YouTuber Hyperboliumn transcribed the shapes of each of the 50 United States onto a midi graph. You wouldn't guess how melodic they sound when played. I think there was some serious tweaks made to improve the sound. I know Wyoming isn't that irregular along the bottom. If you don't recognize the shape of each state, there's an index at the YouTube page. (via Laughing Squid)
Friday, January 21, 2022
You can be a consummate professional, but you can't control for everything when the cameras are broadcasting live. WSAZ reporter Tori Yorgey was on the scene of a water main break in Dunbar, West Virginia, when a car hit her. Her first reaction was to let everyone know she's okay, and she even took time to reassure the driver before she continued with her report. Yorgey was later interviewed about the incident, and takes her viral fame in stride. (via Neatorama)
Ernest Shackleton's Harrowing Journey to Elephant Island. They were on dry land for the first time in over a year, but that didn't help all that much.
Tangled Deer Freed by Hunter with Angle Grinder. His wife recorded the rescue operation on video, which you can see at Facebook. (via Fark)
How a small town can make a ton of money. Just take it from people passing through. (Via Digg)
50 Really Awkward And Embarrassing But Memorable Moments.
The Unicorn that Lived Among Early Humans. (via Damn Interesting)
Rod Serling was not the original narrator for The Twilight Zone. The first guy didn't sound quite right.
Arthur Erickson’s Starship House is For Sale. The house is historic and beautiful, but the view is to die for.
GOP States Are Shredding Voting Rights and Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema Are Now Complicit.
A blast from the past (2014): Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!
In the 1925 film Seven Chances, Buster Keaton spends almost four minutes running for his life from an avalanche of boulders. Much funnier than it sounds. You can see the entire movie here. (via Metafilter)
Some may look at this and think it's another way to get out of jury duty. But is that worth risking your life? (via Fark)
Read U.S. District Judge Robert Scola's order canceling a trial because some jurors were unvaccinated.— Mark Joseph Stern (@mjs_DC) January 19, 2022
"It is the Court’s belief that the vast majority of the unvaccinated adults are uninformed and irrational, or—less charitably—selfish and unpatriotic."https://t.co/xp8loebytF pic.twitter.com/Nxzzkfpqu2
Thursday, January 20, 2022
People have always been into non-medical drugs, from mind-expanding hallucinogens for religious rites to painkillers to escape the grinding stress of everyday life. And for some, mood-altering drugs could aid in warfare.
We all know that you stay away from someone who is in a drug-induced frenzy, because they may have lost all sense of self-preservation. That was the story of the berserkers, who were said to be immune to fire and weapons during battle. The more likely story is that they just didn't care, and that terrified their enemies into retreat or submission. It must have been the drugs. (via Boing Boing)
One of the more distinctive features of a house cat is its weird vertical pupils, which don't seem all that weird to us because we are really familiar with cats. But pupil shapes vary all along the spectrum of the animal kingdom, and each shape has a purpose for the lifestyle of its owners. In the TED-Ed video, we learn about pupil shapes in a variety of animals, including the extremely weird rectangular pupils of a goat. (via Laughing Squid)
Click to the right to advance the comic. Don't tell someone you've "been there" until you know what the problem is. They might expect you to have some insight. This comic is from Dave Contra Comics. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
Try This Addictive Wiki History Game. All you have to do is place historical events in chronological order. (via Metafilter)
Guess Who's Playing "Weird Al" in the Biopic. (via reddit)
Have You Ever Seen a Bull on a Jet Ski?
The 25 Greatest Horror Comedies of All Time.
Landing at the World's Most Dangerous Airport.
The Sleeping Girl of Turville. Ellen Sadler had a few seizures, laid down to rest, and didn't wake up for nine years.
New Orleans had a Parade for Betty White's 100th Birthday. What a great kickoff to carnival season! (Thanks, Bicycle Bill!)
A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at being a loser. The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.
A blast from the past (2013): Ten Neat Things to Do With Apples.
Matt Van Vliet got roughed up by the cops until his girlfriend Samantha Labo was in tears. Then when the cop went through Van Vliet’s pockets, he found an engagement ring and it all turned out to be a hoax -he just wanted to propose to her! It was all captured on the police officer’s dashcam. We get an idea of why Van Vliet wanted to stage this unusual proposal from CNN.
Van Vliet and Labo met when they were arrested at an underage drinking party in their freshman year at Colby-Sawyer College. After a Breathalyzer test showed no alcohol, they were let go, but they continued talking and began dating a month later. So, when he decided to propose to his girlfriend of four years, Van Vliet reached out to the officer who arrested them.It must be true love, or else she would have killed him. Or at least let them haul him to jail. (via The Daily Dot)
"At first I was going to say no, because it's not something you would typically do or get involved in, but because of the involvement of how they met I felt compelled," said Police Chief Andersen.
Anderson said when Van Vliet called with the request, he told Anderson that if the two hadn't been arrested, they wouldn't be together. When Anderson agreed to help, Van Vliet also asked the officer to get Labo wound up.
"I felt honored to do it for them; it's nice to do something fun," said Anderson, who made the "arrest" on his own time.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Dolph C. Volker works with lots of wildlife species, but he has a special place in his heart for cheetahs. At Cheetah Experience in South Africa, he took the opportunity to go sleep in a cheetah enclosure on a rainy night. Would the cats mind? Would they come and try to share his blankets? In this video, Volker explains cheetah hierarchy and decision-making, but all we really want to do is see a guy snuggle with three 100-pound apex predators that also happen to be kitty cats. (via Metafilter)