Thursday, May 24, 2018


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That Time It Rained for Two Million Years

The Carnian Pluvial Event was a time of major change for the earth and its supercontinent Pangea. Namely, lots and lots of rain, and all the changes it brings. That was when the forests grew and dinosaurs began to rise to dominance, about 230 million years ago. From the images in this video from PBS Eons, that episode appears to be the line between the familiar (dinosaurs and forests) and the weird, weird, plants and animals that populated earth before that.  (via Digg)

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If there were a kind of a fireman's pole from the Moon down to the Earth, how long would it take to slide all the way from the Moon to the Earth? Randall Munroe ponders this adventure in excruciating detail. (via Metafilter)

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

Our Nation's Leaders Analyze the Data on USA's Gun Violence.

Guy the beagle was on the euthanasia list in a Kentucky animal shelter in 2015, but he took a detour through Canada and now he is part of the royal family. (Thanks, Bill!) 

Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath -and his cane.

Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc D├ętective is still in business after 105 years.

Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses. (via Metafilter)

How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.


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Maru Vaulting Boxes

Can you stack boxes too high for Maru to climb into? Maybe the real question is, how can you get that many boxes all the same size? Well, I can imagine if you're mugumogu, people just give you boxes all the time. Maru eventually meets his match, and we get to hear him meow more than we've ever heard before. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day

Yes, there's a sinkhole opening up at the White House lawn. Engineers blame the swamp (really). A new Twitter account takes on the persona of the sinkhole and updates us on its mission to swallow the White house and possibly all of Washington, DC.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Greek Kitchen

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Sweet Child O' Mine Funk Cover

By Scary Pockets featuring Mario Jose on vocals. Sweet! (via Boing Boing)

Life is a Highway

You know every one of these vehicles, don't you? This clever graphic is from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands.


Tips for Cooking for One

This video from College Humor contains a little NSFW language. When you find yourself living alone, it is tempting to just eat your favorite food all the time. That gets old. Eventually you resort to sandwiches and cold cereal, and when you realize that cold cereal leads to dirty dishes, your diet become just sandwiches and chips. You might be tempted to whip up an entire meal fresh from scratch, but don't do it. Rationalize not doing it by telling yourself it's too time-consuming so that you don't have to think about how very alone you are. So very, utterly alone. (via Tastefully Offensive)   

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

'Jesus never charged a leper a co-pay': the rise of the religious left. Count me in.

Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

How Gerrymandered is Your State? (via Nag on the Lake)

The 25 Toughest Colleges to Get Into in 2018.

24 Wildly Inappropriate Official Movie Tie-In Products.

Trump admits the reason behind his "fake news" cry.  

Gift Escalation

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Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018


An Honest Trailer for the Star Wars Spinoffs

There were several Star Wars feature-length productions that are completely ignored in the Star Wars canon. They are Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure, Ewoks: The Battle of Endor, and The Star Wars Holiday Special. Fans would just as soon forget all of them. Screen Junkies produced an Honest Trailer for all three in one video, and it's about as honest as everyone else has been about the quality of these spinoffs. If you've never seen any of them, just watch the trailer, and be satisfied that these clips will be all you need to know that you're missing nothing of importance.

Camo Cast

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Shoop Shoop Diddy Wop Cumma Cumma Wang Dang

This song from Monte Video And The Cassettes takes me back to my first radio job, which is the only place I ever heard the song. That was still enough to make it play in my head for weeks at a time.


The modern 30-year-old might have to put more thought into that. Those students loans are still looming over him. This comic is from Jake Likes Onions. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Update: I should have thought about this myself, but an anonymous commenter likened this comic to a recent bit of news.

Goat People

The Pits

A lonely avocado has an empty feeling in the pit of his stomach. No, wait, he is empty because his stomach doesn't have a pit. He's searching for his other half. This sweet short film by David Bizzaro was selected for more than 30 film festivals so far. (via The Kid Should See This)

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The X-Men Movies You Never Saw. Filmmakers have been pushing the comic book heroes for almost three decades.

The royal wedding called as a soccer match

How The Gambia Learned to Grow Both Forests and Food. The trick is allowing communities to own, care for, and protect their pieces of the forest.

There Is Only One Trump Scandal. (via Metafilter)

Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge.’ At least one scientist suggests that we start genetically modifying humans to withstand the rigors of reproduction beyond Earth.

Why Do Cats Blep

Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin. He settled in Canada, where he was free to publish his life experiences.

24 Things Princesses At Disney Parks Would Never Tell You. The job comes with strict rules and high standards, but doesn't pay well.

Meet Gustaf Broman, the 19th Century Con Man Who Attempted to Cross the Atlantic in a Log Boat. He never expected to succeed, as he had other plans for the trip.

19 Acclaimed Authors and Their Typewriters. Some of those machines are still around, and some are still in use.

Get Well Soon

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A Brother's Tears

This little boy is singing a lullaby to his newborn sister Alice, but then he's overcome with emotion at the beautiful moment. (via Digg)

Tweet of the Day

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Mare with Features

The First Trailer for Mowgli

Although he's been kept busy appearing several blockbuster movies, Andy Serkis has been working on his movie Mowgli for the past five years. It is based on Rudyard Kipling's story of a feral child raised by wolves The Jungle Book, but is very different from either Disney version: it's closer to Kipling's original, there's no singing, and the story continues after Mowgli joins a community of people. Serkis also put his extensive motion-capture experience to work to film the animals in a new way.
We very carefully, in a long development period, designed the animals to fit the actor’s faces. So, the way we approached it was, if you take it on the left side, you’ve got an image of Christian Bale’s face, and then on the right hand side, you’ve got an image of a panther. We morphed Christian’s face over a series of images, backwards from the panther and towards Christian until we reached a sweet spot where somewhere along that spectrum you could actually see both. So, it was in the design of the animals. That was where the secret lies. And then, having the actors just play with Rohan Chand—this extraordinary young actor who plays Mowgli—to actually have them in the same space connecting with each other and emotionally finding the scenes together. So that really was something. that was the big difference. And I think when you see it, you won’t question whether these things feel alive.
You can read the rest of the interview with Serkis at io9. Mowgli, starring Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cate Blanchett as various animals, opens October 19.

Perfect Tie-In

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The Five Stages of Watching A Star Wars Movie

Did you know there's a new Star Wars movie coming out Friday? Yeah, sure it's a "Star Wars Story," but fans are looking forward to Solo while trying to reserve judgment before they see it. When you go to the theater, see how many of these five stages illustrated by How It Should Have Ended are really true. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Lucas the Spider is a Giant

Lucas the Spider, from animator Joshua Slice, is a tiny but adorable little arachnid. He has seen a few adventures in the great big world. But now he has an opportunity to be a giant spider when he finds a cute little miniature village! Lucas soon learns that being a giant isn't any easier than being tiny, especially when you are young and inexperienced. (via Laughing Squid)

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This ‘outtake’ video of the Royal Wedding is so dumb—but so very enjoyable.

Apartments Are Stocked, Toys Donated. Only the Refugees Are Missing. The flow of refugees to the United States has slowed nearly to a halt, demonstrating that what President Trump’s administration could not achieve by executive order, it is accomplishing by bureaucracy. (via Metafilter)

Napflix, videos that will put you to sleep. (via Kottke)

An Invisible Warship is at the Center of WWII’s Greatest Urban Legend. Secret experiments, magnetic fields, and conspiracy theories led people to believe the USS Eldridge achieved teleportation.

The Next Big Discovery in Astronomy Has Already Been Found. We Just Don't Know It Yet. Many important breakthroughs come from interpreting old data.

Richard Wilkinson is producing a series of insect illustrations based on Star Wars characters called Arthropoda Iconicus. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiven if they take them as real species.

The Curse of an Open Floor Plan. Do the benefits of a great room outweigh the disadvantages? (via Metafilter)

Don't Pay for a Spell to Remove the Impediment. Especially if the impediment is you! (via Strange Company)

The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War. The military didn't want them, even during a nurse shortage.

Babywhale had a story about the perils of not knowing English and how her wonderful grandma rose to the occasion.


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You Bet Your Life Outtakes 1959-60

When anything can be a euphemism, everything is a euphemism in the hands of Groucho Marx on the set of You Bet Your Life.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

TinyKittens Update

The nine kittens in the TinyKittens livestream are now quite energetic once they all got their eyes open. They've been moved to a larger nest, a playroom, actually, with all kinds of toys, including a giant shoe bed and a tiny camper. All nine of them squeezed into the camper at once, and when it got too crowded, Aura made a graceful exit. Aura is still being tube-fed, but she is growing and surprisingly healthy. Shelly, their caretaker, is trying to introduce the kittens to kibble, but they aren't all that impressed with real food yet. You can get regular updates at their Facebook page

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Brainstorm or Green Needle?

The question in the title sounds like we are going to name a new superhero. No, this is another audio illusion that might freak you out a bit. A toy says "brainstorm." Or maybe it says "green needle." You need to decide which one it is before you play the video. Then play it again, thinking about the other option. Keep your finger on the replay button (bottom left on the video), and you'll find that this toy says what you expect it to say, even if you change your mind between plays. Some people hear "green storm" or "brain needle," but that's because they chose to hear it. For some science behind the phenomena, and the actual answer to what this toy is saying, go to HuffPo. (via Geekologie)


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Meeting of the Mob

Trump meets his lawyers and his sons for a meal and the scene takes on the appearance of a Sopranos episode as a mysterious G-man keeps an eye on the proceedings. Ben Stiller returns to Saturday Night Live as Michael Cohen, and Robert De Niro plays Robert Mueller without a word. As usual, Kate McKinnon steals the show as Rudy Giuliani in last night's show opening. 

Cheese Display

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The Real Reason Peppers are Spicy

Why did peppers develop their heat? Scientists once assumed that pepper plants produce capsaicin to deter animals from eating them. But that explanation doesn't quite hold up in nature. Birds aren't affected by capsaicin, which is why you should put pepper seeds in the birdseed to keep squirrels out of it. Hank Green tells us what we know so far about pepper evolution in this SciShow video. (via Digg)

Cats Quote the Movies

Today, the cats of the internet are quoting movies. Can you guess the movie from each one? Continue reading for more.

Binary Sunset Scenes

The twin suns of Tatooine and the music of John Williams appear when you need to really feel something in the Star Wars universe. It works.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Horse Treats

How to Tell When a Singer is Lip-Syncing

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This restaurant is in the District of Columbia, which also has eateries named Thaiphoon and Beau Thai. Residents say the pun names are inversely proportional to the food quality. They recommend Regent Thai, Baan Thai, or Little Serow. (via reddit)

Henri Le Chat Noir Says Oh, Revoir

After ten years of sharing his ennui and nihilism, Henri is retiring from making videos. He says he's retiring, but his farewell video makes it clear that he has given up on sharing his existential philosophy because no one one listened anyway. From Facebook:
Well, the time has come. My final video with the annoying thieving filmmaker is here. Now, I will finally be able to officially retire in peace and work on my philosophy without interruptions. I plan on writing the great feline-american novel. I thank all of you for your support and adulation.
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Wake Up!

Are you woke yet? This is from Extra Fabulous Comics. (via reddit)

Chemical Bonds

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Magnet Collisions

This is a very "attractive" video. Let's see what happens when a large magnet meets a group of smaller magnets -in slow motion. It's fascinating to see the different reactions depending on the size and configurations of the magnets. And the slow motion is crucial, because in real time it happens in the blink of an eye, which is no fun. We get a glimpse of that at the end. (via Laughing Squid


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Not in Kansas Anymore

If there were any doubt that Judy Garland had the greatest movie line of all time in The Wizard of Oz, take a look at how many other movies have used it! See a list of films used in this supercut at fourfour. (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Bored to Pay

How Black Panther Should Have Ended

The busy minds at How It Should Have Ended found a bunch of the plot holes in Black Panther and applied real-world logic to them. That kind of thing can make a superhero movie dangerously short. It's a good thing they threw in some other superheroes to make things interesting: Captain America (at least I think that's him -he wears a star) and a couple others you wouldn't expect in a Marvel movie. (via Tastefully Offensive)

In the Park

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Michigan's First Police Cat

Troy, Michigan, recruited a kitten as a police officer. Pawfficer Donut was sworn in by two judges and everything! And the little guy got covered on The Daily Show.

Chemical Engineer

Star Wars Puppeteer David Barclay

In the original Star Wars trilogy, aliens were puppets and animatronics instead of CGI. Dave Barclay was a puppeteer in those movies, starting with assisting Frank Oz with Yoda. He was also inside Jabba the Hutt. Here he talks about bringing the aliens to life. (via Laughing Squid)

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

Lawfare on Flipping Michael Cohen. How it's done with organized crime figures.

16 Fashion Rules the Royal Family Lives By.

Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

Las Vegas is everything right -and wrong- with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

A parenting hack for the ages. 


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True Facts: Ant Mutualism

When Ze Frank took several years off from his True Facts series, he was apparently stockpiling scripts for his return. This is his third video in the past month! And it's quite interesting, even past the snarky comedy. Leaf-cutter ants are farmers. They use plants to grow fungus to feed animals. This benefits both the ants and the fungus (but maybe not the tree so much) in an example of mutualism. Other ants use various insects in other mutualism schemes, some of which can be pretty gross.   

Tweet of the Day

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Good Things to Eat

Dirty Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe's new movie is called Guns Akimbo. This photo from the set inspired a lot of Harry Potter titles at reddit.

Harry Potter: The Sorcerer Is Stoned
Harry Potter and the Secret of One in the Chamber
Harry Potter and The Sorcerers Meth Lab
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stoner M16
Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows
Harry Potter and the Ingestion of Unknown Drug
Dirty Harry Potter and the Chamber of Bullets 
Harry Potter and the Order of the Glock
Harry Potter and the Goblet of “Fire at Will”

Strangest Things: The Golden Mysteries

Stephen Colbert brainstormed with a bunch of children to come up with the perfect new TV show. I'd watch it. Strangest Things: The Golden Mysteries stars Brooke Shields, Jason Segel, Kathryn Hahn, Michael Shannon, Hugh Laurie, John Oliver, David Tennant, Willem Dafoe, and Whoopi Goldberg.

Election Angels

How Squids Outsmart Their Predators

Cephalopods are weird. Squids get less publicity than octopuses, but they are really weird as well. The sea creatures have developed so many strategies for evading predators in the sea that we marvel how undersea life is totally different from the way land animals go through life. Ink! Jet propulsion! Chromatophores! Disconnected sensory systems! And squids have even more "superpowers" in this TED-Ed video. (via Digg)

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A Spoiler-Free Review of Deadpool 2. Basically, if you liked the first Deadpool, you'll love this one, too.

Bacteriophage therapy to fight superbugs (seen here) is not FDA approved, so very few patients in the US have the treatment, and they must get a compassionate waiver to even try it. Read about one such patient -who happened to be married to an infectious-disease epidemiologist, in an article at Mother Jones.   

John Kelly's American Tales of Immigration.

I Don’t Know How to Waste Time on the Internet Anymore. Hey, Dave, I'm doing the best I can! (via Kottke)

Pulling Off the Perfect Power Nap. A half-hour nap is good, but a longer nap is even better.

Identical Twins Hint at How Environments Change Gene Expression. Studies of twins separated at birth are shedding new light on how nature and nurture work together to create who we are.

The Ultimate Senior Prank. Police in Cumberland, Wisconsin, got a call about a car that had driven through a wall into the local high school's principal's office, but then had a good laugh.

The Surprising History (and Future) of Fingerprints. Using them to solve crimes is a relatively recent innovation.

A lathe is a serious investment in money, time, space, and material. That's why we have WebGL Lathe Workshop, where you can turn a nice newel or chair leg online, for free! (via Kottke)

Researchers Uncovered Two Pages of 'Dirty Jokes' in Anne Frank's Diary. More evidence that she was a typical teenager. 


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The Ultimate Mandelbrot Zoom


Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Support Group

Big Gummy Worm

When you see it... (via reddit)


This is how science is done. It's the latest from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

My Kid's Summer Job

My younger daughter, the one I refer to as Gothgrrl on the blog, has always loved elephants. From  a young age, she told me she was going to grow up and get a job taking care of elephants. I never told her she couldn't do that, but I said she might have to expand her focus to take care of all animals, if she wanted to work in a zoo or something. I guess she showed me. She is working on a degree in zoology, and is spending the summer interning in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. She's the one in the middle. She found the place, got the job, received a grant, and made all the arrangements herself. I couldn't be more proud.

Sunbathing Robots

The Deadliest Being on Planet Earth

What kills more living things than anything else? A bacteriophage is not a bacteria; it's a virus that kills bacteria. As a virus, it walks the line between living and non-living. It kills trillions of bacteria every day. However, we are now looking at bacteriophages as something we can use for our own ends. Kurzgesagt explains it all to us. 

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The Jaguar Is Made for the Age of Humans. An encounter in the wilderness of Peru’s Candamo Valley highlights the uniqueness of the Western Hemisphere's biggest cat. (via Metafilter)

Trump Has Now Broken Every One of His Economic Populist Promises. 

Poor cat

The Truth Behind Jeff Goldblum’s Iconic Jurassic Park Shirtless Scene Finally Emerges. It wasn't in the original script.

A New Study Brings Us Closer to Understanding if Jupiter's Moon Europa Could Host Alien Life. Data from the Galileo mission two decades ago indicates water on the surface.

How to Make Perfect Fried Rice. Although it is "perfect," commenters suggest variations for different tastes anyway.

Trump White House quietly cancels NASA research verifying greenhouse gas cuts. And canceled a chemical pollution study.

The Ladies' Deposit: The 19th-Century Ponzi Scheme by Women, for Women. 

Flopstarter is a crowdfunding site for ridiculously bad ideas. You can actually donate, but I don't know why you'd want to. (Thanks, Ken D!)

Nap with a Cat

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BlacKkKlansman Trailer

Spike Lee's new movie BlacKkKlansman tells the true story of Ron Stalworth, the first black cop is the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrated the Klan. The film, produced by Jordan Peele, debuted at Cannes on Monday.

Tweet of the Day

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

What Does This Robot Voice Say?

The internet has something new to argue about. Is this voice saying "Yanny" or "Laurel"? The more you listen to it, the more you might be unsure. Supposedly, younger people tend to hear Yanny while older people tend to hear Laurel. The pitch is completely different, and I hear both at the same time. Which one you hear may also depend on your device and the volume. Scientists are trying to explain why people hear different things.
Raul Veiga, CEO of production company Radial Producoes, said it's an example of the McGurk Effect — when you hear something different from the actual sound because of visual stimulus.

"’s actually a very poor quality recording and the brain gets influenced by what you read first, before you actually hear it. What gets people confused is that it’s not Yanny or Laurel, it’s more of a YAREL thing," he said.

The device you're using to listen it on can also have an effect.

"Different speakers or headphones can have drastically different frequency response profiles (for instance, laptop speakers have limited low frequency response), which will lead to either name being more emphasized to a listener," Poppy Crum, chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories, said in a statement.
The different words people hear is making this the "what color is this dress" controversy of 2018. What are you hearing? Leave a comment, or use the poll at Neatorama. (via Buzzfeed)

Update: The original source for the recording is at the Dictionary. Yes, it's the pronunciation for "laurel." The New York Times has a tool for turning the distortion up and down so you can her both words.

Many Privates

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An Honest Trailer for Black Panther

Now that Black Panther is out on home video, Screen Junkies got enough footage to give it an Honest Trailer.  And an Honest Trailer is necessary because you probably enjoyed the movie so much that you missed the plot holes. And you can't have a superhero movie without plot holes.


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Atlas Escapes

Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot has learned to run and jump! The company unveiled a demonstration of the robot's new skills last week, and Auralnauts wasted no time giving the footage a plot. Here is their remix making Atlas an escapee from the factory. (via Laughing Squid

The Last Minute

Procrastination: it's a way of life. All the technology in the world won't help, because you'll find a way around it. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.