Thursday, September 29, 2022


Lizzo Plays a 200-year-old Presidential Flute

Before pop singer Lizzo played a concert in Washington Tuesday, she was invited to the Library of Congress to check out the world’s largest flute collection. Lizzo, who is a classically trained flautist, was eager to see the collection. And Monday, she got the chance to play them, too!

One of the flutes was made for President James Madison by renowned flute maker Claude Laurent. The leaded crystal flute is one of the few items saved from an 1814 fire at the White House started by the British during the War of 1812. The rare instrument hasn't been played in 200 years. The Library also arranged for Lizzo to play the flute at her concert Tuesday night, but only for a few notes, for security reasons. Read about Lizzo's adventure at the Library of Congress blog. (via Metafilter)

Miss Cellania's Links

Authorities Investigating Gender Reveal Waterfall. It's an environmental crime. (via reddit)

Neptune in its real glory.

Deadpool and Wolverine Together Again.

Which Jack-o-Lantern Doesn't Have a Nose?

Nikola Tesla Made an X-Ray of His Own Foot With a Machine He Designed in 1896. (via Damn Interesting)

A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at declassifying documents. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte Engagement Ring. Nice, if all your clothes are orange. (via Fark)

Five Pseudosciences That Fueled the Nazis.

The 10 Best Horror Comedies of 2022.


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Curious Owls

When you set up a camera to capture wildlife, you hope they don’t know they’re being recorded. It turns out that you can’t fool critters all the time. Someone attached a GoPro to a tree just beneath an owl’s nest. The owls, being eagle-eyed, immediately noticed something new in their environment. The camera gets a thorough inspection, which leaves us with the image of an entire family of owls staring directly into our souls.

The owls don’t care, once they’ve determined it’s something they can’t eat and won’t eat them. I got a little nervous when one owl chick hiked his leg, but I guess he was just stretching. Next, someone will give them funny dialogue. (via Everlasting Blort

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022


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Jim Before the Drugs

A scene from a very memorable 1982 episode of TAXI. I'll never forget Christopher Lloyd's face at the end. However, I had forgotten that Jim Ignatowski's college roommate was Tom Hanks. If you want to see the whole story, you can in part one and part two


Tom Arnold is photobombing the Star Wars guys at Cincinnati Comic Con. That's the real Tom Arnold, but in front is George Flucas (Allen Stephenson) and Fluke Skywalker. Skywalker posted this and answered questions about how he got into this line of work.

I've been a volunteer for charity most of my life, starting with riding my bike to raise money for the Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon. My family and I have been volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati since 2006. They hired a professional chef in 2016 so that opportunity changed. By 2017, I lost 90 lb and started hearing how much I look like Mark Hamill from a lot of different people. I decided I would use the look to continue to help out charities. This coming Christmas will be my fifth year of not only raising money for donations but donating toys to their toy closet every 3 months non-stop since Christmas of 2017. I suck at golf so this is my hobby.

Ninety pounds! I am impressed.

Skeleton Rides Horse for Training

Rebecca got creative in training a horse named Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi is a nine-year-old Morgan mare, and Rebecca is desensitizing her and giving her a feel of what it's like to be controlled by a human rider. But instead of a human, she placed a lightweight plastic skeleton on her back! Rebecca is calling out orders and controlling the skeleton's movements with ropes. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the same thing that could go wrong with an inexperienced rider... the horse proved to be a little more powerful than the skeleton, and yes, there were definitely bones broken. It's a good thing they were the skeleton's bones! (via Laughing Squid)

Bad Driver

From Married to the Sea.

Underwater Welding is Dangerous

Welding and diving are hard enough alone, but when you put them together, you have an astonishingly hazardous career. I hear it pays very well, yet the contents of this video are more than enough to turn you off the job. In the YouTube comments, quite a few people have known an underwater welder at one time or another in their lives. Some of those welders died on the job, some were permanently injured, and the rest will just try to convince you not to go into such a line of work. Besides what is outlined in the video, they relate tales of being in the dark water and suddenly encountering a massive sea creature who came over to get a look! (via Nag on the Lake)


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Kool & the Gang, from 1980. Guaranteed to get folks out on the dance floor, throughout the 1980s. And maybe even today, I don’t know.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Designer Garbage

Suicide Trombone Deluxe

You've seen the suicide trombone routine. It's kind of scary, but you've never seen it like this! The Liberty High School Trombone Headchoppers of Frisco, Texas, do the regular stuff, but then they get complicated, using irregular cadence, spins, and blindfolds. One misstep could mean stitches. They must have practiced diligently, and suffered for their art along the way.

The Making of The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption was a sleeper hit. It didn't make much stir when it was released in theaters in 1994, but on home video and TV, it grew to be a cult classic, and a generation of viewers love it. As such, we didn't have a lot of trivia articles about it on the internet. We now get tidbits of trivia, and a breakdown of the film's special effects. What? You didn't know The Shawshank Redemption, a prison period drama, had special effects? Yes, and before CGI became so ubiquitous they had to get creative for them. See what went into the filming of The Shawshank Redemption, including a small detail that bugged the director for ten years before it was corrected, in this video.


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Cat Confused by Escalator

People in Istanbul love cats and go out of their way to help the city's numerous street cats. This cat hasn't learned to distinguished the up escalator from the down escalator, and doesn't understand why he's not making any progress. The lady going up notices him, and then goes back down to help out, but another human is quicker. Notice the little look back, as if the cat is saying "Thanks." Both humans were being way more helpful than whoever shot the video. That said, cats and dogs shouldn't be on escalators at all because of the danger of their paws being pinched at the end.