Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Word Men Have Never Heard



Language and its usage are quirky things, and we rarely notice what we are already used to, but standup comics rely on observing those things the rest of us miss. James Acaster has a story that illustrates one of these quirks. The laughter comes when you realize how absolutely right he is. Also when he says, "You don't need to know why."

Musical Trump





Pick your style. (via Metafilter)

Humans are Adorable

The Rise and Fall of the TV Dinner



What do you do with 260 tons of turkey? Make frozen dinners! And so the TV dinner was created as the response to an emergency situation at Swanson. Cheddar has the full story.

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When Thanksgiving was a Fightin' Word. The holiday was a sticking point in the schism between the North and the South that developed leading up to the Civil War. (via Mental Floss)

Sweet Cat Walks Extra Slow To Stay Next To His Best Friend On Crutches. (via Fark)

A Calvinesque and Hobbesian Look at Impeachment. From Tom the Dancing Bug. 

Song of the South: the difficult legacy of Disney's most shocking movie.

Patients Missing One Brain Hemisphere Show Surprisingly Intact Neural Connections. (via Boing Boing)

The Flathead Beacon police blotter is a treasure trove of comedy. (Thanks, A different Carol!)

The economic debate over the minimum wage, explained. A higher wage does not reduce jobs because businesses are working with the minimum possible staff already.

Human Put in Suspended Animation for the First Time.

The Saga of the Cannibal Ants in a Soviet Nuclear Bunker. They inadvertently play out an illustration of heaven and hell.

A blast from the past (2012): 8 Thanksgiving Flowcharts.

Out of the Box

(via reddit)

Drunk History on Harriet Tubman



Harriet Tubman is the subject of the new movie Harriet, which is partially fictionalized. Meanwhile, the only fictional part of Drunk History is the drunk part. Wait, no, the narrator is honestly drunk, which lends a certain looseness to the story, but it's a true story. I love Drunk History. In this segment, Harriet Tubman is played by Octavia Spencer, a wonderful choice. Keep in mind that this is only one small chapter in Tubman's long life of fearless action. (via a comment at Boing Boing)   

Tweet of the Day



Devin Nunes looks as if his world is falling apart after Gordon Sondlund's testimony at the impeachment hearings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Flavorings

(via Bad Menu)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Alternate Ending



This is the alternate ending of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, from the director's cut. People who have seen Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, Terminator Genisys, and Terminator: Dark Fate all say that this is when and how the series should have ended. (via reddit)

Gender Reveal Party

Not everyone needs to reveal their gender just to attend the party. (via reddit)

The Sneaky Plan to Subvert the Electoral College for the Next Election



The Electoral College was put into the Constitution, we are taught, because the Founding Fathers envisioned a time when the general population might vote a complete idiot to the office, so "wise men" could correct that mistake. It was also to give states some extra say in deciding presidential elections just for being states, which was a compromise with the southern states that had lots of men who counted toward representation but couldn't vote (because they were enslaved). They didn't foresee that political parties would eventually assign electors, and they didn't foresee winner-take-all rules that the states would enact. The result is that my presidential vote doesn't count at all, ever, because I'm in the minority party in my state. And for those in the majority party for their states, a vote in Wyoming is worth eight or ten votes in New York. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact might fix that, in a roundabout way. CGP Grey explains. 

Insignificant



Click to the right to advance the comic. Strange what lengths people will go to in order to get out of their obligations. This story is from Raph at raph_comic. (via reddit)

Dad Joke

Royal Madness



With all the monsters defeated, a king feels his days of glory are past. His daughter wants him to feel important again. With the best of intentions, she hatches a plan to make him a hero again. Royal Madness is from the French animation school Gobelins, but no French skills are needed to catch the feels.

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Movies That Were Better Than the Book. And why.

Robert Falcon Scott’s Final Letters. (via Nag on the Lake)

Who’s the daddy? Difficult to say in Victorian times. (via Damn Interesting)

Four Seasons, More or Less.

These Scientists May Have Found a Cure for ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease.

What Do Animals Dream About?

Inside Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. JJ Abrams and cast members tell us more than the trailers reveal. (via Uproxx)

The Perfect Decal for a Dent. (via Boing Boing)

My Fight With a Sidewalk Robot. A life-threatening encounter with AI technology convinced me that the needs of people with disabilities need to be engineered into our autonomous future. (via Digg)

A blast from the past (2007): Jellyfish.


Badness

Born to Add



From Sesame Street. This really doesn't sound much like "Born to Run" but that's obviously what they were trying for.

Tweet of the Day


(via Metafilter)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Busy Police Blotter

An Honest Trailer for Tangled



The Disney princess movie Tangled came out in 2010, when my kids were old enough to go to the movies without me, so I missed it altogether. According to the Honest Trailer, the retelling of Rapunzel was pretty good, if formulaic, and the main drawback is the lack of any song catchy enough to be heard outside of the theater. Watching this caused me to look up the movie at Wikipedia, and the plot seems totally incomprehensible. Still, I now want to see Tangled.

Clickbait

(via reddit)

The Skywalker Saga Trailer



A fan-made trailer for all nine of the Star Wars movies that tell the Skywalker saga. When I get overwhelmed with family problems or politics or my to-do list, I remind myself that there's a new Star Wars movie coming, and take a few minutes to revel in that fantasy world of bravery and revolution. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Limbs



Babies are like that. When you are dealing with one, it's hard to comprehend how fleeting those days will become. You only have to carry them around for a year or so. Then you have to chase them! This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Ponzi Scheme

Softbody Tetris



YouTuber C4D4U gives us an experimental animation featuring Tetris played with what appears to be gummy candies or jello jigglers. He talks about "rendering textures," while the rest of us are mesmerized and can't stop watching. The whole video is frustrating on many levels. Tetris is such a familiar game that we can't handle the rows not disappearing when they are filled. And we can't handle not being able to control where the blocks fall. Seeing them scooch into place after their turn is over is bothersome, too. Also, gummy candy is such a familiar thing that we can't handle not eating it. Metafilter calls it "profoundly unsatisfying." Yet that frustration is due to the realism, so you have to admit the animation experiment was successful.

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I honestly hate that stunt where parents tell kids they ate all their Halloween candy, but this little kid's reaction is wonderful.

Objectivity is a myth, and a single tweet explains why.

15 Secrets of Sesame Street Puppeteers.

The Sad, Grotesque Life of “Baboon Lady” Julia Pastrana.  (via Damn Interesting)

Ottawa's latest Instagram star is a middle-aged white cat that doesn't care for salad.

How to Give Mars an Atmosphere, Maybe. (via Digg)

Depressed Guy Adopts A Cat, Illustrates The Ways It Helped Him Over The Past 2 Months. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Nerdiest Place on Earth. Galaxy's Edge puts visitors on the planet Batuu at a time point just after The Last Jedi in the Star Wars canon.

The 1829 Rainhilll Trials were conceived as a contest to determine the best locomotive design. The railway directors offered £500 to the designer of the best engine, along with the potential to make history and a lot of money manufacturing locomotives. 

A blast from the past (2012): 8 Wild and Wonderful Stone Giants Around the World.

Hitchhiker

(via Fark)

Midnight Confessions



By the Grass Roots. When I was 12, everyone I knew had their Greatest Hits album, and we played it over and over until the grooves were worn through.

Tweet of the Day


(via Nag on the Lake)

Monday, November 18, 2019

Chef's Surprise

(via Bad Menu)

New Formula 1 Pit Stop World Record



As of 2010, Formula One racing does not allow refueling at pit stops. They are only for tire changes. DHL runs a competition for the fastest pit crews, and it appears that Red Bull will be the winners this year. During the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, they serviced Max Verstappen's car in a mere 1.82 seconds, setting a new world record! Verstappen went on to win the race. (via Digg)

Metaphor

(via reddit)

Why The Elevator Shaft Was Invented Before The Elevator



The best architects are also visionaries. A really good building will be able to accommodate features that aren't even available yet. Tom Scott takes us on a tour of the Cooper Union building in New York, ground zero in the history of the elevator.


Computer

Now that we've made computers into personal assistants, there is a danger that they may become our moms. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. 

Right And Wrong In Fashion



My, just going out on the street wearing clothing was asking for trouble in 1946. Try not to get too confused by the "fashion rules" this judgmental announcer reads, because they won't make any sense to us in 2019. (via Weird Universe)


1950s

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The 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Award winners have been announced. (via Earther

How to Take a 22-pound Cat to Vladivostok. (via Metafilter)

Fact check: A list of 45 ways Trump has been dishonest about Ukraine and impeachment.

Sir Rod Stewart Reveals His Epic Model Railway City. (via Kottke)
Universal Laws of the World. (via Metafilter)

Home Sweet Hole N" The Rock.

A guy pulls a foreign object off his car and stashes it in his barn. The police, who placed the unmarked GPS tracker, charge him with theft, get a search warrant, and find drugs. Can they do that? (via Fark)

The Pirate Chocolatier. England owes it first chocolate recipe to a botanist named William Hughes who caught a ride to the New World in the 1630s as a sailor on a pirate ship.

The Story of the 1991 Beauty and the Beast Screening That Changed Everything. (via Digg)


A blast from the past (2011): 11 Impressive Thanksgiving Cupcakes.


Spider

(via Fark)

Goldrake



Stefania Rotolo sings "Goldrake" in 1979. (via Butternut Jelly)

Tweet of the Day


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Cause and Effect

Coffee Around the World



People drink two billion cups of coffee a day! I'm only responsible for about ten of those. While coffee drinking is universal, cultures approach the drink, and prepare it, in different ways. Still, it's a kick to the system and an excuse to be sociable, so coffee is not going away anytime soon. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

AC

(via reddit)

How to Flea Treat 100+ Big Cats



I thought it was a pain to treat four house cats for fleas. Big Cat Rescue has the added difficulty of dozens of cats who outweigh the veterinarian and are not only pointy on five ends, but are also made of muscle.

Good Times



Neither the cat nor the human has ever stopped to consider this game from the other's viewpoint. If they did, they probably wouldn't understand any better. This comic is from Jimmy Craig at They Can Talk.

Inflatable

Days of Our Impeachment



This is the third set of impeachment hearings in my lifetime, and I'm finding them altogether gripping. So do all the news outlets, except Fox, where they are telling their viewers it's boring and they shouldn't bother watching. Saturday Night Live ran with that idea and added some soap opera-style drama to the proceedings. They found the perfect person to play ambassador Bill Taylor, even though most of Taylor's allure comes from his voice. I have to wonder how funny this skit was for someone who hasn't watched any of the real-life drama this week. 

Oregon Trail

Breakfast with Ginger



Ginger loves her breakfast! (via Neatorama's Upcoming Queue)

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Healthy Options

(via Bad Menu)

Where the 1960s "Psychedelic" Look Came From



How Art Nouveau was reborn as the hippie aesthetic. Even if you know all about that, you'll love the beautiful images in this video from Vox. (via reddit)

Frozen 2: BURNT



This animation is billed as a parody trailer, but it's really an entire story set in the Frozen universe, minus the ending. Anna is jealous of Elsa's popularity, which leads to a sisterly spat, or rather, a war that goes off the rails. You might want to watch this before considering showing it to your children. The real Disney sequel, Frozen 2, opens next weekend. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Dinosaurs



Click to the right to advance the comic. I would like to see more speculation on the parts of a dinosaur we don't know about. Sticking to the facts we know is interesting, but not nearly as funny. This comic is from Pet Foolery.

Overslept

(Thanks, WTM!)

Crash

(via reddit)

Gossip

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces



Considered to be the first animated film, Humorous Phases of Funny Faces was produced by J. Stuart Blackton in 1906. Found in the post A Brief History of Stop-Motion Animation.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Survival Tip

Rate Me



Never, never, get pulled into this trap. Just, don't ever mention numerical ratings for hotness. It's a losing game, no matter what you say. (via reddit)

Nonsense

Yeah, it's dumb, really dumb, but you laughed, didn't you? (via reddit)

23 Strange Things About Life in America



YouTuber  bored1980 is from New Zealand, lived in Europe for years, and has now moved to Florida. A lot of things in America struck him as really strange. The biggest number of them have to do with cars and traffic, which is not surprising. What color are taillights in other countries? He is confused about tipping early in the list, then later marvels at what great customer service America has. Hmm, maybe those two are related. And yes, ignoring climate change is a Florida thing. The rest of us are concerned. (via Digg)

Alien Abduction

Common sense is not as common as we'd like to think. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

The Sequel

Computer Program Removes the Water from Undersea Photographs



Underwater photography almost always has a blue or green tiny because even the clearest water scatters light differently than air. Oceanographer Derya Akkaynak has developed an algorithm she calls Sea-thru that removes the color distortion caused by sea water so that coral, fish, and other object can be seen in their true colors. The technical aspects are available in a scientific paper. (via Boing Boing



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J.J. Abrams discusses meeting George Lucas to talk Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: “He loves his Midi-chlorians.” (via Uproxx)

9 Ingenious Smuggling Machines That Beat the Berlin Wall. (via Digg

Top 50 Best-Selling Musical Artists of All Time. Based on number of albums sold.

The Newest Testament: The Teachings and Story of Donald J. Trump. New from Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Prison Study That Changed How Scientists View Obesity.

The homeownership obsession. How buying homes became a part of the American dream—and also a nightmare.

The stories of a sweet black cat and a very good doggo.

How the Dumb Design of a WWII Plane Led to the Macintosh. (via Damn Interesting)

How To Make An Earthquake Early Warning System With Cats.

Tsar Nicholas II’s Last Shipment of Booze Recovered From the Baltic Sea. And you know someone will want to drink it.

A blast from the past (2007): Fun with Flowcharts.

Dog Pics

(via reddit)

Cat Madness



Your favorite classic cat clips remixed to a ridiculous degree. I checked out this video I posted eleven years ago and at first thought, "This is crap!" But I watched the whole thing -again- because I couldn't stop. And now the tune is stuck in my head. (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day


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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hugendaz

It's not easy to spell Häagen-Dazs. (via Bad Menu)

Sockets

(via reddit)

Kitten vs. Birds



In this cartoon from Simon's Cat creator Simon Tofield, the kitten encounters a small flock of backyard birds. They are amused to see a cat so small, which causes us to ponder the effect of relative size in the predator-prey relationship. My tomcats are forever dreaming of bagging a river duck from a distance, but when they get close, the ducks just laugh, since they are much bigger than the cats. I suppose the geese and egrets feel the same way. 

Voting Referendum

There is no shortage of people coming up with a better way to run elections. The rest of us have trouble understanding the one we have been using; a new one could take decades to evaluate. A referendum on a new method exponentially complicates the idea. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

A Disturbing Picture

(via Considerable)

New Disney Movie



I missed this SNL skit from a few years ago, but I am glad reddit steered me to it. This is ridiculous. 

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I Don’t Know WHO to Believe In This Impeachment Hearing.

How Boba Fett Became a Star Wars Icon.  (via Digg)

I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike. More here. (via Metafilter)

A group of about a dozen friends went on a leisurely bike ride of four miles, ending at a familiar cafe. Along the way, they broke through white tape strung across a footbridge. And that's when Russ Mantle became the first person from the UK to log a million miles on a bicycle.

How two centuries of slave revolts shaped American history. (via Damn Interesting)

Dano Brown's Action Figures.

Three Communists Weigh in on Red Dawn. It's not all about political ideology.

Please Don't Spoil The Obvious Twist In Last Christmas. The only spoiler in the article is that's there's a twist in the movie.

The Grim Story of the Mackay-Bennett, the Titanic's Mortuary Ship. (via Strange Company)

"You’ve got that eternal idiotic idea that if anarchy came it would come from the poor. Why should it? The poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest than anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn’t; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht. The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all. Aristocrats were always anarchists, as you can see from the barons’ wars." I'm going to have to read some G.K. Chesterton.

Don't Forget Your Jacket. (via Everlasting Blort)

A blast from the past (2013): 9 Hanukkah-Thanksgiving Fusion Dishes. The two holidays won't overlap again in your lifetime, but you might want to try some of these recipes anyway.

Revelation

(via Fark)

Who Put the Benzadrine in Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?



Music by Harry (the Hipster) Gibson, 1944. (via Tacky Raccoons)

Tweet of the Day


Day one of the impeachment hearings was quite eventful. This could be the most most compelling TV series of the season.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How to Endanger Your Employment

Profile Pic

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Coffee Cup



That's how you take over in your first day! This comic is from Vincent Kunert at LOLNEIN.  (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Do Not Animals

(via Slow Robot)

Hate for Sale



There are plenty of people selling it, and others who give it away free. It's the cheapest way to feel good about yourself, to at least believe you are better than someone else for no other reason than because of who they are. That's a pretty low bar for something to be proud of. LBJ explained it. Don't buy into it. This poem by Neil Gaiman was animated by Anna Eijsbouts. (via Everlasting Blort)

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Quilty the Jailbreaker. He believes all should be free, including himself.

The Feminist. A modern day horror tale, spawning an extended discussion at Metafilter.

Bizarre Habits That Are Weirdly Hard To Quit. Everyone has some little quirk or obsession, often harmless and rarely shared.

How Warren's Wealth Tax Would Affect Billionaires. Spoiler: they wouldn't starve. (via Digg)

She left her car windows down. The neighborhood strays found it. 

The Last Victim of Smallpox. Of all places, no one expected a smallpox outbreak in Birmingham, England, in 1978. (via Damn Interesting)

Why do reusable grocery bags drive people crazy?

An unbelievable story of rape. Actually a series of rapes, but Marie was the one branded with lying about it.

CatDad Feeds His Kitties In Cat Mask. Dogs react differently.


A blast from the past (2012): Messing with Mother Nature: 5 Invasion Stories.

Get Away!

(via Fark)

Celebrate



3 Dog Night, performing in 1975.

Tweet of the Day


The responses to this Tweet are pretty funny. (via reddit)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

That is Not Kosher

(via Bad Menu)

It's Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive)



Kathleen Edwards' new song is bound to become a Christmas classic. It's all about tradition, the things that happen every year, like the same relative who gets drunk, gifts with no thought behind them, and the dog that farts after eating rich holiday food. The "meows" are a nice touch. "It's Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive)" is from the forthcoming album A Dualtone Christmas, featuring music from various artists.  (via Nag on the Lake)


Fabric Scissors

(via reddit)

We Love You Alex



Alex Trebek, the longtime host of Jeopardy! recently revealed that he would be undergoing a second round of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. During a Tournament of Champions game that aired Monday night, contestant Dhruv Gaur, who was a distant third going into the Final Jeopardy round, used his answer to tell Trebek what he thought of him. Trebek soldiered on, but you could tell he was getting emotional at the sentiment. (via Laughing Squid)

1970s Pepsi Ad



This was a (actually two) commercial ads for Pepsi that played in movie theaters. I remember it well. I spent a lot of time in movie theaters in the 1970s. My clique included several kids whose grandfather was the theater owner -and also the town mayor. Fifty years later, my small town (a different town) just elected the owner of the local movie theater as mayor. (via Everlasting Blort)

A Sweet Gift

I've always maintained that any gift that the giver puts time and thought into is extra special. Even if you just used what you found in the kitchen. This comic is from Lunarbaboon.

A Review

Bicycle



This strange animation by cool3Dworld starts out weird with five green guys riding a tandem bike, then gets exciting when they anger a hot dog man, almost turns tragic, but then ends with a dose of friendship and cooperation. It's still pretty weird, though. (via Everlasting Blort)

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Giant pandas are strong, curious, and hilariously clumsy.

Zero Hour: The First Days of New Berlin. In the year between the fall of the wall and reunification, anarchists had free rein in the city. (via Digg)

The Heartland Billionaire Destroying the Working Class. Joe Ricketts’ memoir tells of making it on his own—while crushing unions, scamming customers, and undermining local media. Meet others like him in the comments here

Saving Sobański Palace. Sobański palace is a lovely French castle in the tiny polish town of Guzów, with quite a story behind it.

How Living With Baboons Prepared Me for Living Through High School. Her story is Mean Girls in real life.

30 Jokes About Every College Major That Are So, So Dead On.

The Ugly, Gory, Bloody Secret Life of NHL Dentists. (via Metafilter)

Critiquing Horse Emojis. They are designed to be cute, but that sometimes means that biological accuracy is sacrificed, more so from some services than from others, and completely unintentional. (via Kottke)

Man Fights Off Home Invasion with Battle Axe. This story is funnier than it should be.

The Constitution Says ‘Bribery’ Is Impeachable. What Does That Mean?

A blast from the past (2007): 8 Examples of Witty Knitting.

Cheeseburger

(via Fark)