A few months back, I read a story in the news about three cheetahs that caught a baby gazelle, but decided not to eat it.
The first part of this picture shows you how the media portrayed the story. After Arnold, you see what really happened, and what I had suspected, lol.
Reddit user noticed recently that the exact same black-and-white newspaper prop has turned up in dozens of commercials, movies, and TV shows — including such diverse programs as Married With Children , Modern Family , Everybody Hates Chris , and Desperate Housewives . His compilation of screenshots has been going around the Internet, but without an accompanying explanation for why this particular paper keeps getting recycled.
Brow Beat has learned that the prop comes from a small newspaper prop company called the Earl Hays Press in Sun Valley, Calif. Started in 1915, Earl Hays is one of the oldest newspaper prop companies, and the paper in question was first printed in the 1960s (note the top-hat ad on the lower left), then offered as a “period paper,” better suited for Mad Men (where it has not appeared) than Scrubs (where it has). The screenshots don’t actually reveal the same prop — just various printings of the same file. The front is blank and can be customized, but the inside and back page are always identical. In fact, in No Country for Old Men , when Tommy Lee Jones is reading a paper at a diner, the section in his hands is the same as the one sitting on the table, suggesting that the prop master bought two copies to make the paper look fuller, but made the mistake of leaving the stock spread facing up.
Production companies use prop newspapers instead of real ones because getting clearance from an actual publication is usually more work than it’s worth in potential fees and bureaucracy. (There are exceptions. When Tony Soprano picked up his paper each morning, it was always the Newark Star Ledger .) Rather than battle the legal department at the New York Times for that perfunctory breakfast shot, prop masters buy a stack of Earl Hays fake papers, which cost just $15 each. Sometimes if they have some left over they’ll recycle them for another job.
In case you’re curious about the headlines, here are a couple. Above the photo of the young woman with long, thick, dark hair: “She’s 3rd Brightest But Hard ‘Gal’ To See.” On the opposite page above what turns out to be a warehouse burning: “Compromised Housing Bill Sent to President for OK.”
I can understand why they use the same prop, but what I don’t understand is why they always stop reading the paper on that page, or why they always take long enough pause on that page for people to notice.
I did not make this, so the bad grammar is not my fault :P
•After the Battle over Little Whinging, 13 people (Mr. and Mrs. Weasley, Bill, Fleur, Fred, George, Ron, Ginny, Harry, Hermione, Lupin, Tonks and Hagrid) gathered in The Burrow to mourn the death of Alastor Moody. Afterwards, Lupin stood up and offered to look for Moody’s dead body. Later in the Battle of Hogwarts, Lupin was killed by Antonin Dolohov thus making another of Trelawney’s predictions came true: that when thirteen dine together, the first to rise will be the first to die.
This is Faith. She was born in December 2002 to a mother dog who tried to smother her because of her deformity. Faith was adopted by a woman named Jude Stringfellow, when her son rescued the puppy from her mother. Faith was born with two fully developed hind legs, but only one front leg, which was amputated when she was 7 months old because it was deformed.
Although veterinarians advised that Faith be put to sleep, Jude would not give the puppy up. And instead, by using peanut butter on a spoon as a reward, taught the puppy to hop on her hind legs. Faith soon developed her own special walk, instad of the hop one usually sees when dogs try to move on their hind legs.
Faith is now a therapy dog, working with her owner to help people with disabilities. She was also given an Honorary Commission as an E5 SGT in the U.S Army in June 2006.
Things could have turned out a lot worse for this cute pup. It’s good to know she has the best life possible.
In this day and age, we’re very used to the “art” of photoshop, and almost all the pics we see on famous web pages, are shopped in some way. This has made us shout out “SHOPPED!!” any time we see a picture of something unusual, we just don’t believe anything weird, cool or wtf exsists. So now I’d like to show you some pictures people would say are call fake, but are real. And I cba to add sources, this is not Wikipedia, just google it if you don’t believe me.
This looks like something a kid who just got photoshop might have thought was a funny thing to make, but it’s not. This was a prop for an Eddie Murphy movie, “Meet Dave”.
This is not from a lame disatser movie, this is a beach on Island of St. Maarten which is right next to the airport. The Airport has a very short runway, so the large planes have just barely enough room to land.
This could be a left over decoration from last year’s Halloween, or just something you’ve attatched to the trash can to keep hobos from going through it. But nope, this is a coconut crab. Coconut crabs are found in areas around the Indian Ocean and central areas of the Pacific Ocean, and they are freaking scary.
If I found this on a random site on the web, I’d be like “That’s photoshopped for sure! No dogs look like that.” But then I’d be wrong. This is Wendy, she is a whippet and suffers from a disorder that causes muscular growth. Poor thing.
This could be another lame Hollywood movie screenshot, but this is just the Burj Al Arab skyscraper in Dubai.
My eyes! I’m getting dizzy just looking at this picture, who would make such a house? Noone, it turns out. This is a ragular building in Paris that’s covered with a weird tarp during a renovation.
This must have been made to make fun of the regular Swiss Army Knife, right? Nope, it’s an actual Swiss Army Knife designed to help you do any task, but you really can’t since it’s too big and lumpy to use.
HE CAN FLY!!!!!!
Oh, never mind…
This is a woman from England with a growth abnormality causing her legs to reach enormous size. Looks painful :o
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- William Nelson (ca. 1879−1903), a General Electric employee, invented a new way to motorize bicycles. He then fell off his prototype bike during a test run.
- Ismail ibn Hammad al-Jawhari (died ca. 1003–1010), a Muslim Kazakh Turkic scholar from Farab, attempted to fly using two wooden wings and a rope. He leapt from the roof of a mosque in Nijabur and fell to his death.
- Otto Lilienthal (1848–1896) died the day after crashing one of his hang gliders.
- Franz Reichelt (1879–1912), a tailor, fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower while testing his invention, the coat parachute. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he had told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.
- Henry Smolinski (died 1973) was killed during a test flight of the AVE Mizar, a flying car based on the Ford Pinto and the sole product of the company he founded.
- Aurel Vlaicu (1882–1913) died when his self-constructed airplane,Vlaicu II, failed him during an attempt to cross the Carpathian Mountains by air.
- Michael Dacre (died 2009, age 53) died after testing his flying taxi device designed to accommodate fast and affordable travel among nearby cities.
- William Bullock (1813–1867) invented the web rotary printing press. Several years after its invention, his foot was crushed while installing a new machine in Philadelphia. The crushed foot developed gangrene and Bullock died during the amputation.
- Horace Lawson Hunley (died 1863, age 40), confederate marine engineer and inventor of the first combat submarine, CSS Hunley, died during a trial of his vessel. During a routine exercise of the submarine, which had already sunk twice previously, Hunley took command. After failing to resurface, Hunley and the seven other crew members drowned.
- Thomas Midgley, Jr. (1889–1944) was an American engineer and chemist who contracted polio at age 51, leaving him severely disabled. He devised an elaborate system of strings and pulleys to help others lift him from bed. This system was the eventual cause of his death when he was accidentally entangled in the ropes of this device and died of strangulation at the age of 55. However, he is more famous–and infamous–for developing not only the tetraethyl lead (TEL) additive to gasoline, but also chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).
- Maria Skłodowska-Curie (1867–1934) invented the process to isolate radium after co-discovering the radioactive elements radium and polonium. She died of aplastic anemia as a result of prolonged exposure to ionizing radiation emanating from her research materials. The dangers of radiation were not well understood at the time.
- Li Si (208 BC) (Chinese first minister) was executed by The Five Pains method which he had devised.
- James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton (1581) was executed in Edinburgh on the Scottish Maiden which he had introduced to Scotland as Regent.
- Valerian Abakovsky (1895–1921) constructed the Aerowagon, an experimental high-speed railcar fitted with an aircraft engine and propeller traction; it was intended to carry Soviet officials. On July 24, 1921, a group led by Fyodor Sergeyev took the Aerowagon from Moscow to the Tula collieries to test it, with Abakovsky also on board. They successfully arrived in Tula, but on the return route to Moscow the Aerowagon derailed at high speed, killing everyone on board, including Abakovsky (at the age of 25).
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency?
Caller: I heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the brown
house on the corner.
Dispatcher: Do you have an address?
Caller: No, I have on a blouse and slacks, why?
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency?
Caller: Someone broke into my house and took a bite out of my ham
and cheese sandwich .
Dispatcher: Excuse me?
Caller: I made a ham and cheese sandwich and left it on the kitchen
table and when I came back from the bathroom, someone had
taken a bite out of it.
Dispatcher: Was anything else taken?
Caller: No, but this has happened to me before and I’m sick and tired of it!
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is the nature of your emergency?
Caller: I’m trying to reach nine eleven but my phone doesn’t have
an eleven on it.
Dispatcher: This is nine eleven.
Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one
Dispatcher: Yes, ma’am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same
Caller: Honey, I may be old, but I’m not stupid.
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What’s the nature of your emergency?
Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two
Dispatcher: Is this her first child?
Caller: No, you idiot! This is her husband!
Caller: Yeah, I’m having trouble breathing. I’m all out of breath.
Darn….I think I’m going to pass out.
Dispatcher: Sir, where are you calling from?
Caller: I’m at a pay phone. North and Foster.
Dispatcher: Sir, an ambulance is on the way. Are you an asthmatic?
Dispatcher: What were you doing before you started having trouble
Caller: Running from the Police.
1. I suffer from slight Telephonophobia- Fear of, or to use, telephones.
2. I got 11 siblings, and it’s not a religious thing.
3. I also have 3 dads (none of them are gay). And 1 mother ^^
4. I broke my ankle when I was 13, jumping on a trampoline.
5. I’ve read about 200 books.
6. I’ve had rabbits, chickens, turkeys, cats, dogs, rats, birds and fish as pets. And no, I’ve never lived on a farm ^^
7. I’m a bit of a geek. I like doing puzzles, scrabble and crosswords.
8. I played World of Warcraft for almost 5 years.
9. I like to collect tv series on DvD. I currently have all the seasons of Lost, Battlestar Galactica and Rome. I have all but season 8 of Friends, 3 seasons of Scrubs, 1 season of The Big Bang Theory, King of Queens and That 70′s Show. (I know my boyfriend will comment on this, saying a lot of those DvDs are his, but pfft ^^)
10. I like to play Guitar Hero, Little Big Planet, Lego Star Wars and Angry Birds on my PS3.
11. I listen to several Japanese bands. And I don’t refer to them as “J-rock/pop”
12. I hardly ever wear make-up. And when I do wear it, it’s never more than mascara and maybe some eye-liner.
13. I’m not in school and I’m out of work, so I just sit at home and blog all day.
14. Atm I have two rats, named Sir Pippin Splinter (after Pippin in LotR and Splinter after the rat in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Mr Swarley Merry (after Barney in HIMYM and Merry in LotR)
15. I’m afraid of heights.
16. I like watching surgeries on youtube or tv.
17. I grew up watching Star Wars, the original trilogy, on old vhs tapes over and over again. Which is why I, at the age of 20, bought a Star Wars lunch box, two Star Wars t-shirts and have watched almost all of the extra material from the movies.
18. I’m never going to stop loving Disney movies. Disney channel on the other hand >.<
19. I want to live on Pandora (the planet in the movie Avatar)
20. I’ve had 3 piercings (I had to take one out) and 4 holes in my ears.
Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
The Basket Building (Newark, United States)
Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, United States)
The Hole House (Texas, United States)
House Attack (Vienna, Austria)
Nakagin Capsule Towers (Tokyo, Japan)
Tianzi Hotel (Hebei, China)
Inntel Hotel (Zaandam, Netherlands)
China Central Television Headquarters building
Kansas City Library (Missouri, USA)
Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)