CLOSE
Original image

9 Photos of Comic-Con Cosplayers Eating

Original image

You don't usually see the heroes of comic books, TV shows and video games going to the bathroom, eating, or sleeping. But unlike fictional characters, the people in the costumes at San Diego Comic-Con do need to do these basic human activities. Here are a few photos we snapped of cosplayers at SDCC chowing down.

1. Lunch Date

Eating in a costume can be challenging. Some cosplayers need to worry about their accessories getting dirty—but the truly lucky ones even have someone else around to help them eat without messing their clothing up.

2. Accessories Not Included

Those worried about their costumes who don't want to be fed by someone else (or who don't have someone else to feed them) tend to find somewhere quiet where they can remove all the accessories that might otherwise get in the way and relax while they snack.

3. Simple Snacks

Some of those in costume choose to eat relatively simple items because they minimize the risk of messing up the costume and are a lot easier to munch on as well.

4. Burger Time

Of course, for some cosplayers, eating actually works with their costumes. In fact, as long as this Children's Hospital character didn't mess up his makeup while enjoying this burger, a little spill wouldn't hurt his look at all.

5. Unmasked

In other cases, eating is actually a pretty simple process, as long as you don't have your mask or gloves on.

6. Costume Capers

As you might guess, the simpler the costume, the easier it is to eat in. Megara's costume even allowed her to store her cell phone while she enjoyed her lunch.

7. Chat and Chew (Or Not)

Like most people, cosplayers aren't exactly thrilled to have people take pictures of them as they stuff their mouths with food. Luckily, they are also incredibly kind and wonderful people, so when I explained to them why I wanted a picture of them with food, they were all really nice about it...though many of them still asked if I could just shoot them holding their food rather than chewing it.

8. Sandwich Smiles

In part, that's probably because they were so darn excited to finish lunch and get back to the biggest pop culture convention in the world.

9. Chow Down

These cosplayers show that if you ever decide to don a costume at a convention, you have a few options: wear something simple; bring something easy to eat that's not messy; or have someone else feed you. You certainly don't want to walk around in a full-body Transformers costume all day without enjoying so much as a granola bar.

If you couldn't care less about the eating, but just want to check out some great cosplay, don't miss my gallery with over 200 costumes, or if you're looking for a pretty face, I also have 50 photos of some of the most lovely women at the convention.

Original image
arrow
Food
This Couple Has Spent the Past 30 Years Visiting Every Cracker Barrel in the U.S.
Original image

Ray and Wilma Yoder are probably America's foremost amateur experts on Cracker Barrel restaurants. As Eater reports, the Indiana couple is on a 30-year quest to eat at every single Cracker Barrel in the U.S. And they’ve almost completed it.

Ray Yoder of Goshen, Indiana, first started going to Cracker Barrel regularly when he worked delivering RVs across the country. Soon, Wilma was coming along, too, and the couple began hunting down Cracker Barrel locations in earnest, a pastime they’ve pursued for the past three decades.

Cracker Barrel got its start in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1969, and according to Ray, visiting the restaurants while on the road felt like being at home. “It has a down-home spirit, and everybody is friendly,” he told the Lebanon Democrat. He told the paper that stopping at Cracker Barrels helped relieve boredom when he was on the road.

Ray and Wilma Yoder stand in front of two RVs outside a Cracker Barrel.
Now, he and Wilma are celebrities to those in the Cracker Barrel know. Cracker Barrel’s corporate leadership invites them to opening day at new stores. Employees know of them, and sometimes they receive gift baskets when they come in to cross a new Cracker Barrel off their list. People ask to take their picture when they visit.

The 80-year-olds have just two rules for their visits: At each location, they always buy something, even if it’s just a cup of coffee, and leave a tip. There’s no limit on how many Cracker Barrels they’ll go to in a single day, though. They once visited 10 different locations on a drive along the East Coast. Overall, their Cracker Barrel adventure has taken them more than 5 million miles across 44 states.

The Yoders recently visited their 644th Cracker Barrel, attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new location in Lavonia, Georgia, in early July. They’re hoping to hit up the last Cracker Barrel on their list—until the next one opens, that is—by heading to Tualatin, Oregon, sometime later this year.

Update: Portland news station KGW reports that the Yoders have now completed their quest, stopping in at the Tualatin Cracker Barrel on August 28. The company flew them to Oregon for the occasion, which marked the end of their 645-restaurant journey. For now, at least.

[h/t Eater]

All images courtesy Cracker Barrel

Original image
iStock
arrow
Animals
Watch a Panda Caretaker Cuddle With Baby Pandas While Dressed Up Like a Panda
Original image
iStock

Some people wear suits to work—but at one Chinese nature reserve, a handful of lucky employees get to wear panda suits.

As Travel + Leisure reports, the People's Daily released a video in July of animal caretakers cuddling with baby pandas at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in China's Sichuan Province. The keepers dress in fuzzy black-and-white costumes—a sartorial choice that's equal parts adorable and imperative to the pandas' future success in the wild.

Researchers raise the pandas in captivity with the goal of eventually releasing them into their natural habitat. But according to The Atlantic, human attachment can hamper the pandas' survival chances, plus it can be stressful for the bears to interact with people. To keep the animals calm while acclimating them to forest life, the caretakers disguise their humanness with costumes, and even mask their smell by smearing the suits with panda urine and feces. Meanwhile, other keepers sometimes conceal themselves by dressing up as trees.

Below, you can watch the camouflaged panda caretakers as they cuddle baby pandas:

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios