Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Miss Cellania's Links

Accidentally Excellent. Products that you might not know were accidentally discovered/developed/invented.

Get Lost in These Real-World Fairy Tale Landscapes. See 18 sites that still inspire artists today.

Hedgehogs can't see in the dark.

Wonder Woman and the critical generation gap. Old-school movie critics have been shocked to learn that many moviegoers are not male.

Does your cat have food issues? It may be a phenomenon known as whisker fatigue. (via Nag on the Lake)

How Your Mouse Movement Could Be Used to Stop Identity Theft. It might be our new online lie detector.

A New Map Reveals Ships Buried Below San Francisco. The reasons they are there make quite a story. (via Urban Ghosts)

Let's see what Doonesbury's intrepid reporter Roland B. Hedley, Jr. has been up to. There's plenty of news to keep him busy.

Bored Panda has 475 submitted pictures of cats acting odd. (via Metafilter)

Religious Liberals Sat Out of Politics for 40 Years. Now They Want in the Game.


Bruce M said...

Here's one more comment for Miss Cellania.

Go Warriors!

Bill Scheitzach said...

Another accidental discovery was Post-It Notes®.  The 3-M Company (the Scotch tape people) were looking for a super-strong adhesive; instead, one of their experiments yielded this very low-tack adhesive instead.  Shelved since it wasn't what they were looking for, it wasn't until a colleague of the inventor realized that a piece of paper with the adhesive on it would make a perfect, semi-permanent bookmark (yet easily removable) bookmark for his hymn book.

Taking advantage of 3-M's "permitted bootlegging" policy, he then worked to develop the idea. The yellow color was also a fluke, as the lab next-door to the Post-It team had only yellow scrap paper available for use.

Even then, when they were introduced in four markets in 1977 as "Press 'n Peel" notes, sales results were disappointing. It wasn't until 3-M literally gave them away, issuing free samples to consumers themselves, that they took off.

Miss Cellania said...

Every new product should be given away as samples. That's now known as "beta testing."

Mikey said...

I can't watch the hedgehog video
The facebook sign in won't go away.

gwdMaine said...

Now Miss C, everyone knows the moon landing was fake.
It was filmed by Stanley Kubrick with assistance from
Walt Disney on a secret sound stage in Nevada's Area
51. He did it because in return he got an unlimited
budget for 2001, A Space Odyssey. Kubrick used a
process called Front Screen Projection; something that
had been around for a long time but which he perfected
to State of the Art (for that time). There were some
scenes that the technology had trouble creating.
Kubrick, being such a perfectionist, filmed those on
location, but everything else: Faked.