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  • This Brilliant Kurt Vonnegut Masters Thesis Was Rejected Because it Looked Too Fun

    Legendary author, Kurt Vonnegut, known for his dark, but fulfilling work with sprinkles of satire and humor created a final thesis for his Masters at the University Chicago, but was rejected because he claimed the teacher thought “it was so simple and looked like too much fun.” Vonnegut was an anthropology student at the time, finishing up his final thesis which he would go on to note was his “prettiest contribution” to the culture which he would eventually thrive in publishing literary classics like “Slaughter House 5″, “Cats Cradle” and “Breakfast of Champions”. His theory was that the main character of every story has ups and downs throughout the duration of the piece which can be graphed revealing a visual “shape” of every story.

  • A Look Into WikiLeaks’ Former Data Center Built in a Cold War Nuclear Bunker [16 Photos]

    In the middle part of the 20th century, in a place known as the Pionen White Mountain of Stockholm, Switzerland, a nuclear bunker was built at a depth of 100 feet under granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park. When the cold war ended the bunker was abandoned until a  Internet service provider called Bahnhof decided to convert it into their headquarters. Fast forward a few years and Bahnhof would become internationally known as the  headquarters of WikiLeaks.

  • Historic London Paintings Superimposed Over Contemporary Photos [10 HQ Photos]

    Redditor “shystone” took paintings of London in the 18th and 19th centuries and placed them in contemporary photos of the same locations as seen from Google Street View, resulting in an interesting mash-up of old and new. What’s most incredible is the seamless way in which a number of the images flow, with many of the structures from the 200 or so year old paintings still standing today.

  • Mario Bros. Music Like You’ve Never Heard Before [Video]

    There are plenty of videos of people playing the iconic music from the original “Super Mario Bros.” on run-of-the-mill instruments like piano, guitar, or violin, but this time it’s played on a three thousand year old instrument called a sheng. It’s a collection of bamboo flutes controlled through one mouth piece to give a sort of compact pipe organ sound that also, as luck would have it, sounds like a sound chip in an 8-bit videogame console. The talented musician also includes the sound when Mario is embiggened by the mushroom and the familiar din of coins being collected.

  • Ukrainian Protesters Storm The President’s Mansion And What They Find Inside In Mindblowing [37 Photos]

    With his kleptocratic regime coming to an end and now a warrant out for his arrest, Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was forced to flee his mansion last week. With the usual army of guards now gone, Ukrainian citizens cast their eyes on the estate that corruption built and were amazed and disgusted at what they saw. In a country where the average daily wage is around $15 and millions lack health or social care despite living below the poverty line, the ostentatious lifestyle of their leader was mind-boggling. With the estate featuring a golf course, a zoo, a garage filled with expensive cars, a galleon docked at a private lake, and even its own gas station, everyday Ukrainians caught a glimpse of life in stark contrast to their own.

  • How To Make The Perfect Margarita [Infographic]

    Pre-made margarita mix is for chumps. To celebrate National Margarita Day  we give you an infographic on how to make the perfect margarita. Summer is fast approaching and nothing spices things up like a delicious margarita on the rocks. Most guys don’t realize how easy it is. If you want to get real fancy check out our article “Avion Tamarindo Margarita” on how to make the recently crowned best tasting margarita on Earth.

  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430

    The newest in the wide range of limited edition cars Aston Martin is releasing as of late. Maybe a little too flashy for 007, but the elegant warning yellow accents really compliment this supercar. The 4.7L V8 pumps out 430 hp and tops out at 190 with a 0-60 time of just 4.6 seconds. Go big or go home; Other options include a carbon fiber and Kevlar seats, ten-spoke alloy wheels, your choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed Sportshift gearboxes, a throaty exhaust, an optional Bang & Olufsen audio system.

  • Gravity’s VFX Revealed [Video]

    British visual effects company Framestore has released a video showcasing all the work that went into creating the amzing visual effects for Best Picture nominee “Gravity.” The amount of planning that went into every shot of the almost entirely CG film is mind-boggling. And the fact that viewers were able to accept the virtual world as real life is a testament to Framestore’s cinematic accomplishment.

  • Stray Dogs of Sochi [58 Photos]

    Stray dogs are a common sight on the streets of Russian cities, but with massive construction in the area the street dog population in Sochi and the Olympic park has soared. Useful as noisy, guard dogs, workers feed them to keep them nearby and protect buildings. The dogs – friendly rather than feral – soon lose their value and become strays.  Alarmed by reports that the city has contracted the killing of thousands of stray dogs before and during the Olympic Games, animal activists have been picking up dogs from the streets and putting them up at their homes or in temporary shelters before finding an owner elsewhere.

  • Palladium Pampa Boots

    Palladium Boots have always made a high greade grade product, with an ideal boot to get you through every season. The Pampa Sport Cuff boots are a perect blend of waterproof and breathability to take you from the frozen mountains of the rockies to the slushy muck of every winter city street corner. The outsoles are made with one piece of molded rubber to keep moisture out while featuring an EVA midsole for cushioning. The midsole of the shoe is made from premium full-grain leather, paired with ballistic nylon seam –sealed to provide a sleek and modern look perfect for that winter-spring transition period. Palladium Pama Boots

  • A Celebration Of Classic Movie Theaters [12 HQ Photos]

    New York-based photographer and cinematographer Franck Bohbot set out to capture the magic of old Hollywood with his series “Cinema.” Bohbot visited the most amazing, ornate theaters in California and photographed them during off hours when they were completely vacant. The theaters are often seen as simply a delivery system for the art of film while they’re own artistic merit is overlooked. This is just a small sample of the full series, available along with other great works, at Franck Bohbot’s Portfolio.

  • The Inevitable “Things that are cheaper than WhatsApp.” Tumblr

    Facebook recently announced it’s acquisition of mobile communications app ‘WhatsApp’ for a crisp $16,000,000 or $19B including restricted stock. While Zuckerberg signed the check the rest of the world gasped in awe at the price-tag for an application that was popular, but seemed pretty average. Well it looks like Facebook knows something we don’t because the acquired price could be used to give drinkable water to the entire planet. Millions, no billions of theories are floating around the internet attempting to make sense of the questionable deal. One being that Facebook is gobbling up potential threats, that could cripple them in the future if another tech company acquires them. $19B is a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things. The inevitable Tumblr if now upon us, so check out all the “Things that are cheaper than WhatsApp.” blog for a good laugh.

  • 19 Reasons Why Kate Upton’s Beach Bikini 2014 Swimsuit Shoot Is Better In GIF Form

    Kate Upton is the Queen of the internet and her 2014 Swimsuit shoot definitely deserves the Better In GIF Form treatment. Fur sure. Additional stories from RSVLTS/women 19 Reasons Why Emily Ratajkowski’s 2014 Swimsuit Shoot Is Better In GIF Form Scarlett Johansson GIFS (31 GIFS) | Emily Ratajkowski GIFS (19 GIFS) | Melanie Iglesias GIFS (40 GIFS)  Leanna Decker GIFS (39 Pics) | Kate Upton GIFS (53 Pics) | Bounciest GIFS Ever (50 GIFS) Brooklyn Decker GIFS (100 Pics) | Melissa Bolona NFL (32 Pics)  | Arianny Celeste GIFS (70 GIFS) Sports Illustrated South Africa’s 2013 Swimsuit Issue Complete Collection  [50 Photos + GIFS] Kate Upton + Terry Richardson GQ Outtakes Everyone Will Be Taking About [41 Photos] More Galleries Kate Upton Voted ‘Best Cleavage’ In The World [80 Photos] 75 Reasons Why Megan Fox Is Better In GIF Form Melissa Boloña Wins The 2013 Beach Bunny Model Search [30 Photos] The British Glamour Model Hall of Fame It’s Yoga Pants Season! [24 Photos]

  • Man Meal: Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin

      This ain’t yo grandmama’s pork tenderloin. Well, maybe it is if your grandma cooks a bad-ass loin with a serious kick. Next time you have a craving for pork give this recipe a try for a unique blend of sweet and spicy that tastes more impressive than the time it takes to make it.

  • What Really Happened to Michael Rockefeller [Link]

    Michael Rockefeller, youngest son of New York Governor turned US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, was only 23 years old when he disappeared seven months into an expedition in the Asmat region of Netherlands New Guinea in 1961. His pontoon boat had overturned and after drifting for some time, he told his Dutch guide he was going to attempt to swim to shore, an estimated 12 miles away. His guide was rescued the next day but Rockefeller was never seen again and was presumed to have drowned. Now a recent expedition by author Carl Hoffman has shed new light on what really happened.

  • Google Unveils Project Tango Smartphone To 3D Map Your World [Video]

    Our eventual tech overlords at Google have unveiled the next step in their plan to bring about the singularity. Named Project Tango, Google revealed their new smartphone technology capable of 3D mapping your surroundings in real time. With Tango, directions from Google maps will no longer stop once you reach the building of your destination. You’ll be able to find your way through labyrinthian corridors in even the biggest, most confusing complexes. The tech will also aid the visually impaired when they find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. There are also gaming opportunities, as Tango would add more realism to augmented reality games. Now put on your tinfoil hat and consider that this will also give Google a real time, 3D map of where you are at all times. When they become Skynet and send out Terminators, there will be nowhere safe to hide. Unless you don’t have your phone on you every second of the day. But then how will you see if your friends liked the filters on the picture of your eggplant parm sandwich that you Instagrammed earlier?

  • What Was Lost is Now Found: The Nokia Treasure Tag

    Nokia’s recent merger with Microsoft Windows Phone was about the last thing keeping the brand relevant in the states, which is surprising considering the beautiful quality of photos and clean operating system, but lately they’re blowing the lid off of innovation, specifically with a new app called Treasure Tag. The Treasure Tag uses your phone’s Bluetooth/NFC radius to locate an item, and once it strays from that range, it will keep track of the last place it was seen on radar before it went out of range. If only there was an app I could embed in my brain to find my phone to then find my keys to so I can let my child out of the car.

  • Kurt Cobain Honored In Hometown With Hideous Statue

    February 20 would have been Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday and to mark the occasion, his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington celebrated “Kurt Cobain Day.” The high point of the day was the unveiling of a statue in his likeness. Or at least, it was supposed to be. Instead onlookers were greeted by what looks more like a crying Jesus playing guitar (left handed, of course). It’s only fitting that the town Cobain expressed so much hate for would honor him with a half-assed statue. Of course, it’s not fair to blame the artist, as a tip we received here at RSVLTS HQ revealed her to be none other than the blind girl who made the Lionel Richie bust in the “Hello” video.

  • The 5 Greatest Moments In 50 Years of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

    Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue has stood the test of time, made us rethink the bikini, inspired the careers of supermodels like Christie Brinkley and Tyra Banks, and has, since its launch half a century ago, caused conservatives globally to panic. But what this publication has accomplished in its 50 years is quite extraordinary. It began as a small insert in the Jan. 20, 1964 edition of Sports Illustrated in order to fill the slow winter months for sports news and is now the powerhouse of the Sports Illustrated franchise. The Swimsuit Issue now has its own television show, just published a book in 2013 called Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, revealing unpublished photographs and inside stories, and even has a television special for the 50th anniversary available on DirecTV. So, to celebrate, let’s take a look at the top 5 moments from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s history.

  • The Awful Story Of Rainbow Man Rock ‘n’ Rollen Stewart

    February 23 marks the 70th birthday of one of the biggest fans the world of sports has ever seen, Rollen Stewart, better known as Rainbow Man and Rock ‘n’ Rollen. Just in case the photo didn’t jog your memory, Stewart was often seen at sporting events, both at home in the US and abroad, wearing a rainbow afro wig and holding a a sign that read “John 3:16.” His wacky appearance transformed him from a spectator to a celebrity but there was a lot more going on with the seemingly happy-go-lucky superfan. 

  • Old Toys Find New Life As Sculptures [17 Photos]

    Australia-based artist Freya Jobbins creates incredible sculptures using plastic toys. Many of her subjects are celebrities, such as Whoopi Goldberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger, or TV/film characters, such as Bart Simpson and Darth Vader. What’s really cool is that the Darth Vader is made up of Darth Vader toys and the Bart Simpson sculpture is made up mostly of toys of Bart and fellow Simpsons characters. Some of the anatomical figures border on creepy, with random baby doll heads staring at you, but the fact that they’re made up of toys keeps it fun. This is only a small sample of her work, too. Check out more on her Facebook and at Freya Jobbins.

  • 1950s Concept Cars Were Amazing [20 Photos]

    The 1950s America was an exciting time. With the rest of the world in ruins after World War II, the US economy experienced unprecedented growth. As the population gained more wealth, people needed to blow money on something to drive on the new interstate highway system being built. Car companies enticed folks with these awesome concept cars loaded with bubble domes and front ends reminiscent of those torpedo bras that were so popular back then. Which one would you want to drive?

  • Google Street View Time Lapse Shows Gentrification of NYC

    Justin Blinder, an artist, programmer, and designer based in Brooklyn, has used Google Street View to create “Vacated”, a web-based project that shows progress on the urban landscape over a period of time. The project uses areas in Brooklyn and Manhattan to find buildings constructed in the past four years using NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset, while leveraging Google Street view to catalogue visual progress from empty lot to modern structure. The project aims to not implement a mindset, but raises a question to the reader to on the matter of urban widespread gentrification. Because of the frequency of Googles Street view updates on the urban landscape, Justin was able to create a before and after effect in GIF format. 91-93 Bowery Street, New York, NY 253 Eckford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

  • In Atlanta, Two Stadiums Collide With Dreams of a New Downtown [Link]

    With the Braves leaving Atlanta for nearby Cobby County after the 2016 season and the Falcons moving to a new $1 billion stadium in 2017, the direction of the city’s future growth is in the balance. Atlanta’s mayor is stuck in the middle, taking heat from those angry about the Braves’ departure and also those who don’t like the city putting in at least $200 million for the new Falcons stadium. This isn’t the first time Atlanta has faced such issues, either. The current battle is another chapter in the continuing saga of Atlanta’s suburbs versus the city’s downtown. 

  • Mexico’s National Pyrotechnic Festival [15 Photos]

    Each year in the city of Tultepec, Mexico, more than 100,000 people gather for the National Pyrotechnic Festival. Celebrated in March to honor St. John of God, the patron saint of firework makers (of course that’s a thing), the festival is held in Tultepec where more than half of the country’s fireworks are produced. There are different pyrotechnic events, syncing the fireworks to music and what have you, but the main attraction is the pamplonada. Named after Pamplona’s running of the bulls, the pamplonada involves wood or paper mache “bulls,” ranging in size up to 3 meters, stuffed with fireworks that are paraded through town while they set off fireworks for up to 7 hours. Photographer Thomas Prior was on hand for last year’s festivities and captured these amazing photos. With the 2014 celebration coming up, perhaps a RSVLTS trip is in order…

  • PEP Keeps The Fun Coming With “I Met A Boy” [Video]

    Brooklyn’s PEP, who won us over last month with their video “Stephen,” has already released their second video. Director Avery McCarthy, whose previous work includes the Starlight Girls’ “7×3″, directed the candy-colored video that’s a perfect complement to the bubblegum song. “I Met a Boy” is another 50s pop hit for the 2010s that brightens our day just in time for spring. If you like what you hear (how could you not?), PEP’s EP is now available on 7″ vinyl for $10, including a digital download, or you can get just the digital version with a tin of PEPpermints for $4, both from Bandcamp.

  • The Gentleman’s Guide To Wearing A Suit (infographic)

    You’re wearing your suit all wrong. Well, not entirely wrong, but you could be doing a better job. ‘The Gentleman’s Guide To Wearing A Suit’ infographic shows fellows how to wear a jacket, fold a pocket square, choose the right size pants and shirts based on their build and even choosing the right pair of shoes. UK based retail shop Psyche created this useful infographic to help you along the way to proper manhood.

  • See How Fast You’re Charging With Practical Meter

    Does it seem like your devices charge at different speeds depending on what cables or charging source you use? Well that’s because they are, dummy. And now you can test any USB charger and see how hard its working. The Practical Meter features an LED meter that lets you know how much power you’re getting, from 1-10 watts, lit up in 1watt increments. Also included is a fast-charge 3-in-1 adapter for any Mini-USB, Micro-USB, or Apple 30-pin device. The meter is not just for nerds who need to collect every iota of data on every device they own, either. It’s important for everyone to know what amperage their charger is pulling. Some devices may get damaged or won’t charge at all if the amperage is different than what they require. You may have even seen those “Incorrect charger detected” type messages before. With the Practical Meter, you won’t have to worry about that anymore and you know your devices will be safe. Available now from Grand St. for $25.  

  • Man Vs. Robot: The Ultimate Ping Pong Duel

    Timo Boll, German table tennis star, is the new brand ambassador for KUKA Robotics in China. The collaboration celebrates the inherent speed, precision, and flexibility of KUKA’s industrial robots in tandem with Boll’s electrifying and tactical prowess in competition. To celebrate the new KUKA Robotics factory in Shanghai, the two giants will battle to the end on March 11th 2014. The 20,000 sq. meter space will produce the KR QUANTEC series robot as well as the KRC4 universal controller for the Asian market. As a market leader in China, KUKA aims to further develop automation in the country while providing a modern and employee-friendly working environment.

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