Lewis Hamilton took the Formula One championship lead after securing a record fifth win at the Hungarian Grand Prix, overtaking Nico Rosberg on pole to lead from start to finish
Should Lewis Hamilton win his fourth Formula One world championship this season, it is unlikely he will have a fonder moment to remember than his win on Sunday at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The drive itself was unmemorable, especially for a driver whose scrapbook is replete with wins, but its import may stick with him long after the memory of taking the flag has faded. For the same reasons his team-mate, Nico Rosberg, who finished second, found himself on the end of yet another race he would rather forget.
Hamilton had come to the Hungaroring trailing Rosberg by one point in the championship. He leaves six points ahead. It is the culmination of a run in which the British driver has gone from a 43-point deficit by the fourth round in Russia to the lead for the first time this season. The gap, fuelled by Rosbergs four-win run from the opening races, was huge and in current terms, given the reliability of the Mercedes, was a daunting challenge.
The pair took one another out at round five in Spain and since then Hamilton has been the driving force. Since Barcelona he has won five of the six grands prix and Rosberg, who kept noting as the gap came down that his lead proved he had been the best driver so far this season, finally had to cede even that increasingly hollow claim to his rival after he could not match him in Hungary.
Hamilton was, as ever, playing down the momentum he has, his focus as with all modern professional sportsmen and women centred on nothing more than the next race, but it is undeniably there and it is not from just the winning, but rather the scale of the fightback.
I think Spain was definitely a turning point, he said. It didnt feel like it was but it was rock bottom basically. The only way was up. I just managed to get my head together and get my shit together and get on with it, even though I have less engines, my mechanics had been changed. All these different things which didnt seem to be working. I just had to deal with it. Since then weve pulled together.
There are shades here of 2014, when Rosberg drove into Hamilton at Spa. He was reprimanded and Hamilton, who at that point trailed his team-mate by 29 points was furious. Six of the next seven races were won by the British driver and, at the last in Abu Dhabi, his second title.
There is much further to go this season, with 10 races remaining, and Hamilton still faces at least one start at the back of the grid for an engine change, of which he is fully aware, so there is a considerable story yet to be written and it feels as if it will not be one of simply smooth sailing to the title. Tough challenges doubtless await but he also knows he has performances, such as the one displayed on Sunday, to call on that will be virtually faultless.
His fondness for the Hungaroring is well known, as is his prowess here. This fifth win, a record, takes him past Michael Schumachers number of victories at the track and it was largely sealed at the first turn.
Hamiltons getaway could not have been better and reflected his recent success in putting his team-mate under pressure. Second on the grid to Rosbergs pole, the British driver was away more quickly and took a tight line to take the lead through the first corner. He quickly pulled out a gap that put him beyond DRS range and then, it might be kindly described, managed his way to the win.
His car was superlative on the opening supersoft tyres but on the two sets of soft tyres he later took, concern over their wear made the pace grip-saving sedate rather than haring-into-the-distance breakneck. Indeed with overtaking tricky and Rosberg unable to get close, his only major concern came when the team warned him they might have to switch the drivers positions if his speed did not improve as Daniel Ricciardos Red Bull threatened from third. He was not told twice and the times duly came down. Theories that he was deliberately backing his rival into trouble were denied by both drivers and the teams executive director, Toto Wolff. The central issue they claimed was taking care of the rubber.
This pattern repeated whenever he was delayed by traffic and, as Rosberg closed, there was always another six- or seven-tenths in the bag, enough to see him over the line and finally to take Mercedes first win here since the V6 turbo hybrid era began.
Rosberg admitted he had done all he could. I was quite happy that the pace was slow because I was trying to put the pressure on and get some mistakes from him, he said. I did everything I could, got some mistakes but not enough to get by.
Which begs the question he must now ask: what can he do? The German looks bludgeoned by Hamiltons fightback and on recent form has no answer to him. It is such a gulf, in terms of a lead, that has been bridged before the halfway point of the season which is the next round in Germany that for all the one-race-at-a-time mantras it simply must be playing on his mind.
The mighty John Surtees pulled off the greatest comeback, in 1964, to overturn his 20-point (55 in modern terms) deficit to Jim Clark in five races.
In recent times Hamiltons resurgence recalls Kimi Raikkonens triumph in 2007 from the equivalent of 45 points down and Sebastian Vettels title in 2012 from 44 points behind.
I honestly feel were in the strongest position weve been in all year, Hamilton said a position which might well be remembered as defining the moment he was on his way to the title.
I’m sorry to say it, guys, but when it comes to being romantic, a lotof you don’t know how tosweep your girlfriendsoff their feet. It’s OK, you’re taught to believe that being sentimental isn’t a manly quality. And that sucks.
So, when anniversaries come around, guys are usually left panicking when it comes to picking out a gift for their girlfriends. They think they have to put down an extraordinary cost just to show their girlfriends how much they appreciate them.
Well, I’m here to tell you that love don’t cost a thing.
Being romantic doesn’t automatically equate to dropping hundreds of dollars and posting about her all the time. So, guys, here are five gift ideas that aremeaningful, thoughtful, heartfelt, FRUGAL and everything your girlfriend could ever want:
1. Make a personalized calendar.
This idea isn’t something many people (women included) think of as a gift, but it’s cute and thoughtful! Certain websites let you addpersonalized photos that match the season or month you are entering. Include her birthday and other events like your anniversary on the calendar, too.
And don’t stop at the calendar! Anything personalized is a plus, whether it be dog tag necklaces, a mug, a blanket or a picture frame. Personalizing a gift automatically makes something meaningful.
2. Surprise her.
Every woman loves a romantic surprise. For this year’s anniversary, decorate herbed with rose petals, blow up 12balloons and attach onepicturefromeach month you’ve beentogether to the strings. Put noteson the back of each picture, and you have a deeply personalized gift. As an added bonus, give her a scrapbook or photo album so she has a place to keep those pictures forever.
Youcan provide enough pictures for a year’s worth of memories, or you can go the extra mile and provide enough pictures for every month of every year you’ve been together. The choice is yours, but regardless of what you choose, this will be a perfect anniversary surprise.
3. Make it an adventure.
Whether it’s a date to the park, a hiking trail or your favorite beach, pack a picnic basket with some wine,wine glasses, a platter of cheese and deli meats. Don’t forget the blanket!
When you spend a lovely afternoon reminiscing the past few years together over some crisp wine, your girlfriend will be more than just sweptoff her feet: She’ll probably fall in love with you all over again (at least, I would).
It doesn’t cost much (read: it literally costs nothing) to take her to an open and public place, so splurge a little on the wine and let the memories flow.
4. Write her a letter or card.
I’m talking Noah-style from “The Notebook.”You may not be Shakespeare (and boy, does she know it), but anything you write expressing your feelings will honestly show her how much you love her to the moon and back. If you’re the kind of guy who has an especially hard time expressing honest emotions, this gesture will show her just howdeep your feelings run.
For women, it’s the thought that counts. And the effort you put into this notewill make all the difference, no matter if your handwriting is chicken scratch andyou’re a nervous wreck while reading it. She’ll think it’s cute, and it will definitely melt her heart.
5. Get her a star.
This might be a stretch and straight out of “A Walk To Remember,” but what girlfriend doesn’t want a star named after her? It doesn’t cost much to adopt a star in the sky. Even better than this, you can donate to a charity in her name. This way, you’re not only celebrating your anniversary, but also giving back to Mother Earth by making your markson it together.
A lot of men feel confused when it comes to planning anything that seems romantic. They often think that spending loads of money on the nicest hotel or vacation getaway will do the trick. But sometimes, it doesn’t take much to woo the love of your life.
Let’s be honest, the phrase “love don’t cost a thing” is definitely true. It’s not about throwing your money at your girlfriend and trying to show her how much you love her by buying expensive designer watches, purses and shoes. It’s about doing the small, meaningful gestures that truly count.
I mean, who doesn’t mind anythingdesigner? But sentimental gifts last a lifetime, and they don’t come with an expiration date and will never run out of style.
Come on, men. Who said chivalry was dead? Use these tipsand seehow your girlfriend’s face lights up at the sight of your romantic gesture.
The deal is for the Blu-ray Batman set, which includes all 120 episodes of the 60s TV series. But there is so much more crammed into this collector’s set, it’s just bonkers.
Crammed into this comic time machine, you’ll find three hours of bonus content on the Adam West legacy, designing Gotham, vintage memorabilia, and more. The collectors set also includes an Adam West scrapbook, 44 vintage trading cards, and an UltraViolet copy so you can watch on multiple devices.
After you tie the knot, dreaming about your new life with your hubby is, in a word,exciting. But the cost of everything that comes with planning a wedding? Not so much.
The prices associated with having a wedding have reached insane and unreasonable amounts.To be honest, if you’re broke AF, this probably makes you want to scream, WTF?
As if there’s not enough pressure for a newly engaged couple to deal with, the stress of spending so much money when just starting a new life together can be overwhelming.
Well, future brides and grooms, let’s just chill for a sec. I’ve come up with a list of 10creative ways to cut costs in just about every aspect of the wedding process, so you don’t have to go broke before you start your life together.
It’s definitely possible to plan a spectacular wedding for every taste, in every budget. These tips will also give your wedding day a trendy, fun and individual vibe that sets it apart from the rest:
1. Trim your guest list.
Gone are the days of inviting people just because you have to. I’m not telling you to cross Great Aunt Betsy off the list. You don’t, however, have to invite work friends unless you hang out with them socially. And the friends you try to keep in touch with, but they barely reciprocate? Cross them off.
There’s a big difference between having 100 guests and 50 guests, so choose wisely. A small, intimate wedding is just as stunning, and it makes it easier to really enjoy your guests. It’s also much more affordable than hosting a large wedding reception.
2. Rethink your dress.
Every bride should absolutely fall in love with her dress. If you are savvy with your shopping, you can totallyfind a dream dress for less! It’s certainly not all about the price tag when it comes to finding the right choice for your big day, so let’s do this, girlfriend.
In addition to scouring designer sample sales, be sure to check out your mother and grandmother’s attic or cedar chest. They are bound to have some gems tucked away. Visit vintage shops, too. Dresses can be altered to fit your style for a fraction of what a new dress may cost. Sleeves can be cut off, necklines can be changed and accessories can be added.
A repurposed dress will be unlike any other. Your look will basically be a designer original, never before seen on any other bride or in any magazine. Pretty chic, right?
You can also useRent The Runway for your big day, which will save you tons of money, and you’ll still look so fabulous.
3. Create a Pinterest board for your flower arrangements.
When it comes to flowers, Pinterest is your go-to source. It’s time to create your wedding flower board for inspiration. It’s all about the details and planning it out.
Flower bouquets and centerpieces can be exorbitant. With a little careful planning and creativity, you can have spectacular table decorations and bouquets at a fraction of the cost.
Vintage, mismatched vases and candles (several clustered on each table) can be a spectacular look, and grocery store bouquets can look amazing if chosen wisely. Visit your local dollar store to find hidden gems. They may even have trendy mercury glass vases!
4. Beer, wine, prosecco and sangria work just fine.
Limit the bar to a more affordable selection. Let’s be real here: Every wedding guest loves an open bar. But why not have a selection of beer, wine, prosecco and sangria to choose from to save money? It works just as well and keeps everyone happy. Seriously, who’s going to pass up a refreshing glass of sangria?
A collection of fun, creative, mismatched glassware from tag sales and estate sales can be a spectacular touch to add. And if you opt for a brunch or afternoon picnic or lunch celebration, a limited selection is that much better. Don’t forget, if it’s a small guest list, you don’t have too many accessories to buy. You can also keep the glassware for future entertaining.
5. Have a dessert buffet instead of an enormous wedding cake.
Having a grand, traditional wedding cake makes a beautiful statement. But when it comes down to dessert time, not all of the guests even eat the wedding cake. A dessert table with an assortment of pastries and divine treats may be the way to go for some couples.
Some larger food chains actually make tiered wedding cakes. If you decide on a simple, small wedding cake (just for the tradition), surround it by a varied selection of fun desserts. The dessert buffet will look extremely appetizing, and it will be more cost effective, too. How divine does this dessert table look?
6. Think outside the box for your venue.
Check out every potential location within a reasonable distance, including farms,gardens, beaches, vineyards, lakes, oceans, parks, barns, museums, meadows, backyards and galleries.
A large tent rental (with sides) will protect you from the weather if necessary, and it can be decorated beautifully. The surrounding ambiance of white lights, tulle, candles and vintage glassware creates a spectacular, elegant vibe like no other.
7. Be creative with music.
For ceremony and cocktail music, check out local students who perform for reasonable prices. A cellist, pianist, guitarist or harpist would be a perfect touch without breaking the bank.
For the reception, a good playlist and speakers may work, depending on the venue. Or, you can be extremely unique and consider purchasing a replica vintage record player and have a friend in charge of playing actual albums that you love. Going vintage is always fun, and the guests will adoreit.
8. Hire a friend to take pictures.
All you need to capture the incredible memories and snap away throughout the day iscouple of friendswith good cameras. It will save you moremoney than hiring a professional photographer would. You can even leave Polaroid cameras on the reception tables for guests to take photos and pin up on a board.
Eversnap is an awesome online service that offers a personalized site for your bigday. Based on the package you choose, you create an album online.
Your friends, family and guests can take pictures throughout the entire wedding process and upload them to the album they choose, whether it’s your engagement, bridal shower, bachelor party, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception. Down the road, when you can spare the extra expense, you can compile all of the pictures from the various albums and order your own wedding album.
9. Create a wedding website.
Save on invitations and other communications by creating a wedding website or blog. You can post and manage your wedding invitation, registries, RSVPs and all sorts of information and updates. It’s a super trendy idea, and you can even give your site’s design a fun, original flair.
An ongoing scrapbook section is fun to maintain, and you can display everything from engagement pictures to small features on your entire bridal party. This will make your overall wedding experience a bit more personable and fun.
10.Ditch the limo.
I’m going to be super honest here: Nothing adds a more charming and unique look to your wedding day than your friend driving you and your hubby with his or her vintage car. It adds so much style and presentation to your special day, and it looks incredible in pictures.
When it comes down to it, list your priorities and decide on the parts you don’t want to cut back on. Save money in the areas that you can, and you’ll certainly be on your way to a beautiful, affordable wedding day.
And not only is is good for you, it’s good for lots of other things, too, if you unleash their hidden, unexpected potential.
Read on to see what you can do with used tea bags besides make more tea! Although more tea is always a good idea, too.
Why Should You Drink Tea, Anyway?
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Black tea is actually a great beverage choice. It has caffeine, but not nearly as much as coffee.
It’s also full of antioxidants that prevent cell damage, and studies have shown it’s good for heart and digestive health, boosts the immune system, and can even prevent plaque buildup on your teeth.
But tea isn’t just good for your health; it can actually help around your home too!
Check out all the clever ways you can recycle your old, used tea bags once your cup is empty!
Tea Tip #1: Make Your Mirrors Sparkle
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Tea is a great way to lift greasy fingerprints and streaks off glass.
You can give the mirror a once-over with the wet bag, or re-brew the bag and spray the weak tea on the glass.
Wipe off with a clean, soft cloth and admire the shine.
Tea Tip #2: Freshen Your Fridge
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Place used tea bags in a bowl on the top shelf of your fridge, and they’ll absorb bad, stale odors that can build up inside.
Think of it as an even cheaper alternative to baking soda.
Tea Tip #3: Wake Up Your Eyes
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Cool used tea bags in the fridge. When cool, place them on your eyes to reduce puffiness.
The caffeine in the tea, as well as the coolness, will calm down the swelling and make you look bright-eyed and awake.
Tea Tip #4: Soothe Bites And Burns
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Minor cuts, burns, and bug bites can all be soothed with a cool, damp, already-used tea bag.
The tannins in tea are great for helping repair damaged skin.
Tea Tip #6: Boost Your Bathwater
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Tannins are good for your skin, so why not get their benefits all over?
Drop used tea bags into the bathwater to create a bath that’s both calming, nice-smelling, and nourishing.
This works great with herbal teas like jasmine and chamomile, too!
Tea Tip #6: Enrich Your Hair
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Soak used tea bags in warm water for about 20 minutes, and then use the liquid as a rinse after shampooing.
Black tea is especially good if you have dark hair, as it will boost itsrich, warm colors.
Let it soak in for a few minutes, then rinse out.
Tea Tip #7: Add Flavor To Your Grains
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Instead of using plain water when cooking rice, pasta, or other grains, hang some used tea bags into the water while it’s heating and remove when it’s boiling. Then putin your grains and enjoy the added flavor.
Try chai or cinnamon spice tea bags with oatmeal, green tea with pasta, or jasmine tea bags with rice.
Tea Tip #8: Degrease Your Dishes
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Just like with the glass, tea is great for breaking up oils.
If you have greasy dishes, let them soak in hot water in the sink, and throw in some used tea bags.
The tea will loosen the grease and make washing them easier. It’ll also cut down on any odors.
Tea Tip #9: Customize Your Stationary
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Tea makes a great dye. If you like sending letters, scrapbooking, or anything else involving pretty paper, tea is your friend.
Steep some used tea bags to create a pale, weak tea. Dip plain paper into it to give it an antiqued, sepia hue. A slightly stronger brew will also dye cloth.
Use different teas and see what colors your can come up with!
Tea Tip #10: Feed Your Garden
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If you really can’t find any more use for a tea bag, don’t worry. Your garden will!
You can re-brew a bunch of bags and use the weak tea to water your garden, or you can open up the bags and sprinkle the tea leaves right into the soil.
The leaves will serve as a nutrient-rich fertilizer, and tea is also great for keeping harmful fungi away from plants.
Tea bags can go into compost piles whole, paper and all. Just be careful to remove the metal staple first.
SHARE these unexpected tea tips with your tea-drinking friends, and let us know if you have any secret uses for tea bags that we missed!
While perusing a flea market in Brooklyn one day, travel writerLuke J. Spencer came across a charming scrapbook with a art deco-style cover. But when he opened it, he found something even more incredible.
This scrapbook was a fantastic find. It showed the journey and career of a particular young woman, one Lotta June Miller, who left her home in Spokane, Washington at age of 28 to start her career as a theater director on the other side of the country.
The scrapbook, arranged by Lottaherself, shows us a portion of her life as she chose to remember it, full of photos of friends, notes from colleagues, and more.
Someone like Lotta might not have made history or become famous, but she was a real person, just like any of us, with a job, a social life, and a crafty hobby.
Looking back at her life shows us how times have changed, but also how making memories, taking photos, and collecting your life into a story are thingspeople have loved doing for generations.
Read on to see where Lotta’s adventures took her, and let us know if you’ve ever made a scrapbook in the comments!
Instead, she planned a four-day trip that would take her to Chicago, New York, and Pittsburg before ending up in California, Pennsylvania, where she’d gotten a job as a theater director at the State Teachers College there.
Her train was known as the Empire Builder, and followed parts of explorers Lewis and Clark’s original trails through the Louisiana Purchase area.
Not much else is known about Lotta, other than that she ended up marrying a man named Dr. Harrison Merrill, who worked at atop-secret government lab in New Jersey, and that somehow her scrapbook ended up in Brooklyn. As for Hector, he’s lost to history.
This amazing slice of history is fascinating, and we’re lucky that Spencer was able to find it in that flea market!
SHARE Lotta’s story with someone who loves antique shopping, and let us know what kinds of finds you’ve made!
Ex-con Martha Stewart posed an incredibly important question to all of her adoring fans yesterday:
It’s Jonathan Cheban, Martha. None other than Kim Kardashian’s best friend, and (fun fact) the only person who’s more obsessed with Kim Kardashian than Kim Kardashian.
The best thing about this tweetbesides the cold bloodedness of itis thinking about how Martha Stewart came across this photo of Cheban. Did she crop this photo herself? Will she scrapbook it? Who told her that he was well known? Did she read it in an interview? Did she just assume by his smug smile that he would say “Yes. I am well known”?
I don’t pretend to know the inner workings of Martha Stewart’s brain, but boy, would I probably not like to.
Do you know who invented the couch? Neither do we. Sorry, Baron Kristoff DeKouch, you are doomed to die in obscurity. Most of the things we use every day were just invented by “some guy,” and we’ll never know otherwise. But, then again, some things were not only invented by somebody you would know, but also done so by the absolute last person you would expect …
#6. Roald Dahl Invented An Important Medical Tool
From Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the story of a whimsical candy manufacturer who is clearly a murderous sociopath, to Matilda, the story of a telekinetic girl who gains her powers from horrific domestic abuse, Roald Dahl was responsible for much of your implacable childhood trauma.
Along with your irrational fear of GMOs.
Dahl was also the dual inventor of the Wade-Dahl-Till shunt, or the WDT, a medical device used to relieve pressure inside the skull after traumatic brain injury. Dahl wasn’t exactly a doctor, but his interest in helping people with brain problems came about in 1960, when his son, Theo, was hit by a cab and suffered a fractured skull and swelling of the brain. The treatment is to insert a shunt into the victim’s head to relieve the pressure, but, back then, the technology they used frequently got clogged up by brain stuff, which is exactly as pleasant an experience as it sounds. Dahl figured that he could come up with a better way, so he contacted a neurosurgeon named Kenneth Till and a toymaker named Stanley Wade to figure it out. Toss in a surly computer genius, and you’ve got yourself a crime-fighting team.
Or a crack team of bandits planning a heist on the human brain.
After working together for three years, Dahl, Till, and Wade came up with their patented device that not only resisted clogging better than the current technology, but was also cheaper and easier to make. Dahl’s son recovered before the device was completed, so he didn’t personally benefit from it, but the invention went on to revolutionize the field. Dahl never saw a cent from it — not because he was screwed out of the patent, as is so often the case with these articles — but because he offered it to the world for free. And so shines a good deed in a weary world.
#5. Mark Twain Invented The Modern Scrapbook
Mark Twain surely taught your great-great-grandmother all her favorite racial epithets. But, you know what else he taught her? How to fuck. Probably. We assume. We know for sure that he taught her favorite non-bootylicious hobby, too: scrapbooking.
“Scrapbooking” was also one of the sex acts he taught her.
Twain was into scrapbooking in a tremendous way. He carried scrapbooks with him wherever he went so that he could fill them with photos of his travels, news articles about his work, and the pressed bloomers of all his sexual conquests. He was so invested in his hobby that the clunky process of applying glue to paper was really just slowing him down, so he thought up a better way.
A Like button for baby pics?
In 1872, he patented a scrapbook that already had glue applied to the pages. Each page was like a giant postage stamp, so instead of fumbling with Krazy Glue, you just had to lick the page up and down (something Twain had a lot of practice with, again, on your great-grandmother).
#4. McDonald’s Gave Us Redbox
Redbox is the last defiant holdout of the physical video industry. You would probably assume that it was Blockbuster’s idea — a frantic effort to tread water as the Internet tsunami washed away their profit margins — but, no, Redbox was originally an idea by McDonald’s.
It was the second nonfood item on the Dollar Menu, after the McNugget.
When profits started to decline in 2002, the fast-food company started exploring other things that they could make “fast.” The first experiment was something called the “Tik Tok Easy Shop,” a giant vending machine that sold everything from milk and eggs to diapers. The Tik Tok Easy Shop failed catastrophically, probably because people buying their diapers from McDonald’s is the kind of dystopian parody world you would expect to read about in a George Orwell novel.
Their breakfast burritos, for comparison, were dreamed up by H.P. Lovecraft.
However, another experiment, a vending machine for DVD rentals, took off massively. Redbox was a huge success at its first location — a McDonald’s restaurant in Denver — and they soon expanded to more. Eventually, McDonald’s sold about half the company to Coinstar, and Redbox moved into supermarkets, pharmacies, and the hearts of people too old to understand the Internet.
#3. The Beastie Boys Named The “Mullet” Hairstyle
History has forgotten the first person to sport the mullet, though we have a pretty good guess about the quality of their personal hygiene. Luckily, we at least know who named the hairstyle — hip-hop band the Beastie Boys.
“You’ve got to fight … for your right … to paaaaarty (in the back, business in the front)!”
In 1994 the Beastie Boys were more of a punk band, and they became weirdly obsessed with the hairstyle. They even recorded a song about it, Mullet Head, and following is the chorus:
Mullet head, don’t touch the back Cut the sides, don’t touch the back Cut the sides, don’t touch the back Cut the sides and don’t touch the back
And then in Grand Royal, the Boys’ official magazine, they dedicated an entire issue to it, featuring such articles as “Mulling Over the Mullet,” and “Ancient History of the Mullet.” The band’s frontman Mike D takes credit for coining the term, and the Oxford English Dictionary officially recognizesGrand Royal as the first appearance of the word in print. Before then, it was just the name of a type of fish — a party fish.
#2. Rock Legend Todd Rundgren Invented The Graphics Tablet
Todd Rundgren is a legend in the rock world. If you don’t know the name, you’ve still heard his work: He produced albums by Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, Grand Funk Railroad, and the imaginatively named The Band. But, Rundgren was also a scientist, so when the Apple Company started making personal computers in the ’70s, Rundgren was one of the people they contacted to help out.
“Can’t we steal it from some other company?” “Nah, no one’s invented it yet.”
Rundgren did a lot of the pioneering graphics work on early Apple computers, and it was during this time that he met Alvy Ray Smith (later the founder of a little company called Pixar), and, together, they began work on a device that would mimic a pen and paper to draw directly onto a computer screen with a stylus. In 1979, Apple released the first graphic tablet based on Rundgren’s design, and used all of their creative manpower to call it Apple Graphic Tablet. It’s no The Band, but it’s a pretty catchy name.
We had an awesome joke about a hypothetical “iPencil,” but then this bullshit happened.
#1. Salvador Dali Designed The Chupa Chups Logo
“Chupa Chups” was also the name of another Mark Twain sex act.
Dali also suggested that they put the logo on the top of the lollipop wrapper instead of the side, to which the manufacturers agreed. It’s a solid, simple, tasteful piece of design work — and it came from the artist voted most likely to paint an octopus with a woman’s face vomiting clocks onto an anvil made out of baby hands.
A good 80 percent of Cracked’s content is devoted to peeling back the kaleidoscopic layers of WTF-ness contained within Back To The Future, but this article isn’t about that. Nope, this is about an even more ridiculous topic: the many confounding ways people tried to squeeze big bucks out of the Back To The Future flicks.
This ordinary tale of a time-travelling eccentric and his pet teenager has spawned such baffling shit as …
#7. The Back To The Future Cartoon Was A Fucking Crazy Parade
As we’ve mentioned before on the site, Doc Brown’s character-concluding decision to father children with a historically dead woman and blast through time in a screeching lightning train was reckless at best. And so it’s only natural that the 1991 Back To The Future TV show would follow the horrific mishaps of this family, sandwiched with live-action science demonstrations by Christopher Lloyd and an oddly mute Bill Nye.
They’re like the Penn and Teller of mad science.
But despite its audience of the young and curious, an average episode of Back To The Future: The Animated Series played out like Rick And Morty episodes Adult Swim rejected for being too bleak. Don’t believe us? The pilot for the series starts with Doc’s younger son Verne stealing the time machine and traveling to the Civil War … followed by Doc finding a photo revealing that little Verne died for the Confederate Army.
“But hey, it says here that the Alabama chapter of the KKK is named in his honor.”
Doc eventually prevents this by creating a truce between Verne’s Confederate pals and the Union, and the gang happily flies home like they didn’t just irrevocably alter the outcome of a Civil War battle. That’s basically the story of the series, as Doc, Marty, and Doc’s kids manhandle historical moments while Doc’s wife Clara waits back home with sandwiches.
In the third goddamn episode, Doc brings his kids to the very moment the dinosaurs are wiped out by a meteor, saving the group by hastily stopping the comet and changing the future into a lizard-ruled wasteland. (One of said lizards looks like Biff, implying that a Tannen once fucked a dinosaur.)
This means that Doc is forced to go back and kill the dinosaurs himself, re-altering his actions so that the meteor gets back on a collision course with Earth … but not before one of his kids befriends a scared pterodactyl. So how does Doc handle this unfortunate attachment? Obviously, the rest of the series would involve the group goofing around with their adopted dino friend. I mean, otherwise, he’d have to …
… tear his son from the sobbing grasp of a doomed animal …
… stuff him into the time machine and fly away …
This also serves as the official series finale for The Flintstones.
… and watch as the comet tears through the atmosphere and vaporizes the boy’s dinosaur pal. That’s seriously what happens in the special “watch all the dinosaurs die” episode of this nightmare series. Happy Saturday morning, assholes!
#6. A Japanese Video Game Made BTTF 2 Into Crazy-Ass Anime
Anyone who played the early Back To The Future Nintendo games knows that whoever made them clearly didn’t bother to see the movies. Either that, or Back To The Future Part III cut a scene in which Marty ingests a crazy amount of peyote and starts seeing mutant cow men everywhere.
Presumably named “Beef Tannen.”
The Japan-only Back To The Future Part IISuper Famicom game, on the other hand, tried to follow the plot of movie … and somehow ended up being even weirder. You control Marty, who spends the entire time on his hoverboard — because, realistically speaking, if you owned a hoverboard, why the fuck would you ever not be flying around on it?
The game starts on a grimly prescient note, with trigger-happy 2015 cops shooting at Marty for no apparent reason.
When we reach the alternate 1985, Marty goes around fighting disoriented crackheads, mistaking their agonized gasps for taunting chicken noises. Marty then discovers his murdered father’s tombstone, and he … seems pretty copacetic with this development, all things considered.
Doc, on the other hand, turns into an angry pink Gollum.
If you’ve ever wanted to see these iconic moments reimagined as demented Sailor Moon episodes, you’re in luck. When Marty discovers the 1950s girlie mag instead of the sports almanac, the mere sight of boobs gives him a stroke.
Which is weird, because this is after meeting his mother’s gargantuan dystopian breasts. Marty’s perma-smirk in that scene is somehow even creepier than when he was standing at his dead dad’s grave.
Also, why are they in the Technodrome?
By the time Biff seemingly vampire-bites the almanac away from Marty and gets covered in a sea of 16-bit horseshit, you’ll probably never see Back To The Future the same way ever again.
“I won’t close my mouth. I deserve this.”
And speaking of which …
#5. A Hot Wheels Biff Car … Complete With Manure
There aren’t a ton of Back To The Future toys, but the ones that do exist are mostly DeLorean-based. There’s a DeLorean Lego set, a remote-control DeLorean, and even a Power-Wheels-esque DeLorean for ’80s kids whose parents wanted them to explore their confused Oedipal feelings outside the house.
Sadly, this kid was easily taken out by Libyan terrorists.
So it’s only natural that the DeLorean be adopted by stalwart toy car company Hot Wheels. Recently, the company decided to expand their Back To The Future line to include not only Doc’s DeLorean …
Oh, sorry. Doc’s “Time Machine of Indeterminate Brand.”
And Marty’s sweet 4×4 …
“Complete with two coats of wax and Fat Biff’s tears!”
And even Biff Tannen’s Ford Super Deluxe Converti– oh, shit.
Yes, they produced a beautiful classic automobile overflowing with rancid manure, as seen in that scene and that other scene and that variation of the scene. It looks like an amusing Internet Photoshop job, but it’s a real toy which you could go buy right now … or, you know, make at home yourself with a toy car and some laxatives.
Couldn’t Hot Wheels have mass-produced Doc’s hover-train? Or one of those kickass police cars from 2015? Nope. Instead, we get the shit-encrusted rapemobile. Think of all the ways kids could play with this. “Oh no, Biff’s car got covered in manure … again …” Assuming your kid even knows what Back To The Future is, how are they supposed to integrate Biff’s car with their other Hot Wheels products?
“Yes! The race is delayed due to track turds!”
#4. ZZ Top Turns All The Characters Into Ogling Creeps
The one band you’d think you could trust to hitch their beer-drinking, hell-raising wagon to Wake-Up Juice, but noooooo.
Now, “Doubleback” is a fucking abomination, an artistic charley horse clearly farted out 12 minutes from the studio call time. But then there’s the music video, which superimposes the band into random clips from the movie in such a disjointed, cookie cutter way that it comes alive like a serial killer’s scrapbook.
GOOF: ZZ Top were only teenagers in 1885, so they shouldn’t have beards yet.
It’s everyone’s third-favorite time travel movie, perpetually interrupted with the looming presence of three guys who look like the personification of bathroom assault. By the end, they’re literally sticking their faces over the action so that we don’t forget to be bummed out by their existence.
We’re all for them supplanting Marty’s mom in this scene to make it less creepy, though.
But the weird stuff begins when this monochromatic onslaught changes the movie’s finale to include a pimped-out ride randomly rolling into Marty’s standoff with Mad Dog Tannen …
… and releasing three jean-short bombshells of various ’90s fabric patterns and foxy accessories, to which the movie’s characters react with stock disbelief appropriated from the original scene.
OK, we have to admit that these guys clean up nicely when they shave.
That’s right — Doc reacting to Marty’s fakeout death is the same expression as his boner face. Or maybe he’s wondering how a Cadillac Sedanette went back in time without a bunch of nonsense sticking out of its hood. Either way: boner.
#3. Pizza Hut’s Back To The Future Ads Are Rather Sad In Retrospect
Having the ability to engorge on a puck of meat and cheese has been every child’s dream since Marty’s mom hydrated a Pizza Hut pizza in Back To The Future II.
So delicious. At least, if you ignore the fact that eating a waterlogged dough slice sounds like a fucking nightmare, and that the Pizza Hut of this future solely makes the equivalent of microwave meals. In fairness, the brand’s own advertising campaign had a slightly different take on their role in the future:
Their kinder, gentler take on Robocop was probably their lamest (and most inaccurate) prediction of all.
According to one 1989 commercial, the Pizza Huts of 2015 are built like techno mosques. It makes sense in the context of the ad, which begins with two unknown ruffians taking the DeLorean out for a spin, presumably after swiping the keys from Doc Brown’s ransacked corpse.
To save you 15 minutes on IMDb: It’s Mikey from Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.
The ne’er-do-wells zoom to 2015, where, to the sad grumbles of their stomachs, they find the streets barren of any pizza eateries, as Domino’s has long been converted into a hardware chain. Luckily, there’s still one place in business, and it’s the all-hail Pizza Hut temple.
The Noid was executed after a show trial in ’94.
It’s unclear why a restaurant that makes cookie-sized products needs multiple neon spires, but it probably has to do with the announcer’s assertion that, even in the future, Pizza Hut is the “only one place to get a great pizza.” The fact that Pizza Hut was envisioning an all-exclusive Demolition Man scenario with their brand is made that much more heartbreaking by the company’s actual 2015 situation:
Also depressing: the current state of journalism, since no one realized this graphic should be a pie chart.
The nuclear fallout has melted all of our eyes by now.
#2. Doc Brown Teamed Up With Doogie Howser For Earth Day
Back in 1990, people were really committed to saving the environment … as long as the extent of that commitment was appearing in some kind of extravagant TV special instead of cutting back on fossil fuels. Regardless, this newly-discovered sense of eco-awareness led to one of the craziest moments in pop culture: The Earth Day Special.
The special starred a slew of wacky creatures, like the Muppets and Danny DeVito and E.T., who looks to have been living in a filthy alley since the events of his film.
He’ll touch you with his “magic finger” for $5 and some Reese’s Pieces.
The loose plot of the special is about the personification of Mother Earth dying. Doc Brown shows up in his DeLorean and offers his assistance to the doctor in charge of healing Mrs. Earth — who, because this was 1990, is Doogie Fucking Howser.
“Not even Edward James Olmos’ mustache could revive her.” “We’re doomed.”
Doc whips out his suitcase TV and shows them footage of how screwed over the Earth is, which is kind of a dick move, considering how she’s right over there. It doesn’t help that the clips are seemingly stock footage pretentiously edited together by first-year film students.
“What are those ladies doing with that cup …?” “Whoops, wrong year.”
As always, Doc ends up finding the solution: science! Not any specific science but, like, the act of reading and shit. Look, it was 6 a.m. and someone wanted to finish that goddamn children’s TV show script already.
#1. The Back To The Future Novelization Gets Dark
Movie novelizations are generally terrible, but the one for Back To The Future takes it to a whole new level. It’s the Back To The Future of bad literary cash-ins.
“What do you mean it’s not about a kid with a camera who farts fireworks?” — the author, probably
The book opens with a vivid description of a dead family getting bent out of shape by the detonation of a nuclear bomb, which turns out to be a scene from a film Marty is watching. This never comes up again in the book — because the author is too busy thinking up even crazier, tangentially BTTF-related shit. For instance, we get a scene featuring the Libyan terrorists casually hanging out in a shitty motel, which answers the question you always had: Yes, one of them is a psychotic former fashion model.
You can only be told to look “sexy like tiger” so many times before something inside snaps.
And she doesn’t mind offing Doc Brown because he … “looks Jewish.”
Doc goes commando in his jumpsuits in this version.
Even when it’s a scene we recognize from the movie, the author’s prose manages to make everything seem a tiny bit seedier:
Not that “Let’s hire your attempted rapist as our live-in manservant” is any less creepy.
The novel also features the most disturbing context for the phrase “giggled naughtily” in all of fiction:
A parent’s naughty giggling is typically reason #1 Protective Services gives when taking away their child.
The whole book is so bizarre and creepy that it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that it was imported from the shitty alternate 1985. And we’re only scratching the surface here. A whole other book could be written just pointing out all the fucked up moments, page by page. Did we say “could”? We meant “someone on the Internet did exactly that.”