Thursday, July 31, 2014

Uncle Jimmy

Guardians of the Galaxy in LEGO



Sean Willets and Forrest Whaley remade the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer completely in LEGO. From Gamma Squad:

From YouTuber Forrest Whaley, who has turned moving Legos around into a career, part of the fun is spotting all the fill-ins Whaley used for huge scenes. If you’re quick, for example, you’ll spot Mon Calamari, oddly silent on whether or not it’s a trap, in the background. Also, surprisingly, this is an official spot, according to First Showing; it appears Disney gave Whaley enthusiastic permission to put their upcoming hit into plastic.

Now I really want a Rocket Raccoon mini fig. Guardians of the Galaxy opens nationwide tomorrow, officially, but there are plenty of showings tonight.   

9 Silly Sharks to Prepare You for Shark Week

The Discovery Channel held their first Shark Week promotion in 1987. In the 27 years since then, the seemingly educational series of programming has “jumped the shark,” so to speak, and slid into entertainment, and even more recently, into cryptozoology. This year’s Shark Week will begin Sunday, August 10. To get you ready for this year's Shark Week, here are some of the silliest sharks in pop culture history, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

A Case of Poetry

(via reddit)

Kittens Learning to Walk Compilation



Their legs can barely hold their weight, and they can’t get no (dadaDAda) traction. These kittens are just discovering an new ability to get around on their own, and they are the cutest things ever! (via Tastefully Offensive)

That's a Stretch

Yoda's New Job

The Easiest, Fastest Way To Cut A Watermelon



I’ve cut up two watermelons in the past week to pack in my kids’ lunches for band camp. I was using the “cut the rind away first” method, but since seedless watermelons became common, there are plenty of watermelon-chopping techniques that work well. I may have to try this one, but with a slight change. I would do his horizontal cutting (almost but not all the way through) before slicing the melon in half. That would eliminate having to cut towards your hand with a wobbly end down, and instead cut down toward the board with the wobbly (whole) melon down. Oh, and make sure you have a really sharp knife. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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26 Odd But True Comic Book Facts.

Market Basket grocery store paid its employees well, gave customers low prices, and still turned a tidy profit. But it wasn’t enough, so the CEO was fired.

33 Pictures Taken At The Right Moment.

'Purity' culture: bad for women, worse for survivors of sexual assault. You’ll find a lot more links at Metafilter

These People Love to Collect Radioactive Glass. Are They Nuts? Or are they just nuts about that greenish glow?

Startling Acts Of Mischief In Children's Literature. Not by the characters, but by the authors!

The New York Times as written by stoners. The irony is that these folks believe they are being profound -at the time.

The Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Songs, according to Spotify. Do you have a favorite you’re reluctant to admit?

The best places to find love — and lust — according to science. I met my husband at a yard sale, which is not mentioned, for some reason.

A Tribute to the Grilled Cheese Sandwich. You know you want one, because everyone does.

Should've Prayed Harder

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!



Monty Python has started releasing clips from the recent reunion show, Monty Python Live (Mostly) starting with “The Spanish Inquisition,” starring Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, with Carol Cleveland. They will release another clip every week, or you can preorder the entire show on home video. (via Laughing Squid)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

That's a Stretch

(via Criggo)

Satisfactory

(via The Chive)

Baby Raccoons



The Fabulous Mr. Pug put together a compilation of only the best parts of about a dozen videos featuring baby raccoons. The little bandits are so cute at that age! (via Tastefully Offensive)

How Old Are Your Eggs?

Eggs last about two days per dozen in my house. (via Bits and Pieces)

The Deal

80-odd Years of Happy



Residents and staff of the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch, New Zealand, dance to Pharrell William’s song “Happy.” This is special. These folks know what happiness is. (via Neatorama)

The Day the Mountain of Fire Was Born

Eldfell is Icelandic for “mountain of fire.” The volcano named Eldfell came into being suddenly on January 23, 1973. It was a sight to see, but dangerous to be around. The people of Heimaey didn’t abandon their island home to the volcano, however. They made it work for them. Read all about the Eldfell volcano in an article I wrote at mental_floss.

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The Holy Grail Redux.

One-Third of Americans are struggling at less than 200% of the poverty level, yet they don’t identify themselves as “poor.” If they did, they might care more about economic policy. (via Metafilter)

The Banana Massacre.

Gentle Brain is an interactive web toy where you can play around with your brain. If you drop it, and you will, that’s okay, because there’s another one where that one came from, and it’s just as good. (via the Presurfer)

Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions.

50 Words That Sound Rude But Actually Aren't.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/58036/50-words-sound-rude-actually-arent
The Most Ridiculous TV Show Concepts in Pop Culture. I must admit that I watched a few of these every week.

In England during World War II, clothing and fabric was rationed, woman had to register for wartime jobs, and money was scarce. To encourage women to keep their appearances up, the Beauty as Duty campaign was born.

Mike Rowe Is Running For County Judge In Lafayette, Arkansas. It’s a Dirty Job, but someone’s got to do it.

The 5 best and worst states for a well-lived life. States are ranked by statistical averages; your mileage may vary.

5-year-old Sadie Learns the Awful Truth



Sadie just learned that her little brother will eventually grow up, and won’t always be the baby he is now. That’s an overwhelming concept for her, and she’s not taking it well. I can’t say that I blame her; he’s got an adorable smile. She also doesn’t want to die, no matter how far away that is. Some things are just hard to deal with. (via Buzzfeed)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

That's Helpful

Cocoa Farmers Taste Chocolate




Small farmers in Ivory Coast find out what their cocoa beans are used for when they taste a chocolate bar for the first time. Chocolate is out of their reach economically, and cocoa beans aren’t much without the sugar, milk, and other ingredients. But how could it be possible that these farmers don’t even know about chocolate? A commenter explained that chocolate is not part of the tradition of West Africa.
I know its weird, but in West Africa a bunch of the stuff we produce is for export only. It wasn't part of the traditional food, thus people never cared to eat it, or even knew how to finish production of it. The raw materials are just sent off.

It's not just cocoa. We produce coffee but don't roast it or drink it. We produce mangos, but not mango shakes. Chicken, but the variety for export is considered 'too soft' for the local palette.
It’s touching that the first thing the farmer does is to gather his friends and show them what chocolate tastes like. However, the kids will only get to see the wrapper. The video is a clip from the Dutch show Metropolis. You can see the whole chocolate episode here. Oh, and if you begin listening to the video because you know French, be aware that most of it is in Dutch. You may still need subtitles.  (via reddit)

Thanks, Siri

(via reddit)

Dog Plays Waltz on Piano



Bella the German Shepherd plays piano, with the help of Dani Rosenoer. The ridiculosity of the piano playing dog is enough to make me laugh, but wait until Bella gets a treat and then has to make sure every little crumb is found and consumed! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Master Chef

(via The Chive)

Nuclear Weapons



John Oliver tells it like it is regarding nuclear weapons. I remember when we used to think about them every day. So many of my generation grew up just assuming that we would all die from a nuclear bomb eventually. I know I did.

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Our Neighbor, Mr. Rogers. How Fred Rogers developed educational TV for young children.

The story of the only Lucas to win an Oscar for Star Wars: Marcia, George’s ex-wife.

In order to secure a three-year purchasing contract with the state of New York, office supplier Staples agreed to sell 291 common items for a penny. Hilarity ensues. (via Metafilter)

The Destabilizing Truth: Only The Wealthy Can Afford A Middle Class Lifestyle.

Why Are Cans Shaped That Way? (Thanks, Nick!)

A Game About Squares is exactly what it says on the tin, and despite the lack of instructions, it’s not that hard to figure out. (via Metafilter)

Here are the 6 celebrities who went undercover at Comic-Con. That Spider-Man you took a selfie with may have been someone you kind of know.

How 14 Things That Happened To You In Childhood Shape You As An Adult. These research findings are for populations and do not apply to all individuals.

Abandon Ship: 5 Maritime Disasters Lost to Time. Read these and then thank your lucky stars for those swimming lessons you took.

10 Heroic Battlefield Medics. They went to war to save lives, while risking their own.

Cats Do The Wizard of Oz

Cats love the classics, especially The Wizard of Oz. Continue reading to see them act out the best parts of the movie!

Magic Numbers



Check out this amazing method for learning how to multiply! Well, it’s an amazing story for learning, specifically, what 4 x 9 is. Or maybe it’s not so much amazing as it is baffling.

Darren Michalczuk’s YouTube channel The Brick School has several videos along this line. They are a few years old, but Michalczuk continues to push his learning method at his website Brain Magic. You can even buy apps to teach your child this method! Michalczuk has written quite a few education articles about the magic of learning that are as incomprehensible as the Magic Numbers series.

Of course it’s satire, but it’s played so straight across the web for so many years that it’s a masterful feat. You have to wonder if anyone ever took it seriously. My guess is that it would be easy to take it seriously if you just read the ads for the apps. The articles, well, someone with less-than-stellar critical thinking skills might swallow them whole, but the videos area real WTF moment. (via Digg)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ground Beef

Star Wars Episode VII Jitters Song



In this little ditty from Adult Swim, a lonely geek contemplates Star Wars VII. What if it’s awful? So many things could go wrong! That’s what we call “managing expectations,” or “not getting our hopes up.” As with most of the big blockbuster movies these days, the anticipation is more enjoyable than the payoff. (via Geeks Are Sexy)



Emotional Watermelon

(via The Chive)

The Peacocks of Palos Verdes



Rolling Hills Estates on the Palos Verdes peninsula in Los Angeles County has a lot of peacocks. They’re beautiful birds, but there’s a price to pay for such strange wildlife. From the vimeo description:
Peafowl first came to the Palos Verdes Peninsula almost a century ago when Palos Verdes founder Frank Vanderlip received 12 birds as a gift. Now, there are hundreds. The birds roam streets and roofs in the city of Rolling Hills Estates. Some residents love the peafowl and some wish the city would take more control.
Peacocks are wonderful in small doses. I recall peacocks in my neighborhood when I was a child -they mainly stayed behind the wrought iron fence of their owner’s home, where we could see them but did not have to deal with peacock poop or birds in the street. (via The Atlantic)

Giant Walking Eye

Tree

3-year-old Drummer Plays with Orchestra



Russian drummer Lyonya Shilovsky is three years old, but he’s already a pro! Watch him play drums with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. The song is Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” which most of just call “The Can-Can.” Lyonya only loses the beat twice: when he drops his sticks, and when his father interupts him to pose for a picture. How does that compare to your concentration when you were three years old? (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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Johnny Cash’s Captive Audience. The Man in Black spent years performing for prison inmates.

NERDS!!! 15 Facts You Might Not Know About Revenge Of The Nerds.

11 Movie Titles That Became Part of the Lexicon.

How a Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis.

Can You Identify These Hit Songs by Just Their First Second? There are links to each section from all the other sections, so you may as well start with recent music. (via Metafilter)

The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care.

Pie Man to the rescue: 13-plus one-off TV superheroes. Any weird superhero can be interesting for a single appearance.

Eight-year-old Noah Aldrich pushed, pulled, and towed his disabled brother through a youth triathlon because they do everything together. They are the living embodiment of a Hollies song.

Rebecca Ehalt returned home after a two-year absence and was greeted by her family’s Schnauzer. The dog was so overcome with joy that he fainted!

10 Poetic Tributes to Cats. They are, after all, the world’s most amusing muse.

A Beautiful Cat Sleeping

The most beautiful cat in the world? I don’t know, but he sure is fetching. And even more interesting when he’s asleep. These pictures were rearranged by redditor shayne9512 from a series posted by BitterRaven, but we don’t know who the original photographer is. This cat introduced me to a subreddit called Animals Being Derps, which I will have to visit again.

80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut



The 1980s gave us some truly awesome movies. While the trope of hacking computers was quite useful to advance a plot, the depiction of how it’s done was woefully unrealistic. For those of us who actually used computers in the ‘80s, these seemed ludicrous even when they were new. Yeah, the unrealistic speed was due to movie pacing, we got that, but other things made no sense. A security agency requires a login but no password. If you’re nerdy enough, you can draw a picture by typing. Transferring data means they have to show you that data onscreen as it loads.

From our 21st-century vantage point, even the futuristic computers are lame: you have a 3D holographic display, but you can’t produce a decent human voice? This supercut is from the folks at Found Item Clothing, where you’ll find a list of the movies. (via Laughing Squid)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Crime wave

We certainly can't have this! (via Bad Newspaper)

Jungle Wakudoki



The group World Order stars in a Toyota ad. I don’t know what wakudoki means, but I’ve been told that “doki” is Japanese for heartbeat. (via Neatorama)


Goat Stuck in Hole



A goat climbs halfway through a hole and can’t figure out what to do next. Poor stupid goat! His buddy decides to help out, by “pushing” him out of the hole. Is that clever on a goat scale? It’s not much help! But eventually the goat lady comes and makes everything all right. By the way the goats act, she always makes everything all right. This was uploaded by Janet Gradl of Baby Goats and Friends. (via Arbroath)

Unobtrusive

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Diversifying the Business

A Dramatic Reading by Nina Millin



As this goes along, you might find you recognize the poetry. It’s the lyrics from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” which works surprisingly well as an angry rant. Nina Millin has a series of these, called The Beyoncelogues. (via Viral Viral Videos)

House Salad

(via The Chive)

Goliath Grouper Attacks Spearfisher



Man has exploited the ocean and its creatures for as long as mankind has existed. Now the sea creatures are fighting back. Arif Sabir was spearfishing with friends off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, when they encountered a large Goliath grouper. They get a short laugh in just before the grouper takes a bite out of Sabir’s flipper and makes off with his catch, spear and all! The spear was recovered later. Never underestimate an ugly, slow-moving fish when you’re in their territory! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Leaf Pile

Kia

(via The Chive)

Triple Concerto for Faucet, Water Pipes and Fiddle



Does your plumbing make noise sometimes? That could be a curse, or a blessing in disguise when you’re looking for a little musical inspiration! Polish violinist Jacek Dzwonowski takes advantage of the sound and plays along. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Dog Joke

(via Fark)

Stay In Queue



If you think you’ve got a better strategy for getting to the front of the line, something will prove you wrong -no matter what you do. (via Neatorama)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Call Fat Eddy

The Walking dead Season 5 Preview



As happens every year at Comic Con, the first full-length preview of the new season of The Walking Dead was unveiled. Although we still have to wait until October to see Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and the zombies again, we can glean a few plot points to hang onto until then. (via Uproxx)

Use Finger

(via reddit)

Kitten Whips Strange Rival Cat



The rival cat doesn’t defend himself at all, because he’s ceramic. But that doesn’t make the battle any less important to this kitten! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Troll vs. Ant

Or maybe it's a chewing gum ad. (via Weird Vintage)

Annual Meeting

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The Woman at the Wheel. Alice Huyler Ramsey drove across the country in 1909 to prove that a woman could do it.

The Obscure Legacy of Alice Coachman Davis.

If you need playlist for a class reunion or a theme party, or you just want a background playlist for your internet surfing, The Nostalgia Machine is here for you. (via Metafilter)

Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts.

10 Weird Elevator Etiquette Rules. They wouldn’t be weird at all if everyone followed them correctly.

If all your favorite time travel movies existed in the same universe, where would they overlap? This timeline will make it clear.

The Most Expensive Domain Names Of All Time. I cannot see why a domain that’s just letters or numbers can be worth a million dollars.

The 30 Harshest Philosopher-on-Philosopher Insults in History. These infinitely-quotable minds made throwing shade into an art form.

Take a Look Inside a Baby Sloth Orphanage and Rescue Center. Yiscel Yángüez and Néstor Correa are devoted to saving sloths and returning them to the wild.

The Art of Micronations: Rebellion through Creative Land Conquests. These places you never heard of all wanted to be sovereign states at one time or another.

Toenail Polish

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20 Misconceptions About Sex



This mental_floss video is guest-hosted by Dr. Aaron Carroll of the YouTube channel Healthcare Triage. It’s about sex, so he’ll be talking about penises, erections, orgasms, and other stuff that your boss might not want to hear, so consider this NSFW. It’s not at all prurient, though.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fish Fry

The perfect way to make a fish fry a success is to serve something besides fish. (via Bad Newspaper)

Mary Poppins Quits



Mary Poppins sings, dances, performs magical feats, and keeps a smile on her face while raising a banker’s kids -for $7.25 an hour. Minimum wage means he’d mostly likely pay her even less if it weren’t illegal. That can get to you over time, but Mary still keeps a smile on her face as she explains why she is quitting her job. Kristen Bell stars in the video is the latest from Funny or Die. 

The New Faces of Rosie the Riveter


The poster we call Rosie the Riveter was originally an in-house motivational poster for Westinghouse factories in 1943. But since Norman Rockwell’s image of Rosie the Riveter is under copyright, the “We Can Do It!” poster became more famous, and has been used by people for all kinds of reasons since it became famous in association with the women’s movement in the 1980s. See some examples of what I’m talking about in an article I posted at mental_floss.

Go Somewhere Else

(via The Chive)

Supercats!: A Supercut of Cats in Movies



Ariel Belzit put together clips of cats from movies of all kinds: movies about cats and movies not about cats, going back over a century, featuring cats, kittens, animated cats, monster cats, people in cat costumes, and lots of villains stoking cats. All accompanied by “The Lovecats” by The Cure. (via Time)


Greater Enthusiasm

Elevator

(via George Takei)

How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain



Playing a musical instrument involves more areas of the brain than other activities. It only makes sense. You have to use your fine motor skills to play, understand the tune, read the music, remember how it’s done, co-ordinate with other players, and watch your timing. All at the same time. And that’s after you’ve learned how to do it! Learn more in this TED-Ed lesson from Anita Collins. (via Laughing Squid)

Dogs Re-enact a Movie

27 Unbelievable Local Traditions



To the folks who live there, these rites seem normal. But to the rest of us, but staging a buffet for monkeys is just strange. In this week’s mental_floss video, John Green tells us about the weird local traditions that may even be worth traveling for. Most of these traditions have been on Neatorama at one time or another, but some have been a long time ago. You can use the search function at the top to look them up.

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John Lennon's Psychedelic Rolls-Royce.

How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era.

America’s Favorite Star Wars Movies (And Least Favorite Characters).

Who Has the Best Facial Hair in Baseball History?

The 22 Most ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Cats Of All Time.

Ten times The Simpsons accurately predicted the future. Or does Matt Groenig actually control what happensin real life?

Here's the Kim Jong-un dance video North Korea is so upset about. He tried to get rid of it, but the genie is already out of the bottle.

Monty Python performed their final live performance together Sunday, and closed it out with a singalong. Followed by bonus footage of fans in costume.

Miss America Hypocrisy: The Vanessa Williams Nude Photo Shaming. We like our beauty queens to be chaste and virtuous and yet sexy at the same time.

Britain has basically decriminalized internet piracy. The U.S. should, too. Policing piracy is about as effective as policing marijuana use.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Refund

I am as confused as you are. (via Bad Newspaper)

Crazy Circle Illusion



What you’re seeing is a circle of dots spinning around inside a red ball. And yes, that’s what you see. This is not an optical illusion that fools the eye into seeing something that’s not there, but a neat explanation of how the pattern was created. I won’t spoil it for you, but the explanation is pretty darn clever. (via Neatorama)

Niles

(via reddit)

Disabled Dog Runs in the Weiner Race



Go, dog, go! Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington held a Wiener Dog Race sponsored by the local radio station. Among the dachshunds was the delightfully-named Anderson Pooper, who is disabled and uses wheels. Anderson Pooper didn’t win, but he made it to the finish line, which is more than you can say for some of the racers, and won the hearts and minds of the spectators. And now the internet. That’s a good dog. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Bonus: Here’s another video of Anderson Pooper competing in an earlier race while wearing a GoPro on his harness.

Representative Babies

Funny, they all look alike to me. (via Weird Vintage)

Naptime

SCAD Tower Free Fall



Here’s the simplest idea for a theme park ride yet. In fact, it’s not even a “ride” at all, unless you count the elevator trip up. The Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden, Denmark, is an actual free fall, with no ropes or kill switch. You go up 100 feet, get strapped into a safety harness just for the short time it takes to get from the platform to a hang oner the edge, then the harness is unhooked. It takes a mere second to get back down. Guaranteed to cure you of ever thinking about what it would be like to jump from a building. This video shows the experience from all angles. (via Viral Viral Videos)

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A Plea for Nostril Research.

Runaway Money. The strange story of Albert Clarke, who inherited all the royalties from Goodnight, Moon. (via Metafilter)

Desert Woodrats Use Gut Microbes for Detox. Ed Yong tells of a case in which a species leapfrogs generations of evolution by getting microbes to do it for them. 

The World's Largest Aquatic Insect May Have Been Found, And It Will Haunt Your Dreams. You can’t even hold it in your hand -as if you’d want to.

Make Fun Of The Mistakes Of Geniuses With These Classic Jeopardy! Bloopers. Yes, that one with Ken Jennings is included.

13 Insane Fair Foods You Need To Eat This Summer. Not all in the same day, of course; that could be fatal.

Living With Disability in the Dark Ages. The lack of documentation could mean it wasn’t considered so far out of the ordinary.

Life for Mick Jagger in his 20s must’ve been an amazing ride. Here are 30 photographs that prove it was so.

The 11 worst fast food restaurants in America. A survey of customers shows that bigger is not always better.

Scorpions

(via Fark)