The 1984 film Purple Rain appears to encapsulate everything about Prince, yet it came out near the beginning of his reign at the top of the music charts. The story is somewhat autobiographical, but Prince never let us know exactly how close it was to his real life. How like him. If your memories of the first time you saw Purple Rain are as vivid as mine, you'll want to read more about the making of the movie.
9. The symbol Prince changed his name to is found in a couple of different locations.
It can be found printed on the gas tank of his bike and on an overpass that he rides under during the movie.
8. There were only three professional actors in the cast.
Everyone else was an unknown at that point or had come without a great deal of credentials to their name.
Puddles has taken the sad clown routine to a stellar new level of cool with his singing skills and fresh vintage look, but the fact that Puddles has yet to become a household name is a shame. He represents all that is good and entertaining about clowns, and perhaps if Puddles were more well-known he could change people's minds about clowns and show them there's nothing to fear. In fact, if you had Puddles at your party both kids and adults alike would be swept away by his performance, just don't ask him to make any balloon animals!
Show some love for your favorite crooning clown with this Puddles Pityparty t-shirt by Dayone1, it's a great way to spread the word about a sorely underrated star in clown white.
Fidel Castro ruled communist Cuba for 58 years. In that time, the United States made plans over and over again to take him out, and deprive the country of its revolutionary icon and leader. He died last year at age 90 of natural causes.
According to one 2006 documentary for Britain’s Channel Four, the government of the United States hatched no fewer than 638 separate plots to kill “the Beard.” Of course, not all those plots got out of the planning stage, and it goes without saying that none of them succeeded (unless they finally got him at 90), but some of the ones that did get within striking distance were absolute clinics in how not to kill a communist strongman.
Some of these plans failed because of bad luck or planning, some failed for unforeseeable reasons or sudden changes of circumstance, and some of them failed because they were just stupid. These are five of the most ridiculous.
Medical Issues: Unknown— it’s unclear whether Santa has ever undergone a physical exam, let alone had one in recent years. For this reason, Dr. Y. Ingrid Goh of Toronto, Ontario, referred the patient to one Dr. Yull Tyde and asked that he be checked for signs of respiratory problems and thermal burns (from sliding up and down sooty, smoky chimneys, some of which are probably hot); frostbite and hypothermia (from traveling in an open vehicle in the middle of night in winter); indigestion, heartburn, obesity, and hyperglycemia (Santa binges on milk and cookies at every stop); and obsessive-compulsive disorder (he makes lists and checks them twice).
Physician’s Notes: “It is highly recommended that Mr. Claus consider an alternative mode of transportation and adopt a healthier lifestyle… Please ask him to consider an alternative route of entrance… In addition, please ensure that his herd of reindeer has been vaccinated against rabies virus.” (Canadian Medical Association Journal, December 2004)
Harry Potter is a story written for children so J.K. Rowling didn't spend too much time making realistic characters, plus it's a fantasy series so realism can detract from the magic and wonder of it all.
But let's face it- if Harry Potter had actually survived the killing curse as a baby he would be one jacked up looking kid!
Serverus Snape was a slippery character with a dark past, and even though he turned out to be a double agent in the end all the bad stuff he did while working for Voldemort would look pretty bad on his resume.
And wizards may have figured out how to remove the horrible effects inbreeding has on their children, but in real life whenever people talk about their "pure bloodline" we start imagining what their mutant kids look like. (Comic by Andy Kluthe and Andrew Bridgman)
Tuesday will be the 20th anniversary of the release of James Cameron's blockbuster film Titanic. The movie was over three hours long, cost $200 million to make, and everyone already knew how it ended, since it was based on the real-life sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912. Studio executives expected a flop of epic proportions, not because the movie was bad, but because they had sunk so much money into it that it had seemingly impossible hurdles to jump before it could break even. It was a miracle that Cameron got the chance to do the movie in the first place.
Cameron asked for $125 million to make Titanic. Fox Chairman Peter Chernin balked, and told Cameron he could make the movie he had first pitched as “Romeo and Juliet on a boat” if he could have it ready for a July 1997 release, and keep the budget to $110 million. Cameron, perhaps believing this might really be possible at the time — and perhaps also figuring it was better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission — said he could do it, offering to forfeit $4 million of his own salary to squeeze under the line.
Almost as soon as Titanic went into production, it began to go over budget. In 1996, shooting a typical action blockbuster — a Batman Forever or a Tomorrow Never Dies — cost an average of $100,000 to $150,000 a day. Titanic averaged between $225,000 and $300,000 — and this was after construction ended on the brand-new 40-acre movie studio Cameron needed to film it. He had considered locations all over the world, and ultimately decided on a spot 15 miles south of the border, in Rosarito, Mexico. Workers needed 10,000 tons of dynamite to blast a hole in the coastline big enough for the 17-million-gallon open-air tank — the largest ever built — that Cameron needed to hold his ship.
Cats love farms because they have lots of food (and rodents) for them to snack on, and farmers love cats because they help keep the farm rodent free.
But having too many cats on your farm seems like a bad idea, what with all of those plump chickens strutting around.
So how do Russian farmer Alla Lebedeva and her husband Sergey raise those big and beautiful Siberian cats and keep her farm animals from becoming a feline buffet?
Alla says the Siberian cats actually protect her animals from rodents:
"How many do we have now? To such a question I usually answer 'a million, maybe more,'" Lebedeva tells DesignYouTrust. "They live in the henhouse... They have three ‘little bedrooms’ there where can they sleep according to how they feel. Our cats protect the chickens and rabbits from rats and mice."
By the look of them there must be quite a few rats raiding her farm- because these cats look like they have a healthy appetite for fresh meat.
These little lions are often mistaken for Norwegian Forest cats, but Alla wants everyone to know that her Siberian cats are a different species, which she and her husband have been raising for over a decade on the farm they call "Catland":
What do you do when you feel miserable? Do you withdraw and feel sorry for yourself? Doing something for others might mitigate the misery for a little while, like it does for this guy, or a good deed might go even further. For one thing, it takes your focus off yourself, even just for a short time. And the happiness you've boosted in someone else could easily bounce back on you. Worth a shot! This is the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.
Porgs are the token "cute" aliens (read: toys) in the new Star Wars film The Last Jedi. They played their role perfectly by looking cute, but what do they taste like? As the most prevalent wildlife we see on the planet Ahch-To, we can assume that they've been eaten quite a bit. The question has been discussed by the cast and crew of the movie, fans all over, and even biologists and chefs. Gizmodo reached out to experts to get their opinions. Kevin McGowan of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology speculated on how porgs would taste based on an extrapolation of the biology of birds on Earth.
It’s hard to say what a porg’s lifestyle is from the brief clips I’ve seen. But, if they’re supposed to be seabirds and can fly, then they’re probably all slow-twitch muscle, just like real seabirds. Swimming and flying takes constant effort. Living in the ocean means probably eating smaller ocean-going life, which on Earth usually means fish at some level. Many birds that eat mostly fish tend to taste fishy (or so I’ve heard).
A couple of cooking experts weighed in, one of whom questioned whether porgs are really birds. And chef Steve “Mo” Fye got to the heart of the matter.
First of all, I don’t believe in Porgs. They’re not real like Tribbles are.
It never ceases to amaze me how much people will spend on jewelry and accessories designed to do little more than impress others with a display of wealth, but at least expensive watches tell time while looking fancy.
Now a fifty dollar watch always worked fine for me, but men who demand an elegant timepiece on their wrist will spend thousands on a Rolex, TAG HEUER or an Omega, like the $5,000 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch.
And if that seems like a crazy amount of money to spend on a watch imagine spending $85k on a Patek Philippe 5170P, with diamonds on the dial and a platinum case!
So what's the difference between a $5k Omega and an $85k Patek Philippe? Watch this video by Watchfinder & Co. and find out!
What did you ask Santa to bring you for Christmas this year? Some new toys? Slick new shoes? A new car? Too bad, you're getting a cat instead! That's right, this year Santa is working with animal shelters around the world so he can drop CATS FOR EVERYBODY down the chimney!!!! I hope you're not allergic, but if you are maybe you should write Santa another letter and ask him for some allergy meds to go along with your new feline houseguest...
Get ready for the furriest Christmas ever with this Cats For Everybody t-shirt by Tobe Fonseca, it's the purr-fect tee for the cat lover in your life, or grab one for yourself and keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year long!
What on earth inspired this guy to bring in an Eldritch Insanity Drake as a new member of the household? We all build our families in our own ways, but you have to take the feelings of existing members into consideration. But you also have to teach the young ones how to treat strangers. This is only the beginning; you can see the rest of the comic by noobtheloser at imgur. The story is really going somewhere, I promise, but you have to read it to the end. The punchline is worth the confusion on the way there. -via Geeks Are Sexy
A donor took a piano to a Goodwill store. Is it in tune? Why, no, but that only lends an air of authenticity when a patron sat down and played "Alley Cat" by Danish composer Bent Fabric. The ragtime tune sounds right at home on this instrument. With a one-time tune-up, it would be a fine addition to a home with children learning to play. Meanwhile, the folks shopping at Goodwill got a free concert while they selected items to buy. -via reddit
Who would hang a stocking by the chimney with care if they didn't want treats stuffed in it? That's not teh story here. Craig Groeschel posted this picture of his wife Amy showing off the new Christmas stocking that just arrived. The caption says,
Guess what @amygroeschel typed in the box that said, “Would you like a name to personalize your stocking?”
We come across the command that "all fields must be filled" so often that we forget that there are some fields that truly do not need to be filled in. This one's funny enough to become a family heirloom. -via reddit
If you've been a Star Wars fan for any length of time, you are probably familiar with the 1978 fan film Hardware Wars, which was a recreation of the first Star Wars movie made on a budget of about $20 using whatever was lying around. We posted it here at least once. It set the standard for all Sweded fan films to follow.
Released in 1978, filmmaker Ernie Fosselius released a crude-but-endearing 13-minute short film that recreated the original Star Wars, only with appliances. Characters Fluke Starbucker (with his flashlight lightsaber) and Augie “Ben” Doggie meet an ace pilot named Ham Salad who flies them all around in a giant iron that battles flying toasters.
I went to see The Last Jedi Saturday evening. Without giving away any spoilers, there is a moment where my brain went haywire when I saw a spaceship that looked just like a vintage steam iron. Wait, what? Yes, it was a deliberate reference to Hardware Wars. Director Rian Johnson admits to it, and was delighted that some fans knew what they were seeing. He talked to Mike Ryan about the easter egg he slipped in just for older hardcore fans at Uproxx. The post there contains no major spoilers.
Many people will be hitting the slopes this winter, and some of those people will even go skiing despite the fact that snowboarding is way more fun.
But whether you like shredding powder or shushing down the runs you're bound to run in to one thing while you're at the ski resort- trail signs.
They're posted everywhere to keep skiiers safe and show them where to find each trail, but these signs usually don't contain much information about what the skiier should expect on each slope.
Which is why these honest trail signs are something every ski resort should consider implementing, so that skiiers can avoid all the child-shaped hazards and hit the slope that best fits their personality.
Chili Klaus (previously at Neatorama) is a musician and hot pepper vendor. He went back to visit the Herning Boys Choir, the choir he once belonged to, to sing some Christmas music. Here they perform "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful."
But Chili Klaus always has a hot pepper up his sleeve. I don't know how he convinced the entire choir to eat a ghost pepper and sing, but he did, and the resulting music will being tears to your eyes. It certainly brought tears to their eyes! -via reddit
The anonymity afforded by the internet gives people the courage to make bold statements online they'd never say in person, acting like the things they say online will never have an impact on their real life.
And even far less anonymous social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are full of people who have created a rich imaginary lives for themselves online- and they all seem to think they're total badasses.
A real badass knows actions speak louder than words, and they also know that making statements about your mommy after acting tough may result in your badass card being revoked.
But these internet tough guys don't care about real life badassery, they're too busy saying really hardcore stuff online so that everyone knows they're a keyboard warrior and an internet soldier, and totally not to be messed with.
Matt McCorkle and Sam Reider built an interactive soundboard that plays "Auld Lang Syne" in four-part harmony. The fun comes when you change which instrument plays which part, so you can design or own quartet! Or press the button in the middle to hear the full orchestra. An all-accordion quartet brings up the image of a completely different party than a string quartet. You can even add ambient sounds like people talking or a fireplace. Try it out the New Year's Music Box yourself. -via Laughing Squid
When a cat sets their mind to getting something they rarely give up until they get it, and cats have been known to bite the hand that feeds them if that something is food.
But I've never met a cat who liked bread, especially when their humans try to stick it on their heads like a mask, so we must assume Kelley Fultz's cat Mew Mew is trying to snatch her bread simply out of spite.
Saint Nicholas, the bishop in Asia Minor who is considered to be the inspiration for Santa Claus, died over 1700 years ago. There are many stories of his generosity and selflessness, and the miracles he performed, even after his death, which were spread by sailors to other parts of the world. That's how Nicholas became a saint, and his earthly remains were venerated as other saints' remains were.
Sometimes, the miracles concerned the saints' own bodies. Their corpses would refuse to decay, exude an inexplicable ooze, or start to drip blood that mysteriously solidified and then reliquefied. So it was with Nicholas: at some point after his death, his bones began to secrete a liquid called manna or myrrh, which was said to smell like roses and possess potent healing powers.
The appearance of the manna was taken as a sign that Nicholas’s corpse was especially holy, and pilgrims began flocking by the thousands to his tomb in the port city of Myra (now called Demre). By the eleventh century, other cities started getting jealous. At the time, cities and churches often competed for relics, which brought power and prestige to their hometowns the way a successful sports team might today. Originally, the relics trade had been nourished by the catacombs in Rome, but when demand outstripped supply, merchants—and even monks—weren't above sneaking down into the crypts of churches to steal some holy bones. Such thefts weren't seen as a sin; the sanctity of the remains trumped any ethical concerns. The relics were also thought to have their own personalities—if they didn't want to be stolen, they wouldn't allow it. Like King Arthur's sword in the stone, they could only be removed by the right person.
The Goonies had better things to do than sit in the arcade all day playing video games, because every time they went outside to play their playtime turned into an epic adventure. But even though they beat the odds by taking down the Fratellis, and went on one of the most epic and dangerous adventures any kids have ever gone on, they still enjoy the simple things in life- like comic books, Baby Ruth candy bars and a happy ending on the beach!
Hey you guys! If you want your holidays to be merry and bright you've gotta grab this Christmas In The Goondocks t-shirt by Djkopet and dress for the occasion!
These days most toys go through rigorous safety testing before being released, and yet a few defective playthings still manage to slip through and make it into stores before they're summarily recalled.
But back in the day defective and dangerous toys were coming out left and right, and yet kids still somehow managed to survive the days of lawn darts, Slip N' Slide and Moon shoes.
Masuleh, Iran, is an ancient town that grew up around the iron mining industry. Its buildings are set against a mountainside with a 60 degree angle! Look closely, and you'll see that the roads and public spaces are the roofs of houses. This saves space and allows for a gradual ascent to the higher levels of the multi-level village. One man's front yard is another man's roof.
In many respects, it’s a city planner’s paradise — a place where roof surfaces are fully used and integrated, and no space is wasted. Another appealing prospect to many urbanists: no cars are allowed, as these would strain the structural limits of supporting architecture.
Chris and Jess Poole decided it was asking for too much trouble to put up a Christmas tree this year, because Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama) would just trash it again. Instead, they built a cat-friendly gingerbread house out of cardboard! They decorated it so festively that they don't miss having a tree. And the cats love it.
The struggle is real. They say you shouldn't compare yourself to other people, and that the only one you should complete against is yourself. That's not so easy when the forces of the world are working against you in different ways, changing from one moment to the next. This comic is from Ryan and Laura Harby of the webcomic Honey Dill. There are additional updates to this comic here and here that you're sure to relate to. -via Geeks Are Sexy
If you're trying to avoid spoilers from The Last Jedi, rest easy because I'm not going to give away any important plot details by letting you know who to look out for. You may have heard that both Prince William and Prince Harry are in the film. They are playing stormtroopers, so you'll never know where they are. There are conflicting accounts of whether their scenes were cut from the film, but who knows, since they are wearing masks. Other celebrities that appear in The Last Jedi include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Justin Theroux, Warwick Davis, and several other folks you may know. Find out where to spot them in The Last Jedi at The Daily Dot.