Have you ever met someone you thought you knew? What if that person turned out to be a dead-on ringer for a cartoon character? What would you do? Would you say something to the person about it? Don’t be surprised if someone beat you to it. There are dozens of folks walking around in real life that have a surprisingly accurate resemblance to cartoon characters, both classic as well as modern. Here are some examples.
The janitor in the cartoon Futurama might not be the first cartoon character one thinks of, but he was definitely in the series for a long time. Scruffy was cast as the Planet Express maintenance engineer who almost never talked to anyone but was always seen from one episode to the next. Guess what? Scruffy exists in real life. He was spotted during his off-time enjoying a game of curling at a local ice rink as seen in this photo. He even wore his baseball hat the right way.
If you liked the odd cartoon of Bob’s Burgers, then you know who Linda Belcher is. Being the wife of the Burger family, Linda Belcher sort of keeps the chaos from getting too out of control, and focuses on keeping the family functional in the cartoon. And when she’s not in the cartoon, she shows up out of the blue as this lady in real life, with the same hairstyle and the same eyeglasses to boot. For cartoon fans, it might have been like one of the Twilight Zone moments. Is this real or really real?
From the same cartoon show, we’re convinced famous radio talkshow host Don King is really Professor Farnsworth from Futurama. They both have the same spectacles, the same hunch-over appearance and the same hair pattern or just about. It might very well be that Professor Farnsworth was drawn after Don King, but so far no one is admitting anything. And there is no voice similarity. Don King has his deep baritone while the Farnsworth character speaks more like a distract professor that he is.
Carl from Up
The movie Up starts off with a widower whose longtime wife has passed away, and he is horribly depressed at her passing. Carl, as it turns out, just needed a grand adventure to pick up his spirits again, which is the whole theme of the movie Up. In the case of cartoons coming to life, though, Carl does exist, and it turns out to be this guy, with the face features, glasses and all. Now where do we find real balloons strong enough to lift an entire house?
Almost every reader who has been exposed to the Simpsons for a few episodes knows who Ned Flanders is. Mr. Innocent neighbor to Homer Simpson, Flanders is the epitome of the man who trusts everything works out for a reason and lives his life to the highest ideal of good behavior, including keeping his sweaters spotless as his mustache. So, it’s a bit of an odd feeling when one comes across the real Ned Flanders as shown in this photograph. We have a funny feeling he might have done a bit of work to make the resemblance work, including the wardrobe.
Warner Brothers’ Tweety Grandma
For all of us over the age of 40, Saturday mornings were spent watching Bugs Bunny cartoons as kids. And one of those characters was Tweety Bird’s Grandma, the kindly owner of the little bird that Sylvester the Cat was always trying to eat. As it turns out, Tweety’s Grandma was a real person! And this elderly lady makes it clear she approves of the hairstyle and dress too. Don’t we all wish she was our grandma too?
In the story of Cinderella, the princess had three fairy godmothers. One of them, the blue fairy was Merryweather. The fairy godmothers generally looked alike aside from the size (one of them ate too much), but they each had a favorite color. Merryweather’s was baby blue. As it turns out, this lady decided she could still wear blue off the cartoon frame and in real life. Now we’re just trying to figure out where she misplaced her magic wand.
Cruella De Vil
New York City is a weird place. It has an example of just about everything in it. The original 101 Dalmations was set in England in terms of the cartoon, but Cruella as a character could easily have fit into the Manhattan fashion world just fine. In fact, she likely would have been one of the magazine editors. Oh wait, they made a movie with Glen Close doing that. Anyways, there are other real life versions of Cruella De Vil, just not as tall or pretty, as in the case of this lady. We’re pretty sure that hairdo is fake.
The irreverent cartoon, Family Guy, added a few characters over the years, including Consuela. Cranky and loud, Consuela added more side character depth to the show, as well as a lot of noise. This lady seems to have taking things into the real world and we’re wondering if she is just as verbose. Actually, on second thought, maybe that’s not such a good idea to pursue.
The movie Zootopia included a number of animal characters that were all personified by various actors. However, nobody expected that any of the characters actually looked like people in real life. In the case of Flash the Sloth, however, the cartoon is a dead ringer for this young lady, smile and all. The match is uncanny in how much of a resemblance there is.
The Simpsons’ Mr. Burns
Every Midwest small town with a nuclear reactor on the outskirts has to have a greedy corporate executive running the plant that employs everyone. That was the case with Mr. Burns in the Simpsons. He really was a complicated character with a bad childhood. So, it’s no surprise he ends up with the means to poison the entire landscape with radioactivity. In real life, Mr. Burns has been seen as this man, including the pasty white skin and the non-trustworthy eyes and beak. He probably does work for a nuclear power company too.
Netflix attracts a huge following of young viewers with its assortment of cartoon movies, including King Harrow. We’re pretty sure this guy fits the bill for one of the characters, Prince Harrow, in the show. The hairstyle and face are one of the best matches available so far.
Who is Milo Thatch you say? Well if you did watch the cartoon movie, Atlantis: the Lost Empire, then you would know he was one of the main characters. It’s not hard of a stretch that one would find a young fellow that looked like Milo’s character. He was the typical skinny, college-age book nerd in the movie, and there are plenty of those on every campus. See, here’s one in this photo right here.
At Bikini Bottom there is a cartoon character who is entirely made up of a sponge. Not a sea sponge, mind you, he is a regular sink cleaning, grime wiping kitchen sponge (which tells you a lot of what the cartoon things about pollution at the bottom of the sea). In any case, Mr. Spongebob Squarepants pretty much has a huge following, and there are even folks who think they are his resemblance, as in the case of this lady. We’re pretty sure she’s pushing the envelope on this one, but why oh why did she go and remove a tooth to match the cartoon’s look?
Yep, this teen believes his alter ego is really Chip Skylark from the Fairly OddParents cartoon show. We think this fellow was so into the role, he made sure to find the right high school letterman jacket as well.
A lot of people thought Frozone from the cartoon movie, The Incredibles, was played by Lawrence Fishburne or Samuel L. Jackson. Both answers are incorrect. However, there are plenty of real life characters who think they have the same looks as the cool blue superhero from the Incredibles franchise in cartoon-ville. As is the case with this guy. We think he needs to start first by getting himself a proper turtleneck.
TJ Detweiler All Grownup
The character of TJ in Recess was the classic American kid with a high school jacket and backwards baseball cap ready to get into anything that didn’t involve sitting in class. This fellow has decided to take the character to adulthood and show him off to everyone as TJ the adult. The mustache gave it away.
If you have no idea who this name belongs to, then it’s a pretty good bet you have no idea what anime manga is either. That’s okay, you’re in the same boat as half of America. Manga has exploded though, with hundreds of characters living out entire lives in Japanese cartoon style books, magazines and shows, Ochaka Uraraka being one of them. From the series, My Hero Academia, we found the living version of Ochako right here. Okay, she might not speak Japanese fluently, but the resemblance is pretty good.
If you’re going to be locked up in a tower because of your long hair by a stepmother, than Gothel would be the one most of us think of these days. Her character wasn’t all bad, she just didn’t want to be all alone in her tower. And after Rapunzel left the tower, Gothel seems to have braved the outside world just fine. See, she’s here in this photo in real life getting around and seeing what’s away from the tower on a regular basis. Really, it’s definitely her.
20 Brutal Breakup Messages That Will Leave You Lovesick and Lonely!
Do you remember the end of your first relationship? Of course, you do. We all do. Whether it came to an end over something small or large, the feelings were probably the same: dejection. While dejection is a tough pill to swallow, we can all get over our old loves by moving forward in life while pretending it never happened. Unfortunately for the people that you are about to read about, their breakups were very public and a little harder to bury with their past.
Today, we are going to take a closer look at 20 brutal breakup messages that will leave you lovesick and lonely!
Austin Restaurant Turns to Witty Pandemic Signs for Laughs
When the United States shut itself down under the auspices of the coronavirus pandemic in early March 2020, few people realized what was going to happen. Now almost a year later, the coronavirus pandemic has continued to rage on and people are growing increasingly frustrated, scared, and restless. When will quarantine measures be allowed to go away? When will a vaccine appear?
With so many tough questions hanging over the heads of not just everyday citizens, but also business owners. More than 100k restaurants in the city of Chicago have closed down on a long-term basis since the beginning of March and the city of Austin, TX, is probably not far behind. This is where our story takes place, at the front door of the El Arroyo, a popular restaurant located in downtown Austin.
The El Arroyo was established in the 80s and they’ve retained their sense of wonder and edgy comedy ever since. Laura Schulte works as the social media manager for El Arroyo and she has been a major player in the production of their comical signs. Schulte says, “The signs bring a lot of laughter”. While previous signs had made jokes based on pop-culture references, the team at El Arroyo has been focusing more on bringing laughs through their pandemic references this time around.
If you have been an active internet user for the past eight months, which you probably have, you’ve likely seen some of the signs that El Arroyo has been placing up over the past several months. While these signs are largely for laughs, they also play an important role in reducing stress levels and preventing anxiety from becoming an overloading burden.
One sign was put up that read, “I Never imagined I’d go up to the bank teller with a mask on and ask for money.” That is the kind of sign that we can all look at, agree with, and share with friends for a laugh. It is true! How dramatically has our world changed in the better part of the past eight months? A year ago if we told you that you had to go to the bank with a mask over your face, you’d be blown away by the mere suggestion.
While some signs are focused on the pandemic, other signs take larger jabs at 2020 as a whole. One El Arroyo sign read, “Have we tried putting 2020 in rice” which is a joking reference to what individuals do when their phones get wet. Another sign read, “Just remember, someone out there is quarantined with your ex.”
What do you think of signs like the ones being posted at El Arroyo? Are you a fan of sharing a few laughs at the expense of the pandemic? Do you think that these signs go too far or are you down with a few fun laughs?
Willy Wonka Style “Golden Ticket Hunt” For Candy Factory Launched
Everyone loves contests, especially if there’s some money involved and David “Candyman” Klein has created the perfect contest for all citizens of the United States.
Klein is the founder of The Jelly Belly Jelly beans and Tricky Treasures, and his contest wants you to get out of your house to win some money. All you have to do is join his ‘golden ticket’ hunt. Go to familiar places in your state/region, and find the lucky ‘Golden Ticket’ disguised as necklaces in various secret locations.
Finding each treasure hunt guarantees you about $5,000, so get ready to go hunting. However, that’s not all – you also have a golden chance to win another prize, which is the key to one of Klein’s candy factories.
Yes, we know what you’re thinking and you’re not wrong- the story does sound familiar. The hunt takes the form and plot of famous film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or the 1971 musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
If you’ve seen the classic film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” you know how the story works.
In the film, Willy Wonka is looking for someone to take over his business in his standard Chocolate Factory. He met with five kids that had initially won the ‘Golden Ticket,’ hunt, and one of them was a special boy named Charlie.
Wonka offered a lifetime supply of sweets to anyone that will win, and to win, the kids had to stay until the end of his tour of the factory. The kids loved candy, so you can imagine that the prize really meant a lot to them.
In a plot twist, every kid that tried to eat or eat a lot of the sweets during the tour experienced a series of weird events- every kid except Charlie. At this point, we’re just going to assume you know what happened next.
However, unlike in the movie or novel, adults can join the ‘Golden Ticket’ search.
If the contest excites you and you think you stand a chance of winning, you only need to pay a token of $49.99 to join the contest. This token will help in narrowing down your search area, so you know exactly where to look for the Golden ticket necklace.
Note that each state in the United States can only accommodate 1,000 participants, so you have to hurry up even if you have the clue to the Golden ticket’s location already.
If you come out victorious and find the Golden ticket, you can claim the cash prize, or get a chance to search for what Klein calls the ‘The Ultimate Treasure.’ According to him, this treasure is the key to one of his candy factories. Other benefits include all-expenses-paid trips and free education in a candy-making university.
The time for the treasure hunt has come upon us. Are you ready to rumble?
Seeing a Very Unusual Killer Whale
People who go whale watching know that they might not even be able to see any whales during their trips. While most people hope to at least see something, they’ll often catch a few glimpses of the whales, and that will be all. Most whale watching trips will last for several hours as a result.
Getting a good look at any whale at all can be special, given how big the ocean is and the fact that these animals do not swim close to the land. Getting videos of animals in general can be challenging, since animals do not sit still and can be tough to film. The videos that people do capture can have poor lighting conditions or levels of focus. When people are able to create a decent video of a rare animal, it’s an event worth celebrating.
Recently, people were able to record a video featuring a white orca. There aren’t a lot of white orcas in the world at all, so getting even one of them on camera is very special.
Animals that naturally have less pigmentation than other members of their species can be very vulnerable as a result. They won’t have as much ultraviolet protection, for one thing, and this can be a problem for all animals. However, to make matters worse, it’s much easier for natural predators to see these animals because of their pigmentation levels. These animals just won’t always last for very long in their natural habitats.
However, some of them still manage to survive to adulthood. People are sometimes even able to see them, and share the experience with other. This was the case for Dennis Rogers, a boat captain.
He was traveling with graduate student Stephanie Hayes, who studies at the prestigious University of Alaska. They were off of the coastal areas in the southeastern parts of Alaska.
Stephanie Hayes is active on Instagram, and she posted about seeing an active orca pod when they were hunting. This pod has been identified as the Transient Killer Whale group, or the Canadian Bigg’s pod. People also refer to them using the number ‘T046.’
Some of these orcas were fairly difficult to see. However, one of them was actually very clearly visible, since it had such low pigmentation levels. Stephanie Hayes certainly knows how special this is.
She knows that many researchers will not see a single animal like this throughout their careers. Captain Rogers would agree with this, since he has been sailing locally for a total of forty-five years, and he still never encountered any white orcas like this. He actually does not have the pink eyes that a lot of people associate with the condition.
This orca is only two years old, so he’s young. His condition is known as leucism. Relatively simple genetic mutations can lead to leucism. These mutations are random, but they seem to be more common in inbred animal populations. This sort of thing might be a problem with a lot of orcas, because they travel across long distances and they’re not in contact with many members of their species at any given time.
The fact that this orca is in a pod in the first place is positive. When whales mature, they often do not stay with their families. Orcas like this can sometimes have a difficult time finding new pods as adults. He’ll also probably have a difficult time hunting seals, because it will be so easy for them to see him. A total of eight orcas like him have been officially recorded, but he may be one of the fortunate ones.
Anti-Mask Businessman Spends COVID-Relief Funds on a LAMBORGHINI!
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is like little else that the world has ever seen. Not since the Spanish Flu has the entire planet been beholden to such a dark and dreadful virus. Incredibly contagious and deadly in those of at-risk populations, one of the leading ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing a facial covering. Unfortunately, facial coverings such as N95 masks have become politicized due in large part to the current President of the United States, Donald Trump. David Hines is a businessman from Florida who followed the President’s lead when it came to not wearing a face mask. What’s more, the businessman from Florida used COVID relief funds for something truly unsettling.
As more than 5 million COVID-19 cases have been recorded in the United States, Americans around the country are struggling to make ends meet. The government put together a series of deductions and relief programs largely targeted at high-income earners. David Hines owns and operates his business out of Miami-Dade County in Florida, one of the worst-hit counties for COVID-19 in recent weeks. Hines decided to continue not wearing a mask in his personal life even as he received more than $4 million in funding relief from the Small Business Administration Payroll Protection Program. The PPP funds had been allocated for the benefit of businesses that were at risk of laying off their employees.
When Mr. Hines received his $4 million loan through the PPP, the anti-mask businessman decided to spend the funds on his own personal expenses. One of the expenses that Hines felt obligated to purchase was a $318,497 Lamborghini. Hines purchase was broadcast across the nation when he was pulled over and issued a citation while driving the vehicle. The story would quickly go viral before joining masses of other high-income earners found to be abusing the PPP funds. Hines is far from the only offender but he is one of the worst and most blatant abusers of the emergency funds available. Hines’ story doesn’t end there as it continues with crazy purchases, outright lies, and an abundance of fraud.
At the time of this writing, there have been more than 19.7 million documented cases of COVID-19 with an additional 728k deaths. The United States of America currently leads the world in confirmed cases and confirmed deaths. As President Trump continues to bolster people like Mr. David Hines and the rest of the anti-mask wearing crowd, it is expected that these numbers will continue to rise until an actionable vaccine can safely rise. Now, the question remains, will President Trump push back a real vaccine in order to prop up some sort of HCQ alternative?
While nobody expected a global pandemic to render the world incapacitated, there is a silver lining ahead. There have been reports of significant progress in the production of a working COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine in conjunction with success stories like New Zealand can help you to breathe a little easier at night. Unless you have COVID-19. Thankfully, free testing has begun to become more commonplace around the world. Search your local government pages to find a COVID-19 testing site near you.
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