Monday, December 11, 2017

Peeping Snowman

(via The Chive)

I Won't Wear a Jacket

Gus Johnson is a YouTube comedian with a short rap about pretty much anything you can think of. In this one, he looks at the campus phenomenon of that guy who never wears a jacket. You've seen him around, although it's more common in high school, as far as I can tell. My kids, and all the kids I knew, went to high school all winter without coats (although most would wear a sweater or hoodie). They said it was because there are no coat hooks in their huge school, and people would steal a coat even if there were. Lockers are too small for winter coats, and security rules prohibit students from wearing coats in class. A story from opie2 gives us another reason.
I teach middle school. One day a 12-year old boy shows up in my classroom at 8:00 in the morning dressed in a t-shirt, shorts, and flip- flops. It's about 45F outside. He stands there with his teeth chattering, shivering like a leaf in the wind.

Me: Dude, you're cold because you're not dressed properly. You need pants, long sleeves, socks and shoes, and a jacket.

Kid: That's exactly what my mom said to me this morning.

Me: Well why don't you listen to her?

Kid: Because I can't let her win.
The jacketless guy on campus may be simply retaining his earlier habits, and might learn his lesson eventually as he trudges several blocks between each class on winter days. Unless he's just too high. (via reddit)

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What's in a Name: Nominative Determinism in Medicine. Some doctors had their specialty chosen by their moniker.

The Consent of the (Un)governed. You bet women are angry, and it's about time.

How Anthony Daniels Gives C-3PO an Unlikely Dash of Humanity.

The LOLcats of 1911. The children's book Kittens and Cats: A First Reader tells the story of a cat throwing a party for all her friends in photos of dressed-up cats. (via Metafilter)

The Urban Institute has an interactive map that shows how many Americans are behind on their debt payments county-by-county.  You might be shocked at how many are.

Every Christmas Horror Movie, Ranked. There are 79 to choose from, with critiques. (via Metafilter)

Academic Publishing is Headed for a Day of Reckoning. When you must pay to publish and then pay to read, how can we afford to learn science?

12 Bizarre Inspirations Behind Star Wars Movie Characters. The creators have been asked time and time again where they got their ideas, and the answers range from goofy (literally) to sublime.

Why Pineapples are the New Christmas Trees. They are small, hold decorations nicely, and are more delicious than evergreen trees. 

The Curvature Blindness Illusion. How we perceive angles and curves depends on their shade, contrast, and background.

Good At It

Tweet of the Day

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Special Episode

A Visit with Santa

Kids ask the darnedest questions when they visit Santa Claus. Even a child psychologist would have a time with this bunch, but Kenan Thompson majored in musical theater. This skit opened the show on Saturday Night Live last night.

Calorie Count

(via reddit)

Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville, Alabama

FistfulofBeard saw this sign Saturday as he ran the marathon, and had to go back afterward to document it on film. The election is Tuesday, and the results depend totally on voter turnout.

The Shakedown

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The Quest for the Holy Grail Meets Parkour

A group of Knights Templar are on a quest to "liberate" the Holy Grail from the fortress of the Frenchmen who have it in their possession. They'll have to harness their best weapons skills and ability to leap tall buildings! Oh yeah, and a bit of trickery, too.

This is what happens when you give Devin Supertramp a television production budget and access to a French castle. Its a promotional film for the History Channel series Knightfall. And it's pretty durn good. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Tweet of the Day

Enjoy the serenity of a swishing elephant tail.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

This is a Bom

Delivery Treats

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I've Made a Huge Mistake

In this clip from the BBC Earth series Little Big Cat, a lion cub voices her desire to "play" with the birds. I don't think that's really what she was thinking. I think she was seeing dinner. But soon the cub gets a taste of her own medicine. This sequence gets a little intense. (via reddit

Robot Christmas

The Personal Assistant Robot

Wait, what? It was enough of a shock to realize that I am talking to the robot instead of the guy, but the underlying implication of that last line is a bit ominous. Am I one of those friends he finds boring? Does that explain the contrast in happiness lately? And here I was, getting a bit jealous because I don't have my own personal assistant robot. Now I just want to go sulk. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble

How to Take Out AT-ATs

What's the best way to take out an AT-AT? Tie a rope around its feet until it trips, while riding your unicycle and playing a Star Wars tune on your flaming bagpipes. We learned that secret in The Empire Strikes Back. Since we know from the trailers that there are AT-ATs in the new movie The Last Jedi, the Unipiper donned a rebel pilot uniform to demonstrate the tactic for the new generation of Star Wars characters. The Unipiper (Brian Kidd) performs all this in front of the most appropriate backdrop for his act. (via Laughing Squid)

Family Christmas Card

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The Evolution of the Movie Trailer

What's the best way to promote a film? Show a small portion of it to movie fans! And where are those movie fans? In the theaters! That's how trailers got started. Now you see them on TV and online, too, and probably on one of those gas pumps with screens. But it took a long time for the movie trailer to become the art form that it is now. Granger Willson of Vulture takes us on a historical ride through how movie trailers have changed from the beginning of theater runs 100 year ago to today. (via Laughing Squid)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, December 08, 2017

Does the Straw Come With It?

The Second to Last Jedi

If Star Wars were an opera, or even a Broadway musical, the producers could do much worse than to hire Whitney Avalon to write the tunes. In this song, she narrates what is going through her head as she struggles to harness the Force to pull off a Jedi mind trick in The Force Awakens, even though the title is a reference to The Last Jedi, out in one week. Yeah, it's a hokey idea, but it's also clever and well-done. You might recall Whitney Avalon from the Princess Rap Battles. Her wish is for Daisy Ridley to see this video. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Mucking Out

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Animals Hugging Humans

It's time for a little warm-and-fuzzy break! Take a few minutes and revel in seeing all kinds of animals giving hugs to people. We have cows, chimpanzees, parrots, fish, elephants, poultry, bears, pigs, goats, cats, dogs, and ferocious wild animals -some you may not even be familiar with. Need we say it? Don't try this with just any animal. 

When you feel the world is falling apart, enjoy the power of touch and the pure signs of affection from critters who don't care about our wealth or our pasts or our politics. (via Tastefully Offensive


This Land is Mine

If you're confused about the controversy over Trump moving the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, you are not alone. But it may be the perfect time to revisit Nina Paley's video of Andy William's version of "This Land is Mine," the theme from Exodus. It tells the history of Israel/Palestine/Canaan/the Levant. If you can't keep up with the players, there's a viewer's guide at her blog.

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How the CIA Rescued Modern Art. As long as it wasn't communist, it was good.

“Alt-right” women are upset that “alt-right” men are treating them terribly. The very definition of cognitive dissonance. (via reddit

10 Holiday Controversies. What were once personal choices are now public arguments about how it should be done.

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers? 

How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation. Artists across the country wanted to draw or paint her.

Who Gets to Live in Fremont, Nebraska? A new Costco plant could save the town -by bringing hundreds of immigrants to the only place in America that passed a law to keep them out.

When They Tried to Collect on a Nonexistent Debt, This Man Fought Back. Andrew Therrien took the harassment personally, and set out to find out who was behind it.

Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap, but she had to make it back to her young son.

The American Savings Crisis, Explained. Even if we could build savings in this economy, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains. They didn't want to kill, but served by their own sacrifice.

Slow But Eco-Friendly Lawnmower

(via reddit)

The Cat and the Cop: A Love Story

There's just something about a man in uniform. However, most of us don't throw ourselves at a man in such a blatant manner. The music adds a special touch to this video. (via YesButNoButYes)

Tweet of the Day

The headline screwup apparently did not affect sales. (via Metafilter)

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Weather Forecast

That's why meteorologists make the big bucks! (via Bad Newspaper)

The Supporting Act

A young girl is excited about the school's holiday talent show, and puts in plenty of time practicing her dance. But her father is always busy working. Will he make it to the big event? Will he even remember it? Sometimes parents can surprise you. This heartwarming Christmas short film is from BBC One. (Thanks, Ken D!)

Clark Kent Remembers His Childhood Christmases

You know Clark believes in Santa Claus. After all, he, too, has an Arctic fortress and can fly around the world in one night. (via reddit)

Universal Basic Income Explained

A universal basic income (UBI) has been proposed now and then in different places as a response to income inequality, unemployment, low wages, automation, and inadequate social safety nets. Everyone would be given enough money for basic survival, whether or not they also have a paid job. The theory is that some will still work and earn extra money, while those who cannot work (the elderly and disabled), can't find a job, or choose not to work (new parents, family caregivers, students) will not starve. Others will find the freedom to start their own business, go to school, or do volunteer work. Kurzgesagt explains the basic principles of UBI, the many ways it could be implemented, and the arguments for and against. Don't hold your breath, though.

Bert's Shirt Shop

This appears to be a comics about a woman shopping for a shirt. However, as you read, you find that the dialogue is strangely poetic. Wouldn't you love to hear two people act this nonsense out? Good luck finding anyone who can read it out loud and not trip over the words. This is a non-obvious tongue twister disguised as a comic. I spent the biggest part of my adult life reading advertising voiceovers, and can see myself having to do this one over and over before getting through it without hesitation. Try it yourself. This is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Well Groomed

Competitive creative dog grooming is an activity that makes dogs into an art medium. The biggest competition is the annual Groom Expo, which took place in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in September. Watch as dog groomers Adriane Pope and Angela Kumpe negotiate the four-day grooming exposition and sculpt and dye their poodles, transforming them into magnificent, if odd, works of art.

As with other obscure pastimes, creative dog groomers know each other, know the rules and trends, and work diligently to make a name for themselves among those in the creative dog grooming community. The short film Well Groomed by Rebecca Stern is being developed into a feature film. (via Laughing Squid)

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Horse Feathers: the Marx Brothers at Their Best. The 1932 film is better than its reputation.
Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2017 is a group. They call them the Silence Breakers- women who have come forward to call out men for sexual harassment or sexual assault by name. (via reddit)

A Brief History of the 404 Error. (via Digg)

The Trump Team, starring in Spy Stories for Dummies.

The Heikki Lunta Snow Dance Song. The Finnish god of snow was born in 1970.

Solving the Mystery of Lyme Disease. When a shocking number of children in one town developed rheumatoid arthritis, doctors and public health officials teamed up to find its cause.

A Child Interviews Her Cat. Any cat owner can relate to the absolute accuracy of the cat's responses.

10 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey Is a Skywalker. This speculation is derived from clues in The Force Awakens, and contains no spoilers for The last Jedi.

The Netflix Movie A Christmas Prince is a Hit for All the Wrong Reasons. It might even be worth borrowing a Netflix password.

What Was FDR Doing On the 'Date Which Will Live in Infamy'? Read how the president took the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Winter Cat

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Hypnotised Rabbits

Irene Burton demonstrates how she hypnotizes her rabbits. From 1954.

Tweet of the Day

Don't believe her, Charlie Brown!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

The Cat Did It

Pelican Invades Directors Tent

There's a video of a sea lion blocking the way of the crew filming the BBC series Blue Planet II. The world's wildlife may be trying to make a statement that they don't really appreciate people invading their territory, even to make a beautiful television documentary. A pelican in the Galapagos Islands made his opinion known when he checked out the film crew's campsite, especially the tent of director Rachel Butler. Maybe the pelican is saying,"This is my island, and I'll go where I want to." Or maybe he's just plain curious, and isn't afraid of a mere TV producer. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Product Review

(via reddit)

A Musical Tribute to Princess Leia

On December 15, we'll have a chance to see Carrie Fisher in a movie for the final time. It will be hard to say goodbye to General Leia, formerly known as Princess Leia. Remix master Melodysheep put together scenes from the life of Princess Leia as a tribute to her enduring legacy. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Ironic Joke

(Thanks, Brother Bill!)

William Zeitler Demonstrates the Glass Armonica

Benjamin Franklin invented a complicated musical instrument called the glass armonica as a way of simplifying the usual method of playing music on wine glasses. William Zeitler explains how it works and then shows us what it sounds like. Hint: it's very pretty. So if you are tired of reaching too far and spilling water while playing your glass harp, the glass armonica is a pricy and beautiful alternative. If you're in the mood for something more familiar and festive, here is Zeitler playing "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.

(via Laughing Squid)

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Little Hip Squeaks. Research on the noise your hip replacement makes.

The Death of the Internet. It's been attacked on all sides and can't survive the combination of greed, hate, and ignorance.

6 Grammar Lessons Hidden in Christmas Songs.

How the Apollo Fire Propelled NASA to the Moon. The space program went into high gear to beat President Kennedy's deadline.

The GOP's massive tax overhaul is a monstrosity.  

The Strangest and Most Disturbing Santa Claus Movie of Them All. In 1959's Santa Claus, the jolly old elf battles Satan himself!

Volunteering Is the Best Kept Secret for Mental Health. Science shows that doing for others reduces stress and anxiety.

Rookie Relationship Mistakes You Made When You Were Younger. At least these people learned their lesson.

29 Facts You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story

A Curious Menagerie of Mutant Taxidermy. Takeshi Yamada creates fabulous creatures and alien skulls from recycled and found objects.

I'm Ready to Come In!

(via reddit)

Tuesday, December 05, 2017


An Honest Trailer for The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause is a heartwarming Christmas classic from 1994 that starts with Santa being killed, and ends with Santa being arrested. Along the way, we have the squabbles of a broken family to contend with. Screen Junkies found plenty to say about The Santa Clause. If you always loved The Santa Clause, watching this Honest Trailer might ruin the whole experience for you, because, well, it's honest. (Thanks, Lacey!)

It Helped

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75 Movie Bands Perform “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard

Do you like movies about rock 'n' roll? You probably don't even realize how many you've seen until you watch them all together in this mashup. Master of editing Robert Jones combined 75 bands from Hollywood movies to play the Def Leppard song "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Some are real music stars, like Prince in Purple Rain. Some are actors playing musicians, like Val Kilmer playing Jim Morrison in The Doors. Some are completely fake, like the guys from Spinal Tap. And some are simply movie characters who play rock music. Not only is this video well done, but it's a lot of fun. (Thanks, Robert!)

Bar Sign

Batman's Village of Fools: Gotham, England

The original Gotham is a small town in England, a far cry from the large city Batman guards from evildoers. And it's not even pronounced the way we say it. The village of Gotham became the butt of jokes in the 13th century, because the villagers acted like fools. Tom Scott tells us the story behind that reputation, which the modern town fully embraces as part of its history. The leap Gotham took from a village of fools to Batman's home city is also explained, although it doesn't make as much sense as it should. But it's a good story.

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One Moment in Time. These guys’ pro sports careers were unexceptional …except for that one big moment of glory.

Watch Dorky Young Mark Hamill Trying to Promote Star Wars in 1976. Selling an action-adventure film to a science fiction crowd was not easy.
Retail Jobs Don’t Need to Be Bad. Like health care, Europe has already figured that out.

A Text Conversation Shows the Necessity of Teaching Basic Life Skills in School. When his sink malfunctioned, Dad just laughed at his incompetence and rejoiced that he had a new girlfriend.

When a Magician’s Curse Swung Boxing’s Biggest Bout. Tiger Jack Fox should've won the 1939 light heavyweight championship, but superstition stepped in.

A New Story by the Master of Hardboiled Detective Fiction. A short story Dashiell Hammett wrote for an obscure magazine was only rediscovered in September of 2017.

Gaslighting: The 'perfect' romance that became a nightmare. This is a good primer for recognizing an abusive relationship

The next season of Fear the Walking Dead will be a completely different show

21 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Mall Santas.

The backlash to voluntourism hurts more than it helps. Americans can't save the world in a week, but we can expand our own horizons. 


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Thomas the Tank Engine Stunts

How much fun can you have with a toy train set? If you think like skateboarder and a domino artist, it can get pretty involved. Watch as Thomas the Tank Engine goes off the rails, so to speak. The guys at 5MadMovieMakers made this video. They also do videos of marble runs, Hot Wheels stunts, and stop-motion LEGO scenes, so they have experience designing this kind of thing. (via reddit)

Tweet of the Day

Old, but oh-so-relevant. (via The Daily Dot)

Monday, December 04, 2017

Why Didn't I Think of That?

The British Royal Family

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Mel Blanc'sMost Impressive Feat

Mel Blanc did cartoon voicers for warner Bros. -all of them. He was the man of 1,000 voices. But other voiceover artists can pinpoint the moment that Blanc showed his amazing control by doing a stunt they cannot do, no matter how they try. (via reddit

Bathroom Graffiti

(via The Chive)

Playing Star Wars in Public

These guys got a little too excited when they found new lightsabers for sale, so they had to take it outside. And the fun was only beginning! But they kept getting hassled. It turns out that "We're making a YouTube video" doesn't excuse everything. Soon the game expanded beyond Star Wars to include Pokemon, Harry Potter, and Spider-Man! Yes, all geeks enjoy a good lightsaber battle. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Coming of (Old) Age. How different societies in history treated their elderly folks.

The Incontrovertible Evidence. Tom Tomorrow posted this back in June, but it's relevant now.

Feast Your Eyes on Some of the Year’s Best Wildlife Photography. The British Ecological Society presents rhinos and tigers and bears, oh my!

He Took Opioids To Manage His Chronic Pain. When His Doctors Took Them Away, He Didn’t Want To Live Anymore.

Why Countries Are Racing to the Moon Again. A half-dozen nations are considering a lunar mission in their long-range plans.

When a City and a Bishop Went to War Over Beer. In 1380, the city of Wrocław didn't want to give up their monopoly on beer profits.

Cinema’s Greatest Scene: Casablanca and "La Marseillaise." It compels you to weep with patriotism for a country you don't belong to.

Bill Young is a corporate pilot, but he's also a photographer. The confluence of those two activities led him a unique hobby: documenting hotel carpets around the world in pictures.

Chanukah Americana: One Family's Search for the Perfect Menorah. Lori and David Moore didn't really mean to start a collection, but they now have more 150 of menorahs, all different.

On Mavis Staples' new album If All I Was Was Black. "If you’ve pissed off Mavis Staples, then you’re doing something seriously wrong." (via Metafilter)

9 Flowcharts to Help You Navigate the Christmas Season. Because you need a laugh to go along with all the festive activities.

Parenting Sure Is Ruff

(via reddit)

Tweet of the Day

This dog is doing "zoomies," which are addressed here with more examples. Let dogs be dogs! (via Metafilter)

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

Training for Star Wars

There's more to saving the galaxy than delivering your lines. If you're going to be in a Star Wars film, you're probably going to have to fight someone at some time. That requires physical stamina, choreography, and training. In this behind-the-scenes video from Star Wars, Daisy Ridley, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, John Boyega, and Adam Driver talk about the extra time they had to put in just getting ready for the more physical scenes in The Last Jedi. So we know who's going to do the fighting in The Last Jedi, although that's not what you'd call a surprising spoiler. Don't miss Ridley whacking herself in the head with her staff. (via Tastefully Offensive)

St. Thomas

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The Twilight Zonettes

John Candy is Chris Serling, son of Rod Serling, and he's revamped The Twilight Zone for a modern audience with a shorter attention span. This skit from The New Show also stars Buck Henry, Valri Bromfield, Laraine Newman, Maggie Jakobson, Dave Thomas, Allan Havey and Tom Davis. (via a comment at Boing Boing)

Birthday Plans

When the things you want to do the most are the things you already do, your life is pretty good. This is the latest comic from Megacynics

White House Christmas

The opening of Saturday Night Live last night was a Washington 2017 version of A Christmas Carol. Alec Balwin as Trump is visited by the ghosts of his past, present, and future. And Michael Flynn, too.


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How Technicolor Changed Movies

The first movie filmed  in color was way back in 1908, and even before that there were hand-painted motion pictures. Technicolor refers to both the company formed in 1914 and the process they developed for adding color to movies. It wasn't a sudden breakthrough, though, but the result of years of tweaking the technology by filtering and blending light. Audiences became aware of the term only when the word Technicolor was connected with the eye-popping 1939 movies The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind. The latest video from Vox explains both the history of Technicolor and how it works. Along the way, we learn some really neat trivia about The Wizard of Oz.  

Tweet of the Day

This gets better as it goes. (via Metafilter)

Saturday, December 02, 2017


Once in Trump's Lifetime

A new treasure from Swede Mason.

2017 Advent Calendar

From John Teal. Check back to the link for updates. (via Metafilter)


TV Operation Flowchart

Brian was tired of his older relatives calling for help with the simple task of turning on the TV, so he made a flow chart to guide them. If the text is too small to read, you can enlarge the chart here. The relevant box you are trying to get to is this one. 

I've been through this problem as both the younger tech whiz and the older person who can't see so well, and I can tell you that the main problem with modern TVs is too many options and too many buttons. Someone pushes the wrong button and an unfamiliar menu comes up. Pushing more buttons doesn't help, and can change settings you didn't want to change, and you don't know how to get out of it, much less fix what you screwed up. In my house, you have the added headache of a college student who comes in for the weekend, hooks up a laptop or a game console or a video player to the TV, and then leaves without putting things back the way they were. I solved that problem by keeping a TV in my office.   

Batman Ninja Trailer

The anime movie Batman Ninja has an official trailer. The Warner Bros. film, directed by Jumpei Mizusaki, places Batman and his villains in medieval Japan. Batman, of course, is skilled in a hundred ways of fighting. The trailer is a non-stop flipbook of gorgeous artwork. Look closely, and you'll see Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Deathstroke, Nightwing, Two-Face, Alfred, and Robin. Look for Batman Ninja sometime in 2018. (via Metafilter)

Tortoise Chases Cat Around Yard

This tortoise must really love his buddy the cat. He's learned to put it in high gear to keep up with the feline as she travels all over the backyard. This reminds me of what it's like to be the mother of a couple of preschoolers. They didn't care where I was going, they were just going to follow me, single file, period. If I turned around suddenly, we all collided. (via Laughing Squid)

Dog Joke

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Fresh Hare

Bugs Bunny, 1942.

Friday, December 01, 2017


Paul McCartney Rabbit Hole

The simple explanation for this is that Swede Mason has Paul McCartney doing a rap song about modern music. That doesn't quite do it justice, however. The tight editing, quick rhythm, and masterful rhyming make it a quirky masterpiece. Someone asked Swede Mason how he made videos like this.
Alot of grinding. I don't use transcribed audio. I think it sounds shit when things are kinda just stuck together with the correct words. I look for the right intonation of sounds and syllables, sometimes chop up words to make the words i need. Writing this down makes it sound like a total ballache, and thats cos it is a total ballache.
And there ensued a discussion on the proper pronunciation and meaning of ballache, because it looks like a French musical term (ball-ACH-ay). He meant ball ache. (via reddit)


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Carol of the Pugs

We can't expect dogs to appreciate the holidays as much as we do, or even the way cats do. Dogs appreciate everything we give them, every day, so the holidays are just another time to be their joyful, wonderful selves. Still, we share the holiday spirit with our dogs because they are good dogs.

Maggie Smith Kühn wrote a song about her little pug Lucy, set to the tune of "Carol of the Bells." From the YouTube page:
Lucy the pug would like to wish you a very merry Christmas. This is the dumbest video I have ever made, and was also a ridiculous amount of fun. What can I say, I'm obsessed with this dog.
You can see more of Lucy at Kühn's Instagram page. (via Tastefully Offensive

Miss Cellania's Links

"Strawberry Fields Forever" John Lennon's Beatle Masterpiece.

It Started as a Tax Cut. Now It Could Change American Life.

Explaining the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in the context of 1944. The conventions of the past help to highlight why sexual interactions are so weird today.

Jefferson Davis in Women’s Clothing. In a case of fake news that goes back 150 years, the many accounts of the capture of Confederate President Jefferson Davis tended to focus on what he was wearing at the time.

Can we just say it already? Donald Trump is a racist

How the rent-to-own business went from selling furniture to a predatory lending scheme targeting the poor.

How Hummingbirds Drink. Their extraordinary forked tongues act as tiny pumps. (via Metafilter)

Jedi Confidential: Inside the Dark New Star Wars Movie. The stars of The Last Jedi talk about their characters and the filming experience.

9 Breathtaking German Castles. These are the inspirational settings for many of your favorite fairy tales.

The Rapid Rise and Spectacular Fall of London’s Greatest Bonesetter. "Crazy Sally" was not only good at setting bones, but in making a name for herself.