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We ran across this at washingtoncitypaper.com, and it was too good not to share.
Is it the inclusion of Jabba the Hut in Episode 4? Is it Jar Jar Binks? Or is it Hayden Christensen’s less-than-stellar acting? No matter what, a Star Wars fan is sure to have some heartburn about one injustice or another. We love the original. But, when it comes to the remastering and, for some, the prequels, like Obi Wan, Anakin, Luke, Han, Leia, and C3-P0 we still “have a bad feeling about this.”
When you write a lot about weird diseases, you run into conditions that have a bit of a carnival sideshow feel – hypermobility of joints that allow people to bend themselves up like pretzels; hypertrichosis, which is also called the Wolfman Syndrome; and Microcephaly, the condition that “pinheads” have. While it is pretty awful that people have been exploited and mistreated because of their differences, it is also interesting to learn about things that have shocked and amazed for many years.
In this research, you can’t help but run across the famous Giants throughout history – those people who grew taller than normal and were therefore labeled Giants – first because of the mythological representations of extremely tall people, and later because of the condition (Gigantism) that explains why some people grow so much taller than others.
To sum up, almost every recorded culture has some mythology surrounding giants. Christian texts have them (Goliath), Islamic texts have them (Adam was sixty cubits – that means 30 meters – which means over 98 feet – tall), the Greeks had the gigantes, the Norse had Ymir, Balt legends tell of the giant child Neringa, and the list goes on and on. In mythology, Giants are often not human, they are closely associated with the Gods.
Gigantism refers to the condition where a human grows to above average heights because of an overactive pituitary gland, resulting in a proliferation of growth hormone. By above average in height, they don’t mean a little bit above average – they mean significantly above average – in the upper 1% of the world population in height, and there are usually other health problems associated with the condition.
We don’t mean the term “Giant” in any derogatory way. The people that I’ve ended up researching were all remarkable people with rich histories. I mean the most respect when I tell you about these people, and I need to give a shout out specifically to the TheTallestMan.com for lots of information, as well as a huge shout out and several hugs to J. Tithonus Pednaud at The Human Marvels who reports on “peculiar people” in the most respectful, sensitive way. His research is what interested me in creating this post, and I hope he sees it and approves.
Born 1895, died in 1922, Jane grew to a total of 7 feet, 11 inches, but because of an extreme spinal curvature that was the result of years of slouching to diminish her exceptional height she stood 7 feet 7 inches high. During her lifetime she was the tallest woman in the world, and twice she was actually the tallest recorded person in the world. She was tallest after Machnow died in 1914 until Bernard Coyne grew to surpass her height, and then again after Coyne died in 1921.
Jane didn’t start out as a giantess. She was tall for her age of 11 years at 5 feet tall, but not abnormally so. Then she had a terrible bicycle accident and cracked her head open. This accident injured her pituitary gland, which caused her body to release an abnormal amount of growth hormone, and her height soared.
I can’t find any pictures of Jane living. Apparently she was a kind woman who was willing to babysit neighborhood children. She was good friends with a lady dwarf who lived nearby, and she would stand on the street to clean the second floor of her house. It is likely that during her life she was also the person with the longest hair in Britain. She died a recluse at 27 years old, and her pallbearers remarked that her coffin was surprisingly heavy. As it turns out, her family likely donated her skeleton to science, and it received more attention in 1971, when the Guinness Book of Records published the photo seen above.
Born in 1918 and died in 1940, Robert Wadlow was, so far, the tallest man person in history (that we know of). He grew to an astounding 8 feet and 11 inches tall, a result of an overactive pituitary gland. He was still growing at the time of his death. At the end of his life, he needed leg braces to walk and had lost most of the feeling in his legs and feet (a sign of neuropathy).
He, unlike Jinny, was very open about meeting people and showing off his size. He was popular in school and participated in the yearbook committee as well as several other extracurricular activities. He didn’t find as much acceptance in college as he did in high school, and soon sought out the people who had been pursuing him since he started his rapid growth at the age of 4. He did a 1936 stint with Ringling Brothers, and a1938 tour with INTERCO. He was a Freemason, and made professional appearances all over the United States.
It was one of his leg braces that killed him – he got a blister that became infected, and the infection raged all over his enormous body, killing him in his sleep on July 15, 1940 at a young 22 years of age. Upon his death, his family had him interred in a secure vault because they feared that curious graverobbers would disturb his remains. A statue of Wadlow stands in his hometown of Alton, Illinois.
Anna Bates, nee Swan, was one of our shorter Giants. Born in 1846 and died in 1888, this Canadian lady grew to be 7 feet 5 1/2 inches and grew very quickly from birth. She was 5 foot 2 inches on her 6th birthday. She was an extremely bright girl who was also a talented actress, singer, and piano player.
At seventeen years old she began working at the New York Museum owned by P.T. Barnum. While employed there the museum caught on fire twice and after the second she went back to Nova Scotia for a time, only be lured back to the United States for a tour with Barnum and his circus. It was during this tour that she met Martin Van Buren Bates. Not only was he charming and sweet – he was also five inches taller than Anna.
They married in 1871 and were lauded as the “World’s Tallest Couple.” Queen Victoria gave the sizable wedding gown and diamond engagement ring as a gift to the couple. Unfortunately, the Bates’ befell tragedy in their attempt to have a family. Their first child died soon after she was born, and their second died 11 days after he was born. He was 24 pounds and each of his feet were 6 inches long.
Anna and Martin lived a quiet life after that. Anna became active in the local church and took care of their farmhouse – scaled to accommodate both of their larger-than-average bodies. Anna died in her sleep at 42 years of age and Martin commissioned a 15-foot statue of aa Greek Goddess to stand over her grave.
Johann Petursson, born in 1913, was a normal kid, until he reached the age of 15. Then he started growing very fast, and by the time he was finished he weighed 359.35 pounds and stood at 7 feet, 8 inches. He was the tallest man to come out of his native Iceland, and he eventually lived in Florida in a trailer custom made to accommodate his size.
Petursson moved to Denmark and decided to make a living just being himself- a very tall guy. He performed with dwarfs to offset his height, and they would all play the accordion. Petursson’s accordion was specially made for him. He had to take a break from show business to work in a German shipyard in Copenhagen during WWII (he was stranded there), but he started back to touring Europe with his act, and then was discovered by Ringling Brothers.
He worked with Ringling Brothers for a short time dressed in Edwardian clothes with a gigantic top hat. He left Ringling Brothers to join Glen Porter’s sideshow and Porter’s wife created the costume that would secure Petursson’s fame. He became the Viking Giant, and did several movies. He died in his hometown at the age of 69 – much older than most people with gigantism live, and a museum devoted to him sits very near the place where he is buried.
Chang Woo Gow was born in 1845 in China. At nineteen years of age he was 7 feet 9 inches and was a part of the Chinese emperor’s royal court. He visited England, and the reception was huge. He decided to stay in Europe and make the money that was rolling his way – people were paying lots just to see him in his traditional Chinese dress and hear him speak.
During his European travels Chang learned to speak English, French, and German and became a voracious reader. When he was 36 (in 1881), P.T. Barnum offered Chang $600 per week to travel with the Greatest Show on Earth. This made Chang one of the best paid attractions, but Barnum soon found it he was worth it. Not only did people flock to see him, but women practically threw themselves at him.
Chang met the love of his life in Australia – an English girl named Catherine Santley – and they married and had two sons together. They lived in China for a spell, and then moved to Bournemouth in England to live the quite country life. Tragically, Catherine passed away in 1893 and Chang simply couldn’t live without her. He passed away four short months after Catherine, aged 52 years old.
A close friend of Chang and renowned photographer said that Chang had “the kindest nature and a heart as true and tender as ever beat.”
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Another game hit the cyberworld by storm. Game of Nerds at http://gameofnerds.com has been passed from wall to wall in Facebook at the moment. Game Of Nerds is a quiz type of game which enables you to use your brains in answering general information questions in different areas of expertise. You can take quizzes on astronomy, biology, math, chemistry and physics using this game application. You will definitely enjoy the format as you try to gain friends and outrank them.
A lot of Survivor fans were dismayed when CBS announced that the returning players for the latest season that will premiere this week will be Coach and Ozzy. There were a lot of speculations on why Survivor chose the two. No one even knows what’s common between these two significant Survivor characters. Well, we may have found out the reason why!
Well, here’s a picture of the two from True Dork Times. You can definitely see the similarities now, huh?
It’s true what they say – one man’s (or woman’s) trash, is another one’s treasure. Many artists take an environmental stance and create art out of things that would otherwise be thrown away. Some of the pieces of art are very large – sculptures and parts of buildings, and others are very small. Take a look at these amazing pieces of art. You can’t really called them REcycled, because they aren’t being reused for a similar purpose. You’d called them UPcycled, because these artist have literally taken something that has been thrown away and have made something better out of it. It’s a real term – look it up.
Environmentalist and artist Phil Hall created this amazing sculpture out of plastic water bottles, supported by wire mesh, and fitted with plywood and glass riot shields. The sculpture was meant to raise awareness about the global shortage of water, and it was entered into the Susatinable Living Festival, which took place at the Federation Square in Melbourne. It is a powerful piece with a powerful message.
Meet The Forevertron. He is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest sculpture made out of scrap metal. He is 50 feet tall, 120 feet wide, and 60 feet deep, and weighs 320 tons. He lives at Dr. Evermor’s Sauk County, Wisconsin art park. His creator is Tom Every, and Tom has been interested in the preservation of historic machinery his entire life and he let his interest carry him to the creation of his sculpture. He used two decade’s worth of salvaged scrap to create The Forevertron. Every himself IS Dr. Evermor, and he and his wife Eleanor run the park, which is full of sculpture to look at, and some to buy.
Stuart Haygarth, English designer, photographer, and artist, has been collecting objects since 2004. He then designs projects, like this chandelier made out of 4500 eyeglass lenses, out of the objects he collects. This particular piece creates a really cool light effect – the many layers of prescriptive lenses refract the light from within – a clear incandescent light bulb.
Andries Botha says, “In African mythology the elephant reincarnates carrying the soul of a murdered God. It is thus the embodiment of the transmigration of souls. It is also the metaphor for the world’s preoccupation with Africa as an exotic location. The elephant thus embodies the world’s romanticism with Africa. In part it is the Colonial pancacea: wildness can be contained, civilised and taken back to the ballrooms of the First World as a trophy.”
Botha is a prolific artist, and this sculpture is part of his commission for the Beaufort Triennial in 2006. He created, from driftwood, a heard of life-size elephants – 9 of them – on the beach in Beaufort, Belgium. Botha is South African, and creates sculptures all over the world.
This polar bear, created for the Eden Project in the U.K., is made out of plastic grocery bags. Well, they might not ALL be grocery bags, but they are all plastic bags. The terms aren’t mutually exclusive. The Eden Project is home of the world’s largest greenhouse, and many pieces of upcycled artwork.
These are geodesic domes mimic a natural biome, and each contains a different collection of plant species from around the globe. There is a Tropical Dome with banana trees and other such tropical plants, a Mediterranean Dome that has olive trees and grape vines and other things you’d find in that type of climate, and there are more. One big mass of giant skylights. The entire system lives in a Kaolinite pit (China Clay Pit) that is near Cornwall in England.
The Eden Project opened fully in 2001, and as of 2009 you can view much of the entire project on Google Street View. How cool is that?
Stay tuned for future editions of One Man’s Trash, where we find the coolest upcycled art and show it to you right here on Bizarre Bytes. If you have suggestions for this series, please feel free to comment!
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A quick peek at how much plastic surgery really costs, and the things you could have bought, if you didn’t acquire that new body part. Infographic dealing with the high costs of cosmetic or plastic surgery.
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Throughout the ages, man has attempted to improve his standard of living through technology. In the beginning there was the wheel and now we have iPads (amongst hundreds of other inventions). Though our history is long, the age of new technology is very short and it all really started with the rise of steam-powered machinery. The first steam powered engine was created by Hero, an ancient Greek mathematician, in the first century AD which was called the aeolipile. This was a rocket like reaction engine and the first recorded steam engine. Since then, humans have managed to turn this idea into a practical machine by using steam for a number of uses such as to power boats or trains to Manchester and London allowing us to travel around. So here is a list of the best steam driven inventions to date:
Probably the most practical on the list, the steam train progressed throughout the 18th century and was originally created for track use, although many tried to use it for road functions aswell. William Murdoch was a Scottish inventor who built the original prototype for the steam engine in 1784. His invention of the time was very similar to those used in the more modern versions of the steam train. However, this model was not made on tracks. Though some of these locomotives are fuelled by water and oil, most were commonly fuelled by coal. They have since been replaced by our far quieter, faster diesel-electric multiple unit train, such as the Rail Class 220 Voyager.
Steamboats are usually powered by propellers or power-wheels which can be seen on rivers or lakes. Steamboats normally have the prefix S.S. before, such as the S.S. Natchez IX, which was used on the famous Mississippi river. Reports have stated that designs have appeared from as early as 1652 by John Thurloe, though this design was not completed before Thurloe’s untimely death. His idea was to create a boat, capable of speed and swiftness through water, without the use of a sail. This concept was adopted in the early 18th century and newer designs using steam pistons to power the wheel were implemented. In American culture, the steamboat was put on the map by Mickey Mouse, in his first cartoon from 1928, “Steamboat Willie”, which you can view here.
A Steam Cannon is a cannon which launches projectiles using only water and heat. It features a large copper cylinder which would have been placed into a furnace. Once the temperature reached a high enough level, a small water injection would be placed behind the projectile, theoretically shooting it out of the end. The original design was made by Leonardo Da Vinci and though he never made a prototype, this concept has since been explored by a number of television shows with varied results.
The steam aircraft always had a number of technical difficulties. Mainly, there was an issue regarding the power-to-weight ratio whereby the weight of the steam-propelled engine far outweighed that of the capability of the machine. In 1842, William Henson and John Stringfellow patented the Aerial Steam Carriage, which is considered the first real design, but it was never successfully flown. Though more conventional engines were later used, in the 1960’s designs were made to put a steam engine in a Hughes 300 helicopter, making it far more durable in the air.
Above is an image of Geoff Hudspith, inventor of the much desired Hudspith bicycle. Hudspith claims his love of motorbikes and steam drew him to creating this machine. As early as 1972, he set his heart on creating the machine, though it was not finished until 2001. It was put on show at the Great Dorset Steam fair and was recorded to do an average of 8mph.
Though the idea of many old biddies whizzing down the street in a steam clad chair is rather sublime, the truth is that this machine is a mere prop off the set of the Fresh-Prince flop, ‘Wild Wild West’ (1999). The steam wheelchair was the transportation device for the villainous Dr. Loveless, who tried to take down Jim West, played by Will Smith. The film centred around old guns, steam and buxom women. Despite this, it is still truly, truly awful.
Steam hammers are huge power driven structures, used to hammer forgings. They have pistons within a cylinder, which is filled with steam to raise the hammer. When the steam is removed, the hammer drops, but can be forced to drop faster with steam injected above the hammer itself. The first was created in Manchester in 1937 and has been stated as one of the most important elements for the industrialisation of Britain.
The Leyland Mower was one of the first motorised lawn mowers ever, being developed in the late 19th century. In 1893 the first steam powered device was created in Leyland by James Sumner, who was sick of simply rolling rotary blades around his garden. This original design can now be seen at the University of Reading. Though it meant that larger fields could be mowed quickly, it also meant a lot of expense for the purchaser, as it cost a lot to run and maintain the engine. The one in Reading University is the only known Steam Mower left.
Every kid dreams of building a rocket and flying it high into the sky. However, this device is a little bit out of reach for most children. The steam rocket is a thermal rocket working by water being held in the pressure vessel at high temperatures, then steam is released causing a hard thrust. Recently, more complex designs have been made, including nuclear fuelled rockets. Steam rockets are most popularly used to propel bikes and cars, like on Evil Knievels stunt on the Snake River Canyon.
Though the future of robotics is nearly here, Germany has decided to take it a step backwards and invent this nifty little fellow, the SteamBot. He is run simply on H2O and can waddle, waggle and spin his arms in a crazy fashion. Simply pop off his head, fill him up and set fire to his belly using an Esbit fire and wait for half hour whilst he gets going. That is, if you can find one. Only 300 were made and were originally sold off at over $600.
“Goth vs Gay – Even in the animal kingdom it is a cold war.” Wait…what? I’m sure the gay bird and the goth bird will get along swimmingly at some point. My question is where is the emo bird.
Oh, wait. Here is is.
There are a wide variety of popular massage therapies that have been proven to benefit people both physically and mentally. However, massage enthusiasts are always trying to find the “next big thing.” They want something new or cutting edge, or sometimes they just want something that is so off-the-wall that they can go run and tell their friends about it. However, before you go off the deep end and try some out-of-this-world massage technique, be certain that you are having your massage done by a certified massage therapist. Additionally, ask for referrals, and verify that their certification is from a reputable massage therapy program and a school. Below are some of the strangest massage therapy techniques that might soon pop-up in your neighborhood:
Golf Ball Massage Therapy was created in California by massage therapist, Heather Karr. In fact, the idea of using a golf ball as a massage tool came from a client, who requested that the golf ball be utilized for deep-penetrating tissue massage. Surprisingly, the golf ball was of the ideal shape to smoothly and deeply massage hard-to-reach muscles. The golf ball also works well for the pressurized kneading techniques and cross-fiber work necessary to combat trouble spots.
I mean, who doesn’t enjoy the feeling of snakes slithering across their skin??? Oh wait, that would be pretty much everybody. However, that thought didn’t cross the mind of the health and beauty spa in Israel that created the world’s first Snake Massage treatment. In this particularly massage, six non-venomous snakes, including California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes, and milk snakes, slide up and down the body, presumably working aching muscles and stiff joints. The creator has publicly proclaimed that once people get over their initial misgivings about the snakes, they find physical contact with them to be soothing. And this, my friends, is a little hard to believe. However, it can probably be assumed that the snakes’ generalized pressure to the body would be a relaxing experience.
Created at the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, this intriguing massage therapy treatment is not as painful as it initially may sound. This rejuvenating massage treatment involves the application of a warm concoction consisting of cactus, tuna (the blossom of the cactus), and pulque (an alcohol made from the agave plant), while utilizing various massage techniques. This cactus cocktail is applied to the body using the cactus paddles themselves. Thankfully, the spines of the cactus paddles have been removed. And as bizarre as this treatment may sound, the cactus is known to have quite a few healing properties, as well as the ability to rehydrate the skin and remove toxins trapped inside.
Advertised as the “natural facelift massage,” Indian Face Massage uses special techniques and acupressure to improve the conditioning of skin by encouraging natural oils to flow, and thereby creating a more radiant glow. This is supposedly achieved by releasing tension within the connective tissue and toning the muscles of the face. The results are purportedly extraordinary – a plumped, younger, and fresher facial appearance, as well as the redefinition of the contours of the face.
Trager Work, named for its creator, Dr. Milton Trager, refers to the wacky form of massage therapy created over a half a century ago that involves rocking and shaking movements ranging from gentle to violent in intensity. This form of massage therapy allegedly loosens restrictions in the joints and promotes overall relaxation. The practice of Trager Work involves a patient lying on a table while the therapist instigates a series of rather large movements designed to explore and maximize range of motion, all-the-while rhythmically rolling the patient back and forth. In Trager Work, it is actually commonplace to witness limbs being violently jerked and flailed around. But proponents of the technique assert that once the problem is released, movement of that particular body part becomes light and effortless. And just like something right out of the world of Tom Cruise, Dr. Trager’s technique claims to have successfully treated conditions ranging from back trouble to polio to psychiatric issues to paralyzation, and states that once released, the problem would not reappear. After all, Dr. Trager believes that the pattern of tightness is all in the mind.
Watsu, or Water Shiatsu, works under the belief that warm water, which many associate with the body’s deepest state of waking relaxation, is the ideal medium for the stretching needed to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility. Warm water takes the weight off of the vertebrae and allows the spine to be moved in new ways. The concept in Watsu is that gentle twists and pulls relieve pressure on the nerves and help undo any resultant dysfunction that this pressure can cause to the organs serviced by those nerves. During Watsu, you must be floated in the therapist’s arms and you must participate in the Water Breath Dance, a meditative stillness in which someone, while being floated in the therapist’s arms, is allowed to sink a little as they breath out, and then is lifted again as both therapist and patient breath in. The understanding is that when repeated consistently, this creates a connection between the therapist and patient that can be carried through the stretching activities.
Giraffe’s battle for an endless fight, animated gif.Where’s a chiropractor when you need one?
France vs. England for an eternal struggle. Will there ever be a winner?
A Kenyan traffic cop and a truck driver in a fight that sure seems endless, and ridiculous. Nobody would even help the officer.
Endless snowball fight gif.
Endless Catfight gif from Mean Girls. Are there any winners in this fight? Surely.
An endless animation… wait. WTF?
One of the best reasons to see a movie in the theater (and subsequently pay exorbitant amounts of money for tickets and snacks and drinks and sometimes fancy 3-D glasses) is arriving early enough to catch the new trailers. Naturally, this is a perfect time to exercise one’s expert movie-judging skills (“Oh, that’s gonna rule.”), often to the chorus of other such avid film critics in the surrounding seats (“I bet that’s going to suck big time.”). Sadly, some of these trailers are wolves in sheep’s clothing, leading poor, innocent moviegoers to their entertainment demise. I’ve taken the liberty of highlighting a few such films that, after building up the hopes and dreams of the public, stomped all over our expectations.
Why It Should Have Been Awesome
The previews for this movie were absolutely mind-blowing. Replete with lovely damsels (Gwyneth Paltrow), dashing heroes (Jude Law) and a veritable grab-bag of big name stars, this film promised a little something for everyone. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame was as one of the pioneering films of computer-generated digital scenery.
Why It Sucked
What did this film ultimately give us? A good nap. This awkwardly-paced-post-Depression-era-wannabe-steampunk-meets-Indiana-Jones-but-not-as-cool snoozefest proved to be a major bummer. The filmmakers relied too heavily upon the special effects and the big names to cover up the fact that the whole plot line was a hairsbreadth away from absurdity – and not the ha-ha kind, the uh-oh kind. Not even Angelina Jolie could hussy this movie up enough to be palatable.
Why It Should Have Been Awesome
It’s effin’ STAR WARS. How can you ruin that? Nearly two decades after the release of “Return of the Jedi”, nerds and closet nerds across the world almost tossed their pocket protectors aloft in joy at the news that George Lucas was (finally) releasing a new episode of the legendary franchise. The build up for this prequel was so great that fans waited in line for weeks to get tickets – sleeping in shifts, taking time off work and ultimately cementing their own place in Star Wars history.
Why It Sucked
Jar-Jar Binks. Hands down, one of the single-most irritating computer-generated characters to ever plague the silver screen. Combined with the cheesy dialogue, most viewers were left with an overall feeling of “Eh.” Take, for instance, the scene immediately prior to the famous pod race. Everybody’s favorite pseudo-Rasta alien is assisting the young Anakin when a nearby beast of burden experiences some unfortunate digestive discomfort (read “a space camel farted on Jar-Jar”). Seriously, George? A fart joke? Lucky for us power nerds, Lucas redeemed himself with “Attack of the Clones” (watching Yoda lay the smack down certainly didn’t hurt).
Why It Should Have Been Awesome
Now, the creators of the Terminator films could probably throw mud at a roll of film and still win awards. Not a big fan of the franchise myself, I will admit to getting pretty excited when the previews for “Salvation” first aired. The special effects looked spectacular, the cast was promising, and no matter how far removed from the story you are, John Connor is tantamount to an American legend. Everyone wants to see humanity put up a fight against the big bad Skynet jerks.
Why It Sucked
What moviegoers experienced was something more like standing inside a giant bell and letting your most annoying friend beat on it with a hammer. Computer-generated Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t even save this film. (Apparently, he was too busy being the Governator to renew his role as the Terminator) Roughly twenty minutes into the film it becomes apparent that most of the budget went toward the explosions, because it certainly didn’t go to pay the scriptwriters (If it did, somebody deserves a refund). Christian Bale did his “Hi. I look angry all the time and speak in a gravely voice,” thing, while Sam Worthington tried desperately to make this movie not terrible. A valiant effort, sir, but I’m afraid the end of the movie sucked the last bit of good quality out of the experience. Of course, it was hard to see what was happening with the big block of cheese in the way.
Why It Should Have Been Awesome
The American public is a sucker for a good scary movie. They especially love a scary movie with lots of action and a good dose of humor. This Universal Studios release promised all of the above- Incorporating horror film legends including Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and werewolves, with a little dose of sexy thrown in (hello, Kate Beckinsale in leather pants). This film offered a talented (in theory) cast and an exotic spin on an old storyline. Any individual with a taste for classic horror had every reason to anticipate Van Helsing with all the excitement of a 15 year-old-girl before a Jonas Brothers concert.
Why It Sucked
It makes it an even bigger shame, then, that even with sexy (sort of) vampires and Kate Beckinsale’s leather pants, this movie was still terrible. It was like watching a really good idea dissolve into utter disaster, as actors who’d previously been considered very talented, exclaimed (!) their way through a cheesy and awkward script. Combined with the fact that the big plot twist was that Van Helsing was actually the angel Gabriel, this film was an extra large dose of WTF. The end of the film was the real kicker, as the aforementioned big block of cheese made its debut performance when the slain heroine and her family appeared in the sky (apparently that’s what happens when you go to Heaven). Frankly, if I started seeing giant cloud people after discovering I was a long-lost archangel (side note: How does God “miss” an archangel? Aren’t they pretty important?), I would need a good stiff drink, and possibly a CAT scan.
Why It Should Have Been Awesome
This fourth installment of the epic Indiana Jones franchise was anticipated with almost as much excitement as any episode of Star Wars. Harrison Ford was returning as America’s most awesome professor, complete with a dreamy protégé in the form of Shia LaBuoef (fresh off the fame that came with “Transformers”). The world could hardly wait to see what magic Lucasfilm would make combining the much-revered story line with the newest advances in filmmaking.
Why It Sucked
The worst part about this film is that it wasn’t really terrible, it was simply, and sadly, disappointing. The novelty and adventure that ran rampant in the first three films fell flat in “Crystal Skull”. It also didn’t help that previously mentioned dreamy protégé was sort of annoying (like Jar-Jar Binks annoying). If this movie were to be summed up using math: Soviet Bad Guys vs. Indiana Jones and that chick from “Raiders of The Lost Ark” vs. Creepy Glowing Alien Skull ≠ Awesome. I’m willing to bet that the Ark of the Covenant could totally beat up the Crystal Skull in a fight. Any takers?
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All is not as it seems in this animated gif of a juggler. “Stick” around for a few seconds to see the shocking reveal as a juggling man become something less.
After seeing this do you want to learn how to juggle? Yeah, me neither. But for the .02% that feels juggling is a serious career choice (but you probably need more than one arm), look to start your juggling career here: http://learnhowtojuggle.info/
This site provides an easy-to-follow method for learning how to juggle. Some people are natural juggles and will find they can juggle within a couple of hours of practice. Others might need a little more time (between 2 days to 2 months), but practice and persistence is the key to becoming a good juggler. Once you learn the skill of juggling, you will never forget it (like riding a bike).
Internet Memes are usually annoying, sometimes funny and infrequently poignant. This new Internet Meme is a little of both and I’ll throw in a pinch of thoughtful wisdom to this meme recipe. What do you think? Does the Lamenting Lemur have what it takes to become the the stuff of meme legend?
Don’t be so humble, you are not that great
Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die
The lonely become either thoughtful or empty
Lost my mood ring. Not sure how I feel about it.
There is no coming to consciousness without pain
Happiness would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness
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Whether it was Miss Scarlett in the dining room with a candlestick or Professor Plum with a dagger in the kitchen, there is nothing like a classic Whodunit to get your brain ticking.
Piecing all the clues together and interviewing shrewd suspects is quite an art, however, some characters are simply brilliant at sniffing out the guilty. Here are some of the greatest sleuths of all time:
Everyone’s favourite bumbling French detective from The Pink Panther series, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is memorable for all the wrong reasons. Incredibly clumsy and not that intelligent (to say the least), Monsier Clouseau somehow manages to solve crimes despite falling down stairs, damaging priceless artefacts and turning his superior into a homicidal psychopath. Genius.
The master of disguise, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous fictional characters of all time well-loved for prowling the streets of London “undercover”. A bohemian eccentric known for his love of the pipe, Holmes is renowned for his logical approach to solving crime and using forensic science to crack the most difficult cases.
An elderly spinster turned amateur detective, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple often solves mysteries when the police are stumped. No match for the villains of St. Mary Mead, this little old lady is a force to be reckoned with and has an excellent sense of logic. She may seem a little confused or fussy, but no one should underestimate this tweed-wearing sleuth.
Star of American crime series Columbo, this homicidal detective knows how to solve a case – despite his rather dishevelled appearance. Although underestimated by his colleagues at the Los Angeles Police Department, this cool character always hits the nail on the spot and shrewdly gathers all evidence for indictment.
A Belgian detective with the greatest moustache in the business, Poirot is one of Agatha Christie’s most-loved characters. Immaculately turned out at all times but with an unfortunate limp, Poirot is incredible at sniffing out clues and unravels even the most difficult of murders.
Who could forget Starsky and Hutch, a pair of street wise cops, well-known for busting criminals in their red and white Ford Torino? Often seen tearing round the fictional streets of Bay City, this awesome due are experts at solving crimes –with a little help from police snitch Huggy Bear.
Featured in the Chief Inspector Barnaby book series by Caroline Graham and the main detective in TV series Midsomer Murders, Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Geoffrey Barnaby is quite the star. Based in the fictional town of Causton, Barnaby is the King at solving mysteries in the surrounding villages and is a force to be reckoned with.
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A hard-core, experienced detective at the top of his game, Taggart is the leading character in the Scottish detective series of the same name. Set in his ways with very little patience for new recruits, Taggart does not suffer fools gladly and has worked hard to climb up the ranks.
Despite being sloppy, untidy and hopeless with paperwork Inspector Frost is awesome at solving crimes. Although gruff and to-the-point in the R.D Wingfield novels, the detective is slightly warmer in the TV series A Touch of Frost, using empathy to draw information out of his witnesses – a real legend.
Cracker is a British crime drama series starring criminal psychologist or “cracker” Eddie Fitzgerald. An obese chain smoker with an addiction to sex, alcohol and gambling, Fitz is a real antihero, yet is brilliant at his job. Although foul-mouthed and sarcastic most of the time he is an excellent psychologist with a good heart – deep down.
So there you have it, ten of the best detectives of all time that can solve even the deadliest of crimes.
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Terraforming is a term first popularly coined by a science fiction novelist named Jack Williamson in his 1942 novel “Astounding Science Fiction.” The concept involves engineering the atmosphere and surface of a planet, or moon, so that life can exist in an otherwise uninhabitable environment. It is most famously depicted in the second Star Trek movie, “The Wrath Of Khan,” as the Genesis project.
Scientists also refer to this hypothetical engineering, as Planetary Engineering. Terraforming is literally “earth forming.” Terrran life consists of any form of organism which is earth-like. Beginning in the 1960s, the popular scientist Carl Sagan first postulated plausible theories on how to terraform the planets Venus and Mars. Today a whole field of theoretical science exists centering on the topic of terraforming, and many articles dedicated to advances in this field are produced in international scientific journals yearly.
In addition to Mars and Venus, many scientists and engineers also entertain the concept of planetary engineering right here on earth. One popular project that has been explored is the planetary engineering of our deserts to make them inhabitable. Shimizu Corporation’s Desert Aqua-Net is one popularly discussed project. This futuristic project involves building a series of canals and lakes in the Sahara Desert. The canals run water from the oceans to the lakes, and each of the lakes has a man-made island at its center.
A similar project has been explored by Leonard Ornstein, Igor Aleinov, and David Rind. This project involves building some 50 Amazon-sized rivers in the desserts of Africa and Australia for the purpose of populating the deserts with large forests of eucalyptus trees. The purpose of this ambitious project would be to produce vast CO2 sinks, i.e. the eucalyptus forests, that could effectively cool the planet and offset the production of CO2 caused by humans and the burning of fossil fuels.
The authors presuppose that man-made global warming will inevitably pose a serious problem on earth in the future. The authors postulate, that such an undertaking would require some 18,000 TW of energy for the ongoing water pumping and desalination of water to hydrate the forests. This amount of electricity is equivalent to the total amount of all forms of energy currently consumed in the world each year.
Scientists and futurists have long pondered the relative importance of terraforming to the future of mankind. To begin with, the very largest of the problems that mankind may face in the future helps to serve as the impetus for generating innovative ideas and plausible engineering solutions to a wide variety of man’s current dilemmas. A short list includes overpopulation, climate change, and energy shortages, as well as environmental and material resource problems. Just as science fiction has foretold advances, which are common place today (i.e. airplanes, lasers, hand held televisions, and space travel), serious exploration into the possibilities of extraterrestrial terraforming by futurists and scientists may one day morph into actual engineering solutions. This can only take place once technologies such as nuclear fusion and long-distance manned spaceflight come to fruition.
The exercise of “daring to boldly go where no man has gone before” also forces our minds to put mankind’s problems, and our place in this biosphere, into perspective. By earnestly seeking solutions on a planetary changing scale, we learn to appreciate that we are indeed interconnected integrally into the earth’s climate and environment, as well as its biological ecosystem.
Successfully terraforming the planet, Mars could ultimately help solve the problem of overpopulation, help to preserve our species, and could lead to new sources of minerals and energy. Moreover, the successful terraforming of Mars could lead to its replication on similar planets elsewhere in the galaxy.
Terraforming here on earth could also lead to engineered climate change and arable soil expansion, ease overpopulation, and lead to new sources of food and renewable natural resources such as trees.
The challenges to terraforming the planet Mars is multi-fold. The temperature of the planet must be raised a minimum of 60+ degrees (depending on how hospitable you want the planet to be), and the atmosphere must be populated with enough CO2 or other green housing gases, such as halocarbons, to create a pressurized atmosphere of life-sustaining gas densities (i.e. an atmospheric barrier needed to pressurize oxygen). Finally, the planet’s atmosphere must be populated with enough breathable air and sufficient densities of oxygen, and a portion the planet will need to be populated with adequate quantities of accessible water.
Scientists estimate, based on 21st-century technology, that such a project would take about 1,000 years to complete if the appropriate amount of energy could be brought to bear. This would make the planet Mars fully inhabitable by humans in theory, but might not answer longer-term questions of stability and sustainability of the planet’s climate and environment needed to sustain a large colony of humans in perpetuity.
To accomplish such a project a number of approaches have been put forth by terraforming scientists. The frozen polar CO2 caps on Mars could be heated and liberate enough CO2 to sustain roughly 30% of earth’s atmosphere. Dispersing CFCs in high quantities could also contribute the green-housing of Mars, warming it further.
Another approach is to blast an ammonia-containing asteroid toward Mars, which upon impact would create enough energy to melt a trillion tons of frozen water, resulting in a warmer atmosphere, and would cover about a quarter of the surface of Mars with about 1 meter deep water. Additionally, nitrate beds could be targeted to produce nitrogen and further populate and pressurize the atmosphere of Mars. All told, about 40 such missions would be required to accomplish these tasks.
Another approach is to heat portions of the surface of Mars with giant orbiting mylar mirrors spanning 125 km in diameter. Some 200,000 tons of mylar would be required to build these solar mirrors, and they would have to be constructed in space, using power from nuclear reactors.
Regardless of the approach used to heat Mars, if 100 TW of energy could be generated on the surface of Mars each year, breathable levels of oxygen could be achieved in about 1,000 years.
All of these proposed ideas require the development of nuclear fusion power and long-distance manned spaceflight, involving large payloads and return flight capabilities. Quantum leap, breakthroughs in sources of energy, and interplanetary space travel will be necessary to bring us to the presepis of extraterrestrial planetary engineering. Well within the foreseeable future, however, terraforming significant portions of the earth’s deserts could be accomplished with a large enough influx from a yet undeveloped source of inexpensive, clean, and green energy needed to perform the ongoing water pumping and desalination of water and the industrial construction necessary to populate the deserts with sufficient navigable waterways. A solar farm roughly the size of Texas might just do the job.
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Gold is rare and valuable. It is incredibly labor intensive and dangerous to mine for both mine workers and the environment. As such, the most obviously logical thing to do with it is rub it on your face and flush it down the toilet—in some cases literally.
To follow is a list of some of the most useless, most unnecessary things that are made of gold for sale today.
The Midas touch—gone WILD! I’m not confused about the practical use of a sex toy, right? In a traditional use of gold, like in a necklace or a ring, the purpose of spending the extra green to get something made of gold is so you can show it off and brag about your status without having to say a single word. In the case of a sex toy, who are you bragging to? It’s not exactly a mantelpiece. I guess it makes being alone seem in vogue.
And what does discovering a gold vibrator encrusted with gems in your wife’s sock drawer do to your ego?
“Honey? You know, I still drive a Hyundai, right?”
Of course it would be a better to use this valuable mineral to make yourself healthier than just to flaunt your wealth, but does rubbing hundreds of dollars worth of gold on your face really make a difference worth the money?
“I am certain that the poor children who mined this gold would rest a little easier tonight if they could only see these pores! It’s like ten-years washed off my face and into the sewage system—along with $200 of gold leaf…”
Then again, child labor for the purpose of glitz and glamour is no better, but it’s tradition so we can let it slide.
My qualm with rubbing gold on your face instead of salt water or Clearasil or olive oil–something more traditional–is that some business genius is making money off of rich peoples’ naïveté. What a great business model! Convince people that one of the most expensive things on Earth is the secret to eternally youthful skin. The best part? It worked! Cha-ching!
Gold is flavorless. In fact, professional tasters use golden utensils to make sure they get a pure taste of whatever they have to critique. But these utensils are reusable. Gold covered food is not.
My favorite gold food has to be the gold covered heart-shaped lollipop. A strawberry lollipop, just like the ones you get at the bank or the doctor’s, only it costs nearly $28.00 because it’s covered in flakes of gold. The same website offers pure edible gold and a gold flake shaker to evenly apply gold as a garnish.
Dear rich people:
This is why people resent you! They are NOT jealous. They are sick of the way you waste the money that they don’t have to make precious rare metals into ca-ca.
Probably the most popular ridiculous gold consumption method, alcoholic beverages with gold flakes floating within are a delicious a way to damage your esophagus, stomach, brain and liver—and it sparkles!
I know that it’s not even three-dollars worth of gold in a $30.00 bottle of goldschlager, but why not use that much gold to make a beautiful bottle that you can keep and not turn into the-morning-after runs?
The moral of the story is this: It’s not worth it–not that any use of gold is really worth it considering the rarity and danger involved in its discovery, mining and refining, but especially if you’re going to just put it in your body for fun so you can feel luxurious. That’s just plain selfish.
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Bruce Lee changed martial arts cinema forever. He is a legend and one of the few actors to ever crack the Chinese and American markets. His films are still loved by martial arts films all over the world, almost 40 years after he tragically died.
Bruce Lee learned martial arts from a young age, studying Wing Chun under the now famous Yip Man and also Tai Chi with his father. Unlike many movie martial artists Bruce Lee was a fighter. he grew up on the rough streets of Hong Kong where would often get caught up in street fights. Bruce Lee moved to the USA for his own protection after beating up a local Triad leader’s son.
It was in America that Bruce learned about film making, he majored in Drama Studies at the University of Washington.
Bruce Lee only completed 4 movies. The Game of Death was completed after he died, with many previously unused clips being edited together to complete the story. Fortunately for martial arts fans all the fight scenes were completed before Bruce died. However, the actual story was not completed which means that his final film does not make it onto our review list.
The Big Boss, Bruce Lee’s first film, tells the story of a corrupt businessman who is dealing drugs under the cover of an ice factory. It is slightly biographical in that Bruce arrives in the small town after his mother sent him to live with his uncle as he had been getting into too many fights it home. He promised his mother not to fight so tried to avoid trouble. But in time trouble came to him when work colleagues and family started to go missing. This film was originally called Fists Of Fury in America. A classic martial arts thriller with a fantastic final fight scene.
Fist of Fury was Bruce’s second film and told the story of how a kung-fu master was killed by a rival Japanese martial arts school in Shanghai. It has the classic fight scene where Bruce Lee single handily takes on the entire Bushido school.
Way of the Dragon tells the story of how Bruce Lee’s character help a friend’s niece who is running a restaurant. Soon it becomes clear that a local crime boss wants to buy the restaurant and starts causing trouble. Soon Bruce leaps to the rescue and fights off the whole gang and saves the business. The film has some comic moments and is one of the most light-hearted to watch.
This is the film that changed everything. Bruce Lee is hired by the CIA to infiltrate a drug baron by entering a martial arts competition on his island. The is constant martial arts action as the tournament keeps the fighters busy during the day and then Bruce investigate the island at night. There is a good story, with Bruce also out for the revenge of the murder his sister.
Bruce Lee’s films will always be remembered and loved by martial artists. He broke new ground, not only in martial arts choreography and film making but also in how the image of martial artists changed. Bruce Lee was single handily responsible for turning martial arts from an almost unknown past time to a major business all across American and Europe. People would watch his films and then want to learn kung-fu. For many years karate school filled that vacuum but in time kung-fu also became mainstream.
Jon Wade started learning kung-fu in 1992 while studying at University. He has written many articles on the subject of Bruce Lee’s training and workouts. Today he mostly studies health sciences with the Open University.