Sunday, January 17, 2021
An increasingly frustrated narrator leads us through a nature documentary about useless animal species such as the cube fish and the inverted hedgehog that have no chance to survive or flourish because their evolutionary adaptations are just plain senseless. (via Daily of the Day)
Saturday, January 16, 2021
No, it isn't teaching a lesson, because cats don't go for that. The guy is purely seeking revenge, which might make him feel better for a minute. Oh, I can say that, because I have but one cat who knocks things off the table, and I'm pretty good at keeping the table clear. Now, if she gets on the kitchen counter, she will feel my wrath! This comic is from Cameron Spires at goattoself.
It’s a scene that we will never, ever forget. The 1979 film Alien introduced the monster by having it emerge from John Hurt’s chest where it was apparently incubating. We were horrified, not only by the idea of an alien growing inside his body, but also the death of a major movie star so early in the film. The new series Art of the Scene by Cinefix looks at the nuts and bolts of conceiving, designing, and pulling off the horrific scene in the days before non-stop CGI. (via Laughing Squid)
Friday, January 15, 2021
The Lunar New Year begins on Friday, February 12 this year. The Lion Dance is a traditional part of the festivities in China. If you've ever wondered what the dancers look like underneath the lion costume, watch these two guys. Their dance looks pretty straightforward until... Well, just watch and you'll see something truly amazing. (via Nag on the Lake)
Lion dance is a form of traditional dance and performance in Chinese culture where dancers mimic a lion's movements in a lion costume. This is what their moves look like without the lion https://t.co/tIwpwmUib8 [source of the gif: https://t.co/aMLeaPdWxc] pic.twitter.com/ndeg4351Jb— Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) January 14, 2021
After last year's Mardi Gras celebrations led to a huge number of COVID cases, the parades are cancelled for this year. But New Orleans is bringing the parade flavor back anyway, by decorating houses as if they were traditional Mardi Gras parade floats! A project called "Hire a Mardi was Artist" is putting artists, float builders, and craftspeople to work transforming homes into colorful art installations. The money raised through donations pays for the work, and also helps struggling musicians and others who are impacted by the Mardi Gras cancellations. (via Boing Boing)
Maximizing the Expected Value of a Lottery Ticket. What this extremely complex mathematical analysis misses is that the "value" of a lottery ticket lies more in the pleasant fantasy it creates for the buyer than in the actual outcome. (via Metafilter)
The COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed more than 336,000 lives in the United States in 2020, has significantly affected life expectancy.
Why Mainstream Media Is Telling the Whitewashed Version of the MAGA Insurrection. The right doesn't believe election results because they were scrutinized and therefore uncharacteristically fair.
Dire Wolves Were Not Really Wolves. (via Metafilter)
Donald Trump Built a National Debt So Big That It’ll Weigh Down the Economy for Years. That's even without weighing in the pandemic.
A blast from the past (2010): Recluses: Private, Exploited, or Self-Destructive?