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  • John Oliver Puts the Kibosh on Autumn Pumpkin Spice Hysteria

    John Oliver took the week off of Last Week Tonight, but still gave us a weekly rant online in a web exclusive video cracking down on the pumpkin spice craze now ubiquitous with fall. Oliver digs right into the subject by denouncing the flavor of the faux pumpkin by saying “the coffee that tastes like a candle — and I don’t mean it tastes like a candle smells, pumpkin spice lattes taste like a candle tastes.” He then proceeds to compare autumn’s foliage to one’s own mortality then adds a fatality to all PSL enthusiasts by noting there’s actually no pumpkin in your latte at all and that you can add the flavored syrup to your latte all year around.

  • Need Some Alone Time? Check Out America’s Coolest Ghost Towns [Link]

    Americans have a long history of someone making a few bucks in some remote location and everyone else following soon after, wringing every last resource from the land while building a town in the process. Once there are no more fortunes to be made, everyone packs up and moves on. Various mineral and natural resource booms over the last two centuries have left our great nation’s landscape dotted with some really fun and freaky ghost towns. Take a look at this list from The Smithsonian and find the best towns where you don’t have to worry about HOA regulations and loud neighbors. Well, not living ones anyway.

  • The First World Series Sweep Turns 100

    After losing a doubleheader to the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 4, 1914, the Boston Braves record stood at 26-40. They were in last place, the worst in the league. The team took a day off and on July 6, they started off on a streak that lasted for two months. In the period between July 6 and September 6, the Braves went 43-13, propelling themselves from last all the way to first place. They were the first team to go from worst to first, earning the moniker “Miracle Braves.” Despite their incredible turnaround, the Braves were still considered the underdog going into the world series against the Philadelphia Athletics. In addition to stats that couldn’t compare to the Athletics, the Braves didn’t even have a home field to garner any home field advantage. Just two months earlier they moved out of their home for the previous 43 years, South End Grounds, and were renting Fenway Park from the Red Sox while awaiting construction of Braves Field. But none of this mattered when it came to actually playing the game. The Braves won the first game 7-1 and didn’t let up for the rest of the series. Three games later, on more »

  • The 25 Best Restaurants Around the World

    Move over Michelin Stars, the new way to source your restaurant of choise is based on the people. Word of type and ratings on Trip Advisor actually. The travel site has collected the top twenty-five restaurants across the globe based on ratings throughout their site. Millions upon millions of travlers share their restaurant experiences from decor to service even touch of food occasionally. In the information age we live on it’s the ultimate resource to find out the most interesting, bizarre and eclectic places you can’t find in a travel guide.

  • This German Astronaut Is Capturing Incredible Photos Of The Earth [40 Photos]

    Dr. Alexander Gerst is a German geophysicist and was selected to be an astronaut by the European Space Agency in 2009. Ealirer this year, he launched from Kazakhstan to join the crew at the International Space Station. Currently a member of Expedition 41, Gerst has been capturing incredible photos of the Earth and, thanks to the miracle of social media, has been able to immediately share his work. Some of our favorites are in the gallery, but you can keep up with “Astro Alex” on Twitter and Flickr.

  • An Iraq War Vet Was In For A Big Surprise When Strangers Paid For The Restoration Of His 1965 Ford Mustang

    An Iraq war veteran got a big surprise when strangers paid to have his prized 1965 Ford Mustang restored. Retired SSgt. Kelly Foster had been paying little by little to have his classic car fixed up. He bought the Mustang in 2005 after his first tour of duty in Iraq. Margaret and Timor Martin were also getting their classic vehicle repaired when they heard about the soldier’s story and decided to help him out with the costs. “We got some friends of ours together and everyone pitched in,” said Margaret. “We wanted to kind of pay it forward for someone who has served this country.” Foster thought he was going to simply check on his car; instead, he learned the news it had been restored to mint condition. When he saw the car, he hugged the Martins. “I’m extremely surprised. I had no idea this would happen,” said Foster. “I’m speechless.” The Martins both come from strong military families and say they wanted to give back to those who served the country. “We feel like these guys are underpaid and under appreciated,” said Martin. “They are not taken care of the way someone who is willing to put their life more »

  • Mind Your Surroundings, Amazing Street Art Gifs

    A new interesting trend going around the digital creative scene is turning reality into stop motion GIFs. Artist A. L. Crego takes the already interesting medium of street art and bring it to life, turning large murals into moving GIFs. You can take a look at all of Crego’s amazing GIFs at his Tumblr

  • Incredible Video Footage Of The Great Martian War Of 1913-1917

    In a continuing effort to guarantee that anyone who watches the channel will not actually learn anything about history, the History Channel has created a “documentary” of the Great Martian War of 1913-1917 that never was. As easy as it is for those of us who grew up watching non-stop Hitler documentaries to hate on the current, alien-loving iteration of the channel, this actually looks pretty cool. The filmmakers used actual archival footage from World War I and inserted CGI Martian robots to wreak havoc on the doughboys. Unfortunately, it looks as though the special is currently airing in the UK only. for more info check out History.

  • Warren G.’s “Regulate” Has Been Transformed Into An Amazing Children’s Book

    It has been 20 years since Warren G and the late Nate Dogg released their hit “Regulate” and to celebrate the platinum anniversary, Wes Eisenhauer and Marc Wagner created Regulate – The Children’s Book. So gather the children around, play Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgettin,” and regale the youngsters with the tale of Warren G getting jumped in the LBC only to be saved by Nate Dogg.

  • Second Ebola Case Confirmed In United States

    Health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where the Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, was treated. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images (CNN) — A female nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola after a preliminary test, the state’s health agency said. Confirmatory testing will be conducted Sunday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Test results are expected to be announced later in the day. The nurse helped care for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person ever diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Duncan died Wednesday. The nurse is in stable condition, Texas Health Resources chief clinical officer Dan Varga said. The nurse was involved in Duncan’s second visit to the hospital, when he was admitted for treatment, and was wearing protective gear as prescribed by the CDC: gown, gloves, mask and shield, Varga said. A “close contact” of the nurse has been “proactively” placed in isolation, he added. Case was anticipated “We knew a second case could be a reality, and we’ve been preparing for this possibility,” Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, said in a statement Sunday morning. “We are broadening our more »

  • Kurt Cobain’s Final Photo Shoot Revealed

    In August 1993, Nirvana was in New York for a performance at the Roseland Ballroom. Photographer Jesse Frohman was sent to shoot the band for the London Observer’s Sunday magazine. Nobody knew at the time that it would be the last formal photo shoot before Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April, 1994. Now the 90 photos have been collected in a new book entitled Kurt Cobain: The Last Session. Along with the photographs, the interview between Cobain and music journalist Jon Savage that originally appeared in the Observer has been reprinted. Check out the photos below and read an excerpt from the interview at Dazed Digital. And you can pre-order the book, to be published November 12, from Amazon for $31.

  • Yao Ming Makes Shaq Look Like a ‘wittle baby’

    In a past article we showed you how Yao Ming dwarfs basically everything he holds, stands next to or is in a photo with, but he’s just topped himself by taking a photo with one of the largest humans alive, Shaq. In a recent Instagram post Shaq, who also dwarfs basically everything he comes in contact with, looks like a small child compared to the 7′ 6″ Ming. Loading Yao says he's 7 feet 4 I think he's 7 foot 8 View on Instagram

  • Katy Perry Will Be The Bounciest Super Bowl Half Time Performer Ever [88 GIFS + Photos]

    The NFL might have another controversy brewing on their hands. Just take a look at these GIFS and photos. Katy is a f&%kin’ bombshell and whether you agree or not CNN is licking their chops with the idea that Katy Perry is too “risqué” to perform the half time show at Super Bowl XLIX. We’re just fine with it but what do you think? Can I get a betting line on some Katy Perry/Super Bowl controversy popping up? — Tyler Riggs (@TySpace) October 10, 2014

  • How Clowns Became Terrifying [Link]

    FX’s hit American Horror Story has returned for its fourth season and this time a clown is the main antagonist. But how did clowns become such popular villains in our culture? We grow up being entertained by them at circuses and birthday parties, only to see them as creepy monsters as adults. Learn the history of evil clowns from the fictional Pagliacci to the very real John Wayne Gacy and see why we’ve come to loathe this made-up men.

  • Rockwell’s ‘The Connoisseur’ Observes Modern Day GIFS

    A new interesting medium of art is the GIF. Yes, the GIF, they’re not just used to show dumbfounded reactions, although I do get a kick out of a good GIF reaction now and again. There is a desire and demand for good looping art around the web, especially if that art can seamlessly transition from the end back to the beginning. The Connoisseur orioginally appeared in Norman Rockwell’s painting in 1951, showing him observing a Jackson Pollock piece, now he’s back observing modern GIFs of classic works of art. Check out the entire Tumblr here.     

  • That Hawkward Moment When A Bird Of Prey Attacks Your Drone [Video]

    Christopher Schmidt was flying his Phantom FC40 quadcopter around Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge when the drone got a little too close to a hawk. The bird, perhaps thinking the quadcopter was another predator invading his turf, flew at drone, knocking it from the sky. Good-guy Schmidt throttled down the props as soon as he noticed the hawk coming at the craft to keep from injuring the bird. Miraculously, the quadcopter escaped unharmed, too.

  • Just How Contagious Is Ebola?

    “I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or case, of Ebola so that it does not spread widely in this country,” said the director of the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden.

  • Which Kind Of Beer Should You Drink? [Infographic]

    You’re an adult now and instead of a fridge full of Keystone Ice, you’ve got a variety of stouts, pale ales, saisons, lagers, and plenty others to choose from. It can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Take a deep breath, follow along on this flowchart, and you’ll find yourself imbibing a delicious brew in no time. And if you don’t have the time to navigate this flowchart, you can always go with this simpler version: Are you thirsty? If so, drink whatever you grab first. If not, quit wasting our time.

  • Norway’s New Currency Is A Modern Design Masterpiece

    Norway’s national bank, Norges Bank, held a contest calling for new currency designs with a theme of “the sea.” Finding it too difficult to choose just one winner, the bank actually used designs from two different firms, one for the front of the notes and another for the back. Snøhetta went with a modern design featuring pixelated images of ocean scenes while The Metric System took a more traditional approach with ornate drawings of fish and ships. These images released by the bank are low resolution so as to not aid counterfeiters and still need to have security features added. After that, the new kroners will enter circulation in 2017.

  • UK Burger Joint Sends First Burger Into Space [Video]

    Chosen Bun, a gourmet burger restaurant in London recently sent the first burger and chips (that’s fries to us Yanks) into space. Why? Because they could. The meal was sent up via helium balloon, with about $400 worth of the increasingly precious gas. The entire voyage was captured on a GoPro camera and there’s something incredible about seeing incredible views of the Earth with a burger and fries in the foreground.

  • See The World Beyond The Edges Of Your Favorite Movie Posters [21 Photos]

    Malaysian artist Jaemy Choong takes postcards used to advertise movies and creates the world beyond the edges of the poster. But instead of going with what you’d expect, simply completing the recognizable character, Choong takes a more surreal route. E.T.’s arm is attached to Darth Vader’s body, Edward Scissorhands has a shock of orange hair, etc. Be sure to keep up with Jaemy Choong and follow him on Instagram.

  • This Landon Donovan Tribute Will Make You Proud To Be An American [VIDEO]

    Friday marks the end of an era for sports in the United States. As Landon Donovan, the greatest player in U.S. National team history, prepares to play for his country one last time on Friday, this touching video, produced by USsoccer.com, recaps the history of Landon Donovan, tracing his rise as a U-17 MNT forward through the heights at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

  • LeBron and the Boys Get a Fresh Look for the 2014 Season

    Cavs owner, Dan Gilbert has been teasing the world with the Cavs new uniforms for the 2014-15 season. The uniforms, which will supposedly be worn for their opening game are a subtle navy blue with yellow and red accents and a quote upside down that will read “All for one. One for All.” Ok @cavs fans, one last tweet on the uniforms.This will give you the feel of what KI will look like wearing it. pic.twitter.com/p40NtB8wKf — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 9, 2014 Here is full look.@cavs will be wearing em' opening night at The Q.They look even better in person versus the graphic pic.twitter.com/WthRWxxznN — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 9, 2014 . @cavs 22 days/526.5 hrs until opening tip.New floor&Humongotron.Here’s a slice of a potential new uniform.You like? pic.twitter.com/uSXQOw3tdE — Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) October 8, 2014

  • Buy These Boots, Your Feet Will Thank you. The Cole Haan ZeroGrand

    Cole Haan’s newest edition to fusing boots and dress shoes with a more casual take on an everyday hybrid is now in full force. Their ZeroGrand concept definitely takes inspiration from that of a Nike Free sole, but with a boot twist. After much acclaim and success from their LunarGrand line, Cole Haan is testing the waters with a new boot and sole combo. The lofty cuffed ZeroGrand Tall Boot features an EVA midsole with a deep grooved outsole to aid flexing and a genuine natural storm welt, increasing durability and weather resistance. Reboot your cold weather wardrobe in lightweight urbanity. Available now at Cole Haan for $298 USD.

  • Pumpkin Spice Everything: 50 Brands Embracing The Epidemic

    Seasons eatings! This pumpkin spice everything craze has gotten out of control. #BasicBitches across America are flocking to Starbucks to get their #PSL fix and now dozens of brands are jumping on the trends. Not going to lie though, every now and then a good pumpkin beer hits the spot but when Extra gum is making “seasonal batches” the trend has gone too far.

  • This Is Why You Can’t Say #Ebola On An Airplane Anymore [Video]

    A joke by an American passenger traveling to the Dominican Republic caused panic among passengers and the airplane crew and caused authorities to isolate the plane for more than an hour on the tarmac. An unidentified passenger traveling from Philadelphia to Punta Cana yelled out, “I’ve been to Africa!,” just before US Airways flight 845 landed on the Caribbean island, an airport official told Fox News Latino. Initial reports by the Dominican press and on social media said the passenger had yelled, “I have Ebola!” The shout caused major concern and panic among passengers and crew because of the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has claimed nearly 4,000 lives. Once the plane landed at Punta Cana International Airport, precautions were taken quickly to ensure the safety of the travelers. Emergency personnel wearing blue hazmat suits boarded the plane and the passenger was taken to the airport’s medical center for tests. The passenger, who officials have only identified as a man from North America, was reportedly coughing during the flight. Medics verified that the passenger did not have a fever – a key early symptom of Ebola. While airport officials would not identify the passenger, a video taken from more »

  • A Scaled View of Every Jumbotron in the NFL [Infographic]

    After the Dallas Cowboys introduced their absurd video board to the world, teams have followed suit in similar fashion. With new stadiums holding 80,000+ people, a large video board is becoming a go to source for a public obsessed with super slow-mo, replays and getting as close to the action as possible. The Houston Texans have one-upped the cowboys by erecting a 277 ft wide video board to their stadium, trumping the width of the cowboys twin boards that float above the field at 177 ft, while the infographic is dated, showing the Vikings Jumbotron as a measly 33.5 x 19 ft, when in actuality, the entire stadium no longer exists. Expect big things from Minnesota in the next few years.

  • Super Typhoon Vongfang Seen From Space

    United States astronaut Reid Wiseman is currently living on the International Space Station in low earth orbit circling the Early once every hour and 26 minutes. During his time is space Reid has seen plenty of crazy weather so for him to describe the once in a decade Super Typhoon Vongfang the way he did really means something.

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