Monday, December 18, 2017
A donor took a piano to a Goodwill store. Is it in tune? Why, no, but that only lends an air of authenticity when a patron sat down and played "Alley Cat" by Danish composer Bent Fabric. The ragtime tune sounds right at home on this instrument. With a one-time tune-up, it would be a fine addition to a home with children learning to play. (via reddit)
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Who would hang a stocking by the chimney with care if they didn't want treats stuffed in it? That's not the case here. Craig Groeschel posted this picture of his wife Amy showing off the new Christmas stocking that just arrived. The caption says,
Guess what @amygroeschel typed in the box that said, “Would you like a name to personalize your stocking?”We come across the command that "all fields must be filled" so often that we forget that there are some fields that truly do not need to be filled. This one's funny enough to become a family heirloom. (via reddit)
The opening scene on last night's Christmas episode of Saturday Night Live had our president and first lady decorating the White House tree with ornaments of erstwhile staffers presented by surviving staffers. Kate McKinnon plays two roles, because she's good at all of them. Scarlett Johansson makes a special appearance as Ivanka.
Chris and Jess Poole decided it was asking for too much trouble to put up a Christmas tree this year, because Cole and Marmalade would just trash it again. Instead, they built a cat-friendly gingerbread house out of cardboard! They decorated it so festively that they don't miss having a tree. And the cats love it. Watch them build the Christmas cardboard gingerbread house in this video. (via Laughing Squid)
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Chili Klaus is a musician and hot pepper seller. He went back to visit the Herning Boys Choir, the choir he used to belong to, to sing some Christmas music. Here they perform "Oh, Come All Ye Faithful." But Chili Klaus always has a hot pepper up his sleeve. I don't know how he convinced the entire choir to eat a ghost pepper and sing, but he did, and the resulting music will being tears to your eyes. It certainly brought tears to their eyes! (via reddit)
Home security cameras in Oklahoma City on Thursday caught a mishap between a postal carrier and his truck. It appears he falls out of the truck and then gets run over. He doesn't seem injured, though, because he's up quickly trying to catch the truck. The truck, however, keeps on going until the forces of inertia show up in the form of a brick house. It seems that the stresses of the holiday season had gotten to this driver, but good. (via Geekologie)
Petra the African grey parrot has learned to get what she wants, just by asking. A human can say no, but Google's Alexa is programmed to carry out your wishes. This video is essentially over at two minutes.
Petra made a shopping list on the Amazon Echo. We are having Alexa tell us what the list contains then when we ask Petra WHY she made a list, All she can say is "I want a Peanut"Yeah, voice recognition in a household assistant is a wonderful thing, but you have to remember that parrots learn your voice and use it. Making a shopping list is not the only thing Petra uses Alexa for.
(via Bits and Pieces)
Family is family, no matter how nutty they are. Christmas family togetherness is accurately described in "The Season's Upon Us," from the Dropkick Murphys album SIGNED and SEALED in BLOOD. (via Daily of the Day)
Here is the full version of the Guinea pigs having their Christmas feast. pic.twitter.com/vuJUDCdQKR— Derek Faye (@Derek_Faye) December 6, 2017
There's something satisfying about watching little critters enjoy their food so much.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Kyle and Cori Gunderson are into Christmas decorations in a big way. But they are all based on puns ...and a few glasses of wine. Cori is determined to leave the interpretation of each pun up to you, while Kyle knows that sometimes you have to spell it out. Maybe they both needs another glass of wine. (via Tastefully Offensive)
What could be more fun than watching the destruction of a wrecking ball used on a bunch of cars? Watching it all in slow-motion with the Slow-Mo Guys! Gav and Dan start out small, smashing a brick wall, but quickly move on to vehicles. There are many ways to smash a car with a wrecking ball, and they have to try them all out. How did they come up with so many cars to smash? The video is sponsored by Amazon to promote their TV series The Grand Tour, starring the guys who used to be on Top Gear. (via Tastefully Offensive)