Friday, October 31, 2014

Dead Man’s Party



The League of S.T.E.A.M. does Dia de los Muertos! The League of S.T.E.A.M. is a group of steampunk ghostbusters (“Serving all your supernatural elimination needs since 1884.”). In this adventure, they investigate a horde of skeletons who won’t return to their graves after the Day of the Dead festivities. Yes, it’s corny, but the skeletons are funny, and it has the perfect punch line at the very end. (via the Presurfer)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

9 Impressive Halloween Costumes from 2014

It’s often only after Halloween that we get to see the most brilliant Halloween costumes, because they are made to wear to functions on October 31st. This year, plenty of them were constructed for earlier events that are spread around the holiday season, or else they are modeled and photographed ahead of time. I have no doubt that we’ll some awesome costumes over the weekend, but here are a few from this year that we’ve already caught a glimpse of, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Visions of the Future Required

A Deadly Halloween Choose Your Own Adventure!



Wouldn’t it be great if a haunted house tour was like a Choose Your Own Adventure book? That’s possible, with the technology of YouTube. YouTube Nation assembled some of the biggest video stars for the project: Glozell, Tay Zonday, Felicia Day, and others. Each time you start the video, the story might be different, depending on your choices. I don’t yet know which choices are best. (via The Daily Dot)

Marinara

(via reddit)

College Soccer Player Not Bad at Basketball



Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, offered $10,000 in tuition for performing an amazing basketball stunt: sink a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and a half-court shot, all within 30 seconds. Gustavo Angel Tamayo, a soccer player for the Lions, won the opportunity to try it. Tamayo grew up in England, and never played on a basketball team. Watch him rush through all four shots, ending with a Hail Mary toss from half court -and the crowd goes wild!

"It's just football [soccer], that's all I do," he said. "And I had a broken finger on my left hand."

Tamayo is a senior and his tuition is already paid, so he will take the prize money in cash. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Death Up a Tree

Oh Hai!

It's almost Halloween!

The Difference Between Foods



The difference between fruits and vegetables depends on whether you are talking to a botanist or a cook, but Daven at Today I Found Out gives us a decent short course in telling the difference. He also explains the difference between jelly and jam, kosher salt and table salt, and the different colors of pepper. What blew my mind was the difference between green olives and black olives. I thought they were different kinds of olives! Personally, I much prefer the taste of green olives. (Thanks, Daven!)

Miss Cellania's Links

12 Things You May Not Know About Harry Houdini. In his time, he was the most interesting man in the world.

How Frankenstein's Monster Works. When science can breathe life in to a dead body, what could possibly go wrong?

How to live a long life, according to science. Unless you’re just genetically gifted, the secret is to live a good life.

Why Every Newborn Has the Same Blanket. (Thanks, Daniel Kim!)

Mississippi, Burned. How the state shot itself in the foot to oppose Obamacare.  

15 Things You Might Not Know About Beetlejuice.

Ballad of the 13-Year-Old Bride. Myra Lewis Williams talks about when she was outed for marrying her cousin Jerry Lee Lewis.

The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death.

5 Scary Places and the Legends Behind Them. Would you spend the night in any of them?

The Key Elements Of Every Truly Terrifying Horror Story. Forgets startles and gore and go for the dread.

Vampire Cat

(via Fark)

Zombie Cat

(via Fark)

The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas



The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas is a parody of My Little Pony which sweetly explains the modern American economy. It stars Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Sarah Silverman, Billy Eichner, and Andy Richter. (via Uproxx)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proud Parent

(via Buzzfeed)

26 Not-So-Scary Facts About Halloween



For the Halloween edition of the mental_floss List Show, John Green has a whole long list of facts about Halloween! The biggest pumpkin, the origin of Jack-o-Lanterns, why people used to eat chicken feed for Halloween, and a whole lot of superstitions about the holiday. He says he is wearing Halloween masks because he’s being punished, but I prefer to think it’s a fortunately seasonal workaround for some kind of facial blemish.

Liquor Store

(via reddit)