Sunday, January 31, 2016

Understandable

Suspicious Bag

Showoff

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Dress-Wearing Bunny Drinks Milk



What you will see is an adorable little bunny who hops around in her little pink dress and then gets a drink from a syringe. Squee! The really weird part is the title of the video at YouTube: “Rabbit Female Wearing Ladies Dress Walking And Jumping , Drinking Milk From Injection Nipple.” Those are obviously words strung together for search engine optimization, and the overall effect is downright industrial. (via Metafilter)

Blake and Brother

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Flying Home via Germany



Jordon Cox considered taking a train from Sheffield to his home Essex, but then found out that he could fly home cheaper -although that cheap route went through Berlin! So you better believe he took the flight to germany. His layover in Berlin was long enough for him to see the downtown sights, and he still saved money over a train ticket. This is explained by the fact that he fly RyanAir, which is notoriously cheap. At one time, they were considering charging extra for use of the bathroom on the planes, but I don’t know if they ever instituted that. Still, it pays to check around for travel prices. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Flattery

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How Han Solo Should Have Dealt with Kylo Ren



A little movie magic shows that Indiana Jones don’t fool around. (via Neatorama)

Saturday, January 30, 2016

What If You Only Drank Soda?




What if you drank soda every time you took a drink? This seems like a strange question, as I know quite a few people who drink nothing but soda pop. We know it’s not good, but how downright bad a lot of carbonated soft drinks are for you is scary.

AsapSCIENCE gives us the rundown of the bad things too much soda can do to you. Whether this kind of information will do any good is unclear, as people who drink too much soda have been told that it’s bad for them all their lives. What do you drink all day? (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Speaking British

Froze

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When Hell Freezes Over

Cat is Obsessed with Balloon



Evie has a balloon,and it’s her favorite thing ever! She carries it around with her all the time. Maybe it’s her security balloon! And like any small child with a balloon, she goes into a panic when it gets away from her. There’s a bit of tension in this story, but things work out in the end, and Evie gets her balloon back. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Do the Unexpected


What is the Best Country in the World?



The staff of Jimmy Kimmel Live! went out on the streets to ask children which country is the best country in the world. Their answers show that U.S. schools have dropped patriotic indoctrination lessons, and they’ve apparently also dropped basic geography. Considering what they had to work with, the kids came up with some imaginative and amusing responses. What kid wouldn’t want to move someplace where they could have their own koala? (via Uproxx)

Friday, January 29, 2016

When is it Okay to Lie?

There's more to this story, you know it. (via Bad Newspaper)

Wardrobe Malfunction

6 Star Wars Characters Meet Their New Equivalents



If you found The Force Awakens to be a bit familiar, you’re not the only one. There are a lot of elements that harken back to the original trilogy, and the various character types have many things in common with all adventure movies. Here they are, meeting each other, in this video that may contain spoilers for those who haven’t seen The Force Awakens. If you haven’t seen the original trilogy, this will spoil nothing. Although the “equivalent” characters are superficially similar, they aren’t all that impressed with each other. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


Now What?

Trump Debates Trump



The always-entertaining Donald Trump is doing his best to prove once and for all that there is something terribly wrong with the way we select our leaders. He skipped last night’s GOP debate, so Stephen Colbert staged a Trump only debate, with the Donald going up against his own worst enemy: himself. (via Uproxx)

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Where Did That Corn Dog Come From?

I Don’t Owe Anyone My Body. What happened when a date doesn’t understand “no.”

Ten of the Baddest Fictional Movie Weapons. There’s even an hour-long video of lightsaber battles for your enjoyment.

What do GOP voters want? “Testicular fortitude,” among other things.

Barbie’s Got A Brand New Bod. Shoppers will be able to select from Barbie dolls with four different body types: original, curvy, tall, and petite.

Whatever Happened to John Carpenter's Creature From The Black Lagoon? The story of the remake that was never remade.

Barnes & Noble challenged Twitter users to come up with the best literary food puns. See a collection of the best titles, some with illustrated covers.

Kitten Born With Worried Eyes Is On Instagram For The Best Reason Ever. He’s not really frightened; that’s just his distinctive look.

10 Ways to Survive a Snowstorm. Make your preparations before the weather turns bad.

How reality silenced the climate change deniers. Meanwhile, polar bears still have no place to go.

The Best Sniper

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Slams Flat-Earth Theorist B.o.B



Flat-earth rapper B.o.B. insists the earth is flat. Larry Wilmore declared it a science emergency, and Neil deGrasse Tyson had to preach a little on The Nightly Show. It was awesome. (via Flavorwire)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tragedy

Simon's Cat Logic: Crazy Time



Simon Tofield, the animator behind Simon’s Cat, talks with Nicky Trevorrow, a cat behavior expert at Cats Protection about why our furballs do the odd things they do, specifically the sudden craziness. You’ve seen your cat switch off his senses and explode in a flurry of activity like a scalded haint. That’s crazy time.

Better yet, Trevorrow gives us tips on how to help cats release that energy in a more productive way. Tofield is beginning a new series of videos called Cat Logic. Future episodes will explore other cat behaviors that seem incomprehensible to we mere humans. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Canadian Vandalism

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Taking a Phone Poll in Iowa



Because so many candidates announced their intentions very early for the 2016 presidential election, the run-up to the Iowa caucuses has taken a particularly long time. It’s got to be a hard, thankless job to call voters in Iowa to ask about their political opinions. Those folks have been bothered for months already. Seth Myers tried calling a few folks -probably a lot more than made it into the final mix- to see how they’re holding up under the onslaught.

He did find a few who were not only willing to talk, but were pretty funny. The funniest of all was his own mother. The Iowa caucus will be held on Monday, February first. Once that’s done, the time between other states’ primaries will be shorter and less scrutinized. (via Uproxx)

More Nerd Erotica

The Answers



The other day I posted The White Room, in which a guy died and immediately got the opportunity to ask questions about the unknowns in his life. That was a comedy, while this is anything but. The protagonist here was the victim of a traffic accident. Contains NSFW language. 

The lesson here is somewhat ambiguous. Yeah, he knows now what he should have done differently, but he didn’t have the answers until it was too late to change anything. And would he have listened if he did? Or maybe it all comes back to the old adage, “Live each day as if it’s your last.” The Answers is an award-winning short film by Michael Goode and Daniel Lissing. (via Digg)

The 7 Challenger Astronauts

When the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after liftoff on January 28, 1986, there were seven astronauts on board whose lives were tragically cut short. On the 30th anniversary of that tragedy, get to know each of them in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

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Here’s how Maz Kanata and other digital effects came to life in The Force Awakens. In five-minute and a 48-minute versions.

How to Win at Monopoly and Lose All Your Friends. A ruthless strategy that resembles real life.

Ignored by the wedding industry, plus-size brides inspire each other online. A Scottish blogger bride is bringing their stories together in one place.

Marilyn Monroe and Her Pets. Eddie Deezen gives us the rundown.

The world’s richest people are moving their cash to the U.S. because it’s now a tax haven. America truly supports the .01%.

Venus flytraps count to avoid being tricked. There’s no use in snapping up and digesting a raindrop.

The Teen Who Trekked 1,800 Miles Through Canadian Wilderness Disguised as a Man. Because no matter how hard life was for a man, it was worse for a woman.

A penthouse in Chicago was built in 1972. The original owners lovingly decorated it in the style of the time, and never used it. What is left is a time capsule of the hippest 1972 decor. (via Metafilter)

Alien Cat

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The Present



Animation student Jacob Frey presents his thesis work from the Institute of Animation in Ludwigsburg, Germany. It's a tale of a video game-obsessed boy and the present his mother gives him, hoping to get him off the couch and maybe even outside for a change. You might recognize the story right off. Don’t look if you want to see the video first, but the animation is based on this 2012 comic by Fabio Coala at Mentirinhas. Read it in English here. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Often

A Teacher's Expectations

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100 More Amazing Bass Lines



Davie504 recorded 100 great bass lines a couple of years ago, and now he's got 100 more songs for us- all in one medley. The songs are all labeled, and cover about 50 years of tunes you know and love. Well, you might not know them all. I grooved along with the constant switch from familiar (over 20 years old) to the not-so-familiar (less than 20 years old). They’re all enjoyable, whether you know them by heart or not. (Thanks, Davide!)

Pipe


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Some When Where Why of Dogs Barking. Strange scientific research on dogs and their barks.

Who’s Afraid of Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

There's A Massive, Icy Underworld Hiding INSIDE One Of Hawaii's Volcanoes. It’s not where you’d expect to find an ice cave.

Could We Handle Labyrinth in 2016? Even of there were to be a remake (which there isn’t), the story wouldn’t go over so well in this century.

A Celebration of Comics' 13 Greatest Devils and Demons. They make even the most flawed superheros look better in comparison.

The Wedding During a Blizzard. When you can’t change the date and a disaster strikes, all you can do is roll with it.

10 Horrific Deaths That Happened While Filming a Movie. The glamor of Hollywood comes with a steep price for a few unlucky actors.

51 TV shows to watch in 2016. That may take more than just one long weekend.

Move over, Sasquatch: Meet 8 Mysterious Ape Men from Around the World. And if that’s not enough, here are seven more.

Laser Cat

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This Looks Riskier Than It Is



Norwegian physicist Andreas Wahl goes way out of his way to demonstrate how physics work. Here he is, experimenting on himself for the TV program Life on the Line. I didn’t quite understand what he was doing when I first watched, and I must admit, it made my stomach drop a little when the stunt became clear. It didn't drop 14 meters, though, like he did! The point of his stunt is that “things rotate faster when they approach a central point.” It’s explained a little more in this article. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Language Barrier

Apache



This is the 1977 video for “Apache” by Danish musician Tommy Seebach. It just screams "1970!" doesn't it? A friend on a discussion group reminded me of the song, which I had posted years ago, but was lost.

Language Joke

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Conan Goes to the Middle East



Conan O’Brien recently got an invitation to travel to Qatar with First Lady Michelle Obama to entertain U.S. troops at Al Udeid Air Base. That’s all well and good, but for security reasons, they wouldn’t let Conan take video of any sort while they were traveling. That had to be difficult for a TV guy. So he had the story of the trip recreated in animation. It was a blessing in disguise. The fact that there’s no actual video of the trip allowed Conan to embellish the tale just a little. As you’ll see, he took advantage of that opportunity, without blowing his budget. (via Tastefully Offensive)   

Veteran Plows Neighborhood with Wheelchair



Justin Anderson is an Iraq War veteran who uses a wheelchair and is battling brain cancer. He has a badass all-terrain wheelchair donated by a veteran’s group. Anderson modified the chair by adding a snowplow blade! Now he can clear the snow from the sidewalks in his Bellevue, Nebraska, neighborhood to make walking to the nearby school safer and to save his neighbors the backbreaking chore of shoveling snow. WOWT caught up with Anderson as he plowed the sidewalks.
Justin Anderson’s make-shift snow plow isn't about the recognition he says, but more about his duty.

“It's very gratifying. It's nice to know you're appreciated. But even if I didn't get any response from anyone – or nobody said Thank You – I'd still do it,” said Anderson.
(via Viral Viral Videos)

You Don't Need the Illuminati

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My Dog Has PhDs. Four stories of dogs who received diplomas ranging from high school to a medical degree.

The Women Who Rose High in the Early Days of Hot Air Ballooning. Sophie Blanchard was only the most famous of several pioneering female aeronauts.
 
One amateur sleuth’s cross-country quest to prove his Making a Murderer theory. Daniel Luke says he understands those involved because he’s been there.

Out of the Shadow of Aunt Jemima: The Real Black Chefs Who Taught Americans to Cook. Southern cookbooks evolved in two curious parallel lines: separate but not equal.

I thought they smelled bad on the outside: 8 times characters hid inside animals. In this case, I’m pretty sure that eight is enough.

This is what it's like waking up with a new heart in your chest. Teenager Trevor Sullivan was overcome with happiness and relief.

How Intelligent Do You Have To Be To Raise A Child? Is a low IQ enough reason to sever parental rights? (via Digg)

23 Victorian and Edwardian portraits of twins. (via Everlasting Blort)

The Cat with Magic Eyes. And other heterochromic cats. (Thanks, hearsetrax!)

Which Came First: The Product or the Egg? The genius that went into L’eggs. (via Metafilter)


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Monday, January 25, 2016

Serious Research

Thirsty

Dingo Anatomy

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John Oliver’s Lost Graphics Vol. 2



The producers of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver don’t want us to forget them while they are off the air, so here’s a web exclusive video showing us some of the unused graphics they’d made up. Whether they really made them up for previous shows and cut them, or they just made them up for this video, is anyone’s guess.


Crocs

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Guitar Hero “Bark at the Moon”



YouTuber GuitarHeroFailure was quite proud that he completed the Guitar Hero song “Bark at the Moon” by Ozzy Osbourne with nary an error. All the way through. So he uploaded the video sequence. Then it was pulled do to copyright infringement. What to do? He found a workaround.

Yes, he replaced the music by singing it. Not the lyrics, but every note played by the Guitar Hero game. He gets tired of singing at about 2:38 and starts to get a little weird. And he does his own lyrics toward the end. But if you really want weird, turn on the captions. The machine-captioned scat is hilarious! (via reddit)

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5 Wild Ideas That Used to be Science.

Mariya Karimjee writes movingly about her experience with female genital mutilation. Not overly graphic, but still disturbing.

The Illegitimacy of Aragorn’s Claim to the Throne.

He Built a Tree in His Daughter’s Room. (via Metafilter)

RIP Sarah, the World’s Fastest Land Animal. Cathryn Hilker, Sarah’s closest human, wrote a beautiful eulogy for the cheetah.

Your Disaster Movie Snowpocalypse Streaming Guide. If you’re stuck at home, enjoy some even worse situations from fiction.

The show Black Sails welcomes Blackbeard to season three. Let’s see how the historical pirate Blackbeard stacks up against the TV character.

When The Country Your Family Migrated From No Longer Exists. You can’t go back to your roots, so how will you learn about the culture?

This doctor helped the dying end their lives with dignity. Then he was diagnosed with cancer.

8 Stars and Their Surprising Second Careers. Many took a 90-degree turn to do something completely different.

Maurice & Mabel

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Chroma Crisis: A Splatoon Fight



Two painting crews show up at the same job, leading to a fight. They have a variety of weapons: paint guns, sprayers, rollers, even brushes for hand-to-hand combat. Their available ammo is, of course, paint. Bring it on! The glorious mess will take you back to your paintball days. If only we had such implements of destruction then! And paint someone else paid for! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Makes Sense To Me

The White Room



What happens when you die? The people who know the answer to that are dead, and they’re not telling us anything. This skit from Chris and Jack takes a look at what may be in store for this one guy when he buys the farm. It’s a little reminiscent of the classic scene of St. Peter meeting you at the Pearly Gates to announce your final disposition. Except it’s not like that at all. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Pages of Death



Girly magazines lead to murder! That’s the scenario in Pages of Death, a 1962 public service film distributed by the organization Citizens for Decent Literature. The film was lost for many years, but recently uncovered at the Oregon Historical Society. The narrator, Tom Harmon, is actor Mark Harmon’s father. Read more about Pages of Death at mental_floss.  

Patriots

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Sarah Palin Endorses Trump (SNL Version)



Tina Fey and Darrell Hammond nailed it on Saturday Night Live last night. It’s almost as funny as the real thing, just not as scary. 

Nock Hard

The Mistake Waltz



This particular number will drive a perfectionist mad, but it’s all in fun. It’s an excerpt from The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody) by Jerome Robbins, performed by the OpĂ©ra national de Paris in 2008. You can see the entire production here. (via reddit)

Otter

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Killing Ice Cream

Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base Behind The Scenes



The Undercover Boss version of Kylo Ren from Saturday Night Live has proven to be quite popular! So popular that we have t-shirts and action figures of Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in his disguise as “Matt the radar technician.” If you can’t get enough of the character, SNL has graced us with a behind-the-scenes video, featuring rehearsal bloopers and how they did the special effects. (via Digg)

Animal Clinic

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Stuck on This Highway With You



A foot of snow stranded hundreds of motorists on the interstate in Kentucky last night. Local churches opened their doors for those who could get off the highway, and state police and the National Guard reached out to travelers who couldn’t.

It was definitely winter for the Endless Summer Band, who are on their way from Indianapolis to Johnson City, Tennessee, but found themselves stuck overnight on I-75 near Mt. Vernon. They were at a standstill for 15 hours. To pass the time, they rewrote the lyrics to the song “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealer’s Wheel to reflect their situation.

You can see a couple other videos they recorded during the jam at Business Insider and follow their progress at Facebook. Oh, they’ve moved a little, but still haven’t made it to Tennessee. The band is on their second traffic jam in southeastern Kentucky. Yes, that’s where I live, but I’m at home. (Thanks, Brother Bill!) 

Alligators and Crocodiles

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Clear the Snow from Your Car, Please



Jeff Cote was just driving along in Massachusetts Wednesday with his dash cam on when a chunk of frozen snow blew off the vehicle in front of him, and bam! Shattered windshield. That’s frightening. He’s lucky he made it off the road without further carnage. There’s about a foot of snow piled up on all our cars. I don’t look forward to clearing it all off eventually, but we will clear it all off. (via Daily of the Day)

Patience

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The Seesaw



Over a dozen elderly men are balancing on a log. What do think is going to happen? Yeah, they should have seen this coming, too. You’re going to feel terrible about laughing at this, but you will laugh. The description is in French, but let’s just assume that no one got hurt too badly that day. (via Digg

11 Unforgettable Snowmen

By now, you’re probably either stuck at home thanks to snow, waiting for the snow to arrive, or wishing that you had snow. If you can’t make it to work or school, you might pass the time by making a snowman. Here’s some inspiration for your creations—or, if you live in a warmer climate, some pictures to cool off with, in a list I posted at mental_floss.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Wedding Haka



Benjamin Armstrong’s family and friends surprised him and his bride Aaliyah with a haka at their wedding reception in Aukland, New Zealand, last week. Aaliyah was moved to tears by the performance. After Benjamin and one of the bridesmaids joined in, the bride did, too. Josh Starks gave us a little background in the comments:
This Haka is called Tika Tonu. It is a Maori haka and was written in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand in 1914 by a chief named Waimarama Puhara. He wrote it for his son and it is about the transition from boy to man.
The lyrics and translation are in the description of another YouTube video. (via Boing Boing)

Identifying Leaves

100 Years of Cars



As fashions change, so do automobiles. We’ve only had them around for about 100 years, so Mode did another in their 100 Years series featuring cars. Nice American luxury cars, that is. Which decade is your favorite for vehicles? I’d take any of them! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Darth Vader Delivers Bionic Arm



Limbitless Solutions is a non-profit that harnesses the latest technology to help those with disabilities. They designed and 3D-printed a prosthetic arm for 9-year-old Star Wars fan Alvin Garcia Flores. When the arm was ready, they enlisted the help of the 501st Legion to do a special presentation to Flores at Gateway Elementary School in Omaha. Darth Vader himself showed up to give Flores his new arm! School principal Terry Burton arranged for both the custom-made arm and the Star Wars presentation. That’s the kind of principal you don’t forget. If you think about it, it’s no surprise that a boy missing an arm would feel a special connection with Star Wars. In that universe, bionic arms are commonplace. Limbitless Solutions is doing their part to make them more commonplace in our world, too. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Only Ketchup

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“Love Me Do”: The Beatles First Record. Eddie Deezen tells the story.

We Ate KFC’s ‘Nashville Hot Chicken’ And We’ve Never Felt More Betrayed.

18 Rock and Rolling Facts About Led Zeppelin.

Why We Picture Bombs As Round Black Balls with a Burning Wick. You learned it from Looney Tunes, but the idea goes back much further.

2015 Was By Far The Hottest Year In Recorded History. The previous record holder was 2014.

Black Sails is a TV series that mixes fictional pirates with real historical figures. So let’s take A Look at Fictional and Historical Pirates.

10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration. Earlier immigrants tend to distrust those who come after.

10 Sundance 2016 Movies We Can’t Wait to See. The Sundance Film festival runs through the end of the month.

This is how the suburbs die. People decided they liked living in big cities, after all.

Our Adorable Relatives: 9 Tiny Primates. No, you can’t have one for a pet.

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Don’t Dip Into Your Own Stash



Two guys, Leland and Holland, were taking a bunch of marijuana from Las Vegas to Bozeman, Montana. The problem is that they indulged in some along the way. Then they got paranoid and became convinced that the police were following them. They were so bothered about it that they called the Rexburg, Idaho, police and asked them to “just end it.” There were no police following the men, but they never caught on to that detail. The police dispatcher was very helpful, as were the policemen who met the two men and arrested them. (via Viral Viral Videos)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Kara



Joe Sill made a beautiful little Star wars fan film. This is set on the planet Jakku, where a man and his daughter Kara are traveling to a desert community. But the skies are full of action. You start to wonder why it’s just a father and daughter, but then at the end we realize what happened to Kara’s mother. (via Boing Boing)

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