Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween News

This happened in Paris, Kentucky, in 1898. I think that several real nice young men got what was coming to them. (via mental_floss)

The Paul Lynde Halloween Special



Originally aired on October 29, 1976.

Redefining "Broom"

(via reddit)

The Shironeko Cats Celebrate Halloween



The most chill cats in the world are all dressed up for Halloween! And as usual, it's a non-stop party atmosphere... if your idea of a party is a good nap. This video will have you on the edge of your seat -Shiro’s eyes almost opened once! (via Tastefully Offensive)

My Kids' Halloween Costumes

It's been a long time since I posted a picture of my girls. Here they are, getting ready to leave for school on Halloween. My youngest is putting the goth back in Gothgrrl. Princess has given up on a Disney fairy tale life, but she still likes sparkly dresses, especially vintage fashion from the 1920s.

Witches

Three Ways Parents are Ruining Halloween



Lenore Skenazy gives some facts about trick-or-treat night. My town sets trick-or-treat hours, but this is mostly a benefit to homeowners and the police more than for the safety of kids. At the end of the trick-or-treat window, I can go inside and relax (if the candy lasts that long). Then it's time for Halloween parties! Also, the curfew is a real help as far as traffic danger goes. Drive extra carefully tonight! (via Boing Boing)

Happy Halloween!


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Lemp Mansion: Tales of a Cursed Family and Their Haunted House. Generations of suicides left a bad taste in the family home.

These Simpsons Fans’ Costumes Are Insanely Clever And Detailed. Bonus points if you recognize all the characters and references.

On October 30, 1938, The Mercury Theatre on the Air offered an radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's 1898 novel The War of the Worlds. Ron Geraci’s mother remembers that broadcast from her childhood, and what her family did to protect themselves from the invaders.

5 Incredibly Creepy Zombie Books. That’s enough to creep yourself out for the rest of the year.

Ghosts in the Machines: The Devices and Daring Mediums That Spoke for the Dead. An overview of Spiritualism and the relics some practitioners left behind.

The Shocking True Story of My Life With a Flip Phone. The backlash against smart phones is not just chic and economical, it’s a lifestyle choice.

 Scientific Reasons to Believe in Vampires, Werewolves & Zombies. And if you’re going to believe, today would be the day to do it.

Obamacare: what it is, what it’s not. A very thorough explanation in comic form.

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Ghost Islands: Eight of the Eeriest Abandoned Places on the Seas.

Halloween Chillin'

(via Fark)

Dead Man’s Party



The League of S.T.E.A.M. does Dia de los Muertos! The League of S.T.E.A.M. is a group of steampunk ghostbusters (“Serving all your supernatural elimination needs since 1884.”). In this adventure, they investigate a horde of skeletons who won’t return to their graves after the Day of the Dead festivities. Yes, it’s corny, but the skeletons are funny, and it has the perfect punch line at the very end. (via the Presurfer)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

9 Impressive Halloween Costumes from 2014

It’s often only after Halloween that we get to see the most brilliant Halloween costumes, because they are made to wear to functions on October 31st. This year, plenty of them were constructed for earlier events that are spread around the holiday season, or else they are modeled and photographed ahead of time. I have no doubt that we’ll some awesome costumes over the weekend, but here are a few from this year that we’ve already caught a glimpse of, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Visions of the Future Required

A Deadly Halloween Choose Your Own Adventure!



Wouldn’t it be great if a haunted house tour was like a Choose Your Own Adventure book? That’s possible, with the technology of YouTube. YouTube Nation assembled some of the biggest video stars for the project: Glozell, Tay Zonday, Felicia Day, and others. Each time you start the video, the story might be different, depending on your choices. I don’t yet know which choices are best. (via The Daily Dot)

Marinara

(via reddit)

College Soccer Player Not Bad at Basketball



Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, offered $10,000 in tuition for performing an amazing basketball stunt: sink a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and a half-court shot, all within 30 seconds. Gustavo Angel Tamayo, a soccer player for the Lions, won the opportunity to try it. Tamayo grew up in England, and never played on a basketball team. Watch him rush through all four shots, ending with a Hail Mary toss from half court -and the crowd goes wild!

"It's just football [soccer], that's all I do," he said. "And I had a broken finger on my left hand."

Tamayo is a senior and his tuition is already paid, so he will take the prize money in cash. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Death Up a Tree

Oh Hai!

It's almost Halloween!

The Difference Between Foods



The difference between fruits and vegetables depends on whether you are talking to a botanist or a cook, but Daven at Today I Found Out gives us a decent short course in telling the difference. He also explains the difference between jelly and jam, kosher salt and table salt, and the different colors of pepper. What blew my mind was the difference between green olives and black olives. I thought they were different kinds of olives! Personally, I much prefer the taste of green olives. (Thanks, Daven!)

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12 Things You May Not Know About Harry Houdini. In his time, he was the most interesting man in the world.

How Frankenstein's Monster Works. When science can breathe life in to a dead body, what could possibly go wrong?

How to live a long life, according to science. Unless you’re just genetically gifted, the secret is to live a good life.

Why Every Newborn Has the Same Blanket. (Thanks, Daniel Kim!)

Mississippi, Burned. How the state shot itself in the foot to oppose Obamacare.  

15 Things You Might Not Know About Beetlejuice.

Ballad of the 13-Year-Old Bride. Myra Lewis Williams talks about when she was outed for marrying her cousin Jerry Lee Lewis.

The Doctor Who Starved Her Patients to Death.

5 Scary Places and the Legends Behind Them. Would you spend the night in any of them?

The Key Elements Of Every Truly Terrifying Horror Story. Forgets startles and gore and go for the dread.

Vampire Cat

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Zombie Cat

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The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas



The Unbelievably Sweet Alpacas is a parody of My Little Pony which sweetly explains the modern American economy. It stars Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Sarah Silverman, Billy Eichner, and Andy Richter. (via Uproxx)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Proud Parent

(via Buzzfeed)

26 Not-So-Scary Facts About Halloween



For the Halloween edition of the mental_floss List Show, John Green has a whole long list of facts about Halloween! The biggest pumpkin, the origin of Jack-o-Lanterns, why people used to eat chicken feed for Halloween, and a whole lot of superstitions about the holiday. He says he is wearing Halloween masks because he’s being punished, but I prefer to think it’s a fortunately seasonal workaround for some kind of facial blemish.

Liquor Store

(via reddit)

The Lion Cam



Only Kevin Richardson, the lion whisperer, could strap a GoPro camera on a lion. And that’s just what he did. Richardson also has a camera, but he can’t keep up with a lioness on the hunt. Watch Meg stalk her prey on the African plain, and take a waterbuck down in the blink of an eye. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Terrifying Trick-or-Treaters

 

Politics in a Nutshell

(Thanks, Fred Bradbury!)

Ambition



Ambition is a short film to advertise the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission. Rosetta met up with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in August, and will deploy the the Philae lander to land on the surface of the comet on November 12th. It will be a major event in the history of space exploration.

Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger) and Aisling Franciosi star as master and apprentice talking about the mission as ancient history. The film was produced by Platige Image and directed by Tomek BagiƄski. (via Digg)

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Celebrity Ghosts. They may be dead, but their fans keep seeing them. 

What The U.S. Could Learn From Denmark's Living Wages. (via Digg)

How KFC Makes Their Fried Chicken. In case you don’t already know how fried chicken is made. 

10 Cases That Changed How We Investigate Murder. (via the Presurfer)

The Mid-20th Century's Most Brilliant Matchbox Art.

Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape. They may be right, but we should find a better way to communicate with our pets.

The 50 Best “Ripped From the Headlines” Law & Order Episodes, Ranked. Along with information on the real-life cases that inspired them.

How can we misspell “yard sale’? Let me count the ways.

A Psychiatric Evaluation of Michael Myers and other horror villains. We can’t stop them, but we might try to understand them as they kill us.

Historic Vampires. The stories of six people who were accused of vampirism, deserved or not.

Beware the Undead

(via Fark)

Ten Hours of Street Harassment in Two Minutes



Shoshana B. Roberts walked around Manhattan for ten hours (probably not all at the same time) with a guy in front of her carrying a hidden camera to record any interaction from strangers. That has been edited down to a couple of minutes in this video. This is the kind of thing women go through every day. Read about the project at Hollaback! If you go to the YouTube page, you’ll see that the majority of commenters do not believe this is harassment, and they are offended that it is portrayed as harassment. However, if you read the comments at Metafilter, it’s a completely different story. That’s why I prefer Metafilter to YouTube. Okay, that’s not the only reason, but you know what I mean. The comments at reddit are a mixed bag. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Clever Trick

Don't Panic! ...It's Just a Horror Movie Tribute!



Hey, you wanna see something really scary? Then be warned before you watch this montage of horror movie clips that it is graphic and gory. If you’ve seen the movies, it shouldn’t bother you, but it will bring back memories of that first frightful time you saw them. If you haven’t seen a lot of horror movies, the clips are disturbing and you might want to just skip it. This horror fest is set to the song “Panic Station” by Muse. Another masterful supercut by Robert Jones.

Third Floor

Would it be easier to walk up to the third floor? No, it would be easier to take the elevator to the fourth floor and walk down to the third. (via reddit)

The Cat's Guide to Halloween



Cole and Marmalade demonstrate how cats should act as Halloween draws near. Not that it’s much different from any other time for a cat, but humor me, because this is adorable. (via Neatorama)


Most Awesome

Sorry, Kids!

The Self-assembling Dragon



Jonathan Sanderson recorded the process of building a LEGO dragon so that it comes out as a self-assembling dragon in stop-motion animation. You have to stick around to see how all the pieces come together! (via The Kid Should See This)



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The Cosplay World of Julian Checkley

20 Celebrities and Their Historical Twins That'll Give You The Chills.

Dance Dance Revolution: 1812 Overture Edition. I also managed to wreck the opera hall quite a few times. (via b3ta)

That Time it Rained Flesh in Kentucky.

Star Trek
in Mayberry. (via Metafilter)

Madison Rowley has the most magnificent beard in the world. That’s not just my opinion- he won the World Beard and Mustache Championships over the weekend.

What Is America's Spookiest Sound? Vote in Funny or Die’s tournament to determine what you least want to hear alone in the dark.

24 hours of horror with a dozen of the genre’s freshest voices. The A.V. Club constructs a hypothetical movie marathon with the favorites of various horror experts.

The Macabre Romance of a Man and a Mummy. Carl Tanzler couldn’t let go of Maria Elena even after she died.

20 Cute and Creepy Vintage Halloween Cards. Even the friendliest of these greetings can induce a feeling of dread.

It's Alive!

(via Fark)

Sammy's Chant

(via Fark)

“Thriller” Sung in 20 Different Styles



Anthony Vincent of TenSecondSongs performs Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the styles of twenty different singers. Well, not all of them are singers, but each style is distinctive, and most of them will be familiar to you. He does those voices well! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, October 27, 2014

That 2%

Cat Riding Magic Flying Carpet



Max-Arthur, the cat who became famous by riding a roomba dressed as a shark, has his Halloween costume ready for 2014! Here he is dressed as Princess Jasmine from the Disney movie Aladdin, riding a magic carpet that moves by the power of the roomba. (via Buzzfeed)

Worst Halloween Treats

(via reddit)

I Won't Let You Down by OK Go



Get ready for an awesome music video. OK GO released the video for their new song today: “I Won’t Let You Down.” The innovative video features kaleidoscopic Busby Berkeley-style dance formations in what appears to be one continuous take, although I can’t picture how they did it. The credits list one cameraman, Makoto Okuguchi, plus a “Multi-Copter Pilot,” Kenji Yasuda. The band members are each riding a UNI-CUB personal mobility device. I am looking forward to the “making of” video. (via Viral Viral Videos

Hobgoblin

Sugar



As we prepare for the annual sugarfest that is Halloween trick-or-treat, John Oliver explains just how much sugar we consume. It’s not all in the candy -the sugar you don’t see is what’s blindsiding us. And if you check your groceries for ingredients, beware of "organic dehydrated can syrup," because that is what's normally called sugar. (via Uproxx)

Welcome to the Art World

How to Make Spooky Halloween Eyes



Dave Hax always finds a clever and easy way to do things you were going to do anyway. He’s been super busy lately making Halloween decorations, most of which are perfect for kids to participate in making, like these spooky Halloween eyes. I love the idea of shoving these into the shrubbery around your porch just as it gets dark on trick-or-treat night! (Thanks, Dave!)

Miss Cellania's Links

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Life in Paris.

Creepy Historical Drawings of Skeletons Contemplating Mortality. An eternal reminder of our inevitable fate -or maybe just a neat collection of pictures.

10 Strange American Traditions. Our national ability to make a mountain out of a molehill leaves us with some bizarre customs.

This Is What A Cat Dude Looks Like. Ladies, the line forms to the right.

The Dyatlov Pass Incident. Eight people died in 1959, and we still don’t know why.

Ghosts Of My Youth. Personal ghost stories are a way to share a nightmare with a friend.

Learn about 8 of the Undead from Around the World and 9 More of the Undead from Around the World. Visits by the formerly-living are a universal nightmare that takes slightly different forms in different cultures.

Can you spot the parking assholes? Once you are satisfied with your answers, here’s the key. (via reddit)

Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models.

Tom Burns showed his daughter Star Wars. She then had a great idea for Halloween costumes. (via Metafilter)

Mummy Costume

(via Fark)

If Driving Was Taught Like Sex Ed



The way we teach sex education in American schools is so weird that you can’t compare it to anything else, but if we did, it would be weird. Don’t do it, if you do it, don’t enjoy it, but don’t do it. (via Buzzfeed)


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Average

(via Buzzfeed)

Cake Limitations

The Slow Mo Guys Do Internet Memes



Gav and Dan, the Slow Mo Guys, were challenged to illustrate internet memes in super slo-mo video. The memes they selected are actually just internet slang terms, and whether you are familiar with them has little bearing on how enjoyable the vignettes are. You can bet your bottom dollar that this will be made into animated gifs that will be used on reddit and other forums for eternity. Some of these stunts were really difficult to get right, but my favorite was the easiest: flipping the table. (via Viral Viral Videos)

We Can’t Spell Success

Maybe the cake decorator should have stopped after “We can’t spell s-cces” or even after “We can’t spell.” The misspelling draws attention away from the unnecessary quote marks. And how they made “without” into two words. Honoring someone with a cake is a lovely gesture, and it’s even better when it comes with so many laughs. This picture is from the ever-entertaining Cake Wrecks.

Massive Mullet Migration



The migration of mullet takes place every year off the east coast of Florida. The small fish are like a buffet for big fish, so look out for tarpon, jacks, sharks, snook, and other big fish to step up to the table. I would presume that quite a few fish are left behind on the beach, which will be nice and fragrant by the next day. (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

Little Halloween People

 

Human Relations 101

Cat Eats Corn



This kitten like corn so much that he has to threaten anyone who comes near! It doesn’t matter that there is plenty more corn right beside him. (via Laughing Squid)

Ignored

(via Fark)

UGOKIE-KO-RI-NO-TATEHIKI



This Japanese cartoon from 1933 was directed by Ikuo Oishi. It’s fox vs. raccoon, but both are shape shifters who can pull off some amazing tricks because it’s animation, you know.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Who Writes These Headlines?

World Record Skydive



In 2012, Felix Baumgartner set a world record for skydiving from an altitude of 128,100 feet. We followed his quest to achieve it for years before it actually happened. in contrast, we heard nothing about another man's quest to break the record.

Early this morning, Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, went upon a helium balloon to a height of 135,890 feet above the earth -that over 25 miles! He then cut the balloon away and fell to earth. It took two hours to go up and only 15 minutes to come down.
“It was amazing,” he said. “It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before.”

Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at speeds that peaked at 822 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by people on the ground.
The life-support equipment Eustace used was developed by Paragon Space Development Corporation. Google had offered support when Eustice first revealed the project to them, but he didn’t want the jump to turn into a marketing event. Read more about the jump at the New York Times. (via Laughing Squid)

Priest Dance Battle



A group of seminarians are entertaining the crowd at a fundraiser at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. We have a musical number going when things go all Jimmy Cagney. The Rev. David Rider (of Hyde Park, New York) starts tap dancing. He is challenged by the Rev. John Gibson of Milwaukee, who shows off his Irish dance. The two try to one-up each other until they come to a moratorium and stage a duet. It was a real crowd-pleaser! (via Buzzfeed)

Whisker Dye

Held Hostage for Halloween Candy

Ebola (A “Lola” Parody)



Ebola jokes can be tasteless or scary, and could cause offense among those who are truly frightened of the virus. But no one takes public health more seriously than ZDoggMD, the musical alter ego of Dr. Zubin Damania.
Too soon, you say?

Actually, not soon enough. The US media hysteria around this illness is ripe for ridicule and it’s time we stepped up before someone else does it even more tastelessly.
Yeah, it’s a clever song parody, but the purpose of it is to warn against misinformation and panic regarding the disease. The duet features Devin Moore from the band Rabbit! (Incidentally, a Z-pack will do nothing against a virus.) Read more at ZDoggMD.

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25 Easy DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make Last Minute.

The Entitlement Culture War. Why do the haves resent the have-nots so much? (via Will Wheaton)

What are Your Chances of Surviving a Plane Crash?

13 Classic Scenes that Explain How Horror Movies Work. With video examples you’ll surely recognize. (via Metafilter)

City of South Miami Officials Call For 'South Florida' Secession. They want to break away from the rest of Florida to focus on the problem of climate change and rising sea levels.

5 Must-Read Ghost Stories for Halloween. You have time to read every one of them before All Hallow’s Eve.


If you have a mouthful of teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty, don’t go knocking on the door of American privilege.

Using 11 Common Household Objects to Decorate Your Pumpkin. See, your home is already full of the proper tools.

10 self-sabotaging interview mistakes to avoid. Yes, they are trying to trip you up, but keep smiling through the pain.

Modern Werewolves You Need To Know. They’re the animals of pop culture -especially during a full moon.

Buster

(via Fark)