Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memorial Day

Just kidding, I'm working. (via Some eCards)

Fishy

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Adult Things You Didn't Learn In College



At one time, the purpose of college was to develop one’s critical thinking skills. Nowadays, it’s more to make you employable. But your education isn’t complete even with a degree, because the school of hard knocks has even more for you. Sadly, these college seniors don’t know the IRS from the Irish Republican Army. The real world is full of lessons they should ask their parents about, like how to haggle over the price of a car or house, how to find a mechanic and a plumber you trust, and in the case of the psychology major, how to sign up for food stamps. (via Buzzfeed)

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Warning: contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. (via Cracked)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Liquid Happiness

Robot Package Delivery



To replace the gig economy workers who are delivering everything from Amazon packages to dinner, we now have bipedal robots traveling in driverless vehicles. Digit is the name of the robot, a real product from Agility Robotics. Digit is astonishingly like a real delivery person in that it walks across the grass, leaves the package on the porch, and doesn't even ring the doorbell. But unlike humans, it does not require wages after the initial investment. Also its knees are backwards. Learn more about the robot in another video. (via Laughing Squid)  

For Sale

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Mailboat Jumper Tryouts



In lake Geneva, Wisconsin, there are plenty of people living in houseboats, and they all have mailboxes. When the mailboat comes around, it doesn't stop at each one. Rather, a "mailboat jumper" jumps off the boat, delivers mail, picks up outgoing mail, and jumps back on the boat, which keeps moving. It takes rhythm, energy, and skills to keep up. I hope the pay is good. (via Neatorama)

Lemon

The internet has ruined us all. Think before you share, for you may be judged. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble. 

Moon Pies

A Fence Built Through a Pool



This happened in Orlando, Florida. See, someone a long time ago bought two lots with two houses side-by-side. They demolished one house and expanded the other with a garage and a pool, which extended over the property line. But it didn't matter, since he owned both, right? He eventually sold both lots to someone else, who got behind on their mortgage, and the property was foreclosed upon. The bank sold the two lots to two different people! The new owner of the mostly-vacant lot put up a fence on the property line, which bisects the pool of his neighbor. However, the most disturbing thing in this video is the way the news reporter pronounces the word realtor as "realitor." (via Boing Boing)

Mama

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Cut The Cheese



I heard this is a great place for lunch.

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Donkey, Donkey

(via Bad Menu)


McDonald's Sweden is taking bees seriously. They have installed beehives on top of some of their outlets, and planted flowers to replace grass around the buildings. For World Bee Day (which was May 20), they commissioned a tiny McDonald's restaurant, which is just a fancy decor around a real beehive.
From the outside, the model is a replica of a McDonald's restaurant, with drive-thru windows, outdoor seating, and the golden arches presiding above it all. But instead of a counter and a tables, the interior is filled with frames where bees can build their wax. It's being billed as "the world's smallest McDonald's," but according to NORD DDB, it's still big enough to house thousands of bees.
The McDonald's beehive was auctioned off after World Bee Day to benefit Ronald McDonald House. Let's hope the new owner uses it as intended, and reaps a sweet harvest.

Alternate Histories

Here's a good argument for why fictional world-building should not be too detailed. There's a good reason that the characters of The Walking Dead have never seen a zombie movie. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Hold My Hand

A Conversation Between a Crow and Cat



The crow is taunting the cat, and the cat does not appreciate it one bit. I would transcribe the dialogue, but I don't know Russian. (via reddit)

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The First African Samurai. Yasuke fought with feudal warlord Nobunaga Oda as a samurai in 1581 and 1582. (via Metafilter)

What You Didn’t Know About the Apollo 11 Mission.

Fact-checking Trump's Rose Garden comments from Wednesday.

A Solution for Loneliness. (via Digg)

The 62 Very Isolated People of Palmerston Island. Palmerston is a nine-day boat ride from the nearest store, and is completely populated by William Marsters' descendants. 

“Elizabeth Warren called me!” is turning into a meme. The senator is calling a lot of her supporters.


Some toilet humor, courtesy of Google Maps.

A blast from the past (2013): Mabel Stark: The Lady with the Tigers.



Milk

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Dear Abby



I loved this John Prine song back in the '70s. My friends and I would sing it together. I hadn't heard it in decades, but Everlasting Blort has reminded me that YouTube has a vast archive of treasures.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

What a Deal!

Best News Bloopers of the '80s and '90s



This is a long compilation of clips from old VHS tapes, so you don't have to watch it all at once. But once you start, you won't want to stop! Most of these bloopers and outtakes are from local news broadcasts. but every once in a while, you'll see a familiar face from national news, which is a real treat. And those hairstyles! Oh yes, there are some animals.  (Thanks, CW!) 

Keanu Reeves

(via reddit)

Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer



Linda Hamilton stars as Sarah Connor in the sixth Terminator film, called Terminator: Dark Fate. This story in this movie takes place after Terminator 2, and the other movies set afterward (3, 4, and Genisys) have been relegated to "alternative timelines." The first teaser trailer doesn't explain much of anything, but it gives us a taste of what the movie will be like. Terminator: Dark Fate will be in theaters November first. (via Boing Boing)

Kindness

You've known people like this, who demand more from others than they ever would from themselves. Some even go after it proactively. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

What Contraption is This?

This picture was taken around 1922. My first guess was a loudspeaker of some kind, perhaps used to address large crowds. I was wrong. 

The answer is in the full caption at Weird Universe. The gadget was found in a book called Illustrated World, published in 1922-1923. You don't see such machines much these days, because the whole idea seems futile.

Neural Network Racing Cars Around a Track



CodeBullet has been experimenting with artificial intelligence. Can he teach a neural network to race cars around a virtual track? There's honestly not a lot of "teaching" going on here, but some sort of natural selection. The cars that go the furthest before crashing get to reproduce, and what do you know, their progeny does even better! From the video description:
Teaching a neural network to drive a car. It's a simple network with a fixed number of hidden nodes (no NEAT), and no bias. Yet it manages to drive the cars fast and safe after just a few generations. Population is 650. The network evolves through random mutation (no cross-breeding). Fitness evaluation is currently done manually as explained in the video.

So, if you are set on getting a self-driving car, you might want to wait until version 4.0 comes out. (via reddit)

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The last American slave ship was the highly illegal Clotilda, that brought in 110 enslaved people from Africa in 1860, even though importing slaves had been illegal for 50 years. Read the story of the Clotilda and the discovery of its final resting place.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Ultimate Preview. Vanity Fair shares as much as possible without spoilers. 

The New Secession. Residents of the majority-white southeast corner of Baton Rouge want to make their own city, complete with its own schools, breaking away from the majority-black parts of town.

How the ‘Monstrous’ Iguanas of the Bahamas Got So Darn Big. Read about the experiment that solved the puzzle, and the unintended consequences of the hypothesis itself.

Private Mohammed Kahn: Civil War Soldier. Separated from his unit, he was arrested by a Union soldier who didn't believe he was a member of the 43rd New York unit, because he wasn't white.  (via Metafilter)

Trump gives up the game he’s playing with Congress during Fox News interview. Trump admits he’s relying on the courts — not Congress — to change policy.

Who Started the Moon Landing Hoax Conspiracy Theory?

How to get into management.

Jennifer Berney explores how queer families challenge traditional notions of heredity and paternity. Many of her thoughts apply to adoptive families, too.

Building the perfect candidate to beat Trump! The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.


A blast from the past (2010): How the Indy 500 Came About.

Muffin

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Star Wars is Coming to America



James Earl Jones is larger than life in whatever role he plays. In this mashup, the audio from Coming to America is used for Darth Vader. Ahaa!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Not Guilty!

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Louie's

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A Dog's Wish

Language is one thing. Understanding is a completely different thing. He should have wished for those scraps instead. This comic is from Matthew Allred at Car & Friends. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Doctor's Advice

An Honest Trailer for Braveheart



Screen Junkies continues its series of Honest Trailers for past summer blockbusters with Braveheart, the 1995 hit starring Mel Gibson. The story was supposedly based on the life of the 13th-century Scottish warrior William Wallace, but any shred of historical accuracy was sacrificed for action, drama, and the elements of every other Mel Gibson movie. And in case you haven't seen Braveheart -or heard about it- this Honest Trailer contains spoilers. 


Caught

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Goin’ Down



Freddie King. Boy, does this bring back memories.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Potato Assault

The Making of Star Wars



The Making of Star Wars was an hour-long (49 minutes plus ads) TV special that aired in September of 1977, after they figured most people who wanted to see Star Wars had finally had the opportunity. We didn't have multiplexes then, and sometimes it was months before a film reached small towns. It is narrated by William Conrad, in addition to Anthony Daniels and the beeps and whistles of R2D2. (via Metafilter)

Happy Summer!

Today is the last day of school in this part of Colorado. The sign is programmed to wish the kids a nice summer vacation. Too bad the snow is obscuring the view. (via reddit)

Zoom Inside Fruits and Vegetables



Kevin Parry made a stop-motion video by slicing thin layers off various produce to show us what they're like inside. Yeah, you've seen the insides before, when you take a bite, but this is super cool. That part goes by pretty fast, then he shows us how it was done, which is cool, too! (via Boing Boing)

The Corner

I had a cat whose hobby was staring into a corner for hours. She must have carried a lot of guilt. Who am I kidding? Cats don't know guilt from Adam. However, the idea of a large amount of misbehavior is quite believable. This comic is from Jimmy at They Can Talk.  


Mr. Earl

How to Get Attention Without Attention-Seeking



This is not about seeking fame; it's more about intimate relationships. Laughing squid framed the question better: "How to ask another person for reassurance without appearing to be desperate for their approval." Everyone wants validation, even when a relationship settles into the comfortable part where communication may flag. Yet we sometimes let pride get in the way of asking for what we need. (via Laughing Squid)

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A Library Assistant Shares 28 Things She's Learned About the General Public. (via Bored Panda)

Celebrities Whose Fictional Crimes Turned Real.

When San Francisco’s Chinatown Was Quarantined for Plague. (via Nag on the Lake)

Muslims of Early America. Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers.

The Curious Cons of the Man Who Wouldn’t Die. Mark Olmsted he wanted to spend what time he had left enjoying himself, but the more crimes he committed, the more HIV research was advancing.  (via Digg)

Is the World Really Overpopulated?

I Lost 25 Pounds in 4 Months Eating Prison Food. “I couldn’t wait to go home, restart my life—and eat a diet that didn’t kill me.”

That One Time Coca-Cola Made a Dystopian Soda. OK Soda was remarkably short-lived, but exceedingly strange.

How Dodge City Became The Ultimate Wild West. Mostly, it was the victim of fake news. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2013): 8 Underground Rivers.

Zack

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Dinky Duck in The Beauty Shop



A tale of fraud, violence, and sexual harassment from 1950.




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Monday, May 20, 2019

Lobster Package

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Mortarboard

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If I was a Vampire



Fantasies have their benefits ...and costs. This comic is from GenHeim.

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A Generation Looks Back at 20 Years of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Doctor's Notes Reveal Bizarre Medical Cases from 400 Years Ago. Astrologers Simon Forman and Richard Napier kept notes on thousands of patients, and the 500 best cases are online. (Thanks, WTM!) 

Japan’s Only Mascot School Teaches the Art of Cuddly Cuteness.

How Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Paved the Way for Abortion Bans.

Cute young thing gets harassed by a wrinkly bald guy with a loud shirt. It seems very creepy until you think about it from their point of view.

The Human Antivenom Project. Tim Friede embarked on a self-immunization project to build up his body's self-defense against snake venom to protect himself from his pets, who bite him rather often. (via Digg)

Senate won’t take up any legislation to protect elections from interference. Not that the Senate is doing much these days anyway.

The Sea Waif: A Murder on the Ocean and the Little Girl Who Stayed Alive.

If Congress Won’t Act, Trump Will. Encouraged by lawmakers’ passivity, the president is taking the same approach to 2020 that he took to 2016.

The Women Who Coined the Term "Mary Sue."

A blast from the past (2016): 15 Pop Culture-Themed Graduation Caps.

Cat Illusion

(via metafilter)

The Talking Tree



A man (played by Eka Darville) encounters a talking tree (played by by John Ventimiglia). You can imagine how surprising that would be, and he's inspired to make the most of the situation. Why was he chosen to hear a tree's thoughts, and what great wisdom can come from it? This short by Stefan Hunt is awesome in ways you don't expect. (via Laughing Squid)


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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Two?

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Understanding the Plague Doctor’s Mask and Costume



The plague called the Black Death affected millions of Europeans in the 14th century. Doctors were terrified of treating patients, but did the best they could (which wasn't much) and developed a kind of hazmat suit that they hoped would protect them. It may have helped somewhat. If you prefer to read text instead of watching the video, you can at Strange Ago. (via Strange Company)


Obi-Wan

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Meet Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper



Cats will find the darnedest places to give birth. That was unfortunate for a cat somewhere around Haywood, California. Her litter of five kittens was born inside a 60-foot steel beam that was then transported to a San Diego construction site 500 miles away. Luckily, workers heard the kittens' mewing, and tipped the beam to get them out. The Humane Society estimated them to be one week old, and have already lined up a couple of construction workers as adoptive cat owners when the kittens are old enough. (via Fark)

The Doctor as a Warrior

Military invasion terms might work to bolster the confidence of a patient, but only if they are on the same page. This patient wants to find a peacenik doc, or at least someone who knows what organ is involved. Creator Randall Munroe at xkcd titled this comic Appendicitis, which is the only clue we have.

What Are You Doing Tonight?

You have to make time for the important things in life. (via Some eCards)

Don't Stop Me Now



The White House gang gives us a musical interlude on the opening of last night's Saturday Night Live. You know you're in the big time when you can get Robert De Niro to sit through an hour of makeup to make a ten-second cameo. 

3 Out Of 4

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How to Move a 100-year-old Church



The Manning Chorus performs a song especially written to accompany the moving of a 100-year-old church nine miles down the road. You can see the story of the Trinity Lutheran Church and its move to Manning, Iowa, in the TV video.

 It's been about 12 years since I first posted this video, and it's still one of my all-time favorites.  (via b3ta)

Tweet of the Day



Justin Amash is a Republican and the representative from Michigan's 3rd congressional district. Click the timestamp to read his followup thread and responses from others.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Walking Snake

Mega Giant Chopping Machine



A few years ago, Simone Giertz introduced us to her chopping machine. The guys at Megabots were so impressed, they recreated the knife-waving contraption in giant robot style! The robot proves to be about as dangerously inept as Giertz's original version, but her delight makes it all worthwhile. (via Metafilter)

The Story

In case the joke is not obvious to you, that's George RR Martin, who wrote the books that Game of Thrones is based on, except he never finished the story, so the TV series had to go on without source material. (via reddit)

Dog to Bun Ratio

It's all in how you use them. I used to make buttered toast out of the leftover buns, and eat them with strips of bacon. Now that I live alone, I thought I was going to be cool and got the extra-long "bun length" hot dogs, which come eight to a pack. Then I realized that I didn't really like hot dogs so much, and got brats instead. They come six to a pack, so I'm back in the same bun ratio conundrum. This guy, however, is going to have to buy a lot more hot dogs to use all his buns. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Mortado, the Human Fountain

At first glance, this 1930 picture of a freak show act would be something you put down to trickery. But this trickery may give you the willies. Mortado was a body modification practitioner.
Mortado, The Human Fountain was born in Berlin and first exhibited himself there in 1929.  He had holes bored through both his hands and feet, and, when seated in a specially constructed chair, copper tubes were fed through the wounds.   Water flowed through them at a high pressure, making Mortado a “human fountain”.

When he was not performing, he plugged his wounds with corks to keep them from healing.  He occasionally also performed in biblical Crucifixion reenactments, placing small “blood bags” in his wounds for realism, which his assistant would puncture when he nailed him.  
The picture was taken at Coney Island’s Dreamland Circus.

Freaks of Nurture



A woman goes to her mother for a little help with her job. Turns out that Mom is a  bit over-extended herself. (via Laughing Squid)



A Tragedy for Two

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Eyes of Hitchcock



This supercut reminds us of how Sir Alfred Hitchcock would often have actors stare directly into the camera to engage us in their emotions, and often creep us completely out. How many films do you recognize just from one shot of a character’s eyes? Kogonada produced this short for The Criterion Collection. (via Laughing Squid)

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Lamb Chops

The World's Largest Jello Pool



When you think of a pool filled with Jell-O, you might think "That's really dumb but kind of cool." Then you realize that Jell-O has to be boiled to dissolve, and then refrigerated to set. How can you do that in quantities necessary for a pool? Mark Rober went to work to find out, and takes us on his journey. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Mom and Dad

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Man Loses Legs in Family Selfie

The man in the hat is redditor BeardoGREG. Yes, he has a beard, and his name is probably Greg. He managed to get his entire family into one selfie. But look, he has no legs! What happened? There is no Photoshop involved, because that would be dumb. This is an unintentional illusion.

See, his wife is taking the picture. She is probably sitting on the ground with their son. The daughter isn't too tall, either. So Greg tried to get on their level by spreading his legs apart, then lowering his head to his daughter's level, which meant bending at the hips until his torso was almost perpendicular to the ground. His legs are behind the kids. The shirt hangs a little away from his body, hiding any evidence of pants. So it only looks like he is flying into the picture, Superman-style. (via Boing Boing)


Treats



Click to the right to advance the comic. Cats learn easily when you make it worth your time. Un-training a c at is impossible once they've learned that food is involved. Think carefully what behaviors you want to encourage. I have four cats, and the hungriest one has learned to tell time. This comic is from Lucas Turnbloom.

RIP Grumpy Cat



Seven years ago, we were introduced to a funny picture of a cat frowning. Grumpy Cat achieved worldwide fame, and made a bundle of money for her family. She even starred in a movie, Grump Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. This morning, her family announced on Twitter that the little cat has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.



You can see many tributes to Grumpy Cat on Twitter. (via Metafilter)

Why Drugs Cost More in America



This video is about prescription drugs, not street drugs. With street drugs, it's a simple matter of supply and demand, with prices tagged to what the market will bear. With prescription drugs, it's... pretty much the same, depending on where you live. (via Digg)


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Kate Beaton of the erstwhile webcomic Hark! A Vagrant gave birth to her first child on May 13th. Beaton announced the new arrival by Tweeting a new comic only a day later. (via Metafilter)

20 Funny Tweets About The Everyday Absurdities Of Marriage. (via Neatorama)

Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism.

Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens.

What Happens When Someone DOES Object During a Wedding and Where Did This Practice Come From?

Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger? Read about some of the experiments going on now.

Sexy Weasels in Renaissance Art. (via Boing Boing)


AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead.

People Share Weird Family Meals They Had As Kids. (via Metafilter)
Fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things can now build a complete LEGO version of the Byers' family home (the alphabet wall even lights up!) with minifigs of eight main characters ...and below the floor level is "the Upside Down," appropriately positioned upside down. The 2287-piece Upside Down LEGO set will be available June first, and will retail for $199.99. (via Laughing Squid)

A blast from the past (2013): Finals Week in Graphs and Charts.

Weak

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When Cats Drink Coffee



Phil gets a mug off Aaron's coffee by mistake, which turns him into a caffeinated dynamo. Meanwhile, Aaron sips Phil's catnip tea and takes on the behaviors of a stoned cat. It's a ludicrous scenario that makes for a totally goofy video from Aaron's Animals. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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