Monday, May 31, 2010
How to Remember Soldiers on Memorial Day.
The Top Ten New Species of the Year includes a worm that can throw its gills away, a carnivorous sponge, and a mushroom that has already been a topic on a game show. Then there are some weird ones. (via Metafilter)
You'll understand a fairly new psychosis just by its name: The Truman Show delusion. Is this just a kind of paranoia, or is it sparked by the technology of our modern lives? (via Jason Kottke)
All The Dirt That's Fit To Print. How The National Enquirer came to rule the supermarket checkouts and even applied for a Pulitzer Prize this year. (via Metafilter)
Good: surfing the web tends to increase one's brain activity. Bad: it may hurt your comprehension, concentration, and memory.
How The U.S. Government Killed The Safest Car Ever Built. Was it an idea that was destined to fail, just hard to sell, or a a case of destroying "the evidence that you could do much better"?
Adam Savage explains the myth that Mystbusters busted, but will never be aired on TV. The results might give sponsors and children nightmares.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
23 Funny Exam Answers. If you don't know the answers, you may as well spend your time entertaining the professor and all her online friends. (via Gorilla Mask)
How to get rid of that pesky fly. There are a lot of methods to try because, honestly, they might not work.
The internet's favorite cat celebrates his third birthday with a compilation video. Maru still likes his boxes, and still carries himself with a combination of feline confidence and a deadpan appreciation for the absurd.
Kung Fu Bear. I think he was auditioning for that Jack Black panda movie, but lost the part because he didn't have the right look.
The Tortoise and the Hare. Woodward the tortoise and Lady Bunbun recreate Aesop's fable and prove that slow and steady indeed trumps ...not showing up.
The ten worst sex stories we've ever heard. (Thanks, Rich!)
What would happen if three men who thought they were Jesus Christ met each other in a mental hospital? You don't have to wonder, because it happened in Michigan 50 years ago. (via Buzzfeed)
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Back in 2005, my circle of friends in yahoo groups discovered a website by a really funny woman and I was intrigued by the format. A blog? The group geek suggested I read Boing Boing, which I did, and by following links, I found YesButNoButYes. What a cool blog! Inspired by YBNBY and a couple of other sites that no longer exist, I upgraded to a new computer so I could start my own blog.
I wanted my site to be as cool as YBNBY, except maybe not so ...male. I can't describe how excited I was when Jellio actually mentioned me in the Breakfast Links one day. Well, of course, no one here knew how excited I was, since I hid it behind a snarky comment. Soon after, someone, I think it was Aquaman, emailed me about becoming a contributor. Man, that was big. I idolized Jellio and Evil Richard and Big Picture and Razen and Aquaman. I think I had also heard of Scaramouch, but I'm not sure. New York admen! What a cool bunch -and they wanted me to post at their site!
Scaramouch found my first post and remarked how prescient it was.
Anyway, my name is Miss Cellania and I'm glad to be part of the team. My five-year mission: to make sure this site never gets too serious.2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Isn't that five years? And it was a lot of fun. I posted things over here that I was too shy to put on my own site. I wrote about penises (a lot) and boobs and porn stars and sex toys while trying to maintain a ladylike air. I found sex in science, math, history, art, language, and literature. I tried new things, likes quizzes, recipes, and comics. I tried contests and collaborations, but nothing succeeded like sex and humor. Both at the same time is best.
As time went by, I had to stretch to come up with original material. That's hard when there are so many people, here and elsewhere, mining those themes you like best. Posting things about my personal life was one way to publish what no one else had. I'm surprised to find I put so much of my real life on YBNBY ...actually more than I put on my own site! You read about when my equipment failed. And my job as a full-time blogger. The wonders of my new home became a series: the mystery of the second floor, part one, part two, and part three. That second floor is now a living space. You saw embarrassing photographs of my younger days and even who I fantasized about in the "I Would" list. But you know YBNBY is special when I chose this site to chronicle how I fell in love and got married. And no one gave me a hard time about it! What a wonderful bunch of readers!
For my birthday gift one year, Scaramouch posted a list of my top ten stories. Besides those that did well (and other stories linked here), my favorites include the video of a mule that kicked a chicken, my Thanksgiving leftovers, and the Monty Python spoofs and remixes. Some that I worked really hard on (heh heh) but got very little traction were The Boys of Tiger Beat, All Praise the Penis!, and Up Yours, Cupid! I also had a lot of fun with the Lunch Hour Veg section.
A couple of years ago, I finally got to meet the crew when I took a personal (no kids) vacation to New York City. I knew their voices, I knew their pictures, and I finally got to put them all together in a loud and crowded meeting with Scaramouch, Bairman, Johnny, Echowood, and Razen in a neighborhood bar. I found out that chili and gin go together just fine. Then Johnny and Echo escorted me through the subway, which would not have been necessary if it weren't for the gin. A good time was had by all.
There have been times when I felt a little overwhelmed by the testosterone at YNBNY. Sometimes it was a balancing act. There were some ideas and links I thought about twice and left for the guys to post instead, cutting my own throat financially, but some posts were really not appropriate for my byline. There were other female writers who didn't last long here, and I suppose each had their own reasons for leaving. But I stayed, because I love these guys. And you know what? Despite the locker-room posts and banter, they really love women. They love the concept of womanhood, and as you know, they love women's body parts. They also love the women who are close to them. They never throw disrespect at anyone who didn't ask for it. They are not the kind of writers who rely on meanness for a laugh. They all have a great way of recognizing the absurd where they find it, without going for the throat. I've learned a lot from all of them.
Since joining YesButNoButYes, I've gone on to writing for Neatorama, then mental_floss, then Geeks Are Sexy, and now I'm the managing editor at Neatorama as well. Those doors might not have opened up if it weren't for the guys here who gave me that first chance. I still try to keep up with my personal site, Miss Cellania, since it started making money recently, as well as an additional link blog Miss C Recommends. I will certainly miss the wonderful camaraderie from the contradictors and the Loyal 77 here, but y'all are invited to come by and visit me everywhere else!
Portrait by Ben Rollman.
Sunday, the annual Indianapolis 500 will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They've been doing it since 1911, after a pretty rough start. Read about how the Indianapolis Motor Speedway began and the very first 500-mile race in this article I wrote for mental_floss.
Doors to Hell: Real and Imagined. This post even contains a dare!
The Greatest Shakespeare Hoax. William-Henry Ireland forged some discoveries from Shakespeare to impress his father, but became surrounded by those who wanted to believe.
Stunning photographs give us a preview of an upcoming National Geographic special. The documentary covers the first 36 hours after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.
A beautiful 1927 colonial-style waterfront home with 5 bedrooms, 3 and a half baths, and a ton of history behind it in Long Island can be yours for as little as $1,150,000. The home has had many owners, some more notorious than others. (via YesButNoButYes)
A man and his marbles. This is presented as a sad case of obsession, but you could also consider him a happy retiree with a cool hobby.
The longest bridge in Russia had to be shut down when it began to wobble. As you'll see in the video, "wobble" may be an understatement.
5 Leaders Who Spent Their Countries Into The Ground. Real cases of how an unlimited budget corrupts absolutely, since nobody was brave enough to tell them "no".
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A piece of computer coding can take a hit song and turn it into a swing tune by adjusting the beat ever-so-slightly. So now we can cut a rug to the strains of Guns'N'Roses and Journey! (via Metafilter)
The female of the argonaut species of octopus produces a thin shell called a paper nautilus. Scientists have pondered the purpose of these shells for thousands of years, and now have a video of what they do with it.
What would happen if a tropical storm hit the oil floating in the Gulf? It depends on the storm, and exactly where it meets the oil.
Kim Jong Il, the director he kidnapped, and the awful Godzilla film they made together. This story is too weird to be fiction, so it must be true!
The Atlantic compares the wealth of all 43 men who have held the office of US president, adjusted to the current value of the dollar. You might be surprised how many in the past started out, or ended up, with nothing. (via TYWKIWDBI)
Yep, a little explosion of Kentucky sunshine in your nose. Walker Percy wrote about bourbon in a way that will make you take a new look at the whiskey and everything it represents. (via Metafilter)
Just like your mother told you, Discipline Outdoes IQ in the Long Run. Which is a great thing, because anyone who wants to can work hard.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Rick Reilly, a reporter for ESPN, entered the Sauna World Championship competition in Finland in 2007. Reilly describes how he soon realized he was in over his head.
Redundant but funny redundant photos.
Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes discuss the idea of a Star Trek sitcom plus their days as Commander Riker and Counselor Troi in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation in this video reunion at NeatoGeek.
Trying to live life like Grandpa did may not turn out as you planned.
The Sad Reality of Ronald McDonald.
Mario in Beads. Hama plastic beads are the medium in this stop-motion video starring everyone's favorite plumber.
How to make an extremely slow-rolling ball. Once you see what's inside, it will all make sense.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
How Lost Will End. Spoiler ONLY if they use the Scooby-Doo ending.
When a Guy Does Something Wrong. It's not always this way, just often enough to make us believe it. (via Blame It On The Voices)
The Best and Worst Graduation Cakes. I had no idea there were this many ways to misspell "congratulations"!
More strangely misspelled graduation cakes.
19 Essential Talking Points for the Banana Enthusiast. And if there's one thing we have plenty of, it's banana enthusiasts!
Geeks Are Sexy presents the Geek Alphabet, illustrating each letter with Creative Commons photography. And when you read them all together, they make a really geeky poem!
9 Hilarious Wedding Bloopers. With video evidence. Some of these I've posted before, but not all of them! (via the Presurfer)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Play a game, donate to your favorite charity, help Neatorama beat out Boing Boing and Treehugger, and win cool prizes.
Why does the Moon look so huge on the horizon? It's not the moon's fault, or even whoever you are mooning over -it's all in your head!
Sex, lies and splitting up. Ruining relationships can now be outsourced to professionals, at least in Japan. (via Metafilter)
Theories of Color Preference. Why do men like blue and women on average prefer red?
A mouse doesn’t have to have experience with a cat to be afraid, be very afraid. But they must have the nose to pick up the chemical signals of danger.
How children see racial bias. (via Holy Kaw!)
RARE: Portraits of America's Endangered Species by Joel Sartore. Plus the really neat stories of how he got the pictures.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
5 Strange Facts about Classic Kids’ Shows. The surprising big names associated with some shows would explain why they were so cool at the time.
Scientists have floated the theory that life may have arose on earth in more than one instance. A biochemist did the math and says if it happened more than once, there's no evidence surviving in our current genes.
Why It Costs Twice as Much to Fly Half as Far. The economics of air travel is somewhat akin to alchemy.
How to Save the News. Journalism won't die because the all-powerful Google is working to save it.
Why I Hate 3-D (and You Should Too). Roger Ebert explains the many reasons, which are summed up quickly in this poster. http://www.woosk.com/2010/05/if-you-cant-make-it-good-make-it-3d.html
10 Jobs You Didn’t Hear About on Career Day. Mainly because they are obsolete, but would it help our unemployment rate if we still used knocker-uppers?
The $45 Emergency Menu for 4 to 6 now costs over $70, but it's still a great resource for the challenge of feeding a family. For a few dollars more, you can use the $70 Low Cost Menu for 4 to 6, which now costs almost $90. (via Casaubon's Book)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Paul Dateh plays top 40 music on his violin. When you check it out, you'll realize the previous statement was a huge understatement.
Animated Albums is a blog of moving .gifs made from record album covers. Look for your favorites, or even request some, but beware the distracting moving background image. (via Buzzfeed)
Iron Rocky Man IV. No, it doesn't have to make sense, see -it has all this action and fighting, and that's what counts! (via YesButNoButYes)
German Carousel Death Wish. It seemed like a good idea at... oh no, instant slo-mo replay!
Our 11 Favorite Bluegrass Covers on YouTube. You haven't lived until you've heard "Single Ladies" on banjo and jaw harp. (via Gorilla Mask)
You knew your flip flops went away for the winter, you just weren't exactly sure where. Don't worry, if they're not already back home, they will be soon.
You think kids are tired of school by this time of year? The faculty of Bloomingdale High School have had it up to here!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Secret Cities of the Soviet Union. Over a million people in 57 secret settlements came out in the open at the end of the Cold War, but there may still be others!
Screw Happiness. Is a certain amount of contentment a necessary ingredient for a good life? Or does it just happen while you are seeking other goals? (via Metafilter)
Lena Horne died Sunday at age 92. Her awesome performances available on YouTube range from 1943 to 1997, including two songs she sang on Sesame Street.
6 Baby Names You Probably Shouldn’t Give Your Kid. But someone did, and someone's children might never forgive them.
A simulated mission to Mars will see six people locked up together for 520 days (a year and a half)! If they don't kill each other before its over, they'll deserve at least a reality TV show contract. (via Boing Boing)
Top 10 Grumpiest Andy Rooney Segments. He's 91 now, so get off his lawn.
Chatroulette really IS Russian Roulette, as it was created by an 18-year-old from Moscow. The New Yorker interviews Andrey Ternovskiy about the tool that let him meet people all over the world. (via Laughing Squid)
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Meowmania is a simple webpage that meows. Keep clicking and see what happens to the pets in your home. (via b3ta)
5 Cheap Magic Tricks Behind Every Psychic. This is not a magic manual, but an explanation of how charlatans convince people they are real.
Henry the snake is the latest addition to Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium. If you haven't been there for a while, the collection has grown immensely.
What kind of world is it where jelly beans hide in phones and pull each other's underpants off? The world of Japanese advertising, of course.
A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages. You don't have to be a programming geek to find this funny, but it's even funnier if you are. (via Boing Boing)
Isabella Rossellini has a new video series called Seduce Me, in which she acts out the bizarre mating rituals of different animal species. These are factual and funny with no nudity, but somehow ends up more NSFW than nature videos of animals doing the actual deed.
Stuck On You: Top 10 Uses Of Duct Tape. OK, well, maybe not the top ten, but the funniest ten, right?
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sometimes stardom in music, movies, or TV is just not enough. After a life in the spotlight, many stars turn to something else they enjoy that is totally different from what they are known for. Those that go into politics (Jesse Ventura, Al Franken) stay in the spotlight, but others pursue something that may fly under the public radar. Read about eight of them in this article I wrote for mental_floss.
6 People You've Never Heard of Who Probably Saved Your Life. One even changed the world after her own death.
My Favorite Monsters: Gacy. John Wayne Gacy, Jr. set the standard for modern serial killers.
We've been told over and over that Neanderthals are extinct and never interbred with humans. Now there is DNA evidence that what we were told is wrong.
A magnetic field, unlike a corn field, is supposed to be invisible. However, there are a few parlor tricks you can use to see a magnetic field in action.
10 Women Who Changed the Face of the Military. If you are already familiar with more than two of these, you are way ahead of most of us.
13 Essential Talking Points for the Earthquake Enthusiast. And if you ever run into one (enthusiast, not earthquake), these will help you keep up.
Mind in the Water: The dolphin as our beast of burden. The story of the intelligent cetacean and the man who introduced them to both the hippie culture and the military. (via Metafilter)
Monday, May 10, 2010
Grammar Nazis. Even Colonel Landa wasn't as scary as this sinister language expert!
I'm Heavin' On A Jetplane: Top 10 Best Barf Bags. Having never used one, I was totally unaware that barf bags sported clever designs.
Imagine a horror movie about a tire, yes, a tire with psychic powers, that kills people by making their heads explode. You don't have to imagine, because Ribber is a real film. (via Gorilla Mask)
Things That Can Make You Feel Like an Idiot Almost Instantly. They may not happen every day, but I bet you've been in at least one of these situations ...and felt like an idiot.
A Star Wars geek put together a video to tell the world he and his wife are expecting. You can read plenty of innuendo into it, if you are so inclined, but the ending will make you smile.
The internet is a wonderful place that you can read the New York Times and find a story about a woman in poor health because of a snake in her stomach. It's from 1864 and you would have never heard of it without digital archives online.
The Shorts From Mystery Science Theater 3000. You may be too busy to watch a movie, but you're never too busy for MST3K! (via Gorilla Mask)
Saturday, May 08, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
How Our Brains Make Memories. Just the act of remembering something can change that memory, sometimes in rather strange ways. (via Boing Boing)
10 TV Shows That Changed the Course of History. Imagine what the world would be like if none of these had aired.
Even after the crowds are gone, Disneyland is buzzing with activity. It takes a big crew to make the park all clean and bright every day.
Rest in Peas: The Unrecognized Death of Speech Recognition. Getting a computer to recognize speech is like getting it to wreck a nice beach. (via Metafilter)
A scientist looks at sea monsters. Among the fish stories may be things lurking in the depths that we still don't know about.
9 People Who Did It Anyway. When you tell someone they can’t do something, it often serves as a motivation to prove you’re wrong, and disabled people are no exception.
We Need a General Theory of Individuality. Science uses large samples and averages to play down differences between people, but still there are no two of us exactly alike. (via Metafilter)
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Vanity Plates: Annoying but Funny. And well worth taking a picture of to share with everyone.
This guy is ghost riding a lawnmower. I thought they had safety features to prevent just this sort of thing.
A radio controlled car hits a ramp fast and jumps a house. And even more shocking, it drove away from the scene afterward!
Darwin's Beetle Looks for a Mate. You want this nightmare-inducing insect to succeed so much that you won't see the punch line coming.
The Star Wars Trilogy in two minutes. In LEGO! Pay attention, this is fast, furious, and funny.
Randall Munroe of xkcd conducted an online color survey, and the results are ready. I had to stop and roll in the floor at the "disproportionally popular" color names by gender section.
The adventures of Tony Starch in Ironing Man. Nothing can stop a super hero who appreciates a crisp white dress shirt.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
How to make home made Pop Tarts. My grandma taught me how to do this before I'd ever heard of Pop tarts and we called them turnovers. (via Nag on the Lake)
15 Most Disgusting Creatures Found In South America. The term "disgusting" might apply to how it can harm you, or how it can give you nightmares, or how the thought of eating it makes the author feel.
Nine Very Famous Book Rejections. Hamlet and the Bible would probably have a hard time getting published if they were written today.
Bad Astronomy Blog has footage captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory space telescope of a solar flare with amazing detail. Looks like things are really happening on our sun!
Cancer patient Erik Martin always wanted to be a superhero and even designed his own secret identity as Electron Boy. On Thursday, Erik responded when Spider Man called for his assistance in saving the entire Seattle Sounders soccer team.
Famous Animal Gravesites Around the World. Not that you'd want to plan a vacation around them, but it's nice to know these creatures were memorialized.
The 7 Most Disastrous Typos Of All Time. Of course, it could happen to anyone, in fact it happens to me almost daily. (via Gorilla Mask)
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Awesome Elderly Dancing Man. This is how you keep your joints in shape and keep the young folks watching as you get older!
10 Songs for Science Nerds. You can listen to each in their entirety, whether you are a science nerd or not.
Proof that Google indeed has a sense of humor.
15 Little Known Geek/Nerd Holidays and Observances.
An excited dog named Sparky tap dances for his food. This proves anyone can dance, no matter how short your legs are.
The lovely story of how ZeFrank and friends collaborated to make a depressed young woman feel better. The resulting song will make you feel better, too! (via b3ta)
The Drunken Moogle is a site at the intersection of alcohol and video games. It contains game-themed recipes for drinks both enticing and disgusting.
Monday, May 03, 2010
Anita Renfroe has a version of Beyonce's hit song and video for the older generation. Behold the magnificence of Wrinkled Ladies.
Watch as Boeing builds a 737-700 for Southwest airlines in only 2.5 minutes in this time-lapse video. This particular plane is named the Florida One, for its artwork featuring the state flag.
Sony`s Eye Candy Demo Reel. I'm not exactly sure what this is trying to sell me, but it sure is pretty.
Couch Cushion Architecture: A Critical Analysis. A (sort of) serious critique of dozen of structures built from living room furniture presented in two parts. (via Laughing Squid)
Spend a few minutes in the 1960s. This is like coming home for some of us, or like an entirely different planets for younger folks.
The Top 12 Things Uttered by Yoda During Sex.
15 Hilarious No Parking Signs. I'd love to hide and watch these penalties carried out.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Today is the 136th annual Kentucky Derby! To get into the mood, about about videos of some classic races from all over featuring creatively-named horses. The first four feature legendary sportscaster Tom Durkin lending his abilities to the silliness. Watch them all in this collection I posted at mental_floss.