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  • By Odin’s Beard! You Can Buy Your Own Viking Ship

    Live the life of a viking (minus all that raping and pillaging nonsense) in your very own built-to-order viking ship. Until recently, acquiring a replica viking ship built in the traditional style was a time consuming and costly process, but now the Viking Ship Museum has mastered the art using a combination of traditional and modern tools to streamline the process. Now you can order a 21 footer with 2 pairs of an oars and a sail for about $45,000. If you’re more of an Erik the Red type who needs a huge ship, you can order a 40 footer with 7 pairs of oars and a sail for $350,000. Even if the gods of Asgard didn’t bless you with riches, there is an option for a newer style Nordic boat that will only run you $24,000. For more options and info, check out the Viking Ship Museum.

  • The Upbeat Protest Song That Taught A Generation About Nelson Mandela

    In 1983, Jerry Dammers, principal songwriter and keyboardist for 2 Tone ska band The Specials, attended an anti-apartheid concert in London. Until that time, he knew very little about South African politics and the country’s most famous political prisoner, Nelson Mandela. Dammers was was inspired by the concert to write a song about Mandela but he never imagined the hit the song would become. In 1984, Dammers went into the studio with his new band The Special AKA and recorded “Nelson Mandela,” with Elvis Costello producing the track. Unlike most protest songs, “Nelson Mandela” was upbeat with much of the music inspired by tradiotional South African musical styles. The song was an immediate hit across the world and peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Charts. That year, the students’ union at Wadham College, Oxford passed a motion to end every dance with the song, a practice which remains to this day. In June 2008, a concert was held in London’s Hyde Park for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday. For the show’s big finale, Amy Winehouse led an all-star band, featuring Jerry Dammers, Annie Lennox, Queen and Paul Rodgers in an incredible performance of “Nelson Mandela.” Nelson Mandela passed away more »

  • The Creativity Pill [Link]

    Many sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease who treat their illness with dopamine have reported increased creativity and a sort of compulsion to create artistic works. Is this an effect of the dopamine on their fragile receptors which are not accustomed to the hormone in their usually deprived systems? Could a healthy individual take a dopamine precursor and also experience heightened creativity?

  • Notable Haircuts In Popular Music [Infographic]

    People love to blame music videos for emphasis on the looks of a performer rather than the music. But most of those people are bitter uggos. The fact is, image has been an important part of pop music for years, way before the advent of MTV. From the overly-Brylcreemed ‘do that helped Bill Hailey “Rock Around the Clock” to the ever changing outrageous wigs of Lady Gaga, hair is a big part of pop music. Try to see how many of these you can identify before looking at the names and maybe find yourself a new coif in the process. I wonder if I could pull off the Barry Gibb…

  • Recently Discovered High Quality Color Footage of WW2 Combat

    World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war that was underway by 1939 and ended in 1945. It involved the vast majority of the world’s nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. This recently discovered color footage shows the true affects of combat throughout World War 2. Gunfights, dog fights and explosions are seen throughout the video as well as some seriously graphic footage of fallen soldiers. It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million people serving in military units. In a state of “total war”, the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, it resulted in 50 million to over 73 million fatalities. These deaths make World War II by far the deadliest conflict in human history.

  • How Dwight Eisenhower Can Save Your Life (and Other Ass-Kicking Time Management Tips)

    I walk a thin line in trying to give advice about time management. Most people think of time management as: stop doing fun things and work all the time. That is not what I propose. I think time management is important so you can get out of the library (or office), stop pulling your hair out, and enjoy a beer with your friends before your four years pass you by. So, what qualifies me to write an article about time management? During my senior year, I managed to balance 3 jobs, a freelance business, and being a full time student with an honor roll GPA (all said, totaling 70+ hours/week), and I still found time to write this article. While I’m not superhuman, I think I’ve mastered the ability to spend my time the way I want to spend it. And I don’t want to single out college students. The ideas I am proposing can be applied just as easily to those already in their careers.

  • Chinese Farmers Build Giant Transformers [9 Photos]

    “Transformers: Age of Extinction” made plenty of money here in the US, where we love special effects and big explosions as much as apple pie and red Solo cups, but it’s an even bigger success in China. In its first 17 days of release, the film has grossed $260 million, $36 million more than the record set by “Avatar.” To cash in on this Transformer-fever, farmers in China’s Shangdong province have been building their own Transformers from old car parts and other scrap materials. So, far, they’ve built about 100 of the robots, some as tall as 52 feet. Shopping malls and real estate companies have been the main buyers of the replicas, which cost about $16,000. And in typical Chinese fashion, not a penny is going to licensing!

  • Bud Light’s New Spot Gives More Insight into A Wild 3 Day Adventure Called ‘Whatever, USA’

    As you’ve probably seen on TV, Bud Light looks as though they’re buidling and skinning out an entire town, as well as, I’m sure, providing an ample amount of beer for consumption around town. As per the commercials, Whatever, USA’s charismatic Mayor stresses the hilarious and absolutely random acts and events they’ll be showcasing at the town, like Arnold Schwarzenegger playing ping-pong. In their newest spot Whatever’s Mayor highlights some of the wacky things we’ll be expecting at the town like a harmonica playing pony and a literal boat load of Bud Light. Not much else is known about the super secret project, but nothing like this has ever been done before. Let’s hope they got permits for drinking in public. Sign up to win a trip to Whatever, here.

  • Your Brain Won’t Believe These Photos Aren’t Paintings

    Many times we have featured hyperrealistic paintings that look just like real life. We’re always amazed by them, although we see them quite often. Photographer Didier Massard does the exact opposite. He constructs intricate fantasy world dioramas and lights them in a way that the resulting photographs look like oil paintings or computer-generated artwork. So to recap, these are real photos of dioramas based on fantasy that look like paintings. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can see the photos in person at Kopeikin Gallery, but the rest of us will just have to enjoy seeing the rest of the series at Didier Massard’s website.

  • Conan and Dave Franco Join Tinder Then Go on the Prowl

    The good ol’ days of meeting your wife at a dive bar on a Tuesday night are behind us. Now everyone weeds out the b.s. and gets right to the point (for better or worse). Tinder is the newest app that lets two people within a certain distance match up leading to a conversation, which then leads to a potential meet up. Intriguing. Conan and Dave Franco decided to try out the dating app, hop in the creepiest van they could find and go for it.

  • Finally! Someone Has Combined Skydiving And Slip ‘N Slide [Video]

    There’s nothing that can’t be improved with a Slip ‘N Slide during the hot summer months.Everyone knows this, even skydivers. With that in mind, skydivers Niklas Daniel and Brianne Thompson decided to end their 5,000ft jump over Arizona with a 200 foot Slip ‘N Slide. And lucky for us, it was all captured on Niklas’s GoPro camera. In hindsight, they should have made the slide a bit longer since they dove into it at an incredible 50 mph, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

  • 115 Rejected Emojis for World Emoji Day

    The era of the emoji is most definitely upon us, for some people an entire new form of communication making it there civic duty to completely leave alphabetic dialect out of as much conversing as possible. Here are a few of our favorites from the 115 total rejected Rejected Emojis for World Emoji Day.

  • #TBT Featuring Helen Mirren [20 Photos]

    Back in November, Jon Stewart interviewed Jennifer Lawrence and pointed out how much the actress looks like a young Helen Mirren. In a recent interview, Mirren herself acknowledged the resemblance but stated that Lawrence is actually prettier than her younger self. There’s no denying there is some similarity, but any reason to look at pictures of a young Helen Mirren is fine with us. These photos were taken in the late 60s and early 70s, when Mirren was just beginning her career. Enjoy these pics and try your hardest not to think about how Dame Helen Mirren will be celbrating her 69th birthday next week.

  • Walter White Goes To Space

    Last month, tvtag set their sights on the stars. After thousands of votes from Earth-folk like you, Walter White was nominated to be tvtag’s first space ambassador. Over the course of his journey to space, Walt braved speeds of 95 mph (153km/h), temperatures as low as -65F (-54C), and a maximum altitude of 85,000 feet (25,908m). He soared to new heights, carrying along with him the hopes and dreams of TV watchers everywhere. Long live Heisenberg. Long live TV.

  • Startling Ad Campaign Shows The Divide Between Rich And Poor

    Photographer Oscar Ruiz worked with Publicis Mexico on an ad campaign called “Erase the Differences” which casts a light on the inequality in Mexico City. The 4 aerial photographs illustrate the stark differences between the way of life for the rich and poor in Mexico, despite the fact the two groups are living right next to each other. The rich can try to hide the poor behind trees and walls, but ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. The campaign aims to spread awareness on the need for community redevelopment in the country where half the population lives in poverty. Now that the issue has been brought to light, what will be done?

  • Hanksy Hits the Streets With More Celebrity Satire [10 Photos]

    Ironic street Artist, Hanksy is known to put the fun back into street art. Where most contemporary street artists try and convey some sort of political stance or movement message in their work, Hanksy just wants to have fun. Can you blame him? He’s the best at what he does, fusing pop-culture icons into inanimate objects, food and animals.

  • The Big Mystery Behind the Great Train Robbery May Finally Have Been Solved [Link]

    Early in the morning on August 8, 1963, a gang of 15 men robbed a Royal Mail train traveling between Glasgow and London. The thieves made off with over £2.6 million (about $78 million today) and although most of the gang would be arrested and convicted, the bulk of the money was never recovered. The only part of the caper that remained a mystery all these years was the identity of the postal service insider, known only as “the Ulsterman.” Now, after more than 50 years, his identity has been revealed.

  • Get Help Choosing A Summer Book With This Infographic

    Now that summer’s here, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting around at the beach or at a park, working on your tan. As tempting as it is to sit and stare into nothingness a la David Putty, it just may be a better idea to grab a book. And we’re not talking about airport novels from Dan Brown or James Patterson (as enjoyable as they are). There are millions of books you’re missing out on and choosing one can be a daunting task. So use this chart and find yourself the perfect novel this summer. You may even enjoy it so much, you’ll come back to find another choice. 

  • This Artist Transforms Pop Culture Icons Into Hipsters

    Fab Ciraolo is an illustrator from Santiago, Chile who transforms pop culture icons as contemporary hipsters. He uses both real people, such as Che Guevara, and fictional characters, such as He-Man, as subjects in his work. If you ever wondered what Marlene Dietrich would look like with tattoos and Hot Topic pumps or Mother Teresa with an iPhone and studded purse, here’s your answer. And check out more work at Fab Ciraolo’s website.

  • Kacy Catanzaro Won American Ninja Warrior and Our Hearts

    Kacy Catanzaro was a former college gymnast looking for a new focus to keep her motivated. Obstacle course running and ANW were two particular events that got her blood rushing. So this 5-foot, 100 lb 24 year old decided to complete the course the top echelon of men couldn’t and move on to the next level, Mount Midoriyama.

  • You Can Tell A Woman’s Personality Based on Her Sandwich Order. Back Me Up Science.

    Next time you decide to go on a date you might be better off taking a lady out to lunch instead of dinner. Food Psychologist Dr Elizabeth Jones, of Mindlab, who conducted the correlation analysis study for Warburtons said: “Personality traits tend to go hand-in-hand with personal habits and routines, which allows us to match the type of bread and filling a woman chooses to have at lunch with a personality group. “Down to earth women go for White bread, foodies prefer Wraps and females who think realistically pick Wholemeal.” The Daily Express said of the research: “Women who were fans of the BLT on seeded bread were ‘opportunists’ who lived for the moment. These BLT women demonstrated common sense and had a good sense of humour, according to the research. Ladies who picked the humble ham salad on white bread were ‘forward thinkers’, constantly seeking inspiration and were inventive and original. Beef roll devotees were ‘impulsives’, being able to work to tight deadlines and enjoy the thrill of spectator sports. Lovers of Cheese and pickle were the ‘brainiacs’, full of ideas, logical and enjoy crosswords.”

  • Mike Trout’s All Star Cleats Actually Looked Like… A Trout

    Last night the 2014 MLB All Star Game kicked off in style as Nike outfitted their sponsored players in a bevy of brightly colored cleats, batting gloves and compression gear. Nike’s young superstar Mike Trout, is lucky enough to get his name on his very own series of shoe, The Nike Lunar Vapor Trout, a layered cleat made in the likeness of the Nike Lunar heel cushion. Trout, who began the game with an RBI Triple, ended the game with MVP honors, but that’s nothing compared to the gift he got from Nike, his very own cleat customized to look like… yup, a trout. Fans can actually purchase a pair for $150 now at nike.com.

  • LeBron Heads Are Taking Over the Internet

    LeBron James is just as much of an internet sensation as he is phenomenon on the court. The internet has now began a trend of superimposing LeBron’s face on videos. Here are two separate videos, the first LeBron in a WWE setting turning on Chris Bosh and Dwane Wade, hitting them repeatedly with chairs then hitting them some more. The second is near perfect. LeBron James as Lloyd Christmas picking up Harry Dunn to to Cleveland. The internet bows to you ’18 Lives’, YouTube creator of this video.

  • Celebrate The Moon Landing With Sneakers From GE

    If you’re a huge conglomerate known for producing appliances and industrial equipment, it’s only logical that you’d celebrate the 45th anniversary of the moon landing by releasing limited-edition sneakers. Wait a second, that’s not logical at all! Whether it makes sense or not, that’s just what GE plans to do. They’ve partnered with online men’s retailer JackThreads and luxury footwear producer Android Homme for a limited-edition sneaker showcasing GE’s advanced materials, such as stabilized carbon fiber, thermoplastic rubber, 3M Scotchlite reflective material, and hydrophobic coating. Only 100 pairs of the sneakers, called The Missions, will be released. They will go on sale at 4:18 on July 20, the exact time and date of the moon landing 45 years prior, at JackThreads. And the price? $196.90. Ha!

  • Fact Sheets For All 30 MLB Ballparks

    The Playstation-exclusive MLB: The Show series of video games is consistently ranked as one of the best baseball games. The attention to detail is definitely a factor and when it comes to the ballparks, the series doesn’t cut any corners. To coincide with this year’s MLB 14: The Show, Sony released these fact sheets with capacity, dimensions, and historical facts about each of the MLB’s 30 stadiums.

  • MLS Stars Remake “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” [Video]

    What happens when Major League Soccer MVP Mike Magee fakes sick to take a day off from practice? Find out in this brilliant clip from KickTV featuring Magee and other soccer stars, such as Omar Gonzalez, Sydney Leroux, Thierry Henry, Bruce Arena, Michael Bradley, Dwayne De Rosario, and Hope Solo, as they recreate the 80s classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Now if only they would make this into a feature length movie…

  • This Street Art Interacts With Its Surroundings [30 Photos]

    Street artist OakOak doesn’t look for an empty wall when seeking a canvas for his creations. In fact, it’s the structures that jut out of the wall and the imperfect cracks and peels that OakOak uses to form his creative scenes. A chain becomes a funambulist’s tightrope; a manhole cover becomes a fencer’s mask; a doorknocker becomes a method of execution. OakOak does most of his work in his home city of St. Etiene, France. The project started out as a way to enhance the beauty of the industrial city. For more of his fun street art, follow OakOak on Facebook.

  • #WCW Mathilde Goehler Because One Day Soon She’ll Be A Victoria’s Secret Angel [60 Photos]

    If we’re good at one thing it’s spotting top new talent on the web and we can tell you that Mathilde Goehler has the “it” factor. For someone with over 120,000 Followers on Instagram there seems to be very little information available about Goehler. Things we know: she is from Denmark, is represented by Le Management and it’s only a matter of time until she gets her victoria’s Secret Angel wings.

  • 25 Foods You Must Have in Your Kitchen [Link]

    Cold cereal in the morning, tuna fish sandwich for lunch, and some macaroni and cheese for dinner is great when you’re just starting out on your own, but it’s no way to live. You’re a grown up now and it’s time your kitchen reflected that. Get rid of those frozen pizzas, premade salads, and snack foods taking up all your fridge and cabinet space and stock up with these 25 essentials. You won’t know how you ever survived without them.

 
 
 
 
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