Wednesday, October 18, 2017


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When Homework Goes Wrong

A fifth grade class is studying World War II. One homework assignment was to define some of the terms they learned in class. This student, a cousin of redditor LeBronJameson, used Google Search to come up with the answers. Sometimes that helps; sometimes you get busted, especially if you didn't pay attention at all in the classroom. I hope he/she learned to double check and maybe get a second source. (via reddit)

Baby Hears Mommy for the First Time

Christy Keane's daughter Charly was born deaf. She's still an infant, but recently got hearing aids. We've seen older children and adults get emotional when they hear sound for the first time, but Charly is so young, she doesn't understand what's happening or how to react. Her facial expressions are precious. She's instantly delighted, then confused, then a little scared, then delighted again. She never takes her eyes of her Mommy, though, so you know she's going be alright. You can see more of Charly at Instagram. (via Digg)


Nate the Snake

A truck driver is heading west across the Arizona desert. He has been driving all night, and as the sun starts to rise, he feels the need to stop and commune with nature. He pulls to the side of the road, parks, and walks out into the sage brush.

As he is standing there, looking around at the beauty of the early morn, he notices a lever sticking out of the ground. After a few moments, he walks over, walks all the way around, and then reaches out to grasp the lever. Just as he does, he hears a voice say, "Don't touch that lever."

The driver jumps about two feet off the ground, and as he comes down, he looks around. No one is to be seen. Thinking it was just his imagination, he again reaches for the lever. Again the voice yells, "I said don't touch that lever!" Being more prepared, the driver senses the location of the voice and looks down under a sage brush. There he sees a small snake.

The driver, in much astonishment, said, "Was that you that just spoke?"

The snake said, "Yes. I have to keep people from touching that lever. If the lever is moved, it will be the end of the world."

The driver, still rather astonished, said, "What is your name? And will you talk on TV?" The snake said his name was Nate and that he wasn't interested in going on TV; anyway, he had to stay and watch the lever to see that it wasn't moved.

The driver said, "Look, I will get the networks to send out camera crews. That way, you can inform the entire world about the danger of the lever."

Nate thought that over and allowed as how there was a great deal of sense to the idea. The driver, true to his word, got the network camera crews out. They put on broadcasts in which Nate warned the entire world of the dangers of moving the lever.

A few weeks later, another truck driver was going through the area. He was following an oil tanker, and the tanker sprang a leak. When the driver's truck hit the slick, it went out of control, and he found himself headed straight for the lever. He remembered seeing Nate on the TV telling about the lever and so he knew that if he hit it, he would cause the world to end. He strove, with all his might to maneuver the truck. Finally, at the last moment, he was able to swerve, but he ran over Nate, the snake, and killed him flat!

The truck driver was heard to say "Well, better Nate than lever."'

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Giant Robot Duel: USA vs Japan

Two years ago, the U.S. company Megabots challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a giant robot battle. The Japanese company agreed to pit their robots against the Americans. It took some time to get the robots ready, but the time finally came. The matchups were large loud, slow, and not at all safe, so the battles were recorded in secret and then the video was live-streamed last night. The first fight, between the robots Iron Glory and Kuratas, begins at about seven minutes in. The second one, between Eagle Prime and Kuratas, begins at 13 minutes.   

The robots go at each other with battering rams, claws, chainsaws, drones, and guns. For a publicity stunt, this is pretty cool. It highlights the difference between giant robots in fiction, which always work perfectly unless an enemy defeats them, and in real life, where anything could go wrong at any minute. (via Digg)

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Fears Research. Science takes a cockeyed look at the things we are afraid of.

The Surprising, Secret Origins of Fruit Roll-Ups. Fruit leather came to the U.S. from Syria over a hundred years ago. (via Metafilter)

The Danger of President Pence. (via Digg)

Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

The problem is the prices. Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans- and our health care system.

The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later. (via Strange Remains)

There are no spiders in this pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

How Norms Change. Science drives home the importance of electing civilized leaders.

The Spookiest Ghost Stories From All 50 States.

Having a Kid

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Suspicious Vegetable

Friendly Ferret Fight

Just like two young brothers do, the ferrets Atlas and Orion squabble over their water dish. We know it's just a sibling rivalry, as neither one of them were hurt. First they chase and slap each other, then one tries to drown the other in the bowl. Then they wrestle for a while. Who won? If you ask the ferrets, they would probably both claim victory. Just like brothers. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Robot Shortage

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John McCain Accepts the 2017 Liberty Medal

Senator John McCain accepted the Liberty Medal Monday night in a ceremony honoring him. McCain is 81 years old and is suffering from an aggressive form of cancer. That makes his speech all the more poignant, as if he were giving his farewell address. And he didn't hold back. You might disagree with his political views (as I do), but you can't say he doesn't love his country.

Trump responded to McCain's speech by saying
"Yeah, well I hear it. And people have to be careful because at some point I fight back," Trump said. "I'm being very nice. I'm being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back, and it won't be pretty."

Responding to Trump's threat, McCain bluntly told reporters Tuesday: "I've faced far greater challenges than this."
Bigger challenges, like a POW camp in North Vietnam and brain cancer. Not to mention putting up with Sarah Palin. McCain doesn't have the time of day to let Trump get to him.

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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

Astronomers Observe Collision of Neutron Stars. The event is described as "a Rosetta stone for astronomy." Watch a video about the discovery here.

Jets Fan Who Stands For National Anthem Sits On American Flag. (via reddit)

How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open. (via Metafilter)

The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

What Facebook Did to American Democracy. And why it was so hard to see it coming.


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Star Wars and The Dam Busters

HenryvKeiper took footage from the 1954 movie The Dam Busters and synced it with audio from the climactic Death Star scene from Star Wars episode IV. Read about the connection at Wikipedia. (via Cynical-C)

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Top Chef

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Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible

There's a video about New Mexico's musical road that plays "America the Beautiful." It sounds really nice. California tried the same stunt with "The William Tell Overture," but it didn't quite turn as as well. Tom Scott took a road trip to Lancaster to explain why. It sounds pretty bad, and the story of how it happened is even worse. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Wizard of Oz Homecoming Assembly

Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, had a pep rally to gear students up for homecoming. The school's dance team did a great routine with a Wizard of Oz theme. Sure, it's a cheesy idea you'd expect from a high school choreographer, but these kids display some seriously fancy footwork to some truly clever song selections. This may put a smile in your Monday. (via Boing Boing)

Bluebeard's Wives

Performed by students at Beloit College. (via Weird Vintage)

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Amazing Luck! Read about some uncanny coincidences, or what we call good luck.

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared. “If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.” 

How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British Gothic film studio.

America Can't Fix Poverty Until It Stops Hating Poor People. (via Metafilter

A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batmen has been spotted marrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman, most of them twice.

John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

High School Students Forced Out For Reporting Harassment.


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The End

A creepy but ultimately touching tale of a scarecrow. (via deputy dog)

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

An edited version of the 1963 Twilight Zone episode starring William Shatner. From back in the days when you could both smoke and carry a gun on a plane.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017


Vincent Price's Dracula (1982)

From 1982, Vincent Price tells us all about Dracula.

Betty White

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Cod Liver Oil

The Perils of Adulthood

Extraordinary Kids in Zero Gravity

In a collaboration between Les Chevaliers du Ciel (The Knights Of Heaven), the European Space Agency (ESA), and noveSpace (a company that operates a vomit comet), a group of disabled kids got to experience weightlessness, accompanied by ESA astronauts. Ten people with mobility issues were freed from the limits of gravity. It was an experience to remember.
The kids came from five ESA member states – UK, France, Germany, Belgium, and Italy – and boarded the converted Airbus A310 Zero G in Bordeaux, France on 24 August as part of this “Kid’s Weightless Dreams” flight. True weightlessness is produced in the large cabin area of this aircraft during repetitive parabolic maneuvers, as in the Air Zero G flights operated by Novespace.

The children also took part in education experiments including lighting a candle, mixing liquids of different densities, playing ping-pong with bubbles of water and working a fidget spinner to demonstrate the effects of weightlessness.

Joining the children were ESA astronauts from their corresponding member states: Tim Peake (UK), Frank De Winne (Belgium), Maurizio Cheli (Italy), Thomas Reiter (Germany), Claudie Haigneré and Jean-Francois Clervoy (France) mentored the children on board and answered their questions.

Two disabled adults, former athlete and German television personality Samuel Koch, a strong advocate for disabled causes, and Philippe Carette, a very active Rêve de Gosse volunteer and pilot, also took part in the flight. 
Did you catch the girl who used the few minutes of zero-G to walk? That's at 2:35. The event was organized by Rêves de Gosse (Kids’ Dreams), which provides children with educational opportunities and adventures involving space flight. (via Geekologie)

Now What?

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Donald Duck in Trick or Treat

From 1952.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


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Large Cat Spotted

First, David Sluder saw an enormous cat just off the road in Hernando, Mississippi. It appears to be a wild cat, maybe a cougar. He didn't get too close to it. The local news team from Fox13 sent Scott Madaus out to the location to do a live report. He teased it beforehand with this live shot.

Well, that is a large cat, but not any larger than Garfield or your everyday big tom cat. The video and the resulting screen shot went viral yesterday, and everyone got a bit of a laugh. Yes, Madaus did his tease when the house cat appeared on purpose.
"You have a very serious job being journalist, but at the same time when things like this happen you can't take yourself too seriously," he said.
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Star Wars Prediction

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A Night at the Garden

You may have never heard about the 1939 Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden. It's not mentioned in textbooks or classrooms because it's a "scary and embarrassing" part of U.S. history. Filmmaker Marshall Curry hadn't heard about it either, either, until last year. He hunted down footage of the event and assembled a documentary. Warning: this film is disturbing. Curry explains more about the film here.
The first thing that struck me was that an event like this could happen in the heart of New York City, a city that was diverse, modern, and progressive even in 1939. The second thing that struck me was the way these American Nazis used the symbols of America to sell an ideology that a few years later hundreds of thousands of Americans would die fighting against.

It really illustrated that the tactics of demagogues have been the same throughout the ages. They attack the press, using sarcasm and humor. They tell their followers that they are the true Americans (or Germans or Spartans or...). And they encourage their followers to “take their country back” from whatever minority group has ruined it.
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The Tailor's Ghost

Pick Up Line

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Playing Fetch with a Lion

You know Chris Poole. He has the cats named Cole and Marmalade. He's gotten himself into a career advocating for cats. Poole visited the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa and met a lioness named Serabie who loves to play fetch. To be fair, Serabie doesn't usually bring the stick back to whoever threw it -the would be dangerous- but she does love to chase a thrown stick and chew it to pieces. She's also pretty good at climbing trees, too, just like a house cat. A house cat that could have you for dinner if she chose. (via Tastefully Offensive

Afraid of Spiders

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Haunted House

A 1929 cartoon starring Mickey Mouse.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Moose Lasagna

How to Move a 100-year-old Church

Ten years later, this is still my favorite YouTube video. For the second season of the TV show Monster Moves, the production followed Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township, Iowa, that was moved nine miles to its new home in Manning, Iowa. Daniel Pemberton wrote a song for the occasion, sung by the Manning Chorus. You can see the TV segment here. Even the stained glass survived the move intact!

They Did the Math

They did the monster math. What's the difference? One has variance, the other has scariance. One is bell curse, the other a boo curve. I think this may be an example of Boo-lean algebra. (via reddit)

Why Photos of the Eiffel Tower at Night are Illegal

Did you know that it is illegal to photograph the Eiffel Tower at night? Taking pictures of the Paris landmark is perfectly find during the day, but not at night. Or, to be realistic, you can't take photos of the tower at night and use them for commercial purposes. The reasoning is bound up in weird copyright laws. It never occurred to me that a building could be copyrighted. Sure, I understand that you can't just design a build a building by copying some other architect's work, but taking a picture should be fine. And it is, in most places. But not France. (via Laughing Squid)

Beware Friday the 13th!

The Dreaded Question

It used to be that you had to ask lots of questions to get to know someone. Now it just takes one. From Married to the Sea.

The Strange Case of the Cyclops Sheep

In 1953, a spate of one-eyed sheep baffled farmers and scientists alike. Almost 60 years later, in 2012, the result of the investigation gave us a new skin cancer treatment. Tien Nguyen connected the seemingly unrelated dots from one event to the other in this TED-Ed lesson. If cyclops sheep isn't weird enough, the story include hedgehog genes and a protein called smoothened. But it will all make sense as you watch it. And you'll gain more appreciation for all those lab people who spend years trying to isolate one protein and will never get credit for curing cancer. (via Laughing Squid)

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The Language Detectives. An overview of how forensic linguistics works.

From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

The Ancient Origins of Both Light and Dark Skin. A genetic study of the varied people of Africa busts some old ideas.  

Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

Vintage photos taken by the EPA reveal what America looked like before pollution was regulated. And now Trump's EPA director is trying hard to undo all that work. (via Everlasting Blort)

Good Luck Out There Today

How to Sell a Slinky

Did you know playing with a Slinky can be a performance art? This vendor makes his Slinky do things you can't, because it takes practice. This kind of juggling would really screw up the old school metal Slinkys, and probably wouldn't look as good, either. Wouldn't you love to see this in fluorescent colors under a blacklight? The guy would probably be pretty good with a yoyo, too, if he gave it a day or so. Now I really want a plastic rainbow Slinky. (via Metafilter)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Loss of Appetite is Relatively Diet

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Stone Cat

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Giant Panda Cubs Falling Down

Baby pandas quickly learn the art of falling down, because they aren't all that great at climbing, walking, or even standing still. They soon become very good at falling down. The Toronto Zoo put together a compilation of falling down clips from their panda-cams, accompanied by a wonderful performance of The Barber of Seville from the Davis High School Symphony Orchestra. Apparently, pandas are built for falling, being so roly-poly and all.
In 2003, scientists from Zoo Atlanta, Chengdu, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding published a study that described trends in the behavior of giant panda cubs. Among other findings, this study confirmed that falling was a normal and expected part of the play of the giant panda cubs being reared by their mother. The researchers suggested that the natural play experiences of growing cubs with their mothers and siblings may significantly contribute to the panda cubs’ development into reproductively successful adults.
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If Cell Phone Commercials Were Honest

In the latest installment of Cracked's Honest Ad series, Roger Horton is back to sell you a "pocket box" called the iHorton BS8. I think you know what they are parodying. Is the new pocket box worth upgrading from your iHorton BS7? You betcha! It's newer, has some features you may or may not care about, and most of all, it's more expensive. That's why you need one right now. As a satisfied flip phone user, I found this quite amusing. (via Geeks Are Sexy)  

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The Story of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. It was a graveyard smash!

How Charlie Chaplin’s Wife Saved His Backyard Fortune. When he was banned from the U.S., a lifetime of Hollywood earnings was at risk.

How the Real Madame Tussaud Built a Business Out of Beheadings. Marie Grosholtz was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the public's fascination with celebrities.

24 Events From Stories That Are Completely Different On Film. The source material is often enhanced for more excitement on the screen.

Exploring Cairo’s Ghost Mansions. The abandoned monuments to colonialism have their own haunting beauty.

Warming Oceans May Make Nemo Harder to Find. When the sea anemones go, clownfish and other fish species will have no place to nest.
A Man and His Cat Travel Australia.
12 Halloween Traditions From Around the World. 

12 Pun Costumes for Halloween. When you want to spend the holiday explaining yourself and hearing people groan.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017


How Animated Cartoons Are Made

This is how animated cartoon were made in 1919. That makes it more interesting than how they're made now on computers. The only boring part is how long the interstitial captions are on, since they were made for the barely literate. (via Nag on the Lake)

Fun with Captions

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Teaching Your Cat Persistence

In this video from Dublin, a cat named Jas will not put up with an empty bottle next to him when it's so much fun to knock it off. His humans are getting a kick out of it, too. Oh yeah, this video is cute and all, but making it a game is showing the cat how much you love him knocking things off the counter. He might end up doing it the rest of his life just to please you. However, he is a cat, so "pleasing you" won't be his main agenda. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Resistance Training

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37 Therapists. A psychological poem that includes nearly everyone.

After the check is gone. That $735 isn't going to last all month.

Toronto Airport’s Inunnguat Are Sending the Wrong Message. It's cautionary tale that reminds us how easy it can be to misinterpret traditions from cultures we don't know enough about.

What You Missed in the Latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer. An analysis of clues and possible clues.

How Would We Talk to Aliens? Finding a common means of communication could be trickier than we can imagine.

The 19 Scariest, Freakiest Haunted Houses in Movies and TV. The films you haven't seen should go on your October horror watch list.

Hilarious Kinetic Eye Sculptures by Lucas Zanotto. Simple black dots on white orbs speak to us, even when they don't make sense.

This Optical Illusion Floor Will Mess With Your Head. The award-winning design is safe to walk on, although your brain will balk at the idea.

Unemployment is Contagious. It spreads just like a disease, because our economic system is so interconnected.

Harvey Fierstein Responds To Being Mistaken For Harvey Weinstein.

Tea Time

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The Best Halloween News Bloopers

What could be more tempting than to startle a news anchor or reporter, especially when they've been primed by a spooky report already? It happens every Halloween, and it's recorded on video for posterity. News Be Funny has a mega-compilation of news people who couldn't stay calm and cool while reporting on Halloween shenanigans. There are also clips of pranks and silliness and unexpected weirdness that happens when you do Halloween live on the air.  

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Side Effects

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Hall of the Mountain King, Line Rider Version

DoodleChaos spent a month creating a music video for Edvard Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" using the style of Line Rider. It was all drawn by hand. You know the song, so you can anticipate how it builds to a chaotic frenzy and goes completely off the rails -literally, in this version. Synchronizing the drawings to the music was a painstaking job, and DoodleChaos says he/she never wants to hear the song again. I understand, but it's worth it for the many folks who are enjoying it now. (via reddit)

Cyriak Takes on Horses

It's been a while since we've had a new video from Cyriak Harris. He's done some strange things with cats and sheep, man more cows than you can shake a stick at. This one is all about a goofy dancing horse. Or dozens of them, but it's all the same horse that multiplies by fractals. The video is for the song "UFOholic" by the Japanese band Denki Groove. (via Laughing Squid)

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Fun with Polyethylene Glycol

The host of The Action Lab makes entertainment out of the properties of Polyethylene Glycol. It's a substance made of long stringy molecules that cohere so well that they defy gravity. A good basic video of this property is at Geeks Are Sexy. In this later video, he tests those properties in Robert Boyle's self flowing flask. Can he make a perpetual motion machine out of the goop and the flask? Well, perpetual motion devices have enemies: inertia, gravity, air, friction, and some other laws that creep in if you ever defeat the big four. Polyethylene Glycol is no miracle substance, unless you're severely constipated.

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The Ghosts of Japanese School Toilets. The urban legends make up an entire genre.

The Scariest Haunted Attractions In The Country. Big-budget horror productions use the science of fear to give you an adrenaline rush.

A History of Ghosts on Film. Not movies with special effects, but attempts to film evidence of real ghosts, starting with Thomas Edison.

A New Type of Northern Light has Been Discovered. They named it Steve, because we have to call it something. (via TYWKIWDBI)

The Mid-Century Supper Club Revives Kooky Retro Recipes. Their potluck meetings are a trip back to the 1950s.

Should You Be Allowed to Sell Your Kidney? Medical and ethical experts give us their opinions.

In another example of how humans will turn any activity into a competition, behold the competitive world of singing birds. Bird owners spend years teaching their birds to improve upon what nature gave them. (via Boing Boing)

The sociological explanation for why men in America turn to gun violence.

The Scandalous Witch Hunt That Poisoned 17th-Century France.

The Haunted Bones of the Fighting Fairy Woman. (via Strange Company)

Wake Up

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New Trailer for The Last Jedi

The second full trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi just dropped during Monday Night Football, and now we all have it. Rey is training, Luke is tired, General Leia is concerned, and Kylo Ren is pissed off. There's some colorful battle sequences and space flight, and otherwise we really don't find out much about the story. But it does make us want to buy some advance tickets.

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