Sunday, January 29, 2023

Sleeping with Dogs

Charcoal And His Bucket

Move over, walrus! Nobody loves his bucket more than Charcoal, the Labrador. YouTube member cdal233 made this video of his mom’s dog to present to her as a birthday gift. It’s actually a gift for all of us. I wish I could enjoy anything as much as Charcoal enjoys that red bucket. (via Metafilter)

Tweet of the Day

The replies to this are great. Especially those that don't get the joke. And the ones who added their own jokes. (via Everlasting Blort)

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Imagine That

A Real-Life T-1000 Liquid Robot

You surely remember the T-1000 terminator from the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day. It was a shapeshifting liquid robot that made for some awesome special effects. Now the real world has something that approaches the T-1000. These robots are quite small (for now), but watching them is awesome. We get to see one liquify itself to escape jail bars and then turns back into a tiny human again when it's free! SciShow gives four minutes to the robots, and then talks about the odd movements of the earth's core.


The Difference Between Pudding and Pudding

British folks have blood pudding or black pudding, and they also have Christmas pudding, which are nothing like each other, and nothing like what Americans put into a chocolate pie. So why are they all called pudding? Adam Ragusea explains the different kinds of puddings. The European pudding began as a sausageThen pudding became more than just sausage, and the word was highjacked to mean a sweet soft dessert with all manner of things in it. Ragusea even makes one from a 17th century recipe. But the evolution continued in a different way in the United States, where our pudding eventually became more liquid with fewer things in it. The video has a skippable ad from 3:00 to 4:20. (via Digg)

Restaurant For Sale

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Josh Jacobs, the Slinky Master

Josh Jacobs, also known as Slinky Josh, is the world's premiere expert in slinky manipulation, or slinking, as he calls it. He came by the art honestly, by seeing someone on the internet do it. He was so fascinated that he got a slinky and started practicing. In this video, he shows us a couple of the basic moves that anyone can do, but you only get really good at it with practice. (via Digg)

Where Were You on January 28, 1986?

There are certain news items that are seared into our memories forever. One happened 37 years ago. I was at work at WTPR in Paris, Tennessee, when the Space Shuttle Challenger took off. Space shuttle launches had become somewhat routine at the time, and I hadn't made a point to watch the recent ones. This was different, because for the first time in NASA's history, a private citizen would be aboard, an elementary teacher named Christa McAuliffe. Also, because our news director Bart Herbison invited the staff to drop by the newsroom if we could to watch the launch on live TV. What we saw was devastating, never to be forgotten. Do you remember where you were and what you were doing that day?

Cat Burglar

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My Wife's Enchanted Pregnancy

Dan Tran and his wife Anne Tran made a time-lapse video of her pregnancy, but wanted it to be a little more entertaining than the usual picture-a-day video. They added vignettes that show the passage of time through the holidays and the nursery preparation along the way. It turned out to be a charming document even for those outside the family! In case you’re wondering, they now have a little girl. They did not mention whether they named the baby something that rhymes with the rest of their names. (via Buzzfeed)

Tweet of the Day

Friday, January 27, 2023


Born to Be Wild

This looks really dangerous. Someone should call the police. (Thanks, WTM!)

Socializing Feral Kittens

Flatbush Cats runs a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats in Brooklyn, and are also working to establish a veterinary clinic for both homeless cats and low-income families with pets. And when they can, they take kittens off the streets and find them permanent homes. Kittens born to feral mothers don't know anything about trusting humans, but they are young enough to learn. It's not an easy task, but it is wonderful to watch, as a volunteer foster dad takes us through the steps to show a litter of four feral kittens that humans can be friends. He also addresses the hardest part of fostering kittens: how to let them go.

Olden Times

Ode to Chubby Cat

Take a good look at the musical notation before you play the video. In ten measures scored for ten instruments, you see a cat curled up in a ball. How does it sound? Surprisingly good!

Noam Oxman wrote this music as a memorial tribute for his beloved Chubby Cat. We can be impressed with the skill that went into this, although it's not Oxman's first such musical illustration. His YouTube channel of "Sympawnies" has a lot more, and some of them are for sale as art prints as well. When you've got the talent to do something as odd as this, you have to share it with the world. (via Fark)

Miss Cellania's Links

The Evolution of Kitchen Style in the Late 20th Century.

Earth's inner core may have stopped spinning – but what does that mean? It doesn't mean we should panic. (via Damn Interesting)

What If a Conjoined Twin Commits a Crime? This is a common thought experiment in law school, but believe it or not there have been a couple of real world cases. (Thanks, Jill!)

Hollingsworth Hound, as Scrooge, in "A Q-1 Carol." The latest from Tom the Dancing Bug.

Historical Candidates for the Real-Life Carmen Sandiego. Women were proven to be con men, too.

When Lyndon B. Johnson Chose the Middle Ground on Civil Rights—and Disappointed Everyone. Despite its glaring limitations, the 1957 law was a useful tool for proponents of civil rights.

Exaggerating China’s military spending, St. Louis Fed breaks all statistical rules with misleading graph. It uses two different scales! (via Kottke)

Barefoot Bowling Ball Soccer on Legos. The dumbest game ever.

Before Folding 30 Years Ago, the Sears Catalog Sold Some Surprising Products.


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