The 20 images you’re about to see are beyond explanation. These completely random and bizarre photos can best be summarized by one phrase: “You just had to be there.” It would almost be impossible to deduce why things happened they way they did. Why is that man covered in bread? Is that chimp drunk? What is going on here? (Prepare yourself. Things are going to get a little weird.)
1.) Hey, tigers like hot tubs, too.
2.) … I can’t even…
3.) I think he had a rough night.
4.) Rough day?
5.) Tigger crossed a line.
6.) Is that Bird Man? Or Bread Man?
7.) “I love daddy. Why would daddy do this to me?”
8.) This is not how you treat cacti.
9.) Just let this scene sink in.
10.) This happy family is going to give me nightmares.
11.) The only thing a man needs are his chickens.
12.) Oh deer…
13.) Soooo, what exactly are they gazing lovingly at?
14.) Sharing is caring!
15.) Wild thing. You give me nightmares.
16.) I have no idea what is going on here, nor do I want to.
17.) This student wasn’t especially quick, but he tried hard.
18.) Cartoon characters run the world.
19.) This fox couldn’t believe how long the line was for the ATM.
20.) Hi-ho, Silver, awayyyyy!
(H/T Bored Panda) This is just more confirmation that we live in a strange place. The next time you’re walking down the street and you see a fox patiently waiting in line at the ATM, don’t question it. Just take a picture and keep on walking. Share these oddities with others, we think they’ll get a kick out of it.
Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic gather the facts during a case in a Season 6 episode of "Castle."
Image: Danny Feld/ABC
Longtime Castle showrunner Andrew Marlowe is handing over the reins.
After six seasons of managing the day-to-day duties, series creator Marlowe is turning over responsibilities to executive producer David Amann, who, over the years, has penned some of the show’s biggest and buzziest episodes, including those featuring the show’s notorious 3XK killer.
“Over the past four seasons, David has proven himself to be a tremendous leader and a great steward of our show’s unique voice. I’m excited to continue our creative collaboration as he assumes his new responsibilities,” Marlowe said in a statement via ABC.
Marlowe will reportedly maintain a day-to-day presence at the show, which continues to be a stalwart for the network, ranking second in its time slot last season, but he will also put energy into developing new projects, as he has an overall deal with ABC Studios.
Castle closed out Season 6 with a cliffhanger (of course!) that left Richard Castle’s (Nathan Fillion) fate unknown, following a fiery car crash on his wedding day. The show returns for a new season in the fall — presumably with its title character.
In 1952, just a few weeks prior to the publication of his classic children’s book Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White was asked by his editor at Harper & Row, Ursula Nordstrom, to explain why he wrote the book.
In a letter to back (recently obtained by Letters of Note), White responded with a beautiful anecdote about the bond between humans and animals, his appreciation of spiders, and how a book is like a sneeze:
“I have been asked to tell how I came to write ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ Well, I like animals, and it would be odd if I failed to write about them. Animals are a weakness with me, and when I got a place in the country I was quite sure animals would appear, and they did.”
“A farm is a peculiar problem for a man who likes animals, because the fate of most livestock is that they are murdered by their benefactors. The creatures may live serenely but they end violently, and the odor of doom hangs about them always. I have kept several pigs, starting them in spring as weanlings and carrying trays to them all through summer and fall. The relationship bothered me. Day by day I became better acquainted with my pig, and he with me, and the fact that the whole adventure pointed toward an eventual piece of double-dealing on my part lent an eerie quality to the thing. I do not like to betray a person or a creature, and I tend to agree with Mr. E.M. Forster that in these times the duty of a man, above all else, is to be reliable. It used to be clear to me, slopping a pig, that as far as the pig was concerned I could not be counted on, and this, as I say, troubled me. Anyway, the theme of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ is that a pig shall be saved, and I have an idea that somewhere deep inside me there was a wish to that effect.”
4. “Only in rare instances has anybody ever come to grief because of a spider.”
“As for Charlotte herself, I had never paid much attention to spiders until a few years ago. Once you begin watching spiders, you haven’t time for much else—-the world is really loaded with them. I do not find them repulsive or revolting, any more than I find anything in nature repulsive or revolting, and I think it is too bad that children are often corrupted by their elders in this hate campaign. Spiders are skilful, amusing and useful. and only in rare instances has anybody ever come to grief because of a spider.”
“One cold October evening I was lucky enough to see Aranea Cavatica spin her egg sac and deposit her eggs. (I did not know her name at the time, but I admired her, and later Mr. Willis J. Gertsch of the American Museum of Natural History told me her name.) When I saw that she was fixing to become a mother, I got a stepladder and an extension light and had an excellent view of the whole business. A few days later, when it was time to return to New York, not wishing to part with my spider, I took a razor blade, cut the sac adrift from the underside of the shed roof, put spider and sac in a candy box, and carried them to town. I tossed the box on my dresser. Some weeks later I was surprised and pleased to find that Charlotte’s daughters were emerging from the air holes in the cover of the box. They strung tiny lines from my comb to my brush, from my brush to my mirror, and from my mirror to my nail scissors. They were very busy and almost invisible, they were so small. We all lived together happily for a couple of weeks, and then somebody whose duty it was to dust my dresser balked, and I broke up the show.”
6. “I haven’t told why I wrote the book, but I haven’t told you why I sneeze, either. A book is a sneeze.”
“At the present time, three of Charlotte’s granddaughters are trapping at the foot of the stairs in my barn cellar, where the morning light, coming through the east window, illuminates their embroidery and makes it seem even more wonderful than it is.
I haven’t told why I wrote the book, but I haven’t told you why I sneeze, either. A book is a sneeze.”
Soon, in many parts of the world, the temperature will drop dramatically and we’ll be consumed by snow. This makes the roads dangerous, the heating bills rise, and the time spent inside increase exponentially. In a nutshell, there’s a lot of bad that comes with it. But, there’s a lot of good, too. Well, at least one thing. It’s beautiful. Here are 23 places that look absolutely gorgeous in the winter.
Alcazar de Segovia, Spain
Buskerud Fylke, Norway
The French Alps
The Italian Dolomites
Knife River, Minnesota
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Darashkol, Altay Mountains, Russia
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park in Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Northern British Columbia, Canada
Norwegian Boreal Forest
The Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
The Tadami River in Fukushima, Japan
Yosemite National Park
Okay, I’m slightly more ready for the winter. How about you? Share this on Facebook and prepare others for the impending change.
Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo pictured in 2012.
Image: Louis Lanzano/Associated Press
Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York and father of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died Thursday of natural causes due to heart failure, his family announced in a statement. He was 82.
Cuomo, known for his oratory skills, served as governor for three terms from 1983 to 1994. The democrat was the 52nd governor of New York. He also served as lieutenant governor and secretary of state of New York prior to his terms as governor.
His 1984 Democratic National Convention speech in San Francisco got him national attention after he slammed President Ronald Reagan, characterizing him as out of touch with poor Americans.
Party leaders unsuccessfully urged Cuomo to run for president twice.
He died, with his family at his side, just hours after his son was sworn into his second term in office on New Year’s Day.
“He’s not well enough to come,” his son told a crowd of dignitaries at One World Trade Center, according to The New York Daily News. “He couldn’t be here physically today but my father is in this room.”
Condolences—from politicians to supporters to journalists— began to flow in after news of the former governor’s death broke.
Former New York Gov. George Pataki, his successor, described him as a “great New Yorker” of “soaring intellect” and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called him “a giant.”
To President Barack Obama, Cuomo was a determined champion of progressive values, and an unflinching voice for tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness, dignity, and opportunity.
“His own story taught him that as Americans, we are bound together as one people, and our country’s success rests on the success of all of us, not just a fortunate few,” Obama said in a statement.
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Gov Cuomo a proud son of immigrants, possessed of a soaring intellect & a great New Yorker.