Sunday, September 24, 2023
This amazing footage shows a lion dog that very much resembles Fritz the golden retriever. Watch him stalk his prey, the elusive soap bubble. Here he encounters a herd of them, to his utter delight! (via Tastefully Offensive)
Warning: this video may induce vertigo. We've seen heart-stopping POV videos of mountain bikers wearing helmet cams. The next iteration of this type of videography is from the view of a fpv (first person view) drone. In this sequence, we follow Kade Edwards down the Red Bull Hardline downhill mountain bike race track in Wales, an extreme track if you ever saw one. Can Edwards stay upright on this terrifying run? Can the drone keep up with him? Can it navigate through thick groves of trees? Can we keep our stomachs from leaping while watching? Edwards makes the run look easy, but we all know that it isn't, and the drone pilot did a fantastic job. Any of us would have crashed and burned in either role. (via TYWKIWDBI)
Devon Meadows set up a camera to see what goes on when he’s not home, particularly how much his new puppy Chazz barks. That’s how he came to witness an epic shutdown by his cat, Grayscale. Cats know when to be intimidating, and the puppy was certainly put in his place. (via Neatorama)
That "99% will fail" part is pure clickbait. The correct answer could be 0, 2, 4, or 6, depending on how you parse the question. How do you fail this one? By guessing on odd number? This is really a language problem, not a math problem.
Mathematics.— Cliff Pickover (@pickover) September 18, 2023
This popular puzzle below has "gone viral" in the past, but I'm not sure why. Depending on interpretations, probably many answers are possible. Still, I wonder what the most common answer is. pic.twitter.com/1WNtD6xFiR
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Everyone’s dancing to “Upttown Funk,” from Charlie Chaplin to Nicola Cage to cartoon characters! There are 100 movies represented here; how many of them have you seen? (via Tastefully Offensive)
No, you won't die if you hear the sound of an Aztec death whistle, but you'll hear it a lot in this video, and you might want to be ready with the volume control. It can cause a jump scare in the people in the next room, or make children cry. The Aztec death whistle is a small instrument that looks like a duck call, but the sound it produces is like a terrified person screaming beyond control. If you didn't know what caused it, hearing this in the night would make the hairs on your back rise up. James Orgill of The Action Lab actually made some Aztec death whistles with a 3D printer. He tells us both the history and science of these whistles, and blows those darn whistles quite a few times. That's an interesting and sneaky way to lead up to an ad for the 3D printer. (via Digg)
The last we heard about the upcoming TV game show Squid Game: The Challenge was in January. Now the upcoming Netflix series has a teaser trailer and a premiere date. The teaser is less than a minute long, but we can see that they've gone to great lengths to recreate the visuals from the original fiction series Squid Game from 2021. This time, it's all about the games, with no life-and-death risks or moral decisions to make along the way. In Squid Game: The Challenge, 456 people will compete for a grand prize of $4.56 million.
The original series was a dystopian horror about the lengths desperate people will go to win riches at the expense of their fellow man (or woman). The entire idea of making it into a game show with lower risks only shows how well we manage to miss the point. Still, the games themselves made viewers consider their own strategy to win. In the original, there were 455 losers and one winner. The reality game show has not revealed whether the fates of their contestants will be the same, besides that detail of death. You can watch Squid Game: The Challenge on Netflix beginning November 22. (via the A.V. Club)
Avery is out fishing with her dad with her pink Barbie fishing pole. Not only does she catch a fish, it’s a 5-pound, 20 inch bass! And she did it all by herself. Father and daughter will remember this catch for the rest of their lives. (via reddit)
Friday, September 22, 2023
In the latest edition of Ze Frank's True Facts series, we learn about reef coral. Yeah, it's an animal, although what we see of them are their shells, which make a reef. You might wonder how he could ever make a bawdy, silly, joke-filled video about coral, but he manages to do so. One animal of coral is called a polyp. What we would call building a reef, he describes as a polyp "farting crystals." You get the idea. Yeah, it's a ridiculous way of telling a story, but that makes it much easier to learn how coral works. Or at least more likely to be remembered. See, already I am impressed that coral reproduces both sexually and by cloning themselves. And they have several ways of eating. The images in this video are beautiful on some ways, and gross in others. There's a one-minute skippable ad at the five-minute mark.