• Is This The Most Interesting Way To Get Caught Scamming The Carpool Lane?

    We’ve all been tempted by the carpool lanes while stuck in traffic on the highway. A lane full of tree-hugging do-gooders being rewarded for traveling together–it’s disgusting! If only those of us idling alone in our gas-guzzlers could take advantage of the HOV lane. A pile of gym clothes with a basketball wearing a baseball cap? Nah, we’d be found out when our passenger’s head rolled off. An inflatable doll? The awkward posture when buckled in is a sure giveaway. How about a cardboard cutout of Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World?” Surely nobody would suspect a thing! A driver in Washington tried such a stunt, even placing a polo over his cutout of the iconic character, but Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Brock wasn’t fooled. He got a good laugh out of the situation, but still fined the driver. Afterwards he tweeted “I don’t always violate the HOV lane law…but when I do, I get a $124 ticket.” Back to the drawing board.

  • The DEA Has Mission Patches And They’re Amazing

    We’re all familiar with NASA’s mission patches and we’ve previously shared the nefarious mission patches from the National Reconnaissance Office, but we had no idea that the DEA also had mission patches. And we certainly didn’t expect them to be so amazing! We tend to think of the DEA as a pretty serious group, what with taking down drug kingpins and all. And although we had a glimpse of how goofy they could be with Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad, that was just fiction. But apparently the real agency also has a softer, humorous side. These patches make light of hippy counterculture, heroin addiction, and the DEA’s Unified Caribbean On-Line Regional Network (UNICORN). How can you feel bad when your secret drug lab is destroyed and all your assets are seized by dudes decked out in such colorful embroidery?

  • How Will Your Tattoos Look When You’re Older? Pretty Cool, Apparently

    If you have tattoos, then you know that the first thing people do is grab your arm or leg to get a better look at your ink. Because by getting tattooed, you sign away all rights to personal space. Then those same people follow up by asking how you think your tattoos will look when you’re older. Because tattoo were invented by people our age and nobody had them before the 90s. Oh wait, that’s not right at all. People have been getting them for years and there are plenty of old people with tattoos running around who look pretty damn cool. Check out more from this ever-growing gallery at Bored Panda.

  • 20 Unbelievably Terrible Kindle Covers

    The digital revolution has made it easier than ever for unknown authors to self-publish their masterpieces and release them to the masses. And ereaders like Amazon’s Kindle have made it easier than ever to find these books that you would have never known existed. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. Now we have to trudge through the muck and mire of the self-published ebook world to find anything worth a damn. And to make it really difficult, these authors have not only mastered the written word, they’ve also become masters of MS Paint, as evidenced by these unbelievably terrible but all too real Kindle covers. If you can stomach it, check out the rest at Kindle Cover Disasters.

  • Is Burger King Really Making Whopper Perfume?

    Yesterday Burger King Japan, previously responsible for such abominations as black cheeseburgers and fondue burgers (that doesn’t look like cheese!), revealed that they would offer Whopper-scented perfume…on April 1. Is this some sort of April Fools joke? Well, it’s hard to say. The fast food giant registered April 1 as Whopper Day with the Japan Anniversary Association, making it a legit holiday. And ad materials state that the perfume will be only be available April 1 beginning at 10:30 AM. For 5,000 yen (about $41), you’ll get the perfume and a whopper. And if that doesn’t convince you, this isn’t the first time Burger King has released a fragrance. In 2008 a cologne called Flame was released online and in Ricky’s stores in New York City. So it seems like the perfume is legit. Now we’re just jealous that we can;t get it in America.

  • Celebrity Siblings You Never Knew Existed [28 Photos]

    It must be tough being a celebrity sibling. Imagine being Alex Watson or Hunter Johansson and having to deal with every perv on the Internet talking about how hot your sister is. Or what if you have more than one sibling that’s a superstar? Such is life for Tom Franco and Andrew Wilson. Jeez, and I feel bad at family get-togethers when I get compared to my brother who was able to by himself a new car before 30.

  • Obvious Signs Are Obvious [27 Photos]

    Do sign makers think we’re all stupid? Or are these obvious signs just a passive aggressive swipe at an overly litigious society? Who cares? At least they give us something to laugh at. Although it makes you think: did somebody really try to swallow a hanger?

  • History’s Most Iconic Photographs, Meticulously Recreated With Miniature Models

    Photographers Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger have a curious side project: They build meticulous scale models recreating iconic photographs. “It started out as a joke,” Cortis says. “In our free time, when there’s no money coming in, we decided to try to recreate the most expensive pictures in the world.” The two are based in Adliswil, Switzerland, and started the project in 2012. The first image they selected was Andreas Gursky’s Rhein II—a landscape Gursky actually rendered free of humans in post-production, and, at just over $4 million, the second most expensive photograph ever sold. They began collecting some of the images seared most deeply into public consciousness—the Hindenburg crash, the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center, and the Titanic, to name a few. The pair painstakingly recreate each scene in miniature using paper, cotton balls, plastic—and plenty of time. Some take a few days, others a few weeks. 1. Tiananmen Square, 1989. — 2. The “Surgeon’s Photograph” of the Loch Ness Monster, 1934. — 3. The Hindenburg disaster, 1937. — 4. The Wright Brothers first flight, 1903 — 5. The Concorde crashes after takeoff, 2000. — 6. Buzz Aldrin’s Moon print, 1969. — 7. Munich massacre, 1972. — 8. View from the Window at more »

  • American Sign Language Adopts Internet Slang

    As much as it pains those lugubrious luddites, the world is constantly changing and we must change with it. The adaptability of language is a perfect example of this. Although Americans tend to think of language in terms of written or spoken English, all languages must adapt to new words and usages, even sign language. The expansive reach of the Internet has led to new words and phrases being adopted at an incredible pace, and as such, lexicographers are continually adding words to the dictionary. At the same time, the sign language community must come up with ways to adopt these same words. Hopes & Fears took a look at the evolution of language via American Sign Language with ASL artist and director Douglas Ridloff and his student Tully Stelzer. It’s an incredibly interesting article with numerous videos of the two signing popular Internet slang terms while demonstrating the differences in ASL between older and younger signers. Some of our favorites from the article are below, but be sure to check out the rest at Hopes & Fears.

  • 15 Astounding Facts About The World’s Oldest Living Person Who Turns 117 Today

    The year Misao Okawa was born, Queen Victoria was on the British throne and the Spanish-American war was in its infancy. She married almost a century ago and has been a widow for more than 80 years. Think about that for a moment. It’s astounding! To put her life into perspective we pulled together a few interesting facts: 1. Misao Okawa was born on March 5, 1898. 2. She is a couple year’s older than the following people: Al Capone, Ernest Hemingway, Alfred Hitchcock, Humphrey Bogart, Anne Franks’ mother, Oscar Wilde, Clark Gable. 3. She was a senior citizen the year John F. Kennedy Jr. was assassinated 4. Orville and Wilbur Wright were still bicycle manufacturers running the Wright Cycle Company and she was five year’s old when they discovered flight. 5. Three months before Misao was born the City of Greater New York is divided into five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. 6. Misao has seen the turn of two centuries 7. She is older than 20 United States Presidents 8. At nearly 1000 ft tall the Eiffel Tower was the world’s tallest structure at the time. 9. Henry Ford’s Model-T automobile was released when Misao was 11 years old. 10. Less than a month before Misao’s birth a primitive more »

  • Michael Jordan’s 23 Greatest GIFS Because He Joined Forbes Billionaires List For The First Time

    A record 290 newcomers joined the Forbes billionaires list in the last year as world markets defied international turmoil. While wars, diseases and currency crises made headlines, tycoons from every continent but Antarctica managed to mint new 10-figure fortunes. The most famous rookie on the billionaires list? Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time and indisputably the best-paid athlete of all time. Most of his cash comes from Nike payouts on his iconic brand. The Jordan brand grossed an estimated $2.25 billion in 2013, earning his Airness some $90 million. But his most valuable asset is his stake in the Charlotte Hornets, worth more than $500 million. When ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bought the Los Angeles Clippers for a stunning $2 billion, values of all NBA teams skyrocketed, creating three new billionaires. Jordan’s old boss Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls, joined the list with a fortune of $1.3 billion, and Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander boosted his net worth to $1.6 billion. Give the GIFS a quick moment to load, it’s worth the wait.

  • 36 Reasons Why Kelly Rohrbach 2015 Swimsuit Rookie of the Year Is Better In GIF Form

    Hannah Davis may have stole the show in this year’s Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue but the real story should be the 2015 rookie class. Rookie of the Year voting wrapped up today and it was revealed that Kelly Rohrbach (@kellyrohrbach) beat out six models to capture the title. What is even more mind-blowing is that this was the first ever professional photoshoot for the Georgetown alumn who beat out names like Erin Heatherton who is an established Victorias Secret Angel. As Swimsuit’s sixth Rookie of the Year, Rohrbach is in pretty good company as past winners include Chrissy Teigen(2010), Kate Upton (2011), Nina Agdal (2012), Kate Bock (2013) and Sara Sampaio (2014). Check out where it all begin with her 2015 SI Swimsuit Casting Call then view her Swimsuit shoot.

  • What If Celebrities Looked Like Bad Fan Art?

    Remember Napoleon Dynamite’s awful portrait of Trisha? Well it turns out there are actual people who share those middle school art class skills and are oblivious to their lackluster talent. In fact, they proudly share their creations on the Internet. In an effort to make these awkward artists feel better, some kind Redditors Photoshop pictures of celebrities so that they look like the terrible drawings. Now excuse me while I bleach my eyes after looking at that Photoshopped Mel Gibson for too long.

 

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