Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Black Angus

What Is A Photocopier?



This would be funny even if it weren’t verbatim from an actual legal deposition. It’s from a 2010 case in which the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Recorder’s office was sued for charging $2 a page to make copies of public documents. The exchange, re-enacted verbatim from the court records, shows the lengths a person can go to to avoid answering a simple question. The expanded story is at The New York Times, although I cannot read it because I’ve already reached my limit of ten free articles this month. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Humble Beginnings

Maryanna had high aspirations when she was four years old. Her older sister kept this because she knew it would be meaningful someday. And when Maryanna recently received her acceptance letter from Berkeley, it was time to bring it out. The top comment:
I've heard that Berkeley has one of the top postgraduate dishwashing programs in America. Go for your dream!

(via reddit)

Seal Gets a Belly Rub



Jason Neilus took a GoPro camera on a diving expedition off the Farne Islands in the UK. These clips show that seals are definitely the dogs of the sea. They are curious, friendly, and love being petted. Watch the facial expression on this seal when he gets a belly rub! (via Viral Viral Videos)

Werewolves

Sorting

Commencement Backflip



The most exciting part of the Davenport University commencement festivities in Grand Rapids, Michigan, happened about three hours into the ceremony. Robert Jeffrey Blank received his diploma, of which he is understandably proud, but then he tried to make his graduation memorable by doing a backflip for the camera. The “thud” you hear, and the expressions of those on stage, lets us know that it didn’t turn out as expected. But Blank is now a viral star, and isn’t that what you went to college for four years for, anyway? (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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Before, During, and After the Big Bang.

Star Wars VII Cast Announced.

Silly Rock Band Names Rendered In Pictures. (via Lauren Hansen)

14 Delicious And Charming Reasons To Throw A Kentucky Derby Party.

What (Else) Can Men Do? Grow Up. Women can’t stamp out sexism without your cooperation. And related:

Not All Men: A Brief History of Every Dude’s Favorite Argument.

Game of Thrones is Arrested Development.

Siena the lioness was gored by a buffalo, a wound that looks horrible, but did not affect any of her major organs. Her surgery is documented in photographs at Africa Geographic, but be aware that they are gory. (via Boing Boing

12 Facts About Mean Girls That Could Make Fetch Happen.

The Health-Care System Is So Broken, It’s Time for Doctors to Strike.

Cat Sneeze

World Class Butt Wiggle




Ohagi has concentration, focus, and a procedure. 1. Lock eyes on target. 2. Wiggle hindquarters in a rhythmic manner until completely wound up. 3. Raise one front paw. 4. raise other front paw and hover like an alien spacecraft (that last part gets me every time I see it). 5. Launch! Let’s see it again.


(via reddit)

Breaking Bad: A Tribute



Alexandre Gasulla crafted a video about Breaking Bad that doesn’t really give away any plot points, but it does explain the show as an overall concept. We see the emotional changes Walter White goes through as a result of confronting his mortality and the decisions he makes regarding what he does with the remainder of his life, and the effect those changes have on the people around him. Those who followed the series will realize how much they miss it, and those who haven’t may want to look into starting with season one real soon. (via Digg)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

He Was Wrong

Anti-Bullying Messages



I’m not sure what to think about this PSA from VH1. The ids who are victimized by bullies as children dream of growing up and being just as cruel in adulthood. Well, maybe it’s supposed to be entertainment instead of a PSA. I don’t think there are too many children watching VH1 anyway. (via Time Newsfeed)



A much better teaching moment comes in author George Saunders’ commencement speech to the 2013 graduating class of Syracuse University, animated by Above Average. The world can be changed by kindness becoming the cool thing. Because that’s one thing you will not regret 40 years later. If the coolest, most popular kids stood up for the underdog, things would change for the cool kids, the victims, and the bullies. (also via Time Newsfeed)

The Painful Truth

(via reddit)

How to Flatten a Hamster



Did you know that when a hamster is relaxed, it turns into pancake batter and flows out to the sides? YouTube member ghiblilover25 shows us how it’s done. Careful, or you might have some relaxed hamster dripping over the side of your hand onto the floor. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Fan Crush

Parrot

(via The Chive)

Breaking Bad: A Tribute



Alexandre Gasulla crafted a video about Breaking Bad that doesn’t really give away any plot points, but it does explain the show as an overall concept. We see the emotional changes Walter White goes through as a result of confronting his mortality and the decisions he makes regarding what he does with the remainder of his life, and the effect those changes have on the people around him. Those who followed the series will realize how much they miss it, and those who haven’t may want to look into starting with season one real soon. (via Digg)



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The Toilet that Sank the U-1206.

The word “chemical” is often treated as a bad thing, as many commercial interests want you to reject “chemicals” and “go natural.” As if the natural world wasn’t made of chemicals. (via Metafilter)

What Ridiculous Food Day is Your Birthday?

A short history of text for the blind, with fascinating museum displays. (via the What Is It? Blog)

Building the Perfect Painkiller. (via Not Exactly Rocket Science)

Monty Python’s Last Show to be Broadcast Around the World.

Patrick Stewart on Sci-Fi and Robots.

Awkward: Americans can't pass the US citizenship test. (via Digg)

A Mission to Find Jack's Keys from 1943.

The Question of the Bobba Fett Movie. Can you make a Disney film with an evil protagonist?

Walk Away

(via Fark)

Synchronized Air Swimming



These 5th grade students came up with a clever entry for the talent show at W. A. Porter Elementary School in Hurst, Texas, earlier this month. You know they put a lot of practice in, plus they had to watch videos to see what synchronized swimming was all about. They deserve a medal! (via Pleated-Jeans)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Baseball Stats

Talking Parakeet



Take notice of what you say to your parakeet; it may end up saying it back to you. It’s not easy to teach a parakeet to talk, but this one picked up the sweetness and baby talk he got when he was young. That certainly beats the bad language and incriminating phrases we’ve heard from other birds! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)


Futurism

Moving Carriage Illusion



Here we get a look behind the scenes at how a Chinese movie production creates the effect of movement without movement, special effects, or computers. If this were a Hollywood production, there would be a visual effects team working on this, or maybe a specially-created set. This is why filmmakers who grow up making movies in their backyards are better at staying within a budget. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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It's time to launch the largest protest the FCC has ever seen.

Over 60 Amazing WonderCon Cosplay Pictures.

Are dinosaur fossils a national resource for research and education, or do they belong to those who own the land they are found on -or who buy them from the owners?

12 Things You Might Not Know About The Goonies.

The Name of the Year tournament used to happen somewhere around March Madness time, but in recent years has been scheduled whenever they get ready. And now, the 2014 tournament has wrapped and the winner is… Shamus Beaglehole! (via Metafilter)

The Starving, Naked, Hysterical Mind of Allen Ginsberg.

The Stereotype Map Of Every U.S. State — According To British People.

The Most and Least Expensive States to Live In. (via Digg)

How to Survive a Lightning Strike.  (via Laughing Squid)

Today's image from The Hobbit Sequel Title Generator. (via the Presurfer)

Zumba

(via Fark)

Curious Alice



Curious Alice is a 1971 anti-drug film produced by the National Institute for Mental Health. It relates the tale of Alice in Wonderland to drug abuse, which doesn’t really require a great leap. It was aimed at 8- to 10-year-olds, and doesn’t seem all that effective in making drugs unattractive. Media Matters says,
In the 1972 publication, Drug Abuse Films, the National Coordinating Council on Drug Education (NCCDE) criticized Curious Alice for being confusing and potentially counterproductive to drug abuse education. In the report, the NCCDE, an independent organization that received funding from NIMH, evaluated scores of films for scientific accuracy and effectiveness. The review panel classified Curious Alice as “restricted”, writing that young viewers “may be intrigued by the fantasy world of drugs” and that it should only be presented with a “very skilled facilitator” in order to “probe for the drug attitudes” of an elementary school class. (In other words, teachers, don’t bother trying to use this film to get kids to stay away from drugs because it’ll require way too much extra work on your part.)
But for adults, it’s a beautifully animated hoot. (via Metafilter)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Squirrel Report

Police blotter items will be told as simply and completely as the cops want it to be reported. At first this one sounds like the same item I posted a couple of months ago about a squirrel running around in circles. But the punch line is indicative of the crazy modern world we live in. (via Uproxx)

Frasier's Celebrity Callers



The TV sitcom Frazier ran from 193-2004. Frazier Crane was a psychiatrist with a radio show featuring call-ins. The people that called in were often celebrity voices that few recognized, but the actors who called in were credited at the end of each season. Here, we know who’s talking in each one. We also get to see Dr. Crane (Kelsey Grammer) age ten years over just a few minutes. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Cat Dances for Kittens



There’s not much explanation for this video, but it appears that Momotaro is both confused and excited about the kittens. That seems like the most reasonable explanation, but if you want to believe that he’s trying to teach the tiny things some cool dance moves, go ahead and believe that.

Curious about these cats, I looked through the YouTube channel and determined that the kittens were born to Momotaro’s sister. He is actually a pretty good uncle to them. (via Tastefully Offensive

UFO Headline

Shell-Shocked

Dog Has a Peculiar Snore



You recall the ominous sound that was used in the Inception trailer (and many other trailers afterward)? If you don’t, push this button. Now listen to this dog snore. Yep, that’s the same sound. A few years ago we would have described it as a foghorn, but the Inception sound is much more familiar to a modern audience. (via FilmDrunk)

Woofles

(via Fark)

Runaway Toilet



The winds were a bit blustery in northern Utah last week, with gusts of over 70 mph recorded. The strange weather was evident in the town of Lehi when a portable toilet ran down the street by itself. Dan Pierce captured the incident on video. (via Arbroath)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fire Extinguishers

Who Invented the Internet?



Asking who invented the internet is like asking who invented politics or plumbing. A complex system is the result of many innovations built upon by many different people over time. Some of the technological breakthroughs were from people working on a specific task that later became used for something completely different. The internet as we know it was developed not only by those who invented the technology, but also by those who saw extra potential in each innovation and exploited it for other uses. This video is from Kurzgesagt. (via Laughing Squid)

Rehearsal

You’re Going to be a Grandpa


Jessica Hickey’s father has been a widower for twenty years. Since she got married, he’s wanted a grandchild, and the moment finally came to break the news to him. This is short and terribly sweet. The top comment at reddit brings us back down to earth:

He is crying because being a Cubs fan, he is not used to getting what he wants.

We wish the entire family all the happiness in the world. (via reddit)

The Wizard of Oz (1903)

School Open House

(via The Chive)

Redneck Rocketry



What is going on here? Looks like plenty of fun when you’re not in the line of fire. Not only are there explosions and barrels flying skyward, but, you know what they say: Everything that goes up must come down. How hard can a falling barrel hit you? Probably hard enough to flatten you!

A few commenters suggested this is a reaction of calcium carbide and water, which produces acetylene. That would makes these calcium carbide cannons. This is what happens when a village has no movie theater or bowling alley. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


Max

(via Fark)

Becoming Sumo



Abdelrahman Shalan is the first professional sumo wrestler from Africa, or the Middle East. Born in Egypt, he left his family at age 16 to live and train in Japan. He is now known as Ōsunaarashi, which translates to The Great Sandstorm. It’s not the kind of dream most of us could relate to, but he is putting his all into making it happen. (via Laughing Squid)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Crime Spree

Les Pyramides d'Égypte




There are more ancient Egyptian secrets than we can imagine waiting to be discovered underneath the sands of time. If only we could find the remote control! This video from Kheops Pyramides lets us in on one story that no one ever believed because there was no hard evidence to be found. (via Kuriositas)

Punography

Humans Are A Dog's Best Friend



Ze Frank takes on the persona of a Bassett hound to explain how dogs and humans relate to each other. It’s  dog food ad, but it’s not intrusively so. The story of the human’s date is lovely, sticking random things the man found in the garden into their mouth holes. (via Daily of the Day)

Obviously

Haiku

Ellen's Appearance on Game of Thrones



Ellen Degeneres returns to her standup roots for a guest appearance on the HBO show Game of Thrones. She plays -what else- the court jester. Despite what she tells you, I see hardly any spoilers here. There might be if it made any sense, but we don’t watch standup comedians for their logic. (via Tastefully Offensive)

9 People Who Just Did It Anyway


This week’s mental_floss video entitled 18 Famous People Who Are Missing Body Parts reminded me that April is Limb Loss Awareness Month. You may be aware that we have a continuing series about people who are technically classified as “disabled,” but don’t let it get in the way of doing as they please. While it’s still April, let’s meet some other people who are excelling in areas they weren’t supposed to because of lost limbs or other anomalies, in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

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11 Facts You May Not Know About George Clooney.

That Time Cleveland Released 1.5 Million Balloons and Chaos Ensued. (via Metafilter)

20 Things You Might Not Know About E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Nip Vann: Outlaw on the Big Screen. (via Digg)

How Sloths Breathe Upside-down.

Adjusting to minimum-wage retail work is not easy for a middle-aged former white collar worker. But it is certainly eye-opening.

The Worst Possible Thing That Can Happen When You’re Testing The Oculus Rift In A Russian Shopping Mall. It’s a virtual reality freakout!

25 things turning 25 in 2014. 1989 was a busy year for innovation, entertainment, and politics.

Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders are suing the team for unpaid work and sexual harassment. Wait until you get a taste of the job requirements and pay scale.

7 Fairy Tale Castles. These real places look better than anything you'll see in a Disney movie.

X-rays Reveal All

(via Fark)

Firefighter Having a Bit of Trouble



The original title on this video is “Firefighter on a ladder having a bad day on a slippery truck…” But honestly, he’s a firefighter. Any day you fight a fire and make it home is a good day. But the trouble he’s having in this short clip will remind you of some ridiculous predicament you got yourself into once or twice in the past -maybe even on a ladder. It’s okay to laugh, because we’ve all been there. (via Arbroath)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Breasts

Up! Up!



El-Al, the Israeli airline, puts a little boogie in their in-flight safety instructions! (via Neatorama)

Cats in Shades



The Shironekoshiro cats, the most laid-back cats in the world, enjoy a little springtime outside with their fashionable sunglasses protecting their eyes. If you have a couple of minutes, you can watch Tyatora, Shiro, and Chibi soaking up the sunlight. If you don’t have that much time, just pretend this is a still photo. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Painting the Cow

The purpose was to keep vehicles from hitting the cow. (via Weird Vintage)

Teacher's Drink

(via The Chive)

Russian Driver Hits Dog



Or did she? Watch and learn. I'll go ahead and tell you, this is not the sad video you might expect. In fact, whatever you might expect, this is not that. (via Neatorama)

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Entropy in the List of Authors of Scientific Papers.

Friday, an avalanche on Mt. Everest resulted in the death of 16 Sherpas. The disaster throws a light on the Nepali people who cater to wealthy but inexperienced mountain climbers who pay dearly to say they’ve climbed Everest.

30 Things You Might Not Know About Cheers

After criticizing the new ‘Teen Titans’ cover, Janelle Asselin was name-called and threatened with rape. The worst part? No one is surprised.

New Art from Hanksy.

Here's How Much Money Doctors Actually Make.

The Post-Shooting Life of Sixteen Film Sets.  (via mental_floss)

How punctuation is killing the hashtag. There are certain limitations to writing on interactive machines like Twitter.

It’s Scandalous to Keep Using Black Boxes in Airplanes Like MH370. Better technology has been available for years.

What’s It Like To Suddenly Become Attractive? Several self-described “ugly ducklings” tells us -and show us.

Potatoes

(via Fark)

Fingersnapping Super Mario



I can snap my fingers as well as the next person, but I never knew until today that you (or at least some talented people) can make snapping fingers play different notes. Emil Axelsson is pretty good at it. Watch closely and you’ll see that he’s not snapping the same fingers over and over, but different fingers to make different tones. Enjoy his version of the Super Mario Bros. theme. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's Not Polite to Point

Out of Hand



When we say we are going out to “find ourselves,” we usually don’t mean it literally. That journey is literal for a disembodied robot hand! He wants to find himself, “or at least as many pieces as possible.” Pull yourself together, hand! After making the rounds of film festivals, this short by Simon Fink is now available to the rest of us. (Thanks, Simon!)

Uncanny Resemblence

Bonobo Builds a Fire



Watch a bonobo, a close relative of the chimpanzee, start a fire with a match. Once he builds the fire, he does the natural thing next -he toasts marshmallows! No, this behavior wasn’t observed in the wild; he was taught to do this. But you wouldn’t know how to start a fire and toast marshmallows if your parents hadn’t taught you how, either. See, they aren’t so different from us, really. This clip is from the BBC TV series Monkey Planet, which is apparently about apes, too. (via Viral Viral Videos

Satan's Incubus

The Value of Education

(via The Chive)

Teens React to Mean Girls 10th Anniversary



Mean Girls is only ten years old? I thought it was much older than that. But I recall when it came out, that I meant to watch it because I love Tina Fey. But I didn’t get around to it. Then when my daughters hit middle school, I made a point to watch Mean Girls with them, because I trust Tina Fey. Now the movie is ten years old, and these teenagers think that’s, like, ancient. But it has a universal message that’s still as relevant now as it was then -or even forty years ago when I was in high school. My message to my daughters was “Don’t ever be a mean girl,” although I suspected that they would more likely need a defense against mean girls, which first comes with understanding what is happening. I know from experience how such dishonesty, manipulation, and head games can mess with your adolescent years.

Mean Girls should be required viewing for every middle school student, and the book it is based on should be required reading for parents. Besides, if you’re not in the midst of dealing with teen angst, it’s hilarious. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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15 Amazing Illustrations From The Art of DreamWorks Animation.

Nik Freeman made a map of the United States based on census data from 2010. The green parts are census blocks in which nobody lives. (via Metafilter)

With Google Maps technology, you can now explore the lands of George R.R. Martin’s world from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones. Check out the map of Westeros and Essos. (via The Daily Dot)

50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters With Witty Art Inspired by the Film. Gallery 1988 is taking the show on the road.

Keep Your Kitten Away From Your Laptop With This Handy Cat Desk. It gives them something better to do than bothering you.

In the wake of 16 Sherpa deaths last week, Nepali Sherpas are sitting out this year’s Mt. Everest climbing season. Why should they risk their lives to take Westerners up the mountain for just a tiny share of the profit?

The NYPD Just Learned A Very Valuable Lesson About Asking The Internet To Use A Twitter Hashtag. They asked for pictures of New York cops and got a ton of digital brutality.

The Danger of the Monster Myth. A man confronts the popular notion of rapists as aberrant, violent strangers, like the one who murdered his wife. (via Metafilter)

Why Mindy Kaling is the body positive icon of the moment. Despite a medical degree, her TV character in the same spot as many women.

Jessica

(via Fark)

A City Intersection with No Traffic Lights



American drivers, imagine a busy intersection in a large city with no traffic lights and no traffic cops. This is the condition in many cities around the world. This intersection is in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The thing that keeps drivers from constantly crashing is the idea that no one has any right-of-way, and you just go when you can, but don’t hit anyone. Could the famously traffic law-abiding American drivers deal with such a system? Probably not, because we are concerned with who has the right-of-way, and tend to get a little hostile when someone causes us a two-second delay in our travels. (via Arbroath)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

Everyone Peeps



Did you know where marshmallow fruff came from? Kate Hohman’s entry in the Washington Post Peep Show 2014 was one of the top finalists in the annual Peeps diorama competition. See more pictures at Blazenfluff.

10 Real Intersections With Unforgettable Names

If you lived in any of these places, no one would ever forget your address. You’d always be able to find someone to point you the right way home. But there’s an ever-present danger of your street signs being stolen. I've got ten of them in a list I posted at mental_floss.


Boss Problems



Cat Fishing



“Cat fishing” can mean many things. It can mean using a false identity to fool someone you met on the internet. In the more traditional sense, you can try to catch some catfish. Or maybe you see a cat trying to catch a fish in a pond. Or you can play with your cat using a fishing rod and lure (no hooks). This video shows another level of cat fishing -one cat using a fishing rod to entice another cat!

So the old adage is true: Give a cat a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Give a cat a fishing rod, and you’ll have an instant viral video. (via Arbroath

Cold Heiney

Room with a View

(via The Chive)

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Thanks for Your Money, Have a Nice Day.

May 23rd will mark the 80th anniversary of he ambush in which Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down by police in Lousiana. In Gibsland, Louisiana, the son of one of those police officers runs a museum called The Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum

Three generations of one family show how Tuscaloosa schools integrated and then re-segregated

22 Fun Facts About Clueless.

Top CEOs Make 331 Times the Average Worker. Does Anyone Care?

12 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Field Of Dreams. Would there be no crying in baseball if Tom Hanks had played the lead?

The Definitive Ranking Of The 102 Best Animated Disney Songs. I don’t know how definitive it can be when they decide “The Circle of Life” or any Tarzan song must be excluded.

Hollywood’s worst medical errors. If you suspend disbelief to enjoy a show, it’s not so bad, but don’t rely on medical knowledge from TV dramas.

When a TV network sends out a broadcast signal that TV antennas can catch free of charge, is it copyright infringement for a company to pick up the signal and resell it? Or would that be just renting out an antenna service?

10 Pop Culture Elephants (Plus 4 Reasonable Facsimiles). Which pachyderm is your favorite?