Ken Jeong, actor, comedian, writer, and actual physician takes to YouTube to answer fan submitted Twitter questions. Ken, possibly best known for his role in The Hangover movies and Community, manages to squeeze in actual medical advice to answer some questions that are hard to tell if they’re real or not while still keeping it entertaining.
All would-be-ninjas, goth kids, and people who just look good in dark colors gather ’round. Have I got news for you!
Despite what Netflix has tried to tell you, orange is not the new black. Vantablack is the new black.
UK based Surrey NanoSystems has developed a new color that is able to absorb up to 99.965% of all light visible to humans. They’ve titled the color Vantablack, which is an acronym for Vertically Aligned NanoTube Arrays… black.
“Vantablack is composed of a forest of vertical tubes which are “grown” on a substrate using a modified chemical vapor deposition process (CVD). When light strikes Vantablack, instead of bouncing off, it becomes trapped and is continually deflected among the tubes, eventually becoming absorbed and dissipating into heat.”
Pictures of items painted in Vantablack look like there was a portion Photoshopped out of them, and poorly at that. Apparently the almost complete absence of light creates a black hole type visual that begs for the viewer to just dive on in*.
*Disclaimer: QTW does not encourage people to enact their favorite Looney Tunes moments by trying to drag this hole around and leap into like it’s a mouse hole in a wall. The objects are very real and you’ll only succeed in looking like a lunatic.
“It absorbs so much light that it is often referred to as the closest thing to a black hole humans will ever see.”
It’s hard to understand just how much light Vantablack absorbs, so let these reactions be an indicator of how disorienting it is to almost fall into a square of nothing.
Anyone who’s ever been stuck at an airport knows how boring it can be. If you’re lucky you might catch a seat near a hyperactive kid who keeps trying to run away, only to be repeatedly tackled by their parents who are doing their best to keep cool and not whoop the shit out of the kid in public. Aside from that, the wait can be mind-numbingly mundane.
Despite that, Instagram acrobats Dana Arnold, Nicholas Coolridge, and Travis Brewer found a way to have fun and entertain the people around the luggage carousel at the Prague Airport back in January.
Now be honest, you’ve always wanted to do something like this.
The trio, along with a few friends and random passerbys, are no strangers to doing random poses and balancing acts while out and about, or, “Oot and aboot,” for the Canadians reading this, eh.
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How do you type with boxing gloves on?
Homestar Runner dot net. It’s dot com!
If none of these quotes mean anything to you, strap in for the most life changing animated awesomeness you’ll ever experience.
No, it’s not a cartoon about skydiving robot ninjas on fire who are fighting vikings armed with machine guns that shoot smaller machine guns that shoot knives at them during a sharknado that just demolished Fort Knox so now there’s also gold bars are flying around. That would be crazy, why would you even think that?
In the early 2000’s preYouTube (yes, there was a time that Youtube wasn’t a thing) video hosting and content creation was a lot more labor intensive. Websites basically had to find ways to host their own content, and with file size restrictions that typically meant videos ended up being postage stamp sized bitmaped headaches.
A common way around this was to use Adobe Flash, which took vector animations and made them stay nice and crisp when enlarged. Some sites built themselves entirely in and around Flash. JoeCartoon.com, KillFrog.com, and AlbinoBlackSheep.com come to mind.
Homestar Runner became an internet nerd icon by setting themselves apart with two then unheard of and innovative practices:
1. It kept a regular update schedule.
At least one new video or game was uploaded each week. They also regularly created new home screens, merchandise, and desktop icons and wallpapers that were available to download for free.
2. Homestar Runner interacted with the community and absolutely nailed it with Strong Bad.
Every week, the lucha-libre masked, boxing gloved, bare-chested troublemaker would sit down at his ever-evolving-yet-always-behind-the-times computer and reply to an actual fan letter in a new unique cartoon. One of the most infamous of which features Trogdor, the Burninator, and serves as a perfect example of how far a simple question like, “Can you draw a dragon?” could blow up the internet in the hands of Strong Bad.
The world loved Homestar Runner, and references began popping up everywhere in pop culture, including a lot of people’s favorite: The Buffy crew meets Trogdor playing D&D.
While the site isn’t updating regularly any longer, Homestar Runner will live forever as an internet legend, and for all the right reasons.
Do yourself a favor and go check out the original site. Homestar Runner .net, it’s dot com! A lot of the videos are on YouTube now, but the original Flash site is still the best experience: You can see all of the splash screens, play all of the games, and get the added satisfaction of moving your mouse around while you watch cartoons, looking for any hidden clickable items for extra content.
There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.