Friday, June 09, 2023

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Thursday, June 08, 2023

Over 70, Not Pregnant

Seeing Red

Who says classical music concerts have to be serious? (via Boing Boing)


Rescue of a Helpless Baby Bat

Eddie is a flying fox, a species of megabat that eats fruit. Eddie was found all alone at an amusement park, and the staff there contacted Rhi Batty, a wildlife rehabilitator who knows all about bats. She figured that Eddie was born premature, and could not successfully cling to his flying mother as other flying foxes do. So Eddie got round-the-clock care until he was big enough to fend for himself. That was enough time for Rhi to fall in love with Eddie, and for Eddie to fall in love with Rhi. That adorable little face may change the way you feel about bats.   

Creative Carpets

London Tube Duet

French pianist Aurelien Froissart visited the public piano at the St. Pancras train station in London and set up several cameras, as he often does for his TikTok videos in which he plays requests. This time a request came from a woman carrying a violin case. She asked if he knew Vivaldi's "Summer" from his Four Seasons. Froissart did, but got a little flustered during the duet wondering if he could keep up with the violinist.

Was it staged? Froissart has an awful lot of performance videos of public pianos in which talented musicians join in with him, so that's up in the air, but this one garnered 50 millions views on TikTok. Unfortunately, the woman with the violin was never identified. But the performance was magic. (via Metafilter)


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LEGO Jurassic World: Little Arms, Big Feet

LEGO Jurassic World is a series of animated vignettes from Brotherhood Workshop. In this episode, T. rex wants to join in the fun when the velociraptors are playing ball. There’s just one problem -those tiny, useless little arms. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Wednesday, June 07, 2023

That's What We All Thought

The Sun is Green

If you want to know what color the sun is, the worst way to find out would be to look at it, especially it's high in the sky. That's a good way to damage your eyes. When you look at the sun as it is setting, you get the idea that it is yellow, or maybe a bit orange. But you can't always believe your eyes. Atmospheric conditions affect the way things appear to us, and the limitations of our eyes affect what we perceive. So what color is the sun really emitting? All of them, but green more than any other. To determine this, we have to define color, and then measure the sun's wavelengths, and look at the factors that affect our perception. SciShow gives us an overview of all that in just five minutes.

Master Plumber

(via reddit)

Chased by a Sloth

How will you ever escape a sloth who is determined to chase you down? There's a reason these animals were named after the laziest of the seven deadly sins. While these young guys at the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica (yeah, there are several different animals in this compilation) look to be the fastest sloths in the whole compound, they are still pretty slow. It's a good thing they aren't predators, or they would have gone extinct long ago. Even a dramatic movie soundtrack wouldn't have helped them. (via Nag on the Lake)


The History of the George Foreman Grill

Remember the Lean Mean Fat Reducing Grilling Machine? No? You probably recall it as the George Foreman Grill. You might even have one in your pantry. But if you are under 50, you might not know who George Foreman is, or why his name is on the appliance.   

Foreman was not a celebrity chef, nor any kind of chef at all before the grill. The video needs the first five minutes to explain George Foreman, meaning his career as a world champion boxer (in addition to his careers in crime and the ministry) before he was ever connected with an electric grill. The phenomena of the George Foreman grill came about due to the timing of the grill's invention, Foreman's need for cash, and the rising desire for lower fat meals. It was a knockout combination.

Miss Cellania's Links

Medieval Illustrations of Bonnacons. The legendary medieval beast's weapon was explosive diarrhea. (via Everlasting Blort)

The breathtaking cars of Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2023. (via Nag on the Lake)

The 72-Year-Old Who Lied About His Age to Fight in World War I.

5 Statues That Somehow Got Treated Like Living People.

What Is Going On With Hannah Gadsby's New Controversial Show It's Pablo-matic? We (Try To) Explain.

When the Neighbors Don’t Share Your Vision (and That Vision Involves Transformers Statues). (via Metafilter

Thousands of Unusual Road Signs Across Japan. (via Nag on the Lake)

12 Ridiculous-Sounding Scientific Names That Are 100% Real.

How Do You Buy a Home in L.A. for $250K? But a place like this.

Boss Cat

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Phyllis Diller on You Bet Your Life

A rather young Phyllis Diller appeared on the game show You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx in 1958. We eventually get to hear some of Diller’s standup routine of the time, but George Jarvis’ life story first is amusing as well. (via Everlasting Blort)

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