Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Word Men Have Never Heard



Language and its usage are quirky things, and we rarely notice what we are already used to, but standup comics rely on observing those things the rest of us miss. James Acaster has a story that illustrates one of these quirks. The laughter comes when you realize how absolutely right he is. Also when he says, "You don't need to know why."

Musical Trump





Pick your style. (via Metafilter)

Humans are Adorable

The Rise and Fall of the TV Dinner



What do you do with 260 tons of turkey? Make frozen dinners! And so the TV dinner was created as the response to an emergency situation at Swanson. Cheddar has the full story.

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When Thanksgiving was a Fightin' Word. The holiday was a sticking point in the schism between the North and the South that developed leading up to the Civil War. (via Mental Floss)

Sweet Cat Walks Extra Slow To Stay Next To His Best Friend On Crutches. (via Fark)

A Calvinesque and Hobbesian Look at Impeachment. From Tom the Dancing Bug. 

Song of the South: the difficult legacy of Disney's most shocking movie.

Patients Missing One Brain Hemisphere Show Surprisingly Intact Neural Connections. (via Boing Boing)

The Flathead Beacon police blotter is a treasure trove of comedy. (Thanks, A different Carol!)

The economic debate over the minimum wage, explained. A higher wage does not reduce jobs because businesses are working with the minimum possible staff already.

Human Put in Suspended Animation for the First Time.

The Saga of the Cannibal Ants in a Soviet Nuclear Bunker. They inadvertently play out an illustration of heaven and hell.

A blast from the past (2012): 8 Thanksgiving Flowcharts.

Out of the Box

(via reddit)

Drunk History on Harriet Tubman



Harriet Tubman is the subject of the new movie Harriet, which is partially fictionalized. Meanwhile, the only fictional part of Drunk History is the drunk part. Wait, no, the narrator is honestly drunk, which lends a certain looseness to the story, but it's a true story. I love Drunk History. In this segment, Harriet Tubman is played by Octavia Spencer, a wonderful choice. Keep in mind that this is only one small chapter in Tubman's long life of fearless action. (via a comment at Boing Boing)   

Tweet of the Day



Devin Nunes looks as if his world is falling apart after Gordon Sondlund's testimony at the impeachment hearings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flavorings

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day Alternate Ending



This is the alternate ending of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, from the director's cut. People who have seen Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, Terminator Genisys, and Terminator: Dark Fate all say that this is when and how the series should have ended. (via reddit)

Gender Reveal Party

Not everyone needs to reveal their gender just to attend the party. (via reddit)

The Sneaky Plan to Subvert the Electoral College for the Next Election



The Electoral College was put into the Constitution, we are taught, because the Founding Fathers envisioned a time when the general population might vote a complete idiot to the office, so "wise men" could correct that mistake. It was also to give states some extra say in deciding presidential elections just for being states, which was a compromise with the southern states that had lots of men who counted toward representation but couldn't vote (because they were enslaved). They didn't foresee that political parties would eventually assign electors, and they didn't foresee winner-take-all rules that the states would enact. The result is that my presidential vote doesn't count at all, ever, because I'm in the minority party in my state. And for those in the majority party for their states, a vote in Wyoming is worth eight or ten votes in New York. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact might fix that, in a roundabout way. CGP Grey explains. 

Insignificant



Click to the right to advance the comic. Strange what lengths people will go to in order to get out of their obligations. This story is from Raph at raph_comic. (via reddit)

Dad Joke

Royal Madness



With all the monsters defeated, a king feels his days of glory are past. His daughter wants him to feel important again. With the best of intentions, she hatches a plan to make him a hero again. Royal Madness is from the French animation school Gobelins, but no French skills are needed to catch the feels.

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Movies That Were Better Than the Book. And why.

Robert Falcon Scott’s Final Letters. (via Nag on the Lake)

Who’s the daddy? Difficult to say in Victorian times. (via Damn Interesting)

Four Seasons, More or Less.

These Scientists May Have Found a Cure for ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease.

What Do Animals Dream About?

Inside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. JJ Abrams and cast members tell us more than the trailers reveal. (via Uproxx)

The Perfect Decal for a Dent. (via Boing Boing)

My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot. A life-threatening encounter with AI technology convinced me that the needs of people with disabilities need to be engineered into our autonomous future. (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2007): Jellyfish.


Badness

Born to Add



From Sesame Street. This really doesn't sound much like "Born to Run" but that's obviously what they were trying for.

Tweet of the Day


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