Posted on: September 8, 2011 Posted by: Adam Tod Brown Comments: 0

Fun sounding techniques for measuring horrible things When something goes horribly wrong, there are people out there who get paid to measure just how bad things actually are.

The world is full of tragedy and sadness. We’re sorry to hit you with such a downer of an opening line, but there’s no reason to sugar coat things. Life is just absolutely full of misery. But with every storm cloud comes a reason to stay home and drink on the couch instead of mowing the lawn. We call that a “silver lining.” Is there a silver lining when it…

Posted on: June 14, 2011 Posted by: Will Kriegshauser Comments: 0

Five scientific ways strangers can tell if you’re gay (even if you’re in the closet) We don't endorse stereotypes unless they're funny or we have science on our side, and the data is in: the "gaydar" is anything but a myth.

You’ve heard the term. You know the concept. It’s been around about as long as gay culture has permeated mainstream pop culture. In that time, it’s usually been the fodder of lame sitcoms and urban legends—something at the expense of which we’ve all shared a lame Adam Sandler-laugh or two. We’re talking about Gaydar, of course. Gay + Radar = Gaydar = the innate ability to pick the gay person…

Posted on: May 9, 2011 Posted by: Evan Hoovler Comments: 1

6 baffling phenomena that have surprisingly simple medical explanations "Supernatural" mysteries can pass down generations after they’ve actually been solved, as is the case with the following six “unsolvable” mysteries.

Baffling phenomena create gossip. Solving baffling phenomena, for some odd reason, tends to create less gossip. Which is why “supernatural” mysteries can be passed down generations after they’ve actually been solved, as is the case with the following six “unsolvable” mysteries: 1. Alien Abduction What’s this? Oval-headed, bug-eyed, gray visitors from another planet. They immobilize a research target in bed, enter their room and kidnap them. Then they flash bright…

Posted on: April 18, 2011 Posted by: Adam Tod Brown Comments: 2

8 incredibly bizarre postage stamp controversies You wouldn’t think that the little strips of paper your grandmother used to send you your birthday check could cause riots, but you would be wrong.

Stamps are the kind of thing we only think about on two occasions: when the postage rates increase or when we need to mail something and don’t have one. You wouldn’t think that something as innocuous as the little strip of paper that your grandmother uses to make sure you get your six dollar birthday check each year would be capable of raising many eyebrows. But you would be wrong.…

Posted on: January 26, 2011 Posted by: Harmon Leon Comments: 3

10 ridiculously creepy child preachers Ten of the creepiest child preachers currently being groomed to lead congregations in years to come. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

You Tube is riddled with video after video of “adorable” pre-teen Jesus freaks who lead their own church congregations. Some seem competent, others seem purely crazed, while many appear to be the preacher equivalent of a little chimp dressed up by their parents in big people clothes with a Bible shoved in their hands. But regardless of their differences, they all share one common characteristic. Every single one of these…

Posted on: January 26, 2011 Posted by: Andy Green Comments: 0

6 reasons the world may never recover from the Twilight franchise Don't shoot the messenger.

It’s easy to laugh Twilight off as nothing more than watered down porn for middle school girls… but it is definitely no laughing matter. Twilight’s affect on the overall mental health of society is very real and very serious. We’ve chosen to ignore other serious threats to civilization, but this is a disaster that calls for the mobilization of efforts to stop Twilight. Teen Pregnancy Chiseled werewolf abs and whiny…

Posted on: December 21, 2010 Posted by: Laura Leu Comments: 1

Florida man builds entire ‘M*A*S*H’ set in backyard David Dilday's visitors are transported back to the Korean War — or, at least, the sitcom version of it.

Most people looking to spruce up their property just stick a tacky lawn ornament in the dirt and call it a day. David Dilday, however, decorated his lawn with a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Suck on that, garden gnomes. Combining a childhood dream with impressive handyman skills, Dilday built a replica of the set from “M*A*S*H” in his Orlando, Fla., backyard. “I wanted people to feel they were in another…

Posted on: November 1, 2010 Posted by: LULZ Comments: 0

Study of Facebook statuses reveals when people break up Unsurprising but interesting.

David McCandless and his team scanned through 10,000 status updates to do some trend analysis on when people announce breakups on Facebook. Christmas Day is the least heartbroken of all, and there’s a big peak in breakups right before Spring Break. Most breakups happen on Mondays. Watch his full TED talk on the beauty of data visualizations here: Watch this video on YouTube Via Mathias Mikkelsen.

Posted on: October 26, 2010 Posted by: LULZ Comments: 0

Man turns goat into bagpipes and it’s super normal Sounds of death from a super-dead, glossy-eyed taxidermied goat.

I love goats. I hate bagpipes. So imagine my confused terror at the sight of a man (whose name, I’ve gathered by the video’s description, is Risto Todoroski from Sydney, Australia) emitting the sounds of death — because, let’s face it, bagpipes are the exclusive soundtrack to funerals — from the cleaned carcass of a super-dead, glossy-eyed taxidermied goat. Watch this video on YouTube Todoroski doesn’t just blow into dead…

Posted on: August 6, 2010 Posted by: Wendy Rose Gould Comments: 7

“Professional Klingon translator” is a real job, and Michael Roney is making bank "I get paid to do my hobby. Isn't that, like, the ultimate goal?"

When 29-year-old Michael J. Roney happened upon the audio cassette, “‘Star Trek’ Conversational Klingon” at a discount book store in 2002, he was oblivious to just how integral it’d be to his future. But for just $1, it opened the door to his study of Klingon, the alien language from “Star Trek.” Fast-forward eight years, and Roney is a professional Klingon translator who gets to travel the globe to provide…

Posted on: August 5, 2010 Posted by: Deadbeat Dad Comments: 1

How to get drunk at a children’s birthday party I like my children, but I LOVE them even more after a few beers. This is the true secret to raising children.

If you’re like me, you love a good party. I think it was Buddha, or Charlie Sheen who once said, “Have a good time, all the time.” I subscribe to that philosophy as well. Christmas, Yom Kippur, Flag Day, 4/20, Kwanza, Take Your Daughter to Work Day, it’s all ripe for getting down. But now that you’re a father, your children have replaced any social life you used to have…

Posted on: July 30, 2010 Posted by: Shawn Perine Comments: 2

63 things you didn’t know about Arnold Schwarzenegger Did you know his Nazi father favored his older son because he believed his wife had cuckolded him?

Today, July 30, marks birthday number 63 for a certain Austrian bodybuilder / action star / governor. To celebrate, we’ve compiled 63 facts about the 38th governor of California, one for each year of his illustrious life. 1. He was born 30 July 1947 to Gustav and Aurelia Schwarzenegger, both local police chiefs. 2. He birthplace is Thal, an Austrian village with a total population of a few thousand. He…

Posted on: May 20, 2010 Posted by: Totally Offbeat Comments: 1

Deadliest Place on Earth: Disneyland rides with blood on their tracks “The Happiest Place on Earth” is littered with the ghosts of fallen visitors.

While often referred to as “The Happiest Place on Earth”, Disneyland isn’t always so cheery. Since its opening in July of 1955, Disneyland has been the site of 14 deaths, and countless near death experiences. Of the 14 lives lost, 13 came as a direct (or indirect) result of a ride or attraction. The remaining death was the outcome of a stabbing during a fight between guests. The death toll…

Posted on: May 4, 2010 Posted by: Greg Voakes Comments: 2

10 freaky animals with real super powers Many superheroes are based on things found in nature—for a reason.

Animals are cool. They can do tricks for our amusement, eat a sugar cube out of our hand and then provide delicious nourishment when we tire with their shenanigans. It’s true some of them are a bit creepy (we’re not too crazy about snakes), but all things considered, humans are way up the evolutionary chain, proudly displaying our opposable thumbs and fat brains. At least that’s how we felt before…