Pinterest: It’s a lot like Tumblr except with a working search tool. The site made its debut a few months back after a trial period in super secret invite-only beta mode, to the glee of everyone who loves a kitschy new social networking site. The shiny new site is almost literally like a candy store. It’s chock full of hi-res, well-framed pictures of just about anything you could want and then some. That is to say: it’s mostly food, cats, butts, and really really attractive people to go with the butts. Among the food and butts, however, is an amazing resource for creating your own delicious food and shaping your own butt. Pinterest is crammed with recipes, craft projects, and general life tips.
We’ve all been bored at work or school. It doesn’t take much. Maybe a day that’s just too beautiful outside or a stack of work we feel like we’ve done before can set the mind to wandering. Odds are good you might even be looking at this page because you’re bored at work. Don’t worry, we won’t tell. Daydreams can sometimes be the best. Ordinary objects spring to life. A paperclip is no longer a paperclip. Maybe it’s a weapon, a rope, or something you can bend into the shape of something else while the boss isn’t looking. Terry Border has taken these tiny moments of creativity and created little sculptures we couldn’t come up with on the most creative day.
Banksy won our hearts years ago when he mysteriously showed up on the scene, leaving street art that was at times a political commentary, pensive, and even humorous. Like Zorro or Batman, the calling card that was his art created quite the following. As with most graffiti artists, his work shows up mysteriously on the sides of unsuspecting buildings. Best of all, it’s free. It’s no wonder, then, that Banksy has inspired some imitators over the years. Banksy is one of many artists that have revived the interest in graffiti as an art form. He’s been praised for bringing art back to those who can’t afford gallery visits and helping to change the perception people have of graffiti as just “vandalism”.
There have been a few movies based on video games in the history of cinema. The Mario Brothers starred in their own live action movie in the early 90s. Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter followed suit soon thereafter. They were cheesy, sometimes pretty awful, and a sign of how popular arcades and video games were becoming all over the world. Since then, there was a brief pause as video games began to evolve. Video games began to demand storylines and plot, making for some pretty serious adventure movies for our generations. The Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie, Resident Evil movies, and Silent Hill movie brought video game plots back to cinema and changed the way audiences saw video games as a medium.
Embarrassing family pictures are one of the great social unifiers. Almost everyone has one. They’re a mix of our most awkward childhood years and the good intentions of family members trying to capture a moment. Most parents will even go out of their way to create a memorable portrait of everyone in the family. Combine matching clothing and anything that seemed like a good idea in the 80s and 90s, however, and we’ve got a recipe for disaster. Sure, it’s heartwarming to see all the kids together, but when half of them look terrified and the backdrop is a series of fake lasers, more is said about the time this photo was taken than what a lovely family you are.
Admit it. You've done this before. You're doing some simple research on the internet -- in this case, you're wondering, "why is there such a thing as a spork, but no such thing as a knork?" -- but you can't figure out what search terms to enter. Rather than futz around with quotation marks, minus signs and "advanced search" methods, you just type your question, in its barest form, into Google.
As AutoComplete works its magic, you get a rare glimpse into the soul of the internet -- Google's most popular searches. All you have to hit is "w," and the search engine will give you the weather. "Why" yields answers to well-intentioned parents, desperately trying to find answers to "why is the sky blue?" Then, this happens.
Leave your reservations at the door of this teeming comedy club, because the comics at Zanies hold nothing back. Upon entering the friendly establishment, you are overwhelmed by hundreds of photographs of past comedians who have graced the stage, (dozens of these marked with signatures). Comedians like Tracey Jordan, Tom Green, Jerry Seinfeld and Gilbert Gottfried have photos on the wall; in most, they are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the club’s owner.
The seating area, close to the stage, is a small arena of picnic-style tables and wooden chairs. The format speaks to the level of comfort they try to achieve. Before the comedians step foot on stage, they sit amongst the audience absorbing the reaction of the patrons, and the enjoying the comedic genius of fellow performers. They quietly give nod to one another’s humor, while remaining confident in their own.
Improv Everywhere, New York's perennial pranksters, are at it again. But this time, they're getting performers around the world to join the act.
Drawing on the eye-catching success of last year's "Black Tie Beach" at Coney Island, hundreds of jokers donned formal wear this weekend and took off for the shoreline (this year they were at the Rockaways), where they spent a day splashing water and turning heads. When asked by lifeguards and curious onlookers why they were dressed up, they nonchalantly answered that they "just liked dressing up for the beach."
It feels like only yesterday that planking and Batmanning were all over the internet--mostly because it was only yesterday. The trends haven’t died out, but people around the world have been attempting to go bigger and stranger since planking started. From the more vertical Batman maneuver to the videos of “coning”: people ordering ice cream at Drive-Through windows and picking their cone up by the soft serve end, the trick has always been either looking uncomfortable or making someone else look uncomfortable.
In case you missed it earlier this summer, a Vancouver couple posted an ad on Craigslist that immediately got the attention of any Jurassic Park lovers.
Vancouver residents Rheanna and Justin just launched www.fuckinrad.com/petdinosaur, where they insist their offer still stands. They list their qualifications, offer news about their job hunt, and take the time to answer common questions, such as "do you guys have a weird dinosaur fetish?" and "are you guys serious?" (The answers, respectively, are "ew, no" and "like the plague!")
If you would like to hire either Rheanna or Justin as a pet dinosaur, you can email email@example.com.