Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Accidental Escher. Can you tell what's going on in this photo?

How DNA From a 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Maryland and Sierra Leone. This discovery opens up a new channel to establish genealogical records based on DNA to descendants of slaves.

17 Pieces Of Indisputable Evidence That The Earth Is Flat.

15 Bad Movies That Would Be Great With Just One Change.

Give Donald Trump credit: His cover-up is working, so far. If Trump is innocent, as he claims, then why does he act so terrified of getting caught?

Steve's Drunk Again. Full video here.

A Couple That Got Married After 2 Weeks On How It Went Down. They have been married 22 years. (via Metafilter)

Found: A Historic Trolley Hidden Inside a House.

The first immigration station built on Ellis Island in New York in 1892 was a firetrap from the beginning. When the inevitable happened just after midnight on June 15, 1897, there were between 180 and 250 immigrants asleep on the island, plus the staff. (via Strange Company

Even cats like to play with kittens.

A blast from the past (2013): 11 Super-Sweet Extreme Dessert Combos.



Boney M, from 1978. (via Dark Roasted Blend)

Tweet of the Day

Then the rescuer, a Verizon worker, got suspended for his actions.

Monday, March 25, 2019


4 Levels Of Mario Music

If you aren't a trained musician yourself, it's much easier to judge someone else's level of talent when they perform a song that's very familiar. Rob Landes demonstrates the different levels of musical complexity with the ultra-familiar Mario theme. Yes, we recognize and enjoy the theme when it's played as a simple melody by a n00b, but then he ups the difficulty level just like the video games do. By the end, to feels like we're playing the game! (via Boing Boing)

When You Have Night Fever, Go To

(via reddit)

50 People Try to Poach an Egg

The first half of this video from Epicurious shows clueless cooks trying to poach an egg, beginning with the most clueless. Then we get the lowdown on how it's really done. I have never poached an egg, because I've seen it done and it doesn't seem appetizing. But since I have seen it done, I could do it if there was a reason to. And now you can, too. (via Digg)

Where Do Babies Come From?

There are many ways to react to this question from your child. Here are a few suggestions from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro of Buttersafe.

The Great Wall

(via Bored Panda)

The Phantom of the Horse Opera

When I was a little kid, I loved the cartoon Beany and Cecil. I hadn't seen an episode in decades, because you just didn't expect that to be possible in the 20th century. Then WTM wrote a post for Neatorama about the cartoon's origin in a puppet show called Time For Beany, which I didn't even know about. Checking in at YouTube, I am struck by Beany and Cecil's combination of utter goofiness and clever cultural references. There are worse ways to spend six minutes.

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North Bergen High School in New Jersey put on their student play, and it was an adaptation of the 1979 film Alien, complete with xenomorph, made of recycled materials. See plenty of pictures and some video clips from the drama at Entertainment Weekly, and more at the A.V. Club.

Please Enjoy These Finnish People Politely Going After Nikki Haley for Saying They Hate Having Good Healthcare.

Who Murdered My Father? Jon Kinyon traces the lack of investigation 50 years ago. 

The Instagram-famous Plant that Used to be Impossible to Find.

Cat Fight: Do not mess with the master.

What Henry Hill Did After His Goodfellas Days. The straw that broke the camel's back was Hill's sudden marriage to a hairdresser, despite the fact that he was already married with two children. (via Metafilter

A running list of how President Trump is changing environmental policy. It's a long list.

The Misunderstanding of The Scream by Edvard Munch. (via Nag on the Lake)

Beatbox Battle. Guaranteed to make you smile.

A Bad Batch of Bath Buns. In the days before any sort of government regulation of food, manufacturers and vendors would often cut corners for a profit, with sometimes horrible results. (via Strange Company)

A blast from the past (2013): 8 Tattoos of M.C. Escher Art.


(via Fark)

Play Boys

This surreal award-winning animation by Vincent Lynen has a lot going on. He says it's about "Macho's, guns, cars, motorcycles and hot girls." There's a lot of playing going on, but you have to wonder who is the winner. It may start slow, but it sure gets going when the shooting starts! (via Digg)

Tweet of the Day

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Did He Get a Faster One?

Let's Dance, Let's Shout

Bill McClintock keeps it coming with a seamless mashup of The Jackson 5's "Shake Your Body Down to the Ground" and Dio's "Stand Up and Shout."


Always check the label before you buy. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

An Honest Mistake

(via Fark)

Naturally 7

Naturally 7 is an a cappella group that performs with music. Not instruments, but music they make with their own voices that sound just like an instrumental band. Yeah, the human voice can sound like anything, if you are talented and dedicated to the craft.  (via The Kid Should See This)

Not My Best Look

(via Fark)

The Truth About Wasabi

The vast majority of all the wasabi served in the world is made of horseradish, Chinese mustard, and food coloring. The real thing is quite rare, as wasabi is the world's most expensive crop to cultivate. Edwin's Lee's short film Wasabia Japonica follows Shigeo Iida as shows us his 8th-generation wasabi farm, one of the few in the world to grow authentic organic wasabi. Read more about the short film at the Atlantic. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort

Saturday, March 23, 2019


Pass the Salt

Joseph Herscher of Joseph's Machines  manages to find the most ridiculously difficult way to automate a simple task, just like Ru8be Goldberg did. Only Goldberg's machines were merely committed to paper, while Joseph demonstrates his in fairly deadpan manner in the real world. Here, he automates the task of passing the salt down the table. What's especially strange is that most of the process doesn't involve salt much at all, but requires everything else in the kitchen. Eventually you realize that there are two salt containers, both within reach of the people sitting on either end of the table. But the destination is really of no matter, just enjoy the ride.  (via Tastefully Offensive)

The Acrobatic Fly

Watch a housefly perform a series of what appears to be circus stunts. British naturalist and filmmaker F. Percy Smith was a pioneer of the nature documentary. In 1910 he released this short film about the talents of the common housefly. While other filmmakers were struggling to adapt stage plays into movie dramas, Smith was exploring the promise of microphotography and time-lapse techniques. (via Laughing Squid

The Way Things Used to Be

There is such a thing as getting too caught up in your work. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.


The Makeup of Saturday Night Live

Louie Zakarian is the head of the makeup department at Saturday Night Live. He explains what the show's team does, including how they make Kate McKinnon resemble anyone required that week, from a blobfish mermaid to Rudy Giuliani. These people perform miracles and make these transformations look so simple that you never realize what challenges they present. 

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

(via reddit)

The Paneless Window Washer

Popeye the sailor man, from 1937. Contains violence and may be disturbing to those with a fear if heights. 

Tweet of the Day

Friday, March 22, 2019

Text Messages

The Least Popular LEGO Set Ever

(via reddit)


A phobia is an "irrational, abnormal, unwarranted, persistent, or disabling fear." There are many types of phobias you can explore here. Berlin filmmaker Ahmet Serif Yildirim uses block toys to illustrate quite a few different phobias, from fear of spiders (arachnophobia) to fear of public speaking (glossophobia).  As the video goes on, you can't help but feel sorry for the poor, anxious set of eyes that have to deal with them. (via Laughing Squid)

Luna 2

It's true, I looked it up! It seems weird now that there are "territorial markers" from a nation that no longer exists, but perfectly normal that humans would reach for a pristine new environment and immediately spread litter. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.

There It Is!

(Thanks, WTM!)

The Sci-Fi Convention Song

Tom Wilson played Biff Tanin in the Back to the Future movies. He also does standup, with various songs he's written about his life. I recently found one I hadn't heard before. 

Library Cat

I hope the councilman is just out of office, instead of dead. (via reddit)

The Royal Nightmare

An award-winning animation by Alex Budovsky. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

(via reddit)

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


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.


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


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


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)


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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.


(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)


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.


(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)


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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


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.


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