• Is Today the Day After Tomorrow?

    The phrase of the day is “polar vortex.”  To clear up the confusion, ‘polar vortex’ is not the name of an Alaskan heavy metal band, an MLS expansion team, or the new Kim Stanley Robinson novel. No, the polar vortex is the reason you had to wear three pairs of thermal socks today. CNN’s International senior meteorologist Brandon Miller explains: The polar vortex, as it sounds, is circulation of strong, upper-level winds that normally surround the northern pole in a counterclockwise direction — a polar low-pressure system.  These winds tend to keep the bitter cold air locked in the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is not a single storm. On occasion, this vortex can become distorted and dip much farther south than you would normally find it, allowing cold air to spill southward. That’s the science behind the phenomenon.  Here’s a collection of photos: Hold up. Sorry, those photos were from the 2004 sci-fi flic The Day After Tomorrow (via IMDB.com). Here are a few eerily similar-looking photos of the effects of the polar vortex on several actual American locations:   Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Posters Visualizing SMH Client Feedback

    Everyone has someone to answer to. A boss, a client, a coworker; and they all have opinions. Sometimes it may be constructive criticism, but sometimes people talk, because they like hearing the sound of their own voice, unbeknownst of their own word vomit. A site called Clients from Hell, several Irish creative companies joined forces on a series called “Sharp Suits”… “Ad creatives, designers, animators, directors, illustrators and more took time out to dress up their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes that would normally give you a twitch, into a diverse collection of posters.” Let’s just remember that these quotes are from the people keeping the lights on.

  • RSVLTS.com’s 50 Most Popular Stories of 2013

    It’s been a great year for us. We launched a magazine, had a party in NYC with a very popular photobooth, went to the Super Bowl with Fox Sports, Coachella with Heineken, created an internet sensation with Goats Yelling Like Humans, and produced some awesome content. Here are the most popular stories on RSVLTS.com of the year according to the number of visits each received.

  • The Top 25 Most ‘Checked-In’ Locations On Facebook In 2013 Will Surprise You

    Recently, Facebook Trends released the top 25 “checked-in” places of 2013. The most surprising check-in phenomena is the “Disneyland” trend of the top-25, four of them are Disney theme parks namely, in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, and California. Even more surprising are the check-ins at the lesser popular tourist attractions around the globe. In India, check-ins at the Golden Temple was at top spot, ahead of the Taj Mahal, while in Moscow, it wasn’t Red Square, but Gorky Park. Another shocking aspect for the list is the lack of check in’s for New York, Bangkok and the north west region of the U.S. which claims to be the tech epicenter of the world and home of Facebook.  

  • Well, The USMNT Didn’t Fare Well in the World Cup Draw #groupofdeath

    Today soccer fans across the world were glued to their TVs awaiting the World Cup draw for their countries. Some countries drew fair positions, others not so much. The United States, possibly having the toughest schedule on the board. With by far the worst travel schedule, having to travel over 9,000 miles, also has a rough road ahead, facing Ghana, Portugal and a heavy favorite to win it all, Germany. With Twitter going haywire right now, here is a feed from around the globe to see what fans think the real “group of death” is. Tweets about “#groupofdeath” Photo via: KickTV

  • The Ugly Christmas Sweater that Uses Your Cellphone’s Screen to Come Alive

    It looks as though the “ugly Christmas sweater” theme is here to stay, it’s now completely saturated with custom ugly knitted sweaters, made specifically for this kind of celebration. Why fight it? So what Mark Rober did was leave his job at NASA to concentrate on his digital clothing line that has since gotten much buzz and acclaim. The clever niche is a pocket in which one can insert a mobile phone equipped with a compainion app that correlates with each specific sweater adding an animated angle to the sweater like a kitschy burning log or snow globe. The ultimate one-uper conversation starter. Digital Dudz Ugly Christmas Sweaters $44.95

  • Black Friday Shopping Chaos [Super Cut Compilation]

    Fights, stampedes, riots and utter chaos, this latest super cut compilation shows that Black Friday is an out of control American tradition that has a way of bringing out the worst in people who are unaware that it’s 2013 and Cyber Monday is now the best shopping day of the year.

  • The 33 Best Dive Bars in America

    Craft cocktails and moustachioed bartenders are nice and all, but sometimes you just want a super-still whiskey/Coke served up by a lifelong bartendress with nicotine-stained fingers who calls you “hon”. Or just hates you outright. Sometimes you want to sit in the dark, watching people playing video poker. Thrillist has named the 33 best diver bars in America check them out here.

  • Rob Ford Tries his Luck Recreating Volvo’s Van Damme Epic Split

    Ok maybe it’s just a parody, but this eerily realistic mimic of Jean Claude Van Damme’s now infamous Volvo commercial just semi-made my day. Artjail VFX decided to show their stuff in a brilliant mix of two of the most relevant viral personalities for the next 15 minutes. The true kudos Artjail deserves is in the turnaround time this took to make. We were completely in awe of the Volvo Van Damme Epic Splits spot. And remain completely in Awe of Mayor Ford’s Epic lifestyle north of the border. Behold #VANFORD

  • An Eerie Look Inside Houston’s Abandoned Astrodome [22 HQ Photos]

    HOUSTON — HOUSTON (AP) — Memories will likely soon be all that’s left of the Houston Astrodome, the world’s first multipurpose domed stadium. Voters on Tuesday did not approve a referendum that would have authorized up to $217 million in bonds to turn the stadium that once hosted both professional baseball and football games into a giant convention and event center and exhibition space.

  • The 9 Greatest Sideline Meltdowns In NFL History

    The advent of nationally televised sporting events has given spectators an enhanced look into the happenings of an NFL sideline—some of which are publicized to the organization’s chagrin. With Dez Bryant’s recent sideline ranting, it left RSVLTS thinking about some of the more notable, ugly, or otherwise animated sideline spats, tirades, and incidents that were worthy of a countdown list.

  • Fallon and Alec Baldwin Starred in an 80′s Cop Show

    Fallon had Alec Baldwin on his show last night and they reminisced about that time when they were both on an 80′s cop show called “Point Pleasant Police Department”. Like 90% of all of Jimmy Fallon’s SNL skits, he couldn’t keep a straight face during the schtick where two cops talk with their mouths full while bellowing words that start with the letter “P”. Baldwin’s acting prowess takes over, even when Fallon’s mustache falls off.

  • Nerea Arce Will Dominate 2014 [11 Photos]

    That fact that we are the first on the internet to talk about 25-year-old Spanish model Nerea Arce is pretty shocking. She is new on the scene, signed to power house Wilhelmina Miami, and our guy feeling is she will have a monster year in 2014. For now check out her newest photos for Paolita Swimwear’s 2014 collection then follow her on Instagram @nereaarce.

  • Louis C.K.: Oh My God

    Louis C.K. is distributing his latest DVD for $5. If you’re familiar with his stand up, then let’s just say it just may be the most wisely used $5 you’d ever spend, and we know what you’re probably spending it on… and that costs more than $5. Louie goes on his usual uber intelligent rants about dating, road rage, being overweight and becoming 40. The special was filmed at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix and is downloadable from his website, and features 12 additional minutes of footage never seen in the original edition. Louis C.K. Oh My God $5

  • Harvey Dent Plays Frankenstein in New Action Flick (Trailer)

    Aaron Eckhart is the face of a new type of Frankenstein in “I, Frankenstein”. No bolts in his neck, platform shoes or flat top haircut, instead the new Franken-hipster dons a hoodie with a topcoat 200 years after his shocking creation. The original Dr. Frankenstein’s creature, Adam, walks the earth as a miracle of life,  but when he finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity, Adam discovers he holds the key that could destroy humankind. Normally I would give this movie two bolts down, but Eckhart might have the star power to make this thing into a franchise. I Believe in Frankenstein.

  • New Kanye West BBC Interview

    Kanye West gave an hour long interview to Zane Lowe of the BBC last night. Never one to hold back, he spoke at length about race, the state of the music industry, his creative process, contemporary hip-hop culture and his future ambitions. The self-proclaimed “Number 1 Rock Star on the Planet” revealed his desire to helm a trillion-dollar company and branch out into other creative endeavors, such as water bottle design. If anyone has a chance at making something so mundane into a cultural icon, Kanye West is the best bet.

  • Red Bull Flugtag 2013 Results

    The 2013 Red Bull Flugtag was held over the weekend and for the first time ever, it was a nationwide event with five cities taking part on Sunday. Teams in Miami, Long Beach, Chicago, Dallas, and Washington DC competed to see whose flying contraption would glide the farthest before coming crashing down into the ocean, destroying hundreds of hours of work in a matter of seconds. The rules? Your flying machine must be human powered, can’t be more than 28 feet long and can not weigh more than 400 pounds (including the pilot). My friend Robby Coats was the pilot for the Blue Eagle Racers at the Miami event and had a great showing but wasn’t able to place. In Long Beach, the Chicken Whisperers from Palo Alto, a group of aerospace engineers in chicken costumes, were declared the Flugtag champions with their impressive flight of 258 feet, setting a new world record in the process. The competitive nature took a backseat to just having a good time, though, and it looks like all the teams really enjoyed themselves.

  • Nike Sneakerboots for Fall 2013

    Bringing more to those who want to up their sneaker game between seasons, the Nike SneakerBoot collection elevates classic Nike sneakers for cool-weather performance. Added height, traction, and weatherproofing evolve icons for lightweight functionality and rugged resistance to the elements. The SneakerBoot Collection will be available beginning in early October. Follow @nikesportswear on Twitter for more details related to release timing.

  • The War In Syria: 20 Shocking Images That Won The 2013 Pulitzer Prize

    Syria is all over the news of late but all we’re really seeing is politicians and talking heads debating whether or not we should be going to war. What we’re not seeing enough of is the violence and despair that is actually taking place on the ground. It is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the situation but these 20 images from the Associated Press recently won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. Over 100,000 have been killed and two million have been displaced in the last 30 months and these images help to put it all into perspective.

  • Minimalistic Swimming Pools [10 Photos]

    There really is no better way to get a total body workout than swimming laps. Do 40 laps in an olympics sized pool and see if you can walk the next day. Photographer Franck Bohbot got all artistic on us and took these fascinating shots of quite pool.

  • Herschel Supply Co. 2013 Studio Collection

    Hard to believe that Vancouver based Herschel Supply Co. is only 4 years old, but they’ve  already managed to climb to the top of a very competitive market. This fall they’re taking the template of their standard bags and stressing the military style of fall 2013.  The 14-pieces of the Studio collection will feature color palettes and hand-drawn medallion-print liners, symbolizing themes of honor and history. Herschel made a name for itself providing consumers with a durable pack that stressed affordability, which has been the key to their success from the mountains of Vancouver to the bistros of Brooklyn. Herschel Supply Co.