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Hilary Clinton Meme

The Dude —  November 3, 2016

To paraphrase Charlie Chaplin, it’s either laugh or cry.

As America races breathlessly to the finish line of an election that has swung from disheartening to exhilarating to downright nausea inducing, the troubled nation has reached to the soothing balm of comedy to ease its electoral fever.

Late night and web comics have feasted off an embarrassment of comedy riches this cycle, with one candidate living up to his background in reality television, and the other tripping up on her own awkward secrecy, while attempting to become cool.

Setting aside the most famous orange haircut since carrot top, which has its own universe of dank fuel for chuckles, let’s take a look at some of the best funny memes surrounding the first woman nominated by a major party to run for president.

A fairly typical Hilary Clinton meme might consist of an unflattering, or borderline freakish, image of her face, combined with a blank slam of her or her supporters.

The vast majority of the Hilary meme market is intensely negative, which is, perhaps, to be expected from the internet in a free country holding a spicy election contest.

In a worse offense though, the attacks are often blunt and witless, lacking the nuance and slice of true satire. A Hilary Clinton meme that approaches genuine hilarity appears to be something of a rare bird.

In an effort to address this market failing, we have curated a selection of the top thirteen respectable entries in the Hillary Clinton meme genre. They range from supportive to apoplectic, but share a unifying theme in that they are actually funny in some way, and they get to the heart of what we think about our candidate.

1. The Terminator

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Early in the campaign there was a side by side meme comparing Bernie Sanders to Clinton. This example from that subgenre speaks to our perception of Hillary as eerily controlled, much the way we saw Mitt Romney, or, for a brief, sputtery moment, Marco Rubio.

2. Textual Healing

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Solid wordplay gets to the truth-bending soul-bond between Mr. and Mrs. Clinton that enrages opponents and makes even allies uncomfortable.

3. All In The Game

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This pic perfectly pings Hillary’s technological woes, while weaving in a contempo, urban patois that plays to the image of Hillary as a gangster, which is fun, once again, for both fans and detractors.4. Stonecuttershc6-w710-h473-2x
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In Clinton world, it’s always about triangulation. A sensible method to promote technocracy? Or symbolic homage to the cult that rules the world?This meme pokes fun at the web of conspiracy theories surrounding Clinton and Obama, perhaps with an extra cheeky boost from the fact that Hillary herself once alluded to a vast conspiracy aligned against her.

5. Likable Enough?

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A wordless wonder, this girl’s face says it all.Can she trust this loudly laughing person with five hundred rocks on her necklace? Is this lady for real?The glance of a child summed up the skepticism of a nation.

6. Your New Empire

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Is the recent rise of Daenerys and Cercei completely a coincidence?

7. Gamegirl

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Nothing changes, nothing stays the same.

8. Obama: Text Buddy

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Someday the Obama presidential library may display historic emoji chats.

9. Aunt Hillary Wants You

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A great picture is a great picture. If you’re looking for a starting place for a meme of your own, consider this.

10. Baller And Chains

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There’s no denying the Clinton foundation has saved and improved lives all over the world. Along the way, the Clintons have grown wealthy.This meme meet these ends neatly, with more awkward body language for comedic impact.

11. Is This Forever?

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Playing to our hopes and fears of impending technological immortality, this meme asks the question: Could Hillary be the future of our race?

12. Tweeny Bopper

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Hillary’s mojo with millennials has been famously mild. The day the candidate danced the “Nay Nay” on Ellen, she earned this meme like a badge.

13. You Can’t Handle The Truth

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This one wins.For the candidate who answered the question “Have you always told the truth?” with the words “I’ve always tried to,” this hits the nail on the head.Her gloriously uncomfortable posture, combined with her sharp, almost laser, eyes, sums up the Hillary experience: she may be effortlessly brilliant in many domains, but casual earnest immediacy is not among them.Perhaps it’s because she really is a sinister monster out to enslave humanity. Perhaps it’s the product of a lifetime in the public service spotlight, where every word is weighed and measured by millions.Entirely regardless, and quite aside from weighty questions concerning the future of Earth, Hillary has for thirty years been a focus of American conversation.The way things look right now, we might be laughing at her awkwardness, pondering her agenda, and, as we do with every public figure, seeing parts of ourselves in her persona for years yet to come.

As we gaze forward to the twenty twenties, let’s take a last glance back for nineties nostalgia, with one non Hillary Clinton meme:

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With so many on the market during the fall season, how do you choose the best pumpkin beer? Check out the list below for some of the most unique, flavorful, and just plain enjoyable beers to drink when you want your fill of pumpkin this Autumn.

1. Boulevard Funky Pumpkin

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For a truly unique pumpkin beer experience, give this spiced sour ale a try! You can hardly taste the pumpkin at all. The strongest flavors in this beer are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, along with the tartness of the fermentation. Try this beer when you’ve had your fill of regular pumpkin ales.

2. Cambridge Brewing Company The Great Pumpkin Ale

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Whether you are a pumpkin fanatic or hesitant to try it, you are sure to love this beer! The flavor of fresh pumpkin is subtle, while your favorite autumn spices steal the show. As they do with all of their beers, this one is made with organic, sustainable, local produce, using pumpkins from nearby farms to make this delicious beer.

3. Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby

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You won’t be able to get enough of this spooky brew! They take a traditional pumpkin ale and age it in rum barrels to give it a deeper, more complex flavor. This beer features the flavors of pumpkin, spices, vanilla, oak, and a subtle hint of rum. This isn’t your girlfriend’s pumpkin beer!

 

4. Tröegs Master of Pumpkins

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This tasty beer uses roasted local pumpkins, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger to give you that delightful flavor of Autumn treats. The French saison yeast and hints of vanilla and honey will shake up your taste buds like no other pumpkin ale you have tasted.

5. Avery Rumpkin

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You will only need one glass of this spicy and sweet fall brew! This unique beer is a traditional pumpkin ale, but aged in rum barrels to give it hints of oak and sweet molasses. You’ll love the sweet Autumn flavors but be warned: this one is 18% ABV!

6. Captain Lawrence Autumn Blaze

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This smooth amber ale is arguably the best pumpkin beer for easy drinking. With just 5% ABV, you can enjoy it while raking leaves or having your last cookout of the year. This beeris made by adding real pumpkin right in with the mash for the perfect Fall flavor. It tastes malty with hints of allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon to warm you up.

7. Southern Tier Warlock

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Here is a pumpkin brew that isn’t for the faint of heart. This full-bodied imperial stout is pitch black in color and begs to be drunk from a goblet. The classic pumpkin pie flavor mixes with dark chocolate, coffee, and tons of malt for a strong yet sweet taste. It is surprisingly smooth, so the 10% ABV will hit you in a hurry.

8. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

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This beer has been enjoyed by beer lovers for over a decade and it is easy to see why once you taste it. It is a full-bodied brown ale that is flavored with pumpkin, brown sugar, and sweet spices. Plus the 7% ABV means it will warm you up on those cool late Autumn nights. They brew this one in limited quantities, so try some as soon as you see it in stores!

9. O Fallon Pumpkin Beer

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This brew from O’Fallon Brewery tastes like everyone’s favorite Autumn dessert: pumpkin pie! They add 120 pounds of real pumpkin to every batch for an authentic flavor. This beer features the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves along with hints of sweet malt and caramel.

10. Shipyard Pumpkin Beer (Pumpkinhead)

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This seasonal favorite is sure to become one of your favorite varieties of pumpkin spice beer. It is a golden wheat ale with the subtle flavor of fall spices. With 4.5% ABV, it is light enough to enjoy a few at a Halloween party or Autumn bonfire.

11. Jolly Pumpkin Beer

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This brewery offers a number of spicy, complex beers for you to try and enjoy. Despite the name, none of their beers actually feature a pumpkin flavor. This is perfect for guys who want to hop on the pumpkin spice bandwagon but don’t actually like the taste of the fruit. Try Fuego del Otoño (aka Autumn Fire) for a spicy sweet brew that tastes just like fall.

 

As you probably know already, posting to your close friends’ and family’s Facebook walls is almost as important as attending the family Christmas dinner or attending your cousin’s wedding. However, you cannot just slap down a “Happy Birthday, George! Love you! xoxo” because that makes you look like you don’t actually care, and you really don’t have it in you to write a long, heartfelt letter to them because…that is just weird to do on Facebook unless you’re a 13-year-old girl trying to impress her crush. There is one universal language that even the most inexperienced internet surfers are proficient in: memes. That’s right, from Doge to Caveman Spongebob to soulful Meryl Streep, we all can get a good giggle out of those bold-faced beauties. Here are 18 killer memes that will make you seem like you actually care about Aunt Helen’s 64th birthday, or that will make up for the fact that you totally forgot they existed until you got the notification that their birthday was today.

 

The birthday meme for the friend who holds on to a joke for way too long.

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The birthday meme from the not-so-closet alcoholic.

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Binge watch Parks and Recreation, or just trying to find the perfect birthday meme for a Ron Swanson in your life?

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Are you the Facebook friend that doesn’t appear unless circumstances are in order? This birthday meme is all you.

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Maybe not the best birthday meme to post to a mutual friend of your mother, but hilarious none the less.

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The birthday meme for that aunt you know is lying every year…

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The birthday meme for that special someone in your life who was hit with aging like a thrown brick…

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The second best birthday gift besides a birthday meme: genuine affection.

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The birthday meme for your friend with a dark sense of humor.

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The birthday meme for the friend who is a little too into vodka.

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When you’ve spent an hour trying to find a good birthday meme, because you know…

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The perfect birthday meme for your older sibling.

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A birthday meme wishing your favorite MJ fan a long and normal life. 

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The best way to spread birthday cheer is through dog-themed birthday memes.

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The essential birthday meme for the baby lover in your life.

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Have a Conservative in your life that has a good sense of humor? This birthday meme is perfect!

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For the man in your life who can’t get over Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen…

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For the Olympiad fan who doesn’t want to face the truth about how they’ll never make it on Team USA…

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For that person who loves a classic meme…

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For the long distance friend who could use a mega laugh on their birthday…

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For the lazy, cheap student in all of us to gift to our mothers…

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The best innocent recommendation for your mother’s Facebook birthday wall wishes…

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 For the Seinfeld-lover who wishes they were still in 1995 so they wouldn’t be so old this year…

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Another grumpy face, Ron Swanson birthday meme for the Grumpy Cat in all of us…

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The “I need an innocent meme for my 14-year-old cousin’s birthday to make me seem like the cool older cousin” birthday meme…

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When the horrible memories of the playground chants roll into your birthday mindset…

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And lastly, quite possibly the sad reality we hope to never face…

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The new Xbox One S is finally here and already players are enjoying its boosted performance. It’s faster, slicker and bound to make all your current Xbox One gaming experiences feel a whole lot better. But what exactly is under the hood of the Xbox One S and how much better can this revised edition be for gamers?

 

SPEED & PERFORMANCE

 

It’s almost the flagship factor that’s talked about every time when the topic of the new boosted console is raised. There’s no doubt it’s quicker but in terms of actual spec the revamped console itself has managed to increase its GPU clock-speed from 853MHz up to 914MHz, a 7.1% increase. Coupled also with ESRAM bandwidth increases gamers can now enjoy 219GB/s up from its original 204GB/s. Now these might not seem like huge increases and sure there are certain games where you might not even notice the difference. But popular titles where graphic-intensive scenes of gaming action play out, such as in ‘Gears of War 4’, players are certainly noticing the improvements thanks to the bolstered hardware.

 

THE GAMING EXPERIENCE

 

With speed and power very much at the top of the agenda for this project from the Microsoft development team, it’s great to see that other elements of the gaming experience as a whole have been well considered. The new console supports both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and streaming which means that a lot of your existing Xbox games as well as downloadable content will be able to be up scaled to 4K resolution. There’s even a higher contrast ratio as well as the introduction of High Dynamic Range technology which helps improve the visual depth of the game you’re playing.

 

Games like Fallout 4 and Mortal Kombat will now look unreal! That is, if fans of the franchise, that features some of the coolest female fighters ever, buy the console. According to the results of the 14,000 strong poll initiated by Mortal Kombat X’s Director Ed Boon, only 7% will bother to pick up the console: Watch out Microsoft!

 

OPTIONS & ENHANCEMENTS


The new Xbox One S is available as a special edition 2TB model, with a lesser 500GB, 1TB edition to be released in the near future. The console comes in a new white coloured casing, although recent reports are stating that due to its popularity there could be quite a wait for a new batch of white consoles to be released. The console itself is 40% smaller than the standard One mostly thanks to some well-considered button moving and the dropping of the current external power supply. Even the Xbox One controller has had a bit of an overhaul which now features Bluetooth support as well as nice new and comfortable textured grips.

 

 

 

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On this site you’ll make money fast and easy. Best of all you can link up with all of your friends who gamble without having to leave the house. Get ready for the full gamblers experience, as good as Reno or Vegas could ever be – and all in your own home! If you’re a betting man, hit NetBet. You’ll get the thrill, get the rush, and get the green stuff!

 

 

 

 

 

Why do we like spy TV shows so much? Well, in addition to the childhood fantasy where every one of us has at least once inmagined himself as a spy, there’s something about a TV show that blends good acting with action and an intricate conflict. Some of them are extremely well done and keep you on the edge 75% of the time, while others might seem a bit funny and goofy. Nevertheless, a good show will leave you asking for more episodes as soon as the end credits roll. Here are a few of our favorites:

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  1. The Americans (2014)

Partially based on the 2010 scandal where a number of Russian spies have been found in the United States under false identities. while offering information to their mother country, they were living “normal” lives, having children, friends and coworkers. This still ongoing series shows us the whole situation from the perspective of two spies, a man and a woman who have been together from a young age and who are struggling to keep their cover and create the best possible future for their two children.

  1. Spies, Lies and the Superbomb (2007)

Watching this one is a great, but powerful experience. Although short and brutally honest for the most part, it is a must see TV show even if you’re not into spies at all. The show centers around the birth of nuclear weapons and the people involved. Saying anything more would ruin your experience while watching it, so you’re going to have to discover the rest by yourselves.

  1. Homeland (2011)

Another ongoing TV series, Homeland has an intricate and unexpected topic: a bipolar CIA agent who has become a convicted war prisoner in the Middle East. Given her condition, she soon changed her mind about what’s right and wrong and is now part of Al-Quaeda, planning a terrorist attack on her home land.

  1. The Assets (2011)

An interesting example of how uprightness and integrity bind people together no matter the conflicts around them. It’s also a very representative “trailer” of the CIA and how everything works there. A show that keeps you on the edge without it being frustrating.

  1. The Company (2007)

This one is a must watch, definitely. It mixes reality with fiction by portraying real figures that participated or had an important role in the Cold War and putting them in a fictional story where the CIA agents and representatives of KGB, MI6 and the Mossad have to interact more than any of them would want to.

Of course, an honorable mention should go to the animated TV show “Archer”. It’s an animated comedy TV series that started airing in 2009 and let me tell you, it’s one of the funniest TV shows we’ve ever seen. Just try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

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7 Cool Gadgets for Men

The Dude —  June 19, 2016

Cool gadgets and tech gifts are great for modern men. Technology is improving day by day. Our devices are easier and more fun to use. They also provide inter-device connectivity and many other great features.

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There are dozens of cool gadgets for men out there. However, it can be tough to search through all these modern devices and pick the most suitable one for your taste and needs. Of course, some of those gadgets look great but we also want them to be innovative and show creativity.

Cool Gadgets for Men

Jaybird Freedom Wireless Buds

These wireless Bluetooth earbuds stay put even when you are running or working out. The newest model is smaller than the previous one and it features a new design which is more comfortable.

Linksys EA9500 MU-MIMO Tri-Band Router

The important thing to know about this revolutionary router is that it has a full bandwidth Wi-Fi speed that reaches up to 5,334Mbs. That is super-fast. The other thing worthy of knowing is that Linksys has more technology features packed in one single router for a very nice price.

FenSens Wireless Parking Sensor

This cool gadget is a much more affordable option for collision warning systems. It mounts like a license plate frame and connects to an IOS or Android app to warn you of an impending collision. It alerts you by using visible and audio warnings.

Apple Watch

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This is a great tech device which has a brilliant interface. It has features such as health and fitness metrics, communications, and time-management apps. It costs 350 dollars.

Nikon D750

If you are mad about photography, then this is the right gadget for you. On the other hand, if so far you have used only your smartphone camera, buying a full-frame DSLR will blow your mind. With this camera, you will capture more information from every scene.

Images are sharper, richer, brighter. Nikon helps you in having great results as a photographer. It costs $2,300 dollars.

Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker

This espresso maker has solved the problem with getting a good cup of tasty energy. It basically works like a Keurig, but instead of coffee, it uses espresso pods. It makes flawless espressos every time. Its price is $183.24 dollars.

Microsoft Band

This cool gadget has many various features such as step-counting, sleep-tracking, built-in heart-rate monitor and GPS, and much more. Furthermore, the band has also a customizable notifications system that will alert you when is necessary. You can set up alerts from Twitter mentions to calendar events.

We need technology in our lives and the list of cool gadgets above can help you decide what your priorities are, and which device you want and need most.

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The popular game Dark Souls, now finally released in its third version, has risen over the past few years to an almost cult icon status in the gaming community. Dark Souls 3 was initially released in March this year, and is developed by FromSoftware. After its release, the game received positive reviews and what could be called great critical acclaim, with ratings ranging from 8.5 to 10 stars, on average, from the major gaming magazines and so on. Its fans praise the game for its impeccable graphics, immersive storyline, and nostalgic wink to previous games from the same developer. Curious to find out more about Dark Souls III and whether it’s something you might enjoy? Here is what you need to know, in a scoopful of main strengths (and downsides as well, immediately after).

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What We Love Most in Dark Souls III

  1. The Storyline – You are a resurrected corpse (zombie, if you’d like, though the term is not specifically used), brought back from the beyond to defeat corrupt creatures and then trade their captured souls for character, armor and weapon upgrades. The universe you are immersed in really has the power to engage you in multiple ways: it’s dark, beautiful (in a haunting way), and the fast pace of the narrative changes keeps you on your toes. You can be looking forward to 70-80 hours of unique gameplay.
  2. The Graphics and Visual Experience – As mentioned above, the universe is really immersive and managed to involve you really fast. The amazing graphics play a huge role in this experience, of course, and critics have described this feature of Dark Souls III as resembling both the previous versions of the game and Bloodborne (another game from the same publisher), only in a much more complex and well-rounded way.
  3. The Sense of a Well-Rounded Series Being Complete – There will probably not be another Dark Souls game released any time soon, or if there will be, it will surely be less successful. Both critics and fans alike saw in Dark Souls III a masterpiece touch, one that brings together storyline and visual elements from the previous releases, in an artful and engaging way. The boss fights are allegedly the best in the entire series, while the signature style and clever nods to the other parts of the game are a delight.

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Downsides to Consider

  • Frustrating difficulty – Getting through a zone can turn out to be quite frustrating, with bosses and high level mobs who one-shot kill you if you’re not careful. If you experience continuous defeat and feel like quitting, read some Dark Souls III guides before calling it a day.
  • Not much novelty – While fans say that the signature style present throughout the entire series, only in a more flawless and composed manner, is what draws them to Dark Souls III, critics say that for this very reason, the gameplay can feel boring. If you’re usually into games for their novelty and expect surprises at every turn, then perhaps this isn’t your cup of tea.

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Most people probably associate Germany mainly with blonde people, sausages and beer; and maybe some think of Oktoberfest as well. But there are plenty of things about Germany you would never suspect and which make it one of the most interesting countries to learn about (or travel to). Here are the top 15 cool facts about Germany: most are not very well-known but super-impressive all the more.

1. Beer is officially considered a food (in Bavaria)

Everyone already knew that there are a lot of types of beer in Germany, but few would guess it’s officially considered a food. In fact, there have been historical recordings of medieval monks in Germany who fasted with no food for days, only by drinking beer (about 5 liters a day, which amounted to about 2000 calories, precisely the recommended intake for an adult). Still, the alcohol contents of such a ‘diet’ is pretty high, so we don’t recommend it to anyone.

2. Over 300 kinds of bread

Beer isn’t the only thing the Germans do well and in many ways. Although you wouldn’t normally think about German specialties when it comes to bread, one of the cool facts about Germany is its wide variety of breads. Try to sample a few when you have the chance.

3. And also bread museums

As if the wide variety of breads wasn’t enough to establish bread as a cultural landmark in German history, the country can also boast with bread museums.

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4. Over 150 castles

Germany seems to be the ideal place for medieval reenactment festivals (and there are indeed plenty of those): with over 150 castles, there’s surely enough ground for them.

5. The most densely populated country

Although there are no slums and ghettos to speak of, Germany is the most densely populated (but not overcrowded) country.

6. But also with one third total surface still covered in forests

Still, in spite of almost every bare area being populated, one third of Germany’s surface is still covered in forests. They sure managed to take care of their wild areas well and prevent excessive deforestation.

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7. 1 Liter-sized beer glasses (the Mass!)

When attending Oktoberfest, you can expect the standard beer serving size to be not 0.5 liters, but 1 whole liter! A list of the top cool facts about Germany couldn’t be complete without this gem.

8. The Christmas Tree tradition comes from Germany

The Tanenbaum (or Christmas tree) has been a Christmas tradition in Germany long before it spread to the rest of the world.

9. They also invented Fanta

During WWII, when they couldn’t import Coca-Cola anymore, they had to come up with an alternative, and hence Fanta was invented.

10. Holocaust denial is officially a crime

Since this is the place where it all began, they take Holocaust denial very seriously and punish offenders who claim that the crime didn’t take place.

11. The first printed book was created in Germany

Johannes Gutenberg is the worker credited with inventing the printing press, and the first such machines started to function in Nuremberg (southern Germany). This happened in approximately 1436, and the fast multiplication of written works has sparked a social revolution: the immediate effect was that literacy increased dramatically among people. For all the good which derived from what is known as The Printing Revolution, we have a German metalworker to thank. The first thing ever printed was a German poem.

12. The world’s tallest cathedral

Many of you may be familiar with the cathedral in Koln, but the one in Ulm (Einstein’s city) is taller by a few meters. Thus, the Ulm cathedral is the tallest cathedral in the world, measuring 162 meters.

13. The most zoos in the world

Over 400 zoos can be found in Germany, and they are also notable for the kind treatment of animals and the positive impression they leave on their visitors. One of the major tourist attractions in cities both large and small, zoos are definitely a long and esteemed tradition in Germany.

14. No speed limits on the highways

This is perhaps one of the most exhilarating detail on the list of cool facts about Germany: over 65% of the total surface of German highways (Autobahns) has no speed limits whatsoever. It may sound like a dangerous thrill, but the highways in question are actually very safe, and have plenty of lanes. If you ever want to find out just how fast your car can go, do visit Germany with it!

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15. The country’s leader has a Barbie doll made after her.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has had a Barbie doll made after her. For real!

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Sci-fi never gets old and we can’t really think of a single dude we know who doesn’t enjoy the genre (at least one book or at least one movie). A classic cult favorite in almost any form it would come, science fiction is just the right stuff for your weekly dose of fun escapism. Whether you prefer video games, classic films, books or TV shows, sci-fi is definitely cool.

Just like fantasy worlds, only with a most welcome touch of realism. And since TV shows have started to become even more popular than movies, we thought we should put together a list of the best sci-fi TV shows of 2015-2016, just in case you’re looking for something new to watch.

Read through and you will hopefully find at least a few cool sci-fi TV shows that you didn’t know about. More inspiration for good TV shows is never enough, so happy browsing and happy watching!

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1. Black Mirror

Set in a British-style dystopian world, this series featured focused episodes without much relation to each other, besides the common theme. This common theme is the dark relation between humanity and technology, and the multitude of wrong turns this can take. One of the extra cool touches about Black Mirror is the fact that each episode is laden with famous actors (you can totally expect to see people like Jon Hamm making guest appearances as well). The series started in 2011, but it’s still going strong in 2016 as well; make time to catch up if you haven’t seen it already.

2. The X Files

That’s right: the cult classic from our childhoods is making a comeback this year. Fresh new episodes starring the beloved duo of Mulder and Scully will be aired soon. If you’re into nostalgic TV watching and pop culture classics, you definitely shouldn’t miss the new X Files content upon its release.

3. One-Punch Man

This is probably the coolest TV series of the moment in the dude niche, judging by market trends and its exploding popularity. One-Punch Man tells the animated story of a hero without all the moral entanglements and serious talk (who’s being a hero just for fun, basically), and who can defeat most of his enemies with a single punch (hence his superhero name). Sounds kind of stupid? Hell yeah. All the more fun? Definitely.

4. Rick and Morty

Another animated series benefitting from high critical acclaim and which has won multiple awards, Rick and Morty tells the story of a super-genius scientist with the usual agenda you can expect, and his partner in projects, the grandson, who is actually not so bright. The contrast between these two makes for the most delicious geeky humor.

5. Sense 8

This cool show has been an instant ratings hit, and after the first season was released and completed in 2015, everyone is breathlessly expecting the second season scheduled for release in 2017. Sense8 is surely one of the most popular sci-fi TV shows of the moment, and it’s about 8 people who suddenly and mysteriously become mentally linked. Perfect strangers in the beginning, the 8 must then work together to survive those who decide to hunt them.

6. The Man in the High Castle

This show can seem to be at first just an alternate history utopia (or, more accurately, a dystopia, considering that Nazi Germany has won WWII and the United States are currently under its domination). But after a few episodes, mysterious images from ‘our’ history, the correct one, start to be broadcast through certain television channels, and the authorities do their best to keep the secret that challenges their order. The Man in the High Castle is a TV adaptation of a famous book series, and definitely one of the best sci-fi TV shows you can watch.

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The beautiful but haunted Jessica Jones.

7. Jessica Jones

If you’re a fan of the Marvel universe (and who isn’t), this is your next superhero flick to watch. Introducing Jessica Jones, a former super-heroine turned private investigator, this series proves that Marvel considered this character interesting enough to develop through an entire series rather than just a 2 hour movie, the way they usually do it. If we had to name just one as our favorite from the list of best sci-fi TV shows of the moment, this would be it.

8. Forever

A 200-year old man roams the streets of New York City and is trying to figure out for himself how come he seems to be immortal. Hence his job at the city’s morgue. Sounds intriguing so far? We surely answer this in the affirmative, and that’s why we deemed Forever one of the best choices when it comes to sci-fi TV shows.

9. The Expanse

If you tend to like sci-fi TV shows which take place in space and on other planets, then The Expanse is for you. It’s not so much about alien life forms, as it’s about political conspiracies, governmental control and Earth’s rebellious colony on an asteroid belt.

10. Orphan Black

Another huge hit in last year’s ratings, Orphan Black is about a woman discovering a vast conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looked just like her. From here on, the plot develops around the topics of clones, genetic manipulations and juicy assassin action.

These were our top picks for the best sci-fi TV shows of the moment. Enjoy!

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10 Fun Facts about Canada

The Dude —  February 15, 2016

 

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What do you know about Canada? It’s the homeland of maple syrup, of course, you also know about hockey. The weather can get very cold over there, that Justin Bieber is one of their exports and that it’s the second largest country in the world, after Russia. But what do you really know about Canada?

#1. Meaning of the name “Canada”

“Canada” is an Iroquoian language word meaning “Village.” The Iroquoian is a family of languages belonging to the North American tribes, which are famous for the fact that they lacked labial consonants. In modern days, all of the languages are almost extinct, with the exception of Cherokee and Mohawk, spoken only by a handful of elders.

#2. Canada believes in aliens

So much so, in fact, that Canada built the first ever UFO landing pod, in 1967, in St. Paul, a city in Alberta. It was built as a centennial project, in order to attract both tourists and other worldly visitors. The plaque that stands beside it reads: “Future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul”.

#3. Canadians are funny people

And creative as well, at least when it comes to toponymy and naming their cities. Canada is home to the only city in the world that has two exclamation marks in its name – the town of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

#4. Movie industry

The most famous movie ever made in Canada is Porky’s. It was released in 1981 and it revolves around the racy and funny adventures some teenage boys go through at a fictional high-school placed in Florida in the 50s. Porky’s is a club in the Everglades where the main characters go to become men.

#5. Canadian inventions, more or less accurate

Canada is famous for having claimed the invention of the IMAX, the electrical wheelchair and Trivial Pursuit. Apart from that, there are some certified inventions that belong to Canada, such as peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, the walkie-talkie, the snow blower, the sonar, hockey, the egg carton, the alkaline battery, the paint roller and five-pin bowling, among others.

#6. Santa is real and he lives in Canada

The country has a free service that handles all of Santa’s mail. Apart from that, if you write a letter to Santa, in any language you choose, you will get a letter back from the man himself. The address is North pole, HOH OHO, Canada.

#7. In Canada it smells like money

There have been rumors and claims that the Canadian $100 bill smells like maple. And if that wasn’t surprising enough, as it turns out, most people say they are actually bothered by the fact that the bills smell as such. The bank note was released in 2011, it’s made entirely out of plastic and it’s brown in color. The Bank of Canada has denied that the smell exists.

#8. Canada at war

Funny enough, the US have actually attacked Canada twice, with the intention of invading it, in 1775 and 1812. The plan was to control Canada, so that the British wouldn’t be able to use its resources, its ports or its airbases. America lost. Both times.

#9. Polar bears are a real menace

It’s a very well-known fact that Canada has a large population of polar bears, especially in the northern region. Churchill, a city in Canada is known as the polar bear capital of the world. The animals gather here and wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze over so that they can start their hunting season. But polar bears can come into the cities as well, which is why locals actually leave their cars open at all times, in order to provide shelter should someone be attacked by a polar bear.

#10. Famous Canadian people

  • James Cameron
  • Celine Dion
  • Jim Carrey
  • Bryan Adams
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Alice Munro
  • Ryan Gosling
  • William Shatner

As proven, there is a lot more to Canada then meets the eye. The country uses iceberg water to make vodka, beer and makeup products, it has the safest highways in the world, an annual bathtub race and invented the green ink used on the American dollar bills. Canada is a strange and beautiful place and yes, its people are just as polite as advertised.

10 Cool Facts about Trucks

The Dude —  December 11, 2015

We all enjoy trucks from a distance, especially when they’re almost animated and part of the latest Transformers show, right? But as much as trucks are fun to watch, most of us dudes don’t really know much about them in terms of hard facts, unless we grew up near one or something. Here are the top 10 facts about trucks that you’ll definitely enjoy learning about. If this doesn’t make you want to quit your job and hit the highroads in a truck, we don’t know what will (not that we’d be advising you to).

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1. Origin of the word ‘truck’

First documented use of the word was in 1611, and it referred to the heavy duty wheels on the cannon carriages of ships. By 1711 it was used to describe carts designed for transporting heavy items. Trucks are also called ‘lorries’, by the way.

2. Average driver stats

The average truck driver is male, 33 years old, lives in Florida, works for FedEx, drives about 105,000 miles per year and has about 3.5 million colleagues all over the country. About one in nine truck drivers are independent (and a serious investment is required for that).

3. Average driver salary

The average salary for someone hired to drive trucks is about $55,000 per year. Not something to make you rich, but enough if your dream is route 66.

4. Truck accidents statistics

There aren’t that many accidents involving trucks: only 500,000 of them each year, compared to cars which cause 5.25 million. Oh, and another funny fact: only 2.4% of all accidents are truck vs. car, and in 84% of cases it is the car driver’s fault.

5. Top 5 movie makers and actors which made trucks popular

6. Top 5 songs about truck driving

  • Roll on 18 Wheeler (by Alabama)
  • Papa Loved Mama (by Garth Brooks)
  • East Bound and Down (by Jerry Reed)
  • Convoy (by C. W. McCall)
  • Trucker’s Prayer (by Box Car Willie)

7. Largest production of trucks

Not an American, but a Japanese company was the one to hit the record: Isuzu manufactures over 450,000 commercial trucks each year.

8. First motorized truck in history

The first one of such trucks was built in 1896 by the German manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler, whom we also need to thank for inventing the motorbike and the taxi.

9. Types of trucks in existence

Too numerous to recount, but these are the main types in use: tip trucks, semi-trucks, fire trucks, refrigerator trucks and concrete trucks.

10. Trucks are definitely tougher than cars!

Let’s recap all the ways in which trucks are superior to mere cars. A car engine is generally six times smaller than the engine of a truck, and only has 100-200 horsepower compared to a truck’s 400-600 horsepower. Trucks’ engines will also last up to 1 million miles, whereas cars’ engines will give up after 200,000 miles. A truck engine can hold 15 gallons, a car’s only 1.25 gallons. If you’re thinking ‘yes, but at least cars are faster’, think again. The Hawaiian Eagle fire truck can casually reach speeds of 406 miles, which most cars don’t even dream of achieving. Should we go on or are we all convinced of just how cool trucks are?

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Every now and then, a fact or two you come across may strike you as bizarre and you’ll feel the need to share it with a friend. It’s either the opposite of what you were expecting that fact to be, or so deep into strange territory that it will seem incredible. Either way, we decided to put together a top of the top 10 weird facts you probably had no idea about until now. You can browse it just for fun, or it may open up your appetite for a lot of diverse reading topics, and it will also provide you with great conversation starters for almost any social occasion. Enjoy!

1. Light doesn’t travel with the speed of light

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Photo of light traveling through a convex lens in a physics lab.

We know, this is a total shocker since it’s so counter-intuitive! According to Nature, the speed of the light can vary, and the slowest speed of light we’ve ever recorded was 38mph. The conventional ‘speed of light’ remains set only for measurement purposes.

2. During WWII, a British Submarine Kept a Reindeer on Board for 6 Weeks

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Pollyanna and part of the crew.

The name of the reindeer was Pollyanna (it was a female reindeer), and the crew of the HMS Trident shared their already crammed quarters (there were 56 men on board of the submarine) with the reindeer for 6 weeks. The reindeer was a gift from the Russians, the then-allies of the British troops. At some point, she ate a navigation chart, but the submarine managed to make it back home nonetheless.

3. A Family of Blue-Skinned People Lived in Kentucky for Many Generations

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The Fugates of Troublesome Creek were known in their region for their unusual blue skin. Later research on their DNA revealed that this coloring was due to a genetic condition, which made their blood not carry oxygen properly. The photo above is colorized (the original was black and white), but you can tell how strange the family looked. This is easily in the top 10 weird facts you’ve ever heard of, right?

4. Melting icebergs and glaciers sound like a fizzy drink

The sound made by a glacier or iceberg which is melting due to warm weather is a distinctive noise resembling a freshly poured fizzy drink. The sound is actually called ‘bergy seltzer’.

5. The Top of the Eiffel Tower Leans by 7 inches due to the Sun

In hot days, under the sun’s rays, the top of the Eiffel Tower gets so heated that the metal quasi-melts and makes the top part of the tower lean away from the sun by as much as 7 inches. Of all the weird facts we present here, we bet this makes you feel the most unsafe, if you were to visit Paris anytime soon.

6. A song started playing in 2001 and will finish playing in 2640

Known as the longest musical performance in history, the song is John Cage’s Organ / ASLSP (as slow as possible), and the playing of it takes place in Halberstadt, Germany, at the church of St Buchardi. The song, played by the church’s organ, started on Sept. 5, 2001, and the last time a note changed was in October 2013. The next time a note will change will be in 2020 (yes, the song’s performance is really that slow). How’s that for weird facts?

7. The biggest snowflake in the world had 15 inches

The largest snowflake in history (at least, the largest ever measured) span across 15 inches, and even got its own Google Doodle at some point. That’s one big snowflake!

8. There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in a human body

If scientists took out all the blood vessels in an average human body and connected them end to end, they would have enough material to go across the world more than twice.

9. Powerful Earthquakes shorten Earth’s day

Each time there’s a really big earthquake, the Earth’s axis is permanently displaced a little, shortening the length of one day as experienced by the planet. The earthquake which took place in Japan in 2011 robbed us of 1.8 microseconds, and the 2004 Sumatra quake took off 6.8 microseconds from each day.

10. People have an unique tongue print

Just like fingerprints, tongue prints are unique to each person. Thankfully, no law requires us to allow the collection of our tongue prints in addition to fingerprints.

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Share this at your next holiday get together and we guarantee that the conversation won’t go stale. Here are the top 10 funny facts about Christmas around the world:

1. The world’s largest Christmas present was…

…Our very own Statue of Liberty! Yes, that’s right: the 305 feet 1 inch, 22-story building colossus was a gift to the U.S by the people of France, in 1886. Talk about the Christmas shopping craze!

2. Santa’s sleigh speed

It would be somewhere around the metaphorical speed of lightning, since the average number of homes that Santa visits every second (on Christmas Eve night) is 832. That’s every second!

3. Skating to the church, in time for Christmas Mass

In the city of Caracas, Venezuela, it’s customary for everyone to skate to mass every morning from the 16th of December to the 24th. The streets are closed off to cars each morning so everyone can skate to church.

4. Spider webs as tree decorations

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In Ukraine, it’s very common to use Christmas tree decorations shaped as spider webs. You may think it’s a weird cross of Halloween traditions into the Christmas around the world, but it actually stems from a folk tale about a poor family. In the tale, they woke up to find that their tree was decorated overnight by spiders.

5. Fried chicken for the Christmas feast

In Japan, it has become customary to feats on fried chicken (mostly from KFC) on Christmas, even though a very small part of the population is Christian. Lo and behold, the power of fast food advertising. This has to be one of the weirdest contemporary traditions associated with Christmas around the world.

6. In Italy, Santa is replaced by a witch

On Christmas Eve, Italian children wait for a witch to deliver their gifts overnight, instead of Santa. Her name is La Befana.

To learn more about the legend of La Begana read this book “La Befana: An Italian Night After Christmas”

7. Carving in radishes

In Mexico (Oaxaca), people decorate the plaza with carved flowers, ornaments and even nativity scene characters, all made from pink radishes.

8. Hide your brooms if you visit Sweden

In Sweden, it’s customary for women to hide their brooms somewhere during the Christmas night. It’s believed that if they are in plain sight, witches may come and steal them, to use them for flying and producing chaos. This is another instance where Christmas around the world seems to resemble Halloween.

9. The Christmas pickle

In Spain, Germany, and isolated in some other European countries as well, there’s a funny tradition of including a pickle somewhere among the other Christmas tree decorations. Whoever finds it first receives an extra gift!

If you too would like to be apart of this tradition check out the Christmas Pickle here:

10. The Pooper figure

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In Spain (the Catalonia region, to be more precise), a rather odd character is added to the figurines of nativity scenes. He is called La Cagane, which means the pooper. Originally he was depicted as one of the shepherds, but lately people have been getting more and more creative with this character.

Bonus: Xmas

Did you know that? It seems that Xmas isn’t just a funny abbreviation, but instead it comes from Greek, where X is the symbol for ‘Christ’.

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We all like to miss a night of sleep every now and then. Ok, maybe not completely skipping sleep, but catching just two hours of zzzzs doesn’t really count as getting proper rest. We’re still young and sometimes the fun with our group of friends seems to just be beginning when our body calls for sleep, so who could blame us for sticking around? Well, we obviously share the feeling, but let’s take a look at what science says happens whenever we don’t sleep enough. Some of these effects are just entertaining to read, and some may actually cause you to think twice about the second sleepless night in a week.

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1. It makes you stupid

Yup, that’s right: lack of sleep actually makes you measurably dumber, in a proven way. Your short term memory (which is usually consolidated during sleep) will get hurt and function at a slower and ‘foggier’ pace, and so will attention, concentration, problem solving skills, critical thinking etc.

2. Lowered libido

If that’s not enough reason for concern, we don’t know what is. What’s worse is that the effect seems to stack up: if you tend to lose a lot of sleep regularly, you may actually become a bit sexually dysfunctional.

3. It causes heart problems

The risk of various heart problems (including serious and sudden ones such a stroke) is greatly increased after each night of getting too little sleep.

4. It causes accidents

Chances are, whenever you hear about freaky accidents or chain accidents or anything else you may find remarkable in your newsfeed, it may have all started with some dude who didn’t get enough sleep. Lack of proper movement coordination and so on, you know.

5. It makes you confused

Let’s just say that if fairytale dwarf names were still acceptable, you would definitely be called ‘Forgetful’ by all your buddies after one sleepless night. You may not realize just how annoying all your striving for words can be when you’re that tired, but trust us, all your friends do notice.

6. It makes you depressed (and possibly a drama queen too)

Being sleep deprived modifies your brain chemistry in just the most awful ways. Depression and unstoppable complaining are just the most obvious effects.

7. It makes you look bad

Your usual handsome self will be replaced by a baggy-eyed, tired fellow, but that’s not all: science proves that actually, your skin is more prone to aging and generally looks bad as well, after a sleepless night.

8. It impairs your judgement

Losing sleep is proven to lead to a chain of bad decisions, both from the point of view of your health, and in general. Constant lack of sleep will just set you on a downward spiral of self-destruction (ok, a bit of an over-emphasis there, but you get the point.

9. It makes you fat

Your body will attempt to gain back your energy and compensate for the lack of sleep by over-eating, and your appetite may be seriously unbalanced even after you recover the missed sleep.

10. It can cause you to die (no, seriously)

Yes, perhaps this is the most not-funny effect from the list: a recent study has proven that cutting your number of sleeping hours from seven to five (or fewer) can double up your risk of dying from all possible causes. Holy cow!

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