Tuesday, June 19, 2018


Transitioning from normal English to '90s slang isn't making you cool, not by a long shot. Teen slang evolves specifically to be different from what their parents say. Better to not say anything at all about a 15-year-old. Take it from me, your relationship will change drastically when they want driving lessons and advice in choosing a college. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble. 

School Parking Permits

It's another case of giving more to those who already have. If you have to skip studying to make it to your fast food job on time, be prepared to work some extra hours for a parking permit, too. (via Buzzfeed)

Too Many Vitamins

T.J. was a 14-year-old who ate gummy vitamins as if they were candy. It was a language problem- he thought they were candy. While he ate too many every day, the day he consumed an entire bottle (150 gummies), he landed in the hospital with strange symptoms. YouTuber Chubbyemu takes us through the process of diagnosis and treatment, and explains in detail what a vitamin overdose does to one's body. It's not pretty. Chubbyemu has a series of horrific medical stories in his YouTube channel. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked. Watching them all will keep you too busy to argue about the ranking.

Brain in a Bucket. A new method for tissue analysis got a man sent to prison for life on its first use in forensics. (via Nag on the Lake)

Why Coca-Cola Purposely Designed a Soft Drink to Fail.

Wollemi Pines Are Dinosaur Trees. After flourishing for 100 million years, they had to be rescued from extinction in the 1990s.

Why the Finns Don't Want to be Happy. Despite the highest quality of life in the world, they aren't going to press their luck.

The Heyday of Penny Restaurants. The food wasn't free, because that would rob the transaction of its dignity.

Forget the World Cup, Let’s Play Motor-Ball! Soccer played on motorcycles was exciting, but not at all safe.

The Curious Death of George Wythe. And why no one paid the price. (via Strange Company)

Bringing the Thunder.

After her child is born, a mother learns that equal parenting means giving dad a chance.

A blast from the past (2014): French Fries Around the World.

Weird Personal Habit

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Tweet of the Day

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Ya Think?

Parrot Sings "Bacon Pancakes"

Milo the Quaker parrot sings along with his human, Erica Croke. The song is a classic, "Bacon Pancakes" from the TV show Adventure Time. Milo must watch the show a lot, or he sings it a lot, or he just loves making -or eating- pancakes. You can see more of Milo at his Facebook page.

(via Tastefully Offensive)

The Sounds of Children

This is audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, made available by ProPublica. If children crying for their parents bothers you, this will bother you, but you need to hear it. There are subtitles.

The Trump administration instituted a new policy a couple of months ago that every person crossing the border illegally will be arrested. Crossing the border illegally is a misdemeanor. Since children cannot be sent to jail, they are sent to separate holding facilities without their parents, which are defined as "not jail." Over 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in this manner since April, and so many more are coming in every day that a new tent city was erected overnight in Texas to hold the overflow.

It is legal to cross the border at an official port of entry to ask for asylum. Many of the people arrested are seeking asylum, but the border patrol is not allowing people to cross at an official port of entry for the purpose of asylum. So they enter elsewhere, ask for asylum, and are arrested. 

The current administration has stated that this tactic is being used as a deterrent, so that people will not come to the US for asylum. Put yourself in a refugee's place. If your home country is so dangerous that you'd walk to the US to escape it, any haven is better than no haven. If I were forced to choose between my child dying or being separated from me, I'd choose the separation. But it's still evil and unnecessary, and our federal government is only doing it to inflict pain upon these families. Trump says he will lift the child separation practice if Congress gives him an immigration bill that includes $25 billion for a border wall. Does that not sound like ransom to you?

There are plenty of people who think arresting refugees is a fine tactic, that we can't have so many immigrants here. Their ancestors who came to the US as refugees ...well, they say that's different. I am a white woman born in the US, but there is nothing at all that makes me any more deserving of safety and freedom than someone fleeing a lawless country to seek safety for their family. God loves the refugee children as much as He loves me.

Twenty years ago today, I took a child out of a Communist country and brought her to the US to grow up in an intact family. When I, an American, walked into the US Consulate at Guangzhou, our group passed through hundreds of Chinese citizens outside who had been waiting for weeks just to get an appointment to ask for a US visa. We walked right in, privileged because of an accident of birth. And now we have children being separated from their mothers and fathers right here in our country, sent to their own jails and camps, with no protocol in place to reunite them with their parents, who could be deported without them. That ain't right, no matter who you are.

What kind of nation have we turned into?

Customer Loyalty Rewards

I honestly think all the local grocery is getting from me are my grocery-buying habits, which is obvious. I don't use a smart phone, and my store account is set up without email, much less social media. They still manage to send me coupons for what I'm going to buy. However, I'm sure there are plenty of hyper-connected people that make all that information accessible to them without even thinking about it. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Managers Special

Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World?

The worst mosquito tourist experience I know is Roanoke Island in North Carolina, and the best is at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. But when you go to Disney World in Orlando, you're too busy having fun to notice the lack of mosquitoes. The theme park is built on a swamp in Florida, so what gives? The truth is that Disney goes to great lengths to control the mosquito population. Rob Plays explains how that happens.

Miss Cellania's Links

How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture. When creating heroic tales, filmmakers still ask, "What would Indiana Jones do?"

The Unexplained Dancing Plague and Other Epidemics of Yore. The power of suggestion is still the most logical explanation.

The Bible Passage Jeff Sessions Used to Justify Detaining Children Has a Disgusting History. It's the verse you use when you don't have a moral leg the stand on. 

Reanimation! Science Stories About Frankenstein. This seven-part video series features conversations with scientists on Mary Shelley's book and the issues it addresses. (Thanks, WTM!)

George Lucas's Plan for Star Wars 7 through 9, Starring Mid-Chlorians. No matter how much you dislike any of the new Star Wars films, you can tell yourself it could have been so much worse. (via Ars Technica)

The Recipes of Cleopatra. Her elixirs were well-regarded in the fields of cosmetics, gynecology, and alchemy. (via Strange Company)

The Iroquois Theater Disaster. More than 600 people died in the stampede and conflagration, which led to new safety standards.

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War. America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and re-engage with mainstream culture.

Watch Tiny Crab Spiders Take Flight With 10-Foot Silk Parachutes.

How to claim your maple syrup.

A blast from the past (2016): The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster.

The Cats' Orchestra

Anyone who ever saw The Aristocats knows that cats make music like nobody's business. Click the "more" button to see 14 cats playing their chosen instruments.

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grand Larceny

Once In A Lifetime: Isolated Vocals

"Once in a Lifetime" by The Talking Heads with just David Byrne and the chorus, without any musical instruments, sounds like the depraved rantings of a lunatic mind. (via Dangerous Minds)

Strategic Slice

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Blood Oath

Ew. Fresh blood is fairly clean, yet you don't know where that hand has been. But that's nothing compared to the world of bacteria crawling inside the mouth of someone with such weak gums. This comic is from Jake Likes Onions. http://jakelikesonions.com/post/174856492449/flossing -via Geeks Are Sexy https://www.geeksaresexy.net/

To Dad

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