Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Jon Stewart explains the credit card business and how the new law will "help" us.
Don't just shorten your URL, make it suspicious and frightening. (via Neatorama)
Happy Ending Massage. May be NSFW.
Stereotypes for Users of 40 Websites. I LOLed at Slashdot, Blogger, and Best Best users.
You may have heard that filmmaker Kevin Smith was asked to leave an airplane because he's too fat. Here's the animated news version of what happened.
Alphabet Shoot. Shoot letters with letters, but the real enemy in this game is physics.
Admiral Ackbar wants to be the new Ole Miss mascot. It's not a trap!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
In Tiny Courts of N.Y., Abuses of Law and Power. As bizarre as these stories of small town justice are, you can bet they go on in other parts of the country as well. (via Boing Boing)
The Land of Underwater Birds. An author looks at what makes a book title a winner -or a loser. (via Metafilter)
4 Famous TV Co-workers (who struggled to get along). Big egos plus big opportunity often equals a thin sheen of tolerance.
10 Astounding Actions Earning A Medal of Honor. These are the stories of ordinary men in extraordinary situations who did what they had to do, and did it better than anyone else.
An interactive scale model of our universe. Slide your way from the whole enchilada down to the strings in your string theory.
West Brain, East Brain: What a difference culture makes. Neural mapping research done in one country might not hold water in a different part of the world, again raising the nature/nurture question.
During World War II, V-2 rockets were developed and built at a concentration camp called Dora, where prisoners were used for slave labor. When the US Army liberated Dora in 1945, they found 750 workers and 3,000 corpses -and the engineers and equipment they needed to start the space program. (via Metafilter)
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Take a lesson in how to write a Craigslist ad that will get noticed. It's gotten lots of positive response.
A world-record stick bomb chain reaction that will make your mouth fall open. Am I the only one who has never seen stick bombs before?
How to make cookies using Photoshop. I would have left off the raisins and added more color, but hey, they look delicious!
Why People Really Watch Figure Skating. It's the spills as much as the skills, with the bonus of those silly ice-dancing costumes.
I had no idea who Justin Bieber is (Wikipedia helped), but this 3-year-old is crying because she loves him. You may be tempted to dump out of this video, but if you stay through four minutes (skip ahead if you must) the punch line is worth every second.
How to make Pancakes like a Crackhead. (via b3ta)
6 Insane Coincidences You Won't Believe Actually Happened.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Award-winning journalist Ray Gosling admitted on television that he killed someone he loved who was dying of AIDS year ago. His confession landed him in jail and reignited Britain's debate over euthanasia. (via Buzzfeed)
7 Mad Science Experiments You Can Do At Home But Probably Shouldn't.
The ancient Nasca geoglyphs of Peru are huge drawings some think are greetings for space aliens. Their long and complicated history is not quite as exciting, but infinitely more interesting.
Body Odor Through the Ages: A Brief History of Deodorant. Human stink may have kept us from being a predator's lunch, but we'd rather smell socially acceptable now.
A Swiss man held his breath for more than 19 minutes, breaking the world record. Experts explain how he did it, and why you shouldn't.
An intriguing question: Is Inglourious Basterds a science fiction movie? Be warned that even bringing the question up provides a spoiler.
Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs talks about the late Phil Harris of The Deadliest Catch. You didn't have to know the captain that well to know that he was worth knowing.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Axe Cop: The Movie.
Invasion of the tumbleweeds. This would be golden with a soundtrack of Yakety Sax instead of hysterical children.
The J! Archive contains Jeopardy! questions and answers from 26 seasons plus charts and statistics about each game. Oh yeah, and it's a completely fan-created and maintained site. (via J-Walk Blog)
T-Shirt War is a stop motion video featuring t-shirts. That doesn't sound exciting, but believe me, these are talented t-shirts.
In any movie, witnessing a murder will surely lead to a chase scene. In Pivot, the animation is what makes the chase special. Until the ending.
20 Unholy Recipes: Dishes So Awful We Had to Make Them. In the 1950s and 60s, industry helped homemakers by publishing new and bizarre recipes that would stretch a family's budget and sell food products like Spam and Jell-O.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Why Your Food is Getting Sweeter. Even pizza gets a cheap shot in the arm with more sugar.
King Tut didn't have the easy life of royalty we all thought. According to a DNA study, he was inbred, disabled, and altogether unhealthy. (via Neatorama)
Put a physicist in a hotel with a water-saving plan and you're just asking for an experiment on fluid dynamics. It turns out that some environmental awareness is just a matter of perception.
How to make perfect french fries from scratch. Also the real scientific reason we are supposed to fry them twice, which I must try tonight. (via Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)
Movie critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer four years ago. He no longer speaks, but he has plenty to say in this interview.
How deep is the Mariana Trench? The deepest ocean point is illustrated to scale in this graphic.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Prince rehearsing in his basement in June of 1984. I wouldn't be surprised if these videos were pulled by the end of the day.
What do you say to a scared little girl whose just had a baby and feels all alone in the world? A young NICU doctor has a few suggestions. (via Metafilter)
"Inuk" is the ninth human to have his entire genome sequenced but unlike the previous eight, he has been dead for some 4,000 years. His DNA tells us about him, his tribe, culture, where he came from, and how he is related to the rest of mankind.
Antibiotics Breed Superbugs Faster Than Expected. The strongest bacteria just get damaged, which sparks lots of mutations.
Now Sea This: The 10 Most Amazing Bizarre Sharks. Different species developed weird and oversized body parts because no creature was ever brave enough to criticize a shark over its looks.
We May Soon Be Able to Clone Neanderthals. But Should We? Isaac Asimov took a look at some of the ethical considerations fifty years ago.
A video of Apolo Ohno in training sheds some light on how speed skating is done. It still seems fairly impossible to actually do.
Monday, February 15, 2010
A Brief History Of Pretty Much Everything. Explained wordlessly yet eloquently with notebook doodles, probably drawn during class.
The Top Ten Saturday Night Live Sketches Ever. Yes, with videos. Conspicuously absent: John Belushi. (via Gorilla Mask)
How to store and organize your cats. I like to color code mine as well. (via Everlasting Blort)
"Crash Blossoms" are ambiguous headlines that can be quite funny. There's even a blog collecting them. (via Metafilter)
One Button Bob is a game that uses only one button on your mouse. It's up to you to figure out what to do with it to pass through each level. Luckily, you can die many times without losing the level you're on. (via b3ta)
A preying mantis using a computer? Not quite; he just wants to eat the cursor.
What happens when a heavy metal band is stranded on a desert island for 20 years with only the music collection of a 13-year-old girl to listen to? No, it didn't happen, but that's the idea behind Rock Sugar.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wow, A Talking Fish! A 1983 animated Russian film of an Armenian folk tale featuring a wildly kaleidoscopic wizard.
Oh, you're invited to the Valentines Day party, but you can't express any affection. Burbia gives us another reason to avoid Home Owners Associations like the plague.
An internet classic, Squirrel vs. Penguin. Probably not what you were expecting, but a delight anyway.
The prettiest time-lapse video of a city in the fog you'll see today. Vancouver City is a nice song as well.
Movie posters and video game titles. They go together so well!
The sex scene from Back to the Future. It was cut from the final movie after it ripped the space-time continuum.
The Best Neuroscience Study Guide Ever (Because It Has Cats). And a sparkly title and lots of sweet sugary cuteness along the synapses. (via Metafilter)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Missile Silo Confessions: Living on the Edge of Armageddon. Lots of photographs and reminiscing from the people who built, manned, and recovered a Titan missile site.
Edgar Parker opened his dental practice in 1892 and found business was not that great. So he took his practice on the road and became "the P.T. Barnum of dentistry."
6 Shockingly Evil Things Babies Are Capable Of. Of course, babies wouldn't consider them evil, just the result of natural selection that made their existence possible.
After years of delays, the world's largest commercial airplane took its first test flight Monday. The Boeing 747-8 will lift almost a million pounds fully loaded into the air when it goes into service, possibly by next year.
An Intellectual History of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. It began in 1964, which makes it older than any of the models in this year's edition.
The Top Ten Important Moments in Snowboarding History. The next couple of weeks in Vancouver may add to the list.
Take a POV Tour Of The International Space Station. It's much smaller than you'd imagine from watching movies, but much cooler than any fiction.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
2. Take one drink every time snowboarding highlights are backed up by rock-and-roll guitar/heavy metal headbanger music.
3. Take one drink every time a female athlete is described as "America's _____ing sweetheart." Take an extra drink if the athlete in question is "American's curling sweetheart."
4. Clap your hands and take one drink every time reference is made to "the revolutionary new clap skate" being used in speed skating.
5. Take one drink every time figure skating commentator Scott Hamilton shouts that a skater "NAILED!!" a jump.
6. Take one drink every time you hear a hockey announcer shout, "He shoots...he scores!" Take two drinks if you're watching women's hockey and you hear, "She shoots...she scores!"
7. Take one drink every time NBC promises to get "up close and personal" with an athlete.
8. Take one drink every time a skater is presented with a bouquet of flowers.
9. Take one drink every time America's quest for its first medal in luge is mentioned. Take an extra drink if America actually happens to win a medal in luge.
10. Take one drink and sigh, "That's good, mon" every time reference is made to the Jamaican bobsled team.
11. Take one drink every time the REAL Olympic theme is heard.
Buzzfeed illustrates some more rules of this classic drinking game specifically for the Vancouver opening ceremonies tonight. Warning: Canada jokes. Here are the number of extra sips you should take depending on who lights the cauldron.
(image credit: Michael Barrick)
Michael R. Barrick created a graphic last summer using the Vancouver Olympics mascots and the internet cartoon known as Pedobear. It was only a matter of time before someone used it without knowing that Pedobear is not an Olympic mascot.
Is there an Academy Award for weather forecasts? This guy must be trying for one, the way he's hamming it up.
The Coolest Taxi License ID Ever. Yes, even cooler than Ben Bailey's.
How many times have looked in a mirror and saw someone you didn't realize was there with you? Never? Well, it happens a LOT in the movies. (via Gorilla Mask)
A group of passionate Betty White fans want her to host Saturday Night Live. And why not? She's funnier than any other 88-year-old woman you can think of!
Weird Festivals & Strange Celebrations. Proof that, no matter where you live, people love to throw things and make a mess whenever they have an excuse.
The worst (UK) game show answers ever. Proving that American contestants aren't the only ones who fall apart under pressure. (via Bits and Pieces)
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Monday, February 08, 2010
The Real Rules for Time Travelers. A physicist explains how there would be no paradox if time travel were possible. Then it gets weird.
Land reform in Africa may be the key to solving the continent's other problems. Land rights would bring security, stability, sustenance, and power to those who've lost them over the past couple of centuries. (via Metafilter)
The Top 100 Singles (ten for each year) of the 70s. These would make the ultimate mixtape of memories for me. (via Neatorama)
11 Little-Known Grammatical Errors That Will Shock and Horrify You. Curiously, I am neither shocked nor horrified, but I do find this information useful and worth passing along.
Ghost Ships: Ten Scary Spirits Of The Seven Seas. I'll have to file these and pull them out again to tell the kids around a campfire and ruin their sleep.
German scientists say our world may be a giant hologram. They're looking for Morpheus and his little red pill to find out for sure. (via Neatorama)
A nurse who reported a doctor for malpractice may go to prison for blowing the whistle. Let that be an example to anyone who tries to mess with a friend of a Texas sheriff.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
It's a terrifying scenario you may have dreamed about: falling to earth from a high altitude. Popular Mechanics has a survival guide that will take you longer to read than the six mile fall would take. (via Metafilter)
Will Marry For Health Insurance. Too bad it has to come to this, but people get married for far more frivolous reasons. (via Neatorama)
4 Strange Greenpeace Moments. Sometimes the quest for publicity pays off and sometimes it backfires bigtime.
10 Unbelievable Inheritance Stories. (via Look at This)
A survivor of child sexual abuse is still victimized years later because of a video still in circulation. Now she's seeking restitution from anyone who downloads it, but some think this may set a disturbing precedent.
Five myths about America's credit card debt. The short version: it's not all your fault!
The Vancouver Experiment. Nothing to do with the Olympics, this experiment involves helping heroin addicts with a safe place to shoot up. (via Metafilter)
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Extreme Gaming, anywhere you want. Sure, he could do the same with a handheld game, but this is so much cooler.
7 Of The Most Expensive Flops In Television History. Remember Cop Rock? Supertrain? There's a reason you don't.
Which Disney princess is the greenest? We would all be greener if we could use magic instead of energy to get things done!
Ten Word Wiki describes itself as an encyclopedia for the ADD generation. The site is like Wikipedia, but all entries are limited to ten words. (via b3ta)
The Old Disappearing Water Prank. If she can forgive this, then they've got a wonderful future ahead of them.
If People on the Internet Told the Truth, all the fun would be sucked right out. Even if we know the real story, we like to have our little fantasies.
The newest talking sex robot will set you back ...only a few thousand dollars.
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Radiation therapy saves lives while it kills cancer, but mistakes can lead to horrifying injuries or death. When radiation is delivered by computer software, mistakes can go on too long before someone notices.
15 Big Cheats and Fakers. That includes plagiarists, parodists, impostors, con men, lip-synchers, and those who take credit for other people's work. (via Neatorama)
The Top Secret Drum Corps of Basel, Switzerland should not be a secret. This much rhythm and discipline should be showcased, and often.
The Jihadist Next Door. How an Alabama honors students ended up as one of the leaders of a terrorist group targeting Somalia. (via Metafilter)
The Chaos is a poem often used to demonstrate how difficult it is to pronounce words in English, as the spelling and pronunciation varies so. The poem is now 274 lines long, meant to be read out loud. (via Geeks Are Sexy)
5 Ways to Get Closer to Your Garbage. the point being to understand what it is and how it will affect our world.
A personal story tells how difficult loving a soldier can be when wars and other conflicts never end.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Pee Wee Herman Gets an iPad.
The Star Wars read-along storybook is now on video, illustrated by vintage action figures. Turn to the next page when you hear R2D2.
8 Greatest Jon Stewart Pwnages.
An Englishman marries an American and moves to New York City. Despite knowing the language, he finds himself in a very foreign place.
6-year-old Gabriella Crump made a splash as a gymnast, dancer, and contortionist. Now she's 7 and appearing in TV commercials.
Drug-dealers vs software developers. They only differ where it really counts.
The 12 Most Insane Things You Can Buy on the Internet. But only if you have the bucks!