Best Halloween Costumes 2013

Here we are again. Halloween is almost over and its time to look at it from a distance. What was great this year? Practically, the same stuff as the year before: the movies stuff, the cartoons stuff, and some assorted stuff. The Che Guevara T-shirt is my favourite — cool idea, near perfect realisation, and really clever pun. Though the two girls reenacting Bob Ross show are great too.

1. Toy Soldiers costumes for two
1. Toy Soldiers costumes for two
2. Another couple: Gadget and Monty
2. Another couple: Gadget and Monty
3. Ursula from the Disney's Little Mermaid
3. Ursula from the Disney’s Little Mermaid
4. Randy Marsh from South Park
4. Randy Marsh from South Park
5. Jay and Silent Bob, standing by the liquor store
5. Jay and Silent Bob, standing by the liquor store
6. Do you remember those spooky girls from The Shining?
6. Do you remember those spooky girls from The Shining?
7. As seen on TV
7. As seen on TV
8. KoolAid man
8. KoolAid man
9. Che Guevara T-shirt man
9. Che Guevara T-shirt man
10. Ronald MacJocker
10. Ronald MacJocker
11. Harry and Marv from the Home Alone
11. Harry and Marv from the Home Alone
12. Bob Ross costume for two
12. Bob Ross costume for two

Best Pumpkin Carvings 2013

Oh, October. Every single year this time the porches and driveways of America become the dwelling of the strange orange creatures. The pumpkins are claiming this land. Big and small, the ones with the lit candles inside, and ones with the LED lighting, carved with as much skill their owner can muster. And those skills are quite mad:

1. Braces pumpkin
1. Braces pumpkin
2. Minion-o-lantern by Stan5
2. Minion-o-lantern by Stan5
3. Local pumpkin carving contest winners
3. Local pumpkin carving contest winners
4. Kitti pumpkin
4. Kitti pumpkin
5. Halloween met Easter pumpkin
5. Halloween met Easter pumpkin
6. Bane pumpkin
6. Bane pumpkin
7. Yoda pumpkin
7. Yoda pumpkin
8. Star Trek met Star Wars pumpkin
8. Star Trek met Star Wars pumpkin
9 Breaking Bad pumpkin by uncleric0
9. Breaking Bad pumpkin by uncleric0
10 Carl Sagan pumpkin
10. Carl Sagan pumpkin

Creative Beware of Dog Signs

Of course you know that the dog was the first domesticated animal. Isn’t it truly amazing that for the tens of thousands of years man relies on his dog? You can teach the old dog some new tricks, but the caveman inside us will still think of it as of a perfect guard.

First, the classics. Gun owners love their pets, both dogs and cats.

Forget the dog. Beware of owner.
1. Forget the dog. Beware of owner.
Beware of dog. The cat is shady too.
2. Beware of dog. The cat is shady too.
I can make it to the gate in 3 seconds. Can you?
3. I can make it to the gate in 3 seconds. Can you?

Now this is really sinister. What strange could be about the dog. Try to figure it out if you dare.

Warning: Strange dog.
4. Warning: Strange dog.
Beware of hungry dog.
5. Beware of hungry dog.

Japanese signs are very graphic. And this is a good thing: no translation needed.

Japanese *Beware of dog* sign.
6. Japanese *Beware of dog* sign.
Brian Griffin staring *Beware of dog* sign.
7. Brian Griffin staring *Beware of dog* sign.
Beware of dog. He may be small, but he let the Owner know when to get his Shotgun!
8. Beware of dog. He may be small, but he let the Owner know when to get his Shotgun!
Beware of white little dog. Don't run her over.
9. Beware of white little dog. Don’t run her over.

School Bus Drove Kids Right into the Kitchen

Have you ever had a nightmare in which a busload of school kids enters your home? Well, watch it live:

This Friday was not like the others for one San Antonio family. As usual, the Fort Sam school bus was bringing kids home, but this time it didn't stop by the driveway. The two (of 25 kids on board) was literally brought home, right to their own kitchen.

Fort Sam school bus rammed a house in San Antonio

The malfunctioning breaks caused the bus to ram into the house wrecking havoc and practically destroying San Antonio family's kitchen. Fortunately, nobody got seriously hurt.

Fort Sam school bus rammed a house in San Antonio

You can find more information in the local media.

Taiwan Special Forces are Dead Serious

After a recent uniform redesign the Republic of China (not to be confused with the Communist China) Special Forces could claim the World's Scarriest Police Forces title.

It's not new for the police uniform to be all black. What's make the difference is the new bulletproof masks that are reminiscent of the iconic hockey goalkeeper mask of the cinematic serial killer, just as black as the rest of the uniform.

However, those masks were not intended to be scary. Their purpose is to protect the wearer from the small firearms bullets in close combat situation. According to supplier, the mask can withstand the direct hit of a Magnum .44 bullet.

Taiwan Special Forces new uniform

Taiwan Special Forces new uniform

Taiwan Special Forces new uniform

Grumpy Cat Makeup

Expressing yourself with makeup could be dated back at least a hundred thousands years. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors painted their faces to scare off evil spirits and annoying fellow tribesmen. It is easier to put a paint on your face than to repeat those two words over and over again.

A Reddit user molliemander05, a habitué of the Makeup Addiction sub-reddit, has shared her latest (and greatest) creation. This Halloween she will be the internet superstar — the Grumpy Cat itself.

A picture of molliemander05 with the Grumpy Cat makeup on
A picture of molliemander05 with the Grumpy Cat makeup on. The photo of original grumpy cat in the lower right corner for reference.

And what seems to be pretty logical, a picture of her wearing a makeup inspired by the internet meme was instantly turned into another internet meme. That's how it works.

Grumpy Cat Makeup meme
Grumpy Cat Makeup meme

An Egg of a Kiwi

To continue with the adorable Australians, let's talk about kiwi birds. Those are endemic to New Zealand, but that's ok, New Zealand is still closer to Australia than anything else. Also, being a size of a small cat with the feathers almost as smooth as cat's fur, they are totally adorable. And undoubtedly interesting:

  • There are few birds who can't fly. Kiwi have the smallest wings among all of them;
  • Most birds rely heavily on their vision. Kiwi are almost blind and use sense of smell to find their food;
  • In most bird species females take care about the eggs. Kiwi males take care about the eggs for the whole three months of the incubation period.

But the most interesting kiwi fact is not about the bird itself but about its egg. Kiwi eggs are huge. In fact, the kiwi keep the record of the largest egg to the body size ratio. Kiwi egg could be 20% of the size of the bird and weights as much as 450 grammes. Not bad for a creature not much heavier (the largest species weight only two kilos). And to push the degree of nature's madness higher, sometimes kiwi can have two eggs simultaneously.

Adult kiwi bird with the egg
1. Adult kiwi bird with the egg.
Skeleton of the kiwi bird with the egg
2. Skeleton of the kiwi bird with the egg.
Kiwi egg compared to the eggs of other New Zealand birds
3. Kiwi egg compared to the eggs of other New Zealand birds. Kiwi egg is the largest in the background. In front row, from left to right: the egg of a tern, egg of a kakapo, and egg of a weka.
Skeleton of a brown kiwi with the egg
4. Skeleton of a brown kiwi with the egg. Photo by Skulls Unlimited International, Inc.
The skull and egg of a brown kiwi
5. The skull and egg of a brown Kiwi. Photo by Skulls Unlimited International, Inc.
Southern brown kiwi egg
6. Southern brown kiwi egg. Image © Department of Conservation (image ref: 10051733) by Chrissy Wickes Department of Conservation Courtesy of Department of Conservation.

Mario & Luigi Dogs

This is the end of October once again. And it means that at least half of out planet is getting ready for Halloween. And what it really means for all of us is that the internets are overwhelmed by the pictures of people wearing scary, smart or plain beautiful costumes. But what about dogs? They deserve some of this fun too. And some of them get it. Behold the best Mario and Luigi dogs of the year.

Mario and Luigi dogs
Super Mario bros. dogs

Lizard Balancing

Actually, it is just another social networks fad. The kind of those which disappear in about 15 minutes and nobody ever remember it for the second time. Just a little spec in the great sand watch of our collective attention. But it still very cute.

Meet different lizards (and their owners) who are balancing different foods on their heads.

Lizard balancing food

Lizard balancing berries

Lizard balancing Cheerios
And this is Yossarian, a Chinese Green Water Dragon, balancing six Cheerios on his head.

Iguana balancing crackers

Photos Like the Scenes from The Birds

This year we celebrated the 50 years anniversary of one of the most famous ­Alfred Hitchcock’s movies – The Birds. Based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, the film was a masterpiece of suspense and horror. I actually started the whole sub-genre of movies about the nature’s quick and unexpected revenge for all the things humanity made during its way to the top of the animal kingdom pyramid.

These awesome photos give us a glimpse on where Daphne Du Maurier found her inspiration. Birds are everywhere. They are flocking. And sometimes their flocks looking plain sinister, just like the scene from the horror movie.

Photo that looks like the scene from The Birds movie

Photo that looks like the scene from The Birds movie

Photo that looks like the scene from The Birds movie

Photo that looks like the scene from The Birds movie

Photo that looks like the scene from The Birds movie

Photo that looks like the scene from The Birds movie
Photo by Adam Samu via Airliners.net

Photo that looks like the scene from The Birds movie