Water gushes through a mall’s ceiling when hail shatters its skylight windows

March 31, 2014 | No comments

On Sunday evening, Hong Kong experienced torrential downpours of nearly 3 inches of rain in under an hour accompanied by golf ball-size hail. Hong Kong has only seen 39 days with hail in the last 48 years, making this weather event especially unusual.

A strange scenario unfolded at the Festival Walk shopping mall when its skylight windows were shattered by the hail, allowing the torrential downpour to stream directly into the mall…

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Of course, shoppers had their phones ready to share their bizarre experience with the rest of us as pieces of the ceiling came crashing down…

Guy puts as many objects as possible in his beard, wife photographs comical results [13 pictures]

March 30, 2014 | No comments

Pierce Thiot’s mom had her grandkids put on a talent show over Christmas. Pierce’s talent was to see how many pencils he could fit in his beard. Over 20 pencils later, he decided he was onto something.

Pierce’s wife Stacy is a photographer, so she eagerly embraced the task of documenting what Pierce was able to fit in his beard. They created an Instagram account called Will It Beard, where they post a photo a day of Pierce’s beard full of scissors, Cheetos, toy dinosaurs, and many other random objects.

Here are a few of our favorites…

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Road raging Porsche driver gets swift karma

March 29, 2014 | No comments

Earlier this week we saw a Florida driver crash his truck in a fit of road rage. This time we have a road raging driver facing a similar fate from the other side of the world in Moldova.

We can’t tell what this driver is upset about, but an extended version of this shows them honking and weaving through traffic for quite some time before meeting their ultimate demise…

(via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Student befriends campus squirrels, takes their pictures with hats and props she made for them [27 pics]

March 28, 2014 | 5 comments

Mary Krupa is a Penn State student who runs the Facebook page for “Sneezy The Penn State Squirrel.” She says in an interview that there are actually four squirrels who serve as “Sneezy,” but unless you’re a squirrel whisperer, you’d never know they’re not all the same critter.

Krupa dresses her rodent friends with custom-made hats, sunglasses, and headphones to curiously bring them into a human world they’re already a part of thanks to the scraps of college students’ food that comprise much of their diet. The holiday and seasonal outfits and props add an entertaining element to a series that’s equal parts amazing, amusing…and creepy…

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A UNC athlete wrote this 2nd-grade-level “final paper”… and got an A

March 28, 2014 | 5 comments

The college paper below is cited in an ESPN story on an academic scandal that has embroiled University of North Carolina athletics. This was a final paper that actually got an A- according to Mary Willingham, a former academic counselor for athletes at the university who blew the whistle on the academic scandal in the athletic department.

UNC Paper

If you’re having trouble reading the paper, here’s the transcript:

Final Paper

Rosa Parks: My Story

On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “ I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “ why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “ I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.

Willingham summed up the obvious, noting,

This is not even close to college work, yet this athlete was awarded an A-. …It’s kind of shocking, really, that a student at Carolina wouldn’t have a grasp of this basic — elementary school, first/second grade — reading skills.

But hey, their football, basketball, baseball, and soccer programs are all successful, so…go Tar Heels!

Designing the least user friendly products imaginable just for fun [10 pics]

March 27, 2014 | 9 comments

Architect Katerina Kamprani dabbles in design…but with a twist. She tries to imagine creatively terrible products — items that would be somewhat functional (maybe), but an absolute pain to actually use.

The ongoing series is called “The Uncomfortable.” I think you’ll see why…

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Lowest budget ferry of all time — Vietnamese cross rushing stream in garbage bags

March 27, 2014 | No comments

Providing an essential service in the most affordable way possible, several men help students and a teacher in Vietnam get to school across a flooded stream without getting wet by carrying them in a big plastic bag…

(via Kottke)

Hockey goalie and referee try to jump over the glass to join a fight between fans

March 25, 2014 | No comments

An unusual situation arose during a March 16 playoff hockey game between the Eindhoven Gamecocks and the Geleen Smoke Eaters of the Dutch Premier League.

Eindhoven’s goalie had a brother who happened to be a referee at the game, and their father was in attendance, too. Midgame, dad intervened in an altercation that broke out in the stands and was jumped by two other men in the process, getting knocked to the ground and put in a choke hold.

Naturally, both brothers rushed to their dad’s defense, creating a bizarre scene in which a hockey fight involved fans, players, and members of the officiating crew…

(via Next Impulse Sports)

Boys find an ingenious way to catch fish from the street in front of their house

March 25, 2014 | No comments

I wouldn’t recommend eating anything caught here, but to each their own…

Maybe they’re catching fish in the storm drain…or maybe their method is:

  1. Go to creek, get fish.
  2. Go home, put fish on hook again.
  3. Drop fish down drain.
  4. “Catch” it again.

Either way, good times…

Lesbian presents herself at church to be stoned

March 24, 2014 | 6 comments

Atlah World Missionary Church has made headlines a time or two with the ridiculous, attention-whoring messages they write on their marquee. They seem to have started out with an anti-Obama agenda…

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Then they blended their antipathy toward Obama with their extreme homophobia in this bizarre display…

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