Monday, January 20, 2020

Truth in Advertising

Century Eggs



They may be called century eggs or even 1,000 year eggs, but it only takes between ten and 30 days to preserve them. Great Big Story explains how century eggs are made in the traditional way. The comments at YouTube confirmed that they are delicious, with a salty flavor in the jellied "white" and a creamy yolk. After watching this video, I had a couple of questions, which Wikipedia answered.

Do you need to cook these eggs? No, they can be eaten as is, but many folks cut them up and add them to congee.

If there are so few producers using the traditional process, how are century eggs so widely available? Modern manufacturers reproduce the same effect by soaking the eggs in the "active ingredients" of the traditional method, skipping the clay and reproducing the same chemical reactions.

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A Snowy Country

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The Lost Neighborhood Under New York's Central Park



Central Park is a huge oasis in the middle of a really crowded neighborhood. What was there before the park was proposed in 1853? Part of it was Seneca Village, which had its own unique history.

Why?

Making someone's day is worth the effort. More than worth the effort! This comic is from Lunarbaboon.

Slow Cooker

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How Martin Luther King Jr. Day Came About



There was talk soon after Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered in 1968 about creating a holiday in his honor. But it took 18 years for the federal holiday to happen, and some states resisted recognizing the holiday until 2000! Danielle Bainbridge explains the process, but every part of it has more to explore. For example, Stevie Wonder did a lot more than write a song.




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12 Historic Facts About Martin Luther King Jr.

Space Force Uniforms Unveiled.

All the World’s Wealth in One Visual.  (via Digg)

My Journey to Scotland's Most Remote Pub. A new owner took possession of the Old Forge in 2012, and the changes he is making to remake it as a more upscale destination have the locals rebelling.  (via Metafilter)

You'll want to watch this a few more times.

This Leaked Concept Art For Colin Trevorrow's Episode IX Could Have Made a Much Better Star Wars Finale.

The Sad Tale of The Dionne Quintuplets. (via Strange Company)

The Best and Worst Airlines in 2019.

Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it.

A blast from the past (2012): 11 Charts and Graphs About Television Shows.

Ice Coffee

Anyone should have seen that coming. (via Fark)

Synchronization



Thirty-two metronomes are started off in pretty much random beats. Over time, they sync up with each other, sort of like the positive feedback resonance people on a walking bridge experience, which has caused troubles in the past. See, the surface they sit on is suspended, so that each device's "bounce" affects the others. Watch the pink metronome on the right, second row from the front. It tries to maintain its individuality, but even he eventually bows to the pressure of the sympathetic vibration on the suspended surface and falls in line with the horde. (via The Daily What Geek)

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Failed to Yield

Star Wars and Marvel References in The Simpsons



Now that Disney owns both Star Wars and The Simpsons (and almost every other entertainment media in existence), they are proud to compile some Star Wars references from the past 30 years of The Simpsons ...although a few really dedicated geeks are lamenting the omission of their personal favorites. If you prefer Marvel superheroes to Star Wars, well, Disney owns them, too, so here's a supercut of Marvel references in The Simpsons.



But the most appropriate supercut may be the list of the times that The Simpsons made fun of Disney. This particular supercut was NOT released by Disney.

Power Outage

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Fourth Marriage

A woman announces to her best friend that she is getting married for the fourth time.

"How wonderful," the friend intones. "But I hope you don't mind my asking, what happened to your first husband?"

"He ate poisonous mushrooms and died."

"Well, what happened to your second husband?"

"He also ate poisonous mushrooms and died."

"Oh, how terrible. I'm almost afraid to ask about the third husband."

"He died of a broken neck?"

A broken neck?"

"He wouldn't eat the mushrooms."


Heatin' Up

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Invade All of the Humans!




The world has been conquered by an army of giant robots! Well, two giant robots. Um, actually they're kinda small. But they've taken over the world! Or, maybe just the park. Actually, the area near the park bench. But they've taken over! This video by Tom and Mark features "two malfunctioning robotic educational toys" from the 1980s. (Thanks, Tom!)

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

AARP

This is kind of like what KFC tried a few years ago, but no one just "forgets" that it's fried. AARP wanted to move away from "retired persons" because so many of us old folks can't afford to retire. The headline's still funny. (via Bad Newspaper)

Playlist

At over four minutes, I think he's being optimistic. (via reddit)

Adam From Girls Reacts To Kylo Ren



How did I miss this when it was created four years ago? It's works surprisingly well. Apparently, Adam Driver's character on the TV series Girls was also named Adam, and also an actor. Of course, Funny or Die would jump on that idea.

The Bus

Did you hear about the young highland lad whose mother always told him. "Don't be ashamed of your kilt, Laddie! Be proud of it!! If you ever have to go to the big city, where your dress kilt and wear it with pride!"

Eventually, she died, and he had to go to London for the estate paperwork. He remembered what his auld mother always told him, and wore his dress kilt. He was on a bus in London when the driver looked back in his rear view mirror and shouted, "You there! You'll have to put the animal off! Animals aren't allowed on the bus!"

The Highlander said, "Who? Me? I have no animal."

The driver said, "The animal in your lap, son!"

The Highlander said, "That's no animal - that's me sporran!"

The lady sitting next to him fainted. She had been petting it for five minutes.



The Internet

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True Facts: The Ostrich



Ze Frank brings us an episode of his True Facts series that's so weird, the static image is of a deleted video. Maybe he's thinking ahead. We will learn about the weirdness of the ostrich. Warning: this video contains footage of ostriches mating. Which is worth it for the later footage of an ostrich laying an egg -or a reasonable facsimile.

Defendant

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Light Sings



The Fifth Dimension from 1971.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Biscuits and Gravy

Bet they don't sell many half orders. (via Bad Menu)

Baby Sings "Thunderstruck"



Matt MacMillan recorded the sounds his infant son Ryan made over a year's time, and then edited it into the AC/DC classic "Thunderstruck." The idea is insane, the editing is sublime, and Ryan is precious. (via reddit)

Refrigerator

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The Animals of Australia



Click to the right to advance the comic. So far, it is estimated that a billion of Australia's animals have died due to wildfires. The comic is from Bun Boi. If you want to help the animal rescue and recovery efforts, he advises you to go here and donate. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Pizza

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A Brief History of Double-Nominated Actors at the Oscars.  

The Amish Keep to Themselves. And They’re Hiding a Horrifying Secret. A year of reporting reveals a culture of incest, rape, and abuse. (via Digg)

The Jedi of the past who talked to Rey in The Rise of Skywalker. With the perfect punch line. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

The Chef Restoring Appalachia’s World-Class Food Culture.

Envy over her success led her husband, also a writer, to become violent. She fights every day for her safety — and to avoid being relegated to obscurity like so many writers who are mothers. (via Metafilter)

Chainsaws Were Invented to Help with Childbirth.

The Mulan live-action remake doesn't have any songs for a very good reason. (via Uproxx)

18th-Century Naturalist Believed He’d Discovered an Eyewitness to the Biblical Flood. Only after his death was it successfully identified.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time.

A blast from the past (2007): Who Flew Before the Wright Brothers?

Sheer Poetry

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Car Chase



I sometimes get the feeling that all police chases would be better with Yakety Sax as a soundtrack. However, this one, which is at least ten years old, is particularly suited to the theme. (via Boing Boing)

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Every voter in America needs to pay attention to the impeachment trial. How is your senator treating the process? The result is a foregone conclusion, but will the public get to hear the whole story?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Safe Water

How 1917 Was Filmed To Look Like One Shot



Those who have seen the movie 1917 were impressed by its realism. That may be because it was filmed to appear as one long continuous shot. Director Sam Mendes recalls the reaction editor Lee Smith had to the outlandish idea.
“I laughed hysterically,” Smith said. “Sam actually had it on the cover page of the script that it should look like a single shot. And as I was reading it, I kept thinking to myself, ‘I have no idea how this is going to work.’ Whenever I read a script, the film plays out in my head in conventional coverage–and I had to keep reminding myself that even though there will of course be edits, you’re not supposed to see them.”
It works, as the movie won a Golden Globe for Best Drama, and is a favorite for Best Picture at the Oscars. Jason Kottke said the technique was a bit distracting for him, because he tended to look for the edits. So just watch this video about how they did it, then go see the movie and let yourself get lost in the action. 

Sphinx of Black Quartz

Sometimes the comments are better than the post submission at reddit. This exchange is both educational and humorous.

Tell Me What Happened

He's a good boy, let him go free. This comic is from Jim Benton. (via reddit)

Marshmallows

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The Original Game of Life was Incredibly Dark



Milton Bradley first sold The Checkered Game of Life in 1860, and almost single-handedly launched the board game craze. While the games tiles seem discouraging and downright depressing, it was a change from previous versions of the game that were designed to promote only morality to focus more on long life, happiness, and achievements -although there were some pretty scary pitfalls. The more modern version, of course, focuses mostly on money. This video is only 4.5 minutes long, the rest is an ad.

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Kidnapped Goat Found, Reunited with Depressed Cow.

An Oral History of Rickrolling.

What the Color ‘Haint Blue’ Means to the Descendants of Enslaved Africans.

The Coded Couture of Antique Lacework. Aristocrats had custom-made lace of silk and gold thread, embedded with pearls and gems, with patterns that included fantastical animals, historic scenes, and meaningful personal symbols.

Older Sister Cat Retrieves Stuck Toy For Kitten. (via Metafilter)

The 2019 McGingerbread Hell winners have been announced. This is the second year for the competition at McMansion Hell.

The post-war adverts that tried to cure lonely women. By selling them something, of course. (via Damn Interesting)

Who Killed the Knapp Family? Across America, working-class people -including many of our friends- are dying of despair. And we’re still blaming the wrong people. (via Metafilter)

See the world through the lens of a snail in these miniature creations. (via Laughing Squid)

A blast from the past (2012): 10 Clever and Creative Crochet Creations.

Your Name Is...?

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Google Maps Gone Wrong



Google Maps joins science fiction lore in this eerie video.

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Amazing is the word. I couldn't even see the bar he was trying to clear for the longest time.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Marquees Are Hard

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Ghostbusters Gangnam Style



Let's dip back in time to see how little music has changed. In 1984 we were bobbing our heads to the Ghostbusters theme, and in 2012, "Gangnam Style" was everywhere. Here they inhabit the same space.

Pew Pew

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Fantasm

Pass the test, fail anyway. Our hero decided he would be better off confronting a phantasm. This comic is from Zack Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

The Quantum State of Garbage

(Thanks, WTM!)

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Turns out Colin Trevorrow’s version of Star Wars: Episode IX was good, actually.

The Search for Eden: in Pursuit of Humanity’s Origins. It may be that modern humans came from many places across Africa. (via Strange Company

How One Librarian Tried to Squash Goodnight Moon. (via Digg)

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Posters.

The Rich American History of Nazi-Punching. (via Nag on the Lake)

The weirdest cat pictures on the internet are at the Twitter account this cat hopefully does not exist. (via Everlasting Blort)

Here Are 20 Headlines Comparing Meghan Markle To Kate Middleton That May Show Why She And Prince Harry Are Cutting Off Royal Reporters.

Taxonomania: An Incomplete Catalog of Invented Species, From the Pop-Eyed Frog to the Loch Ness Monster.  (via Damn Interesting)

Continents of the Underworld. These are the largest things on the planet. (via Metafilter)

A blast from the past (2012): 7 Real-Life Fairytale Castles.

Unfed

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Please Give Me a Bite




This is what happens when you eat with a cat sitting on your lap. It's just TOO tempting for him! (via Buzzfeed)

But then, a cat doesn't have to be on your lap to be obnoxious while you're eating. I found that out while trying to have a bowl of cereal at my desk:


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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Added Feature

Morbius Trailer



When DC thought of a "bat man," it was as a crimefighter hero who wore a bat suit. When Marvel did it, they added bat DNA to a man and made him a vampire. Dr. Michael Morbius began as a villain in Spider-Man comics, and has appeared around the Marvel universe as a villain, hero, anti-hero, and victim. Now Morbius comes to the big screen, starring Jared Leto. It looks interesting. Morbius will be in theaters on July 31.

Classroom Door

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Aussies Prank Scottish Reporter



Just days after the owner of Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park battled encroaching wildfires to save the animals who live there, the facility welcomed Scottish reporter Debi Edward and showed the world that Aussies have not lost their sense of humor. The animal handlers convinced her she needed to wear a protective suit in order to handle a vicious drop bear. Edward fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Just wait until they travel to Scotland- she'll be glad to introduce them to the wild haggis. Video contains NSFW language. (via Boing Boing)

Night Terrors



You saw it coming a mile away, but you laughed anyway, didn't you? This comic is from Diego at Diego Draws Butts. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Kylo Ren and The Child

Eye Pixels Stop Motion



Cairo artist Dina Amin loves to deconstruct existing items to see how they work. For her latest art project, she needed a number of doll's eyes. She could have just ordered a bunch of parts, but instead, she collected used doll heads. The process of finding them and removing the eyes is as interesting as the final project itself. (via Metafilter)

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You might think that a home is "cursed" if two famous musicians died there, at the same young age, only four years apart. But then if you consider how many famous musicians spent time partying hard at Harry Nilsson's fashionable London flat, it may seem inevitable that the odds would eventually catch up with you. (via Strange Company)

Low unemployment isn’t worth much if the jobs barely pay. Ya think? (via Metafilter)

Cat stands up for Russian anthem.

A top ten list of the worst examples of profiteering and dysfunction in health care, named for Martin Shkreli, the price-hiking “pharma bro” that everyone loves to hate. (via Nag on the Lake)

Italy’s Great Garlic Divide. In most of Italy's long culinary history, garlic was seen as something only poor people ate. (via Damn Interesting)

5 'Ugh' Trump Stories The News Totally Forgot About. The administration can get away with a lot while we're busy talking about war and impeachment.

10 Great Acid Westerns. You've probably seen at least one of them. (via Boing Boing)

How to Be a Better White Person in 2020.

Ecologist Serves A Massive Burn To Founder Of AccuWeather After He Tells Her To Get Educated.

12 Skills That Are Becoming Obsolete. Are they important?

A blast from the past (2007): Imaginary Geography.

Affirmation

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Glorifying The American Girl



Footage from the 1929 Ziegfield Follies, with vintage sound added.

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That's a good dog. (via Nag on the Lake)

Monday, January 13, 2020

Potatoes

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How Neurosurgeons Navigate Inside The Brain



Neurosurgeon Alex Alamri explains how he cuts into a living human brain to find a tumor without damaging the important parts we need to keep. There's some totally neat technology that helps him, which only makes us wonder how anyone ever dared to attempt brain surgery before this kind of mapping was available.

The Choice

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How to Put on a Sweater Without Disturbing Your Cat



This video is highly useful for folks with an attached shoulder cat during cold weather. (via Book of Joe)

On The Rise of Skywalker

Almost a month later, I've finally written down my thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker. I'm not a Star Wars scholar, just a fan from 1977 who has spent way too much time parsing a popcorn movie. I've seen The Rise of Skywalker twice now, and had time to let things sink in (it also took me some time to jot my thoughts down). The critique is behind a break, in case you don't care to read any of it, or if for some reason you are still avoiding spoilers. 

Nightmare

It's always good to have a plan in case the worst happens. It' also good to know the plans of others who may be in competition with you. This comic is from Jeff Lofvers at Don't Hit Save. 

French Fries Alignment Chart



Oh, don't we internet denizens just love to categorize things. You've seen plenty of alignment charts fashioned from the moral structure taken from Dungeons & Dragons. Illustrator Robert James Russell (robhollywood) took a stab at categorizing French fries in this manner, and all I can say is "Your mileage may vary." It's difficult to see any pattern in the chaos and morality here. Yes, the relatively nutritious sweet potato fries are a lawful good, while artery-clogging poutine is in the opposite chaotic evil corner, but if healthy eating has anything to do with it, how did cheese fries end up as neutral good? If the shape is important, why are waffle fries lawful? This may be one of those things that is completely dependent on Russell's taste or past experience. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

History of the Earth



Algol designed a visualization of the four-billion-year history of the earth. The overall effect is to drive home how relatively recently everything we know came about. The video is three quarters of the way through before plants made it to land, and the percentage of oxygen finally got above 1%. Then things go pretty fast. But it's not as if nothing happened earlier. There was that time the ocean turned red, and meteor impacts to stir things up, and the time the ocean turned purple. If you have trouble catching the notes along the way, they are easier to read here. (via Digg)

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Sir Ian McKellen kept an online diary between 1999 and 2003 that chronicled his time filming The Lord of the Rings trilogy. (via Kottke)

Here Are 21 Things People Have Only Just Realized. All I can say is: duh.

Easter Island’s Monoliths Made the Crops Grow.

In-Flight Surgery Using Fork, Knife, Coat Hanger, and Cognac.

I bought a plumbing snake to take care of our clogged shower. My wife was recording while my son “helped” me. (Sound on)

Facebook issues stance on deceptive political ads: Figure it out yourself.

Jail Inmates Worked for a $16 Billion Company Without Pay. Now They Want Their Wages. (via Metafilter)

Parrots Will Share Currency to Help Their Pals Purchase Food.

The first Star Wars is still the weirdest trip to the galaxy far, far away.

The Herpetologist Who Documented His Own Death For Science.

A blast from the past (2012): Four Feline Photographers.

Look

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The Hugging Cat



Everyone needs a good hug!

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Deceased

The Code of Hammurabi



Who is Hammurabi, and what's in his code? And why is it considered so important? Mainly, it was written down in stone, and is therefore the oldest set of laws we have in their original form. Simon Whistler of Today I Found Out takes us back to ancient Babylon for a look at the Code of Hammurabi.

Phone at Dinner Alignment Chart

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The Kitten and the Slot Car



One thing that can really boost the enjoyment of a new toy is having a cat -or better yet, a kitten- who assumes it's really a cat toy. Athena, a kitten who lives in Brazil, was fascinated by her owner's new slot car and track, much too fascinated to be scared. And that's a joy. (via Mashable)

Mashed Potatoes

Everyone loves mashed potatoes! I prefer mine on a plate, with gravy, but you do you. This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

Peacock

Model Citizen



A disturbing dystopian story from  David James Armsby, Model Citizen could stand alone, but it's a continuing story. This is only the latest episode of Autodale: The Animated Series. With five rather creepy videos so far, I am looking forward to the next chapter.


It's a Deal

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