martedì 31 dicembre 2013

34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

http://www.buzzfeed.com/summeranne/34-american-lady-scientists-who-changed-the-world

You may not have heard of these women, but we owe them so much.

Cornelia Clapp (1849–1934) earned both the first and second (from Syracuse and Chicago, respectively) biology doctorate degrees awarded to a woman in the U.S.

Cornelia Clapp (1849–1934) earned both the first and second (from Syracuse and Chicago, respectively) biology doctorate degrees awarded to a woman in the U.S.

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Alice Brown (1857–1948) studied anatomy at Cornell University and later became a prolific novelist, poet, and playwright who often wrote work with scientific themes.

Alice Brown (1857–1948) studied anatomy at Cornell University and later became a prolific novelist, poet, and playwright who often wrote work with scientific themes.

Read The Black Drop, her early science-fiction novel, in its entirety!

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Florence Bascom (1862–1945) was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and was also the first woman elected to the Geological Society of America.

Florence Bascom (1862–1945) was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University and was also the first woman elected to the Geological Society of America.

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lunedì 30 dicembre 2013

37 Times In 2013 Benedict Cumberbatch Proved He Was King Of The Internet

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/times-in-2013-benedict-cumberbatch-proved-he-was-king-of

This truly was the year of the Cumberbatch.

When he showed off his mad dance skills on the set of Star Trek: Into Darkness.

When he showed off his mad dance skills on the set of Star Trek: Into Darkness .

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Matt Lucas Trying To Make A New Friend Is The Sweetest Thing You'll See Today

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/matt-lucas-trying-to-make-a-new-friend-is-the-sweetest-thing

The Little Britain star dines out, checks his phone, and something lovely happens.


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17 Signs You're A Board Game Bully

http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinabarca/signs-youre-a-board-game-monster

“No thanks.” — Your friends, when asked if they want to play Monopoly with you.

You. Can't. Lose.

You. Can't. Lose.

No matter what the game may be there is only one possible outcome: total domination and glorious victory.

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You are warned before games start to calm down and take it easy.

You are warned before games start to calm down and take it easy.

When have you ever been nothing but the consummate understanding board game player? Oh, yeah, almost every single time.

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You laugh at people who think board games are "fun."

You laugh at people who think board games are "fun."

Fun? Was Gettysburg fun? Was D-Day? No, they weren't, and neither is Settlers of Catan, but by George will you destroy everyone in your path.

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If it's a game played in teams, you quickly size everyone up and get with the people who will best help you win.

If it's a game played in teams, you quickly size everyone up and get with the people who will best help you win.

However, you quickly forget that they are on your team and start to alienate them as well.

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Josh Hutcherson Showed Up To A Basketball Game And The Crowd Gave Him The Mockingjay Salute

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lyapalater/josh-hutcherson-showed-up-to-a-kentucky-basketball-game-and

It’s The Hunger Games in real life and it’s spectacular.

Here is Josh at the Kentucky Wildcats basketball game this weekend (in his home state)...

Here is Josh at the Kentucky Wildcats basketball game this weekend (in his home state)...

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AND THIS WAS THE CROWD'S REACTION TO HIM.

AND THIS WAS THE CROWD'S REACTION TO HIM.

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The three finger/silent salute.

The three finger/silent salute.

It's beautiful.

It's beautiful.


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19 Fascinating Facts About "The Exorcist"

http://www.buzzfeed.com/briangalindo/19-fascinating-facts-about-the-exorcist

It’s been 40 years since it was an excellent day for an exorcism.

The Exorcist novel — on which the film is based on — was initially a failure when it was first published in 1971. After the book’s author, William Peter Blatty, made a chance TV appearance, the book shot to No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

The Exorcist novel — on which the film is based on — was initially a failure when it was first published in 1971. After the book’s author, William Peter Blatty, made a chance TV appearance, the book shot to No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list.

While promoting the book, Blatty was pre-interviewed as a possible guest on late-night talk show The Dick Cavett Show. However, he was told by the interviewer that it would be unlikely he would be picked as a guest.

As luck would have it, Blatty was asked to come in at the last minute after one of the guests suddenly dropped out. While at the taping, another guest dropped out and he was given the remaining time (nearly 45 minutes) to talk about the book.

After Blatty’s appearance on the show, the book shot to the top of The New York Times best-seller list.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Prior to the book becoming a best-seller, every Hollywood studio rejected Blatty’s screenplay for the film.

Prior to the book becoming a best-seller, every Hollywood studio rejected Blatty’s screenplay for the film.

After the book became a best-seller, it caught the attention of then-Warner Bros. studio head John Calley, who bought the rights.

Blatty not only wrote the script, but also served as the film's producer.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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Blatty's novel was inspired by the alleged 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism of a young boy from Maryland.

Blatty's novel was inspired by the alleged 1949 case of demonic possession and exorcism of a young boy from Maryland.

The 1949 case involved a 13-year-old boy who underwent 30 Catholic exorcisms to free him of demonic possession. The church gave the boy the pseudonym of "Roland Doe."

Doe has no recollection of his possession.

In 2012, the film's director, William Friedkin, told a panel during a Q&A at the ArcLight that Doe recently retired from working at NASA.

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Legendary director Stanley Kubrick turned down the chance to direct the film.

Legendary director Stanley Kubrick turned down the chance to direct the film.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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29 Reasons We Fell In Love With Tom Hiddleston In 2013

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/reasons-we-fell-in-love-with-tom-hiddleston-in-2013

Well, we fell MORE in love with him.

We fell in love with Tom because he's just downright adorable.

We fell in love with Tom because he's just downright adorable.

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As displayed by this photo shoot with Evening Standard.

As displayed by this photo shoot with Evening Standard .

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“Sherlock” Is Back From The Dead And Better Than Ever

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jacelacob/sherlock-the-empty-hearse-season-3-review

The hotly anticipated British mystery drama returns with the revelation of just how Sherlock Holmes faked his death two years ago. Warning: Minor spoilers ahead!

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Just how did Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) fake his own death?

When Sherlock picks up — two years after the action of the 2012 Season 2 finale, "The Reichenbach Fall" — the facts surrounding how the master sleuth pulled off the seemingly impossible are kept firmly under wraps for much of the ingenious 90-minute season opener, "The Empty Hearse" (which airs Jan. 1 on BBC One in the U.K. and on Jan. 19 on PBS' Masterpiece).

This is not to say that viewers are denied a revelatory sequence in which the truth about just how Sherlock faked his own death is lain out. The taut sequence that reveals how he achieved such a feat is both simple, yet cunningly complex (not to mention quite spectacular), though I won't spoil the outcome for anything on this earth. However, the episode's writer Mark Gatiss (who once again pulls double duty as Sherlock's glacially cold brother Mycroft) rather smartly withholds the reveal until "The Empty Hearse" is almost concluded, creating an ongoing mystery that continues to swirl around the minds of both the viewers and several characters within Sherlock itself.


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Our 13 Favorite BuzzFeed Geeky Posts Of 2013

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/our-favorite-buzzfeed-geeky-posts-of-2013

In case you missed the feels the first time around. Presented in no particular order.

22 Times When Harry Potter's Bitch Face Was Better Than Yours

22 Times When Harry Potter's Bitch Face Was Better Than Yours

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The 35 Greatest Easter Eggs From The "Doctor Who" 50th Special

The 35 Greatest Easter Eggs From The "Doctor Who" 50th Special

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17 Times Tumblr Explained A Thing Better Than School

17 Times Tumblr Explained A Thing Better Than School

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24 Disney Comebacks For Every Occasion

24 Disney Comebacks For Every Occasion

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Which "Sherlock" Character Are You?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ailbhemalone/what-sherlock-character-are-you

Time to deduce.

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sabato 28 dicembre 2013

Why "R.I.P.D." Should Be The Next Beloved Cult Classic

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/why-ripd-should-be-the-next-beloved-cult-classic

The movie was a big bomb this summer, but if you actually give it a chance, the Jeff Bridges–Ryan Reynolds flick is a ton of fun. And, better than Man of Steel .

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Universal Pictures decided way before R.I.P.D. hit theaters in mid-July that the movie was destined to fail; it had already pushed it back several times from its original January 2012 release date. The studio stripped the movie adaptation of Peter M. Lenkov's Rest in Peace Department comic of nearly all of its marketing budget; at $130 million for production alone, it was already going to take a big write-down. That more or less set the narrative: R.I.P.D. was garbage, the studio was ashamed of it, and moviegoers shouldn't bother seeking it out. It ended up taking in just $33 million in the U.S. and $78 million worldwide.

It is ludicrous to call anything done to those in the über-first world of Hollywood an "injustice," but, on such a sliding scale, the treatment of R.I.P.D. certainly qualifies as unfortunate mistreatment.

Summer 2013 was a test case for Hollywood studios that now make a large majority of their profits off of expensive, blockbuster action films. There were a couple big hits within the Iron Man and Fast & Furious franchises, but the season mostly lacked the crazy-anticipated, years-in-the-making culminations like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises that guarantee billions in box office returns. Thus, studios were forced to try to manufacture new, lucrative features, and in doing so, tested just how eager the moviegoing public was to pay high prices for broadly sketched characters and big, computerized explosions.

There were some successes: Man of Steel, World War Z, and Pacific Rim (which fell flat stateside, but scored $300 million abroad) all were considered wins for the studios, even if they weren't huge critical favorites. But there were also several painful flops — The Lone Ranger was a bloated mess that was derided as a bad Western version of Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean; and the combination of M. Night Shyamalan and Will and Jaden Smith made After Earth a gigantic punchline when it fell face-first.

R.I.P.D., on the other hand, was quietly pronounced DOA, kicked around for a few days, and then promptly forgotten. But it deserved better.

The film features Ryan Reynolds as Nick, a morally troubled Boston cop. When he's gunned down by his partner Bobby (Kevin Bacon), he's offered a chance at salvation: Instead of facing eternal judgment, he can join an underworld police corps (the cleverly titled Rest in Peace Department), where he can roam the earth...appearing to living humans as an old Asian man. He begrudgingly accepts, and is partnered up with a foul-mouthed sheriff from the Old West named Roy, played by Jeff Bridges, who inhabits the physical perfection of real-life Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Marisa Miller.

The two set off to patrol troublemaking escaped spirits called Deados, while Nick tries to cope with missing his wife and the consequences of the robbery that turned the crooked Bobby against him. Sure, it's ridiculous, and yes, it was criticized for being similar to the plot of Men in Black (a recently revived franchise that benefits from the grandfathered glow of '90s nostalgia). But then again, Iron Man's Tony Stark is basically a suave Steve Jobs in a fleet of custom-built flying suits, and director Zack Snyder made Superman an alien Jesus figure in Man of Steel.

The first mistake Universal made with R.I.P.D. was assuming that it could penetrate the perplexing world of fanboy entertainment; comic book fans take the big-screen adaptations of characters and stories that they've cherished for years on paper deadly seriously, no matter how unbelievable they may seem.

And that's unfair and unfortunate, because R.I.P.D., even more so than the Iron Man franchise and the new Superman, can be appreciated on several different levels. Not all of them may have been purposely engineered, but that's the beauty of film: Its ownership is transferred from director to audience the moment it hits the screen.

As ushered in by Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, blockbuster films have become not just serious business, but serious entertainment. Joss Whedon injected some laughs into The Avengers and Robert Downey Jr. has made Tony Stark a charming cad, but "gritty reboot" has become the exhausted logline on summer movies over the past half-decade. World War Z was a grim apocalyptic tale, despite Brad Pitt's long locks and trackstar zombies, while not even Simon Pegg could save J.J. Abrams' Star Trek into Darkness from becoming "mysterious" and self-important to the point of parody.

The plot of R.I.P.D., on the other hand, is an intentionally silly version of those other comic book adaptations. A gold pendant (which looks like it came from Legends of the Hidden Temple) that Nick and Bobby steal from a drug bust (which is the sin that forces Nick into underworld police service) is actually an ancient artifact that will help open the gate that keeps the demons off of this planet; Nick and Roy have to stop Bobby — who (surprise!) is a Deado — from raising hell on Earth. As in every blockbuster, the planet is in peril, and only our heroes can save it.

Still, R.I.P.D. is the absolute opposite of the navel-gazing, dark-paletted destruction porn meant to stroke the egos of sensitive fanboys. It is kitschy, preposterous, and well aware that it exists in a bizarro world; there is a giddiness about much of its ludicrousness, which includes a shape-shifting demon that looks like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers 2 (played by Devin Ratray, aka Buzz from Home Alone!) who climbs up buildings with his ass hanging out.

It seems like director Robert Schwentke had to know that so much of what he was committing to digital film was absurd because his characters admit as much.

And Jeff Bridges gives a performance that is one part Lebowski, one part True Grit's Rooster Cogburn, and one part What the fuck? With the Oscar pressure obviously off his back (after winning in 2010 for Crazy Heart), Bridges just dives into the part of a stubborn 1800s Western lawman, concocting some sort of off-brand drawl that spews from his lips that are otherwise packed with acid-tinged chewing tobacco. He twirls his thick gray mustache and spins stories about his human corpse being skull-fucked by coyotes; he is extra revoltingly sloppy as he gleefully stuffs his gullet full of Indian food, because cumin and similar traditional spices inexplicably draw the Deados out of their human form.

Bacon also seems to be reveling in the outrageousness of the material, with his thick Boston accent and smarm-drenched performance. He's always made for an especially creepy heel, and his double-crossing Boston detective in R.I.P.D. may be the overlooked summit on that mountain of asshole acting.

Meanwhile, Mary-Louise Parker makes the most out of her police administrator role, playing it with a droll sexiness that's fitting, considering her uniform looks like the product of a go-go dancer and dominatrix teaming up to outfit a traffic warden.

Admittedly, Reynolds looks sort of miserable throughout the film, but that's the straight man character, who, after all, was just murdered. He also delivers incredulousness with surprising comedic honesty.

These sort of all-in performances are a gift in the summer-event movie genre, injecting some much-need personality into a season of wooden characters. If the screenplay offers a clunky story, it compensates with some solid quips and one-liners, avoiding the exposition-filled exchanges that beat audiences over the head with complicated details.

You'd be hard-pressed to find another blockbuster film that has a line like this: "You are just going to have to learn to sit on your regret and pain until it becomes a dull and persistent ache — the way I do it, the way a man does it," as Bridges utters in the middle of the second act.


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16 Reasons Why We Love Stan Lee

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kevinmcshane/16-reasons-why-we-love-stan-lee

The architect of our childhood turns 91 today. Here’s why we can’t get enough of him.

He basically co-authored our entire childhood.

He basically co-authored our entire childhood.

Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Avengers, Fantastic Four and more. Stan Lee (with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others) created the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe.

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He's been rocking the "mustache / tinted glasses / grey temples" thing for almost 40 years.

He's been rocking the "mustache / tinted glasses / grey temples" thing for almost 40 years.

Lee in 1975

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He's an American patriot.

He's an American patriot.

Lee served in the Army during WWII. His designation was "playwright" - one of only nine troops with that designation.

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And a devoted family man.

And a devoted family man.

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venerdì 27 dicembre 2013

Stranded Antarctic Researchers Make The Most Of It With Delightful Tweets And Vines

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/stranded-antarctic-researchers-make-the-most-of-it-with-deli

Scientists have been posting some awesome images from aboard the blocked research ship, which is currently stuck in ice.

A blizzard on Christmas Eve left 74 men and women aboard a research ship stranded in Antarctica, frozen in the ice.

A blizzard on Christmas Eve left 74 men and women aboard a research ship stranded in Antarctica, frozen in the ice.

AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock

Chris Turney, professor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales, has been tweeting photos and Vines from the stranded vessel.

Chris Turney, professor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales, has been tweeting photos and Vines from the stranded vessel.

AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock


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The Real Breakout Star Of The "Desolation Of Smaug" Was Stephen Colbert

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/the-real-breakout-star-of-the-desolation-of-smaug-was-stephe

Best cameo or best cameo?


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This Sign Is From The Future

http://www.buzzfeed.com/kmallikarjuna/this-sign-is-from-the-future

One where Humans and Daleks live in peace. Thanks Doctor!

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This Disney Princess Eye Makeup Art Is Stunning

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/this-disney-princess-eye-makeup-art-is-stunning

Makeup artist Tal Peleg is clearly a wizard.

Makeup artist Tal Peleg posted these amazing eye makeup designs based on the two main characters in Disney's Frozen.

Makeup artist Tal Peleg posted these amazing eye makeup designs based on the two main characters in Disney's Frozen .

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She's featured princesses on her DeviantArt page before, like Cinderella...

She's featured princesses on her DeviantArt page before, like Cinderella...

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The Frog Princess...

The Frog Princess...

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And the Princess and the Pea.

And the Princess and the Pea.

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13 Reasons Why Not Fitting In As A Kid Makes You An Awesome Adult

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tabirakhter/xx-reasons-why-not-fitting-in-as-a-kid-makes-you-an-awesome

Cooties are just swag in disguise.

You are wise beyond your years:

You are wise beyond your years:

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Harry Potter's Ministry Of Magic Has Finally Made It Onto The Internet

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/a-harry-potter-fan-has-created-a-spot-on-ministry-of-magic-w

Opening up the UK government to non-muggles.

A Harry Potter fan has created a Ministry of Magic website that looks just like the real UK government site.

A Harry Potter fan has created a Ministry of Magic website that looks just like the real UK government site.

Until we saw this brilliant recreation of the Ministry of Magic website.

It's based on the code of the award-winning Gov.uk website, which launched in 2012 to bring almost every aspect of the UK government into one place. But the existing website doesn't offer much for wizards.

The Ministry of Magic site is very like its muggle equivalent. There's a news story stating that the transport network will be shut down for Christmas, with little in the way of explanation.

The Ministry of Magic site is very like its muggle equivalent. There's a news story stating that the transport network will be shut down for Christmas, with little in the way of explanation.

The Ministry of Magic's official duties are set out using lots of management speak, just like the real website.

The Ministry of Magic's official duties are set out using lots of management speak, just like the real website.


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