Saturday, July 22, 2017

Unusual Flooring

This was from a post on Facebook of unusual flooring ideas.  Some are cool, some are a little scary, and I am sure they probably all are expensive.

While this one looks cool, it also looks like a plumber's worst nightmare to go into a bathroom and see it flooded with running water/

Ditto on this one and it also looks like something you would see in the one of the "Raider's of The Lost Ark" movies.

I think my innards would freeze up if I tried to use the facilities in this bathroom.

Also, Ditto on this one with the angry looking over-sized lizard defending the throne.

I really love this idea and if I weren't a renter, it would go on my wish list to make happen.

Ditto on this one too for my patio. How fun would it be to have barbecue in what looks like the middle of Koi pond?


Like many people, one of my bucket list items is to see the Northern Lights, but because I am not a fan of cold weather if I do travel it will probably be somewhere warmer, I am thankful that others that have gone there share their videos and pictures.

Above is the first 360-degree video I have seen; you can use your mouse to drag around the screen to get a view just like if you were standing there and turning around and looking up, which is very cool.

 At the end of video credits, Willam Briscoe Alaskan Photography is to thank for this wonderful video.  The only thing I don't like is the annoying emojis that pop up - I guess they are reactions to the video, but I think it is the video speaks for itself and it is not only unnecessary but detracts from the experience.

Northern Lights Center indicates the magical dance of lights at the magnetic North Pole is the result of:
"Colisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun's atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.
The connection between the Northern Lights and sunspot activity has been suspected since about 1880. Thanks to research conducted since the 1950's, we now know that electrons and protons from the sun are blown towards the earth on the 'solar wind'

The above site had looked up years ago when my son was learning about them in school.  I had not thought about it or aware before then, but the South Pole experiences the same phenomenon.

Northern Lights Center also has explained about the legends of the lights and because I was hugely into folklore tales when I was around 5th and 6th grade below is a quote from their site on this:
"Aurora borealis', the lights of the northern hemisphere, means 'dawn of the north'. 'Aurora australis' means 'dawn of the south'. In Roman myths, Aurora was the goddess of the dawn. \par Many cultural groups have legends about the lights. In medieval times, the occurrences of auroral displays were seen as harbingers of war or famine. The Maori of New Zealand shared a belief with many northern people of Europe and North America that the lights were reflections from torches or campfires.

The Menominee Indians of Wisconsin believed that the lights indicated the location of manabai'wok (giants) who were the spirits of great hunters and fishermen. The Inuit of Alaska believed that the lights were the spirits of the animals they hunted: the seals, salmon, deer and beluga whales. Other aboriginal peoples believed that the lights were the spirits of their people"
Screenshots below are from the above video:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Leaf Insects

Photo:  Screenshot from video below

I am not a fan of bugs, but these Leaf insects look pretty cool. 

Brittanica indicates leaf insects, also known as Walking Leafs are native areas in the Indian Ocean, across parts of South and South East Asia and Papua New Guinea and Australia and there are more than 50 species and measure 1 to almost 4 inches long.

Their design mimic leaves to help disguise them from predators and some species even tilt to resemble blowing in the wind or have areas where it looks like they are diseases or have holes in them just like actual trees leaves do.

Below is a video of a few in action on someones hand.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Doughnut Bouquets

Photo:  Source

The Huffington Post reported on Mother's Day that Tim Horton's offered a bouquet of 24 donut holes on skewers and wrapped in waxed tissue paper and put in a box.

Around the same time. Food and Wine reported that Dessertboxes, a bakery operated by 3 siblings in Austrailia was offering a bouquet of Nutella doughnuts.

Photo: Source

Since then, it seems to be taking off as a trend as documented by in the video below.  I know I wouldn't mind receiving a bouquet like this.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


With some cardboard boxes, fake grass, fabric, paint, glue, string and a craft knife you too could craft your own castle for your feline King or Queen (or both!).

In the center, you could even add a water fountain and some catnip plants for the center Courtyard like the picture below.

In the back you can uses existing pet beds (or make your own out of an old sweater, cotton batting and a needle with thread - tutorial here) at the bottom, but use fabric and tie is to the cardboard to make hammocks.

Here is a video on the complete project and how to DIY your own.

Photos:  Screenshots from video below posted by Cuteness

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rainbow and Thunder

Photos:  Screenshot from NTDTelevision's video below

God and Mother Nature always come up with amazing things.

 It is not often you see both lightning and a rainbow and the same time.

Below is a short video posted by NTDTelevision

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Animal shaped leg barstool

Photo:  Source

This was from a pin on Pinterest, but in searching, it looks like from pictures on  Judy Disney's blog in the Magic Mushroom Bar at the Oasis at Disneyworld.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beautiful Storm Pictures

All photos by Zachary Hargrove
These fabulous pictures were posted on Facebook by Zachary Hargrove.  He indicated they were taken on a 30 minute drive west of Bismarck, ND recently.  

In addition to the storm, he also caught the lightening.

He used a Nikon d610 with a Nikkor 14-24, 5 second exposures... some f/2.8, some f/3.5... 200 ISO. There are three other pictures if you would like to see more visit Zachary Hargrove Facebook page.

Monday, June 12, 2017

1960 Bathtub Car

           This would make you take a second look, and it did back when it was invented as well.

I had seen this video below on Facebook and found the following additional information for an article on MSN News

"In 1960, engineering students at a British technical college got the bright idea to motorize a bathtub. The tub, which was donated by another student, was a 1927 model that they fitted with a scooter engine. Brake systems, suspension, steering, and gear change mechanisms were also added to make the tub legally fit for the road. The makeshift vehicle even featured a rubber ducky horn and a scrub brush rear view mirror. 
After getting it started, the students drove the strange automobile around town, and used it primarily for picking up groceries."
A video of the tub in action is below. 
Photos: Screenshots from video

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Lacey Shorts for Men

Photo: Source

NBC4I reported this might be the latest trend for men,   Metro UK reported the US based rapper Cazwell commissioned designer/owner or streetwear brand Hologram City to create pastel shorts with matching shirts for his next single "Loose Wrists"

While the men I know would take one look and say they would never wear it, the rapper posted the look on his web page and received 8,300 likes and a plethora of comments, and the first run of them on Hologram City selling for $49.00 each sold out, so you just never know.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Movie Scenes Recreated with a Man and his Cats

Photo:  Source

Newslinq posted an article of UK couple, that uses their cats, Tara and Willow, to recreate iconic movie scenes.

Anyone that has ever been owned by a cat (people never really own cats; cats own them) knows this is probably no small feat as cats are no small feat and the article quotes the Sarah (to LoveMeow) as saying:
" The cats clearly think we’re weird. It can be a challenge to get [the cats] to cooperate, but they get lots of treats so that tends to win them over to our nonsense,”
My favorite is the ET one above, followed by the "Chest Burster" scene from the horror movie classic "Alien", but the "Pottery" scene from "Ghosts' seems a little creepy but that didn't keep me from hitting subscribe on Moviecats Instagram account.

To follow see more recreations, visit Moviecats on Instagram.

Photo:  Source

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Monday, June 5, 2017

"Door Cuts"

DOORCUTS from Zak Tatham on Vimeo.

This short film is like a modern-day Alice in Wonderland trip through doors and had been nominated for several awards as film festivals and is currently a staff pick on Vimeo.

The director is Zac Tatham and from a biography on IMDB indicates he started making movies on borrowed video cameras while in high school and editing on VHS tape and has made over 60 short films since that time.

For more of his work, visit Zak Tatham's Vimeo Page

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Campfire Cookies

Photo:  Screen shot from video below

This could fun at an outdoor event this Summer where you put chocolate and gummies underneath the "tindling" and then light the marshmallows to toast them.

Below is a video by the Food Network on how to create these fun cookies.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Looks Like Cat is a Gordon Ramsey Fan

This video was posted by a Facebook by HappyCats and although cats like to knead blankets, pillow and the people they think they own, it does look like the cat likes watching Gordon Ramsey and is trying to emulate his breadmaking skills.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Artist Uses Doodles to Bring To Life Everyday Things

Artist Moonchay combines videos of ordinary things and turns them into something unique and interesting with this animated doodles.

For more of Moonchay's work, click here

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Photo:   Van Holten's,

Are you ready for frozen pickle pops?

One of the latest things to join the pickle everything trend, like House made signature pickles in restaurantsFermented Pickles Pickle Soda, are Frozen Pickle Ice Pops, which will be available at Wal-Mart in July.

The company that makes themVan Holten'sindicated that the product has been sold for awhile in Texas and other Gulf states, but expanding their offering.

The briny frozen liquid seems like it would be an interesting addition instead of the standard sugary frozen concoctions that are the standard during Summer months.

Do you think you would try these?  What is your favorite type of pickle?

Source: Today

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


While now just at fashion shows, such as London Fashion Week, FIRE, a temporary color changing hair dye that reacts to the heat and cold, may be hitting the market soon and may be the next big fashion trend.

The this "Magic" hair dye was created by chemist, fashion designer Lauren Bowker at "The Unseen" after watching the scene in the 1990's movie "The Craft" where Robin Tunney's character pulls a "glamour" magic trick and turns from brunette to bond them back by running her fingers through her hair.

She and her team have created 7 different semi-permanent hair dyes.  For example, there is one changes from black -orange-crimson red when the user's body temperature rises. Also one that changes from white-blond to ice blue if you go out and the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.    Another change from silver-pastel pink or from red-green-blue based on various temperatures.

The company, The Unseen, is working on perfecting the formulas and partnering with hair care companies to bring their product to the market.

Source: Oddity Central

Sunday, May 7, 2017

He has planted almost a tree a day for 37 years in a desert...

Photo:  Source: National Geographic

And now there is a forest that is larger than Central Park in New York. Jadav Payeng, who lives in the Assam region of India, shows how one person with perseverance and patience can make a difference in the world.

He began planting tree seeds as a teen on a deserted sandbar near his home and now has created a whole new ecosystem in the area. The place is now home to over 115 elephants, some rhinos and deer and even a few tigers.

Below is a short video;

Source:  Shareably

DIY Horror in Sand at the Beach Pics

Photo:  Source

What a fun idea to try on the beach this Summer if you are a Horror fan.  Draw some face in the sand and have your family stand over the "faces" to create a shadow where the face should be.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ice Cream Bouquets

An ice cream shop in Los Angeles, Gresescent Ice Cream has a unique offering; they "Ice Cream Bouquets" by making their own waffles cones and use tiny scoops and layer them in the cone,

From a review on Trip Advisor a cone with 5 scoops cost $9 and the wait in line is long and sometimes they run out of the interesting flavors but indicated that is part of the appeal, along with taking selfies.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Artist Uses Sewing Machine Powered by a Bicycle to Create Portraits

A young artist has a unique approach to creating portraits; she uses a sewing machine
powered by a bicycle to create unique portraits around the world.

In the video, the artist, Harriet Institchyou Riddell, said her art teacher suggested she bring a 
sewing machine to class to stitch the naked models and as her sketches looked like stitching.

She had the idea of getting others involved by having them ride a bicycle to generate the 
electricity in order to operate her sewing machine.

Below is a screenshot from the video showing the finished portrait of the man powering the bike for the

For more amazing creations, visit the artist's Facebook page.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

How People From Texas Dance Hip Hop

Ever since the Nelly/Tim McGraw duo that recorded "Over & Over" and it topped the Billboard charts at Number 3 over a decade ago in 2004, some folks think they cultures marry well together.  Here is a video that shows otherwise...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Artist Turns Dirty Trucks Into Works of Art

Instead of writing the traditional "Wash Me" on a dirty vehicle;  Russian Street Artist Nikita Golubevis uses a paintbrush or his finger to draw creations on the backs of dirty trucks

Here are some screen shots of his amazing work for the video:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Glass Bottom Pool In High Rise with View of City Beneath

What a scary, yet exhilarating, swim it would be in this pool that jets out over city traffic many stories up.  

The posting indicate this is the InterContinental Dubai Hanging Pool.

In the posting other referenced on that is in the U.S., in a luxury apartment complex in Houston,Texas, Market Square Towers, which is 40 floors up.

An article at Houston Business Journal indicated it is made out of 8 inch Plexiglass and extends 8-10 feet from the side of the tower and that the curve glass on the end is high enough so someone can't accidently slip over the top, even if someone is on another person's shoulders.

Photo:  Source

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Baby Deer & Baby Bear

Double the cuteness in this video of a baby deer and a baby bear checking each other out.

Tatoo for A Gal That Loves Books

In general I am not a big fan of tattoos, unless they have a special meaning behind them and is something that you can hide under business attire and not share with the world unless you want to, but this tattoo of a girl dreaming of a library of books fits both bills and it pretty cool.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Because even chickens get bored...

The above video is from storyful on Facebook and indicated:
"When Kris Garret noticed her 11 chickens appearing a little bored, she attached a xylophone to the wall of their coop. As a result, beautiful music rang through the hen house all day long and kept the birds occupied."
They do look like they are having fun:)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Creepy Clown

While there are comedy clowns, there are also scary one...this is a short video of the latter.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

High School Science Students Hatching a Chick Outside of An Egg

While this sounds like science fiction, apparently it is a fact.

An article by Sarah Caroline Bell at the Huffington Post indicates they were purchased at a store then broken open into a plastic wrap in a cone shape secured on a large jar/cup then fertilized and incubated.for 21 days.

Disney and Pixar Sing "Hello"

A talented fella on Youtube by the name of Brian Hull sings a cover of Adele's "Hello" using Disney and Pixar voices.  From Olaf to Donald Duck they sound very accurate and it is an amusing rendition of the song.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Persistent Panda

This little guy wants cuddled and he his persistent about getting them from one of the workers in his habitat.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Amazing Body Art

While at first glance it appears that these are creatures of nature, they are actually people painted up and contorted to look like the creature and it is hard to tell how many people until they separate.

It would not only take a lot of skill to conceptualize and paint, it would take a lot of patience and willingness to be uncomfortable to be naked and have someone spend the time it would take to paint the model's body and then have to lay on or contort with other models to make a creature.  You can only pray no one ate burritos before this shoot.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dog Raised With Rabbits

Think this is a good illustration that we are not only products of our genetics, but also our environment.   Choose the people you surround yourself wisely:)

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ice Tsunami in Minnesota

Although this video looks like something out a B-Grade Sci-Fi flick you might expect to see as precursor to the next installment of a "Sharknado" movement, it actually is a natural phenomenon.

The above  Mille Lacs Lake, which is located about 100 miles north of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Although it looks like a slow moving tsunami of ice overtaking the shore and apartments, it is actually called an "Ice Shove", which is a surge of ice that has moved on to the shore that is caused by semi-melted ice and strong, consistent winds that push from the center out where it builds up like a sail, which pushes it forward.

Sources:  Outdoor Hub

Sunday, February 19, 2017

4 Story Street Mural of Boy Brushing His Teeth - Osto, Norway

Photo: Source

Street artists Sainer and Bezt of  The Etam Cru painted this charming picture of a young boy brushing his teeth and playing in the water with a boat and Godzilla by the spigot for the Urban Samtidskunst in Oslo, Norway.

The pictures below give you an idea of scale for this monumental task.  To reach the boy's mouth, a cherry picker crane was used.

Photo: Source

Friday, February 17, 2017

Giant Octopus Kite

Well here is something that you would take a second look at if you saw it in the sky and a 24foot Octopus isn't something you would normally see.

Actually, it is a kite that you can purchase for around $50 on Amazon or Ebay.

From my kite flying days long ago, I know you would need a windy day and a large open space free of trees and power lines, like a large park or open field.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Time Lapse Video of building Life-Size Fort Mustang for Legoland Florida

What a fun job this would be!

This replica of a 1964 Mustang was built to go on display at Legoland in Florida in the Fall.


  • 1,200 hours to make
  • 194,900 Lego and Duplo Bricks 
  • 15 Feet Long, 4feet tall and nearly 6 feet wide
  • Weighs 1712
  • Working headlights, tail lights and sound effect
It doesn't indicate how many people it took to make, but from the time-lapse video, it looks like around a dozen at any given time.  

I hope that after it finishes it run at Legoland they put it on tour to go to Science Museums as it would be a great way inspire children to learn math and computers and it would have taken quite a bit of both to plan this out,

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Horse Riding Excerciser

This Korean infomercial for a horse riding exerciser is a little something different.   I wonder what the part with the older couple was about.

Friday, February 3, 2017


A friend of mine posted that she wanted a candle like the above for her next birthday cake.  

As you can see from the video, you might want to have a fire extinguisher handy as it shoots up flames right before the petals open up and it plays "Happy Birthday" but it is a fun and impressive display. The site indicated it has been featured on CNN and The Food Network.

From the link in the video,  they have a pack of three for sale for $29.99 plus free shipping at Lotus Candles in red, blue and yellow.  I also checked and there is a store,  MazaaShop, that has a similar product in pink, blue, yellow, red and white ranging from $5.26 to $11.90 and I am sure there are other places while like products are available.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cat and Pig Going For A Walk

Photo:  From video below

Upon first glance, it might appear that the pig is taking the cat for a walk, but if you ever have had a cat, you know it is the cat is always in control.  Neither people (or pigs) ever own a cat; the cat owns them.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Patient Pups in Googly Glasses and Hawaiian Shirts

If you have ever tried to dress up an animal (which I did many times as a kid) you will find most are not as patient as these adorable pups in the video below.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Disney Princesses - the Hot Dog Version

Photo:  Source

Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas as you have never seen them before...recreated using hot dogs.

A blog I follow, Lucky Peach posted this picture that is more for artistic (or humor) purposes in styling a ballpark favorite. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus Going Out of Business after 146 years

On Friday it was announced on's website that after 146 years the Circus's final performance would be in May, 2017.  The company cited high cost to operate and declining sales, especially after retiring elephants from the Circus last year.

It is sad that such a long-standing entertainment media that has delighted millions over several generations and future generations will not have a chance to enjoy for themselves "The Greatest Show on Earth", but understand it is hard for such a traveling show with so many performers and set up costs to stay profitable when the try to compete with the world of on-demand entertainment we live in today.

From an article in USA Today, the show started when five sons of German and French immigrants decided to put on a vaudeville type of show with several acts in Mazomie, Wisconsin in 1882.  They took their show on the road, added acts and in 1907 bought out P. T. Barnum's circus

In 1967 promoter Irviin Feld (and later taken over by his son that runs the company through today)bought the organization, improving standards and eliminating "freak shows".  It also started a "Clown College" to train future clowns.  It was tuition free and had personality profiling on is application and graduates were awarded specific attire and makeup for their character.  

It also had more animal acts, which were popular in the beginning, but later came under fire from animal rights activists as being cruel forcing animals to perform and hard on them with all of the traveling and I do see there point, but still sad to see the end of era.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tricks Advertisers Use to Manipulate Photos

When I interned at an ad agency in college, found many of the above to be true.

One exception was Noble Roman's that (which is now a "take and bake" pizza shop) where only water on salad bar items to make them appear juicy and a cooking spray to keep the pizza from drying out under the hot lights.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Indoor Skydiving Dancing

While not likely to become a craze as skydive training tubes are not that plentiful, it is still very cool.

This gal uses a skydive training tube to show off her skills via a dance to Sia's "Chandelier."

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Enchanted Tree Reading Nook Built By A Father For His Daughter

Photo: Rob Adams (Source)

Country Living has an article of the Dad, Rob Adam who is a video game designer, designed the above "fairy tree" reading nook in his daughter's bedroom at her request.

He used Disney set design as his inspiration.  For more pictures and details visit the complete article at Country Living,

Monday, January 9, 2017

Artist Makes Vase Out of Colored Pencils

Youtuber Nick at NZ Woodturning created a vase out a common school supply - colored pencils, and the results are very cool.

He used 4 stacked layers of pencils around a block of wood, poured resin in the gaps, then whittled it down using a tool and a lathe, then coat with a finish to make a unique showpiece.

For the complete video by the artist that made the vase visit NZ WoodTurning on Youtube

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Little Green Elves

Several of the book on the 75% Christmas Clearance Rack at Walmart.  

Perhaps it is a cute book, but green elves?   Are the from Area 51?   Minions of the Grinch?  Leprechaun Elves that have partied too hard landed on the North Pole by accident at Christmas?  That would mean depending on which type they turn out to be there may be laser guns, stolen toys or kegs of green beer in those boxes.   

Probably not a story to want to read to your kids at Christmas and the reason they didn't sell.

Which do you think they are or do you have a different theory?  Feel free to leave it in the comments section.