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Re-published with permission from Toptenz.net.
Toptenz.net created 10 Marvel DC Superhero Mashups. Here are my favorite 3 choices, please visit the site to see the other 7 superhero combinations.
Books never seem to go out of fashion, and even in 2012, when you’d think we’d be passed the idea of a good book, Amazon brings out the Kindle
and we continue to buy them in their droves. But while books can be intriguing, emotionally demanding and entertained – just look at Fifty
Shades of Grey – they can also be downright disappointing when it comes to an ending.
Here we’ll look at some of the bleakest story endings of all-time, so you have been warned: SPOILER ALERT!
You’ve given a lot of time to a book and then the ending goes and ruins it for you – is there anything more annoying? While not every book can
guarantee to satisfy everyone, you should at least be happy with an ending. And unfortunately The Marriage Plot doesn’t come under this
Creating a brilliant character, like Leonard, means the reader becomes emotionally attached, so by then turning him into a manic depression
after he leaves his love, Madeleine, it forces the reader to become quite disappointed and downbeat.
A rite of passage story for teen girls, Little Women and Werewolves by Louisa May Alcott is a fantastic story about four extremely individual
sisters growing up in Massachusetts, but while the story keeps you engaged throughout, the ending is just downright mundane and disappointing.
Basically, they all get married. And that’s it.
To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the most loved books of recent times, but there is an issue. The problem isn’t that it’s too long, too short
or even not engaging enough, but the fact that it ends at all. Why did Harper Lee not just keep on writing, seriously?
It’s a brilliant book and the ending just ruined it because it meant it was all over.
Crazy characters, insane plot, amazing visuals and a story that would engage even the most unwilling reader, and then you’re told it was all a
dream. No this book isn’t a Martin Luther King speech; it’s just a book with an unbelievable story which is ruined by a rubbish ending.
Everyone loves a great murder mystery but when there are two intriguing stories within the book, it’s probably a good idea to give the reader
an ending to both. Basically, Tana French gives us a solution to one of the murders, but doesn’t even mention what happened to the first one,
leaving us bewildered and wondering what the hell happened.
It’s a great book, but a frustrating one if you like a full resolution.
A story which revolves around a mother and son who have been held captive in a shed for seven years is a dark and interesting one, no doubt,
but when they finally manage to escape, Room just becomes more of a boring university study than a novel that keeps you hooked to every page.
Why do authors do this to us? All we want is a fantastic ending!
These books were read and reviewed by an intern at online printer cartridges shop, PrinterInks.
As a kid, did you ever try to explain video games to your grandmother, only to have her sneer and walk away? Did you ever think you’d see the day when she was playing video games? Maybe your mom played Pac Man as a child or even played Snake on her cell phone a few years ago.
But today all she can think about at work is tending her virtual farm. A rise in social games and simple (or not-so-simple) puzzle games has created a renaissance in the gaming market, and the demographics of its customers has vastly grown. Mobile games have become popular mostly due to their ability to be played in short spurts.
At the dentist office and have to wait for 10 minutes? No problem – that’s enough time for a few levels of Cut the Rope. Anyone who has a tablet, mobile phone or any other computer device is now at risk of becoming a gamer.
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It’s the moment that you are officially dead, when you are registered as deceased. Only sometimes, people aren’t dead at this point. How does this happen? Well, there are obviously some genuine mistakes and missing people are often officially declared dead after a while (in absentia). But people can be declared dead for more sinister reasons. These reasons can range from insurance scams, possession of property or even, as one of our cases reveals, to ensure a better voting result (allegedly).
There are often mistakes with automated computer databases. If the computer says you’re dead, you can’t just shout at it to prove otherwise. The paperwork, distress and anger must be draining on anyone in that situation. Imagine if you will then, poor army veteran, Jerry Miller of Florida. He was declared dead by the Veterans Administration not once, but four times – cutting off his military pension. To add insult to injury, he also received a request from the VA this year for $94,000!
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You might recall the John Darwin case back in 2007, where a man who had been declared dead by his wife suddenly reappeared. He had convenient ‘amnesia’ about the insurance scam he and the wife pulled in order to pay off mounting debts. He had disappeared in 2002 after canoeing out to sea near Hartlepool. The subsequent sea-search uncovered Darwin’s wrecked canoe – odd as the sea was like a mill pond that day. He was declared dead in 2003, despite being back at home! Wife Anne claimed £25,000 and the £130,000 mortgage was paid off. The scam didn’t pay off entirely as the Darwins were caught and sentenced to 7 years in prison each, after buying a house whilst on holiday in Panama.
In Houston, Texas, many people woke up one day, sat down to eat their breakfast, opened their mail and found out that they could no longer vote because they were dead. High school nurse, Terry Collins, was one such person. She tried to call to register her status as ‘very much alive’ but after hours and days of being on hold, gave up. This was supposedly a yearly ‘purge’ of deceased voters. As it stands, Houston has revoked the purge until after elections, but elsewhere in Texas this is not the case. It seems that many of the people on the list were black or Hispanic, which led to claims of ‘fix’!
It sounds like the start of a Victorian Gothic novel, but there have been several cases of people waking up in a morgue, after being pronounced dead by medical professionals. This happened to June Burchell of Sussex, who has a rare condition called Cataplexy. She has been declared dead three times and woken up in the morgue twice! Cataplexy is similar to Narcolepsy, but in June’s case it made her appear to be dead.
During World War 2, Japanese soldiers were told that they were to not surrender or take their own lives during war, under any circumstances. Some took this a little too literally. When the war ended in 1945 a few cells took to the jungles and remained there in hiding for many years. The last of these, Hiroo Onoda, was officially declared dead in 1959. He was finally discovered in 1974 by a Japanese backpacker who was looking for “Lieutenant Onoda, a panda and the Abominable Snowman, in that order”. He still took convincing to come out of hiding!
If you’ve ever been on the internet, you’re probably aware of the images which seriously mess with your head. No, not the ridiculous amounts of adult material which is on the web, but the small images which are simple in design but insane in their execution. They screw with your eyes, confuse your brain and, basically, make you either surprised, stunned or in facial pain. So with that being said, here are some of the most mind bending illusion gifs on the web handpicked by the self-proclaimed experts at Thorpe Breaks – you can check out their website here. Enjoy!
The more you look at this one the more it messes with your head. Do you look at the cross or the moving lilac spots? Ahhhhhh, it’s too much!! Get it away from my eyes! (Stare at the cross and the spots seem to disappear, and a green spot which isn’t there takes the place of the spots).
Are the red lines straight or curved? Look again. Press your face on the monitor. The more you look at it, the more you discover. It’s one of those things which messes with your eyes and then gives you a headache. Don’t stare at it for too long!
You will have probably seen this illusion before but it’s still as confusing as ever. It’s weird how the smallest things mess with your mind, and this moving barber pole is no different.
Stare at the centre of this image and see if the rest of the star begins to move. It will take some time and your eyes will strain but it is still amazing to see this happened. How our brains do stuff like this is beyond belief.
Some people say they can make the dancing woman change direction after staring at her for long enough, so why not give it a try and see if you can, too. It’s a bit of a weird one because it hurts your eyes looking at a woman turning over and over. Once you do get her to change direction, it can be a struggle to get her to change back. Try staring at the reflection of her feet and blinking quickly.
Okay, there isn’t really much point for too many words here, because it’s hard to even explain how this one is even possible. How?!
So, there you have it; some of the most mind-bending illusion gifs on the internet. It’s a weird, eye-hurting world of gifs out there. Just don’t watch any on YouTube because they like to pull the prank where a screaming face jumps at you…
Earth is home to millions of different species ranging from tiny micro organisms to the giant blue whales found in all of the world’s oceans. Whilst we are aware of many weird and wonderful creatures, in 2012 there are still over 80 per cent of them which are presently undiscovered. However this year there has been some interesting new discoveries which have delighted scientists who have dedicated years of their time to find answers to common questions. It has to be said, some of these new finds are somewhat bizarre looking and below we take a look at five of the best. Thanks to the curious minds at Chessington for rounding up this freaky list of nature’s little accidents/wonders from around the world.
You saw that right. It’s inevitable that the first sight of this one will be greeted with fits of laughter because the ‘Atretochoana eiselti’ (or trouser snake, to you and I) found in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, looks unequivocally like a rather well-endowed Johnson that even John Holmes would blush at. Six of these eyeless snakes were found at the bottom of the Madeira River and scientists believe that it breathes through its skin. It is without doubt one of the most amusing biological finds to date. Hard to decipher whether or not this could be classed as NSFW.
Feel free to add your own witty puns in the comments.
As with most discoveries, this primate was found by a group of scientists who were originally in Burma participating in surveys on gibbons. The monkey, which looks like a cross between a 1950’s greaser and a latter day Michael Jackson, was discovered in the mountains of Myanmar. Its unfortunate nose is upturned to such an extent that it actually sneezes when it rains. Local hunters say that ‘Rhinopithecus strykeri’ can be seen with its head down between its knees to avoid inhaling water on wet days.
Let’s face it, nobody likes wasps. Unlike bees, they contribute absolutely nothing to society and have no use whatsoever; other than to instil abject fear if they come within a few feet of us with the ever present threat of a painful sting. The ‘Kollosmosoma sentum’, however, is a much fiercer breed of wasp. Why? Because it actively makes a point of hunting down ants to impregnate. It only takes a fraction of a second for the wasp to strike and lay its eggs in the abdomen of the unfortunate ant. A horrible little inter species rapist which is as evil as it looks!
This species was found in the gold mines of South Africa. It’s remarkably unusual due to its size and the fact that it was discovered at a depth of 1 mile under the surface and has a remarkable ability to survive at such high temperatures and pressures. This was the reason it was named ‘Halicephalobus’mephisto after the devil in the Faust legend. It is said to be the deepest multi cellular organism that has ever been found.
Beauty isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when we think of spiders but the Sazima tarantula can be considered just that as it has a striking blue colour and iridescent in nature. The spider which was found in Brazil and named after one of the country’s top zoologists is usually located on the picturesque table top mountains. The species is particularly vulnerable due to its low population in the precious ecological environment.
Since the 70s, there has been a great deal of controversy surrounding Scientology. It is a bizarre religion: unabashed about its celebration of wealth and glamor, shamelessly determined to draw celebrities into its ranks, and based around a mythology that bears an uncanny resemblance to bad sci-fi. Among the celebs associated with the religion are John Travolta, Kristie Alley, Jason Lee, the Beckhams, Sarah Palin, and Will Smith. And of course, who could forget Tom Cruise, who has become a sort of figurehead and chief publicist for the religion.
Scientology––as is attested by their putative growth of 4.4 million members annually––has an undeniable appeal. It was originally conceived by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction writer and self-help guru, in 1952 New Jersey. The etymology of the name scientology reveals that the religion (the only major religion to emerge from the 20th century) is dedicated to the aim of ‘knowing how to know.’ One of the core beliefs of this meta-knowing spiritual movement is that an alien tyrant named Lord Xenu captured, froze, and brought billions of intergalactic beings to Earth 75 million years ago in spaceships resembling Douglas DC-8 airliners. Then Xenu stacked them around volcanoes and detonated hydrogen bombs inside the volcanoes, which eventually provoked the alien souls to inhabit human bodies.
Of course, these scriptural truths (made public during a trial against Scientology) are only revealed to adherents who reach the highest ‘Levels’ in the exclusive religion, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and only be achieved after revealing intimate personal secrets that are carefully recorded and kept on file in the church headquarters. The highest levels of the doctrine are only revealed at sea, aboard the church’s luxury cruise ship.
Vanity Fair recently featured an article revealing the latest Scientology scandal. Their article claims that the highest-ranking officials within the church held secret auditions for Tom Cruise’s next girlfriend after his divorce from Nicole Kidman. They wanted to ensure their leading man would wind up with a woman who was friendly to the church. So they told their young attractive female members that they needed to film a new recruitment video, and held auditions for the part, which entailed asking questions like ‘What do you think of Tom Cruise?” They eventually settled on Nazanin Boniadi, who they matched with Cruise; and the two dated for several months. But when things started to sour, they sent her away to a special church retreat where she was reportedly forced to scrub toilets with a toothbrush.
In its colorful history, Scientology has also been responsible for acts such as suing public libraries, organizing demonstrations against psychiatry, and can count Charles Manson among its former adherents (although he eventually renounced the church, deciding it was way too crazy).
But it would be unfair not to also point out that there tens of thousands of people who have nothing but good things to say about Scientology, and even Jerry Seinfeld has publicly stated that the courses he took with the church benefited him and were a positive experience. So regardless of what your opinions about this controversial religion are, there is no doubt that it will continue to make headlines and provoke derision and praise alike. Just like the celebrities it so eagerly brings into its folds, Scientology seems to be organized around the assumption that ‘any press is good press,’ as the Hollywood saying goes.
Author: Alfie Davenport works for Ladbrokes.com and has a keen interest in all the weird and interesting aspects of celebrity culture.
Editor’s note: BizarreBytes.com does not endorse Scientology and in fact, finds it quite absurd.
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And here is a bonus, Emma Frost poster. We really love nerd art or geek art, whichever you prefer.
One dog isn’t doing it right and the other dog knows it, but can’t do anything about it. The stress of having 4 legs and a hammock with netting that is just too big, is apparently too much for this small dog as he slinks away in confusion. The dog trapped by the hammock seems to have accepted his fate, waiting for his master to save him. “The Horrors of the Hammock” will never leave his mind even during the dog days of summer!
LOL, thankfully us humans aren’t this stupid to be so easy trapped and stuck in places..um, wait…what?
Okay, this thief is stuck, but thieves are usually idiots, most people know the hazards to avoid so they don’t get…oh, crap.
It appears even the handicapped aren’t spared from unintentionally being caught unawares. Oh well, let’s got back to a picture of an animal being stuck. It makes me feel superior. ;-)
Ah, that’ better. Cats is so darn stupid. Hyuck!
“Luke, I am your Father. Eat your vegetables!”
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This is a 9″ x 12″ reproduction of the original painting. Printed on archival epson matte paper with true epson archival ink. These are great reproductions because you can see the acrylic ink marks, brush marks and the canvas texture on the print. You can buy it here.
Either embarrass or empower your son with this Star Wars decal. I’m betting he will think it was pretty freaking cool when he sees the pictures, or has it on his wall his whole life. I mean, come on, you are a Jedi. Nothing wrong with that in my book, nothing at all. Save the galaxy my son!
“I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” – Luke Skywalker
Oh yeah, buy this cool wall decal here.
If you love DC comics, or maybe that special someone loves comics, Batman is sure to set the mood. With this bra you can achieve a special Dark (K)night.. if you know what I mean. – Tefa
Two of my favorite things…well, three, I guess, in one place: Batman and breasts! Buy your batman bra here.
Look, Bob – I’ve Painted by Fence :-)
We are sure that Bob was pleased with the sprucing up done on his neighbor‘s fence.
Here are some pictures of 2 painted fences that are pretty cool, to go along with your dose of sarcasm for the above painted fence picture.
It is festival season again but with so many to choose from it can be difficult to know which ones to pack your wellies for. Here is our run down of the top 5 music festivals you should make sure you attend in your lifetime.
This is arguably the mother of all music festivals and the one which brings the most celebs and big names out from the woodwork. Started in 1970 by farmer Michael Eavis, it has become one of the biggest music events in the world and sees the biggest names in music perform there every year. It is famed for the bad weather and many people end up covered in mud from head to toe over the four day period. The audience stay in tents during their stay as do many of the crew and even some performers ditch the glamour for the weekend and get to grips with the camping lifestyle. Formally called the Pilton festival it is set in Pilton in Somerset. If you want to go to the original music festival and possibly the best, in many people’s opinion this is the one to go to. Expect a hippy feel to it, lots of rock and indie bands and lots of mud. If you like cleanliness, pink and bubblegum pop, this is probably not the festival for you.
Started up in 1996 by Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker, it was initially only planned for that one year but was so successful it became an annual event. It has had several venues over the years, eventually settling at Weston Park in Staffordshire as this could accommodate the growing crowds, stages and campsite. Although originally a rock concert, its brief has altered somewhat over the years with many music genres now accepted including much more pop than when it first started. The event is held in August and usually has reasonably decent weather reducing the amount of mud around, unlike Glastonbury. If you prefer your music a bit more mainstream with some pop thrown in amongst the heavier tunes this may be more suited to you than other concerts out there. Camping is still the accommodation on offer however, so bare that in mind before you pack your hair straighteners and mini fridge.
First held way back in 1968 and ran till just 1970 before it was put on ice and then revived again an incredible thirty-two years later in 2002. When it was held in 1970 it hit the headlines and became the most well known festival of its time until it was overtaken by Glastonbury. It is now held in Seaclose Park and is host to performers such as The Rolling Stones, The Kings of Leon, The Police and Coldplay. This festival again caters more for the indie rockers out there and anyone who prefers pop and dance music may want to give it a miss. Camping as usual is the name of the game and 60,000 people go each year.
Founded in 1971 by two students this Denmark festival has gone from strength to strength, now gaining a reputation as one of the biggest festivals in Europe. It has kept that hippy feel that many of today’s festivals have lost along the way and has much more going on in the background than just the performances. All day parties, boho art and crafts and back to nature style food are all on offer. This is more a life experience than just a festival and definitely one you should visit if you are that way inclined. It takes place every year in early July and many people make it a week long holiday rather than just the three days that it is on.
Dubbed the biggest open air festival in Europe, Woodstock is a rock event which attracts huge names to perform every year. The Polish event is free admission, which is one of its great appeals and it has many British bands on its play lists so don’t worry that it will just be foreign performances. It has been going since 1995 and so is very established with the 2011 event pulling in over 700,000 people. It is one of the larger festivals so expect lots of people to be sharing your space but this all adds to the atmosphere and the weather should be nice and hot.
This list was written by Adam B who enjoys attending music festivals and in his spare time loves collecting Fender Instruments
You have got to hand it to this hardware store and its employees. They will do anything to help make a sale, including number 1 AND number 2. “Ask an associate for a demonstration”? Um, no thanks! I think I know how this works from personal experience.
Sex just doesn’t get much safer than that. Makes you wonder how they know which one is the girl and which one is the boy? Now I want to check under the safe from on. ;-)
True, this is an old joke from the awesome 80s public service announcement about the dangers of drugs, but it still is funny when applied to the cracked glass on an iPhone that still freaking works! Apple=Awesome!
Thanks to Kyle for sharing his damaged iPhone with us.
See the anti-drug advertisement from the 80s.
And another classic anti-drug campaign from way back when. MacGruff the Crime Dog.