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  • The Most Amazing Lie in History [Link]

    Think you know everything about the D-day invasion? Wrong! This is the exciting story of Joan Pujol Garcias, a Spaniard chicken farmer who also happened to be a con man and an amateur spy. He received decorations from both the Axis and Allies in World War II. And his unbelievable story really happened.

  • The “Who Ice Bucketed Who” Flowchart [Updated August 26]

    As more and more people take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, including many celebrities, we have wondered about the connections between them. It’s an interesting notion, but proved to be a lot of work, so we just hoped someone else would figure it out. And they did. @RSVLTS Hey! We updated the ice bucket chart as of today. Feel free to use it to update your article http://t.co/OfyMC6ro0n — Jeremy Masselis (@JrmyMssls) August 26, 2014 A few days ago we posted “The Infographic We’ve All Been Waiting For: Who Ice Bucketed Who” and it went viral on Twitter. Because things are moving so fast in the world of the Ice Bucket Challenge DigitasLBi, the geniuses behind the incredible infographic showing who challenged who up to August 22, decided to do an update as of August 26th. Click on the image below to see the full size graphic.

  • In 1987, Apple Made A Video Of Their Predictions For 1997. They Were Way Off.

    Apple was king of the computing market in 1987. 3 years earlier, they released the Macintosh to great acclaim and soon enough was dominating the desktop publishing world. CEO John Sculley had recently deposed Steve Jobs and it looked like the company could do no wrong. High on hubris, they produced this video depicting their vision of 1997. But the reality was quite different. In Apple’s vision of 1997, they owned most of the computing market. But what were they really like at the time? Pretty much at the bottom! PCs were dominating and Apple was doing so bad that they actually purchased NeXT, the company Steve Jobs started after he got the boot, and brought back Jobs as an adviser. The next year, Jobs would release the iMac and the company would start the turnaround that led to their current success. Obviously this video is supposed to be comedic, but it’s even funnier looking back at how things actually turned out. But hey, that VistaMac II would have been pretty rad, right? 

  • Iconic Album Covers Put into Google Street

    In the latest installment in their newest article of culture-as-seen-by-Google-Street-View, The Guardian has created a series of intricate photos imposing famous album covers in their Google street view frame. Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Eminem are depicted in the series some in their hometowns or memorable place in their lives. Original Pirate Material by the Streets. Mike Skinner’s 2002 debut features the inglorious Kestrel House in Islington, London, taken from a picture by Rut Blees Luxemburg called Towering Inferno Late for the Sky by Jackson Browne. A surrealist view of one of the many classy houses around Hancock Park in Los Angeles, 1974: Bob Seldemann spliced the house with another sky for a result that resembles a Magritte painting   The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem. The rapper sits in front of his childhood home on Dresden street, north Detroit, just down the road from 8-Mile – the street he made famous in film – in 2000. The house was demolished last year after damage from a fire Willy and the Poor Boys by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The CCR lads are pictured mock-busking to local kids outside the Fish Kee Market on Hollis Street in Oakland, California in 1969. The shop more »

  • Arby’s Has A Meat Mountain Sandwich, Because ‘Murica

    Poor Arby’s made the grave mistake of producing an advertisement featuring all of their available meat stacked upon one another. What did people do when they saw the ad? They did what every fine American would do, pointed to the picture and said “gimme.” Arby’s had to deliver and deliver they did, with the new “secret menu” option that is blowing up all over the web—the Meat Mountain. What comes on this glorious sandwich? The Meat Mountain features 2 chicken tenders, roast turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, corned beef, brisket, Angus steak, cheddar cheese, roast beef, and bacon all on a bun. And it only costs $10, which is a great deal according to Fast Company who did the math and figured out the same ingredients would cost $9.13 at a grocery store. But should you eat the Meat Mountain? With about 1200 calories and 48 grams of fat, it’s probably not going to do you any favors to eat it. But you only live once, and in the words of the great Warren Zevon, “enjoy every sandwich.” 

  • An Abandoned Shopping Mall Is Now An Urban Aquarium [9 Photos]

    As more of us do all of our shopping online (damn you, Amazon Prime, for making impulse purchases so easy!), our landscape will soon be dotted with thousands of abandoned shopping malls. What will we do with these giant, uncomfortably lit buildings that always smell like Auntie Anne’s, even when there is no actual Auntie Anne’s on the premises? How about a giant aquarium? Would that you drag you out of the house? This mall-turned-aquarium scenario isn’t some work of fiction from the pages of a presumably uninteresting young adult novel. Such a thing actually exists in Thailand! Photographer Jesse Rockwell was living in Bangkok when he heard stories of an abandoned shopping mall. The mall was originally built 11 stories high, but zoning laws didn’t allow buildings taller than 4 stories. The top of the building was demolished only to have the rest of the building burn down in a presumed arson. Rockwell found the mall behind a fence in old town Bangkok. When he went inside, he was greeted with a huge population of koi and catfish swimming throughout the building. The story is that someone began introducing the fish to the mall inthe early 2000s. Since then, their more »

  • These 3D Murals Are Incredibly Realistic [12 Photos]

    Artist John Pugh specializes in trompe l’oeil, which is an artsy-fartsy way of saying that his style of painting is so realistic as to deceive the eye into believing it’s actually real, 3D objects that are presented. In other words, he paints giant murals that look so real, you think you could walk right in. But don’t, because you’ll just hurt yourself trying. Pugh began painting his deceptive murals in the late 1970s. Since then his paintings have graced building all over the world, with public and private commissions across the United States, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Pugh lives in Santa Cruz, California and much of his work can be found in the state, from boardwalks to university campuses. Check out more of his incredible murals at The Art of John Pugh.

  • Lais Ribeiro restates her case as the most underrated lingerie model in the world

    Remember when I said Lais Ribeiro might be the most underrated Victoria’s Secret model? Well these new lingerie pics featuring a lot of armbra action isn’t going to change my stance on that one bit.In fact, this new photo shoot showing off some of Victoria’s Secret’s latest sexy goodies is only going to reinforce it and make it stronger. Take a look at the pictures and tell me you can’t see where I’m coming from on this. So hot.

  • Dan Bilzerian Gives Business Advice to Kids Running a Lemonade Stand

    Some people go to college for four-year marketing degrees to figure this sort of business acumen out. Dan Bilzerian just casually dishes the oldest business advice in the book to kids selling lemonade so they can buy books. It’s a dog-eat-dog-world and these kids just got a massive leg up in the world. School is in session, ladies and gentlemen. Hope you get all the books you want, kids.

  • Burning Man Attendees Get Punished With Gigantic Rainstorm

    For nearly 30 years, God has permitted Burning Man to go on more or less unhindered, despite the drug-fueled debauchery that takes place there. But this year, He is getting his revenge on the weeklong art-and-creative-expression festival held annually in the Nevada desert (which is, depending upon whom you ask — a lame networking event, a rich-man’s bacchanal, a cyberpunk mecca, a canvas for radical self-expression, or a place to patch up old feuds) in the form of a huge rainstorm that has closed Burning Man entirely. According to Burning Man’s official Twitter feed, the rain-out is likely to continue until tomorrow. If you’re in Reno, please stay there until we let you know the Gate has reopened. — Burning Man (@burningman) August 25, 2014 Burners aren’t happy about the late start: Ugh stuck in Reno bc Playa is closed bc of rain. — Annie Hye Park (@MissAnniePark) August 25, 2014 Burning Man is closed due to heavy rain. Bummer, man…. — Rachel Fisher (@TheRachelFisher) August 25, 2014 So they closed burning man bc of rain. pic.twitter.com/V9JR7AXFJV — Dad (@DuCoteNukem) August 25, 2014 Reporting by Kevin Roose of nymag.com

  • How Tall Are Your Favorite Superheroes? [Infographics]

    Chances are, if you clicked on this post, then you know a thing or two about superheroes. It’s probably safe to assume that you’re hip to some basic trivia about the most popular cartoon crimefighters. You know…things like their origin stories, classic costumes, catchphrases, famous nemeses, etc. But have you ever noticed that our knowledge in one basic area of superhero factoids “comes up short?” That’s right: Height. How TALL are these guys?! Is Spidey a munchkin compared to Captain America? Do the babes going on dates with Thor need to wear heels? Would Rocket Raccoon and Howard the Duck stand eye to eye? Thirst no more ye parched knowledge seekers! We have your answer. We have gathered the most popular superheroes from The Marvel universe, and amassed them all here in our Superhero Height chart. Be sure to click the image below for a larger, more detailed view:

  • The Courageous Cats Of World War I [17 Photos]

    Cats have been sailing the seas for thousands of years, with the Egyptians probably the first to take along felines in order to control vermin populations on ships. If they could prove so useful n ships, why not use them on land to hunt rats and mice in trenches? It was such a notion that led to the wide use of cats in World War I. Although it makes perfect sense that cats would be used, it’s still strange to see them in these photos of the first modern war. And the cats weren’t just used for pest control. Some were trained to detect gas and many were embraced by the troops they served with as mascots. Take a look at these photos from almost 100 years ago and see what the doughboys would have been posting to Reddit if they were able to surf the web in their down time. 

  • Jean Claude Van Damme is the New “Chuck Norris”

    Jean Claude Van Damme is taking his retro-action hero awesomeness into contemporary relevance and making a lot of money doing it. With Chuck Norris paving the way for ’80s/’90s action stars to break back into the limelight with ChuckNorrisFacts, a blog dedicated to making the karate star a larger than life mythical being, the ‘Norris’ brand become a pop-culture beast. Sprinkle in a cameo in “Dodgeball” and there it was; satirical retro awesomeness. Van Damme realizes this and his “satirical-retro-awesomeness” self worth, so why not capitalize? Last year, JCVD used his skill set to send him into viral infamy with his Volvo ‘split’ campaign and another GoDaddy campaign, this year he’s become Coors Light’s sleeveless denim tuxedo wearing, mountain top exploring, ice sculpting hero in a series of over-the-top commercials. With the internet just being the internet, Van Damme has also found himself as the subject of a series of “just because GIFs” most include him getting groovy, and one include him punching a snake.

  • Top 10 Strange Sports Scandals [Link]

    Can you believe yesterday marked 25 years since Pete Rose was banned from baseball? In honor of Charlie Hustle’s fall from grace, Ask Men ranked the 10 strangest sports scandals. Spoiler alert: Much like the Hall of Fame, poor Pete Rose doesn’t appear on this list either.

  • 25 Years Ago Mankind Visited Neptune For The First Time [14 Photos]

    With the speed at which technology progresses these days, it’s sometime hard to imagine how far we’ve come in so short a time. Take for instance our knowledge of the planet Neptune. It wasn’t until August of 1989, just 25 years ago, that mankind saw up-close photos of the farthest planet from the sun (since 2006 when those nasty eggheadsof the International Astronomical Union demoted poor Pluto to “dwarf planet” status). Neptune was first seen by telescope in 1846  by Johann Galle using calculations supplied by Urbain Le Verrier. Its largest moon, Triton, was discovered shortly after but it wouldn’t be until the 20th century before the other 13 moons would be seen telescopically. In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 2 space probe in an effort to explore the outer Solar System and interstellar space. Voyager 2 began exploring Neptune in June, 1989 and on August 25 it made its closest approach to the planet. It then passed close to Triton later that same day. Voyager 2 captured these iconic photos of Neptune and Triton and for the first time we could see the distinguishable weather patterns and Great Dark Spot on the planet. Voyager 2 is still flying through space and more »

  • Bushcraft 101: Your Essential Wilderness Survival Guide

    Whether you’re camping with a few pals or testing yourself alone in the wilderness against the elements, it always helps to be knowledgable of your surroundings and keeping in mind the 5C’s; cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages. Dave Canterbury co-owner and supervising instructor at the Pathfinder School in Ohio, one of the best survival schools in the world, recently released a new book teaching his methods and instruction on survival. From building out your kit to manufacturing tools and supplies to food collection to cooking and protection from the elements Canterbury covers everything. His YouTube channel has more than 200,000 subscribers and his videos have more than 34 million views, so you know his methods and tactics speak for themselves. Bushcraft 101

  • The Incredible True Story Of A Man Who Carried His Disabled Twin Brother Through An Entire Ironman Race [8 Photos]

    Twin brothers Steen and Peder Madrup were three months early in 1980, weighing only 2.6 pounds. Peder also suffered a lack of oxygen at birth, resulting in cerebral palsy and life confined to a wheelchair. As they grew up Steen became interested in athletic activities while Peder devoted his time to organizations and clubs as a spokesman for the disabled. In 2013, Steen decided he would run a half marathon along with Peder. Peder thought his brother was crazy, but 2 hours and 16 minutes later, they were crossing the finish line. Since then they have completed in increasingly difficult athletic competitions, including Ironman Copenhagen on August 24. After 15 hours and 32 minutes, the brothers crossed the finish line, with Peder becoming the first person with cerebral palsy to complete an Ironman. Take a look at these photos of Steen swimming, cycling, and running with his brother then check out their other races at Team Tvilling.

  • Nina Agdal Is Closing Out Summer 2014 With A Bang [20 Photos]

    Summer is over kids. It pains up to say it. There aren’t enough sad emoji faces to capture how depressing it to think about that. But luckily Nina Agdal is here with a quick pick-me-up with Mambo swimwear. Bookmark this page so when there is two feel of snow on the ground you can relive the glory days of summer 2014.

  • These Digital Collages Are Funny And Surreal

    Spanish artist Joseba Elorza studied to become a sound technician and while working mornings at a radio station, he began creating collages at night. It was then that he came upon the idea of MiraRuido, a synesthesic portmanteau of the Spanish words for “look” and “noise.” The visual aspect eventually won out and Elorza now makes a living as an artist and illustrator, with his work having appeared in the pages of such publications as Esquire, New Scientist, and Hollywood Reporter. Joseba Elorza’s digital collages combine pastoral vistas with historical photographs and sci-fi twists. The resulting images are bouth thought-provoking and often times humorous. He has recently expanded into the  world of music video’s with his video for Air Review’s “Young,” featuring animated versions of many of his collages. Check out more work at MiraRuido, where you can also purchase prints of your favorites. 

  • The Madden 15 Xbox One Bundle You Deserve

    Get ‘em while they’re hot. Xbox One and Madden 15 have just announced a bundle package for $399 that includes a copy of Madden 15. With all of the new features Madden brings to the table year after year, the game is getting eerily close to reality. New defense feature make it more fun to rush the backfield as well as a new feature that let’s you make aggressive or conservative tackles. The more aggressive the more pounding hits, more fumbles, more glory, but the more chances you’ll miss your target. Other new features include Run The Gauntlet, a practice simulation that not only teaches you the specifics of gameplay, but how to read offensive and defensive plays and Crowd-sourced Play Call a playbook option that utilizes data from millions of online games to surface the best selection of plays possible for the match-up and situation.

  • Amazing GoPro Video From The Royal Danish Air Force

    GoPro cameras aren’t just for extreme sport enthusiasts. The compact yet high quality cameras are now finding themselves installed all over, including Royal Danish Air Force F-16 cockpits. Check out this footage of low level tests over Greenland. The footage was originally intended for internal RDAF research, but the higher-ups were nice enough to let Major John “STI” Kristensen, Detachement Commander and Lead Pilot on the Greenland F16 Test, to compile this video and share it on social media. The video is a journey from the ice rim east of Kangerlussuaq, to the DYE-2 radar station, over the Ilulissat icefjord, over the HDMS Knud Rasmussen patrol ship, and over the town of Ilussisat where the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen was born.

  • The World’s 25 Weirdest Drinking Customs [Infographic]

    A cultured man is sure to completely delve into local culture when traveling abroad. This doesn’t just mean learning a few words in the local language or eating unidentifiable organ meats, there are also drinking customs that one must take part in while imbibing local spirits (almost certainly anise-flavored). Whether it’s drinking from a shoe in Ukraine or kidnapping a bride in Germany, you’re sure to encounter all manner of pageantry when it comes to getting drunk abroad. If nothing else, it will make you appreciate our plain American ways where when it comes to drinking, all you need to do is drink, swallow, and repeat. Ad nauseam.

  • Sochi Looks Like It Got Ravaged By A Zombie Apocalypse 6 Months After The 2014 Winter Olympics [Photos]

    As we’ve seen with abandoned venues from Olympic host communities in Athens, Beijing and London, once the games are complete and the masses vacate what is left months (and years later) typically looks like a the remnants of a zombie apocalypse. The same rings true for Sochi, Russia six months after the completion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • Are These Stills From Porn Shoots Or Just Bad Stock Photos? [17 Photos]

    There’s more to adult films than just two or more (sometimes many more) people making sweet, sweet love. Porn producers feel the need to create a back story and give the performers characters to portray. The skeevy types who actually watch such films probably skip over those parts and go straight to the action, but we’re better than that and are able to appreciate all the work that goes into these movies. Useful Photography magazine recognized the value of these images where the performers are still clothed and collected them in their 8th issue. It looks like the issue has since sold out, but we have some of the photos below so you don’t have to go searching and subject yourself to videos of naked women. You’re welcome. What’s most interesting about the photos is that many of the absurd situations portrayed seem like they could be found on any stock photo site. You know how there’s those especially unique pictures, like a businesswoman milking a cow, that you can’t believe anyone would ever use? Well just add “fender bender in high heels” to that list. Or “shoeless plumber.” Or…um…”woman pouring water on her shoulder.”

  • 8 Mind-Blowing Facts About Famous Businesses [Infographic]

    Designer Noreen from Today I Found Out has put together some interesting facts about eight of the world’s most famous brands, including how gambling away the company’s last $5,000 saved FedEx from going out of business and how the founder of Wendy’s, Dave Thomas, actually helped save KFC as well. These are some of the most mind-blowing facts that founded and saved some of the biggest brands you recognize today.

  • This Is What American Malls Looked Like In 1989 [50 Photos]

    Throughout the 1980s malls became increasing central to American popular culture, dominating the social life of a large swath of the population. In 1989 Michael Galinsky, a twenty-year-old photographer, drove across the country recording this change: the spaces, textures and pace that defined this era. Starting in the winter of 1989 with the Smith Haven Mall in Garden City Long Island, Galinsky photographed malls from North Carolina to South Dakota, Washington State and beyond. The photos he took capture life in these malls as it began to shift from the shiny excess of the 1980s towards an era of slackers and grunge culture.

  • The World’s Most Liveable Cities of 2014 in High Quality Photos

    Every year the The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annualLiveability Survey which reveals the best and worst liveable cities in the world. For the 4th year in a row the same city has come out on top. Based on key factors including stability and the quality of healthcare, culture, the environment, education and infrastructure the EIU ranks it’s chosen cities based on a 100 point ranking system. Using these ratings the EIU found Vancouver, BC,  Vienna, Austria and Melbourne, Australia among the top 3 at a 97.3, 97.4, and 97.5 rank. The U.S. failed to rank among the top 10, most likely based on it’s expensive heath care system. The top 10 list actually hasn’t changed since 2011, Melbourne topping the list for the past 4 years. The Bottom 3 include (138) Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (139) Dhaka, Bangladesh and (140) Damascus, Syria. Here are the top 10 most liveable cities in high quality photos   10. Aukland, New Zealand Image: Shutterstock/DmitrySerbin Image: Shutterstock/Photo Image   9. Perth, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Gordon Bell Image: Shutterstock/Salehuddin 8. Helsinki, Finland Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark Image: Shutterstock/Oleksiy Mark   7. Sydney, Australia Image: Shutterstock/Dan Breckwoldt Image: Shutterstock/Leah-Anne Thompson 6. Calgary, Alberta Image: Shutterstock/e X p o more »

  • The Infographic We’ve All Been Waiting For: Who Ice Bucketed Who

    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been going on for about a month now and is showing no sign of slowing down. Considering how much money it has raised for the ALS Association, that’s great news. But as more and more people take part, including many celebrities, we have wondered about the connections between them. It’s an interesting notion, but proved to be a lot of work, so we just hoped someone else would figure it out. And now someone has. DigitasLBi has created this incredible infographic showing who challenged who up to August 22. Click on the image below to see the full size graphic. UPDATE: See the latest “Who Ice Bucketed Who” flowchart updated August 26th here >>

  • The 25 Best Restaurants In America

    These 25 American restaurants are the places we’d send a friend if he had time for one meal in Chicago, Denver, Houston or any of the other cities on this list. One city, one suggestion, one good meal. Thank you. You’re welcome.