Monday, April 22, 2019

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Benjamin Franklin’s Secret Rendezvous at Notre Dame.  He was contacted by a possible spy. (via Strange Company)

Big Cats in Britain? There have been 155 big cat sightings reported to authorities in the past three years alone! (via Boing Boing)

A History of Racial Injustice. Presented as a calendar of historical news. (via Everlasting Blort

How One of America’s Biggest Pastors Became a Drug Runner for a Mexican Cartel. (via Digg)

A Brief History of Cooties.

The question was posed to Askreddit, "Parents of reddit, what's the funniest reason you've been called into school to collect your child?" Buzzfeed has a list of the 19 funniest stories, and you can read the entire reddit thread here.

What Great White Sharks Are Afraid Of.

London Sewers Clogged with ...Concrete! (via Gizmodo)

Trying out the new inversion table.   

Noam Chomsky on the Perils of Depending on Mueller Report to Defeat Trump. (via Boing Boing)

A blast from the past (2008): 6 Utterly Loyal Dogs.

Spot the Difference

(via Fark)

Sun City



A 1985 collaboration by dozens of musical artists to protest apartheid in South Africa. You can read the story of Steven Van Zandt's project Sun City at Wikipedia. If you are young, you'll want to learn about apartheid, too. The song never got much airplay due to the mixing of genres and the criticism of President Reagan's policies, but it was a favorite of mine.

Tweet of the Day



Franklin Hardy managed to pull us in several directions emotionally with one Tweet. And how did the dog feel about this misadventure? This response may have pegged it best.



You can read the entire Twitter thread here. (via Metafilter)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

After Easter Sale

The Photography Pioneer Who Faked His Own Death



In the 1830s, several people independently figured out how to capture images permanently -which we call photography. Hippolyte Bayard did it in France, but got very little notice. Here's his story, including how he produced the first staged fake photo, in which he showed his own dead body. (via Digg)  

John Wayne as The Easter Bunny

This was on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. (via Weird Vintage)

Contemplation

(via Fark)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Oh, Okay

To-Do List

(via reddit)

Respect is Coming



Elmo has some words of wisdom for Cersei and Tyrion about respect and listening. Will it work? Ha! (via Laughing Squid)


And here they are, meeting their Muppet doubles.

Weirdos

It was just yesterday that I was wondering if a dumb but funny video was good enough to post at Neatorama. There's nothing wrong with a simple laugh, and it can make the world a little better for someone who needs it right now. And if you have someone like that close to you, all the better. It's the latest comic from Lunarbaboon. This one's for hearsetrax.

Fishing License

(via The Chive)

What is Consciousness?



If you want some deep thoughts about consciousness and what it means to be conscious, consider the activity of dreaming. Our mind does not control our thoughts, but our brain comes up with plenty of them. (via Nag on the Lake)

Easter Bunny

(via Fark)

The Simpsons Welcome their New Corporate Overlords



Your company has been bought. What do you do? You make the best of it, at least until they let you go or make life so miserable that you leave. But when you're The Simpsons, you can inject a little snark behind the smiles. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt

Sadly, that's the way these things go these days. (via Bad Newspaper)

The Butt Tuba and Other Medieval Memes



This animated TED-Ed lesson from Michelle Brown looks at weird images that we know from medieval art and particularly from the doodles of monks copying and illuminating manuscripts by hand. Certain ideas are found over and over, so they must have some meaning. We know the meaning behind some, but not others. Could it be possible that one person drew a funny image, and others laughed and drew it also, until it became ubiquitous? Happens every day on the internet. You would imagine the medieval version would just be slower.  (via Laughing Squid)

Harold

(via reddit)

If You're Happy and You Know It, Say Meow



Two Norwegians have a sing-along with their cat. To be more precise, the cat is yammering "Are we there yet?" every ten seconds, so the humans decided to work around it. (via Digg)

Trivia

Now you know. You have to be a certain age to get this joke, but I doubt anyone too young ever comes here. This comes from The Obscure Gentleman.

Bad News, Good News

(via Buzzfeed)

The Insane Scale of Global Wealth Inequality Visualized



We know that income inequality is a problem, and it's getting worse. We also know that the US is a rich country compared to other countries, but it's still plagued by inequality. See if you can guess which country has the worst income inequality problem before it is revealed in this video. (via Digg)

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How Easter Egg Trees Almost Became an American Tradition.

All Out of Luck. New Chinese restaurants that happen to be named Lucky Cricket, Lucky Cat, and Lucky Lee’s lead to accusations of cultural appropriation

The Secret Jewish History Of Those Kosher Fruit Jelly Slices. Bonus: Make your own jellied fruit candy. (via Metafilter)

Maggie Koerth-Baker did some research into the history of Notre Dame renovations. It wasn't always done correctly.

The Enduring Mystery of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Twenty-five years later, the song is still horrifying and one of your favorites. (via Digg)

Utility Workers in England Stumble Upon Grisly Graves of 26 Iron Age Skeletons. They may have been human sacrifices.

The Village Where They Pelt a Man in a Monster Costume With 30 Tons of Turnips.

When Your Parents Were Cooler Than You Will Ever Be.

The Secret Sauce of James Holzhauer’s Jeopardy! Success. It's more than just knowing the answers. (via Metafilter

A blast from the past (2017): 12 of the World's Most Impressive Easter Services.

Job Interview

(via Fark)

Sailor Rations in the 18th Century



What did sailors eat in the 1700s? It wasn't all hardtack, https://youtu.be/FyjcJUGuFVg even though there was plenty of that. The provisions for each man were strictly enforced, because it could be a long time before the ship took on more supplies. Jon Townsend uses a published sailor's diary to explain how sailors ate, as he recreates a recipe for burgoo.

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You can read the report here.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Vegan Easter Eggs

(via reddit)

The Manicure



Click to the right to advance this story. Dami Lee splurged and got a manicure that didn't turn out quite as expected. But she has the right attitude about it- the laugh was worth it.

Death Comes

Mush, Spot, Mush!



How strong is the Boston Dynamics quadruped robot Spot? Maybe we can measure that in horsepower! In this video, a team of ten Spots pull a truck up a one-degree grade. That's pretty strong for their size. And they had to throw in at least one creep factor -only the lead pair have heads. I'm surprised they didn't turn around and laugh at us. (via Nag on the Lake)

Stimulus and Response

(via Fark)

Puppy Easter



Puppies wearing bunny ears on their collars romp with bunnies, chicks, and ducklings among colorful Easter baskets. This is so sweet that you won't need any chocolate eggs or Peeps anymore. Video by Devin Graham; original music by Stephen Anderson. (via The Daily What)

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I think these may be the Shironeko cats. (via Everlasting Blort)

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Trying Time

Grateful

(via reddit)

Music to Sleep By



Leaving the piano keys open in a house that has a cat is just asking for middle-of-the-night crescendos. Leaving the works open is just one more place for a cat to nap. This cat is out to prove that you do not evict a cat from a napping spot, no matter what goes on around him. (via Laughing Squid)

In Which Giraffes Are Ignited

Satire is extremely hard to pull off, even when you know what you're doing. But labeling something "satire" is a convenient excuse when you get called out for cruelty or something equally as horrible. This is the latest comic from David Malki at Wondermark.

In the Dark

(via The Chive)

Karate Master



This is from the Japanese TV show Masquerade. (via reddit)

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A 204-million-pixel image of the Large Magellanic Cloud is the result of a project by a team of five amateur astrophotographers who left their camera shutters open for 1,0690 hours, which has to be some kind of record. That's 44 days!  (via Metafilter)

A Haunted Mountain in the Appalachians. There are numerous legends of the supernatural associated with Roan Mountain, the most prevalent being the ghost choir. (via Strange Company)

An Eevee of a different color.

The Best Hike in Every State.

Confessions of the Only Woman on a Rock Star Tour Bus.

The Village Where They Pelt a Man in a Monster Costume With 30 Tons of Turnips.

Engaging Data has an interactive graphic that breaks down where American households get their money, and where it goes. (via Digg)

The Five Dumbest Cheating Scandals Ever.

Julian Assange's cat: A brief history. (via reddit)

Passover Cocktails For Each of the Ten Plagues.

A blast from the past (2013): 9 Creative Ways to Enjoy Cadbury Creme Eggs.

Beam Me Up

(via Fark)

Study: Average Person Becomes Unhinged Psychotic When Alone In Own House



This report from The Onion is years old, but since then, I have joined the ranks of people who live alone, and can vouch for this results. (via reddit)

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(via Digg)


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His first clear look at the world!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Columbia Falls

(via reddit)

Sasquatch Calling Contest



ESPN covered the annual Sasquatch Calling Festival in Whitehall, New York, which of course includes a Saquatch calling competition. What does a Sasquatch sounds like? These folks all have their ideas, but who knows which is most accurate? No Bigfoot responded to any of the calls. The eventual winner sounded a lot like a police siren. (via Boing Boing)


When I am 100 Years Old

(via reddit)

You're Better Off

Breakups are hard, but losing a dog is really the pits. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Profile Picture

I can so relate to this. (via Pleated-Jeans)

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I'm not really sure what the name of this French game is, but the opening window says Play For Good. The rest of the instructions are in French, but you really don't need them. (via Boing Boing)

12 Secrets of Starbucks Employees.

In 1911, the New York City Tenement House Department had a cat. When the cat's expenses were billed, his status as a civil servant was debated in city offices and the newspapers. (via Strange Company)

A 72-Year-Old Juvenile Lifer Won a Landmark Supreme Court Ruling, But Louisiana Won’t Let Him Out of Prison. (via Digg)

This Man Couldn’t Afford Clothes For His Graduation So Twitter Users Made Sure He Has The Best Graduation Ever.

23andMe Doesn’t Know What Makes a Palestinian. One more reason I don't see genetics as important, outside of medical issues.

The Dark Origins of the Tale of Snow White. (via Boing Boing)

How, Exactly, Do You Do a Cat’s Makeup? Groomer Tanya Graham and trainers Melissa Millett and Kirk Jarrett tell how the five cats used for Pet Sematary were given their movie looks. (via Digg)

When Native Americans Took Back Alcatraz. The 1969 occupation lasted for 19 months and involved hundreds of people.

Amazing Tattoos That Look Like Embroidered Patches.

A blast from the past (2013): 10 Extreme Easter Eggs.

Bacon

(via Fark)

Alien: The Easter Edition



This Easter-themed parody of the 1979 film Alien may make you think twice about digging into those chocolate eggs! Or maybe not... (Thanks, Vincenzo!)

War of the Rockets



In the village of Vrondados, on the Greek island of Chios, the annual war of the rockets is staged between two churches, Agios Marcos and Erithiani. Residents spend all year preparing thousands of rockets containing fireworks. On Saturday night before Orthodox Easter, the rockets are fired between the churches for hours. The custom goes back many years, and although there are plenty of stories, no one is quite sure how the tradition began.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Very Transparent

Ian McKellen on Acting



Ian McKellen appeared on The Dick Cavett Show in 1981 and spoke eloquently about the nuts and bolts of acting. Spoiler: it's a lot more complicated than you would imagine. But that's all after you marvel at how young he was here. McKellen was already in his forties, but he certainly doesn't look like the Magneto or Gandalf you know. (via Laughing Squid)

Orsted

(via reddit)

Consider the Dog



Is it my cataract acting up, or does that dog have three eyes? I guess that's not too odd, when he's begging from aliens. This comic is from Nathan Pyle's Strange Planet.

The Cake Mix Aisle

(via Bored Panda)

A Lion King Passover



The a cappella group Six13 has unveiled their Passover song for 2019. It's a holiday medley set to the tunes of "The Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait to Be King," and "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. This year, Passover begins Friday at sundown, and continues through April 27. 

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Moving Day at the Hells Angels Clubhouse. After 50 years in the East Village, the New York City chapter has left for Long Island. (via Boing Boing)

The Great Untaxed. A shocking number of huge corporations are paying no income taxes now, while the effects will be felt by all of us eventually. 

The First Women Trained To Conquer Space. It wasn't long after Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space that the Soviets began considering women as cosmonauts. (via Smithsonian)

Nice, Ron...  Turn the sound up. The original is just as funny. And so is this remix.

The Brides’ Bath Murderer. George Joseph Smith married a total of six women, and three of his wives drowned in a bathtub. (via Strange Company)

Turns Out People Really Like the Idea of Medicare For All and Free College Tuition.

For Sale: An Abandoned, Decaying Fort on a Private Island. Fort Montgomery, designed to protect us from Canadians, was once called Fort Blunder.

Medical Tales Retold Episode 1: The Foot Lump. A true story from a reader, told in a webcomic.

William Barr Obliterated the DOJ’s Standard for Defending Laws Because Donald Trump Asked. 

The Story of the Headington Shark. The shark is still crashing through the roof 33 years later. (via Nag on the Lake)

A blast from the past (2012): 6 Easter Traditions You Might Not Know. 

Thanks to WTM for today's image!

New Collective Names

(via reddit)

Trying the Fattiest Pastry in Europe



The pastry is called Kouign-amann, which comes from the words for butter and cake. It's like a sugar-butter pie. Great Big Story travels to the town of Douarnenez, France, to learn the history and recipe for Kouign-amann -and to try it out.

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(via Everlasting Blort)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Police Blotter

How Leonardo da Vinci Made a "Satellite" Map in 1502



These days, it's pretty easy to imagine what a city looks like from above, because we are used to aerial photography and satellite imagery. How could you accurately visualize a city from above without them? Leonardo da Vinci did so in 1502, in an age when most city maps were angled to show what they looked like to the artist. Vox takes a look at the tools da Vinci may have used to translate his 16th century "street view" to an accurate overhead city map. Just one more thing da Vinci squeezed into his prolific life. (via Laughing Squid)

Alephabet Soup

(via reddit)

A Song of Vanilla Ice and Fire



This masterpiece of a mashup was edited by Swedemason as a promo for Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic TV in Britain. (via reddit

Too Much Talking

We know it is better to listen, but we are only human. It's easy to fall into the trap of dominating the conversation, to our later regret. Only later do you wonder why the other person in the home didn't go to the party. This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd, where you should go to see the hover text punch line.

Phone Booths

(Thanks, WTM!)

Animals Reacting to Musical Instruments



Critters love a good song, don't let anyone tell you different. Well, except for that one. (via Metafilter)

Dinner

(via reddit)

A Robot That Squirts Feral Cats



Cats are an invasive species in Australia, and are killing off the native species. This guy has a wildlife sanctuary of sorts in his back yard, which was discovered by feral cats. So he built a device to deter them from entering. This is not your regular dry DIY video. Sure, he built the device, but the rather entertaining story involves not only a water hose and arduino, but also Kentucky Fried Chicken, a suspected gas leak, yogurt, and polygamous kookaburras.


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(via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Invisible People

What's the Most Isolated City in the World?



Tristan de Cunha is the most isolated community in the world. It has fewer then 300 residents, and they were mostly born there. But which city is the most isolated in the world? Living in an isolated city means a high cost of living, since supplies have to be shipped in. And going anywhere would mean taking a plane. To find the answer, first you have to define "isolated" and "city." For this video from Half As Interesting, "city" is eventually defined as any place with more than 100,000 people, which is a low bar to clear. "Isolated" means the furthest from another "city" of 100,00 or more people. When you find out which city it is, you will know why so many people want to live there. (via Digg)

Thanos

(via reddit)

If the Game of Thrones Theme Had Lyrics



The Warp Zone sings the Game of Thrones theme and presents an interesting rationale for who should "win" at the end. (via Tastefully Offensive)


Book Bags

I beg to differ. The alternative is the internet, where everyone can be judgmental without direct confrontation. Or maybe we could stop seething with rage. Lucky for me, I don't carry a book bag, because I rarely go anywhere. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

A Map of Pubs in the UK

(via TYWKIWDBI)

You Can't Take My Door



This is what happens when artificial intelligence tries to write a country song. Botnik Studios fed country music lyrics into a neural network to train it, and the algorithm came up with "You Can't Take My Door." This reminds us of something Bad Lip Reading would produce, but it has a catchy tune and is just silly enough to become a hit. I can tell you from experience, that it would be very possible to memorize the lyrics if you heard this enough. (via the Awesomer)

Avocado

(via Fark)

Snow Leopard Meets a Pumpkin



This happened at the San Diego Zoo. Such a big beautiful cat being all graceful and derpy at the same time. (via reddit)

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Honesty in Advertising

(via Bad Menu)

The IT Song



People sure say "it" a lot. We hear supercuts of different people saying the same things over and over, but when Eclectic Method does it, the result is a catchy song. There's a list of the people who appear in it, and the lyrics, at the YouTube page. (via Geeks Are Sexy

Minor Damage

(via reddit)

Star Wars: Episode IX Gets a Name and a Teaser



The news is out. The final episode of the Star Wars nine-film arc will be titled The Rise of Skywalker.

The teaser (and the title!) for Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker debuted this afternoon at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, giving fans our first look at the conclusion of the Skywalker saga, and our first glimpse was a thing of beauty. From Rey igniting her mended lightsaber to face off against a TIE fighter chasing her in the desert to Lando Calrissian back at the helm of the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the short teaser had us cheering, gasping, and will keep us talking.
What that title means to the story is up to our imaginations (and will be the subject of endless speculation on the internet) until the movie hits theaters in December.

The Boss is Sick

It's a simple stimulus and response thing, but in this case, it appears to go several ways. The boss is getting set up for a cushy life. This comic is from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save.

Wait For The Facts



It's so important to protect your pre-existing world view. Listen and learn techniques from the best. (via reddit)

Phone Call

(via Buzzfeed)