Astronaut ice cream is a lie

If you’ve ever gone to a science museum as a kid, you’ve most likely seen so called astronaut ice cream available for purchase at the gift shop. Besides for the cool factor, nearly everyone can agree that the stuff is chalky and nasty.

But the reality is, it’s all a lie, explains Vox. There never was astronaut ice cream.

The 19th Century Version of Cards Against Humanity

by Shaunacy Ferro, Mental Floss

In the late 1800s, partygoers had their own version of the “party game for horrible people,”Cards Against Humanity. It was called Peter Coddle’s Trip to New York.

Using a pile of cards displaying nouns, players of the popular 19th century card game would fill in the blanks of a Mad Libs-style story. The tale followed a simple country man named Peter who got himself into trouble while traveling in the Big Apple (or in subsequent versions,Chicago).

During the game, one player would read the story while others picked nouns from the pile. When it was their turn to draw, each player would use the slip of paper—which might say things like “a Dutch farmer,” “a glass eye,” or “a sea of turtle soup”—to complete the story.

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Max Temkin, one of the co-creators of Cards of Humanity, owns an antique copy of Peter Coddle’s Trip and shared his thoughts on the game with Atlas Obscura. In his opinion, the spirit of the paper slips closely resembles the irreverent nature of Cards Against Humanity‘s phrases. “There’s a lot of double entendres,” he points out.

Another similarity: Players picked their slips randomly, resulting in complete anarchy where the story’s narrative was concerned. For instance, the game pictured above might generate sentences like, “He also saw a fireboat tied up at the Battery; it had [a runaway pussy cat], [an old handcart], [a roast ox], and other appliances for extinguishing fire.”

If you’re looking for an ice-breaker game for your next Victorian-themed party, you can find vintage copies of the game online for less than $50.

People Obey Silly Walk Sign

Art collective Kreativiteket out up a road sign in Ørje, Norway, referencing Monty Python’s “silly walks” sketch. I’ve just been made aware of a video recording how people obey the sign. The video was made some time ago, so we don’t know whether the sign is still there. However, there was another installed in Ottawa a few months later.

SUV Crazy Road Rage Driver Ironically Is The One To Lose Control And Crash

Road rage is almost always irrational. Why get into a fight with a stranger over something petty, like being cut off, and risk life and limb? But that’s exactly what this BMW X5 SUV driver did. In an extremely stupid and dangerous move, the SUV driver attempted to hit, or fake out, the hatchback next to them. But in the end, it was the SUV that lost control and crashed. Karma.