What’s sexier than Burt Reynolds? How about a nude Burt Reynolds on a delicious eclair? It’s like a hairy and sweet dream. This tasty treat is a creation of Lou Lou P’s Delights in Leeds and features not just any iconic image of Burt Reynolds, but his famous Cosmopolitan centerfold from the 70s.
By the way, that centerfold pretty much made Burt into a household name and launched Cosmo into a whole new realm of women’s publishing. You can learn more about the infamous photo in this great BBC article, but personally, I’d rather just eat Lou Lou P’s eclair.
If you’re about to get baked and want something just amazing to eat after you smoke, you might want to check out some of these amazing stonerific treats from Oddee -like the Spaghettios cupcakes with Velveeta frosting above.
With Halloween and all of its dark and ghostly delights fast approaching, we got to thinking about the spookiest holiday destinations in Europe.
After all, what could be a better way of indulging your love of all things spooky than booking a weekend in a haunted house or doing a tour around the most haunted locations in Europe? So, we took a look at just some of the places you could visit and be very scared by this Halloween. Just don’t look behind you!
The Famous Catacombs in Paris
OK, so you can’t stay in them exactly, but you can book a holiday in Paris and go and visit one of the most awe-inspiring tourist attractions in the French capital. The Paris Catacombs are basically a huge maze of crypts and tunnels that wind their way under the streets of the city, where the dead went to rest after the city ran out of space for more traditional cemeteries. The famous Paris Opera House is also worth visiting, not just because it’s utterly fabulous, but also because it’s the very real place Gaston Leroux based his story of the Phantom of the Opera – a legend that has captured imaginations for over 100 years. Perhaps the masked ghost is still lurking down there, hiding in the vast underground lagoon that sits below the Opera House…
Image by Joseph Holmes
Spain’s Faces in the Floor
If you’re into ghost stories then you will definitely have heard about Belmez de la Moraleda. The unassuming street in Spain has become extremely famous due to the scary faces that have been manifesting in the floor. They began in 1971 and have been photographed frequently. It was found that there were human remains beneath the floor, which were then removed but it’s a very evocative place to visit. If you’re on holiday in Spain this Autumn, and particularly over Halloween, consider making the journey, it doesn’t have to be an expensive diversion either. It’s easily reachable from various resorts like Malaga, so a bit of searching online should come up with cheap flights to Malaga and a hire car to get you to your haunted destination. Just try not to be too frightened!
Image by Juan de la Cruz Moreno Balboa
Glamis Castle – The Most Haunted Castle in Scotland
Scotland is pretty famous for revelling in its many haunted houses and spooky places to visit so you will be spoiled for choice if you’ve decided to head up north this Halloween. But for one of the best, and most notorious, places to stay, try Glamis Castle. It’s a fabulous Gothic castle, which looks like it has come straight out of the Addam’s Family, and according to all the tourist guides of the region, is bound to give you the willies should you be brave enough to spend a night within its scary walls.
Image by Diego’s Sideburns
Visit the Real Dracula in Romania
You can’t go to haunted places in Europe and miss out on the residence of one of the most notoriously scary people ever. Vlad the Impaler is the inspiration for Stoker’s Dracula and his place of residence was Poienari Castle. In fact, it’s also the place where he tortured so many enemies to death by calmly popping them on stakes and then holding a feast while listening to their cries of agony. Soak up the atmosphere of the castle and nearby Lake Snagov, which is where he is thought to be buried.
Image by Richard Mortel
Follow the Footsteps of Jack the Ripper in London
London’s East End is where the infamous and famous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper stalked his prey in the late 19th century. The mystery of his identity has never been solved and his story is grimly fascinating. You can book on to a guided walk which will show you every murder spot and all the other venues with which he is associated. You never know, maybe you’ll be inspired enough to solve the mystery once and for all!
Image by Jamie Durant
Know of any other great haunted destinations worth visiting? Feel free to share your stories in the comments!
Posted in association with Mermaids Millions
The term cosplay was coined in 1984 by Nobuyuki from Studio Hard at the World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles. While the idea was nothing new, the term has taken off and the amount of cosplay enthusiasts has grown dramatically since the early nineties, even leaking into mainstream culture. Every year Japan runs a cosplay convention called Comiket, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people who love to dress up as their favorite anime, J-pop and video game heroes. The potential is limitless; anything goes, whether it’s Abraham Lincoln or GlaDOS.
This year an estimated 130,000 attended San Diego Comic Con, their maximum capacity. Although it is primarily comic-focused, Comic Con like many current day conventions encompasses all elements of geek culture, and then some. While many will dress as Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman, there is so much room for creativity that just as standard, you will almost definitely see steampunk and gender reversal versions of well-known characters. As an unspoken rule, anything goes; conventions tend to attract a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, drawn together through the fandom.
For some cosplayers, it can be an expensive and time-consuming hobby. People spend thousands of dollars making their costumes with fairly serious attention, including fantasy weapon replicas and full costumes. It’s common practice to pose for photos, with some even making their hobby into a full-time job; professional mermaids for instance work at children’s parties and swim on camera with functioning tales made from monofins wrapped in wet-suit materials. If you’re not a professional or haven’t been lucky enough to win at mermaid millions while indulging your mermillion obsession and need to go with something a little cheaper, costumes can be made at home out of cardboard and duct tape: money isn’t important at a con and while expensively made costumes will draw attention, it’s more about creativity and dedication than flash.
Most people just wear the costumes, but some players aim to take on the persona of their character. Heroes have provided role-models for many young people and for a weekend it can be great fun to forget their normal lives and try something more exciting. Not everyone has the time or creative skill to create a costume, but any hints at geek culture are generally appreciated at conventions; wearing a subtle fan t-shirt, or adapting logos and themes from costumes into jewelry and other accessories may not get you as much notice as a full costume but will earn you a few knowing nods.
Whether you’re taking on the Empire or just fighting against America’s idiotic anti-pot laws, this X Wing fighter pipe can help you take on all that is unjust while making you feel really good at the same time.
The hero’s journey is a time-tested theory of what makes a good story, whether for a movie, novel or play. While plenty of people have written about and tried to teach the concept, only now have puppets been included in the process, making it easier to absorb the information than ever.
How do you celebrate your love of Doctor Who, steampunk and reading in your wedding without spelling everything out? Make a bouquet featuring book pages, a sonic screwdriver and brass steampunk goodness like Flickr user Elsa S. In case you’re curious, the pages came from Sherlock Holmes tales.
My Little Ponies might be fun, but for some, the very notion of them being ponies is just too juvenile and cutesie. For that contingent, My Little Cephalopod by DeviantArt user Mimblex is a welcome alternative with all the allure and amazement a knitted squid can offer.Advertisement
Your car is currently missing two things…first, the smell of lingonberries. Secondly, it’s missing a cute little monkey in a quite dapper coat. Fortunately, Archie McPhee is there to help with this air freshener that comes in the shape of said monkey and smells like the lingonberries served at your favorite IKEA.
This little cutie just loves her ice cream.