Friday, May 22, 2015

Debunking the Myths of OCD

Pop culture, and way too many people, latch onto psychological terms and extrapolate them to people they know. Even themselves! Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is one of the more recent psychological fads. The real disorder is way more serious than we commonly think, and doesn’t fit the descriptions we see in the movies. This TED-Ed lesson by Dr. Natascha M. Santos explains the real OCD. (via Laughing Squid)

Why Graduates Dress the Way They Do

My mind and my time have been preoccupied this week because my older daughter is graduating from high school this weekend. I’ve been to her art show, awards ceremony, spring concert, banquets, parties, the baccalaureate service, and still have more to come. We’ve assembled a dress, mortarboard, tassel, gown, stole, and honor cords to wear. It’s hard to remember, but both my graduations back in the ‘70s seemed simpler. I could have worn the same cheap black gown for both high school and college graduation. And the same gold tassel, too. So I took a look at the history of caps and gowns for an article I wrote for mental_floss.

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30 Celebrity Mottos. Eddie Deezen has a list with some good advice in it.

The Stories Behind Graduation Traditions.

Al Jazeera America was born of much promise for journalism, but is suffering under mismanagement, sexism, and layoffs.

10 Famous People Who Were Afraid They'd Be Buried Alive.   

Art Museum Uses Medieval Paintings To Hilariously Recap Game Of Thrones. The J. Paul Getty Museum uses their own art, which parallels the show quite well.

An “Elphie”is a Selfie Taken by an Elephant. It actually happened at a sanctuary in Thailand.

Celebrities Who Have Mastered The Art Of Photobombing. These are the kind of ruined pictures you show to everyone.

If you saw Mad Max: Fury Road and hunger for more, check out these 12 Post-Apocalyptic Road Movies.

Ducks In England Get Their Own Walking Lanes So Humans Don't Ruffle Their Feathers. That’s one way to get your ducks in a row.

10 Forms of Online Harassment. Recognize which you’ve had to deal with, and do commit these sins.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Duck Cleaning

Lazy Cat Won’t Move

No, he’s not dead. Cats tend to find a place to sleep that’s totally inconvenient for every human around. I know, I have three cats who do this. The most inconvenient place for a cat to sleep is in front of the door at McDonalds. Maybe he just likes watching everyone step around him. Maybe he’s hoping someone will trip over him and drop a cheeseburger. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

David Letterman's Final Thank You and Good Night

In case you were working last night and missed Dave Letterman’s final show, here’s his farewell speech. Or if you are of a certain age in which you recall when Letterman was on NBC or even remember his morning show (like I do), you may have been unable to stay awake that late.

You can also see clips featuring his final entrance, the opening monologue, the Foo Fighters playing “Everlong” behind a photo montage of Dave’s many memorable moments on TV, a presidential sendoff, and the final Top Ten List.

Happy retirement, Dave! (via The Week)

Star Wars Suite

Billy Crystal On Today’s Flawed Sports Stars

Is there any group of celebrities left that kids can look up to as heroes? Billy Crystal thinks he may have found one, but even they have their faults. (via Digg)

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5 of the World's Unluckiest People. Some folks are lightning rods for success. Others are just lightning rods.

Fascinating Facts From The Empire Strikes Back On Its 35th Anniversary.

Did you know that there was once a possibility of a sequel to E.T.: The Extraterrestrial? In 1982, Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison came up with a 9-page treatment for a film called E.T. II: Nocturnal Fears
(via Boing Boing)

Wealthy school districts are cracking down on “education thieves” A side effect of the unequal system of funding schools with local property taxes.

Starving Felons, and Other Lessons from Prison Archaeology.  

These Are the Four Types of Drunk College Students, According to Science. Are you a Hemingway, a Mary Poppins, a Mr. Hyde, or the Nutty Professor?

A mother blackbird feeds brand new baby birds in their nest. Oh, you’re too dumb to chew your food? I’ll just take it out of your mouth and give it to your brother.

Blacksmiths in the town of Nuanquan, China, throw molten metal in the air in a dangerous display of light and skill. It’s all part of the entertainment and celebration of the Da Shuhua festival.

Delta gathered all the best memes for this ridiculous safety video. Many of the people who originated the memes got a paycheck out of this.


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Redrawing Taylor Swift

Forty-nine students at the University of Newcastle drew Taylor Swift’s video for the song “Shake It Off.” They each were assigned to rotoscope 52 frames and give it their own style. What they ended up with is alternatively beautiful, surreal, and hilarious. You’ll be surprised by the creative flourishes that pop up when you least expect them. (via Time)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

She's Dreaming, Alright

Game of Thrones: The Musical

Tyrion Lannister wants you to know that he hasn’t died yet. Peter Dinklage and Coldplay give us song about Game of Thrones for Red Nose Day, a charity telethon celebrated in Britain for years, and this year coming to NBC May 21st.

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23 Weird Celebrity Businesses

Celebrities know that their fame and fortunes can disappear at any time, so many of them branch out into different businesses. For sports stars, this is crucial because and athletic career has physical limits. For musicians and movie stars, it can be a good idea, but there have been some spectacular failures. John Green returns to the mental_floss List Show to tell us about some of the weirder businesses owned by celebrities.