Friday, December 19, 2014

The All-Star Musical Finale From The Final Episode Of The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report is no more. The final episode ended with a singalong to “We’ll Meet Again,” including everyone who is anyone, whether they were there or not. There’s Patrick Stewart, George Lucas, Gloria Steinhem, Henry Kissinger, Alan Alda, Ken Burns, George Takei, Willie Nelson, Cookie Monster, and a whole lot of other folks you may recognize. (via Uproxx)

Thursday, December 18, 2014


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The Judy Garland Christmas Special

Presented as it was broadcast in 1963, commercials and all. Have yourself a merry little Christmas! (Thanks, Mike Flores!)

13 Wonderful Homemade Christmas Cards

A year ago, I collected a dozen great homemade Christmas cards. There are plenty more out there! Christmas cards are so easy to make in the 21st century, thanks to digital cameras, email, and Photoshop. You’re only limited by your imagination -and plenty of people have great imaginations, which they are willing to share. See a new crop of these great cards in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Grading Papers

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Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark

He’s just a puppy, but intrepid explorer Indiana Bones must save the Ark of the Covenant from the evil Catzis! You’ll enjoy this delightful sequence produced by FinalCutKing.
This video was created with 3 rolls of duct tape, 108 glue sticks, 18 large boxes of cardboard, a few all nighters with an adorable puppy. 
And to think that the entire adventure took place while his human went on a coffee run! No animals were harmed, even the Catzis, in the making of this film. (Thanks, Zach King!)


Cannon Shot from a Moving Truck

What happens when you shoot a cannon out of the back of a moving truck going the same speed as the projectile? Mythbusters did it a few years ago with a soccer ball, and the results in slow motion look like something from a Warner Bros. cartoon. See the video here. (via Boing Boing)

CGP Grey Explains The Lord of the Rings Mythology

You bet I snagged this video for you as soon as I saw who did it. CGP Grey takes an entire library of Tolkien writings about Middle-Earth and explains that universe in four minutes, or at least where the different types of characters come from. All this happened in that universe long before the rings appeared, which also happened before the events of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so Grey plans to tackle that part in an upcoming video. There’s a discussion thread about the video here. (via Viral Viral Videos)

16 Innovative Origins of Holiday Traditions

Who opened the first roadside Christmas tree stand? Where did that Christmas pickle thing come from? Who was the real-life inspiration for the character of the Grinch? In this week’s mental_floss List Show, John Green gets to the bottom of how some of our Christmas traditions began. I was surprised to find that mistletoe isn’t even a native plant in America! But nothing compares to the very last bit of trivia -how our artificial Christmas trees got their particular form.

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Is the Grand Canyon a Fake?

25 Brutally Honest Peer Review Comments From Scientists. And to think someone’s PhD is hanging on those papers.

Behold: the Star Wars Christmas Light Show. Tom BetGeorge's house is a magnificent extravaganza with all the different themes you know so well.

 The final episode of the first season of the podcast Serial is due today. Funny or Die predicts how it will all end.

The 10 Best 80's Montages Ever. Movies used it as a gimmick to denote the passage of time, but we’ll remember them as pieces of art.

Celebrate cautiously when you get an acceptance letter from your first choice college. It may be part of The Long, Sad Tradition of College Admissions Mistakes.

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? With no blue pigment, it must be magic, or a trick of light.

The song “Let It Go” belonged in a totally different movie. See how well it works for Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Curiosity catches a whiff of methane on Mars — and a possibility of past life. There are, however, a couple of other explanations.

6 Horrifying Modern Cannibals and 6 More Cannibal Killers. That’s a dozen people you don’t want to have dinner with.

Traffic Jam

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Robot Christmas Party

The actual name of this video is Autonomous Christmas Lab 2014, but that’s no fun. The folks at Autonomous Systems Lab, a part of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, programmed robots, drones, and maybe even a few Roombas to dance in their holiday finery for your entertainment. It’s weird but festive. (via The Daily Dot)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration

A Claymation Christmas Celebration was first broadcast in 1987, starring Will Vinton’s claymation dinosaurs Rex and Herb, plus the California Raisins channeling The Temptations as they perform “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” The show won an Emmy in 1988 for Outstanding Animated Program. (via Metafilter)

Dad's Selfie Stick

Embarrassing your family is one of life's little rewards. (via reddit)

Stephen Colbert is Raffling Off His Set

The final episode of The Colbert Report will air Thursday on Comedy Central. Stephen Colbert will resurface in 2015 as he replaces the retiring David Letterman at CBS, but The Colbert Report will be no more. As a goodbye gift, Colbert is raffling off his set for charity. First prize is his desk, and second prize is his fireplace and leather chair. Proceeds will go to support The Yellow Ribbon Fund (for injured veterans) and (for classrooms). You can enter for the next few hours at Omaze. (via Stephen Colbert)