Thursday, December 31, 2015

Try the Eco Balance

(via Bad Menu)

Charlie the Venus Flytrap Wishes You a Happy New Year



Charlie, the plant with the goggly eyes, helps us change from 2015 to 2016. (via Tastefully Offensive)

New Year Pre-Kiss Snacks

(via reddit)

Year-end Lists 2015: Miscellaneous

2015 in World Records

The folks from the Guinness World Record Book take a look at records that were set or broken in 2015.

The most interesting White House photos of 2015. 

The 2015 Information is Beautiful Awards, for outstanding achievement in data visualization.

18 Of The Worst Photoshop Fails Of 2015.

17 Of The Most Hilarious Amazon Reviews Of 2015.

The 10 most ridiculous Wikipedia edits Congress made in 2015.

The Best Drone Photos Of 2015.

National Geographic’s Best Photos of the Day From 2015.

The Most Cleverly Designed Objects of 2015.

7 optical illusions that caused the Internet to lose its mind in 2015.

The 5 best ads you didn't see this year.

Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actors 2015.

10 Major Changes For Working Americans In 2015. 

Contenders For 2015's Word Of The Year.

The 11 most important fandoms of 2015.

Our favorite games of 2015, part one. And part two.

The Best Games You Might Have Missed in 2015.

Gaming in 2015: Living worlds, sophisticated storytelling and the year women continued to challenge the boy's club. 

GoPro’s Best Videos of 2015

The company put together this compilation of the best POV clips from GoPro videos posted in 2015. It’s a whirlwind of activity and may induce vertigo. Come along for the ride!

See all the year-end lists here.

All the People Donald Trump Insulted in 2015



At least in public. It's an elite, but growing club. No doubt there will be many more in 2016. From The Washington Post. (via Digg)

Are You Ready to Party?


Here's wishing you a stylish, classic New Year!

Almost There

The Cat's Second Home

Redditor goldenstate30 said his girlfriend’s cat Nala came home with a note attached to her. The cat was called both a “grief whisper” and a “baloney whore.” Then people started telling stories about their cats who befriended other households, with both good and bad results. You can read my favorites here or all of them at reddit.

An Honest Trailer for Die Hard



Finally, Screen Junkies tackle the only Christmas movie that no one is tired of yet (and what we always think of when we see broken glass on the floor). The only problem is that Screen Junkies, who can find the absurd parts of any film, can’t find much to pick at in Die Hard.

Well, there are a few things that make it clear the movie is from 1988, but I would have never noticed, since 1988 seems like yesterday. And there were all those not-so-great sequels. Altogether, this would make a decent trailer if they ever re-released Die Hard to theaters. (via Uproxx)

Year-end Lists 2015: Best of Blogs

10 Most Liked Instagram Pics of 2015


Neatorama's Top 20 Posts of 2015.

Imgur’s Best 15 Posts of 2015.

The Year in Digg.

Fark's 2015 Headline of the Year contest. Business headlines. Politics headlines. Entertainment headlines. Geek headlines. Sports headlines. Puns and Wordplay headlines.

Boing Boing's top posts of 2015.

FiveThirtyEight’s 47 Weirdest Charts From 2015. 

Smithsonian’s Top Ten Stories of 2015.

The Verge's best longform stories from 2015.

The 10 best Chive Podcasts of the year.

The Best UPROXX TV And Film Pieces Of 2015.

The Top Ten Most Popular Make: Posts for 2015.

FailArmy Best Fails of the Year, Part One and Part Two. NSFW language.

The Top 25 Cracked Articles Of 2015.

9 Jaw-Dropping Investigations Buzzfeed Published In 2015.

The Best BuzzFeed Comics Of 2015.

the best of The A.V. Club, part one and part two

The Toast’s Favorite Freelance Pieces of 2015.

Pie Comic’s Best Posts of 2015.

Google’s Year in Search 2015


This past year has sure been eventful! The US Supreme Court ruled on marriage equality, Syrian refugees streamed across Europe, everyone and his brother decided to run for president, and we couldn’t agree what color that dress was. The video is inspirational, but the actual top searches are cringeworthy.
 
See all the year-end lists here.


Chemistry Cat's Holiday Greeting

Birth of a Bacon Lover



Little Easton got his first taste of bacon on Christmas morning. He was quite pleased with all that salty, fatty goodness! Not only that, he made sure he could say the word, so he ask for it again and again. (via Daily Picks and Flicks

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Grouse

(via Bad Menu)

New Reaction Gif Will Become a Classic

Someone once wrote about how they do audience reaction footage for TV talent contests. They record them all before the performers even come onstage. Really. The producers ask the audience to pretend they just saw something that made them feel this way and that way and record quite a few faces to select from in the editing process later. Why? Because for one thing, they don’t have as many cameras as it appears, and for another thing, live shots don’t always catch the best reactions. This camera caught a doozy.


The reaction of this guy was so over-the-top that the producers at Australia’s Got Talent went ahead and made a show promo around him alone. But the raw .gif version will be seen everywhere, eventually. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Threw Up

(via reddit)

Year-end Lists 2015: Internet

Zapatou’s Best of the Web 2015

The concept of “Hey, y’all, watch this!” has been elevated to an art form. Luc Bergeron (Zapatou) gives us a 21-minute compilation of the best internet videos from 2015. It’s absolutely beautiful, and breathtaking. The first seven minutes are extreme human stunts that may leave you dizzy. Starting at about seven minutes in, you may become verklempt. At 8:15, it become adorably cute. Then animals jump in. We also see some great special effects. At 12 minutes in, the stunts start again, with a fast-moving sequence of vehicle videos. At 15 minutes, we see the art of video. At 16:30, the dancing begins. At 18 minutes, we see the beauty of places. And more stunts. These videos would not be possible -or be as good- without GoPros, drones, high definition, and video stabilizing technology. And a bunch of fearless people.

2015: The year that angry won the internet.

The Best of the Weird Internet in 2015.

17 Videos That Made You Sob At Your Desk In 2015.

The Best Video Essays of 2015.

The 10 Best Memes of 2015.

A tribute to the memes we lost this year.

The Best Trolls of 2015.

The most important moments on Twitter in 2015.

Here Are The 10 Most Popular Tweets From 2015.

25 Of The Best Tumblr Memes Of 2015.

76 Viral Images From 2015 That Were Totally Fake.

Jukin Video's Top 100 Viral Videos of 2015.

The most influential YouTubers of 2015.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2015.

Why Did So Many Good Pop Culture Sites Die in 2015? Alternate link.

YouTube Rewind 2015

YouTube released its annual look back at the past year in video form today. It’s not a compilation of clips; rather, it’s an elaborate production number that uses the themes and memes of 2015’s biggest videos. Many of the original filmmakers and video subjects were recruited to appear in this- you’ll see them in the credits. And since YouTube celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015, there are some callbacks to much older classics. 

See all the year-end lists here.

Deaf Man with Frozen Deer He Rescued from Lake



Vimeo user cj uploaded a video from a deaf family friend who encountered a young deer that had fallen into a frozen lake. After pulling the deer out, he pulled out a camera to record the aftermath. Redditor ceejface (cj) provided a translation of the sign language.
I was driving along when I see this deer struggling to survive. I felt obligated to help her, so I pulled over, trekked through the woods, and crawled out onto the ice. I used a rope to pull her out. I am so glad she is safe. Now we need to find her mom.
[After he pets deer] I will call her Miss Ice River. She must be so cold. I am so happy that she survived. Farewell.
(via Uproxx)

The Chemist

Year-end Lists 2015: People


Beutler Ink commissioned an illustration that sums up the memorable events of the past year. This year, the artist is Luke McGarry. There are 143 news items, pop culture icons, notable people, memes, and themes in this one picture. Can you identify them all? Click twice at the post about it to greatly enlarge the picture. If you get stumped, scroll down at the same link for a map and a list. Oh, you can also buy a print

Most popular baby names of 2015.

17 Badass Women You Probably Didn’t Hear About In 2015.

Nominees For Ninth Annual Golden Dukes Award. The year’s biggest scandals.

Whatever happened to the 15 people the Internet hated most in 2015?

The 9 Dumbest Criminals of 2015.

The most painfully awkward interviews of 2015.

GQ: The worst people of 2015.

Radar: The Worst People of 2015.

23 Celebrity Couples We Loved And Lost In 2015. They didn’t die; they just broke up.

A gallery of people we lost in 2015.

The Lives They Lived. Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.

17 Celebrities You Didn't Know Died In 2015. Part one and part two.

Those We Lost in 2015.

See all the year-end lists here.

Miss Cellania's Links

The Undersea Adventure Inventions of John Ernest and Charles Williamson. 

What It Feels Like to Be Adopted at 17.

Zen Nouveau: New Year's Greetings from Early 20th-Century Japan.

In the 1960s, Adult Coloring Books Were Radical Texts.

50 Of The Creepiest Places In The U.S.

The Man Who Filled Newspapers With Monsters.

What If Star Wars Characters Had Cats?

The True Story of Roland the Farter, and How the Internet Killed Professional Flatulence.

Resolution

The Chopping Machine



Simone Giertz built a chopping machine. Just those six words is enough to terrify those of us who’ve seen her other gadgets. She introduced the machine in a video which shows it to be basically two huge knives connected by a motor. Terrifying. And now she’s made a parody commercial ad for the Chopping Machine. Contains NSFW text. This video shows us all the features of the Chopping Machine and, if you read between the lines, doubles as a soap opera. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

That's What It Looks Like

(via Bad Menu)

If I Had a Hammer



I’m used to hearing this by Pete Seeger, Trini Lopez, or Peter, Paul, and Mary. Debbie Reynolds? That’s pretty strange. It’s a Scopitone film from the early 1960s. The YouTube description says,
You can't sing a protest song without a fabulous gown, a glamorous wig, and matching heels.
(Thanks, Tracey!)

Year-end Lists 2015: News

2015: The World Around Us

2015 was an eventful year. Tim Wilson compiled some of the biggest events we need to remember. 

ABC’s 13 Biggest News Stories of 2015.

CBS’s Top news stories of 2015.

CNN: The 15 stories that had you talking in 2015.

Dave Barry’s 2015 Year in Review. 

The Top 6 Good-News Stories of 2015. By Bill Gates.


The Daily Show Year in Review


Trump, Clinton and the Top 10 political stories of 2015.

The 10 weirdest political stories of 2015, not including Trump.

The Top 10 Donald Trump Quotes of 2015.

The Top 10 Political Quotes of 2015 (Non-Trump Edition).

The 5 Biggest Corporate Scandals of 2015.

The 25 most Florida things that happened in Florida in 2015.

The Best News Bloopers Of 2015 Supercut.

The New York Times Year in Pictures.

CNN: The year in pictures.

The year in outrage: 24 times 2015 totally lost its shit.

Top 10 News Stories Under-Reported By Mainstream Media

From Top Ten Archive. See links to the stories at the YouTube page.

See all the year-end lists here.

Live Local Leate Breaking News

(via reddit)

Worst Wifi Password Ever



If you hate your co-workers and wanted to drive them crazy, you couldn’t do much better than this. RocketJump changed the password on their WiFi and now everyone is trying to get it right just once. That’s all it takes. Getting there isn’t going to be easy. In case you can’t figure it out, this is their password.

fourwordsalluppercase

Genius, huh? But now that the video has gone viral, they’ve had to change it again. Probably to something even more nefarious. (via Daily of the Day)

Mixing Bleach and Coca-Cola



The Crazy Russian Hacker shows us the power of bleach by putting some into a glass of Coke. This is the kind of experiment you have to stay with constantly, especially that part about “waiting a few minutes,” especially if you don’t live alone. Remember “Safety is nubern purty.”

When I first watched the video, all I could think of was “Why doesn’t bleach work that well in my laundry?” Because in the laundry, the bleach is diluted with water. If you use bleach on fabric without diluting it with water, your fabric can easily fall apart. Bleach is nothing to fool around with.(via Viral Viral Videos)

Year-end Lists 2015: Animals

Barcroft TV’s Best Animal Stories 2015


Thirteen times animals made good news in 2015.

Alpacas, monkeys and cat island: best animal photos of 2015.

The Endangered Animal Comeback Stories of 2015, and the Species Most at Risk in 2016.

The Most Popular Dog Names Of 2015. These are people names! There’s not a Fido or Rover in sight.

The 27 Best Animal Tweets From 2015.

24 Funniest Animal Posts On Tumblr In 2015.

11 chihuahuas I saw this year that were at the top of their game.

The 38 Most Awkward Dogs Of 2015.

Funniest Animal Fails

This is from Fail Army. Contains NSFW language.

See all the year-end lists here.

Miss Cellania's Links

Green Lemon: The Fisker Karma. What went wrong with the electric luxury sports car.

Warren Buffett's Predatory Lender Charges Minorities A Lot More. Clayton  mobile homes and Venderbilt financing seems designed to ruin communities for a profit.

The 10 Biggest Snowstorms of All Time. 

The Strange Story of Gef the Talking Mongoose.

Why Do Employers Still Routinely Drug-Test Workers?

The Thing All Women Do That You Don't Know About. (via Metafilter

How much money has been spent attempting to bring Matt Damon back from distant places? (via Uproxx)

Man Gets Star Wars Toy for Christmas -30 Years Later. See more pictures at imgur.

Martini Cat

(via Fark)

Testing a Hard Hat



I’m not sure why they thought they needed to do this, but these workers are testing a hard hat. How best to do it? A whack on the hat with a broom handle! Why in the world would this guy volunteer to wear the hat?  This was not a test by professional quality control experts under laboratory conditions. At least I hope it wasn’t. I laughed before even watching the video, just from reading the description. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Out of 40 Women

Jedi & Sith Lightsaber Training



Daniel Musashi (Flowarrior) and David Barron (Mr E) show us slick moves with lightsabers in the lovely setting of Vancouver’s Stanley Park. The producers at Kuma Films said,
We're huge fans of Star Wars and stoked to Star Wars The Force Awakens. We shot this over 2 days in Vancouver BC Canada in Stanley Park. We've been wanting to do this video for awhile ever since we met David Barron and saw his crazy contact sword skills and thought he looked like a Jedi using the force to move the swords around his body so we figured why not make a Star Wars themed video out of it.
Mad skills and the light that makes the weapons easy to see combine to make a thoroughly enjoyable demonstration video. (via Geeks Are Sexy

First World Problem

(via reddit)

Year-end Lists 2015: Sports

The Best Sports Plays of 2015


Most memorable sports moments of 2015: Highs and lows, from 115 to 1. Skip to the top ten here.

The Best Eleven Minutes in Sports in 2015.

Deadspin's Favorite Sports Moments Of 2015.

What Were 2015's Biggest Sports Stories?

The biggest sports dramas of the year revisited.

The 12 Biggest Sports Scandals of 2015.

The Best Sports Plays of 2015.

10 moments from the 2015 MLB season that will still be remembered in 2050.

SI.com's best NBA moments of 2015.

Year in review: Top 10 college football moments of 2015; 10 bold predictions for 2016.

The biggest esports business moves of 2015.

The 10 Best Pro Wrestling Matches Of 2015.

The 15 Worst Things That Happened In WWE In 2015.

Extreme Sports 2015


See all the year-end lists here.

Poor Dorothy

Year-end Lists 2015: TV

Best TV Shows of 2015 (Part One)

See part two here.

The Top 10 TV Stories of 2015.

Vulture: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2015.

Rolling Stone’s 25 Best TV Shows of 2015.

The A.V. Club's best TV of 2015, parts one and two.

Uproxx's 10 Best TV Shows Of 2015.

The 10 Most Pirated TV Shows of 2015.

The Funniest TV Moments Of 2015.

The best TV performances of 2015.

Our Favorite TV Episodes Of 2015.

2015: The Year in Late-Night TV.

25 Hottest TV Sex Scenes Of 2015.

The least essential TV of 2015.

In Memoriam: A Tribute To The TV Shows We Lost For Good In 2015.

106 Of The Most Important TV Deaths Of 2015.

10 Best TV Shows of 2015

From E! News. 

See all the year-end lists here.

Miss Cellania's Links

7 Hat Legends, Fact Checked.

Zombie infections: epidemiology, treatment, and prevention. (via reddit)

12 Wild Facts About Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

A Theater Manager’s View of The Force Awakens Opening. (via Digg)

Going Through the Astronaut Selection Process. A first person account from Retired Lt. Col. Derek Green.

How marketers convinced us that we all need mint to fix our bad breath. (via the Presurfer)

Remember the Abortion Episode? TV episodes about abortion, reviewed by women who've actually had one. At Metafilter, you’ll find links to individual episodes.

15 Things You Should Do at Least Once a Year

Evil Plan

(via Fark)

Kylo Ren Rides BB-8 and Plays Flaming Bagpipes in the Rain



The Unipiper (Brian Kidd) gets into the spirit of The Force Awakens by trading in his unicycle for a BB-8 torso. The balance is strong with him. Not only is he staying upright on that thing in the rain, he’s also playing his flaming bagpipes while wearing a Kylo Ren getup! As usual, he’s doing his best to keep Portland weird. (via Digg)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Before and After ...Time Travel?

Capitalism

(via reddit)

Year-end Lists 2015: Science

Science Breakthroughs of the Year

Read more at Science

The Altmetric Top 100. The top academic research articles of 2015.

The (Ultimate) Top Ten Science Stories of 2015.

Watch Bill Nye Reveal Most Important Science Moment of 2015.

2015's Top 10 Websites for Science.

The Best Science And Tech Images Of 2015.

The top 10 physics breakthroughs of 2015.

The Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2015.

Nine New Fossil Species Discovered in 2015.

That $750 pill and more: 2015's top health stories.

Top Chemistry Stories from 2015.

Top Ten Physics News Stories in 2014.

The Year in Fungi.

The Most Notable Medical Findings of 2015.

The Six Most Interesting Psychology Papers of 2015. 

The year's most wondrous space photography.

The Top Ten Retractions of 2015. 

Ten Odd and Mysterious Historical Finds of 2015. This article contains a lot of non-science.

Wired's Top 5 Science Stories Of 2015


See all the year-end lists here.

If White People Thought About Race Like People Of Color Do



Privilege is when you don’t have to think about these things. (via Buzzfeed)

The Lunch Lady Sings



Last week, Souderton High School in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, had a fundraiser during lunch that featured teachers doing karaoke Christmas songs in the cafeteria. One of the participants was a lunch lady. Becky Alderfer sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and as she sang, someone finally had the presence of mind to record the last few lines.

Alderfer’s boss knew of her talent. After all, she’s the music director at her church. But the students were surprised and delighted to hear their lunch lady belt it out like that. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Year-end Lists 2015: Books

It Was the Best of Books, It Was the Worst of Books.

The Best Fiction of 2015. 

The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2015.

The Best Fiction of 2015.

25 Books By Black Authors From 2015 You Need To Read.

The 30 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015.

The Best Poetry Books of 2015.

The Best Science Books of 2015.

The 25 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2015.


Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015. 

Best Picture Books of 2015.


Notable children's books of 2015.


The best young adult books of 2015.


Best Self-Published Fiction Debuts of 2015.

The 8 Most Controversial Books Of 2015.


Jennifer Close and Daniel Pink share their favorite books of 2015 on PBS’ NewHour.

See all the year-end lists here.

Coffee

(via Fark)

A Surprise Granddaughter for Christmas



Donny and Miranda Goeb came home from Pearl Harbor (where he’s serving with the Air Force) to visit Donny’s family for Christmas. What Donny’s mom got was the biggest surprise ever -a new granddaughter for Christmas!

How was grandma surprised by this? The new baby, Lily, was adopted as a newborn. She knew the Goebs were trying to adopt, but that’s only been since October, and when it happened, it was out of the blue as far as she knew. (via Buzzfeed)

Saturday, December 26, 2015

They're Cheap!

(via Bad Menu)

Star Wars: a Drunk History



Mark Zabala’s girlfriend Maggie has never seen the Star Wars movies. They were planning to binge-watch all six films before seeing The Force Awakens. But first, he asked her to explain everything she already knew about Star Wars. After a few drinks.

Richard Gere stars as Lucas, the hero, whose sole aim is to save the Princess from the Dark forces of the galaxy. He and his Stormtroopers do just that. The surprise twist is that Darth Vader is human and not a robot like we thought. It gets better from there. (via Gamma Squad)


Door Mat

(via reddit)

Year-end Lists 2015: Music

United State of Pop 2015 (50 Shades of Pop)

DJ Earworm has released his annual remix that combines all the top hits of the previous year into one megamix. Most of his year-end remixes used the top 25 songs, but this one contains the top 50.

Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2015.

Spin’s 50 Best Albums of 2015.

Stereogum’s 50 Best Albums Of 2015.

The A.V. Club’s 15 best albums of 2015.

UPROXX Music's Best Albums Of 2015.

Flavorwire’s 20 Favorite Albums of 2015.

UPROXX Music’s Best Singles Of 2015.

The Best Rap Songs of 2015.

The 15 best dance music tracks of 2015.

The Top 10 Music Videos of 2015, According to YouTube.

Motion Picture Quality: The Best Rap Videos Of 2015.

The ten most profitable concerts of 2015.

The least essential albums of 2015. 

UPROXX Music’s Most Criminally Overlooked Albums And Singles Of 2015.

When Bundled Bowels met Gruesome Toilet: The 2015 year in band names.

Pop Danthology 2015 (part one)

Daniel Kim gives us 45 of the year’s best songs in part one of his annual Pop Danthology video. There are 37 more songs in part two, which you can see at his site. 

See all the year-end lists here.

A Bad Lip Reading of The Empire Strikes Back



The Empire Strikes Back is considered to be the best of the Star Wars movies -so far. So it’s about time it got the Bad Lip Reading treatment, with special guest voices Jack Black, Maya Rudolph, and Bill Hader. This version is strangely musical: Luke raps while flying his jet fighter, Yoda gets down, and even Chewie has something to sing. While still nonsensical, what they say sometimes actually follows the action. Oh, yeah, and Obi-Wan has some misgivings about Luke’s crush on Leia.


9 Weird and Wonderful 2016 Calendars

It's almost 2016! Time to get a new calendar for your wall. Whether you're into traffic circles or morbid anatomy, there's one out there for every taste. Check out my annual list of strange calendars at mental_floss.

So Wrong

The Force is Strong with This One



This little girl is too young to sit through a feature film, but she’s truly excited about The Force Awakens. She knows all the characters, even the “Aluminum Falcon,” and reacts adorably to watching one of the earlier trailers. Her father said,
The only exposure to Star Wars my daughter had prior to seeing the trailer was a Star Wars The Force Awakens sticker book. We spent a lot of time peeling off the stickers and she would say: "Who is this?" and I would tell her, and she would stick it in the book. She liked it so much when we ran out of stickers I got some more and now the book is totally coated in stickers. She just got really excited seeing those sticker characters come to life. I think she was looking around like that because she couldn't believe we weren't flipping out the same way :)
Also, she hasn't seen the film. She loves the trailers because they're short and sweet but feature length films are too long / too much dialogue to keep her attention. One day soon I hope :)

(via reddit)

Year-end Lists 2015: Movies

It's the final week of 2015, and as we prepare fr teh New year, let's look back to the year that was: 2015. This is the first of the year-end lists of lists I'll be posting between now and New Year's Day. I hope you join me for all of them. Today, we look at the movies of 2015.

2015 Salute to Cinema

Benjamin Zuk edited together clips from 164 films for an overview of the year in movies. They aren’t ranked or critiqued in any way, but the one-second clips are arranged artfully in an order that makes the video flow nicely.

Vulture: The 10 Best Movies of 2015.

Den of Geek: Top 10 Movies of 2015.

Uproxx: The 20 Best Films Of 2015.

The 25 best films of 2015: a video countdown. IMDb links for each film.

The Top 10 Movie Trailers of 2015.

The best movie trailers of 2015.

The best film scenes of 2015.

The 50 Best Movie Posters of 2015. 

10 of the Best Horror Films in 2015.

Top 12 Geek Movies of 2015.  

The 10 Most Underrated Movies of 2015.

The Most Underrated Film Performances of 2015.

The Biggest Box Office Flops Of 2015. 

The 20 worst films of 2015.

The Best Bad Movies Of 2015.

2015 Movie Trailer Mashup

Sleepy Skunk has completed his annual movie mashup, with scenes from the trailers of movies that came out in 2015. A LOT of movies! You’ll find a list of them times to their first appearance in this video at Sleepy Skunk’s Tumblr. Contains NSFW language.

See all the year-end lists here.

Boxing Day

(via Fark)

100 Years of New Year’s Eve Style



Mode has another installment of their 100 years series, with a loo at holiday menswear. New Year’s Eve is the time for parties and breaking out a special fancy look, which has changed quite a bit over the last century. Dressing up for New Year’s Eve got gradually more casual over the century, but the custom is still to be a bit dressier than everyday wear. The 2015 version is wishful thinking on the part of clothing vendors. As with most of these videos, you really have to wonder what kind of drugs inspired the fashions of the 1970s. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Friday, December 25, 2015

Poor Placement

Kaufland Christmas Ad



This is adorable. He’s a young Star Wars fan. She moves in next door. He’s too shy to introduce himself. But he approaches her in his own nerdy way. Is he just too Star Wars-obsessed for her?

This is the Christmas ad for the German supermarket Kaufland. There is no language barrier because there is no dialogue. What we have are the universal languages of love, Christmas, and Star Wars. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

FedEx

(via reddit)

The Ultimate Christmas Movie



I bet you’ve seen all these movies! This supercut is from Screen Junkies. (via mental_floss)

An Unwelcome Christmas Greeting

Full Moon Christmas

(Thanks, Carol Anne!)

The Great Toy Robbery



What we have here is a classic animated Western story -featuring Santa Claus! Directed by Jeff Hale in 1963, The Great Toy Robbery is brought to you by the Film Board of Canada.
This movie has everything. A beautiful idiot who inadvertently saves the day. Toughened gangsters whose hearts are melted by teeny bears. A horse who listens to nobody. Funny sound effects. If you are in search of a Christmas tradition, I highly recommend this one.
(via The Toast)

Best Christmas Ever!

(via Fark)

Surprise Christmas Concert



The United States Air Force Band surprised visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum with a Christmas flashmob concert.

CBS 1966 Christmas Message



CBS had this sweet Christmas greeting ton air in 1966. It was designed by R.O. Blechman, animated by Willis Pyle, with music by Arnie Black. (via The Kid Should See This)

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Tree

Santa Claus Caught On Camera!



Dean Fisher’s seven-year-old nephew Evan thought it would be cool to set up a camera to catch Santa Claus putting gifts under the tree. Now we’ll find out once and for all whether he really visits on Christmas Eve after everyone’s asleep! (via Neatorama)

A Bigger, Better Star Wars Christmas Light Show



I’ve been avoiding posting computerized Christmas light shows, because they start to look alike after a while, and the songs are too long. But this is special. Tom BetGeorge’s home in Tracy, California, went all out  with a light show set to a medley of Star Wars themes. BetGeorge is well known for his light shows, we posted the Star Wars light show he had last year in Newark, New Jersey, and his 2013 light show, too.
Since 99% of the lights are LEDs, the electricity to run the show for the entire month is about $80. I sequenced the show using LOR, mixed the music/sound effects with Digital Performer, and filmed it using a Sony A7s Mark ii and a Phantom 3 Pro. This is now my third year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music director for a living (Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! If you look closely (especially during the Cantina song) the instruments are playing the real notes! Although the beams are powerful up close, they are a small percentage of real searchlights and are so widely dispersed that by the time they are up in the sky, they don't interfere with aircraft etc. The guitar is 17', the piano is 19' and the drums are standard. About 20,000 channels running around 70,000 lights.
The BetGeorges are accepting donations for their local homeless shelter, the McHenry House, from folks who come by to enjoy the lights. (via The Daily Dot)

Christmas Eve

8 Unconventional Ways to Decorate Gingerbread Men

We often marvel at intricate and clever houses and other structures made of gingerbread, but simpler gingerbread men are also recipes for holiday success. Almost anyone can make and decorate the classically shaped cookies and they're also quite versatile. Here are a few ways people have upgraded the treat, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Second Job

How The Troll Stole YouTube!



Why are the comments at YouTube such a cesspool? Because of the troll! His story is told here in the style of Dr. Seuss, in a manner that quite resembles How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Owen Weber created this Christmas story for the internet generation, music and all. If only the real YouTube had such a happy ending. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Elvis Presley and His Gift-giving. Eddie Deezen has the story.

“Ebenezer Yooge!”: A Donald Trump Christmas Carol.

Grim and Puzzling Victorian Christmas Cards.

Brian Henson on The Muppet Christmas Carol and His Father’s Legacy.

How Maureen O’Hara Embodied An Ahead-Of-Her-Time Christmas Movie Heroine.

13 Surprising Facts About Cast Away.

20 Times Tumblr Users Delivered the Perfect Pun

A Short History of Lipton Onion Soup Mix. (via Digg)

Medieval Star Wars. (via Everlasting Blort)

Christmas in The Twilight Zone: Night of the Meek. Rod Serling was born on Christmas Day, and used the holiday for one of his best scripts.

Driving Lesson

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

14 Wonderful Homemade Christmas Cards

Christmas cards are always nice to receive, but a personalized card is special. Personalized cards designed by the senders themselves are sometimes so creative that you can’t help but share them. See 14 of the best around in this list I posted at mental_floss.

Barack Obama Sings “Hotline Bling”



The YouTube channel baracksdubs puts the pop culture in the president. Obama has a pretty good singing voice, though he doesn’t use it often enough. Here he takes on Drake’s big hit, through the magic of editing. (via Blame It On The Voices)

Asbestos Snow

(via reddit)

Look How Badly They Want Tacos



Frijoles & Frescas Grilled Tacos in Las Vegas was robbed last week. Much of the caper was caught by security cameras. While they most likely didn’t get away with any money, they sure caused a lot of damage. But the restaurant made lemonade by using the security footage to make an ad! The ad includes the number for Crime Stoppers in Las Vegas, 702-385-5555, but the biggest impact of the video appears to be making people crave tacos. That’s all good, too. (via reddit)

Sith Lord Orientation Week

As Darth Vader gets to know his potential proteges, they brag about the evil in their hearts. But one is so evil that the others turn on him. Can you blame them? I have yet to see The Force Awakens, due to work pressures, Christmas events, and preparations for the family celebration. That means I have to be careful about which articles I read on the internet, and that’s my job! This frightening comic is from Is It Canon? which bills itself as “comics that ruin everything.” Well, this one stopped before it ruined The Force Awakens. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

A Fancy Flight to Abu Dhabi



The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, runs a travel blog. He paid $32,058 for a one-way ticket from New York to Abu Dhabi on the inaugural flight of the A380 Residence flight from Etihad Airways. What do you get for what would be a year’s salary for many Americans? A three-room suite on the plane, custom meals made by a top chef, and a personal butler for the flight. 

Yeah, you’d expect a luxury experience for that price, especially for a travel blogger who would eventually write a review. And it was quite fancy, except for the part where they forgot to load his luggage onto the plane! That’s like catering to a food critic at your restaurant and letting him leave hungry. (via Digg)

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Inventions to Match Up Matching Socks.

Over the past 25 years, the giant meatpacking company Tyson Foods has taken a lead in pushing for changes in workers’ comp in state after state—often to the detriment of workers. (via Metafilter)

The Story Behind the Famous Portrait of André the Giant Clutching a Beer Can.

When Tipping Was Considered Deeply Un-American. (via the Presurfer)

Always Buy the Men’s Version. The pink one will cost you more, even when controlled for quality.

Crossing the Tundra with Russia’s Reindeer Herders. Their animals are semi-domesticated and delicious.

Santa Claus: The Story Behind the Man. A delightful illustrated explanation of anonymous Christmas gifts for children.

Oberlin Dining Hall-Gate Gives Media Another Excuse to Mock and Misunderstand Student Activists. Dining hall protests are often more than they seem, and lead to bigger things.

10 Historically Pivotal Murders. The ones that made everyone mad led to changes in both law and culture.

Jewish Christmas Traditions. If you’re not celebrating the holiday, you can take advantage of uncrowded places.