Never ever ride on the back of your grocery cart (especially if it’s carrying your liquor)

July 23, 2014 | By Abraham | 1 comment

We can all be happy that a recent customer to a Russian liquor store left his dashcam on while he was parked. In this fortuitous footage, we get to learn from another’s mistake: Don’t ever take your grocery cart for a ride…especially when it’s loaded with your favorite beverages.

It’s funny, but you can’t just laugh at the guy…because you know you’ve done this, too. Probably not anymore though…

 

Do you make enough money to be happy in your state?

July 23, 2014 | By Joey White | No comments

According to a 2010 Princeton study, the more money you make, the happier you are — to a point. At a certain income level, which this study estimated to be $75,000 a year, happiness plateaus and you don’t get any happier by making more.

However, when you look at the data state by state, the minimum amount differs because of cost of living. A recent analysis identifies the income level in each state that brings the most reported happiness…

2014 Happiness Annual Income Map

Of course, money isn’t actually buying happiness so much as it’s buying a certain level of freedom from stress and anxiety.

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Elephants surround a little calf to keep the rushing river from washing him away

July 23, 2014 | By Joey White | No comments

This baby elephant in Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park doesn’t have to worry about being swept away by the current thanks to his much larger caretakers…

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Incredibly close lightning strike completely warrants this British guy’s *shocked* response

July 23, 2014 | By Abraham | No comments

In Warwick, England, Mark Hardy was standing outside during a storm to see if he could capture any good footage of lightning. And did he ever.

He tells us in the video that if the lightning strikes him, it was nice knowing us, but judging by his hilarious and strongly worded response he still wasn’t quite expecting it this close…

(NSFW language, but that’s OK, because he sounds like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit.)

Kim Jong-un wants this embarrassing video banned, so obviously we all need to watch it

July 23, 2014 | By Joey White | No comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un isn’t known for his warm relations with the world community, but he manages to dance with Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and other world leaders in this hilarious video. Of course, he hates it, but despite North Korea’s request, even China is refusing to block it.

In the clip, the Dear Leader’s face is cleverly edited into numerous viral clips of people dancing and more, resulting in this wonderfully satirical take on one of the world’s most hated public figures…

Woman renews vows with mannequin husband after 14 years [Exclusive pics & interview]

July 23, 2014 | By Jake Johnson | No comments

In February, we featured a series of photos by Suzanne Heintz with her mannequin “family,” (“Single Woman Spends 14 Years with Mannequin Family to Make a Point“). In the spirited comments section, the photos were called “creepy,” “brilliant,” and everything in between.

Since then, Suzanne and I have kept in contact, and a couple months ago I got the skinny on her planned “chapter two” of her project, officially called “The Playing House Project,” in which she and her stoic mannequin husband renew their wedding vows.

I took the opportunity to send Suzanne a few questions to get a deeper understanding of her project. She graciously took the time to thoughtfully answer them, and to give us an exclusive scoop on the renewal ceremony photos.

You’re the first to see these, so enjoy!

Artist buys imitation family to satirize conformity

Suzanne, thank you for taking the time to answer some questions. I came across your work in mid-February this year and was delighted by it. Since then, on our site alone, it’s been shared 150,000 times on Facebook. And I know you’ve had a lot of press elsewhere too. But you’ve been committed to this project for a long time. How does it feel to see something into which you’ve invested so much time and energy garner the exposure it has recently?

It’s just like jumping into a hot spring. Shocking at first, and wonderful once you get used to it. I’ve said before that I’m pleased as punch to be born at the time I was. Not only because as a woman, I’ve got more choices in life than any generation before, but I’m also amazed at how much opportunity, and exposure, living in the information age provides.

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This math problem is a limerick when said out loud. (Don’t worry, here’s the translation.)

July 23, 2014 | By Abraham | 8 comments

Here’s a little something for the nerds (of both the mathematical and literary variety)…

In 1948, wordplay master and recreational mathematician Leigh Mercer published this equation in Notes and Queries…

Math Limerick

Read in the right way, it follows almost all the rules of a limerick — an AABBA rhyme scheme with the third and fourth lines shorter than the others. I say almost all the rules, because the foremost limerick scholar maintained that the true limerick is always obscene, which this one is not. Sorry.

So, can you read it?

If not, here’s the written translation…

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more.