Monday, July 22, 2019

Why Were Bootleggers Called That?

Bootleggers are people who sell illegal alcohol, often meaning untaxed alcohol, although the term has widened to mean the selling of any illegal or unofficial goods. Simon Whistler explains the origin of the term, but there's a lot more here than just etymology. We also learn a lot of trivia about Prohibition.

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The Philadelphia Flyers hockey team inserted their mascot Gritty into the trailer for Stranger Things season three, and it will make you smile, and maybe even giggle! (via Digg)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

An Older Meme

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A Job's A Job

When keeping your job requires moral tradeoffs, people consider their debts and their family obligations.  Or, some of them do, while others just jump in without caring. Sure, the world would be a better place if everyone stood up for what's right, but the short term pain is for the individual. Personal sacrifice is so much easier when everyone is on the same page, but who will be today's Spartacus? This comic is from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save.

The Group

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How Women in Old Movies Talk to Some Dude They Just Met

I honestly don't recall any scene even close to this, and I've seen lot of old movies. But still, he makes us laugh at the melodrama, a feature film's worth squeezed into a minute and a half. Joel Haver plays both parts. (via Digg)


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How Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Made

Ice cream treats bounce along a conveyor belt to a jaunty musical beat. This will make you want to go raid the freezer! (Thanks, WTM!)

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Movie Ads

Truck Plates

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First News Memory

My first news memory was when President Kennedy was assassinated. I was pretty young, but my parents were glued to the television, and my mom cried. I would venture to guess my children would say it was 9/11 for them. How about you? This comic is from Randall Munroe at xkcd.



US vs UK Healthcare

Stephen Fry narrates an explanation of the health care controversies in the UK and America. (via Boing Boing)

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What Is the Apollo 11 Landing Site Like Now?

50 reasons why Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin should never have walked on the Moon.

How Does a Lobster Wind Up With the Pepsi Logo “Tattooed” on Its Shell?

Trump sent back to where he's originally from! A new comic from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Hollywood’s Doom Book and other Tales of Blacklisting in American Cinema.

Photographer Christian Spencer not only caught a hummingbird in mid-flight, but in front of the sun. The sunlight is filtered through the black-and-white bird's feathers, scattering the colors of the spectrum.

The Story Behind the ‘Space Window’ at D.C.’s National Cathedral.

A Real Life Medical Story You Won't See on TV.

A blast from the past: The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon. I don't recall what year this originally ran, but my rundown of Apollo astronauts is the top story at Mental Floss again.


Yeah, I know, this is Maru. (via Fark)

Kittens On The Beat

When gremlins invade your home and try to steal your socks, cats Roto and Bowie spring into action! After all, losing your socks is their job! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Friday, July 19, 2019


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The Walking Dead Season Ten Trailer

This premiered at Comic Con Today.


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Go Back to Your Country

Amber Ruffin and the Go Back to Your Country Girls perform a musical number responding to Trump's treatment of the Squad. They've heard it all before. This is from Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Hot Day Comics

Get used to it. After June set a record for the hottest June on record, July is setting up to do the same. This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

Perfectly Normal

Zombie Tidal Wave

In the annals of ridiculously over-the-top movie concepts, we went through a period where creative minds combined two scary creatures, like Sharktopus and Piranhaconda.  Then came the combination of the scary creature and the natural disaster in Sharknado. Six years later, it's time to remix that unlikely idea and combine a tidal wave with zombies! Zombie Tidal Wave debuts August 17 on SyFy. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tiny Pricks Project

The Tiny Pricks Project features needlework archiving quotes from Donald Trump, founded by Diana Weymar. You can participate yourself, see them at exhibits, or check them out at Instagram. (via Nag on the Lake)

Police Dog

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The Trailer for Cats

If you never had the opportunity to see the Broadway musical Cats in its 18-year run (21 years in London), well, you knew they'd make a movie sooner or later. It has a star-studded cast and seems to stay faithful to the stage production, but your attention may be distracted by trying to figure out how much is makeup and costume, and how much is CGI. Cats opens nationwide on December 20.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Hot Dog

Viking Kittens

I just feel the need to post this every so often.


Why Do Gas Prices End in 9/10 of a Cent?

Gasoline is sold at x dollars, x cents, and then an extra 9/10 of a cent. This makes no sense, except when it does. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out looks into the history of fractional gas pricing and why it has stuck around so long. In the middle, he has to digress to express amazement at US gas prices, from the perspective of someone who doesn't live in an oil-producing country.

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Twenty People Who Made Apollo Happen. (via Smithsonian)

Here's What You'll Face When You Try to Invade Area 51.

The Stock Market Has Performed Far Worse Under Trump Than Under Obama.

Separating Conjoined Twins Safa and Marwa. (via Damn Interesting)

Divorce Lawyers Share The Strangest Reasons For Divorce They've Seen.

In which Friedrich Trump writers to the prince of Bavaria, begging not to be deported. (via Boing Boing)

The 40 Best Disney Songs, Ranked. 

Dueling Dinosaurs: The Fossils No One Can See. The question of who owns the fossils is working its way through the courts.  (via Digg)

She Caught Bullets with Her Bare Hands — and Made Magic’s Glass Ceiling Disappear. When the acclaimed magician Hermann the Great died in 1896, his assistant -and wife- took matters into her own hands. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2008): Ugly Bugs.

Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls

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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.'''
(via Neatorama)

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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.