Best and Top of Everything : April 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes

The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
Circle Layered KitKat Cake
Not so long ago, while at a party for my friend, his girlfriend had decided to make him a cake. Nothing unusual about that you say! We this is not meant to disrespect her in anyway but it was public knowledge that she was a terrible cook. It was always my friend that cooked all the meals and so for her to tell us she had “hand made the cake from scratch” We did not expect much. But what she had made that day was actually a commonly made cake with it’s images going viral whenever a new one was made! Enough of the talk, because it brings me the greatest pleasure to bring you…
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
My first kitkat cake
10 – This was the first KitKat cake that I made to show people how easy it was. (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
KitKat Cheese cake
9 – For a “KitKat Cheese Cake” I would stick my leg in concrete! (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
KitKat Christmas Cakes
8 – For a piece of Christmas Kitkat cake I would jump in the snow naked! (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
Strawberry KitKat cake
7 – Strawberry’s + KitKat Cake = EPICNESS! (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
Rainbow Double Layer KitKat Cake
6 – Double the Kitkat layers means double the rainbow! (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
Circle Layered KitKat Cake
5 – The OCD of KitKat cakes. (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
Kit Kat barrell cake
4 – Devils food cake with chocolate ganache & peanut butter cream fill!..GULP!!! (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever Kit Kat Cakes
KitKat and Maltesers cake
3 – KitKats & Cake & Maltesers & loads and loads of drool! (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
Super Death By Chocolate KitKat Cake
2 – Too much chocolate? There is no such thing! (source)
The World’s Top 10 Best Ever KitKat Cakes
KitKat Basket filled with M&Ms cake
1 – Bigger, Better and the one I would eat the most of. (source)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Top 10 Most Famous Preserved Body Parts

The final resting places of most historical figures are highly guarded and viewed by many as shrines or at least veritable cash cows for the societies guarding them. For a very few of those figures, some of their remains have been “preserved” for posterity, the sake of science or just egotistical reasons. Sure anyone can see a dinosaur bone in a museum, but wouldn’t you rather see the brain of a famous scientist or the shattered bone of a martyred revolutionary?

The order of this list was derived from the relative popularity of the dead historical figure along with the circumstance of how or why the “artifact” was preserved.

10. Dan Sickles’ Leg

A Union general who lost his leg to a cannon at the Battle of Gettysburg, Major General Dan Sickle was not a brilliant man. After seeing high ground in front of his troops, he ordered them to move about a mile away, which was more indefensible and where they were effectively decimated. His leg was hit by a cannonball and had shattered, but he persevered until his leg was amputated that afternoon. Sickles’ leg and the cannonball are displayed at the American National Museum of Health and Medicine since he remembered that the Army Surgeon General was building a display of morbid anatomy along with the projectiles that caused it. Too bad this insubordinate’s legacy lives on because of that directive.

9. Del Close’s Skull

While Del Close had taught many improvisational giants in modern media such as Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and others, it was perhaps his final request that wound up being the cruelest joke. Close has wanted his skull donated to the Goodman Theatre in Chicago so he could play Yorrick in “Hamlet.” While his creative partner Charna Halpern tried to make it happen, no medical organization would allow his skull to be separated from his head due to funding and/or ethical concerns. So Goodman Theatre has a stand-in while Close’s skull was cremated along with the rest of the body, according to Halpern.

8. Major John W. Powell’s Brain

This Major is the second American Civil War soldier on this list, though he only lost an arm in the war. John Wesley Powell was the founder and longtime director of the Bureau of American Ethnology though he was arguably most famous for his exploration of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon post-Civil War. The first of three brains on this list, Powell’s is on display in a vat at the Smithsonian institute.

7. Paul Broca’s Brain

French physician and anthropologist Paul Broca is best known for his mid 1800s discovery of the speech production center of the brain in the frontal lobe. In addition to that area being named after him, he also famously founded a number of anthropological societies in France and beyond. Wonder what he would have to say about his brain being a display at the Museum of Man in Paris?

6. José Rizal’s Vertebra

José Rizal’s execution sparked the revolution of his homeland, Spanish colonial Philippine in 1896. Like Gandhi, Rizal believed in peaceful means to reform, which was what he wanted for his country. Now a national hero, he was originally buried in non-blessed grounds in an unmarked burial site. But about 17 years after his death his body was exhumed and transported to Luneta. During the transport a single vertebra was enclosed in a glass reliquary for display, eventually, at the Rizal museum in Fort Santiago. Supposedly it was the only bone hit by the single live bullet of the firing squad when he was executed.

5. St. Bonaventure’s Arm

Our only holy figure on the list, this saint’s writing arm and hand have been preserved due to his work “Commentary on the Four Books of Peter Lombard.” St. Bonaventure’s arm was encased in a silver arm-shaped reliquary that now resides in his hometown of Bagnoregio, in the parish Church of St. Nicholas. Called a Seraphic Doctor by his colleagues, this 13th century Franciscan monk postulated that no ideas existed in nature, that they were all given to human through the Divine; hence writing by the hand of God!

4. George Washington’s Hair

The father of the American nation, George Washington’s death was mourned by everyone in the United States. However, it was the aunt of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who asked for a lock of his hair in remembrance of the great man. In 1850, Longfellow had the lock of hair enclosed in a gold locket, which was later given to the Maine Historical Society per his aunt Eliza Wadsworth’s wishes.

3. Lazzaro Spallanzani’s Bladder

Italian biologist Lazzaro Spallanzani was best known in the 1700 as paving the scientific highways for Louis Pasteur by proving that microbes traveled by air and could be killed by boiling – like most other living organisms! He also proved that sexual reproduction in mammals requires a sperm and an ovum, and performed the first successful artificial insemination … on a dog. But his bladder was supposedly the most useful part to be preserved since he died from bladder cancer. Spallanzani’s bladder remains on public display in a Pavia, Italy museum.,

2. Galileo’s Finger

Galileo Galilei has been called the father(s) of “modern science,” “observational astronomy” and “modern physics.” He has a list of accomplishments as long as his arm, though his arm and fingers were under house arrest by the Inquisition during his last years of life due to his belief that the sun was the center of the universe, not the Earth. Of course when he died, his body wouldn’t remain at his house and his finger didn’t remain with his body either. Galileo’s finger is on display at the Museo di Storia del Scienza in Italy after it was removed by Anton Francesco Gori in 1737. Just shy of a century after his death, Galileo’s body was transferred from a small closet to a newly built mausoleum.

1. Albert Einstein’s Brain

Like many other geniuses, Albert Einstein’s extraordinary intellect was always questioned – why was he so intelligent? After his death in 1955, Einstein’s brain was extracted from his body by Princeton Hospital pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey without the permission of Einstein’s family. Ostensibly, Harvey told the family that he would try to have it examined; it was examined once over the next 40 years, but those results were highly questionable according to the scientific community. To this day, no conclusive research has been done on Einstein’s brain, which has also not remained whole due to sending pieces to different researchers. Talk about picking your brain!

Honorable Mention

I was tempted to put in Tutankhamun, but his whole body was preserved, not just a single part! And then there’s one of the most famous cartoonists of all time, Walt Disney. But like Tut, his whole body was supposedly preserved – cryogenically. Alas like Close, it’s just an urban legend – Disney was cremated.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters

The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
What Happened? Bandages
It doesn’t matter what I seem to be doing, be it writing a shopping list, chopping vegetables or showing my little boy how his daddy (me) used to be a fairly good skateboarder I will end up hurting myself no matter what I do, because I am officially one of those people who are commonly called “accident prone”. So if there is one thing I use a lot of and that is medical plasters. And it seems the boring old “skin” coloured one is on it’s way out, so join me as I trip over something while on my way to find out just what is…
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Cupcake Plasters
10 – Don’t say ‘ouch’ when you can say ‘NOM!’ (£4.99)–(source)
Nothing makes the pain go away like sticking a cupcake onto a wound. Now I am not talking a real one of course that is only for very serious illnesses, but what I am talking about is these amazing cupcake plasters!
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Mr Bump – first aid – plasters / band aids
9 – Bump by name, Bump by plaster! (£5.99)–(source)
This one really doesn’t need explaining, it is Mr Bump fixing all the ‘bumps’ in the World by putting a Mr Bump plaster on it! Not only did this make me smile but it also seems perfectly logical because after all if there is anyone who knows about bumps it’s Mr Bump!
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Twilight Saga Eclipse Adhesive Bandages
8 – The Twilight Saga: Breaking Skin (£1.99)–(source)
Some plasters (band-aids) look like they might not be real at all, but sadly these are not concept pictures, they are not made up, but are totally & terrifyingly 100% real!
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Keep Calm and Carry On Bandages
7 – Keep calm and forget about the paper cut (£3.48)–(source)
Have you grazed your knee on the floor? Maybe you have nipped your finger while cooking, well why not stick a meme on it with these amazing “keep Calm” first aid plasters.
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
What Happened? Bandages
6 – You should see the other guy! (£4.43)–(source)
Have you just removed a splinter? Well why tell people the boring truth when you could tell them that it was a Shark Bite or a Dance off with Ninjas! I already tell people those sorts of things even without these plasters!!!
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Crime Scene Plasters
5 – My finger has been pricked, call CSI! (£4.99)–(source)
To some people a paper cut can be the worst thing in the World, so why not show people just how much it hurts by doing a cordoned off for the whole neighbourhood! Or maybe just the small injury with these cool crime scene plasters.
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Mustache deluxe – first aid in a tin – plasters / band aids
4 – The real mens plaster! (£6.99)–(source)
It is moustache to the rescue! It can easily hide all those girly boy cuts and bumps and replace them with some manly whiskers! Some say these even make you Irresistible!!!
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Pickle Plasters
3 – Pickle Power!!! (£4.99)–(source)
No-one should underestimate the protective power of a pickle! But before I come across as a crack pot witchdoctor I should explain that I was only talking about these amazing looking pickle plasters.
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Super Mario Bros plasters
2 – Super Cureio?!? (£3.99)–(source)
Have you got a bad case of “Nintendo Thumb” (yes that is a real illness) well why not cure it with some Super Mario Plasters then you can just carry on with your normal gaming!
The World’s Top 10 Most Unusual Plasters
Bacon Plasters
1 – Leanback to heal!  (£4.99)–(source)
It is often said that Bacon makes everything taste better but does it also have a healing property!? Well probably not, but why not use these amazing looking Bacon Plasters anyway because  they will just look cool and people will think it’s gross!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars

The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Zombie Cookie Jar Head
Here in the UK we call Cookie Jars ‘biscuit barrels’ (although we do indeed often put cookies inside of them) but it doesn’t matter what you call it, it is the quality of the items inside of the jars that count. Or is it?!? Come with me as I try to find out if me being a nerd can in fact mean that the jar is better than the goodies inside of it, as I bring you…
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Sesame Street Cookie Monster Nom Nom Biscuit Barrel
10 – The perfect gift for the monster in you (£10.99)–(source)
C is for cookie, that is good enough for me! But you don’t want them to go bad and soggy so put them in this air tight Officially licensed Cookie Monster jar! CCCOOOOKKKIE!!
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Zombie Cookie Jar Head
9 – The Walking Snack (£20.98)–(source)
Do you think that if zombies had enough presence of mind to cook, that they would bake things out of our brains? Brain cupcakes, brain & bacon sandwiches?!? Or maybe some brain cookies and then they could keep them inside this Zombie inspired Cookie jar.
The World’s Top 10 Best Portal Cube Inspired Items
8 – Nerd Food (£29.99)–(source)
While I did already feature this one in my post “Top 10 Best Portal Cube Inspired Items” it is just far too cool for me not to include it in this one as well. Awesome doesn’t even start to descried it.
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Predator Cookie Jar
7 – The ultimate food hunter (£43.67)–(source)
At just under 1ft tall this cookie jar is pretty heavy, but it makes up for that in the sheer levels of ‘EPIC’ that is offers a nerd like me, and I’m sure you will agree that is it amazing to look at and not that expensive given its size.
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Alien Ceramic Cookie Jar
6 – “Get away from my cookies, you BITCH!” (£94.30)–(source)
You know that a top 10 is full of great things when this only makes it to number 6! But I have to admit I absolutely love this Alien egg styled cookie jar but it is quite expensive and heavy, because of those 2 things I have put here at number 6 instead of higher.
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Incredible Hulk Cookie Jar
5 – Hulk, Smash, Cookies!!! (£25.31)–(source)
This jar speaks for itself “The Hulk” what more do I need to say for any Marvel Comics fan! It’s vintage, officially licensed and even has that look of a “hulk” Biscuit Barrel as if David Banner has made it himself!
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Star Trek Spock Cookie Jar,
4 – “Bourbons? Inside a cookie jar?!? That is utterly illogical!” (£29.74)–(source)
Have you ever been drinking your tea or coffee and suddenly thought you would like a cookie to go with it? Well the truth is, those cravings are totally logical. Our bodies are programmed to want sugar, fat, and salt. These desires live deep in our caveman brains!
The World’s Top 10 Best Death Star Inspired Items
The World’s Top 10 Best Death Star Inspired Items
3 – All the better for storing those Wookiee Cookies! (£49.22)–(source)
Another one that I have already posted before in my post “Best Death Star Inspired Items” but it is well worth including in this list for the sheer look of it, let alone that it is not the expensive, After all even Imperial Stormtroopers like their cookies fresh!
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Star Wars R2D2 Cookie Jar
2 – “Beep, beep, Sqwirk!” Yeah R2 I love cookies as well. (£29.99)–(source)
There’s one thing I can definitely say about R2-D2 is that he is fiercely loyal, and will always do what’s needed to protect your biscuits. But what I really liked about this one is that he was already kind of biscuit barrel shaped anyway so it was always going to work!
The World’s Top 10 Best Nerd Inspired Cookie Jars
Doctor Who Tardis Cookie Jar
1 – Better than fishfingers and custard?!? (£24.99)–(source)
I didn’t put this as number 1 for nothing, sure it doesn’t cost the earth, sure you all know I am a Doctor Who loving Nerd and sure it even looks EPIC! But the sole, single reason I made this number 1 was that I just hoped that it was so much bigger on the inside than it looked on the outside. (but I get the feeling disappointment is heading my way fast)