Pokemon Go Fest Was An Epic Pokemon No-Go



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Last weekend, you probably heard all kinds of news about San Diego Comic Con, but you might not have even known that over in Chicago there was a Pokemon Go Fest at the same time. As it turns out though, there was pretty much no news coming out of Pokemon Go Fest, other than the fact that it was an utter failure -spotty internet service and other issues caused most attendees to be completely unable to log in. Guests are getting a refund on their tickets, but that doesn't help people who paid scalpers a fortune for their tickets or for those who spent money traveling to Chicago just for the event.

You can read more about the disaster here.

11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate



Have you ever been to a place that had a marker denoting a geographic wonder, such as the equator, the Continental Divide, or the geographic center of some land mass? The chances are good that it's not quite accurate. Sometimes markers were put in a convenient location somewhat near the actual spot. Sometimes they are monuments to the difficulty of geographic mapping, and turns out to be a mistake. And some were pretty accurate in their time, but the world has a way of changing. All these reasons are represented in this list. Europos Park in Lithuania is an example.

In the early 1990s the people of Lithuania got very excited when calculations identified a spot outside the capital city, Vilnius, as the dead center of Europe. A big sculpture park dubbed Europos Park was erected at the spot. But French scientists who had proposed the spot for the center in the first place sent news that they accidentally missed the exact target by 8 miles (14 kilometers). The correct center, which is still contested, is now marked with a square and a small museum.

And then there are those that are inaccurate and we really don't know why. Read about eleven such markers at Atlas Obscura.

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This Boy Loves Paint Shopping



It's exciting to discover what our kids are going to get jazzed about because they don't even know yet, and whether they flip out over something silly or something worthy of excitement their reaction is always precious.

The little guy in this video is named Brock, and his mom Anita Mander captured his adorable reaction when she took Brock with her to pick out paint colors at Home Depot.

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Looks like little Brock has an innate love of color, maybe he'll grow up to be an artist or an interior designer?

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The Tom and Jerry Story



Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

In 1939, producer Rudolf Ising and his MGM animation unit were in trouble. Their last animated series, Captain and the Kids, had been a huge flop, in both financial and popular terms.

Ising, on an inspiration, decided to team up two members of his unit and try to strike gold with a new animated series idea. He decided to combine the talents of Wiliam Hanna, a director, and Joseph Barbera, a story man and character designer.

It was Hanna who had the (hardly original) idea of combining a cat and a mouse in a cartoon. Hanna recalled: "We knew we needed two new characters. We thought we needed conflict and chase and action, and a cat and mouse seemed like a great, basic thought." Barbera added that with a cat and mouse "Half the story was written before you even put pencil to paper."

The new cartoon was called Puss Gets the Boot. The term "Tom and Jerry" dated back to 19th-century England, and referred to children behaving mischievously. Although this would almost fit a fairly apt capsule description of the soon-to-be world famous toon pair, the usage of the two names was merely a coincidence. (As a side note, a "Tom and Jerry" was also the name of a popular Christmastime drink.)

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Puss Gets the Boot premiered on February 10, 1940. The toon was released without any fanfare, completely unceremoniously. The fact is, the suits at MGM had already screened it for themselves and were unimpressed, but since they had nothing else in the works, they decided to release it.

Although the general concept of the series (cat menacing and chasing mouse, with mouse turning the tables and coming out the victor by toon's end) was already set, the two main characters had not yet been given their iconic names. In this toon, Tom is called "Jasper" and Jerry goes unnamed (although in the writer's notes, he is referred to as "Jinx"). Ironically, a much later Hanna-Barbera toon television series would feature a character named "Jinx," who was a cat. Jinx was the nemesis of two mice named Pixie and Dixie.

After the release of Puss Gets the Boot, the execs at MGM were still grumbling about the whole "cat and mouse" shtick ("Haven't we had enough cat and mouse cartoons already?") But to everyone's astonishment, Puss Gets the Boot garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Animated Short. The public loved Puss Gets the Boot, too.

But the clincher was a letter from a leading Texas distributor asking, "When are we going to see more of those adorable cat and mouse cartoons?" This distributor was too important to ignore, so Hanna and Barbera were told to develop the series.

It was in the follow-up toon, The Midnight Snack (1941), that "Tom and Jerry" were officially dubbed as such. Interestingly, a contest was run to give the characters their monikers. An animator named John Carr won $50 for coming up with  the names "Tom" and "Jerry."

The pattern behind the scenes was set too, with Barbera creating the story and Hanna supervIsing production. The Tom and Jerry cartoons, like all previous cat and mouse animated encounters, featured a predatory cat preying (or trying to prey) on a physically smaller and weaker mouse. This, of course, made Jerry the sympathetic figure, the audience's rooting interest.

Interestingly, although Tom did go after Jerry in pretty much every toon, he seldom desired (as one would logically assume) to actually consume him. Tom's intention usually appeared to be more of a sadistic desire, to hurt, embarrass or humiliate Jerry, or to use him as a gift to impress or woo the female felines he was enamored of.

The violence featured in the Tom and Jerry toons was often criticized as being excessive. (The Simpsons' overly violent characters Itchy and Scratchy are a homage to Tom and Jerry.) And they are amongst the most violent toons in animation history, but like the Three Stooges' slapstick shorts, they never resulted in any blood or gore and no permanent injuries were ever sustained.

Tom usually took the brunt of the violence, in fact, he actually died in five Tom and Jerry toons. In 1944's Mouse Trouble, Tom is seen going off to heaven, harp in hand, and in 1952's The Two Mousketeers, he is guillotined off-camera. Although Tom was usually the aggressor, in two toons, Mouse Trouble and The Missing Mouse (1953) Jerry actually beats him up.

In the series, Tom has a healthy appetite not only for menacing Jerry, but for trying to make time with the lady cats. His two main female objects of desire are Toots, introduced in Puss 'n Toots (1942) and Toodles Galore, who made her first appearance in Springtime for Thomas (1946). Toodles never speaks, but Toots does address her admirer as "Tommy."

Toots, Toodles, and the other less famous objects of Tom's male desire, were usually featured so Tom could try to impress them by displaying his macho power over Jerry. This, of course, always resulted in the opposite, and Tom, as in his pursuit of Jerry, always failed in charming his desired females

Tom and Jerry seldom spoke themselves. However, there were frequent laughs and high-pitched, suffering squeals of pain -coming from Tom. When the characters did speak, Wiliam Hanna would supply his own voice for Tom, along with Clarence Nash (the voice of Donald Duck), Red Coffee, Harry E. Lang and Billy Bletcher. Jerry's voice was often supplied by Sara Berner. All voices in Tom and Jerry cartoons were uncredited

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The "no speak" rule usually applied, but was not written in stone. Tom sings "Is You Is or Is you ain't My Baby" in Solid Serenade (1946). In The Zoot Cat (1944), Tom tries to woo Toots by using a Charles Boyer, heavy on the thick French accent, voice. In 1946's Trap Happy, Tom spells out the word "cat" and points to himself. Sometimes, after one of his usual disasters, Tom will hauntingly look at the camera and creepily say "Don't you believe it." This was a take-off of the then-popular radio series of the same name.

Jerry did not verbalize as often as Tom, but in 1956's Blue Cat Blues, Paul Frees, as Jerry, is actually the toon's narrator. The Zoot Cat is also highly unusual, in that both Tom and Jerry speak.

There were other, peripheral characters who recurred in the series. Butch, an alley cat, was a sometimes friend/sometimes rival of Tom's. The two would sometimes be pitted against each other in pursuit of a female cat. But other times, Tom and Butch were pals and ran around with the same gang of cats- Lightning, Topsy and Meathead.

Another adversary of Tom's is a giant (and not very bright) bulldog named Spike, who spoke in a Jimmy Durante-like voice. Although in some of the toons they are allies, Spike usually gives Tom something else to worry about in his pursuit of Jerry.

Perhaps the most unfortunate character in the Tom and Jerry series is "Mammy Two Shoes." Mammy is a stereotypical African-American house maid who will talk to Tom, either admonishing him or being cordial. Mammy, like all other Tom and Jerry human adults, is seldom seen, except from the waist down. However, in Saturday Evening Puss (1950), her face is briefly shown.

Mammy has been either deleted out, re-dubbed or re-animated in many of the television versions of Tom and Jerry. In the DVD Tom and Jerry series, Whoopi Goldberg appears and tells the viewer about Mammy Two Shoes, reminding them that yes, the character was stereotypical, but it was also, at the time, important to have any appearances at all by African-Americans in mainstream films and cartoons.

In 1958, Tot Watchers, the last of the 114 original MGM Tom and Jerry cartoons was released. Because of financial constraints, the popular series ended its incredible run.

By this time, the Tom and Jerry cartoons had become the most financially successful animated shorts franchise in the history of film animation. And not only that, but during their 18-year run (1940-1958), Tom and Jerry cartoons were nominated for 13 Academy Awards. The pair won seven Oscars, the most for any animated characters.

Later versions of Tom and Jerry were produced, in both film and on television. But like the "39 classic" episodes of The Honeymooners, all other versions sadly pale in comparison.

Oh yes, one last thing.

During the Tom and Jerry initial run, Wiliam Hanna and Joseph Barbera were completely unknown to the mainstream public. But using Tom and Jerry as a career springboard, they were able to launch a legacy of beloved animated tv series and characters, including The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-doo, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and many others. These toons, along with their original brainchild Tom and Jerry, continue to delight children (and adults) the world over.

Microchip Implants for Employees



Would you allow your employer to implant a microchip in your hand? Three Square Market in Wisconsin is rolling out a program to do just that. So far, 50 of the company's 80 employees have agreed to have a chip embedded between their thumb and forefinger, which will enable them to open doors, pay for food in the cafeteria, and other tasks that can use RFID technology.

“It was pretty much 100 percent yes right from the get-go for me,” said Sam Bengtson, a software engineer. “In the next five to 10 years, this is going to be something that isn’t scoffed at so much, or is more normal. So I like to jump on the bandwagon with these kind of things early, just to say that I have it.”

Jon Krusell, another software engineer, and Melissa Timmins, the company’s sales director, were more hesitant. Mr. Krusell, who said he was excited about the technology but leery of an implanted device, might get a ring with a chip instead.

“Because it’s new, I don’t know enough about it yet,” Ms. Timmins said. “I’m a little nervous about implanting something into my body.”

What could possibly go wrong? Right off the bat, I can imagine the 30 employees who aren't so enthusiastic about it may be pressured into having the procedure sooner or later. It could become possible for the company to track your whereabouts 24 hours a day. It may eventually become mandatory for employment, there or at other companies. The chips could be hacked. The list goes on and on. There have been books and movies predicting such tech and how it could go wrong in so many ways. Read more on the story at the New York Times. -via Metafilter

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If None Of These Bumper Stickers Make You Laugh Then Nothing Will



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It's easy to find something to get angry about while driving, but the laughs are few and far between unless you account the times when you sarcastically laugh at the other drivers' crappy driving skills.

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This lack of laughs is exactly why bumper stickers are a crucial part of our automobile dependent lives, for the laughs they provide help prevent road rage incidents by keeping the mood light.

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Of course, there are a ton of bumper stickers out there that are meant to make other drivers angry, but it's best to just think of those as markers indicating which cars should be trashed in the parking lot!

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See If None Of These Bumpers Stickers Make You Laugh, Nothing Will here

Watch a Swimming Corgi from Underneath



Okay, can you think of anything less efficient than little Corgi legs doing a dog paddle? Yet Zero is having a great time in the swimming pool. The Jaws theme is the icing on the cake for this cute video. I wonder if all that fur traps air bubbles and make a Corgi more buoyant than other dogs.

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Zero's full name is Zero Marie Hussein Corgibutt, which makes her special right away. She has her own Instagram account. -via Tastefully Offensive

Cookie's Gym - C Is Also For Cardio



Cookie's Gym by Kinda Creative

Cookies don't seem like the kind of food you'd want to eat when you're trying to get ripped and lose weight, but a monster's metabolism is quite different than ours. Some monsters can go hard for a month by eating a single medium sized dog, and others can live for days on a pint or two of human blood, and the one they call Cookie derives his explosive power from those little baked flour discs humans love to gobble up. And while cookies make humans fat they're like steroids for the Cookie Monster, complete with the uncontrollable rage side effect! So make sure you don't have a cookie in your pocket when Cookie asks you to spot him...

Get dressed up to go to the gym and work off those pastry pounds with this Cookie's Gym t-shirt by Kinda Creative, it's the funny way to fight the hunger within you that craves fresh baked cookies!

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Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery



There haven't been any medical emergencies in space so far, mainly because missions were short through most of the space program's history. First aid on the ISS is supervised by doctors at mission control, and if someone were to be injured, they can be evacuated by Soyuz (although it isn't easy). But going to Mars would take about three years, and with a full crew, the odds are that someone will eventually sustain an injury that requires surgery. There would be no help outside the ship. And surgery in space presents unique challenges that doctors with gravity on their side don't have to consider. NASA flight surgeon Anil Menon gives us a rundown on the particulars of space medicine.

Even administering drugs gets harder in space. “Once you pop a blister tab, a pill is exposed to air and becomes oxidizable, so it decays in terms of usefulness,” says Menon. IVs rely on gravity on Earth; in space, you need a pump, and bubbles that would otherwise float to the top stay in solution, potentially posing the threat of embolism. Peggy Whitson, on the ISS right now, has been experimenting with those procedures. “You need a lot of fluid, but that’s a lot of mass and volume that we don’t have up there,” Menon says. “And bubbles float around in weird places. She had a lot of problems with that.”

In addition to problems getting liquid into the body, there's the problem of liquid coming out. Blood doesn't drip in zero gravity, but it can spurt. More likely, it would accumulate around a wound, making it hard to see. Read more of the weird things that will make space surgery difficult at Wired. -via Digg

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Pastry Chef Attempts To Make A Gourmet Twinkie



Twinkies are far from gourmet, as pastry chefs used to catering to a gourmet crowd are quick to point out, but what keeps them from being gourmet aside from the preservatives and the tacky packaging?

Bon Appetit's Senior Food Editor/pastry chef Claire Saffitz explores the essence of a Twinkie in an effort to make a new and improved version that tastes better and doesn't smell funny.

Can she create a new snack cake that'll crush the Twinkie and put Twinkie the Kid out of a job?

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