Category: Fun Stuff


Why South By Southwest Is A Huge, Exploitative Scam

 

 

 

” The city of Austin is often the only part of Texas that makes sense to solid-blue progressives. It’s a connection that is embodied by the South by Southwest festival currently underway, the annual event to which lovers of music and human inventiveness like to flock.

  It is thus with regret and a sense of intra-tribal disloyalty that I come not to praise the festival but to — well, probably not bury it, because SXSW is a cultural juggernaut and I am not. But I come to call on my fellow lovers of music and human inventiveness, and most especially my fellow liberals, to stop with all the praise. Because the for-profit, privately held entity that is South by Southwest annually turns a handsome profit from nearly immeasurable amounts of unpaid labor.

  In this, SXSW — which started as an itty-bitty thing before becoming a corporate behemoth —is hardly alone. The American cultural scene and labor market writ large are chock-a-block with people profiting from unpaid labor. It’s just that, traditionally, progressives are supposed to oppose that sort of thing. Not pay anywhere from $650 to $1,745 to attend.

  South by Southwest happily touts the financial benefits it brings to Austin (“in 2013, SXSW was responsible for injecting more than $218.2 million into the Austin economy”), but is rather more shy about revealing its own profit margin (“as a privately held company we do not make our financial statements public”).

  However, between ticket sales, merch ($75 “interactive sunglasses,” anyone?), and colossal corporate sponsorships, it seems safe to assume that the margin isn’t slim — and all that bank is made on the backs of thousands of artists and volunteers who are in every meaningful sense unpaid. Volunteers get festival passes; artists get to choose between a tiny honorarium, or festival passes. Neither goes very far at the grocery store.”

 

The Week has more liberal whining about the profitability of SXSW 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topless Sledding Championships Attracts 14,000 In Braunlage, Germany

 

 

 

” It may not be the Winter Olympics but this topless tobogganing tournament has certainly got fans nipping out for a better view.

  These busty babes braved freezing temperatures to compete in a brrr-illiant TOPLESS tobogganing tournament. 

  More than 14,000 spectators turned out to watch the eye-popping event where 30 male and female competitors bounced along a 100 metre track on sledges. 

  One lucky onlooker said: “It was very cold and because of that some of those girls would definitely have had a bit of an advantage in a photo finish.”

 

 

   Lest anyone think that this is a new occurrence , a search of Youtube uncovered the fact that this tournament got it’s start in 2009 . Below is a news report on the second annual event from 2010 .

 

 

 

 

See more , much more here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrasports Custom Boats Unveils Their Suenos 53′

 

 

 

 

” HydraSports Custom is unveiling 53’ Sueños, the world’s largest, outboard powered, center console at the Miami International Boat Show in February 2015.”

 

 

 

 

 

” The most common question has been, “Why such a large boat?”  The answer is simple according to Elias De La Torre III, CEO of HydraSports Custom boats, “We’ve sold 140 of the 42’ center consoles and our boat owners have requested a larger boat to move into.”  After extensive market research and input from current HydraSports boat owners it seemed the market was finally ready. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As with all HydraSports Custom boats, 53’ Sueños, will have very limited production.  The plan is to build no more than 12 of these boats per year for world-wide distribution via a network of factory direct test centers.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This boat features Advanced Combat Craft Construction leveraging two million dollars of US Navy funded research for their Advanced Combatant Craft.  Developed by Structural Composites this technology has won numerous awards including three Congressional Medals of Merit.”

 

 

 

 

The specs are just as impressive as the photos …

 

 

 

” LENGTH  52′ 11″
BEAM  13′ 
DEADRISE  TBD
WEIGHT  28,323 LBS DRY W/ QUAD SEVEN MARINE 557
HORSEPOWER RATING  NO MAX
FUEL CAPACITY  1,000 STANDARD
FRESHWATER CAPACITY  100 GALLONS
LIVEWELL CAPACITY  2 @ 60 GALS EACH
DRAFT – ENGINES UP  TBD
BRIDGE CLEARANCE WITH THE TOP  TBD
OUTRIGGERS FOLDED ADD  TBD “
   We are particularly impressed with the “No Max Horsepower Rating” , meaning that as of now there is no combination of outboards manufactured that this boat cannot accommodate . Wow . Thousand gallon fuel capacity … Wow 
   This boat sets a new gold standard in center console fishing machines , from the flatscreen TV to the granite countertops the interior is not something one would expect on your normal fishing boat . Go to Hydrasports’ page for much more info and picture of this ground-breaking center console yacht . 

    Additional info on this massive open ride can be found at the following links:

 

The World’s Largest Center Console: Hydra-Sports 53 Suenos

Hydrasports Custom Announces The 53’ Sueños

Innovation, Opulence Highlight South Florida Boat Show

HydraSports Custom To Unveil 53′ Suenos

Hydrasports’ Fishing Boat Receives MIL-TOUGH Rating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35 People Who Ruined These Statues In The Best Way Possible

 

 

 

” Where you see a statue, they see an opportunity for hilarity.”

 

 

Here’s another sample to start your day …

 

 

 

 

See the other 33 photos here and start your day with a smile …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With The Beatles Puppets Show

 

 

 

 

This mother and daughter team offers us a rare street performance of “Help” by the Fab Four …

 

 

 

   And here’s a performance of “Get Back” …

   Finally , we present an interview , in Spanish , of these two creative young ladies …

   If you are a Beatles fan you must visit their Youtube channel ,visit their Facebook page and Vimeo page for many more performances by the Lads from Liverpool

HT/13C

 

 

 

Suns Dinosaur Scare

 

 

 

Published on Oct 31, 2014

” The team gets quite the Halloween scare from Baby T. Be there to see Walking With Dinosaurs live when they come to U.S. Airways Center November 19-23. Visit dinosaurlive.com for more details! “

What Would Be Your Top Rank In A Militia?

 

 

What Rank Militia

 

 

” Find Out How Far Your Mental & Physical Capabilities Would Take You In A Militia.”

 

 

 

 

What Warrior Are You?

 

What Warrior Are You

 

 

” What warrior from history are you?”

 

 

    Take these two fun quizzes from PlayBuzz to see where you stand with your inner warrior … We received a “General” ranking in the militia and a ‘spec ops” MOS in the warrior version . LOL … It’s all in good fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Varusteleka – Make Arnold Come

 

 

 

Published on Sep 19, 2014

” We heard that Mr. Schwarzenegger is coming to Finland and we thought it would be epic to get him to visit our store.

Go here and make Arnold come:
http://www.varusteleka.fi/fi/make-arn… “

 

 

HT/UniLad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

600kph Turbine Powered RC Jet!

 

 

 

 

Just effing awesome !

Unique And Fun Traffic Light Has Pedestrians Dancing While They Wait For The Light To Turn Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Nobody likes to wait at traffic lights. Stopping at lights can be dangerous for impatient pedestrians willing to risk their lives just to cross the street a few seconds earlier.

  The folks at Smart created The Dancing Traffic Light, a concept providing a fun and safe way to keep people from venturing too early into the street. They started by placing a dance room on a square in Lisbon, Portugal and invited random pedestrians to go into the box and dance. Their movements were then displayed on a few traffic lights in real time. This resulted in 81% more people stopping and waiting at those red lights.”

 

Viral Nova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check Out This Working Lego Sniper Rifle

 

 

 

What Career Were You Actually Meant For?

 

 

 

Take the simple test here and find out where you “belong” .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intriguing Chart Showing Every Week Of Your Life Really Puts It Into Perspective

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Sometimes, you have to see something illustrated to realize just how vast – or limited – it is. Such is the case with the average American life, which the site Wait But Why captured in this fascinating chart: (see above)

  As you may have noticed, we spend a gigantic chunk of our lives in school and work, toiling away with the hope that we can someday retire and do whatever we want. And that’s not a bad thing.” 

 

 

   Be sure to click through to the original chart post which contains other interesting weekly gems such as this one portraying famous deaths .

 

 

Famous Deaths in Weeks

 

 

 

 

More here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch The World’s Tallest Water Slide Test Its First Human Riders

 

 

 

 

” The Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, has finally started testing with real, live humans. And the first drop in this POV footage is absolutely terrifying.

  Located in Kansas City, Schlitterbahn water park has been pushing back the big unveiling of their monster slide (The Verrückt) again and again. But this video with slide’s engineers taking the first human ride gives us hope that it may just be safe enough for the public soon.” 

” Here are the facts. The Verrückt is 168 feet and 7 inches tall. The Statue of Liberty (from toes to the tip of the flame) is only 151 feet. It’s also taller than Niagara Falls. You have to climb up 264 steps to get to the top of the 17-story slide. It’s expected to hit speeds of up to 65 miles-per-hour. And when you ride you must be velcro strapped into a very large raft (which is good because you would have no butt if you did this bare bottomed). ‘

More at IO9

Take The Test And Find Out

 

 

” Texas isn’t only a state, it’s a state of mind. And you better not mess with it. Answer these ten questions to find out just how Texas you really are.”

 

 

We scored a 71% Texas … Yee Haa !!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Courtesy Of SAFM Media In Adelaide , Australia

 

 

 

” Another HILARIOUS flight attendant! This guy takes the cake!”

Take The Quiz Here

 

 

Who Were You

 

 

” Ever feel a connection to a certain deceased icon from the last century? Find out which monumental figure you were in a past life . “

 

Somehow we ended up with Gandhi … see about yourself here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killer Clown Returns Scare Prank!

 

 

     Regular readers may remember the original Killer Clown prank brought to you by DMPranksProductions that we posted last month . If not you can see it here . Diego and Matteo are at it again and the video above is their encore performance .

Killer Clown

Published on Jun 15, 2014

The psycho killer clown is back!
Click Here To Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c…
Open this link from your iPhone to buy the Killer Clown Laugh ringtone: http://bit.ly/1n8qLvZ
*** Chainsaw was without blades/chain! ***

PART 1: http://youtu.be/8xSNiPx791A

Get this video done took about 3 weeks (90+ hours of work in total)

-Get the right victims has been the hardest part, we spent an insane amount of time talking with radios, choosing and waiting for good victims (young males) 

-Someone’s face is blurred out because he didn’t sign our release form

Have a video Suggestion? Post it in the Comments Section, Contact us through our Facebook page or Tweet us!

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CLOWN PART 1: http://youtu.be/8xSNiPx791A
FLAMETHROWER: http://youtu.be/3FztNNH9_vI
ZOMBIE MURDER: http://youtu.be/MkOGb5_ML_8

MUSIC: 

“House of horror”
http://audiojungle.net/item/house-of-…

Sound effects:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXOs3… “

Pharrell Williams Happy

 

 

 

Published on May 1, 2014

” Inspired by Pharrell William’s International “Happy” Hit! Lot’s of dogs and cat playing at the beach. Special appearance from “DIDGA” aka ‘Worlds BEST Skateboarding Cat’ 

For licensing/usage please contact: licensing(at)jukinmediadotcom

Consider subscribing to CATMANTOO: http://tinyurl.com/kq2rj6x
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Check out Didga’s skateboarding viral video (over 2.3 million views) here – http://youtu.be/YRbakPKgU5Y

Follow Didga on Instagram – catmantoo_youtube

Story behind this video:
After a dog graduates my off leash training program, I’ll offer a “doggy outing service”. I pick up the dogs (usually between 8-12 dogs), take them to dog beaches or other dog friendly places, let them play together, while continuing to practice the training they’ve learned. I’ll rinse off any sand, trim their nails (if needed), then take them home. 2 1/2 year old Didga, aka ‘Worlds Best Skateboarding Cat’, who I adopted from the shelter at 13 weeks old has been joining us on the outings her whole life. Especially being a part of the group photos or videos I make. A GoPro camera was used for all the shots for this “Happy” video.

When I’m not on the group outings, Didga still joins me everywhere and loves riding in the car, at times she is very “dog like” sticking her head out the window as we drive down the road, riding on my stand-up paddle board or enjoying a little swim. Most cats don’t like being in water, BUT when she was young she didn’t react too negatively to water, so I took on a HUGE challenge of ‘desensitising’ her even more to the water. FYI – It was several months of patience and dedication to achieve what you see in the video. I’m a professional animal trainer so PLEASE don’t try getting your cat to swim at home.

Although I don’t make any money directly from this video because I used the “Happy” song, I couldn’t think of any other song that goes so perfectly with the – HAPPY DOGS!” 

Thanks for the Likes, comments (I read them), shares and SUBSCRIBING. Check out my other videos, (6+ million views) I’m just getting started, so more videos on the way.

Thanks, Robert And Didga

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Filmed mostly at Currumbin Dog Beach”

 

HT/PetDoof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enter To Win A Barrett .50 Cal M82 A1

 

 

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” Dear NAGR Supporter,

  NAGR is giving away a fully equipped Barrett M82A1 .50 caliber rifle with lots of accessories, including a Leupold Mark 4 scope, Crosstac ammo bag, and a Crosstac shooting mat [prize pack valued at $12,000]!

But you cannot win unless you sign up below.

All entries must be submitted by 5 PM EST on Monday, June 30th, 2014.

For Freedom,

Dudley Brown, Executive Director, National Association for Gun Rights

Dudley Brown

Executive Vice President

National Association for Gun Rights “

    Here’s a short video of the folks at Demolition Ranch having a little fun with an M82 A1 for those unfamiliar with this beautiful piece of engineering .

    Enter by 5pm June 30th for your chance to own one of these awesome firearms.

Prototype 0 Reveals the Zonda 760 X

 

 

” If you were sad because you think that the Zonda production finished don’t worry. The Pagani Automobili is still building special Zondas for their customers. Probably you will see new cars also in the coming year. This time, Pagani produced a very particular car. Its name is Zonda X and it is a very close sister of the well known Zonda UNO. Even if the “760” logo is not present on the car I’m quite sure it features the same specs of the Zonda 760LM.”

 

   This video is not of the 760 X but is still a great intro to the world of Pagani automobiles and the Zonda model in particular .

 

 

 

Read more and view many pictures at Prototype 0

See also:

 

 

Pagani Zonda 760 X One-Off: Fortune Looking for Fame [Photo Gallery]

One Lap of the Web: New Zonda, Euro-spec Porsches and a Gordini R17

Pagani Zonda X: New Pictures and Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Underground Vault Contains All Lego Sets In History

 

 

 

 

 

 

” I watched The Lego Movie once again. Like the first time, I cried like a little kid. It’s a good movie, but the strong emotional reaction came from deep inside, firing the same childhood memories that The Lego Memory Lane—Leg0 HQ’s underground secret vault with all their sets—did when I visited it in Billund, Denmark.

  In Billund, everything is awesome. I was there back in June 2008 during an exclusive tour of the factory and it’s a magical wonderland. I saw how bricks and minifigs are made. How they store them in a giant 65-foot-high Lego cathedral controlled by robots—which seems out of Willy Wonka. Then I visited their museum house—the original family home of the company founder—which has some of the best and most famous Lego sets in history on display.

  But it was under that house where I found the Holy Grail of Nostalgia, a high security vault that contains every Lego set in history. This is the article I wrote about it back then. I realized it contains the reason why The Lego Movie hit me right in the feels.

  I have to confess that life hasn’t been very good lately. Work around the clock, not enough free time, trying to have kids and crashing badly… all while moving to a country I don’t particularly like, away from my best friends and family. Maybe that’s why visiting Lego’s Memory Lane-the secret vault guarding almost every Lego set ever manufactured-touched me in a way I didn’t expect.

  This wasn’t amazement or simple awe. I was already astonished to no end by the tour of the Lego factory. No, this was something else, something bigger than the impressive view of the 4,720 Lego sets inside this lair. These weren’t just simple boxes full of bricks. These were tickets to ride a time portal to emotions and simpler days long forgotten.”

Read more at Gizmodo.Sploid

U.S. States Most And Least Likely To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse

 

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” Given the growing frequency with which zombies appear in movies, TV shows, and your worst nightmares, it’s inevitable the zombie apocalypse will soon be upon us. When it comes to surviving this inevitable showdown with the undead, location is everything. Do you live in a state populated with zealous zombie fighters capable of beating back hordes of brain-hungry walking dead? Estately answered this question with its Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Rankings, which were determined using the 11 metrics below that measure fighting ability, knowledge of zombies, physical fitness, and access to weapons…

  Active Military Personnel: States with more soldiers per capita means states with more people who are physically fit, trained to fight, and have access to weapons (source).

  Military Veterans: Percentage of veterans per capita is a solid way of measuring fighting experience (source).

  Physically Active: States with residents who rarely get out of their Laz-E-Boy will not escape the zombie menace (source).

  Martial Arts Enthusiasts: Hand-to-hand combat is an important skill when the ammo runs out (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “martial arts” as an interest).

  People with Survival Skills: In the long run, knowing how to survive without modern conveniences in a collapsed society will be critical (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “survival skills” as an interest).

  People with Knowledge of Zombies: To know your enemy you must know their ways (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “zombies, Resident Evil, Zombieland, and The Walking Dead” as interests).

  Laser Tag Enthusiasts: Yes, laser tag. Few things prepare you for a zombie attack in enclosed space (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “laser tag” as an interest).

  People with Guns: Shooting a zombie in the head is really the best way to defeat a zombie, and to do that you need a gun (source).

  Obesity: The obesity epidemic will yield to the zombie epidemic because the obese will struggle with running away from zombies. It’s really very simple (source).

  Paintball Enthusiasts: Those who can slink around the woods unnoticed while splattering their enemies with paint will find success shooting zombies in nature (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “paintball” as an interest).

  Triathletes: When everything breaks down, running, swimming, and bicycling will be ideal ways to escape zombies (source—percentage of Facebook users who listed “Ironman triathlon” as an interest).

Below is a complete ranking of the 50 states based on zombie apocalypse preparedness. Those at the top are the most likely to survive and those at the bottom are the least likely to. Scores are per capita rankings for each category.”

 

 

 

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” 42nd—MASSACHUSETTS

  Despite being physically fit, residents of Massachusetts are almost completely lacking in knowledge of zombies. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s very costly in a zombie apocalypse.

43rd—TENNESSEE

  The Tennessee Zombie Response Unit has its work cut out for it because the rest of state is ill prepared to battle the undead. Tennesseans should abandon their company softball teams and form paintball teams instead.

44th—LOUISIANA

  For Louisiana, the downside of letting the good times roll is it makes it very difficult outrun the living dead. Lack of physical fitness and limited knowledge of zombies dooms the great state of Louisiana… once it runs out of ammunition.

45th—ALABAMA

  Here’s a plan—Alabama confronts its obesity by training for the Alabama Biathalon. It’s a variation of the winter sport, but instead of cross-country skiing you just run around the woods with a gun shooting at everything. It’s like hunting season, but you can’t bring a 24-pack of beer.

46th—CONNECTICUT

  Residents of Connecticut should either begin playing laser tag or start seasoning themselves because if the zombie apocalypse started today they’d get eaten up as appetizers.

47th—GEORGIA

  Even though The Walking Dead is set in Georgia, residents there have little interest in zombies. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, the undead will discover Georgia brains are as sweet as Georgia peaches.

48th—NEW YORK

  If there were New York travel brochure for zombies it would tout the state’s lack of veterans, limited enthusiasm for survival skills, and scarcity of firearms.

49th—DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

  Our nation’s capital has almost no knowledge of zombies, martial arts, or firearm ownership. It’s going to be an all-you-can-eat brain buffet for the zombies.

50th—MISSISSIPPI

M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-Die. Everybody is going to die. From zombies.

51st—NEW JERSEY

  If the zombie apocalypse began today, and you live in New Jersey, the odds are 100% that you’ve already been bitten and have become a zombie, unless you took a course from New Jersey’s own Zombie Survival Course. It’s real, and it could definitely save your life… even though they criticized our article (video proof).

 

Check out these articles about our zombie list…

CNET: When the zombie apocalypse hits, pray you’re in Alaska

Wall Street Journal: If a Zombie Epidemic Hits, New Jersey Is Screwed (Map)

 

 

Read the rest at Estately

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on May 13, 2014

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