Saturday, November 18, 2017

Beware: Earworm Coming

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Black Girl ln a Big Dress



Aydrea Walden created a video series "about an African American Anglophile cosplayer in love with the Victorian Era who's trying to bring a fantasy courtship from her re-enactment events into the real world." It's a historical comedy of manners, so to speak, except that it doesn't hide its 21st-century setting. So "Lady Kate" must deal with anachronisms like a ringing cell phone during tea and maneuvering a hoop skirt into a sedan. This is the first episode.
You can see all the episodes (so far) of Black Girl in a Big Dress on one page at the show's website, or at YouTube. (via Metafilter)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Cause and Effect

Justice League B-Team



Justice League is in theaters nationwide, and bound to be a blockbuster whether it's any good or not. But what happens if Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash, or Cyborg aren't available to save the world? Batman must call up the benchwarmers. The heroes that didn't quite make the cut. The B-team superheroes, as it were. In other words, superheroes whose movies didn't make blockbuster status. There are plenty of them in this video from Funny or Die. (via Tastefully Offensive)

ATM Fees

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Atlas Robot Practices for the Olympics



Boston Dynamics has been working on their Atlas humanoid robot, fine-tuning its balance and speed. The results are approaching uncanny valley territory.

This would be terrifying if Boston Dynamics was still working for DARPA to develop military robots. Or even Google, which is determined to take over the world. But the company was sold to SoftBank, a Japanese corporation. No wonder they taught Atlas to dance. Next, the robot will be serving tea in restaurants and keeping grandma company in the nursing home. (via reddit)

A Guide to Pumpkin Pie



This video starts out showing you how to catch a wild pumpkin, so you know what direction it's going. You will also learn how to use recycled crust and mourn the existence of pre-combined "pumpkin pie spice." The entire video from You Suck at Cooking is a respite from the anxiety of planning and executing a Thanksgiving feast.  

Some of the tips here are legit, while others are not. You must figure that out yourself. And stay for the little song at the end. Honestly, pumpkin pie may seem complicated, but it's as simple as following the instruction on the can of pumpkin. Don't even think about cooking a pumpkin yourself- I've done that, and it's not worth the effort. (via Mashable)


Miss Cellania's Links

The Tricky Origins of Turkey Day. How the fall holiday wires got crossed.

Why Are Your Wages So Low? Because the rate of exploitation is growing.

Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are thick as thieves, this one is the biggie and it comes with a ton of history. (Thanks, Walter!)

Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

Taking the abortion debate down to its elemental level

Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama. (via Kottke)

9 Vintage Thanksgiving Side Dishes We Shouldn’t Bring Back.


His Chair

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Simon's Cat in DIY



In the latest Simon's Cat cartoon, the cat once again displays typical cat behavior that manages to ruin Simon's day. He's simply trying to install a new shelf on the wall. The cat knows that anything new is for sits. Especially elevated things. And as always, the cat gets his way in the end. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ice

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The Pips (without Gladys Knight)



In 1977, The Richard Pryor Show featured music from The Pips, but not Gladys Knight. I don't know who had the idea, but someone mentioned a contractual dispute, and many remember this bit as the funniest thing on TV. The Pips had a ton of talent, but they rarely ever got to shine. (via TYWKIWDBI)  

On another note, you might wonder how "TYWKIWDBI" is pronounced. There's an explanation at the top of the blog, but I always pronounce it "Minnesotastan." I'd never be able to spell it if I didn't know it stands for Things You Wouldn't Know If We Didn't Blog Intermittently.

Christmas Decorations Completed

When is the right time to switch from Halloween decorations to Christmas decorations? In a perfect world, the Halloween stuff would come down on November 1, and Christmas decorations would go up sometime during Thanksgiving weekend. Redditor savage_irony did the changeover in one fell swoop, and he acts like he's both exhausted and proud of himself. I like the finished product, though. (via reddit)

The Appointment

Oh My!



Melodysheep remixed sounds from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz to make a modern musical movie montage. Cool. (via Tastefully Offensive


Miss Cellania's Links

Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

Every State, Ranked by Its Food.  (via Digg)

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders? (via Metafilter)

15 Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters (And How to Avoid Them). We learn from our mistakes, but it's less painful to learn from other people's mistakes.

How far into the horrific past will 2017 regress

The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

Deal

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Darth Vader Mask Fail



After Obi-Wan left the mortality wounded Anakin Skywalker on Mustafar, he was rescued and fitted with new limbs, a new breathing apparatus, and a new voice. But what if the mask that gave him James Earl Jones' voice shorted out and Darth Vader was left to use his original voice? Anakin's voice was as clueless and whiny as he was.  

Auralnauts imagined exactly this malfunction. The result shows how much gravitas Jones' voice added to the Star Wars saga, and how Darth Vader would come across otherwise. David Prowse was upset that his voice was replaced with Jones', but we all know it was the right choice. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Revised Curriculum

Is It Dangerous To Talk To A Camera While Driving?



Tom Scott tries out the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator. It's a cool machine, a pod that moves while showing you a virtual reality world. The simulator puts you, the driver, in a variety of situations to test how well you control the vehicle. The scientists who operate the simulator test drivers who text, talk on a phone, eat, and are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Scott was interested in testing a behavior he indulges in often- talking to a camera while driving. The result? He miss seeing things that he never would have realized in a real driving situation -like signs. Even when you keep your eyes on the road, if you are more busy thinking about anything else besides driving, that could happen to you. (via Digg)


Bumper Sticker

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The guy who designed these released it into the public domain. Here's the story. You can buy them here (and other places). 

How I Trained My Cats



People who watch any video from Jun's Kitchen are fascinated by the cats Haku and Nagi who watch Jun Yoshizuki making tasty treats. They sit calmly and never try to interfere or ask for a bite! Jun explains how he treats the cats so that they behave so well. Haku and Nagi are very cooperative, but that doesn't apply to Poki, the world's most annoying cat. Maybe he'll come around as he matures. (via Laughing Squid)

Limited Edition

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American Things Europeans Find Weird



We Americans know that the rest of the world sees us as rich, obese, and armed. But there are quite a few other aspects of life that we take for granted but seem weird to Europeans. While food and gas are relatively cheap in the US, our healthcare and education are frighteningly expensive to Europeans. Guess what- they are frighteningly expensive to us, too. And there are a lot more things that make Americans exceptional.

Of course, this is just a general overview and does contain some stereotypes that aren't true (for example, Brits actually have better teeth than Americans). And they didn't even touch on the weird way Americans wear shoes inside the house, use the Imperial system of measurements, and play football. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Tears Research. A few odd studies about lachrymal glands -human and animal.

The GOP Has Done the Impossible: Make Tax Cuts Unpopular. The only people left that want the current bill are millionaire political donors. (via Boing Boing)

One Night in the Emergency Department. On the evening of October 1, Dr. Kevin Menes and his staff treated 215 victims of gunshot wounds in Las Vegas.  (via Metafilter)

The German Who Made John Gotti the Most Powerful Mobster in New York. Hitman Joe Watts parlayed his insider knowledge into both money and respect.

Why Boaty McBoatface is the Meme that Just Won’t Die. The good news is that it may mean the end of naming polls.

The False Cheer of Office Parties Can’t Cure the Loneliness Epidemic. In other words, don't rely on your workplace for long-lasting friendships.

Inside Connecticut’s Secret Museum of Retro-Future Oddities. The Space Age Museum has aliens, robots, rockets, and spaceships that you'll only see online, as the museum is not open to the public.

American Employers's Mindless Obsession with College Degrees. Requiring one is a shortcut for eliminating job candidates more than a necessary career qualification.

Last year, Tye Lombardi made a Chestburster Turkey for Thanksgiving, and was told to never do that again. She said okay, and then developed a recipe for Facehugger Feast Roasted Chicken. Behold the horror. 

Why a tour guide at Disney World decided to become a character instead. Warning: grab a hankie. (via Metafilter

Good Dog

A Story About Spirit Airlines



Spirit is one of the ultra-cheap airlines that will take you somewhere for a really low price, as long as you don't make any changes, don't take any luggage, and don't expect legroom or amenities. Comedian Brent Pella https://www.facebook.com/BrentPella told about his experience with Spirit Airlines in a show and the audio was later animated to make this video.

This was posted to reddit, where Europeans said it couldn't be as bad as Ryanair. Ryanair is world famous for their bare bones flight service and the crew's surprise at every successful landing.

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Click on the date stamp to see plenty of good boys in the comments.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Proving His Point

What To Do If Your Parachute Fails



Austin McConnell tells you very quickly what you should do if your parachute fails, apparently because you Googled this video when it happened. Yeah, it would have been better if you paid attention before you jumped out of the plane, but whatever. Your chances of survival are slim, but not zero, so you may as well do what you can to raise those odds on your way down. If you survive the impact, there's plenty more to do to keep from dying. Good luck. (via Rusty Blazenhoff)


The Idiot's Guide to Japanese Squat Toilets



Chef Jun Yoshizuki and his wife Rachel give us westerners some tips about confronting squat toilets, which are found all over Asia. Watch as Rachel suffers from STSD- Squat Toilet Stress Disorder. This does not have to be you! A little knowledge ahead of time will help you avoid falling in, losing your phone and money in the toilet, peeing all over the floor, or injuring yourself.

Learning to squat properly is good for your health, too, and will undo a lot of the damage to our bodies from sitting all day. With a little practice, we'll all be able to do away with chairs altogether (yeah, right). (via Viral Viral Videos)

Nancy

Why Incompetent People Think They're Amazing



You know the basics of the Dunning-Kruger effect: incompetent people don't recognize how incompetent they are because …they're incompetent. That's the simplified version. David Dunning, one of the scientists the effect is named for, designed a TED-Ed lesson that goes a little deeper into the subject.

People as a whole are very bad at evaluating their own skills and expertise in one area or another due to lack of knowledge. Even experts have a hard time evaluating their relative expertise because, while they may know their own subject well, they have a knowledge gap in evaluating others for comparison. The Dunning-Kruger effect doesn't have to hold us back, but overcoming it requires an open mind and at least some humility. (via Digg)

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The History of American Spy Agencies. There are more of them than you thought.

Love’s Road Home. Sam and Ashley's path to happiness had plenty of obstacles, and luckily, a little help.

The assault on voting rights is getting messy.
5 Famous News Stories You Didn't Know Had Insane Epilogues. No, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is not included.

Spain on the Edge. Sheer cliffs don't stop the Spanish from erecting beautiful buildings.

The Kyshtym Disaster: The Largest Nuclear Disaster You've Never Heard Of. The highly-populated Soviet town that did not exist became the most contaminated place on earth.

11 Things You Might Not Know About the Marine Corps.

Cows Go Moo.

A sociologist explains why wealthy women are doomed to be miserable. I'm so glad I escaped that fate.

Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles. (via Boing Boing)

Adblock 1.0

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The Secret Behind "So Bad It's Good" Movies



Occasionally we watch a movie that we regret spending our time on. That's a "bad" movie, often boring, and one we'll forget. Then we see something that makes you wonder how it ever got made. Along the way we start laughing because the poor acting, incomprehensible script, implausible premise, or a combination of those things are so over-the-top. These are the "so-bad-its-good" movies.

Jack Nugent of Now You See It explains how really great movies and so-bad-its-good movies have something in common. It's just that the great movies do it on purpose (and do it well), and the so-bad-its-good movies stumble upon it by accident. The result is that there are more clips from great movies in this video than awful movies. And the lesson is that whether a movie is good or bad is less important than whether the movie is entertaining. (via Tastefully Offensive)  

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The top comment is "What's its name?" and Sir David responded, "Ian." (via Swiss Miss)

Monday, November 13, 2017

No, Grandma!

USA and Canada

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Cat Greeting




Who says cats can't speak English? Jason Ybarbo comes home from work and says hello to his cat. Recently, the cat started saying hello back to him. It's no Don Piano, but it is certainly a human greeting. It will be time to panic when he comes home and the cat asks why he's so late. (via reddit)


Miss Cellania's Links

Funny Animal Names.

Pre-Trump vs. Post-Trump: How Americans Feel Now.

When The Photographer Asks You to Look Seductive… 

The Long, Strange History of Dieting Fads. We're always looking for an easier way to shed extra weight.

Is a Cat a Liquid? A 2017 Ig Nobel Prize winner explains his work.

A Universal Travel Tip to Get to Know Any New City. Look for the most elaborate sit-down breakfast.

Hedonist Hollywood’s Lost Garden of Allah. Scandalous behavior in the early film industry found a place to happen behind walls and away from the press, fans, and families.

The Truth About Medieval Toilet Habits. People tried all kinds of ways to dispose of their household sewage.

How Corporations and the Wealthy Avoid Taxes (and How to Stop Them).

The Traveling Buddha. Taken as a Vietnam War souvenir, the statue went home 48 years later.

My Name is Cat

This is in reference to a meme about a cow. (via Fark)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hooda Thunkit?

Out

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Oxford Comma

Miniature Food Critic



Everyone's a critic, and every parent has had to deal with children who have a problem with what you serve them to eat. Imagine how harsh they would be with a adult's vocabulary combined with their immature social filter! Well, you don't have to imagine, because that's exactly what this video is. Or else this little girl has been watching too much Gordon Ramsay. 

YouTuber Woodsie employs the Face Swap Live iPhone app to make videos of his daughters. That way, he gets to play all the parts. Even so, the finished product is indicative of how they feel about Dad's cooking. See more of Woodsie's videos that use this same technique. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Outside

My cat does the same with the rain bucket I use for watering plants. (via Fark)

Buried in Bunnies



Bunny Island in Japan is where you can cavort with as many free-roaming rabbits as you want to. This guy made the mistake of getting down on their level.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Vegetarians

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Munchkin Kitten Grows Up



Time for a cuteness break! Spend a few minutes watching Milo the munchkin cat go from a fluffy kitten to a fluffy adult cat. This video was compiled from five months of recording. Yeah, he's a young adult now, but he still looks like a kitten. You can see more of Milo at his Instagram page.  (via Tastefully Offensive)

Hand Dryer

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Face Transplant Recipient Meets Donor's Widow



Imagine the emotions you'd experience if you had a chance to see your deceased spouse's face on someone else. That's what happened to Lillian Ross. Her husband, Calen "Rudy" Ross, died last year, and was a designated organ donor. The staff at the Mayo Clinic approached Lillian about using Rudy's face for a patient who was awaiting a face transplant. The clinic team had been practicing for their first face transplant for more than three years. Andrew Sandness received a new face, including facial bones and teeth from Rudy, after ten years of living with profound disfigurement. The surgery required nine surgeons, a crew of 40 medical professionals, and 56 hours. After months of recovery and therapy, Sandness was able to greet Lillian Ross and express his appreciation.  

The not-so-warm-and-fuzzy side of the story is that both men were victims of suicide. Ross left Lillian a pregnant, 19-year-old widow. Sandness, on the other hand, got a second chance at life twice. Five other people also received various organs from Ross. (via Laughing Squid)

Denied

Improvising in the Style of Different Classical Composers



Nahre Sol shows us how the styles of classical composers vary from each other. The contrast is made clearer as she uses the same song for each: "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Some are so stylized that it's hard to hear the original melody, but you get the idea. Those who are intimately familiar with these composers will laugh in places. The rest of us will instantly recognize our favorite composer, whoever it is. The annotations help a lot.  (via Metafilter)

Thank a Vet

Because it's Veterans Day. Not veterinarians day. (via reddit)

The Red Spectre



A 1907 film from the groundbreaking French director George Méliès. Here's a review found at IMDb.
The first decade of the twentieth century saw the production of dozens of brief "trick films" which pushed the boundaries of the new medium, and France seemed to be the capital of this activity. Georges Méliès is the best known creator of these films, but THE RED SPECTRE, which was produced at the Pathé Studio by Méliès' fellow pioneer Ferdinand Zecca, is perhaps the most bizarre and fascinating of them all-- or at least, allowing for the fact that many of these films are lost, it is certainly among the very best of the survivors. It is better seen than described, genuinely dreamlike in its images and transitions, and deeply strange, but deeply satisfying as well. The movie lasts only about 8 or 9 minutes, but when it's over you feel as if you've been permitted to visit another world. When THE RED SPECTRE was first shown the original black & white footage was hand-colored to produce a dazzling effect, and happily, colored prints survive today, and have been preserved
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Friday, November 10, 2017

I'm Happy!

Man on the Toilet

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Paddington & The Christmas Visitor



Paddington Bear saves Christmas without even realizing it. His clueless Christmas caper makes him a hero, but he still has marmalade on his mind. While the John Lewis Christmas ad is designed to touch your heart, the Marks & Spencer Christmas ad is designed to make you laugh -and send you to the theater to watch the new Paddington bear movie. Oh yeah, they want you to shop at Marks & Spencer, too. Somehow, I just can't imagine people in the UK watching Christmas ads from the US as entertainment. (via Metafilter)

John Lewis Christmas Ad 2017



Let the Christmas advertising season begin! The John Lewis Christmas ad campaign has started. This year's theme is the monster under the bed. Moz the Monster is not only scary, but annoying, too, because he snores, farts, and disrupts a little boy's sleep. But this is a John Lewis ad, so it can't be scary. The kid finds that when you look for the good in others, even a monster can be a friend. Knowing that will not spoil the twist at the end. The ad was directed by Michel Gondry. (via Metafilter)

Miss Cellania's Links

Talk of the Times. How slang terms of the past became today's everyday English.

You Can Now Buy Ranch Dressing by the Keg. Or even a ranch dressing fountain for your holiday party.

How to Make an Amazing 9 Layer Density Tower. Stacking liquids is a sure way to impress your family and friends.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are Back! See the 40 finalists showing nature at its derpiest. (via Digg)

I Was A Contestant On The Worst Reality Show Ever. Joe Millionaire was a prank show that could never be recreated.

A Rare Carved Stone That Could Change Art History. The tiny Pylos Combat Agate shows a level of sophistication not previously seen that long ago.

My Gig Economy Nightmare. There's no safety net when a side hustle is your only income.

Cats Protect Newborns From Asthma.  (via reddit)

Piano Cat

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Simon's Cat's Guide to Birthdays



There are plenty of things cats can enjoy to celebrate a birthday, even if they have no concept of why one day should be more special than another. However, a day with balloons, ribbons, something good to eat, and a nap is a really good day. And Simon's Cat is definitely a party animal! Simon Tofield made a short but colorful video in anticipation of Simon's Cat, the cartoon, approaching ten years of age. That's still a few months away, but who cares? We'll celebrate anytime!

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Vegetarian Menu

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Audience Reaction to a Bass Solo



You know how cows are attracted to music, people, and animals? That they'll follow anything around because their existence is so boring? This is not that. I was married to a professional bass player for quite a few years. I can attest to this reaction. (via reddit)

Heroes

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Fake Joel Osteen



Michael Klimkowski is comedian who happens to resemble televangelist Joel Osteen. At an Osteen event in Inglewood, California, he showed up dressed as the posterity gospel advocate and managed to fool a bunch of Osteen fans. And Forum employees, too. Fake Joel Osteen was eventually discovered, and that scene contains NSFW language. The A.V. Club has a followup from Reggie Henke, who was there with Klimkowski.
Henke also tells us that the confrontation recorded at the end of the video was with Osteen’s head of security. Though that guy asserts they’re going to the jail, Henke notes the “real police” just thought it was funny. “Especially because Mike, our ‘Joel,’ never really dropped character and kept getting approached by ‘fans’ even as we were detained.”
The stunt was engineered by the sketch comedy group Dabs Den

Air Conditioning

7 Weird Alarm Clocks Put to the Test



Taras Kulakov, or the Crazy Russian Hacker got a hold of some newfangled alarm clocks that make getting out of bed an ordeal. You know, the kind that require you to actually wake up in order to turn them off. They come in a lot of clever designs now. Some these would scare the living daylights out of you, but they do the job. However, if you are sleep and frustrated enough, you could always chuck them out the window. Keep this video handy in case you need to buy a Christmas gift for someone you hate. If you snooze, you lose! And remember, safety is numbern prerty. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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The Curious Animosity of Fred and Ethel Mertz. The supporting players of I Love Lucy never got along with each other.

How the "Rose Mary Stretch" Sold Watergate to the People. Nixon's secretary took the blame for the infamous erased tape, but her explanation made no sense.

Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while. While forgiveness may come one day, it won’t be soon.

6 Times a Single Vote Really Did Change an Election. Every vote counts, since we never know when it will happen again.

America’s Retail Apocalypse Is Really Just Beginning. The economy is recovering, but stores are not.

24 Brutally Honest Confessions From A Dermatologist.  This includes advice for preventing cancer and treating acne.

When Was "A Long Time Ago"? Physicist Patrick Johnson created a speculative timeline from the beginning of the universe to the events of Star Wars.

A Lavishly Illuminated Medieval Bestiary Goes Online. The Aberdeen Bestiary was written in England 800 years ago, with elaborate full-color illustrations.

The Door in the Kitchen. Based on a real door -scroll down to see it here.

The Perpetrators Of America's Worst Mass Shootings Have One Glaring Thing In Common


Pilot Cat

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"Let It Go" on Handchimes



This is just a really pretty song, performed on pretty instruments by talented kids.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Open Container

An Honest Trailer for Stranger Things



Screen Junkies does an Honest Trailer for the Netflix series Stranger Things. I've learned more from this trailer than from all the fan tributes I've seen -and I've seen a lot of them. Many movie and TV critiques focus on implausibility as a problem, but Stranger Things treats implausibility as an asset, or even the main point. The show is an opportunity to wallow in childhood nostalgia and confront a scary and inexplicable world at the same time. So while this Honest Trailer has plenty of gags, it really likes the show.  

Hard-working Scarecrow

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Triangle Solo



Stuart Malina was conducting the Florida Orchestra through "In the Hall of the Mountain King" at a Coffee Concert in St. Petersburg when principle percussionist John Shaw went a little wild with the triangle. The rest of the orchestra was shocked. They didn't know the stunt was planned as a reference to the Geico ad featuring a triangle player taking a solo. Malina took the opportunity to advertise subscription memberships to the orchestra. (via Tastefully Offensive

Wages

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Cat Prefers Food To Go



An animal rescue group feeding stray cats in South Korea noticed one who was a little different. She eagerly took cat food that was packaged, but tended to leave loose food alone. When presented with a choice of wrapped or unwrapped food, she selected the wrapped food and took off. You can probably guess that she was sharing it. The short story has a happy ending, though. (via reddit)

Miss Cellania's Links

Colorful Research Review.

Thirty Years After My Adoption, I Found Out I Wasn’t a US Citizen.  (via Metafilter

Why billionaires destroy jobs.

The True History of the Orient Express. The real story is as alluring as the new Hercule Poirot film.

Why Early American Feminists Owe It to the French. They paid attention to what women were doing during the French Revolution.

What a Disney Takeover of 21st Century Fox Could Mean for Pop Culture. The giant resulting company could join fractured parts of several franchises.

Oh, man. I finally have a place to tell my new cat story

The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change. As the ice caps and the tundra thaws, long-dormant pathogens can escape.

The Best Western Movies Ever Made. The dying genre is still around for home viewing, so choose wisely.

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met. Your "shadow profile" has information you've never shared.

The Problem

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When Did Time Travel Come From?



The title of this video wouldn't make sense if it were about any other subject. But the question really is: who first wrote about time travel? The idea could have existed before it was written about, but we would never know. Science fiction isn't that old. Literary time travel existed beforehand, but it was different from what we are used to. (via Laughing Squid)

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There are plenty more pictures in this vein at Splinter.


Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Perfect Stranger Things



Is this mashup "perfect" or just "stranger"? Wisconsin native Larry (Mark Linn-Baker) and his fresh-off-the-boat cousin Balki (Bronson Pinchot) welcome a new roommate to their Chicago apartment: the Demogorgon! The original cast from both Perfect Strangers and Stranger Things made an appearance on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live! to give us this perfectly strange sitcom preview. (via Metafilter)

Diversity

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Catfish

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Tweet of the Day



British journalist, author, and broadcaster Gary Younge did an interview with Richard Spencer and conducted it the way it should be done. (via Digg)

That Lamp

I had this lamp! It was in one of the kids' rooms. It never stood up straight, because the manufacturer has attached the base backwards. My husband said it could be fixed, we just had to cut off the electric plug, rearrange the parts, and put the plug back on. It was not worth the trouble. (via Pleated-Jeans)

The Lava Lamps That Help Keep The Internet Secure



What in the world do lava lamps have to do with internet security? It has to do with random numbers. Machines aren't good at generating random numbers, but flowing liquid is about as random as you get. An entire wall of lava lamps moving colored liquid around is is unpredictable enough to generate random numbers. Learn how it's done from Tom Scott, who is still in California finding us interesting things to learn about. This is from Cloudflare in San Francisco.


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Chips Off the Old Block? It's not easy being the child of a dictator, as these stories show.
The Majority of Americans Don't Know How the Government Spends Tax Money. Learning is the first step in gaining control of your tax dollars.

7 New Giant Bug Species Are Extremely Aggressive. The katydids of Madagascar can reach 2.5 inches long.

You're Killing Your iPhone With These 7 Charging Mistakes. (via TYWKIWDBI)

The psychological damage done by second hand clothing in Africa. Raising tariffs to stop it has brought the wrath of the United States business sector. (via Metafilter)

It's no accident that sexual harassers rise up the ranks. Such behavior is admired by male-dominated corporate culture.

18 Animal Adoption Stories That'll Warm Your Heart. Spend a few minutes wallowing in cuteness and love.

The 25 Dumbest Ways You Managed To Injure Yourself. Submitted stories that will make you feel smart—unless you've done the same yourself.

The US-Canada Border Runs Through This Tiny Library. Once inside, your library card is more useful than a passport.

An Army of Crows is Being Trained to Clear Streets of Cigarette Butts. Under a Dutch plan, they'll be able to trade them in for peanuts. 

Racing

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