by Jamie Frevele | 5:30 pm, July 1st, 2012
Because teenagerdom is a mess, but some people handle it better than others.
by Jamie Frevele | 5:30 pm, July 1st, 2012
by Jamie Frevele | 3:59 pm, July 1st, 2012
Penny Palfrey, a 49-year-old endurance swimmer, had set out to complete a record-breaking 107-mile swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys. But what set this feat apart from your typical 107-mile swim is that this one was taking place in shark-infested waters. And Palfrey was going to accomplish this without the protection of a shark cage. Around midnight, she cut her swim short with about 26 miles to go, but seriously, can we really call this woman a slouch? Really? Yeah, I didn’t think so.READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 2:27 pm, July 1st, 2012
For those of us on a budget who still want to hold on to our girlish figures, sometimes we need to get creative. In the case of this 72-year-old Russian grandmother, that means heading to the playground for some old-fashioned calisthenics. Come inside and check out her routine, and see if you’re not inspired to get the heck off the couch and hit the monkey bars.READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 12:55 pm, July 1st, 2012
Helen Mirren has been hanging out in Czech Republic recently for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. While there, she paid tribute to the late Nora Ephron and brought up the all-important question: Why don’t we have more female directors? Hey, good question! And what better person to raise it than a heavily awarded woman with decades in the business?READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 11:27 am, July 1st, 2012
Furious Molecules has been working on a seven-part web series that takes a look at the time in Harry Potter’s magical life that will surely turn out to be less magical than he’d hoped: his late 20s. Set to premiere on July 20, Harry Potter and the Ten Years Later will deal with everything before that heartwarming epilogue at the end of Deathly Hallows, like Ginny getting antsy for little James, Albus, and Lily, but also — working at a desk job. Above is a preview, which gives us some reason to worry about all those ambitions those kids had that have been completely — and hilariously — dashed.
Okay, I will note that going by the books, Harry and Ginny have had all their children by the time they hit their late 20s. But do we have to be this technical when something looks this great? Here, I’ll just make you forget: Obliviate!
(Furious Molecules on YouTube via tipster Dana — thanks, Dana!)
by Jamie Frevele | 5:42 pm, June 29th, 2012
If a Dalek had babies with the guys from Lonely Island, this is exactly what would happen: adorable robots rapping about invading a bench and all of its surrounding areas. That unholy matrimony didn’t actually happen, but these little bots comes courtesy of animators Tom and Mark. We will end the day on this: your future, tiny overlords.
(via Laughing Squid)
by Jamie Frevele | 3:29 pm, June 29th, 2012
I have breaking news for everyone: no matter what you do today, you will not top this video. Because this is a video in which children re-enact the chestbursting scene from Ridley Scott‘s Alien. With a sock puppet and a hair clip. And pizza and fake mustaches. These kids will grow up to be heroes. I just know it. They laugh in the face of fear (at about 30 seconds in).
by Jamie Frevele | 2:03 pm, June 29th, 2012
Progress is making us lazier and lazier, amirite? Remote controls, smartphone machines, cheese in cans. And now, science is making it possible for our blood supply to receive enough oxygen to our bodies without us even having to breathe. This is terrible news, you guys. If we can’t use “getting winded” as an excuse, how are we supposed to avoid exercising?
I’m kidding. This is actually a pretty important medical breakthrough.READ MORE
by Ctrl Alt Destroy | 12:29 pm, June 29th, 2012
Back in February, we told you about the Run For Your Lives 5K Race, the zombie-themed obstacle course that pitted its runners against some “brain-thirsty” zombies. The objective of the race is for the runners to hold on to five white flags (signifying their “health”) and avoid having them stolen by zombies. Nicole “Ctrl Alt Destroy” Zeckner of the Circle City Derby Girls of Indianapolis has a firsthand account of her experience suiting up in zombie gear for the June 23 event, trying to eat the brains of runners (by stealing their flags), then trying to make it through as a survivor.
Pulling into the parking lot of the course, we knew we were in for a good time. We drove along a bumpy, gravely path with signs warning us of the zombies ahead. We were heading into the ZTC (Zombie Transformation Center) to begin the day undead.READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 4:57 pm, June 27th, 2012