Monday, September 16, 2019

Hawaiian Birds



A Max Fleischer color classic from 1936. (via Nag on the Lake)

Tweet of the Day


(via Buzzfeed)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Does Not Compute

Well-Played

(via reddit)

What's Hiding in the Deep Sea?



If only the deep sea waters were as colorful as a Kurzgesagt video! Sunlight can't penetrate to the deepest depths of the ocean, but there are creatures living there. They are as different from life here at the surface that it may as well be an alien planet. And the deeper you go, the weirder it gets. This deep sea tour is ten minutes long; the rest is an ad.


The Gift

(via Fark)

Going for a Swim

(via Fark)

Groucho Marx on I've Got A Secret



From 1959, back when game shosw were less about winning and more about entertainment.

Tweet of the Day


(via Everlasting Blort)


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Restaurant Math

(via Bad Menu)

War Puppets Rise to Heaven



This Bill McClintock mashup contains four songs: "Rise" by Herb Alpert, "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath, "Heaven Sent" by Dokken, and "Master of Puppets" by Metallica.

They Finally Got Him

You'll find the real story behind this picture here. (via reddit)

Dancing Marvel Superheroes



The PAC dance team at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, gave us a Wizard of Oz dance routine  and a Harry Potter dance routine that really impressed us in previous years. They've set our expectations pretty high, and still came through with this production featuring the heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for this year's homecoming assembly. (via Digg)

Immortality

Funny how words can change everything. Once you let the meaning of this comic sink in, you might want to know that scholars believe the poem "Ozymandias" was inspired by a relic retaining to Ramesses II, whose fame was not exactly fleeting. Many monuments to him survive, and his mummy is in pretty good shape, too. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Alarming Statistics

The Legend of the Green Man



A Pennsylvania urban legend about a green man, or "Charlie No Face," has been circulating in western Pennsylvania since the 1950s. It seems like just a campfire story, but there's a kernel of truth behind it. Simon Whistler has the real story. He also explains goosebumps. 

Wine

(via Fark)

Baa Neigh Cock-A-Doodle Do!



By Buck Howdy. (via Everlasting Blort)

Friday, September 13, 2019

Imagine That

Police Report

Why It's Called a "Cell" Phone

The new iPhone 11 gives another chapter in the story. (via reddit)

Nice To E-Meet You

He could have skipped to just "Hi." But it makes you think. There are so many people I know through the internet that are more real and familiar to me than people I see in real life, because I've talked to them about things that matter. I wouldn't recognize them on the street, but I know what kind of people they are. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Good Luck!

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Pursue a Hot Young Colonel Sanders in a New Dating Simulator. (via Uproxx)

Weight Watchers recipe cards from 1974. Actual recipes not included. (via a comment at Metafilter)

Dead Reckoning: The Story of the HMS Wager. Everything that could have possibly gone wrong with the mission did go wrong, both before and after the ship wrecked.

Will the Masses Finally See Fox News for What It Is? I doubt it.

An Alternate Lord of the Rings Universe. With the same cast.

The logos of all 11 Democratic presidential candidates, ranked. (via Digg)

Morning serenade.

Why Are American Homes So Big?

Seniors at North Farmington High School in Michigan dress up and pose as pop culture characters for their ID photos!

A blast from the past (2008): 6 Things that Resemble the Death Star.

Friday the 13th

(via Fark)

Cocktails for Two



Spike Jones and his City Slickers. A classic.

Tweet of the Day


The Twitter account Military Giant Cats is well worth checking out. It's based on the premise of giant cats interacting with military equipment, as you can see. (Thanks, Brother Bill!)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fruit

Gotta be autocorrect, but I don't know what they meant. (via Bad Newspaper)

Wrinkles the Clown



Remember the creepy clown scare of 2016? Even before that, there was a viral clown scare that you may have missed. In 2014, a surveillance video of a clown hiding under a child's bed made a stir. As strange as that was, the truth is even stranger: the parents hired Wrinkles the Clown to pull off the stunt and scare their daughter into behaving. Wrinkles is a retired Florida man who will appear as a creepy clown for any reason you want to pay for, and became national news after the bedroom video went viral.

Now Wrinkles is the subject of a horror film, set to hit theaters on October fourth. This one should give Pennywise a run for his money in the creep competition, because this movie is a documentary. (via Mental Floss)


Funny Bone

(via reddit)

The Birth of Astro Boy



The very first episode of Astro Boy aired in 1963. Here we learn his origins in the year 2000. I loved this series as a kid, even though I was too young to understand it. Warning: the story is pretty sad. (via Everlasting Blort)

Eleven and Seven



I randomly ran across this picture when looking for something else, but it's too good not to pass along. Found at AtmosFX's Instagram account.

Palindrome Dates

I'm a little late to the game, but here it is. (via Considerable)

Hammer Pants



From the TV show In Living Color, we have a parody of "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer. In this version, it's all about the pants- and a funny yet believable wardrobe malfunction. Tommy Davidson did make a good Hammer, dontcha think?



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Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah" has an eggplant parmigiana recipe in one verse; read many versions  of that verse in this Twitter Thread. (via Metafilter)

Trump and the tiresome Alabama hurricane issue.

How Much It Costs To Film An Episode Of The Most Expensive TV Shows In The US, Visualized.

For many participants, Medicaid isn’t free. It’s a loan. And the government expects to be repaid.

The top 25 TV shows of the 1970s.

Deer Photobombs Wedding Shoot.

Hurricane Dorian Survivors Are Facing A New Disaster: Dealing With The US Government.

When Pianos Went to War.

A blast from the past (2008): 6 More Restless Corpses.

Carl's Affirmation

(via Fark)

What does a yellow light mean?



The unforgettable scene from Taxi.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Interspecies Warfare

Octopus Turns into a Balloon to Intimidate ROV



The ROV Hercules caught wonderful video of an octopus, possibly Cirrothauma magna, putting on a defensive display of puffing itself up to warn off threats. It stretches out, wiggles its "ears," turns into an umbrella, then a tent, then a balloon, then a parachute, all to the delight of the crew watching aboard the E/V Nautilus. This octopus was spotted 1600 meters (one mile) below the surface of the Pacific, near Southwest Baker Island, just north of the equator. (via Laughing Squid)

A Reasonable Answer

(via reddit)

Like Dad, Like Daughter

Sigh. I remember when this kid was born, and now she's in school. A chip off the old block. This comic is from Chris at Lunarbaboon.

Me IRL

Miss Cellania's Links

On 9/11, Luck Meant Everything.

The Twin Towers in Film and TV: A Tribute or a Painful Reminder?

A Preview of the Wildlife Photographer of Year Exhibit. (via Digg)

The Battle for a Paycheck in Kentucky Coal Country.

How Did This Happen?

A Decoy Keyboard for Your Cat.

I Toured the Brady Bunch House and It Did Not Go As Planned.

Like I've said, the whole world would be a better place if we spent more time dancing.

Alienstock Has Been Cancelled.

What Happened the Day a Giant, Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Hit the Earth.

A blast from the past (2008): 6 Restless Corpses.

Australian Animals

This one is a pygmy possum. (via Fark)

Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing



From 1916. You know, I was sad when I realized that silent films were so inaccessible to people who couldn't read. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day


Not really all that astonishing, but wonderful to listen to. Gaye was a formidable talent. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Real Classy

An Honest Trailer for Aladdin (2019)



Disney made a live-action version of Aladdin, which has already come and gone from theaters. There was a lot of hype before it opened, but then you didn't hear a thing afterward. Sure, it made a lot of money, but reviews were mixed. Screen Junkies holds nothing back in their opinions in this Honest Trailer.

Benny

(via reddit)

The Wish



This is a riff on a joke that's so old some of the commenters on Instagram didn't get it at all. I guess they don't pay much attention to the snail mail system. This comic is from tony esp. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Fly, Goose, Fly!

50 People Tell Us Their State's Most Hipster City



Condé Nast Traveler asked the same 50 people they always use which is the most hipster town in their state. They obviously didn't give them time to think about it. The commenters at YouTube point out all the mistakes. The most hipster city in North Carolina is Asheville, Georgia's is Savannah, New Jersey has Hoboken or Asbury Park, Flagstaff is the most hipster place in Arizona, and Berkeley should have the crown in California. The wild guess in Kentucky had a 50% chance of getting it right, since we only have two cities, but Berea is the most hipster town. (via Digg)

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The Worst Job in Professional Basketball. Ryan Gunderson tells about his career as point guard for the Washington Generals. (via Digg)


Which Face is Real? Test your ability to distinguish a photograph of a real human face from one generated by artificial intelligence. (via Boing Boing)

The Heir. Ivanka was always Trump’s favorite, but Don Jr. is emerging as his natural successor.

Plastic Surgery at a Livestock Auction. When a horse bites a kid's ear off, you do what you gotta do. (via Strange Company

Now That’s What I Call a Wedding Look!

How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America’s Gender and Racial Politics.

10 Of The Worst 'Food Hacks' On The Internet. 

New England Is Riddled With These Mysterious Stone Enclosures. Not really mysterious, but interesting.

He was bullied for his homemade University of Tennessee T-shirt. The school just made it an official design. (via Boing Boing)

A blast from the past (2012): 14 Great Names for Bugs.

Crow Adopts Kitten



(via Arbroath)

Tweet of the Day


I currently have three. I need to do something about that. (via some ecards)

Monday, September 09, 2019

Editor's Wife

So, is she a victim of human trafficking, or a landlady? (via Bad Newspaper)

The Secrecy of Psycho



The 1960 film Psycho is a classic, but nearly 60 years later, we've become so familiar with the movie that we've forgotten how surprised the original audience was with the twist: the identity of the murderer. The modern audience already knows, so we tend more to deconstruct the building of suspense, the artful shower scene, and trivia like the toilet flushing. Back in 1960, Alfred Hitchcock went to great lengths to hide not only the twist, but many other details from the theater audience. Hitch came up with some pretty imaginative tactics, as Simon Whistler explains.

Elon

(via reddit)

The Comet



The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe took ten years to reach its target, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Then it spent two years studying the comet up close, including deploying the Philae lander to the comet's surface. The ESA released 400,000 images of the comet, which motion designer Christian Stangl weaved together to make this video. Composer Wolfgang Stangl created the sound. The Comet gives the mission an epic science fiction feel, one that the mission deserves. You should watch this in full-screen mode. (via Kottke)

Reader Response

Protip: don't criticize the origami masters. This comic is from David Malki at Wondermark.

Intriguing Sales Promotion

It's all in the pronunciation. (Thanks, WTM!)

Oxy-Acetylene Explosions at Ultra-High Speed



Finnish adventurers Lauri and Anni Vuohensilta (of the Hydraulic Press Channel and Beyond the Press) are obviously doing well with their YouTube videos, as their toys get more and more elaborate and expensive. So if they can afford this expensive camera setup, why is Anni wielding an acetylene torch duct-taped to a broom? It's the fame, not the fortune, that got them a Chronos ring of 72 cameras in order to make high-speed videos in a new series they call Bullet Time Show. They begin with blasting oxygen soap bubbles with an acetylene torch. Both Lauri and the guy behind the camera company explain more about them in the reddit thread. A good time was had by all.



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The Brady Bunch kids come home to make the Brady house look like the show. The show was not filmed at the house, so the "renovation" involves a complete gutting and redesign of the interior. (via Metafilter)

The Lice-Infested Underwear Experiment. (via Strange Company

There are a lot of place names in the world that are considered rude, explicit, and even downright obscene, especially in a different language. These place names are collected in the Really Rude Map. (via Boing Boing)

Large Underwater Observatory Disappears Without a Trace, Baffling Scientists.

Bear in the Bathroom.

ICONEO's Imaginative Illustrations of Modern Idiosyncracies.

An elderly siamang surprised zookeepers by giving birth to a tiny, premature infant. The little ape is not only thriving, but has an orangutan for a best friend. (via Metafilter)

How to tell whether the power went out while you were evacuated from a hurricane zone -or even on vacation. (via Nag on the Lake)

The Internet Ranking of Star Wars Movies, according to scores from Metacritic, IMDb, and Rotten Tomatoes.

A blast from the past (2008): Coney Island Freaks of Yesterday and Today.

Peesha

(via reddit)

Flight of the Bumblebee



Yuja Wang performing at the 2008 Verbier Festival. (via Dark Roasted Blend)

Tweet of the Day


(via Digg)

Sunday, September 08, 2019

The Temptation Was Too Much

Microsoft, the Musical



The summer interns at Microsoft got together (with some employees, about 150 people in all) to make a Broadway-style musical about the company. These computer geeks are talented! Sure, a lot of it is high praise for Microsoft, but there's some humor involved, too, because no one should be above poking fun at themselves... or their workplace. Read more about the project at Gizmodo.

Autograph

(via reddit)

Coffee



That's just the way it is- bad bean water is better than no bean water. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Beef Stew

Why Being Skinny Used to Be Easier



We all know that obesity is a bigger problem in America than it used to be. The surprising thing is that once you control for individual behavior, even people who have the same level of diet and exercise now as comparable people in the 1980s are bigger! The Atlantic looks at possible environmental factors that are beyond an individual's control. However, if we can pinpoint what's causing this phenomenon, we may be able to battle it collectively. (via Digg)


Black Hole

(via Fark)

Animated Bayeux Tapestry



The Battle of Hastings, 1066, as told by the Bayeux Tapestry.

Tweet of the Day


(via Digg)

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Sandwiches

(via Bad Menu)

This Cannot Be Natural



Clueless woman has no idea what rainbows are. I remember showing my kids how to make rainbows with a water hose when they were toddlers. (via Everlasting Blort)


Life is Short

(via reddit)

The Tiny Building Where 285,000 Businesses are Based



Delaware is a tiny state that stands out by making itself important to business- as an all-American tax haven. Half As Interesting explains how that works, which involves one very important address and presumably a busy mail clerk. Be aware that at 4:55, this video slides into an ad without any notice. (via Digg)


An American Hero


I became aware of astronaut Mark Kelly when Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011. Later, I followed the astronaut twin experiment for Neatorama. But it was only today when I saw a blurb at Boing Boing that I looked up his life story. Talk about an overachiever! Kelly's resume is at Wikipedia.

Mark Edward Kelly (born February 21, 1964) is an American politician, former astronaut, engineer, and U.S. Navy captain. He also is an author, political activist, as well as aerospace executive and consultant. Kelly is the husband of former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords.
A naval aviator, he flew combat missions during the Gulf War. He was selected to become a NASA Space Shuttle pilot in 1996 and flew his first mission in 2001 as pilot of STS-108. He piloted STS-121 in 2006 and commanded STS-124 in 2008 and STS-134 in 2011. STS-134 was his final mission and the final mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour.[3]
His wife was shot in an attempted assassination in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011, suffering serious injury to her brain. After the shooting, in which six people were killed, both Kelly and Giffords were thrust into the media spotlight.[4] His wife's shooting led to a broad national conversation ranging from the duties of a husband to what is acceptable civil discourse.[5]
Kelly's identical twin, Scott Kelly, is also an astronaut. The Kelly brothers are the only known siblings to have both traveled in space.[6] In 2015, Scott Kelly began a mission spending a year in space on the International Space Station. He returned to Earth on March 1, 2016, after 340 days in space. During and after Scott's year-long mission, the brothers were studied to find physical differences caused by living in space versus a baseline on Earth.[7]
On February 12, 2019, Kelly launched his campaign for the 2020 United States Senate special election in Arizona, running as a Democrat. He is vying for the Senate seat currently held by Republican Martha McSally, a controversial politician[8] and also a combat veteran.[9]
And that's just the introduction. The rest of the entry goes into detail about his education, military service, awards and citations, NASA career, retirement (to care for his wife), books, activism, and political ambitions. It's well worth reading the whole thing. 

Packing



It seems silly, but it's human nature. We don't have to put much thought into how much clothing we go through until we have to plan ahead. Still, I kind of expected Dami Lee to pack a half-dozen pink shirts with a fried egg into her luggage. Now, if you were really thinking ahead, you'd pack less because you have to deal with that heavy baggage everywhere you go. Princess just got back from three weeks in Europe with only carryon luggage. This comic is from Dami Lee at As Per Usual.

Not a Good Sign

Wooden Marble Machine



Wood Marble Machine builds these contraptions and sells kits for the component parts so you can build your own! (via Laughing Squid

September 1979

Where were you 40 years ago? As a followup to my article September 1969: 14 things that happened 50 years ago this month, Considerable has now published September 1979: 12 things that happened 40 years ago this month. I did not mention that was the month I got married for the first time. No, the 12 things included are much more interesting!


Caught in the Act

(via Fark)

Stars Sing Together



The stars come out to celebrate ABC's 25th anniversary in 1978, led by Toni Tennille.

Tweet of the Day


(via Pleated-Jeans)

Friday, September 06, 2019