Friday, February 22, 2019

A Hungarian Version Of "Honky Tonk Women"



This is a performance by Gregori Grainger and his Graingerettes, recorded sometime around 1990. (via Everlasting Blort)


Job Interview

This one really hit home for me. The management at my day job keeps asking about my satisfaction level and my future goals with the company. This is my first unskilled job since the 1980s, and no one has asked me things like that before. I'm new, I'm part time, and I'm 60. You just keep paying me, and I'll keep coming to work and giving my best effort. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Seahorse and Sea Cow



Yes, it's all very clear now. You have to wonder if sea creatures refer to land animals by odd names in line with how much they resemble the sea creatures they are more familiar with. This comic is from Tommy Siegel.

Dream Wedding

(via Bored Panda)

Venice Water Parade



In this parade, the floats really do float! The city of Venice began the Carnival season with a moon-themed parade on the Cannaregio Canal on February 16. The illuminated floats carrying a variety of performers was upstaged by a balloon representing the moon sailed overhead, with a 15th-century caravel underneath. This raw footage from the Associated Press is not narrated, and some interviews are not in English, but you can tell a good time was had by all. Carnival celebrations will continue through March 5. 


Miss Cellania's Links

What strange food habits did you have as a kid? Read through this Twitter thread and you'll either be disgusted or find a kindred spirit. (via Metafilter)

These Are the Americans Who Live in a Bubble. A new study looks at how much people interact with other people who are not like them.

Karl Lagerfeld's Beloved Cat Choupette to Inherit Part of His Fortune. (via Mental Floss)

Trump White House Is Forcing Interns to Sign NDAs and Threatening Them With Financial Ruin.

18 Cats That Don’t Care About Your Personal Space. (via Neatorama)

Breed Your Own Mutants with Ganbreeder. Remix photos until they are terrifying. (via Boing Boing)

Chicken & Waffles Pizza and Ice Cream Tacos.

The Trump administration has been blocked from systematically breaking up migrant families, but hundreds of children crossing the border continue to be separated from their parents in a process requiring none of the oversight used to remove children in the United States from their homes.

When the Highest Paid Hollywood Director Was a Woman. Lois Weber did things her way, and was deliberately forgotten.

All the Presidents’ Meals. How US state dinners have changed over time. (via Everlasting Blort)

A blast from the past (2013): 8 Pop Culture Periodic Tables.

Dumbo

(via Fark)

Rocketman Trailer



The Elton John biopic Rocketman opens May 31 at a theater near you. (via Mashable)

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Slightly Used

True Facts: The Lemur



Ze Frank has another edition of the delicious and ridiculous True Facts series, this one about various species of lemur. These relatively small primates are both amusing and endangered. Warning: contains potty humor and brief glimpses of lemur genitals and mating. (via Laughing Squid)

That Cold

(via reddit)

Gary


(via Nag on the Lake)

Snow Day

I wish I had done this when my kids were little. But it couldn't have worked. By the time I was in a position to be home during the school day, my kids were already old enough to know how to check school closings on snowy days. This comic is from Chris at Lunarbaboon.

Abby

(via Buzzfeed)

The Hong Kong Handover



Britain's 99-year lease on Hong Kong was up in 1997, but it's not easy to integrate a British colony into the larger China. You might recall the fireworks at the handover, but there was a lot more involved in the celebrations of the day, and plans for a transition that continues today. Wendover Productions explains what happened during the handover. They don't touch on the most noticeable conundrum: Hong Kong traffic still uses the left side of the road, while cars in China travel on the right. (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

This year, Jasmin Paris became the first woman to win the 268-mile race The Spine ever. She ran for three and a half days with only three hours of sleep, and used part of her precious break time to pump breast milk for her 14-month old daughter. (via Metafilter)

Randy Rainbow's new parody song is "Border Lies," set to the tune of Madonna's first hit "Borderline." Trump takes part.

Hot, Small, or Couch, Why Potatoes Make Great Idioms.

Nathan J. Robinson explains socialism. "What unites socialists in one big tent is a hatred of the concentration of wealth, and a belief that ordinary laborers deserve a fair share of the social product." (via Metafilter)

Why Flying On The Hindenburg Zeppelin Was So Expensive. Take a peek into the luxury travel offered in a gallery of photos.

Why parallax scrolling needs to die. It was cool for a minute, but now is just annoying.

Remembering Lee, Jackie O’s Naughty Kid Sister.

Do Jails Kill People? The former chief medical officer for Riker's Island explains what happens.

The Banana Splits: Trippy 1960s Kids Show Returns As Horror Project? (via Boing Boing)

Trump Doesn't Want A Woman Who Left The US For ISIS To Return. Her Lawyers Say She's A Citizen. Strange that the argument is over her citizenship instead of what she did.

A blast from the past (2008): 8 Television Pioneers.

Winnie

(via Bored Panda)

The Return of Risky Playgrounds



Over time, public playgrounds have become safer: metal apparatuses were replaced by wood and then plastic, concrete or gravel was replaced by grass and then recycled rubber pellets, and anything that could conceivably present a risk was removed. Kids crave thrills, independence, creativity, and a feeling of accomplishment, which is why you take your kid to a playground and find them climbing the fence instead of the plastic ladder. "Adventure playgrounds" are different. They have building materials and tools for children to design their own equipment. They allow children to take risks while still in a controlled environment, which teaches them how to judge risks. And kids have way more fun.

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This cat is a hero! (via Boing Boing)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Tanning

Explosives Expert Rates Movie Explosions



You know all those movie scenes where the main characters walk away from a huge explosion? How accurate could that possibly be? And how about that time Indiana Jones hid in a refrigerator to survive a nuclear blast? Columbia University explosives engineer Rodger Cornell goes through quite a few of these famous film scenes to rate their accuracy and explain how real explosions work and the damage they can doing in real life. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Two Jobs

(via reddit)

When the Mountain Fell Down



If you didn't know what was happening, you might get the feeling that the road you're on is just rising up! You get the idea that they had some warning, what with the camera and the roadblock and all. This happened in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Redditor notbueno explains.
It’s called a translational landslide, which is a slope failure where a block of land stays mostly intact and moves downslope along a slip plane. This one (in Nara Prefecture, Japan, 2004) resulted in the partial blockage of a river and a road being destroyed along a short section.
(via reddit)

Once There Was This Squirrel

Not all stories are fables. The real moral to this one is that fables are hard. This comic is from Jim Benton. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Plastic Bag

(Thank, WTM!)

Miss Cellania's Links

Shiny Crumbs and Wet Salads. If you've ever forgotten a word and came up with a dumb alternative, this thread is for you. (via Metafilter)

The magical thinking of guys who love logic. Why so many men online love to use “logic” to win an argument, and then disappear before they can find out they're wrong.

This Spider's Eyes Still Glow, 110 Million Years Later. (via Mashable)

Strato Lizzie, the Mascot Cat of the TWA Pilots at NYC’s LaGuardia Airport. (via Strange Company)

The disturbing hypothesis for the sudden uptick in chronic kidney disease.

What's at the Edge of the Universe? Gizmodo asked various scientists.

Elephants are Evolving to Lose Their Tusks. We are seeing evolution in action as pachyderms respond to changing conditions. (via TYWKIWDBI)

Financial Windfalls: 15 Stories of the Money That Changed Everything. (via Digg)

So apparently Janky gets jealous of anything... 

Great White Sharks May be to Blame for Megalodon's Extinction. (via Smithsonian)

A blast from the past (2013): 7 More Really Weird Musical Instruments.

Blinds

(via Buzzfeed)

An Honest Trailer for the 2019 Oscars



Screen Junkies gives us a preview of the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony by giving a short Honest Trailer treatment to all eight nominees for Best Picture, followed by a look at some movies that should have been nominated for one award or another.

The Tetris God



He is a vengeful god, determined to undermine your foolish desires. (via reddit)

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(via Bored Panda)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tickets

Kitbull



A scrappy stray kitten makes his home in a discarded box from the trash. Then one day a pit bull moves into the yard. The kitten tries to put on a brave face, but he's terrified inside, so he must keep his distance as he learns what the pit bull is all about. This new short from Pixar SparkShorts will yank at your heartstrings -just what you'd expect from Pixar. You can also see a making-of video and hear the filmmakers talk about their project. (Thanks, Bruce!)  

Letters

(via reddit)

Cat Observes Commuters



This cat watching travelers scan their train passes could be an undercover security officer! Dan Kashani recorded a stray calico cat dutifully manning her post at the entrance of a train station in Tel Aviv. Maybe she was looking for gate crashers, but it's more likely she just wanted human contact. Which makes it all the more a shame that only one person in this whole video petted her. (via Laughing Squid)

Calling in Sick

It's an old joke, but it still works. This comic is from Oddball Today. (via reddit)

No Beans

(Thanks, WTM!)

Goth Penguin



While the other emperor penguins wear the required tuxedo, this penguin dresses in all black. Like the black leopard in Kenya, this is a rare mutation called melanism. It's even more rare that a penguin with such coloring would survive to adulthood, since the standard color scheme evolved for reasons of survival. BBC America gives us this clip from the series Dynasties. (via Digg)

Smedley

(via Fark)

Go Kart on an Ice-Covered River



Take a video thrill ride as a guy with a helmet cam books it down a river of ice! He never would have gotten started if it weren't topped with snow, but we eventually see crystal clear ice. Every inch of this course is slick, and we go zipping up and down the river with him at terrifying speeds. We don't know where this is, but the language is Russian, so it must be pretty cold. Toward the end, he gets a little crazy spinning around -maybe just trying to stop, but more likely he's showing off. Whee! (via Kottke)

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The cat's name is Elton, so why does he need autotune? (via Metafilter)

Monday, February 18, 2019

Tall Cops

Get Ready for the Grave



Enjoy this mashup of "Get Ready" by the Temptations and Black Sabbath's "Children of the Grave." It's spooky how well it works.

The SNL Hall of Presidents

Saturday Night Live released this in tribute to all the presidents they've had fun with in their 40+ year history. In case you weren't sure, they are Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Darrell Hammond, Will Ferrell, Jay Pharoah, and Alec Baldwin. (via reddit)

Parrot Wants to Touch Cat



People find themselves in the same situation all the time. You want to pet the cat, but you're afraid the cat will explode and hurt you. That fear is completely justified. (via Boing Boing)

Jupiter

Give something a great name, and everything else will fall into place. But can we make it stupider? This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Quit Social Media

Introducing: The Remote Control!



From 1961. My parents held out for many years afterward, because they believed they already had a remote control -at least until the kids left home and stopped switching channels for them. (via Everlasting Blort)

Miss Cellania's Links

Every Oscar Best Picture Winner, Ranked. (via Digg)

A Weak and Rambling President Declares a Fake National Emergency.

A sleepy child at school is a creature of habit.

Mary Owens: Abraham Lincoln's Accidental Fiancee. He tried everything he could to drive her away, except honesty.

Found: One Tiger, Owner Missing.

Bizarre and Beautiful Love Letters From The Early American Presidents. (via Strange Company)

How Gretna Green Became the Quickie Wedding Capital of 18th-Century Englanders.

Severus Snape and The Possible Photoshoot. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Has Anyone Ever Really Inherited Millions from a Random Person They’ve Never Heard Of? Yes, they have.

Yeah, there's a reason London doesn't have three-hole outhouses anymore. (via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2008): 8 Strange & Different Restaurants.

New Blanket

(via Fark)

Born To Be Alive



It's a delightful montage of memorable movie dance sequences set to the song "Born to be Alive" by Patrick Hernandez. You'll want to get up and dance with them!  (via Everlasting Blort)

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Safety

Loneliness in a Nutshell



More people feel lonely today than ever before. Kurzgesagt tackles this subject in a sympathetic and non-judgmental way. They go into the science and history of loneliness, and more importantly, what you can do about it. (via reddit)

Guilt Trip

(via reddit)

Lullaby for an Affectionate Cat



This cat has aced music appreciation class. (via Bluebird of Bitterness)

Trash Bag

Better to be thought of as a trash bag than to be lunch. Too bad there's enough trash bags in the ocean to make that a possibility. This comic is from Jimmy at They Can Talk.

Mirrors

(via The Chive)

Building a Baby T. Rex



We've learned an awful lot about Tyrannosaurus rex since the first fossils were found. Strangely, we've never seen a fossil of a baby T. rex. So for the new exhibit T. rex: The Ultimate Predator opening March 11 at the American Museum of Natural History, paleontologists had to do a bit of educated guessing when constructing models of a T. rex hatchling and a juvenile dinosaur. (via Laughing Squid)

Puss

(via Bored Panda)

Where Are We Going?



Dogs don't know where you're going; they just want to go with you. These four good dogs discuss something on the trip: Where are we going? Are we going to the vet? Are we going to visit grandma? Maybe we're going to the park! Shhh, we don't know yet. But when they make THAT turn, everyone knows they're going to the park, and it's time to joyfully sing! (via reddit)

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(via io9)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Parsimonious Obituary

They Shoot Horses Don't They?



The 1969 film They Shoot Horses Don't They? follows several participants in a Depression-era dance marathon. We talk about the people who appear in modern reality shows as selling their dignity for a price, but in the 1930s, desperate people sold their dignity, time, and health for not only a chance at prize money, but also for food and shelter for the duration of the marathon. All for the entertainment of those who could pay to watch.



Networking Advice

(via reddit)

How To Keep Your Goldfish Alive For 15 Years



Goldfish should live around 15 years with proper care. The problem is that people who keep fish in their homes don't know how to  provide optimum conditions for a pet fish. Science Insider has some tips on how to care for goldfish so that they will live a long and healthy life.

Crime Boyz

Somehow I have the idea that this new crime series isn't going very far. It's the latest comic from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Tinder

Welcome

(via reddit)

Solid Potato Salad



I think I posted this before, but it was in black and white. The Ross Sisters perform in 1944.

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A future star and a world-class outfield. (Thanks, WTM!)


Friday, February 15, 2019

That's a Good Dog

The US Government's $350 Million Doomsday Plane



In the event of a nuclear war, or other apocalyptic event, the US government has a plane ready to stay aloft up to a week, carrying government officials, high-level Pentagon brass, a flight  crew, and some very lucky but possibly unnecessary journalists.

Tattoo

(via reddit)

It's the Thought That Counts



She said she wanted tulips for Valentines Day; he was sleepy and thought she said turnips. So Allan Harris of Hartford, Kentucky, went above and beyond the call of duty and made sure his wife Nina got a whole bucket of turnips as a token of his love, presented in a special Valentine bucket. Nina was confused at first, but appreciated Allan's efforts. She later received tulips as well, plus a balloon. (via Metafilter


Cleaning House



If it sparks despair instead of joy, if it doesn't work, if it makes the world a worse place, get rid of it! This comic is from Tommy Siegel.

Wedding Place Cards

(via Bored Panda)

Wild Frolicking Adventures of Informational Education



Bill Wurtz usually makes nonsensical music videos, but this time he's gifted us with an informational trivia video. It's still pretty nonsensical, but I learned more about Greenland than I ever knew before. (via Digg)


Miss Cellania's Links

Rare Black Leopard Photographed in Africa. See more pictures of the black leopard in Will Burrard-Lucas' Instagram gallery. (via The Root)

Trump’s DHS Guts Task Forces Protecting Elections From Foreign Meddling.

True West: Searching for the Familiar in Early Photos of L.A. and San Francisco. Yes, there are plenty of pictures.

People don't need words to vocalize emotions. Researchers have catalogued wordless vocalizations that convey emotion in a weirdly satisfying interactive map. (via Metafilter)

Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think.

A Beautiful Golden Retriever and His Beloved Food Dispensing Human Pose Together in Adorable Photos.

True to form, Trump finds a way to stiff contractors (again).

Artist Uses Digital Manipulation To Show How Animals Act When People Are Not Watching.

Making a Menger sponge in stained glass. Making stained glass is more complicated than you thought, but ultimately very satisfying.

A blast from the past (2008): 6 Founding Members of the Internet Zoo.

Lucas The Spider in I'm Starving



The last time we saw Lucas the Spider, it was right before Christmas, and he had made a new friend. The fly had one request:"Don't eat me!" Lucas wouldn't do that, but he does want to share food with his buddy the fly. In this video, they go over their choices of food available in the house. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Show You Care

(via Sofa Pizza)

Accordion Repo Man



The weirdest job you ever had is no match for what Weird Al Yankovic used to do when he was young. But then, this is Weird Al, so being an accordion repo man may not have been his weirdest job. Still, it was weird enough for him to imagine Accordion Repo Man as an action hero in a movie. A very weird movie. (via Laughing Squid)

Granny

(via reddit)

Icy Driveway



The family's Nest doorbell camera caught what happened when Jeffrey Takach tried to salt his icy driveway. He'd going to need a lot more salt than that! (via Boing Boing)

The Snake

When everyday life and social conventions get in the way of your adventures. This is from Extra Fabulous Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Beetle Trap

Casually Explained: To Make a Long Story Short



Here we have some stories with the premise of summing them up with a common idiom. Or two. But what it really is, is a string of relatively short shaggy dog stories with idioms as punchlines. They become funnier as they get more convoluted. You may think the video is over at about four minutes, but instead of an ad afterward, our narrator reads a poem we wrote. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Miss Cellania's Links

How a Heart-Shaped Candy Box Came to Stand for Love. (via Digg)

Rest in Peace, Opportunity 2004-2019. (via Metafilter)


Serving At The Pleasure Of The President – Rick Feeney, Official White House Squirrel Feeder. He was appointed at age five by president Truman. (via Strange Company)

Does Laughter Hold the Key to Human Consciousness? Laughter is both universal among humans and not found in other species. 

Oh Gus! What are you doing?

The official fast food French fry power rankings.

Things I Never Knew About Skiing Until I Was a Private Instructor in Aspen

The Forgotten Story of the American Troops Who Got Caught Up in the Russian Civil War.


A Deadly Valentine: 1896. (via Strange Company)

A blast from the past (2013): The Saint We Call Valentine.










Morning Paper

(via Bored Panda)

Story from North America



By Garrett Davis and Kirsten Lepore. (via Metafilter)

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine's Special

You Should Be Smoking



If you've ever imagined Deep Purple's "Smoke on the Water" as a disco song, you are a bit strange. But Bill McLintock did, so you can hear it how that rock classic sounds mashed up with "You Should Be Dancing" by the Bee Gees. It's as if we are hearing both ends of the 1970s at once. 

Valentine Sign

(via reddit)

Blind Date



Simon's Cat find a lovely lady in a tree. I thought cats were supposed to be able to see in the dark! This is Simon Tofield's Valentine cartoon for 2019. It's less than two minutes long, then it is followed by other Simon's Cat Valentine's Day stories.


Interview

Honesty is not always the best policy. You need a filter, which is what Mom was getting at. Here's what happens when someone with no filter also has no common sense. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.