Monday, August 21, 2017

Timely Pun

From The Oatmeal. (via Fark)

A Sign

(Thanks, Michael Leavitt!)

Miss Cellania's Links

Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

Nixon vs. Ted Kennedy on Health Care. We've been fighting this battle for a long time.

The crackdown on pain medication prescribing is intended to help the addiction crisis -but it’s leaving chronic pain patients in untenable situations.

10 Witty Facts About The Marx Brothers.

Eclipse Kitteh

(via Fark)

Mama Raccoon and Bratty Kit



Motherhood has never been easy, especially when you have several young ones to keep track of. This raccoon has at least two kits, maybe more. When it's nap time, she wants to get them all into the tree where they live so she can get some shut eye. But that last child does not want to cooperate.

This raccoon family was recorded in Leesburg, Virginia. Notice that at about two minutes in, the mother notices the camera operator. She doesn't have time to smile for the camera, at least not until every kit is inside and accounted for. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Elk

Know Your Eclipse

(via reddit)

The Great American Eclipse



Astrophysicist  Dr. Andy Howell talks about the Great American Eclipse tomorrow, for those of you who want to be "totally" prepared. Or should I say "totality prepared"?

Tweet of the Day



(via The Daily Dot)


Seven Sisters

Are You Above Or Below Average?



How average you are depends on how many different parameters you are looking at. If you look at enough statistics, you'll find some category in which you are exceptional, and that, too, is quite normal. It turns out I am average in almost every way, except for how many children I have, and whether I am above or below the average depends on your definitions. Still, being above or below average does not mean you are abnormal. Then again, you are probably more average than you think you are. All my life I've been told that I'm short, when I have always been the exact average for a woman my age. I knew that. Where people are particularly bad at knowing their own "averageness" is in their intelligence and competence. That's where the Dunning-Kruger Effect and Impostor Syndrome come in.

Our House

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Dog with an Advertising Job



Here's a dog with a unique job. He walks around the tourist district of Huangpu village in China, showing everyone a sign advertising his owner's hamburger shop! Take his word for it, the burgers are good. Want to take a picture? He'll pose, but only with his sign facing front so you can see it. That's a good dog. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Keeping Up with the News

The Onion is trying its best. (via reddit)

Wildcat Scream



Have you ever wondered what a caracal cub sounds like? No? Well, you know now anyway. Give him a year, and that scream will be frightening.

Tweet of the Day



Click on the image of the text to read all the lyrics (so far). Someone needs to make a music video right away. (via Metafilter)

Skuldervarmer

IKEA released instructions on how to make one of their rugs into a cape, as they do on Game of Thrones. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Trump's Chaotic Month



Whatever else you say, you can't say our president is a do-nothing. Brooke Baldwin of CNN went down the list of what our current administration has done in the past month. It's a pretty long list, but it goes fast. While most of it is a mess, the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act is a relief. (via Uproxx)  

Teacher's Pet

(via reddit)

1,069 Dancing Robots Set a World Record



WL Intelligent Technology Co, Ltd, in Guangzhou set up 1,069 Dobi robots and had them all dance in unison. This set a new world record. Well, they actually set up more robots than that, but the few that fell over while dancing were deducted from the total count. They still looked good. The Dobi robots broke the previous record that was set only a couple of weeks ago by another Chinese company. This may be the beginning of a back-and-forth that could eventually bring the robot apocalypse upon us. (via Boing Boing)