Monday, December 16, 2019

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Duck Seeking Duck. This lonely hearts ad looks like a joke, but it is a real story about a real duck. (via Boing Boing)

Tipsy, the Expert Mouser Who Helped Police Solve a Murder. (via Strange Company)

Kylo Ren has a Christmas gift for Darth Vader.

Why the Christian Right Worships Donald Trump. (via Metafilter)

How a White Lie Gave Japan KFC for Christmas.

Explore The Deep Sea. Keep scrolling; it's pretty deep. (Thanks, Tim Spellman!)

The Eco-Fascists Are Coming. When Republicans eventually stop denying climate change, they'll start doing something much worse.

Amid the volcanoes of Kamchatka is a small gorge discovered only in 1975 that is known as the Valley of Death. There are no people there, and the valley acts as a trap: animals go in, but they don't come out. (via Strange Company)  

Returned Online Purchases Often Sent to Landfill. It's just easier for the retailer, but oh-so wasteful. (via Damn Interesting)

A blast from the past (2016): 9 Incredible Holiday-Themed Cakes.

Wonderpaws

(via reddit)

The Season's Upon Us



Once again, let's all sing the brutally accurate classic Christmas song from the Dropkick Murphys. When the family all gets together at Christmas, we are reminded of why we don't do this more often.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Serving Suggestion

Christmas Crow



Simon's Cat meets an annoying crow in this Christmas cartoon. The story is only two minutes long; the rest is an ad, with a short preview of an upcoming cartoon at the end.

My Three Sons

(via reddit)

Kung Fu Nuns



Believe it or not, until recently, Buddhist nuns in the Himalayan region weren't allowed to hold leadership positions, or even exercise. That changed when the Drupka order instituted a new regimen for nuns that includes physical training, martial arts, and cycling. This is due to their spiritual leader, Gyalwang Drukpa, who has been working against patriarchy in Buddhism. Read more about the Drupka Fong Fu Nuns at Kottke.

Of Death on a Holiday

Man, that's a lot of research for no reason at all, unless you have the complete set. Which may be coming to a Walgreens near you. This comic is from David Malki at Wondermark.

How to Find the Airport

I had to get Princess to the airport in Lexington to catch a 6AM plane. It's a two-hour drive from my home, and when you get off the interstate, you think, "Thank God I'm finally off the interstate." Then on the way back, you think "Thank God I'm finally back on the interstate."

Yes, I know you can fly out of Louisville cheaper, which is what my husband and I always did. Old folks will gladly drive an extra two hours to save a few hundred dollars. But my kids are college students, and for them it is hard to get a ride to a nearby airport, much less one far away. The Louisville airport is easy to find. Lexington? Not so much.

See, Lexington is not designed like other cities. A few years ago, someone on TV was trying to give directions to a business in Lexington, and I remarked, "Lexington is designed like a spider web." My husband's face got that look as if he had a lightbulb over his head, and he said, "That explains everything!" He was a truck driver for years. "Lexington was the only city I ever got lost in."

Yes, all the major arteries in Lexington lead to Rupp Arena in the center of town. It's easy to get there; difficult to find your way out. Then there are roads that circle around, crossing those arteries: New Circle Road, which changes from busy business district with stoplights to a highway with ramps and back again in the blink of an eye, and Man o' War Boulevard, which is newer, further out, and doesn't quite go all the way around.The airport is at the end of Man o' War, and the Man o' War exit is one of the first you encounter going north to Lexington, but if you take that exit to get to the airport, it will take you another hour to get there.   

Now, I've been to that airport enough times to know my way, but it was dark and raining and I knew I'd have to navigate by signs this time. If you don't live in Lexington and have to find the airport for the first time, you WILL have a "turn around and go back" incident, maybe several of them, because the signage sucks. Almost all of the exit signs, either on the interstate or an internal highway, are labeled "Lexington" or else a random small town that is not Lexington. Some have both, but the biggest part of them are just "Lexington." Very helpful.

The airport exit off I-75 is fairly well labeled, as long as you're looking for it. Newtown Pike helpfully has warnings of which lane you should be in to get on New Circle East or New Circle West a half-mile before the intersection. But the ramp that actually goes to New Circle West is not labeled at all. You just have to know to take that ramp. Behind the ramp is a nice sign for New Circle East, which is across the bridge, and will take you all the way around the city before you can look for the airport again. Or you can turn around and go back.

By the way, you need to take New Circle West to get to the airport, but somewhere along the way it become New Circle South.

Driving down New Circle West, or South, you look for an airport sign, but there aren't any. The exit you want is Versailles 5B, shown above, which says nothing about an airport. At the very point of exit, there's another sign that looks just like the one above. Apparently, someone at some time realized they needed to add some information, so they put a smaller sign near it that says something like "This ramp to ... KEENLAND." And as an afterthought, they later added "Airport" underneath it in smaller letters. If you don't see that small sign in time, you can take exit 5A and then turn around and go back.  If you don't see it at all, you'll end up out in the countryside.

Once you are past those points, finding the airport is fairly easy. But then you have to leave it and find the interstate again. The signs in the other direction also wait until the very last minute, when you are in the wrong lane, to explain where the ramp goes. And you have to keep up with New Circle North and South instead of New Circle East and West, as you did coming in.

I took no wrong turns on this trip, only because I've been there a few times. I can only imagine how difficult that trip would be for someone who had never been to the airport -especially someone without an accurate GPS device guiding them. It was still dark and rainy the entire way home, but at least on the way home I wasn't worried about catching a plane.

 

Traditional Christmas

(via Fark)

2019 Illusion of the Year



The video above shows the top winner in the annual Illusion of the Year competition. http://illusionoftheyear.com/ It's called the Dual Axis illusion by Frank Force. Is this shape spinning vertically or horizontally? You can't tell, because it's a 2D image, but your brain makes it seem one or the other, until visual cues help you change the orientation. Another of the finalists, Bodiject Fingers by Kenri Kodaka, shows us how seeing one's fingers as disembodied from our hands makes them seem like separate foreign objects. 



All it takes is a mirror, and some students to freak out. See all the top ten finalists here. (via reddit)



Tree Cat

(via reddit)

Interrupted Christmas eCard



This is from Will Anderson, the guy who brought us the dubstep turkeys.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Ham Salad

(via Bad Menu)

The Gift

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The Time Machine

Of course it doesn't make any sense! There is no such thing as a time machine, so what else would you expect? This comic is from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe.

A Popular Holiday Treat

(Thank, WTM!)

Puma Plays the Cups



Can a cougar keep up with the shuffling cups? Messi is not very good at it, but no one will keep his prized toy away from him long. (via Boing Boing)

Carols

(via Fark)

Grace Jones Sings



Grace Jones sings a bit of "The Little Drummer Boy" on Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special. (via Nag on the Lake)

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Years

What If Santa Really Delivered Presents In One Night?



Here we have a mathematical and scientific breakdown of Santa Claus' trip around the world on Christmas Eve. It's a good thing little kids don't know all that much about math and physics. Yeah, it's silly, but interesting. (via Laughing Squid)


Affordable Doctors

(via reddit)

Festive Dogs 1990-2015



Check out photographer Peter Thorpe's homemade Christmas cards over a 25-year span. Those are good dogs. (via Nag on the Lake)

Who’s Interested?

There are certain subjects that appeal to a limited audience. If we are lucky, we know where to find that audience. And if they are friends, they will understand how you feel about that. This comic is from CommitStrip.

Hypothetical Question

Miss Cellania's Links

The History of British Cheetah Racing.

Creep Who Sexually Harassed Reporter Is a Youth Minister, Boy Scout Leader, and Very Sorry! With priceless comments.

The Lightsaber Duels in Star Wars. With eight movies down and one to go in the Skywalker saga, Reuters did some serious number crunching to bring us the stats so far. (via Digg)

Cats reacting to a cat filter.

Greta Thunberg Changed Her Twitter Bio After Trump Mocked Her For Being Time's Person Of The Year.

The Red Binder: the most helpful thing you can do for the people who love you.

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa.

Private Wojtek served proudly with the Polish Army during World War II, although he never set foot in Poland his entire life. He was a diligent worker, loading ammunition before and during battles, and retired as a hero. Also, Private Wojtek was a bear.

A blast from the past (2015): 9 Flowcharts to Help You Navigate the Christmas Season.

Superstition

Happy Friday the 13th! (via Fark)

Jack Bauer Interrogates Santa Claus



Santa Claus has a lot to answer for, crossing international borders unannounced and all. What is he smuggling? Jack Bauer tries to get at the bottom of it all.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Schedule Your Interview Now

(via Bad Menu)

Fruitcake



A Christmas song by Fred Schneider & the Superions. Schneider's other job is with the B-52s. (via Boing Boing)


Crab Gangs

(via reddit)

How a Tesla Valve Works



A Tesla valve has no moving parts, yet restricts the flow of gas in one direction, but not the other. Nikola Tesla was granted a patent for it in 1920.  NightHawkInLight demonstrates how the valve works in the most dangerous way he could think of. (via Boing Boing)

3D Printing

Come up with some new technology, and people will find the darnedest uses for it. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Metric System

(Thanks, WTM!)

Die Hard on Ice



It worked with The Nutcracker, and with various Disney films. So what genius thought of adapting the classic Christmas film Die Hard into an ice show? Take my money! (via Neatorama)

Little Mouse

(via Fark)

Banksy in Birmingham



The caption says,
God bless Birmingham.
In the 20 minutes we filmed Ryan on this bench passers-by gave him a hot drink, two chocolate bars and a lighter - without him ever asking for anything.
I assume that's Birmingham, UK. (via Nag on the Lake)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Cultural Activities

Eastern Kentucky Echo



This Eastern Kentucky version of a personal household assistant is spot-on. This video was produced by The Creek church, which is just up the road a ways from where I live. (via Digg)

Awesome Gingerbread Houses



My new post for Considerable is up! 11 people whose gingerbread houses are works of art. Well, a couple of them aren't really houses, but they are all amazing works of art that you could eat if they weren't so pretty. I mean, they really should have some leftover gingerbread cookies after making them for anyone who is tempted.

Finally

(via reddit)

Nikon Small World in Motion Winners 2019



The Nikon Small World in Motion competition celebrates the art of microvideography, that is, bringing us the world of tiny unseen things as they move along, doing their everyday tiny things. The first place winner, shown above, was recorded by Dr. Philippe P. Laissue of the University of Essex School of Life Sciences. It shows an emerging staghorn coral polyp (Acropora muricata). The coral is green and the magenta stuff is algae. It appears to be a time-lapse video, although that isn't specified. I was also really impressed with the third-place winner, by Tommy Gunn and Jesse Gunn.



It shows the carnivorous stylonychia creating a water vortex with its cilia, presumably to draw in even smaller creatures to eat. See, even microscopic animals have fascinating ways to get what they need. You can see the top five videos and honorable mentions as well.

Shopping

Most of us are in the same boat. Except for those at the top of the income pyramid. This comic is from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save.

Free Articles

This one gets me where I live. I firmly believe good journalism is crucial and well worth paying for. On the other hand, I am a link blogger. So many of my regular sources have gone to paywalls that even if I still have a free article for the month, I can't ask readers to go hit a brick wall. And anyway, the bill for all the sources I used to check and link would be several hundred dollars a month. It's too bad that all that advertising can't cover a decent news department. From Married to the Sea.

An Honest Teaser for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker



An "Honest Teaser" means that Screen Junkies couldn't wait for the movie, and decided to go ahead and critique the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker. Since they don't have a lot to go on, this is an excuse to throw out all the Star Wars jokes they can think of.

Miss Cellania's Links

Mincemeat is Neither Mince Nor Meat. Misinterpreting a British mincemeat pie recipe led to viral disaster.

You've heard of Elf on the Shelf, now New York's Finest want you to meet Pete on the Beat! Follow his adventure at Twitter.

The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo. (via Metafilter)

Will an All-Meat Diet Kill You or Cure You? What is going on in these people’s intestines and arteries?

How A Possum Became One Man’s Holiday Tradition.

The Millennials-Versus-Boomers Fight Divides the Democratic Party. I think I'll side with the youngsters.

Mirriam-Webster's Word of the Year is the singular pronoun "they."

Are you going to a TubaChristmas concert this year?

A blast from the past (2007): Five Famous Felines.

Lights

(via Fark)

Nancy Sinatra for RC Cola



This ad from 1968 shows that Nancy Sinatra's boots were made for walkin', not dancing. (via Everlasting Blort)

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Measles

Normally, I wouldn't bother posting a mere typo, but you have to wonder what they meant to say here. (via Bad Menu)

Under A Rock with Tig Notaro: Lena Headey



Tig Notaro has a video series called Under a Rock, in which she interviews celebrities even though she has no idea who they are. Most of the people that have appeared so far are people whose names I recognize, but I would not recognize them on the street -or in pictures, even. I would have never recognized Lena Headey here, and I just now found out how to pronounce her last name. (via Metafilter)

Jeep

(via reddit)

The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Sweded



These cheap recreations, or "Sweded" movie trailers are getting better all the time. Sure, these folks had no special effects budget, but they have easy access to things like lightsabers and editing software. Everything else is a workaround, made with painted cardboard, and it's really  cute. Here you can see it side-by-side, or actually top-and-bottom, with the original. See if you can tell which is which.



(Thanks, Bryan & Roque!)

Oh, Hey, Moon!

This comic reminds me of that viral idea of exposing your butthole to the sun for health and wellness, which I was pretty sure was a joke, except some people took it seriously. This comic is from Extra Fabulous Comics.

Yoda

Cats vs. Invisible Maze



The Kittisaurus cats have learned a few things about plastic wrap since they first encountered the "invisible wall" in the previous video. Here they are challenged by a maze made from plastic wrap, but what fun is finding your way around when you can defeat those invisible walls so many other ways? (via Digg)

Miss Cellania's Links

Hundreds of wacky, obsolete laws still exist. Why don’t more states remove them?

La Tamalada: A Christmas Tamale Tradition. Recipe included.

How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier

Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages, because that's how America deals with asylum-seekers like Christ.

Do you mind!? This bird is no birdbrain.

The Difference Between Snakes and Lizards Without Legs. As if you were going to stick around either of them long enough to observe those differences.

You Better Watch Out! Vintage Scary Santa Snapshots. (via Digg)

My Grading Scale for the Fall Semester, Composed Entirely of Samuel Beckett Quotes. (via Nag on the Lake)

Very rare footage of a tree being assembled.

A blast from the past (2012): Messing with Mother Nature: Snakeheads.

Suspicious Behavior

(via Fark)

All I Want For Christmas is the Beautiful People



Bill McClintock's latest mashup is a Christmas ditty. It combines Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" with "Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson. (via reddit

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Monday, December 09, 2019

Chicken

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.



Just what it says on the tin. The greatest movie quotes are those that people know and use over and over. You can see from this supercut that Inigo Montoya's prepared speech from The Princess Bride can be used for many different situations. While not all the quotes are exact, we know who inspired them.  (via Laughing Squid)

Quiz

(via reddit)

Cozy



Aliens are so cute when they try to act human! Here they are, discovering the pleasures of cocooning on a cold winter night with some heat containment fabric and a predictable narrative to observe. Or a blanket and a Hallmark movie. This comic is from Nathan Pyle' s Strange Planet.

It's an Older Meme, But It Checks Out

(Thanks, WTM!)

How Does Chemotherapy Work?

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Chemotherapy is scary and debilitating, but that's nothing compared to cancer. Chemotherapy harnesses dangerous poisons to kill cancer cells, which also harms healthy tissue. However, modern medicine is making great strides in targeting cancer cells exclusively. But there did that idea come from? Strangely, it began with a World War I chemical weapon. Learn about chemotherapy in the TED-Ed lesson. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Artist Maurizio Cattelan duct-taped a banana to a wall at Art Basel Miami Beach and sold the artwork for $120,000. But that's just the beginning of the story. Next, performance artist David Datuna came along and ate the banana! (via Metafilter)

Can You Read a Cat's Face? Take an online test to find out.

Medieval Book Curses. (via Strange Company)

Revisiting a Censored Film Noir that Tackled PTSD Decades before it was Acknowledged. John Huston produced Let Their Be Light, an unscripted 1946 army documentary that is an obscure masterpiece.

The Rise and Fall of Facts. The use of fact-checkers, in specific. (via Digg)

Here, in the middle of this Olive Garden. This could be a writer's prompt to expand hilarious one-liners to ridiculous stories, but you don't even need the whole story to get a laugh.

Just a normal day in Russia. Turn the sound on for a treat.

The Best-Selling Single of Every Decade. This does not go the way you expect.

Who Invented the Emoticon and Emoji? (And How They’re Forever Changing Written Language)

A blast from the past (2007): Six Famous Walls.

The Drive

(via Fark)

The Worst Noël



Henri the Existential Cat is having a Christmas filled with ennui, introspection, and despondence. Are you surprised? (via Tastefully Offensive)

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Sunday, December 08, 2019

Get Well Soon

An Antidote to Dissatisfaction



Your parents or grandparents tried to tell you how to be happy, but those proverbial nuggets of wisdom sounded much too simple to you, so you didn't listen. But science stepped in to observe and measure the effects of certain behaviors on the sense of well-being or happiness they inspire. Kurzgesagt brings us some of those scientific studies, and the results show that ancient wisdom, no matter how trite it sounded to you, had it right. Count your blessings. Stop focusing on yourself and look to help someone else. Look at the bright side. Science says so.


Museum

(via reddit)

Electric Eel Brightens Christmas



Every time an eel farts, a Christmas tree grows brighter. Well, not exactly. The sound is generated from the setup at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Any time the aquarium's star electric eel Miguel Wattson produces an electric current, the nearby Christmas tree gets a boost that brightens the Christmas lights. The aquarium named the project "Shocking Around the Christmas Tree."

“Whenever Miguel discharges electricity, sensors in the water deliver the charge to a set of speakers,” explains Joey Turnipseed, the Aquarium’s audio visual production specialist. Turnipseed is responsible for tackling the unique engineering challenge of translating Miguel’s electric pulses into a glimmering yuletide display. “The speakers convert the discharge into the sound you hear and the festively flashing lights.”
You can almost imagine the discussion on this. Can't we convert the sound into bells instead of fart noises? Sure, but the kids will like the fart sounds better. Okay, then. (via UPI)

Kiss the Frog



Next time you kiss a frog, it might save you some time to check and see if he's already spoken for. This story is brought to you by Cooper Lit Comics, where there are several other comics about princesses kissing frogs. (via reddit)

Gift Wrapping

(via Fark)

NATO Cafeteria



The NATO conference last week was notable mostly for the gossip, eavesdropping, and hurt feelings. This kind of thing goes on in our everyday lives, although we don't normally expect it from world leaders. It reminded the writers at Saturday Night Live of high school, so it was a short leap to put the NATO leaders in a school cafeteria, with all that implies.

The Anti-Cat Tree

(via reddit)

How to Have a British Christmas



British Christmas celebrations aren’t that different from American customs. We Yanks just made everything simpler. I never knew that the British Christmas pudding was that close to an American fruitcake. We just leave out the awful parts, like boiling it and burning it. And last year, my SIL brought crackers to the family gathering. POP, confetti, funny hats -it was almost like New Years Eve. (via Neatorama)

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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Yeah, I'll Just Eat at Home

Traditional Holiday Music by the Log Cabin Fire



Jon Townsend built himself a cabin complete with a fireplace big enough to cook in. He trained the camera on the fire for 40 minutes and played traditional Christmas music from the album A Winter's Day by Jim's Red Pants. You might want to bookmark this video to play while you put up Christmas decorations, visit with company, or open Christmas gifts.

Hero

(via reddit)

Diagnosis



Don't let the internet give you a medical diagnosis! It's surely a death sentence. A doctor would tell you to drink some bicarb and get a good night's sleep. And then the doc would charge you $150. This story is from System32Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Tree

(via Bored Panda)

Santa and the Kittehs

(via Fark)

I'm Against It



Groucho sings in the 1932 movie Horse Feathers.

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