Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Only Logical



(Thanks, WTM!)

Maybe I'll Have a Snooze

Where does a 200-pound baby elephant sleep? Anywhere he wants to! (via Boing Boing

Health Data



You don't have to be precise to completely bumfuzzle someone. All you need to do is lead them in some vague direction, and their brains will fill in the blanks with the most horrific possibilities. The doctor is terrifying this guy, while still maintaining plausible deniability. Don't do this. This is from the twisted mind of Randall Munroe at xkcd.

Procrastination



Miss Cellania's Links

Kestrel Father Steps Up When His Mate Dies.

A Guide to Arranging Supermarket Flowers Like a Florist. (via Nag on the Lake

This is how many lives could have been saved with COVID vaccinations in each state.

Dumplings Around the World.

Dear "Normal" Apolitical People. Driftglass tells it like it is.

24 Fascinating Facts About UFOs.

He Saved Himself from Death in the Arctic- with His Own Poop. Peter Freuchen had many accomplishments, but this is the one he's remembered for today. (via Digg)

The Pros and Cons of Organic Produce.

The Mansion That Inspired The Great Gatsby.

Today is primary election day in Kentucky. I'll go to the polls and wait for a few Republicans in front of me to fill out their eight-page ballots and then I'll have a single page to deal with. Sure, there are some Democrats running for office, but they are mostly unopposed in the primary. There will be a few non-partisan judge races, which is weird because who am I to make a hiring decision on judges? At least they all have law degrees this time. And I get to select who should be the sacrificial lamb who has to deal with Rand Paul for the next few months. But I will go, because I will never miss an opportunity to vote, no matter how futile it seems at the time. Keep hope alive, because it might make a difference someday.

Walkies

(via Cheezburger)

Windows 8: Beautiful and Fast



From back in the day: You don't even have to know what's being said to find this ad funny. But then again, no one does. (via D3)

Tweet of the Day

(via Everlasting Blort)

Monday, May 16, 2022

Kitchen Toilet



How Helicopters Are Used to Film Action Movies



One thing that is absolutely crucial in making an action movie is movement. Getting these amazing moving aerial shots with a helicopter is anything but simple. Camera pilot and aerial coordinator Fred North has flown around to film war, explosions, car chases, and more. Sometimes his camera-copter is a character in the movie at the same time he shoots it! So he's just as much a stunt pilot as he is a cameraman. North explains what goes into filmmaking with a helicopter, which is as exciting to watch as any movie as far as I'm concerned. (via Digg)

Sad Day Indeed



(Thanks, WTM!)

Tom Flies with the Birds



Tom Scott is having the time of his life, experiencing adventures just so that we can watch. In this video, he's in France, flying around in a microlight plane along with a flock of geese. We also learn the story of Christian Moullec, who escorts endangered migratory birds in order to introduce them to better destinations for their health and safety. The story of Moullec's work with migratory birds is on his website, told on the "about" page.



Teacher's Drink

(via The Chive)

The History of Weird English Spelling



English is such a difficult language that we have contests and awards prizes to those who can spell words right. They don't do that in languages where spelling follows rules. English is so weird that you might read a certain word for years and years, then find out it isn't pronounced like you thought it was in your head. How did English get this way? As the language evolved, we imported words from other languages, and either changed them to conform with English rules, or we didn't. People with power sometimes latched onto a certain word and spelled or pronounced it differently, and that became that. Dr. Erica Brozovsky tells us a bit of the history that got English where it is now. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Miss Cellania's Links

Spinal Tap II is Finally Coming. (via Metafilter)

Ohio's Most Notorious Body Snatcher. (via Strange Company

How Did Marshmallows Get Into Our Cereal? (via Digg)

The Wild West Outpost of Japan’s Isolationist Era. The tiny island of Dejima was highly regulated, but became home to its own weird culture. (via Smithsonian)

The Original Ghostbusters. The famous and not-so-famous people who worked to debunk mediums and their seances. 

Leg Braces for a Newborn Giraffe. (via Fark)

How to Trip Up a Liar. (via Digg)

CookingFlavr is About Everything, Even Cooking. It's an artificial intelligence-generated blog that is hilarious in its wrongness. (via Metafilter)

Why Homes Are Collapsing at Cape Hatteras.

Comic of the Day: Signs of real maturity.


Tell a Cat a Joke



(via Fark)

Portland Police Pursuit



The Portland Police Department shares a dash cam video of Traffic Officer Mark James pursuing a speeder. But that's not all that happens. (Thanks, MB!)

Tweet of the Day

I've seen a lot of medieval marginalia, but if it weren't for the Twitter account Weird Medieval Guys, I would never know that medieval ducks said "queck," and I wouldn't know that scribes put cartoon balloons (sans balloons) on their doodles. (via Fark)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Must Be Successful



Ukraine Wins Eurovision



The six-man hip-hop group Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Stephania." No surprise there; they're very good and everyone was rooting for Ukraine anyway. The surprise was that the UK came in second, after an abysmal track record over the years. The lettering of the country's name probably helped.