Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Why is male country music like “hot girls in teeny tiny shorts I will make you my wife, bear my children, front porch, family values, casseroles” and female country music is like “oops I killed my husband”— Lucy Huber (@clhubes) June 8, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
You know Thurl Ravenscroft as the man who voiced Tony the Tiger saying "They're great!" for so many years. You probably also know him for the song "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (even though he was discredited on the single). however, you've heard Ravenscroft in many songs and movies. Listen to his lovely bass singing in this compilation. (via Nag on the Lake)
America’s Image Abroad Rebounds With Transition From Trump to Biden.
Japanese Castaways of 1834: The Three Kichis. (via Metafilter)
Cat protects child from perceived danger. That's a good kitty.
The Wacky State of the Used Car Market. No, that crazy price Carvana offered for your car isn't too good to be true. (via Digg)
The Strange Tale of the Identical Twin’s Mirrored Mansion.
22 of America's Best Preserved Ghost Towns. (via Nag on the Lake)
Kip Kinkel Is Ready To Speak. At 15, he shot and killed his parents, two classmates at his school, and wounded 25 others. He’s been used as the reason to lock kids up for life ever since.
The Fundamental Question of the Pandemic Is Shifting. America's concepts of personal freedom and rugged individualism meant the deaths of half a million people. (via Kottke)
A blast from the past (2015): 9 Remarkable Ultrasound Images.
We now know that many dinosaurs had feathers; the question is, why? They couldn't fly, but for some reason, they developed fluff that eventually became feathers. There must have been some benefits from the plumage that eventually helped birds to fly. One of my favorite science writers, Carl Zimmer, explains how this may have happened. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Charles Douglass was the man who developed laugh tracks for TV sitcoms. He built the Laff Box, a gadget he used to mix the appropriate audience reactions to "sweeten" the story. Audio engineer Carroll Pratt trained under Douglass, and later computerized the Laff Box, added stereo capability, and formed his own company. Watch Pratt editing a sitcom to enhance the laughter in this video. (via Boing Boing)
Meteorologist Kristi Gordon of Global BC was just doing her job when a giant spider attacked her on live TV! Luckily, she survived the incident with no lasting effects, except for global recognition on the internet. (via Viral Viral Videos)