Sunday, December 08, 2019
Every time an eel farts, a Christmas tree grows brighter. Well, not exactly. The sound is generated from the setup at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Any time the aquarium's star electric eel Miguel Wattson produces an electric current, the nearby Christmas tree gets a boost that brightens the Christmas lights. The aquarium named the project "Shocking Around the Christmas Tree."
“Whenever Miguel discharges electricity, sensors in the water deliver the charge to a set of speakers,” explains Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium’s audio visual production specialist. Turnipseed is responsible for tackling the unique engineering challenge of translating Miguel’s electric pulses into a glimmering yuletide display. “The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights.”You can almost imagine the discussion on this. Can't we convert the sound into bells instead of fart noises? Sure, but the kids will like the fart sounds better. Okay, then. (via UPI)
Next time you kiss a frog, it might save you some time to check and see if he's already spoken for. This story is brought to you by Cooper Lit Comics, where there are several other comics about princesses kissing frogs. (via reddit)
The NATO conference last week was notable mostly for the gossip, eavesdropping, and hurt feelings. This kind of thing goes on in our everyday lives, although we don't normally expect it from world leaders. It reminded the writers at Saturday Night Live of high school, so it was a short leap to put the NATO leaders in a school cafeteria, with all that implies.
British Christmas celebrations aren’t that different from American customs. We Yanks just made everything simpler. I never knew that the British Christmas pudding was that close to an American fruitcake. We just leave out the awful parts, like boiling it and burning it. And last year, my SIL brought crackers to the family gathering. POP, confetti, funny hats -it was almost like New Years Eve. (via Neatorama)
Saturday, December 07, 2019
Jon Townsend built himself a cabin complete with a fireplace big enough to cook in. He trained the camera on the fire for 40 minutes and played traditional Christmas music from the album A Winter's Day by Jim's Red Pants. You might want to bookmark this video to play while you put up Christmas decorations, visit with company, or open Christmas gifts.
Don't let the internet give you a medical diagnosis! It's surely a death sentence. A doctor would tell you to drink some bicarb and get a good night's sleep. And then the doc would charge you $150. This story is from System32Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Friday, December 06, 2019
Click to the right to advance the comic. A couple has an incident of reckoning, but will they work it out to their mutual satisfaction? I kind of doubt it. They probably thrive on drama. This story is from Amanda Panda Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)