Friday, March 22, 2019

Tweet of the Day


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Thursday, March 21, 2019

That's Some Squirrel

The Wait



Two people strike up a conversation at a bus stop. They don't say  whole lot, but the story will grip you right in the feels. This award-winning short is from Jason McColgan. (via Nag on the Lake)

Cruel Librarian

(via reddit)

Inside the Belarus Chernobyl Zone



More than 30 years after the Chernobyl disaster, it's common to see "field trips" into Pripyat, Ukraine. But the exclusion zone crosses the borders of two nations, which wasn't top of the mind before the fall of the Soviet Union. In Belarus, the hot zone is called the Polesie State Radioecological Reserve. A vlogger called bald and bankrupt hiked into the reserve to explore. He found abandoned homes and a sad, untended cemetery. Then at about 13 minutes in, he meets two people who live alone in an abandoned village, who never left after the nuclear meltdown; a 92-year-old woman and her son Igor. They may live in the middle of nowhere, but they have retained their hospitality. -via reddit

Opinion

You know how Mama used to say, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything"? If you look hard enough, you can always find something nice to say. Here's a perfect example of that from Lunarbaboon.

Browsers

Old yet applicable. (via Bits and Pieces)

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Johann Sebastian Bach was born 334 years ago, so today's interactive Google Doodle is dedicated to him. Write a melody and let artificial intelligence add harmonies to it!

The lineup for Woodstock 50 has been announced. People are not all that pleased.

Warning: Do not press the wrong tooth.

The Mafia Figure Behind the Failure of Rascal Flatts Restaurants. The article is part six of a series called Mafia in Our Midst at The Arizona Republic. (via Metafilter

15 Foods That Weren't Supposed To Turn Into Humans, But Here We Are.

Look at These Absolutely Ordinary Americans Who Hate Medicare for All. You might be surprised to find out who they really are. (via Boing Boing)

The World's Happiest Countries, Ranked. 

The Rivalry Between Two Doctors to Implant the First Artificial Heart.

Supreme Court Justices Seem Incredulous At Repeated Racial Bias In Jury Selection. One prosecutor tried Curtis Flowers six times to get a conviction.

A blast from the past (2013): 8 Decidedly Different Benches to Sit On.

Find the cat

(via Fark)

Pickle Pie



The Sunglow Cafe in Bicknell, Utah, is famous for their pickle pie. Or maybe the word is notorious. Everyone buys a slice because they are curious. With tourists passing through, that's a lot of slices whether they like it or not. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Tweet of the Day



The Twitter account Devin Nunes' Cow has exploded since Nunes filed a lawsuit against Twitter over it.It now has more followers than Nunes himself.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

I Don't Think So

Hearing

This is me, more and more often these days. (via reddit)

Feral Senior Cat Becomes A Total Mama's Boy



After years of living outside in a feral colony, Mr. Belvedere was in bad shape. Who would take a chance on a sick, elderly feral cat? He was captured and tamed by Coastal Bend Cat Rescue and eventually found a forever home. Mr. Belvedere now has his own Instagram gallery.


Movie Night



Humans do this for fun. Or some of them do. This comic is from the Strange Planet series by Nathan Pyle.

The Obvious

Spotted in New Mexico. (Thanks, WTM!)

A Retro-Futuristic TV Ad



Stan Freberg directed this futuristic ad from the 1960s starring Ray Bradbury. (via Boing Boing)

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The World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest. You can see and vote for your favorite among the 49 entrants in this gallery.  (via Metafilter)

Outrageous Beauty Gadgets of Yore. There are unlimited riches awaiting anyone who can make a women look better, or least at least make her feel that she looks better.

Florida Republicans Slam the Brakes on Felons Looking to Restore Their Voting Rights.

Why Teen Boys Have More Leisure Time Than Teen Girls.

When heavy metal is life but you have to work.

The New Zealand biker club Mangu Kaha Aotearoa performed a haka as a tribute to the victims of the Christchurch massacre.

Morgan Stanley Fired Me 22 Days After I Returned From Maternity Leave.

These are the Real-Life Gardens of Earthly Delights. 

A blast from the past (2013): The Historical Horror of Childbirth.

Warning Sign

(via reddit)

An Honest Trailer for Aquaman



In this Honest Trailer, Screen Junkies admits that Aquaman is all over the place, both literally and figuratively. The movie is dazzling and confusing while the plot is overly busy, but it's all worth it to see Jason Momoa turn DC's lamest superhero into ...Jason Momoa.


Tweet of the Day


(via Buzzfeed)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Trophy

The Big Shazam Mash-Up Trailer



When Billy Batson says the magic word SHAZAM! he gets turned into a superhero ...and adult superhero played by a young Tom Hanks. This is the movie that Big could have been in the hands of comic book writers. The new movie Shazam! opens Aptil 5. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Graphs

(via reddit)

Zero Hour! vs. Airplane!



You probably already knew that the 1980 movie Airplane! was a comedy remake of the 1957 film Zero Hour! This video has a side-by-side comparison of the two films, the only real difference being that one is in black and white and it wasn't a comedy. Since Zero Hour! wasn't a great film, you'll be ahead watching this 15-minute recap instead of the whole thing. You know the plot already. (via Paleofuture)

Getting High



Pixie has aspirations way out of proportion to her abilities. Good thing she has Brutus. Click to the right to advance the comic. This comic is from Pet Foolery.


Dental Horror

That's a Good Brother



A little boy helps his even littler sister learn to play basketball. We should all have a brother like that. (via Digg)

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This 8-Year-Old Chess Champion Will Make You Smile. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, who lives with his family in a shelter in New York City, went from chess novice to chess champion in little over a year.

Why are Millennials burned out? Capitalism.

The 20 greatest breakup songs ever – ranked! (via Nag on the Lake)

We Can Thank Agriculture and Soft Food for the 'F' Word, Claims Provocative New Study.

What Might Happen if Yellowstone Were Really Heading Towards an Eruption? (via Strange Company)

Six of the Most Famous Mob Murders of All Time. Be warned, some of the photographs may be disturbing.

The Top Cities for Quality Living. No US city cracked the top 30.

Shifts in How Couples Meet. I'm wondering about the people who say they met online in the 1960s and '70s.

A Handy Guide for Filling Out Your March Madness Bracket.

This is what it’s like waking up during surgery. (via Neatorama)


A blast from the past (2013): 17 Web Toys for Your Procrastination Pleasure.

The Visitor

(via reddit)

Animals Hugging People



Everyone needs a hug. Oh yeah, some of these animals are trained to do this, and some are just getting hugs from people. And there's altogether too much of Kevin Richardson. But a lot of this is just plain cute. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day


(via Digg)


Monday, March 18, 2019

Mail Delivery

Talk about snail mail! (via Bad Newspaper)

Bernard Sanders on The Today Show



Wow, flashback time to 38 years ago! Jane Pauley, Phil Donahue, and ...Bernie Sanders! In this 1981 interview, he had recently been elected the mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He's lost hair since then, but otherwise hasn't changed much.

Notice

(via reddit)

The Foods of New Zealand



Jordan Watson of How To Dad tries to explain the foods of New Zealand. Part of the humor here is that these "native" Kiwi staples are just as common in their larger neighbor Australia. I hate to be the one to break the news, but these foods are common all over the world; they are just called by different names. His tomato sauce is our ketchup. His Weet-bix is our Shredded Wheat. And of course, what they call chup dup is what we call chip dip. But it's what he says at the end that is important.
We're like a big melting pot of all different cultures and ethnicities. You could say we're like a big boil-up pot, just, of all different flavors. And it's the best blooming' boil-up I've ever seen. 
(via Tastefully Offensive)

Boxes



Cats are weird, but people are weird, too. This slice of life is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

Diet Water

(Thanks, WTM!)

How Tall Can a Tree Grow?



Everything has a limit. Even the healthiest person can't seem to survive past 120 years or so. Trees can live for thousands of years, but there's a limit to how tall they can grow. The tallest trees, California sequoias, can grow to 130 meters and no more. The reasons have to do with physics, specifically gravity, but it's more complicated than a tree getting too heavy. This TED-Ed lesson from Valentin Hammoudi explains. (via Digg)

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The Woman Who Gave Birth to a Demon Cat. The case of Agnes Bowker illustrates the bizarre lengths that one could go to in order to explain an out-of-wedlock birth in the days when there was no greater shame. (via Strange Company)

What the college admissions scandal reveals about the psychology of wealth in America.

The Trouble With Pyrex. It was invented to withstand heat, but then the formula was changed.

Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert.

How Puma Leftovers Help Shape the Forest Ecosystem.

Irish Bar May Be the Oldest in the World. Evidence shows it was operating in the year 900! (via Nag on the Lake)

White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

She's showing off her best moves when this happens.

I got told what to call this poem by my male colleague. Grace Krause wrote a poem thanking all the men who mansplained her research to her. 

30 People Whose Genetics Made Them Unique.


A blast from the past (2013): Polydactyl Cats: The Charm of Big Feet.

Excuse Me

(via Fark)

The Origin of Consciousness – How Unaware Things Became Aware



Consciousness is a deep, deep subject, but Kurzgesagt is very good at explaining complicated subjects. There are quite a few elements that define different levels of consciousness, which makes the consciousness of a worm different from that of a hamster or humans. The concept of "consciousness" is hard enough; and there are two more videos to come in this series. I can't wait until they take on the subjects of "sentience" or "soul."

Tweet of the Day


(via Everlasting Blort)

Sunday, March 17, 2019

St. Practice Day

We Are All Right Now



Paul Rodgers of Free sings "All Right Now" over the music of "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. Strange how well this works.

Subway

(via reddit)

Paper Moon



This 1948 short film by Wah Ming Chang features an odd combination of papercraft animation, puppetry, and live action. (via Everlasting Blort)

What Kind of Animal?



I can relate. Cheetahs are beautiful and athletic, but while that may be an aspiration, I've found myself turning more into a hermit crab as time passes. This comic is from Sarah Andersen at Sarah's Scribbles.  

St. Patricks Day Menu


(Thanks, Rich!)

What Is the Shortest-Lived Country in History?



Nations come and go. Biafra was in the news for less than three years, or its entire history. Countries that collapsed in less time are often forgotten because they drew fewer headlines, some of them born and gone in the blink of an eye, relatively. But to determine the shortest-lived country ever, you first have to define what a country is. Half as Interesting found some countries that came and went before you learned about them; the shortest depends on how you define the question. (via Laughing Squid)

Fascinating

(via reddit)

St. Patrick



The story of the saint and the history of the holiday. Happy St. Patricks Day!

Tweet of the Day


(via Buzzfeed)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Yum!

Invasion of the Upstairs Neighbors


About lunchtime on Saturday, John Paul Brammer heard knocking on his Brooklyn apartment door. It was two dogs and a cat. The cat slipped into his apartment unnoticed and made himself at home. After investigation, Brammer determined they belonged to the apartment directly above his, where no one was home but the door was open. He put the dogs inside and shut the door, but soon found out they are escape artists. On the third attempt to put the dogs inside their apartment, this happened.

Brammer eventually got other neighbors involved, some of whom are dog owners. As of now, the pet owners are still not home. What are the chances they hear about the viral thread before they arrive? Read the whole story with videos on Twitter. Here is the Threadreader version if you prefer. (via Metafilter)



Harrison Ford

(via reddit)

When You Spend the Night at Grandma's House



Here's a video guaranteed to make you miss your granny. Her house is weird, but in the end, it's all worth it.

Estimates

Do you ever get the idea that this may be the way all business is done? Or, maybe I should say "successful" business. It was ten years ago that I hired a crew to remodel the house. They estimated it would take three months. They started in April, but by June they ran out of the up front money, and work slowed to an average of about one day a week until they finished the job in December. The above shenanigans are much easier to pull off when the client has no idea what's going on from day to day. This comic is from CommitStrip.


Ideal Living Situation

True Facts: The Bolas Spider



Have you ever heard of a bolas spider? Of course not, and even if you have, you need to learn more from Ze Frank in the latest episode of his True Facts series. He follows a bolas spider named Nancy, who can spin a rope with her butt. Video contains adult content, presented in an exceedingly juvenile manner.

The Sad Truth

(via Fark)

Money on the Move



This must be an ad for shoes, but the animation is interesting no matter what the product. (via Everlasting Blort)

Tweet of the Day


(via Nag on the Lake)

Friday, March 15, 2019

Delightful Juxtaposition

Now That I Found You



Carly Rae Jepsen's new video makes it clear that the love song is about a cat. Any crazy cat lady can relate. Starring Shrampton the cat, who you can't help but love. (via Metafilter)

Beware the Ides of March

(via reddit)

The Shining REDRUM Roll Cake



The carpet from the Overlook Hotel in the movie The Shining has reached iconic status. Just the simple orange and brown pattern makes movie fans think of a demented Jack Nicholson breaking through a bathroom door. The latest use of the carpet pattern is in a cake! The Homicidal Homemaker has the recipe for The Shining REDRUM Roll Cake, sure to impress anyone, even if they don't recognize the pattern. The recipe and instructions are presented and both text and a video.

Lisa



There's one in every crowd, trying to be helpful without a clue as to what's really going on. This is a classic comic from Nathan Pyle.

Ding Dong Dash

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How Random Can You Be? Find out by playing a game against an algorithm that tries to guess your next move.  (via Digg)

They were... Socialist Invaders from the Future!
 
Like Italian Food? It’s Time You Learned To Make Carbonara.

In Honor of the College Admissions Scandal, McMansion Hell takes a tour of the homes of the rich and willing to cheat to get their kids admitted.

Snuggle bunny.

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids To Control Their Anger. (via Metafilter

The Moon Pie Company Will Name Your Cat.

That Time Jesse Katsopolis and Aunt Becky Lied to Get Their Twins Into Preschool.

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes? Maybe it would be better to ask why horses don't have them. (via Metafilter

I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.


A blast from the past (2013): The Mystery of Ann Bassett and Etta Place.

Teefs

(via Fark)

Lucy Has A Baby



From the I Love Lucy show in 1953. More here.

Tweet of the Day


This joke from 1989 was not the only time it happened. (via Uproxx)


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Screams

Baby's First Word Caught on Video


Oh, what a technological wonder our modern world is! A Nest cam caught the magic moment when Clio Chang's infant daughter uttered her first recognizable word. That's great, because mama wasn't in the room; daddy was. The same kind of modern technology apparently shaped what word it was, too. (via Laughing Squid)

Temptation Too Strong

Someone at the Illinois DOT heard about reddit. (via reddit)

Snail Takes a Magic Carpet Ride



And the best video soundtrack award goes to....  (via Boing Boing)

The Young and the Furless

Just the kind of drama that would appeal to a cat lady like me! This scenario is from Yasmine Surovec; read the rest of the episode at Cat vs. Human.

Happy Pi Day!

This is an obvious response to occupying apartment 314, but it's not rational. (via TYWKIWDBI


PS: There are other apartment numbers that can be used for lols.


Kratu, the Happy-Go-Lucky Rescue Dog



One of the highlights of the 2019 Crufts Dog Show was Kratu, a large mixed-breed rescue dog from Romania who entered the agility competition. The division was specifically for rescue dogs, so not much was expected, but Kratu managed to stand out from the crowd anyway. How does such a big dog manage to turn around inside a tunnel and reverse direction? (via Digg)


Oh Joy

(via Fark)

Restored Footage of the First Atomic Explosion



Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
                                              -J. Robert Oppenheimer
The first nuclear bomb test was on July 16, 1945, just weeks before the US dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Trinity test took place in the desert near Alamagordo, New Mexico, at 5:30 AM.
The bomb was detonated, producing an intense flash and a fireball that expanded to 600 meters in two seconds. The explosive power was equivalent to 18.6 kilotons of TNT. It grew to a height of more than 12 kilometers, boiling up in the shape of a mushroom. Forty seconds later, the blast of air from the bomb reached the observation bunkers, along with a long and deafening roar of sound. And so began the ATOMIC AGE...
Now we have restored footage from that test 74 years ago. This video shows the explosion three times from different perspectives. (via Boing Boing)

Tweet of the Day


(via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Goodbye

Bel Air



A young man in Philadelphia finds himself in trouble with the law, and then is sent to live with an uncle all the way across the country in order to be reformed. The short film Bel Air is presented in the style of a trailer, but is self-contained as there is no full-length movie. Yet. It was written, directed, and shot by Morgan Cooper, based on a television series from the 1990s. The rest of the credits are at the vimeo page. (via reddit)  

Cat Walk

People walk here, and cats walk here. (via reddit)

Sizes

When you describe something, your point of reference is very important. Too bad we all have different points of reference. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Eagle Sinks Hole-in-One



In golf, an eagle is when you score two under par. That's exactly what happened on this par 3 hole. A golfer in Vancouver was out for his first round of golf in 2019, and teed off right into the green. That's when an eagle flew in to inspect the ball, and started playing with it. While the golfers approached, they cheered him on into placing the ball in the hole, making this a hole-in-one! This bird has seen the game and knows how it is played.
Despite the rules of golf saying I need to replace it (which I did and missed the putt), this will still go down as my hole in one story for life.
The resulting video was worth the effort of getting out on the links in January in Canada. (Thanks, WTM!)



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These 42 Characters Are Identical No Matter What They're In.

1901: Richard II and Richard III, the Swimming and Vegetarian Cats of the U.S. Barge Office at NYC’s Battery Park. This was the place immigrants were taken as soon as they landed in New York.

I’m probably going to get punished by Cat God for doing this.

The Men Who Searched for the Dead at Niagara Falls. (via Strange Company)

How To Hide An Empire. History class didn't teach you about the many places the US has owned outside our national borders.

The Pimple Pete Game by Dr. Pimple Popper.

What Is Hell? It Depends on Who You Ask. (via Digg)

The Devastating Earthquake That Brought the World Together.

The white women who flipped: the price of changing your conservative views.

That Time the US Military Made an Atomic Cannon.

A blast from the past (2012): 18 Fabulous Photos of Famous Flappers.

Sleeve

(via reddit)

Catanatomy



Chris Poole explains some cat body parts to us, plus the weird things cats do with them, in a new video featuring Cole and Marmalade. Their little sisters Jugg and Zig Zag help out, too. (via Laughing Squid)

Tweet of the Day


(via The Root, where there's an interview with the jaguar.)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Nail Services

An Honest Trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald



The sequel to the prequel of the Harry Potter films came out just a few months ago, and it barely caused a ripple in the pop culture world compared to the previous film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Diehard Harry Potter fans went to see it, but they apparently didn't rave about it. It seems that The Crimes of Grindenwald was very dark and confusing. That often happens in the second movie of a trilogy, but this is the second movie of a planned 5-movie series. Screen Junkies manages to make the criticism entertaining, though, with this Honest Trailer.    

Holding Hands

(via reddit)

Taking Skiing Up a Notch



Imagine doing tricks on the unforgiving apparatuses of a skate park, except it's downhill on snow. That's what freeskiing is. In this video, Magnus Granér introduces us to the moves and the skiers at Momentum Ski Camps as they demonstrate the terrifying things they do. At each stunt, you can imagine the worst outcome, like sliding into the rail at deadly speed. (via Kottke)

Just a Simulation



We notice in others what we ignore in ourselves. The mote in someone else's eye, ya know? On the other hand, there's nothing wrong with enjoying something imaginary. It's there for our enjoyment, after all. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

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