Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Illustrated Story


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Career Advice


When Writing Evolves

In school, we learned the "proper" way to write, and everyone was supposed to learn the same rules. Those rules worked for both books and letters, but accomplished writers knew when to break them to make a point. Then came the internet, texting, and social media. New methods of writing for new purposes gave way to bending the old rules and instituting new ones. The new system may seem lazy to those using the "proper" rules of capitalization and punctuation, but there's are reasons behind each new convention. Tom Scott explains. 

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There were thousands of people involved in the first moon landing, not all of them employed by NASA. Dave Porter was a Navy seaman aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in 1969, charged with retrieving the astronauts from the ocean after they splashed down.

How Indiana Jones And Darth Vader Killed Hitler.

Who Knew? Chickens In Tutus Are A Thing. (via Everlasting Blort)

Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.

The Fascinating Daguerrotypes of Victorians Breastfeeding.

A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census. How Stephanie Hofeller’s estrangement from her family may have altered American political history.

Bacon Deviled Eggs with Caramelized Onions and Cheddar Cheese. (via Metafilter)

The Most Boring Tourist Trap in Every U.S. State. (Thanks, WTM!)

How Do Countries Get Their Names? Every name of every country has a story behind it, but if you look closely, those stories mostly fall into one of four categories.(via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2008): High Class (and high price) Toilets.

The Meeting

Cat Planet

You have to love a rock song about cats! "Cat Planet" (打首獄門同好会「猫の惑星」) is performed by  the group Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai (打首獄門同好会, translates to Prison Fighting Club). The video was crowd-sourced by fans. Notice how the song goes into heavy metal territory occasionally and the video clips shift to cats acting badly. Commenter Kyzix gives us an English translation of the lyrics:
The inside of the kotatsu belongs to a cat
The spot in front of the heater belongs to a cat
The tops of clothes belongs to a cat
The inside of a cardboard box belongs to a cat
The top of a lid covering hot water in the bath belongs to a cat
Your side when you’re asleep in bed belongs to a cat
Even the top of your hands typing on a keyboard belongs to a cat
Your lap when you sit down belongs to a cat

Even if I’m cold, even if it bothers me
If it’s good for the cat, there’s no problem
Such is the shape of continuing love

Definitely, definitely, into this world
We are creatures fated to be born and live to love cats
Definitely, definitely, this planet of ours
revolves so that it can support the life of cats

We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats

I won’t be mad even if they scratch the sofa
I won’t be mad even if they rip up the shoji
I won’t be mad even if they roll out all the toilet paper
I won’t be mad even if they break into the cupboard and rummage around
I won’t be mad, I won’t be mad

Even if my house is destroyed, even if I go into bankruptcy
If the cat is happy, there’s no problem
Sacrifices for love know no limit

Definitely, definitely, into this world
We are creatures fated to be born and live to love cats
Definitely, definitely, this planet of ours
revolves so that it can support the life of cats
Rather, rather, this planet of ours
Should just revolve so cats can live happily
Definitely, definitely, from the moment we are born
we are fated to live life loving you

We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are drowning in love on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats

We are born, on this planet of cats

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Unfortunate Photo

Towing a Car

Somehow, a Land Rover gets stuck and has to be pulled out of a pasture by what appears to be the world's first tractor. What is this, opposite day? No, this is Russia. The tractor goes wrong, its winch keeps going, and somehow things get worse. Then we see that the vehicle is not a Land Rover at all, but has a sticker on the front that says "Land Niver." This video might contains NSFW language, I don't know, since it's in Russian. (via Digg)

Social media makes this a small world sometimes. (via reddit)

Cats on Parade

This is a vintage ad, or a calling card, or maybe a greeting card, from a sewing machine company. But what is the occasion? Cats walking on their back legs are fairly ubiquitous, if nonsensical. But most of these cats are carrying boughs of holly, while one is sporting an American flag. It sure makes me want to buy a sewing machine! (via Undine)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Timeline of Jell-O Flavors From 1897 to 1997. These include coffee, tomato, blackberry, chocolate, celery, cola, and imitation apple. (via Metafilter)

That Time Campbell’s Put Marbles in Their Soup. It led to a case before the Federal Trade Commission.   

In New Book, Paul Ryan Admits He Was a Fraud All Along.

New Fish Species Named in Honor of Wakanda.

Legend of the Skate Patrol, guardians of Golden Gate Park. (via Metafilter)

The College That Became a Prison. Yankton College no longer exists., but it’s not fully dead either. (via Damn Interesting)

Stirred Not Shaken: How Do You End Up With 50,000 Swizzle Sticks?

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice. (via Nag on the Lake)

Buried Treasure – Of a Sort. Common but scary stories of often-unidentified things left behind in chemistry labs. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2012): 8 Robotic Body Parts.

What If

(Thanks, WTM!)

Flying Hoverboard Steals the Show at Bastille Day Parade

Sunday was Bastille Day, a commemoration of the storming of the military prison in Paris during the French Revolution. The traditional parade in Paris featured something new- a man flying on a hoverboard (called a flyboard) above the parade, wielding a rifle. 
According to The Guardian, its rider was Franky Zapata, a French inventor and former jet ski champion who has been showing off the flyboard for a few years now. Zapata actually set a new Guinness World Record for farthest hoverboard flight on the flyboard in 2016. 
 A good time was had by all. (via Mashable)

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, July 14, 2019


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Pirates Didn't Really Talk Like That

The Golden Age of Piracy gave us unforgettable characters that fed novels and films until we all have a concept of what a pirate of the era was like. The stereotype is so persistent that it gave us Talk Like A Ppirate Day. But reality was far different from what Hollywood gave us. Cheddar takes a look at how pirates really spoke. (via Digg)

Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings?

Bob Ross was one-of-a-kind. He was a skilled painter, yet he kept it simple in order to inspire everyday viewers to try it themselves. The joy and encouragement he imparted were worth more than any artwork. During his broadcast career, Ross produced 30,000 paintings. You'd think that after his death, they'd be on the market for a pretty penny. But that's not what happened. The New York Times found out where those paintings went. (via Metafilter)


Her other two jobs are probably piecework, because you know retail wants you available for any shift even though they won't give you 40 hours a week. (via Vice)