Daily Cartoon from CartoonStock.com
Posts Tagged ‘Daft’
If you like Geek toys and Gadgets…..
Don’t forget to “like” us!
When you like us we become cool like y0u, and we think you can afford to give away a little coolness. It is the holiday season after all….
Is there a special geek in your life this holiday season? Just want to say thanks or maybe just wanting a little something extra in your life? There are some truly fantastic geek toys and gadgets out there for anyone and everyone. You don’t have to be an uber geek to appreciate some of the truly neat and bizarre trinkets that are available.
We have handpicked eight different geek toys and gadgets that should amuse any techie or sci fi enthusiast on your list.
First on our list of geek toys and gadgets is “The Floaster”
This peculiar spin on a coaster is great for a small gathering at your place or to create a little mystery at work. Not only are they very stylish coasters but they actually appear to make your drink float in the air! It’s a neat little illusion that will have people asking how. It works because there is a small stand underneath the floaster that is naked to the eye when looking from above. Of course you don’t have to tell them how it works. You can laugh like an evil madman as your coworkers or guests marvel at this little feat of design. The low cost + high fun factor equals out to be a fantastic bargain on a neat gadget. This means it’s an ideal gift for any situation, and you will have enough left to buy one for yourself.
Use this neat geek gadget to open up some good times “Wine Bottle Kit”
Here is a design trick so great it might make that “Houdini” kit disappear. It is a full wine kit inside of what looks like a wine bottle. You could call it wineception if you were so inclined. This set comes with a lever style corkscrew, a bottle collar, a bottle stopper, a bottle pourer, and a foil cutter. It can sit inconspicuously with your wine bottles until the time is right. Due to their compact convenience and aesthetically pleasing design, this kit fits in with your wine collection or as a professional piece in a restaurant. The wine bottle kit proves that you don’t need to break the bank just to break open a bottle of wine.
Shine light on your geek toys and gadgets with “Water Lanterns”
Bring the Far East a little bit closer with these traditional floating paper lanterns. Undeniably cool, yet warm, these lanterns “light” up any backyard for a gathering. Put them in your pond or pool or even on along walkway. These lights will shed some old fashioned light on any celebration, party, or relaxing evening. Setup takes just seconds and the tea lights required are already included. These water lanterns are a classic atmospheric piece; that have been used for centuries because their warmness resonates with anyone who sits in their light. There is no wiring in them so the flame retardant paper lanterns are 100% biodegradable to boot.
Water lanterns are a shining example of a timelessly enjoyable classic.
For some reason we were very drawn to the “Space Magna Putty”
Whether you are a child or an adult, getting absorbed in putty is more fun than it sounds. This isn’t your grandparents’ “silly” putty. Space Magna putty is magnetic, making it much more fun to mold with. You can stretch, mold, and bounce it, but the fun really begins when you introduce a magnet into the mix. It attacks and absorbs the magnet in an entertaining display of science on a small scale. The Space Magna Putty comes in a convenient little package and both stimulates the mind and helps relieve stress.
You’re never too old to enjoy something so simple and fun.
Even pets can be part of our geek toys and gadgets list with the “Space Fish Tank”
Hey look, you finally found Nemo! If you have wanted a fish, but lacked the space in your small apartment or office, this neat space saving bowl is perfect for you. It has a contemporary design that pops out in any setting. This is an appropriate bowl for small fish like the beta or goldfish. The Space Fish Tank has three different background designs that slip behind it allowing you to choose from, the statue of liberty, space, or an alien planet.
Your new friend with gills in the Space Fish Tank means You will never be lonely, and he is sure to attract others guests to your place with his stylish and uniquely geeky home.
This is item is for the geek scout in all of us “Emergency Phone Charger”
It’s time for a trip to the incredibly practical side. Everyone has had the problem of their phone dying on them at one time or another. Sometimes it’s at an incredibly inopportune time. This is the geek gadget to always have on hand in case that situation arises. It can give up to two hours of more talk time or music time should you hook it up to your I-pod. All it requires is one AA battery to power the device and you are off and charging. It’s small and incredibly convenient with a price tag that encourages the gift of giving.
Move over hipsters it’s the “Retro Phone Cell Phone Handset”
(Available in Red for the Bat Cave Extension)
Love the convenience of the cell phone but feel nostalgic of that old timey handset? If so then this is a must buy for you or that certain retro someone. All you have to do is plug the handset into the audio jack on your phone and you’re off. You will be looking 20th century in no time with this fashionable statement of the times. Also, as an added bonus it will reduce the amount of radiation pouring into your head because you don’t have to keep the cell phone there!
Smart, funny, and just plain cool, this is a great accessory for those at home in a slightly “simpler” time.
Live long and geeky with the “Astro Eye Planetarium DIY Star Projector”
Last but certainly no least on this list of sweet geek toys and gadgets is this home planetarium. Love the stars but, find yourself surrounded by the lights of man? This is a great way to escape within your own domicile. This 2 disc projector shows the night sky on your walls and ceiling. It gives you both the northern and southern hemisphere perspectives of the stars. It includes five speeds and a 30 or 60 minute sleep function and even a shooting star feature. Great as a learning tool or relaxing way to fall asleep, this is a perfect item for all ages. It runs on batteries so no having to worry about tripping on cords in the night either. This item has a place in any home because astronomy is a part of all of us whether we show our inner geek or not.
With so many options out there, it can be hard to find the right gadget for the geek in your life. Thankfully you can find all these items and many more in our Daft Gadget Store found at daftgadgets.com. There you will find a humorous selection of geek toys and gadgets for every personality and budget.
“There’s a sucker born every minute” David Hannum (in Reference to P.T Barnum’s Customers)
1. The Cardiff Giant
What was the Cardiff Giant?
The Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in the history of the United States. Essentially it was a 10 foot petrified man that was purported to have been unearthed from the soil of the town of Cardiff New York.
Who did it?
The giant was the creation of a New York tobacconist named George Hull.
Why did he create this hoax?
While visiting one of his rock quarries, hull noticed a piece of stone that looked like it had human veins running through it. At this point he thought to himself “I bet if I carved up that stone to look like a human giant I could get the last laugh on those Methodists” (Hull, an atheist, decided to create the giant after an argument at a Methodist revival meeting about the passage in Genesis 6:4 stating that there were giants who once lived on Earth)
Hull then instructed some workers to cut a giant slab from the veined stone, which he later shipped to Chicago where he had hired a stone cutter named Edward Burghardt to carve this biblical giant. (Burghardt was unaware that he was carving a statute for a hoax). Once finished, he had some trusted allies bury the giant underground where it would lay in wait for one year.
Around a year later, some fossils were found nearby, and Hull used this discovery to spring his hoax into action.
Ordering to workers to dig a well where the giant was buried, two laborers made what they thought would be the discovery of a lifetime! Rushing to tell the whole town, word spread fast and eventually had people showing up from all over the country to look at (and pay admission for) the stone giant from biblical times.
Scientists and experts came to the conclusion that it was either a true fossilized human giant or an authentic ancient statue. Nobody, said it was a hoax.
P.T. Barnum, noticed all the commotion and attempted to buy the statue to show in his museum. When the price came back as $50,000 (Hull had sold 2/3rds of the statue to a banker named David Hannum) Barnum decided it was easier to create his own fake statue.
He then declared that Hannum sold him the original and that the one in Cardiff was just a fake. After this news, thousands flocked to Barnum’s exhibit to which David Hannum was quoted as saying “There’s a sucker born every minute” …… (He still believed his statue to be real)
2. The Lying Stones
What were the lying stones?
The lying stones were limestone that had been carved into the shapes of lizards, frogs, spiders, and other animals. The stones also had in them the carved name of God in Latin, Arabic, and Hebrew characters.
Who Discovered them?
Professor Johann Bartholomeus Adam Beringer (ca 1667 – 1738) of the faculty of medicine at the university of Wurzburg.
Who Created this Hoax?
Hoaxers by the name of J. Ignatz Roderick (ex Jesuit) and professor of geography and mathematics, and Johann Georg von Eckhart.
Why did they do it?
They didn’t like him. They felt that Beringer was arrogant and needed a “comeuppance”
Essentially, they hid the stones on Mount Eibelstadt (a place where Beringer frequently went to search for fossils.)
The stones included “lizards in their skin, birds with beaks and eyes, spiders with their webs, and frogs copulating.” Other stones lain there bore the Hebrew letters YHVH, for Jehovah, or God.
When Beringer found them He believed them to be natural products of the “plastic power” of the inorganic world.
When critics pointed out that there was evidence of chisel marks, Beringer became convinced that they were the chisel marks of God. In fact nobody could convince him otherwise, not even the hoaxers.
The hoaxers had been putting more and more crazy rocks on the mountain for him to find, at first finding the whole thing amusing. However, the whole hoax started to get out of hand and they tried to convince him that maybe “someone else” was playing a hoax on him.
Beringer decided that they were just trying to discredit his great discovery, and brought them to court to “save his honor”
Unfortunately when he did this, they confessed the whole story. The careers of all three men were ruined.
When asked why they played such a hoax, they replied:
“he was so arrogant and despised us all.”
3. The Tasaday Tribe
What The Heck Was The Tasaday Tribe?
The Tasaday Tribe were a bunch of people forced to pretend that they were an ancient cave dwelling tribe.
Who Created this Hoax?
Manual Elizalde, head of PANAMIN (the Philippine government agency nonstock, nonprofit organization created to protect the interests of Philippine cultural minorities.)
Elizalde had all sorts of press and was able to get a picture of a Tasaday boy climbing vines to appear on the August 1972 edition of National Geographic He also got a National Geographic documentary named “The Last Tribes of Mindanao” created for the Tasaday.
Why Did he put on this Hoax?
Probably To steal money. He cleaned out millions from the Tasaday fund when he fled the country.
The Tasaday people were interviewed later on ABC’s show 20/20 and confessed that they were bribed with cigarettes, clothing, food and more to play along in Elizalde’s game.
4. The Great Moon Hoax
What was the Great Moon Hoax?
The Great Moon Hoax refers to a six article series put out by the New York Sun on August 25, 1835.
The articles went into great detail of crazy “non” mythical animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and Batman.
(Okay they were actually bat-winged humanoids (“Vespertilio-homo”) who built temples on the moon, not bat caves, but close enough.
All These discoveries were supposedly made with “an immense telescope of an entirely new principle”.
Of course when someone came to see this telescope, the hoaxers said it was so powerful that the sun turned the telescope into a giant “Burning Glass” that burned down the observatory, all the evidence, and vaporized the telescope.
Who perpetrated this hoax?
Authorship of the article has been attributed to Richard A. Locke, a Cambridge-educated reporter who, in August 1835, was working for the New York Sun.
Why did he do it?
Assuming that Richard A. Locke was the author, his intentions were probably, first, to create a sensational story which would increase sales of the New York Sun, and, second, to ridicule some of the more extravagant astronomical theories that had recently been published.
Its also possible that he took a hallucinogenic drug in the observatory and imagined the whole thing before burning it down himself.
5. War of The Worlds
What was the War of the Worlds Hoax?
The War of the Worlds was an American radio drama directed by Orson Welles, who adapted the H.G. Wells story titled “The War of the Worlds”
Presented as an actual news story, many listeners began to believe that Martians were in fact invading the U.S.A. Some listeners were seen fleeing in panic, thinking they could smell poison gas or see flashes of lightning in the distance.
It was said at the time that 1.7 million people believed the broadcast to be genuine, and out of those 1.2 million were genuinely frightened.
However, these numbers were later said to be inflated by newspaper companies who felt that radio threatened their position as the number one “Press Medium”
1. Vladimir Demikhov Vs Dr. White:
When someone faces the horror of seeing their pet get hit by a car they usually only have 2 options:
- Bury the pet in the Pet Sematary where it will comeback to life possessed, or
- Convert the Pet with the latest craze known as RC Taxidermy.
However something most of you haven’t thought of is sewing your pet’s head onto another animals body while its still alive.
Who the hell would be crazy enough to do this you ask?
Vladimir Demikhov, that’s who.
Vladimir Demikhov was a Mad Soviet Scientist and organ transplant pioneer. Known for sewing on extra heads to dogs and monkeys, Demikhov may be the first real mad scientist to follow in the footsteps of Mary Shelly’s Dr. Frankenstein.
His masterpiece is probably a puppy’s head grafted onto the neck of a full grown German Shepherd. The puppy head would lap at milk and drool in down the side of its mouth. Unfortunately, both animals died shortly after the experiment.
Of course this was during the cold war, and the Americans refused to be behind the Soviets in any technology, even multiple headed dogs. This led the American scientist Dr Robert White to transplant the brain of one dog into the neck of another dog. The question then became, “is this dog brain conscious, and if so, what type of doggy hell is it in?”
Dr White couldn’t answer this and decided to move on to bigger and better experiments like decapitating two monkeys and switching their heads.
Kind of makes you want to skip your yearly check up doesn’t it?
2. Shiro Ishii:
(No, were not getting any funnier just yet)
Other than being known for the vivisection of living people (sometimes women he and the other doctors recently impregnated) amputating limbs and reattaching them to different parts of the body, freezing and unfreezing of a patients extremities, and purposely infecting patients with venereal diseases via rape, Shiro Ishii was known to be a selfish, pushy and disturbed individual who excelled at his studies.
His victims numbered around 10 000, receiving 600 per year from the kempeitai military police. He referred to his patients as “logs” and his research area as “The Saw Mill”
After Japan’s defeat in WWII, Ishii and his fellow mad scientists known as Unit 731 were granted immunity by the U.S. Government in exchange for the data he collected from torturing his victims.
3. Charles Bien Aime et Le Fol
(Charles the Loved and the Mad)
Charles was the King of France from 1380 – 1422 and is known as the once loved king of France who slipped into madness.
He first experienced psychosis in 1392 when his adviser, Olivier de Clisson, was almost murdered. Charles attempted to punish the would be assassin responsible by any means necessary. The person believed to be responsible was Pierre de Craon and was thought to be hiding in Brittany. Charles assembled a small army and set off to catch the assassin.
During the march, a barefoot leper sprung from the woods yelling at the King that he had been betrayed and continued behind the small army repeating his cries. Sometime later, a sun stroked page would drop his lance against the shield of another causing a very loud clanging sound. Charles then drew his sword yelling: “Forward against the Traitors!” and began fighting his own soldiers and killing a knight known as “The Bastard of Polignac.”
He was known to forget the names of his family members, as well as his own name. He also believed at one point his name was George who’s family crest was a stabbed lion. In another incident he forgot he was King entirely.
None of which was his craziest delusion…..
His craziest of all delusions was the condition we now know as “Glass Delusion.” Here Charles believed that his body was made of glass and very breakable. This caused him to fear movement and completely forgo any personal hygiene regiment like bathing. At one point he became so filthy that his body became completely infested with lice.
At one point to combat this he attempted various procedure to protect his fragile body including custom made clothes that included iron bars sewn into them.
Take that Tony Stark.
4. Saparmurat “Turkmenbashi” Niyazov ,
After changing his name to “Turkmenbashi” meaning leader of all ethnic Turks, Niyazov then proceeded to declare himself “President for life”
He then went on a narcissistic reforming rampage renaming practically everything under his authority that didn’t already pay him homage.
His list of reforms include:
- He ordered every bottle of vodka to have a picture of his face on it, as well as every clock and watch in the country
- He ordered TV Stations to use his face as a logo
- He changed the name of the capital city airport to Turkmenbashi
- He replaced the port city Krasnovodsk with the name Turkmenbashi
- After a 670 lbs Meteorite hit the country, he declared it named Turkmenbashi
- He changed the names of street and schools to Turkmenbashi
- He changed the national anthem to reference his name in the chorus.
- He banned dogs from the capital because they smelled funny
- He banned gold teeth and encouraged people to gnaw on bones like dogs because dogs teeth didn’t fall out as easy.
- He banned smoking after he was forced to quit due to health problems
- He banned reporters from using make up.
- He renamed the month of January Turkmenbashi
- He renamed the month of September “Ruhnama” in honor of the book wrote by Turkmenbashi
- He banned Opera and Ballet
- He decreed that men should refrain from growing beards
- He declared that the average Turkmen doesn’t read books and as such ordered libraries to be closed.
And finally he banned Britney Spears
(okay he actually banned lip-syncing, but same idea)
Oh yeah, and he also commissioned the construction of an Ice palace with an arctic type zoo complete with penguins and other animals………in the middle of the hottest dessert in Asia.
Source: BBC Ice Zoo
5. Howard Hughes (The Aviator)
This Aviator tycoon who had a paranoid obsession with germs and cleanliness may have had a little more crazy to him than your average ocd.
His quirkyness has been referenced in comedy for years including a famous episode of the Simpsons where Mr Burns plays a parody of the eccentric tycoon and orders his assistant at gun point to get into a miniature wooden plane nicknamed “The Spruce Moose.” (The Spruce Goose was a derisory nickname of Hughes plane the H4 Hercules) See the video link below.
Hughes’ antics included:
- An obsession with the size of peas (he used a special fork to separate them)
- He wrote an extremely detailed memorandum about how to prevent actresses Jane Russell’s blouse from “Bunching Up” on the set.
- He locked himself in his screen room where he sat naked on a chair watching movies for 4 months, eating only chocolate bars and milk and relieving himself in the empty milk bottles. During this time he also surrounded himself with Kleenex boxes and rearranged them continuously.
- He later moved into a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel where he would sit naked watching movies with a pink napkin over his genitals. Somehow he spent 11 million dollars in that hotel that year.
- He became obsessed with his home state of Texas and began purchasing all the restaurant chains and 4 star hotels that had been founded their (some which were long out of business)
- He became obsessed with the film “Ice Station Zebra” and had it running on a continuous loop and was said to have watched it 150 times.
- Near the end of his life he surrounded himself with Mormons, not believing anyone else to be trustworthy
Here, is one of the more satirical take offs on the billionaire:
For Crazy Gadgets Check out our online store!
We realize everyone has their own opinion as to which superheroes are tougher, or who would win over who in a fight over who. As such, at Daft Gadgets, we believe in democracy and everyone’s right to have their own wrong opinion as to who the toughest superpowerless heroes are.
We define a superpower, as something that is preternatural to humans. For example, mutants are an evolved branch from humans and their powers don’t count, so wolverine would have to fight with bleeding hands and the inability to regenerate faster than a normal human. Kwai Chang Caine gets his power from within his chi and as such we might count him if we liked him more, whereas nobody from the movie kungfu hustle would qualify for our list, even though we found them all to be very amusing.
So lets begin with
#5 Frank Castle a.k.a: “The Punisher”
Now the Castle isn’t known so much for his technique in hand to hand combat as he is for his “in your face” catch a fly with a bazooka mentality. He employs many anti hero tactics like murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture to get his way, so he’s kind of like a bad guy in an identity crisis.
These tactics take the readers focus off his supreme fighting skills as a well placed punch is often less exciting than a live grenade in someones pants or shot gun in someones mouth.
That being said, Castle is a war veteran trained as a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare, and almost every form of weaponry.
Who Did The Punisher Fight That Makes Him So Tough?
He fought Spiderman on more than one occasion, although he was defeated in the majority. He believed Spiderman was a killer and was tricked into seeking revenge against him.
He took out Rhino without any serious problems
He also defeated Venom when he learned Venom was the killer “Eddie Brock” (Although he let him go when he ran out of sniper bullets)
He defeated Daken, the mutant son of Wolverine
He broke his arm and sent him through three walls and on to a subway track where he electrocuted him and allowed a subway to run him down.
He also defeated Deadpool multiple times before blowing his head off. (which grew back) and Daredevil, who tried to come to the aid of the innocent Deadpool.
This is by no means a complete list of the Punisher’s top foes, but you get the idea.
#4. Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger
After killing his parents murderer with a Kitchen knife, Ben Turner turned to the martial arts as a way to help quell the inner rage of his soul. Studying along side Richard Dragon under the teachings of Master O-Sensei, Ben Turner became one of the greatest martial artists in world.
He has been considered by most to be one of the top 5 martial artists in the DC Universe and is still considered to be top 10 even though he has lost popularity over the years.
Who did he beat up that was so tough?
Uhhh…. Batman. More than once.
This alone is enough for Ben Turner to make our list.
#3. Lady Shiva
The Same Master O-Sensei that trained Ben Turner also had a god daughter named Sandra Woosan. Wooson is known to be the deadliest assassin the DC universe and currently goes by the code name “Lady Shiva”
Who did she beat up that makes her so tough?
Well she handled Victor Sage (the question) without much of a problem, although that was before his training with Richard Dragon.
She also defeated and helped retrain Batgirl (who turned out to be her daughter), and gave a pretty serious liking to the third Robin, “Time Drake”
Add to the list “Connor Hawke” (The Second Green Arrow)who was defeated during a martial arts tournament. (His life was spared at Robin’s request.)
On top of everything, she has mastered a move known as the Leopard Blow, that will apparently kill any opponent instantly, even the Great Richard Dragon.
#2. Shang Chi
Even the Great Iron Fist himself confessed that Shang Chi was a superior fighter, which is a pretty big deal since Iron Fist has the superpower known as “Shou Lou the undying”
Shang Chi’s name means a rising and advancing spirit. He has teamed up with the Sons of Tiger, Iron Fist, Jack of Hearts, White Tiger, Spiderman, the Thing, and even ROM the Space knight.
Shang is also a master of every martial arts weapon
Who has Shang Fought that makes him so tough?
Well, he did defeat and kill his father in a brutal engagement as well as his younger half brother “Moving Shadow”
Shang Chi also came to blows with the Man Thing (pardon the expression), The Shadow Stalker, Razor Fist, Shockwave, Skull Crusher, Zaran, Silver Samurai.
He has also once held off a crowd of 30 super criminals for Captain America, a so called “super human”.
It may come as no surprise that Batman is listed in the #1 slot.
Throughout the comic ages Batman has become one of the most powerful human beings in the DC Universe, despite having no superhuman powers.
By training with the most brilliant minds on the earth in the fields of science, biology, criminology, and other areas, Batman has molded himself in a Jeet Kune Do fashion that allows him to utilize his evolving strengths in a way no comic character has before him.
Who did Batman beat up that makes him so tough?
Yes, that’s right. Batman beat the daylights out of Superman. Batman believes Superman is a government sellout and prepares a final battlefield in his honor. Superman walks into traps of electricity and ultra sonic sound waves before finally taking a Kryptonite arrow (developed by batman) to the chest. Batman’s grasps the throat of Superman and delivers the final words:
“We could have changed the world…now…look at us…I’ve become a political liability…and…you…you’re a joke. I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”
Batman is a master disguise artist and profiler, capable of ninja like stealth and Houdini like escapology. This allows him to treat every battle as just a battle in a much larger war. Although he refuses to take life, and has been forced to retreat, Batman becomes stronger after ever defeat. He has lost many one on one battles but has consistently proven himself as the victor of the war, and as such, wins the top spot among the superpowerless heroes.
Other notable mentions:
Wolverine (without powers)
Marv from Sin City
The King Pin
“I Want to Eat Your Children!” – Mike Tyson
Although many of us may remember the famous line directed to Lennox Lewis from Mike Tyson (he’s feeling much better now), most of us just shook it off as some random insanity from a declining superstar boxer.
However, some of us thought to ourselves: “I think he might actually do it if given the chance.”
At Daft Gadgets, we find that some of the best (and most interesting) ideas come directly from the realms of insanity and as such, we are not afraid to investigate deeper in to any insane ideas from eating children to working 9-5 jobs.
Believe it or not, it turns out that eating children isn’t that crazy at all!
In fact, some people have put forth some very logical arguments for the act of pedocannibalism (yes we made that word up.)
We’re going to save the moral debate of Exocannibalism vs Endocannibalism (no we didn’t make these words up)for another time and focus this post entirely around people who might eat your children.
The First being:
#5. Johnathan Swift
Johnathan Swift was a satirist, and political pamphleteer who created great works like: Gulliver’s travels, The Battle of the Books, and A Modest Proposal.
A Modest Proposal is a guide to ease poverty by selling your children as food for the rich.
Swift delves deep to support his proposal, listing the calculations and financial benefits of pedocannibalism while making allusions to the overall yummyness of a prepared child.
Swift is quoted as saying:
“A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragoust.”
Swift later argues that landlords have already devoured most of their parents and are therefore most entitled to the children as they already have experience in cannibalism.
Although Swift’s message is a Jab at using human’s a resources, we wouldn’t trust him with a newborn baby during any type of famine, particularly in any place dingos are known to roam.
Cronos was the sun of Uranus.
He was known as Cronos to the “Greeks” and “Saturn” to the Romans. Cronos castrated his father and and threw his genitals into the sea. With his father out of the way, he became the supreme ruler of the universe.
Unfortunately it occurred to him, that if he could castrate and kill his father, one of his children may very well castrate and kill him!
Seeking the advice of a prophet, Cronos was told that in fact, one of his children would dispose of him in the future. This gave him the ingenious idea of eating his children. He figured that if he ate them when they were young and helpless, they would never grow up to hurt him.
Ironically, nobody wanted to hurt Cronos until he started eating children, and in the end he suffered a self fulfilling prophecy.
According to some, Zeus made Cronos the lead soprano in his choir before sending him to the underworld.
Tantalus shows up in Homer’s “Nekuia” where he is suffering eternal torture in the Tartarus region of Greek Hell. Although he’s not really a pedocannibal, he did create a feast for the gods where he stews his own son, Pelops. (Mmmm, Tantalizing!)
The gods weren’t really keen on eating humans, but the goddess Demeter was distracted by the loss of her daughter Persephone, and chowed down on Pelops like he was a chicken wing.
We’re not sure, but we think that this transgression is kind of like serving someone “Blue Shark” for dinner and then telling them its actually flipper the bottle nosed dolphin.
Eitherway, Tantalus isn’t someone you want around the Kitchen.
Another gift from the Greeks is the story of Lamia.
Queen Lamia was considered the avatar of beauty in libya. In fact, she carried with her a preternatural goddess like beauty that was probably passed down from her grand parents Poseidon and Lybie, although some tell her tale as the mistress of Zeus himself.
With the Zeus interpretation, Hera (Zeus’ wife) kills Lamia’s children, which in turn empowers her negative emotions to turn her into a serpent like demon.
Either way, Lamia is known as the demon devourer of children and has been commonly used by parents who wish to scare their children into obedience for centuries.
If you are familiar with the ways parents traumatize their children, you are also familiar with the story of Tom Thumb.
In the story, the mean ogre is trying to kill Tom and his brothers so he can eat them. Tom however, is a crafty lad, and tricks the Ogre into slitting the throats of his own children.
Now at Daft Gadgets, were pretty sure that this image is a great way to put kids to sleep. That being said, in order to protect your children from an ogre they will have to know what an ogre is, and judging from the photo above, its safe to say that Disney has slowly been getting “less real” and more “fairy tale” since they traumatized half the population by killing off Bamby’s mom with a shot gun blast.
So what is an Ogre?
Well, no one is really sure. The best description probably comes from Wikipedia where they state that an ogre is a large, cruel, monstrous and hideous humanoid monster that usually feed on humans. They are closely related to a troll, but are usually less malevolent.
So if you see someone or something that resembles this description, we suggest you run.
Believe us, Shrek becomes a lot less funny once you see him eat a baby.
6. Raining Frogs and Animals
You may have heard the old saying “Its raining cats and dogs” and thought to yourself “Where the heck did this saying come from?”
Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, we at Daft Gadgets have sought out the answer for you.
Although there has never been a report of cats and dogs falling from the sky, there have been quite a few real reports of raining animals from across the globe.
Some historical examples of raining animals include:
- in 1873 Kansas City, Mo experienced a shower of frogs.
- in 1968 Acapulco Maggots fell from the sky
- in 1996 Tasmania rained jellyfish. A popular raining animal, Jellyfish fell from the sky in Bath, England, in 1894
So how does this happen? What causes the weather to start raining animals?
Raining animals is a phenomenon that scientist can’t actually explain. It happens so rarely that there is not enough concrete data for anyone to analyze effectively, although many have theorized a range of possible causes.
The French physicist André-Marie Ampère was one of the first scientists to actually believe that raining animals was more than just some whopper of a tale from a group of local drunkards.
Ampère suggested that at times frogs and toads travel in very large numbers, and are small enough that a violent wind could swoop them up from the ground carrying them great distances.
Newer scientific theories favor the phenomenon of tornadic waterspouts. The Tornadic Waterspouts are powerful enough to suck up small animals and debris, sending them soaring into the air.
Scientists believe that some of these tornadoes can suck up a entire pond and all its aquatic inhabitants, and when the tornado lets the water fall, the marine life falls with it, creating the illusion of raining animals.
Although a very convincing theory, it does not explain how all the animals involved in each individual incident would be from only one species, and not a group of similarly-sized animals from a single area.
5. Fire Devils
What is a Fire Devil
A “Fire Devil” is the colloquial name for a fire whirl. Its comprised of hot air shooting up as it flames spins into the cooler air above, pulling up terrifying ropes of fire that whirl furiously into the sky.
So its kind of like Ghost Rider’s Chain
One of the most devastating fire devils occurred in Japan in 1923 during the Great Kanto Earthquake. The Earthquake ignited a gigantic fire devil that killed 38,000 people in fifteen minutes.
Most of the larger fire devils are spawned from wildfires. They are usually 10-50 meters tall but can be up to a Kilometer in height and contain winds over 160 km/h, uprooting trees in their fire tornado havoc.
Where can I see a Fire Devil?
You can see some pretty impressive fire devils at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. On Saturday night you get the burning man, on Sunday you get the burning temple.
4. Ball Lightning
What is Ball Lightning?
Is it plasma? (hot electrically charged gas) or plasma trapped by aerosols (floating dust or droplets)
Glowing Silica (A Crystal compound) vaporized when lightning strikes soil?
Although reported from many independent sources, ball lightning is a phenomenon that science still knows very little about.
Ball lightning is thought to be any type of electrically charged ball ranging from the size of a pea to a few meters in diameter. It is said that after ball lightning explodes, it lets out a sulphur like smell, similar to the Lightning Ball like benefactors of the science fiction novel “Orbis” by Scott Mackay.
However, modern day ball lightning has yet to attempt to enslave humanity.
Where Can Ball Lightning be Seen?
Once form of ball lightning occurs commonly in the valley of Hessdalen, Norway, and has been reported since the early 1940s. It is suggested that these “light balls” or “Hessdalen Lights” are the product of alpha particles creating the ionization of dust and air during radon decay in the atmosphere.
Apparently over 5% of Americans have witnessed ball lightning when they were sober. (Or at least so they claim)
3. St Elmo’s Fire
You may have heard the term “St Elmos Fire” and pictured in your mind something like this:
Or perhaps you envisioned a tickle me Elmo doll burning in heaven. Either way, you would be wrong. The St Elmos Fire we are referring to looks more like pink balls of fiery light that dance on the masts of ships.
What causes St Elmos Fire?
Its thought to be caused by the buildup of static electricity, which in turn then heats up the air and turns it to a plasma. The Nitrogen and Oxygen in the Earths atmosphere causes St. Elmos’s fire to fluoresce with indigo colored light.
At least, that’s the going theory.
2. Bloody Snow
Back in 1818 ships encountered ice cliffs in the arctic that seemed to be streaming with blood. Back then, something like that might lead to a little superstition paranoia and possibly a human sacrifice.
Today however, bloody snow usually just make people think someone was recently murdered, and they go about their business as usual.
What is Bloody Snow?
Bloody snow is actually snow mixed with red algae named Chlamydomonas Nivalis. For some reason it is said to have a faint scent of fresh watermelons.
Where can I see Bloody Snow?
Bloody snow is common in the summertime in alpine and coastal polar regions worldwide. This includes the Sierra Nevada of California in the USA.
1. Red Sprites
Above a Thundercloud you can see giant red lightning pillars called sprites, huge pancakes of lighting named elves, and beams that shoot up from the top of the cloud known as blue jets.
Sprites are triggered by the discharges of positive lightning between an underlying thundercloud and the ground. They occur high above a thunderstorm cloud and form in many cool shapes.
Sprites get their name from the mischievous air spirit named “Puck” in Shakespear’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream”
The New iPhone 5 Wasn’t Quite What We Expected
Check out some Unique iPhone Accessories at DaftGadgets.com
Coulrophobia, or “The Fear of Clowns” is much more common than most people realize. At Daft Gadgets we have no idea why anyone would ever think a clown would be liked by children or anybody else.
According to a study conducted by the University of Sheffield, children find clown décor unsettling in hospital settings. Dr. Penny Curtis, a researcher was quoted as saying: “As adults we make assumptions about what works for children. We found that clowns are universally disliked by children. Some found them quite frightening and unknowable.”
Now at Daft Gadgets, we share a common Coulrophobic moment with a lot of others out there thanks to a movie called “Poltergeist.”
As such, we decided to put together a list of some of the most psychotic and evil clowns around.
The most obvious evil clown being……
The Poltergeist Clown
Searching the internet for relief from our paranoid thoughts of clown killers under our bed, we came across many other sites and bloggers who have shared there experiences of evil clowns.
The photo above is compliments of thepoisonforest.com who are unfortunate enough to share in our moment of childhood horror that occurred when the happy poltergeist clown turned evil and dragged the young boy under the bed.
Because the Poltergeist Clown affected so many people, we felt the need to mention it first as a way of speaking out to let you all know that you are not alone.
We found the best way to cure the fear of a clown under your bed is to actually get a stuffed clown and put it under your bed while you sleep.
Unfortunately, this also makes you a prime target for a practical joke, so its best to keep it quite. If you can’t find a clown, you can always try putting make up on an inflatable woman, which is a much more common thing to find under someone else’s bed and will not arouse suspicion.
The Fear Clown from Voyager
Who Could forget the evil clown from Star Trek Voyager?
What made this clown unique was that he was actually an incarnate of fear itself. The Voyager clown represented the manifestations of fear found within the minds of the characters trapped within a virtual reality artificial hibernation machine. Once his artificial intelligence became self aware, the clown attempted to maintain his survival by preventing anyone from leaving the virtual reality.
In this ironic twist, the fear of death of the participants within stasis ended preventing them from returning to life, and unfortunately, forced them to choose between facing a fear of death or a life of hell.
Killer Clowns From Outer Space
Killer Clowns from outer space was a B movie from the 1980s.
The plot revolves around an army of alien clowns who land their circus tent shaped spaceship on earth with the intentions of eating the inhabitants of a small town.
The clowns use different weapons to capture the townspeople including:
- killer shadow puppets,
- balloon animals,
- cotton candy cocoons, and
- a ray gun that mimics a play toy.
Since these methods come across as “daft” in appearance, nobody seems to take notice. If you ever run into one of these clowns, the trick is to shoot them in the nose.
Ubu Roi (King Ubu)
UBU Roi is a play by Alfred Jarry that premiered way back in good old 1896. The central character is a clown by the name of Ubu, who is notorious for his child like engagement with his imaginary world.
Ubu inhabits a domain of greedy self-gratification and is the epitome of what Jarry saw to be the modern man. Ubu is fat, ugly, vulgar, gluttonous, grandiose, dishonest, stupid, jejune, voracious, cruel, cowardly and evil.
There is nothing likeable about this clown, which is probably why there has never been a Hollywood remake.
Pennywise the dancing clown is known for luring children to their death. As funny as that may seem, Pennywise is actually quite evil and sadistic.
He appears in clown form most of the time, but he has the ability to transmogrify into exactly what his victim fears most. This puts him on the toughness level of Darkseid, one of superman’s greatest foes.
Captain Spaulding (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects)
Captain Spaulding deserves mention as one of the weirdest and creepiest clowns around. Described as a crusty looking old man in a filthy clown suit and smeared make-up, Captain Spaulding is the patriarch of the Firefly family of Devils rejects, who are essentially a family of insane murderous lunatics.
Dressed in white and wearing black and white mask depicting duality, Pulcinella (often called “Punch”) is known as a mean SOB. His sadistic viciousness is only superseded by his cleverness.
To defend himself he pretends to be too stupid to understand what’s going on around him and if that doesn’t work he beats people physically.
He deserves mention mostly due to for his reputation of being the progenitor for which all evil puppets would later be based.
In Germany he became the puppet Kasper, in the Netherlands, Jan Klassen, in Denmark, Mester Jakel, in Romania Vasilache, in Hungary Vitez Laszlo, and in France he is known as Polichinelle.
All of these puppets share the story of a deformed and nefarious psychopath that typically ends up bludgeoning a bunch of people to death. His deformities may also suggests he may be embittered due to his suffering from Acromegaly syndrome.
Well ahead of his time, Pulcinella could be seen as the precursor of today’s modern slasher flicks, as well as being the first truly evil clown in show business.
“Well these are all just stories, in reality there’s no reason to fear clowns right? “
Uhhh….right. Just don’t look up “Pogo the Clown” and your Coulrophobia should stay cured.
Of course you can always pick up a light saber night light from the Daft Gadgets Shop if you’re really worried.
Not to be confused with the fictional character from DC comics seen below, ambush bugs stem from nature’s group of assassin bugs. Known as masters of camouflage, ambush bugs blend in to their surroundings so well, its as if they attack out of thin air.
Armed with mantis like forelegs, ambush bugs routinely capture prey ten or more times their own size.
2. The Scops Owl
Trust us, its in there if you look close enough.
Scops owls hunt from the darkened decrepit hallows of old trees. Their favorite meals are insects, reptiles, small mammals (like bats or mice) and other small birds.
The owls will also eat earthworms, frogs and aquatic invertebrates
3.Dead Leaf Butterfly
Although no match for a human with a rake, the dead leaf butterfly can easily fool your typical bird brained….uh….bird.
4. Three Toed Sloths
The sloth’s color and its sluggish habits make it hard to spot. Generally it hangs quietly from trees resembling a bundle of leaves.
Their huge claws are used more for sleeping in trees than any type of weapon (they sleep 15-18 hours per day)
On a Daft Note, female sloth mating calls are said to sound like a human woman screaming “Ay Ay!”
The sandy coat of the Fennec Fox helps it hide from its arch nemesis “The Eagle Owl” while also reflecting the heat from the harsh Sahara desert sun.
(Yes an eagle owl can swoop down and steal your Chihuahua as well.)
This is a Hooded Grasshopper is found in India, although it is rarely seen due to its excellent camouflage.
The sneaky mantis lies in wait for a small lizard or bumble bee.
8. Peppered Moths
The caterpillar of the peppered moth is a twig mimic.
9. Tawny Frogmouth
Unlike owls, most frogmouths don’t usually eat small mammals (Although they do make exceptions now and again for the occasional after dinner amphibian.)
They do hide in much the same way as the scops owl and are also much harder to spot when their eyes are shut.
Now you know for sure that its not the Government, CIA, or Aliens who are watching you, but Mother Nature’s Army. If you want to fight back, Daft Gadgets only has one weapon certified to be used on animals, and that’s the Airzooka!