Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hire the Disabled

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Never Doubt the Heat

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Cats and Vacuum Cleaners

You're getting ahead of the age when you can vacuum up the cat hair before it even leaves the cat! These cats are not afraid of vacuum cleaners, and some even like them! (via Tastefully Offensive)

Mrs. Hitchcock

Eric Strand's Double Marathon

Several thousand runners participated in Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, last week. Eric Strand wanted to scope out the route ahead of time. Or else he thought it wasn't challenging enough. So he started at 3AM and ran the entire race backwards …and then turned around and ran it forward! Lucky for us, he had a camera with him for the whole thing. Ultramarathoner Strand is training for a 100 mile race in August. (via Metafilter)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Names You Can Trust

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They're Taking the Hobbits to Isengard

Erwin Beekveld made the original silly remix in 2005. Maybe you've seen it. AutomagicalMan made a high definition remake just today, in case you aren't familiar with the original.

Because today …or maybe it was Friday, who knows, it's New Zealand… Orlando Bloom finished his last day of shooting for The Hobbit movies as the elf Legolas. Peter Jackson had a little goodbye party for him, and this was part of it.

Goodbye, Legolas! See you in the movies! (via reddit)


Bad Science

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Synchronized Cats Compilation

(Thanks, Ray Rodriguez!)

Little Ricky Doll


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The Movies' First Sex Symbol.

Biggest cause of personal bankruptcy: Medical bills. (via Dangerous Minds)

The story of a baby cockatiel that was born into trouble (told in pictures). Don't worry, it has a happy ending.

Decoding Cattle Brands.

In the early 20th century, when the development of intelligence tests collided with the rise of tabloid journalism, the public became obsessed with child prodigies. But fame came with its own problems.

A defeat for DOMA — and the end of ‘ick.’ By George Takei.

Brainy Beach Reads. These novels are recommended for getting away from it all without insulting your intelligence.

21 Jokes Only Nerds Will Understand. I reckon this makes me a nerd -and probably will made you a nerd, too. See also Jokes Only Smart People Can Understand.

How a used glass bottle becomes a new bottle. A fascinating recycling process, but wouldn't it be easier to just reuse them like we used to?

Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth lost both her legs flying a helicopter in Iraq. Watch her eviscerate a federal contractor who claimed disabled veteran status for a prep school football injury.

Thursday, June 27, 2013


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7 Dogs and Cats with Unusual Jobs

From herding sheep to pulling sleds to bringing down criminals, dogs have worked for humans since they were domesticated a long time ago. It's a win-win situation, since the dog receives room and board for life, plus the satisfaction of pleasing his boss. That's not much of a factor for cats, who are mostly employed in pest control. Still, every once in a while we find a cat or dog who is gainfully employed in some activity that surprises us. Here are some of those hardworking dogs and cats in an article I posted at mental_floss.

Little Italy Woman

Nature is Great

The Popsicle Thief

This little boy talks a good game. He is caught red-handed looking for a early morning popsicle. When confronted, he tries changing the subject, distraction, lying, flattery, and all the tricks in the book -even after he's out of trouble! (via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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10 Food Lies We've All Been Fed. Now I don't feel so bad about pouring wine out of the box and into a fancy carafe before serving.

What yesterday's Supreme Court rulings mean for the gay community. "Federal benefits" covers a lot of ground that straight couples take for granted.

The 2013 Running Of The Interns. When the US Supreme Court is expected to make a historic ruling (as it did yesterday), the news media has a plan in place to post or broadcast it as soon as possible, which involves interns in tennis shoes.

10 Amazing Movie Androids. They either inspire terror or make you fall for them -there's no middle ground.

Here’s What Happened In The Original, Terrible Ending To World War Z. Contains spoilers, but if you've seen the movie, you must be curious about what was changed.

10 bets you will never lose. That is, if you know the secrets shown in this video -and if your opponent hasn't seen it.

Technoviking wins his lawsuit against the videographer who made him famous. But the court cannot force a genie back into the bottle.

Getting Rich by Singing Badly. Meet five acts that crossed the line between music and comedy -sometimes without meaning to.

It's snowing catflakes!

MediAvengers: The Earth's Mightiest Gossip is a blog that imagines what magazines, newspapers, and other media would be like in a Marvel Comics universe. (via Geeks Are Sexy)


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Needs Work

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Tiger Stalks His Owner

Remember the video of the Ninja Cat that crept up on the videographer? This is a bit like that, except with a tiger in the house! It's a bit terrifying …until the end. Still, I don't think keeping the king of the beasts in your home is a good idea. (via The Chive)


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Waste Not Want Not: Appendix Transplantation.

In the midst of unrest in the Middle East, millions tuned in to see who won the competition on Arab Idol. Mohammed Assaf, the Palestinian wedding singer who was crowned the winner is an advocate of nonviolence and now a sudden global star.

The Underrated Brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Meta-Romantic Comedy Sleepless in Seattle. Twenty years later, it looks to be "perhaps the last great American romantic comedy."

Graffiti done right can be a beautiful thing. See 50 examples of street art that should never be covered over.

Snapshots of Nurses During the Korean War.  (via the Presurfer)

You'll need some proper Breaking Bad beer for the AMC TV show's final season! Marble Brewery of Albuquerque will soon unveil a new brew called Heisenberg's Dark, an India Black Ale specially brewed for the show and its fans.

The most active guinea pig on Twitter is always out doing stuff you wouldn't expect a guinea pig to do. Luckily, we have photographic evidence.

Why Tipping Should Be Outlawed.

Most of What I Know about Writing, I Learned from Kurt Vonnegut. An author breaks down what made Vonnegut's works so unique and appealing.

Why most Americans hate their jobs (or are just 'checked out'). You already know the reasons, but now you can feel like you're not the only one who'd rather be doing something else.

I Bit My Owner

(via Buzzfeed)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One Man Show

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Obama Sings Get Lucky

President Obama sings Daft Punk's song "Get Lucky," with a little help from baracksdubs. See more "Get Lucky" covers at Neatorama. (via Laughing Squid)

An Unstoppable Force

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The Mystery of Ann Bassett and Etta Place

Many women in the Old West had fascinating stories that were not recorded as well as they should have been. Digging up their histories sometimes raises more questions than it answers. Ann Bassett was a cattle rustler who had a relationship with Butch Cassidy. Etta Place was the mystery woman who married the Sundance Kid. Could they have been one and the same person? Read more about these two woman in an article I wrote for mental_floss.

Hair Rental


Have you noticed how many people actually do this ...all the time? From Drew at Toothpaste for Dinner.

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Welcome to The Outer Limits.

Captain Crunch was revealed to be a military impostor after the errors in his uniform were detected. He is only one of several pop culture icons that may have faked their military records.

“We would’ve come earlier, but your husband wasn’t dead then”: 18 incompetent law-enforcement officials who save the day.

Fruits and Vegetables are Alive! So, when do they die? When we eat them?

The way corporations runs their social networking sites reveals how dumb they think their consumers are. A new parody site shows us the many ways they do it.

Wikileaks is paying for Edward Snowden's hotel and travel bills while he's on the run. That admission may open Julian Assange and his organization up to charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive.

An Astrology Chart for Bacteria.

16 Money-saving Tips From The Depression Era. They may have been popular during the Great Depression, but many of these I've used all my life.

An everyman's guide for going invisible on the internet. Maintaining your privacy will require a little more work these days, but it can be done.


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Monday, June 24, 2013


I guess if the pictures haven't been looked at, the magazines are more valuable. (via Criggo)


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Cat and Tape Measure

A handsome cat reacts to the sound of a tape measure retracting. There is no other information with this video, but you can almost imagine that the cat is imitating the gadget. "Hey, I can stick it out and retract, too!" And he certainly has the long tongue to show off! (via Arbroath)

Hot Dogs

Under the Sea

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Some people get really imaginative when they win or purchase Naming Rights.

Summer Drinks That Won't Make You Look Like A Lady. Unless you are a lady, but there's nothing wrong with that.

Stink Onions: U.S. Map of Literal Names.

Some people get really imaginative when they win or purchase Naming Rights.

Here are the two ads that won awards at the Cannes Ad Festival over the weekend. One will give you an ear worm, the other will make you wish you'd seen the Paralympics.

Call Me Mister.

Why Are There So Few Female Antiheroes on Film? Besides having too few females hero roles of any kind, there are too few writers who understand women.

Think you're good at multitasking? Can you play guitar, tap out a beat, and dribble a basketball at the same time like this guy?

8 Reasons Straight Men Don't Want To Get Married. The incentives that once made marriage the preferred option just aren't there anymore.

America’s Epidemic of Psychiatric Over-Diagnosis. Are there really more and more people suffering from depression or ADHD every year?

Real bats sing the Batman theme song. All they needed was a little sound manipulation so we can hear their ultrasonic voices -and so they can carry a tune.

Cat Toy

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The Time You Have (In JellyBeans)

The only things we have in an amount that we cannot change is time. All we can do is decide what we will do with the time we have. In this video, Ze Frank illustrates the time we have with jellybeans. So make the most of the jellybeans you have! (via mental_floss)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Great Deal!

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3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra

An orchestral rendition of "Call Me Maybe" by the 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra on America's Got Talent. I loved it!


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Dog Does Not Want a Bath

He makes his wishes very clear, but the man just won't take a hint! Or more likely, won't take no for an answer. (via Arbroath)

Fortune and Knowledge

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The Poison Sommelier. Bryan Fry has suffered 26 venomous snakebites -all in the name of science!

The longest knock knock joke in the history of the internet. (via b3ta)

"I Am Sorry That It Has Come to This": A Soldier's Last Words. We currently have an average of 22 veterans committing suicide every day.

Beware the Velocipedestrienne! (via Metafilter)

The results of the American Human Development Index are out, ranking each state on livability by taking into account wealth, health, and education. 

7 Fantastic Covers of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."

Cat Earns Her Keep as Foster Mother. Even with her disabilities. (via Fark)

An Imagined Conversation Between the Construction Workers Upstairs From Me.

Rapping in Sign Language. Holly Maniatty holds her own interpreting on the fly. (via Metafilter)

Vaught’s Practical Character Reader was a textbook on phrenology published in 1902. In it, diagrams of human heads are presented showing the difference between desirable characters and undesirables according to the shape of the head. (via Everlasting Blort)

Refrigerator Bandit

Has this ever happened to you? If you have kids, you can reconstruct what led to this picture. A child wants that delicious dessert in the refrigerator. He is too short to reach it, because it was "put out of his reach." So he stands on the lower refrigerator shelves, which eventually collapse. An adult, hearing the crash, runs in from the other room and immediately takes a picture. This was posted by the young man's uncle, redditor moe2395.


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Flower Bed

Cats make the best gardening companions. At least they keep the rabbits out of the beans. This is the latest in the Simon's Cat series by Simon Tofield. An accompanying post lists some plants you might grow that are safe and enjoyable for cats.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Special Kittens

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Billie Jean

Two guys, two keyboards, two sets of drums. Michael Henry and Justin Robinett perform Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" in a way that sounds just fine when you listen. But when you watch them, you sit up and say, "How do they do that?" Then you have to wonder how difficult is was to videotape this. (via Daily of the Day)


The Grumpy League of America

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Chicken or the Egg

A pig who loves to eat eggs falls in love with a chicken, which causes an existential crisis. Will he choose the chicken or the egg? (via the Presurfer)

Dead Mouse

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Safety Meeting

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The Lady Vanishes

Alfred Hitchcock's comic thriller from 1938.

Ready for Summer

Happy Summer solstice! (via reddit)

Dynamite Joe

This one's for my stepson the Marine. (via Mostly Forbidden Zone)

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15 Utterly Adorable Babies Cosplaying.

The Most Hilarious Bootleg Superhero Toys Ever. 

The daily minefield women walk by just being a woman: Dealing with it. I don't go out in public much any more, but my daughters will have a lifetime of this ahead of them. (via Metafilter)

Stephen Colbert’s Tearful Tribute To His Mother was Amazing. First, you'll grab a hankie and then you'll call your Mom.

Take a Tour Inside the Large Hadron Collider's Incredible Data Center. Although their number crunching is outsourced around the world, CERN still stores enormous amounts of data on site.

Bridezilla castigates a guest over an inadequate wedding gift.

The "Me Me Me" Wedding. The bridezilla phenomenon is spreading worldwide -like a plague.

Why Do Men Say "Hubba Hubba" When They See a Beautiful Girl?

In 1902-04, the magazine Vanity Fair was a precursor to the "girly magazines" that followed. One of the raciest things they could publish was "bifurcated girls," women wearing pants, meaning you could actually see that they had two legs! (via Everlasting Blort)

Dogs Outlandishly Dyed and Groomed to Look Like Fictional Characters.

I Packed You a Lunch

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Another Spelling Bee Headline

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Rev Sings Along

When his favorite song, "Make You Feel My Love" comes on, Rev wakes up and has to sing along with Adele! (via Viral Viral Videos)

11 Niche Blogs to Start Your Summer

You come to mental_floss for a great variety of news, knowledge, and trivia. That's wonderful, but just scratch the surface of the internet and you'll find blogs dedicated to very specific subjects -subjects you'd never know had enough material for an ongoing blog. But many of them do -and those that don't will at least have a decent archive of material. Every once in a while, I collect a bunch of them that you might want to look over, because you never know when you'll find a new passion or a new community to enjoy on the internet. Here are eleven such blogs, in a list I posted at mental_floss.


Family Roll Call

Macho, Rex, Maya, Dave, Bella, and George all come when their names are called. Twiggy, the cat, could care less, as cats do. All the animals are from shelters or rescue groups. (via Tastefully Offensive)

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A Tribute to Moe Howard of the Three Stooges.

A Brief History of Mental Illness in Art. (via Everlasting Blort)

7 Old Wives' Tales About Cooking Steak That Need To Go Away.

An/The/An Index of Confusion.

The Life Cycle Of A Band, As Told By Cats.

Is Spaghetti and Meatballs an Italian Dish? No.

The Quest for a Malaria Vaccine.

38 Brilliant Dog-Care Ideas To Make Your Life Easier. Accompanied by cute dogs you'll want to take home with you.

Watch and adorable monkey buy a soft drink from a vending machine. He doesn't care much which drink it is, but he makes sure to get his change!

Inside the Unholy World of ‘Christian Domestic Discipline.’ Is this practice a matter of faith, a sexual fetish, or just plain dominance and abuse?

Friday is the Summer Solstice! See how people around the world celebrate this occasion.