Excited Sea Otters Gleefully Enjoy a Bunch of Colorful Frozen Christmas Treats at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

A couple of very excited southern sea otters at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calfornia gleefully enjoy a bunch of colorful frozen Christmas treats that were made specifically for them.

Watch our otters go crazy for holiday ice treats. It probably doesn’t hurt that the “frosting” is minced clams!

Otter Treats

Happy Treat

images via Monterey Bay Aquarium

Jerry Seinfeld Talks About Garbage in a Pragmatic Standup Routine on ‘The Tonight Show’ Starring Jimmy Fallon

All things on Earth only exist in different stages of becoming garbage.

On a very recent episode of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, comedian Jerry Seinfeld performed a very pragmatic, but very funny standup routine about garbage and his need to be a “thrower-outer”.

I don’t like having things. I’m a thrower-outer, that’s my personality type, I’m a thrower-outer. If I have something, I really don’t want it. I wish there was a store where I could buy something, pivot and just throw it down the chute into an incinerator. Walk out, no bags. That’s my perfect shopping experience. Now my wife, of course, is the opposite. This is marriage, this is the beauty – the conflict is the beauty of marriage.

Later, Jerry sat down to talk with host Jimmy Fallon about his series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and about his worst stage experience.

Cat in a Shark Costume Rides Around on a Roomba at His Grandma’s House on Christmas Before the Presents Are Opened

Max-Arthur, the famous 13-year old Snowshoe cat who’s know for riding a Roomba vacuum in a shark costume, helpfully cleans the area in front of the tree at his Grandma’s house before the humans open their Christmas presents.

Max-Arthur the Shark Cat visiting his grandma’s house and being a good helpful 13 year old boy before opening the gifts.

Icycl, A Convenient Frozen Fruit-Flavored Ice Pop Made With Vodka

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Icycl is a convenient fruit-flavored ice pop made with vodka that can easily satisfy the need for a frozen treat and the need for a drink in one container.

Take your boozing to frosty (and fruity) new altitudes with the Icycl – Vodka Ice Pops. Is it a popsicle? Is it a fruit sorbet? Is it a slushie? In truth it’s an exciting blend of all three, with delicious alcohol thrown into the mix. It’s like a vodka jelly [jello shots], only refreshingly icy and you don’t have to indignantly suck it out of a tacky plastic shot glass – you get to squeeze, smush and wring it out instead!

Icycl is available through Firebox in packages of six or ten. Each package contains Apple, Blackcurrant, and Lemon/Lime flavors.

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images via Firebox

via The Awesomer

Master Builder Tim Baker Creates a ‘Groot Swing’ for Father and Son ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Super-Fans

On a recent episode of Super-Fan Builds (previously), designer/master builder Tim Baker and his team at Tim Baker Creations granted the wish of viewer Karen Brooks to create a “Groot Swing” for her husband Michael Coleman and their son Patrick, after they both fell in love with the Guardians of the Galaxy film. Baker started the project by making a maquette, a small-scale model that would give the welder an idea of the angles and details needed. Once the frame was built, he went on to create Groot in separate pieces.

His face and grin were hand-sculpted in foam and then cast in urethane. Each wood panel in Groot’s body was hand-carved to look like pieces of driftwood. The vines are actually rope wrapped and threaded throughout the sculpture and if you look at his hand, he has LED lights to replicate the firefly light effect in the movie.

Building Groot

Groot Swing

images via Tim Baker

‘Know Before You Fly’, An Animation by the FAA About Drone Safety for People Who Receive Unpiloted Aircraft as Gifts

Know Before You Fly” is an informational animation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about drone safety for people who receive unpiloted aircraft as gifts for the holidays. The video gives operators basic ground rules like keeping the aircraft below 400 feet, away from airports, and within their line of site. The FAA also works in facts like the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza (455 feet) and the weight of the world’s largest bunny rabbit (Ralph, 55 pounds) as references for the regulations.

More information about drone safety and FAA regulation can be found at KnowBeforeYouFly.org.

via Brian Ries

‘2014: A Year in Movies’, A Mashup by CineFix of Nearly 200 Films Released in 2014

2014: A Year in Movies” is a mashup by CineFix of nearly 200 films released in 2014. They encourage viewers to try to identify each film on their own, but have also put together a version that shows the title of each of the 184 movies.

2014 had some great movies, some terrible movies, and some movies that were altogether forgettable. To refresh your memory, here’s a supercut of the good, the bad, and the everything else of 2014. CAN YOU NAME THEM ALL?!

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

With New Light Installations San Francisco Is Quickly Becoming a Destination for Illuminated Art

With an influx of new light installations popping up throughout the city, San Francisco, California is becoming a destination for illuminated art as reported by KQED Arts. With the the Bay Lights now a permanent fixture, installations such as Caruso’s Dream in downtown and Bayview Rise at Pier 92 have all started moving San Francisco in that very direction.

In a recent stream of consciousness statement in the San Francisco Chronicle, former Mayor Willie Brown put forth a “modest proposal” for a “Season of Lights” with a contest for the most creatively illuminated building, citing City Hall and Embarcadero Center as great examples of what light can do. This year the San Francisco Travel Association self-branded the city as a “national leader in light art,” with a new website that invites “art and culture lovers” to “embrace the power of light” with a self-guided tour of sixteen disparate light installations around the city ranging from meh to spectacular. If this all sounds like a fervent grab for the attention of Burning Man aficionados in the off-season, well, it might be. Two new works this year, Brian Goggin’s and Dorka Keehn’s Caruso’s Dream downtown and Bayview Rise by Haddad and Drugan on Pier 92, reveal a lot about the possibilities of “light art” and the driving forces behind a movement to light up the city.

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Bay Lights by Leo Villareal

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Caruso’s Dream by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn

Bayview Rise
Bayview Rise by Haddad and Drugan

images via Scott Beale, Sergio Ruiz, KQED Arts

‘PBS Idea Channel’ Explains the History Behind the Television Broadcast of a Burning Yule Log in a Fireplace

PBS Idea Channel host Mike Rugnetta explains the history behind the television broadcast of a burning yule log in a fireplace in a shorter-than-normal episode of the series.

The yule log is a fascinating tradition, isn’t it? 3+ hours of footage of a burning log, a holiday symbol of home and family, first broadcast in the 1960s for those poor city folk without fireplaces of their own. This simple, beautiful, long-from programming is a holiday miracle!!

Additionally, PBS Idea Channel created their own version of the broadcast and compiled a handy playlist of their favorite YouTube versions.

Curious Kangaroo Pulls Low-Flying Drone Out of the Sky and Down to Earth to Get a Closer Look

A low-flying quadcopter (drone) that was capturing footage of a troop of kangaroos in an open field was suddenly pulled to earth by one of the curious marsupials, who seemed to just want to get a closer look at the strange buzzing thing.

via Eddie Codel