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        • Fan Art Friday #78: Penny by ArcherKasai

          3 days ago

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          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Deanna, AKA Archer AKA @ArcherKasai, for this illustration of Penny from RWBY.


          Archer lives in southern Missouri, where she’s a digital artist. She’s a huge fan of RWBY, and Penny’s “awkwardly upbeat and friendly character” is a personal favorite of hers. To create this illustration, Archer used Photoshop and drew out a sketch first, then added line art, then flat colors, and then finalized it with all the extra details. This piece took about 25 hours, and the last step took up about 75% of that time.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Outsiders #5: Comfort Objects

          6 days ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          By @charlesaustin

          Outsiders is a series that explores uncommon conditions, unseen subcultures, and unconventional interests. See past columns here or follow Charles on Twitter.


          Before Becca Frasier landed a full-time job at Rooster Teeth, she did a lot of consulting work. This was a time when Rooster Teeth fans would have recognized her as the voice of Sister in Red vs. Blue. But her clients recognized her for something very different: the tattered blanket she carried with her at all times.

          This blanket is Becca’s comfort object. She takes it with her everywhere, sometimes to help her concentrate, and sometimes simply because it’s relaxing. The world of professional consulting would probably be a lot more eccentric and fun if everybody nestled blankets around fancy boardroom tables, but in our tragic, dull real world, Becca is an anomaly.

          Still, clients didn’t generally question her about the blanket. “I didn't give a shit what they thought about it, and only one person ever asked about it,” Becca said. “She was an older Jewish lady who had come to view me as one of her kids. One day she asked, ‘What's that thing? Is it your shmata?’ Then she proceeded to translate that word from Yiddish. Basically it's an old rag.”

          Becca’s comfort object is not quite an old rag, but even if it were, that kind of misses the point. Comfort objects are often comfortable to their owners because of a phenomenon called “essentialism,” which is basically the idea that the object has emotional, sentimental qualities that go beyond its physical properties. It’s this emotional attachment that makes a comfort object a mental-health tool rather than a mere affectation. And in this way, it has a variety of uses in society and has occasionally shown up in pop culture.

          Maybe the most classic use for comfort objects is as a device to wean small children off the mother-child bond. Most of these comfort objects are dolls and teddy bears, and studies have shown that a majority of children form such bonds. As kids age, these attachments usually weaken, but a 1986 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry found that 21% of girls and 12% of boys still used their comfort objects by age 13 or 14, according to Live Science.

          In this sense, Becca’s story began like many others. “When I was like a week old, I started rubbing a string of tatting that bordered one of my baby blankets,” she said. “When I started talking, I called it my ‘night night.’ As time progressed, the blanket became more and more tattered, and my mom would have to safety pin it back together.”


          Becca clinging to her blanket as she hangs out with her new little brother.

          “The blanket eventually fell apart beyond repair, and my mom thought that'd be the end of my security blanket phase—but of course I freaked out until she found a replacement with a similar string of tatting along the border. That transition repeated about five times through my school-age years.”

          “When I was in high school, my mom would ask me what I was going to do when I went off to college and had to explain my security blanket to my roommate. I was like, ‘Uhh, I'll just explain it to her. No shame in that game.’ Then she graduated to, ‘What are you going to say the first time you spend the night with a guy?’ Same response.”

          “She basically kept setting all these future milestones that indicated I was too old for a security blanket, but I kept at it. Eventually I started having a hard time finding blankets with tatting on them, so I started buying pillowcases with tatting trim on eBay (it's a goldmine). I have a stash of future blankets in my closet.”


          Teenage Becca with her blanket and the tiniest puppy imaginable.

          Even if Becca’s particular story is uncommon, she’s far from the only adult with a comfort object. For example, a hotel chain conducted a survey that found that 35% of British adults still sleep with their teddy bears.

          And then there are adults who aren’t day-to-day comfort-object users, but may end up using one situationally. As a common example, EMTs and even police hand out dolls and blankets as a way to comfort people at the scene of trauma and help to prevent shock.

          With so many real-world applications, it’s no surprise that comfort objects have crept into popular culture, from Charlie Brown’s Linus to the protagonist of the movie Thumbsucker. Becca finds more in common with this latter example, because she and the character share an ADHD diagnosis.

          Despite this coincidence, a comfort object isn’t a replacement for medication or mental-health treatment. Becca says, “The blanket is definitely an anti-anxiety object. But I wouldn't say I have anxiety; I just like to be really, really relaxed. It is certainly a supplement to medication, as I take ADHD medication every day and still reap the benefits of my blanket.”


          “I think most kids outgrow their comfort items, but I'm also of the belief that I have always had a much deeper connection to my security blanket than normal kids.”

          She adds, “There's no doubt that smelling and touching this thing boosts my production of serotonin. Wish I had an MRI machine at my disposal.” Until the Rooster Teeth community crowdfunds some exorbitant medical equipment for Becca, the science will remain a mystery.

          And one more mystery: Becca’s daughter’s connection to her own security blankets.

          “My daughter has a security blanket that she's toted around since birth,” she says. “Actually, she has five of them, all identical. But strangely enough, she can tell the difference between all of them. She will pilfer through her pile of blankets until she finds her favorite one. I keep trying to ask her why she likes that one the most, but all I've gotten out of her is ‘This one's cool.’”

          Forming an emotional attachment with an object can seem peculiar from the outside, even to a mother, even to a fellow security-object user. But the sentimental power of everyday objects is pervasive, and a familiar comfort whether you’ve carried a security blanket your whole life or simply feel fondness for a family heirloom.

        • Fan Art Friday #77: FAHC Video by sorcererinslytherin

          1 week ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Hannah, AKA @sorcererinslytherin, for this Fake Achievement Hunter Crew video.

          Hannah is a recent college graduate based in Connecticut. Drawing inspiration from the heists and Let's Play Criminal Masterminds episodes, she created this video over the span of two weeks using Premiere Pro and After Effects.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Answers to Questions Posed in RT Podcast #445

          1 week ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for Sir Gavin of Business Class – #445.


          How much are Koi worth?

          Despite their Japanese namesake, Koi, as we know them now, actually found their roots in the Chinese rice paddies of the 17th century. Rice farmers were breeding your average carp as food and began noticing the occasional bright colored mutation. The Japanese would buy these bred food fish from the Chinese farmers and, before long, at the encouragement of the Japanese, both Chinese and Japanese farmers were in the selective Koi breeding business. Through selectively breeding these carp aberrations, we, over the next century, essentially created a new species of fish. Genetically identical, with the exception of a simple gene mutation giving them their jewel-like coloring, Koi are the same as the standard carp. Of course it is this simple gene mutation which makes the difference between one $50 fish and 50 $1 fish.

          On pricing, a good rule of thumb with is typically, much like diamonds, the bigger the fish, the more expensive it is. In addition to this relatively easily understood factor, there are a few other, more specific factors which can drastically impact the value of these mutated carp. The first, and biggest variable, of these is the type of Koi you may be looking at. There are several different types of Koi, distinguished by the coloring and patterns of their scales. For example, the Chagoi, is chocolate colored and tends to grow unusually large when compared to other Koi. While another, the Ogon, has brightly colored metallic scales all a single color of orange, yellow, platinum, or gold. The demand for these, and other unique types, have driven the price of Koi to their highest prices ever. This is true even among the more common types of Kohaku (white body, red patterns), the Sanke (white body, red and black patterns) and the Showa (jet-black base with white and red markings). In all there are 15 different types of Koi and each will demand slightly different prices based on the market demand as well as the uniqueness of the fish itself.

          Following the type, the additional contributing factors to value are quality, coloring, patterns, and size. The quality is more of an overall impression of the fish when observing its health, personality, and a combination of all other factors. Coloring specifically focuses on the boldness, depth, and rarity of its coloring. Patterns, apparently, are usually the deciding the factor between a breed fish and a show fish. Crisp edges or easily discernible shapes like lightning bolts can easily change a value by thousands of dollars. As mentioned above, the biggest influence on the cost is the size of the fish. While typically influenced by the age of the Koi, some types tend to grow a bit larger than others. However, very young Koi can cost only a few dollars. This is because young, and small, fish are difficult to judge the value of since their scale patterns and even coloring can change, sometimes drastically, as they reach adulthood.

          In many cases, finding the thousand dollar fish is not an exact science and, given the large amount of Koi breeders worldwide, results can vary. To give you an idea of what an award-winning Koi looks like, however, this video briefly interviews a champion breeder in order to learn some of the features judges look for. In addition, it shows an award winning Koi worth approximately $60,000.

          Not bad for some mutated feed carp, huh?

          On a side note, I know the owner of KoiToTheWorld and was at his house a few years back. His backyard setup was quite something with multiple tanks filled with Koi and filtration equipment. It has been a bit since we last spoke but, @burnie, I'm sure I could put you in touch should you be interested in replacing your precious colored carp.

          When is "Fish" plural?

          Right now... maybe.

          This is a very valid point, which is usually easily determined by context clues within the sentence, assuming that whoever is speaking, or writing, is using proper grammar. For example, Finding Nemo taught us that "fish are friends not food." This is obviously plural because of the plural helping verb "are"... or is it? See here's the thing, that phrase, though obviously plural because of the helping verb, is only grammatically correct if old Bruce was referring to a very specific singular kind of fish. In other words, if Bruce feels that ALL clown fish are friends not food, then great, he is spot on. However, as he was very likely speaking about ALL fish, regardless of their kind, the grammatically correct phrase is actually, "fishes are friends not food."

          Fair warning, you may want to quickly cover your ears in order to keep your brains from literally exploding through your earholes, because I'm not done.

          Though off topic a bit from our grammar discussion, I feel I would be remiss in all of this fish talk if I didn't toss up the my personal favorite fact about fish in general. This is that there is actually no such thing as fish.

          This concept is a bit rooted in semantics but it is related to the way all animals have evolved over time. While the dictionary definition of a fish is, "a limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins and living wholly in water," in reality, the term is more of an umbrella term that describes ANY non-mammal, non-reptile, aquatic vertebrate. This is by contrast to the classification of a dog, for example, which encompasses wolves and domesticated canines only or even a wider net like "bird" which accounts for ONLY the avian variety of flying creatures. Fish, on the other hand, are, evolutionarily-speaking, grouped not by familial succession but rather by the similarities of their habitat. This is because all land creatures are thought to have evolved from fish and, while fish have continued to slowly evolve as well, modern fish essentially share the same ancestors as the wolf or the bird. The idea from there is that if you are referring to modern fish as fish and you are referring to their immediate ancestors as fish then the other branches of the evolutionary tree, which have given us dogs and birds, must also be fish. This thought is of course ridiculous as my dog is no more a fish than I am (though by this view, we all would be fish as well). So the point of semantics is that we cannot pick and choose when something is no longer a fish if its common ancestors and modern relations are considered fish. In that vein, either all animals great and small, including dogs, birds, and even us, are considered fish or there is just simply no such thing as fish.

          Is a trampoline a toy?

          According to a 2012 article in Pediatrics, a weekly publication by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is dangerous to consider a trampoline toy. They go on to point out that nearly 100,000 trampoline-related injuries are reported every year, with a very high percentage of those happening to children. Further frustrations with the lack of cemented regulations include pointing out the discrepancy of safety discussions surrounding proper pool safety when compared to trampolines. For its part, JumpKing, the largest manufacturer of backyard trampolines in the world describe their products as "recreational" but do not seem to use the "t" word at all. Additionally, Wal-Mart and Target both list their trampolines as "Sports and Outdoors" and even Merriam-Webster's definition of the word does not call it a toy. I believe, with all of that in mind, it is safe to say that while a trampoline can be a fun, perhaps even toy-like, device it is most certainly NOT a toy.

          Did a kid die from a bouncy castle?

          Very similar to the points made above on trampolines, despite repeated injuries occurring to children while playing in bouncy houses, the safety discussions and regulations surrounding them pale in comparison to pools and roller coasters. A 2010 study by Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, found that an average of 31 children a day were brought to the emergency room for bouncy house related injuries. Though not always attributed directly to the bouncy house, fatal head and neck injuries have certainly occurred. According to an item in the Washington Post in 2016, bouncy houses have caused 10 deaths in the last 15 years making an average of less than 1 per year. Notable deaths are a five year old, Jordan Dixon of South Yorkshire, who died when he hit his head on the blower while jumping in a bouncy castle and of a six year old girl from Spain who died when her bouncy castle exploded due to faulty air valves and sent her and six other children flying 45 feet into the air. However, the most known deaths are those of the bouncy castle being picked up and carried by the wind with children inside. There were additional incidents in both 2016 (7 year old Summer Grant of Essex, England) and 2017 (six year old girl from Spain).

          World's most expensive toilet?

          Before being able to answer this properly, we need to agree upon what qualifies as a potential candidate for this prestigious title. Does it have to be a functioning toilet, for example, or does it had to have been used at least once? What about, does it have to be on our planet for it to be the "world's" most expensive toilet? Why not answer all three and let you decide?

          The most expensive functioning, and used, toilet is the "Dagobert" wooden throne, valued at $14,123. In addition to playing "Le Bon Roi Dagobert" when its lid is lifted, the royal throne, inspired by the last ruler of 8th century France's Merovingian dynasty, King Dagobert, also features a pull chain flush, an ashtray, and a candleholder for those late nights on, or hovering over, the toilet.

          But that pales in comparison to Hong Kong's Hang Fung Gold Technology's 24-karat gold showroom display piece. Designed and built in 2001 by artist/jeweler Lam Sai-wing, this solid gold and gem encrusted throne sits inside a solid gold bathroom. According to Sai-wing, he was "inspired by communist leader Lenin's vision that the most appropriate thing to do with gold would be to build public toilets out of it." Much like communism, however, the public do not get to reap the benefits of this grandiose imagery either as the toilet is inaccessible by tourists. Given the medium, its value naturally fluctuates and I was unable to find a value which does not include the entire bathroom's worth of gold, but a rough total value is around $5 million. However, reports have said that the owners have recently began dismantling and selling off bits of the bathroom as the price of gold is now significantly higher than the $200 per ounce price tag it had when the bathroom was first built.


          However, neither Dagobert's throne nor @Joel's dream episode of Cribs hold a scented candle to the $19 million crapper on the International Space Station. In addition to providing easy grip handles and velcro straps to keep astronauts from floating away while doing the deed, it also features a miniature water treatment plant which is able to quickly recycle urine into completely clean drinking water.

          How many shits does the average toilet take in its lifetime?

          This is a bit of a tough one since toilets, historically, have been pretty resilient blocks of porcelain. Occasionally the internals which manage the flushing will go off but the actual bowl and tank tend to just persist, assuming you aren't keen to walk around your bathroom carrying a sledgehammer. That said, most toilets in America will end up being replaced just shy of the 30 year mark. It should be noted that this number is usually regardless of the amount of shits that have been taken in it and obviously some toilets are more used than others. Given all of this information, it's time for some assumptions and math. My favorite!

          If we agree the average household has three people in it and we all take a dump an average of once a day then, in a single bath house, a 30 year old toilet would have likely seen around 33,000 shits before being replaced.

          Does the human mind crave work?

          In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote a paper titled A Theory of Human Motivation. In it he identified the needs of humanity, in general, as a tiered hierarchy with primitive basic needs like safety forming the base of a "pyramid of needs" and more high-level needs like social interactions being placed at the top. The idea of this structure is that in order for a person to consider the higher level "needs" they must first satisfy the lower, more basic, requirements.

          While "working" is certainly not one of these basic needs, there is a valid argument to be made that the fourth level of ego and the fifth, and final, level of self-actualization can both, in a way, point to a need to work. Obviously this "need" would not be the same for everyone there are absolutely those among us who find self-fulfillment from constantly working and accomplishing some personally motivating goals.

          The psychological complexities of our needs and desires have been a constant topic of discussion for psychologists for generations. It is unlikely that this will change any time soon... Is that because those psychologists have a "need" to keep working at it? That's up to you, I guess.

          Can you spend AAdvantage miles on a British Airways upgrade?

          As nearly everyone has tweeted Gavin about the folly of his bet with Ellie by now, I will keep this brief. In a rare turn of events, Gavin is actually wrong about something on the Podcast. It legitimately does not happen often and, apparently, when it does happen it is worth about $3,000, so… good on Ellie!

          If you’re interested in the particulars of using your AAdvantage miles to upgrade your British Airways experience, there is an entire page dedicated to it on the American Airlines website. However, it should be known that in my research for this, I have found numerous reports from other AAdvantage members who relayed that many British Airways attendants are unaware of how this process works – or even that it exists, apparently. With that in mind, I would love to say that Ellie should go easy on him, but where's the fun in that?

        • The Art of the Gun

          1 week ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          By @charlesaustin


          More than a thousand years ago, in remote monasteries shrouded in the misty mountains of China, a group of secretive mystics created an art form so potent it has survived to this day. For generations, these mysterious practitioners have passed down “the art of the gun.” It is a special technique that allows a gun master to defeat an opponent in combat without laying a single finger on them.

          This mysterious art dates back to the invention, in the year 700 A.D., of a substance that the Chinese call “gunpowder.” True, this powder has limited applications on its own, but when turned into bullets and loaded into a handheld device called a gun, the powder becomes a truly formidable weapon to the seasoned master.

          The secrets of the gun have been kept by just a small number of masters for centuries, but now you, too, can learn this ancient Eastern artform. You just need to keep three principles in mind.

          1. Speak with your hands, not with your fists.

          To the martial artist, the fist is king. The martial artist must transform his hand into a powerful ball, known as a fist, if he hopes to pummel his foe into submission. Not so with the gun master. The gun master instead uses her regular hands to load bullets into a gun. Then she pulls the trigger of the gun using her regular old hand, in order to attack her enemy from a distance with a powerful bullet.

          While the gun master makes this task look easy, it is not. If you want to learn to use this art in self-defense in the real world, first you must spend thousands of hours in rigorous training under the tutelage of a gun master. This happens in the dojo, where you learn to break a wooden board in half without even touching it. First, you load your gun. Then you shoot the board until the magic power of the bullets breaks it in two. No fists required.


          Before gunpowder is ready to go into bullets, it must be stored in a big barrel with three Xs on it.

          2. Actions speak louder than words.

          The gun master understands this paradox: words are so powerful that you can learn about the mighty art of the gun by reading words, and yet, words are not powerful enough to defeat your opponent. For that, you need the powerful action of shooting the gun.

          For instance, imagine that an evil muay thai master has kidnapped your family. You can use your words to reason with him, but in order to use your words, you have to get close enough that he can hear you. By this time, he will use his martial-arts skills to grapple you into submission and you will never see your family again. Here is the problem: your words cannot be heard from far away.

          But with the art of the gun, you can shoot bullets at your enemy and defeat him from long distance, saving your family without sinking to the level of negotiating with a madman. Sometimes, the only words understood by evil muay thai kidnappers are the words that your gun speaks at them using bullets.


          The power of words is no match for the power of the gun.

          3. A gun in the hand is worth two in the bush.

          Even experienced gun students often forget this one. A gun in the hand is worth two in the bush. This is because you need to have the gun in your hand to conveniently shoot with it. If the gun is in the bush, the only way you can shoot it is using a series of pulleys and levers. In order for this complex strategy to be worth your time, you would need to have at least two guns in the bush. This technique really gives you the extra bang you need for very tough enemies, and it also gives you an element that gun masters like to call “the element of surprise.”

          If you have mastered this advanced technique, then there is a good chance that you are a true gun master. You must now go out into the world to spread the knowledge you have gained here, keeping in mind that you bear the responsibility of upholding the principles of a profound and ancient knowledge.

        • Answers to Questions Posed in RT Podcast #444

          1 week ago

          Rooster Teeth Poppycock

          It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for Burnie Blames Blaine – #444.


          Bad luck rows on planes?

          The lack of a specific floor numbering in hotels or rows on airplanes have become more prevalent as additional superstitions have cropped up around these arbitrary numbers. Various airlines, including AirFrance, AirTran, Continental, and Lufthansa, among others, do not have a row 13. Lufthansa also does not have a row 17, as Blaine briefly mentioned. This is because the number 17 in Italy and Brazil is thought to be unlucky. In a 2005 interview, a Continental spokesperson admitted that they don't actually know when it was, or who, decided to remove the number 13 row. They went on to say that, at this point, it would cost far too much to update their internal systems, let alone renumber over 600 aircraft. AirChina, despite what the internet may think, does not remove any row numbers. Lastly, you will occasionally see airlines removing multiple consecutive seats in order to keep their exit row number standardized across all aircraft. United, for example, underwent a full fleet renumbering in 2012 to ensure that row 20 was an exit row on every plane. This means that on some aircraft, like the AirBus A319, the number jumps from 12 to 20 for seemingly no reason at all. Other airlines, such as AirTran, have stated that they do not include the "unlucky" row numbering because some may be less likely to book those seats due to their own superstitions. Ultimately, this is the real reason why these various companies, be they airlines, construction, etc, choose to omit the perceived unlucky numbering. Not because of any of their own superstitions but rather the superstitions of their expected customer base. If something as dumb as a number was potentially keeping you from making thousands of dollars, you'd drop it as well.

          What age do people on average finish seeing every time on the clock?

          Realistically? Probably never, or very late in life. Mainly because the typical sleeping hours would take some time to "capture." Naturally we can't leave it at that though, so, time for some math. First we have to get some basic constants out the way. Assuming we are working with military time, in order to truly capture EVERY minute of the day, we would be looking at 1440 different configurations on a standard 24-hour [HH:MM] clock. Obviously, if we are taking the question literally, then every time on the clock wouldn't necessarily require the use of military time and we could halve that 1440 to 720.

          We can now move forward with a few additional relevant facts. One of those is that the average American checks their phone roughly 60 times a day. I realize that there is no way that every check of the phone occurs at a different time of day but, just for fun let's make that assumption and see what we get. If Americans check their phone 60 times a day, and we say that none of those times are duplicates, then we would see every time on the clock in less than a month.

          Not good enough? Let's figure out some probabilities then! The average American life expectancy is 79 years. This equates to around 41,522,400 minutes. Roughly 13 million of those we would spend sleeping, with a high percentage of that 13 million being consistently between 11PM and 7AM, on average. Also, the first 2 million are essentially useless as we have no real concept of time, and as such do not pay much attention to clocks. This would give us around 26 million minutes to possibly see the times. All things being equal, the basic probability actually ends up being pretty high, however when you factor in a cap on the amount of times the average person checks the time, such as the 60 listed above, the probability dips significantly. A basic probabilistic formula would roughly be 174000(clock views at 60 times a day)/1440(total minutes) which equates to a probabilistic certainty that, within a person's lifetime, they would eventually see EVERY time on the clock. Unfortunately, after further scrutiny, this answer is far more complex than that.

          As you view a time it should be subsequently removed from the list of possible minutes as we don't care about times seen twice. However the minutes between these views would still have been used and, as time passes, it is inevitable that we would begin to see more duplicate times. Luckily for us, Gavin isn't the only one to have wondered this, apparently, and, more importantly, I'm not the only one to have been dumb enough to attempt an answer. Utilizing their suggested methods and the established data limits above as well as a common formula known as the Inclusion-Exclusion rule (seen in the image below), we can figure out that the VERY rough probability of an average person seeing every number on a military time digital clock, to be roughly 0.69%. Naturally this number would be different for various people but it is unlikely that it would differ that drastically.


          What makes a yacht a yacht?

          There seems to be much debate about what makes a boat qualify for yacht status. If it wasn't complicated enough, different parts of the world will reference different standards for the title. That said, a common thread among most opinionated yachters is the apparently completely arbitrary number of 33 feet. While some owners may require a distinguishment between powered versus sailing or even the type of hull, most feel that the only two legit requirements are that the boat be a minimum of 33 feet and is intended for leisure use as opposed to work.

          Do more people like The Matrix than Fifth Element?

          According to Rotten Tomatoes, while The Matrix's critic score is much higher, at an 87% to Fifth Element's 72%, the audience score tells a different story with 87% and 85% for Fifth Element and The Matrix, respectively. To be fair, The Matrix has over 60 times more audience reviews than Fifth Element, so... strawpoll!

          What was so groundbreaking about The Matrix?

          Not much actually. Most will point to their use of bullet time, or time-slicing, as pioneering a new field of special effects. While certainly trendsetting and their direct integration of the still shots into digital cinematography suites was brilliant, the Wachowski's were far from the first to make use of the effect. As early as 1966 Speed Racer cartoons, an animated variation of the arc shot around the main character was used and the visual slowing of a moving bullet appeared in several films from the 1960s on. That said, in my opinion, it totally holds up and I don't really care if was done before, they definitely did it right.

          Was Hancock shot in Australia?

          Despite the film's originally planned world premiere being set in Australia, none of the movie was filmed in that country. Instead, nearly all of the film was shot on location in Los Angele. The only exception to this were reshoots done in Times Square which would inadvertently push back the premiere date, causing the film to debut at the Moscow International Film Festival instead.

          Why do people take human growth hormone?

          The FDA has approved the use of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) for various chronic conditions for both adults and children. Some of these include Turner's syndrome, chronic kidney disease, short bowel syndrome, HGH deficiencies, and muscle-wasting diseases brought on by HIV/AIDS. However, the most frequent uses for HGH are far from approved, instead they are used as muscle enhancements, similar to anabolic steroid use. Accessible via internet pharmacies and off-label prescriptions, HGH is typically marketed as somewhat of a miracle drug by these companies. With claims of anti-aging, weight loss, improved immune system, diabetes treatments, libido repair, appetite (decrease AND increase), sleep (insomnia AND lethargy), vision, memory... I think you get the picture.

          What other pasta have singular forms?

          All of them really. In Italian, an "i" or an "e" at the end of the word is what indicates plurality. The singular form would have an "o" or an "a." The letter used is determined by the words gender. This means that other popular pastas ending in "i" are all plural forms of their "o" ended root. For example, the singular forms of some popular dishes include gnocco, fettuccine, raviolo, and lasagna. What? Yeah, turns out the a dish of many lasagna noodles is actually lasagne. Outside of pasta there is also panino, cannolo, zucchino, biscotto, and broccolo. Naturally, this works the other way as well. For example, several "cappuccino-s" is actually many cappuccini. You could also buy a few espressi for your friends or grab some gelati for the road. While you are out doing so, you may pass by just one graffito. It is just grammar from another ma'am-er... ugh gross.

          Quick bonus fact, the savvy among you may have picked up on the plural, singular, and/or gender differences, of other Italian words that we have Americanized grammatically. Perhaps one of the most interesting I picked up on, and confirmed, was the gender of barista. In case you are curious, yes, you should be calling that guy behind the counter at Starbucks, a baristo.

          OJ and the "Trial(s) of the Century"?

          This moniker has been thrown around quite a bit over the last, well, century, but it is difficult to find a trial that has had longer legs than ex-NFL star Orenthal James Simpson. There are many aspects of the trial that have contributed to its longevity, not the least of which was that the accused was a celebrated athlete/actor who was accused of savagely killing his white ex-wife, and her lover at a time when racial tensions, especially in LA, were at a significant high. In addition, the infamous Bronco chase would later be ranked by Nielsen to be the sixth "most universally impactful" televised moment in the last 50 years. This ranking was determined by number of live views, the ability of viewers to recall specific details, and the amount of "water cooler" conversations that took place on the subject afterwards. By comparison, a few of the events which are considered "more impactful" include the September 11th attacks, the Challenger space shuttle disaster, and Hurricane Katrina coverage. The trial itself dominated nearly every television network for months and would solidify Johnny Cochran's career, making the theatrics of the passionate defense lawyer the "memes" of the pre-internet era.

          Regarding other trials that have been granted the title, most are ones that the majority of us would either not remember or, for me personally, disagree with being granted that title. Some of these lists have included Robert Blake, Casey Anthony, Timothy McVeigh, Martha Stewart, John Gotti, Bernard Ebbers, Conrad Murray, Lyle and Erik Menendez, or Jodi Arias. Of those, I don't feel like any have the "legs" of OJ's proceedings. What are your thoughts?

          Of the older ones that would be deemed notable, it is interesting that, for the most part, it is the case and/or its outcome which is more memorable than anyone specifically involved in it, or the trial. For example, high profile cases over the last century have included Lindbergh, Sacco and Vanzetti, the Scopes trial, the Rosenbergs, and the Manson Family. With the exception of the first and last on that list, the average person would only be able to tell you the barest minimum of details about the crimes committed and, even including Manson and Lindbergh, most would know more about the case than the trial specifically. OJ is a bit of a standout in that Cochran, combined with Juice's celebrity status and race tensions, led to some of the most memorable parts of the case being moments in the trial itself. If recent documentaries and AMAs are to be believed, this is because Cochran knew that it needed to be a spectacle if OJ had any chance at all. And that spectacle could not be about black on white violence or domestic abuse or any of that. If OJ was going to make it out, Cochran knew that the theatrics in the courtroom had to upstage the crime.

          Then again, perhaps this is a stretch. It has been 46 years since the Manson trial and only half that since OJ's time in court... well first time in court. Which is another largely ignored factor. OJ, strangely, has continued to be a story worthy of telling. Whether it be by a television network, a journalist, or Juice himself. It is difficult to say what the ultimate staying power of OJ, and his high-profile trial, will be but, I think that at 23 years past, the fact that it is still being discussed is certainly saying something.

        • Answers to Questions Posed in RT Podcast #442

          2 weeks ago

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          It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for Monday Night Scumbags – #442.


          Woman who died trapped in air duct of Austin restaurant?

          Jamie Minor was a 26-year old waitress and restaurant hostess who had, according to her parents, struggled with bipolar disorder and addiction for the six years leading up to her death. Her body was discovered in the ductwork between the 1st and 2nd floors of the building housing Perry's Steakhouse, her former employer. The investigation of the incident revealed that Jamie left her job at Trace restaurant, roughly five blocks from the steakhouse, and after finding both of the building's doors locked, entered an air vent on the third floor of the adjacent parking garage. Her official cause of death was hyperthermia, likely due to the 115-degree temperature within the air duct; however, an autopsy would later show that she had the synthetic drug MDPV in her system. This, combined with reports from coworkers that she had been acting so "off" that night that they had actually preemptively called someone to drive her home, make it very likely that her ingestion of MDPV directly led to her death. While it is thought that she was hoping to visit a friend who still worked at Perry's, it is still unclear what specifically fueled her desire to get into the closed restaurant so much that she would risk her life by climbing through three floors of ductwork.

          How many jobs did Uber kill in Austin?

          Roughly 10,000 estimated jobs were eliminated when Uber and Lyft abruptly pulled out of Austin following last year's vote demanding fingerprints as part of background checks. This immediate shutdown, despite the city granting them a lengthy Many of those drivers would find replacement employment as drivers for the collection of compliant services which quickly appeared after the controversial vote. That doesn't excuse the truly "douchey" move by the nation's two biggest ride-sharing companies.

          Symptoms of stroke?

          The American Stroke Association has, understandably, dedicated some serious real estate on their website to spotting the warning signs of a stroke. A central theme of this documentation is the acronym F.A.S.T. FAST quickly highlights the symptoms to look for and focuses on the tagline of "Four Letters: F-A-S-T, Three Numbers: 9-1-1." The actual symptoms, as described by FAST, are (F)ace Drooping, (A)rm Weakness, (S)peech Difficulty, (T)ime to Call 9-1-1. Numbness, of inability to control, the face, arm, or tongue, specifically if these symptoms share a common side of the body, are all warning signs. Additional symptoms include sudden blurred vision, dizziness, headache, confusion, or loss of balance.

          Over 800,000 Americans suffer from strokes every year and are not limited to those above specific ages. However, using methods like FAST and the quick responses of medical professionals, the survival rate is 5x higher than the fatalities.

          With regards to the "smell of burnt toast," this is actually an olfactory hallucination known as phantosmia which can be caused by serious brain injuries, seizures, brain tumors, or upper respiratory infections. A similar disorder known as Parosmia can also be caused by respiratory infections but differs from phantosmia in that it distorts scents that are present in your environment and is not classified as a hallucination.

          Purse for McGregor vs. Mayweather fight?

          Estimates vary greatly and the actual purse will not be known until all contributing factors such as pay-per-view subscriptions, purchased tickets, and sponsorships are tallied and accounted for. However, most estimates are using the Mayweather v Pacquiao bout as a starting point and, given the bridge of fans from UFC as well as the general spectacle this fight has become, those estimates are upwards of $500 million. Unfortunately, we will never know what the actual split will be as both men have signed NDAs on the split as part of their contracts but analysts believe it likely that Mayweather is walking away with roughly 70% of the purse, win or lose. Boxing Kingdom estimates the split at $400 million to Mayweather and $127 million to McGregor, assuming that predicted PPV targets are hit. Either way, as the fight is looking to be the most lucrative in combative sports history, both men are expected to walk away with over $100 million each, easily. At $100 million, this would be significantly more, nearly 6 times more, than McGregor has made on any UFC event in his career.

          In which movie was Kurt Russell violently killed by Native Americans?

          The movie was a 2015 western-horror called Bone Tomahawk. Despite premiering at Fantastic Fest to good reviews, it received only a limited release and currently sits at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. In addition to Kurt Russell, the cast featured Matthew Fox, David Arquette, Patrick Wilson, and Richard Jenkins. I, like I assume most of you, had never heard of it. Took a few hours out of my night to give it a shot and it is decent. I’d recommend if you have time to kill, but be aware that it is fairly gory and is a slowburn for sure. Here is the trailer, if interested.

          Proper way to pronounce Gal Gadot?

          According to the Amazonian princess herself, in a 2016 Jimmy Kimmel interview, the proper pronunciation is actually "guh-DUTT," with a hard T at the end. However, another video, shown below, is a mashup of various news reports and announcers attempting to pronounce her name. One of the first pronunciations is of Wonder Woman pronouncing her name as "guh-DOTE"! This video is older, and the clip older yet so this difference could be attributed to an audio flub or even a purposeful "Americanization" of her name. That said, since Gal actually takes time to correct, and teach, Kimmel the proper pronunciation, it seems safe to say that is the most accurate. That or, as she is supposedly known around movie sets for her sense of humor, she is just quite the prankster and is secretly teaching everyone to say her name slightly different.

          On a related note, her parents' original surname of Greenstein would've been far easier to pronounce for us all.

          Is Bridget the American pronunciation of Brigitte?

          Bridget is actually the original pronunciation and finds its origins in Gaelic or Irish, not American... very few names have American roots. The original, old world, spellings of the name were Brighid, or Brid, and pronounced as "bree-yid," or "breej." Perhaps the most interesting fact about Bridget is that the colloquial slang term of Biddie, or Biddy, is a direct result of the evolution and popularity of the name. This was so because the name became so popular among Irish immigrants that the name Bridey was used to describe young girls of Irish descent. This was eventually shortened further to Biddy and became a frequently used slang term for young women in general. Brigitte, specifically in the case of 1950s era French actress Bardot, is the French, or German, pronunciation, and normalization, of the traditionally Irish name, rather than the other way around.

          If a name ends in "s" do you only add an apostrophe to make it possessive?

          Grammar, as I'm sure you are all aware by now, is a fickle beast. One which, as the English language has evolved, has changed greatly, and sometimes abruptly. Because of this, the rules governing the correct usage of an apostrophe when discussing a name ending in "s" has a few interpretations. That said, the most widely accepted rules seem to agree that the singular possession of a name ending in s, or z, is able to end in either an apostrophe alone, as in Gus', or with an apostrophe "s," as in Gus's. The decision to go with one version over the other is largely governed by the personal preference of the author or editor reviewing the text, with the most accepted suggestion being that the author remain consistent with the way the possessive addition is handled throughout their works. However, if there are multiple Guses and they all own homes, then there is no debate: you would write that as "Guses' homes," which, given the similarities, leads me to the opinion that the addition of the simple apostrophe at the end is all that is necessary... Naturally we turn to our resident Grammar-obsessive for the final word, Becca?

          Becca says: I am a follower of the Chicago Manual of Style, which states that you should form possessive nouns by adding ‘s to the end of the word, no matter what the final letter is. That means I write “Gus’s.” 

          Is there an Inner Rim in Star Wars?

          In the Star Wars universe there is, of course, the familiar Outer Rim, but there is also a Mid Rim and the Inner Rim. Perhaps the most familiar planet in the Inner Rim is the desert homeworld of Force Awakens' protagonist, Rey. Jakku was included as part of the Inner Rim when the region was known simply as "The Rim" and would later become the site of the final battle of the Galactic Civil War, which is the source of the many downed starships littering the planet's surface. You can find an insanely detailed map here.

          Perhaps the most astonishing bits of information I was able to glean from this map is that, if the scale is to be believed, Tatooine is closer to both Naboo, Komino, and Geonosis than any other planet featured in the movies and, despite Jabba's presence, it isn't even in "Hutt Space." In addition, Mustafar is just outside of the sector that contains Hoth and Bespin which means the likelihood of Vader not picking up on the proximity to the planet that essentially made him Darth Vader is pretty damn small. No wonder he was so pissed off at that admiral.

          Any ground-breaking surprises from this on your end?

          Was there a lot of obesity in ancient times?

          While it is difficult to say with any real certainty as bones tend to be strikingly similar regardless of the amount of weight they may carry, it is likely that in our prehistoric hunter-gatherer days weight was not a concern. However, fast forward a couple thousand years and, with the advent of agriculture, there was actually far more than you might think. To clarify, this wasn't because people necessarily ate well. Actually the exact opposite was true which is what led them to be obese.  Diets began to subsist of large amounts of wheat and other grains high in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, most diets began to consist solely of these grains, as they were readily available and cheap. This high amount of carbohydrates combined with a relatively stationary lifestyle in the towns that began to crop up around the crops, led to drastic changes in our physiques. Most discovered mummies have been found to be grossly overweight and, while initially thought to be a result of the luxuries of their royal stature, we now know this to be incorrect.

          As humanity grew so did our diets and, by the middle ages, a person's status was typically proportional to their rotundness. It would not be until the early 1800s that the term "obesity" would be coined and people began to pay a bit more attention to their weights. By that time, however, diets had become naturally more balanced and the average weight of an adult male in the US was roughly 135 pounds. With the advent of highly processed foods towards the end of the 19th century, the trend began going the other direction and is currently around 195 pounds.

          How many frames are required before a picture becomes a video?

          Only two, as Burnie suggested. Preferably sequential in nature though this is not really necessary depending on the speed of the transition between the frames, the length of visibility of the frames, and the opinion of the viewer. The easiest way to confirm this is to picture an old school cartoon like Steamboat Willie, which frequently skipped expected motion animation between cells in order to save time during creation. Since each cell would have to be drawn by hand, a single ten minute cartoon would easily contain hundreds of nearly identical drawn still images. To save time, an artist may show waving as a raised arm angled to the right with the very next frame being the raised arm angled to the left. The act of toggling between only these two still images would create a "video" of the character waving. Depending on the speed of this "toggle" a blur could potentially be introduced in order to give a greater effect of motion and allow the mind to "fill in the gaps" of the missing frames. So... two frames. Burnie is right, yet again. :)

          Do fingerprints change?

          For the most part they do not, unless affected by external factors such as abrasives, chemicals, or injury. However, in most cases all, or most, of the fingerprint will grow back. As you age, the skin becomes more elastic which can cause fingerprints to wrinkle as well. Interestingly, there are four known families with a condition known as Adermatoglyphia. This condition’s only known effect is that a person never develops fingerprints. There are two other known conditions which will do the same but they have additional, and much more serious, side effects as well.

          Is it easier to flash freeze boiling water?

          It certainly is. As a variation of the Mpemba effect, the cause of this has to do with the availability of surface area with relation to the freezing air. Essentially, if you throw a pot of boiling water into the air on a frigid day, the water will separate into droplets as it leaves the pot. These droplets will nearly instantly turn to steam which is even smaller droplets of water. These droplets have an extremely small surface area which allows the air to rapidly cool them, turning them into ice almost immediately. By contrast, a pot of cold water would not immediately turn to steam. This would cause the water's surface area to be much larger, meaning the frozen air must manage to freeze a much larger drop of water. While possible, depending on various factors, it is much less likely.

        • Fan Art Friday #76: Uno the Movie Trailer by Adipose_Von_Crompwell

          2 weeks ago

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          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Charles, AKA @Adipose_Von_Crompwell, for this Uno: The Movie trailer. It really captures the descent into madness.

          Charles, a resident of Dallas, created this video using After Effects, Premiere, and Photoshop over the span of two days.


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

        • Answers to Questions Posed in RT Podcast #432

          3 weeks ago

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          It's time for our regular segment in which @Gafgarian (AKA Jeremiah Palmer) provides answers to the burning questions left unanswered in each episode of the Rooster Teeth Podcast. Read on to get closure for Is That Me? – #432.


          Can you get good at anything if you spent enough time learning?

          Most of us have likely heard of the "10,000 hour rule" concerning learning new things. For those who haven't, the basic premise is that ANYONE can become an expert in ANYTHING, assuming they are not physically or mentally incapable for a specific reason, by a consistent practicing of roughly 10,000 hours. This is equivalent to roughly 90 minutes a day for 20 years. This theory was popularized by pop-psych writer Malcolm Gladwell in his 2008 book Outliers. In it, he frequently references the 1993 study which first presented the concept of this 10,000 hour point of expertise. Fortunately for us, not so much for Gladwell, recent interviews with psychologists, including the one who conducted the 1993 study, have pointed out that this "magic" number of hours was an average practice time across a multitude of people of varying backgrounds and across varying disciplines. This average being referred to as some "magic" number does a great disservice to the people who have successfully mastered a new skill, regardless of the amount of time they may have put in. It also tends to discourage others from even bothering. 20 years is a long damn time!

          In reality, according to more recent studies, learning a new skill can take as little as 20 hours of devotion. While becoming, what would be considered, proficient in the skill can take significantly more time, depending on the complexity of the skill. A 2014 study by Case Western Reserve University psychologists, dug through 9,000 publications in order to find 88 relevant studies which has measured the deliberate practice of specific activities in an effort to build a correlation between time spent and skill levels. While those studies did show, unequivocally, that a connection between deliberate practice and skill existed, the amount of direct correlation to that learned skill was frustratingly low. Only 26 percent, for example, explained skill variations for skill-based strategy games like chess and only 18 percent for sports. What does this mean?

          While this collection of data is far from complete, it does suggest that deliberate practice towards mastering a specific skill did not, in the majority of cases, actually create a significant performance variation between would-be masters. In other words, practice does NOT actually make perfect... at least not for all of us, in all things.

          This brings to light a few things:

          1) I can now rest easy knowing that, regardless of how much effort I may put into being the grammar-nazi Becca would like me to be, it likely won't make a difference so now I have an excuse to not try :P

          2) Perhaps Gladwell, though woefully off course with his "10,000 hour rule," may have been onto something very tangible with the rest of his book's suggestions.

          Along with the suggestions of "practice makes perfect," the book spent many chapters highlighting some mysterious connections and facts about various skill-based activities. Perhaps most memorable of these, was the correlation made between professional hockey players and their birthdates. In quick summary, this stated that there was a proportionally higher amount of professional hockey players whose birthdays were in first three months of the year due to the way the junior level Canadian hockey leagues had chosen to divide children just learning the sport. The children with early month birthdays were given more coaching attention and were able to, because of the kids they were grouped with, able to practice against a collection of younger and smaller children. While it is true that, among the Major Junior (CHL) teams, there can be as much as a 40% preference of "early-year" players at any one time, this is because the typical drafting age of 15/16 usually favors those with the size advantage however, these same numbers cannot be shown for the NHL. In 2010, the NHL roster favored the early-year players by only a few percentage points (29%) which is hardly enough to grant significance to Gladwell's proposal.

          However, there is something to be said for identifying the circumstances of your birth and childhood with relation to your skills in a particular area. Going back to the 1993 study which prompted Gladwell's "10,000 hour rule," an important note is that data which led researchers to imply the 10,000 hour mark were based off of an average of many people across many skill sets. More recent studies have pointed to as little as 20-hours of practice, spread over a relatively short period, is enough, for some of us, to become proficient in a new skill. Obviously there are many factors that affect this number, including age, inherent abilities, and complexity of the intended skill but the good news is that hard work apparently takes far less time to pay off than Gladwell would have us believe.

          For the answer specifically... sure-ish. :)

          Why do raindrops dry dusty?

          According to a University of Wisconsin atmospheric scientist Steve Ackerman, air near the ground has a surprising amount of microscopic particles floating through it. These include pollen, dust, and pollutants which are small enough be "grabbed" by falling rain drops on the way from the clouds to your car. It isn't that the rain is dirty, it is that the air is filthy, without you even realizing it. This is also the reason why you may notice that the air around you looks, smells, and "feels" cleaner right after a rain. This is because it has naturally scrubbed the air on the way down and deposited all of this filth onto your freshly cleaned car.

          If enough people think you are wrong about something, are you wrong?

          Actually... kind of yes.

          There is such a thing known as argumentum ad populum which states, "If many believe so, it is so." It is more frequently expressed as the "bandwagon fallacy" or vox populi. Essentially, this occurs when an argument is made that something is true, or correct, simply because the majority feels it is so. For example, attempting to get out of a speeding ticket by arguing that everyone is going the same speed so it must be safe or that jury cannot possibly convict an innocent person because it requires them all to agree to a guilty verdict.

          The reason this listed among several other well known logical fallacies, such as the more widely known Straw man or ad hominem fallacies, is because it assumes truth based on probabilities. It is also known as a "genetic fallacy" because it assumes truth based on the arguments origin rather than the content of the argument. An example of both of these fallacies would be the idea that it is, at a basic level, improbable to believe that the majority of people would vote for a bad choice in presidents and it is also improbable to believe that someone who holds such an honorable office, is a bad president.

          An interesting fact of note, surrounding these probabilistic fallacies, is that studies show that the most commonly chosen multiple choice answer is "A". This is not because it is the correct answer, but rather that it is the most gone to choice in the event of an unknown.

          This concept is related to the idea of a consensus reality as well, meaning that a person's reality is determined by the majority's opinion of that reality. It is this logic which allows heinous acts to be considered humane and acceptable to otherwise morally strong individuals. The consensus reality theory has been attributed to everything from Christian persecution in Ancient Rome to the Holocaust; and is currently a contributing factor to the growing fear surrounding Muslims in America.

          Megabit (Mb) vs Megabyte (MB)?

          You may have picked up on the slight difference in the case of the last letter this, along with the different spelling and pronunciation, should certainly be a clue that these measurements of data are very different. Their specific difference is that a megabit (Mb) is only 1/8th of a megabyte (MB). This means that a 100 Mbps internet connection is 8 times slower than a 100 MBps connection. That said, when discussing internet speed is one of the few times you will see that specific call out to a "bit" and not a "byte". The rationale behind this could be that your ISPs know that when you see 100 Mbps, you are going to assume that that means you can download a 100MB file in a second when it really means that, at best, it will be around eight seconds. However, we have been measuring data transfer rates in bits since before the internet. Whether it was a single megabit or even just a single bit, when discussing the speed of a file transfer over any connection, external through the internet or even through an internal data cable, calculating and representing these speeds as the amount of bits streamed in a second has been the standard for over fifty years. Though I'm sure Comcast and Spectrum are in no hurry to break from this tradition.

          Doppelgänger website to find your lookalike?

          There are several of these out there which offer varying degrees of accuracy at varying levels of cost, however the most visited and, arguably, most successful seems to be Twin Strangers, which received a bit of viral notoriety when the 2015 YouTube video below was released showing founder Niamh Geany meeting her doppelganger after crowdsourcing submissions via Facebook. The practice has since evolved into its own social network and website which allows you to join others in a similar pursuit in finding their non-birth twin.

          Here is a page featuring some of their successes! Thoughts?

          Should you actually NOT take a shower during a thunderstorm?

          Yes you should NOT actually do this. Unlike many popular urban legends, this one is absolutely a fact that should not be ignored. Unfortunately, it is definitely possible for a lightning to hit near a home and cause its current to travel through the piping leading to the home. This can lead to anyone who is currently using a faucet getting shocked. It is estimated that between 10 and 20 people are shocked every year by current traveling into their home during a thunderstorm. This is because when lightning strikes your home, or the land near it, your house acts as a shield from the electric current. However, as current passes around it, it will follow the path of least resistance. It should be noted that this issue does not necessarily resolve itself with the modern use of PEX or PVC piping, though its seriousness is minimized. This is because, while PEX, PVC, and even metal piping are not the best conductors, the water they carry is loaded with highly conductive impurities. A searchable database of all, or most, recorded lightning striking people is available at and does absolutely list the real world consequences of hanging out in a bathtub during a storm. Additionally, it lists people who have been killed while doing dishes or laundry.

          It's entirely possible that my dog's tactic of curling into a small ball in the corner of the sectional, or under a bed, may be the safest route after all...

          What does OPP stand for?

          If you ask Naughty by Nature, OPP stands for "Other People's Property" but it is pretty widely accepted that the "clean" definition they have to distribute to the masses is just a cover for the actual meaning of "Other People's Pussy/Penis". If "you are down with OPP" it means that you are willing, and have no qualms about cheating on your significant other OR being with someone who is cheating on theirs. Perhaps the most interesting part of the song's creation is the amount of thought which Naughty by Nature put into the lyrics. By using words like "kitten" or "meanest" they were able to simultaneously keep it clean enough for radio, without censorship, and make the song apply to both men and women. Additionally, the iconic "yeah, you know me" line immediately encourage audience participation which made it a song with a "sticky" hook which still exists today. It is this accessibility which made it one of the first rap songs to cross over into mainstream pop radio stations.

          Why does asparagus make your urine smell so bad?

          It turns out that the reason why the smell happens is far less interesting than the whether the smell happens at all... or rather whether you can perceive it. To answer the question, asparagus is the only food, that we are aware of, to contain asparagusic acid (hence the name). This acid is a compound which, when broken down during digest, releases several sulphuric compounds. It is these sulfur-containing compounds which create the scent we associate with asparagus. Their extremely low boiling point causes them to form as a gas at room temperature, leading them to easily combine with the air. A 2010 study led scientists to conclude that, while there are sporadic cases of people not producing the distinctive smell, it is far more common for a person to just not have the ability to detect the smell. The reason for someone not producing the smell is still unknown however we have been able to identify the exact flipped genetic marker in your olfactory receptors which causes the scent recognition.

        • Fan Art Friday #75: Salem by suterabrs

          3 weeks ago

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          It’s time for our weekly look at the best Rooster Teeth fan art from our community, curated by the fine folks at BIGBITE!

          This week’s featured artist is Sutera, AKA @suterabrs, for this illustration of Salem.


          Sutera, an animation student based in Spain, created this illustration using Photoshop CS6 on a Wacom tablet (Bamboo Manga).


          Want a chance to be featured in future Fan Art Fridays? Head over to the Fan Art Friday thread in the Art forum to find out how!

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