Monday, March 18, 2019

Mail Delivery

Talk about snail mail! (via Bad Newspaper)

Bernard Sanders on The Today Show

Wow, flashback time to 38 years ago! Jane Pauley, Phil Donahue, and ...Bernie Sanders! In this 1981 interview, he had recently been elected the mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He's lost hair since then, but otherwise hasn't changed much.


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The Foods of New Zealand

Jordan Watson of How To Dad tries to explain the foods of New Zealand. Part of the humor here is that these "native" Kiwi staples are just as common in their larger neighbor Australia. I hate to be the one to break the news, but these foods are common all over the world; they are just called by different names. His tomato sauce is our ketchup. His Weet-bix is our Shredded Wheat. And of course, what they call chup dup is what we call chip dip. But it's what he says at the end that is important.
We're like a big melting pot of all different cultures and ethnicities. You could say we're like a big boil-up pot, just, of all different flavors. And it's the best blooming' boil-up I've ever seen. 
(via Tastefully Offensive)


Cats are weird, but people are weird, too. This slice of life is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Diet Water

(Thanks, WTM!)

How Tall Can a Tree Grow?

Everything has a limit. Even the healthiest person can't seem to survive past 120 years or so. Trees can live for thousands of years, but there's a limit to how tall they can grow. The tallest trees, California sequoias, can grow to 130 meters and no more. The reasons have to do with physics, specifically gravity, but it's more complicated than a tree getting too heavy. This TED-Ed lesson from Valentin Hammoudi explains. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Woman Who Gave Birth to a Demon Cat. The case of Agnes Bowker illustrates the bizarre lengths that one could go to in order to explain an out-of-wedlock birth in the days when there was no greater shame. (via Strange Company)

What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America.

The Trouble With Pyrex. It was invented to withstand heat, but then the formula was changed.

Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert.

How Puma Leftovers Help Shape the Forest Ecosystem.

Irish Bar May Be the Oldest in the World. Evidence shows it was operating in the year 900! (via Nag on the Lake)

White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

She's showing off her best moves when this happens.

I got told what to call this poem by my male colleague. Grace Krause wrote a poem thanking all the men who mansplained her research to her. 

30 People Whose Genetics Made Them Unique.

A blast from the past (2013): Polydactyl Cats: The Charm of Big Feet.

Excuse Me

(via Fark)

The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware

Consciousness is a deep, deep subject, but Kurzgesagt is very good at explaining complicated subjects. There are quite a few elements that define different levels of consciousness, which makes the consciousness of a worm different from that of a hamster or humans. The concept of "consciousness" is hard enough; and there are two more videos to come in this series. I can't wait until they take on the subjects of "sentience" or "soul."

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

St. Practice Day

We Are All Right Now

Paul Rodgers of Free sings "All Right Now" over the music of "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. Strange how well this works.


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Paper Moon

This 1948 short film by Wah Ming Chang features an odd combination of papercraft animation, puppetry, and live action. (via Everlasting Blort)

What Kind of Animal?

I can relate. Cheetahs are beautiful and athletic, but while that may be an aspiration, I've found myself turning more into a hermit crab as time passes. This comic is from Sarah Andersen at Sarah's Scribbles.  

St. Patricks Day Menu

(Thanks, Rich!)

What Is the Shortest-Lived Country in History?

Nations come and go. Biafra was in the news for less than three years, or its entire history. Countries that collapsed in less time are often forgotten because they drew fewer headlines, some of them born and gone in the blink of an eye, relatively. But to determine the shortest-lived country ever, you first have to define what a country is. Half as Interesting found some countries that came and went before you learned about them; the shortest depends on how you define the question. (via Laughing Squid)


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St. Patrick

The story of the saint and the history of the holiday. Happy St. Patricks Day!