Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Not Guilty!

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Louie's

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A Dog's Wish

Language is one thing. Understanding is a completely different thing. He should have wished for those scraps instead. This comic is from Matthew Allred at Car & Friends. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Doctor's Advice

An Honest Trailer for Braveheart



Screen Junkies continues its series of Honest Trailers for past summer blockbusters with Braveheart, the 1995 hit starring Mel Gibson. The story was supposedly based on the life of the 13th-century Scottish warrior William Wallace, but any shred of historical accuracy was sacrificed for action, drama, and the elements of every other Mel Gibson movie. And in case you haven't seen Braveheart -or heard about it- this Honest Trailer contains spoilers. 


Caught

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Goin’ Down



Freddie King. Boy, does this bring back memories.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Potato Assault

The Making of Star Wars



The Making of Star Wars was an hour-long (49 minutes plus ads) TV special that aired in September of 1977, after they figured most people who wanted to see Star Wars had finally had the opportunity. We didn't have multiplexes then, and sometimes it was months before a film reached small towns. It is narrated by William Conrad, in addition to Anthony Daniels and the beeps and whistles of R2D2. (via Metafilter)

Happy Summer!

Today is the last day of school in this part of Colorado. The sign is programmed to wish the kids a nice summer vacation. Too bad the snow is obscuring the view. (via reddit)

Zoom Inside Fruits and Vegetables



Kevin Parry made a stop-motion video by slicing thin layers off various produce to show us what they're like inside. Yeah, you've seen the insides before, when you take a bite, but this is super cool. That part goes by pretty fast, then he shows us how it was done, which is cool, too! (via Boing Boing)

The Corner

I had a cat whose hobby was staring into a corner for hours. She must have carried a lot of guilt. Who am I kidding? Cats don't know guilt from Adam. However, the idea of a large amount of misbehavior is quite believable. This comic is from Jimmy at They Can Talk.  


Mr. Earl

How to Get Attention Without Attention-Seeking



This is not about seeking fame; it's more about intimate relationships. Laughing squid framed the question better: "How to ask another person for reassurance without appearing to be desperate for their approval." Everyone wants validation, even when a relationship settles into the comfortable part where communication may flag. Yet we sometimes let pride get in the way of asking for what we need. (via Laughing Squid)

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A Library Assistant Shares 28 Things She's Learned About the General Public. (via Bored Panda)

Celebrities Whose Fictional Crimes Turned Real.

When San Francisco’s Chinatown Was Quarantined for Plague. (via Nag on the Lake)

Muslims of Early America. Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers.

The Curious Cons of the Man Who Wouldn’t Die. Mark Olmsted he wanted to spend what time he had left enjoying himself, but the more crimes he committed, the more HIV research was advancing.  (via Digg)

Is the World Really Overpopulated?

I Lost 25 Pounds in 4 Months Eating Prison Food. “I couldn’t wait to go home, restart my life—and eat a diet that didn’t kill me.”

That One Time Coca-Cola Made a Dystopian Soda. OK Soda was remarkably short-lived, but exceedingly strange.

How Dodge City Became The Ultimate Wild West. Mostly, it was the victim of fake news. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2013): 8 Underground Rivers.

Zack

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Dinky Duck in The Beauty Shop



A tale of fraud, violence, and sexual harassment from 1950.




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Monday, May 20, 2019

Lobster Package

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Mortarboard

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If I was a Vampire



Fantasies have their benefits ...and costs. This comic is from GenHeim.

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A Generation Looks Back at 20 Years of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Doctor's Notes Reveal Bizarre Medical Cases from 400 Years Ago. Astrologers Simon Forman and Richard Napier kept notes on thousands of patients, and the 500 best cases are online. (Thanks, WTM!) 

Japan’s Only Mascot School Teaches the Art of Cuddly Cuteness.

How Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Paved the Way for Abortion Bans.

Cute young thing gets harassed by a wrinkly bald guy with a loud shirt. It seems very creepy until you think about it from their point of view.

The Human Antivenom Project. Tim Friede embarked on a self-immunization project to build up his body's self-defense against snake venom to protect himself from his pets, who bite him rather often. (via Digg)

Senate won’t take up any legislation to protect elections from interference. Not that the Senate is doing much these days anyway.

The Sea Waif: A Murder on the Ocean and the Little Girl Who Stayed Alive.

If Congress Won’t Act, Trump Will. Encouraged by lawmakers’ passivity, the president is taking the same approach to 2020 that he took to 2016.

The Women Who Coined the Term "Mary Sue."

A blast from the past (2016): 15 Pop Culture-Themed Graduation Caps.

Cat Illusion

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The Talking Tree



A man (played by Eka Darville) encounters a talking tree (played by by John Ventimiglia). You can imagine how surprising that would be, and he's inspired to make the most of the situation. Why was he chosen to hear a tree's thoughts, and what great wisdom can come from it? This short by Stefan Hunt is awesome in ways you don't expect. (via Laughing Squid)


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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Two?

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Understanding the Plague Doctor’s Mask and Costume



The plague called the Black Death affected millions of Europeans in the 14th century. Doctors were terrified of treating patients, but did the best they could (which wasn't much) and developed a kind of hazmat suit that they hoped would protect them. It may have helped somewhat. If you prefer to read text instead of watching the video, you can at Strange Ago. (via Strange Company)


Obi-Wan

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Meet Crowbar, Rebar, Chisel, Jackhammer, and Piper



Cats will find the darnedest places to give birth. That was unfortunate for a cat somewhere around Haywood, California. Her litter of five kittens was born inside a 60-foot steel beam that was then transported to a San Diego construction site 500 miles away. Luckily, workers heard the kittens' mewing, and tipped the beam to get them out. The Humane Society estimated them to be one week old, and have already lined up a couple of construction workers as adoptive cat owners when the kittens are old enough. (via Fark)

The Doctor as a Warrior

Military invasion terms might work to bolster the confidence of a patient, but only if they are on the same page. This patient wants to find a peacenik doc, or at least someone who knows what organ is involved. Creator Randall Munroe at xkcd titled this comic Appendicitis, which is the only clue we have.

What Are You Doing Tonight?

You have to make time for the important things in life. (via Some eCards)

Don't Stop Me Now



The White House gang gives us a musical interlude on the opening of last night's Saturday Night Live. You know you're in the big time when you can get Robert De Niro to sit through an hour of makeup to make a ten-second cameo. 

3 Out Of 4

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How to Move a 100-year-old Church



The Manning Chorus performs a song especially written to accompany the moving of a 100-year-old church nine miles down the road. You can see the story of the Trinity Lutheran Church and its move to Manning, Iowa, in the TV video.

 It's been about 12 years since I first posted this video, and it's still one of my all-time favorites.  (via b3ta)

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Justin Amash is a Republican and the representative from Michigan's 3rd congressional district. Click the timestamp to read his followup thread and responses from others.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Walking Snake

Mega Giant Chopping Machine



A few years ago, Simone Giertz introduced us to her chopping machine. The guys at Megabots were so impressed, they recreated the knife-waving contraption in giant robot style! The robot proves to be about as dangerously inept as Giertz's original version, but her delight makes it all worthwhile. (via Metafilter)

The Story

In case the joke is not obvious to you, that's George RR Martin, who wrote the books that Game of Thrones is based on, except he never finished the story, so the TV series had to go on without source material. (via reddit)

Dog to Bun Ratio

It's all in how you use them. I used to make buttered toast out of the leftover buns, and eat them with strips of bacon. Now that I live alone, I thought I was going to be cool and got the extra-long "bun length" hot dogs, which come eight to a pack. Then I realized that I didn't really like hot dogs so much, and got brats instead. They come six to a pack, so I'm back in the same bun ratio conundrum. This guy, however, is going to have to buy a lot more hot dogs to use all his buns. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Mortado, the Human Fountain

At first glance, this 1930 picture of a freak show act would be something you put down to trickery. But this trickery may give you the willies. Mortado was a body modification practitioner.
Mortado, The Human Fountain was born in Berlin and first exhibited himself there in 1929.  He had holes bored through both his hands and feet, and, when seated in a specially constructed chair, copper tubes were fed through the wounds.   Water flowed through them at a high pressure, making Mortado a “human fountain”.

When he was not performing, he plugged his wounds with corks to keep them from healing.  He occasionally also performed in biblical Crucifixion reenactments, placing small “blood bags” in his wounds for realism, which his assistant would puncture when he nailed him.  
The picture was taken at Coney Island’s Dreamland Circus.

Freaks of Nurture



A woman goes to her mother for a little help with her job. Turns out that Mom is a  bit over-extended herself. (via Laughing Squid)



A Tragedy for Two

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Eyes of Hitchcock



This supercut reminds us of how Sir Alfred Hitchcock would often have actors stare directly into the camera to engage us in their emotions, and often creep us completely out. How many films do you recognize just from one shot of a character’s eyes? Kogonada produced this short for The Criterion Collection. (via Laughing Squid)

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Lamb Chops

The World's Largest Jello Pool



When you think of a pool filled with Jell-O, you might think "That's really dumb but kind of cool." Then you realize that Jell-O has to be boiled to dissolve, and then refrigerated to set. How can you do that in quantities necessary for a pool? Mark Rober went to work to find out, and takes us on his journey. (via Tastefully Offensive)

Mom and Dad

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Man Loses Legs in Family Selfie

The man in the hat is redditor BeardoGREG. Yes, he has a beard, and his name is probably Greg. He managed to get his entire family into one selfie. But look, he has no legs! What happened? There is no Photoshop involved, because that would be dumb. This is an unintentional illusion.

See, his wife is taking the picture. She is probably sitting on the ground with their son. The daughter isn't too tall, either. So Greg tried to get on their level by spreading his legs apart, then lowering his head to his daughter's level, which meant bending at the hips until his torso was almost perpendicular to the ground. His legs are behind the kids. The shirt hangs a little away from his body, hiding any evidence of pants. So it only looks like he is flying into the picture, Superman-style. (via Boing Boing)


Treats



Click to the right to advance the comic. Cats learn easily when you make it worth your time. Un-training a c at is impossible once they've learned that food is involved. Think carefully what behaviors you want to encourage. I have four cats, and the hungriest one has learned to tell time. This comic is from Lucas Turnbloom.

RIP Grumpy Cat



Seven years ago, we were introduced to a funny picture of a cat frowning. Grumpy Cat achieved worldwide fame, and made a bundle of money for her family. She even starred in a movie, Grump Cat's Worst Christmas Ever. This morning, her family announced on Twitter that the little cat has gone to the Rainbow Bridge.



You can see many tributes to Grumpy Cat on Twitter. (via Metafilter)

Why Drugs Cost More in America



This video is about prescription drugs, not street drugs. With street drugs, it's a simple matter of supply and demand, with prices tagged to what the market will bear. With prescription drugs, it's... pretty much the same, depending on where you live. (via Digg)


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Kate Beaton of the erstwhile webcomic Hark! A Vagrant gave birth to her first child on May 13th. Beaton announced the new arrival by Tweeting a new comic only a day later. (via Metafilter)

20 Funny Tweets About The Everyday Absurdities Of Marriage. (via Neatorama)

Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism.

Trump Administration to LGBT Couples: Your ‘Out of Wedlock’ Kids Aren’t Citizens.

What Happens When Someone DOES Object During a Wedding and Where Did This Practice Come From?

Can We Live Longer but Stay Younger? Read about some of the experiments going on now.

Sexy Weasels in Renaissance Art. (via Boing Boing)


AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead.

People Share Weird Family Meals They Had As Kids. (via Metafilter)
Fans of the Netflix series Stranger Things can now build a complete LEGO version of the Byers' family home (the alphabet wall even lights up!) with minifigs of eight main characters ...and below the floor level is "the Upside Down," appropriately positioned upside down. The 2287-piece Upside Down LEGO set will be available June first, and will retail for $199.99. (via Laughing Squid)

A blast from the past (2013): Finals Week in Graphs and Charts.

Weak

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When Cats Drink Coffee



Phil gets a mug off Aaron's coffee by mistake, which turns him into a caffeinated dynamo. Meanwhile, Aaron sips Phil's catnip tea and takes on the behaviors of a stoned cat. It's a ludicrous scenario that makes for a totally goofy video from Aaron's Animals. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Wisdom

Frontier Psychiatrist



The video for the 2000 song "Frontier Psychiatrist" by the Avalanches is exceedingly strange. Which is appropriate. (via Metafilter)


Secret Meeting

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In which a Wish is Granite

What did you expect when you elect leaders for the lulz? This comic is from David Malki at Wondermark.

Happier

Burger King Will Deliver Food to Drivers Stuck in Mexico City Traffic Jams



Mexico City is one of the worst in the world for traffic jams, and commuters there can expect an extra hour a day in their cars because of it. That "captive audience" got the attention of Burger King. They monitor traffic and have a campaign to target drivers via Waze and banner ads that can be changed instantly and are location-specific.
The hamburger chain recently introduced the “Traffic Jam Whopper,” a delivery platform that brings Burger King food to people stuck in traffic, reports AdAge. Basically, peckish people sitting in their cars while Mexico City traffic crawls along can use the Burger King app to order food and have it delivered right to their car via a courier.
This could turn "Honey, I'll be late for dinner because of traffic," into "Don't wait dinner, I've already eaten." But does it seem a little creepy that your local fast food place now has the ability to find you in your car while you're stuck in traffic? Read more about the scheme at Jalopnik.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sleeps 5

Casually Explained: Tipping



Tipping is a subject that sparks arguments every time it is raised. We want to do what's right, but the system itself is truly weird. Basically, you go to a restaurant and pay separately for the food to be brought to you, because the restaurant isn't paying their servers much at all for their labor. So why is the customary tip based on the price of the food? The host of Casually Explained takes a somewhat cockeyed and definitely casual look at the weird American system of tipping.

Phone Repair Shop

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Vacation

This happens in every profession. Just because you go off on vacation doesn't mean you get out of work. It just piles up either beforehand or afterward. This comic is from CommitStrip.

Witches and Cowboys Are the Same

Tumblr user otherwindow presents the theory that witches and cowboys are basically the same except for the time of day, with the evidence to back it up. Yeah, sure, this is the same kind of evidence that can prove almost any conspiracy theory if you look hard enough, but it's funny, and the poem (in the style of MacBeth) at the end by omnibus makes it. Found at Geek X Girls. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Will Bananas Work as Engine Oil?



A few years ago, Jalopnik published an old story https://jalopnik.com/how-bananas-saved-a-citroen-2cv-1720454812 about two guys who were trying to drive a Citroën 2CV around the world in 1948. They ran out of engine oil in the Atacama desert in Chile and used bananas as an emergency replacement. Could that possibly work? Project Farm aimed to find out, but they hedged their bets a bit by using an old lawn mower instead of a car. I would say that's a good move. (via Boing Boing)


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How Salt Made Our IQs Go Up. (via Damn Interesting)

They Were Promised Coding Jobs in Appalachia. Now They Say It Was a Fraud.

There was a big gap between the time communities developed specialized labor to the time of refrigerated transport. In between, dairy farmers had to get creative in order to deliver their goods to customers before it spoiled.

Why Elizabeth Warren won't do a Town Hall on Fox News. It's not like their viewers are going to vote in the Democratic primary, anyway.  

A Game of Thrones Alphabet. With apologies to Edward Gorey.

An Oral History of Trump’s Bigotry. The stories range from 1973 to today.

England’s Earliest Known Christian Burial. Explore the tomb in an interactive website.

Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon.  (via Damn Interesting)

10 Facts About George Lucas.

Trump’s China Tariffs Hit America’s Poor and Working Class the Hardest.

A blast from the past (2013): 13 Life-Changing (or not) Flowcharts.

Meerkats

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Apple II Forever



This Apple ad from the mid-'80s exalts their ultimate product: the Apple II and the even better Apple IIe, which would supposedly last forever. Not long afterward, the Macintosh was unveiled, and Apple II faded into history. The iPod came out in the '90s and the iPhone in 2007. Apple had learned better than to crown any of its products as the ultimate. (via Geek Culture)

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Employment Opportunity

An Honest Trailer for Speed



The movie Speed was the summer blockbuster of 1994. The premise was ridiculous, but it set up a story for a thriller set against a constant chase scene with violence and crashes. Speed proved that a film's plausibility is nothing compared to carnage and likable actors. Screen Junkies takes a closer look with this Honest Trailer.  

The Meals For One Aisle

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Reproduction

Beings from other planets may be like us, or not. Still, we keep looking for knowledge, even in extreme conditions. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Rock On, Grandma!

Malhari



This production number is from the 2015 film Bajirao Mastani. If you enjoyed it, you'll love the Looney Tunes remix. 


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Why Movie Posters All Look the Same. (via reddit)

In the UK, hops are grown mainly in the Kent region. When harvest time came, there weren't enough local laborers to pick the flowers, so poor families from London made a pilgrimage every year to pick flowers and pick up some extra cash. (Thanks, WTM!)

Parents set up cameras in teen redditor’s room after catching him masturbating. Basic surveillance of your children is not illegal, but recording a minor in a sexual act definitely breaks the law.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Salvador Dali's death, the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is presenting a thoroughly modern exhibit called Dali Lives. The draw is the opportunity to interact with the artist himself, thanks to artificial intelligence.

The Lost Tomb of Genghis Khan. Mongolians still don't want it found. (via Strange Company)

A History of Cribs and Other Brilliant and Bizarre Inventions for Getting Babies to Sleep.

This cat sees something...

Back Row America. Chris Arnade's journey to meet those left behind. (via Metafilter)

You have to admit that our system of assigning year numbers that don't reset is much handier for understanding history, for planning the future, and for communicating. So how did that start? (via Digg)

A Movie Theater Full of Double Beds. What could possibly go wrong?

A blast from the past (2013): 8 Towns that are Numbered.

Truth in Labeling

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Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit Up



All you wanted to do is listen to a classic Nirvana song, and then you get Rickrolled.

Updated to add: gwdMaine informed me that this mashup occurred to Dave Grohl, which he relates in this story, and then the Foo Fighters made it come true. Here's that performance. NSFW language, as expected. 



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The responses to this Tweet are priceless. There are guys who didn't get the joke, and tried to add to the argument.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Slightly

The Story Behind the Reservoir Covered With 96 Million Balls



Why is a reservoir in Los Angeles covered with 96 million floating balls? To keep the sunlight from affecting the water. But lakes and reservoirs exist all over the world with sun shining on them. Veritasium host Derek Muller went there to find out what the story is. While the balls were an idea to solve a chemistry problem, they turned out to have other benefits, too. (via Laughing Squid)

David

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Lovely Maru



You may not have realized it, but Maru doesn't wear costumes. Maru is never forced to do anything he doesn't want to do. So how do you make Maru WANT to dress up? By putting the costume over a box. He's perfectly happy to wear a box on his head.

Teleportation



You reached out for help, you may as well take it. This comic is from GenHeim. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Full Disclosure

John Nichols' son filled out a job application when he was quite young. Many years later, John found it and sent it to me. This would give an HR manager a smile, but in my day job it's almost relatable. I work in a grocery where we have gray hairs working next to teenagers. The HR manager holds her breath every time she hires a young person to see if they show up for their first day. She says if a teen has a work issue, it's just as likely she'll get a call from their parent as from the worker themselves. (Thanks, John!)


The Breath of a Nation



This 1919 cartoon has our protagonist looking for a drink, but his wife wants him to attend a temperance lecture. Meanwhile, an establishment across the street is selling a drink even better than liquor. (via Nag on the Lake)


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The Trouble With Modern Movie Trailers

Was Shakespeare a Woman? Elizabeth Winkler at the Atlantic makes a case for an anonymous woman writer of Shakespeare plays, particularly Emilia Bassano.

Cable management with Bob Marley.

The Exorcisms of Emma. Her 1928 ordeal led to a search for the Antichrist. (via Strange Company)

Ozzy Man's Commentary on the Greatest Mating Dance Ever. Contains NSFW language.

American kids are 70 percent more likely to die before adulthood than kids in other rich countries.

When the last note of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral Music" was done, the entire hall could hear a child exclaim "Wow!" The audience giggled, then applauded loudly. 

Woman Orders Food, Gets Sexual Harassment. The gig economy has a whole bunch of unvetted people who know your address.

This is Amеricа, so call me maybe. Turn the sound up!

21 Epigrams Every Man Should Live By. They're good for women, too.

A blast from the past (2013): Cannibals of the Old West.