Tuesday, August 21, 2018

6 Popular Home Remedies That Don't Actually Work



We tend to try common home remedies for common ailments, because going to a professional will take a big chunk of time and money, and you might not get appointment anytime soon. These classic treatments got a reputation because they seem to work -possibly because many ailments get better on their own with time, and the placebo effect probably helps. Sci Show looks at the research and debunks some of the more common home remedies that just don't work. (via Mental Floss)

Heat Wave

The heat is on at Megacynics. You don't expect to ever need more than one air conditioning unit in Canada, but that's the way the world is now.

Falling

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Swearing It Off

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Fabricated



In the weird world of the distant future, all the earth's creatures are manufactured from the junk we left behind. A friendly bonehead robot is sent on a quest to seek immortality in a factory. This beautiful stop-motion adventure from Brett Foxwell was ten years in the making. (via The Awesomer)  


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Monday, August 20, 2018

Dairy Queen

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Car Repair

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A Revolting Forecast



Not exactly what you expect from your local TV weather man. (via Cynical-C)

Suffering

This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. Go to the comic link for the bonus hover text and push the red button for an additional punch line.

Infinite Loop

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Correction

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Let's Play Some Headis!



Combine table tennis and soccer, and you get Headis. Headis was invented in 2006 when a German student, Renรฉ Wegner, wanted to play football, but since the field was occupied, he suggested playing at an available ping pong table. That's using your head! The new sport caught on like wildfire, and before you knew it, there were Headis World Cup Tournaments. (via Metafilter)


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How the Elvis 68 Comeback Special Happened Despite Colonel Parker. Fifty years ago, a new generation discovered the hidden power of Elvis Presley.

A mega-list of links to get you caught up on US politics.  

Sharknado Says Goodbye With a T-Rex Fight and Neil deGrasse Tyson. The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time ends the series with every idea that wasn't plausible enough for the first five movies.

The ethical formation of citizens was once at the heart of the US elite college. Has this moral purpose gone altogether?

Nightmare Bosses. Eight stories that will make you feel better about your supervisor.

19 Teacher Instagram Hacks That Will Make This School Year The Best One Yet. Some would be just as useful at home.

Here's How To Get The Most Out Of A Short Vacation. A couple of days off can do a lot for your mental health.

Turning Fatbergs Into Fuel. Scientists are working on a a way to burn them right there in the sewer.

Pictures from the 2018 British Beard and Moustache Championships. These guys are both growers and showers.

A blast from the past (2009): Edward Leedskalnin and his Coral Castle.

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6 of the Scariest Fictional Secret Societies. We've seen the movies, and we are just glad that they are fictional.

The 6 Most Epically Pointless Arguments on Wikipedia. No detail is too small or obscure to fight about.

Beto O’Rourke Could Be The Democrat Texas Has Been Waiting For

Try an Online Artificial Intelligence Image Generator. Enter some text, and let an algorithm present its best guess for you.

Half-Hanged Maggie and Other Survivors of the Gallows. Eight people who refused to die by hanging.

Two Billion Years Ago, Andromeda Ate the Milky Way’s Sibling. It may have left some remains as a much smaller galaxy.

European Printmakers Had No Idea What Colonial American Cities Looked Like, So They Just Made Stuff Up. They assumed that the New World couldn't be that different from what they'd seen at home.

How to be Happier. Notes from a Yale University course on happiness.

Vote for the 2018 Shed of the Year! (via Fark)


Brian Kemp’s Bid for Governor Depends on Erasing the Black Vote in Georgia. It’s working.

A blast from the past (2014): 13 Graphs for Laughs.







Cats and Firefighters

Last week, we paid tribute to firefighters who save cats. There is also an entire meme built around firefighters who save cats stuck in trees. Usually played for comedy. Keep reading for plenty more.


Dropping a Refrigerator from a 150-Foot Tower



How Ridiculous is a YouTube series in which three Australian guys drop things from a 150-foot tower and record the destruction. In this video, they manage to haul a family-size refrigerator up the 22 steps to the top and drop it. If you wonder why that takes 12 minutes, it's because they work up to it, first dropping a microwave, a toilet, a washing machine, a dishwasher, and a recliner first. And they do a lot of talking, too. If you want to skip to the refrigerator, that drop is at 10:50. (via The Daily Dot)

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Internet Addiction

Bedside Manner

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A New Recipe

And now tell me why we'd want to eat more of them? There's a failure of logic here somewhere. Still, it's a way to ensure that you always have cookies around, in case someone drops in. Especially someone who you'd rather not cook for in the future. Another cockeyed gem from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Tube Dating



Foka Wolf is the British equivalent of Obvious Plant. He makes funny fake ads and posts them in conspicuous places around London. See more here. (via Nag on the Lake)

Pot Sobriety Test



On October 17, 2018, recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada. That doesn't mean driving while stoned will be legal. We've got well-refined tests for driving while under the influence of alcohol, but how would you test for how high someone is? There are certain signs, and these folks display all of them in a skit from the CBC show 22 Minutes. (via Boing Boing)

Baloney

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Dinner at Weathertop



The Nazgul have found and cornered the Hobbits -what will they do? This LEGO Lord of the Rings skit is from The Brick Show. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Now You Tell Me

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Me Time



Here's an animated version of the webcomic Sarah's Scribbles by Sarah Andersen, that completely encapsulates what she's all about.


Good News

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Panda Doesn't Realize She's Had Twins



Pandas often give birth to twins, but only nurse one of them, which is a tragic waste of pandas. Scientists have found a workaround that relies on their innate obliviousness, as you can see in this clip from BBC Earth. One may argue that this only perpetuates the survival of less-intelligent pandas, but that's akin to closing the barn door after the horse has escaped. (via reddit)

Adjustment

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe Star Wars hasn't changed as much as you've changed? A little attitude adjustment might help! Honestly, so many fans bemoan that Star Wars isn't as good as when they were kids. Nothing is as exciting as when you were a kid! I was an adult when Star Wars was born in 1977. I thought it was a lot of fun, even though it didn't make all that much sense. All these years later, I don't expect it to make perfect sense, but I still enjoy it. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.

Artificial Intelligence Image Generator

Okay, here's something to suck up your entire weekend. Enter some text, and let an online algorithm generate an image for you via artificial intelligence. Cris Valenzuela's online text-to-image generator makes it really simple for non-geeks. The image above was my first attempt, when I entered "flying bat." Below is "flower garden." 


And this one is "army on the march."


I'll be generating a lot more today. Read more about it at Digg.

Denmark Sets the Record Straight



Fox News tried to denigrated Denmark in a an opinion piece (which viewers often mistake for news). The things she says don't really sound all that bad, but it's obvious she was trying to warn us against implementing social systems like theirs.  Denmark isn't having any of it. (via Boing Boing)



Construction

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Resemblance

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Crime Spree

True Facts: Bobbit Worm and Polychaete Pals



Ze Frank has a new video in his True Facts series that is both informative and juvenile. Sea worms are quite photogenic for worms, even beautiful, although their lifestyles can make you cringe. Be warned that Ze Frank's phallic innuendos may be NSFW. (via Tastefully Offensive)

That Helps

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How Rod Serling Writes Characters



The Twilight Zone will always be remembered as a creepy, entertaining anthology series that made us think. A story was presented, and then there's a twist that revealed some allegorical truth to ponder. While some viewers just enjoyed the science fiction and horror stories, others reveled in the allegories, which sometimes referred to historical events, but often just revealed something disturbing about human nature. How old you were when you watched a particular episode could vastly affect how you saw it, because everything in the script had more than one meaning if you were able to catch it. Zane Whitener of In Praise of Shadows explains what made The Twilight Zone so special.  (via Laughing Squid)

Cat Treats

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Cats Protecting Babies Compilation



Could this be any cuter? (via Metafilter)

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19 Performances That Prove Aretha Franklin Was the Greatest of All Time. She was truly the Queen of Soul.

Feral Children of Myth and Reality. Authenticated cases are rare and often quite sad.

A Huge Misperception About Sex. Our mistaken view of other people's sex lives may color our attitudes toward them.

Stop Telling Me to Turn My Brain Off During Movies. A well-made film will engross the viewer even if it doesn't make complete sense. (via Metafilter)

The Best Internet Responses To Racists.

Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything “Better, Better, Better.” Fifty years ago this month, the biggest band in the world released their biggest hit.

How Not to Get Screwed Over by Your Mechanic. Most mechanics are not out to cheat you, but the few that do are enough to scare all of us. (via Digg)

The Myth of the Soulmate. No one is perfect, but you don't need perfection to find love and a satisfying relationship.

Flexing your wealth won’t make you any friends.

A blast from the past (2009): 8 Bookstore Cats.

Spy Report

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Bald Head Waxing



Lots of men go for the hairless head, because it's cooler in hot weather and you don't have to think about how your hair looks. It's also an easy way to hide the fact that you are losing hair. But shaving every day can get old. How about having your head waxed? Wax on, wax off! However, the procedure itself is not the most pleasant way to spend your time, as you can see. I don't know what's being said, but this is the most action I've ever seen in a barber shop. I could readily believe this was a skit from a comedy show. (via Boing Boing)


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Survivors Get a Job

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Celebrate



Three Dog Night performing on the show Soundstage in 1975. The song itself, from their second album, was released in 1970. 

The Queen of Soul



Aretha Franklin died this morning at her home in Detroit. She will always be an inspiration.

Bartholomew

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How a Transplanted Face Transformed a Young Woman’s Life. With images that may be disturbing to sensitive souls. (via Metafilter

In the 1960s, the U.S. Government Set Off a Pair of Nukes Under Mississippi. The first underground tests were a strange experience for those living above it.

Inside the Lab Where Spiders Put on Face Paint and Fake Eyelashes (and Termites Wear Capes). For some species, looks can mean the difference between becoming a daddy and becoming dinner.

The F.B.I. Needs to Explain Its Reasons for Firing Peter Strzok. He's the third high-ranking G-man fired for political reasons.

Pizza Delivery Man Plays Beethoven for Customers. Let's hope he got a generous tip.

For Sale: Your Under the Tuscan Sun Fixer-Upper Awaits. A look inside the ruins of an abandoned Italian villa you could purchase.

Pigs in Space: the Adventures of Trump's Space Force.

The 60 Greatest Capes in Movie History. In no way limited to superheroes, they have graced the shoulders of cinemas's most amazing characters.

The Trump Administration Is Launching Stealth Attacks on Veterans. Three rich guys that play golf at Mar-a-Lago are serving policy for the VA.

A blast from the past (2014): Heroes of the D-Day Invasion.

Not Involved

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The 2000s Internet



Doesn't it just grind your gears when you see people getting nostalgic, or even historical, about the 2000s? Well, the 21st century started 18 years ago, even if it seems like just yesterday. This blog has been around for 13 years now (or will be next week). And even if you've been networking with other computer users "online"since the '80s, the real boom in internet usage came about in the 2000s. That's why the Mental Floss gang is taking a trip down memory lane with a look at the internet in the first decade of this century in the latest episode of Scatterbrained.  

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Real Red Baron



Most of us know the Red Baron from the Peanuts comic, or maybe the song that was inspired by Snoopy's imaginary adventures as a World War I flying ace. But Manfred von Richthofen was a real German flying ace during World War I. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out tells us his story. 


Farming

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How NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Will Touch the Sun



NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe on Sunday, heading toward the sun. It will take seven years to get there, and if the air conditioning system holds out, it will get as close as 3.8 million miles from the sun. It's also supposed to eventually become the fastest-moving object ever made by man. I'm impressed. (via The Kid Should See This)

God's Plan

It's His prerogative to judge. (via Bits and Pieces)

What If English Were Phonetically Consistent?



English is a weird language, in that the written version consists of letters and phonemes that we pronounce many different ways, depending on the context. It takes years for a child, hearing nothing but spoken English, to master it orally, then many more years to master reading it. But what if pronunciation rules were internally consistent? In this video, Aaron Alon gradually applies consistent pronunciation to vowels until it doesn't sound like English at all. (via Nag on the Lake)    

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Cities of the World Where You Don’t Need AC or Heat. There are 13 cities that fill the bill, and quite a few more that have rather nice temperatures.

With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee Turns a Dull Memoir Into an Energetic Crowd-Pleaser. A movie with a message can still be exciting and even funny.

After 100 Years, Roald Amundsen’s Polar Ship Returns to Norway. The Maud is safe, despite a century of bad luck and failed voyages.

White House Takes Aim At Financial Protections For Military

You Should Get Your Coffee Before Boarding Your Flight. If the flight attendants won't drink the water on a plane, neither should you.

40 Vintage Portraits of Extremely Handsome Victorian Men With Mustaches. Many resemble one modern movie star or another. (via Messy Nessy Chic)

The Rise of Identity Condiments. How you feel about mayonnaise can signify your generational status, whether you use it or not. (via Metafilter


America is Terrible at Summer Vacation. About half of us will take no time off at all.

Where even Walmart won't go: how Dollar General took over rural America.

The Potato Paradox.

A blast from the past (2014): The Origins of 6 Odd Canadian Place Names.

Too Early

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Ice Skating Cat



Oliver found the ice rink! (via Asylum)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Sunday Breakfast

So, when can I use this coupon? (via Bad Menu)

An Honest Trailer for Avengers: Infinity War



Wasn't it just yesterday that Avengers: Infinity War was playing in theaters? Well, it sure seems like yesterday. But Screen Junkies already has an Honest Trailer for the latest chapter in the Avengers series, and it's full of spoilers, just in case you've been away from the internet and don't know how it turns out. 

Lennon and McCartney



That's Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney, sons of John and Paul. (via reddit)

Earth Science

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The Rock Falls



The bigger they are, the harder they fall! Maybe that's why Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson always manages to get a scene in every movie where he falls -and always survives, mostly unscathed. Nerdist put together a supercut so we can appreciate just how often it happens. You have to admit it looks cool. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Hard to Get Out of Bed

There are bad reasons to be stuck in bed, and then there are good reasons. This comic is the latest from Lunarbaboon.

People Whose Last Name is Obama



The $100,000 Pyramid is still on the air -who knew? The game that aired Sunday contained the most embarrassing moment in contestant Evan Kaufman's life, as he played with SNL alum Tim Meadows. It' a classic brain cramp, in front of the cameras.



Kaufman tells entire the story in his own words in this Twitter thread. (via Digg)


Nefertiti

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Sunset Boulevard: The Original Hollywood Exposรฉ. For many viewers, the 1950 film was their first look at the sausage factories that make movies.

The Metrosexual Knights Who Defended Medieval Korea. Young aristocrats were honored to join the Hwarang Boys Academy.

The Mysterious Pilostyles is a Plant Within a Plant. It's a rare botanical parasite that has foregone its own photosynthesis, leaves, and roots.

The Chinese-Born Doctor Who Brought Tofu to America. Dr. Yamei Kin was the first Chinese woman to earn an American medical degree.

17 Red Flags That First-Time House Hunters Should Watch Out For. Sure, you can change things, but it might cost more than you can afford.

Watch this Interesting Overview of the Current State of Human Bionics. Technology and imagination are giving us prosthetics that do more than just replace limbs.

More teachers are turning to crowdfunding sites to pay for books, supplies, and field trips.

The 65 Absolute Best Moments from The Office

Mother acting scared when little hunter tries to sneak up on her.

11 Sharp Facts About Annie Oakley.

A blast from the past (2014): 9 Incredible Stories of Lost and Found Cats.


Toe Beans

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How Norman Conquerors Changed the History of Europe



You might think of the Normans (if you ever think of them at all) as French, but they were actually Vikings who converted to Christianity when they settled in the northern part of France (which became known as Normandy). They conquered England in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but that was only the first leg of the path of conquests. This TED-Ed video gives us the short version of the long story of the vast influence of Norman conquerors in Europe, including our language. (via Digg)

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Update: The Tweet was deleted, so here's the YouTube version of the video that was in it. My apologies for any inconvenience.  

Monday, August 13, 2018

Drawback

Strandbeest Evolution 2018



Dutch engineer/artist Theo Jansen is known for his Strandbeests, giant kinetic sculptures  that move along the beach on their own, powered only by the wind. Over time, the Strandbeests have evolved to be bigger, lighter, and faster. They seem to be living beings, although they are made of PVC pipe, string, and zip ties. Check out this video showing off his latest, most kinetic Strandbeests. At the very end, you see Jansen with his Animaris Rhinoceros Transport from 2006, just to show how far his art has come. (via Geekologie)

Companionship

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A Compilation of Cats and Babies



Perfectly adorable, as you probably guessed. (via Metafilter)

The Gaia Hypothesis

We hurt the earth, so the proper response from the earth would be to get rid of us. Maybe we should stop hurting the earth. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Salmon for Sale

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Is the Dinosaur-Apocalypse Story Wrong?



If you went to school after 1980, you probably learned that the dinosaurs went extinct because of a huge asteroid smashing into the earth 66 millions years ago. If you went to school before 1980, you probably heard that it could be any one of a dozen different reasons and we possibly might never know the exact cause of the dinosaurs extinction. One of the competing ideas is that the mass extinction was caused by the Deccan Traps, a group of volcanoes that erupted for thousands of years, so long that they poisoned the entire earth. This hypothesis has been promoted by paleontologist Gerta Keller for decades, but it was overshadowed by physicist Luis Alvarez' discovery of the iridium layer that pinpointed the date of the asteroid. Scientists are still arguing over the reason for the death of the dinos, which you can read about at The Atlantic. (via Digg)

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Animals interrupting wildlife photographers.

Lies My Teacher Told Me, And How American History Can Be Used As A Weapon.

Enrolling Americans in Medicaid Is Now Cheaper Than Subsidizing Their Obamacare Coverage.

The Fantastic and Troubled History of the Video Phone. The technology was there, but no one could use it until the expense came down. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Internet is in Love With Casual Disney Princesses From Wreck-It Ralph 2. An entire film of just their slumber party would be a hit.

Dude, She’s (Exactly 25 Percent) Out of Your League. Online dating gives us the tools to quantify aspirational dating behavior.

7 Charts Explain Why America is Becoming Obese. It's a battle that must be fought on several fronts. (via Digg)

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time. An essential reference gallery.

Why Scientists are Infiltrating Music Festivals. It's not for research, but to present ideas to the crowds.

I Discovered My Boyfriend Of 2 Years Was A Con Man Who Swindled Me Out Of $52,000. Once again, I feel blessed to be broke.

A blast from the past (2014): 8 Sensational Female Murderers from History.

Firefighters and Cats


Firefighters are heroes, no doubt about it. They are sacred defenders of life, even when the victims they save are not so grateful. This one was rescued from a burning home by the Boulder Fire Department.



But some are very thankful. Continue reading for more cats and firefighters.