- Odd News3 days ago
Need a unique holiday gift for your child this year? Budsies, a toy manufacturer, will create a custom, handcrafted stuffed animal based on your child's artwork. The Florida-based company can turn basically anything into a plush toy, including doodles and even pictures of actual people. Budsies founder Alex Furmansky said he was inspired to create toys from doodles after watching his younger sister's drawings go from the fridge and kitchen walls to a box and then eventually be thrown away. By turning his little sister's drawings into stuffed animals, Furmansky said it enabled her "quirky childhood artistry to live forever." The first two Budsie dolls were made for Furmansky's sister, Michelle, with the original becoming the company's unofficial mascot. To have your children's artwork come to life, all parents have to do is snap a picture of their kid's drawings and upload or email it to the Budsies website. Because the company prefers to keep its production process a secret for the kids, it explains that the toys are created with "a sprinkle of fairy dust, a pinch of magic, and a wave of the wand." After ordering your Budsie doll, your budding Picasso will have to be patient; the one-of-a-kind toys take at least five weeks to make.
- Odd News4 days ago
The sad "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree ruining the holiday spirit in a Pennsylvania town will come down after disgruntled residents complained that the tree was too ugly to be on display. During a recent tree lighting, many Reading residents called the 50-foot Norwood spruce "pathetic," "horrible," and even "pitiful." One resident told local news station WFMZ that not even a squirrel would take up residence in the tree. According to the city's Downtown Improvement District, the sad looking spruce was a last-minute replacement taken from a city park. The city had planned to get its tree from a nearby farm, but when the crews went to pick it up, the owner wouldn't let them drive on the wet ground. Following the cries to take the tree down, a group led by City Council President Francis Acosta began raising money to purchase decorations and a new, better-looking tree. "My family will be paying for the tree," Acosta told WFMZ, "The community, business owners, and others will be paying for the decorations." City officials are hoping to have a do-over tree-lighting ceremony once the new pine is in place. As for the poor ugly tree, it will be donated to a local business after the replacement tree arrives.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News7 days ago
If you're a fan of roller coasters, then 2017 will be pretty exciting for you. That's when the world's tallest coaster, the Skyscraper,is set to open at the new Skyplex in Orlando, Fla. The ride's track will wrap around a 535-foot-tall tower and will send riders twisting up, down, and around for about four minutes with no downtime. If you want to experience a preview of what it will look and feel like, you're in luck. A point-of-view video popped up on YouTube. Check it out here if you dare: The Skyscraper will take the distinction of tallest roller coaster away from the 456-foot-tall Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. — it takes riders from 0 to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds. The designer of the Skyscraper, US Thrill Rides, is hyping up the scary ride, saying, "The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced." So, does it seem too scary to ride? Some people think so. One YouTuber wrote, "i got sick just from watching this. #hellsno" For now, we think we'll just stick to watching the video!
- Odd News8 days ago
At the Koira Mestari canine competition in Finland, dogs are tested on obedience, concentration and speed. At this year's race, one dog had other plans. The first two canines in the contest breezed past the distractions and easily reached the finish line, but the third competitor, a golden retriever, didn't have the same level of focus. Despite the best efforts of his owner, the pup was much more interested in the food, toys and water on the side of the course than in the race itself. This dog clearly had his priorities in order; winning the race just wasn't one of them.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News9 days ago
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it brings dreams of turkey and stuffing dancing in our heads. Americans love the holiday, so why should tiny little hamsters be left out of the turkey day fun? The folks at Hello Denizen solved that problem by creating a tiny Thanksgiving feast fit for a hamster, several in fact. Hello Denizen works with animal trainers to make sure all of the food is safe for the hamsters. Also, the company is not unfamiliar with preparing tiny meals for teeny creatures. You may remember its video of a tiny hamster eating tiny burritos, which raked in a whopping 9 million views. Now it's up to you to come up with the next meal for the tiny hamsters. Tweet your suggestions using the hashtag #tinyideas to help cook up the next big little dish.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News10 days ago
Videos like these are a refreshing reminder that together, people have unlimited amounts of strength.
In a CCTV video from Thursday, from eastern Zhejiang Province of China, a couple on a scooter is seen riding along a city street when suddenly they are hit by a vehicle.
The husband is thrown, while his wife is caught and pulled under what appears to be an Opel Astra Estate.
Her husband, along with a police officer who happened to be nearby, quickly band together to try to lift the car.
But with inspiring immediacy, motorists and other passers-by gather to combine their strength. A small army of good Samaritans joins to help.
The Herculean efforts of about 20 people raised the car high enough so the woman could be pulled to safety.
Last reports by local media were that the woman was recovering at her local hospital, which no doubt is thanks to the quick action of those selfless onlookers.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News11 days ago
Let's face it, being a lion is hard — to be king of the jungle takes a lot of work. It's a 24/7 task, if you will.
Sometimes you have to recharge, let go of the stress, and just be pampered a little bit.
The lion in this video shows us just how it's done.
A resident of the Jugomaro Predator Park in South Africa, this big cat named Taariq lies back and lets his owner and pal, Justin, give his feet a little rub.
Taariq is not alone. There are lots of other videos online showing lions enjoying foot massages, proving that no matter how fierce their roar, behind every big beast is a kitten ready to purr.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News14 days ago
Everyone in the world of sports commentary knows that it's all fun and games until you become part of the play. Former cricket player turned commentator Ian Smith found this out the hard way during a lively cricket match in New Zealand. Smith gave the play-by-play as batsman Jesse Ryder from the Wellington Firebirds hit a ball out of the park. The ball soars into the parking lot and lands on the roof of a car, leaving a dent. Smith announces, "That's downtown. ... It hit my car. ... Don't believe it! Oh, the downside of getting a park so close. Oh, no!" When a fellow commentator asked if he paid for insurance, Smith replied, "No, it's a rental." Apparently, this is not the first time Smith had an incident with cricket-related damage to a rental car, but he said, "Usually it's a scrape on the door." In the end, Smith questioned whether it was actually his rental car. There was a moment of hope that perhaps it was someone else's ride: "I don't think I was that far down. For some reason, I was more behind the hot dog stand. ... I think I might be OK." We bet Smith learned a valuable lesson that parking spots closest to a sporting event might not always be the best place to leave your car.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News15 days ago
Do you have a rewarding career? What if your job was to constantly build things that will eventually be washed away by a wave? Sounds like a beach-going child's nightmare. But for sand artist Rusty Croft, it's all in a day's work. When you are a professional sandcastle maker, that's just part of the job. Recently, though, he challenged himself to his biggest sandcastle project yet — which may also earn the distinction of being the world's largest sandcastle. Standing at 39 feet, it took nearly a week and 20 truckloads of sand to construct the incredibly detailed castle. Croft, who co-owns California-based Sand Guys, built the giant castle on a beach in Niterói, Brazil, with a view of Rio de Janeiro in the distance. The castle was made using just sand and water, and the construction was sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. The Guinness World Records team made the journey to the beach in Brazil, tasked with the tough job of measuring and confirming whether the castle is in fact a record-breaker. The massive creation will be destroyed after Guinness makes their decision, so the children at this Brazilian beach can return to building their own castles without this behemoth towering over them.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News16 days ago
Taylor Swift's song "Shake It Off" has taken the world by storm. But let it be known: She was not the original shaker-offer. That title belongs to the beloved creator and host of PBS's The Joy of Painting, Bob Ross. Ross was shaking off … his brushes long before Swift was even born. In a supercut of episodes, uploaded by YouTuber paavi2005, we can see the mellow painter letting out his stress on his painting easel. Episodes of the show originally aired from 1983 to 1994. After Ross finished painting his "happy little trees" and "fluffy clouds," he'd then begin what he said was his favorite part of painting: cleaning the brushes. He would dip the brush in odorless paint thinner, shake it out, strike it against the thinner can, and then thwack it rapidly against the easel. With a smile and often a laugh aloud, he would "beat the devil out of it." At the end of each episode, Ross was best known for saying, "So from all of us here, I'd like to wish you happy painting, and God bless, my friend."