Friday, May 17, 2024

Food Pyramids

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True Facts About Pigeons



Ze Frank manages to keep focused on scientific facts about pigeons. He tells us about how surprisingly smart pigeons are, considering their tiny bird brains. A pigeon's behavior is not all that sophisticated, but within their world, they have super powers that take advantage of opportunities that ensure their survival. At least the pigeons we have today outlasted the passenger pigeon. This video has a one-minute skippable ad at 3:48.

Sleepovers



Parents at Graduation



Charlie Berens re-enacts a ritual that happens every May, when students graduate from college. Mom wants to wallow in the pride of the moment, because the child she put so much effort into is taking the next big step in life. In this day and age, that means taking an obscene number of photographs. Dad is avoiding any sentimental emotions by handing out advice and judgement, as is his habit. Berens plays both parts, not bothering to shave when switching parts.  

Miss Cellania's Links

The Ugly Muppet Toy Pageant 2024. The 26 contestants are revealed from the least objectionable to the ugliest and least recognizable Muppet toys submitted by fans and voted for by readers. (via Metafilter)

How to get rid of a guy with a fart, as told in medieval style. (via Laughosaurus)

The Cube Rule of Food Identification. A hot dog is a sandwich, pop tarts are ravioli, and lasagna is cake.

King Charles' Official Portrait is Very Red. What does that remind you of? 

A GOP Texas school board member campaigned against schools indoctrinating kids. Then she read the curriculum. (via Metafilter)

The 7 Most Unhinged Commencement Speeches in Graduation History.

The University of Minnesota class of 1909 and the insults posted about them in the yearbook.

Batman's Mental Illness is Pinpointed. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Detroit killed the sedan. We may all live to regret it. (via Metafilter)


Dandelions



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Dances With Goats



You’ve seen dogs dance with humans in canine freestyle competitions, but have you ever seen a goat dance with a human like that? Or a chicken? These goats do, and more besides. They run agility courses, and have learned to, uh, help Marie take her clothes off.

Marie Verbouw trained her goats Roosje and Kato and the chicken Milca to do all kinds of incredible things. Wait until the dogs get s load of a goat in their agility competitions! (via reddit

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Mice



The Heart Attack Grill



All new restaurants want a gimmick to get noticed while they build a clientele. One of the strangest gimmicks was the Heart Attack Grill, which debuted in 2005 and got all the publicity they could possibly ask for, even more when they expanded into Las Vegas in 2011. The decor and service had a theme alright, which seemed kind of cute. Diners wear hospital gowns and are treated as "patients." Morbidly obese people can eat free. But the oversized, fat-laden meals were no joke. Neither were the actual medical incidents connected with the restaurant. Founder Jon Basso embraced the controversy, and has seen his share of legal troubles. But the Heart Attack Grill is still going strong. Its customers? Maybe not so much.


Tattoo Addition

Go, Dog, Go!



When you first look at Nimble, you instantly recognize a border collie, but she's so tiny! She is a mixed breed dog. The Westminster Kennel Club calls them "All American dogs," which sounds better than calling them mutts. In the 11 years since the Westminster Kennel Club has been staging their Masters Agility Championship, no mixed-breed has ever won the top prize -until Nimble became a star last weekend during the competition in New York. She blazed through the course in 28.76 seconds with no errors! Besides being the first mixed-breed champion, she is also the first dog from the 12-inch division to win the overall competition. She beat 350 other dogs to win the title.

Nimble is border collie-papillon mix, and she has obviously inherited the best features of the two breeds, the intelligence of the border collie plus the speed of the papillon. Of course, papillons can be intelligent and border collies can be fast, too. Besides, she's as cute as can be. Nimble's handler Cynthia Hornor assured everyone that the little dog got steak and playtime after her win. (via Laughing Squid)

You Got a Package

A Look Back at The Phantom Menace



Now just wait a minute here. Why is Screen Junkies making an Honest Trailer for a movie that came out, uh, 25 years ago? Oh, I see. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace opened on May 16, 1999, which means today is its silver anniversary. That's why you've been seeing references to The Phantom Menace everywhere, and it may even be playing at a theater near you.

This movie heralded the second phase of Star Wars, now called "the prequels." Fans who saw the original Star Wars movie in 1977 as children had been waiting 16 years for another glimpse at a galaxy far, far away and had their hopes sky high for The Phantom Menace, but then were disappointed. At the same time, children who were introduced to that world in 1999 loved it. Twenty-five years later, those children run the world, and they have fond memories of The Phantom Menace. Do you realize the implications of this conundrum? In another 25 years, Star Wars fans across the internet will be lauding the nostalgic feel of The Rise of Skywalker. But for now, let's wallow in the memories of the annoying child prodigy Anakin Skywalker, endless discussion of trade agreements, midi-chlorians, and Jar Jar Binks.   

Miss Cellania's Links

The Real-Life Marine Biologist Who Helped Inspire Jaws.

Are Home Improvements Tax-Deductible? (It’s a Bigger Question Than You Might Think.)

Ahmed Best Gets the Last Laugh. Once the most hated man in Star Wars, the actor behind Jar Jar Binks reflects on his reputation in that galaxy far, far away.

User Inyerface is the most frustrating interface on the internet, but it's a game, so the challenge is to just get through it. (via Metafilter)

Why is Purple a Halloween Color?

Happy birthday, Clarence! (via Fark)

The Comedy Pet Photography Awards Finalists 2024. You can vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award. (via Everlasting Blort)

The No-So-Secret Origin of Lucky Ducky! The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Astronomers spot a giant planet that is as light as cotton candy. (via Real Clear Science)


Cat Bed



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Simon’s Cat Logic: Why Cats Love Boxes



Cats love boxes so very much, just ask Maru. Simon Tofield has four cats, so he knows that well. In this episode of Simon’s Cat Logic, Nicky Trevorrow from Cats Protection explains the allure of the simple cardboard box. This includes the Simon’s Cat cartoon called The Box. (via the A.V. Club)

Tweet of the Day

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Correction



Celebrate Both Worlds



Bill McClintock gives us a feel-good mashup to celebrate warm weather and graduation and vacation season! Van Halen's "Best of Both Worlds" goes perfectly well with "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang. Even if you're listening in a bathtub, you gotta dance to this.