All Of Gaming History

 

The 5 Weirdest Mini-Games In All Of Gaming History

Mini-games have been around for almost as long as video games themselves, going all the way back to the original Final Fantasy and Super Mario Bros. 3 in the 1980s. They give players a chance to experience a game within a game, changing up the regular gameplay for a quick breather.

Mini-games can be tests of reaction speed, pattern recognition or even knowledge...but they can also get pretty bizarre, with elements that seem out of place in the context of the main story. Here are examples of the weirdest moments in mini-gaming.

1. The Sex Mini-Game ('God of War II')

After a long day of killing titans, gods and other mythical creatures, there's only one way our friend Kratos likes to relax: by sleeping with various women. On his adventures, Kratos can encounter a number of topless ladies, including the goddess of love, Aphrodite.

All of this happens off-screen but while the act is occurring, the player is tasked with a mini-game that will yield Red Orbs when complete. These orbs can be used to level up Kratos' weapons and magic powers. If you ask me, it seems like his magic works just fine — the perks of being a demigod, I suppose!

2. The Game Show ('Earthworm Jim 2')

And now for something a little less sexy. One of my favorite games as a kid was Earthworm Jim, and its subsequent sequel did not disappoint. It's the story of a worm who is accidentally thrust into a quest to save the universe from the Evil Queen Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Puss-filled, Malformed Slug-for-a-Butt. While one day minding his own business burrowing through the dirt, a super suit lands on him and causes him to mutate a couple of eyes and a mouth. It's from then on he becomes a hero and goes out to save his beloved Princess Whats-Her-Name.

The game was as quirky and random as the character names promise, but there was one level in Earthworm Jim 2 that really stood out as bizarre. The Villi People (aka Jim's Now a Blind Cave Salamander) featured Jim taking the form of a blind cave salamander and floating through the intestinal tract of a giant creature. At the end of the level Jim encounters a path lined with velvet ropes and ends up at a podium emblazoned with his name. It is here that he must answer a series of questions in order to gain power-ups. In an already unique game, this moment certainly stands out!

3. Save the Curry! ('Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance')

The Metal Gear Solid series allows you to take control of gaming's greatest expert of stealth and infiltration. The games are critically acclaimed and loved by fans across the world.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance has a huge choice of extra missions to hone players' skills, from photographing a specific target to eliminating enemies with only one weapon. And in one particular mission, we protect a plate of curry.

There are some other totally bizarre missions that feature giant Godzilla-esque guards that you have to avoid. But this one curry mission is truly crazy. A plate of curry sits in the middle of the floor a few hundred yards away, and it is up to you to stop all of the guards from eating it (presumably). Someone at Konami must really like curry!

4. LeBlanc's Massage ('Final Fantasy X-2')

So, here's another slightly sexy one. In the first direct sequel to a Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy X-2, we take control of Yuna, the high summoner who successfully defeated Sin in the first game. In the two years that have passed since that fateful day, Yuna has undergone somewhat of a personality transplant, changing from reserved summoner to outgoing pop star.

At this point in the game, Yuna and friends have to infiltrate one of their enemies' bases by disguising themselves as her goons. And then it all gets a bit weird. We suddenly find ourselves having to give Leblanc a massage, as she has mistaken Yuna for her masseuse apparently. Believe me, when you're 14 and playing the game in your room, it's really awkward if your parents walk in at this moment.

Perhaps the strangest part of this particular mini-game is that it is essential to the plot! You can't continue the game if you don't complete the massage.

I'm a big fan of the Final Fantasy series, which has some stranger moments for sure, but this is just weird! Final Fantasy X-2 has been met with a mixed reaction by fans; I think you see why.

5. WarioWare (Series)

Okay, I admit, it's cheating slightly to use a whole series of games in the weirdest moments in mini-gaming — but come on, have you played any WarioWare game?

They're a collection of completely random mini-games that don't equate in any way to Wario as a character. Often he isn't even featured in the random choices. Basically, it's just a bit crazy.

The invention of the Nintendo Wii added a new dimension to the series thanks to the Wii Remote motion controller. In "The Big Cheese," you hold the Wii Remote by your hips; "The Elephant" required you to hold the remote in both hands in front of your nose; and "The Waiter" had you hold the remote flat on your hand as if it's a tray.

Each game lasts only around five seconds and you don't get a second chance. The frantic music and quick changes kept the player guessing, often infuriating you. Basically, the whole series is mad!


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!

 


32 XKCD COMICS WILL GIVE YOU QUIRKY CHUCKLES

32 XKCD COMICS WILL GIVE YOU QUIRKY CHUCKLES


MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

MORNING MAYHEM PICDUMP - 70+ FUN PHOTOS

 

 

 


SEXY SEARCH AND SEIZURE? COPS ARREST FEMALE THIEVES WITH BOOTY FLASHING IN THE AIR

SEXY SEARCH AND SEIZURE? COPS ARREST FEMALE THIEVES WITH BOOTY FLASHING IN THE AIR

A very bodacious arrest.

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 22 BIZARRE AND WEIRD FACTOIDS

FASCINATING FACTS: 22 BIZARRE AND WEIRD FACTOIDS