These 21 Pregnancy Halloween Costumes Feel More Like A Trick Than A Treat.

Pregnancy comes with a lot of little problems: the clothes that don’t fit, the odd food that you crave odder hours and frequent bathroom breaks are just the tip of the belly bump. As any mom will tell you, bringing new life into the world is amazing and terrible all at the same time. 

Especially when it comes to holidays. With Halloween coming up, pregnancy can get in the way of finding the perfect costume. But for these ladies, it was an opportunity to get creative. Some got a bit more, um, creative than others. Take a look!

1.) Troll Doll

2.) Basketball Family

3.) Mama Bird in Nest

4.) Beer Belly

5.) Mermaid and Pearl

6.) Pin Cushion

7.) Skelo-family

8.) Zombie Baby

9.) Squirrel and Acorn

10.) Pumpkin Farmer

11.) Unicorn and Baby Unicorn

12.) Bun in the Oven

13.) Pilgrim and Turkey

14.) Bowling Pin

15.) Octopus

16.) Luck of the Irish

17.) Housewife and Milkman

18.) Clown

19.) Beach Babe and Volley Ball

20.) THE SCARIEST WITCH EVER

21.) …mermaid?

(H/T: BabyCenter.)

Hopefully some of these costume choices aren’t hereditary. Yikes.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/halloween-pregnancy/

These People Were Really Serious About Trying To Fake Their Own Deaths

In our very interconnected modern world, the idea of faking your own death might actually seem kind of insane. All it takes is one accidental tweet or status update on Facebook for someone to figure out you’re not actually dead. However, back in the 1800s and early 1900s, faking your death was actually pretty easy. Even if the corpse didn’t especially look like you, there was no DNA testing back then to prove it wasn’t you.
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Often the reason for faking one’s death was to collect on a life insurance policy. Faking your own demise and scamming an insurance company was considered quite preferable to defaulting on loans. Here are a few stories of death fakers pulled from various old newspapers. I gotta say, these folks are pretty creative.

A man named Kumf.

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According to an August 1889 printing of The Daily Democrat in Huntington, IN, a German man named Kumf was caught collecting insurance money on his own life. It all started when he disguised himself as a woman, pretended to be his wife, and applied for insurance on his own life. The policy was issued. After a bit of time, he faked an illness and was seen by an old doctor he had selected. “One day during his spell of sickness he got up quietly, disguised himself once more as his wife, went to the insurance office, paid a premium about due, and tearfully announced the grievous sickness of the insured,” the newspaper reported. Not long after, the physician was called and informed that Kumf had passed. He went to the house and was met by Kumf, now disguised as his wife. He was brought to a dark room where his examination of the “corpse” prompted him to draw up a death certificate. Kumf went to his burial disguised and later collected the insurance money. “Unfortunately for him, however, he got intoxicated, first with success and then with liquor,” and went out without his disguise on. He was caught and jailed.

Business in Paris.

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This story takes us to Paris in the 1890s. According to an account in the Daily Telegraph, a young woman with a recently failed business was having trouble dealing with the backlash of her creditors. The police were called to seize all of her possessions as a way to recoup what she owed to them. However, when the authorities arrived, they found what they believed was the woman’s dead body all dressed up and lying on the bed. Luckily for the creditors, the policeman with them had a suspicious mind. He went over the body and proceeded to violently pinch it. When the not-so-dead woman let out a scream, the creditors knew they had been fooled. They quickly confiscated everything of value in the apartment and were off.

The case of Henry Schwartz.

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At first, there was nothing suspicious about the death of Henry Schwartz, back in August, 1925. Schwartz was an inventor who was supposedly killed by an explosion in his laboratory. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, until police learned that Schwartz was carrying a $180,000 life insurance policy when he died. That’s when they called in a dental examiner and found that the teeth in the corpse didn’t match Schwartz‘s. A local laborer had recently been reported missing and police traced the corpse to him. That’s when they issued an arrest warrant for Schwartz on the charge of murder.

Defrauding to the full extent.

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In the 1870s, a Hungarian count named Enling was living in New York City with his wife and mistress. The wife seemed to have known about the mistress and was certainly not happy about it, but did nothing. Despite his position, Enling was nearly broke, so he took out a life insurance policy for $10,000 on his mistress. The woman then faked illness and Enling called the most incompetent doctor he could find to attend to her. She then pretended to die and was pronounced dead by the same practitioner. Enling quickly made the claim on her insurance money to replenish his coffers. However, the company was suspicious and ordered that her coffin be unearthed to prove death. When they raised the coffin, instead of a body, they found 19 brinks stacked inside. Needless to say, Enling and his mistress were quickly arrested.

Murder in Vienna.

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For our final story, we travel to turn of the century Vienna. Our main character is a chauffeur named Toman. While not much is known about his background, we can be sure he was in financial trouble. In an attempt to claim the money of a life insurance policy he took out on himself, Toman brutally murdered an unknown man. He then proceeded to remove the eyes and the nose from the corpse and dress the name in his cloths. However, his scheme was easily uncovered by the insurance company and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

(via Haunted Ohio Books)

I’d love to try to see someone pull off one of these schemes in 2016. I reckon it would be a lot harder than it looks.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/death-fakers/

Ferrite Interactive Ferrofluid Sculptures

Ferrofluid is a liquid which is highly susceptible to a magnetic field. Ferrite is a new designer sculpture with Ferrofluid built inside. The user can manipulate the fluid in countless extremely cool and unique ways. 

This new promotional video for the products as gone viral since debuting over the weekend, with over 650,000 hits so far. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/06/11/ferrite-interactive-ferrofluid-sculptures/

Genetic Portraits by Ulric Collette

Canada-based photographer and graphic designer Ulric Collette came up with probably the coolest family photo shoot idea ever.

While doing “an image a day” type of project Urlic tried to age his son in Photoshop an accidentally ended up creating his first genetic portrait (the first picture on our list). It was made by splicing together photographs of himself and his son. [Read more…]

Urlic calls his on-going series ‘Genetic Portraits’ and sees a lot of potential and other ideas related to genetics. Interestingly enough, the new combined faces of relatives look quite normal or at least are not far from it.

However, the best part is that you can try it yourself! In case your face doesn’t match with your family members, you might also consider experimenting with your neighbors.

Website: ulriccollette.com

Son/Father: Nathan, 7 & Ulric, 29

Father / Son: Laval, 56 & Vincent, 29

Cousin / Cousin: Justine, 29, & Ulrich, 29

Twins: Laurence & Christina, 20 years

Brothers, Christopher, 30 & Ulrich, 29

Sister / Brother: Karine, 20 & Dany, 25

Brothers: Matthew, 25 & Ulrich, 29

 Daughter / Mother: Marie-Pier, 18 & N’sira, 49

Sisters: Anne-Sophie, 19 & Pascale, 16

Sisters: Catherine, 23 & Veronica, 29

Daughter / Mother: Veronica, 29 years & Francine, 56

Mother / daughter: Francine, 56 & Catherine, 23

Mother / Daughter: Julie, 61 & Isabelle, 32

Sisters, Gabrielle, 28 & Leah 25

Father / Son: Denis, 53 and William, 28

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Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/genetic-portraits-ulric-collette/

A Scientist Explains Why Your Cat Is So Weird

If you own a cat, you are probably acutely aware that they are mad, mischievous mysteries. These curious critters do some incredibly bizarre things that appear to have no immediate explanation remarkably often. Why do they like sitting inside boxes all the time? Whats the deal with them digging their claws into your skin as you diligently pet them? Why do they revel in murderous activity so much?

Scientists have deciphered some of the domesticated felines more errant behaviors. We know that they see us as incapable furless kittens and somewhat competent landlords at the same time. They are, generally speaking, quick-to-enrage control-freaks that act without care or moral fortitude, all in a quest to prove that they are, essentially, tiny lions seeking dominance.

Why do cats act so weird? TED-Ed via YouTube

This new animation from TED-Ed goes into the evolutionary back story of the domesticated cats, offering up some possible explanations as to why theyre so thoroughly weird today. Perhaps most remarkably, it explains how their purring may be used to help regenerate damaged tissue.

In any case, theres a lot we still dont know about our furry companions. Inarguably, the most tantalizing question that is still yet to receive a definitive answer is: Are they really terrified of cucumbers?

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/why-are-cats-so-completely-and-utterly-weird

Deer Hunter Opens Can Of Beer Can-Opener Style With His Teeth, Chugs Beer In Five Seconds

This relatively ancient video was published way back in 2007 by hunter , but has only just gone viralviral now over the weekend. Now, the video has over 400,000 hits, and is showcased by Dlisted, Reddit, SayOMG, and VideoSift

Bored in his deer stand, this serious hunter decided to open his beer a little differently normal. He literally bit the can open like a can opener, tearing the entire top off, then chugged the whole beer in a matter of four or five seconds. Impressive.

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/10/01/deer-hunter-opens-can-of-beer-can-opener-style-with-his-teeth-chugs-beer-in-five-seconds/

Fallen Tree Incredibly Stands Back Up While Being Cut

Fallen Tree Incredibly Stands Back Up While Being Cut

Paul Firbas‘ friend had a fallen tree in his backyard after a storm. So what did he do? He grabbed his chainsaw and got to work, cutting the tree into manageable pieces to haul away. Amazingly though, once he cut off a large chunk from the top of the tree, the weight of the bottom of the tree pulled itself back up into its original upright position. 

What sorcery is this? Gravity!

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/04/21/fallen-tree-incredibly-stands-back-up-while-being-cut/