Watch: Adorable 80s kid overjoyed with the gift of Nintendo

Here’s a throwback to a small kid in oversized glasses freaking out about receiving an NES for Christmas. Yes! It even comes with a gun. This adorable little wreck cries as he hugs and thanks his father for the gift. He then goes to his room to find money to pay his dad back. Reddit user “smulz” posted the video saying it was from Christmas 1988. A then-farsighted “smulz” waited two whole months for the gift of a lifetime, his mother says in the video. More euphoric “oohs” are squealed out as he unboxes his new system to the Ghostbusters theme playing on the tv in the background. Oh the number of elves I would sacrifice to ever experience that type of joy. Read the rest

China’s bike-sharing bubble bursts and leaves giant graveyard of unwanted transportation

Untouched sharable bikes on China's sidewalks are now being gathered in a massively grim pile of failed business endeavors.

Thousands of the bikes were dumped in the Chinese city of Xiamen after the country’s third largest bicycle sharing company went bankrupt, according to The Guardian. Bluegogo, who claims to have had 20 million users at its peak, shut down its operations earlier this month due to a market apparently inundated with affordable shared bikes.

The pile contains multiple-colored bikes from all three companies. These bike sharing systems still have a healthy environmental impact, but overeager venture capitalism left behind an unfortunate mountain of aluminum and polymer.

Bluegogo’s CEO Li Gang seems to have said it best when he described himself as “filled with arrogance” in an open letter apology. Gang also cited criticism for running a promotion on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests showing bike icons depicted as tanks for contributing to the company’s downfall.

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Self-proclaimed rocket scientist puts “flat-earth-proving” launch on hold

Evolution missed its chance Saturday at ridding the round planet of a “self-taught” rocket scientist bent on proving the earth is flat by launching off in his homemade rocket.

“Mad” Mike Hughes claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) told him he wouldn’t be able to conduct his launch at his preferred location in Amboy, Calif. There also was of course some technical difficulties with his motorhome rocket launcher. The 61 year old plans on continuing his launch sometime next week.

It’s incredibly stupid if Hughes' plans to go through with his mission and this isn’t just a minor publicity stunt being picked up by major news outlets, but still, I commend you “Mad” Mike Hughes for being so blinded by your ignorance that you're willing to risk your life (and possibly others) to set the heavily proven scientific record straight.

The BLM should step out of Hughes’ way and let this odd maniac prove once and for all if the earth really is round, spherical, flat or just a pyramid functioning as a grain silo. Either way Hughes' expedition will guide us toward the truth or at the very least prevent the gene pool from becoming further contaminated should there be more mechanical issues mid flight.

Via the Desert Sun:

Not having the required federal permits plus mechanical problems with his "motorhome/rocket launcher" have forced self-taught rocket scientist "Mad" Mike Hughes to put his experiment on hold.

The United States Bureau of Land Management "told me they would not allow me to do the event ...

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Enjoy a stay at Cold-War era bunker available on Airbnb

With the doomsday clock ticking forward, you might as well keep your family extra safe on the next vacation by staying in an underground missile silo.

A Kansas couple is offering the former Atlas E missile site known as Subterra Castle to guests on Airbnb. The steel fortress includes such amenities as a missile bay, a "47 ton drive-in door," and of course, complimentary wifi. The bunker’s decor is described as “bohemian eclectic.”

For only $140 a night, enjoy the added protection of surviving the imminent nuclear crisis. There is no additional information on rates when fallout levels spike.

Via Airbnb:

As has been mentioned in the House Rules, this is an underground structure built by the Government for use by the Military. There are industrial components, remnants of its former use, which could pose a danger. Please be observant and careful in these unique surroundings. Children should be supervised at all times.

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Get outraged with possible lesbians holding hands on a Starbucks coffee cup

With Christmas quickly approaching, the imaginary war on everyone’s favorite imaginary holiday always helps me get in the spirit.

The latest Christmas offense is from Starbucks’ recent marketing campaign and “suggestive” coffee cup promoting the LGBTQ community.

A commercial unveiling the cups briefly shows two women drinking coffee and placing their hands together while across a table in what is an “obvious” attack on our nation’s faltering morals. The mind-numbing outrage is only being furthered since Starbucks decided to place a pair of unknown hands gripped together that many are debating belong to a same-sex couple.

This so called “gay agenda” that Starbucks is said to be pouring down our coffee-addicted throats has given rise to another series of boycotts for the coffee giant, according to the New York Daily News.

Via the New York Daily News:

Starbucks hasn’t resolved the issue of whether the hands are same-sex or not.

The theme of the cups is “Give Good.” Customers are invited to color in the drawings of hearts, presents and a Christmas tree — and those hands.

“Each year during the holidays we aim to bring our customers an experience that inspires the spirit of the season,” the coffee chain said in a statement. “And we will continue to embrace and welcome customers from all backgrounds and religions in our stores around the world.”

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Perfectly preserved cave lion may be coming back after 50,000-year extinction nap

Russian scientists revealed a 20,000 to 50,000-year-old cave lion cub Thursday capable of being cloned and brought back from the depths of extinction. The cave cub was found on the bank of the Tirekhtykh River by a local resident, according to The Siberian Times. Researchers believe the cub died when it was around 2 months old.

One of the researchers told the Siberian paper its “perfect” condition makes it a potential candidate for cloning.

Video (below) shows researchers taking the stiff furball out of a sinister-looking briefcase and presenting it to the press. There’s something both adorable and macabre when seeing the environmentally preserved cub in a state of eternal slumber. Russia should probably leave this little guy or girl alone and let its subspecies rest.

Via The Siberian Times:

Expert Dr Albert Protopopov said: 'It is a perfectly preserved lion cub, all the limbs have survived. There are no traces of external injuries on the skin.'

The preservation is so good that it raises hopes of cloning the species back to life, he said.

The discovery is seen as better preserved than two tiny cave lion cubs found in the same Siberian region in 2015.

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Dupes gather at sold-out Flat Earth International Conference

Denying the Earth is round is still socially acceptable and is even capable of rounding up large groups of mentally defective “humans” to share their unnerving beliefs.

I know many of you are thinking I just described any religious gathering ever, but the Flat Earth International Conference (FEIC) in Cary, North Carolina was sold out from Nov. 9-10, according to WRAL. Conference prices at the local Embassy Suites ranged from $27 to a $249 VIP package.

The FEIC boasts the idea government space agencies have been lying to us with “misleading materials."

Guest speakers and exhibitions were apparently available to suggest that for thousands of years a collaborative hoax is being pursued by those who somehow benefit from lying to the world population about the Earth’s true shape.

The FEIC (no connection to the Flat Earth Society) says the stationary earth is a flat disk with Antarctica as a barrier to prevent people from falling off — a much more reasonable explanation than those other crazy flat earthers.

No one who spends $249 to argue the Earth is flat should ever be considered very important, so here’s some “misleading” pictures of our round Earth from different international space programs.

United States: NASA

Russia: RFSA

European: ESA

China: CNSA

Bonus – NASA Live ISS feed of Earth from space:

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Condo association threatens eviction of tenant with support squirrel

A condo association in Florida doesn't find the connection between Ryan Boylan and his support squirrel Brutis to be an adorable companionship fit for a Pixar film, but rather a concern that goes against management policy.

WFLA reports Island Walk Condominiums’ association in Clearwater Beach issued a notice to Boylan last month he would have to get rid of Brutis or face eviction under the condos’ no exotic animal policy.

A doctor’s note from July says Boylan has PTSD from a car crash and the squirrel he found last year “helps alleviate [his] challenges.”

The matter has turned into a series of legal differences involving time frames based on when Brutis was discovered by the association and when Boylan notified the board of his support animal. If Boylan’s accusation of discrimination doesn’t work out, acceptable places where he could live with his pet squirrel are: a tree; a jar of almonds; college campuses; and of course, those restaurants that contain large barrels of shelled peanuts for customers waiting to be seated.

Via WFLA:

In the complaint, attorneys state Boylan never submitted paperwork that Brutis was an emotional support animal until this past summer.

His doctor’s note was written in July.

Attorneys also state Boylan is residing in the unit as a tenant without having applied for and/or obtained approval from the association.

Boylan contacted the Office of Human Rights, claiming discrimination and they sent a letter to the association on his behalf, stating the Fair Housing Act, protecting emotional support animals.

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How much is that baby in the window? Around $80,000 to $120,000

A sleeping baby in a blue sweatsuit sculpted by Duane Hanson is concerning New Yorkers while it’s being displayed in an auction house’s storefront window.

Passersby believe the work “Baby in a Carriage, 1983” is a real baby being left unattended, according to Reuters. Heritage Auctions tells Reuters people stop for a moment and question if it’s real all day long. Some even enter the building and notify the staff.

What they don’t realize is that they can actually bid on it it until Nov. 30. The estimated price of the polyvinyl baby ranges from $80,000 to $120,000.

Hanson, who died in 1996, was known for sculpting hyperrealistic people engaged in everyday life. This particular piece is said be sculpted after his son.

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Suspect farts himself out of police investigation

Here’s a way to avoid a police investigation: fart till the officer becomes so disgusted with you that he or she has to walk away from the interrogation. It worked temporarily for a 24-year-old Kansas City man when he relieved himself of gas to the point that the detective investigating the drug and stolen gun accusations was forced to end the interview, according to The Kansas City Star.

The detective wrote in a report that Sean A. Sykes Jr. leaned on his chair and released a “loud fart” when questioned about his address. The gas continued to be released.

Sykes was pulled over by police almost a month later and officially charged. However, none of the charges stem from bioterrorism.

Via The Kansas City Star:

Sean A. Sykes Jr., is charged in U.S. District Court possession with intent to sell cocaine and being a felon in possession of three firearms, two of which were reported stolen.

In his report about the interview, the detective wrote that when asked about his address, “Mr. Sykes leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering with the address.”

“Mr. Sykes continued to be flatulent and I ended the interview,” the detective wrote.

Charges were not filed at that time.

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Try to watch: Pakistani boy enjoys turning his head 180 degrees

Muhammad Sameer Khan is truly a marvel, mostly due to the fact that he can adjust his head to look behind his back — no exorcism needed.

The 14-year-old from Karachi, Pakistan ditched his textbooks to pursue a dance career utilizing the unsettling skill, according to the Daily Pakistan. A Youtube video shows Sameer, known as the “Human Owl,” using his hands to easily twist his head 180 degrees, all while mall-goers stroll by.

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Extra “Teen Tax” added to bill for children dining alone at New Jersey restaurant

Sure children are terrible restaurant patrons, but do they really deserve to be charged extra on their dining tabs?

The Wayne Hills Diner and Restaurant in New Jersey seems to think so, and it’s done giving raucous scoundrels the chance to freely practice their fine-dining etiquette, according to CBS.

A local mother is saying her 11-year-old daughter was unknowingly double tipping until she finally discovered the gratuity charge from ordering a milkshake. The charge was not given to the mother when she dined there the same day, the daughter told CBS.

Bills from the restaurant also say “gratuities are appreciated.”

The owner and staff declined to comment to CBS, but the restaurant’s lawyer told the station the restaurant reserves the to right to charge 18 percent gratuity — especially when groups of 20-30 kids show up for a couple of hours and don’t leave a tip.

Via CBS New York:

[The lawyer] says it’s not fair to the waiters and waitresses who earn a living based on tips, adding the menu clearly states “management reserves the right to add 18 percent gratuity.”

Melissa Desch wonders whatever happened to tipping being optional. She says she’d like to see a consistent policy. “Make it for everybody,” she said. “Adults, children, everything.”

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Dead grasshopper stuck to Van Gogh's "Olive Trees" painting for 128 years unnoticed

So-called “fans” of Van Gogh must not have been too observant of his work, since no one ever seemed to notice that he left a dead grasshopper caked in paint in “Olive Trees.”

Pieces of the small insect, including its thorax and and abdomen, were preserved peacefully in the painting for 128 years, according to the Kansas City Star. A conservator stumbled across the infested find under magnification during research on French paintings at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

“Van Gogh worked outside in the elements,” Julián Zugazagoitia, director of the museum said in a statement to the Kansas City Star, “and we know that he ... dealt with wind and dust, grass and trees, and flies and grasshoppers.”

Via Kansas City Star:

But paleo-entomologist Michael Engel of the University of Kansas reported there was no sign of movement in the surrounding paint, indicating the grasshopper was dead when it fell onto the canvas. The Nelson left the painting intact without removing the insect. Casual visitors looking at “Olive Trees” in the museum’s Bloch Galleries will not notice the grasshopper.

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eBay seller's commercial for 1996 used Honda went viral and drove up bids

The viral success of Max Lanman’s commercial to sell his fiancée’s 1996 Honda Accord forced eBay to shut down bidding for the car after offers reached $150,000.

It was quite a surprise for the writer/director from Los Angeles, considering the car was initially posted with a selling price of $499.

An advertisement filled with a series of sleek camera shots and a storyline establishing a lifelong relationship between the car and driver has the ability to attract consumers to pay more for things worth far less. Lanman says eBay’s fraud department couldn’t understand how a 1996 Honda could fetch such a price and canceled the auction, according to NBC. Ebay told the couple to restart the auction.

As of around Wednesday afternoon, the top bid has reached $5,100 since making its second appearance two days ago.

Watch as aerial views of a car with 141,095 miles hitting turns along scenic routes can transform an old Japanese piece of machinery into a luxury automobile.

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Far from disappointed, though, the couple continues to marvel at how “surprising and overwhelmingly positive” their experience has been. “This was definitely an unexpected turn,” Lanman acknowledged, “but we have faith that everything will work itself out. Overall, we're just so grateful for all that has happened with the commercial and the story. It's been truly amazing.”

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With this new app you'll never run into a broken McDonald's ice cream machine again

The crushing realization of finding out a McDonald’s ice cream machine is out of service is an actual thing, and the recent addition of Ice Check on the Apple App Store hopes to save countless sociopaths from being forced to scream at unsuspecting drive-through attendants.

Ice Check allows users to check the status of ice cream machines at local McDonald’s to find out in real time if they’re operational based on a community sharing system, according to Time.

Now if you’re insane enough to download an app instead of risking the possibility of having to drive to a different McDonald’s most likely located a few miles away, be warned that early reviews on the App Store claim the app doesn’t have all of the nearest locations available.

“Sorry, we don’t have all the locations yet but we’re working on it and the next update will be bigger and better,” a developer response from the app store reads.

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U.S. sits all alone as Syria becomes final country left to join Paris climate accord

The United States is en route to be the only country in the world to ignore the benefits of the Paris Climate accord, should the Trump administration's plan to withdraw from the the deal go into effect.

Even while in the midst of a bloody civil war, Syria announced at an international climate summit in Bonn, Germany on Tuesday that it was ready to join the global agreement to limit carbon emissions, according to the Washington Post.

“As if it wasn’t already crystal clear, every single other country in the world is moving forward together to tackle the climate crisis, while Donald Trump has isolated the United States on the world stage in an embarrassing and dangerous position,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement published by the Washington Post.

President Trump pulled out of the 2015 accord in June claiming it was unfair to American workers, although the withdrawal can’t be completed until the end of Trump’s term due to the deal’s framework.

Even as some may consider the accord weak – considering countries set their own targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and face no penalties for not reaching those goals — it still embodies a global acknowledgment of climate change and the need to combat it.

Syria’s announcement comes just four days after 13 U.S. federal agencies released a report suggesting humans are the leading cause of increasing temperatures.

Via Washington Post:

According to news reports and people who were present Tuesday, the Syrian delegation to the talks announced the war-torn country’s intention to ratify the Paris agreement.

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Order a special $5 “Moscow Mueller” at D.C. bar every time Trump associate is indicted

The Washington D.C. restaurant The Bird is serving a $5 “Moscow Mueller” every time a Trump associate is indicted during Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

“The grand jury may still be out, but when @bobsmueller indicts a Trump associate, we’ll be serving up $5 Moscow Muellers #muellertime,” The Bird’s twitter account posted Wednesday.

The restaurant said the politically twisted version of a Moscow Mule is made of Turmeric infused Belle Isle Shine, Lime, simple syrup, and ginger beer over ice.

Via AP.

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