Saturday, March 17, 2018

Candid Camera Pranks Mr. Rogers

An entire generation of American children know and love Fred Rogers through his TV show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Over the years, many were delighted to find out that Rogers was never playing a character, that he was exactly the same off camera. Even when Candid Camera tried to get a rise out of him. He didn't react the way they expected. It seems like a lame prank, but this was recorded before smart phones and WiFi were everywhere, when many travelers would look forward to watching TV in their hotel rooms. But not Rogers! He let the small things go, and even when he was tired he never missed an opportunity to treat people kindly and make them feel good. (via reddit)

The Party Outside

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A Surgical Resident Breaks Down 49 Medical Scenes From Film & TV

The things we see in movies and TV shows are way different from real life, usually for dramatic purposes. Sure, if life were always dramatic, we wouldn't need the escape of entertainment. Then there's the stuff we really don't know much about, and since we only see it on TV, we don't know how accurate it is or isn't. Surgeon Annie Onishi of Columbia University tells us how real life surgery differs from the TV version. Onishi covers an awful lot of medical subjects you've seen in movies and TV. A few scenes may be too graphic if you're the least bit squeamish about medical procedures. It's nice to know that real-life surgery is in the hands of knowledgeable and non-dramatic people. (via Laughing Squid

St. Patricks Day Cats

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The History of the CBS Eye Logo

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the CBS eye in 2001, Charles Osgood did this report on the creation of the famous logo. (via Laughing Squid)

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Big Beetle

This Evil Chemical Reacts with Nearly Anything

It's a little strange to hear a chemist refer to a compound as "angry" or "vicious," much less "evil." But after seeing how manganese heptoxide reacts to everything, I can see that the adjective "volatile" doesn't quite do the job. Wikipedia says that manganese heptoxide is "more often discussed than intentionally prepared." YouTuber styropyro (Drake Anthony) mixes some up to show us why. This chemical hates everything. Even heat. Well, except for glass or ceramic, since otherwise you wouldn't have a container to make it in. No wonder he calls it a "demon molecule"! (via Digg)

Update: The original video is gone, since styropyro got suspended from YouTube for two weeks. Here's an older video in its place.

Visual Pun

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Fox News Then and Now

Fair and balanced, indeed.


Simon's Cat in The Tree

Simon's Cat is stuck way up in a tree and is afraid to come down! So, like any good cat owner, Simon goes up to get him, but finds it's pretty scary up there. Simon Tofield says the latest Simon's Cat cartoon is based on a true story.

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The Lincoln Highway. The first nationwide road is still visible in places.

Neo-Nazi Group Implodes Over Love Triangle Turned Trailer Brawl. You can't make this stuff up; I checked plenty of other sources. (via reddit)

How St. Patrick's Day Works. Learn the origins and customs of the holiday.

NASA Twins Study Verifies Long-Term Health Effects of Space Travel. We now have more to consider before we send people to Mars.

Stephen Hawking's final words to the internet: robots aren't the problem, capitalism is.

15 Things You Should Know About Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Healthcare in US costs 2x as much as other rich nations. That doesn't mean it's better.

13 Little Bedroom Hacks That Will Actually Help You Get More Sleep. Even if you're not an insomniac, a better night's rest will improve your mood and performance.

The Long Linguistic Journey to "Dagnabbit." It's a taboo deformation, which is also how we got the words "bear' and "wolf."

All the New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-Ray. The movie could have been more than three hours long.

Basement Cat's Plans

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Mick Jagger at 15

He was referred to as "Michael" during this demonstration of proper footwear. It was his first TV appearance. (via Buzzfeed)

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Beef Round Thing

An Uphill Climb is a Fool's Errand

The roads were covered with ice, so most folks in Swanage, Dorset, UK, knew that it would be useless to try to drive up this fairly steep hill. So they walked instead. Or tried to. It's a case of one step forward and ten steps back. They should have worn their Yaktrax on that day. At least they aren't rolling a rock uphill, like Sisyphus. Paul Dubbelman, the guy recording the video is obviously warm and dry in his home upstairs, since he feels free to laugh at their misery. His description is "The Swanage ice dancing team getting in some practise for the next winter Olympics." (via Boing Boing)

Wrong Door

The place referred to is the Icelandic Phallological Museum. Link is NSFW. (via reddit)

Nat King Cole and Billy Preston

Billy Preston was only ten years old when he played with Nat King Cole in the 1957 TV appearance. He grew up to have his own hit songs, and also played with Little Richard, Ray Charles, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, among others. He also did one of my favorites songs ever

Action Figures

Is there any person on earth who's had that many dolls made in their likeness? Ever? To get a breathtaking glimpse of how many there have been, check out the GIS. And that's just action figures; there are also the LEGO minifigs, the Funko dolls, and the tiny Lukes that fit into spaceships. (via Uproxx)

Ultimate Disposition

DCAA March Madness

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert presents a bracket to decide who will survive in the White House elimination tournament. They're falling like flies, and the action will continue throughout the month. (via The Week)

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"Can't Buy Me Love" by the Beatles. The song established the Fab Four as the biggest band ever.

Students across the US walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence the lack of gun regulation. See a round up of images here. And here. And here. And here.
Why the U.S. Capitol’s Demon Cat Legend Is So Persistent. It might be because of the paw prints he left behind.

The Tipping Equation. At restaurants across America, servers calculate how far is too far, weighing harassing behavior against the tips they need to make a living wage.

What is the Riot Act, and Why Don't I Want It Read to Me?

How Thunder Road Became a Southern-Fried Cult Phenomenon. The low-budget film captured mountain life realistically and made it exciting. (via Metafilter)

Why We Can't Stop Hating The Poor. There's plenty of reason for resentment, but we've selected the wrong target. 

When Artificial Intelligence Finally Kills Someone, Who Will Be Responsible? Legal experts are already tackling the problem.

We Asked Experts How to Let Go of Grudges. Letting resentment fester too long is bad for your health and well-being.

The Dance of Donald Trump and Bob Mueller. Born of similar privilege, their paths diverged early and widely.  

Vet Trip

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a Serious Action Drama

It's completely counterintuitive to take a very funny comedy and strip all the funniness out of it. But that's exactly what Testudo Aubreii did with Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It works for several reasons. First off, it was only the Pythons' droll, deadpan delivery that made this project possible. The incongruity of the original film recut with the pompous hyperbole of the modern trailer format is just weird. Then, for the many of us who are very familiar with the movie, each clip reminds us of the scene it's from, so we have to laugh anyway. (via Digg)


Let's not be Russian to conclusions here, but they think he's Putin something in their tea. Sugar? Cream? Neurotoxin? (via reddit)

What Does Baby Need?

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Jetpack Cat

Jetpack Cat is a concept character from the video game Overwatch that was never a part of Overwatch. However, as a concept, he was quite popular. Game director Jeff Kaplan talked about why Jetpack Cat never got off the ground during a panel at BlizzCon.
“We tried a robot monkey. We tried a crocodile!” said Tsang. That led to Jetpack Cat, who—despite being one of the most popular early hero designs at Blizzard—was scrapped because, Kaplan explained, it was “not Overwatch at this point.” A gorilla scientist from the moon, however, was fine.
But Jetpack Cat was not forgotten. YouTuber To Binge gives him an origin story in this fan film. Hey, if Jetpack Cat doesn't fit into the Overwatch world, maybe he can have his own cartoon series. Surely I'm not the only one who thinks that could work. (via Metafilter)


Creating Crystal Foxes

One of the more attractive alien species featured in The Last Jedi were the vulptex, foxlike creatures with crystal fur on the salt planet Crait. The finished products were the result of puppetry, animatronics, and CGI. To develop the vulptex, animators wanted to see how such a creature would move, so they put a crystal critter costume on a dog. You have to admit, that's a good dog. (via The Daily Dot)

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Vegemite and Marmite Research. Women like them more than men; who knew?

Hollywood Sure Loves Cutting Women’s Heads Off. Oh, the heads are still there, they just aren't a factor in many movie's promotional materials.

Here's a Playlist of Songs You Know But You Can’t Name. They've been used for advertising, movie soundtracks, and cartoons all your life. (via Metafilter)

The Insane Things We Do to Avoid Ambulance Bills Shows Just How Awful Our Health-Care System Is. Patients are forced to do their own cost/benefit analysis during an emergency.

To the Minotaur that lives above me.

America needs a driver's license for gun ownership. It's just common sense, but the NRA has opposed such ideas for decades.

The prize for the world's greatest protest signs goes to the Disney animators' strike of 1941.

How Psychopaths See the World. Psychopaths can and do put themselves in another person's place, but that is a deliberate decision for them, while normal people do it automatically.

What Russian Bots Wanted From Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A coordinated Twitter campaign was aimed at director Rian Johnson all through the production. (via io9)

The Daily Show presents Third Month Mania, a bracket of bullshit. Click a contender to start reading and voting. 

The Assistant

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The Maker of Misfits Chocolates

Andy Candy (Andy Karandzieff) runs Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, as his family has for 100 years. Easter is a busy time for molded chocolates, and when one of his sculptures breaks, he keeps the parts and puts them together in odd formations, resulting in mutant sculptures he calls "misfit chocolates." Since Easter is on April Fool's Day this year, a solid chocolate mutant is perfect for anyone's Easter basket. (via Boing Boing)

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Read more about the Müller-Lyer Illusion at Gianni A. Sarcone's site. (via Digg)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mutual Combat

It Gets Depressing

My job is to find entertaining and informative things on the internet that people will want to read. That's getting harder every day, and here is an example why. These stories all lined up in a row on the front page of reddit just now. I'll keep trying.

Comic Book Movie Villains Mashup

The villains are often the best part of any fiction (not so much in non-fiction). We don't necessarily "like" them, but we love to watch them. In comic book movies, they are so over the top that we can't turn away. Maybe we love villains because they let us vicariously indulge in our more selfish instincts. We can see what is possible when ethics go out the window. It's safe because in comic book movies, we know that eventually justice will be restored. Robert Jones found the best clips of comic book villain in film and made us a delicious mashup. The song used in the video is "Saints of the Sinners" by The Faim. (via Laughing Squid)

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A Song Made by Dogs

These doggos are very good boys. They've been spending plenty of their time practicing their instruments and composing an original tune. Okay, maybe they got a little help from the editing powers of YouTuber Smoothes. And some backing tracks from Chunk Funko. But they are still very good dogs. (via Digg)


It's a Walking Dead joke. (via Uproxx)

It's Not A Moon

The folks from Bad Lip Reading have been making songs out of their ridiculously loose lip readings lately, and here's another one. This song is based on (but not limited to) the early scenes in Star Wars: Episode IV, also called A New Hope, and focuses mostly on Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin. It's not complete gibberish, but it's nonsensical enough to be funny in the parts that must line up with someone's lips. If you didn't know the story by heart, it would be totally incomprehensible.  

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7 Truly Odd Monuments. From weird modern art to those whose purpose has been lost in time.

What the Novelization of Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adds to the Movie. It includes a funeral and what Luke was doing during those lost years.

When Neighbors Were the Morality Police. If authorities wouldn't enforce justice, sometimes a mob would take a stand.

Prom and Homecoming Royalty of the 1970s. When fashion was all about the hair. (via Everlasting Blort

Black Athletes Have Started Celebrating Their Victories With the “Wakanda Forever” Salute from Black Panther.

Are Home Renovations Necessary? "Take a moment to consider this simple idea: There is nothing wrong with your house." (via Metafilter)

These Photos Captured What Happened When the United States Started to Ration Shoes During WWII. Americans were only allowed three new pairs a year.

Straight Flush: The Story of Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. For thirty years, the book series has given us something to do while on the throne.

The Stuff That Came Between Mom and Me: A Story About Hoarding. 

A Class Picture for the Ages.

Remember Me?

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Only Slightly Exaggerated

Ah, what a lovely fantasy, to ride a tulip-covered rabbit on an adventure to a verdant land featuring nothing but the best nature can offer. It's magical! The description of this video says,
Based on actual events. More or less.
This lovely video very badly wants to be a Studio Ghibli film, but it's a tourism ad for Travel Oregon.  I have a sneaking suspicion that they left a few things out, like the marijuana you must smoke to make this vision a reality. The animation is from Sun Creature Studio in Denmark and Psyop in Los Angeles, with music by the Oregon Symphony.  (via Boing Boing)

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This contains spoilers for The Last Jedi.

A reminder of how awesome Luke Skywalker is.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Unfortunate Juxtaposition

Tommy Wiseau’s Joker Audition Tape

Tommy Wiseau, the auteur behind The Room, is doing his best to stretch his 15 minutes of fame with a whirlwind publicity push for the Blue-Bay release of The Disaster Artist. He's done funny videos for Screen Junkies, Vanity Fair, and Nerdist. Nerdist had him audition for the role of The Joker, and that seems to fall into his wheel well better than some of the other ridiculous scenarios he's been put into. As others have pointed out, when Wuseau stops trying to act and is just himself, it  makes a better Joker. The true derangement is genuine. (via reddit)

Let's Start WW3

"Let's Start WW3" is the new song from World Order, a Japanese group known for their synchronized dancing as much as their music. (via Laughing Squid

Bentley Does His Business His Own Way

Bentley the golden doodle is a good boy. He always goes outside to pee. But I think he has some security issues about it. He always takes a toy with him. Or a towel, a blanket, or something that will give him a little comfort and courage. Maybe it's his "buddy system." Or maybe it's just a habit. Anyway, his human, Kelly Brown, made this compilation video of the various things Bentley takes on his trips outside. You can see more of Bentley at Instagram. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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4 Bizarre Experiments That Should NEVER Be Repeated. They were dangerous, unethical, or just plain wrong.

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News. False stories and rumors travel faster, further, and have more effect than the facts.

Mary Patten, the First American Woman to Command a Ship. She was 19, pregnant, and had a sick husband to care for, but she pulled it in.

See a compilation of dog and cat pictures taken during or after a veterinary visit. Some are sedated, some are angry, and all are adorable in their own way. (via Metafilter)

A Garage Sale Find of Rare Beatles Photos Took a Collector on a Magical Mystery Tour. The photographer was eventually identified, and his strange story involved Bob Dylan, Richard Avedon, and the Zodiac Killer.

Measuring a Pothole Goes Wrong. Cheshire West and Chester Council posted a now-deleted Tweet explaining how they determine which potholes will be fixed first. (via Metafilter)

Wear Your Star Wars Proudly.

A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches. Duh, it's the racism.

The Movie Star Who Doubled as a Groundbreaking Inventor. Hedy Lamarr was a world-renowned actress, but that was only the most public part of her story. (via Digg)

The Mysterious Disappearance -and Strange Reappearance- of Dr. William Horatio Bates. After he was found, the story got really weird.


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2018 Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team

"All hockey hair innovation happens in the pomade plains here in Minnesota." 
It is the dream of every hight school hockey player in Minnesota to be included in the All Hockey Hair Team. It may even be more important than winning the state hockey championship. John King of Game On! Minnesota assembles the best heads of hair every year for the honor. This very Minnesota video follows up on a previous honoree and his awesome life before getting into this year's rankings. The number one head of hair may be a surprise.  Check out the team from 2017 and 2016. (via reddit)

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Seems Reasonable

1980 German Disco Christmas Star Wars

In 1980, Mark Hamill was dispatched to appear on a German TV show as part of the promotion for The Empire Strikes Back. Someone dug out a clip and posted it on Twitter. Hamill recalled that episode from long, long ago in a country far, far, away:
I remember not wanting to wear a gold jumpsuit like a rejected member of ABBA or if I could memorize dialogue in a foreign language-but thought "Who cares? No one outside of Germany will ever see this!" Thanks to the internet-NOTHING EVER GOES AWAY. Who knew?
Hamill said they told him the song was a Christmas tune, but he learned the lyrics phonetically and doesn't know what they said. If you'd like to see more of the surviving footage of the show, the clip below contains Hamill's skit, plus a dance number, and an ad for Chew Chew Chewbacca chewing gum.

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Guns Explained With Cats

The analogy is cute, but there are a couple of small errors that distracted me. They should have used leopards instead of cheetahs, because cheetahs are cool and less likely to eat you. And Australia does not, as a nation, want cats, because they are an invasive species. That said, this is an adorable way to explain gun control. (via Tastefully Offensive

Daylight Saving

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It's Raining Spiders!

The whole idea is definitely nightmare fuel, but yeah, it happens. Millions of spiders falling from the sky, as if they were descending from the clouds. In fact, there could be spiders floating above you right now! And that's why we invented houses. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out explains how spider rain happens, and why it is often seen as a good thing. Not by me! Luckily, spider rain is more likely to happen in Australia, where nature is always out to get us anyway. (via Laughing Squid)

Daylight Saving Time

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The Dread Crew Of Oddwood

The Dread Crew Of Oddwood call their musical genre "heavy mahogany," while others just call it pirate music. They perform at Renaissance festivals, fan conventions, and their own concerts. You can keep up with their schedule at their website. Check out their performance of the classic "They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard."

Or maybe you'd prefer something a little more science fiction.

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Sooner or Later

The Grass Roots! I don't know what TV show this was, but the random laugh track is annoying.

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Lunar Eclipse with Northern Lights

Remember the super blue blood moon eclipse in January? Photographer William Briscoe was in Fairbanks, Alaska for the event on the morning of January 31 and captured it on 8K panoramic video, along with the Aurora Borealis! The time-lapse footage is stunning. It's also interactive, so you can adjust the viewing angle as it goes. That means you can watch it again and again and never see the same exact video. (via Laughing Squid)

Six Boxes, Seven Cats

The premise is right in the title. This is an elaborate cat trap, situated so that the feline stars will be facing the camera. The first cat gets his choice of box, and the rest can select from the leftovers. I like the little glance the sixth cat gave to the camera as he was deciding to double up on the lower tier instead of jumping to the higher tier. The seventh cat, who should be named Groucho, will learn that snoozing means losing. The Shironeko cats are really into boxes as well as baskets. You can see them on the Kagonekoshiro blog or in many YouTube videos. (via Metafilter)


The Mystery Box

A classic -and funny- Sesame Street skit from way back. (via reddit)


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No-one Takes Your Freedom

Here's another of my old favorites that didn't survive the migration from Squarespace. "No-one Takes Your Freedom" is a mashup by DJ Earworm, with a video by Scaramouch, my old boss at YesButNoButYes.

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Friday, March 09, 2018

Beer Bar

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The Myth of King Midas

The story of King Midas comes to us from Greek mythology, but if you didn't know that, you might guess that it was an Aesop's fable. Fables always have a lesson hidden in them. If that lesson isn't obvious enough, the storyteller will end with: "And the moral of the story is..." In the case of King Midas, it's "Be careful what you ask for." At least in the first part. The complete tale has a second part I'd never heard before. The folks at TED-Ed have quite a few illustrated myths from ancient cultures available. We posted Thor in the Land of Giants last month. There's also the tale of Arachne, Cupid and Psyche, Prometheus, Icarus, and others. (via Digg)

Choose Your Poison

How much enlightenment can one person take? Here's a limit to the need for mind-expanding drugs when all those drugs do is strip away the false veneer of reality. That false veneer of reality is the reason we buy the tickets and the popcorn! Not to mention the years we spent practicing our suspension of disbelief so we can overlook the shortcuts in special effects. Nah, I'll just stick with the ibuprofen. I don't want to think about how this fantasy will end in two hours, now that you've talked me into fantasizing about actually going to the movies. This is the latest comic from Tree Lobsters.

Dachshund Negotiates a Maze

Chobi is a long-haired dachshund just trying to get through this water bottle maze his human left in the hallway. When he comes to a part he's not so sure about, there's a real problem backing up, because his body is too long to just turn around! What's amazing is how this little doggo even tries to get through without toppling the bottles. My dog would just crash through without a thought, while Chobi honestly looks sad about the few he accidentally knocked over. You can see more of Chobi at Instagram. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Drunk Buying

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Secrets of the Avocado. Read them with some guacamole and chips.

Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. The stories of the people enslaved by the father of our country is told in a new exhibition at Washington's home.

This Is Where Your Childhood Memories Went. Neuroscience is beginning to trace the causes of childhood amnesia.(via Metafilter)

A Glimpse Into the Bureaucratic Hell of Denying Health Insurance Claims.

No, Getting a Hole Drilled in Your Head Was Never a Migraine Cure. There were plenty of other reasons for trepanation.

Tales From A Hollywood Child Wrangler. Child actors are a different breed, but the kids are doing their best.

Here’s What It’s Like To Be the Face of a National Movement When You’re a Senior in High School. Emma González is afraid she doesn't deserve to go to college.

Viola Desmond, the New Face on the Canadian $10 Bill. She fought discrimination that wasn't encoded in Jim Crow laws, but was enforced in roundabout ways.

A Florida middle school teacher will keep his job after an investigation found he used a racial slur in front of students more than once and told them not to date black boys. Is this who we want teaching our children?

I've seen a lot of "Reylo" fan fiction comics, but this one is the goofiest so far.

Da Fishy

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Never Turn Your Back on a Leopard

Dolph C. Volker, the Cheeta Whisperer, shows us the difference between big cats that are ambush predators and those that aren't. Cheetahs chase their prey; that's what they are built for. But leopards are likely to sneak up on you. The sequence between 2:30 and 3:30 reminds me of a house cat video we are all familiar with. But is it okay to turn your back on a cheetah? I'll never try it. How about you? Volker himself recommends against acting like he does. (via Digg)

Thursday, March 08, 2018

For Men Only

The Blanket Dance

This is just because you need to watch something goofy at least once a day. There was a fad for a while for making blankets without sewing: get two pieces of synthetic fabric -the kind that doesn't unravel, cut a fringe all around, and tie the two pieces together with the fringe. Now you can just buy them sewn together. They can keep you warm while watching TV, or you can use them as a great dance costume! The dancers at Merguez Studio rightfully give credit to the inspiration for this nonsense.

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Trolling a Mansplainer

The original Twitter thread is here, although the relevant definition war is buried among the comments. (via Buzzfeed)

The Star War

Mark Hamill is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Yesterday, Jimmy Kimmel caught him staking out a spot. For those not in the know, actor Mark Hamill played protagonist Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies. (via Uproxx)

Trailer for RBG

Ruth Bader Ginsberg is a real-life superhero. And now the notorious RBG has her own superhero movie, titled simply RBG, a documentary coming out May 4. May the fourth be with her. (via Uproxx)


Those people may or may not have been friends when they walked into the bar, but they will be when they walk out. What was once the set up for a joke is now a real-life scene. If we extrapolate into the future, maybe some day seeing different kinds of people together will not even be noticeable. Take it from someone who got noticed everywhere I went with my kids.  This is the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.

Dancing Porgs

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Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times. The story of the final, and groundbreaking, silent film.

March 8 is International Women's Day. Google has launched a Google Doodle for the occasion that connects to 12 different comics from 12 illustrators, each telling the story of a different woman. (via Metafilter)

Don't Call Me Oscar is a Tumblr blog that contains a collection of photographs from a family who recreates scenes from Oscar-nominated films. Sophia, Sadie, and Sloane are adorable in each one. (via Everlasting Blort)

10 Red Flags for Used Car Buyers. Know what to avoid before you seal the deal.

Your Next Serving of Truffles Should Be From Oregon. Try these recipes with one of four varieties of Oregon truffles.

The Hidden History of Anna Murray Douglass. Her loyalty and support enabled her husband to become Frederick Douglass.

Slime Mold Named to College Faculty. "Physarum Polycephalum, a plasmodial slime mold, researches important problems from a non-human perspective, and enhances intellectual life on campus by helping students and colleagues to think about the world without human biases." (via Metafilter)

Al Pacino Talks About His Legendary Roles. The 77-year-old actor is psyched for a 31-film New York retrospective of his career. (via Digg)

The Story of the Internet, as Told by Know Your Meme. The database has tracked and archived online culture for ten years.

Cat Spat

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Timelapse of the Entire Universe

This story covers almost 14 billion years into one video. Each second represents 22 million years. The formation of the planet we live on is just a tiny part of the story in the vast cosmos, and humans themselves are only in the half half-second of the time scale. Luckily, we have Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and Sir David Attenborough narrating to keep us in the loop. This beautiful video journey was constructed by Melodysheep, who normally brings us lighthearted pop culture tributes. But if you look back further, he was also responsible for the Symphony of Science series. This new video is like a mega-mashup of those gems. Read how he did this at Melodysheep's website. (via Laughing Squid)

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018


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The Coastline Paradox

How long is a coastline? That depends. Do you measure around all those rocks jutting out from the beach? Do you measure the inside of a harbor? Do you take shortcuts when the coast is really jagged? And what about islands? It comes down to the "coastline paradox," in which the length of coastline can vary widely depending on how it's measured. The smaller units you use, the longer the coastline becomes. But that's not the only problem in measuring a coast. The shoreline changes every day with the tides. It changes due to erosion, geologic activity, and construction. It changes due to climate change. The problem, which you probably never thought about before, is explained in great detail in this video from RealLifeLore. The last minute is an ad. (via Laughing Squid)

Serial Killer

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The Broccoli Tree: A Parable

The Broccoli Tree on lake Vättern in Sweden was made famous by Patrik Svedberg, who saw that its beauty was worth sharing. But sharing something means running the risk of losing it. Here's the story from the Vlog Brothers.
Jason Kottke said,
Oscar Wilde once wrote that “Each man kills the thing he loves”. I don’t know exactly what Wilde meant by that, but our collective attention and obsession, amplified by the speed and intensity of the internet & social media, tends to ruin the things we love: authors, musicians, restaurants, actors, beloved movies, vacation spots, artists, democracies, and even a tree that became too famous to live.
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Internet Thought Process

The Logistics of Living in Antarctica

The bottom of the world is the coldest place on earth, and was not built for human habitation. But people live there anyway, although not permanently, and not in the way we are used to. For one thing, what time is it? For another, what country are you in? And most important, how do you keep warm? No one can say they grew up in Antarctica (although eleven people have been born there), and no one can go there without a reason and great planning. Wendover Productions explains the ins and outs of living in Antarctica in detail, and makes it all interesting.

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Plucked From Obscurity: Inventions to Wake a Sleeper.

Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie And Brutally Beat People -And Still Keep Their Jobs.

Vintage Yearbook Advertisements from the 1960s and '70s. Local businesses bought ads in the yearbooks and supplied pictures with their employees and everyday customers, but relatives who were students that year were always included. (via Everlasting Blort)

He’s not just saying he feels her pain—he really is. An experiment with couples shows that holding hands has a real effect on pain reduction.

11 Secrets of Volcanologists.

What Is an Island, Exactly? Come up with a definition, and there will be an island that doesn't fit.

What America Can Learn From Finland About Teachers. They have both the resources and the freedom they need.

The Revolutionary Legacy of Surya Bonaly, a Back-Flipping Figure Skater. No one who saw her at the 1998 Olympics will ever forget it.

What the World’s Largest Family Tree Tells Us About Marriage and Death in the West. A search of public data has connected 13 million people. (Via Metafilter)

This Is How To Pay College Athletes. A proposal to let the free market rule.


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