Thursday, July 18, 2019

One Toke Over the Line

Yes, it's the Lawrence Welk Show. (via Metafilter)

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Your Server

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It's been quite a while since we've seen a new video from Cyriak Harris. This one happened when he became obsessed with an old piece of film footage and had to do something with it. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


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An Honest Trailer for Shazam!

The 2019 superhero comedy Shazam! was an attempt to take DC Comics movies in a different direction. It was a kids' movie, so it didn't have to make much sense. Shazam! was a big hit, but it had quite enough flaws for Screen Junkies to give it the Honest Trailer treatment. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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No Doughnuts With Syringes at Minnesota State Fair. Although there will be plenty of other weird foods. (via TYWKIWDBI)

It's the racism. But it's not just the racism.

The Greatest Robot of the 1700s was a Pooping Duck. (via Strange Company)

How they made the Horse of a Different Color in The Wizard of Oz. Since it was 1939, they had to really color the horse.

The Problem with The Lion King Remake.

For Sale: A Titanic Survivor’s Light-Up Cane (and the controversy behind it).

Pop-Up Trombone. A toy that lets you play the trombone with your mouse right on your desktop browser. (via Metafilter)

As technology ratchets up the stress, low-wage jobs have become some of the hardest in America.

A blast from the past (2012): 10 Legendary Monsters of Europe.

Cat Worries

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Best Cat Toy Ever?

My cats would have pounced immediately and made a real mess of this. Shammy is fascinated! Okay, be honest -were you watching the cat or the toy in this video? This video is from domino artist Flippycat. (via the Presurfer)

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Illustrated Story


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Career Advice


When Writing Evolves

In school, we learned the "proper" way to write, and everyone was supposed to learn the same rules. Those rules worked for both books and letters, but accomplished writers knew when to break them to make a point. Then came the internet, texting, and social media. New methods of writing for new purposes gave way to bending the old rules and instituting new ones. The new system may seem lazy to those using the "proper" rules of capitalization and punctuation, but there's are reasons behind each new convention. Tom Scott explains. 

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There were thousands of people involved in the first moon landing, not all of them employed by NASA. Dave Porter was a Navy seaman aboard the U.S.S. Hornet in 1969, charged with retrieving the astronauts from the ocean after they splashed down.

How Indiana Jones And Darth Vader Killed Hitler.

Who Knew? Chickens In Tutus Are A Thing. (via Everlasting Blort)

Their Family Bought Land One Generation After Slavery. The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.

The Fascinating Daguerrotypes of Victorians Breastfeeding.

A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census. How Stephanie Hofeller’s estrangement from her family may have altered American political history.

Bacon Deviled Eggs with Caramelized Onions and Cheddar Cheese. (via Metafilter)

The Most Boring Tourist Trap in Every U.S. State. (Thanks, WTM!)

How Do Countries Get Their Names? Every name of every country has a story behind it, but if you look closely, those stories mostly fall into one of four categories.(via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2008): High Class (and high price) Toilets.

The Meeting

Cat Planet

You have to love a rock song about cats! "Cat Planet" (ๆ‰“้ฆ–็„้–€ๅŒๅฅฝไผš「็Œซใฎๆƒ‘ๆ˜Ÿ」) is performed by  the group Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai (ๆ‰“้ฆ–็„้–€ๅŒๅฅฝไผš, translates to Prison Fighting Club). The video was crowd-sourced by fans. Notice how the song goes into heavy metal territory occasionally and the video clips shift to cats acting badly. Commenter Kyzix gives us an English translation of the lyrics:
The inside of the kotatsu belongs to a cat
The spot in front of the heater belongs to a cat
The tops of clothes belongs to a cat
The inside of a cardboard box belongs to a cat
The top of a lid covering hot water in the bath belongs to a cat
Your side when you’re asleep in bed belongs to a cat
Even the top of your hands typing on a keyboard belongs to a cat
Your lap when you sit down belongs to a cat

Even if I’m cold, even if it bothers me
If it’s good for the cat, there’s no problem
Such is the shape of continuing love

Definitely, definitely, into this world
We are creatures fated to be born and live to love cats
Definitely, definitely, this planet of ours
revolves so that it can support the life of cats

We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats

I won’t be mad even if they scratch the sofa
I won’t be mad even if they rip up the shoji
I won’t be mad even if they roll out all the toilet paper
I won’t be mad even if they break into the cupboard and rummage around
I won’t be mad, I won’t be mad

Even if my house is destroyed, even if I go into bankruptcy
If the cat is happy, there’s no problem
Sacrifices for love know no limit

Definitely, definitely, into this world
We are creatures fated to be born and live to love cats
Definitely, definitely, this planet of ours
revolves so that it can support the life of cats
Rather, rather, this planet of ours
Should just revolve so cats can live happily
Definitely, definitely, from the moment we are born
we are fated to live life loving you

We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats
We are drowning in love on this planet inhabited by cats
We are living on this planet inhabited by cats

We are born, on this planet of cats

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Unfortunate Photo

Towing a Car

Somehow, a Land Rover gets stuck and has to be pulled out of a pasture by what appears to be the world's first tractor. What is this, opposite day? No, this is Russia. The tractor goes wrong, its winch keeps going, and somehow things get worse. Then we see that the vehicle is not a Land Rover at all, but has a sticker on the front that says "Land Niver." This video might contains NSFW language, I don't know, since it's in Russian. (via Digg)

Hidden Police

Social media makes this a small world sometimes. (via reddit)

Cats on Parade

This is a vintage ad, or a calling card, or maybe a greeting card, from a sewing machine company. But what is the occasion? Cats walking on their back legs are fairly ubiquitous, if nonsensical. But most of these cats are carrying boughs of holly, while one is sporting an American flag. It sure makes me want to buy a sewing machine! (via Undine)

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The Timeline of Jell-O Flavors From 1897 to 1997. These include coffee, tomato, blackberry, chocolate, celery, cola, and imitation apple. (via Metafilter)

That Time Campbell’s Put Marbles in Their Soup. It led to a case before the Federal Trade Commission.   

In New Book, Paul Ryan Admits He Was a Fraud All Along.

New Fish Species Named in Honor of Wakanda.

Legend of the Skate Patrol, guardians of Golden Gate Park. (via Metafilter)

The College That Became a Prison. Yankton College no longer exists., but it’s not fully dead either. (via Damn Interesting)

Stirred Not Shaken: How Do You End Up With 50,000 Swizzle Sticks?

Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice. (via Nag on the Lake)

Buried Treasure – Of a Sort. Common but scary stories of often-unidentified things left behind in chemistry labs. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2012): 8 Robotic Body Parts.

What If

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Flying Hoverboard Steals the Show at Bastille Day Parade

Sunday was Bastille Day, a commemoration of the storming of the military prison in Paris during the French Revolution. The traditional parade in Paris featured something new- a man flying on a hoverboard (called a flyboard) above the parade, wielding a rifle. 
According to The Guardian, its rider was Franky Zapata, a French inventor and former jet ski champion who has been showing off the flyboard for a few years now. Zapata actually set a new Guinness World Record for farthest hoverboard flight on the flyboard in 2016. 
 A good time was had by all. (via Mashable)

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Sunday, July 14, 2019


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Pirates Didn't Really Talk Like That

The Golden Age of Piracy gave us unforgettable characters that fed novels and films until we all have a concept of what a pirate of the era was like. The stereotype is so persistent that it gave us Talk Like A Ppirate Day. But reality was far different from what Hollywood gave us. Cheddar takes a look at how pirates really spoke. (via Digg)

Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings?

Bob Ross was one-of-a-kind. He was a skilled painter, yet he kept it simple in order to inspire everyday viewers to try it themselves. The joy and encouragement he imparted were worth more than any artwork. During his broadcast career, Ross produced 30,000 paintings. You'd think that after his death, they'd be on the market for a pretty penny. But that's not what happened. The New York Times found out where those paintings went. (via Metafilter)


Her other two jobs are probably piecework, because you know retail wants you available for any shift even though they won't give you 40 hours a week. (via Vice)

What’s Inside A Turtle Shell

Turtles are strange. Their shells are not just a covering, but it's what mainly holds the turtle together. They can breathe from their butts. And then it gets weird. (via Digg)

I've Made a Huge Mistake

Purl Jam: The Heavy Metal Knitting Championship

Heavy metal and knitting fo together like peas and carrots. This past weekend, Joensuu, Finand hosted the world's first heavy metal knitting championship. Read about it at Stuff. 
With stage names such as Woolfumes, Bunny Bandit and 9'' Needles, the participants shared a simple goal: to showcase their knitting skills while dancing to heavy metal music in the most outlandish way possible.

"It's ridiculous but it's so much fun,'' said Heather McLaren, an engineering PhD student who travelled from Scotland for a shot at the 'world title'. "When I saw there was a combination of heavy metal and knitting, I thought 'that's my niche.'''
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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Annoying Al

Christopher Walken Dances

Christopher Walken Dance didn't just bust out the dance moves for the infamous video for "Weapon of Choice." He's been cutting a rug in his films for his entire career! (via Everlasting Blort)

Hotbox Lounge

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How a Woman Survived Falling 33,000 Feet Without a Parachute

In 1972, a Yugoslav Airlines light exploded in mid-air over Czechoslovakia. Everyone in the plane died either then or as the plane crashed to the ground, except for flight attendant Vesna Vulovic, who was found badly injured, but alive. The last minute-and-a-half of this video is an ad. (via Boing Boing)

Fast Pain Relief

This vintage ad is not what it first appears to be. The text may seem familiar. You can buy this art print from the artist, Todd Alcott, at ToddAlcottGraphics. (via Nag on the Lake)

Good Boy

Tweet of the Day

Now that Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned, @darth has updated his collection of Trump White House staff who have been fired or who resigned (voluntarily or not). You may have to click on the Tweet to enlarge the picture enough to read the growing legend.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Ya Think?

Albi the Racist Dragon

From Flight of the Conchords.


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Being Healthy

The guy from Casually Explained gives a rather calm and humorous takedown of food fads and extreme nutrition orthodoxy. The truth is, there isn't one silver bullet for healthy nutrition, but making thoughtful choices  while consuming a variety of food is pretty healthy. He also covers a bit about exercise, too. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Sword-Killed To Death

Sometimes you just need to spill your guts. And other times you need to talk about your feelings. This comic is from Sword Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


When We Met Other Human Species

At a relatively recent point in our evolutionary history, there were several species of humans. The only species remaining today is homo sapiens, to which all the living people of the world belong. We can tell ourselves that we survived because we were better than the other species, like the Neanderthals and the Denisovans, or because we conquered them, but that's not the whole story. Those other species live on in a way, because they left their DNA in today's homo sapiens. That means that the separate species encountered each other and produced offspring. This video from PBS Eons gives us an overview on the traces of other human species that live in us today.

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This generator called Show Your Stripes gives you a graph of colored stripes showing average annual temperatures for your country or US state, going back as far as the available data allows. (via Boing Boing)

The 48 Hours That Almost Brought Down Trump. The exclusive story of how Trump survived the Access Hollywood tape. (via Digg)

A Seditious Cufflink From the Colonial Resistance Wardrobe.

The Strange Political Silence On Elder Care.

50 Facts About the Apollo 11 Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary.

The Empire is Crumbling. Rails, waterways, pipes, bridges, airports, electricity, even the internet – America is falling apart.

The Torturous History of the Treadmill. It was originally designed to exploit prison labor. (via Digg)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 Presidential Race and Trump’s Crisis at the Border. She also shares what she's learned about Congress from the inside.

A blast from the past (2016): The Real Story Behind "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll."

Food or Love

Daisy Ridley Explores Her Internet Footprint

It's more accurate to say that Daisy Ridley was confronted with her internet fame, and she seems to handle it rather gracefully. She's learned a lot about fame in the past five years. (via Digg)

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Artist's Conception

This artist has no idea. (via Bad Newspaper)

A Bad Lip Reading of Trump in Asia

There is plenty of footage of the US president at the G20 Summit in Osaka, and then of Trump's hop over the the Korean DMZ. The folks at Bad Lip Reading did what they do, and put words into people's mouths. The best jokes: Putin, herpes, apple.


The intriguingly short title of this video will make sense before it is over. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out tells us the story of Lauritz Sand, a leader in the Norwegian resistance during World War II. Sand earned the title -one that no one coveted- of the "most tortured Norwegian" of the war. 

Cognitive Science

Studying the inner workings of the mind is more complicated than you ever imagined, although honestly,  this is the simplified version. I'm starting to have flashbacks to my Perception and Thought class in college, which was outstanding in the amount of study it required. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.


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Caffeine: How Much is Too Much?

These Sisters will Make Your Evil Siblings Look Like Angels. 

Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It. The automobile took over because the legal system helped squeeze out the alternatives.

More evidence that cats cannot resist the urge to push things off a flat surface to watch them fall.

We hired the author of Black Hawk Down and an illustrator from Archer to adapt the Mueller report so you'll actually read it.

Exotic Orange Bird Identified.

UNESCO Announces New World Heritage Sites.

13 Iconic Things That Are The Product Of Laziness.

Interpreting the Beasts of the Middle Ages. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2008): Animal Prosthetics: A Leg Up on a Bad Break.

DNA Test

I hope one of these cats is named Groucho. (via reddit)

Betamax Salesman Training Video 1977

Well, they've convinced me. Where do I buy one of these miracle gadgets? (via Metafilter)

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The answer to the question, "What could possibly go wrong?" (via Digg)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

At Risk

Mow Your Lawn or Lose Your House!

The city of Dunedin, Florida, is running on fines levied against residents for aesthetic violations. there's no better way to tell the world not to move there. (via reddit)


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The most complicated ideas may be turned into reality, but what good does it do the rest of us? David Malki of Wondermark lays it out for us clearly in this comic. This is actually part two of the story, but it stands well on its own. You might also enjoy reading part one


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The Enterprise Night Crew

Captain Picard, Troi, and Warf cannot be on duty 24 hours a day -they all need sleep. So the Enterprise, like any other ship, has a relief crew for the night hours. And they tend to take things a little less seriously. Chris Pine, who plays Captain Kirk in the newer Star Trek movies, is the voice of the night crew leader as they battle the Borg in this sequence from Robot Chicken. Patrick Stewart is the voice of Captain Picard. (via Laughing Squid)


Dave Enjoys the Hockey Game

The Anaheim Ducks are playing the St. Louis Blues. Dave, being a cat, is a Ducks fan. You may think that Dave is a strange name for a cat, but this one wears it well. Besides, it's no stranger than naming a hockey team the Ducks. (via reddit)

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Buy Some!

Roundabout Goes 'Round

This traffic circle in Basel, Switzerland, was filmed by an overhead drone and turned into an experimental art film by Dirk Koy. The center of the roundabout was stabilized and then spun in a way that makes it resemble a turntable playing a record. The cars enter, the cars leave, looking like so many toys that came and and then were flung off the spinning disc, but in reality they are just people driving where they need to be. (via Laughing Squid)  

Land Sharks

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The Wish

You have to wonder why we even have rules for fantasy concepts. I suppose it enables us to have jokes like this! This comic from The Obscure Gentlemen is based on a Tweet by @dorsalstream.

Advice From the Vet

T-rex Races

Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, is known for unconventional races. If you watched this waiting for someone to fall and cause a massive pile-up, you are underestimating the athletic skills of the extinct dinosaurs. I believe we all have learned something new here. (via reddit)

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The Pioneers Used to Ride These Babies for Miles!

The Why of Cooking. Particularly, why we throw our hearts and souls into preparing food when nobody really cares. (via Metafilter)

The Diaries Left Behind by Confederate Soldiers Reveal the True Role of Enslaved Labor at Gettysburg.

Medical Tales Retold Episode 7: Appendicitis?

When a new director tried to modernize Brooklyn's most prestigious preschool, all hell broke loose. The drama of the rich and competitive class is a hoot to read. 

The Curious Case of the Socialite Who Sterilized Her Daughter. Was it eugenics or a money grab? (via Digg)

See a Gallery of the Best Cosplayers at Montreal Comiccon 2019. And part two here.

The myth of the magical childhood. You don't have to schedule fun for your kids; I always told mine that if they were bored, it's their own problem.

A blast from the past (2012): 11 Legendary Monsters of Africa.

The View

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It Slipped!

Lucas the Spider is back, and he and his friend the fly have found an ice cube. They don't know what it is, but they know how to have fun with it. (via Laughing Squid)

Monday, July 08, 2019

Beautiful Rooster

How the Panama Canal Works

You knew that the Panama Canal was a colossal project, but this video from Wendover Productions gives us a taste of how huge the global shipping industry is. Imagine calculating whether it is worth paying millions of dollars in canal toll fees for one ship versus sailing pretty much around the world. The canal unveiled newer, bigger locks in 2016 that created new businesses in the Caribbean and sparked a huge construction project in New Jersey. The numbers in the lower left corner are footnotes, with links to the sources in the description at the YouTube page. The last minute of this video is an ad. (via Boing Boing)

Contact Me

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It's Earth!

Click to the right to advance the comic. We like to think that other intelligent life that may be lurking around the universe could be similar to ours. They may end up being similar in ways we never expected. This comic is from Pedro Arizpe of Port Sherry.


From Drew Fairweather at Toothpaste for Dinner.

The Last Spaceplane

What happens when Mission Control is run like a run-of-the-mill small business? It must be a holiday weekend, because the one left holding down the fort is the lowest guy in the hierarchy. This animated short is from David Malki of Wondermark and Zachary Sigelko.

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The Most Famous Band You’ve Never Heard Of.

Leslie Jones has a few words to say about the coverage of the World Cup soccer champions. The language is very much NSFW.

Professor Leonidas Arniotis’ Great Dog and Cat Circus. (via Strange Company)

No one should be a billionaire. A few hundred million should be enough for anyone as long as the rest of the world struggles.

If you were to purchase an old house in Ireland, and pull up the floor to replace it, you may well find a horse skull. Why was it once a tradition to place a horse's skull underneath the floor?  (via TYWKIWDBI)

Beautiful For Ever: The Lures of Madame Rachel.

Audrey's Secret. The proud but difficult cat has a tender heart.

The Best Way to Tour a City Is Through Its Grocery Store. (via Metafilter)

A man in Siberia is advertising to sell a hat made of mammoth fur. Vladimir Ammosov of Yakutsk is asking the equivalent of $10,000 for it. (via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2008): Strange and Different Restaurants.


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Pick It Up

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