• Vape Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

    It’s been a great year for stupid words, but of all the poor portmanteaus and atrocious abbreviations, one stood out from all the rest. And apparently that one was vape. As Oxford so eloquently puts it, vape means to “inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” There is also a related noun, “vaping.” Vaping was actually coined before vape, with its first use pertaining to vapour-producing tobacco products occurring way back in 1983. But it was in 2009 that vape really started to catch on. And in the last two years, use of the term has exploded. What other asinine words did vape beat out for its title? Here’s the list from Oxford Dictionaries: bae n. used as a term of endearment for one’s romantic partner. budtender n. a person whose job is to serve customers in a cannabis dispensary or shop. contactless adj. relating to or involving technologies that allow a smart card, mobile phone, etc. to contact wirelessly to an electronic reader, typically in order to make a payment. indyref, n. an abbreviation of ‘independence referendum’, in reference to the referendum on Scottish independence, held in Scotland on 18 September 2014, in more »

  • An Artist Wants To Live Another Person’s Life Via VR Goggles For 28 Days

    Would you like to experience a random person’s life for 28 days? But with no control over what they do? Of course you wouldn’t. That would drive anyone mad. But how mad? We’ll soon find out, all for the sake of art! Artist Mark Farid intends on wearing a VR headset 24 hours a day for 28 days. He will be viewing the life of a heterosexual male who’s in a relationship and is known only as the Input. That means for 28 days, Farid won’t see his own body or surroundings, just what the Input experiences. Including sexy time with his significant other! For the duration of the project, Farid will inhabit a space with a bed, toilet, and shower that will be on constant display to his audience. There will also be a screen projecting just what Farid sees for the audience to view. Will Farid lose his sense of self? Probably. Will he lose his mind. Most certainly! Which is why Farid will talk to a psychologist for one hour each day (while still wearing the headset) and will be under constant medical supervision. Of course, a project such as this comes with many expenses. A Kickstarter more »

  • Meet Layka, An Amazing War Veteran Who Sacrificed A Limb To Protect Her Country [Photos]

    While serving in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog Layka was shot four times by the enemy at point-blank range. Despite her injuries, she still attacked and subdued the shooter, saving her handler and the other members of the team. Seven hours of surgery and the amputation of one leg saved her life. Her handler, Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, fought hard to adopt her and she’s now become a part of his family (watch the touching video on NatGeo by clicking the thumbnail below). Layka is the type of veteran that usually gets forgotten about On Veterans Day. Layka served in the military and gave one of her limbs to protect her country. Never forget that humans aren’t the only ones who serve. Popular adages may promise every dog its day, but the sad reality is canines that serve in the US military — sniffing out bombs, mines and other explosive devices — aren’t even guaranteed return transport after multiple tours of duty overseas. Often, they are left behind with new owners abroad when their handlers return home. “The dogs and these veterans work side by side. To separate them, I think, is a crime,” says Lois Pope, a longtime veterans more »

  • Take A Sad Look At Kickstarters That Raised $0

    In the dark days before crowd funding websites, it was always extremely awkward when your friend would approach you with their bad business idea. You’d have to either find a diplomatic way of calling them a moron or give them faux support in hopes that someone else would have the balls to tell them they’re a moron. But thanks to Kickstarter and Go Fund Me and other money-grubbing websites, you’re off the hook! Your friend will either find strangers who are also morons and will give them money or they won’t raise a dime and realize they are, in fact, a moron. What happens to those Kickstarter campaigns that don’t raise any money at all? Italian artist Silvio Lorusso has been collecting them, and his archive of over 9000 is available to browse at Kickended. We traveled down the rabbit hole and pulled some of our favorite failed campaigns. Can you believe these all raised $0?? Who wouldn’t visit a Hawaiian Shirt Musuem? And a movie about an angry clown paying a ticket for a broken headlight? Certainly that’s worth $525!

  • Brilliant Man Photoshops Himself Into Kim And Kanye’s Family Photos

    What else is there to say other than these are incredible works of sheer genius? We just hope these are only the beginning because it’s a pretty safe bet that Kim and Kanye will keep taking terrible fmaily photos that are just begging for more of this treatment. Be sure to follow freshh_tadeath on Instagram just in case more show up! Source: Reddit

  • 6 Heroic Military Dogs Will Be Honored In Veterans Day Parade For Their Life Saving Duties

    Popular adages may promise every dog its day, but the sad reality is canines that serve in the US military — sniffing out bombs, mines and other explosive devices — aren’t even guaranteed return transport after multiple tours of duty overseas. Often, they are left behind with new owners abroad when their handlers return home. “The dogs and these veterans work side by side. To separate them, I think, is a crime,” says Lois Pope, a longtime veterans advocate who began lobbying last year to return all four-legged defenders to the states for adoption by the servicement with whom they’d bonded.

  • Christopher Walken Was A Creepy Child Clown

    Christopher Walken has been acting since 1953, when he was just 10 years old. Ever the entertainer, young Christopher also enjoyed the creepy art of clowning. These photos were taken in 1955, and even if you’re not afraid of clowns, knowing this kid would grow up to torture and kill Eric Stoltz in “The Prophecy” makes the whole situation a tad unnerving. And if you’ve been watching “American Horror Story” this season, I think you can agree that we’re all lucky his parents allowed him to become an actor.

  • These 16 Babies Look Like Celebrities

    Somebody call Maury Povich—these babies have famous faces and somebody has some explaining to do. Just at look at that mini Mark Wahlberg! He’s probably got the numbers of every girl in his preschool in his Playskool Elmo Cell Phone. And that poor Gandalf-looking baby is going to look eleventy-one by the time he enters kindergarten.

  • This Ralph Wiggum Cake Hurts Our Brains

    Take a look at that Ralph Wiggum drawing above. Pretty neat, right? Well fooled you, dummy! That drawing is actually a cake! Kylie Mangles of Freshly Squeez’d is a designer who also happens to make incredible cakes. To achieve the animated look with perfect cel-shading, the cake must be viewed from a certain angle, which when you think about it, makes it even more impressive. Even with that much diabetes-inducing fondant, we’d choo-choo-choose to devour that cake.

  • Landcarpets Are Almost Too Awesome To Walk All Over

    When we were kids there was nothing more awesome than those cityscape carpets with roadways you could race your Hot Wheels cars around on. But then you get older and you find yourself no longer attracted to carpet, opting instead for bare, characterless tile or even—shudder—linoleum. Well thanks to Landcarpets, carpet is back in vogue. All it took was some unique styling and an artisanal touch. Created by Beijing-based architect Florian Pucher and graphic designer Sophia Liu Bo, Landcarpets are recreations of satellite images made from New Zealand wool. Carpets of locales such as Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Italy, and Arizona have been created, but you can request whatever place you want. But be warned, these bespoke carpets can easily cost you thousands of dollars. For more info, check out Landcarpets. And if you buy one, you might want to enact a no shoes policy.

  • Saudi Arabian Kids Are Turning To Digital Drugs

    Remember back in 2010 when a school in Oklahoma sent letters home to parents warning that their children were getting high off music? Well apparently Saudi Arabia and Lebanon are even 4 years behind Oklahoma trends, which puts them at about 150 years behind the rest of the planet, because now dumb kids in the Arab world are wasting money on noises that supposedly get them high. Pay attention parents, this is what happens when you don’t let your kids experiment by smoking banana peels! The tracks, made up of binaural beats believed by people who are not scientists to induce relaxation, meditation, and creativity, are sold online for anywhere from $3 to $30 for the “good stuff.” Lebanon has already reported two addiction cases while Saudi Arabia is hoping to nip the issue in the bud by scaring the hell out of parents, referring to the harmless noises as a “scourge” and reporting that listening can lead to “”loss of consciousness and awareness” (it can’t). The fact that kids are willing to spend their money on humming noises that they listen to for 30 minutes or longer just proves that they’re nothing more than dumb kids. If you’re brave more »

  • These Impossible Towers Of Balanced Rocks Defy The Law of Physics

    We’re having a hard time deciding whether Michael Grab is an artist or a magician, because he creates stunning structure from finely balanced rocks that seem to defy the law of physics. These seemingly impossible structures require intense concentration and meditative focus. In the video below, Grab spends several minutes nearly frozen, making tiny adjustments until he gets all of the rocks’ centers of gravity just right. “Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design,” writes Grab in his artist statement. More info: gravityglue.com | Facebook | Vimeo | Twitter Source: BoredPanda

  • You’d Be Foolish Not To Buy This Full Size T. rex Skeleton

    What would you buy if you had $100,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Half a studio apartment in Manhattan? 20,000 foot-longs at Subway? How about a full size replica T. rex skeleton? The Black Hills Institute, in Hill City, South Dakota will sell you a full-size replica of STAN, the most complete male T. rex ever found, for just $100,000. Nearly 40 feet long and 12 feet high at the hips, you may need to clear a little room before you have it delivered, but that shouldn’t be a problem, because it takes up to 6 months to get your dinosaur bones. But the good news is, you also get a team of professionals to help set up your STAN in any position you want, as long as it’s natural and anatomically possible (get your mind out of the Paleozoic Era, you troglodyte). For more info, check out the Black Hills Institute Store and be sure to invite us over to play on your overpriced jungle gym.

  • The Best Pumpkin Carving You’ll Ever See

    Ray Villafane is a pumpkin carving master. As a former high school art teacher Ray began his pumpkin art when he was asked by his school to carve a pumpkin for Halloween. Everyone loved the result and so began this incredible series of pumpkin faces.

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