Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hard to Get Out of Bed

There are bad reasons to be stuck in bed, and then there are good reasons. This comic is the latest from Lunarbaboon.

People Whose Last Name is Obama



The $100,000 Pyramid is still on the air -who knew? The game that aired Sunday contained the most embarrassing moment in contestant Evan Kaufman's life, as he played with SNL alum Tim Meadows. It' a classic brain cramp, in front of the cameras.



Kaufman tells entire the story in his own words in this Twitter thread. (via Digg)


Nefertiti

(via The Chive)

Miss Cellania's Links

Sunset Boulevard: The Original Hollywood Exposé. For many viewers, the 1950 film was their first look at the sausage factories that make movies.

The Metrosexual Knights Who Defended Medieval Korea. Young aristocrats were honored to join the Hwarang Boys Academy.

The Mysterious Pilostyles is a Plant Within a Plant. It's a rare botanical parasite that has foregone its own photosynthesis, leaves, and roots.

The Chinese-Born Doctor Who Brought Tofu to America. Dr. Yamei Kin was the first Chinese woman to earn an American medical degree.

17 Red Flags That First-Time House Hunters Should Watch Out For. Sure, you can change things, but it might cost more than you can afford.

Watch this Interesting Overview of the Current State of Human Bionics. Technology and imagination are giving us prosthetics that do more than just replace limbs.

More teachers are turning to crowdfunding sites to pay for books, supplies, and field trips.

The 65 Absolute Best Moments from The Office

Mother acting scared when little hunter tries to sneak up on her.

11 Sharp Facts About Annie Oakley.

A blast from the past (2014): 9 Incredible Stories of Lost and Found Cats.


Toe Beans

(via Fark)

How Norman Conquerors Changed the History of Europe



You might think of the Normans (if you ever think of them at all) as French, but they were actually Vikings who converted to Christianity when they settled in the northern part of France (which became known as Normandy). They conquered England in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but that was only the first leg of the path of conquests. This TED-Ed video gives us the short version of the long story of the vast influence of Norman conquerors in Europe, including our language. (via Digg)

Tweet of the Day


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Monday, August 13, 2018

Drawback

Strandbeest Evolution 2018



Dutch engineer/artist Theo Jansen is known for his Strandbeests, giant kinetic sculptures  that move along the beach on their own, powered only by the wind. Over time, the Strandbeests have evolved to be bigger, lighter, and faster. They seem to be living beings, although they are made of PVC pipe, string, and zip ties. Check out this video showing off his latest, most kinetic Strandbeests. At the very end, you see Jansen with his Animaris Rhinoceros Transport from 2006, just to show how far his art has come. (via Geekologie)

Companionship

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A Compilation of Cats and Babies



Perfectly adorable, as you probably guessed. (via Metafilter)

The Gaia Hypothesis

We hurt the earth, so the proper response from the earth would be to get rid of us. Maybe we should stop hurting the earth. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Salmon for Sale

(via Bored Panda)

Is the Dinosaur-Apocalypse Story Wrong?



If you went to school after 1980, you probably learned that the dinosaurs went extinct because of a huge asteroid smashing into the earth 66 millions years ago. If you went to school before 1980, you probably heard that it could be any one of a dozen different reasons and we possibly might never know the exact cause of the dinosaurs extinction. One of the competing ideas is that the mass extinction was caused by the Deccan Traps, a group of volcanoes that erupted for thousands of years, so long that they poisoned the entire earth. This hypothesis has been promoted by paleontologist Gerta Keller for decades, but it was overshadowed by physicist Luis Alvarez' discovery of the iridium layer that pinpointed the date of the asteroid. Scientists are still arguing over the reason for the death of the dinos, which you can read about at The Atlantic. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Animals interrupting wildlife photographers.

Lies My Teacher Told Me, And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon.

Enrolling Americans in Medicaid Is Now Cheaper Than Subsidizing Their Obamacare Coverage.

The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone. The technology was there, but no one could use it until the expense came down. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Internet is in Love With Casual Disney Princesses From Wreck-It Ralph 2. An entire film of just their slumber party would be a hit.

Dude, She’s (Exactly 25 Percent) Out of Your League. Online dating gives us the tools to quantify aspirational dating behavior.

7 Charts Explain Why America is Becoming Obese. It's a battle that must be fought on several fronts. (via Digg)

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time. An essential reference gallery.

Why Scientists are Infiltrating Music Festivals. It's not for research, but to present ideas to the crowds.

I Discovered My Boyfriend Of 2 Years Was A Con Man Who Swindled Me Out Of $52,000. Once again, I feel blessed to be broke.

A blast from the past (2014): 8 Sensational Female Murderers from History.

Firefighters and Cats


Firefighters are heroes, no doubt about it. They are sacred defenders of life, even when the victims they save are not so grateful. This one was rescued from a burning home by the Boulder Fire Department.



But some are very thankful. Continue reading for more cats and firefighters.

If Monday Was a Video



If Monday was a video, you can guess what you'll see. Nothing goes right, and you wish it was another day. That's Monday in a nutshell. What really got me was the plastic wrap. It was a brand-new box, and he knew it would be hard to open. He must've bought that exact same brand before, and so knew it was a problem. I also knew the plastic wrap would show up again. I've had lots of problems with plastic wrap. So I'm going to spend the rest of today not doing any of these things. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day


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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Shrinkage

Sounds like an arrangement with the delivery drivers. (via Bad Menu)

My Kids' Summer


Both of my kids are home -for just a few more days before they go back to school. They've been pretty busy this summer. Princess got married in France. Another wedding will follow in December. Meanwhile, she and her husband are finishing school in two different countries, in order to graduate with no debt.


Gothgrrl spent three months in Thailand as a research intern at an elephant sanctuary. Not only will her expenses be reimbursed by her school, but she'll get credit for the project as soon as she presents her research findings.

I'm pretty proud of my girls!