Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don't Call

Mockingbird



This is a very short horror story from director Marichelle Daywalt. (via Neatorama)

Internet Trolls – The Halloween Musical



What’s the scariest monster you can think of? That’s right, online trolls! And to add to the horror, they now have their own musical number, courtesy of AVbytes. As you’d expect, they are fairly proud of the chaos, discord, and misery they leave across the web. The lyrics to this song are posted at the YouTube page. (via Laughing Squid)

Mere Oblivion

An Exercise in Futility

LED Minnie Mouse Stickman Costume



Last year, Roy Hutain created an internet sensation when he created an LED Stickman Costume for his toddler daughter Zoey. This year, Zoey is a year older and the costume is more elaborate. Her “Glowy Zoey” LED costume changes color in response to sound, and has Minnie Mouse ears for her trip to Disneyland! This version is a prototype, but you can buy the basic Stickman Costume at Glowy Zoey. (via Tastefully Offensive)


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An Apology to Women. From the Annals of Improbable Research.

The Crucified Sheep, Tattooed Frogs, and Crocheted Skeletons of a Rogue Taxidermy Fair in Brooklyn. I’m just so happy that headline doesn’t describe a food festival.

This Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, the moon will pass in front of the sun without totally blocking it out. This partial solar eclipse will be visible to almost everyone in the United States and Canada.

50 of the Scariest Short Stories of All Time. Most of them are available to read online!


The true story of Stronzo Bestiale (and other scientific jokes). Stronzo Bestiale, who is cited in quite a few papers, means “total asshole.” (via Look at This)

People often wonder why abused women don’t just leave their partner. It’s because leaving is even more dangerous than staying.

The Weirdest Attractions From Coney Island's Heyday. A new book chronicles exhibits, freak shows, and rides we’ll never see again.

Suni, one of the last two northern white rhino breeding males, has died at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. That leaves only six northern white rhinos left in the world.

How Leper Colonies Work. The slow-working, easily treatable disease leprosy used to be the most horrible thing that could happen to you.

What dogs think about. They’re pondering the big questions.

Basement Cats

(via Fark)

The Modern Monster Mash



The Key of Awesome brings us an update to the classic song “The Monster Mash,” with Frank lamenting the current state of monster movies. Too violent, too shocking, too gross! Modern horror character show up at the party, including Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Krueger, and the Human Centipede. Concerning that last one, the video contains NSFW language and subject matter. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Is The Walking Dead All a Dream?


There’s a discussion at Warming Glow about the possibility that The Walking Dead will end when Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital and finds it’s all a dream. That would be …disappointing, but a few rather hilarious scenarios were posited.

The first, addressed in the post, would be Rick waking up in the hospital as he did in the first episode, only there’s no zombie apocalypse. Lori and Shane are there, Carl’s in college, his doctors are Hershel and Dale, Maggie and Beth are nurses, Glen and Daryl are lab techs, and Merl comes to take out the trash. The rest of the cast are seen as various friends and loved ones.

The second scenario is cobbled together from the comments. Rick wakes up in bed with  …Suzanne Pleshette! He goes to the shower, but Patrick Duffy is in there. Then he realizes he’s at St. Eligius, which is contained in Tommy Westphall’s snow globe. Whew!




The final scenario, from a comment, is actually a pretty good idea. Rick dreams that he wakes up in the hospital, where his family is with him and the cast members are hospital employees. It’s like a cast reunion. Everything seems hunky-dory until Rick actually wakes up, back in the zombie apocalypse. I could go for a scene like that.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Alphonse Bertillon and the Identity of Criminals

Alphonse Bertillon was a French forensic documentarian who developed or improved upon several methods of identifying criminals and solving crimes. Some of those methods, such as the mug shot, are still in use today, while others, particularly anthropometry, were abandoned over time in favor of more accurate methods. Bertillon is considered by many to be the first forensic expert. Read about Bertillon and his techniques in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

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The Fox Sisters



Watch a short animation about the Fox sisters by Stine Nymand Svensson and Elianna Morningstar Hansen. Read more about the Fox Sisters and their career as spiritualists at Neatorama.

Clean Your Lint Filter

(via reddit)

How to Give a Panda His Medicine



You think trying to work on a computer with a curious cat around is hard? This poor zookeeper needs to dose two young pandas with medicine, but they have other things in mind- like climbing, cuddling, and playing! It appears akin to trying to teach something important to a roomful of preschoolers at their peak energy time. And you can’t give medicine during a nap! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

A Real American Hero