"Toy Story" sneakers: One foot gets Woody, the other Buzz

Woody and Buzz's friendship catchphrase -- "The important thing is that we stick together!" -- becomes quite literal in these new mismatched "Toy Story 4" sneakers. You get one shoe fashioned after Sheriff Woody and the other after Buzz Lightyear.

Reebok collaborated with Pixar and BAIT on this limited-edition Instapump Fury model in anticipation of the film's release. No word on when they drop or their cost.

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Mickey and Minnie speak Thai in retro cartoon short "Our Floating Dreams"

If you haven't seen them already, do check out Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. They're delightfully retro and great under-five-minute escapes. The latest one, Our Floating Dreams, has Mickey and Minnie speaking Thai!

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Breaching humpback whale surprises rowers

One minute you're rowing, the next you stop and a humpback whale is breaching right in front of you! That's what happened off the coast of Rio de Janeiro last week. Anyone speak Portuguese? I think I heard a "Ai meu Deus!" (Oh my God!) which sounds about right.

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Watch Freddie Mercury's never-before-seen "Time Waits For No One"

Can't help but get choked up watching Freddie Mercury belt out this recently unearthed, and undeniably poignant, "Time Waits For No One:"

"For the first time ever, after four decades buried deep in the vaults, a previously unreleased version of ‘Time’, recorded in 1986 by Freddie Mercury for the concept album of the hit musical of the same name, has finally emerged after two years of work by the globally successful musician, songwriter and producer Dave Clark, a long-time friend of Freddie’s, using the song’s full title, ‘Time Waits For No One’."

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There's now a line of high-end Star Wars furniture

Look closely at that hanging lamp.

Big Star Wars fanatic? Then, these are the furniture pieces you are looking for.

ELLE Decor:

There’s never been a shortage of officially licensed Star Wars furniture on the market; most pieces, however, have been intended for kids’ rooms. But that changed in the fall of 2018, when designer Kenneth Cobonpue launched his own higher-end, higher-design Star Wars furniture collection, initially for sale only in Cobonpue’s native Philippines. Now these pieces are available for the first time in the United States, at select retailers and showrooms in 11 states across the country plus the District of Columbia. (Alas, online ordering is not yet an option.)

$2700 TIE Fighter chairs, anyone?

See the entire collection, which includes a Chewie rocking stool and a Vader armchair, at the Kenneth Cobonpue site.

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images via Kenneth Cobonpue

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Artist sculpts the mishaps of Tom of "Tom and Jerry"

Tom and Jerry's cartoon cat, Tom, has seen his share of bad luck in his many attempts to capture Jerry the mouse. But, besides the original animators, no one has captured what the contortions his body went through in those moments quite like this!

By sculpting Tom's physical mishaps and misfortunes in those vain efforts to catch Jerry, Japanese artist Taku Inoue makes us look at the cartoon in a whole new, and hilarious, way. They're so good that I've included every single one I could find on Inoue's Twitter page:

screenshot via Taku Inoue

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Meow Wolf's new Fridge Portal Backpack is fantastic

If you've experienced Meow Wolf's House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, no doubt you opened its refrigerator and stepped through its "vortex" to another dimension. Now, Santa Fe artist Claire Sanders has fashioned this really cool (pun intended) Fridge Portal Backpack in its likeness. Open its door and a sparkly spiral vortex is revealed, along with handpainted "otherworldly Omega Mart foods and drinks." These bags are pricey ($150), yes, but they're also handmade and completely awesome. She even included a magnet feature inside the backpack's door so you can attach your magnets to it, just like a real fridge.

Here, take a closer look:

If you want one, don't wait. These are super-limited-edition pieces and are sure to sell out quickly.

images via Claire Sanders and Meow Wolf

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Woman asks for Mariah Carey on her birthday cake, gets Marie Curie instead

A woman in England named Siobhan asked her colleagues to put pop star Mariah Carey's image on her birthday cake. Instead, she got French physicist Marie Curie on it.

Lye writes, "They misunderstood, and [this] is the cake they made her instead. It’s Marie Curie, looking very festive."

Mariah Carey, Marie Curie. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to.

Siobhan's cousin, author Harriet Alida Lye of Toronto, shared the funny mix-up on Twitter:

To which Mariah Carey, not Marie Curie (who's been dead for nearly 85 years), replied:

Can we all just agree that female Nobel Prize winners should be the new normal for birthday cake decorations?

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This is an interesting way to peel garlic

If you've got a lot of garlic to peel, Twitter user @VPestilenZ shows how to release the cloves from both the bulb and its protective sheath quickly and easily. It looks like you'll need to poke, and then pull out, the individual cloves one by one with a paring knife (or is that a pocket knife?). Either way, be careful to not stab yourself.

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Valedictorian ruthlessly rips apart adults who didn't help her succeed

A San Diego valedictorian took the opportunity to shred apart adults at her school in her commencement speech. San Ysidro High School's graduating senior Nataly Buhr called out her guidance counselor for leaving her to "fend for herself," the school's office staff for their "negligence," and one of her teachers for being "regularly intoxicated." Ouch. Of course, the crowd went wild.

New York Post:

Unsurprisingly, school officials were not pleased with the stunt.

“We think that the student’s speech was inappropriate and out of line,” Manuel Rubio, a spokesman for the Sweetwater Union High School District, told the San Diego Tribune on Tuesday.

He said he couldn’t comment on specific personnel issues.

The speech Buhr delivered was not the one she submitted for approval before graduation, Rubio added.

“While we definitely welcome the concerns of students and their families regarding any situation at one of our schools, doing so in such a manner without any prior knowledge of this situation by the school, is not the right way of handling this,” he said. “Ultimately this takes away from what should have been a day of celebration for the school and their community.”

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Artist paints playful shadow art on sidewalks

Artist Damon Belanger's "Shadow Art" installations are making the rounds on the internet and for good reason, they're terrific! Using grey paint designed for concrete patios, he first created these street art pieces on commission back in 2016. They're a permanent installation, so you can still find all 22 of the fantastical shadows, ranging from anthropomorphic flowers to critters to abstract designs, on the downtown sidewalks of Redwood City, California.

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In use... #redwoodcity #visitredwoodcity #shadowart

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Dog the Cat. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity. #rwcparks #visitrwc #redwoodcityshadowart #publicart #shadowart

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Robo Band. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity. #rwcparks #visitrwc #redwoodcityshadowart #publicart #shadowart

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Hydrant @ El Camino. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity. #rwcparks #visitrwc #redwoodcityshadowart #publicart #shadowart

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Parking Monkey. One of about twenty shadow art pieces I painted in downtown #redwoodcity.

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Listen to (what's most likely) the only recording of Frida Kahlo's voice

We've seen her art. Her face is instantly recognizable. But, we've never heard Frida Kahlo's voice before. Until now, that is. The National Sound Library of Mexico has shared (what they believe to be) the only known recording of Frida's voice to the world.

The New York Times:

In the recording, a woman’s voice describes Diego Rivera, Kahlo’s husband and fellow artist.

“He is a huge, immense child, with a friendly face and a sad gaze,” the woman says. “His high, dark, extremely intelligent and big eyes rarely hold still. They almost pop out of their sockets because of their swollen and protuberant eyelids — like a toad’s.”

Rivera’s eyes seem made for an artist, the woman adds, “built especially for a painter of spaces and crowds.”

Admiration for Rivera is clear in the recording, which is said to be originally a text from an exhibition catalog. Rivera is said to have an “ironic, sweet smile,” “meaty lips” and “small, marvelous hands.” The voice concludes by calling Rivera’s unusual body shape, with its “childish, narrow, rounded shoulders,” as being like “an inscrutable monster.”

The recording is from a pilot edition of “The Bachelor,” a 1950s radio show in Mexico, recorded for Televisa Radio, the National Sound Library said in a statement on Wednesday. In 2007, thousands of tapes from Televisa Radio’s archive were given to the library to be digitized and stored.

The recording is thought to be of Kahlo partly because the voice is introduced as the female painter “who no longer exists.”

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Pee-wee's Jurassic Adventure

The real menace in "Jurassic Park" wasn't a T-Rex or any other dinosaur. Turns out it was Pee-wee Herman! Enjoy Pixel Riot's meticulously rotoscoped mashup of "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "Jurassic Park," aka "Pee-wee's Jurassic Adventure." Absolute genius!

They write:

I wanted to see what would happen if I spliced Pee Wee into Jurassic Park. I think it works pretty well! I replaced almost 100% of the audio. I'll never rotoscope someone on a bike ever again...

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One Foot Taller Periscope glasses

Designer Dominic Wilcox isn't short himself but sympathized with a woman at a concert who is, "I was standing at a gig and turned to see a small woman dancing away but unable to see the band. This gave me the inspiration to design a way for people to see over obstacles such as tall people like me."

Dominic's initial sketch

That's how his One Foot Taller Periscope glasses came to be. Yes, the glasses make its wearers look silly but they allow them to see a solid foot over their normal eye level, ie. over the dang crowd. A sturdier version of these would probably sell well if they were actually for sale. Alas, he created them as a proof of concept for a contest that prompted its designers to come up with an extraordinary solution to an everyday problem.

Dominic's got all kinds of great inventions. Take a look.

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Guys, Brooklyn Ball Barbers cater to your manscaping needs

Good gentleman of Brooklyn, there's a place in your borough that specializes in artisanal manscaping. It's called Brooklyn Ball Barbers and they claim, "Your dick pick game will be second to none."

Oh nuts, Comedy Central. You had me going for about 12 seconds there.

But, can we just take a moment to admire the attention to detail in this video? For example, this logo:

And the barber chair with stirrups:

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Billy Porter kills it in impromptu Broadway karaoke

During a commercial break at the Tony Awards, host James Corden ran down to the audience and asked Billy Porter if he'd sing an impromptu karaoke song. Porter took the opportunity, as the pro that he is, and belted out "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the Broadway classic "Gypsy." Of course, he slayed it! Read the rest

Vintage Apple TV and Alexa

Thomas Martin Lewins V has done what they said was impossible. He's made modern technology work with old fashioned devices.

First, he installed Apple TV on his big, clunky floor console television and now he can watch TV apps, like Netflix and Hulu, on it.

He writes:

Best Buy said it couldn’t be done. The internet said it was impossible. Eat my ass Best Buy, eat my ass internet.

HDMI to rca, rca to vcr, vcr to coaxial, coaxial to antenna.

After months of pulling my hair out and eating it. I present to you.

Vintage Apple TV.

Then, he installed Alexa on a bunch of vintage devices around his house.

Might have went a little overboard on this one,

The police were called to my house twice for noise complaints. (worth it)

I present to you,

Vintage Alexa.

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