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This ‘smart’ prosthetic ankle makes it easier to use stairs

If something weird is captured on Google Street View, someone on the internet is bound to find it. Bonus points if it’s a cute animal.

That’s because, while there are plenty of weird and wacky moments well documented in the various lists we’ve created, Google is constantly updating Street View for accuracy. Due to the constant influx of revised images, every so often the internet will discover a new little Easter egg in the Google Street View world. 

This time, it’s an adorable close-up of a cat.  

Image: Google Maps

It seems as if Redditor u/Belocity first discovered two cats — including the one with the perfect expression, above — hanging out on a ledge near some Roman ruins.

Image: Google Maps

The site is actually a cat sanctuary at the Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome, so it’s no surprise that there would be cats there. However, the photo, which was taken by Roundel Arts Photography in April of 2017, is an up-close shot inside the sanctuary. And it’s clearly not what you’d typically expect from Google Maps.

Alas, it appears as if the photo has already been updated to this less entertaining, cat-less view. 

Image: Google Maps

But don’t worry, the first photo is still intact in Google Maps’ archive. Clicking on the history tab in the top left brings you to the photo from April, which shows the cats. 

Image: Google Maps

Please, friends, give this good cat a visit. At the very least, say hello on Google Maps. And if you find yourself in Rome, make sure you stop by to say hello to the many adorable cats that call this location home. 

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Creepy optical illusion of a lost cat poster turns its head as you walk by

A missing cat poster also became a creepy optical illusion. 

As you walk past the poster, the cat’s face appears to follow. When the viewer veers left, the cat’s head turns to watch. When you lean right, so does the missing cat. 

“Probably escaped from Azkaban or something,” the Redditor who posted the video said. 

But it’s not a dark magic power — it’s actually a pretty common optical illusion used in haunted houses. If you put concave cones behind the eyes of the illusion, it’ll look like the eyes will follow the viewer. Since the cat’s head is perfectly placed over a concave surface, it appears to turn its whole head as the viewer passes by. 

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A bot tried to predict the script for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 and it’s actually pretty spot-on

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April 2019 is just too damn long to wait for the eight and final season of Game of Thrones. I mean, you can only rewatch the Lannister Drogon BBQ episode from Season 7 so many times while holding out for another full year.

But don’t worry. A hero has emerged from the flames to cast a light and end our long, dark night. And it’s an algorithm.

The folks at Botnik Studios, a team of artists and developers, heard our pleas and put their technological magic to use. They created a script for Episode 1 of Season 8 using predictive text AI that learned everything from previous Game of Thrones scripts. And honestly, the result is not only eerily spot-on, but possibly more entertaining than any other Game of Thrones episode to date.

Here’s the full “script,” and we dare you to try and find a single flaw in this masterpiece:

Image: botnik studios

It’s hard to pick favorites, but here are some of the stand out moments from this revealing episode:

  • Varys’ characteristically candid assessment that, “Morals are like balls…. I find myself utterly without them.”

  • Euron, lord of prick, taking up hair-braiding for Yara.

  • We’re calling it now: “We’re just fating around like cats in a castle!” is the new “I drink and I know things.” Pre-order your t-shirts today.

  • Predictably, Bran’s ability to see all continues to be useless, as gazes into the future to assure everyone that, “we are all still friends then.”

  • [Jon is being beautiful and looking hard at things] pretty much sums up the entirety of Kit Harrigton’s acting over the past seven seasons.

  • Dany adds another title to her name, but she really just wants is a pretty chair

  • Let’s call it a day and replace all of Jon’s future lines with: “I am guilty of never having fun”

  • Cersei’s extremely on-brand new pet: a bird skeleton.

  • Qyburn licking his lips and touching the ground “in a sex way” is more true to his character in the books than anything we’ve seen on screen.

  • SPOILER ALERT: Davos’ true connection to onions isn’t smuggling, but conversation.

  • Dany, a few episodes too late, realizes, “I will ride a dragon even if you don’t want me to!”

  • SPOILER ALERT: Tormund doesn’t make it after the White Walkers destroyed the wall, but still refuses to bend the knee as an undead zombie because FREE FOLK ARE METAL AS HELL.

Phew. What a wild ride. Can’t wait for next Sunday’s episode. Until then, we’ll be pouring ovver Reddit theories proving that Tyrion is secretly the Night King in the future.  

H/T Winter is Coming

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Here’s why you shouldn’t laugh at my dog in a stroller

Cast cookies, not judgement
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Congratulations! You’ve made it all the way past the headline of this story, which very likely made you livid. Now, bear with me while I try to explain.

Fact: Seeing a dog in a stroller is almost always a hilarious sight. But not all dogs deserve your mockery. Nor do their owners. Some dogs genuinely needs to sit in a stroller (wait before you comment) and might require something else — your empathy.

Like many of you, there was once a period in my life where nothing made me laugh harder than seeing a dog in its own stroller. Clearly, strollers were made for human babies, not pampered dogs. I felt justifiably so superior to these privileged dog owners and their waifish, terrible dogs. My family dog came from the school of hard knocks, and was forced to walk the streets using her own goddamn paws. She didn’t wear booties in the winter. She just did it raw.

At the age of 14, however, my family dog developed a pretty bad case of arthritis, making it challenging for her to mover around. She loves walks, as good doggos do, and it made my family super upset to see her confined to the ten feet behind her house. So they purchased her a dog stroller, a hot pink visor for her eyes (yes, that was too much), and started taking her on strolls around the neighborhood.

My dog (Julie) being perfectly happy were it not for social stigma, pictured with her owners

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She loves it. In the past few days, I’ve been pushing her around my parents’ neighborhood, and she’s done nothing but wag her tail and bark at butterflies. But apparently, her happiness is a little too much for drivers passing by, who feel compelled to roll down their windows and laugh and laugh as we walk past.

‘SHE’S A SENIOR. SHE CAN’T WALK.’

“SHE’S A SENIOR,” I’ll scream, always at the top of my lungs, pulling the sun shield on her stroller closed. “SHE CAN’T WALK.”

Sometimes, if I’ve had too much pinot grigio at dinner, I’ll pull a “IS THIS FUNNY TO YOU?” and guilt them into either apologizing or speeding away very fast.

In these moments, I feel like an exceptionally judicious middle school principal casting judgement.   The Erin Brockovich of the dog babysitter world.

Senior dogs and dogs with disabilities should be able to move around in their strollers without your snark. At just $40 a pop, doggie strollers barely touch the bank. These animals aren’t being spoiled, insomuch as given the opportunity to move. 

My dog is a perfectly healthy creature who just needs an extra push. If that push comes in the form a stroller, so be it. Be honest with yourself, humans. You hate standing. You’ll always go for that seat on a bus, too.

And I’ll go there: If younger, healthier dogs want to be pushed around in a stroller, all the better. Especially if they live in a city. All doggos should get their daily exercise. But if they want to hop a ride in a stroller and cruise control it to the park, more power to em. Screw the haters.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve walked my friend’s dogs in New York to look down and discover they were gnawing on: a chicken bone from the gutter, another dog’s vomit human shit, a dehydrated Yankee Stadium hot dog. Do you know what it’s like to pull rat remnants out of a young dog’s mouth? No?

Well, then don’t judge me if you find me in the park with a dog and a doggie stroller, breathing in the beautiful, rat-free air.

I dream of a world with doggie strollers can exist without judgment, yours and mine. The next time you see a doggo in a stroller, give them a cookie — not your useless piece of mind.

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Parkour cat defies gravity to escape a feline gauntlet

The internet is not a stranger to cat videos nor is it unfamiliar with memes set to Awolnation’s “Run.” So behold, the fated fusion of two iconic internet staples.

The scene opens in a nondescript alleyway. Four cats mill about — two are lounging, two are getting a bit feisty. The familiar build-up tones of “Run” play as the two cats in the back get a little more aggressive.

Then the fated “run” happens, timed at the moment when one cat feels the necessary urge to escape this terrible alley. And so it starts to jump off the walls in a wild display of athleticism.

It’s an excellent blending of two internet legends. 

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The secret to a long life is sweets and hot springs, according to the world’s oldest man

Relaxing is the secret to a long life — just ask the oldest man in the world.

Guinness World Records awarded the title of “Oldest Person Living (male)” to Masazo Nonaka on Tuesday, who has officially been alive for 112 years and 259 days. 

Nonaka credits his longevity to “soaking in hot springs and eating sweets,” according to Guinness World Records. His daughter says that Nonaka strives to live a stress-free life, and doesn’t hesitate in telling someone off. 

Nonaka’s daughter told Guinness World Records that “if he doesn’t want something, he’ll make sure everyone knows about it.”

He spends his lengthy retirement watching sumo wrestling on TV, reading the newspaper, and indulging in sweets. He also enjoys hanging out with his two cats, Haru and Kuro. If he doesn’t like his dinner, he’ll give it to them. 

Nonaka was born on July 25, 1905, over a year before the Wright Brothers’ first flight and only months before Einstein published his theory of relativity. He inherits the title of Oldest Living Person from Francisco Nuñez Olivera, who passed away earlier this year at 113-years-old.

Nonaka celebrated his world record with cake in his hometown of Ashoro, Japan. 

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Clumsy cat topples over, bringing owner’s laptop down with it

Cats are known for laying on laptops, but not trying out somersaults on them.

Brandon Salinas had his phone filming when his cat suddenly walked onto his laptop, leaned on the screen, and toppled the whole thing over in just a few seconds.

Everyone was just glad the laptop was okay.

And also the cat.

The best part is that the background music that was playing fit perfectly with the situation. It’s a cinematic masterpiece.

Use this song for all your recorded pet disasters from now on.

The main takeaway Brandon received was that he now knows his cat has a vendetta out for his computer.

If I were a cat, I would probably try to destroy my owner’s laptop for attention. But everyone also knows cats are evil at heart.

Most importantly, internet made sure to put the incident on loop for all your cat video watching needs.

And then a gif:

We’re glad no laptops or animals were harmed in the making of this video.

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Just a wonderful collection of pets with human names

Move aside Mittens, Oreo, Hershey, and Buddy — while typical pet names are cutesy and fun, there’s just something so delightful about giving an animal a very, very human-sounding name.

Amber Zoe sparked this particular bit of pet praise Tuesday, when she posted on Twitter about a neatly named pooch. Shed was utterly pleased to find out that the dog who lives behind her is named Brian. 

There’s just something so charming about expecting a human to answer to a name like “Brian,” but instead seeing a little white dog bounding towards you.

She encouraged owners of pets with human names to share their good boys and girls. Below is just a very small sampling of all the wonderful human-named pets out there.

This charming fellow Ralph not only has a human-sounding name, but dresses up like he’s going to his country club for a round of golf with the boys, as most named Ralph are oft to do. 

Meanwhile, this Ralph is a strong, solid boy. 

Dave, much like human Daves, is cracking open a cold, refreshing beverage.

Frank isn’t here to do your taxes. He’s here to have a nice roll on the lawn.

Here’s another boy named Frank. He’s less interested in financial accounting and more interested in lounging on his human’s lap. 

This Charles isn’t next in line for the English throne, but instead sits in a little basket with a wee flower nestled in his luxurious fur. 

This Jerry looks more feline and less Seinfeld

And this Malcolm doesn’t look like Frankie Muniz.

This Jenny isn’t on her way to pilates, but instead is having a great day at the park. She gets all the exercise she needs by running around and playing fetch. 

The Portias of the world might be found lounging by fancy pools, but this Portia doesn’t mind just lounging on whatever comfortable surface she might find. She’s still just as elegant. 

Burt’s less about cleaning chimney sweeps and more about sitting in very odd and inconvenient places. 

Bruce sounds like the name of a bodybuilder and this good boy named Bruce definitely has the buff figure to pull off the name.

Matt gets into trouble just as much as the typical teenage Matthew. 

Instead of attending fancy prep-school polo outings in the Hamptons, Chester the ferret gets snuggly with his owner. 

This person tried to give their cat the most unappealing name they could think of so they wouldn’t get attached. But Bill warmed his way into their hearts.

And finally Fergus, who looks exactly like how someone named Fergus would look like. 

We hope that all these human-named dogs, cats, and other furry friends are having amazing days. 

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RIP Bento, Keyboard Cat and synth champion of our hearts

One of the internet’s favourite animal heroes, Keyboard Cat, has sadly passed away.

Though not the original Keyboard Cat, Bento was the second feline star associated with one of the most famous meme videos of the last decade. He reached nine years of age, and died on March 9, 2018.

Owner Charlie Schmidt posted a rather epic tribute to his feline friend, Bento, on YouTube on Sunday, based on one of his videos from 2014:

“Keyboard Cat” originally found fame in 2007, thanks to some quirky old VHS footage shot in 1984 by American performance artist Charlie Schmidt. Not starring Bento just yet, the original clip starred Schmidt’s other cat, Fatso (who died in 1987), wearing a blue shirt and “playing” an electronic keyboard.

In June 2007, the video was posted to YouTube by Schmidt. In 2009, YouTuber Brad O’Farrell gained permission to use the clip in a mashup fail video, and this spurred thousands of spoofs over the last ten years — there’s a whole website of them.

Here’s the OG, with Fatso, which currently has over 50 million views:

After Fatso, Schmidt’s new cat Bento took up the reins and became the new Keyboard Cat in 2010:

This commercial for Wonderful Pistachios for the 2010 Major League Baseball World Series is a career highlight for Bento:

Folks on Twitter expressed their deepest sympathies, when they weren’t being confused over whether Bento was the OG Keyboard Cat or not.

Vale Bento, we’ll be cranking up the synths tonight.

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We really hope this cat is actually meowing \

In this week’s cat video news, one Instagram kitty may possibly possess the power to speak—or at the very least, let out a very excited meow. 

Submitted by Instagram user laasaraaa and posted to catswiththeirtonguesout on February 19th, this video shows the kitty enthusiastically meowing “yeaaaah!!” when its owner asks. It even repeats it back in the same tune as its human. 

There have been plenty of videos of cats “talking,” either with really human sounding meows or well-edited syncs. This kitty’s “yeaaaah!!” sounds meow-y enough to be the real thing though.

We hope that this cat’s meow is genuine and not an edit, because frankly, the world needs more talking cats. 

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