The Chicago Cubs beat the Dodgers last night 5-0, which means they are going to the World Series. That hasn’t happened since 1945. They haven’t won a World Series since 1908, so I am assuming that’s the 1908 team who showed up as ghosts for yesterday's league championship game. The Cubs will be playing the Cleveland Indians, who last won the World Series in 1948. The 2016 World Series begins Tuesday. -via reddit
Stephanie Pokorny made an E.T. costume for her 2-year-old son Jack with a crochet hook and a good eye. She didn’t use a pattern, but just tried it on him as she went along and stopped when it was big enough! The costume is one-of-a-kind, so she won’t be making another, no matter how many requests she gets. Read more about the project at Pokorney’s website Crochetverse. -via Everlasting Blort
Proofreading is necessary drudgery and, at least in my case, not done as much as it should be. Proofreading is absolutely crucial when a book is going to print, and that’s a long hard slog. Grant Snider at Incidental Comics finished proofreading files for his first book, which we will all look forward to. The experience inspired him to doodle about the process. Editors will be mystified to see these marks, so they might want to purchase a poster for future reference.
Wouldn't it be nice to come across a news channel that focuses less on heartbreaking stories and more on the latest developments in the feline transportation industry? Looks like the catbus is on its way out!
The 1970s were a weird time, as my children love to remind me. The ‘70s gave us The Exorcist, Jaws, Carrie, and a lot of other great horror films, but those just opened the doors for anyone and everyone to make horror movies, some that you’d swear were inspired by drug-induced hallucinations. Remember Night of the Lepus? Willard? Werewolves on Wheels? How about Trog?
Joan Crawford plays a scientist who discovers the missing link is alive and well and answers to “Trog,” short for “troglodyte.” Predictably, the creature doesn’t mesh well with the modern world. This very strange film marked the final on-screen appearance for Crawford; at the time, she probably had some regrets, but today Trog lives on as a wonderful curiosity.
During the 1970s, I saw just about every movie that came to the local theater. This list might brings back memories for you, or else you might see something worth checking out. The 20 weirdest horror movies the 1970s are presented in alphabetical order at io9. There are some trailers and video clips. -via Metafilter
They make some pretty great toys these days, but no toys captured the hearts of kids who would grow up to be geeky adults quite like the toys of the 70s and 80s. Maybe it was the movies and TV shows these toys were based on, because nothing says epic like a war in the stars over who gets to be master of the universe. We had heroes like Luke Skywalker and He-Man, and wicked villains like Vader and that skull faced jerk Skeletor. But most of all we had cartoons and movies to watch which matched our toy collection, so we could play out scenes of our own on Endor or Eternia, or both!
Celebrate your favorite figures from childhood with this My Toys Were Better Than Your Toys t-shirt by Nerdlyart, and show the toy fans of today what they're missing!
Dog breed names generally say nothing about the dog's appearance, temperament, or size, so isn't it about time we unofficially rename certain breeds so we can more easily describe them to each other?
Not everyone knows what a Shih Tzu looks like off the top of their head, but if you call them Long-Haired Smushmugs (a much more accurate description) people will know exactly which breed you're talking about.
Likewise calling a Collie a "Lassie" instead just makes sense, just as a Golden Retriever is best described as an "Air Bud" and Great Danes should officially change their name to "Scoobies".
But what about the slightly harder to describe Basset Hound? Melty Slobberlogs, what a perfect description!
Cher, who is 70 but looks perfectly preserved, appeared on The Late Late Show with James Cordon and sang the classic Sonny & Cher ballad “I Got You Babe,” with updated lyrics for the Tinder generation.
Don’t you just love this scene spotted at Disneyland of a dog sitting for an artist to draw his caricature? He’s wearing a service vest, so he’s not only a good dog, but a working dog, too. Buzzfeed did some digging and found out that the dog’s name is Yahoo. He’s a pup in training with Canine Companions for Independence. His trainer and a friend took two service dogs in training to Disneyland for socialization, patience training, and fun. CCI provided an additional picture to show the finished caricature.
Commuters who spend a lot of time in their car look for ways to make their auto bound lives easier, so they can have little luxuries like a seatbelt that retracts smoothly or a smartphone holder that doesn't leave a mark.
But frugal drivers like to figure out how to improve their auto experience without paying a dime, so they'll enjoy this simple car hacks video by Dave Hax because they all involve standard household stuff.
If you’re in the right frame of mind, like if you’ve seen a lot of horror movie because it’s October, you can find horror anywhere. Shadrach451 shared a picture he took of his daughters at the zoo. It turned out to look like a teaser for a creepy horror film. He even has a plot for it.
I like to think that it's about a Ghost Zoo, and their father is one of the exhibits, called "The Weeping Man". And these girls go every week so they can visit their dead father, but one day they show up and find that there is a new exhibit being built next door and they read the sign and it says "Children of The Weeping Man". In horror they turn towards their father, locked in the green chamber of torment and he says, "My daughters, oh my daughters... why do you think I'm weeping?"
Everyone has questions, that's part of what makes us human. Google helps us not only answer such questions, but also learn what our neighbors wonder about as well. That's why we love this collection of some of the most common questions asked in each state -or at least asked more in each state than they are asked in other states. The map is fun to look at, but this Thrillist article has more than one question per state, which offers a lot more information and interest to the collection of inquiries.
Halloween is our annual excuse for impersonating someone other than who we are. This guy was making his best effort, but was shot down for having motivations far beyond reality. He won’t try that again. This is the latest from Buttersafe.
Slowly they crept, paw by paw, foot by foot, stair by stair, when suddenly they felt (and smelled) a fetid wind upon their necks. It was Nosferatu, the rat-faced creep who'd been chasing people out of the Renfield Hotel by, like, hissing at them all menacingly. Shaggy's knees started to shake as he stammered out "D-d-d-d-don't hurt me you creep!", followed by Scooby's assent "Rah! Rou Reep!", but for some reason their knee knocking and stammering actually made the old vampire smile...which immediately made Shaggy and Scooby pass out! I mean, have you seen the face on that guy Nosferatu? Yecch!
Get ready to scare up some smiles from your fellow Scooby fans with this Come On, Scoob! t-shirt by Six Eyed Monster, it's no mystery why this design is so appealing - it has Rooby Roo and Raggy too!
Newspapers competed fiercely for readers in the late 19th century. One of the innovations of the time was the undercover reporter, particularly women, called “girl stunt reporters.” They could anonymously take on the role of the lowly victim and uncover injustice. Nellie Bly got herself committed to an insane asylum for a story. In another example, when publisher James J. West took over The Chicago Times in 1887, he wanted to turn the paper around and make it a respectable news source.
Nothing worked, though, until a schoolteacher-turned-reporter named Helen Cusack donned a shabby frock and brown veil and went looking for a job in the rainy July of 1888. In factories and sweat shops, she stitched coats and shoe linings, interviewed her fellow workers in hot, unventilated spaces and did the math. At the Excelsior Underwear Company, she was handed a stack of shirts to sew—80 cents a dozen—and then was charged 50 cents to rent the sewing machine and 35 cents for thread. Nearby, another woman was being yelled at for leaving oil stains on chemises. She’d have to pay to launder them. “But worse than broken shoes, ragged clothes, filthy closets, poor light, high temperature, and vitiated atmosphere was the cruel treatment by the people in authority,” she wrote under the byline Nell Nelson. Her series, “City Slave Girls,” ran for weeks.
You did it when you were a kid. Your parents did, too. Maybe even your grandparents. Kids love to get trucks to honk their horn, and that pumping gesture will do it is the driver sees you. This little girl tried it with a ship.
Oscar Wilde’s father William had six children; three with his wife Jane (including Oscar) and three older children born out of wedlock to two different women. The older children were raised by William Wilde’s relatives and it is not clear whether Oscar even knew about them. His two half-sisters, Mary and Emily Wilde, died tragically at a Halloween party. There is very little that we know for sure about the incident.
On October 31st 1871, the sisters were enjoying themselves at one such event. The Hallowe’en party was hosted by a man named Andrew Reid at the Drumacon House in Ireland. Everything was a success right until the end of the party when the host asked one of the sisters—most likely Mary—to one last dance around the ballroom. In a dark twist of fate that turned a night of joy into a tragedy, Mary got too close to the candlesticks and her dress caught on fire.
Panic ensued. The remaining guests screamed in wild terror as Emily dashed to her sister in an attempt to put out the fire. The attempt did not only prove futile, but also deadly, as Emily’s dress also caught on fire.
The details of what happened that night and afterward come from several sources and don’t always agree. In fact, very little was known about the deaths of the Wilde sisters and may even have been covered up. More recent investigations uncover yet more intriguing anomalies in the story that we still don’t have answers for. Read the accounts of the deaths of Mary and Emily Wilde at Atlas Obscura.
Saturday morning cartoon show theme songs are the songs that played in our heads when we were kids, the catchy and well crafted tunes that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Just thinking about shows like Muppet Babies, Scooby Doo Where Are You?, Thundercats, Hong Kong Phooey or Josie and the Pussycats makes the theme song come to mind, demonstrating the power of the cartoon theme song.
In 1995 MCA released an album called Saturday Morning Cartoons' Greatest Hits featuring The Ramones, Sublime, Liz Phair, Helmet and Reverend Horton Heat covering cartoon theme songs, and those childhood tunes were changed forever- in a good way.
The album also came with this full length home video, featuring all of the music videos for the songs on the album as well as Drew Barrymore and her friends reacting to each video while looking all alt 90s.
Fifty years ago today, on October 21, 1966, the Welsh village of Aberfan lost 116 children and 28 adults when a slag heap from the nearby coal mines collapsed directly upon the Pantglas Junior School.
Down in Pantglas Junior School the lights began to flicker and sway; an ominous roar like “a jet plane screaming low over the school in the fog”.
The glistening black avalanche consumed rocks, trees, farm cottages then ruptured the Brecon Beacons to Cardiff water main, engorging it further and increasing the velocity of its murderous descent towards Pantglas.
Seconds after it hit, Cyril Vaughan, a teacher at the neighbouring senior school, said “everything was so quiet”.
“As if nature had realised that a tremendous mistake had been made and nature was speechless.”
There are hundreds of tutorial videos on YouTube that make it easy for beginners to create a marvelous makeup effect even if they've never worked with makeup before, but who has time to dig up all the best vids?
It’s not right to make fun of someone who asks a question in order to learn something. It’s not kind to make fun of people who are low on the literacy scale, speak English as a second language, or can’t type well. At the same time, you have to wonder how so many people in the above categories end up on Yahoo Answers, asking the same questions. So enjoy this compilation of questions about pregnancy, and just be glad they are all anonymous (contains NSFW language). Oh yeah, do not watch this while consuming liquid. -via reddit
There's a whole generation who thinks of Brooklyn, New York as the Hipster capital of the U.S., a place where the artsy and pretentious gather to discuss how cool they are over craft cocktails.
But Brooklyn was originally a working class neighborhood, and by the 70s the jobs were gone and the "fourth largest city in America" had so much crime, poverty and violence the streets were crackling with negative energy.
The Blackout of 1977, the Son of Sam murders committed by Brooklyn native David Berkowitz, the Mafia wars spilling over onto the streets- these are just some of the things that went down in Brooklyn back in the day.
Troubles in Brooklyn kept on keeping on well into the 90s, as the next deadly decade was ushered in with the Crown Heights riot of 1991.
And even though the Hipsters would have you believe they've always been in Brooklyn they tend to stay in the Williamsburg area because Bushwick and Bed-Stuy are still pretty gritty.
Help! I’ve been eaten by the garage! Amanda Destro Pierson made this monster garage for her home in Cleveland. It’s proved to be so popular that she is working on marketing a kit to sell for Halloween next year, so that every garage can be monstrous. Meanwhile, here’s an Instructable tutorial to get you started on your own. -Thanks, hearsetrax!
Hippos aren't the only creatures who are always hungry hungry- there are plenty of hungry hungry humans too. Some humans overeat as a way to comfort themselves and deal with stress and other negative aspects of their lives, but the hungry hungry simply eat all day because they feel like a bottomless pit inside. But where does all that food go? And could these hungry hungry eating machines actually outeat a hippo?
Feed the world's appetite for funny with this Hungry Hungry t-shirt by karlangas, it's a satisfying way to show your love for the buffet and the classic board game at the same time!
In the early 1980s, a piece of land in downtown Osaka, Japan, was due for an upgrade. The landowners wanted a big new building on the valuable real estate. The highway department planned an expressway through the neighborhood, and wanted to put an exit ramp across the property. The ensuing fight stalled both plans for years. But eventually a compromise was reached, and both were built on the same plot of land. You can see how they did that in the picture above.
The Gate Tower is one of the strangest buildings in Japan with a freeway running through the center in a tunnel. Plans for the building began in 1983 and because of difficulties in negotiations, it was delayed until changes in the building codes could be legislated and passed to allow its legal construction. Previously, buildings and highways were not allowed to be built in such close proximity. The building was completed in 1992.