Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Protagonist

I used to pretend my live was a TV show when I was a kid. I tried to make it more interesting, but eventually figured out no one would want to watch that show, anyway. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

The Truth Can Hurt

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Bob




Weird Al Yankovic with a song done in palindromes. Aha! (via Metafilter)

Found

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Zucchini

Why the Victorian Mansion is a Horror Icon



Why is the haunted house in the movie always a Victorian mansion? First, you have to admit that they are creepy looking. They are old, which means they come with an extensive history. But there are other reasons that tales of murder, mayhem, and hauntings go well in such a setting. After all, no one expects a ghost in a suburban ranch house. Vox explains the history of how our classic tales came to be set in Victorian mansions.

Though it's far from a mansion, my house was built 113 years ago. As I told my kids, any house that old probably had a lot of people die in it, but that's normal, because people want to die at home. They don't particularly want to be murdered, however.

Audience

(via reddit)

Another Fine Day in Flight Simulator X



Witness the insanity of a multiplayer flight simulator. The air traffic controller resigns himself to the fact that no one knows what they are doing. He trolls a young kid by sending him back to the terminal to load cookies. A 747 keeps trying to crash into the tower. Then a guy shows up in a kite. This is supposed to be the airport in Atlanta, but the pilots just want to show off their moves like they're in an airshow. (via Metafilter)

What Were You Called?

Indeed, he is a good boy. From Possum Wave.

Feeling Calm

Trying to Cross the Street During the NYC Marathon



When runners, fast ones and slow ones, come from all over the world to run a marathon in the streets of New York City, just getting from here to there for your normal morning routine is an accomplishment for city residents. They should give out awards for crossing the street! (via Tastefully Offensive)


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Top 10 Real-Life Grinches Who Did Their Best to Steal Christmas. 

All the Shitty Questions People Ask When You’re a Pregnant Bartender.

Trump campaigned to protect himself, not help Republicans.

Ranking Popular Brands of Boxed Mac and Cheese by How (Un)healthy They Are.

What Happened When a Nation Erased Birthright Citizenship. It's happened just in the past few years.

All the Ways You Can Board a Plane, Ranked by Stupidity.

21 Grahams. From descriptions of Donald Trump, stated between 2015 and 2018, by Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina.

19 Powerful Groups (And People) That Secretly Rule The World. "Rule the World" in the title can be taken with a grain of salt.

A blast from the past (2014): 10 Weird and Wacky Flowcharts.

Your Will

Someone should remind him that in some jurisdictions, murderers cannot inherit from their victims. (via Fark)

Squirrels Learn Obstacle Course



Backyard gardeners and birdwatchers have gone to great lengths to keep squirrels from raiding the crop or the bird feeder, but squirrels will not be deterred when they know there's something to eat at the end. This clip from the upcoming show A Squirrel's Guide to Success features an experiment that looks into the squirrel's learning process. They harness practice, memory, and logic to learn how to negotiate the weirdest of barriers we place on them. (via Laughing Squid)

A Squirrel’s Guide to Success premieres Wednesday, November 14 at 8 PM on PBS.


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According to Buzzfeed, the family had just arrived in Canada last week. They had been living in a refugee camp in Sudan.





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Monday, November 12, 2018

There is a Difference

Detective Pikachu Teaser Trailer



At first glance, I didn't even want to watch this trailer for a CGI movie based on Pokemon. But when I read that the voice of Pikachu was Ryan Reynolds, I had to have a look. He's not just squeaking "Pika pika!" and they explain that. This looks like a pretty cool movie, if you're into this kind of thing. The premier date for Detective Pikachu is May 11, 2019.

Uncanny

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Tap Dancing Puppy



Roxi Santamaria's Eurasier puppy Ender does a tippy-tap dance when he's excited or happy. It's so cute she felt obligated to make a video. Then she selected the perfect soundtrack, so this is pure gold. You can see more of Ender at his Instagram page. That's a good dog. (via reddit)

Good Friend

When a person is good to be around, there's probably all kinds of reasons. This is the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.

Bearcoin

Legs



This video stars a maned wolf, which looks like a fox that grew legs that won't quit. Surprisingly, the maned wolf is neither a wolf nor a fox, but it is a canid. The song is "Legs" by Naomi Smalls. (via Digg)

Look Who's Here!

Check out the reactions of world leaders when Vladimir Putin showed up for the Armistice Day ceremonies in Paris. You don't see our president flash a smile like that often.




When Macron realized that Trump would be seated next to Putin at lunch later on, the French made a last-minute switch and placed Trump next to Turkey's president Erdogan instead. (via Fark)

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Before Envelopes, People Protected Messages With Letterlocking

Porter County’s 2018 Election Fiasco. We really should start taking this democracy thing seriously. (via Metafilter)

5 Politicians Who Got Elected Despite Being Dead. That is, five others besides Dennis Hof.

Go get your brother for a picture!

Motel 6 Agrees To Pay $7.6 Million Settlement For Sending Guest Lists To ICE.

Archaeologists Discover Dozens Of Cat Mummies, 100 Cat Statues In Ancient Tomb.

The peculiar history behind London's stretcher railings. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Camp Fire.

There are jigsaw puzzles of all kinds, with a variety of subjects, but there are only so many machines that cut them into pieces. It's possible to combine two or more puzzles that are cut on the same grid to make a completely new picture that interlinks perfectly. 

How Edgar Allan Poe Got Kicked Out of the U.S. Army. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2014): Four Cats With Fewer Than Three Legs.

Hypothetical Musings

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This story went viral, and it's most likely a hoax. (via Buzzfeed)

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Impressive Feature

THC vs CBD: What's In Your Weed?



Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two different chemicals found in marijuana. They are very similar, but their exact chemical structure means they affect us un different ways. Sp which is better? It depends on what you are looking for. AsapSCIENCE explains in this video. (via Digg)


Please Be Patient

Spotted at the local library. (via reddit)

Carchaeology

That reminds me, I should clean out my car. Of course, I'm not going to get around to it anytime soon. This is the latest bit of genius from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands. (via Nag on the Lake)

You Don't Say

(Thanks, WTM!)

Jeff Sessions



Our erstwhile Attorney General as portrayed by SNL's Kate McKinnon, opening up the show last night. 




The Dying Minutes of World War One

The Armistice of Compiègne went into effect on November 11, 1918 at 11AM Paris time, to end hostilities in World War One. It effectively ended the war, giving a win to the Allies without Germany having to surrender. Hurried negotiations led to the Armistice order being signed only 6 hours earlier. We mark that point on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month as the end of the Great War, 100 years ago today. But 11,000 men died on November 11th as the moments ticked down. More were killed afterward, either by soldiers who hadn't received the news of the Armistice, from rare units that refused to quit fighting, or from wounds they received earlier.
Canadian soldier George Lawrence Price, from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, was serving with the 28th Infantry Battalion on November 11. The 26-year-old was part of a five-man patrol that was checking buildings beside the canal at Ville-sur-Haine, in Mons, for signs of the enemy.

Unfortunately, they found them – a group of German soldiers in the process of setting up machine guns on a wall overlooking the canal. There was an exchange of fire; both sides took cover and the Germans retreated.

The Canadians began to follow, but just as George stepped out onto the street he was shot in the chest by a German sniper. Dragged into a nearby house, he was treated by a local nurse, but there was little she could do.

George Price died soon after, at 10.58am… just two minutes before the armistice.
Read the stories of the last men to die in World War I at historywithatwist. (via Strange Company

Veterans Day

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What Does the Universe Sound Like?



When you hear the term "guitar-playing astrophysicist," you naturally think of Brian May of Queen. Google does, too. But there's also Matt Russo, who worked on a project to translate the data from the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system into music, called Trappist Sounds. In this Ted Talk, he explains how the fundamentals of music are in tune with the nature of the stars. And other planetary bodies. (via Laughing Squid)


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Read the story of how this came about at The Daily Dot.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Shower

Ants in the TV



Alex Mazza hooked up with gam e system to a TV that hadn't been used in a couple of months. The light showed that a colony of ants had set up household inside! What to do? Advice from the reddit thread was all over the map.  Leave the TV on. Turn the TV off. Stop eating Doritos while playing video games. Make them a better nest. Get an anteater. Train them to be pixels for your entertainment. Mazza ended up taking the TV apart.



He then used a vacuum cleaner, compressed air, and Windex to clean the ants out. He hasn't said anything about whether the TV still works, so we assume it is okay.

Kleenex Truck

(via reddit)

43 Years Ago Today



On November 10, 1975, a storm blew out over Lake Superior, and the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank to the bottom, with a full load of iron ore and a crew of 29. Read about the last voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald at Mental Floss.

First Impression

It's nice that he tried to make a good first impression. That should count for something. But don't make any commitments until you know the real story, which can take some time. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Motivation

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The Man Who Was Stuck in a Paris Airport for 18 Years



I once saw Wikipedia's list of people who lived in airports, and while there are quite a few cases listed, none match that of Mehran Karimi Nasseri. He was Iranian, but his citizenship was revoked, and the refugee papers he was issued were lost, stolen, or maybe the dog ate them. As a result, he was stuck at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he ended up living for 18 years. If that sounds familiar, you should know that one of the ways "Sir Alfred" (as Nasseri came to be known) supported himself was by writing a book that inspired the movie The Terminal.  


Unfortunate

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Every Major's Terrible



Let's look back at Randall Munroe's classic parody of the song "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General." This time it's performed by the Simon Fraser University choir. 




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Friday, November 09, 2018

School Supplies

A Punk Band of Robots



Kolja Kugler is an artist in Berlin who went from making sculptures out of scrap materials to making robots. Three of his robots make up the One Love Machine Band. There's a bass guitarist (Afreakin Bassplayer), a drummer (Rubble), and a flute player (Sir Elton Junk), all with personality. (via Laughing Squid)

Acquisitions

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8 Places You’ll Recognize From the Background of Every Movie



Hollywood has favorite settings, of course. Some places get filmed over and over. Back in the day when you went to the theater to see a movie, then maybe again years later on TV, you didn't come to recognize them. Now, with home video, you might see the same background in three movies in one week! (via Geeks Are Sexy)

The Weekend

One of the things I try to instill in my children is that you should never assume that your time is more important than that of the people around you. Doing so will brand you as a douchebag. This comic is from Jesie Castro. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Woes of the 1%

(Thanks, gwdMaine!)

Near Miss of the Day

Can’t turn away for a second. from r/funny


Redditor 431MM posted what looks to be security camera footage of his family. One parent supervising two young children is difficult as disaster always seems to be just around the corner. What do you think will happen when Mom takes her eyes off one child for just a moment? Not what you expect. (via reddit)


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Take a look at Lotus the Main Coon Cat!

Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored. It doesn't take an expert to see that the current administration is promoting fake news. More here. (via reddit)

Three New DNA Studies Are Shaking Up the History of Humans in the Americas. Migrations went in every direction over many thousands of years.

Most Money Advice Is Worthless When You’re Poor. Don't tell me to cut back on the lattes when the heat may be cut off any day. 

Fill Your Banana with the Banana Surprise

A Gated Community Tried to Form a New, Whiter Town to Land a Cheesecake Factory.

Foldable Phones are Coming. Maybe I should specify that foldable smart phone screens are coming, because my phone had been foldable for ten years.

It's Not a Tricycle or a Bicycle, It's a Dicycle!  (via Everlasting Blort)

Black Twitter Invites Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Wakanda to Receive Vibranium Ribs After Freak Accident.

A blast from the past (2014): They Were Who They Weren’t: 6 Audacious Impostors.

The Chef

(via Fark)

She's a Lady



I like the movie; I like the song. They go together well!

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Bound to sink any minute. (via Boing Boing)

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Call Your Doctor

The Cell Block Mansplaingo



The parody of the song Cell Block Tango from the musical Chicago by Tiny Muscles is all about women who've reached that last straw that broke the camel's back. (via Metafiter)

Sad Times

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Rubber Bands and Marbles



Kaplamino has really outdone himself this time. This marble run is relatively short, but it's densely packed with moves that will astonish you. Physics and timing. He said it took 40  attempts to get it right, to which I respond "Only 40?" (via Digg)

WiFi in Hell

It's a math joke. From The Obscure Gentleman.

Do It Right

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Idris Elba has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2018. They took the backlash from last year seriously. 

The Psychology Behind How Hiking Trails Are Created. You might be surprised at how "un-natural" hiking trails really are, but it's still a great way to get out and enjoy nature.

Ambushed at Home. U.S. Marine families battle mice, mold and powerful private landlords.

Capybaras, the world's largest living rodents, normally give birth to a litter of three or four pups. But a capybara named Iapa at the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand produced seven a couple of weeks ago! (via Metafilter)

House Democrats Already Have Their List of Trump Scandals to Investigate.

Is the Era of Voice Texting Upon Us? 

When Georgia Shrimpers Hauled Cuban Refugees. No good deed goes unpunished. 

The Most Important Line in Star Wars is an Ode to the Peril of Living in the Past.

AMC TV Shows to Spin Off Movies. We'll eventually see feature-length films from both The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. (via Mashable)

How a Meteor Crash Formed Stunning Desert Glass.

A blast from the past (2008): We Love Who They Aren't: 7 Famous Impostors.

Tapas Bar

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Strongest Hair Ever



In 1926, a man demonstrated how strong his hair (and scalp) were by hanging from it. Even from a moving plane!

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Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Big News

Benny Hill/Slayer Mashup Disaster



"Angel of Death" by Slayer is a classic thrash metal song. Here, Andy Rehfeldt mashes it up with "Yakety Sax" by Boots Randolph, more widely know at the Benny Hill theme. The gruesome lyrics need a punchy tune like this. (via Metafilter)

Retirement

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A Protest Song from All in the Family



Things were different in 1975. The FCC was appalled at the "adult themes" of certain shows on television, like the sound a toilet flushing and the use of the word "crap." They instituted what was called the Family Hour, the first hour of prime time, which was 8-9 PM Eastern Time. The hit show All in the Family, which led off the Saturday evening lineup on CBS, was moved to 9 PM. The network, the producers, and the show's cast didn't like it a bit, and recorded this unaired song to show their feelings. Read more about the Family Hour, which only lasted two years, at Boing Boing.

Free Tool

Manufactured free time only works until it is exposed. Then productivity expectations soar, and the paycheck stays the same. Such is life. This comic is from Jeff Lovfers at Don't Hit Save.

Eggs

Won't Get Fooled Again



This poor dog obviously has some history of running into screen doors. It's nice that his family indulges him when he needs some encouragement. (via Digg)

A Passing Concern

(via Fark)

Introducing Your Baby to Your Twin



Infants are totally confused. After about 18 months, they know there's a difference between their parent and a person who looks like their parent. (via reddit)



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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Bad Cats!

Job Reference



Hamish and Andy made a prank call and found a wonderful fellow who was willing to help out a stranger- by being a personal reference for a job. But then they call the guy again and have a few questions about the job applicant. That's when it really gets fun. (via reddit)

Nerds

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Jun Takes His Cats for a Walk



Jun Yoshizuki of JunsKitchen takes his well-trained cats Nagi and Haku for an outing. For some reason, Poki was not invited. The cats and the gorgeous landscape make this video altogether beautiful and soothing, just the thing to calm you down on election day. (via Tastefully Offensive)


The Icebreaker

I can see the humor in this exchange, but the scenario is totally foreign to me. I've never worked anywhere where 100% of the employees were too polite or proud to take free food first. Usually it's a mad scramble of hungry people. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Google State Icons



Google Maps uses little icons to welcome you to a new state. Each one represents a stereotype or something the state is known for. Maine is a lobster, Montana is a cowboy, Iowa is the farmer from American Gothic, and Tennessee is Elvis. Some are hard to figure out- New Hampshire is a librarian, because the state is home to America's first state library. Georgia and North Carolina have the same default icon for some reason. Ohio's icon above is an homage to Neil Armstrong, one of the many astronauts from the state.



There's no confusion over what state you are entering when you see a Prince icon.



I was so glad to see Kentucky's icon as a Kentucky Derby attendee instead of, say, Li'l Abner, despite the fact that most of those ladies with the big hats and mint juleps (strangely depicted as a champagne glass) fly in from out of state for the race. You can see the Google Maps icons for plenty of states at Instagram. (via Metafilter)

Triumph The Insult Comic Dog Meets Beto And Cruz



This is too funny not to share, even if you watched it last night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Triumph is a treasure. This time, he managed to talk directly to both candidates.

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The Proper Way to Get Your Political Nerd On Tuesday.

Every year, the Bookseller awards the Diagram Prize for the oddest book title to be published in the previous year. Cast your vote here by November 16. (via Vox)

Donald Trump’s Tough Talk About The Border Deployment Doesn’t Match What’s Really Taking Place.

"Once we told Jude it’s time to go bye bye, He gave every stranger a hug." (via Metafilter)

This campaign worker in Texas tells us of the many barriers to voting she's encountered there.

When George Orwell Got in a Fight With the Anarchist Author of The Joy of Sex. It's fine to oppose war, but does that extend to letting bullies overrun the world? (via Strange Company)

The Ghastlygun Tinies: MAD's Edward Gorey satire that takes aim at school shootings. (via Boing Boing)

If People Acted Like Dogs.

How deadly bread bewitched a French village in 1951.

The Great Airship Delusion of 1909.

A blast from the past (2014): 10 Stories of Conjoined Twins.

Know Your Cats

Featuring Cole and Marmalade. (via Fark)

The Turkey Stuffer


  
Joseph from Joseph's Machines, and his dog Matthew, show us his easy method of preparing a Thanksgiving turkey. (via reddit)

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